Friday, October 9, 2015

Major Fire in Bainbridge NY 1884

A Big Blaze!
Three Business Houses Consumed and
As many Families Homeless
Bainbridge Republican, December 19, 1884
About 3 o'clock Thursday morning the fire alarm was sounded.  At first the fire could not be situated on account of its location.  However, it was soon learned that the rear part of C.P. Perry's hardware store was in flames.  The fire department was promptly at the scene of the conflagration.  It was about an even thing with Danforth and Roberts hose companies, but Danforth hose co. got the first stream on the fire.
How the Fire Originated is not known.  The first indication known was the hearing of something falling when little Gracie Perry arose and cried fire.  Benj. Eells immediately arose and opened his window, when the smoke and fire entered his room and nearly suffocating him, and so far advanced was the fire, he was unable to save any of his clothing. Mr. and Mrs. Perry and children also failed to procure any of their clothing or even dress.
As near as can be learned the fire originated in the store building of C.P. Perry's, and how the fire could start there seems strange, as there has been no fire in the store house at any time this winter.  Despite the effort of the firemen, the flames communicated with the Davis block, which was occupied by A.L. Palmer, and Watkins Bros., merchants, on the first floor, and Alva Lyon, and J.H. Stoddard's millinery store, on the third floor.  A.L. Palmer saved nearly all of his goods. The fire had gained such headway that it was impossible to save but a few goods in the other stores and scarcely anything in the second stores.  Alva Lyon saved considerable of this household goods, but they were in bad shape and considerably damaged.  Very little was saved in the hardware store, the goods being such they could not be handled. When the building inside was all ablaze Ben Eells remembered that there were three kegs of gun powder in the store.  No one volunteered to take the chances of securing them when Ben, bravely attempted the task.  The kegs were in a large tin can which, was so hot that his hands were burned, but he never flinched until the powder was deposited in a safe place.
The Morley block, occupied by I.J. Tillman, as a grocery store was saved through the gallant work of the firemen, nothing being removed but one counter.  The Central house barns had a narrow escape, but by constant drenching were saved.
The citizens as well as firemen worked nobly, and many ladies were seen dodging in and out of the burning buildings heavy laden with goods.  Truly, Bainbridge had some brave and noble women.
Thank God for the Roberts Water works and all praise to John M. Roberts for the abundant supply of water which saved $75,000 worth of property on Thursday morning.  The taxpayers of this village cannot do too much in support of the Roberts Water works, our fire department and the citizens who worked so faithfully.  Let no penny wise and pound foolish policy prevail in the future.  Let us accord high honor to the individual who, from his private fortune, and at a great risk, gave to our community an institution of priceless value. We now know the benefit of the water works in averting a conflagration which would have laid our beautiful village in ashes.
Loss and Insurance
Watkins Bros., stock valued at $5,000, insurance, $2,500; loss, $2,500
A.L. Palmer, stock valued at $10,000, insurance, $5,000; loss, $5,000
C.P. Perry, stock household goods, etc. insurance $5,900; loss, $4,200
Mrs. W.W. Davis, valuation of building, $2,000, insurance, $1,000
Samuel North, valuation of building, $3,000, insurance unknown
The valuation of Mrs. J.H. Stoddard's household goods and millinery stock can not be learned; insurance $400
  • There was no sham about the fire.
  • The lack of sufficient hose was sorely felt.
  • What do you think of our water works now?
  • Bainbridge can now talk "burnt district."
  • "Lightning" hose, though least, were not last.
  • The hot coffee served by the ladies was thankfully received by all.

Attempted Robbery at Marathon NY - 1890

Attempted Robbery
Chenango Union, January 16, 1890
The Marathon Independent gives an account of a bold attempt at robbery in the town of Lapeer [Cortland Co., NY].  At a little before midnight Sunday, the 5th inst., Rev. E.C. Cowles of that town was awakened by his daughter, who informed him that someone was knocking at the door.  Mr. Cowles arose and lighting a lamp went to a window opening upon the piazza, and saw a man dressed in a gray suit of clothes standing by the door.  He asked what he wanted and was told that he had a message for him from Marathon.  He at once opened the door, when the ruffian thrust the muzzle of a revolver in his face and demanded his money.  Mr. Cowles' left hand was useless from a bad wound and he seemed to be at the robber's mercy.  The daughter, however proposed to split his head open with the poker, and at the same time shouted that she knew the man.  The rascal did not seem to be afraid of Mr. Cowles, but when the woman started for him with the poker he took to his heels and ran, hotly pursued by the minister.  Before the latter could overtaken him he gained the friendly shelter of a piece of woods, after firing two shots from his revolver.  A few days before this occurrence the friends of Mr. Cowles had made his a surprise and left quite a sum of money with him. Undoubtedly the fellow knew this, and intended to have the cash for his own needs. The courage displayed by Mr. Cowles and his daughter probably saved his premises from being ransacked by the cowardly scamp.  Miss Cowles is in the habit of going to Binghamton every Saturday, where she has a class in music on Monday, but last Saturday for some reason she did not go.  As both Mr. and Mrs. Cowles are in feeble health, they could have made but feeble resistance had they been alone.

The Pastor's Plucky Daughter
Buffalo Express, January 14, 1890

There are few prettier and more intelligent girls, and certainly none braver, than Miss Ellen Cowles, daughter of the Rev. E.C. Cowles, pastor of the Methodist Church at Lapeer, Cortland County.  The parishioners and friends of Mr. Cowles made him the other night a "donation visit."  Chief among the gifts was a purse well filled with green backs.

This was probably the chief incentive to an attempted robbery.  On the night following the donation, at about midnight, the inmates of the parsonage were aroused from sleep by a banging at the front door.  The pastor arose, and after partially dressing himself unsuspectingly opened the front door.  A big man, dressed in gray clothes and with his face concealed by a mask, thrust the muzzle of a revolver close to the pastor' head and gruffly said:  "Give me all the money you've got in the house, and be quick about it!"

Amazed at this greeting, the pastor began to back away from the door and to parley with the robber, who followed his movements closely, reiterating the demand.  The affrighted wife of the preacher alternately screamed for help and begged the robber to spare her husband's life.  At this juncture Miss Cowles appeared upon the scene, clad only in her night clothes and armed with a poker, which she had caught up as she came through the kitchen.  She exclaimed to the robber, "I know you and I'll see you hanged," at the same time rushing in between her father and the intruder, and striking at the latter with the poker.  Perhaps the fellow thought that she had recognized him in spite of his disguise, or perhaps he feared the outcries made by the women would bring the neighbors upon him.  he abandoned his purpose and retreated from the house. The plucky girl followed him out into the yard, , whereupon, probably to frighten her from further pursuit, he fired two shots in the air and fled.

