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Rev. R.L. Stilwell writes for the Elmira Gazette the following brief biography of above well known minister, now in his eighty-eighth year and a resident of Troy.
In the early summer of 1828, the subject of this sketch resided in Hector, Tompkins County, N.Y.; and succeeded in organizing sixteen Sunday schools in that number of district school houses. He was ………. Presbyterian church in …………… were so arranged that he could be hurriedly walking from one to another, visit four each Sabbath, and thus the whole sixteen once a month. In the summer of 1829 he had seventeen schools over which he exercised a father’s and mother’s care. The writer of this was then a little boy and a member of the Barton district day and Sunday school, and not only remembers the organization of the latter, but various portions of the gospel then memorized. Mr. Jewell was at that time a carpenter, and in 1830 and 1831 spent some time at or near Elmira, and worked 100 days of more than ten hours each for Judge Conklin, for which he received $100. Subsequently, he was duly authorized to preach, and his first pastorate was at Nelson, Tioga county, Pa,, his second, in Newark Valley, Tioga County, N.Y., and his third and fourth in the town of Wells and Columbia, Bradford County, Pa. It was my privilege to meet this highly favored servant of the Great Master on the 14th of this month, and to spend a short hour with him. He has recently spent four weeks at Nelson, preaching every Sabbath, and said he expected to return there soon, to give them more of the gospel. One of his sons, a minister in the Congregationalist church, is preaching the gospel in New Mexico. Another is an honored member and Sunday school superintendent in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Michigan, and a third with whom the father lives, is an active member of the Presbyterian Church, of Troy, Pa. To have known and enjoyed the acquaintance of such a man so long, I regard as a rare favor, and as placing me under obligations of great thankfulness. May his sun set in a cloudless sky, and his great soul at once drink in the melody of heaven.
Memorial Day Observances.
Deming Post, No. 476, G.A.R., met at the hall in this village at 9 a., m., last Friday, as arranged, and headed by Millerton Cornet band, proceeded to the cemetery and performed the service according to ritual. Rain commenced falling during the service, and continued until late in the afternoon; but in spite of this drawback the party, comprising the Post, a few friends, ladies and the band, proceeded by carriages on the route mapped out.
Arriving at Mosherville about 11 o’clock, the storm increasing in violence, it was decided to omit regular services at that .… Deming Mills and leave the preparations had been made for the reception of veterans and visitors, but the rain had a dampening effect on the ardor of all. A most bountiful dinner was provided by the generous people of that vicinity and served by the ladies in a vacant building, after which services were held in the church, consisting of Grand Army exercises, music by the band and village choir, and a very able address by Rev. J. A. Klucker, the pastor.
With good weather the attendance at this place would have been very large; as it was, the commodious building was well filled with a most intelligent and appreciative audience. Rev. Klucker’s address was scholarly, polished and patriotic, winning unanimous commendation. It was greatly regretted that the storm forbade a cemetery service here, as many of the residents and visitors were sorely disappointed at the omission.
At the conclusion of church services, resolutions of thanks were unanimously tendered by the Post to Rev. Klucker for his highly appreciated services,; also to the people of Job’s Corners for their hospitality and kindness. Although not definitely so worded, these were intended to convey the gratitude and appreciation of the veterans to all who in any way contributed to the success of the occasion, and should be so understood. The people of Job’s Corners and vicinity see a whole souled, generous lot, and their patriotism and public spirit cannot be excelled in any section of the broad land. This is the unanimous verdict of all who participated in last Friday’s observance there, and is a fact that will not soon be forgotten.
Daggett’s Mills enjoyed a sensation in the form of a romantic wedding last Monday. John Rathbone and Mrs. Mary Stevens, two aged people whose hearts seem to have been susceptible and unseared by time, were united in the holy bonds of wedlock after a courtship covering a period of one day. Our informant states that the bride was left a grass widow some forty years ago, and it is not to be wondered at that she finally became tired of working in single harness and welcomed the opportunity of a settlement in life. The groom hails from somewhere down the plank road. Having left far behind them the age of puppy-love, it is safe to say hat the happy couple will settle right down to business. The ADVOCATE extends congratulations. LATER. _ A card received Wednesday morning from our Daggett’s Mills reporter states that the marriage had not as yet taken place; so above announcement is a trifle premature. The contracting parties failed to find a suitable person to tie the knot, and when last heard from were on the ragged edge of anxiety, wildly searching for a minister. We will let the item stand, however; they will probably be "married and happy and a’ that" by the time this reaches our readers.
Lecture at Webb’s Mills
Rev. DeWitt Myers will give a lecture in the M.E. Church at Webb’s Mills, on Wednesday evening, July 23; subject, "Character Building;" beginning at 8 o’clock sharp. Also, an ice-cream festival will be held on the lawn fronting the church. All are invited and a good time
…..Yesterday Afternoon at Home in Utica – Funeral Saturday.
Utica, Oct. 19 – Mrs. Roscoe Conkling died at 3:25 p.m. yesterday at her house in this city. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from Calvary Church in this city.
A Numerous Family
A few days ago, says the Irish Times, an old man of ninety-three arrived at Barcelona, who quitted the country at the age of twenty to seek his fortune in America, and has now returned to Spain with his family, which is thus made up: Sixteen daughters, of whom six are widows, nine married and one young girl; twenty-three sons, of whom four are widowers, thirteen married and six single; thirty-four granddaughters, of whom three are widows, twenty-two married and nine maidens; forty-seven grandsons; of whom four are widowers, twenty-six married and seventeen single; forty-five great grand daughters, of whom two are married and forty-three are maidens; thirty-five great-grandsons, all single; three great-great-grandsons. Besides these there are seventy-two sons and daughters-in-law. In all, 270 persons.
Roscoe Conkling was born in Albany, New York, on the 30th of October, 1829. He was a son of Alfred Conkling, who held a number of high political trusts, including a seat in the Seventeenth Congress, and the position of Minister to Mexico; and who was an auther of considerable note. Roscoe was educated at an academy in his native city. At seventeen years of age he entered an office in Utica. Before he had reached his majority and his admission to the bar, he received the appointment of District Attorney of Oneida County. He was admitted to the bar at twenty-one, and immediately began a successful career as a lawyer. He also figured prominently in the politics of his state. Before he was thirty years of age he had won reputation as an advocate, become a recognized leader of his party in New York, and been elected to the United States Congress. Having married a sister of ex-Governor Seymour, he made his home in the city of Utica, of which he became Mayor in 1858. He was defeated in a second contest for the Mayoralty, but was elected to the Thirty-sixth Congress, taking his seat in December 1859. He was re-elected the following year, and entered the Special Session called by President Lincoln, July 4th 1861, with his brother Frederick who was elected from New York City. In his candidacy for the Thirty-eight Congress hew was defeated, but was again successful in 1864, and took a seat in the Thirty-ninth Congress, where he shone as a debater in the discussion of the great questions of the …. And again in 1879. In the difficulties following the Presidential election of 1876, Mr. Conkling took a conspicuous part; notably in the framing and passage of the Electorial Commission Act. He resigned from the Senate in 1891. After his retirement to private life he devoted himself to the practice of law, making New York his residence.
