Spencer J. Ramsey. - Among Oswego County's representative business men is Spencer J. Ramsey, who is identified
with the S. J. Ramsey Department Store at Mexico. He is a native of Oswego County, born at Texas, Dec. 1, 1873,
the son of John and Esther (Stevens) Ramsey.
John Ramsey was born at Mexico, N. Y., and during his entire life lived in Oswego County. He was a farmer and also
worked on the canal. In later life he lived at Texas. He died in 1900 and his wife died in 1926. Both are buried
at Mexico. Mr. Ramsey was a Republican and served as postmaster of Texas and assessor of the town of Mexico. He
and his wife were active members of the Methodist Church. Their children were: 1. Adelia, who died in 1912. 2.
William, who died in 1923. 3. Ward, lives on the family homestead at Texas. 4. Spencer J., the subject of this
After his graduation from Mexico High School, Spencer J. Ramsey entered the general store of Cook & Jordan
as a clerk. Later, the business was reorganized as Cook-Jordan & Ramsey, and in 1913 Mr. Ramsey became sole
owner of the enterprise. This well established business had been founded in 1888 by Cook & Hollister. It is
one of the fine stores in the county and Mr. Ramsey has an excellent trade. He carries a complete line of ready
to wear clothing for men, women and children.
In 1899 Mr. Ramsey was united in marriage with Miss May Ball, of Mexico, the daughter of Henry and Ella (Sayles)
Ball. Mr. Ball died in 1915 and his wife died in 1923. They are buried in Mexico. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey are the parents
of two children: 1. Marjorie, born in 1902, a graduate of Mexico High School and attended Syracuse University.
She married Homer A. Ludington, and they have two children, Vivian and Ramsey. They live at Fulton, N. Y. 2. John
H., who attends Mexico High School, class of 1932.
Politically, Mr. Ramsey is a Republican and he has served for many years as a member of the local school board.
He is prominent in the affairs of the Methodist Church, and is also active in the civic life of the community in
which he lives. He is an ardent sportsman and owns a fine motor boat.
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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