We are indebted to Leon Hunter for allowing us to copy his mother's scrapbook, and particularly, once again, to Shirley Farone for retyping all this. Shirley does most of the formatting, also, leaving us with an easy upload. Thanks, Shirley and Leon! The original scrapbook is now in the Northern New York Agricultural Museum, of which Leon is a trustee. Marguerite Raineri, the director, has made the scrapbooks available to us.
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COUPLE WED IN ALBANY HONORED
Lafargeville, April 3. (1939) -- Mr. and Mrs. Ernest H. Buskirk were guests of honor of the young people of the village at a shower Tuesday night. Mr. and Mrs. Buskirk were married in Albany March 10 by Rev. Fred M. Hagadorn. Mrs. Buskirk was Miss Mary A. Schneider of Lafargeville before her marriage.
The entertainment was in charge of the Misses Helen Balmat and Blanche Nellis.
Attending the shower were the Misses Druscilla Halladay, Mildred Graham, Ruth Graham, Evelyn Resch, Viola Baltz, Helen Balmat, Marjorie Nellis, Blanche Nellis, Eleanor Garnsey, Ida Eiss, Mrs. Clayton Douglass, Mrs. Ernest W. Buskirk, Frederick Resch, Edwin Schneider, Clarke, Bradford, Earl Eigabroadt, Howard Graham, and the guests.
Theresa, April 17. (1939) -- Mrs. Nellie Walter Huddleston, 62, wife of John Huddleston, this village, died suddenly at the family home at 5:30 Sunday afternoon from a heart attack while she was sleeping.
She had been in her usual health until Friday evening when she suffered a fainting spell and Dr. Byron Haskin of this village was called. She seemed to have quickly recovered but remained in bed. A son at home, Carl, who is a teacher, had the lead part in an original religious play which was to be given at Carthage Sunday evening by a Theresa cast. His mother urged him to go when he spoke of the trip, saying she felt good. The son had reached Carthage, when her sudden death recalled him and the play was called off.
Mrs. Huddleston was born in the western part of this town on June 9, 1876, daughter of the late Martin and Harriet Turner Walter. Forty-one years ago she was married to John Huddleston. They had always resided in this town and for the past quarter of a century had operated the I. C. Cooper farm one mile out on the Ogdensburg state highway. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and the Optimistic class.
She is survived by her husband, four sons, Wayne, of LeRay; Don, of this village and Guy and Carl, residing at home; her mother, Mrs. Harriet Walter, a veteran school teacher, and a sister, Mrs. Kate Robbins, both residing on the Walter homestead.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Methodist church of this village, Rev. U. B. Grant, the pastor, officiating. Burial will be made in Oakwood cemetery in this village.
BETROTHAL ANNOUNCED AT FAMILY DINNER
TO PERRY SEYMOUR, REDWOOD
Carthage High School Senior Will Be Wed in Near Future to Musician
--She Is Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Draper of Natural Bridge.
(photo of Miss Agnes P. Draper included)
Redwood, April 8. (1939) -- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Draper announced the engagement of their daughter, Agnes P. Draper, to Perry H. Seymour, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Seymour of Redwood, at a dinner given by Miss Draper’s uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. James Golby, Friday.
Guests at the dinner included Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Draper and children, Edna and Norman of Natural Bridge; Mr. and Mrs. James Golby and the guests of honor, Miss Draper and Mr. Seymour.
Miss Draper is a senior at the Carthage high school and Mr. Seymour is a musician. He will soon start a series of broadcasts over CFLC.
The wedding will take place in the near future.
MISS GLADYS WAUGH TO WED
CEREMONY THIS EVENING IN DEER RIVER CHURCH
TO BE BRIDE OF ERWIN MILLER
Daughter of Mrs. Nina Waugh of Castorland and Carthage to Be
Married to Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Miller of Deer River.
Carthage, April 28. (1939) -- Miss Gladys Waugh will become the bride of Erwin Miller in a ceremony to be solemnized at 7:30 this evening at the Deer River Congregational church by Rev. William C. Watson, pastor.
Mrs. Earl Stiles of Carthage, sister of the bride-to-be, will be matron of honor. Everett Miller of Pulaski will serve as best man for his brother.
Miss Waugh will be attired in a fuchsia colored gown with black and white accessories and will wear a corsage of Talisman roses. Mrs. Stiles will wear blue bird blue with navy accessories and a corsage of roses and sweet peas.
The church will be decorated with potted plants, ferns and spring flowers. Miss Carrie Fiestal of Deer River will play the wedding march.
Following the ceremony a reception for the immediate families will be held at the home of Mr. Miller’s grandmother, Mrs. Mary Vrooman, Deer River.
Miss Waugh, daughter of Mrs. Nina Waugh and the late Elmer E. Waugh, Castorland and Carthage, is a graduate of Lowville Free Academy. She is employed at the Climax Manufacturing company, Castorland.
Mr. Miller, also a graduate of Lowville Free Academy, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Miller, Deer River. He is employed at the National Paper Products mill in Carthage.
The couple plan to reside in Deer River.
Miss Waugh was guest of honor at a variety of showers recently at the homes of her sister, Mrs. Stiles, and Mr. Miller’s sister, Mrs. Fred Nicholls, jr., Deer River.
MISS ELEANOR SCHELL IS WED
Theresa, April 17. (1939) -- Miss Eleanor Schell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Schell, of the Kelsey Bridge section, became the bride of Arnold Brown of Pamelia at 2 Saturday. Rev. W. S. Bishop of the Presbyterian church here officiated. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. John Schell, brother and sister-in-law of the bride.
The bride was graduated from Theresa High school in 1932. Mr. Brown is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Brown, Pamelia. He attended the Clayton and Chaumont High schools.
MAN, 62, DRINKS ACID AND DIES
HAD BEEN DESPONDENT OVER LACK OF WORK
CHAS. H. HEATH OF PLESSIS
Funeral to Be Held From Home Wednesday Afternoon at 2
-- He Was a Native of Canada.
Plessis, April 10. -- Charles Henry Heath, 62, a carpenter, died at his home here at 6:30 Sunday evening, about 14 hours after he drank muratic (sic) acid. He had been despondent for some time because of lack of work.
Mr. Heath arose early Sunday morning, went to the barn and did the chores. After completing the work at the barn, he returned to the house shortly after 6 a.m. and went down cellar. When he came upstairs his wife was getting breakfast. He told her he didn’t want anything to eat as he felt sick. Suspending (sic) something was wrong, his wife summoned a doctor. An empty bottle which had contained muratic (sic) acid was found in the cellar. Dr. E. E. Eddy of Redwood and Dr. H. L. Gokey of Alexandria Bay were summoned to the home but efforts to save the man’s life were futile.
Dr. Eddy was appointed coroner’s physician by District Attorney Carl J. Hynes who was notified.
Mr. Heath was born in Rockport, Ont., on Aug. 23, 1876, a son of Charles and Lucinda Brucker Heath. He came to the United States at the age of 14. On Sept. 5, 1897, he married Miss Gertrude Rhines at Watertown, where he was then working. He spent most of life since coming to the United States in Plessis and vicinity.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harry (Hazel) Forester of Alexandria Bay and Mrs. Kermit (Gladys) Thornhill of Brockville, Ont.; four sons, Leland and Raymond of Watertown and Stanley and Clark Heath at home, and nine grandchildren. Another son, Clarence, died in 1923.
The funeral will be held from the home Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Louis Bruce, pastor of the Plessis Methodist Episcopal church, officiating. Burial will be in Brookside cemetery, Plessis.
Bearers will be Frank Bellinger, Hugh Steele, William Hardy and Louis Collins.
Plessis, April 11. -- The funeral of Charles Henry Heath, 62, who died Sunday night after drinking muriatic acid, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. from his home, Rev. Louis Bruce, pastor of the Plessis Methodist Episcopal church, officiating. Burial will be made in the Plessis Brookside cemetery.
Bearers will be Frank Bellinger, Hugh Steele, William Hardy, Louis Collins, Harry Penn and Charles Reynolds.
Survivors are: Mrs. Heath, his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Harry (Hazel) Forester, Alexandria Bay and Mrs. Kermit (Gladys) Thornhill, Brockville, Ont.; five sons, Leland and Raymond of Watertown, Stanley and Clark at home and Gwendle Heath, Alexandria Bay, and ten grandchildren.
WIFE OF RALPH ROGERS, 77, DIES
FUNERAL FROM HOME ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON
WAS RESIDENT OF REDWOOD
Mrs. Frances Harmer Rogers, Native of Town of Oswegatchie,
Dies Following Illness of Two Months With Heart Disease
--Formerly Lived in Midwest.
Redwood, April 17. (1939). -- Mrs. Frances Harmer Rogers, 77, wife of Ralph Rogers, died at 8:45 Saturday morning at her home here, following an illness of two months of heart disease.
Mrs. Rogers was born in the town of Oswegatchie on Dec. 10, 1861, daughter of Thomas and Harriette Wilson Harmer. On Oct. 20, 1887, she was married to Ralph Rogers of Adams. Following their marriage they went to the west, where Mr. Rogers was engaged in cheese making.
In 1917 they came east and located at Philadelphia for five years and returned to this village in 1924.
Mrs. Rogers was a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Rush City, Minnesota, and of the Redwood Methodist church.
Her survivors are her husband and one sister, Mrs. Jerry (Anna) Hurley of Gouverneur, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the home, Rev. Louis Bruce, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, will officiate.
Interment will be in the Redwood cemetery.
Theresa, May 2. (1939) -- Frank Eddy celebrated his 85th birthday Sunday at a family dinner attended by 23 of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the family home at Bentleys Corners.
Mr. Eddy was born at the Eddy homestead near Shurtleffs Corners, three miles from this village. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eddy. His entire life has been spent in this section and he still has possession of the Eddy homestead, but a grandson, John Snell, operates the place.
One of his brothers, Ashton Eddy, became a minister in the Methodist church, and another brother, Arthur, was a druggist in Theresa. The only brother now living is Dr. Victor C. Eddy of Colby, Kas.
