George Albert Hager. - Perhaps no citizen of Watertown is better known than George Albert Hager, who is the
city's capable and highly esteemed postmaster. He was born in Watertown, July 16, 1878, the son of Charles H. and
Martha A. Hager, both deceased. The former was a native of Watertown and the latter was born in Carleton Place,
George Albert Hager was educated in the public schools of Rochester, N. Y., and attended the Rochester Free Academy.
Practically his entire career has been identified with the Watertown Post Office. He entered it as a clerk in 1899,
was promoted through the various positions in the local office to that of assistant postmaster, and in 1924 was
appointed postmaster by President Coolidge to succeed A. R. Cornwall, who had succeeded B. F. Martin. In 1928 Mr.
Hager was reappointed. He has succeeded in greatly improving the equipment and service in the local office and
has made many valuable innovations. On March 29, 1931, the new post office building was occupied, and this is the
third office in which Mr. Hager has served.
Mr. Hager was married (first) in 1901 to Miss Jennie Carmon, deceased, who was the daughter of Louis and Cynthia
(Pierce) Carmon. They had a son, Harry C. Hager, born March 4, 1904. Mr. Hager was married (second) in 1920 to
Miss Sara Sullivan, the daughter of Daniel and Sara (Stavenhagen) Sullivan. Their children are: Martha, born Aug.
6, 1921; Irene E., born July 22, 1923; and George A., Jr., born July 28, 1925.
Mr. Hager enlisted in Company M, 71st New York Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War, and served
in Cuba. He was in the battle of San Juan Hill and other skirmishes, and was reported dead at Watertown. Two weeks
following the report it was found to be untrue. Mr. Hager, however, suffered a severe illness from fever and was
returned home on a stretcher. He was the first to enlist from Watertown and was instrumental in getting twelve
other men in the city to enlist. Of this number five died of wounds or fever in the service. The eight survivors
have held a reunion annually on the anniversary of the battle, and have not had an absentee during the 33 years
since the war. However, three are now deceased, Henry S. Ball, Ralph L. Richardson and Albert J. Briggs. During
his time spent in Cuba Mr. Hager had the pleasure of spending one day in the company of Col. Theodore Roosevelt,
who assisted him in obtaining a different type of rifle for his company.
Mr. Hager has always been a Republican. He belongs to Watertown Lodge No. 49, F. & A. M.; Watertown Chapter
No. 59, R. A. M.; Watertown Commandery No. 11, K. T.; Media Temple, trustee; Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
Past Grand; Lincoln League; and he is a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church.
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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