JEFFERSON COUNTY NEW YORK


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Watertown Daily Times, 8 Sep 1914

Dewey Family Reunion

50 Members Meet at Clayton -- Officers Elected

Clayton, Sept 8 -- A reunion of the Dewey family was held Aug. 31 at Clayton. About 50 were present. A dinner was served in the dining room of the Herald House. The afternoon was spent in renewing acquaintances, visiting and music. Plans were made to continue the meetings yearly and the following officers were elected: B. J. Greene, president; D. E. Sweet, vice president; C. R. Eggleston, secretary and treasurer.

Those present were: Mr. George R. Welch, of Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Eggleston, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Eggleston, Miss Roslyn Eggleston, Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Sweet, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Cable and Miss Ruth Cable, all of Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Dewey, Miss Helen Dewey, Charles Dewey and Mrs. Mina Dewey of Oneida; Mrs. George E. Lewis and Dewey Lewis, of Carthage; Mr. and Mrs. Hartley F. Dewey and Leland Dewey, of Schenectady; Mrs. Agnes Lewis Washburn, of Theresa; Mr. and Mrs. John Shultz of Plessis; Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Irwin, and Mrs. B. A. Brown, of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Green, of Gouverneur; Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Greene, Miss Elsie Green, Mrs. Edna Greene-Strough, Miss Harriett M. Strough, Mrs. Minnie Ford-Hagen, Miss Grace Hagen, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Beckwith, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Dewey, Mrs. Edgar A. Dewey, Mr. and Mrs. Burt Holloway, Master Lloyd Holloway, Miss Laura Holloway, and Peter Bretsch, of Lafargeville; Holland B. Dewey, Miss Lola Dewey, Miss Naomi Dewey, Mrs. Alvin H. Dewey, Mrs. Jennie Holloway, Earl Holloway and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Grapotte, of Clayton.


Watertown Daily Times, 19 Aug 1915

75 Dewey Cousins Meet At Clayton

Annual Family Dinner and Reunion
H.B. Dewey, Clayton, Pres.
Next Reunion Will be Held at Clayton, Aug. 18, 1916, and It is Hoped to have 225 Cousins Present

The second annual reunion of the Dewey Cousins was held at the Walton House, Clayton yesterday. About 75 sat down to dinner and after dinner the business meeting was called to order by the president, B.J. Green of Lafargeville, C. R. Eggleston acting as secretary.

After a regular routine of business, a musical program was rendered by several of the cousins, including vocal solos by Mrs. Virginia Sweet Porter of Syracuse, Mrs. Agnes Dewey Babcock of Boston, Mrs. Mina Dewey Gallup of Oneida and several songs and recitations by the younger set present.

Election of officers for the ensuing year was held and M. J. Dewey of Oneida was elected president; H. B. Dewey of Clayton, vice president, and C. T. Eggleston was elected secretary and treasurer. The next meeting place will be Clayton on Wednesday, Aug.18, 1916.

Those present were:
Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Green, of Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Eggleston, of Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. John Shults, of Plessis; Mr. and Mrs. Deal[? illegible] Welch, of Rochester; Mrs. Edgar Dewey, of Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bretch, of Alexandria Bay; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lewis, of Carthage; Mr. and Mrs. Jed Hart, of Chippewa Bay; Mr. and Mrs. Clint Dewey, of Remsen; Master Ralph Dewey, of Remsen; Harrison Cole, of Lacona; Jay Cole, of Williamstown; Mrs. Edna Strough and daughter, Lafargeville; B. J. Washburn, Theresa; Peter Bretsch, Lafargeville; Mrs. Mary Green, Lafargeville; Master Earl Bretsch, Lafargeville; Miss Helen Dewey, Oneida; Miss Frances Babcock, Boston; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Grappotte, Clayton; Mrs. Jennie Holoway and Miss Gertrude Holoway, Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Dewey, Oneida; Mrs. Mina Gallup, Oneida; Mrs. Agnes Dewey Babcock, Boston; Mr. and Mrs. Alton Beckwith, Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Bretsch, Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Porter, Syracuse; Mrs. Ernest Bross[? illegible], Detroit, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Read, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Eggleston, Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Paddock, Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Dewey, Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Welch, Rochester; Miss Doris Dewey, Schenectady; H. B. Dewey, Clayton; Miss Olive Sweet, Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Sweet, Watertown; Miss Ruth Cable, Watertown; Roy D. Lewis, Carthage; Misses Naomi and Lois Dewey, Clayton; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cable, Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Dorr, Syracuse; Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Carlisle, Lafargeville; Mrs. Minnie Hagen and daughter, Lafargeville; Master Lewis Dewey, Oneida; Miss Roslyn L. Eggleston, Watertown.

In all there are about 225 of the cousins and it is hoped and planned to have nearly all at the reunion next year.


Watertown Daily Times 12 Aug 1920

Bretsch Family Hold Gathering

Annual Picnic Held Wednesday at Clayton
Clan Enjoy Bean Contest
Frank Bretsch Elected President of Organization -- Many Comical Prizes Awarded

Carthage, Aug 12 -- Sixty-five members of the Bretsch clan enjoyed their annual picnic Wednesday at Clayton. During the morning, music was enjoyed and a bean contest held. Dinner was served at Ye Walton Inn, at 10.

Following this a business meeting was held and the following officers and committees chosen for the ensuing year: President, Frank Bretsch, Watertown; vice-president, Fred Hotis; secretary, Deforest [Bretsch]; treasurer, David Bretsch; entertainment committee, Mrs. Addison Bretsch, Misses Pearl and Mabel Bretsch; memorial committee, Alice Schollenberg, Mrs. Harold Bretsch, Mrs. Addison Bretsch; floral committee, Erma Haller, Mrs. Ada Haller, Miss Mabel Bretsch.

The awarding of the prizes was made as follows: bean contest, Mrs. Webster Bretsch, can of pork and beans; oldest member present, Mrs. Alice Bretsch, Hershey bar; youngest member present, Rosalind Bretsch, a bib; couple longest married, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bretsch, bouquet of sweet peas; couple most recently married, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bretsch, spoon; tallest member present, Kenneth Bretsch, hump hair pin; shortest member present, Hazel Hotis, yeast cake; handsomest man, Addison Bretsch, looking glass; handsomest woman, powder puff, Mabel Martin.

After the award of these prizes, a few musical numbers were rendered by Hazel Eckert and Mabel M. Martin. The meeting then adjourned.


Watertown Daily Times, 11 Aug 1921

Bretsch Family Meet at Theresa

Fourth Annual Reunion Is Held at Commercial House

Theresa, Aug 11 -- One of the most successful, and, by a considerable number, one of the most largely attended reunions of the Bretsch family was held here on Wednesday at the Commercial House, conducted by George Bretsch, a member and active worker of the clan. Seventy-six members answered in the roll-call just previous to the dinner hour and that number sat down to the dinner. Frank Bretsch of Watertown was re-elected president.

The reunion of Wednesday was the fourth annual gathering of the family and the business meeting was held just before noon in the parlors of the hotel. At that time the following officers were elected: President, Frank Bretsch of Watertown; vice president, Fred Hotis, Evans Mills; secretary, D. C. [Deforest Collins] Bretsch of Great Bend; treasurer, David Bretsch, Redwood. Following the election of officers a memorial resolution was read and adopted on the death of Mrs. Minnie Bretsch of Lafargeville.

An interesting program was held following the dinner in which Floyd Bretsch of Gary, Ind., formerly of this village, gave the address of welcome. Mrs. Harry Homer read of the Bretsch reunions, after which Myrtle Haller of Brownville gave a piano solo; there was a recitation by Thurston Eckert of Lafargeville, a vocal solo by F. Bretsch and a piano solo by Miss Helen Bretsch of Great Bend. Homer Bretsch of Hasting-on-Hudson gave a complete history of the Bretsch family and this was followed by a reading by Mrs. George Eckert of Lafargeville and a vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. George Bretsch of the Commercial House for the splendid manner in which they were entertained for the day.

Prizes were offered and the oldest member present was Mrs. Alice Bretsch of Lafargeville and the youngest was Rosalind Bretsch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Addison Bretsch of Omar. The newest married couple was Mr. and Mrs. Harry Homer of Syracuse. Gus Wetterhahn of New York City came the farthest to attend the reunion. The tallest member present was Kenneth Bretsch of Lafargeville and the shortest was Frank Bretsch of Watertown.

The Bretsch family have not traced their history back so very far as yet but are adding to their records year by year. Their history shows that the Bretsch fathers came out of Germany in the early days of the last century, probably about 1834. [Transcriber's note: Philip Bretsch, son of Adam Bretsch, arrived in New York City from Bremen, Germany (port of departure) on 9 Aug 1834, preceding the rest of the family by three years.] They came up the Hudson from New York by boat and the passage west was by the Erie canal as far as the waterway was in operation. They came to Lake Ontario and took passage down the lake to Clayton and went overland to Lafargeville. They have been largely tillers of the soil in that early period of their history here.

All were agreed that the reunion Wednesday was by far and away the best in attendance and program features, and perfect weather gave an added delight to the reunion day.


Watertown Daily Times 10 Aug 1922

Many Awards Made At Annual Reunion of Bretsch Family

Program Presented at Grange Hall in Theresa

Theresa, Aug. 10 -- While not quite as largely attended as the reunion of last year, yet those who were at the Bretsch family reunion Wednesday in this village were ready to say that it was the best reunion in their history. Dinner was served at the Commercial House by Charles Keller [? illegible], the landlord. The business meeting was held prior to the dinner and was held in the grange hall which is the next block to the hotel.

In the afternoon a full program was given in the grange hall and prizes were awarded. The prize to the couple present who had been married the longest went to Mr. and Mrs. George Bretsch, who have been married 47 years. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bretsch won the prize for being the most recently married couple present. When the committee looked about for the heaviest person present they awarded Mrs. Deforest Bretsch of Great Bend the prize, and Mrs. Webster Bretsch received the prize for the lightest person present. The prize awarded to the person who had the hardest time in getting to the reunion went to Mrs. Alice Schollenberg of Omar, who had many disappointments in the manner in which she would get to Theresa. For the couple having the largest family at the reunion, Mr. and Mrs. George B. Eckert, Lafargeville, drew the prize with four children. The prize to the person coming the farthest to attend went to Albert Bretsch of Detroit.

The program contained several interesting numbers. Mrs. Alice Bretsch of Lafargeville told many things about the family and this was followed by a recitation by Hazel Hotis of Evans Mills. After a humorous solo by Glenn Bretsch of Clayton, George W. Bretsch of this village gave an interesting talk on "Fifty Years Ago." There was a vocal solo by Mrs. Webster Bretsch of Lafargeville and a little play given by Mrs. Charles Schollenberg of Omar and Mildred Bretsch of Clayton. George W. Bretsch of this village, the new president, is already making plans for next year's meeting.


Watertown Daily Times 23 Aug 1926

50 Attend the Bretsch Reunion

Gathering Held At Alexandria Bay
D. C. Bretsch Heads Clan
Great Bend Man Chosen President at Ninth Reunion of Family -- Interesting Program Held

Alexandria Bay, Aug 12 -- Fifty were present at the ninth annual Bretsch reunion held Wednesday at the New St. Lawrence Inn.

At the business meeting at noon the following officers were elected: President, D. C. Bretsch, Great Bend; vice president, J. S. Getman, Lafargeville; secretary, Irma Haller, Carthage; treasurer, Mrs. A. P. Bretsch, Lafargeville.

After dinner a social time and program were enjoyed. A poem written by the late Mrs. Alice Bretsch of Lafargeville on her 18th birthday was read by Miss Mildred Bretsch of Clayton. Mrs. Fred Hotis of Evans Mills entertained with some Bretsch gossip. Mrs. Charles Schollenberg of Fishers Landing gave a humorous reading. Homer Bretsch of Hastings-on-Hudson revealed some interesting facts concerning the Bretsch family tree which he is studying.

Prizes were awarded as follows: the oldest, Fred Bretsch of Alexandria Bay, who is 73; the youngest, Helen Dorr of Depauville, who is four years old; the longest married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Dorr of Depauville, who have been married 45 years; recently married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Felt of Watertown who have been married three years; the tallest man, Kenneth Bretsch of Lafargeville; one who came longest distance, Homer Bretsch of Hastings-on-Hudson; one who came shortest distance, Fred Bretsch of Alexandria Bay; largest family present, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Getman and three children, of Lafargeville; latest owner of a car, Mrs. Harriet Bretsch of Lafargeville.

The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bretsch and daughter, Mildred, of Clayton; George Bretsch of Theresa; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bretsch, Mrs. Harriet Bretsch and two sons, Lawrence and Howard; Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Bretsch and daughter Kathleen; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Getman and three sons, Carl, Frank, Paul; Mr. and Mrs. George B. Eckhert and two sons of Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bretsch and two daughters, Eleanor and Marion of Hasting-on-Hudson; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bretsch of Plessis, Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Bretsch of Great Bend; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Dorr and daughter Helen, of Depauville; Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Payne and daughter, Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. David Bretsch of Redwood; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hotis of Felts Mills; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schollenberg of Fishers Landing; Frank Haller, Miss Irma Haller of Carthage, and Fred Bretsch of Alexandria Bay.


