The marriage of Miss Nellie Van Dyke Brown and Trooper Joseph Palombo took place at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown, Stamford, on Saturday at 4 p.m. Miss Brown is a graduate of Bloomville High School and Spencer School of Business in Kingston. For the last two years she has been a teller in the Sidney Bank. Trooper Palombo has been a member of Troop C of the State Police for nearly 15 years and is at present stationed in Sidney in the teletype division.
Webster - Mockridge
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944
London, England: From his bed in an American Red Cross Hospital, Private Ernest Webster, of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY] wired, "Come on. I've got the wedding license." So Doris Mockridge, 20, hurried down from Weymouth to wed the American she met months ago in a South Coast movie. He is back from Normandy where he lost a leg. "It may be a bedside wedding," said Doris' sister. "Or Ernie may be wheeled to the church on a stretcher. Ernie's going to be flown home to America and Doris want to accompany him."
McLeod - Grosfent
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944
The marriage of Miss Jessie Hall Grosfent to Neil Donald McLeod took place Saturday in the sun room of the Hospital of the Good Shepherd, Syracuse, the Rev. Frederic Evenson, of Gilbertsville, performing the ceremony in the presence of the bride's mother and nurses. The young couple were on their way to Gilbertsville from Buffalo Friday to be married the next day, when an auto accident near Cazenovia sent them to the hospital. Miss Grosfent received a bad cut on the forehead and numerous bruises, and Mr. McLeod sustained broken ankles of both feet and a gash on his head that required 16 stitches. The car was badly smashed. Mrs. Edwin H. Holden and the Rev. Evenson went to Syracuse Saturday and the young couple decided to have their wedding on the day planned. Mrs. McLeod was able to return with her mother, but Mr. McLeod will be confined to the hospital for several weeks.
Tillman - Remsen
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
Miss Barbara Hunt Remsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Remsen, Scarsdale (Westchester Co., NY), and Lieut. George Sherwood Tillman, son of Chenango County Clerk and Mrs. Irving D. Tillman, Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], were married at 4 p.m. Aug. 9 in the First Baptist church at Norwich with the Rev. Harold Knight officiating. The bride, who was given in marriage by Cyrus M. Higley, president of Norwich Board of Education, was attended by Miss Alice Higley. She wore a street length dress of two shades of purple with a corsage of yellow roses and her attendant wore a yellow dress with orchid sweet peas. Robert Tillman, the groom's brother, was best man. The bride, who is a graduate of Scarsdale High School and Ohio University, had taught second grade in the Norwich school system for two years and will return this fall. Lieutenant Tillman is stationed at Drew Field, Fla., where he will report Aug. 19 after the young couple return from a short wedding trip. Lieutenant Tillman was graduated form Norwich High School, Manlius Military Academy and Hamilton College. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in September, 1942. More than 100 guests attended the informal wedding and reception.
Schultheiss - Ledbetter
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Ledbetter, Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], have announced the engagement of their daughter, Margaret, to Robert A. Schultheiss, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Schultheiss, of West Roxbury, Mass. Miss Ledbetter is a graduate of the Sidney High School and the New York State Teachers College, Albany. She is at present employed in the Electronics Department of the General Electric Co., in Schenectady. Mr. Schultheiss is a graduate of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.. He is a test engineer in the General Electric plant in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Wilson - Giordano
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. Patsy Giordano, of Madison, N.J., announce the engagement of their daughter, Phyllis Theresa, to Sergeant Clifford L. Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren B. Wilson, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY].
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]: Albert J.E. Hubbard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hubbard of Norwich, died at the Union Printers' Home in Colorado Springs Saturday, aged 41. He had returned to Colorado only about a week before after spending a month with his parents here. Mr. Hubbard was born in Kingston, N.Y., November 18, 1865, the family coming to Norwich when he was 4 years of age. After leaving the public schools he learned the printer's trade in offices of the Chenango Telegraph and the defunct Norwich Post. Afterwards for 10 years commencing in 1888 he was an employee of the government printing office at Washington, D.C. In 1900 he bought an interest in the Trades Unionist, of Washington, which he sold in 1903 on account of poor health and went to Colorado Springs. He bought the Labor News of that city which he successfully conducted until last January when failing health compelled his retirement and he entered the Printers' Home, turning over the management of the paper to his wife who has since conducted it in an able and creditable manner. Mr. Hubbard was a prominent member of the printer's fraternity and while in Washington held several offices of responsibility. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus of that city. Since going to Colorado he had been vice president of the Colorado Federation of Labor and a delegate to the convention of that Organization at Sailda, Colo. He was a member of the Committee of Arrangements at the recent Typographical Union Convention held at Colorado Springs. In 1891 Mr. Hubbard married Ella Slentz, of Washington, and to them two sons were born, George and Charles, who since the death of the mother in 1897, have made their home with their grandparents in Norwich. In 1902 Mr. Hubbard married Miss Bertha Hunter, of Washington, who survives him. he is also survived by his parents and two brothers, David and George, the latter residing at Red Lands, Cal. The remains were brought to Norwich for interment, arriving here Thursday morning and the funeral was held form the home of this parents and St. Paul's Church this (Friday) morning. Burial was made in St. Paul's Cemetery.
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944
An 86-year-old Chenango Forks [Broome Co., NY] resident was killed Friday night and his wife critically injured when the car which he was driving went off the highway and crashed into a tree in front of the Chenango Forks Central School on the Chenango Forks-Whitney Point road. The man, Almon B. Elliot, a jewelry store operator at Chenango Forks, was killed instantly in the crash which occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. His wife, Mrs. Carrie Elliot, 64, is in critical condition at the Binghamton City Hospital, suffering from a fracture of the right leg, head injuries, a fracture of the right arm and brush burns and bruises of the body. Dr. A.J. Stilson, a Broome County coroner, who was called in when it was discovered that Mr. Elliot was dead, said that the jeweler had suffered a fractured skull apparently received when his head crashed against the windshield as the car struck the tree. The coroner said he was informed that Mr. Elliot was receiving treatment for a heart condition by a physician at Chenango Forks. Apparently Mr. Elliot had a heart attack which caused him to lose control of the car, the coroner added. Dr. Sobel administered first aid to Mrs. Elliot until the Sheriff Department ambulance arrived. Bailey Hinman, a teacher at Chenango Forks Central School, notified the department of the accident. The Elliot car went over to the shoulder of the road and traveled approximately 150 feet before it crashed into the tree, deputies reported. The car was badly smashed in the front. Mr. Elliot's body was removed to the Root Funeral Home at Greene [Chenango Co., NY]. Besides his wife, Mr. Elliot is survived by three sons, Herald B. Elliot, of Greene; Fred Elliot, of Sidney, and William E. Elliot, of Buffalo.
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944
Mrs. Carrie Elliot, 58, of Chenango Forks [Broome Co., NY], succumbed at the Binghamton City Hospital Wednesday night from injuries received in an automobile accident the night of June 30. Mrs. Elliot's husband Almon Elliot, a Chenango Forks jeweler, was killed instantly in the mishap which occurred when the car he was driving went off the road and crashed into a tree in front of the Chenango Forks Central School. Mrs. Elliot died of a fractured hip, a compound fracture of the right femur, a fracture of the left humerus and laceration of the scalp.
