Errata from the
Watertown Re-Union Newspapers
Watertown, NY

January - June 1879

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The first mail from Adams in a week reached this city yesterday.

At Lorraine, on Christmas, three men were seen coming down the street, two on snow shoes and the other on his hands and knees. On being hailed to know if anyone was dead, they replied that they were out of tobacco. They lived three miles from the village.

Mr. William R. Gates of Antwerp, the first male child born in this county, was 77 years of age on Christmas Day. He was born in Champion on the 25th of December, 1801. Mr. Gates continued to reside with his parents in Champion until at the age of 32 years, soon after which he was joined in marriage to Miss EUNICE F. LYNDE, daughter of Mr. JAMES LYNDE of Rutland. He was then employed in Vincent LeRay's furnace, at Carthage, operated by Budd & Bones, with whom he remained for three years. From Carthage he removed to Rossie. He then went to Antwerp to reside, purchasing the farm upon which he has since resided, bringing up a family of ten children, seven of whom are still living.

A number of the friends of Mr. TRUMAN S. ANGELL surprised him with a visit last Saturday evening, the day being the anniversary of his seventy-second birthday. Neighbors and acquaintances of long years with their sons and daughters, who had been born, reared and married during their intimacies were there. Sons and daughters of the host were there...The National colors were displayed over the entrance to the parlors, flanked by the figures in evergreens, 1806-1878, and just before the departure, which was nearly Sunday morning, Mr. Angell in a short expressed his thanks to the guests...

A correspondent writing of the death of H. D. COOPER in Hermon, age nearly 85 years, says: "He was born in Townsend, Mass, April 16, 1794. In 1802 when he was eight years of age, the family emigrated to the then West, Black River Country. They came with a team and were six weeks on the road. They crossed the Hudson River at Waterford, on a rude bridge...When they arrived at Watertown they got to the end of the road and took to boats, going down the river, carrying around the rapids, and went to Sackets Harbor,k where the family built the third shanty in that village. In January 1809, the family moved from Sackets Harbor across the Black River Bay and settled on Pillar Point, at the head of a cave still known as Sherwin's Bay, taking its name from the family...

The death of ALBERT VALASCO of Shurtliff Ore Bed on Sunday night of last week, was a shock to this community. As one of the responsible businessmen at the mines he had made many friends in this vicinity. His remains were in consequence of the storm kept until Friday, when they were taken to Syracuse via Utica for interment. His widow is a daughter of LEVI CHACE of this town.

January 9, 1879, p. 7:

A correspondent writes as follows from Alexandria Bay: "On Friday last DANIEL RAPPOLE, a much respected farmer, a long resident in this town, age about 75 years, died very suddenly with heart disease. He went to his barn with a pail of water, where he was found dead by a member of his family in a short time after entering the barn...

It was the most terrific storm we have had in years. The snow is four feet deep on the level. This is condensed.

MRS. EBENEZER WEBSTER celebrated her eightieth birthday, December 23d. About 25 invited guests were present.

CLINT HOWE who is teaching school in Theresa weights 351 pounds and is a gentleman, consequently he is "large and respectable."

Mr. DANIEL RAPPOLE, who died near Alexandria Bay, a few days since, suddenly of heart disease, was one of Alexandria's best citizens, having lived in the town a great while; was about 77 years of age and died as he had lived--without an enemy.

The funeral of MRS. H. PEUGNET, which took place on Thursday morning, was largely attended.

January 16, 1879, p. 4:

An old man named EASTMAN died at the County House Friday last. It is the first death in 20 months.

Hon. W. F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) has made $135,000 on the stage and has purchased 5,300 head of cattle in Kansas, where he will make his home.

January 16, 1879, p. 4:

A correspondent writes as follows from East Watertown: "We have news of the death of one of Jefferson County's first settlers, in Springfield, Ill. The Sangamo Daily Monitor, says: 'Died, on Monday, December 30th, 1878, between 10 and 12 a.m., HORACE HICKOX, age 83 years.' The deceased was among the oldest residents of this city. He came here in 1836, and for many years was one of the most active, and most energetic of our businessmen....

