Fred W. Plank, who is superintendent and general manager of the Oil Well Supply Company, is one of the progressive
business men of Oswego, having been identified with this concern for more than 30 years. He was born in this city,
March 6, 1879, the son of Milo H. and Mary A. (Taskett) Plank.
Milo H. Plank was a native of Bennington, Vt. As a young man he came to Oswego and entered the employ of the Kenyon
Company, with whom he learned the tinner's trade. For a number of years Mr. Plank successfully engaged in the hardware
business at Oswego. He died here in 1900, and his wife, who was born at Carthage, died in 1898. Both are buried
in Oswego. Mr. Plank was a Republican and held membership in the West Baptist Church. Two sons were born to Mr.
and Mrs. Plank: Edward A., who died in 1921; and Fred W., the subject of this sketch.
After his graduation from Oswego High School, Fred W. Plank took correspondence work in mechanical engineering
at the International Correspondence School. He spent two years as a bookkeeper in the Kingsford store, and served
in the same capacity for three years in the employ of Jules Wendell & Son. In 1900 Mr. Plank became associated
with the Oil Well Supply Company as a mechanical draftsman. He served in various factory and office positions until
1915, at that time being made superintendent. In 1926 he became superintendent and general manager.
On Jan. 1, 1901, Mr. Plank was united in marriage with Miss Laura E. Carrier, of Oswego, the daughter of Charles
H. and Edna M. (Murdock) Carrier. The former died in 1919 and the latter Aug. 1, 1908. They are buried in Riverside
Cemetery, Oswego. Mr. and Mrs. Plank have two sons: 1. Edward M., born Jan. 4, 1911, a graduate of Oswego High
School, class of 1931. 2. Fred W., Jr., born Aug. 1, 1914.
Mr. Plank was a member of the New York National Guard for 26 years, being retired in 1919 with the rank of captain.
During the World War he served with that organization and was on patrol duty on the waterways of Western New York.
Politically Mr. Plank is a Republican, and he has served as president of the Oswego Civil Service Commission since
1923. He and his family are members of the West Baptist Church, and he belongs to the Masonic Lodge, and Independent
Order of Odd Fellows.
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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