Obituaries from the
"Hamilton County News"

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Transcribed by Annie Weaver


The friends of Mr. And Mrs. Harry Arthur were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Arthur last Thursday, when his car crashed through a ferry gate and sank 30 feet of water in Lake Champlain. Mrs. (Jean) Arthur served for many years as Public Health Nurse in Hamilton County, retiring last December and moving to Plattsburg, their former home. The couple had made many friends throughout the county during their residence here. (Sept. 1954)

Rev. J. O'Brien said the Funeral Mass on the 11th for Mrs. Fred Becker, who died suddenly on June 8, 1954 at age 39. The former Edith Leahy, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Emma Leahy Virgil; her husband; three children, Fred Jr., Christina and Sandra; two sisters, Mrs. Irene Ward of Sabattis and Mrs. Isabell Dolan of Florida, and two brothers, Dave Leahy of town and Herbert Leahy of Roosevelt, Long Island.

Mrs. Mary Gookey Bryere died April 30, 1954 in Raquette Lake after a long illness. She was the widow of Joseph Bryere who died in 1941.
    Surviving are a son, Franklin, Cleveland, Ohio; and three daughters, Mrs. Florence Buckley, Baltimore; Miss Clara Bryere, Raquette Lake; and Mrs. Raymond Grant, Utica.
    The funeral and interment were in Utica.

Mrs. Fredolin Burke, 29, a resident of Raquette Lake for four years, died Sept. 23, 1954, in St. Luke's Hospital, Utica, where she had been a patient since Aug. 30. As Gloria Maria Gordani, she was born in Williston Park, Long Island, where she spent most of her life.
    On Aug. 27, 1950 she married Fredolin J. Burke, Raquette Lake. Following his release from service they moved to Raquette Lake. She was a member of St. William Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of Raquette Lake Fire Department.
    Besides her husband and her mother, she is survived by two children, Lynda age 3 and Louis 2; one brother William Cordani, in France, who was called home; her maternal grandfather, aunts, uncles and cousins, all of Williston Park. The funeral was held from the home and from St. William Church, Raquette Lake, the Rev. Julian Hubbal, O.F.M. Conv., pastor, officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Old Forge.

Eli Washburn was injured and Peter Donahue, 14, was fatally injured about 6 p.m., December 13th , 1954, in Indian Lake when struck by a car. The driver was not held.

Charles Donovan, 53, Old Forge, was killed almost instantly when struck by a car operated by Lee J. Stahl, New York, near Eagle Bay, Wednesday afternoon. Donovan was foreman for Bradley and Williams Construction Co., working on Niagara-Mohawk lines. He was walking along the road inspecting the work of his crew.
    Stahl told Trooper Sabatini he blew his horn, but apparently Donovan, who wore a hearing aid, did not hear. Stahl is a representative of the "Northeast Logger" of which Rev. Frank Reed, Old Forge, is Editor, and had been visiting Rev. Reed. (Feb. 1954)

Charles L. Eldridge, 87, resident of Old Forge for many years died Jan 31, 1954 at home. Mr. Eldridge was born in Canadice, Aug. 26, 1866. He married Margaret Vrooman Dec. 28, 1887, at Bluff Point. She died March 27, 1921.
    Mr. Eldridge came to the Adirondacks in the spring of 1921. He spent the summer at Limekiln Lake, where he helped build Holley Lodge. In the fall he went to Old Forge. He was employed by the Adirondack League Club for over 25 years, until his retirement a few years ago.
    Jan. 10, 1925 he married Ida Casterline Vrooman of Penn Yan, who died in Aug. 1939. He leaves two sons, Leon R. Eldridge, Syracuse, and M. Vrooman Eldridge, Old Forge; three daughters, Mrs. George Cochrane RN, Canandaigua; Mrs. George Easton and Mrs. T. Waynard Parsons, Old Forge; two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
    The Rev. Frank A. Reed conducted the funeral in Old Forge, Feb. 2, with burial in Penn Yann Feb. 3.

Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Gilbert were called to Syracuse for the funeral of their son, Kenneth, who has been critically ill for some time. The funeral was held Thursday with prayer service at the cemetery in Boonville. (under Inlet News: Oct. 1954)

Mrs. Katherine Graves, 78, died Nov. 15, 1954 in Lewis County General Hospital, a few minutes after being admitted as a patient, following a heart attack at her home. She was born in New Brema, Oct 29, 1876, daughter of John and Magdalene Buckingham Kirch. She was married to Scott Graves, Jan 12, 1898. He died several years ago. She was a pratical nurse.
    She leaves three daughters; Mrs. Floyd Monks, Rome; Mrs. Charles Brown, Rome; Mrs. David Jones, Grieg; a son, Lester, Port Leyden; two brothers, Fred Kirsh, Inlet; and Charles Kirch, Paul Smith's; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Rose Haser died Dec. 12, 1954, in Castorland. Funeral services were held Dec. 15 in Castorland. Mrs. Haser was the great aunt of three Inlet men; L. K. Tiffany, K. L. Harwood, and Archie Delmarsh.

