Biography of Archie C. Stafford
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Archie C. Stafford, who is president of the Stafford-Howard Corporation, with offices in the Woolworth Building, is outstanding among the successful business men of Watertown. He was born at Clarendon, Rutland County, Vt., Sept. 23, 1884, the son of Hon. Charles F. and Fannie F. (Fisk) Stafford.

Hon. Charles F. Stafford was born at Clarendon, Vt., in 1855. He grew up on his father's farm and began his business career with the Grimm Manufacturing Company, Ltd., of Montreal, Canada. He retired from business in 1923 and died four years later. He is buried at Clarendon, and his widow lives at Utica, N. Y. Mr. Stafford was a Republican and served for one term as a member of the Vermont Legislature from the Clarendon district. He belonged to the Community Church, and was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. To Mr. and Mrs. Stafford were born four sons : Clarence, lives at Spring Lake, N. J.; Rollin, deceased; Percy R., lives at Rutland, Vt.; and Archie C., the subject of this sketch.

Charles F. Stafford was the son of John Stafford, also a native of Clarendon, Vt. The latter lived to be 100 years of age. He was one of the first representatives of the Singer Sewing Machine Company and had the first agency in Vermont. Later, he engaged in farming.

Fannie F. (Fisk) Stafford was the daughter of Merritt and Jane (Everett) Fisk, natives of Clarendon, Vt.

Archie C. Stafford obtained his education in the public schools of Clarendon, Vt., and in 1902 was graduated from West Rutland High School. The following year he completed a course of study at the Albany Business College, and he then went to New York City as a stenographer for the Malkie Employment Agency. Later, he was with D. Appleton & Company, in charge of their foreign correspondence, and in 1904 Mr. Stafford returned to Rutland, Vt., and became a representative for a Rochester concern. In 1905 he was identified with the Columbian National Life Insurance Company as an agent at Bennington, Vt., later being promoted to assistant superintendent at Rutland. When the company was merged with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Mr. Stafford became a traveling representative for the Rutland Fire Clay Company, his territory including the eastern states and the middle west. His next business connection was with the Creamery Package Manufacturing Company, of Chicago, IIl., at the Rutland branch, and later in the New York offices. He resigned in 1920 and went to Detroit, Mich., as a salesman for the S. J. Anstey Company, brokers. The following year he took up the sale of securities for the Clarence Hodson Company, of New York, in the Watertown territory. He then in 1925 organized the. Northern Maytag Company, dealers, and served as president for two years when he sold his interests to Clyde Bame, of Gouverneur, N. Y. In the meantime he continued his interests with the Clarence Hodson Company, securities. In 1927 Mr. Stafford organized the Blaiklock-Stafford Company, but three years later dissolved the partnership and organized the Stafford-Howard Corporation, which was incorporated on Feb. 1, 1930, with Mr. Stafford as president, Glenn Larmouth, vice president, and Turner E. Howard as secretary treasurer. May 1, 1931, Mr. Howard severed his connection with the company and Ella Fitzgerald was elected secretary and Mr. Stafford took over the duties as treasurer. They are representatives for the Clarence Hodson securities.

In 1906 Mr. Stafford was united in marriage with Miss Lois Pine, the daughter of Elmer N. and Cora E. (James) Pine, who are residents of Montpelier, Vt. To Mr. and Mrs. Stafford were born two children: Lawrence, who is deceased; and Evlyn Elaine, who attended Utica Academy, now a student of voice at the Utica Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Stafford holds membership in the Presbyterian Church, and is affiliated with Liberty Lodge F. & A. M. No. 959; Oneida Chapter R. A. M. No. 57; Utica Commandery K. T. No. 3; Ziyare Temple; National League of Masonic Clubs; Knights of Pythias, Champlain Lodge No. 7; United Commercial Travelers of America, No. 231; and Watertown Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Stafford and his family live in Utica.

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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