Clarence Rich Sperry

Clarence Rich Sperry

Birth
Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA
Death Jun 1936 (aged 67)
Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA
Burial Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 33333192 · View Source
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Clarence Rich Sperry was the son of Edwin Menzo Sperry and Harriet Eliza Rich. He served on the Oneida County Board of Supervisors.

He married May E Bateman about 1897. She was the daughter of Jerome W Bateman 1837 and Mariah L, who are buried in the Boonville cemetery, along with her brother Jerome Arch 1878.

Their children were Cecil Dewight Sperry 1899 and Leslie C Sperry 1903.


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The Utica Observer Dispatch Thursday, June 18, 1936, Page 31.

Death Claims C R Sperry, 67, at Boonville.

Former Member of County Board Victim of Heart Attack

Boonville--Clarence R Sperry, prominent North Country attorney and for 22 years a member of Oneida County Board of Supervisors, died this morning, June 13, 1934, at his home in Erwin Street.

His death occurred less than a day after his removal from his Twitchell Lake camp where he was seized with a heart attack Monday. He, with Mrs Sperry, went to the camp Saturday for a short vacation. Mr. Sperry had been in ailing health for several years but his condition had not been considered serious.

With his death passes one of Boonville's most outstanding citizens. Masonic funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon.

Clarence Rich Sperry was born on a farm near the village of Boonville, Sept 17, 1868, a son of Edwin M and Harriet Rich Sperry. He was educated in the Boonville schools. As a youth he worked on his father's farm and for a time served as commissary clerk during the building of the Mohawk and Malone Railroad. Having decided to make the legal profession his life's business he attended the Cornell Law School and was graduated there in 1899. Returning to Boonville he opened a law office and had practiced there successfully ever since. As a young man he served as justice of the peace and police justice. He served as a member of the local Water Board and Boonville Board of Education.

Elected in 1814.

In 1911 he was elected supervisor of the Town of Boonville and he had held the position until 1933. During this long period he had been one of its leading members. During his first term he was chairman of the committee on judiciary
and legislation. At the beginning of his second term he was chairman of the committee on ways and means and he held this position almost without interruption until 1930.

Active On Committees

Mr. Sperry was long a member of the committee on judiciary and legislation and originally this committee had much to do with the auditing of bills. For years Mr. Sperry served on the committee on state and county highways. He also served on the committee which investigated the New York Mills textile strike.

Two very important projects were carried out during Mr. Sperry's terms of office. The first of these was the location and building of the new jail in Utica and in 1926 Mr Sperry headed a special committee of seven to which was
delegated the selection of an architect and construction of a new structure.

This committee --- interviewed the State Prison Commission. Its report was adopted... The second project was the selection of an architecture devising plans and erecting the county tuberculosis hospital now known as Broadacres. The committee consulted state officers and visited many similar institutions in New Jersey and in the vicinity of New York. The building was erected as designed for 108 beds and it was opened Nov 1923. It cost ....

Reassigned in 1933

Late in the fall of 1933, Mr Sperry decided not to run again for supervisor, and Russell C Hurlburt, also Republican, was chosen to succeed him. In the Village of Boonville Mr. Sperry held a number of positions in which he also rendered important service. For nearly a dozen years he served as justice of the peace and for many years he was chairman of the Board of Water Commissioners. From 1913 until his death Mr. Sperry was a member of Boonville Fair Association and for most of these years he has been its president.

For 10 years Mr. Sperry was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department having served in all the offices from torch boy to chief.

Mr Sperry did considerable law business at Boonville and vicinity...He was a staunch Republican and one the leaders in the Third .. for the National Bank at Boonville in which he was also a director and original stock holder. He was past master of Boonville Lodge 165, past grand of Summit Lodge 163, past patriarch of Adirondack Encampment and was one time deputy grand patriarch of the Oneida Herkmer District. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club and a local Liberty Loan and Rec Cross campaigns.

Sept 6, 1897, Mr Sperry married Miss May E Batemen of Boonville.



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  • Created by: Frederick Sieber
  • Added: 28 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33333192
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clarence Rich Sperry (17 Sep 1868–Jun 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33333192, citing Boonville Cemetery, Boonville, Oneida County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Frederick Sieber (contributor 47076308) .