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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Frank A. Dellecese

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 511-512 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Frank A. Dellecese, who embarked in business as a building contractor and realtor of Utica on a small scale in 1906, has through the intervening period of eighteen years developed his interests to extensive and profitable proportions, being now the president of the Dellecese Development Company and treasurer of the Utica Silk Throwing Company. He was born in Italy, on the 16th of November, 1884, and is a son of Paolo and Jessenda Dellecese, who emigrated to the United States in 1903, locating in New York. Subsequently he took up his abode in Providence, Rhode Island, where he remained for two years and then came to Utica, on the 5th of December, 1905. Here he made his home through the intervening period of nearly two decades and became well known and highly esteemed throughout the city.

Frank A. Dellecese began his education in the common schools of his native land and continued his studies in America, for he was a lad of but nineteen years when he came to the New World. It was in 1906, when a young man of twenty-two years, that he engaged in business as a contractor and real estate dealer of Utica, where he has continued his operations with growing success to the present time. He makes a specialty of erecting commercial and flat buildings and has been awarded the contracts for a number of fine structures. His offices and yard are located at the corner of Jay and Morehead streets. He is the president of the Dellecese Development Company, which he organized in 1922, and is likewise officially identified with the Utica Silk Throwing Company in the capacity of treasurer. A contemporary biographer said of him:

"Energetic and enterprising, Mr. Dellecese has the requisite confidence in his own powers and capabilities to enable him to take the initiative and carry to a successful issue any undertaking with which he may become connected."

On March 21, 1908 Mr. Dellecese was united in marriage to Miss Marietta Lena, daughter of Dominico Lena. Mr. and Mrs. Dellecese have three children: Margaret Edith, was born on May 31, 1909; Frank Columbus, born on October 12, 1911; and Paul Dominico, whose natal day was May 28, 1914. The family home is an attractive residence at No. 1517 Mohawk street in Utica.

Mr. Dellecese is a democrat in his political views and takes an active interest in local and state affairs but has never sought office as a reward for his party fealty. His family are communicants of the Roman Catholic church, belonging to Mount Carmel parish. In Masonic circles he is well known as a member of Carducci Lodge No. 924, A. F. & A. M.; Oneida Chapter No. 57, R. A. M.; Utica Commandery No. 3, K. T.; Mohawk Valley Consistory, A. A. S. R.; and Ziyara Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. Mr. Dellecese also belongs to the Masonic Craftsman Club; the Vis Unita Club, of which organization he was treasurer for two years; and several other societies, including the City Club of Utica. He has traveled extensively, having made several trips to Europe.

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