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.
William T. Stiles –
William T. Stiles, retired, has taken a prominent part in the business life of Hammond for many years and is a representative citizen of St. Lawrence County. He was born at Buffalo, N.Y., Dec 28, 1852, the son of Andrew and Harriet (Inglas) Stiles.
Andrew Stiles was born in Buffalo and his wife was a native of LeRoy, Jefferson County. He was a blacksmith by trade. Mr. Stiles died in 1852 and his wife died in 1906. They were members of the Methodist Church. Their children were: 1. Sarah A., married James Simmons, both deceased. 2. Fidelia, deceased. 3. William T., the subject of this sketch. Harriet (Inglas) Stiles was the daughter of Jonathan Inglas, who was a well known farmer of Jefferson County. He was born at LeRoy and is buried at Antwerp, NY.
At the age of three years, William T. Stiles was taken to Antwerp, N.Y., by his mother, and he was educated in the public schools there. At an early age he sought employment and learned the tinner’s trade in the shop of J. D. Garnham. In November, 1871, Mr. Stiles came to Hammond and established a business as a tinner. Five years later he built a large hardware store and was identified with this business until his retirement in 1921. The business is now conducted by his son, LeRoy J. Stiles. In 1908 Mr. Stiles was active in the organization of the Citizen’s Telephone Company, and he disposed of his interests in June, 1928.
Mr. Stiles was married (first) in 1876 to Miss Helen Taylor, who died in 1900. She was the daughter of Morgan and Hannah Taylor, who were natives of New York. Mr. Taylor was a Civil War veteran. To William T. and Helen (Taylor) Stiles were born three children: 1. Andrew M., lives at Auburn, N.Y. He married Miss Gussie Jepson and they have three children, Helen, William and Betsey. 2. Mollie A., married Fred W. Roger, lives at Potsdam. They have two children, Malcolm and Andrew. 3. Leroy J., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. Mr. Stiles married (second) Miss Lottie A. Frasier, the daughter of Embert Frasier, a retired farmer, of Hammond. Mr. and Mrs. Stiles have a daughter, Harriet Ruth, who is the wife of Waldron C. Cronk of Brooklyn N.Y. They have a daughter, Elsie.
Mr. Stiles is a Republican and held the office of town clerk for eight years. He is an active member of the Methodist Church of which he is trustee and steward.
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