Biography of O'Brien & Maxfield (Store)
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O'Brien & Maxfield, Potsdam. - Franz B. Maxfield was born in Parishville, November 20, 1860, a son of Samuel, a native of Vermont, who came to this country in 1858. He was a carpenter and also a fanner, and was the father of six children, of whom Franz was next to the oldest. Our subject was educated in the common schools and at Potsdam State Normal School, after which he taught for one year. In 1885 he was engaged as clerk and bookkeeper for F. B. Mathews in his hardware store. In November, 1889, Mr. Maxfield, in company with Frank F. Flint, purchased the business of Mr. Mathews and this firm existed until April 1, 1891. On that date T. O'Brien purchased the interest of Mr. Flint and the firm has since been O'Brien & Maxfield. Their store is located on the south side of Main street in the O'Brien block; has a frontage of twenty four feet, and seventy five feet depth, with a tin shop in the rear. They carry a full line of stoves and shelf hardware and are contractors for tinning, plumbing and furnace work. The second story is used as store room for reserve stock, Mr. Maxfield is a member of the S. O. V. He married in 1881, Nellie J. Currier of Potsdam, and they have had four children: Grace C., Carolyn R., and Jennie C. and Nellie C. (twins). The latter died April 4, 1893. Mrs. Maxfieid died January 23, 1893.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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