Older, was born Aug. 22, 1810, at Middletown, N.Y., and came to
Franklinville in July 1818. He had less than five months schooling
in his whole life, and that was between the age of 13 and 15 years;
but he had a passion for reading and study, and he acquired a tolerable
education through these channels. He began teaching school when
but 18 years old, and followed the profession at intervals of 40
years. For ten years he was chairman of the Regents Board of Examiners
in Ten Broeck Academy. He served three years in the Civil War, and
was Sergeant of Company I, 6th N. Y. Cavalry. During the latter
part of the service he was detailed as clerk in the Orderly Depar't.
At the time of his death in March 1897 he had been a resident of
Franklinville longer than any other person living at the time. Mr.
Older was a very able speaker and writer. He delivered the dedicatory
address of Morgan Hall in 1885. He was a frequent contributor to
the public press and several chapters in the Cattaraugus History
were written by him, besides many biographies. He was a scholar
of the old school, and a conspicuous figure during his lifetime.
From: Franklinville, NY in Pictures and Story, August 1914, Page