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Rockwood News, no date.
Charles Flynn is having his house painted.
W. J. Stahl is having his house shingled.
Mrs. F. L. Dorn is visiting friends out of town.
Mrs. E. R. Stahl is visiting friends in Broadalbin.
William Leavenworth and wife left town Tuesday morning.
Miss Florence Woolrich of Sammonsville is visiting friends in this place.
L. Stahl & Sons are having their wood lot surveyed by W. R. Trumbull.
There is a new game at the H-hole and everybody is crazy over it. The game
is called hearts.
Harmon Cline of St. Johnsville spent Sunday and Monday with his sister, Mrs.
Charles E. Stahl.
The L. A. C. held a meeting at the rooms Monday night and a had a very agreeable
time it is said.
A very funny incident occurred the other evening. A man of this place
invited a few friends to stay over night with him. He proposed to have a
chicken roast and one of them said he would get the chicken, so he went and got
one of the man's own roosters and he didn't find that it was his own until he
went to kill it.
The Baptist church was dedicated last Wednesday. The dedication sermon was
preached by Rev. Mr. Brown of Ilion. Rev. L .H. Mitchell of Rhinebeck was
present and gave an address for the purpose of raising $350 to free the church
from debt. He was successful and the church was dedicated free from
debt. The pastor has sent for gasoline lights for the church.
EARL DUESLER DIED AT 2:30 THIS MORNING
J. Earl Duesler
J. Earl DUESLER, general secretary of the Johnstown Y. M. C. A. died at his home on East Main Street at 2:30
this morning after a week’s illness of blood poisoning following an operation
for an injury to his leg sustained at Kamp Karoga last summer.
Jay G. BENDER, Death notice, no date.
Jay G. BENDER, four months old, son of Mrs. William BENDER, died yesterday morning at the Nathan Littauer
Hospital. He was the third member of the family to die within four months. His
twin, brother died in November and the father William BENDER on January 11,
after a brief illness. Mrs. BENDER is herself in poor health and was with
friends in the country yesterday at the time the child died.
The Funeral will be held at the undertaking parlors of Finocan Bros. at 1 o’clock this afternoon.
Rev. H. Clarke COLEBROOK will conduct the services and interment will be made at Prospect Hill.
Rockwood News, no date.
We are glad to note that Rockwood is to have a public hall which is
being built by Landlord Carroll. The building is progressing finely.
George Snell is improving his property by putting up a fine barn.
Mrs. Bragdon of Johnstown was a week-end visitor of her friend, Mrs.
Misses Gertrude Stahl and Maud Dempsey spent Sunday in St. Johnsville.
Rev. R. E. Bartlett has been on the sick list.
The Ladies' Aid society met with Mrs. Charles Kingsley Saturday afternoon.
Miss Edith Kennicut is caring for her sister Mrs. Frank Kennicut, who is
ill at her home in Gloversville.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McWain returned from their wedding trip Saturday and they
were given a rousing serenade.
Elison Johnson and family dines at Bert Chatt's, Sunday.
Mrs. Bragdon and Mrs. Everett Young called on Mrs. C. J. Flinn on Friday
of last week.
Mrs. Laura Dorn had more than her share of callers and visitors last week.
Mr. and Mrs. James Dorn were callers Monday. Tuesday, Mrs. Frank
Lamb and Mrs. John Sizer of Meco came, returning Wednesday. Mrs.
Emily Dorn and granddaughter of Keck Center called Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Brown of Schenectady, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Polmateer,
Mrs. Nathan Chrisman of Johnstown and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Stahl and
daughter Evelyn, dined at Mrs. Dorn's, on Sunday.
The class in Bible study meet with Mrs. Lewis Handy on Friday evening of
Rockwood is doing a thriving business. The glove shop and mills seem
to be running on full time as the whistles blows at six o'clock, and the
stores are having their share of business. Really, we have much to
be thankful for, as Thanksgiving approaches.
Mr. and Mrs. Leavenworth and children of Ephratah were week-end visitors
at Edward Williams'.
Tuesday was a day of bloodshed in Rockwood. Messrs. Erwin Sheppard,
John Weaver and Jeremiah Smith were engaged in laying in their winter's
supply of pork.
AGED MAN DROPS DEAD WHILE WALKING HOME
Lawrence Fical Was Suddenly Stricken in Main Street Yesterday Afternoon
Lawrence FICAL of 33 Hoosac street died suddenly last evening about 5:45 o’clock.