Obituaries (October 9)

Lula L. Sabin
Utica Saturday Globe, February 1905

Lula L. Sabin
1884 - 1905

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Miss Lula L. Sabin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orra E. Sabin, died at her home on East Main street Sunday night last from pleuro-pneumonia contracted about two weeks before.  Miss Sabin was born in the town of Eaton, Madison county, September 25, 1884, but had resided in Norwich for the past 15 years.  She was a member of the class of 1902 in the Norwich High School and after her graduation, at once entered upon the responsible position of forelady in the quilling department and bookkeeper in the Norwich Silk Mills.  She was an attractive  young woman and though modest and unassuming always carried an air of good cheer wherever she went.  She had shown rare musical ability, being at the time of her fatal sickness a member of the Norwich Singers' Club and one of the leading sopranos in the choir of the Calvary Baptist church.  For several years she had been active in various branches of Christian work of that day school and Philathea Bible study class and of the Y.P.S.C.E., holding for some time the office of pianist.  Besides her parents, she is survived by a brother, Murray Sabin, and a sister, Mrs. A.F. Fielding, of Norwich.  Her funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the house at 1:30 o'clock and from Calvary Church at 2 o'clock, Rev Spencer J. Ford officiating.  The Philatheas attended in a body. The floral offerings were many and very beautiful.  Interment was made in Mount Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].
M.S. Mandeville
Bainbridge Republican, April 20, 1883
An old citizen of the county, and one often seen upon our streets for more than half a century back, M.S. Mandeville died at his home in Coventry [Chenango Co., NY] last week, at the ripe old age of 84.  He was a firm friend of Oxford Academy in years gone by, nearly every one of his numerous family having at some time attended school here.--Oxford Times
Charles A. Priest
Bainbridge Republican, January 13, 1888
Wednesday morning about six o'clock, A.A. Priest, who resides on Kirby street, this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], went to the chamber door, as usual, and called to his two sons, Charles A. Priest, aged 25 years , and a younger brother aged 12 years, who slept together, to arise and prepare for breakfast.  The boys not answering or coming down as usual, Mr. Priest called again, and receiving no reply, ascended to the boys' room and found Charles cold and dead, lying beside his brother, Curtis.  Curtis, when roused said he had discovered nothing unusual about the sleeping of his brother through the night. The deceased has been subject to fits ever since a small boy, and it is supposed they were the cause of his death.  Charles, for several years past, has been employed by station agent Roberts to assist about the depot, and has been faithful and obliging to those whom he served. The funeral services were held this (Friday) afternoon at one o'clock, at the parent's home, and were conducted by Rev. J.T. Barber.  The remains were buried in Green Lawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY], Roberts Hose Co., of which the deceased was an active member, attended the funeral, and draped their rooms in mourning.
Albert S. Tanner
Chenango Union, January 16, 1890
After an illness of several months, Albert S. Tanner died at his residence on Clinton street, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Monday last, aged eighty-two years.  Mr. Tanner was born in Coventry, Rhode Island, August  7, 1807.  In 1832 he married Sarah Holmes, and in 1840 the young couple removed to this village.  A builder by occupation, Mr. Tanner formed a partnership with the late Abram Thomas, and the old Norwich Academy, the Latham Block, and the Baptist Church at Hamilton, are among the buildings erected by the firm.  In 1846 he removed to a farm in Morrisville, where he remained until some fifteen years ago, when he returned to this village, where he had since resided.  Deceased was a good citizen, of strict integrity, and respected by all.  He was for many years a consistent member of the Baptist Church.  He leaves surviving  him his widow and six children; Horace G. Tanner and Mrs. F.T. Bottsford, of California; Mrs. C.B. Swift, of Providence, R.I.; S.A. Tanner, of Philadelphia; Mrs. Georgianna Hull and Mrs. J.D. Reed, of Norwich.  His funeral will be attended from his late residence, Thursday afternoon at two o'clock.
Simon Buell
Chenango Union, January 16, 1890
Simon Buell died of pneumonia, at his residence in King Settlement [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], after a short illness, at 10 o'clock on Sunday morning last.  He complained of having taken cold on Friday, the 3d inst., but it was not so severe that he did not attend to usual business, and came to Norwich on Saturday, returning at night.  After retiring at eight he had a severe chill, which lasted an hour.  Pneumonia developed, and during the week he grew rapidly worse until Sunday morning, when he breathed his last.  Simon Buell was a son of Elijah Buell, and was the sixth of a family of nine children.  He was born at King Settlement, within half a mile of the place of his death, June 2d, 1822, and was therefore 67 years, 7 months, and 10 days old at the time of his death.  He was three times married, his first wife being Julia Heady, to whom he was married January 12th, 1845, her death occurring January 12th, 1879.  The result of the union was five children, four of whom survive, viz., Augustus C. Buell, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. D.D.Adams, Binghamton, N.Y.; Mrs. John Sheff, Norwich, N.Y.; and Blin Buell, who resides at the homestead.  January 19th, 1881, he was married to Mrs. Sarah A. Cook, who died November 12, 1885.  His third wife, Mrs. Mary C. King, to whom he was married in December last, survives him.  In politics he was in early life a Whig, later a Republican, and in 1872 cast his ballot for Horace Greeley.  Since then he has been a Democrat.  For several terms he held the office of Justice of the Peace and other town offices, and was appointed Railroad Commissioner by Judge Jenks about three years ago, which position he held at the time of his death.  As a business man and citizen he sustained a high and most honorable position; loyal to principle and duty; one who could be trusted with unfaltering confidence.  Without a bad habit, we looked to him as pure and unselfish in thought and word and act. The influence of such a life must remain to stimulate and ennoble. But he has passed from earth a little before he had reached the full threescore and ten, bearing with him the praises of all who knew him, and the benedictions of thousands who have been receivers of his kindnesses during the years of his life. Indeed, he has obeyed the summons which sooner or later awaits us all, and now reposes in the quietude of sleep in the Buell family cemetery at King's Settlement, which his own hands and means had aided to procure and ornament.  But yet he is not dead; he will live in the future, and the influences of a good life will be felt in the years to come, for the triumph of death is not complete, and when a good man surrenders his spirit, he leaves in the history of his acts a monument to his memory more enduring than bronze or sculptured stone; a monument which always commands public appreciation, and proves a sweet consolation to the grief of surviving relatives and friends.  His funeral services were held from his late residence in King's settlement today Wednesday, at 2 o'clock, Rev. W.G. Partridge officiating.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Murton E. Gifford, 90th Birthday

90th Birthday of Murton E. Gifford
by Nancy Sue Barnes
February 1968
Murton E. Gifford & Grandson

Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY]:  His philosophy on life is to put his best side out, "to smile and make folks happy."  Murton E. Gifford of Bennettsville will be 90 years old on February 18--chronologically speaking.  But in heart and spirit he falls for short of the 90 year mark.  Attired in a bright red flannel shirt, the elderly gentleman sat on the couch in his tiny trailer near the home of his niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gifford of Neff Hill Rd., Bennettsville. His face wreathed in smiles he greeted an interviewer enthusiastically answering my, how are you, with "mighty fine for my ninety young years."  There was no mistaking the twinkle in his eyes as he told me I was his first blind date.  Alert, keenly interested in today's world, Gifford's manner bellied his age.
Born in the Town of Masonville [Delaware Co., NYH], he still insists on voting in his home town.  "They tried to shut me out last year but I told them I still had a deed to my land there and hold a post office box so I could vote," he said with a determined air.  A resolute Democratic,  he nevertheless admitted he went Republican once in a local election.  He has voted in every presidential election since he was old enough to cast his first ballot.  "I guess I thought the most of FDR.  There was quite a man," he commented.
Most of his younger days were spent working in area creameries and farming.  He gave up farming on a large scale when he was 78, but he still has his own garden and produces much of his own food.  When asked about gardening he produced a small notebook where he had neatly and legibly recorded his 1967 crop which included 22 bu. of potatoes, 1 bu. of beets, 1 bu. of shell beans, 1-1/2 bu. of onions, 1 bu. of carrots, 1/2 bu. of turnips and 178 squash.
His niece said before he came to live near them she had quite a large garden, but her uncle gave them vegetables from his garden now.  "He does all his own weeding and you never see a weed," she commented.  "Why she even let half of her garden go to weed when I came, what do you thing of that," commented Gifford, nodding toward his niece.
A quick glance around the small trailer provided an insight into the personality of the elderly gentleman...a glass jar of candy for his young grand niece (he likes children), a large geranium plant (he enjoys working with growing things even in the winter months), and a portable television (he likes to know what's going on). 
In a more serious vein, Mr. Gifford commented on the Viet Nam situation.  (Robert Gifford, a recent Viet Nam casualty was his grandson)  "We don't have enough men there to do any good," he said.  "We should send in what we need to get things cleared up so they could all come home."  Despite his age, Gifford isn't a stay-at-home.  He still drives his own car--getting his groceries and visiting friends.  He said he was often asked if he thought men or women were the worse drivers.  "Well, I never did no bumping, but I've been bumped several times by the ladies," he said, adding, "and there weren't any men next to them that they could lay the blame on either." 
Commenting on the weather, he agreed this had been a cold winter but said it wasn't so bad compared to the winters of the 1890s.  With that I took leave of the charming old in years, young in heart gentleman, promising to come on his 91st birthday to take his picture again.
Obituary - Murton E Gifford
Tri Town News, December 1, 1971
Masonville [Delaware Co., NY]:  Funeral services for Murton E. Gifford, 93, of Masonville, were held Saturday, November 27, at the F.J. Terhune Funeral home, Bainbridge, with the Rev. Harry Palmer, pastor of the Masonville Federated Church, officiating.  Burial will be later in Highland Hill Cemetery, Sidney Center.  Mr. Gifford, a retired dairy farmer, died Wednesday, November 24, at The Hospital, Sidney, following a brief illness.  Mr Gifford was born at Trout Creek on February 18, 1878, a son of George and Mary Jane (Caroll) Gifford.  He married E. Belle Olmstead of Davenport on September 30, 1903 at Davenport.  Mrs. Gifford died in 1962.  He had spent most of his life time in the Masonville area where he operated several dairy farms.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Anna Belle Aldrich, of Oneonta; a son, Stanton Gifford, Bainbridge; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Obituary - E. Belle Gifford
Tri-Town News, July 25, 1962
Mrs. E. Belle Gifford, 78, of Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], died July 19, 1962, in The Hospital, Sidney.  Funeral services were held at Joyce Funeral Home, Unadilla, Sunday, with Walter VanVoorhis, presiding minister of Jehovah's Witnesses of Oneonta, officiating.  Burial was in Highland Hill Cemetery, Sidney Center.  Mrs. Gifford was born April 17, 1884, in Davenport [Delaware Co., NY], daughter of Richard and Emma (Palmateir) Olmstead.  She was married to Murton E. Gifford September 30, 1903, in Schenevus.  She had lived in Masonville 54 years.  She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses Congregation.  Mrs. Gifford is survived by her husband, two sons, Murton Jr. of Masonville, Francis R. of Bainbridge, a daughter, Mrs. Cecil Aldrich, Bainbridge RD; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, a brother Harvey Olmstead, Oneonta, a sister, Mrs. Irving Roberts, Oxford.

Marriages (October 8)

Dorcey - Foster
Utica Saturday Globe, February 1905

William and Lena M. (Foster) Dorcey
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At St. Paul's Church Wednesday evening, February 8, occurred the marriage of William Dorcey and Miss Lena M. Foster, two popular young people of this village. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Curtin.  The groom's sister, Miss Kate Dorcey, was the maid of honor and Roy Sailsbury was best man.   Both bride and groom have been employed in the Norwich silk mill and have many friends who extend congratulations.  They will reside at 231 Railroad street. 
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Olendorf
Afton Enterprise, September 9, 1954
The Dearborn [MI] home of John Olendorf of Detroit, was the scene of a golden anniversary celebration recently honoring his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Olendorf.  The Olendorfs' anniversary was August 17 observed the following Sunday. Elizabeth Skelly and Joseph Pason Olendorf exchanged their wedding vows August 17, 1904 in Afton, N.Y. [Chenango Co.] where both of them were born.  After living in Syracuse for several years, they moved to Highland Park, Mich., in 1921.  A year later they purchased their present Hill ave. home.  A retired employee of the Murray Body Co., Mr. Olendorf s a member of Alphedelphia lodge IOOF of Syracuse and the Afton Lodge no. 360 F.&A.M.  Mrs. Olendorf belongs to the High Gate Chapter OES.  Members of the St. Paul's Methodist church, Mr. and Mrs. Olendorf are the grandparents of Alice and John Jay Olendorf, Jr.  Mr. Olendorf is a brother of Mrs. N.B. Williams of Harpursville.
Williams - Olendorf
Afton Enterprise, March 26, 1896
Saturday morning at the pleasant home of Mrs. O.D. Olendorf occurred the marriage of her only daughter, Miss Nellie, to Mr. N.B. Williams, the popular proprietor of the Central House at Nineveh Junction [Broome Co., NY].  The ceremony was performed by Rev. G.F. Humphreys, Dr. Chas. Butler acting as groomsman and Miss Jessie Bushnell as bridesmaid.  The happy couple left amid a shower of rice for Scranton, where they will spend a few days.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams have a host of friends who wish them a long life of happiness.
Olendorf - Kaufman
Afton Enterprise, May 7, 1896
Harpursville [Broome Co., NY]:  We note that our townsman, LaMartin Olendorf, was married to Miss Emma Kaufman, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], in that city on Wednesday of last week.

Olendorf - Williams
Afton Enterprise,  December 31, 1896
Nineveh [Broome Co., NY]:  Daniel E. Olendorf and Miss Nettie J. Williams were united in marriage at Binghamton last Tuesday, Dec. 23.  The couple are both popular young people, and they have the best wishes of a large circle of friends.

Marriage Notices
Chenango Union, January 3, 1872

JACOBS - RATHBONE:  In Oxford, Dec. 25th, by Rev. J.C. Ransom, Mr. John P. Jacobs, to Miss Louisa Rathbone, both of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY]

LYMAN - McWADE:  In Greene [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 24th, by Rev. F. Rogers, D.D., Mr. Joseph Lyman, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], to Miss Minerva McWade of the former place.

HALL - LOW:  In New Berlin, Dec. 20th, by Rev. J.L. Ray, Mr. H.D. Hall, of Edmeston [Otsego Co., NY], to Miss Ruth A. Low, of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY].

