Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bainbridge Braves - 1963

Bainbridge Braves Baseball Team
May 1963
Front Row (Left to Right):  Bucky Caracciolo, Loren Cutting, John Delello, Jim Millus, Bill Schaffer, Al Cutting (bat boy)
Back Row (Left to Right):  Gary Anderson, Dave Taylor, Dick Stevens, Roger Barr, Ed Greenman, Pete Stoutenburg, Dave Merritt, Wes Tallet, Bill Barr (scorekeeper), Joe Judd

Marriages (November 22)

Comings - Poole

Miss Pauline Poole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Poole, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], and Philip Comings, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Comings, of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], were married Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 4 o'clock in the Afton Baptist Church.  Friends were invited.
Macumber - Hendrickson
Miss Beatrice Hendrickson and Clifford Macumber, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], were united in marriage Friday night, Aug. 20, by Justice of the Peace L. A. Orvis at his home on South Main street.
Woods - Gardner
Merritt Wood of West Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and Miss Maude Gardner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs William Gardner of Deposit [Delaware Co., NY], were married at the M.E. parsonage Friday morning by the Rev. T. Arthur Gross.  Returning from their wedding trip they will reside on the Bainbridge-Sidney road.  [This marriage was 20 Aug 1937 in Deposit, NY.  The groom's surname should be Woods]
Corbin - Brower
Wayne L. Corbin of Ossining [Westchester Co., NY], son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Corbin of Middlebridge, was united in marriage, on Saturday, August 21, 1937, to Miss Dorothy Brower of Yonkers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brower of Lanesboro, Pa., at the home of the bride's parents at 4 o'clock by Rev. Robert Hauser, pastor of the Lanesboro Methodist Church.  Mrs. Stanley Reynolds of Ridgefield, Conn., a sister of the bride, was the matron of honor, with Miss Dorothy Reynolds, the bride's niece, acting as bridesmaid.  The flower girls were Mary Jane Reynolds, and Marilyn Tutty, the latter a niece of the bridegroom.  Prof. Reuben Brower of Harvard University, at Cambridge, Mass., was best man.  The bride was dressed in white satin with a starched lace redingote.  Her tulle veil was held by a wreath of orange blossoms. She carried a spray bouquet of white roses and gypsophila.  Mrs. Reynolds wore peach colored lace and carried a bouquet of token roses with delphinium.  The bridesmaid wore blue net with an old-fashioned bouquet, and the flower girls were dressed in pink net.  They carried tiny baskets of summer flowers.  Music for the wedding was played by a trio, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson V. Taylor and Warren M. Taylor of Binghamton. Before the wedding march, Miss Helen Axtell sang "Oh Promise Me."  Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Brower home.  Following a motor trip to Maine and the White Mountains, Mr. and Mrs. Corbin will reside in Ossining.  For the past several years, Mrs. Corbin has been a teacher in the public schools of Yonkers.

Dickerson - Schappelle

Mrs. Rose Schappelle, of Kingston, Pa., and Rev. Jesse H. Dickerson, pastor of the Moscow M.E. Church were united in marriage at the home of the bride Sunday afternoon, Sept. 5 [1937].  Dr. W. Gray Jones, district superintendent of the Scranton District of Wyoming conference of M.E. Churches performed the ceremony.  Following the ceremony, a dinner was served at the home of the bride.  Rev. Dickerson was for three years pastor of the local M.E. Church.  He left Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] in the Spring of 1936. 

Mr. and Mrs. George Strong

Mr. and Mrs. George Strong celebrated their 54th Wedding Anniversary on Thursday, October 21.  They were married in 1883 at the home of Miss Bessie Cooper in this village attended by Miss Lillian Huffcutt now of Binghamton, formerly of Bainbridge.  Mr. Banner and Miss Huffcutt were present at this 54th anniversary celebration.  The informal reception took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Strong's daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Williams.  Many friends and relatives gathered to wish Mr. and Mrs. Strong many more years of happiness. 

Obituaries (November 22)

Lucinda Nash Wheeler

The funeral of Mrs. Lucinda Nash Wheeler, 87, a former resident of Guilford was held at Oxford, Friday, August 16th [1935].  She is survived by a son, Charles G. Nash of Norwich, a step-son, Floyd Wheeler of Washington, D.C., three grandchildren, Mrs. Fred Plumb and Harry Nash of Guilford and Edward Nash of Norwich, a sister, Mrs. William Brant of Norwich and a brother, Tremont Bentley of Bainbridge. Burial was in the Yaleville Cemetery [Guilford, Chenango Co. NY].
Rev. Robert L. Clark
Funeral services for the Rev. Robert L. Clark, a retired Methodist clergyman who has served in many churches of the Southern Tier, will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Bainbridge Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev George Underwood officiating.  Burial will be in the New Forest  Hills Cemetery at Utica [Oneida Co., NY].  The Reverend Clark, who had served as a pastor in Norwich, Binghamton, Candor, and Waverly, died yesterday at his home in this village.  He had been confined to his bed only a week but he had been in failing health for some time.  He was born in Forestport, the son of Captain Linus R. and Mary Case Clark, and came to Bainbridge with his family in 1879.  He attended Bainbridge High School, Wyoming Seminary and Syracuse University, later receiving degrees from Boston University and Illinois Wesleyan University.  He spent four years in missionary work in Boston and then came to the Wyoming Conference in 1897, after having spent two years as superintendent of University Settlement in Boston.  Soon after he took the pastorate at Gilbertsville and then later had charges in Candor, Waverly and the Broad Street Methodist Church in Norwich and the Tabernacle Methodist church in Binghamton.  The illness of his daughter, Miriam, took him to Lake Placid in 1918 and after her death he stayed on in Lake Placid to fulfill his dream of a church which should minister to an entire community.  Before his retirement in 1933 he had built up the Adirondack Community Church, a large stone edifice which is one of the most widely known houses of worship in the Adirondacks.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eloise Newton Clark; a daughter, Mrs. Hannah Hall of Kenmore, and a son, Robert Newton Clark of Ithaca.  [Aug. 23, 1938]
George J. Spohn
George J. Spohn, a life-long resident of this vicinity, passed away early Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rexford Thornton, West Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Spohn's death followed less than two months after that of his wife, Rose B. Spohn, who passed away on December 30th, 1936.  Mr. Spohn was born at Yaleville, town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], on June 18, 1871, the son of Mathew and Mary Ann Bronger Spohn and the youngest of a family of eight children.  When he was two years of age his parents moved to the farm known as the Spohn homestead and located on the Guilford road, town of Guilford, just outside the Bainbridge township line.  Reared as a farmer, he followed that occupation throughout most of his life, continuing to reside on the homestead farm until last September when poor health made it necessary for him to give up active work, and at that time, with his wife, went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Thornton.  Mr. Spohn was twice married his first wife being Melpomene Pratt, daughter of A.C. and Mary Pratt, of this village, with whom  he was united on February 28, 1895.  Her death occurred on September 13, 1913.  In June, 1916, he was united in marriage with Rose B. Neff, daughter of Reuben LeDurn and Eliza Morgan Neff, of Bainbridge, whose death occurred December 30, 1936.  Early in life he united with the First Methodist Episcopal Church of this village where he was a regular attendant and always interested in the church's activities as long as health permitted.  Possessing a general disposition with willingness to serve his fellowmen, he leaves a large circle of friends who regret his passing.  Besides his only child, Mrs. Rexford Thornton, and two grandsons, Harold and Rexford, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Carrie Cook, of this village, and three brothers, Joseph Spohn, Topeka, Kansas; John Spohn, Niagara Falls; and Sharles Spohn, Johnson City.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at Colwell Brothers' Chapel, West Main street, with the Rev. George Underwood, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church officiating, followed by interment in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]. The bearers were Fred Sherman, Moritz Roehlk, Otto Neidlinger, John Preston, Jay Smith and Fred Neidlinger.  [1937]

Soldier News continued, 1944

Lt. Stanley Lord Graduates
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 27, 1944

Stanley B. Lord, son of Wallace Lord, of Watervliet [Albany Co., NY] and formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has graduated as a pilot from Blytheville Army Air Field, Blytheville, Ark.  Lieut. Lord, who was a student at Carnegie Tech before entering the service, is now receiving training at Maxwell Field, Ala.