Frank Eddy married Miss Mamie Cornwell more than 50 years ago. She is still active in music. Mr. Eddy works in his garden in summer and reads extensively in winter. He has two children, Mrs. J. R. (Marion) Schell, Theresa, and Willard, who operates the home place.
RUTH STEWART THERESA BRIDE
Theresa, May 2. (1939). -- A quiet home wedding took place on Saturday evening at 8 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Stewart, Riverside avenue, this village, when their daughter, Miss Ruth Stewart, was married to John Dickhaut of Hammond.
The bridal party entered the living room from the stairway and stood under an arch of yellow and white, the wedding march being played by Miss Fay Heath of Alexandria Bay. The attendants were Miss Violet Simpson, Alexandria Bay, and Orville Timmerman of this place. Rev. Carl Worden of the Episcopal church here officiated.
The bride wore a rose-colored dress with navy-blue accessories and the maid of honor pink with white accessories. There were many gifts.
Mrs. Dickhaut was a student in the Theresa High school. Mr. Dickhaut is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickhaut of Hammond and is employed by John Schell in this town. Attending the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickhaut, Charles Dickhaut, father of the bridegroom, died the following day.
Mr. and Mrs. John Dickhaut will reside in this village. Guests at the wedding were, besides the parents of the groom: Charles Dickhaut, jr., Margaret Dickhaut and Nelson Catlin, Hammond; Mr. and Mrs. George Cromwell, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Heath, Alexandria Bay; Mr. and Mrs. George Kring, Redwood; Mr. and Mrs. Terril Hastings, Danile Massey, Delos Soper, Mary Flemming, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Stewart, James, Dorthea, Arlene, Annie and Reta Stewart, Theresa.
A buffet luncheon was served at the close of the wedding.
AGNES MERRILL ENGAGED TO WED
Alexandria Bay, May 8. (1939) -- Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Merrill have announced the engagement of their daughter, Agnes, to Edward G. Hiscock of Hudson Falls. Mr. Hiscock is the son of Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Hiscock of Yonkers.
Miss Merrill is a graduate of the local high school in 1933, and of Potsdam Normal in 1937. She is a member of Phi Kappa Gamma sorority.
Following their graduation from Potsdam Normal, Miss Merrill taught at the Swan Hollow school for one year, and for the past year has been a member of the local faculty.
Mr. Hiscock is a graduate of Roosevelt High school, Yonkers, and of Clarkson college at Potsdam. Since his graduation Mr. Hiscock has been affiliated with the Union Bag and Paper company at Hudson Falls.
The wedding will take place this summer.
F. A. TIMMERMAN EXPIRES, AGED 84
Lafargeville, May 1. -- (1939) -- Fayette A. Timmerman, 84, retired general store proprietor and former farmer of Orleans Four Corners, died this morning at 8:30 at his home in Orleans after being in failing health for six months. He was always a resident of Orleans Four Corners.
Mr. Timmerman was born in the town of Orleans on Oct. 7, 1854, a son of George and Rosina Walrath Timmerman. He married Jennie Parker on Sept. 7, 1887.
He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church.
The survivors are his widow, two sons, George and Fred Timmerman, Orleans Four Corners; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Meagher of Syracuse; one brother, Fred Timmerman of Orleans, and one sister, Mrs. R. C. Parker of Adams Center.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Orleans Lutheran church, Rev. Richard Henderson of Redwood officiating. Burial will be made in Orleans cemetery.
STROUGH STATION HISTORY CITED
Theresa, May 4. (1939) -- The proposal of the New York Central railroad to close the station at Stroughs on the Clayton branch recalls how the station came to be situated there in the first place and how it was named.
In December, 1872, the first train reached Theresa, and it was proposed to make Theresa a junction for a branch line to Clayton. Disputes arose and the Clayton-Theresa branch started 2½ miles south of this village and there for years was the station, Theresa Junction, later Rivergate.
One of the pioneers a mile west of West Theresa was Daniel Strough. His son, Samuel, became a leader in farming and politics. While the survey of the railroad came near the Strough home, Samuel Strough reportedly offered to donate land for right of way and a side-track, and in return the railroad was to make this a stop.
Mr. Strough sold wood to the railroad. Much hay was shipped from the station. The station building was not erected until about 35 years ago.
Redwood, May 20. (1939)
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The Children’s Home of Jefferson County and Henry Keep Home are residuary legatees to the $5,650 estate of Mrs. Lucy M. Bailey, Redwood, who died March 20, according to her will filed with Judge Fred A. Grant, surrogate, for probate. This will was executed March 13 and Attorney E. Ralph Gosier, city, represents the estate. Mrs. Bailey was the widow of Patrick A. Bailey, former deputy sheriff of the county.
According to the probate petition the estate consists of about $5,000 personalty and about $650 reality. Provision is made for a cemetery monument to cost about $400, the residence in Redwood is given to Edison Henry Russell, brother, Denver, Col. The Henry Keep Home is bequeathed the contents of the resident.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles D’Amour are given a cottage on Butterfield lake, the decedent’s dog, Danny, and $200 to provide for maintenance of the dog.
Rev. Herbert M. Lamb, Sherburne, N. Y., who once preached at Redwood, is given $150. Mrs. Julia Sanford, sister, Parishville, is bequeathed $5. Ruth Schnauber, Redwood, $25; Mrs. Elizabeth Quencer, Redwood, $5; Mrs. L. J. McClaire, Redwood, $5.
Captain Alfred S. Wood, city, is given 20 shares of Arkansas Natural Gas stock and the revolver of the late Deputy Sheriff Bailey.
The Children’s Home of Jefferson county and the Henry Keep Home are to divide equally the residuary estate.
Mrs. Quencer was named executrix, but has renounced the appointment.
Miss Fern Hardy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Hardy of Philadelphia and a prominent 4-H club member and worker of Jefferson county for the past eight years has been selected as one of the two girls who will represent New York state at the National 4-H club camp in Washington, D. C., June 14 to 21.
Notice of her selection was received this morning from Miss Dorothy DeLancy of the New York State College of Agriculture at Ithaca and assistant state club leader.
Miss Hardy was chosen from a group of 30 girls representing 45 counties in the state. Cortland county’s entrant Miss Betty Sweetland will be the second representative from New York state at the National 4-H camp.
This is the eighth representative that Jefferson county has had at the camp since 1928 when Miss Elsa Krusa, Redwood, attended. Others attending were Leland Bull, Rutland Center, 1933; Miss Emily Watts, Defereiet, 1934; Wilbur Bull, Rutland Center, 1935; Glenn Feistel, Carthage, 1937.
The camp which will have two representatives from each state will open at 8 p.m. June 14 with a general meeting. Each morning will be devoted to discussion periods upon rural life problems with the afternoons left free for sightseeing.
STATE ASSEMBLY OF ORDER MEETS AT JAMESTOWN
MRS. PEARL CHRISTIE PRESIDENT
Local Groups Planning Reception to New State Leader in This City June 6.
Jamestown, May 18. (1939) -- Mrs. Pearl Christie of Watertown, was elected president of the New York Rebekah assembly today. She succeeds Mrs. Lillian C. Waterbury, of Mohawk.
Other officers elected were: Mrs. Maude McKeel, Geneva; vice president; Mrs. Gladys Knapp, Elmira, warden; Mrs. Inez D. Squires, St. Albans, secretary, and Mrs. Hattie Atherly, Auburn, treasurer.
Mrs. Pearl Christie is the wife of W. V. Christie of 220 East Moulton street. She is widely known in the north country through her activities in fraternal organizations. She has been a member of United Rebekah lodge, No. 74, for the past 18 years.
At various times she has served as noble grand and district No. 1. She is also a member of the Past Noble Grands Triple Link circle, the Ladies of the Orient and the Daughters of the Degree of Pocahontas.
The Unity Rebekah lodge will hold a public reception in honor of Mrs. Christie Tuesday evening, June 6, at 9. High officials in the Odd Fellows organization as well as state officer of the Rebekah will attend. Cecil McConnel of Massena, grand warden of the sovereign grand lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the state, will be the guest speaker.
Mrs. Pearl Christie of 220 East Moulton street was elected president of the New York Rebekah assembly at the state meeting held in Jamestown early this week. Mrs. Christie has been an active member of United Rebekah lodge in this city for the past 18 years.
Redwood, May 19. (1939). -- Joseph Felder, sr., retired farmer, celebrated his 83rd birthday quietly at his home here yesterday.
Mr. Felder was born in Germany, May 18, 1856, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz Felder. He married Anna Mary Haum Feb. 1, 1882, at Mavaz. They came to this country two years later, arriving in New York on July 12, 1884, and located in this vicinity where Mr. Felder engaged in cheese making for eleven years.
In 1895 he purchased a farm at the foot of Butterfield lake, where he resided for 42 years. Twenty-two years ago he retired and came to this village where he and his wife have since resided.
Mr. Felder is a member of Kirkland grange and St. Paul’s Lutheran church.
He has three daughters, Mrs. Carl (Victoria) Wilson of Watertown, Mrs. James (Amelia) Zellar and Mrs. William (Emma) Walton of Redwood, and three sons, Otto, Carl and Joseph of Redwood. A daughter, Mrs. Samuel (Rose) Strang, died in Cleveland, three years ago.
J. BREITENBACH WEDS SECRETARY
ISLAND SUMMER RESIDENT NEAR ALEXANDRIA BAY
DELILAH P. FLAGLER BRIDE
Civil Ceremony Performed By Justice of the Peace Alanson E. Gove
-- Former Marriages of Couple Terminated in Divorce.
Alexandria Bay, June 19. -- Julius M. Breitenbach of New York city, owner and summer resident of Maple island in the St. Lawrence river near here, was married to his secretary, Delilah P. Flagler, here Sunday afternoon by Justice of the Peace Alanson E. Gove. Wilson Gove and Harry Burtch were witnesses to the civil ceremony.
Both Mr. Breitenbach and his wife have been married before. Their previous marriages ended in divorce.
