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V' The Leading Weekly ■ of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties SIXTY-SECOND YEAR CHATHAM, N. Y., THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1923 NUMBER FIFTY-ONE S LOUIS F. PAY LOUIS F. FAYN WAS REPUBLICAN LEADER KNOWN THROUGHOUT NATION. Had Played Prominent Part in Shaping the Policies of the Party During the Last Sixty-seven Years and Maintained His Place at the Helm Until the Very Recent Past. * Chatham has lost its most Avidely known and most distinguished citi ­ zen. On Monday afternoon' of this week, at live minutes past/two, the Hon. Louis F. Fayn sank into the sleep that knows no awakfcning. The end came after an; illness of several days with pneumonia which Mr. Fayn fought with characteristic resistance but his advanced age of eighty-eight years tpiado it impos ­ sible for him to overtoinjfe this adver ­ sary. \ / The village, town, 'county, state and nation will miss this man of prominence who, for years, was iden- tified with every constructive effort in his home community, who was a power in town, county and state political activities and who played so prominent a part in the shaping of the policies of the republican party and tlie selection of presidential can ­ didates. Very keenly will his loss be felt in Ilia home village which to Him was the dearest place on earth. It was here, to a greater extent than else ­ where, that those in need were re ­ cipients of his benefactions, this as ­ sistance being prompted by his hu ­ mane intsincts rather than because of a desire for publicity. As a mat ­ ter of fact, he exercised precautions against his benefactions becoming a matter of common knowledge and the extent of them will never be known. For years he kept in remarkably close touch with the village and its people and many was the time when, without solicitation on the part of anyone, he provided food or funds for needy families, sent doctors or nurses to those whose lives were in jeopardy because of illness and came to the rescue of commendable pub ­ lic projects that were lartgujfshing because of a lack of funds or other assistance. It is a fact often com ­ mented upon that he derived a large measure of satisfaction from extend ­ ing the helping hand to those who were thd victim^ of adversity through no fault of their own. Among those who were benefitted by his liberality were the colored people of Chatham and many of these were in attendance at his fun ­ eral. It was almost entirely by means of his assistance that a col­ ored church in Chatham was made possible. He was a man who was deeply in­ terested in educational matters and kept abreast of the situation when, a few years ago, Chatham ’ s hig.'i school building was erected at a cost of $81,000. At his own expense he provided the seats for the large audi ­ torium, furnished the beautiful stage curtain and other stage furnishings, also paid all expenses in connection with grading the grounds. His funeral was held Wednesday afternoon in charge of undertaker Van Hcusen in his largo and beautiful home on Fayn avenue which was fil ­ led to capacity by those who came to pay their final respects to this emin­ ent. citizen. Surrounded by a profusion of the most magnificent and beautiful flow ­ ers over seen at a funeral in this village, the body lay in a steel cas ­ ket in the reception halt where hun ­ dreds gazed for the last time on the face of their friend. In keeping with the well known pre- fcrenccs of Mr. Fayn, simplicity marked the funeral service which was conducted by the Rev. Dr. R. C. Wright, pastor of the Chatham Re ­ formed church in which Mr Fayn had heen a pew holder for nearly a half century. The eloquent preacher, in referring to the departed, refrained from extensive eulogy but referred to Mr. Fayn ’ s many kindly minis- t rations and said that “ Should each person who has been benefitted by his ministrations bring just one flower, this casket would bo covered by a blanket of forget-me-nots more fragrant than anything we have here this afternoon. ’ ’ In his eloquent and touching pray ­ er, Dr. Wright included a supplica ­ tion for the recovery of Mrs. Fayn, who has been ill for many months and who was unable to leave her