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November 22, 2013

Assassination was familiar for area man|

For some, the Kennedy assassination brought back memories of other such events in their lifetime.

Stewart B. Eason, then 88, of Schuyler Lake recalled stories told to him by his father, Henry O. Eason, on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, seen in the Nov. 28, 1963, edition of The Richfield Springs Mercury. 

The senior Eason was serving in the Army and happened to be at Ford’s Theatre in Washington the night of the assassination and heard the shot. Henry was selected to act as corporal of the guard at the funeral and later helped guard the prison where John Wilkes Booth was held.

Stewart Eason also remembered incidents surrounding the assassination of President James Garfield in 1881 — he was 6 years old at the time. The assassination of William McKinley in 1901 in Buffalo was also still vivid in his memory, as he was a young man when it occurred.

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