Hemlock - Last Sabbath at this village, in the Baptist church, the funeral services of old Mr. Hiram Colegrove were held, conducted by Rev. Hancock, assisted by Rev. Mr. Slaysman.
Mr. Colegrove was an old citizen of this place, very much respected by all who knew him. He was aged 85 years. He had in this vicinity for 65 years, and was known to most of the people. He had, at different times, held several town offices.
The life and services of the late Hiram Colegrove call for more than a passing notice. A life bringing to old age no regrets and whose changing scenes record only the strictest integrity in business and social life; darkened by no breach of trust and not even clouded by any questionable transaction, is well worthy the study of rising generations.
The subject of this sketch was born in Sangerfield, Oneida county in September 1797. While a boy of only six years he was deprived by death of a father’s counsel and care, and left by the cold hand of poverty to seek his fortune alone in the world. Like so many others of his day and generation he turned his steps toward the “Genesee Country,” and in 1815 - two years before his majority - arrived at what is now Frost Hollow, Ontario county, in a land of strangers, as he often said, with but six pence in his pocket, having been obliged to dispose of his gloves on the way to obtain food. Here his industry and honest dealings won for him many warm friends.
In 1828 he was married to Miss Sally Griswald, with whom he lived for nearly forty-nine years. About a year after his marriage he removed to the town of Canadice and purchased a farm, which he owned at the time of his death, and on which he resided for upwards of fifty years. His marriage proved most fortunate, and the girl of 20 who trusted her future to his keeping proved an excellent wife and a worthy lady, beloved by all who knew her. She died in 1871, after a lingering illness that rendered her helpless for eleven years. During all this time Mr. Colegrove was a constant attendant at her bedside, foregoing pleasure and forsaking business for her company and comfort, and by his self-sacrificing devotion and constant care won the approbation of all who were acquainted with the circumstances.
He was the father of four children. A son died in infancy and a daughter at the age of seven years. Two daughters reached womanhood, only one of whom, Mrs. Henry McCrossen of Hemlock Lake, survives him.
His early educational advantages were limited, but his almost constant employment in some public capacity, or the management of business affairs entrusted to his care by his confiding neighbors, rendered his whole life a school whose lessons were well improved.
He served in the capacity of constable for many years during the earlier part of his life, and for eleven years represented his town in the Board of Supervisors, and his term of office in that capacity expired only when he peremptorily declined a re-election.
The seven last years of his life were spent at the village of Hemlock Lake in the family of his son-in-law, Nixon McCrossen, whose kindness was daily shown.