Monday, June 29, 2015

Bainbridge in Review - 1917

Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY in Review
Items from Bainbridge Republican during the years of World War I
 
September 20, 1917
 
The Casein Company buildings have recently received a thorough painting and they certainly look fine.  The work was done by the Teachout Brothers.  It took 150 gallons of paint to do the job.
 
The Central Hotel in this village owned by Charles W. Ireland will be closed October 1st unless someone comes forward and rents the place.  Mr. Choate, who has conducted the business, will leave October 1st and Mr. Ireland is willing to keep the property as a hotel providing it is rented by someone.  If it is not rented by October 1st, Mr. Ireland will convert the place into some other business.  This hotel ought not to close and it would not seem that anyone acquainted with the hotel business could pass this opportunity  Mr. Ireland himself cannot run it as his other business occupies his full time.  Bainbridge people who have enjoyed the hospitality of this popular hostelry for years ought to interest themselves and endeavor to keep it open if possible.
 
Soldiers
Mr. and Mrs. Rexford Thornton, of Buffalo, are spending some time with Mrs. Thornton's father, G.J. Spohn.  Mr. Thornton, having passed his military examination expects to be called soon by Uncle Sam.
 
Moritz Roehlk leaves Saturday for Montana, after spending a few weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jens Roehlk.
 
Sergeant Edwin Collins of the First Ambulance Company who has been in Bainbridge on a short furlough received orders to go to Spartansburg and he left last evening.
 
September 27, 1917
 
Fire on Saturday evening last damaged the home of Julien Scott on North Main street to the extend of $2000.  The loss is covered by insurance.  At 8:30 on Saturday evening, people passing detected smoke and upon investigating, a fire was seen burning briskly within the house at the rear.  The alarm was given and firemen were quickly on the scene but before their arrival, volumes of smoke were coming from all parts of the house.  the fire, which evidently had started in a stairway leading from the kitchen to the cellar, burned through the second floor and broke out through the roof.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Scott were away and did not know of the fire until the alarm was given.  the origin of the fire is attributed to an electric wire.
 
Contractor S.J. Bennett has commenced constructing a macadam road on Pearl street a distance of 450 feet from West Main street.  The road will be 16 feet wide.  Mr. Bennett has also started repairs on the Scott residence on north Main street which was damaged by fire Saturday night.
 
We are urged by men who have weighed the subject carefully and viewed it from every angle to keep up our moral life in America just as far as possible, for only in that way shall we enable our boys at the front to do their best.  Just as soon as we lose our balance and become over anxious, no one can do his best at home or abroad.
 
A sample of Norwich water is now being analyzed in an effort to establish whether a crime has been committed here or elsewhere.  Some time ago a Norwich druggist withdrew a barrel of Whiskey from a bonded warehouse in New York City; had it transported to the Ontario and Western freight office and thence to Norwich and to his place of business.  A few days after it was delivered to the owner in Norwich, a sample of the contents was taken for the purpose of proving.  It proved to be pure water.  A claim has been presented.
 
The following list of articles have been completed by the Red Cross Society and sent to Norwich [in support of the war effort]:
Pajama suits, 56
Hospital shirts, 82
Bath robes, 34
Surgical gowns, 42
Nightingales, 27
Surgical helmets, 30
Surgical stockings 7
Bed socks, 13 pair
Slings, 127
Wide bandages, 14
T bandages, 14
Handkerchiefs, 30
Hot water bottle covers 10
Air pillow covers, 132
Pillows, 6
Napkins, 36
Knitted Articles: surgical wipes, sweaters, stockings, wristlets, bed socks, mufflers, helmet and abdominal bands.
 
 


Obituaries (June 29)

Robert Hannis
Utica Saturday Globe, January 27, 1906
 
 
Robert Hannis
 
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Three years of invalidism closed in the death of Robert Hannis, which occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Sisson, on Mitchell street, Wednesday morning after four days of unconsciousness.  Death was due to apoplexy and a complication of ailments.  Although of Scotch parentage deceased was born in Ireland 72 years ago, coming to America when only 9 years of age.  He had lived in Norwich for 14 years, coming here from Oneonta.  He had previously lived in Worcester, Otsego county, where he married Ruth J. Brown on New Year's eve, 1861.  In earlier years he lived in California for a time until he found the climate did not agree with him when he returned east.  He followed the trade of contractor and builder.  For eight years after coming to Norwich he was employed in the Maydole hammer factory.  He was a member of the Broad street M.E. church and held in high esteem by many friends and acquaintances.  Besides his widow he is survived by one brother, William Hannis, of Richmondville, by four sisters, Mrs. Mary Fisk and Mrs. Jane Tripp, of Worcester.  Mrs. Charles Smith, of Rockwell's Mills, and Mrs.Nancy Hall, of New Berlin, and four children, Mrs. George Sisson, with whom he made his home.  Mrs. O.P. Rector, of Delanson; Miss Nellie R.B. Hannis, of Cortland, and George B. Hannis, of this place.  A granddaughter, Julia Haight, died only a fortnight ago and his funeral occurred on the anniversary of the death of a son, Lester C., who died 16 years ago, aged 27.  Funeral services were held at his late home on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  The remains will be taken on the early Saturday morning train to Worcester, Otsego county, for burial in Maple Grove Cemetery. 
 
Men Caught by Dynamite Blast - 1939
 
Frank Smith, 55, Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] dynamite expert, was killed instantly tonight when a charge of dynamite exploded as he was checking to determine why it had not exploded a few minutes before.  Elmer Burlison, 27, who was watching Smith, is in the Chenango Memorial Hospital in critical condition and his brother, Erford Burlison, is being treated for lacerations of the head and face.  Dr. Matt Boname, Chenango County coroner, said the dynamite charge was in the bottom of a well hole on the Fred Burlison farm about a mile from Guilford on the Mt. Upton road.  Mr. Burlison with his two sons, had been digging a well on the side hill near the Burlison farmhouse.  It was about 10 feet across and they were down approximately 15 feet when they struck a layer of rock.  Mr. Burlison called Smith to come to the farm and dynamite out the rock.  Smith fixed the charge shortly after 5 o'clock this afternoon but it failed to explode when he attempted to set it off.  He waited a short time, the Burlisons said, then went down in the hole to arrange for making another attempt to fire the dynamite.  Dr. Boname said Smith apparently was standing almost directly over the charge when it exploded without warning and the two Burlison brothers, Elmer and Erford, were looking down from the top of the well.  Smith's body was badly mangled by the force of the blast and a piece of stone apparently struck Elmer in the abdomen, inflicting a severe wound.  Erford apparently was struck only on the face and head by smaller bits of stone and earth.  Dr. A.H. Evans was called and gave first aid to the two brothers, with Elmer being rushed here to the hospital.
 
Wednesday afternoon, November 15 [1939], at 4:30 o'clock a terrible accident occurred on the Fred Burlison farm on the Guilford-Mt. Upton road.  It resulted in the instant death of Frank Smith, of Guilford, and the death of Elmer Burlison, the following morning, at 9:30 o'clock at the Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich.  Mr. Smith was blasting out a rock in a 20-foot well on the Burlison farm.  For some reason the charge did not go off.  Waiting a brief time, Mr. Smith went down into the well to investigate the reason.   He was bending over the dynamite, when the charge went off, resulting in such awful consequences.  Dr. A.H. Evans, of Guilford, was rushed to the scene, and Coroner Mat Boname, of Oxford.  Nothing could be done for Mr. Smith as death was instantaneous.  No help was held out, in the beginning for Elmer Burlison, but he was rushed to the Norwich Hospital in the Colwell Brothers ambulance. Another brother, Erford Burlison, received slight face lacerations, but not of na alarming nature.
 
Frank C. Smith
1870 - 1939
The death of Frank Smith late Wednesday afternoon, November 15 [1939], was a tragic one, and brought to the community a deep feeling of gloom.  Mr. Smith was born in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], August 24, 1870, 69 years ago, the son of Vermilla (Whittemore) and Stillman Smith.  His entire life has been spent in the town he was born and passed away in.  One of the kindest hearted men, a good neighbor, and a loyal worker in the church, he will be missed, as the days go by, in many ways.  Mr. Smith was a lover of music, and was a member of the Guilford Choral Society. The Presbyterian Church at the Center, to which he belonged, he served in every way he could.  Surviving are two sons, Paul, of Schenectady and James, of Greene, and several grandchildren.  Final rites were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the Guilford Center Church. The Rev. Ralph Gamewell, officiating.  Burial was in the cemetery at the Center.  There were many beautiful floral pieces,  the only tribute one can pay to a passing friend, and life-long member of our community.  Bearers were Gary Gibson, Frank Hovey, W.L. Thompson, Ramsome Ives, Claude Curtis and Chris Schweitzer.
 
