Born: 1819

Died: 1893


Children: Several, all of whom died young

Amiel C. McCollom was a farmer, a guide, and a hotel-keeper, who settled in what would become the hamlet of McColloms in 1849 in a cabin built earlier by Amos Rice. McCollom was a Scottsman who was noted for his ability as a dog-handler, an important skill for guides in the days when deer hunting with dogs was the norm.

Plattsburgh Sentinel, September 29, 1890


[Taken by permission from John H. Titus's interesting pamphlet on noted Adirondack men.]


A. C. McCollom, who for years has been known as "Uncle Mac," was born in 1819. For a year or two before the Ogdensburg railroad" was finished, which was in 1849, he worked for some of the contractors, and that year he moved to what was then called "the burnt land," as it had been burned out for miles and miles, but now McColloms. He soon farmed it to quite an extent, and hunted and trapped a good deal, and it became a noted place to get nice fish and venison meals and good fishing and hunting. Everybody that knew him liked to get to "Uncle Mac's," though for many years it was quite a hard job to get there. He died in 1893, his wife dying a few years previously.