Friday, August 18, 2017

Obituaries (August 18)

Olive Hamilton
1838 - 1926
Mrs. Olive Hamilton, widow of the late Isaac Hamilton died Monday March 29, aged 87 years.  She is survived by two sons Charles and Walter Hamilton, two sisters Mrs. Fred Getchell and Mrs. Clymenta Hilton; two brothers, Fred Salley and Mendum Salley of the State of Maine; a niece Mrs. William Hawkins of Vallonia Springs, besides several nieces in Maine. The funeral was held at her home last Thursday afternoon.  The Rev. T.J. Collar officiated.  The body was placed in the vault later to be interred in the cemetery at Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].
Nellie (Smith) Rhodes
1875 - 1931
Mrs. Nellie S. Rhodes passed away Saturday, July 25, at the Forest Hills hospital, Boston, following an operation the week previous.  Her condition was considered excellent up to a few hours before she died, then she became weak and went to sleep quietly and without pain. She was born in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] July 7, fifty-six years ago.  She married George A. Rhodes June 26, 1895, also a native of Bainbridge, in Thomaston, Conn.  Later they lived in Bainbridge a few years when Mr. Rhodes worked on the Bainbridge Express. They were residents of Binghamton for several years, moving to Boston in 1910.  The last eight years she resided in the Merrymount section of Quincy. the deceased was worthy high priestess of Bethany White Shrine of Jerusalem, and attended the supreme convention in Toronto in May; worthy matron Keystone chapter, O.E.S. in 1920; and member of the Order of Amaranth.  A son, Ralph L. Rhodes, survives and lived with his parents in Quincy.  one brother, Fred A. Smith of Beason, N.Y., also survives.  She was a sister of the late Charles G. Smith, who died in Binghamton a few years ago.  Richard Smith of Bennettsville was an uncle, and judge Leon C. Rhodes and Laverne Booth were cousins.  The funeral was held from the home in Quincy Monday, July 27, at 2 p.m.

Georgianna E. Ireland
1913 - 1930
Obituary posted to this blog on June 18, 2015.  Further information about her tragic death follows.
Funeral services for Georgana E. Ireland, 17 year old Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] victim of an automobile tragedy last week Wednesday night, were held from the church at Guilford Center at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon, with burial made in Greenlawn cemetery at Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]. The services were largely attended by friends and relatives and high school chums of the deceased.  Robert Young, 14 year old driver of the car in which Miss Georgana Ireland, Guilford high school graduate, met her death last Wednesday night, was taken before judge H.C. Stratton in children's court Tuesday forenoon on a charge of juvenile delinquency.  Judge Stratton gave the boy a severe lecture and paroled him in the custody of his mother, Mrs. George Young of Guilford, until July 28, when the court will make further disposition of the case. What will be done with the lad at that time depends largely on his behavior between now and July 28.  Young in company with Hugh Colwell, publisher of the Guilford Mail, and Miss Ireland was returning from an automobile ride in Colwell's car, when the machine, driven by Young, struck a culvert six miles out of Guilford village and tipped over.  Miss Ireland died when the broken windshield severed her jugular vein.  Colwell and Young escaped with minor bruises.  Colwell is now awaiting grand jury action in the charge of endangering the morals of a minor, in allowing alcoholic drinks to be sold Young.  Kittie Hogoboon, alleged seller of drinks, is also held for the grand jury on the same charge.  Arthur Soules, Sidney, is serving a six months' jail sentence in the Delaware county jail as an aftermath of the case.  The boy says he became sleepy and was awakened when he felt the car bounding on the grass along the left side of the road ....

Norwich Sun, July 3, 1930
....Miss Ireland was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ireland, highly respected farmers in the town of Guilford.  Besides her grief stricken parents she is survived by an older brother John, and a younger brother and sister.  She reached her 17th birthday on march 16, last, and was a member of this year's graduating class of Guilford high school.  Her accidental death by this means has cast a gloom over the village of Guilford and surrounding territory, and the causes leading up to the tragedy are to be the subject of a thorough investigation by Sheriff Ormsby and District Attorney Barnes.  From evidence so far gathered by the authorities, all occupants of the ill-fated car had been drinking.  Young, in a statement to officials, said that the only reason he happened to be driving the car at the time of the crash, was because Colwell was "crazy" drunk, and unable to operate the machine.

Young is the son of George Young of Guilford and a brother of Mrs. Walter Felt of this city [Norwich, NY].  Colwell, who told officials Thursday, that he wanted to tell the exact truth of the joy party, has been in Guilford only since April.  He publishes The Guilford Mail, weekly paper, and since residing in that village has built up quite a circulation. 

Funeral arrangements for Miss Ireland have not yet been completed.  The father and mother are deeply grieved over the death of their loved one.  When Colwell and Young drew up in front of their farm home about 7 Wednesday night they thought nothing strange, and when their daughter stepped into the machine they were not alarmed at first, but when she failed to return home after a little they became frightened.  They retired expecting her at any moment, but when 11 o'clock came and their daughter had not yet arrived, the father arose and dressed, prepared to meet those in whose company his daughter had been.  About an hour later they received the sad news that she was seriously injured.  Not until the father and his eldest son returned to the Ireland home after responding to the call, did Mrs. Ireland learn of the unfortunate ending....

Norwich Sun, July 5, 1930
As an aftermath of the accident, Arthur Soules of Sidney was arrested by state troopers on a charge of disorderly conduct, following confessions by Hugh Colwell, 27, and Robert Young, 14.  He was accused of selling beer to Colwell, Young and Miss Ireland and was taken into custody by Troopers G. E. Lawrenson and E.C. Elmendorf.  Police Justice W.H. Phelps of Sidney sentenced the man to six months in the Delaware county jail in Delhi and fined him $50. Soules said he was unable to pay the tine and Justice Phelps added 50 days to the jail sentence.

Young was arraigned before Judge Stratton in Oxford on a juvenile delinquency Charge and a hearing was set for July 8.  Young was driving the car containing Colwell and Miss Ireland because Colwell was unable to operate the machine.  Colwell is out on $500 bail on the charge of endangering the morals of a minor in allowing Young to drink beer.  He will also face a charge of allowing an unlicensed operator to drive a car.

