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•100 Years Ago - March, 1911•

Together in life, joined in death

Eslie Alonzo Griffin, 53, of North Bolton, died March 11, 1911 after an illness lasting two of apoplexy, on the stroke of midnight at the home of his father, Benjamin Griffin of Bolton Landing. His wife, the former Clementine Truesdale, died two days before he did at the Utica Hospital. Because of his illness, he was never told of her passing.

The couple was married in 1880 and they lived in Glens Falls where Griffin conducted a well known livery stable on Park Street. He is survived by his father and two sisters, Mrs. Leonard Lane and Mrs. Chauncey Murch. Eslie Griffin was buried in Huddle Cemetery, Bolton.

Aged minister succumbs

Rev. Cicero Barber, of Fort Edward died on his 101st birthday, March 10, 1911. He was perhaps the oldest minister in the country and preached right up to the time of his death. He was born in Schoharie on March 10, 1810, the son of the late Dr. Isaac Barber who was born in 1781 in Albany County and practiced medicine in Schoharie. Dr. Barber was associated with and was an advisor to the late Governor DeWitt Clinton.

(Note...DeWitt Clinton was elected mayor of New York City in 1802 and served 10 one-year terms. He was the nephew of George Clinton who was US vice president from 1805 to 1812. DeWitt Clinton was governor of New York off and on from 1817 until he died in 1828. In 1825 the Erie Canal was popularly called "Clinton's Ditch."

In the Aug. 22, 2009 Journal I told the story of Dr. Arthur Barber, the 29-year-old dentist who fell overboard from his boat on Lake George near Diamond Point and drowned. He was the son of Rev. Cicero Barber.

It is normal to think that no one who was alive 100 years ago could have survived to our modern day but this is not true. Henriette Bullard Luke of Eagle Bridge was 100 years and three months old when she died Feb. 23, 2011. Frank Buckles of Morgantown, West Virginia, the last veteran of World War 1, was 110 years old when he died Feb. 27, 2011.

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