Brownville Lodge, No. 53 F. & A. M. - At a stated meeting of the Brownville Lodge, held January 7th, 1879, the following preamble and resolution were adopted: WHEREAS, It has pleased God in his infinite wisdom to remove by death our beloved brother, PHILO D. WILDER...

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The corpse of a little child of ALBERT HEELER, below Goose Bay, remained unburied a week in consequence of impassable roads.

January 23, 1879, p. 1:

The following named gentlemen have been confirmed Notaries Public: LLOYD G. WOODRUFF, Cape Vincent; FRANK C. WHITNEY and JAMES G. ALDEN, Watertown.

Miss JENNIE WRIGHT, a young lady in the prime of life, was called by the messenger of God to render an account of a short and useful life on Tuesday, after an illness of only four days, at the early age of 17 years...If we have lost a friend; if the school has lost a scholar; if her sisters had lost a sister, if her father and mother have lost a kind and obedient daughter, Jennie has found a home which is everlasting...

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During the past week two old citizens of Gouverneur have died: MRS. REBEKAH KEYS, widow of Calvin Keyes, age 64 years; Mrs. Keyes had been a resident of this town for more than 50 years. Also, Mr. JAMES K. BARNEY, in the 75th year of his age. Mr. Barney had formerly been a resident of Jefferson County, but has lived in this town for upwards of 45 years, during all of which time he had never once missed voting the regular Democratic ticket.

Married, Mr. F. A. LANE of this place to Miss NETTIE CORY of Pinckney. This marriage was to have taken place some time ago, but stormy weather and bad roads kept the betrothed pair from uniting, as has been the case in many other places.

January 30, 1879, p. 7:
FRANK TUSSAW, who resides about one-half mile from Fisher's Landing, is probably the oldest man in Jefferson County, being 101 years old. He will attend the next Centennial exhibition.

ALBERT ANDERSON died at Great Bend last Thursday. He was among others who were injured by an accident at Philadelphia, about nine years ago when a train of cars ran off the track. Mr. Anderson never fully recovered.

February 6, 1879, p. 1:

Mr. THOMAS HOPKINS residing about a mile from the village in the town of Champion had a stroke of paralysis last Tuesday morning and died from the effects Friday night.

The obsequies of the late MYRON CHAMBERLAIN took place yesterday, owing to the roads but very few attended.

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Mr. BRIAN McGARVEY of Lowville is 105 years old. Twelve grandchildren play about his knees every day. He is said to be the oldest Free Mason living in this country.

A fatal coasting accident occurred to a little five year old daughter of WM. LA JOY of Malone. She ran under a load of wood on a pair of bobs and was crushed, living but a few hours.

WILLIAM C. ATWOOD and wife, of Depauville, last Saturday night went to Augustus Schnauber's for a visit. Before Mrs. Atwood had removed her wrappings, she felt strangely, and fell, expiring instantly. Previous to this she appeared to be in good health. Heart disease was the cause.

SEWELL B. BATCHELLER, of Lowville, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. E. E. JONES, on Benedict Street, in this city Sunday, with typhoid pneumonia. Mr. Batcheller was 64 years of age and was highly esteemed at his home, Lowville...He came to this city on a visit to his daughter, was taken sick and died...The remains were then taken to Lowville for interment.

Some of our people have received invitations to attend the 20th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. HOLMES of Redwood, wedding day, which will occur on the 10th inst. ...

The sixth ward has three 1812 pensioners.

February 13, 1879, p. 8:

There was a very pleasant gathering at the residence of MRS. LUCY BUTLER in Pamelia, on Saturday, the 8th instant, to celebrate her 81st birthday. The relatives of Mrs. B. have been in the habit of meeting with her on the return of each birthday for many years. On this day there were 42 present. Mrs. Butler is the oldest of a family of ten children, and anyone who has attended these gatherings in past years cannot but recognize the march of time; of her brothers but two are left, the oldest and youngest; both were present. Mrs. Butler was the mother of two children, both gone to a better life. Thirteen years ago, when her husband died, she called on her youngest brother to come and live with her. She retains her faculties to remarkable degree. She keeps her own house without servants, and takes three weekly papers, and reads them all without the aid of glasses, which she never has had to use....MRS. R. S. LAWRENCE of Hartford, CT delivered a poem...

