Obituaries, etc. - Shippee, Rhoda Ann, 1842-1940

Rhoda Fox, 98, Oldest Person In Town, Dies

Mentally and Physically Alert Until Recent Brief Illness, Mrs. Fox Expires At Daughter's Home

Gouverneur's oldest resident Mrs. Rhoda Ann Shippee Fox, 98, mother of Senator Rhoda Fox Graves, died at her home on Clinton street yesterday morning, Tuesday [Dec. 10, 1940]. She had been active in spite of her advanced years until just recently and had been confined to bed only two days.

Funeral services will be held at the home at 2:30 p. m. tomorrow, Thursday, December 12 [1940], with Dr. Edson R. Miles, Universalist minister from St. Lawrence university, Canton, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery, Gouverneur.

Bearers will be Gilbert E. Hutton, Walter Leach, Fred Drumb, and Worth Phillips of Gouverneur, Chapman White of Richville, and John Dugan of Watertown.

Mrs. Fox was born on a farm near Pikes Corners in the town of Fowler, June 25, 1842, a daughter of Henry and Ann Lamb Shippee. Her mother died when she was 13 and she did housework, took care of four younger children and helped her father on the farm.

The first railroad was built through this section when Mrs. Fox was 13 years old. The railroad cut across her father's farm and came so close to the building that her father moved the barn to make way for the railroad. She saw the train draped in black which passed the farm on the day of President Lincoln's assassination.

In 1866 she was married to Lafayette Fox. Mr. Fox later was superintendent of talc mines and mills at Glenda, N. C., for some years. He died about 15 years ago.

Mrs. Fox had made her home with her daughter, Senator Graves, for a number of years. She remained vigorous and alert, mentally and physically and took a keen interest in all contemporary affairs. Last July 25 she attended a birthday dinner in honor of William H. Hazelton, 98-year-old Civil war veteran, who is only one month younger than Mrs. Fox. The dinner was given by the Daughters of Uunion [sic] Veterans in I. O. O. F. hall.

In recent years Mrs. Fox had attended the annual reunions of the Shippee family at Richville and has also attended some of the reunions of the entire Shippee clan in recent years in Massachusetts. She was guest of honor last June at the Shippee reunion at Cooper Falls, town of DeKalb. She attended the Memorial Day parade and program here in May.

For many years she was active in the Barnes Women's Relief Corps. During the past year she pieced a coverlet which was exhibited at a display by Gouverneur Morris Chapter of the D. A. R.

Surviving Mrs. Fox besides her daughter, Senator Graves, are two grandsons, Paul Graves of Buffalo and Mark Graves of Gouverneur, and nine nieces.

Source: Tribune-Press (Gouverneur, N.Y.). Vol. 53, no. 16 (Dec. 11, 1940), p. [1], Rhoda Fox, 98, oldest person in town, dies.

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