room during the funeral services. Since April 3, 1374 Mrs. Fayn bad been a member of the Masonic order and fifty members of (Columbia Lodge No. 98 attended tile services In the home and accompanied the body to the Rural cemetery where it was placed in the receiving vault,' and where the ritualistic burial service of | the order was conducted by Past j Master Simeon R. Hatfield, assisted i by Chaplain Charles S. Davenport. I Adjourned as a Mark of Respect The State Legislature adjourned Monday as a mark of respect to the late Louis F. Fayn, who pass ­ ed away at his home in Chatham early in the afternoon. A resolution on Mr. Payn ’ s death was intro ­ duced in the Assembly by Robert R. Livingston, ■ Columbia County, and it member of Assembly from was unanimously adopted. The Senate at once con ­ curred in the Assembly ’ s action and Senator Walk ­ er, majority loader, and Senator Webb both touch ­ ed on the life of the dead political leafier. The re ­ solution of Mr. Livingston follows: Whereas, the Assembly of .the State of New York learned with profound re ­ gret of the death of Louis F. Fayn, who in the course of his long life held posi ­ tions of responsibility under ti Stal e ami Federal Government and was a commanding fig'ir e in po- litical and pi .tblic affairs, “ Therefore , Be It Re ­ solved, if the Sen; tie con- cur that the Legislature will adjourn tonight, do so as a mark of respect for tlie memory of Mr. Fayn. “ Be It Further lb 'Solv ­ ed, That a..copy of ihese resolutions, ..suitably en ­ grossed. be wient to his widow. ” !v The committal service in connection with the regular religious service was conducted in the home. As a mark of respect to Mr. Fayn, the business places in the village were closed during the funeral and there were no sessions in the school during the afternoon. The flag on the flag pole in front of State Bank was also displayed at half staff. The honorary bearers were: John C. Tracy, Hudson, district attorney of Columbia county; Former Governor Martin H. Glynn of Albany; Henry O ’ Brien of Chatham, deputy in the statte department of purchase; Albert S. Callan, state commander of the American legion; former state Senator James T. Towner of Townors; Herman Livingston of 'Livingston; Simson R. Hatfield of Chatham, a life long friend of Mr. Fayn; Ed ­ mund Cadman of Hudson, a nephew of Mr. Fayn; Robert Hoes of Chat ­ ham, former assemblyman or Colum ­ bia county; Dr. Charles L. Mosher of Chatham, the Fayn family physician. Judge Sanford W. Smith of Chatham who was to have been one of the bearers, was confined to Ills homo by illness. Among those from out of town who attended the funeral are John Crandell, county judge of Columbia county; Surrogate John V. Whitbock, Sheriff Frederick Carter, Deputy Sheriff Orville Drumm, County Clerk Clyde H. DeWitt, County Treasurer Edward Westovor, Postmaster Bren- non, Henry James, editor of the Hudson Republican, Emory C. Van Loan, business manager of that pa ­ per, Coroner William Finley, Former County Clerk, Robert Storm, For ­ mer District Attorney Alfred B. Chace, William W. Chaco, Georgp II. Tator, Mrs Malcolm Gifford, Mrs. John W. Gillette, Mr. and Mrs Ed ­ win M. Cadman, Dr. and Mrs A M Tracy, Mrs Margaret Close, Thomas Cookinghani, Vincenzo Pantozzi all of Hudson; Frank Hotchkiss of Albany, former state superintendent of insur ­ ance, Senator J. Griswold Webb of Dutchess county, Superintendent of ! the Poor W. Newton Goold of Ghent; ! Charles Tracy of Utica, formerly ' chairman of the Columbia county re ­ publican committee; Joel Curtis of Harlemville, a former chairman of the Columbia county board of super ­ visors; John Connor of Philmont, former county treasurer; Patrick Canavan of Philmont, former county clerk; Thomas B. Keating of Copake; George H. Brown of Kinderhook, a prominent member of the republican party in that town; Dr, R. C. Water- bury of Kinderhook, former assem ­ blyman; Fred Holsapple, Copake; William J. Alvord, Stockport; George Garner, Ghent; Alfred Ogden, Kinder- Pvodamahon In the death of the Hon ­ orable Louis F. Fayn, onr village loses Us most prominent citizen. In .re ­ cognition of his long and distingui s h e d c a r e e r among us. I would re;ptest that all places of business in the village be closed during the hour of I he fu ­ neral, Wednesday, March 21, from 2:30 to 3:30 o ’ clock. WILSON TFRRY, Frcsidefit of the Village of Chatham, N. Y. Dated, March 20, 1023. 