Hiram Lester Paddock. - Active and progressive in the business and civic affairs of Fulton for 35 years, Hiram
Lester Paddock is prominent as president of the Oswego Falls Corporation, president of Drycott Mills, Inc., and
chairman of the board of directors of the Citizens National Bank and Trust Company of Fulton. He was born at Wolcott,
N. Y., June 8, 1860, the son of William W. and Mary A. (Lester) Paddock.
William W. Paddock was born at Vienna, N. Y., June 6, 1832, and died at Wolcott, Nov. 24, 1903. He spent 40 years
as a hardware merchant at Wolcott, and was a representative citizen of that community. He was a Republican and
an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On Feb. 12, 1856, Mr. Paddock married Miss Mary A. Lester,
of Lyons, N. Y. Their children were: 1. Hiram Lester, the subject of this sketch. 2. Walter, born March 14, 1862,
died Feb. 24, 1863. 3. William Herbert, born Dec. 19, 1865. 4. Mary Mabel, born June 16, 1870, married Edward T.
Brown, attorney. 5. Bessie Tiff, born Feb. 17, 1877, married Justin Oakley Reynolds, civil engineer.
Hiram Lester Paddock received his education in the public schools of Wolcott and at Cazenovia Seminary. At the
age of 20 years he entered the banking house of Roe, Ellis &. Pomeroy, at Wolcott, in a clerical capacity.
He became associated with the wholesale hardware firm of Hamilton & Matthews, at Rochester, N. Y., and two
years later became interested in the manufacture of paper as vice president of the Lakeside Paper Company at Skaneateles,
N. Y. In 1896 he came to Fulton as treasurer of the Oswego Falls Pulp & Paper Company, and later was elected
president. For many years Mr. Paddock was also president of the Oswego County Independent Telephone Company, president
of the Fulton Hospital Association, and vice president of the Albert Lee Memorial Hospital.
On June 17, 1886, Mr. Paddock married Miss Mary L. Weeks, who was born May 13, 1862, the daughter of Forest G.
Weeks, paper manufacturer, of Skaneateles. He was born at Somersetshire, Eng., Aug. 2, 1832, and died at Syracuse,
N. Y., June 6, 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Paddock have a daughter, May Imogene. She is the wife of Frank C. Ash, who is
vice president and treasurer of the Oswego Falls Corporation.
Mr. Paddock is a trustee of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Fulton, and in 1904 was a delegate to the General
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was held at Los Angeles, Calif. At the date of the incorporation
of Fulton as a city he served as a member of its first board of public works. He holds membership in the Citizens
Club, Pleasant Point Club, Oswego Country Club and the Lake Placid Club.
According to tradition the Paddock family is of Welsh extraction. Among its earliest members in this country were
Robert; Mary, who married Thomas Roberts; and Deborah, unmarried, who died at Yarmouth, Mass., at the age of 93
years. According to records Robert Paddock settled at Plymouth, Mass., in 1634. He died there July 25, 1650, at
the age of 67 years.
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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