Saturday, May 25, 2019

Obituaries (May 25)

Ralph Worden Cornell, Sr.
Died May  31, 1935, Norwich, NY

Ralph Worden Cornell, Sr.

Ralph W. Cornell proprietor of Cornell's liquor store on North Broad street, is confined by illness in the Chenango Memorial Hospital, and expects to undergo an operation some time next week.  During Mr. Cornell's illness his place of business will be looked after by Mrs. Cornell and his son, Worden.  While Mr Cornell has been sick, rumors have been flying about the city that he desired to dispose of his business, but interviewed today by a representative of this newspaper he declared such was not the case, and that he will continue to operate the business although his illness will prevent him from giving his personal attention to it.  Instead, Mrs. Cornell and members of the family will care for the trade. The many friends of Mr Cornell hope for his speedy recovery and early return to normal health.  [Chenango Telegraph, May 28,. 1935]

Ralph W. Cornell underwent an operation at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning for a kidney ailment.  His condition was reported as quite serious this afternoon.  [Norwich Sun, May 29, 1935]

Ralph W. Cornell of 12 King street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], well known local business man passed away at the Chenango Memorial Hospital about 5:30 Friday night after a brief illness.  Mr. Cornell who was born in Smithboro, N.Y. [Tioga Co.], January 12, 1896, had been in ill health for about six weeks.  he had been a patient at the hospital for the past two weeks.  News of his death was a shock to his many friends in this city, all of whom will offer sincere sympathy to his bereaved family. The deceased was a graduate of Utica Free Academy and lived in Utica a great portion of his life or until he came to Norwich to reside 16 years ago.  For 14 years he successfully managed the Mathews store in this city and in recent months had been proprietor of the Cornell retail liquor store on North Broad street.  Mr. Cornell was a member of Immanuel Baptist church at Utica and Norwich lodge, 302, F. and A.M.  He was well liked by many friends, and his untimely passing has cast a gloom over those who knew him best.  Besides his wife there survive four children, Ralph Worden Cornell, Jr., Jane Cornell, William Charles Cornell and Frederick Warren Cornell; his mother, Mrs. Carrie Clive of Utica; a sister, Mrs. William MacCarter of Corinth, Miss.; a half sister, Louise Clive of Yonkers and half brother, Robert Clive of Utica.

Harold L. Coy
Died October 5, 1928, Norwich, NY
Harold L. Coy, 29 years old, lies in the Chenango Memorial Hospital, hovering between life and death, as the result of serious injuries sustained Thursday night at the Lackawanna avenue crossing of the D.L. & W. Railroad, when his Dodge coupe was struck by the Lackawanna, south bound passenger train, due at the Norwich station at 10:19 p.m.  Leaving his place of business, the Norwich Auto Parts Co., conducted by himself and Levi Haynes, Coy jumped into his Dodge coupe intent on going to his home at 6 Adelaide street.  Skid marks on the Lackawanna avenue pavement more than 20 feet from the crossing show that Coy must have seen the train bearing down upon him, and that he applied the brakes and tried to stop his car.  His auto was caught on the crossing, however, and carried a little way when it jammed against a water crane.  The car was a total wreck, and how Coy escaped instant death is a miracle.  He was evidently thrown clear of the machine, as his body was picked up a few feet south of the water plug, and taken in the William Breese ambulance to the hospital, where Drs. Thomas F. Manley and Edwin F. Gibson were called to attend him.  He was conscious when taken to the hospital, but because of the broken jaw was unable to talk.  The train, in charge of Conductor Edward Fairchild of Utica, and Engineer William Knauer also of Utica, was traveling at a slow rate of speed as it was preparing to stop at the Norwich station about 150 feet south of the crossing.  Nicholas Fox, baggageman on the train, saw the accident, and is said to have remarked "this is going to be a close one."  Although the police station is just cross the tracks from the scene of the crash, it is reported by those at the railroad station that not a policeman appeared on the scene for at least half an hour afterward, bringing many caustic remarks from the train crew.  The crossing is guarded by gates during the day but after 7:30 at night there is no watchman on duty there. There is much conflicting testimony as to the sound of the bell of the engine.  Witnesses within hearing distance distinctly recall hearing the clang of the bell, while others just as stoutly maintain the bell was not rung.  Because of a city ordinance, no locomotive whistle of any train in sounded at night.  The victim of the accident is a well known young man and has been engaged in business here for some time.  He is married, his wife being the former Miss Madeline E. Kelly.  He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Coy of 23 Hickok avenue, and a brother of Gerald Coy, who is a salesman for the J.N. Benedict Company   He also has two sisters, Olive and Bertha Coy.

