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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Otis Fenton Dandy

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 346-347 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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One of the successful young representatives of the automobile business in Utica is Otis Fenton Dandy, vice president of the Mohawk Valley Motors, Incorporated. He was born in Lisbon, St. Lawrence county, New York, on the 24th of August, 1885, his parents being Joseph Henry and Julia Sophelia (Fenton) Dandy, who still reside at that place. The father has retired from business.

Otis Fenton Dandy began his education as a grade school pupil at Morley, New York, and subsequently pursued a high school course in Canton, this state. After putting aside his textbooks he turned his attention to farm work, and as he prospered in his undertakings as an agriculturist, he became the owner of three hundred and sixty acres of productive land in St. Lawrence county, which is still in his possession. For a period of five years, from 1917 until 1922, Mr. Dandy served as district manager for the Empire Cream Separator Company of Bloomfield, New Jersey. It was in the fall of 1922 that he entered the automobile business in Utica, in association with his brother, James Leslie Dandy, who had organized the Mohawk Valley Motors, Incorporated, in 1920. They are Hudson and Essex dealers and have developed an extensive and profitable business in the sale of these cars, their territory embracing five counties in the Mohawk valley. Otis F. Dandy is the vice president of the corporation, while his brother occupies the presidency.

On the 25th of September, 1912, Mr. Dandy was united in marriage to Miss Bess Wells Bartholomew, daughter of Oscar B. Bartholomew of Morley, New York. He has membership in the City Club of Utica and takes an active interest in the work of the Young Men's Christian Association. Mr. Dandy has depended upon industry and ability for advancement and his entire career has been actuated by a spirit of progress that has been productive of substantial results. He stands for all those things which count for most in the city's upbuilding and among those with whom business or social relations have brought him into contact he is held in the highest regard.

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