GEORGE S. SADLER, President of the village of Canastota, a successful business man, and for years a trusted railroad employee, was born at Ingham's Mills, Herkimer County, August 31, 1845. His father, Samuel Sadler, was born in Wiltshire, England, about 1816, and was a son of Richard Sadler, a native of the same county, who came to the United States at an early day, and with his family of ten children, six sons and four daughters, located for a time in Newburg, N.Y. The names of these ten children were as follows: Robert, John, George, William, Samuel, Timothy, Maria, Martha, Ann, and Sarah. The widow of Timothy Sadler is living in Elmira with her son John, one of that city's successful business men. Ann was the wife of a Mr. Charles Rodbouver, of Breesport, Chemung County. Sarah was the wife of a Mr. Moore, of Elmira. All lived to rear families, and nearly all have passed away. Richard Sadler died at Elmira in old age, his wife outliving him some years.
Samuel Sadler was twice married, his second wife, Lovina Bellenger, being the mother of four children, namely: George S., the subject of this sketch; Byron, a hotel-keeper and box manufacturer, of Ingham's Mills; Francis, who died in infancy; and James D., of Ingham's Mills, manager of a country gristmill. Samuel Sadler died May 31, 1892, aged seventy-six years. His widow still lives at Ingham's Mills, a well-preserved and active woman for her years.
George S. Sadler was educated in the common schools of his native village, at Little Falls Academy, and had one term at a business college. He was brought up to the miller's trade in his father's mill. For some seven years he was book-keeper for his cousin, Joseph Rodbouver, and for other milling and manufacturing concerns; and in 1872 he began railroading on the Elmira, Cortland & Northern Railroad, as book-keeper for a firm of railroad contractors. From this place he
has been promoted through every position in the railroad service up to that of superintendent, first becoming station agent, then train despatcher and accountant, then travelling freight and passenger agent, and finally superintendent of transportation. In August, 1886, he took the general coal agency for the Elmira, Cortland & Northern Railroad and the Elmira Coal Company, with headquarters at Canastota, which position he still holds.
Mr. Sadler was married October 31, 1863, to Miss Melissa C. Claus, of Oppenheim, Fulton County, N.Y. They lived in Preble, Cortland County, three years, and a few years at Breesport and Elmira City; and for the past five years they have lived in Canastota. As an enthusiastic member of
the leading fraternities, Mr. Sadler is well known. He has been a Mason twenty-one years, has taken the thirty-second degree,
and is thoroughly versed in Masonic lore. He is a member of Little Falls Lodge, No.181, and Chapter No. 161, and Elmira Commandery, No.
19, K. T., Corning Consistory, Scottish Rite and Zyara Temple, of the Mystic Shrine of Utica. In Canastota Mr. Sadler has been prominently identified with the Odd Fellows. He aided materially in the organization of Canastota Lodge, No. 254, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was the first Noble Grand. He has been indefatigable in laboring for the upbuilding of this order; and as a result Canastota Lodge has an unusually large membership, composed of the best citizens of the place, and its lodge room, its furnishings, and its paraphernalia are among the finest and most complete in the State. Mr. Sadler is also a member
of Adieno Encampment and of Oneida Canton, P. M.; and he has several times been honored with the appointment of District Deputy Grand Master. He is also a member of the Royal Arcanum, the Equitable Aid Union, and the American Legion of Honor.
Mr. Sadler is very methodical in all his affairs; and during the two years he has been Water
Commissioner--the only public office he had held up to his election as President of the village--he systematized the book-keeping of the Water-works Department, and, together with the other commissioners, largely increased the revenue from water rents. He has always believed in unalloyed Democracy.
The accompanying portrait of this most eminent brother will be recognized and appreciated by many friends, both within and without the mystic orders.
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