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Cadwell, O. B., is a native of Lewis county, and a descendant of Major Oliver Bush, one of the pioneers of that county. He came to Watertown in 1860 and entered the employ of Henry P. Cooke, who established the present business in April of that year. Mr. Cooke, a native of Oneida county, was associated at different periods with Geerge B. Phelps, J. C. Lepper and Mr. Cadwell; he died in 1878. In 1862 Mr. Cadwell enlisted under Capt. James B. Campbell. in Co. M, 10th N Y. H. A., and was closely associated with that regiment during its term of service; he was then transferred to the 6th N. Y. Artillery and attached to the division staff, General Hartsuff commanding, and was made quartermaster and chief ambulance officer of the "District of the Nottaway," with headquarters in Petersburg. He was mustered out of service with the 6th Artillery at Hart's Island, New York harbor, in the fall of 1865. He entered the army as a private, subsequently receiving his warrant as sergeant of his company, and later as sergeant-major of the regiment he was afterward commissioned as second lieutenant and again as first lieutenant, the last promotion being received while serving in the trenches before Petersburg. He held several staff positions, serving under Colonel Piper, General Stewart, Colonel Edwards, General Ferero and General hartsuff, but never absent from the brigade or division of which his regiment formed a part; at one time during the winter of 1864- 65, he was provost marshal of the city of Winchester, Va. Returning to Watertown after the close of the war, he resumed his business relations with Mr. Cooke, and in 1874 was admitted as a partner, the firm becoming Cooke, Caciwell & Co., which continued unlil the death of Mrs. Cooke (she having represented the estate of her husband), in 1891, when it was changed to O. B. Cadwell & Co. Mr. Phelps who for many years was the company of the firm, died in 1892, and since then Mr. Cadwell has been sole proprietor. In 1884 Mr. Cadwell was appointed by Governor Cleveland, a trustee of the New York State Soldier and Sailor's Home, was reappointed by Governor Hill and again by Governor Flower, serving as such till 1897, a period of thirteen years. He is a member of the G. A. R., a director in the National Bank, and stockholder in other business enterprises. A successful, accomplished business man who counting it gain to serve his country in the hour of supreme need, his military record reflects upon him in the highest credit and in his daily life he "justifies the honors he has gained."

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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