Biography of C. L. Peck
Potter County, PA Biographies

C. L. PECK, attorney at law, Coudersport, was born in Farmington, Tioga Co., Penn., in 1845, and was educated in the common schools and at Union Academy, near Knoxville, Penn. His father, William Peck, was born in Manlius, N. Y., and married Harriet Paul, a native of ilasonville, same State. After completing his studies, C. L. Peck taught school until 1870, when he became a law student with R. T. Wood, of Elkland, and later with Elliott & Bosard, of Wellsboro. He was admitted to the bar in June, 1872, and first practiced at Knoxville. Penn , for a period of five years, when, a desirable opening presenting itself, he removed to Coudersport, where he was associated with the Hon. Isaac Benson in the practice of law until 1883, when this partnership was dissolved and Mr. Peck became associated with Mr. H. A. Scoville, the firm name being Peck & Scoville. In 1886 Mr. Scoville was elected district attorney, and Mr. Peck has since been alone in business. Mr. Peck conceived the idea of the construction of the Coudersport, Hornellsville & Lackawanna Railroad, running from Coudersport to Hornellsville and connecting with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, and he, with Hon. D. C. Larrabee. has been instrumental in securing a sufficient amount of stock to complete the organization of a company, and active in trying to make the project a success. He procured the organization of a telephone company to operate a line from Coudersport to Harrison Valley, of which he was entrusted with charge of construction, and became its first president. Mr. Peck has for eight years been attorney for the Joel Parkhurst estate, of Elkland, Penn., makes large loans on real estate security in Potter county, and enjoys a remunerative and constantly growing practice. He takes a lively interest in local educational matters, and was a member of the building committee in the construction of what is said to be one of the most perfect school buildings in the State, he having drawn the floor plans for it. It has perfect ventilation, fire escape, and is heated by the Ruttan system. He has also been school director for eight years. He is a member of Eulalia Lodge. No. 342, F. & A. M., and procured the organization of the Knights of Honor lodge. He is an active Democrat, but has never sought political preferment, yet he procured the establishment of a postal service between Harrison Valley and Lawrenceville, Tioga county. Mr. Peck is proud of the fact that he was reared on a farm, where he remained until twenty three years of age, and which he still owns, taking a lively interest in agricultural pursuits and stock raising. He married, in 1875, Ida Stoddard, of Welisboro, Penn., and they have two children: Lee and May Peck.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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