Biography of David D. Long
Oswego County, NY Biographies





David D. Long. - As president of the Oswego Candy Works, Inc., of which the Long Chocolate Works, Inc., is a subsidiary, Mr. Long is one of the pioneer candy manufacturers in this section of the country, and is a representative business man of the North Country. He was born in Oswego, June 22, 1857, the son of James and Margaret (Irwin) Long, of Oswego.

James Long and his wife were natives of County Tyrone, Ireland. Their marriage took place in Oswego in 1852, and they spent the remainder of their lives in this city. Mr. Long was a stationary engineer and died in March, 1922, and his wife died in 1866.

David D. Long acquired his education in the public schools of Oswego and began his career as a candy manufacturer in the employ of Jerry Haggerty, a well known candy manufacturer, of Oswego, who died in 1930. Mr. Long was identified with that business for three years, after which he purchased a small candy shop in Oswego. Under his wise management the volume of business increased greatly, and about 1900 Mr. Long was recognized as the leading candy manufacturer in this section. The marvelous growth of the plants of the Long Chocolate Works and the Oswego Candy Works, and the good will enjoyed by these concerns, have their foundation in the humble beginnings and basic principles laid down by Mr. Long.

The Oswego Candy Works, Inc., a parent plant of this organization, was founded in 1900. Its specialty is bulk chocolate candy, which is sold wholesale throughout the entire East and Middle West. The plant has a capacity of 80 tons of chocolate candy per week, or approximately 15 tons daily. Five tons of peanut butter are also manufactured daily. The products of this well known concern are sold under its trade mark, "Ox Heart." In 1915 Mr. Long's four sons became associated with the business, which continued as a partnership until 1921, when the business was incorporated, the stock being held by members of the Long family exclusively.

Additions to the plant were made in 1915, 1921, and 1924, and the present plant, located at 275-281 West First Street, occupies 70,000 square feet of space. Over two hundred people are employed. Officers of the Oswego Candy Works are: David D. Long, president and treasurer; Harold D. Long, vice president; and James M. Long, secretary and manager.

The Long Chocolate Works, Inc., is located at West Second and Utica Streets, Oswego. It was organized by David D. Long as mentioned above, and is now operated by Raymond M. Long, as manager; and David D. Long, Jr., as secretary. This subsidiary of the Oswego Candy Works, Inc., manufactures chocolate coatings and chocolate specialties, the base of its products being the raw cocoa bean which is shipped in great quantities to the local plant from New York City. The plant was enlarged in 1916 and now occupies 50,000 square feet. This business had been established in 1911 by David D. Long, and was successfully managed by him until 1916, when it was operated by his sons. This business was also incorporated in 1921, the entire stock being owned by members of the Long family.

On June 20, 1883, Mr. Long married Miss Emma J. Chatterton, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine Chatterton of Oswego. To them were born five children: 1. Grace, married Charles W. Linsley, lives at Oswego, and they have a daughter, Mary June. 2. Harold D., born Sept. 28, 1887, is vice president of the Oswego Candy Works, Inc. He married Miss Ruth Radway, and they have two daughters, Grace Isabel and Jane Radway. He is a member of the Masonic and Elk Lodges, Fortnightly Club, and Oswego Country Club. 3. James M., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. 4. Raymond M., born March 6, 1891, is vice president of Long's Chocolate Works, Inc. He married (first) on April 14, 1913, Miss Irene G. Buck, the daughter of William W. and Jennie M. (Hagenbruch) Buck, of Oswego. She died in 1928, and Mr. Long married (second) Miss Gladys Warner, of Syracuse. They have a son. Mr. Long is a member of the Masonic Lodge, Fortnightly Club, and Oswego Country Club. 5. David D., Jr., born Nov. 21, 1892, is secretary of Long's Chocolate Works, Inc. He was married March 1, 1920, to Miss Edna Snell, who died in 1929. Their children are: Lucille, David D. III and Emily Jean. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and Fortnightly Club.

David D. Long, the subject of this sketch, was elected mayor of Oswego on the Republican ticket in 1911, his victory at the polls being a remarkable tribute to his popularity and worth as a citizen, for it was achieved in a section which is normally a Democratic stronghold. His pleasing personality, vigorous character, and genial manner are strong assets in his favor, both in his business relations and in his associations with people in other channels of endeavor. He has been a director of the First National Bank, now known as the First National Bank and Trust Company, of Oswego for 20 years and is a trustee of the Oswego Savings Bank. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, former trustee of the Y. M. A. and a member of the Oswego Board of Charities. He is a trustee of the Congregational Church and belongs to Aeonian Lodge, F. and A. M.; B. P. O. Elks; City Club; Fortnightly Club; Pleasant Point Club; and Oswego Country Club.

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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