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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., May 4, 1895

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Death of Captain Thomas Dobbie

This morning occurred the death of Captain Thomas Dobbie, one of Oswego's best -known citizens, at his home in West Fourth Street. Captain Dobbie was born March 21st, 1815, in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1821 he came to America with his parents and lived for a year in Canada but the family settled subsequently in Utica.

In 1835, Captain Dobbie went to work as a ship carpenter for the late Sylvester Doolittle. For several years he worked between this city and Utica in the boatyards along the canal. In 1839 Captain Dobbie came to Oswego and has resided here ever since. In 1843 he married Sally P. Barrett, who died three years ago.

In 1853 Captain Dobbie was elected alderman on the Democratic ticket for the First Ward. He was the last survivor of the Common Council elected in that year. In 1854 or 1855 Captain Dobbie began the building of vessels and tugs. Those which he built and owned were the schooners Nicaragua, Sanderson and Odd Fellow. he also built the tugs F. Bloore, Mulford, Page, Maria Melvin, Oswego and Alanson Sumner

The Sumner was one of the finest tugs of her day and was commanded by Captain Dobbie personally for a number of years. Of late years Captain Dobbie has been actively engaged in business, the management of his affairs being looked after by his son-in-law, ex-Mayor W.D. Allen, and Thomas Crimmins. Up to October, 1893, Captain Dobbie enjoyed very good health. At that time he received a severe fall on an icy sidewalk and his strength has been slowly falling since. In the year 1876 Captain Dobbie was appointed Fire Commissioner and held the office eight years. One daughter, Mrs. W. D. Allen, survives him.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., May 4, 1895