Wortman, Jacob, was born in Enfield, February 2, 1823. His business career began in 1859, when, in company with
George Britenbecker, he opened a small meat market in the Clinton block on North Cayuga street. In 1865 he removed
to No. 16 N. Aurora street, where he has since been located. In 1879 Mr. Wortman associated with him his son, L.
S. Wortman, who is now proprietor of their extensive business, the senior member having retired to his home on
the east shore of Cayuga Lake. In 1874 he was elected a member of the Board of Education, a position he held many
years, a great share of the time chairman of the Building Committee. He was also in 1882 village trustee from the
second ward. His son, L. S. Wortman, is one of the representative business men of this city, and prominent in politics.
He is a member of Hobasco Lodge No. 716, F. & A. M. He married in 1875 Lizzie Decker, of Ithaca, N. Y., and
they are the parents of two children: Edwin, a student in the High School; and Bessie. The mother of L. S. was
a daughter of the Rev. Daniel Starr, the first Baptist minister in this county, preaching at Lake Ridge.
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
Tompkins County, NY
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