Mr. Breitenbach, wealthy manufacturer, formerly served as local fire chief and has sponsored numerous civic activities.
He established the Maple Island Fire company and gave the company a fireboat. He is a Sea Scout council officer and has long been actively interested in boating, having owned numerous craft.
Evans Mills, June 29. -- Miss Lucille Hartman of the town of Alexandria was married to Morrie Cole of the town of Alexandria in a ceremony at the Methodist parsonage in this village on Tuesday. Rev. Allan Moore performed the ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Eckert, of Depauville, this month celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. They were married June 4, 1877, in Redwood. Before her marriage Mrs. Eckert was Miss Addie Suits, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. Suits, of Redwood. Mr. Eckert is in good health and daily works in his garden, but Mrs. Eckert has been in poor health recently.
WIDOW OF FRANK PLACE, 77, DIES
Theresa, June 13. -- Mrs. Alice Phillips Place, 77, widow of Frank Place, died at her home in Commercial street Monday afternoon after a week’s illness. Death was caused by a heart ailment.
She was born on the Phillips homestead at Hyde Lake June 8, 1862, daughter of George and Elizabeth Cole Phillips. She attended Ives’ seminary at Antwerp before she was married to Mr. Place Jan. 4, 1887. He died about 20 years ago.
Mrs. Place was long an active member of the Methodist church here, a member of the Ladies’ Aid society. She was a former president of the Howland circle, Ladies of the G. A. R., and a secretary of that society at the time of her death. She joined Theresa grange soon after it was organized and for 30 years served as its secretary. She later withdrew from the grange.
She was the last of her family, two brothers, Charles and George, having died. She had no children. Among her cousins surviving are Foster Phillips and City Judge Crandall F. Phillips of Watertown.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2, (E.S.T.), from the C. A. Giltz funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Rev. U. B. Grant, pastor of the Methodist church, will officiate.
Miss Jean Shannon, graduated from Potsdam Normal school on June 12, has secured a position to teach in the Antwerp district. She is the daughter of B. C. Shannon and the late Mrs. Maude Shannon of Antwerp. She was on the athletic committee and the Racquette staff and was also active in the Y. W. C. A., I. R. C., and Literary club at Potsdam Normal.
Redwood, June 12. (1939)
RITES FOR C. W. CURTIS AT REDWOOD ON FRIDAY
Redwood, June 15. (1939) -- Funeral services for Charles Wilson Curtis, 68, retired hardware merchant here, who died at the Hepburn hospital in Ogdensburg Tuesday night after an extended illness, will be held from St. Francis Xavier church on Friday morning at 9 (E.S.T.), Rev. Walter Charbonneau officiating, assisted by Rev. George Gyer of Norfolk, Conn., a close friend of the family. Burial will be made in St. Francis Xavier cemetery.
Mr. Curtis was born in Alexandria, Va., Colfax county, on Jan. 20, 1871, son of Henry Curtis and Thankful Babcock Curtis. He was the last of a family of ten children.
He married Miss Mabel Sayles at Redwood on Feb. 7, 1900. Mr. Curtis conducted a hardware store here until about 15 years ago when he retired. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier church.
He is survived by his widow, Mabel Sayles Curtis; four sons, George, Merrill, Charles and Lawrence, all of Watertown; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
MISS GRACE WILLIS IS BRIDE OF JAS. S. DENNEY
Clayton, June 19. (1939) -- Miss Grace Willis, daughter of George Willis and the late Mrs. George Willis of Alexandria Bay, N. Y., was married Saturday evening at 8:30 in St. Mary’s church at Clayton to James S. Denney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Denney of Clayton. The ceremony was performed by Rev. George E. Racette. The couple will reside on State street in Clayton.
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Andrew D. Getman, 84, of 134 Haley street, retired farmer and one-time farm machinery salesman, died at 10:41 this morning at the nursing home of Mrs. Frank W. Glasier, 116 Barben avenue, where he had been a patient since July 3. He had been ill for about four weeks. Death was caused by infirmities of age and a coronary thrombosis.
Mr. Getman had resided for the last three years with his sister, Mrs. Fred E. Knapp, 134 Haley street.
He was born in the town of Alexandria, Oct. 16, 1854, the eldest of ten children of the late Stephen and Mary Waggoner Getman. For years he was a farmer in the town of Orleans. Later, he was for a long period of time a travelling representative of the J. I. Case company, manufacturers of farm machinery, covering upper New York state for that concern.
Mr. Getman was married twice. His first wife, the former Ella Carpenter, is dead. A son by his first marriage, Joseph Getman, now resides in Lafargeville. His second wife, who was formerly Carrie Peterson of Minnesota, died in 1928 at the Getman home on upper Franklin street, where Mr. Getman resided for years. Two children were born of the second marriage, Mrs. Estella Getman Cuff, now of Syracuse, and Earl A. Getman, now of Batavia.
After the death of his first wife, Mr. Getman, who was still a young man at the time, moved to the middle west and for about three years lived in Minnesota. Mr. Getman left his Franklin street home about two years after his second wife died.
Mr. Gettman (sic) was a member of the Lafargeville lodge of Masons.
Surviving him, besides these three children, Joseph Getman, Lafargeville, Mrs. Estelle G. Cuff, Syracuse, and Earl A. Getman, Batavia, are six sisters and a brother, Mrs. William Paul, Adams Center; Mrs. William Gladwin and Mrs. Frederick Stopforth, Brownville, Mrs. Charles Getman, Mrs. Fred E. Knapp and Monroe D. Getman, city, and Mrs. Orville Walts, Evans Mills, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangement will not be completed until the arrival of the son from Batavia.
FUNERAL HELD FOR MOTHER OF ALEXANDRIA BAY WOMAN
Brockville, Ont., Aug. 22. -- Funeral services were held this afternoon from her home at Lyn for Mrs. Catherine Ann Jarvis, widow of George N. Jarvis and mother of Mrs. George Van Brocklin of Alexandria Bay, N. Y., who died last Saturday.
Surviving Mrs. Jarvis besides her daughter in Alexandria Bay are three other daughters, Mrs. R. A. Nunn of Fitzwilliam, N. H., Mrs. E. W. Tokley of Toronto, and Mrs. D. G. Carnochan of Ottawa; two sons, J. M. Jarvis of North Bay and George W. Jarvis of Lyn; one brother, D. M. Spaidal of New York and a sister, Mrs. T. J. Storey of Lyn.
MARIE FELDER OF PLESSIS IS WED
CEREMONY PERFORMED AT REDWOOD CHURCH
IS BRIDE OF WELBY HOTIS
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Felder, Nurse at House of the Good Samaritan,
Is Wed to Foreman at Dexter Mill, Son of Leray Residents.
Redwood, July 11. (1939) -- Miss Marie Elder, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Felder of Plessis, and Welby Hotis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hotis of Leray were married in a ceremony performed by Rev. Richard Henderson, pastor of St. Paul’s church Friday night.
The couple was attended by Miss Kathleen Van Brocklin of Alexandria Bay and Richard Felder of Plessis.
Miss Felder was gowned in white crepe and carried an arm bouquet of American Beauty roses. Her bridesmaid wore blue dotted swiss and carried roses.
The bride is a graduate of Redwood High school, class of 1932, and of the House of the Good Smaritan, and has been acting as assistant night supervisor here. The bridegroom attended the public schools of Evans Mills and is foreman in the Reed Pulpex company, Dexter.
After a short wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Hotis will reside in Watertown.
MRS. ELMER SNELL, PLESSIS, OBSERVES 75TH BIRTHDAY
Plessis, July 8. -- Mrs. Elmer Snell of this place was surprised on Wednesday evening by friends and neighbors on her 75th birthday.
Those present were Mrs. Ella Bretsch, Mrs. Ida Hunter, Mrs. Ella Hagan, Mrs. Ellen Bauter, Mrs. Stella Hotis, Mrs. Frank Petrie, Mrs. William Peck and Mrs. Gordon Snell, all of Plessis, and Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Fowkes and Gertrude Snell of Lafargeville.
Mrs. Snell is a member of the Methodist church and is active in Ladies’ Aid and Community club work.
FORMER REDWOOD TEACHER TO WED BAPTIST PASTOR
Redwood, July 21. -- Miss Marjorie E. Wade of Mechanicville, former teacher in the Redwood school, is engaged to wed Rev. William A. Babel, Baptist pastor at Newport and Norway, according to announcement received here. Miss Wade is a teacher at Newport.
Rev. Mr. Babel is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Babel of Jersey Shore, Pa. Miss Wade is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Wade of Mechanicville.
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Lewis L. Dollinger, president of the Staynew Filter corporation of Rochester and former resident of Clayton, has purchased Rosette Island, now known as Longue Vue island, located in the St. Lawrence river about a mile and a half from Alexandria Bay toward Clayton.
The purchase was made from the Berden estate of New York and the transaction was made by Attorneys Wiltse and DeYoung of Alexandria Bay, acting for Mr. Dollinger.
The oval-shaped island is 300 feet long and 200 feet wide. The property consists of a red-granite summer home and a boathouse with three slips 60 feet long. The boathouse is also of red-granite construction with sleeping quarters and baths.
Mr. Dollinger and his family have been on the island for a little more than a week preparing it for occupancy for the remainder of the season.
The island was originally Quartette island, owned by the state. It was first purchased by H. P. Rose, who developed it and built the summer home. He changed the name to Rosette island. For eight years it was occupied as a summer home by T. T. Berdan, stock broker.
Mr. Dollinger, a native of Rossie, formerly lived near Omar and at Clayton. After his graduation from Clayton High school, he taught in the vicinity of Omar. In 1911 he was graduated from Clarkson college with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
Mr. Dollinger invented an air filter and now manufactures automobiles and various other types of air filters.
WM. BARNES, 67, DIES JULY 7th
Well Known Horseman of This Vicinity Dies Following Stroke
-- Funeral in Redwood With Burial In Alexandria Bay
Redwood: William Barnes, 67, well known farmer and horseman of this vicinity died Friday afternoon, July 7th at the St. Lawrence State hospital, Ogdensburg, where he had been a patient for three weeks, following a stroke.
