Alfred Jay Towles

Male 1922 - 1998  (76 years)


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  • Name Alfred Jay Towles  [1
    Born 12 Jan 1922  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Nov 1998 
    Person ID I455  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 

    Father Ancestors Frank Lyman Towles,   b. 19 Feb 1901, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1978  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mabel Beatrice Hess,   b. Abt 1904, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1963  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 27 Sep 1919  Adams, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F555  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Betty Reed 
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F27843  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ALFRED TOWLES< FARMER, CEMETERY CARETAKER
      Watertown Daily Times (NY) - December 3, 1998Browse Issues
      A memorial service for Alfred Towles, 76, Machold Road, was scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville, with the Rev. William Palmer, pastor of Belleville United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Woodside Cemetery, Belleville.

      Mr. Towles was pronounced dead late Monday on arrival at the emergency room of Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, after he was stricken at his home.

      Mr. Towles owned and operated a dairy farm on Belleville-Ellisburg Road for more than 20 years. He continued to work on the farm after he sold it to his son in 1974. For the past eight years, he had been caretaker of Ellisburg Cemetery.

      Born Jan. 12, 1922, in Wardwell Settlement, town of Ellisburg, son of Frank and Mabel Hess Towles, he was educated in Belleville schools and served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945 in the Pacific theater of World War II.

      He married Betty Reed on Feb. 17, 1944.

      Mr. Towles was a volunteer firefighter with the Ellisburg Fire Department. He enjoyed woodworking, furniture making, gardening and bowling.

      In 1964, he was awarded the Jefferson County Dairy Herd Cooperative Dairymen Trophy for having the most productive herd in the county in 1963.

      Surviving besides his wife are a son, Alfred "Bud" Jr., Sandy Creek; a daughter, Cynthia Ives, Watertown; seven brothers, Francis, Sandy Creek, Bert, Alexandria Bay, Donald, Watertown, Ralph, Adams, Ronald "Pete," Mannsville, and Raymond and Allen, both of Wardwell Settlement; five sisters, Rosemary Hedger, Wardwell Settlement, Shirley Gilbert, Watertown, Ruby Jackson, Pulaski, Eve Sochia, St. Regis Falls, and Ruth Peters, Rodman; five grandchildren, a great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

      A brother, John, and a sister, Iva Sayers, died before him.

      Donations may be made to the Ellisburg First Responders or to a charity of one's choice.

  • Sources 
    1. [S543] 1940 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;), Year: 1940; Census Place: Ellisburg, Jefferson, New York; Roll: T627_2544; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 23-28.