Blackmer, Dennis M.
Age: 22, credited to Bennington, VTVITALS
Birth: 1838, Bennington, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Old First Church Cemetery, Bennington, VT
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Dennis Mattison Blackmer
Bennington Evening Banner
Saturday, January 23, 1904?
SUICIDE OR ACCIDENT
D. M. Blackmer Dead From Asphyxiation
IN NORTH ADAMS HOTEL
He Had Been Working In Eastern Massachusetts and Was Coming Home.
A man registering as D. Mattison entered the Mansion house at North Adams Friday, and was assigned a room. He spent most of the day about the office, and went to his room late at night. Saturday morning he was found unconscious in his room from the effects of the gas, the gas cock being open.
He was taken to the hospital, but died within a short time without regaining consciousness. There was no means of telling whether death was accidental or the result of suicide.
Nothing was noticed to be wrong until shortly before 11 o'clock when a bell boy passing in the hall noticed the smell of gas and notified clerk William Crowley.
They went to the room and found Mattison lying in bed and breathing heavily, the odor of gas being stifling.
In Mattison's clothing was found a notebook in which the name of Minnie L. Blackmer of Bennington was given as the person to be notified in case of accident to him.
The body proved to be that of her brother, Dennis Blackmer, a former well known resident of the village. It was brought here, and the funeral, which was private, was held from the home of his brother-in-law, N.M. Puffer, Sunday.
Blackmer was a veteran of the rebellion serving in the Vermont cavalry. For several years he was an active GAR man, belonging to the Sixth Corps post and served as adjutant, and in 1896 was assistant adjutant general of the Department of Vermont. It is supposed that he had been at Worcester for some time.
Mr. Blackmer's name was Dennis Mattison Blackmer so that in registering as D. Mattison he used his first two names.
His sister, Miss Marion Blackmer, states that the note in his book requesting that she be notified, was put there a year ago at her request as she feared that in traveling about the country he might be ill or get hurt and be unable to tell who his friends were.
This fact tends to indicate that the suicide theory which was largely based on this note is misleading.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau.
Note: A picture of this soldier is available in the Francis Guber Collection (off-site).