Biography of J. Franklin Sharp
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

J. Franklin Sharp, of Ogdensburg, has been a prominent figure in the automobile business in St. Lawrence County for many years, and since 1913 has been the agent in Ogdensburg for the Studebaker automobile. He was born in the Town of Oswegatchie, near Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, May 9, 1876, the son of I. A. and Louisa (Kastner) Sharp.

I. A. Sharp lives retired in Ogdensburg and is 87 years of age. He was born in the town of Oswegatchie, the son of John S. Sharp, also a native of St. Lawrence County. The latter was a pioneer in the horse and cattle business in this section of the state. He drove his cattle to the Albany markets. He died at the age of 91 years and was survived at that time by three sisters, who ranged in ages from 85 to 96 years. Their mother lived to be 103 years. I. A. Sharp also was interested in the cattle business until his retirement. He is a Democrat and holds membership in the Congregational Church. His wife was born at Morristown, N. Y., and is deceased. Their children were: 1. Anna, died at the age of seven years. 2. J. Franklin, the subject of this sketch. 3. Anna Louise Merry, lives at Ogdensburg.

J. Franklin Sharp attended the public schools of Ogdensburg and in 1896 went to Auburn, N. Y., where he spent 11 years in the employ of the Osborne Harvester Machine Company. He became their sales manager and during the latter few years was in charge of their Northern New York territory with headquarters in Ogdensburg. In 1908 Mr. Sharp purchased the carriage and harness business of E. B. Capron, located at 113 Lake Street. At the same time he became interested in the implement business and was also a dealer in horses and cattle. He soon became identified with the automobile business and in 1910 became local Ford representative. Three years later he took over the Studebaker Agency in Ogdensburg, and in 1915 severed his connection with the Ford Motor Car Company. Mr. Sharp purchased the busines property of John Glass at 104 Lake Street in 1916, and completely remodeled the building. He has sold 4,800 automobiles during this period, and at the present time has in his employ 22 people. Mr. Sharp is also interested in agriculture and own 2,000 acres of fine farm land in the North Country. He is the owner of 80 parcels of business and residential property in the City of Ogdensburg.

In 1902 Mr. Sharp married Miss Mabel Bristol, of Ogdensburg, the daughter of L. M. and Maria (McRorie) Bristol. The former was born at Depuyster, N Y., and died in 1910. The latter is a native of Lisbon and resides at Ogdensburg. Mr. and Mrs. Sharp have no children.

Mr. Sharp has always been a Democrat and has held the offices of mayor pro team and alderman. He is an active supporter of the Congregational Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and Century Club. He also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Ogdensburg Cemetery Association.


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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