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Plessis, Nov. 5. --Sunday, Nov. 1, was A. D. Williams' 73rd birthday and the 50th anniversary of his marriage to Elida Hunneyman Williams, and as they were quietly reading early in the evening, in their pleasant home in this village they were surprised by their children and grandchildren all coming in bearing a large and beautiful birthday cake, ornamented with 73 candles, and baskets of good things for supper. The large dining table was soon spread and a delicious supper enjoyed with much fun on the part of the young folks. After supper, a pleasant social evening was spent. Those present besides Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Williams were: Mr. and Mrs. DeForrest Williams and children, Glenn, Arlena and Gladys; Mr. and Mrs. Clark Williams and sons, Wayne, Gaylord, and Raymond. Mr. and Mrs. Williams' family circle is not unbroken; a daughter having died in infancy, and a son, Delphi, in early boyhood.
MRS. A. J. HUNTER OBSERVES HER 60th BIRTHDAY
Plessis, Nov. 5. --Last Thursday being Mrs. A. J. Hunter’s 60th birthday, she was invited to spend the day at the home of her son, Ross, and on her return in the evening was surprised by her children and grandchildren, and Mr. and Mrs. James Bacon of Philadelphia, about 20 in all, coming in a body, bearing a beautiful birthday cake with 60 candles and baskets of other good things to eat. An enjoyable evening was spent with music, games and visiting, and the guests departed at a late hour wishing the hostess many pleasant returns of the day.
BYRON HUNNEYMAN RITES THURSDAY
Evans Mills, May 9. --Funeral services for Byron Hunneyman, 73, Lafargeville, who died at the House of the Good Samaritan at Watertown on Tuesday morning, will be held from the Methodist Episcopal church at 2 Thursday afternoon. Rev. Ivan Howland of Lafargeville will officiate. Interment will be made at Evans Mills. Mr. Huneyman (sic) was a retired farmer.
Mr. Hunneyman was born in the town of Alexandria. His early life was spent in Evans Mills and Theresa. For the past ten years he had resided near Lafargeville. His wife, Mrs. Ida May Snell Hunneyman, died 17 years ago. He is survived by a brother, George of Plessis and a sister, Mrs. Dell Williams of Plessis; and one son, Earl of Lafargeville and seven grandchildren.
MISS ALICE SPIES, REDWOOD, IS BRIDE OF GLEN WILLIAMS
Redwood, June 29. --Glen Williams, farmer, of Lafargeville and Alice Spies daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Spies of Redwood, were married at the Lutheran church Wednesday evening, June 26. Mrs. Williams is an active worker in the Sunday school, having served as teacher and Sunday school organist for several years. The couple will make their home at Lafargeville.
FINDS HUSBAND DEAD IN BARN
ACUTE HEART ATTACK CAUSE OF SUDDEN DEATH
A. D. WILLIAMS, PLESSIS, DIES
Prominent Resident of Plessis Had
Been Ill For Some Time But Was
Able To Be About When stricken.
Plessis, Jan. 14. --A. D. Williams, prominent local resident, war found dead in a henhouse at his home here this morning at 11:30 by his wife.
Mrs. Williams missed her husband and went to the barn to search for him. When she entered the henhouse she found him lying on the floor dead.
Dr. E. E. Eddy was notifed and found that Mr. Williams had been dead about half an hour. He gave the cause of death as an acute heart attack.
Mr. Williams had been in ill health for some time, but his death came as a distinct shock to his wife and friends here.
Mr. Williams is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elida Williams, and two sons, Clark and DeForest (sic). The two sons reside on farms in this section and were immediately notified.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
WILLIAMS FUNERAL TUESDAY AT 1 P. M. AT PLESSIS HOME
Plessis, Jan. 17. --The funeral of the late Adelbert D. Williams, 75, who was found dead in the hencoop at his home here Saturday morning, was held from the home today at 1 p.m., Rev. W. J. Hancock officiating. Burial was made in the family plot in Plessis Brookside cemetery.
Mr. Williams, one of the most prominent residents of this section, had been in ill health and his death was due to acute heart trouble. His wife found his body when he failed to appear at the house after two hours.
He was born at Lafargeville Nov. 1, 1852, son of Willard and Caroline Rhines Williams. He attended the public schools and was married Nov. 1, 1875, to Elida Hunneyman of Alexandria, and went to housekeeping on the Wilcox farm, later buying and moving to the farm in the Hart district, which is still owned by the family, and operated by Glenn Williams, a grandson.
Twenty years ago Mr. and Mrs. Williams moved to the village to the Van Amber place, but later bought the Luther Bellinger home, where they have resided since November, 1913.
Mr. Williams was a charter member and past master of Plessis Grange No. 629, P. of H., a charter member and senior past chief ranger of Court Victorious No. 1750, I. O. F. He had been town assessor and road commissioner and was one of the initial directors of Redwood National Bank, being again re-elected at the last meeting of the directors, held but a few days ago. He was also at the time of his death a director of the Plessis Cooperative association, and president of the Brookside Cemetery association.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elida Williams, two sons DeForest and Clarke, six grandchildren, Glenn, Arlena, Gladys, Wayne, Gaylord and Raymond Williams. A daughter died in infancy and a son, Delphi, when a young lad. He also leaves a brother, Albert Williams, of Plessis and a sister, Mrs. Bert Haller of Brownville, besides numerous other relatives and a wide circle of friends.
HUNNEYMAN FAMILY REUNION
IS HELD AT CRYSTAL LAKE
Plessis, July 6. The tenth annual reunion of the Hunneyman family was held at Crystal Lake near Redwood, June 30. Fifty-three present. After dinner a business meeting was held and the following officers elected for the ensuing year: President, Harry Rowell; secretary, Rena Marsh; treasurer, Clarence Marsh; entertainment committee, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Williams, Miss Arlene Williams and Mrs. Lena Bickelhaupt; committee on arrangements, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Williams, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Simpson.
Those present were Mrs. Elida Williams, George Hunneyman, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hunneyman, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rowell and daughters, Doris and Phyllis, Mrs. Nettie Reynolds and sons, Virgil and Harold, Mr. and Mrs. Clarke Williams and sons, Wayne Gaylord and Raymond of Plessis; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Simpson and Catherine Beebe, Mrs. Clara Van Dresar, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hunneyman and daughters, Betty and Catherine, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hunneyman, son, Merle and Margaret Beebe, of Redwood; Earle Hunneyman and daughters, Catherine and Violet and sons, Roger and Earle, Mr. and Mrs. William Marsh, Mr. and Mrs. Forry Williams, Miss Arlina and Miss Gladys Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Marsh, Lafargeville, Mrs. Lena Bickelhaupt, Theresa, Mr. and Mrs. Smith Rowell, Carthage, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rowell and daughters, Leda and Virginia of Rochester.
MRS. MARION F. BARNES, 80, DIES AT PLESSIS
Plessis, March 19. --Mrs. Marlon Frances Barnes, 80, died at her home here early Sunday morning of pneumonia.
Marion Frances Woods was born at Lansdown, Canada, April 27, 1847. In 1866 she was married to Thomas A. Ferguson of Lansdown, who died about 1883. All of the ten children were born in Canada. About 1895 she came with her children to Alexandria Bay and in 1906 was maried to Owen Barnes and came to live on his farm near Plessis, where they resided until about 1912 when they came to this village to live in the home where she had since resided.
Mrs. Barnes was a member of, first, the Methodist Episcopal church of Prescott, Ont., and later of the Methodist Episcopal church of Plessis.
She leaves five daughters, and one son, as follows: Mrs. Hiram Catchpeu of Quebec; Mrs. Florence McBroom of Prestott; Mrs. Gilbert Grant and Mrs. W. D. Breen, both of Buffalo; Miss Dora Ferguson of Ogdensburg; J. Edward Ferguson of Plessis, and step-daughter, Mrs. Clark Williams of Plessis; besides 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. W. D. Green and Mrs. McBroom were with their mother when she died. Mrs. Barnes’ son, Edward, is steward on a line of transportation steamers on the upper lakes during the navigation season, and has made it his custom to spend the winters here with his mother.
The funerl will be held at the Methodist Episcopal church, Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. W. J. Hancock, officiating. The bearers, will be A. H. Rowell, G. A. Snell, E. F. Snell, M. W. Reed, H. L. Penn and H. N. Norton.
Burial will be in Plessis Brookside cemetery.
TO DEDICATE BAY HIGH AUGUST 31
COMPLETE BUILDING AFTER YEAR OF WORK
FACULTY FOR SCHOOL CHOSEN
Rev. Bernard C. Clausen of Syracuse to Speak
at Formal Dedication Exercises of the New Building.
Alexandria Bay, July 6. --Approximately a year after the laying of the corner stone, the Alexandria Bay High school is finished and the faculty for the new school has been chosen.
The new building is located on Bolton avenue and is 272 feet long and 176 feet deep. It is constructed of concrete and has been passed on by state officials. The building was erected under the supervision of Charles E. Devine, general contractor of Watertown.
The formal dedication exercises will be held Aug. 41 (sic), with Rev. B. C. Clausen of the First Baptist church of Syracuse as one of the speakers.
The new building is a two-story structure with a large gymnasium in the basement. There are ten classrooms on the first floor besides a large auditorium and locker rooms. On the second floor are 17 classrooms.
The faculty of the school for the coming year is as follows: D. H. Lyman, principal; Rachel Merritt, home economics; Geneva Overacker, mathematics; Margaret Hagen, commercial; Gladys M. Zoller, history; Katheryn Graham, physical education; John M. Bronnell, science and athletic director; Rosemary Parrott, Latin and French; Mrs. Ethel Leonard, eighth grade; Lena Caswell, eighth grade; Mary Alice MacMillian, seventh grade; Isabelle Spaulding, sixth grade; Etta Banford, fifth grade; Mrs. Arminta Fox, fourth grade; Mrs. Bessie Wheeler, second grade; Ruth Leonard, first grade and Leta Caswell, first grade.
PAUL E. PORTER FOR SURROGATE
SPECIAL SURROGATE ANNOUNCES HIS CANDIDACY
THIRD CANDIDATE IN RACE
Attorney Harold L. Hooker and E. Ralph Gosier
Also Seek Republican Nomination.
Attorney Paul E. Porter of Theresa, special surrogate and former member of the board of supervisors, from his town as well as being a prominent member of the Jefferson County bar, today announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for surrogate to succeed Judge Joseph Atwell whose term will expire this year.
Attorney Porter is the third to come into the field for the Republican nomination, Attorney Harold L. Hooker, former corporation counsel of the city of Watertown having been the first to make an announcement and Attorney E. Ralph Gosier, also of this city, and clerk of surrogate’s court, having been the second.
There is some anticipation that Attorney Fred A. Grant of the local law firm of Kelley & Grant, Attorney Floyd W. Haller of Dexter, search clerk in the county clerk’s office, and former District Attorney E. Robert Wilcox will make announcements later.
(Sept. 29, 1929)
Miss Bernice Amelia Breslin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augustine S. Breslin of 527 Main street, became the wife of Herbert Richard Decker of Beaver, Pa., at 12:30 o’clock this afternoon at the home of the bride. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. George Brown Swinnerton, pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian church, in the presence of the immediate families of the couple.
