Biography of Allen I. Vosburgh
Franklin County, NY Biographies

Allen Isaiah Vosburgh is a well known merchant of Lake Clear, where he has lived since 1906. He was born at Loon Lake, N. Y., July 19, 1870, the son of Isaiah and Alice (Miner) Vosburgh.

Isaiah Vosburgh was born in 1847 at Alburg, Vt. At the age of 21 he came to Saranac Lake where for 15 years he was employed as a stage driver between that place and Keeseville. In 1883 he bought a farm in Harriettstown which he operated for 17 years. In 1900 he returned to Saranac Lake and became active in politics. He was employed by the State Conservation Department as a game protector for 18 years, and for four years was a Division Chief Protector. In 1907 he was elected a member of the Village Board of Trustees and was in charge of the village streets. The first paving in the village was done under his direction. He was elected president of the village in 1908, reelected in 1909, 1911, and 1917-1918 and 1920. He was a member of the Board of Education for 18 years. He died April 10, 1924, and is buried at Saranac Lake. He was married in 1867 to Miss Alice Miner, a daughter of Abel and Ann (Mansfield) Miner, of West Georgia, Vt. They were the parents of two children: Allen I., the subject of this sketch; and Rogene Town, born in 1888 now the wife of Fred T. Tremble, automobile dealer, Saranac Lake.

Allen I. Vosburgh received his early education in the district schools of West Harriettstown, and graduated from Eastman's Business College, Poughkeepsie, in 1891. He then assisted his father on the farm and also in the store and post office. In 1894 he came to Saranac Lake and purchased the Adirondack "Enterprise," which he edited and published until 1903. In 1897 he purchased The Tupper Lake Herald, at Tupper Lake. In 1898 he bought the "Mountain Mirror" at Lake Placid, changing the name to the Adirondack "Press." He published these papers until 1903. From 1904 to 1906 he managed the Iroquois Hotel at Tupper Lake, N. Y. In 1906 he sold his newspaper interests and came to Lake Clear, where for two years he was employed in the store of M. W. Otis. In 1908 he became a patrolman for the Fish and Game Commission, and continued in that capacity for three years. In 1911 he was made confidential agent for the New York Fish and Game Department. From 1913 until 1919 he served as District Forest Ranger. In the latter year he resigned this position and bought the business of M. W. Otis at Lake Clear, which he still operates.

Mr. Vosburgh was justice of the peace at Harriettstown for 20 years. He was elected supervisor of Harristown in 1921 and retired in 1930, during which time he was chairman of the board for four years.

On Nov. 14, 1894, Mr. Vosburgh was united in marriage with Miss Etta M. Otis, the daughter of Edwin and Ellen (Whitman) Otis, of Saranac Lake. They were the parents of three children, one of whom died in infancy. The others: 1. Maurice Allen, born Feb. 8, 1896. He attended Saranac Lake High School, Saranac Lake, and Dean Academy, Franklin, Mass. After leaving college, because of ill health, he spent one winter in Denver, returning east in the spring of 1916. He managed and operated a supply boat on upper Saranac Lake for his uncle, M. W. Otis. The following winter he was employed as a messenger by the Highland Bank of Detroit, Mich. He enlisted for service in the World War in the spring of 1917 and was sent to France that fall. He served as ordnance sergeant of the 46th Coast Artillery until his discharge in the spring of 1919. He is a 32nd degree Mason, belonging to Syracuse Consistory; and Mystic Shrine, of Troy, N. Y. He is now associated with his father in business at Lake Clear. He was married in 1924 to Gloria Thompson, and they have two children, Gloria, six years old, and Rogene, three years old. 2. Alice Marie Vosburgh, born June 30, 1904. She was graduated from Saranac High School in 1925; attended Simmons College in Boston for two years; and finished at Miss Conklin's Secretarial School in New York City. She now holds a position as department head in the Macy Store, New York City.

Mrs. Etta M. (Otis) Vosburgh was educated in the Saranac Lake schools and later attended Plattsburgh Normal College. She was a teacher in the district schools of Harriettstown before her marriage. She is a member of the D. A. R., Adirondack Chapter, of Malone, N. Y., tracing her lineage from General Otis of Revolutionary fame.

Mr. Vosburgh is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, of which he has been an elder for 18 years. Mrs. Vosburgh is superintendent of the Sunday School. He is a 32nd degree Mason, Syracuse Con-Story; a member of Media Temple of Mystic Shrine at Watertown; Knights of Pythias of Tupper Lake; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Malone; the Order of Foresters; the Fish and Game Club; and the Chamber of Commerce both at Malone and Saranac Lake.


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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