THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   ALVIN A. BURROWS, the son of Alanson and Mary Devendorf Burrows, both natives of Herkimer County, New York, was born in the town of Fenner, July 6, 1849.
   The father was a cloth-dresser and a tanner by trade, but was afterward a boot and shoe merchant. In 1838 he went with his family to Perryville, where he spent his last days. His two children are still living,--Henry D., a farmer in Wisconsin, and our subject, Alvin A. Alanson Burrows, a well-known and respected man, instilled into his children's minds good moral and religious teachings and an implicit faith in the principles of the Republican party. He died at the age of seventy-three, in 1878; his wife, nine years later, at the age of eighty-five years.
   Our subject lived with his father in the vicinity of Perryville, where he attended district schools and also the seminary at Cazenovia. Besides assisting in farm work, he followed the trade of painter for some years. In 1883 he engaged in the mercantile business in Perryville, where he carries on a general store, and also deals in agricultural implements. His stock being well kept up, he has an excellent trade, and, in the exclusive care he gives to its management, has little time for civic affairs or outside interests, although he always shows a commendable zeal in the progress and improvement of the village.
   At the age of twenty-three, feeling himself competent to take the happiness of another into his keeping, Mr. Burrows sought and obtained in marriage the hand of Miss Addie V. Ransom. She was born in 1853, in the town of Fenner, a daughter of Eli and Eliza Ransom. Mr. Ransom, her father, was a farmer, a strong Republican, and with his family attended the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died in 1878. His wife still lives in Perryville, sixty-eight years old at the present time, 1893. In their comfortable and pretty home Mr. and Mrs. Burrows have been blessed with one child,--a son, Charles Floyd Burrows,--born February 25, 1876, whose years thus far have been mainly spent in acquiring an education fitting him to take up a course of professional study. The young man is now qualifying himself to become a physician.
   In all his relations--business, political, social, and religious--Mr. Burrows is ever the same genial and thorough gentleman, and in his household a kind husband and father. His success has been well earned. He has, by untiring industry, worked his way from a small start to his present prosperity; and in his case honor is given where honor is due.

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