Lee County Biography

Charles W. Latimer, dealer in marble and granite and a manufacturer of monuments, has been engaged in business in Dixon since 1864 with an excellent degree of success. He learned his trade in the East and became a most skillful worker. His trade is large and is constantly increasing and he keeps upon the road traveling salesmen. In his shop may be sseen some fine specimens of his work and most of his business is done to order.

Mr. Latimer was born in Wayne County NY Sept. 5, 1845. Henry M. Latimer, father o four subject was born in Utica NY and there he was reared to manhood. He married Ann E. Williams of Utica NY. The death of Mrs. Latimer occurred in Albion, Orleans County in 1860, at the age of 39. Mr. Latimer still survives and is living in Hawley, Orleans County at the age of 75. Of the family but two sons survive - our subject and his brother Henry T who is now a painter of Erie PA. He served in the late war for one year, nine months and sixteen days as a member of Co K 27th NY Inf.

Charles Latimer was born and reared in Lyons NY where at the age of 18 he responded to his country's call to put down the Rebellion, enlisting in the 9th NY Heavy Artillery under Col. W.H. Seward Jr., a son of Secretary Seward. The regiment was assigned to the 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac and participated in the battles of Cold Harbor. They were then in the Army of Shenandoah Valley under Sheridan and were in the battles of Fishers Hill, Cedar Creek and the second battle of Winchester. Mr. Latimer was then detached from his company by a special order to serve as had clerk in the Provost-Marsha's office at the headquarters of the 6th Army Corps, Maj. David L. Milne. He served thus from Feb. 6, 1865 until July of 1865 when the war ended and he was honorably discharged in Washington DC, mustered out Sept. 29. In the meantime, his company and regiment were consolidated, becoming Co M 2nd NY Artillery.

At the age of 16 Mr. Latimer began learning the trade of a marble cutter in the shops of W.W. Mead of Lyons, where he remained for two years. On hs return from the South he again resumed work in that line and for some years was employed with the firm of Day & Ashcroft, extensive dealers in marble and granite of Norwich NY. When he severed his connection ith that firm, he came to Dixon in 1874.

In Palmyra NY, Mr. Latimer was first married, the lady being Ella Backus born and reared in NY and with her husband came to Dixon, where she died at the age of 28. Two children were born to them, but both passed away before the mother a faithful member o the Baptist Church. The lady who now bears the name of Mrs. Latimer was formerly Laura E. Merrill born in Palmyra Twp. One child graces this union, a son, Frank M.

Mr. Latimer is a prominent Mason and has attained to the 32nd Degree, being initiated into the mysteries of the Scottish Rite in Binghamton NY. He is connected with the Blue Lodge and Commandery of Dixon, was Caption-General of the last named and for some seven years filled the office of Recorder, and at present is Generalissimo of the Commandery. He is also a member, Trustee and Adjutant of Dixon Post No. 299, G.A.R. and has been Treasurer of the Dixon Hose Co. No. 1 since 1882. He supports the Democratic party but takes no active part in political affairs.

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