Successful New York Men of 1913 Ackerson-Backus


Ackerson, T. Benton:
Real estate owner and developer, of 1 West Thirty-fourth St., New York City, was born at Rockland Lake, Rockland county, N.Y., June 9, 1856; son of Theodore P. and Susan L. (Moore) Ackerson. He was educated in schools of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; married Dec. 28, 1887, Carrie E. Ambler; children: Ella A., born 1898; Alice (deceased); Jean, born 1901. He was thirty-one years in employ of Knickerbocker Ice Co., and its successors, and for the past fourteen years has been engaged in real estate development and kindred lines, making a specialty of home communities. He is president of in development of homes in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Bay Shore, L.I., Maplewood, N.J., and building up of large factory interests in Long Island City. Republican. Episcopalian. He is a director and member Flatbush Board of Trade, Thirty-ninth Ward Taxpayers' Association, Jamaica Bay Improvement Association, Brooklyn League. His recreations are automobiling, yachting, out-of-door sports.

Adams, John Quincy:
Clergyman, born Ogden, N.Y., Aug. 8, 1849; son Caleb Kimball and Laura (Keeler) Adams; graduate Rochester University (A.B., 1847); Auburn Theol. Sem., 1877; married Rochester, N. Y., June 7, 1877, Cara Southgate. Pastor Walnut St. Presbyterian Church, Evansville, Ind., 1878-81; First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, Colo., 1881-84; Westminster Presbyterian Church. San Francisco. 1884- 95; chaplain Clifton Springs Sanitarium, 1895-98; pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Cananduigua. N.Y.. 1899-1902; First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, N.Y., 1903-07: assistant professor and librarian, Auburn Theol. Sem. since 1907. Founder, The Boys' Brigade in U.S.A., 1889 president its national organization. 1890-94). Member of A.D.O. and O.B.K. fraternities. D.D. from Rochester University and Huron College. Address: Auburn, N.Y.

Adsit, Charles:
Banker of Hornell, N.Y., was born in Hornell. N.Y., May 20, 1843; son of Martin and Esther J. (Charles) Adsit; educated at Walnut Hill school, Geneva; at Patterson school, Detroit; married St. Louis, Mo., June 4, 1878, Susan G. Larkin; children: Dr. H. Adsit, born 1880; Lynn M., born 1882; May E., born 1880. Entered business life as clerk in country store; became teller of First National Bank, Hornell, N.Y., 1863; cashier, 1865-1900; has been president since 1900. President Adsit Realty Co., Hornell Traction Co., vice-president Merrill Silk Co., Merrill Hosiery Co.; president and founder N.Y. State Bankers' Association; at one time mayor of Hornell. Member N.Y. Chamber of Commerce, trustee Mercy Hospital, Hornell library. Republican. Episcopalian. Clubs: Union League, Y.M.C.A.

Anderson, George Bradley:
Merchant, founder, was born April 18. 1841, in Canandaigua, N.Y. In 1863-86 he was buyer and assistant manager for G. H. Seelye. In 1866-71 he was partner in Squiers, Anderson and Co., dry good merchants; and since 1871 has been in business for himself as sole proprietor. For forty-seven consecutive years he has been conducting a dry goods and carpet business in Canandaigua, N.Y.; and in 1900 built his present store. He is prominently identified with the business and public affairs of his community; and has held numerous positions of trust and honor.

Ash, Robert Henry:
, born Ohio, Herk. Co., N.Y., Aug. 20, 1857; parents John and Margaret Maxim; married Ella Amanda Mowers, June 2. 1885; children Friend and Robert; educated in common schools of N.Y. State; graduated (M.D.) in both Coll. Phys. and Surg., Buffalo, 1883, and the Hahneman Med. Coll. of Chicago, 1ll., 1884; post-grad, instruction at N.Y. Post-Grad. Med. Sch., 1899; now president and member board trustees of Canastota and Port Leyden, Lewis Co., N.Y.; member A. M. A., Madison and Lewis Co. Med. Socs. N.Y. at Port Leyden, which position he has held since at Canastota for the town of Lincoln Regular. Office, 115 Main St., Canastota, N.Y. Hours: 123 p. m. Tel. Bell 152 W.