Miss Jeanette E. Breslin, the bride’s sister, was maid of honor. Harry Goodnow of Boston, Mass., classmate and fraternity brother of the bridegroom at Clarkson College, Potsdam, was best man.
The bride wore a gown of egg shell white satin, with slippers to match. She carried a bouquet of white roses.
Her sister wore peach colored taffeta with black moire slippers. She carried Talisman roses.
The wedding march was played by Miss Frances Decker, sister of the bridgeroom. She is a student at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.
Miss Eleanor Green of Hudson Falls, a roommate of the bride last year at Schroom (sic) Lake, where the girls attended the Seagle Colony of Music, sang “At Dawning” preceding the ceremony.
The wedding party stood under an archway of garden smilax, between the dining and living rooms. The color scheme was pink and yellow. Galdioli (sic) and roses were used in the decorations.
Mrs. Decker is a graduate of Oneida high school and Crane Institute of Music, Potsdam, where she met her husband. She was supervisor of music two years in the Cooperstown public schools.
Mr. Decker, a graduate of Delhi high school and Clarkson college, is a civil engineer with the Treadwell Construction company of Midland, Pa. The couple will live at Beaver, Pa., after October 1, following a two weeks honeymoon.
Gift to Bride
Mr. Decker is a member of Theta Pi Epsilon fraternity. His gift to the bride was a platinum pendant with diamond setting and to his best man a leather wallet.
The bride’s gift to her maid of honor was a silver chain bracelet.
The bride is an accomplished musician. She plays the piano and flute and is an excellent contralto soloist.
MISS BERNICE BRESLIN WEDS CLARKSON GRADUATE
Plessis, Oct. 4. --Mrs. Ellen Bauter, Mrs. Clark Williams and son, Wayne, motored to Oneida to attend the wedding of Miss Bernice Amelia Breslin of Oneida and Herbert Richard Decker of Beaver, Pa., at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27.
The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride by Rev. Dr. George Brown Swinnerton, pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian church in the presence of the immediate families of the couple. Miss Jeanette Breslin, the bride’s sister, was maid of honor. Harry Goodnow of Boston, Mass., classmate and fraternity brother of the bridegroom at Clarkson college, Potsdam, was best man.
The bride wore a gown of egg shell white satin, with slippers to match, and carried a bouquet of white roses. Her sister wore peach colored taffeta with black moire slippers and carried Talisman roses. The wedding march was played by Miss Frances Decker, sister of the bridegroom. She is a student at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Miss Eleanor Green of Hudson Falls sang, “At Dawning,” preceding the ceremony.
The wedding party stood under an archway of smilax and roses, the color scheme being pink and yellow. Mrs. Decker is a graduate of Oneida high school and Crane Institute of Music, Potsdam. She was supervisor of music two years in the Cooperstown public schools.
Mr. Decker, a graduate of Delhi high school and Clarkson college, Potsdam, is a civil engineer with the Treadwell Construction company of Midland, Pa. The couple will live at Beaver, Pa.
Mr. Decker is a member of the Theta Pi Epsilon fraternity. His gift to the bride was a platinum pendant with a diamond setting.
The bride is an accomplished musician. She plays the piano and flute and is an excellent contralto soloist.
Mrs. Decker’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Breslin, are former residents of Alexandria and Mrs. Decker has many relatives and friends here and in other places in northern New York, having spent many of her summers since childhood in this vicinity.
GIRL, 18, DIES OF POLIOMYELITIS
ALEXANDRIA CENTER RESIDENT EXPIRES
MISS FERN HOUSE IS VICTIM
Many Parents Refuse to Send
Children to School Which Girl Attended.
Plessis, Sept. 8. -- Miss Fern House, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude House of Alexandria Center, died Sunday morning at 9:30 at the family home of infantile paralysis after a brief illness.
Miss House was taken suddenly ill while at school Tuesday, complaining of a severe headache. Her condition became worse Wednesday and Dr. L. L. Sampson of Alexandria Bay was summoned. He diagnosed the case as infantile paralysis and ordered the patient to remain in bed.
Dr. E. E. Eddy of Redwood, health officer for the town of Alexandria, and Dr. C. R. Hervey (sic) of Oswego, state sanitary inspector of the district, were called into consultation. They agreed with Dr. Sampson’s diagnosis..
Miss House was born In Alexandria, near the place where she died, a daughter of Claude and Bertha Parker House, and had always resided in the town of Alexandria. She was a senior in the Alexandria Bay High school and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Alexandria Bay. Besides her parents, she is survived by a brother, Wayne, 20, and two sisters, Verna, 9, and Jean, 5.
To prevent the spreading of the disease, Dr. Eddy has had the House residence quarantined. Up to this morning the others in the House family were reported as in good health.
Fearing that their children might also contract infantile paralysis, many parents of this village refused to send their children to school this morning. However, the Alexandria Bay High school was not closed today.
Funeral services for Miss House will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 at her home. The minister, who has not as yet been selected, will officiate from the porch. Those who attend the services will have to remain in the front lawn of the home. Burial will be in the family plot at Plessis.
(Jan. 22, 1930 or ‘31)
Henry C. Ball, 68, one of the oldest milkmen of this county, both in the point of service and age, died suddenly in his sleep about 11 Wednesday evening at his home on the Burrville road of heart trouble.
Although Mr. Ball’s health had been gradually becoming worse since Christmas, he had been active all the time. He complained of no illness during the day Wednesday. His wife was awakened when she heard her husband gasping for breath. Unable to arouse him, she summoned Dr. H. C. Montgomery, but before he arrived, Mr. Ball expired.
Mr. Ball, who suffered from the heart disease for more than ten years, died of the same malady which took the life of his brother, John B. Ball, also of the Burrville road, in July, 1919. John Ball died suddenly in his milk wagon while making his usual deliveries. Both were well known in this section as Ball Brothers, milk dealers, under which name they were active in business for years.
Mr. Ball was born in the town of Rutland, June 26, 1861, a son of the late Edward and Eliza Howell Ball. At the age of five he moved with his family to the town of Watertown where he had since resided. He married Miss Myrta Horne of Wolfe Island, Oct. 27, 1885.
As young men both Henry and John Ball learned the cheesemaking business from their father on their farm in the town of Watertown. The family had been active for years in the making of cheese. About 23 years ago the two brothers started in the milk business together under the name of Ball Brothers. They operated a milk plant located just off the Burrville road in outer Gotham street.
When John Ball died, he was succeeded by Rolla A. Parker, Henry Ball’s son-in-law. The business became known as Ball & Parker with Henry Ball as the senior member. For a few years Henry Ball delivered milk himself with a wagon until recent years when Mr. Parker came into the business. His milk route covered the north side of the city, but later that route was sold for a route on the south side of the city.
Recently a new plant was constructed in the outer Gotham street road and three more men were employed. During the past year Mr. Ball and Mr. Parker started producing pasteurized milk and about Sept. 1 they began the pasteurization of grade A milk. Mr. Ball regularly attended the meetings of the Watertown cheese board in the Hotel Woodruff.
Besides his widow, he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Rolla A. Parker, town of Watertown, and Mrs. Earle M. Cass, Hartford, Conn.; four grandsons, Gerald A., John E., Henry E., and Rolla A., jr. Parker; one sister, Mrs. Lucy A. Simmons, 151 Flower avenue east; a niece, Miss Edith M. Simmons, 151 Flower avenue east, and a nephew, Arthur Ball of Adams Center.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 from his late home, Rev. Paul F. Boller, pastor of the Stone Street Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will take place in Brookside cemetery.
The Black River district of the Methodist Episcopal church plans an evangelistic movement to extend through the fall and winter months and include 40 churches of the district.
The district is divided into four groups of about 15 churches each with the following chairmen: First group, Rev. E. H. Scott, Alexandria Bay; second group, Rev. W. H. Bradley, Brownville; third group, Rev. F. J. Brown, Harrisville; fourth group, Rev. C. B. Wallace, Beaver Falls.
The work of the Alexandria Bay group will be led by Rev. Fred A. Mills, evangelist. During the winter Rev. Mr. Mills conducted a series of services at the Asbury Methodist Episcopal church here and later led the music in the Pentecost Centennial services in the district. He will be assisted by Mrs. Mills.
Services have already been held at Lorraine, Omar and Greig. The following churches will hold services before the holidays; Plessis, Redwood, Alexandria Bay, Theresa, Sulphur Springs, Cape Vincent, Bethany Methodist Episcopal church of Watertown, Barnes Corners, Belleville, Champion, Great Bend, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Natural Bridge, Philadelphia, Harrisville, New Bremen, Watson, Pine Grove, Boonville, Constableville, Lowville, Turin, Martinsburg, Port Leyden.
The following plan meetings after the holidays: Adams, Dexter, -----?ville, and the First Methodist Episcopal church of Watertown.
Note: A photo of Rev. Fred A. Mills was included in the article.
Is One of Oldest Educators in
County and Familiar Figure at
Many Teachers’ Conventions--
Resignation Effective Feb. 1.
D. D. T. Marshall, of Redwood, for many years public school superintendent for the 5th supervisory district of the county comprising the towns of Alexandria, Antwerp and Theresa, filed his resignation with County Clerk Fred H. Moore today. It will became effective Feb. 1.
Mr. Marshall is one of the oldest educators in the county, having been connected with the work of school superintendency for more than a quarter of a century.
During that time he has been a familiar figure at the many annual conventions of public school teachers held in this county.
Mr. Marshall was forced to resign because of his health. He suffered a shock a week ago Friday and his entire left side and left arm and leg were paralyzed. He is now recovering and is able to sit in a chair.
Dr. Grant C. Madill of Ogdensburg and Dr. E. E. Eddy of Redwood attended him. They expect he will regain the use of his arm and leg after a long convalescence.
Born near Redwood, Mr. Marshall has been affiliated with the schools of Jefferson county most of his life. He graduated from Potsdam Normal school years ago. Following his graduation he taught school at Smithville. Later he taught at Adams Center and Theresa.
His successor has not been appointed yet.
Note: A photo of D. D. Marshall was included with this article.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Dorothy Rutherford, daughter of Mrs. A. M. Rutherford, this city, to Howard Pierce of Theresa. No date has been set for the wedding.
Mr. Pierce in baseball circles is known as “Lefty” Pierce. He is a pitcher for the Jefferson county league and pitched last season for the Southwick’s Beach team.
Pierrepont Manor, March 21. -- Frederick M. Williams of New York city and Pierrepont Manor, who died in New York Wednesday, March 18, will be buried in Zion church cemetery here on Sunday.
Mr. Williams was born in Pierrepont Manor, March 22, 1863, the son of Preston L. and Pamelia Howell Williams.
Mr. Williams began his early business career as a telegrapher and in the operating department of the R. W. & O. R. R. in 1878. He subsequently went west and in 1882 was in the employ of the M. & St. L. R. R. From 1883 to 1899 he was with the Chicago, St. Paul, Minnesoto (sic) & Omaha R. R. and while station agent at Winnebago City, Minn., in 1889, he married Marion E. Payne. He is a member of the Masonic lodge of that city.
