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.
Welby W. Haile –
Associated with public affairs at Canton for many years, Mr. Haile is prominent as the clerk of St. Lawrence County, which office he has held continuously since 1913, and he is also active in the city’s fraternal life. He was born at DeKalb, St. Lawrence County, Oct 31, 1871, the son of William H. and Viola M. (Scripter) Haile.
William H. Haile was born in DeKalb, July 3, 1840, and his entire life was spent in this section. He was a farmer for several years, and then became interested in the cheese and butter business, as a salesman, in which capacity he served for many years. He was president of the St. Lawrence County Board of Trade for 25 years, and was a Republican in politics. Mr. Haile died Dec. 30, 1927. His wife, born at Hermon, N.Y., December 21, 1844, died Dec. 30, 1928. Both are buried at Richville. Mr. Haile was affiliated with Richville Lodge, F. & A. M., and belonged to the Grange. He was a trustee of the Congregational Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Haile were born three children: 1. Lola, married H. N. Williams, deceased, and she resides at Gouverneur. 2. Welby W., the subject of this sketch. 3. Melvin H., who lives on the old Haile homestead.
Welby W. Haile received his education in the public schools of DeKalb, and in 1890 was graduated from Richville High School. He spent three years at Potsdam Normal School, and in 1893 came to Canton as recorder in the county clerk’s office. He was connected with this department in county administration work until his election in November, 1912, as county clerk, and as mentioned above, he has held the office to the present time, and has proven a most capable official.
In 1900 Mr. Haile was united in marriage with Miss Louise A. Eldredge, the daughter of Loyal W. and Clara J. (Cardinal) Eldredge, the former a native of Stockholm and the latter of Colton, NY. He is deceased and his widow lives at Elmira, N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Haile have no children.
Mr. Haile is a member of the Universalist Church and has the following lodge affiliations: St. Lawrence Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 111, Past Master; St. Lawrence District, Past District Deputy; St. Lawrence Chapter R. A. M. No 32; St. Lawrence Commandery K. T. No. 28, Past Commander; Central City Consistory, 32nd degree; Media Temple, Potentate during 1930-31; Karnak Temple, Montreal, Canada, honorary member; Tigris Temple, Syracuse, honorary member; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Past Noble Grand, Canton Lodge No. 128; St. Lawrence Encampment No. 42, Past Chief Patriarch; and B. P. O. Elks No. 772, Ogdensburg. He also has served as president of the Canton Advertising Club, director of the Club of Canton and a director of the First National Bank of Canton. He belongs to the St. Lawrence Golf Club.
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