MRS. ANNA MARY TUCKER, 83, DIES
EXPIRES AT LAFARGEVILLE AFTER LONG ILLNESS
WIDOW OF ELWIN G. TUCKER
Funeral to Be Held From the Home Monday at 1:30 P. M. and From the Methodist Episcopal Church at 2.
Lafargeville, Nov. 9. -- The death of Mrs. Anna Mary Dorr Tucker, 83, widow of E. G. Tucker, occurred at her home on Theresa street, this morning about 11.
Mrs. Tucker had been in failing health for several months from heart disease and dropsy. About six weeks ago she fell from her bed cutting a gash in her head which required seven stitches to close. She had practically recovered from this fall, but continued to fail until her death.
She was born in April, 1851, on the Doff farm on the East Ridge road, a daughter of George and Eva Heldt Dorr, and resided there until her marriage April 2, 1879, to Elwin G. Tucker. Mrs. Tucker’s parents were born in Germany and came to this country from the same town, but were not acquainted and had never met until after their arrival here.
On April 2, 1879, Mr. Tucker and his bride-to-be, Miss Anna Mary Dorr, started out with a horse and cutter with Brownville as their destination. The snow and slush came to the box of the cutter. The pitch holes, as Mrs. Tucker said, were as high as a room and so steep she was afraid the horse would fall back on them into the cutter. When near Perch River they tipped over. She said she had always wished she could have had her picture at that time. Arriving at Brownville they were married in the Methodist Episcopal parsonage by the Rev. Sanger Dewey and his two daughters, Emma and Minnie, were witnesses.
After the wedding ceremony they continued on to Watertown, intending to visit friends in Lewis county but learned that there were five miles of bare ground between Watertown and the home of their friends in Lewis county, so gave up their visit. While going up Main street in Watertown they again tipped over. They returned to about two and one-half miles this side of Watertown and passed the night. The next day they went back to Watertown and had their picture taken.
Four months preceding their marriage Mr. Tucker had purchased a farm in the section of country known as Black Creek. To this home Mr. Tucker proceeded to take his bride and household goods April 7. When they started to move that morning they found the roads were blocked full of snow, fully three feet on the level. They were obliged to wait until 11 a.m. for Hiram Beckwith to open up the road to Petrie’s Corners, where Nathan Hyde now resides, and upon their arrival there they met Mr. Garner on the other beat and he had just come through with three teams and eight or ten men. He said, “Elwin, we didn’t expect you to come down today, and we have just got the road opened up for a mile and a quarter. I’ve filled up your gateway ten feet high.” So they turned back and with shovels and teams opened the driveway. The snow was about four feet deep in the yard. They then helped Mr. Tucker to unload his goods and it was dark when they got the stove set up and supper ready.
Mr. Tucker used to tell how on May 6 his wife was sent for to do some baking and help her mother who was ill, and the snow was then over two feet deep on the level.
For seven years Mr. and Mrs. Tucker conducted their Black Creek farm successfully and then purchased the Deacon Barden place and moved to this village. Three years later they sold it to the late Isabel Myers and bought the residence of the late Edgar Dewey on Theresa street, where Mrs. Tucker resided until her death.
About five years ago Mr. Tucker went down to this same Black Creek farm to burn some stumps and underbrush. Not returning when he should his friends organized a searching party and found his body badly burned in the brush. It was believed he suffered a heart attack and fell in the burning brush.
On April 2, 1929, a 50th wedding anniversary surprise party was held for Mr. and Mrs. Tucker in the I. O. O. F. hall which was attended by about 100 friends and relative (sic).
Mrs. Tucker was a member of Lafargeville grange and an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal church.
She is survived by two nephews, Hanley and Winfield Dorr, Lafargeville; one grandnephew, Howard Dorr; three grandnieces, Ethel Dorr, Eva Dorr and Mrs. Winifred Jeffers, and one great-grandniece, Audrey Jeffers.
The funeral will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. from the home and at 2 from the Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. O. E. Raymond, Black River, assisted by Rev. Clyde V. Sparling of Lafargeville, officiating. Burial will be in Grove cemetery, this village.
Note: Photo of deceased was included with the obituary.
PETER CONNELLY DIES AT REDWOOD
(Special to The Times.)
Redwood, Nov. 12. -- Peter Connelly, 86, died Sunday afternoon at 4:10 at the home of his nephew, Norman Dollinger, with whom he had resided since early July. Death was caused from hardening of the arteries and gangrene. Mr. Connelly had been in ill health for the past eight months.
Mr. Connelly was born in 1848 in the county of Leitrim, Ireland. He came to this country in 1866 and settled near Clayton. He later moved to a farm at Goose Bay where he lived for half a century.
On June 1 Mr. Connelly entered Hepburn hospital at Ogdensburg where he remained until July first when he went to the home of his nephew.
Mr. Connelly never married. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier church of this village.
Surviving are three brothers, Matthew, James and Patrick Connelly, all of Watertown; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Dyer and Mrs. Bridget Brown, both of Watertown, and Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald of Clayton.
Mrs. Hannah Loucks, Oldest Theresa Resident, 97, Dies
Daughter of Pioneer Perch Lake Settlers Dies in Her Sleep -- Recalled Early
Theresa, Nov. 10. -- Mrs. Hannah Loucks, almost 98, and Theresa’s oldest resident, died at her home in Riverside avenue, late Friday after only two or three days illness. She complained Monday of feeling weak as she walked across the floor and went to bed to rest up. She died while sleeping late Friday.
Mrs. Loucks was born in Herkimer county on March 12, 1837, daughter of Andrew and Katie Moyer Wagner. When she was only a year old, her parents moved to the town of Orleans, where they pioneered lands not far from Perch lake. Mrs. Loucks often told that when a girl she heard the wolves come out of the Perch lake swamp and go howling up Hyde creek. She also recalled her people returning for a visit to Herkimer county each winter, it being the big event of the year. It took some time to drive down with the team and the big sleigh, and about ten days were spent with relatives when they got there.
When the Lutheran church was started at Orleans Four Corners by workers from the Mohawk valley, Mrs. Loucks remembered going to the services. She also recalled her father looking out from the back door and pointing to the timber growing on the low lands back of the buildings and saying that some day it would be meadow land. The fall it was all cleared land was an event in the life of the farm.
She was married 77 years ago to Andrew Martin Loucks and began housekeeping in Orleans. In those days the women made the butter and cheese on the farm. The first year she made the cheese and butter she felt timid when the cheese and butter buyer came from New York city to try out and possibly buy the butter. But when he came out of the cellar he remarked that he was going to pay a cent extra a pound for her products as they were the best he had found in the town. Early in her married life she did a daring thing. She purchased a sewing machine and all of the neighbors talked about it. She had the machine at the time of her death and sewed upon it only two or three years ago.
Mr. Loucks died some 25 years ago, after they had resided in Theresa for a period of years. They retired from the farm quite early. She always attended church here at the Methodist church, but kept her membership with the Lutheran church at Orleans Four Corners.
She is survived by two sons, William and George, both of this village. There are two grandchildren, Mrs. Blanch Loucks DeYoung, Huntington, W. Va., and Gladys Loucks Neuroth, Halls Corners.
The funeral services are expected to be held on Monday at 9 from the home in Riverside avenue. Rev. W. J. Hancock, retired Methodist minister, is expected to officiate. Rev. Mr. Hancock officiated at the funeral services of Mr. Loucks, married Blanch Loucks to J. D. DeYoung and was a neighbor of the Loucks family in Theresa for five years. Burial will be made in the Oakwood cemetery here.
MOON LAKE MAN, AGED 78, DIES
CONDUCTED BOAT LIVERY AT FARM MANY YEARS
LEONARD TOWNSEND EXPIRES
Native of Mitchell, Wis., Had Resided on Oxbow Road Farm For Many Years---Funeral to Be Saturday.
Theresa, Nov. 9. -- Leonard Townsend, 78, life long resident at Moon Lake, on the Oxbow road, died at his home there on Thursday, probably from old age.
He passed away in his sleep, being dead when Dr. H. G. Burleigh of this village reached the place. Mr. Townsend came to the supper table the night before as usual, but complained that he did not feel well. Thursday morning he stated that he was not hungry and guessed he would not come to breakfast. It was decided to send for a physician.
Mr. Townsend was born at Mitchell, Wis., in September, 1856, a son of Henry and Eliza Bowles Townsend. His father went from here to California in 1851, taking his wife as far as Mitchell, Wis., where he left her with relatives while he went on to the gold fields. The father remained in the gold fields for some years. When Leonard was eight years old the return east was made and the farm bordering Moon Lake was purchased. Leonard had always resided there. He married Priscilla Austin, who passed away over seven years ago.
There were two sons born, one Henry, survives and resides on the farm. Leonard Townsend was known to many fishermen from all over the state as he maintained a boat livery at his home beside the lake for years. He has been in failing health for the past three years and retired from active work five years ago. Besides the one son he has four grandchildren, Leo, at home, Pearl Thousand Island Park, Myrtle, teacher on the Oxbow road, Fern, at the farm.
The funeral services will be held from the Charles A. Giltz funeral home on Saturday at 2 p.m. Rev. Charles G. Cady, retired Presbyterian minister, will have charge of the service at the absence of Rev. C. E. Hastings. Burial will be made in the family plot in Oakwood cemetery, this village.
Photo captioned Robert Smith preceded the following:
SMITH RITES SATURDAY
Hammond, Nov. 9. -- Rites for Robert Smith, 83, who passed away at his home in this village at 7 a.m. Thursday will be held from the home on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Rev. W. Halbert Campbell, pastor of the local Presbyterian church officiating. Interment will be made in Pleasant Valley cemetery.
