Died: November 14, 1937

Married: Rose Harmer VanCour

Children: Bernard T., Ernest, Edmund, Thomas, Stanley, Ralph, Ronald, Grace

Joseph VanCour ran Mountain View Farm with his wife, Rose.

Lake Placid News, April 22, 1938


Had Been In Water Since Last Fall

The body of Joseph VanCour, Lake Colby farmer drowned in Franklin Falls pond last November 14, was found by Samuel Brewster, resident of a camp on an island in the pond.

Brewster had been conducting a search for the body of VanCour for several days. He recovered the body of John Kennedy, 56, Bloomingdale, who was drowned with VanCour when their boat overturned.

Friday he noticed a dark object lying in the water at the shore line. Rowing over, he found the body lying face downward in the water. He tied a rope to the belt of the drowned man fastening one end to a tree to prevent it from floating away.

Brewster then returned to his camp for the evening leaving Saturday morning to notify authorities. He rowed a half mile to the River road adjoining the stream and walked approximately a mile when he met the crew of a Town of St. Armand truck graveling the road.

He notified the crew of his find and Mayroe Simpson, driver of the truck, hurried him to Bloomingdale where Brewster informed his son, Ross. Ross Brewster in turn notified Fred VanCour, brother of the drowned man, and Dr. Rae L. Strong, who notified Coroner John Crowley. Crowley was unable to investigate and deputized Wallace Spragne, Bloomingdale undertaker, to obtain the body. A party composed of Fred VanCour, Samuel Brewster, Ross Brewster, Louis Pelky, Robert Newell and Paul Brewster, who took a boat on his truck of large enough size to transport the body over the half-mile stretch of water, went to the scene of the discovery.

VanCour was the hunting companion of John Kennedy, 56, of Bloomingdale, whose body was found near the capsized boat in the pond. His body was found by Brewster in about three feet of water.

The search for VanCour's body was conducted for several weeks by the state police until they were halted by the frozen waters.