Some Short Death Notices

REDDING, Nov. 24.—Adolph Dobrowsky died suddenly at 9 o’clock this morning of heart failure.  Dobrowsky was 65 years of age and was born in Austria.  He came to California in the fifties and to the old town of Shasta in 1860, where he followed his profession of jeweler.  He removed to Anderson and fifteen years ago to Redding.  He has since conducted the Golden Eagle jewelry store.  Dobrowsky is survived by a widow and two sons, Frank and Ernest, the former being his partner.  (San Francisco Call, November 25, 1901).

Mrs. Theodore Margarum died at the Margarum homestead, in Sussex, N.J., last Saturday afternoon. She was about 75 years of age.  The deceased is survived by one son, Ford Margarum, president of the Sussex National Bank, and a daughter, Mrs. H.J. Harp, also of Sussex.  (Middletown Times-Press, May 4, 1917.

John D. Adams received a dispatch today telling of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Emily Paugh, at Mt. Salem, N.J., November 30, aged 69.  Funeral tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Mt. Salem.  (Middletown Times-Press, December 1, 1891)

Gabriel Walling, who came to Oregon in 1854, was found dead in bed at the home of his son, Frank Walling, yesterday morning.  He was 68 years of age and was closely associated with the history of the Willamette valley.  Six children survive him, as follows:  John E., who lives at Mabel, Linn county; George G., F.M. and Roy G., who live in Portland; Walter C. and Nellie E., who live in Salem. (Oregon Daily Journal, January 16, 1904).


Small Town News

Elihu Adams of New York city spent Saturday in town.  (Middletown Times-Press, October 18, 1916)

Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Condon and Mrs. Ann Fox of Hollywood, Calif., were guests last night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Coahran.  The Hollywood man is a nephew of the late Thomas Condon, noted geologist, for whom a state park in the John Day country was named last week.  The Californians were en route to The Dalles, to attend the golden wedding celebration of his parents. The visitors and Mrs. Coahran were schoolmates.  (The Bend Bulletin, June 3, 1954)

I.P. Gile, whose place is at the mouth of More creek, was in town last Wednesday with a load of apples, the largest and finest we have seen this season.  They sold at 4½ cents.  Mr. Gile says a fruit raiser near his place has trees loaded with peaches, being so full the trees and branches had to be propped up.  The peach crop is almost a total failure in Ada county this season, this man is selling his abundant crop as fast as he can haul it to market, at a bit a pound.  (Idaho Semi-Weekly World, September 25, 1885).

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Mrs. Mary Snook

From the Port Jervis Gazette

Mrs. Mary Snook, widow of the late Samuel Snook, died at five o’clock, Wednesday evening, at the home of her son, John M. Snook, in this village.  Death was caused by general debility.

Mrs. Snook was born in Clove Valley, near Deckertown, Jan. 11, 1815, and was a daughter of John and Hannah Middaugh.  In the year 1838, she was united in marriage to Samuel Snook.  The fruits of their marriage was a family of nine children, the only surviving one being John M. Snook, with whom she resided at the time of her death.

She is survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. George Swarts, Horseheads, N.Y.; Mrs. Clarissa Adams, Middletown, N.Y.; Mrs. James Northrup, Mt. Salem, N.J.; Mrs. William Everitt, Clove Valley, N.J.; and Milton Middaugh, of Waverly, N.Y.

Mrs. Snook was a life long member of the Baptist church of Mt. Salem, N.J., where she passed the major part of her life.

Her funeral will take place at Mt. Salem, on Saturday, the hour to be announced later.

Source:  Middletown Daily Argus, September 21, 1894.

Woman, Rattlesnake Snooze on Same Pillow

Redding, May 20. (UP). – With a 3-foot rattlesnake under her pillow, Mrs. Marie Adams slept blissfully on.

That is, until her nephew heard a buzzing noise, saw the snake’s tail giving the wig-wag signal, and frantically aroused the sleeping woman.

Mrs. Adams, Mrs. A.F. Dobrowsky and Baird Dobrowsky had been fishing on the Pit river. Fatigued, Mrs. Adams spread out a blanket, folded up Baird’s coat as a pillow and lay down to rest.

She faintly remembered hearing a locust as she dozed off. Then minutes later Baird heard the sound, and pulled his aunt off the coat and killed the reptile.

Source: Petaluma Argus-Courier, May 20, 1931.

