THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   MRS. ALMA J. HUBBARD. It is always a pleasant task to write the memoirs of the women of this State, who have so nobly helped their husbands and shared their privations so uncomplainingly in its early history. The lady who is the subject of this sketch is the widow of the late Seth J. Hubbard, who died July 18, 1888, in his sixtieth year. He was born in Steuben, Oneida County, where he was reared on his father's farm, and was the son of Jacob Hubbard, of the same town, who died there in 1876: the latter's wife was Betsey Sprague, of the same place. Their family consisted of one son, Seth J., and two daughters. The mother died at the home of Mrs. Alma Hubbard in 1880, in her seventy-eighth year. The grandfather of Seth J. Hubbard was a native of Connecticut, and was one of the pioneer settlers of Oneida County. He was not only a farmer, but was also a carriage-maker.
   The maiden name of our subject was Alma J. Tanner. She is a native of Trenton, Oneida County, and the daughter of Benjamin and Catherine (Sterling) Tanner, both of Herkimer County. They lived on a farm in Trenton, and reared five daughters, of whom Mrs. Hubbard is the second in order of birth. They are all living. The mother died April 9, 1893, aged eighty-three years, bright, intelligent, and vivacious to the last. Her husband still resides on his farm at Oneida Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Seth J. Hubbard were married at Trenton, Oneida County, October 30, 1851, and began their domestic life on a farm of their own in Steuben, residing there nearly twenty years, when they sold it, and moved to their present home and farm in 1871. They bought one hundred and seventy-five acres of land, of which the West Shore Railroad has taken a few acres, paying there-for $17,000. It was with the praiseworthy intention of giving their children better school advantages that this couple left the tender associations of their early married life, and removed to a strange place with their children. There were two sons and two daughters in the family; namely, Clara J., Ella, Horace, and Edward G. Clara J. is the wife of Charles A. Allen, a farmer of the town of Lenox; they have three daughters and a son. Ella is living at home. Horace married Miss Hattie Perkins, of Wampsville, and resides in Aspen, Col. Edward G. is unmarried, and lives at home. Thanks to the loving interest of the parents, the family all received sound and excellent academic educations.
   Mr. Hubbard left a fine estate and personal property. He was a plain farmer, but a man of good practical business ability, and by industry and application left his wife and family in comfortable circumstances. The wife who seconded him so ably is entitled to fully as much praise. By her economy and admirable housekeeping qualities she assisted him in building up this fortune, and after his death bent all her energies to maintaining the prosperity he had achieved. Considering her years, she is still active, giving her personal supervision to the farm, having five acres under cultivation of hops, and managing a dairy of from fifteen to twenty cows, besides having young stock and fine horses.

 

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