Kittie Hogoboon of Yaleville is also out on $500 bail awaiting grand jury action with Colwell on the charge of endangering the morals of a minor, Young, in selling him alcoholic drinks.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Obituaries (August 17)

Dorothy Ellen (Hogan) Back
1911 - 1943*
Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Ellen Back were held in the First Congregational Church of Cromwell [CT], Thursday, June 17, and were in charge of the minister of the church, the Rev. Sumner Osgood.  The large number of floral offerings completely filled the space around the pulpit platform.  The organist of the church, Mrs. Anna A. Doering, used the music of some of the songs which Mrs. Back had sung at church services as a member of the choir and frequent soloist. There was a large attendance of members of the church at the services and the Young Married Couples' Club, of which Mrs. Back was a member, attended in a body.  Mrs. back was especially active in the choir, and this organization took part in the services.  In his remarks, the minister said, "Mrs. Back will long be remembered in this church for the zest which she put into her living.  Many lives are dull and drab but hers was bright and eager.  Many people complain over the simple tasks of church life, but to Dorothy Back it was a joy to help. She will be sorely missed, not only in the church, but by a host of friends and neighbors. Though her life was short as we measure time, she put so much into her days that they were indeed full of deeds of helpfulness.  It suggests to us that the best way to live is to act as if every day might be our last and therefore to fill it full of the best we have."  The above was contributed by Mrs. Back's pastor, the Rev. C. Sumner Osgood.  [obituary posted to this blog on June 25, 2017]  *estimated from available census and obit data.
Esther Anna  (Padgett) Roys
1843 - 1926
Mrs. Esther Anna Roys, widow of the late Samuel N. Roys, died at the home of her eldest son, James N. Roys, on Friday, December 17, aged 78 years.  She was the daughter of Charles and Mary Wilbur Padgett and was born in Oxford, February 29, 1848.*  She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Polly King and Mrs. Mary Ogden; two brothers, Robert J. and Riley J. Padgett; two daughters, Mrs. Roy E. Nichols of Utica and Mrs. Grover Hamilton of Coventry; eight sons, James N. Roys of Oxford; Erford S., of Vestal; Elbert E., of Naples, N.Y., Charles A. and Frederick E. of Greene; Benjamin Eli, of Tuloumne, Cal.; Emmet L. and F. Lina of Johnson City; also twenty-two grandchildren.  The funeral was held at her home on Mechanic street on Monday, Dec. 20, conducted by Rev. Charles A. Winters.  Burial was made in Riverview cemetery [Oxford, Chenango Co., NY]. *tombstone gives birth year of 1843.
Ethel (Cone) Robinson
1863 - 1926
Mrs. Ethel Cone Robinson died at her home on Fort Hill Sunday, December 12, at the age of 63 years.  Her release came after suffering for many years with an illness which confined her to the house.  Mrs. Robinson was the daughter of Samuel and Sabrie Hull Cone and was born in Coventry [Chenango Co., NY] November 9, 1863.  On October 24, 1882 she was untied in marriage with Edward S. Robinson.  They made their home in Greene [Chenango Co., NY], where Mr. Robinson was engaged in business until 1901 when they removed to this village and have since then resided here.  She is survived by her husband and one son, Almon L. Robinson, of Syracuse; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Mead, Mrs. Cora Smith and Mrs. Sarah Leach, all of Oxford, and a brother, T.L. Cone, also of this town.  A prayer service was held at her home on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H .C. Whedon, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church, of which she was a member.  Funeral service was held in St. Paul's Church at 2 p.m.  Burial in Riverview cemetery [Oxford, Chenango Co., NY]
Martin N. Hall
1895 - 1926
The entire community was shocked on Tuesday evening when the tragic death of Martin N. Hall became known.  Mr. Hall, who had been employed by the Lackawanna railroad, as telegrapher, for the past twelve years was that evening at the station working on a report for the section boss, Tony Furnari, which was afterwards found on his desk.  He phoned Furnari that he would come and see him after a freight had cleared the station.  The freight left at 9:26 and soon afterwards Hall mounted his wheel and rode away.  He had no light on his wheel.  Riding northerly on the east side of Fort Hill park at a point about half way between the residence of F.J. Dedrick and Main street he was struck by the car driven by Ronald Root, thrown to the pavement, and sustained a fracture of the skull in the left temporal region.  The point where the accident occurred is a little to the left, or the park side, of the center of the street.  Mr./ Hall was removed to the office of Dr. A.R. Morse, which is close to the scene of the accident, and everything possible was done to revive him.  Later he was taken to his home where he died about an hour after the accident.  Mr. Root states that he did not see Mr. Hall until he had turned the corner and was almost upon him.  It was then too late to stop.  He was proceeding slowly at the time and had the car well under control, which is evidenced by his sudden stop.  An inquest was held on Wednesday afternoon by Coroner A.R. Morse.  The Coroner found that Mr. Hall's death was due to accident.
Martin N. Hall was the son of Mrs. Edith M. and the Late William Hall, and was born in this village on December 5, 1895.  He attended school at the Academy and upon finishing school entered the employ of Willard E. Cronk, who then conducted a grocery store now occupied by K.B. Simonson.  While employed here he made many friends by his cordial and pleasing manner.  Upon entering the employ of the railroad he applied himself to the work in hand and was one of the most valued employees at the local station always discharging his work in a most trustworthy manner, and his untimely death creates a loss that is hard to fill.  Always courteous and good natured he was loved and respected by all who knew him and with whom he came in contact.  In February, 1922, he was united in marriage with Miss Mable Palmer of this village.  He was a member of Oxford lodge, No. 175, F.&A.M.; of Oxford Chapter, No. 254, R.A.M., and of the Niagara Hose company, and was a communicant of St. Paul's church.  Surviving is the wife and his mother.  The funeral will be held on Friday at 2 o'clock from the Episcopal church, Rev. H. Curtis Whedon officiating. Burial will be made in Riverview cemetery [Oxford, Chenango Co., NY], the Masonic bodies having charge of the services at the grave.  The sympathy of the community will be extended to the wife and mother of Mr. Hall.
Harvey Shaffer
1900 - 1926
The sudden and tragic death of Harvey Shaffer, an employee of the Oxford Basket and Manufacturing Company on Monday afternoon shocked the entire community.  Mr Shaffer was engaged in cutting basket bottoms, working on a saw at one side of the big saw.  In the mill at the same time were:  head sawyer, R.E. Dove and Raymond Preston.  The accident happened at 2:50.  At the time Mr. Dove was standing a short distance from the saw with his back to it.  He knew the carriage was coming back following a cut through a log and hearing a noise he turned in time to see Shaffer toppling towards the rapidly revolving 40 inch saw.  He tried to catch the doomed man, but failed, and saw him strike the whirling steel.  In an instant the head of the unfortunate was cloven from above the left eye to below the left ear and he could only ease the lifeless body to rest by the side of the carriage track.  Preston heard the same noise but was slower in turning and did not witness the death of his co-worker. The carriage was stopped at the point where it was when Shaffer fell.
Coroner E.W. Willcox, of Norwich was called and with Dr. Hall investigated the accident.  He interviewed the employees of the factory and said that in his judgement the death of Mr. Shaffer was purely accidental. The body was taken to the undertaking rooms of F.W. Seymour & Son before being conveyed to his home on Main Street.
Harvey Shaffer was born in Dansville, Pa., September thirteenth, 1900, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shaffer.  he came to Oxford with C.H. Knepka, about seven years ago, when the silk mill was brought from Norwich.  When the mill closed he worked for a time for James Gordon, but about two and one-half years ago secured a position with the basket company.  Three years ago on August 9, the day of his death, he was united in marriage with Miss Mildred Mead of this village who survives him.  He is also survived by is parents, who reside at Ellisburg, Pa., and four brothers and five sisters.  During his residence in this village Mr. Shaffer has made many warm friends and was esteemed for his many virtues. With his wife he was active in the work of the gospel service group, faithful in attendance and conscientious in service. The funeral service was held at his home on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C.A. Winters, his pastor. Burial was made in Riverview cemetery [Oxford, Chenango Co., NY]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jennison Station, Bainbridge NY Employees