February 20, 1879, p. 4:

MRS. SARAH BAKER, of Black Lake, who is in her 79th year, is making a quilt which will have when finished 7,680 pieces.

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Among the hale and hearty old men of our county is LAWRENCE TIMMERMAN, of Evans Mills. He will be 83 years old next month, and he has resided on the same farm where he now lives 75 years, or since he was 8 years old, and of course is familiar with the history of the town and county and with all of the interesting incidents connected with the early settlement of the same. He is the father-in-law of O. W. KING, was a soldier in the War of 1812 and receives his annual pension...

Under the appropriate head will be found a notice of the death of Major DIMICK B. HUNTINGTON, an elder brother of Dr. Huntington, of this city. The deceased, a native of Watertown, was an officer in the volunteer service during the Mexican War, and was at Sutter's Fort upon the first discovery of gold in California. He soon after located at Salt Lake city, where he was for several years Indian interpreter for the United States government. Subsequently, he published a pamphlet containing the dialects of several tribes of Indians in Utah, for the convenience of emigrants to the Territory.

Mr. JAMES F. ANGEL writes us as follows from Clayton: "Within the corporation limits of this little village there are now living 20 persons upwards of 80 years of age whose names and ages are as follows:

Watertown and vicinity reports 91 old folks. New, as we have probably less than one-tenth the population of Watertown and vicinity, we need but nine to equal her in longevity. With twenty, then, we exceed her by more than 100 percent. Is it any wonder we are thronged here every season by those seeking to recover health and strength."

Mr. Angel, who wrote the above letter, as the item says is 85 years old, yet his penmanship is excellent and as steady as a young man's could possibly be. Mr. Angel is a brother of Mr. Truman S. Angel of this city.

February 27, 1879, p. 1:

The Cape Vincent Eagle of last week says: "On Monday night of this week, a Mr. TREADWELL of Gananoque, Ont., endeavored to cross the ice from Long Island to Clayton Island. He came to a crack in the ice, and being unable to get over it send a lad who was piloting him to the shore for assistance, not daring to venture back for fear of getting in. Mr. Silas Ainsworth and another gentleman went to his assistance, and bridge the crack with plant and attempted to get the horse over, but when about half way across the animal sprang into the river. Although the most desperate efforts were made by the three men to get the horse out, it was impossible and it was drowned. This is quite a loss as the horse was a good one, and was valued at about $175.

See what we have here! After a hunt of over four weeks we are able to report all the "phat" men in town that weight 200 lbs. and over. We have seen most of them personally, only four of which we have information from neighbors and consider it sufficiently reliable to report:
CLINTON HOWE, 365, Brooklyn school teacher
JOHN ROBINSON, 286, farmer
GEORGE U. BEAN, 265, blacksmith
CHARLES C. HIGGINS, 250, Pawling's baby sewing machine agent
WILLIAM SIMONS, 248, farmer
NORRIS SOPER, 245, farmer
FRANKLIN TOZER, 247, millwright
LEVI CHASE, 225, farmer
JOHN BOWEN, 230, farmer
LEVI HOOVER, 218, farmer
R. A. IRVIN, 215, teacher
L. W. TYLER, 215, Ex. Co. Treasurer
ALSON CHEESMAN, 215, farmer
JOHN HARGER, 214, barber
DANIEL NORTHRUP, 213, farmer
LORREN CHURCH, 213, hotel keeper
AMOS HOOVER, 212, farmer
EDWARD GETMAN, 210, hotel keeper
PHILO SOPER, 210, farmer
JOEL HOOVER, 210, farmer
WARREN WILSON, 210 farmer
GEORGE PIPER, 211 farmer
CHARLES HARDER, 209, farmer
ALONZO CHURCH, 206, hotel keeper
ORANGE SOPER, 207, Lake of the Woods sawmill
JAMES HARRIS, 205, farmer
HENRY HOWE, 201, farmer
JOSEPH HOOVER, 218, farmer
JASON LYONS, 205 farmer
RUSSEL_____, 210, farmer

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Mr. NICHOLAS BENCE, 93 years of age, voted at the recent town meeting. He resides at Wilna, is quite smart and promises to be a centenarian.