Mr. Williams subsequently went to the head of the lakes after serving in various capacities in the general office of the Omaha R. R. and from 1893 to 1899 he was the general freight and passenger agent of the Omaha R. R. at West Superior, Wis. He will be well remembered by his friends at the head of the lakes for his unceasing activity in municipal and other local affairs and organized the first Douglas County fair at West Superior, Wis.
Going to New York in 1899 Mr. Williams was associated with his brother, Frank Williams, in the wholesale hay business at 33rd street and 11th avenue and in 1901 formed a partnership with W. D. Power, under the firm name of W. D. Power & Company, which association with Mr. Power continued until his death several years ago. During his career in the wholesale hay commission business, Mr. Williams held several offices in both the National Hay association and the New York State Hay & Grain Dealers’ association being president of both for a number of terms. He was recognized the dean of the hay trade in Greater New York and served a number of times as president of the Hay Exchange association, being most active in their behalf in the trade’s interest.
He was also a member of the Merchants’ Association of New York, serving on the traffic and membership committee of that association and was most active in this work. He was also a member of the Traffic Club of New York and was president of the Williams Traffic Service, Inc. of 102 Warren street, New York.
He was also instrumental in organizing the Horse Association of America, a New York association, serving to perpetuate the horse in the field of transportation. He served this organization as its first president.
He was a life long member of the Republican party representing an independent thought of the party, and in 1910 organized the Hamilton Republican club, located at 113th street, in New York city, and when this organization decided to follow the standard of the late Theodore Roosevelt, he was a delegate to the Chicago convention of the Bull Moose party in 1912, and a presidential elector. He was a member of the National Republican club, New York.
Mr. Williams was most active in the social and political life of the Upper West Side and lived for a number of years on 109th street and Broadway. Of recent years he more or less retired from active business interests, to his home at Pierrepont Manor, and is widely known in northern New York by the shipping and railroad interests.
He is survived by his wife, Marion E. Williams, and one son, Payne Williams, a veteran of the World war, who is now a major in the infantry on the staff of C. W. Wichkersham, commanding the 153rd Infantry Brigade of the 77th Division, and by two grandchildren, Payne, jr., and Alice Marion Williams.
Pierrepont Manor, March 20. --A telegram has been received here announcing the sudden death of Fred M. Williams in New York city Thursday.
He was born in Pierrepont Manor about 67 years ago, and always resided here. For a number of years he had been a member of the firm of D. W. Powers & Company, dealers in hay and produce in New York city. He had been in the hay business for 25 years in New York city.
He was a member of Zion Episcopal church here and a member of the Hay Dealers’ association. He was widely known in northern Hew York.
Mr. Williams owned a large home here and lived here except during a few of the winter months, which he spent in New York city in the LaSalle hotel, and at home of his son, Payne, in Connecticut.
He married Miss Marne Payne and to them one son, Payne, was born.
He is survived by his widow, one son, two grandchildren, four sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
The body will arrive here Sunday morning on the 8:30 a.m. train and services will be held at Zion church Sunday at 8:45 a.m., Rev. Cecil Taylor officiating. Burial will be in church yard in the family lot.
(photo of Frederick M. Williams)
Pierrepont Manor, March 23. --Funeral services for Frederick M. Williams, 67, of New York and Pierrepont Manor, who died in New York last Wednesday, were held from Zion Episcopal church here Sunday morning at 9, Rev. Cecil Taylor, rector, officiating. Interment was made in Zion cemetery. The bearers were Dr. D. ?. Armstrong, Watertown; Ross Piddock, Adams; Fay Blade, John Hill, Elmer Knapp and Ralph Polson, all of Pierrepont Manor. Mr. Williams was a well known hay and grain dealer.
Alexandria Bay, Jan. 20. --The wrestling team of the Ogdensburg Free academy defeated the local high school team 21-15 at the high school gymnasium Wednesday evening in the first contest of the season for the local wrestlers. Victories in the light weight divisions in which the local team was represented by inexperienced men turned the tide of the victory to the Ogdensburg team.
95 pound class, Lee (A) vs. Maloney, won by Maloney, time advantage; 115 pound class, Brown, (A) vs. Dashnaw, (0), won by Dashnaw, time advantage; 125 pound class Roy, (A), vs. Graveline, (0), won by Graveline, fall; 135 pound class, Griffin (A), vs. Baker, (0), won by Baker, fall; 145 pound class, Kenyon, (A) vs. Faloudeau, (0), won by Senecal, fall; 165 pound class, Williams, (A) vs. Mills, (0), won by Mills, fall; 175 pound class, Hill, (A), vs. Thayer, (0), won by Hill, fall.
Canton, Feb. 21. --The St. Lawrence junior varsity wrestling team had little trouble winning from Alexandria Bay High school Monday evening in Brewer Field House by a score of 28 to 10. Seven of the eight matches held were decided by falls. The fastest match of the contest was the first in the 110 pound class when Meyer, St. Lawrence, won from Lee with a fall in one minute.
The summary follows:
110 pound class--Meyer (L) threw Lee (AB) with an armlock and a half nelson. Time, 1 min; 118 pound class--Brown (AB) threw Quenell (L) with a cradle hold. Time, ? min.; 125 pound class--Fox (L) won from Roy (AB) with a time advantage. Time, 4 min., 4 sec.; 135 pound class--Baltz (L) threw Griffin (AB) with a crotch hold and a half nelson, Time, 5:54 min.; 145 pound class--Kenyon (AB) threw Francis (L) with a cradle hold. Time, 3:45 min.; 155 pound class--Cabell (L) threw Senecal (AB) with a crotch hold and an arm lock. Time, 5.03 min.; 165 pound class--Weaver (L) threw Burns (AB) with a crotch hold and a half nelson. Time, 3:05 min.; 175 pound class--Paquette (L) threw Hill (AB) with a half nelson, Time, 4:12 min.
Referee--DeGironimo, St. Lawrence.
Rappole of this village, underwent an operation for appendicitis, December 22 at the Good Samaritan hospital in Watertown.
In spite of her advanced age of 85 years, she is progressing and well on the way to recovery and expects to return to her home in Plessis, the latter part of this week or the first of next.
She had been ill in her home and Dr. M. M. Gardner of Watertown was called, Thursday, December 21. He diagnosed her case as appendicitis and said she would have to be operated on at once. She was taken that day and operated on at 2 o’clock Friday morning. She has been steadily on the gain ever since.
Miss Freida Lydia Spies, 20, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Spies of Alexandria Center, became the bride of Niles A. Rowell, 24, of Lafargeville.
The ceremony was performed, Wednesday, August 30th by Rev. W. J. Hancock of Plessis. The young couple were attended by Miss Alice Williams and Glenn Williams.
The bride is a graduate of the local high school and is well known among the younger folk. Mr. Rowell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rowell of LaFargeville.
Mr. and Mrs. Rowell will make their future home in LaFargeville.
A reception was held Saturday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rowell in honor of the marriage of their son Niles to Freida Spies. The house was decorated with autumn flowers. After spending sometime at games and music a cafeteria luncheon was served. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. John Spies and daughter, Ruth and son Olin. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hofferberth, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Williams, Mr. Keith Allen, Miss Dorothy Kavanaugh, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Roeder and daughter Margaret, Mrs. Elsie Hanni and daughters Matilda and Bertha, Mr. and Mrs. Cushman Sprague, Mr. and Mrs. Claude House and daughters, Verna and Jean, Mr. John Houghtaling, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Rowell and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rowel (sic) and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rowell and daughter, Lelia.
At midnight all returned to their homes, wishing Mr. and Mrs. Rowell a good many years of happiness.
Mrs. Anna E. Tyler, 82, widow of James Joel Tyler, a veteran of the Civil war, died at 1:45 Tuesday afternoon at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Olive E. Crawford, 131 Union street, with whom she resided. She had been in poor health for the last two years and had been confined to her bed since Dec. 11. Death was due to heart disease.
She was born at Plessis, Aug. 18, 1850, a daughter of the late Willis and Olive Burr Ball and spent her early life there. At the age of 16 she was married to James J. Tyler of Hammond at Theresa.
After the marriage they lived at Hammond and later came to Watertown where Mr. Tyler was a builder and contractor. Then Mr. and Mrs. Tyler moved to Rodman where they lived for several years, returning to Watertown in the fall of 1930. Mr. Tyler died here Nov. 2, 1930.
Surviving here (sic) are two daughters, Mrs. Crawford of this city and Mrs. Mae Lindlau of Hillside, N. J.; a son, William J. Tyler of Cleveland, N. Y.; three brothers, Fred M. Ball of Toledo, O., Manfred V. Ball of New York and Gardner Ball of East Hounsfield; twelve grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
The body was removed to the Howland Funeral chapel. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon privately. Burial will be made in the family plot at North Watertown cemetery.
Theresa, Feb. 22. A Theresa jury disposed of the much talked about stable fork case which came here from Alexandria to be tried in Justice of the Peace E. M. Wheeler’s court Tuesday by returning a $25 verdict for the defendant and giving him possession of the fork in question.
Thirty-five cents is estimated as the highest value of the fork in question, which has been several weeks in litigation.
The plaintiff was William Hoard and the defendant Charles Heath, both of Plessis. They are near neighbors. It was the contention of the plaintiff that the fork in question was his property, having been one of the implements that came with the place when he bought it in 1913. He claimed that while he and his wife were absent from the home Dec. 27, 1932, the fork became missing. The case started first as a criminal case in an Alexandria Bay court. It came to Theresa, as a civil action. Mr. Hoard identified the exhibit in court, the fork in question, as his property because of a bolt through the handle.
Mr. Heath, the defendant, on the other hand, stated that he purchased the fork in 1911 at the Augsbury store in Plessis and told how he put this identifying bolt in the fork on a certain day.
The case went through the whole day with the town hall filled nearly to its seating capacity, for there was a large delegation from Plessis to attend the proceedings.
The jury was out about half an hour. The jury in the case was: James Walradt, Ivan Hale, Guy Young, Earl Wicks, Fred Wilcox and Albert Soper. John T. Delaney was the attorney for the plaintiff and Clinton Wiltsie for the defendant. Both are from Alexandria Bay.
Mrs. Lucy A. Ball Simmons, 77, widow of George B. Simmons, died suddenly about 11:30 Sunday evening at her residence, 151 Flower avenue east, of angina pectoris.
While she had not been feeling well during the winter, she had been performing her household duties as usual and had not complained of illness Sunday. She was up until 11:15 Sunday night, listening to the radio. She then retired.
Her daughter, Miss Edith M. Simmons, who lived with her and slept in the same room, was preparing to go to bed when she heard her mother gasp. Dr. C. E. Pierce was summoned, but Mrs. Simmons was dead when the physician arrived. Mrs. Simmons was apparently stricken soon after getting into bed.
Mrs. Simmons was born in the town of Rutland, Nov. 25, 1855, one of eight children of the late Edward and Eliza Howell Ball, and came from a prominent family. She was a granddaughter of Colonel Sinecy and Charlotte Towne Ball.
