Biography of Joseph N. Charland
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Joseph Nelson Charland. - Identified with the city health department, Mr. Charland is one of the substantial and well known citizens of Saranac Lake. He was born at Keeseville, Essex County, N. Y., Aug. 18, 1873, the son of Edward and Louisa (Duffeny) Charland.

Edward Charland was born in Montreal, Canada, March 6, 1816, and in 1824 came to the United States with his parents, who settled at Champlain, N. Y. They were farmers in that section for many years and Edward Charland died in 1899. He was married twice and had 24 children. He was married (first) in 1833 to Miss Nalette, of Keeseville, who died in 1848. They were the parents of ten children. He was married (second) in 1849 to Miss Louisa Duffeny, and to them were born 14 children, of whom Joseph Nelson, the subject of this sketch, was the eleventh in order of birth. The mother died in 1889 as the result of a fire, and is buried at Keeseville.

Joseph Nelson Charland grew up at Keeseville and left school at the age of 12 years to seek employment on a farm adjacent to his home. He worked for a wage of four dollars a month on the farm of C. F. Tabor. In June, 1895, he came to Saranac Lake and entered the employ of Walton & Tousley, plumbing contractors, with whom he was identified for three years. He has been in the employ of the city since 1906, being in charge of the department of fumigation.

Mr. Charland was married (first) Jan. 1, 1892, to Miss Bridget Casey, of Union Falls, N. Y. Their daughter, Marie, who is deceased, was the wife of Daniel Burke, of Buffalo, N. Y. Bridget (Casey) Charland died Feb. 11, 1896, and is buried at Union Falls. Mr. Charland was married (second) on Feb. 22, 1902, to Miss Amy Young, the daughter of John Young. To them were born nine children: 1. Loris, born June 6, 1904. 2. Elizabeth, born May 29, 1905, married Henry Boley, lives at Saranac Lake. 3. Lillian, born June 30, 1906, is cashier in the offices of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company at Schenectady, N. Y. 4. Edward, born March 21, 1908, lives at Lake Placid. 5. Mary, born May 6, 1909, lives in New York City. 6. Cecile, born May 25, 1910, lives at home. 7. Dorothea, born Sept. 4, 1911, employed in the offices of the Saranac Lake Telephone Company. 8. Arthur, born March 18, 1916, attends Saranac Lake High School. 9. Louise, born March 12, 1919. Amy (Young) Charland died Aug. 7, 1930, and is buried at Saranac Lake.

Mr. Charland is a Democrat and holds membership in St. Bernard's Catholic Church.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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