Oswego County's: Guide To Government

Ernest J. Lonis

Ernest J. Lonis, Republican, representing Oswego county, was born on the farm on which he now lives in the town of Hannibal, November 13, 1878, a son of Lester and Bettie M. Lonis. He was educated in a "little red schoolhouse" and Union Free School. After obtaining a teacher's license he taught three years in rural schools and then entered the Oswego State Normal and Training School for Teachers in 1901. He was graduated in 1905 with a classical diploma with specialized work in manual training, which he taught for two years in the public schools of Altoona, Pa. The health of his parents failing he took over the management of home farm in 1907. The specialties of the farm are dairy, poultry and fruit. He has been a director of Fruit Grower's Cooperative from 1916 to date and president and manager of the association from 1922 to date.

He has been a member of Golden Sheaf Grange, Hannibal from 1892 to date; has been master of Subordinate and County Pomona Grange; State Grange deputy master for Oswego county from 1918 to 1926; director of Oswego County Farm Bureau 1914 to November, 1934; president of Oswego County Farm Bureau 1922 to 1926. New York State Farm Bureau Federation director, and treasurer 1926 to November, 1934. From 1926 to 1933 was instructor in a winter agricultural short course for adults at the Hannibal High School one day a week for fourteen weeks. He has been a director of the Central New York Regional Market Authority of Syracuse, New York, from 1933 to date; vice-president from 1933 to 1935, President of the Authority from 1935 to 1942. His family con-sists of wife, Lois L., and one son, Maynard J.

New York State Red Book 1942 page 214.