|Birth: ||Nov. 4, 1847|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1913|
February 7, 1913
Willard T. Atwood, mill owner of Stittville, dropped dead in Wineburgh & Sons jewelry store in lower Genesee street at 9:30 o'clock this morning just after he had handed Hyman Wineburgh his daughter's watch to be repaired. Heart trouble, with which he has suffered attacks during the past three months, is believed to have caused his death.
Following his custom of years, Mr. Atwood went directly from the 9:15 Black River train to Wineburgh's store. This he has done each Friday when he came to this city to secure funds for his payroll. He had his own watch regulated and after receiving the check for his daughter's watch, he stood talking with Mr. Wineburgh. Suddenly he toppled over. Dr. J. Herman was hurriedly summoned from this office in Whitesboro street, but the physician could do nothing to save the man. Coroner Robert Dodd there upon was notified and he ordered the remains taken to Cassidy's undertaking establishment.
Mr. Atwood was born in Floyd Nov. 4, 1847, but he had lived in Stittville since he was 18 years of age. He was the son of Sylvester B. and Margaret Moulton Atwood and was one of four children. About 25 years ago he married Addie Raymer, by whom he had two children, Florence M. Atwood and Grace M. Atwood. His wife and one daughter, Florence, survive him. He started working first as station agent at Stittville for the Utica & Black River Railroad, when he was 16 years of age. This work he followed until 1868. In 1872 he engaged in the produce, coal and lumber business, which he had continued to the time of his death. In 1881 he associated with the late Charles W. Hackett, one time chairman of the Repuliblican State Committee purchasing J. S. Maxwell's interest in a knitting mill which manufactured men's underwear, and which afterward was conducted under the firm name of Atwood and Hackett for 20 years. At one time he was connected with F. E. Gaus of the Bowne-Gaus Shoe Company of this city, in the contact of the Stittville Canning Company. This partnership was dissolved about seven years ago. Mr. Atwood then associated with W. R. Buell of Stittville and had conducted the Atwood & Buell Knitting Co. at Stittville for the past six years. Mr. Atwood sold his interest in the Hackett & Atwood mill at the time of Mr. Hackett's death.
Mr. Atwood has always been a Democrat but he never held a political office nor sought one. He was a member of Utica Lodge No. 47, F & AM, a member of Utica Commandery No. 8, Knight Templars, and a member of Ziyara Temple, order of the Mystic Shrine. He was also a Royal Arch Mason. He was prominent as a member and trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Stittville.
Mr. Atwood was a moving figure in Stittville industry during his lifetime and when the news of his death reached the village today it caused great sorrow. He was known and admired by most of the business men of this city. He is reputed to have done much charitable work but he never said anything about it. He was a citizen such as form a community's foundation. There isn't anyone in Stittville who has not come in contact with Mr. Atwood and there isn't anyone in Stittville who holds anything but a liking for the man. His partner, W. R. Buell, arrived here on the noon train today and announced that Mr. Atwood's remains would soon be removed to the Atwood home in Stittville.
Sylvester B. Atwood (1821 - 1903)
Margaret S. Moulton Atwood (1825 - 1855)
Addie Raymer Atwood (1849 - 1933)*
Grace Mary Atwood (1873 - 1888)*
Florence M. Atwood (1880 - 1949)*
Willard T. Atwood (1847 - 1913)
Frances Atwood (1850 - 1854)*
Maggie Atwood Avery (1855 - 1881)*
New York, USA
Created by: Tombstone Hunter
Record added: Dec 27, 2007
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