COLONEL ROBERT P. YORK. Another Distinguished Veteran An- swers the Final Roll--A Brief Sketch of His Eventful Career--The Imposing Funeral Obsequities. The following obituary of Col. Robert P. York we condense from the DeRuyter New Era Gleaner; Col. Robert P. York, of whose severe illness we have made frequent mention, died at his residence in this village on Sunday Afternoon last. Although the community well under- stood the serious nature of his disease, yet its sad ending was a surprise to all save those who were with him the past week. They felt that recovery was im- possible. But when, a week before, he had rallied after hours of unconsciousness and knew again his family and friends, the impression went out, somehow, that the crisis had passed, and that the sturdy veteran would finally come off conquerer. The chronic kidney troubles, which had affected him in a mild form for years, combined with the fever, greatly weak- ened his system and left him an easy victim to the attack of pneumonia which followed. He was confined to the house twenty-four days, and during the most of that time his sufferings were intense. He bore them with great resignation, and answered to the final roll call as readily and bravely as he oft went out to meet death, in battle array, a quarter of a century ago. He desired to more fully accomplish the life work he had mapped out, yet not a murmur es- caped his lips as the sable messenger approached. Robert P. York was born in the town of Lincklaen, and in that town and De- Ruyter the days of his boyhood and early manhood were spent. In August, 1862, he entered the United States service in the war against the rebellion, and enlist- ed some sixty-seven men in this town and vicinity, which comprised parts of Cos. D and H of the 114th regiment. He was the original 1st Lieutenant of Co. H, and August 9, 1963, was made its Captain. He served in the capacity of Ordinance Officer, Inspector General and Provost Marshal of Weitzel's Bri- gade; also Provost Marshal of 1st Division of the 19th Corps, and Commis- sary of Musters of Divisions and Corps. In January of 1864 he was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the 75th New York, and subsequently was appointed Provost Marshal of Savannah, Ga., whither he went with his regiment. He was slightly wounded at Opequan. Col. York discharged, with marked ability, the duties of the various posi- tions he held while in the service, and won the esteem of his superiors and comrades everywhere. Soon after the war closed, Col. York settled in Syracuse and for ten years re- sided in that city. During a part of this period he was a commercial traveler; later he engaged in the mercantile busi- ness, in company with others, and finally by himself. In November, 1877, hr re- moved to DeRuyter and opened a dry goods store. Here, in a field already filled, and in competition with shrewd and heavy dealers, he built up an ex- tensive and increasing business. His customers learned to place im- plicit confidence in his word, and were never deceived. He was honest and above board in every transaction; out- spoken, manly and fearless. Occasion- ally his views clashed with others', but he maintained them fearlessly and ably. The funeral of Col. York was held at the M.E. Church, on the afternoon of February 22. The interior was heavily draped, by the society, and the words, "WE MOURN OUR LOSS," which extended across the wall in the rear of the plat- form, bespoke the feeling of every one of the five hundred present. It was the largest funeral ever assembled in De- Ruyter. Every store in the village was closed, and many business men from other places were present. Tioughnioga Fire Company, of which he was a mem- ber, appeared in uniform; and the A.O. U.W. Lodge, of which he was the first presiding officer, attended in full regalia with a large delegation from New Wood- stockLodge and from Truxton Lodge, which he recently organized. The bretheren formed a line each side of the walk extending from his late residence to the church door, and stood with bow- ed and uncovered heads as the casket containing the remains of their beloved comrade was carried through the ranks to the sacred edifice. Prayer was offered by Rev. L.R. Swinney, and after a brief and touching sermon by Rev. Char. Haynes, the services were concluded by the A.O.U.W., in accordance with their impressive burial ritual. With saddened hearts, a large concourse fol- lowed his corpse to the DeRuyter cem- etery, and witnessed its consignment to Mother Earth. The sorrowing family have the deepest sympathy of all.