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
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.
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
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
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
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.
were conducted at the home on Tuesday evening by the Masons, Rotarians and
Source: The Yorktown Herald, Vol. XXV No. 27, December 2, 1948
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