Harry Ray Williams, who has successfully engaged in the general insurance and real estate business at Saranac
Lake for 20 years, is a native of New York. He was born at Remise, Oneida County, Feb. 27, 1876, the son of John
H. and Mary E. (Davis) Williams.
John H. Williams was born in Wales, Jan. 15, 1852. He came to the United States with his parents in 1857 and settled
in Oneida County. At the age of 21 years John H. Williams became interested in the transfer and trucking business
between Remsen and Utica. Later he conducted a grocery business at Remsen and Saranac Lake, having removed to the
latter city in 1896. He died Aug. 11, 1907, and is buried at Prospect N. Y. His wife was the daughter of Richard
Davis. Their children were: 1. Gordon E., born in 1871, met with an accidental death in 1898. 2. Harry Ray, the
subject of this sketch. 3. Olive E., born July 23, 1880, married Worthie E. Colyer, now retired, lives at Saranac
Harry Ray Williams attended the public schools of Remsen and was graduated from high school in 1895. He then was
associated with his father's grocery business at Remsen until 1896, when the latter removed his business to Saranac
Lake. Upon the death of his father in 1907, Mr. Williams continued the business for three years. He then became
interested in the real estate and insurance business, with offices at 4-6 Broadway. He has specialized in buying
and selling residence properties, which were completely remodeled and improved by him after purchase. He is local
representative for 14 standard fire insurance companies and numbers among his clients some of the largest mercantile
establishments and factories in the city.
Mr. Williams was married on April 26, 1899, to Miss Celia Davies, the daughter of John R. and Laura (Roberts) Davies,
both natives of Wales. They have no children.
Politically, Mr. Williams has always been a Republican. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is
affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He also holds membership in the Saranac Fish & Game Club and Chamber of
Commerce. He is especially interested in reforestation and has under his supervision a tract of 200 acres of timber
land which he owns in Franklin County.
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
Franklin County, NY
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