Biography of James A. Latour
Franklin County, NY Biographies





James Alvin Latour. - Among the men of business prominence at Saranac Lake is James Alvin Latour, who also is serving as a member of the New York General Assembly from this district. He was born at Harrietstown, N. Y., Nov. 6, 1871, the son of Tuffield and Katherine (Whitman) Latour.

Tuffield Latour was born in Vermont, Aug. 2, 1850. He was 12 years old when his parents came to New York and settled at Burke. As a young man he became interested in the lumber business and also conducted a stage and transfer business. He established a livery business at Saranac Lake in 1892, which he successfully operated for 20 years, later also becoming interested in the coal and feed business. Mr. Latour died April 15, 1931, and is buried in Saranac Lake Cemetery. He was married (first) in December, 1870, to Miss Catherine Whitman, the daughter of George Whitman, at Harrietstown. Their children were: 1. James A., the subject of this sketch. 2. A child died in infancy, in February, 1875. Mrs. Latour died in 1875 and is buried in Bloomingdale Cemetery. He was married (second) in 1878 to Miss Anne Hogan. Their children were: 1. Edward A., born in 1879, died in March, 1930. 2. Francis H., born in 1886, lives at Saranac Lake. 3. Albert T., born in 1899, a World War veteran, lives at Saranac Lake. He is suffering from an illness contracted while in the service.

The boyhood of James A. Latour was spent at Saranac Lake where he received his early education. He is a graduate of Ohio Northern University and Eastman Business College. In 1891 he became associated with his father's business at Saranac Lake, and ten years later became a partner. The livery business was disposed of in 1912, and Mr. Latour has since successfully managed a coal and feed business. He is also interested in the automobile business, being a member of the firm of Thomas L. Haggerty & Company, of Malone, and he is also identified with the Good Gas Company of Plattsburgh, N. Y., which owns and operates service stations throughout Northern New York.

Mr. Latour has always been a Republican. He was elected supervisor of Harrietstown in 1909, and resigned after seven and one half years in office to accept the nomination for county treasurer, being elected to that office in 1916. After five years in that capacity he was appointed postmaster of Saranac Lake, and held that office for eight years. In 1929 Mr. Latour became a candidate for the General Assembly and was elected to that office.

Mr. Latour was married (first) on Nov. 20, 1892, to Miss Malvina M. Yell, the daughter of Octave and Flavia Yell, of Black Brook, N. Y. Their son, Leon J., was born in 1893. He is a graduate of St. Michael's College, Winoskie, Vt., and Albany Business College, and is now associated in business with his father at Saranac Lake. Malvina (Yell) Latour died Aug. 20, 1902, and is buried at Saranac Lake. Mr. Latour was married (second) on Oct. 2, 1905, to Miss Gertrude M. Rafferty, the daughter of John and Mary (Cahill) Rafferty, of Constable, N. Y. To Mr. and Mrs. Latour have been born three children: 1. George A., born in 1907, a graduate of Albany Business College, now associated in business with his father. 2. Tuffield A., born in 1909, attended Notre Dame University for one year, lives at home. 3. Mary Zola, born in 1912, a graduate of Saranac Lake High School, class of 1931.

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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