William B. Keyes died Monday morning about 11 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. W. Hazlett, No. 210 West Hudson Street, Elmira, aged 87 years. The deceased was born in Jackson, Tioga County, Pa. March 16, 1812. His widowed mother took him at the age of two and another son and went to Vermont, where he remained until nineteen years of age. He then return to his old home and was employed by his uncle, Major Seth Daggett, in the lumbering business. At the age of thirty he married Sarah M. Wells and they were the parents of six chldren, four of whom survive; one son, S. C. Keyes of Marysville, Cal., and three daughters, Mrs. William Hazlett of Lake Bluff, Illinois; Mrs. George Hazlett and Mrs. Lewis Mann of Elmira, also one sister, Mrs. Edwin Rosell of Brookfield, potter County, Pa. A few years after his marriage, the timber having failed in eatern Jackson, he formed a partnership with his brothers-in-law, Warren and Benjamin Wells, under the name of Keyes & Wells, and purchased a large tract of pine timber on Lambs and Crooked Creek, manufacturing the same which was sent by raft down the Tioga, Chemung and Susquehanna rivers to market at Baltimore. Physically he was a man of fine proportion, being over six feet in height. He always enjoyed excellent health, and was beloved by all who knew him for his many kind acts, and abundance of good nature. Mr. Keyes moved his family to Tioga in 1858. And has since remained there until the past three years. He has gone to his reward, and his record was that of an honest, generous and manly man all through his life. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the house at 3 o’clock after which the remains were taken to Tioga for burial.
After an illness of only a few days, Mrs. Minerva Dewey died at her home in Tioga Tuesday morning. The deceased was one of the most highly respected residents of that vicinity. She was born in Jackson, May 19, 1822, and was the daughter of Major Seth Daggett, who was one of the original settlers of this county. She was the widow of Daniel Dewey, and resided in Tioga Township until fourteen years ago, when she took up her residence with her granddaughter, Belle Baldwin in Tioga boro.
Mr. W. T. Urell, of Tioga, died at her home in Tioga last Tuesday, aged 76 years. She was a daughter of Major Seth Daggett, who came from New Hampshire to this county in 1807. She was a kind and noble woman and spent her whole life making others happy. Besides her husband she leaves five children, Robert E., Charles A., Mrs. H. L. Baldwin, Tom Moore, and Richard D., all residents of Tioga with the exception of Robert, who resides in this …..
Lowden B. Harris died Monday at his home. No. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue, of cerbro-Meningitis, aged twenty-eight years. His wife survives him, together …. His father and mother of Job's Corner
Mr. Lewis Kohler is happy over having become grandfather; an honor he ways he has waited seventy-two years for.
He was the father of six children, five of whom, with his aged companion survive him. Charles E., of McDill, Myron S., of Plainfield, Mrs. Maggie Shumway, of North Dakota, Mrs. H. A. Beane, of Wansau and Mrs. Herbert Casler of ….
Richard Teneyck died last week Tuesday, after a brief illness, aged 78 years.
… Newberry. Mrs. Daggett died June 22, 1894. Mr. Daggett was appointed postmaster at Tioga in 1851 by President Fillmore and in 1861 by President Lincoln. He was highly esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances. The funeral was held last Sunday afteroon …
The members of …… wish to testify through the ADVOCATE their appreciation of the kindness rendered by warm-hearted, sympathetic friends in time of sorrow occasioned by the death of the wife and mother. She was a professor of the Christian faith and had a calm, abiding trust in God to the last, leaving abundant evidence of a heavenly inheritance.
………… who were reported some weeks ago to be in poor health, are yet in a very feeble condition. There was a prayer meeting held there last week Thursday evening by request of Mrs. Baker. SPARK
Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Capwell, of this place, wish to extend grateful acknowledgements and thanks to friends for assistance and sympathy in their recent bereavement.
Capt. Alanson E. Niles, of Wellsboro, who died in a Philadelphia hospital on Thursday of last week of Bright’s disease, has probably the most brilliant record of any Tioga county soldier. He organized Co. E of the original Bucktail regiment and commanded it until disabled by severe wounds. He was promoted to Major, Lieut. Colonel and brevet Colonel successively, and at the close of the war was transferred to the Regular Army, where he served until 1870. At the funeral in Wellsboro lat Saturday Geo. Cook Post G.A.R. headed the procession with fifty men, and survivors of the Bucktail regiment marched on either side of the hearse.
Elmer E. Doane, formerly of Morris, was accidentally shot and killed by his 14-year old son at Colorado Springs, Oct. 6. They were hunting together and the boy’s gun was accidentally discharged. Mr. Doane receiving nearly the entire charge in his face. The grief stricken and frightened boy ran to civilization for assistance and when he returned his father was dead. Mr. Doane was 38 years old and a leading citizen of Cascade. The remains were brought to Canton for burial.
The sad news was received at Elkland last week that Susie Parkhurst Grier, wife of the Rev. J. B. Grier, and daughter of the late Joel Parkhust, died at Berne, Switzerland, Sept 25. Her remains will be brought from over the sea, and deposited in Highland Cemetery at Elkland, where her kindred gone before are at rest. The deepest sympathy is everywhere expressed for the bereaved husband and family.
The First White Child.
To the Editor of the Telegram.
J. Leroy Nixon, of the Chemung Valley Reporter. In an interesting article about the first while child bone in Chemung county, states that the undersigned made a mistake in once stating that John Hunt was born in the house of John Hendy. Historians who have no certain data are obliged to take hearsay evidence on matters of such ancient date. At much pains the writer interviewed several descendants of Captain John Hendy before writing the article Mr. Nixon refers to. From Harriet Culp, a granddaughter of more than eighty years of age, the account of John Hunt’s birth was obtained. Mrs. Culp said her grandfather had often told the story. The birth was said to have taken place in a little house of boughs made and occupied by Captain Hendy before his family were brought into the valley. The story is, that the father and mother of the child stopped on their solitary journey and spent the night when the child was born, and that the child was named John in honor of the host. Mrs. Culp said that the child, when grown, wrote to Captain Hendy, informing him that he had made a success of existing. Mrs. Culp, since dead, was a lady of intelligence, full of reminiscent anecdotes and evidently believed in the truth of her story. Respectfully, Mrs. George Archibald. Elmira, Oct. 10.
Falls from a High Scaffold
And passes away ten minutes later. He was a young man of Excellent habits and prominent in Odd Fellowship -- leaves a Wife and Two children – Will be buried in evergreen Cemetery at Tioga.