Miss Ann Adams Married to R.P. Rorick in Florida

Wedding of great interest to Southern California was performed for Miss Ann Adams, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Adam Albert Adams of Pasadena, and Richard Packard Rorick Saturday afternoon in St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Jacksonville, Fla.

The bride is a cousin of Mrs. Merritt E. Van Sant of Pasadena and niece of Mr. and Mrs. William T. O’Connell of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  She was given in marriage by her uncle.

Mrs. James F. Robinson II of Grosse Pointe, Mich., sister of the bridegroom, was matron of honor.  Bridesmaids were Misses Michelle Myers, Pasadena, Pasadena; Julia Potts, New York City; Paula Armstrong and Preston Stockton of Jacksonville, Fla.

Robert R. Bowen of Jacksonville was best man for the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Rorick of Perrysburg, O., and Palm Beach, Fla.  Ushers were Marvin H. Rorick Jr., Perrysburg, O.; Robert B. Rorick, Toledo, O.; F. James Robinson II, Grosse Pointe, Mich.; and R. Alexander McClelland of New York City.

The bride, who made her debut at her aunt and uncle’s home when they resided in Lake Forest, Ill., will live in Jacksonville after a honeymoon in Jamaica.

Source:  Los Angeles Times, May 6, 1957.

Grace Adams & Frederick Boys

A CHURCH WEDDING: Mr. and Mrs. George B. Adams have issued invitations for the marriage of their daughter, Miss Grace Cooper Adams, and Mr. Frederick Newton Boyd, at the First Presbyterian Church, Thursday evening, Sept. 5th, at 7 o’clock. A reception at the residence of the bride’s parents, Old Orchard Place, will follow the ceremony at the church. (Middletown Daily Argus, August 22, 1895)

BOYD-ADAMS — In this city, Sept. 5th, ’95, at the First Presbyterian Church, by Rev. Thomas Gordon D.D., assisted by Rev. Charles Battle D.D., Frederick Newton Boyd and Grace Cooper, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Adams. (Middletown Daily Argus, September 6, 1895)

Isabel Adams & M. Lawrence Willson

ADAMS — WILLSON: Elihu Adams of East Orange, N.J., at a luncheon at the Biltmore yesterday announced the engagement of his daughter, Miss Isabel M. Adams, to Mr. M. Lawrence Willson, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Merritt Willson of Sussex, N.J. Miss Adams, who lives at 18 Gramercy Park, is a descendant of two Presidents of the United States — John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Her branch of the family moved to New York in the early part of the nineteenth century. Mr. Willson is descended from one of the settlers of New Jersey. The Willson farm at Sussex was a grant from George III of England.

Source:  New York Times, October 6, 1929.

Isabel Adams Willson

WILLSON — Isabel Adams, at Sussex, N.J., on April 22, 1970. Beloved wife of M. Lawrence Willson, mother of John A. and Lawrence D., grandmother of Lawrence Adams and Barbara Lynn Willson, daughter of the late Elihu Adams and Mary Margarum. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity. Services at the First Presbyterian Church, Sussex, N.J., on Saturday at 2 P.M.

Source:  New York Times, April 23, 1970.

George B. Adams

George B. Adams, dry goods and carpets, Nos. 62 and 64 Water Street. The Newburgh store of George B. Adams is one of three owned by him. The other two are at Middletown, N.Y., and Olean, N.Y. The store in this city was opened in 1879 at No. 80 Water Street. In the Fall of 1890 Mr. Adams leased the buildings Nos. 62 and 64 Water Street, and after they had been re-modeled and fitted up at an expense of $10,000, he moved his business thereto on April 1, 1891. The premises are very attractive. They have a handsome oak front, with two great plate-glass windows, one thirteen feet and the other eleven. The main floor is thirty-six feet in width and eighty-five in depth, with five long rows of shelves and counters. Near the center of the floor is the cashier’s department, from which radiates a system of cash railways. The woodwork is finished generally in its natural colors. This floor is used exclusively for general and fancy dry goods and an immense stock is carried. In the basement are the domestic and cloak departments. The second and third floors are used for the carpet departments, and for curtains, rugs, window-shades, and such like. The building is heated by steam and lighted by electricity.

