Biography of Archibald McKinnon
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Archibald McKinnon, who is one of the leading merchants of Franklin County and a representative citizen of Hogansburg, is a native of Canada. He was born in Glengary County, Ontario, Sept. 1, 1881, the son of Angus and Margaret (McDonald) McKinnon.

Angus McKinnon was a native of Inverness, Scotland, born in 1850. He was brought to Canada by his father, and accompanied by five brothers, the mother having died in Scotland. He was married in 1870 to Miss Margaret McDonald, the daughter of Alexander McDonald, also a native of Scotland. Mr. McKinnon died in 1883 and his wife died in November, 1930. Both are buried in Ontario. Their children were: 1. Donald Alexander, born in October, 1877, lives on the McKinnon homestead in Canada. 2. Archibald, the subject of this sketch.

Archibald McKinnon spent his boyhood in Canada, and in 1900 came to the United States and settled at Hogansburg, where he entered the employ of Peter Daley, Jr., who was the owner of a general store. He also had sold Indian baskets and other artcraft. After four years Mr. McKinnon took over the basket department as his own business enterprise and in 1910 became proprietor of the entire business. He has been especially interested in the manufacture of Indian baskets and now has under his supervision the work of 2,500 Indians, who are located on the St. Regis reservation. The business has developed to such an extent that its products are sold throughout the United States, and Mr. McKinnon employs five traveling representatives. He himself has given much time to the study of art of basket making and is recognized as an authority on this particular type of handiwork.

On June 5, 1908, Mr. McKinnon was united in marriage with Miss Anna C. Lantry, the daughter of Thomas H. and Margaret (Barry) Lantry. They are the parents of two sons: 1. Kenneth A., born May 16, 1909, attended St. Michael's Academy, in Vermont, and was graduated from Syracuse University in 1931, having specialized in Business Administration. He is now associated in business with his father. 2. Carleton, born Dec. 9, 1913. He was killed in an automobile accident in October, 1930, and is buried in Hogansburg Cemetery.

Mr. McKinnon is a Democrat in politics, holds membership in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, and the Massena Golf 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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