Biography of John R. Tidd
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

John R. Tidd. - As branch manager for the International Harvester Company of America, with headquarters in Ogdensburg, Mr. Tidd is recognized as one of the able young business executives of St. Lawrence County and is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Scipio, Cayuga County, N. Y., July 18, 1891, the son of Adelbert R. and Alice (Woodburn) Tidd.

Adelbert R. Tidd is a native of Pennsylvania and is a well known resident of Auburn, N. Y. He spent 25 years in the employ of the International Harvester Company of America and in 1924 was retired by that concern. He holds membership in the Methodist Church, as does his wife, who is a native of New York. Their children are: 1. Harry A., a teacher of music, lives at Auburn. 2. Bessie M. Koon, lives at Syracuse. 3. John R., the subject of this sketch. 4. Bert R., lives at Auburn.

After his graduation from the public schools of Auburn, John R. Tidd entered the employ of the International Harvester Company of America. After a short period he gave up his work and became a student at Cazenovia Seminary. Following his graduation from that institution he returned to his former employment and after one year went with the Thatcher Manufacturing Company, of Elmira, N. Y., being identified with their accounting department for three years. He then went with Main-Squires & Company, public accountants, New York City, with whom he remained for one year. On Oct. 1, 1916, he again became associated with the International Harvester Company as assistant traveling auditor, with headquarters at Auburn. In December, 1917, he was transferred to the company's Detroit branch, and on Aug. 1, 1918, Mr. Tidd enlisted in the U. S. Army for service in the World War. He was stationed at Cornell University with Section B, Student Army Training Corps, and later went to Washington, D. C., where he was attached to the offices of the engineering department under General Goethial. After his discharge on Dec. 18, 1918, Mr. Tidd returned to Detroit, where he remained until Sept. 19, 1921. At that time he was transferred to Ogdensburg as office manager of this branch office, and in 1925 he was promoted to salesman and traveled out of the Ogdensburg office until Feb. 1, 1926. Mr. Tidd became assistant manager and on Nov. 1, 1930, assumed his present duties as branch manager. The territory includes the counties of Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Franklin, and parts of Lewis and Essex, as well as part of the State of Vermont. An office is also maintained by the branch at Watertown and Burlington, Vt.

On July 13, 1918, Mr. Tidd was united in marriage with Miss Reta M. Cornell, of Elmira, N. Y., the daughter of Warren G. Cornell. Mr. Cornell lives at Elmira.

Mr. Tidd is a member of the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, and American Legion.


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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