Robert Smith was born March 2, 1851, a son of the late William and Mary Jackson Smith of Hammond. He spent his entire life in this town. He was twice married. In 1880 to Miss Elizabeth Clink, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Clink of Redwood. Four sons were born to his union, William, George, Arthur and Robert T. Mrs. Smith passed away in 1889.
On Dec. 21, 1892, he married Miss ucy (sic) Jane Franklin of Hammond. Twenty-seven years ago Mr. and Mrs. Smith left the farm in Pleasant Valley and moved to their home on Main street, this village, where Mrs. Smith passed away on Dec. 11, 1932.
Mr. Smith is survived by his four sons, William G. of Duluth, Minn., Robert T. of St. Paul, Minn., Arthur C. and George K. of Hammond; also by four grandchildren, Lois E., Shirley, Grace and Claude Smith, all of Hammond.
ROBT. SMITH, 83, HAMMOND, DIES
PROMINENT RETIRED FARMER LONG IN ILL HEALTH
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF BANK
Retired Pleasant Valley Farmer Was Resident of Village of Ham mond For Past 25 Years---Active in Grange.
(Special To The Times)
Hammond, Nov. 8. -- Robert Smith, 83, prominent retired farmer of this village, died at 7 this morning at his home in Hammond after a long illness.
Mr. Smith had been in failing health for some time and had been seriously ill for the past two weeks. A complication of diseases caused death.
For many years Mr. Smith owned and operated a farm in the Pleasant Valley section of the town of Hammond but about 25 years ago he retired from active agricultural pursuits and moved to this village where he had since made his home.
When the Citizens National bank of Hammond was organized he was elected as the first vice president and held that post until a few years ago.
In addition Mr. Smith was prominent in the grange, serving as fire insurance director until two years ago. He attended the Presbyterian church.
Mr. Smith was a native of the town of Hammond.
MRS. ANNA E. CROSS, 84, DIES
EXPIRED IN THERESA HOSPI TAL ON WEDNESDAY
WAS RESIDENT OF PHILADELPHIA
She Was Twice Married, Both Her Husbands, Frank Spalsbury and
Alden Cross, Now Beiing Dead
Phildelphia, Nov. 30. --- One of Philadelphia’s oldest residents, Mrs. Anna E. Cross, 84, passed away Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Theresa hospital where she had been a patient for the past four weeks.
She was born in the town of Orleans, Sept. 17, 1850, a daughter of the late Phillip and Barbara Eichhorn, and she was the last one of the family.
About 65 years ago she was married to Frank Spalsbury of Lafargeville and they lived in Philadelphia for 58 years. He died March 4, 1898. To them were born three children, two of whom survive, Mrs. Addie Flath of Syracuse, and Charles Spalsbury of Redwood.
In June, 1905, the deceased was married to Alden Cross of this village and he died about six years ago.
Besides the daughter and son, there survive three grandchildren, Harry Flath, Roselle Park, N. J.; Raymond Spalsbury, Redwood, and Mrs. Frank Edee of Syracuse; also seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Cross was an attendant and member of the Methodist Episcopal church for 58 years, here, also a member of the Philadelphia Rebekah lodge.
The funeral will be held at 11 Saturday morning from the Methodist church, and Rev. Miles Hutchinson, a former pastor here, assisted by Rev. Walter Wilmahurst (sic) will officiate. Burial will be made in the family plot in Sandy Hollow.
BURTON STRATTON OF THERESA WEDS
CEREMONY PERFORMED IN ROCHESTER CHURCH
MISS ALICE A HOWIE HIS BRIDE
Mr. Stratton Instructing at Me chanics Institute in Rochester -- Couple to Make Home in That City.
Theresa, Nov. 28. -- The marriage of Miss Alice A. Howie of Rochester to Burton E. Stratton, formerly of Theresa and now an instructor in Rochester, took place this afternoon at the Pasells Baptist church in Rochester. The ceremony was semi-private, being attended only by near relatives and friends. The service took place in one of the church-parlors.
Mr. Stratton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Stratton of Riverside avenue and a grandson of the late E. J. Stratton, former Theresa postmaster and supervisor. He was graduated from the local high school and went to Rochester to study in the Mechanics Institute, completing three courses in electricity, industries and public speaking. Later he took up the study of electrical engineering in that city and more recently completed a course at Ohio State university at Columbus to receive a degree.
Some months ago Mr. Stratton was engaged to become an instructor in the Mechanics Institute, teaching social science and a special course in the night school.
Mrs. Stratton is a graduate of the Rochester schools and the Rochester Business Institute, and has held a position with a branch of an insurance company in Rochester. Her parents are both dead. She has friends in Theresa, having visited here several times in the past few years.
After a brief wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Stratton will make their home in Rochester.
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Stratton, parents of Mr. Stratton, left here to attend the wedding at noon on Tuesday and will return to their home this evening.
MISS BEATRICE MATHOUS IS BRIDE OF CLAUDE ALDRICH
Theresa, Dec. 31. -- Miss Beatrice Mathous and Claude Aldrich were married at the rectory of St. Francis Xavier Catholic church at Redwood by Rev. W. J. Charbonneau, Saturday morning, Dec. 29.
The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. William Grappotte of Redwood. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Aldrich of Potsdam, parents of the bridegroom.
The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mathous of Antwerp. She is a graduate of the Antwerp High school and the Antwerp training class and has attended the Potsdam Normal. She is now engaged as a teacher in district No. 3 in the town of Pierpont. The bridegroom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Aldrich of Potsdam. He graduated from the Potsdam High school and has since been in the employ of his father at Potsdam.
The bride’s gown was a navy blue taffeta and crepe with contrasting accessories. The matron of honor wore dark brown crepe and velvet turban.
The bridal party drove to this village where they were served a wedding luncheon in the hotel dining room. After the luncheon Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich left by auto for a short wedding trip.
MISS HELEN M. LAWRENCE WED
CEREMONY PERFORMED AT HOLY FAMILY RECTORY
IS BRIDE OF ELLIS F. WHITE
Bride Has Been Secretary of Judge Brayton A. Field For Past Year--Bridegroom is Hermon High Teacher.
Miss Helen Margaret Lawrence, daughter of Mrs. Margaret and the late Jacob G. Lawrence of 637 Boyd street, became the bride of Ellis Floyd White, Hermon, at the Holy Family church rectory at 8 this morning. Because of the sudden death of the bride’s father about a year ago the wedding was quietly solemnized. Rev. James A. Fix officiated.
(photo of the bride was inserted here)
Mrs. White chose for her wedding gown a creation of Grecian lines in stratosphere blue with silver trimmings and matching accessories. She wore a corsage of white bride roses and gypofelia. Her bridesmaid was Miss Frances O’Neil of Syracuse, whose attire was brown crepe with corsage of pink roses.
The bridegroom was attended by Douglas S. Holmes, of Redwood, a friend of long standing.
After the ceremony the bridal party was driven to the Delevan Arms in Keyes avenue where the wedding breakfast was served, after which Mr. and Mrs. departed on the 10 a.m. train for points south.
The bride was educated in the local schools, finishing at the Holy Family parochial school, after which she pursued a course at the Rochester Business college. For the past year she has been a secretary of Judge Brayton A. Field, senior member of the law firm of Field & Swan, and secretary-treasurer-attorney of the North Country Farm Loan Association.
Mr. White is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd O. White of Redwood. His education was obtained in the public schools of that village and St. Lawrence University, from which he was graduated with an A. B. degree in the class of 1933. At St. Lawrence he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Since his graduation he has been a faculty member at the Hermon High school.
(the year, 1935, was pencilled in for the above marriage)
SOPHRONE LEASURE DIES, OGDENSBURG
SHE PASSES AWAY IN ST. LAW RENCE HOSPITAL
LAST OF WELL KNOWN FAMILY
Sister of the Late St. Myron and Cyrenus Leasure---Was an Eccentric Character in Watertown For Many Years
Sophronie Leasure, aged 91 years, for many years one of the best known characters of Watertown, passed away at the St. Lawrence state hospital in Ogdensburg, Monday, March 22, it became known today. Burial was in the state hospital cemetery at Ogdensburg, although there is a possibility that the body may be brought here later for interment in Brookside cemetery where her parents and her brothers are buried.
The death of Sophronia Leasure marks the passing of the older generation of one of the best known families in Watertown. She was the sister of the late “St.” Myron and Cyrenus Leasure who passed away 12 years ago.
(photo of deceased appeared here)
Though the family was noted for its many idiosyncracies (sic) and was often ridiculed, it played an important part in the earlier development of Watertown. A strain of hereditary insanity ran through the family. The Leasure family consisted of eight children, most of whom were born in St. Lawrence county. They were children of the late Anthony and Hannah Stanchfield Leasure. The father was a native of Canada and the mother was a native of London, England. They were married in southern Canada nearly a century ago and later removed to St. Lawrence county.
Thaddeus was the oldest of the family. He was a barber by trade and lived in Holland Patent, until about 17 years ago when he died and the body was brought to this city for burial. Abigail Leasure was the second of the family. She was last heard of in 1849 when she started for California with a party of gold seekers. Members of the family never heard of her after she left this section and it was believed that she was murdered by the Indians. The late Cyrenus Leasure was the third of the family and Sophronia was the fourth. In her early youth she was employed as a seamstress and made dresses for many of the best families in Watertown of the days prior to the Civil war. In her early youth she was considered one of the handsomest girls in the village of Watertown, but in her early twenties her health failed and she became mentally deranged.
Sylvenus, the next son, enlisted during the Civil war and was killed in the second battle of Bull Run. He was buried in a soldier’s grave in Virginia. Anthony, who for many years conducted a lumber yard back of the city hall was another of the family.
