The legal fraternity of Oneida county has an able and successful representative in Francis A. Watters, who maintains
his offices at No. 117 W. Dominick street in Rome. His birth occurred in the town of Lewis, New York, on the 11th
of July, 1858, his parents being William and Eunice Watters, who resided on a farm there. The father, a native
of Ireland, emigrated to this country early in life.
Francis A. Watters attended the district schools of his native town in the acquirement of an education and taught
in district schools four years. When still quite young he went to Emporia, Kansas, there pursuing a course of study
in the State Normal School. Subsequently he followed the profession of teaching in district vifiage schools and
also four years at Pittsburg, Kansas, for about fifteen years in all, imparting clearly and readily to others the
knowledge that he had acquired. He then returned to New York for a visit, as he thought, but remained here and
took up the study of law at Rome, reading in the offices of A. Delos Kneelaud, E. A. Rowland, J. S. Baker and Bliss
& Briggs. In 1902 he was admitted to the bar and opened an office at Rome, where he has since built up a remunerative
and enviable clientage. In no profession is there a career more open to talent than in that of the law, and in
no field of endeavor is there demanded a more careful preparation, a more thorough appreciation of the absolute
ethics of life or of the underlying principles which form the basis of all human rights and privileges. Unflagging
application, intuitive wisdom and a determination to fully utilize t.he means at hand, are the concomitants which
insure personal success and prestige in this great profession, which stands as the stern conservator of justice;
and it is one into which none should enter without a recognition of the obstacles to be overcome and the battles
to be won, for success does not perch on the falehion of every person who enters the Competitive fray, but comes
only as the diametrical result of capacity and nnmistakable ability. Possessing all the requisite qualities of
the able lawyer, Mr. Watters is now enjoying a merited measure of prosperity.
On the 18th of January, 1906. Mr. Watters was united in marriage to Miss Ada A. Armstrong, a daughter of Alexander
and Emma Armstrong, of Whitelaw, Madison county. They have three children, namely: Frances Eunice, Charles Lyndon
and Franklin Lyle.
Mr. Watters belongs to the bar association and is also a member of Rome Tent, No. 380, Knights of ees. He is by
reason of his genuine personal worth held in highest esteem by those with whom he has come in contact, possessing
the kindly spirit, geniality and deference for the opinions of others that everywhere win friendship and high regard.
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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