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finishing his course was admitted to practice in the supreme court.
Forming a partnership with the late Samuel H. Foster, Esq., he com
menced the practice of his profession, and at the same time was co-
editor and proprietor with Horace B. Silliman of the Cohoes Cataract.
In 1851 he was married to Miss Margaret Wilkinson and about the
same time discontinued his law practice and forming a partnership with
his father-in-law, Samuel Wilkinson, opened a store where the Empire
Mill now stands. This enterprise proving unsuccessful he accepted
the position of principal of the Pulaski Academy, which he occupied
for three years. He then purchased the office of the Pulaski Democrat,
and continued the publication of the paper until his death.

Nov. 17, William Ferguson, aged 55.

Dec. 19, Rev. L. H. Saugon, aged 53. Mr. Saugon was the first
pastor of St. Joseph s French Catholic church of the village and had
presided over his charge but a little more than a year at the time of
his death. He was indefatigable in labor for the good of his congrega
tion, by whom he was universally beloved. He was accomplished as
a scholar, an eloquent speaker and devotedly attached to his church.

Dec. 12, John E. Damon, aged 29.



Jan. 17, James Lackin, aged 71. Mr. L. was one of the oldest
residents of the 3d ward.

Jan. 15, Thomas Crossley, aged about 40.

Jan. 20, William Nugent, aged 17.

March 26, Joseph Biscornette, aged about 45. Mr. B. was well
known as the proprietor of the Union Hotel, on Oneida street.

April 14, Thomas Ryan, aged about 55.

April 30, John Campbell, aged 37.

May 11, Ebenezer Benson, aged 77.

June 24, Dr. Alfred Wands, aged 48. Dr. Wands was an old resi
dent of Cohoes and occupied a prominent position as a citizen and phy
sician. He had on several occasions represented his fellow citizens in
local affairs, and in every trust proved himself capable and upright.

July 19, George Grass, aged 66.

Aug. 7, Ira Terry, aged 64. Mr. Terry was for many years the
leading druggist of the place, and had occupied a prominent position
as a conscientious business man.

Aug. 24, in Watervliet Center, Albany Co., N. Y. Gilbert I. Van
Zandt, aged 77. For a long period Mr. Van Zandt had represented the
town of Watervliet in the Board of Supervisors and held other posi
tions of trust and responsibility, in which he served his constituents
capably and honorably.

Oct. 6, Hon. Hugh White, aged 72. Hugh White was born in
Whitestown, N. Y., in December, 1798. His early days were passed
upon his father s farm. In 1819, as he approached his majority, he
commenced a course of study, preparatory to entering Hamilton College,
from which institution he graduated in 1823. On leaving college he
went to New York and devoted himself to the law. He was admitted
to the bar after a course of study in the office of Col. Chas. G. Haines,
but his tastes inclining him more towards commercial life, he embraced
an opportunity then offered him by his brother Canvass, of engaging
in business. Canvass White had perfected a method of manufacturing
an hydraulic cement which was largely used in the construction of the
Erie Canal, and had established his works at Chittenango. His brother
took charge of these works, and in this occupation he remained for some
years, there first manifesting the business ability and sagacity which
were his prominent traits in after life. In April, 1830, Mr. White came
to Cohoes to take the place of his brother (who was extensively occu
pied elsewhere), in managing the affairs of the Cohoes Co. Under his
supervision the earliest important works of the company were com
pleted. He directed the building of the first dams in 31 and 32, and
the construction of the first canal in 1834. He was engaged at the
same time in several minor enterprises, which served to occupy his
time in the intervals of attention to more important duties. Among
these were a saw mill on Harmony Hill, in Cohoes, a flour mill, and
mill on the Waterford side of the river in which the manufacture of
the cement above referred to was continued. In 1836, Mr. White be
came interested in the company which built the first Harmony Mill, and
its affairs received his attention for some time. Mr. White represented
the Saratoga district in congress for three terms, from 1845 to 1851, and
though not prominent as a debater, was a most faithful and hard
working member, and performed important services on the committees
to which he was assigned. Soon after, Mr. White retired from active


business, though retaining an interest in a number of business enter
prises. At the time of his death he was president of the Saratoga Co.
Nat. B k, with which institution he had long been connected. Mr.
White s declining years were passed in the retirement of his home in
Waterford, in the enjoyment of the ample fortune which he had
amassed. Of his character, the Cohoes Cataract, in an article on his
death, spoke as follows : " He was essentially an executive man ; what
he undertook, he always accomplished, for he was a man of strong
i ndomitable will ; he was generous and large hearted in all his dealings,
and many a young man has been started on in the world by his kind
ness and his means."

