Friday, August 22, 2014

Obituaries (August 22)

Harrisville [Lewis Co., NY]:  Melvin Darwin Butler, 89, a retired jeweler, died at his home on State street at 5:55 Sunday morning following a heart attack.  He had been in poor health for the past three years but was able to be up and around until the day of his death.  He was honored on his birthday, May 9, with a party by the Masonic Lodge, of Harrisville.  He was born May 9, 1856, at North Lawrence [St. Lawrence Co., NY], son of William and Huldah Lombar Butler.  He made his home in Parishville and Colton before coming to Harrisville in 1908.  He operated a jewelry business for 53 years.  he was postmaster at Colton for seven and one half years and was town clerk, of Colton, for a number of years.  he retired from his jewelry business three years ago because of ill health.  He was married three times.  His first wife, Mrs. Georgianna Day Butler, died when their daughter, Mrs. Willis Dix, of Bainbridge, was two weeks old.  His second wife, Mrs. Jeanne Dimick Butler, died when their son, Claude, was four months old.  He then married Miss Henrietta McCabe on Dec. 4, 1890, and the couple observed their 54th wedding anniversary last December.  They were honored on their 50th anniversary with a party at the Harrisville Methodist church with 75 friends in attendance.  He had been a member of the Masonic order of over 50 years and had been awarded the 50-year medal.  He was a member of the Methodist church 55 years and had served as a member of the board of trustees and a steward of the church.  He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Willis) Dix, and a son, Claude W. Butler, both of Bainbridge.  He is also survived by three grandchildren.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, June 14, 1945]

Miss Pearl Belding, age 70 years, passed away at the Syracuse Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, June 5, following a critical operation, from which she failed to rally.  Her illness was of a serious nature, yet only of a month's duration.  She was employed as a Nurse's Aid at the T.B. Sanitarium and had been in her usual good health, when suddenly stricken.  Final services were held from the Delaney and Dodge Funeral Home at East Syracuse Friday afternoon.  For many years, Miss Belding has visited the Murray home in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], Mrs. Murray's and Miss Belding's friendship having dated back many years, when they were both employed in the same office in Syracuse, Miss Belding as private secretary and Mrs. Murray as clerk.  This friendship has continued through the years and many pleasant memories Miss Belding may have recalled in her final illness of the pleasant days spent in Guilford.  Always when she visited here special things were planned among her friends here and in Oxford, to make the time pass pleasantly.  Her passing came as a great shock to her friends, but as her illness was incurable, it was a blessing she was taken quickly and did not have to linger and suffer.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, June 14, 1945]

Mrs. Jane Crandall Jones died at her home, 721 College avenue, this morning [October 12, 1906] at 5:45 o'clock of diphtheria, after an illness of three days.  She was born in Madison county, N.Y., seventy-one years ago last May, moving to Deposit when very young, where her father, Horace Mygatt, took the first contract for building the Erie Railroad.  Her mother, Harriet Crandall, was the daughter of Silas Crandall, one of the earliest settlers of Deposit, and both were life-long residents of that village.  In 1859 she married Solomon Jones, of Hancock, N.Y.  After her marriage Mr. Jones became a telegraph operator on the Northern Central, and later became a train dispatcher in the local office of the Northern Central, which position he held until his death in 1887.  She was  a member of the Park Church.  Mrs. Jones is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Willard E. Barber, of this city, one son Edward Charles Jones, of Canton, Pa., a sister, Mrs. E.P. Ward, of Deposit, and a brother Charles Mygatt, of Port Jervis.  She is also survived by one grandchild, Francis E. Barber, of this city - Elmira Gazette

LEONARD:  At 424 South Hill street Tuesday, October 2 [1906], George C. Leonard, aged sixty-three years.  We take the foregoing from the Los Angeles Examiner, which will be of interest to many of the older inhabitants of Deposit.  Mr. Leonard was a resident of this place for many years.  His wife, Kate Kingsley was a Deposit girl.  The couple had gone to California with the hope that the climate might be beneficial to him, as he was a great sufferer from rheumatism, and had not been able to walk in nearly a year. The sympathy of Mrs. Leonard's many friends here will go out to her in her sorrow. 

Mrs. Adaline Douglass died at her home in St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday morning, Aug. 10th [1906], from erysipelas, aged 79 years.  Her son, George Douglass, arrived in Bainbridge with the remains, Monday evening.  The funeral was held at the residence of Mrs. Emeline E. Graves, Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.  Rev. C.J. Shrimpton officiated.  Burial in Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]. The deceased had passed the greater number of her years in Bainbridge.  She resided on a farm in the east side of the town.  Her husband died some eight years ago.  Two years ago she went with her son, George Douglass, to Florida to reside.

Marriages (August 22)

Miss Marjorie Grace Alexander of Franklin [Delaware Co., NY] daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Alexander, became the bride of  Niles Elliott Wilcox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilcox, East Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], Saturday, at 2 pm, in the Methodist church.  Traditional wedding music was played by Mrs. Eva Boggs, church organist.  Miss Mary Alexander, Franklin, was her sister's maid of honor, and the best man was the bridegroom's brother, Stewart Wilcox.  Mrs. Charles Alexander, Jr., Franklin, and Miss Helen Ward, New York, were bridesmaids.  Ushers were Charles Alexander, Jr., brother of the bride, and John Roebuck, Walden.  The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, was gowned in white taffeta with sweetheart neckline.  Her finger tip veil was trimmed with seed pearls and she carried a bridal bouquet of white roses and lilies of the valley.  Her maid of honor wore yellow jersey and carried carnations and snapdragons.  Mrs. Alexander wore a blue taffeta gown and Miss Ward was attired in pink taffeta.  They carried matching bouquets of snapdragons and carnations.  A reception for 80 followed at the home of the bride's parents.  The bride's table was centered with a bride's cake made by  Mrs. F.B. Rose and Mrs. Walter McIntosh.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox left for Detroit, Mich. on a wedding trip. They will reside in East Masonville.  The bride is a graduate of Franklin Central school and Albany Business college,   and is employed as a stenographer in the service department at Scintilla.  A graduate of Sidney Central School and of Delhi School of Agriculture, the bridegroom is engaged in farming at East Masonville.  [The Sidney Record, June 7, 1945]
The Methodist Church in Guilford was the scene of a pretty wedding Sunday, June 3, at 2 o'clock, when Miss Marjorie Ives, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ives, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], became the bride of Norman Glover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Glover, also of Guilford.  The ceremony was performed by the pastor, the Rev. David Wolfe, and the bride was given in marriage by her father.  The bride and groom were attended by Miss Mabel Seiler, of Oxford, as maid of honor, and Seward Ives, brother of the bride, as best man.  The bride chose a beautiful white satin gown with net and illusion veil and carried a colonial bouquet of white roses. The maid of honor's dress was powder blue chiffon and she carried a mixed colonial bouquet.  The ushers were Morrell Newton, uncle of the groom of Norwich and John Van Kleeck, of Guilford.  The mothers of the bride and groom wore corsages of red roses and the grandmothers of both bride and groom, wore corsages of sprayed carnations  Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held for 50 guests at the Oxford Inn, Oxford, and the couple left immediately for a short wedding trip.  Previous to the ceremony Mrs. Gary VanBuiten presided at the organ, rendering music appropriate for the occasion.  The bride was a guest of honor at prenuptial events.  Both are very popular Guilford young people and are employed in the Scintilla Corp.  They returned to their apartment in the VanBuiten house, which they had made ready previously.  Best wishes are extended to them from their many friends.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, June 14, 1945]
"In the grey and gold of the October glow," Wednesday morning, the 16th [1896], at eleven o'clock, and in the presence of a few relatives, a very pretty and happy wedding was celebrated, in the quiet retreat of China, a suburban settlement, a few miles from Deposit [Broome Co., NY].  It was at the home of Moses R. Axtell, the father of the bride, when his daughter Miss Lydia Opheha Axtell, was given in marriage to Herbert Mosher Ramsdell, son of Erwin Ramsdell of this village, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  The Rev. Mr. Percy, Baptist, clergyman from Deposit cemented the union.  the bride was attired in a blue cloth travelling suit, simple, modest and sweet in air and design.  After the wedding ceremony a fine collation was served and while lingering over the viands there was a flow of joyous sentiment emanating from the event of the preceding hour, and many were the predictions of happiness for the passage down life's journey.  Mr and Mrs. Ramsdell left the same afternoon for New York to spend a few days in travel and upon their return will reside in Bainbridge.  Mrs. Ramsdell attended the Oneonta Normal school and upon her graduation entered upon a responsible position in the Bainbridge Academy which she held for three years, closing her service this last summer.  She was a most admirable and thorough teacher, gentle and refined in deportment, lovable and loved, and will be received in her new sphere as a welcome resident of our place.  Mr. Ransdell is an enterprising young citizen, interested in all projects for the benefit of his town and a member of the firm of Ramsdell & Son, furniture dealers of Bainbridge. 
A very pleasant event and one of much interest to their many friends occurred Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 1, 1897, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sage of South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY] in the marriage of their daughter, Susan Lucinda to Mr. Ralph William Kirby of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  The home was made beautiful with ferns and everywhere in profusion sweet pease gave beauty and fragrance; at an early hour a prelude from Lohengrin was played and all things conspired to make the occasion a most happy one, nor was the proverbial sunshine wanting to omen a gladsome future.  Promptly at 3:00 o'clock the grand wedding march from Lohengrin, rendered by Miss Ida M. Haynes, of Norwich, ushered in the bridal party.  Music continued throughout the entire service which was most impressively preformed by Ref. J.B. Gamong.  The bride was attired in white organdie over white satin and carried a bouquet of bridal roses and lilies of the valley.  The maid of honor was Miss Frances Louise Robbins of Oneonta, with Miss Susan McFarland of Salem as bridesmaid, while Mr. John R. Kirby of New York, brother of the groom, acted as best man.  The ushers were Frank D. Robinson of Oneonta and Clarence H. Kirby, of Bainbridge.  After congratulations were extended elaborate refreshments were served by the caterer from Oneonta.  The bride is one of New Berlin's most highly accomplished young ladies and is beloved by all for her personal charms as well as her noble womanhood.  She is a graduate of the Oneonta Normal school where she won high honors as a student, also a teacher of some repute, having served during the past year as Instructress of Elocution and Delsarte in the Washington College for young ladies.  Mr. Kirby is cashier of the First National Bank in this village, a young man of promising ability, of sterling quality, and standing high public esteem.  The choicest wishes of a wide circle of friends go with the bride and her chosen companion and may they realize a future rich in all good things. 
At 9 a.m. Tuesday, December 10 [1895], at the home of the bride's mother on North Main street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Miss M. Dell Fletcher and C.C. Hovey were married by the Rev. H.W. Chollar in the presence of a few relatives.  After a wedding breakfast Mr. and Mrs. Hovey left for New York for a brief visit. 
It was not generally known till yesterday that our prominent citizen, Wallace W. Davis, had entered into wedlock.  Mr. Davis was married Jan. 31st [1896], to Mrs. Emeline J. Hatch.  Ceremony was performed by Rev. W.E. Bentley.  The heartiest matrimonial greetings are extended by a wide circle of friends. 
NEWTON - IRELAND:  In Bainbridge, N.Y., Mar. 5, 1896 by Rev. E. Kilpatrick, John Z. Newton and Mrs. Cora B. Ireland.


