James F. Jillson. - One of the representative young business men of Ogdensburg is James F. Jillson, who is president
of the St. Lawrence County Savings Bank, and a veteran of the World War. He was born in this city in October, 1888,
the son of Jesse B. and Sarah (Coyle) Jillson.
Jesse B. Jillson, who was born at Boonville, N. Y., died in 1905. His wife was a native of Oxford Mills, Ont.,
and died in 1925. Both are buried in Ogdensburg. Mr. Jillson grew up on a farm near Depeyster, St. Lawrence County.
He lived in California for several years and later returned to New York and for 20 years was the successful manager
of the Oswegatchie Hotel in Ogdensburg. He then conducted the old Winton Hotel, which stood on the present site
of the St. Lawrence Savings Bank. Altogether, Mr. Jillson was interested in the hotel business in this city for
more than 40 years. He was a Republican and was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. There were three sons born to
Mr. and Mrs. Jillson: 1. Charles E., lives in Ogdensburg. 2. James F., the subject of this sketch. 3. Ralph P.,
who is a clerk in the New York State Assembly.
The education of James F. Jillson was received in the public schools of Ogdensburg and after his graduation from
high school in 1907 he was employed for 18 months in the store of Nathan Frank's Sons. He came to the St. Lawrence
County Savings Bank as bookkeeper May 1, 1909, and served in that capacity until his enlistment for service in
the World War in 1918. Throughout his term of service he was stationed at Camp Upton, L. I. He then returned to
his former position in Ogdensburg and in November, 1927, became president of the institution, succeeding James
Mr. Jillson is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Knights of
Pythias, and American Legion.
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