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944
The body of Eileen Hungerford, eight, daughter of Everett Hungerford, formerly of Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], was taken from the Susquehanna River near Vestal [Broome Co., NY] at 9 a.m., on Thursday after police and volunteers had searched for her since Tuesday night. Her twin sister, Iris, was pulled from the river by her father after the children had been caught in the swift current when they ventured too far from shore. The girls clung to each other until Eileen no longer was able to keep herself afloat. The accident happened as the Hungerford twins with a brother David, 11, and a sister, Carol, 12, were in swimming. After efforts of Carol to save them failed, the brother ran more than a quarter of a mile to the Hungerford home on the Vestal road to summon his father. Mr. Hungerford said that Eileen was gone when he reached the bank and that Iris was at least 100 feet out in the river. Calling to her to keep her as calm as possible, he followed along the shore until he could get close enough to pull her out.
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 24, 1944
Mae McAdams, 14, was instantly killed Saturday on the farm of Mrs. Vinnie Riddell at Cooperstown Junction [Otsego Co., NY] as she was running to avoid a toppling tree sawed by her father. State Police who investigated said that Oliver McAdams, and another daughter, Della, 16, and a brother, Chester, 15, were cutting trees on the Riddell farm. Mr. McAdams was preparing to fell a free which measured four feet around the base and the two daughters were standing nearby as their father drove a wedge into the tree to fell it near the skidway. As the wind came up suddenly and the tree was about to fall, Mr. McAdams shouted a warning to his daughters. Della ran down the skidway while Mae went in the direction the tree was falling and was pinned beneath the trunk. Her brother, who was working on his car about 100 feet away as the father prepared to fell the tree, and her father and sister, with the use of a horse, extricated the girl from the maze of branches covering her and took her to the Fox Memorial hospital where Dr. Cornelius Ryan found her dead on arrival from a fractured skull and internal injuries.
Mrs. Ruth Anna Winsor Root died very suddenly from heart failure at her home in New York Friday of last week, aged 70. She was the daughter of Ziba and Almeda Green Winsor, and was born in the town of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] in April, 1836. On New Year's day, 1856, deceased married Reuben Harvey Root, of Gilbertsville, and the first year of their married life was spent in Bainbridge. The next 10 years they lived in Deposit where Mr. Root, who was a lawyer of ability, was district attorney of Delaware county. They afterward moved to Binghamton where they remained several years before Mr. Root decided to locate in New York. Mrs. Root came to the home of her parents for a time and arrangements had just been completed for their residence in New York when Mr. Root suddenly died 18 years ago. Mrs. Root remained in Norwich, residing here until six years ago when she went to live with her married daughters in New York. She came back to Norwich for the summer seasons, however, and only a month ago returned to the city after spending four months here with her daughter, Mrs. Fettis. Mrs. Root was greatly beloved by all who knew her, having lived a sweet, unselfish life devoted to her family and ever thoughtful of the comfort of others. She was one of the oldest and most devout members of the Broad Street M.E. Church and it was largely through her efforts that the efficient Ladies' Aid Society of that church was organized, of which she was for some time the president. While a resident of Binghamton, she was for five years assistant superintendent of the Sunday school and sang in the choir of the Tabernacle M.E. Church. Three years ago she withdrew from the Norwich church and became a member of the St. Andrew's Chruch in New York. Deceased is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Flora B. Aldrich and Mrs. Virginia C. Brown of New York, and Mrs. Mabel P. Fettis, of Norwich; by one half-brother, Charles W. Winsor, of Norwich and by three grandchildren. Mrs. Viola McCauley and Miss Ruth Winsor Brown, of New York, and Miss Virginia D. Fettis, of Norwich. The remains were brought to Norwich for burial, the funeral being held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fettis, on Sunday afternoon. Rev. Wilson Treible officiated. The contributions of flowers were large and very beautiful. Interment was made in Mount Hope Cemetery, the pall bearers being Marvin W. Tanner, Eugene A. Goodrich, John D. Burrell and Arthur W. Bosworth.
The Norwich Sun, October 29, 1918
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]: Dennis Payne, one of Bainbridge's oldest and most respected citizens, died early Friday morning at the home of his son, Adelbert Payne, in North Main street. Mr. Payne had reached the advanced age of 86 years. He retired Thursdays evening in apparently his usual health, but passed away during the night. He is survived by two sons, Frank and Adelbert Payne of this village, and one daughter, Mrs. Cora Wilcox of Milford.
The Norwich Sun, October 29, 1918
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]: Levene Loomis, a farmer who had resided about two miles and a half from town on the Mount Pleasant road, died Friday of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza. Mr. Loomis was taken ill a week ago Saturday and was in bed with a high fever Sunday. Monday he felt much better and did some light work out of doors. That night he was taken with pneumonia from which he never recovered. He leaves a wife and five children. The oldest son is only 16 years old.
The Norwich Sun, October 29, 1918
Oriskany Falls: Sunday evening occurred the death of Mrs. Johanna Dolan, wife of the late James Dolan, at her home, on South Main street. She had been ill for about ten days, but great hopes were entertained for her recovery. Her advanced age was one of the obstacles. In the death of this lady, Oriskany Falls loses one of its most highly respected women, whose life and character were unimpeachable and whose acts were fashioned after all that was Christian life and noble. She was one of the best and her loss will be keenly felt in her hometown, in the church she loved so well and in the home, where she was the idol of her family. She led a saintly life and her reward will be great. She leaves a rich legacy to her family, an example that will help lift the load of sorrow in this hour of deepest sorrow. She was in her 78th year and the greater portion of it was spent in this place. She leaves a grown up family of children who have been her source of pride and joy, and a comfort to her in her declining days. Surviving are six sons, Maurice and William Dolan of Denver, Colo., James J. of Norwich, John, Thomas Frank and three daughters, the Misses Mame, Anna and Nellie Dolan of this place. Also a brother and sister, Miss Mary O'Connell and Michael O'Connell.
LOOMIS: At the home of his daughter, Mrs. M.V. Gilbert, R.D. 1, Cato, N.Y., on Wednesday, February 12, 1947, John Henry Loomis. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Gilbert; two sons, Leigh I. Loomis of Williamsville and Dr. Harold J. Loomis of Pulaski; one brother, Bert J. Loomis of Binghamton, and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in the Gates and Carter Funeral home on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment will be made in the West Bainbridge cemetery in the Spring.
Chenango Union, November 9, 1864
At Naval School Hospital, Annapolis, Md., Oct. 17th, 1864, First Corporal Willard P. Blinebery of Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], aged 27 years. He was a veteran in the 89th Regiment, Company I, Dickinson Guards; was wounded near the spine at Chapin's Farm, Sept. 27th, by a piece of shell--taken prisoner to Richmond--released and taken to the hospital, Oct. 9th, when he died. His remains were bro't home for interment. He was a young man of promise, respected by all who knew him.
In the hospital at Harper's Ferry, Oct. 27, of fever, Mr. Nathan Baker, of Co. M, 5th Heavy Artillery, formerly of Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], aged 25 years.
In hospital, at Winchester, Va., on the 13th ult., Calvin B. Weld, of Co. E, 114th N.Y.S.V., son of Luther Weld, of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], aged 23 years, 3 months.
In Unadilla, Nov. 2d, Jerome A. Sands, Esq., aged 32 years.