Elmer Burlison
1912 - 1939
Thursday morning, November 16 [1939], at 9:30 o'clock, occurred the death of Elmer Burlison, at the Chenango Memorial Hospital.  He was the second victim of the double tragedy, that brought such grief to the families and community.  Elmer was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burlison, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].  He was born May 17, 1912, at Oxford [Chenango Co., NY].  Due to his father's ill health, he was the main help in operating the farm.  Much depended on him.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at the Center and of the Oxford Grange.  Surviving are his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Louis Albino, of Sidney; Mrs. Allen France, of Hanes Falls, and Mrs. Richard Goodwin, of Guilford; four brothers, Erwin and Erford, at home; Morris, of Mt. Kisco; and Howard, of Sidney.  Final rites were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Colwell Funeral Home at Bainbridge, burial at Oxford Cemetery.  The Rev. Ralph Gamewell, of the Center Church, officiating.
 
Death Notices
Chenango Union, January 17, 1884
 
MUNDY:  In South Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 10th, Mrs. James Mundy, aged 32 years.
 
ROBERTS:  In Smithville [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 14th, Emma, wife of Levi Roberts, aged 28 years, daughter of James Gross, of Norwich.
 
WILLCOX:  In Smyrna, Jan. 13th, Thomas L. Willcox, Esq. aged 80 years, 3 months and 23 days.
 
WINSOR:  In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 9th, Mr. Martin V. B. Winsor, aged 43 years.
 
ATHERTON:  In New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 5th, Martha wife of Darius T. Atherton.
 
POPE:  In Columbus [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 5th, Kate M., wife of Laurentine Pope, aged 51 years.
 
ARMSTRONG:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 4th, Mr. William Armstrong.
 
LEE:  In Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 5th, Susan Lee, aged 80 years.
 
LASHER:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 9th, Anna, wife of Alonzo Lasher, aged 43 years.
 
TAYLOR:  In North Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 7th, Esther, wife of Samuel Taylor, aged 40 years.
 
BEACH:  In Lincklaen [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 2d, of disease of the lungs, Lydia, wife of Henry E. Beach, aged 70 years.
 
BREED:  In East Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 6th, Mr. Allen P. Breed, aged 65 years.
 
SCOTT:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 2d, Mr. David S. Scott, aged 52 years.
 
DeMUNN:  In Brooklyn, Jan. 8th, Mrs. Sophia A. DeMunn , aged 45 years, formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].
 
 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Post Listing, June 22-28, 2015

Listing of blog postings for the week of June 22 - 28, 2015

Marriages
Posted June 22, 2015
Bessie C. Dalrymple - G. Mortimer Dimmick (1901)
Marriage Notices
     Dr. James Riggs - Rebecca Fryer (1831)
     Phineas Wells - Mrs. Hannah Hinckley (1831)
     Alexander Farnham - Hannah Enos (1831)
     Rowland V. Smith - Harriet Copley (1831)
     Walter Adams - Ruth Hammond (1831)
     Luman B. Clark - Nancy Bluler (1880)
     Charles W. Sherwood - Annie Esterbrooks (1880)
     Burton M. Searles - Viola Merriman (1880)
     Charles J. Keeler - Henrietta F. Porter (1880)
     James F. Palen - Sarah K. Cole (1880)
     Etilla Case - Sade Holcomb (1884)
     Eugene Clinton - Bertha l. Johnson (1884)
     Frederick Bolt - Ida C. Cumings (1884)
     William A. Davern - Rose A. McGinnis (1884)

Posted June 28, 2015
Raymond L. Chamberlain - Myrtle Prentice (1906)
Ella L. Dixson - Albert K. Peet (1883)
Marriage Notices
     Nathan Randall - Catharine Monell (1831)
     Samuel N. Perkins - Lecta Roberts (1831)
     William Wilber - Levantia Brlingame (1831)
     Dr. David Y. Foote - Julia F. Dellay (1831)
     W.D. Finch - Hattie Finch (1880)
     Mielson E. Thornton - Hattie L. Main (1884)
     Clark T. Crandall - Ella A. Reynolds (1884)
     Adelbert L. Moon - Mary E. Titus (1884)
     Christopher Zean - Mary E. Hall (1884)
     Asa W. Warner - Hattie S.  Harris (1884)
     J.P. Pixley - Lizzie Darroch (1884)
     H.W. Pierce - Clara J. Elliott (1884)

 
Obituaries
Posted June 22, 2015
Matthew Murphy (Preston, 1906)
Noah S. Bathrick (Bloomville, 1903)
John Q. Clark (Deposit, 1903)
Death Notices
     William C. Smith (Norwich, 1829)
     William Gibson (Norwich, 1829)
     George Burlingame (Norwich, 1830)
     Alpheus Champion Dickinson (Preston, 1830)

Posted June 23, 2015
Abigail Janet (Mills) Grant (Auburn, 1906)
Alonzo I. Stead (Guilford 1907)
Harvey J. Stratton (Oxford, 1928)
Rebecca Lucille Gribbin (Oxford, 1928)

Posted June 24, 2015
Grover B. Edwards (Plymouth, 1906)
Sarah Edwards (Plymouth, 1906)
Jabish Hancox (Plymouth, 1831)
Mrs. John Tyler & child (Dryden, 1831)
Mrs. Fred F.  Hall (Norwich, 1884)
Charles H. Sanford (Sherburne, 1884)

Posted June 25, 2015
Morris S. Halbert (Norwich, Fly Creek, 1906)
Marie Antoinette (Maples) Pinchot (Milford PA, 1907)
Alton L. Clark (Bainbridge, 1939)
LaVerne Booth (Bainbridge, Binghamton, 1939)
Helen Priest Barber (Bainbridge, Flushing LI, 1939)
Nancy F. Herrick (West Bainbridge, 1939)
Death Notices - 1831
     Almira Weller (Norwich)
     Caroline Brooks (Norwich)
     Noah Hubbard (Salina)
     Mahitable Shattuck (Norwich)
     Wealthy Palmer (Manlius)
     Asa Williams, Jr.

Posted June 26, 2015
A. Burdette Holcomb (Greene, 1905)
Sarah Miner (Choconut Center, 1917)
Mary Green Hogg (Chenango, 1904)
George Miner (Johnson City, 1934)
Dr. Lawrence Bradshaw (Bainbridge, 1950)

Posted June 27, 2015
Nelson N. Lewis (South New Berlin, 1906
Asa Foote (Sherburne, 1900)
Ellen Prince Stedman Smith (Cortland, Bainbridge, 1901)
Mrs. Archibald Crossman (Freedom, 1902)
Burton Foote (Trosky, MN, 1895)
Death notices - 1859
     infant son of Walter R. McCullor (Norwich)
     Walter McCullor (Norwich)
     Adelia McCullor (Norwich)
     Hannah Gordon (Oxford)
     Zilpha Crandall (Guilford)
     Rev. C.U. Ferguson (Plymouth)
     Margaret Gale (McDonough)
     Charles O. Foote (Sherburne)
     Chloe Kinney (Sherburne)
     Benjamin T. Burdick (NYC, Norwich)

Posted June 28, 2015
Horatio N. Platt (Norwich, Utica, 1906)
Lizzie (Johnstone) Fay (Bainbridge, Westborough, MA, 1879
Mrs. Burr B. Andrews (Norwich, 1884)
Col. Rufus Chandler (Coventry, 1884)
Bert J . Curtis (Oxford, 1884)
Martin V.B. Winsor (Guilford, 1884)
William Hale (Norwich, New Haven CT, 1884)
Mrs. Samuel Taylor (Pitcher, 1884)

 
Miscellaneous
Posted June 22, 2015
Postmaster M.D. Firman, North Norwich, NY (1902)

Posted June 23, 2015
John A. Parsons, Production Manager American Plastics Corp. (1941)

Posted June 24, 2015
Bainbridge Central High School, Class of 1951, Senior Portraits

Posted June 25, 2015
Norwich High School Class of 1907 (photo)

Posted June 26, 2015
Tombstone Inscription of Mrs Tabitha Agard, d. 1818, Smithville, NY

Posted June 27, 2015
Clark George La Fontaine of Sherburne, NY 1906

Posted June 28, 2015
Leander Holdridge, Celebrates 95th Birthday, 1906.