Joseph Throop Promoted to Professor at R.P.I.
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 31, 1945

Promotion of another group of faculty members was announced May 24 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Together with 10 promotions announced last week, those announced today brought the total to 17, the largest number ever promoted at one time at the Institute.  The additional seven, all advanced from instructors to assistant professors, included Joseph F. Throop, rational and technical mechanics.
Professor Throop was born in Doraville in 1917.  He attended Bainbridge Central High School and was graduated from R.P.I. in 1938 as a civil engineer.  He has been a member of the faculty since graduation.  In addition to his teaching activities, Professor Throop has worked summers at the Aluminum Research laboratories, New Kensington, Pa.  He has done consulting work and research dealing with plastics and the development of magnesium for the Army, the American Society for Testing materials and the National Research Council.  Professor Throop is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Testing Materials and the Society for Promotion of Engineering Education.  Professor Throop, a former resident of Bainbridge, is a brother of Mrs. O.L. Thorp, Pearl Street.
51 to Graduate from Junior High Friday
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 21, 1945
Diplomas will be presented to 51 Junior High School graduates, the largest class in several years, at the Bainbridge Central School this week Friday morning, June 22, at 10 o'clock.  Invitations have been issued to relatives of the graduates and a general invitation is extended to all friends of the school.
William Shea and Paul Dimmick are valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for their class.  The average of the two boys was nearly identical, varying only by a few tenths.  The Rev. D.F. Dimmick, father of Paul and rector of the Free Methodist Church, will be the commencement speaker for the morning.
The newly formed Junior High School Glee Club will make its initial appearance under the direction of Miss Lorraine Roberts.  The group has been practicing for several weeks and have chosen for their numbers:  "In My Garden," "Desert Song," "Stouthearted Men," "Auf Wiedersehn," "Alice Blue Gown," and "Roses of Picardy."  The band, directed by Mrs. Charles Arnold, will also play at the beginning and close of the program, The Rev. Norman Lawton will offer the invocation and benediction.  P.T.S. Awards of Merit will be presented by Mrs. Robert Hughston, president, while Perfect Attendance Certificates will be awarded by Principal Francis J. Casey.
Officers of this year's class are:  President, Donald Simonds; vice-president Shirley Davidson; secretary, Ethel Partridge; treasurer, Burdette Lee.  The class advisors are Allen Black and Miss Vivian Marion.
Graduates are:
Dorothy Bacon          Barbara Branham           Francis Cawley          William Collinge
Helen Corbin             Francis Delello              Shirley Davidson        Roberta DiMarco
Paul Dimmick           Ruth Drachler                Wanda Drachler          Dana Drew
Barbara Fenner         Lillian Flyzik                 Jean Gifford                Anita Hall
Elizabeth Hine          Neoma Hine                  Nanette Horton            William Ireland
Robert Jones             Burton Knapp                Fred Knise                   Burdette Lee
Beverly LeSuer        Donald Lewis                William Mayes            Rita Mertz
Theresa Merta          Albert Michel                 Dolores Michel           Lillian Mott
Janice Niles              Kenneth Owens             Robert Owens              Bernard Parsons
Wendell Pickwick    Marjorie Price               Angelina Puerile          Marie Reichen
Karl Salszberg          William Shea                Marjorie Silvey            Donald Simonds
Barbara Smith          Ronald Smith                Gloria Streigler            Janice Terry
Vinette Terry           Josephine Thorpe           Charles Villnave

