John R. Goldie

(Feb. 14, 1848-Jan 18, 1924)

(burial Madrid cemetery)


(Potsdam Herald Recorder, Friday Jan 18, 1924)


Again death has taken one of our oldest citizens, John R. Goldie, the last one of his own immediate family, and with few exceptions the last of his associates on Daily Ridge. Our community was very much surprised, Friday morning when it was learned that Mr. Goldie had passed away at 2:25 that morning, although he had been gradually failing for some time the end came sooner than was expected. John R. Goldie was one of a family of two boys and three girls of William and Margaret Scott Goldie born Feby. 14, 1848, on Daily Ridge in the town of Potsdam. His childhood and early life were passed on the Ridge. He also attended the district school. As was the custom in those days he worked for the different farmers in that vicinity. August 26, 1874, he was united in marriage with Emma Inez Bennett and they made their home on the Ridge, living on three different farms before moving to Madrid village in 1907, which has since been their home. To them were born eight children, five boys and three girls, all of whom were at home when their father passed away and are left to comfort their mother in her remaining years. He had been declining for the past few months and the physicians decided it was cancer of the stomach, but since Thanksgiving he has failed rapidly until the end came without warning. Funeral services were held from the Methodist chuch at two o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. Isaac Steenson of Congregational church officiating, with burial in Madrid cemetery. Sons of his boyhood associates bore him to his "last resting space. Mrs. Edgar Beckwith sang two solos, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "Face to face". Mr. Goldie was an honest, upright, virtous man, a kind and indulgent father, a good neighbor, a faithful friend; always ready to render assistance when necessary. The profusion of flowers were mutely eloquent of the high esteem in which he was held in the community. Friends from the nearby towns were present at the funeral.


(Obituary provided by Marty Hall)