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Owen Phillips was born in Edmonton, April 7, 1837, and died at Mt. Vernon, Thursday, June 24th. Mr. Phillips had been ill for four weeks or more but was able to be up part of the time until the Monday before his death. His funeral was attended Saturday at 2:00 p. m., the Rev. J. C. Russell, pastor of the First Presbyterian church officiating. Burial in the Riverside cemetery, Oneonta. He graduated from the Union College, Schenectady. As civil engineer, his first work was in the oil regions, West Virginia and Ohio. After spending years in six different states in the west and laying out over eight hundred miles of railroad in 1897, he returned to his native county with impaired health and settled in Oneonta. He was chief engineer of the Oneonta Corporation and Richfield Springs railway. A little more than a year ago he purchased a home and moved to Mt. Vernon, since then enjoying his garden and home life. Mr. Phillips was a man of more than ordinary intelligence, a good citizen and devoted to his family and home. A wife and two daughters, Florence and Frances, mourn for a fond and faithful husband and father. He leaves also a brother, E. C. Phillips and three sisters, Julia, Amelia and Mary Phillips, whose homes are in Oneonta. The first two are teachers in North Carolina.-Our Mt. Vision Reporter.
Source: The Otsego Farmer, Cooperstown, New York, July 3, 1908; Pg. 7, Column 1