F. Benton Cole, who is proprietor of the Oswego Motor Company, is one of the outstanding business men of the
city. He was born at Saginaw, Mich., Aug. 13, 1883, the son of Orlando and Mary J. (Penner) Cole.
Orlando Cole, deceased, was a Civil War veteran. He was born in Oswego County and his wife was a native of Nassau
County, N. Y. When he was 15 years of age he came to Oswego with his parents and settled on a farm on the East
River Road. During the Civil War he served as a member of Company B, 24th New York Volunteer Infantry. He went
to Syracuse about 1866 and two years later located at Saginaw, Mich., as an engineer in the employ of a dredging
company. In 1887 Mr. Cole came to Fulton, N. Y., and purchased a small farm. He retired in 1914 and died in February,
1929. He is buried in Mount Pleasant, N. Y. His wife died in 1925 at the age of 83 years. Mr. Cole was a Republican,
a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. There were four children
in the Cole family: 1. Alfred, who died in 1930. 2. Myrtle, who died in 1911. 3. Josephine Pearson, lives at Fulton,
N. Y. 4. F. Benton, the subject of this sketch.
F. Benton Cole attended the public schools of Fulton and remained on his father's farm until 1914. He then spent
four years in the garage of Palmers-Granite as a salesman, and in 1918 Mr. Cole came to Oswego to establish his
present business. He is local agent here for the Chevrolet automobile and has a well established business. He has
been in his present location, 116 East 1st Street, since 1928.
In 1908 Mr. Cole was married to Miss Kate Jones, of Scriba, N. Y., the daughter of Harvey D. and Mary (Hart) Jones,
natives of Lansing, Oswego County. The former died in 1930 and the latter in 1923. Mr. and Mrs. Cole have no children.
Politically, Mr. Cole is a Republican, and he holds membership in the Methodist Church and Fortnightly Club.
A number of years ago Mr. Cole was the owner of many fine racing horses and had his own stables. Several of his
trotters were prize winners in this section of the state, and Mr. Cole frequently drove at county fairs.
Mr. and Mrs. Cole live at 230 East 7th Street, Oswego.
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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