Oct. 17, Joseph E. Ballard, aged 22.

Oct. 21, Dr. Joseph Varin, aged about 55.

Oct. 21, William Gledhill, aged 70.

Nov. 2, John Clark, Jr., aged 21. Mr. Clark had entered the Ro
chester Theological Seminary, with a view to preparing for the ministry.
His pure life and genial disposition had endeared him to many friends,
and his early death cast a gloom over a large circle.

Nov. 4, Francis Way, aged 60.

Nov. 12, Hiram Chubb, aged 37.

Nov. 17, John Drysdale, aged 71. Mr. D. had been a resident of
Cohoes for many years, and was known as an upright, conscientious

Dec. 7, George Hudson, aged 19.

Dec. 28, Michael Ryan, aged 50.


Jan. 14, Daniel Keeler, aged 40.

Jan. 20, John Foreman, aged 29.

Jan. 21, Robert Maitland, aged 35.

Feb. 27, James Whalen, aged 67.

Feb. 25, Henry Lyons, aged 21.

March 30, Joseph Moore, aged 63. Mr. Moore was for several years
a merchant in Troy, but for some time previous to his death resided
with his son Dr. J. W. Moore, of this city.

March 27, Adam Vanderwerken, aged 69.

April 25, Lt. William Buchanan, aged 45. Mr. Buchanan went out
as a lieutenant in Capt. Trull s company 30th X. Y. Vols., in October,
1862, and participated with it in the battles of Fredericksburg and
Chancellorsville. On the return of that regiment he was transferred
to the 76th Reg t, N. Y. Vols. After passing through the battle of
Gettysburg and several engagements of less note, he was taken pri
soner at one of the battles of the Wilderness and sent to Anderson ville
prison, where he remained nearly a year. While being removed with
other prisoners to a more secure prison he escaped from the cars, and
reaching our lines at Knoxville, Tenn., was soon transferred to Wash
ington and discharged. He was one of the first officers appointed
under the capital police system and served as captain until he resigned
to go into business.

June 5, William Waterhouse, aged 57.

July 24, Michael Latta, aged 68.

July 26, William Green, aged 19.

Aug. 12, William Ballantyne, aged 65.

Aug. 14, Patrick Griffin, aged 37.


Sept. 15, John Russell, aged 24.

Sept. 16, James Wallace, aged 35.

Oct. 30, in Little Rock, Ark., George W. Upham, aged 38.

Nov. 4, in San;Francisco, Cal., Joseph Almy, aged 36.

Dec. 2, George" W. Hutchins, aged 58.


Jan. 16, Daniel Whalen, aged 22.

Jan. 18, John Forbes, aged 47.

Jan. 26, James Driscoll, aged 42.

Jan. 27, John C. Mahon, aged 24.

Jan. 29, Michael Lynch, aged 45. Mr. Lynch had been a resident
of the 3d ward 25 years and ranked among the leading business men
of that part of the place.

Jan. 29, David McLuckey, aged 56.

Jan. 29, John Langtree, aged 37.

March 5, John Ward, aged 33.

March 10, Barent C. Schemerhorn, aged 68, father of the Schemer-
horn brothers, dentists, of this city.

March 13, Joseph Phillips, aged 65. Mr. Phillips was formerly a
business partner of A. A. Osterhout under the firm name of Osterhout
& Phillips; subsequently he did business alone as a grocer in Granite
Hall and latterly in company with W. A. McMillan at the corner of
Remsen and White streets.