Harold L. Coy, seriously injured Thursday night when his Dodge coupe was struck by the Lackawanna passenger train due at the Norwich station at 10:18 p.m., succumbed to his injuries just before 5 o'clock Friday afternoon, at the Chenango Memorial Hospital, where he was removed after the fatal crash.  Coy suffered from a compound fracture of the lower jaw and internal injuries which caused his death.  Hopes were entertained earlier in the day that he might survive, but later it was admitted that the shock would probably be too severe for him to withstand.  An autopsy was performed at the undertaking parlors of Lawrence & Devine at 89 o'clock Friday night by direction of Dr. E.W. Wilcox, coroner.  Drs. T.F. Manley, E.F. Gibson and L.T. Kinney performed the autopsy.  The victim of the accident would have been 30 years of age on November 14 next.  He was born in this city and received his education in the local public schools, after which he formed a partnership with Levi Haynes in the Norwich Auto Parts in the Eagle hotel block.  He was enroute from his place of business to his home, 6 Adelaide street, when the accident occurred.  Soon after the crash Officer F.J. Clark appeared at the scene, called the ambulance which took Coy to the hospital and otherwise gave assistance.  Coy was a likeable young man and had numerous friends who will mourn his untimely passing.  His death brings a total of four who have been victims of automobile tragedies in this vicinity in the past 12 days.  Two of there were grade crossing accidents.  Besides his wife, Mr. Coy is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Coy, and brother Gerald; also two sisters, Olive and Bertha.  Funeral service are to be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the home of W.C. Kelly, 28 Adelaide street, and at 2:30 in Calvary Baptist church, Rev. Norman McPherson officiating.  Interment will be in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, NY].

Nancy A. (Wood) Coy
Died March 21, 1927
Mrs. Nancy A. Coy passed away at the home of her son Will C. Coy Monday p.m. at 2 o'clock, March 21, 1927, following an illness of 21 days. The 1st of March she suffered a severe stroke of paralysis from which she never rallied, failing gradually from day to day.  The deceased was born in the town of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], June 25, 1846, in the house where she had spent the most of her life.  She was one of two children of Henry and Alvira Wood.  January 25, 1867, she was united in marriage to William Henry Coy of New Lisbon.  Unto them were born three children:  Lena, Verna, and Will C.  Since the death of her husband fourteen years ago, she has resided in her own home until about a week before her illness, was moved to the home of her son in this village where she was tenderly cared for. She and her husband united with the Baptist church forty-two years ago and was a faithful member until her health failed.  We realize that any words of ours would fail to do justice to the departed one as she was so well and favorably known by a large circle of friends. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Verna A. Wills, of Walton; a son, Will C. Coy, of this place; two granddaughters, Marian and Jean Wills, two grandsons, Kenneth J. Coy and Earl Franklin,; two half brothers, two half sisters and a sister; a daughter, Lena, preceded her in death.

Death Notices
Chenango American, August 30, 1860

In Smithville [Chenango Co., NY], on the 20th inst.,James H. [Adair], son of John and Mary Ann Adair, aged 2 years.

In New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], on the 25th inst., Mrs. Wilbur, wife of Abraham Wilbur, aged 34 years.

In new Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], on the 22d inst, Mr. Alva Whitmore, aged 64 years.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Obituaries (May 24)

George Sharp
Chenango American, August 9, 1860
Capt. George Sharp, of East Greene [Chenango Co., NY] was suddenly killed on Tuesday last in the following manner:  He was riding in a buggy in the vicinity of Alexander Day's, about four miles above this village, on the east side of the river, when his horse became frightened from some cause unknown, while descending a hill, and while running rapidly, overturned the buggy, throwing Mr. Sharp out, his head striking upon a stone, killing him almost instantly.  He was an old resident of this section, and was about sixty years of age.

Daniel B. Cowles
Chenango Telegraph, September 1, 1942
Daniel B. Cowles, for many years an Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] merchant and member of the firm of Loomis & Cowles, who conducted a general store, died at the home of his nephew, George Graves, Chenango Lake road early Monday morning.  Mr. Cowles was 79 years old Aug. 22.  He was born in Smithville Center [Chenango Co., NY] and for many years was in business in Oxford.  He never married.  There survive his sister, Mrs. Emma Graves, Chenango Lake road, a brother, Will Cowles of Smithville Center and another brother, Walter Cowles of Oxford, also several nephews and nieces. Services are to be held at the Breese Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon with burial in Riverview cemetery at Oxford.

George M. Coss 
Died March 28, 1933
George M. Coss passed away Tuesday p.m., March 28, 1933, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Coy, following a stroke which he suffered the Sunday morning previous.  He was born in the town of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], June 28, 1859 and was one of three children born to Peter H Coss and Lemira Fuller.  A brother Orlando and sister Marian passed away some years ago.  He was united in marriage to Laura B. Scott of Masonville December 17, 1884.  Two children were born unto them:  Lena L. and Fred W Coss. At the time of his death he was a emmber of the Broad street M.E. Church in Norwich and a regular attendant of the Baptist and M.E. Churches in this village where he had resided since the passing of his wife three years ago.  Surviving are the son and daughter, two granddaughters, Hazel C and Norma L. Coss, two step-grandchildren Bertha Belle Chapin and Kenneth T. Coy, nephew Frank Coss of Brooklyn, N.Y., two nieces, Mrs. Mary D. Howland of Bainbridge and Mrs. George Culver of Milford, N.Y., other neices, nephews and cousins.  The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church this village, Friday p.m., March 31, 1933, Dr.  J.W. Nicholson officiating, assisted by Rev. Skinner and Rev. Salin.  Burial was in Riverside cemetery.

