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The Ogdensburg * (local newspaper) – Monday, March 13, 1922


Alex. Amo, 85, Expires after a Long Illness

Well Known Citizen Had an Active Career – Funeral Morning

Alexander Amo, aged 85, a well known resident of Ogdensburg, died early Saturday morning at his home on Tate street in the east end following an illness of five weeks.  He was operated upon at the Hepburn hospital for abscess in his head but owing to his advanced age was unable to overcome the trouble and for the last week or two had been gradually failing.  On Friday night he was removed from the hospital to his home.  Mr. Amo was born in Canada and came to Ogdensburg when a boy.  He learned carpentery and was employed by the late W. A. Newell at the O & L. C. Depot for a number of years, later going to Rossie, where he bought a farm.  While there he also worked in the lead mines for George Parish.  When the Black River railroad was under construction, he furnished ties to the company.  Returning to Ogdensburg, he opened one of the first groceries Fourth ward.  He also engaged in cattle buying on a large scale and later built the Central House on Ford Street, which he conducted until the death of his wife, when he sold it to Napolean Doe, who converted the building into a grocery.  When the St. Lawrence State hospital was under construction he conducted a boarding house in what is now known as the Garden Cottage and also did contracting work on the grounds.  He had charge of the remodeling of the City Orphanage when the property was turned over by the sisters for use as a hospital and was one of the original trustees of the orphanage and hospital.  In the days before the Utica railroad road was run through to Ogdensburg, Mr. Amo drove a stage between this city and Morristown.  His last employment was with the George Hall Coal company as their night watchman.

Mr. Amo was a life long Democrat and took an active interest in party affairs.  He was twice married, his first wife having been Elizabeth Gray, whom he married in Rossie.  Some years after hear death he married Sarah Dow, who survives him, also five sons, George of Schenectady, James, Joel, Thomas and William of Ogdensburg, and a sister, Mrs. Charles LeLonde of Ogdensburg, who is the last of the family.  Mr. Amo’s son Edward, who was a member of the fire department for twenty years, died during the past winter.

Mr. Amo was a consistent member of Notre Dame Parish and was a citizen of excellent worth, who was esteemed by a wide circle of friends.  Funeral service will be conducted at Notre Dame church this morning at 8 o’clock and interment will be made at Notre Dame Cemetery.