Obituaries - Huntley
HUNTLEY, JOHN H. (“MAJOR”)
(son of ELIJAH and NAPLER HUNTLEY)
b. October 24, 1839
d. October 6, 1877
a. 36 yrs. 11 ms. 13 dys.
“Suicide of a Prominent Citizen of Frostburg. About three o’clock Saturday afternoon of last week a great sensation was produced in Frostburg by the intelligence that Major John H. Huntley had committed suicide. His nearest neighbors and friends, aroused by the alarm, first given by Mrs. Huntley, proceeded to the stable in the rear of the dwelling where Major Huntley was found dead, each hand still grasping a pistol. Two shots had been fired—one through the right temple, the other through his heart—either of which would have been fatal. Major Huntley was born in Frostburg, November 24th, 1839, and, excepting his war service, spent his whole life of nearly thirty-eight years here. At the beginning of the war he entered the army and served until the end, making an honorable record wherever he was placed on duty. He was prompt, strict and systematic in all his transactions. His preparations for the last act were remarkable for acuteness and nicety of design. No provision he was able to make was omitted, and in a letter to his wife he dictated the proceedings to be observed at his funeral, etc. With considerable natural ability, he was, moreover, a high-toned, honorable gentleman. In this respect he was sensible to a fault. His business losses and physical ailments contributed very greatly to depressing his spirits until an accumulation of troubles, fanciful and real, overbore his nature, and he gave way to the full temptation of self-destruction. He leaves a widow and a widowed mother, and a large circle of relatives and friends to deplore his sad end.” [FMJ 10-13-1877, p. 3]
It is assumed that a contributing cause of Major Huntley’s suicide is the loss of $3000 worth of uninsured merchandise from his business establishment in the 1874 fire in Frostburg [Bicentennial, p. 40; Scharf, p. 1491]. The symbol on his headstone indicates John was a Mason. He was listed as a Captain in the Potomac Home Brigade [FMJ 8-19-1909].
A notice in the Frostburg Mining Journal [1151881, p. 3] indicates that Major Huntley’s wife later married Judge A.J. Wisdom in Missouri.
IRWIN, ROBERT J.
b. July 9, 1906
d. July 23, 1909
a. 3 yrs. 14 dys.
“Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Irwin, east Union street, lost a child of three years Friday of last week after an operation for appendicitis at the Western Maryland Hospital, Cumberland” [FMJ 3-31-1909, p. 3].
IRWIN, WILLIAM C.
d. June 3, 1903
See Schneider Family Chart in Chapter 5.
Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson
28 x 22 cms
Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .
Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972