CHARLES N. CADY, a machinist of Canastota, whose shop was established there in 1884, is a worthy representative of a large and very useful class of men, the manufacturers and machinists of the country. To them the entire country is largely indebted for its rapid industrial progress, nowhere more evident than in the department of agriculture, whose labor has within the last half-century been more than half reduced by the use of improved machinery. Mr. Cady is yet a young man, having been born May 25, 1856. He is a son of George B. Cady, who has been a resident of Hoboken, Madison County, for thirty-three years.
George B. Cady was born at Clockville in 1834; and his father, Nathan S. Cady, was born on Oak Hill, Cady's Corners, in 1803. The father of Nathan S. Cady, Captain Asa Cady, married a Miss Stanton, by whom he had a large number of children, Nathan S. being the first born. Captain Cady, though a farmer by occupation, was a mechanic and an inventor by nature, one of his principal inventions being a steam excavator, and another a combined threshing machine and cleaner, the first machine of the kind ever invented. The inventive talent of this progenitor has descended to his posterity, and is possessed to a remarkable degree by Charles N. Cady, of Canastota.
Nathan S. Cady was a cousin of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. He married Louisa M. Beecher, a relative of the famous Henry Ward Beecher. The first Supervisor of the town of Lenox, Madison County, was Sylvester
Beecher, the maternal grandfather of George B. Cady. Nathan S. Cady also served as Supervisor, and was justice of the Peace at Clockville; and his son, George B., though a Republican, has served two terms as Supervisor in a Democratic town. George B. Cady was educated at the academies at Chittenango and Cazenovia, standing unusually high in his studies. His life-work has been that of a manufacturer of woollen cloth at Hoboken, and during the war he ran his factory to its full capacity in the old buildings of the Lenox Iron Company. Mr. Cady was married first, when about
twenty-two years of age, to Nancy M. Way, born in 1840, who bore him three daughters and one son, all of whom grew to maturity and married. After the death of his first wife Mr. Cady married Adelia Brewer, by whom he has
no children. Mr. Cady is a Knight Templar Mason, and is now practically retired from active business, living on his little farm of twenty-two acres. For many years he was the leading business spirit of Hoboken and Clockville. He has been a very active and successful man.
Charles N. Cady remained at home on his father's farm until
he was twenty-two years old; and after the spring crops were all in, in 1878, he told his father that he had ploughed his last furrow and was through with farming. When asked what he was going to do, he said he did not know, but that he was going away to seek his fortune. His father predicted that he would fail and desire soon to return to the farm, kindly promising to send him some money in that case to pay his way back. The young man, however, was not discouraged by his father's gloomy prediction, and was away from
home for two years, and then, returning, was at home only a short time. He has manifested a spirit of self-reliance which, together with natural intelligence and ability, has enabled him to make a success of his life, notwithstanding the fact that, on account of being an invalid from his fifth to his fourteenth year, he was unable to secure the education that other boys of his age obtained.
The three sisters of Mr. Cady are: Louise M., wife of William H. Patten, of Canastota; Grace I., wife of Duane Clock, of Clockville, who has three children, one son and two daughters; and Florence M., wife of Charles F. McConnell, a druggist of Canastota, who has one son.
Mr. Cady was married, when twenty-one years of age, to Flora L. Baldwin, of Massachusetts, who bore him one daughter and one son, George B., and died in 1886, the daughter having previously died at eighteen months of age. Mr. Cady was married again in January, 1886, to Minnie A. Anson, daughter of James Anson, who was born near Taberg, Oneida County, and by whom he has one son, Charles Patten, a precocious little fellow, four years old.
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