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Native of Hinsdale Dies at Age of 101

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 12 February 1922.]

Pittsfield, February 11.—Mrs. Irene Cockefair, who would have been 101 years olf on Wednesday died last night at Bloomfield, N.J. She was the widow of Samuel Cockefair. She knitted socks and sweaters for soldiers during the World War. She was born at Hinsdale, spent her early girlhood days in the town of Washington and since her marriage had lived at Bloomfield. She had three daughters who died. Milton T. and Stephen B. Abbott of this city and Fred E. Abbott of Becket are nephews.


Death of a Civil War Veteran

[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 10 February 1922.]

Great Barrington, February 9.—Philo Blake, 87, died at his home in Sheffield late Wednesday night from an illness due to old age. He was born November 9, 1834, in Litchfield, Ct. On October 25, 1862, he enlisted as a private under Capt. John Edward, Cc M, 3rd regiment, artillery. He was honorably discahrged April 23, 1864, and on the same day, re-enlisted. He served in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Jackson, Campbell’s station and the seiege of Knoxville. He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Ida Jennings and Mrs. Stella Rope, both of Bridgeport, Ct., and a son, Philip of this town. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 at the home. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery, Great Barrington.