Watertown Daily Times, 17 June 1921

Hagen Family Reunion

Omar, June 17 -- The annual Hagen family reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Walts on Saturday, Jun 11. Seventy people were present at noon when the dinner was served. The remainder of the day was spent in visiting and renewing acquaintances. The reunion next year will be held at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Witt of Dexter, June 17.

Those present were Mrs. Margaret Wilson and son, Robert, Dexter; Mrs. Minnie Hagan and daughter, Grace, Mrs. Blanche Haas, Mr. and Mrs. James Barton, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Myers and daughter Marion, Mrs. Della Klock and daughter, Fern, Lafargeville; Mrs. Hattie Eichorn, Natural Bridge; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Klock, Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Klock, Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dow, Stone Mills; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Murphy and family, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Snell and family, Mrs. Nadine Atley, Lafargeville; Mrs. Belle Kring and daughter, Ruth and son, James, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Kring, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cole and family, Brier Hill; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Simonds, Mrs. James Hagen, Mr. and Mrs. Oran House and family, Mr. and Mrs. N. House, Plessis; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Walts, Clayton; Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Kelsey and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Caris, Mrs. Helen Caris, Mrs. Helen Collins and Miss Natalie Collins, Omar; Mrs. Hattie Garlock, Alexandria Bay; Mr. and Mrs. George Garlock, Omar; Mrs. Grace Hill and daughter Thelma, Briar Hill.


Watertown Daily Times, 9 Jun 1921

Hurt in Army; Leg Amputated

James Hagen, aged 21 years, of Lafargeville, R.F.D. 1, a veteran of the World War, underwent an operation at the City hospital on Saturday for the amputation of the right leg above the ankle, the operation being necessary because of infection of the bone caused from a fracture sustained while in the army service. The operation was performed by Dr. Harlow G. Farmer.

Hagen received a fracture of the small bone in the back of the right leg while in the service. The fracture never properly healed and Hagen has been troubled since that time. He was brought to the hospital several weeks ago for treatment and although infection of the bone had developed, it was thought that the leg could be saved.

On Saturday, however, it was decided that the member must be amputated and the operation was performed Saturday night. The leg was amputated about half way between the ankle and the knee. The former soldier's condition is reported as good today.


Watertown Daily Times 15 Dec 1923

Willard Stephenson Master of Plessis Grange

Called Back to the Chair Again -- Mrs. Lillian George Re-elected Secretary -- Rev. W. Bradley Chaplain -- Lecturer Has Good Program -- Next Meeting Wednesday Evening Dec. 19.

Plessis, Dec 15 -- Plessis grange held an all-day meeting Wednesday, Dec. 5. The usual business was transacted in the forenoon. One member was received on demit.

Dinner was served at noon after which the following officers were elected for 1924: Master, Willard Stephenson; overseer, Earl Bretsch; lecturer, Geneva Bretsch [Earl's wife]; steward, James Bolton; chaplain, Rev. W. Bradley; secretary, Lillian George [Geneva's mother]; treasurer, Jerome Frost; gate keeper, Peter Bretsch [Earl's father]; Ceres, Myrtle George [Geneva's sister]; Pomona - Mable Caswell; Flora - Gertrude Bretsch; assistant steward, Claude Bretsch [Earl's brother; Gertrude's husband]; lady assistant steward, Beulah Turner; pianist, Myrtle George; trustee, Peter Bretsch; fire director, James Bolton.

After the election the worthy lecturer gave a program beginning with a song by the grange, following by a recitation by Mary Bolton, a reading by Lillian George, a vocal solo by Rev. Bradley and readings by Beulah Turner and Willard Stephenson.

The next meeting comes Wednesday evening, Dec. 19.


Journal and Republican of Lowville, Thursday, 2 July 1925

Boy Killed as Autos Collide

Norman Snow, 8, Alexandria Bay, was killed and two others injured Sunday morning [28 Jun 1925] at 10:30 when a Ford truck and sedan collided on a curving hill between Clayton and Alexandria Bay. His father and young sister escaped unhurt [Bernard D. Snow and probably Marguerite "Peggy" Snow]. Both autos were wrecked.


Watertown Daily Times [no date - probably early 1926]

Few cases for County Court

... Two criminal cases carried over from Judge LaRue's November term may never reach trial. One is that of Charles Gibbons, of Clayton, indicted last October on charges of manslaughter, second degree, for running over and fatally injuring six-year-old [note discrepancy] Norman Snow on the Clayton-Alexandria Bay highway June 28. The other is the case of...


Watertown Daily Times, 19 Jun 1926

Hagens Hold Annual Reunion of Family

Lafargeville, Jun 19 -- The seventh annual reunion of the Hagen family was held at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klock on the North Adams road near Adams Center, Saturday. Dinner was served at noon at which covers were laid for about 40 guests.

Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klock of North Adams; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Klock and family of Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin [Marva] Klock and son of North Adams; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Walts, Mrs. and Mrs. Orin House, Mrs. Bernice Kelsey of Omar; Howard Walts, Clayton; Mrs. Luella House, Alexandria Bay; Rev. [sic - possibly a typo omitting the name of an actual clergyman in attendance] and Mrs. James Hagen of Plessis; Floyd Simonds and family of Plessis; Nellie Helmer and George Mott of Plessis; Leona Robbins and daughter of Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. Philip Horton [sic - should be Hotis] of Evans Mills; Harriett Eichorn, Ross Eichorn and family, Fred Eichorn and son of Natural Bridge; Mrs. Edwin Witt, Robert Witt, Gordon Witt of Dexter; Leland Walts of Dexter; Mrs. Will Klock, Charles Richardson and family, James Barton and family, Fred Barton and family of Orleans; Mary Jane Spencer of Watertown; Mr. Ed Vanderwalker of Adams; Florien Ganthur of Watertown.

The next gathering will be held with Will Klock and family, near Lafargeville.


Watertown Daily Times, 12 Dec 1901

Adam Hagen death notice

HAGEN -- At Perch River, Dec. 10, Adam Hagen, aged 72 years. Funeral at his late residence on Friday at 11. Interment at Dexter.


Watertown Daily Times, 22 Sep 1922

Agnes Parker death notice

PARKER -- In Plessis, 17 Sep 1922, Agnes Lillian Parker, aged 4 [? illegible] years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Parker of Alexandria Center. Funeral today with burial at Brookside Cemetery.


Watertown Daily Times, 3 Oct 1918

Private Arthur E. Hagen

Lafargeville Boy is Hurt In Action
Word Received From War Department
Wrote Before the Battle
Told Sister That He Expected to Go Up Front in a Few Days and Would Give Jerry What He was Looking For

Lafargeville, Oct 3 -- Word has been received that Private Arthur E. Hagen, Company H, 307th [? illegible] Infantry, was wounded in action, Aug 27 [? illegible]. James Hagen received the following telegram from the war department:

"Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported that Private Arthur E. Hagen, infantry, was severely wounded in action August 27 [? illegible]. Department has no further information.
Acting the Adjutant General"

Three days before he was wounded, Private Hagen wrote the following letter to his sister, Mrs. Lucina Simonds of Lafargeville:

"Somewhere in France,
August 24, 1918

Dear Lucina:--

Just a few words to let you know that I am in the best of health. I have no kick at all. Of course we are kept very busy but I don't mind it, for we are better off when we have something to do. The weather is very changeable -- one day it's more than hot while on a different day it rains -- but personally I don't mind it as long as I am in the best of health.

I am glad to tell you that in a few days I'll be facing Jerry. I expect to give him all he is looking for. Of course it's very exciting now, especially last night when I was in a detail going up to the position which my outfit expects to occupy and saw plenty of fun. Will write you about all my experiences when I return from the lines. In the meantime I am ready for anything.

I am satisfied very much with the food up here. Everyone seems to be cheerful and happy at the thought that soon we will be able to show of what material we are all made of. I can give you my candid opinion that Jerry will find us a pretty hard nut to crack.

Trusting that all is well with you and my sincerest remembrances to all, I remain

Your brother,
Arthur"

Private Hagan is 27 [? illegible] years old and is the son of James Hagan, who lives about two and a half miles out on the Plessis road. He made his home in Virginia for some time. Private Hagen has two sisters, Mrs. Floyd Simonds and Mrs. Walter Robbins, both of Lafargeville, and one brother, James Hagen who is also in the service.

[Transcriber's note: Arthur Hagan, son of James and Ellen (Klock) Hagan, was actually a half-brother of Lucina Simonds, Leone Robbins and James Hagan Jr., children of James and Alma (Snow) Hagan. Arthur had a full sister, Nellie (Hagan) Helmer, not mentioned in the article. Born 18 Jul 1888 in Caroline County, VA [Vital Records of Caroline Co., VA], he would have been 30 years of age when the above letter was written.]


Fulton [NY] Patriot, 29 Jun 1933

La Graves - Wrape marriage notice

Mrs. Evelyn Howard and June Burton spent a coupe of days with Rev. William B. Howard in Stone Mills last week. They attended the marriage of Miss Pauline Wrape and Arthur LaGraves on Saturday, which occurred at high noon in the Methodist Protestant church, Rev. William B. Howard performing the ceremony. The church was decorated with streamers and ropes of yellow and white and a profusion of cut flowers, potted plants, ferns and evergreens. Mrs. William Sloat sang "Dawning." The wedding march was played by Mrs. Earl Graham.

The same color scheme was carried out at the home, where about 60 guests attended the dinner. The bride was the recipient of many beautiful gifts. They left on a brief wedding trip following dinner.


Watertown Daily Times, 8 Apr 1904

50th Wedding Anniversary Fittingly Celebrated

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Dewey
Surrounded by Their Children and Friends on Their Golden Wedding

Clayton, April 8 -- Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin W[hitman] Dewey of this village celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Wednesday evening at their home on James street, surrounded by their children and grandchildren and over 70 of their friends and relatives. The ceremonies commenced by a prayer by Rev. Mr. Fearr [? illegible], after which a sumptuous repast was served. Games and other amusements followed until after 10, when guests departed in consequence of the slight illness of Mrs. Dewey. The guests from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Greaves, Mrs. Adelaide W. Dewey, Watertown; George Welch[? illegible], Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Dewey, Lafargeville; Mrs. M. J. Dewey, Oneida; Mr. and Mrs. George Lewis, Carthage; Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Holloway, Omar; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Dewey, Miss Dewey, Sackets Harbor; Mrs. Marion M. Tanner, Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Green, Mrs. Mary Green, Mullet Creek; Mrs. Bretsch, Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Holloway, Omar. The venerable couple were the recipients of many useful and handsome presents.


Watertown Daily Times, 6 Feb 1909

Plessis Family Gathering

Relatives and Friends Honor Mrs. Jane Hagen on Her Birthday

Plessis, Feb 6 -- On Friday, Jan 29, a surprise and birthday party was given for Mrs. Jane Hagen at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nelson House, near Plessis. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. John Hagen and daughter, Margaret, Clayton; Mr. and Mrs. James Hagen, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Kring, Alexandria Bay; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eichorn, Carthage; Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Hotis, Evans Mills; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klock, Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Walts, Omar; Mr. and Mrs. Nelson House, Leo House, Jane Hagen, Plessis; Mr. and Mrs. James Barton, Virgil Barton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barton, Gladys Barton, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Dorr and Henry Dorr, Lafargeville. At noon a bountiful dinner was partaken of by all present, after which the guests were entertained by music and recitations. Mrs. Hagen was presented with many useful presents. At night the guests departed wishing Mrs. Hagen many returns of a happy birthday.


Watertown Daily Times, Fri., 26 Jan 1917

90 Guests At Their Golden Wedding

Anniversary Celebrated in the House Where They Were Married

In the same house in which they were married on 24 Jan 1867, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley J. Green of Orleans observed their golden wedding day Wednesday evening, assisted by nearly 90 relatives and friends.

Mrs. Green was formerly Miss Adelaide Evans and was married to Mr. Green by the Rev. E. P. Weed. Of those witnessing the wedding, Mrs. Mary Green, a sister-in-law, was the only person present at the anniversary.

The celebration of the event was arranged as a surprise to Mr. and Mrs. Green by their daughters, Mrs. Edna Strough and Mrs. Leslie Carlisle. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Green, Mr. and Mrs. Drayton E. Sweet, Miss Olive V. Sweet, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Cable and Miss Ruth Cable of this city were present at the anniversary. Several were also present from Clayton and Lafargeville. Mrs. Elsie McCarn of Clayton, a guest at the wedding, was unable to be present. Others present included M. J. Dewey of Oneida and F. A. Green of Gouverneur. A supper was served during the evening.


Unknown newspaper, about 1 Feb 1917

[A second article on the 50th wedding anniversary of Bradley and Adelaide (Evans) Greene]

Watertown, Feb 1 -- A surprise was tendered Mr. and Mrs. Bradley J. Greene at their home near Lafargeville on the evening of January 24, the occasion being the 50th anniversary of their wedding day. The affair was cleverly arranged by their daughters, Mrs. Edna Strough and Mrs. Leslie Carlisle, and the occasion was a most enjoyable one. A purse of gold and other valuable gifts were presented to the well-known couple. The house in which they live stands on the site of the forest which Mrs. Greene's father cleared. He built a log cabin which afterward burned and the present house was erected. Mrs. Greene and her brothers and children were all born on the homestead where she now lives. Mr. Greene is 75 years old and Mrs. Green 70. Both are in remarkably good health. Attending the golden wedding anniversary from this city were Mrs. Drayton Sweet and daughter Olive; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Greene and Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Cable and daughter, Ruth.


