Lieut. Commander Harrison J. Angley, who is executive secretary of the Jefferson County Automobile Association,
is a veteran of the World War, and an outstanding citizen of Watertown. He was born at Rome, N. Y., Sept. 12, 1884,
the son of Capt. Jacob and Barbara (Hartman) Angley.
Capt. Jacob Angley and his wife were natives of Germany. As a young man he entered the employ of the Rome, Watertown
& Ogdensburg Railroad, which later became a part of the New York Central Railroad. At the time of his retirement
he was serving as engineer. Mr. Angley served during the Civil War as captain of an engineering corps. He was a
Republican, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic, and Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers. Mr. Angley died Feb. 24, 1931, and his wife died Feb. 23, 1925. Both are buried in Watertown.
Their children were: Albert J., lives at Watertown; Harrison J., the subject of this sketch; Harriet and Arthur,
both deceased; Grace, married Frank Tauronjoe, lives at Watertown; and Daisy, married Ray M. MacDonald, lives at
Syracuse, N. Y.
Harrison J. Angley attended the public schools of Watertown, from which he was graduated in 1898. He enlisted for
service during the Spanish-American War and served as a member of Company E, 203rd New York State Volunteers. After
the close of the war he established the Angley Studio in Watertown, which he successfully conducted for a period
of 17 years. In 1913 Mr. Angley organized the 4th Division, 3rd Battalion, Naval Militia of New York and was commissioned
a lieutenant, junior grade, later being appointed lieutenant. When the war was declared in 1917 Mr. Angley was
a member of one of the first organizations in the United States to enter the service. He was attached to the U.
S. S. Wisconsin and served as a gunnery officer, later being promoted to lieutenant commander on Sept. 20, 1918.
He was in the transport service on the U. S. S. Pretoria, and served as first lieutenant, later being executive
officer and finally commander. He was discharged from the service on Dec. 20, 1920, and returned to Watertown.
He reorganized the naval militia and was assigned as the commanding officer of the 13th Fleet Division, 3rd Battalion,
Naval Militia, but was transferred to the 3rd Battalion, Headquarters, Rochester, N. Y., 3rd Naval District, on
April 15, 1930.
Mr. Angley was appointed executive secretary of the Jefferson County Automobile Association in 1922, and maintains
offices at 243 Washington Street. He has served as a member of the Municipal Civil Service Commission, and as city
committeeman. He is also secretary and treasurer of the Jefferson County Automobile Dealers Association.
In 1901 Mr. Angley was united in marriage with Miss Nina Rogers, the daughter of Seneca and Laura (Parham) Rogers,
both deceased. They have no children.
Mr. Angley is a Republican, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Rotary Club,
American Legion, "40 and 8" society, United Spanish War Veterans, Veterans Foreign Wars, and Crescent
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
Jefferson County, NY
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