Biography of Floyd R. Selkirk
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Floyd Robertson Selkirk. - One of the substantial citizens of Malone is Floyd R Selkirk who is commissioner of public welfare in Franklin County. He was born at Duane, N. Y., Nov. 10, 1880, son of Charles and Rebecca Ruth (Ladd) Selkirk.

Charles Selkirk was a native of Quebec, Canada, born Jan. 10, 1848. He came to the United States in 1866 and settled at Duane, where he became prominent as a lumber dealer. He was also successful as a building contractor. In December, 1879, Mr. Selkirk married Miss Rebecca Ruth Ladd, daughter of Mordecai and Mary Ann (Rice) Ladd, of Duane. To them were born two sons: Floyd R., the subject of this sketch; and Robert, born in 1885, died in infancy. Mr. Selkirk died March 26, 1916, and is buried at Duane.

Floyd R. Selkirk attended Franklin Academy at Malone, and is a graduate of Rochester Business Institute. At the age of 18 years he became associated in business with his father, with whom he was identified until the latter's death in 1916. At that time this well known lumber firm was discontinued and Mr Selkirk entered the employ of the State and engaged in road maintenance work until 1920, when he was appointed game protector for Central Franklin County. In 1924 he became deputy collector and inspector of customs with headquarters at Malone, and served in that capacity until 1928. He became commissioner of public welfare in February, 1930, to fill an unexpired term and was elected in November, 1931, for a three year term.

On Dec. 27, 1905, Mr. Selkirk was united in marriage with Miss Hulda Grace Mitchell, the daughter of Alonzo Mitchell of Burke, N. Y., now deceased. Before her marriage Mrs Selkirk was a teacher in the public schools of Duane. Mr. and Mrs. Selkirk are serving as superintendents of the Franklin County Welfare Home at Malone, which at the present time has 58 wards.

Mr. Selkirk has always been a Republican and for 17 years, from 1913 until 1930, held the office of supervisor of Duane. He is a member of the Congregational Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis Club, and Malone Fish & Game Club.

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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