S. ALLEN CURTIS, a prominent farmer and a trusted official of the county of Madison, is a son of Allen and Arabelle (Richardson) Curtis, the former of whom was born in Madison County, September 11, 1811, and the latter in this county, August 30, 1815. Both Allen Curtis and his son, S. Allen, the subject of this sketch, are distinguished for the confidence placed in them by their fellow-men, having frequently been elected to important positions of honor and trust. Allen Curtis is a successful farmer, and resides in the village of Madison. In early days he followed both shoemaking and tanning for a number of years, then purchased a farm in the town of Madison, where he has since followed agricultural pursuits, and at the same time performed public duties to the satisfaction of all interested. For some years he was Constable, and for the past thirty-five years has been Justice of the Peace, and still holds that office. He was Supervisor thirteen years, and was for some years Chairman of the Board. For twenty-one years he was Superintendent of the Poor, and was Railroad Commissioner twenty years.
Allen Curtis and his wife have ten children living out of a family of twelve: Martin V., born November 19, 1834, died April 11, 1883; Adelia L., born January 9, 1836: Abner, born September 5, 1838, died August 5, 1841: Marion L., born December 13, 1840; Fidora R., February 5, 1843: Lucinda R., January 8, 1845; S. Allen, December 24, 1846; George H., October 25, 1848; Josephine M., November 13, 1850; Ida D., January 8, 1853; Louis A., March 22, 1855; and Cora A., January 11, 1859. Allen Curtis and wife are members of the Baptist church, and in politics he is a Republican. They have twenty-three living grandchildren.
S. Allen Curtis was reared in the town of Madison, and was well educated both in the district schools and in Hamilton Seminary, which latter institution he attended two terms. Remaining at home with his parents until he was twenty-four years of age, he then took charge of the railroad station at Solsville as agent, and remained there eight and a half years. January 1, 1879, he was appointed Keeper of the Poor, holding that position four and a half years, also being engaged a short time in the coal business at Eaton. In 1885 he was elected Superintendent of the County Infirmary and Farm, taking charge January 1, 1886, and has held this position to the present time. Here he has given, and is giving, general satisfaction, being a careful and economical manager of the institution and a kind and considerate superintendent. He is also Superintendent of the Children's Home at Peterboro.
Mr. Curtis was married November 21, 1878, to Gertrude M. Bridge, who was born at Bouckville, Madison County, and is a daughter of Rodney and Emily Bridge, the former of whom was born in Stockbridge, July 27, 1819, and died at Solsville, October 19, 1889. The latter was born February 26, 1823, in the town of Madison, where she still resides. Mr. Bridge was in politics a Democrat. He was, as is his widow, a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. They reared three children, namely: Llewellyn, born February 6, 1847; Mattie J., October 27, 1850; and Gertrude, Mrs. Curtis, August 8, 1858.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis have two daughters, namely: M. Ethel, born October 8, 1884; and Elma G., December 9, 1885. Mr. Curtis and his wife are members of the Baptist church. In politics he is a Republican. He is one of the most popular citizens of Madison County, and a very pleasant, genial gentleman.
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