Obituary -- John Little

from The Chronicle, Friday November 7, 1902

Submitted by:   Terry Schliewe
The sad news was received in town Sunday morning of the death of John Little at
the County House in Machias of which institution he had been keeper for several
years. Mr. Little suffered an attack of appendicitis last Wednesday. Dr Park was
summoned from Buffalo and an operation was performed Wednesday night with
apparent success as the patient rallied from the ordeal in good shape and appeared
to be much better. Saturday, however, he passed a restless day and Sunday morning
about 4 o clock came a decided turn for the worse. He lingered in a semi conscious,
somewhat delirious state, until about 10 o clock when he passed away.

John Little was born in Franklinville January 1, 1848 and was a resident of this village
until he entered the county sheriff's department when he removed to Little Valley
where he served as under sheriff during the term of G. L. Moshier. In November
1882, he was elected sheriff of the county, succeeding Mr. Moshier. At the expiration
of this term of office he removed to Olean, being stationed there as under sheriff, which
position he held for nine years under Sheriffs Darrow, Pratt and Hughes. He served as
supervisor from the first and fifth wards of Olean during the years 1884 to 1896. For
the last six or seven years he has been the keeper of the almshouse at Machias. The
most of his active career has been spent in public service and the duties of whatever
position he has occupied have been performed faithfully and well.

He was particularly well liked at Machias where his kindness and consideration for the
unfortunate of the county made him many friends.

The deceased is survived by a widow, two sons and three daughters. They are Mason
W. Little of Chilliclothe, MO, Archie M Little who resides at home, Mrs J. A. Devore
of Wellsville, Mrs. Frank Schanbacher of Ridgway, PA, Miss Kate Little who lives at
home. There are also four sisters Mrs. J H Waring, Olean, Mrs. Margaret Andrews
and Miss M. Frances Little, Franklinville, Mrs. P. T. B. Button, Gladwin, MI and one
brother James Little of Canby, MN.


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