Nelson Greene Funeral Services on Monday
FORT PLAIN —Nelson Greene. 86. historian editor artist, died late yesterday afternoon in Little Falls Hospital following a brief illness. A resident of Fort Plain for many years, he had resided at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank A. Haring. Grandview on Hudson since Nov. 1952, but had been a summer visitor here annually since that time. He had been in Fort Plain since last May and was the recipient of Fort Plain Post No. 554, American Legion's 1935 Outstanding Citizen's Award presented on Memorial Day. Herkimer Descendant. The son of, Horace L. Greene and Anna Beach Greene, he was born Nov. 7. 1869. in Little Falls. descended on hls paternal side from Johan Jost Herkimer, the pioneer of the Upper Mohawk Valley, and from his son. Captain George Herkimer, who married Alida Schuyler and in 1777 inherited the home of his brother. George Nicholas Herkimer, following his death from a wound received in the Battle of Oriskany. Mr. Greene's family lived for a time in Herkimer before arriving in Fort Plain in 1876. where Horace Greene became the owner of the Mohawk Valley Register. at that time the oldest newspaper in the Mohawk Valley. Nelson Greene attended Institute. Fort 1880's. Upon his father's death in 1893. Nelson Greene operated the newspaper for several years before leaving the community for New York City,, where he studied art. Artist and Writer Since that time until his retirement in 1952. he practiced the dual professions of artist and writer on New York State and Mohawk Valley historical subjects. During World War I, Mr. Greene designed and collaborated with the eminent sculptor. Philip Martiny, in producing the heroic size group of statuary called "Allies United for Liberty." which stood at the corner of Fifth and 23rd St City from 1918-20. During the first World War. Mr. Greene was a member of the 9th Coast Artillery. Regiment. New York Guard (1917-21) of New York City. In 1915, Mr. Greene published "Old Fort Plain and the Middle Mohawk Valley." a 400 page volume with five maps drawn by the author. This comprehensive study of one of the valley's most interesting sections is now out of print as is The Old Mohawk Turnpike Book^" published in 1924. Ambitious Author During his lonn lifetime, he authored countless historical pamphlets, several plays and scenarios for pageants. His most ambitious work was the four volume "The Mohawk Valley Gateway to the West” which had its publication in 1925 Shortly after the death of Walter W O’Connor, editor of the Fort Plain Standard in 1922. he returned to Fort Plain where he joined the firm of O'Connor Brothers Inc., printers and publishers. Except for brief absences, one of which occurred when he toured the country preparing advance publicity for the late Aviatrix Amelia Larhart. who was doing promotional work for the Beech-Nut Packing Co., Mr. Greene was editor of the Standard until that newspaper was sold to Donald Christie in 1939. He was a member of the editorial staff thereafter until his retirement. During the period he served as editor of the Standard. Mr. Greene was instrumental in the formation of both the Fort Plain Exchange Club (now the Community Club of which he was inducted a lifetime member, and the Mohawk Valley Towns Assn. Community Service In his tenure of office as publicity secretary of the Fort Plain Community Club, he successfully promoted such municipal projects as street paving, the creation of Prospect Hill Park, the filling of the unsightly abandoned Erie Canal bed and the Fort Plain Intermediate Landing Field. He served as publicity secretary of the MVTA until shortly after World War II, disseminating thousands of pieces of literature (much of it illustrated by his drawings) advertising the valley across, the nation. He was one of the organizers and promoters of the MVTA's valley-wide observance of lhe George Washington Bicentennial in 1932. A lifelong Democrat, he was active in party affairs although he never held a political office.He was a member of the Mohawk Valley Historical Assn. and Fort Plain Lodge 443. F&AM. and an honorary member of a number of art and historical organizations. In 1906, Nelson Greene was married to Lillian Currier Steinert, who died in 1945. Like her husband, Mrs. Greene was also a talented artist, who specialized in still life and portraiture. The only immediate survivor is his daughter. Mrs. Haring. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Gray funeral home. Fort Plain, with the Rev.; John F. Pelon, pastor of the Fort Plain Reformed Church, oficiating. Interment will be in the Fort Plain Cemetery.
Nelson and Lillian lived at #5 West Street with his mother, Annie Lydia (Beach) Greene
Lillian Currier Steinert Greene
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