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Thomas W. Durston
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Birth: Jul. 6, 1844
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Death: May 19, 1922
East Orange
Essex County
New Jersey, USA

T.W. Durston, in book trade for years, dies
Succumbs to pneumonia at East Orange, N.J., burial to be here
Served in civil War
Member of Custer's regiment--treasurer of University for long period

Thomas W. Durston, long identified with numerous interests in Syracuse, his home city, died last night at East Orange, N.J. His death is ascribed to pneumonia, which attacked him in March. The funeral will be Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the First Methodist church.
Mr. Durston was trustee of the church many years. He was among the oldest members of Central City lodge, 305, F. and A.M. For several years he was treasurer of Syracuse University.
Son of pioneering parents who teamed it 150 miles through the wilderness from Albany to Syracuse a century ago, Thomas W. Durston was of the old Syracuse.
By taste and training a bookman, he was a cavalryman in the War of 1861, a member of "Custer's own regiment", 15th New York called the "Red Necktie boys", few of whom are now left.
Born July 6, 1844, in the old pillared Durston homestead just torn down on the site of the new Syracuse hotel, a few hundred feet east of the Fourth Presbyterian church in East Onondaga street, Thomas W. Durston grew up with the city. He was a member of one of the earliest classes graduated from Syracuse high school.
He left his place as an assistant in the South Salina street bookshop of William Wynkoop, and enlisted in the cavalry. He was wounded in the engagement at Lacey Springs, Va., receiving saber cuts in the head, but served throughout the war. Following the grand review at Washington in 1865, the young soldier was discharged as quartermaster sergeant of his regiment.
Back home he resumed his career as a bookman. His father was a boat builder with yards at James and Warren streets. The son became associated with Thomas C. Edwards, who kept a bookstore near East Water and South Warren streets.
In 1868 Mr. Durston was married to Miss Alice M. Edwards, daughter of his employer. Within a year the younger man opened his own establishment in Vanderbilt square, on the site of the present University building.
The book business was a professional service in those days, a half century ago. There were few American periodicals and diversions were not so plentiful as they are today. The Durston establishment became one of the princpal retail centers of its sort in the East. Will Foote and Fred Bailey were assistants who became known later as heads of their own esablishments.
Because of Mr. Durston's church paternal and university affiliations, his downtown headquarters was an assembly place for the clergy generally, and for persons of culture. It remained so for nearly a quarter of a century, and then following the death of his first wife, Mr. Durston retired. He kept his home here for several years, until 1908, when he was married again and moved to New Jersey.
His brother, James F. Durston, of the Durston Gear company and Letever Arms, died here in November. John H. Durston, the only other member of the first Syracuse generation, is a resident of Butte Mont., publisher of the Butte Post. He was formerly associated in newspaper ownership in Syracuse.
Besides his widow, Mrs. Georgia Durston, of East Orange, Mr. Durston is survived by three sons, John Franklin Durston, Major Harry C. Durston of St. John school, Manlius, Capt. Gilbert H. Durston of Antwerp, Belgium, and one daughter, Mrs. Morgan Harris of Newark, N.J.
The Rev. Lewis M. Lounsbury, pastor of the First church, will conduct the funeral services Monday. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Syracuse Herald | Syracuse, New York | Saturday, May 20, 1922 | Page 3

Family links: 
  John Durston (1816 - 1863)
  Sarah Hurst Durston (1819 - 1906)
  Alice M. Edwards Durston (1847 - 1899)*
  John Franklin Durston (1870 - 1952)*
  Arthur Edward Durston (1873 - 1873)*
  Harry C. Durston (1881 - 1950)*
  James Franklin Durston (1842 - 1921)*
  Thomas W. Durston (1844 - 1922)
  John Hurst Durston (1848 - 1929)*
  George W. Durston (1850 - 1915)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Plot: Sect 14 plot 137
Created by: Diane LM
Record added: Nov 13, 2011
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Thomas W. Durston
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