Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oxford, NY in 1879

Oxford After Forty Years
September 29, 1879

The following, taken from a Cooperstown paper, is from the pen of Hon. Hezekiah Sturges.  It is a beautiful letter, and will awaken the memories in the minds of many of our elder citizens:

Editor Freeman's Journal:  It was with sincere gratification, and yet with mingled emotions of pleasure and sadness that, during the past week, I spent a few hours in the beautiful village of Oxford, in the county of Chenango.  Forty-one years had come and gone since I had addressed a public farewell to the trustees, teachers and the remaining students, at the Oxford Academy, then celebrated as a seat of learning in all the central and western portion of the State, and where I had spent some years with pleasure and benefit to myself.
With my friend Mr. Hull, now a resident of the village, I traversed in somber moonlight those classic grounds, and the very air seemed vocal with voices of teaches I loved so well, and the joyous laughter of my then fellow students and daily companions.  As we passed along I lingered a moment in front of the residences of the Tracys, the Mygatts, the Millers, the Perkinses, the Glovers, the Bacons, the McKoons, the Clarkes, the VanWagenens, and others, where in my youth I have been hospitably and generously entertained.  But I had no occasion to enquire where now most of those are, who then presided over those lovely, generous and hospitable homes, for I knew that I had but to step into the neighboring cemetery to find their names there inscribed on marble cenotaphs.  Of all who were then in active life,
"Some are dead, some are gone,
Some are scattered and alone,
Some all restfully at home."
The early morning I spent with Counsellor Packer, who all these long years, in his native village, has been successfully engaged in the business of his profession, in which he has attained an honorable position, and in the accumulation of property, has an abundant reward for his untiring industry and unbending integrity.  But now in his advancing years, I am sorry to say, is doing
"Penance for contemning love,
with daily, heart-sore sigh."
The Counselor entertained me with a few incidents in the history of some of the residents there in years gone by, among others, of Judge McKoon, whom I remember with great kindness to me as a student, which he as long since forgotten, but which I never shall.  After I knew him, his life was somewhat checkered, and at times darkly over clouded.  I am happy to hear that those clouds are now, in his advanced age, dispersed or gilded with bright and happy rays of his setting sun.
Oxford--in the natural beauty of its location--in its clean, broad and shaded streets--in its well supported public institutions--and more than all, in the refinement, social hospitality and generous kindness of its citizens, always makes an agreeable and indelible impression upon those who may, for any cause, have occasion to visit it.

Obituaries (March 31)

Martin Toby
1811 - 1879
Mr. Toby died at Yaleville [Chenango Co., NY], May 1, 1879, aged 67 years, 4 months and 11 days; He was born Dec. 11, 1811; he was of German descent, and came to this country with a family in 1854.  His sudden death came like a thunderbolt upon the whole community.  In the morning he seemed to be in perfect health, and went to his work as usual, and conversed with his son not five minutes before his death.  Mr Toby was a kind father and a fond companion; much beloved by his family and all who knew him and his loss was felt deeply.  The bereft friends have the heartfelt sympathy of all who knew him.  He came to this country a poor man, and by honest labor became the owner of the farm that he occupied at the time of his death.  He reared a large family of children who have become young men and women, and are much respected by their many friends.  Three of them are in California.  Mr. Toby was a man who was always ready to accommodate, and one of the first to help in sickness; but he has gone before us and we shall meet him on the other shore. [Buried in Yaleville Cemetery]
Romeo Warren
1799 - 1883
Hon. Romeo Warren died in Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], Thursday, Oct. 25, 1883.  Mr. Warren was born at Watertown, Conn., January 7th, 1799, and at an early age removed to Coventry, where he spent the greater portion of his life.  He married Miss Lucy Lewis Nov. 6th, 1822, with whom, if he had survived a few days longer, he would have lived sixty-one years.  Mr. Warren was emphatically a self made man.  Commencing life with only a capital of energy, integrity and perseverance he accumulated a fair fortune and won his way to the esteem and confidence of his fellow man.  He held, at times, several offices of trust and responsibility.  In 1852 he was elected sheriff of this county, and in 1866-7 he was a member of the State legislature.  In both of these offices as well as supervisor of his town, he discharged his duties with great credit to himself and the general satisfaction of the people.  For nearly half a century he was a member of the Congregational church in Coventry, and in his death that society has lost one of its staunchest adherents.  Thus has passed away not only one of the oldest residents of this county, but one who was universally respected and esteemed.

Philo E. Stebbins
1854 - 1911
Philo E. Stebbins, who lived near West Davenport [Delaware Co., NY] died very suddenly of heart failure October 7.  Mr. Stebbins suffered for several years from valvular troubles of the heart.  Mr. Stebbins was born in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], May 22, 1854, and lived there until he married Emma A. Rogers of Afton and for a time lived in Norwich, but about 28 years ago they moved to Milford, where he followed his chosen occupation of farming, and in 1901 he came to the present home.  Ten years ago there was a happy home circle, consisting of a father, mother, and 8 children; now there are left of the immediate family only four:  Miss Pearl Stebbins, Ralph and Norman, who live in the home and Miss Ruth Stebbins of Oneonta; one sister, Mrs. C.J. Westcott, also of Oneonta.  [Buried Milford Cemetery, Milford, Otsego Co., NY]

Hattie Clark Horton
1869 - 1914
Harriet Ruth, wife of James M. Horton, died at Crouse Irving Hospital, Syracuse, on Friday morning, July 9th, aged 45 years.  She was born in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] Feb. 28th, 1869, the only child of Frank S. and Sarah Mills Clark.  Mrs. Horton was a woman of worth and rare good qualities.  Quiet, unassuming but active in all good works.  A faithful member of the Congregational Church from childhood and interested in all of the services and societies.  A great lover of music, she had been a member of the Church choir from a child and for years a loved teacher in the Sabbath School.  A charter member of the O.E.S. and also a charter member of the G.W.C. Her home life has been an ideal and happy one, a place where many friends have always received a warm welcome and through her hospitality passed many happy hours.  While the community at large and all the societies to which she belonged will mourn her departure, there will be no place where she will be missed and mourned for, as to the home where only the bereaved husband and aged father remain.  Much sympathy is felt for them in this dark hour of life.  Funeral services were held from the Congregational Church on Monday at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. J.B. Kaloria.  From the moment the casket borne by cousins of Mr. and Mrs. Horton rested in the vestibule of the Church, the falling tears mingled with the fragrance of flowers, told in a silent way of the deep sympathy felt for the bereaved family.  The floral tributes were beautiful.  A partial list flowers:  From the old schoolmates of Mrs. Horton that she had recently entertained came a blanket of waterlillies and ferns, and from Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Cook, teacher of these schoolmates, a piece made up of roses and ferns; a fine piece from the Ladies Aid of the church of which she was a member; carnations from the GW.C. and numerous other pieces which cannot be remembered and described were from Miss Mary B. Mills and Miss Henrietta Brown, P.A. Loomis and H.A.Walworth, Pres. and Sec. of the Patrons Fire Relief Association.  It was only five weeks before Mrs. Horton was called by death that she entertained at her home about thirty old schoolmates in honor of Mr. Alson Ives, a cousin now residing in Los Angeles, Cal. who is visiting friends in this vicinity.  Mrs. Horton had a surprise in store for those present when she presented their old teacher, Mr. Walter A. Cook now living in Frankfort, which added great pleasure to the occasion and the news of her death came as a shock to those who spent a most enjoyable day to her presence for the last time.  Friends from the following towns were present at the funeral:  Norwich, South New Berlin, Oneonta, Wells Bridge, Unadilla, Sidney, Bainbridge, Coventryville, Tyner, Oxford, Deansboro, Auburn, Vernon and East Orange, N.J.  Interment was made in the Guilford Centre cemetery.

George Arthur Horton
1897 - 1914
A sad accident took place at Guilford Lake Sunday evening between the hours of 6 and 7 when George Arthur Horton, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Horton of East Orange, N.J., was drowned while bathing with an out of town friend.  His body was recovered in a short time and Dr. G. A. Evans, of Brooklyn worked over him with artificial breathing for 45 minutes but all efforts to bring him to consciousness were in vain, heart trouble is supposed to have been the cause of his death.  He was 17 years of age and has spent several seasons at the Lake. The body was removed to the undertaking rooms of B.A. Fleming and Monday evening was taken to Oxford accompanied by the family where they took the D.L.&W. for East Orange, N.J., for the funeral services and burial.  The accident following so closely the death of his aunt, Mrs. Hattie Clark Horton will only add to the sorrow and gloom which seems to hover over the family.  He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters.  The sympathy of the entire community is theirs.