Leander Holdridge, 95th Birthday, 1906

Leander Holdridge
Friends in Norwich Observe His 95th Birthday
Utica Saturday Globe,  September 1, 1906
 
 
Leander Holdridge
 
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  For several years it has been the custom for the nearby neighbors and friends of Leander Holdridge to gather at his home in East Norwich for a festal occasion on his birthday.  His 95th anniversary fell on Tuesday last and according to their custom some 30 or more friends were present to help celebrate the event.  Games were enjoyed and delicious refreshments were served, the house and lawn being used by the guests at their pleasure.  The hour was late when the gathering adjourned, all hoping that the venerable gentleman might live to enjoy many more happy returns of the day, and leaving as an evidence of their good wishes a purse of money.
 
Although one of the oldest, if not the oldest resident, of this vicinity, Mr. Holdridge is far from being the least active.  In spite of the late hour at which the birthday party broke up he showed fewer signs of fatigue than some of his younger guests,  He can still read a part of the time without the aid of glasses, his hearing is excellent, even for a much younger man, and his memory and mind are clear.
 
Mr. Holdridge was born in Franklin, Delaware county, but spent many of his active years driving a stage coach over different routes out of Unadilla, Otsego county, to Cooperstown, to Bainbridge and to other points.  He came to Chenango county 36 years ago and resided in Guilford before coming to East Norwich.  He is living with his second wife, who is about 80 years of age.  Of seven children of the first marriage, six are living:  Mrs. Emma Lyon, of Cortland, Kan.; Mr. Willard Follett, of King's Settlement; Clark G. Holdridge, Mrs. Belle Elliott, Mrs. Hattie Van Deusen and Horace E. Holdridge, of Norwich.  A married daughter, Mrs. Nettie may, died about 20 years ago.

Marriages (June 28)

Chamberlain - Prentice
Utica Saturday Globe, January 27, 1906
 
 
Raymond L. and Myrtle (Prentice) Chamberlain

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  A quiet wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Don Prentice on Silver street Wednesday evening when their daughter, Myrtle Prentice, was united in marriage to Raymond L. Chamberlain, of this village. Rev. George A. Cure performed the ceremony in the presence of the immediate relatives and a few friends of the families.  The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Prentice and is a young woman of refined and pleasing personality. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chamberlain, of Mt. Upton.  He has been a resident of Norwich for a little over a year and holds a position in the cream room at the Borden's Condensery. After February 15, Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain will be at home to their friends at 14 Silver street.
 
Peet - Dixson
Chenango Union, January 4, 1883
The residence of Mr. Henry Dixson in the town of Morris [Otsego Co., NY] was the scene of a most brilliant affair on Wednesday evening, December 27th.  The occasion was the marriage of Miss Ella L. Dixson to Mr. Albert K. Peet, of Edmeston [Otsego Co., NY].  At an early hour the house was thronged with happy looking guests nearly all of whom were relatives of either bride or bridegroom.  At eight o'clock the ushers conducted the happy couple into the brilliantly lighted parlor, accompanied by Mr. Eugene C. Bailey and Miss Emma A. Peet, who acted as groomsman and bridesmaid.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Ira J. Bailey, of Mt. Upton.  After the numerous and hearty congratulations, bountiful refreshments were served, and a general season of merriment followed.  About eight guests were present, and all united in wishes of happiness and success to the new husband and wife. The presents were useful and valuable.
 
Marriage Notices
Antimasonic Telegraph, May 11, 1831
In Greene, on the 4th inst. by the Rev. John B. Hoyt, Nathan Randall, editor of the Pulaski Banner, to Miss Catharine Monell, daughter of the Hon. Robert Monell, of Greene [Chenango Co., NY].
 
In Willett, Cortland co. [NY]by Benjamin T. Greene, esq., Samuel N. Perkins, to Miss Lecta Roberts, all of said town.
 
Antimasonic Telegraph, June 1, 1831
At the Court house, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Sunday last, by the Rev. S.R. Smith, Mr. William Wilber, to Miss Levantia Burlingame, both of South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY]
 
In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], on the 25th ult. by the Rev. L. Clark, Dr. David Y. Foote, of Hamilton [Madison Co., NY], Colchester Settlement, to Miss Julia F. Dellay, of the former place.
 
Bainbridge Republican, February 27, 1880
FINCH - FINCH:  In Masonville, Feb. 12, by the Rev. N. Ripley, Mr. W.D. Finch, of Tompkins [Delaware Co., NY], and Miss Hattie Finch, of Masonville [Delaware Co., NY].
 
Chenango Union, January 31, 1884
THORNTON - MAIN:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Wednesday evening, Jan. 23d, by Rev. L.C. Hayes, Mr. Mielson E. Thornton, to Miss Hattie L. Main, all of Norwich.
 
CRANDALL - REYNOLDS:  At the home of the bride, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan 30th, by Rev. L.C. Hayes, Mr. Clark T. Crandall, to Miss Ella A. Reynolds, all of Norwich.
 
MOON - TITUS:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY]Jan. 24th, by Rev. H.A. Delano, Mr. Adelbert L. Moon, to Miss Mary E. Titus, all of North Norwich.
 
ZEAN - HALL:  In McDonough [Chenango Co., NY], Jan 16th, by Rev. C.V. Arnold, assisted by Rev. J.H. Taylor, Mr. Christopher Zean, of Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Mary E.  Hall, of McDonough.
 
WARNER - HARRIS:  In Binghamton, Jan. 16th, by Rev. G.A. Place, Mr. Asa W. Warner, of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Hattie S. Harris, formerly of Greene.
 
PIXLEY - DARROCH:  In New Berlin, Jan. 17th, by Rev. C. E. Maxfield, Mr. J.P. Pixley, of Laurens [Otsego Co., NY], to Miss Lizzie Darroch, of South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY]
 
PIERCE - ELLIOTT:  In Oakland, Cal, Jan. 3d, by Rev. Dr. Holmes, Mr. B.W. Pierce, to Miss Clara J. Elliott, formerly of Greene, N.Y. [Chenango Co.].

Obituaries (June 28)

Horatio N. Platt
Utica Saturday Globe, September 1, 1906
 
 
Horatio N. Platt

Horatio N. Platt, formerly of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.M. Walls, 186 Oneida street, Monday after a protracted illness.  Mr. Platt was born in Utica [Oneida Co., NY], but while still a child the family removed to Chenango county, where the greater part of deceased's life had been spent.  Mr. Platt followed the occupation of an agriculturist for a number of years and also for a time conducted a hotel in Guilford, N.Y.  On January 15, 1864, he enlisted as a corporal in the Twenty-second Regiment, New York Cavalry.  May 8, 1864, at the battle of the wilderness, he was taken prisoner and was subsequently taken to Florence prison and later to Danville prison.  He was transferred to Andersonville and over nine months was spent in southern prisons.  Mr. Platt was honorably discharged at the close of the war and mustered out at Rochester.  In 1899 he returned to Utica on account of ill health and had since made his home with Mrs. Walls.  Four years ago he and his family, including Mrs. Walls and family, went to Canastota, where they resided until May 1, when they returned to this city.  He was married to Mary Gibson, of Mt. Upton, April 8, 1865.  She survives with one daughter, Mrs. Walls, and two grandchildren.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. H.L. March, of Norwich.  He was a member of Canastota Post, G.A.R.  Many Utica veterans attended the funeral services in this city.  The interment was at Norwich and the body was met at the depot there by a delegation of Chenango county veterans.  The bearers at Norwich were W.C. Walworth, Hamilton Marsh, Whitman Stratton, Frank E. Beckwith, C.A. Summer and Henry Baker.

Lizzie (Johnston) Fay
Bainbridge Republican, November 28, 1879
Among our death notices will be found that of Mrs. Lizzie Fay (nee Johnstone), wife of Rev. J.H.W. Fay, formerly of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], but for several years a resident of Westborough, Mass., where she died.  Her funeral obsequies took place Wednesday.

