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Claude De Vere Mulbury death notice

Death of Doctor Mulbury Casts Great Gloom
September 23, 1923

     In the prime of useful life, at fifty-one years of age, the earthly career of one of Windham’s prominent citizens and one who had been closely associated with the individual and community life of this place for twenty-five years, came to a sudden close last Wednesday night, Sept. 5th, when Dr. Claude De Vere Mulbury of this village, dropped dead in his bath room. By this, a gloom has not only been cast over this place but in many homes about the county and among scores of city people which he professionally attended.
     Of late he had occasionally been subject to attacks of difficulty in breathing, when it was his custom to hurriedly incite vomiting to obtain relief, which happened at this time, after he had retired and been in brief slumber. Mrs. Mulbury and son, Edwin, heard the sound and rushed to the bath room to find the doctor dead. Neighbors were hastily summoned and an alarm for medical aid given, with the result that Drs. A. O. Persons of Lexington and S. L. Ford of Hensonville, were very soon present, only to find that all resuscitative means used were unavailing.
His life was devoted to the interests of his profession and his duties as they accumulated and increased yet to the public there had been nothing obvious of a breakdown. Of late he was overworked and under considerable mental strain, not merely as coroner but in making every possible effort in assisting authorities to discover the perpetrator of the Rothenberg tragedy.
     As the acute shock of dr. Mulbury’s removal has passed and the full sense of loss presses down upon this locality the usefulness and practical worth of the doctor’s life will be more fully realized. His having grown with the present generation during his quarter of a century here made him familiar with the anatomy and temperament of a large percent of the people. He located here shortly after graduating from the Baltimore Medical College at Baltimore, Md., and in a very short time won a nice practice which continued to increase, as he was especially known by his manner to encourage and to inspirit in the sick room by his jovial and genial disposition, and by his generous and enterprising characteristics which made him many friends.
     He had served his village, town and county, and took a lively interest in all civic affairs connected with this village, and was not only consulted about public affairs, but by friends regarding their private matters. He always took an interest in the affairs of his party, as a Republican, having been elected several times on this ticket as Coroner. He was also for several years County Committeeman.
     He was member of Mountain Lodge, No. 529, F & A. M., Mountain Chapter, No. 250, R. A. M., of which he was past High Priest; Rondout Commandery, No. 32, and of Cypress Temple of Shriners, Albany. He was also a charter member of Mountain Star Chapter, O. E. S. he was president of the Windham Village Water Co., a director of the Windham Valley Electric Co., one of the village Fire Commissioners and had been president of both the Greene County Medical Society and the Board of Education of the Windham High School.
     He was born in Fultonham, Schoharie county, his parents being Isaac V. and Sophronia Conine Mulbury.
     Besides his widow, Daisy Osborn Mulbury, one son, Edwin C., and a daughter, Margaret, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. J. B. Collins, of Middleburgh.
     The funeral services which were held at his late home on Sunday, at 3 p., were private. Friends from all parts of the county, paid their last respects between the hours of 2 and 3 p. m., when those who wished could view his remains. Interment was made in the family plot in Windham Cemetery. The floral tributes were the most profuse and beautiful ever known here.


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