Biography of Robert H. Canfield
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Substantial success has attended the business of Robert H. Canfield, now proprietor of a wholesale and retail millinery establishment at No. 172 Genesee street. He has employed the modern processes of trade and commerce in the development of this enterprise and moreover has at all times held to the strictest commercial ethics. Utica numbers him among her native sons, his birth having here occurred October 11, 1868. His parents are Richard A. and Mira (Lane) Canfleld. Both are living and the father has always followed carpentry and building.

After gaining a thorough knowledge of the common branches of learning in the public schools Robert H. Canfield turned his attention to the business world, securing a position in the employ of Madam Rogers that he might acquaint himself with the millinery trade. After a few years he resigned to take a position with S. Mansbach, with whom he remained, for ten years. Laudable ambition, however, prompted him to engage in business on his own account and when industry and careful expenditure had brought him sufficient capital he purchased a stock of goods and opened a store on Columbia street in 1889. The new enterprise prospered from the beginning and after ten years, because of the growth of the business, he was compelled to seek more commodious quarters, which he found at No. 172 Genesee street. He has every reason to be proud of his success. He has been both the architect and builder of his own fortunes. He started out practically empty handed and today he is numbered among the prosperous citizens of Utica, owning a business of large proportions that annually returns to him substantial and gratifying profits. At the outset he recognized the fact that satisfied patrons are the best advertisements and he has ever maintained a high standard in the line of goods carried, in the personnel of the store and in the service rendered to the public.

On the 9th of July, 1904, Mr. Canfield was married to Miss Hannah Carey Bartley, a daughter of Robert and Rebecca Bartley, of Utica. He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, affiliating with Faxton Lodge, No. 697, A. F. & A. M.; Oneida Chapter, No. 57, R. A. M.; Utica Cominandery, No. 3, K. T.; and Ziyara Temple Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He also holds membership with Central City Lodge, No. 68, I. O. O. F. His entire life has been spent in Utica and that the comrades of his youth are the friends of his manhood is a fact which indicates in clear and forceful manner how well spent and upright has been his life.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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