April 1, John P. Steenberg, aged 69. Mr. Steenberg was one of the
oldest business men in Cohoes, his store and house on the corner of
Remsen and White streets being among the first buildings erected in
that part of the city. For many years, in addition to his business in
that place, he pursued his profession of engineer and surveyor, and in
that capacity was prominently connected with many of the earliest
improvements of Cohoes.

April 24, Ezra J. Wheeler, aged 48.

May 1st, Archibald McLean, of the firm of W. D. & A. McLean,
aged 32. He was a designer of patterns for shawls in the establish
ment of Roy & Co., West Troy. Although not a resident of Cohoes,
yet through his business relations with his brother, the citizens es
teemed and respected him as one of their own number and his unex
pected decease cast a gloom over the entire community.

May 11, James Henthorn, aged about 45.

May 31, Henry Cahill, a prominent and influential resident of the
3d ward, aged 40.

June 17, Paul Schmidt, aged 71.

July 16, John Daley, a member of Howarth Engine Co., died from
the effects of injuries received while attending a fire at the Clifton Mill.

July 31, William J. Wheeler, aged 50. Mr. Wheeler was a leading
democratic politician and business man of the town of Watervliet. He
served one term as member of the legislature, five years in the board
of supervisors of which body he was chairman four years. In 1870-1,
he was superintendent of section No. 1, Erie Canal and occupied other
positions of trust and responsibility.

Aug. 9, Daniel Simpson, aged about 45. He was foreman of the
Harmony Manufacturing Go s carpenter shop, a member of the board
of education, of the Johnston Steamer Co. , Alden Hose Co. , and various
masonic organizations.


August 21, Henry En Earl, aged 86. Mr. En Earl was one of the
oldest residents of the city, having moved here from Troy in 1824. He
took an active interest in the progress of the place, and in its early
days occupied a number of responsible positions in the local govern

Sept. 23, Hezekiah Howe, aged 89. Mr. Howe, the fifth of a family
often children, was born July 9, 1783, in Killingly, Conn., where his
family had resided since 1709. His early years were passed in his
native place, and there he obtained his first experience of business
life. After marriage with Miss Lydia Wilkinson, he removed to
Pawtucket, R. I., and engaged in business with his brother-in-law
David Wilkinson. The firm occupied a prominent position among the
manufacturers of the state, and were very successful. At a later period
they established a flourishing business at Wilkinsonville, Conn., but
in the financial troubles of 1829 their losses were heavy, and they
were compelled to discontinue. When Mr. Wilkinson, as elsewhere
stated, was prevailed upon to come to Cohoes Mr. Howe decided to
accompany him, although every inducement was offered him by his
friends to remain in the east, and arrived here May 1, 1831. Here he
continued to reside until within a few years of his death. From the
history of his connection with Cohoes in its early days, as related else
where, it will be seen that he had a most important part in shaping
the fortunes of the place, and was prominent among those who estab
lished here, in spite of drawbacks and reverses, the foundations of a
large and prosperous city. Mr. Howe had contracts for the construc
tion of the first canals of the Cohoes Co. ; he was also engaged in gene
ral business here at different times and for over twenty years, was
postmaster of the village. He was ever an active Christian, and was
one of the founders of the first Episcopal church built in Pawtucket,
and later of St. John s church of Cohoes. His firm integrity of char
acter, and gentle kindliness of manner, endeared him to a large circle
of friends, and his loss was deeply felt.

Dec. 19, in Lansingburg, N. Y., Isaac D. Ayres, one of the originators
and founders of the Cohoes Advertiser in 1847, and the Newark Mer
cury. The latter years of his life were spent as publisher of the Lan
singburg Gazette.


Jan. 10, Dr. J. B. Forrest, aged about 45.

Jan. 12, John O Neil, aged 79.

Jan. 16, Benjamin M. Alexander, aged 26.

Jan. 19, Hugh Thompson, aged 69. Mr. Thompson came to Cohoes
in 1846, and entered into the employ of the Ogden Mills. He after
ward established a grocery store on the corner of Remsen and Factory
streets, where he continued business until his death. His was the
oldest establishment of the kind in the city.

March 8, Wright Mallery, aged 67. Mr. Mallery was one of the
early settlers, having removed from West Troy to this place nearly
forty years ago. He was widely known and respected.

