Thur AM

My Dear Brother:-

Well we haven’t scarlet fever yet so I’m going to write you another letter while I can. I am almost beginning to hope we won’t have it — the Dr. said the children ought show symptoms of it by ten days any way and this is the eighth — but of course one never can tell.

I received your letter yesterday and was very glad to get it and more glad to know that you are planning to come home next month. Of course if we should have scarlet fever I wouldn’t be able to see you and that would be a great disappointment to me but the rest could see you and I could talk to you so that would be better than nothing. Never mind perhaps we won’t have scarlet fever after all.

I wonder how you enjoyed your “night-out” Tuesday. If it was as cold and damp as it was here I’m afraid I wouldn’t have liked it.

Did you know that Grenville Ingalsbe was dead? He died Sunday morning and was buried yesterday. He is a man that will be greatly missed. I’ll send you the newspaper account of it.

I’m trying to get a little house cleaning done while I have the children at home but I can’t do a great deal until I see how things are going to turn out.

Ransom hasn’t any oats sowed yet — the ground is so cold and wet I doubt if they would grow anyway. What did you think about the farm furlough business? I see that five farm furloughs have been applied for from the Greenwich board.

You didn’t have anything to say about entertaining those friends of Corporal Pfau’s. Was it last Sunday they were to come, or next?

Bessie said David Black got a letter from Albert Daly this week and he said he would probably be on his way across by this time. I hear that Dr. Stillman’s folks haven�t heard anything from their son since this big battle began. They must be pretty anxious.

I suppose Eva Barker is married today — they certainly have a beautiful wedding day.

Well I’ll have to hurry or I won’t get any house cleaning done today. Wish you were here to help me.

As ever

(Newspaper article enclosed with letter)



One of the Best Known Men In Northern New York Passes Away

Contracted Illness While On Business Trip to New York City Month Ago – Was Successful Lawyer and Teacher

Grenville M. Ingalsbe of Hudson Falls, one of the most prominent residents of Washington county and long one of the most influential men of northern New York, is dead. Death came to him at 5 o’clock yesterday morning in his Hudson Falls home after a month’s illness which resulted from ptomaine poisoning, contracted during a business visit in New York.

Born in Hartford
Mr. Ingalsbe was born in Hartford, Washington county, the son of Milo and Laura Cook Chapin Ingalsbe. During his first 14 years he received no instruction along educational lines other than that given him at home by his father, and at the age of 14 he entered district school and for the next four years, during the winter seasons, he was taught there. He studied a year at Fort Edward Institute and then entered Union college, where he remained a year. He left college to become principal of the Argyle academy at Argyle, and a year later Union college recognized his ability and granted him a Bachelor of Arts degree. He continued at Argyle for three years and in 1870, his closing year at that place, he was given his Master of Arts degree by Union college.

Studied Law
Resigning his position at the Argyle school, he began the study of law in the offices of Hughes and Northup in Hudson Falls. After a year of office study he entered the Harvard Law school and graduated with honors as a Bachelor of Laws in 1872, covering two years; work in one. In 1874 he was admitted to the bar and a year later he opened his law office in Hudson Falls.

At this time he served four years as secretary of Washington County Agricultural society, in which office he did notable work. At the close of his fourth year he retired and he was elected a life councilor of the society.

In 1875 he was village clerk, a position which he held almost continually until 1894. He also served nine years as a justice of the peace, retiring in 1996. He served six years as supervisor from the town of Kingsbury, retiring in 1891 after having served as chairman of the Washington County Board during his final year.

In 1895 he was elected surrogate and made a remarkable record in office, but he refused to be a candidate for reelection.

Corporation Council
Mr. Ingalsbe was very prominent as a counsel for corporation interests throughout northern New York during the closing years of his life. He was elected a director of the Sandy Hill National bank in 1884 and since that time he has been very active in its affairs and in 1899 he was elected to the vice presidency, a position which he held at death. For years he was a director and secretary of the Sandy Hill Electric Light and Power Company, of the Spring Brook Water company, and a director and counsel of the Glens Falls Sandy Hill and Forth Edward Street Railway Company. Of late years he had been identified with the Imperial Wall Paper company, the Progressive Pulp and paper company and the Lake Champlain Pulp and Paper company.

Judge Ingalsbe’s identification with learned and purposeful societies has been extended. He was a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the national Bimetalist association, the American Anti-Imperialist league, the Harvard Law School association, the Union College Alumni Association of Northeastern New York, the American Historical association, the American Bar association, the American Political Science association, the American association of the Advancement of Sciences and other like associations. For a number of years he was a member of the Local Council for New York state of the American Bar association and has been a member of the executive committee of the New York State Bar association continuously since 1893. Since its organization in 1899 he has been a trustee and vice president of the New York Historical association, and for several years has been the chairman of its most important committees, including the committee on program.

Ebenezer Ingalsbe, an ancestor of the deceased, was with Sir William Johnson and Lyman at Lake George, with Amherst and Wolfe at Louisburgh and with Haviland at the surrender of Canada, at the breaking out of the war of the revolution, he was a sergeant of the minute men upon the Lexington alarm, became captain after arduous service and was discharged. The Ingalsbes have been of warrior blood. They were prominent in the Civil war and were the closest confidents of Oliver Cromwell. In America they were participants in various of the Indian border wars, including that of King Philip.

The surviving relatives include an uncle, James I. Ingalsbe of Glens Falls; six cousins, Mrs. Clifford W. Higley of Hudson Falls: Dr. James S. Cooley of Glen Cove, Long Island: Miss Jennie Ingalsbe, and Mrs. Mary Tolman, and Elmer M. Ingalsbe and James R Ingalsbe of Hartford.

The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the family home. With the Rev. Dr. E. L. Sawyer and the Rev. William W. Lockwood officiating. The remains will be laid to rest in Union Cemetary.