Mrs. Burr B. Andrews
Chenango Union, January 3, 1884
After months of suffering, Mrs. Burr B. Andrews expired at her residence on Monday morning last, the immediate cause of her death being apoplexy.  Deceased was a daughter of the late William R. Hammond, and was born in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], November 29th, 1814.  September 11th, 1837, she was united in marriage to Mr Andrews.  In all the relations of life she was a most estimable woman, and her loss will be felt, not only in the family circle, where she had endeared herself as wife and mother, but in social circles as well.  She leaves surviving her husband and three children--J.H. Andrews, of Williamsburg, N.Y., William B. Andrews, and Mrs. H.J Daniels, of this village--who have the sympathies of all in their affliction  Funeral services were held at the family residence, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Upton officiating.

Col. Rufus Chandler
Chenango Union, January 3, 1884
Another of the old residents of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY] has passed away.  Col. Rufus Chandler died at the residence of his son-in-law, James M. Phillips, on Friday evening, December 28th, aged eighty-five years.  For some months past he had been confined to his room from slight attacks of paralysis, and on Thursday he received another shock and remained unconscious until his death.  Deceased was almost a life-long resident of Coventry, and was identified with its interests  He was for several years Supervisor of his town, and acceptably represented Chenango county in the Legislature of 1850.  Held in the highest esteem by the community in which he had so long resided, his memory will be cherished.

Bert J. Curtis
Chenango Union, January 17, 1884
On Sunday morning last, the swift, silent Reaper stole into our midst, bearing away of the finest of our wheat, Bert J. Curtis, desolating one of our brightest happiest homes, and snatching from the clinging arms of a loving wife her heart's dearest treasure. As our eyes fill with tears, and our hearts throb with sympathy for the bereaved one, we pray, "Defend, O Lord, this thy child with thy heavenly grace; that she may continue thine forever; and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until she come unto thy everlasting kingdom."  --Oxford, January 8, 1884

Martin V.B. Winsor
Chenango Union, January 17, 1884
Martin V.B. Winsor, a much esteemed citizen of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], died at his residence in that village, on Wednesday of last week, aged forty-three years.  He was a consistent member of the Episcopal church, and a member of the Masonic and A.O.U.W. lodges, and will be missed in social as well as in business circles.  His funeral was attended on Saturday afternoon. 

William Hale
Chenango Union, January 24, 1884
William Hale, a brother of Hiram Hale, of this town who some thirty-five years ago kept a restaurant in the old stone block on South Broad Street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], died in New Haven, Ct., on the 11th inst., aged sixty years.  he had accumulated a large property in the livery business, was a widower, and childless.  On Friday, just a week before his death, he rode out, and complained of a cold; Sunday evening he married a young lady twenty three years old, to the surprise of everybody; Monday pneumonia set in, with fatal results on Friday.  It is thought he left no will, in which case half his estate will go to his widow.  The suddenness of the marriage and the youth of the widow excite comment, and it is rumored that an effort will be made to prevent her from getting any of the property.  John Slater and H.O. Hale, of this place, attended the funeral.

Mrs. Samuel Taylor
Chenango Union, January 17, 1884
A Syracuse correspondent of the Utica Herald, writing under date of January 12th says:  "That a person lives to attend his own funeral would seem a little short of a miracle.  The wife of Samuel Taylor, who resides in the town of Pitcher, near Pitcher Springs [Chenango Co., NY], had a shock of the palsy and recovered sufficiently to be about the house.  Monday morning last Mrs. Taylor sank into a comatose state and apparently died.  The friends, however, could not all of them believe she was dead and believed her in a trance.  The remains were kept until Thursday, when the funeral was held at the Congregational church at North Pitcher, the pastor preaching the sermon. After the service the remains were returned to the hearse and Mrs. Taylor was taken back home to await events.  It is said the 'doctors disagree' as to the possibility or probability of the trance issue.  Many, however, believe Mrs. Taylor dead."

Chenango Union, January 24, 1884
Last week we mentioned the fact that Mrs. Samuel Taylor, of North Pitcher, sank into a comatose state on Monday morning, the 7th inst.,and it was believed by her friends that she was in a trance.  Funeral services were held at the Congregational church on the following Thursday, after which the remains were taken back to the family residence, many believing she was not dead. It appears, however, that her friends were finally convinced that life had departed, as the remains were buried on Tuesday of last week.

The Weekly Gleaner, DeRuyter, NY, January 17, 1884
The sudden death of Mrs. Samuel Taylor, which occurred last Monday, the 7th, produced a sadness throughout the entire community.  The funeral services took place last Thursday in the Congregational church, but the burial services were postponed on account of the absence of her daughter, Mrs. James O. Butts, who lives in Pompey.  Notwithstanding the extreme cold, there was a large attendance of relatives and friends. The services were conducted by Rev. Warner of Pitcher, who preached a very appropriate sermon.  Mrs. Taylor was 42 years old, and was the daughter of Eli Eldridge, who died a few years ago.  Her mother still survives her.  She had always lived here, and her genial spirit and cheerful presence had won for her a large circle of friends. She leaves a husband, three daughters, and one son to mourn the loss of a Christian wife and mother, and the family and relatives are entitled to the warmest sympathies of our people.

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Clark George LaFontaine of Sherburne, NY 1906

Clark George La Fontaine
Utica Saturday Globe, January 27, 1906
 
 
Clark George La Fontaine
 
Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY]:  Clarke G. La Fontaine is a Sherburne lad who is not allowing any grass to grow under his feet.  He is an artist, gifted and all from the "eye" as some term it.  He painted a large oil portrait on canvas of the late president McKinley, and it was admired by many from out of town.  Later he began trick bicycle riding, and has appeared in many of the surrounding towns. Under the name of Hopkins he gained quite a reputation as a trick bicyclist, and is yet but a boy.  He has invented and put out many good things, and the latest is a new door-plate.  He made up the entire design and has a system of mail order business which is growing every day.  He has taken orders for over 1,000, and between 4,000 and 5,000 will be put out in a short time. The idea was original with him and a big industry will be the outcome, judging from the sales and the way the plates are taking.  
 
Mr. La Fontaine makes his home here, where he was born.  He has a branch establishment in Norwich.  He is a young man of splendid qualities and progressive ideas, and will manufacture in Sherburne.

Obituaries (June 27)

Nelson N. Lewis
Utica Saturday Globe, August 5, 1905
 
 
Nelson N . Lewis

At his home, in South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], Saturday evening, occurred the death of Nelson N. Lewis, a highly respected resident of that place, aged 75 years.  He had been ill for two years and during that time suffered two strokes.  Since last November he had been confined to his bed most of the time.  Deceased was born in the town of Morris [Otsego Co., NY], March 14, 1830.  He was a son of Putman and Drucilla Davis Lewis, early settlers of that section who came there from Rhode Island in 1806.  Mr. Lewis learned the trade of wagon making early in life and for 50 years had conducted a wagon shop in South New Berlin.  He was known as a man of integrity, upright in his business methods and highly esteemed by his neighbors and friends.  Mr. Lewis was married three times.  His first wife was Catherine Sergent, of South New Berlin, and after her death he married his first wife's sister, Polly Sergent.  His last marriage was to Francella Gage, who survives.  He leaves one son, Eugene N. Lewis, foreman for the W.L. Scott Lumber company, of this village, and one sister, Mrs. Foster Camp, of New Berlin, both by his second marriage.  He is also survived by one brother, Jay Lewis, of Masonville, Delaware county.  The funeral was held from his late home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. R.A. Gates officiating.  The floral offerings were most profuse and beautiful and included a handsome piece contributed by the members and employees of the Scott Lumber Company.

