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Howard James Finley

Howard James Finley, museum official, conservationist. Member Brutus-Weedsport Historian, from 1960; member parish council St. Joseph's Church, 1980—1985; Member of National Association Conservation district (council 1975-1977), New York Soil Conservation district Association (director 1970-1979, state secretary 1971-1973, state president 1975-1977), Chamber of Commerce, Whittlers, Lions.

Background

  • Finley, Howard James was born on December 6, 1901 in Hartford, Michigan, United States. Son of William S. and Clara May (Westcott) Finley.

  • Education

    • Student, Western State Teachers College, Michigan, 1928. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Michigan State College, 1931. Postgraduate, Cornell University.

    Career

    • Clerk Hartford Baking Company, 1920—1922. Farmer Dowagiac, Michigan, 1924—1927. Teacher Miles District, Hartford, 1925—1926, Daly District, Dowagiac, 1926—1927.

      Teacher vocational agriculture Centreville, Michigan, 1928—1930, Bristol, Vermont, 1931—1933, Thetford, 1933—1934, Brushton, New York, 1934—1938, Weedsport, 1938—1966. Administrator vocational agriculture Board Co-operation Educational Services, 1964—1966. Director Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation District, from 1967, chairman, from 1976.

      Advisor Future Farmers American chapters, 1931—1966. Teacher trainer Cornell University, 1948—1950. Member Town of Brutus Planning Board, from 1967, Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board, 1974—1977, member water quality advisory committee, 1975—1977.

      Originator Erie Canal Aqueduct Project, 1960, Old Brutus History Society, 1967. Director museum, Weedsport, 72. Leader 4-H Club, 1927—1962.

      Co-organizer Weedsport Community Fair, 1949, president, 1950—1951. Chairman steering committee Heartland Resource Conservation & Development Project, New York, 1972, vice president project, 1974—1977.

    Works

    • Author: Centennial History of St. Joseph's Parish, 1954, Developmental History of Cayuga County, 1968. Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Denomination: Roman Catholic

    Membership

    Member Brutus-Weedsport Historian, from 1960. Member parish council St. Joseph's Church, 1980—1985. Member of National Association Conservation district (council 1975-1977), New York Soil Conservation district Association (director 1970-1979, state secretary 1971-1973, state president 1975-1977), Chamber of Commerce, Whittlers, Lions.

    Connections

    • Married Helen L. Miller, July 20, 1929. Children: Marilyn Finley McArdle, John Westcott.
    • father: William S. Finley
    • mother: Clara May (Westcott) Finley
    • spouse: Helen L. Miller
    • children: Marilyn Finley McArdle Finley
    • John Westcott Finley
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    Born December 6, 1901
    Died June 26, 2001
    (aged 99)
    Nationality
    • 1928
      Western State Teachers College
    • 1931
      Michigan State College
    • 1920 - 1922
      Clerk, Hartford Baking Company
    • 1924 - 1927
      farmer Dowagiac
      Michigan, United States
    • 1925 - 1926
      teacher, Miles District
      Hartford, Connecticut, United States
    • 1926 - 1927
      teacher, Miles District
      Dowagiac, Michigan, United States
    • 1928 - 1930
      teacher, voc. agriculture Centreville
      Michigan, United States
    • 1931 - 1933
      teacher, voc. agriculture Centreville
      Bristol, Connecticut, United States
    • 1931 - 1966
      advisor, Future Farmers American chapters
    • 1933 - 1934
      teacher, voc. agriculture Centreville
      Thetford, Vermont, United States
    • 1934 - 1938
      teacher, voc. agriculture Centreville
      Brushton, New York, United States
    • 1938 - 1966
      teacher, voc. agriculture Centreville
      Weedsport, New York, United States
    • 1948 - 1950
      teacher, trainer Cornell University
    • 1964 - 1966
      administrator, vocational agriculture Board Co-operation Educational Services
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