Bernie R. Bothwell. - As an able postmaster of Hannibal, Mr. Bothwell is prominent throughout Oswego County.
He was born at this place, Sept. 28, 1867, the son of David and Maria (Sykes) Bothwell.
David Bothwell, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Jefferson County, N. Y., and lived there
during his early life. He sailed the Great Lakes and became a captain. Later, he located at Hannibal and engaged
in the hardware business there for many years. He also held the office of postmaster for 25 years. He died in 1913
and his wife died in 1918. Both are buried at Hannibal. He was a Republican and served as village clerk. He held
membership in the Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge and Grand Army of the Republic. To Mr. and Mrs. Bothwell only
one child was born, Bernie R., the subject of this sketch.
Raymond Sykes, maternal grandfather of Bernie R. Bothwell, was one of the first settlers of Oswego County, and
came here from Vermont and settled at Hannibal.
Bernie R. Bothwell has always lived at Hannibal. After completing his studies in the public schools here he attended
high school at Syracuse. For a time he was interested in the grocery business here with W. M. Chillson. He has
been identified with the local post office for many years and since 1921 has been postmaster. He is also secretary
of the Hannibal Fire Department.
In 1897 Mr. Bothwell married Miss Ella Guile, of Fulton, N. Y. They have a daughter, Lucille, born in February,
1901. She married James C. Ferris, and lives at Auburn, N. Y. They have three daughters: Mary Elizabeth, born in
1926; Barbara Jane, born in 1927; and Nancy, born in 1930.
Politically, Mr. Bothwell has always been a Republican. He is affiliated with Hannibal Lodge F. & A. M. No.
550, and his wife belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Oswego County, NY
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