Obituaries of Hamilton County Residents #2
From Misc. Newspapers

Transcribed and Donated by Joanne Murray

Prentiss J. Burt
From: Ticonderoga Sentinel (Ticonderoga, Essex Co., NY) Thursday 15 July 1897

P. J. Burt

The people of this town were shocked Wednesday morning, the 7th inst., by the startling announcement that Prentiss J. Burt had been found dead in his bed. He was a large man, over six feet in height, and was the very picture of health. He had worked at his trade plastering a house the day before, which was a very hot day, but did not complain of any unusual ill feeling in the evening, except naturally feeling fatigued after a hard day's work. Dr. Wilcox made an examination and pronounced the cause of death heart disease. It had been learned since his death that he had suffered more or less from heart trouble for a number of years, although no one would have thought from his general appearance.

Mr. Burt was born at Ticonderoga March 13, 1845. He was a bricklayer, stone mason and plasterer by trade. He was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Torrence at Whallonsburgh, August 24, 1879. Only one child, John, who is 17 years of age, was born to them.

Mr. Burt was a member of Mount Defiance Lodge, No. 794. F. and A. M., and held the office of junior warden at the time of his death. He was a straight-forward, honest, upright citizen, honored and respected by all who knew him. Mrs. Burt and her son, John, have the sympathy of the whole community in their great loss. He was a kind, considerate husband and indulgent father.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. Geo. C. DeMott. His brother masons had charge of the funeral, and the Masonic burial service was performed at the grave. Interment was at Mount Hope cemetery. Those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mrs. L.W. Beattie (sister) from Lake Pleasant; Miss Ann Burt (sister) Silver Bay; Mr. and Mrs. Parker Torrence, Whallonsburgh; Mr. and Mrs. Myron Burt, Orwell, Vt.; John Darling, Elmwood, Conn.

Edward Anibal
From: The Malone Farmer (Malone, Franklin Co., NY) Wednesday, October 3, 1900

    One or two shooting accidents are reported from the Adirondacks every week now. The latest occurred near Benson, Hamilton County last Wednesday. William Davenport, a boy of 12 years old, was out hunting woodchucks. It was just at dusk and Edward Anibal, a man of 50 years was seen resting over a stump. Davenport thought Anibal was game and raised his gun and fired. The boy on hastening to the spot found Anibal in a dying condition, the bullet having passed under his shoulder through the body, coming out on the opposite side of the neck.

William Osborne
From: Post Standard (Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY) 16 September 1902

Most Fearless Man in Hamilton County
William Osborne, Hotel Man and Politician
Dies as a Result of a Ball Game

Utica, Sept. 15 - William Osborne, proprietor of the Osborne Inn at Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County, and one of the best known hotel men in the Adirondacks, died last night from blood poisoning, the result of injuries received in a baseball game on July 4. He was about 40 years of age and was a son of Hiram Osborne, who was shot and killed by Walter Brown, a rival hotel keeper, several years ago.

Osborne was influential in Hamilton County politics for several years and has been a deputy sheriff during that time. He was the leader of the Locke forces in the recent Locke-Kathan fight for the office of sheriff of Hamilton County, which attracted much attention for several months following the last election and which was recently won by Kathan through the decision of the Court of Appeals.

Osborne was considered the most fearless man in Hamilton County. While deputy sheriff about two years he gained much prominence by his capture of Charles Wadsworth, a noted desperado and leader of the famous "Windfall Gang" of robbers.

George LaBlanc
From: Ticonderoga Sentinel (Ticonderoga, Essex Co., NY) Thursday 22 January 1903

George LaBlanc of Indian Lake was found frozen to death on what is known as the "flow" on Friday. He started from Indian Lake Thursday to walk to a lumber camp near Utawana Lake.

James Higgins
From: Commercial Advertiser (Canton, St. Lawrence Co., NY) Tuesday, August 8, 1905

    One James Higgins, a woodsman in Hamilton County was killed in a brawl a few days ago. Neighborhood papers would make him out a mighty guide and hunter and would conjure up a feud such as they have in the Tennessee mountains, but not in the Adirondacks. We never heard of bad guides in the Adirondacks and certainly there are no feuds.

Maurice Carrol
From: Ticonderoga Sentinel (Ticonderoga, Essex Co., NY) Thursday 5 July 1906

Suicide at Indian lake

Maurice Carrol, who has been employed at Indian lake for a number of years, committed suicide last week by shooting himself in the heart. His home was in Massachusetts. He is survived by a brother in that state.

unidentified remains
From: Ticonderoga Sentinel (Ticonderoga, Essex Co., NY) May 9, 1907

Schroon Lake Skeleton Not Brown's

    The remains of a man recently discovered in the Schroon Lake region are now thought not to be those of Charles W. Brown, the Saranac Lake murderer, who is believed by some to be still living, says an exchange. It is positively stated that Brown had no such articles on his person as were alleged to have been found near the remains.

    At Northville there is a strong impression that the skeleton is that of George W. Bradley, of Arietta, who disappeared mysteriously some ten years ago and was thought to have been murdered. The mystery of his disappearance was never solved.

