PAGenWeb McKean County, Pennsylvania
from History of the Counties of McKean,
Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania
J.H. Beers, Chicago, 1890
Eldred Township & Borough of Eldred Biographical Sketches
DANIEL J. KEYES, farmer, lumberman and oil producer, Eldred, was born in Eagle township, Allegany (now Wyoming) county, N. Y., January 17, 1821, a son of Peter and Abigail (Beede) Keyes, natives of Vermont, and pioneers of Allegany county, N. Y. His father, who died in Eldred township, reared a family named as follows: Adeline (Mrs. Platt Gage), Peter, Abigail (Mrs. George Stevens), Jane (Mrs. William Foster), Betsey (Mrs. Calvin Combs), Daniel J., Aurilla (Mrs. George Stevens), Rhoda and Augustus F. Daniel J. Keyes was reared in Allegany county, N. Y., and settled in Eldred township, McKean Co., Penn., in 1847, locating on the farm he now occupies, most of which he cleared. He bas also been extensively engaged in the lumber business, and has worn out two saw-mills on his premises. He has also been in the oil producing business, and now has six producing wells on his farm. In February, 1842, he married Almina, daughter of Huldah (Steele) Potter, of Allegany county, N. Y., and to them were born four children: Martha (Mrs. A. B. Loop), Mary. (Mrs. John S. Cotton), Almina (deceased), and Eva (Mrs. J. B. Dennis). Mr. Keyes was elected twice to the office of county commissioner of McKean county, and during his second term enlisted in the war of the Rebellion in the fall of 1862, was mustered into the service as first- lieutenant in the One Hundred and Fiftieth Pennsylvania (Bucktails), and was honorably discharged on account of disability in June, 1863. He has served as justice of the peace of Eldred township several terms. Politically he is a Republican.
C. W. FRANKLIN was born in Tiffin, Ohio, was reared in Jackson, Miss., where he received an academic education, and took a commercial course at Bryant & Stratton's Business College in Buffalo, N. Y. He began his business career as a clerk in a general store in Salamanca, N. Y., and later was engaged in the same capacity at Corfu, same State. In 1885 he located at Eldred, and here formed a partnership with E. S. Rogers in the dry goods business, which they have since successfully continued. They are wideawake, enterprising young men, and have built up a lucrative trade as proprietors of the only exclusive dry goods store of that place. Mr. Franklin married in June, 1886, Miss Carrie L. Chadeayne, of Corfu, N. Y. He is a member of the Episcopal Church, of the F. & A. M. and Knights of Pythias; is one of the auditors of the borough of Eldred. In politics he is a Republican, and is inspector of election.
C. Y. WHITE, postmaster, Eldred. was born in Coudersport, Penn., July 15. 1849, a son of Miles and Adeline (Crittenden) White. His paternal grandfather, Austin White, a native of Vermont,. who was reared in Albany, N. Y., was a pioneer physician of Harrison township, Potter Co., Penn., where he practiced his profession for many years; he died at Keating Summit, in Keating township, Potter county; his children were DeWitt C., Esther (Mrs. Stathan), Fanny (Mrs. Henry Nelson), Miles and Harriet (Mrs. George Lewis). The maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch was Harry Crittenden, a pioneer lumberman and farmer of Potter county, and a very active man up to the time of his death, which occurred when he was over eighty years of age. Miles White was reared in Potter county, followed farming to some extent, and was for years engaged in the hotel business at Keating Summit and Coudersport, dying at the latter place in May, 1887. He was twice married, and by his first wife there was one son, C. Y. By his second wife, nee Margaret Hackett, he had three children: Carrie M., Mylert and Mackey. C. Y. White was reared in Coudersport and vicinity until fifteen years of age. He then located in Cameron county, where he resided until 1879, when he removed to Eldred, and here embarked in the grocery business, which he continued in four years, after which he engaged in the oil business as a producer. He was appointed postmaster at Eldred in May, 1888, which office he now holds. Mr. White married Lowaty, daughter of Matthew and Hannah (Burt) McDowell, of Potter county, and they have three children: Harry L., A. G. and Margery. Our subject is a member of the Masonic fraternity; politically he is a Democrat.