From 1958 to 1961, I worked as a mail clerk, messenger, and timekeeper for The Prosperity Co. I began at the Marcellus St. plant in downtown Syracuse, but it soon closed and I was transferred across town to the Company's main factory, on Nichols Ave. in Eastwood. The Company, which opened on December 15, 1915, in a small plant near Delaware School, was engaged in the manufacture of commercial laundry and dry-cleaning equipment. The S. J. Braun family, of Swiss descent, was instrumental in the early development of the firm. A number of the early employees had emigrated from Switzerland to America, and many of these workers attended the same Apostolic Christian Church in Syracuse.
I was in my junior year at Jamesville-DeWitt High School when I started with the Company, and was a sophomore at Syracuse University when I was laid off. I worked part-time (about 20-30 hrs.) as a mail clerk and messenger for the first year or so. When I turned 18, in 1959, I became eligible to work full-time in the factory. So while I was a full-time college student during the day, I also worked full-time on the swing shift (3:30 PM to midnight) as a timekeeper. I earned $1.30 an hour as a messenger, and $1.70 an hour after transferring to the factory. This does not sound like a grand salary today, but it looked good to me as my previous job as a ticket-taker and usher at Shoppingtown Theatre in DeWitt, started at only $.65 per hour.
After nearly three years at Prosperity, I lost my job in early 1961, when poor sales resulted in the laying-off of virtually the entire swing shift crew. The nationwide economic downturn, which some called, "The Kennedy Recession," was only a part of the Company's problems. In addition to these macro economic trends, the laundry industry trailed off in the 1960's with the advent of the permanent press shirt and the increasing popularity of wash-and-wear fabrics.
The Company had a reputation for producing high quality products and the employees were a close-knit and friendly group. Much of this spirit was lost in November, 1955, when the Company was sold in a multimillion-dollar deal to a group composed of A. R. Braun, S. G. Braun, and Ward International Corp. At the time of the sale, the Company had nearly 1,000 employees. In May, 1961, Ward Industries stockholders approved the sale of the the Company's plant in Syracuse to Sutton Investment Co. of South Portland, Maine. By this time, there were only 600 employees left. The move to New England proved unavailing and the company eventually closed. While some local workers were offered a job in Maine, the great majority of Prosperity employees sought other jobs in the CNY area. Thus began the process of separation from former friends and co-workers.
With the thought that are yet a few of us who recall The Prosperity Co. during this era, I decided to list as many former employees as possible. When known, I have added some updated information about my old co-workers. I have gleaned this data from old directories, newspaper articles, government and alumni records, and from personal recollections. Needless to say, the info presented here should be viewed as tentative and suggestive, but not definitive. Anyone who can offer additions, corrections, or just comments, is encouraged to do so by visiting the Guestbook below, or by simply clicking here to send me email.
Carl B. Aley worked for the Company from 1950 to 1963--with two years out for Army duty overseas. He married Shirley A. Clark of Dutch Hill, West Monroe, NY, in 1952. Carl worked in the maintenance department until Mr. Bouvier became president, at which time Carl was made the company chauffeur. The company bought him a new suit, chauffeur cap, and top coat. Carl continued to carry money to the bank and make mail deliveries as needed, but he would also chauffeur Mr. Bouvier, his wife, and daughter, to their home on Skaneateles Lake. He drove the company Cadillac, station wagon, and truck. When the Company closed the Syracuse plant, Carl worked for General Electric for three years, and retired from General Motors after 26 years as a forklift operator. He, and his wife, live now in Ozark, AL. They have: Carl Mark Aley, Lois Aley, and Lynn Aley Howe, who lives in AL.
Edwin A. Ammann was born in Albany, WI, on 11-18-1919, and came to Cazenovia as a child and lived the remainder of his life there. He worked for the Company and later for Crouse Hinds, where he was a group leader in the wood pattern department for 20 years before retiring in 1982. He was a lifetime member of the Hook and Ladder Co. of the Cazenovia Fire Department, where he served as chief for two terms. He was married to Clara D. Ammann for 59 years before his death on 11-4-2006. His brother, Karl, also, worked for the Company (see below).
Karl Joseph Ammann was born about 1906 in Albany, WI, and lived in Cazenovia for 90 years. He worked 24 years as a tool maker for the Company. Mr. Ammann died on 5-3-2012, at age 95. He was wed to Clara Ammann, and they had: Carol Ammann Bayer, Rosemarie Ammann Hnatow and Arlene Ammann Luley. For a number of years in the 1970's and 1980's, Mr. Ammann organized an annual reunion of former Company employees.
Francis J. Armstrong was born in Monticello, IL, and lived in the Fayetteville-Manlius area for 18 years. He was employed for five years as chief research engineer for the Company. Before then he worked for the U. S. Hoffman Co. He was a graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology, and married Lily-Loretz Armstrong. He died on 11-27-1959. They had a daughter, Satterlee Armstrong, who was born about 1914, in NJ.
Albert J. Atchison retired in 1960 after serving the Company as an assembly foreman for 31 years. He was married to Nina Atchison, who was born on 10-18-1902, and died in March, 1974. Mr. Atchison was born on 10-20-1904, and except for a few years living in Split Rock, he spent his life in South Onondaga. He lived there on Cedarvale Rd. at his death on 2-7-1983.
Frederick M. Bailer was an accountant who served the Company for 35 years. He was a life resident of the Syracuse area, and was married to Sadie Barrett Bailer. He was born 11-28-1878, and died on 10-7-1963, at age 84.
Samuel S. Barone was a native of Syracuse. He was in charge of the printing and blueprinting department at the Company. Sam later was the supervisor of the printing department of Onondaga Community College for 18 years. He was married to Eleanor Diglio Barone. Sam was a part-time musician. He died 8-6-1990, at age 63.
Michael Bataglia was a life resident of Syracuse. He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army. He worked for the Company, and died on 6-7-1984.
Joseph Battaglino was born in Foggi, Italy, on 2-21-1900, and moved to Syracuse in 1923. He worked for the Pierce-Butler-Pierce Co. for 20 years. He later worked for the Company, and then was a watchman for Learbury's Mens Store, retiring in 1973. He died, at age 94, on 11-5-1994. His wife, Mary Battaglino, was born on 8-15-1908, and died in 1985.
Kenneth G. Beasley was a native of Jamesville, and also lived in East Syracuse and DeWitt. He retired in 1981 as an auditor after 14 years with Dur-O-Wall and previously was employed 27 years with the Prosperity Co. He was very active in the Episcopal Church, serving in positions ranging from sexton to clerk of the vestry. He was married to Marion J. Beasley. Kenny was born on 5-10-1913, and died on 12-29-1990.
Bernard Julius Berndt was born 6-1-1886. He was a native of Canada and resided in the Syracuse area for 60 years. He retired from the Company about 1960, and died 2-10-1982, at age 95.
Dorothy Senn Biel was born in Oneida, NY, on 1-22-1922, and graduated from the Powelson Business Institute. She went to work for the Company as a secretary in 1942. She wed Edward W. Biel in 1946. Mrs. Biel lived in Central Square before her death on 10-29-2008. Mr. Biel was born on 8-3-1919, and died on 3-9-2009.
George Billy worked for the former Pierce, Butler & Pierce Co., makers of plumbing and steam fitting supplies, and, later, for the Prosperity Co. He was married 71 years to Helen Billy, and they lived for many years on Lynch Avenue, on Syracuse's east side. She was born 9-28-1888, and died in June, 1981. He was born on 10-24-1884, and died in March, 1976.
Charles Birdseye, Jr., was born 1-20-1918, and grew up at 104 Ambergate Rd. in DeWitt. He left home to become a pilot in WWII. In the 1950's, Charlie worked for the Company as its data processing manager. He was an executive with Xerox at his death in VA, on 4-28-1978.
