Biography of Erastus D. Edick
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Edick, Erastus D., son of Cornelius and Adeline Edick, was born in Washington county. Ind., October 15. 1847. His father, who had in early years moved by teams from Parish to Indiana, returned with his family in 1852. Cornelius's father was one of the first settlers of Parish and cleared his own farm, which is still in the possession of the family. At the advanced age of seventy six, he is engaged at present in operating a grist mill, and in cultivating his farm. Erastus obtained his education at Parish and Syracuse. At fourteen he started in life as a carriage and ornamental painter, being employed as foreman in the paint shop of the Williams Mowing and Reaping Co., of Syracuse. In 1868 he established at Parish its first photograph gallery, which he conducted successfully for a number of years. He has twice married, his first wife, Melissa Kelley, dying in 1881. He then traveled for one year, and in 1883 married Christie Schumaker. Three daughters have been the issue of this second marriage - Ethel, Edith and Edna. Shortly after this marriage he engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, which he still conducts; but, in addition to this, he owns a hardware store in partnership with his brother, Albert Edick. Albert, the youngest but one of eleven children, was born in Parish. August 5, l858. In 1885 he married Nellie Bliss, by whom he has one daughter, Lilla. The hardware store now conduted by these two brothers contains a large and varied stock which is unsurpassed in its line. There are very few in the village who really know Mr. Edick's given name. He is generally called "Pet," but was not so christened. It occurred in this way: while a broken leg was knitting when he was quite young, his parents to comfort him began to call him " Pet"; this name has clung to him ever since. He is identified with the spirit of progress; a reformer, but conservative within safe limits. He is president of the Funeral Directors' Association of Oswego county; also president of the Pleasant Lawn Cemetery Association of Parish, and a member of the Board of Education, a man much respected.

FROM:
Landmarks of Oswego County
New York
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895


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