Biography of Albert B. Helmer


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Helmer, Albert B., was born on his father's farm in Leray township two miles north of Evans Mills, December 18, 1860. When eleven years old his parents moved to the village, where he attended school until he entered the employ of J. Philip Steinhilber in the drug and grocery business, where he remained four years, succeeding Mr. Steinhilber February 21, 1885, and has continued the business ever since. Mr. Helmer is also extensively engaged in farming, dairying and cheese-making; in the latter business he is associated with his cousin, Leonard Helmer, the two operating a factory near Evans Mills, the output of which is enormous, while the quality, owing to the care used in production, is of the finest and commands an extensive as well as ready sale. In politics Mr. Helmer has always been a Democrat and is one of the leading men of that party in his section, and only for the great political odds numerically against his party, would have enjoyed its honors to a very high degree. He was town clerk for ten years, from 1882 to 1892, was delegate to the State Convention in 1888, a candidate for member of assembly in 1892, and served as postmaster of Evans Mills from 1892 to 1897. He is a member of the Jeffersonian Club of Watertown and was for several years its vice president. Mr. Helmer's maternal grandfather, Peter Hoover, served his country against the British during the war of 1812 and fought at the battle of Sacket Harbor. September 30, 1890, Mr. Helmer married Frances A., daughter of Leonard Peck of Evans Mills, and they had three children: Albert (died in infancy), Gertrude M. and Alice Irene. The oft quoted saying, "A prophet is not without honor save in his own country" does not apply to Mr. Helmer's case. It is at home, in the community where he was born and reared, that he is held in the highest esteem as a politician, business man and honored citizen.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898