Born: 1891

Died: 1957

Married: Clementine Gauthier Hanmer


Truman Hanmer was the eldest son of Theodore Hanmer, and the brother of Willard Hanmer. He was not a boat builder. He built the house at 123 Lake Street with his father.

He served as guide at Pine Point Lodge.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 7, 1957


Truman John Hanmer, former resident of Saranac Lake, died suddenly at the Syracuse Memorial Hospital at 7:30 p.m. Monday of a heart attack.

Mr. Hammer was taken ill April 29 and had been confined to-the hospital since that time. He was 66.

Funeral services were held in Syracuse today following which the body will be brought to the. family home, 123 Lake St., Saranac Lake. Fortune's Funeral Home will be in charge of local services. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Mr. Hammer was born in Saranac Lake on April 9, 1891, a son of Theodore and Emma Hebert Hanmer. He attended schools here and was a carpenter by trade. As a young man he went to work with his father, the famed builder of the Adirondack guide boat, in his boatshop in Saranac Lake. He also worked in the boating business on the lakes in the area and for a time was caretaker at the Bucknell Camp on Upper Saranac Lake. Mr. Hanmer later purchased a motel and restaurant at Lake Clear. He continued that operation until 1943 when he sold out and moved to Syracuse where he continued in the carpentry business.

His father died here on April 19 at the age of 97. Survivors include six sisters, Miss Bessie Hanmer, Mrs. Clark Hayes, Mrs. John Buehler, Mrs Carl Terry, all of Saranac Lake, Mrs. Michael Frisco, of Syracuse, and Mrs. Charles Sayles, of Brooklyn. There are a brother, Willard, of Saranac Lake, and two nieces.

Maitland DeSormo, Summer on the Saranacs, p. 125

Truman Hanmer, the other boy in the family and also a gifted carpenter, helped his father for many years. For a time he was caretaker at the Bucknell camp on Upper Saranac. A keen hunter like his father and brother Willard, he had a camp at Boot Bay on the Lower Lake. Probably his greatest achievement was his planting black spruce seedlings, which he carried in by packbasket from the Lake Clear nursery, on the side of Boot Bay Mountain. Today this reforestation project is well grown and clearly visible from the Lake.

 Truman later purchased a motel and restaurant at Lake Clear which he ran until 1943. when he sold out and went to Syracuse where he continued in the carpentry business. He came for his fathers funeral in April, 1957 but two weeks later he died, aged 66, the aftermath of a heart attack.