Jennison Station
New York State Electric & Gas Corporation
Hands on the Throttle
Lou Besaw

Jess Bunzey

Jerry Dykman

Mavis Greenman & Harry Velley

Right - Ben Hartwell
Man on left unidentified

Andy Launt

Norm Leach

Left - Stern lyon
Right - Bill Lerwick

Charles Murphy

Jim Peck

Joe Petrosky
John Wilkinson

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Disgraceful Riot - 1835

Disgraceful Riot
Anti Masonic Telegraph,  March 25, 1835

In consequence of public notice, a meeting of the New York Protestant Association would be held for the purpose of debating the question--"Is Popery compatible with civil liberty."  A very large and respectable assemblage of ladies and gentlemen attended on Friday evening at Broadway Hall. After the meeting was organized, the Rev. Mr. Finley rose for the purpose of delivering an introductory prayer, and while so engaged, a gang of ruffians, amounting to between one and two hundred, burst open the door, and commenced a most violent and indiscriminate attack upon the audience. The Rev. Mr. Brownlee and several other clergymen in vain attempted, by remonstrance, to quell the outrage. The infuriated ruffians assaulted the reverend gentleman, who were at length compelled to flee for the safety of their lives. The work of destruction then commenced; the mob tore up the benches and entirely destroyed the furniture of the room by splitting it into a thousand fragments.  having driven out the congregation, and perpetuated all the mischief that lay in their power the rioters left the scene of mischief unmolested.  The aggressors are said to have been a portion of our Irish Roman Catholic population--Cour. & Eng. 

Memories of Runion and Mahala (Hoffman) Parsons - 1878/9

Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary
Runion Parsons - Mahala Hoffman
Bainbridge Republican, January 2, 1879
Fifty years ago last Saturday Mr. Runion Parsons, now living in the village of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], was married by Judge Bigelow, late of Bainbridge, to Mahala Hoffman.  The bride's father at that time lived at East Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] near the forks of the river.  We called upon the aged couple on the day of their fiftieth anniversary, found them in usual good health, and learned a few facts concerning their life. At the present time there is but one person living who attended their wedding--her brother Chauncey's widow, now living in Illinois.  Her brothers, Chauncey and Joel, were well known military characters in the war of 1812, and after their return from the army, Chauncey established a fencing school and made considerable money by the "art."  Mr. Parsons well remembers when the town of Guilford was set off from Oxford, and how they drew a line and those who wanted it at such a place would step on one side and those opposed on the other.  He gave a full description of the pulling and jerking of the opposite parties, and how several coats were literally torn to pieces in the fracas. They did not give a grand reception of their marriage anniversary as is customary now-a-days, but enjoyed themselves at home and attending Quarterly Meeting which was then being held in the M.E. Chruch in that village.  May the good old souls live another half a century and have peace and plenty.
Memories of Mahala Hoffman Parsons
Bainbridge Republican, January 9, 1879
Mr. Editor--As you were pleased to note the anniversary of our fiftieth year of married life, I will give you a few incidents of my early recollections. At the time of the war of 1812 my father was living in Warrensburg, Warren county, N.Y.  Near the close of the war, early one morning an aged man called upon my father, and in much apparent agitation informed him that there were Indian spies upon what was then called Bishop's mountain, an eminence from the top of which an extensive view of the surrounding country could be distinctly taken for many miles.  He had discovered a fire on the opposite side of the mountain, and venturing near saw about a dozen Indians preparing their breakfast.  Being much alarmed he came over the river to see what measures could be taken to protect, if possible, the inhabitants from these unwelcome invaders.  My father took his telescope, and by its aid we could bring them so near as to see that they were indeed savages. At that time my father owned mills and drew lumber to Ft. Edward, consequently kept several horses. They were soon saddled and mounted by boys with instructions to ride in different directions and drop written lines at every house, requiring every man to repair to our place as soon as dark to protect the bridges that span the river, and also, if possible, to protect the people along the river and at the village at Lake George.  It was a busy time at our house that day.  The old fashioned bread-tray that would hold a bushel of flour was brought to hand, and the large brick oven heated and re-heated until a sufficient quantity of bread, pies, cake, meat and beans, were prepared to feed a hungry multitude. Each had their separate duties to perform; my little brother and myself were furnished from our store with bullet moles, ladles and bars of lead, and we sat upon the hearth before the arch and made bullets until we have a supply large enough, we children thought, to furnish an army.  At dusk the men began to gather and we soon had quite a respectable sized army.  In the morning of the next day they proceeded to the mountain, shot at them, but they fled through a large swamp at the base.  Our men preferred to shun the swamp as it was a dense wilderness for miles, and returned home without even capturing an Indian.
Soon after this, Judge Bishop and my father organized a Silver Gray company, as they were in the service, and I think for awhile the old men trained almost every day.
Those familiar with the condition of our country at that time will remember that crockery was very scarce, and as those old men became wearied with marching and exercise, got thirsty, and it was amusing to us children to hear them smack their lips as they sipped the delicious beverage over those broad brimmed vessels which were usually kept on the upper shelves at the store. 
Mahala Hoffman, now Parsons.

