Hurlbut, Christopher, who since 1869 has held the responsible position of station agent at Groton village, and
whose residence in the town dates back more than forty years, was born in Venice, Cayuga county, October 15, 1842.
He was the oldest but one of six children of Nelson and Easter (Scott) Hurlbut, the parents being farmers in Venice
and later on in Groton, but who afterward moved to Lake Ridge, where the mother died. The father went west, and
died there in 1865. Christopher Hurlbut was brought up on a farm, but at the age of sixteen began to learn the
blacksmith's trade. He served faithfully three years with William Allen, and afterwards worked as a journeyman
in a carriage shop until he was twenty one, when he came to Groton to work for Spencer & Son in the old Separator
shops. August 14, 1861, Mr. Hurlbut enlisted as a private in Co. K, 137th N. Y. Volunteers, and served until the
final muster out of the regiment, June 9, 1865. A large part of the time he was connected with the quartermaster's
department. Returning to Groton he started a blacksmith shop in the village, and conducted it until 1869, when
he was appointed station agent at the opening of the Southern Central Railroad through the town. The next year
he was appointed express agent, and has held that position continuously to the present time. December 20, 1859,
Christopher Hurlbut married Charrotte A. Carpenter, by whom he has had four children, three of whom are still living.
Mr. Hurlbut has been connected with some of the earlier industries of Groton village, beginning with the carriage
works, then with the Separator Company, both of which have developed into industries of importance in this county.
He has not only watched the growth of these enterprises, but has had an interest in their welfare, as also in everything
that tends to build up and promote the welfare of the village.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
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Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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