Soldier News continued - 1945

Four Local Prisoners In Germany Released
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 31, 1945
People of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] are overjoyed to hear of the release of the four local boys who have been held as prisoners in Germany and hope that these lads will return to their families in the States soon.  they are T/Sgt. Edward L. Peckham, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Peckham, R.D.3, Bainbridge; 1st Lieut. Donald L. Patchen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earle Benedict, of R.D.3, Bainbridge; Pfc. Ernest E. Meade, son of Mrs. Ruth Meade, Bainbridge; and Pfc. Socrates Nellis, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Rexford Silvey, of R.D.3, Bainbridge.
The first boy to report of his release was Private First Class Nellis, infantryman, who was captured on Dec. 18, 1944 in Belgium by the Germans and taken to a prison camp near the Baltic Sea.  His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Silvey, received an Ex-prisoner of War card from him on May 18.
Next came word of the release of Pfc. Ernest E. Meade in a letter to his mother, Mrs. Meade, which she received last Friday morning.  Private First Class Meade was a member of the 101 Airborne Infantry.  He went into Normandy on D-Day and was seriously wounded June 14 in France.  After spending several months in the hospital, he returned to his outfit and, on Sept. 25, he was reported missing in action in Holland.  No further word was heard from him until Dec. 14 when he was reported a prisoner; although he had been a prisoner since shortly after he was reported missing.
First Lieut. Donald L. Patchen, who was a Mustang Fighter pilot, the only fighter pilot from Bainbridge was reported missing on May 19, 1944, according to word received by his parents around the first of June.  He later was reported a prisoner.  Lieutenant Patchen, who holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, has returned to his outfit in England, according to a letter received from him last week by his parents.
The first service man from Bainbridge to be taken prisoner and the last to be released was T/Sgt. Edward L. Peckham, Technical Sergeant Peckham, who was an aerial engineer on a B-17 stationed in England, was shot down on his first mission over German territory on June 26, 1943.  He was reported missing in action on July 5, 1943.  Edward lived with a French family for seven weeks, and while on his way to the Spanish border attempting to escape back to England, he was captured.  He was confined to a civilian prison for seven weeks and then moved to an army prison camp.  He was reported a prisoner on Oct. 31 1943.  After spending almost two years in the German camp B-17, all the allied prisoners were forced to leave the camp on Apr. 8, 1945, when the Russian forces were within 40 miles of the camp, according to a letter received by his parents, Saturday morning.  He stated further that they were forced to march 200 miles in 18 days and were at the German-Austrian border when released by the Americans on May 3.  He expects to return to the States not later than June 15.
Earnest Meade Liberated April 30 in Munich
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 31, 1945
Mrs. Ruth Meade, of Front street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., New York], received the following letter Friday morning from her son, Pfc. Ernest E. Meade, who has been a prisoner in Germany since September, 1944, telling of his liberation at Munich on Apr. 30.
May 6, 1945
Hello Folks:
You can stop your worrying about me right now, for today I am a free man, no longer in German hands, thank the good Lord.  Mother, you'll never know just how happy I was the day I saw an American tank and infantry roll into town, Munchen, (Munich), where I have been working the past five months.  It was the 30th of April, a date that I will never forget.  I am in good health--hope everyone at home is well too.
Mother it will not be long before I will be on my way home to the good old United States.  My life here in Germany, while a P.O.W. has been a hard one.  My guards were hard on me.  Some treated me like a dog--how they worked us--how they treated us.  If it were not for the American Red Cross, I think I would have died last winter.
Did you ever get any of my personal belongings from my outfit?  I do hope you got my Purple Heart that was sent to you before I left the airport for Holland. 
Mother, it about broke my heart because I didn't hear from home once during my seven months of P.O.W. life.  I wrote to you and Dad every Sunday morning.  Well mother, I must say goodnight.  Give my love to all of family for me.  You can expect your some home anytime now.
Son, Ernest. 
Cpl. Henry Soules Found in Germany
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 31, 1945
Cpl. Henry Soules, who has been reported missing in Germany since March 1, 1945, states in a letter of May 14 to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Soules, that he was found by the Allies.  Corporal Soules, of the 26th Infantry, 1st Division, was all right and hoped to be home soon, according to his letter received by his parents Sunday.
Pfc. Kenneth Wright Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945
Word has been received by Mrs. Grace Wright, of Wells Bridge [Otsego Co., NY] that her husband, Pfc. Kenneth Wright, was killed in Germany on April 17.  Private Wright, who was with the 3rd Army, entered service June 8, 1943, and received his training at Fort Bliss, Tex., Camp Cooke, Calif., Ontario Air Field and Camp McCoy, Wis.  He went overseas in November, 1944.  Private Wright married Miss Grace Jackson, of Wells Bridge on July 18, 1941.  Besides his wife, a daughter, Sharon, survives, as do his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bart Wright, of Otego, and a sister, Mrs. Frank Polley, of Oneonta.
Cpl. Richard Bump Home After Two Years in Pacific
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945
Cpl. Richard Bump, son of Harvey Bump, USMC, who has been in the Pacific area for two years, is spending a 30-day leave with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Bump, and Charles Marble, and his father, Harvey Bump, and his sisters, Shirley and Marilyn, in Guilford, and sister, Emily, in Norwich.  Cpl. Bump enlisted in January, 1943, and received his basic training at Parris Island, S.C., and from there went to Camp Lejeune, New River, N.C.  He left for overseas in April, 1943.  Cpl. Bump was stationed on Guam for a time and was all through the Bougainville campaign.  He was one of 14 lost behind Jap lines.  They were lost for 14 hours.  The Marines were cut off from their comrades by heavy Jap installations during fierce fighting along the Pira Trail.  They had to travel four miles in a semicircular path before they again made contact with their own front lines.  "It was an arduous trek," he says.  "We were forced to duck snipers, machine gun nests and heavy mortar fire."  En route they picked up two other Marines badly wounded and carried them to safety.  "During fierce fighting at Iwo Jima, Cpl. Bump ducked into a fox hole occupied by two Japs.  He shot one of them, but the other hit him with the butt of his gun, and Cpl. Bump was taken to the hospital.  At the end of his leave Cpl. Bump will go to Bennett Field, New York City, for reassignment. 
Louis Scanlon Promoted on Okinawa
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 31, 1945
1st Lt. Louis W. Scanlon
2nd Lieut. Louis W. Scanlon, son of John Scanlon, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], who is serving with the 27th Division, has been promoted to First Lieutenant.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Twin Kids
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 10, 1945
Raymond Cawley
                                                       Raymond Cawley, of Tyler street,
                                                       pictured with his twin goats
                                                       which are about four weeks old.
 Neil Lewis candidate for Chenango County Sheriff
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 17, 1945
Neil D. Lewis
Former Chenango County Sheriff Neil D. Lewis announced his decision today to seek renomination on the Republican ticket in the July 31 primary election as the GOP candidate for that office.  His determination to again seek the office which he filled at the choice of the voters of Chenango county for five terms follows the urging of party members throughout the county, he said Friday.
Widely recognized as an authority on matters pertaining to the office and well versed on the execution of all details associated with this important office, former Sheriff Lewis has to his credit an outstanding record of public service.
Mr. Lewis was first elected sheriff in 1916.  Technicalities of the office are fully known by him and his associations with all law-enforcement agencies of the state are a direct benefit to the citizenry of Chenango county who believe in law enforcement for all.
The Lewis family were of the early settlers of Chenango county and the former sheriff represents the fifth generation of the family in this section.  Mr. Lewis' first police work was with the Norwich police force of which he was a member from 1902 to 1915.  For a number of years he served as a lieutenant of detectives for the C.L.&W.R.R.  As well known in all parts of the country as he is in his home city, his candidacy will it is believed command a wide support.  One of the 25-year members honored by Norwich Lodge 1222 B.P.O.E. he also is associated with the membership of the Norwich Lodge of Moose and the Eagles.
Mr. Lewis is a member of Emmanuel Episcopal church in this city where he has been a communicant since he was nine years of age.
During his last term of office as sheriff, while transporting a prisoner to Attica, Mr. Lewis was seriously injured in a motor accident.  While in the line of duty his life was endangered from injuries sustained.  His complete recovery is a source of gratification to his countless friends and today Mr. Lewis is enjoying the best of health. 
If nominated and elected he is again in position to serve the public with the same integrity, courage and efficiency which the people recognized in returning him to this office.


