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. 


Hazel I. (Gray) Van Namee –

Who is postmaster of Richville, is well known in the community and is a member of a substantial and highly esteemed family of St. Lawrence County.  She was born at DeKalb, the daughter of Edmond F. and Hannah (Davis) Gray.


Edmond F. Gray is a native of DeKalb and his wife was born at Gouverneur.  They are residents of Richville, and until his retirement in 1918 Mr. Gray was a successful farmer of St. Lawrence County.  He is a Republican and holds the office of town assessor.  Mr. Gray is a member of the United Church and belongs to the Grange.  To Mr. and Mrs. Gray were born the following children:  1. Hazel I., the subject of this sketch.  2. Harry D., lives on the old Homestead.  3. Myrtle, married Clare Conklin, lives in the town of DeKalb.  4. Merton J., lives at Richville.  5. Clyde G., a druggist, lives at Clyde, N.Y.  6. Marjorie, married Arlie Reed, lives at Gouverneur.


Edmond F. Gray is the son of John and Jane (Stevens) Gray, natives of England and St. Lawrence County, respectively.  They are deceased and are buried at Richville.  John Gray was the son of Edmond Gray, who was a native of England, and one of the first settlers of Canada.  He later located at Kendrew, N.Y.


Hazel I. Gray attended the public schools of Richville, and was graduated from high school in 1908.  She taught school for two years at DeKalb and in 1910 married Harlow G. Van Namee, the son of Charles B. and Fidelia (Kinney) Van Namee.  Both are deceased and are buried at Richville.  Mr. Van Namee is a building contractor.  To Mr. and Mrs. Van Namee were born three children:  Glenn E., Ruth L., and Charles B.


On Jan. 9, 1929, Mrs. Van Namee received the appointment of postmaster of Richville.  She is a Republican in politics, holds membership in the United Church, and is active in Richville Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.


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