Sorry for the delay, had to work allot of overtime last week and was
just to tired when I got home to transcribe.
Can anybody tell me anything about Catherine Young Peck wife of Amos in
the newspaper article? I think see may be part of my Grandfather's side
that I am having trouble with.
Not sure what paper this comes from in Delaware County.
Second of Peck Bros., Editors, Dies
George N. Peck of Delhi, former co-publisher of the Downsville
News, died Monday, Nov. 2, 1953, in Delhi. He was 84 years old.
Mr. Peck, who had been in failing health for several years, was
born Oct 1, 1869, at Jefferson, son of Amos E. Peck and Catherine Young
Peck. He never married.
Mr. Peck spent his lifetime in the Downsville area going to Delhi
two years ago. His father, Amos E. Peck, started the Downsville News in
January, 1895 and, upon his death, the two Peck Brothers continued
Newsy and Humorous
The News was both packed with newsworthy happenings of the local
area and well larded with sometimes satiric, sometimes critical but
always humorous comment on the passing scene. Their "Downsville
Jottings" contained short, pithy paragraphs of comment on the news and
uproariously funny poetry which they put in the mouth of "a fellow at
the Saturday night stove session."
The two men discontinued publication of the News in May, 1946,
giving as the reason "age and mechanical difficulties." For a time
thereafter they maintained a job printing business there but, finally
closed that too. George Peck's brother, Edward E. Peck, died in
Downsville Jan 15, 1947, at the age of 79.
Downsville was without a newspaper until the Hancock Herald began
publication of the Downsville Herald. This, too, was discontinued in
1949 and for a time the Hancock paper published two pages devoted to
Downsville happenings. Later, owing to high present-day publication
costs and personnel problems, this stopped.
No Downsville Paper Now
In July, 1950, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Scofield began operation of the
Downsville Progress, a weekly paper which they compiled and had printed
in the Herald shop in Hancock. They dropped that in the early part of
this year to purchase the St. Johnsville Enterprises in St. Johnsville.
There is no Downsville paper now.
Besides their journalistic and printing pursuits the Peck Brothers
found great pleasure in the musical field. Edward Peck became one of
the best tuba players in this part of the country, had several
opportunities to go with the famed Sousa. George was an accomplished
baritone horn player as well as a composer and arranger. With the aid
of other good musicians in the section they made the Downsville Concert
band widely known from about 1900 to 1915.
The band had one set of two brothers, George and Edward Peck, and
three sets of three brother: Augusta B. Holmes, Charles J. and George S;
Samuel, Claude and Vincent Hotchkiss and Howard, Homer and Clarence
The band gave concerts in Kingston, Middletown, Liberty, Stamford
and was sometimes booked solid for a week. About 15,000 turned out once
to hear them in Liberty. The two Peck boys practiced together for an
hour or more daily in their print shop, Sundays included. Other local
musicians would drop in for the session on Sunday afternoons.
In 1900 the band played at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo
under the baton of Gus Holmes who would at time times direct the band
with one hand while playing his cornet with the other. The Peck boys
learned to read music a little from an early leader named Fred P.
Beers. From then on they taught themselves.
Services were held Thursday morning, Nov. 5 at 10:30 at the Clark
Funeral home in Downsville and burial was in Paige cemetery, Downsville.