He was born in the Town of Alexandria, December 19, 1871, son of Orrin and Priscilla Lane Barnes. He married Mabel Rotner about thirty years ago. She died a few years ago. A great lover of horses, Mr. Barnes for years raised and raced horses on his farm a few miles from here on the Alexandria Bay road.
He is survived by one half sister, Mrs. Clark (Lulu) Williams of Redwood; one step-daughter, Mrs. Betty Blackburn of Watertown.
Funeral services were held from the Odd Fellows hall, this village, Sunday afternoon and interment was made in Highland park cemetery, Alexandria Bay.
Wedding Party - MERRILL - HISCOCK
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hiscock and their attendants are shown immediately after their marriage Wednesday afternoon at the home of the bride’s parents, Mayor and Mrs. Melvin Merrill, Alexandria Bay. The bride is the former Miss Agnes Merrill. From left to right are Alexander Hiscock, brother of the bridegroom and best man; Miss Ethel Merrill, sister of the bride and maid of honor; the bride, and the bridegroom.
AGNES MERRILL BECOMES BRIDE
DAUGHTER OF ALEXANDRIA BAY MAYOR
EDWARD HISCOCK BRIDEGROOM
Paper Company Engineer of Hudson Falls Takes
Bride in Merrill Home at Alexandria Bay
--Couple Will Live at Hudson Falls.
Alexandria Bay, July 27. -- Miss Agnes Merrill, eldest daughter of Mayor and Mrs. Melvin Merrill, was married to Edward Hiscock of Hudson Falls at the Merrill home here Wednesday afternoon at 1.
Rev. Roger Williams, pastor of the local Methodist church, performed the ceremony. Miss Ethel Merrill was her sister’s maid of honor and Alexander Hiscock was his brother’s best man.
The house was decorated in blue and white and the arch under which the couple were married was trimmed with white hydrangea, blue delphinium, larkspur and ferns.
Miss Elizabeth Hunter played the bridal music. The bride was given in marriage by her father.
A reception was held following the ceremony, and the couple left late in the afternoon for Boston and Cape Cod. For her going-away costume, Mrs. Hiscock chose a blue and white printed dress with white accessories. After their return from the wedding trip the couple will reside in Hudson Falls.
Mrs. Hiscock was graduated from the local high school in 1933 and from the Potsdam normal school in 1937. She was a member of Phi Kappa Gamma sorority and editor of the Racquette, school paper, at Potsdam. She taught at the Swan Hollow school for a year and for the past year she has been teacher of the fifth grade in the local grammar school.
Mr. Hiscock was graduated from the Roosevelt High school in Yonkers in 1932 and from Clarkson college in 1937. Since his graduation he has been employed as engineer in the Hudson Falls plant of the Union Bag and Paper company.
PLESSIS CHURCH, DEDICATED IN 1860, TO NOTE OLD HOME DAY
Plessis, July 20. -- The local Methodist church will hold an “Old home day” Sunday, July 30. The little church near the main highway from Watertown to the Thousand Islands was dedicated in 1860 during the pastorate of Rev. Allen Castle.
Among the early members were Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Augsbury, Mr. and Mrs. A. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Bolton, Mrs. Addie Rappole, Mrs. Nancy Norton, Mr. and Mrs. J. Frost, Mrs. Jennie Hind, Mr. and Mrs. J. Dillin, Mr. and Mrs. John Sprague, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Powell, Mrs. Addie Walters, Mrs. M. J. and Miss Alicia Storms, Mrs. Jennie Ritter, Mrs. Ellen Bauter, Mrs. Ella Bretsch, Mrs. Nancy Putnam and Mrs. Ida Hunter.
Mrs. Alida Williams, 88, and E. E. Powell (sic), 79, now living in the village, have been members of this church since 1878.
Mrs. Addie Walters, half-sister of E. E. Rowell, joined in 1867. She died in 1936 at the age of 83.
Rev. Charles J. Holcombe, district superintendent, will deliver the sermon at the morning service. It is expected that former pastors will e present. Picnic lunch will be served at noon.
Rev. Louis Bruce is the present pastor of this church.
MARRIAGE PERFORMED MAY 19 IS ANNOUNCED
H. H. STEELE, ALEXANDRIA BAY
Rev. Oliver E. Raymond Announced Marriage of His Niece,
Alexandria Bay and Watertown Nurse, to Alexandria Bay Post Office Employe
---Will Reside in Alexandria Bay.
Mannsville, July 14. -- Rev. Oliver E. Raymond today announced the marriage of his niece, Thelma B. Raymond of Alexandria Bay, to Harold H. Steele, also of Alexandria Bay, on May 19 at the Brasher Falls parsonage of the Methodist church.
Mrs. Steele is a native of Newington, Ont., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carman Raymond of Newington. She was educated in Finch, Ont., High school and in 1927 entered Cornwall General hospital to train for nursing. For the past ten years she has been engaged in private nursing in Alexandria Bay and Watertown. While in Watertown she resided at 1002 Myrtle avenue.
Mr. Steele is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elton E. Steele of Alexandria Bay. He was graduated from Alexandria Bay High school in 1927 and since 1928 has been employed in the postoffice there.
Mr. Steele is active in Masonic circles. He is a past master of Alexandria lodge 197, F. & A. M., and is also a member and officer of Theresa chapter, R. A. M. He is also a member of Alexandria Bay fire department.
Mr. and Mrs. Steele are residing at Alexandria Bay.
BIRTH - Sangster
SANGSTER -- In this city, Aug. 28, 1939, to Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm W. Sangster, 1034 Bronson street, a daughter Derryl Jan.
HENRY HOUSE’S RITES SATURDAY
Theresa, July 14. -- Henry House, 64, a farmer, died Thursday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Gladys) Ritter, Oxbow road six miles from this village, after an illness of several months.
He was born on the House farm on the Creek road, near Plessis, April 3, 1875, son of Jerome and Caroline Hardy House. His parents died when he was a boy and he lived with an older brother, Charles.
Forty-three years ago he married Regina Huziker of this village. She died in 1921. He was the last of his brothers and sisters.
He is survived by one son, Clifford, of Philadelphia; his daughter, Mrs. Ritter and Mrs. Hazel Hagen of Plessis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 (E.S.T.) from the C. A. Giltz funeral home here. Rev. U. B. Grant of the Methodist church will officiate. Burial will be in the family plot in Oakwood cemetery. The bearers will be William Ritter, Charles Hagen, Seymour Rodenhurst, Myron Smith, Earl Brown and Glen Higgins.
VAN BROCKLIN -- In Mercy hospital, Aug. 19, 1939, to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford VanBrocklin, Alexandria Bay, a daughter.
Redwood, July 15. (1939) -- Mrs. Anna Mary Felder, 83, wife of Joseph Felder, sr., died Friday at her home here from infirmities of age. She had been ill four months.
She was born in Germany on Sept. 20, 1855, daughter of Nicholas Haun and Elizabeth Heebner. She was married to Mr. Felder on Feb. 1, 1882, at Mainz, Germany, and they came to the United States in 1884.
On July 14, 55 years ago, the couple came to Alexandria Bay and in 1895 located on a farm at the foot of Butterfield lake where they resided until 22 years ago when they came to this village.
Mrs. Felder was a member of Kirkland grange, No. 384, and St. Paul’s Lutheran church.
Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, Carl and Otto of Redwood and Joseph of Plessis; three daughters, Mrs. James (Amelia) Zeller and Mrs. William (Emma) Walton of Redwood and Mrs. Carl (Victoria) Wilson of Watertown, and 16 grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Samuel (Rose) Strang, died in Cleveland, O., three years ago.
Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2, E. S. T., from St. Paul’s church following a prayer service at the home at 1:30. Rev. H. B. Krusa of Liberty will officiate. Burial will be in the Redwood cemetery.
Alexandria Bay, July 24. (1939) -- Funeral services for Merton B. Pearce, 59, assistant postmaster here for the past ten years and prominent amateur sportsman, were held from the family home on Crossmon street Sunday afternoon at 3. Rev. Edward L. Swartout, pastor of the local Reformed Church, officiated. The local Masonic body attended in a body. Burial was in Highland cemetery.
Mr. Pearce died at his home on Crossmon street at 5:45 Friday afternoon after a long illness. He had been in poor health for the past three years but worked in the postoffice until the middle of May when he put in an application for retirement.
Mr. Pearce was born in Alexandria Bay on June 22, 1881, son of George Frederick and Katherine Wagoner Pearce, and had always lived in this village. He had been employed in the local postoffice for the past 29 years.
An ardent sportsman, Mr. Pearce had been a leader in conservation work for the past 20 years. One of the organizers of the local Rod and Gun Club, Mr. Pearce was secretary of the organization for ten years and president of the club for the past year.
Mr. Pearce was secretary of the local fire department for the past 25 years and was master of the local Masonic lodge at various times.
Mr. Pearce is survived by his wife, Margaret Pearce, and two daughters, Isabelle VanBrocklin and Corinne Pearce, both of this village, daughters by his second marriage. By his first marriage Mr. Pearce is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Frances Watson of Morristown, and Miss Lena Pearce of New York city. Mr. Pearce’s first wife, Lulla Barkley Pearce, died in 1906.
Mr. Pearce is also survived by two brothers, Roy Pearce and George Pearce, both of this village.
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HEART AILMENT FATAL AFTER LONG ILLNESS
RESIDENT OF LAFARGEVILLE
Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Robbins of the Town of Orleans,
Mr. Robbins Is Survived By His Wife and Three Children.
Lafargeville, Aug. 18. (1939) -- Lionel W. Robbins, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Robbins and lifelong resident of the town of Orleans, died of a heart ailment at his home here last evening. He had suffered from a heart condition several months.
Mr. Robbins was born in the town of Orleans Nov. 11, 1909, son of George and Kathleen Walters Robbins. He attended local schools and the Watertown School of Commerce and for several years worked in the milk plant here.
