FRANK E. THOMAS.
Although Frank E. Thomas of Utica started as a young man in the profession of law and showed admirable qualities
in a calling that requires special ability, he is not identified with any profession at the present time, being
at the head of one of the largest wholesale fruit houses in this part of New York state. He was born in Utica,
September 27, 1867, a son of Thomas R. and Mary A. (Richards) Thomas. The father arrived in Utica as a young man
and in 1854 engaged in the retail fruit business, in time developing it into the largest wholesale house in the
city, a concern which has occupied its present site for more than fifty years. The father died in 1906 after building
up an enterprise which is a monument to his foresight and energy.
Mr. Thomas of this review received his preliminary education in the public schools and later was graduated at the
Free Academy. He early showed a great interest in study and gave indication of talents which pointed to a professional
career. Accordingly he matriculated in the law department of Cornell University and after pursuing the regular
course was graduated with the degree of LL. B. Continuing his studies at the same institution, he received the
higher degree of LL. M. He was admitted to the bar of New York state and entered the office of Jones & Townsend
in which he continued for more than three years. He appeared in a number of cases in the courts and gained recognition
as one of the rising young attorneys of the city whose future gave brilliant promise. However, his father was growing
old and required his assistance in the fruit business. The son felt obliged to give up his profession and he entered
business life. He became the father's assistant and upon the death of the latter succeeded to the business of which
he has since been the head. He is also president of the Utica Canning Company and a member of the firm of Cahn
& Company, wholesale fruit dealers of Watertown, New York.
On the 20th of April, 1897, Mr. Thomas was united in marriage to Miss Rosina Betz, a daughter of George and Rosina
Betz, of Utica. He is held in high esteem in a community where he has spent his entire life, as was evinced in
his appointment as a member of the board of park commissioners, a position which he now holds. He has never given
much time to politics but as a patriotic and public spirited citizen is well informed concerning the trend of political
events and casts his ballot in support of good government and an impartial administration of the law. Although
his attention is largely taken up with business affairs he has never lost his love for books and his library is
filled with many of the choicest works with which he is thoroughly familiar. He is a fine conversationalist, a
pleasing companion and his friends are numbered by the legion. Fraternally he is prominently connected with the
Masonic order, being a member of Utica Lodge, No. 47, F. & A. M.; Oneida Chapter, Utica Commandery, K. T.,
No. 3; Ziyara Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; and the Royal Arcanum and Royal Arcanum Club. He is a good type of the
intelligent, progressive and energetic business man of the twentieth century and may be depended upon to conduct
wisely the affairs of the firm over which he presides.
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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