The spacious salesrooms are metropolitan in all their appointments. The stock is large and comprehensive, and everything properly belonging to the carpet and dry goods trade can be found there. Foreign as well as American goods are freely carried, and Mr. Adams has all his arrangements perfected for securing the freshest and choicest novelties as soon as they are ready for trade. With three large houses to supply, and with ample resources, Mr. Adams is one of the heaviest buyers in the retail trade, and for that reason he can both buy and sell on the most reasonable terms. This year, for instance, he purchased personally in Europe and imported directly in the name of the firm, many thousand dollars worth of goods. The purchase of 1,600 dozen of plain, printed, embroidered and initial handkerchiefs alone, in Belfast, amounted to £500 or $2,500. At Dumferline he purchased £600 or $3,000 worth of linens, besides laces and lace handkerchiefs at Brussels, and dress goods and trimmings at Paris. Mr. Adams’ Newburgh store has a great patronage, not confined to the city alone, but drawn from all the surrounding country. The managers of the Newburgh branch are Alfred H. Lyon and J.C. Hanford.

Mr. Adams was born in Wantage, N.J., in 1843. His father, a Baptist clergyman, died when George was two years old, leaving three sons. George attended school until he was fifteen years old, and then found a place in the dry-goods store of Wallace & Hemmingway, at Goshen, N.Y. In 1863 he came to Newburgh and engaged as clerk for Stephen Hayt & Co. For years later he formed a partnership with Nathaniel B. Hayt, and opened a dry-goods store at Middletown. The enterprise was successful from the beginning. After five years Mr. Hayt sold his interest to T.A. Weller, and shortly afterward the firm erected and moved to the large business block, Nos. 33 and 35 North Street. Later, when an auspicious opening was presented for a branch in Newburgh, the store No. 80 Water Street was leased and stocked with forty thousand dollars’ worth of goods. At first the firm occupied one floor, but afterwards took in the basement also. In 1886 Mr. Adams became the sole proprietor of both stores, Mr. Weller retiring. In 1887 Mr. Adams bought the large dry goods and carpet establishment of N.S. Butler & Co., at Olean, N.Y., and since then has conducted the three stores. Middletown is his place of residence. He is a trustee of the Middletown Savings Bank, a director of the First National Bank, a director of the Middletown Street Railway Company, and a member of the Board of Directors of the First Presbyterian Church. He married Lottie E., daughter of Edward Mapes, of Newburgh, and has two daughters.

Source: Nutt, John J. 1891. Newburgh: Her Institutions, Industries and Leading Citizens. Newburgh, N.Y. Ritchie & Hull.

Ford W. Margarum Wedded in Newark

Miss Marion L. Robertson Bride of Sussex Man

In the presence of 300 guests, at the home of the bride, 21 Walnut street, Newark, N.J., Tuesday evening, at 8 o’clock, Miss Marion L. Robertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Robertson, and Ford W. Margarum, of Sussex, N.J., were united in marriage by the Rev. Dr. Robert Scott Inglis.  The bride was given away by her father.

Dr. H.J. Harp, of Sussex, N.J., was best man and Alan G. Robertson, of Newark, brother of the bride, and Theodore Holbert, of Sussex, acted as ushers.

The maid of honor was Miss Marie W. Robertson, sister of the bride.  She wore a pretty dress of silver lace, blue chiffon taffeta embroidered in silver.  She carried pink chrysanthemums tied with silver.

The bridesmaids, who were Alice Linn, of Sussex, and Amanda W. Northrop, of Newark, wore gowns of pink satin with foundations of silver cloth and silver lace flounces.  They carried pink chrysanthemums tied with silver.

Isabel Adams, niece of the groom, was the flower girl.  She wore a dress of white net and carried a basket of yellow tea roses.

The bride work a beautiful gown of silver tissue worked over bridal silver crepe with Grecian pattern silver lace trimmed all over, draped skirt and waist of net and silver lace.  The train was of very sheer georgette crepe, trimmed with silver lace, a mass of bridal silk maline, worked in, giving a picturesque effect.  Her flowers were bridal roses and lilies-of-the-valley.

A sister of the groom, Mrs. H.J. Harp, was gowned in white net over white satin with iridescent trimming.

The house was artistically decorated with chrysanthemums, southern smilax, palms and white roses.  Music was furnished by a harp, violin and cello.

A platinum bar pin with diamonds was the gift of the groom to the bride.

The couple will make their future home in Sussex, where the groom is president of the Farmers’ National Bank.

Mr. Margarum is well known in this city, being a member of Middletown Lodge, No. 1097, B.P.O.E.

Source:  Middletown Times Press, November 29, 1916