Biography of Frederick Conde
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Frederic Conde, deceased, was a representative citizen of Oswego and founder of the Frederic Conde Company, Inc. He was born at Central Square, N. Y., Nov. 14, 1855, the son of Henry Swits and Dorcas Alida (Peckham) Conde.

Henry Swits Conde was a native of Saratoga County, N. Y. He engaged in the general mercantile business for a number of years and in 1856 located in Oswego, where he became county clerk and later established the Conde Knitting Mills. At his death the business was continued by his son, Swits Conde. Mr. and Mrs. Conde are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Oswego.

Frederic Conde was educated in the public schools but did not become associated with his father's business as had been planned. Due to ill health he was obliged to spend ten years in the West, and upon his return to Oswego in 1891 he established a small manufacturing plant, which later developed into the Frederic Conde Knitting Mill. He was actively identifled with this enterprise at the time of his death, Sept. 14, 1924. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Oswego.

The business of Frederic Conde was continued by his widow, Mary (Kingsley) Conde, until Oct. 1, 1930, when it was incorporated with Mrs. Conde as president and Michael G. Conn as vice president and treasurer. Edward P. Kenife is secretary. The firm has continued the policy of Mr. Conde in the manufacture of superior merchandise. They are widely known manufacturers of men's cotton underwear, and have added numerous other types of wearing apparel including men's polo shirts, and women's cotton mesh sport dresses.

On Jan. 7, 1908, Mr. Conde married Miss Mary G. Kingsley, of Syracuse, the daughter of Elisha Pierce and Emily (Hollister) Kingsley. The former died in 1899 and the latter in 1924. They are buried in Syracuse. A son, Frederic Kingsley, born to Mr. and Mrs. Conde, died in New York City in 1923. Mrs. Conde is a member of the York Club and Women's National Republican Club of New York City and Oswego Country Club.

Mr. Conde held membership in the Fortnightly Club, City Club, Oswego Country Club, Oswego Yacht Club and the Thousand Islands Yacht Club. He was particularly fond of water sports and was the owner of two fine steam yachts, the Catherine C., 120 foot boat, and the Corinthian, 90 foot boat. He was the owner of a fine summer home on an island near Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands group.

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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