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The following obituaries are copied from Antoinette H Cannon Dimmick's scrapbooks. These obituaries or death notices do not give the paper or papers in which they were found; some include the dates they were published in hand written notes.
--Frances Hays, September 2006

Wait Cannon

Mr. Wait Cannon, who had reached the ripe age of seventy-one years, died on Friday last at Moscow. He was father of the Cannon Brothers, of Moscow, and had moved thither only three weeks since, and also of Mr. Cannon, of Providence, and Mrs. Dimmick, of this city. Mr. Cannon had lived in the Lackawanna Valley for twenty-five years, having moved thither from Cannonsville, Delaware County, NY. He first settled in Blakely, but subsequently removed to the city. He was well and favorable known to most dwellers in the Valley. His funeral took place yesterday afternoon from his place of residence in Moscow, (Pennsylvania) a number going up from this city to attend. (Printed August 21, 1868)

Mrs. Sarah Janes Cannon
In Peckville, August 26, 1880, Mrs. Sarah J ., widow of Wait Cannon, aged 76 years. She died as she lived, in the triumphs of an earnest Christian faith. "Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep"

The funeral of Mrs. Sarah J. Cannon, who died at Peckville on Friday last, aged seventy-six years, took place yesterday afternoon. Interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Edward Eugene Cannon, son of Wait and Sarah Jane


The Josephine explodes: Many passengers killed

San Francisco, Jan. 17- A Seattle Washington Territory, dispatch says: The steamer Josephine which left this city this morning for Skagit River having on board a full cargo of freight and twenty passengers, blew up this afternoon in Port Siesan Bay, fifty miles north of this point. The acting master, purser, steward, fireman, and several passengers are reported to be lost.


San Francisco, Jan. 18 - The explosion occurred while the passengers were at dinner. The crow sheet went straight through the forward cabin and pilot house, carrying Johnson, the man at the wheel, high into the air causing his instant death. Capt. Bailey was on the main deck and was lost; neither he or the Purser Turner was seen after the explosion. The Steward and his helper David Sparks, were instantly killed while waiting on the table. Kavanaugh, the fireman was not seen afterwards and is undoubtedly kidded. E. E. Cannon, a commercial traveler representing Bates, Reed & Co., of New York was killed. Samuel Babbit, a stranger was also killed. Those who were injured are Dennis Lauren; the engineer was badly bruised about the head. Miss Estelle Bradish, of Tacoma had a thigh broken, Hannah Price of Skagit, an old lady, had an ankle jammed and was otherwise hurt, H. G. Kelly of Skagit had a leg broken, and one or two others were slightly hurt. But sixteen on board escaped uninjured. The boat was broken in two pieces, one sinking the other floating. Indians and loggers near by rescued the survivors.


Mr. E. E. Cannon, a resident of this place, who was killed on Wednesday of last week by a steamboat explosion on Puget Sound, was traveling agent for a New York firm. His remains have been sent on, and are expected to arrive in ten or twelve days from the time of the accident. A wife and two daughters are plunged in the deepest grief on account of their irreparable loss. Mrs. Cannon is a daughter of Esquire Callender of this place. (Scranton, PA)

Clarence Wait Cannon: (son of Wait Cannon and Sarah Janes) (1892)
Waterbury, CT, on July 12 Clarence W. Cannon, formerly of Scranton. The body will be brought here on the 6 p.m. Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Train today, and will be taken direct to Forest Hill Cemetery. (Dunmore, PA)

Mary A Cannon (daughter of Wait Cannon and Sarah Janes)
Mrs. Mary A. Cannon Fuller, widow of E. K Fuller, formerly opf Scranton and Peckville, died at Bronxwood Park, NY, February 22. She leaves a daughter and grandson, also her sister, Mrs. Antoinette H. Dimmick, and brother, Benjamin Cannon. Interment was made in Forest Hill Cemetery. (Dunmore, PA)

Benjamin A. Ellis ( ordered from the Public Library, Ithaca, New York) husband of Sarah Jane Cannon, daughter of Wait Cannon and Sarah Janes.
Benjamin A. Ellis, 94 of 919 Danby Road, Ithaca, died Saturday, November 26, 1994 at the Reconstruction Home.

Mr. Ellis was born in Astoria, Long Island on December 2, 1899, the son of the late Benson Osborn and Jennie Ellis. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Union, NY; a senior member of the American Society of Tool Engineers, Ithaca Chapter #156, and a veteran of World War 1, having served in the U. S. Navy, Mr. Ellis retired from IBM Endicott and later from Therm, Inc., Ithaca. He was predeceased by his wife Vivian B. Ellis, on October 3, 1992.

Mr. Ellis is survived by his son, James B. Ellis of Ithaca, a grandson and his wife; James B. Ellis of Tampa, FL, and a step brother Charles Ellis of Florida.

Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Reconstruction Home Activity Fund, 318 South Albany Street, Ithaca, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of the Herson Funeral Home.

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