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Elderly Chester resident dead

One of the oldest residents of the town of Chester, known as “Aunt Jane Wells,” passed away the morning of July 24, 1912 at the old homestead on the lane road on The Gore, where she had made her home with her two sons, William and Arthur Wells. She was the widow of Francis Wells and for many years she had been in ill health and was unable to be up and about for the past year, but although she was 80 years old her death came as a shock to all who knew her.

Mrs. Wells was the mother of seven surviving children, James, Daniel, Woodard, William and Arthur Wells, all of Igerna as well as Amarilla West and Elijah Wells, 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She had been an active member of the North Chester Baptist Church for 52 years. Jane Wells led a Christian life and the world was better for her having lived and her hope and patience through suffering these last years is a lesson to all.

Deaths in the news

Henry Brown, 58, of North Creek, died June 28, 1912 at Eagle’s Nest Club, Blue Mountain Lake, of which he had been superintendent for ten years. He leaves a widow and two daughters, Geraldine and Pauline Brown, all of North Creek. The deceased was highly esteemed.

Winifred M. Chambers, 16, died Sunday afternoon, July 27, 1912 at the home of her father, Robert Chambers of Lake George.

The body of Mrs. O.B. Proy of Somerville, Mass., was brought to Warrensburgh, where she was formerly a resident, on July 29, 1912. She died at her summer home after an illness of only 45 minutes.

News near and far

The greatest volcanic eruption thus far in the 20th century took place June 6, 1912 as Novarupta in Alaska began a series of explosive episodes over a 60-hour period.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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