Name:   Mary Ann (Torrey) Galusha

From:  The North Adams Transcript, North Adams, Massachusetts
Date:  Friday, July 15, 1927

Mary Ann Galusha, 82, wife of John Marsh Galusha of Latham street, died at her home last evening at 9:30 o'clock after an illness which had kept her confined to bed for the past two and one-half years.  Mrs. Galusha suffered a relapse early this week and failed to recover from its effects.

Born in Petersburg, N.Y., the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Torrey and Eleanor Allen, Mrs. Galusha moved to Williamstown when a child and had since lived there.  She was educated in the local public schools.  On August 31, 1862, she was married to Mr. Galusha at Petersburg by the Rev. A. Waterbury, the pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church in that town.  Her brother, the late Nelson F. Torrey and Celestia E. Odell, were married at the same time and were Mr. and Mrs. Galusha's attendants.  For more than 54 years, Mr. and Mrs. Galusha had lived in their home on Hemlock Brook road from which they moved to Latham street last fall.  Mr. Galusha was engaged in farming.

Mrs. Galusha was a devoted attendant and member of the local Methodist church.  She was prominent and active in the work of the church and the organizations connected with it before her impaired health necessitated her abandoning participation in such activities.  One of Williamstown's eldest residents, she was well known to hosts of local people who will deeply mourn her death.  A woman of high Christian character, of a kind and cheerful disposition, she endeared herself to the hearts of many in this community by whom she was loved and highly respected.  The patience with which she endured the illness which had made her and invalid since suffering a paralytic stroke more than two years ago, was indicative of the sterling character that was the outstanding feature of her life.

Besides her husband, she leaves a niece, Miss Lida Burbridge, who lived at the Galusha home, and two nephews, Charles and Marshall Fowler, all of this town.

The funeral will be held in the Methodist Episcopal church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The pastor, Rev. Frank T. Love, will officiate and burial will be in the family lot in Eastlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Galusha and her husband formed one of the oldest couples in Williamstown.  Their various wedding anniversaries were followed with interest by the townspeople and at their 62nd observance a few years ago, the surviving members of the E. P. Hopkins Post G.A.R., of which Mr. Galusha was a member, visited their home to offer congratulations and read an appreciation.  Mr. Galusha observed his 86th birthday Wednesday of this week.