Mr. FICAL was walking in Main street and had reached a point in front of the Leader-Republican office when life became extinct and he
dropped to the sidewalk. While at first it was thought by persons who saw him fall that he had fainted, he was carried into the office, of
the newspaper by Frank MILLER and Charles STEWART.
Dr. Austin HOGAN was summoned, but it was apparent that the end came suddenly and when he fell on the sidewalk. Coroner
JOSLIN was notified and after making inquiry in to the case at that time and later last evening decided that death was due to valvular heart
trouble. Mr. Fical had been treated by Dr. Vedder for the past two years for heart trouble, but yesterday seemed to feel much improved
in health and had been at the court house most of the afternoon and was on his way home when stricken.
The deceased was eighty-four years of age. He was born in Lassellsville, where he resided until about six years ago, when
he came to Johnstown to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Richard BRONK. While a resident of
Johnstown he had made many friends all of whom as well as a host of friends residing in the vicinity of Lassellsville will be grieved to
learn of his death. Mr. Fical was an attendant of the Methodist church and a man possessed of many excellent
characteristics which endeared him to his friends and acquaintances.
The surviving relatives are his, daughter Mrs. Richard BRONK, with whom he resided; one son, T. W. FICAL of Lassellsville;
and one brother, Charles FICAL of St. Johnsville.
The Funeral arrangements had not been made last evening and announcement will be made later.
FIRST GRIP VICTIM IN GLOVERSVILLE IS WILLIAM BENDER
Employee of Bell Store Said To Be Only Man Taken by Influenza Which Is Sweeping Country -- Had Been Herr Ten Years.
Jan 12, 1913.
Grip, which is taking an enormous toll of death throughout
the country, claimed its first Gloversville victim today when William Bender, a
clerk in the Bell Clothing Company store, passed away at his home, No. 9 Park
street. As far as can be learned there have been no other deaths in this
city from this cause within the memory of the oldest physicians. Dr. Homer
H. Oaksford who attended Mr. Bender stated that he died of a bona fide case of influenza
(La grippe) and that he believed that he was the first Gloversville Victim.
Mr. Bender was ill only since last Sunday and had been in
fairly good health up to then, although he was, it is said, in a slightly
run down condition at the time he became ill. Whether he would have been
able to throw off the malady had he been in better health physicians
cannot say. Several hundred others are suffering from the disease and the
local health authorities ask that all take the greatest precautions. In
the city of Philadelphia over 600 persons died of the grip in three weeks.
The toll of death in other cities has been equally large in proportion.
The United State Health Department has sent warnings broadcast throughout the
country advising all to beware of the disease which many do not seriously.
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William BENDER was born in Albany, 40 years ago and came to Gloversville 10 years ago. He was a member of
the K. O. T. M. of this city and of the Clerk’s Union in Albany. He is survived by his wife Charlotte SANFORD BENDER; two children,
a boy and a girl of this city; his mother, Elizabeth BENDER; one sister, Mrs. William SCHRAVER; three brothers, John, Fred and Edward
of Albany. The funeral will be held at the late home Thursday afternoon at 2:30.
Rev. J. J. Dominic will officiate. Burial will be at Prospect Hill cemetery.
James A. Bradt, death notice, Mar 21, 1907.
At 10:25 A. M., Wednesday occurred the death of James A. BRADT, a lifelong and highly esteemed resident of North
Bush, at his home in that place. He was seventy-three years of age was born at North Bush and had always resided in that Locality. By Occupation he was a manufacturer of wagons and sleighs, and by his honorable dealings and many noble traits of character, won and held the esteem of all with whom he was associated. In politics he was a Republican and has served his party in a number of different offices. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity having joined the Garoga lodge No. 300,
F. & A. M., about 40 years ago, and having being one of the oldest members of the lodge. He was also an attendent of the M. E. Church of North Bush, and as a member of the Sunday school, had served as a treasurer for sixteen years, and teacher of a class for eighteen years, until compelled by ill health to relinquish his duties.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Charles BRADT of Gloversville; two brothers, Henry A. BRADT of Ephratah, and Dillon BRADT of Gloversville.
The Funeral Services will be held at his late home at North Bush at
eleven o’clock Saturday morning Rev. Charles L. BROWN of Ephratah officiating, Interment will be made at Rockwood.
Mrs. Anna D. DILLENBACK and Dr. Fenton I. GIDLEY Wedded This Afternoon.
Sat., Feb. 10, 1906
The wedding of Mrs. Anna D. Dillenbeck to Dr. Fenton I.
