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   FLOYD C. BUELL, an active, prosperous, wide-awake merchant of Hamilton, and a leading factor in the mercantile interests of this busy village, is a native of Madison County, born in Lebanon, September 4, 1858. His father, Philander C. Buell, was also born in Lebanon, being a son of Chauncy Buell. The father grew to manhood on the home farm, receiving his early education in the public schools, and afterward was graduated from Cazenovia College. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, and made farming his chief occupation during his life, his death occurring in Lebanon when he was a comparatively young man. He married Ann Clark, who bore him four children,--Ellen M., Annett J., Lloyd C., and Mary E.
   The subject of this sketch was but seven years of age when his father died, and the following seven years made his home with his grandfather Clark in Earlville, where he attended the district school, gleaning a good common-school education, and later attended school at Cazenovia for two years. He was energetic, ambitious, and anxious to earn money for himself, and, desiring to see more of the world, made a trip West, remaining a year and a half, but, not finding any better advantages for business there than here, returned to Madison County, and entered the drug store of Mr. Douglass in Earlville, where he remained as a clerk for three years. He then bought a house in the village, and for five years was engaged in buying and selling agricultural implements, wagons, etc. At the expiration of that time he purchased an interest in the drug store of his former employer, and the succeeding three years remained a partner therein. Then, selling out his interest to Mr. Douglass, he opened his present place of business, as a dealer in flour and feed, and dealt successfully in grain, carrying on a large and lucrative business, until November, 1893, when he sold the flour and feed business, and put in a stock of hardware. Mr. Buell is a man of excellent ability, possesses sound judgment, is quick and alert, and bids fair to take a foremost place among the prominent merchants of the county.
   In 1881 Mr. Buell was united in marriage to Nellie L. Douglass, daughter of Dr. Andrew S. and Hannah Douglass. Their union has been blessed by the birth of four children,--Harold D., Ellen L., Floyd C., Jr., and Marjorey A. Mr. and Mrs. Buell are attendants at the Methodist church, are active in all good work, and held in high esteem by their large circle of friends. Politically, Mr. Buell affiliates with the Republican party. Socially, he belongs to Earlville Lodge, No. 124, Knights of Pythias.

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