Joseph H. Patterson, for many years well known and highly respected at Tioga, Pa., where he resided with his parents and wife and children, met with a terrible death in Elmira on Friday morning last., He was a carpenter by trade and was working on a new house on West Gray Street, between Davis and Columbia streets. About 9 o’clock he and a fellow carpenter, named Thomas Lane, were on a scaffold about thirty-five fee high, when Joe as he was familiarly known, attempted to pull a bracket off from above him, when he lost his balance and fell backward to the ground. He landed on his head on a small wooden sidewalk, fracturing his skull. He did not regain consciousness and died ten minutes later. Coroner Jacobs was summoned, and the remains were taken by Undertaker Hubbell to the unfortunate young man’s late home at No. 623 West Gray Street. A coroner’s jury made up of the members of the board of supervisors, with Supervisor Sweet as chairman, was empanneled and viewed the remains, They adjourned to meet at the court house at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening. The news of his horrible death was gently broken to the bereaved widow, but it came with crushing force, as he had only a few hours of precious left his little home in the best of spirits. His home life was one of unusual happiness, as he was devotedly attached to his wife and children, and was ever studying how to make them happy and contented. He was thirty-seven years of age, and leaves, besides his widow, two children, a boy, Leion, aged twelve, and a girl, Edna, aged eight years. His father and mother and a brother and sister reside at Tioga. Deceased was prominent in Odd Fellowship, being a member of Southern Tier Lodge, and of Rebecca Golden Link Lodge, of Elmira. The Odd Fellows took charge of the remains, which will be taken to Tioga today (Sunday) for burial in Evergreen cemetery. The sympathy of a host of friends, both in this city and at Tioga, will be extended to the wife and children in this, their darkest hour of sorrow, while the noble order he loved so well will ever stretch forth its hand to care for his widow and orphans. During his residence of a few years in Elmira Mr. Patterson made may friends and proved himself a sober, industrious, companionable man and an excellent citizen. The funeral services ….. at the house at noon. And the …
Mrs. Cornelius Haight, of Inscho, died …Sunday last, and Rev. J. H. Day, of this village, officiated at the funeral Monday .. after which the remains were conveyed - Alder Run cemetery for burial
Elmira and Ithaca. Mr. Causer is a member of Ivy Lodge. No. 397 of which society he became a member in 1866. He has a host of friends in Elmira who deeply regret his serious illness.
Mrs. Fred L. Jennings: Mrs. May Palmer Jennings … of Fred L. Jennings died ..sday night at the family home. …West Water street, aged sixty-…years. Mrs. Jennings died on ..Fourth anniversay of her husbands funeral date. Mrs. Jennings was a native of …erville, Pa., and was a graduate of the State Normal School..Mansfield Pa. She passed a .. of her early life in Millerton. Mr. And Mrs. Jennings came to Elmira about 1890 and Mr. Jen…disposed of his business to Banfield-Jennings Corporation ..West Water Street.
Jennings had been in fail. Health and last Fall she plan… to spend the winter in the .. but later changed her plans, remained in Elmira. …decedent was a woman of …ability and often rread for …of her friends. She was a …of the Travel Club, the Chemung Chapter, D. A. R., and First Presbyterian Church. …funeral will be held at the …home Monday at (?) p. m., ..will be strictly private. The …W. H. Benham will officiate. … in Woodlawn Cemetery.
…W W. Garrison of Elmira was … dead late Thursday near Rich-..son, Texas. His body was found .. barn owned by R. C. Newman, … for whom Garrison worked. Believed that he suffered an epileptic fit during which his clothing caught on a peg in the barn, hanging him so that he strangled to death.
This announcement of the untimely death of the Elmiran was received … today.
…1917 Mr. Garrison conducted a ….grocery store at 1206 College …. And resided with his wife at … park avenue. In 19191 Mr. Garrison left his home and for the past … years his whereabouts have … unknown to his friends. Mrs. Garrison has continued the grocery ... ness on upper College Avenue.
Garrison has been subject to epileptic seizures for many years.
The decedent is survived by his widow, Mrs. Leila M. Garrison of 1206 College avenue; his mother, Mrs. Lita Garrison and sister, Mrs. Arthur A. Lewis, both of 402 Jefferson Street. The funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Mr. Garrison was a former road employee of the Lackawanna Railroad Company and advanced to the position of a conductor when his health failed a few years ago and he engaged in the retail grocery business. He left Elmira in 1919.
Wellsburg, Aug 12. Marjorie Louise Dalton, daughter ofMr. And Mrs. James J. Dalton of this village and Asa C Bement, son of H. M. Bement of Platt Street, Elmira, NY were united in marriage at high noon today, at the Christ Episcopal Church. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. John Lyon Hatfield, rector of the church. The couple was attended by George hammer, Jr. and sister of the bride, Martha Dalton.
After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Bement left for a few days’ trip to Rutland, Pa after which time they ….
Mrs. Fannie F. Plummer, widow of …. A. Plummer, died last …. Few days’ illness of an … of Bright’s disease. Mrs. ….. conducted a retail book ….. ery store at 106 North Main Street and resided at Pine Valley. Monday morning she failed to open her store and friends, who called at her home in Pine Valley, found her in an unconscius condition. She was removed to the St. Joseph Hospital in this city and did not regain consciousness.
The decedent was a daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. Lyman French, who resided near Wells, Pa, many years. She Married William A. Plummer, formerly a resident of Athens, Pa., and the couple removed to Wichita, Kansas. While residing in that city, Mr. Plummer was engaged in working on their home and suffered a fall, which resulted in his death.
Mrs. Plummer returned to Elmira about 1905 and established a book store. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. W. H. Ralyea, of Big Flats; a niece, Miss Fannie Ralyea, and a nephew, Harry Ralyea.
The remains repose at the home of Charles C. Swan, 370 West Gray street. The funeral will be held at Woodlawn Chapel Friday at 3 p.m. Burial in Woodlawn …….
William S. Gosper
The funeral of William S. Gosper was held this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at the home of charles Hunter 366 Wallace place.
William s. Gosper of 408 Locust Street, died Thursday afternoon at Linesville, Pa., where he had been ill and under treatment. The decedent was twenty-seven years old and was a native of Pine City. Mr. Gosper was graduated from the Elmira schools after which he was engaged in the wholesale grocery until about 1916, when he engaged in the work of a machinist and engineering. His technical ability was recognized by U. S. Government during World War where he qualified as a master of tool makers and expert on airplane design. At the close of the war he accepted a position with the Hilliard Clutch Company where he made rapid
Advancement, gaining the love and respect of both officials and men. Mr. Gosper was a young man of many admirable characteristics who held the respect of many friends. The young man was just entering into the joy of his home and work when be became ill and had suffered over an extended period. Death came in a peaceful manner yesterday afternoon. The decedent is survived by his widow, a son, Ralph, and daughter, Marian; a sister, Fay Morrell of Pine City. The funeral will be held at the home of Charles Hunter, 366 Wallace place, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Miss Sarah Ingalls a member of the family at the Home for the Aged, since 1899. Died this afternoon at that institution, aged eighty-four years. The decedent had been an invalid many years. She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Pedrick, of Seeley Creek.