Asa Foote
The Sherburne News, September 8, 1900
As mentioned in our last issue Mr. Asa Foote died on the 28th of last month.  Mr. Foote had been in failing health for some months before his demise.  He was a man of strong constitution and lived to be a man of great age and retained his mental faculties until a short time before his death.  he was born in this town [Sherburne, Chenango Co., NY] on the farm now owned by Mrs. Oliver Cole on April 5, 1815, and with the exception of one year passed in Green Bay, Wis. and one in Orange County, N.Y., his life was spent in the town of his nativity.  In 1846 he married Almeda Van DeGriff, a member of the patriotic Edsall family of Sussex Co., N.J., who gave a father and four sons for the revolutionary war and has furnished soldiers for every war our country has waged.  Their married life was spent on the farm where they both died, she preceding him to the better land, two years ago.  Asa Foote (1st) located in Sherburne in the year 1812, with his hands as well as his purse he aided in founding of Christ Church; there he carried his seven sons and two daughters for baptism; one daughter, Mrs. Almira White, of Whitesboro, who is in her eighty-fourth year and the eldest son, Nathanial Foote, a lawyer, in Morrisville, in his eighty-eight year, survive.  It has been the sad duty of the latter to follow six younger brothers to their last resting place.  In 1853 Asa Foote (2d) was elected vestryman of Christ church and remained in office until his death.  Following the example of his father he has carried four children, eighteen grand-children and two great-grand children to the Church he loved so well, for baptism.  It is to be hoped that Asa Foote (3d) may follow in the footsteps of his venerable grandparents and fill the place made vacant by their deaths.  Mr. Foote when a young man learned the trade of a millwright and worked at the business the greater part of his life.  He was an excellent mechanic and in his younger days built many mills. About the beginning of his mechanical career he helped raise and build Christ Episcopal Church in this village in 1831.  He was a tidy man and marks of his handiwork can be seen now about the home buildings on the farm.  He had a place for everything and everything was in its place. The last years of his life were passed in the full enjoyment of a well spent life. All his wants were gratified by his son, his daughter-in-law and the six grandchildren who were so dear to him.  It is our wish that all aged people may pass down the west side of life with such ease and comfort.  He was particularly attached to Mrs. J. Foote, who did so much to make everything so enjoyable for him.  Few own children could do more.  His funeral was largely attended form the home on Friday afternoon last, the Rev. A.G. Singsen, rector of Christ Church, officiating and the remains laid at rest in the Sherburne Quarter Cemetery.  A long and active life is over, and he has found that for him, too, as for other good men.

"There is a city builded,
Upon a peaceful hill;
Where none is every weary
Nor any suffer ill."
 
One feature about the funeral was noticed that the eight bearers who acted as such at the burial of his wife also acted at his funeral.  He is survived by three children, Mrs. H.V./D. Hoyt, of Goshen, N.Y., Mrs. Charles D. Reynolds and Mr. J. Foote of this place.  Mrs. Hoyt and youngest son, Harry, were present at the funeral; as were also Mr. Nathaniel Foote and Mrs. Arthur Foote, of Morrisville, and Mr. Nathaniel Foote and Mr. Orlando Foote and wife, of Rochester.

Ellen Prince Stedman Smith
Cortland Evening Standard, March 12, 1901
Mrs. Ellen Prince Stedman Smith, widow of the late Judge Abram P. Smith, died this morning at her home, 26 West Court st. [Cortland, Cortland Co., NY], after an illness of several months.  On Oct. 3 she had a stroke of apoplexy from which she never entirely recovered.  This was followed at intervals by four shocks of paralysis, the last being on Feb. 28, since which time she has not been able to speak except to say "yes" and "no."  During her illness she did not seem to suffer any and up to the time of the last shock she enjoyed meeting and visiting with her friends.  Her mind seemed at first in some respects unimpaired, but there was an almost utter loss of memory along certain lines. She could not remember that she had been ill previous to the day and moment and confined to the house or bed, but each day she appeared to look upon her illness as a new idea, and thought she would be up and out again in a day or two. She was also at times especially in recent weeks, a little mixed upon the identity of friends, but when she knew who her visitor was she would continue a conversation as in former days, apparently enjoying exceedingly seeing those about her and listening to what they had to say.  Mrs. Smith was born in Bainbridge, N .Y. [Chenango Co.], March 12, 1829, thus passing away upon her seventy-second birthday, and there, as Mrs. Ellen Prince Stedman, Judge Smith married her on Dec. 25, 1873.  No children were ever born to her.  She is survived by a brother in Bainbridge and by two brothers in the state of Washington.  The son and daughter of Judge Smith also survive.  Dr. David Eugene Smith of Brockport, N.Y., and Mrs. A.M. Jewett of Cortland.  Mrs. Smith was a member of Grace Episcopal church and throughout her residence in Cortland was an active and earnest worker in the church. The funeral will be held at the house, 20 West Court st., on Thursday at 2 o'clock and the services will be conducted by the rector of Grace church, Rev. W.W. Way.

Mrs. Archibald Crossman
Western New York, Warsaw, NY, Dec. 5, 1902
Mrs. Archibald Crossman of Freedom (Cattaraugus Co., NY) died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.E. Card, on Clinton avenue in this village, Sunday night, Nov. 30th, aged 70 years and 7 months.  Mr. and Mrs. Crossman had been spending a few days with their daughter when she was stricken with apoplexy which resulted fatally.  Mrs. Crossman was born in Sullivan county on April 14th, 1832, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Luddignton. she was married to Mr. Crossman at Wurtsborough, N.Y., on October 11th, 1851.  She is survived by her husband and five children, Mrs. Mary A. Hurlburt of Perry, Mrs. Sarah F. Sears of Bliss, Mrs. Julia Ferguson of Freedom, Charles W. Crossman of Buffalo and Mrs. Card; also twenty-two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She leaves also one brother and one sister, Ira M. Luddington and Mrs. Jane Weed of Rochester.  Funeral services were held from Mr. Card's house on Wednesday morning and the remains taken to Freedom for burial.

Burton Foote
The Sherburne News, May 4, 1895
Burton Foote died this morning at the home of his son, H.W. Foote, near Trosky, after a 5 weeks' sickness with the grip.  Mr. Foote was 66 years, 2 months and 5 days old at the time of his death, and leaves a loving wife and four children--three of whom reside in this county--and a host of warm friends to mourn his death.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of many friends in this city in their sorrow.  Funeral services conducted by Rev. G.E. Hawkins, of the 1st M.E. Church, of Edgerton, will be held at the home of H.W. Foote, tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock, after which the remains will be laid to rest in the Trosky cemetery--Pipestone (Minn.) County Star, April 26. The deceased was the youngest brother of Asa Foot, of this place, and left this part of the country when a boy, and has resided most of his life in the West.
 
 Death Notices
Chenango Telegraph, April 13, 1859
McCULLOR:  In Norwich [Chenango Co. NY], on the 26th ult. an infant child of Walter  H. McCullor, aged 4 weeks.  On the 27th ult. Walter son of Walter R. McCullor, aged about 4 years.  On the  1st inst. Adelia, wife of Walter R. McCullor, aged about 30 years.

GORDON:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 30th ult. Hannah Gordon, aged 53 years.

CRANDALL:  In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 30th ult.  Zilpha Crandall, aged 63 years.

FERGUSON:  In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], on the 2d inst., Rev. S.C. Ferguson, aged 37 years.

GALE:  In McDonough [Chenango Co ., NY], on the 16th ult. Mrs. Margaret Gale, aged 57 years.

FOOTE:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], ont he 29th ult., Charles O. Foote, aged 33 years.

KINNEY:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., nY], on the 31st ult., Miss Chloe Kinney, in the 76th year of her age.

BURDICK:  In New York, on the 4th instant, Benjamin T. Burdick, son of J.L. and Sarah Burdick, formerly of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], aged 32 years.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tombstone inscription, Tabitha Agard, 1750 - 1818

Tombstone Inscription
Tabitha Agard, 1750 - 1818
Smithville Flats Cemetery, Chenango Co., NY
 
The Chenango American of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], prints the following inscription copied from a tombstone in the town of Smithville [Chenango Co., NY] in the year 1869:
 
"Tabitha Agard lies here, she was the wife of Joseph Agard Esquire who was one of the first settlers of this town A.D. 1798, she died Sep 9 A.D. 1818 aged 68 years.  This woman after many years of the greatest toil in this once howling wild, to which she together with her family suffered much by hunger and nakedness, was taken with lingering illness which lasted several years.  She suffered much pain of body and depression of spirits, yet she knew to whom she had believed, and waited with patience the coming of the Lord.  She was an obedient wife, a loving mother, chaste, and a keeper at home.  She was a suckerer of many in the settlement of this country.  Both Indians and whitemen have often received food from her hand.  She instructed her children to be always obedient to their father and to fear God every day, who was attentive to prayers, bowing the knee to the Lord Jesus, thus leaving a glorious example for all her sex to be obedient to their own husbands, teacher of good things, chaste keepers at home.  She had four sons that cleared the ground where she and all this great family of the dead lie."

