William L. Bassett. - One of the progressive business men of Norwood, where he is engaged in the drug business,
is Mr. Bassett, who is a native of Franklin County. He was born at Malone, Nov. 11, 1863, the son of John and Mary
John Bassett was born in Vermont. He spent many years in the employ of the Rutland Railroad Company, and met with
an accidental death in 1869. He is buried at Malone. Mr. Bassett was a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church
and Masonic Lodge. His wife was born in Clinton County, N. Y., and is deceased. Their children were: 1. Frank,
who died in 1906. 2. William L., the subject of this sketch.
William L. Bassett attended the public schools of Norfolk and Madrid. He spent seven years as a clerk in the employ
of the A. T. Hepburn Drug Company at Madrid. He then was located in Boston, Mass., four years, after which he spent
26 years as a druggist in New York City. He was identified with the G. P. Knapp Drug Company for ten years, the
B. F. Quackenbush Drug Company for 15 years, and Ricker & Hagerman Drug Company for one year. In 1917 Mr. Bassett
came to Norwood as a clerk in the drug store of H. L. McNulty. He became owner of the business in September, 1925.
Mr. Bassett was married (first) on Nov. 20, 1896, to Miss Ella Lockwood, of Madrid, the daughter of Edward and
Mary Lockwood. The former died in 1902 and the latter in 1900. Both are buried at Madrid. Ella (Lockwood) Bassett
died in 1897 and is buried at Madrid. Their daughter, Marian B., born in 1897, is the widow of Wilbur Shepherd
and lives at Seattle, Wash. Mr. Bassett was married (second) on April 19, 1916, to Miss Sarah D. Phillips, of New
Mr. Bassett has always been a Republican. He belongs to the Masonic Lodge and Chamber of Commerce.
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