Biography of Frederick O. Cable
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





FREDERICK O. CABLE was born in Oxford, New Haven county, Conn., August 29, 1828, and was the fifth of ten children in the family of Roswell and Hannah (Chatfield) Cable. His young life was spent on his father's farm and at the age of seventeen he was apprenticed to and served four years and eight months learning the trade of carpenter and joiner. He worked as journeyman several years and on September 1, 1855, came to Owego where his brother, Agar E. Cable, was then living. He opened a grocery store on Lake street and after about a year and a half sold his interest to his partner, M. J. Chadburn. He then bought out the business carried on by H. W. Cornell on the site of the present Times office building where he remained three years. In the meantime he had become owner of the Central house property and soon afterward assumed its management and conducted it from 1859 to 1870. The house was by him substantially remodeled and increased materially in its capacity. He is still its owner and also the Owner of a large brick building on Lake street in rear of and attached to the hotel. After leaving the Central house Mr. Cable became a member of the firm of Davis, Corey & Co., general oyster dealers. He was its active manager and conducted the business about twelve years. In 1879 he refurnished the Central house and was its landlord for the next three years. He then leased the house and was not in active business until March 17, 1887, when he was appointed postmaster of the village. During his residence in Owego Frederick O. Cable has taken an active interest in Tioga county politics and for many years was the leader of his party in southern New York. He was on the state committee in 1882 and as a result of his efforts democracy became firmly reestablished in this vicinity. He redeemed the party and gave to it four members of assembly. He was once a candidate for the assembly and in the strong republican county of floga came within 130 votes of election. He ran for the county clerkship and was defeated by only 250 votes. He was twice elected supervisor, was trustee of the state hospital thirteen years, and one of the members of the first board. Mr. Cable was a Tilden elector in 1876. He has now retired from active business and political life and gives his attention entirely to personal interests. In 1853 he was married with Sarah E. Davis. Seven children have been born to them, of whom only two are now living. They are Edwin O. Cable, and Sadie, the wife of Lincoln Pierce of Pelhani Heights, Westchester county.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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