Died in Barber’s Chair

Gosper C. Hutchinson, aged 73 years, a blacksmith, who resided in Lawrenceville until 8 years ago, died suddenly at 1:30 o’clock Friday afternoon while seated in Verne Pritchard’s barber shop, 115 West Fifth street, Elmira.  Mr. Hutchinson had been in poor health for some time suffering from heart trouble.  Friday he went to the barber shop with the intention of being shaved.  As he was seated in the chair, he was seized with a severe attack of heart trouble and died almost immediately.  Coroner Ross was notified and investigated the case, after Dr. Bennett had been called.  The coroner decided that an inquest was not necessary, as death was due to natural causes.  Mr. Hutchinson removed from Lawrenceville, where for many years he conducted a blacksmith shop, to Elmira, in order to be near his son, Arthur Hutchinson.  He was the oldest member of  Lawrence Lodge, No. 913, I.O.O.F.  Besides the son named, two other sons, Wilbur, of Lawrenceville, Weller, of Cascade Rocks, Ore., survive, and one daughter, Mrs. Isaac C. Losey, of Elmira.  The remains were taken to Lawrenceville Monday morning to the home of Wilbur Hutchinson, where the funeral was held at 2 o’clock that afternoon, in charge of the Odd Fellows.  Burial will be in Lawrenceville.

Source:  Wellsboro Agitator, January 18, 1911.

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