Lee J. Daniels
Bainbridge Republican, February 9, 1928
Lee J. Daniels passed away at his home in Mount Upton [Chenango Co., NY], January 29th.  By occupation he was an engine watchman on the O.&W. railroad from which he retired some time ago because of ill health.  He was born in Morris, Otsego county, on September 24, 1868, son of Harris and Mary Hebberd Daniels.  A wife, who was Mary G. Green, survives, also four children, Mrs. Evelyn Miller, of Downsville and Bertha, of Mt. Upton; Henry of Ellenville and Frank of the U.S.Army. Burial will be made in Prospect Hill cemetery, Sidney.

Candace L. Swart
Bainbridge Republican, July 31, 1930
Mrs. Candace L. Swart of this village met a sad death early last week Friday morning while on a visit at the home of her son, Charles Raymond Swart, at Schenectady. Troubled with severe headaches, she was seized during the night.  She arose early and left the house.  She walked to a small lake in the neighborhood and while standing near the water was stricken with apoplexy and her body fell into the water.  An examination revealed that death came from natural causes and not from drowning.  Mrs. Swart had been at her son's home for about a week, she hoping that the change would relieve her impaired health which had followed from confining work at her home.  She maintained a boarding place for the teachers of the High School in this village.  For sometime she had been troubled with severe headaches.  Mrs. Swart was the daughter of Adrial Hamlin and Nancy Fuller. She was born at North Sanford [Broome Co., NY] Sept. 3, 1868.  She was married to Charles Clinton Swart at North Sanford June 11, 1896.  Twenty-three years ago Mr. and Mr. Swart came to Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] to reside.  Mr. Swart died September 22, 1921.  Mrs. Swart was a member of the Methodist church this village.  She also was a past matron of the O.E.S.  One son Charles Raymond Swart survives.  He holds a position with the General Electric Company at Schenectady.  One sister Miss Jane Hamlin of Bainbridge survives.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home on Front street and burial was in Greenlawn cemetery.  


Monday, March 30, 2015

Hiram C. Weller of Sidney Plains - 1879

Hiram C. Weller
Bainbridge Republican, February 27, 1879

It is a strange and almost an unaccountable circumstance that of late years, the general business of our place is wholly conducted by those who but a short time since were strangers and unknown to this community.  And it is also remarkable that out of the first long line of ancestral lineage, not any of the settlers have really a representative in the business circles of this town.  Mr. H.C. Weller Esq., whose name we have placed at the head of this article, is now what may be properly termed the oldest resident business man living in this village.  He was born at Norwich, Chenango Co., Feb. 25, 1826.  His father Hiram Weller, was an old resident of Norwich, and carried on the tin and hardware business for a number of years, and was favorably known as one of the honorable and enterprising business men of the place.  Mr. H.C. Weller worked in the shop of his father until he had passed his 18th year when his health becoming impaired he sought a change of climate by visiting Germany where he spent one season in company of Capt. Paul Latham of Norwich, traveling over the "province" and visiting many places of interest.  On his return home he once more engaged in his former occupation with renewed health and also engaged in the foundry business, in which he continued for 15 years.  He was married in 1849 to Miss Martha Hopkins, daughter of Frederick Hopkins Esq., one of the prominent citizens of Norwich.
In 1860 having closed out the foundry business he went to Richmond, Virginia, and other points South and West prospecting for one season, when he returned east and spent the winter in New York, but in the spring of 1871, he entered the employment of the United States, and was assigned a position in Missouri where he had the supervision of the erection of telegraphic lines for the use of the government, protected by the United States troops.  In 1863 he returned home to Norwich where he remained for two years, and in the spring of 1865 he came to Sidney Plains and purchased the David Johnson farm about one mile east of this village, where he remained for two years, when he exchanged his farm for a residence and grocery store in this place, where he conducted the grocery business for three years, and in '68 transfered the grocery into that of the drug business, in which he still continues.  His father died in Oct. 1851 aged 53 years.  His mother died Aug. 26th, 1875 in the 76 year of her age.  Mr. Weller was early connected with the Masonic Lodge in Norwich and of which he is still a member, and by his good deportment soon gained the confidence of our townsmen, and was appointed to the important position of Rail Road Commissioner, which office he retained for nearly four years, and during his tenure of office that the Sidney bonds for the building of the Albany and Susquehanna Rail Road were sold at the auspicious moment, when they "went at par."  Mr. Weller having resigned his position as Rail Road Commissioner was elected Supervisor of the town, the duties of which he discharged with credit and ability.  Mr. Weller has two children, a son and daughter, the later was married some five years ago to Mr. D.M. Bowers, and now resides in Syracuse, the son remains in the store with his father, and is also interested as a poultry fancier, in keeping and breeding blooded fowls, of which he has different varieties, but his greatest favorites are the "Plymouth Rocks."  Mr. Weller is possessed of a kind and charitable disposition, and is always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need, or give in aid any assistance which may be productive of good to the community.  In person Mr. Weller stands six feet high and is well proportioned weighing 180 lbs, and is possessed of a good address, and is one well calculated to make friends.  His features are open and well defined, and he wears his whiskers which are dark, close cut, and which with his hair are interwoven with those silvery threads that betokens coming age.

Sidney Record, October 4, 1902
For nearly five years previous to his death last Sunday at 3:30 p.m., Mr. H.C. Weller, Sidney's [Delaware Co., NY] oldest business man, had been denied the happiness of seeing his loving relatives and many warm friends.  Yet in all these years he bore his infirmities in a patient, cheerful and manly way.  His grasp of hand remained firm: his intellect bright and keen.  He resigned himself to God's wish.  The sound of his friends' voices cheered his dark journey in his latter years.  It was the music that buoyed his hopes and strengthened his heart.  But slowly the strong frame was borne down by illness.  Gradually the world receded and the journey into the Valley of Death was made in that spirit of calm resignation to the Almighty's Will that befits a Christian life, the life of one who has not lived in vain, one whose heart, hand and purse were ever open to help those in affliction, to cheer and comfort those about him.

Mr. Weller was a native of  Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] in which town he was actively engaged in business up to 1864, when he moved to Sidney.  He was united in marriage on the 4th day of September, 1849.  This union was blessed with two children, a son and daughter, Mrs. D.M. Bowers.  He was bound by the most tender ties of affection to his family circle.  The devotion of husband and wife during these 53 years proved a model of home life.  Their courtship apparently ended only in death.  To such a true, devoted wife this blow is indeed a sad one.  Many are the hearts that sorrow with hers and her immediate family and we can bid them hope that their lost one is in a happier world, free from pain, awaiting to meet them once again in the glories of the resurrection.

During his life in Sidney Mr. Weller always deservedly maintained the highest respect of the community.  His sense of public spirit was highly developed.  He served the town as Supervisor and as railroad commissioner for many years and his services were greatly appreciated.  As president of the Board of Sewer Commissioners, Sidney owes him a debt of gratitude for his zeal and efficiency and the fine system of sewers now in use in this village is largely due to Mr. Weller's untiring energy.  Although 76 years of age he took to the last a keen interest in all public affairs.  His memory was retentive and his conversation always entertaining.  In his earlier years he visited Germany, Holland and France. Travel Broadened his mind, endearing him to the fellowship of man.

The funeral obsequies were conducted on Wednesday afternoon under the auspices of Sidney Lodge, no. 801, F.&A.M., of which ancient and honorable body he had been a lifelong member.  Mr. L.L. Heath acted as funeral director.  At 1:15 a large delegation of Masons in funeral regalia, formed line in front of the mortuary residence, T.W. Day, the Tiler of Sidney Lodge No. 801, F.&A.M., acting as Marshal.  They sorrowfully viewed the remains of their departed brother, who rested in an elaborate casket of mahogany, surrounded by exquisite floral designs, the tributes of loving friends and Masonic brothers.

The funeral cortege was then formed and escorted by the fraternity, proceeded to the Congregational church where a large number of mourners were gathered. The bearers were John A. Clark, R. McKinnon, Charles H. Seeley, Dr. McKinnon, H.A. Skinner and S.F. Cumber. The honorary bearers were P.D. Searles and W.H. Wright.  Rev. W.T. Edds selected his text from Acts 18-36:  "David having served his generation, fell asleep."  In well tempered sentences the pastor brought comfort to hearts in grief, leaving an impress for the good. The Masonic services at the grave were impressive in character.  H.D. Mallory, Esq., of  Norwich, delivered the Oration.

Then the tomb closed over one who leaves to friends unnumbered the sense of a precious friendship broken and the memories of a delightful character.  To his family his memory is dear and imperishable.  For intellectual brightness, quickness and vigor he had few equals in our vicinage.  He was gifted with sprightly humor, and genius of good fellowship.  Mr. Weller was sympathetic and drew to himself a rare quality of affection, which intimate acquaintance with him never failed to deepen.  Moreover, those who knew him well soon discovered that beneath his vivacity was a genuinely thoughtful mind and the temper of moral earnestness by which respect was added to affection.  He leaves to the world a treasured memory--the greatest heritage that one may bequeath.