March 13, N. B. Davis, aged 73.

March 15, Michael J. Collins, aged 27.

March 17, Walter Witbeck, aged 52. Mr. Witbeck came to Cohoes
with Daniel Simmons in 1835. He entered the axe factory as overseer
of the polishing department, and retained that position in the estab
lishment until his death, a period of over thirty-eight years. Mr. Wit"


beck was one of our best known and most respected citizens. He waa
closely identified with, the growth of Cohoes, and had occupied a num
her of positions of responsibi.ity in local affairs.

March 22, Henry Schroeder, aged 49.

April 18, John W. Mills, aged 24.

May 12, James Hayden, aged 60.

June 7, Robert Meikleham, for a long time chief book-keeper in the
establishment of D. Simmons & Co., aged 62.

June 15, James Brown, aged 89.

July 4, Charles H. Van Schaick, aged 64.

July 18, Francois X. Lauzon, aged 59.

Aug. 11, Rev. John Fitzpatrick, aged 26. " Few young men of our
city have commenced life with greater promise than the subject of
this notice. Possessing a high order of talent, a peculiarly amiable
disposition, and having enjoyed superior educational advantages, he
was prepared, at a very early age, to enter upon the active duties of
his profession with a bright prospect of usefulness and distinction. He
had, however, but just commenced the third year of his ministry at
Pompey, Onondaga Co., N. Y., when he was stricken down by dis
ease. His remains were brought to Cohoes for interment, and deeply
impressive ceremonies were observed in St. Bernard s, which were
attended by a large concourse of the clergy and our citizens."

Aug. 12, Absalom Sharp, aged about 44.

Aug. 13, John Coakley, aged 66.

Aug. 25, Edward Magee, aged 45.

Aug. 27, Bernard McClarey, aged 60.

Aug. 27, Patrick H. Ross, aged 48. Mr. Ross occupied a leading
position among the musicians of the place during a long residence in
Cohoes. For much of the time he was leader of a band and chorister
and organist at St. Bernard s church.

Sept. 20, James McGaffin, aged 70.

Sept. 30, Mark H. Gould, aged 36. Mr. Gould had been a resident
of Cohoes about four years and was well known as the manager of the
manufacturing establishment of Hon. Wm. T. Horrobin.

Oct. 15, John McCusker, aged 75.

Oct. 28, John Tobin, aged 28.

Dec. 8, Thomas Barclay, printer, aged 17.

Dec. 16, Radcliffe Taylor, aged 50.

Dec. 23, Guy Blakely, aged 71. Mr. Blakely had been a resident
of Cohoes since it was a hamlet. He was known as a conscientious,
upright citizen and a devoted member of St. John s church, in which
he served as warden for many years.


Jan. 2, in Niles, Michigan, H. S. Reinhart, aged 34.

Jan. 8, William Jones, aged 27.

Jan. 17, Charles T. Carter, aged 64. Mr. Carter, who was a twin
brother of Thomas C. Carter of this city, was born in Newburyport,
Mass., in 1810. In his early life he was a sailor but about 1835,
abandoned that occupation and came to Cohoes. He entered the em
ploy of Daniel Simmons, and was connected with the axe factory until
1857, when after a short interval, during which he acted as station
agent at this place of the Albany Northern RailRoadCo.,he established
the drug business, which he continued until his death.


Feb. 7, James L. N. Cranston, aged 39, was killed by the cars of the
Rensselaer and Saratoga Rail Road, near Fort Edward.

Feb. 8, Alexander Richmond, aged 38.

March 8, Samuel W. Lovejoy, aged 43. Mr. Lovejoy was born in
Oxford, N. H., in 1831. He graduated from Dartmouth College in
1857, and commenced the study of law in the office of Judge Peckham,
of Albany. In 1860 he came to Cohoes, where he soon took a promi
nent position among members of the bar. He was for a number of
years deputy U. S. assessor, and at the time of his death was city

March 17, William Searles, aged 65.