    In 1887 a man named Zellia, who lived near Crown Point, thought he came in contact with Brown in the woods. He lost his way and came across two men who offered him shelter for the night, but they blindfolded him before leading him to camp and the next morning they blindfolded him before taking him out. Another story is that some six years ago he was seen and recognized while working in a livery stable in Montana but denied his identity and the next morning had disappeared. There is also a story afloat that a Tupper Lake resident carried Brown food for several months while he was camping in a secluded spot in the woods. The story was never given credence. Brown was too good a woodsman to have lost his life there by starvation or in other way than suicide.

William Starbuck
From: Ticonderoga Sentinel (Ticonderoga, Essex Co., NY) Thursday 4 Jan 1912

Fell From Load of Hay

The funeral of William Starbuck, who died as the result of injuries received from falling from a load of hay last Thursday morning, was held from his home at Indian Lake. He was 58 years old and of the most prosperous farmers in the vicinity of Indian Lake. His wagon slewed to one side and he was thrown from the top of the load to the ground, striking his head. He is survived by a widow and eight children.

Cedar River Cemetery, Indian lake -
Starbuck, William; d. 24 Dec 1911, age 59
From the 1900 and 1910 Indian Lake census -
William's wife was Margaret "Maggie" E. (b. June 1862). They were married abt. 1880. The couple had 14 children with 9 surviving in 1910. Some of the children were: Grace E. (b. Jan 1881), George (b. Aug 1885), Bertha L. (b. Apr 1889), Fred J. (b. abt. 1892), Rosina M. (b. June 1894), Margarette A. (b. Mar 1896), Mary E. (b. Dec 1897), Maria E. (b. abt. 1900), and Thomas H. (b. Mar 1906)

Ernest LaClar
From: Ticonderoga Sentinel (Ticonderoga, Essex Co., NY) Thursday 11 July 1912

Lightning claimed its first victim in this section of the state Saturday, when Ernest LaClar of Indian Lake was instantly killed by a bolt of lightning while at work in the sawmill at the Marion River carry near the lake. LaClar was killed during one of the most severe storms that ever occurred in the vicinity of Indian Lake. With a number of others employed he had been engaged about the mill until the storm broke and the machinery was shut down. A number of sharp flashes seemed to strike nearby and without warning a bolt hit the roof of the mill and tearing through the shingles worked its way along the rafters, striking LaClar, who stood near one of the posts used for support.

Edward Stanton
From: Ticonderoga Sentinel (Ticonderoga, Essex Co., NY) Thursday, December 3, 1914

Guide Kills Himself

Edward Stanton of Long Lake Commits Suicide

    Edward Stanton, a well known Adirondack guide, died Wednesday night of last week at his home in Long Lake as the result of a self-inflicted bullet wound just below the heart. About six o'clock Wednesday morning, Mr. Stanton, who was sixty three years old, took his .32 caliber revolver and placed it against his chest and pulled the trigger. Instead of the bullet plowing its way through his heart, as intended by the dead man, it entered below the heart and passed through his left lung, coming out under the shoulder blade.

    The only cause attributed for the rash act is that he was believed to be mentally unbalanced. According to residents of Long Lake Mr. Stanton had been drinking considerably lately and to this is attributed his illness and mental condition.

    Besides his wife he is survived by three daughters, Josie of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. William Rogers and Mrs. Lyman Beers of Long Lake, and two sons, Arthur of Long Lake and Ernest Stanton of Seattle, Washington.; and two brothers, Gilbert and Fred Stanton of Long Lake.

Daniel O'Neil
From: The Adirondack Record (Au Sable Forks, Essex Co., NY) Friday 28 September 1917

[Under Irishtown]

Daniel O'Neil died here last Thursday night from the effects of a paralytic shock which he received Wednesday morning. Mr. O'Neil was born seventy-five years ago in the home where he died and is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Howard Wheeler [Catherine], of Blue Mountain Lake; an adopted daughter, Alice Searles; 3 sons; John of Long Lake; William and Richard of this place; also eight grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Gifford and Mrs. Elizabeth Ratigan. The following from out of town attended the funeral which was held from St. Joseph's Church Saturday morning: Mrs. Anna Brown and son John, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis O'Brien and daughter Elizabeth of Corinth, Mrs. Eldridge, Mrs. John Bolton, Mrs. George Star, [?]uck and Earl Husson of Indian Lake.

Clarence Tracey
From: Ticonderoga Sentinel (Ticonderoga, Essex Co., NY) Thursday 3 October 1918

Indian Lake Soldier Killed

Private Clarence Tracey is the first Indian Lake soldier to be killed in action. Mrs. Walter Persons of Rochester, an aunt of Tracey, has received official notification of his death from Washington. Tracey was previously reported missing in action July 26th.

Private Tracey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tracey of Indian Lake, who recently moved to Wilmington, Vt. He was only sixteen years old. He enlisted in Rochester and was trained at Camp Devens, arriving in France April 1st as a member of "G" company. 38th Infantry, third division.

