Clay Holden


Personal Information


Married Eliza Stokes - 1870
Death May 17, 1913
Parents Aaron Holden and Orilla Root
Siblings Freedom, Winfield, Seward, Myron, Emmette, Walter, Talcott, Jessie
Children Jesse, Erwin (Irving), Marion, Annie





Widely-Known Market Gardener Was in Sackets Harbor


Watertown, May 23. - Clay Holden, one of the best-known and oldest market gardeners and truck farmers of the county, a familiar figure about the streets of this city and between here and Sackets Harbor, died suddenly Saturday evening in his wagon in Sackets Harbor. He had been to this city that day and on the way home he complained several times of his stomach. He had driven up in front of a store in Sackets Harbor and ordered some phosphate. When the clerk came out with it a moment later he asked Mr. Holden to back up a little, but there was no response. Investigation showed that his customer was dead, of heart trouble. Mr. Holden was the son of Aaron and Aurelia Root Holden, and was born 70 years ago in the same house back of Campbell’s Point in Hounsfield where he had always made his home. He was thrifty and had accumulated considerable property. He was of the highest integrity, strictly temperate and had never used tobacco in any form. There survive one son, Irving Holden; three daughters, Mrs. David Crago, of Smithville; Mrs. Robert Holden and Mrs. Charles Westcott, of Chestnut Ridge, Hounsfield; and seven brothers, Myron, Freeman and Emmett Holden, of Tacoma, Wash.; Theodore, of Kansas; Walter and Winfield, of Chestnut Ridge; and Seward, of Watertown Center. Mr. Holden was a member of Star Grange No. 9 of Hounsfield; of the Pomona Grange and of the Sackets Harbor Methodist Church. The remains were taken to the home of Herbert Holden on Chestnut Ridge and the funeral was held from his late home Tuesday. Burial was at Sackets Harbor. Mr. Holden will be readily recognized by the accompanying picture, although it was made some time ago.

Source: Unknown Watertown newspaper, May 23, 1913



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