John H. Williams was the founder of the general store, Williams and Sons.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 29, 1968
The Year 1907— "John H. Williams, a prominent citizen dies at his home in this Village — At his home at 18 St. Bernard Street Sunday afternoon occurred the death of this prominent man. The termination of his life was a shock to his many friends, as he had been at his place of business and among them only a few days before.
"In 1895 the deceased opened a store at 4 Broadway in partnership with his son, H. Ray Williams, for the sale of general merchandise and groceries.
Throughout his residence in Saranac Lake Mr. Williams has been identified with the progressive element of village life; he has been a worthy citizen, kindly and charitable in his disposition and in all his relations with people with whom he came in contact he has conducted himself as becoming one who was invaluable in the community. In politics, village and all other matters he was not partisan and his fairminded impulses endeared him to all and won the confidence and esteem of whomsoever enjoyed his acquaintance.
"Mr. Williams is survived by his widow, a son, H. Ray Williams; one daughter, Olive Williams of Saranac Lake and three brothers."