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RIST Ernest Gordon

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  • Name  RIST Ernest Gordon  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Born  31 Oct 1885  Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9, 10
    Gender  Male 
    1892 NY State Census  16 Feb 1892  Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    1892 NY State Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 6
    1892 NY State Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 6
    1900 US Federal Census  18 Jun 1900  Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    1900 US Federal Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 11B
    1900 US Federal Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 11B
    1905 NY State Census  Jun 1905  Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    1905 NY State Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 7
    1905 NY State Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 7
    WWI Draft Registration  12 Sep 1918  , Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    WWI Draft Registration Card for Ernest Gordon Rist
    WWI Draft Registration Card for Ernest Gordon Rist
    1920 US Federal Census  6 Jan 1920  Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    1920 US Federal Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 4B
    1920 US Federal Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 4B
    1930 US Federal Census  9 Apr 1930  Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    1930 US Federal Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 6A
    1930 US Federal Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 6A
    1940 US Federal Census  26 Apr 1940  Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • The family is living at 37 King Street.
    1940 US Federal Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 11A
    1940 US Federal Census for Warrensburg, Warren, NY - Page 11A
    Died  1 Apr 1960  Baldwinsville, Onondaga, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age  74 years 
    Buried  Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID  I4597  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  30 Jun 2012 

    Father  RIST Jonathan G.,   b. 22 May 1848, Johnsburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1886, Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 38 years 
    Mother  REYNOLDS Samantha,   b. 1857, , Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1901, Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 44 years 
    Married  Abt 1870  Johnsburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1625  Group Sheet

    Family 1  AUSTIN Maude Bowen,   b. 6 Dec 1886, Athol, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1921, Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 34 years 
    Married  29 Oct 1910  Presbyterian Manse, Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6, 16, 17
    Ernest and Maud Rist on a boat ride
    Ernest and Maud Rist on a boat ride
    Picture provided by Nancy Brown
    Ernest and Maud Rist fishing
    Ernest and Maud Rist fishing
    Photo provided by Nancy Brown
    Ernest and Maud Rist on a picnic
    Ernest and Maud Rist on a picnic
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    Ernest and Maud Rist with their daughters
    Ernest and Maud Rist with their daughters
    Photo provided by Nancy Brown.
    Ernest and Maud with thier daughters, Ernestine and June
    Ernest and Maud with thier daughters, Ernestine and June
    Photo provided by Nancy Brown.
    Last Modified  11 Sep 2011 
    Family ID  F1623  Group Sheet

    Family 2  AUSTIN Frances Lillian,   b. 1 Jan 1892, Athol, Warren, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1978, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 86 years 
    Married  1937  [6
    Last Modified  27 Aug 2011 
    Family ID  F1624  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Oct 1885 - Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1892 NY State Census - 16 Feb 1892 - Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Oct 1910 - Presbyterian Manse, Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWWI Draft Registration - 12 Sep 1918 - , Warren, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1920 US Federal Census - 6 Jan 1920 - Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1930 US Federal Census - 9 Apr 1930 - Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1940 US Federal Census - 26 Apr 1940 - Warrensburg, Warren, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Apr 1960 - Baldwinsville, Onondaga, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Proprietor of the E.G. Rist Shoe Store in Warrensburg, Warren, NY between 1915 and about 1949. He met Maude in a shirt factory in Troy, NY where they both worked.

      The Census of 1915 shows them living on Oak Street with baby Frances Ernestine, who was 95 days old. Ernest was listed as a shoe merchant and Maude's occupation was housework. They attended the Presbyterian Church in Warrensburg. After Maude died and their children were grown, he married Maude's sister Frances Lillian Bowen (known as "Auntie" or "Frances").

      He played the baritone horn in the Warrensburg band, which played summer concerts in the gazebo in Floyd Bennett Park and sang solos. He owned a large business block which housed a shoe store, four apartments and Hall's Restaurant where his daughter June worked as cashier and dairy bar attendant three summers during her college days.

      Ernest was in the Home Guard sometime between 1900 and 1910 and wore a uniform.

      Ernest died while visiting his daughter June Brown and her family in Baldwinsville, NY. He was buried a few days later in Warrensburg Cemetery. His body was buried in Warrensburg Cemetery.