Soldier News continued - 1945

Pfc. Henry Hamlett's Unit Receive Citation
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 17, 1945

With the 100th Division of 7th Army in France:  The 325th Medical Battalion of the 100th Division has been awarded the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque for its superior performance of duty during its service in France.  The battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. E.J. Genetti (601 E. Sellar street) Bessemer, Mich., provided medical care and supplies in the division's fighting in the Vosges Mountains region of the western front, and the bitter struggle for the hinge of the German-held Maginot Line fortress system at Bitche.  In the 100th Division order commending the battalion and its men, the citation read:
"By direction of the President...the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque is awarded to the 325th Medical Battalion for superior performance of duty and achievement of a high standard discipline."
The 100th (Century) Division, of which the 325th Medical Battalion is a part, was one of the four divisions praised by Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers, Sixth Army Group commander, for stopping the German counter-offensive on the Seventh Army front in January, "Your great accomplishments," Gen Devers' commendation read, "forced the enemy to give up the offensive action on your front.  Inflicting great losses to strong elements of three divisions, you have successfully protected an important sector in the Hardt mountains."
Pfc. Henry Hamlett, R.D.1, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], is a member of the 325th Battalion and contributed to its winning the Meritorious Service unit Plaque. 
Major Richard Forsyth Returns to Civilian Life
Bainbridge News & Republican,  May 24, 1945
Springfield, Mass.:  Maj. Richard J. Forsyth, officer in charge of the service department at Springfield Armory, leaves today for Fort Devens and a return to civilian life, at his own request.  He has been stationed at the Armory for more than five years.  Maj. Forsyth, born in Millers Falls, Mass., was valuation engineer for the public service commission of the State of New York at the time he was called to active duty in February, 1940, in the grade of captain.  He was first commissioned in the Ordnance reserve in 1926, and was promoted at the Armory in 1941.  In addition to his principal duty, Major Forsyth also served the Armory as Signal Officer, Post Engineer, Equipment Budget Officer, and Mileage Administrator.  He purchased the Valley House Hotel in South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], in 1944, which his wife has been managing pending his return there to make his permanent home.
Pvt. Socrates Nellis Released from German Prison
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945
Pvt. Socrates Nellis, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Rexford Silvey, R.D.3, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], who has been a prisoner in Germany since last December, has been released by the British and U.S.A., according to an Ex-prisoner of War Card received from Socrates by the Silveys last Friday.  He stated that he would be home soon.  Socrates who was confined to a prison camp near the Baltic Sea, is the first of the four Bainbridge prisoners in Germany to report of release.
Mary Gough Promoted to Rank of Major in ANC
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945
Major Mary Brennan Gough, of Endicott [Broome Co., NY], chief nurse at the Charleston Port of Embarkation Station Hospital, has been promoted from the rank of captain, Brigadier General James T. Duke, Port Commander, announced today.  She is the first Greater Endicott woman to earn that rank.  A graduate of Fifth Avenue Hospital School of Nursing, New York City, in 1931, Major Gough was a private duty nurse until enlisting in the Army Nurse Corps in July, 1942.  She was on duty at the Fort Dix, N.J., Station Hospital, and served in the European Theatre as chief nurse of medical hospital ship platoon prior to her present post here in December, 1943.  Major Gough is authorized to wear the American Theatre and European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre service ribbons.  She was promoted to First lieutenant in May, 1943; and to captain in April, 1944.  The wife of Emile Gough, an executive in Sesac, Inc., New York City, she is the daughter of Joseph Brennan, who now resides with his son, Joseph F. Brennan, Jr., 312 Adams avenue.  Major Gough also has another brother, Pvt. Patrick Brennan, formerly of Endicott, now stationed in Washington, who served in World War I and re-enlisted for this present conflict.  Her nephew, First Lieut. Joseph J. Brennan, son of the Endicott man, is stationed in Europe.--From the Endicott Daily Bulletin, May 19, 1945--Major Gough, originally of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], is a niece of Thomas Collins, West Main street. 
Sgt. Louis Ferguson Wounded
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945
Sgt. Louis Ferguson, infantryman of the 77th Division, was wounded in the right arm and left thigh on May 5, according to word received by his daughter, Roberta Ferguson, from the government.  Sergeant Ferguson, who holds the Bronze Star Medal, was apparently wounded on Okinawa.
Pfc. Howard Foster on Furlough
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945
Pfc. Howard J. Foster, who returned to Camp Upton Convalescent Center, L.I., from a hospital in England less than a month ago, is spending a 15-day furlough here.  Private Foster, who was a member of the 26th Infantry, 1st Division, was wounded twice on Nov. 29, 1944, near Achean.  He was shot in the left shoulder blade and lung by a sniper in the morning of that day and because of the intensity of the German fire the medics were unable to reach him until nearly nightfall during which time he was hit by shrapnel in the left upper arm.  The first medic attempting to rescue him was instantly killed.  Howard than was taken to a field hospital and later flown to England by plane.  During his stay in England he was visited several times by his brother, S/Sgt Victor Foster, who is stationed with the Air Force in England.  Private Foster wears the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, E.T.O. Ribbon with two battle stars, and the combat Infantryman's Badge.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Foster, of Front st6reet [Bainbridge Chenango Co., NY]
Sgt. Carl Daniels Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Daniels, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], received a telegram from the War Department recently reporting that their son, Sgt. Carl Daniels who had been reported missing in action, had been killed in action August 12.  Sgt. Daniels was on his 11th mission on a Liberator bomber, on which he was a top turret gunner.  He had been in combat only two weeks, having landed in England July 1.  He had taken a refresher course in Iceland for two weeks and started his first mission August 1.  During the few days of combat duty he was the wearer of three Oak Leaf Clusters and had earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Presidential Citation and Air Medal.  Sgt. Carl Daniels was born in Sidney Aug.  9, 1916, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Daniels.  He graduated from Sidney High School in 1934.  He was employed in the Scintilla Magneto plant before entering the service Jan. 15, 1943.  His engagement to Miss Millicent Cresson, of Windsor, had been announced just a year ago.  Surviving are his parents, three brothers and a sister.
Pvt. Charles Merton Finch Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945
Private Charles Merton Finch, of Ivanhoe, Town of Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], was killed in action in Germany on Apr. 14.  The report of his death was received by the family one day last week.  About a week before, a message had been received that he was missing in action on the date mentioned.  Private Finch was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Merton Finch, of Trout Creek, and his life had been spent in that vicinity.  When inducted in July, 1944, he was employed at the Scintilla plant as a tool and experimental room machine operator.  He volunteered for service in June, 1944.  Private Finch received his basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala., and was home on furlough at Christmas time.  Soon after he went overseas he was assigned to a regiment in the 1st Army, which was in the thick of the fighting on the Elbe River.  He was married at Johnson City June 20,  1937, to Miss Beatrice Gifford, of Masonville.  She survives, as do his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merton Finch, and a sister, Mrs. Daniel Baker, of Trout Creek.  He was 29 years of age.  Charles Finch was a young man of fine character, liked and respected by all who knew him.  Previous to entering the employ of the Scintilla in 1939, he had engaged in general trucking and farming. His death will be mourned.

Marriages (August 21)

