Biography of Burt G. Sweet
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Burt George Sweet. - One of the substantial citizens of Franklin County is Burt George Sweet, a prosperous merchant of Bombay. He was born there, Sept. 26, 1865, the son of Holden Stephen and Hulda (Eldred) Sweet.

Holden Stephen Sweet was born in Quebec, Canada, in 1829, his parents having removed there from Northern Vermont. While still an infant he was brought to New York by his family who settled at Bombay. Throughout his life Mr. Sweet was a farmer and building contractor. He died in 1906 and is buried in Bombay Cemetery. His wife died in 1904. They were the parents of the following children: 1. Loren C., who died in 1916. 2. Cora, married Samuel Hoag, of St. Lawrence County. 3. Lynus, deceased. 4. Burt G., the subject of this sketch. 5. Walton, born in 1867, died in infancy. 6. Frank, born in 1868, retired merchant, lives at Oneida, N. Y. 7. Clifford D., born in 1872, lives at Malone. 8. Gertrude A., born in 1874, married Horace A. Russell, lives at Bombay.

Burt George Sweet spent his early life on his father's farm and attended the district school. When 21 years of age he purchased a farm just northwest of Bombay which he still owns, it now being operated by his son, Roy. During his farming activities Mr. Sweet was especially interested in dairying, and usually owned as many as 30 pure bred Holstein cows. In 1910 Mr. Sweet became interested in the mercantile business at Bombay. A store, built by him in 1916, was destroyed by fire five years later, but was immediately rebuilt. He handles high grade merchandise and has a well established trade in the community.

On Nov. 29, 1888, Mr. Sweet was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Edith Parr, the daughter of Joel and Amanda (Jackson) Parr, of Brasher Falls, N. Y. Both are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Sweet are the parents of five children: 1. Roy Vilas, born Nov. 6, 1890, attended Cazenovia Seminary, now associated in business with his father, and for the past 20 years has lived on the family homestead. He has three sons: Burt J., Earl, and Robert. 2. M. Amanda, born Oct. 25, 1892, a graduate of Potsdam Normal College, and a teacher before her marriage to Burton A. Taylor, of Massena, N. Y. They have a daughter, Kitty Faith. 3. Ethel Fulda, born Aug. 12, 1895, was a teacher for eight years before her marriage to Howard Hudder, who is supervisor on the Shield Consolidated Farms. They live at Bombay. 4. Gladys Gertrude, born July 26, 1900, a graduate of Drake's Commercial School, East Orange, N. J., and engaged in secretarial work before her marriage to Paul D. Earl, who is sales manager of Shields Consolidated, Inc. They have a daughter, Barbara Jean. 5. Harold William, born May 3, 1903, attended Clarkson School of Technology, now associated in business with his father. He has a daughter, Betty Joan.

Mr. Sweet has always been a Republican. From 1905 until 1910 he served as justice of the peace and in 1927 was elected town clerk of Bombay, in which capacity he now serves. He has also been a member of the Board of Education.

Mr. Sweet and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has been Sunday School superintendent and choir leader for many years. He holds membership in the Grange and is president of the local Dairymen's League.

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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