March 29, Elislia T. Green, aged 62. Mr. Green had resided in
Cohoes twenty-three years. Most of that time he had been an over-
Beer in the Harmony Mills. He was a man of strong integrity, and
was frequently chosen to represent his ward in the village government.

May 28, Jacob J. Lansing, died in Attica, Wyoming Co., N. Y.
Mr. L. was a former resident of Cohoes, and well known to many of
our older inhabitants. He had been for a number of years previous to
his death in the employ of the Erie Rail Road Co.

June 22, Michael Mulholland, aged 56.

Juue 23, Joseph Taylor, aged 89.

June 26, Louis Falardo, aged 73.

July 2, James M. Campbell, aged 17.

July 11, William Hogben.

Aug. 2, John B. Moulthrop, aged 70.

Aug. 7, John M. Dickson, aged 19.

Sept. 9, Owen McDermott, aged 55.

Sept. 10, William H. Eastwood, aged 19.

Sept. 15, James Dillon, aged 19.

Sept. 29, Edward McArdle, aged 55.

Oct. 1, Michael Lally, aged 68.

Oct. 4, Cornelius O Keefe, aged 46.

Oct. 5, Daniel Mahar, aged 60.

Oct 14, Peter A. Brown, aged 30. Mr. Brown was a printer, having
served an apprenticeship in the Cataract office. He entered the army
during the rebellion, was taken prisoner and confined seven months in
Andersonville, where he contracted the disease which resulted in his

Oct. 21, Thomas J. Syms, aged 41. Mr. Syms had been a resident
of Cohoes for twenty years. He served in the Union army during the
rebellion, was taken prisoner and for seven months confined in Ander
sonville, where he suffered greatly from exposure and privation.

Oct. 25, Benjamin F. Lovejoy, aged about 44.

Nov. 9, Michael Fallen, aged 88.

Nov. 12, Isaac D. F. Lansing, aged 84. Mr. Lansing was the oldest
resident of Cohoes, having been born in 1790, in the brick house still
standing near the Cohoes Company s dam, and resided in that locality
all his life. As will be seen elsewhere, his ancestors were among the
earliest settlers of Cohoes, and were the first to utilize the water power
of the Mohawk, having established in 1740, the mills above the falls
which remained in possession of the family until a few years ago.
Living as he did, outside of the business centre of Cohoes, Mr. Lansing
took no very active part in the development of the place, but he was
well known in the community, and universally honored and respected



Nov. 18, Edward Cavenaugh, aged 28.

Nov. 19, William N. Crawford, aged 50.

Nov. 27, Thomas Hempliill, aged about 32.

Dec. 2, William Harrison, aged 64.

Dec. 8, Patrick K. Murphy, aged 45.

Dec. 14, William Greason, aged about 32.

Dec. 30, John Short, aged 66.


Jan. 7, Lucius Doolittle, aged 83.

Jan. 14, Charles H. Vaughan, printer, aged 26.

Jan. 21, Joshua Bailey, aged 75, in Waterford, N. Y. Mr. Bailey
was one of the pioneers of Cohoes, and from his connection with the
early history of the knitting business, elsewhere spoken of, had a most
important influence in the history of the place. He remained in active
business until a few years since when he retired to enjoy the ample
competence which was the result of his labors.

Jan. 24, Michael Keating, aged 54.

Jan. 27, Owen Garraghan, aged 55.

Feb. 1, Patrick Dennin, aged 77.

Feb. 7, Peter Foley, aged 32.

Feb. 25, John Wesley Howarth, eldest son of Henry Howarth, con
tractor and builder, aged 32.

March 11, Hugh Laughlin, aged 62.

March 14, Dennis Ryan, aged 49.

March 21, William R. Eagan, policeman, aged 24.

March 25, Myron C. Lansing, youngest son of Jacob I. Lansing,
aged 21.

March 26, Thomas McNamara, aged 22.

March 28, James Burns, aged 36.

April 9, Charles W. Carter, son of the late Charles T. Carter, aged

April 13, John Fielding, musician, aged 30.

April 15, John McCormick, aged 64.

April 15, Daniel Fitzpatrick, aged 62.

April 16, John Connors, aged 28.

April 23, Patrick McGraw, aged 60.

