Biography of Col. Owen G. Staples
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Staples, Col. Owen G. ,was born in Watertown, N. Y., October 14, 183S, educated in the common schools and at the age of seventeen began his active business life, selling patent medicines. He disposed of this business and became interested in dealing in real estate in Watertown, building a large number of the finest private residences in that city. In 1872 his attention was drawn to increasing travel to the St. Lawrence River and after carefully looking the ground over matured his plans for the erection of the Thousand Island House at Alexandria Bay, which in July, 1873, was ready for the reception of its 700 guests, having been built in little more than six months. In 1883, having acquired a taste for hotel management, he disposed of this magnificent property and purchased "Willard's," the well known hotel of Washington, D. C., to which in 1891 he added "The Riggs," another of Washington's famous hotels. In 1897 he purchased the "Thousand Island House," which he has redecorated and furnished; he has large interests in real estate in Jefferson county, and in the city of Washington. FIe now conducts "Willard's," the "Riggs," the "National" in Washington, and the "Thousand Island House." He is treasurer of the Board of Trade of Washington; the largest stockholder in the Columbian National Bank, and it can readily he determined that the character of Owen G. Staples combines force, individuality and untiring energy, starting in life with mere nothing but his brave hands. His success perhaps is largely owing to his strict integrity and fidelity to his friends, his unostentatious manner and- last but not least his quiet support to many charities and religious institutions.

 

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