St. Myron was one of the most picturesque members of the family. He was the seventh of the family and passed away in March, 1914, at the age of 72 years. Emory Leasure was the youngest of the family. He lived at Baltimore for many years and it is not known whether he is now living or not.
Sophronia, St. Myron and Cyrenus were the most picturesque members of this family. St. Myron was born in Watertown and in his early youth was said to be a very diligent student. He attended the old Black River institute located in State street. He was noted for his elocutionary ability and appeared at many old time speaking contests. His constant study undermined his health and his mind gave way. He was not at all dangerous but was possessed of an eccentric turn. He was the owner of a cow of which he was very proud and each year would take up a collection among the business men of the city for the support of the animal. For years he was the self-appointed color bearer in Memorial day parades, riding a gaunt horse and proudly carrying the flag. He frequently gave informal curbstone talks on the subject of patriotism. In his younger years he was well known as an exhorter and took part in many evangelical campaigns. His old time oratory for which he was noted in his youth was frequently displayed on these occasions.
When St. Myron was buried the flag which he had carried on so many occasions was buried with him. The older residents recalled that when he went ot school at the old Black River academy he was considered one of the most immaculate dressers there. He especially distinguished himself in oratory and it was said that he never prepared the orations which he delivered, always speaking off hand.
Cyrenus was apprenticed to a shoe maker and worked at that trade until his mind became impaired. He was noted for his remarkable memory and until his death he was regarded as the best source of information regarding the early days of Watertown. The Times on many occasions referred to him to get information regarding some of the old families or buildings of the city. He could give names and dates correctly and he was a veritable storehouse of information of the early village of Watertown. He had a remarkably excellent collection of books and old coins. He died at the court house March 2, 1914, about three weeks before his brother, St. Myron, passed away.
St. Myron, Cyrenus and Sophronia lived for many years at the old Leasure home at 135 Boon street. The house was small and indescribably dirty and the health authorities were finally forced to intervene. Sophronia was sent to the Ogdensburg state hospital for a few days before the death of her brother. She was for many years a familiar character on the streets of Watertown. She went about gowned in nondescript attire and her language on occasions was not exactly of the drawing room variety, although she was considered harmless. Gradually she became more feeble and less able to take care of herself and it was deemed necessary to send her to the state institution where she would be taken care of. About 30 years ago she was committed to the state hospital but was afterward paroled in care of her brother.
One characteristic of the Leasure family was their kindness to animals. Cyrenus and Myron always owned cows or poultry and were invariably kind to them.
LAST RITES HELD FOR MISS LEASURE
SERVICE HELD FROM HOWLAND FUNERAL HOME
FLORAL OFFERINGS IN EVIDENCE
Rev. Hubert W. Wood Officiates at Service and Burial is Made in Family Plot at Brookside Cemetery.
Watertown paid its last respects to Sophronia Leasure, 91, one of the best known old characters in the city, when hundreds of persons attended her funeral, which was held at 2:30 at the Howland undertaking parlors. Rev. Hubert W. Wood, rector of St. Paul’s church, officiated at the services. The body was placed in the family plot at Brookside beside other members of her family, who were well known in this city for over a half century.
The body was brought back to Watertown from Ogdensburg, where she died last Monday. Mr. Howland took charge of the funeral expenses and making all of the funeral arrangements. The remains arrived at the Howland parlors late Friday afternoon. During the evening and throughout the morning, hundreds of local persons, who had known Miss Leasure for many years visited the parlors to view the body.
Miss Leasure was in a large oak casket. It was one of the best that could be purchased. She wore a black gown that was given by Karl George, of the A. Bushnell company, for the Rotary club. About her shoulders was a little shawl much the same as she wore it when she was so well known to every child in the city.
Despite the fact that Miss Leasure had been at the hospital for several years, those who were at the Howland parlors this morning, said that she had changed little in appearance. It was said that she had not apparently aged and the good care that she received at the hospital had apparently kept her healthy.
When it became known that Mr. Howland was going to bring the body of Miss Leasure back to Watertown and give her a public funeral, many floral tributes were sent to the Howland Undertaking home. This afternoon when the funeral services were held, the front room, where the casket had been placed, was completely banked with cut flowers and large floral designs. The flowers were sent from older individuals in this city and many individuals and organizations also contributed flowers.
The bearers at the funeral were six of the police officers, who had served many years on the police force. Captain Alfred W. Wood, who was a member of the department when Sophrone was a well known character in this city, made arrangements with the patrolmen. Chief Edward J. Singleton readily consented to allow the men to assist in the funeral, when he learned of the plan.
Mr. Howland said this afternoon that several individuals and business men in Watertown had volunteered to give donations, which will help defray the funeral expenses. The Kiwanis and Rotary clubs have also made contributions.
In Memory of Sophrone Leasure
To The Times:
We could not let your resting place
At Last, to be among unknown,
But gently we would bring you back
Unto your childhood home, Sophrone.
O! many changes time hath wrought
In this, the place where you did dwell,
We know that you were ever lonesome
For the home you loved so well.
Tho’ generations come and go
Much kindness will be always shown,
So tenderly we’d have you rest
Among your own, Sophrone.
Mrs. E. J. Cory.
Watertown, March 27, 1926
SOPHRONE LEASURE TO BE BURIED HERE
SERVICES TO BE FROM HOW LAND FUNERAL PARLORS
CLUBS TO HELP PAY COST
Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs Will As sist in Defraying Expense---Rev. Hubert S. Wood to Conduct Service--Burial to Be in Brookside.
Sophronia Leasure, aged 91 years, who died at the Ogdensburg state hospital Monday morning, will be brought back to her native city to be buried. The body will be laid to rest Saturday afternoon in Brookside cemetery, where her kin are buried.
E. R. Howland, local undertaker, made arrangements and hospital authorities to have the remains brought back. Mr. Howland said the he did not believe that it was right for a person, who had been a character in Watertown for most of her life to be buried in the potters field without a fitting tribute.
The remains will be brought back to Watertown this evening and they will be taken direct to the Howland undertaking parlor, where they will remain until Saturday afternoon. Mr. Howland has made arrangements to have a public funeral at his funeral home in State street at 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Rev. Hubert W. Wood, rector of St. Paul’s church will officiate at the service.
Arrangements were made this morning by Mr. Howland to have six city police officers act as bearers. The names of the officers are not known as they have not been detailed by Chief Edward J. Singleton.
The Kiwanis club volunteered to help defray some of the expenses or (sic) the funeral and having the body brought to Watertown. It was learned this afternoon that the Rotary club had volunteered to furnish the clothing for the woman. Several business men in Watertown, who are in sympathy with Mr. Howland’s movement, have volunteered to help defray some of the funeral expenses.
Mr. Howland said this morning that when he read of the death Thursday evening in The Times he was determined to bring the body back to this city and give a fitting burial.
“I knew Miss Leasure for many years and I have heard my grandmother tell about when she lived in Jewelville,” said Mr. Howland. “At that time she was a good seamstress and did sewing for some of the best people in the city. She is so well known in this city and was one of the best known characters in this section that I believe her home town people should bring her back to the place where she was happy in her younger years and give her a fitting burial.”
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MRS. DELIA FIKES, FORMER REDWOOD WOMAN, EXPIRES
Utica, July 1. -- Mrs. Delia Fikes, 76, wife of Irwin Fikes, died Wednesday morning at her home, 627 Lenox avenue, after an illness of several days.
Mrs. Fikes was born in Canada but had resided for many years in Redwood, where she was well known to summer visitors as the proprietress of camps and cottages. For the last three years she had resided in this city.
Besides her husband, she leaves one son, William H. Johnson, of Buffalo; two daughters, Mrs. May Lawyer of Geneva, and Mrs. Hattie Perrault of Utica; one sister, Mrs. Harriet M. Poepel of Utica; one brother, Maxime Jerome of Redwood, and several grandchildren. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in Redwood.
(the year, 1926, was pencilled on this obit)
MARCUS J. JEWETT DIES AT REDWOOD
WAS WELL KNOWN RAW FUR DEALER
IN ILL HEALTH OVER YEAR
Well Known Redwood Fur Dealer Had Been in Ill Health Since Gen eral Breakdown Year and a Half Ago.
(SPECIAL TO THE TIMES.)
Redwood, April 16. -- Marcus Jonathan Jewett, aged 69, died at his home in this village on Tuesday following a long illness. Mr. Jewett had a general breakdown about a year and a half ago and since that time he had been in failing health.
Mr. Jewett was one of the best known raw fur dealers in this state for many years. Many of his shipments of raw furs were sent to foreign countries and pelts were shipped to Mr. Jewett from all part of Canada. He and his two sons, Frank G. and Roy H., formed a partnership in this village a number of years ago and since that time the company, known as M. J. Jewett & Sons, has conducted an extensive business.
Mr. Jewett was born on a farm at Jewett’s Corners on April 21, 1855. He was the son of the late Moses and Marion Jewett, who moved to this section from Vermont. At an early age he entered the raw fur business and followed it practically all of his life. For over 50 years he resided in the house at Jewett’s Corners where he was born.
On September 21, 1879, he married Miss Elizabeth M. Markite of Redwood, who survives him. They lived on the farm at Jewett’s Corners for many years. In 1906 they moved to this village where they had since resided. Mr. Jewett had traveled extensively, collecting furs. Most of his trips were made to Canada where he established business relations with many large fur concerns.
He was a member of the Alexandria Bay lodge, No. 297, R. & A. M., and of the Lakeside lodge, No. 328, I.O.O.F. He was an active member in Kirkland Grange, No. 684. For many years he belonged to the Redwood
Court of Foresters. He was an active member of the Baptist church of this village.
