ARTHUR J. STILLMAN, a leading merchant of the town of Brookfield, was born February 25, 1841. His grandfather, Nathan Stillman, went to Brookfield from Rhode Island, and was one of the pioneers of the town. The father, Ethan Stillman, was born in Brookfield, and educated in the public schools. He learned the trade of cabinet-making, but after a few years started in the tin and hardware business, keeping the largest stock of goods in the town, and conducted the store until the time of his death.
The subject of this sketch, Arthur J. Stillman, was fortunate in receiving a good education at the Brookfield Academy, and at the age of eighteen started out to work for himself. He clerked in the store of P. C. Brownell of Brookfield for two years, then left to enter the employment of Leroy Babcock, with whom he remained two years, and then, purchasing the stock from the owner, embarked in business for himself. After an experience of three years at this he sold out and went to New York City, working in a wholesale notion store on Broadway. In 1869 he returned to the town of Brookfield, and went into the grocery business. At the expiration of about five years he located in his present handsome store, which is on the site of the old one where he first worked; and here he has been ever since, one of the most prominent and best known merchants in the county.
Mr. Stillman is one of five brothers, whose names are John T., William Norton, Arthur, Duane, and Osmer. The latter died in early childhood. The mother is still living, and resides in this town, at the age of eighty seven years--a hale, hearty. and well-preserved lady. When Mr. Stillman reached the age of twenty-one, he married Miss Marie A. Clark, daughter of L. R. and Angeline Clark, all of Brookfield. They have one daughter, Mattie A., who is the wife of Mr. Charles A. Tefft, and has one child, Vera Adell.
Mr. Stillman's family attend the Baptist church. He is a warm adherent of the Republican party, and has many times been elected to the office of Supervisor, having first served in 1882. By his straightforward course he gained the confidence of his towns-people, and was re-elected in 1883, and again in 1892 and 1893. When spoken of for this office, he refused the nomination unless it was the unanimous choice of the people. For seven years he was Clerk of the Board of Education of Brookfield Academy.
Too much cannot be said in praise of the career of Mr. Stillman. He has worked hard, and improved every opportunity to advance himself. Sterling integrity has always characterized his actions, and from his earliest youth he has considered his reputation as paramount to everything else. Consequently, the fullest confidence has been reposed in him. His broad mind and frank, open disposition have made him a genial companion; and his energy, in seeing what is best for the interests of the people, then his active work until it is accomplished, make him a valued and beloved citizen.
MadisonCountyNewYork.com All rights