Lt. Gerald Dalton Killed in Action in Germany
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944

Mrs. Lena Dalton, of Roscoe [Sullivan Co., NY], has been advised by the War Department that her husband Lieut. Gerald Dalton, reported missing in March, was killed on March 18 on a bombing mission over Germany.

Pvt. Philip Urofsky Killed in Shooting Accident
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944

Private Philip Urofsky, of Liberty [Sullivan Co., NY], whose death occurred at a San Antonio, Tex., army camp, was accidently shot in the abdomen while at target practice on the rifle range there. 
Cpl. Ralph Arrandale Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944
Cpl. Ralph Arrandale, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], was killed in action on Saipan Island recently.
Pfc. Hayes French Seriously Wounded
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. Charles French, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], have received word from the War Department that their son, Pfc. Hayes C. French, was seriously wounded in action in France on July 12, and is now in a hospital somewhere in England.  He was recently awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
Sgt. John Hill Completes 51 Missions in Pacific
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944
Headquarters, 13th AAF, Southwest Pacific:  Technical Sergeant John N. Hill, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] has recently returned from a 10-day rest leave in Australia.  Sergeant Hill is an aerial engineer in a 13th AAF B-24 Liberator operating from an advanced base in the Southwest Pacific.  Since coming overseas in September, 1943, he has successfully completed 51 raids on heavily defended Japanese bases at Rabaul, Truk and Yap Island.  Sergeant Hill's mother, Mrs. George Hill, resides in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada.
Letters from Edwin Wilkinson
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944
Edwin C. Wilkinson, Ph.M. 3/C, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Wilkinson, of Berkshire, had a part in the French Invasion.  He has recently written several letters to his parents giving some account of his experiences.  In one of his letters he wrote:
"I suppose you are anxious to hear form me after what has been going on over here.  I am fine, even though I was in the "big push."  I wish I could tell you all about it but I will have to save that until later.  It was very thrilling and I am sure it was the most impressive sight that I will ever see.  I certainly don't want to go through another experience like it, though.  No doubt you will see it is the news reels, but being here was an added excitement.
"I received several letters the day before the big push and that made me feel much better.  My mail comes in spots, none for awhile and than a whole lot all at once.  My watch is broken and I think I shall send it home instead of having it fixed here.  It takes the English so long to get anything done.  They have to stop and get a 'spot of tea' about every hour and then they knock off for an hour at tea time (10 and 4) for tea and cake.
"Your cookies arrived in excellent condition and they really hit the spot.  All the boys that sleep in my compartment enjoyed them too.  The next time you send some (in the near future, I hope) you might include some of those excellent ginger cookies that Sheldon and I used to 'steal' from your cookie jar.  You know those little things are what we miss..."
The first of this week the Wilkinsons received another letter from their son.  In this letter he wrote:
"Today three of my pals stole a jeep and started running around the beach with it.  The tide came in and they had the thing on a sand bar with water all around it.  They tried to drive it off but water got in the spark plugs and they got stuck  It turned out that the jeep belonged to an army captain.  He saw it about in the middle of the brink (tide was still coming in) and started yelling his lungs out.  They finally got a bulldozer to pull them out, but the captain was plenty mad.  He made them clean the darn thing up and by that time the tide was all the way in and, so the fellows had to swim back to the ship.  They were a sad looking trio.  I would have been with them except that I was running from one ship to another, looking for an oxygen gauge for the ship fitter.  I got back to the ship after my pals did and I had to swim 50 yards. 
"Today is Sunday, and I didn't have a chance to go to church.  I wish I could go regularly, but under present circumstances, it is quite impossible.."
Mate Wilkinson enlisted in the Navy, July 13, 1943 and was sent to Newport, R.I., for "boot" training.  He received his basic training at Portsmouth, Va., and was later assigned to the naval hospital at Bainbridge, Md., as a hospital attendant.  On June 1 of this year, he was advanced in rating to a pharmacist's mate, third class.  He attended Berkshire High School and later transferred to Bainbridge, where he graduated in 1943.  He is a brother of Mrs. Frank L. Smith, Jr., of Bainbridge.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Obituaries (November 21)

Addie (Smith) Wade
Died April 14, 1903
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The death of Addie Smith, wife of Henry L. Wade, which occurred at her home in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] April 14, was due to dropsy with which she had been afflicted for the past two years.  Deceased was a daughter of George and Josephine Smith and was born in Preston [Chenango Co., NY] 47 years ago.  Her father died when she was but 6 years old and soon afterwards she went to live with an aunt in Smithville with whom she stayed for several years, later returning to live with her mother in Norwich.  At 20 years of age she was united in marriage with Henry L. Wade, then proprietor of the Halfway House between this village and Oxford, where most of her married life was spent.  After leaving the Halfway House they lived in McDonough, Hartwick and lastly Guilford, where they went to reside about a year ago.  Mrs. Wade was a worthy wife, a kind and indulgent mother, highly esteemed by many friends.  She leaves besides her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Arthur J. Reed, of Webb City, Mo; Marie Wade, of Guilford and one brother, Harry Smith, living at Yankton, S.D.  Her mother died about 14 years ago.  Funeral services were held from  her late home in Guilford on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Burial in Guilford Cemetery [Sunset Hill].
William Henry Ireland

William Henry Ireland passed to his rest early Friday morning Sept. 19, 1930.  Although he had been feeble for a long time his going was sudden.  About 5 o'clock Sept. 18, he was taken with very severe pain which his physician diagnosed as gall stones.  It developed into pneumonia and he died at 1 a.m. that night.  Mr. Ireland was born near Brackett Lake April 21, 83 years ago and has lived his entire life in this community except two years when he lived in Kansas.  He was a son of Stephen and Betsey Baer Ireland and one of a family of seven sons and four daughters.  The only one now living is Mrs. Livonia Ingersoll of Hillcrest, Binghamton.  While a young man he learned to love his Savior, and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Union Valley.  All through his life he loved its services and gave his prayers and service.  He held many offices in both church and Sunday school.  October 8, 1867 he was married to Clara J. Bush.  They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary three years ago.  Their hearts and home were always open to their pastors especially, and to anyone who needed prayer or sympathy or help of any kind. Their great circle of friends will miss the cheery smile and happy words of Mr. Ireland.  His wife, although a cripple for 18 years has been his constant help and comfort.  He was so anxious to spare her trouble and save her strength.  His unshakable faith in enviable character of pity and sweetness.  he was a good man and just in his dealings.  He was uncomplaining yet he longed unutterably to go home to his Heavenly rest.  A year ago because of feebleness, Mr. and Mrs. Ireland left their home in the Valley and lived with his son Stephen and family, who have given them every possible care.  From there, the funeral was held Sept. 22, conducted by a loved former pastor, Rev. Arthur Landmesser assisted by the present pastor, Rev. Crocker.  The burial was in the family plot at West Bainbridge cemetery.  Many beautiful flowers were brought to testify to the love his neighbors and friends felt for their friend who has passed on. Surviving are his wife, a daughter Mrs. Isabelle Petley, two sons, Stephen and Walter G., twelve grandchildren, and six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Elnora Clark Springsteen
Elnora Clark Springsteen, 52, died at the Binghamton State Hospital, Friday, December 10.  Mrs. Springsteen was born in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] on May 31, 1885, the daughter of Adelbert and Evaline Clark.  She was united in marriage to F.L Springsteen, then of Sidney, in September 1909.  Since then they have always made their home in the vicinity of Bainbridge.  For many years Mrs. Springsteen was an active member of the Bainbridge Methodist Church, whenever health permitted.  Besides her husband, F.L. Springsteen, of Farmington, Conn., there survive two children, a son, Wilfred, and a daughter, Mrs. Henry Thursten both of Afton, and three brothers, Alton L. of Bainbridge, George B., of Bayonne, N.J., and Ernest, of Binghamton   Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Colwell Brothers Funeral Parlors, with burial made in the Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].  Rev. G.N. Underwood was the officiating pastor.  [1937]
Sophia Zwick
Early Saturday morning Nov. 24, 1928 neighbors and friends of Mrs. Sophia Zwick were greatly shocked by the news of her sudden death.  She was born January 31st, 1873 and passed all her life in Bainbridge, the last 30 years on Searles Hill.  She was a member of the Baptist church and was greatly liked by all her friends. She was taken ill Wednesday night and her illness gradually grew worse until Friday she was taken to the Bainbridge Hospital where she died Saturday morning at 2:30 o'clock.  Mrs. Zwick is survived by her husband Fred Zwick, one sister Mrs. Cora Ireland of Oneonta, one brother, Jason Spencer of Bainbridge, two nieces Mrs. Henry Bly of Bainbridge and Mrs. Archie Avery of Schenectady; two nephews, Leo Ireland of Bainbridge and Ernest Ireland of Clayville.  Her funeral was held Wednesday at one o'clock at her late home on Searles hill, the service was conducted by Rev. R.B. Whitman. Burial in Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].

