Born: c. 1866 in New York

Died: 1911; January 24, 1912 [Year book, Saranac Lake Board of Trade, 1911-1912]

Married: Alida J. Corbett

Children: John F. Corbett, Mary H. Corbett, Agnus A, Corbett, William H. Corbett, Lida J. Corbett

John Corbett bought the Riverside Inn with Euclid Pine in 1899. He also owned the Lent Cottage. He lived at 46 Church Street.

Adirondack News, St. Regis Falls, November 11, 1899

Euclid C. Pine and John Corbett have purchased the Riverside Inn property at Saranac Lake, and completed the papers for a transfer of the property in Malone Thursday. The price paid to said to be in the neighborhood of $85,000. The hotel is one of the neatest hotel properties in the Adirondacks, and, under the management of Messrs. Pine and Corbett ought to be made to pay handsomely, as both are young, energetic hotel men of experience. Both were employed for years at Paul Smith's in various capacities, and are royal good fellows, whom the public delight in patronizing. Mr. Pine was for several years supervisor of Brighton, and has a wide acquaintance in the north end of this county, which should add to the already large business of the hotel a considerable transient patronage. Mr. Murray has made a success of his Saranac Lake enterprises and now retires from the hotel to give his entire time to the management of the electric light company and the carrying-on of his two farms near the village.

Malone Farmer, February 15, 1902


CORBETT.— In Saranac Lake, N. Y., Feb. 1, 1902, a Son to Mr. and Mrs. John Corbett.

Malone Farmer, April 8, 1903

John Corbett and Cyril B. Carpenter, of Saranac Lake, have leased a lot on the corner of St. Bernard and River streets of Wallace Murray and will erect a bowling alley 30x90 feet to include four departments.

The Sun Fort Covington N.Y. April 9, 1903

A despatch from Saranac Lake, says: Messrs. John Corbett of the Riverside Inn, and Cyril Carpenter, the well-known horseman, closed a deal last Wednesday night in which they formed a partnership for the promoting of a bowling alley. They have leased from Wallace Murray the lot situated on the corner of River and St. Bernard streets for a term of years and will erect at once a building 90x30. The building will contain four alleys and will be fitted up for the comfort and convenience of its patrons. The alleys will be known as "The Riverside", but will in no way be connected with the "Inn".

Malone Palladium, August 10, 1905

John Corbett, of the firm of Pine & Corbett, proprietors of the Riverside Inn, has been appointed by President Duryee, of the board of trustees, as a member of the sewer and water board to succeed Mr. Sherrill, whose resignation has been accepted. –Saranac Lake Enterprise.

Malone Farmer, July 19, 1905

The Saranac Lake Trucking Company has been organized to transact a trucking business between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid and vicinity. The officers are John Corbett, president; M. J. Brennan, vice president, and F. E. Starks, secretary and treasurer.

Plattsburgh Press, May 29, 1906

John Corbett of the Riverside Inn returned this week from a ten days pleasure trip to New York, where he took in the Brooklyn handicap.

Malone Farmer, January 31, 1912

John Corbett, one of the proprietors of the Riverside Inn at Saranac Lake, died in that village last week from a complication of nervous disease, from which he had been a sufferer for the past six months. Mr. Corbett was in his 46th year and leaves a wife and five children to mourn his loss. He went into the Adirondacks when a mere slip of a boy from Fort Edward and entered the employ of the Paul Smith's Hotel Company at Paul Smith's, remaining at that place until about ten years ago. Then he formed a co-partnership with Euclid Pine who was at that time bookkeeper at Paul Smith and the two young men took hold of the Riverside Inn at Saranac Lake, and made a great success of its management, that famous resort having been rebuilt and enlarged, and become the best known year-around hotel in that section of the Adirondacks. Mr. Corbett managed the Saranac ball club last season and was well-known in sporting circles. His death was a great shock to many Adirondack visitors who had supposed that his health was improving. Shortly before the holidays he went to Porto Rico in the hope that the change of air climate would prove beneficial. He returned a few weeks ago only slightly improved, but was able to be about the hotel, and his death was entirely unexpected.


As a member or members, John Corbett, and his wife, Alida J. Corbett, were named in the sale of Pontiac Club property to the Saranac Lake Boys' Club, Inc., in 1917. Mrs. Corbett acted as executrix of the Estate of John Corbett.