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H. Field Horne Dies After Long Illness: Career Distinguished

H. Field Horne, a lifelong and respected resident of Lake Mohegan, died in his sixty-third year last Sunday morning, in Peekskill hospital of a kidney ailment from which he had been suffering for the past six months. News of Mr. Horneís death was a great shock to his host of friends, many of whom were unaware that he had been removed to the hospital on the previous Friday night.

Born at Lake Mohegan on January 6, 1886, the son of the late Richard W. and Odile Fowler Horne, Mr. Horne was one of the communityís most prominent and respected citizens. He was a man of sterling character whose presence will be greatly missed in civic, fraternal and religious organizations for his outstanding friendliness and examples of goodwill among fellow human beings.

Mr. Horne was one of the organizers of the Mohegan Volunteer Fire Association in which he held many offices, including that of president. He was a charter member of the Peekskill Rotary Club, having also served as its president, and a director of the Lincoln Society, of which he was also a president. He was a member of Cortlandt Lodge No. 34, F. and A.M., wherein he served as ruling head of both Capitular and Cryptic Masonry. Mohegan Chapter No. 221 R.A.M. he served at various stations becoming High Priest. He served as Master of Peekskill Council No. 55, R & S.M. and was also a member of Poughkeepsie Commandery No. 43, Knights Templar. A member and one time president of Peekskill Automobile Club. Mr. Horne also held membership in the Mohegan Lake School alumni, the alumni association of Stevens Institute of Technology. He was a former member of the Board of Education of Central School district No. 1 and a member of the Shrub Oak Methodist Church, holding various offices on its Board and in the Menís Club.

Mr. Horne was also well known for his after-dinner speeches in which his witty interjections played an important part in making him a popular speaker.

Mr. Horne received his early education in the Barmore Hill School, following which he entered Mohegan Lake Military academy from which he was graduated in June 1904. That fall he entered Stevens Institute, graduating with the degree of Mechanical Engineer in June 1908, when he joined the M. W. Kellog Company as erecting engineer with a territory of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He was also associated in business with his father under the name of R. W. Horne and Sons in the livery and auto business, later becoming interested in the automobile business representing the Studebaker Company in Peekskill. Mr. Horne, a member of the Republican Party, entered politics in the Town of Yorktown, and was elected Justice of the Peace in November 1919 for a term of four years. In November 1923 he was elected Supervisor of the Town of Yorktown for a term of two years.

In more recent years Mr. Horne has served as Claim Adjuster for the Westchester County Park Commission and at the time of his illness was serving in a similar and senior capacity for the New York State Department of Highways, working out of the Poughkeepsie office.

Mr. Horne married Elizabeth Stanley Collier of Lake Mohegan on January 23, 1909. Two sons, Richard C., of Lake Mohegan, and Harold F., of Kew Gardens, Long Island, both survive him, as do a brother, Jacob W. Horne and two grandchildren of Lake Mohegan.

Funeral services were held from his late residence in Lake Mohegan on Wednesday, December 1st, at 2 P.M. The Rev. Robert H. Blackshear, a close friend of the deceased and pastor of the Peekskill Presbyterian church officiated, assisted by the Rev. Robert E. Chiles, pastor of the Shrub Oak Methodist church. Interment was in the Hillside Cemetery.

Ritual services were conducted at the home on Tuesday evening by the Masons, Rotarians and Mohegan firemen.

Source: The Yorktown Herald, Vol. XXV No. 27, December 2, 1948


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