Marriages (November 21)

Martin - Cumming
North Sanford [Broome Co., NY] was startled a few days since by the intelligence that Mr Chas. S. Martin had coolly and deliberately committed premeditated matrimony.  The victim was Miss Caroline Cumming.  [Bainbridge Republican, Feb. 10, 1877
Mr. & Mrs. Wallace May Married 62 Years

On Thursday March 22, 1866, Wallace May and Edna Scott of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] were married in Afton by Rev. R.G. Brown and moved onto the Scott farm on Guilford St. where they have resided ever since, it being Mrs. May's birthplace and where she has always resided.  Mr. and Mrs. May are to be congratulated on their long life together and have hosts of friends where ever they are known.  Wallace visits Bainbridge nearly every day and is always a welcome guest.  The Republican extends congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. May and hope for them many more anniversaries.  [1928]
Jacobs - Seaman
In a quiet wedding at the home of her mother, Mrs. Cora Seaman, at 2 Bruce street, Walton [Delaware Co., NY], Miss Hazel Seaman, vice-principal of the Oxford Academy, was married to U.S. Marshal, Jesse Jacobs, of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY].  The ceremony took place at high noon, Saturday, June 27, with the Rev. H. DeCosta Finley as the officiating clergyman.  The bride wore an afternoon dress of airplane blue, and wore an orchid, and dark blue accessories.  For traveling she changed to a suit of navy blue bengaline.  The bride's mother wore dark blue shadow lace, and a gardenia corsage.  After a lunch at Mrs. Peck's tea room in Walton, the couple left immediately for a few days in New York.  They returned to the Jacobs home here Tuesday.  Out of town guests at the wedding were the bride's brother William Seaman, with Mrs. Seaman and son, Bryce, of Newtonville, Massachusetts, and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Russell of Hamden.  Mrs. Jacobs was born in Walton and was graduated from the Walton High school.  She attended Mt. Holyoke college, from which she received her B.A. Degree.  She later receiver her MA. from Columbia University.  With the exception of three years teaching in Utica.  She has spent her entire teaching career in Oxford Academy, resigning as vice-principal this June, after twenty-three years of devoted service.  Mr. Jacobs has had an active political career.  He was supervisor from Oxford from 1903 to 1909, and served from 1906 until 1913 as chairman of the Democratic County Committee.  From 1915 to 1923 he was village postmaster, when he again resumed chairmanship of the County Committee.  In 1932 he was appointed a Commissioner of the State commission of Correction by Governor Roosevelt, which position he held until his appointment to his present position of U.S. Marshal in 1935.
Marriage Notices - 1877
Bainbridge Republican, , February 24, 1877
MOON - SHAW:  In Bainbridge, Feb. 22, 1877, by Rev. G.D. Horton, Mr. James D. Moon, of West Coventry, to Miss Mary E. Shaw of Coventryville.
GRANNIS - DOOLITTLE:  In Bainbridge, Feb. 19, 1877, by Rev. GD. Horton, Allen Grannis of Wells Bridge, to Miss Alice Doolittle of Bainbridge.
Bainbridge Republican, April 12, 1877
SAGE - PARKER:  At the home of the bride, in Coventry, April 8, 1877, by Rev. N.S. Reynolds, Mr. Ransom E. Sage to Miss Nancy A. Parker, both of Coventry.
WHITMAN - SPENCER:  At the Congregational Church, Sidney Plains, March 22, 1877, by Rev. E.G. Cheeseman, Mr. Fredd T. Whitman of Afton, to Miss Josie E. Spencer, of Bainbridge.
PRATT - STOCKWELL:  In Brattleboro, Vt., Mar. 28, 1877, by Rev. M.H. Harris, Darns F. Pratt to Miss Clara Stockwell, both of Brattleboro.  Miss Stockwell is a daughter of R.M. Stockwell of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]
Bainbridge Republican, May 3, 1877
BARTHOLOMEW - MARBLE:  In Sidney Plains, April 31, 1877 [sic] by C.T. Alverson, Esq., Chauncey Bartholomew, of Sidney Plains, and Mrs. Conrad Marble of Masonville.


Miscellaneous Items

Thomas Newton
Bainbridge Republican, Feb. 10, 1877
Thomas Newton and wife of the town of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], are spending the sinter in our place [Binghamton, Broome Co., NY].  We would further add that it is the first time that Mr. Newton has ever left your town with any pretentions to keeping house and he was 84 last November.  He was born in what is now Bainbridge, and lived in said town longer than any other man or woman, living on the same farm over 83 years and always within one and a half miles from his birth place.  He is quite smart, walks to the neighbors, carries in his wood, waits upon himself in general and reads common print without the aid of glasses.  He never missed voting at a presidential election since his age would allow him to vote, casting his last vote for Gov. Hayes, under whose administration he hopes to live for the next four years
Republican Nominees, Chenango County, NY
About 1905
Chenango County Republican nominees for Important Offices
Edgar A. Pearsall, Oxford                    George L. Page, Greene              Walter A. Shepardson, Otselic
     [For Assemblyman]                                 [For Sheriff]                                   [For County Clerk]
Eleanor's Cautiousness Saves Life
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 3, 1944

Some years ago, when air travel was very young, Walter H. Beech, now president of the Beech Aircraft Corporation, was at a New York airfield watching a passenger plane warming up.  there was a chill wind and storm clouds hung low.  Beech walked up to the pilot, "You aren't going to take off into that storm, are you?" he asked.  The answer was a emphatic "Yes."  "But you can't make it in this kind of weather," Beech advised.  "I'm the guy who flies the planes," snapped the pilot, "and I say I can."  "I'm the guy who builds them," Beech answered, "and I say you can't."
Of the several passengers only one--a tall woman--rose from her seat and alighted.  "I'm willing to take the word of the man who builds them," she smiled, and she stood with Beech watching the plane take off into the murky sky. The trip was never completed.  The plane crashed, killing both pilot and passengers.  And the one who was saved by the warning--Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Soldier News continued, 1944

Pvt. Floyd Tuckey Demonstrates Safe Move
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 27, 1944

