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Webster M. Bouton

Biography courteously provided by Joyce Riedinger, Delaware County Coordinator.

WEBSTER M. BOUTON, Principal of the Bloomville Graded School, is a promising young man of superior mental attainments, and during his professional career has given evidence of special aptitude for his chosen vocation. He is a native of Delaware County, Stamford having been the place of his birth, and June 23, 1871, the date thereof. He is a descendant of an ancient and respected family of this county, his paternal great-grandfather, Stephen Bouton, a native of Greene County, having been a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and subsequently a pioneer of the town of Roxbury. He was a farmer by occupation, and, settling in Roxbury in 1780, resided there until his death, at the venerable age of ninety years.

Anson Bouton, son of Stephen, was born in the town of Roxbury, and was bred to a farmer's life. He owned a good farm, and became one of the most representative farmers of that vicinity, living there until his departure from earthly labors, when seventy-four years old. He married Elizabeth Craft, who died in the prime of life. She bore him six children, of whom the following three are yet living: Ann, the wife of Robert Earl, residing at Beaver Hill; Adelia, the wife of George Bookhout, living in Roxbury; and Henry C., living in Kortright.

Henry C. Bouton was born May 2, 1844, in the town of Roxbury. He has devoted his entire life to farming, and is well known throughout this section of the county as a practical and prosperous agriculturist and an extensive landholder. His homestead in the town of Kortright contains three hundred acres of choice land, and constitutes one of the finest farms in the locality. He was married in the town of Stamford, February 13, 1868, to Hannah M. Haines, who was born in Jefferson, Schoharie County, in February, 1846. Both he and his wife are conscientious members of the Presbyterian church at Kortright Centre; and in politics he is a firm supporter of the principals of the Republican party. He has served as Collector, and in various town offices, and is in all respects one of the foremost citizens of his community. To him and his wife seven children have been born, as follows: Cora, the wife of George Parris, of Meredith; Charles E., of Pennsylvania; Webster M.; Frank H.: Anson S.; Grace M.; and Carrie A.

Webster M., the second son, who is the subject of this biographical notice, acquired the rudiments of his education in the district schools of Kortright, where he laid a substantial foundation for his present mental acquirements. He afterward pursued his studies at Stamford Academy, making such good use of the opportunities afforded him that before sixteen years of age he passed a standing examination for teaching. When seventeen years old, he assumed the duties of a pedagogue, his first school being in Harpersfield Centre; and from that time until the present he has continued in this useful and pleasant occupation, enjoying a well-merited reputation as a teacher of more than ordinary ability and success. Mr. Bouton came to his present position in 1893; and under his regime the Bloomville school maintains a high rank among the graded schools of Delaware County, its excellent condition reflecting great credit upon him, and upon his industrious pupils, and the intelligent parents of the district, who heartily co-operate with him in his efforts for its improvement. Religiously, Mr. Bouton is a valued member of the Presbyterian church; and, socially, he is a member of Delaware Valley Lodge, No. 612, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Bloomville. Politically, he is a staunch Republican, taking an active interest in local and national affairs; and during the campaign of 1892 he delivered stirring and sound political addresses on the issues of the day throughout Delaware County.

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