At the residence of his sister, in Fayette [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 26, 1864, Mr. Byron Terry, aged 22 years and 7 months. For several terms the deceased had taught a select school in Fayette, in which place he had commenced the study of Medicine with Dr. Clark. Impelled by a desire to alleviate the sufferings of our brave soldiers, some three months since he offered her services to the Christian Commission, and while laboring in the General Hospital at City Point, Va., he contracted the disease which terminated his life. Mr. Terry was a young man of more than ordinary promise, but the many hopes centered in him are blighted by his early death. His years though few were filled up with usefulness, and the world is better because he lived in it, and gave to it his brief Christian Life.
In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], of Diptheria, Oct. 26, Willie O. son of John and Melinda Athwell, aged 6 years 9 months and 14 days.
In Columbus [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 25 of Diptheria, Sarah O. daughter of David and Louisa Pendleton, aged 22 years, 4 months and 11 days.
[Compiler note: The Bainbridge Eagle made its appearance in 1845]
Some dozen years before the publication of the ancestors of the Bainbridge News and while the war clouds of the Mexican War had not yet thrown forth their bolts of fire and lightning, the first newspaper came to life in Bainbridge. Dr. Edward Danforth has a rather extensive article about that original periodical "The Bainbridge Eagle" from which the following account has been adapted.
In its opening edition, a "Prospectus to the Bainbridge Eagle," the editor announces that the Eagle is to be a weekly journal of general news. The editor goes on to say:
"The projector of any new and beneficial enterprise, particularly one of a literary nature, should, before advancing too far, state definitely the true ground on which he proposed to take the field for the completion of that enterprise. If then what he proposed to effect, is even in part consummated, it is for a candid and unprejudiced world to extend to him a liberal patronage. When we say patronage, we are far from inferring only a praise patronage--but we have a reference to that patronage, which, while it sustains us in the world of honor and distinction--will at one and the same moment, reward us liberally in a pecuniary point of view.
"We therefore propose to publish in this village, a family newspaper, aiming at the support of what to us may appear democratic measures spiced however with the other varieties necessary to the management of a news journal--such as temperance, miscellaneous selections, agriculture, science, poetry and the fine arts. We shall as occasion offers itself, give our readers original essays from our own pen on the various topics touching and concerning what are in our opinion, the true principles of political science. Thus we have roughly blocked out to the minds eye of the reader, something of the course we wish to pursue, and to be able to pursue the same with profit to our own individual self, as well as the public, we respectfully ask the perpetuity of our design.--Hoping that the shackles which so often trammel the feelings of political pride and prejudice will in no way stand in a barrier to prevent the full flow of a social sentiment between us and the world in general."
The first page of the issue is devoted to poetry and literature with a column and a half article on the "Duty of the Democratic party." There is much criticism of "the errors that were committed at Albany last winter" but a general endorsement of Mr. Van Buren and Mr. Wright.
On the second page the editor writes a voluminous apology to the people of South Bainbridge for not being available to deliver the Fourth-of-July oration at the village. There is also a news account of the burning of the Schoharie Court House and jail.
On page three there is a list of letters remaining unclaimed at the Bainbridge post office containing about 60 names, signed by D. Newell, postmaster.
Elliot J. Kidder advertised many things. In one place he offers for sale a long list of patent medicines, tooth pastes, hair dye and toothache drops; further along he offers to buy any amount of WOOL delivered at his store which was formerly occupied by D. Newell. Again, in another column, Mr. Kidder offer a "sure cure for consumption and liver complaints."
Elijah Bishop has an interesting advertising card which reads in part: "Having made extensive arrangements in the city of New York with an experienced purchaser, who will be constantly in the marker, goods will be forwarded to old Jericho, (weekly) of the latest style and fashion. The subscriber's long experience in business, and many other facilities enables him to come into market prepared to meet any fair and honorable competition; at the same time he would beg leave to say, that he does not expect to quite give away his goods. Call and examine for yourself at the old stand next door but one above the Engine House No. 1.
A.K. Maynard, Bainbridge attorney-at-law, offers for sale: "The Carding and Cloth dressing works recently built by Ezra P. Church Esq. on the Susquehanna River consisting of a large two story building, for Carding and Cloth Dressing--a small out building for a dye-house--all built new within two years--located about half way between the villages of Bainbridge and South Bainbridge and 53 acres of land.
Joel J. Bixby, colonel of the 193 Regiment of infantry of the Militia of the State of New York published notice that of a regimental court-martial for the trial of all delinquents: "The said court will convene on the 29th day of October next at 10 o'clock a.m. at the house of D. Chaffee in the Town of Bainbridge." (Chaffee was at this time landlord at the Bainbridge Tavern or Central Hotel.)
S. Shepardson informs his old friends and customers that he still continues the tailoring business at his old stand in the Watson building, one door above the hay scales, and immediately opposite the Eagle office, upstairs. To this ad is attached: "Those of my customers who promised to draw me wood last winter are informed that if it is not delivered by the first of July, they may expect to pay cash."
Blin S. Sill, M.D., announces he will attend to all professional calls and that his office is at no. 6 and his residence no. 3 Wright street (East Main).
Mathew D. Sill evidently a relative of the doctor, respectfully informs the inhabitants of Bainbridge and vicinity, that he is prepared to take likenesses by the Daguerreotype process in the best style of the art and continuing: "Possessing one of the most perfect cameras in use; and having originally received instruction in one of the most celebrated establishments in New York City--his experience will warrant him in saying that he can satisfy the acutest critic, in regard to the perfections of his pictures. Rooms at Dr. B. Sill's Wright Street."
Brown and Northrup advertise cooking, box and parlor stoves, also ploughs and plough points.
Sayre & Banks, attorneys and counsellors at law and solicitors and counselors in chancery announce their office on Main Street nearly opposite the Eagle Office.
Newell Slade had a card advertising: "The subscriber still continues the business of watch and clock making and repairing, at his old stand on Main Street, one door south of Sayre & Banks law office. Everything in his line will, as heretofore, be punctually attended to, and he respectfully solicits the continued favor of public patronage."
Alvin E. Wiest announces a Boot & Shoe Shop in the building of Jehial Evans on Main Street.
Smith and Phinney tell the public they are doing horse and ox shoeing at their old stand six doors north of the Eagle office.
Joel J. Bixby calls attention to his carriage and sleigh manufactory five doors north of the Eagle Office.
The Bainbridge house, which was the tavern built by DeZeng on the park states: "The subscriber has rented the well known Tavern Stand, located on the south-west side of the public green in the village of North Bainbridge and formerly kept by Winthrop Fairchild. The house has been recently furnished to all who may be pleased to call. Having left the Bigelow stand for this, which he intends to keep for a series of years, the subscriber would respectfully solicit his townspeople and his fellow citizens, a continuation of that patronage which they have heretofore extended to him. And to the travelling community at large he would say that if rooms large and commodious; a bar at all times filled with the choicest liquors; stables and faithful grooms in attendance; and the willing and attentive services of the landlord and those in his employ, are the indispensable requirements of a well kept tavern, he trusts he shall ever be able to furnish them to all those who may become his guests."
A hat manufactory is advertised at No. 7 Wright Street, opposite the residence of Dr. Sill. Castor, plain, brush napt and wool hats; also cloth caps were advertised.
Henry A. Clark, attorney-at-law offers announcement of the practice of his profession in an office opposite Chaffee's Hotel in the Betts building.