Watertown Daily Times, 24 Jan 1927

Local Couple Wed 60 Years

Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Greene Observe Anniversary
A Family Gathering At Home
Couple Married in Lafargeville in 1867. Long Resided on Farm in Town of Orleans

Mr. and Mrs. Bradley J. Greene, 7 State Place, are quietly celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today. Mrs. Greene said that they were resting today, but this evening a number of friends would hold a party at their home. A supper will be served and a social time will be held.

"Every year since we have been married we have had some kind of a celebration," said Mrs. Greene. During the last few years our children have always planned them so we don't know just what is in store for us this evening. They have said, however, that a few relatives and members of our family are coming in for the evening."

Although the couple spend their winters in the city, they refer to the town of Orleans as their home. Mr. Greene owns a farm in that town, which was the place built by Mrs. Greene's father, Abner H. Evans, when he settled in this section. The home has always been in the family and until 22 years ago it was operated by Mr. Greene. The couple spend their summers on the farm, but live in Watertown during the winter.

Mr. and Mrs. Greene were married at the homestead, 24 Jan 1867. The ceremony was performed by Elder Weed, who was pastor of the Baptist church in Lafargeville. After their marriage, the couple went to live at the home of Mr. Greene's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allison [sic - Alanson] Greene, near Tanner's Corners in the town of Alexandria. They resided there for three years and then Mr. Greene bought the Evans' homestead and he and his wife went to live there. They remained on the farm until 22 years ago. During the time Mr. Greene operated the farm himself. Since then he has had a man at the farm, who operates it on shares.

"We always spend the summers on the farm," said Mr. Greene. "There are two sets of buildings on the farm and it is possible for us to spend our summers at the farm without interfering with the manager. Our house is always ready and the only thing we have to do when we go to spend the summer is take some provisions. If it gets cold we have plenty of wood to start a fire and warm the place up."

Mrs. Greene is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Abner Horr Evans. Her father was one of the early settlers in the town of Orleans and he cleared the land and built the old homestead that is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Greene. Mrs. Greene was born in the house and she spent practically all of her life on the homestead. All of her brothers and sisters were born in the house and Mr. and Mrs. Greene's three children were also born on the homestead. Mr. Greene, who is the son of the late Allison [sic - Alanson] and Rebecca Dewey Greene, was born in the town of Adams. He lived there with his parents until he was twelve years of age. He then moved to the vicinity of Tanner's Corners with his parents and he spent practically all of his life until about three years ago in that vicinity.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Greene are enjoying the best of health and Mrs. Greene said that neither one of them had ever had any serious illness. Mrs. Greene is 80 years of age and her husband is 86. There were three children born to the union. They are Emmett A. Greene of Gouverneur, now proprietor of the St. Lawrence Inn; Mrs. Edna Strough of this city, and Mrs. Elsie Carlisle.

Mr. and Mrs. Greene celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home in the town of Orleans. At that time their daughter prepared a surprise party for them. They had about 190 guests at a supper party at their farm.


Watertown Daily Times, 24 Jan 1928

Couple Married 61 Years Ago

Orleans Residents Spend Their Winters Here
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Greene
Mr. Green 86 Years Old While Wife is 81 -- Were Married on Old Homestead Jan. 14, 1867

Mr. and Mrs. Bradley J. Green, 7 State Place, are quietly celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary today at their home. Mr. Green stated that they did not expect that there would be any celebration, although their children have been in the habit of arranging a surprise party for them on every anniversary for several years.

Although Mr. and Mrs. Greene spend the winters in Watertown at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Edna A. Strough, they refer to Orleans as their home. Mr. Greene owns a farm in that town, which was built by Mrs. Greene's father, Abner H. Evans, when he settled in this section. The home has always been in the family and until 33 years ago it was operated by Mr. Greene. The couple now spend their summers on the farm, although in the winters they make their home in Watertown.

"We still go to the farm every summer," Mr. Greene said. "I have a garden there and spend a good deal of time in it. I had a very fine garden last year."

Mr. and Mrs. Green are both in fairly good health, although they have been under the care of the doctor lately. Mr. Greene was born May, 1841, and is now 86 years of age. Mrs. Greene, who was born in September, 1845, is now 81 years of age.

Mrs. Greene is a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Abner H[orr] Evans. Prior to her marriage she was Miss Adelaide Evans. Her father was one of the early settlers in the town of Orleans and cleared the land and built the homestead on the farm where Mr. and Mrs. Green now spend their summers. Mrs. Greene was born in the house and spent practically all her life on the homestead. All of her brothers and sisters were born there and the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Greene were also born on the farm.

Mr. Greene is a son of the late Alanson and Rebecca Dewey Greene. He was born in the town of Adams and lived there with his parents until he was twelve years of age. He then moved with his parents to the vicinity of Tanner's Corners and spent practically all his life in that neighborhood until about three years ago.

Three children, all of whom are living, were born to the union. They are: Emmett A. Greene of Gouverneur, Mrs. Edna A. Strough of this city, and Mrs. Elsie Carlisle, also of Watertown.

Mr. and Mrs. Greene were married at the homestead on Jan. 24, 1867. The ceremony was performed by Elder Weed, who was pastor of the Baptist church of Lafargeville. After their marriage the couple went to live at the home of Mr. Greene's parents near Tanner's Corners in the town of Alexandria, where they lived for three years. Mr. Greene then bought the Evans farm and took his wife to live there. They remained on the farm until 23 years ago, during which time Mr. Greene operated it himself. He now has a man on it, who operates it on shares.


Watertown Daily Times, 5 Dec 1933

Brayton Bretch Found Dying on City Hall Lawn

Autopsy Will Be Performed On Body of Well Known Optometrist

[Oswego, NY] -- Brayton S. Bretsch, [66], of [67] East Fourth Street, died at Oswego Hospital at 10:45 Tuesday morning one-half hour after being found lying on the City Hall lawn. District Attorney Harry M. Stacy, who was called in the matter, said later in the day the death was apparently due to poisoning. A six-ounce bottle, commonly used in drug stores, with label scraped off, and containing a small quantity of colorless and practically odorless fluid, was found in an inside pocket of the deceased's coat.

Two letters were also found on Mr. Bretch's person, one addressed to the chief of police and the other to Henry Hill at the Welland Hotel. Mr. Hill is a retired ticket agent of the D., L. and W. Railroad. Contents of the letters were not divulged by District Attorney Stacy. He also had $50.85 in his pocket.

An autopsy was to be held to definitely determine the cause of death. Exact nature of the fluid contained in the bottle was not immediately ascertained. The bottle was found by Captain Ward Dalrymple and is being kept at police headquarters, pending the autopsy and investigation.

Shortly after 10 o'clock Tuesday morning police were notified that a man was lying on the lawn of the southwest corner of the City Hall grounds. Patrolman Michael Brown investigated and, realizing at once that the man was in serious condition, hastened back into headquarters and telephoned for the ambulance. Captain Dalrymple, on visiting the scene, was told by John H. Connell, who was passing at the time, that he had seen Mr. Bretch standing near the Second street entrance to the police station and had noticed him drink something from a small bottle and then throw it away.

Captain Dalrymple looked about the lawn in the vicinity of the doorway but could find no bottle. Then, while waiting for the ambulance, he looked through the stricken man's clothes and found the bottle in an inner pocket. He was of the opinion that after tossing the bottle away, Mr. Bretch must have retrieved it.

Patrolman John Burke accompanied the ambulance to Oswego Hospital. Examination by a physician revealed that Mr. Bretch was dying and the end came shortly after he had been admitted to the institution. In the meantime Assistant District Attorney Clarence J. Gorman visited headquarters, the district attorney's office having been advised of the happening. He learned the facts of the occurrence and then visited the hospital, taking possession of the two letters and turning them over to District Attorney Stacy.

Mr. Bretch was born in Jefferson County where he spent his early youth. He was a graduate of the Rochester School of Optometry and practiced for several years in Syracuse. He came to Oswego thirty years ago, and established offices in West First Street and later at his home, [67] East Fourth street.

In addition to his profession as an optometrist, Mr. Bretch was a specialist on violins and had a system of improving their tones which he sold to all parts of the country, many sending their violins and others getting directions from him. He advertised widely and circularized musicians all over the United States.

Mr. Bretch was a veteran of the Spanish American war. He attended Trinity Methodist church. Surviving are his widow, Mary O. Bretch; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Hotis, Evans Mills, and Mrs. Alice Schollenberg of Fisher's Landing.


Watertown Daily Times, 5 Jan 1922

Funeral of Calvin Ainsworth

Stone Mills, Jan 4 -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 at the Methodist Episcopal church in this village for Calvin Ainsworth, aged 71, a retired farmer, who died at his home here Friday at 6 a.m., of cancer of the stomach. Burial was made at Depauville. Rev. William Eddy, pastor of the Lafargeville Methodist Episcopal church officiated at the service.

Mr. Ainsworth had lived at Stone Mills for the past 30 years and until about three years ago had carried on a farm here. He is survived by his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Arthur Biggers of Brownville; Mrs. George LaGraves of Delhi, Calif., and Mrs. Willard Fanford[? illegible] of Stone Mills; two sisters, Mrs. William Hart of Watertown, and Mrs. William Watson of Evans Mills, and a brother, Charles Ainsworth of Port Leyden.

He was born at Felts Mills in 1850, the son of the late Albert and Salina Ainsworth. In 1869 he married Miss Mary Hunt of Natural Bridge. She died in 1908, and two years later he again married, his second wife being Miss Jemima Johnson.

Mr. Ainsworth was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Lafargeville, and always took an active part in the work of the church.


Watertown Daily Times, Tues., 12 Oct 1915

Mrs. George LaGraves Dies At Stone Mills

She Had Spent Most of Her Life in Vicinity of Lafargeville

Lafargeville, Oct. 12 -- Mrs. George LaGraves, of Stone Mills, whose funeral was held from the Methodist Protestant church of Stone Mills, Wednesday [6 Oct], was born in the town of Orleans in 1848 [25 Feb 1847 per gravestone inscription], the daughter of Michael and Arvilla [Churchill] Murphy. Forty-four years ago she was married to George W. LaGraves. Nearly all her married life has been spent in this vicinity. Of five children four are still living: Mrs. Edwin Robins, of T[housand] I[slands] Park; Mrs. Fred Lee, of San Miguel, Cal.; Miss Grace LaGraves and George LaGraves of Stone Mills. There are eleven grand-children. She also leaves her husband, two brothers, and one sister. She has long been identified with the Methodist Protestant church. Rev. Fuller officiated at the services.


Watertown Daily Times, 12 Jul 1926

Chas. R. Barton, Aged 56, Dies

Death Follows Two Blood Transfusions
Was Son of Former Sheriff
Had Spent Practically Entire Life in Town of Orleans and Was Prominent in Lafargeville Grange

Lafargeville, July 12 -- Charles Rogers Barton, 56, died at his home on Theresa street, this village, at 6 Saturday night following an extended illness of pernicious anemia. Mr. Barton who had been in ill health for the past several months underwent two blood transfusions without avail some time ago. He also underwent a dental operation for extraction of his teeth, as it was believed his condition was partially due to septic poisoning resulting from infected teeth. He had been confined to his bed for some time preceding his death. Mr. Barton, who was the son of the late Edward Barton of this village, once sheriff of Jefferson county, was well known throughout the town of Orleans, where he had spent practically his entire life. He was born in the town of Orleans, 14 Aug 1869, son of the late Edward and Martha Caris Barton [sister of Jane Ann Caris, the wife of James Hagen]. He attended rural schools in the town, and at an early age took up the occupation of farming.

In 1907, his marriage to Miss Dorothy Dietrich of this village took place. Two years following their marriage were spent in Lafargeville after which they moved to a farm. Nine years ago, they returned to the village where they have since resided. Mr. Barton was engaged in carpentry and masonry work and until forced by ill health to retire from active work had been engaged in the local station of Sheffield Farms, Inc.

Mr. Barton had been a member of the Lafargeville grange for several years. He had planned to join the Lafargeville Methodist church a short time ago with Mrs. Barton, but was unable to do so at the time because of ill health, which confined him to his bed.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Barton, two daughters, Gladys, 19, and Marion, 10, and one son, Edward, 13; one sister, Mrs. Blanche Haas and two brothers, James and Fred Barton, all of Lafargeville, and one aunt, Mrs. Helen Caris of Alexandria Bay. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held from the Methodist Episcopal church at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, Rev. B. J. Davison, pastor of the church, officiating. A prayer service will be held at 1 at the late home. Interment will be made in the Lafargeville cemetery.


Watertown Daily Times, 26 Nov 1922

Civil War Veteran, 87, Walks Nearly Four Miles

Joseph Pierce Celebrates Birthday By Walking to Plessis

Plessis, Nov 26 -- Joseph Pierce, a veteran of the Civil War and now a resident of Baucus Settlement, who was 87 years old Wednesday, walked from his place to Plessis that day, a distance of three and one fourth miles, making the trip in 45 minutes. Mr. Pierce is in excellent health, keen minded, jovial and a wonderful man at this advanced age.


