Grover C. Boyce. - Outstanding among Oswego's successful business men is Grover C. Boyce, who is general superintendent
of the Oswego Shade Cloth Company.
The Boyce family came to New York from Bennington, Vt., and settled at Fulton. Mr. Boyce was educated in the public
schools and at the age of 13 years he became an office boy in the employ of the Minetto Shade Cloth Company, being
employed by A. S. Page, C. S. Benson, and Charles Tremaine. Mr. Boyce remained with this company for nine years,
at which time the Minetto Factory was transferred to Columbia Mills. He remained with this company until 1915.
He then became superintendent of the Oswego Shade Cloth Company, which at that time was owned and operated by Robert
Sloan, Theodore Irwin and G. L. Johnson. The business was later sold to the Stewart-Hartshorn Company, 252 Fifth
Avenue, New York City, and at that time Mr. Boyce became plant manager and director. The firm subsequently purchased
the Ontario Knitting Mills, Johnson & Lyon Company, and the Frisby Stanfield Knitting Company. The business
was completely reorganized and became one of the most modern bleaching and finishing plants in Northern New York.
They are producers of the highest quality window shades and shade cloth, and are manufacturers of their own paints
and chemicals. Spinning and weaving is done in a southern mill which is owned by the company, and which employs
about 1,800 people. The Oswego plant employs about 300.
Mr. Boyce married Miss Hazel H. Stryker of Minetto, N. Y. Their children were: 1. C. Leonard, born April 6, 1908,
was drowned on Lake Ontario, July 29, 1928. He was a graduate of Oswego High School, Deerfield (Mass.) Academy,
and had completed one year at Dartmouth College at the time of his death. 2. Mildred M., born June 1, 1911, a graduate
of Oswego High School, Dana Hall Preparatory School, now a sophomore at Wellesley College. 3. Eleanor Jean, born
September 13, 1918, attends Kingsford Park School, Oswego.
Mr. Boyce is a member of the Masonic Lodge, being district deputy grand master of Oswego Lodge. He also belongs
to the Elks Lodge, Kiwanis Club, and Oswego Country Club. He is a director of the Oswego Hospital, Chamber of Commerce,
and a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.
Mr. Boyce is a director of the Oswego County Savings Bank.
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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