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Excerpt from “History of the North Country
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932

Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady


The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon.  This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies.  As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online. 


Elmer D. Craig –

Elmer D. Craig, who is successfully engaged in the general mercantile business at Hammond, is also holding the office of town clerk.  He was born at Lisbon, St. Lawrence County, Dec. 5, 1881, the son of Henry B. and Catherine (Forsythe) Craig.


Henry B. Craig, who died in 1925, was a native of Lisbon, where he is buried.  He was a farmer and carpenter and in 1921 retired and moved to Hammond.  Mr. Craig was a Republican and served as road commissioner.  He was an elder of the United Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Grange.  His widow resides at Hammond.  To Mr. and Mrs. Craig were born two sons: Elmer D., the subject of this sketch; and Howard G., Chevrolet dealer, lives at Potsdam, NY.


Elmer D. Craig attended the Lisbon public schools and is a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy and Rochester Business Institute.  For a time he clerked in the store of H. Alvord at Scott, N.Y., and later was shipping clerk in the employ of F. H. Cobb & Co., wholesale grocers, of Cortland.  He returned to his father’s farm in 1911 and remained there for ten years.  Mr. Craig has been a resident of Hammond since Oct 27, 1921, and in November of that year purchased the business of W. J. Ireton, general merchant.  He greatly improved the business and has established an excellent trade.  Since 1929 he has owned the building in which his store is located.


In 1911 Mr. Craig was united in marriage with Miss Laura Gray, the daughter of William John and Margaret (Brown) Gray, of Lisbon.  Both are deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Craig have been born two children:  Roger B., attends Hammond High School, member of the class of 1932; and Virginia L., a student.


Mr. Craig has always been a Republican and has held the office of town clerk continuously since 1923.  He is an elder of the Presbyterian Church and is senior warden of Hammond Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 861.



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