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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

James L Bishop - Hotel Keeper

James L. Bishop was born in Sept. 1836 and married Lynette Graves.  I have yet to find a marriage record nor have I found a death notice for Lynette (Nettie).  I do know that she died prior to 1927 according to the note on her sister's, Jennie Austin, will.  I found the following newspaper articles on Old Fulton NY Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html) website.  The digital images searchable and can be downloaded in PDF format.  I found his death notice in half a dozen newspapers, but only downloaded the two that I have transcribed below.

Watertown Daily Times, Wednesday Afternoon, March 29, 1905

A few friends of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Bishop pleasantly surprised them last Wednesday evening, it being the occasion of the 34th anniversary of their marriage.  They were presented with a handsome china salad dish.

Watertown Daily Times, Thursday Afternoon, March 26, 1914

J. L. BISHOP, VETERAN HOTEL MAN, DEAD

HE HAD CONDUCTED HOSTELRIES AT CAPE VINCENT, ANTWERP AND ELSEWHERE

Pulaski. March 26.-James L. Bishop, for many years a resident of Pulaski and well known throughout Oswego and Jefferson counties as a hotel keeper, passed away yesterday afternoon at the Commercial House in Parish, where he had made his home with a son, Clarence L. Bishop, since November, 1912, when the latter became manager of the hostelry.  About three weeks ago the senior Bishop was stricken with a sever shock of paralysis and he had since continued to sink gradually until the end came yesterday.
James L. Bishop was born in Clerendon, Vt. nearly 78 years ago and when a young man located in Woodville, Jefferson county, where with his brother, Don C. Bishop of Pulaski, he engaged in the boot and shoe business.  About 20 years ago Mr. Bishop came to Pulaski and for a time conducted the old Salmon River hotel and later became associated with John F. Hubbard in the Pulaski House, which is still owned by the latter.
Several years ago Mr. Bishop conducted the Union House at Cape Vincent. His next hotel venture was at Antwerp where he managed the Proctor House, and a few years later he went to Lyons Falls and became landlord of the Walton House.  During the past decade or so his son, Clarence E. Bishop, has been associated with him in his hotel ventures his last one beign at Lyons Falls.  More than a year ago the junior Bishop became manager of the Commercial hotel at Parish and his parents have since lived with hi,.  The veteran hotel keeper was well known to the traveling public, by reason of the may years of hotel activities.  he was well liked and had a wide cirle of friends.
James L. Bishop, in addition to his many years of entertaining the traveling public had been for more that half a century a member of the Masonic fraternity.  he first became a member of the Blue Lodge at **wards, St. Lawrence county, and some time later affiliated with Rising Sun Lodge, No. 634 F. and A. M., at Belleville, Jefferson county, of which he was a member at the time of his death.  Mr Bishop was also a member of Pulaski Chapter, No. 279, R.A.M.
Surviving are his wife and son, Clarence E. Bishop; two brothers, Nathan P. Bishop of Adams Centre and Don. C. Bishop of Pulaski, and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Tabor of Adams and Mrs. Martha Babcock of Smithville.
The funeral will be held from the Commercial House at Parish tomorrow afternoon at 1.  The body will be brought to the Pulaski cemetery, where the Masonic burial service will be conducted by Pulaski Lodge, No 415, F. and A. M.
The Journal and Republican, Lowville, N.Y., Thursday, April 2, 1914.

James L. Bishop

James L. Bishop, age 78 a well know hotel man and for more that half a century a member of the Masonic fraternity, died in the 25th ult. at the Commercial hotel, Parish.  Where he had made his home since November, 1912, with his son, Clarence L. Bishop, formerly proprietor of the Walton house at Lyons Falls. Surviving are his wife, one son, two brothers, Nathan P. Bishop, of Adams Center, and Donald C. Bishop, of Pulaski, and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Taber, of Adams and Mrs. Martha Babcock, of Smithville.  The funeral services were held Friday and interment made at Pulaski.

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