Watertown Daily Times, 13-14 July 1899

Clarence Bretsch vs.
The Thousand Island Park Association

[Transcriber's note: Clarence Bretsch was a criminal lawyer who had a practice in Gary, Indiana in the 1920s, but frequently visited his birthplace in Jefferson county. Around 1920 he owned the steam yacht Lotus Seeker, which a Watertown Daily Times article states was considered one of the finest privately owned pleasure craft on the St. Lawrence in the early 1900s. Mr. Bretsch, born in Theresa, NY, 20 Sep 1876, reportedly entertained many city and county officials on the yacht. He is probably the same Clarence Bretsch who, as of 9 Jan 1900, was postmaster at Fishers Landing, Jefferson, NY. The following is a series of 1899 Times articles concerning the case of one Clarence Bretsch, a butcher, vs. the Thousand Island Park Association.]

Thousand Island Park, July 13 -- The case of the meat man Bretch is yet unsettled. The trustees of the park this morning tried to get a hearing before Justice W. E. Collins, who is also the customs house office. But Mr. Collins declined to hear the case, saying that his duties as customs house officer could not be interfered with. The next thing done was to send Bretch to Lafargeville before Justice Beckwith, Charles Cooper of Theresa defending him, and H. E. Morse, of Clayton, acting as the association's attorney. Bretch demanded a trial by jury and this will necessitate many delays in the proceedings. Bretch was brought to the Park again to await further action tomorrow.

July 14 -- Mr. Bretsch having withdrawn his demand for a trial by jury, the case proceeded before Justice Beckwith at Lafargeville. H. E. Morse, of Clayton, ably presented the case for the association and Attorney Cooper, of Theresa, gave Bretsch's side of the matter. All day long the case has been before the justice and after much deliberation Mr. Beckwith decided in favor of Bretsch. Nothing, however, was done toward preventing more of his huckstering, but one of the trustees affirms that if Bretsch continues his business within his corporation, his path in the future will be decidedly thorny and full of stones.

The same trustee is of the opinion that the affair was pre-arranged, as Mr. Cooper was on the park at the time of the arrest and also because Bretsch had informed the park policeman where and when he could be found soliciting and delivering his orders.

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Butcher Bretsch Discharged
Justice Beckwith Finds that He committed No Offense
In Delivering Meat on Thousand Island Park

Grenell Island Park, July 14 -- At last the T. I. Park butcher case, after going on a wild goose chase for the past few days, has had a hearing before Justice A. Beckwith, of Lafargeville.

This case of the people against Clarence Bretsch was tried yesterday in the office of W. F. Ford. The defendant runs a meat market near T. I. Park. The offense charged was selling and delivering meat and eggs to cottagers on Thousand Island Park. The defense was that the acts alleged did not constitute a crime, and that the defendant did not sell goods on the Park grounds, but simply delivered goods ordered at his store, which, it was claimed, he had a right to do. Mr. Bretsch was found not guilty. H. E. Morse, of Clayton, represented the people and Jerome B. Cooper, of Theresa, with W. F. Ford as counsel, represented the defendant.


Watertown Daily Times, Sat., 27 Jan 1917

Theresa Boy Enlists in Army and Will Become a Cook

Has Long Line of Fighting Ancestors

With a long line of fighting ancestors as an incentive, Orville Sprague, aged 21 years, son of Del Sprague of Theresa, applied for enlistment this morning at the United States army recruiting office in the Smith building.

Sprague's great-grandfather, Charles Sprague, a native of Theresa, enlisted at the opening of the Civil War and served for four years in many of the battles of the war, before he was taken prisoner and placed in Libby prison where he died with many other soldiers. [Charles A. Sprague, mustered into service 11 Sep 1862, actually died 14 Dec 1863 from an illness while he was being treated at Fort Delaware in Delaware, a facility which was also used as a prison for Confederate troops.]

His grandfather, Marcellus Sprague, also served with the Union army during the Civil War. He was on the line for two years before he was disabled by wounds. After he recovered, he re-enlisted, serving until the close of the conflict with a regiment which fought "bushwhackers" only. His uncle [sic - should be great-uncle, i.e., grandfather's brother], Jerome Sprague, also of Theresa [later of Antrim Co., MI] served for four years during the Civil War.

Sprague's brother, Ivan Sprague, enlisted at the local recruiting station about six months ago and is serving as a blacksmith in the quartermaster corps of the Eighth cavalry, stationed at Fort Bliss, Tex. Sprague, after being enlisted by Colonel E. P. Andrus, in charge of the recruiting division of which Watertown is a part, will be sent to the Cooks' and Bakers' school at Washington D.C. where he will be given a six month's course in baking before being assigned to a regiment.

The young man's father visited the recruiting station this morning and approved of his son's application for enlistment, saying that were he several years younger, he himself would go into the army, together with his sons.


Watertown Daily Times, 21 Feb 1898

A Will Contest Begun

Heirs of Harrison George, of Alexandria, in a Dispute
Incompetency Alleged by a Nephew
-- A Hitch in the Proceedings for Admitting His Will to Probate

The last will and testament of the late Harrison H. George, of the town of Alexandria, was offered for probate in Surrogate Adams' court this morning by John B. George, one of the executors named in the will, and objections to the probate of the will were filed by Frederick L. Pierce, of this city, who is a son of the late Ann E. Pierce, a sister of the testator.

Harrison H. George was a prosperous farmer who died at his home in the town of Alexandria a short time ago [8 Jan 1898], leaving real estate valued at $14,000 and personal property valued at $1,000. He had no family of his own, but was survived by two brothers, John B. George and Sanford George, and a sister, Agnes A. Howe, all of the town of Alexandria. He left a last will and testament in which he bequeathed $4,000 to the sister and the balance of his property to be equally divided between the brothers.

The principal objection made to the probate of the will is that the testator was mentally incompetent to execute a will. The contestant alleges that at the time said instrument is alleged to have been made, executed and published, Mr. George had lost his mind and memory and was incompetent by reason to make a last will and testament.

In surrogate's court this morning Anson Harder, of Redwood, appeared for the proponent and Porter & Porter for the contestant. The case was set down for trial April 6.


Watertown Daily Times, 15 Sep 1916

Sprague - Rowell marriage notice

Plessis, Sep 15 -- A quiet wedding took place, at the home of the bride's father, Eugene Rowell Tuesday, Sept 12, when Miss Flossie Rowell and Cushman Sprague were united in marriage by Rev. W. P. Garrett. Only immediate relatives were present.

The bride was gowned in a traveling suit of blue. The couple left at once for a trip to Syracuse and other points. Both are popular and well known young people, and earnest workers in the church, Sunday school and grange.


Oswego Daily Times, 10 Sep 1894

Suicide at Home

Thomas Sykes, of Rome, in a fit of despondency, shot himself early Saturday morning. He died about two hours after firing the shot. In his statement he said he could not stand the strain any longer. He was despondent because of not having work. He was employed in the fire department for ten years, and was laid off last May. He leaves a wife and one son, Clark Sykes, who resides in Johnstown. Mrs. Sykes had been visiting her son and returned home Friday. Deceased was in his 50th year. [He was the second son of John J. Sykes, Jr. and Lorinda Thompson, born in the Town of Orleans, Jeff. Co., ca. 1840. His wife was Sarah C. Dodge]


Watertown Daily Times, 3 Sep 1926

Sprague Family Holds Reunion

The third annual reunion of the Sprague family was held at Haas[? illegible] Park, North Wilna, Wednesday with 55 members present. [This village appears to have been entirely within the boundaries of present-day Fort Drum, and so no longer exists.]

A picnic dinner was served at noon after which the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Charles Bates; Vice-President, John Sprague; Secretary, Mrs. Luella Cornwall; Treasurer, Mrs. Addie Sprague.

Games and sports were enjoyed during the afternoon.

Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bates; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bates; Mr. Edward Bates; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Elliott; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Bates; Miss Helen Bates; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Caswell; Miss Eva Caswell; Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Backus, Misses Mildred and Marie Backus; Mr. and Mrs. Cushman Sprague; Mr. John Sprague; Mrs. Lucy Houghtaling; Mr. John Houghtaling; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sprague, Miss Alzina Sprague; Mr. Ralston Sprague; Mrs. Lottie Sprague; Mrs. Sidney Cornwall; Mrs. Emory Fikes, Miss Blanche Fikes [sic - should be Miss Florence Fikes]; Mr. and Mrs. George Simonds, Misses Grace and Pearl Simonds, Messrs. Claude, Ernest and Fred Simonds, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Simonds, Misses Monica, Naomi, Alma and Atheda Simonds, Mr. Hamilton Simonds, Mr. Roy Simonds; Mrs. Lillian Parker; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hall, Messrs. Howard, Earl, Edson, Carson and Roy Hall, Miss Lillian Hall and Miss Kathleen Parker.


Watertown Daily Times, 19 Mar 1926

Mrs. G. W. Bretsch Dies At Theresa

Theresa, March 19 - Mrs. Sabrina Robbins Bretsch, 71, wife of George W. Bretsch, died this morning at 3:30 at her home in the Commercial House block, where she had been ill for the past few weeks. About a month ago she was injured in a fall and ten days ago she suffered a shock.

Mrs. Bretsch was born 12 Sep 1854 between Fishers Landing and Clayton, and married George W. Bretsch [8 or] 18 Dec 1875. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last December. Mr. Bretsch owned and operated the Commercial House here for many years and the couple had always resided in this vicinity. She was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Clarence and Floyd Bretsch of Gary, Ind., a daughter, Mrs. Harry Horner of Syracuse; one brother, Donald Robbins of Theresa, and a sister, Mrs. Betsey Grandy of Clayton.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 from the home, Rev. Mr. McFarland officiating. Interment will be made in Oakwood cemetery.


Oswego Daily Palladium, 5 Aug 1924

Injured When Car Overturned

Prof. Homer L. Bretsch, Graduate of Normal, in Watertown Hospital

[Oswego, NY] Professor Homer L. Bretsch, principal of the Hastings-on-Hudson High school, a cousin of B. S. Bretsch, of this city, and a graduate of the Oswego State Normal school, is in the Watertown Hospital and is believed to be in serious condition caused by internal injuries when an auto in which he was riding turned turtle on a hill north of Martinsburg yesterday afternoon. Martin Fetterly, stepfather of Mr. Bretsch, of Lafargeville, is suffering from a broken left arm and many cuts and bruises. Burton Truesden, of New York, the third occupant of the car, was only slightly bruised and shaken up.

The party was returning to Lafargeville from Utica, when a blowout of one of the front tires caused the machine to overturn, pinning the driver, Mr. Bretsch, beneath. The other two men were thrown from the car. All three were taken by a farmer who saw the accident, to the office of Dr. C. E. Douglas for medical attention, after which Mr. Bretsch was removed to Watertown. The machine was towed to a local garage.

Mr. Bretsch's wife was Miss Florence Prudden, a graduate of the Oswego Normal school.

Lafargeville is the Bretsch family home and Homer Bretsch was spending his vacation there. A reunion of the family is to be held at Theresa during the latter part of the month. H. L. Bretsch [sic - probably intended B. S. Bretsch], of this city, will attend.


Watertown Daily Times, 21 Dec 1904

Eighty-seventh Birthday Anniversary of Mrs. Polly Dewey Holloway

Collins Landing -- Saturday, Dec. 17, being the 87th birthday of Mrs. Polly Dewey Holloway, a few of her relatives gave her a very pleasant surprise at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. W. Bretsch. A dinner was served and the afternoon was spent in music, singing and visiting. Mrs. Holloway was born in Hartford, Conn. [sic] and came to this state with her parents, when but eight years of age, and settled in Adams. She and one brother, Benjamin W. Dewey of Clayton, are the only surviving members of a family of eight. After her marriage to the late William Holloway they came into this vicinity. Mr. and Mrs. Holloway were married 53 years, and four children were born to them: Alvaro of Omar, Antillas of Alexandria Bay, Albertus of Denver, Col., and Mrs. Ada Bretsch, of Tanners Corners. She also has 19 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Dewey; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Grapotte and daughter; Mrs. Jennie Holloway and children of Clayton; Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Dewey; Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Green and Mrs. Alvin Beckwith of Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Holloway; Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Holloway and children of Omar; A. D. Holloway of Alexandria Bay; Mrs. Marion Tanner of Tanners Corners; Mr. and Mrs. Roland F. Holloway and son of Collins Landing. At about 4 p.m. all departed to their homes, leaving many tokens of remembrances and wishing her many such pleasant birthdays.


Watertown Daily Times (or Reformer), about 17 Dec 1905

Eighty Years in Jefferson County

Mrs. Joseph Collins of Collins Landing sends an interesting biography of Mrs. Polly Dewey Holloway of Tanners Corners, a native of Hartford, Conn. [sic], but a resident of Jefferson county for the past 80 years.

"Mrs. Polly Dewey Holloway was born in Hartford, Conn., [sic] 88 years ago. When she was but eight years of age she moved with her father's family to Adams, coming in a double wagon. Her father's name was David Dewey and her mother's maiden name was Polly Cole. She had five brothers and two sisters, making eight in the family. The children were Eleazer, Joel, Maria Dewey Reed, Hiram, Rebecca Dewey Green, Polly Dewey Holloway, David J., and Benjamin, all deceased except Polly and Benjamin.

