Biography of Eliphalet E. Scribner
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Scribner, Eliphalet E., was born in Fulton, Oswego county, April 1, 1862. His parents were James A. and Helen Scribner. His paternal ancestor was the oldest son of John Scribner, who was a cousin of Charles Scribner, the founder of the publishing house of that name. His maternal ancestor was the daughter of Isaac R. and Eliza Parkhurst. His grandfather Parkhurst was a descendant of the family of that name in England. His father was the youngest son of Baron Parkhurst, of Scotch descent. His father lost his life in the defense of his country at Falmouth, Vac., in the late war, and his mother died a few weeks later, leaving his sister and himself orphans at an early age. He and his sister were placed under the guardianship of their maternal grandparents. He received his education in the public schools of Oswego, and was graduated from the Normal school in June, 1882, the next year entering Cornell University, which he was, however, compelled to leave ere he finished his course, owing to a severe attack of malarial fever. While in the college he was actively engaged in athletics, and was a prominent member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. He is a member of Trumansburgh Lodge No. 157 F. & A. M., and of Fidelity Chapter No. 77, R. A. M., also of St. Augustine Commandery No. 38 K. T. August 2, 1887, he married Eloise R. Hedden, of Heddens, Tompkins Co., N. Y., who was educated at Wells College, and is the daughter of Wright A. and Loesa Hedden, and a granddaughter of Reuben Harvey and Mary Wager, one of the oldest families in this part of the county. Professor Scribner began teaching in a district school at the age of sixteen, and has been principal and superintendent during the past seven years, having during that time served as principal of the Union school at Alexandria Bay, Jefferson county, N. Y., Parish Academy, and in Trumansburgh for the past three years, where his success has been very flattering.

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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