W. E. FOOTE was born March 11, 1840, in the town of Brookfield,
N.Y. on the farm he now owns and occupies, and on which his father Rufus was also born. The Foote family came to this State from Chester, Conn., and were persons of considerable education and research, as was evidenced by the classical name of Epaphroditus given to the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, who came first to Brookfield, and settled on the above-named farm.
Rufus Foote, son of the immigrant, was reared and educated in his native town, and there remained, engaged in active pursuits, until 1875, when he removed to Bridgewater, where he still lives, a hale and hearty man of seventy-six years. He did not need to go to a strange country or even to a neighboring village to seek a wife. He married Miss Emily Hall, who, like himself, was a native of the town of Brookfield.
W. E. Foote was the only child of Rufus and Emily Hall Foote. He was educated in the public schools of Brookfield and at West Winfield Academy. and remained at home with his parents until he was twenty-two years of age. He was twice married. After his first marriage he resided at the old homestead for five years, and then removed to Bridgewater, having bought an interest in a hotel previously kept by Mr. Mason. Here he did a most successful business for five years, selling out at the end of that time, with the intention of returning to the farm. Since coming to Bridgewater, he had been elected Supervisor of the town, and, when he disposed of his interest in the hotel, had only partially served his term of office; but, being a man who always considered duty paramount to everything else, he remained in the town to finish his term, although not engaged in business. After this he went back for a short time to the old homestead. The year 1881 found him again in Bridgewater, where he entered the store of W. C. Marsh, staying there three years. He returned once more, and for good, to the old home farm in 1885.
His first wife was Miss Josephine Otterbin, daughter of John and Catherine Otterbin. She was born in Cedarville, Herkimer County, N.Y., her parents being pioneers of the town. Two years previous to his leaving Bridgewater his wife died; and in 1874 he married Miss Emily Hall, daughter of Samuel and Nancy Hall. They have one child, Anna Josephine. Following the example of his father, Mr. Foote is a supporter and worker in the Universalist church, the grandfather having been a prominent member and strong supporter of said church.
In the fraternal orders Mr. Foote is a member of Western Star Lodge, No. 15, of
Bridgewater, one of the oldest in the State of New York. Socially, Mr. Foote and family hold a fine position, and have many true and warm friends in the community. Their home is noticeable at once as the abode of culture and intelligence, where the visitor is always sure of a pleasant, hospitable welcome. In every department of life Mr. Foote has ably and worthily filled the station in which he has been placed, and is regarded by his townspeople as a thoroughly consistent and honorable gentleman.
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