Death This Morning Removed William C. VanSickle, of Warren Street, in His Eighty-Eighth Year
William C. VanSickle answered the final summons, at his home on Warren street, this morning at 9:30 o’clock. During the past three years his powers had been diminished and several times he had been in a serious condition but remarkable vitality sustained him. Until two weeks ago, however, he was able to go about and take an interest in affairs. Yesterday he suffered considerable and this morning succumbed to general debility. Throughout the extended siege of ill health he displayed Christian fortitude and steadfast trust.
William Coe VanSickle was a son of Solomon and Elizabeth VanSickle. He was born June 28, 1821, at Hamburg, N.Y. [sic] Living during his early life there, in his young manhood he located as a carpenter in Mount Salem, N.J. Here, on May 17, 1851, he took as a helpmeet, Miss [sic] Emily Decker, and for 58 years—until her death on February 8, 1909—they were companions.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. VanSickle was among the first to respond to the call and enlisted for 3-years’ service in the 124th New York Volunteers. Gettysburg was fought when he had only about six months’ duty remaining. A shot struck him in the chin, a second ball pierced his neck, a third bullet almost tore out the index finger of his right hand. These injuries incapacitated him and he was honorably discharged.
Resuming his civilian responsibilities at Mount Salem he removed his family in 1871 to Sparrowsbush [sic], N.Y., after several years located in Mattermorris [sic], Pa., and some time after located at Port Jervis, N.Y. For the past ten years he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. E. Friedman, and his son, Charles VanSickle, in West Pittston.
In public affair the deceased’s integrity and popularity won him the offices of chief of Police, tax collector, and borough assessor of Port Jervis. He was also appointed by the Orange County authorities to construct the “Burnside road.” This highway presented numerous difficulties in building because of the rough country and steep grade.
Mr. VanSickle was associated with two fraternal orders, the Masons and the Odd Fellows. He many years ago joined Port Jervis Lodge, No. 324, F.&A.M, and has been for 67 years a member of Ustayantha Lodge, No. 143, I.O.O.F.
Early in life he became a Christian and more than 60 years ago united with the Port Jervis Baptist church. By nature a man of great [unclear], as well as a lover of justice and loyal to principle, Mr. VanSickle was always consistent in his profession. As the years rolled on he became ever more devoted to the God whom he loved and revered, and after the recent death of his long life companion he frequently expressed a desire to join her in the land beyond.
Two sons survive—Emmett VanSickle, of Port Jervis, N.Y., and Charles W. VanSickle, of West Pittstown. Two step-children also are living—John T. Fisher, of Middletown, N.Y., and Mrs. Frances Friedman, of West Pittston.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Friedman home, on Warren street, at 8 o’clock Sunday evening. The remains will be taken Monday morning to Port Jervis, for interment.
Source: Pittston Gazette, June 12, 1909.