Babbitt, Otis H., :
Physician and surgeon; born Otsego, N.Y., Mar. 19, 1854; son of Roswell and Ann Elizabeth (Brown) Babbitt; educated Baldwinsville Acad., 1870, Oswego State Normal School, 1875; N.Y. Homoeopathic Med. Coll. and Hosp., M.D., 1882; married, Hartwick, N.Y., Oct. 23, 1878, Emma Wentworth Luce; one daughter, E. Blanche Denman, born Oct. 5, 1881 (married Prof. George E. Denman, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.). Teacher in public schools seven years; since 1882, practicing physician and surgeon, fourteen years in Cooperstown; and since 1896 in Auburn, N.Y. Trustee for six years, village of Cooperstown, N.Y.; president of village of Cooperstown one year; president board of education (member six years). Republican; member Methodist Episcopal Church. Member Am. Med. Assn. Homoeopathic Med. Soc., State of N.Y.; Cayuga Co. Med. Soc., Auburn City Med. Soc., Alumni Assn. N.Y.; Homoeopathic Med. Coll. and Hosp. Mason, Odd Fellow. Member executive committee N.Y. State Sunday School Assn. Address: 178 Genesee St., Auburn, N.Y.

Babcock, George Henry, :
Capitalist of Watertown, N.Y., where he was born Oct. 25, 1852, son of Henry H. and Eliza (Wheeler) Babcock. Attended Watertown public schools. Married in St. Albans, Vt., Oct. 14, 1874,-Alice L. Webster. President H. H. Babcock Company; vice-president and trustee Watertown Savings Bank; director Watertown National Bank, Jefferson County National Bank, Watertown Spring Works, Watertown Light and Power Company. Democrat; Episcopalian. Trustee House of Good Samaritan Hospital; trustee and vice-president Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library. Clubs: Jefferson County Golf. Black! River Valley.

Backus, Edward Wellington:
Lumberman, manufacturer, banker, was born in Jamestown, N.Y., Dec. 1, 1860; son of Abel and Anna (Anderson) Backus; educated in public schools of Red Wing and Featherstone Prairie, Minn., and University of Minnesota, 1878-82. Married in Minneapolis, Minn., Elizabeth Horr. Began business life in employ of Lee and McCulloch, lumbermen of Minneapolis, in September, 1882; was given working interest in business. 1883, and became partner in its successors, firm of Lee and Backus, Jan. 1, 1884-86, E. W. Backus and Company, 1886-1904, E. W. Backus Lumber Company, 1894-1900; president Backus-Brooks Company since 1900; organized the Minnesota and Ontario Power Company, Ltd., the Rainy River Improvement Company and the International Lumber Company in 1905 and in 1908 the Minnesota and Ontario Power Company, which has developed a hydro-electric power plant, with a capacity of 50,000 horsepower, and pulp and sulphite and paper mills, with combined capacity of 500 tons per day. Organized, 1910, the Minnesota, Dakota and Western Railway Company. President of these companies and of the Koochiching Company, lands. Rainy River Improvement Company. In "1896 purchased Columbia Mine in Blue Mountains, Ore., and organized Columbia Gold Mining Company, in operation continuously for seventeen years; Keewatin (Ontario) Lumber Company, Ltd.; International Lumber Company; director, Rainy River Lumber Company, Northwestern National Bank, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota and International Railway Company and First National Bank of International Falls, Minn. In 1894 organized and built what is now the Minnesota and International Railway Company, also organized the Minnesota Logging Company, was vice-president and general manager of both, also organized Northern Mining and Trading Company, Alaska. Republican (presidential elector, 1904). Clubs: Minneapolis, LaFayette, Minikahda.


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