Colonel Sinecy Ball, a native of Elizabeth, N. J., settled in Jefferson county, served in the War of 1812, was an officer at Sackets Harbor in 1812-1814 and subsequently a militia colonel.
Edward, the father of Mrs. Simmons, was born in the town of Theresa, while Mrs. Simmons’ mother, a daughter of William and Mary Raymond Howell, was born in the town of Champion.
Mrs. Simmons was married to George B. Simmons, then of Dry Hill, at Evans Mills, March 20, 1879. Mr. Simmons died April 7, 1891, at East Watertown.
Before her marriage, she lived at the Ball family home near Burrville. After her marriage, she lived in outer Washington street, town of Watertown. She had resided for about 40 years in the house in which she died.
Formerly, Mrs. Simmons and a sister, the late Miss Jane Eliza Ball, had a dry cleaning business at their home in Flower avenue east for more than 25 years. Mrs. Simmons was a member of the Asbury Methodist Episcopal church.
A son of Mr. and Mrs. Simmons, Edward D. Simmons, died Aug. 22, 1893.
Mrs. Simmons was the last of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ball. Her brothers and sisters were: Jane Eliza, Byron Edward, Herbert William, Anna Jennette, Charles Gardner, Henry C. and John B. Ball.
Surviving Mrs. Simmons are her daughter, Miss Edith M. Simmons, city; two nieces, Mrs. R. A. Parker of the Burrville road, and Mrs. Earle M. Cass of Baden, Pa., and a nephew, Arthur B. Ball, of this city.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 at the home. Rev. J. W. Wilson, pastor of the Asbury Methodist Episcopal church, will officiate. Burial will be made in the family plot in Brookside cemetery.
Bernard Snow, 20, was admitted to the Mercy Hospital Thursday afternoon October 12 with a fracture of the left shoulder received while playing with the Alexandria Bay High School football team in a Frontier League game against the Sackets Harbor High school team at Sackets Harbor.
The accident happened during the first minute of play while the Alexandria Bay team had possession of the ball. The Bay ballcarrier was attempting an end run and Snow, playing in the fullback position, was acting as interference when a player fell on him.
Coach Larry Sides of Alexandria Bay brought the injured youth to the hospital where Dr. H. N. Cooper attended him.
Plessis, Feb. 22. --Mrs. Edna Tassey Norton, 51, wife of Horatio N. Norton of Plessis, died suddenly at her home here about 5 Sunday afternoon. Death was due to heart disease. Mrs. Norton became ill in the afternoon and Dr. L. L. Sampson was summoned. Dr. Sampson had just reached the house when Mrs. Norton died.
Mrs. Norton was born in Plessis Oct. 31, 1880, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Senecal Passey. She attended the local school and graduated from Redwood High school. She also graduated from the teachers’ training class at Clayton and taught school for several years. On Oct. 5, 1911, she married Mr. Norton.
Surviving besides her husband are a step daughter, Mrs. Julia Kimball, Plessis; three brothers, George Passey, Watertown, Vincent Passey, Pomona, Calif., and Charles Passey, San Pedro, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. William Allen of Plessis, who is spending the winter in California, and two step-grandchildren, Richard Norton Kimball and Willis Kimball, Plessis.
Funeral services will be held at the local Methodist Episcopal church Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. W. J. Hancock, pastor, officiating. Burial in the Norton plot at the Plessis cemetery.
TWO NORTH WOMEN HURT IN
MOHAWK VALLEY CAR CRASH (Dec. 1932)
Miss Augusta W. Schneider of Schenectady, sister of Walter F. Schneider, 121 East Hoard street, was painfully injured about the nose, face, and head on Friday when the light roadster in which she was riding with Miss Anna Hessler, also of Schenectady, daughter of Rev. C. J. Hessler, pastor of the Free Methodist church in this city, skidded on an icy road and hit a telephone pole near Amsterdam, 30 miles west of Schenectady. Both Miss Schneider and Miss Hessler, teachers in the Van Antwerp school at Schenectady, were one their way to Watertown to spend the Christmas holidays with their parents.
Miss Schneider was taken to St. Mary’s hospital at Amsterdam following the accident but after receiving medical attention was allowed to procede (sic) to this city where Saturday she went to Plessis to see her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schneider. It was necessary to take over 50 stiches to close the wounds on Miss Schneider’s face. Miss Hessler was hurt internally but was allowed to come to this city where she is visiting her parents, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Hessler.
Redwood, Oct. 29. --Mrs. Minnie Hinman Shoulette, 55, died Friday evening at 10 at her home in this village following an illness of several months.
She was born in the town of Alexandria June 8, 1877, a daughter of Joel and Sarah Briggs Hinman. She had always resided in the town of Alexandria. She was married Oct. 15, 1900, to Alexander Shoulette. Her husband survives her.
Besides her husband she also leaves one sister, Mrs. Anna Garner of the town of Alexandria.
The funeral will be held from the home Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and from the local Methodist Episcopal church at 2 p.m. Rev. Fred Lewis, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Plessis will officiate. Interment will be made in Brookside cemetery, Plessis.
The custom that has been adopted by many villages throughout Northern New York this year of holding old home days has proved a most valuable one. It has served to bring back to the old home town many former residents and it has given an impetus to the movement of preserving the history of these various communities. For many years the village of Stone Mills has held such an old home day. This year many more villages adopted the custom and it is likely that it will be continued yearly.
The Plessis old home day will be observed Friday. Plessis, so the story goes, was named from the Le Ray dog. Others say that the village takes its name from a place in France. However, that may be the collar of the Le Ray dog is still preserved at the James D. Le Ray de Chaumont mansion at LeRaysville, with the name “Plessis” engraved upon it.
The first settlement seems to have been built in 1817 when Mr. LeRay erected a grist and saw mill there. Soon afterwards one William Merrill started conducting a log tavern. The oldest church edifice in the town of Alexandria is located in Plessis and is now used as a hall. This stone church was erected by all the denominations in 1833 and next year its centennial will be observed. Francis Depall, who gave the site for the church, specified that the Catholics were to have the use of the building one-fourth of the time if they desired it.
The history of many of the smaller communities in Northern New York has never been adequately written. If in addition to providing a day of home-coming and recreation the village old home days results in a revival of interest in the history of these communities, they will be well worth while.
Parade With Floats Feature of Celebration---Dinner at Noon in Grange Hall. (1932)
Plessis, Aug. 26. --Over 500 people flocked to this village today to attend the first old home day celebration ever held here. Many of those from away appeared here today for the first time in many years.
The opening of the activities this morning at 9 was a baseball game between Alexandria Bay and Plessis which was won by the Bay team 10 to 4. The feature of the morning’s portion of the program was a parade which got underway at 10:30 a.m. The line of march formed in front of the First Presbyterian church and then proceeded down the main street and out for a short ways on the Alexandria Bay road.
The procession was headed by three men on horseback followed by the bank from Evans Mills under the leadership of Floyd Wagoner. After the band ten decorated cars and floats passed in review. The first prize winner was a float carrying a man dressed as Uncle Sam on one side and a girl dressed to symbolize Liberty on the other side. The second car in line carried two veterans of the Civil War, namely, Hiram Wiley, Plessis and James Gillon (sic - probably meant Dillon), Alexandria Bay, formerly of Plessis. Harry Foster, World war veteran, rode with them.
Another car in the procession depicted two children dressed as bride and bridegroom and was posted with a sign, “Just Married.” The bride was Rosemary Herbinson and the bridegroom was Paul Makepeace. A decorated float made by the Happy Thought Circle won second prize. Horseback riders and bicycle riders were also in the parade. The Redwood fire department and a new school bus filled with school children brought up the rear of the parade.
The judges of the parade were: Charles A. Giltz, Theresa; Fred Soper, Theresa; Harold Giltz, Alexandria Bay; H. M. Norton, Plessis, and Frank E. Bellinger, Plessis. The parade was under the supervision of Mrs. Ernest Brooker of Plessis. After the prade races of all varieties were staged.
Dinner was served this noon in the grange hall by the Ladies Aid society of the Baptist church. This afternoon Rev. Miles Hutchinson, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Philadelphia, addressed those gathered here for the celebration.
Later this afternoon a baseball game is scheduled to be played between the married men and single men of Plessis. A historical play will be staged in the grange hall tonight by a group of young people.
Redwood: Miss Alice May Steacy, was united in marriage to Arnold Francis Manning at St. Peter’s Episcopal church here on Wednesday at 9:30. Rev. Herbert W. Lamb, Jr., performed the ceremony. They were attended by Miss Florence Steacy, sister of the bride and Merrill Curtis both of Redwood. The ring ceremony was used.
The bride was prettily attired in navy blue georgette with cut velvet and hat and shoes to match. The bridesmaid was gowned in brown.
Miss Steacy is the bride of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Steacy, who resides on a farm between this village and Plessis. Mr. Manning is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Manning.
Only immediate relatives and friends attended. The couple left by motor for the central part of the state and upon their return will reside in Redwood. Mrs. Manning held the office of Noble Grand of the Redwood Rebekah Lodge in 1932.
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1,000 WATCH PROCESSION AT PLESSIS
REV. M. HUTCHISON SPEAKS
Philadelphia Minister Stresses Importance of the Church
in a Rural Community in Address of the Day.
Plessis, Aug. 27. --The importance of the church in a rural community was stressed by Rev. Miles Hutchinson, pastor of the Philadelphia Methodist Episcopal church, in his address at the Plessis Old Home day on Friday. The address was given by the Plessis Methodist Episcopal church, sponsors of the Plessis celebration, and many attended the services to hear the address. Rev. Mr. Hutchinson stated that a community in which the church was the leader was a progressive community and that figures showed that young people active in church work were seldom in criminal court.
Plessis people were delighted with the results of their first Old Home celebration. Next year it is planned to have a historical pageant in Plessis.
The afternoon ball game between the single and married men of Plessis was closely contested, the score being 7 to 9 in favor of the single men. The program in the evening included a play given by the young women of Plessis, under the direction of Mrs. Hubert Collins. A musicale followed under the direction of Earl Hunter.
Nearly 1,000 people visited Plessis during the day. The register book at the grange hall had names from nearly every village in northern Jefferson and southern St. Lawrence county. Many came from distant places. Mrs. Fred Mayhew of Watertown said that she attended Sunday school at Plessis when six years old, but had not been back since to spend a portion of a day. Sidney Sweet of Theresa recalled going to a Fourth of July celebration in Plessis 40 years ago, and to a pole raising in 1880 that had crowds about like Friday’s.
Hiram Wiley, Civil war veteran of Plessis, was dressed in a silk hat and wearing a cut-away coat of the period of ‘61. He had his army musket and insisted upon walking in the parade, saying he was as spry as the youngsters, but he was persuaded to ride with James Dillon, the other veteran of the town of Alexandria.
The races were in charge of Hubert Collins. In the 100 yard dash, John Ryan of Clayton was first and John Hogan, Plessis, second; potato race, H. Allen, first and C. L. Allen, second, both of Alexandria Bay; H. Kernehan, first, and Harry O’Brien, second, in the sack race; in the 200 yard dash, W. Lee of Alexandria Bay, first and John Ryan of Clayton, second; in the girls’ race, Florence Kavanaugh of Alexandria Bay, first, and Odell Forrester, Plessis, second; in the race for men, Joe Terrian, Plessis, first, and for boys under 13, Harold Reynolds, Plessis, first.
