Thursday, April 9, 2015


(MAY 5, 1929)

    A. Smith Eddy, a resident of this village for the past 15 years, and one of the two remaining veterans of the Civil War in Oxford, died at his home on State Street Sunday morning after an illness of several months.  Mr. Eddy has suffered from stomach trouble for over two years, but his condition had not been serious until Christmas.  He was 83 years old.

   Mr. Eddy was born near Brisben, the son of Charles C. and Amy Stephens Eddy on September 17, 1845.  When he was a small boy his parents moved to McDonough where he spent a large portion of his life.

   In 1864 he enlisted in Company C. 8th New York Volunteer Cavalry and served until the close of the war.  During the rest of his life he was an active member of the G. A. R.

   On November 4, 1868, he was united in marriage with Miss Frankie Slater of Preston, and they observed their 60th wedding anniversary last year when a family dinner was given.  For a number of years they engaged in farming in McDonough and about 40 years ago they spent a few years in this village, returning to the farm, where they resided until 1915, when they bought their home on State street.

   In 1917 Mr. Eddy's son, Hartwell Eddy, located in Oxford and opened a garage, and since that time, until a few weeks ago, he had been active in the work there.

   Mr. Eddy was a progressive and prosperous farmer.  Throughout his years on the farm he always maintained the best equipment and took much pride in his farming.

   He was one of the pioneer automobilists in the county and purchased a car in 1902 when there were only two in Norwich, one in this village and none in Greene.  He was a staunch Republican and a member of the William A. Miles Post, G. A. R., of McDonough.

   He is survived by his widow, Frankie A., one son, Hartwell Eddy, and two grandsons, Augustus and Robert Eddy, of Oxford, and a sister, Mrs. Ellen Orr of Manistique, Mich.

   The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home with the Rev. H. E. Weavers of the M. E. Church officiating.  Burial was made in Riverview cemetery.


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