      -- info above mostly from his daughter, June A. Rist Brown, except for census data.
      Ernest Gordon Rist was the youngest child of Jonathan and Samantha (Reynolds) Rist. He had a sister, Mary, 7 years older and a brother, Orley, 3 y ears his senior. In the1880 List of Persons, Jonathan, age 30 (34?) and Samantha (age 25?) and their young daughter, Mary B. Rist (age ?, she would have been about 2), were listed as living in Warrensburgh, NY with Jonathan's younger brother, William Henry Rist, age 27 and his wife Polly M., age 22. Also counted in this household was Darias Rist, age 24, younger brother of Jonathan and William Henry. At this point, their father, Elijah Rist had packed up his family and gone out to Kansas, perhaps with his oldest son, Nelson. It is not known what happened to the 160-acre Rist family farm in Warrensburgh. It was located near the junction of the Schroon and Hudson Rivers, at the foot of the Three Sisters Mountains. The David Reynolds family lived right next door and Jonathan married David's daughter Samantha in about 1877.

      Ernest was born in 1885, the youngest of three children. His father's occupation at that time is not known, but in April of 1886, he went to work at W. J. Valentine's pulp mill in the town of Warrensburgh, where he ran the emery grinder. Three months later, he became entangled in some machinery at the mill, lost a leg and died at home a few hours later, leaving his wife Samantha alone with their three children. Little Ernest was only 8 months old, so never got to know his dad. In 1887, Samantha applied for a Civil War pension as the widow of a Civil War veteran.

      In February of 1892, the New York State Census listed Samantha Rist, age 37, living in Warrensburg with all three of her children: Mary B. - 14 years of age, Orley - 8 years old, and Earnest (sic) at 7 year s. The next household counted was that of Jonathan's brother William H. Rist, age 41, a laborer, living with his wife, Polly, age 34, and Polly's ( younger brother?) Thomas Edwin Harrington, age 24, also a laborer.

      Also living in Warrensburgh in 1892, possibly on the family farm, was Mary Rist, age 64, widow of Elijah Rist who had died in Farlinville, Kans as in 1882, the very same day as his son, Nelson - perhaps in an accident, or due to disease? Evidently, Mary had brought the rest of the children back to Warrensburg. In her household were her son Darius, age 37, a laborer, the twin daughters Rosetta and Rosella, age 20, no occupations give n. Rosetta married Thomas Edwin Harrington the month after the 1892 census was taken, being the second child of Elijah to marry a Harrington.

      The 1900 Census lists Samantha Wrist, 40 yrs old, widow & mother of 3 children, all of them living, can read & write English, owns house with a mortgage. Son Orlie, 17, b. May 1883, single, machine operator in woolen mill, 10 months unemployed, can read & write & speak English. Son Ernest, b. Oct. 1885, single, yarn spooler, 9 months unemployed, can read & write & speak English.

      More tragedy struck the Rist family in November of 1901 when Samantha passed away in her early fifties. She apparently was in poor health, as her death was not sudden. An entry from the Glens Falls Daily times, dated Nov. 2, 1901 stated that "Warrensburg - Mrs. Samantha Rist is slowly failing. - dated Nov. 2."

      Ernest (age 16) and Orley (18) were now orphans. The Census of 1905 shows them living with their uncle, William H. Rist and aunt Polly M. Rist, and William's niece Mabel Bunker (age 8) as well, on West River Street in Warrensburg. William gave his age as 53 and his occupation as night watchman. Polly was 47 and kept house. Ernest was 20 years old (but was listed as being only 18) and his occupation was listed as weaver! Orley w as 21 and listed as a carder! There was a shirt factory in Warrensburg, which was most likely where they were employed. Their sister Mary (age 27 ), who had married a man named Whiting, was not listed as living in either Warrensburg, Thurman, or Stoney Creek at this time. June believes that her Aunt Mary lived somewhere down near Saratoga.