Miss Mary MacIntyre Hovey, daughter of Mrs. Charles Arthur Hovey and the late Mr. Hovey, 53 West Main street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], was married to Private First Class Howard J. Foster, U.S. Army, son of Mr. ad Mrs. Samuel Foster, 10 Front street [Bainbridge, NY], Thursday noon, May 24, in St. Peter's Episcopal Church.  The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. James E. Wolfe, rector.  The church was decorated with white lilacs, lilies of the valley, and narcissuses.  Miss Marion Wylie, of Afton, was at the organ.  The bride, who was given in marriage by her uncle, Vernon F. Hovey, wore a gown of white silk marquisette with satin nosegay medallions, made with sweetheart neckline, long sleeves and full skirt.  Her finger-tip veil was held in place by a lattice work cap of orange blossoms, and she carried a bouquet of white carnations.  She wore a string of pearls, a gift of the bridegroom.  Mrs. Donald Quinney, matron-of-honor, was dressed in a gown of pink silk marquisette with a headdress of flowers and carried a bouquet of pink gladioli.  Kenneth Hotaling, of Masonville, acted as best man.  The ushers were Miss Esther Clark and Miss Phyllis Holbert.  Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride for 28 relatives and close friends.  A three-tiered wedding cake centered the bridal table.  Mrs. Harold Cornell poured.  The couple left immediately after the reception for a wedding trip.  The bride graduated from Bainbridge Central High School with the Class of 1940.  The bridegroom was graduated from Bainbridge Central High School with the Class of 1940.  He entered the Armed Forces about two years ago and was wounded twice on Nov. 22, 1944 in Germany while serving with the infantry.  He returned to the States May 5 from a hospital in England.  Private Foster wears the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, E.T.O. Ribbon with two battle stars, and the Combat infantryman's Badge.  He will return to the Convalescent Center, Camp Upton, L.I., following his wedding trip.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 31, 1945]
COPLEY - BANKS:  At the residence of the bride's parents, September 25, 1895, by Rev. F.E. Bently, D.H. Copley and Miss Sarah M. Banks, all of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  Once more has the fair god Cupid entered the ranks of our maidens in Bainbridge and transferred one of their choicest representatives to the bonds of wedlock.  The occasion was signalized by a felicitous gathering of relatives and friends to the number of forty at the home of Mr. John Banks, the father of the bride, where at 5 o'clock, Wednesday evening, September twenty-fifth, at the close of a lovely day, his daughter, Sarah Mead Banks, was given in marriage to Duncan Herbert Copley, formerly of Davenport, New York, but now a resident of Bainbridge and president of the Gilbert Manufacturing Company.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Walter E. Bentley, Rector of St. Peter's church in an impressive and realistic manner.  The ushers were Frank B. Gilbert, Esq. of Albany, and Mr. Leroy Topping of Washington.  The bride wore a handsome traveling suit of worsted and silk in changing colors of green and brown and carried a bouquet of pink roses.  The house, which was the Banks homestead for several generations, and endeared by the associations of the early history of Bainbridge, had its interior transformed into a woodland garden, the mantels in the rooms being heavily banked with ferns and autumn leaves and the ceilings crossed with garlands of princess pine, tied with white ribbons.  After the hymeneal words were said, there followed a wedding supper and an hour of enjoyment and congratulations.  Mr. and Mrs. Copley left for a ten days' sojourn among the Catskill mountains; they will return to reside in Bainbridge, boarding for the winter.  There were many presents given, valuable in worth and as tokens of esteem.  The wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Copley was a delightfully informal affair and specially noted for its sweet simplicity and absence of all ostentation.  It will long be referred to as a pleasant event, where joy abounded, and which was a happy revival of olden time customs.  Many wishes for happiness go forth to our friends upon their bridal journey, and for all the years to come.
The nuptial gates stood ajar at eleven o'clock this morning and there entered into wedlock Miss M. Frances Freiot, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and Mr. Frank B. Gilbert, of Albany.  The interior of St. Peter's church, trimmed and adorned with all the beauty of nature's fairest embellishments, filled with the aroma of the choicest flowers, and echoing with the cadence of mellow and delicate song, witnessed one of her prettiest wedding scenes, made tender by the presence of a large number of guests, united in the expression of joy and good wishes  At eleven o'clock the Ladies Quartet of Binghamton, under the leadership of Mrs. Ostrander, began to sing the "Bridal Chorus" by Lohengrin.  The bridal party moved slowly up the center aisle of the church.  The ushers, Leroy Topping, of Washington, Chas. Kennedy, of Kingston, A.F Gilbert, of Binghamton, and Charles Gilbert, Bainbridge, both brothers of the groom, were followed by the little flower girl Margaret Bostwick, dressed in white swiss and the maid of honor Miss Alice Freiot, pretty in a robe of white swiss, trimmed with Dresden ribbons; then came the bride, attired in a visiting costume of gobelin velour trimmed in white guipure.  She was escorted by her brother-in-law, Dr. H.D. Copley.  The groom, attended by the best man, Maurice B. Gilbert, appeared from the rector's room at the end of the church and met the party at the chancel steps.  The party separated, allowing the bride to take her place beside the groom and then closed in about the couple before the officiating clergyman, Rev. W.E. Bentley, rector of the church.  On each side of them was a heavy bank of evergreens and ferns.  In front of them, about the altar were scattered in bunches of artistic design, white ferns and white roses.  The sweet smilax wound its beauteous curves about the railing and archway, varied by the presence of the irresistible white rose.  The arch above them which outlined the chancel contained a handsome decoration of the lovely fern, evergreen and the quiet but comely milk-weed.  The voices of the quartet were stilled and the music of the bridal song died out. The impressive Episcopal wedding service was read and associated by all the sentiment that such an event contains Miss M. Frances Freiot became Mrs. Frank B. Gilbert.  Again the ladies' quartet poured forth their song in the choice selection, "Chimes," and the bride and groom retraced their steps down the aisle together, followed by their complimentary escorts and the fairest visions of Hymen's realm.  Directly after the ceremony a wedding breakfast was given at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Helen D. Freiot on East Main street which was attended by the bridal party, out-of-town guests and a number of the intimate friends of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert.  The happy and much admired couple leave on the afternoon train for an extended wedding tour.  The bride is a cultured and refined young woman and has attained a reputation as a fine artist, being a graduate of the New York Art League.  Her attachment for study and the ideal of womanhood has been strong, and in all social circles she has enjoyed  a marked degree of popularity.  The groom Mr. Frank B. Gilbert, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Don A. Gilbert, of this village.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College, class of '89.  He studied law at Stamford, with his uncle, Judge Gilbert, and after being admitted to the bar was tendered a position with the Statutory Revision Commission at Albany, which position he now holds.  He is also a member of the law firm of Gilbert & Cummings which was established one year ago, and is regarded as one of the leading young men in Albany. [married 14 October 1895]
KEELER - PRATT:  In Bainbridge, October 14, 1895, William J. Keeler and Miss Lulu Pratt, both of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]
COUSE - WHITMAN:  At the M.E. parsonage, Sidney, N.Y. [Delaware Co.], Oct. 16, 1895, by Rev. A. D Decker, Mr. Hosea B. Couse and Miss Emma Whitman, both of Sidney.
LYON - GILBERT:  In the Presbyterian church of this village, on Wednesday, September 12th, 1888, by Rev. D.N. Grummon, Frank R. Lyon and Mary A., daughter fo Don A. Gilbert, Esq. all of Bianbridge [Chenango Co., NY].

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BCHS Class 1939 - Part 2

Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1939
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1939
Richard De Long
"You're okay, Dick. We wonder though
Why red hair seems to attract you so?"

Raymond Fiorina
"As to enemies, you have none.
You have a smile for everyone."

Geraldine Getter
"My goodness!  Have you never seen
Our golden-voiced girl, Geraldine?"

Robert Gorton
"Though we've not known you very long,
We think B.H.S. is where you belong"

Wilburna Holbert
"You're very frank and full of fun,
We hope you'll remember us, each and every one."

Harriet Holman
Class Vice President
"You're a wizard in music, so we hear,
We wish you success in your career."

Obituaries (August 20)

Daniel E. Hanrahan, former postmaster and one of Hallstead's best business men, died in Lourdes Hospital, in Binghamton, on Saturday, May 19.  He was laid at rest on Thursday, May 24.  Mr. Hanrahan was 62.  For years he conducted a clothing store in Hallstead; and was also engaged in the undertaking business.  Two sisters, Misses Nellie and Anna Hanrahan, of Hallstead survive.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 31, 1945]
Mrs. Eva Marble McGinnis, wife of Willis McGinnis, of Guilford street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], died of a cerebral hemorrhage Monday, May 21, at her home.  Apparently in good health, Mrs. McGinnis was stricken while working in her flower garden and only lived a short time.  Born in Sanitaria Springs [Brooms Co., NY] Dec. 29, 1889, she was the daughter of Sylvester and Minnie Marble.  She moved to Bainbridge when a young girl and in Aug. 1906, she was united in marriage to Willis McGinnis.  She was a member of the Frist Baptist Church, Order of Eastern Star, and the Lincoln Club.  She was a good wife and mother and her jolly disposition will be remembered by all who knew her.  The survivors are:  Her husband; two sons, Milo McGinnis, of Sidney; and Maurice McGinnis, of Bainbridge; three grandchildren, Mary Jane and Milo McGinnis, Jr., of Sidney; and Eileen McGinnis, of Bainbridge; two sisters, Mrs. Hammond, of Endicott, and Mrs. Myra Polly, of Cortland; and three brothers, Milo Marble, of Guilford, Glenn Marble, of Morris, and Ralph Marble, of Sidney.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Colwell's Chapel with the Rev. Norman Lawton officiating.  Bearers were:  Lester Stead, George Myers, Moritz Roehlk, Fred Robbins and Foster Grosby.  Burial was in the family plot in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].
Gilbert Cooper died at 10 o'clock last night of heart failure at the home of his son, Mr. Lester Cooper at 36 River street.  Gilbert Cooper was born in Guilford, Chenango County, N.Y., and came to Cortland county January 2, 1860.  He has lived on his farm about a mile and a half from the village on the Truxton road until about three years ago when, on account of the failing health of both himself and wife, he rented the farm and moved to his son's home.  He has always lived a quiet unpretentious life.  He suffered a shock of paralysis several weeks ago from which he has never rallied and which was the indirect cause of his death.  He leaves a wife, who has been his constant companion for fifty-three years.  Mrs. Cooper is now in a very critical condition from dropsy with which she has been suffering for a number of months.  During the earlier part of Mr. Cooper's illness they were both cared for in one room where they could converse and sympathize with each other, but later Mr. Cooper has been delirious much of the time and it was deemed better to remove Mrs. Cooper to another room. It is believed that the separation of husband and wife can be but for a few days at most, as the death of Mr. Cooper, though expected and looked for has been a great shock to his wife, and she is today much worse.  For several days it had been a question as to which would go first.  Besides the widow Mr. Cooper leaves two sons, Lester and George Cooper of River street, two brothers and one sister in Bainbridge, N.Y., and two sisters in Hammonton, N.J.--Cortland Standard. [October 1894]

