Louise LaFountain - 05/31/2018 - Photo courtesy of Historic Saranac Lake

Born:  December 3, 1934

Married: Bob LaFountain, October 31, 1953


Velma Louise LaFountain nee Emmons has deep roots in the Adirondacks. A descendant of Ebenezer Emmons (credited with naming the Adirondacks), Louise was born in 1934, and grew up on the family farm in Bloomingdale. When she wasn’t doing chores on the farm, Louise would play cops-and-robbers outside with her siblings.

Louise married Bob LaFountain when she was eighteen, and together they had two children. When Bob started working for Paul Smiths Electric, the family moved to Forest Hill Avenue where Louise lived for the next fifty years. After several years working at a bank, Louise took a job as a secretary for the New York State Police, where she spent 29 years. “I had the best job in New York State,” she said, “I never had two days alike.”

During retirement, Bob and Louise enjoyed annual trips to Florida. After Bob passed away in 2004, Louise spent another ten years in her home on Forest Hill, before deciding to move to Will Rogers, where she enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.

To listen to Louise's oral history, as recorded by Historic Saranac Lake on 05/31/2018 visit www.hslstories.org.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, October 31, 1953

Adirondack Daily Enterpries, October 31, 1953

Miss Louise Emmons Wed to R. LaFountain

Miss Velma Louise Emmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin H. Emmons, of Bloomingdale, and Robert Anthony LaFountain, of Clayburg, were united in marriage at 9 a.m. today in St. Bernard's Church. Rev. Peter Ward officiated at the double ring ceremony.

The Bride's aunt, Mrs. William J. Herman Jr., of East Rockaway, L.I. was vocalist and sang Ave Maria, O Perfect Love and O Promise Me. Miss Jane Morgan was organist Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a slate blue taffeta dress with three quarter length shirred sleeves, a scoop neckline and flared skirt. Her hat of winter pink velvet petals matched her accessories and she carried a prayer book topped with white roses.

Mrs. J. Ralph Wilson, matron at honor, of Cortland, WAS attired in a gray faille dress trimmed with winter pink and navy accessories. She carried an old-fashioned bouquet of rose pompons.

James LaFountain, brother of the groom, of Redford, was beet man. Ushers were Thomas C. Norman Jr., and Joseph McKillip.

Mrs. Emmons chose a navy blue suit with gray accessories for her daughters wedding. Mrs. LaFountain selected a gray suit with black accessories. Both women wore corsages of pink carnations.

A wedding breakfast was held at the Hotel Saranac for the wedding party and immediate family. A reception from 2 to 4 p.m. was held at the home of the bride's parents.

On their return from a wedding trip through New York State and Pennsylvania, the couple will make their home at 38 Lake Flower ave. For traveling the bride chose a red gabardine suit with navy accessories.

The bride was graduated from the Saranac Lake High School and employed at the Adirondack National Bank and Trust Co., Saranac Lake. The groom, a graduate of the Ausable Forks High School, is employed by Thomas C. Norman Sr. The bride was feted at a pre- nuptial shower by co-workers from the bank at the home of Mrs. Raymond LaRose. Another shower was tendered by Mrs. Claude R. Clark, of Bloomingdale.