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Gouverneur Free Press - Wednesday, December 29, 1915


Death of Former Resident – Horace Washburn had Lived at Coopersville, Mich for Over Half a Century

Mrs. Melissa Smith of West Main Street has been notified of the death of her brother, Horace Thayer Washburn a native of this town who passed away a few days ago at his home in Coopersville, Mich. Aged 88 yrs.  Mr. Washburn was born on the Clinton road about two miles from this village in 1827.  His parents were Nehemiah and Katherine Thayer Washburn, pioneer settlers in this section.  Mr. Washburn lived in this section until 1880 when he went to Michigan and took up farming near Coopersville, that being considered the western frontier in those days.  He was twice married.   His first wife was Miss Hannah Walker of Fullerville, who went west with him and who died many years ago.  His last wife was a Coopersville woman who died four years ago.  He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Smith  of this village, and two brothers, Charles R. Washburn of Coopersville, Mich., and Levi Washburn of Ravenna, Mich also several nieces and nephews in this village and section.  Burial was made at Coopersville beside his wives.


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