From the 1910 Indian Lake census -
Charles F. and Mabel H. Tracey were married about 1901 and he was employed as a log skidder. They had 4 children at that time; Clarence F., age 7; Martha M., age 6; Howard C., age 5 and Catherine E., age 8/12. Mabel also had a daughter, Edna E. McDonald, age 9, from a previous marriage.

Elmer D. Burch
From: Commercial Advertiser (Canton, St. Lawrence Co., NY) Tuesday, October 5, 1920

    Dr. Elmer D. Burch of Long Lake was found dead in bed Wednesday morning. He was the oldest practicing physician in Hamilton County and it is thought that his death was due to apoplexy.

William Bennett
From: Ticonderoga Sentinel (Ticonderoga, Essex Co., NY) Thursday 28 Feb 1924

Buried Under Tons of Earth

William Bennett of Indian Lake was fatally injured Tuesday when he was buried under tons of earth and rock while employed on the state road between North River and Indian Lake. Charles Brown of North Creek, who was standing near when the mass of rock and earth gave way, as the result of blasting operations, was slightly injured.

Cedar River Cemetery -
Bennett, William; 19 June 1877 - 26 Feb 1924
Bennett, Maude B. Blanchard; 19 May 1881 - 19 June 1949, wife of William

Howard Daniels
From: The Adirondack Record - Elizabethtown Post (Au Sable Forks, Essex Co., NY) Thursday 14 November 1929

Indian Lake Boy Accidentally Killed

Howard Daniels, seventeen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Daniels of Indian Lake was killed last week while hunting in the Big Brook section with two companions. He was killed when one of his companions, Gordon DeMarsh, 21, tripped and his gun acidentally discharged. The boys were hunting with another companion, Claude Duccette, of Gansevoort, and Demarsh and Daniels were walking together with their shotguns cocked. As DeMarsh tripped, his gun discharged, the shot almost tearing Daniels' right hand off and entering the abdomen. He died within three or four minutes after the accident.

Hosey Durking
From: The Adirondack Record - Elizabethtown Post (Au Sable Forks, Essex Co., NY) Thursday 14 November 1935

Indian Lake Man Hit & Run Victim.

Believed a victim of a hit and run driver, Hosey Durking, 55, a resident of Indian Lake, was found dead on the Indian Lake - Speculator highway Friday night. Sprinkling the highway in the vicinity of the spot where the body was found were pieces of glass believed to have been part of the windshield of an automobile. An automobile door handle was also found lying by the side of the road about 1,000 feet from his home by an unidentified hunter enroute to Indian lake for supplies. It is believed Durking was returning home from the village when struck.

Hosea Durking was the son of Morris Durking (Civil War Veteran) and Mary E. Locke. Morris died in 1888 and Mary married 2nd, before 1900, James L. McCane. Hosea married Cora E. Hunt about 1902 and they had at least 4 children, 3 sons and a daughter.
According to his WW I Draft Registration card, Hosea was of medium height and build with blue eyes and light hair.
From Cedar River Cemetery, Indian Lake, Hamilton Co., NY
Durking, Hosea (23 Jan 1878 - 8 Nov 1935)

Judge Andrew J. Hanmer
From: Commercial Advertiser (Canton, St. Lawrence Co., NY) Tuesday, November 4, 1947

Judge A. J. Hanmer Passes Suddenly

    Gave Long, Devoted, Loyal Service to Public Office

    County Judge, Andrew J. Hanmer died at his home at Massena, yesterday morning, following months of impaired health, though actively engaged in his large law practice and attending to his duties as county judge, presiding at the late term of County Court. Mr. Hanmer had not been in rugged health for some time, it is learned, but he was the uncomplaining type and pressed on an ever-increasing burden of legal practice to the very end.

    Judge Hanmer was a native of Long Lake, Hamilton County. He took his law degree in 1903 at Albany School of Law and came to Massena shortly thereafter. Soon after coming to Massena he formed a law partnership with John C. Crasper, the latter later district attorney, County Judge and Supreme Court Justice. He was a student of law and soon became a lawyer of ability and rose rapidly. He was elected to the office of supervisor in the town of Massena in 1915 and served in that office a period of twenty-one years, served on the board as its chairman and was for many years one of the strong men of the board that shaped county legislation and gave the county and administration that was marked for good.

    Mr. Hanmer sought advancement in public office and was named assistant district attorney by William D. Ingram. Following the death of Mr. Ingram, who died in office, and the brief interval of a Democratic appointment, John Van Kennen of Ogdensburg, he became county judge and was elected for his second term one year ago, after a bitter contest, his rival being John J. Livingston of Ogdensburg, the then St. Lawrence County District Attorney.

    Mr. Hanmer's service was marked through the long years by loyalty to duty to the office he held and to the people of the county and the state of New York. He adhered so closely to this rule that many of the older politicians of the locality were irked and failed to see, as it were, eye to eye with him.

    Mr. Hanmer is survived by his widow and a son and daughter, all of Massena.

    Funeral services will be conducted at the home in Massena, Thursday afternoon at 2:30.

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