Biography of Francis M. Kendrick
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Thirty nine years ago Francis Martin Kendrick began as a cigar manufaeturer in Utica and the fact that he still continues in business is splendid evidence of his ability to meet competition and his success as a business man. He was born in this city in 1846, a son of John Charles and Margaret (Martin) Kendrick, the former of whom came from Boston to Utica about seventy years ago and continued in this city during the remainder of his life.

Francis Martin Kendrick was educated in the public schools and Whitestone Seminary. At the age of twenty six years, in 1872, he started a wholesale cigar manufacturing business and also a retail department, both of them being on Genesee street. On account of the growth of the business he was obliged, later, to remove to larger quarters on Bleecker street and, in 1903, established his factory and store at 48 Franklin square. He has always made use of well selected raw material from Havana, and the same may be said in regard to the purchase of the domestic crop. He employs skilled hands and the factory is well ventilated and lighted, the work being supervised by experts and all products closely examined before being placed on the market. The house for many years sold its goods as far west as Denver, Colorado, but is now confining its sales to the state of New York, a ready market being found for the entire output.

Mr. Kendrick combines good business qualifications with a pleasing address and has a wide acquaintance in New York and other states. He has never held political office, but has often assisted friends in the accomplishment of their ambition to become identified with public affairs. Religiously he is connected with the Catholic church, and fraternally is a valued member of the Knights of Columbus, the Royal Arcanum, Lodge No. 33, B. P. O. E., and the Arcanum and Fort Schuyler Clubs.

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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