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Maxwell, Edmund C., born October 2, 1869, died October 11, 1897. In the death of Edmund C. Maxwell Carthage has lost one of its youngest and most enterprising business men. Three years after leaving his father's farm he had developed a business into larger proportions than seven men would have done in half a lifetime. Cut down in the prime of his young manhood, only seven days past the 28th milestone in his earthly existence, yet he had dug deeper, reached out further and encompassed more of that which savored of material prosperity, than one-half of the mortals accomplish in a lifetime. He was the personification of honesty, endowed with a vigorous constitution, sound judgment and indomitable will; he toiled early and late until he had the satisfaction of seeing his ice and cold storage business grow from small proportions towhat was at his untimely death a practical monopoly of the business in Carthage and a wide section of the surrounding country. He was born in Croghan on his father's farm, three miles east of Carthage village. Mr. Maxwell's early life did not differ materially from that of the average farmer boy. Work on the farm in summer, mastering the common branches in the district schools during the winter months, he continued thus until near his 22d year, when he began a course at the Northern Business College of Watertown, where he completed a thorough business education and joined his father in the lumber trade until he embarked for himself nearly four years ago in his own successful enterprise, leaving it only when death called him away from it. Mr. Maxwell's faculties were not always turned in the direction of worldly things. He found time for the discharge of those higher Christian duties which develop and fit the soul for its final abode in the church triumphant. His membership in the Baptist church of Carthage was fraught with good works and was the scene of the rounding out of a perfect Christian character. His funeral, which took place October 14, was one of the largest for years in Carthage and was held in the Baptist church, which was crowded to its utmost capacity by all classes of citizens who gathered to pay the last tribute to one whom they loved in life and whose untimely death they all sincerely mourned. The following civic societies of which Mr. Maxwell was a member participated: Carthage Lodge No. 365, I. O. O. F., and Carthage Lodge No. 156. F. & A. M. Mr. Maxwell leaves to mourn his loss his father, Augustus Maxwell, the well known pulp and paper manufacturer, his mother and five brothers, viz., George H., a resident of Vermont; Nathaniel W., a well known teacher in the public schools of the county; Byron D., Frederick C. and Clarence W., who reside on the farm in Croghan, and one sister, Susan, wife of Louis Lasell of Croghan. In closing this sketch nothing seems more appropriate than the last few lines from a brief article which appeared in the Carthage Republican of October 13: Stricken in the full glory of an early manhood before the sun had reached high noon, he leaves behind an unsullied name and the monument of an active, industrious life, and of him it may be said: He hath done what he could."

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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