Born: 1890

Died: August 16, 1918

Charles J. Cumiskey, a  World War I Veteran  who lived at 8 River Street, Saranac Lake, was a Corporal, 11th Company, 20th Engineers of the U.S. Army. According to the article below, he had come to Saranac Lake for his health, and therefore is included here as a TB patient. He died of influenza and lobar pneumonia, and is buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery. His name is inscribed on the "Roll of Honor of the Citizens of the State of New York who died while in the service of the United States  during the World War, Albany (1922)."

Source: Franklin Historical Review, Volume 52, 2017, page 55.

Ogdensburg Republican-Journal, September 6, 1918


Charles J. Cumiskey, Civil Engineer, Succumbs to Influenza.

Corporal Charles J. Cumiskey of Saranac Lake, is dead in France. Announcement of the death of the first Saranac Lake man on the field of honor was made in a telegram received from the adjutant general by Corporal Cumiskey's wife Friday night. It stated that he had succumbed to influenza but gave no particulars as to date, etc. Further information is being awaited by Mrs. Cumiskey.

Corporal Cumiskey was one of the most popular young men in that town and during his long residence there he made many friends. Announcement of his death came as a great shock not only to his relatives, but to hundreds who loved him for his sterling qualities of mind and heart—qualities which led him to give up his business there and join the soldiers fighting for the freedom of the world.

Corporal Cumiskey enlisted in the Twentieth Engineers October 24th last. Although he had went to Saranac for his health, his physique was apparently vigorous and he had no difficulty passing the examination. After enlisting, he was sent to the camp at Washington, D. C. While at camp he suffered an attack of the disease that caused his death. He sailed for France January 1st. He was made corporal a short time ago.