Biography of H. Louis Wallace
Oswego County, NY Biographies





H. Louis Wallace. - One of the most influential figures in professional circles in the North Country is H. Louis Wallace, successful lawyer, who has served as county attorney of Oswego County since 1921. He was born at Sandy Creek, July 4, 1871, the son of Asahel C. and Hattie (Park) Wallace.

Asahel C. Wallace, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War, and served throughout the war period as a member of the 24th New York Volunteer Infantry. His regiment was the first to leave from Oswego County. Mr. Wallace held membership in the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church. He died in 1879 and is buried at Sandy Creek. His wife was born at Williamstown, Oswego County, and died in 1878. Their only child was H. Louis, the subject of this sketch.

Sage Park, maternal great grandfather of H. Louis Wallace, was one of the first settlers of Oswego County, and owned a saw mill at Amboy.

H. Louis Wallace obtained his early education in the public schools of Sandy Creek. He is a graduate of Hamilton College, and read law in the office of Udell Bartlett, at Sandy Creek, being admitted to the bar in September, 1895, and the following January established a private practice at this place, where he has continued to the present time. Mr. Wallace was appointed assistant district attorney in 1896 and served under district attorney Bartlett for seven years, and three years under district attorney William B. Baer. He held the office of supervisor of Sandy Creek from 1913 until 1921, and in the latter year assumed the office of county attorney. Since 1900 he has been a member of the local board of education and has served as president of that organization since 1925. He also was village president from 1917 until 1921, and has held the office of village clerk continuously since 1892.

On Jan. 28, 1896, Mr. Wallace was united in marriage with Miss Cecile E. Barney, of Sandy Creek, the daughter of William and Leonore (Lindsey) Barney. The former died in 1911 and the latter resides at Sandy Creek. They were born in Jefferson County and Oswego County respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace have no children.

Stephen Lindsey, great great grandfather of Mrs. Wallace, was born at Stafford, Conn., and in early life removed to Vermont. In 1803, accompanied by William Skinner, he came to New York and located in the present village of Sandy Creek, they being the first settlers of this village. Mr. Skinner settled in the eastern part of what is now Lacona village and purchased 400 acres of land. Mr. Lindsey went on to Ellisburg, but soon returned and settled in the extreme northwest corner of Sandy Creek. His daughter, Eunice, then about 12 years of age, died that summer and was the first white person whose death occurred in the town of Sandy Creek. Stephen Lindsey was a soldier under Gen. George Washington throughout the Revolutionary War and spent eight years in the service. His three brothers were killed while in the service of that war.

Mrs. Wallace's father served throughout the Civil War as a member of the 189th New York Regiment and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. For almost half a century he successfully engaged in the jewelry business at Sandy Creek.

Politically Mr. Wallace is a Republican. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with Sandy Creek Lodge, F. and A. M., Past Master; Pulaski Chapter; Watertown Commandery; life member of Media Temple, Watertown; and Order of Eastern Star. He is a trustee of the Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library and trustee of the Sandy Creek Cemetery Association.

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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