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 George Henry Robb

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George Henry Robb

  • Birth 21 Mar 1887 Gloversville, Fulton County, New York, USA
  • Death 18 Apr 1934 Stratford, Fulton County, New York, USA
  • Burial Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 9
  • Memorial ID 78508935


Native of Gloversville Was Believed at First to Have Been Victim of Foul Play When Found in Field in Town of Stratford; Officials Report Death Due to Exposure

The body of George H. Robb, 47, former Gloversville resident, who escaped from the Utica State hospital about ten days ago, was recovered yesterday In an open field near the home of George Hall in the Town of Stratford. District Attorney Bernard W. Kearney and other officials who visited the spot where the body was discovered stated that to all appearances death was caused by exposure. There were no marks on the body or anything about the ground where it was found to indicate there had been any foul play. The possibility that another murder had been uncovered caused a stir among law enforcement officers during the afternoon and they were on the scene a short time after receiving the report that the body had been found.

To Perform Autopsy
After conducting a thorough examination of the body and the ground in the vicinity where it was found, District Attorney Kearney secured a justice of the peace, who was deputized to act as coroner's representative. He ordered the remains moved to the EugeneLittauer laboratory in Gloversville for an autopsy. The autopsy will be carried on under the Jurisdiction of Coroner Dr. Robert Ellithorpe of Gloversville. The remains were brought to Gloversville in the John W. Finocan ambulance.

Thoroughly satisfied there was no foul play connected with the man's death, authorities immediately sought to learn his identity and circumstances leading up to his death. District Attorney Kearney, Assistant district Attorney, Wlllard L. Best were assisted in the work by Sergeant Updike and George Avery. J. Walton Pursell, local photographer, was rushed to the scene by the district attorney when it was thought it was a murder case.

The only thing authorities found on the man's clothing that would provide a clue, was the marking "Ward 1." The marks in his clothing, authorities said, indicated he had been an inmate of some institution. Sergeant Updike recalled that the state police had been requested to be on the alert for two men who had escaped from Utica.

He made inquiry over the teletype system as soon as the party returned to Gloversville and within a short time received a reply from Utica. Robb in company with man named Sleezer escaped from the state hospital about ten days ago. Sleezer was picked up by the state troopers in Herkimer a short time afterwards, but they did not discover any trace of Robb until his body was discovered yesterday.

The body was discovered in an open field near the home of George Hall, about a 1,000 feet away from a dirt road leading through that section of the country and about three miles off the main highway. The body was attired in heavy winter underwear, but the man had not been wearing an overcoat.

Born in Gloversville
Later it was learned that Robb was born in Gloversville and is the son of John H. Robb. He spent the early part of his life here, but later moved to Amsterdam where he resided for some years. More recently he made his home at 33 Columbia street, Mohawk. Besides his father, the survivors are his wife, Mrs. George Robb of Mohawk and one sister, Mrs. John Chism, of Amsterdam.
The remains will be moved to the Johnson & Lindsay funeral home in Amsterdam, where the funeral services will be held. Interment will be made in the family lot in the Fairview cemetery.

Gloversille and Johnstown NY Morning Herald - Thursday, April 19, 1934

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  • Maintained by: Jim Bramble
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 78508935
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Henry Robb (21 Mar 1887–18 Apr 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78508935, citing Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Jim Bramble (contributor 47180825) .