Levi Bigelow states that he practices law at No. 2 Wright Street.
An indication of what kind of furniture the people of Bainbridge had in their homes a century ago is an ad by Levi Bigelow: "The place to buy cabinet furniture is at Titum M. Bixby at Bainbridge. He has on hand a splendid assortment of cabinet ware, in the shop formerly occupied by W. Fairchild (deceased) where he has for sale and shall endeavor to keep constantly on hand all wares under this head in general. We have now on hand a general assortment of sofas, secretaries, book cases, mahogany, cherry and maple bureaus, lockers, dressing bureaus, wash and candle stands, dining and tea table, French bedsteads, chairs, ottomans, Etc.
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]: At the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Belle Elliott, on Cortland street, Sunday evening, Miss Mary B. Elliott was wedded to Fred S. Gardner of South Otselic [Chenango Co., NY], formerly of Norwich, Rev D.W. Dexter officiated in the presence of the immediate relatives. The bride, who is popular and well known to many Norwich people, was for several years employed in the sealing room of the Borden Condensery. The groom was formerly a clerk in the dry goods store of S.E. Johns until recently he became a partner of W.J. Wildman in a large general store at South Otselic, where, after a brief wedding trip to Binghamton and other places, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner will take up their residence. Both young people have many friends who wish them abundant prosperity and happiness.
Oxford Times, November 2, 1864
In this village [Oxford, Chenango Co., NY]: on 21st ult., by Rev. J.C. Ransom, Mr. Chauncey Hubbard to Miss Alice A. Edgerton, both of Smithville [Chenango Co., NY].
In Greene, Oct. 25th, by Rev. W.A. Smith, Mr. A. Simeon Parker of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Kate A. Wheeler of Greene [Chenango Co., NY].
In Guilford, Oct. 25th, by Rev. W.G. Queal, Mr. Alanson Booth of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Sarah Rhodes of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].
In Guilford, on the 10th inst., by Rev. Wm. W. Andrews, Mr. Francis Bowen of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Emma J. Merrithew of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].
Coventry [Chenango Co., NY]: Our community was startled Saturday, March 17, by the message which passed from house to house that Reuben A. Handy had been instantly killed by the falling of a tree. His hired man was with him at the time of the accident but all help was unavailable. "Ruby," as he was familiarly called by friends and neighbors, was born August 7, 1883, and was married May 5, 1901, to Minnie Burchard. She and three small children are left to mourn the loss of a tender father and a loving husband. The home group in his boyhood's home is stricken with sorrow. Father, mother and sisters will miss "Ruby." He was a young man of steady, industrious habits, a cheerful, pleasing way and was respected by all. The most tender sympathies, willing hearts and helping hands are proffered to the young grief-stricken wife and fatherless children.
Cora Evelyn Loomis
Guilford News, February 24, 1932
Mrs. Cora Evelyn Loomis passed away at the Sidney Hospital early Saturday morning, Feb. 20, after an illness of five days. Mrs. Loomis was dearly loved and respected by all who knew her. Her life was spent in willing service for others, her greatest joy being to bring happiness to some of her loved ones or friends. She will be missed as only a strong, true mother can be missed. Mrs. Loomis was born in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], July 10, 1860, a daughter of Almira and Spardon Lyon. In 1881 she was united in marriage to Charles Harvey Loomis and since that time has spent her life at the Loomis homestead located in West Bainbridge. The funeral was held from the homestead at 2 o'clock, Monday afternoon, Feb. 22. The service was in charge of Rev. Arthur H. Landmesser of Crescent, N.Y., a former pastor, assisted by Rev. Wm. Bartz, the present rector of her church, and by Rev. Edwin R. Holden of Sidney. She is survived by four children; Ward C. of Bainbridge, Dr. Ralph H. of Sidney, Leon C. of Forest Hills, New York and Bernice E. Marcley of Schenectady.
Emily L. Hyde
Guilford News, February 24, 1932
Mrs. Emily L. Hyde, widow of the late James Hyde, passed away at her home on Juliand street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Sunday morning of valvular disease of the heart. Mr. Hyde died six years ago in May. She was one of eight children born to Edwin B. and Nancy Melendy White. She and her twin sister, Miss Emeline White, who made her home with her, passed the 84th anniversary of their birthday Jan. 24, having been born in Bradford, Pa., in 1848. The funeral was held from her late home at 2 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 17, Rev. G.H. Orvis, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating.
Emogene (Cook) Lanfair
1859 - 1912
Mrs. Emogene Lanfair, beloved wife of Joseph Lanfair, peacefully passed away at her home at East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], December 6, at one o'clock in the afternoon, aged 53 years. Mrs. Lanfair had a lingering illness of eczema, which confined her to her bed for about five months. Heart failure was the cause of death. Mrs. Lanfair was formerly Emogene Cook of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and in 1875 she was married to Joseph Adelbert Lanfair of Bainbridge. Besides her husband she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Andrew Nelson of Norwich; one daughter, Mrs. Mable Massey of Sidney; also three sons James J. of Bainbridge; Louis E. of Norwich and Frederick E., who resides at home. The funeral was held at her late home at East Guilford, Saturday afternoon at one o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. A.C. Salls of the Congregational church at Guilford Center. The burial was in Green Lawn cemetery at Bainbridge.
1886 - 1910
After a severe illness which began with gastric fever and later developed into complication of ailments and which extended over a period of nearly seven months, on March 24 the curtain was parted and Harry Humphrey passed into the beyond. The departed was born in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], Sep. 30, 1886, and was in his 24th year. He was the only son of Frank Y. and Henrietta Pearsall Humphrey. In October 1907 he was united in marriage with Gladys Benedict, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Benedict of Afton. They lived in perfect happiness together in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Benedict until disease cast its dark shadow over them and brought suffering and sorrow. Everything that could be done to restore the sufferer to health, in the way of medical aid and careful nursing, was done, but in vain. He died at the home of his father in Bainbridge, to which place he had been brought about two months before the end came. Harry Humphrey was a young man of good habits and clean life. He was also of a happy and cheerful disposition. The mother of his beloved companion, who has long been a sufferer and confined to her home, said, while he was in good health, "Harry is the sunshine of our home. I do not know what I would do without him," His life was full of sunshine and he made sunshine for others. He united with the Presbyterian church at Bainbridge in the year 1906, and was at the time of his death still a member of that church; and those who knew him from childhood up, speak of him in terms of highest praise. He made for himself many friends and during his long illness his friends at Afton and Bainbridge kept inquiring constantly and anxiously concerning his welfare. Funeral service was held at the home of his parents, Sunday afternoon, and was conducted by Rev. H. T. Hill who was assisted by Rev. C. H. Colgrove. Mr. Hill spoke briefly on the words--"He giveth His beloved sleep," and his talk was full of comfort to the bereaved. The remains were buried at Glenwood cemetery, Afton [Chenango Co., NY], in the presence of a large company of people whose hearts were sorrowful and sympathetic. The Baracas and Philatheas of the Afton Baptist Sunday School passed in procession around the open grave and dropped carnations on the casket in token of their love and esteem. The sorrowing companion, who was constantly at his side during his long illness, parents, sister, and others to whom the departed was very dear, have the sincere sympathy of many friends.
