Biography of Edward J. Millspaugh
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Edward Judson Millspaugh, who, as the head of the firm of Millspaugh & Green, represents the coal supply of the Delaware and Hudson Coal Company for central New York, was born in Richmond, Richmond county, Staten Island, New York, June 20, 1861, and is the eldest son of Dr. Isaac Little Millspaugh and Deborah Barron Mundy, his wife. His ancestors originally came from Holland and settled in Orange county, New York, the first, so far as known, being Peter Van Miltzpacht, in 1720. The name in its Americanized form has been Millspaugh for several generations. Dr. Isaac L. Millspaugh was born in Wallkill, New York, February 1, 1827, and is a prominent physician and surgeon in Richmond, Staten Island, where his wife, Deborah Barron Mundy, was born May 11, 1836. She died there July 7, 1890.

Edward J. Millspaugh was educated in the public schools of hips native town and at the age of eighteen years became a clerk in a hardware store in New York city. He subsequently accepted a position in the purchasing department of the New York Central Railroad. In these capacities he developed those excellent business qualifications which have contributed so materially to the success of all his subsequent efforts. On the 1st of January, 1887, he came to Utica as assistant to Jesse L. Eddy, then the resident sales agent for the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, and on January 1, 1890, he was appointed to succeed him. On the 1st of June of the latter year he founded the firm of Millspaugh & Green. The company which this firm has since represented as sales agent handles more than one third of all the coal shipped into central, western and northern New York and Upper Canada. The business was incorporated in 1905, under the name of the Millspaugh & Green Company, and they now have offices in Utica, Syracuse, Rochester and Cleveland, and handle coal in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. In both Syracuse and Rochester they do both a wholesale and retail business, while at Utica their business is wholesale exclusively, this being the chief distributing center for their district. Mr. Millspaugh is the president of this company.

From his connection with this vast business he is more prominently identified with the coal supply of Oneida county and adjacent territory than any other citizen within the province of this volume and is, therefore, justly entitled to a place in local annals. Outside of these interests, which command his chief attention, he is actively connected with various other enterprises of local and general importance. He was one of the incorporators in 1890 of the Utica Cold Storage & Warehouse Company, a very successful corporation, and has continuously served as a member of the board of directors. He is also president of the corporation carrying on business under the name of the Millspaugh, Green, McMunch Company, with offices in Detroit; is a director and member of the executive committe of the Oneida National Bank; is secretary of the McMillan. Book Company of Syracuse; and vice president of the Utica Fixture Company, which manufactures fixtures for gas and electric lighting. He is a member of the Oneida Historical Society of Utica, vice president of the Fort Schuyler Club and a director and secretary of the International Heater Company.

On June 20, 1887, Mr. Millspaugh was married to Miss Anna Bell Mase, of Matteawan, Dutchess county, daughter of Hon. Willard H. Ma se, who for five successive years represented his district in the state legislature, was the prime mover in securing the location of the State Hospital for Insane Criminals at Matteawan, New York, and was largely instrumental in organizing and establishing the State Lunacy Commission. They have one son, Francis Corwin Millspaugh, born in Utica, November 16, 1890.

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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