The parade was an ambitious affair and beautifully decorated cars were in line. Three horsemen, Ronald Hunter, Donald Reynolds and Guy Bates, led the procession. The parade covered about a mile and a half. The Evans Mills band furnished music during the day.
Rev. E. C. Love, district superintendent of the Black River district of the Methodist Episcopal church, and his family, were at the celebration, as were a number of other clergymen of the church. Rev. F. H. Lewis, pastor of the Plessis church, praised the Plessis people for their cooperation. Redwood assisted in making the parade a success, and Theresa people attended the celebration by the hundreds.
The judges of the parade awarded two prizes to Mrs. Charles Hunter and Virgil Reynolds.
PLACES ON ALL-STAR 11
UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO ATHLETE HONORED
HAILS FROM ALEXANDRIA BAY
Selected to Play Tackle on All-Western New York
College Eleven -- Highly Praised by Coashes--
One of Two Sophomores Selected for First Team
Berths--Grid Star Is Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Rappole of Alexandria Bay.
Buffalo, Nov. 25. --Johnny Rappole, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rappole of Alexandria Bay, who is a sophomore at the University of Buffalo, has won high honors in Western New York college circles during the 1933 season. Rappole, who is playing his first year as a member of the Buffalo varsity eleven, was chosen for one of the tackle berths on the All-Western New York eleven. Painton of St. Bonaventure, a back field star, is the only other sophomore football player that landed on the first All-Star team for the Western New York colleges.
Rappole is highly praised by Coach Sheldon Hecker of Niagara. Coach Mile Reilly of St. Bonaventure and “Hiker” Joy of Canisius Cy Kritzer of Buffalo Evening News who selected the All-Star team speaks highly of Rappole.
“Johnny Rappole, Buffalo, wins the left tackle place,” writes Kritzer. “He was the wonder lineman of the year. On offense, Rappole was a running guard and on defense a tackle. Hiker Joy thinks highly of the Buffalo star and Mike Reilly one afternoon praised him to the heavens.
“Coach Jimmy Wilson, U. of B. mentor, attributed the upset over Western Reserve to Rappole. He claims that the boy who learned his football in northern New York played ’bang-up’ football in every game this season.”
Rappole was also honored by his teammates after the Western Reserve game. He was awarded the football used in the game. He was voted the football because of his excellent playing. The Alexandria Bay athlete is the first Buffalo sophomore that has ever received such an honor.
Rappole played football with the Alexandria Bay High school eleven before entering Buffalo university. He was one of the mainstays of the Bay High school team. He received his diploma from Alexandria Bay High school in 1932.
Rappole enrolled in Buffalo in September, 1932. He played football on the freshman eleven in 1932 and this year earned a regular varsity berth.
He is a medical student.
The funeral for Marry F. O’Brien who died Monday morning at the Good Samaritan hospital in Watertown from injuries sustained in a car accident, Sunday afternoon, was held from the Methodist Episcopal church, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. C. G. Roop officiating. Burial was made in Highland Park cemetery.
Harry Frederick O’Brien was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O’Brien and was born July 2, 1915 in this village and had lived here his entire life. He was very active in high school athletics and played on the high school varsity basket ball and football teams and was considered a good all around athletic. He was a senior in the Alexandria Bay high school. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, having a rating of Star Scout and had some merit badges toward membership as a Life Scout. He was also a member of the local Sea Scouts. He was a young man who won the admiration of everyone in the community.
Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Clifford, who is with the C. C. C. camp in California, Gordon of this village; one sister, Mrs. Edward Sweet, Jr., of Oak Point and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John O’Brien of this village.
The funeral was one of the largest ever held in this village and was attended by the school children in a body. The Boy Scouts also attended in a body and acted as an escort in the funeral procession from the church to the grave. Benjamin VanRensler and John Kernehan, Boy Scouts, stood as color guards at either side of the casket.
The bearers were Lawrence Sides and Harold VanRensler of the executive committee of the local Boy Scouts and the following boys, James Pearce, Edwin Roy, Robert Burtch, Malcolm Lee, Graham Thomson and Robert Henry.
Plessis, Dec. 2. --Mrs. Edna Bretsch and Glenn Holloway of Omar, were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Bretsch of this place, Thanksgiving evening at 7. Rev. Thomas Adams, pastor of Alexandria Bay Dutch Reformed church, officiated.
The attendants were Miss Ella Payne daughter of the bride, and Allen Holloway, son of the bridegroom.
The bride’s gown was black velvet. Miss Payne wore rust crepe.
After the ceremony a wedding dinner was served. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. David Bretsch, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Holloway, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Holloway, Miss Ella Payne, Mrs. Bert Holloway of Omar, Miss Erma Haller of Carthage, Mrs. Mary Bretsch, Wayne Williams and Miss Lila Rowell.
The couple will reside at Mr. Holloway’s farm near Omar.
Miss Carolyn Ivey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Ivey became the bride of Claude C. Fitzsimmons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fitzsimmons at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church on Saturday morning, December 2nd at 8:30 a.m. Miss Pauline Fitzsimmons, sister of the groom was maid of honor and Bruce Enright a friend of the couple was best man. The wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Daussault.
The bride was gowned in all grey with accessories to match and carried a hand bouquet of rose buds and lilies of the valley. The maid of honor was gowned in brown with accessories to match and carried a bouquet of talisman roses.
After the wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride’s parents on Avery Avenue. Those present besides the bridal couple were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fitzsimmons, Miss Pauline Fitzsimmons, Bruce Enright, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Comstock, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Iseminger, Thomas Ivey, Phillip Ivey, Sally Ann Comstock, Miss Edith Steier, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kavanaugh and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ivey.
After the wedding breakfast the couple left immediately for a short wedding tour and will return making their future home for the present at Theresa.
Both young people are well known and have a host of friends who will miss them at their social gatherings.
Plessis, Dec. 1. -- George Edward Mackley, 678 Cooper street, Watertown, and Miss Alzina Sprague, were married under an arch of evergreens and white wedding bells, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sprague Wednesday at 10 a.m. by Rev. William J. Hancock.
The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Collins of Plessis.
The bride’s gown was pansy petal down crepe and Mrs. Collins wore wine chiffon velvet.
A wedding breakfast followed the ceremony.
The guests were the bridegroom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Mackley of Watertown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sprague, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Collins, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hancock and Mrs. Harry Caswell.
The couple immediately left for Syracuse.
The bride is a graduate of Alexandria Bay High school and Watertown business school. The bridegroom is employed by the Ryan Plumbing and Heating company of Watertown.
Harry Frederick O’Brien, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. O’Brien of this village, passed away Monday morning about 2 o’clock at the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown of injuries received in an automobile accident, Sunday afternoon about 5 on the Clayton-Alexandria Bay state highway, near St. Lawrence Park and about three miles from the Bay.
The youth was one of eight young Alexandria Bay residents, members of the local town football team, injured when a car, a sedan, driven by John Parker, 18, one of the players, left the road, hit a pole, and then crashed into a culvert about twelve feet from the edge of the road.
In the car besides O’Brien and Parker, were Joseph White, 22, Eugene Cobey, 24; Charles Jobson, 28; Fuller Brown, 20; and William Burtch, 19.
The car, which was owned by the driver’s father, Leslie Parker, was completely wrecked. The top was torn off.
At the time of the accident the eight occupants of the car were returning to this village from Clayton where the tem had played the Clayton town team in the afternoon. The game ended in a tie.
The accident happened after the Parker car passed a truck driven by Orrin Rogers, of this village an (sic) owned by his father, Edwin Rogers. In the truck besides Rogers were: Lawrence Lantier, Margaret Gove and Laurena Widner.
The rod was slippery because of the rain. The car went off the rod on the left side into the mud, swayed as the driver lost control of the machine, struck a telegraph pole, and crashed into the culvert. The car was attempting to pass the Rogers truck when the left wheels went off the edge of the road.
Place and Burtch got out of the car first and assisted the others. Rogers also stopped at the scene and aided the injured young men.
Loyal Samson, son of Dr. Leon L. Samson who was following in his car, stopped at the scene of the accident. In his car were Karl Haas, Theodore Welsh and Reid Bailey, all Alexandria Bay. The Rogers truck and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Dickaut (sic) who were passing the scene of the accident, also brought some of the young men to Alexandria Bay.
All the young men were taken to the office of Dr. L. L. Samson. O’Brien’s condition was the most serious and upon his arrival at the doctor’s office, the Giltz ambulance was called and he was taken to the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, where he died without regaining consciousness. On his arrival at the hospital, he was placed in the care of Dr. M. M. Gardner. Dr. Samson attended the other young men with the assistance of Mrs. May Van Dresar, who is a practical nurse and has been employed in the doctor’s office for several years.
O’Brien received a fracture of the skull, crushing injuries to the chest and fracture of the left femur, thigh, with the internal injuries and internal hemorrhages.
Parker received fractured ribs, muscle wrenching, about the neck, and back, bruises over the left ear and on left cheek and arm and a slight concession of the brain. He is improving at the home of his parents.
Joseph White suffered a bruise to his left knee and left shoulder.
Eugene Cobey suffered a fractured nose and minor small cuts on the right little finger.
Jobson, who was knocked out, but was the least injured, was wrenched and had two lumps on the top of his head.
Brown was scraped on the left side of his head, taking off some of the hair and had several little cuts on his right finger.
Place, who is employed at the Rathskeller had a triangular scalp wound about 2 inches long and a circular cut on his left little finer.
Burtch has a fractured left collar bone.
Plessis, Jan. 5. --Edward E. Ferguson, 46, died this morning at his home in this village after a long illness. Mr. Ferguson had been in poor health for the past two years but had not been confined to his home until eight weeks ago.
For over 25 years he was a steward on lake liners. He was born in Canada, Sept. 8, 1888, a son of Thomas and Marion Francis Wood Ferguson. He had made his home in Plessis for many years.
On Jan. 29, 1928, he married Miss Lottie Lawrence of Copenhagen, who survives. Surviving also are four sisters, Mrs. B. L. Green and Mrs. Gilbert Grant, both of Buffalo; Mrs. Thomas Wilson of Canada and Mrs. H. Catchspaugh of Quebec, Canada.
He was a member of the Alexandria Bay F. & A. M. lodge for many years.
Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the home with Rev. W. J. Hancock officiating, assisted by Rev. F. H. Lewis. Bearers will be Claude Makepeace, Harry Penn, H. N. Norton, G. A. Snell, M. W. Reed and Ernest Brucker. Interment will be made in Brookside cemetery here. There will be Masonic services at the grave.
Game protectors Webb Gale and Harry Bush have been working since last Monday removing fish from Mud Lake, Redwood, and liberating them in the nearby Butterfield Lake because, Gale declares Mud Lake is frozen so solidly that the fish under the surfaces are being smothered and are forced to take refuge in a raceway leading to the Holmes grist mill.