June 24, 1834, she married William Holloway and they lived together 53 years. They had four children, Alvaro D., of Omar, Antillas of Alexandria Bay, Albertus of Colorado and Mrs. Ada Bretsch of Tanners Corners. She has ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her faculties are good, excepting her eyesight, which is quite poor. She lives with her daughter, Mrs. Bretsch. She had a hard sickness last winter, but under the kind care of her children and other relatives, she recovered and is now able to be about. She and her husband kept hotel at Lafargeville seven years. They then bought the farm at Tanners Corners where Mr. Holloway later died."

[Transcriber's note: Although Mrs. Dewey apparently believed she was born in Hartford, CT, evidence suggests she was actually born in Hartford, Washington Co., NY, where her father David Dewey was born and married.]


Watertown Daily Times, 8 April 1881

Broke Up

Philip Bretsch, of the town of Alexandria, a farmer, has filed in the county clerk's office a general assignment for the benefit of his creditors, making Westly Crandall, of Alexandria, his assignee. The first preferred creditors are Margaret Bretsch, $600; Margie Bretsch, $500; David Bretsch, $870; Peter B. Bretsch, $250; Frank L. Bretsch, $125; Kate Bretsch $283; Valentine A. Haas, $300; Phillip Bretsch, $130; George H. Marshall, $366. The second preferred creditors' list amounts to $1,800.


Watertown Daily Times, 22 Nov 1928

Funeral of Peter Bretsch, Plessis, Largely Attended

Plessis, Nov 2 -- The funeral of the late Peter Bretsch, who died in Hepburn hospital, Ogdensburg, following a critical operation, was very largely attended Tuesday afternoon, the house being packed. Rev. W. J. Hancock officiated. Earle and Ronald Hunter sang "Abide With Me" and "Some Blessed Day."

The floral pieces were numerous and beautiful and included a pillow from his children, Claude, DeForest, and Earl Bretsch, and Mrs. Leta Penn; an anchor from Mrs. Bretsch [Mary Parker West], Mr. and Mrs. Ira Herbison, and Mr. and Mrs. Garrett West; large spray of white chrysanthemums from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cable and Mr. and Mrs. F. K. Lewis; and another from Mr. and Mrs. Roy Van Epps; besides many other nice sprays and bouquets.

The bearers were the sons and sons-in-law, Claude, DeForest and Earl Bretsch, Harry Penn, Ira Herbison and Garrett West.

Among people present from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Drayton Sweet, Adams; Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Eggleston, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bretsch, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cable, Mr. and Mrs. F. K. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Van Epps of Watertown; Mr. Frank Haller, Carthage; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hotis, Evans Mills; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schollenberg, Fishers Landing; Mr. and Mrs. Addison Bretsch, Mr. and Mrs. Webster Bretsch, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bretsch, Mrs. Abbie Walts, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Resch, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Resch, Mr. and Mrs. George Henry of Lafargeville; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Zellar, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ball, Mrs. Ella West and daughters Dorothy and Edna, and Mrs. Floyd Schell of Theresa.

Mrs. Harriett Frost, Redwood, and the two brothers of Mr. Bretsch, David and Frederick of Alexandria Bay, whose names were inadvertently omitted in the obituary, were also present at the funeral.


Watertown Daily Times, 4 Apr 1914

Frank Coyer

Barnes Corners, 4 Apr -- Frank Coyer died 26 March at the home of his son, Moses Coyer. Mr. Coyer had been ill about a month and his death was due to the infirmities of old age. He was 86 years old. He married Mary Doner and most of their lives were lived at Theresa, coming to this place about 14 years ago. Mrs. Coyer died eleven years ago. He is survived by 12 children: Moses Coyer of this place; Alexander Coyer of Clayton; David Coyer of Adams [husband of Adelia "Dillie" Sprague]; Frank Coyer of Theresa; Mrs. Charles Stoddard of Steuben county; Mrs. Fred Wring of Black River; Mrs. Frank Mattraw of Philadelphia, Mrs. Fred Knight of Watertown; Mrs. George Grenell of East Rochester, Mrs. Frank Delmars of Massena; Mrs. Joseph Cranker of Limerick; Mr. Peter Bert of Theresa. The funeral was held Friday at the home of his son, Moses, Rev. A. R. Myers officiating. Interment was at Theresa.

Mr. Coyer was a devout Catholic.


Journal and Republican of Lowville, 26 Feb 1925

Drops Dead at Church Bazaar

[Theresa, NY] Stricken with heart disease, Edward [sic - should be Edgar C.] Sprague, about 65, a retired farmer, former village and town official and prominent Granger, dropped dead shortly before 9 o'clock Friday night while attending a bazaar being given in the town hall by Methodist church men. Mr. Sprague was occupying a front seat of the entertainment when he was overcome and fell from the chair to the floor, dead.

[Transcriber's note: Edgar C. Sprague's name occasionally appears as Edward Sprague in other sources as well, including some census returns. This is especially confusing because there was an Edward Sprague in Jefferson county for much of the same time period. Perhaps a better obituary can be located for Edgar C. Sprague in newspapers "closer to home."]


Oswego Palladium-Times, 30 Dec 1946

Mrs. Mary B. Bretch

Mrs. Mary Beebe Bretsch, 66, widow of Brayton Bretch, died at Oswego hospital late Saturday after being a patient there only two days. She resides at 61 East Fourth street.

She was born in Lacona, daughter of the late Amos and Rozella Bumpus Beebe. Her husband died in 1933. Mrs. Bretsch was a member of Trinity Methodist church, the Women's Society of Christian Service of that church, and of the W.C.T.U.

Survivors are two sisters, Miss Olive C. Beebe and Miss Edith M. Beebe, both of Fulton; and three brothers, Erwin H. Beebe of Fulton, Ernest L. Beebe of Syracuse and Arnold J. Beebe of Utica.

Service will be conducted at the Scoville funeral home at 2 p.m. Tuesday by Rev. William Eddy, pastor of Trinity church. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home Monday evening between the hours of 7 and 9 o'clock.


Oswego Palladium Times, 31 Dec 1946

Funeral notice

Funeral of Mrs. Mary Beebe Bretch, widow of Brayton Bretch, was held at the Scoville funeral home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. William Eddy, pastor of Trinity Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in Riverside cemetery.

Bearers were A. K. Andrew, C. M. Ball, A. Tomkins, Laurence Paul and Judson Beebe. Members of the W.C.T.U. and the B. C. Anderson auxiliary were present in a body.


Watertown Daily Times, 6 Feb 1920

Mrs. Sykes Here, Condition Critical

She is Brought to Hospital Following Shooting by Hired Man
Former Soldier Turns Pistol At His Own Head
First Shot At Woman Deflected, Second Lodges in Neck
Daughter, 5, Sees Tragedy
Rushes Into Road and Summons Help From Mail Carrier -- Shooting Follows Quarrel

[Watertown, NY] Absolutely paralyzed and unable to speak, Mr. Floyd L. Sykes, who was shot and possibly fatally wounded late Thursday afternoon about 4 at her home, located about two miles and a half from Carthage, on the Pleasant Lake road, town of Champion, arrived in this city at 1:30 this afternoon and was taken to the City hospital where she is at the present time in a critical condition. The shooting followed a quarrel between the woman and William Chant, the hired man, who committed suicide a few minutes following the attempted murder of Mrs. Sykes.

Accompanying the woman to this city, was her husband; her father-in-law, John Sykes; her brothers-in-law, Earl Sykes and Martin LaRuche; and her sister-in-law, Mrs. George Johnson, all of Carthage. The woman was removed from the train to the City hospital ambulance. Arriving at the hospital new dressings were applied to her wounds about her neck and Dr. Gilbert D. Gregor was summoned. It is expected that the woman will be operated upon either this afternoon or tonight in an effort to extract the bullet.

The trip from the farmhouse to the station at Carthage was made in a pair of sleighs drawn by a team of horses. Although the road is in a very bad condition, being filled with deep holes and ruts of snow, the drive did not have any ill effect on the woman. The party left the Carthage depot about 12:15 and arrived in the city about an hour later. The trip in the baggage car of the train caused the woman much pain at the time. The constant jerking resulted in her voicing much complaint, saying that it made her more ill. Dr. Adams of Carthage came with the woman. The woman is paralyzed and cannot move any part of her body or can hardly utter a word. Because of the paralysis she is not in much pain, it is said.

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Carthage, Feb. 6 -- With a bullet from a .33 automatic revolver, fired from the hand of William Chant, aged 29 years, a hired man, who later committed suicide, lodged in the back of her neck, Mrs. Floyd L. Sykes, aged 35 years, wife of the former police chief of this place, is lying at the point of death at the Watertown City hospital.

Chant, who is a veteran of the world war, having served in the British army, believing that he had killed Mrs. Sykes in his rage, immediately placed the barrel of the automatic against his right cheek, and pulled the trigger. The bullet entered the cheek and came out under the left ear, passing through the brain, and resulted in almost instant death. A corset steel, deflecting the course of the first bullet that was fired at her by Chant, probably saved the life of Mrs. Sykes. Seeing that the first shot had missed its mark, Chant fired a second time. The following shot slightly scraped the woman's left shoulder and entered her neck, becoming lodged at the top of her spine, and resulting in her body becoming paralyzed.

Frances, aged five years, adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sykes, who was the only eye-witness of the tragedy besides the two participants, ran out in the open, at the request of her mother, to shout for help. The girl attempted to stop several passing sleighs but could not make herself understood. She remained in the highway for more than three-quarters of an hour before help was finally secured. She spied the mail man who was going past the house.

"Oh, Mister Crowner, please come in the house. The hired man has shot my mama," she cried to Theodore Crowner, the mail carrier of R.F.D. No. 4. The little girl did not tell the man that Chant had committed suicide and he entered the house with a suspicion that he was to look in the barrel of the revolver that had shot Mrs. Sykes. Slowly opening the door, with the girl closely in the rear, he found both bodies on the floor in the dining room of the house, several feet away. Mrs. Sykes was lying on her back, breathing slowly, and with much difficulty. She was but a few inches away from the prostrate form of the hired man, who was face down, dead, and with the automatic near his head, lying in a large pool of blood. He did not touch the bodies.

The mail carrier ran hurriedly to the neighboring farm house of Mr. and Mrs. Burt Rice, several hundred feet away, and telephoned to police headquarters. Henry Andre, the chief of police, immediately communicated with the sheriff's office at Watertown. He then notified Dr. C. F. Adams and the two drove to the scene. When they had reached the farmhouse, Sykes, the husband, had already arrived. He had been delivering wood at the Stoddard and Sarvey place on Church street, when informed by Ray Stoddard that his wife had been shot. Mr. Sykes immediately stopped work and with Ernest Kellogg, a resident of this place, drove madly to his home. This was about 5.

County Authorities Arrive

Sheriff Michael Gleason and District Attorney Jerome B. Cooper, accompanied by Miss Louise Burr, stenographer, hurried to the train, following the notification and arrived in time to leave at 5:06. It was just one hour and 35 minutes after starting for this village that the authorities were at the farmhouse, an inquest being conducted shortly after. Nine [? illegible] witnesses, including the little girl, the mail carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Sykes, the police chief and the attending physician were sworn.

From the information given by both Mrs. Sykes and her adopted daughter, the county authorities were furnished with a gripping eye picture of the tragedy. Although the wounded woman was weakened by the loss of blood, having been without medical attendance for more than one hour and a half, she was able to relate the facts that led up to the shooting. The adopted daughter, a bright, blue-eyed, rosy-cheeked little girl, with bobbed hair, gave a very clear account of the shooting. Her clever picturization of the tragedy resulted in the district attorney saying that she was the best witness of her age that he had ever questioned since he has occupied office.

Mrs. Sykes Tells of Tragedy

Mrs. Sykes, who before her marriage was Miss Minnie Chamberlain, a lifelong resident of Carthage, informed the authorities that Chant had been employed at their farm since last October, and was a good workman, his only failing being that he was easy to anger. For the past three weeks there had been an unusual change in the man and he wore a grouch look practically all of the time. The first quarrel that he ever had with the family in some time, however, took place Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Sykes and Chant were engaged in sawing wood with a buzz saw in the woods near the farmhouse. Her husband, she said, told him to "get off that grandstand stuff." He did not say anything in return but it is thought nursed a grouch [sic] since that time. Yesterday morning the two were engaged in cutting and loading wood. They reached home about 12:45 in the afternoon with the second load. The four ate dinner. After the noon meal the two men went back to the woods and loaded the sleigh for the third time. Sykes left with the load for this village about 2:45, according to the testimony. When they arrived in front of the house, Chant jumped off the sleigh and Sykes continued on to Carthage. Chant went to the farm house.

Entering the kitchen he sat down near the stove. Mrs. Sykes was sitting in the living room, the adjoining room, engaged in piecing a quilt. Chant in a gruff voice informed her that the wood which had been placed in the oven to dry had caught fire. She did not answer, it is said, and he repeated the sentence. This time she came to the kitchen, slightly angered because he did not put out the fire himself without disturbing her. She went down to the cellar, drew a pail of water from the faucet, and coming in the kitchen threw it in the oven on the burning wood. She then removed the wood from the oven and tossed it outdoors. Words followed between the two, greatly angering the hired man. Mrs. Sykes went back to the dining room to work on the quilt.