Laura B. (Scott) Coss
Died May 12, 1930
Mrs. Laura B. Coss passed away at her late home Monday, May 12, 1930, following a stroke which she suffered a few hours previous.  She was born in Masonville, N.Y. [Delaware Co.] March 26, 1868.  She was one of four daughters of Willis and Sarah Scott.  December 17, 1884, she was united in marriage to George M. Coss also of Masonville.  Two children were born unto them:  Lena L. and Fred W. Coss. At the time of her death she was a member of the Broad Street M.E. Church in Norwich, N.Y., an active worker in the societies affiliated with the church to which she belonged.  Surviving are her husband, daughter Mrs. Lena L. Coy, son Fred W. Coss, an aged mother Mrs. Sarah Scott and four grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. L.C. Benedict of Afton, Mrs. G.R. Smith of Nineveh, several nieces and nephews. The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church, this village on Wednesday afternoon, May 14th, Dr. J.W. Nicholson, of Norwich officiating. Burial was in Riverside cemetery.

Death Notices
Chenango American, August 16, 1860

In this town [Greene, Chenango Co., NY], on the 8th inst., Willie A. [Church], infant son of Wm. and Jane Church, aged 6 months and 16 days.

In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 6th inst., Miss Betsey Preston, aged 54 years.

In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 6th inst., Mr. Elijah Annable, aged 89 years.

In new Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], on the 4th inst., Julia Ann [Steere], wife of Saml. Steere, aged 30 years.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Obituaries (May 22)

Clayton Tong & Charles Collins, Jr.
Republican Press, Salamanca, NY, November 6, 1939

St. Bonaventure college authorities reported today that Clayton Tong, twenty-two, president of the senior class and a member of the varsity football team, was killed today when the car in which he was a passenger left the highway near Delevan.  Tong was returning here from Buffalo, where he played in the St. Bonaventure-Canisius game yesterday.  A companion Charles Collins, Jr., of Norwich, N.Y. [Chenango Co.], a junior student, was reported injured, He was nineteen years old.  Tong was a graduate of Corning (N.Y.) Free Academy.

Tong died almost instantly of a fractured neck, state troopers reported after investigating the accident.  He was driver of the car, a roadster, several years old, owned by Daniel McCarthy of St. Bonaventure, the troopers said.  Collins was the most seriously injured of the six young people riding in the car. He received lacerations of the face and head.  Others injured were:  Richard Freancy, twenty, Olean, shock and bruises; James McLean, nineteen, Rome, lacerations and bruises about the head;  Jane Seitler, nineteen, Olean, shock; Margaret Root, Olean, lacerations and shock.

The car in which the students were riding was headed south on the Buffalo-Olean highway about a mile north of Yorkshire Corners when the accident occurred, the state police reported. The car crashed into a truck, traveling in the opposite direction, then careened into a parked bus and finally crashed into the ditch.  The bus had been chartered from the Buffalo & Erie Coach company to carry St. Bonaventure students to the football game.  It was returning to Allegany at the time of the accident.  The bus carrying the students is reported to have been stalled on the highway and another bus was sent out by the company.  The second bus had pushed the stalled machine from the highway to the shoulder of the road, and the two busses were standing there when the car driven by Tong came up behind them.  As the car passed the busses, Tong apparently lost control, the troopers said, and the car swerved into the side of a truck driven by Albert Lamb of friendship and headed north. The car then was tossed to the other side of the road and rammed into the side of one of the busses before crashing into the ditch. The damaged bus was driven by Leon Fay of Olean.  Troopers reported that four of the young people were riding in the front seat of the roadster driven by Tong, and two were riding in the rumble seat.

Ambulances from Delevan and Arcade took the injured to an Olean hospital.  Coroner Carl J. Hosmer of Olean is investigating the accident. The highway was wet with rain and melted snow at the time of the accident, troopers said.

The Evening Ledger, Corning, NY, November 6, 1939

Clayton Tong, 1916-1939
Yearbook Photo, Corning Free Academy

Word was received here this morning of the accident which cost the life of Mr. Tong, 377 East Second street, president of the senior class of St. Bonaventure College. The tragedy occurred near Olean as Mr. Tong--guard on the St. Bonaventure football team--was returning from Buffalo to St. Bonaventure after his college's gridiron clash with Canisius.  St. Bonaventure College was plunged in mourning today, saddened by the death of its senior class president, Mr. Tong, who was fatally injured in an automobile accident near Yorkshire early this morning.  Death was almost instant, the Corningite receiving a broken neck and a broken right leg when the car he was driving to St. Bonaventure collided with another machine on Route 16 about 33 miles from Olean, Coroner Carl J. Hosmer said.  Coroner Hosmer said today that the Corningite started to pass two buses which were transporting the St. Bonaventure band and as he swerved into the highway his car was involved in a collision with an approaching vehicle driven by Robert Brennan of Arcade. Charles Collins of Norwich a passenger in the Arcade man's car, received cuts about the face and suffered from loss of blood.  His condition was described as "fair" today at the Olean Hospital.  Visibility was poor and the highway was slippery with sleet and snow, Coroner Hosmer said.  The cars did not strike head on, the machine driven by the Corningite glancing off the side of the Arcade machine and leaving the highway, Coroner Hosmer said. The car did not overturn nor were there any culverts for it to strike according to the Coroner.

