Biography of J. Edward Campbell
Oswego County, NY Biographies





J. Edward Campbell. - Active and progressive in business, J. Edward Campbell is prominent in Oswego as vice president of the Maltby Campbell Company, jewelers. He was born in this city, Dec. 17, 1892, the son of James Edward and Bertha (Trapp) Campbell.

James Edward Campbell, a native of New York, died in Oswego July 4, 1918. He was educated in the public schools and as a young man enlisted in the U. S. Army, being identified with the service until he was 30 years of age. He spent the remainder of his life in the employ of the City Railway Company in Oswego. Mr. Campbell was a Republican and held membership in the English Lutheran Church. His widow, who resides in Oswego, is a native of Germany. Their children are: 1. J. Edward, the subject of this sketch. 2. Gordon, lives at Oakland, Calif. 3. William, lives at Oswego. 4. Manley, lives at Oswego. 5. Carl, lives at Oswego.

After completing his schooling in Oswego, J. Edward Campbell entered the employ of Jules Wendell & Sons, jewelers, with whom he was identified for eleven years. The Maltby Campbell Company was organized in 1916 with U. Z. Maltby as president, Mr. Campbell as vice president, and Mrs. Maltby, as secretary treasurer. Upon the death of Mr. Maltby in July, 1928, Mrs. E. K. Maltby succeeded him as president. They are recognized as the city's leading jewelers and have an attractive store at 20 West Bridge Street.

In April, 1918, Mr. Campbell volunteered for service in the World War, and after two months spent at Camp Dix, N. J., he sailed for France with Company K, 311th Infantry, 78th Division. After his discharge he received the following citation from the War Department in Washington: "March 8, 1919. James E. Campbell, private, first class, Company K, 311th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action near Grand Pre, France, Nov. 1, 1918. After all the regular company runners had become casualties, private Campbell volunteered as a runner, carrying a call for reinforcements through the enemy barage and guiding the reinforcing troops back to his company. He then aided in first aid work until his company was relieved. Under the provision of the act of congress approved July 9, 1918, the distinguished service cross was awarded by the commanding general, American Expeditionary Forces, for extraordinary heroism in action. Private Campbell was among those enlisted men to receive this award."

In October, 1917, Mr. Campbell married Miss Marie Moran of Oswego, the daughter of Patrick and Sarah K. (White) Moran. The former is deceased and the latter lives in Oswego. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have two daughters: 1. Elizabeth Maltby, born Nov. 10, 1918. 2. Patricia May, born April 26, 1926.

Mr. Campbell is a Republican, a member of Frontier Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 422; Knights of Pythias; Kiwanis Club; Leather Stocking Club; American Legion; and Oswego Yacht Club. He holds membership in the English Lutheran Church, and his wife is a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

From:

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


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