Mrs. Laura Cooper, widow of the late Gilbert Cooper, died at 8:30 o'clock this morning at the residence of her son, Mr. Lester Cooper, 35 River st., after an illness of nearly two years from dropsy.  she was formerly Miss Laura Yale and was born at Guilford, Chenango Co., April 3, 1820 and her early life was spent in Guilford.  On Nov. 11, 1841, she was married to Mr. Gilbert Cooper and they lived in Smithville, Chenango Co., for sixteen years when they removed to Cortland, where the remainder of their life was spent.  Mr. Cooper's death occurred Oct. 29, 1894.  Mrs. Cooper was one of the largest hearted, most generous of women, and was a remarkably kind neighbor.  She was always eager to be of assistance to some one.  She was fond of children and had a way of making the children fond of her.  Her friends and neighbors old and young have sustained a severe loss in her death.  Mrs. Cooper leaves two sons, Messrs. Lester and George Cooper of Cortland, two sisters, Mrs. William Cooley and Miss Lorana Yale of Binghamton, and two brothers, Ransom Yale of Upper Lisle and Albert Yale of the state of Wyoming.  Funeral services will be held from her late residence at 2 o'clock P.M., Monday, interment in Cortland Rural cemetery.  [Cortland Evening Standard, Oct. 11, 1895]

LIVINGSTON:  At the State Hospital in Binghamton, NY [Broome Co., NY] May 30, 1894, Dr. Lewis Livingston, aged 72 years.  Mr. Livingston, when a boy, was taken very ill with scarlet fever, which resulted in his being deaf and dumb for about sixty-five years.  About a year and a half ago, he was taken with a shock, and his sight and hearing was restored, but he was soon after adjudged insane and removed to the State Hospital at Binghamton. 

DE MUNN:  In Scranton [PA], May 19, 1894, Willie Bishop De Munn, at the home of his sister, Mrs. H.E. Griffin.  The funeral services of Willis B. De Munn were held at the home of his sister, wife of Druggist H.E. Griffin, on north Main avenue yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.  The beautiful service of the Episcopal church was read, Rev. George E. Guild of the Presbyterian church officiating.  Excellent music was rendered by Messrs. H.R. Hurlbutt and Evan Gabriel and Misses Catherine Gabriel, Carrie Miller and Helen Hurlbutt.  The pall bearers were:  Joseph Scharer, Eugene Corwin, A.K. Detweiler, Stanley Silkman, Clint Silkman, Victor Arnold.  The floral tributes were many and beautifully arranged.  Interment in Forest Hill cemetery--Scranton Republican


Soldier News continued - 1945

S/Sgt. Louis Finch Accepted as Cadet
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 10, 1945
Staff Sergeant Louis Finch, of 70 Main street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has qualified before an AAF examining board at the AAF Redistribution Station No. 1 to take training as an aviation cadet.  The sergeant is a veteran of 17 combat missions in the European theatre of operations where he was an armorer-gunner on a Liberator bomber.  He served five months overseas and wears the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the European theatre ribbon with two stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.  Sgt. Finch has left for San Antonio, Tex., Aviation Cadet Center where he will be classified for training as a navigator, bombardier or pilot.  
T/5 Stanley Smith Now at Lake Placid
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 10, 1945
T/5 Stanley E. Smith, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], who has recently returned from overseas duty, has reported to the Army Ground and Service Forces Redistribution Station at Lake Placid Club.  Cpl. Smith entered service on Sept. 28, 1942, and was overseas 24-1/2 months with an Engineer Maintenance unit in the Southwest Pacific theatre of operation.  He participated in the New Guinea and Netherlands East Indies campaigns and wears the Distinguished Unit Citation.
Pfc. Howard J. Foster Arrives in New York
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 10, 1945
Pfc. Howard J. Foster, Infantryman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Foster, of Front street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] who was seriously wounded on Nov. 29, 1944 in Germany, returned to the States Saturday.  Private First Class Foster has been confined to hospitals in England since his injuries and was visited several times by his brother, S/Sgt Victor Foster, who is stationed in England.
John Burgin, M.M. 2/C Returns from Europe
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 10, 1945
John I. Burgin, M.M. 2/C, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Burgin, of Franklin [Delaware Co., NY], former residents of Bainbridge, arrived in the States last week after serving in the Mediterranean during the invasion of North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern France.
Pfc Robert Kingsley Serves 31 Months Overseas
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 17, 1945
Pfc. Robert Kingsley
Pfc. Robert Kingsley, who is now stationed in France, holds the Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Infantry Combat Badge and the E.T.O. Ribbon.  Private First Class Kingsley, who has been overseas 31 months, took part in the north Africa Campaign, where he was wounded, also the battle of Sicily.  He later was removed to a hospital in England where he was confined for many months.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kingsley of Front street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].
Gerald Tiffany & Jan DeWitt Receive Unit Citation
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 17, 1945
Gerald Tiffany, S 1/C, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Tiffany, of R.D.2, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and Jan. H. DeWitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.W. DeWitt, of Walton [Delaware Co., NY], entered the service in October, 1943, and received their boot training in the Seabees of Camp Peary, Va.  However, they did not become acquainted with one another until they were later assigned to the 31st Special Stevedoring Battalion at Camp Endicott, Davisville, R.I.  Gerald was the battalion bugler in Rhode Island.  They moved out to Port Hueneme, Calif., last July.  While out there the band was organized.  Gerald plays trumpet and Jan baritone.  Gerald is also in the swing band, of which Jan is librarian. 
Sometime the first of September, 1944, the battalion embarked from Hueneme for the Marianas.  The shipping situation was so critical there at the time of their arrival that instead of walking into a camp site as originally planned the stevedoring boys pitched tents on the beach and in the next three weeks broke all records unloading the ships in the harbor and getting vital materials ashore.  Later they all got together and, although inexperienced at such a task, set up their own living and administrative quarters.
The 31st has been cited three times by the island command on increasing the unloading of supplies by 300 percent and reducing breakage up to a minimum.  On duty hours Gerald drives a coral truck and Jan drives a water truck in the transportation corps.
Pvt. Orville Smith Graduates from Mechanics Course
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 17, 1945
Keesler Field, Biloxi, Miss.:  Pvt. Orville S. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay C. Smith, of R.D. 3, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] was graduated this week from the AAF Training Command's basic airplane and engine mechanics course at Keesler Field.  The course extended over a 76-day period, during which time he received instruction and actual experience in aircraft maintenance.  This training prepared him for entrance into a specialized course where ground crew students receive instruction in maintenance and trouble shooting on particular types of planes.  The training program he followed included, in addition to aircraft maintenance, fundamentals, instruction in airplane electrical systems, structures, fuel and oil systems, propellers, instruments, hydraulic systems, engine operations and basic airplane inspection.
Louis Scanlon Promoted to Frist Lieutenant
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 17, 1945
With the 27th Infantry Division on Okinawa:  Promotion of Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant has been announced here for Louis W Scanlon, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], veteran officer in this Division's famous "fighting Irish" regiment.  Lieutenant Scanlon learned of his promotion while leading his platoon of riflemen in this bitter fight for Okinawa, key to the Ryukyus and to the Japanese homeland.  A veteran of two other major operations against the Japanese in the Central Pacific, the Bainbridge officer saw combat service on Maki Atoll and Saipan Island.  In addition to other service ribbons he wears the Combat Infantryman's Badge for exemplary conduct in battle.  Lieutenant Scanlon has served in his present regiment since its overseas service began more than three years ago.  The organization formerly was a regiment of the New York National Guard.  His home address in 12 Evans street, Bainbridge, where his father, John Scanlon, resides.
Capt. James Ryan Awarded Medal
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 17, 1945

