PATRICK F. MILMOE, editor and proprietor of the Canastota Journal
and the Canastota Bee, has for seven years been prominently connected with journalism in Madison County. As to the great importance of journalism to the general public there can be no doubt or question. It is not, strictly speaking, a modern art; for it dates back to ancient Rome, when the
Acta Diurna, an official gazette, probably the earliest approach to a newspaper, first appeared. Since then the newspaper has gradually grown up in all civilized countries to be a most powerful political and social engine, diffusing information on all subjects of interest, and acting on the public mind, especially in times
of excitement, to an immeasurable degree. It is in this great and important field of labor that the subject of this sketch is honorably engaged.
Mr. Milmoe was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, in 1860, and is a son of Michael Milmoe, a native of Ireland, who came to the United States when a young man, and here followed his trade--that of a stonecutter--for several years. After his marriage to Mary Wheeler, of Cornwall, Ontario, he bought a farm, and has followed that occupation to the present time. Patrick F. Milmoe, the eldest of ten children, was reared upon his father's farm; and, as his labor was required to assist in paying therefor, his education was during his boyhood limited to that acquired in the district school. When about twenty years of age, he entered the Ogdensburg Free Academy, and was in attendance there two years, during which time he contributed to the columns of the Ogdensburg
Advance. Upon leaving the academy, he went into the office of that paper, and remained there until April 1, 1887, when he removed to Canastota, and purchased the Canastota
Journal, which paper he has since owned and edited. In June, 1892, he purchased the Canastota
Bee; and since then he has conducted both papers.
Mr. Milmoe was married August 5, 1891, to Miss Margaret E. Mooney, of Ithaca, N.Y. She is a graduate of Cornell University (1885), and for the past six years has been Preceptress of the Canastota Academy. She is one of Canastota's leading society ladies, is a most successful teacher, and presides over her household with becoming dignity and grace. Mr. Milmoe is a loyal Republican, and is a member of the New York Press Association. In his editorial work he is earnestly laboring to give the readers of his two papers, which circulate largely among intelligent people, the most accurate information obtainable, and to teach them the correct principles of politics and political economy, knowing full well that it is only truth that can lead to satisfactory results.
Mr. Milmoe in 1892 was elected a member of the Village Board of Trustees, and is now in office, his term of two years not having yet expired. The Bee is a local paper, whose influence is exerted for the good of the community, its editor being one of the foremost in encouraging and aiding enterprises calculated to benefit the village and the adjoining country.
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