Biography of Charles Elmendorf
Yates County, NY Biographies





Elmendorf, Charles, was born at Canandaigua, May 13, 1829. His father was Joseph Elmendorf, well known as one of the early business men of the little village. His mother was Catharine (Chittenden) Elmendorf. They came to Canandaigua from Durham, Greene County, N. Y. Charles was the eldest of three children, viz.: Charles, William, and Eliza. His father was a dentist and to this occupation Charles was brought up and educated by his father, and was associated with him until the death of the former in December, 1871. In September, 1863, Charles Elmendorf made an extensive trip to Nicaragua and California, being away nineteen months. In April, 1865, he returned to Penn Yan, where he has since been engaged in dentistry. For a time, when about twenty one years of age, Dr. Elmendorf practiced at Rushville, remaining there about a year. From Rushville he went to Jefferson, now Watkins, Schuyler County, N. Y., where he practiced dentistry about two years, when he returned to Penn Yan. He is a prominent Odd Fellow, having passed the chair of N. G., and is also P. C. P. of Penn Yan Encampment, I. O. O. F. He is a P. M. of the local lodge of the A. O. U. W. In politics he is a Republican, and in religion a Free thinker. He says he "never took any stock" in the supernatural religion of any church or sect, "believing" that just, charitable, moral conduct towards his fellow men is all that is necessary to become acceptable to any of the gods."

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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