The funeral of Miss Sarah Ingalls a member of the family at the Home for the Aged since 1909, will be held at that institution Thursday at 2 p.m. The Rev. A. P. Coman will officiate. Burial in the Mosherville Cemetery
Death Claims Fred Jennings
In Business in Elmira years and Recently Established New Stores – Was Prominent in Affairs of City.
Fred L. Jennings, a well known dealer in seeds and wholesale produce, died Thursday afternoon at 4:45 o’clock at the family home, 917 West Water Street, aged sixty years.
Mr. Jennings was a native of Daggett, Pa. He located in business in this city in 1882. He opened a commission store at 108-110 St street. where he remained until the change of ownership of the building necessitated his removal. He removed to 107 East Church Street where the building he occupied .. sold and Mr. Jennings then moved to 224 West Water Street where business now is located.
Mr. Jennings was an active business man and always was interest in any movement of the betterment of the city and its interest. The decedent was of a benevolent character and a genial, whole s…ed entertainer. He was a member of the Union Lodge, No. 95. … A. M. Cashmere Grotto, and First Presbyterian Church. He
Survived by his widow. A sister .. Mahala of Daggett, two brothers C. E. and Dillard of Daggett, two nieces, Mrs. Harry Slocum, Miss Grace Jennings, of Miller. The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the residence. The Rev. T. Johnson Bolger officiating. Please omit flowers.
Wilkesbarre, Pa. Oct 13.
The coroner’s jury summoned by Dr. Horn, were in session yesterday. The inquest was held in Oak Hall, Mauch Chunk. But few knew of the hearing and hardly a dozen person were present other than witnesses and officials. J. F. Standish, of Wikesbarre, was engaged as shorthand reporter. The witnesses were not allowed to hear the testimony of those who went on the stand before them. After giving their statements, they were permitted to remain. The witnesses examined were Anderson Brown, engineer of the wrecked train; Charles Terry, conductor of the same train; Hugh Gallagher, fireman of the engine, Mill Creek, which caused the disaster; Thomas Major, of engine 406. Which was attached to the hind train behind Cook;s engine; James Murphy, firman of 406, Patrick Mulherrin, brakeman of the same train, and Joseph Keithline, conductor of the same train. The testimony showed plainly two facts. First, that there was a red light danger signal displayed at the station, and second, that train which caused the wreck was running far more rapidly than orders allowed.
Engineer Major, of the second engine, swore that he did not see a red light until he had passed the station, when it was too late to avoid the wreck. He stated that orders were always to approach telegraph stations with the train under control. When asked what he considered was meant by "under control," he answered about four miles per hour. All the witnesses estimated the speed of the train at from ten to fifteen miles per hour. Major said he was sitting on the right-hand side of the cab, on the outside of the curve, and depended upon brakeman Mulherrin for a lookout; besides, the dust and smoke of the front engine obscured the view.
James Murphy, the firman on Major;s engine, swore that the steam had been shut off from their engine just after entering the curve, as she leaked. He put out his head as they neared the station to look at the order board, which showed white, meaning there were no orders for them. The switch light was also white, showing it to be set right for the main track. As he stooped to fix his fire he heard the head engine whistle for down brakes. They were then about 200 feet from the station. He looked out, saw the train ahead and jumped. He thought his train was making fifteen miles an hour. The air-brakes were on his train, but he did not know if the brakeman applied them or not. He did not see any red light on the platform. After he jumped he ran up to the station and met the operator, when he asked: "Why didn’t you show red with the order board?" The operator answered: "We don’t use the order board for a danger signal. We had out a red light, and you were flagged.: Witness said that Cook’s engine kept pulling hard after his engine had shut off steam. "If Cook had shut off steam we would have been under control," He admitted that Major had charge of the train, and could have stopped her with the air-brakes, even with Cook pulling.
James Mulherrin, the brakeman upon whom Major depended for a lookout, testified to the white signal board and white switch light, and confirmed the statement that his engine had shut off steam. He saw a red light on the platform, but there was a crowd around it, and he did not think it a danger signal. After they had gone pretty close to the station he saw the train ahead and shouted "Holy God, there’s a section ahead.: Major looked at him, but said nothing, and he did not know whether he heard him or not. They were then going at twelve miles an hour. "Just as I cried out the red ligh was swung and I gritted my teeth and set down hard to await the shock:
Coroner Horn asked Engineer Major, …
Engineer Brown, of the wrecked train, says he was the following train as it approached and when it failed to slacken speed he endeavored to pull his train out of the way, but there was not time enough.
Conductor Terry was particularly questioned as to the trains being properly lighted. He stated that he went through some cars, and all had lamps burning. It was admitted that some of the lamps were found to be without oil, and it was necessary to distribute through the cars the few lamps which were well supplied. This left some cars with but one lamp each. The cars in use were Lehigh and Susquehanna cars, not of the latest pattern, but had been used for several years as excursion cars and stood the heavy loads perfectly.
Joseph Keithline, conductor of the train which ran into the other, testified that as they approached Mud Run he saw the ill-fated train at the station, and heard the whistle for brakes. He was in the act of applying brakes when they struck.
Hugh Gallagher, of Mill Creek, says as they came up the curve toward Mud Run he had a clear view of the station for half a mile, but as it was dark, and he was firing up, the glare of his fire blinded him. It was not until they reached the first telegraph pole near the first culvert below the station, that he saw the light on the platform but it seemed to be on the depot platform and he watched it until they had run two telegraph poles, when he saw some one pick up the lantern and swing it violently, he at once shouted to Coo, the engineer, "Harry, for God’s sake, plug her. There’s a rear end." By "plug her" he meant to reverse the engine, that being a common term for expressing it. He had pointed out to the officials the place at which he first saw the train, and the distance was found to be 1,200 feet. This is considered a dangerously near approach at the speed they were running. Still he thought that the train might have been stopped if all had done their duty and things had worked properly. When he found the crash impending he jumped. The brakeman, John Jenkins, who was on the engine with him, saw the danger and jumped close after him. The engineer jumped also. At least, he had told Gallagher so afterwards. Cook did not reverse his engine.
The question was raised as to whether the men had been overworked or not. It was testified that Engineer Coo, who ran the Mill Creek, which did the damage, had been off duty from Saturday at 9 a.m. to Tuesday at 11 a.m., when he went to work, continuing until Wednesday at 2:15 a. m. He was off again until 6:15 a.m., when he began work and continued up to the time of the wreck. The fireman and brakeman were n duty somewhat longer.
Mrs. Emily Coolbaugh, widow of Edwin B. Coolbaugh, died this morning at 2 o’clock, at the family home, 247 Scottwood Avenue, Emira Heights, aged ninety year. She is survived by a son. A. D. Coolbaugh of Elmira Heights: a sister Mrs. J. H. Varney, Springfield, Pa.; two brothers, Leonard Morse, Mt. Vernon; Ira Morse, West Franklin, Pa.; four grandchildren: Edwin Coolbaugh, Patterson, N J.; Mrs. Alice Osborne, Mrs. Rexford Rink, Elmira heights; Mrs. Lynn Burton, Elmira, and two great-grand children. Prayer service will be held at the residence of her son. A. D. Coolbaugh, 247 Scottwood Avenue, Saturday at 10 a/./ Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. ……………………
LAWYER HART DEAD.