"I cannot say and I will not say
That he is dead. He's just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
He has wandered into an unknown land.
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there."
Bainbridge Republican, April 2, 1880
Mr. Henry Loomis, whose serious illness has been noticed in these columns in a previous issue, died at his residence in the Southern part of Oxford township [Chenango Co., NY] on Saturday last, aged 69 years. The deceased may well have been termed the "old war horse of Chenango," as for physical endurance he had few equals and probably no superiors in the county. He for many years was engaged in lumbering, and has received several injuries while felling trees and performing other work incidental to the same, which would have proved fatal to a less strongly constituted person. But after a life of severe hard work and hard knocks, he had to succumb at last to an internal disease; a complaint of the kidneys something like Bright's disease. The deceased leaves seven children, five sons and two daughters, who all reside within a short distance of the old homestead, upon which he has resided upwards of forty years. Mr. Loomis was well known throughout this section of the State and leaves many friends who have enjoyed many a joke and laugh with the old woodsman. The funeral obsequies were held at West Bainbridge on Monday, and were attended by many friends of the family.
Oxford Times, November 2, 1864
In Camp Hill Hospital, Harper's Ferry, Sept. 22, of typhoid fever, Joseph Loomis, a member of Co. B, 7th New York Artillery, formerly of West Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], aged 25 years.
In Hospital at Winchester, Va., from wounds received in the battle at the above place, Frank M . Skillman, of Co. E, 114th Reg., son of Joseph Skillman, of Smithville [Chenango Co., NY], aged 23 years.
In New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY] on the 17th ult., Jenette, wife of George Warner, aged 21 years.
In Afton [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 24th, of diphtheria, Charlie Ray, youngest son of Jonathan and Lydia Farnsworth, aged 4 years.
Killed on the 19th Sept., near Winchester, Lorson D. Merrill, of Co. A, 114th Reg., aged 31 years and 9 months.
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]: After an illness of three years, during the past few months of which he was confined to his home, George A. Cooley, of Canasawacta street, died about 5:30 o'clock Thursday morning, aged 53 years. Deceased was born in Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY] February 22, 1853, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Job Cooley. He had resided in Norwich 29 years and was for a long time an employee of the Maydole Hammer factory. Before coming to Norwich he followed the trade of cheese making. Mr. Cooley was a kind husband and father and was well liked by a large circle of friends. In 1887 he married Mrs. Susie M. Beach, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Rhodes, of Pharsalia, who survives with one daughter, Miss Maude G. Cooley. He also leaves one brother, Samuel, of Chautauqua county, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Jane King, of Pharsalia. Mr. Cooley was a prominent member of Whaupaunaucau Tribe of Red Men, which will have charge of the funeral Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Dr. Ray will officiate and burial will be made in Mt. Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].
Robert H. Dixson
1851 - 1929
Robert H. Dixson, who died Sunday at her home in South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], was born in the town of Morris [Otsego Co., NY], July 3, 1851, the youngest son of eleven children of Elijah and Lucy Dixson. At the age of eighteen he entered the employ of L. And A. Babcock of Norwich as a piano salesman and continued with them in that capacity for 60 years establishing a record for that line of work in this section of the state if not the entire state. Mr. Dixson leaves a daughter, Mrs. Burton of Sherburne and a son, Frank G. Dixson of South New Berlin, besides a number of grandchildren. His funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o 'clock at the home. Burial in Riverside Cemetery [South New Berlin, NY].
Clella E. Rolf
Mrs. Clella E Rolf, who has been seriously ill for some time with pneumonia and the flu, died at her home at Ives Settlement [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY] February 6, aged 46 years. She was the daughter of Charles and Flora (North) Manwaring and was born in Guilford where she spent her entire life. In early life she became the wife of Robert Rolf and three children came to bless this union, Robert and Barbara, who still survive, and a little daughter, Betty, who died nearly five years ago. Having been born and cradled in the atmosphere of a Christian home she early in life became affiliated with the Guilford Methodist church and has always been a consistent member. She was a woman of many kindly traits and will long be remembered both in the home and community. The funeral service was held at the home Wednesday with the Rev. F.S. Crispel, pastor of the Guilford M.E. church officiating. The body was laid in the family plot in Sunset Hill cemetery [Guilford, NY]. The father, Charles Manwaring, who lives at Unadilla, was not able to be here, he being ill with pneumonia. Those who survive are the husband and two children, the father above mentioned and two sisters, Miss Hazel Manwaring and Mrs. Jessie Teed, of Unadilla.
Ellis Lavern Bradley
1849 - 1929
Ellis Lavern Bradley passed away Thursday morning, October 22, in the rooms over the Shelton & Drachler store where he lived. The deceased was born in the town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] on the old homestead below the cemetery on September 22, 1849 and has practically spent all of his life in Guilford. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Bradley. He was married to Miss Dora Crandall of Norwich and to them three children were born, Benjamin and Frances who preceded him to the world "that knows no sorrow," and also a daughter, Mrs. Emily Thomas of Atlantic City, N.J., who survive. The deceased was a member of the Episcopal church. On Saturday afternoon the last services were held in Christ Episcopal church by the Rev. N.S. Boardman. The body was laid in Sunset Hill cemetery [Guilford, NY] beside the dust of kindred.
Charles H. Manwaring
1855 - 1929
Charles H. Manwaring, a former resident of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], passed away at his home in Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY]. His death occurred on the same afternoon when the funeral of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Rolf, was being conducted here. Mr. Manwaring was 73 years old. He had been in feeble health, but pneumonia was the cause of his death. In declining years he was tenderly cared for by his youngest daughter, Hazel. Mr. Manwaring was born and reared in Guilford, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Manwaring. The greater part of his life was spent in this vicinity. On account of ill health, he left his farm at Ives Settlement and purchased the home at Unadilla where he died. He was the last of a family of four children. He was married twice; his first wife being Miss Flora North. The result of this union were four children, Clella, Leon, Jessie and Hazel. His second wife was Libbie Burton. He was held in high esteem by all which won him many friends both in the community and church of which for many years he was a member and Sunday School superintendent. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church Saturday after noon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Dr. Charles M. Olmstead, associate pastor and dear friend of the deceased officiating. The body was laid in the family plot in Sunset hill cemetery, Guilford. Left to mourn him are two daughters, Mrs. Jessie Teed and Miss Hazel Manwaring of Unadilla and several grandchildren.
"The Guilford Iron Works," where all kinds of casting and work in brass and iron is done. The "foundry" was started in 1844 under the firm name of N .R. Merchant & Co., and so continued to the death of N.R. Merchant, since which time it has borne the name of A. Bradbury, though the Merchant estate still has one-half interest. The celebrated endless tread dog power for churning, was originally made here from a design of Mr. N.R. Merchant in 1857, and between four and five thousand of them have been made at this foundry. Mr. Merchant not protecting himself by patent, other iron workers are building them, so that their sale decreases.
A.P. Merchant, son of the founder, N.R. Merchant, has worked in the foundry from the beginning, in 1844, and now superintends the estate's interest. Mr. Merchant is a practical, mechanical genius, if we may be allowed the expression. In 1856 he designed, and the firm have since manufactured, a superior planer and matcher, which is extensively used throughout the country. In 1861 he designed and patented the famous Merchant dowelling machine, of which he makes from 500 to 600 per year, and of which he has made and sold in all upwards of 8,000. In February last past he contracted with N.Mack & Co., manufacturers, of Rochester, N.Y., to furnish them all he makes, and they are shipping them extensively to South America and continental Europe. Later he designed a shingle machine, which is said to be the best in use.
