Biography of Theron A. Contryman
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Theron A. Contryman is a well known figure in the business life of Oswego, where he is branch manager of Taggart Brothers Company, Inc. He was born at Pamelia Four Corners, Jefferson County, April 18, 1888, the son of William M. and Ella L. (Baxter) Contryman.

William M. Contryman, who was a native of Jefferson County, died in 1906. He was reared and educated at Pamelia Four Corners, and until his retirement in 1897 was interested in general farming. He spent the remainder of his life in Watertown. Mr. Contryman was a Republican and a member of the Universalist Church. His wife, born at Orleans, Jefferson County, died in 1929, They were the parents of two sons: 1. Leland. 2. Theron A., the subject of this sketch.

The boyhood of Theron A. Contryman was spent in Watertown, where he was educated. After his graduation from high school in 1908 he entered the employ of the Madison Cooper Company as an apprentice draftsman. He was identified with that concern for ten years and during that time studied mechanical engineering. He then went with the New York Air Brake Company of Watertown as assistant superintendent of maintenance and construction. He was identified with the H. H. Babcock Company as chief inspector and factory manager for eight years, and in 1928 became associated with Taggart Brothers Company, Inc. Mr. Contryman came to Oswego as branch manager in January, 1930.

On June 26, 1913, Mr. Contryman was united in marriage with Miss Kathryn Lamont Calvert, of Syracuse, the daughter of Lamont and Nellie (Moore) Calvert, natives of Watertown. They are residents of Syracuse. To Mr. and Mrs. Contryman have been born two children: 1. Jane Moore, born March 14, 1915. 2. Calvert Theron, born March 5, 1920. Mrs. Contryman is a graduate of Syracuse High School and attended Syracuse University. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is a direct descendant of Lord Baltimore and Cecil Calvert.

In politics Mr. Contryman is identified with the Republican party. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, Black River Valley Club of Watertown and Oswego Country Club. The family lives at 121 West Seventh Street, Oswego, N. Y.

Alexander Contryman, paternal grandfather of Mr. Contryman, came to the United States from England and was one of the first settlers of Jefferson County. The old family homestead, built of stone, still stands at Pamelia Four Corners.

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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