Floyd Herman Greene. - Among Franklin County's highly successful business men perhaps none is better known than
Floyd H. Greene, who is president of C. J. Ayres, Inc., of Saranac Lake. He was born at Lake Clear Junction, N.
Y., May 12, 1891, the son of Ira H. and Mary J. (Otis) Greene. The former lives retired and the latter died in
Ira H. Greene was born at Harrietstown, N. Y., in 1858 and during the greater part of his life he was interested
in building, his activities being confined largely to southern sections of Franklin County. He was married in 1884
to Miss Mary J. Otis, the daughter of Joseph and Josephine (LaBounty) Otis. The former is deceased and the latter
lives at Lake Clear Junction. To Ira H. and Mary J. (Otis) Greene were born three children: 1. Ella W., born in
1885, lives at Saranac Lake. 2. Josephine, born in 1887, died in 1911. 3. Floyd Herman, the subject of this sketch.
Floyd Herman Greene attended the public schools of Lake Clear Junction and Saranac Lake and after his graduation
from high school in 1910 he taught school for two years in Franklin County. He then accepted a position with W.
C. Leonard & Company as a salesman in their Saranac Lake Department Store, and was identified with that firm
for four years. In 1915 he became associated with Clinton J. Ayres, who purchased a real estate and insurance agency
which had been founded thirty years before. In 1920 the agency was incorporated as Clinton J. Ayres, Inc., and
Mr. Greene became secretary and treasurer. Upon the death of Mr. Ayres in 1930 he was succeeded as president of
the company by Mr. Greene. It was in 1927 that this company had taken over the interests of the Eddy Whitby Insurance
Company, of Saranac Lake. The firm handles all types of insurance and is local agent for the Equitable Life Assurance
Society of New York, besides being representatives of 24 other important fire and casualty companies in the United
States. They are leading brokers in this section of the state, being associated with numerous brokerage firms in
New York City, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Cleveland, and Rochester. They have made a specialty of renting, selling
and insuring summer residence properties in the Adirondack Mountain region and deal through these well known brokers
in other cities.
On July 29, 1922, Mr. Greene was united in marriage with Miss Lena Wairath, the daughter of Mrs. Mary A. Walrath,
of Little Falls, N. Y. Before her marriage Mrs. Green taught school for a number of years at Saranac Lake, Lake
Placid, and in central New York. Mr. and Mrs. Greene have no children.
Politically, Mr. Greene is a Republican. He is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, both he and his
wife being teachers in the Sunday School Department. He is also affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and belongs to the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Saranac Lake Curling Club, and Saranac
Lake Fish & Game Club.
Mr. Greene is one of the directors of the Saranac Lake Cooperative Savings & Loan Association, and served as
its treasurer for a number of years.
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
Franklin County, NY
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Names M to Z
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