Biography of L. S. Quimby
Potter County, PA Biographies

L. S. QUIMBY, proprietor of the Commercial House, Coudersport, was born in the town of Caroline, Tompkins Co., N. Y., in 1821. His father, Joseph Quimby, a native of Eastern New York, married Margaret Craton, who was born on shipboard, her parents being then on the voyage from Germany. Joseph Quimby died when L. S. was a child, and the latter began life for himself when about eighteen years of age. He was one of seven children, viz.: James E.; Maria, now Mrs. L. Perry, of Tioga county, N. Y.; Eliza A., deceased wife of Furman Quick, of Iowa; John M.; William C.; Rachel, deceased wife of Daniel Mead, of Tompkins county, N. Y., and L. S. In S. Quimby removed to Steuben county, N. Y., and worked in Addison and Woodhull, where he was engaged in various occupations, and for a period of six years was a commercial traveler. In 1843 he married Susan Northrup, and they became the parents of six children; Alice A., now Mrs. Eli Glossy, of Homer township, Potter county; Alda, now Mrs. Wm. Crosby, also of Homer township; Wilbur M.; Truman N.; A. J., of Coudersport; and J. A., of Eulalia township, Potter county. In 1866 L. S. Quimby. with his family, removed to the township of Homer, Potter Co., Penn., where he purchased a farm, and, being a carpenter, devoted his time to his trade, the boys being entrusted with the management of the farm. He lost his wife in 1867, and in 1869 he married Mrs. Sally M. Northup, of Oxford, Chenango Co., N. Y., and to them have been born two children; Homer N. and Minnie M. In 1884 he sold his farm and removed to Coudersport, where he purchased the Commercial House, now one of the noted hostelries of northern Pennsylvania, and although he found it in a dilapidated state and with but little custom, he built a large addition, rearranged and refurnished the house throughout, and, by affability and courtesy to all, has secured the immense trade the house now enjoys. In 1862 he enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Forty first New York Volunteers, and served until the close of the war. Disease, the result of exposure during that period, has weakened his constitution, and he has never recovered from its effects. He is an honored member of the G. A. R., and is now serving his third term as senior vice commander. He is also a member of Eulalia Lodge, No. 342, F. & A. M. In religion he belongs to The Age to Come Adventists. He is a Republican, but takes no prominent part in politics.


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


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