CLARKE - SCRIBNER:  In New Berlin, Dec. 25, by Rev. J.L. Ray, Mr. Charles Clarke, to Miss Ellen Scribner, all of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY]

WHITE - MATTESON:  In New Berlin, Dec. 27, by Rev. Mr. Van Schoick, Mr. Duane White, to Miss Jennie Matteson, all of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY].

OLENDORF - GREEN:  In Port Dickinson [Broome Co., nY], Dec. 20th, by Rev. P.S. Worden, Mr. Robert M. Olendorf, of Nineveh [Broome Co., NY], to Miss Sarah J. Green, of the former place.

Obituaries (October 8)

Robert F. Merrill
Utica Saturday Globe, February 1905
Robert F. Merrill
1820 - 1905

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Robert F. Merrill, a well-known and respected resident of this village, died at his home on Mitchell street Tuesday morning, aged 84 years.  In November last he fell and broke his hip and although he partly recovered from the effects of the injury he never fully regained his health, the shock being too great for him to overcome at his advanced age.  Deceased was born at Sherburne Four Corners [Chenango Co., Y], August 2, 1820.  He resided there during his early life following the business of cheese making.  He was also engaged later in the same business factory for some years.  Since coming to Norwich about 25 years ago he had not been actively engaged in business.  Mr. Merrill is survived by two brothers, Sidney T. and Ralph Edwin Merrill, of Sherburne; two sisters, Cynthia Merrill and Mrs. Cyrus Cook, residing in the town of Sherburne; one nephew, Clinton Merrill, of Norwich, and one niece, Mrs. C.J. Pratt, of New Berlin.  Deceased was a brother of the late Dwight Merrill.  His funeral was attended from his late home Thursday afternoon.  Burial was made in Mt. Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].
Alfred Olendorf
Chenango Union, July 31, 1873
On the 12th last, C.W. Olendorf, Esq., of this village [Norwich, NY], received a telegram announcing that his brother Alfred was dangerously ill at Hunt's Half-Way House, between Dunkirk and Fredonia.  Taking the first train, he arrived a few hours after the death of his brother, and took charge of the remains, which were on Monday conveyed to Forestville [Chautauqua Co., NY], and laid beside those of his wife and child.  The deceased was for a number of years employed upon the Erie Railroad, in various capacities, and was favorably known to the traveling public, as a faithful official and a genial companion.  His age was 42 years.

John Winton
Chenango Union, July 31, 1873
John Winton, one of the oldest inhabitants of this town [Morris, Otsego Co., NY] died on Monday, July 21st, at the advanced age of 91 years, 2 months and 2 days.  Mr. Winton came to this town with his parents about the time he was fourteen years old, and settled some three miles below the village on the east side of the Butternut Creek, and has resided in the town ever since.  for the last few years he has lived with his son, John L. Winton, in this village.  Sixty years ago  Mr. Winton carried the mails on horseback, starting from this town on Sunday nights for Cooperstown, thence to Richfield Springs, to Utica, to Norwich to Oxford to Unadilla, thence home to Morris, occupying the entire week in carrying the mails in all these places and the post offices between them.  Doubtless there are many aged people along the routes he used to travel, who will remember Mr. Winton, when on horse back he entered the villages blowing his tin horn, notifying the country within the sound of his horn, that the weekly mail had arrived.  He continued this service for about twelve years, and then settled down to a farmer's life.  What changes have there been wrought during the life of this man. he always enjoyed the confidence and respect of his fellow men.  For the last six years he was a great sufferer to mind and body.  Thus one after another, our fathers are passing over to the other side.--Morris Chronicle.

D.A. Olendorf
Afton Enterprise, February 6, 1896
D.A. Olendorf, who has been receiving treatment at the state hospital in Binghamton, died at that institution Monday, aged 38 years.  Deceased was a son of Jas. M. Olendorf, and had been a resident of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] for many years.  He leaves a wife but no children.  The remains were brought to Afton on Train No. 6 Tuesday, and the funeral will be held from the home of his father Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

Afton Enterprise, February 13, 1896
The funeral of D.A. Olendorf, notice of whose death appeared in our last issue, was held from the home of his father J.M. Olendorf, last Thursday afternoon, Rev. C.B. Personeus officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in Glenwood cemetery [Afton, NY].

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. M. Olendorf and Mrs. Jennie Olendorf wish to express their hearty thanks to their friends and neighbors for the expressions of sympathy during their recent bereavement; also for the beautiful flowers.

Newell B. Williams
Afton Enterprise, June 6, 1940
Newell B. Williams, 77 years old, long a prominent resident of Harpursville [Broome Co., NY], died Tuesday morning in The Afton Hospital.  He is survived by his widow, Nellie Olendorf Williams, two sons, Guy Williams of Deposit and Ernest Williams, two grandsons, Sandford Williams of Harpursville and Kingdon Williams of Elmira and two granddaughters, Constance and Carol Ann Williams of Deposit.  He was a member of Afton Lodge 360 F&A.M., Vallonia Chapter, Malta Commandery, and Kalurah Shrine of Binghamton.  A private prayer service will be held at his home at 1:30 o'clock, followed by services at the Methodist church in Harpursville at 2 o'clock, Friday, E.S.T.  The Rev. C.J. Sabin will officiate.  Burial will be in Nineveh cemetery [Broome Co.,  NY].  Afton lodge 360 F.&A.MJ. will have charge of the service at the grave.
 Death Notices
Chenango Union, January 3, 1872
GLOVER:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] Dec. 21st, Ann, wife of James A. Glover, aged 79 years.

CHUBBUCK:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 11th, Mrs. Jennett Chubbuck, aged 91 years and 10 months.

CRAIN:  In Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 27th, Mr. Amaziah Crain, aged 73 years.

WEAVER:  In Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY] Dec. 21st, Mr. Russel Weaver, aged 75 years and 11 months.

WILLCOX:  In Smithville [Chenango Co., NY], Nov. 27th, Lillie A., daughter of Albert S. and Lovenda Willcox, aged 3 years and 8 months.

CURTIS:  In KIng Settlement [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 26th, Helen May, only daughter of John and Ella M. Curtis, aged 4 years, 8 months and 19 days.