Surviving besides his widow are four sons, Frank G., and Morris of Redwood, Paul J., of Rochester, and Roy L., of Harrisburg, Pa.; one daughter, Mrs. Earl C. Wheeler of Parkersburg, W. Va.; two sisters, Mrs. H. J. Forester of Hammond and Mrs. Jacob Voller of Alexandria, and 18 grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 from the family home. Rev. F. Purvis, pastor of the Baptist church, will officiate. Interment will be made in Redwood cemetery.
Note: 1924 was written on the obit
Mrs. Jane M. Davis.
Black River, Oct. 18. - Mrs. Jane M. Davis, aged 89 years, died here today. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, although the services and burial will probably be at Redwood.
Mrs. Davis was born near Black River in the town of Rutland, daughter of Shubel and Henrietta Peck Cross. Her husband, Warner Davis, died 39 years ago. Most of her life had been spent at Redwood. She suffered a broken hip one year ago and was confined in a Watertown hospital for some time. Several weeks ago she came to Black River to live with her niece, Mrs. Fayette Chamberlain, where she died.
Surviving are her niece, Mrs. Chamberlain; and three nephews, Fred Cross of Felts Mills, Asa Cross of Black River and Alden Cross of Philadelphia.
EDWARD KABEL,GARAGE OWNER, ENDS HIS LIFE
Young Son Finds Body in Office --- Fatal Shots Were Not Heard
DESPONDENCY CAUSED ACT
Chronic Illness Following Influenza Resulted in Mental Depression--Health Officer Investigates Case
(Special to The Standard)
REDWOOD, Feb. 24. -- Edward Kabel, 39, senior member of the firm of Kabel Brothers, garage owners, committed suicide at 8:30 o’clock this morning at the garage by shooting.
He came to the garage seemingly in good spirits. His brother, Herschel, was there and he greeted him, asking how he felt, and the older brother replied that he felt better than usual.
Herschel left his brother in the office and went to the basement to fix the furnace and while he was there the son of Edward, Robert, aged 14 years, on the way to school stopped in the garage to see his father and found his father lying on the floor just outside of the office.
Alarmed, he ran next door to Cates Brothers’ store and secured the aid of Bert Decker. Mr. Decker went to the garage and found Mr. Kabel on the floor of the office just as Herschel Kabel came up from the cellar. The two men thought that Mr. Kabel had fainted and they carried him outside.
Herschel Kabel went back into the garage to get some water and at that time, found the revolver on the floor, and realized that his brother had shot himself. Two chambers of the revolver were empty and there were the bullet holes, an inch apart, in the breast of Edward Kabel. The shots fired by Mr. Kabel were not heard, being muffled by his overcoat.
Dr. E. E. Eddy, health officer, was called, and gave permission for the removal of the body to the home.
Mr. Kabel had been in poor health for the past year, following an attack of influenza. He had been despondent and it was in a fit of mental depression that he took his own life.
He was born in June, 1882, in Redwood, a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Kabel. His father was a well known wheelwright in this village for many years.
His education was received in the Redwood schools and he started in work at Holmes Brothers’ general store as a clerk.
About 1909 he and his brother, Herschel, formed a partnership to conduct a general store in Redwood and in 1911 they bought out Holmes Brothers’ store, continuing in business there until February 1, 1920. Last year they sold the business and built a garage which is one of the best known in the North Country. They had the agency for several lines of cars, tractors, etc.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church, the fire department and of Alexandria Lodge, No. 297, F. & A. M., Theresa Chapter No. 149, R. A. M., and Lakeside Lodge, No. 328, I. O. O. F.
Surviving are his wife, one son, Robert; his mother, Mrs. George Kabel, and one brother, Herschel, all of Redwood.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Note: 1920 was written on the obit. The obit was flanked on the right by photos of the Kabel Bros., Herschel and Edward.
HELMER FUNERAL WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY
Plessis, March 30. -- Joseph Helmer, 72, died at his home near this village Monday noon.
Mr. Helmer had been in poor health for about a year, but his death was not expected and came suddenly.
Joseph Helmer was born in Redwood, Oct. 10, 1853, son of Earle and Margaret Helmer. He lived in this vicinity until a young man, then resided for a number of years in different places in St. Lawrence county where he was employed in cheese making. Coming back to Plessis about 30 years ago he bought a farm near the village where he had since resided.
He was married when a young man to Miss Kitty Pierce of Alexandria who survives him. He also leaves a daughter, Grace, now Mrs. George Hardy of Philadelphia; and five grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Darwin Olney of Clayton, the only one now living of the family of five children.
Mr. Helmer had long been a member of Plessis Grange No. 629.
The funeral will be held from the home Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. W. H. Bradley officiating and interment will be made in Plessis Brookside cemetery.
Note: 1926 was written on the obit.
REDWOOD COUPLE WEDS
Theresa, Nov. 10. -- Anna Schwarz and Adolphus Hermon, both of Redwood, were quietly married in that village Saturday morning by Father Desjardines.
The bride wore a gown of green Canton crepe with contrasting accessories. Her going away costume was of black broadcloth trimmed with fox fur. They were attended by Lena Duffany of Theresa, cousin of the bride, and Paul Merkt (sic), of Antwerp, boyhood friend of the bridegroom. After the ceremony a wedding dinner was served at the Lakewood Restaurant to the wedding party. After a short wedding trip they will reside at their farm home near Redwood.
Note: Nov. 7 was written on the top of this piece and on the bottom appeared the year, 1931.
Watertown. --- A seven pound son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Hermann, on Monday, March 28. (then written in was the following three items:
“Named John Adolphus, 1932”
“May 28, 1933
“May 27, 1934
MRS. LENA HOFFERBERTH
Redwood Woman Passes Away With Pneumonia.
(SPECIAL TO THE TIMES.)
Redwood, Oct. 18. -- Mrs. Lena Handschuh Hofferberth died this morning at 5:30 at her farm home near this village, after an illness of ten days with pneumonia. She was 27 years of age. The funeral will be held Thursday at 1:30 from the home and at 2 from St. Paul’s Lutheran church of Redwood, Rev. H. B. Krusa, the pastor, officiating. Interment will be made in Redwood cemetery.
She was born in Redwood Feb. 19, 1894, daughter of John and Mary Handschuh. On Aug. 12, 1914, she married William Hofferberth, a farmer living near here.
Surviving are her husband and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Handschuh; a sister, Mrs. Lulu Spencer of Alexandria Bay; two brothers, Roy and Howard Handschuh, both of Redwood.
Resolutions of Respect.
Again the Great Heavenly Master has sent his death angel to bear a spirit home, and thereby cause Kirkland grange to mourn the loss of Lena Hofferberth.
So young, as frail as a lily,
Weakened by cares and strife,
Was gathered up by the angels
Away from this worry of life.
One by one they gather up yonder,
And leave this life of care,
While we think as we miss our treasure,
Our cross too hard to bear.
God pity lived ones who no more see her,
For their hearts are heavy with pain,
But she’s safe at home over the River,
Waiting to see them again.
But we must not mourn for our sister,
Whom we laid away to rest.
For our merciful Heavenly Father
Alone knows what is best.
Resolved our charter he draped for the usual period of 30 days, and that a copy of these resolutions be placed upon our minutes, a copy sent to the family, and a copy sent for publication.
Maurice L. Farrell,
Kirkland Grange, No. 684
RESOLUTION OF RESPECT
Twice in two short months have the members of Kirkland grange been reminded that in the midst of life we are in death. For it has been the pleasure of the Almighty to enter our fold and claim for himself our beloved Brother Louis Bruso.
Brother Bruso was our oldest member and while we deplore his loss we know his time of probation has been well spent. And we are confident that he is now enjoying that peaceful rest which comes to all who prove themselves worthy.
Resolved, That out of true respect for our dear brother, our charter be draped in mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, A copy of these resolutions be spread upon our minutes, a copy be sent the family, and a copy be sent to The Times for publication.
Maurice L. Farrell,
MRS. IDA N. HAZEN IS DEAD AT REDWOOD
Redwood, March 23. -- Mrs. Ida N. Hazen, 68, wife of Edwin Hazen, died this morning at the home of her son Frank J. Hazen. She had been in ill health for some time.
The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 from the home of her son and interment will be made at Hammond.
Cartwright Funeral Held.
Redwood, March 23. -- Funeral services were held this afternoon from the home for George W. Cartwright, 76, who was found dead Saturday at his home near the railroad tracks. Rev. Earnest Bragg officiated.
MUNSON-FISCHER-----In Sacket’s Harbor, April 24, 1921, by Rev. C. M. Hakes, Neva Elizabeth Fischer of this city and William Horace Munson of Dexter.
A Large Wedding Cake.
Pittsburg (sic) Times:
The Oil Region News, published in Mannington, in an account of the wedding of S. J. Todd, of that place, to Miss Kerohan, of Niles, O., says: “Mr. and Mrs. Todd’s wedding cake weighs 167-1/2 pounds, is 80 inches in circumference on the bottom and 40 inches high. Contents of the cake: Seven sacks of flour, 42 dozen of eggs, 35 pounds of butter, 47 pounds of sugar, 30 pounds of raisins, 80 pounds of citron, 30 pounds of currants.”
Lafargeville, Aug. 16. -- A pretty wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eisenhauer, who live near Depauville, last Wednesday, when their daughter, Mabel Elizabeth, became the bride of George B. McNett, of Clayton. The ceremony was performed in the parlor beneath an arch of asparagus, and white sweet peas at high noon. Lohengren’s wedding march was played by Miss Hazel Mather, of Lafargeville. The bridesmaid was Miss Irene Baldwin, and the best man was Emery Eisenhauer, brother of the bride. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Joseph E. Eldridge, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, of Lafargeville, the ring service being used.
