Biography of Charles J. Stickney
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Charles Jason Stickney. - The firm of A. Fortune & Company, Inc., of Saranac Lake, is one of the best known and largest undertaking concerns in Northern New York, and Mr. Stickney is treasurer and manager. He was born at Malone, N. Y., Nov. 18, 1854, the son of Charles A. and Lydia (Pierce) Stickney.

Charles A. Stickney was born at Malone, July 25, 1827. He was the son of Asa L. Stickney, who was born in Vermont in 1800. The latter camel to New York with his parents about 1805 and settled at Malone. They became extensive lumber dealers and prosperous farmers and were leading pioneer citizens of Malone. Charles A. Stickney, father of the subject of this sketch, was also a farmer, and died Feb. 20, 1887. He is buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone. Mr. Stickney was married in 1852 to Miss Lydia Pierce, the daughter of Rev. Jason Pierce, a minister of the Baptist Church. She died in 1874 and is buried in Morningside Cemetery. To Mr. and Mrs. Stiekney were born two children: 1. Charles Jason, the subject of this sketch. 2. Nellie Marie, born April 1, 1858, the widow of James Baker, at one time a prominent hotel man of Malone. She resides with her daughter at Wichita, Kan.

The early education of Charles Jason Stiekney was received in the district school and he was a student of Franklin Academy. For a short time he was employed as a clerk in a grocery store at Malone, and in 1878 went to Bloomingdale, N. Y., where he spent eight years in the store of Isaac Chesley. He then operated a hotel at that place for one year, and was agent for the Chateaugay Railroad for three years. In 1890 Mr. Stickney came to Saranac Lake as ticket agent for the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid Railroad Company. Two years later he went with the New York Central Railroad. Since March 1, 1898, Mr. Stiekney has been identified with the interests of A. Fortune & Company of Saranac Lake. When the business was incorporated in 1909 he became a director, and as mentioned above, is now treasurer and manager of the corporation.

On July 25, 1880, Mr. Stickney married Miss Mallie A. Wardner, the daughter of William and Clara (Duntley) Wardner, of Wilmington, N. Y. They are the parents of two sons: 1. Charles W., born in 1881, lives at Atlanta, Ga. He spent 12 years in the Saranac Lake post office and since 1919 has been identified with the auditing department of the Southern Railroad. 2. Jay Thurlow, born March 19, 1890, a graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he studied electrical engineering. He is now bookkeeper and assistant manager of A. Fortune & Company, Inc. He is a veteran of the World War, having served in France.

Mr. Stickney is a Republican and is an active member of the Episcopal Church of Saranac Lake, having been vestryman since 1903 and church treasurer for 11 years. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and belongs to B. P. O. Elks, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Saranac Lake Fish and Game 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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