Thomas Hinds, deceased, was prominent in the business and civic life of Malone for many years, and founder of
the Thomas Hinds Company, foundry and machine works. He was also a veteran of the Civil War. Mr. Hinds was born
in County Fermanaugh, Ireland, May 1, 1845, the son of Thomas and Bridget (McBarron) Hinds.
Thomas Hinds, the subject of this sketch, came to the United States in 1852 with some of his father's relatives,
and settled at Taunton, Mass. Eight years later his parents, together with his brothers and sisters, came to this
country. The family then located in Philadelphia, and Thomas completed his schooling in that city, after having
received his early education at Taunton, Mass. When 16 years of age he enlisted for service in the Civil War, and
served throughout the war as a member of the First Maryland Cavalry. He participated in the battles of Shiloh,
Antietam, Kenesaw Mountain, Wilderness, and Gettysburg, besides many others. He was taken prisoner near Sulphur
Springs, Va., in October, 1863, and sent to Libby Prison. Later, he was transferred to Andersonville, and spent
a total of nine months as a prisoner before making his escape in July, 1864. He then rejoined the Union forces,
and was discharged with the rank of corporal in April, 1865. Upon his return to Philadelphia Mr. Hinds resumed
his former trade as an iron moulder. His father had worked at the same occupation in Ireland before coming to this
country. In 1869 Thomas Hinds made a visit to northern New York, but returned to Philadelphia after his marriage
in New York. He again came to New York in 1874 and settled at Malone in Franklin County, where he immediately established
an iron foundry. He acquired the stock and machinery of the Malone Foundry & Machine Company, which had been
in operation since 1850, and Mr. Hinds combined this pioneer industry with his own, and successfully conducted
the newly organized enterprise until the time of his death, July 23, 1908. In the meantime he had been assisted
in the business by his three sons, who are now owners of the business. Mr. Hinds is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery,
On Dec. 31, 1869, Mr. Hinds was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Barry, the daughter of Michael and Mary
(Foley) Barry, of Constable, N. Y. To them were born four sons and three daughters, two of whom died in infancy.
Those surviving are as follows: 1. Mary Elizabeth, married Harry B. Reddy, lives at Malone, where he is identified
with the Malone Hardware Company. 2. William is vice president of the Thomas Hinds Company. He is married and has
two children. They live at 13 Spaulding Avenue, Malone. 3. Gertrude E., a graduate of Franklin Academy, now treasurer
of the Thomas Hinds Company. 4. John B., attended Franklin Academy, and was graduated from Drexel University, Philadelphia,
class of 1906, degree of Bachelor of Mechanical Arts. He is now president of the Thomas Hinds Company, having succeeded
to that office upon the death of his father. He was married in 1915 to Miss Josephine Allen, of Passaic, N. J.,
and they have three children: Margaret, John B., Jr., and George Allen. He saw service in France during the World
War as captain of Infantry in the 304th Regiment, 76th Division. He is president of the Chamber of Commerce, past
commander of the American Legion, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus and B. P. O. Elks, being Exalted Ruler.
He also is a member of the Malone Fish & Game Club, and lives at 51 Park Street. 5. Charles Leo, born in 1886,
a graduate of Clarkson College, where he specialized in the study of mechanical engineering. He is now secretary
of the Thomas Hinds Company. He is married and has a son. They live at 62 Washington Street.
Mrs. Thomas Hinds lives with her daughter at 21 Monroe Street, Malone. The family holds membership in St. Joseph's
Catholic Church. Mr. Hinds enjoyed the esteem and confidence of the citizens of Malone, and held the office of
mayor for three successive terms. During his entire life he was keenly interested in educational affairs in Malone,
and his death marked the passing of one of the community's most honored and beloved citizens.
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
Franklin County, NY
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