George J. Hurter, 72, life resident of Town of Morehouse, died Jan. 5, 1954 in the home of his nephew, William Haskell, Poland, following a short illness.
    George was born March 14, 1881 in Morehouseville, son of George and Amelia Schall Hurter. He was the former Supervisor and assessor of Town of Morehouse. Burial was in Morehouseville.

Word has been received of the death of Mrs. J. Howard Johnson, formerly a summer resident on Sacandaga Lake, in Albany last week. (Nov. 1954)

It is reported on good authority that Harry Kellogg died Wednesday. Kellogg is well known in the area, having managed the Moose Head Hotel in Old Forge, the Hotel Glenmore at Big Moose and Mountain Villa, Raquette Lake. (Nov. 1954)

Funeral services for Albert H. King, Speculator, were held in the Union Church, Lake Pleasant, Nov. 13, 1954, with Rev. Charles B. Warner, officiating. Interment was in the family plot in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown.
    Bearers were Hamilton L. Chequer, Charles Johns, Halsey Page, John Weaver, G. Howard Romaine, Jasper Clouthier. Honorary bearers were Ernest Blue, Albert T. Davis, Edward G. West, Clarence H. Amadon, William M. Foss, Frank B. Girard, Maynard Fisk and Arthur S. Hopkins.
    Mr. King is survived by his wife, Mary Girard King, and four children: Mrs. Susan Twis, Menands; Guilbert H. King, Speculator; Hamilton I. and Albert K. King, Jr., Syracuse; a sister, Mrs. Idella K. Twitchell, Delmar; a brother, Harold L. King, Groton; and nine grandchildren.
    He was born Feb 7, 1887, in Brooklyn, was graduated from Boys' High School (Brooklyn) in 1898, and from Biltmore School of Forestry, Ashville, N. C. in 1909. He received his appointment to the New York State Conservation Commission April 15, 1911, and was continuously in its employ until his retirement in September 1953. He was granted the Degree of Forest Engineer by Dr. C. A. Schenck in 1913. Besides his membership in the Conservation Commission, he was a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Civil Service Employees Association, Hamilton County Historical Society, Lions Club of Speculator; associate member of the American Museum of natural History; lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Puffer went to Syracuse for a visit. While there, Mrs. Puffer's mother, Mrs. Lydia Kurtz died suddenly on Sunday. (under Inlet News: Oct 1954)

Mrs. Moses Leonard, 76, retired school teacher, died unexpectedly Jan 5, 1954 at her home. She had been in ill health for several years.
    Theresa Duffy was born Sept. 19, 1877 in Waddington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Duffy. She was graduated from Potsdam State Normal School. She taught a number of years in St. Lawrence County.
    Before coming to Raquette Lake about 1922, she was a member of the Town of Webb faculty, 22 years.
    In 1943 she married Moses Leonard. She was a communicant of St. William's Church, a member of its Altar Society; a member of Catholic Daughters of America; an associate member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Raquette Lake Fire Department. She was also active in other organizations.
    Besides her husband she leaves a sister, Miss Margaret Duffy, Utica; a brother, Henry Duffy, St. Louis Mo.; five step-daughters; Mrs. Frances Lepper, Utica; Mrs. Emma Lou Waldron, Raquette Lake; Mrs. Ada Pierce, Watertown; Mrs. Inez Rudd, Inlet; Mrs. Betty Harwood, Eagle Bay, also nieces and nephews.
    The funeral was held this morning (Friday) from her home and from St. Williams Church where a solemn requiem high Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Julian Hubal, OFM, Conv. pastor. Burial will be in Waddington.

Miss Agnes Long, 49, a resident of Long Lake since 1946, died July 18, 1955, at the Saranac Lake General Hospital. A Buffalo native, she lived at the home of her sister, Mrs. Howard Rowe. Active in numerous civic organizations, she was past grand regent of the Court of Our Lady of Mercy, 1511, Catholic Daughters of America, a member of the Tupper Lake Mercy General Hospital auxiliary, and participating in Girl Scout work. Prior to her illness she was a secretary at the Whitney Industries at Sabattis. She was also the St. Henry parish reporter for the "North Country Catholic." Survivors, besides Mrs. Rowe, include another sister, Miss Gertrude Long of Flushing. Two other sisters are nuns in the Good Shepherd Order of Sisters, Sister Mary of Our Lady of Victory in Reading, PA, and Mother Mary Dominica Superior in Manilla, P.I. Also surviving are two brothers, Charles F. Long of Huntington, L.I., Edward A. Long of Flushing, and several nieces and nephews. Burial was in Long Lake Cemetery.

Harold Wesley Loop, 60, resident of this community for many years, died Sept. 7, 1954, at home after a long illness. Mr. Loop was born July 9, 1894, in Canajoharie, where he spent his early life. In 1932, he came to Thendara to live and built the Sequoia Restaurant and cabins here, which he operated until November 1946. He then sold it to serve as caretaker at the T. J. Coolidge summer home, Woodhull Lake.
    The funeral will be from the Eldridge-Autenrith Funeral Home, Old Forge and at Niccolls Memorial Church with the Rev. Frank A. Reed officiating. Masonic services will be conducted at the church by members of Northwoods Lodge. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Old Forge.