Compiler Note:  Hiram C. Weller died 28 September 1902 and was buried in Sidney's Prospect Hill Cemetery.

S. Aubrey Crumb, WWI Flier - 1918

Will Be a Flier
Utica Saturday Globe, June 17, 1918
S. Aubrey Crumb

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  S. Aubrey Crumb, who graduated last Friday from the Naval Aviation Ground School at Cambridge, Mass., left the next day by boat for Miami, Fla., where he will receive further instruction and training in flying. 
Mr. Crumb left the Cambridge school having secured high marking in all branches of his work. During the latter part of his course he was made a non-commissioned officer and given charge of the training of a squadron.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Crumb, of South Broad street.  He graduated from the Norwich High School in 1916 and had taken his first year at the University of Pennsylvania and entered on the second when he enlisted December 13, 1917.  He was called up for service March 4, 1918.

Obituaries (March 30)

Michael W. Cox
Utica Saturday Globe, June 17, 1918
Michael W. Cox

Michael W. Cox a member of one of the leading Catholic families in the city and county, died Sunday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert J. Tuohy on Henry street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].  Deceased was a native of Norwich, a son of the late John and Katherine Cox, and was born December 22, 1858.  As a lad he learned the bakery business in which he was engaged for 35 years, having conducted the Cox bakery and grocery store on North Broad street, where the Shattuck bakery is now located, for 31 years.  He was among the best known of the business men of Norwich and hundreds of friends regretted his retirement two years ago because of failing health.  Mr. Cox had been confined to his home for the past 10 weeks and was faithfully cared for by his only child, Mrs. Tuohy, who with a brother, Thomas and a sister, Miss Minnie Cox, of this city, are the immediate survivors.  Mr. Cox was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Church and devoted to its interests.  He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the A.O.H., the Elks, Eagles and Red Men.  Delegations from these orders were in attendance at the funeral services on Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock, when solemn requiem high mass was celebrated by Father Tiernan, with Rev. Father P.J. Walsh as deacon and Rev. D.J. Dooling, of Sherburne sub-deacon.  Special music was rendered by the choir, in which Miss Florence Debboid, of Utica; James Riley, L.H. Burnside and Linn H. Babcock, sang.  The music was pronounced very beautiful, as was the chanting of the priests in the sanctuary.
Thompson White
Chenango Union, March 10, 1892
Hon. Thompson White died at his residence in New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY] on Monday of last week, at the age of eighty-nine years.  He had been an invalid for a long time, but his death was not looked for until the Saturday previous, when he became unconscious.  He had long been a respected resident of that village, had filled many important town offices, and represented his district in the Assembly in 1852, having been elected on the Democratic ticket.
Mrs. John P. Kittell
Chenango Union, March 10, 1892
Mrs. John P. Kittell died at her home in New York city, the 4th inst., and her remains were brought to Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY] and interred in the cemetery at that place on Saturday last.  Her age was 69 years and 6 months.  Mr. J.P. Kittell was a resident of the town of North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] many years, having been actively engaged in business, and identified with its growth and prosperity.  For some years past his home has been in New York city, where he has  a lucrative business.  His wife, whose maiden name was Reed, was born in the town of Sherburne, where many friends mourn her loss.
Harriet R. Church
Chenango Union, March 17, 1892
Dr. Church's wife is dead.  She succumbed to the ravages of cancer at 10 o'clock last night, and in her death Passaic [NJ] loses a woman who aimed high morally and religiously, and who did her best according to her light, to elevate and ennoble her fellows and to alleviate the sufferings of the poor.  Especial interest attaches to her case on account of her abiding faith in what she called "divine healing" and her obstinate refusal to take medicine.  As the readers of the News know already she never during a moment of the two years of her illness doubted that God would interpose in her behalf and cure her of the dread disease.  Doubtless but for this firm faith and the cheerfulness born of it, she would have gone hence long since.  For the first nineteen months she went about her business as usual.  Then she took to her bed and since then has been slowly, but surely sinking.  She first showed signs of approaching dissolution Friday afternoon after being visited by the Rev. Mr. Von Barchwitz and Rev. John Crawford.  After that, no change was observed until about three minutes before she died last night when her breath began to fail.  The nurse summoned her husband from his office below.  He ran upstairs but his wife was already unable to speak, and she died almost immediately.  Tomorrow is the 48th anniversary of Mrs. Church's birthday.  She was born in Chenango county, New York, and lived there until sixteen years ago when she moved here with her husband.  She was a member of the Methodist church, a teacher in the Sunday School, and prominent in the Ladies' Aid and Ladies' Missionary Societies.  She was ex-president of the W.C.T.U. and a member of the Monday Afternoon Club. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Methodist church.  --Passaic Daily News, March 8.
Helen Barrows
Chenango Union, March 17, 1892
The funeral services of little Helen, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barrows, of 218 North street, were held at the North Street Congregational Church.  Wednesday at 2:30 the little church was crowded to its utmost capacity with sympathizing friends and neighbors who had known and loved the little one whom death had so unexpectedly removed to a fairer clime. The Sunday and week day schools were largely represented.  The floral offerings were very fine, consisting of a pillow from the public school, bearing the inscription, "Our Schoolmate," and roses from Helen's Sunday School class at St. Paul's,  and lilies from her Sunday School class at the Methodist Mission.  The members of the two Sunday School classes sang, "Nearer my God to Thee," "Jesus, Lover of my Soul," and "We'll never say good bye in Heaven."  The services were conducted by Rev. B. H. Burch, assisted by Rev. Mr. Luce, who offered prayer and read a scripture lesson. The sermon by Mr Burch was a very impressive one.--Middletown Daily Argus, March 10.
Jerry Goodson
Chenango Union,  March 17, 18923
Jerry Goodson, a respected farmer living just west of this village [Earlville, Madison Co., NY], was found dead in bed, last night (Wednesday).  In a part of the house reside Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fancher, but the latter has been absent from home for several days.  Mr. Fancher, who is employed on the Chenango branch of the West Shore, went home last night and immediately he realized that all was not right.  He gained an entrance to Mr. Goodson's apartments, where he was greatly alarmed to find that gentleman dead in his bed.  Dr. White and others were hastily summoned, when it was ascertained that the man had been dead for some time. The cover was partially removed from the coal stove and the drafts were open, and apparently death was caused by the gases thereform, as a bird was also found dead in its cage.  Deceased was a widower, about sixty years of age, and had one daughter, who is in Germany perfecting herself in the languages--Earlville Standard.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blog LIsting March 23 - 29, 2015

Listing of blog postings for the week of March 23-29, 2015.

Posted March 24, 2015
Norine VanName - Abraham J. Kellogg (1944)
Esther George - Nelson Delameter (1944)
Mr. & Mrs. James Constable (65th anniversary, 1944)
Wilhemina G. Rutledge - Kermit E Gregory (1944)

March March 25, 2015
Runion Parsons - Mahala Hoffman (50th anniversary, 1879)
Recollecitons of Mahala Hoffman Parsons

Posted March 26, 2015
Rosa Bailey - James B. Palmer (1878)
O. Eugene Sackett - Mary E. Ottman (1879)
Mary Humphrey - Fletcher Neff (1879)
Marriage Notices
     Thomas H. Compton - Hattie L. Carl (1878)
     Ellis Garrison - Sarah Sherwood (1878)
     Menzo Tyler - Marion Disbrow (1878)
     William M. Sweet - Thankful Barber (1878)
     R.A. Thompson, Jr. - Rosa B. Moulton (1878)
Arthur Bartlett - Gertrude Powell (elopement, 1904)

Posted March 27, 2015
John L. Clark - Emma M. Marshall (1879)
Ethel May Race - Charles Stratton Juliand (1904)
Herbert Hill - Mary Backus (1904)
Ethel Spicer - Leslie S. Leach (1904)
Marriage Notices
     Almond Vedder - Louis B. Baldwin (1879)
     B.R. Blow - Erine G. Merithew (1879)
     William B. Cook - Anna F. Rider (1879)

Posted March 28, 2015
Leon J. Parker - Maud E. Stephens (1902)
Clarence E. Lindsay - Gertrude Riley (1904)
Mr. & Mrs. Willis Whitehead (39th anniversary, 1941)

Posted March 29, 2015
Bessie C. Dalrymple - G. Mortimer Dimmick (1902)
Marriage Notices - 1898
     William Finch - Nora B. Whitaker
     Wallace P. Jeffery - Mary E. Price
     Fred Murdock - Flora E. Benjamin
     Edward Ames - Sara C. Lawton
Posted March 23, 2015
Lucy Treadway (Coventry, 1847)
James Davidson (Bainbridge, Afton, 1847)
Elizabeth Thorpe Prindle (Norwich, 1892)
Zebulon C. Randall (DeRuyter, Pharsalia, 1892)
George S. Wells (Bainbridge, 1899) Casualty of the Spanish/American War
Burton J. Hollenbeck (Binghamton, Guilford, Bainbridge, 1946)
Tracy R. Oles (Oneonta) Car/Pedestrian accident