The July Sentinel, a weekly newspaper published by servicemen at Kauai, Hawaiian Islands, contained the following article:  "Pvt. Floyd Tuckey deserves the medal for bravery for the work that he did here.  Private Tuckey 'volunteered' to jump from a high tower into flaming oil below.  Private Tuckey is a non-swimmer and all that he had on him was a life jacket.  He leaped into the water and flaming oil, and proved how safe it is to abandon ship even if the water below is filled with flaming oil.  Our hats are off to you, Tuck."
Private Tuckey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Tuckey, has lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A.Tuckey on Pleasant street, Sidney [Delaware Co., NY].  He entered the signal corps in November, 1942.  He trained at Camp Breckinridge, Ky., and Camp Rucker, Ala.  From there he went to California and was shipped to the Hawaiian Islands in May, 1944.  He attended Sidney Central High School and worked in the Scintilla and was active in both the Sidney and the Scintilla bands.  Pvt. Tuckey who is a nephew of Amos W. Tuckey, of Bainbridge, played for several years in the Bainbridge-Sidney band.
Lt. Lacy is German Prisoner
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 27, 1944
Mrs. Leontine Lacy, of Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY], received a telegram last week that her son, Lieut. Lacy, who had been reported missing in action since May 28, is a German prisoner.  He enlisted from Unadilla Dec. 28, 1939, and saw service at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack Dec. 7, 1941.  For eight months he had been in England as a pilot on a B-17 Fortress, flying in many missions over Europe.  Mrs. Lacy has two citations for the services he has rendered.
Pvt. Everett Paine, Paratrooper, Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 3, 1944
Pvt. Everett Paine, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Paine, of Margaretville [Delaware Co., NY] was killed in action in France on Wednesday, June 7.  The notification came Friday in a War Department telegram to his parents, who are employed in the Scintilla at Sidney.  Pvt. Paine is the fourth man from the village of Margaretville to die in the service of his country, during the present war, and the fifth graduate of the Margaretville school to be killed.
Pvt. Roland Pratt Awarded Purple Heart
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 27, 1944
Pvt. Roland C. Pratt
Pvt. Roland C. Pratt husband of Mrs. Edith Pratt, of 47 Pearl street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in performing an act of bravery in Italy, June 1.  Pvt. Pratt, who is an Infantryman, landed in Africa last September and went into Italy about two months later.  He entered the service April 1, 1943, and received his training at Camp Croft, S.C., and Camp Howze, Texas.  He is the son of Clifford Pratt of Harpursville.  The honored infantryman sent his award to his wife as a surprise package.  The above picture was taken in Italy.
Pvt. Roland Pratt Awarded Combat Decoration
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
With the Fifth Army Italy:  Private First Class Roland C. Pratt, husband of Mrs. Edith Pratt, who lives at 47 Pearl street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has been cited by his regiment of the 36th "Texas" Infantry Division and awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for actual participation in combat with the enemy while serving on the Fifth Army front in Italy.  Standards for the Badge are high.  The decoration, which was recently authorized by the War Department, is awarded to the Infantry soldier who has proved his ability in combat.  The handsome badge consists of a silver rifle set against a background of infantry blue, enclosed in a silver wreath.
James Ryan Promoted to Captain
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 27, 1944
1st Lt. James F. Ryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Ryan, of 5 South Main street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has been promoted to Captain for outstanding ability as an officer on the battlefield in Normandy.  He performed a miraculous feat when he led his battery to safety, without a single casualty, when surrounded by the enemy.  Captain Ryan is a member of the 30th "Old Hickory" division of sharp-shooting Southerners whose fathers help break the Hindenburg line, and who also participated in the Ypres and Somme offensives, winning more than half of the decorations handed out by the British to American troops in World War I. The young captain, who was a member of the Officer's Reserve Corps, was called to active duty Aug. 1, 1941, and assigned to the field artillery.  He had been in England since M/arch prior to the invasion of France.
Pfc. Charles Ingram Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 3, 1944
Pfc. Charles Ingram, of Dry Brook, Delaware County, is missing in action in Italy.  This information was brought to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Ingram, by a telegram from the War Department Tuesday.  He has been missing since July 9.  The parents have no other information.  They received a letter from him in Italy dated July 5 in which he said he was well and all right.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Obituaries (November 20)

Thomas W. Cartledge
Thomas W. Cartledge, 89, of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], passed away last Wednesday Nov. 10th [1937], at the home of his son, Thomas, Jr., in Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], death coming suddenly following a heart attack the previous Monday.  Apparently having recovered from a similar illness in October at the home of his daughter, Mrs. O.F. Howland, he had gone to Binghamton for a short visit when he suffered the fatal attack.  Mr. Cartledge was born in Notinghamshire, Eng. on April 5, 1848, the son of William and Ann Westerman Cartledge.  When he was four years old, his parents came to this country to reside, purchasing a farm on Dingman's Hill, Bainbridge township.  As a young man he left Bainbridge to enter the employ of the Briggs Construction Company, bridge builders, where he became very proficient in the work.  Later the company was taken over by the American Bridge Company and for many years Mr. Cartledge had charge of the erection of bridges for them throughout the United States and Canada, and was one of the district superintendents in charge of the erection of the Chicago Elevated Railroad.  He was also in charge of the construction of one of the Manhattan bridges, and his last work was for the Levenworth Bridge & Iron Company in the erection of a bridge over the Missouri River at St. Joseph, Mo.  About 25 years ago he gave up bridge work and returned to Bainbridge to make his home and for about ten years was active in construction work in this village, then retiring.  Since then he has spent the winter months with his daughter, Mrs. R.J Wilkinson, Kenmore, N.Y., and the summer in this village with his daughter, Mrs. O.F. Howland.  During all his years he enjoyed the best of health and was never content unless doing some active work, and during the past weeks while in Bainbridge had been engaged in the erection of the garage at a dwelling which he owned in Bixby street.  Mr. Carltedge was twice married.  His first wife was Hallie Rockwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mayhew B. Rockwell, of Newport, Nova Scotia, to whom he was married on April 10, 1883, the wedding taking place in the home now occupied by Mrs. O.F. Howland.  They immediately left for the West and took up their residence in Boonville, Mo.  Mrs. Cartledge passed away in February, 1884, a few days after giving birth to a daughter, the present Mrs. Hallie Howland.  Mr. Cartledge's second wife was Ada B. Salesbury, of Winona, Minn., a teacher in the public schools of that city, the marriage taking place in December, 1891.  From this union there were born a daughter, Dorothy, who died in infancy, and twins, Norma and Thomas.  Mrs. Cartledge's death occurred in April, 1900 at the home in Winona.  Besides the three children, Mrs. O. F. Howland, of this village, Mrs. R.J Wilkinson, Kenmore, and Thomas W. Cartledge, Jr., Binghamton, there survives a sister, Mrs. Nellie Gibson, of Binghamton, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the chapel of Colwell Brothers, West Main street, with the Rev. J.M. Sivewright, pastor of the Main Street Baptist Church of Binghamton, officiating, assisted by the Rev. M. DeForest Lowen, pastor of the Baptist Church of this village.  Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY] where the Masonic service was conducted by Susquehanna Lodge, No. 167, F.&A.M. of which Mr. Cartledge had been a member for the past 27 years.  R.W. Clarence Eldred, past district deputy of the Broome Chenango district, and a member of Afton lodge, was in charge of the service.  The bearers were Charles Eldred, Joseph Hirt, James Ireland and Chas. H. Peckham.

Frank D. Ireland

Frank D. Ireland, 63, of West Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], died at his home on Thursday, July 7 [1938].  Mr. Ireland was born July 26, 1874, in Bainbridge.  He has owned and operated a farm in West Bainbridge for a long period of years.  He is survived by his wife, Grace, of Bainbridge, and a son, Harold, and several grandchildren of Norwich. 

Fred A. Shapley

Death yesterday claimed Fred A Shapley, 54, of 374 Fifth avenue, who for more than ten years had been a superior court reporter in San Diego.  At the time of his death, according to Associated Press dispatches received here, Shapley was attending the annual encampment of the California Odd Fellows fraternity.  Shapley was a native of Bainbridge, N.Y. [Chenango Co.], but he has made his home here since 1904.  He also was a candidate for election to the post of departmental commander of the Patriarchs militant, the highest office in that particular branch of the Odd Fellows order.  Upon first coming to San Diego, Shapley held a position with the United State immigration service.  After about 16 years with that service in the east and here, Shapley became a superior court reporter and served in departments presided over by Edgar Luce, Lucy D. Jennings and the late W.A. Sloan.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ena Shapley; a son, E.D. Shapley, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Bruce Casebeer, all of San Diego-San Diego Union, Oct. 19, 1930. 

Fred A. Shapley was the son of John and Mary Jane Shapley of Bainbridge and a brother of the late Evva A. Shapley. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Eastern Star, a high official in the Canton, a member of the I.O.O.F. and of the Rebecas.  Canton no. 22 P.M. conducted the funeral services and the court reporters acted as pall bearers.  Courts were closed during this time.  At the time of death Mr. Shapley was attending the Grand Encampment of the Patriarchs Militant in Sacramento.  An impressive ceremony was conducted at that place and a large three-blocks-long escort of Canton man escorted the body to the station.  He had just finished acting as reporter on the Canta Margarita Water case, the longest case in the history of the U.S.

Death Notices

Bainbridge Republican, August 23, 1877
BARTLE:  In Bristol, Ind., July 26th, Mr. Wm. H. Bartle, aged 79 years, a former resident of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY].

