Captain Alexander Porter

1844-1919

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Captain Alexander Porter's obituary from a Lorain newspaper.  (died Jan 4, 1919)

A. PORTER, PIONEER OF LAKE, DEAD
   Alexander Porter, pioneer resident of the city, passed away at his residence 503 Washington Ave at 10 o'clock Saturday night following a short illness with paralysis.  The decedent had been in apparently good health despite his advanced age, until within four days prior to his death, when he was stricken with the affliction.

   Captain Porter was born in Lorain in March 1844.  At the age of 13 years he entered the employ of one of the big lake steamship companies trading out of this port and followed the profession of seaman.  Prior to his marriage to Miss Susan Dorliska Freeman of LaGrange in 1871, he was given command of numerous other boats among which were "Three Brothers" and the "David Wallace".

   He retired from active sailing service 18 years ago taking up his residence on Washington Ave.  He was one of the most widely known residents of the community and witnessed Lorain's growth from the little village of Black River to the big steel industry city of the present day.  Fraternally he was affiliated with the F. & A.M. and the K.O.T.M. orders.  He was also a member of the Church of Christ and took an active part in the success of that organization until the infirmities of age restrained his activities.  He was a brother of the late Julian Porter of West Erie Ave Lorain and Samuel Porter of Grand Rapids Michigan, who was buried in Lorain December 24th.  Surviving Captain Porter are his widow, Susan, a niece, Sadie Porter at home, and two sisters, Mrs. George McConnell of Polk, O.  Funeral services in charge of Rev L. O. Newcomer will be conducted from the late residence at 2 Tuesday afternoon.  Members of the K.O.T.M. will serve as pallbearers and burial will be made in Elmwood.  Services at the cemetery will be in charge of the Masonic order."

donated and copyright 2002 Maureen Smith

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