Posted March 24, 2015
Benjamin J. Tillett (Norwich, 1902)
Clayton I. Burch (Earlville, 1944)
Frank Judd (Sidney, 1944)
Death Notices - 1944
     Rachel Decker (Delhi)
     Joyce Adena Kittle (Guilford)
     Mrs. Walter A. Cranston (Walton)
     Kittie Helen Place (Sidney)
     Mrs. Robert B. Lewis (Hancock)

Posted March 25, 2015
Frances E. (Foster) Brown (Norwich, 1902)
Augusta Martin (Coventry, 1879)
Georgiana Phillips (Coventry, 1879)
Amanda Bradbury (Guilford, 1879)
Mary Lewis (McDonough, Yaleville, 1879)
Abigail E. Delavan (Guilford, 1879)
Rufus Burlingame (Afton, 1879)

Posted March 26, 2015
Mrs. Darius Woodward (Coventry, 1878)
Mr. A.T. Mosher (North Sanford)
Jennie A. Bradstreet (Bennettsville, 1878)
Guy Franklin (Pasadena CA, Norwich, 1904)
Death Notices
     Sarah Travis (Walton, Bainbridge, 1878
     Freddie Winsor (Bennettsville, 1878)
     Nattie Bennett (Wellsborro, PA, Bainbridge, 1879)

Posted March 27, 2015
Judson E. Drake (Norwich, Schenectady, 1902)
Frances (Scott) Wells (Oxford, 1904)
Rev. Dr. Ross C. Houghton (Malden MA, 1904)
Ethel Maude Kendrick (Norwich, 1904)
John Ringer Juliand (Greene, 1904)
Harry C. Hugaboom (Bainbridge, 1904)
Charles Lyon (Bainbridge, 1879)

Posted March 28, 2015
James F. Bugler (Fabius, Norwich, 1902)
Caroline Lord (Pharsalia, 1861)
Joseph Foote (Coventry, 1861)
Leonard Francisco (West Bainbridge, 1879)
Selina Duncan Dimmick (Norwich, 1904)
Death Notices
     Dr. William C. Wait, Jr. (Norwich, 1861)
     Harmon Wood (Norwich, 1861)
Posted March 29, 2015
Martha (Flower) Avery (Norwich, Chicago, 1902)
Deborah Briggs (Bainbridge)
Ann Eliza Mathewson (Masonville, 1893)
Sarah J. Van Embergh (NYC)
Mary P. (Coit) Holmes (Winsted, CT, 1897)
Harriet E. Butler Phelps (Illinois, 1897)
Mrs. Stephen Hurd (Illinois, 1897)

Posted March 24, 2015
Curtiss E. Knockerbocker promoted - 1902

Posted March 25, 2015
Bainbridge High School, Class of 1948, Part 6

Posted March 26, 2015
Jeduthun Roe of Sidney Plains - 1879

Posted March 27, 2015
Frances (Sherwood) Foster of Sidney Plains - 1879

Posted March 28, 2015
De Verne C. Pike of Norwich, NY - 1902
Martin B. Luther of Sidney Plains, NY - 1879

Posted March 29, 2015
Postmaster M.D. Firman of North Norwich, 1902
Mrs. Ira Sherman of Sidney Plains - 1879

Mrs. Ira Sherman of Sidney Plains, 1879

Hannah (Wooster) Sherman
Bainbridge Republican, March 20, 1879

If there is one trait in American character more peculiar than another, it is a want of interest in the lives of the aged.  We as a nation are properly termed an "excitable people" and as living upon the impulses of the moment, without cherishing any particular respect for the scenes of the past.  And in the rapid conflict of our lives, we are apt to lose sight of our early homes, and forget in a limited degree, that those lives which may be shadowed with age, are filled with incidents worthy of recognition, and that they should be preserved in honor of their lengthened years, as proud of those who founded our societies and preserved us as communities.  And it is in view of these facts that we have placed at the commencement of this article the name of Mrs. Ira Sherman, mother of the Honorable I.E Sherman, and daughter of Joseph and Hannah Wooster, who was born at Good Hill, Oxford, New Haven County, Conn. July 7th, 1794, and is the oldest person now living in this village [Sidney Plains, Delaware Co., NY].  She was born during George Washington's second administration and was some two years of age when he issued the farewell address to the people of the United States, and was six years old, at the time of his death, and what an eventful life to record as having lived under the administrations of all the presidents of this country, of having been born when this Government was comparatively in its infancy, and to have a cognition of its wonderful prosperity and growth.  Her parents were of English descent and able farmers, her father was also a soldier in the revolutionary war, and a cousin to General Wooster of heroic fame.  Mrs. Sherman was the youngest of a family of 15 children, 11 of whom grew up and married, but she is now the only one living.  Her father's homestead was located on one of the most elevated portions of tillable land in Conn., and unsurpassed for its natural beauty and surrounds.  From its elevated position could be seen Long Island and the Sound with its whitened sails, and in the distance, towns and villages, with cultivated fields and gardens, and it is not to be wondered at that a person born and raised under such picturesque influences should ever feel a love for the natural beauties of a rural home.  Mrs. Sherman was married Oct. 3d, 1814, and in the 20th year of her age.  Her husband owned a shall farm in the town of Oxford, Conn., near where she lived, and was also a merchant, and owned a saw and grist mill. They resided here till the year of 1837, when they sold out and moved to Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], having purchased  a large farm on the south side of the river about two miles east of this village.  Her husband only lived about 5 years after coming to this place.  He died in March 1842, aged 52 years.  They had but two children, a daughter and son.  Their daughter Sarah was born in 1816, and was married in November 1832, to Mr. Charles Betts of Woodbury, Conn., but died in Feb. 1834, leaving an infant daughter.  Her son Ira E. was born June 12th, 1826, who was at the time of his father's death attending school at Franklin, Del. Co., N.Y. and for two years after while completing his education, his mother superintended the farm displaying great skill in its management, proving herself fully competent for such an undertaking.  But on her son's return home, though young, was assigned the arduous duties of a farmer's life which he conducted till the year of 1867, when they sold out to Mr. Gillett, and bought a few acres of land and built a fine and attractive residence on a commanding site near the deport in this village where they have resided till this spring, but having purchased the farm formerly owned by Mr. Thesphilus Westover, about 1/2 mile east of this place, have rented their village residence, and will once more engage in farming where Mrs. Sherman will find more pleasure in the domestic duties of a farm life than in the bustle and excitement of town society, and where bleating flocks and lowing herds lend an enchantment which can only be fully appreciated by those who are born with a love for a farmer's home.  Mrs. Sherman united with the Baptist church in the year of 1830 and of which she has ever been a constant and a devoted member.  She is possessed of a strong and active mind with a keen susceptibility as to the principles of right and wrong, and though nearly in the 86 year of her age, she exhibits a vigorous constitution scarcely equaled by those of less than half her years.  And taking into account her long life with its varied associations, she constitutes one of the most interesting and attractive women in this community, and when finally gathered to the "home of her fathers" there will be one  broken stand in the silver cord binging past and present events together in the life of one person that all future time will fail to unite.  Mrs. Sherman has a beautiful oil painting of her former home in Conn. sketched and painted by the distinguished artist, Mr. George Watters (husband of her granddaughter, Sarah Betts, and now a resident of Elmira N.Y.) which greatly aids in preserving the memories of those youthful scenes which still seem to cluster around her in her declining years, as a "halo" of pleasure in the circles of a well spent life. 
Sidney Record, January 25, 1883
Died:  Jan. 17th, 1883, at the residence of her son, Ira E. Sherman, Mrs. Hannah Wooster Sherman, aged 88 yrs, 6 months, and 10 days.
Deceased was the youngest of fourteen children, all born on one of the bleak New England hills, called Good Hill, overlooking long Island Sound.  Of this large family, all but two lived to mature life, and most of them to very great age, and all but three passed the three score and ten, allotted to man.  The combined ages of the 12 children who grew to man and womanhood was over 900 years. 
The last three years of her life were years of suffering, but through all this trial she passed, patient and loving to the last.  In her early married life she united with the Baptist church in Oxford, Conn., and for the church of her choice always felt a warm and abiding interest.  In the death of Mrs. Sherman a true mother and friend of the New England type has passed away, leaving a record that no one of her friends need blush to own. 
Her face in death was a model of sweetness and peace and those who looked upon it know that the change when it came brought a joy "that the world knows not of."
"After life's fitful fever, she sleeps well."
Compiler Note:  Hannah (Wooster) Sherman (1794 - 1883) is buried in Sidney's Prospect Hill Cemetery.. Her husband Ira Sherman (1791 - 1842), and son Ira E. Sherman (1826 - 1896) are also buried in Prospect  Hill.

