Fletcher A. Mace

Born: March 28, 1877, son of Amasa Mace and Elizabeth

Died: May 2, 1974

Married: Gladys Brown (1886-1968)

Children: Dermont Mace

Chiefly known for: Fletcher was the last of Saranac Lake's Spanish American War veterans


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Friday, May 3, 1974

Fletcher Mace

SARANAC LAKE — Fletcher Mace, 97, "Saranac Lake"'s last Spanish-American War veteran, died Thursday evening at the Glens Falls Hospital. He had lived at 40 Helen St. for many years and, for the last three years, was a resident of Eden Park Nursing Home in Glens Falls.

Mr. Mace was born in Clintonville, a son of Amasa and Elizabeth Mace. He came to Saranac Lake with his family when he was 13 years old and attended Saranac Lake High School. He won prizes for figure skating and the mile race in the first Winter Carnival.

He enlisted in the regular Army in 1898 during the Spanish-American War and fought in Cuba under General Shatter. When the war was over he served in the Philippines until 1901.

In 1909 he was married at St. Luke's Church to Gladys Brown who is now deceased.

For many years he was custodian of the William Hanes Camp on Lower Saranac Lake and he was employed as a buyer by the Saranac Lake Supply for 30 years.

Mr. Mace was a member of St. Luke's Church; Whiteface Mt. Lodge 789, F and AM; the Adirondack Commandery; Oriental Temple of the Shrine; Order of the Eastern Star; Order of Amaranth; the Adirondack Shrine Club; the Oddfellow; Veterans of Foreign wars; and the Fish and Game Club.

A son, Dermot, of Crown Point, two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter survive.

Friends may call, beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Fortune Funeral Home. There will be a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be at the funeral home at 11 am., Monday with the Rev. Peter Hill, rector of St Luke's Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Ridge Cemetery.

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