Copied from a copy in possession of Kelsey Jones. Typed by: Robin Posses & Ina Sutfin.. THIS PAGE is arranged in random scrapbook order. While I know (the computer database knows) the real names of many of the women, I have not had time to look them up yet, and so have not attempted to put his is any order
Chorus: Hurrah hurrah the old plank road is free Hurrah hurrah no toll gates do we see. So we sang the chorus and our hearts are full of glee While we go marching to victory.
We are all a joyous crowd for we have won the day No more toll gates do we see - no more toll to pay We will have a jolly time on this, our freedom day, While we are marching to victory.
Fifty years of bondage in the land where heroes dwell -- Long we have endured it and have stood it very well. How we have despised the thing no tongue can ever fell But now we are glorious in victory.
When all the yeas assembled are at dinner we'll debate; We'll leave the bones and tendons tough for those few twenty-eight. How they'd love to share the feast and sit with us and chat. Oh, let us sing and be merry.
We are all the valiant men who set the plank road free; Where are the little twenty-eight we look in vain to see? Perhaps they're at Manila, at the bottom of the sea, While we go marching to victory.
Last week it became our painful duty to chronicle the death of our faithful old mascot, "Colonel", the most famous St. Bernard dog ever brought to this country. It was impossible at that time to give anything in particular beyond the bare fact of his death and the cause. To-day however, we are prepared to give in detail the particulars as furnished`by F. B. Zimmer, of Gloversville, N.Y.$in whose care the "Colonel" had been placed and who labored assiduously over the Picture of "Colonel's" Late Home grand old fellow for four hours in a vain effort to relieve him of the cause of his trouble, gastric strangulation, caused by too large a piece of meat or bone lodging in his throat, and from which it proved impossible to remove it. The following from Mr. Zimmer fully explains itself. (This section is missing)
TO HIS MEMORY The Handsome Sleb to be Erected Over "Colonel's" Grave As promised in our issue of last week, the Telegram to-day gives an`excellent picture (Picture of the Gravestone) of the handsome marker that`is to be erected over the grave of "Colonel" our faithful old mascotl who departed this life on June 2. It is a very handsome piece of work and is being executed by the well-known firm of A. W. Ayres & Son, of this city, and reflects great credit upon this firm for neatness of design and superior finish. The slab is of the finest marble, surmounting a granite base. On the face will be a fine picture of the "Colonel". The following tribute was recently paid him by a friend. (This also is missing)
George W. Kimball, a prominent resident of the town of Southport, died at his home in Pine City at 12:30 o'clock this morning aged about 74 years. He was a member of the G. A. R. and an honored and highly respected man. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Cornen of Warren, Pa.
THE OLDEST HOUSE IN AMERICA BUILT IN 1630
The Oldest House Now Standing in America at Guilford, Conn. Guilford , Conn., claims the honor of having within its limits the oldest house in America. The old stone house is said to have been built in 1630 by Rev. Henry Whitfield, one of the original settlers of Guilford, for the accommedation of his family and as a ___________ for the protection of the inhabitants against the Indians. It occupies a _________ ground overlooking the south part of the village and commands a fine prospect of Long Island sound. It is said the first marriage in the town was celebrated in it. The contracting parties were Rev. John Higginson and Sarah Whitfield, and the wedding table was garnished with those substantial ________, pork and peas. According to tradition the stone of which the house is built was brought by the Indians on hand barrows from the rocks about eighty rods east of the house, and an ancient causeway across the swamp is shown as the path employed for the purpose. The house consists of two stories and an attic. The walls are three feet thick. In the recesses of the windows are ________ seats. At the southwest corner of the second story there was originally a singular embrasure commanding the approach from the south and west. It _________________________________ and was evidently made for defensive purposes. In the attic there were two recesses and at the end of the wing by the chimney in the second story was a recess all evidently intended as places of concealment. The house was kept in its original form until 18___, when it underwent such renovation as ________its appearance and internal arrangement to a great extent. The beams are of oak and the floors, doors and window shas were originally of oak and the window panes were diamond shape. When the house was repaired in 1869 it was necessary to remove some of the oaken timbers, and the present stair rail and balusters were made from one of them. The house is owned by Mrs. Sarah Cone, of Stockbridge, Mass., a native and for many years a resident of Guilford. The present occupant is F. S. Hall who superintends the farm. Indian relics are frequently found on this land, and not being ______ a number of stone arrow heads and a stone mortar pestle were unearthed when plowing.