The Chemung County Bar Loses One of Its Brightest Lights.
Erastus P. Hart died at his residence in this city Saturday evening. He had been ailing for some time and his death was not wholly unexpected but the news caused no less sorrow or regret. The deceased was one of the ablest lawyers in the Chemung county bar, a gentleman universally respected and esteemed, whose life had furnished many incidents of his ability and his indomitable pluck and courage. He was an opponent in a legal battle whom the ablest attorney in the country might well respect if not fear and he had won many legal contests of importance and which have given him more than a local reputation. For over forty years he had practiced law in Elmira. Mr. Hart was born in 1822 at Goshen, Litchfield County, Connecticut, being sixty-six years of age. He was an early student of the law and was admitted to practice upon attaining his twenty-first year. He located at Havana, Schuyler county, and remained three years, then coming to Elmira – in 1846, He married Miss Eliza Haight of Havana, who survives him. Their children are E. Langdon hart and Mrs. Emma Scott of Elmira, Mrs. Charles D,Autremont of Duluth, Minn. William E. Hart is a brother, Mrs. Samuel Partridge and Mrs. Henry M. Partridge are sisters of the deceased and Charles L. Hart is a half-brother. During his career in Elmira Mr. Hart had several partnerships, at different times being associated with the Hon. J. McGuire, Judge A.S. Thurston, E. H. Benn, his brother-in-law, now of New York, the late S. B. Tomlinson and Mr. Vanderlin. In politics he was a strong and uncompromising Democrat. The funeral will occur from his residence on Wednesday.
THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING.
"Merry Christmas, peace on
earth,: sang a homely,
home made stocking, hang-
ing by a poor man’s earth gently back and
forth arocking. "Yes, I’m
not a thing of beauty and
I’ve seen a hard campaign,
And the scars received on
Duty have been darned and
Darned again. Yet to-night
I feel contented waiting
For the sun to rise, when
Our toddler’s hands ex-
Tended will the cluch
Me in surprise. Tho; the
Gifts I hold are meager
Purchased by the poor
Man’s mite, will our
Darling be less eager,
Think you, in it’s
sweet delight. Cross
The way there stands
A palace, strife and
Sorrow stalks within
And the dwellers’
Golden chalice filled
With nectar and with
Sin. There the dainty
Silken stocking holds
Rich gifts and presents
Rare, but neath all a spirit
Mocking, turning joys into
Despair. Thus I envy not………………………..
A PAGE FROM HISTORY.
What a convenient memory as well as conscience this man Gould has any way. His most notable characteristics are his inability to remember the events of the past or to discover that he has ever done anything wrong.
"My principle through life," said he recently, "has been not to give one cent for blackmail, but millions for defense." This is very prettily worded, and if it came from the lips of some men would be worthy of all praise, but in the case of Gould it is quite otherwise. His definition of the word "blackmail" reveals the moral shortsightedness for which all great criminals are remarkable. Blackmail with Gould means the restitution of the money which he has filched from the pockets of others. He will spend millions before he will return a dollar of his ill-gotten wealth.
This is the song Mr. Gould sings at present, but, his brave words to the contrary notwithstanding, there was a time when he was very glad to submit to what he terms "blackmail," for at that time with the little corsair it meant either restitution or a cell in Auburn prison. The incident we refer to occurred only a few years ago. Men not yet gray remember it well, and as the man who led the attack is still one of Gould’s principal opponents, it might not be out of place to recall the details at the present time.
It was in 1872 that General Sickles, backed by 800 policemen, broke into the notorious Grand Opera house in New York, dispersed the 200 shoulder-hitters placed there by Gould, and ejected the little financier from the Erie management.
With the evidence which came into their possession along with the management of the Erie railroad, of which they had been despoiled, the English stockholders compelled Jay Gould to give up $8,000,000 worth of bonds and stocks which were not his, and which he knew were not his, but which he nevertheless had appropriated to his own use. Never on this earth before or since has so palpable a confession been made b so great a plunderer.
Had Gould at that time (as he apparently does today) felt strong enough to resist the demands of outraged justice he would probably have termed the demands made by General Sickles and his principals "blackmail," and spent "millions for defense." At that time he was mighty glad to escape state prison by reimbursing the men he had robbed.
Gould should jabber of life long principals and resistance of blackmail only to the marines. Moreover, as one who has given his life to wholesale and successful villainy, the robbing of the weak and the helpless, and the cunning deception of those who foolishly trusted him, he should not feel too secure in the castle of glass which he has builded.
It is entirely possible that the lesson which he failed to learn sixteen years ago may be repeated in this year of grace of 1888.
O! sickness blanched that lovely face, And quenched the laughter of those eyes, Deat snatched our Richard from our gaze, But Christ transferred it to the skies.
Mother, mourn not for him, he’s gained that …………shore.
Where the sorrows of earth can afflict him no more.
For the fear of affliction is wiped from his eyes, In the home of the bright seraph afar off in the skies
Mourn not for him in that cold dreamless bed, Mourn not for him, he to heaven wailed. But mourn for his mother, who is left on this earth Who has loved and comforted and cherished six -------birth.
Mourn for his mother whose sighing remains, Subject to sorrow, to sin, and to pains; Whose spirit oft yearns to that cold dreamless bed, Mourn for that one and not for him who is dead. – K. D.
One of the Oldest Locomotive Engineers in the United States.
Duncan McDonald, the subject of illustration, was born in Delhi, Delaware county, N. Y. in 1832. he entered the service of the erie company in 1850, in the freight office at Susquehanna, Pa. In 1852 he commenced to fire a locomotive, and in 1855 he was promoted to the position of engineer, since which time he has continuously served the company in that capacity, and has one of the best records and is considered one of the most reliable and faithful engineers in the employ of the company. Mr. McDonald has for several years been running trains Nos. 1 and 8 on the Susqueshanna division, and when Duncan is at the throttle you can bet your life you’re going to go through on time and in perfect safety.
CHARLES A. HORTON SUCCUMBS TO EMBOLISM WHILE AT WORK AT THE MORROW PLANT.
Charles A. Horton, ages 48 years, former chief of police of Elmira Heights, dropped dead yesterday shortly after 4 p.m., while at his customary duties at the Morrow plant. Death was due to embolism. Mr. Horton had been about his duties as usual all day. About 4 o’clock he left his working room, and went to the lavatory. He was found dead a few minutes later. Coroner Ross was called and ordered the remains removed to the morgue, from which place they were later taken to Harrington’s undertaking parlors, where they will remain until tonight, when they will be removed to the family home at 3073 Davis Street, Elmira Heights.
