Biography of D. O. Wing
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D. O. WING, farmer and lumberman. P. O. Miller's Station, was born October 3, 1816, in Albany. N. Y.; son of David and Mariam (Cronkite) Wing, natives, the former of Vermont, the latter of Hoosiek, Rensselaer Co., N. Y. They were parents of the following named children: Submit, Anna, Ora, Mariam, Henrietta, Maria, and D. O, The father, who was a drover, died in 1817. He belonged, at his demise, to the Baptist Church, as did also his widow, who died in 1878 (then wife of William Farwell, by whom she had two children, Betsy and Levi L.). Oar subject, being left fatherless when one year old, was subject to the protection of his grandmother, Anna Cronkite, until he was four years old, at which period, his mother having been married to William Farwell, he was taken to their home. His educational advantages were much limited, being such as the log cabin, with its slab seats and writing desks, and puncheon floor and ancient fire place afforded. He labored on the farm until twenty years old, when he engaged at Comstock & Bostwick's sawmill, at Milford, Otsego Co., N. Y., (at the time when it was disputed that a mill could be run by steam), and was appointed assistant sawyer, under George Newton, of Corning, N. Y. Here he continued one year, when he withdrew to Greene County and engaged in the tan bark business, following the same two years, and then worked on a farm one year. In 1836 he came by canal to Buffalo, by lake to Erie City, and by stage to Venango Township, this county, and there took employment in the Kieckner saw mill, at which he was engaged for four years. While there he built.the first house in the village of Venango, soon after having helped to lay out the place. In 1840 Mr. Wing was married to Mary J., daughter of Aretus and Lois (Nubre) Rogers, natives of Vermont and the parents of four children, viz.: Eliza, Mary J., Elias and Mahala. The parents came to this county in 1836, where they died. They were members of the Christian organization. The father was called out in the war of 1812. To this union were born nine children, of whom are now living: Jerome, married to Mary Foster (have two children: William and Jennie; he is a carpenter in. Salamanca, N. Y.); Cornelius, married to Kate Bunce (have four children: Adelbert, Sherman, Alta and Della; he was one of the Lincoln Guards stationed at Washington, D. C., for about three years); Levi L., married to Rebecca Hays (have four children: Alma, George, Morris and Dimmis); Loron. married to Emma McCray (have one child, Susan J.; he works on the farm); Charles. married to Mary Smith (have no children; he farms and works in the mill with his father); Melissa, married to Calvin Crow (have two children, Ina and Orson; he is a farmer). In 1841 Mr. Wing removed to Rockdale Township, this county, where he rented the "Randolph saw mills," and operated the same with good success. He built many flatboats and floated his lumber down French Creek to the Allegheny River, thence to Pittsburgh, Penn. At the expiration of seven years he bought a farm of 164 acres and managed the same until 1866, when he gave his entire attention to the old Randolph saw mills, which he bought in 1864. About the same time he purchased a 500 acre tract of land, heavily timbered, known as the "Donation Lot," presented to Gen. Wayne for his services in the war of 1812. He worked the timber from this land into lumber, and has since added 200 acres more of good timber land. He is preparing the timber for building material, including lumber, laths and shingles, all of which he makes a specialty. Mr. Wing was a Democrat until the formation of the Republican party, since when he has been an out spoken advocate of Republicanism, and has shown a degree worthy of prominent offices in the gift of his party, but being adverse to office, he has not made any record in that way. He and his estimable wife are worthy members of the Congregational Church of Cambridgeboro. As a thorough representative business man of Crawford County, Mr. Wing has been solicited and consents to have his portrait appear in this history.

From:
History of Crewford County, Pennsylvania
Illustrated
Warner, Beers & Co.,
Chicago; 1895

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