Batterson, David O.

DAVID O. BATTERSON, Cashier of the Merchants' and Farmers' National Bank of Dansville, was born in Nunda, Livingston County, N.Y., May 23, 1860. His ancestors were from Connecticut, and settled near Elmira, N. Y. His grandfather, David Batterson, came from there in an early day, and settled near Nunda Village. The site upon which the village now stands was offered to him, but a location three and one-half miles from this spot was chosen. Here the young farmer began life. The dense aboriginal growth was cleared away, and he built one of the first white houses ever seen in that section. He married Sallie De Witt for his first wife; and four sons and four daughters were born to them, the youngest, Orlando, being the father of the original of this sketch. Sallie De Witt died at the age of thirty-seven; and Mr. Batterson married afterward Lucretia Murry, a resident of Springville, N.Y. Orlando remained with his father until his marriage with Emily Powers, of Tuscarora, after which he purchased a farm near his father. Here his two children; David O. and Nelson E. were born.

David O. Batterson attended the district school with the other farmer boys of the neighborhood, and was a pupil of the Nunda Academy. He also attended the Riverside Seminary at Wellsville, N.Y. At the age of seventeen he entered the employment of A. R. Hill, who was an extensive tanner at Wellsville. He remained with him for three years as bookkeeper, and left him to become bookkeeper for Hoyt & Lewis, bankers of Wellsville. He afterward was bookkeeper and teller of the First National Bank of Wellsville, holding this position for nine years, at the expiration of which time lie came to Dansville, and was elected in December, 1890, Cashier of the Merchants' and Farmers' National Bank. Mr. Batterson. is a Director of this bank and also a Director of the E- M. Parmelee Medical Company of Dansville. Mr. Batterson married in August, 1881, Lillian A. Russell, (daughter of George W. Russell, of Wellsville,. N.Y. She lived but a short time; and he married in October, 1885, Sarah Palmer York, daughter of Hiriam York, also of Wellsville. To David and Sarah York Batterson two children have been born Emily Louise and Harriet York. Mr. David O. Batterson, who came an absolute stranger to the locality in which he has risen by his own unaided efforts to a position of influence, is a proof of what a man may make of himself by application to his business and an unswerving determination of purpose. He has the gift of attracting friends, and is a very popular man in Dansville. He is a Vestryman in St. Peter's Church, of which his wife is a communicant. His political creed is the Republican platform, upon which he stands firm and unshaken.

Biographical Review of the Leading Citizens of Livingston and Wyoming Counties, 1895, p.382