Biography of George E. Rockwood
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George Edward Rockwood, the well known and popular postmaster of Bombay, was born there Aug. 5, 1876, the son of Dr. Heman Sheldon and Martha A. (Davis) Rockwood.

Dr. Heman Sheldon Rockwood was born at Hopkinton, N. Y., Nov. 1, 1844 His early life was spent on a farm and at the age of 18 years he enlisted for service in the Civil War. He was severely wounded at the battle of Winchester in 1863, and at that time suffered the loss of his right arm. After the close of the war he studied at Lawrenceville Academy, spent two years at Dartmouth College, and in 1870 received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Vermont. His entire professional career was spent at Bombay, a period of over 40 years. During his early residence in this city he also taught school to supplement his medical work. Doctor Rockwood died July 4, 1915, and is buried in Bombay Cemetery. He was married on Dec. 7, 1872, to Miss Martha A. Davis, the daughter of George W. and Caroline A. Davis of Bombay. Mr. Davis served as collector of customs for many years and was also an attorney and justice of the peace. To Doctor and Mrs. Rockwood were born five children: 1. Fred A., born Nov. 1, 1873, died at the age of 15 years. 2. George Edward, the subject of this sketch. 3. Mabel, who died in infancy. 4. Ezra, died at the age of 12 years. 5. Henry, born Oct. 15, 1891. He attended Cazenovia College and Albany Business College, and at the present time is superintendent of a trucking fleet at Newark, N. Y. He is a veteran of the World War, having served as a machine gun instructor at a training camp in South Carolina.

George E. Rockwood was reared and educated at Bombay and spent two years at Fort Covington Academy. After leaving school he engaged in farming on a small farm adjacent to the village of Bombay, one of his father's holdings, and specialized in the breeding of pure bred Holstein cattle. He successfully operated a dairy for more than 20 years, and for two years was employed by the W. E. Griffith Dairy Corporation. In 1923 Mr. Rockwood became superintendent of the Bombay plant of the Dairymen's League Cooperative Association, and when the local plant was leased to the Borden Milk Company in 1925, he was retained for the duration of three years, at which time the enterprise was returned to the management of the Dairymen's League Cooperative Association, and Mr. Rockwood has continued as superintendent.

On June 15, 1898, Mr. Rockwood was united in marriage with Miss Florence A. Dunn, the daughter of Martin and Nancy (McElwain) Dunn. To them were born three children, as follows: 1. Grace, born March 1, 1901, is a graduate of Bombay High School, class of 1919, attended Cornell University, where she specialized in the study of dietetics. She married Gordon Northrop, who is assistant professor of electrical engineering at Cornell University. They live at Ithaca, N. Y., and have a daughter, Nancy. 2. Neva, born Feb. 3, 1905, is a graduate of Bombay High School, and Potsdam Normal College. She taught school for one year before her marriage to Cecil Brown, who is station agent at Moira, N. Y., for the Rutland Railroad Company. 3. Herman, born Sept. 30, 1914, attends Bombay High School.

Mr. Rockwood is a Republican in politics, and for 16 years held the office of village assessor of Bombay. He has been president of Farm Bureau and master for five years of the Bombay Grange. He and his family hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge.

Since May 2, 1930, Mr. Rockwood has served as postmaster.

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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