Biography of Harlon S. Perrigo
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Perrigo, Harlan S., Postsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam, June 22, 1843, a son of Sylvester F., who was a native of Georgia, Vt., who moved to this town March 31, 1836. Sylvester F. was a carpenter and joiner, but bought a farm near Crary's Mills, because it would be a better place to rear his boys. He died December 30, 1883, in his seventy eighth year. The grandfather, David Perrigo, was a revolutionary soldier and took part in the battle of Bennington. The mother of our subject was a native of Swanton, Vt., her maiden name being Laura Brooks. They had nine children, only two now living: Elbert M., a farmer of Nebraska, and Harlan S. Harlan S. was educated in the old St. Lawrence Academy at Potsdam and at Middlebury (Vt.) College, graduating August 11, 1870. He taught for seven years, and in 1877 he came to Potsdam, where he bought three insurance agencies and established a fire insurance business, in which he has ever since been interested. In the fall of 1881 Mr. Perrigo was elected school commissioner of the third district of St. Lawrence county. After serving three years he was re-elected by double the majority received the first time. He is now a trustee of school district No. 8 of Potsdam. Mr. Perrigo is senior warden of Racket River Lodge No 213. and king and past high priest of St. Lawrence Chapter No, 24, R. A. M., also worthy patron of Vega Chapter, O. E. S., and a member of St. Lawrence Commandery No. 28, K. T. He is also a member of Excelsior Lodge No. 548 of the I. O. O. F., and has been through all the chairs, being now a past grand. He is a member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Perrigo married November 27, 1870, Josephine A. Giffin of Edwardsville, N. Y., and they are the parents of five children, three of whom are living, viz.: Alice M., Harlan S., jr, and Louise L.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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