Biography of Fredus H. Wilcox
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Fredus H. Wilcox, of Malone, is a widely known citizen of Franklin County, having held the office of District Superintendent of Schools since 1912. He was born at Fort Covington, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1876, the son of Harrison M. and Harriet M. (King) Wilcox.

Harrison M. Wilcox was born at Bangor, N. Y., in July, 1853, the son of Otis Wilcox, who was born at Windsor, Conn., in 1815. The latter married in 1840 and at that time removed to Brandon, Vt., later settling at Bangor, N. Y., where he improved a tract of land. His son, Harrison M., was the eighth child in order of birth. He became a prosperous farmer and was especially interested in dairying. He was married in 1875 to Harriet M. King, the daughter of John and Annis (Church) King. Their only child was Fredus Harrison, the subject of this sketch.

Fredus Harrison Wilcox obtained his early education in the district schools and in 1896 was graduated from Franklin Academy. He spent one year at Riverside (Calif.) Normal School, and has taken summer school work at St. Lawrence University and Cornell. For a number of years he was a teacher in the district schools of Franklin County, but in 1906 became interested in business as bookkeeper for Reynolds Brothers, at Reynoldston, N. Y. He served in that capacity for five years, and during that time held the office of School Commissioner for three years. On Jan. 1, 1912, Mr. Wilcox received his present appointment as District Superintendent of Schools.

Mr. Wilcox was married (first) in 1903 to Miss Elizabeth M. Harwood, the daughter of Justin M. Harwood. Their daughter, Ruth Anita, is a graduate of Cazenovia Seminary, and Potsdam Normal School, and is now a teacher of music in the Amsterdam (N. Y.) High School. Elizabeth H. (Harwood) Wilcox died March 29, 1919, and is buried at Bangor, N. Y. On June 30, 1920, Mr. Wilcox married Miss Gladys Rich, the daughter of George W. Rich of Bangor. Their son, Paul Rich Wilcox, was born Sept. 13, 1923.

Mr. Wilcox is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He also holds membership in the Kiwanis Club, Malone Fish & Game Club, and Bangor Grange. Politically he is a Republican and has held the offices of town clerk of Bangor, and justice of the peace of Brandon.

Mr. Wilcox has traveled extensively throughout the United States. He is the owner of a fine summer camp on Chateaugay Lake.

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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