Russell Steenburg

Source: Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY, William Richard Cutter, A. M., Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1910, pages 20-21

STEENBURG. Ransell Steenburg was native of Grand Isle, Vermont, a descendant of German ancestors. He learned the trade of carpentry and worked at farming in his youth. When a young man he settled in Bangor, New York, and cleared a farm of wild land. he and two sons served in a New York Regiment in the Civil War. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Church. He died at Bangor at the age of seventy-four years. He married Louisa Fosburg, who was born in Canada. Children: 1. Wells. 2. Daniel. 3. William b., mentioned below. 4. Standish, served in the Civil War.

(II) William B., son of Ransell Steenburg, was born in Bangor, New York, in 1844, and was educated in the public schools of that town. He was brought up on his father's farm, but left home at the age of seventeen years to enlist in the Civil War. He as in Company E, Sixtieth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, Army of the Potomac, and took part in many hard-fought battles. He marched with Sherman through Georgia. At the close of the war he went west for two years and for a time was employed as a traveling salesman. He was a hotel proprietor two years and conducted a drug store for six years. Since then he has been a general merchant at Bangor and in 1909 he succeeded his son as postmaster there. He has held many other offices of trust and honor. He was constable, town clerk, and for twelve years supervisor of the town of Bangor. He is a member and has been commander of the Grand Army Post; member of North Bangor Lodge, No. 556, Free and Accepted Masons; of the Northern Constellation Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Franklin Commandery, No. 60, Knights Templar, Media Temple, Mystic Shrine. He and his family attend the Methodist Church. In politics he is a Republican. He married (first) Maggie Watterson, of Mennesberg, Canada. She died April 21, 1877. He married (second) Elizabeth Reid. Children of first wife: 1. Jennie, born November 21, 1868; married Albert E. Russell, of Ogdensburg. 2. Frank, mentioned below. Children of second wife: 3. Adelbert, died December 18, 1889, aged twelve years. 4. Jessie, died April, 1905, aged twenty years. 5. Bernice, born January 209, 1890.

(III) Frank, son of William B. Steenberg, was born in Bangor, New York, December 13, 1870. He was educated in the public schools. For a time he was a clerk in the sheriff's office, then he spent a year and a half in the west. In 1891, in partnership with his father, he engaged in business in Bangor, New York, as a general merchant. The firm has been very successful. Mr. Steenberg has been active and prominent in politics. He is a Republican and one of the leaders in county affairs. He was postmaster of Bangor for a number of years; was supervisor of census in 1900; in 1903 was elected sheriff of Franklin County for three years; in 1908 he was elected for another term. He attends the Methodist Church. He is a member of the Maccabees; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; North Bangor Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is past master; North Constellation Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Franklin Commandery, Knights Templar; Karnack Temple, Mythic Shine; Ancient Order of Foresters. He married, December 12, 1892, Irene Whitney, of Moira, Franklin County, New York, daughter of Edward A. and Mary (Ford) Whitney. Children: 1. Marjorie, (win), born October 10, 1893. 2. Marguerite, (twin), October 10, 1893. 3. Watterson, February 7, 1895.