GILBERT:  In this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Aug. 21st, Georgia daughter of E.S. and Debbie Gilbert, aged 1 year 11 months and 1 day.

Bainbridge Republican, March 22, 1873
CONVERSE:  In Chicago, March 6th, Frances A. wife of Leroy Converse, and formerly of Downsville, Del. Co., N.Y., aged 29 years.

ADAMS:  In Greene [Chenango Co., NY], on the 10th, Mr. Moses Adams, aged 67 years.

COWLES:  In Columbia Cal. on the 2d, Floyd R. Cowles, eldest son of Myron Cowles of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], aged 46 years.

Soldier News continued, 1944

Brigadier General Roosevelt Buried Among 2,000 Doughboys in France
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 20, 1944

U.S. Fourth Division Cemetery in France:  Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., was buried tonight in the French soil on which he fought in two wars against German aggression.  He lies among 2,000 doughboys he loved and who gave their lives in battle in the same cause for which he wore out his restless heart.
The General, who died of a heart attack induced by exhaustion, was buried with pomp and pageantry in a stirring military ceremony that will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it.  Even as the flag-draped wooden coffin was lowered, the distant rattle of machine guns and the black patches of anti-aircraft fire bursting in the faraway clouds told of the progress of the war against the enemy.  Three volleys rang out under the elm trees, and bugles sounded the silvery notes of taps in the darkening twilight as the red soil of Normandy received the body of General "Teddy."
Standing mute as a statue during the 20-minutew ceremony was the general's son, Quentin, a captain in "Teddy's" favorite division, the "Fighting First."  Beside him were the general's aide, Lt. Marcus Stevenson of San Antonio, Texas, and the driver of the general's jeep for the last two years, T/4 Kurt Show, Roslyn, N.Y.
Marching to his grave, too, came six generals--including Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley, Maj. Gen. Clarence R. Huebner, Maj. Gen. James L. Collins and Maj. Gen. Raymond Barton--and other high-ranking officers of the First Division and the Fourth Division, of which Roosevelt was assistant commander when he died of a heart attack Wednesday.  But what would have given the most joy to "Teddy" was the presence of several hundred rankless doughboys and scores of patriotic French resistance leaders and their families, who showered the coffin with  Normandy roses.
William Maloney Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 20, 1944
Mrs. W.H. Likely, of Hallstead [PA], has received word from the War Department that her son, William Maloney, has been missing in action since Feb. 18.  The last letter which she received form him was written Feb. 1, after he had been overseas about a month.
Letter from Sgt. Elton Fletcher in New Guinea
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944
I think of Bainbridge friends even though I do not get to write often.  I had the good fortune to meet Bud Supplee here recently.  We hashed over news of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] a bit.  Bud gave me a few addresses of other Bainbridge boys that I might be able to contact some time.  Edgar Hayes is also located here at this base.
This place was a bit rough at first but the essentials were fairly well established in a fortnight.  The Engineers deserve much credit in performing their job of general construction.  At first it was simply grass areas and jungle.  A good sized river coming out of the mountains is the main source of water supply. Most of the streams are swift due to the intense rainfall of approximately 120 inches per year.  As is true of the tropics the days are hot and the nights are cool.  Clouds hang rather low, generally over the mountain tops.  It is called the dry season here now, but we get considerable rain regardless.
As you likely know, the New Guinea campaign is apparently reaching completion.  After having been here for several months, I am hoping that we make a move out of New Guinea.  The time passes more quickly it seems with an occasional move and change of surroundings.
We have a softball league here which has yielded much interest.  Especially true of the 56th Fighter Control Squadron as we are at the top of the league.  Swimming is popular as recreation and one may go often as we are near the beach.  Salt water fish are plentiful and there are some fresh water fish caught also.  There are shell fish of various finds.  This is indicated by the many coral reefs which have built up from sea shells.  Some mammoth turtles are caught near here.  I have heard that the Japanese soldiers' chief food are fish and rice.
We have had several late movies here, one of which was the "Song of Bernadette."  It was shown here at Easter time and it was generally highly appreciated.  Our theatres are simply screen put up in an open area.  Despite difficulties and rain, the movie is the best evening entertainment that we have.
Religious services are held under a grass sheltered shack, built by native labor.  They have built many grass shelters for various purposes about the base.  During a recent service, the Chaplain mentioned the fact that our problem in New Guinea would have been greater had it not been for the work of missionaries among the natives prior to the war.  This is something worth our consideration in evaluating work of missions.
We are paid in Australian money here.  The Australian monetary system is the same as that of the British.  The main units are pence, shillings and pounds. We have very little use for money here as practically everything is issued in combat areas.  I hope to get a good collection of pictures.  I have to send to the States to secure what few films are available.  The Bainbridge news has come to me quite regularly.  I appreciate your effort in sending the paper to me.  With kind regards to my Bainbridge friends.
Sincerely, Sgt. Elton Fletcher.

Sgt. John Wood Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944

Sgt. John Wood, of Livingston Manor [Sullivan Co., NY], is reported missing in action.  He was the tail gunner in an American bomber, and the action in which he was reported missing was on May 29 over the Italian front.  A brother, Leslie, of Middletown, was the author of a book, "Rafting on the Delaware."  His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Wood, of Livingston Manor, where his wife also lives.

Kenneth Meader Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944

Kenneth Meader, son of Mrs. Anna Meader, of Hancock, Delaware County nurse, a graduate of Hancock Central School last year, was reported by the War Department as "missing in action" in Italy since May 17th.  Mrs. Meader is anxiously awaiting further information.  She also received two letters from Kenneth after May 27th, in one of which he said he was all right. The War Department's telegram was received here on July 4th.
Alan Heyn Survives Sinking of the Juneau Near Guadalcanal
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944
Alan Heyn, a survivor of the Juneau, sunk near Guadalcanal, is spending his first leave home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Heyn, of Callicoon [Sullivan Co., NY].  Heyn clung with nine others to a life raft and one by one all of them disappeared into the sea.  On the ninth day he was rescued.  Heyn at his gun station on the ship, was thrown 30 feet against another gun when the ship's magazine exploded.  His skull was fractured but his steel helmet saved his life.  He went down with the ship, his foot caught between two steel plates. As the ship settled the plates moved releasing him and his life jacket brought him to the surface, where he was able to cling to the life raft.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bainbridge High School Class of 1941, Part 3

Bainbridge High School, Class of 1941
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1941
Evelyn LeSuer

Veronica Mertz

Dorothy Moyer

James Noyes

Amy Palmer

Isobel Reynolds

Obituaries (November 19)

Abial Bush
Since our last, death has taken from us Mr. Abial Bush, a life-long resident of this place.  Although not permitted to engage in the active duties of life, yet we sadly miss him.  He was a kind friend and neighbor, and much esteemed and respected by all who knew him.  We trust that he is safely at rest in the "home over there."  [Bainbridge Republican, May 10, 1877]
Family of Homer Westfall
One of the saddest cases of sickness and destitution it has ever been our lot to record, says the Deposit Courier, has come to our knowledge the past week, and is now interesting a number of our people who are ever ready to assist the unfortunate.  Last Sunday Dr. B.E. Radeker was called to attend the family of Homer Westfall, living about four miles north of this village, on the Sanford road, the locality being known as Loomis Hill.  He found several children, ranging from one and a half to thirteen years old, together with the mother, all sick with that dread disease, diphtheria.  They were all huddled together in a small room, without care, insufficiently clothed, and with only two beds.  The poor children were lying about the room, on the beds, on chairs, and on the floor, and presented a scene of the most fearful description.  The place was unwholesome in the extreme, their clothing meager, and their sufferings intense.  The Doctor saw at once that nothing could be done for the sufferers until they were removed from the condition of filth in which he found them, provided with fresh clothing and proper care.  He accordingly came back to the village, and after calling on a number of people for aid procured sufficient clothing to help them for the present at least.  He then, with the assistance of Mr. H.T. Smith, Overseer of the Poor, went on Thursday, and with the aid of carpenters, put up a temporary house to which they could be removed.  This was completed Thursday evening, but so late that the family could not be moved until  the next day.  Friday morning the eldest child died, and the condition of two others was considered hopeless.  Mr. Westfall who up to this time had escaped the disease and had been the only one, with the exception of the doctor, to take care of the family was taken sick.  It has been impossible to employ anyone to go to the place and nurse the sufferers, though diligent search had been made and abundant pay has been offered.  It is impossible to imagine anything worse than this, Sickness of an entire family, with a dangerous and fearful disease--one that in its treatment requires promptness, the best of care, and the utmost cleanliness--coupled with abject poverty, uncleanness and helplessness, is one that should excite the sympathy of everyone.  It is to be hoped that the measures on foot for their relief will be successful.  Dr. Radeker, who is himself suffering with a severe cold, has been constant in his attention doing everything in his power almost unaided, for their relief.  [Bainbridge Republican, May 10, 1877]
Lyman Foote