Karol Bobowski was born in Poland on 1-9-1917. He was a Polish Army veteran of WWII, and was a prisoner of war held in a German forced labor camp. After liberation he immigrated to the U.S. in 1950, and was employed as a machinist at the Company and then with Rollway Bearing, retiring in 1979. He was married to Mary Bobowski for 50 years before his death on 10-3-2004.
John A. Bouvier, Jr., served as president of the Company during the 1950's. He was born 5-16-1903, and resided in Ft. Lauderdale at his death on 3-29-1989.
John Bozzuto was born 10-12-1902, and was a life resident of the Syracuse area. He was employed 12 years with the Company, during the 1930's and 1940's. He retired in 1967 after 24 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. He was residing in Solvay prior to his death, at age 91, on 10-31-1993.
Freeman Brandt was born 10-29-1893, and lived in the Kirkville area for 25 years. He was an employee of Pierce, Butler and Pierce Co. for 35 years and then the Prosperity Co. for 15 years, before retiring in 1963. Freeman held various jobs for the Company and, when he retired he was a messenger and deliveryman. He was wed to Irene Wood Brandt, and died on 5-24-1965.
John B. Brown was born in Scriba, and was a Syracuse resident 57 years. He was an engineer and retired from the Company after heading the methods and planning division for 35 years. He died in 1966.
Martha A. Bucktooth was born 7-12-1912. She was employed during World War II as a machinist for the Company. She also was employed at Fancher Furniture Co., in Salamanca, NY. She was a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Wolf Clan. She was an avid bead worker and was the first woman elected to the Seneca Nation of Indians Assessor's Office. She died in Salamanca, at age 83, on 1-7-1995.
John Frank Capozzi was born in Syracuse on 6-9-1921, and was a graduate of Smith Technical High School, in Syracuse. He worked for the Company, as a machinist, and for Continental Can and Carrier Corporation. He married his wife Enes on 10-23-1943, and died on 3-30-2005, at age 83.
Patricia M. Carolin was born in Malone on 6-25-1935, and lived in Camillus for 42 years. She was a graduate of Warners High School and CCBI. She worked for the Company, and for Hoffman International Corp., before retiring from J.C. Penney in Camillus in 1993, after 17 years of service. She was married 42 years to James R. Carolin, and died on 7-17-2005, at age 70.
Andrew Caruana was a native of Sicily, born 10-10-1893, and served with the Italian army during WWI. He immigrated to the US and lived in Syracuse for 65 years. He retired as a machine operator for the Company, and died on 10-18-1989, at age 96.
Raymond E. Cash was born 9-10-1917, in North Manlius. He lived in East Syracuse most of his life, and moved to Chittenango in 1968. He worked for the Company and then was a self-employed plumber, retiring in 1980. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and died 12-22-1984.
Peter Charima was a native of Syracuse, born 6-21-1914. He was a WWII Army veteran, and worked at the Company until he became disabled. He was married to Mary Charima and living in Weedsport at his death on 5-26-1981.
Lee V. Christman was born in Richfield and lived in the Syracuse area for 30 years. He was a draftsman for the Company for 26 years before retiring in 1952. His wife was Dorothy Emmett Christman. He was born on 11-1-1909, and died on 1-11-1979.
Stanley J. Chrostowski was a native of Scranton, PA, born on 9-26-1917. He lived in Mattydale for 34 years. He worked for the Company as a machine operator for 20 years, and then spent 19 years as an inspector with GM, before retiring in 1982. With his wife, Margaret Chrostowski, he was a foster parent to 31 children. She was born on 4-17-1918, and died in August, 1983. He died on 8-12-1988.
Orly F. Congdon was born 10-13-1901. He was a native of Nebraska, and a Syracuse resident for 75 years. He was employed at the Company for 45 years until he retired in 1965. He was married 67 years to Irene Dinet Congdon, before his death on 10-3-1992. He was 90.
Morris E, Cool was a draftsman in the engineering department and worked for the Company 35 years before retiring in 1959. He was a native of Syracuse, but lived in Lyndon on Dewey Ave. by 1942, and later moved to nearby 203 Miles Ave. He was born 10-9-1890, and was married to Harriet Burns Cool. He died in Deerfield Beach, FL, on 3-15-1966. His wife was born in Syracuse on 6-23-1893, and died on 9-29-75, while living in Liverpool.
Leo J. Corrigan was born in Seneca Falls on 4-17-1904, and lived in Minoa 21 years. He retired in 1962 as a machinist after 30 years with the Company. He was married 62 years to Dorothy Lumb Corrigan, who was born 6-12-1907, and died 8-27-1999. They were living at 501 Edgerton St., Minoa, at his death on 10-15-1987. He was 83.
Leonard E. Crawford was born in Chittenango on 8-19-1915. He was a self- employed muck farmer, who worked earlier as a machinist for the Company. He died, at age 88, on 8-1-2004.
Fred A. Crockett was born 2-25-1984, and was a native of Syracuse. He worked as a patternmaker for Pierce, Butler & Pierce, and the Company for a total of 50 years. He was married to Etta J. Crockett. He died, at age 86, on 12-6-1970.
Robert L. Cummings was born in Watertown and moved to Syracuse in 1927. He was married to Avis P. Cummings. He was the production manager for the Company from 1927 to 1963. He then became vice president and general manager of the Ametek Co. in Portland, Maine. He moved back to CNY after his retirement in 1965, and was residing in Jordan at his death on 4-8-1983.
Anthony Dabrowski was a native of Poland who lived in CNY for 55 years. He retired from the Company. He died on 5-13-1965, at age 78.
Byron J. Davis was the Company's office manager and, later, its comptroller. He is a 1955 graduate of Syracuse University, and left the Company in the early 1960's, when it moved to Maine. Byron is married to Sonya Davis. They resided in Maryland for a number of years, but live now in Tucson, AZ.
Robert A. DeBottis was born on 4-14-1921. He was a life resident of the Syracuse area, and a WWII veteran. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1944, and worked for the Company as an executive in the sales department. Bob was married to Velma Couse DeBottis, and died, at age 57, on 8-28-1978.
Herman M. DeCoursey was a life resident of the Syracuse area, born on 4-2-1909. He was employed 40 years as general foreman for the Company, and later as a tool maker for the Allied Tool Co., retiring in 1976. He was residing in East Syracuse at his death on 6-11-1990.
Loretta DeRoberts was born about 1924. She worked for the Company and also spent many years as a waitress at various places, including her brother's Lyncourt Grill.
Alfred J. DeRosa was born 1-18-1919, and was a life resident of the Syracuse area. He was employed as an inspector for the Company, and for General Electric, the Lennox Corp., and Rockwell International, for more than 40 years. He was a well known professional musician. He was married to Ursala Branca DeRosa, and died on 7-21-1980, at age 61.
John DiRaddo worked for the Company in the late 1950's. He was born on 2-11-1930, and died on 7-4-2005. John's father, Patsy DiRaddo, also worked for the Company.
Pasquale DiRaddo is thought to have been a native of Italy. He worked for the Company in the 1950's, as did his son, John (see above). Patsy was born 10-30-1892, and died in June, 1970.
Bernice Harke Duffy was born 6-9-1910. She was a native of Clay and lived in Syracuse most of her life. She worked for the company in the Addressograph printing dept. until about 1960. She retired from Syracuse University in 1972. Bernice's husband, George Duffy, died in 1978. She was 84 at her death on 2-22-1995.
Claude W. Dwyer retired in 1958 as an electrician for the Company. He was married to Anna Figi Dwyer. He died 10-20-1959.
Thomas A. Dwyer was a life resident of the Syracuse area. He was born 11-6-1900, and retired from the Company in 1962, after 43 years of service. His wife was Margaret Dwyer, and he died on 2-24-1985.
