The Late Asa Wilcox.
This gentleman, well known in the commercial and shipping circles of this city, died suddenly on Thursday March 16th, 1875, aged 70 years. The death of Mr. Wilcox resulted from a fracture of the skull, occasioned by a fall from a load of hay at his farm on Point Peninsula. he died almost instantly. Mr. Wilcox was born at Plainfield, Otsego county, N. Y. , February Thea, 1805. When a boy he removed with his parents to Henderson, Jefferson county, and in 1825 came to Point Peninsula, where he was engaged in shipbuilding for many years; the latter part of his life was spent at Three Mile Bay.
Mr. Wilcox was a man of superior business capacity, and possessed quite a degree of inventive genius and mechanical skill. he began life poor, but by honest industry and persevering efforts amassed quite a fortune. He commenced shipbuilding in early life on his own account before he had fully mastered a trade, but soon learned both to plan and build vessels. He accomplished a vast amount of business during his lifetime, for he was industrious, persevering and methodical; his energy was proverbial and at times seemed almost untiring; he was possessed of unusual powers of endurance and had also great agility and strength. he built forty eight vessels, beside many fishing boats and smaller craft.
His acquaintance with men connected with shipping interests in Kingston, Chicago, Oswego and other cities was extensive, and his death will be especially felt by some in these lake towns, with whom he has had business relations for nearly half a century.
He was a man of unaffected and unostentatious piety; - consistent as a Christian and constant in advocating the moral reforms of the day. For many years he was connected with the M. E. Church, and thoroughly identified himself with her interest; but was entirely without bigotry, and loved and heartily fellowshipped all the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He died suddenly; but to such as he Death has no terrors; for they live as "seeing Him who is invisible;" -needed to give no dying testimonies for his faith, for his life speaks for him.
His wife and eight children surviving him; among whom are Mrs. Hiram Klock and Mrs. Rev. R. C. Houghton are well known in this city.