Biography of Charles R. Holmes
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Holmes, Charles R., Potsdam, was born in Westford, Vt,, April 24, 1842, a son of Jonathan Holmes, a farmer of Westford and Milton. In 1846 his parents moved to St. Lawrence county, locating in Lawrence. Later he went to Stockholm, where he lives, aged eighty three years, and his wife, seventy six years old. The mother of our subject was also a native of Westford. Her maiden name was Sarah K. Bates, They were the parents of six sons and two daughters, of whom Charles R. was the third son, He was only a lad when he began to learn the carpenter's trade and followed this until the war broke out. He enlisted in the navy in 1864 and spent one year in service with the North Atlantic squadron. He returned in 1865 and engaged in milling at Norwood with Loveless & Fonda, who at that time were building the steammill. The first year he was second hand and the balance of the time, about seven years, he was foreman, and during the time rebuilt the water mill and put in the improved machinery. He was one year a partner with William Kemp in the American House at Norwood and then sold his interest to Kemp and bought the Elm street restaurant in Potsdam of H. L. & M. B. V. Ives. After one year there he spent a year with his brother, A. J. Holmes, in Gouverneur in the mills of Dean, Aldrich & Weston. In 1877 he went to Muskegan, Mich,, where he engaged in the mill business about three years. Returning in August, 1880, in partnership with his brother, A. J. Holmes, he refitted the old Elm street restaurant and opened it as a hotel under the name of "The Alhion," and while conducting the hotel built and operated the A. Sherman lumber mill at Sissonville. The restaurant was a new four story building, thirty three feet front, with an annex of a two story building. This annex was destroyed by fire in the fall of 1882 and the firm of C. R. & A. J. Holmes rebuilt from the office east, adding a four story building for dining room, kitchen, sample rooms and out kitchen, with about forty sleeping rooms, Later they bought the Tupper property to the east of the hotel, where the Potsdam reading room is located, and still later Mrs. C. R. Holmes bought the McChesney property used in connection with the hotel as a park. Mr. Holmes is a member of Racquette River Lodge No. 213, F. & A. M.; St. Lawrence Lodge of Perfection; Central City Consistory, and is a member of the Mystic Shrine and Media Temple, Watertown. He married April 11, 1882, Adelaide A. Eastman of Potsdam, and they have one child, Mildred, a student in the Normal School.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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