Samuel C. F. Thorndike, born in Malone October 12, 1810, had as his first business adventure the delivery of
the Franklin Telegraph to its subscribers in Malone, making the distribution on horseback, and calling people to
their doors to receive the paper by ringing blasts on his post horn. While still a boy he engaged in clerking for
various mercantile firms in Fort Covington, Westville and Helena. with a brief venture in merchandising on his
own account in Fort Covington. Next he clerked in Troy, and, returning to Malone, was elected county clerk in 1849
by the Whigs, squeezing through by only two majority. In this period he became active in the old State militia,
rising to the rank of brigadier general, and upon the conclusion of his term of office as county clerk entered
the service of the O. & L. C. R. R., with which he continued for twenty years, for a part of the time as cashier
and treasurer. In his various clerical and accountant engagements he handled millions of dollars, and no account
that he kept was ever even a penny out of balance, nor so confused but that it could be readily analyzed and understood.
During the civil war Mr. Thorndike was provost marshal for St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, and was conspicuously
efficient in filling quotas and conducting the drafts. In his later years he was a part of the time in trade in
Malone, and otherwise led a retired life. He was a man of warm, quick impulses, of a grim humor, an ardent friend,
of sterling honesty, and of marked independence of character. He died April 2, 1882.
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.
Franklin County, NY
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