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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Frederic Barker Weed

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 399 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Frederic Barker Weed is a young man of enterprising and progressive spirit who has developed a very successful business as a distributor of the Packard and Rickenbacker motor cars in Utica. His birth occurred in Potsdam, St. Lawrence county, New York, on the 22d of March, 1891, his parents being Frederic A. and Mary (Barker) Weed, prominent residents of that city. The father is an active factor in business circles of Potsdam as proprietor of the Frederic A. Weed Hardware Company.

In the acquirement of an education Frederic Barker Weed attended the State Normal and Training School of Potsdam, Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, and Colgate University of Hamilton, New York, being graduated from the last named institution with the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1913. During the years 1913 and 1914 he followed the profession of teaching in New Jersey. In the spring of 1917 Mr. Weed enlisted for military duty in the World war and was connected with the air service until honorably discharged with the rank of first lieutenant in 1919. Subsequently he was identified with the Packard Motor Car Company in Philadelphia until 1922, which year witnessed his arrival in Utica, where he has remained in business as an independent automobile dealer, distributing the Packard and Rickenbacker cars. He is a very successful salesman and his aggressive methods and thorough understanding of the business in which he is engaged have enabled him to build up one of the leading automobile agencies in Utica. Mr. Weed is a member of the Utica Motor Dealers Association.

On the 19th of December, 1913, Mr. Weed was united in marriage to Miss Marion Sisson, daughter of George W. Sisson, Jr., of Potsdam, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Weed have two children: Jane, who was born on May 1, 1915; and Frederic A., whose natal day was September 9, 1918.

Fraternally Mr. Weed is identified with the Masons and the Elks, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Westminster Presbyterian church. He also belongs to the Fort Schuyler Club, the City Club and the Utica Golf & Country Club, and his genuine personal worth has won for him the unqualified respect and esteem of a large circle of friends in both social and business circles of his adopted city.

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