Clayton Tong was born in Tioga, Pa., January 24, 1916, the son of Mrs. Blanche Tong Gee of Elkland, Pa. and the late Raymond L. Tong.  He received his early education in the public schools at Elkland, coming to Corning when he was 13 to enter Corning Free Academy.  He made his home here with Mr. and Mrs. George H. Richardson, 377 East Second street.  It was on the CFA Gridiron that he was given the nickname, "Joe Brown," by which he was known to many.  He captained the varsity football squad in his Senior year.  He graduated in June, 1934.

After working a year at Corning Glass Works, Mr. Tong entered St. Bonaventure College to prepare for a career in law.  He was honored in his sophomore year by being elected president of his class, an honor which was again given him as a Senior.  A private in Corning's National Guard unit, Company H, for two years, he continued his military service in the Reserve Officers Training Corps at St. Bonaventure where he was recently given the ROTC's highest honor.  He was elevated in rank to Lieutenant Colonel and named "commander" of his company.

Mr. Tong entered St. Bonaventure on a scholarship.  He was a member of the St. Bonaventure varsity football squad for three years, earning his first letter in his sophomore year.  He had started regularly at right  guard in the St Bonaventure line up this season.

His determination to succeed and his genial disposition won him many friends on the St. Bonaventure campus and in Corning.  He is survived by his mother, four sisters and brothers, Mrs. Ruth Webster, Wellsboro, Pa.; Mrs. Mildred Edmister, Painted Posit, Theodore and Stewart Tong of Coopers Plains and a stepbrother, Arthur Borden of Elkland, Pa.  The body was brought today to the family home at Elkland for funeral services tentatively set for Thursday.

Chenango Telegraph, November 10, 1939

Charles J. Collins, 1918-1939
Yearbook Photo, Norwich High School

Charles J. Collins, 21, son of Jerry and Mae Ganley Collins of 59 Rexford street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], died at 3:05 Wednesday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital, Olean.  Mr. Collins was the second victim of an automobile crash which cost the life also of Clayton Tong of Corning, senior class president and varsity football member at St. Bonaventure college, early Monday morning.

Mr. Collins' death resulted from a fractured skull and internal injuries.  Born in Norwich September 26, 1918, Charles J. Collins was graduated from Norwich high school in 1937 and entered St. Bonaventure college that fall. A member of the junior class he was prominent in campus life  He was a member of the Central New York Club at the college, an officer in the reserve officers' training corps and popular with his associates.  The body was brought to this city where services will be held from the family home at 9:30 Monday morning and at St. Paul's church at 10 o'clock, where the pastor, Rev. Father Charles M. Coveney, will officiate. Burial will be made in the family plot at St. Paul's cemetery [Norwich, NY].  Besides his parents there survive also a brother, Jerry C. Collins, Jr., who is a student at St. Bonaventure; his grandmother, Mrs. Charles H. Ganley, and his grandfather, John M. Collins, besides a legion of friends.

The accident which caused fatal injuries to Tong and Collins occurred early Monday morning at Yorkshire Corners near Olean, according to a report by State Trooper Ralph A. Gibson who investigated.  Mr. Tong, the report said, was driving the car which was registered in the name of Daniel F .McCarthy of St. Bonaventure, as owner.  James McLean, 19, of Rome, another occupant of the ill-fated car, suffered a cut over his right eye and Richard Freaney, 20, of Olean, escaped with bruises and shock.  Two other occupants of the car, state police reported were the Misses Jane Seitler and Margaret Root, both of Olean, who suffered minor lacerations and shock. They did not require hospitalization.  Mr. Tong died which en route to the hospital, having suffer a broken neck and right leg.  The party was returning from the Canisius-St. Bonaventure football game,  played Sunday afternoon at Buffalo in which Tong had participated, playing right guard.

Coroner Carl J. Hosmer said the students and the party were riding south on the Olean road when they sideswiped a truck and then caromed against a bus.  The driver of the truck was Albert Lamb of Friendship while at the wheel of the bus was Leon Fay of Olean.  

While his condition was critical from the first and he had failed to regain consciousness, news of the death of Mr. Collins, received here Wednesday afternoon was a shock to all.  At St. Bonaventure, he was working for a degree of bachelor of arts.

Collins Funeral
Friends and relatives and members of the student body at St. Bonaventure filled St. Paul's church to capacity Monday morning for funeral services for Charles J. Collins. Services at the family residence, 59 Rexford street at 10:30 were followed at 11 o'clock by the church service where a solemn high mass was celebrated.  Officiating at the mass were Rev. Father Arthur Brophy, OFM, acting as celebrant; Rev. Father Canisius Connor, OFM, deacon, and Rev Father Aubert Conlon, OFM, as sub-deacon, all from St. Bonaventure college. Rev. Father Francis Murphy of St. Paul's church served as master of ceremonies  In the sanctuary were Rev Father Cornelius Madden, OFM, of St. Bonaventure; Rev. Father A.J Ruppert of Utica; Rev. Father Walter A Sinnott of St. Bartholomew's church and Rev. Father Charles M. Coveny of St. Paul's Chruch.

