Horace Moses — Philanthropy to the end
Paper industry executive Horace Moses, a Ticonderoga native, continued philanthropy almost to the day of his death.
On his 86th birthday, one day before his death, the Horace A. Moses Foundation announced a $100,000 grant— the equivalent of $1.3 million in 2022dollars — payable over 10 years, to Junior Achievement, the youth organization that Moses, chairman of Strathmore Paper Co. of Springfield, Mass., had founded with members of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Associated Press reported in an obituary published April 23, 1947 in The Post-Star of Glens Falls.
Half of the grant was to go for Junior Achievement operations, and the other half for a Junior Achievement college scholarship fund.
Moses founded Junior Achievement based of the concept of 4H, except that Junior Achievement taught entrepreneurial skills instead of agricultural skills.
Moses felt that urban youth needed an alternative organization to teach principles of success.
Also on Moses’ 86th birthday, the foundation announced a contribution of more than $50,000 to Trinity Methodist Church at Springfield to install stained glass windows, art work and for other facets of a new chapel.
Moses and his daughter had previously contributed the 61-bell carillon at the church where Moses’ funeral was to be held on April 25.
At Ticonderoga, at the time, a campaign was under way to raise funds to construct an addition to Moses-Ludington Hospital.
Moses had agreed to match whatever was raised locally.
“Born on a farm in South Ticonderoga, N.Y., he was active through most of his business life in improving agricultural conditions and in bettering the operation of farm property,” the Associated Press obituary reported.
The obituary noted that Moses had contributed money to build The Hancock House, Ticonderoga Community Building and Moses-Ludington Hospital, and to craft the Liberty Monument, all in Ticonderoga.
He contributed money to build the Essex County Agricultural Building at Westport.
In 1942, he contributed money to construct a building at his alma mater, Troy Conference Academy, later known as Green Mountain College, at Poultney, Vt.
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