John Bentley. - Few citizens of Ogdensburg are better known than John Bentley, who has served as postmaster
for the past ten years, and he has been identified with the local post office since 1898. He was born at Lisbon,
St. Lawrence County, Sept. 23, 1873, the son of William H. and Helen (McBride) Bentley.
William H. Bentley was born at Chateaugay, N. Y., and his wife was a native of Lisbon. He was employed by the Ogdensburg
and Lake Champlain Railroad throughout his entire life and for many years was station agent at Lisbon. He was a
Republican, held membership in the Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr.
Bentley died April 29, 1929, and his wife died June 6, 1926. Both are buried in Lisbon. Their children were: 1.
John, the subject of this sketch. 2. Lela A., a teacher, lives at Buffalo.
John Bentley received his education in the public schools of Ogdensburg. He was employed by the Ogdensburg and
Lake Champlain Railroad from 1891 until 1897 and retired as locomotive engineer. During the following year he entered
the government mail service as a substitute carrier in Ogdensburg. He served as mail carrier for 23 years and was
appointed postmaster in 1921.
Mr. Bentley is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Knights of Pythias.
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