Joseph C. Park, who has been director of the Department of Industrial Arts at Oswego State Normal School for
almost 30 years, is recognized as an authority on industrial education. He was born at Big Flats, N. Y., Nov. 25,
1872, the son of Charles M. and Nettie I. (Paddock) Park.
Charles M. Park, who died Oct. 28, 1924, is buried in Rural Cemetery, Big Flats, N. Y. Throughout his life he was
interested in farming. His widow resides at Horseheads, N. Y. To Mr. and Mrs. Parks were born three children: 1.
Joseph C., the subject of this sketch. 2. William E., D., born Aug. 28, 1874, is in charge of U. S. Veterans Hospital,
at Fort Bayard, N. M. 3. Mae L., born Nov. 29, 1876, lives at 107 Fletcher Street, Horseheads.
Joseph C. Park received his early education in the public schools of Big Flats. He is a graduate of Oswego State
Normal School and received the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Syracuse University. From
1896 until 1901 Mr. Park was principal of the Cherokee Baptist Academy, Tahlequah, Indian Territory, and during
that time was a teacher at the summer sessions of the University of Illinois and University of Missouri. In 1902
he accepted his present position as director of Industrial Arts at the Oswego State Normal School. In 1927 Mr.
Park traveled throughout the Near East and in Europe, and spent the entire year in the study of problems connected
with industrial education.
On Aug. 2, 1895, Mr. Park married Miss Nettie Matteson, of Marcellus, N. Y., the daughter of Joseph and Diana (Cuddeback)
Matteson, natives of New York, both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Clark had four children: 1. John W., born May 3,
1896, is principal of school No. 14, Albany. He is interested in aviation and is a licensed transport pilot. 2.
Ruth Park Harder, born Feb 22, 1898, lives at Wellsville, N. Y. 3. Helen Blake, born March 26, 1900, died Sept.
5, 1922. 4. Joseph C., Jr., born July 26, 1913.
Mr. Park is a Republican, a member of the Baptist Church, and is affiliated with Aeonian Lodge, F. and A. M. No.
During the World War Mr. Park was director of the Student Army Training Corps at Oswego State Normal School.
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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