1 Y ' Wi ' [(Itclatcs. He alsovJknew' where to se ­ cure the sinews Sf war. and he kepi ! adding to his poVyer by putting many j of tlie faithful on the public payrolls land where he cotild hot secure such positions in the State he usually found ! other places for them, such as in the i New York police or fire departments, j and many were placed with the ex- press company of which Tom Platt j was head, and others found lucrative i iobs in some of th.g New York hotels j or perhaps on railroads or elsewhere, j All this added to his hold on the nia- I rhino, at home, but for many years be I figured in a wider field. ! He was a familiar personage in the 1 legislature halls at Albany for a long | period, and here he used bis infill* : enco along party lines, following close iy the legislation which was before the bouses, lie was what is now called a legislative agouti U. S. Marshal; LaCe Insurance Sup ­ erintendent. Just after the'Civil war, in 1866, he was appointed Harbor Master, of New ') orlc city. In February of 1877 he was appointed by President Grant as Un ­ ited States Marshall for the South- cm district of New York State. Ap- I pointed by Governor Black in Feb- | i nai y, 1.897, as State Superintendent j d ’ Insurance, be served until January i ... 1900, when Governor Roosevelt re- i fused to reappoint hint, and this j brought about an estrangement be- i tween the two which lasted until, when Roosevelt; was President, lie invited j Fayn to pay him a visit at the White j H/.uise, am! t he two seemingly buried I tiieir differences. Mr. Fayn made one venture at office bolding through el- etion in J 88.'! when ho took the nom ­ ination for State Senator of district. Tr.o district was strongly Republican, | hut Pe.yn was badly beaten losing out ) . > r l boiiiar, Nowbold, who received j the total of 6,123 votes to the 4,667 for [Mr. Fayn. The. illusion has been j made to his being a Deputy Sheriff, | which in those days through the inul- itiplicity of affairs with which the of- ! tic? had to deal yas of JCap more.im- j porlance than at present? It was in i t8h6 that he first entered upon the duties of the position of under Sher- was reappointed to serve under | ii f Waldo and lie | three years later | Sheriff Watorbury. I In Die public offices that Mr. Fayn I held his administration of affairs had | hern characterized by the same man- j nor of efficiency as enabled him to I achieve leadership in the party ranks, j and his conduct in office seems to have •been on a high plane. Delegate at Many Conventions | For many years be was a delegate J hook; Matthew A. Heeran, Ren George Fowler, Castleton. Louis F. Fayn observed bis 881 h birthday anniversary in January, hnv ing been born on. January 27 to Kcpublican conventions. Until the | primary law discarded county con ­ ventions he was a delegate to every convention in 'Columbia county of his parly for a ball' century or more. He I pt in the background at those eon- void ions, and there was always some ­ one else acting as County Chairman, and the candidates were named and resolutions offered by others, but he dominated the convention, for it was j his custom to hold a conference with j a few of his closest lieutenants and j workers before such conventions and ! here the whole course of the conven- |th>n was laid out and the list of can- jdidales made out. At most of the Dist. | conventions — such as Congressional, I (Senatorial and Judicial he was also a j delegate. At the Slate Republican I convent ions he was an important fac- 183 b. itor. Here with men as powerful -ohier an oil company in West Virginia, j which is understood to have proved a very profitable investment for all who I were associated in the enterprise. Mr. | Mr. Fayn sold out his holdings sev ­ eral years ago. j Mr. Fayn had a fine home at Chat-1 ham, and here he has had many visi- j tors. When Governor Black was run ­ ning for Governor he spoke one night from the verandah of the home in company with Lieutenant Governor Woodruff, and there was a big crowd on the lawn, a special train being