March 6, 1879, p. 1:

Sunday our people were surprised to hear of the death of STEPHEN A. TYLER which occurred at his late residence on Goodale Street during the forepart of the day. But few knew that he was sick and those who were informed of his illness did not think that it would terminate as it has with a man so robust and apparently in full health. He was taken sick about three weeks ago with pneumonia and had been confined to the house ever since that time. Mr. Tyler's place and position in Watertown cannot be readily filled...He was 57 years of age, much older than he looked. The funeral took place from No. 2 Goodale Street at 2:30 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon.

The Chaumont correspondent of the Clayton Independent writes as follows: "Captain WILLIAM BLODGETT of this place is now 74 years of age, in good health and has never had an ache, pain or bruise of any kind. He delivered the first papers that were printed in the city of Watertown. He states that a short time after a naval engagement took place on Lake Ontario between the U.S. gunboat Woolsey and the Royal George, a British boat, in which two shots were exchanged, and one boat put for Kingston and the other for Sackets, the editor was assailed with a cowhide by an officer of the latter for publishing a burlesque on the battle. The editor having gotten up a good muscle on his hand press, cuffed the gentleman handsomely and kicked him down stairs. Mr. Blodgett relates the incident with spirit and laughingly states that had he not run away his employer would have made a man of him."

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An infant child of Mr. and MRS. HORACE CHEESEMAN was buried Sunday.

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Two funerals were held in this village on the 17th ult. The funeral services of MRS. BARROWS, wife of HORACE BARROWS of this village, were held in the Presbyterian Church in the forenoon by the Rev. Mr. Canfield. Mrs. Barrows had been a great sufferer for years. Her loss is deeply mourned by her family and a large circle of friends.

The funeral of Mr. NICHOLAS HASNER was held in the M. E. Church in the afternoon, Rev. C. E. Dorr officiating, and a better, more appropriate funeral sermon we have never listened to. The funeral was attended by the widow and ten children of the deceased; also by many old neighbors. A large congregation was convened to pay the last tribute of respect to the aged man's memory.

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Mr. ADAM HUMPHREY, who has been sick with consumption for the past three years, died on Monday evening. The funeral which took place on Thursday at St. John's Church was largely attended.

March 13, 1879, p. 2:

"Uncle" DANIEL NORTHRUP at this writing is dangerously sick. He is 82 years old and has been a highly respected citizen of Alexandria Bay for 60 years or more.

Death...of Miss LIBBIE CAMPBELL. She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her sudden demise. She died at the early age of 21 and was very much respected.

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At a stated meeting of the Brownville Lodge No. 53 of F. & A. M. held March 4, 1879, the following resolutions were adopted: WHEREAS, it has pleased Almighty God, the Grand Master of the universe, to call from our midst by death, our worthy brother, CHARLES E. GOULD...

MRS. PHILIP SAURWINE, a highly respected lady of this town, died suddenly on the night of the 2d inst., leaving a devoted husband and one child and large circle of friends. She had been a confirmed paralytic eight years.

The body of JAMES NELLIS, who was killed on Wednesday afternoon was brought to this city on the evening train from Rome...Just before the caboose got to the round house door, Nellis put his head out of the window, which came in contact with a large post. It stood in such proximity to the caboose that he was forced through the window by the force of the contact. His head was frightfully smashed and his neck broken. His skull was badly fractured, and the blood flowed profusely from his mouth, nose, ears and eyes. He breathed but a few minutes after the fatal shock. He was a young man, lived in Watertown, and was very industrious.