Therefore take your Grist of Wheat to the
Daggett Hollow Mills
and get it ground with Rolls
Will grind for you grists of four bushels or more; smaller grists exchanged. At present, custom days will be Wednesdays and Saturdays. Can make a nice flour if wheat is good. Wanted to buy---good Winter or Spring Wheat and Corn. For sale cheap for spot cash-----Flour, Feed, Meal, Bran and Shorts
G. W. Eighmey, Prop'r.
Seely Learned, the well-known horseman, died at his home near Troy one day last week. He was for some time a resident of Pine City, and had many firends along the plank road and through this section.
Shortly before 3 o'clock Monday afternoon Mrs. Philip Sebest of 112 Orchard Street went to the office of Dr. G. H. Preston at 215 West Water street to have some teeth extracted. She desired to take gas and as Dr. Preston had administered gas to her without the slightest _______effect he had no hesitancy to doing as _________. Mrs. Sebest did not however, _______succumb to the influences of _______and he finally refused to give her any more. She was not yet under the influence of the gas when he decided to pull the teeth. This he did, the lady being perfectly conscious at the time. When the teeth were drawn she screamed and leaned over and spit the blood into the cuspadore. As she did so she gasped and fell back into the chair dead.
Drs. M. M. Brown and C. W. M. Brown were immediately summoned, but their services were of no avail, death having been almost instantaneous. Coroner Westlake was also summoned and the three physicians made an examination of the remains and of the circumstances, and all gave as their opinion that death was the result of a combination of effects. They said the while her death was undoubtedly hastened by the effects of the anesthetic and the shock, the principal cause was, undoubtedly, some organic heart trouble and the excessive heat. Dr. Preston was, of course, greatly shocked by the sad and unfortunate occurrence but the physicians all agreed that he could in no manner be blamed. Mrs. Sebest's sister was with her during the whole time and she related the facts exactly as given above.
Mrs. Sebest was Miss Amelia George, a daughter of Henry George. She was twenty-six years of age. She was married to Philip Sebest, a tailor, seven years ago. She is survived by her husband and one son, aged five years. She had but a few months age returned from visit to the old country. The sympathy of many friends will be extended to the afilicted family in this sad bereavement.
ADMIRAL DOT, OF NEW YORK, AND MISS SWARTWOOD, OF BINGHAMTON
Binghamton, N.Y., Aug. 20th -----Leopold Kahn (Admiral Dot) and Miss Lottie Swartwood (Mable Gladis) two of the best-known midgets in the world, were married at Victoria hotel, Lexington avenue, New York city , on Sunday afternoon last. The admiral, who is a resident of New York, is twenty-eight years of age and forty-eight inches high. Miss Swartwood, who makes this city her home, is six years his junior and one inch taller. The pair became acquainted during an engagement with the Royal Midget combination, and an attachment then formed soon ripened into something stronger. That the marriage is the crowning achievement of Cupid's sly ways among the diminutive votaries there can be no doubt, for though Miss Swartwood is a Baptist she demonstrated her regard for her present lord to the extent of renouncing her religion, in order to be his helpmate and partner for the remainder of her days. The bride is well-known in Binghamton where she has many warm and sincere friends, who will wish her and her husband
ALL POSSSIBLE HAPPINESS and success through life. Could the Telegram's wish be gratified, all their troubles would be as little as their own diminutive selves. The happy (Picture of Admiral) couple are now spending a few days at Coney Island, and may then go to San Francisco. Dot's old home, and take up housekeeping. Miss Swartwood was born in Van Ettenville, Chemung county, N.Y. and attended school until she ws sixteen years old. (Picture of Miss Swartwood_ Her father is a shoemaker, and her mother died when she was six years old. (It continues however I don't have )
An Estimable Elmira Woman Crosses the Dark Ferry.