Mr. Horton had been subject to fainting spells for several years, but the exact nature of his illness was not known. He was employed at the Morrow plant as an assembler. He formerly was employed at the Elmira Foundry and Machine Company and later with the Elmira Table Manufacturing Company. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jennie V. Horton, one son, Roy c. one daughter, Mrs. Vera R. Freidenburg, all of Elmira Heights, and one sister, Mrs. Lina Hewitt, of Buffalo. Funeral announcement will ……..
W. E. Stowell, Loading Foreman in the Shops of Bridge Company Found Dead Between railroad Tracks – No Witnesses to the Accident – No Inquest.
The lifeless body of W. D. Stowell, loading foreman of the South shops of the Empire Bridge Company, was found lying between the tracks on the Erie Railroad about a third of a mile sough of the Miller street crossing shortly after 9:30 o’clock this morning. He had been killed by the cars while walking across the tracks.
Erie Yard Brakeman C> W. Bliss first came upon the body about thirty feet west of mile post No. 271. When he examined the remains he found that though life was already extinct the body was still warm. Recognizing Mr. Towel Mr. Bliss went to the South shops only a short distance away and reported the accident to D. B. Toward, who notified Coroner Westlake.
It is presumed that Mr. Stowell was struck and killed by westbound Erie passenger train no. 25, which passed that point a few minutes before Mr. Bliss found the body. Mr. Stowell left the shops to notify a switch engine to remove some loaded cars from the shop yard.
An eastbound Erie freight train stood in the yards and it is presumed that he stepped past the freight train and out onto the westbound tracks just in time to get hit by the passenger train.
His watch was found smashed. It had stopped at 9:17 o’clock, which was probably the instant that Mr. Stowell was struck.
Dr. Lande was summoned to the spot and he examined the remains. There were no witnessed to the accident and no inquest was deemed necessary by Coroner Westlake who after looking into the case permitted the body to be taken in charge by undertaker Archie Campbell.
Mr. Stowell was well known in this city. He had been employed at the South Shops for many years and was fifty-two years old. D he resided at 407 Locust street. he was born in Wisconsin and was a brother of Guy E. Stowell of 609 Flood street and of L. Howard Stowell of 259 South Walnut street. A brother, Charles H. Stowell lives in the west.
Mr. Stowell’s wife died very unexpectedly last November and since then he has resided with his wife’s niece and nephew Amber and Clifford Everett. About thirty years ago his father was killed in an accident. His mother, Mrs. Fabu, livers in Millerton.
The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home. The Rev. James A. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. W. D. Stowell, aged about thirty-eight years, died very unexpectedly this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at her home 406 Locust street as she arose to leave the dinner table.
Mrs. Stowell was alone with her little niece Amber Everett, who made her home with the Stowell family. She had been ill for some time and visited her physician yesterday afternoon. This morning she informer her husband and her niece and nephew that she was feeling better than she had felt in some time.
This afternoon as she left the table Mrs. Stowell turned to her niece and said: "Amber, I have such a pain around my heart." At that she fell dying face downward to the floor. Her niece notified the neighbors and Dr. Fudge was called but there was nothing he could do.
The News caused a shock in the entire neighborhood where Mrs. Stowell had lived for many years. She was very well liked among her neighbors and at the Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, which she attended.
W. D. Stowell is a foreman in the carpenter shop of the Empire Bridge Works and is well known.
Mrs. Stowell is survived by her husband and neice Amber Everett and nephew Clifford Everett, Guy Stowell, a brother, also lives in this city.
The funeral of Mitchell Daggett will be held at the family home. 768 Southport street, Thursday at 1 p.m. burial will be in the Mosherville cemetery.
It developed today that a witness may be found who saw the assault on Mitchell Daggett last Sunday night. A Ralston, Pa., man, it is said, alleges he saw a fight near where Daggett was found with two wounds in his throat.
The authorities are making a rigid investigation of this phase of the case. They may be able to get some definite facts from the Ralston, Pa., man, who is believed to have been passing near the little shanty where Daggett said he first met three Italians who attacked him.
The fact that Mitchell Daggett had a nephew who was shot and killed presumably by three Italians in the city of Pittsburgh four years ago, may put a new light on the case of the Elmira man who died from two throat wounds at the Arnot-Ogden hospital Monday afternoon.
The latest development is interesting because of Daggett’s statement to the authorities before he died. He declared he was attached by three Italians near the Northern Central stock pen south of the city limits, Sunday night. He said they stabbed him, leaving his in the rain until early Monday when his unconscious body was discovered by Northern Central Yard Conduction E. K. Bartlett.
Dagett’s nephew was Leman Daggett, who was a brother of former Alderman Willis C. Daggett, of 400 Pleasant Street.
Leman Daggett was a foreman in a bridge building plant in Pittsburgh. He had charge of a number of men, among them several Italians. About four years ago he had some minor trouble with some of the foreigners. He was near his home one night when shots were heard. Daggett was fatally wounded. His assailants were thought to be three Italians but the case was never fully uncovered.
Leman Daggett’s body was brought to this city and buried. Before he went to Pittsburgh he was an employee at a local bridge works.
When Mitchell Daggett told of how he was attacked by three men last Sunday night, relatives brought back to mind how his nephew was similarly assailed in Pittsburg.
George W. Hazlett died last evening at 6 o’clock at the family home. 429 West Fifth street, aged seventy-three years. He was a native of Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and was a member of Tioga Lodge. F. & A. M. of Tioga, Pa. The decedent is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. A. S. Rhodes of Caldwell Avenue, this city, and Miss Alice Hazlett at home; two granddaughters, Rita and Helen Rhodes; one adopted son, Don E. Baldwin, of Kansas City; three brothers, William of Chicago; James of Wellsboro and David of Westfield; one sister, Mrs. W. Ritter, of Wellsboro. The funeral will be held at the family home Sunday at 4. p.m. the Rev. A. B. Rudd to officiate. The remains will be removed over the Erie to Tioga, Pa. Monday morning, where the members of Tioga Lodge, F. & A. M. will conduct the committal service.
Elwyn Soper, a prominent and well-to-do farmer of Rutland, died in Elmira Tuesday night where he had gone to receive medical treatment. Only two weeks ago we enjoyed a pleasant little chat with deceased at Mansfield Fair, to which he had motored in his touring car, and although he did not appear robust, we little realized that the end was so near. His age was sixty-three years, and he leaves a widow and one son, Ross W. Soper, both of Rutland. Funeral and burial in Rutland on Friday at 2 p.m.
Mrs. Sally Ann Beach The funeral of Mrs. Sally Ann Beach was held this afternoon at __ o’clock at Woodlawn Chapel, the Rev. Eli Pittman officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.
Card of Thanks. EDITOR ADVOCATE" The old homestead is lonely since father died; but the condolence of many friends has assuaged our sorrow to some extent. Not being able to personally meet those who rendered efficient help through our dark days, we wish to extend our thanks to them through the ADVOCATE: also to the singers who furnished sweet and appropriate music at the funeral. If opportunity ever permits I shall earnestly endeavor to reciprocate. Yours
MISS DAGGETT’s BOOK
Written by Elmira Young Woman Just Before Her Death.
