Biography of Harry C. Webb
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Harry C. Webb. - One of the prominent citizens and able business men of Fulton is Harry C. Webb, who is president of Whitaker & Bogardus, Inc., real estate and insurance specialists, with offices at 25 South Second Street.

Mr. Webb was born in this city, July 10, 1886, the son of George C. and Charlotte (Boyd) Webb.

George C. Webb was a native of Oswego County, born at Mexico, Feb. 15, 1854. In his early youth he was a telegraph operator for the Western Union Company in New York City. He soon became interested in the manufacture of paper, and was one of the founders of the Fulton Pulp & Paper Company, in partnership with A. E. Nettleton, nationally known shoe manufacturer of Syracuse. Mr. Webb later was interested in the organization of the Battle Island Paper Company of Fulton, which was later merged with other paper mills under the name of Arrowhead Mills, Inc., and at the time of his death on April 19, 1927, Mr. Webb was a leader in the business life of this community. His widow, who survives him, was born at Owego, Feb. 14, 1860. Their children were: 1. Manette B., married Jay H. Hollingsworth, lives at Fulton. 2. Harry C., the subject of this sketch. 3. G. Chandler, lives at Seattle, Wash. 4. Bayard B., identified with the American Telegraph & Telephone Company, resides at Mt. Lakes, N. J. 5. Mary A., married Francois Peter, lives at Fulton.

Harry C. Webb attended the Fulton public schools and became interested in the manufacture of paper, being identified with his father's business interests in this city. He spent several years in Canada in the interests of the pulpwood business. He retired, however, in 1913, to become associated with Whitaker & Bogardus, Inc., and upon the death of O. S. Bogardus in 1925, Mr. Webb became president of the institution. It is the largest real estate and insurance firm in Oswego County. It was incorporated Jan. 1, 1912, succeeding the former firm of Whitaker & Lovejoy, two pioneer insurance men of this city. Approximately 20 of the leading insurance companies of the world are represented by the company and as real estate agents their scope is unlimited.

The original officers of the company were: N. L. Whitaker, president; O. S. Bogardus, secretary; and M. C. Hunter, treasurer. Officers for 1932 are: Harry C. Webb, president; N. L. Whitaker, vice president; T. L. McCollum, vice president; H. M. Holly, vice president; and W. E. Bo. gardus, secretary and treasurer.

On May 22, 1915, Mr. Webb was united in marriage with Miss Alice C. Raymond, of Ballston Spa, N. Y., the daughter of J. A. Raymond, retired. Mr. and Mrs. Webb have a son, Henry C., Jr., born April 15, 1917.

Mr. Webb is a Republican, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, Watertown Shrine, B. P. O. Elks, Rotary Club, Citizens Club, and Chamber of Commerce.

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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