M.D. Firman, North Norwich Postmaster, 1902

M.D. Firman
Utica Saturday Globe, January 4, 1902
Postmaster M.D. Firman

On account of the death of Postmaster Carpenter of North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], who for so many years had served the patrons of that office, it became necessary to name his successor, and M.D. Firman has received the appointment.
Mr. Firman is about 51 years of age and was born in the town of Columbia, Herkimer county, but has lived in North Norwich for the past 17 years, being the owner of a large farm.  For three years prior to the period of the civil war he lived in Norwich and was a clerk in the drug store of C.H. Williamson.  He went west and for 14 years followed the drug business. He then went to Kansas where for seven years he engaged in stock raising.  Returning to Chenango county he settled in North Norwich.  Mr. Firman has always been a staunch Republican and was at one time a justice of the peace in North Norwich. The location of the postoffice has been changed to the general store of Smith & Stradling.

Marriages (March 29)

Dimmick - Dalrymple
Utica Saturday Globe,  January 4, 1902
Mr. and Mrs. G Mortimer Dimmick

At the home of the bride's parents Mr. and Mrs. Lawson G. Dalrymple, in North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on Tuesday evening, occurred the marriage of their only daughter, Miss Bessie C. Dalrymple, to G. Mortimre Dimmick, of Norwich.  About 75 guests were present at the wedding ceremony, which was performed by Rev. A.O. Austin, of Foster, Pa., an uncle of the bride.  The bridal couple stood under an arch of evergreens surmounted by a beautiful white dove.  The parlor was beautifully decorated with flowers and trailing vines.  The ushers were Prof. Charles Benedict, of Prof. Jervis, and Walter Benedict, of North Norwich, cousins of the bride   Both bride and groom are graduates of Norwich High School and prominent young people in social life.  After congratulations a wedding supper was served by Cateress B. Hickey.  Mr. and Mrs. Dimmick left on a wedding tour to Buffalo, Niagara Falls and other places. 
Marriage Notices - 1898
FINCH - WHITAKER:  In Montrose, Pa., Nov. 16th, by Rev. A.L. Benton, Mr. William Finch, of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Nora B. Whitaker, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY].
JEFFERY - PRICE:  In New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], Nov. 11th, by the Rector of St. Andrews' Parish, Mr. Wallace P. Jeffery, to Miss Mary E. Price.
MURDOCK - BENJAMIN:  At Mt. Upton, Nov. 18th, by Rev. J. Bradshawe, Mr. Fred Murdock, of Hartwick, N.Y. [Otsego Co.], to Miss Flora E. Benjamin, of Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY].
AMES - LAWTON:  In Oxford, Nov. 18th, by Rev. B.F. Bradford, Mr. Edward Ames, of Newark Valley [Tioga Co., NY], to Miss Sarah C. Lawton, of Oxford.[Chenango Co., NY].

Obituaries (March 29)

Martha (Flower) Avery
Utica Saturday Globe, January 4, 1902
Mrs. Martha Avery
Former Beloved Norwich Resident Who Died Recently in Chicago

On Sunday last word was received of the death of Mrs. Martha Avery, at the home of her granddaughter in Chicago.  The remains were brought to Rochester for burial on Tuesday.  Mrs. Avery is well remembered in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] as the widow of Dr. George W. Avery, for many years a prominent physician of this village, who came here with his bride about 40 years ago, succeeding to the practice of Dr. Baker.  Mrs. Avery's maiden name was Flower and she was born in Rochester, where she married her first husband, a Mr. Clark.  A son by this marriage, John Clark, resided with his mother after her marriage to Dr. Avery until his own marriage to Miss Kitty Sherrin, daughter of the late James Sherrin, of this village.  Some time after the death of Dr. Avery about eight years ago.  Mrs. Avery went to Chicago and resided with her son until his death, since which she had made her home with her granddaughter.  Mrs. Avery was a fine singer and during her residence here took a prominent part in the social and religious work of the Congregational Church.
Deborah Briggs
Mrs. Deborah Briggs, relict of Alva Briggs, died at the home of her son, Chas. R. Briggs on North Main street, yesterday morning at 2 o'clock, of pneumonia, aged 78 years.  Mrs. Briggs was a resident of this town [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] for about thirty years, with the exception of the past eight months, when she resided in Sidney.  She was removed from the latter place March 23, to this village suffering with a fractured hip.  The funeral will be held Friday at 2 o'clock p.m. at the house, Rev. R.H. Stearus officiating.  Burial in Green Lawn cemetery [Bainbridge, NY]. 
Ann Eliza Mathewson
Mrs. Ann Eliza Mathewson, wife of John Mathewson, of Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], died on Tuesday morning, Sept. 19, 1893, at the residence of C.F. Case, her son by a former marriage, and who resides in Bainbridge.  Mrs. Mathewson was 57 years of age.  Funeral at the residence of her son, in this village at 10 a.m. Thursday.  Services conducted by Rev. T.F. Hall.  Burial in Episcopal cemetery.
Sarah J. Van Embergh
Mrs. Sarah J. Van Embergh, wife of the late Thomas Van Embergh, died at her home, no. 187 Park Avenue, at an early hour this morning.  Mrs. Van Embergh had not enjoyed good health for considerable time, but her sudden death was a surprise and shock to a large circle of friends and relatives.  Mrs. Van Embergh was down street yesterday afternoon and called upon a number of friends. She retired in her usual health. At 2:30 she called for assistance, saying that she was very ill.  Two minutes later she expired.  Coroner Cook decided that she died from natural causes.
Mary Perit (Coit) Holmes
1839 - 1897
Died at her home, August 5th, Mary P. Coit, wife of Rufus E. Holmes and daughter of Mary Breed and Henry H. Coit, in the 59th year of her age.  She was born July 5th, 1839 at Collamer, Ohio.  Her parents were born in Norwich, Conn., and were among the early emigrants to the "Western Reserve."  Two brothers, Chas. B. and Wm. H. Coit, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Coit Kirby, survive her.  Mrs. Holmes, for a long time, has been afflicted with an incurable disease, which she has borne with a Christian patience, fortitude and courage that was truly remarkable. She was a person very highly respected by the community in which she resided and was among the foremost in all the activities of the church of which she was an active member, and of the community in which she lived for the benefit and good morals of our citizens. Among those who were thus active and by our people generally, her death will be severely felt.  Funeral Saturday at 2 P.M. at the family residence on High street.  [Buried Winsted Old Burying Ground, Winsted, Litchfield Co., CT]
Harriet E. Butler Phelps
Died July 1897
The pale messenger visited the home of William C. Phelps, Wednesday afternoon taking his beloved wife Harriet E., who had suffered for nearly a year from cancer.  Since last fall she had been confined to her home and while everything was done that loving hearts and gentle hands could do to alleviate her sufferings, she peacefully joined the silent majority at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, aged 75 years, 5 months and 3 days.  She was born in Barkhamsted [Litchfield Co., CT], February 11, 1822, and at the age of ten years was left an orphan.  After her parents' death she lived with George Nettleton, who resided in that part of Norfolk known as Loon Meadow.  In 1837 she attended a school in Colebrook taught by Mary Grant. Through Miss Grant's deep spiritual influence she was converted and became a Congregationalist.  On the 29th day of May, 1842, she was married to William Butler, the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Joseph Eldridge in the Norfolk Congregational church, being the first to take place in that house of worship.  Soon after their union they went to Illinois and located in the town of Galena [Jo Daviess Co., IL], where Mr. Butler died April 28, 1868.  They had two children, Hattie R. and William Munson. The latter died during his infancy and the former is the wife of H.C. Price, who resides in the house in which Mrs. Phelps died.  After her husband's demise she was associated with Mrs. Joel Grant, who was matron of the Home for the Friendless in Chicago.  Mrs. Grant was a sister of Mr. Phelps first wife Parney Cowles.  Mrs. Butler married William C. Phelps of Winsted. The marriage took place in Chicago and was performed by the Rev. Joel Grant on October 23d, 1873.  From the date of her last marriage up to the time of her death Mrs. Phelps had always lived here, and with the exception of a few years in the house in which she died.  Mr. and Mrs. Phelps were blessed with four children, Dwight, William B. and John Phelps and Mrs. J.J Whiting. She leaves a husband, who will be 90 years old September 4th, to whom she has been a most lovable helpmate, two daughters, Mrs. H.C. Price and Mrs. J.J. Whiting, and two sons, D. and W.B. Phelps. all residents of Winsted, to mourn her loss.  Mrs. Phelps was a member of the Second Congregational church, was untiring to do all she could for the comfort of her family and was greatly beloved because of her charitable disposition and friendliness toward those who were not as fortunate in the battle of life as she herself had been.  The funeral will be attended from her late residence in Meadow street at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.  The Rev. E.S. Ferry, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Hicks will officiate. She will be laid at rest in the center cemetery.
Mrs. Stephen Hurd
Died July 1897
Mrs. Stephen Hurd, after an illness extended over a period of six weeks, passed quietly away at her home near Crystal lake [Illinois?]  at 10:45 o'clock this morning.  The deceased was in her 62d year and the cause of her death is attributed to congestion of the liver and malaria fever.  Death had been expected for some time.  Mrs. Hurd was a member of the Methodist church and was known as a thorough Christian woman.  Notwithstanding ties of this life were so strong, she manifested a Christian resignation and was ready to go if it was her Heavenly Father's will.  A husband and six children--Mrs. W. M. Johnson, Mrs. F.J. Curtis, Mrs. William survive her.  Their many friends sympathize with them in their bereavement.  The funeral services will be held at the Hurd residence Sunday afternoon at the Hurd residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The interment will be in the South cemetery. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Martin B. Luther

