Death of Curtis Moore

by Laurel | April 21st, 2010

April 21, 1902

Curtis Moore, 74, for over 40 years a citizen of Holyoke, died yesterday morning at his home, 180 Pine street, of heart trouble. He had been failing for the past year, but was confined to his house only for the last two weeks. He had been retired from business activities for many years, and was best known to the older men of the city. Curtis Moore was of of a family of three sons, and was born May 23, 1828, his parents being Nathaniel C. and Sarah (Childs) Moore. A great uncle, Willard Moore was in the Revolution and was killed at the battle of Bunker Hill. Both his brothers are dead, but he leaves three half-sisters and two half-brothers. After his schooling he worked for Samuel Boyden at Concord, N.H., two years, and followed this by seven years with the J. S. & E. A. Abbott coach factory at Worcester, coming to Holyoke in 1861, where he went to work for the Hampden mills. Here he was employed as blacksmith and toolmaker for 11 years and followed this by 10 years’ service with the Lyman mills company. He then bought a lumber-yard, which he ran for four years, selling out to Caspar Ranger. Mr. Moor was an old Jeffersonian democrat, but took very little part in Holyoke politics. He was prevailed upon to become a member of the first city government and served as a councilman from ward I. He was fond of music and a proficient player and singer, being a member of Fisk’s band of Worcester under Matthew Arbuckle, and sang in church choirs for over 0 years — in Holyoke with the Second Baptist Church Choir in its early days. He was also a member of the Rossini club, a chorus of male voices of Holyoke, of which but few members are now living, if any. He married in 1656 Miss Martha Weeks, who survives him with one son, Walter, of Holyoke. The funeral will be held to-morrow afternoon at 2. Rev. John S. Lyons of the Second Baptist church will officiate.

From The Springfield Republican.

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