Biography of John C. Gage
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Gage, John C., Madrid, was born in South East, Putnam county, December 12, 1832, the oldest son of Samuel D. Gage. His parents moved to Salisbury, Herkimer county, when he was an infant; it was there his boyhood was spent. In 1844 they moved to Madrid, St. Lawrence county. At twelve years of age our subject engaged as clerk in the store of his uncle, Alden S. Gage, in Salisbury. After coming to St Lawrence county he entered the employ of Seth J. Dewey in his general store at Waddington, and remained with him about ten years. In 1854-55, he was a commercial traveler, and from 1856-59, was in Buffalo. The year of 1860 he spent in Waddington and September, 1861, he established a general store in Madrid, where he has since continued. He was alone in business for five years, and in 1866 was joined in partnership by his brother, Silvanus D. The firm of J. C. Gage & Bro. existed until 1883, since which time our subject has been alone. He now has a targe double store at the corner of Main and Bridge streets, carrying a complete line of dry goods, boots and shoes, crockery, groceries and general merchandise. In March, 1877, Mr. Gage's store was burned by burglars, who succeeded in exploding and robbing the safe, and setting fire to the store. His loss was about $18,000, An attempt to repeat this outrage was made May 29, 1893, which resulted only in the destruction of the safe and loss of a small amount of silver. Mr. Gage has always been a Democrat, He has at different times been a candidate on the minority ticket for member of assembly for second district, and has served on county committees and has been delegate to numerous State conventions for thirty years. He is really the leader of his party in this town. Mr. Gage has married twice, first in September, 1861, Minerva, daughter of Jesse Cogswell, of Madrid, who died in 1863, leaving one son, Jesse, who died in infancy. He married second, in 1864, Minerva, daughter of Robert Pierce, of Potsdam, and they have two children: Vinnie B., a student of the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston; and William C., a clerk in his father's store.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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