The bride was gowned in sky blue silk, and carried a bouquet of white carnations. The bridesmaid wore an Alice blue gown, and carried pink carnations. After the ceremony, dinner was served to about 20 of the immediate relatives of the bride and groom. At 2:30 the couple left by automobile for a short wedding trip.
SURPRISED ON 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. George Hartlein Are Presented With Purse of Silver
Depauville, Jan. 3. -- About 60 relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hartlein to remind them that they had reached their 25th wedding anniversary on Friday evening, Dec. 29.
Invitation had been sent out by Mrs. Horace Schnauber, who with her brother, Ross Hartlein, had planned the surprise for their parents. By a pre-arranged plan Mr. and Mrs. Hartlein had been invited to spend the day with Mr. and Mrs. Sourwine and on their return home found their guests waiting for them.
P. D. Patch presented Mr. and Mrs. Hartlein with a purse of silver and they also received some pieces of silver.
HOUSE BURNS NEAR REDWOOD
(Special to The Times.)
Redwood, June 29. -- The farmhouse of D. L. Hoffman, about a mile from this village, burned down early this afternoon when the roof caught fire from a defective chimney. All of the furniture upstairs was destroyed but neighbors managed to save some of the personal effects and furniture of the Hoffman’s from the downstairs portion. About 600 little chickens were saved when the flames spread to a nearby chicken house.
Mrs. Hoffman was alone in the house when she discovered the flames. For some time she fought the fire alone but finally, when it was beyond her control, she ran half a mile to the home of the nearest neighbor to summon help. They responded and the local fire department was notified.
When help arrived it was too late to save the house. Nearby buildings were sprayed with chemicals and a bucket brigade poured water on the flaming structure. Wind swept the fire away from other buildings but carried it through an orchard, ruining many of the trees.
The loss will be more than $3,000, and it is understood that little if any insurance is carried. Mr. Hoffman was in Watertown when the fire started and could not be reached to be given word of the fire.
Philadelphia, May 4. -- At the Methodist Episcopal parsonage Saturday evening, May 1, occurred the marriage of Clark Baker to Cora May Lawton, both of Theresa. The ceremony was performed by Rev. B. J. Davison. They were unattended.
The bride is the daughter of Bury and Mary Tyler Lawton of Theresa and the bridegroom is the son of John and Hannah Baker of Theresa.
After a brief wedding trip they will make their home in Theresa.
Typist’s Note: 1926 was penned in at the top of this item.
TO WED MAY 5
CEREMONY AT CHURCH OF REDEEMER AT NOON
MISS WALTI TO BE BRIDE
Ross Fuller of Sackets Harbor Best Man and Mrs. D. C. Cooper Maid of Honor.
The marriage of Attorney Clarence Frederick Giles, 426 Grand avenue, and Miss Florence Luella Walti, 610 Mundy street, will be solemnized Wednesday noon at 12 in the Church of the Redeemer by Rev. Dr. W. D. Courage.
Ross Fuller, Sackets Harbor, will act as best man. Mrs. D. C. Cooper, sister of Miss Walti, will be maid of honor. The bridesmaids will be Miss Helen Giles, sister of the bride-to-be, and Miss Ruth Sutherland, Syracuse. Carl and Welcome J. Walti will act as ushers.
Note: A photo of Miss Florence L. Walti appeared under the previous paragraph.
The bride-to-be will wear a white gown embroidered with tiny silver and pearl beads. She will wear a white tulle veil caught with orange blossoms and will carry a shower bouquet of white roses and white sweet peas. The maid of honor will be attired in powder blue georgette with grey hat and slippers to match.
Note: A photo of Clarence F. Giles appeared amid one of the sentences of the previous paragraph.
She will carry a bouquet of ophelia roses. The bridesmaids will be attractively gowned in pink georgette with pink georgette hat and silver slippers. They will carry pink sweet peas.
A wedding luncheon will be served at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walti, 610 Mundy street, following the ceremony. The young couple will then leave on a two weeks’ wedding trip for Binghamton, New York and Washington, D. C. They will make their residence at 239 Francis street on their return to the city.
Miss Walti was born in Clayton. The greater part of her life was passed in that village where she attended the grade schools. About six years ago she came to this city with her parents. She was since graduated from the Northern Business school in this city.
Attorney Giles is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert H. Giles, 426 Grand venue. He was born in this city where he received his early education. Later he moved to Massillon, Ohio, where he was graduated from the Massillon High school. He then entered Albany Law school being graduated in the class of 1924. Upon the completion of his college course he returned to this city and entered the law office of Attorney John H. O’Brien. He has since been affiliated with this firm.
Typist’s Note: 1926 was penned in at the top of this write-up.
FRANK W. KELLOGG WEDS MISS NINA GRACE STETSON
Frank W. Kellogg, 531 Hamlin street, and Mrs. Nina Grace Stetson, 1146 Academy street, were married Friday evening at the parsonage of Asbury Methodist Episcopal church by Rev. W. M. Hydon in the presence of Mrs. Ida D. Hungerford, mother of Mrs. Stetson and Mrs. W. M. Hydon as witnesses to the marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg left for New York immediately after the ceremony. After a wedding trip they will return to this city to live.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Ida D. Hungerford, 1146 Academy street. She is a teacher in the Boon street school. She was a widow.
Mr. Kellogg is a bond salesman for the Frederick Pierce company of New York city. He was formerly connected with the bond department of the Northern New York Trust company. He severed his connection with that company in March, 1923, to go with the Pierce company. He is now the representative of the company in a territory consisting of Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Franklin, with headquarters at Watertown.
Prior to identifying himself with the Trust company Mr. Kellogg was for several years in charge of the engineering and construction department of the New York Air Brake company and for a number of years before that he followed the profession of engineering.
Typist’s Note: October 8, 1924 was penned in at the top of this write-up.
NILL-MITCHELL WEDDING TO TAKE PLACE THURSDAY
CEREMONY AT BRIDE’S HOME IN LAFARGEVILLE WILL BE QUIET ONE
Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Mitchell of Lafargeville announced today that the marriage of their daughter, Miss Lottie Katherine Mitchell to Carl G. Nill, of 911 Academy street, would take place at their home in Lafargeville at 11 Thursday morning, June 14, 1923.
This announcement was given out at the home of Miss Mitchell today. The wedding will be a quiet one, the ceremony being solemnized by Rev. Harry Westbrook Reed, D. D., pastor of All Souls Universalist church of this city, in the presence only of the immediate families of the bride and bridegroom. After their honeymoon Mr. and Mrs. Nill will make their home at 911 Academy street.
Miss Mitchell is a niece of L. C. Mitchell of this city and is well known here, she having for some time held a position in the office of the Marcy-Buck company. For the past years she has had charge of the telephone exchange at Clayton.
Mr. Nill is an officer and manager of the Nill & Jess company, Inc. of this city, is a former alderman and former commission of education, and a member of the Lincoln League, and a member of the various (torn off - word missing) bodies including the Shrine (torn off - words missing) trustee of All Souls Universalist church and has been (torn off - words missing) civic and church ac----- (torn off - words missing) number of years.
Typist’s Note: June 9, 1923 was handwritten at the top of this write-up.
NORTONS OBSERVE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
LOCAL COUPLE CELEBRATE QUIETLY AT HOME
WED AT REDWOOD DEC. 15, 1866
Have Resided in Home in Morrison Street For Past 33 Years After Spending Some Time in West.
Oscar M. Norton and Mrs. Rosetta Norton, who reside at 824 Morrison street, today very quietly celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, at their home in this city.
The couple were married by Rev. Jesse Ager, pastor of the Baptist church of Redwood, Dec. 15, 1866. They were attended by Mrs. Alice Barner, Mr. Norton’s sister, who resides at the present time in Long Beach, Cal. and Oscar Eddy, who has been dead for several years.
Soon after their marriage they moved to the (sic) Schell City, Missouri, where they lived for seven years. They then returned to the old Norton homestead, near Redwood, where they resided for 20 years. They moved to this city following this and made their home on Morrison street where they lived for the past 33 years.
Mr. Norton who was 81 Aug. 20 was born in 1845, at the homestead of his family, near Redwood. In this old home, which was built more than a 100 years ago, by his father, John Norton, one of the pioneers of this section, were born seven children. Oscar Norton was the second youngest child of this family, all of whom are dead except one, his sister, Mrs. Alice Barner. Mr. Norton’s father died more than 30 years ago at the age of 103.
His grandfather, who also bore the name of John Norton, came to this country from England during the Revolutionary war as a soldier. When the war was ended and the 13 colonies became the 13 United States of America, John Norton decided that he would stay in this country. He settled in the Mohawk valley near Albany and there, in the settlement of Greenbush, John Norton, Oscar Norton’s father, was born.
In the early part of the 19th century, Mr. Norton’s father left his home at Greenbush and came into northern New York. When John Norton came into this section, there were no roads and in order to travel from one point to another, these hardy settlers rode horseback through the woods.
About 1820, John Norton built the Norton homestead about three and one-half miles from Redwood on the military road toward Ogdenbsurg. There in about 1800 (sic), he took his bride and there he lived until his death.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Norton recount how they remember Mr. Norton’s mother tell about the battle of Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812. His mother was born and lived the early part of her life in Jewettville, which was near Sackets Harbor.
Mrs. Norton who was Miss Rosetta Weaver is the youngest of eight children of the late Anthony and Mrs. Weaver of South Hammond. All of her brothers and sisters are now dead.