HALL:  In Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 18th, Mrs. Harriet Hall, widow of the late Solomon Hall, aged 65 years.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bainbridge High School, Class of 1954 - Part 3

Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1954
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1954
Virginia Ann Knapp

Eleanor Janet Lang

Robert James Leonard

Eileen Phyllis McGinnis
Marion Dorothy Michel

James Harry Mills

Obituaries (October 7)

Francis J. Tootell
Utica Saturday Globe, October 1904

Francis J. Tootell
1885 - 1904
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  A fatal accident occurred on Tuesday of last week at the large new brick building now in course of construction by the Norwich Pharmacal Company. The brick and other supplies for use in the walls were raised by an elevator.  The five stories of the building were completed and the walls were being topped out ready for the roof.  Francis J. Tootell, a mason's helper, was employed in wheeling the brick and so forth from the elevator to the place where the masons were working.  Just how the accident happened is not known, but a wheelbarrow of brick had just been raised, and it is believed Tootell failed to give the signal to the engineer to stop.  As the elevator reached the floor where he was standing he stepped upon it to wheel off the brick.  The elevator car continued to rise until the rope caught in the pulley at the top of the shaft and was cut.  The elevator car with its barrow of brick and human burden shot down 60 feet to the first floor of the building.  Tootell never spoke or moved after he struck the ground floor.  His neck was broken and his skull fractured.  He fell head foremost, striking on his face.  As the car fell through the shaft Tootell appeared to follow at about two feet behind or above the car.  The man's body was viewed by Coroner E.W. Wilcox, who gave permission for its removal to Breese's undertaking rooms, where it was prepared for burial and then taken to the home of the young man's mother, Mrs. Mary E. Tootell, on Hayward street.  Mr. Tootell was in his 20th year, having passed his 19th birthday on march 25 last.  He was born in Chicago, his father being James N. Tootell, now of New York.  He came to Norwich from Brisben about three years ago, and on March 16, 1903 married Hattie M. Bowers, of East Norwich, and since that time had resided on Jones avenue.  He was a natural stone cutter and had been employed by Walter Foster and Ryan, Conroy & Co. in that capacity.  He also worked for a time in the Rushmore creamery.  He was known as a sober, industrious young man.  He is survived by his widow and parents, together with three sisters, Mrs. Merton Soule of Albany and Mrs. Jacob .?. of Norwich.  Two younger brothers ..[Harry, Earl].. and a sister Cora reside with the mother on Hayward street.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Burial was made in Mount Hope Cemetery.
DeRuyter Gleaner, November 17, 1904
Harriet Tootell, widow of Francis Tootell, who was killed by falling down an elevator shaft while working for the Norwich Pharmacal Company, has brought suit to recover $25,000 from the company because of his death.
Syracuse Journal, January 20, 1906
A verdict of $5,800 with interest and costs was awarded to Kuntsech & Miller Saturday in that action against the Norwich Pharmacal company for causing the death of Francis J. Tootell, a 19-year-old boy employed by the defendants as a laborer on a building they were erecting at Norwich.  Tootell was wheeling bricks off an elevator at the top of the building, six stories from the ground when the elevator broke allowing him to fall.  He was instantly killed and two months after his death, his widow, not yet 21 years old, gave birth to a baby.  The accident occurred last October [1904], but the action hung on for some time.

Alice J. Sands
1888 - 1896
Mr. and Mrs. William Sands are called to mourn the death of their daughter, Alice J., who died Saturday morning, December 15, aged 8 years.  Funeral services were held at  her late home Monday morning, Rev. Walter Bentley officiating.  Burial in Green Lawn cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  Alice was a bright, beautiful child, and greatly beloved by all who knew her. The sympathies of their many friends are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Sands in their sore bereavement.

James M. Olendorf
Afton Enterprise, October 12, 1903
James M. Olendorf, who has been ill some two weeks, gradually grew worse and died at his home in this village [Afton, Chenango Co., NY] Monday, Oct. 12.  Mr. Olendorf was 73 years of age and the greater part of his life was spent in this vicinity, where he was well known and highly respected. At one time he owned and conducted the "brick house" farm in the southern part of the village. The funeral was held from the late home Wednesday at 1:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. B.B. Carruth.  Interment was made in Glenwood cemetery [Afton, NY], and the services at the grave were conducted by Afton Lodge no. 360, F.&A.M., of which the deceased was a member.  Mr. Olendorf is survived by his wife and two sons, James H., of Athens, Pa. who with his family was in attendance at the funeral, and Frank, who is engaged in mining in Mexico.
Thankful L. Bushley
Thankful L. Bushley, widow of Norman Bushley, died December 7 at the residence of her son, Franklin A. Bushley, of Rexford street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].  Her age was 77 years.  Mrs. Bushley was born in Bennington, Vt., and was married to Norman Bushley at Shaftsbury, Vt., in the year 1859.  In 1872 they removed to Norwich, where Mrs. Bushley had since lived, her husband dying in 1893.  Two children were born to them, Cynthia L., who died in 1880, and Franklin A., who is a well-known resident of Norwich.  Mrs. Bushley was a member of the Methodist Church and her funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon by her pastor, Rev. Wilson Treible.  Burial was made in the Shaw Cemetery.
Bertha Sara Olendorf
Afton Enterprise, February 9, 1928
Sayre Evening Times, Jan. 30:  Mrs. Bertha Sara Olendorf, widow of James H. Olendorf and for over thirty years a resident of Athens, died Sunday morning about 2:15 at the Robert Packer hospital in Sayre after an illness of about three weeks.  Mrs. Olendorf was a native of this county being born in Rome [Oneida Co.,  NY], July 29, 1860.  She was married to James H. Olendorf at Bainbridge, N.Y., Dec. 4, 1875.  Later she came to Athens [PA] where she made her home for many years.  She was affiliated with the First Methodist church of Athens, being regular in her attendance while here. She was a member of the Tioga Point Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  A short time ago she went for a visit to the home of her daughter in Afton, N.Y., where she was taken ill and later removed to the Packer Hospital. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Carrie Hinman and Mrs. Winifred Stickles, both of Afton., N.Y., a grandson, Harry O. Stickles, Jr., of Sayre, and an aunt, Mrs. Welthea Brigham of Towanda.  Funeral services will be held at the home of C.H. Satterlee at 705 South Main street on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. A.D. Finch of the Athens Methodist church will officiate.  Burial will be made in Tioga Point cemetery.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mount Hope Chapel, Norwich, Chenango Co., NY - 1890

Mount Hope Chapel
Chenango Union, January 23, 1890

Mount Hope Cemetery Chapel, Norwich, NY (Bob Litts)

The Utica Saturday Globe of last week has a cut of the chapel recently erected in Mount Hope Cemetery in this village [Norwich, Chenango County, NY], by the Ladies' Improvement Society with the following sketch of the work furnished by the Norwich correspondent of that paper.

"Conspicuously and conveniently situated on the north side of the main drive leading through  Mount Hope Cemetery in this village is the chapel and receiving vault erected by the Ladies' Village Improvement Society of Norwich.  The substantial and slightly structure is another evidence that in matters of public improvement and advancement the ladies often lead the way. The building, the dimensions of which are 37x34 feet, is solidly constructed and when finished will be completely equipped. The walls are of rock faced Oxford blue stone to the height of the water table, and above are brick with window sills and caps of stone.  The steep pitched roof is covered with slate.  In the front gable, facing south, a single large stone bears the legend; 'Mount Hope chapel.' At the southeast corner a round turret rises several feet above the highest point of the roof and serving the double purpose of an ornament and a means of needed ventilation for the vault. In the base of the turret is set a block of stone on which are inscribed the words 'Erected by the Ladies' Village Improvement Society of Norwich, 1889.'  Entrance to the chapel is had by passing up two stone steps leading from a covered driveway on the east directly to the interior of the building, which is tastefully arched overhead and ceiled in Georgia pine finished in the wood.  Mellow light will be admired through rich stained glass windows. Each window will be a memorial and will be supplied by individual subscription.  Convenient communication with the vault below will be had by means of a drop platform which will descend into a broad passage running lengthwise of the building and lined on either side with three tiers of crypts for the reception of caskets. There are 45 of these crypts or cells, all properly fitted up. Every detail  of the work has been looked after with care by the contractors, Messrs. King and Brookins, and the structure will stand as a monument to their skill and workmanship as well as the public spirited enterprise of the ladies. The total cost of the building, when completed will exceed $5,000.  It was designed by T.J. Lacy, architect, of Binghamton."