Peter Dydyk was born 4-24-1920, and was a life resident of the Syracuse area. He was a toolmaker for the Company for 22 years, and died, at just 44, on 1-9-1965. He was married to Helen Betley Dydyk
Lawrence C. Eddy was born 4-20-1908. He was a native of Theresa, NY, but lived most of his life in Syracuse. He was married to Mina Eddy. He retired as a quality control inspector for the Company, and died on 8-7-1991, at age 83.
Ernest Eicholzer was a native of Switzerland, born 1-29-1897. He retired in 1965 from a supervisory position with the Company, and lived in East Syracuse before his death, at age 92, on 5-2-1989.
Oliver Farstler worked at the Company. His wife, Louise Burlingame Farstler, was born 7-3-1915, and worked in the Syracuse University Library. She died on 9-23-1996. They lived many years on Kirkville Rd. in East Syracuse.
Alfred R. Fischer was born 4-17-1915. He was a native of Syracuse, and lived in Fayetteville more than 40 years. He worked for the Company and then retired as a toolmaker from Onondaga Tool Co. He, also, built new homes in the Jamesville-Fayetteville area. His wife was Polly Nichols Fischer. He died on 2-2-1986.
Leon Kenneth Fitch was born 10-25-1909, and was a native of Martville. He lived many years in East Syracuse before moving to North Syracuse about 1959. He retired in 1970 from the Toledo Scale Co. after 20 years as a sales representative for northern New York. He also was employed with Snap-On Tools and Prosperity Co., and, during World War II, with Bagley & Sewell in Watertown. He died on 1-13-1993, after 63 years of marriage to Dorothy Caldwell Fitch. She was born 11-6-1912, and died on 3-18-2005.
Mary O'Brien Fleming was born 10-17-1912. She worked in the accounting department at the Company and as a secretary for the Syracuse City School District. She retired in 1968 from the business office of Community-General Hospital. Her husband, John Fleming, died in 1989. She was a life resident of Syracuse and died on 5-2-1995, at age 82.
Peter P. Florczyk was born 6-30-1921, and was a life resident of Syracuse. He was the owner of Peter Florcyzk Jewelers for 33 years, and formerly was employed with Prosperity. He died on 6-23-1993, at age 71, while residing on Park Ave. in Syracuse.
Stanley W. Florczyk was a life resident of Syracuse. He was born 11-7-1913. He first worked for the Company and then retired from the Sutton Investment Corp.--the successor to the Prosperity Co.--in 1979. He was married to Marie Florczyk on 8-1-1932, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Syracuse. She was born 8-8-1909, and retired from the Hotel Syracuse, before her death on 3-14-2000. He died 1-9-1995, at age 81.
James T. Ford was born 6-22-1900, and was a life resident of the Syracuse area. He was a vegetable grower for 20 years in Baldwinsville and previously was employed with the Company and Western Union. He was residing in Liverpool before his death on 9-21-1994, at age 94. He was married to Catherine Brown.
Jacob F. Freiberger was vice-president of the Company at his retirement in 1955. He was born 12-19-1890, in Hoboken, NJ, and came to Syracuse in 1908. He was one of the founders of the Onondaga Golf and Country Club in Lyndon. He was married to Priscilla E. Freiberger. He was born 12-19-1890, and died on 10-1-1974, at age 83.
Thomas J. Garn worked as the supervisor of the mail dept. When the Company moved from Syracuse, he became a beer truck driver and delivery man. Later, he operated the Hyland Restaurant. Tom died, at just 43, on 4-1-1982.
Wallace F. Gayring,Sr., was born 9-5-1904. He was a native of NYC, but was a 1923 graduate of Minoa High School and lived most of his life in Minoa. He wed Dorothea Gayring. He was a patent engineer for the Company and later worked for the Carpenter Mfg. Co. He was active with the local volunteer fire dept., and also served as a village trustee in Minoa. He died at age 83, on 2-29-1988.
Joseph "Casey" Geremiah was a native of Italy. He grew up in Jersey City, NJ, coming to the Syracuse area when he was 17 years old. He worked as a salesman for the Kraft Food Co. until World War II, when he went to work as a tool maker for the Company, from which he retired. He was married to Lucy Farsaci Geremiah for more than 60 years. She grew up in East Syracuse, and retired after working for 27 years at Youth Town in Shoppingtown, DeWitt. He died 2-15-1989, at age 88.
Donald J. Giancola was born on 3-9-1925. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1945 and was in charge of the Company's export sales. He traveled throughout the world exploring new markets for the firm's products. In 1961, when the Company removed to Maine, Don opened his own import-export firm with offices at 4317 E. Genesee St. in DeWitt. His family still operates his former business, although Don was living in Boca Raton at his death on 5-6-2000. He was married to Marilyn Johnson for 49 years. They were both active in athletics and Don was a founding member and past president of the Syracuse University Orange Pack and the Hardwood Club.
Donald C. Gilcher was born 11-3-1928. He was a native and life resident of Syracuse. After working for the Company, he retired following 27 years with the Syracuse City School District, where he worked in the maintenance department. He died, at age 75, on 5-22-2004.
David J. Giusti, Sr., was born 9-3-1906. He was a native of Seneca Falls, but moved to the Syracuse area at the end of WWII. He was a wood pattern maker for the Company, and did similar work for the Portsmouth, VA, naval yard, and for the City Pattern Co. He also worked for Syracuse University before his retirement in 1971. He died on 7-18-1981. He was the father of David Giusti, Jr., a former pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ormonde Goettel, Jr., was born 5-24-1936, and graduated from Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square. He was employed by the Company, Syracuse Farm Supply, and Easy Washer, before retiring from Bristol Myers Squibb after 37 years of service. He was married to Joanne Swayze for 51 years at his death on 2-7-2007. He was 70.
Oliver J. Greenway served the Company as president in the mid 1950's.
Betty Aria Greenwood was born in Syracuse, on 8-24-1920, and was a graduate of Eastwood High School. She was an executive secretary with the Company for many years. She was married to Thomas J. Greenwood, and died on 6-27-2000, at age 79.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Theobald Guancial was born 3-5-1919, and was a life resident of Syracuse and a graduate of Central High School. She was employed by the Company and later was with Chappell's downtown store. Her husband, Jerome A. Guancial died in 1970. She died in Syracuse on 1-14-2005, at age 85.
Louis A. Guignard was born 6-9-1907, a native of Zurich, Switzerland. He retired from the Company as a supervisor in 1961. His first wife, Gertrude Anderegg, was born 2-17-1904, and died in September, 1973. He later wed Erna Schaller. He died 5-29-1995, at age 88.
Robert J. Hanavan, Sr., was born in NYC, on 4-10-1918, but moved to the Syracuse area at an early age. He was a 1936 graduate of Central High in Syracuse, and was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater with Gen. George Patton's 7th Armored Division. Bob worked as a salesman for the Company, and for Ametek, before retiring in 1982. He was married to Mary Critz, and resided in the Syracuse area for 45 years before moving to Cape Elizabeth, MN, Moline, IL, and Arlington, TX. Bob died in TX on 5-6-1992. He was 74. Mrs. Hanavan was born on 5-19-1924, in Britt, IA, and died in Arlington on 7-29-2008.
George Hapanowich lived at 406 Valley Drive. He was married more than 50 years to Eva Baczynski. They both grew up in East Syracuse and graduated from East Syracuse High School. After the Company moved, he worked for Pass and Seymour. She retired after working for several years in the candy department at E.W. Edwards & Son department store. He was born on 4-23-1914, and died on 12-12-1989.
William (Wasil) Hapanowich,was born in East Syracuse on 12-22-1921, and was a machine operator for the Company. He was a Marine veteran of WWII. His wife, Marika Hapanowich, died 1-17-2001, and he died on 3-15-2005, at age 83.
Herbert M. Henson was born 2-11-1909. He was a native of Syracuse, and lived in Mattydale 52 years. He worked for the Company until about the mid-1950's and retired in 1978 after more than 20 years as a plumber. He was married to Marion E. Henson, and died 3-21-1988, at age 79.