He married Miss Irene Feistel of the town of Champion June 27, 1930. He was a member of the Orleans Evangelical Lutheran church.
Surviving besides his wife and parents are three children, Richard, Douglas and Carolyn, at home; one brother, Virgil, of Brownville, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Harriett Walters of the town of Orleans.
A prayer service will be held at the home at 1:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) Sunday and funeral rites will be conducted at the Orleans Lutheran church at 2 by Rev. Richard Henderson, pastor of the Redwood Lutheran church. Interment will be in the Theresa cemetery.
MRS. CHAS. COLE, AGED 47, EXPIRES
Redwood, Aug. 10. (1939) -- Mrs. Emma Kring Cole, 47, wife of Charles Cole, died at her home on the Calaboga road at 6 this morning following an illness of five years. Native of the town of Alexandria, Mrs. Cole had lived at the Cole homestead where she died since her marriage 28 years ago.
The funeral services will be held Sunday, at the home at 1:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) and at 2 from the Redwood Methodist church. Rev. Allan Moore, pastor of the Evans Mills Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Redwood cemetery.
Mrs. Cole was born in the town of Alexandria Sept. 12, 1891, daughter of Ira and Isabelle Hagan Kring. She was married to Mr. Cole Jan. 18, 1911, and moved to the Cole home on the Calaboga road, where she had since resided.
She was a member of the Redwood Methodist church and its Ladies’ Aid society, of the Plessis home bureau, the Kirkland grange, No. 684, and the Willing Workers society of Calaboga.
Surviving besides her husband are five sons, Allen of Gouverneur and Maurice, Lawrence, Glann and Guy of Redwood; her mother; three sisters, Mrs. Elva Wetterhahn of Lafargeville; Mrs. Ruth Farrell of Brier Hill and Mrs. Grace Hill of Hammond; two half-brothers, Charles Dorr and George Hagan of Lafargeville and Ira Kring of Ancram.
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Carthage, Aug. 4. (1939) -- Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Rowell, 5 Madison street, West Carthage, announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Doris Marie Rowell, to Harold P. Aiken, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Aiken, Jacksonville, Fla., at a party held last night at the Rowell home. The couple expects to be married at Christmas time.
Miss Rowell was graduated from West Carthage High school in 1937 and from Madam Minerva’s Beauty Academy of Syracuse in 1938. For the past four years she has been employed as a beautician in the E-Von Beauty Salon at Geneva.
Mr. Allen received his preliminary education at St. Joseph’s private academy, Jacksonville, Fla., and the Washington Conservatory of Music, Washington, D. C. For some time he was employed as an accountant in a bank at Atlanta, Ga. During the past two years he has worked as an accountant and night clerk at the Seneca hotel, Geneva.
Among the guests present at the announcement party last night were the Misses Milton Jean Carter, Arlen Lewis, Margaret Caffrey, Barbara Tripp and Phyllis Rowell and Mrs. Alfred Myers.
Theresa, Aug. 3. -- Dr. Peter Birkle, located here for the past four years as a practicing physician, has been accepted for medical work by the state and began his duties in Albany Tuesday morning. Mrs. Birkle accompanied him to Albany, but returned Wednesday to arrange for moving to Albany. Dr. Birkle had purchased and resided in the Dr. J. R. Sturtevant house.
Coming here to take up the practice left by Dr. Birkle is Stephen Monong, who studied in Paris, and who has done professional work in hospitals in this country. His home is in New York city. Dr. Monong is married and expects to reside in the Birkle house.
RITES THURSDAY AT REDWOOD FOR GEORGE HOFFERBERTH, 54
Redwood, Aug. 2. (1939) -- Funeral services will be held Thursday afor George Hofferberth, 54, retired farmer, who died Tuesday morning at his home following an illness of one month.
He was born Jan. 6, 1866, in the town of Alexandria, son of Michael and Marie Katherine Flath Hofferberth.
He was married in Theresa Sept. 29, 1885, to Miss Anna Eva Daum. Following his marriage he resided in this vicinity. In 1920 he retired and moved to this village.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran church.
Besides his widow he is survived by one son, George M. Hofferberth, of Redwood; one daughter, Mrs. Lee (Tina) Schermerhorn, of Hammond; three grandchildren, William Schermerhorn of Rochester, Doris S. Maloy of Orangebury and Betty Schermerhorn of Hammond.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. (E.S.T.), from St. Paul’s Lutheran church, Rev. R. F. Henderson, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Redwood cemetery.
MRS. MARY COLE BOLTON, 84, DIES
DEATH RESULTS FROM HIP FRACTURE JUNE 6
RESIDENT OF WEST CARTHAGE
Widow of James S. Bolton and Mother of Mrs. William W. Shannon of Carthage,
Mrs. Bolton Had Lived at West Carthage Since 1927.
Carthage, Aug. 2. (1939) -- Mrs. Mary Cole Bolton, 84, widow of James S. Bolton, died shortly before 4 yesterday afternoon at the Community hospital, West Carthage.
Death was attributed to complications resulting from a fall in which she suffered a fractured hip on June 6. She was returning from a club meeting to the home of her daughter, Mrs. William W. Shannon, now of the Alexandria street road, but who at that time resided at 41 High street, West Carthage. She had been a patient at the hospital since that time.
She was born at Eden, Ont., April 29, 1855, a daughter of Grandison and Sophia Townsend Cole. At the age of eleven she came to Jefferson county with her parents, who settled near Plessis.
On July 2, 1873, she was married to Mr. Bolton, a Plessis farmer. The couple purchased a farm which had belonged to Mrs. Bolton’s father and engaged in agriculture for many years. Later they resided in the village of Plessis. Following her husband’s death in 1927, Mrs. Bolton came to West Carthage to reside with her daughter.
Mrs. Bolton was a member of the Plessis Methodist church for more than 50 years. Since residing here she had attended the United Christian church, West Carthage. She was a charter member of Plessis grange and a charter member of Thousand Island chapter, O. E. S., at Alexandria Bay.
Last spring, in observance of her 84th birthday, she entertained members of the West Side Birthday club. She presented each guest with a knitted dish cloth, which she had made. She was in fairly good health until the time of her fall.
Surviving besides her daughter are one granddaughter, Mrs. Selah James, Plattsburgh; one niece, Mrs. Leslie Quartz, Syracuse, and one nephew, W. G. Beckwith, Hannibal.
The body was removed to the Ullman & Bossuot funeral home where friends may call this evening and Thursday. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home Friday at 2 p.m. Last rites will be conducted at the United Christian church at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Frederick M. Homrighouse, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Plessis.
PROGRAM IS HELD IN THE METHODIST CHURCH
JUDGE C. F. PHILLIPS SPEAKS
Two Former Pastors, Rev. F. H. Lewis and Rev. Allan Moore,
Are Present for Church organized in 1849.
Plessis, Aug 2. (1939) -- Old home day was observed in the village of Plessis on Sunday and in spite of rain many friends and old residents gathered at the Methodist church for this occasion.
The church was organized in 1949 and has been served by 46 pastors. Two former pastors were present, Rev. F. H. Lewis and Rev. Allan Moore. At the morning service the district superintendent of Black River district, Rev. C. J. Holcome, brought a message on the theme of “The Burning Heart.” The choir rendered two anthems. The members of the choir were: Beulah Hardy, Laurel Schneider, Lotta Collins, Geneva Bretsch, Noresta Cable, Florence Sheridan, Bethany Sheridan, Earl Hunter, Louis Bruce. The accompanist was Laura Hunter.
A picnic dinner was served in the grange Dining room.
The afternoon services was (sic) given to singing of familiar hymns, a vocal solo by Bethany Sheridan, anthem by the choir, brief remarks by the preachers, Rev. F. H. Lewis, Allan Moore and Roger Williams.
The guest speaker was Judge Crandall F. Phillips. His subject was “The Value of Old Things.” He remarked that his early boyhood days were spent around Plessis with many pleasant recollections. He asserted that the real foundations of life are to be found around such institution as the church with its training for the larger life.
Clarence W. Timerman, Hattie Timerman, Agnes Timerman, Rev. and Mrs. Fred H. Lewis, Hazel S. Snell, Doris A. Fox, Maud S. Fox, Mrs. Chas. B. Kavanaugh, Minnie Snell, Leta Lawton, Rev. C. T. Holcombe, Mabel F. Hind, Lotta Collins, Florence Sheridan.
Rupert Collins, Charles Hough, Eugene Sheridan, Mrs. Lawrence Schneider, Mrs. Eugene Rowell, Helen M. Rowell, Arthur J. Quinn, Eugene Rowell, Louis Rappole, Roger Rappole, Katie Brucker, Lula Rappole, Jerry Larrabee, Frank Rowell, Hubert Collins, G. A. Snell, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Putnam, George Hartman, Rev. and Mrs. Roger F. Williams.
Roger F. Williams, jr., Roy A. French, A. A. French, Bethany Sheridan, George Mackley, Alzina Mackley, Marilyn Mackley, Walter Sprague, Addie Sprague, Alice Barrows, Frank Booth, Mrs. Edith Tibbles, Mrs. Harry Caswell, Horace Caswell.
Cushman Sprague, Flossie Sprague, Beulah Hardy, William Hardy, Blanch M. Putnam, George Dillon, Putnam, Nellie H. Hartman, Minerva Parker, Carrie Hoard, Earl Bretsch, Geneva Bretsch, Richard Bretsch, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob VanAllen, Jennie Frizzell, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Dickinson, Horatio Norton, Rev. Allan Moore, Gertrude Heath.
D. Foster Phillips, David Phillips, Crandall F. Phillips, Marketa Phelps Gamble, Dawn Alberta Gamble, Audrey E. Conley, Jane K. Conley, Ida Hunter, Laura Hunter, Grace Herbison, Ira Herbison, Earl Hunter.
Kathryn Cable, Mr. and Mrs. Dorwyn Cable, Helen Mae Hart, Lou Mary Herbison, Emma Lawyer, Mrs. Emma Lawyer, Helen Neuroth, Donald Neuroth, Vivien Collins, Dr. and Mrs. Byron Hasken, Stella White, Eunice Snell, Kate Snell.