Martin B. Luther
Bainbridge Republican, January 30, 1879

M.B. Luther, Esq., one of our most active and prominent citizens, was born in Clarendon, Vermont, May 12, 1803.  His father who was born in the year 1755, was not only a farmer but was also engaged in tanning and the manufacture of shoes and harness, and during the revolutionary war was employed by the government as an artificer in making harness, etc.  In 1812 he moved to Unadilla and purchased a farm about 1-1/2 miles east of this village [Sidney Plains, Delaware Co., NY] where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1846, at the venerable age of 91 years.  His wife died many years previous.  Martin B. who early evinced a taste for learning, acquired a good education, and commenced school teaching before his 20th year, but his mind seemed directed in a channel for the investigation of natural laws and principles, and becoming deeply impressed with the grandeur of mathematical and geometrical sciences, studied surveying and engineering, and subsequently became distinguished as one of the most accurate surveyors in this section of the country.
In the year 1825 he engaged in the mercantile business at Sidney Plains, and in the year 1833 sold out his interest here and went to Sangersfield, Oneida county, where he continued in the same business for a number of years and then closed up and returned home where he was married January 24, 1849, to an estimable lady, and by whom he has had one child, a daughter.  Mr. Luther owns and occupies the old homestead where he conducts farming, not so much for profit as for experimental pleasure.
In April, 1825, he joined the Social Lodge of F.&A.M. in Clarendon, Vermont, where he became an active and an energetic laborer for the Craft, and his practical love for philosophy awakened in him a constant desire for the advancement of the order, wherein he perceived through its official emblems, (square and compass), a key to the higher and more exalted character in manhood, where the rules of life were shorn of sects and dogmas. He has ever been an honor to the fraternity, and was the moving spirit which led to the reorganization of the Lodge at Unadilla, and subsequently the founder of the Chapter at that place.  Never had the order a more devoted and self-sacrificing member than Martin B. Luther.
Of late years Mr. Luther's attention has been largely engrossed in the study of medicine and microscopic observations of the human organisms and in regard to many intricate points connected with disease. His experimental knowledge is superior to many of the first-class physicians.
Socially, Mr. Luther has but few equals.  He is strongly devoted to the interests of friends and often neglects his own personal affairs to aid those who may need his service or counsel.  He warmly appreciates kindness, but at the same time is exacting in the honor and integrity of mankind, and will hold no fellowship with vice or immorality. And being an admirer of free thought and opinions seeks for the unfolding of those natural sequences which determines the motives by which human actions are measurably controlled, and in his imagination does not permit his mind to become intrammeled by the errors of bigotry or superstition, and though living in advance of the larger portion of mankind, from his constant study, he nevertheless feels charitable towards them, and we cherish a hope that in some future day his object and purpose may be more fully appreciated.  In his personal appearance Mr. Luther is tall, erect and dignified, and somewhat reserved in his manners toward strangers.  In his habits he is regular and strictly temperate, using neither liquor or tobacco.  He rises early in the morning, usually at four o'clock, summer or winter, breakfasts at 6 o'clock, A.M. dines at 12 P.M. and takes his tea at 6 P.M. and is one whose examples are worthy of imitation and whose principles of honor and integrity will never die.

Sidney Record, June 5, 1890

Mr. Martin B. Luther died at his residence near this village, Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock, june 4th, 1890.  He was 87 years of age.

Mr. Luther was born in Clarendon, Rutland County, Vermont, May 12, 1803, and therefore was quite a large boy when the war of 1812 was fought.  He moved to Unadilla sixty-one years ago, in the year 1822, and taught school.  In 1825 he entered into the mercantile business in Sidney.  In 1830 we find him in Sangerfield, Oneida County, N.Y., still engaged in the mercantile business.  In the year 1838 he returned to Unadilla, where he has ever since resided, on the farm which he had occupied.  Mr. Luther has been a life-long Freemason, and by reason of his zeal and devotion in the interests of that ancient and highly honorable order, he was held in high esteem by his brethren of that mysterious craft. 

Sidney Record, June 12, 1890

The funeral of Mr. Martin B. Luther, was held last Saturday from his residence near this village, and the interment took place in the private cemetery opposite the residence of Norman D. Foster. The obsequies were attended by a large gathering of mourners, all of whom had long enjoyed the valued friendship of the deceased.  Mr. Luther was a man of extraordinary intellectual powers, a calm, dispassionate reasoner, and a firm advocate of free thought and free speech.  In his death our community has lost an excellent citizen and his loss is felt keenly by many who are competent to judge true merit at its real value. 
Compiler Note:  Martin B. Luther died June 4, 1890 (AE 87y) and was buried in Union Cemetery, Unadilla, Otsego Co., NY.  His wife, Harriet Randall (d. Oct. 1, 1915, AE 100y) and daughter, Mary Coit Luther (d. Nov. 24, 1917, AE 67y) are also buried in Union Cemetery.

De Verne C. Pike of Norwich, NY - 1902

De Verne C. Pike
Who has Been Honored by the Odd Fellows of Norwich
Utica Saturday Globe, January 11, 1902
De Verne C. Pike

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At the regular meeting of Canasawacta lodge, in its rooms Monday evening last, the following officers were duly installed: 
Noble Grand...................................D.C. Pike
V.G................................................W.L. Wightman
Secretary........................................B.R. Norwood
Financial Secretary........................A.E. Race
Treasurer........................................J.B. Lewis
Warden..........................................H.C. Harris
Conductor......................................I.W. Skinner
R.S.F.G.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Amzl Roe
L.S.N.G.........................................F.W. King
O.G...............................................Alpha Morse
J.G................................................W.B. Root
R.S. V.G.......................................Austin Haley
R.S.S.G.........................................H. Fausett
L.S.S.............................................M.V. Carr
Chapter.........................................T.M. Philley
Past Grand....................................C.S. Bowers

De Verne C. Pike, the new noble grand, is a native of McDonough [Chenango Co., NY], but has resided in Norwich for the past 12 years, during which time he has worked at the trade of carpenter, exception for a year's employment on the Ontario & Western Railway, and another year when he was employed in the Maydole Hammer Factory.  He is a leading member of the Carpenters' Union.  Mr. Pike is a prominent member of the Calvary Baptist church and treasurer of the Baraca Company.  He is a fine baritone singer and a valuable member of the Calvary Baptist Church choir.

Marriages (March 28)

Parker - Stephens
Utica Saturday Globe, January 4, 1902
Mr. and Mrs. Leon J. Parker

At noon on New Year's day, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stephens, in Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], their daughter, Maud Eleanor, was married to Leon J. Parker, of DeRuyter.  Rev. Albert Clark, of Plymouth, officiated and Miss Hazel L. Simmons presided at the organ.  Promptly at 12  o'clock as the soft strains of the wedding march pealed forth the bride and groom took their places, and after the brief ceremony received the hearty congratulations and well wishes of the assembled guests.  A bountiful wedding dinner followed, after which the happy couple left on an extended wedding tour. They will visit friends in Norwich, Columbus Guilford, Utica, Albany and Chatham, N.Y., before their return. They were the recipients of many beautiful and useful gifts. The groom is one of DeRuyter's most favorably known young men, and the bride had the universal love and esteem of a large circle of friends and acquaintances. All unite in wishing the young couple a happy and prosperous New Year and that it may be only one of many such that shall follow during their married life.  After January 14 Mr. and Mrs. Parker will be at home to their many friends at DeRuyter.
Lindsay - Riley
Norwich Sun, December 21, 1904
At the residence of the bride's parents in Grove ave [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] at 9 o'clock this morning, by Rev. Wilson Treible, Clarence E. Lindsay was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Riley, both of Norwich.  The ceremony was performed in the presence of near friends and relatives of the contracting parties.  Mr. and Mrs.. Lindsay are excellent young people and have many friends.  After a brief wedding tour to Montrose, Pa., and other points they will return to reside to Norwich.
Mr. & Mrs. Willis Whitehead
Bainbridge Republican, May 29, 1941
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Whitehead celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary Sunday, May 25, at their home.  There were about 20 present, including daughters and grandchildren:  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Verderber and four children, of Callicoon Center; Mr. and Mrs. George Nostrand, of Baldwin, L.I.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Verderber and two children, of town; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Robinson and two children, of Westford; also their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burton, also of Westford.

