Thursday, October 2, 2003

Firefighter remembered as `sweet gentleman'

By Jill Fahy

Staff Writer

     Longtime Treadwell firefighter Carlton B. Kellogg was laid to rest Wednesday in the town he lived in his entire life. Mourners said they have lost a friend and a great contributor to the community. Those who knew and loved Kellogg, who died Saturday at his home in Treadwell at age 92, gathered to remember him Wednesday during a funeral service at Bookhout Funeral Home in Oneonta. After Kellogg's burial in Croton Union Cemetery in Treadwell, more than 125 people packed into the Treadwell fire hall to remember the man who gave so much to his hometown, Ken Walters, past fire chief of the Treadwell Fire Department, said. "His contribution to this community, and not just in emergency services, particularly for a farmer, is just Advertisement incredible," Walters said. Walters said Treadwell's volunteer department had been around since the late 1800s, but it was in the 1940s that Carlton and others decided it was time to take the quality and capacity of the department one step further. Kellogg was an early organizer of the Franklin-Treadwell Fire Protection District in the 1940s, where he served as fire commissioner for 10 years. In 1999, he was honored by his own fire company, the Fireman's Association of New York State and the Central New York Fireman's Association for 60 years of service. "He was a wonderful, very sweet gentleman," said Dottie Crane, a Treadwell firefighter and emergency medical technician, who is also a fire commissioner for the Franklin-Treadwell Fire Protection District. "This is a man who was so full of history, I hate to see him go." Over the years, Kellogg held a number of positions in the fire department. He was secretary and then moved up to chief, serving from 1950 to 1960. After that, he became a county fire commissioner for 10 years. He was also active with the Treadwell emergency squad, which he helped found in the 1960s. Kellogg is also remembered for his 20 years behind the wheel of the Treadwell school bus. Kellogg's entire life had been spent in Treadwell. He was born July 30, 1911, on the family farm, where he farmed until 1976, when he moved to the village. He graduated from Treadwell school in 1932 and married Arlowene Georgia, who died in 1992. Walters said Kellogg was eulogized Wednesday as a "statesman" by the Rev. Elliott Oakes. "What he was referred to was appropriate," Walters said, "not only because of what he was able to accomplish personally, but what he was able to accomplish through his ability to talk to and motivate others to accomplish things."

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