Clinton J. Ayres
Lake Placid News, October 14. 1927
Born: February 7, 1876

Died: July 13, 1930

Married: Lilla B. Jackson

Children: Donald, Marian, Isabelle

Clinton J. Ayres was a major real estate and insurance broker. Ayres Insurance was located in the corner office of the Berkeley House in the early 1920s.

His first job in Saranac Lake was with the George L. Starks hardware store. In 1913, he was awarded a patent for a cure chair; eight years later, Starks was granted a patent on what appears to be an elaboration of Ayres design.

U.S. Patent OfficeHe later worked for W. C. Leonard's for a number of years before buying the one year old real estate agency of the late Edward R. Young. Later he acquired the Eddy Whitby Agency.

He served as director and vice president of the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, and as a trustee of the Saranac Lake school system from 1913 to 1924.

Lake Placid News, July 18, 1930


Clinton J. Ayres, president of Clinton J. Ayres, Inc., Saranac Lake, one of the leading real estate and insurance agencies of the Adirondack region, and for many years one of the civic leaders of the North Country, died early Sunday evening at Clifton Springs sanatorium, Clifton Springs. Cancer was the cause of death.

Mr. Ayres had been in poor health since early in the year and had practically retired from active business. Four weeks ago he was taken to the Clifton Springs sanatorium. He was 54 years of age. Mr. Ayres was well known in Lake Placid and in this section of the Adirondacks, where he was held in universal esteem as a man of wide vision, progressive spirit, and marked business ability.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock at the Methodist Episcopal church, Saranac Lake. Interment was in Pine Ridge cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Lilla B. Jackson; and three children, Donald F. Ayres of Kingston, N. Y., and the Misses Marian E. and Isabelle C. Ayres of Saranac Lake.

1917 Mountain Home Telephone directory. Courtesy of Betsy Minehan.