Hotchkiss S. Finch

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Aggie C. Reynolds

Transcribed from newspaper clippings, most have unknown dates or newspaper name.

Hotchkiss S. Finch

Hotchkiss S. Finch, one of the most prominent businessmen of Tioga County, died at his home in Richford, N.Y., Thursday night, July 23, 1908, of heart disease, after an illness of several weeks, aged 77 years.

Mr. Finch was born in Windham, Green County, N.Y., May 12, 1831, and was a son of Elam Finch.

Ten years later his parents removed to Richford.

In 1863 Mr. Finch removed to Lisle, Broome County, where he was engaged for three years in the lumbering business.

In 1866 he returned to Richford.

In 1869, with his nephew, Clarence W. Finch, he built a large steam sawmill at Richford, and up to the time of his death was largely interested in lumbering.

For many years he conducted a store at Richford. He was prominently identified with the Republican Party and for years ably represented his town in the county board of Supervisors.

Since 1897 he had been a member of the board of trustees of the New York Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at Bath, N.Y., and was a very efficient officer. He was a member, trustee and deacon of the Congregational Church of Richford for many years. He was a thorough businessman and had large interests in the south and in several towns and cities in this state. No man was better known than Mr. Finch and his death was a sad blow to the town of Richford.

He is survived by one son, Charles R. Finch, who is engaged in the lumbering business in Virginia.

His funeral was held in Richford on Sunday afternoon last, and was the largest ever seen in Northern Tioga being attended by many prominent gentlemen from this and surrounding counties.

A delegation of the Board of Managers of the New York State Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, of which the deceased was a member, consisting of Gen. MacDougal, of Auburn, Col. Burhans, of Syracuse, and Hon. John H. Swift, of Union, were present.

The Newark Valley Lodge F. & A.M. of which the deceased was an honored member, attended in a body. New Jerusalem Chapter, No. 47, R.A.M., of Owego, of which he also was a member, was represented by F. W. Richardson, Thomas H. Reddish and W. A. Smyth.

There was a short prayer service by Rev. J. S. Mitchell and the funeral procession formed and the remains were carried across the street to the Congregational Church. The bearers were W. J. Lawrence, of Newark Valley, Harry Boyer, of Speedsville, Charles G. Krum, William Finn and S. L. Horton, of Richford, and W. A. Smyth of Owego.

The pulpit of the church was surrounded by fine floral pieces, the gift of friends throughout the state. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. William Mitchell of Munsville, a former pastor of the Richford church and a personal friend of the deceased. Mr. Mitchell delivered a fine address and spoke feelingly of the many characteristics of Mr. Finch.

The burial was in the family plot in the beautiful Evergreen Cemetery in Berkshire and was conducted by Right Worshipful F. W. Richardson in accordance with the ritual of the Masonic order for Newark Valley Lodge. Note: This newspaper clipping had a picture of Hotchkiss Finch but would not copy well.


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