Waldo Teebo, returning to his home on Murphy Hill, near Cooperstown [Otsego Co., NY], one day last week after a week's absence, found the lifeless body of the hired man, Lyman Foote, aged 74, lying across the bed.  The fact that the body was partly dressed led to the conclusion that the man passed away either as he was preparing to retire or arise.  Dr. George Crane, of Cooperstown, coroner's physician for Dr. E.C. Granger, of Edmeston, gave a verdict of death from natural causes.  He gave the opinion that death had occurred about 24 hours before the examination.  The body was taken to Sharon Springs [Schoharie Co.,  NY] where the funeral and burial were held.  Foote had been living alone in the house.--Otsego Farmer.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, June 1, 1944]

Libbie D. (Fosbury) Hamilton

Mrs. Libbie D. Hamilton, youngest daughter of Franklin D. and Emma Sole Fosbury, passed away at her home in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], Saturday morning, January 14th, of pneumonia.  She was born October 20, 1871 at the Fosbury homestead near West Bainbridge. On October 11, 1906 she was married to Walter Hamilton, who survives her.  There also remains one sister, Mrs. Ransom Herrick, of Bainbridge, and one aunt, Mrs. Alice Pratt, of Cooperstown, and several cousins.  Her death is a great shock to the family as well as to the community where she lived.  Always cheerful and ready to lend a helping hand in time of trouble, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  At the age of fourteen she united with the Union Valley Methodist church of which she always remained a faithful member.  For some time she played the organ and assisted in many other ways.  The funeral was held at Colwell Brother's undertaking parlors in Bainbridge on January 17th, conducted by her pastor, Rev. William Bartz.  The beautiful floral tributes and large attendance at the funeral showed the high esteem with which Mrs. Hamilton was held. She is gone but not forgotten; we shall met beyond the river.  [1933]

Nettie M. (Woodmansee) Avery

Mrs. Nellie M. Avery, widow of the late George E. Avery, died at the W.R.C. Home Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9.  Mrs. Avery suffered a shock the early part of April from which she never fully recovered.  Since the death of her husband in May 1922 she had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Donald Moore.  About three weeks ago she was taken to the W.R.C. Home and another shock resulted in her death.  Mrs. Avery was born in Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], Oct. 21, 1860, and was the daughter of William R. and Sarah Whitman Woodmansee.  After her marriage to Mr Avery October 31, 1888, they lived in Bennettsville and Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  About 18 years ago they moved to Oxford where she has since resided most of the time.  She was a member of the M.E. Church of this village and Lafayette Chapter O.E.S.  The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the W.R.C. Home with Rev. H.E. Weavers officiating.  Burial will be made at Sidney Center.  She is survived by a sister, Mrs. A.B. Case, and a nephew, C. Reginald Case, of Mexico City Mexico.  [1928]

Fred Douglass

The passing of Fred Douglass is a great loss to our community.  As a former school fellow and as a neighbor in my boyhood and youth.  I know he made a deep impression upon his associates.  His keen and sure sense of obligation which he always put before his own rights, his unselfishness, his attitude toward the unwritten and unenforceable covenants of life, his respect for the "ancient landmarks" of his neighbors, all stamped him as John Bunyan's ideal "Valiant-for-Truth," of whom Bunyan wrote, "After this it was noised abroad that Mr. Valiant-for-Truth was taken with a summons--and had this for a token that the summons was true:  that his pitcher was broken at the fountain.  When he understood it, he called for his friends and told them of it.  Then said he, 'I am going to my fathers, and though with great difficulty, am I got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am.  My sword, I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it.  My marks and my scars I carry with me to be a witness for me that I have fought his battles, who will now be my rewarder.'  When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river-side, into which as he went he said, 'Death, where is thy sting?'  and as he went deeper, he said, 'Grave, where is thy victory?' So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side."--William S. Myers [1931]


Soldier News continued, 1944

David Craig Promoted to Corporal
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 1, 1944

David A. Craig, of Otego [Otsego Co., NY], now serving as aerial engineer with the 11th AAF in the Aleutian Islands, has been promoted to corporal   His wife resides at Otego, and his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. David Craig, Sr., live in Roxbury.  Cpl. Craig was inducted at Fort Dix, N.J., Nov. 16, 1942, and has served for six months with the 11th AAF, first air raiders to hit the Japanese homeland since Gen. Doolittle's famous Tokyo raid in 1942.  The Otego soldier has received the European theatre ribbon, the Good Conduct medal and the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon.  Prior to entering the service Cpl. Craig was employed at the Scintilla Magneto Division, Sidney.
Reward for Rescued Aviators
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 15, 1944
Flier nets 20 Gallons Ice-cream.  That is the pay-off for rescued aviators in the South Pacific.  Each flier from the U.S.S. Saratoga who is shot down and subsequently picked up by a destroyer and returned to the carrier nets a reward of 20 gallons of ice-cream.  The ice-cream goes to the destroyer crew which rescues the airman.  According to Lt. Commander Kenneth Chapman, of Everett, Wash., there is keen competition to perform the rescue service.  This veteran of service on the Saratoga states further that flier morale is boosted by the eagerness of rescue crews.  "Throughout the entire fighting force ice-cream is proving its value both as a nutritious food and as a morale builder," adds Milton Hult, President of the National Dairy Council.  "As a part of the mess the men are given ice-cream at least once a week whenever possible.  In addition, ice-cream is available in post exchanges and ship service stores and often the ingenuity of the men is responsible for still other supplies of their favorite food."
Cpl, Larry Frink Has Band in North Africa
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 29, 1944
Cpl. Larry Frink of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] has organized an orchestra called the Rhythm-Airs in North Africa and has had the privilege to play for many entertainments there.  In a letter to his mother, Mrs. Grace Frink, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], which follows, he tells of his band's organization and activities.
North Africa
Dear Folks,
I am sending you a picture of our North Africa band.  If you look it over you will see I am playing the bass viol.  We have managed to keep our band together and play at the U.S.O., officers' clubs, also other entertainments among other outfits to spread a little American cheer in this far away, lonesome corner of the earth.  It give us something to occupy our minds, and is the one bright spot over here.  On May 9, they took our band by plane to Oran to play for a big naval entertainment.  We had a very nice time.  It is reported now that we will play on a broadcast to be heard back home.  I hope this is true.  We are going to make some records from new music we just received.  our music stands we built out of odds and ends which don't look too rough in the picture.  The lettering we did by hand.  We are quite pound of our band. 
I have been in the hospital with an injured knee but am back with my outfit now and feeling fine--I guess the rest was good for me.
I received a very nice letter from my former boss, J..Singmaster, of the Casein Co.  I enjoyed his letter a lot--it was very nice of him to write to me.  It was a nice place to work and they are all fine people there.
Larry (Cpl. Larry Frink)
Sgt. Carl Reinertsen Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 20, 1944
Sergeant Carl A. Reinertsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Reinertsen, of Bovina Center [Delaware Co., NY], was killed in action June 7 in France.  He entered service on Nov. 15, 1940, and in August, 1942, was sent overseas to England, and from there to North Africa.  He had been in the North African and Sicilian campaigns and was wounded in Sicily, for which he received the Purple Heart.  He returned to his company and shortly after was sent to England, where he entered a hospital for infection in his neck.  Memorial services for Sgt. Reinertsen were held at the United Presbyterian Church in Bovina Center, Sunday, July 16.  Sgt. Reinertsen was born Jan. 2, 1919.  He attended Delaware Academy, Delhi [Delaware Co., NY], and has worked on farms in Andes and Bovina before entering service in November, 1940.  He was in the 18th Infantry, First Division.  Surviving are his parents; four brothers, Sigurd in the Army, Robert in the Navy, Leif and Walter, living in Bovina Center; and four sisters, Mrs. Thelma LaFever, of Unadilla, Ethel, Edna and Gladys, all of Bovina Center.

