Biography of George D. Northridge
Franklin County, NY Biographies

George D. Northridge, deceased, was recognized as a dependable business man and substantial citizen of Malone, where he spent more than a quarter of a century. He was born in County Cork, Ireland, Aug. 5, 1863, the son of George and Susan (Dean) Northridge.

The early boyhood of George D. Northridge was spent in Ireland and in 1883 he went to Montreal, Canada, remaining there but a short time. He then came to northern New York and for several years was employed at farm labor. In 1886 he acquired a small tract of land near Belmont in Franklin County, and returned to Ireland to marry Miss Susan Ford, the daughter of Henry Ford, a farmer in County Cork. Shortly after their marriage they came to Franklin County and settled there. Mr. Northridge owned and operated a sandstone quarry for a number of years, and produced a high quality of building stone His brothers did not remain in New York but removed to Worcester, Mass., and he developed an extensive business as a shipper of potatoes to the Boston markets, farmers throughout Franklin County selling direct to him, and he in turn having his brothers act as distributors in the Eastern markets. Mr. Northridge came to Malone in 1900 and established a wholesale and retail business at 15 Brewster Street, being widely known as a dealer in feed, grain, hay and potatoes. He was engaged in this enterprise at the time of his death, Oct. 16, 1923. He is buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone.

Mr. Northridge also had extensive real estate interests in Malone, and was identified with the Malone Milling Company, one of the well established industries of the city.

In 1887 Mr. Northridge was united in marriage with Miss Susan Ford. Their children were as follows: 1. Martha J., born March 4, 1889, a graduate of Franklin Academy, class of 1908. She married Ernest H. Berry, who is engaged as a pharmacist at Malone. 2. Harry Thomas, born March 8, 1891, a graduate of Franklin Academy, and Albany Business College. He was associated with his father in business at Malone as a member of the firm of George D. Northridge & Son until 1921, at which time he became proprietor of the Franklin Garage at Malone. He was married Sept. 23, 1913, to Miss Maud E. Hyde, the daughter of Clarence and Cora (Morgan) Hyde, the former is deceased and the latter lives with her daughter at Malone. Mr. and Mrs. Northridge have three children: George H., born Feb. 24, 1915; Marjorie L., born Dec. 3, 1917; and Dorothy J., born Aug. 31, 1921. He is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Masonic and Elk Lodges, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Malone Fish & Game. Club.

3. Frances, born Aug. 18, 1894, married Harold Taylor, who is a Pullman conductor on the New York Central Railroad. They live in New York City.

4. Lucy, born April 18, 1896, a graduate of Franklin Academy, class of 1914. She married Earl I. Fuller, civil engineer, who is identified with the New York State Highway Department. They live at Watertown.

5. Carolyn, born Aug. 23, 1898, a graduate of Franklin Academy and Elmira College, having received the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1920. She married Lucius C. Smith, who is identified with the General Exchange Insurance Corporation, Insurance Division of the General Motors Acceptance Corporation. They live at Buffalo, N. Y., and have a daughter, Shirley.

6. Susan, born Oct. 26, 1900, lives with her mother at 73 Fort Covington Street, Malone. She was cashier and bookkeeper for George D. Northridge & Son for several years.

7. Esther, born April 1, 1904, a graduate of Franklin Academy, attended Elmira College for two years, and is a graduate of Potsdam Normal School, class of 1925. She is now a teacher in the Kindergarten department of the public schools at Glen Cove, L. I.

Mr. Northridge held membership in the Masonic Lodge, and belonged to Karnat Temple of the Mystic Shrine, Montreal, Canada.


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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