The game wardens, assisted by Redwood people have placed a screen in front of the mill wheel to prevent the fish from running into it and destroying themselves, and have removed them with landing nets to the other lake. The fish are predominately pickerel, over 5,000 of them having been saved in the manner described.
Mr. Gale says stories of the recent starvation of pheasants are exaggerated. He says he traveled this region throughout for a radius of 50 miles and has found only three pheasants dead. They had been run over by automobiles.
A. J. HUNTER, PLESSIS, DIES (Jan. 1, 1934)
Alvaro J. Hunter, 67, Plessis died at the House of the Good Samaritan Monday Jan. 1st, 1934 after a long illness.
He had been in poor health for the past year, but was active until November when he was confined to the house with mastoid and speen trouble. He was taken to the House of the Good Samaritan for observation and treatment by Dr. M. M. Hall last Thursday.
Mr. Hunter was a prominent farmer and stock buyer and had held the office of assessor for 18 years.
He was born October 10, 1866, son of Thomas and Ann Dayton Hunter, October 13, 1886 he married Miss Ida Blevins of Plessis. The couple lived on the Hunter farm for 17 years, then bought the Corliss farm near the village, now owned and occupied by Earl Hunter, later moving to the village where they since have resided.
Four sons, Ross, Charles, Earl and Ronald, with Mrs. Hunter, survive him. All of them reside on farms within a radius of three miles of the village. He also leaves twelve grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Bacon of Philadelphia.
Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon at 2, Rev. W. J. Hancock, officiating.
Burial was made in Brookside cemetery. The bearers were Walter Bacon, Winfred Bacon, William Shannon, Leslie Parker, Claude Makepeace and Leslie Skinner.
Plessis, Feb. 21.--Charles
Arthur George, 56, farmer, in poor health for two years and seriously ill for
three months from heart disease, died at his home in this village last night at
He was born in Gananoque, Ont., on May 14, 1877, a son of Sanford and Melvina Cosselman George, and came here with his family when a small child. Since that time he resided on the family homestead near this village until three years ago when ill health forced him to move to the village.
He married Miss Catherine Stephenson of Theresa July 1, 1897, in Lafargeville. He was a member of the Theresa Masonic lodge and the Alexandria Bay chapter of the Royal Arch Masons.
Besides his widow he is survived by one brother, Fred George of Plessis.
The funeral will be held from the home Friday afternoon at 1:30 and from the M. E. church here at 2, Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. Theresa Masonic lodge will hold services. The body will be placed in the vault at Brookside cemetery to await burial there in the spring.
Eugene Collins, 57, was found dead at his home here Monday night at 7:30 by his son, C. Hubert Collins, of this village. Death was attributed to heart disease. Mr. Collins has been in poor health for several months.
Mr. Collins lived alone. How long he had been dead could not be definitely determined. Death was believed to have occurred about 10 Sunday night as near the man's body on the living room floor was found an alarm clock stopped at that hour. The clock began to run again when it was picked up.
It is believed that when the man was suddenly stricken and collapsed to the floor, the clock fell off a table to the floor with him and stopped. The condition of the dinner table indicated that Mr. Collins had taken his dinner Sunday evening. He was last seen alive Sunday morning.
He was born at Brasher Falls, Aug. 12, 1876, and on Dec. 12, 1898, he married Maria Elizabeth Edgely of Escott, Ont. She died about 20 years ago. By occupation he was a blacksmith and had followed it at Ogdensburg, then Alexandria Bay and finally at Plessis.
Surviving him are four children, Mrs. Archie Ottman of Pope's Mills, John E. Collins of Rockport, Ont., C. Hubert Collins of Plessis and Cecil C. Collins of Jay, N. Y., and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the home of his son, C. Hubert Collins in Plessis, Rev. Fred Lewis, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church officiated.
Redwood: Charles Bates, 82, passed away at his home in Baucus Settlement, Thursday, March 15, at 11:15 a.m., after an illness of a few weeks.
Mr. Bates was born in Hammond, November 16, 11852. On December 25th, 1873 he married Miss Alice Sprague and on last Christmas they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Most of their married life they have spent in the town of Alexandria, residing for over 32 years on their farm home in Baucus Settlement. Mrs. Bates is eight years of age.
He is survived by his widow and four sons, Wallace of Redwood, Kenneth of Hammond, Edgar of South Russell and Bruce of Redwood; one daughter, Mrs. Alice Elliott of the Gore section; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The funeral was held from the family home in Baucus Settlement, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Fred H. Lewis of the Plessis Methodist Church officiating. Burial was made in the Theresa cemetery.
Alexandria Bay, May 3. --Henry L. Cullen, 63, died as a result of a sudden heart attack at 9 this morning at his farm home on the Gulf hill road near here.
Mr. Cullen was born at North Augusta, Ont., on Feb. 27, 1871, a son of James Cullen and Sarah Russell Cullen and up until his coming to this country 25 years ago, he resided in the vicinity of his birthplace. On coming to the United States Mr. Cullen took up his residence on a farm near this village and he had resided in this section since.
He was always active in the affairs of the community, the township and in the grange of the town of Alexandria. He also took an active part in the affairs of the Holy Name society of the church.
Mr. Cullen is survived by his widow, Mary LaVirgne Cullen and his six sons, Theodore Cullen, Arthur Cullen, Carl Cullen, Gerald Cullen, Vincent Cullen, Robert Cullen, all of this village; four brothers, Matthew Cullen and Joseph Cullen of Spencerville, Ont., George Cullen of Watertown and Michael Cullen of Black River, and five sisters, Mrs. Mary Farnual of Cornwall, Ont., Miss Maude Cullen of Alberta, Canada, Mrs. Stella McCoy of Sterlingville, Ont., and Mrs. Jon O’Connell of Black Lake.
Funeral services for Mr. Cullen will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Cyril’s Catholic church and burial will be made in St. Cyril’s cemetery here.
Plessis, Aug. 31. --Plessis marshalled Thursday its finest and largest parade in the history of old home day celebrations in the little village founded some 115 years ago under the direction of LeRay.
One of the outstanding features was the showing of many fine farm horses. The Plessis grange had a big farm wagon, decorated with sheaves of grain and shocks of corn, upon which rode the officers, with their official decorations. This wagon was drawn by a four-horse team, one owned by Royal Hunter and the other by Glenn Williams. The parade was led by Ronald Hunter, mounted on a charger, and carrying the American flag. The Children’s Band of Lafargeville, Thurston Lewis, leader, came next in a big, new truck, decorated with red, white and blue.
The Jason Lee, Overland special, bore Jason Lee, the explorer and missionary, with Indians and western pioneers. His float was entered by the Plessis Missionary society and won 1st prize. The Lafargeville Rebekahs had a well decorated truck carrying Lillian Van Brocklin and Rosaline Bretsch, labelled the Rock of Ages. Fred Galley was driver. This float won 2nd prize. The Omar Covered wagon, with ox team, owned by Mr. Shaw of Fishers Landing, was again line. This won a special prize. A finely decorated car, owned and driven by Mrs. David Watson, South Hammond, won 1st prize. The Plessis Cradle Roll with a decorated car with big doll, as the youngest baby, on the front, won second prize. A farm wagon, owned and driven by Elmer Haller, Lafargeville, had little Ethel Haller, with shepherd crook, as Bo-peep, and a real live sheep, standing by. The busy bees, Mrs. Ruth Dickhout Reynolds, had a decorated car, with Helen Harte, Helen Melon, Ethel Bretsch, Helen Snell, Caroline Snell, as members.
An unusual float was Treasure Island, with the chest of gold, the pirate band and a mammoth open book, was shown. Francis Dickhout was driver, Long John Silver, Bella O’Neil; pirate, Isabel Henderson. The small boy reading the story, Margaret Wills. The motto on the side read, “Good Books lie buried.” A comic float, The Brown’s Corners Race Track Association, had a big bell hanging high, with a big dummy horse hitched to a race sulky. Adam Hartman, Theresa, drove the truck with Manford and George Hagen, with the horse.
A truck, marked “Christianity the Key of Life,” carried the Sunday school class of Mrs. Hubert Collins, with some 15 young ladies pointing to the cross and the key of life. The Plessis Home Bureau, Lawrence Snyder driver, and the Lafargeville home bureau had fine floats, with members riding. Mrs. Grace Hughes and Mrs. Mildred Heyl, were in charge of the Lafargeville float. Some of the decorated cars were: James Hagen, with radio; Mildred Kring, Alexandria Bay; Harold J. Dorr, Lafargeville. The Lafargeville Cooperative Oil company had a fine float, as did the Ralph J. Hoyt Furniture company, Lafargeville. Marine Henry with shetland poney (sic) and decorated car. Morris Henry, Kenneth Walts, Lafargeville; Ernest Decker, Depauville were in line.
The Happy colored family, was a decorated car, Wallace Smith, driver; a drum major and clown, with a band of pioneers also made a hit. They included, Andrew Kendall, Douglas Schell, Harold Dorr, Cornelia Barton, Vernan Kendall, Margaret Dorr. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson, Just Married, traveled in an old buggy. There was the Plessis Fire department and the Plessis Police Patrol. Albert Henderson, in fur coat, was drawing a fire truck. There were the Indians, with Doris Getman Stanton, Omar, leading. Harold J. Dorr, Lafargeville, had a decorated car, Alvaro Hunter, road a horse. Some of the fine riders were: Nina Hunter, Alice Williams, Mrs. Niles Rowell and several others. Guy Bates and Clara Schneider took part in the parade as did many others.
The judges were: Bert Holkins, Redwood, W. Scott Sargent, Theresa and Harry Pickert, Alexandria Bay. It is estimated that a thousand people saw the parade. The band numbered 26 players.
The races were started directly after the parade. Some of the prize winners were: 100 yard running race, Robert Hunter, 1st; John Houghtaling, 2nd; 100 yard dash, ladies, Helen Cuthbertson, first, Gene House, 2nd, boys’ running race, Charles Beebee, first, Master Tibbles, second. Girls running race, Florence Cavanaugh, first; Gene House, second; three legged race, Martin Hanni and Robert Hunter, first, Carl Shoulette and Merle Honeyman, second; potato race, Robert Hunter, first; Carl Shoulette, second; sack race, Robert Hunter, first; Richard Felder, second; wheelbarrow race, ladies wheeling men, Clara Schneider, first; Maria King, second. Charles Bates and David Davis, won in a sack race for men.
Many of the former clergymen were back including Rev. W. J. Hancok (sic), Rev. Fred Lewis, Rev. William H. Bradley, Rev. W. P. Garrett. Neighboring pastors present included Rev. W. D. Aubrey, Alexandria Bay. Rev. Mr. Garrett is now retired, residing in Syracuse. He practiced in Plessis in 1911.
A fitting service was held in the Methodist church where 18 young ladies, with quartet and pianist, presented the pageant, “The Conquering Cross.” This pageant was under the direction of Mrs. W. J. Hancock. Miss Belle O’Neill was the reader.
