Edward Thomas Greene

Edward Thomas Greene

Birth
Honeyville, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death 26 Dec 1965 (aged 86)
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Burial Adams Center, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 83560670 · View Source
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Obituary in the Watertown Daily Times:
Edward T. Greene, 86, president of the Ed Greene Dairy, Inc., and the oldest member of the Watertown Milk Dealers' Association, died at 1am Sunday morning at his home, 1988 State Street, town of Watertown. Mr. Greene, who observed the 50th anniversary of his association with the milk business last March, had not been well for a year and a half and had been inactive since last May.
At the time of his death, which was attributed to pulmonary edema and infirmities of old age, he had been confined to his bed for six weeks. He was a patient in the House of the Good Samaritan from November 13 to last Wednesday. The body was returned to the family home late this afternoon from the Cummings Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 pm in the Emmanuel Congregational Church following a private prayer at the family home at 2 pm. Revered Graham R. Hodges, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Union cemetery of Adams Center. Members of the family have requested those wishing to send tributes to make contributions instead to the building fund of the Emmanuel Church in Mr. Greene's name.
Surviving Mr. Greene are nine children; Miss Mildred L. Greene, RN, who lived with him, Mrs. Omer J. (Nora M.) Schofield, 1994 State Street, Mrs. Donald L. (Alice P.) Brand, Oneonta, Mrs. Donald R. (Martha) Eldridge, Hadcock Road, Joseph L. Greene, 186 Bowers Avenue, Stanley E. Greene, 234 Academy Street, secretary of the Ed Greene Daily, Inc., Orlin T. Greene, 636 Franklin Street, and Alfred E. Greene, 338 South Hamilton Street, both vice presidents of the dairy company, and David M. Greene, 1990 State Street, treasurer of the dairy company; 31 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Thomas F. (Alice L.) Hayes, 417 Holcomb Street. His wife, Mrs. Nellie P. (Schultz) Greene, died at the same family home on May 12, 1957, at the age of 72. Another son, Cpl. Harold O. (Pete) Greene, one-time high school athlete, was killed in action on March 10, 1945, while serving with the Fifth Division of the U.S. Marine Corps on Iwo Jima in the south Pacific theater of World War II. He was 28 years old. Corporal Greene was a member of he Marine regiment which was instrumental in the capture of the now-famous Mount Suribachi.
Two sisters pre-deceased him: Mr. Thomas F. (Leta) Hobert, died November 18, 1935 in Mercy Hospital of this city, and Miss Lola H. Greene, died last October 9th in the Mercy Hospital at the age of 72, and two brothers pre-deceased him: Ross J. Greene, died August 30, 1931, in the Mercy Hospital at the age of 47, and Jesse B. Greene, died February 2, 1955, at his home on the Felts Mills-Champion Road at the age of 80.
Mr. Greene was born at Honeyville on April 19, 1879, a son of Thomas E. and Alice L. (Bunce) Greene. He attended schools at Adams Center and for a time as a young man he worked as a farmer. In 1899, he came to Watertown and was employed at the New York Air Brake company plant, first as a core-maker and later as a time-keeper. He left the Air Brake company to enter the milk business which he started in 1915 by bottling milk in the cellar of his parents home at 630 Lansing Street. For a short time later the business was located in upper State Street. In 1916, it was moved to the present location. Mr. Greene developed the extensive dairy business largely through his own efforts. The dairy now distributes milk throughout a wide area of Watertown and vicinity. For a time two brothers, Ross J. and Jesse B. Greene, were associated in the business with him. The Greene dairy business was incorporated on January 1, 1959, with Mr. Greene as president and four of his five sons, who had become associated with him, as the other officers.
Mr. Greene married Miss Nellie P. Schultz of this city in a ceremony performed on January 30, 1906, in the parsonage of the First Baptist Church by the Reverend J. Foster Wilcox, then the pastor of that church. Mr. and Mrs. Greene, who moved to the State Street Road address 50 years ago, observed their golden wedding anniversary there with an open house in January, 1956.
Mr. Greene had traveled widely and had visited 46 of the 50 states of the Union. For a number of years, he visited Florida, regularly.
Long a sports enthusiast and a supporter of youth activity programs, Mr. Greene was a charter team sponsor of the Federal Little League of Baseball from the time of the league's inception nine years ago. The team, known as Ed Greene Dairy team, is still a member of the league. His two sons, Alfred and Orlin Greene, played prominent roles in the formation of the league in 1956. Mr. Greene, himself, was active as an athlete in early life and once was a local baseball player and wrestler.
He was a member of the Emmanuel Congregational Church, the Watertown grange and the Milk Dealer's Association, and a former member of the Watertown Lodge of Odd Fellows.


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  • Maintained by: Stephen D. Solar
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 83560670
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Thomas Greene (19 Apr 1879–26 Dec 1965), Find a Grave Memorial no. 83560670, citing Union Cemetery, Adams Center, Jefferson County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Stephen D. Solar (contributor 46517982) .