Obituaries (March 28)

James F. Bugler
Utica Saturday Globe, January 4, 1902
James F. Bulger

James F. Bulger died suddenly at his home in Fabius, N.Y. [Onondaga NY.] Saturday morning of peritonitis.  He had been ailing for a few days from stomach trouble, but his condition was not considered serious until a few moments before his death.  Mr. Bulger was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Bulger, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] and was born in this village December 17, 1866.  He received his education in the public schools of this city  In 1879 with his parents, he moved to Otselic, where he grew to manhood and engaged in the butter and cheese business for several years.  In 1893 he married Miss May Brown of Pitcher, and in 1896, in company with his brother-in-law, John F. Lee conducted the Brunswick Hotel in this village.  Since 1897 he had been engaged in the hotel business in Onondaga county.  He was an upright, energetic business man and won the confidence and esteem of all who dealt with him.  The remains were brought to Norwich Monday afternoon and taken to the home of his parents, on Rexford street.  Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at St Paul's Church and burial was made in St. Paul's Cemetery. Besides a large circle of friends who mourn his death there survive his parents Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Bulger, of this village; two brothers, Hugh Bulger, of McDonough, and Matthew Bulger, Jr., of Norwich and four sisters, Mrs. John F. Lee, Mrs. John E. Hogan and Mrs. Catherine E. Richardson of Norwich, and Mrs. L.F. Reynolds of South Otselic.
Caroline Lord
Chenango Telegraph, February 13, 1861
LORD:  In Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY] the 17th of January last, at the residence of her son, David Lord, of old age and infirmity, Mrs. Caroline Lord, aged ninety-six years and eight months.  Mrs. Lord and her husband.  Mr. Joseph Lord, were among the first settlers of the town, and shared in common with others its numerous privations and hardships.  By her great usefulness in society and Christian virtues, and the great age she attained, she was a subject of interest to all who knew her.  Possessing naturally a strong and healthy constitution and an unusual degree of courage, she made herself one of the most useful women of the age in which she lived.  Of a cheerful disposition and pleasing in her manners, she won the esteem and regard of all who knew her.  She adorned a Christian profession by a well ordered life, and her examples are worthy of imitation  She survived her husband, to whom she was in early life united, twenty-one years, and by whom she had ten children--the oldest of whom is now seventy eight, and the youngest fifty-five years of age--Passing gradually from a life of usefulness into a second state of childhood, she had ceased to labor or mingle with the busy world and its cares.  Having outlived all her youthful companions and several of her children, she had come down to the present day a pattern of former generations.  Though surrounded by familiar objects and many former friends, yet she lived in an age and among those she knew little of--lived to see the fifth generation.  Like a shock of corn fully ripe for the golden harvest, she has descended peacefully to the grave, honored and respected by all, after a long and protracted life of nearly one hundred years.
Pharsalia, February 5th, 1861--E.A.B.
Joseph Foote
Chenango Telegraph, March 6, 1861
Died in Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], Feb. 21, 1861, Mr. Joseph Foote, aged 100 years and 6 months.  Thus has passed away another patriot of the great Revolutionary struggle.  Mr. Foote was born in Springfield, Mass. and has lived in this community with one of his sons for a number of years past.  He took an early part in the struggle which separated us from the parent country.  He was in the battle (with Burgoyne) on the plains of Saratoga, when the surrender took place of the British arms, which was one of the closing events of the war.  He saw the distinguished Gen. Frazer fall and borne from the field.  He was also present near New York in connection with scouting parties in conflict with the tories.  In remembrance of these events his mind was especially clear and distinct, and his interest was easily aroused by a reference to the great events of that trying period.  He had ever been a man of strict temperance and was remarkably simple, regular, and uniform in all his habits. --[Chenango] American.

Leonard Francisco
Bainbridge Republican, January 23, 1879

A short time since the aged father of Delos Francisco, of West Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], while getting out of bed accidently fell onto a chair and broke three ribs.  He had been in usually good health up to the time of the accident, but rapidly declined and last Saturday died form the effects.  He was 80 years of age.
Selina Duncan Dimmick
Norwich Sun, December 19, 1904

The death of Mrs. Selina Duncan Dimmick occurred at her home in Cortland st [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] shortly after 1 o'clock Sunday morning.  Mrs. Dimmick was the widow of Oliver Dimmick.  She was 76 years of age.  She had been in poor health for the past six or eight years which kept her confined to the house nearly all of the time.  For the past year Mrs. Dimmick had been totally blind.  Mrs. Dimmick was born in London, England, on Oct. 21, 1828 and was the daughter of William and Selina Darke.  She came to America with her parents when a child and had resided in Norwich since 1867.  On Dec. 27, 1849 she was united in marriage to Ira Peters and of this union, one daughter was born, who now survives--Mrs. George H. Morse of this place.  Mr. Peters died in Norwich on June 18, 1873.  In November, 1875, the deceased became the wife of Oliver Dimmick, a well known and respected gentleman who died some years later.  Mrs. Dimmick was a consecrated church worker and will be well remembered by those of early years associated in this work. She joined the Methodist church when but a girl 12 years of age.  For many years prior to failing health, Mrs. Dimmick was a staunch supporter and ardent worker in the Broad Street M.E. church.  She was also active in missionary work.  Mrs. Dimmick is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Morse, and with whom she made her home; two brothers, F.E. Darke of San Louis Obispo, Cal. and Charles O. Darke of Norwich; three sisters, Mrs. M.S. Parker, of Greene, Mrs. Georgiana Way of Blue Earth City, Minn., and Mrs. Harriet C. Way of Victoria, Texas. The funeral services will be held from the late home in Cortland st. on Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Friends of the family are invited to attend.  Burial will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, NY].
Death Notices
Chenango Telegraph, February 13, 1861
WAIT:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] Jan. 30, Dr. William C. Wait, Jr., in the 38th year of his age.
WOOD:  In this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Feb. 7th, Harmon Wood, aged 58 years.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mrs. Esther (Sherwood) Foster

Mrs. Esther (Sherwood) Foster
Bainbridge Republican, January 23, 1879
Mrs. Moses Foster, daughter of Squire and Hannah Sherwood, was born at Hillsdale, Columbia County, April 28, 1790.  She was married March 27, 1811, and she and her husband moved to Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY] in the year of 1818, and engaged in hotel keeping in what is now known as the Unadilla House of that village.  They shortly after purchased a farm about two miles east of this place and opened a public house there.  At that early day all merchandise and traffic was carried on between this section of the country and Catskill in lumber wagons, hence "Country taverns," as they were then termed, were far more numerous than at the present time. They continued in the farming and hotel business at that place for a few years and then sold out to Elisha Luther, father of M.B. Luther, Esq. who now resides on the premises.  They then purchased a farm and opened what was so long and favorably known as "Foster's Tavern," but now known as the homestead of that family.  They were successful in accumulating property, and kept adding to their real estate until they became quite extensive land owners.  They also purchased the Arnold mill property, which they built over, and erected the paper mill and other buildings which they sold to Messrs. Palmer & Humphrey.  Mr. Foster died Nov. 3d, 1865, at the advanced age of 76 years. They had seven children (six sons and a daughter) all of whom grew up and became settled in life.  They also brought up as one of their own family a grandson, who now resides at the homestead.  Since the death of her husband Mrs. Foster lives with her eldest son on a farm adjoining and in full view of her former home.  Mr. and Mrs. Foster, though never connected with any church, had the highest regards for good morals, and what is peculiarly remarkable is that notwithstanding their children, as well as their father before them, were all born and brought up in a hotel, as was their grandson, not one of the family were ever addicted to the use of strong drink as a beverage, and are distinguished for their temperate habits and principles.  Though some of the children, like the father have passed beyond the river, they have all held a high oral and social position in the community, and are characterized as men of honor and integrity showing that where parental influences are properly directed and home made pleasant and attractive, children will love and respect the examples of their parents irrespective of other surrounding.  Mrs. Foster, though now in the 90th year of her age, still possesses that same fondness of social amusements that ever characterized her as an exemplary mother and an attractive landlady.

Compiler note:  Mrs. Moses Foster died 21 January 1882 at the age of 92 years.  She and her husband are buried in Union Cemetery, Unadilla, Otsego Co., NY.  Reported children include Parley, Augustus, Norman, David, Henry, Charlotte and Leonard A. Foster.