Capt. James Ryan
Capt. James F. Ryan, veteran of the Old Hickory Division, who was seriously wounded on Oct. 7 in Germany and who is a patient at the England General Hospital, Atlantic City, N.J., has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal.  The Citation reads:
"Captain James F. Ryan, 197th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army, is awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious conduct in action on 21 August 1944, in France.  Captain Ryan was serving as a battery commander when, during a battalion march, it was discovered that enemy troops were in a position approximately eight hundred yards left of the march of the battalion.  By aggressive action and though operating in plain view of the enemy position, his resourcefulness and initiative was largely responsible for the death or capture of approximately 70 of the enemy and the capture of much enemy equipment.  Entered military service from  New York."
Captain Ryan is a son of Mr. and Mrs. P.F. Ryan, South Main street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Marriages (August 19)

Mr. and Mrs. George E. Bartholomew, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], were honored by a number of friends and relatives Wednesday afternoon of last week in observance of their 56th wedding anniversary.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945]
Mt Upton [Chenango Co., NY]:  The wedding we mentioned last week as being liable to occur, was celebrated on Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, when Lester Burlison was married to Miss Maggie Mungel at the home of the bride in this village.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. L.B. Weeks. The bride received numerous handsome and useful presents and the affair was a felicitious and enjoyable one for all concerned.  It was our esteemed privilege to apply the crucial test to a generous consignment of the wedding cake and that it ranked high as a triumph of that kind of culinary architecture, no one need doubt, for it was submitted to as good a judge as there is on this green earth.  The couple have the best wishes of this department from cellar to garret and the cupola thrown in.  This is no one horse congratulation factory when it comes to a wedding  [Otsego Journal, May 16, 1888]
The principle event in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] for some time past, was the wedding of Frank F. Barber to Miss Helen Priest, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Priest, on Wednesday evening of this week.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. J.F. Barber, of Madrid, N.Y., father of the groom, assisted by Rev. Mr. Ashley, Baptist minister of this place. The house was beautifully illuminated and the rooms decorated with choice potted plants and flowers, and an abundance of criptograms or running pine.  There was a large company gathered of relatives and friends of the happy couple, representing Binghamton, Oneonta, Coventry and other places.  At eight o'clock, Miss Mary Humphrey, of Sidney, a former music pupil of Miss Priest's took her place at the piano and soon filled the house with the happy strains of Mendelssohn's Wedding march, after which the ceremony was performed.  The bridesmaids were Misses Josie Priest and Helen Corbin, attended by Messrs Harry Beatty, of Binghamton, and Bert Priest.  The Pathway of the bride and groom was strewn with flowers by two little maids, Irena Ireland and Blanche Hynds, as they led the way to the altar.  The bride was dressed in a handsome "caffe a lait gown of faile," entrain, trimmed in bride's roses.  Supper was served on small tables, of which there was an abundance, and every one present enjoyed the occasion very much.  The presents were numerous, beautiful and valuable.  It would be useless to attempt an enumeration of them all.  Among other things was a handsome black walnut book case and secretary, presented by White, Hovey & Co., of the creamery where Mr. Barber is book-keeper.  The wedded couple are among our most beloved young people, and no one envies them their happy start in life but all unit in wishing them many a joyous anniversary day.  The couple accompanied Rev. and Mrs. Barber to their home in Madrid Thursday morning, and will be gone several days, visiting Canada and other places in the meantime.  [Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, Dec. 5, 1891]

Soldier News cntinued - 1945

Hitler's Body Hidden "Forever," Nazi Tells Russian Captors
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 10, 1945

Adolf Hitler's body has been hidden so well that it never will be found, Nazi Propagandist Hans Fritsche told his Russian captors today.  Radio Moscow said Fritsche, deputy German propaganda minister taken prisoner in Berlin, asserted that the Fuehrer's corpse has been concealed in "an undiscoverable place."  Neither Hitler's body nor that of Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Geobbels has been found in Berlin, Moscow said.  Red Army troops who attempted to search the ruined Reichschancellery in Berlin were beaten back by raging fires. 
Sgt. Edgar Hayes Returns to States
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 3, 1945
S/Sgt. Edgar D. Hayes, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has reported to the AAF Redistribution Station No. 1 here after 19 months of service in the South-west Pacific theatre of war.  Sgt. Hayes served as a clerk and mechanic while overseas.  He engaged in combat missions.  He wears the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Theatre Ribbon with one star for his exploits overseas.  Before he leaves for the Redistribution Station for his next Air Force assignment, the Sergeant will be examined by doctors and interviewed by personnel specialists to determine where he can best fit in the AAF set-up and aid the war effort....Entering the service on July 23, 1942, he underwent training at Miami Beach prior to his shipment overseas on May 17, 1943.

S/Sgt. George Youngs Returns to States
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 3, 1945

S/Sgt. George W. Youngs, of 7 Newton avenue, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has reported to the AAF Redistribution Station No. 1 here [Atlantic City, NJ] after 10 months of service in the European theatre of war.  Sergeant Youngs served as a gunner on a B-17 while overseas.  He engaged in 26 combat missions.  He wears the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters for his exploits overseas.  Before he leaves the Redistribution Station for this next Air Force assignment, the Sergeant will be examined by doctors and interviewed by personnel specialists to determine where he can best fit in the AAF set-up and aid the war effort....Sgt. Youngs is the son of Mrs. Isabelle Youngs, who resides at 7 Newton avenue, Bainbridge.  Entering the service in January, 1943, he underwent training at Dyersburg, Tenn., prior to his shipment overseas on May, 1944.

Anthony Plosky Receives Promotion
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 10, 1945
Anthony A. Plosky, W.O.
Anthony A. Plosky was promoted to Warrant Officer in the U.S.N.R. April 11.  He received his promotion from Washington after attending school and passing his examinations.  Warrant Officer Plosky has served over two years in the south Pacific, having seen action on many islands such as Guadalcanal, Solomons, New Guinea, Russell Islands, Cape Gloucester, etc.  He returned to the States on leave last September and has been stationed on the West Coast, and returned to the East coast training new recruits and attending midshipmen's school.  He is spending a 10-day delay en route with his wife after which he will report to the West Coast for reassignment.

Cpl. Taft Honor Guard at President's Funeral
Bianbridge News & Republican, May 10, 1945

Cpl. James Taft of New York, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Taft, of Bainbridge, was a member of one of the battalions which served as honor guard at President Roosevelt's burial at Hyde Park.

Sidney Utter Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 17, 1945

Mrs. Sidney B. Utter, Davenport Center, was advised Thursday that her husband, Pfc. Sidney B. Utter, was killed in action in Italy Apr. 14.  He entered service June 15, 1944, trained at Camp Wolters, Tex., and was sent overseas last January.  Pfc. Utter was born May 20, 1917, in Walton, son of Sidney and Louise (Fink) Utter.  He married Miss Dorothy Evelyn Eggler, of Davenport Center, in Oneonta in 1939. 

