James Cronk Constable

From The Capital Region of New York State, Crossroads of Empire, 1942
Francis P. Kimball


Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin


For more than forty years, James Cronk Constable has been engaged in business as a building contractor in the Tannersville section of Greene County. During this period he has erected many of the largest buildings in the village and neighboring resorts. Mr. Constable also carries on a lumber, coal and wood supply business.

He was born in Newburgh, Orange County, on December 21, 1865, son of Aaron and Mary (Cronk) Constable, both of Orange County families.  Although his father was a farmer, his own interests led him in other directions and after attending the Newburgh public schools he began clerking in a local grocery store at the age of fourteen.  Two years later he began his apprenticeship in the carpenter’s trade, which he followed, after qualifying as a journeyman, for several years before coming to Tannersville in 1894.  In this community he was employed as a carpenter by others for a short time, then established himself as a contractor.  His experience, reflected in the superior quality of his work, and his prompt fulfillment of all contractual obligations led to the rapid expansion of his business which he has since continued on an extensive scale.  Mr. Constable has erected some of the largest resort hotels and numerous fine residences in the Catskill, including many beautiful homes in Elka Park, Onteora Park and Twilight Park.  He handles all types of contracting work and since 1919 has developed as a joint enterprise a large business in lumber, coal and wood.

Mr. Constable, who is well known in the Catskills for his business interests, has also been active in the general life of Tannersville community, where his influence is acknowledged as a constructive force. He has served at various times in all village offices and has rounded out a long term as a member of the local board of education. Mr. Constable was one of the organizers of the Jacob Fromer Hose Company and is still a member of the company. He is a Republican in politics and is affiliated fraternally with the Knights of Pythias, in which he has been accorded honorary membership. A Methodist in religious faith, he serves as treasurer of the Tannersville Methodist Church. 

On December 21, 1898, James Cronk Constable married Frankie E. Eggleston, of Tannersville, daughter of Henry and Delia (Perry) Eggleston, born in Prattsville. They became the parents of one daughter, Violet, now deceased, a graduate of Tannersville High School. She married Harry L. Kirchner, of Kingston, and leaves two children: Joyce L. and Phyllis.


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