Biography of Albert D. Merrill
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Albert Darius Merrill. - As vice president of the Chemipulp Process, Inc., of Watertown, N. Y., and Montreal, Canada, Albert D. Merrill holds a prominent position in the commercial and industrial circles of this city. He was born in Burke, Franklin County, N. Y., June 25, 1885, a son of David Sheppard and Ada A. (Proctor) Merrill.

Both David Sheppard Merrill and his wife were born in Franklin County. He has been connected with the railroad industry throughout his business career and resides at Malone, N. Y. To Mr. and Mrs. Merrill four children were born: 1. Albert Darius, the subject of this sketch. 2. A. Sheppard, Ph. D., Professor of Mathematics, University of Montana, Missoula, Mont. During the World War he served as Chief Petty Officer in the U. S. Navy. 3. Ray L., a certified public accountant, lives in Chicago, Ill. 4. Blanche G., married Roy A. Crosby, an electrical engineer, and they live at Minneapolis, Minn.

Sheppard Merrill was the son of Darius Warren and Sarah Ann (Walbridge) Merrill, both natives of Belmont County. He went to Clinton County, New York, in 1855 where he purchased a large tract of timber land, and was the founder of the town of Merrill, in that county. He engaged in the lumber business on a large scale and was also the owner of a summer hotel. He and his wife are buried near Chateaugay Lake, New York.

Darius Warren Merrill was the son of Paul Merrill, who was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. He came to Belmont, Franklin County, N. Y., and engaged in farming and lumbering.

Albert Darius Merrill received his early education in the public schools of Franklin County. He prepared for college by attending Franklin Academy, at Malone, N. Y. He matriculated at Clarkson College of Technology at Potsdam, N. Y., and was graduated with the class of 1913, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He began his professional career as an assistant engineer in the construction of the New York State Barge Canal, following which, for varying periods of time, he was associated as engineer with the St. Regis Paper Company and the United States Rubber Company. He left the employ of the last named concern in 1916 in order to come to Watertown, N. Y., and accept a position as chief engineer with the Stebbins Engineering and Manufacturing Company. In 1923 he was made vice president of the company. In 1929 he resigned but still holds his interests in the company. In 1929 he became vice president and treasurer of the Chemipulp Process Company, Inc.

Politically, Mr. Merrill is a Republican. Fraternally he holds active membership in Raquette River Lodge, No. 213, F. and A. M.; Watertown Chapter, No. 59, R. A. M.; Watertown Commandery No. 11, K. T.; and Media Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He is also a member of the Black Valley Club; the Chamber of Commerce, of Watertown; and Omicron Pi Omicron fraternity, of Potsdam, N. Y. He is a member of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry, the American Chemical Society, and the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. He contributes freely of his means toward the support of many local charities and benevolences.

Mr. Merrill was married, at North Lawrence, St. Lawrence County, N. Y., June 30, 1909, to Ferol J. Quenell, a daughter of Moses D. and Marcia (Allen) Quenell, natives of New York State. Mr. Quenell was a veteran of the Civil War. To Mr. and Mrs. Merrill three children have been born: 1. Orma A., born July 20, 1910. 2. Faunta J., born June 10, 1914. 3. Lloyd P., born Feb. 23, 1916.

From:

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


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