Biography of George F. Hendrick
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George F. Hendrick, principal of the Utica Business Institute, was born in Sheldon, Vermont, on the 1st of February, 1857, his parents being Lyman and Lydia (Robie) Hendrick. The father, who engaged in agricultural pursuits during the entire period of his active career, is still living at the age of ninety and makes his home in Enosburg Falls, Vermont.

The education of George F. Hendrick was obtained in private schools and the Vermont State Normal, from which institution he was graduated in 1879. Before entering the normal he had taught for a time and continued to follow this profession in his native state, after awarded his degree, later locating at Dover, Olmstead county, Minnesota. He subsequently pursued a commercial course in the Troy Business College. after which he obtained a position as teacher in the Utica Business College. This school was organized by Bryant & Stratton in 1863, being one of the many business colleges under their management. Four years later it was disposed of to H. B. Creary and Thomas H. Shields; the name, however, was not changed for some time thereafter. The school developed in a most gratifying manner under their direction and became one of the leading institutions of its class in the country. It was then located in the Gardner Block, at the corner of Genesee and Columbia streets, where it remained until the building was destroyed by fire in 1875. It was immediately removed to the Parker block, now known as the Stewart building, where it remained until May, 1900. Mr. Hendrick became identified with the school in 1884 and three years later, owing to the death of Mr. McCreary, he was made principal. In 1889 a partnership was formed between Mr. Shields and Mr.Hendrick, which continued until February, 1903, when Mr. Hendrick became sole owner. Since 1897 it has been known as the Utica Business Institute and the year after it was placed under state supervision. The course of study has undergone frequent improvements until at the present time it ranks with the best institutions of the kind in the land. It was the first business school in the world to teach typewriting, and it has had a flourishing shorthand department since 1885. Since the 1st of May, 1900, the school has been located in a new and modern brick building at No. 111 Columbia street, just off Genesee. where it occupies two floors. The quarters are very pleasant here, the class rooms being conveniently arranged and equipped with every facility for the convenience and comfort of both faculty and pupils. The school opens t.he first of September and closes the last of June, with an enrollment of from one hundred and fifty to two hundred pupils. From the first of October to the first of April a night school is also conducted, thus making it possible for selfsupporting young people of limited education to fit themesives for better positions at a very small expense.

Utica was the scene of the marriage in 1895 of Mr. Hendrick and Miss Mary Bice, a daughter of Harvey H. Bice, a former boot and shoe manufacturer now living retired. Mr. Hendrick is not only a most excellent instructor but excels as a principal and director, having effected many changes in the Institute during the period of his identification with it, all of which have been for the better. His entire time and attention are concentrated upon his work, it being his aim to keep his school one of the best to be found in. this country.

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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