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1897 Biography - Lauton W. Pettit

Pettit, Lauton W., Somerset, one of the wealthy and enterprising farmers of Niagara county, was born in Saratoga county, N. Y., in 1816, and is a son of Elisha and Hannah Pettit, both born south of Albany. Lauton Pettit was married to Margaret Whitlock, February 16, 1843, and they have one son, Joel H., who was born January 5, 1846. Mrs. Pettit died February 12, 1892. Mr. Pettit has held the office of postmaster at Lake Road for thirty-three consecutive years, and is probably the oldest postmaster in the United States. He is hale and hearty at eighty-one years of age. Mr. Pettit's son married and had four children, and after the death of his wife he kept his children together on the farm, doing most of the work himself, until, to give them better school advantages, he moved to Lockport and engaged in the grocery business. The oldest is a graduate of the New York Medical College in the class of 1896, and is a physician and surgeon in Lockport, where he was married January 1, 1897, to Eva Rebasz. Glen, the second son, is engaged in the grocery business with his father, Walter is in school, and Fred, the fourth son, is dead.

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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