Mrs. Mary Carter, wife of Alvah S. Carter, died at her home, No. 112 College avenue, at 3:____o'clock, Wednesday morning in the seventy-fourth year of her age. The cause of her death was bronchitis and heart trouble. Mrs. Carter was one of the oldest residents of Elmira. She was born in Trenton N.J. in 18___, and came to Elmira sixty one years ago from Jackson PA. , to the then hamlet of Newton, inhabited by only a few people and ________a small territory, there being only a few log cabins in the eastern part of the city. She attended church at the old court house on Sullivan Street, which some of Elmira's older citizens will call to mind.
In 18____ she was married to Albah S. Carter, in this city, and they
began housekeeping and have since lived`in the same residence in which
she died. Mrs. Carter had been ailing for the past five years, but not
until Friday April 22nd did her ailment become alarming. Although skillful
medical treatment was applied to ______`her suffering and prolong life
she grew weaker, and Wednesday morning passed peacefully to her sure reward.
Mrs. Carter was a lovely woman, with a _____ ______, in which endeared
her to everyone. She was charitable and devout, being a lifelong member
and earnest worker in the First Methodist Church, which she became identified
with fifty-five years agol until her declining years. She leaves to mourn
her loss besides her husband, three children. Mrs. Mary E. Havens, Joseph
S., superintendent of the engraving department of the Telegram, and Alvah
W., jr., also of this city; two sisters Mrs. Alvah McIntyre,$of Caton and
Mrs. Amelia Combs of Jackson Pa.; and one brother, William Woodford of
Trowbridge. Mrs. Carter was also an aunt of James F. Woodford and Mrs.
I. S. Copeland.
The funeral services were impressively held from her late residence at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. J. H. Pearce, of Hedding church. Dr. Mills, ofhthe First church, being absent from the city in attendance upon the general conference at Omaha, Neb. Mrs. Marx and Mrs. Wilbur sweetly sang "Rock of Ages" deceased's favorite hymn, " Gathering Home" and "Go Bury Thy Sorrow." The casket was surrounded by many beautiful floral tributes from the family and friends. The interment was in Second street cemetery.
He had patented a number of appliances in connection with hotel ranges and for the past fifteen years has been actively engaged in that manufacturing in this city. He always was____________in the shops the same as his __________and although advanced in years, his tail form bent like the reed in the storm, he only quit active work during the latter part of August 1891.
Colonel Frost at one time was considered quite wealthy, but during the past two or three years of his life his circumstances become considerably reduced. He was a quiet kindly man whose even temper and genial way won him a host of friends. He was one of the originators of the Schuyler County Agricultural society and was its president for several years. In his best years he did much to bring the village of Watkins and the glen into renown, and it can be ______ ________that no man has ever lived in Schuyler county who had more _______ friends, or was more popular than Colonel Frost. His very name was kindness itself. It is related of him that under the strain of the most trying affairs he never lost his temper, nor ever uttered a profane word. He was among the early members of the Society of St. John's church in Catharine, the oldest Episcopal society in Schuyler or Chemung counties. He was twice married. His first wife died many years ago. His second wife, who survives him, he married at Canandaigua in 1854. By his first wife he had two children, who survive him. They are Mrs. VanGorder of the town of Horseheads and Mrs. Fitzgerald, of Cayuta, Schulyer county. There also survive him by his second wife one son, Florus H. Frost, who resides in the eastern part of Maine and three daughters., Fannie M., Flora V., and Mable, of this city. The funeral was held at the family residence Wednesday afternoon. The services were conducted by the Rev. Dr. McKnight, of Trinity church. The remains were taken to Glenwood Cemetery, Watkins for burial.