Sgt. Douglas Clark Released from German Prison
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 17, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Clark, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], lower Guilford, residents for many years, received the wonderful news from the Governor on Friday, that their son, Staff Sgt. Douglas Clark had been released from the German Prison Camp where he has been held Prisoner since April 22, 1944, and was in a hospital in Europe.  He was suffering from malnutrition.. He was a gunner on a B-17, and was taken prisoner on his first mission.  Very little has been heard from him, prior to this message.  It came as a blessed "Mother's Day Gift" to Mrs. Clark who has been critically ill, and is slowly convalescing.

Otto Neidlinger on USS Franklin
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945

Otto G. Neidlinger, AOM 3/C, was a member of the crew of the USS Franklin, carrier, which was hit by a Jap bomb Mar. 19, Apparently he wasn't injured because his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Otto F. Neidlinger, received a letter form him written Apr. 9 stating that he was on an island and all right.  This is the second time the Franklin has been hit.  Otto was also a member of the crew when it was hit the first time.  During the bombing on Mar. 19, more than 800 men were killed.

Obituaries (August 19)

Died:  In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], on Wednesday, Jan. 6th, William Baldwin, aged 76 years and 26 days.  Mr. Baldwin was well known in Chenango county and his death calls for more than passing notice at our hands.  He was born in Litchfield county, Connecticut Dec. 12, 1798, where he spent his boyhood, upon his father's farm and attending school.  Later he became a teacher, an occupation which he successfully followed until 1824, when he moved to Guilford, where he has resided ever since.  For half a century he has been identified with the interest of the town, never failing to perform his whole duty in every department in which he found room to work.  In all public affairs whether of Church or State, no one was at fault to know where William Baldwin stood.  He was earnest and outspoken, and failed not at all times to cast his influence in favor of the right.  In his business matters he has always been upright and honest, his word being recognized by all who had dealings with him as always reliable, in fact as "good as his bond."  In politics he was a Whig, afterwards a Republican and as such a firm and ardent supporter of the Government in its time of peril.  In our boyhood days we knew him well, and since, we have been indebted to him for many valuable suggestions which we shall ever treasure as the legacy of true and worthy friend.  He has been often honored by his neighbors and friends with official positions, and he never failed to fulfill the most ardent expectations of all.  One of the pleasant things of his later days was that he had lived to see his son, George H. Baldwin, Esq. attain to position and honor in his native town, and that both had been able to contribute something towards its growth and development.  But he has passed away, after fifty years of service within our borders; service not for himself alone, but for the common good of all.  Like the fully ripe corn he has yielded to the sickle of Time, and his memory is honorably borne upon the hearts of all who knew him.  [Chenango Telegraph, Jan. 14, 1875]

It is with feelings of sadness we chronicle the death of Jack Bartle, which occurred on Thursday last.  He was going berrying with Miss Nettie Bartle, and while crossing the railroad track was run over by the hand car, the section men not seeing him in time to aver the catastrophe.  Deceased had hosts of friends, bipeds as well as quadrupeds, who will raise his pleasant face and familiar form and unite with his family in mourning his untimely death.  He always minded his own business strictly, faithfully discharged his every duty, zealously guarded whatever property was entrusted to his keeping, was an alert and vigilant night watchman, a genial companion, a faithful friend, and since he retired from farm life and took up his residence in our village, has seemed to take great interest in children, often joining with them in their sports, and enjoyed their confidence.
Cover him over with odorous earth,
In some quiet and peaceful vale,
We've heard the last of his deep "Bow wow,"
And seen the last wag of his tail,
"Hinc illae lacrimade."

The body of Frank Beckwith, formerly of this city [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], but recently of Herkimer, was brought to this city at noon Tuesday to the William Breese undertaking parlors, from which a G.A.R. service was held for the deceased.  Mr Beckwith was a member of E.B. Smith Post no. 83, G.A.R., having gone formNorwich with the 114th regiment in the Civil War.  He leaves one son, Lewis, and several grandsons.  Funeral services were held at 1 o'clock, after which the body was palce din the vault at Mt. Hope.  [Norwich Sun, Dec. 26, 1922]

The second fatality in less than a year and a half occurred at the Johnson street crossing [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] Wednesday afternoon, May 16, at 1:55 when Gilbert S. Gordon, 75-year-old Johnson street resident, was killed instantly when his 1942 sedan was struck by a south-bound freight train of the D.& H. Railroad.  Acting as coroner, Dr. Edward Danforth issued a verdict of accidental death due to a fractured skull and multiple internal injuries. According to Chief of Police L. R. Bretz, of Bainbridge, who investigated with Sgt. James Fleming, of B.C.I., Troop C, State Police, Mr. Gordon was driving west across the crossing just as the train approached.  Both the car and the train were moving slowly, but Mr. Gordon failed to stop when the engineer sounded his whistle.  The locomotive struck the car on the right side just ahead of the front door, carrying the car and Mr. Gordon about 400 feet down the track.  There were three witnesses according to Chief Bretz, J.A. Neals, fireman, of 289 Madison street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; John Kernoschak, head brakeman, of 51 Fairlawn avenue, Carbondale, Pa.; and J.R. Herrick, of 38 Juliand street Bainbridge, who was working on the construction at the Casein plant.  Chief Bretz stated that apparently fireman Neals was the first person to see the car approaching the crossing and he notified the engineer, Robert Washburn, of 240 Kidder street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to blow the whistle about 90 feet north of the crossing.  The body was removed to Colwell brothers Funeral Home at Bainbridge.  The car, which was a total wreck, was removed from the scene of the accident by Demeree's Garage.  The locomotive was slightly damaged.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Colwell's Chapel with the Rev. James E. Wolfe officiating.  Bearers were Ward Searles, Frank Buman, Charles Thorp, all of Bainbridge, and Fred Kimball, of Afton, Burial was in Oxford Cemetery [Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Gordon was born in Oxford on May 27, 1870, the son of William and Catherine (Hovey) Gordon.  He had lived for more than 30 years in Bainbridge.  He is survived by his wife and a sister.  It was at the same crossing that Mrs. Elmer Archer was killed a year ago last New Year's Eve.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945]
Beverly Romiti, aged 10, of Oneonta [Otsego Co., nY], was drowned and three other children had a narrow escape from death when a boat in which they were riding tipped over in the Susquehanna-River about 6:45 Wednesday night of last week.  The boat overturned when it hit a bank.  The other three children grabbed branches and pulled themselves to shore but Beverly was caught by the current and taken downstream.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945]

Mrs. Nellie M. Hurd, 59, of Harpursville [Broome Co., NY], died Friday at the Binghamton City Hospital.  She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Howard Webb, of Jacksonville, Fla., Mrs. Robert Rivers of Sanitaria Springs, Mrs. Joseph Restino, of Binghamton, and Miss Alice Pashley, U.S.C.G. stationed at St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sons, William Pashley, of Chittenango, and Byron Pashley, U.S.N., stationed at Cleveland, Ohio, and four grandchildren.   [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945]

Mrs. Helen E. Throop, 94, grandmother of Mrs. O.L. Thorp, of Pearl street, died May 23 at the W.R.C. Home, Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], where she had been since Feb. 17, 1945.  She is survived by two brothers, Austin Hill, of East Windsor; and Stephen Hill, of Windsor; one son, Lewis Throop, of Troy, Mont.; one daughter, Olive Burton; six grandchildren, Oscar Stevens, Denning, New Mex., Helen Wohlferd, of Mt. Kisco, Ida Shaver, Harbsdale, Ruth Tucker, Dalton, Mass., Blanche Thorp, Bainbridge, Joseph Throop, Troy; and seven great-grandchildren.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 31, 1945]
Charles N. Peake, a prominent Walton [Delaware Co., NY] attorney, died at the Smith Hospital in Walton Tuesday evening, May 15, after several months of failing health.  He was 55 years of age.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945]
Daniel Warren, of Meridale [Delaware Co., NY], died suddenly on Sunday, May 13, at the home of his son, Ralph Warren, Treadwell.  He had been a patient at the Delhi Hospital.  Mr. Warren was 70 years of age.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945]

William D. Burns, widely known retired merchant, died at his home in Walton Monday night, May 14, at the age of 84 years.  he had no long illness and had attended church and Sunday School the preceding Sunday and Monday seemed to be in his usual health but death came in his sleep Monday night.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 24, 1945]