Thursday, June 18, 2009

Obituary - Amasa S. Stoddard


Died Suddenly Last Evening at His Home in This Village.

Had Been Ill Since Friday But Was Thought to be Improving—37 Years in the Dry Goods Business in Lowville, and Prominently Identified in the Growth and Development of the Place.

Lowville loses one of its most substantial and valuable citizens in the death of Amasa S. Stoddard, which occurred at six o'clock last evening at his home on Dayan street. He was taken ill last Friday morning with acute indigestion, but since Monday he had apparently been improving and up almost to the moment of his death his complete recovery had been anticipated. The final end came without warning and no doubt was due to heart affection. The announcement of his death was a great shock to the community, and many and sincere were the expressions of deep regret.

Mr. Stoddard was a son of Charles S. and Nancy Humphrey Stoddard, and was born in the town of Lowville, November 27, 1835. His early life was spent on a farm, but when quite a young man he entered the employ of the late A. G. Dayan in a dry goods and general store in this village. In 1867 he formed a co partnership in the dry goods business with George J. Mager, now of Cortland, and for fifteen years the firm of Stoddard & Mager was classed among the leading merchants of Lowville. In 1882 the firm sold out to the late D. Webster Lane. Six years later, 1888, Mr. Stoddard formed a co-partnership with Russell E. Bateman, under the firm name of Stoddard & Bateman, and the firm has continued in trade up to the present time, being one of the leading dry goods houses in Lowville. Thus for 37 years Mr. Stoddard has been in the dry goods business at the "Corner Store," and in all these years he has made friends throughout the county to whom the announcement of his death will be received with sorrow. Not only was Mr. Stoddard a reliable and enterprising merchant, but he always took an active interest in every movement that tended to advance the interests of Lowville and promote the welfare and happiness of the the organization that will miss wise counsels and loyal support greatest is the Baptist church. Mr. Stoddard united with this society when a young man and has for many years been one of the most liberal supporters of the church. In fact it is doubtful if any other man in Lowville gives as liberally to the support of the gospel. He has for several years not only been a member of the choir, but has personally maintained that branch of the church work, and this formed only a small part of his contributions. Not only did he contribute in a financial way, but he was always faithful in his attendance and lived a Christian life.

Mr. Stoddard was one of the organizers and largest stockholders of the Asbestos Burial Casket Company, and held the office of secretary and treasurer of the company. For several years he has been a member of the board of trustees of Lowville Academy, president of the Lowville Rural Cemetery Association, was a charter member of the Lowville Club and director of the Lowville and Beaver River Railroad Company. He served as president of the village of Lowville for five years and in many other ways has been identified with the progress, growth, development and interests of the village he loved so well. He was a man of strict integrity and pleasing personality, a loyal friend, and in every way a valuable and upright citizen whose losswill be keenly felt in the community.

January 22, 1861, Mr. Stoddard was united in marriage with Julia A. Smith, of Stokes, Oneida county, who died August 22, 1906. One son survives, Frank S. Stoddard, of Lowville; also two brothers and two sisters, Anson G. Stoddard, Morgan A. Stoddard, Mrs. C. M. Scott and Mrs. Warren L. Scott, all Lowville.

The funeral services will be held from the late residence of the deceased on Saturday afternoon at three o'clock.

Source: Amasa S. Stoddard, The Journal and Republican, Lowville, Thursday, June 23, 1910, Vol. 51, No. 32, p. 5.

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