In St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, New York, this morning. New York May 27----- Not withstanding the request of the family that flowers be omitted the floral offerings at the funeral of William H. Vanderbilt to-day were elegant and manifold. The services were held I St. Bartholomew's Episcopal church, Madison avenue and Forty-Forth street and were conducted by Dr. David Y. Greer, pastor and Dr. Booth his assistant.
The mnterment was in the Moravian cemetery at New____S. I., the family burial ground. Long before the doors of the _______were opened large crowds of persons, representing nearly all`classes of citizens, gathered in the vmcinity. Nearly 100 students from Yale College, who reached the city at 9 o'clogk, marched in a body to the church, and were given seats reserved for them. At`10 o'clock there was not a vacant seat in the church.
It was 10:30 o'clock when the remains were taken to the church. The casket which was laden down with flowers, was carried up the center aisle followed by the pall bearers: G. F. Fering, Jr., C.C. Baldwin Jr., and J. H. Barden, Jr., class of '93 of Harvard, Moses Taylor, R. R. Wade, J. R. Loughlin, H. S. Chresholm, J. Raby, L.A. Greer and G. Rathbone, Yale '93 and H. Potter and H. P. Whitney, Yale '94.
Immediately following were the members of the family, Mr. And Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., and Miss Gertrude Alfred and Reginald Vanderbilt. Mrs. W. H. Vanderbilt and Captain Vanderbilt. They were followed by a large number of relatives, including Mrs. Elliot F. Shepard, Mr. And Mrs Twombley, Dr. and Mrs Seward Webb, Mr and Mrs. W. Shepard, Mr. And Mrs S. H. Kissam, Dr. McLane and Chauncey M. Depew. Next came the servants of the family.
The details of the funeral were attended to by Chauncey M. Depew, who made them as simple as possible.
---------The marriage of Miss Kitty ________ to Floyd Bronson of ______ N.Y. was solemnized at the home of the bride's mother, Mr. J. H. B_____, last Friday. The Rev. W. I. Janes officiating. They left for a wedding tour.
----------Miss J______Mosher of Tioga Pa. and ________E. Short of Farmington Pa, were united in marriage by the Rev. W. I. Janes last Friday.
---------Miss Mary Fenner and Peter Heidt both of _______Pa, were married by F. Wade, Esq., last Friday
-------At the American House, Saturday occurred the marriage of Miss Cerilla Thompson to Luke W. Scott. Both of Westfield Pa. The Rev. David A. Parrelis of Westfield Pa accompanied them here and performed the ceremony.
The Child Orphaned in the Lake Shore Wreck is with New Friends.
Mr. And Mrs. C. W. Conger and their adopted baby, Oressa Stewart, arrived in Groton Sunday evening. While in Auburn Mr. Conger said to a Dispatch reporter that he had expected to reach Groton Saturday evening but the party missed the train at Buffalo and were detained. The gentleman thought he would have not trouble in the adoption of the child. He had secured the consent of the child's grandparents and the papers would be made out at Rochester in a few days. The reporter boarded the train in search of the child and found her surrounded by a group of curious people. As the scribe approached the little one with a chuckle held out its hand. So many persons have shaken the child's hand that when one comes near it is like second nature for her to extend her little fist. Mrs. Conger said that in Rochester, where the party stopped for three hours, the child held was might have been determined a reception. It was soon nois______the city that the little girl was at the depot, and hundreds came to see her. On the Central train the child was viewed by all of the passengers, who soon learned of her presence. The baby's carriage, which went through the wreck was _________the party's baggage. Oressa , as the child is named, calls Mrs. Conger mother and talks quite plainly.
A dispatch from San Francisco says: " The only son of Colonel Charles F. Crocker, second vice-president of the Southern Pacific, fell over the banisters in his father's house on Sunday and was killed. The boy, who was but ten years of age, would have inherited the bulk of his father's large estate, now estimated at $15,000,000, and growing every year.