Obituaries (June 26)

A. Burdette Holcomb
Utica Saturday Globe, August 5, 1905
 
 
A. Burdette Holcomb
 
While on a visit to his niece, Mrs. George W. McNitt, on Fair street, this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], A. Burdette Holcomb a well-known resident of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], was taken ill last Friday night and died Sunday.  Deceased was born on a farm in the town of Norwich July 4, 1841.  For the past 30 years he had resided in Greene, where he married Miss Alice Lyons.  Mrs. Holcomb died several years ago.  For some years Mr. Holcomb was manager of the Lyon Iron Works in Greene, but for the last 10 years he had been a traveling salesman, selling cigars.  He was a man whom it was a pleasure to know, enjoyed a wide acquaintance and had many warm friends.  Mr. Holcomb was educated at the Norwich and Oxford Academies and graduated in a medical course at Ann Arbor, Mich., but never followed the medical profession.  He served in the civil war as a member of an Ohio regiment and was a member of the G.A.R.  He was also a member of the Eastern light Lodge, F.&A.M. of Greene, and Malta Commandery, K.T. of Binghamton.  Mr. Holcomb is survived by one daughter, Miss Anna B. Holcomb, of Greene; one brother, R.A. Holcomb, of Ripley, N.Y., and a sister, Mrs. F.B. Sweetland, of Sayre, Pa.  His remains were taken to Greene Monday and the funeral was largely attended Wednesday, the services being conducted by the Masonic lodge.  A delegation of Norwich Masons and several relatives and friends were present from this village.
 
Sarah Miner
Binghamton Press, June 1, 1917
Mrs. Sarah Miner died at her home at Choconut Center Thursday afternoon aged 74 years.  She is survived by her husband, Isaac Miner, four daughters, Mrs. David Stanley of Vestal, Mrs. Grace Marean of Norwich, Mrs. Verna Mower of this city and Mrs. Clayton Saddlemire of Union; four sons, George of South New Berlin, Oscar and Horace of Scranton and Frank of Auburn; three brothers Isaac Gage of Brackneyville, George Decker of Montrose and Ben Decker of Ouaquaga, and four sisters.  Mrs. Homer Courtright of Choconut Center, Mrs. Elizabeth Southward of Bath, Me.; Mrs. Bert Boyce and Mrs. Louise Dodge of this city. The funeral will be held at the residence Sunday at 2  o'clock.  Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
 
Mary Green Hogg
Binghamton Press, April 26, 1904
Mrs. Mary Green Hogg died yesterday at her home in West Chenango [Broome Co., NY].  She is survived by her husband, James G. Hogg, and five daughters, Mrs.  Lena Hand, Mrs. Minnie Miner, Elizabeth Hogg, Mrs. Anna Brown and Pauline Hogg; by two brothers, William H. Green of Denver, Col. and Elmer L. Green of West Chenango.  The funeral will be held form the Abbott M.E. Church Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock.
 
George Miner
Binghamton Press, April 2, 1934
George Miner, 69 years old, of 47 Grand avenue, Johnson City [Broome Co., NY], died Saturday afternoon in the Binghamton City hospital.  He is survived by his widow, Minnie F. Miner; two daughters, Miss Mary E. Miner of Johnson City and Mrs. Lawrence Bradshaw of Bainbridge; a son, George Miner, Jr., of Jacksonville, Fla., and a granddaughter, Jane Harding Miner.
 
Dr. Lawrence Bradshaw
Norwich Sun, February 23, 1950
Bainbridge:  Dr. Lawrence Bradshaw, 9 Greenlawn avenue, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], a retired Borden Company chemist died at is home Wednesday morning. Dr. Bradshaw came to the United States nearly 30 years ago from England and had been a resident of Bainbridge for several years.  He retired from the chemical division of the Borden Company about three years ago.  Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Margaret Miner Bradshaw; a son, Richard, both of Bainbridge; three sisters and two brothers all in England; several nieces and nephews.  The body was removed to the Harold Sherman Funeral Chapel in Bainbridge where friends may call tonight from 7 to 9.  Funeral services will be held in St. Peter's Episcopal church in Bainbridge.  Friday at 10:30, Rev. James E. Wolfe officiating.  Interment will be in St. Peter's cemetery at the convenience of the family.
 
Bainbridge News, March 2, 1950
Three years ago, Dr. Lawrence Bradshaw retired from the Borden Company at the culmination of a long and honorable career as a chemist.  He was an outstanding authority in casein glue technology and was often called upon by important segments of industry to develop special glues for their purposes. He gave without stint of his time and energy in solving difficult problems.  His total number of patents consistent of about twenty, including many where he was the sole inventor, and others which he held in conjunction with his Bainbridge colleagues.  It was typical of his thoroughness that patent lawyers often accepted his draft of a patent specification and relied upon him to answer the questions of the Patent Office Examiners.  His work during this period dealt with gluing technology involving both protein and synthetic resin preparations and techniques.  Dr. Bradshaw's work was always beautifully done, with no "loose ends" to trouble some future investigator in the same field.  Many of the laboratory techniques and test methods still exist in the original form, owing to the care and precision with which he worked.  He was scrupulous in his observance of the so-called "homely virtues"; his work, when given, could always be relied upon, and his devotion to the code of ethics of his chosen profession was undeviating.  His sense of humor was legendary; many otherwise dull technical sessions were enlivened by his pertinent anecdotes.  Like Thomas Edison, Dr. Bradshaw turned a handicap to an advantage.  He always made light of his slight deafness and considered it an asset to his powers of concentration.  Of all his personal qualities, Dr. Bradshaw will probably he best remembered by those who knew him for his great humanity.  His sense of the dignity of every individual made his friendships wide and varied.  His counsel to younger members of his profession was invaluable in launching many of their technical careers.  Both as citizen and scientist, Dr. Bradshaw was the product of many cultures.  Born in Lancashire in England, he received his early education in the English public schools. At the age of sixteen, he entered Manchester University and graduated with honors at nineteen.  He next went to Glessen University in Germany, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree. Returning to Manchester, he published several scientific papers and completed his work for the degree of Doctor of Science. Some time during this period, he worked on a pure research project that was to have effect on the automotive industry, Little was known about the detonation of fuels and the propagation of flame.  By a combination of electrical devices and moving film, much hitherto unknown knowledge was amassed which had practical application in the later development of anti-knock compounds for gasoline.  His transition from the academic life to that of industry occurred when he accepted a position with a mining company in Peru.  Forced to return to England for reasons of health, he resumed his studies for a short period at Edinburgh University in Scotland.  Following this, he took a position with an English company in Germany. At the outbreak of World War I he was interned in Germany and took advantage of his enforced leisure to translate a German chemistry text into English.  In 1921, pursuing his already bright star westward, he came to America.  It was not long thereafter when he came to Bainbridge and began his well known career with the Casein Company.  It has been Bainbridge that this distinguished scientist and citizen of the world called home.  Here we saw him working in his garden, returned his cheery greeting on the streets, went to him with our problems, and laughed with him and with a world wihc seemed a better palce because he was there.
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Norwich High Class of 1907

Norwich High School Class of 1907
Utica Saturday Globe, July 13, 1907
 
 
Left to Right
Row 1:  Clara Skillman, Warren Eaton, Edna Nash, John Nash, Margaret Newton, Leon Brown, Grace Hendrickson
Row 2:  Marcia Stuart, Phillip Brooks, Genevieve Moulton, Durward Evans, Ruby Ames, Warren Bixby, Abigail Post, Harold Keeler, Fannie Graves
Row 3:  Katherine Finigan, John Cahill, Mary Eldred, Morse Ames, Madeline Browning, Russell Davis, Evelyn Jones, Clair Barnes, Virgie Frink
Row 4:  Floyd Potter, Purl Harrington, Ray Nagel, Robert Wait, Carl John, Willett Hawxhurst
 


Obituaries (June 25)

Morris S. Halbert
Utica Saturday Globe, September 15, 1906
 

Morris S. Halbert
 
Morris S. Halbert died Monday at St. Luke's Hospital in Utica [Oneida Co., NY] where he had been under treatment for about three weeks.  Heart disease was the cause of his demise.  His age was 79.  During his earlier life Mr. Halbert's home was in Gilbertsville, Otsego county.  For many of his active years he was employed as a toolmaker in Ilion.  About 20 years ago, on the death of his wife, who was Ann Eliza McFarland, of Fly Creek, he came to Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] and had since made his home with his brother, Henry H. Halbert, on Silver street.  He was a member of Otsego Lodge, F.&A.M. of Cooperstown.  Deceased is survived by one son, Dr. Homer V. Halbert, of Chicago, two brothers, Henry H. of Norwich, and Julia A. of Gilbertsville, and by one sister, Mrs. Elvira Wood, of Gilbertsville.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, the remains being taken to Fly Creek [Otsego Co., NY] for interment beside his wife.
 
