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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. 


Leslie C. Sutton –

As editor and owner of the Massena Observer, which was founded by him in 1891, Mr. Sutton ranks among the leading newspaper men of the North Country.  He was born at Norfolk, May 2, 1867, the son of Albert and Elizabeth (Shoen) Sutton.


Albert Sutton, deceased, was a native of Franklin County and his wife was born in St. Lawrence County.  He served throughout the Civil War as a member of Company G, 60th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, and held membership in the Grand Army of the Republic.  He was a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church.  Throughout his entire life Mr. Sutton was interested in general farming.  Both he and his wife are buried at Massena.  They had two children:  1. Leslie C., the subject of this sketch.  2. Ida, who died in 1892.


Leslie C. Sutton is a graduate of Massena High School and attended St. Lawrence University, class of 1891.  He taught school until 1891 and in that year established the Massena Observer.  Almost immediately it had built up a subscription list of a thousand, and today has a circulation of 3,000.  It ranks among the finest weekly publications in Northern New York.  Mr. Sutton is a member of the New York Press Associations.


On June 25, 1894, Mr. Sutton married Miss Sarah E. Snaith, of Massena, the daughter of George A. and Sarah (Chambers) Snaith.  Both were natives of England and are deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Sutton were born four children:  1. Harold Snaith, born in 1895, a graduate of St. Lawrence University.  He served throughout the World War as a lieutenant and is now assistant secretary in the New York office of the Niagara-Hudson Power Company, and St. Regis Paper Company.  He was married in 1919 to Miss Adelaide Jamieson, of Canton, N.Y.  2. Katherine E., born in 1897, a graduate of St. Lawrence University, married in 1925, to Edwin J. Appel, of Rochester.  They live at Massena and have a son, Richard W. born in 1927.  3. Paul A., born in 1900, lives at Massena.  He married Miss Bertha Morgan of Geneva, N.Y., and they have three children:  Anne, born in 1928; Charles born in 1929; John Paul, born in 1931; 4.  Margaret I., born in 1909, a graduate of St. Lawrence University, is a teacher.


Politically Mr. Sutton is a Republican.  He has been a member of the local school board for nine years and is interested in all civic affairs in the community.  He is an active communicant and warden of the Episcopal Church and belongs to the various Masonic bodies and Media Temple, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  He also is a member of the Citizens Club, Massena Country Club, Still water Club, and Chamber of Commerce.



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