Biography of Frank A. Augsbury
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Frank Addison Augsbury, who is the head of the George Hall Companies of Ogdensburg and Montreal, and president of the Algonquin Paper Company, one of Ogdensburg's leading industries, is numbered among the great industrial leaders of the North Country, and is outstanding for his ability, business acumen, foresight and tireless energy. A review of what he has accomplished in the industrial world in northern New York and Canada in a comparatively brief span of years, how he has risen through his own ability and determination to so prominent a position in the world of industry and commerce, will read like the pages of fiction and romance. While there are numerous similar cases throughout this great expanse of country, yet those which compare with his are relatively few.

Mr. Augsbury was born at Plessis, N. Y., March 3, 1865, the son of Morgan and Minerva (Shurtlefi) Augsbury. His ancestors were among the early settlers of northern New York, of rugged, hardy English and German lineage. With his brother, Willard Shurtleff Augsbury, Mr. Augsbury took over the flour mill owned by his father in Antwerp in 1896. They then continued their Antwerp interests successfully until 1904, when they were disposed of.

Mr. Augsbury then became identified with the DeGrasse Paper Company, and in the transportation of pulpwood from the Province of Quebec by that company, he saw great possibilities for a transportation company doing business on the St. Lawrence River. He organized a company of his own and finally became identified with the George Hall Company. It was not long before that company began to grow and business increased. Finally he secured the majority stock of the company, reorganized it and made the company's fleet of boats among the leaders on the St. Lawrence River. So powerful did the concern become that Mr. Augsbury was able to bring about a merger with the Playfair Company. The two companies were consolidated and after doing business together for one season, it then became such a strong competitor of the Canada Steamship Lines, Ltd., that the latter company took over the Playfair-Augsbury Company, but not until the latter had cleared up several millions.

Following the disposal of his transportation company, Mr. Augsbury organized another transportation company with headquarters at Montreal and now has equipped the fleet with 12 as fine freighters as ply the St. Lawrence. They were built in England and cost over $200,000 each. In addition to the Hall corporation he is the president of the Algonquin Paper Company, which employs 300 men.

Thus it is that Frank A. Augsbury has become a captain of industry. From a young man whom many regarded at first as a dreamer, and his plans for upbuilding an industry more or less precarious, he has become a leader in the industrial world, one of the real big business men of New York. Mr. Augsbury has also developed the old match factory into one of the important industries of Ogdensburg, which others had tried to do but failed. He has brought about industrial activity in the city and the gaining of a livelihood for hundreds where idleness had previously reigned.

On Nov. 24, 1920, Mr. Augsbury married Miss Bessie Whisnant Sterne, the daughter of Charles Rodney and Bessie Victoria (Whisnant) Sterne. They have a son, Frand Addison, Jr., born Sept. 4, 1924.

Mr. Augsbury is a Republican, and is affiliated with Antwerp Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 226; Theresa Chapter, Watertown Commander and Media Temple.

Mr. Augsbury is also vice president of the Ogdensburg Bank and the St. Lawrence County National Bank.


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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