From: The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Charles A. Steinbarge. - One of the dependable merchants of Norfolk is Charles A. Steinbarge, who has been the proprietor of a meat business here for 25 years. He also holds the office of town clerk and is a director of the First National Bank of Norfolk. Mr. Steinbarge was born at Mooers, Clinton County, N. Y., May 19, 1875, the son of Andrew J. and Phoebe (Pickett) Steinbarge.
Andrew J. Steinbarge, who died in 1921, was a veteran of the Civil War. He served as a member of the 153rd New York Volunteer Infantry. He was a wheelwright by trade and later engaged in business at Mooers as a manufacturer of barrels. At the time of his death he was interested in the coal business. Mr. Steinbarge was a Republican and for 32 years served as justice of the peace. He held membership in the Methodist Church and belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Grand Army of the Republic His wife was born in Clinton County and died in 1888. Both are buried at Mooers. Mr. and Mrs. Steinbarge were the parents of four children: 1. Frances Grace, married Delbert Smith, lives at Mooers. 2. Charles A., the subject of this sketch. 3. Wayne L., lives in New York City. 4. Harriet B., who is employed in the offices of the American Waterworks & Electric Company, New York City.
Charles A. Steinbarge received his early education in the public schools of Mooers and attended business college at Troy, N. Y. He learned telegraphy and was an operator for the Malone and Mohawk Railroad at Tupper Lake. After a short time he entered the employ of the Central Vermont Railroad, and subsequently became operator for the Rutland Railroad at Mooers. He spent two years in the same capacity at Malone, and was station agent at Brushton for four years. Mr. Steinbarge began his business career as a merchant at Brushton, when he purchased the meat business of James Brady. Three years later he removed to Norfolk where he purchased the meat business of Marshall & Starks in 1906. Mr. Steinbarge is now assisted by his sons, Charles Earle and Harry W.
On May 25, 1898, Mr. Steinbarge was united in marriage with Miss Gertrude Rhodes, of Mooers, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rhodes. Mr. Rhodes died in 1923 and his wife died in 1885. They are buried at Mooers. To Mr. and Mrs. Steinbarge were born six sons: 1. Ralph L., born July 16, 1899, lives at Alexandria Bay, N. Y. 2. Charles Earl, born June 1, 1901. 3. Harry W., born May 11, 1903. 4. Floyd, born March 6, 1905, connected with the Eastman Kodak Company at Washington, d: C. 5. Leigh Rhoades, born Feb. 6, 1907, connected with the St. Regis Paper Company at Norfolk. 6. Wayne L., born Dec. 25, 1909, connected with the Independent Boat Tours Company at Alexandria Bay.
Politically Mr. Steinbarge is a Republican. He is president of the Board of Trustees of Hepburn Library at Norfolk. He and his family are members of the Methodist Church and he is affiliated with Brushton Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 107, Potsdam Chapter, R. A. M. No. 24, Canton Commandery, K. T. No. 28, and Media Temple, Watertown. He also belongs to the Messina Fish and Game Club.