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Gouverneur Free Press - Wednesday, October 16, 1907



Old Hunter Returns

Pioneer and Early Settler of Macomb comes Back from Minnesota to Make his Home Here

Perry F. Washburn, one of the pioneers and early settlers of Macomb, who has been living in Fergus Falls, Minn., for the past thirty years, has returned to this section and will make his home here with his children.

Mr. Washburn, although 88 years old, still shows his wonderful constitution, which years ago aided him in bearing the hardships of the times.  Yesterday afternoon he dropped into the FREE PRESS office and for over an hour related happenings which occurred when both Gouverneur and Macomb were yet young.

When he settled in Macomb, it was hardly more than a wilderness, with forests extending in all directions, and he purchased eighteen acres of land which he cleared for farming purposes.  Little by little he added to the plot until he finally had over 300 acres of land which he paid for partially by selling potash salts, made from burning the timber.

Deer were plentiful at that early period and along the old state road, herds yarded during the winter months.

“Some winters,” said Mr. Washburn, “I had as many as twenty-five deer hung in the woods at one time.

Mr. Washburn takes keen delight in telling of his killing a panther on Beaver Creek when only seventeen years of age.  The hide of the animal was stuffed and for over thirty years stood in the old Gouverneur Wesleyan Seminary.

When asked if he was glad to get back to St. Lawrence county, Mr. Washburn said that he liked Minnesota well enough, only there were too many foreigners.  He said that although there were a great many changes made during his absence, it seemed like getting back home again.



Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Washburn of DeKalb Poked Pimple which Resulted in Death

Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Washburn left this morning to attend the funeral of Mr. Washburn’s niece, the 21-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Washburn of DeKalb, who died Monday as a result of blood poisoning.  About a week ago Miss Washburn had a slight pimple on her forehead which she picked with her finger and brought the blood.  Poisoning developed later and which resulted in her death Monday.

(Note: The above article refers to Ada Josephine Washburn born April 7, 1887, died August 1907, buried in Spragueville Cemetery)


Rodgers – Stiles

The marriage of Fred Rodgers and Miss Mollie Stiles, both of Hammond, occurred today at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Stiles, in Hammond village, Rev. Ferguson performing the ceremony.  Mr. Rodgers is a popular young farmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rodgers, and Mrs. Rodgers is a highly respected young lady formerly a student of Syracuse University.  The young couple will live on a farm near Hammond.


Mrs. Etta House Barney

Mrs. Etta House Barney, wife of Austin Barney, died at her home in Rock Island Street Friday after a long illness of Tuberculosis.  She was 47 years old.  Besides her husband she is survived by a family of several children.  The funeral was held Monday at 1 p.m. from the late home and interment was made at Riverside Cemetery, Rev. J. S. Wilds officiating.



Howard Hutton, of Brasie Corners, was operated on for appendicitis last week by Dr. Grant C. Madill, of Ogdensburg and Dr. Foss of this place.  The operation was successful, but at the present writing Mr. Hutton is in a critical condition and only slight hopes for a recovery are entertained.


The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tunis Wainwright of Rollway Bay, Black Lake, who has been seriously ill with appendicitis, was taken last week to Ogdensburg city hospital where an operation will be performed in case her condition does not improve.


I.N. Morrison has sold his fine four-year-old black mare, Bell Wood, sired by Last Wood, and he by Rysewood, to J. E. McAllaster for a family mare.  Mr. McAllaster is known as an expert horseman and when in need of a horse always buys the best.  The colt is attracting much attention by all lovers of fine horses.  She is fearless and clever, fine gaited and a good roadster.