Eugene H. Ladd, born in Meredith, N. H., in 1835, came to Malone to become a clerk in the offices of the Northern
Railroad about 1856, and eventually became general ticket agent. In 1868 he bought the W. W. & H. E. King interest
in the Horton grist mill and saw mill, and in time acquired sole ownership of the properties. William E. Smalllman
bought into the concern later, when its activities broadened, and grew to include large lumbering operations in
Duane and Clinton Mills, hop growing on an extensive scale in Malone and Canada, and dealing in fine driving horses.
Mr. Ladd was originally a Republican in politics, but became a Democrat, and, naturally with his temperament, which
often suggested the finding of a positive pleasure in antagonizing and defying any majority sentiment, was both
more active and more bitterly partisan in the latter relaticrn than he had ever been in the former. But he was
never much of a party worker or manager, his business interests generally engrossing his attention. In this field
he was remarkably capable, systematic, self poised and successful. Not readily admitting men to friendship, he
was steadfast and warm to those to whom he did give confidence and regard. He served one term as president of the
village, and in affairs which enlisted his interest he always showed zeal and efficiency. He was especially active
and useful in the campaign to raise the fund, required to bring to Malone the Adirondack and. St. Lawrence Railway.
He died March 3, 1908.
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.
Franklin County, NY
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