DeWitt C. Hurd, a prominent business man and respected citizen of Utica, is at the head of the wholesale shoe
house of The Hurd & Fitzgerald Shoe Company, which was incorporated in 1906. Mr. Hurd first became identified
with the shoe business in 1867 as a salesman for the firm of Case & Tallman and later became a partner of Mr.
E. A. Tallman. The firm of Tallman & Hurd was dissolved on the 16th of January, 1892, and in that year our
subject formed a partnership with M. J. Fitzgerald, who for many years represented the old firm as a traveling
salesman. The present officers of the concern are as follows: DeWitt C. Hurd, president and treasurer; M. J. Fitzgerald,
vice president; Hugh R. Jones, secretary and assistant treasurer; and Harry D. Hurd, sales manager. They are jobbers
in shoes and rubber goods in New York and Pennsylvania and have from ten to twelve salesmen on the road. The business
has continually increased in volume and for its conduct the company recently erected a modern brick structure,
at the corner of Main and First streets, five stories in height, the dimensions of which are one hundred by sixty
seven feet. Mr. Hurd gives his personal attention to the business, the success of which is attributable in large
measure to his excellent management and keen discernment.
The gentleman whose name introduces this review also has a creditable military record. On the 8th of August, 1862,
he enlisted for service in the Union army, as a member of Company E, Tenth New York Artillery, remaining with the
regiment until the close of hostilities. During his service he was promoted to sergeant major of the regiment.
He was likewise commissioned as second lieutenant but the close of the war prevented his muster. The history of
his regiment is the history of DeWitt C. Hurd. He is a member of Bacon Post, No. 53, G. A. R., has attended state
and national encampments, has been a member of the staff of different commanders, was junior vice department commander
in 1907-8 and was the untiring president of the Oneida County Veteran Association, G. A. R., from 1902 to 1910.
In 1910 Bacon Post presented his name for the position of department commander of the state of New York and he
was elected to that office at the state encampment held at Syracuse in June of that year.
In the civic life of Utica, Mr. Hurd has been prominent and useful. For many years he has been a director in the
Utica Chamber of Commerce and in the Young Men's Christian Association.
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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