Biography of Comer M. Peck
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Peck, Comer M., Potsdam, was born in Parishville, N. Y., March 18, 1822, a son of Hiram, a native of Vermont, who was colonel of a Vermont Regiment at the battle of Plattsburg, in the war of 1812. He came to this county about 1820, and died in 1851, aged sixty seven years. He married Wealthy Kilburn, who died in 1836. At the age of fourteen our subject left his native town and went to Prescott, Canada, where he was employed as clerk in a drug store for three years and resided there at the time of the "Patriot war." In 1830 he went to Medina, Orleans county, N. Y., and was in a drug store there until 1844. That year he went to Montreal, acting as clerk in a steamboat office. He was there three years and then spent a year in the same business at Kingston, Canada. In 1848 he came to Potsdam and on March 7, established a drug store here in company with J. C. Gates. This partnership lasted two years and the firm become Peek & Brother, lasting until 1852. Mr. Peck that year sold out to his brother, Hiram H. He then became a partner in the boot and shoe business with Dr. J. B. Nichols April 13, 1855, he opened his present drug store. Mr. Peck is vice president and director of the People's Bank, of Potsdam. For the last fifteen years he has been treasurer of the village and for many years chairman of the Democratic Town and Assembly District Committees, and also a member of the Democratic County Committee for many years. Mr. Peck married in 1848, Minerva S. Hoit, by whom he had four children, two of whom died some years since: Fred H. is now engaged in business in Potsdam, and Mary E., his daughter, wife of Duncan R. Cameron, of Hanford, Cal. Mrs. Peck died in 1860 and he married his present wife, Mary J. Grieve, of Perry, N. Y., in 1864, and they have one son, William W. G., who recently succeeded to the business of his father, and will henceforth conduct it.

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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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