Biography of Orlando Austin
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Austin, Orlando, was born in Williamson, April 3, 1826, a son of Pasqua and Margaret (Davis) Austin, natives of Washington county. The grandfather of our subject was Pasqua Austin, a native of Rhode Island born in 1765, who came to Williamson about 1771, and died in 1834. The father of our subject came to Williamson in 1824, and bought part of the farm now owned by Orlando, to which he added later, retiring from active life at the age of sixty five. He died in 1886 and his wife in 1876. Orlando was reared on the farm and lived at home until the age of thirty. He then went to Iowa and superintended railroad work for a time, and then went to Wisconsin for a short time; thence to Chicago in 1856, wherehe invested in real estate. In 1858 he returned to this town, and three years later engaged as traveling salesman for nursery stock. Six years later he went west and engaged in the nursery business with Frank Norris, of Brighton, selling out to him after one year, and going to Iowa, where he engaged in the forest tree narsery business for four years. In 1876 he came to Williamson and married (1877) Clarissa M. Barker of Pittsford. They resided in Pittsford five years. He then engaged in the real estate business in Rochester two years, afterwards traveling in the interest of a soda and baking powder house for a year. He then returned to Williamson and bought the homestead, where he has since lived. The place consists of 100 acres of fine land, on which he has made many improvements. He is member of Pultneyville Lodge, No. 159, F. & A. M. Mr. and Mrs. Austin have one daughter, Lula C.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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