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
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
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
Oswego County, NY
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