Biography of Raymond M. Obenchain
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Raymond Marshall Obenchain. - One of the dependable young business men of Saranac Lake is Raymond Marshall Obenchain who is successfully engaged in the real estate and insurance business in this city. He was born at Penfield, Ill., April 4, 1891, the son of Charles A. and Marjorie (Chauncey) Obenchain.

Charles A. Obenchain has been with the Department of the Interior at Washington, D. C., for 40 years and is now executive administrator. He was born in Penfield, Ill., in 1868, a son of Edward Smith Obenchain, who was a native of Mill Creek district, Va. The history of the family in America dates back to about 1750, the name originally being of German origin. Members of the family have served in all the wars of this country dating from the Revolution. Charles A. Obenchain was married in 1888 to Miss Marjorie Chauncey, the daughter of William Chauncey, of Penfield, who was a Civil War veteran. Two children were born to them: 1. Edna May, born June 18, 1889, living in East Orange, N. J., married William Hooey, chief chemical engineer with the New Jersey Zinc & Lead Corporation. 2. Raymond M., the subject of this sketch.

Raymond M. Obenchain was educated in Washington, D. C., and spent one year at Georgetown University, in the study of law. For several years he was identified with the real estate department of the Washington Loan & Trust Company. In 1912 Mr. Obenchain, on account of ill health, came to Saranac Lake. Two years later he became identified with the Saranac Lake Society for the Control of Tuberculosis, Inc., being the second executive secretary of that organization. He continued in that capacity until 1920, when he went to San Diego, Calif., as manager of an automobile tire and accessory company. He returned, however, to Saranac Lake the following year, later going to New York City, where he was connected with a brokerage firm until 1923. He then returned to Saranac Lake and was associated with Clinton J. Ayers, Inc., real estate and insurance brokers. Mr. Obenchain now conducts a real estate and insurance business.

On Aug. 12, 1916, Mr. Obenchain married Miss Helen Flint, the daughter of Albert and Annie (Strowger) Flint, of Saranac Lake.

Mr. Obenchain is a Democrat, a member of the Episcopal Church and belongs to the Elks Lodge, Saranac Lake Golf Club, Rotary Club, having organized this club and its first president, now secretary, and Delta Chi fraternity. He is a vice president of the Adirondack Motor Club, and secretary and treasurer of the Saranac Lake Division of the American Automobile Association. He is also secretary of the Saranac Lake Society for the Control of Tuberculosis, Inc. For a number of years he was treasurer of the Robert Louis Stevenson Society of America. He has been identified with all progressive activities of Saranac Lake since 1913.

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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