Marriages (October 5)

Double Wedding
Smith - Beldin  & Potter - Beldin
Utica Saturday Globe, October 1904

William F. &Josephine (Beldin) Potter
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The local matrimonial market took a lively turn Wednesday and several happy transactions resulted.  Not the least pleasing among these was a double wedding at the home of the brides' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roselbert Beldin, on Crandall street. The contracting parties were Fred H. Smith and Miss Ethel Beldin and William F. Potter and Miss Josephine Beldin, all residents of Norwich.  The ceremony was performed at 4 o'clock, Rev. William Crandall, of Scranton, an uncle of the brides, officiating. Besides the relatives, there was present a small company of friends.  The decorations consisted of a large evergreen arch, beneath which the two couples stood, unattended.  The room was trimmed with clematis, autumn leaves and berries, and was a real bower of beauty The brides are well-known and highly respected young ladies.  Miss Ethel has made her home with Mrs. W.G. Brant, on Locust street, for the past three years.  Fred H. Smith is a popular machinist in the Ontario & Western shops and enjoys the esteem of a large circle of friends.  William F. Potter has held a position with the Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Company for several years at present, being employed in mechanical construction.  He is a member of the Canasawacta Lodge of Odd Fellows, Chief Templar of the local lodge of Good Templars, a member of the Zenda Mandolin Club and other popular local organizations. The many friends of both couples extend hearty congratulations and best wishes.  After a brief wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Potter will be at home to their friends in apartments in the W.A. Baldwin house on Henry street.
Marriage Notices
Norwich Journal, July 27, 1837
SMITH - OLENDORF:  On Sunday, the 23d inst. by the Rev. George Messenger, Mr. Geo. M. Smith, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Mary E. Olendorf, of the same place.
Chenango Telegraph, March 15, 1871
OLENDORF - JAY:  In Nineveh, March 8th, by Rev. W.H. Sawtelle, Oscar D Olendorf and Phebe A. Jay, all of Nineveh [Broome Co., NY]. 
Bainbridge Republican, December 18, 1875
OLENDORF - SMITH:  In Bainbridge, Dec. 4th, 1875, by Rev. D.C. Haynes, Mr. James H. Olendorf and Miss Bertha F. Smith, both of Afton [Chenango Co., NY].
Afton Enterprise, December 31, 1896
OLENDORF - WILLIAMS:  Daniel E. Olendorf and Miss Nettie J. Williams were united in marriage at Binghamton [Broome Co., NY] last Tuesday, Dec. 23.  The couple are both popular young people, and they have the best wishes of a large circle of friends.
Afton Enterprise,  October 11, 1906
On Thursday, Oct. 4th, R.M. Olendorf of this place and Mrs. Lucia B Johnson were married at the home of the bride at Nineveh Junction [Broome Co., NY].  After a two weeks visit with friends in Boston, Mass., they will be at home to their friends.

Obituaries (October 6)

Margaret F. [Mulligan] Dillon
Utica Saturday Globe, September 1904

Margaret F. (Mulligan) Dillon
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At her residence on Hayward avenue on Friday of last week occurred the death of Margaret F. Dillon, wife of James J. Dillon, aged 32 years.  Mrs. Dillon was born in Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], the daughter of Patrick and Mary Reynolds Mulligan, and always lived there until her marriage to Mr. Dillon whose home was in Waterville.  Immediately after their marriage in September, 1900, they came to Norwich.  Mr. Dillon is employed in the Ontario & Western round house.  Besides her husband deceased is survived  by a little son 3 years of age, James Reynolds Dillon. She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. Patrick Mulligan, who resides in Norwich; by two brothers, Thomas E. Mulligan, of Montana, and John W. Mulligan, of Sherburne, and by one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Devine, of Norwich.  Funeral services were held from her late residence Monday morning at 8 o'clock and from St. Paul's Church at 9 o'clock.  Rev. John A. Hara officiating.  Burial was made in St. Malachi's Cemetery at Sherburne.
LaMartin Olendorf
Afton Enterprise, May 6, 1897
LaMartin Olendorf dropped dead at his desk in the City Engineer's office at 7:45 o'clock on Saturday morning.  Although he had not been in the best of health for some time, he went to work on Saturday and seemed to be feeling well. While bending over a table examining a map, he suddenly sank to the floor, and when Edward F. Weeks, who was writing at a nearby desk, went to his assistance, he found him dead.  Death was due to heart failure.  Dr. W.A. Moore and Coroner Hills were called, and the body was removed to his home, 14 Way street.  Mr. Olendorf was 49 years of age.  He was general assistant to the City Engineer and had been employed in the office and field for five years.  he came to the city about seven years ago having previously resided in Harpursville [Broome Co., NY], in which place he was born.  The deceased was a man of generous nature, exemplary character and strict integrity.  Whatever he did, he did well.  In his associations he was uniformly kind and courteous and he was a loyal friend.  He is survived by his wife and one son.  The funeral was held from the house, No. 14 Way street, at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon.  On the 7:30 train Tuesday morning, the remains were taken to Harpursville, where they were interred.  --Binghamton Republican.
Elizabeth Roberts Lyon
1824 - 1894
Died Monday morning, Feb. 5th, at the advanced age of ninety-two years, after an illness of two weeks, Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts Lyon, at the residence of her son, Eli Lyon, of Bainbridge.  Mrs. Lyon was of Scotch descent and born in Kortright, Delaware Co., N.Y., Oct. 24, 1824.  After passing the first few years of her married life in Sanford, Broome Co., N.Y., her husband moved to the town of Bainbridge, occupying the farm which was the home of Mrs. Lyon for over fifty years.  Mrs. Lyon and her family were closely identified with the Methodist church of Bainbridge from tis origin, and death has now severed the last link binding the early history of that church with the present.  She left but one child, Eli Lyon, at whose house her funeral services occurred Wednesday, Feb. 7, conducted by Rev. T.F. Hall.  Interment at Union Valley [West Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]
Stephen Whitman
1809 - 1894
Died At the home of Harvey H. Whitman, on Juliand street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Sunday morning last, his father, Stephen Whitman, of the age of eighty-five.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at his old home in Masonville [Delaware Co., NY].  Mr. Whitman has been living in Bainbridge for the past four years.  He was a gentleman respected and highly honored by many friends and a large acquaintance.
Sarah Elizabeth Hopkins
1821 - 1894
The death of Mrs. S. Elizabeth Hopkins wife of the late James A. Hopkins of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], occurred form pneumonia at her residence in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] on Sunday evening Jan. 28th.  Mr. Hopkins was the daughter of a former prominent physician of Bainbridge Dr. Charles B. Nichols, and was a lady of sterling character.  She was a member of the Episcopal church of this place for many years and had a wide circle of friends who will mourn with Miss Leila Nichols, her niece and only living representative.  Mrs. S. Elizabeth Hopkins was born Aug. 21st, 1821 and married March 28d, 1856.  The funeral of Mrs.  Hopkins was held Wednesday at 2 o'clock.  Rev. Mr. Singsen officiated.  Interment was in the Episcopal cemetery.
A mourner's gone out from a sorrowing home,
While yet her eyes are wet with tears,
out from the uncertainties of earth,
Unto the bliss of eternity's years.
As a song that is sung with a glad refrain
Has been this loved one's life,
A sad respite, then reunited to her own again,
Is the loyal, faithful wife.
                                                                                                                   Miss Aggie Bristol
Hannah Bartlett
1811 - 1893
After several years of poor  health and being nigh to death several times, Mrs. Hannah Bartlett, wife of Abel Bartlett, died at her home in this village, Friday Oct. 27, 1893, at the advanced age of 82 years.  At one o'clock Monday afternoon the funeral services were held at her late home, conducted by Rev. R.H. Stearns assisted by Rev. T.F. Hall. The burial was in the Episcopal cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  The deceased leaves an aged husband and several children, who will miss the wise counsels and precepts emanating from a long and correct life.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Disappearance of Palmer Rich - 1888