Marie A. (Maples) Pinchot
1824 - 1907
Mrs. Marie A. Pinchot, widow of Judge Edgar Pinchot, died at her home on Fifth and Ann streets, Milford, Pa., at 10 o'clock Monday morning.  Mrs. Pinchot was a daughter of Darius and Lucy (Lilly) Maples, and was born in Delaware country, N.Y., who had a family of six children.  Her father was a nephew of Gen. Nathaniel Greene, of Revolutionary fame.  Her grandparents emigrated from Lincolnshire, England, to Rhode Island, at an early date.  Her marriage to judge Edgar Pinchot was in July, 1861, at Cannonsville, N.Y.  they resided for a number of years in New York city, where Mr. Pinchot was engaged in the wholesale drug business.  On his retirement from business they removed to Milford, where Mr. Pinchot erected an elegant residence on Fifth and Ann streets, Mr. Pinchot dying there several years ago.  Mrs. Pinchot was a woman who enjoyed the quietness of her home. She was kind, charitable and beloved of her neighbors.  Four children were born to Judge and Mrs. Pinchot, three of whom, Cyrille, Edgar and Marie, died in childhood.  Lucy, the surviving daughter, married Dr. H.M. King, a physician of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who is now in charge of the Loomis Sanitarium, of Liberty, Sullivan county, N.Y.  Mrs. Pinchot was a sister of Mrs. Fannie Thompson of this village.

Alton L. Clark
 1895 - 1939
Alton L. Clark died at his home September 16, 1939, following a period of ill health lasting nine months.  He was born, November 7, 1874, at Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], the son of Adelbert and Evaline Clark.  On March 6, 1895, he married Emma E. Roys, of Oxford.  He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church as a boy and was a member of it at the time of his death.  Mr. Clark operated a cheese factory for a few years and was engaged in farming for many years, living at Union Valley. About 20 years ago he came to Bainbridge and was in the lumber and contracting business with his cousin, James W. Ireland. For five years he was superintendent of highways and had also served as a member of the Board of Education of Bainbridge.  For the past five years, Mr. Clark had been head janitor at the Bainbridge Central School.  He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Herbert Averell, of Oneonta, a son, Leigh R. Clark, of Syracuse, two brothers, George B. Clark, of Elizabeth, N.J. and Ernest Clark, of Binghamton, a grandson, James W. Clark, of the U.S.Navy, and several nieces and nephews.  The funeral services were held September 19 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at Colwell Bros. Funeral Chapel, the Rev. G.N. Underwood officiating.  The pallbearers were:  G.E. Howland, Austin Finch, Charles Dix and Joseph Hitchcock.  Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].

LaVerne Booth
1873 - 1939
LaVerne Booth, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], formerly a resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], who had been suffering from a heart ailment for some time, died suddenly in the store of G.E. Howland, Friday morning at 11:30.  He was born November 13, 1873, at Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], son of Alanson and Sarah Rhodes Booth.  For a number of years, Mr. Booth was proprietor of the Central Hotel in Bainbridge.  For 25 years, he worked as a painter and paperhanger, retiring form this business in September, 1937, because of ill health.  Mr. Booth is survived by his widow, Elizabeth Booth; five cousins, Fred Smith, Beacon; George Rhodes, Quincy, Mass.; Mrs. Fred Wage, Vestal; Mrs. Ernest Ingersoll, Afton; and Mrs. Steve Ireland, Bainbridge. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Colwell Bros. Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. R. Lewis Johnson officiating. The pallbearers were:  Leon Hayes, Norwich; Clarence Smith, Robert Banner and George Myers.  Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].

Helen Priest Barber
1868 - 1939
On Wednesday, October 18, 1939, occurred the death of Helen, eldest of three children, born to Charles M. and Jane E. Corbin, at her home in Flushing, after a brief illness.  Helen Priest was born December 3, 1868, in Bainbridge, N.Y. [Chenango Co.].  At a very early age she developed an unusual talent for music and served in capacity of church organist in every community in which she resided.  She presided at the organ in the First Baptist Church in Bainbridge at the age of 13; later in life she was a teacher of exceptional success.  Mrs. Barber was affiliated with the North Presbyterian Church in Flushing, where she had resided for about 20 years.  She was connected with the Ladies' Guild of that organization, also the Flushing Hospital Auxiliary for which she expended much time and energy, as all its members attest. December 2, 1891, she was united in marriage with Frank Barber, now deceased. They resided in Bainbridge, Morris, Liberty, Warwick and New York City.  During years of failing health Mrs. Barber has been most tenderly cared for by her beloved daughter, Helene Carson, from whom she was never separated, consequently this sudden parting comes as a very deep sorrow.  Mrs. Carson, only daughter, survives, also one granddaughter, Josephine Augusta Carson, and one sister, Josephine P. Whitman.  Funeral services were held Friday evening at Hallett's Funeral Home with burial in Flushing Cemetery, Saturday morning at 10:30, with the Rev. Frank Mower officiating. The many and beautiful floral tributes bore testimony of the sympathy of a large circle of friends and the high esteem in which Mrs. Barber was held.

Nancy F. Herrick
1849 - 1939
Nancy F. Herrick passed away at the home of her brother, Ransom Herrick, November 8, 1939, after an illness of three years.  Born December 15, 1849, the daughter of Henry and Diana Burlison Herrick, of West Bainbridge [Chenango Co, NY], Miss Herrick lived her entire life on the Herrick farm, now occupied by Clyde Herrick, until nine years ago, when she moved to Bainbridge with her brother, Ransom Herrick.  She was a member of the Methodist church, of Union Valley, and the Women's Christian Temperance Union.  The survivors are:  a brother, Ransom Herrick, and three nephews, Clyde Herrick, Ralph Herrick, of West Bainbridge, and Lee Herrick of Binghamton.  The funeral was held at the home of Ransom Herrick, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Z. James Hall, of Union Valley, and the Rev. G.N. Underwood officiating.  The pallbearers were:  Glenn Herrick, Everett Herrick, Harry Herrick and Lynn Hubbard.  Interment was in the West Bainbridge Cemetery.

Death Notices
Antimasonic Telegraph, March 23, 1831
In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Sunday last, Miss Almira Weller, aged 39 years.

On Thursday last, Caroline, daughter of Mr. Nathaniel Brooks, of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], aged two years and nine months.

Antimasonic Telegraph, May 11, 1831
At Salina [Onondaga Co., NY], on his way to Lockport, on the 20th ult. Noah Hubbard, brother of the Senior Editor of this paper, aged 49 years.  "Ye men of genius tread lightly upon his ashes, for he was your kinsman."  -Norwich Journal

In this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on the 4th instant, Mrs. Mahitable Shattuck, wife of Mr. Leroy Shattuck, aged 34 years.

Antimasonic Telegraph, July 13, 1831
At Manlius, Onondaga county, on the 30th day of June last, in the 64th year of her age, Mrs. Wealthy Palmer, widow of the late capt. Sanford Palmer, of that place.  She died in full faith and fellowship with the Baptist church of that place, of which she had long been a member.

Antimasonic Telegraph, July 27, 1831
At New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], on the 20th inst. Mr. Asa Williams Jr. in the 26th year of his age.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bainbridge High School, Class of 1951, Part 4

Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1951
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1951
 
 
Janet Parker

 
Betty Parsons

 
Marilyn Price

 
Linda Salzberg

 
Catherine Scheidegger

 
Herman Scholz
 

Obituaries (June 24)

Grover B. Edwards
Utica Saturday Globe, September 15, 1906
 


Grover B. Edwards

Grover B. Edwards, son of Andrew and Sarah Edwards, died recently at his home in Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], after a fortnight's illness of typhoid fever, aged 13.  His death is deeply mourned, particularly by the pupils of school district No. 12, among whom he was a great favorite and by the teacher, Miss Holcomb, for he was a bright student and his genial disposition had won many friends.  Besides his parents he is survived by six sisters and brothers, Mrs. Frank G. Conley, of Norwich; Mrs. Jay R. Newton, of Smyrna; Frank Edwards and Mrs. William S. Haynes of Norwich, George and Leslie Edwards, of Smyrna.  Private funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Interment was made in Mount Hope Cemetery, at Norwich.
 