Gidley was quietly solemnized at the home of Mr. And Mrs. George WALDORF of No. 100 Wells street at 5 o’clock this afternoon. The ceremony, was
preformed by Rev. C. H. MERRILL in the presence of only a very few friends. The bridal couple was unattended. The bride was attired in her
Immediately after the ceremony Mr. And Mrs. GIDLEY left for Schenectady, where they will remain for a few days with
relatives. Upon their return they will reside in this city for the present.
Dr. GIDLEY has long been one of the leading eye and ear specialists of this section and has a high standing socially
throughout the community, while his bride is highly regarded for her many excellent traits of mind and character. Both have the best wishes
of many friends for their future happiness.
A ROCKWOOD ENTERPRISE.
Company Organized to Begin Manufacture of Ladies' Skirts.
A company has recently been organized at Rockwood for the
manufacture of ladies' skirts, within a few days the officers will be elected
and the incorporation papers filed. The gentlemen who are interested in
the affair are Everett Young, George Snell, L. J. Smith and Charles Millett.
The capital stock is $10,000 and the company has already purchased the old paper
mill at Rockwood and it is being fitted up for a factory. The latest
machinery will be installed and operations will soon be commenced. The
mill, which will employ about fifteen hands at first, will be under the
management and supervision of Mr. Millett, who has had considerable experience
in the business.
Prayer Service Over Remains of Miss Versylla Young
In connection with the burial of Miss Versylla Young, a
prayer service was held at the home of her cousin, Dewitt Young, No. 305 North
Market street at 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Rev. E. L. Wade, D. D.,
officiated and in the evening the remains were taken to Rockwood, where the
funeral will be held at 10:30 o'clock this morning at the home of her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Young. Dr. Wade will officiate at this time
also. The interment will be made in the cemetery at Rockwood.
LEAVENWORTH-TRAVIS, marriage notice, no date.
Miss Katie Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Calvin J. LEAVENWORTH of Albany Bush and Ira TRAVIS of the same place, were married at the
parsonage of St. Mark’s church at 8 o’clock last evening, the Rev. E. L. WADE,
D. D., officiating. They were attended by the bride's sister, Miss Lottie
LEAVENWORTH, and Mr. Andrew CRANKSHAW. Mr. And Mrs. TRAVIS will reside on the Dillenbeck farm at Albany Bush.
A SAD ACCIDENT.
Death of Frank Tansley, no year.
Frank Tansley of Rockwood, Accidentally killed Himself While Hunting.
Gloversville, Nov. 12 - Frank Tansley aged, aged 25, a
well-known resident of Rockwood, was accidentally killed by a bullet from his
own rifle near the Shaker place recently.
Tansley, together with a party of eight or ten others from
Rockwood was in camp hunting deer. The members of the party were out on
runways and as Tansley attempted to step on a log, he missed his footing and
fell, his rifle discharging. The bullet flew passed through his wrist and
then into the abdomen and, taking an upward course, came out near the
neck. The wound was an ugly one and Tansley died soon after.
Mr. Tansley was a well-known young man in Rockwood and his
death came as a shock to friends. He is survived by his wife and a 20-months-old
baby; his mother, Mrs. Irving Shepard; a half-sister, Amelia Belle Shepard, all
of Rockwood; one brother, Claude Tansley, of 73 Orchard street of this city, and
one sister who resides in Johnstown.
James Duesler, Death, no date.
FATALITY NEAR STALEY SWAMP.
James Duesler of Rockwood Run Over by Heavily Load-Wagon and
A fatal accident occurred yesterday afternoon on the macadam
road, known as the Staley Swamp, between this city and Rockwood, when James
Duesler, a farmer and teamster, residing at Bradtville, was run over by the
wagon on which he had been riding and died almost instantly as the result of
The accident occurred about 3 o'clock, while Duesler was
going from Johnstown to the lake with a team and a wagon heavily loaded with
lumber. At a point near the Kennicutt watering trough, the driver
apparently lost his balance and fell from the wagon as he was mounting to his
seat after having watered the horses, striking in such a manner that the two
wheels on one side passed diagonally across his body from the left hip over the
abdomen and right shoulder, crushing the bones and mangling the flesh in a
After the accident the team passed on leaving the man lying
in the road where he was discovered by James Curtin of Gloversville, who
happened along with a party in an automobile. Mr. Curtin found the man
dead. After a while the identity of Duesler was learned and he was taken
to his home in North Bush, near Rockwood.
Dr. George Brookis was called and the doctor in turn notified
Coroner J. W. Joslin of this city. The details of the case were reported
to the coroner who put the case in charge of Dr. Brookins [sic].
