Niagara County

1897 Biography - Solomon W. Frost

Frost, Solomon W., Somerset, general merchant of Somerset, and a son of Henry H. and Julia A. Frost, was born in the town of Somerset, November 15, 1858. His father was born in Albany county, March 30, 1816, and when nineteen years of age came to Somerset and engaged in farming. Thirty years ago he left the farm and with a Mr. Aldrich engaged in general merchandise in Somerset, under the firm name of Frost & Aldrich, continuing for six months, when he bought his partner out and took Albert Van Wagoner into partnership, continuing for two years when he bought Mr. Van Wagoner's interest in the business, and in 1871 took William Scism, a retired Methodist minister, as a partner; after a partnership of about nine months, Mr. Scism retired from the firm and Mr. Frost took his son as partner. September 27, 1843, he married Julia Wilcox, and they had five children: Albert E., Sarah Ann, Frances Emily, Lillie and Solomon W. Mr. Frost served his town as clerk twelve years, justice of peace one year and superintendent of schools two terms, with general satisfaction to his townsmen and credit to himself. Solomon W. Frost received his early school training at the home school and completed his education at Buffalo in 1876 and 1877, after which he clerked for his father until April 2, 1888, when he bought one-half interest with his father and has since assumed entire control of their large stock of goods. November 5, 1879, he married Hannah E. Mead, daughter of Daniel and Mercy C. Mead, arid they had two children: Henry M., born April 24, 1886, and Benjamin Harrison, born October 24, 1888. Mr. Frost has been clerk of his town for the past fifteen years, and his long continuation in office bespeaks his popularity and ability.

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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