Biography of Francis X. Linehan
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Francis Xavier Linehan, who is identified with the Northern New York Trust Company as assistant secretary, is recognized as one of the able business executives of Watertown. He was born in New York City, Jan. 3, 1886, the son of John S. and Anna (Bradley) Linehan.

John S. Linehan was a native of County Cork, Ireland, and his widow was also born in that country. As young people they emigrated to the United States and for a time lived in New York City. In his association with the late Governor Roswell Flower, Mr. Linehan came to Watertown to take charge of the governor's estate here. Later, he spent many years on the estate of the governor's daughter, Emma Flower. Mr. Linehan died in November, 1911, and is buried in Watertown. His widow lives in this city. Mr. Linehan was a Democrat, a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and belonged to B. P. O. Elks, No. 496, Knights of Columbus Council No. 259, Modern Woodmen of America, and Improved Order of Red Men. There were three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Linehan: 1. Francis X., the subject of this sketch. 2. Joseph, deceased. 3. Monica G., lives at Watertown.

Practically the entire life of Francis X. Linehan has been spent in Watertown. He attended the public schools and the Watertown High School after which he entered Northern Business College. He began as a bookkeeper in the employ of the Samuel Felt Drug Company, and also was cashier there from 1906 until 1914. He then spent the following year as bookkeeper and offlce manager for the John J. Sullivan Company, wholesale grocers, of Watertown, and during 1915 was cashier of the Black River Valley Club. Mr. Linehan came to the Northern New York Trust Company on Aug. 1, 1916, as general ledger bookkeeper. Later, he was made auditor and now serves as assistant secretary.

On July 12, 1910, Mr. Linehan was united in marriage with Miss Grace May Erwin, the daughter of Harry and Jennie E. (Wilder) Erwin, of New York. The former is deceased and the latter resides in Watertown. Mr. and Mrs. Linehan are the parents of two children: Robert E., who attends Christian Brothers Academy; and Frances Alice, a student.

Mr. Linehan has always been a Democrat. He is an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and has the following lodge and club affiliations: B. P. O. Elks No. 496, Past Exalted Ruler and Trustee; Knights of Columbus No. 259, Watertown Council, 4th degree, and Grand Knight four terms; Kiwanis Club, past treasurer seven years and past secretary six years; Iroquois Club, past treasurer; Black River Valley Club; Watertown Golf Club; Y. M. C. A.; and he has always been a promotor of Boy Scout work in the city, being founder of the Elks Boy Scout movement. His son was one of three Watertown boys who made the world tour with the Boy Scouts in 1929.

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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