In 1855 the firm began the manufacture of water wheels. They first made the Goodwin wheel then the Johnson wheel, then the Teed wheel, and now are making a specialty of a turbine wheel designed by Mr. Merchant about four years ago, and from which in that time they have had no breakage, which is sufficient proof of its excellence. They estimate that they have made and sold upwards of 1,000 water wheels of these different designs since 1855. They manufactured from Mr. Merchant's original designs all of the machinery used in the foundry, with one exception, the estimated value of which is $12,000.
They have had the good fortune to get good assistants, and have kept them. O.D. Merchant, the pattern maker, has over 15,000 different patterns under his charge, varying in value from twenty-five cents to $150, and can explain the use of any one of them. Having such a variety of pattern designs, they are enabled to match almost any casting, and receive orders for duplicates from all over the State. O.D. Merchant has been with them thirty-two years; Hobart Nash, who is an excellent machinist as well as a fine musician, for seventeen years; John McLean, with the exception of three years in the war, has been their molder twenty-five years; Burkett, the present molder, came there in 1861.
Mr. Bradbury, the head of the firm, is second to none in the State as a commercial manager, having been educated to its practical duties in Liverpool, Eng. Among the many original designs there has but one patent been taken out, that on the doweling machine. Has not Guilford a right to feel proud of this quiet and romantically situated foundry, doing it $8,000 business per annum.
Many friends mourn the death of Edith F., wife of Mott W. Stanton, which occurred at the State Hospital in Binghamton, Sunday. Mrs. Stanton's health had been poor for several years and she went to the Binghamton Hospital for a course of treatment, which proved to be beneficial and she was in a fair way to recovery when a severe attack of typhoid fever intervened and caused her death. Deceased was born in Otselic [Chenango Co., NY] March 17, 1870. Thirteen years ago last October occurred her marriage ot Mr Stanton, since which her home had been in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]. She had endeared herself to a large circle of friends and was a favorite among the younger members of the First Baptist Church with which she united soon after coming here. She is survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Brown, now residents of Columbus, by a sister, Mrs. F.H Stewart, of South Plymouth. and three brothers, Emmitt Brown, of Ireland's Mills; Clayton Brown, of Beaver Meadow, and George C. Brown, of Columbus. Funeral services were held from her late residence on West Main street on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. John L. Ray officiating. The bearers were Fred Johnson, William Mein, Addison Benedict and Lucius Hanford. Interment was made in Mount Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].
Frank J. Barre
1859 - ca 1926
The death of Frank J. Barre which occurred at his home in Lawyersville shortly before three o'clock Monday July 18th removes one of the best known and most beloved men in Chenango and Schoharie Counties. Pneumonia developed during the last few days of a five weeks illness with a bronchial cold and all that medical skill and tender nursing could do was done until he peacefully fell asleep. Frank J. Barre was born in Kings Settlement near Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] August 18, 1859 the son of Caleb B. and Julia A. Johnson Barre. January 22, 1878 he was united in marriage to Bertha B. Greene who died march 1st 1882 and in this union a daughter was born, Bertha F. Richards of Houston, Texas who came to his bedside Sunday. March 6, 1883, he married Mina W. Smith of Holmesville, Chenango Co., where they made their home until 1905. Here he was engaged in the lumber business and chair manufacturing. Since 1905 he has lived in and about the vicinity of Cobleskill [Schoharie Co., NY] being a partner of the firm Barre and Woodman in the lumber contracting business, later engaging in farming until his retirement in April 1922. Since then he has lived at his late home in Lawyersville [Schoharie Co., NY]. For many years he was a member of the Baptist church of Holmesville and was made a member of the I.O.O.F. of South New Berlin later transferring this membership to The Valley Lodge no. 500, I.O.O.F. of Cobleskill. Possessed of a happy disposition and winning personality, the esteem and respect in which he was held by a host of relatives and friends was manifest in the floral tributes and largely attended funeral which was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 at his late home. The services were conducted by Rev. Charles W. Smith, pastor of the Reformed church of Lawyersville. The pastor used the comforting words of John 14:1--"Let not your heart be troubled." During the service Mr. Howard J. Curtis of Cobleskill impressively rendered the favorite hymn of the deceased--"The Old Rugged Cross." With the relatives, neighbors and friends members of The Valley Lodge I.O.O.F. of Cobleskill attended the services at the home and Thursday morning accompanied the body to its last resting place in the South New Berlin cemetery. The I.O.O.F. conducted the committal services at the grave at 10 o'clock. Besides his devoted wife and daughter to whom all extend their heartfelt sympathy, Mr. Barre is survived by a sister Mrs. Lottie M. Curtis of Somerville N.J., who was unable to attend the funeral because of her poor health. Another sister Anna E. Coon of Wichita Falls, Texas preceded him in death by only a few months. Among the relatives who were with him during his last illness and attended the funeral were, Mrs. E.B. Stratton, a sister-in-law, Mason A. Stratton, a nephew, both of Ridgewood, N.J., and the following nephews and nieces--Mr. and Mrs. Warren Tillapaugh fo Hamden, N.J., Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Tillapaugh and daughters Evangeline and Ione of Norwich, N.Y., and Mr. and Mrs. Roy French of Illien, N.Y. May it well be said "I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith, hence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, shall give me at the day; and not to me only but unto them also that love his appearing."
Atalanta H. Hathaway
Faribault Journal, December 27, 1911
Mrs. Atalanta H. Hathaway, widow of Louis A. Hathaway, died at her home on the East Side Thursday morning after an illness of about three weeks, but was confined to her bed the past week. The funeral was held from the Hathaway home Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. M.L. Reynolds officiating. The burial was made in Maple Lawn Cemetery. The Pall bearers were old friends and neighbors; Mr. J.B. Wickham, A.F. Brand, Albion Story, of Kenyon, James McMahon, George Lyons, and Elair La Rose. Atalanta H. Beal was born at Bainbridge, New York [Chenango Co.], July 24, 1935, and was married to Louis A. Hathaway at Morris, New York, March 7th, 1854. Together they came to Faribault [Minnesota] in the early summer of 1880 and Mr. Hathaway became proprietor of the Arlington House, which he managed for a number of years. Later Mr. Hathaway sold his interest in that hotel and removed to Kenyon, Goodhue county, where he was proprietor of a hotel for several years, and he and Mrs. Hathaway made many friends, as they did in Faribault. thru kindness and liberality to all who needed assistance. For many years she has been known to friends and strangers alike, as Grandma Hathaway. Mrs. Hathaway was a most remarkable women in many ways; strong and self-reliant and always cheerful and friendly. She never complained, never apparently thought of herself; her devotion being to others for whom she always had a kind and cheery word. her spirit was a generous one and many little deeds of charity contributed to those in need, and never known except to those benefited. patient to the end and her last words were for those about her bedside. She is survived by one son, an only child, E.G. Hathaway, of this city; a sister, Mrs. Stella Payne, of Unadilla, New York; and two brothers, John Beal, of Greenfield, Kansas and S.B. Beal of St. Paul--Faribault Democrat.