Reward for Information About Disappearance of Palmer Rich
Chenango Union, January 16, 1890

The offer of a reward of $1,000 by Ransom Rich and Angelina E. Ellis, through Sheriff Klaney - $500 to the person or persons who will produce the body of Palmer Rich, late of South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], alive or dead; and $500 to the person or persons who will produce the evidence which shall lead to the conviction of the persons who killed said Palmer Rich, if he is dead--recalls to mind the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Rich from this village fifteen months ago.
Thursday, October 11th, 1888, Palmer Rich, a well-known farmer residing at Ambler Settlement, near South New Berlin, came to this village, leaving his horse and carriage in the boarding stables of William McQueen, on Court street  He afterwards called at the home of his aunt, Mrs. George W. Freeman, whom he invited to ride home with him that afternoon, and spend a few days with the family, which invitation was accepted.  Rich did not return for her, and on Saturday morning she took the train for South New Berlin.  Upon her arrival at Rich's home she made inquiries for him, when she learned that he had not been there since he left for Norwich on the Thursday previous.
A thorough search was at once instituted.  Friends coming to Norwich found Rich's horse and carriage at McQueen's stables, and in the carriage was the missing man's overcoat.  It was learned that he had visited several drinking places in town on the day of his disappearance, spending money freely, having in his possession about $400.  He dined at the Palmer House, and was later seen in company with several hard characters. He next visited a disreputable house, after which no trace of him was found, although search was made, and continued for a long time after.  There were many rumors afloat as to Rich's whereabouts, but all were without foundation.
While there were many who believed that Rich had been foully dealt with, and that he never left this village alive, a large majority were of the opinion that he had left voluntarily, and that he had reasons for keeping his whereabouts a secret.  What his motive could have been for such a move is beyond the comprehension of those who knew him best, as he was well to do, and respected in the community, occasional over-indulgence in drink being his besetting sin.
Whether there are any new developments in the matter, causing the offer of the reward, is best known to the friends of the missing man, and to the officers engaged in ferreting it out.  All will join with them in the hope that the mystery may soon be unraveled.

Mysterious Disappearance of Palmer Rich Never Solved
South New Berlin Bee, July 2, 1953
The mysterious disappearance of Palmer Rich on Oct. 10, 1888, has become a legend in Chenango County.  Palmer Rich was a respected farmer and an officer in the cheese factory in Amblerville.  On October 10, he came to Norwich and left his horse and rig in a livery stable.  he went to the bank and withdrew a "considerable sum" of money.  It was reported that he was seen during the day about the village and then, like the Genie that answered the rubbing of Aladdin's lamp, disappeared.
Adding to the mystery is the fact that his disappearance was not noted until two weeks later, when there appeared the following paragraph hidden among briefs from South New Berlin in the Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph
"The mysterious disappearance of one of our citizens, Palmer Rich, which happened two weeks ago, is a common topic of conversation." 
After that paragraph was published the stories and rumors began to grow, and a week later the Telegraph devoted a story to denying the rumors.  The story reads in part: 
"Last Friday it is said his body had been found in Mead's Pond just north of the village. This report was utterly unfounded." 
The Telegraph story continued:
"There came a still more fantastic narrative.  There was a trunk.  It was taken to one of our railroad depots for the proprietors of a disreputable house, by one of our draymen.  he and the baggage master thought it unduly heavy.  So they opened it and crowded into the trunk were the ghastly remains of Rich.  The body had been disemboweled and the stomach and intestines carried away.  This story horrified everybody until it was found to be entirely without foundation.  In conclusion there is a great diversity of opinion concerning the fate of the missing man."
According to another story a team of horses was hitched up late at night and Rich's body was taken by a round about way up King Settlement Road and back to be buried in a swamp behind Chenango Lake.  It was recalled that on the same night Rich disappeared a large barn burned in the Chenango Lake road, and there were some who believed Rich's body was disposed of in the fire. 
At one place in the Telegraph there is speculation that Palmer Rich may have taken the money and may have "gone west." 
The most usual story is that Palmer Rich was last seen going into a house on York Knoll late in the evening, a house occupied by Rose Fox.  The foundation for this story is the statement of a man who came forward with the information after a $1,000 reward was offered in the case.  About 18 months after the disappearance of Rich, an indictment was filed against Rose Fox, and the yellowing indictment still rests in the Chenango County Clerk's office.  Without the body, the indictment is fantastic.  It charges Rose Fox with first degree murder on two cunts.  In the first count the indictment said that Rose Fox murdered Rich "by means of poisonous drugs."  In the second count it said she murdered him "by means of certain deadly weapons; a rope or cord and a certain knife."  It said that she strangled and chopped and stabbed him to the heart.  Rose Fox was arrested in Carbondale, Pa., and brought back to the Chenango county Jail, where she spent 10 months.  Arrested in Pittsburgh, about the same time and brought back as a witness against Rose Fox, was Ida Tucker, or Mrs. Moran as she is referred to in the old newspaper accounts.  She brought her English pug dog with her and was confined in the front room of the old county jail.  Mrs. Moran was supposed to have been an "instructor of gymnastic classes" and to have lived with Rose Fox.  Another witness was to be Mary Ride, who claimed Rose Fox confided in her.  The Telegraph said that Mary Ride would testify that Rose Fox had burned Rich's body, "in the stove, after anointing it with a preparation to prevent the odor of burning flesh escaping to the street."  But Palmer Rich's body was never found, and the indictment against Rose Fox was dismissed and she was released.
As late as 1920, the case was reported briefly by Ward N. Truesdell, then district attorney, after the finding of a human skeleton during the making of an excavation where a woodshed had stood on a farm near Route 8 in the Town of New Berlin.  Mr. Truesdell said that the remains found apparently were those of an Indian buried in a sitting position. 
later than that, an old letter presuming to give directions for unearthing Palmer Rich's body on a farm in the East River Road, south of Polkville, was brought to the attention of the late Neil Lewis, when he was Chenango County sheriff.  He investigated, but there was no body found. 
The story of Palmer Rich continues to grow, but his disappearance is as much a mystery now as it was the week after he vanished.

