PAUL S. MAINE, a leading merchant of Perryville, N. Y., was born December 13, 1847, in the town of Fenner. His parents were Asa R. and Lucy W. Maine. The family were originally from Connecticut, the grandfather, Paul R. Maine, having been born there in 1791, but moved to the town of Fenner, Madison County, in
1810, and bought a farm of three hundred acres. He accumulated considerable means, and became one of the leading farmers in the town; also Inspector of Public Schools, and a deacon in the Baptist church at Fenner Corners. Of his family of five children only two survive: Franklin P., living near North
Manlius, N. Y.; and Elon G., residing in the village of Perryville. The grandfather died at the age of eighty, on the farm he first bought and settled upon. He voted with the Republican party.
The father of our subject, Asa R. Maine, grew to manhood in the town of Fenner, and here bought a portion of the old home farm. On this well-cultivated and beautiful place he married, reared his family of five children, and died in 1863, at the age of forty-two years. In his religious proclivities he clung to the faith of his ancestors, and was a thorough Baptist. He was a Republican, and held many offices under the patronage of that party. For two years he was Supervisor, Justice of the Peace three terms, was Internal Revenue Assessor, and also had been Inspector of Schools and Town Clerk. In every position of trust he held Mr. Maine was eminently satisfactory and trustworthy; and, when he finally retired from active service, it was with the reputation of sterling honesty and unimpeachable rectitude. His children were: Marion A., who married Horatio K. Vedder, and lived near Little Falls, N. Y., where she died at the age of twenty-seven; Paul S.; Frank L., living in Manlius, N.Y., a lawyer and Justice of the Peace; Ida P., Mrs. Charles Dick, of Jefferson County, New York; and Nellie A., who died when eleven years of age. The mother died in 1873, aged fifty years.
Paul S. Maine, of whom we write, grew to manhood. in the town of Fenner, and attended its district schools, afterward going for five terms to the seminary at Cazenovia. When he was seventeen years old, he began teaching, which he continued for seven years. He was appointed School Commissioner at the
age of twenty-four years, to fill a vacancy, and then elected to serve the succeeding term of three years, 1873-74-75. He was married in 1872 to Miss Florence A. Keeler, of the town of Fenner, daughter of Harvey L. Keeler, who
was a merchant the last years of his life, and who died in 1882, when fifty-eight years of age. In 1876 our subject bought Mr. Keeler's general store, which he now carries on. He also owns the old farm of one hundred acres, and has an interest in the cheese factory of the town. He has a large stock of merchandise and a highly successful business.
Mr. Maine is postmaster of Perryville, being appointed in 1876, and, with the exception of three years, has held the position continuously. He was also Supervisor for eight years. Fraternally, he is a member of Sullivan Lodge, No. 148, F. & A. M., of which is Worshipful Master. He affiliates with the Republican party, the principles of which he warmly advocates and supports. He is equally prominent with his fellow-men, irrespective of creed and party. As a leading farmer and business man in Perryville, he wields great influence, and, though comparatively a young man, is public-spirited and largely interested in the growth and prosperity of his town. One daughter completes the happy family circle of our subject and wife--L. Ethelyn, born June 30, 1874, residing at
home, and the centre and joy of the household.
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