Marriages (August 15)

Marriage Notices

Anti Masonic Telegraph, March 11, 1835
February 4th, by the Rev. L.A. Barrows, Mr. Asa D. Wood of Newburgh [Orange Co., NY], to Miss Emeline Clark, of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY].
On the same day, by the Rev. W. Round, Capt. Cyrus M. Dow, to Miss Semantha Green.
On the 10th, by Elder Lotridge, Mr. Daniel G. Hollis, to Miss Almira Goodrich, of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY].
On the 17th, by the Rev. L.S. Rexford, Mr. Darius Buel, Jr. to Miss Cornelia Lincoln.
On the 18th, by Sylvanus Waters, esq. Mr. Grove D. White, to Miss Harriet Smith.
On the 26th, by the Rev. L.A. Barrows, Mr. John P. Dietz, to Miss ?? Graves.
On the 28th, by the Rev. L.S. Rexford, Mr. Jesse(?) Babcock, to Miss Sophronia Follett.
Chenango Telegraph, April 1, 1835
In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], on the 19th inst., by the Rev. L.A. Barrows, Jared Chapel, esq. of Pitcher Springs [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Savia Stebbins, daughter of Gaius Stebbins esq. of Lebanon [Chenango Co., NY].
At Hamilton [Madison Co., NY], on the 21st ult. by the Rev. John Smitzer, Mr. Oliver T. Hammond, late member of the Hamilton institution to Miss A. Louisa Prentiss, recent Teacher in the Charlestown Female Seminary, Mass.
Chenango Telegraph, April 8, 1835
In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], yesterday morning, by the Rev. L.A. Barrows, Mr. Horace Baldwin, Merchant, of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Penelope Allen, daughter of the late Samuel Dyer Allen, esq. of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Chenango Telegraph, April 29, 1835
At Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], on Sunday evening, the 19th inst. by the Rev. L. Bush, Samuel McKoon, esq. to Miss Adelia Perkins, daughter of capt. James Perkins, all of that place.
At Greene [Chenango Co., NY], on Tuesday evening, 21st inst. by Rev. N.H. Adams, Mr. Frederick Juliand to Miss Jane Cameron Ringer, all of that village.
Bainbridge Republican, January 2, 1879
COMPTON - CARL:  At the residence of Jacob Hillsinger in Butternuts, Dec. 25th, 1878, by Rev. T.P. Halsted, Mr. Thos H. Compton of Guilford, N.Y. [Chenango Co.] and Miss Nettie L. Carl, of Butternuts, N.Y. [Otsego Co.]
GARRISON - SHERWOOD:  At the Guilford House on Wednesday by the Rev. W.L.D. Wilson, Mr. Ellis Garrison of Gilbertsville [Otsego Co., NY] to Miss Sarah Sherwood of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY]
TYLER - DISBROW:  At the M.E. Parsonage in Bainbridge, Dec. 26, 1878 by Rev. A.F. Brown, Mr. Menzo Tyler and Mrs. Marion Disbrow all of Westford Otsego Co., NY.
SWEET - BARBER:  In Harpersville [Broome Co., NY], Nov. 3d, by Rev. W.E. Cornell, William Sweet of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY] and Thankful Barber of Harpersfield [Delaware Co., NY].
THOMPSON - Moulton:  In Mt. Upton on Dec. 26, by Rev. T.P. Halsted, R.A. Thompson, Jr. M.D. of Masonville [Delaware Co., NY] and Miss Rosa B. Moulton of Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY].

Obituaries (August 15)

Charles Craig Kirby
1857 - 1939
Charles Craig Kirby, retired farmer, 81, died at his home in Afton [Chenango Co., NY] on Sunday, Jan. 22.  Born at "The Pillars," three miles below Bainbridge in the township of Afton, he has been for years a leading figure in the community.  He was the son of Charles Patterson Kirby and Margaret (Craig) Kirby and his great grandparents, Reuben Kirby and William Guthrie, were pioneering families in this section of the country.  His great grandmother Guthrie was sister to Joshua Whitney, the founder of Binghamton.  "The Pillars," a century old, was built by his grandfather, Philo Kirby.  Mr. Kirby was for years a vestryman and warden of St. Peter's Chruch.  In December 1882, he married Henrietta King of Bainbridge.  Their only child, Olive J. Kirby, born May 6, 1890, graduated from Syracuse university and School of the Spoken Word in Boston.  She died from influenza Oct. 16, 1918, in Fort Plain, where she held the position of vice-principal of the high school and teacher of elocution and English.  His wife Henrietta, died Nov. 24, 1932, at her home, "The Pillars,"  Mr. Kirby, one of the few remaining descendants of this pioneer family, was a farmer and philosopher.  He learned from nature to live without worrying or fretting. At one time, he was an expert butter maker, operating a small plant on his farm with machinery run by a steam engine.  But, his greatest delight in life was to entertain his friends.  He is survived by one niece, Mrs. Francis J. Casey, and by one grand niece, Mary Banks Kirby, a Sophomore at Syracuse University.  The funeral was held Wednesday at 1:15 at the "Pillars," followed by a service at he Episcopalian church, the Rev. S.E. Heath officiating.  Colwell Brothers were in charge of arrangements.

Death Notices
Anti Masonic Telegraph, March 18, 1835
At Delphi (Onondaga co.) on the 10th inst. Mrs. Esther Wheelock, aged 26 years.

