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Paul Fromer

From The Capital Region of New York State, Crossroads of Empire, 1942
Francis P. Kimball

Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin

Engaged in the practice of law and in real estate and insurance work in Catskill-Tannersville district, Paul Fromer is known throughout Greene County as one of the leading men here.

Mr. Fromer was born April 30, 1897, in Tannersville, New York, son of John and Mary Kilmer (Payne) Fromer.  His father is engaged in agricultural pursuits. The mother, who was born in Windham, died in 1937.

Tannersville schools provided Paul Fromerís early formal education and be became a student at the Law school of New York University, where he took the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1919. Admitted to the New Jersey bar, he practiced for two years in that State, then, in 1921, returned to Tannersville to take over the real estate and insurance business of Jacob Fromer. He took the New York State bar examinations and was admitted to the bar in this State in the same year. Since 1921 he has conducted a general practice of law in Tannersville, along with his real estate and insurance work.

He has also rendered valuable service to the community. In 1924 he became town clerk, so serving until 1928.  In 1936 he was elected to the General Assembly for Greene County, so continuing until 1939, when he resigned from the Assembly to accept nomination as county judge and surrogate and judge of the Childrenís Court. He was elected to this post, taking office January 1, 1940, and at the time writing is effectively and usefully serving the people here in his judicial capacity. He is a Republican and a member of the Board of Education. During the World War Mr. Fromer was in the United States Army from July, 1917, to August, 1919, as a member of the 4th Division. He now belongs to the American Legion, in which he is a past commander of Bunt-Brewer Post, No. 165, as well as of the Greene County organization. In the Veterans of Foreign Wars he is affiliated with Sergeant James F. Mc Carthy Post, No. 1545. He belongs to the Catskill Rotary Club, is a trustee of the Methodist Church, and in the Free and Accepted Masons is a member  of Mount Tabor Lodge, Mount Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Roundout Commandery, Knights Templar, and Cyprus Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. In leisure time Mr. Fromer enjoys the out-of-doors, particularly such sports as hunting and fishing. 

On June 2, 1923, Paul Fromer married Adelaide D. Molter, of Plainfield, New Jersey. The have three children: Paul Fromer, Jr., Frederick Fromer, and John Jacob Fromer.

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