Biography of W. H. Workman
Oswego County, NY Biographies





W. H. Workman. - One of the progressive business men of Oswego is W. H. Workman, who is proprietor of Workman's Flower Shop, at 37 West Bridge Street. He was born at Bristol, England, April 18, 1867, the son of John and Elizabeth (Innis) Workman.

Both John Workman and his wife were born in England. He was a building contractor and met with an accidental death in 1878. He is buried in England. His widow died in 1911 and is buried at Terre Haute, Ind. Their children were: 1. Thomas, who lives in England. 2. Jane Davis, who died in 1927, at Auburn, N. Y. 3. Elizabeth, lives in England. 4. Frederick, lives at Auburn, N. Y. 5. Alice Chapman, lives at Los Angeles, Calif. 6. Edward, deceased. 7. W. H., the subject of this sketch.

W. H. Workman lived in England until he was 15 years of age, at which time he came to the United States and settled at Auburn, N. Y. He became a florist in that city and was thus engaged until 1887. He has since lived at Oswego with the exception of two years spent at Millbrook. He opened a downtown store in 1910, 21 West Bridge Street, which he operated in connection with his large greenhouse business. Mr. Workman has owned the building he is now located in at 37 West Bridge Street since 1926. He has 8,000 square feet under glass and makes a specialty of potted plants and cut flowers, almost his entire output being sold on a retail sale basis.

In 1887 Mr. Workman was united in marriage with Miss Anna Sheehan, of Oswego, the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Lynch) Sheehan, who were natives of Ireland, both now deceased. They are buried at Rochester, N. Y. Mrs. Workman is also a native of Ireland and as a young girl was brought to Canada by her parents and later to Oswego. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Workman: 1. Florence, born April 18, 1888, married Richard Muskell, lives at Oswego, and they have two children, Barbara and Elizabeth. 2. Walter, born Oct. 25, 1889, is associated in business with his father. He married Miss Vina Muskell, of Oswego, and they have three sons: Robert, George, and Richard. 3. George, born Dec. 27, 1891, lives at Freeport, Long Island. He married Miss Claire Fox, of New Haven, N. Y. 4. Violet, born in August, 1893, a graduate of Oswego State Normal School, married Harry Elliott, of Bristol, Va., and they live at Fultonville, N. Y. 5. Llewellyn, born Sept. 26, 1895, a graduate of New York University, class of 1927, lives at White Plains, N. Y. He married Miss Verna Chetney, and they have a son, Llewellyn, Jr. 6. Pearl, born in 1898, a graduate of Oswego State Normal School, is the widow of Brewster Moore. She is now a teacher in the Syracuse public schools. 7. Virginia, born in 1901, a graduate of Oswego State Normal School, married Benjamin King, lives at Endicott, N. Y.

Politically, Mr. Workman is a Republican. He is a member of the Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with Frontier Lodge F. & A. M., B. P. O. Elks, Knights of Pythias, and Kiwanis Club.

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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