Anti Masonic Telegraph, March 25, 1835
In this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Monday morning last, after a long and distressing illness, Mrs. Betsey Pendleton, aged 36 years.

Chenango Telegraph, April 1, 1835
In Wellsborough, Tioga county, (Pa) on the 21st ult., Mrs. Wilcox, wife of Gates Wilcox, esq., aged about 43 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox removed from Macdonough [Chenango Co.., NY] about four years ago.  Mrs. W.'s illness was of several month's duration.

Chenango Telegraph, April 29, 1835
In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Tuesday, the 21st inst. after a short illness, Mrs. Jane Farr, widow of the late Bela Farr, aged 53 years.

In Butternuts, Otsego co. on the 6th inst. after a protracted illness, Mr. James H. Preston, formerly of this town [Norwich, NY], aged about 60 years.

Bainbridge Republican, January 2, 1879
Wilkins Settlement [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Augusta Martin of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], died last week from the effect of typhoid pneumonia.  Her funeral took place on Sunday. A daughter, the wife of Mr. J.H. Phillips, having passed away but a few days previous to her mother's death, with the same disease.

PHILLIPS:  In Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 22, of typhoid pneumonia, Georgiana [Phillips], wife of James H. Phillips and eldest daughter of S.A. and Emily Tremain Martin, aged 34 years.

MARTIN:  In Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 27, of typhoid pneumonia, Emily Tremaine [Martin], wife of S.A. Martin aged 64 years.

Mr. Heman St. John, one of the oldest inhabitants of Rockdale [Chenango Co., NY], and a pensioner of the war of 1812, died on Tuesday night of this week.  In these sporting days it may not be amiss to mention that in his younger days Mr. St. John has a number of times walked from Catskill to his home in a day, a distance of 100 miles.

VANWAGENEN:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 21, 1878, the day following her 84th birthday, Sarah M. [VanWagenen] eldest surviving daughter of the late Gerrit M. VanWagenen.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rev. William Lee Soper, 1877 - 1962

Dr. William Lee Soper Starts Work at Endicott
Rev. William Lee Soper
1877 - 1964
W.L. Soper, former principal of Oxford Academy, who will teach senior high school English in the Union-Endicott high school the coming year.  Mr. Soper will commute to and from Endicott until he finds suitable living quarter in Endicott.  He started his duties Wednesday.
Faculty Honor Soper at Farewell Banquet
A farewell banquet honoring Principal S.L. Soper and Mrs. Soper was given by members of the [Oxford] Academy faculty at the Te-off-ni-oga Tea Room at Killawog, Monday evening at 6:30.  Group singing was led by Fred Parciany, instrumental music instructor.  A Gladstone bag was presented to Mr. Soper and a handbag to Mrs. Soper, as tokens of appreciation of the understanding, loyalty and friendship of the principal for his teachers.  Mr. Soper responded with an impressive talk, giving a charge to those present, as teachers and a greeting as friends.
Soper Accepts Earlville Call
W.L. Soper, former principal of Oxford Academy and now teaching English in the Union-Endicott High School, has been given a call to become pastor of the Earlville Baptist church, it was announced yesterday.  Mr. Soper, who studied for the ministry and spent many years as a missionary in Burma, is especially well qualified to accept the Earlville position where he will replace the Rev. W.M. Lewis, who has resigned to take over the ministerial duties in a church at Batavia.  Mr. Soper will relinquish his teaching duties in Endicott as soon as a substitute can be found and will take several weeks of vacation before commencing his work at Earlville about the middle of October.
Nearly Hundred Attend Reception for Sopers Friday
October 1938
Nearly 100 people assembled in the Baptist church last Friday evening for the farewell reception for the Rev. and Mrs. W.L. Soper who moved Tuesday to Earlville, where Mr. Soper will be pastor of the Baptist church.  The reception was held in the assembly room in the church basement which had been decorated with barberry, autumn leaves and marigolds in keeping with autumn.  Speakers included Dr. H.C. Whedon, J.C. Estelow and the Rev. F.L. Anderson who spoke of the inspirational and character-building work which has been done by Mr. and Mrs. Soper during their long residence here, and the fine type of friendship they have shown at all times. Miss Francis King, of Binghamton, gave several vocal solos from the compositions of the late John Prindle Scott, of McDonough. Zerah Cone accompanied her on the piano.  Mr. and Mrs. Soper were presented with a beautiful occasional chair and a reading lamp in appreciation of the work they have done in the Baptist church here in addition to the unanimous well wishes from those present for success and happiness in their new home.
The Post Standard, Syracuse, NY, January 4, 1964
The Rev. William L. Soper, 86, former pastor of First Baptist Church, Earlville, died Thursday night in Veterans Administration Hospital after a long illness.  Mr. Soper was a missionary to Burma and was principal of schools in Norfolk,, Roscoe, Tully and Oxford.  Since his retirement in 1945, he lived in Conneant, Ohio.  where he was secretary of the Lions Club and a member of the library Board.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Gladys Soper; three sons, Clyde of Michigan, Daniel and David of Illinois; a daughter, Mrs. John Christiana of Syracuse, and 10 grandchildren.  Services and burial will be Monday in Conneant.

Obituaries (August 14)