MRS. TIMOTHY WOOD, who has lived on the Wood Hill overlooking the village of Theresa for 50 years, as buried on Sunday.

A sad affliction has fallen on Mr. and Mrs. M. P. MASON in the loss of their daughter, KITTIE, who died last Sabbath morning of diptheria. She was eleven years of age, a very bright child and beloved by all who knew her. The funeral will take place from Mr. Mason's house, Tuesday at 2 o'clock p.m.

March 20, 1879, p. 4:

Residing in or near Alexandria Bay, there are ten citizens, most of whom have been in town many years, and who are now over 70 years of age:
S. BATES, 80

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The people of Sackets were considerably astonished Thursday morning to hear of the suicide of Mr. LEONARD DENNISON of that place. He was found dead in his room by a servant having cut his throat with a razor. He was an old and respected citizen of the Harbor and was living with his son, Mr. GEORGE DENNISON. He was well off in this world's goods, but mourned deeply the loss of his wife, who died not many years ago...He was 85 years old. We understand that two or three members of the family have ended their lives in a similar manner...

LEONARD DENISON, of Sackets Harbor, died March 12th, 1879, in the 88th year of his age. He has resided in Sackets Harbor since the year 1813; was one of the owners of the first line of steamers that ever plied the waters of Lake Ontario, and also largely interested in lumber and carrying trade with vessels...he was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church for at least 40 years. He was collector of the port under President Harrison...

Mr. R. WILMOT, a well-known citizen of Carthage, had a paralytic shock yesterday (Sunday) morning and died from its effects in the evening. Deceased was 60 years of age and in his usual health when he got up in the morning.

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At Effingham, Illinois, on the 26th of February, 1879, of pleuro pneumonia, MAJOR WM. HADDOCK proprietor of the Campaign Times, and one of the oldest and best known editors in the West in his 96th year. Having learned the printers trade and received a good education in the village near which he was born, Watertown, NY, Major Haddock went to New York City when under 20 years of age securing a place at once on the New York Tribune, for whose founder he always held the highest respect, and whose friendship he was allowed to share....This is a very long obituary detailing his efforts in both publishing and the Civil War.

March 27, 1879, p. 8:

Miss MAMIE McKAY, adopted daughter of ERASTUS HALL of Adams, died at her home on the 20th inst...The funeral occurred on Friday afternoon at two o'clock.

Miss MARY, only daughter of Mr. and MRS. THOMAS S. ROBERTS, died of consumption last Wednesday morning. The funeral occurred Friday and was very largely attended. Deceased was 22 years of age and a very estimable young lady...

April 3, 1879, p. 2:

EDWARD PALMER, an old resident of South Mexico, died suddenly on the 25th of heart disease.

LEONARD HATCH, uncle to EDITOR S. W. HATCH of Adams, died on Thursday last, at Henderson.

GEORGE WILCOX, of Alexandria Bay, is one of the three brothers who have recently been left a fortune of $265,000; $150,000 of which is in cash, $100,000 in real estate, and the balance in mortgages, etc. The estate is that of a deceased brother, who resided in New York. The subject of this sketch has resided with his family for some years at Alexandria Bay, and, being in very moderate circumstances, this sudden stroke of good fortune will be all the better appreciated. The other two heirs reside in the Dominion.

DANIEL NORTHUP, who on the 26th went to his last earthly resting place, was a resident of Alexandria about 50 years, locating and living most of the time one one farm...he was an active member of the Methodist Church. He was about 81 years of age and had endured much physical suffering towards the close of life's journey...

Mr. GEORGE BARNEY, of Henderson, was taken to the Utica Insane Asylum last week. A year or two ago George was a first class fellow, and it is sad to contemplate his misfortune.

April 10, 1879, p. 4:

FROM BELLEVILLE - Monday evening telegrams announced the death of Mr. MALANCTHON EMERSON. He was visiting his daughter in Minnesota at the time of his death.

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WM. HORTH, formerly of Adams, died recently in Iowa. His remains will be brought to Adams for interment.

