Biography of William Frear
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Frear, William, was born in the town of Ulysses, August 15, 1836, the youngest son of Baltus Frear. a native of Poughkeepsie, who came to this county in 1826, and died in 1881. The latter was an active church worker, and assisted in organizing the Presbyterian church of Trumansburgh, and also the academy there. The early life of our subject was spent on the old homestead farm, and he acquired his education in the Homer and Ithaca Academies. His first occupation was as a farmer in Ulysses, which calling he followed till in 1862. He then went to Elmira and learned the photographer's trade, which he followed in Jamestown and Ithaca till 1884 and then engaged in the news and confectionery trade in Ithaca. In 1889 Mr. Frear devised an invention for the manufacture of popcorn balls; and in 1890 established a manufactory, which he has since conducted, employing ten hands in his factory and two salesmen on the road. He is a Republican in politics, but has never held office, other than trustee of the village. In 1860 he married Ann A. Hopkins, of Enfield, and they have two children living. Mr. Frear is also a member of Hobasco Lodge No. 716, Eagle Chapter No. 58, and St. Augustine Commandery No. 38.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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