Previous to the presentation of the pageant, Lawrence Spalsbury of Lawrence, Kan., gave two violin numbers, his accompanist being Elizabeth Hunter. Miss Hunter gave by request, a revery (sic), written by Mrs. W. J. Hancock, “The Old Stone Church Speaks.” It closed with the words, “I am the Old Stone Church and on this Old Home day, I, too, at last have come Home.”
It was following this recital that Rev. Allen Moore, pastor, made the announcement that the old church building had that day been given to the Methodist society of Plessis as a community center, by the owners, the Misses Helen and Anna Bearup of Theresa.
The cast of the pageant included: Spirit of Missions, Bella O’Neill; War, Leila Sneider; Wealth, Alzina Aprague Mackley; Learning, Eva Caswell; Art, Garland Helmer; Science, Elizabeth Lawyer; Power, Isabel Henderson; Love, Ruth Neuroth Reynolds; America, Cora Hotis; Hindu, Margaret Mellon; Chinese, Bethany Sheridan; Mexico, Verla Burnham; Arabian, Emma Lawyer; Japan, Evelyn Wills; Armenian, Mabel Frizelle; The Chain of Love, Helen Parrow, Joyce Neuroth, Rosemary Neuroth and Bethany Sheridan; soloists, Earl Hunter, Mrs. Beulah Hardy, Mrs. Lotta Collins, Mrs. Geneva Bretsch; pianist, Margaret Wills.
The afternoon program at the church was largely musical and included numbers by Margaret Wills, Bethany Sheridan, Donald Timmerman, Bella O’Neill, Cora Hotis, with address by Mrs. Allen Moore and a reading, “The Old Stone Church,” by Elizabeth Hunter.
The ball game drew a large crowd and was played between Plessis and Alexandria Bay. The score was Plessis 11, Bay 5. William Allen was umpire.
In the exhibit in the grange hall were shown many interesting items. It was in charge of Mrs. Frank Putman and Mrs. Myron Putman. There was an array of fancy quilts and old household articles. A wedding dress of Corintha Augsbury, 1866, who married James Dillion*, was shown. Mrs. Frank Rappole’s dress of 1870, was shown. There was an old tin lantern carried by John Dillion* 85 years ago. A collection of articles loaned by Gordon Snell, from his brother, Rev. Clarence Snell in South America, were shown. They were from Bolivia and Peru. Fancy quilts were loaned by the Misses Bearup of Theresa, as well as a set of old knives and forks. Wooden knives and forks from Germany, loaned by Henry Neuroth, were shown.
Lieut. James Dillon*, Alexandria Bay, 92, who went to the Old Stone Church Sunday school 90 years ago, was present, as well as Sarah Parker, 88, Theresa, formerly of Plessis.
About 400 were served with dinners. Over 500 registered. The attendance at the parade was over 1,000. A fine farm team was shown by Ormand Wills during the parade. Rev. Ernest Bragg and Rev. Frank Brown, former pastors, were also in attendance with several of the other former ministers.
Note by typist: Two spellings of the name, Dillon, were used in the article - shown as they appeared.
Watertown Daily Times
Carthage, Sept. 8. --Wilmont H. Clark, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Samuel B. Clark of Deferiet, and Miss Doris Proper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Proper of Natural Bridge, left a 1 this afternoon for Montrose, Pa., where they will be married at 7 this evening t the Catholic church there. The ceremony will be performed by the pastor.
The couple is being accompanied to Montrose by Miss Mary Clark, sister of the bridegroom, who will act as maid of honor, and Ross Clement of Watertown, a friend, who will be the best man. Miss Nellie Clark of Deferiet, another sister of the bridegroom, will also attend the wedding.
The bride will be attired in a tea rose gown with a black velvet turban and accessories to match. The maid of honor will be dressed in dark green crepe and will wear a brown sailor hat with accessories to match. Miss Nellie Clark, the only other attendant, will wear a blue silk dress with a blue sailor hat and shoes to match.
Directly following the ceremony, Miss Proper and Mrs. Clark will leave for Chicago, where they will spend a week at the Century of Progress exposition there. Upon their return they will make their home at 327 State street, Carthage. They will be at home to their friends after Sept. 17.
Miss Proper was graduated from the Watertown High school with the class of 1928. Following the completion of her education, she was employed for a time at Exford’s restaurant in State street. Since last spring, she has been a waitress at the Levi (sic) House restaurant here.
Mr. Clark is a graduate of the Carthage High school, class of 1930. Since his graduation he has been employed at the St. Regis Paper company, Deferiet, as a chemist’s assistant, having worked there for the past four years.
Plessis, Oct. 26. --A reception was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred HOtis by Mrs. Lawrence Schneider and Miss Cora Hotis Wednesday evening in honor of their daughter, Mrs. Leslie Getman who was recently married.
Mrs. Getman received many gifts.
The guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Herbison, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Makepeace, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schneider, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bretsch, all of Plessis. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Stanton, Omar; Merle Hunneyman and Miss Margaret Beebee, Redwood.
Mr. and Mrs. Getman are residing in Redwood where Mr. Getman is employed as a hay dealer.
Mrs. Helen T. Bates, 57, wife of John E. Bates, 4 Vassar apartments, 263 State street, dropped dead shortly after 10 Friday evening in her apartment while talking to George Kieff, assistant road scale inspector, who rooms in an apartment adjacent to here. Death was due to heart disease, according to Dr. L. S. Budlong, who was summoned immediately after the woman slumped to the floor.
Patrolman Clifford F. Putnam investigated after a telephone call was received at the police office at 9:55 asking that a doctor be sent to the apartment as a woman was ill. Lieutenant W. H. Jewett asked Dr. Budlong to go to the apartment and at 10:30lthe physician informed the police office that the woman was dead.
The district attorney’s office was also notified and Assistant Carl J. Hynes talked with Dr. Budlong, who attributed death to heart trouble. The assistant district attorney then ordered the body’s removal to the Howland Funeral chapel.
Mrs. Bates, whose husband is clerk at the Brownville Hotel, operated a rooming house at 4 Vassar apartments. About 9:50 Friday night, Mr. Kieff told the authorities, Mrs. Bates went to his room and talked with him. As she stood just inside the doorway of his room, he said, she suddenly toppled to the floor, first falling against the door.
Mr. Kieff placed a pillow under the woman’s head as she lay on the floor and then hurried away to summon other roomers in the block. Mr. Bates was summoned at the hotel by Mr. Kieff and he immediately came to the apartment.
Death was instantaneous. Her husband told the police officer she had not been ill recently.
Mrs. Bates was born in the town of Croghan, May 12, 1877, a daughter of the late Thomas and Ellen Martin Burns, both of the town of Wilna. She resided formerly at Alexandria Bay and Plessis, coming to Watertown 17 years ago from Plessis.
She was married to John E. Bates of Theresa at Alexandria Bay about 34 years ago.
Surviving her, besides her husband, are three sisters, Mrs. Rose Rubar of Carthage, Mrs. Charles Raube of Castorland and Mrs. John F. Bissonett of Brownville.
The body will be taken Sunday to the home of her sister, Mrs. Rubar, 401 South James street, Carthage.
Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9 in St. James Catholic church of Carthage. Burial will be made in the St. James cemetery at Carthage.
Plessis, October 26 - A quiet autumn wedding took place on Wednesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hunter, near Plessis, when their daughter, Helen Ida, was married to Calvin H. O’Neil of Watertown.
At 8:30 the bridal party took their place in front of a bank of ivy and autumn leaves. The bride wore a gown of rust crepe with leopard skin trimmings and carried an arm bouquet of chrysanthemums.
Her bridesmaid was Miss Hazel Walker of Watertown, who wore navy blue with cream colored accessories. The best man was Roy Hunter, brother of the bride.
The Bride, of Plessis, a Graduate of House of the Good Samaritan Nurses Training School - Mr. O'Neil of Watertown an Insurance Salesman
Plessis, October 26 - A quiet autumn wedding took place on Wednesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hunter (farm now owned by Leon Hunter), near Plessis, when their daughter, Helen Ida, was married to Calvin H. O'Neil of Watertown.
At 8:30 the bridal party took their place in front of a bank of ivy and autumn leaves. The bride wore a gown of rust crepe with leopard skin trimmings and carried an arm bouquet of chrysanthemums.
Her bridesmaid was Miss Hazel Walker of Watertown, who wore navy blue with cream colored accessories. The best man was Roy Hunter, brother of the bride.
The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. J. Hancock, former pastor of the church which the bride attends.
Only immediate relatives were present.
Following the ceremony, the wedding party and guests were seated in the dining room where a dinner was served. Silver and white wedding bells were used for the table decoration.
Mr. and Mrs. O'Neil left later in the evening on a wedding trip to Cleveland, O.
Mrs. O'Neil is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hunter. She was graduated from the Alexandria Bay High school and after a year of post graduate work entered the training class for nurses at the House of the Good Samaritan where she completed the course and became a registered nurse. For the past two years she has followed her profession in Watertown and vicinity.
Mr. O'Neil is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. O'Neil, 211 East Hoard street, Watertown, and for four years has been a salesman for the Metropolitan Insurance company.
Upon their return Mr. and Mrs. O'Neil will reside in Watertown.
Plessis, Feb. 16. --The 52nd anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. David Bretsch, both now 81 years of age, occurred Tuesday. A quiet day was spent.
Miss Ella Snell and David Bretsch were married at the home of the bride’s parents in the town of Clayton by Rev. Mr. Woodrick.
The couple began housekeeping in the same house in Plessis that they now occupy. In the spring of 1885 they moved to a farm at Alexandria Center where they resided until coming back to Plessis in December, 1930.
Mr. and Mrs. Bretsch are both enjoying good health at this time.
Mrs. Bretsch says that 52 years ago the snow banks were very high and traveling then was not much as it is today.
Plessis, Jan. 15. --Norman S. Hind, 76, formerly of Plessis, died last Friday night at a Wilmington, Del., hospital after an illness from heart disease.
He was born in Plessis on Feb. 8, 1858, a son of Joseph and Janette Shield Hind. In 1881 he married Miss Florence Tabash of Plessis. He was a charter member of the Plessis grange and treasurer of that body for 20 years.
Mr. Hind was always a farmer and spent most of his life on the Hind farm about one-half mile from Plessis on the Redwood road. This farm was owned and operated by the Hind family for three generations. Fifteen years ago he moved to Dover, Del.
Besides his wife he is survived by one son, Thornton Hind, Dover, Del. They accompanied the body here from Delaware, arriving Monday night. Mrs. Hind and her son are now at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Makepeace.
The funeral will be held from the Plessis Methodist Episcopal church Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Allen Moore officiating. Burial will be in Brookside cemetery at Plessis.
The bearers are John Cline, G. A. Snell, H. L. Penn, Arthur Rowell and Claude Makepeace.
Redwood, Jan. 26. --George J. Leuze, 67, farmer, died Friday afternoon at 4 at his home near Redwood after a long period of ill health.
Mr. Leuze had not been well for five years, suffering from bronchial asthma, but he was seriously ill only three days.
