AT A RIPE OLD AGE Col. Franklin Spalding, One of the Oldest and Most Highly Esteemed Citizens, Died This Morning. PNEUMONIA WAS THE CAUSE. He Was One of the Grand Old Men of Ni- agara and a Pioneer--Born in 1815-- Has Been Honored in Politics-- Held Prominent Places. ------------- Col. Franklin Spalding, one of the oldest, wealthiest and most highly respected residents of this city is dead. For the past week he has been lying seri- ously ill at his home on Third street and death came this morning early, his demise occurring at 12:55 o'clock. There were probably few men better known on the Niagara frontier than Mr. Spalding. He was born and reared in Niagara county and identified with its interests and prosperity. His figure was a sight familiar to every resident of the city, particularly in the years gone by. That Mr. Spalding was seriously ill was little known outside his few relatives and neighbors. It seems that week ago yes- terday he went to Lewiston to visit his sister. He returned and sat out on the veranda of his home quite late that even- ing and complained of feeling chilly when he came in. He arose Saturday morning and dressed. He was feeling weak and said he had a chill about 3 o'clock in the morning. From that on he grew worse, and although he arose Sunday morning and dressed he was quite feeble. Dr. Hough was called in and attended the sufferer. His illness proved to be typhoid-pneumonia and rapidly de- veloped into an alarming stage. He gradu- ally grew weaker, finally lapsing into un- consciousness on Friday afternoon and pass- ing away at the hour announced. His niece, Miss Francis Whitman of Lewiston, was with him through his illness, as also his sister, Mrs. J.E. Whitman, who is his sole surviving family relative, Mrs. Whit- man being in her 88th year. Franklin Spalding was a fitting example of the self-made man who made a success in life. At his death he represented one of the last of several prosperous and wealthy citizens. He was esteemed in the business world as a man of sound judgement, of remarkable energy, possessing a strong personality and vigorous business capa- bilities. Added to these requisites of a successful man, he was generous and of a kindly impulse. He showed a ripe experience and was ever willing to aid in the development and progress of this city. He was withal a perfect gentleman, courteous and frank with all whom he came in contact. The deceased was born at Lewiston, this county, on August 8, 1815. His parents were Rufus and Abigail (Palmer) Spalding and were of English extraction. They were a family noted for their scholastic and scientific accomplishments. The Head of the family came to America in the early history of the Massachusetts colony and was known as Edward Spalding. The subject of this sketch was a direct lineal descendant of that family. The family moved to this county and located at Lewis- ton in 1810. Franklin Spalding was reared on the old homestead at Lewiston and educated in the academy so famous then as one of the leading schools of learning in the State. Mr. Spalding acquired the homestead from his father by purchase and remained there following the pursuit of a successful farmer until 1865. In politics Mr. Spalding was a firm Republican and in the earlyu days an ardent Whig. In politics, as religious, business and social life, he was honorable, honest and courteous. He was honored by his party by appointment and election to various offices. In 1845 he was elected sheriff of this county and served three years. President Taylor appointed him collector of customs in 1851 for the port of Suspen- sion Bridge. He was retired after the President's death, but was appointed in 1861 by President Lincoln to the collector- ship and re-appointed in 1865 serving in all nine years as collector. He retired from active business in '69. He served as supervisor for the town of Niagara for several terms. He again entered public life in 1882, when he was appointed postmaster for the then village of Niagara Falls by President Arthur. He has lived quietly and retired since then except to look after his business interests, which were somewhat extended in their nature. He was director, stockholder and vice-president of the defunct Cataract Bank, also a stockholder and director in the Carter-Crume Company, besides having interests and holding stock in many companies. In religion Mr. Spalding was a consistent churchman, an Episcopalian in belief, and a vestryman for several years at St. Peter's church in this city. In 1839 the deceased was married to Miss Sarah C. Jackson of Lockport. No child- ren resulted from this union and Mrs. Spalding died September 14, 1882. Mr. Spalding was one of the commis- sioners appointed by the City Charter to adjust the incorporated indebtedness of the two former villages of Niagara Falls and Suspension Bridge. The funeral will be held Monday morn- ing at the house on Third street at 11 o'clock. A special train will be in waiting at the New York Central station after the the services, to convey the funeral party to Lewiston, where the remains will be in- terred in the old family lot in the Lewiston cemetery.