Biography of Ralph P. Killam
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Ralph P. Killam, photographer, is among the progressive business men of Pulaski, and he is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Mexico, N. Y., April 24, 1888, the son of Herman S. and Alice E. (Pruyne) Killam.

Herman S. Killam, who died in 1929, was a native of Mexico. He was a machinist by trade and for several years was employed by the Whitman & Barnes Company of Syracuse. He came to Pulaski in 1895 and remained in the employ of the Ontario Iron Company continuously until 1925. He then established an automobile business at Sandy Creek, in partnership with his sons, Hugh T. and Tracy N. Since the death of Mr. Killam in 1929 the business has been continued by his sons. He was a Republican and belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Maccabees. His widow was born at Oswego and now resides at Sandy Creek. To Mr. and Mrs. Killam were born four children: 1. Ralph P., the subject of this sketch. 2. Hugh T., lives at Sandy Creek. 3. Tracy N., lives at Sandy Creek. 4. Eula, married William York, lives at Syracuse.

After his graduation from Pulaski Academy, Ralph P. Killam went to New York City with the Woolworth Stores Syndicate, with which he was identified for five years. He engaged in the opening of new stores and as manager, but resigned on account of ill health in 1910 and returned to Pulaski. He later went to Watertown, where he was identified with the photographic studio of Mr. Huested. The following year he established a studio at Pulaski. Mr. Killam does both general and commercial work and has a well appointed studio.

In April, 1918, Mr. Killam enlisted for service in the World War and was sent to Madison Barracks, N. Y. Later he studied at the army aerial school at Rochester, after which he was sent to France. He was attached to the aerial headquarters at St. Maxine. Upon his return to the United States he was discharged at Camp Upton, N. Y. Mr. Killam has in his possession hundreds of photographs taken above the battlefields of France by airplane.

In 1915 Mr. Killam married Miss Florence Fitch of Pulaski, the daughter of Edward B. and Anna (Moran) Fitch. They are residents of Pulaski. To Mr. and Mrs. Killam have been born five sons: 1. James Fitch, born in 1919. 2. Ralph P., Jr., born in 1922. 3. Edward T., born in 1924. 4. Frederick A., born in 1926. 5. Robert L., born in 1931.

Mr. Killam and his family are members of the Baptist Church and he belongs to the American Legion.

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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