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.
Napoleon E. Santamour –
Napoleon E. Santamour is among the progressive business men of Massena, where he is the proprietor of Napp’s Garage. He was born at Benson Mines, St. Lawrence County, Nov. 26, 1891, the son of Emery and Cordelia (Brothers) Santamour.
Emery Santamour was a native of Canada. He was a millwright by trade and spent many years at that work in Norwood, NY. He died in 1893 and his wife died in 1902. Buth are buried at Benson Mines. They were the parents of four children: 1. Mrs. Peter Dishaw, lives at Syracuse. 2. Mrs. Edward Kelty, lives at Iroquois Falls, Canada. 3. Napoleon E., the subject of this sketch. 4. Mrs. Harry Anderson, lives at Marcellus, N.Y. Cordelia (Brothers) Santamour was married (second) to Peter Santamour, brother of her first husband. To this marriage were born three children: 1. Mrs. Homer Gauthier, lives at Cold Brook, N.Y. 2. Mrs. Ellis Ducey, Lives at East Hampton, Mass. 3. Emery, lives at Carthage.
Napoleon E. Santamour attended the public schools of Benson Mills but at the age of ten years he was sent to an orphanage at Watertown where he remained for six years. He was employed for a time by Roth & Sanders, and then went to Norfolk, N.Y. He later returned to Benson Mills, and in 1909 took a correspondence course in automobile mechanics while a resident of Sackets Harbor. He then was located at Carthage for a time in the employ of Leonard Cole and he also conducted a taxicab business there for a short time. In 1913 he again went to Benson Mills and three years later took over the management of a hotel at Star Lake, N.Y. On July 15, 1917, Mr. Santamour enlisted in the U.S. Navy for service in the World War and was sent to Philadelphia and assigned to the U.S.S. Minnesota, on which he served until Jan 21, 1919. After his discharge Mr. Santamour came to Massena, where he was employed until May 1, 1923 by the Payment Motor Sales Company as a mechanic. In the latter year he established a garage business of his own, and since 1929 has had the local agency for the Graham Paige automobile. He operates a first class repair shop and is an expert mechanic.
Mr. Santamour is a member of the American Legion, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus. He is unmarried.
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