Rev. Henry Curtis Whedon
The Living Church,  Vol. 144, April 29, 1962, p 15
The Rev. Henry Curtis Whedon, retired priest of the diocese of Central New York, died at the Church Home, Rochester, N.Y., on April 2d.  Dr. Whedon was born in Stanley, N.Y., in 1883.  He attended Canandaigua Academy in New York, Hobart college, where he received the B.A. degree in 1904 and the D.D. degree in 1936, and the General Theological Seminary.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1909 and served churches in Randolph, White Plains, Clark Mills, Chadwicks, Sherrill, Rochester, Oxford, Carthage, Great Bend, and Antwerp, N.Y.  He retired in 1951.  In the diocese of Central New York, Dr. Whedon served as a provincial synod delegate and assistant secretary of the diocese, and was an examining chaplain from 1928 to 1950.  Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Furness Whedon, and a brother, George D. Whedon.
The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, NY, April 3, 1962
Dr. H. Curtis Whedon, native of Ontario County and well-known in Canandaigua, died Monday in the Church Home, 509 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, following a long period of ill health.  A native of Stanley, he was graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 1900 and attended Hobart College, Geneva where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  In 1908, he was graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York and in 1936 was awarded a doctorate of divinity by Hobart College.  He served as rector of Episcopal Churches in White Plains, Rochester and Oxford before beginning his duties as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Carthage, Jefferson County, in 1939.  He resigned that pastorate in 1951 due to ill health after serving for 43 years in church work.  He is survived by his wife, the former Cynthia Furness of Waterloo, whom he married in 1912; a brother, George D Whedon of Rochester; and a nephew, Dr. G. Donald Whedon of Bethesda, md.  Friends are invited to attend a funeral service in Christ Episcopal Church, East Ave., Rochester, Wednesday at 10 a.m.  Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery. 
Morgan Rogers
1852 - 1938
Morgan Rogers, retired Greene [Chenango Co., NY] farmer, passed away Monday morning at the Chenango Memorial Hospital, aged 86 years.  He was admitted Sunday morning for an operation.  Mr. Rogers was active in the Pomona Grange, having held the office of steward for 43 years.  He owned a small farm near Greene until about 15 years ago when he retired and moved into the village.  Surviving are his wife and several nephews.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Episcopal church in Greene. Burial was made in Sylvan Lawn cemetery [Greene, NY] with the committal services in charge of the Masonic Lodge.
Thelma Gaskin Quinn
1905 - 1938
Mrs. Thelma Gaskin Quinn, aged 30, wife of Richard T. Quinn, of Binghamton [Broome Co., nY], passed away last Thursday morning, Oct. 27, at the city hospital there after an illness of three weeks.  Funeral services were held at 7:30 Saturday night at Cornell-Dibble Home for Funerals with the Rev. John W Flynn, Tabernacle M.E. pastor, officiating.  Further services and funeral were held later from her home at Marietta, Florida.  Mrs. Quinn was a native of Florida, a graduate of public schools and state university there, and came to Binghamton in June, 1931, to study music with Miss Julia Allen after being instructed by leading musicians in New York City and Buffalo.  As soloist at the Tabernacle M.E. Chruch and through outside appearances, Mrs. Quinn became widely known in Triple Cities music circles. Selected in preliminary competition in the Atwater-Kent radio audition contest, Mrs. Quinn went to New York City to win a $3,000 prize and a year's musical scholarship. The award brought her national attention.  She was affiliated with a Major Bowes unit for a year and was a member of the Binghamton Harmony Club.  Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Sue Ellen; a sister, Mrs. Otis B. Radebough, of Orlando, Fla., and four brothers, Shelby Gaskin, of Miami, and Judge Ray Gaskin, William Gaskin and Burton Gaskin, of Blountstown, Fla.  Mrs. Quinn was a sister-in-law of Leonard Quinn of this village.
Rev. Harry Meyer
1905  - 1938
The Rev. Harry Meyer, Episcopal rector, son of Rev. and Mrs. Oscar Meyer, former residents of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], died at his home in Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], Sunday, Nov. 13, aged 33 years.  the Rev. Meyer had been in ill health for a long period, his last charge was at Homer and Marathon.  He was a graduate of Oxford Academy, class of 1923, and of St. Stephens college, and a student at the General Theological Seminary in New York City.  He was ordained deacon, April 24, 1930, and priest at Christ Chruch, Sherburne, Dec. 18, of the same year.  A requiem was celebrated at Christ church, Sherburne, at 9 o'clock  Wednesday morning with the bishop of the diocese officiating, assisted by Dr. W.E. Tanner, of Binghamton, and Dr. H.C. Whedon, Dean. Burial office was at 11 o'clock, with interment in Sherburne.  There survive his wife, Mildred Miner Meyer and three children, also his parents. The bearers were Dr. W. E. Tanner, Binghamton; Rev. B.H. Tite, and Rev. C.D. Newkirk, Syracuse; Rev. L.S Charters, Norwich, and Dr. H .C. Whedon.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Blog Post Listing, August 7-13, 2017

Listing of blog postings for the week of August 7-13, 2017

Posted August 10, 2017
Marriage Notices - 1835
     Smith Thompson - Jane Eliza Rathbone
     John Monroe - Emeline Palmer
     Alfred Slocum - Amelia B. Randall
     Theodore Tanner - Susan Snow
     Orrin B. Gilbert - Servilia Benedict
     H. Tinker - Caroline Weeks
     Olney Davis - Sarah Ann Sturdevant
     Benejah Benton - Matilda Lewis
     Hiram Pratt - Marilia Harris
     J. Crane - Abigail Harris
     Willard Welton - Mrs. Blair
     Zebulon Willoughby - Mary Jane Doty
     Isaac U. Wheeler - Nancy Palmer
     Hezekiah Gifford - Mary Jane Smith
     John Bressee - Lucy M. Master
     Mr. House - Miss Moore
     Albert Card - Catharine Storrs
     Alonzo Bacon - Sally Cutting
     Andrew Farrell - Elvira P. Cady
     Hiam Randall - Lucy Tuttle
Posted August 7, 2017
Lola (Millard) Harrison (Oxford, 1937)
Charles Herman Goodwin (Guilford, 1936)
Rudy Eleanor (Avery) Hill (Afton, 1936)

Posted August 8, 2017
Rose Belle (Neff) Spohn (Bainbridge, 1936)
Rev. Charles A. Winters (Oxford, 1936)
Fred F. Tracy (Oxford, 1938)
Death Notices - 1875
     Mrs. Delany Fisk (Norwich)
     Lydia Grant (Norwich)
     John Kershaw (Sherburne)
     Martha E. Porter (Sherburne)
     Joseph Kirby (Bainbridge)
     Augustus Hyde (Afton)
     Johnnie C. Marcy (Greene)

Posted August 9, 2017
Rita (Cunningham) O'Connor (Oxford, 1938)
Marilla A. Gordon (Oxford, 1937)
Edwin J. Ives (Oxford, 1938)

