Pierce D. Condon, who will be remembered as one of the most trustworthy and efficient public officers Oneida
county has known and also as a successful business man, was born at Deerfield, New York, in August, 1844. His father,
Pierce Condon, was born in Ireland and was one of the early settlers of Deerfield, having arived there in 1827.
The mother before her marriage was Marguerite O'Hara and she was also a native of Ireland.
Mr. Condon of this review was given excellent advantages of education in the public schools and was early made
acquainted with the business of dairy farming. In 1871 he started a grocery store in Deerfield Corners, which he
conducted successfully for five years. He then began buying and shipping produce to New York city, especially potatoes,
onions and apples. He was associated in this business with Thomas Walsh and continued it at intervals for thirteen
years. He made purchases not only at Utica but at all points along the Utica & Black River and the Delaware,
Lackawanna & Western Railroads within a radius of fifty miles. In 1882 he was appointed by Thomas D. Penfield,
who had been elected sheriff of the county, as deputy sheriff and continued under Mr. Penfield during the entire
term of that officer. He had charge of most of the criminal business of the county and was one of the guards at
the hanging of William Henry Ostrander. In 1885 he was appointed deputy United States marshal under United States
Marshal Walter H. Bunn, of Cooperstown. He served throughout Mr. Bunn's term and for part of the time under Colonel
Archie Baxter. In 1891, when John C. Schreiber was elected sheriff of Oneida county, Mr. Condon was appointed deputy
and served very efficiently for three years. He was a good officer and was thoroughly efficient, reliable and entirely
fearless. He made many arrests for violation of the revenue laws, the illicit distillation of whisky and the passage
of counterfeit money. He traveled widely throughout the United States while serving for the federal government
and became well known in many parts of the country. After leaving federal service Mr. Condon organized the Condon
Realty Company, with which he was actively connected duringthe remainder of his life.
In 1868 Mr. Condon was married to Miss Mary Ann Sweeney, of Constableville, who died in 1870. In 1874 he was again
married, the lady of his choice being Miss Ellen Donahoe, of Utica, and to this onion four children were born,
J. Francis, Nellie, Pierce, Jr., and James E. Politically Mr. Condon gave his support to the democratic party and
was a great admirer of President Cleveland. He was town clerk of Deerfield in 1867, 1878, 1887 and 1898. He resided
in Deerfield until 1899 and then removed to Utica, taking up his residence in the eleventh ward. He was active
in politics and attended many county, assembly and state conventions. While living at Deerfield in his early manhood
he belonged to the Deerfield fire company for several years. He was a member of St. Peter's church at Deerfield
and served as trustee until his removal to Utica, when he became a member of St. Patrick's church. Energetic and
efficient in the discharge of duty, he possessed a genial and pleasing address and made friends wherever he was
known. He died July 1, 1909. Mrs. Condon still makes her home at the family residence, 85 Plant street.
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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