At the end of 1953, Claude is elected secretary of the Men’s Garden Club of Broome County. The Sunday paper features an article and question forum by the members. This photo is next to it.
There is no indication he is ill just months before his death.
Others in photo:
Frank E. Brimmer, President, Vestal
Donald C. Hotchkin, first vice-president
Zenus G. Barnum, treasurer, Oakdale
The Sunday Press, Binghamton, N.Y., Page 15-C, December 20, 1953.