Mr. and Mrs. Norton have two children, both of whom are living. One is Mrs. W. J. Norton, 419 South Massey street, and the other is Mrs. M. J. Springer of South Hannibal, Oswego county.
The children and their families were unable to be present at the home of the parents because of illness in their homes but the day was replete with congratulatory telegrams from both relatives and friends.
The Nortons received a letter and postal car shower, congratulating them on their long marriage and many neighbors called during the day to pay their respects to the couple.
Typist’s Note: 1926 appeared at the top of this item. A sizeable photo of the couple also appeared on this page - captioned, “Mr. and Mrs. Oscar M. Norton, 814 Morrison street.” Underneath that was the following short article, also penned in with “1926.”
WILL CELEBRATE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Oscar M. Norton, a son of an early settler of Jefferson county, and Mrs. Rosetta Norton, who resided at 824 Morrison street, this city, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, Wednesday, Dec. 15.
They were married at Redwood, Dec. 15, 1866, by Rev. Jesse Ager of the Baptist church of that village. Mrs. Norton who was Miss Rosetta Weaver before her marriage, was the youngest of eight children of the late Anthony and Mrs. Weaver of South Hammond. Mrs. Norton, who is 77 years of age, was born Nov. 21, 1850, in South Hammond.
DR. L. J. HARTMAN, 41, PASSES AWAY
FORMER ALEXANDRIA BAY PHYSICIAN IS DEAD
RESIDED ON STATEN ISLAND
Deceased Attended Alexandria Bay School and Was Graduate Of Syra cuse University and McGill Col lege Of Medicine--Relatives Reside At Bay.
(SPECIAL TO THE TIMES.)
Alexandria Bay, Aug. 27. -- Word was received here today from Great Keels, Staten Island, of the death there late Tuesday of Dr. Louis John Hartman, formerly of Alexandria Bay. Dr. Hartman was 41 years of age.
Dr. Hartman was well known in this village where he practiced for a short time, following the death of Dr. E. E. Campbell a few years ago. He was born here, a son of Henry and Minnie Evarson Hartman. His mother died several years ago.
He attended school in this village and later Syracuse university and McGill college of medicine, where he received his medical education.
Following his graduation from McGill, he began practice at Menomine, Wis., and continued there until the World war broke out. He joined the medical corps and was commissioned a captain. He went overseas with the 15th Field Hospital corps and later was transferred to the Fourth Machine Gun Battalion, serving with the medical corps. Following the war he was commissioned a major in the medical reserve corps.
After the war, his health became poor and he took up practice in Alexandria Bay. After a few months in this village, he removed to Great Keels, S. I., and continued his practice there until his death.
Besides his father and stepmother, who reside in this village, he is survived by a twin sister, Mrs. Fuller Cornwall, of this village.
He was a member of the American Legion, John B. Lyman post, Alexandria Bay and a member of the Masonic order. He also was a Knights Templar, Media Shrine, Watertown, and always had been active in its affairs.
The body will be brought to this village Friday and funeral services will be held from the home of his father, 27 Church street, at 2 p.m. Dr. Paul Malifty, pastor of the Dutch Reform church here will officiate. Burial will be made in Waltham street cemetery. Both the Legion and members of the Masonic order will attend the services in a body.
Note by Typist: 1923 was handwritten at the top of this obit.
ILL 6 WEEKS, DIES ON CHRISTMAS DAY
(Special to The Times.)
Redwood, Dec. 26. -- Mrs. Lillie A. Helmer, for the past 29 years a resident of this village, died Christmas day after a six weeks illness of a complication of diseases. She had been confined to her bed for the past four weeks.
Mrs. Helmer was born Jan. 26, 1859 at Barnes Settlement, town of Alexandria, where she lived until about 29 years ago when she moved to this village. In 1884 she became the bride of George H. Helmer and to this union two children were born, Margaret and Ida, the latter, now Mrs. Ida C. Wills, surviving.
Mrs. Helmer was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and of Kirkland Grange, 684.
Surviving besides her daughter, Mrs. Wills, are three brothers and one sister, Mrs. Roxina Chichester of Alexandria, Pa., Edwin Curtis of Oakton, Va., Elmer Curtis of Gouverneur and Charles W. Curtis of Redwood. There is also one grandchild, Lillie M. Wills.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 from the home. Rev. Ernest Bragg officiating. Interment will be made at Redwood cemetery.
Typist’s Note: 1925 was handwritten on this obit.
MISS SCHRYVER, NURSE, EXPIRES
Miss Alta Schryver, 26, daughter of Frank and Sarah Baltz Schryver of Omar, died last Saturday at Troy Samaritan hospital, Troy, after an illness of about ten days. Death was due to pneumonia.
Miss Schryver was a graduate of Clayton high school and of the House of the Good Samaritan of this city, where she did special nursing duty for three years, graduating in 1920. Following her work in the hospital here, she went to New York city, where she spent a year and a half at Columbia university working for her bachelor of science degree.
On Sept. 1 of this year Miss Schryver accepted a position as instructress of student nurses at Troy Samaritan hospital. Her death occurred on the eighth anniversary of the beginning of her nursing career.
She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schryver of Omar; three brothers, Roy, of Toronto and Clifford and Dewey of Omar; four sisters, Alice of Webster, Ruth of Elkrart (sic), Ind., and Susie and Eleanor of Syracuse. Miss Schryver was a niece of George H. Baltz and William Baltz of Watertown.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 2:30 p.m. from the Omar Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. B. J. Davison officiating. Burial will be made in Omar.
Typist’s Note: 1923 was handwritten at the top of this obit.
FORMER HOSPITAL SUPERVISOR DEAD
WAS SUPERINTENDENT OF CITY HOSPITAL
LEFT WATERTOWN IN 1914
Graduated From St. Luke’s and Had Charge of Large Hospital During the War.
Mrs. Lucy Ripley Joy, formerly superintendent of the House of the Good Samaritan, died in Boulder, Colorado, this morning. Mrs. Joy had been ill for several weeks.
She was head of the local hospital for a number of years. She was widely known in this city and leaves many friends here. She left this city for the west in 1914.
Mrs. Joy was a graduate of St. Luke’s hospital in New York city. For a time she was in charge of the operating room in St. Lukes. She came to this city from New York and served as superintendent of the House of the Good Samaritan for six or seven years.
During the war she had charge of a large hospital for wounded soldier at Lakewood, N. J.
She is survived by one brother, John Ripley, Portland, Oregon, and one sister, Mrs. Wallace, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The funeral services will be held in St. Louis Monday. Interment will take place in that city.
Typist’s Note: 1926 was handwritten at the top of this obit.
TO BURY MRS. DOCKHAM IN REDWOOD CEMETERY
Syracuse, Feb. 21. -- Mrs. Alzina Reed Dockham, who died Thursday, will be buried in Redwood, N. Y. where funeral services will be conducted. Murphy & Scanlon, undertakers, removed the body to Redwood Monday, following funeral services at 9 Monday morning at their rooms.
Typist’s Note: 1928 was handwritten alongside this item.
MRS. POHL DIES AT OGDENSBURG
(Special to The Times.)
Ogdensburg, Feb. 18. -- Mrs. Catherine Pohl, 77, a former resident of Watertown died at the state hospital here today following an illness of several months. She was the widow of the late Frederick Pohl of Evans Mills who died Feb. 15, 1917.
Mrs. Pohl whose maiden name was Miss Catherine Ganter, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, Nov. 24, 1848, of German parentage. When about 20 years of age, she came to this country in the company of relatives. She first went to reside at Lafargeville where she met the late Frederick Pohl and there they were married. After their marriage, they removed to the town of Pamelia. They later resided in Evans Mills.
After the death of Mr. Pohl almost exactly nine years ago, Mrs. Pohl moved to Watertown and resided in her home in this city until going to Ogdensburg for treatment.
She is survived by two brothers, Anthony Ganter of Pamelia and Rupert Ganter, who still resides in Germany. A daughter died at an early age.
Funeral services will be held from the Presbyterian church at Evans Mills, Rev. Mr. Ivey, pastor of the church officiating. The members of the Evans Mills O. E. S. will attend in a body and will take charge of the service at the grave. Interment will be made in the Evans Mills cemetery.
Typist’s Note: 1926 appeared in handwriting at the top of this obit.
REDWOOD WOMAN DIES DAY BEFORE 73RD BIRTHDAY
(Special to The Times.)
Redwood-- Mrs. Augusta Kabel, 73, died at her home here at 5:10 Friday Apr 23. She had been in poor health for sometime.
Mrs. Kabel was born in the town of Leray, April 24, 1853, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Cable. Many years ago she married William Kabel of Redwood, wheelwright. He died 32 years ago. Mrs. Kabel had resided in Redwood most of her life.
She is survived by two sons, George Kabel of Watertown and Clarence Kabel of Syracuse, one daughter, Grace Kabel of Redwood.
The funeral will be held from the home Monday afternoon. Rev Mr. Derr of the Episcopal Church at Theresa will officiate. Burial will be in Redwood Cemetery.
Typist’s Note: 23 April 1926 was penned in at the top of this obit.
ELIAS LEWIS, 91, REDWOOD, DIES
(Special To The Times.)
Redwood, April 30. -- Elias D. Lewis, 91, one of the oldest residents of this vicinity, died Thursday afternoon. He had been in failing health and had been confined to his bed for some time. Death was due to the infirmities of old age.
Mr. Lewis was born in the town of Antwerp between Oxbow and Theresa, and lived there during his early years. He was the sixth child of one of the earliest settlers of the region., his father having been the second white man in that territory.
At the age of 21 he married Jane Lawton, who died five years ago. After their marriage they moved to the farm near Indian River Bridge.
