AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 542
OLNEY TERRY, general manager of the J.A. Lewis vegetable and fruit farm at
Willimantic, Windham county, is one of the reliable and industrious citizens of
that modern and progressive center of industrial activities.
Mr. Terry has lived in Willimantic since 1870, the year in which he
entered into connection with the business of Mr. Lewis, of which he had been for
some years the manager, and in which he commands the confidence of the public.
Terry was born May 5, 1848, in Exeter, R.I., a son of Seth W. and Dorcas
(Crowell) Terry. This is one of the
old New England families, his ancestor having been among the early settlers at
Plymouth, Mass., from whom Mr. Terry is the seventh generation.
W. Terry, noted in the preceding paragraph, was in his active years a farmer and
a lumber dealer, and did a large business in ship timber, which was cut and
delivered at the docks. He was the
father of nine children, of whom three boys and four girls lived to reach mature
life. One of these children, William
H., is a dairyman in Lebanon, Connecticut.
O. Terry was early initiated into genuine work, and was trained to habits of
industry which have ever been of value to him. When
a boy he attended the Pine Hill district school, where for a number of terms he
had Joseph A. Lewis for his teacher, a gentleman who subsequently became his
employer, and one for whom Mr. Terry entertains the most reverent and grateful
feeling, declaring that always and everywhere Mr. Lewis exercised the best
influence and worked for the public good. When
but a lad of twelve years young Terry drove a double yoke of oxen for his
father, hauling lumber to Wickford in Rhode Island.
In 1870 Mr. Terry came to Willimantic, and found employment with J.A.
Lewis, engaging with him first by the month, but soon making a five-year
contract. Mr. Lewis and Mr. Terry
harmonized very closely, and as long as Mr. Lewis lived that harmony was
unbroken. Mr. Terry had so long been
closely identified with the management of the extensive business of Mr. Lewis
that when that gentleman died the entire charge of the estate passed into his
hands, an arrangement that has worked to the satisfaction of all concerned, and
which is still continued. The fine
appearance of the farm and gardens gives evidence of a master hand in charge.
O. Terry was married Nov. 5, 1879, to Miss Cora A. Lewis, oldest daughter of
Joseph A. and Caroline (Frye) Lewis; she was born Jan. 22, 1855, in Dighton,
Mass., and was but a child when her parents removed to Willimantic, where she
was reared, and there is still living. Mr.
Terry cast his first presidential vote for Horace Greeley, and for a time
following that campaign voted the Republican ticket, but for some years he has
been a Prohibitionist, a principle he heartily upholds.
He is a man of the best habits and the soundest morals, and his influence
for good is pronounced. The closest
attention has always been given by him to his business, and he is familiar with
its every detail. Mr. Terry is a
member of the Baptist Church, and his life brings no shame to his profession of
faith. Since coming to Willimantic
his home has always been with the Lewis family, and he now resides on the old
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