run from Hudson. This was the opening of Black ’ s campaign. Some years ago when the Hudson National Guard Co., gave a sham battle at the Chatham fair Mr. Fayn invited them to call at his home and he treated the boys very cordially and liberally on that oc ­ casion. Speaking of military affairs, we are reminded that a dozen or so years ago Mr. Payn was elected Pres ­ ident of an association that was form ­ ed with the aim of erecting a monu ­ ment t<* war veterans of the county, but nothing materalized from that ef ­ fort. He was not one to exploit his pri ­ vate acts, but it is known that he did much in the way of benefactions. One of such acta which could not be kept secret was that when the colored peo ­ ple of the A. M. E. church of Chat ­ ham a few years ago had no meeting place, he gave them the fuilds nec ­ essary to have a church edifice. Reserved in His Attitude. He was rather reticent in his poli­ tical activities, and seemed rather cold in his manner at political gatherings. He acted as if he felt that men some ­ times talked too much and slopped over, and that too muth familiarity might breed contempt. He never let anyone get this later notion, for he ruled with an iron hand. He had deep friendships and men whom he held in highest of confidence, however, and these grew to know that there Were qualities of feeling in him which wore not exhibited to the outside world. He was a man who has possessed a state of health, which added to his habits, caused him hardty to have any ser ­ ious illness during his lortg years. One of the things Which a stranger no­ ticed on seeing him for the first time was the faultless manner of his at ­ tire for while he never dressed in the extreme of fashion, he wore clothes that bespoke the man of fine taste. He was n member of Columbia lodge, F. & A. M., of Chatham, in which Masonic organization his fath ­ er had been a charter member. When a young man he married Miss Margaret Stafford, of Hudson daughter of John Stafford and a niece of General Thomas Worth. She died in 1898. On December 24, 1902, he married Marion H. Heath, of Albany. Living n more or less retired life from a political standpoint for a few years, the Marshal has spent his j summers in Chatham and the winter | months in Bermuda. A couple of sum- ! niers ago, however, he went to Europe j and was gone about two months. De ­ spite his advanced years he retained an active and keen interest in world j iffairs and was a constant reader of WILL CONTINUE TO AND INCLUDING SATUR ­ DAY, MARCH 31. P Ballot Boxes Have Been Located in About Thirty Stores and Other Business Places-Village Iruslees Will be Asked to Let Result of Vote Shape Their Course-Surrounding Cities and Villages to Adopt Daylight Saving Time. A straw vote on the question of ger.fion that it. be used as Uicic guide daylight saving time is being conduc- in determining v/liothei' tTie village ted in Chatham, by The Courier, Bal- ishall adopt daylight saving time l.'orn lot boxes have been placed in about j April 29 to Seplenher 29, inclusive, thirty stores and other places of bits- While this vote will have no ollicial incss and the voting will continue un- standing with the board, it will serve til Saturday, March 31. While there is sonic local sentiment in favor of standard or “ old lime, it is,believed the majority sentiment, a% reflected by this unofficial vote, will he in favor of the daylight sav ­ ing time for the reason that this is the time that will prevail in, Albany Troy, 'Pittsfield, Hudson, Schenecta­ dy and other nearby cities. It, is also understood that this schedule will pre? vail in Philmont, Valatic and Kinder- book, three of Columbia county ’ s four incorporated villages. The running time of the trains on the four rail ­ roads entering Chatham will also be advanced one hour. The result of this straw vote will to more of less accurately reflect , nb- lic sentiment. An affirmative majority will '.ai ­ ry with it the intimation that the town clock should be set. ahead on.: hour during the period mentioned. The voting will be restricted to re ­ sidents of the village inasmuch as the jurisdiction of the village trustees does not extend beyond the corporate limits. Bqtli men and women are entitled v,o vote. Ballots cast by non-residents and by persons under eighteen years of age will be rejected. Fill out this coupen and hrin •, or mail it to The Courier or deposit it in be submitted to the board of village a ballot box in one of the local busi- trusteca in Chatham vith the r.ug- ness places. THE COURIER ’ S DAYLIGHT SAVING BALLOT My preference for a time schedule to bo adop ­ ted iii Chatham tliiskseason is as follows: . . (Place cross X mark inf Square opposite time you favor) Daylight Saving Time □ Fast '-nj Standard Time ly i •.