Biography of Floyd J. English
Franklin County, NY Biographies

Floyd John English. - One of the representative and highly successful business men of Franklin County is Floyd J. English, who is identified with the Chateaugay Oil Company, with headquarters at Malone. He was born at Brainardsville, N. Y., Jan. 2, 1891, the son of John H. and Carrie (Thurber) English.

John H. English spent almost 40 years as a funeral director of Chateaugay, and also engaged in the general mercantile business at Brainardsvine. He was born at the former place, March 5, 1866, and died June 1, 1926. Mr. English was married March 5, 1889, to Miss Carrie Thurber, the daughter of Nathan and Mary Thurber. Their only. child was Floyd John, the subject of this sketch.

John H. English was the son of William English, who was born in County Cork, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States about 1860 and settled at Chateaugay.

Floyd John English is a graduate of Chateaugay High School and attended Burlington (Vt.) Business College. He was associated in the mercantile business with his father at Brainardsville for eight years, spent two years in the employ of Oliver & Spellman, of Chateaugay, after which he purchased his father's store at Brainardsville. He successfully conducted this enterprise until 1923, when he organized the Chateaugay Oil Company. They are wholesale distributors of gasoline and oil, with bulk stations at Malone, Ellenburg, and Chateaugay. Five retail filling stations are also maintained by the company, which distributes more than two million gallons of petroleum products annually.

Mr. English is also the owner of a fine dairy farm of 600 acres, located near Ellenburg, which was formerly owned by his father. At the present time it is stocked with 70 head of pure bred Holstein milk cows. Products from the dairy are sold at Chateaugay. Mr. English is also financially interested in the Chateaugay Undertaking Company.

In November, 1910, Mr. English married Miss Florence Lansing, of Clinton Mills, N. Y., the daughter of James W. Lansing, who is deceased. Florence (Lansing) English died April 3, 1921, and is buried at Chateaugay. To Mr. and Mrs. English were born three children: 1. John, born in September, 1912, attended Cornell University, and is now a licensed pilot. He is the owner of his own commercial plane and is interested in commercial aviation. He is also identified with the Chateaugay Oil Company. 2. Beatrice, born March 25, 1915, attends Chateaugay High School. 3. Frances, born Jan. 5, 1918, attends Chateaugay High School. Mr. English was married on June 17, 1922, to Miss May Boadway, the daughter of Nelson and Tina (Trombley) Boadway, of Ellenburg. To Floyd John and May (Boadway) English have been born three sons: 1. Robert, born April 27, 1923. 2. Richard, born April 22, 1925. 3. John, born Dec. 13, 1928.

Mr. English is a Democrat, a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, Rotary Club, and Chateaugay Fish and Game Club.

Mr. English is popular in amateur baseball circles, at the present time being a member of the Lion Mountain team, which is promoted by the Delaware & Hudson Railway Company. In 1910 he played on the Montreal professional baseball team, which was a member of the International League.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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