Music of the service was by the seminary choir of St. Bonaventure with Rev. Father Claude Kean, OFM, as organist.  Mr. Collins, fatally injured in a motor accident a week ago, was a member of the reserve officers' training corps.  Full military honors were paid to him Monday by Norwich Post of the American legion.  Honorary bearers at the rites were David Miner, Joseph Gallagher, John Weiler, William Lyons, Francis McInerney, John Mulligan, Clarence Barnes and Buddy O'Brien.  Active bearers, all classmates at St. Bonaventure, were: Robert Cullings, Joseph Burke, Joseph Nastri, Lawrence Hausher, Daniel McCarthy and William Grace.

Burial was made in the family plot at St. Paul's cemetery where the seminary choir also sang. Rev. Father Murphy officiated at the committal service.  Members of the Legion color guard, commanded by Gordon Ingalls and S.J. Johnson served as an escort. A volley to the dead was fired by the Legion firing squad commanded by Chester Smith and taps were sounded.  In addition to a delegation of ROTC officers from St Bonaventure, a delegation of 40 students also attended the services.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Obituaries (May 21)

William Henry
Chenango American, August 2, 1860
In New Orleans, on the 14th ult., after a protracted illness, brought on by the bursting of a blood vessel, in the 24th year of his age, William Henry, second son of William and Mary Henry, of Smithville Flatts, Chenango County, N.Y., and grandson of the late George Henry, Esq., of Broomfield, and of the late Hugh Jackson, Esq., of Cremorne, House Co., Monaghan, Ireland.  From his childhood up no better son were parents ever blest with, and the stroke has fallen the more heavily on us as we each day looked for his arrival at home, where his amiable and cheerful disposition made every one feel happy, but God had willed it otherwise, and we bow to the decree; thro' faith in Christ, knowing that our beloved Willie "is not dead but sleepeth."  The cold hand of death has laid his body in the grave, but his happy spirit freed from bondage, winged its flight to God who gave it.  
"He is only gone before, We shall meet again,
Oh! that will be joyful to meet to part no more."

Fred Taylor Cummings
Died August 2, 1935, Norwich, NY
On Sunday night, August the 2nd, occurred the death of Fred Taylor Cummings at his home at East Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].  The deceased was the youngest son of Sephen Maxwell and Emily Taylor Cummings and was born at Norwich August 16, 1881.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Florence E. Cummings, four sons, Earle G. of Syracuse, Alfred D. of New York, Lee and Bruce of Norwich; one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Burlingame of Norwich; two sisters, Mrs. R.J. Manning and Mrs. William Babcock of Norwich, and four grandchildren.  Mr. Cummings has been employed at the O.&W. for the past twenty years.  He was a member and regular attendant at the First Baptist church when in good health. Besides his family a wide circle of friends mourn his death.  He had a personality which inspired love and respect in all who knew him. His home, his family and his church were his great interest.
"There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign.
Infinite day excludes the night.
And pleasures banish pain;
There everlasting spring abides
And never withering flowers.
Death, like a narrow sea divides 
This heavenly land from ours.

Oh! could we make our doubts remove
These gloomy doubts that rise.
And see the Canaan that we love
With unbeclouded eyes.
Could we but climb where Moses stood
And view the landscape o'er,
Not Jordan's stream nor Death's cold flood
Should fright us from that shore."

Millie (Bowen) Cornell
Died July 27, 1927, White Store, NY
Mrs. Millie Cornell died suddenly at her home at Latham's Corners [Chenango Co., NY] Thursday Morning at 12:30, aged 66 years.  Mrs. Cornell had suffered from heart trouble, which caused her death. The deceased was the widow of Edgar Cornell, who died ten years ago and the daughter of Henry Bowen.

Many hearts were sad, many eyes tearful, Thursday morning, July 27, 1927, when the message came to us:  "Millie is gone."  Millie Bowen Cornell was born July 6, 1861, the daughter of Henry and Agness Mitchell Bowen, on the farm where she died.  Early in life she was married to Edgar Cornell, going to Montana, they spent several years there.  At the death of her father, Henry Bowen, they came back East and bought the homestead and there she had spent her remaining years.  After the death of her husband, nine years ago last March, Frank Shampang and family have lived there and worked the farm, Mrs. Cornell occupying rooms in the house with them.  Mr. and Mrs. Shampang and daughter Lottie did everything that could be done to relieve her suffering, caring for her most tenderly until the end.  She was a great lover of nature, always studying the birds, wild flowers, ferns and the trees. She was a valued member of the Home Bureau of which she was chairman for several years; the weather had to be very bad and the roads about impassable if she missed a meeting. She was very much interested in the community, ever ready to lend a helping hand where she could. Being one of the officers of Evergreen Cemetery association, she was vitally interested in the upkeep of the White Store church and cemetery. She was a member of Tianderah Chapter D.A. R.   She was a member of the M.E. church at Mt. Upton, where she always attended when possible. She was a highly respected lady and will be missed by all who knew her.  Mute testimony of the high esteem in which she was held was shown by the large gathering of friends and neighbors that met at the late home Saturday afternoon to show their love and respect for her.  She leaves to mourn her passing one daughter Lila, wife of Harold Phillips, one stepson Frank Cornell, one sister Mrs. Lina Rockwell, and several grandchildren. The Community Club attended in a body.  Millie lay in her beautiful casket surrounded by the many flowers she so dearly loved.  The bearers were Lynn Nearing, Merton Morse, Walter Greene, Will Pearsall, Leon Lewis, Claude Isbell,  She was laid to rest beside her husband in Evergreen cemetery. Rev. N.G. McPherson of Norwich, officiated.
The smile on her face is quiet,
A rose is on her breast,
Her hands are folded together,
The word on her lips is rest.
We can not think of her idle,
She must be a Homemaker still.  
God giveth that work to the angels,
Who best the task fulfill.