      By 1910, Ernest had moved to Albany, NY, where the Census taken April 25t h, in the 6th Ward, showed him:

      Moses R. Hughes, age 52 (& 49 yr. old wife and 25 yr. old son) - all b. in Wales, except son b. in VT, occupation keepers of lodging house, with 7 lodgers, including:
      Ernest G. Rist - lodger, white male, age 24, single, b. NY, parents b. N Y, Ironer, Ladies waists

      Ernest was in the Home Guard sometime between 1900 and 1910 and wore a uniform. He met Maude in a shirt factory in Troy (or Warrensburg), NY where they both worked and they were married, in Warrensburg, in 1910.

      From a newspaper clipping, name and date of paper unknown:

      Hymeneal
      Rist - Austin

      "Ernest Rist, of Albany, and Miss Maude Austin of this village, were married quietly at the Presbyterian manse Saturday morning at 7 o'clock, by the Rev. Richard Abbott. Miss Frances Austin, sister of the bride, and Harold Labrum were the attendants. Immediately after the ceremony the bridal party drove to Lake George, where Mr. and Mrs. Rist boarded the train f or a short wedding trip. They will reside in Albany, where Mr. Rist has a cozy home prepared for his bride. The bridegroom is a former Warrensburgh boy and both young people are highly esteemed by a large circle of friends in this place and vicinity."

      By 1915, Ernest and Maude had a daughter, Frances Ernestine, and Ernest bought a commercial block in Warrensburg and opened the E.G. Rist Shoe Store in Warrensburg around that time. He owned and ran the business until about 1949. He rented out other store fronts in the block to local businessmen, which became rental income for him.

      From a newspaper clipping, name and date of paper unknown:

      Deeds Recorded in Warren County

      " Emerald D. Pasko to Ernest G. Rist of Warrensburg, $4,000, proper ty in Warrensburg."


      The New York State Census of 1915 shows them living on Oak Street in Warrensburg, with baby Frances Ernestine, who was 95 days old. Ernest was listed as a shoe merchant and Maude's occupation was housework. They attended the Presbyterian Church in Warrensburg. Maude's parents and sister Frances were living at 37 King Street. Amos was 55 years old, a farmer, h is wife Minnie, 49 was an operator in a factory, and Frances, 23, was a book keeper.

      The Federal Census of 1920 showed Ernest, age 34, Maud B., age 33, and F. Ernestine age 4yrs 10mos, and June A. age 7 mos. Ernest's occupation was recorded as merchant and owner of a shoe store. Amos was now 56 and working as a laborer in a paper mill, living with Minnie Belle, age 5 3, and daughter Frances, age 28, single and working as a book keeper at a lumber company.

      From clipping from unknown newspaper, with "Jan. 17, 1921" written in pencil:

      Obituary
      Mrs. Ernest G. Rist

      "Maud Austin, wife of Ernest G. Rist, died Monday evening at her ho me in Oak street, after an illness of about four months of heart trouble. She was about thirty-five years of age. Besides her husband she is survived by two young daughters, her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Amos Austin, and one sister, Miss Frances Austin. She was a woman of fine character and ability and had many friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o' clock this afternoon, at the Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Rist w as an earnest and active member. The Rev. Richard Abbott, formerly pastor of the church, now chaplain of Great Meadow prison, will officiate a nd interment will be in the Warrensburgh cemetery."

      From, probably, the Warrensburg News, date unknown. I believe this would be regarding the death of Ernest's first wife, Maude B. Austin Rist:

      Card of Thanks.

      "We desire through The News to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who in any way assisted us during the illness and after the death of our loved one, also to those who sent flowers."

      Ernest G. Rist,
      Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Austin,
      Frances Austin.

      After his wife died in 1921, Ernest moved his family to 37 King Street, to the large white two story frame house built by his father-in-law, Amos Austin, and he lived in that house until his death. Maude also died there. The 1920 Federal Census shows Ernest - age 34, Maud B. - age 3 3, F. Ernestine - age 4 10/12, and June A. - age 7/12 living on "Kings Addition Street, Warren County". June Rist Brown, however, believes that they did not move into the house on King Street until after her mother died in 1921.

