Henry A. Lamouree
From the History of the Valley of the Hudson, River of Destiny, 1609-1930, Volume V, Biographical. Contributed by Jerry Sterrit and transcribed by Arlene Goodwin
Since 1926 Henry A. Lamouree has been active in public affairs, first filling the office of assessor, and is now representing Saugerties on the board of county supervisors. He was born in Palenville, Greene county, New York, July 5, 1898, and is a son of Luman Lamouree, whose father there erected a woolen mill, which he owned and operated for several years. Luman Lamouree was born in Greene county in 1855 and spent the greater part of his life within its borders, operating a quarry, while during the tourist season he also conducted a boarding house. In 1909 he removed from Greene county to Ulster county, settling at Blue Mountain, in the township of Saugerties, where he purchased a tract of seventy acres. On this farm he grew fine vegetables and berries, which he sold to boarding houses and to tourists, and made his home on the place until his death in 1927. His wife, Anna (Haley) Lamouree, was born near Liberty, in Sullivan county, New York, in 1854 and they became the parents of six children. John, the eldest, obtained his public school education in Palenville and continued his studies in Columbia University, graduating from its pharmaceutical department. Subsequently he engaged in the drug business at Tuxedo and Suffern, New York, with his brother, Alexander Lamouree, and Frank E. Paret under the style of Paret & Lamouree, Inc. Fraternally he is a Mason, identified with Lorillard Lodge, F. & A. M., of Tuxedo. He married Miss Mary Mc Crerry, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and they have three children: Anna, a student at Cornell University, and Roger and Clementine, who are attending the public schools. Adelaide was graduated from the State Normal School of New York city. She was married to Owen Tuttle, a teacher of vocal music, who maintained a studio in eastern metropolis until his death in 1925. Alexander, a graduate of the Catskill high school and the Columbia College of Pharmacy, was attached to Base Hospital, No. 15, during the World War and served on various fronts. He is also a member of the Lorillard Lodge of Masons. He married Miss Catherine Fitzpatrick, of Tuxedo, and they have one child, Renee, who is attending school. Emma is the wife of James H. Reilly, an attorney, who is a clerk in the surrogate’s office at Catskill, and they are the parents of three children, Eileen, Cecillia and Marie. Adelbert acquired a public school education and then joined the New York National Guard. During the World war period he was in training at Spartanburg, South Carolina, and in 1917 went to France with the One Hundred and Fifth Infantry, a part of the Twenty-seventh Division. On the 18th of October, 1918, while serving in the San Quentin sector, he made the supreme sacrifice for this county, and Lamouree Post, No. 96, of the American Legion of Saugerties, was named for his honor.
Henry A. Lamouree, who completes the family, attended the grammar and high schools of Saugerties and afterward had charge of the home farm for a time. In 1917 he enlisted in the United States Navy for service in the World war and was assigned to the aviation department. After eight months of hard training at the Great Lakes camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, he was sent to the Rockaway Point air station on Long island and detailed for duty with Dirigible C-10. There he remained for eighteen months, receiving an honorable discharge at the end of that time. With his return home he again took over the management of the farm, after which he taught for two years in rural schools of West Saugerties and Manorville, Ulster county. In 1926 he was called to the office of assessor, serving until 1929. In the fall of 1929 he was elected supervisor for Saugerties for a term of two years and took office January 1, 1930. As a public servant he has labored untiringly in behalf of his town, conscientiously and efficiently performing his duties, and his work has been strongly commended.
On the 19th of September, 1924, Mr. Lamouree was married to Miss Lillian M. Myer, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Myer, who reside on a farm in the town of Saugerties. Mr. and Mrs. Lamouree are faithful members of the Dutch Reformed Church of Blue Mountain and he is president of the Saugerties Sunday School Association. For two years he served as president of the Ulster County Christian Endeavor Union, of which his wife is now secretary and treasurer. He is a member of the Saugerties Club and in Masonry he has connection with Ulster Lodge, No. 93, F. & A. M., and Catskill Chapter, No. 285, R. A. M. In the affairs of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows he has taken a prominent part, serving as deputy grand master for the Ulster district during 1926, and is a member of Catskill Mountain Lodge, No. 487, I. O. O. F., and Thomas Wiley Encampment, No. 57, of Saugerties, while his wife belongs to Queen of Rebekah Lodge, No. 36, at Saugerties. He is likewise identified with Esopus Tribe, No. 482, Improved Order of Red Men, and Junior Order of United American Mechanics at Saugerties. Mr. Lamouree is loyal to the teachings and purposes of these fraternal organizations and faithful to every cause which he expouses and to every trust repose in him, whether of a private or public nature. Genial and companionable by nature, he enjoys the social side of life, and a wide circle of steadfast friends is indicative of his personal popularity.