Biography of Clarence M. Kelley
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Kelley, Clarence M., was born on the old homestead south of Newark, September 20, 1850, and was educated in the common and the Union School and Academy. In early life he learned the machinist trade at H. O. Silsby's, Seneca Falls, and became a thorough workman. Taking locomotive work he pursued it in aetaii at Schenectady, Philadelphia, and for the N. Y. C. & H. R. R. R. Leaving the locomotive cab in 1876 he went to the Black Hills and Big Horn region, prospecting and mining, and for four years remained there testing many claims. He came back to the East with the intention of settling in Newark, but was induced to take charge of the Bignall Manufacturing Works at Medina, which empfoyed seventy men. This he left in 1885, and came back to Newark to succeed his father in business, purchasing the Eagle Foundry site on Union street and erecting the present Kelley block. With his own private purse he led the work of establishing grade, laying walk, and curbing Union street in front of his premises. He has added to his business house furnishing goods and carriages, and by liberal dealing has made his business a success. October 7, 1880, he married at Medina Rasena Randolph. Mrs. Kelley's father, Rev. Webster Randolph, was born in Vermont. He located in Newark and was instrumental in building the present Universalist church. He married Eliza Vqse, of Boston, and they had three children, B. Howe, Rasena, and Caroline, who died in infancy. Mr. Randolph died in October, 1893, and his wife in January, 1882. Mr. Kelley is a member of Newark Lodge No. 83, F. & A. M., of Newark Chapter No. 117, R. A. M., Zenobia Commandery No. 41, K. T.

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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