ADDISON, N.Y., May 31------A young lad named Clinton, aged 13 years, was drowned at Galeton, Pa., in the pond used by Clinton & Sons to run their logs to their saw mill. The boy was the son of Geo. Clinton and was on the logs running them down to the mill when he slipped and fell into the water. The pond was drained in a short time and the body recovered, and medical aid summoned, but the lad was dead.
An Estimable, Christian Lady, Called to Her Reward.
The remains of the late Mary E. Carter arrived in this city yesterday. The funeral will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence of her father-in-law, A. S. Carter, No. 112 College Avenue. Mrs Carter was the widow of the late Zenos A. Carter _________________ lived in this city, where__________. Subsequently they moved to Towanda, Pa where Mr. Carter died. Mrs. Carter then moved to Corning and for the past four or five years has resided on Erie avenue in that city.. Poor health in________ a few weeks ago , to go to the Roosevelt hospital, New York city , for treatment. It was discovered there that an operation for tumor was an imperative necessity, which was successfully performed on Wednesday last. But other unexpected symptoms set in and on Wednesday night she quickly died. Mrs. Carter was a most estimable woman, whose many virtues won for her a host of friends, who will be pained to learn of her unexpected death. The interment will be in Woodlawn and will be private.
Doctor Everette has _________ not only in financial matters but in agricultural as well. He is showing potato vines with the succulent tubors growing both on the tops above ground and on the ____ beneath. Along with the two-headed calf, and the eight legged calf the doctor's double growth of potatoe's take rank as the greatest curiosities of modern growth or ____________.
The death of Miss Fassett, whicl occurred at an early hour Thursday movning, June 30, afforded, in its final scenes an exhilation of the same beauty of character which has been illustrated in her life. As all her friends know, several years have passed since it became apparent that it was but a question of time when she would be taken from a home that was brightened by her presence and sweetened by her music, but never, throughout all that time, has a word of repining or of sadness, even fallen from her lips upon the ears of the loving ones about her. Never for a moment have her cheerfulness, hopefulness and faith wavered. It was the same in her few last days when she knew that the messenger with folded wings stood outside her chamber. There were no complainings, no painful words, but instead there was that beautiful, bright christian hope and perfect peace. Thus the lesson of her death emphasized the example of her life.
Miss Fassett was born in Elmira nearly thirty four years ago, on the 31st of August 1858. Her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Newton P. Fassett, and her sister and brothers, Mrs. Louise Fassett Welles, J. Sloat Fassett, Henry L. Fassett and T. Edward Fassett, all survive her. Her departure is the first break in a family circle of rare harmony and affectionate unity. The devotion of the members of that circle to the daughter and sister has been constant and tender, as it has also been beautiful in the eyes of those who be held it.
Nature gave the one who has gone a voice of unusual power and sweetness. It was a rich contralto, vibrant with a quality that touched the heart of hearers with peculiar effect. It seem now as through that might have been the pathos for fore knowledge that its song was to be so quickly sung and the voice so soon to be forever hushed.
Many loving friends grieve because Sarah Fassett has been called to her better home but, as they grieve over their own loss, they also rejoice that she has been what she has been to them , to the fellow members of her home circle, to society and to the christian church. To few is it given to leave so beautiful and example, so blessed a memory.
A little bud of promise So short a life was given; It only budded here on earth, So soon to bloom in heaven.