Chenango Union, September 1906
Another Death in the Family
Sarah, wife of Andrew Edwards, and mother of Grover Edwards, died Wednesday afternoon, in her 48th year.  She had been ill with typhoid fever for four weeks but was believed to be recovering.  Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon.

Jabish Hancox
Antimasonic Telegraph, March 9, 1831
A person named Jabish Hancox was killed in Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY] on Tuesday of last week.  His death was occasioned by the carelessness of some boys, who pulled him down, his head striking a chair, which broke his neck.
 
Mrs. John Tyler & child
Antimasonic Telegraph, March 23, 1831
The house of Mr. John Tyler, of Dryden [Tompkins Co., NY] was destroyed by fire on the morning of the 5th inst. and a child, about two years old, consumed in the flames.  The wife of Mr. Tyler, in attempting to rescue her child, was so badly burned that she is since dead.  Some flax had been placed near the fire to dry, to which it is supposed the flames communicated--Ithaca Chronicle

Mrs. Fred F. Hall
Chenango Union, January 10, 1884
One of the most distressing casualties we have ever been called upon to record, occurred at the residence of Fred F. Hall, in this village [Norwich Chenango Co., NY], resulting in the death of Mrs. Hall on the following morning.  About two o'clock in the afternoon, she was engaged in putting coal in the kitchen stove, when her apron caught fire, and instantly her clothing was in a blaze.  She ran to the bedroom and took from the bed a quilt, with which she in vain attempted to extinguish the flames.  Alone with her two little children, she was powerless to help herself.  Charles Pendleton, who was passing by, heard the screams of the children, and hastened into the house, where he was horrified to find Mrs. Hall standing in the sitting room, enveloped in flames, while the carpet was on fire in places. Taking some clothing from the bed he threw then around her and leaving her lying upon the bed, he hastened for assistance.  He summoned Dr. Brooks, who hurried to the house, where he found Mrs. Hall shockingly burned, her entire body, with the exception of a small portion upon her breast, being scorched and blackened. Everything that could be, was done to alleviate her sufferings, and it was hoped her injuries would not prove fatal; but these fond hopes were not to be realized, and about half past three o'clock on Sunday morning she passed away, gently as a child falling into a sweet sleep.  Deceased was a daughter of the late Amos B. Packer, of this town.  She was an estimable lady, beloved by a large circle of friends. She leaves a husband, with two sons, aged eight and four years.  The sympathy for the family in their terrible bereavement is general and heartfelt.  He age was forty years.  Funeral services were held at her late residence, this (Wednesday) afternoon t 2 o'clock, Revs. H.A. Delano and W. McGlathery officiating.

Charles H. Sanford
Chenango Union, January 10, 1884
A shocking accident, resulting in the death of Charles H. Sanford, the well known hardware merchant of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], occurred at the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Depot in Earlville, on Thursday morning of last week.  Mr. Sanford took the 5:30 train north, intending to change at Earlville to the Syracuse road.  This early train stops at Earlville only on signal, and on this occasion the signal was given, but owing to the imperfect working of the brakes, the train passed some distance beyond the depot.  Although assured by the conductor that the train would certainly stop, he leaped from the forward platform of the car, while the train was yet in motion.  There was a ridge of snow where he landed, from which he slipped and was thrown under the car, his left arm across the rail and under the wheels, by which it was cut off between the elbow and shoulder. There was also a deep gash across his forehead, and down on the inside of the right eye, believed to have been made by the steps of the sleeping coach, which extend near to the ground.  The step also struck his thigh, tearing off his clothing, and bruising him badly there.  The unfortunate man was carried to the residence of station agent Charles C. Gross, who notified Mr. Sanford's family, called Dr. White, of Earlville, and summoned by telegraph Dr. Beebe, of Hamilton, and Dr. Kelly, of Sherburne.  Mrs. Sanford and other friends hurried to Earlville, and were at his bedside to the last. As soon as the physicians arrived, it was decided that amputation of the arm was necessary, and the operation was at once performed leaving a stump two inches long.  It was then believed Mr. Sanford would recover, but soon he began to sink, the shock proving too severe to be survived, and at half-past one he expired.  Deceased was a son of Sidney D. Sanford, of Sherburne, and for the past sixteen years had been engaged in the hardware business in that village which he had built up from modest proportions, to one of the most extensive wholesale and retail establishments in Central New York.  He had but recently erected and occupied for his business one of the finest blocks in the county, and as the News truthfully remarks, "the substantial structure with its elegant interior, where he spent the last days of his life, will long remain an imposing memorial of the solidity and beauty of finish that characterized his business transactions, and the magnificent scale on which he would have carried out new undertakings."  As a citizen, Mr. Sanford enjoyed to a remarkable degree the esteem of all who knew him. Frank, large hearted and manly, by his strict integrity and sterling character, in business as well as in private transactions, he had won an enviable  reputation, and his memory will long be cherished.  He was a nephew of the late Charles Sanford, of Binghamton, and with his sister inherited the greatest portion of that gentleman's large estate.  He leaves a wife, a daughter of Walter F. Blanchard, of Sherburne, and a son five or six years years of age.  Funeral services were held at the Episcopal church in Sherburne, on Sunday afternoon, which were largely attended, many from surrounding towns being present.  A special train was run form Utica for the accommodation of those desiring to attend.  The fire department, of which he was an active member, turned out in a body, to pay the last sad tribute to his memory.
 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

John A. Parsons of American Plastics, 1941

John Andrew Parsons
Production Manager, American Plastics Corporation
Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY
1941
 
 
John Andrew Parsons

John Andrew Parsons, production manager for the American Plastics Corporation of Bainbridge, has been identified with the business life of this community since 1912.
 
Mr. Parsons was born at Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], December 18, 1895, the son of Merritt and Ada (Warner) Parsons, the former a native of Broome County, where he was born on December 6, 1857, and the latter of East Windsor, where she was born in 1857.  His father, who was a miller by trade, is now living in retirement.  Mr. Parsons attended the public schools of Bainbridge, where he completed his high school studies in 1912.  The same year he began his career with the Casein Company, where he worked as a member of the office and sales forces until 1925.  During the latter year he joined the Erinoid Company of America as assistant production manager and in 1930 became production manager for the American Plastics Corporation, successor of the Erinoid Company.
 
In his community activities Mr. Parsons has served as a member of the village board since 1933 and been active in the local Republican organization.  He is a member of the Sidney Country Club, fraternizes with the Susquehanna Lodge, No. 167, of the Masonic Order which he headed as Master in 1925, and belongs to the Vallonia Chapter, Royal Arch Masons.  In his religious convictions he worships at the Methodist Episcopal Church. 
 
Mr. Parsons married Julia Norton, of Bainbridge, daughter of Britton and Mime (Ferguson) Norton.  Mr. and Mrs. Parsons are the parents of three children:  1. John, Jr., who was born December 16, 1921; 2. Walter Lee, born March 27, 1923; 3. Harold Merton, born December 28, 1927.
 
Central New York, An Inland Empire, Vol. IV (Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1941) pp 31/2.
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Obituary
Binghamton Press, April 12, 1961
 
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]:  Funeral of Mayor John Andrew Parsons, Sr., 65, will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Sherman Funeral Home here.  Mr. Parsons died Tuesday morning in The Hospital at Sidney, where he had been a patient for one week.  Mr. Parsons had served several terms as mayor of Bainbridge.  He first was appointed mayor Jan. 1, 1942, to succeed Lincoln A. Orvis, who became Town of Bainbridge supervisor.  Mr. Parsons served as mayor until 1948.  He also served a term from April 1, 1964 to April 1, 1956, and last was elected April 1, 1960.  Mr. Parsons was president of America Plastics Corp. of Bainbridge, and was a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers.  He also was a member of Vallonia Chapter 80, Royal Arch Masons of Afton; Susquehanna Lodge 167, F&AM; Slater-Silvernail Post, American Legion of Bainbridge, and Loyal Order of Moose 277 of Sidney.  He was a native of Oneonta, but had lived most of his life in Bainbridge.  Surviving are his wife Mrs. Julia Norton Parsons; three sons, John Andrew, Jr., and Walter Lee, both of Bainbridge, and S/Sgt. Harold Merton, with the U.S. Air Force at Truax Field, Madison, Wis., and five grandchildren.  The Rev. G. Thomas Skyler will officiate.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge].  Masonic services will be conducted in the funeral home at 8 o'clock tonight.