Biography of Delos M. Cosgrove
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Delos M. Cosgrove. - Numbered among the able and successful lawyers of Jefferson County is Delos M. Cosgrove, who is engaged in practice in Watertown, with offices in the Jefferson County National Bank Building. He was born at Redwood, Jefferson County, Feb. 3, 1875, the son of George Henry and Emogene Sophia (Marshall) Cosgrove.

George Henry Cosgrove was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born on a farm near Redwood, in November, 1843, attended the public schools, and spent his boyhood on a farm in Alexandria Township, Jefferson County. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted for service as a member of Company C, Tenth New York Volunteer Artillery. He was with General Sheridan and served in some of the important engagements of the war, being slightly wounded while in the service. He became well known as a dealer in hay, grain, and cattle, and shipped his produce to Boston, New York, and Albany. Mr. Cosgrove died Dec. 31, 1887, and his wife died in March, 1927. Both are buried at Redwood. He was a Democrat in politics. There were two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Cosgrove: Igene married Burton A. McLear, lives at Redwood; and Delos M., the subject of this sketch.

George H. Cosgrove was the son of James and Mary (Farrell) Cosgrove, who were natives of County Sligo, Ireland. They were among the early settlers of the town of Alexandria, Jefferson County, N. Y.

Emogene Sophia (Marshall) Cosgrove was the daughter of Romeo Wilkes and Harriet (Van Antwerp) Marshall. They were married in the town of Warren, Herkimer County, N. Y. Romeo Marshall was a merchant at Wenton Falls, N. Y., and in the early forties he and his wife moved into the town of Alexandria, Jefferson County. Emogene, the youngest daughter, was born on a farm in the town of Alexandria and became a school teacher and at the time of her marriage was the principal of the village school at Redwood.

Delos M. Cosgrove obtained his early education in the public schools of Redwood and in 1894 was graduated from Potsdam State Normal College. He taught school at Oxbow, N. Y., for two years, and was principal of Redwood High School for three years. During that time Mr. Cosgrove read law in the offices of Anson Harder, and later continued his studies in the offices of Hon. G. H. Cobb, of Watertown. He was admitted to the New York bar in July, 1901, and at that time became associated in practice with Mr. Cobb as a member of the firm of Cobb & Cosgrove. At a later date Henry J. Kimball became a member of the firm, and this association continued until 1924 at which time Mr. Kimball became identified with the Northern New York Trust Company. In November, 1924, the law firm was reorganized as Cobb, Cosgrove, Ford & Wright, the new partners being Lewis J. Ford and Russell Wright. Mr. Ford died in March, 1925, and in June of that year Loren E. Harter becam6 a partner. In 1929 Roger Wright and Roswell Flower Taylor also became associated with the firm. Mr. Cosgrove is former president of the Jefferson County Bar Association and is identified with the New York State Bar Association. He is a director of the Redwood National Bank, chairman of the executive committee of the Jefferson County Savings Bank, director of the Agricultural Insurance Company, director of the Sherman Paper Company, director and secretary of the Black River Traction Company, director and secretary of the Watertown Transportation Company, a trustee of the Power Authority of the State of New York.

Mr. Cosgrove is a Democrat, a member of All Souls Universalist Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Royal Order of Moose, Rotary Club, Black River Valley Club, and Jefferson County Golf Club. He is a trustee of the Y. M. C. A., a member of the Watertown Board of Education, a director of the Jefferson County Orphan Asylum, and a director of the Brookside Cemetery Association.

On Sept. 4, 1907, Mr. Cosgrove married Miss Adelia M. Baker, who died in Watertown, Aug. 29, 1919. She was the daughter of William R. and Emeline (Case) Baker, the former a native of England, and the latter of Jefferson County. To Mr. and Mrs. Cosgrove was born a son, Delos M. Jr., born Oct. 16, 1910. He is a graduate of Watertown High School and attends Williams College.

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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