Biography of C. C. Wilcox
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Wilcox, C. C., who has achieved the very summit of success in his chosen vocation while yet in middle age, was born December 19, 1838, in Granby near the site of his present palatial residence. This locality was in 1834 an unbroken wilderness, when his father, the late David Wilcox, removed from Onondaga county to this place. David originally purchased 400 acres here, adding at various times 500 more, the clearing of at least half of which was due to his personal effort. His wife was Sally Starr of New England ancestry, who reared a family of ten children, of whom six sons are now living. She was a living example of all that isbest of womanhood, and her memory is enshrined in the hearts of her children. She died in 1857, her husband attaining the remarkable age of ninety seven years, and died June 22, 1894. He was in most ways a remarkable man, and the purity of the name he bequeathed is not the least of his legacies to his descendants. His longevity is somewhat characteristic of his family, and was also a matter of note on his wife's side. Cyrus Wilcox spent four years of his early manhood in California, thereby no doubt enlarging the somewhat insular ideas incident to a more settled life, and his surroundings now indicate the breadth of view, and fixity of purpose which have been factors in the growth of his material prosperity. Operating nearly 300 acres of land, his specialty is the manufacture of butter, which product was awarded the highest honors at the World's Fair of 1893. The buildings recently erected by Mr. Wilcox are in every way models of their kind, and attest the real genius, not less than the energy of their owner. A centrifugal machine in the dairy room run by steampotver, separates the cream from the milk from his dairy of cows, and the ultimate result in the form of giltedge butter commands an invariable premium in the markets of the larger cities. January 10, 1865, Mr. Wilcox united in marriage with Miss Martha A., daughter of John and Elenor Hall of Granby, and their children are Luella, Fred A., and Cyrus Arie. Luella married F. J. Whitcomb of Granby; Fred A. married Miss Aletha Ingomeals of Volney, and operates a part of the home farm. In 1893 Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox united with the Congregational Church of Oswego Falls, of which they are at present members.

FROM:
Landmarks of Oswego County
New York
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895


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