Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Wed Jan 17, 1900
HUSBAND'S DEAD BODY WIFE'S WELCOME HOME
John Howland Hung Himself in the Cellar
Used Ordinary Twine
Supposed Cause of Act Despondency Over Lack of Work and Crippled Condition -
Widow and Three Children Left
John H. HOWLAND, of Lyons, aged 45 years, killed himself by hanging yesterday afternoon. The exact time of the tragedy is not known. HOWLAND resided on Elmer street with his wife and son Charles, aged 18 years. Two daughters, Edna and Pearl, were absent from home on a visit yesterday. The family removed from Fair Haven to Lyons seven years ago.
For several years and until September 11, 1897, deceased was employed by the Merchants Despatch Transportation Company. On that day he met with an accident while at work at Despatch and broke his left leg. HOWLAND never fully recovered from the injury. It prevented him from resuming his regular work, and he had had no steady employment since the accident. Despondency was the result; but the unfortunate man maintained an air of cheerfulness, never giving his family the slightest suspicion of self-destruction.
Yesterday noon HOWLAND ate dinner with his wife and son. The occasion was marked by no extraordinary circumstance. About 1 o'clock Mrs. HOWLAND left the house to be absent until 5 o'clock. Fifteen minutes later Charles started for his place of employment, leaving his father standing by the stove in the sitting room. That was the last seen of the man alive, and the conclusion is doubtless correct that he hanged himself soon after Charles's departure.
Mrs. HOWLAND returned home soon after 5 o'clock. As she entered the house she noticed the outside cellar door standing open. A man's coat lay just outside the door. Mrs. HOWLAND conjectured that her husband had gone into the cellar for firewood; but, after waiting a reasonable time for him to appear, she proceeded to the cellar by the inside stairway. The poor woman sustained a severe shock at finding herself almost face to face with the corpse of her husband. Common binder twine was the instrument of death. A loop over the end of a light stick nailed cross wise the joists with a noose about the neck suspended the body in a kneeling posture. There was scarcely six feet between the point of suspension and the floor, so that it was only by kneeling that pressure sufficient to cause death could be exerted. Death must have followed slow strangulation, but the features were in repose and without evidence of pain.
Coroner THACHER, of Newark, was summoned, but on hearing the facts decided an investigation unnecessary.
NEW YORK LOSS
Winter's Buying of Furs Stolen From a Palmyra Barn
Thieves broke into the barn on the J. C. DUNN place on Stafford street in Palmyra Monday night and stole $125 worth of furs which were in the second story and which belonged to T. S. DeGILLKE. DeGILLKE has been buying furs in Palmyra and vicinity all winter for a New York house, and resided at the residence of J. C. DUNN. He had an unusually large quantity on hand, as he was going to make a shipment Thursday of this week, and the thieves got every one of them.
The matter was placed in the hands of Chief of Police THROOP at Palmyra, and he at once telephoned to all surrounding villages to look out for the stolen goods. DeGILLKE offers a reward of #25 for the arrest of the robbers.
MARY AGAINST MARY
Mrs. Blum and Mrs. Magee Just as Mad as They Can Be
Mary BLUM and Mary MAGEE, Taylor street neighbors, were the principals in a lively court proceeding heard before Justice DAVY in supreme court yesterday, which resulted in the court directing a verdict for the defendant. The history of the case, which was an action for $10,000 damages for alleged false imprisonment, has been published before, and shows to what extent a neighborhood quarrel will sometimes reach.
Mrs. MAGEE accused Mrs. BLUM of stealing a child's rocking chair valued at 75 cents, and had her arrested. Mrs. BLUM was imprisoned six hours at the police station, and when the case was called before Judge ERNST, Mrs. MAGEE did not appear, and Mrs. BLUM was discharged. C. E. McDOWELL appeared yesterday for Mrs. MAGEE, and Major Jacob SPAHN for Mrs. BLUM.
WILL OF GEORGE BLUMENSTOCK
Surrogate BENTON yesterday admitted to probate the will of George BLUMENSTOCK, who died December 23d, leaving an estate valued at $3,500, of which $2,000 is in realty. Legacies amounting to $555 were left to Frederick BLUMENSTOCK, a brother, Emma WAGNER, a sister, and Katherine BLUMENSTOCK, a daughter. The widow, Frederika BLUMENSTOCK, was named as executrix and residuary legatee.
--Miss Lillian McKUEN and Wellington C. MORSE were married yesterday at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael McKUEN, Marion. The ceremony took place beneath an arch of evergreens.
--Dr. Augustus W. BROADWAY, pastor of the Geneva Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver an illustrated lecture in the Sodus opera house January 26th, describing a trip of 16, 000 miles made in the Old World. Dr. BROADWAY was a former Sodus minister.
--Mrs. Karl SCHLOSSER, of Lyons, was found dead upon the doorstep of her residence on Shuler street yesterday noon. Heart disease was the cause of death. Mrs. SCHLOSSER was attending to her usual household duties when stricken. She was 49 years of age, and is survived by her husband and four children.
