Obituaries from the
"Hamilton County News"

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MARCH 18, 1949:
Word was received in Morehouse by Mrs. Walace Kilburn of the death of her brother-in-law, Herbert Hughes, at the Faxton Hospital in Utica on March 10, 1949.
    Mr. Hughes was stricken with a heart attack at his home in Utica last week. He was the husband of the former Mary Russ of Morehouse. Funeral services were held from the Williams Funeral Home in Utica.
    Besides his wife he is survived by 2 brothers; Frank of Pugby, England, and William of Clevleys, England, and a sister, Mabel Hughes, also of Cleveleys, and several nieces and nephews.

APRIL 8, 1949:
Mrs. Myra Hunt, 90, a life-long resident of Indian Lake, died at her home Saturday at noon. She was a member of the Methodist Church of the community since childhood. The survivors are 6 daughters, Mrs. Lucy Blanchard, Raquette Lake; Mrs. William McGinn, Ilion; Mrs. Darius Waldron, Raquette Lake; Mrs. Bertha Hall, Utica; Mrs. Percy Allen, North Creek; Mrs. William Dean, Long Beach. Calf.: two sons, Charles Hunt, Gloversville and Almon Hunt, Indian Lake; 24 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were conducted at the home with the Rev. Louis D. Keeler, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Cedar River Cemetery.

APRIL 8, 1949:
Mrs. Ella Pasco Merwin, 84, died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Perry Cross after a lingering illness. She was the widow of R. C. Merwin, who died about five years ago. They had resided at Blue Mountain Lake for 50 years.
    She is survived by one son, Walter Merwin of Blue Mt. Lake; one daughter, Mrs. Percy Cross of Indian Lake; two grandchildren, Mary Esther Merwin and Martha Anne Cross; and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were conducted Monday at the home of the son. Rev. Louis D. Keeler, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated. Interment was in the Blue Mt. Cemetery.

JULY 29, 1949:
Phillip Panella was called to Utica, Sunday by the death of his mother, Mrs. Maria Panella, who died at the home of her son, Albert, Mappa Hall, Barneveld. Funeral services were held from the Scala and Cavallo Funeral Home and at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church. Interment was in the family plot at Calvary Cemetery.

JULY 29, 1949:
Mrs. Elwood Searle of Liberty, Mrs. William Burnett of Rochester and Louis Payne of Glens Falls have returned to their homes after having been called here because of the death of their mother, Mrs. Asa Payne. (6th and 7th Lake News)

MARCH 18, 1949:
Funeral services were conducted for the late William Ross, pioneer resident of Blue Mt. Lake, from his home March 15 and from St. Paul Catholic Church, Blue Mt. Lake, with Rev. Julian Hubal officiating. Interment was in the Blue Mt. Cemetery.
    Mr. Ross who died at St. Luke's Hospital, Utica, March 12, following a long illness, was born in1878 at Trout River, N. Y. and came to Blue Mt. Lake at an early age to spend the rest of his life.
    During his early life he was engaged in lumbering and in 1927 he became employed by the State of New York Division of Highway, a position which he held until about 1942 when ill health caused his to retire.
    In 1908 he married Ellen Cassidy, who survives. He is also survived by one son, Bernard Ross, Inlet; 3 sisters, Mrs. Kate T. Smith and Mrs. Carrie MacDonald, both of Springfield, Mass., and Mrs. Sara Flynn of Palmer Falls, N. Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
    Mr. Ross was a charter member of the Parish of St. Paul and a member of the Blue Mt. Lake Fire Department.

APRIL 8, 1949:
Speculator and Lake Pleasant have lost one of their most beloved summer residents through the death of George Schumann. He and his wife, the former Marie Cochran (Ha-Ca-He-Ma Camp), recently purchased a camp on Lake Sacandaga and have spent many enjoyable days fishing and entertaining there. Mr. Schumann was a resident of Bronxville and was a prominent New York City jeweler with offices on upper 5th Avenue. Mr. Schumann's many friends in this community wish to express their deepest sympathy and regret at his passing.

OCTOBER 14, 1949:
Mrs. Etta Brown Stockney, 86, widow of John Stockney, died Sunday night in the Gowanda State Hospital, Gowanda, N. Y. She had been a patient there for 15 years.
    Mrs. Stockney was born in Speculator, the daughter of William and Lydia Page Brown. She received her education in the Speculator schools. While she resided in Speculator she attended the Methodist church there.
    She was married to Mr. Stockney in 1904. He died in 1906. The only survivors are one brother, Sylvester Brown, Speculator, and several nieces and nephews. The body arrived in Fonda and was taken to the C. A. Lipe Funeral Home in Northville. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church. The Rev. Fred B. Grim, pastor of the church, officiated. Burial was in the Speculator Cemetery.

MARCH 11, 1949:
Mrs. Florence Brown Van Arnam, 73, died Friday morning, Mar. 4, 1949, in Lowville after an illness of several months.
    Mrs. Van Arnam, a resident of Inlet since 1894, was active in Church and community affairs, having been past presidents of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Church of the Lakes and the Firemen's Auxiliary. She, with her husband, was one of the pioneer couples coming to this section. When they first came they were employed at Cedar Island Hotel, then the leading hostelry. About 35 years ago the couple accepted the position as Supervisors of the Paowyne Camp, the summer estate of O. M. Edwards of Syracuse. This they had until a few years ago when ill health forced them to give up their appointment. Mrs. Van Arnam was a charter member of the Eastern Star and the Ladies Auxiliary.
    Mrs. Van Arnam was born in Greig, Ap. 19, 1876, a daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Lyman W. Brown. Her early schooling was in the Lewis County School. In March 1897 she married the late Everett Van Arnam and shortly after their marriage they came to the Central Adirondacks where they made their home until the time of their deaths.
    Surviving Mrs. Van Arnam is a daughter, Mrs. Eugene Cameron of Syracuse. Three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Graves of Rochester; Mrs. Edith Case of Detroit and Miss Ethel Brown of Detroit; one brother, Carl Brown of Lowville. Two grandsons, Malcolm and Duncan Cameron of Syracuse and one great granddaughter, Virginia Cameron of Syracuse.
    The community of Inlet feels the loss of this couple as they were both active in everything that stood for the spiritual and physical growth of the section. Being pioneers, their passing removes another link with the development and early history of the Fourth Lake section.


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