Biography of Addison H. Westcott
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Addison Harvey Westcott, who is operating in Utica one of the finest automobile garages in the state, was born in this city on the 21st of July, 1883, and is a son of William B. and Mary (Hopkins) Westcott, also natives of Utica. His paternal grandfather, George Westcott, was one of the pioneer settlers of this city, where for over thirty years he was engaged in the fur business. To Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Westcott were born two other sons, William Benedict, on the 14th of September, 1887, and Reginald Ainsworth, whose birth occurred on the 25th of June, 1881. They are both associated with their brother in the automobile business, the former being secretary and treasurer of the company.

The elementary education of Addison Harvey Westcott was obtained in private schools of this city, after the completion of which he attended the Free Academy for a year; then he went to St. John's Military School at Manlius, New York, at which place he began having trouble with his eyes to such an extent that the physicians recommended a change of climate. He traveled from Chicago to New Mexico on horse back, thence to Los Angeles, California, by rail where he was employed by the Title Insurance & Trust Company. His eyes improving he returned to Utica and after being connected with various enterprises entered the automobile department of C. H. Childs & Company. In 1908 he organized the Westcott Garage Company, having acquired the automobile business of C. H. Childs & Company. He improved and remodeled the entire building and now has one of the best equipped and most thoroughly modern garages not oniy in Utica but the entire state. His storage facilities are excellent, while his salesrooms most attractively display a full and complete line of Lozier and Chalmers models, of which he is the exclusive agent. Nor has he in any way neglected the equipment of his repair department, here being found every known device and tool required in the setting aright the most intricate mechanism, while he engages the services of the most skillful workmen he can secure. The venture has proven to be most successful in every sense of the word, and the fime judgment, sagacity and executive ability exhibited by Mr. Westcott thus far in the conduct of his business gives assurance of a most promising future.

On the 1st of February, 1909, in Utica Mr. Westcott was united in marriage to Miss Theodora Huntley Childs, a daughter of Charles H. and Leila Childs, whose history appears at greater length under the sketch of C. H. Childs elsewhere in this work.

Mr. Westcott is very popular not only in the business, but social circles of the city and is affliated with the Fort Schuyler Club, Utica Curling Club, Chamber of Commerce, Automobile Club of Utica and the Oneida County Historical Society. He is becoming recognized as one of the progressive and enterprising young business men of the city, whose future as gauged by his past would seem to be most promising.

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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