Biography of Roswell L. Fairbank
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Roswell Lee Fairbaiik, who is general superintendent of the C. C. Kellogg & Sons Company, was born in Oneida county on the 31st of July, 1848, and is a son of Francis Lewis and Ann Eliza (Husted) Fairbank, natives of Massachusetts. The American branch of the Fairbank family is descended from Jonathan Fairbank who emigrated from England to the colonies in 1633. His son, who was the great grandfather of Roswell Lee Fairbank, was one of the minutemen who sounded the alarm for Lexington. He served all through the Revolution and afterwards had conferred upon him by his friends and admirers the honorary title of "Captain" His son, Ebenezer Fairbank, was the father of Francis Lewis Fairbank.

Reared at home Roswell Lee Fairbank acquired his education in the public schools and the Academy of the Deanville Educational Association. After leaving school Mr. Fairbarik taught in the winter and worked at the cabinetmakers trade until 1887, when he came to Utica and entered the employ of Charles C. Kellogg. During the thst year he held the position of cabinet maker and assistant superintendent, but from 1888 until 1891 he manufactured on contract for the company. He subsequently became superintendent over the manufacturing end of the business and he is now superintendent and estimator.

At the village of Deanville, in 1874, occurred the marriage of Mr. Fairbank and Miss Emma J. Young, who is deceased, a daughter of George A. and Adeline (Miller) Young. One son, Dr. Stuart J. Fairbank, was born to them. In 1892 Mr. Fairbank was again married, his present wife formerly being Miss Fannie Alice Waite, a daughter of the Rev. Hiram H. and Sally (Randall) Waite.

Mr. and Mrs. Fairbank are affiliated with Plymouth Congregational church, of which he has been a trustee for about eight years, while he accords his political allegiance to the republican party in state and national elections, but casts an independent ballot for municipal offices. During the long period of his residence in Utica Mr. Fairbank has made many friends, who accord him their regard.

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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