John M. Hitner was born 10-13-1890, in Vienna, Austria. He was 88, and had lived in Syracuse for 38 years before his death on 11-10-1978. He was employed by the Company as a machinist until his retirement in 1955. He was married to Margaret Althoff Hitner. She was born 2-5-1900, and died 9-10-1989.
John O. Hirt was born in Erie, PA, on 9-3-1912. He lived in Syracuse before returning to Erie in 1988. He earned a master's degree and a doctorate at Penn State University. He worked for the Company as an employment recruiter. He retired in 1988 after 20 years as operator of Career Counselors and Travel Merchants, both in Syracuse. He also was assistant personnel manager and later Syracuse employment manager at General Electric Co. He died at age 86 on 10-10-1998.
Margaret F. Holst was born in Bernhards Bay on 1-13-1914. She worked for the Company and then retired in 1981 from King Laboratories after 20 years. She died on 4-30-1997, at 83.
Leon Hrab was born in Utica on 10-5-1910, and lived in Syracuse most of his life. During World War II, he was selected to drive the Czechoslovakian delegation during the creation of the United Nations, and he witnessed representatives of the United States and other countries sign the treaty, becoming the first members of the organization. He was employed by the Company as a tool and die maker for 27 years. He also worked at Camillus Cutlery for 14 years until his retirement. He died on 4-14-1989. His wife, Mary Krawczuk Hrab, also worked for the company. Mary was born on 9-21-1925, and died in March, 1967.
Harry W. Huband and his wife Helen Lagoe Huband both worked for the Company. Mr. Huband was born on 2-26-1912. Mrs. Huband was born on 2-24-1922, and resided in CNY all her life. She later was a clerk at Shoppers Fair in DeWitt, and died on 11-26-1983. Mr. Huband later wed Helen Sherwood. He lived in East Syracuse, retired from the O. M. Edwards Co., and died on 7-15-2007, at age 95.
Edward R. Hutchison worked for the Company as a messenger and timekeeper. He grew up in Lyndon and DeWitt and earned three degrees from Syracuse University. He has been a professor, psychotherapist, author, and member of the Onondaga County legislature. He married Jean Marie King, of the Valley area in Syracuse, on 8-19-1961, and they live now in Madison, MS.
Ann Irwin, who lived on Lodi St., was a telephone operator for the Company during the mid-1950's.
John P. Jarvis was born John Paul Papadatos in December, 1895, in Argostolion, on the island of Kefallonia, off the west coast of Greece. He apparently came to the U.S. in 1932, settling in the Albany area. He gained naturalization status in June, 1941, and listed his name then as John P. Jarvis. He worked for the Company, and several other firms, including the Fayetteville Diner. He retired in 1961, after about 10 years as a machinist with the Syracuse Stamping Co. He died in February, 1976. A newspaper article described him as a recluse who lived alone in a small Syracuse apartment. He died intestate, leaving a considerable amount of money.
William P. Jenkins, Jr., of Solvay, worked for the Company as a salesman. After the firm's move to Maine, Bill went to work for the U.S. Gypsum Co., and, in 1965, became a sales representative for the U. S. Ceramic Tile Co.
Donna Therese Jones worked for the Company in the mid 1950's. On 10-11-1958, she wed Ronald A. Avon.
Harold C. Jones was born on 2-17-1912, in Hoosick Falls, NY, and graduated from Syracuse University. He was a supervisor with the Company in Syracuse and in South Portland, ME. He retired in 1964 and operated a home repair business. He died in Maine on 2-6-2000. He was predeceased by his wife, Sally Jones.
Robert G. Kaelber was born in Syracuse, but moved to Florida about 1979. He worked as an engineer for the Company and for its successor, Amtetek Inc. He was married 55 years to Louise Ives Kaelber. He died on 5-1-1995, in Spring Hill, FL, at age 82.
Albert Kagi was born 1-19-1901. He was a native of Switzerland, and a 50-year resident of Syracuse and DeWitt. He was chief engineer for the Company before he retired in 1969. Following his retirement, he moved to Horgen-Czurich, Switzerland. On 8-29-75, he and his wife had been in this country a week visiting with family members, when they were involved in an auto accident near Rochester. She died that day, and Albert died on 10-4-1975, as a result of the accident. He was 74.
Elmer A. Karker was born 12-26-1907, and was a life resident of the Syracuse area. He worked for the Company as a purchasing agent. Later he was a salesman for the Drennan Steel Corp., and before retiring in 1972, he was the warehouse manager for the Baldwin-Hall Co. He was married to Loretta T. Karker, and died on 11-5-1981.
Frank C. Karker was a native of Minoa who became a sales representative for the Company. In this capacity he worked in both Syracuse and Minneapolis. At his death on 11-6-1965, at age 66, he had been residing in Minneapolis for 35 years. He was married to Wilma Olson Karker.
Peter S. Kautzman was a machinist for the Company for many years. He was born in Sharon, PA, on 11-30-1915, and moved to Ocala, FL, from Manlius in 2001. He was married for 65 years to Mary Kautzman. He died on 8- 23-2004, at age 88.
Julian "Pop" Kempisty worked for the Company for 18 years. A native of Poland, he was born 1-5-1905, and resided in Clay 47 years. He retired in 1967 from University College, where he was a night custodian. His wife, Theresa Kempisty, died in 1961, and he died 4-16-1997, at age 92.
Janet S. Kennedy was born on 12-22-1921. She was a native of Glasgow, Scotland, but lived in Syracuse most of her life. She was employed by the Company, and then retired in 1976 after 17 years as an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand. She died, at age 73, on 2-20-1995.
George L. Kenyon, born 10-27-1906, was a life resident of Solvay. He worked for the Company before retiring from the Radar Design Co, where he was a quality control inspector. He died on 1-4-1974, at age 67.
Lester C. Kienzle was born 4-27-1902, and was a life resident of the Syracuse area. He lived at 225 Wellington Rd. by 1943, and later moved to 36 Lynacres Blvd. in Lyndon. His wife was Marjorie D. Kienzle, a native of Ithaca, and a 1926 graduate of Cornell. Les retired in 1959 as director of research after many years with the Company. In 1948, he and Fred W. Sauerbrey, a fellow Company executive, were founding partners in the DeWitt Cleaners Co. on Erie Blvd. He died 9-25-1987, and his wife died 8-21-1996, at age 93.
James J. Killoren was born 2-20-1910, and was a native of Syracuse, He was an Army veteran of WWII, having served in France. He wed Rita Bargelski. He worked for the Company, but retired in 1977 from Crucible Steel Division of Colt Industries after working there 13 years. He resided in Camillus from about 1966 until his death on 5-14-1981. He was 71.
Ignacy James Kociencki, a native of Poland, moved to Syracuse in 1913. He retired from Crucible Specialty Metals. He also was employed with St. Lucy's Church and the Company. His wife, the former Valeria "Vi" Fabian, was born on 3-28-1912, and died on 11-18-1992, and he died on 11-3-1994. He was 100.
Joseph Stanley Kozlowski was born 5-30-1912, in Frankfort. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1936 with a BFA degree. In 1938 he was appointed chief artist and photographer with an archaeological expedition, undertaken by Syracuse University, that studied Mayan ruins in the Yucatán Peninsula. During WWII he served in the Merchant Marines. In the 1950's, he worked for the Company as a technical illustrator. In the late 1970's, he retired as an art teacher at the East Syracuse-Minoa high school. He was commissioned to do many paintings, including one of Elizabeth Blackwell that was used to create a U. S. postage stamp. He was married to Mary A. Kozlowski, and lived most of his life in Jamesville. He died there on 2-25-1992.
Carole J. Kotas was born 11-18-1934, in Syracuse, and graduated from Blodgett Vocational High School in 1952. She was employed by the Company and by General Electric. She resided most of her life in Syracuse and spent winters in Alva, FL, from 1998, until her death on 12-28-2005, at age 71. She was married to Henry J. Kotas.
