Bostwick Dies; Retired Area Businessman

Corning—De Witt J. Bostwick, 81, of 302½ W. Pulteney St., son of the co-founder of the Wing and Bostwick Department Store on Northside at the turn of the century, died at Corning Hospital Monday following a nine month illness.

Mr. Bostwick was born in Lawrenceville, Nov. 3, 1888, the son of Elias and Etta Rhodimer Bostwick.

Following graduation from Bryant Stratton Business School in 1909, he joined the Clawson and Wilson dry goods store in Buffalo, and a short time later returned to Corning to join his father in managing the men’s department of Wing and Bostwick.

With the termination of this business in 1933, he established his own Bostwick’s Tog Shop on Bridge St. In 1941 he went to Andover to take over managership of a store owned by son, Kenneth.  A few years later her purchased the Coats store in Alfred which he managed until 1961, when he retired.

The same year he returned to his home community to reside.  In Corning he was a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Northside Club and the City’s Stamp Club.

Source:  Elmira Star-Gazette, November 18, 1969.

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