--A banquet, given by the new York Central Hose Company, No. 1, of the Newark fire department in honor of Carlos A . STEBBINS, of Quarry, Kansas, was held in the Langdon house last evening. Mr. STEBBINS was a former resident of Newark, and was the chief promoter of this large fire company's organization, which is now one of the crack drill companies of the state. After refreshments toasts were responded to and a smoker was enjoyed.
Avon Entertaining Prohibitionist's of Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe and Livingston
The Prohibition convention of the counties of Genesee, Wyoming, Monroe and Livingston, being held in the Methodist Episcopal Church at Avon, was called to order at 11 yesterday morning, and the meeting was opened by devotional services conducted by Rev. A. B. TAYLOR, John GARVEY was chosen chairman of the convention, and Rev. A. J. LAWRENCE, secretary and treasurer. The address of welcome was given by Rev. T. C. CARSON, the pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
At 1:30 P. M. the meeting was called to order and devotional services were conducted by Mrs. J. WITTRUP. The address of welcome was responded to, and the comments were well received. The subject, "How to Reach the Nominal Temperance Man," was dealt with in a very able manner by E. C. LONG. The discussion, "Use of Money in Prohibition Work," was taken up by State Chairman J. H. DURKEE, after which the convention adjourned till evening. The evening session was well attended.
--Watson PELTON, of Springwater, has joined the navy, enlisting for four years and is now on the Dixie stationed at Philadelphia.
--Mrs. PURCHASE, whose home for several years had been with George NORTHRUP, of Lakeville, died Monday afternoon of pneumonia, after a brief illness. interment will be at Scottsburg this afternoon.
--Death removed at an early hour yesterday morning Bertha, wife of Morris G. WAITE, of Springwater, aged 20 years. It is a particularly sad death, as she leaves besides her husband two small children, a little boy of three years of age, and an infant girl of but a few days, a father and mother, a sister and two brothers, of St. Johns, Kan.
--George ACKER sailed into Conesus Monday night and at once decided to have a good time. He indulged in corn juice, became rather happy and proceeded to create a sensation. Deputy Sheriff COE was notified, and placed the young hoodlum under arrest and locked him in the barber shop. Through the night ACKER recovered sufficiently to realize his situation and proceeded to gain his liberty by breaking the (didn't get the rest)
BRIEF COURT NOTES
--An Albany dispatch contains information of the appointment of George C. MILLS, of this city, as an inspector in the department of public works.
--A motion for a judgment of $160 was made in county court yesterday by the Park Avenue Loan Association, against J. STEDMAN and others. The motion was granted.
--John H. CRAY, of the town of Clarkson, has filed a claim for $1,000 against the state for injuries received by a fall from a canal bridge in the village of Brockport.
--A verdict for $240 was rendered yesterday by the jury in the case of Harris RIBNER against Abram GREEN. The action was to recover $500 damages for false arrest. The men were partners and GREEN accused RIBNER of stealing 16 cents.
--The summing up in a mechanic's lien action which was tried in county court many weeks ago, was heard yesterday by Judge SUTHERLAND. The action was brought by John H. FOLEY against John M. MURPHY, Edward A. KEENAN, John S. KEENAN and John BURNETT, and grew out of a dispute as to the price of some lumber.
--A verdict awarded the plaintiff damages in the sum of $1,024.55, was handed down by the jury in the case of the Chainless Cycle Manufacturing Company against the Security Insurance Company, of Hartford, in supreme court yesterday. The case was the first of six of a similar nature commenced by the cycle company against as many insurance companies, for the purpose of securing payment for damages sustained by a fire. The other cases have been put over the term.
SHOT HIMSELF WHILE DESPONDENT
Dr. Albert Drinkwater Ended Life's Troubles With a Bullet
Aimed At His Head
Well-Known Veterinary Surgeon the Victim of Despondency,
Induced by Ill Health and Financial Reverses
The many friends of Dr. Albert DRINKWATER, veterinary surgeon, of No. 12 William street, were greatly shocked yesterday afternoon to hear of his suicide by shooting. The sad affair occurred at his home about 2:30 P. M., and he died a few moments later at the City Hospital, where he was taken in an ambulance hastily summoned. The cause for the deed is supposed to have been a sudden suicidal mania, brought about by despondency induced by business troubles. A close friend of the doctor said to a Democrat and Chronicle reporter last night that he knew there was no domestic trouble, and that he knew that the doctor had brooded greatly over the death of his son, Dr. Irwin W. DRINKWATER, which occurred about a year ago. He was an only child and his father set great store by him.
Dr. DRINKWATER went home from down town yesterday shortly after 1 o'clock, and was in a cheerful frame of mind then, apparently, and chatted pleasantly with Grocer George SCHUEHART just before going to his home for the last time. At home he ate dinner and laid down on a sofa while his wife was busy in the kitchen. Mrs. DRINKWATER said last night that her husband was just as cheerful and rational apparently as he had ever been, while he ate dinner. She thought she heard a noise in the dining-room when she was in the kitchen, and started to enter the dining-room, when she was horrified to see her husband lying on the sofa with blood running from his right temple.