April 26, Matthew Bannon, aged 22.

May 5, Thomas Connors, aged 63.

May 11, John Downs, aged 27.

May 13, Thomas Mullin, aged 21.

May 12, Peter Casey, aged 74. Mr. Casey was one of the oldest re
sidents of the place, having been a citizen for 42 years.

May 17, Martin Fltzpatrick, aged 47.

May 18, Richard Ardron, aged 59.

May 22, Daniel B. McClary, aged 29. Mr. McC. was a printer, well-
known in the city. He served honorably in the late war as a member
of the 12th Reg t N. Y. Cavalry.

May 27, John M. Spencer, aged about 60. For over twenty years
Mr. Spencer tiad lived in Cohoes and on several occasions served the
people as census marshal and in other positions.

May 29, George Monk, aged 39.

June 4, John Prairie, aged 55.

June 15, John Belville, aged 36.


June 21, Michael Lawler, aged 67.

June 22, in Albany, Alexander M. Gregory, aged 65. Mr. Gregory,
though never residing in this city, had been engaged in the knitting
business here for many years and was a prominent business man. He
was one of the firm of Gregorys & Hiller.

June 28, Michael Brennan, aged 65.

July 2, Thomas B. Flannigan, aged 29.

July 5, William Parker, aged 20.

July 8, Joseph Mirault, aged 25.

July 9, Patrick Burke, aged 45.

July 10, Charles Hicks, aged 32.

July 16, In Swansea, Mass. , John W. Lansing, formerly of Cohoes,
aged 61.

August 2, Dennis Normile, aged 29.

August 8, Patrick Quinlan, aged 30.

August 11, William Bindewald, aged 20.

August 31 , William S. South worth, aged 68. Mr. South worth, who
came to this city from Bennington, Vt., was the son of Judge Gordon
Southworth of Dorset, in that state. He commenced the study of law
at the age of twenty-one and soon became one of the leading members
of the profession. He was for some time engaged in manufacturing
in Lowell, Mass., and came to Cohoes in 1873. Although he had re
sided here but a short time, he had endeared himself to all by his kindly
manner and upright character.

Sept. 4, Joseph Rousseau, aged 64.

Sept. 11, Thomas A. Hall, aged about 32.

Sept. 18, James M. Hayward, aged 56. Mr. Hayward came to Co
hoes in 1850, and commenced the flour and feed business, in which he
was engaged until his death. He was one of our best known citizens.

Sept. 21, Peter Ryan, aged 20.

Sept. 29, Thomas Larkin, aged 19.

Oct. 1, William Evers, aged 69.

Oct. 2, Thomas Kenny, aged 75.

Oct. 5, Frank Fitzpatrick, aged 35.

Oct. 5, George Greason.

Oct. 8, James Wiuterbottom. Mr. Winterbottom had been in the
employ of the Harmony Co., nearly 17 years. He served in the army
during the rebellion.

Oct. 14, Thomas McTigue, aged 66.

Oct. 30, Robert Barton, aged 51.

Nov. 6, Thomas Page, aged 66.

Nov. 22, Patrick Kennedy, aged 42.

Nov. 27, John Copeland, aged 65. Mr. Copeland came to Cohoes in
1860, and continued the business of slate roofer until his decease. He
took an active part in the organization of the Friendly Society of the
Sons of Scotia and the Caledonian Club of Cohoes and was one of their
most earnest supporters.

Dec. , Peter Vandercook, Sen., aged 85. Mr. Vandercook had been
a resident of Cohoes 39 years. He was born in Pittstown, Rens. Co.,
N. Y., and in 1886 removed to Cohoes, locating at the head of the four
locks, where he lived for many years. He was a farmer and miller by

Dec. 10, James Durrant, aged 49. Mr. Durrant left home in company
with his son, Nov. 29th, on a visit to California, and had nearly reached


the end of his journey, when he was killed by accident. He was well
and favorably known as a citizen and master builder.

Dec. 20, in Watervliet, Francis Witbeck, aged 57. For many years
he was foreman in the finishing 1 department of D. Simmons & Go s axe
factory, and was prominent as an active, public-spirited citizen. He

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