COLONEL SUITOR DEAD IN HERKIMER A VETERAN OF THE MEXICAN AND CIVIL WARS. HONORED IN THE VILLAGE The End Came This Morning After a General Wearng Out of the System --President of Helmer Post and a Prominent G.A.R. Man. Herkimer, Jan. 12--Col. James A. Suiter, Herkimer's respected citizen and the veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars, died at 5:15 o'clock this morning at his home in North Wash- ington street. His death removes one of the best residents of this village and one of the best loved soldiers of the country. Death was due to failing health brought on by old age. James Anthon Suiter was born in Herkimer, April 29, 1818. He had al- ways resided in this village where he received his education in the common schools and took up the trade of saddle and harness making at an early age, having been an apprentice in the shop of the late John D. Spinner. In 1840 he engaged in business which he con- tinued alone for over fifty years with the exception of a few years when his brother, the late Augustus W. Suiter was associated with him. His first shop was located in rooms over a gro- cery store of which the proprietor was the late Charles Spinner. It was lo- cated in a building now occupied by the present Palmer House. Twice did he interrupt his business to go to war, once in 1847, at the age of 31 when he became second lieutenant of Company E, First Regiment, in the Mexican War, in which he served un- til its close, having been mustered out at Fort Hamilton, New York Harbor. His appointment as second lieutenant was secured largely through the in- fluence of Congressman George Petrie, in whose election the young lieutenant had an active part. Colonel Suiter was a member of the LaFayette Guards commanded by the late Gen. Francis E. Spinner. In 1851 he was elected captain of Company G, Thirty-eighth Regiment, New York State Militia, and later was made lieutenant colonel of the same regi- ment. At the first call for troops in April 1861, sent out by President Lincoln, the lieutenant colonel of the Thirty- eighth Regiment was the first man to enlist in Company G, of the new Thirty-fourth Regiment, which during the was came to be known as the Herkimer County Regi- ment, and the members of which were characterized because of their bravery and courage. He was elected captain of Company G, then promoted to the lieutenant colonelship, and was com- missioned colonel on March 10, 1862. At the head of his regiment he lead his men successfully in the battles of Fair Oaks, Glendale, Antietam and Fredericksburg. His men participated in fourteen other engagements, and at all times their leader was at their head and in the thickest of the fight. His horse, "Old Billy," was wounded at Fair Oaks, Antietam and Frederticks- burg, but the colonel escaped injury and in 1863 returned home. At all times, as an officer, he com- manded the respect and esteem of his men in a marked degree. Though firm and commanding, a main characteris- tic, his men fairly idolized him, and this esteem he rewarded by obtaing many favors for them. Suiter Post, named in his honor, was the first Grand Army Post organised in Herkimer. Its name was changed afterwards to Aaron Helmer Post, be- cause of an order from headquarters that all posts should be named for some hero who had fallen on the bat- tlefield. Colonel Suiter was given the post of honor at the organisation of the Thirty-fourth Regiment Association, and was elected unanimously its presi- dent, such honor to continue during life. Active in Whig politics he led the party in Herkimer in many poli- tical engagements. He was appointed postmaster by President Zachary Tay- lor in the early fifties. His deputy was Warren Mack, grandfather of Orange W. Mack of this village. Colonel Suiter cast his first vote for William Henry Harrison in 1840. He support- ed John C. Fremont for the Presidency in 1856. He was Supervisor of the Town of Herkimer in 18_0 and 1872. He also held the office of Trustee, Treasurer and Assessor in the village, and was a Justice of the Peace for four years. In a paper read before the County Historical Society a few years ago, Colonel Suiter gave an accurate de- scription of the village and the loca- tion of buildings as they were in 1840. His knowledge concerning early events in town, county, State and Nation was considerable and he loved to relate stories of earlier times. Colonel Suiter is survived by two sons, James A. Suiter, Jr., and Dr. A. Walter Suiter and a daughter, Miss Mary A. Suiter, all of this village, and a brother, Dr. William F. Suiter of Salt Lake City.