Excerpt from “History of the North Country”
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932
Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady
The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon. This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies. As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online.
Frank L. Murphy –
A veteran of the World War and one of Waddington’s most successful young business men, Mr. Murphy is also widely known as the capable mayor of Waddington. He was born here, Feb. 2, 1892, the son of Michael D. and Mary A. (Gorman) Murphy.
Michael D. Murphy is a native of Ireland and at the age of three years came to this country with his parents and settled at Waddington. He has been well known in this community for many years as a successful building contractor. Mr. Murphy is a Democrat in politics, and has held the office of road commissioner. He and his wife held membership in the Catholic Church. She died Dec. 12, 1928, and is buried at Waddington. Their children are: 1. Will, lives at Phoenix, Ariz. 2. Elizabeth, married George Hunter, lives at Woodbridge, N.J. 3. Frank L., the subject of this sketch. 4. Leonard, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. 5. Mary, a graduate nurse, lives at Schenectady, N.Y. 6. Louise, a teacher in Waddington High School.
Frank L. Murphy has always lived in Waddington. After completing his schooling he was employed by an undertaking firm here for eight years. In May, 1918, he enlisted for service in the World War and was sent to Camp Dix, N.J. Three months later he sailed for overseas duty in France as a member of the 344th Field Artillery, 90th division. He was also with the Army of Occupation in Germany for six months. He was discharged at Camp Dix in July, 1919. The following year was spent in farming and on Jan 1, 1921, Mr. Murphy, in partnership with his brother Leonard, organized the Murphy Brothers St. Lawrence Garage. They have since been local distributors for the Ford Motor Company. In 1926 the brothers purchased a 325 acre farm, which is known as Fair Ground Farm. Each 4th of July, horse races are run there and it is one of the fine tracks in this section of Northern New York. The brothers have four race horses: Peter Sullivan, Waddington Boy, Amanda Gratton, and Queen Bond. They also have 75 head of fine Holstein cattle on their farm. They have a summer camp on Goose Neck Island, St. Lawrence River.
Mr. Murphy has held the office of mayor of Waddington since 1930. During his administration he has succeeded in completing a new water and sewer system in the village at a cost of $95,000.
Mr. Murphy is affiliated with B. P. O. Elks, Ogdensburg; Knights of Columbus, Norwood; and Waddington Chamber of Commerce.
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