Type of Work: Retail and Services

Working first jobs on the river in Alexandria Bay

Fairman “Sampie” Sutton was born in 1934 and grew up in Alexandria Bay. Over the years, he held many jobs, including town supervisor. Sutton says he was influenced by his stepfather, Mr. Hutchinson. He gave Sutton his first official job when he was a teenager. Listen to Sutton’s story here! 

A crowded barbershop in Tupper Lake

A crowded barbershop in Tupper Lake

Barbers helping customers at a barbershop. A large group of customers stands clustered in the background. Note the sink in the back left. There are early electric light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Circa 1930- 1940. Tupper Lake, NY. Photo courtesy of the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.

Two barbers at work in Tupper Lake

Two barbers at work in Tupper Lake

Two workers in a barbershop helping customers. The barbershop was located in the Pervonga & Trudeau building. The decorations suggest the photo was taken sometime around the fourth of July. Circa 1900. Tupper Lake, NY. Photo courtesy of the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.

Outside the Iroquois Hotel in Tupper Lake

Outside the Iroquois Hotel in Tupper Lake

The exterior of the Iroquois Hotel, with people posing on the first and second floors and in the car out front. Circa 1910. Tupper Lake, NY. Photo courtesy of the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library.

Working as an accountant in Saranac Lake

When Fobare’s first husband was finishing up his schooling in Louisiana, she had to work to support them. Even though she didn’t have a high school diploma, she got a job working for a Certified Public Accountant who said he would teach her everything she needed to know. She learned to work as an accountant, […]