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(handwritten note: “Taught at Plessis School when I was in school”)
ELTON E. COON’S FUNERAL FRIDAY
Omar, Aug. 10. -- Funeral services for Elton E. Coon, 78, retired teacher of this section who died Tuesday night, will be held from the home here Friday at 2 p.m. (E.S.T.) Burial will be in the Tanners Corners cemetery.
Mr. Coon, lifelong resident of DeLaFarge Corners and Omar, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nellie Landon Conn; five daughters, Mrs. Marcia May of Glens Falls, Mrs. Ethel Myers and Mrs. Katherine Byer of Sherburne, Mrs. Lucia M. Burgess of Watertown and Mrs. Nettie Lyndecker of Lowville; one son, Eric R. Coon of Lowville, and nine grandchildren.
JEAN THORNTON BECOMES BRIDE
Hammond, Aug. 18. (1939) -- Miss Jean Thornton, daughter of Mrs. Mary E. Thornton of Heuvelton and the late Burdon Thornton, became the bride of Lawrence Merritt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Merritt of Hammond in a quiet ceremony performed at 7:45 Wednesday evening at the home of Rev. Joseph Lobb in Rensselaer Falls.
Attending the couple were Mrs. Thornton, mother of the bride, and W. L. Merritt, father of the bridegroom.
The bride wore a dress of burgundy trimmed in blue.
Mrs. Merritt is a native of Heuvelton and attended the school there. She was graduated from the Ogdensburg Free academy in 1935 and since that time has been employed in this vicinity.
Mr. Merritt is a native of Hammond and attended the local school. Since finishing school he has been employed here. The couple left early Thursday morning on a wedding trip to Baltimore, Md.
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WIFE OF ISLAND FERRYMAN
She Moved to Thousand Island Park with Her Family in Early Life
-- Was Married to Mr. Lewis, Who Runs Wellesley Island Ferry, in 1890
Alexandria Bay, Aug. 7. (1939) -- Mrs. Ada F. Gardner Lewis, 69, wife of Edward C. Lewis, who operates the Wellesley island ferry, died at 2:30 yesterday afternoon at the family home at Collins Landing after an illness of six days. She suffered a stroke a week ago today and had been confined to her bed since then.
Mrs. Lewis was born at Fulton, Aug. 29, 1869, a daughter of the late David W. and Sally Ann Hinman Gardner. Her early days were spent at Fulton. In early life she moved with the family to Thousand Island Park.
She was married to Edward C. Lewis of Wellesley island, native of Plessis, Nov. 5, 1890, at Thousand Island Park by Rev. M. D. Kinney, a minister of the Methodist church. For a time Mr. and Mrs. Lewis resided at Thousand Island Park, but lived most of the time since her marriage at Collins Landing.
Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Alexandria Bay chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving her, besides her husband, are to children, Ross D. Lewis, Collins Landing, and Mrs. Chester (Ruth) Nunn, Fine View; a sister, Mrs. Adelbert (Gail G.) Thiebeau, 407 Broadway avenue west, Watertown; a brother, Jay I. Gardner, Syracuse and Thousand Island Park, and two grandchildren, Lyle Nunn and Katherine Nunn of Fine View.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 (E.D.T.), at the home at Collins Landing. Rev. Edward J. Lewis of Watertown, a retired Methodist minister, will officiate. Burial will be made at Plessis.
REDWOOD WOMAN WEDS PROFESSOR
Redwood, Aug. 30. (1939) -- Mrs. Jeanette Schneider Neth of Redwood and Professor Harry Vanatta of State College, Pa., were married here last Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran parsonage by Rev. Richard Henderson, pastor.
They were attended by Miss Augusta Schneider of Schenectady and Adelbert Schneider of Redwood, brother and sister of the bride.
Mrs. Vanatta is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schneider of Plessis and the widow of Nelson Neth, who died in November, 1937.
Professor Vanatta is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Vanatta of Columbia county, Pa. He is a professor of psychology and education at Pennsylvaia State college, State College, Pa.
Mrs. Vanatta is a niece of Mrs. Elizabeth Quincer of Redwood and a brother, Adelbert Schneider, resides here.
Antwerp, Aug. 24 (1939). -- The marriage of Miss Lillian M. Reynolds, daughter of Mrs. Gertrude Reynolds Fleming of Philadelphia, formerly of Antwerp, to William A. Delano of Philadelphia, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Delano, took place today in St. Andrew’s church at Evans Mills.
Rev. Frederick C. Ransier, pastor of the church, performed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Keith J. Cocagne of Philadelphia were the attendants.
The bride wore a powder blue dress with navy blue accessories. Mrs. Cocagne wore a plum wine ensemble with white accessories.
Mrs. Delano was graduated from Antwerp High school in 1931, and from Deibert’s Private school at Philadelphia in 1935 and was retained as instructor there in typewriting and shorthand for three years.
Mr. Delano attended Alexandria Bay High school. He was employed at the Livingston bakery in Philadelphia the past two and one-half years and is now located in Watertown as agent for the Prudential Insurance company.
Following a short wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Delano will reside at 126 North Rutland street, Watertown.
MARTIN L. PIPER DIES AT THERESA
Theresa, Aug. 22. -- Martin Lester Piper, 24, died at the Theresa hospital at 6 Monday morning after a serious illness of pneumonia, complicated by a weak heart. Mr. Piper had had a series of serious operations. He went to Hepburn hospital, Ogdensburg, last November where he was operated upon three times and was so ill that his recovery was doubted. However, he recovered and returned to his home in the English Settlement north of this village.
It is said at his home that he failed to take the proper rest following his operations and was weakened by overwork. He had recently purchased the Coller farm and was anxious to make a success of his farming operations.
Mr. Piper attended both his district school and Theresa High school. He was the only son of Lester and Ella Martin Piper of North Theresa, where he had always resided. He attended the Methodist church, where he was baptized. He married Marion Haynes, who survives him, with a baby son, Francis. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Piper, and a sister, Janette, who resides at home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 (E.S.T.) from his home at the Coller farm. Burial will be made in Oakwood cemetery.
LESLIE WILLIAM CHAFE
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Hammond, Aug. 21. (1939) -- Leslie William Chafe, 49, was suddenly stricken with a heart attack at 10:30 Sunday morning while watching the activity of the milk strikers at the milk plant here and died a few minutes later at the nearby home of Charles Bickelhaupt.
Mr. Chafe was apparently in good health when he arose in the morning. He had been at the milk plant only a short time when he suffered the heart attack. Dr. Thomas A. Lewis was summoned but Chafe was dead on his arrival.
Mrs. Chafe, the former Iva Dake of Ogdensburg, was also called to the Bickelhaupt home, but her husband was dead before she arrived.
Mr. Chafe was born at Hammond May 19, 1890, son of Almon and Mary Allen Chafe. All his life had been spent in this town. He was educated in the Hammond high school and the Albany Business college.
On June 30, 1917, he married Iva Dake of Ogdensburg and they made their home on the Chafe farm on the Chippewa Bay road near this village until twelve yeas ago. At that time, they purchased the home the family now occupies on Main street in this village.
From the time Mr. Chafe moved to this village, he had been a Purina feed salesman.
Mr. Chafe was a member of the Hammond lodge F. and A. M., and was an officer of the Knox clan of this village. He was an elder in the Hammond Presbyterian church and a member of the Hammond district No. 1 board of education.
Surviving besides his wife, are his mother, who resided with him; three daughters, Miss Mary Chafe, head dietician at a Pine Bluff, N. C., hospital; Hilda and Catherine Chafe, who reside at home; two sons, Harold Chafe of Massena and Allen Chafe, residing at home; two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Elsie) Phillips, Gouverneur, and Mrs. Loren (Helen) Decker, this village.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the home, with Rev. William Bell, pastor of the Hammond Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley cemetery here.
Bearers will be Merrill Demick, Charles Bickelhaupt, John Gleason, Glen Marsaw, Archie Billings and Arnold Northrop. Honorary bearers, will be the elders of the church.
MISS CATHERINE I. BEEBEE BRIDE OF ROY L. HUNTER (1939)
Miss Catherine Irene Beebee, Plessis, and Roy L. Hunter of the town of Alexandria, were married Saturday at 4:15 p.m., at the parsonage of the First Methodist church, 214 Massey avenue. Rev. Albert Abbott, pastor of the church, officiated.
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin A. O'Neill, brother-in-law and sister of the bridegroom, 1160 Dewey street, were the attendants.
Mr. Hunter was born in the town of Alexandria, son of Charles and Hazel Hawkins Hunter. He is a farmer. Mrs. Hunter is the daughter of Roy and Grace Hunneyman Beebee of Plessis. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hunter ware graduates of the Alexandria Bay High school.
TRUCK IN WILD RACE DOWN HILL
DRIVEN BY ERNEST B. MARTIN OF THIS CITY
BRAKES FAIL AT THE TOP
Ten-Ton Truck Owned by Byrns Motor Express Was Carrying
Paper From Beaver Falls to Boston, Mass.
-- Sped Down Four-Mile Hill Between Springfield and Pittsfield, Mass.
-- Little Damage Done.
A ten-ton truck, owned by the Byrns Motor Express of this city and driven by Ernest B. Martin, 613 Burlington street, raced out of control at terrific speed down the four-mile Jacob’s Ladder hill on the mountain road between Pittsfield and Springfield, Mass., early one morning last week when the brakes of the truck failed to work, but reached the bottom safely.
As the truck broke over the top of the hill about 1 in the morning, Martin tried to slow down the truck to enable him to shift into low gear and found that the brakes would not function.
Still in high gear the truck carrying eight tons of paper, raced down the four-mile hill. In traveling the distance the truck was forced to pass one truck and meet two cars. The good fortune that the traffic was light made it possible for Martin to hold the machine in the center of the road in the wild ride down the hill. Martin passed through the village of Chester and Huntington while racing down the hill.