Death Notices
Chenango American, August 2, 1860

In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on the 31st ult., Mr. Theodore Miller, aged 65 years.

At Van Buren Corners, in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on the 15th ult., Mr. Abner Gilbert, 2d, aged 66 years.

In New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], on the 15th ult., Mr. Clark A. Eaton, aged 24 years.

In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 26th ult., Mrs. Lucy Whiting, aged 58 years.

In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 23d ult., Mary W. [Smith], wife of Pardon Smith, aged 56 years.

In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on the 26th ult., Arthusa Whiting, relict of Dea. Erastus B. Whiting, late of Guilford, aged 58 years.

Chenango American, August 9, 1860

In this village [Greene, Chenango Co., NY], on Saturday morning, the 4th inst., Susan [Cowan], wife of B.F. Cowen, aged 83 years.

In this village [Greene, Chenango Co., NY], on the 1st last, of consumption, Melville [Beach], only child of Darius Beach, aged 14 years.

In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on the 7th inst., Mr. Calvin Young, aged 43 years and 6 months.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Marriages (May 20)

Cluff - Worden
Married August 1942
Mrs. Pearl Catherine Worden of 124 East Avenue, Minoa, and George Anthony Cluff of Billington's Bay, were united in marriage last Saturday morning in the First English Lutheran Church. The Rev. Dr. Edward L. Keller, pastor, officiating at the full ring ceremony.  Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hayes were attendants.  Mr. and Mrs. Cluff will live at Billington's Bay.

Cobb - Thomas
Married September 24, 1939
Greene [Chenango Co., NY]:  Miss Ruth Thomas, daughter of Volney Thomas of Ithaca and Howard Cobb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cobb of Greene, were married Sunday, September 24, 1939, at the home of the bride's aunt, Miss Lena Thomas in Ithaca, N.Y. They were attended by Mrs. Arthur Townly of Ithaca, and Donald Seeley of Mt. Upton, N.Y.  About 20 of the immediate members of the families were present.  Mr. and Mrs. Cobb will reside in Ithaca.

Hardacker - Hutchins
Married September 23, 1939
Miss Ernestine Hutchins, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Parker Hutchins of Brisben [Chenango Co., NY] and Arnold Hardacker of Lexington, Mass., were married in the Baptist church in New Milford, Pa., Saturday afternoon, September 23, at 2 o'clock by the Rev. E.L. Gould, pastor of the Baptist church in Greene, N.Y.  They were attended by James and Phyllis Hutchins, brother and sister of the bride. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Parker Hutchins.  Mr. and Mrs. Hardacker will reside in Lexington, Mass.

Marriage Notices
Chenango American, June 21, 1860

In this village [Greene, Chenango Co., NY], at the Chenango House, on the 14th inst., by Rev. Jas. D. Webster, Mr. Charles C. Durand, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], to Miss Margaret Swan, of Chenango, Broome Co.

In North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on the 12th inst., by Rev. B. S. Williams, Mr. John Burnapp, to Miss Jennie Shapley, both of Lebanon [Madison Co., NY].

Chenango American, June 28, 1860

At St. Peter's Church, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] on the 12th inst., by Rev. S.R. Johnson, D.D., the Rev. N.A. Johnson, Rector of the Parish, to Miss Henrietta A. [Chamberlin], youngest daughter of the late Hon. J.P. Chamberlin, of Afton.

Chenango American, July 12, 1860

In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on the 8th inst., by P.L. Wescott, Esq., Mr. Peter Phillips, of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Frances Lewis, of Norwich.

In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on the 2d inst., by Rev. L. Wright, Mr. Frederick D. Eldredge, to Miss Amanda [Burlingame], daughter of Charles Burlingame, Esq.

Chenango American, July 26, 1860

At Hyde Settlement, Broome co., at the residence of the bride's sister, on Tuesday the 24th inst., by the Rev. A.G. Orton, D.D., of Lisle, Dr. A Quivey, of Red Creek, Wayne Co., N.Y., and Miss Mary L. [Carter], youngest daughter of J.W. Carter, of this village [Greene, Chenango Co., NY].

In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], on the 12th inst., by Rev. A.S. Southworth, Mr. Harvey Wescott of Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], to Miss Mary A. Norton, of Bainbridge.

