Thurston, J. Ernst 1875-1953 New Lisbon Obituary
Takes His Own Life
New Lisbon---J. Ernst Thurston, 78-year-old farmer and lifetime resident of New Lisbon, yesterday committed suicide by hanging, according to Dr. John Merzig, Morris, acting coroner who pronounced the verdict.
The body of Mr. Thurston was found in his barn by Robert Joy, Morris, a business caller. The body was taken to the Sloan Funeral Home, Morris, where arrangements are pending.
Mr. Thurston was born Jan. 2, 1875, on the New Lisbon farm where he had always resided, son of Julius and Lucy (Duroe) Thurston. His grandparents were among the first settlers of the Butternuts Valley.
He married Lavinia Nearing, who died May 14, 1951. He later married Mrs. Frances Lull, Morris, on Dec. 1, 1951.
He was a member of the Louisville Grange, Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge, all of Morris, and the Farm Bureau.
Surviving is his wife; one sister, Mrs. Vera Klindt, Morris; two nephews and a niece.
J. E. Thurston Funeral Held In Morris
Jan. 1953, NEW LISBON---Funeral services for J. Ernst Thurston, who died Thursday at his New Lisbon home, were held Sunday at the Morris Methodist Church.
The Rev. Kenneth Gombert, pastor of the church, and the Rev. J. Ross McCloy, pastor of the Garrattsville United Presbyterian Church, officiated. The body was placed in the Hillington Cemetery vault at Morris for later burial there.
Bearers were: William Dockstader, Leroy George, Jay Clark, Harold Lasher, Roy Gilbert and Owen Douglas.
Attending from out-of-town were: Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Cleveland, Mrs. Katherine Hamilton and Earl Hay, Oneonota; Mrs. Emma Stanton and daughter of Laurens; Mr and Mrs. Harmon Cleveland, Mount Vision; the Misses Eliza and Ruth Duroe, Norwich; Mario Caldera, Williamsport, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Canaster and son, Howard, of Delanson.
Mrs. Mary Ash, Waterbury, Vt.; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Moore, Oriskany Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Richard LaClair, son, Thomas and daughter Nancy, of Oneida; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Maynard, Clarence Lamphere, Norwich, and Peter Gaffney, Utica.
His survivors include four nephews and three nieces, who are Harmon Cleveland, Mount Vision; Maurice Cleveland, Oneonta, Robert and Francis Klindt, Morris, Miss Marion Cleveland, Norwich, and Mrs. Evelyn Caldwera, Williamsport, Pa.
Addendum: He always seemed to go by J. Ernst Thurston. His given name was Joel Ernst Thurston.