The large truck left Beaver Falls with the eight tons of paper from the J. P. Lewis Paper company, bound for the Hysil Manufacturing company in Boston.
Hydraulic booster brakes are used on the truck and a small copper tube which carried the oil to operate the brakes broke, causing the failure.
The right front spring was broken in the trip down the hill and one rod in the motor was loosened. After having them repaired, Mr. Martin continued with his load to Boston, then returning to this city.
Mr. Martin was employed by the Byrns Motor Express for about three years and then left their employment for three years. He returned to work about a month ago and was on his first long trip.
LOCAL BRIEFS (1939)
PHOTO: (Rev. and Mrs. U. B. Grant)
Rev. and Mrs. U. B. Grant of Theresa standing beside the trailer he made and in which they started on a 3,000 mil trip to the Gaspe peninsula Monday. Rev. and Mrs. Edgar O. Spaven of Watertown accompanied them.
Theresa, Aug. 8 (1939). Rev. and Mrs. U. B. Grant of this village and Rev. and Mrs. Edgar O. Spaven of Watertown started Monday on a trip of over 3,000 miles in the spacious home-made trailer of Rev. Mr. Grant.
The trailer, a four-wheel outfit, is equipped with every known appliance to make the trip easy, comfortable and like being at home. It is fitted with a new bottle gas stove for cooking, has a small wood stove for heat, two large double beds which fold up when traveling, a study, dining room, toilet and laundry.
The trailer is lighted by gas and has cupboards and wardrobes in every conceivable nook and corner. The dining table is placed on the side of the trailer where full length windows raise to permit air and provide a full view of lake or river.
The trip takes the four down and around the Gaspe, next to Halifax, and back through the New England states. According to plans, the trip will be made in easy stages, probably not over 175 miles a day. If they want to stop for a day, they will do so. They plan to take ten days to reach Halifax, ten days on the seacoast there and ten days for the return.
Rev. Mr. Grant built his trailer six years ago but this spring he extended the length by five feet, completely made over the interior, covered the top and sides with metal. There is a refrigerator and supply space for enough food so that if they are out of reach of a store they can keep going for a week.
(Photo of Miss Edna May Downing accompanied the text)
Redwood, Sept. 8 (1939) - Miss Edna May Downing of Natural Bridge and Bernard J. Seymour of Redwood were married at 7:30 Thursday evening by the Rev. Ellis Richards, pastor of the Lafargeville Methodist church at Lafargeville.
Neva J. Seymour, sister of the bridegroom and Norman F. Draper, brother of the bride, attended the couple.
Mrs. Seymour is the daughter of Mrs. Rose Downing Draper of Natural Bridge. Mr. Seymour is the son of Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Clinton Seymour of Redwood.
They will reside in Theresa where Mr. Seymour is employed.
REBEKAHS PLAN HOME WEEK TOUR
JEFFERSON DISTRICT ACTIVITIES SLATED
SEPT. 11-15 PROGRAM LISTED
Affair to Open With President’s Dinner at Delevan Arms at
6:30 P. M. on Monday, Sept. 11 (1939)
The Rebekahs of Jefferson Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 will hold a Home Week program Sept. 11 to 15 in honor of Assembly President Pearl Christie, 230 East Moulton street, city. All Assembly officers and many past presidents will attend.
The week program will open with the President’s dinner at Delevan Arms at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11. On Sept. 12 a tour of the Thousand Islands with lunch at Alexandria Bay will be the program followed by a banquet at 6:30 at the Odd Fellows temple in the city. A special meeting of Unity Rebekah lodge will be held at 8 that evening.
A luncheon at Redwood Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. will be given by the Redwood and Orleans Rebekah lodges and at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday a pajama party and picnic will be held at the Allen and Fuller cottages at Collins landing. On Sept. 14 a trip will be made over the International bridge to Gananoque and at 1:30 p.m. luncheon will be served at the Blink Bonnie hotel in the Ontario city. At 7:30 on that evening a banquet will be served at Antwerp followed by a special meeting of Ernest Rebekah lodge.
A farewell breakfast will be served at Cold Creek Inn the morning of Sept. 15, given by the Past Noble Grands of Northern New York.
The general Home Week committee consists of Assembly Right Herald Mary Fuller chairman, and Mrs. Inez Murray, both of this city. They will be assisted by a special committee from the 17 lodges of Jefferson county.
Reservations should be made for the different events as follows: tour of islands, Mrs. Pearl Martin, 641 Emerson street, city; luncheon at Alexandria bay; dinner at Garland Lodge, Mrs. Agnes Kellar, R. D. 3 city; luncheon at Redwood, Mrs. C. A. Williams, Redwood; luncheon at Gananoque, Miss Dorothy Williams, Natural Bridge; Antwerp banquet, Mrs. Nettie Dickson, Antwerp; Cold Creek Inn breakfast, Mrs. Pearl Martin, 641 Emerson street, city.
Redwood, Sept. 16. (1939) -- Redwood Rebekah Lodge, No. 631, entertained at a luncheon at noon Wednesday in honor of Mrs. Pearl Christie of Watertown, president of the Rebekah assembly, N. G. Mrs. Lulu Williams presided. Fifty guests were present.
The gifts were given by Orleans Rebekah Lodge and presented by Miss Ethel Hoyt.
SCHEDULE OF I. O. O. F. INSTALLING STAFF
Walter Johnston of Redwood Is
District Reputy Grand Master of This District.
Redwood: Walter Johnston, D. D. G. M. of the I. O. O. F. has just recently released his schedule for installations of Jefferson district, No. 2. The tentative date for the Lakeside Lodge No. 328 is January 2. They are, Lafargeville lodge No. 820, Jan. 4; Theresa lodge No. 755, Jan. 8; Clayton lodge, No. 539, Jan. 10; Hopewell lodge No. 854, Jan. 11; Philadelphia Lodge No. 690, Jan. 15; Antwerp lodge, No. 477, Jan. 17; Riverside lodge No. 334, Jan. 22; LeRay lodge No. 31, Jan. 25; Depauville lodge No. 848, Jan. 31.
Mr. Johnston’s staff of officers who will assist him are, Morris Jewett, D.D.G. Marshall; W. W. Simpson D.D.G. Warden; Carl Theobald, D.D.G. Rec. Secy; Howard Robinson, D.D.G. Fin. Secy; Everett J. Ferguson, D.D.G. Treas; Albert King, D.D.G. Chaplain; Bert Schneider, D.D.G. Guardian and John Putnam, D.D.G. Herald.
MISS VERAH B. HOTIS IS WED
Larchmont, Sept. 7. (1939) -- Miss Verah Bernetta Hotis, daughter of Mrs. Stella Hotis and the late Frederick Hotis of Plessis, was married here at 3 p.m. Friday to Donald MacDougall Parrish, son of Mrs. Eleanor M. Parrish of Cambridge, N. Y. The ceremony was performed at the Larchmont Avenue church, Rev. Robert M. Russell, pastor of the church, officiated. Rev. Mr. Russell, who is leaving soon to conduct a boy’s school in Arizona, was a classmate in Westminister of the bridegroom’s brother, Malcolm M. Parrish, president of the Cambridge Valley National bank and treasurer of Washington county.
The bridal attendants were Miss Marion Barbur of New York city and Albert Pierce Moore of New Orleans and New York city.
The bride graduated from Redwood school and Potsdam Normal school, later receiving her bachelor of science degree from Columbia university. She has taught in the Cambridge High school and more recently in the schools of Sea Cliff, L. I.
Mr. Parrish is a graduate of the Rutgers Preparatory school, later attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Until recently Mr. Parrish was engaged in work in New York city, where he was a member of the Seventh regiment.
After the wedding trip, the couple will reside in Waterbury, Conn., where Mr. Parrish is resident manager of the Dictaphone corporation.
GEORGE BALDWIN FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE SUNDAY
Lafargeville, Sept. 1 (1939) -- Funeral services for George Baldwin, 73-year-old farmer near here, who ended his life by hanging Thursday morning, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 (E.S.T.) from his farm home three and one-half miles northeast of here. Rev. William D. Aubrey, pastor of the Lafargeville Methodist church, will officiate.
Mr. Baldwin, born in the town of Alexandria Oct. 27, 1865, had always lived in this section. He was a son of James and Susan Bowman Baldwin.
He married Miss Viola Marsh of Lafargeville, in this village on Dec. 24, 1890. The couple lived on farms near here since their marriage. Mrs. Baldwin survives her husband.
Mr. Baldwin was a member of the Modern Woodmen, and of the Lafargeville grange.
Surviving, besides his widow are two daughters, Mrs. Emery (Igene) Eisenhauer, Clayton, and Mrs. Howard (Ava) Hall, and lived with the Baldwins; four brothers, Rutherford, of Wellington, O., Frank, of Lakside, O., William, of North Carolina, and Elwin, of this village; and several grandchildren.
Burial will be made in the Lafargeville cemetery.
Redwood, Oct. 27. (1939)
Redwood, Oct. 16. (1939) -- Truman F. Salsbury and Jane G. Butler were married at 10 Wednesday evening in a ceremony performed at St. Paul’s rectory by Rev. R. F. Henderson, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran church. They were unattended.
Mr. Salisbury is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Salsbury of Hammond and Miss Butler is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Butler, Rossie.
The couple will reside on a farm near Rossie.
Pierrepont Manor, Sept. 25. (1939) -- Payne Williams II had an interesting incident to relate of his summer in Europe, he indicated today in an interview. The party, of which he was a member, of eleven young American boys and girls were treated most courteously while touring Europe. One, however, outstanding experience in Badmergentheim, Germany, was an occasion long to be remembered.
As the party on bicycles entered the city, they were met by the German police and no explanation given for the mark of distinction accorded. Instead of being conducted to the courthouse and given the keys to the city, they were marched to jail where they were joined by three Nazi officers to search their luggage. The leader of the Nazis then told them that they had received information that one of the party possessed part of a Hitler Jugend uniform, supposed to have been stolen. The mystery was solved when Herbert Bell, 19, of Illinois removed his sweater and revealed his Boy Scout shirt which had been mistaken for a Hitler uniform. The party of American youths were then liberated but no apologies offered for their detention.