George J. Kunzelman was born on 3-6-1897, and was a lifetime resident of the Syracuse area. He was a graduate of North High School, and was first vice president of the Company. He retired in 1968. His wife, Gertrude Kunzelman, died in 1980, and he died on 6-25-1988, at age 91.
Michael Lauckern was employed by the Company and retired from Syracuse University
in 1965. He was a lifetime resident of the Syracuse area. He died on 2-20-1983.
Nancy LaSure worked for the Company as a secretary about 1960. Nancy lived in Fayetteville. She married Anthony A. Marsello, and they live now in Hudson, FL.
Helen Husak Libera married Victor J. Libera in Solvay on 7-9-1955. She worked for the Company and for the Dey Brothers store, before moving to Raleigh, NC. The couple has since returned to the Syracuse area.
Otto Lipfert was born 7-28-1898, and worked for the Company until he retired in the 1950's. He was residing in St. Augustine, FL, at his death in February, 1966. His son, Walter Lipfert, also worked for the Company (see below).
Walter O. Lipfert worked for the Company about 1950. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1953 with a master's in education and began teaching in the Jamesville-DeWitt school district. Walt later became a school psychologist, and still lives and teaches part-time in Auburn. He is now married to Kathleen Mulvaney Bothwell, a native of Moravia, NY, and a pastoral minister at St. Mary's Church in Auburn.
Anthony C. Long was born on 9-27-1916. He was a native of Rutland, VT, but resided most of his life in Syracuse. He was married to Olga Long. He retired as a machinist from Leigh Industries and previously was employed with the Prosperity Co. and Shroeder Machine Co. He was 74, when he died on 8-30-1991.
John Lopedito grew up in Syracuse and graduated from North High School. He wed Loretta Jean McGinley on 6-21-1952. He was then working for the Company as a welder. They live now in Fayetteville.
David F. Lorenz was born about 1938 and was a mail clerk before being promoted to doing clerical work in the Company's main office. He lives in the Liverpool area.
Danny Lozynsky lived in the Ukraine until the end of WWII when, at age 14, he was forcibly separated from his family and brought to the United States. He worked briefly for the Company and held various other jobs before becoming a furniture salesman for the Dunk and Bright firm.
Alexander Lutz was a native of Galicia, Austria, and came to the United States about 1912. He lived in Syracuse for 57 years. He retired from the Company about 1963. He died on 11-22-1977. His wife was Anna Rybak Lutz, who died 11-27-1996.
James P. McGuire was born in Syracuse on 6-30-1895, and resided in the area all of his life. He retired from the Company but had worked earlier at the Remington Rand Co. He died, at age 95, on 9-9-1989.
Stephen R. McKinley was born 3-9-1907. He grew up in Minoa and attended high school there. A machinist, he worked for the Company, Easy Washing Machine Co., and various other companies before he retired from the Carpenter Co. in Manlius. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a 70-year member of his lodge in Minoa. He was married to Iris Richardson, who died in 1982. He was still active in the Minoa Volunteer Fire Dept., and its field days, when he was 90 years of age. He died at 92, on 5-27-1999.
John Maliweski was born in Jamesville on 5-26-1918. He worked for the Company for 22 years and then retired in 1986 after 22 years as a tool and die maker for the New Process Gear Co. He was married to Julie Hnotko. He died at age 80 on 1-7-1999.
James Martarella lived in Syracuse 51 years, but was born in Brooklyn on 12-28-1999.. He retired from the Company as a set-up man in the machine shop. He was married to Anna Martin Martarella. He died on 6-7-1983.
Fritz W. Martin was a native of Germany, born 10-8-1910, but lived in the North Syracuse area 49 years. He worked for the Company and was a machinist and general foreman many years with the Syracuse Stamping Co. He was wed to Helen Six Martin, a native of NJ. He died on 1-14-1992, and she died on 9-23-1992.
H. J. Martin worked for the Company as credit manager during the 1950's.
Carl L. Marx was born 1-25-1910, and was a life resident of the Syracuse area. He was a sheet metal worker for many years with the Company and for several years with the TexMark Co. He also sold produce and plants at the Regional Market for many years. His wife, Mary Jean Marx, was born 11-3-1909, and died in 1982. He died on 3-15-1993, at 83.
James V. Massara was born in Italy on 12-13-1896, but lived in Syracuse for 53 years. He was a stone mason for the Company for more than 20 years before he retired in 1962. He died on 9-20-1984.
Raymond L. Massett was born 8-25-1910, and lived in Syracuse and Bridgeport. He worked for the Company and later was the owner of the City Plaque Shop for 20 years, retiring in 1978. He died on 5-24-1992, at age 81.
Leonard Maute was the head of the Company's purchasing department in the late 1950's. Len was born on 6-26-1907, and died in March, 1986.
Mildred B. Mead was born 3-5-1887. She was a native of Minoa and lived in the area for 58 years. She wed Frank Mead. She worked in the timekeeping department before retiring from the Company in 1957, after 18 years of service. She died 12-17-1965, at age 78.
Fritz Meier was born 1-26-1903, in Switzerland, and moved to the Syracuse area in 1928. He was employed as a development engineer for the Company and retired in 1962 after 34 years. Following World War II, Fritz was the treasurer of AID, a relief program for distressed European countries. His wife, Erna Meier, died in 1987, and he died on 5-28-1994, at age 91. The Meiers had a son, Mark Meier, who worked briefly for the Company (see below), and another son, Peter Meier, who joined the G. A. Braun firm--a company founded by a former owner of The Prosperity Co.--and became president before retiring from the company.
Mark F. Meier worked for the Company as a mail clerk and messenger from about 1956 to 1958. He graduated from the University of Maine, and is now retired following a 35 year career as an executive with the Kemper Insurance Co. He married Joan Meier, and they live in St. Pete Beach, FL, where they are active in a church ministry.
Jacob Menzi was born in Switzerland on 10-27-1898, but lived in Syracuse most of his life. He was married to Mary Van Pelt Menzi. He worked for the Company, and then retired in 1968 as a design draftsman for the Carrier Corp. He died 1-2-1984.
William J. Michalik was a life resident of Syracuse. After he worked for the Company, he retired after 20 years service at Syracuse University. He was an Army veteran of World War II. His wife, Lottie Michalik, who was born 8-6-1918, died in 1994, and he died on 10-9-1997.
Nicholas R. Micho was an office worker in the parts dept. of the Company . He went to work for GE in 1961, and retired there 30 years later. Nick was married 54 years to Columbia Armani, and was living in Fairmount at his death on 6-3-2007. He was 78.
Arthur L. Miller was born 7-5-1917, in Cazenovia, and lived in Syracuse most of his life. He was married to Eleanor Kelley. He was employed 14 years by the Company as an engineer and draftsman. On March 20, 1955, in the James River at Newport News, VA, he supervised the first installation of a dry cleaning unit--Prosperity Model 6A-N--on a ship. He later worked for Crouse-Hinds and retired in 1980 from B. G. Sulzle, Inc. He died 12-31-1989, at age 77.
John Miller was an accountant for the Company.
William Robert Morgan was born in Boone, IA, about 1900. He was married to Marcia Coffey. He served with the Army field artillery in France during World War I, and graduated from Iowa State in 1924 as a mechanical engineer. In 1939 he earned a law degree with honors from DePaul University. He moved to Camillus in 1947 to work for Carrier Corp. as an executive. In the 1950's he joined Prosperity as works manager and vice president in charge of sales. When he was 60, he co-founded, with his son, Empire Laundry Equipment, Inc., which manufactured and sold commercial laundry equipment of his own design. He retired in 1985 and moved to NC. He died 6-17-1993, at his home in Chapel Hill. He was 93.
