Welby W. Haile. - Associated with public affairs at Canton for many years, Mr. Haile is prominent as the clerk
of St. Lawrence County, which office he has held continuously since 1913, and he is also active in the city's fraternal
life. He was born at DeKalb, St. Lawrence County, Oct. 31, 1871, the son of William H. and Viola M. (Scripter)
William H. Haile was born at DeKalb, July 3, 1840, and his entire life was spent in this section. He was a farmer
for several years, and then became interested in the cheese and butter business, as a salesman, in which capacity
he served for many years. He was president of the St. Lawrence County Board of Trade for 25 years, and was a Republican
in politics. Mr. Haile died Dec. 30, 1927. His wife, born at Herman, N. Y., December 21, 1844, died Dec. 30, 1928.
Both are buried at Richville. Mr. Haile was affiliated with Richville Lodge, F. & A. M., and belonged to the
Grange. He was a trustee of the Congregational Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Haile were born three children: 1. Lola,
married H. N. Williams, deceased, and she resides at Gouverneur. 2. Welby W., the subject of this sketch. 3. Melvin
H., who lives on the old Haile homestead.
Welby W. Haile received his education in the public schools of DeKalb, and in 1890 was graduated from Richville
High School. He spent three years at Potsdam Normal School, and in 1893 came to Canton as recorder in the county
clerk's office. He was connected with this department in county administration work until his election in November,
1912, as county clerk, and as mentioned above, he has held the office to the present time, and has proven a most
In 1900 Mr. Haile was united in marriage with Miss Louise A. Eldredge, the daughter of Loyal W. and Clara J. (Cardinal)
Eldredge, the former a native of Stockholm and the latter of Colton, N. Y. He is deceased and his widow lives at
Elmira, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Haile have no children.
Mr. Haile is a member of the Universalist Church and has the following lodge affiliations: St. Lawrence Lodge,
F. & A. M. No. 111, Past Master; St. Lawrence District, Past District Deputy; St. Lawrence Chapter R. A. M.
No. 32; St. Lawrence Commandery K. T. No. 28, Past Commander; Central City Consistory, 32nd degree; Media Temple,
Potentate during 1930-31; Karnak Temple, Montreal, Canada, honorary member; Tigris Temple, Syracuse, honorary member;
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Past Noble Grand, Canton Lodge No. 128; St. Lawrence Encampment No. 42, Past
Chief Patriarch; and B. P. O. Elks No. 772, Ogdensburg. He also has served as president of the Canton Advertising
Club, director of the Club of Canton and a director of the First National Bank of Canton. He belongs to the St.
Lawrence Golf 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