Biography of John F. Skelly
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

John F. Skelly, president of John F. Skelly, Inc., plumbing and heating contractors, of Ogdensburg, was born in this city, Dec. 23, 1899, the son of Thomas F. and Georgiana (Robinson) Skelly.

Thomas F. Skelly, deceased, was a highly esteemed business man of Ogdensburg for many years. He was born at Colton, N. Y., and as a youth came to Ogdensburg, where he became successful as a plumbing and heating contractor. In 1901 he became associated with James McCoy, as a member of the firm of McCoy & Skelly, and later Mr. Skelly purchased his partner's interest and conducted the business alone until his death in 1927. His wife was born at Prescott, Ontario, and died in January, 1929. Mr. Skelly was a Democrat and served as chairman of the board of public works in Ogdensburg for ten years. He and his family were members of the Catholic Church. There were five children in the Skelly family: 1. John F., the subject of this sketch. 2. Daniel D., who died in June, 1928. 3. Clarence W., lives at Ogdensburg. 4. Helen, married George Taylor, lives at Ogdensburg. 5. Frances, lives at Ogdensburg.

John F. Skelly grew up in Ogdensburg and attended St. Mary's High School. He also was graduated from Springfield (Mass.) School of Technology, and then spent seven years as plumbing and heating engineer for F. C. McClean at Springfield, Mass. For seven years he was located at Waterbury, Conn., as a plumbing and heating engineer for M. J. Daly and Son, and in January, 1924, Mr. Skelly returned to Ogdensburg to establish his present business. He purchased the building in June, 1930, and the firm was incorporated in 1931, with Mr. Skelly as president, Jeremiah Murphy as vice president, and Fred Gamacke as treasurer. Mead Farden is secretary. Among the important contracts completed by this well known firm were the St. Lawrence State Hospital and St. Lawrence University buildings. Mr. Skelly is a member of the American Society of Heating & Ventilating Engineers and American Society of Military Engineering.

On Sept. 20, 1913, Mr. Skelly was united in marriage with Miss Edith Robichaud, of Prescott, Ontario, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Ogoff) Robichaud. Mr. Robichaud died May 24, 1926, and his wife died in 1922. Both are buried at Cardinal, Ontario. To Mr. and Mrs. Skelly have been born three children: 1. Thomas J., born in 1914. 2. Daniel H., born in 1917. 3. Thelma M., born in 1919.

Politically, Mr. Skelly is a Republican. He is a member of the Catholic Church, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Century Club, and Ogdensburg Country Club.

Mr. Skelly is the owner of a stock farm of 400 acres near Prescott, Ontario, where he raises pure bred Ayershire cattle.


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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