•100 years ago — April 1914•
Town mourns beloved citizen
“Joe Woodward is dead,” was the shocking news received with disbelief and grief by Warrensburgh people the morning of April 14, 1914 — in their homes, on the streets, as words were passed one to another. There was no one in the town more in the public eye than Joseph Woodward. For 25 years, in his profession as a licensed under-taker and embalmer, he had buried the dead from many homes here, performing his sad duties with a sympathy which never failed and a delicacy which lightened the burden of grief or sorrow stricken hearts. That he himself must go the way of all flesh and be born to the cold and dismal ground, caused a feeling of desolation among his vast host of friends and acquaintances.
Mr. Woodward was ill for less than a week. While working in front of his furniture store he was suddenly seized with a severe attack of acute indigestion and even with Dr. Goodman’s care, it was all downhill after that.
Joe Woodward was born in Warrensburgh on May 2, 1861, a son of Leander and Susan Brannack Woodward. He married Mary West in 1888 and she survives him along with his mother and two brothers, Fred H. and Berry Woodward. In 1889 the deceased bought the furniture and undertaking business of Fred W. Herrick, than located in the Pasko block. When the new Music Hall building was erected, he leased and had since occupied one of the most capacious stores on the block, where he built up a highly prosperous business.
The funeral was held April 16, 1914 at the Church of the Holy Cross with the Rev. Guy Harte Purdy officiating among many beautiful floral tributes. Charles E. Bullard of Glens Falls was undertaker. Charles F. Burhans, Charles A. McElroy, John J. Archer and Harry Cunningham were the pallbearers.