CHARLES COOLIDGE of Antwerp, died Tuesday morning. He is a brother of NATHAN and ALVIN COOLIDGE, also of ALFRED COOLIDGE of Watertown. His son, HENRY, is head clerk at Price's, Syracuse.

FROM CARTHAGE - We deeply sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. JNO S. EDWARDS in the loss of their youngest child, FREDDIE, age about 3 years, whose funeral occurred Sunday afternoon.

FROM REDWOOD: JOHN OVERROCKER, of this town was one day last week married to Miss JULIA ALDRICH of Felts Mills. Happy greeting and much joy we extend.

April 17, 1879, p. 2:

FROM BELLEVILLE - CHARLIE CLARK, oldest son of EZRA and MINNIE CLARK, died Monday morning.

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FROM CARTHAGE - M. ALPHEUS ROOT, an 1812 pensioner, died at the residence of his son, Mr. JOS. ROOT this morning. Deceased was 94 years of age. The funeral will occur tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2 o'clock p.m.

We have just learned of the death of Mr. ESEX LEWIS of North Wilna. Deceased was 95 years and seven months old and died yesterday at about the same time as Mr. Root. A remarkable occurrence as they were undoubtedly the two oldest men in this town. (dated April 15th)

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COL. WM. LORD'S FUNERAL - About three car loads of Watertown people, drawn by the engine "Col. Wm. Lord," appropriately decorated, attended the funeral of Col. Wm. Lord, at Brownville, Saturday. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Winnie, Rector of the Episcopal Church at Brownville...The large audience present followed the remains to the beautiful little cemetery, and witnessed the last sad rites over all that was left of one who will be sadly missed...

April 24, 1879, p. 2:

We print the announcement of the death of MRS. LUCINDA PARKER, widow of ALPHEUS PARKER. Mr. P. died in December last, and his aged partner has not long survived him. She was born at Antwerp, Jeff. Co., NY, October 9, 1813, married to ALPHEUS PARKER, 1 April 1832. She has not been out of the house since the funeral of her husband, and her condition was such that her death has long been expected. Her disease was consumption...She was the mother of three children, all of whom survive her, and two of whom, MRS. A. D. ELLIS and H. M. PARKER, were present when she breathed her last. Her other son had left her side but the day before, and was soon to return...

FROM CARTHAGE-The event of last week was the marriage of Miss ELLA BURHANS to Mr. NATHAN E. FOOT of Chateaugay, NY. The pleasant affair occurred last Wednesday, the 16th inst., at 2 o'clock p.m., at the residence of the bride's father in West Carthage. Rev. S. H. Granberry performed the ceremony...Mr. WM. C. SHERWOOD and Miss BIRDIE NORTON, Mr. ARTHUR ROOT and Miss LUELLA HUTCHINSON aced as bridesmen and bridesmaids. The presents were numerous and costly....(Carthage, April 21)

FROM CAPE VINCENT-MRS. H. CANFIELD who has been very sick for several weeks past died on Saturday morning. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock this Monday p.m.

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FROM LOWVILLE: The wife of the late Dr. SETH ADAMS departed this life Sunday last. Mrs. Adams was the sole survivor in our midst of one of the oldest and most honored families. ...The funeral services will be held from the M. E. Church on Wednesday.

The remains of Mr. GEORGE BARNEY, who was recently taken to the Utica Insane Asylum, were returned and interred in Greenwood cemetery last Sunday.

Miss HELEN KENNEDY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LEONARD KENNEDY, died last week of cancer.

May 1, 1879, p. 3:

FROM THERESA-Our village lost one o f its brightest jewels last week in the person of little MEDIE WHITNEY, a child of three or four years. She was the granddaughter of A. F. RICHARDSON, postmaster, with whom she lived...she had a slight attack of scarlet fever, afterward a relapse which quickly resulted in her death...Theresa, April 29.

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FROM LOWVILLE - We are pained to learn of the death at Butte, Montana, on the 10th inst., of Dr. A. J. NICHOLS for many years a resident of Lowville...

