Van Hoesen was born in a log house in the town of Lyndon, March
10, 1873. His schooling began in the proverbial little red country
school house, and he later attended Franklinville Grammar school
and Ten Broeck Academy. He was engaged in farming until nearly twenty
Sunday, Nov. 28, 1892, he walked to Franklinville, and made a permanent
stake in this village. He was offered a clerkship in Chandler Bros.
store, and an apprenticeship in the Journal newspaper office by
Ward Morton. He chose the latter and remained in the position three
years. In 1895 in partnership with Virgil O. Hayden he bought the
Springville News. At the end of one year they sold out and returned
to Franklinville, and Mr. Van Hoesen entered the employ of Eugene
M. Adams. He became closely associated in the management of the
business, and during his several years with Mr. Adams the business
grew from a three-man business to the largest individual business
in Franklinville, with sixteen departments and over thirty men on
Feb. 19, 1898, he became assistant manager and associate editor
of "The Grape Belt" and "Fruit" publications
of Dunkirk, N.Y., then run by this former employer, Ward Morton,
who had leased The Franklinville Journal to Guy L Smith. Mr. Smith
failed to make good, and suspended the paper July 4, 1898. Two days
later Mr. Van Hoesen had charge of the Journal, and conducted it
until Mr. Morton returned from Dunkirk early in the winter. Mr.
Van Hoesen then returned to the employ of Mr. Adams, where he remained
until the Peoples National Bank opened April 10, 1906, when he became
bookkeeper of the illy-advised and more illy-conducted institution
until it was closed in January 1908, when he was not only out of
a job, but also out of several thousand dollars and hard earned
and carefully saved earnings of half a lifetime, and began once
more at zero. During the season of 1907 he managed The Assembly
Store at Silver Lake, then for two years was daily messenger between
Franklinville and Buffalo, meantime working up a mail-order printing
In October 1909 he started a very modest printing shop in the cellar
of his home. It soon expanded to occupy a goodly part of the house,
and in September 1912 he moved down town to the present location
of The Van Hoesen Press, 14 Elm street. In 1910 he established The
Ancona World and in 1912 The Campine Herald, both monthly poultry
publications, and in 1914 The Yorkshire Swine Monthly. These magazines
are successful and have a world wide circulation.
The first local telephone line installed in this village was done
by Mr. Van Hoesen and V. O. Hayden. They secured a franchise from
the Village Board, and strung about one mile of wire. Several phones
were connected and the line was successfully operated for a year
or two. Finally the franchise was sold to the Franklinville Telephone
While living at Dunkirk he enlisted in the Brown Cavalry Company
for service in the Spanish-American War, and induced twenty other
to enlist with him. He came home and made his adieus, expecting
to be promptly mustered in, but the Company was not called out.
He is a member of Franklinville Lodge No 626 F. & A. M. which
he has served as Junior Warden, and Secretary for several years.
He also served three years as Superintendent of the First Presbyterian
Sunday School; has been Secretary of the Lecture Course Committee;
organized and was President of The Franklinville Business Men's
Association for two years; and several other local and county business
and religious organizations.
He is a member of the Holland
Society of New York
, in which membership is limited to 1,000,
and qualifications are direct descendant in the male line of the
Holland Dutchman who came over in the Half Moon, or who was a native
of New Amsterdam prior to 1675. He has a fine copy of the original
Van Hoesen coast-of-arms used by his ancestor in Holland.
He is a true chicken fancier and both imports and exports stock.
Among the offices he holds in poultry circles are president of the
Ancona Club of England; vice-president of The Cattaraugus County
Association; member of the international Ancona Club and American
Poultry Association. He is a newspaper correspondent, magazine contributor,
and has published several copyrighted books.
Mr. Van Hoesen
was married June 24, 1903, to Miss Lena L. Kelley of Pike, N. Y.,
a very successful teacher, an alumnus of Pike Seminary and Buffalo
Normal. They have one child, Christine, and a find home at 37 Maple
From: Franklinville, NY in Pictures and Story, August 1914, Page