There are many people in Elmira who remember Miss Clara May Daggett, the late daughter of Mr. And Mrs. H. M. Daggett. These and others will be glad to learn that a book has just been published which represents Miss Daggett’s last work on earth and which is in the form of a beautiful memorial as well as an interesting gift book. Meditation – Thoughts for the Quiet Hour – clearly phrases the subject. A few moments with the book emphasizes the fact that the ideas and meditations are in themselves of a superior type and gracefully expressed.
The Rev. R. Lew Williams is the author of the preface, which briefly tells of the beautiful character of Miss Daggett, whose photograph accompanies the book. Miss Daggett’s wish had always been that she might become a missionary and ill health preventing that, determined to do what she could in the way of writing. Her first and only book was finished just before she died and is now on sale in most of the _______ and in Woodside’s art store.
Mr. Grinnell is a worthy young man and the family have the deepest sympathy of all in this sad affliction, for Charles has a host of friends wherever he is known. LATER – The young man died Wednesday evening.
The funeral services of Chas. Grinnell, held at Mosherville on Saturday, were attended by an overflowing concourse of friends, relatives and neighbors, who came to pay their last tribute of love and respect to one of our most useful and respected young men. His family have the deepest sympathy of all at this sad hour.
JOHN P. MYFELT
The large number of warm personal friends of John Myfelt were greatly shocked when they learned of the death of that substantial and upright citizen, which occurred at his late home Tuesday at 2:30 a.m. He will be greatly missed, not only by his family, but by the whole community. He was an earnest Christian, and of a kindly disposition, which was felt by people of all classes without discrimination. He was devoted to his family.
He is survived by a widow and four children: two sons, Burton and Richard, who reside at home, and two daughters. Mrs. Lloyd Smith, of Daggett, and Mrs. Winfield Deming of Jackson.
The funeral, which was largely attended, occurred on Thursday at his late home at 1 p.m. and all that was mortal of John Myfelt was tenderly laid to rest in Dickinson cemetery in Northwest Jackson.
MRS. CAROLINE MOORE.
Mrs. Caroline Moore died at 7:30 o’clock this morning at the home of her daughter Mrs. Howard Stowell, 259 South Walnut Street. Mrs. Moore was seventy-nine years old. She was a member of the Methodist Church at Mosherville.
Her husband survives, also one daughter Mrs. Howard Stowell, three sons and one brother, William Brown of Jackson Summit, Pa. The funeral will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning at the home of Mrs. Stowell. The Rev. Mr. Reddick officiated at the services. The remains will be taken to Mosherville for burial.
DEATH OF JOSH HALL
Who was Once a Very Prominently Known Resident of this City.
News has been received of the death of Mr. Josh Hall, who at one time was a resident of Elmira, N.Y. He inherited a very large fortune here, and afterwards left for St. Joseph, Mo., where he resided for some time, and afterwards left for Oakland, Ca., where he died October 22 of inflammation of the lungs. About the time he left Elmira he was left another large fortune by the death of a relative, and was again ……….. independent means. ……………………
Old Bud Jackson, one of the terrors of Montana lost his fourth wife, and came over into Dakota for a fifth victim. He met and married the widow Baggs, a frail, gentle looking little woman, who had just been left a widow for the third time and seemed crushed to earth by her losses.
Mr. And Mrs. Jackson wended their way to Bud’s Montana home, and as the gushing bridegroom led his bride into his lovely cot of one room and introduced her to his favorite dogs, he said tenderly:
"You want to remember, Mrs. Jackson, that I’m the boss here. Don’t you never fergit that. The four dear companions that I’ve laid away, mightly soon found that out. All I ever had to do was to crook my finger and they came a runnin’ to know what I wanted. There wa’n’t no hangin back nor askin’ questions. You see that ox gad up ther: Well, that’s the little arbytrater that uster settle any sight diff’rences I ever had with the four dear companions that are gone. They generally suckumed abter ‘bout six licks, and’ I hope you’ll be equally obeejent.
"Now s’posen’ ou take my boots an’ clean ‘em up and grease ‘em. They’ve got mighty muddy while we was on our tower. Clean ‘em up good. I’m mighty pertickler ‘bout my boots, an’ I’d hate to take that air gad down the fust day you wan in your new home. Come an’ pull off the boots."
The fail, sad-eyed little bride did not move. Her pretty lips began to tremble, and her gentle bosom heaved.
"You comin’?" roared Jackson. "Hev I got to snatch down that air gad? Oh, yer comin’ eh?"
She came. She snatched down the gad on her way, and with set teeth and eyes that twinkled merrily, she landed within two feet of Bud. He had faced wild cats and hyenas, but never anything like this. A conflict ensued; it was short, fierce and decisive. It ended in Bud’s crawling under the bed, and as his bride prodded him with a hoe handle she gaily shouted:
"Ye pore innercent thing ye! Hadn’t no mo’ sense ner to raise the dander of Lizy Jane Baggs Jackson, her that never did nor never will take a word of sass from any man living. Ye’d better crawl under there! Ye’d better crawl clean through the wall. Oh, ye’ll holler ‘nuff, ‘hey? Well, you go and cut a month’s supply o’stove wood ‘fore you show your face in this cabin agin. I’ll learn you who’s boss here!"
-Mr. Mahlon T. White, of Jackson and Mrs. Samantha Wood, of Rutlanad, Pa., were united in marriage by Nathan Pedrick, Esq., at Webb;s Mills,N.Y., Feb. 17, 1889.
-Mr. And Mrs. J. F. Kingsley, of Mill Creek, were the victims of a singular accident last week. Mr. K., accompanied by his wife, drove down to the Tioga railroad station with a heavy double rig for the purpose of hauling back a load of provisions. Said load consisted of heavy barrels of oil, port, molasses, etc., and at an icy spot in the road the wagon slewed, the barrels forced the side-boards loose, and passengers and load were dumped to the ground in the badly mixed condition. Fortunately no very serious injuries resulted to Mr. Or Mrs. Kingsley, although both suffered some painful bruises. It is a wonder that they were not killed or at least very badly hurt, as the position was a most dangerous one.
-Charlie Quick now has the wagon shop at Daggett’s Mills in operation, in connection with his blacksmith shop; and the two industries combined make a lively business.
The Great Upper Missouri River Flood Does Not Abate.
Polar River, Mont., March 22 - The great flood on the Upper Missouri river does not abate. The water is the highest seen for many years, and the river is still rising rapidly. The ice has broken at Galpin and is running fast. There is a big gorge at Out Bank, ten miles above here, and ___ other at Frenchman’s Point, seven miles below, there is six feet of water on the railroad track at Wolf’s Point, and the bridges are all washed out. All trains are delayed. The Mild river is also commencing to break up, and the country is flooded for forty miles around. Hundreds of cords of wood cut for river steamers are floating away. The cattlemen and Indians will lose large quantities of hay. The red men have __ left the bottom, and are camped on the hills. Their farms are under four feet of water and their fences swept away. If the river ……………….
