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  MASON G. PERRY, a well-known citizen of Canastota, was born in Oswego, N.Y., in March, 1859, and is a son of George O. Perry, who was born in Fulton, N.Y., June 11, 1834. He was a son of Jarvis H. Perry, of Canajoharie, Montgomery County, N.Y.; and Jarvis H. was a son of James Perry, of Connecticut, who came to the State of New York, a single man, and engaged in the manufacture of potash. He married a Miss Jarvis, of Canajoharie, and reared six sons and three daughters, of whom Jarvis H. was the first-born. Jarvis H. Perry married Sarah M. Joyner, of Sackett's Harbor, by whom he had seven children, namely: Theodore, who went to California about 1857, and died there in 1883; George O., father of the subject of this sketch; Celia M., wife of Silas W. Wadsworth, of Beatrice. Neb.; Ward J., who probably died in Florida; William Henry, who volunteered in the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York Infantry at the formation of the regiment, going out as a drummer-boy while still a minor, and afterward regularly enlisted, and served with the regiment through the war, being wounded in one of the battles, and coming out at the close as Hospital Steward, now residing at Beatrice, Neb.; Wallace K., now of St. Louis, Mo.; and John A., an engineer in the oil regions of Pennsylvania.
  George O. Perry married Elizabeth A. Wright, of Ontario, a daughter of Charles W. and Diana (Mott) Wright, both of Canada, and both of whom have passed away. She has two brothers and one sister living, namely: Hiram C. Wright, of Winterset, Ia.; Wallace W., a farmer, of the same place; and Angeline R., wife of Alfred Scott, of Ontario. Mr. Perry removed in 1861, with his wife and family, from Oswego to Canastota, and in this latter place succeeded John Young in the drug business, in which business Mr. Young was the first in Canastota. Mr. Perry learned the business in his youth, followed it all his life, and was a prominent druggist in Canastota from the time of his settlement there until 1876, for several years being the only one thus engaged in the place. He was also prominent in the Masonic fraternity, being Master of the lodge three successive terms, and being also its historian, in such capacity collecting valuable data pertaining to the lodge itself. In politics, while not a violent partisan nor an office-seeker, he voted the Republican ticket. His death occurred August 9, 1878, when he was but forty-four years old, he being at the time in Jacksonville, Fla., where his family. had been living for about three years. His widow and only child survive him. His remains were interred in Canastota Cemetery, where also his father is buried.
  Mason G. Perry was educated and brought up to the drug business by his father. He took a regent's examination in Canastota, and graduated at the College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia when twenty-one years old. In 1881 he established himself as a druggist, and was thus engaged until 1885, when he. sold out. His marriage occurred June 20, 1888, to Miss Ida E. Harrison, of Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of James and Mary E. Harrison, of Philadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Perry have buried two children, one an infant daughter, and Grace E., aged eighteen months. Mr. Perry and his mother are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

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