He was born in the town of Orleans on Sept. 10, 1867, a son of the late Adam and Christina Leuze.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Minnie E. Ball Leuze; four children, Harold and Floyd Leuze of Alexandria Bay, John Leuze and Mrs. Leo Trahan of Watertown; one sister, Mrs. Stanley Chisamore of Watertown; two brothers, Marshall of Evans Mills and William Leuze of Philadelphia, and one granddaughter, Joan Leuze of Watertown.
The funeral will be held from the home Monday afternoon at 2, Rev. Richard Henderson of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiating. Burial will be at Evans Mills.
Plessis, Feb. 13. -- Albert J. Williams, 77, retired farmer, died Tuesday at 1 p.m. at his home after an illness of two weeks from heart disease.
He was born Oct. 7, 1857, a son of Willard and Caroline Rhines Willard (sic), on a farm two miles from Plessis in the town of Alexandria. He spent his entire life in this vicinity.
On March 31, 1915, he married Mrs. Nellie Harger Hough of Theresa. She died nine years ago. He was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a charter member of Plessis grange.
The survivors are one sister, Mrs. Emma Haller, wife of Albert Haller of Brownville; three step-children, Mrs. Florence Sheridan of Theresa, Mrs. Hubert Collins of Plessis and George Hough of Syracuse, and three step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. from the home and at 2 p.m. from the Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. Allen Moore, pastor, officiating. The body will be placed in the vault to await burial in the spring.
Plessis, Feb. 23. --Miss Alicia E. Storm, 84, died suddenly at her home in this village at about 7:30 Friday evening. Death was caused by an embolism. Miss Storm had retired to her bedroom and was sitting on the edge of her bed when she was stricken. She reached out her hand for a blanket and as she did so she collapsed. She died within a short time.
Miss Storm was born in this village July 16, 1850, a daughter of Malankton and Jane Wright Storm. She had always resided here and was one of the oldest residents of the village. For many years she had been a dressmaker. She was a member of the Plessis Methodist Episcopal church and also a member of the Plessis grange.
She leaves no near relatives. Hary (sic) Penn, a cousin, of this village, survives as well as two other cousins, Ralph Rogers of Redwood and Mrs. Nelson French of Fine.
Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 from the home and at 2 from the church, will officiate (sic), assisted by Rev. William Hancock, retired Methodist minister of this village.
The body will be placed in the vault until spring when interment will be made in the Plessis Brookside cemetery.
Redwood, April 16. -- Mrs. Evelyn Lucy Wood Hunneyman, 33, wife of Fred Hunneyman, farmer residing a mile from here on the Crystal Lake farm, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday in Mercy hospital, Watertown, after being admitted to the hospital Monday morning.
She was taken ill Sunday night. Immediately on admission to the hospital she was given a blood transfusion. Her mother, Mrs. Charles Wood, Alexandria Bay, furnished the blood. Death was caused by internal hemorrhages.
Born at Alexandria Bay, Feb. 28, 1902, a daughter of Charles and Lucy D. Young Wood, she spent all her life there until her marriage to Mr. Hunneyman, August 17, 1920, at Montrose, Pa.
She was a member of the Dutch Reformed church, Alexandria Bay, and its pastor, Rev. Thomas Adams, will officiate at the funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday from the home. Burial will be in Redwood cemetery.
Surviving are her husband; two sons, Raymond and Curtis; one daughter, Natalie, all at her home; her parents, six sisters, Mrs. James Brennan, Mrs. George Lowe, Mrs. Gerald Heath, all of Alexandria Bay; Mrs. Leslie Eckert, Lafargeville; Mrs. Paul Schermerhorn, Hammond; Mrs. Milford Donaldson, Ogdensburg; three bothers, Charles, Raymond and Walter, Alexandria Bay.
Plessis, June 1. -- Mrs. Hattie Smith, 82, widow of Rufus Smith, died at 10:30 this morning at the home of Mrs. Myrtle Keeler in this village where she had been residing for the past six months. Mrs. Smith spent most of her life in this village.
Death was due to heart disease and complications from old age. She resided for many years in her home next door to the Keeler residence but six months ago when her health failed she went to the Keller home to live.
She was twice married. Her first husband was Jay Nash. Her second husband, Mr. Smith, died about 25 years ago. She is survived by a sister in Rochester.
The funeral probably will be held from the Keller home Monday at 1:30 p.m. and from the Plessis M. E. church at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Plessis Brookside cemetery.
Theresa, June 1. --James Mahanna, who celebrated his 73rd birthday on Memorial day in this village, is one of the veteran school teachers of former years now residing here. He is also well known as an old time fiddler.
He was born in the town of Orleans, May 30, 1862, his parents being William and Ellen Collins Mahanna, well known residents of this section. His grandfather came from County Cork, Ireland, when he was 22 years old. He was 65 days crossing the ocean. After farming a time in Oneida county, his grandfather came to Orleans. When Mr. Mahanna became a young man he resolved to be a school teacher for his seven older brothers and sisters were all teachers. Some were teaching in high school but James started in his home district, the Creek Road. Later he went to Barnes Settlement, Alexandria and next to Omar. He was next teaching the Plessis school and for a time was at Pink school house. Later he taught at Fishers Landing and still later at T. I. Park.
Mr. Mahanna relates how when school closed one June a neighbor came and invited him to take a job on a haypresser as a jumper. He was a strong man of good weight and he started in, but found it a hard experience after school teaching. He jumped his first day for Fred Timmerman, hay buyer, in 1883. He remembered pressing on the famed Ashland farms, near Three Mile Bay, many years ago.
In his early days he learned to play the violin. Years ago in Chicago he was playing and he was asked if they could enter him as fiddler in a contest. He won first place and played there and in other cities in the west, often getting first prize. Two years ago he was urged to enter a local contest here and got out his fiddle and won first place. He won first place at Redwood a few weeks ago.
He married Annie Newton, who died some years ago. He has one son, Leon, residing in Orleans. He has made his home here at the Getman House for some time. He is a member of St. Theresa Catholic church.
Redwood, Sept. 5. -- Mrs. Jennie Hofferberth was married to Lawrence Farrell of Morristown Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Ogdensburg. The ceremony was performed by Rev. A. E. Kelly, pastor of the First Baptist church.
Mrs. Farrell is well known here having resided here for several years and is the widow of the late Leonard Hofferberth.
Mr. Farrell, a native of Morristown, is any employe of the New York Central
Mr. and Mrs. Farrell will reside here.
The marriage of Miss Cecelia A. Vreatt, 213 Arsenal street, and Frank J. Getman of Lafargville took place June 24 at Carthage at the parsonage of the Carthage Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. J. A. Sypher, pastor of the church, officiating.
The couple was attended by Miss Edith Christian and Miss Elen Sypher. Mrs. Getman was born at Cape Vincent, a daughter of Lawrence J. and Agnes Lago Vreatt. She has been employed as a waitress at the city restaurants.
Mr. Getman is a farmer. He was born at Lafargeville, a son of Joseph S. and Dora F. Bretsch Getman. The couple are residing at Lafargeville.
Lafargeville, June 25. -- Mrs. Violet Decker and Miss Madeline Byrne entertained on Saturday afternoon at a variety shower in honor of Mrs. Lois Getman whose marriage to Paul Getman took place June 8. Mrs. Getman was the former Miss Lois VanAlstyne.
Those present were: Mrs. Margaret Haller, Mrs. Gifford Haller, Mrs. Stewart VanAlstyne, daughter, Pauline, Mrs. Maurice Daily, Mrs. Steve Getman and children, Phyllis and Stewart, Mrs. Carl Getman and son, Douglas, Mrs. Stanley Getman and daughter, Alice, Miss Ferne Getman, Miss Thelma Eaton, Miss Martha Dewey, Mrs. Hope Lavery, Mrs. Ona Haggert and son, Clarence, Mrs. Alma Schaber, Mrs. Helen Fulkerson, Miss Patricia Lambert, Mrs. Lois Getman, Mrs. Violet Decker and daughter, Elouise, and Miss Madeline Byrne.
Utica, July 2. -- Miss Helen Treible (sic), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd W. Treible, 1647 Sunset avenue, and Lewis G. Whipple, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Whipple, East Aurora, were married this noon in the home of the bride’s parents. Rev. Wilson Treible, North Mehoopany, Pa., grandfather of the bride, will perform the ceremony. A wedding dinner will follow at the Utica Golf club.
Miss Treible is a graduate of Syracuse university and Leland Powers School of Speech and has been a teacher of English and public speaking at Alexandria Bay four years. Mr. Whipple is a graduate of Syracuse university forestry college, and has been connected with the United States Forest Service at Russellville, Ark., where the couple will make their home.
Redwood, Oct. 18. -- Edson Burton Clark, 22, son of the late Burton Clark and Ada Haas Clark, and Yolande Mae Duffany, 19, daughter of Fred Duffany and Beulah Stevens Duffany, were married by Rev. R. F. Henderson, pastor of the Orleans Four Corners, which the bride and bridegroom attend.
The couple was attended by the bride’s sister, Miss Agnes Duffany, and the bridegroom’s brother, Earl Clark
After a few days at Clear lake, Mr. and Mrs. Duffany will reside at a farm near Orleans.
The marriage of Miss Eleanora C. Daab of Alexandria Bay and Frank E. Steacy of Theresa took place at the First Methodist Episcopal church of Watertown at noon today. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Charles Bollinger. The couple was attended by Miss Rachel Merritt as bridesmaid and Robert G. Matthews as best man. Other members of the bridal party were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Daab of Lafargeville, Mr. and Mrs. Burnette P. Ward, Miss May Truman of Watertown, Miss Grace Daab of Theresa and Ralph and Edwin Matthews of Depauville.
The bride wore a dress of navy blue crepe with blue accessories and carried a bouquet of talisman roses. The bridesmaid's dress was beige crepe with accessories to match and carried a beautiful bouquet of sweet peas.
After the services at the church the bridal party took luncheon at the Cheerio dining room in the Paddock Arcade. Mr. and Mrs. Steacy left for Washington, D. C., this afternoon. They will return about April 26. Mrs. Steacy will finish the school year at Alexandria Bay and will be at home to her friends at Theresa after July 1.
Mrs. Steacy spent her early life in the town of Clayton. She attended Chaumont High school and was graduated from Clayton training class in 1906. She has also had teacher training at Potsdam Normal. She taught a number of years in the rural schools of northern Jefferson county. Mrs. Steacy is completing her sixth year as teacher in the fourth grade of Alexandria Bay High school. This is Mrs. Steacy's 22nd year of service in the public school of Jefferson county.
Mr. Steacy lived at Theresa in his early life, obtaining his education in the school of this section. Mr. Steacy served 14 months in Company G, 310th Infantry, in the World war. He was wounded in the battle of St. Mihiel. Following the World war, he became a machinist at the J. B. Wise plant in Watertown. He was employed in their shop for five years. He also served four years as an inspector for the New York Air Brake company at Watertown. Mr. Steacy was in the employ of the Willis-Morrow Automobile plant at Elmira, Corning Glass Works at Corning and Taggart Paper company at Oswego. In 1931, Mr. Steacy purchased the John Wood farm near Kelsey Bridge. He is operation this farm.
*The pencilled date in this scrapbook was “1935” - another scrapbook indicated, “1933.”
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