Biography of F. Earl McChesney
Oswego County, NY Biographies





F. Earle McChesney. - One of the North Country's most prominent and representative newspaper men is F. Earle McChesney, who is editor and publisher of the Pulaski Democrat. He was born at Scriba, N. Y., Sept. 2, 1881, the son of Frank C. and Etta (Lawton) McChesney.

Frank C. McChesney is a native of Belleville, Canada, and his wife was born at Scriba. He is a retired cabinet maker and lives at Pulaski. His wife died Nov. 20, 1919, and is buried in Willis Cemetery, near Pulaski. To Mr. and Mrs. McChesney were born the following children: 1. Alva C., lives at Altmar. 2. Fred L., lives at Pulaski. 3. Mrs. William Thomson (Lillian I.), lives at 2 River Drive, Ilion, N. Y. 4. Newton S., lives at Adams, N. Y. 5. F. Earle, the subject of this sketch.

After attending Pulaski Academy, F. Earle McChesney entered the employ of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1899 at Granby, Conn., as telegraph operator, and continued there until 1902, when he was transferred to Avon, Conn., as station agent. In 1906 he resigned from the railroad service and entered the general mercantile business, with which he was identified until late in 1914 at Avon. During that time he served as town clerk, treasurer, secretary of the board of education, and member of the board of relief. He was appointed postmaster in 1913 and served until the spring of 1915. Mr. McChesney then sold his interest in the firm of Case & McChesney, at Avon, and resigned his town offices, as well as the postmastership late in 1914. He then purchased controlling interest in the Pulaski Democrat and removed with his family to Pulaski. He continued as manager and editor of the Democrat until July, 1916, and was then identified with the National War Work Council during 1918-19-20-21. He resumed active management of the Democrat in 1921, and acquired full control in the fall of 1927, when Byron G. Seamans died.

On June 24, 1902, Mr. McChesney was united in marriage with Miss Ruth Maltby Austin, of Pulaski, the daughter of William H. and Alta (Maltby) Austin, natives of New York. Mr. Austin died in 1900 and his wife died Nov. 19, 1930. To F. Earle and Ruth Maltby (Austin) McChesney were born six children: 1. Elsie, a graduate of Syracuse University, class of 1925. She married George R. Brownell, and lives at 86-35 233rd Street, Queens Village, Long Island. 2. Frances Edith, a graduate of Syracuse University, class of 1925, and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, during the summer of 1931. She is a French teacher at Pulaski Academy. 3. Lillian, who attends Cornell University. 4. William F., who attends Clarkson College of Technology at Potsdam. 5. Lois, attends Pulaski Academy. 6. Hugh Maltby, attends Pulaski Academy.

Mr. McChesney is identified with the Republican party in politics. He and his family are prominent members of the Baptist Church, and hg belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Grange, and Pulaski Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the State and National Editorial Associations and Northern New York Typothetae.

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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