Surviving him are a nephew, I. A. Lewis of Syracuse, and a grand-niece also of Syraccuse and a niece who resides in Thompson, Ill.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 from the home, Rev. Ernest Bragg officiating. Interment will be made at Redwood cemetery.
Typist’s Note: the year, 1926, appeared in pen at the top of this obit.
In Redwood, February 8, 1926, to Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Cornwall of New York, a son, Gale Thomas.
ROSWELL R. STACY DIES AT OGDENSBURG HOSPITAL
(Special to The Times.)
Ogdensburg, Jan. 22. -- Roswell R. Stacy, 32, postmaster at the Redwood post office, died early this morning at the Hepburn hospital here. He had been ill for the past month with intestinal trouble. On Jan. 14 he underwent an operation for appendicitis and he gradually grew weaker from that time until his death today.
He was born in Redwood, June 28, 1893, son of John and Elizabeth Nerckel Stacy. He graduated from Cornell university and later worked in Richmond, Va., as a butter maker.
Mr. Stacy was the first man to enlist during the World war from Richmond, Va. He served for 18 months on the Leviathan. He was appointed postmaster of Redwood in 1922.
Surviving is his wife, formerly Miss Gladys Dupre, an infant son, Roswell Richard Stacy, jr.; his father, John Stacy of Redwood; two brothers, John of Cobbleskill and Alva of Millbrook, and one sister, Mrs. Floyd Rogers of Hammond.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Typist’s Note: 1926 appeared in pen at the top of this obit.
DAVID HECKMAN, AGED 75, DIES
LONG ILLNESS FATAL TO AGED LOWVILLE MAN
NATIVE OF GERMANY
Came to This Country at Age of 21 and Settled Near Redwood--Moved to Lowville 32 Years Ago--Celebrated 50th Wedding Anniversary in November, 1924.
(Special To The Times.)
Lowville, July 26. -- David Heckman, 75, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence D. Claus in this village at 8 this morning. He had been ill since last March with a complication of diseases.
He was born in Germany, March 22, 1851, and came to this country and settled near Redwood when he was 21 years old. He came to this village 32 years ago and had since lived here.
In 1874 he married Miss Margaret Hartman of Redwood, who survives him. On Nov. 5, 1924 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a member of the Lutheran church of Redwood.,
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Claus at whose home his death occurred and Mrs. Ernest Oaster of Martinsburg.
The funeral services will be held from his late home in this village Tuesday afternoon at 2, Rev. F. K. Vogt, pastor of the Evangical (sic) Lutheran church of Watertown, officiating. Interment will be made in Rural cemetery in this village.
Typist’s note: 1926 appeared in pen at the top of this obit.
RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT
Once again the Silent Reaper hath entered into our fold and hath taken unto Himself, Napoleon Hodge who has been a faithful member of Kirkland grange for many years. Therefore, be it
Resolved, That we, as members of the grange, extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family and commend them to the Great Master above who doeth all things well. Therefore, be it
Resolved, While we mourn for our brother our charter be draped as a token of respect and a copy of these resolutions be spread upon our minutes and a copy be presented to the family and also a copy be published in the Daily Times.
Mrs. Henry Hartman.
Mrs. George Ray.
STATE GRANGE MASTER DIES IN SYRACUSE W. N. Giles, Identified with Grange Work for Quarter of Century, Well Known Here
STATE GRANGE MASTER DIES IN SYRACUSE
W. N. Giles, Identified with Grange Work for Quarter of Century, Well Known Here
SYRACUSE, March 14. -- William N. Giles, aged 61 years, master of the State Grange and prominently identified with grange activities for a quarter of a century, died early this morning in the hospital of the Good Shepherd. He had been a patient in that institution since March 8.
Mr. Giles was undoubtedly the best known Grange worker in the North Country and had visited the city of Watertown on numerous occasions. He attended the annual field day of Pomona Grange held in August of 1920 at Campbell’s Point where he was one of the principal speakers.
For over 20 years Mr. Gils served as secretary of the State Grange and during that time he visited practically every grange in this section of the country. He was installed as master of the grange at the state meeting held in Rochester in February, 1920.
Previous to becoming affiliated with grange work he traveled as a salesman. For a number of years his health had been poor but it was only when his condition became serious that he entered the hospital in Syracuse where he died. He is survived by a widow in Skaneateles where he and Mrs. Giles had resided for about 50 years.
Black River Man Weds
Binghamton, Jan. 7. -- George LaPatra of Black River and Mrs. May Petrie of Binghamton were married here Monday by Rev. Leonard C. Murdock, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, at the parsonage. They will make their home in Black River.
Typist’s Note: 1926 was penned in at the top of this item.
GEORGE V. SPIES DIES AT REDWOOD
(Special to The Standard)
REDWOOD, Sept. 5. _- George V. Spies of this village died this morning. He had been ill from meningitis following heat prostration earlier in the summer.
He was born in Watertown September 6, 1852 and came to Redwood at the age of eight years, living on the Spies farm at the foot of Butterfield Lake.
Mr. Spies was married to Mary Catheriine Kufer on February 21, 1878, and for 30 years lived on a farm near Calaboga. Eight years ago he retired and had since lived in Redwood village.
Surviving are the widow, three children, Mrs. Lena Schermerhorn of Briar Hill, Edward Spies, of South Hammond and Glenn Spies of Brookline, Mass., one sister, Mrs. John Zoller of Redwood; one brother, William Spies of Redwood and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Spies was much esteemed in this community. He was one of the oldest members of the Lutheran church here.
The funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 at the home and at 2 P. M. at the church. Interment will be made at Redwood cemetery.
Typist’s Note: The year, 1919, was penned in at the top of this obit.
BURTON FUNERAL ONE OF LARGEST AT LAFARGEVILLE
Lafargeville, May 1., -- One of the largest funerals ever held in this place was that of County Deputy L. W. Burton Wednesday afternoon, in the Methodist Episcopal church, at 2 p.m. following a short service from the home in Maple street.
Rev. L. J. Reed of Arkport, N. Y., a life long friend and former pastor spoke on his intimate knowledge of and friendship and respect for Mr. Burton. In his closing remarks he used the text “In My Father’s House are Many Mansions, If It Were Not So, I Would Have Told you.”
Rev. B. G. Miller, pastor of the local church, offered prayer and gave several remarks.
Rev. Ivan J. Howland of the Methodist Protestant church also occupied the pulpit and assisted in the service. County Deputies Edson Walradt of Evans Mills, O. E. Andrus from Watertown, C. L. Beecher of Watertown, together with three other deputies, acted as bearers.
Three autos filled with flowers preceded the funeral cortege, and it is understood several pieces came on the night train too late for the service.
It is estimated about 400 people attended the service. Among the prominent members of the grange fraternity present were: New York State Master S. L. Strivings of Wyoming county, State Overseer Freestone of Seneca county, State Secretary S. J. Riley of Cayuga county, and Edson Walradt, member of the executive committee besides members and representatives from all over Jefferson county.
Pomona Master Merrill of Rutland together with the chaplain of Pomona grange conducted the services at the grange.
The Masonic Order and Eastern Star acted as escort to members of the grange of whom there were about 160 in line at the church preceeding (sic) the service.
CHRISTOPHER GILTZ DIES AT THERESA
THERESA, March 19. -- Christopher Giltz, 87, died at his home in lower Main street, this village, at 3 A. M. Wednesday, death resulting from tonsilitis and the infirmities of age. Funeral will be held from the late home Friday at 2 P. M., with burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Rev. H. B. Krusa of Redwood officiating.
Typist’s note: The year, 1924, was written at the top of this notice.
LEROY BURTON DIES, AGED 45
(Special to The Times.)
Lafargeville, April 26. -- Leroy W. Burton, aged 45 years and five months, died at 1:30 Sunday morning at his home in Maple street after being ill for some time.
Mr. Burton was born in East Schuyler, N. Y., son of William and Emma Burton. He attended school in Utica. In 1902 he married Miss Edith Nash of Lafargeville, by whom he is survived.
He had been for a long time prominent in the grange of this place, of the county and of the state and was a member of the national grange. He was master of the Lafargeville grange for four years and with the exception of chaplain and lecturer, had held all the offices of the Pomona grange and was for two terms master of the Pomona.
At one time he was appointed county deputy and held that position for five years.
Surviving besides his wife are one son, Clarence; a daughter, Mildred; a brother, William of Utica and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Lewis, of Fulton, N. Y.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 from the home and at 2 from the Methodist Episcopal church of which he was a member. Rev. L. K. Reed of Arkport will officiate.
Typist’s Note: The year, 1926, was written atop this obit.
BAY GIRL BRIDE OF W. M. DICKHAUT
Local Man Weds Miss Zoa Hattie Sweet at River Village.
Alexandria Bay, Oct. 29.--Wendall M. Dickhaut of Watertown, and Zoa Hattie Sweet of this village were married at 7 Saturday night at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage, Rev. Oliver E. Raymond, pastor of the church, officiating. The couple were attended by Donald M. Mullin of Gouverneur, and Mary E. Sweet, a sister of the bride.
Following the ceremony a wedding luncheon was served at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Sweet. After the reception Mr. and Mrs. Dickhaut left for Watertown where they will reside at 112 Park street.
Mrs. Dickhaut's parents have always lived in Alexandria Bay, and she has been one of the most popular women of the town. She is a graduate of Alexandria Bay High school and for the past three years has been nurse attendant in the office of Dr. Owen Gillick of Theresa. Mr. Dickhaut is a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Dickhaut of Theresa, an electrician.
