GEORGE W. FLOWER DEAD. One of the Most Prominent Men in North- ern New York Gone to His Death in New York City Last Night. The City in Mourning. The entire community was this morn- ing pained and shocked by the announce- ment of the death of George W. Flower, which event took place at the Union Square hotel in New York, about ten o'clock last night. The news quickly spread throughout the city, and was soon the all absorbing topic on the streets and everywhere where business men met. The sad tidings cast a deep gloom over the whole city. Mrs. Flower, in company with Miss Anna Caldwell, left the city about a week ago for the purpose of meeting her husband in New York. She was therefore present at his death. He was last Saturday taken sick with a head cold, which finally developed into pneumonia, that dreaded disease being the cause of his death. His daughter, Mrs. Sterling Robinson, is in the city and was not aware of the serious illness of her father until a telegram this morning announced the terrible news. Mr. Flower was born in the village of Theresa in 1837. The family consisted of five boys and two girls, all of whom, with the exception of Mrs. Dr. Derby, survive him. After arriving at maturity he en= tered into business, manufacturing at the village of Theresa tubs and barrels. In 1855, he was married in the then village of Watertown to Mary Elizabeth Putnam, who now survives him. On June 11, 1861, at the commencement of the civil war he organized company "C" of the thirty-fifth regiment at the village of Theresa, going with them as captain. For two years he led his company as their captain, when he received his discharge. He then, until the close of the war, en- tered commercial life, supplying goods to sutlers. When hostilities between the two sections of the country ceased, he came to Watertown, where he has since resided with his family. He has since then been engaged in various projects, his business lately, however, being con- fined to taking contracts for work. For a short time he was proprietor, first, of a grocery store, buying out Pearson Mundy, and afterwards of a clothing establish- ment. In 1869, at the time of the incorporation of the city, he was elected mayor. This position he held for two years. During his adminis- tration, as mayor, he did much to beauti- fy and improve our city. Mr Flower has taken many large contracts and has al- ways given satisfaction. He was com- pleting a large dam for the Croton water works to New York at the time of his death. He also constructed the Sackets Harbor railroad, and erected the armory on Arsenal street, which is such an orna- ment to our city. Probably no one will be more greatly missed than will Mr. Flower. A man of great energy, kind, cordial and friendly with all whom he met, he was liked and admired by every one who knew him. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Flower, two of whom, Frederick N. Flower and Mrs. Sterling Robinson, are living. Blessed with a wife kind, affec- tionate and gifted, surrounded by a fam- ily whose every thought seemed to be for him, he was in his home life particularly happy and pleasant. The family circle is now broken. A kind father and indul- gent husband had been taken away. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. Were sympathy of any avail, it would most generously bestowed by all. May the God of the widow and orphan comfort and console them in this sad hour, in this time of suffering and tribulation.
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