Charles L. Dain. - The firm of Dain Brothers, funeral directors, located at 112 East Second Street, has long
been recognized as one of the substantial business establishments of Oswego, having been founded more than 65 years
ago. Mr. Bain was born in Oswego, the son of John F. and Margaret (Bookman) Dain.
John F. Dain was born in Germany, Jan. 2, 1843, and died in Oswego, Sept. 3, 1929. He
is buried in St. Peter's Cemetery, Oswego. Mr. Dain settled in Oswego in 1846, after having lived for some time
in Syracuse. He was a cabinet maker by trade and conducted a furniture business in Oswego for eight years. In 1872
he established the undertaking business which is now successfully managed by his sons. Mr. Dain was a pioneer in
his profession being a graduate of the Kalamazoo School of Embalming. He was married in 1864 to Miss Margaret Bookman,
the daughter of Nicholas and Mary Bookman of Syracuse. She died Nov. 15, 1922, and in that year Mr. Dain retired
from business. There were four children in the Bain family: 1. John F., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this
history. 2. Alice L., who died Oct. 10, 1901. 3. Charles L., the subject of this sketch. 4. Agnes, married William
McCormick, lives at Pas-A-Grill, Florida.
After his graduation from Oswego High School, Charles L. Dain became associated with John F. Dain & Son, his
older brother, John, at that time being a member of the firm. When the father retired in 1922, the business was
reorganized as Dain Brothers. As mentioned above they are leading funeral directors in this section of the state
and have been established in their present location for many years.
Mr. Dain was married on June 20, 1906, to Miss Geneva Galvin, of Oswego, the daughter of William and Mary (Carpenter)
Galvin. Both are deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Dain have been born six children: 1. John F., born Sept. 3, 1908, attended
Hobart College, now a clerk in the Second National Bank, Oswego. 2. Geneva M., born Nov. 25, 1910, a graduate of
St. Elizabeth College, Morristown, N. J. 3. Margaret N., born Oct. 10, 1912, attends St. Elizabeth College. 4.
Charles L., Jr., born Feb. 17, 1913, a graduate of Oswego High School, class of 1931, now attending Union College.
5. Elizabeth F., born Jan. 28, 1916, attends Oswego High School. 6. Virginia A., born May 1, 1918.
Mr. Dain is a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, City Club,
Oswego Country Club, and Oswego Yacht Club. He has always been a Republican in politics.
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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