ROBERT G. M’LEAR, 80, DIES AFTER OPERATION
(SPECIAL TO THE TIMES>)
Redwood, April 20. -- Robert G. McLear, aged about 80 years, a retired farmer, died early this morning in the Hepburn hospital, Ogdensburg, following an operation. He was taken there Monday night. His farm home burned a few years ago and since then he and Mrs. McLear had made their home in the village.
Most of his life had been spent in Redwood. He is survived by his widow. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Typist’s Note: 1923 was written in at the top of this obit.
WHEN JUDGE PURCELL WAS A SCHOOL COMMISSIONER
EVANS MILLS RESIDENT WRITES OF RECOLLECTION OF FIFTY YEARS AGO.
Evans Mills, Dec. 31. -- The following recollections of happenings 50 years ago were written by an Evans Mills resident.
Just as a reminder. Do you remember when Judge Henry Purcell was school commissioner, George Babbit sheriff and Andrew C. Middleton, senator? Fifty years ago.
Fred Waddington was LeRay’s supervissor and received $31 for his labors within the town. Wesley Rulison was town clerk, whose year’s salary was %25.74. Warren Gardner, S. S. Christie and E. F. Carter were commissioners of highways and $160 was paid the three. Thirty-two dollars was the most any one received for services. Inspectors and election clerk were Rezot Tozer, David Hardy, Benjamin Dexter, George Maynard, Isaiah Failing, John J. Kinney and E. K. Gardner, paid at the rate of $2 per day. C. P. Grange and Ed Snell were justicies of the peace. Then the entire amount of and for Leray roads was $1,682.04. This sum included bridges and culverts for the years 1873.
That year prime turkeys, dressed, brought 13c and butter soared to 53c a pound.
LYDIA AVERY, 91, PASSES AWAY AT ALEX. BAY
Daughter of Two of Earliest Settlers of Section Is Dead
(Special to The Standard.)
ALEXANDRIA BAY, Sept. 21. -- Lydia Makepeace Avery, a daughter of two of the first settlers of the town of Alexandria, died Sunday afternoon at the home of her stepson, William Avery, in Church street. She was 91 years old.
She had been in feeble health, caused by her advanced age, for about 11 months, during which time she was cared for by her step-soon, who is U. S. Customs Officer here.
She was a daughter of the late Solomon and Jane Makepeace, who emigrated here more than 100 years ago. She was born on a farm about a mile from Plessis, one of the eight children who now are all dead.
In 1865 she was married to Alfred Avery, who then had four children. One of these children, Charles, died in 1900. Frank, of Illinois, Anson A., of Chester, Pa., and William W., of Alexandria Bay, survive. Mr. Avery died in 1888.
Mrs. Avery has been affiliated with the local M. E. church since it was founded 50 years ago and before that was a member of the church located at what is now known as Brown’s Corners.
Funeral services will be held at her late home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock and interment will be in Plessis, at Brookside cemetery.
Typist’s Note: The year, 1925, was pencilled in at the top of Lydia’s obit.
MRS. PICKERT PASSES AWAY AT ALEX. BAY
ALEXANDRIA BAY, Sept. 24. -- Mrs. Fanny A. Pickert, 54, died at her home in Avery avenue this morning. She had been seriously ill for about three years and for the last few days was confined to her bed.
She was born August 3, 1871, at Plessis, daughter of Solomon and Lucinda Forbes Makepeace. Thirty-two years ago she was married to Louis Pickert and they lived in Redwood for five years before moving to this village.
She was a member of Thousand Island Chapter, O. E. S.; Alexandria Rebekah Lodge and Companion Courtt, I. O. F. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Plessis.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 P. M. from the home in Avery avenue, Rev. Bragg of Redwood officiating.
Typist’s Note: 1925 was penned in at the top of Fanny’s obit.
REDWOOD MAN PASSES AWAY
Redwood, March 24. Glendon S. Phillips, 74, prominent resident of this village and well known throughout northern New York, died Tuesday evening at the Hepburn hospital in Ogdensburg. The funeral services will be held Friday at 2 from the family home. Interment will be made in South Hammond. Mr. Phillips has been ill since January suffering with a stroke. He developed intestinal trouble last Friday and went to Ogdensburg for an operation. Since then his condition had become steadily worse.
Typist’s Note: The year, 1927, was written at the top of this obit.
BOY, 7, DROWNED IN SANDY CREEK
Slips From Ice as He Reaches For Tin Can in Open Water
JOHN HUTCHINSON, 7, SON OF BELLEVILLE PASTOR, VICTIM
DYNAMITE USED BY SEARCHERS IN FUTILE ATTEMPT TO FIND BODY
TRAGEDY SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Student at Belleville Academy Was Playing With Two Other Boys at the Time--Body Goes Under Ice FLOE--Son of Rev. and Mrs. Miles L. Hutchinson.
(Special to The Times.)
Belleville, Feb. 7. -- John Hutchinson, 7, son of Rev. and Mrs. Miles L. Hutchinson, this village lost his life in the frigid water of the north branch of Sandy Creek at 4:30 Saturday afternoon when he reached for a tin can bobbing in an open patch of water, slipped from the ice and disappeared.
One of two small boys who was near young Hutchinson, grabbed the victim’s leg when he fell into the water and held on frantically until the swift current broke his grip.
Typist’s Note: A photo of John Hutchinson was shown at this point in the text.
When the Hutchinson boy went under the ice floe, John Austin, jr. 7, and Donald Austin, 8, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Austin of this village, became frightened and ran back to the Hutchinson parsonage, about a quarter of a mile away, where they told Rev. Mr. Hutchinson what had happened.
Efforts to recover the boy’s body started soon after the Austin boys reported the tragedy. They continued until after dark Saturday, all day Sunday and again today.
Young Hutchinson had spent Saturday afternoon with his two playmates, motoring in Lorraine with Mrs. John Austin. On the way to Larraine (sic) they noticed larger boys skating on the ice in the cove to the rear of the farm home of Stuart D. Ormsby. When the drowning occurred later, however, the three small boys were the only ones on the ice.
Mrs. Austin and the three children returned to this village about 3:30 in the afternoon. She (word obliterated from copy) boys out of the car in front of the Hutchinson home and they went directly to the cove to play on the ice which borders the creek from 15 to 20 feet out on both sides.
The Austin boys said that John Hutchinson noticed the can bobbing in the water. They said that he reached for it, lost his balance and plunged forward into the cold water. It was then that one of the Austin boys grabbed his leg and tried to hold on. The water is between three and four feet in depth at the point where the drowning occurred.
There were several men working in the Ormsby barn 100 feet away from the scene but the frightened playmates of Hutchinson ran to the home of the victim’s parents first.
Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson had just entered their house from a Belleville Grange meeting. Rev. Mr. Hutchinson immediately started searching the banks of the creek for his son.
Mrs. Hutchinson went to the Ormsby residence, together with Mrs. Austin who notified the state police in Adams. In the meantime news of the tragedy spread rapidly and people from the village aided in searching along the banks and watched from the bridges for signs of the boy’s body.
Sergeant H. Nelson Schermerhorn and Trooper Charles Hall, Adams patrol, arrived at 5:30 and took charge of the search. It was possible to see the marks where the boy slipped into the creek so that troopers floated three different bags of sawdust attached to floatings (sic) cans to determine where the current would take the body.
Since none of these decoys appeared out in the open stream it was the theory of officers that the body had become lodged in an ice jam about 20 feet away. Troopers and volunteers from Belleville cut ice until 8 at night when the search was given up until Sunday on account of the bad storm and darkness.
Sheriff Brayton E. Peck and Undersheriff P. Raymond Johndrow of Watertown were notified at 6:05 p.m. They came later.
Work was resumed again Sunday at 8 a.m. George and Melvin Bovee of Belleville dynamited the ice while people stood along the banks watching. Men with nets were stationed at the foot bridge by the Snell mill in order to stop the body there if it floated down. The dynamiting continued until 4 p.m. when the ice jam was broken up in the hope it might lower the level of the creek.
The search was discontinued until today. The whole ice jam passed under the Belleville bridge at 7 Sunday night, flooding the flats. People went out with flashlights but it was impossible to distinguish any object in the jam.
The north branch of Sandy creek joins the south branch below the scenic highway and empties into Lake Ontario at the old coast guard station below Southwick beach. At the mouth it is about one-fourth mile wide and very deep.
John Hutchinson was the only son and youngest child of Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson. His father is pastor of Belleville Methodist Episcopal church. The boy was born June 24, 1930, at Philadelphia, where his father was pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church for seven years. The family came to Belleville in May, 1933.
John entered Union academy in 1935. This year he was in third grade, taught by Mrs. H. E. Ralph. He was also a member of Mrs. Donald Sprague’s Sunday school class at the Methodist Episcopal church.
Besides his parents he is survived by four sisters, Esther, 19, a sophomore in home economics at Cornell university; Ruth, 17; Ida Mae, 15, and Dorothy, 13, all students in Union academy.
Typist’s Note: 1938 appeared in pen at the top of this article.
MISS CORA HOTIS OF PLESSIS WED
Plessis, Feb. 7. -- Miss Cora Hotis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hotis of Plessis, became the bride of Martin Hanni, son of Mrs. Elsie Hanni, Saturday at the Lutheran parsonage, Redwood. Rev. Richard Henderson performed the ceremony.
Miss Bertha Hanni, sister of the bridegroom was the bride’s attendant. Omar Morrow, Theresa, was the best man.
The bride wore a brown crepe dress with matching accessories. Miss Hanni’s dress was a desert rose crepe with brown accessories.
Mrs. Hanni is a graduate of Alexandria Bay High school, class of June, 1937.
The couple left immediately for a trip and expect to be home about Feb. 15. They will reside on a farm near Plessis.
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