Biography of James A. Fortune
Franklin County, NY Biographies





James A. Fortune. - One of the dependable business men of Saranac Lake is James A. Fortune, funeral director. He was born in this city, June 17, 1891, the son of Antoine and Abbie (Ling) Fortune.

Antoine Fortune, a native of New York, was born at Black Brook in 1861. He located at Saranac Lake in 1889, and at that time purchased a small general store on Broadway. He added a furniture and undertaking business to the enterprise in 1901, the business thereafter being known as A. Fortune & Company. It continued as a partnership until 1909 when it was incorporated as A. Fortune & Company, Inc., with Mr. Fortune as its president. He died in 1916 and is buried in Saranac Lake Pine Ridge Cemetery. Mr. Fortune was married Dec. 25, 1888, to Miss Abbie Ling, the daughter of James Ling, a Civil War veteran. To Mr. and Mrs. Fortune were born three children: 1. Carrie M., born Nov. 15, 1889, was the widow of L. G. Allen, of Plattsburgh, N. Y. She died March 31, 1931, and is buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Saranac Lake. 2. James A., the subject of this sketch. 3. Robert H., born July 13, 1892, lives at Saranac Lake. He is married and has a son, Andrew James.

James A. Fortune was graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1908 and from Albany Business College in 1910. He was associated with his father's business in this city and in 1915 became a licensed embalmer. In 1926 Mr. Fortune retired from the company to establish his own business, being located on Woodruff Street. This fine funeral home is modern in its appointments and has a chapel in connection, with a seating capacity of 150.

On June 19, 1914, Mr. Fortune was united in marriage with Miss Alberta M. Allen, of Fulton, N. Y., the daughter of Charles Allen. He met with an accidental death in 1892.

Mr. Fortune is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, and is a member of Oriental Temple, at Troy, N. Y. He also belongs to B. P. O. Elks, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Saranac Lake Club.

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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