Many of Lewiston’s early settlers are buried in the Lewiston Cemetery, located next to the Presbyterian Church. Among them are Catherine and Thomas Hustler whose grave stones can be seen here. Thomas died in 1822, aged 68 years, while Catherine died ten years later at the age of 70. The Hustlers were used as the models for Betty Flanigan and Sergeant Hollister by author James Fenimore Cooper when he wrote the The Spy. According to Cooper, it was Catherine Hustler who invented the “cocktail.” She said, “It warms both the body and soul, and is fit to be put in a vessel of diamonds.” The wording on Catherine’s gravestone is hard to read, but with patience you can decipher:
“Traveler, as you are passing by —
As you are now, so once was I —
As I am now, so you must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.”

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