A collection of bicentennial biographies from Chautauqua County, N.Y. featuring Charles S. Abbott (Panama & Jamestown), Porter and Ralph Sheldon (Jamestown), Milton Fenner (Stockton, Jamestown & Fredonia), Shane Conlan (Frewsburg) and William Maddox (Jamestown). Originally airing on local radio stations April 25 – April 29, 2011.
No. 76 – Charles S. Abbott
Charles Stuart Abbott, only child of Edwin Elisha and Mary (Sanderson) Abbott, was born in Panama on December 11, 1858. Shortly after his birth his parents moved to New York City where he was educated in the public schools, and the famous Flushing Institute on Long Island. He had planned to attend Columbia University, but instead left his schooling to help his father with finances.
Abbott worked in various employments to help make ends meet, including serving as captain of the Chautauqua Lake steamer Waukegan. In addition, Abbott studied law at Warren, Pa., and was later business manager of The Countryside, a weekly educational and agricultural journal. During a return to New York City, he was associated with the Allen Brothers advertising agency, which was afterward removed to Jamestown. On Feb. 4, 1880 Abbott married Pauline Allen of Jamestown and the couple had two children.