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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CHARLES C. HOWARD, now residing in the village of Alpine, is a well known citizen of Schuyler County. He was born in Candor, Tioga County, N. Y., March 22, 1837, and is a son of Charles C. and Daura (Phelps) Howard, the former a native of Tompkins County, N. Y., and the latter of Vermont. Our subject grew to manhood in his native county and received a common-school education. October 22, 1862, he was married to Margaret A. Snyder, who was born in the town of Catharine, Schuyler County, and who was a daughter of William and Electa (Rumsey) Snyder. Her father was an early settler of this county and was well and favorably known, especially in religious circles, being an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died August 4, 1862, at the age of forty-six years.

After the death of Mr. Snyder, our subject took control of the farm, which he soon afterward purchased. It then contained sixty-six acres, but he has since added thirty-four acres to it, making a good farm of one hundred acres, and here he made his home until 1893. One year prior to this, in company with his son-in-law, Mr. Howard established his present business in Alpine. The firm is engaged in the buying and shipping of stock, to which Mr. Howard gives his special attention, and in which he has been personally engaged for many years. It is likewise engaged in buying and shipping grain and produce of all kinds, and also handles coal and agricultural implements. In 1893 Mr. Howard purchased his present residence and removed to Alpine. He still retains his farm, on which he keeps a tenant to care for the stock, as he makes a specialty of buying and feeding the same for the market. The first shipment of stock from this section over the Lehigh Valley Railroad was made by Mr. Howard. The Lehigh Valley Railroad built a switch to accommodate the trade of Howard & Savercool, with the understanding that five thousand tons per year should be shipped from the station. The first year the shipments of the firm were more than three times that amount, and the railroad company has no reason to regret its investment.

In politics our subject is a stanch Republican, and cast his first Presidential vote for Lincoln. He has since continued to act with that party, believing its principles more in accord with the best interests of the people than that of any other party. While he cares nothing for official position, he has yet filled a number of local offices to the satisfaction of his friends and constituents. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Odessa, in the work of which they are active, and for years he has been Class Leader and Steward. They are the parents of one child, Emma M., now the wife of F. N. Savercool, who is Mr. Howard’s partner in the business at Alpine.

F. N. Savercool was born in Newfield, Tompkins County, N. Y., in 1861, and is a son of Uriah and Hannah (Thomas) Savercool, the former a retired and wealthy farmer of Tompkins County. One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Savercool, Edna. In business Mr. Savercool has shown himself enterprising and successful, and to him is due much of the success of the firm.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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