John H. Bell
([January 15, 1840] - 1915)
J. H. BELL DEAD AT CANASTOTA
Funeral Services for Justice of Peace To-morrow Afternoon
JURIST ILL SINCE JUNE
Compelled to Relinquish Duties of
Office last Fall-----Was Taken to
Polls on March 10 and
SPECIAL TO THE POST-STANDARD
CANASTOTA, MARCH 25 - The funeral of John H. Bell, 75, Canastota's veteran
Justice of the Peace, will be held in private at the family home in North
Peterboro street at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. C. E. Jewel will
officiate and interment will be in the family plot in Mount Pleasant
Cemetery. Friends may call at the house from 11 until 1 o'clock Saturday.
Mr. Bell died about 10 o'clock this morning. Justice Bell had been in
failing health since June 1914. Last fall his condition became worse and he
was obliged to give up his office in the DeLano Block.
On a few occasions during the spring-like days of the past month Mr. Bell
was wheeled downtown in a chair and greeted by many of his friends. He was
taken to the polls at the village election on March 14 and voted. He tarried
downtown until the result was announced after 5 o'clock, and was pleased when
told that the Republican candidates, the party of his choice, was elected.
Mr. Bell was justice of the peace in the town of Lenox nearly twenty years.
He was first elected to the office in 1873, when a Democrat, but joined the
Republican party in 1896
In 1899 Mr. Bell was elected justice of the peace as a Republican, and had
held the office since, transacting most of the justice court business of the
town. He was noted for his fairness and independence, and during the past
fifteen years none of his decisions had been reversed.
Mr. Bell was born in Galway, Saratoga County, and as young man worked on
the farm of his father Joseph Bell, afterward teaching district school for
four winters. He located in Canastota in 1864, becoming a partner of his
uncle Aaron Burr Brush, In a retail clothing store. Subsequently he had
other partners, and for a time owned the clothing business individually.
For many years Mr. Bell was an insurance agent here, his partners at
different periods including Loring G. Fowler, Fred C. Fiske, Milton DeLano,
Henry O. Travis and William Tuttle.
Mr. Bell was always active in promoting local enterprises, contributing to
the establishment of the Canastota Knife Works, the first window glass
factory here, the old Canastota & Cazenovia Railroad and other projects. He
purchased the Bauder farm in the northern part of the village in 1880 and the
family home has since been there.
Mr. Bell is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Fannie A. Travis of this
village; one son J. Burr Bell of Syracuse and a sister, Mrs. Sarah M. Wright
[Facts: born 15 January 1840; son's name was Joseph Burr Bell; Mr. Bell was
uncle to my grandmother Fannie Matilda Wright Jaquay
submitted by -
Harold Jaquay (email@example.com)
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 02:56 PM
Madison Co. Families