Sgt. Duane Rood is Safe
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 20, 1944

The family of Sergeant Duane Rood, of Hancock [Delaware Co., NY], was greatly relieved when a War Department message received July 11 by his wife, who is living in Detroit, Mich., stating that he was missing in action was followed by one the same day that Sgt. Rood was safe.  The first telegram received July 11, in the morning by Mrs. Duane Rood, stated that Duane had been missing in action since June 23.  Mrs. Rood told her mother-in-law in a telephone conversation that she had received a telegram from Duane stating that he was O.K. and told her "Don't worry."  This telegram was dated June 27.  At noon on Tuesday, July 11, the Roods of Hancock received an official communication that stated that Duane was safe.

S/Sgt Albert Townsend Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 20, 1944

Word has been received by Mae Martin, Sidney, that her brother, S/Sgt. Albert Townsend, age 26, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], was killed in action on June 6, in France.  S/Sgt. Townsend has been overseas since July, 1942.  He saw action in Africa and Sicily and received the Purple Heart for injuries received during the African campaign.  He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Mae Martin, Mrs. Arthur Lee, Mrs. Carlyle Weyrauch, and five brothers, Charles Townsend, Marshall Townsend, Robert Townsend, now serving in the Merchant Marines, Pvt. Howard Townsend, stationed at Camp Blanding, Fla., and Pvt. Kenneth Townsend, who has been overseas since January, 1944.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Miscellaneous Items

Bainbridge Cigar Manufactory
Chenango Union, September 28, 1882
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] has a stock cigar manufactory, called "The Susquehanna Valley Cigar manufactory," of which Hon. H.A. Clark, O.W. Day, Elliot Danforth, Esq., and W.C. Hickox are Trustees, and F.T. Nichols, Treasurer.  The factory is under the immediate supervision of George R. Wilcox, of Binghamton, and his brother, J. Fred Wilcox, will act as commercial agent of the company. The factory rooms will embrace the entire upper rooms of the Mammoth Block.  Fifteen hands will be employed at the commencement, and soon several cigar makers with their families will remove from Binghamton, employees of the old firm of Wilcox Bros.  Bainbridge is fast becoming a manufacturing town, and setting an example worthy of imitation to towns of larger growth in the County.  Success to the enterprise, and an abundant reward to the public spirited citizens who are interested in it.--Republican
Gilbert Manufacturing Company, Bainbridge, NY
Chenango Union, May 8, 1884
Monday morning the stockholders of the Gilbert Manufacturing Company were invited to visit the establishment and witness its formal opening.  Eighteen machines, each adapted to peculiar work of its own, are arranged throughout the vast building, and on this occasion all were in motion, and velocipedes were being turned out with lightning like rapidity.  The members of the company were very much pleased with the arrangements and the work, nor could they feel otherwise, as Mr. Presbrey, the Superintendent, is master of his trade, and thoroughly understands the placing of machinery that it may work to the best advantage. 1,000 velocipedes and 1,000 express wagons are now in process of completion; after the first of June sleds will be made almost exclusively.  Eighteen men are now employed, but this force will not be sufficient in a short time.  New machines are daily being placed in position, and the establishment will  undoubtedly prove the greatest enterprise Bainbridge ever fostered--Republican
Wagon - Train Accident Near Bainbridge
Chenango Union, January 17, 1895
Will Jameson and Claud Burrel, two young men employed in the Sidney glass works, while returning home at three o'clock Sunday morning, were struck by the D.&H. sleeper at a crossing one mile east of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  The engine struck the foremost wheel of the wagon in which they were riding.  The horse was thrown a considerable distance and instantly killed.  The boys were dragged in the wagon nearly forty feet, when the train was stopped.  They were picked up and carried to Sidney.  Jameson sustained a slight bruise above the eye, but Burrel was found in an unconscious condition, and is seriously injured.  It is thought he will recover.  Burrel states positively that no warning was given by the engineer.

I.B.M. Drops 400 Women from Payroll
Bainbridge News & Republican, February 24, 1944

About 400 women employees of International Business Machines Corp. were released from their jobs in the plant last Friday night. All the women affected by the order are married women whose husbands are employed, says an Endicott correspondent.  The order affects only women employed by the company on a temporary basis.  The release order, the first development of its kind since IBM plunged into record production with the presidential proclamation of a period of limited emergency in 1940, will affect approximately 5 per cent of the company's 8,000 employees.
Charles A. Kirk, vice-president in charge of manufacturing, issued the following statement on the step:  "Due to a revision in production schedules at the International Business Machines Corp., Endicott, approximately 400 female employees who had been employed on a temporary basis are being released.  All employees being released are married women whose husbands are gainfully occupied at the present time.  Operations at the Endicott plant will continue on a full two-shift, 50-hour week basis."
Company officials did not enlarge on the announcement but several of the women employees who were notified that their jobs would terminate Friday night said they were told by department foremen that the step was made necessary by reduced production schedules required by the government.

Obituaries (November 18)

