Morton S. Parmelee, born, in Malone March 2, 1850, possessed the abilities and many of the characteristics which
were to he expected from his lineage, as grandson of the most intellectual divine who ever served in Northern New
York, and as the son of Hon. Ashbel B. Parmelee, one of the strongest lawyers and
most capable men in the county. Mr. Parmelee's early intention, to enter the profession of the law, was abandoned
while he was yet in his youth by reason of the conviction that his father needed his assistance in the large business
enterprise which he had, undertaken. Upon that consideration he gave up his college course, and in 1868 identified
himself with the land and lumber business of Titus & Parmelee, afterward that of A. B. Parmelee & Son.
He combined the qualities, rarely found in one individual, of the student and book lover with a keen and broad
grasp of business and public problems, so that to a refined appreciation of the arts and wide literary attainments
he joined particular aptitude for the every day, practical transactions of life. In the church he was a valued
counselor and a strong supporter, and a foremost figure in nearly every enterprise that looked to the betterment
of village, town or county conditions. In particular, Mr. Parmelee was active and helpful in giving Malone an improved
water supply, in making Morningside Cemetery beautiful, in organizing and managing the Northern New York Institution
for Deaf Mutes, in creating our present fire department system, in fostering the public schools, and notably in
the movement which brought to the county a new railway, reaching to Montreal on the north and to the New York Central
System on the south. No man was more interested in political affairs in a wholly unselfish way, and though he could
never be induced himself to stand for office he was always a generous giver to campaign funds, and responded cheerfully
to demands to address public meetings. As a speaker his efforts had a fine finish, and his delivery was magnetic
and dramatic, thrilling and captivating his audiences. Mr. Parmelee's charities were many and large, but so studiously
concealed that few besides the recipients were even aware of them. He died July 24, 1897.
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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