plements, at Athens, Pa. In 1860,
going to Western, Pa., he engaged in lumbering, and
the year following occurred the outbreak of the late
Civil War. Soon after the first call for troops he
entered the service as a member of Company H, 46th
Pennsylvania Infantry, and operated with his comrades
along the Shenandoah Valley under Gen. Banks,
participating in all the battles of that campaign. On
the 8th of August, 1862, the day preceding the battle
at Cedar River, our subject was afflicted with a
sunstroke, and during the conflict which followed was
captured by the rebels, and confined at Libby Prison
and Belle Isle until in January, 1863. He was then
exchanged, and rejoining his regiment, participated in
the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, after
which this division of the army was transferred to
Chattanooga and to the command of Gen. Sherman. Mr.
Sinsabaugh afterward fought at Lookout Mountain,
Resaca and Dallas, receiving at the latter place a
gunshot wound, which, in connection with the effects
of sunstroke, so disabled him that he was relieved
from active duty, and sent to the hospital at New
Albany, Ind. Later, at Harrisburg, Pa., he received
his honorable discharge, after having given a faithful
service of three years to his country.
Upon leaving the army our subject
returned to his old haunts in Bradford County, Pa.,
resuming his work, the manufacture of agricultural
implements, until 1865. He then went into the oil
regions, and was engaged in developing wells until the
following year, when he returned to the factory. The
summer of 1871 found him west of the Mississippi, and
preparing to locate upon the present site of Syracuse,
this county. He continued in the lumber business until
1878, and was succeeded by H. N. Carpenter. He now
turned his attention to the raising of fancy poultry,
and for this purpose erected a set of the finest
buildings in the United States. His operations proved
highly remunerative, his trade extending to every
State in the Union, the Sandwich Islands and England.
But, alas for human calculations, a conflagration,
supposed to have been started by a firecracker, swept
away the labor of years, entailing a heavy loss of
property upon which there was no insurance.
As soon as he could recover from his
calamity, our subject invested his remaining capital
in a stock of general merchandise, associating himself
with a partner, and the firm of Page & Sinsabaugh
continued in existence until the fall of 1884. Mr. S.
then withdrew and established the Bashaw Stock Farm,
and as a breeder of fine horses now occupies a
position in the front ranks among the men of that line
in Southern Nebraska. His stables are located near the
city limits, where, in addition to his farm, he owns
forty acres of land.
Miss Jennie Bloodgood, daughter of
Hiram and Sarah Bloodgood, of New York, became the
wife of our subject Sept. 12, 1865, the wedding taking
place at the home of the bride in New York. Mrs.
Sinsabaugh was born in Tioga County, N. Y., and
departed this life at her home in Syracuse, Neb., May
13, 1873. Of this union there were born four children:
Ida M., now the wife of Henry Vose, of Syracuse; Grace
is at home with her father, Willie, and one deceased.
Our subject, politically, votes the Republican ticket,
and is one of the pioneer members of the Masonic
fraternity in this region, being the first man
initiated in Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 57, in Syracuse.
M. RILEY, the well-known and prosperous liveryman of
Syracuse, is a native of the Buckeye State, and was
born in Muskingum County on the 16th of June, 1857.
His father, John Riley, was a native of that State,
and followed the occupation of farming, and in that
calling enjoyed even move than usual success. The
maiden name of his wife, the mother of our subject,
was Christiania McDonald, a native of Virginia, who,
throughout the years of her married life, manifested a
spirit beautiful in its parity and Christian
helpfulness. She was in every sense of the word a true
wife and mother. Mr. Riley, Sr., continued to make his
home in his native State until 1885, when, owing to
the death of his wife and two daughters, each of whom
fell a victim to that most fatal of all known
diseases, consumption, he determined to seek a climate
where the surviving members of his family might have
an opportunity to escape the same fell destroyer.
Accordingly he sold