Chant got up from his chair, his face white with anger, and found the automatic, which was owned by Sykes, who used it while on the police force. The revolver was loaded. Mrs. Sykes saw him approach her with the revolver in his hand. She became terrified and rose to her feet, dropping the unfinished quilt.

"This is what you are going to get for being so ugly," he shouted to her, exhibiting the shooting piece in full view.

"For God's sake, don't shoot me! Please don't," the terror-stricken woman pleaded with the man who had temporarily become insane with anger.

"Well, I'm going to," he growled, and leveled the firearm at the body of the woman and pulled the trigger. He was within several feet of Mrs. Sykes when he fired the shot.

The first bullet, headed straight for her heart, was stopped by a corset steel. After striking the steel it changed its course and made a superficial wound a few inches long, staying close to the skin in its short course in her body. Seeing that the first shot had not done the work, he pulled the trigger again. This time the bullet scraped her left shoulder, leaving a bad scar, penetrated the side of her neck, and becoming lodged at the top of her spinal column.

She dropped to the floor. The hired man rushed to the wounded woman. He felt of her, she said, murmuring the words in a trembling voice: "She's cold -- dead. What did I do that for? The only thing for me to do now is to make way with myself."

Draws Pistol on Himself

After repeating these words or [similar] in substance over to himself several times, he placed the revolver to his cheek and fired, falling to the floor, close to Mrs. Sykes, dying almost instantly. Mrs. Sykes said that she was afraid to utter a word and feigned death for she was afraid that if he had found that she was still living he would shoot the third time. The little girl, who had witnessed the entire tragedy, was asked by her mother to run for assistance. This the girl did and after much persistence succeeded in bringing the mail carrier to the home.

The girl was asked at the inquest by the district attorney what the man did after he shot himself. She replied, "Gee, he couldn't do anything. He was dead." The body of the man was removed at the direction of the district attorney to the undertaking parlors of Charles Rosenboom, 405 State street, where it will be held pending the funeral arrangements. District Attorney Cooper will render a verdict either today or Saturday.

Chant returned to this country more than a year ago, after receiving his discharge from the army. He came to this village last fall and was employed by Mr. Sykes to work on the farm, which he had recently purchased from M. A. Russell. The purchase was made last September. Chant did not tell much of his past life, but occasionally made mention of his participation in battles in France and Belgium. Chant resided in this country several years prior to his entering the service, working practically all of that time around Carthage.

A few years ago, he worked for Melvin Harvey on the Irish Settlement road. Several years ago while at the farm of David Knapp, an elderly man, living in Deer River, Chant was arrested upon the complaint of his employer, for assault, it is said. He was given 30 days in the county jail. His mother and father, besides three or four brothers and sisters, are living in Somerset, England, this news being obtained from a letter received from his brother a few weeks ago, and which was found in his pocket. They asked him in the letter to write more often and were wondering whether or not he was dead.

Mrs. Sykes claims that the quarrel yesterday afternoon was the first that she ever had with him, although she knew him to be quick-tempered from his dealings with other people. He had seemed rational and showed no effects from years of hardship in the war. From the fright and seriousness of her injuries, Mrs. Sykes was unable to rise and was moved from the floor to her bed.

Mrs. Sykes is a member of the Chamberlain family, being a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Noah Chamberlain of this village, one of the best known residents here. She was united in marriage 14 years ago to Mr. Sykes. Mr. Sykes resigned as chief of police of the police force last July, after more than a year of service. Previous to that time he had operated a cafe here. The house in which they lived was formerly the office of Captain H. J. Welsh, located on School street, and which was moved to the farm and remodeled.

Watertown Daily Times, about 5 Mar 1920

Funeral of Mrs. Sykes

Carthage, March 5 -- The funeral of Mrs. Minnie Chamberlain Sykes, who died in the City hospital, Watertown, Monday morning, was held from St. James' church Thursday morning at 9, Rev. Thomas Fogarty officiating. The bearers were R. R. Lamont, Myron Golden, William Barry, Charles Stanford, and Fred Renaud.


Watertown Daily Times, 21 Jul 1919

Mrs. C. Bretsch Dies at Theresa

Theresa, July 21 -- Charles A. Giltz, local undertaker, left early Sunday morning to take the body of Mrs. Clarence Bretsch to Watertown, where it was placed upon a train to be sent to her home in Gary, Ind. for funeral and burial. While hopes were entertained for Mrs. Bretsch's recovery as late as the middle of the week, her condition became alarming on Friday, and she died on Saturday at four, at the Commercial House where she and her husband were spending a part of their vacation with George Bretsch, the father, and Floyd Bretsch, a brother.

Mrs. Bretsch was suffering from a severe case of poison ivy poisoning, coming in contact with the weed at the home of her parents in Indiana, just previous to coming here. She had suffered from influenza in the winter, from which she never fully recovered, and was in a run down condition. It was in the hopes that the change of air and the vigor of climate here would aid in bringing about recovery that the trip was made here. It was planned to spend some time on the St. Lawrence river. Mrs. Bretsch was a native of Indiana and was 30 years of age.

[Transcriber's note: Unfortunately the writer of the article never gets around to mentioning the name of the deceased woman, and Clarence Bretsch appears to have married at least three times.]


Watertown Daily Times, 24 Jun 1923

Fall Off Car is Fatal to Woman

Mrs. Bretsch of Lafargeville Dies in San Diego
Unconscious Since Tuesday
Nearly 68 Years of Age -- Active in Church and Charter Member of Lafargeville Grange
Body to be Brought East

Lafargeville, Jan. 24 -- Mrs. Minnie P. Bretsch, aged 68 years, a resident of this village, died at 1 yesterday afternoon in a hospital in San Diego, Calif. as a result of a fall from a streetcar Tuesday in which she suffered a fracture at the base of the skull. Mrs. Bretsch expired without regaining consciousness. The body will be brought east for funeral and burial, arrangements to be announced later.

Mrs. Bretsch left here in November with her daughter, Miss Mabel Bretsch, to spend the winter with her son, Dr. Garfield Bretsch, of San Diego. Word was received here Friday of the accident, details of which are lacking. An operation failed to bring any relief. Mr. Bretsch died a few years ago following an accident while crossing the railroad tracks, never fully recovering.

Mrs. Bretsch was born Feb 28, 1853. In December, 1875, she was married to Henry W. Bretsch of Lafargeville and they lived on a farm near Tanners Corners until 1915, when Mr. Bretsch retired, buying property in the village and moving here. Mrs. Bretsch was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church and Sunday school and of the Ladies' Aid. She was a charter member of Lafargeville Grange, No. 15.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Joseph Getman and Miss Mabel Bretsch of Lafargeville, and Mrs. William Martin of Watertown; five sons, Webster L. Bretsch and Addison Bretsch of Lafargeville; Dr. Garfield Bretsch of San Diego; Albert Bretsch of Detroit, Mich.; and Harold Bretsch of Clayton; three sisters, Mrs. John Rice of Lowville, Mrs. Bertha Grau of Lackawana, NY, and Mrs. William Ba [illegible] of Rochester; two brothers, William and John of Beaver Falls.


Watertown Daily Times, 20 Nov 1915

Melvin Sykes

Carthage, 20 Nov -- Word was received here late Thursday announcing the death of Melvin Sykes in the Cornwall city hospital of Cornwall, Canada. The deceased is a brother of Floyd Sykes of this village. He was well known here and was a member of the Carthage lodge of Odd Fellows. The body passed through here this morning to Oswegatchie, the former home of the deceased.

Mr. Sykes was about 40 years of age and is survived by his widow and two children and by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sykes of Oswegatchie, and by five brothers, Floyd Sykes of this village, Earl, Claude, Theodore and Maurice Sykes of Oswegatchie, and by four sisters.


Watertown Daily Times, 18 Mar 1924

Mrs. Mary Pierce, 73, Succumbs Near Plessis

Plessis, Mar 18 -- Mrs. Mary Pierce died at her home near Baucus school house late Sunday evening. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cushman Sprague of the town of Theresa and was born in English Settlement, near Theresa, 73 years ago.

Forty-seven years ago last October she was married to Joseph Pierce, also of Theresa, who survives her. The couple resided at English Settlement three years and then bought the farm and built the house in which they have since resided.

Mrs. Pierce had been in poor health since sustaining a severe shock several years ago, and was extremely lame as the result of a fall causing an injured ankle, but her condition was not considered serious until Saturday and her death resulted from an attack of gall stones.

Besides her husband, she leaves three brothers and one sister, Edward [sic - should be Edgar C.] Sprague of Theresa, Hubbard, who lives on the homestead farm at English Settlement, John of Alexandria and Mrs. Charles Bates of Alexandria, besides the adopted son, Walter, and adopted daughter, Mrs. Frank Rowell of Plessis [there seems to be some confusion or misinformation in the references to adopted children].

She was for many years a consistent member of the Plessis Methodist Episcopal church and her funeral will be held Wednesday at 12 at the house and 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. W. H. Bradley will conduct the services and burial will be made in the family plot in Theresa cemetery.


Watertown Daily Times, 20 Jan 1910

Martin-Bretsch marriage notice

Lafargeville, Jan 20.- At noon Wednesday, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Bretsch, the marriage of their youngest daughter, Bertha June, to William Martin of Lafargeville, took place.

The bride was gowned in white silk trimmed with lace and pearls, and wore orange blossoms. She was attended by her sister, Mabel M. Bretsch, who was attired in pink silk trimmed with duchess lace and wore pink carnations. The bridegroom was attended by Dr. G.H. Bretsch of Auburn, a brother of the bride.

Miss Leta M. Bretsch, a cousin of the bride, played Lohengrin's wedding march while the bridal party took their places beneath an arch of evergreens, where the Rev. William P. Garrette performed the ceremony.

The bride's presents to the bridesmaid and waitresses were silver spoons, while to the best man she gave a gold signet scarf pin.

After a wedding dinner, served by Misses Leta Bretsch, Gertrude Dollinger and Carrie Corp, the bridal party left for Albany and other parts of the state.

Among the out of town guests were Robert Martin, father of the bridegroom, Mr. and Mrs. James Martin, Potsdam, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith Rowell of Carthage.


Watertown Daily Times, 19 Aug 1914

Bretsch - Thomas

Copenhagen, Aug 19 [1914] --The marriage of Miss Gladys E. Thomas, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. William Thomas, to Webster L. Bretsch of Lafargeville, took place quietly at noon Tuesday at the home of the bride's parents. The ceremony was performed by the father of the bride. Miss Mabel Bretsch played the wedding march. The bride wore a dainty gown of white shadow lace draped over net and carried an arm bouquet of white roses. Her bridesmaid, Miss Bernadetta Quinn, a college friend, wore a green silk gown. Dr. Garfield Bretsch, brother of the groom, was best man. The ceremony was followed by a wedding dinner. Only the families of the bridal couple were present. Mr. Bretsch and his bride left for a trip through Fulton Chain of lakes. On their return they will reside in Lafargeville.


Watertown Daily Times, 2 Jul 1913

Houghtaling - Sprague

Plessis, July 2 -- A quiet wedding took place at the parsonage last Wednesday at 2 p.m., when Rev. W. P. Garrett married Miss Lucy Sprague of Alexandria Bay and Earnest B. Houghtaling of Lorraine.

The couple were attended by Miss Flossie Rowell and Cushman Sprague, brother of the bride. They left immediately for Watertown, and after visiting friends in Oswego county, will reside on Mr. Houghtaling's farm near Adams.


Watertown Daily Times, 1 Mar 1924

Miss Hazel L. House is Bride of James H. Hagan

Former Service Man who Lost Leg in War is Wed at Alexandria Bay

Alexandria Bay, Mar 1 -- James Harold Hagan of Lafargeville and Miss Hazel Leola House of Alexandria Bay were married at noon today by Rev. O. F. [? illegible] Raymond, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church. They were attended by Miss Hazel Lepper and Miss Florence Edmunds, both of this village.

Mr. Hagan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hagan of Lafargeville. He is 23 years old and served 23 [? number illegible] months overseas in the World war. He sustained a wound to his right leg which necessitated its amputation [after] his return to this country.

The bride is 16 [? number illegible] and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry House of Alexandria Bay.


Watertown Daily Times, 25 Dec 1923

Sprague - Davis

Theresa, Dec 25 -- Ivan Sprague and Miss Myrtle Davis, both of Perch Lake, were quietly married at Theresa on Saturday evening. The ceremony was performed at the parsonage of the Presbyterian church, by Rev. C. A. Riley in the presence of a few of the relatives of the bride. The bridegroom is the son of Adelbert Sprague and the bride is a daughter of George Robert Davis. They will reside in Theresa after Jan 1.


Lowville, NY Journal and Republican, 17 Oct 1907

Denmark and Deer River

Marriage of DeForest C. Bretsch and Miss Julia May Rohr

Saturday, October 12 -- "Broad View," the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Rohr, was a scene of mirth and pleasure for on that day at noon their youngest daughter, Miss Julia May Rohr, was united in marriage to M. DeForest Bretsch, of Omar. Rev. James H. Keeling, pastor of the Congregational church at Deer River, performed the ceremony.

The spacious parlors were profusely decorated with flowers and potted plants. Yellow and green were the predominating colors. Miss Leta Bretsch played Lohengrin's wedding march as the bride and groom entered the parlor unattended.

