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.
Fred A. Sweet, M.D. –
Among the most outstanding citizens and successful professional men of St. Lawrence County none is better known than Doctor Sweet, who has engaged in the practice of medicine at Waddington for the past 42 years. He is a native of New York, born at Madrid, July 8, 1862, the son of Henry O. and Harriet (Hoyt) Sweet.
Henry O. Sweet was a native of Vermont. At the age of 21 years he came to New York and settled on a farm near Madrid. He was a Republican and for eight years held the office of town supervisor of Madrid. His wife was born at Wolf Island on the St. Lawrence River and died in 1906. Both are buried at Madrid. They were members of the Congregational Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Sweet were born two sons: 1. Fred A., the subject of this sketch. 2. Herbert E., lives at Massena.
Fred A. Sweet attended the public schools of Madrid and received the degree of Bachelor of Science at St. Lawrence University. He was graduated in the College of Medicine, New York University in 1887, and spent two years in practice at Antwerp and Pierrepont before locating at Waddington in 1889. He has held the office of Health Director for many years and has also been School Board member and president of the Library Board. Dr. Sweet was one of the founders of the Waddington Bank in 1918 and became its first president.
In 1888 Dr. Sweet was united in marriage with Miss Emma Waite of Antwerp, the daughter of Allan and Marie (Ellis) Waite. The former died in 1907 and the latter in 1911. They were natives of New York and are buried at Antwerp. To Doctor and Mrs. Sweet were born seven sons: 1. Arthur, born in 1890, died in 1895. 2. Fred Albert Jr., born Sept 8, 1891. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts at St. Lawrence University in 1912, and spent the following two years as a professional baseball player. He was a member of the Western League. He is now a farmer and lives near Waddington. He was married in 1914 to Miss Adelaide Wilson, and they have six children: Henry O.; Wilson W.; Shirley A.; Phyllis Ann, deceased; Harley A.; and a son died in infancy. 3. Allan W., born in 1892, lives at Waddington. He is a graduate of Waddington High School and Poughkeepsie Business College. He married Miss Lucy Gray, and they have three children: Barbara, Arthur F., and Fay. 4. Lawrence, who died in infancy. 5. Henry O., born in 1897 and died in 1905. 6. John W., born in 1898, a graduate of Potsdam Normal School and St. Lawrence University. He received the degree of Master of Arts in 1931 and is fourth supervisory district superintendent of St. Lawrence County. He married Anna Corcoran, and they have three children: Marjorie, Robert and Mary. 7. Edward G., born in 1904, died in 1930. He was a graduate of Waddington High School and Potsdam Normal School. He taught school at Canton and Sackets Harbor, and was teaching at Ogdensburg at the time of his death. He was married to Miss Julia Roach, of Potsdam.
Dr. Sweet is a Republican and has held the office of town supervisor for 19 years.
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