FROM CARTHAGE - Mr. PALMER SCOTT, an old and highly respected citizen of our village, died at 3 p.m. today. He had a stroke of apoplexy Wednesday morning, and remained unconscious up to the time of his death. Deceased was 78 years of age.

May 8, 1879, p. 3:

Yesterday afternoon information reached this city of a suicide at Adams...On Thursday last a well appearing young man, probably 25 years of age, arrived at the Cooper House and registered as B. A. Ostrander, of Dodge City, Kansas. On Friday he procured a conveyance and went to Henderson, and as it was rumored, for the purpose of calling on SICILY RAMSDALL, whose company it is said he has been keeping. He returned to Adams on Saturday; procured some paper and an envelope at the Cooper House and wrote a letter...He did not put in an appearance at breakfast time the next morning...At dinner time the chamber maid informed Mr. Case that Ostrander was still in his room. Mr. Case called Doctors Gallup and Hale who did what they could to bring him to, but failed...and between one and two yesterday afternoon he died. Mr. Case found that he was a son of Mr. CHAS. OSTRANDER, and a cousin of R. E. SMILEY, who we understood were living in Hounsfield just opposite the Half Way House. He telegraphed but ascertained that Mr. Ostrander had moved to Redfield ...Drs. Gallup and Hale commenced a post mortem. They decided that he died from the effects of a dose of laudanum......The rumor in Adams last evening was to the effect that Ostrander was engaged to Sicily Ramsdall of Henderson; that he arrived at Adams for the purpose of going to visit her; that he learned of scandalous stories in circulation concerning her and a man named Thompson...

JOSEPH GLADD, our great American pilot, and WESTON FALL came near drowning one day last week while out on the river in a small trapping boat. They undertook to pass each other in the boat and the boat capsized throwing them into the river. Jose was going down the third time when THOMAS COMSTOCK arrived upon the scene and rescued the drowning men.

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FROM GOUVERNEUR: Mrs. Oldest inhabitant died a few days since. MRS. ANGELINA MASSEY was reputed to be one hundred and fifteen years old. She certainly bore the marks of great age and retained her faculties to a remarkable degree.

FROM DEXTER: On Thursday last, CHLOE, daughter of JAMES BERRY, died of quick consumption. Her age was 17 years...

May 15, 1879, p. 4:

SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. LOUIS BARON: The mysterious death of this lady, the surrounding circumstances, and what caused her death are in fact startling. LOUIS BARON is a brother of E. A. BARON of the late known firm of Allard & Baron and lives on Grove Street in North Watertown. While at home Monday, he felt a dizziness which caused him to stagger and had it not been for those who hastily rant to him, he would have fallen to the floor. This sudden and unexpected sickness greatly alarmed his affectionate wife, and it so affected her that she too was obliged to take her bed, and at about 3 o'clock in the morning she went into convulsions, six of which followed each other in rapid succession. She grew worse continually until her death. But the whole has not been told. An hour before her death she gave birth to a lifeless child. She died at four o'clock yesterday afternoon. She was attended by Drs. Spencer...

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FROM ALEXANDRIA - We are grieved to report another death. ELMER COY died at his father's residence last Wednesday night of typhoid pneumonia. He was buried on Friday last. The funeral was largely attended.

May 22, 1879, p. 3:

FROM ANTWERP: The family and friends of EDSON LANE, a young man who about a month since went to Leadville from here, have just received news of his death and that several others who went the same time are quite sick.

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The funeral of the boy DELL SHAW who was drowned on Sunday, the 11th inst., took place on Monday afternoon, Rev. G. T. LeBoutillier officiating.

Thursday morning, ABRAM GARLOCK, of Orleans Four Corners, in this county, was found in a creek about ten rods from his house. He rose very early in the morning and it is thought that he strolled to the creek and accidentally fell in. He was 79 years of age. Uncle Abram, as he as generally known, was an old resident and was respected by all.

FROM CAPE VINCENT: MRS. BRECK, an old lady who has been sick for a number of weeks past, died at her residence in this village on Monday morning.

