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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1858

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Death Of Henry Eagle. - Another venerable citizen and prominent land mark, as it were, of our community, has been taken to his final rest. We are called upon to record the decease of Henry Eagle, who died yesterday in the 74th year of his age, after a somewhat limited illness; though his general health and physical firmness had been declining for some time previously, and it was apparent that his temporal career was hastening to a close. Mr. Eagle was a native of Prussia, and was born in Memiel, on the borders of Russia. - Soon after his minority he immigrated to this country, and being a shipwright by trade, on arriving at New York he was engaged by Henry Eckford, the prominent shipbuilder. In 1809, Mr. Eagle came to Oswego, and superintended the construction of the United States brig Oneida the same year. During the War of 1812 he went to Sackets Harbor to superintend under Mr. Eckford the building of the U. S. fleet to be employed on Lake Ontario.

Subsequently he became interested in the coasting trade on the Lakes, and was for several years master of one of his own vessels. Since that period he has been engaged in mercantile pursuits in this city, until a recent date, when he retired from active business, having acquired a handsome competency. Mr. Eagle was ever regarded and esteemed as a man of honor, strictly probity, kindly feeling and sympathy, was of marked simplicity and unostentation, and enjoyed the cordial respect of the whole community.

He has lived to see Oswego rise from a mere hamlet, having contributed much to its growth by his own efforts and enterprise. His last years were shadowed with deep domestic afflictions in the loss of three of his sons, who preceded him to an untimely grave; and he now leaves a venerable companion with numerous other near relatives and warm friends to lament his decease. He has gone down to the grave full of years, like a "shock of corn fully ripened for the harvest," respected, beloved and lamented by all.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1858