Biography of Melvin B. Ramsdell
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Melvin B. Ramsdell, who is president and treasurer of Ramsdell-Ewart, Inc., is prominent in the business and civic life of Ogdensburg. He was born at Dickinson Center, Franklin County, the son of Rev. Nelson and Eliza C. (Smith) Ramsdell.

Rev. Nelson Ramsdell, who died in 1916, was a native of Dickinson Center. He served during the Civil War and in early life was interested in farming. At the age of 60 years he became a minister of the Baptist Church. He was an ardent prohibitionist and held membership in the Grand Army of the Republic. His wife died in 1915. Both are buried at St. Regis Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsdell had three sons: 1. H. N., merchant, lives at Dickinson Center. 2. Fred S., lives at St. Regis Falls. 3. Melvin B., the subject of this sketch.

Melvin B. Ramsdell was educated at Dickinson Center and St. Regis Falls and attended Albany Business College. He conducted a furniture and undertaking business at St. Regis Falls until 1918, when he removed to Patchogue, L. I. He was identified with the undertaking establishment of Hornthal & Company, and later was located at Rochester, N. Y. Mr. Ramsdell came to Ogdensburg in 1921 and at that time purchased an interest in the undertaking and furniture business of Fleming & Sovie Company. Two years later the business was reorganized and incorporated as Ramsdell, Ewart Company, Inc., with Mr. Ramsdell as president and treasurer, and W. Frank Ewart, vice president and secretary.

In June, 1894, Mr. Ramsdell married Miss Elizabeth Shaw, of Dickinson Center, the daughter of Levi and Sophronia (Crandall) Shaw. Both are deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Ramsdell have been born six children: 1. Francis, deceased. 2. Florence, a graduate of Potsdam State Normal School, principal of the grade school at Lynbrook, L. I. 3. Melvin, deceased. 4. Laurena, a graduate of the Craine Institute of Music, now supervisor of music. 5. Josephine, a graduate of Postdam State Normal School, teacher, at Rochester, N. Y. 6. Pauline, deceased.

Mr. Ramsdell is a Republican and has served as supervisor of Franklin County and as alderman in Ogdensburg. He is an elder of the Presbyterian Church and belongs to the Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


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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