Marriages (March 27)

Clark - Marshall
Bainbridge Republican, January 23, 1879

On Wednesday evening of this week, at the home f the bride, in this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Mr. John L. Clark was united in marriage to Miss Emma M. Marshall, only daughter of Hiram Marshall.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. D.N. Grummon.  The bride was very nicely dressed, and we noticed at the reception one or two very elegant presents.  This couple, it seems, have wooed since babyhood, and Cupid who no doubt had an idea of his own, has at last consummated a union, which we trust will never be disturbed in its present harmonies--a union which the friends of both will unite in expressions of congratulation and wishes for their beatific prosperity through all their walk in life. Among the invited guests were C.M. Priest, L.B. Clark, I.M. Curtis, S.S. Ehrich, Willard Hastings, and your truly.
Juliand - Race
Norwich Sun, December 21, 1904
Greene [Chenango Co., NY]:  The marriage of Miss Ethel May Race to Charles Stratton Juliand, both of Greene occurred at the home of the bride in South Main st yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock.  Rev. Percy T. Olton was the officiating clergyman.  Only the relatives and nearest friends of the bride and groom were invited.  Miss Marguerite Morse played the wedding march.  The couple was unattended.  Mr. and Mrs. Juliand are popular young people, both having lived here all their lives.  They will reside in the VanValkenburg house in Genesee street.
Hill - Backus
Norwich Sun, December 21, 1904
A most enjoyable event took place on Tuesday, the 20th on what is known as the Alva Bailey farm now occupied by Dwight Backus, about five miles east of Norwich on the South New Berlin road.  It was the marriage of their daughter Mary to Herbert Hill, a sturdy young farmer living near New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY].  At 12 o'clock, the contracting parties attended by Leonard Hill as best man and Miss Grace Bancroft, a former schoolmate of the bride, as bridesmaid, took their positions beneath a beautiful arch formed in a corner of the parlor, surmounted by a pure white bell--a most, exquisite design of tissue paper.  The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Watson of New Berlin.  After hearty congratulations the happy pair were seated and Porter Backus was invited to the organ.  He was assisted by Louis and LaVerne Adams, who sang.  Thirty-three persons afterward did ample justice to the delicious viands spread before them.  The presents were both useful and ornamental, showing the high esteem in which the bride and groom are held by their numerous friends. Friends who came from a distance were LaVerne Adams of Albany, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Backus of Sidney, Mrs. W.H. Cloher of Utica and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Fairbank of New Woodstock.  Mr. and Mrs. Hill were hurried away to the train amid a shower of rice, returning with Mr. and Mrs. Backus to their home, and will visit other friends on a short wedding trip. The bride made an excellent record as a student in South New Berlin high school and would soon have graduated with honors. The groom has in him the elements of success, a brain and brawn to combat against the difficulties of life and win his way where weaker men would fail.
Leach - Spicer
Norwich Sun, December 22, 1904
A pleasant home wedding took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spicer in Berry st., when their only daughter, Ethel, was married to Leslie S. Leach of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Wilson Treible in the presence of immediate relatives and friends.  The bride and groom were attended by Fred Wohellban as best man and Miss Nellie Leach as bridesmaid.  A bountiful repast was served to the guests.  Mr. and Mrs. Leach will soon move to a farm near Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY], where with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Spicer, they will reside.
Marriage Notices
Bainbridge Republican, January 9, 1879
BLOW - MERITHEW:  At the residence of the bride's parents near Rockdale, Jan. 5, 1879, by Rev. H.G. Harned, Mr. B.R. Blow of Rockdale Chenango Co., N.Y., and Miss Erine G. Merithew.
Bainbridge Republican, January 30, 1879
COOK - RIDER:  At the home of the groom's mother on Jan. 29th, by Rev. D.N. Grummon, William B. Cook and Miss Anna F. Rider, both of Afton [Chenango Co., NY]
Bainbridge Republican, March 6, 1879
VEDDER - BALDWIN:  At Highland Park, near Chicago at the residence of Mr. J.H. Woodworth Feb 19th, Mr. Almond Vedder to Miss Louis B. Baldwin formerly of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], and sister of Supervisor Baldwin.

Obituaries (March 27)

Judson E. Drake
Utica Saturday Globe, January 11, 1902
Judson E. Drake

Judson E. Drake, who died in Schenectady on Thursday of last week, was a resident of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] for 15 years prior to going to Schenectady about three years ago.  He was born in Montrose, Pa., October 16, 1863, and in November, 1883, came to Norwich and followed the occupation of carpenter until he went to Schenectady to become foreman for J.B. Bailey, contractor and builder, in which position he remained until his death.  He was ill for about a month with a complication of diseases resulting in heart failure.  October 25, 1886, Mr. Drake married Carrie E. Sisson, of Wood's Corners, who survives him.  He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Drake, and a sister, Miss Etta E. Drake, of Norwich, and by one brother, Edson S. Drake, of Schenectady.  The remains were brought here on Saturday, accompanied by the widow and a nephew, Gorge W. Sisson, and by Mr. and Mrs. Edson E. Drake.  Canasawacta Lodge of Odd Fellows had charge of the services at the cemetery on Tuesday, deceased being a member of St. Paul's Lodge of Schenectady.
Frances (Scott) Wells
Norwich Sun, December 20, 1904
Oxford [Chenango Co., NY]:  The sad death of Mrs. Edward Wells, who was formerly Miss Frances Scott, occurred at the Dr. Hitchcock farm at South Oxford Sunday evening.  She leaves two children--a baby three months old and a two year old girl.  Mr. Wells died last Wednesday at the same place.
Rev. Dr. Ross C. Houghton
Norwich Sun, Dec. 22, 1904
News of the death of the Rev. Dr. Ross C. Houghton of Malden, Mass., who was an uncle of Mrs. Paul Brooks and Fred W. Houghton of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] has just been received here.  The following account is taken from the New York Tribune:
"The Rev. Dr. Ross C. Houghton, a well known retired clergyman of the Congregational denomination and author of several historical books, died at his home in Malden, Dec. 10.  Dr. Houghton had been pastor of prominent churches in Utica, Buffalo, New York, St. Louis, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Portland, Ore.  For some time he was president of the McKendree college at Lebanon Ill.  He was born in New York city 62 years ago."
Ethel Maude Kendrick
Norwich Sun, December 22, 1904
Ethel Maude Kendrick, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. M.H. Kendrick, died at 3:30 a.m. today at the home of the parents No. 11 Sheldon street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], aged six years and nine months.  The child had been a great sufferer for the past six months, death being due to tubercular peritonitis.  On November 5 the parents took Ethel to Faxton hospital at Utica, where an operation was performed upon her a few days later by Dr. Kilbourn.  After being in the hospital about two weeks she returned home and appeared to be gaining in health.  Two weeks later, however, the attending physician called Dr. Glass of Utica in consultation and he advised another operation as an only hope of saving the child's life.  This second operation was performed by Drs. Phelps, Manley and White and was apparently successful for a while afterwards.  Worse symptoms however developed which resulted in death.  Ethel was a bright girl and possessed pleasing and winning ways.  She had just completed her first term in school.  The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family.   The funeral services will be held at the home on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  Rev. H.W. Fish of Weedsport, a former presiding elder of this district, will officiate.  Burial will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, NY].
John Ringer Juliand
Norwich Sun, December 23, 1904
Greene [Chenango Co., NY]:  John Ringer Juliand, one of Greene's most prominent citizens, died yesterday morning at his home in Jackson st.  Mr. Juliand had been ill for several months, and his death, although not unexpected, has saddened the community.  He was 67 years of age, and is survived by his wife and two sisters, Miss Sarah Juliand and Mrs. Minnie Arnold, both of Greene.  Mr. Juliand had been in the dry goods business in Greene for many years until he went to Oneida county where he conducted a wholesale crockery business.  On returning to Greene he became  a member of the firm of Juliand & Miner, dry goods merchants for several years.  He then went to Binghamton where he stayed for a few years.  Returning here he engaged in buying butter and was in the insurance business until his health failed and he was obliged to give it up.  He was a vestryman of Zion church and a prominent townsman.  The funeral will be held from Zion church Tuesday afternoon at half-past two.
Harry C. Hugaboom
Norwich Sun, December 24, 1904
The remains of Harry C Hugaboom who fell from a ladder some time ago while painting on the Reformatory building at Elmira and died from the result of his injuries, were brought to Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] Tuesday night, and Wednesday afternoon were interred in Green Lawn cemetery, Rev. C.D. Reed officiating.  The deceased was the son of Mrs. Harry Cooper who lives upon Dr. Evans' farm in the western part of the town--Bainbridge Republican.
Charles Lyon
Bainbridge Republican, March 6, 1879
LYON:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] March 3d, Charles Lyon, aged 94 years.
The subject of the above sketch was born in Bedford, Westchester county, N.Y., August 10, 1784, and removed to this town in 1805, and was consequently one of our oldest settlers.  His farm is located in West Bainbridge, and from the time he purchased or moved on to it, seventy-three years ago, he has enjoyed the best of health and was hale and hearty, chopped his own wood and built his own fires up to within three or four days of his death.  He had a family of twelve children, and what is quite remarkable, he could look down upon the fifth generation of his offspring.