Born: June 7, 1906

Died: February 1988

Married: Charles O. Blair on September 6, 1927

Children: Kathryn Blair (b. Aug 8, 1929-d. April 2005) and Charles James Blair (b. Jan 28, 1939 - d. Nov 20, 1993)

LaVerne Strough was a TB patient who lived in Saranac Lake from 1911- c. 1927.

Her father, Arthur Strough, and her siblings moved here from Dolgeville, New York because LaVerne and her mother, Carrie Strough, had TB. Her mother was ill for a year or so before they moved and may not have made it to Saranac Lake.

Arthur remarried Anna (Patterson) Strough sometime between 1913 and 1918. Her sister and brother-in-law, Hazel Strough Paye and Robert Paye, also lived here for many years.

Arthur Strough and his friend Joseph LaBeau were killed in a tragic car accident in April 1922 on Bloomingdale Road near the Trudeau Sanatorium.

LaVerne married Charles O. Blair of Chateaguay in September 1927 and they had two children, Kathryn (b. Aug 8, 1929-d. April 2005?) and Charles James Blair (b. Jan 28,1939-d.Nov 20, 1993) They moved to the Syracuse area in the late 1930s, eventually settling in Central Square. Charles passed away in 1980 and Laverne in 1988.


  • LaVerne Strough's granddaughter, Colleen T. Blair Bennett