Thomas William Marks, who is manager of the Rice Coal Company of New Hartford, Oneida county, New York, is a
native of this county, having been born at Oriskany on the 25th of May, 1852, being a son of John R. and Martha
(Reese) Marks, natives of Wales.
The early education of Thomas William Marks was obtained in the public schools of his native village. This was
later supplemented by a course in the Whitestown Seminary from which institution he was graduated in 1876. After
completing his education Mr. Marks taught in district No. 10 of New Hartford for three years, withdrawing at the
expiration of that time to once more identify himself with agricultural pursuits. In 1887 he engaged in the grocery
business in this village continuing to be connected with that occupation until 1905 when he entered the employ
of the George W. Rice Coal Company.
Mr. Marks was married on the 6th of October, 1875, to Miss Mary Elizabeth Osborn, their union being solemnized
in New Hartford. Mrs. Marks is a daughter of Chandler and Dorcas (Allen) Osborn, who were residents of the village.
Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Marks: Charles Joseph; Howard Burton; Martha Leving, who married Ward L.
Cook; and Nellie Jane.
The family have always been earnest and active members of the Presbyterian church of which Mr. Marks has been a
trustee and choir master, while he is also superintendent of the Sunday school, which position he has held for
sixteen years. Through his affiliation with the prohibition party, for whose candidates he always casts his ballot,
Mr. Marks manifests his views on the liquor traffic. He is a public spirited man and always takes an active interest
in local politics, having served as treasurer of the village for two years, as well as in other capacities. In
addition to all of his other duties he acts as secretary of the Greenlawn Cemetery Association. Mr. Marks and his
family are well regarded in the village and take an active part. in the church and social circles of the community.
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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