      Behind the house a block or two, rose Hackensack Mountain, el. 1,357', which provided many hours of hiking, blueberry picking, and picnicking fu n. They had a double lot, half of which held the house, barn, and small garden shed, with a driveway paved with gravel from a local garnet mine and lined with mature sugar maples. The girls often skated on this driveway after ice had built up on it during the long Adirondack winters. The other half of the property contained a large vegetable garden, which fed t he family and a couple of butternut trees, which flavored many a cake!

      The house had a front parlor, living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, front entry which had a table with the large family Bible on it, and a bedroom was added later onto the first floor. Two staircases, o ne in the front entry was U-shaped and sported a stained glass window on its second landing; and the other staircase went straight up from the kitchen, and continued on up another narrower flight into the attic. Upstairs were 3 large bedrooms, 2 small ones and a bathroom. A full attic above that, and a cellar below the house, which contained an octopus of a coal-burning furnace that had to be fed several times a day. There was a large bay window in the dining room which had a collection of colorful glass salt and pepper shakers perched on its mullions. One wall was devoted to built-in cupboards for dishes that opened both into the dining room and in to the kitchen on the other side of the wall. The dining room ceiling w as ornately carved wood. A huge open porch wrapped the front and most of one side of the house and had a wooden porch swing which hung from t he ceiling and was shaded by an enormous elephant-leafed vine which grew up to the roof of the porch on one side.

      It was a lovely, comfortable house, and we visited often, especially at Christmas. Grandma (Frances) always had a spruce tree decorated in the parlor and red-tipped candles in each window to welcome us on Christmas Eve. She also had a little terrarium that magically kept itself a live.



      Their two daughters, Ernestine and June, grew up in the house, being cared for by their father and maternal grandmother, Minnie Belle Austin, after the death of their mother, Maude, in 1921. They both attended the Warrensburgh school and went on to college at Skidmore in Saratoga, NY, where their stepmother-to-be, Frances, had previously attended, earning a business degree there.

      Ernest played the baritone horn in the Warrensburg band, which played summer concerts in the gazebo in Floyd Bennett Park, and he sang solos for t he concert-goers. He owned a large business block in town which housed h is shoe store, four apartments and Hall's Restaurant where his daughter June worked as cashier and dairy bar attendant for three summers during her college days.

      In 1931, he and his father-in-law, Amos Austin, built a camp on Daisy Lake (now known as Sherman Lake) a short 10 mile drive north of Warrensburg. It was built on a steep bank, forested with hemlocks, balsam and birch, which sloped down to the water, where there was a small sandy beach, a dock and a covered boat slip. He built a wooden rowboat and loved to fish in the lake. There was a hammock swinging between two birches in the woods nearby. The family spent many happy summers and weekends there. The cabin was two stories high, complete with plumbing - a toilet with an overhead water closet and a kitchen sink that had a hand pump beside it. A cast iron wood stove in the living room provided heat. The stairs went up the kitchen wall to the bedrooms where rain, pine cones, squirrels, etc. could be clearly heard falling on the tin roof. The high front screened porch looked out upon Daisy Lake below and was furnished with a swinging bed for extra sleeping or lounging. After Ernest's death, t he camp stayed in the family, going to Ernestine, who lived in Scotia, N Y. After Ernestine's death in 1974, her husband remarried and modernized the camp for his new wife.

      In 1937 when his children were grown, Ernest married Maude's sister Frances Lillian Austin (known to Ernestine and June as "Auntie" or "Frances"). Frances worked summers as a secretary at the prestigious "Brown Swan Club Hotel" in Schroon Lake, NY until her marriage. She also worked in the local dentist's office (Dr. A.J. Cunningham) as a secretary and Girl Friday - but she didn't do teeth. Frances and Ernest did some traveling in their retirement, and liked to drive to Florida in the winter to visit June's mother-in-law, Pauline Brown, at her winter address in Punta Gorda.

      Ernest died in the spring of 1960 while he and Frances were visiting h is daughter June Brown and her family in Baldwinsville, NY for Easter. He was buried a few days later in the Warrensburg Cemetery, beside t he graves of his first wife, Maude, and (later) his second wife, Frances (who lived another 28 years beyond him).

      -- info above mostly from his daughter, June A. Rist Brown, except for census data.

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      Ernest Gordon Rist

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