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. 


Stanley W. Sayer, M.D. –

One of the foremost physicians and surgeons of St. Lawrence County, Dr. Sayer has not only practices with great success in his native city, Gouverneur, for 25 years, but he has also held the office of district state health officer since 1917.  He was born Oct 4, 1880, the son of James F. and Lydia (Wilson) Sayer.


James F. Sayer, deceased was a veteran of the Civil War.  He was born at Barnumbroom, England, and came to this country with his parents when he was a small child.  They settled at Macomb in St. Lawrence County, later becoming successful as a fruit grower on a farm near Gouverneur.  He was especially well known as a grower of fine strawberries.  During the Civil War Mr. Sayer served as a member of Battery H, First New York Light Artillery.  He died in 1914.  His wife, born at Fowler, St. Lawrence County, died in 1885.  Both are buried at Gouverneur.  Mr. Sayer was a Republican and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic.  To Mr. and Mrs. Sayer four children were born, two of whom died in infancy.  Mabel died at the age of three, and Stanley W., the subject of this sketch.


James F. Sayer was the son of Fortunatus and Alice (Stacy) Sayer, who were natives of England.  They were early settlers of Macomb where they are buried.


The early education of Stanley W. Sayer was received in the public schools of Gouverneur, from which he was graduated in 1897.  He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at Syracuse University in 1902, served as interne at the Hospital of the Good Shepherd in Syracuse, and in 1903 began is professional career at Montezuma, N.Y.  Two years later he established his present practice at Gouverneur.  He has taken graduate work in the study of public health and after serving as health officer of Macomb and Fowler, he became district state health officer in 1917.  His territory comprises Lewis, Franklin and St. Lawrence County.  He is a member of the staffs of Stephen VanDuzee Hospital, Gouverneur; Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown; St. John’s Hospital, Ogdensburg; and Ogdensburg State Hospital.  He has been president of the St. Lawrence County Medical Society, and is also a member of the New York State Medical Society; American Medical Association, and is a Fellow of the American Public Health Association.


In 1904 Dr. Sayer was united in marriage with Miss Mary Elizabeth O’Neill, the daughter of Robert and Eliza (Cline) O’Neill, natives of Onondaga County, N.Y.  Both are deceased.  Doctor and Mrs. Sayer are the parents of four children:  1. J. Stanley, a graduate of Gouverneur High School, is connected with the W. H. Loomis Talc Company, of Gouverneur.  He married Miss Grace Morgan, and they have a daughter, Elaine.  2. Elizabeth, a graduate of Gouverneur High School, New Rochelle College, and Columbia University.  She married Allan G. Patch, and lives at Albany, N.Y. 3. John W., a graduate of Gouverneur High School and Notre Dame University, now attends the College of Medicine, Syracuse University.  4. Phillip M., a student.


Politically, Dr. Sayer is a Republican.  He belongs to Nu Sigma Nu fraternity and Chamber of Commerce.  He is a director of the Gouverneur Country Club.



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