Historian's Corner

Charlene Cole
Sandy Creek/Lacona Historian
Historian's Corner
April 5, 2018

The Blount Lumber Company employed so many from this community for almost 100 years. We are looking for pictures and memories of your years working there. I am putting pictures of workers on facebook in hopes of getting them identified and a year the photo was taken.

To Aroma and Phoebe (Thomas) Blount were born six children, four boys and two girls. Aroma, originally from Berry, New York, was born in 1827 and moved with his family to Orwell where he engaged in dairy farming.

He was always interested in lumbering and the out-of-doors, which he instilled in his sons, especially George R. Blount. As a result, this interest led to the development of the Blount Lumber Company, providing Sandy Creek with a pioneering industry. George embarked on a successful career in wholesale lumbering after graduating from the Rochester Business Institute.

A pioneer in his field, he bought large timber tracts throughout the North Country and proceeded to produce flooring and other commodities. What started as a small rocker shop developed into a major industry in Lacona providing, during the war, materials for the United States Government.

His wife, Jessie M. Ackley, a sister of Nellie, was an ever-present help to her husband as a business associate, acting the first Vice President of the Blount Lumber Company. A teacher and ardent club woman, she raised five children: Mildred, Howard, Ruth, Floyd and Florence. After her husband’s untimely death in 1932 she moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, always returning summers to her beloved Sandy Pond.

Mildred, a Phi Beta Kappa and scholar, taught school locally and in Florida, where she later moved. She died in 1974.

Howard P. Blount followed in his father’s footsteps and served as President of the Blount Lumber Company until 1960. He was born in 1892, enlisted in the Army in 1917, was captured and held prisoner for many months. He was interested in dairying and played a major part in the family dairy farm, Crownhurst. An avid fisherman and hunter he was devoted to the progress of the community and was Mayor of Lacona for many years. In 1921 he married Dolly Harding of Lacona and had two children George R. who married Shirley Ann Chase of Sandy Creek and Jean H. who married Harold T. Culver.

Ruth married her classmate at Syracuse University, Ralph O. Keffer and they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Ralph became Vice President of Alcoa, the Aluminum Company of America.

H. Floyd Blount, died in 1974. After serving as a Naval Ensign in the Air Force during World War I, he entered the family business. Aside from his business contributions, he served the community on the various boards of the school, Methodist Church and Lacona Bank. In 1921 he married Ednah Thomas of Sandy Creek. They had two sons F. Thomas of Lacona who married Evelyn Benson of New Jersey and Charles of Pulaski who married Marjorie Spofford of Syracuse and was employed in the Insurance field.

Florence Blount married H. Wallace Parker and had four sons Robert (wife Jean), William, John (wife Bonnie) and James (wife Jan).

Aroma Blount left a legacy to his descendants which all three generations accepted and used; an abiding sense of pioneer spirit, a love of nature and the land, and the desire to always come home.

Charlene Cole
Sandy Creek/Lacona Historian
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Sandy Creek, NY 13145
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