Charles H. Childs, who for thirty seven years has been identified with the business activities of Utica,
was born in C1assville, Paris township, Oneida county, on the 26th of December, 1854. His parents were Justus and
Betsy (Budlong) Childs, the father of English extraction, his ancestors having come to America during the colonial
days. The family moved to Utica in 1865, ever after continuing to make this city their home.
In the acquirement of his education Charles H. Childs attended the common schools in the vicinity of the family
homestead until he was eleven years of age, at which time he removed with his parents to Utica, attending the public
schools of this city and graduating from high school. In 1873 he entered the employment of J. M. Childs & Company,
dealers in farming implements and wagons, and after a few years became a partner in the business with his brother,
Mr. J. M. Childs. The copartnership continued until 1890 when Mr. J. M. Childs retired from the business, since
which time it has been carried on under the name of Chas. H. Childs & Company.
For his wife and helpmate Mr. Childs chose Miss Cordelia Butterfield, a daughter of Theodore F. and Harriet (Huntley)
Butterfield, and a granddaughter of John Butterfield. Three children have been born to them, two daughters and
one son: Theodore H. Childs, who is married to Addison H. Westcott; Leila H. Childs; and Charles W. Childs.
The family attend Grace Episcopal church of which they are members, and Mr. Childs fraternally is affiliated with
the Masonic order. He is also a member of the Oneida Historical Society, the Fort Schuyler Club, of which he was
one of the organizers, and in politics he is a republican. In the conduct of his business Mr. Childs has always
conformed to the highest principles, by which means he has built up a fine patronage and is known to be one of
the successful and prosperous citizens of Utica.
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
Oneida County, NY
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