The following 13 biographical sketches were extracted from the Geographical gazetteer of Jefferson county, N.Y., 1685-1890: William H. Nickelson; James E. Bentley; Captain Pardon Payne; John Monroe; Michael Schrodt; Rev. William Cooke; Rev. Thomas Simpkins; William Gussman; Alfred Lord; Rev. Junius J. Cowles; John S. Archer; Richard A. Dennis; and Sylvester J. Taylor.
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This pleasant village, of 500 inhabitants, is situated on the upper lake ridge, which here forms a plain, three miles north of Adams, and ten miles by railroad from Watertown. The location is very favorable, and, being surrounded by a rich farming country, the place has become noted for its many comfortable homes, substantial business men, and beautiful streets. Settlement in this’ locality was first made in 1816, by Luman and Hiram Arms, who opened a farm just north of the village site. The place was densely timbered with cedar and the hard woods of this section, and clearings were …