Posted August 10, 2017
Rachel (Horton) Tew (Afton, 1937)
Polly M. (Padgett) King (Oxford, 1937)
Fred Zwick (Bainbridge, 1937)
Death Notices - 1835
     George Shattuck (Norwich, 6y)
     Jabish Howel (Norwich, 80y)
     Col. Caleb Seabury (Norwich, 68y)
     Jerusha Burlingame (58y)
     Jonas W. Ogden (McDonough, 28y)
     Bradford Willcox (Norwich)
     Almira Willcox (Norwich, 18y)
     Olney Eddy (Plymouth, 84y)  Revolutionary War Soldier
     Simeon Kershaw (Yorkshire England, 20y)
     Abner Giles (Norwich, 29y)
     Tamar Hull (Norwich, 77y)

Posted August 11, 2017
Etta Banner (Madison, WI, 1937
Glenn A. Haas (Chaumont, 1937)
Florence Tracy (Crayville, Oxford, 1937)
Frank L. Gates (Oxford, 1936)
Edson Foote Eccleston (Oxford, 1936)

Posted August 12, 2017
William E. Gibbon (Oxford, 1936)
Josephine E. (Richards) Secor (Bainbridge, 1939)
Mary Ardell Sweet (Bainbridge, 1939)
Stephen L. Gifford (Bainbridge, Masonville, 1939)

Posted August 13, 2017
James Sherwood Estelow (Oxford, 1939)
Eva (Barber) Hovey (Guilford, 1939)
Mrs. Charles L. Stone (Newark Valley, 1939)
Jay Manwarren (Narrowsburg, 1940)
Posted August 10, 2017
NYSEG Employee Portraits - #2

Posted August 13, 2017
Dr. H. Curtis Whedon, Episcopal Rector, Oxford, NY

Dr. H. Curtis Whedon, Episcopal Rector

Dr. Whedon Accepts Call to Grace Church, Carthage
Rector of St. Paul's Leaves for northern Parish
Dr. H. Curtis Whedon, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church [Oxford, Chenango Co., NY] and dean of the Third District, Central New York Diocese, has resigned his position here to accept a call to Grace church, Carthage [Jefferson Co., NY].  He and Mrs. Whedon will leave Oxford, Friday for their new home and Dr. Whedon will take charge of the Carthage parish, Sunday, January 1.
Dr. Whedon came to Oxford in July 1926, succeeding the Rev. Edmund Jayne Gates as rector of St. Paul's.  During his 12-1/2 years of service here he has taken as active part in religious and community activities in Oxford, in many of which he will be sorely missed.
Graduating from Hobart College with highest honors, Dr. Whedon gained his theological training at the General Theological Seminary of New York city.  Constant study and advancement in his profession resulted in the conferment on him by Hobart of the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1936.
Following the resignation of the Rev. John chambers, Mr. Whedon automatically became dean of the local clergymen and in that position had much to do with the organization of the present religious education courses given to pupils at Oxford academy.
He was a charter member of Oxford Rotary club and its first secretary, serving from its organization in 1927 to 1934.  His previous experience with Rotary was a great help in the formation of some of the early plans and lines of service of the local club.
He has been a member of the Red Cross executive committee of Oxford nearly all the time he has been here and has represented this community on the county committee.  Following the 1935 flood Dr. Whedon's work in the field at flood relief received special notice from the national Red Cross headquarters and from its field officers.
He has been director of the community chorus in Oxford for years and has directed his efforts in the behalf of good music.  The chorus has on many occasions taken part in programs for charity and twice Dr. Whedon has directed such choruses in the presentation of the Crucifixion.
He was chaplain of the McDonough CCC camp for three years and has been an active supporter in all school activities and a contributor to its programs on many occasions.
The organization for distributing Christmas baskets was largely the work of Dr Whedon as was the annual trip given members of the W.R.C. Home by Oxford Rotarians.
He has been dean of the Third District since 1933, having been reelected to that office by a unanimous vote just recently.  He is also secretary of the department of missions and a member of the executive council of the diocese, all of which offices will be relinquished when he moves out of the district.
Dr. Whedon is examining chaplain of the diocese, a deputy to the provincial senate, a member of the commission on religious education and an alternate deputy to the general church convention.
In addition to these many offices which have been given him without any effort on  his part, his greatest work in this community has been the quiet encouragement and assistance which he has given to numberless families and individuals in their times of trouble, regardless of church affiliation, and as a true Christina, this work has been done without public acknowledgement.
Local Clergy Give Farewell Party for Dr. and Mrs Whedon
Tuesday noon the Oxford clergy and their wives gathered at Mrs. Laura Brown's for a farewell dinner to Dr. and Mrs. H. Curtis Whedon.  After dinner a beautiful mahogany end table was presented to Dr. and Mrs. Whedon and a carefully prepared booklet "An Appreciation" which stated:
"On the eve of your departure from St. Paul's Church, Oxford, to your new field of service, the ministers of Oxford take this opportunity to express our appreciation of your twelve years of faithful service. The splendid leadership in Community interest which you have so freely given as our Dean of Ministers, we have greatly enjoyed, while the fine dignity you have sustained in a too flippant generation has endeared you to us.  May heaven smile upon you as you accept the challenge of your new parish."
This was signed by each of the local ministers. Those present at the dinner besides Dr. and Mrs. Whedon were the Rev. Denis F. Lyons, the Rev. and Mrs. F.W. Connell and the Rev. and Mrs. F.L. Anderson.

Obituaries (August 13)