•Y.drnts of entitled to vote. the village of Chatham are former who is credited with the re- of the daily papers, keeping in touch ! mark that the best practical politician with everything that went on at home!* 11 New York State was Fayn. and abroad. j In I860 bo took an active part in He is survived by his wife, who for die contest for Abraham Lincoln, fa- Fractically all his life had been spun | and even more so than himself, he in the activities of 'political life, for might he found alongside at one con- wc read in a volume published a few j vent,ion, ami at another in opposition years ago entitled “ Prominent, Men of the State ” in which sketches ap pear of leading citizens ot the Km pire State that \at 18 be began to take an active interest in polities. ’ Certain it is that he had no more than attained bis majority wheq he be ­ came an office holder, being appoint ed a Deputy Sheriff of Columbia county on his '21st birthday. Father was Surrogate Mr. Fayn was born in the town o:' Ghent, the son Elijah and Rachel (Dunspaugh) Fayn. His father was a lawyer in Chatham village, part o 1 which lies in the town of Client and part in town of Chat,ham. While Louis was yet a boy the Chatham attorney moved to Hudson and hold the offiv of Surrogate for six years fi'ora I Shi Ho was elected Recorder of Hudson in 1855. Later in 1870, tlie father wa Police Justice of Hie oily. Louis L. in the meantime bad removed back !;> Chatham where heneeforlh he mad\ his home. He devoted himself lo poll tjes and as time rolled on ho became more and more the bead of tlie Repub ­ lican organization of the county. He built up a powerful machine ami the Marshal, as he was usually called, come to be an absolute power hi the county and of commanding influence in the various districts and State con ­ vention. In the days of his assuming of power he was aided in building up his machine by factional differences between county Democrats, and this aided him in the election of his can­ ned handed together with other poli ­ tical leaders. Most of the time during Uie ascendency of Thomas C. Platt I ’ nyn was closely attached to him in U'e political sphere, and he was close to Benjamin B. Odell and William Barnes when these were running tilings. Mr. Fayn with but a single ex ­ ception had attended every national convention of thro Republican party ind at these as one of delegates mid leaders of the largest delegation at tin: conventions he was also of prominence, and t.lms had to take part, in the nominations of Presiden ­ tial and Vice Presidential candidates for close to sixty years. He was one of the faithful 306 that stood for a third tenn for Grant. His Business Enterprises. In 1873 he erected a mill for the manufacture of paper just outside of Chatham at what is known as Payn- villo. In Rxp] machinery was instal ­ l'd lor the making of box board'and he became the President of the Stony Brook Box Board mill. He was also formerly President of the Chatham Land Company, and of a silver min ­ ing company in Colorado, and a Dir ­ ector of the Chatham Mutual Fire In ­ surance company. Ho owned a fine farm and was at one time president of the Columbia County Agricultural society which holds the annual Chat ­ ham fair. Around twenty years ago with the late Senator Ambler and others of this section he became interested in several months has been under the doctor ’ s care. There is one surviving son, Elijah, of New York city, and a (laughter, Mrs. Mary Cook, of Brook ­ lyn whos ’ e husband is an evangelist. Only one Old Guard Left vering his nomination against Seward. In State politics Mr. Payn was an ac -1 tive supporter of Horace Greeley in his struggle against Thurlow f.Veed. — -------- His first