Alexander F. Murray was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and lived in Syracuse until moving to Skaneateles about 1955. He worked for the Company and later for the Singer Corplater in Auburn. With his wife, Ola Searle Murray, he operated the Lakeview Nursing Home in Skaneateles. He died 12-31-1965.
Frank Nagy was a truck driver for the Company. In 1956, he and his wife won a two week vacation in Florida when the Company conducted a contest for employees to make suggestions for ways in which the firm could become more profitable or more efficient. His suggestion, related to how Company trucks could help sell products, won first prize.
John Nickolas was a long time night watchman for the Company. John lived in the Constantia area.
Andrew P, Nitzke was a native Syracusan, born 7-9-1893. He worked for the Company for 30 years before his retirement about 1961. He was married to Helen Hoffman Nitzke, and died on 4-18-1966.
Charles Nussbaum lived on the Fayetteville-Manlius Rd. in Fayetteville by 1942, having lived before at 603 Beattie St., and on Salt Springs Rd. in Syracuse. Mr. Nussbaum was born in Switzerland about 1877, and was the works manager for the Company. Mr. Nussbaum married Emily Schlatter Nussbaum, who was born in Alsace-Lorraine about 1880. The couple wed about 1907, and came to America in 1925. Mr. Nussbaum died from a heart attack on 10-6-1942, while driving on Highbridge Rd. in Lyndon. Mrs. Nussbaum moved from the area by 1946. Their children: Lillian "Lilly" Nussbaum, who was born about 1908, and was a governess, Ruth Nussbaum, who was born about 1912, and was a cost accountant for the Company, and Benjamin Nussbaum, who was born about 1916, attended Syracuse University, and resided in Niagara Falls, NY.
Dmytro Opar was born in Stezsnytsya, the Ukraine, on 12-9-1919, and resided in Syracuse 35 years. He worked for the Company but retired from Smith & Caffrey Steel Co. He was married to Anna Opar. He died on 12-19-1984.
Frank Opperman was born 3-29-1911, in Sharon, PA. He lived for many years in Syracuse where he was with the Company's engineering department, for more than 40 years. He was married to Lillian Bowen Opperman, who was born on 4-20-1917. They moved to Port Richey, FL, where he died on 12-21-1987, at age 76, and she died there on 9-8-1999.
Edward F. Owens was born 1-18-1904. He was married to Rose Rudy, who was also an employee of the Company (see below). He was a native of Cazenovia and lived in Syracuse for 40 years. He worked for the Company for 12 years as an assembler. He worked for Woodlawn Cemetery for two years before his death, at age 61, on 5-31-1965.
Rose Rudy Owens was born 10-14-1910. She was a life resident of the area, and worked for the Company prior to working for the Burns Mfg. firm. She was 78 at her death on 3-28-1989.
John H. "Barney" Pawlowski was born 12-27-1922, in Syracuse. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He retired from the Company, and died on 9-10-1999, at 76.
Stanley Pedzich served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended naval ordinance schools in several states. When he returned to civilian life, he went to work for the Company and continued there until the Company closed. He then got a job with Lipe Rollway Company, working there 20 years before retiring in 1985. He wed Billie Mura on 11-20-1943. She worked for Crum and Forster Insurance Co. until she retired in 1985. The couple reside now in Camillus.
Lloyd A. Perkins lived in Cazenovia. He was a press tester for the Company during the mid-1950's. It is believed that he died on 11-10-1997, while residing in Ocala, FL.
Norman C. Perkins was born 7-27-1926. In addition to working for Prosperity, at various times he also worked at the General Electric Co., Easy Washer Co., and the McMillan Book Co. He was residing in San Jose, CA, at his death on 8-21-1988.
Richard O. A. Petersen served the Company as president about 1960.
Lynn F. Pettengill was born 2-3-1903. He was a native of Mohawk, NY, but lived in Syracuse for more than 60 years. He retired in 1960 after 34 years with the Company and later was employed with the O.M. Edwards Co. He died 10-29-1990. He was 87.
Edwin "Ted" W. Pettengill was born on 11-29-1906. He grew up in Ilion and graduated from Ilion High School. He spent over 20 years with the Company as a machinist and later worked 11 years for the Lamson Company before retiring in 1974. He was active over the years in softball, horseshoe pitching, bowling, and other sports. He was married on 9-12-1942, to Doris Gardner Pettengill, who was born 12-25-1918. She grew up in Otisco and graduated from Tully High School. She worked 20 years at the General Electric Company. He was 89 when he died on 1-31-1996, and she was 85 at her death on 8-4-2004.
Mary Pierce was born 12-27-1916, and was a life resident of Syracuse. She was a former employee of the Company, and later owned and operated the Pierce Liquor Store. She died, at age 75, on 4-5-1992, while living on Prospect St. in Syracuse.
M. S. Pilcher was an executive with the Company during the 1950's.
Michael G. Piston was born 4-14-1903. He was a native of Split Rock and was a life resident of the CNY area. He worked for the Company for 25 years as a factory foreman, and then retired after working for the New Process Gear Corp. He was married to Mary Kishtok, and died at age 82 on 10-24-1985.
Willard R. Post was a clerk for the Company by the late 1950's. He lived then at 309 Chapel St. in Fayetteville. He was married to Elfia Nazan Post.
Albert R. Predmore lived at 227 Wellington Rd. in DeWitt. He was born 2-17-1894, and was the comptroller of the Company. Albert was a 30 year resident of DeWitt and died at home on 4-8-1967. His wife, Edith Muir Predmore, died 8-30-1971, while residing in Nanuet, NY. Their son, Albert M. Predmore, worked briefly for the Company (see below).
Albert M. Predmore, grew up in the Dewittshire section of DeWitt. While still in high school, Al worked one summer microfilming records for the Company. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1961 and received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. Al retired as the senior vice-president of the Irwin Franchise Capital Corp., and lives now in Nanuet, NY.
Francis V. Procopio was born 2-14-1917, and was a life resident of the Syracuse area. He retired after 19 years as a bus driver with the North Syracuse School District. He worked for the Company as an inspector for 25 years. Frank was, also, employed part time for 27 years with the Salina Water Department. He was wounded near St. Lo, France on 7-27-1944, and received the Purple Heart. Frank was residing in Mattydale at his death on 9-25-1994, at age 77. His wife, Thomasina Pullano Procopio, died on 4-15-2008, at age 88.
Henry Raflowski worked as a millwright for the Company in Syracuse and in Maine. He retired from Sutton Investing--a successor to the Company-- in 1983 after 37 years of service. He was born in Scranton, PA, on 11-19-1920, and lived in Fremont many years. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in Africa and Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart and received the New York State Conspicuous Service Award. His wife, the former Antoinette Anastas, died in 1984. Hank died on 2-19-2002, at age 81.
Stanley F. Raflowski was born on 5-1-1910. He was a native of Scranton, PA, but lived in the East Syracuse area 63 years. After Prosperity moved, he worked for the Lamson Corp, and retired there in 1972. He was married to Stella Trepa Raflowski, who was born 2-10-1911. They lived in Fayetteville at his death on 1-6-1987, at age 76. She was 90 and living in Bryant, TX, when she died on 5-8-2001.
John Reist was born in Switzerland and lived in East Syracuse 40 years. He was a maintenance foreman for the Company in Syracuse and for a successor in Portland, ME. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific and European campaigns. His wife, Margaret, died in 1987, and he died on 1-26-1997, at age 82.
Norman Richards was born in Syracuse and was a life resident of CNY. He was a purchasing agent for the Company until retiring about 1962. He was married to Ann Joyce Edwards, and died on 2-3-1965.
Clement P. Rizzo was born 4-13-1906. He was an expediter for Prosperity, and a stock clerk for the W.T. Grant Co. He was married to Angeline Dandino. He died, at age 80, on 3-25-1987, while living at 223 Schaffer Ave., in Syracuse.