Then Mrs. DRINKWATER saw the revolver by his side still smoking. He had just fired the fatal shot and was unconscious. He never recovered his senses. Neighbors were hurriedly called and Dr. BURKE was summoned by telephone, but he could not come and a hurry call was sent for an ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital. The ambulance arrived and the wounded man was placed in it and taken to the City Hospital. He died while being carried into the building.
Dr. Albert DRINKWATER was 54 years old last September. He had lived in this city for the past twenty-three years, having come to Rochester from Toronto where he was graduated by the Toronto Veterinary College. He practiced in Belleville for three years. He leaves several brothers in Canada. His only relative surviving in this country is his wife. He was married to Miss Elizabeth CHEYNE thirty-one years ago. Dr. DRINKWATER was for many years the official veterinary of the fire department, and since the establishment of the patrol system had had the medical care of the patrol horses.
His many friends speak of the uniformly pleasant manner with which he was wont to greet them. At one time he was possessed of considerable wealth, but financial reverses diminished greatly the amount.
Dr. DRINKWATER was president of the Genesee Valley Veterinary Association, and was well known among the horse owners of Monroe and adjacent counties. His body was removed from the hospital to the public morgue. Coroner KLEINDIENST investigated the case and the body was sent home, to No. 12 William street, last night.
It is believed that the deceased had contemplated suicide for some days, as only a short time before he is said to have remarked, upon picking up his revolver, that "This will end it all some day." The fatal weapon was a 32-caliber American bull dog revolver which he carried to shoot horses with upon an emergency.
--Elizabeth HUNTINGTON OSBURN died last evening in this city.
--Walter J., only son of Martin and L. Virginia CAMPBELL, died yesterday morning at the family home, No. 161 Saxton street.
--Sophia, widow of the late William BAUER, Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles WIEDMAN, No. 30 Walnut street, aged 60 years. She is survived by four sons, William, Edward, Joseph and Lucas, and two daughters, Mrs. Charles WIEDMAN and Mrs. Peter MAY, of Greece.
--Mary, wife of Charles STOFHAGEN, died yesterday morning at the Homeopathic Hospital, aged 26 years. The remains were taken to the family home, No. 5 Meng park. She is survived by her husband, one son, Alfred; two daughters, Elisa and Elizabeth; also a mother, and three brothers, Herman WHITE, of this city, and two in Germany. Interment will be at Pittsford.
--Mrs. Caroline SOUTHWORTH, widow of the late John B. SOUTHWORTH, of this city, died Sunday in New York, at the home of her daughter, Carrie M. V. SOUTHWORTH, where she has resided for the past three years. Mrs. SOUTHWORTH was nearly 75 years of age. The cause of her death was apoplexy. She was a member of Christ Church for more than forty years, and was highly esteemed for her benevolence and many estimable qualities. The remains were brought to this city Monday evening.
SOUTHWORTH - In New York city, on the 14th inst., Caroline SOUTHWORTH; widow of the late John B. SOUTHWORTH.
-Funeral Wednesday, from Christ Church, this city. Friends of the family invited to attend.
ASHTON - In this city, Monday morning, January 15, 1900, at the residence of her brother-in-law, Egbert HOCKSTRA, No. 31 Lyell avenue, Janet, widow of the late Samuel ASHTON.
-Funeral Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
BAUER - In this city, Sunday morning, January 14, 1900, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Charles WIDMAN, No. 30 Walnut street, Sophia BAUER, widow of the late Wilhelm BAUER, aged 60 years and 3 months. -Funeral Wednesday morning, 9 o'clock from Holy Redeemer Church.
SCHUTT - At the residence of her uncle, P. DeWOLFF, in Pittsford, N. Y., Monday evening, January 15, 1900, Miss Mattie SCHUTT, daughter of William and the late Hettie SCHUTT, of East Brighton, aged 14 years and 6 months.
-The remains have been removed to the residence of her uncle, J. T. EVERSHED, in West Brighton, and the funeral will take place Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house, Rev. J. M. McELHINNEY officiating. Interment at Mt. Hope cemetery.
OSBURN - In this city, Tuesday evening, January 16th at the family residence, Elizabeth HUNTINGTON OSBURN. - Funeral notice later.
Rochester, Monroe Co., New York
Rochester Daily Union and Advertiser
January 17, 1900:
Elizabeth Huntington Osburn died last evening in this city.
The funeral of Phillip Spencer was held from the family residence, No. 15 Violetta street, at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
The funeral of Mrs. Janet Ashton was held from the residence of her sister, Mrs. Egbert Hoekstra, No. 31 Lyell avenue, at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
The funeral of Mrs. Sophia Bauer was held from the family residence, No. 30 Walnut street, at 8:30 o'clock this morning and from the Holy Redeemer Church at 9 o'clock.
Caroline Southworth, widow of the late John B. Southworth died Sunday in New York city. The remains were brought to this city. The funeral was held from Christ Church at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Collins was held from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Henry H. Vayo, No. 59 Genesee street at 8 o'clock this morning and from St. Monica's Church at 8:30 o'clock. The remains were taken to Genesco for interment.