Selected Families and Individuals


Joseph James LONGWAY

Obituary : Joseph J. Longway, 74, died suddenly of a heart attack while watching television at the apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tracy, 722 West Main St., with whom he resided.

   The body was removed to the Cummings Funeral Home on Sterling St., where the funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2.  Rev. George E. Smith, pastor of the Methodist Church of LaFargeville, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Omar Cemetery.

    Surviving are two brothers, George A. Longway, 325 Michigan Ave., and Anthony M. Longway, LaFargeville, and nephews and nieces.

    Mr. Longway, a laborer by occupation most of his life, had apparently been in his usual good health and had recently returned from a visit in Syracuse.  While watching a favorite television program, with Mr. and Mrs. Tracy, he suddenly
complained of a pain in his side.  He started to rise from his chair, but fell to the living room floor and evidently died instantly.

    He was born April 1, 1882 in the town of Clayton, near Depauville, a son of the late Dennis and Elizabeth Lonsway Longway.  He attended school at Depauville and later was employed as a butcher at Chaumont by Frank D. Walrath of that
village, later sheriff of Jefferson County.

    At one time, Mr. Longway was also employed by Claude Cole of Cape Vincent as horse handler and driver.

   Years ago he married Mrs. Ella Waldron Flint, widow of William Flint, West Winfield.  They lived on farms in this area, and moved to a farm near Carthage about 30 years ago.

    Mr. and Mrs. Longway separated in 1935 and she died at Carthage at the age of 87 years on Sept. 14, 1950.

    A resident of this city about 20 years, Mr. Longway was last employed as a carpenter's helper and laborer.


1  CMNT Died At A Young Age

William FLINT

1  CMNT Of West Winfield

Harold Wells LINNELL

Obituary (from newspaper of 20 Feb. 1961):  H. Wells Linnell, 71, of 309 TenEyck St., a retired employe of the New York Air Brake Co. plant and a veteran of World War I, died at 5:50 Sunday afternoon in the House of the Good Samaritan, where he
had been a patient since Friday morning at 10:15.

    Mr. Linnell, who had not been feeling well for a few weeks, entered the hospital for an operation for gall stones.  However, he developed a sudden kidney failure before the opeation could be performed and he failed rapidly until his death.

    The funeral will be Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Cleveland Funeral Home.  Rev. Dr. John E. Wood, pastor of the All Souls Universalist Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Dexter Cemetery.

    Surviving him are his wife Mrs. Claire E. Pierce Linnell; a daughter, Mrs. David G. (Madeliene C.) Bennett, Mt. Marion Park, N.Y., and three grandsons, Carl Wells Bennett, Guy David Bennett, and Mark William Bennett, Mt. Marion Park.  His
brother, Don Clifford G. Linnell, also a World War I veteran, died at the age of 35 years on July 2, 1926, in Mount Vernon.

    Mr. Linnell's father was the late William J. Linnell, who was the superintendent of the second supervisory school district of Jefferson County for 24 years until his retirement in 1936.  He died at his home, 309 TenEyck St., June 8, 1943,
at the age of 80 years.

    Harold Wells Linnell was born at Three Mile Bay, Oct. 3, 1889, a son of the late William J. and Harriet M. Wells Linnell.  His mother died Dec. 30, 1912.

    His childhood was spent in Three Mile Bay, Chaumont, and Brownville, his father serving as school principal in all three villages before becoming county school commissioner of the third district and then school superintendent of the second
supervisory district.  His mother taught at the Brownville school while his father was principal there in the 1890's.

    Mr. Linnell attended school at Brownville and later was graduated from the Watertown High School.  While in Brownville, he became a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of that village and sang in its choir.  A baritone, he later also
sang in the choirs of various Watertown churches.

    Coming to Watertown as a young man, Mr. Linnell was employed for four years with the Guilfoyle Undertaking Co., working for the late Dennis E. Guilfoyle.  Later, he was an inspector in an arms manufacturing plant in New Haven, Conn.

    He returned to Watertown when he volunteered for World War I service and joined the army in 1918.  After training at Fort Dix, N.J., he went overseas in September, served with an infantry unit and was the artificer of his company.  He was
in France at the time of the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918.  He returned to this country in March, 1919, was honorably discharged with the rank of a private and entered the employ of the Air Brake Co., remaining there three years.

    On Feb. 12, 1923, he married Miss Claire E. Pierce of Limerick in Limerick.  Subsequently, they lived on the old Dorchester farm of Limerick, having purchased the farm from her father, Charles W. Pierce.  They lived on the farm until 1943
when, with the death of his father, they moved to Watertown, where they since lived at 309 TenEyck St.

    While operating the farm at Limerick, Mr. Linnell was an active member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau and served as a committeeman of the organization.  Plots of his farm were used for soil experimentation purposes.

    Mr. Linnell gave up farming in 1934 and returned to the employ of the Air Brake Co.  He served as a tool grinder until his retirement Nov. 15, 1957.

    He was still a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Brownville.