John E. Roehrig was born on 9-28-1901. He was a native of Marionville, PA, and lived in the Syracuse area for 55 years. He was in the production control dept. of the Company for 24 years. After its closing, he was a self-employed carpenter. He was married to Josephine Roehrig, and died on 8-7-1988.
John F. Rogala was born in Passaic, NJ, on 7-2-1919. He graduated from Richfield Springs High School and served with the Army during WWII. He was a pattern maker for the Company, and later was a pattern maker and inventor for Frazer and Jones for over 30 years, retiring in 1984. He married Lottie Karczewski and they lived on Homewood Dr. in Fayetteville, before his death on 2-14-2005.
Alton Joseph Rohr was born in Carthage, NY, on 11-30-1910, and wed Sarah Steinman. Mrs. Rohr worked for the Company before the birth of a daughter in July, 1940. The family moved to a new home on Grove St. in Syracuse in 1954. Mr. Rohr worked nearly 30 years for the Company as an engineer, leaving in 1962. He retired in 1980 after 17 years as a chemical engineer at the Army Laboratory in Natick, MA, and died in New Haven, IN, on 7-31-1993.
Sarah Steinman Rohr--see the above entry.
Clara Ruth Rosenbaum, was born 3-2-1901, and was a native of Mansfield, OH. She lived in Syracuse most of her life. She retired from the Company, and died, at 95, on 5-27-1996.
Werner Rosteck, was born in Germany, on 8-13-1913. He was the production manager for the Company. He retired in 1975 after serving in the same capacity for LDV Electronics. His first wife, the former Stella Simiensyk, died in 1968. He later wed Virginia Rosteck. He died on 12-20-1998, at age 85.
John D. Rudy was born in Syracuse on 4-28-1913, and was a life resident of the area. He was wed to Helen Rudy and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the Burma-China theater. He retired in 1978 from Rollway Bearing Corp. as a machinist, after previously working for the Prosperity Co. for 24 years. He died on 1-18-1991, at age 77.
John J. Rudy was born 7-1-1915, and was a life resident of Syracuse. He retired as a machinist with the Company and died 10-6-1983. His sister, Rose Rudy Owens, also, worked for the Company.
William S. Ruszczyk was born 5-12-1913. He worked many years for the Company and was a partner in the Lag Laundry parts and service company. He had been married to Helen A. Ruszczyk for 64 years at his death on 3-28-1998. He was 84.
George T. Rybak was born 6-11-1913. He worked for the Company in the production management department. He was living in Bradenton, FL, at his death on 6-30-1999.
John Rybak was a native of Austria. He worked for the Company as a foreman in the production department. He later became the plant supervisor for the G. A. Braun Co. He was with the Braun firm for 10 years before retiring. He was married to Mary Rybak, and they had been living in Sarasota, FL, for two years prior to his death on 12-15-1979.
Irene Brovich Sandusky was born in Syracuse, on 9-5-1925. She was a graduate of St. Lucy's Academy and attended the Central City Business Institute. She was an executive secretary to the Company's general manager for 18 years and retired in 1995 after 30 years as a self-employed interior designer. She was married to Frank C. Sandusky. They were living in Camillus when she died, at age 75, on 5-22-2001.
Ralph Joseph Santola was born 11-15-1919, in Syracuse, and served in WWII. He was married to Ann Simon Santola. He worked for the Company as a draftsman in the production engineering department, but was employed as a design draftsman for Hoffman Industries at his death on 4-5-1967, at age 47.
Charles W. Satterlee was born 9-20-1934, and was a life resident of Syracuse. He was married to Carol Satterlee and they and their five children lived on North Edwards Ave. in Eastwood. Chuck worked in the Company's purchasing dept. before he retired in 1960, for medical reasons. He suffered a debilitating, chronic illness that restricted him to a wheel chair while he worked for the Company, and he died, at age 54, on 9-9-1989.
Fred W. Sauerbrey lived at 225 Ambergate Rd. in DeWitt. He was born in Schenectady on 12-29-1906, and was the sales manager for the Company. Fred retired in 1959 and, with a fellow Prosperity executive, Lester Kienzle, was a partner in DeWitt Cleaners, Inc., which opened on Erie Blvd. in 1948. His wife, Carolyn M. Sauerbrey, died 10-12-1973, at age 67, and Mr. Sauerbrey died on 8-20-1974.
Marion Schafer, was born 3-15-1911, in Syracuse. She retired as secretary to the president of the Company and also worked at Betz Laboratories. She was 88 at her death, in Syracuse, on 5-3-1999.
Rev. Adolph Otto Schucker was a native of Germany, but resided most of his life in the Syracuse area. He was employed by the Company for 38 years. He conducted religious services at the former Temple Street Mission. He was married to Leona Miller Schucker, and died 6-12-1977. He was 76.
Edna Phelps Senska was born on 10-20-1904, and was a life long resident of Syracuse. She was a payroll clerk for the Company for 23 years, retiring in 1964. She was wed to Stephen J. Senska, and died on 11-4-1988, at the age of 84.
Thomas J. Senska was born 12-28-1908, and was a life resident of Syracuse. He was employed many years with the Company, and retired in 1971 from the Prestolite Corp. His wife of 59 years was Carolyn Murray Senska. He died 10-22-1996, at age 87.
Patricia Casprus Sikora was born on 6-5-1935, and was a life resident of East Syracuse. She married Joseph Sikora about 1954. Pat was an office worker for the Company, and also worked for Sears. She died on 1-22-2012.
Harvey H. Smith was a native of Sidney, NY. He lived in the Syracuse area most of his life and in Mattydale the last 28 years. He retired as a parts manager from Alan Byer Auto Sales, in 1976 after 15 years. Previously, he was employed by the Company and Syracuse Laundry Equipment Co. He was wed 53 years to Helen Smith, and died on 3-30-1995, at age 80.
Romeyn "Bud" B. Smith wasborn 3-29-1906, and was a steam fitter for the Company for more than 30 years. He was married to Lillian Broadman Smith, and died on 2-7-1978.
Marion C. Snow was a native of Oneida. He married , Dorothy Lewis Snow about 1941, and they were wed 71 years. He was an Eagle Scout and received a heroism award in 1925 for saving his parents' lives. He moved to Cazenovia in 1944. He graduated from Syracuse University with a fine arts degree, but worked for the Company as an industrial engineer in the production engineering department. He went to work for the Crouse-Hinds Co. about 1961, and retired from there. He was a talented musician and played bass fiddle for several bands. He died 2-21-2003, at home in Cazenovia.
James H. Soper was a native of Syracuse and lived in Eastwood and Fayetteville before moving to Pompano Beach, FL, about 1951. He was a tool designer and worked for the Company for 30 years. He was married to Grace Mack Soper, a practical nurse, and died in Florida on 11-15-1966.
Fred Spier, an East Syracuse High School graduate, retired in 2001 after 53 years in engineering for the Company, U.S. Hoffman, and Hoffman Air and Filtration Systems, all in Syracuse. He wed Nancy Spoon on 4-11-1953. She is a graduate of Camden High School, and worked several years at Marine Midland Bank in Syracuse. The couple live now in Cicero.
Eva Giarrusso Stagnitta worked briefly for the Company but mainly worked in various grocery stores, including Mario's Big M Market, which was owned by her brother. She was born in 1925, grew up on Montgomery Street, in Syracuse, and graduated from Vocational High School. She was married to Frank Stagnitta more than 50 years.
John A. Staniec lived on Towpath Rd. near East Syracuse. As a young man, he was part of the federal Civilian Conservation Corps and participated in the development of Green Lakes State Park. John was a painting foreman for the Company, and after transferring to Maine he became a plant supervisor for the Ametek Co. His wife was Anne Samasuck Staniec. John was born 12-12-1916, and died 4-18-1992, while residing in Kirkville.