May 29, 1879, p. 3:

DETAIL of DROWNING OF ABRAM GARLOCK: Mr. Abram Garlock who resided in the eastern part of the town of Orleans, came to his death as above stated Thursday morning, May 15th, and was buried Saturday the 17th. He was in his 79th year. The funeral services were held at his residence, conducted by Rev. H. L. Strail....Mr. Garlock came to Orleans from Herkimer Co. in 1835, and resided in the above town till the day of his death...He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his sad departure. There are two of the children living near the old homestead, one in Genessee County and one in Anamosa, Iowa.

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We are saddened to hear of the death of our good friend, Dr. ELLIS, of Clayton. He was an honest man, a good physician and a gentleman. His family has our sympathies.

MR. HENRY ZOLLER, of this village, died on the 19th inst. He was 81 years old. Has lived in Redwood about 20 years. Was born in Montgomery County, and left his native home about 50 years ago...In religious views he was of the Universalist faith, and his funeral service was attended by Rev. Mr. Stewart of Watertown...

June 5, 1879, p. 2:

FROM PLESSIS: Mr. JOHN BROWN, another venerable and truly good man, died at his home in this village on the afternoon of the 20th. The funeral was held in the Presbyterian Church Thursday. His years numbered among the nineties. He leaves an aged wife who may not long survive him.

The funeral of Mr. CHARLES HARDY, who died with his daughter at some distance from this place, was held in the M.E. Church Sunday at the usual hour of service. He was the father of GILBERT and ERASTUS HARDY, and was very aged; well known by the older inhabitants, and spoken of as having led a worthy life. Rev. Mr. Becker made a very appropriate prayer, Rev. Mr. Danforth preached and excellent sermon on the occasion.

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FROM REDWOOD: We met "Uncle" FRANK SPALSBURY of this town, 78 years old, working out his road tax. He has lived in Alexandria about 50 years, was always a reliable Democrat, and says he expects and wants to live to see Tilden again elected President.

FROM CAPE VINCENT: Miss KATIE STUMPF, who had been sick with consumption for some time past, died on Thursday. The funeral was largely attended on Saturday.

June 12, 1879, p. 5:

FROM CARTHAGE: Mr. L. FLETCHER, of Champion, recently plowed up a Spanish coin about the size of an American quarter, bearing the date 1718.

June 12, 1879, p. 6:

Aunt Dinah, an Indian woman, walked from the Onondaga Indian Reservation to Syracuse and return, 14 miles, Wednesday. The Standard says she is 104 years old.

June 19, 1879, p. 4:

FROM CAPE VINCENT: Our citizens were pained and surprised on Saturday at the announcement of the death of Miss CARRIE ANTHONY of this village. Her health has been failing for the past year, but she was able to be out as usual until about five weeks ago when she became much worse...last Friday afternoon she commenced sinking rapidly and died about noon on is generally believed to have been consumption. Miss Anthony was about 22 years of age...The funeral which took place on Monday afternoon, was the largest of any ever attended in this village...

June 26, 1879, p. 3:

DEATH OF HORACE TYLER: Following immediately after the notice of the death of GARDNER TOWNE, is the notice of the death of HORACE TYLER. These two men were neighbors from childhood up, in the town of Rutland, for more than 40 years. They were nearly of the same age, and died on the same day. Mr. Tyler was born in the town of Woodbury, CT, December 8, 1794, and came with his father, CAPTAIN JOSIAH TYLER, to Rutland, when only ten years of age, where he remained till 1847, when he moved to the Town of Watertown and in 1855 to this city, where he has spent the last 25 years of his life. Mr. T. married for his first wife, Miss PAMELIA WELCH. They had but one child, the wife of Rev. J. Winslow. Both mother and daughter died some ten years ago. Mr. T. married for his second wife, MRS. SAMUEL ADAMS, who still survives him. His only descendant is a grandchild, Miss MARY WINSLOW, who has been with him during his last sickness of four months, caring for him, with others...

FROM THERESA: The sudden death of MRS. CHARLES BROWN caused a shock to this community. She was expected to soon join her husband who recently went to Colorado.

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