It was stated last evening by Dr. Brookins that death must
have been almost instantaneous, the man probably had his life crushed out of him
and from the nature of the accident could not have lived more than a minute or
so in the condition that he was in after the wheels went over him, at the least.
The wagon contained over two thousand feet of lumber and is
estimated to have weighed over two tons. The team continued on in a slow
way for some distance before being stopped.
The deceased was fifty-four years of age. He was
married and leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Thompson, both of North
Bush, and several brothers and sisters. Henry Duseler of Hillside Park and
William Duesler both of this city are brothers. The sisters of Mrs. George
Kennicutt of Rockwood, Mrs. Charles Bradt of Gloversville and the Misses Sarah
and Delia Duesler of Detroit, Mich.
Mr. Duesler was a hardworking, industrious man. He had
lived in the vicinity of Rockwood for a period of forty years and had a wide
circle of friends who will learn of his untimely death with severe regret.
The deceased was born in Ephratah, October 4, 1858, and was a son of the late
Simeon and Susan Fikes Duesler.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at North Bush, at 2
o'clock at the late home. Rev. H. B. Silvernail of Ephratah officiating.
Elizabeth E. Darby, Obituary
Mrs. Elizabeth E. Darby, aged sixty-five, died at her home in
Rockwood on Saturday morning as the result of a stroke of paralysis which she
sustained last Tuesday. The shock due to this affliction found Mrs. Darby
in a weakened condition as the result of an operation which she underwent about
a year ago from which she had only partly recovered.
Mrs. Darby was a native of the town of Johnstown and all her
life had been spent in this vicinity. For nearly half a century she had
been a faithful member of the Baptist church of Rockwood.
The survivors are two sisters, Mrs. John L. Mapes of
Gloversville and Miss Rachel Sheppard of Utica; one brother, Irving Sheppard of
Rockwood; three grandchildren, Maud, Floyd and Frank Dempsey of Rockwood.
A prayer service will be held at the home this morning at
10:30 o'clock and at 11 o'clock the funeral will be held at the Baptist church,
Rockwood, the Rev. Mr. Bartlett officiating. Burial will be made in the
Judge Keck Appointed
Perform Duties of District Attorney Temporarily
By the death of District-Attorney Egelston the business in
the county court next week will necessarily be brief. No one has been
appointed by Governor Odell as yet to succeed Mr. Egelston but to meet the
situation Judge J. Keck has been appointed to perform the duties of district
attorney until the vacancy is filled. A resolution was adopted by the
supervisors this afternoon empowering the county judge to fill the vacancy
temporarily and Judge Mills has appointed Judge Keck to take charge of the
district attorney's business next week.
court will be called at the appointed time and most of the
cases put over the term but defendants who are in jail and demand a speedy trial
will be tried next week.
Frank N. Boynton
Became Lost in the Adirondacks
Alderman-elect Frank N. Boynton, who with his partner, H. M.
Tibbitts, has been hunting near Hemlock Lake, about twelve miles north of
Wellstown, wandered away from Mr. Tibbitts and their guide, Fred Morey, on
Saturday and was lost in the forest for three days and two nights. The
guide had instructed the party to keep within hearing distance of each other,
but Mr. Boynton found himself separated from his companions before he realized
it. At noon he arrived at the inlet of Hamilton lake, where he ate a
sandwich he had in his pocket, and then started back for camp, but soon after
wounded a deer, an in his chase after the animal tore his trousers nearly to
shreds. He soon found that he had completely lost himself, and passed the
night in an abandoned lumber camp. He wandered about all day Sunday with
nothing to eat, although he shot a partridge, but threw it away because he had
no salt. On Saturday he heard reports of the shots fired by Mr. Tibbitts
and the guide who were looking for him, but on account of the echoes was unable
to locate them. He passed the second night where he did the first, and on
Monday, feeling that farther efforts to return to the camp would be useless and
being sure that he could reach Piseco Lake, he started out with that end in view
and arrived at the lake about noon.
Shortly afterwards Mr. Tibbitts and the guide also arrived,
and were overjoyed to find him, as they had hunted for him continually since he
Besides his sandwich, Mr. Boynton subsisted on two drinks of
whiskey during his wanderings. He reached his home in this city late
Fire Destroys Rockwood Dwelling
A dwelling house owned by W. J. Stahl at Rockwood, and
occupied by a family named Sheen, was burned Saturday night. The loss on
the house is estimated about $400 and is insured in W. W. Chamberlain's agency.
On to Part II, The Evans-Brown Drowning