Emmett L. Hutchinson
Bainbridge Republican, July 7, 1921
After long and patient suffering Emmett L. Hutchinson passed away at his late home on Winsor avenue, Thursday morning, June 23 at 12:30 o'clock. Mr. Hutchinson was born in Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY], September 17, 1848, coming to this place early in life making Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] his home. On December 29, 1874 at Masonville he was united in marriage to Miss Emily Blenco, by Rev. Manderville and for forty-six years they were travelers along life's pathway. Three children were born to them, Mrs. Anna Reynolds of Mt. Vision; Howard Hutchinson, of Guilford and Lester Hutchinson of Panama, who survive. Also among those chiefly to be mentioned who survive are a widow Mrs. E.L. Hutchinson of this place and a brother Theodore of Bainbridge. His memory long lingers in the hearts of loved ones who will miss the cordial and hearty greeting of him who was one of our most respected citizens. At two o'clock Saturday afternoon June 25 the funeral service was held from the home Rev. W.S. York pastor of the M.E. church officiating. He spoke most fitting words from the text taken from 1 Corinthians 15-53, "For this Corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality," after which the body was taken to Yaleville and laid in the family plot, beside those of kindred to await the dawning of the Great Day. "Here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come." Our deep sympathy go with the bereaved family.
Lester Amos Hutchinson
Bainbridge Republican, May 16, 1929
The remains of Lester Amos Hutchinson whose death was briefly mentioned last week will be brought here from the Canal zone for burial May 22nd. The funeral services will be held from this late home on Winsor avenue at 2 o'clock. Mr. Hutchinson was the son of Emmett and Emily A. Hutchinson. He was born in Yaleville, the town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], January 30, 1889 and married in Easton, Penn., on August 11th, 1917 to Miss Ann Ethel Heil. They have one son John Emmett. Mr. Hutchinson was employed by the United States Government as foreman on the Canal Zone being located at Pedro Miquel. He acted as First Lieutenant in the World War serving overseas eighteen months. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge being a 32d degree Mason. Those who survive are his wife and son John Emmett, his mother, one brother Howard of Guilford and sister Anna Reynolds of Mount Vision. Interment will be made in Yaleville.
The case of Rev. H.H. Hayden, tried for the murder of Mary Stannard, was submitted to the jury at New Haven [CT] on Friday On Monday the jury was discharged, having failed to agree. The following is a brief history of the crime for which he was tried.
Mary Stannard, the victim, was an unfortunate girl. Her great beauty had been her ruin, but she had been trying for some time past to gain the respect of her neighbors, and had recovered some of the cheerfulness that made her a great favorite in the little village until the final catastrophe came. Her father, Charles Stannard, had tried to make a living on a rocky farm, and to bring up his children respectably The little hamlet is ten miles from any railroad station, and there were few pleasures for young people there; so Mary went to Guilford [CT] three or four years ago. She was, said a chronicler writing a week after the murder, a comely country girl, with brown hair and dark eyes, but her experience of life was so limited that she believed a rascal too readily. Since that time until recently, she had quietly lived in service with her child. After its birth, Mr. Studley, a farmer, living a little out of Guilford, employed her in his dairy, and made her life with him and his wife as pleasant as possible, and Mary used to say that with them she was beginning to be happy, or at least contended again.
But in August of '78, Mr. Studley saw that the girl was brooding over her troubles. She did her dairy work as skillfully as ever, but she seemed to have lost heart. Mr. Studley spoke to his wife about it, but that good lady could not discover its immediate cause. Mary to their knowledge, was never away from home, except in the fields near the farm, and they could think of no recent occurrence that could trouble her. At length, finding her crying one day, Mr. Studley asked her what the matter was, and after some urging she told him her story. She said that she had been led astray again, and that the result must soon again bring exposure. Mr. Studley, mindful of Mary's previous fall, and of her struggle to retrieve the wrong, asked her what she would do--what he could do for her, and finally who the betrayer was. His name she at first refused to tell, but finally, drying her eyes and with the first spark of indignation she had shown, she said the betrayer was her pastor, the Rev. Mr. Hayden. Her manner was so truthful as to impress Mr. Studley, but he saw that such a charge would only add to the complication. The girl then proceeded to detail the full circumstances. She said that when she went to Mr Studley's pasture for water she had frequently met Mr. Hayden there, for the pasture adjoins his little farm. The first meeting was accidental, but others followed, in which Mr. Hayden confessed his love, and Mary believed him, although he had a wife and three children. Then came the criminal act. After consultation with his wife, Mr. Studley decided that it would be best for Mary to go to her father in Rockland [CT], and Mr. Studley drove her over with her little girl. To her sister Mary told her secret, but not to her parents. To her sister she added that Mr. Hayden had promised to provide for her throughout the coming trouble. But she wanted to see him again; she wanted to get some definite appointment.
About 11 o'clock on Tuesday, continues the narrative to which we have referred, the Rev. Mr. Hayden stopped at the Stannard homestead and asked for a glass of water. The spring was a long distance from the house; it is believed that he knew Mary would run, as she always did, to fetch it. Instead of waiting at the house he followed her. What passed between them there Mary never told. She came back somewhat flushed, and only said to her sister that she had an appointment with Mr. Hayden and was going to meet him at the Whippoorwill Rock, a boulder so much larger than the many others laying around that has been given a separate name. The rendezvous is a lonely place. Swamps lie on one side of it and thick forests on the other. Nearby is a pasture, so rough that only blackberries grow on it. Immediately after dinner Mary took a pail and, tying a straw sunshade on her head, started down the road. The last that her people ever saw of her alive was the picture she made as she entered the woodland beyond the house, swinging her pail, with her bright calico dress flitting through the underbrush.
Her father thought it very strange when 3 o'clock came and Mary had not returned. At 4 o'clock he began to get nervous and at 5 started for the blackberry pasture to look for her. She was not there. Then he hunted in earnest and called with all his power. At length in crossing a little foot path, he thought he saw the bright colors of a dress some distance down and before he got to the object saw that it was Mary lying prone on the ground. he called her, and she did not answer. then he rushed down the path and saw at the first glance the wound in the neck. It was not large--such a cut as a penknife might have made. he seized her hands and they were stone cold. She must have been dead some hours. Her arms were folded over her breast; her clothing was not disarranged, and there was not a sign of a struggle anywhere. He ran back for help, and the neighbors whom he brought with him took the body home, and then looked carefully around for the weapon. They could find none, but did observed such traces as led them to believe that the murder was committed elsewhere and then the body dragged to the bypath, and carefully arranged where found.
Some of the neighbors whispered among themselves that Mary had committed suicide, but others asked at once who folded her arms upon her breast, who struck her the blow on top of the head and stabbed her in the throat, and where did she get the bruises on her wrist. Satisfied that it was murder, they first thought of tramps, but tramps are seldom seen there, and moreover there was no evidence of the other crime to commit which tramps sometimes murder. Moreover in Mary's pocket there were found articles that suggested that she was about to commit a crime upon herself. Then Mary's sister told the story of her sister's expected interview with the pastor and of his alleged relations with the dead girl, and he was arrested for the crime.
