Cortland Evening Standard, Monday, February 12, 1894.
JOHN B. LAMONT.
Death of the Father of the Secretary of War.
John B. Lamont, father of the secretary of war, for many years an honored and respected citizen of this county, died at his home in McGrawville last night, at the age of 68 years, 8 months and 1 day. Mr. Lamont was of Scotch descent, his parents Daniel and Margaret Lamont, bearing the same name prior to their marriage, though not related to each other, having come to America from the Isle of Bute, off the coast of Scotland, in 1817. They settled in Delaware county, New York, where on April 10,1825, the deceased was born at Scotch Mountain, Delhi. He was one of a family of fifteen children, twelve of whom grew to years of maturity.
In 1848 the family moved to McLean, Tompkins county. Upon Feb. 14, 1850, Mr. Lamont was married to Miss Elizabeth Scott of Andes, Delaware county. For a year or more they occupied a farm four miles west of Cortland, and it was there that their only child, Daniel S. Lamont, was born. In October, 1851, they moved to McGrawville, where Mr. Lamont engaged in mercantile business which he continued until two years ago.
About six years ago Mr. Lamont had a shock of paralysis, from which he never fully recovered, though the immediate cause of his death was believed to have resulted from a cancerous state of the bowels. For a number of weeks he has been in feeble health and his death was not unexpected. His wife survives him, and also his distinguished son, Col. Daniel S. Lamont, the secretary of war, who was married in 1876 to Miss Juliette Kinney of McGrawville. There are three grandchildren—Bessie, Julia and Frances. Of Mr. Lamont's own family two brothers and four sisters remain—Rev. Daniel Lamont, pastor of a Methodist Episcopal church in San Diego, Cal., Robert Lamont of McLean, N. Y., Mrs. O. A. Kinney of McGrawville, N. Y., Mrs. Kate Calvert of Oswego, N. Y., Mrs. Mary Calvert of Sterling, Cayuga Co., N. Y., and Mrs. John Rich of St. Paul, Minn.
The funeral will be held from the family residence in McGrawville on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.
|Daniel S. Lamont.|
MCGRAWVILLE, Feb 12.— Col. And Mrs. D. S. Lamont arrived from Washington, D. C., Saturday morning on account of the illness of their father, J. B. Lamont, who died at his home on Main-st., at 7:30 o'clock Sunday night, aged 68 years, 8 months, and 1 day. The funeral will occur Wednesday at 1 o'clock at the house.
Mrs. A. D. Kinnie and Miss Anna Lakin were called home on account of the illness of their mother, Mrs. L. Lakin, who is suffering from a heart difficulty.
William H. Goodell received Saturday $1,000 from the Oxford Mutual Relief Life Insurance company, in payment of the claim at the death of his wife, Julia A., which occurred Jan. 18. Mrs. Goodell had been insured in this company about three years.
Mrs. Chas. Upson of Cortland was a guest of her sister, Mrs. Jay Wescott, Thursday.
Mrs. C. F. Gane of Richford is a guest of her sister, Mrs. Myron Bingham.
A donation will be given Feb. 23 at the M. E. church for the benefit of Rev. E. J. Brooker.
Almon Pease died at 3:45 o'clock yesterday of heart trouble, aged 73 years, nine months. He was born at Dryden, April 22, 1820, and when quite young moved to Virgil, where on Oct. 12, 1850, he was married to Miss Anna Picket. On Aug. 21, 1862, he enlisted in the One Hundred Forty-Third regiment, N. Y. S. Vols., and served till the close of the rebellion and took part in the grand review near Washington. On July 20, 1865, he was honorably discharged. He has been an invalid since and resided with his daughter, Mrs. D. E. Kinney on Groton-ave. His wife died about ten years ago.
The deceased was a member of the Baptist church at Virgil. He leaves a son, Rev. Randall Pease of Waddington, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., and a daughter, Mrs. D. E. Kinney of Groton-ave., Cortland.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 P. M.
At the Prohibition caucus held last Saturday evening George Allport was chosen chairman and Adolph Frost secretary.
The following nominations for [Cortlandville] town officers were made:
Town Clerk—Walter B. Stevenson.
Justice of the Peace—James D. Keeler.
Assessor—Charles W. Collins.
Commissioner of Highways—L. M. Loope.
Constables— Ephraim Price, Adolph Frost, Jr., C. H. Amerman, Charles A. Lowell, E. L. Tanner.
Overseer of the Poor—John White.
Inspectors of election—
Dist. No. 1.—John Moore, Arza Chapin.
Dist. No. 2—John Marshall, H. D. Potter.
Dist. No. 3.—Morgan L. Wright, Alonzo Gates.
Dist. No. 4.—Job Taft, Dr. E. B. Nash.
