Biography of Howard W. Peck
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Howard Ward Peck, deceased, was a substantial citizen of Malone and a member of a well known pioneer family of Franklin County. He was born at Saranac Lake, April 24, 1879, the son of Thomas and Lillian Peck.

Both Thomas Peck and his wife were natives of Bridgeport, Conn. He was a breeder of horses and for many years owned and operated a stage line in the Adirondack Mountain region of New York. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Peck: 1. John, a dentist, lives at Ogdensburg, N. Y. 2. Florence, married Fred D. Knapp, lives at Moody, N. Y. 3. Cleo, married Frank Hastings, lives at Saranac Lake. 4. Elizabeth, married Arthur Seiffert, lives in New York City. 5. Howard Ward, the subject of this sketch. 6. Loyal, lives at Bridgeport, Conn.

Howard W. Peck attended the public schools of Saranac Lake and at the age of 15 years left home to travel with a circus, which was owned by Walter L. Main. He spent six years with that organization and traveled east of the Mississippi River. In 1900 Mr. Peck came to Malone, where he was employed as a salesman and tailor by Stockwell & Flanigan, clothing merchants. Three years later he established a business of his own at 104 East Main Street, and conducted a tailoring establishment exclusively until 1927, when he became associated in the business with his son, Harold Peck. In connection with the tailoring business they also operated a dry cleaning plant just east of the city. Mr. Peck died Feb. 4, 1931, and is buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone.

Mr. Peck married (first) Miss Catherine Mulverhill. She died shortly after the birth of a daughter, Catherine, who is the wife of William Marsh, of Utica, N. Y. In 1906 Mr. Peek married (second) Miss Lillian Cook, of Malone. Their children were: 1. Harold W., born Nov. 8, 1907, now proprietor of the business which was established by his father. 2. Mildred, born in 1912, married Frank Gillette, lives at Malone. 3. Ethel, born in 1913, lives at home. 4. Laura, born in 1915, died in 1928. Lillian (Cook) Peck died in 1927, and is buried in Morningside Cemetery. Mr. Peck was married (third) on Oct. 3, 1929, to Miss Jeanette McQuillian, of Malone.

Mr. Peck was a Democrat in politics. He held membership in the Baptist Church and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Loyal Order of Moose.

From:

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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