Lowell, MA Daily Courier, May 4, 1885
Seven years have passed since the country followed with almost breathless interest the phases of one of the greatest murder trials in American history, that of Rev. Herbert H. Hayden at New Haven [CT], for the murder of the half-witted girl, Mary Stannard. Four months of wrangling by ingenious counsel ended in a disagreement of the jury, 11 for acquittal, one for conviction, and Hayden was set at liberty. Before the crime he had been preaching at the little Methodist church in Rockland, Ct., at $200 a year, and eked out a living by working as a carpenter at times. After his discharge, the steward of the church, he reported, asked him to return, but he felt that, with the divided state of public opinion in his congregation, his days of usefulness were ended. he located in New Haven [CT], and for years has had a small carpenter shop in the rear of Orange street. He has never prospered. A few Methodist friends gave him employment but the people of New Haven, as a rule, withheld their patronage. The church, it is said, long since closed its doors in his face, and he was left to struggle at his trade. he has almost passed from public memory, and his name is only recalled at this time by a mere paragraph in one of the New Haven papers. A pitiful paragraph it is, telling in brief words the struggle the man has endured for seven long years. Any ordinary industrious mechanic in that time would have "got ahead" as the New England phrase goes, but this paragraph notes an attachment of the ex-clergyman's property for the paltry sum of $85. And to settle this, his note was not received until indorsed bye his wife, who has a small property. There was some talk, seven years ago, of another trial. The people of New Haven county protested. The first trial had cost $30,000 at least, and the matter has been dropped forever. Hayden in practically free, and the mystery of the terrible Rockland murder has never been solved. Probably it never will be.
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]: A cablegram received on Tuesday morning announced the death of Warren L. Scott at Hamilton, Bermuda, where he went about a month ago in search of improved health. Death occurred at an early hour on Tuesday morning, the message announcing the event having been sent by Henry R. Follett, son-in-law of Mr. Scott, who, with Mrs. Follett, sailed for Bermuda from New York city Saturday last, arriving there shortly before the death of Mr. Scott. Deceased was 71 years of age, having been born in Allegany county, New York, May 16, 1835, the son of Alfred and Anna Scott. A common school education and two years in the Academy constituted his preparations for the battles of life. When he had finished the course in the Academy he put his knowledge to good use by teaching school for eight terms. Then after clerking in the store of his uncle at Friendship, N.Y., for a period, he engaged in the grocery business on his own behalf in that town, remaining in business for a year and a half. After a year spent in Kent, O., he became a resident of Chenango county, in 1866, locating in Norwich, where for 15 years he enjoyed a large trade in the grocery business. At the same time he also had a clothing store and was conducting a lumber business in which he embarked in 1877. For a number of years, having sold his other interests, he had been engaged in the sale and manufacture of lumber and carpenters' supplies, having a large factory at the foot of Lackawanna avenue. Some two years ago the business was formed into a stock company, Mr. Scott holding a large portion of the stock and being made the president of the Board of Directors. Deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. E.R. Olmstead, wife of Rev. E.B. Olmstead, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. Henry Follett, and by one son, John P. Scott, the latter two of this village. The body left Bermuda on a steamer due to sail Thursday and is expected to arrive in New York city Saturday, probably reaching Norwich on Sunday. Mr. Scott went to Bermuda for a few months' stay, hoping the climate would prove beneficial to his health. On the passage from New York, which was a very rough one, he was precipitated down a stairway of the ship and sustained a broken shoulder and severe bruises. The reports received at different times showed that he was improving and the news of his death came as a shock to his many friends in this vicinity.
Irving B. Phillips
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 15, 1944
Irving B. Phillips, 43, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], died at the Afton Hospital Saturday. Born May 30, 1901, in Colesville [Broome Co., NY], he was the son of Edwin and Minnie (Saunders) Phillips. Funeral services were held at Colwell's Chapel Tuesday with the Rev. Paul Carpenter, of Bainbridge, officiating. Burial was in Afton.
Clara Adelle (Hunt) Meek
Bainbridge news & Republican, June 15, 1944
Mrs. Clara Adelle Meek, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], died Monday at the Heylmun nursing Home, Binghamton. She was born March 5, 1859, the daughter of Lucius and Clarissa (Landers) Hunt, of Afton. Services will be held Thursday afternoon at Colwell's Chapel. Burial will be in the East Side Cemetery, Afton.
F. Lee Beane & Donald Frederick Beane
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 15, 1944
Owego [Otsego Co., NY]: F. Lee Beane, 52, and his son, Donald Frederick Beane, 23, both of Park Settlement, Owego, were instantly killed yesterday afternoon when the car in which they were riding to Owego, was struck by a Lackawanna freight and milk train, at the Park Settlement crossing. This is a blind crossing, and has been the scene of several other accidents. Grover Timeson, of Auburn, engineer of the train, said he did not see the car until the engine was almost upon it. The engine struck the car squarely in the middle, throwing the elder Mr. Beane about 160 feet at the side of the tracks, and carrying the car with the son 2,718 feet before the train was stopped. The car was completely wrecked. Mr. Timeson and fireman, James Lathrop, also of Auburn, were the only witnesses to the accident. They stated that the train was going about 45 miles an hour when it struck the car.
Leonard W. Roe
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 22, 1944
In the first swimming accident of the summer season in this area, a 15-year-old Oakland, Pa., boy, Leonard W. Roe, was drowned late Saturday afternoon while swimming with four companions in the Susquehanna River near the bridge connecting Susquehanna and Oakland, according to the chief of police in Susquehanna, M.J. Deam. He was learning to swim, police said, and got beyond his depth. He was under water for approximately 20 minutes. Susquehanna firemen used a respirator for an hour and a half to no avail. Coroner Kenneth Bush, of Montrose, pronounced a verdict of accidental death. One of his companions, Walter Fisk, 15, also of Oakland, heard the boy's cries for help, and being unable to swim well, called a neighbor, Joseph Shultz, who lived across the river on the Susquehanna shore. Mr. Shultz jumped in and dragged the boy to shore. While Mr. Shultz used artificial respiration, young Fisk was sent to notify the fire department, which answered the call with the respirator. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Roe, of Oakland, the victim was one of 10 children.
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 29, 1944
Miss Gertrude Waterman died at the Sidney Hospital Wednesday morning after an illness of about two weeks. She was born Sept 16, 1869, at Sterling, Ill. Her parents were William H. Waterman and Maria (Ashley) Waterman. The funeral was held at the funeral home of Carr & Landers, Friday afternoon. Burial was in the Upper lisle Cemetery. The Rev. P.C. Pearson, rector of the Norwich Episcopal Church, officiated. For many years she has resided in and around Sidney, and for the last three years she worked in Rockdale. She is survived by a brother, Merle Waterman, of Sidney, and a niece, Mrs. Charles Dann, of Sidney; also two nephews.
Van D. Birdsall
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 29, 1944
Van D. Birdsall, a highly esteemed resident of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], died suddenly at his home last week Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were held at his home, Friday. The Rev. Wilton J. Dubrick officiated. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney. Born in Sidney, Feb. 7, 1880, son of Charles A. Birdsall and Sarah (Van Valkenburg) Birdsall, he married May Cornell, who survives, as do a daughter, Mrs. Alton Ellis, and two grandchildren, of Sidney; a brother William I. Birdsall, Wells Bridge; a sister, Mrs. Lavantia Crea, of Buffalo, and several nephews and nieces. Mr. Birdsall moved to Sidney from Sidney Center, where he conducted a feed store, 22 years ago.