Born: June 13, 1856

Died: November 5, 1916 Albany

Married: Clara Estella Gallien (b. Mar 1866 Troy, Rensselear, NY)

Children: Mattie E. (Dewey) Lloyd,  Alice E. (Dewey) LeClare (died), Charles M. Page (Albany)

Thomas Dewey was an early Saranac Lake landowner, having owned 175 acres in the area, that he may have lost to foreclosure in 1904.  In later years he was described as the leading grain and feed dealer of Saranac Lake.  He was a nephew of Commodore George Dewey, best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War. Thomas Dewey was a brother of William Dewey, who operated the Dewey House in Saranac Lake.

Malone Farmer, March 9, 1904


The People's National Bank, of Malone, Plaintiff, against Thomas Dewey and Estella Dewey, Defendants.

In pursuance of a judgment and decree of foreclosure and sale, duly granted in the above entitled action, and entered in Franklin County clerk's office on the 5th day of January, 1904, the undersigned referee will sell at public auction at the law office of Main & Bryant, in the village of Malone, Franklin county, N. Y., on the 29th day of February, 1904, at 10 o'clock A. M., the premises described in said judgment and decree as follows, viz:

All that tract or parcel of land situate in the town of Harrietstown, Franklin county, New York, being a part, of township 21, old military tract, bounded and described as follows: Commencing at the northeast corner of William Benham's land on the north line of said township 24, running thence easterly on said line 25 chains to a stake and stones; thence south 2 1/2° west 40 chains to a stake and stones; thence north 87 1/2° west 25 chains to a stake and stones; thence north 2 1/2° east 40 chains on said Benham's line to the place of beginning, containing 100 acres of land, be the same more or less.

Also all that other tract or parcel of land situate in the town of Harrietstown, Franklin county, New York, in township No. 24, great tract one, McComb's purchase, beginning on the north line of land conveyed by S. P. Bowen to Milo B. Miller, by deed dated September 21, 1883, and recorded in the Franklin county clerk's office in book 71 of deeds at page 373, of the 5th day of October, 1883, at a point 50 rods westerly from the center of the highway running from Saranac Lake village to John King's house, where said north line crosses the said highway, said point being in the center of the valley where the old winter road leads to Lonesome Pond near Silas S. Flagg's clearing; running thence southerly along the center of the said valley 80 rods; thence west 150 rods; thence north 80 rods to said north, line; thence east along said north line 150 rods to the place of beginning, containing 75 acres of land, together with the appurtenances thereunto belonging.

Dated January 6th, 1904.


GORDON H. MAIN. Plaintiff's Attorney, Malone. N. Y.

The above sale is hereby postponed until the 8th day of March, 1904, at the same place and hour

Dated Feb. 16,1904.

HARRY M. CHAMBERLAIN, Referee. GORDON H. MAIN, Plaintiff's Attorney, Malone, N. Y.

Unidentified news clipping, November 13,1916


Could Always Be Counted on to Do Anyone a Favor.

Editor, The Adirondack Enterprise: Dear Sir:—One by one the "real natives" of the place are passing away, going on to the Great Beyond. Although very little recognition is taken of this fact, they all had some hand in it building the foundation of .Saranac Lake.

On November 5th, 1916, one more passed on-- Thomas Dewey. After graduating from the school here, he learned telegraphing. He was one of the first four of the young people of this place to learn telegraphy (the only one of the four who is left is the writer of this). Later he was the "all round" man in M. B. Miller's store (on the site of the present Goldsmith store). He was storekeeper, bookkeeper, acting postmaster and telegraph operator.

I, for one, and doubtless many others, recall that "Tom" could, always be counted on to do any one a favor, his invariable answer to any request was "With the greatest of pleasure."

E. E. M. Saranac Lake, N. Y., Nov. 13, 1916.


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