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Aged River Captain Dies at Cornwall
Massena Observer, 23 May 1935

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Aged River Captain Dies at Cornwall
Louis Hance, Native of Racket River Passes Away at Age of 81 Years

Louis Hance, who for nearly 50 years sailed the St. Lawrence, died last week Monday at Hotel Dieu hospital in Cornwall. Mr. Hance had resided in Cornwall for the past four years with his daughter, and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Larose, 17 Carleton street, but before that had lived at Cameron's Point, just east of Summerstown.

Born at Racket River, N.Y., 81 years ago, Mr. Hance moved to Summerstown at any early age. At 14 he commenced working on boats and during the course of his life was employed as engineer, mate and captain. For 22 years Mr. Hance worked on the Bohemian, which for many years was a popular river craft which plied between Montreal and Cornwall on regular trips and ran week end excursions from Cornwall. Mr. Hence also worked for five years on the Princess Louise, a smaller boat than the Bohemian, which ran ferry trips from Cornwall to Fort Covington, Stanley Island and Dundee. Eighteen years ago Mr. Hance retired from active work and for a short time lived at Cameron's Point. Later he lived with his daughters, Mrs. Thomas Sheridan, Cornwall, but during the past few years had been with his other daughter, Mrs. Henry Larose.

Mr. Hance was the son of the later Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hance. His wife died eight years ago. Surviving are six sons: John, Hermon, N.Y.; Alexander, Gouverneur, N. Y.; Fred, Dekalb Junction, N.Y.; Benjamin, Renssalaer Falls, N.Y.; Clarence and Captain George Hance, Cornwall, and two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Sheridan and Mrs. Henry Larose, both of Cornwall. Two brothers and a sister are also living, Henry, Massena, N.Y.; Moses, Malone, N.Y., and Mrs. A. MacDonald, Malone, New York.

The funeral was held at 8:45 Wednesday morning from the home of Henry Larose, 17 Carleton street, to Nativity church. Burial was in Nativity cemetery.

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Date of Publication:
23 May 1935
Personal Name(s):
Hance, Louis
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.01809 Longitude: -74.72815
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 44.98921 Longitude: -74.49464
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Aged River Captain Dies at Cornwall