Niagara County

1897 Biography - Ruthvan Kill

Kill, Hon. Ruthven, was born in the town of Van Buren, Onondaga county, April 2, 1834. His father, Jasper Kill, was one of the pioneer settlers in the town of Newfane; he married Miriam Jones, and they came to town of Newfane in 1835, where he was identified as a farmer. He died April 26, 1871. Ruthven Kill was educated in the common schools; in 1867 he married Lydia J., daughter of James H. Manchester, and they are the parents of two sons, Fred M, and James R. Mr. Kill has served his town as highway commissioner for four years, assessor three years, supervisor two years, and in 1889 was elected to the Assembly, declining to be a candidate for renomination for second term. He was president and vice-president of the Agricultural Society two years each, and it was at his suggestion that a public wedding be held on the grounds during the fair, provided the subjects therefore could be found; this was done. Proving a drawing card and financial success. Mr. Kill has resided for the past forty-eight years on his farm on the Slayton Settlement road in the town of Royalton, and while he has always taken an active part in politics, he being a Democrat of the Jeffersonian school, yet he has never neglected his business, as his fine residence and well cultivated farm bear witness.

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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