The first comptroller of the city of Utica and the present incumbent of that office, Fred G. Reusswig,
was born in New York Mills, New York, on the 27th of April, 1873. The first eight years of his life were spent
in the village where he was born and in whose schools he was introduced to the elementary branches. Since 1881
he has continuously resided in this city, his education being completed in the grammar school, which he attended
for seven years. Being desirous of beginning his career, in 1888 he became identified with the Utica Saturday Globe,
continuing in the service of that journal until December, 1907. During that period he served in every capacity
on the editorial staff, from copyholder to temporary occupancy of the managing editor's chair, but the majority
of the time he was engaged in discharging the duties of city editor. When he severed his connection to assume the
duties of comptroller of the city he held a very responsible position on the editorial staff.
Mr. Reusswig has at various times been identified with public duties, haying succeeded the Hon. P. C. J. De Angelis
as a commissioner of schools when that distinguished jurist went upon the supreme court bench in 1907. The same
year the White charter went into effect in the city and Mr. Reusswig was elected to be first comptroller. He has
unusual powers of organization as well as executive ability, and the excellent system of supervision of the fiscal
affairs of the city, which he inaugurated, attests his qualifications for the office. Two years service demonstrated
his ability and established public confidence in his sincerity and integrity. Having proven true to his trust when
his name came up for reelection in 1909 he won, although the head of the ticket was defeated in Utica by more than
four thousand votes.
In 1896 Mr. Reusswig was imited in marriage to Miss Jennie A. Chibnell, and to them have been born four children.
The family affiliate with the Park Baptist church of which he is one of the trustees, while fraternally he is identified
with the Masonic order, being a member of Utica Lodge, No. 47, F. & A. M., and he also belongs to Samuel Reed
Lodge, K. P; the Corn Hill Benefit Association; Utica Maennerchor and various other organizations. Mr. Reusswig
is held in high esteem in Utica, his high ideals of citizenship and integrity, as manifested during the period
of his public service, having won for him general respect and admiration, he being recognized as a man who is not
afraid to do his duty.
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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