important office was that j n I pj i C'j of harbor-master ) of the port of New DratlUl I Idlll OI VMirlUUUII The death of Mr. Payn leaves only X ork ’ to > ,e ' V £ B appointed by io of the Old Guard Renublican lead- Governor Robert E. Tenton. In 18/2 came his political parting iwth tenton who joined tlie more liberal branch of one of the Old Guard Republican lead era, William L. Ward of Weschester Within a year.the remaining Old chief have passed from the scene with the death of George W. Aldridge and Fred Greiner, of Buffalo. For more than thirty years Mr. Payn or Marshal Payn as he was familiarly known, had been one of the dominating factors in the Republi­ can history of New York State until illness forced jiim into more or less inactive life a year or so ago.. The first gap in his political career came when he was unable to attend the unofficial Republican convention at Saratoga in 1920. The second was his inability to be present at the Re- publiean State convmiUon ^ A^yM *)*%* re ? ig,»lion ami | >iw) f! ,n struggle for their re-eleetio took an active part. last fall He won his first laurels when he stamped a county convention in 1855 when 20 candidate for Sheriff. The following J\''' 1 '. ’ \TV \ January 29, the day after his 21st | ,,ominatlon birthday, he was appointed a deputy sheriff. At the Republican National conven- the party, while Payn remained with the old organization, in 1876 he sup ­ ported Coukling for the Presidency as long as there appeared any chance of success and then voted for Blaine. In February, 1877, at the instance of Senator Colliding, President Grant ap ­ pointed Payn United States Marshal for the Southern District of New York and Conkling secured the confirma ­ tion of the appointment. Four years later Fayn was instru ­ mental in the nominating of Senator Thomas C. Platt for United States 1 Senator, A little later came Conkling in the election Payn Shirt Concern Opened in Berlin - Board for Out of down Operators at $3.00 a Week. In 1896 came perhaps the most no­ table achievement of his political car- years old and elected his own j , . i ? for Sheriff. The following eer when lie 111 tho for Governor of Frank Black against other powerful candi ­ dates. Following the election of Gov ­ ernor Black, Payn was appointed State Superintendent of Insurance tion at Chicago, in 1920. Mr, Payn w }ij c h office he held unlil his disagree had the unique distinction of being i mont with Governor Roose*ft» in 18- the only man present who had been at every Republican convention since * . , , . . that which nominated Lincoln in 1860. la *\' ma Be f e - ’ ^arde, .....sell •is responsible tor sending Iheodore He also was the oldest continous resi ­ dent of Chatham, where he had lived since he was 7 yaers of age. Mr? Payn was the last of the fa ­ mous group of politicians in New York State headed by Roscoe Conklin and Thomas C. Platt, and it was the Roosevelt to the White. House, al ­ though he was never an admirer of the President. It was his hostility to ­ ward Roosevelt that prompted him to (Continued on Page 4) Nathan Faggen, senior member of the firm of Nathan Faggen and sons, who recently purchased and are now operating the plant of the form\!' Chatham shirt company, announce-i [that his concern has just been given, by a mail order house, tlie contract to make $250,000 worth of shirts. The company is advertising for 200 operators in their plants in Chat ­ ham and Berlin and for 1,000 women to do work in their homes. In Berlin they have leased the former Stillman factory which will be operated as a branch of the Chat ­ ham plant. Operations there were commenced Monday with nearly for­ ty operators. It is believed they wilf have comparatively little difficulty in obtaining help inasmuch as there are, in that territory, many experienced operators who were employed by shirt concerns who were formerly in business there. In the Chatham plant (lie product will he sliirls that retail ....... $1.50 up. As an inducement .for out ■of-lowii help to accept employment here, the concern advertise, in this issue of The Courier, that they will provide an up- to-date dormitory, furnishing room and board for three dollars a week.

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