Sidney W. Erck. - A substantial citizen of Oswego is Sidney W. Erck, who is manager of Swift & Company,
with offices at 300 West First Street. He was born at Ogden, Utah, March 12, 1888, the son of Philip F. and Harriet
S. (Careswell) Erck.
Philip F. Erck was the son of August Heny Erek, who served throughout the Franco-Prussian War. The latter died
at the age of 85 years. Philip F. Erck was born at Darmstadt, Germany, in 1861. At the age of 18 years he emigrated
to the United States and settled in New York City, where he was employed as medical steward in Bellevue Hospital
for three years. He then enlisted in the U. S. Army and was at first stationed at Fort Henry, Baltimore, Md., and
later at Fort. Ontario, Oswego, N. Y. He then served at Western frontier posts and from 1900 until 1904 was in
Porto Rico. In 1908 he retired from the service and spent the remainder of his life at Brooklyn, N. Y., in the
employ of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Railway. He died March 19, 1931, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
His widow, born in England, resides in Brooklyn. Mr. Erck was a Republican, a member of the Episcopal Church, and
a 32nd degree Mason. To Mr. and Mrs. Erck were born the following children. 1. Alfred H., born Oct. 13, 1886, died
the same day his father's death occurred, March 19, 1931. He was a World War veteran, having served with the rank
of major, and was eligible to the General Staff. 2. Sidney W.,the subject of this sketch. 3. Carl B., born May
2, 1893, died on Labor Day, 1930, at the age of 38 years. He served throughout the World War as a first lieutenant
in aviation, being stationed at Kelly Field, Texas. 4. Estella M., born July 6, 1895, lives in Brooklyn. 5. Myrtle
D., born Sept. 18, 1897, lives at Brooklyn, N. Y., with her mother.
Sidney W. Erck obtained his early education in Porto Rico and in 1907 was graduated from the Springfield (Mass.)
School of Technology, where he had specialized in the study of civil engineering In February, 1908, he enlisted
in the U. S. Army, and served with the Coast Artillery until 1911. He then became associated with the interests
of Armour & Company in New York City, and after two years was identified with the retail meat business at Glens
Falls, N. Y. Since 1916 Mr. Erek has been employed by Swift & Company and after serving one year as assistant
manager became manager, serving at Glens Falls and Saratoga, and came to Oswego in 1924 as branch manager for the
In February, 1911, Mr. Erck was united in marriage with Miss Bessie Lambkins, of Plattsburgh, N. Y., the daughter
of Charles and Esther Lamkins, natives of Canada. Mr. Lamkins died in 1895 and his wife died in 1923. Both are
buried at Plattsburgh. Mr. and Mrs. Erek have a daughter, Dorothy W., born March 13, 1912. She is a graduate of
Oswego High School and attends Chaffee Business Institute.
Mr. Erck is a Republican, a member of the Episcopal Church, and is a 32nd degree Mason, being identified with Glens
Falls Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 141, Central City Consistory, and Tigress Shrine, Syracuse. He is also a member
of the Knights of Pythias. Mrs. Erck holds membership in the Catholic Church.
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