Port Jefferson Echo
Saturday, February 1, 1913
In the death of John R. Dayton of Port Jefferson Station on Friday last, this section loses one of its most highly respected citizens. Mr. Dayton, who at the tine of his demise was 65 years old, was born In Port Jefferson, his father being the Late Smith Dayton. When a lad he went to Yaphank where he resided for some time with his two bachelor uncles James and William Dayton, on a large farm, which he inherited after their death and conducted the farm for a number of years, making a specialty of sheep raising. Later he married Miss Amelia Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester H. Davis, of Coram, and upon her death which occurred a short time after their marriage he went to the Pacific coast, where he traveled extensively. Later he located in Salt Lake City, where he engaged in real estate and also conducted a dairy for a number of years, when he disposed of his interests them and. returned to Yaphank. About fifteen years ago he married Miss Ada Davis, a sister of his first wife, by whom he is survived. About this time, he purchased the Nathaniel Dickerson place near the Port Jefferson railroad station, where he has carried on truck farming until lust tall when falling health compelled him to retire from active work.
Funeral services were conducted at the late home of the deceased on Monday afternoon, attended by a huge number of relatives and friends. The officiating clergymen were Rev. A. M. Elliot pastor of the Presbyterian church of this village, and Rev. A. J. Norris pastor of the: Middle Island Presbyterian church of which latter Mr. Dayton was a member. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful and included pieces from School Dist. No, 25, the teachers and pupils of the Port Jefferson Station and Terryville school and the Bailey Democratic Club of Port Jefferson Station, Interment was in the Presbyterian churchyard at Middle Island. The carriers were all nephews at the deceased.
John R. Dayton was a man who enjoyed the highest confidence and esteem of a large circle of friends. A sincere Christian gentleman of the highest moral character, generous to a fault, square in all his dealings, It can truthfully be said, “a good man has been taken from us.” The relatives of the deceased have the deep sympathy of the public in their bereavement.