Ottilie J. Nickel
Succumbs to Appendicitis After Brief Illness:  A wave of sorrow spread through this community Sunday afternoon when word came that Miss Ottilie Nickel, daughter of Mrs. R.W. Nickel of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], died at the Christ Hospital, Jersey City early that morning from appendicitis.  She was taken to this hospital Thursday night from her home here after several days illness.  Miss Nickel was a student in the Oneonta Normal School, a member of the Senior Class.  Sunday just a week previous to her death she was taken ill and on Monday came to her home in Bainbridge.  Her condition grew worse when it was decided to remove her to the hospital where she died.  She was accompanied by her mother.  The body was brought to Bainbridge on Tuesday and the funeral was held in St. Peter's church Wednesday morning at 10:30, the Rev. Bradford H. Tite rector of the church officiating.  A large delegation of students of the Oneonta Normal school, members of the Senior class and members of Miss Nickel's school fraternity attended in a body with Dr. Curtis and three other members of the Normal school faculty thus paying tribute to one of the most brilliant and highly regarded students.  The church was filled with friends and relatives.  Quantities of flowers of the choicest kind covered the casket and were placed nearby coming from the Normal school faculty, students and friends.  The church choir sang impressive music among which were the hymns "Abide With Me" and "O Paradise, O Paradise."  The bearers were friends of the deceased, Morris Hayes, Elverton Hoyt, John Loudon, Alfred Hohrieter, Richard Ellis of Bainbridge and Thomas Stevens, a member of the Senior Class of the Oneonta Normal. The burial was in St. Peter's cemetery.  Ottilie J. Nickel was born in Indiana, Pa., November 23rd, 1911., the daughter of Rev. Rudolph W. Nickel who became pastor of St. Peter's church, Bainbridge in 1914 where he officiated for five years until removed by sudden death in July 1919.  The widow and family remained in Bainbridge.  Miss Nickel attended the Bainbridge High school from which she graduated in 1928.  She entered the Oneonta Normal school and became one of that institution's best students.  Her scholarship was marked for its high standard.  She had won for herself a prestige and honor which only a few students acquire.  She would have graduated in June.  She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Sorority of the Normal school and art editor of the school paper.  She was an extremely pretty, accomplished and attractive young woman possessing a charm which made her a favorite and popular in all circles where she moved.  At the age of nineteen at the threshold of a future which seemed unusually bright and promising, she was stricken and removed, leaving a mother, a sister, Miss Henriette Nickel one of the secretaries in the Neurological Institute, New York City and a brother, Karl nickel a student in Manlius Military School.  [1931]
Llewellyn E. Burrows
The death of Llewellyn E. Burrows, 61, occurred Monday afternoon at his home on North Main street, following an illness of four weeks.  Mr. Burrows was born June 10, 1873, in the town of Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY].  He was the son of Charles and Evelyn Burrows.  When a small boy he removed with his parents to Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], where he resided up to the time he came to this village about 36 years ago.  He worked as a cigar maker for 14 years with George R. Wilcox and then learned the plumbing trade, working with Charles W. Ireland for some time and with H.H. Bluler up to two years ago when on account of failing health he gave up active employment.  Mr. Burrows was married on Dec. 24, 1902, to Bess E. White, who survives him.  He also leaves one son, Paul D. Burrows, of Bainbridge, and is sincerely mourned by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Paul Burrows, for whom he had an abiding affection.  Two sisters also survive, Mrs. Hattie Foote and Mrs. Fred Rogers, both of Guilford.  He was a member of St. Peter's church and of Susquehanna Lodge No. 167, F.A.M. and was also a 32d Degree Scottish Rite Mason, being a member of the Otseningo bodies of Binghamton.  The funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home, with his friend, Rev. G.H. Orvis, officiating.  Interment will be at Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  The pallbearers will be Harry Hall, Harry Bluler, Joseph Hitchcock and Charles Ireland.  Mr. Burrows possessed the good will and friendship of a very large circle of people both here and in the surrounding area who sincerely regret his passing.  [Dec. 31, 1934]
Lela Nichols Blincoe
Entered into rest June 16th, 1928, Lela Nichols Blincoe, wife of Walter Blincoe.  She had been sick but a short time, less than a week.  Her death came as a shock to her many friends.  She was born in Illinois, Jan. 4th, 1866.  Her father was a doctor, her mother dying when she was quite young.   She came to live with her aunt, Mrs. James Hopkins, in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], 34 years ago she was married to Walter Blincoe.  A short time after her marriage they bought a farm on what was called Searles Hill and have lived there ever since, endearing herself to everyone by her quiet, gentle manners.  Always ready to be of service to everyone, she will be greatly missed in her home neighborhood.  She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Jesse Meek, of Afton.  The funeral was held form her late home, June 19, the Rev. L.E. Sanford officiating.  Interment in Green Lawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY]. 
Charles George Banner
Charles George Banner was born in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] April 2, 1862, the eldest son of William and Elizabeth Cartledge Banner.  In his young manhood he married Miss Ruby White who passed away when their son, Lyman, was a small child.  Afterward he married Miss Minnie Hicks, and to them three sons were born, Erford, Arthur and Edgar.  Again death took from him his wife, and several years later he married Mrs. Nellie Warner.  A daughter, Verna, came to bless this union.  A farmer by occupation, Mr. Banner has always been a conscientious, hard working man, friendly and honest in all of his dealings, he won for himself many friends.  He had been in failing health for some time and unable to work since November last.  He passed away Friday morning May 27 [1932], at his home on Dingman hill where most of his life has been spent, and from that home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, May 29, the funeral was held, his cousin, Rev. Howard B. Willets, pastor of the Methodist Church of Afton, officiating.  The attendance was large, there being over thirty cars in the procession to Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, NY] where the body was laid to rest by the side of loved ones.  Among those present from out of town were friends and relatives from Rochester, Binghamton, Sherburne, Afton, Morris, Guilford, Only, Va.; and Queens Village; L.I.  Mr. Banner is survived by his wife, one daughter, Verna, of Bainbridge; two sons, Arthur and Edgar of Queens Village, L.I.; one sister, Mrs. George Strong, of Bainbridge; two brothers, Robert, of Bainbridge and Frank of Madison, Wis.; a step-daughter and a step-son, Mrs. Edward Jones and Elton Warner, of Bainbridge; a granddaughter, Velma Banner, and two grandsons, Lynn and Rodger Banner.  

Soldier News continued, 1944

Henry Dayton Promoted to 1st Lt.
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944

Henry Dayton, of Stamford [Delaware Co., NY], has just been promoted to First Lieutenant.  Hank is a Flying Fortress pilot who has flown more than 100 missions over Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe, and has been cited, etc.  He is more than six feet, and rugged.  A "bra lad," as the Scotch would say.  Hank always left his gym shoes in the locker room at Stamford when he was attending school and on the off nights when he couldn't attend and there was a newcomer with small feet who needed a pair of gym shoes, it was always the delight of Ralph Jones, custodian, to bring out Hank's shoes and lay them before the popping eyes of whoever was in need of a pair.  The shoes were size 15.  They didn't cost Hank anything for legend has it that he got them from a city store window which advertised they would be free to anyone who would fit into them and wear them out of the store.  Hank wore them all through his Stamford High School days.
Cpl. Michael O'Neil Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944
Cpl. Michael J. O'Neil, 25, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], was killed in action during the invasion of France, according to a War Department notification received by relatives.  A former employee of Dunn-McCarthy, Cpl. O'Neil had been in the Army since May, 1941.  After serving 23 months in Panama, he was sent to England last January.  Cpl. O'Neil was a graduate of East Junior High School and St. Paul's and [was] the son of Patrick J. O'Neil.  His mother died shortly before he was sent overseas.  Other survivors are a brother, Joseph, and four sisters, Mrs. Anna Muller, Mrs. Theresa Meno and Marguerite and Catherine, all of Binghamton.
Pvt. Angelo Stento Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944
Pvt. Angelo J. Stento, 19, was killed in action in Italy on June 1, according to War Department telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stento, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY].  Pvt. Stento, who was attached to an infantry unit since his entry into the service in September, 1943, was wounded twice on the Anzio Beachhead, but the cause of his death was not disclosed.  He received his basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala., and has been overseas since February.
Letter from Doris Stead with Red Cross in England
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944
June 10, 1944
Dear Don [Stead-brother of Doris Stead],
At last a chance to write you a long letter, will try to explain to you what my outline of work is and of little details you might be interested in.  We work closely with the Army; in fact, they are so glad to have a few American girls over here, that they will do anything for us.  I had ice-cream today that was given us at camp, the first I've had since May 2.  The English people reckon their weight by stones rather than pounds.  One stone is equivalent to 14 of our pounds.  The other night we were invited to a party given by a Brigadier Gen. Travis.  It was certainly an experience one would never get elsewhere, and I am not the least bit sorry I ever came into the A.R.C.  As for time off, we get one day a week off; ours is Sunday. Each month we get one long week-end (two days), once every four months we are allowed one full week which gives you a chance to travel.  My aim is to go to Scotland.  Right now I am in the town N. of London.  We have had a few alerts, a few German planes go over, but from now on we can expect any sort of retaliation.  The queer part of it is, until almost midnight it is still light here, leaving only five hours of darkness at night.  We are six hours ahead of New York time. That was one of the invasion difficulties with only five dark hours in which to make initial landings. The Navy and Army and Air Force had to dig in and do everything possible to get a foothold and beachhead.
Our Clubmobile is called the Minneapolis.  There is one named for each state in the Union, and when they run out they start using outstanding cities.  The Clubmobile is a Green liner bus made over into a canteen.  We have a driver, a Englishman, who lends a hand with our doughnut machine.  In the front part of the Clubmobile, you have the kitchen.  As you go in the front side door you see a built in sink cupboard, then a big bowl of mixing dough (built in).  This bowl holds 20 pounds which we mix at one time with our hands.  Great sport!  Then comes the doughnut machine itself which is a wonderful bit of mechanism.  All around the rest of our kitchen we have working spaces, bins for flour, coffee, sugar and rack after rack for stacking doughnuts.  All we have to do is weigh the flour carefully in 20 pound batches and mix, after which it is transferred by hand to a big can on the side of the doughnut machine.  We use tons of grease to fry the doughnuts in.  Then comes the dough from the can through a cutter into the hot grease.   There is a fan-like revolving instrument which carries our doughnuts through various compartments until they are done.  This machine turns out one dozen per minute.  We make  1,500 to 2,000 doughnuts each morning.  While we are cooking the G.I.'s are in and out, help us cook, talk with us, laugh and joke.  They like the coffee and doughnuts, but I guess they like a chance to relax and laugh and joke among themselves.  I never tried to get used to so many faces and names in my life before.  We see thousands of men each day.  I keep a little book and try to write down a fellow's name and something that helps me to remember him.  Each fellow seems to think you will remember him (naturally), and is quite insulted next time if you have forgotten him.  All in all the day just isn't long enough.  I've tried to explain the kind of life I lead.
With love, Doris.