CARL T. NELSON, AGED 53, DIES
ALEXANDRIA BAY STONECUTTER ILL LONG TIME
LEFT SWEDEN 32 YEARS AGO
He Is Survived By Wife and Two Sons
--Funeral Will Be Held Thursday Afternoon.
Alexandria Bay, Sept. 20. (1939). -- Carl Theodore Nelson, 53, of 12 Bolton avenue, died at the Mercy hospital, Watertown, where he had been a patient since Sept. 12, Tuesday evening at 5:50 p.m., after a long illness. Mr. Nelson underwent an operation last winter and had apparently recovered when he suffered a relapse about two weeks ago.
Mr. Nelson was born in Halnsted, Sweden, April 19, 1886, the son of Nels Nelson and Maria Nelson, and he came to this country 32 years ago to follow his trade of stone cutter. About 20 years ago Mr. Nelson moved to this village to work in the local quarry. Since the local quarry shut down, Mr. Nelson worked in a number of quarries in the eastern part of the country returning here each winter.
Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife, Inga Nelson, and two sons, Stanford Nelson of this village, and Earling Nelson of Albany.
Funeral services for Mr. Nelson will be held from the family home on Bolton avenue at 2 p.m., Thursday with the Rev. Roger Williams, pastor of the local Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be made in Highland park.
(Article accompanied by a photo of James H. Douglas.)
He Recalls His First Day in Former School Building
Theresa, Sept. 22. (1939) -- As the very first pupil to enter the doors of the former High school building here, James Hubert Douglas, Sackets Harbor, is enjoying recollections of his youthful activities in this village and surrounding country. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas, who will have been married 63 years next March, are visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bellinger, near Plessis. Mr. Douglas celebrated his 89th birthday Monday here at the Bellinger home.
Recalling his school days in Theresa Mr. Douglas told of his first day in the newly completed building in the fall of 1869. “My home was on a farm at Pillar Point and I was never a strong boy. My father, Chester Douglas, thought I ought to study to enter some professions. I had an uncle, Norval Douglas, who owned a store in Theresa in company with the late C. B. Austin. Another uncle, the late John P. Douglas, was buying much property in Theresa, so the name Theresa was much in our conversation. Theresa was building a very modern school house, a stone structure, and father thought I ought to go.
My uncle’s store was broken into at Theresa in the early fall and that settled it. I was to go and act as night watchman in the store, which was right on the corner of the Square, act as chore boy and go to school in the new building day time. I slept in the office, and in that office was George E. Yost and Joseph Fayel doing a produce, commission and brokerage business.
“The new school was delayed n opening and it was Oct. 24, 1869, when Byron Strough, the new principal opened the first session. I had gone down early to pick my seat and was actually the first pupil to go up the stairs that morning. I picked my seat near the teacher’s desk. I had a splendid visit with Mr. Strough who told me he guessed I had actually come to learn.
“Another boy came in, quiet and retiring and he told the teacher he wanted to sit with a pupil who was there to work. The other boy was Joseph Cook, who later went into business in Belleville. He and I became seatmates.
“I want to tell you about the spelling class and the way Mr. Strough worked it. About 50 of us would stand up, filling three sides of that large room. The teacher would start giving out the words and each scholar would spell in turn. Never a word would be said if a word was missed, but when he came to the head again, a girl would tell all of the missed words she could and try to spell them. I often got to be number two, and if she couldn’t tell them all I would report what I thought were missed. Once I found more mistakes than she and took the head. It was a novel custom and I never saw it done before, or since.
“Near the foot of the class always was a pupil, John Fayel, son of Joseph, and he couldn’t spell ‘cat.’ One day Mr. Strough in desperation said, ‘Johnnie, what can I do to get you to reach the head of the class?’
“Quick as a flash came to the reply, ‘Easy, just turn the class around and I’ll be at the head.’ John Fayel became wealthy in the west in after years.
“I remember that Byron Strough was a born trader. Once he asked the pupils to keep good order while he stepped out of the room. He was gone about an hour. When he returned, he announced that he had traded horses. You know he became one of the most successful buyer of hay and grain in the country, but I never saw him after that term of school.
“In fact I didn’t finish school for I got sick, the doctor told me to go home, do light work out-of-doors and do as well as I could. He said I was not long for this world. As a matter of fact I guess I have buried every pupil in that old school with the possible exception of Dr. Dewitt Rodenhurst who I recall was a student with me.
“I have always been a farmer until I retired 36 years ago Monday, --my birthday. When visiting here I do some work each day, generally sweep the barn, etc., for I think it does me good. I served 19 years as a Sunday school superintendent, --14 at Pillar Point and five at the Methodist church at Sackets Harbor. My wife, Anna Lepper, is with me as I say, we will have been married 63 years next March.”
FIRST SNOW OF THE FALL - Sept. 1939
The first snow of the fall, accompanied by a heavy rain and the coldest weather of the season, visited Watertown and northern New York early today as the temperature dropped as much as 44 degrees.
The snow was the heaviest at Owl’s Head, where four inches fell. At Malone, fully three inches covered the village after the earliest snowfall on record for the Franklin county community.
In some sections the snow made highways slippery and interrupted electric power service. Winthrop and Brasher Falls were without the power service following an electrical storm which preceded the snow.
While some thermometers registered readings as low as 32 degrees, the freezing level, the official low overnight reading was 34 degrees, reported by the office of Fred H. Jennings, city weather observer. The same reading was reported by F. A. Helin, The Times’ weather observer.
Snow flurries were noticeable at daylight here. In the Tug Hill section of Lewis county a fall of one inch was reported. The snow here was mixed with rain.
Snow in September for this section is unusual, records of Albert M. Skinner, local weather statistician, reveal. The records of Mr. Skinner, which begin with 1891, show that there has been snow or a trace of snow in September only in three years. The dates are: Sept. 16, 1892; Sept. 21, 1904, and Sept. 30, 1916.
Mr. Helin’s records show that there was snow on Sept. 27, 1928.
Telephone and power lines snapped under the weight of the snow at Malone and the power was off for half an hour. Branches of trees were broken by the weight of the soft, sticky snow. Telephone and power wires resembled heavy white ropes. Automobiles were laden with the heavy snow and some cars were left in driveways, stalled in the white blanket.
More than an inch of snow fell in Gouverneur, while Canton reported a two-inch fall and Massena, a half inch.
Adirondack residents were also given a preview of the winter season, snow falling for more than two hours.
Snow-covered trees and roof-tops were common in many sections of northern New York, particularly in communities where the snowfall was of unusual depth.
At Winthrop there was an electrical storm during the night. Snow began to fall about 4:30 this morning and continued for more than two hours. Workmen were endeavoring to restore electric power service in Winthrop and Brasher Falls, interrupted in the two communities as a result of the storm. Telephone service was not disrupted, however. As a result of the interruption in the power service, not a pound of the farmers’ milk could be taken in at the Dairymen’s League plant, Winthrop, where all machinery is operated by electricity.
In the Massena area, rain fell heavily until about 2 a.m. when the snow began to fall. As the snow still continued a few hours later, the ground was covered with a thick blanket which did not disappear until about 9 a.m.
Potsdam’s first snowfall was light and light rain was rapidly washing the snow away this morning.
Between 6 and 8 a.m. more than an inch fell at Gouverneur and the ground was blanketed in white until about 9:30, when most of the snow had melted. Late in the forenoon automobile tops still held layers of snow. The snowstorm in the Gouverneur section followed heavy rains accompanied by sharp lightning displays late Monday night.
In the western and central parts of the state there was light rain, but no snow was reported.
Throughout the area visited by the snow, temperatures dropped from the high 70’s to near freezing and as a result the weather today was in strange contrast to that of Monday.
At Malone, the temperature climbed to 78 degrees Monday afternoon. This morning the reading there was 33 degrees and at Owl’s Head, 26 degrees.
The maximum temperature for Watertown for Monday was officially reported as 78 degrees, the highest since Sept. 16, when (incomplete).
Alexandria Bay, Sept. 27. -- George B. Dobbins, 54, veteran fishing guide, died last night at his home here after a six weeks’ illness. He was brought home from Hepburn hospital, Ogdensburg, a few days ago.
Mr. Dobbins was born at Black River Sept. 13, 1885, the son of George B. and Phobe Hawkins Dobbins, and he moved to this village in his early youth with his parents.
In his early youth Mr. Dobbins started in as a fishing guide and he acted as guide each summer for many prominent business men.
Mr. Dobbins is survived by a brother, Louis Dobbins, this village; four sisters, Mrs. William Plimpton, Mrs. Kathleen Petrie, Mrs. Cleveland Beebee and Mrs. Stanley Ayles, all of this village; five sons, Clifford, Harold and Fred, all of this village; John, Gouverneur; Bill, Oswego.
Mr. Dobbins was long a member of the local Masonic order. A Masonic funeral will be held from his home Friday morning at 9:30. Rev. E. L. Swartout, pastor of the local Reformed church, will officiate. Burial will be made in Barnes Settlement cemetery.
Alexandria Bay, Sept. 23. (1939) -- Mrs. Mary Catherine McDonnell, 72, wife of William E. McDonnell, co-owner of the Crossman House, died at 11:30 Friday evening in her apartment at the Crossman House. Death was attributed to a heart ailment and followed an illness of three years.
She was born in Alexandria Bay, June 14, 1867, a daughter of John C. and Catherine Lotz Groub. She had spent her entire life in this village. On Aug. 25, 1886 she was married to Mr. McDonell in a ceremony performed at Ogdensburg.
Mrs. McDonell was a member of the Dutch Reform church of Alexandria Bay.
Surviving, besides her husband, are a daughter, Miss Florence McDonell, two sons, John and Donald McDonell, all of Alexandria Bay.
Funeral services will be held from the family home, Church street, Monday afternoon at 2. Rev. Edward L. Swartout will officiate. Burial will be made in the Walton street cemetery, Alexandria Bay.
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