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Oswald J. C., son of Robert Selden Rose, was born in New York City, January 30, 1852. He received his elementary education in the schools of Geneva, New York. and was graduated from Hobart College with the degree of Master of Arts. He established himself in the hardware business in 1894, forming a partnership with P. J. Dorchester, the firm name being Dorchester & Rose. this name having been continued to the present time (1911). Upon the death of Mr. Dorchester, his son, Edward G., assumed the interests of his father. Mr. Rose holds many responsible offices, among them may be mentioned : Vice-presdent of the New York Central Iron Works, vice-president of the Geneva National Batik, director in the Geneva Cutlery Company, director in the T. W. & J. P. Rice Nursery Company, director in the Geneva Wagon Company. and director in the Fay & Bowen Engine Company. He supports Democratic principles, and has served as alderman and supervisor. He is a member of Ark Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Mr. Rose married, at Geneva, New York, Edith, daughter of Rev. Walter Ayrault, an Episcopal clergyman, formerly chaplain of Hobart College, and a great-granddaughter of William Fitzhugh, who was prominent among the early settlers of the Genesee Valley, his portrait hanging in the Ontario county courthouse at Canandaigua. Children: Walter C.. a farmer near Geneva: Christina Livingston; Robert Selden, an instructor in the University of California. All unmarried.