The Elmira's Pitcher Loses a Sweet Little Boy, Who Was Ill Only One Day,
Willfred, the bright and handsome two years and nine months old son of Connie Murphy, the well-known ball player, and this season's pitcher for the Elmira club died at the Hub hotel on Carroll Street, Tuesday night. The little fellow was a winsome boy and a great favorite with all who knew him. He had been ill but twenty one hours, and his sudden death was a serious blow the Mr. And Mrs. Murphy, who idolized their only child. The bereaved father and mother found plenty of sympathizers in their deep sorrow, among whom was the large hearted Father Tom Carraher, of Addison, who is a great lover of base ball, and who called at the saddened home Wednesday morning to offer words of comfort to the father and mother. The directors and members of the club and ex-Manager Mutrie sent beautiful flowers to cover the little one's casket and in their manly way showed their sympathy with the afilicted parents. The remains were taken to Worcester, Mass,. For burial Wednesday evening, via the Erie and Delaware and Hudson line, accompanied by Mr. And Mrs. Murphy. At the game in the afternoon the Elmira club work white silk mourning rosettes in token of their respect for its fellow player's loss. Everyone who knew little Wilfred was deeply affected by the news of his death He had become a general favorite among people about town who were attracted toward him by his unusual brightness; his beautiful and expressive face. As he lay in his casket with his flowing golden locks brushed back from his white face, he seemed merely to have laid his playthings away and laid him down to sleep. PICTURE OF CHILD IS SHOWN
The curtain of the night of death as it fell upon his tiny face left no mark of pain and beautiful in life he was still more so in death. No little one ever slept sweeter than Wilfred in the arms of "Death and his brother sleep." There was no pain for him, but his sweet life ended like a rosy afternoon fading into the gloaming. The sorrow was all upon this side of the dark river and the joy upon the other.
GRAHAM -Elmer Graham died June 11, at the home of his brother Geo. Graham, in Jackson, after an illness of nine days. He suffered from a complication of diseases---________ pneumonia and typhoid fever.
Elmer was a young man just embarking on _________, with every prospect of a long and pleasant voyage. His sudden death has cast a shadow on many hearts.
Deceased was a member of Mitchell's Mills Grange. The funeral was conducted by that order on Sunday, June 12, at Caton Centre, N.Y. Rev. L. D. Ayers officiated at the church, where the father and mother are resting with "other kindred dead"
The funeral was unusually large, upward of fifty carriages being in line, showing the high regard in which the departed brother was held. Nearly one hundred members of the Grange were present, each wearing a badge of mourning. The pall bearers were M. M. Friends, M. H. Wheeler, Jonas Seely, Willia Belknap, Chas. Stewart and Willie Wood, each wearing a white sash.
The casket was decorated with flowers artistically arranged by Mr.s Nettie Calhoun.
This is the first death in Mitchell's Grange, which has a membership of 130 and has been organized two and one-half years.
A Neice of Hon. Whi_______ Reid to Marry Judge Harrison. SPRINGFIELD, OH., Sept, 18-------Invitations were received here today announcing the marriage of Ella Spencer Reid, neice of Whitelaw Reid, republican candidate for vice president, to Judge R. C. Harrison at ____________N. Y. Sept. 20.
Ettie Roberts Meets with a Horible and Quick Death.
A most shocking fatality occurred shortly before noon July 21, four miles up the plank road. Ettie Roberts, a girl 18 years old who resides with her grandmother, Mr. John Miller, went out into the barn to get the horse ready for herself and grandmother to take a drive down the river road in the afternoon to visit some friends. It is thought that she went up into the hay mow to throw down some hay, and in descending again with the pitchfork in her hand, fell her whole weight coming on to the prongs.
Mrs George Everett, wife of the man who works the farm, heard the unfortunate girl scream and called to her husband to go to the barn and ascertain what the trouble was. It was not two minutes after the girl screamed that Everett was on the scene but she was already dead.
An investigation revealed that both prongs of the pitchfork had entered the girl's right breast to the depth of about two or three inches. It is probable that they punctured the right lung as death occurred so quickly. The unfortunate girl weighed in the neighborhood of 180 pounds, so that she must have fallen very heavily.
She resided with her grandmother ever since 1884 when her mother was killed by falling out of a wagon in Michigan where the family resided. Her father is confined in an insane asylum in Michigan.
The deceased was a very bright, intelligent girl and a great favorite among her acquaintances. Coroner Westlake was summoned and went at once to the house which is the second one this side of the toll gate. The Coroner, after viewing the remains decided an inquest unnecessary. In addition to the above facts the girl has had three uncles die by violent deaths. Her mother was killed in a runaway accident.
It is reported the Rev. O. Denny of the Free Will Baptist church will be married in about two weeks to Miss Lillian Laning of Elkland Pa.
Garden City, L.I., May 17-----The corner stone of St. Marys new cathedral school to be erected in memory of the late Cornelia M. Stewart, wife of the late A. T. Stewart,_____________ ( the rest is unreadable-----sorry)
He was president of the National Farmers Alliance.
Washington June 11-----Col. L. I. Polk, President of the National Farmers Alliance died at Garfield Hospital at 11:15 this morning. He had been feeling unwell for some time, suffering from a severe afiliction of ___________. (rest is unreadable------sorry)
Philadelphia, Feb. 19-------A Washingtron special says: Cupid has made another raid upon the family of the Chief Justice of the United States. This time he captured Mamie and bestowed her with his blessing upon Colin C. Manning of South Carolina.
The news has just been given vent in Washington. A whisper of the affair went out Wednesday night, but beyond stating that the marriage had taken place, the rumor did not go, and in order to make an interesting story imagination set to work, and in less than no time had wrought out a beautifully romantic one. It told how the marriage, like the courtship, had been against the parents' wishes; how Cupid had laughed at the Chief Justice for a second time, and how, when Mrs. Fuller wend abroad last fall to visit her daughter, who was in Berlin, young Manning followed, gained Mamie's consent tot he marriage, and finally, now seeing herself helpless to prevent it, swallowed her chagrin, gave her consent, and was present at the ceremony.
FRANK M. BLOSSOM DEAD
CITY CHAMBERLAIN AND CASHIER OF THE CHEMUNG CANAL BANK.
Genial Frank M. Blossom, for the past twenty years paying teller of the Chemung Canal bank, is dead. Death came to him suddenly, almost without warning, and was as painless as his whole life had been with out anguish, but on the other hand every day to him seemed to be the pleasantest. Mr. Blossom possessed a social side, that greatly endeared him to his friends. He had always a pleasant word of greeting to the bank's patrons, and off duty was like a boy out of school. In his nearly thirty years residence in this city he made no enemies but constantly made friends. He had served the city in the official capacity of chamberlain for nearly three consecutive terms and it was noticeable that all through the bitter factional fights his name was never mentioned except in a complimentary and respectful manner. He was trusted with large financial responsibilities, and was ever found faithful to every trust. He had a pleasant and well-furnished home on West Second street and always lived well, but was too large hearted to grow rich. What he saved is represented by, A LARGE LIFE INSURANCE amounting to upwards of $25,000 in different companies. He was a Mason and had taken the Knights Templar degrees, and of Ivy lodge and St. Omer's commandery; was treasurer succeeding the late John Arnot in this capacity. About eight or nine months ago he took a demit from all of these Masonic Societies, and had not been identified with either since that time up to the date of his death. He was a charter member of Elmira Lodge of ________, and had been treasurer of this benevolent and protective order for several years. He was also a member of Unity Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workman. The circumstances of Mr. Blossom's sudden death are as follows: Wednesday afternoon after banking hours he went to Valois's barber shop on Lake street and got shaved. He then went to Romar's clothing store on East Water street and from this place went to Frost's jewelry store at the corner of East Water and Lake streets, where he was fatally attacked with apop_______. Henry Strang, the head salesman of that store, in conversation with a Telegram Reporter,
GAVE THE FOLLOWING VERSION
Of Mr. Blossom's death: " Frank came into the store looking and apparently feeling as well as ever, in fact, he seemed to be int he best of spirits and said something about attending the B_____ Hall wedding that evening. He asked for a pair of sleeve buttons that he had left to be repaired during the day, and Mr. Reese laid them upon the showcase and then went to another part of the store for something, I don't remember now what it was. Mr. Blossom, then began rubbing his eyes and siad "I feel very queer, I never felt like this before." He then went toward the mirror and looking in said " I can't understand this strange feeling, I can't see. I feel terrible." He then began to sway a little and stagger and myself and Mr. Reese went out from behind the counter and took hold of him and