Wellsboro, Sept 7. – The funeral of the late Kenneth Weller, son of Mr. And Mrs. Claude Weller, was held Tuesday afternoon form the late home on McInroy Street. The Rev. W. J. Brown, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated. Interment was in the Wellsboro cemetery.
MRS. DECATUR S. MILLER
The funeral of Mrs. Decatur S. Miller was held at the home of her son, Adrian Miller, in Millerton, Pa., today at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Miller cemetery in Millerton, Pa.
The Gazette of this week presents to its readers a picture of CHARLES J. GUITEAU, the assassin of JAMES A. GARFIELD. The picture is considered a good one of the assassin as he now looks. A brother-in-law of Guiteau’s gives the following history of the assassin’s life:
Charles J. Guiteau was born at Ann Arbor, Mich., in the year 1841. His father was a French Huguenot, and his mother was a Mrs. Howe. He is consequently forty years old. He takes after his father, who, though a first-rate business man, and for many years cashier of the Second National bank of Freeport, Illinois, was a fanatic on the subject of religion. Charles J. Guiteau first came to live at my house in Chicago in 1853, when quite a young lad, and his sister, my wife, took care of him here until he went to Ann Arbor to go to the university. He went to school all the time he was there; but I found him a very stubborn, stupid boy, taking queer notions and brooding over them and sticking to them. He was very self-opinionated, especially in relation to religious matters, even at that age, and no one could tell him anything about religion, because he claimed to know it all. He staid with me, going to school during the years 1854 and 1855, until he left here to go to the University at Ann Arbor. He continued studying at the university for the next ten years, during which time I knew very little about him, and the next place I heard of him was at Oneida, where he had become on of the Oneida community. I heard that he got along very badly with the community, because he would not work. They kept him so long as they did principally because he had put $700 into the community, which he had inherited from his grandfather’s estate, and he would not leave unless they returned him the money, which they refused ta do. He refused to conform to their ways, and got into a deal of trouble. These difficulties culminated finally in a row between him and the community in 1867, after which they made it so unpleasant for him that he left. He next turned up in New York and began a suit against the Oneida Community, and recovered $500. He next concluded to be a reformer. He had come to the conclusion that it was not necessary to eat anything more than crackers and water, and that finally he would be able to live on air. He commenced editing a little paper on diet and religion, of which two or three numbers were issued, when his money was all gone, and he got tired of living on crackers and water. He finally became dead broke in New York, and got money from his father to come back to Chicago.
AS A LAWYER
In 1867 he was admitted to practice law. There were a great many admitted during those times that did not possess either the qualifications or attainments necessary to make a lawyer, and he was among them. He was in my office until some time in the latter part of 1869, but he never had any practice, as his mind was so erratic that he could not comprehend a legal proposition nor see the necessity of acquiring and conforming to the practice. He then went away for a while, but got out of money and came back and ahd an office with some lawyer in the Ashland block, and I see he had one of these cards in his pocket when he was captured today. He was a young man of exceptionally good habits. He never used tobacco in any shape ……………. Play any game of chance. He was never known to join in any manly sport, but was always sitting down brooding over some theological question. What little business he had soon fell away, and he finally got into the business of collecting desperate claims, and his clients found it very difficult to get the money from him after he had collected the claim. He did not seem to possess the ability to distinguish between mine and thine, as he often took money that he had collected fro his clients and spent it in printing his books and lectures. He made a lving fro several years after this by collecting old claims in Chicago, Milwaukee, New York and Boston. Guiteau has a very pleasing address, and can ingratiate himself almost immediately into the favor of a stranger. He used to go around among the merchants in the different cities and ask them for claims to collect, and he got a good many that way. Perfect strangers continually trusted him with their business until they learned him, and as soon as he was known in one city he would go to another. He was always faultlessly dressed, and was very engaging in his manner, and to along very well with the ladies. He has often succeeded in engaging board in the first-class hotels without any baggage, and would live there weeks at a time before the landlord would lose faith in him. He owes three different board bills at the Palmer House in this city and they have some clothes belonging to him yet.
When MOODY AND SANKEY visited this city, some five years ago, he joined them, and became an usher in the tabernacle. He then got to be a monomaniac on the subject that Christ had already come to this world a second time, and that he was destined to communicate this theory to mankind. He then commenced lecturing, until about two ears ago, when he dropped religion for politics. Meanwhile, he had been soliciting for the Northwestern Life Insurance company, of Milwaukee, and had become vvery successful in that line. He saved up some money, which he immediately spendt in having his lectures printed.
IN THE INSURANCE BUSINESS
-The next place I heard of him was in Boston, where he joined his brother, JOHN W. GUITEAU, who is a prominent insurance man in Boston, and has acquired universal fame in this country as a statistician on life insurance matters. He did quite well in Boston, I understand. I have been telling my wife for years past that the only fit place for him was a lunatic asylum, but he was her favorite brother, and she would never agree to let him be sent to an asylum, although she consulted Dr. J. …….
I always thought him perfectly harmless, although I have known for years that he was insane, until he ----- to cut my wife’s head open with an ax – my place in Wisconsin. He was chopping wood one day, when my wife came up – him and asked about some work --- wanted him to do. He got mad and held the ax over her head and told her he would kill her. If my son Louis had not interfered he would probably have killer her. This incident occurred about two years ago.
I remember an incident which occurred some four years ago when he was in New York. He was locked up in the tombs for not paying a large board bill, which – owed at the St. Nicholas hotel. I --- DISTRICT ATTORNEY PHELPS about him, --- Mr. Phelps agreed to let him out if I would take him back to Chicago with me, which I agreed to do. He got out then and came back west.
In taking a retrospective view of the closing year, there is a duty not yet performed, which, owing to the illness of the writer at this time, was not done when it should have been; namely: The notice given to the ADVOCATE of the action taken by the Woman’s Relief Corps, No. 102, upon the death of MRS. CAROLINE OWEN, of Columbia X Roads.
As the Angel of Death has taken from our number our beloved sister, Caroline Owen, therefore be it.
Resolved, that we, the members of W. R. C., No. 102, feel a great loss in the death of our worthy and esteemed sister, and while we, lament our loss, we also recognize in grateful memory the benefits received from association with a soul so dear and a life so full of sunshine, which we feel has made us all better by contact with it. Though the silver cord which bound our earthly interests together is broken, still a golden chain binds and directs us to her higher state.
Resolved, That we extend sympathy to Comrade Owen and family, and may the Great commander over us all give them the strength to bear the loss of their most devoted wife and loving mother.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the ADVOCATE and that our charter be draped for thirty days.
-MRS. WM. SIMMS, of Troy, whose serious illness from cancer has been mentioned before reported to be unconscious and her death this hourly expected.
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