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.
Ernest A. Fay –
Among the representative business men of Waddington is Ernest A. Fay, who is secretary and manager of E. A. Fay & Company, Inc., flour and feed dealers. He was born at Waddington in August, 1879, the son of Christopher and Martha (Lang) Fay.
Christopher Fay, deceased, was born in the town of Waddington. Throughout his life he lived on the same farm in the town of Waddington, where he was always a farmer. Two years before his death he moved to Chase Mills. He died in 1915 and is buried at Waddington. His wife was born at Madrid and died in 1881. Mr. Fay was a Democrat, a member of the Catholic Church, and belonged to the Grange. To Mr. and Mrs. Fay were born four sons: 1. Thomas J., who died in 1898. 2. Ernest A., the subject of this sketch. 3. George E., who died in 1926. 4. Edward C., lives on the family homestead at Chase Mills, N.Y.
Ernest A. Fay was reared and educated at Waddington, and at an early age became interested in the flour and feed business. Until 1916 he conducted a business alone, but in that year became associated with Robert H. McEwen, of Ogdensburg, and they organized the E. A. Fay Company, Inc. Mr. McEwen is president; Harrison Cardwell, vice president; J. C. Spaulding, treasurer, and Mr. Fay, secretary and manager.
In 1908 Mr. Fay married Miss Estella Brown, of Waddington, the daughter of Thomas L. and Catherine (Monahan) Brown, both deceased. One son was born to them, Howard Christopher, born in 1909. He is a member of the 1932 class of St. Lawrence University. Mrs. Fay died Jan 8, 1925 and is buried in the Waddington cemetery.
Politically Mr. Fay is a Republican and he has served as a member of the school board. He is a member of the Catholic Church and belongs to the Chamber of Commerce.
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