Born: May 10, 1876
Died: November 20, 1964
Married: Beatrice Tovar
Earl Lenier Gray, known as Lee, was the brother of Bertrand H. Gray; he owned the The Book Store. Known as E.L. (no one remembers him being called "Earl"), he was a "gentleman"— he always comported himself as such, and conducted his business in a gentlemanly manner, selling nothing cheap or gaudy and running the store every day dressed in a three-piece suit.
Occasionally, his strictness about business matters caused problems. Gray had the contract with the local school district to supply textbooks. He would invariably order precisely as many as he was told would be needed, and he almost as invariably would run short. Years after he retired and the business was owned by Bill Harvey, Gray advised the younger man, "Don't get involved with textbooks."
In December, 1955, Gray sold "The Bookstore" to Donald R. Moreau.
E. L. Gray died in 1964; his wife Beatrice died in 1934. They had no children, so most of his estate went to a distant cousin. He did, however, leave $30,000 to the Saranac Lake Free Library — a most appropriate gift from a bookstore proprietor.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, November 23, 1964
Earl L. Gray, 88, a Saranac Lake businessman since 1903, died Friday afternoon at Saranac Lake General Hospital.
Mr. Gray attended local schools and went to work as a telegrapher in the early 1890s for John Harding at the old Algonquin Hotel on Lower Saranac Lake. In 1896 he became a telegrapher for the New York Central Railroad at Utica.
In 1913 he and Elbert Bellows opened an automobile agency and, also with Mr. Bellows, he started the first bus company in the area which served Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Plattsburgh. He served on the Saranac Lake Board of Trade in 1912.
Mr. Gray was a life-long member of the Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician and was a member of its vestry. He also was a member of Lodge 789, F&AM; the Wanneta Lodge, Royal Arch Masons; the Franklin Commandery, Knights Templar of Malone; the Karnak Temple Order of the Mystic Shrine of Montreal; and of the Saranac Lake Rotary Club.
A brother, B. H. Gray of Malone, survives.
Friends may call at the Fortune Funeral Home where a Masonic Service will be held at 8 o'clock this evening. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 2 p. m. Tuesday with the Rev. O. W. Peter Hill rector of St. Luke's Church, officiating. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery.