Niagara County

1897 Biography - Hart Slocum

Slocum, Hart, was born at Cambria, N. Y., March 9, 1848, a son of William P. Slocum (deceased). He received a public school education in the schools of his native town, and at seventeen years of age learned the cooper's trade and worked at the trade until 1871. He moved to Wilson, N. Y., in 1876, and engaged in the agricultural business. He held the office of street superintendent three years. In the spring of 1884 Mr. Slocum went to work for the Neil Bros. of Ohio in the hedge fence business, with headquarters at Brockport, N. Y. With the permission of the Neil Bros. he resigned his position on September 1, 1884, and accepted a position on the customs force the same month, as deputy collector and inspector; he remained on the force for one year and ten months under Collector Benjman Flagler. At the change of administration he was removed by Collector O. W. Cutler, who took possession of the office after Mr. Flagler's time had expired. March 18, 1886. In the spring of 1887, March 1, Mr. Slocum went to work for G. H. Stevens, agent for the West Shore Railway Co. at Suspension Bridge, N. Y., in the freight office; two years of the time while with the railway company he was passenger agent. He remained with the railway companyuntil January 1, 1894, when he was elected coroner of Niagara county for three years and re-elected in the fall of 1896 for second term, being a faithful and trusted officer. He is a member cf Niagara River Lodge No 785, F. & A. M.; a charter member of Ontario Lodge No. 147, A. O. U. W., of Wilson, N. Y. On September 5, 1869, he married Susan J. Lister of Wilson, N. Y.; they had one daughter, who died at the age of thirteen years on November 20, 1885. Mr. Slocum is special agent for the hosiery of the Winona Mills of New York city for Niagara county.

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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