Jefferson County Biographies
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Helmer, Leonard A., is the third son of Peter Helmer, who came originally from Herkimer county fifty years ago
and settled on a farm two miles west of Evans Mills; he married shortly after his arrival there Catharine Shimmell,
who bore him four children, two of whom are now living: Leonard A. and Mrs. Charles Petrie of Evans Mills. Mr.
Helmer, Sr., died in 1887 and Mrs. Helmer still survives and resides with her son. Leonard A. Helmer spent his
boyhood days on the farm, working in summer and attending schools of the neighborhood during the winter months.
He still continued at home working the farm after he reached his majority and upon the death of his father in April,
1887, succeeded to his present splendid homestead, which has been in possession of the family since its removal
from the original location west of the village of Evans Mills. General farming and dairying is the principal business,
and with nearly 200 acres of first class soil, rich and productive, Mr. Helmer maintains one of the best farms
in his section; his dairy contains some of the finest Holstein cattle in the vicinity. He has also bred some of
the finest Berkshire, Chester White and Red Jersey swine, which have commanded a large sale in the vicinity. Mr.
Helmer is also extensively engaged with his cousin, Albert E. Helmer, a merchant at Evans Mills, in the manufacture
of cheese, the two conducting a factory the annual output reaching upwards of 80,000 pounds, and which commands
a ready sale in the foreign and local markets. Mr. Helmer is a granger and an active member of Pamelia Grange No.
68, also a charter member of Court Evans Mills No. 1,552 I. O. Foresters and has been financial secretary of the
lodge. In politics he has always been a Democrat and has been honored by his party as delegate to the various county
conventions. In 1876 Mr. Helmer married Susan Summers of Brockville, Ont., and they have had two children, one
now living, Grace E., aged eleven years.
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