Town of Franklinville
  The Town of Franklinville Early Pioneers

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Early History
Death Records 1860-1894

Early Settlers
Joseph McClure
Pardon T Jewell
Marvin Older
Delos E Lyon
Curtis Brothers
Searl and Storrs
William McNall

Park Square and Fairs
The Story
The Trial
The Wedding
Franklinville Fair

Postal History
Post Office

Hotels and Inns
Globe Hotel
Hotel Lester
Bard Hotel
Brown Eagle Hotel

Businesses and Industry
Bartholomew's Pharmacy
West Park Square Drug Store
Quality Bakery
Cutlery Industry
Dairy Industry
Firehouse Liquors
Blount Plow

Churches and Buildings
Other Churches
Methodist Episcopal
Amusement Hall
The Miners Cabin

In the Public Trust
Fire Department
Mt Prospect Cemetery
Public Works


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Isaac Searl and Thomas Storrs


Isaac Searl

In 1817 there came to Franklinville one Isaac Searl, together with
his wife Martha Hotchkiss Searl whom he had married in July of 1811
when he was twenty two years of age. They lived originally in a small
house which stood approximately where the Fleet Bank is today (1998),
the northeast corner of the intersection of Park Square with North Main
Street (Route 16 North). Later, in another location, he built his own
log house and cleared many acres with an axe, a handspike and
all-consuming fire.
Isaac and Martha Searl would bring a total of nine children into
the world, of whom five would survivie to responsible adulthood. Their
three surviving sons, Orange, Lyman and Isaac, would all become well
known farmers in this valley, all known as Christian gentlemen. Their
daughter, Arvilla, would marry John Burlingame while Hannah became the
wife of Marshall O. Bond. Isaac died April 11, 1860; Martha in 1868.
Both are buried in Mount Prospect Cemetery in Franklinville.

Thomas Storrs

The year 1827 saw the arrival of Thomas D. and Katherine Campbell
Storrs and their children. Their fifth son, George, was then seven years
old. George was a hard worker, imbued with ambition and curiosity, and
he grew up to be a rather remarkable man. In the growing process,
although never giving up his share of a boy's fun, he acquired all the
education the settlement had to offer. He had an inborn love of books
which were very hard to come by ...... and he had a memory surpassed by
none. These factors, together with his perceptive, inquiring and
analytical mind, caused him to become a proficient mathematician. He
gained a rather widely held reputation for this ability and was sought
out to solve problems that others could not, even at the Calculus level.
Altogether he seems to have been what we might call a Renaissance
man. He could do it all ... art, languages, prose and oratory.

At the age of 22 he married Mary J. Antisdale. They would remain
married for fifty years and become the parents of five children. At the
age of 24 he became a teacher, much to the benefit of those district
students who really wanted to learn. He continued in that profession
for twenty years. He had not only the gift of learning but also the gift
of teaching.

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