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McCormack, Francis E., son of David and Mary McCormack, of Oswego Falls, N. Y., was born at Lampson's Station, Onondaga county, in 1867. At the time of his birth his father was employed on the section between Lampson's and Oswego Falls. Of the family there were two sons and two daughters; J. D., with the Solvay Process Company at Syracuse; D. J., who resides in New York city; Mary, wife of W. G. O'Brien of Oswego; and Catharine, wife of Homer W. Cowan, a farmer of Stiles, Onondaga county. Both parents are living and reside at Oswego Falls. Mr. MeCormack's chances for acquiring an education were limited, and at best came from the district school previous to his thirteenth year. Hard labor and plenty of it fell to his daily lot. His first railroad job was that of track walker between Stiles Station and Syracuse, which position he held for two years, when he secured a position at Pierrepont, as night operator, and afterwards was promoted to the position of operator and assistant ticket agent in the Union station at Watertown, which he acceptably filled for three years, when he once more moved upward to that of train dispatcher. Four years later he was filling the position of chief dispatcher at Watertown, which lie continued until 1896, when he was once more promoted to the position of division train master, with headquarters at Carthage. In 1894 Mr. McCormack married Nellie Ayem, of Philadelphia, N. Y. Mr. McCormack is a thorough railroad man, and has reached his present position by coming up through all the rounds of the ladder, from track walker to his present responsible position.

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