Frank J. Sweeney

Frank J. Sweeney has gained an enviable position among the younger business executives of the Niagara Frontier. His ability has been demonstrated in numerous ways, and his judgment and knowledge in his chose field are widely recognized. Mr. Sweeney is a native son of Buffalo, born November 27, 1892, his parents being James S. and Margaret (Costello) Sweeney. The father was born in Buffalo, where he now lives, and where he has been chief pension clerk for the past thirty-eight years. He is a democrat in politics, and a member of St. Joseph’s cathedral parish. He is a son of Patrick and Bridget (Gordon) Sweeney, both of whom were natives of Ireland and died in Buffalo, in which city Patrick Sweeney was a member of the police force. Margaret (Costello) Sweeney, the mother of Frank J., was born in Rochester, New York, and died in Buffalo. She was a daughter of James Costello, a horticulturist of Rochester, where he died and where his wife passed away.

Frank J. Sweeney graduated from the Central high school of Buffalo in 1911, then became associated with the local branch of the Goodrich Tire Company as a salesman, which position he retained for four years. He was next connected with Sadler, Rorick & Company, live stock commission merchants, for fifteen years, first as a salesman and for the last eight years as a member of the firm. Finally he became president of the Buffalo Live Stock Exchange, and successfully discharged the duties of this position for two years, or until February 1, 1931, with offices at room 2 in the Buffalo Live Stock Exchange. Mr. Sweeney supports the democratic party and has manifested strong and helpful interest in local affairs. While in high school he was a member of the swimming team, and was also a participant in other sports. Fishing and golf are his favorite recreations at present.

On November 9, 1914, occurred the marriage of Frank J. Sweeney and Miss Ivah Rorick, native of Indiana, daughter of William R. and Minnie (Botsford) Rorick, both of whom reside at Morenci, Michigan. Mr. Rorick is president of the firm of Sadler, Rorick & Company of Buffalo. Mrs. Sweeney graduated from the Masten Park high school with the class of 1912, and is a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney have become the parents of two daughters: Betty R., born May 25, 1916, now a student in the Bennett high school; and Norma, born March 31, 1919, a pupil in public school No. 66 of Buffalo. The family residence is 20 Arundel road.

Source: Wilner, Merton N. 1931. Niagara Frontier: A Narrative and Documentary History. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company.

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