The bride is one of Deer River's worthy young ladies, with hosts of admiring friends. The groom is an enterprising young man with bright prospects for the future. The happy couple departed on the afternoon train from Carthage, going north, for a short wedding tour and bearing with them the best wishes of their many friends. They will make their future home at Carthage. We extend congratulations and bespeak for Mr. and Mrs. Bretsch a long and prosperous life.

The bride was gowned in a traveling suit of wine-colored broadcloth. Only immediate friends were present. After the usual congratulations the company partook of a tempting wedding dinner. The bride's loaf was a present from Haller's bakery at Carthage. The bridal presents were numerous and useful, consisting of a beautiful white bedspread, table linen, silver and china ware, besides several cash presents. Those from out of town present were the groom's father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Bretsch, two brothers, Claude and Earl, and one sister, Miss Leta Bretsch, and grandmother, Mrs. Mary Green, of Omar, and Miss Harriett Rich, of Lowville.


Watertown Daily Times, Saturday, 9 Sep 1922

Married at Alex. Bay

Alexandria Bay, Sept 9 -- A quiet wedding took place at the parsonage of the Methodist Episcopal church on Thursday evening Sept. 7, the ceremony being performed by the pastor, Rev. Oliver E. Raymond. The bride was Miss Alice Bates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bates, and the bridegroom was Lewis Elliott. Both are residents of the town of Alexandria. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott will reside on a farm near Omar.


Watertown Daily Times, Fri., 21 Feb 1913

Marcellus W. Sprague

Theresa, Feb. 21 -- At the home of his son, D. J. Sprague, Thursday afternoon occurred the death of Marcellus W. Sprague, 76. Pneumonia was the cause of death.

Four children, Delia Conger Sprague of Adams, D. J. Sprague of Theresa, Mrs. Florence Simonds of Plessis and Mrs. Edith Soles of this village, survive. He was a veteran of the Civil War. The funeral was held at 1 this afternoon from his late home and at 2 at the Methodist Episcopal church. The ritualistic service of the G. A. R. was carried out at the church. The officiating clergyman was Rev. Mr. Garrett of Plessis. Interment was at Redwood. Mrs. Sprague died six years ago last January.


Watertown Daily Times, 26 May 1899

Death of Mrs. Lucy Sprague

Theresa, May 26 -- Mrs. Lucy Sprague, wife of Cushman Sprague, died last evening at her home, four miles from this village, aged 77 years. She was a daughter of the late Amos Wheeler, sister of Milton Wheeler and of the late Mrs. Clifford Cheesman, and has a very large circle of friends in this town and county.

The funeral will occur on Sunday at 12 from her late home.


Watertown Daily Times, 30 May 1899

Theresa -- Funeral of Mrs. Cushman Sprague

May 30 -- The funeral of Mrs. Cushman Sprague [Lucy M. Wheeler Sprague] occurred yesterday and was very largely attended. Her sons John, Hubbard, Edward [sic - Edgar C.] and Walter, acted as bearers and thus the remains of the faithful and devoted mother were quietly laid in their last resting place by loving hands. The daughters, Mrs. Charles Bates and Mrs. Joseph Pierce, were present, as was also her brother, Milton Wheeler, and her sister, Mrs. Henry Hanson, and many other relatives. Revs. Bury and Cheesman officiated.

[Transcriber's notes: Her gravestone in Oakwood Cemetery, Theresa, NY is inscribed "MOTHER" [Sprague]. Again we find Edgar C. Sprague referred to as "Edward." Walter Sprague is styled here as the son of Mrs. Cushman Sprague, while in a previous article in this collection, he was called the "adopted son" of Mary (Sprague) Pierce, i.e., the Mrs. Joseph Pierce in the above article.]


Watertown Daily Times, 26 Jan 1916

Plessis Couple Celebrate Their Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Sykes Hold Family Party At Their Home

Plessis, Jan 26 -- On January 18, 1866, Mary V. Timmerman and Lewis Sykes, both of Alexandria, were united in marriage at Theresa, by Rev. L. Clark, and on Tuesday last celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, at their home here, with a quiet family party of their children and grandchildren, and a few old-time friends and neighbors.

Mr. and Mrs. Sykes went to housekeeping in Alexandria, but later moved to Pillar Point, where they resided for a number of years, returning to Alexandria about 30 years ago, to care for the aged parents of Mr. Sykes. About 14 years ago they purchased the pleasant home near the village, where they now reside. Two children were born to them, Mrs. Jennie Holkins, who lives near them, and Mrs. Lillian George, who with her husband and daughters, Geneva and Myrtle, reside with the aged couple.

Mr. Sykes is a veteran of the Civil war, having seen three years' hard service as an enlisted member of Company F, 10th New York Heavy Artillery.

Always a social, genial couple, Mr. and Mrs. Sykes, or "Lew and Mary," as they are often called, have a large circle of friends, who sincerely wish for them, many years yet of comfort and happiness.

[Transcriber's note: Lewis Sykes died that same year, 18 Oct 1916, age 78 years.]


Watertown Daily Times, about 15 Sep 1875

1875 Redwood Fair

John Sykes, a substantial farmer of 70 years of Alexandria, exhibits 11 horses; 2 cows; 25 different samples of apples; 2 pigs 9 weeks old, and weighing 100 lbs. each. This is only a specimen of what he has got at home.


Watertown Daily Times, Thu., 13 Dec 1928

Farmer Dies As Result of Fall

Injuries Sustained Last Summer Fatal
John Sprague, 73, Expires
Dies Suddenly at His Home near Plessis -- Was Well Known Resident of the Town of Alexandria

Plessis, Dec 13 -- John Sprague, 73, well-known resident of the town of Alexandria died suddenly this morning at his home at Baucus Corners, three miles from this village.

Mr. Sprague was injured last summer in a fall from a load of hay. He never fully recovered although he had been able to assist in light work about the farm. He appeared to be in his usual health this morning. While his daughter, Mrs. Lucy Houghtaling, was preparing his breakfast, he fell back into his chair and died a few seconds later.

A native of English Settlement near Theresa, Mr. Sprague was a son of Lucy and Cushman Sprague -- pioneer settlers of that region. It is said he was a direct descendant of a pilgrim who came over in the Mayflower. His ancestors settled in the Town of Theresa when that section was a virgin wilderness. [Transcriber's note: The pilgrim lines are through both John SPRAGUE and his wife Sally HUBBARD (both buried in Old Theresa cemetery) via SARGEANT to Mayflower passengers John HOWLAND and John TILLEY. Transcriber does not know if any descendant of this Theresa pioneer couple has ever joined the Mayflower Society.]

Mr. Sprague resided on a farm in the town of Theresa until about 40 years ago when he came to Alexandria. He purchased the farm now owned by his son, Cushman Sprague, adjoining the place where he died. On 31 Dec 1878 he married Eva Petrie of Redwood. She died 19 Jul 1917. He was a member of the Plessis Methodist Episcopal church and the Plessis Grange, No. 629 P. of H.

He is survived by one son Cushman Sprague; three daughters, Mrs. Lucy Houghtaling, Mrs. Harry Caswell, Plessis, and Mrs. Gerald Backus, Lafargeville; one brother, Hubbard Sprague, Theresa, one sister, Mrs. Charles Bates, town of Alexandria, several grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Plessis Methodist Episcopal church at 11 a.m. Sunday. Rev. W. J. Hancock will officiate. Interment will be made in the family plot at Theresa cemetery.


Watertown Daily Times, 1 Oct 1928

Mrs. Jennie E. Holkins, 61, Succumbs at Plessis Home

Plessis, Oct. 1 -- Mrs. Jennie Elizabeth Holkins, 61, widow of Stanton Holkins, died at her home here early this morning. Her death followed a series of shocks.

She was the daughter of Lewis and Mary Timmerman Sykes. She was married 24 June 1903 to Stanton Holkins. She had lived in this vicinity her entire life, with the exception of a few years during her childhood, which were spent at Pillar Point.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Fred George of Plessis; three step-daughters, Mrs. Leonard Moshier and Mrs. Frank Ronas, both of Philadelphia, and Mrs. Charles Hunter of Plessis; two uncles, Valentine Timmerman of Dexter and John Sykes of Fine; one aunt Mrs. Nettie Sykes of Ainsworth, Nebraska; two nieces, Mrs. Earl Bretsch and Mrs. Gilson Clyde of Plessis.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 1 pm at the house, Rev. W. J. Hancock officiating. The bearers will be Leonard Moshier and Frank Ronas of Philadelphia, Charles Hunter and Earl Bretsch, Gilson Clyde of Plessis and Charles Sykes of Fine.


Watertown Daily Times, 11 Dec 1916

Mrs. John Sykes

Mrs. John Sykes, of Vrooman Ridge, town of Fine, who died Sunday, Dec. 3, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert McDonald, in Oswego, aged 59 years, was the mother of 12 children. Mrs. Sykes had been an invalid for four years, the result of a shock. Death was due to the third of a series of shocks.

She was born in the town of Alexandria in 1857, [Jane Amelia Parker], the daughter of the late Mr. [James F.] and Mrs. [Betsy Nixon] Parker of Alexandria Bay. She was married when 18 years old. Nine of her children survive.

Her husband, John Sykes, and nine following children survive: Earl, Charles, and Claude Sykes of Fine; Floyd Sykes of Carthage; Mrs. Robert McDonald of Oswego; Mrs. John Geary, of Watertown; Maurice, Miss Ethel and Theodore Sykes of Vrooman Ridge.

The funeral was held from Fine Methodist Episcopal church and interment was made in the family plot in Fine cemetery. The following relatives from out of town were present at the funeral; Mrs. Edward Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. John Parker, Philadelphia; Mr. and Mrs. Fred George, Mrs. and Mrs. Samuel Hawkins of Plessis; Mrs. Edward Haas [? illegible], Mrs. James Parker, Wesley Parker and Fred Nixon of Alexandria Bay; Mr. and Mrs. James E. Clark of Watertown, and Noah Chamberlain of Carthage.

Watertown Daily Times, 5 Jun 1916

Mrs. Jane Hagen

Dexter, June 5 -- Mrs. Jane Hagen, widow of Adam Hagen, passed away at her home in Perch River last night, at the age of 86. Mr. Hagen died in 1901. Mrs. Hagen is survived by two brothers, Henry Allison, of Limerick, and Simon Allison, of Brownville. Arrangements have not yet been made for the funeral.


Watertown Daily Times, 1 June 1916

Jas. F. Parker, Alexandria Bay Farmer, Dies Suddenly

He was a Native of Here, but Had Lived in Alexandria Recently

Alexandria Bay, June 1 -- James F. Parker died suddenly at noon on Tuesday at his home, which is about three miles from this place. He was 65 years and 8 months old.

Mr. Parker was born in Theresa in 1850, the son of the late James Parker and Betsy Nixon. Several years ago he came to this town and had lived on the old Parker homestead for several years and worked the farm. Mr. Parker was well known in this village and in the surrounding country.

Mr. Parker leaves his widow and a large family of children, some being at home.

The funeral will be held from his late home on Friday afternoon at 2. Rev. C. F. Benjamin, pastor of the Reformed church, will officiate and interment will be made in the family plot in the cemetery at Plessis.


Watertown Daily Times, 16 Jun 1923

Jacob W. Bretsch

Lafargeville, 26 Jan [1909] -- Friday afternoon occurred the sudden death of Jacob W. Bretsch, a highly respected citizen of this village. Mr. Bretsch, while working over some machinery, was stricken with heart failure and died without regaining consciousness. His sudden demise was a great shock to the community as he was apparently in good health immediately before his death. Mr. Bretsch, the youngest of a family of six children, was born in the Town of Alexandria, 25 June 1850, and for about 20 years has been a resident of this place, during which time he has gained a worthy reputation for his honesty, integrity and sterling business qualities. Mr. Bretsch is survived by his widow and two sons, Homer of New York and Huron J. of this village. He also leaves one brother, Henry W., of Omar, and a sister, Mrs. Ferdinand Tafel, of Beaver Falls.

Followup article

Homer Bretsch of Hastings-on-Hudson, John Haller of Deer River, Frank and DeForest Bretsch of Carthage, George Tafel of New York, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Tafel of Beaver Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Orlo Hardy, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hardy of Philadelphia, and Rev. Dr. Bentley and E. N. Becker of Syracuse attended the funeral of J. W. Bretsch Monday afternoon.


Watertown Daily Times, 26 Jan 1909

Lafargeville Merchant Dead

Huron J. Bretsch, 49, Expires After Long Illness With Bright's Disease

Lafargeville, Jun 16 -- Huron J. Bretsch, 49, died at this home here at 7:15 this morning following an illness of three weeks. He had been suffering from Bright's disease and had been in poor health for about six years.

Mr. Bretsch was born in Lafargeville, Aug 24, 1873, the son of the late Jacob and Mary Elliott Bretsch. The death of his mother occurred about two months ago. Mr. Bretsch attended school here and later was a student at Oswego Normal school. On July 5, 1905, he was married to Harriett M. Sargent of this village. For two years he was assistant superintendent in the brick industry at Tarrytown-on-the-Hudson and later taught at Patchogue, Long Island.

Coming back to Lafargeville 14 years ago, he entered the mercantile business under the firm name of H. J. and W. L. Bretsch Mercantile company.