Chenango American, August 2, 1860

In this village [Greene, Chenango Co., NY], on the 80th ult., by Warren Gray, Esq., Mr. Joseph Smith, to Miss Phebe E. Sackett, all of this town.

In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], on the 19th ult., by Rev. W. G. Queal, Mr. Geo. W. Davis, to Miss Lepha A. Searles, both of Bainbridge.

In King Settlement [Chenango Co., NY], on the 22d ult., by S. Buell, Esq., Mr. Benjamin T. Cook, to Miss Angeline Paul, of North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].

Friday, May 17, 2019

Obituaries (May 17)

Carlos B. Crosby
Died December 25, 1938, Norwich, NY
Carlos B. Crosby died Sunday night about 8:30 at his home, 50 Division street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].  The deceased was born in the town of North Norwich, Feb. 20, 1862.  He had been a resident of this city for several years.  Services are to be held at the Breese funeral Home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. D.G. DeBoer officiating, with burial in Mt. Hope [Norwich, NY]. There survive a step-daughter, Mrs. Maude Wightman, two step-grandchildren, Mrs. Floyd Foster of Norwich and Mrs. Vesta Somers of Oceanville, N.J., also several nephews and nieces.

Timothy J. Creedon
Died July 18, 1933, Albany, NY
the death of Timothy J. Creedon, a former prominent and well known resident of this city occurred Tuesday in Albany [Albany Co, NY] at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary McGuirk.  Deceased was 95 years of age.  The late Mr. Creedon was born in Ireland but came to this country when a young man.  He settled in the vicinity of New Berlin where he operated a farm for over 50 years and brought up his family of two sons and a daughter.  After the death of his wife he retired from the business of agriculture about 25 years ago and since then had made his home with his children, coming back each year, as long as his health permitted, to visit with the friends he had known for years and take a look at the scenes where he had spent the greater part of his life and which were near and dear to him.  Eleven years ago he went to make his home with his daughter, at Albany.  Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from the funeral home of George J. Devine and at 9:30 from St. Paul's church of which the deceased was a member Rev. Father Charles M. Coveney, pastor, will officiate and burial will be made in the family plot at St. Paul's cemetery.  Bedsides the daughter mentioned there survive also two sons, Frank J. Creedon and John L. Creedon, both of Albany, also five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  The late Mr. Creedon leaves many friends in Chenango county who will learn with sincere sorrow of his demise.

Ned W. Crounse
Died April 1937, Oaksville, NY
Oaksville [Otsego Co., NY]:  Ned W. Crounse, 61, was killed early yesterday when he fell over a small railing on a second floor porch of his home here and plunged to the ground. Dr. Floyd J. Atwell, Cooperstown, acting for Coroner Norman Getman, Oneonta, announced a verdict of accidental death.  He was told the railing is less than two feet high.  Mr. Crounse, who had moved to the home only a few days ago, had resided in Cooperstown for 17 years.  He was employed by Otsego county highway department last spring and fall.  Mr. Crounse was a retired member of Cooperstown fire department.  He leaves his wife, the former Lucenia Follett, Middlefield, whom he married July 2, 1902; a son, George, Oaksville; three daughters, Mrs. Robert P. Jones, Mrs. Hugh Gregory, Gilbertsville, Mrs. Levi Rowe, Greene; and two grandchildren.

Attempted Suicide
Chenango American, August 16, 1860
We are called upon to chronicle a painful and distressing affair which occurred in the town of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], on Friday last.  Oscar Pike, a young man residing at Windsor, Broome Co., who has been absent some years, and has recently returned, became enamored of a young and pretty school mistress name Hyde, then teaching at that place, and, after a brief courtship, proposed marriage, and was accepted.  On Saturday previous to the attempted suicide, he took Miss Hyde home to her parents in Afton, near the settlement of Ayshire, and asked their consent to the nuptials, which was refused, mainly upon the ground, as we are informed, that the would be bridegroom was not a "professor of religion."  The young lady being of a proper age to act for herself, returned to Windsor with Mr. Pike, and consented to be married, the time being set for Thursday last.  The announcement was publicly made, groomsmen and bridesmaids selected, and "all went merry." Thursday, while Pike was absent, making arrangement for the forthcoming bridal, the parents of the young lady appeared at Windsor, and by appliances best known to themselves, induced her to return home with them.  Pike, on returning, and finding the bird flown, followed her to Afton, and requested an interview.  This was denied him by her parents, for some time.  He however prevailed so far that a door was partly opened, and the faithless maiden in trembling accents told him that she "didn't want anything more to do with him."  Without speaking a work, he walked out of doors, into the front yard, and placing a pistol to his head, deliberately shot himself. The ball entered his brain, making a serious wound, but not as yet fatal.  Hopes are entertained of his recovery.  He was allowed to lie upon the ground until the neighbors could be summoned, when he was conveyed some distance to a hotel.  Mr. Pike is represented as a talented young man, of correct habits, and is about 26 years of age.  He is a regular contributor to the New York Ledger and other periodicals.  He is connected with the U.S Navy, and is second mate of a man of war.  He was betrayed into this foolish act by the frenzy occasioned by the thought of the publicity which had been and would be given to the affair, his keen sensibilities being seriously affected by the idea that he might become a laughing stock.  He converses freely upon the subject and regrets his attempt upon his life  He says he "Must have been terribly excited or he should have made a better shot."  We learn that he has the sympathy of the whole neighborhood in which the semi-tragedy transpired.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Obituaries (May 16)

