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Subject: Re: [NYSTLAWR] Alpheus Nichols & his son Hiram Nichols (by 1stwife?)
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 19:22:57 -0000
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Yes, I have seen the article. It interests me enuf that I transcribed it.
Here is my transcription and a few notes at the end
Edmund visits scene after forty years.
Now resides Billings Montana - after 40 years visits scenes of his boyhood days.
Edmund Nichols of Billings Montana is spending a few days at Gouverneur after an absence
of over 40 years. Mr Nichols was born and lived in Gouverneur, attending the Gouverneur
Weslyan Seminary and district school. He was the son of Mr & Mrs Orson K Nichols, and
resided in the house now standing at the corner of Howard & Park streets occupied by
Mrs Elizabeth Brown.
Mr Nichols father was a volunteer in the Civil War serving as a member of Company A, 14th
New York heavy artilery. He was captured by the Rebel Army and died in the Danville prison
in West Virginia during the war.
In 1875 Mr Nichols moved with his mother to Potsdam, where he attended school for 4 years.
after which they moved to his mother's farm in Iowa. He graduated from the University of
Iowa in 1883 after which he resided for two years in (?; this is known to be "Chicago" from
another biography which he undoubtedly authored or at least greatly contributed to)
In 1885 he returned to Iowa and practiced law until 1902. He was then elected to the Iowa
State bench as state judge serving in that capacity for 8 years. He then moved to Montana
where he is still practicing his profession.
Three weeks ago he was called to Washington, Boston and New York on business and
states that he could not resist the temptation to once more visit the scenes of his boyhood.
He says that he brought back with him only his boyhood ideas of the village and the
changes which he now notes. Where he used to think that he lived outside of the village
is now in the heart almost of the village center.
He visited his old home and states that he would give many dollars to move some of
the stately elms planted by his father to his western home. His mother is still living in
the ripe age of over ninety years still retaining every faculty to a marked degree. He is
a nephew of Mrs Electa Brown of Barnes street.
The date of publishing of this news article is somewhat unclear to me. It must be after 1910
because the article states Edmund served as state judge in Iowa for 8 years starting in 1902
[another "auto"biographical article states he moved to Billings in 1911. On the other hand the
article must have been written before 1930 when he is found in the census of 1930 in Pasadena,
Los Angeles, CA. (My best interpretation of the date of publishing is May 18 1921).
His death is recorded in Los Angeles county November 22, 1941.
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