Biography of Benjamin F. Batchelder
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Batchelder, Benjamin F., Potsdam (deceased), was born in Danville, Vt., May 14, 1813. He was the son of a farmer, but at an early age learned cabinet making and worked in different places at his trade - St. Johnsbury, for Fairbanks & Co., at Boston for the same company and at Woodstock, Vt, where he married in 1839 Mary Rugg. In 1841 he came to Potsdam and established a furniture manufactory in company with M. Badlam, and they were the first to manufacture pianos in this part of the State. He was a Whig and afterwards a Republican, but never an office seeker, He was among the pioneers of business men of this town, and it is said of him he was too honest to becorne a wealthy man. He lost his buildings by fire many times, but in spite of that he prospered, and in that of more value than worldly good, the honor and respect of all who knew him. He was the father of eight children, five of whom are living. He died September 24, 1881. Henry C. Batchelder, second son of Benjamin, was born in Potsdam, October 13, 1844. He was educated at St. Lawrence Academy and taking up the trade of his father, became a partner in the business, and has charge of the manufacturing department. He is a strong Republican, but has never held political office. He married December 12, 1872, Frances A., daughter of Melissa D. Brown, of Potsdam, and they have three daughters: Mary T., Edith G., and Sue F. Mrs. Batchelder died May 14, 1892. Charles E. Batchelder, youngest son of Benjamin, was born in Potsdam, July 11, 1847. On leaving school he went into his father's factory. In 1865 he entered the employ of the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad Company for six years, as conductor. In 1871 he went to Missouri, where he was conductor on the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad, and was so employed for three and one half years. Returning to Potsdam in 1874, he went into partnership with his father and brother in the furniture business and has ever since been a member of the firm, now having charge of the furniture store. He has servcd two terms as a trustee of the village, but is not an active politician. He has been treasurer of Raquette River Lodge F. & A,. M., for seventeen years and of the St. Lawrence Chapter the same length of time. He is also treasurer of the Potsdam Fire Department. He married in 1876 Marion E., daughter of Norman Swift of Potsdam, and they have one son and two daughters: Anna L., Benjamin F., and Elizabeth Jane.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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