George Mercier, 75, father of Mrs. Edwin Wilson, of Deerland Long Lake, died June 21, 1954 at Saranac Hospital. He had lived here with his daughter since last October. His home had been in Tupper Lake.

Chauncey A. Millington, 92, of Speculator, died January 26, 1954 in Amsterdam City Hospital. He was a former resident of Riverside, Warren County. Among the survivors are Mrs. Harry Wilbur, daughter of Speculator. Funeral services were held Jan 28, Amsterdam with burial in Johnsburg Cemetery.

Mrs. Hazel I. Rounds, 35, mother of four children, the oldest 15 years [...]. The family had lived here for 11 months. Mrs. Rounds was employed as a waitress. (June-Aug., 1954)

The funeral Mass for Very Rev. Callistus Scheid, O. F. M., Conv. pastor of St. Ann's Church in Wells and St. James, Lake Pleasant, since Oct. 28, 1948, was held in Utica, April 19.
    Fr. Scheid, who had been ill since last summer, died April 13 in Wells. 1954

Mrs. Lenora E. Stanton, 82, Long Lake, died Nov. 8, 1954 in a Tupper Lake hospital where she had been a patient for two weeks. Funeral services were Nov. 10 at the Stanton home with the Rev. Frederick Adams, Methodist pastor, officiating. Mrs. Stanton was born in Indian Lake, July 31, 1872, the daughter of John L. and Mary S. Brown Lovejoy. She was married May 25, 1894, to Arthur E. Stanton, who survives.
    She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Surviving besides her husband are four sons, Burton and Percy, Long Lake, Harvey of Long Island, and Beeman, Schenectady; two daughters, Mrs. Avis Parker and Mrs. Vern LaPelle, Long Lake; three sisters, Mrs. Molvina Pashley, Indian Lake; Mrs. Harriet Slack, Middlebury, Vt.; and Mrs. Henreitta Plumley, Long Lake; two brothers, George Lovejoy, Corinth and Richard Lovejoy, Lynn, Mass.; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Howard Stufflebean, 42, of Long Lake, was killed Nov. 23, 1954 when he was struck in the back by a heavy limb which dislodged from a birch tree he was falling. The accident occurred south of Pickwacket Pond. Stufflebean had been working alone. His body was discovered by Stanley Brown of Port Leyden and Rowley Parker of Long Lake when they went in to skid logs.
    Dr. Morrison J. Hosley, Long Lake, acted as coroner's physician. A verdict of accidental death was rendered, and there will be no inquest or autopsy. The funeral and burial was in Fairfax, Vt.

Charles W. Smith, 88, retired captain of the Spanish-American War, died Aug. 1, 1954, at St. Luke's Hospital, Utica, following a short illness. Mr. Smith lived in Plainfield, NJ, and had been a summer resident of Raquette Lake for the past 50 years.
    He was born Nov. 12, 1865, in New York City, son of Charles and Elizabeth Pitt Smith. He married Florence Cruttenden. Surviving besides his wife are one daughter, Mrs. James Owen, Plainfield, N. J., and two grandchildren. The body was taken to Memorial Funeral Home, Plainfield N.J. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery there.

Mrs. Gertrude Smith, mother of J. Perry Smith, died at 7th Lake home, Thursday afternoon. (Sept. 1954)

Truman E. Wood, 79, formerly of Utica, died April 30, 1954 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, after a long illness. Among the survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Irene Hogan, Speculator.

Wilfred Yuhala, 38, a woodsman employed at the Carl McIntyre logging camp below Long Lake, died suddenly Jan. 8, 1954 while sitting on a log. Dr. M. J. Hosley, Long Lake, was called. An autopsy performed by Dr. P. C. Pratt indicated death by a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mrs. Selma Watts, 62, Long Lake, died Dec. 7, 1954, in Saranac Lake General Hospital after a nine day illness. Funeral services were held Dec. 11 in Tupper with Rev. Frederick Adams officiasting. Burial was in Long Lake cemetery.
    Surviving are her husband, A. A. Watts; a brother, Melker Erikson, Sorasg, Sweden, and a neice, Mrs. Vive Karlsson of Brooklyn.

Jan 1954
Mrs. Minnie E. Wescott, 86, died Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edna Cleveland, on the Deerland Rd at Long Lake, where she resided two and a half years.
    Services were held Wed. at the Wesleyan Church, Long Lake. Burial was in Long Lake Cemetery.
    Surviving are four daughters: Mrs. Edna Cleveland, Long Lake; Mrs. Viola Hughes, Gloversville; Mrs. Alma Kral, Albany; and Mrs. Eva Murray, Hudson Falls; two sons: Lyman Wescott, Albany, and Cassius Westcott, Flint, Mich.; one brother, James Russell, and one sister, Miss Emma Russell, both of Hermon, NY; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.


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