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Pendergast, John E., is a son of James and Johanna (Hyde) Pendergast, who immigrated to this country from Ireland in 1836 and settled in Utica, N. Y., where John E. was born December 25, 1867. After graduating from the public schools he entered the office of Dr. Wallace Clark as a student, where he remained until 1881, and then accepted a position with Frank Williams, in whose employ he remained for a year and a half, when he removed to Morristown, N. Y., to take charge of the Frontier House bar, remaining in that capacity for four years. At this date he returned to Utica and after a time removed to Canton, N. Y., where he was appointed deputy sheriff under Erastus P. Backus and served in that capacity until 1891, when he removed to Watertown and was employed at the Woodruff House, In 1896 he embarked in business on his own account in company with Mr. Dibble, as proprietors of the Arcade Cafe, Mr. Pendergast is a prominent member of the K. of P., being first lieutenant on Maj. Jefferson Young, jr.'s, staff U. R. K. of P.

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