Thomas Judge


Thomas Judge, 87, died at his home on South Main street at 5:45 Tuesday afternoon of paralysis. He suffered a stroke a month ago which affected the entire left side. He was born in Roscommon, Ireland, Nov. 1, 1820, a son of Thomas and Mary (Atchinson) Judge and was the last of a family of six children. He learned the shoe-making trade when a young man and after the death of his father he came to this country and first settled in Roxbury, Mass. This was in 1847. In about a year he came to Brattleboro where he assumed the position of boss cutter in a shoe shop owned by George Cutler and situated where Hooker block now stands. With the exception of a year spent in Keene, N. H., he had lived in Brattleboro since he first came here. In 1859 he opened a shoe shop in the building known as Judge's block, which he owned up to the time of his death. He started in business for himself as a custom boot and shoe maker and had several men in his employ. He made only first class goods which sold for high prices. As the factory boots and shoes came to Brattleboro the demand for custom work lessened and he gradually changed his shop to a retail boot and shoe store. He retired two years ago and at that time had been in business longer than any other merchant in Brattleboro except O. J. Pratt.

In Ireland, Mr. Judge was called an expert cornetist and at one of the political gatherings in his native town at which Thomas O'Connell was the principal speaker he played so well that he was personally complimented by the famous Irish leader. In Roxbury he was a member of a well-known band. When he came to this country he brought his cornet with him and also music which was copied extensively throughout Vermont. He was the first cornetist in Brattleboro and in the old days he frequently would go to what is now Prospect street and play to the delight of his friends.

He married in this town Mary Farrell of Tipperary, who died in 1859. The following children by this marriage survive: William J. Judge, Fannie A. Curley and Thomas Judge of Holyoke, Mass. Two other children died in infancy. He married for his second wife Honorah McCormack, who died in 1894, leaving the following children: John J. Judge of Amherst, Mass., Katherine M., wife of William O'Donoghue of Brattleboro, Rose Judge of Springfield, Mass., and Mary J., wife of John Bissette of this town. There are also six grandchildren. The funeral was held yesterday at 2 o'clock at the house.

The bearers were William, Thomas and John Judge and William O'Donoghue. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Brattleboro Reformer, May 1, 1908.


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