James Sherwood Estelow
1938 - 1939
James Sherwood Estelow, one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Estelow, died at the Chenango Memorial Hospital [Norwich, NY], Thursday morning, Feb. 9, after an illness of two weeks.  The little boy first suffered from a streptococci infection of the throat which spread into both ears, necessitating the lancing of the drums by Dr. Stewart.  This condition was accompanied by lung congestion which developed into pneumonia.  The baby had also been troubled practically since birth with a partial pyloric stenosis which prevented his normal development and made him an easy victim of pneumonia.,  funeral services were held from the Estelow home on Main street, Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.  Dr. Howard Deller officiated and burial was made in Riverview cemetery [Oxford, Chenango Co., NY].  Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mary and Phyllis.
Eva (Barber) Hovey
1857 - 1939
Mrs. Eva Barber Hovey, 81, widow of the late George T. Hovey, passed away at the home of her son, Frank in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], where she had lived for several years, on Sunday evening, Jan. 29.  Her illness had been long and death brought blessed relief.  All her life, as long as her health permitted, she worked as a practical nurse.  Many a home in Guilford remembers her kind services in years passed.  Surviving are two sons, Frank of Guilford, and Arthur of Oneida; three grandchildren, Mrs. Walter Sorory of Guilford, Merton of Oswego and Everette of Sidney.  Final rites were held from the home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Robert Wood of the Guilford M.E. church of which she was a member, officiating.  Burial was in the Guilford Center cemetery beside her late home.
Mrs. Charles L. Stone
1874 - 1939
Mrs. Charles L. Stone, of Newark Valley [Tioga Co., NY], a former resident of Oxford and mother of Merritt G. Stone and Mrs. J. Wilson Hemstrought, of this village, passed away at her home, Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, after several months illness. She was 65 years old.  Funeral services will be held in the Methodist church at Newark Valley, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial will be made in Oakwood cemetery, Syracuse [Onondaga Co., NY].  Mrs. Stone was born at Summerhill [Cayuga Co., NY] in 1874.  She came to Oxford with her husband who was superintendent of the local Borden plant for eight years and later they moved to Newark Valley, where they have since resided.  In addition to her husband and son and daughter, she is survived by seven grandchildren.  Mrs. Stone was past regent of Beulah Patterson Brown chapter of the D.A.R and a member of the Onxy Chapter O.E.S. of Newark Valley.
Jay Manwarren
1900 - 1940
Jay Manwarren, aged 39, a brother of Ross, Claude and Ray Manwarren of Oxford, died in the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Saturday night, March 16, after a week's illness of pneumonia.  He was a resident of Narrowsburg [Sullivan Co., NY].  Mr. Manwarren was born in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] April 15, 1900.  He was employed by the Owen P. Williams Stripping Company for the past 15 years.  He leaves a widow, Emma Dexter, besides his three brothers here.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 19, and burial was made in Glen Cove cemetery at Narrowsburg.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Obituaries (August 12)

William E. Gibbon
1878 - 1936
Death claimed one of Oxford's best-known business men, at 1:30 o'clock last Thursday afternoon when William E. Gibbon, 58, failed to respond to medical aid after being stricken by a heart attack at his place of business on Lafayette Square at 3 o' clock that afternoon.  Dr. Mat Boname, a nephew of Mr. Gibbon, was summoned immediately, as was Dr. B.A. Hall.  The treatments were given at the deceased man's late home on Clinton street.  Mr. Gibbon was a native of Oxford and a lifelong resident.  A successful and highly respected business man, he operated, for many years, a department store. and since 1933, a restaurant and grill.  His sudden passing is a shock to his friends and a distrint loss to the community.  The deceased was born March 16, 1878, the son of Henrietta Fraser and Mat H Gibbon.  On December 15, 1910 he married Miss Idalene Talada of Elmira.  As a young man he learned the plumber's trade from W.P. Roname.  Working at this for Clark Barlett for some time, he later conducted a shop of his own.  Later he abandoned the plumbing business to go into retail trade and about 20 years ago he conducted a store in the Jones block.  In 1924 he purchased the Clarke block, where his two places of business are now located. When the post office was moved to the Navy Island block in 1933, the part of the block thus occupied was remodeled and made into a grill.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the late home.  Dr. H. Curtis Whedon, rector of St. Paul's church, officiating. Burial, with a Masonic service, was made in Riverview cemetery [Oxford, Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Gibbon is survived by his wife and a daughter, Betty Jean; one sister, Mrs. Edith Boname; two nieces, Mrs. Van Woert Ellis of Margaretville, Mrs. Edgar R. Mallory of Detroit, Mich., and two nephews, Dr. Mat Boname of this village and Arnold Gibbon of Norwich. 
Josephine E. (Richards) Secor
1853 - ca 1858
Mrs. Josephine E. Secor, who had been a member of the Home since October 1927, passed away, February 8, aged eighty-five years.  For the past several years she had been a patient in the hospital and had been in failing health. Funeral services were held from the parlors of Colwell brothers, in Bainbridge, on February 11, and interment was made in Greenlawn cemetery of that village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  A brother, Frank M. Richards, a sister, Ardelle Gale, and a son James W Secor survive.
Mary Ardell Sweet
1863 - 1939
Mrs. Mary Ardell Sweet, died Feb. 12, 1939, at Norwich [Chenango Co. NY] of a cerebral hemorrhage.  She was born on Oct. 29, 1863 at Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and lived her entire life here except a few years that she was in Nebraska.  Mrs. Sweet was a member of the Methodist church and the Rebekah Lodge.  The funeral was held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Colwell's Funeral Parlors, the Rev. Underwood officiating.  The burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].  The pallbearers were Chas. Puffer, Wm. Davis, Chas. Ireland and Robert Hollenbeck.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Orville Jones of Bainbridge and Mrs. Ella Cornell of Endicott, one sister, Mrs. Carrie Loomis of Schenevus, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Stephen L. Gifford
1872 - 1939
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]:  Stephen L. Gifford 66, died suddenly, January 28, at 11:25 a.m., at his home on the Guilford-Bainbridge road, following a heart attack.  Mr. Gifford was born, in Masonville, Sept. 13, 1872, the son of George and Mary Jane (Carrol) Gifford.  He had always lived in the vicinity of Masonville until he came to Bainbridge seventeen years ago.  He was engaged in active dairy farming and had done his work as usual on the day of his death.  He is survived by his wife, Nellie Gifford; four daughters, Mrs. Stratford Van Valkenburg and Mrs. Lewis Peck of Masonville, Mrs. Kenneth Wackford, of Oxford and Bernice, at home; two sons, Austin and William Gifford, of Masonville.  Three sons and one daughter passed away several years ago.  Other survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Henry Merritt, Mrs. Anna Peters, of Binghamton, and Mrs. Bertha Van Epps, of New York City, The three brothers surviving are John Merton and Guy, of Masonville.  There are thirty-one grandchildren and one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held Tuesday Jan. 31, at 1:30 p.m. at Colwell Funeral Chapel with the Rev. G.N. Underwood of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," "Lead kindly light," and "He Leadeth Me," were sung at the end of the service.  Pall bearers were James Becker, Otto Neidlinger, Henry Gardner, Elmer Niles, Guy Smith and Harold Campbell.  Interment was made in the family plot at Masonville ][Delaware Co., NY].