Claude F. DeFrate
From The Capital Region of New York State, Crossroads of
Francis P. Kimball
Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin
the early years of the century, Claude F. DeFrate turned to the automobile
industry, with which his career has since been closely connected. He has been a
garage operator at Coxsackie since 1913, has held the Ford sales and service
agency over a period almost as long, and in recent years has added the
DeFrate was born in Grapeville on December 7,1884, son of Frank and Catura
His mother was born in Coxsackie; his father, who was a farmer, in
are now deceased.
a public school education, Claude F. DeFrate began his active career at
Coxsackie and until 1906 worked for various employers in different capacities.
At the end of this time he became the first chauffeur in this section and
in 1913 established the garage at Coxsackie, which he has since operated.
In 1916 he obtained the Ford agency in the local territory and having
previously operated a general repair shop, now established a Ford service
station in conjunction with his garage. Mr. DeFrate has continued to handle Ford
sales and repairs
in this area and a complete line of accessories. His recent appointment as
at Coxsackie has given him an additional line. For several years he has
also been engaged in the milk hauling business and now operates four trucks for
the Golden Guernsey Dairy Company.
Democrat in politics, Mr. DeFrate serves as a member of the Board of Water
Commissioners at Coxsackie and has been otherwise active in the general life of
the community. He is affiliated fraternally with the Masonic Order, is a member
of the Coxsackie Board of Trade and of local Hose Company, No.3, of the
Mrs. DeFrate has just organized a drum corps as an auxiliary of the hose
On July 9, 1905, Mr. DeFrate married Anne Whitty, of Columbia County, daughter of William Whitty, a carpenter born in Washington County, died about 1930, and Laura (Schlifelt) Whitty, born in Columbia County and a school teacher at Philmont for some years, also now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. DeFrate have one son, Francis William, born November 20, 1917, a graduate of local public schools and Albany Business College, now associated with his father.