Biography of Lionel J. Desjardins
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Lionel Joseph Desjardins is well and favorably known at Piercefield, St. Lawrence County, where he has held the office of postmaster since 1918. He was born at Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, April 25, 1893, the son of Moses and Elizabeth (Durocher) Desjardins.

Moses Desjardins was a native of New York, born at Brasher Falls, in 1866. In early childhood his parents located in Cornwall, Ontario, where he was reared and educated. Later, he came to Piercefield, and for many years Mr. Desjardins has been in the employ of the International Paper Company as storekeeper. He was married in 1889 to Miss Elizabeth Durocher, the daughter of John Durocher, of Cornwall. To them were born ten children, three of whom died in infancy. The others are: 1. Elwin, born in 1891, died at the age of 16 years. 2. Lionel Joseph, the subject of this sketch. 3. Leonard, born in 1895, a World War veteran, now employed in the post office at Elmira, N. Y. 4. Armand, born in 1900, electrical engineer, identified with the International Paper Company at Glens Falls, N. Y. 5. Hector, born in 1906, employed in the offices of the International Paper Company at Piercefield. 6. George, born in 1907, employed as a finisher by the International Paper Company at Piercefield. 7. Beatrice, born in 1909, married Francis J. Machaby, who is also employed by the International Paper Company at Piercefield.

Lionel Joseph Desjardins obtained his early education in the Piercefield public schools. He spent two years at St. Laurent College in Montreal, Canada, and in 1911 was graduated from Cornwall Commercial College. He immediately entered the employ of the International Paper Company at Piercefield as a finisher of paper. He held an office position for five years with the company, and in 1918 accepted the appointment of postmaster of Piercefield from the late Woodrow Wilson.

Mr. Desjardins was married on Aug. 18, 1913, to Miss Daisy Frennier, the daughter of John and Margaret (Tracy) Frermier, of Ellenburg Depot, N. Y. Daisy (Frennier) Desjardins died on Jan. 13, 1930, and is buried at Faust, N. Y. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Desjardins, four of whom died in infancy. Those remaining are: 1. Eleanor Mary, born Jan. 26, 1916, attends Piercefield High School. 2. Bernard Francis, born April 5, 1917, attends Piercefield High School. 3. Grace Caroline, born Oct. 10, 1918. 4. Marshall Moses, born Aug. 16, 1924. 5. Lionel Joseph, Jr., born July 5, 1926. 6. Barbara Elizabeth, born Jan. 12, 1930.

Politically, Mr. Desjardins is a Democrat, and for four years served as town clerk. He and his family are members of the Catholic Church, and he belongs to the Knights of Columbus, Forresters, and Piercefield Men's Club.


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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