James Benjamin Cope
Died February 10, 1940, New Berlin Center, NY
Following a long illness James B. Cope died early Saturday night at his home near New Berlin Center [Chenango Co., NY].  The youngest son of James and Elizabeth Dixon Cope, he was born 75 years ago in Mersia, Canada.  A resident of this vicinity for the past 50 years, Mr. Cope was united in marriage with Josephine E. Housman of Gilbertsville, Dec. 8, 1896.  Her death occurred in May, 1926.  One son survives, Charles W. Cope of Sonyea and one daughter, Miss Hattie Cope, residing at home and who tenderly cared for her father through his long illness.  Several cousins in this vicinity also survive with a legion of friends.  Mr. Cope was engaged in agriculture throughout his lifetime.  Funeral services were held at the Dakin Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Roger K. Powell, Baptist clergyman of New Berlin, officiating.  Burial was in Riverside cemetery at South New Berlin.

Howard D. Coon
Died April 14, 1935, Norwich, NY
Howard D. Coon, youngest son of the late Albert and Gertrude Crosby Coon, died suddenly at his home, 2 Academy street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], late Sunday.  Deceased was born in new Berlin, January 12, 1888.  For the past 20 years he had been a resident of this city. Two brothers survive, J. Foster Coon of Norwich and Edwin J. Coon of Morris. The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 from the George J. Devine funeral home on South Broad street, Rev. Scott D. Clarke, pastor of the Broad Street M.E. church officiated. Burial was in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, NY].

Elizabeth V. Cook
Died September 23, 1938, Norwich, NY
Mrs. Elizabeth V. Cook, aged 63 years, of 25 Berry street, died about 3:30 o'clock Friday morning at the Chenango Memorial Hospital. She was born June 23, 1875.  Besides her husband, Elvin G. Cook, deceased is survived by two nephews, Ralph and Guy Beckwith of Poughkeepsie, and one niece, Mrs. Myrtle Tucker of Pine Plain, N.Y.  Mrs. Cook was a member of the Calvary Baptist church.  Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Calvary Baptist church, Rev. Mickael Klinoff, pastor, officiating.  Interment will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].

Carl D. Coe
Died July 5, 1937, Norwich, NY  
Serious burns suffered June 25 by Carl D. Coe caused by an explosion of gas while engaged at work on a pump at his home on the Chenango lake road, resulted in his death Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Chenango Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from the home of his father-in-law Charles J. Hart, 70 Mitchell street.  Rev. Lloyd S. Charters, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal church, will officiate. Burial will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].  The unfortunate accident resulting in the death of Mr. Coe occurred in the evening while he and his son Walter J., were engaged in working on the pump. The son, in a five-foot pit, struck a match.  Gas of an unknown nature had accumulated and an explosion followed immediately. The father, standing at the brink of the driven well was the more seriously burned. The son, still a patient at the Chenango Memorial Hospital, remains in a serious condition.  Mr. Coe was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Coe and was a native of Norwich where he was born February 25, 1888. Educated in the Norwich public schools he was for many years affiliated with his father in the livery and garage business in this city.  He was later engaged in railroading but for the past six years had been an employee of the Aldrich Transportation Company of this city.  He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.  His son, injured with him, is an employee of the Charles G. Nash plumbing company.  Mr. Coe was extremely popular and leaves many friends who will extend deepest sympathy to his family in their bereavement.  Possessed of a happy disposition Mr Coe was quick to make friends and all are grieved over his untimely passing.  Surviving are his wife and two sons, Walter J., and Donald C. Coe; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C Coe, also one sister, Mrs. Marion Lunney of Cortland, and three brothers, Lester E. and Leroy B., of Norwich, and Charles of Flushing, L.I.

The funeral of Carl Coe was held from the home of Charles J. Hall, brother-in-law of the deceased, at 70 Mitchell St., Norwich, Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock., the Rev. Lloyd S. Charters, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Chruch, officiating. Burial was at Mount Hope cemetery. The bearers were Frank Boyce, Clifford M. Sprague, Hartwell G. Sherman, M.R. Snow, Edward Clark and Carl T. Snover, all fellow workmen of the deceased. The attendance was large, and there were many floral tributes.

Death Notices
Chenango Union, December 6, 1894

FOSGATE:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Nov. 28, 1894, Mrs. Bertha Fosgate, aged 31 years.

BENEDICT:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 1, 1894, Lucy A. [Benedict], infant daughter of Charles S. and Mary E. Benedict.

CRUMB:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 3, 1894, Florence A. [Crumb], daughter of Lucius and Harriet Crumb, aged 12 years 5 months.

MUNSON:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] December 5, 1894, Albert Earl [Munson], son of Uri B. and Mary A. Munson, aged 7 years 7 months 26 days.

FEEHAN:  In Preston [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 1, 1894, Mr. William Feehan, age 60 years.

SHAW:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], Nov. 28, 1894, Mr. Clarence E. Shaw, aged 23 years.