Niagara County

1897 Biography - Betsy D. Canfield

Canfield, Mrs. Betsy D., widow of the late Osborn Canfield, was born at Youngstown, N. Y., March 17, 1826, and is the eldest daughter of Olaf Hathaway and Adaline B. Richards. Mrs. Canfield was educated in the public schools of her native town and at the age of seventeen left school, going to Willoughby, O., for a space of two years, and upon her return in 1845 was united in marriage to Osborn Canfield, who was a successful farmer at Youngstown, N. Y. In 1850 they removed to Niagara Falls, where Mr. Canfield engaged in business as coal dealer, until the time of his death on November 4, 1895. He had been more than ordinarily successful in business and had become owner of a number of valuable pieces of real estate. Mr. and Mrs Canfield had two children: Ezzie, wife of George H. Salt, of Niagara Falls; and Nettie M., wife of George E. Wright of the same place. Mrs. Canfield's father, Olaf Hathaway, was a noted man in many respects, especially in seeking to relieve the distress of others. He often jeopardized his life in his efforts to save others. In several instances when small boats were icebound on the Niagara River and the ice was carrying them into the lake to certain destruction, he would, at the risk of his own life, make his way out to them on the floating ice and rescue them. It was a pleasure to him to aid suffering humanity. In all the relations of life he was an exemplary man, and the community in which he lived will long regret his death.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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