THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  IRVING O. WRIGHT, an energetic, prosperous man in the prime of life, is widely and favorably known as a valuable factor in the business and industrial interests of this part of Madison County. He is a native of the town of Smithfield, born June 18, 185 1. His parents, Orson and Bassaby (Clark) Wright, who were also born in Smithfield, died at their home in Lenox, one at the age of seventy-two years, and the other at fifty-eight years of age. Orson Wright was reared to agricultural pursuits, but on arriving at manhood learned the trade of a stone-mason, which he followed successfully at Smithfield and Lenox. He was a man much respected for his integrity and genuine worth. In politics he affiliated with the Republican party. To him and his wife were born a family of four children: Alzaney, who died when sixteen years of age; Caroline, who married Jesse Sipher, and resided in the town of Knox; Valnett, who married Leander Betts, and lives in Van Buren County, Michigan; and Irving O. 
  The subject of this biography received a good common-school education, to which he has continually added by observation and reading. When fourteen years of age, he left the parental roof, and engaged in the battle of life for himself. He secured work on a farm, receiving at first only six dollars per month, and continued farming until twenty-one years of age. Desiring more remunerative employment, he next started out with a peddler's stock of tinware, and for the following six years travelled on the road. He had good business talent, and prospered so well in his new occupation that, by living frugally and saving what he could of his profits, he was enabled in a few years to establish himself permanently in trade by opening a hardware store in Peterboro. This was in 1880, since which time he has pushed steadily onward. His business increased so rapidly that in 1886 he erected the building he now owns and occupies, putting in a stock of general merchandise valued at about ten thousand dollars. By persevering energy and excellent management he has extended his business until now he has the leading store of Peterboro, with yearly sales averaging from twenty thousand to twenty-five thousand dollars. He exhibits a large assortment of agricultural implements, and is the sole agent for the celebrated Munnsville Plow Company, his trade extending over a circuit of many miles. 
  Mr. Wright was united in marriage January 17, 1877, to Mary Courtney, who was born in the town of Lenox, May 28, 1852. She is a most estimable woman, and shares with her husband the respect of their neighbors and friends. She is of Irish ancestry; religiously, is a devout Catholic. Her father, Peter Courtney, was born in Ireland; while her mother, Mary Courtney, was a native of Stockbridge, Madison County. Her parents reared a family of seven children. Mr. Courtney died when fifty-three years old, his wife at the age of fifty-seven years. 
  Mr. Irving O. Wright is regarded as among the ablest and most influential citizens of Peterboro, and is doing his full share in upholding and advancing the interests of his native town. In politics he is a stanch Republican.

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