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The Moody News

Reprinted from The Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York


Henry C. Twitchell

When on Thursday, October 20th, it became known that Henry C. Twitchell had passed away, a feeling of sadness pervaded the whole community.  His serious illness had but short duration and yet it was know to his closest friends that for a long time his physical condition was such as to cause much uneasiness.
Mr. Twitchell had his home in this town the entire extent of his like and during all that time he had conducted himself in such a way that at his death only words of the highest commendation could be heard of him.  Although but a young lad he was called to his service and went to the front to defend his flag.  In 1870 he married Miss Carrie Moody and together they lived here forty years in the happy home life, found only where true love abounds.
Mr. Twitchell was considered a master mechanic in carpentry.  The Masonic Temple stands as a monument to his designing.  Almost all the store fronts in town were erected by him, and many of of the nicest residences were built by him.
It was a recognized fact that if a piece of work was to be done of more than ordinary fineness along his line, he would be asked to do it.  This shows his skill in workmanship and his conscientiousness in ti execution.  He was honored many times by his associates in arms and fraternal circles by being elected to the highest offices he honorably filled.  For two years he was the collector of taxes in the town.  He was interested in those things that were for the elevation of morals and the dissemination of good.  When health permitted, he was rarely absent from the church services and helped in the sustaining of the church.
Among the large circle of friends who mourn his departure are the widow and four sisters, aside from a young man, Harry S. Moody, of Oregon City, Ore., who came to the Twitchell home when buy a small boy knowing no other home and now looks back with the fondest of recollections to the home and to him who took the place of a foster father.  The Rev. Frederick Maunder at the funeral, preached on the text, St. John 14:1.  Suitable hymns were sung by Miss Beulah and Ernest Dillenbeck.  Many floral offerings were sent by orders and friends.  The Masons took charge at the grave.


Wednesday, October 26, 1910

Resolved, that we, as an organization of the survivors of the great civil strife recognize the hand of our all wise and unerring Providence in the death of our Comrade and Past Commander, Henry Twitchell, whose virtues and valor marked him as a worthy member of our Post.
Resolved, that we cherish his memory and regard with deep sense of loss, his death and removal, from our midst and that we extend to his widow our deepest and most sincere sympathy in this her great sorrow and loss.
Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to her, and the same be offered for publication in the Pulaski Democrat, and spread upon the records of our post. 
Resolved, that our charter be draped for thirty days in memory of our comrade.
S. L. Sherman,
T.R.. Stewart,
El. L. Barr,
Comrades, one by one our ranks are thinning,
And the great world moves onward, not heeding our loss, 
And their names are not mentioned in story,
But like the pure gold secured from the dross
They will shine in their own modest glory.

Henry C. Twitchell
In the death of Henry C. Twitchell our village and town has lost one who will be deeply mourned and sadly missed.  Henry C. Twitchell was such a man as makes his impress upon all who knew him for his true worth and in him was one of the noblest characters.
Mr. Twitchell was born in this town, near the village, sixty-five years ago.  He has spent most of his life here among the people.  He married Carrie Moody who survives him.  He was among the young men who answered the call for volunteers in the time of the nation's peril.  He served well and came back to his home to take up the duties of civil life.  He was a member of the Methodist church, a member of Pulaski Lodge F. & A. M., Pulaski Chapter, R. A. M., and Pulaski Chapter, O.E.S., having served each of the orders as presiding office.  He ws a mechanic of the most skilled class and followed that occupation to the last of his active life.  His death, which came Friday morning, was a shock as he had been at his work in the Tollner plant up to a week before.
His funeral was held from the home on Port St., Monday at one o'clock, Rev. Frederick Maunder officiating.  The Masonic honors were given by officers of Pulaski Lodge.  Burial in Pulaski cemetery.

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