He had been an active worker in the Methodist Protestant church and has held office in many of its organizations. At the time of his death he was assistant superintendent of the Sunday school although he had been acting superintendent for the past year.

Mr. Bretsch is survived by his wife, two sons, Lawrence and Howard, and a brother, Homer L. Bretsch of Hastings-on-Hudson.

The funeral will be from the home at 2 on Monday afternoon, Rev. Ivan Howland of the Methodist Protestant church officiating. Burial will be at Lafargeville cemetery.


Watertown Daily Times, 15 Sep 1874

Depauville News

Hon. Amos Reed, ex-Gov. of Utah, is here visiting his aged father [John Savage Reed] who is about 90 years old, yet is smart and active. Gov. Reed is a man of talent and rare social abilities and now resides near Washington, DC.

[Transcriber's note: Amos Reed was appointed a territorial secretary of Utah by Abraham Lincoln. Upon the death of Governor Doty of WI, he became Acting Governor, and the title stayed with him after he returned to Washington, DC. He is buried in Beltsville, MD, near Washington.]


Oswego Palladium-Times, 8 Jun 1940

Homer L. Bretsch

Word was received in Oswego Saturday of the death of Homer L. Bretsch, alumnus of Oswego Normal school, at his home in Hastings-on-Hudson Friday. He was 70 years old, and for 39 years was general science teacher in New York City public schools.

Mr. Bretsch was graduated from the Oswego school in 1898, and was a member of the alumni executive council in 1936-37. He had attended alumni reunions here. Mr. Bretsch was inventor of the tellurium, a rotating globe used at the Normal school and similar institutions for study of the moon, stars and planets.

A native of Lafargeville, Mr. Bretsch taught in Long Island before joining the staff of New York City schools in 1900. He retired last year. Surviving are his widow and three daughters, Mrs. Homer C. Odell of Springfield, Mass.; Mrs. W. E. Burbank of Westfield, N.J.; and Miss Eleanor Bretsch of Newburgh. His brother [sic - should be cousin], Dr. B[rayton] S. Bretsch, Oswego optometrist, died several years ago.


Watertown Daily Times, 13 Dec 1910

Observe 35th Anniversary

Friends Gather at Home of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Bretsch at Lafargeville

Lafargeville, Dec 13 -- On Thursday evening the members of the Omar Ladies Aid and their husbands, and the relatives and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Bretsch gave them a pleasant surprise at their home at Hillside cottage near Lafargeville, the occasion being the 35th anniversary of their marriage.

The guests began to arrive about 5 p.m. and found the unsuspecting bride and groom in the act of preparing their evening meal. They retired for a few minutes after which they reappeared having put on their "wedding garments," and were formally introduced to the company. The bride wore real orange blossoms, the gift of one of the guests. The evening was pleasantly spent in visiting, during which a bountiful supper was served to 66. The host and hostess were presented with a beautiful Morris chair. After suitable responses from the bride and groom, the company joined in singing several good old hymns.

Those present were: Rev. and Mrs. W. P. Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. John Hotis, and son John Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wetterhahn, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schollenberg, Mr. and Mrs. David Bretsch, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tuttle, Mr. and Mrs. Alvaro Halloway, Mr. and Mrs. John Garlock, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Britton, Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baltz, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Zimmer, Mr. and Mrs. Ogilvie Petrie, Mr. and Mrs. Roswell Houghton, Mr. and Mrs. Millard Snow, Mr. and Mrs. Sardis Reed, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Greene, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hollaway and family, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Ostrander, Peter Bretsch and family, Mrs. Mary Greene, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Caswell and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Getman and family, Mrs. F. B. Strough, and daughter Harriette, W. L. Bretsch, Mabel M. Bretsch, Addison Bretsch, Harold Bretsch, and Mr. and Mrs. William Martin.


Watertown Daily Times, 21 Jul 1917

Henry W. Bretsch Son of German Emigrants

Had Been Prominent Farmer of Lafargeville When Death Occurred Thursday

Lafargeville, Jul 30 -- The funeral of Herny W. Bretsch, aged 74 years, and a well known retired farmer of the town of Alexandria, who died at 7:45 Thursday morning at his home in Lafargeville, will be held from his home at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be made in the family plot in Omar cemetery.

Mr. Bretsch had been in failing health for eight years. Five weeks ago he sustained a paralytic stroke and had been forced to remain in bed. His condition had been critical during the past two weeks.

He was born 21 Jun 1843, in the town of Alexandria, son of the late Lawrence and Victoria Schrodt Bretsch, and had always lived there until two years ago, when he retired from active occupation on the farm and came to this place, where he had since resided. His parents came to this locality from Germany in 1837, settling in the town of Alexandria.

Mr. Bretsch married Miss Minnie Cramer [sic - should be Premer] of Lowville, 8 Dec 1875, who with seven children survives him. They are Dr. G. H. Bretsch of San Diego, Cal.; Albert Bretsch of Detroit, Mich.; Webster, Addison and Harold Bretsch, all of Lafargeville, and two daughter, Mrs. J. S. Getman and Mrs. William Martin, both of Lafargeville. Several grandchildren also survive. He was an active member of Lafargeville Methodist Episcopal church.


Watertown Daily Times, 25 May 1928

G.W. Bretsch, [76], Theresa, Dies

Prominent Business Man Expires in City
Had Been Ill Few Weeks
On May 1 He Gave Banquet at Theresa to County Officials and Supervisors in Observance of his 76th Birthday

Theresa, May 25 -- George W. Bretsch, aged 76 years, prominent business man and politician of this village, died at the House of the Good Samaritan at Watertown this morning at 1 of heart trouble.

Mr. Bretsch had been in ill health for the past few weeks but his condition had been serious only since last Tuesday when he was removed to the hospital at Watertown.

On May 1 Mr. Bretsch was host at a banquet given at the Commercial house here for the county officials and members of the county board of supervisors. Mr. Bretsch was a Democrat and always had been interested in politics but he had never served in any public office.

Mr. Bretsch was born on May 1, 1852 near Fishers Landing, a son of the late Henry and Mary Bretsch, native of Germany. He married Miss Sabina [Sabrina] Robbins more than 52 years ago. His wife died in 1926.

Mr. Bretsch had always lived in this section. He was in business for a number of years. For several years he was proprietor of the Commercial house here. Recently he had operated a general store in the village. He was well known in Masonic circles.

He is survived by two sons, Clarence and Floyd of Gary, Indiana; one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Horner of Syracuse; one brother, Brayton of Oswego; and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Hotis of Evans Mills and Mrs. Charles Schollenberg of Fishers Landing.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


Watertown Daily Times, 1 May 1917

Quits Hotel To Enter The Army

Floyd H. Bretsch Is Scheduled To Receive A Captain's Commission

Theresa, May 1 -- Floyd H. Bretsch gave over the management of the Commercial House this morning to his father, George Bretsch, in order that he might give his whole time to the service of the United States war department. There is now little doubt but what Mr. Bretsch will be given a captain's commission in the newly organized army and will probably receive his appointment within a few days.

Mr. Bretsch is a veteran of the Spanish-American war and as soon as conditions began to look serious between this government and Germany, he began winning volunteers for the United States army, securing several within a few days and taking them to Fort Slocum, where he was told that he was the champion recruiter of all that had thus far appeared at the fort.

While away Mr. Bretsch visited Washington and after conferring with Senators Carder [? illegible] and Wadsworth, decided to make application to enter the army and was given an audience with Adjutant General H. D. McCain of the war department. He was advised that he would probably be given a captain's commission at a very early date and will probably be assigned to service in the quartermaster department, as his knowledge of buying supplies for his hotel here would be of value to the department in that branch of the service.

While conducting the Commercial House here, Mr. Bretsch made a splendid record as a hotel man, the people of the North Country making it a gathering place for their Sunday dinners and many of the leading banquets of the country were given at the Commercial House. George Bretsch, who takes over the hotel today, was formerly connected with the house, being the owner and manager before the place was purchased by his son.

[Transcriber's note: Still looking for information on Floyd Bretsch's service as an officer in World War I. His obituary mentions only that he was a veteran of the Spanish-American war.]


Journal Republican (Lowville, NY), 7 Jul 1932

Floyd Sykes Kills Himself

Found by His Son Thursday Morning With Bullet Hole Through Head -- Born at Harrisville in 1883

Floyd Sykes, 49, took his own life at his home, 136 North Mechanic street, Carthage, some time Wednesday evening, June 29, by shooting himself through the head with a revolver. He was last seen in a lunch car about 9 o'clock in the evening. His son went to the room to call him Thursday morning. Receiving no response, he climbed onto the porch roof and saw the body on the floor. Financial troubles were thought to be the cause of the man's act.

He was born in Harrisville, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sykes. He has resided in Carthage for about 20 years. Mr. Sykes served a short time as chief of police and was engaged in the restaurant and hotel business, conducting the Levis hotel for a time. He was twice married. His first wife was Rosa [Minnie] Chamberlain. His second wife was Lillian O'Leary, who survives, with two sons, Floyd and Theodore; three sisters, Mrs. J. Geary, Copenhagen, Ethel Johnson and Pearl McDonald, Harrisville; five brothers, Charles, Claude, Morris, Harrisville, and Theodore, Copenhagen, and Earl, Watertown.

[Transcriber's note: His name appears in some sources as Florin L. Sykes. The 1880 U.S. census, Jefferson County, Town of Alexandria, seems to list him as a female child named Florence, born July, 1879. None of the names Floyd, Florence nor Florin is found in the Sykes family group in the 1900 U.S. census, Saint Lawrence County, Town of Fine. This item also makes no mention of a daughter Frances that he and his first wife apparently adopted.]


Watertown Daily Times, Sat., 28 Jul 1917

Mrs. Eva Sprague

Plessis, July 28 -- The funeral of Mrs. Eva Sprague, wife of John M. Sprague, which took place at the home Saturday afternoon, was very largely attended, many people from out of town besides relatives being present. Rev. A. S. Haven officiated, and burial was made in the family plot in Theresa cemetery.

Eva Petrie was born in the town of Alexandria about 59 years ago, and was the oldest of the five children of the late Martin and Almina Andrus Petrie of Redwood. She was married when quite young to John M. Sprague of Theresa, and lived for several years in the town of Theresa. About 30 years ago they purchased the farm at Baucus Settlement, where they have since resided.

Mrs. Sprague had been a sufferer from cancer for several years. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and until recently a teacher in the Sunday school.

She leave besides her husband, a son, Cushman, who now manages the farm; three daughters, Lucy, now Mrs. Ernest Houghtaling, of Adams; Mabel, now Mrs. Harry Caswell, of Lafargeville, and Elsie, who resides at home; also her mother, Mrs. Almina Petrie, of Redwood, and brother, Frank Petrie, of Redwood, and three sisters, Mrs. Esther West, Redwood; Mrs. Edwin Houghtaling, Adams, and Mrs. Minnie Vrooman, of Santa Cruz, Cal.

[Transcriber's note: Last paragraph is cut off in scanned image].

Watertown Daily Times, 12 Oct 1917

Johnson - Sykes

Fine, Oct 12 -- George Johnson, ticket agent for the New York Central lines at Oswegatchie, NY, and Miss Ethel Sykes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sykes of Vrooman Ridge, NY, were married at 1:30 Thursday afternoon, Rev. E. H. Chub, pastor of Fine Methodist Episcopal church, officiating.

They were attended by the Misses Arloween Clark of 133 North Hamilton St., Watertown, and Gladys Lilis, of Star Lake, and Morris Sykes of Vrooman Ridge, brother of the bride, and William Kelly of Oswegatchie. The bride was gowned in white crepe-de-chine with pear trimmings, and wore a bride's veil with orange blossoms. She carried white roses. The bridesmaids were attired in gowns of white net and carried pink carnations.

Following the ceremony, Mr. Johnson and his bride left on the 3:10 [train] Thursday afternoon for a wedding trip that will include Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown. They will make their home with the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sykes, of Vrooman Ridge. Mr. Johnson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert [? illegible] Johnson of Fine, NY.


Watertown Daily Times, 4 Sep 1924

Mrs. Emma L. Deckwa

News was received here today of the death of Mrs. Emma LaGraves Deckwa, 20, at Madera, Cal. She is survived by her husband, Ralph E. Deckwa, and one son, Edison Ralph, who is only a week old, and her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George LaGraves of Delhi, Cal., and three brothers, Hermon, Arthur, and William LaGraves, all of Delhi. Mrs. Deckwa had spent her entire life in Stone Mills [Jefferson Co., NY] until she went to California with her parents about three years ago.


Jefferson County Journal of Adams, 11 June 1889

Lorinda Sykes

SYKES -- Lorinda Sykes died near Plessis, June 4, wife of John, aged 75 y, 8 m, and 3 d.


Watertown Daily Times, 14 Mar 1877

Achsa Thompson

THOMPSON -- At the residence of her son, Bodwell Thompson, in Norwich, Chenango Co., [NY], March 12th [1877] of varioloid, Mrs. Achsa Thompson, aged 70 years, 10 months, widow of the deceased Ichabod Thompson. Buried on the same day at 1 o'clock p.m.

[Transcriber's note: Achsah and Ichabod Thompson have gravestones in Brookside cemetery, Plessis, NY.]


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