Edward P. Stankivitz was born in Canastota on 12-12-1917, and attended SUNY at Morrisville. He worked for the Company and Lennox Industries before retiring in 1980 from Carrier Corp., after 12 years. He was active in the formation of the Little League program in Canastota and was a coach for 45 years. He was, also, a founder of the Gordon Lane Orchestra. He was married for 51 years to Caroline "Kit" Maszczak, before his death on 4-2-1998.
Ralph W. Storie was born 4-2-1918. He was a native of Oxbow, NY, and moved to Syracuse in 1941. He flew B-24's during World War II, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after active and reserve duty in the USAF. He married Mary Louise Himpler on 1-1-1944. He worked at the Company, and, later, at Rockwell International, before retiring in 1978. She was a Syracuse native and worked for NY Telephone before their marriage. She retired in 1983 from City Electric Co. He died on 7-15-2002.
George Suflita was born 7-22-1917, in Barnsboro, PA, but lived most of his life in Syracuse. He worked 20 years for the Company, and retired in 1980 after many years with General Electric Co. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. His wife, Jane L. Suflita died in 1993. He died at age 80 on 1-7-1998.
Margaret Anderson Tambs worked as a secretary for the Company. She was born in Carlos, MD, on 6-28-1914, and was a 1933 graduate of Most Holy Rosary High School. She retired in 1979 as supervisor of the patent department at Carrier Corp. She was active in civil defense efforts during World War II. Her husband, William Tambs, died in 1974. She died in Liverpool on 11-22-1999, at age 85.
Helen S. Templar was born in Oswego, on 1-31-1919, and was a graduate of Oswego High School. She worked for the Company and for Tri-R Drugs in Liverpool. Her husband was Robert A. Templar and they were married 61 years at her death on 1-30-2000. She was 81.
Dexter J. Tessier was a native of Syracuse, born 7-16-1916. He lived in Manlius for 52 years. He was a graduate of Cazenovia High School in 1934, and was an Army veteran of World War II. He retired in 1978 from Sundstrang Co. in Liverpool after 16 years. He had earlier worked at the Company for 18 years. He was wed to Winnifred Camp for 54 years, and they owned and operated Tessier's Christmas Tree Farm for 35 years. He died, at age 79, on 6-22-1996.
Mary Jane Martin Tobin was born 2-15-1907. She was a native of Syracuse and a life resident of CNY. She was employed at the Company for a number of years, before retiring in 1960. She was married to Edward H. Tobin, and died on 1-19-1990, at age 82.
Frank E. Toth was born 1-2-1907. He was a native of Austria, although he lived many years in North Syracuse before moving to Florida in 1979. He was employed with the Company and was also the founder and president of the 7 Hour Cleaning and Laundry, of Syracuse. He was married to Dorothy Toth. He died in St. Petersburg on 2-23-1993.
Joseph J. Townsend was a native of Carthage and lived in the Syracuse area 60 years. He retired from the Company about 1958. He was married to Ethel Vrooman Townsend and died on 8-2-1963.
Giuseppe Traglia was born about 1897. He was a native of Italy and served in the Italian army during WWI. He resided in Syracuse more than 50 years and retired from the Company about 1962. He died 3-3-1986.
Linda Sweet Tripoli was born 7-14-1908, and was a Syracuse resident for 76 years. In addition to working for the Company, she also, worked for the Wilson Ranger Co. and the Julius Resnick Pocketbook Co. Her husband, James V. Tripoli, died in 1977, and she died on 5-10-1997. She was 88.
Herman J. Troxler was born 4-15-1920. He was a life resident of the Syracuse area, and lived in North Syracuse 23 years. He worked for the Company and for the Will & Baumer Candle Co. He was married to Velma Troxler. He died on 1-18-1985.
Lee F. Tutton was born 8-5-1884. He was a native of Otisco, but lived on Bellevue Ave. in Syracuse for 61 years. He worked for the Company until his retirement about 1951. He was married to Amelia Roth Tutton, and died 3-17-1966.
Harold L. Tyler was born 10-14-1905. He worked as a security guard for the Company for 35 years. A native of Fort Edward, he lived in Mattydale 48 years, and was the leader of the local volunteer fire department. He retired after 13 years as a truck driver with the Onondaga County Ley Creek Sewage Treatment Plant. His wife of 58 years, was Grace Baisch Tyler. He died on 10-23-1991, at age 86.
George C. Uhlig worked as a specification writer in the production engineering and cost departments of the Company from about 1946 until 1962. George was a veteran of WWII, was married on 6-30-1946, to Dorothy Meurer. She was an elementary teacher in Wampsville and Fayetteville, before becoming a librarian. They have lived at 203 Audubon Dr., in Fayetteville, for more than 57 years.
George H. Van Lengen graduated from Wesleyan College in 1936 and received a law degree from Harvard in 1939. He was a prominent lawyer, businessman, and frequent political candidate. He was elected county Democratic chairman in April 1962, winning a three-way fight for the position. George served the Company as chairman of the board. He was, also, part owner of Suburban Park, a now-closed Manlius amusement park. He died, at age 85, on 11-28-2000.
Caroline A. Verrette was born 1-30-1905. She was a native of Syracuse and worked for the Company until she retired, probably in the 1960's. Her husband, Reginold Verrette, died in 1988. Although she spent 15 years in Florida, she was residing in DeWitt prior to her death, at age 89, on 10-25-1994.
Helen Donegan Vieau was born 10-29-1908, and was a life resident of the Syracuse area. She worked for the Company as a secretary. Later she worked at the University College branch of Syracuse University. She died on 2-22-1978.
Roy Walters was born 2-18-1926, in Kirkville, and was a veteran of World War II. He worked for the Company, and then retired from Syracuse Supply in 1970. He married Mary Dunn on 10-5-1945. She worked as a licensed practical nurse and retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Central New York in 1990 after 15 years. Roy was with the Company and its successor in Maine for a total of 26 years. He died on 7-5-2000.
David W. Warrington was born 6-28-1897, in Syracuse. He worked for the Company 20 years as a millwright before retiring in the early 1960's. He was married to Ruth Bechtle Warrington. He died on 2-28-1984.
Sophia Ruszczyk Wasylyk was born in Syracuse on 11-26-1915. She worked for the Company for 18 years and retired after 15 years with J.C. Penney. She was married to John Wasylyk for 46 years at her death on 1-18-2002. She was 86.
Francis "Bud" E. Weil was born in Syracuse on 6-13-1908. He was the head of the parts dept. and served the Company for 25 years. He retired in 1988 after 10 years with G.A. Braun Co. As a young man he played softball with the Schillers and Nettleton Shoe Co. All Stars. His wife, Helen Wilkowski Weil, died in 1985. Bud died on 7-20-2001. He was 93.
Marvel "Mickey" K. Weil of North Syracuse was a secretary for the Company. Mickey's brother, Bud Weil, was also a Company employee (see above).
Charles J. Williams was born in Syracuse. He worked for the Company before retiring in 1984 as coordinated transportation manager, after 25 years with Centro--the public bus company. He was an Army veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart. He was married 50 years to Lois Linduski Williams. He died on 1-2-2000.
Edward Wojcik was a Marine Corps veteran and worked for the Company as a welder. His wife was Helen Linehan. He had lived more than 30 years in East Syracuse at the time of his death on 4-6-1988. Eddie was 63.
Charles R. Woolfort was born 1-13-1922, and was a native of Merchantsville, NJ. He
earned a degree from Farleigh Dickinson University, and wed Nancy Dupes. Charlie served the Company as assistant comptroller for four years. He retired in 1984 as president of the Excelsior Insurance Co., and moved to Hyannis, MA, where he died on 4-26-1986.
This site is maintained by Edward R. Hutchison, of Madison, MS, a former Prosperity employee. All readers are strongly encouraged to submit comments and corrections, and, generally, the information may be considered to be accurate as of about 2007-8.
Thanks to Jim Senska, the son of former Prosperity worker Tom Senska, for sending photos of the old Prosperity factory and the products produced. Click here for more.