Died: March or April 1919
Married: Lucia Meigs after her death married Mary I. Martin about 1865
Chiefly known for:
Malone Farmer, Wednesday, April ?, 1919
The death of John H. Titus at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nathan Barnard, in Bloomingdale, Wednesday last, removed one of the best known of the pioneers of the Adirondacks, a relative by marriage and contemporary of Paul Smith, in whose employ Mr. Titus served when the popular hostelry on the Upper St. Regis Lake was making its name as a favorite sporting resort and watering place. Mr. Titus was the intimate friend and admirer of Paul Smith and in his later years delighted in the recital of humorous stories regarding the hotel man, who, more than any other, had made the Adirondacks famous. A few years ago Mr. Titus prepared and had published a book of Adirondack tales, many of which referred to humorous incidents in Paul Smiths life. He had, in past years contributed occasionally interesting Adirondack articles to various newspapers and magazines. Mr. Titus spent much of his early life in Malone and was employed as a clerk in several of the stores of this village. He was a nephew of James H. Titus who years ago owned much of the land in the southern part of this town, and for whom Titusville and Lake Titus were named. The late Fitch Titus, whose early life was spent in Malone but who passed his later years in Bloomingdale, was a brother of deceased. John Titus married for his first wife Lucia Meigs, a daughter of Guy Meigs, one of Malone's most influential men. She died a couple of years after their marriage, leaving no children. He later married for his second wife May Martin, a sister of the wife of Paul Smith, and from that time became a resident of the Adirondacks. Mr. Titus wrote a beautiful hand and was an expert book-keeper, and for many years acted as clerk and bookkeeper at Paul Smith's hotel. He was a man of genial and companionable qualities, kind and accommodating, and enjoyed the personal aquaintance of all the distinguished guests who found a haven of rest and pleasure at this best-known of all Adirondack resorts. It was a treat to hear Mr. Titus tell of the old days in the mountains—the hunting and fishing and camping stories, of the details of which, until very recent years, his memory was clearly retentive. Until the past four or five years Mr. Titus had been a regular visitor to Malone, coming down here at least once a year and spending a number of days renewing old acquaintanceships. Gradually he became almost helpless and required constant care. His remains were brought to Malone on Friday and were interred at Morningside. His wife and four children survive him. These are William and James Titus, of Brighton, Mrs. Herbert Otis, of Plattsburgh, and Mrs. Nathan Barnard, of Bloomingdale. Mr. Titus was nearly 84 years of age.