Charles M. Partello of Morehouse

Charles Marvin Partello served in WWI and returned to Morehouseville where he guided, lumbered and helped survey various parcels of land in Hamilton county.  He was elected as the town of Morehouse supervisor in 1932-33.  After Robert G. Easton resigned as supervisor in 1951, Charles was appointed to fill his vacancy and was then elected in 1952 as the town supervisor, which position he held until 1964.  He was born 8 Oct 1892 in Morehouseville one of 12 children of Daniel Theodore Partello and Josephine Eugenia Maheux.  Charles never married and died on 29 Dec 1893 in Oneonta, NY.  He is buried at the Morehouse United Methodist Church cemetery in Hoffmeister and his name is on a monument of Morehouse WWI veterans there on the cemetery grounds.

Memories of Charlie

Charlie at the sugar shack, 1962.

Charlie at the sugar shack, 1962

          "One thing I remember about Charlie is, he had a BIG work horse that pulled a wagon or sleigh. In the Spring when it was maple syrup time, he along with my G-Uncle Elias Remonda and a G-Cousin Henry Hart, he would take us kids up into the Sugar Bush, where they made maple syrup. It was a thrill to ride on the sleigh and go THAT ...far into the woods. They gathered the sap from spikets in the trees into buckets and took it back to the sugar shack for boiling into syrup. Then, if you could find "Clean" snow, you put the snow in a plate. Then you pack the plate with snow about 2 inches deep. Then Charlie would bring a cup of boiling sap over to your plate, pour it in lines and shapes on the plate......Bingo, that syrup turned instantly to JACK WAX! Jack wax is maple sugar candy." 

- Elaine Scantlebury.

Henry, Elias and Charlie at the sugar shack, 1962
Elias Remonda, Henry Hart and Charlie Partello at the sugar shack, 1962

Obituary of Charles M. Partello
Herkimer, NY newspaper, 12/31/83

        Hoffmeister - Charles M. Partello, 91, formerly of Hoffmeister, died Dec 29, 1983 at the Fox Hospital, Oneonta.

        Mr. Partello was born October 8, 1892 in Morehouseville, the son of the late Daniel and Josephine Maheux Partello.  He guided hunting parties in the Morehouseville area and assisted state surveyers on many parcels in the Adirondacks.  For many years, he was a self-employed logger and served as Supervisor of the Town of Morehouse for over 30 years.  Mr. Partello was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during WWI and a member of Adirondack Post No. 1118 American Legion, Cold Brook.  He was also a member of Newport Lodge No. 455 F&AM, the Scottish Rite and Ziyara Temple both of Utica.

        Mr. Partello is survived by several nieces and nephews.

        The funeral will be held from the Autnrith Funeral Home, Newport on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Arthur J. Tefft, pastor of the Morehouse United Methodist Church officiating.  Spring interment will take place in the Morehouse Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday 2-4 only.  Newport Lodge No. 455 F&AM will conduct ritualistic services at the funeral home Sunday at 3:30 p.m.


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