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Source:  The Fulton Times Newspaper, Fulton, Oswego County, New York, June 10, 1903 Edition


     Winifred S. Taft and Frederick F. Stoddard
        While on a Fishing Expedition, are Killed By Lightning.

     The shocking intelligence of the tragic death of Frederick F. Stoddard and Winifred S. Taft has just been received at this office. 

     It is learned that both ment went fishing on Lake Neahtawanta yesterday afternoon.  When the severe electric storm came up they went ashore, and taking their boat with them, turned it bottom side up, tilting it against a tree and using it as a shelter from the rain.  This was between North Bay and Stony Point, almost immediately back of the Charles Case place.

     The prolonged absence of Mr. Taft alarmed his son, Mr. Ovid Taft, who started out to find him.  The boat was found in the position described; the top branches of the tree were shattered by lightning and the gruesome discovery was made of the bodies of both men, in a sitting posture under the boat, their eyes wide open, one with a pipe in his mouth, both dead. The summons had been instantaneous, although no marks on the bodies were visible.  The shock to the son of the deceased may be faintly  imagined, but it cannot be described.

     Winifred S. Taft was a mason by occupation, a deputy sheriff and a member of Hiram Lodge, F. and A.M.  He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Orrin Bogardus, and a son.  Fred F. Stoddard had only recently recovered from quite a serious illness.  He is survived by a wife and son.

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Source:  The Fulton Times Newspaper, Fulton, Oswego County, New York, June 17, 1903 Edition

Frederick F. Stoddard

     The funeral services over the remains of Frederick F. Stoddard, aged 54, were held from his late home on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. G. R. Foster officiating.  The deceased was born in Granby and
had resided in this vicinity nearly all his life, although he had been an extensive traveller.  The funeral was largely attended, the members of the Bricklayer's Union and the Select Knights attending in a body.  The floral tributes were in abundance and most beautiful.  Music was furnished by a quartette composed of Mrs. William Moon, Miss Maude Newell and Messrs. George B. Fairman and H. Pollard.  Interment was made in Mount Adnah.  The deceased is survived by his widow and one son, Mr. Claude Stoddard, to whom the sympathy of the community goes out in their sad bereavement.

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Source:  The Fulton Times Newspaper, Fulton, Oswego County, New York, March 9, 1910 Edition


     Chena O. Stoddard, aged 66, a former tower boss in the Oswego Falls Pulp & Paper Mill, committed suicide on Friday, at the home of his half sister, Mrs. H. Monta, in Buffalo Street, by drinking Carbolic Acid.  He had returned from a visit in Meriden the day previous and when he asked for his old position it had been filled in his unexplained absence. He soon commenced drinking and at 4 p.m. on Friday passed over the divide by the Carbolic Acid route.  Mrs. Monta as soon as she heard the dying man's groans, called Dr. Joy, who labored without avail until 6 p.m., to save his life.  The body was taken to Undertaker E. S. Brown's rooms.  Coroner Marsh's verdict being that death was caused by acid, self administered.

     A widow with whom the deceased has not lived in four years, one brother Amos, of Meriden; one sister, Mrs. Halstead of Jordan, and four half sisters survive.

     The funeral was held on Sunday, Rev. Dr. Cornwell officiating.

Note:  Chena O. Stoddard was the son of:  Andrew James Stoddard & Martha Wilcox.

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