Northern Tribune - Wednesday, September 27, 1911
Found Dead in Pasture
Martin Downing, a well known farmer residing near Pierces Corners in the town of Macomb was found dead early last Saturday morning in a field near his home. He had been alone in the house a few days and it is thought that he had gone out to drive out the cows for the morning milking and was stricken with heart failure. His wife, had for a few days, been staying with a neighbor living close by. That morning, shortly after Mr. Downing went after the cows, his wife came home and she too started out to drive the cows and found the dead body of her husband lying near the pasture bars. Mr. Downing was a highly respected and esteemed citizen of that section. He was born in this town 60 years ago and was a carpenter by trade. He is survived by his widow, five children and a number of brothers. The funeral was held yesterday from the home.
Last Sunday morning, at 1:30, at her home near Spragueville, occurred the death of Mariette Shippee, wife of Peter J. Shippee, death resulting from cholera morbus, age 70 years. Mrs Shippee was a kind devoted wife and mother and highly esteemed by all who knew her. She was born in the town of Macomb January 17, 1841, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nehemiah Washburn, both of whom were born in Massachusetts. They came to this section many years ago and settled on a farm in Macomb. She was married 41 years to Peter J. D. Shippee and has since lived on a farm near Spragueville. She is survived by her husband, two sons, John of Fowler and Peter, who is now employed in the state banking department at Albany. Three daughters, Mrs. Mary Sibley of Fowler, Mrs. Lucy Campbell of Gouverneur, and Mrs. Matilda Kentfield of Fowler. Also, one brother, Alonzo Washburn of Rensselaer Falls, and one sister, Mrs. Richard Clute of Macomb. The funeral was held yesterday from the home at 12 o’clock, Rev. Mr. Bradshaw of Spragueville officiating. Interment was made in Spragueville cemetery.