Biography of Bert M. Faufaw
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Bert M. Faufaw. - As mayor of Richville, Mr. Faufaw is also well known as a successful merchant. He was born at Richford, Vt., April 9, 1874, the son of Frank and Julia (Lovett) Faufaw.

Frank Faufaw was born at St. Leon, Quebec, Canada. His wife was a native of Berkshire, Franklin County, Vt. As a baby he came to this country with his parents, who settled at Richford, Vt. He became successful as a building contractor and in later life was a manufacturer of sashes, doors, and blinds. Mr. Faufaw died in 1896 and his wife died in 1909. Both are buried at Richford, Vt. He was a Democrat and held membership in the Baptist Church. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Faufaw: Horace, deceased; Frank, deceased; Peter, who died in 1888; Bert M., the subject of this sketch; Mary, deceased; Hattie, married A. J. Elliott, U. S. Customs official, deceased; and Lydia, married B. A. Newton, lives at Hyde Park, Vt.

Bert M. Faufaw was educated in the public schools of Richford, and began his business career as a clerk in the store of E. S. Brown & Company at Fall River, Mass. Later, he became a manager of their branch store at Central Square, Mass. He then traveled for Thos. Wood & Company, coffee roasters, of Boston, Mass., and later represented Johannes Brothers, coffee and tea wholesalers, of Los Angeles, Calif. He lived in San Diego, Calif., for a year as a representative of the same company in the Imperial Valley, and in 1916 Mr. Faufaw came to Richville, N. Y., to engage in the settlement of an estate. Five years later he established the Home Supply Company on Willow Street, and in 1924 purchased a business block on Main Street, where he moved his business, which is conducted under the name of B. M. Faufaw, general merchant. He has an extensive trade in the community and handles high grade merchandise exclusively.

In 1908 Mr. Faufaw was united in marriage with Miss Mary H. Hendrick, the daughter of Rev. W. L. and Janet (Beaton) Hendrick, natives of Richville, N. Y., and Ontario, Canada, respectively. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Richville. He was a minister of the Congregational Church and had charges at Bangor, N. Y.; Huntington, Mass., and Norwich Hill, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Faufaw have only one child, Frances, who was born at San Diego, Calif., in 1913. She is a graduate of Gouverneur High School.

In politics Mr. Faufaw is independent. He was elected as mayor of Richville in 1926 and reelected to office in 1928 and 1931. He is also a trustee of Richville Library, and is affiliated with Richville Lodge F. & A. M. No. 633.


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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