assisted him to a chair. He said several times " I believe I'm dying". I told Mr. Reese to hurry over and get Dr. Parkhurst, while I telephoned Mr. Arnot to come up from the bank. Dr. Parkhurst and M.H. Arnot arrived in a few moments, the doctor pronouncing it a fatal case. I asked Mr. Arnot whether I should telephone for his wife and he said " yes, by all means; do _____ as quick as possible." I do not remember how long it was but Mrs Blossom accompanied by Mr. J_____ B. Rathbone and Miss Kate McG______, arrived very soon, and _______ Mr. Blossom was breathing his last, his head having fallen upon his breast and his entire body ________ to have collapsed. Mr. Brockway, Mrs. Blossom's father, was present at almost the same time. Mrs Blossom was very calm during the _______ _______ and after death had gently closed her husband's ____________________________ life she was led away by the _________who had accompanied her and Mr. Blossom's body
WAS TAKEN IN CHARGE
by Funeral Director Z__________, and removed to the family residence on West Second street. ( The rest of this paragraph is unreadable------sorry) (following column) bank and remained in that capacity until his death. In 1885 he was elected City Chamberlain and was now serving his third term. The deceased is survived by his wife, who is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Z. R. Brockway, and by two children, Madeline and Brockway, also by his aged mother who lives in Rochester. MR BLOSSOM'S FUNERAL
The funeral services were held at the family residence on West Second street yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The arrangements at the house were in charge of Funeral Director Z______and James A. Townsend, of Philadelphia, a dear friend of the family. The _______ ________ in a red cedar casket covered with _____________, with twisted silver bar __________. The face bore a peaceful and life like appearance and aside from the pallor it was difficult to think that life had departed from the genial man who, but a few days ago, was the very picture of robust health. Cut flowers literally covered the casket robbing death of its somberness by the _________ and subtle perfume. Rev. Dr. Isaac Jennings of the First Presbyterian church officiated assisted by Rev. Thomas K. ________, pastor of Park church. The house was completely filled with prominent citizens, representatives of the social, business and official life of Elmira, together with M. H. Arnot president of Chemung Canal Bank and all of the employees of that institution. Rev. Dr. Jennings opened the services with prayer and scriptural readings from the Presbyterian church form book provided for such occasions. The readings ere followed by comforting thoughts by the pastor based upon a conversation had with Mr. Blossom at one time during his busy active career, in which he had said to the pastor in speaking of his work after banking hours, that " these books must be finished today, as some one else may _______them in the morning." (next several lines are unreadable-----continued) Rev. Thomas K. Beecher spoke from the inspiration of his great heart words of comfort to the mourners and delivered a beautiful and troubling prayer on words that fell like the dew from heaven upon hearts parched with sorrow. Dr. Jennings then pronounced the benediction and the assemblage slowly retired from the house. The mourning family then took a last look at the remains and the scene was a very affecting one, especially as the widowed mother and her two little children gazed for the last time upon that noble kindley face and the closed lips from which no words of anger ever came. The pall bearers, M. H. Arnot, Captain Frederick Barker, General Charles J. Langdon, James B. Rathbone, John C. Geeves and Chauncey M.________- then took charge of the casket and placed it in the hearse. The mourners followed Mrs. Blossom leaning upon the arm of her father with the little girl, Madeline. Next came Mrs. Blossom's sister and Mr. Blossom's aged mother, with the little boy, Brockway, and took carriages provided for them. Other relatives followed and the _______ started for Woodlawn cemetery where the private burial was held, Rev. Dr. Jennings conducting the services at the grave. The magnificent floral tributes were placed upon the grave by the funeral director and all that was mortal of one of the truest men that ever lived slept under the sod to wait for the summons of the last great day when all shall be united nevermore to part, where the loved and sorrowing ones shall again be one family and sorrow is unknown. It was a sad impressive funeral at which all were sincere mourners.
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