Dist. No. 5.—Albert Hoffman, W. R. Weld.
Dist. No. 6—William Ryder, Milton O. Clark.
Dist. No. 7.—R. J. Lucas, Truman Smith.
Dist. No. 8.—Charles W. Cook, Wellington Moss.
Dist. No. 9.—B. F. Weatherwax, Daniel McNish.
Dist. No. 10.—E. L. Tanner, Miner Merrick.
The following town committee was chosen for the ensuing year: George Allport, Adolph Frost, Jr., Robert McMillan.
—Carpenters began work this morning on the bath room of the C. A. A.
—Byron Phelps, the Prohibition nominee for collector, has declined to run on that ticket.
—Mrs. N. F. Jones has moved her dressmaking establishment from 8 Main St., to 174 Grand Central block.
—Charles T. Ellis and his excellent company delighted a large audience at the Opera House Saturday evening. Nearly every seat in the house was taken.
—Dr. E. M. Santee is expecting every day a new special Hickory, weighing thirty pounds which in "Doc's" eyes will be "a thing [bicycle] of beauty and a joy forever."
—The people of Truxton on next Friday evening will have an old-fashioned donation party at Woodward's hall for the benefit of W. H. Robertson. All are cordially invited.
—Mr. E. B. Richardson received this morning an eighteen pound Fowler [bicycle] and a twenty-six pound Rambler. "Rich" to-day reminds one of the little boy with his first pair of boots.
—If the party from Summerhill who sent an order for coupon books to The STANDARD office on Saturday night will also send her name we shall know to whom to order the books to be sent.
—Up to the present time forty-five new students has [sic] entered the Normal this term. There are now registered for the year 463 pupils in the Normal department as compared with 392 last year for the entire year.
—A considerable party of the young married people of Cortland go to Higginsville to-night for a party. Whenever they go they always expect to tip over going or coming. They are already making preparations for that interesting feature of the ride.
—The Cortland County Sunday-school association will meet in the First Methodist church on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The program which has previously been printed in The STANDARD will be carried out. The first session will be held at 1:30 P. M. on Wednesday.
—Owing to professional engagements Dr. E. M. Santee will be unable to accept the invitation to attend the banquet of the C. A. A. at the Globe Hotel at Syracuse Wednesday evening. The C. A. A. will be represented by another member of the board of governors.
—Revival services will be held at the Homer-ave, church this week on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 P.M. Also a consecration service Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. To-night the service will be led by the trustees of the church. Every one is most cordially invited.
—There will be a valentine sociable in John L. Lewis lodge rooms, Wednesday evening, Feb. 14, under the auspices of the ladies of the I. O. O. F. A musical and literary program will be rendered and various other attractions. The committee in charge will spare no pains to make this sociable the best of their many entertainments of the season. All Odd Fellows and friends of the order are invited.
—At a recent meeting of the candidates for the ball team at the Oneonta Normal fourteen men responded to the call. Prof. W. H. Lynch has consented to manage the team, but will not play in any games. Three candidates for the position of pitcher and two for catcher began work in the "gym" under his directions Thursday night. The other members of the team will begin regular work the last of the month.—Oneonta Star.
—A civil service examination of candidates for postoffice clerks and mail carriers was held in Miss Ormsby's schoolroom on Court-st. last Saturday. Messrs. Chas. H. White and E. Jay Hopkins conducted the examination. There were seventeen applicants whose papers were sent on to Washington to be passed upon. Twelve of these were men and five were ladies. The latter were all candidates for the office of clerk. Five of the men were candidates for this office and the remaining seven were candidates for carrier. Under the rules of the department the names are not to be published except in cases of candidates who are successful.
A Whiffletree Came Off.
Mr. L. C. Greenwood, who lives near the top of the hill leading to McGrawville, has a handsome pair of young black horses. This morning about 10 o'clock one of his men was coming to Cortland with this team attached to a heavy pair of bobs. When near the foot of the slope this side of the Wickwire farm one of the whiffletrees came off, striking the horse on the heels. He made a bound forward, the tongue came out, the other whiffletree was jerked loose, the reins were snatched out of the driver's hands and away went the team at a furious rate toward Cortland.
Two men in sleighs ahead tried unsuccessfully to stop the horses. When they were nearing the home of Mr. Fred Conable, Clarence Lansdowne, a Homer young man who was riding a bicycle toward McGrawville, saw them coming. He jumped off his wheel and rushed toward them waving his hat. The horses were checked by his frantic gestures, and as they tried to run around him, he seized them by the bits and after a brief struggle succeeded in bringing them to a stand. In the fracas in some way the wheel got stepped upon and a stay rod was broken off short. The driver soon came up and took possession of his horses.