Biography of Gideon C. McClune
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





McClune, Gideon C., was born in Ulysses, November 16, 1820, the oldest son of William G. McClune, a native of Ireland born near Belfast, who came to this country in 1802 when but three years of age, landing at Philadelphia, where his mother died six weeks after landing. He was about twelve years of age when he came to Tompkins county, locating at Jacksonville. In 1836 he moved to Ithaca, where he spent the balance of his days. He died in 1862. The mother of our subject, Sarah F. Colgrove, was a native of this State. She died in February, 1892, at eighty nine years of age The boyhood of Gideon C. was spent in his native town, where his early education was derived in the common schools. After coming to Ithaca he attended school at the academy with Judge Finch, Hon. E. S. Esty, and later at the Auburn Academy, with the sons of Hon. William H. Seward and the Hon. Lewis Paddock, Hon. Roscoe Conklin, Rev. Hanibal Goodwin, Rev. M. M. Cass and others. In 1849 Mr. McClune established a grocery and dry goods store in Ithaca, but was obliged to give it up in two years on account of ill health. He followed various occupations until 1851, when he established the first ice business in Ithaca, handling ice ten years, six years of which he was also engaged in farming. In 1859 he bought a stone quarry in the town of Ithaca, to which he has added the laying of walks, sewers, foundations, etc. He has laid nearly all the stone walks at Cornell University and full three fourths of the walks in this city. Mr. McClune is an ardent Republican and has held the offices of commissioner of highways nine years, city treasurer, and was twice the candidate of the minority party for supervisor. Mr. McClune has also held the office of treasurer of the Tompkins County Agricultural Society twelve years. He married in 1848 Julia E. Forsyth of Ulysses. They have four children: Wilbur F., of the post office; Gilbert L., a dentist of Ovid, with fifteen years practice; James Otis, a druggist of Ithaca; and Fred A., in the bicycle office, South Cayuga street.

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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