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.
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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