John H. Ellwood Obituary -- Danbury News -- Feb 1915

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[Danbury News - Feb 6, 1915]
Former Fire Chief Passes Away in New York City.

[Danbury News - Feb 8, 1915]

[Danbury News - Feb 9, 1915]
Large Gathering at Service in Baptist Church To-day.


John H. Ellwood, former Chief Engineer of the Fire Department, passed away in New York City on Feb 6, 1915. He had been in New York for business purposes, presumably related to the hatting industry, for the previous ten years. Our occupational presumption stems from the foreman position he is known to have held at Beckerle & Co. Hat Manufacturers in the 1890s.
His wife, Theresa M. Ellwood, and their three daughters remained in Danbury, and John visited often. They are all currently buried in Wooster Cemetery, Danbury.
John H. Ellwood was a former member, and the second official Chief Engineer, of the Danbury fire department. J.H. Ellwood was also a member of Ben Miller council, Jr. O.U.A.M., and Danbury lodge, B.P.O. Elks. Members of the fire department who attended his funeral were Thomas A. Lounsbury, with whom he had served on the department and who was currently Chief Engineer, as well as by a current Captain, Charles T. Anson. Lounsbury and Anson participated in Ellwood's funeral as pall bearars.



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[Danbury News – Feb 6, 1915]
Former Fire Chief Passes Away in New York City.
The death of John H. Ellwood, of this city, occurred this morning at the Post-Graduate hospital in New York city. After an illness of about two weeks. Pleuro-pnemonia was the cause of death.
Mr. Ellwood, who was a hatter, had been employed in New York about ten years, but maintained his home in this city and came here frequently. His family resides at 16 Smith street.
Twenty years ago few men were better known in this city than Mr. Ellwood, who was chief engineer of the fire department for several years, after long membership in the department.
The funeral of Mr. Ellwood will be held in this city, but the arrangements have not yet been completed.

[Danbury News – Feb 8, 1915]
ELLWOOD – in New York, Feb 6, John H. Ellwood, aged 58 years, 6 months and 18 days.
Funeral at the Baptist church tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock.

[Danbury News – Feb 9, 1915]
Large Gathering at Service in Baptist Church To-day.
The funeral of John H. Ellwood, who died in New York city last Saturday, and whose body was brought to this city, his former home, yesterday, was held at the Baptist church this afternoon at two o’clock. Representatives of the Danbury fire department, of which Mr. Ellwood was the second chief, were present at the funeral. Members of Ben Miller council, Jr. O.U.A.M., and Danbury lodge, B.P.O. Elks, as well as a large number of friends and acquaintances attended the services.
The service at the church was conducted by Rev. A.H. Boutwell. The Elds’ service was held at the grave in Wooster cemetery and was conducted by Exalted Ruler Howard C. Richardson and Prelate William F. Potter.
The floral tributes were many and beautiful, comprising pieces from all of the fraternal organizations of which the deceased was a member, as well as many friends of Mr. Ellwood and his family.
The pall bearers were Joseph T. Whittlesey and Charles A. Hodge, from Danbury lodge of Elks; Chief Thomas A. Lounsbury and Captain Charles T. Anson, from the Danbury fire department, and Cyrus E. Ryder and Councilman Clarence W. Judson, from Ben Miller council.




“John H. Ellwood Obituary -- Danbury News -- Feb 1915.” WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 23 Sep. 2019.


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