Niagara County

1897 Biography - Willis T. Mann

Mann, Willis T., Somerset, was born in Somerset, January l3, 1857, and is a son of Oscar E, and Hannah E. (Merritt) Mann, both natives of New York. His father was born in Oswego, N. Y., and came with his parents to Somerset, when two years old, in 1835. Mr. Mann was educated in Lockport, and at Cornell University, where he took a course in agriculture and horticulture in 1877 and 1878. Mr. Mann was among the first to recognize the relation of fungus diseases to the failure of fruits, and in a report before the Niagara County Farmers' Club in July, 1890, explained the relation of such diseases to fruit failures and recommended the spraying of trees for their prevention. The experience of the past six or seven years has demonstrated the truth of his conclusions, and the methods he advised have since become generally recognized as essential to successful fruit culture. He has been called to address meetings of different farmers' and fruit growers' conventions, and his hearers have profited largely by following his advice. He is scientific authority on all subjects pertaining to horticulture. April 10, 1879, he married Carrie R. Townsend, daughter of Elisha C, and Ann Eliza Townsend, and they have two children: Gertrude E., born June 6, 1880, and Horace T., born November 12, 1884. Mrs. Mann was born November 1, 1859. Her father was born in Somerset and died in January, 1862. Her mother died March 24, 1897.

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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