Marriages (October 5)

Baker - Breed
Utica Saturday Globe, September 1904

Walter H. and Lillian A. (Breed) Baker

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Louisa Main, on Adelaide street, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, occurred the marriage of Lillian A. Breed to Walter H. Baker.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. S.J. Ford in the presence of a small company of relatives and friends. The bridal couple was attended by Joseph Breed as best man and a brother of the groom.  Lillian Baker, was maid of honor, Anna McGuire rendered the wedding march. The evening previous to the wedding the bride was given a parcel shower at the home of her brother, Mott H. Breed, on Sheldon street, when a large company of her young friends gathered and presented the bride with many gifts.  Conspicuous among the numerous wedding gifts was a handsome chair from companion employees of the bride in the silk mill, showing the esteem in which she is held by those who know her.  Both young people are well and, pleasantly known in Norwich. The groom is a machinist in the Ontario & Western shops and is a son of Mrs. Amanda Baker of Grove avenue and the bride has been employed for a number of years in the silk mill.  Mr. and Mrs. Baker will visit Niagara Falls and other places on their wedding trip and upon their return will be at home to their friends on Grove avenue.
Marriage Notices
Oxford Times, August 20, 1879
FORT - OLENDORF:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], Aug. 13th, by Rev. E. Boyard Smith, Mr. Gerritt A. Fort of Fulton [Oswego Co., NY], and Miss Julia F. Olendorf, Daughter of C.W. Olendorf, Esq. 

The Watch Tower, Cooperstown, NY, July 23, 1827
OLENDORF - COOK:  Married In Hartwick, on Sunday evening the 15th inst. by the  Rev. John Smith, Mr. John Olendorf, of this village [Cooperstown, Otsego Co., NY], to Miss Julia Ann Cook of the former place.

BROWN - CHURCH:  In Butternuts [Otsego Co., NY] on the 4th inst. by Winslow Whitcomb Esq. Mr. Thurstin Brown Jr. of Otego [Otsego Co., NY] to Miss Allice Church of the former place.

ROWE - WEAVER:  In Otego [Otsego Co., NY], on the 4th inst. by Winslow Whitcomb Esq. Mr. Nathan Rowe, to Miss Mahala Weaver.

Obituaries (October 5)

Emily Elizabeth (Jones) Seymour
Utica Saturday Globe, September 1904
Emily Elizabeth (Jones) Seymour

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Sunday afternoon, after an illness of about three months of consumption, Emily Elizabeth, wife of Benjamin F. Seymour, died at her home on Rexford street, aged 60 years.  Mrs. Seymour was the daughter of Sidney and Abiah Jones and was born in Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY] and had resided in Sherburne and North Norwich before she and her family came to Norwich about two years ago.  She was a member of the Baptist Church in Sherburne, where, as also in Norwich, she was greatly beloved for her kindly disposition and many virtues.  She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Edith M. Morgan, of Sherburne, and Maud A. Seymour, of Norwich; also by one sister, Mrs. Ametor Crumb, of South Otselic.  Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. S.T. Ford officiating.  Interment was made in the North Norwich Cemetery.
Henry Olendorf
Chenango Union, November 17, 1869
OLENDORF:  In Afton [Chenango Co., NY], October 30th, after a lingering illness of eight weeks, Mr. Henry Olendorf, aged 87 years, 2 months and 5 days.  Mr. Olendorf was one of the first settlers in this part of the country.  He moved here from South Carolina in 1812; made a brief stop at or near Cooperstown, Otsego County; thence settled at what is known as the Ferry, near where Nineveh now stands.  He was in the mercantile and lumbering business at or near that place for a number of years; then he left his former business, and took to the plough.  He was one of the best farmers in this section of the country.  he was strictly temperate and industrious in his habits.  He was a life-long Democrat--always active in getting out all Democrats to the polls, but never wishing any office himself.  He once held the office of Justice of the Peace in the town of Bainbridge, which office he filled with credit to himself and all concerned.  He was urged at different times to take the nomination of Assemblyman in his District, but refused, preferring to follow the plough than to mingle in the halls of legislation.  He was a great reader, and had collected a respectable library of some of the choicest books of his day, both historical and religious.  He was a great admirer of the Cooperstown Freeman's Journal, of which he was a subscriber for over 50 years, and only discontinued it when his sight failed so that he could not read.  For the last five or six years he was almost blind.  He was a great admirer of our honored statesman, Horatio Seymour, and always voted for him for Governor of New York, whenever he was a candidate for that office. Although very feeble, he wished to be carried to the polls last year, that he might cast his last vote for the Democratic candidate for President, Horatio Seymour.
Lydia Gibson
1815- 1894
Died:  At her home near Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY, Friday, Feb. 2, 1894, Mrs. Lydia Gibson, aged eighty years, wife of the late Peter Gibson, and mother of Mrs. Geo. Marsh, of this village.  Funeral held Sunday.  Interment in Gilbertsville Cemetery [Otsego Co., NY]

The funeral services of Mrs. Peter Gibson, Mt. Upton were held from her home on Saturday Feb. 4, Rev. L.A. Wild officiating.  She was 79 years of age, and her last sickness was of but five days' duration.  She leaves four daughters and two sons; Mrs. Horatio Pratt, of McDonough; Mrs. George Marsh, of Bainbridge; Mrs. Angella Wilcox, of Nebraska; Miss Jane Gibson, of Bainbridge, also Abel Gibson and Ed Gibson with whom she resided.  All but Mrs. Wilcox, of Nebraska, and Jane were present at the funeral.  She was interred in the cemetery at Gilbertsville.
Mary Olendorf
1855 - 1893
Mrs. LaMartin Olendorf died of quick consumption on Wednesday afternoon after a lingering illness of four weeks.  The funeral was largely attended at the family residence Friday at 3:00 pm.  Rev. A.G. Singsen, assisted by Rev. O.A. Sands, read the beautiful Episcopal funeral rite, after which the remains were tenderly conveyed to the village cemetery and there laid to rest among a profusion of flowers and evergreens.  Mrs. Olendorf was a lifelong member of the St. Luke Episcopal church and a faithful and willing worker in all its societies.  She had endeared herself to all who knew her and was loved and esteemed by a host of friends who regret her departure while yet in the prime of life; having only reached her 38th year.  She leaves a husband and one son to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother.
Myrtie E. Ayers
1871 - 1893
Miss Myrtie Ayers,  daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Canavaugh Ayers, who reside at Bettsburg [Afton, Chenango Co., NY] died Sunday morning after an illness of only a few days.  Miss Ayers was in her usual place in Sunday school, at the M.E. church, the Sunday previous to her death. The first of the week she was taken with measles, and later with pneumonia and brain fever.  The deceased was a young lady of excellent qualities, dearly beloved by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance, and her death will be deeply felt, not only at her home, but throughout the community.  Her age was 22 years. The funeral was held from her late home this (Wednesday) afternoon, and the remains laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery [Afton, NY].  Rev. C.B. Personeus was the officiating clergyman, and Funeral Director Emens had charge of the arrangements. The Enterprise extends it sympathy to the stricken family and friends, and commend them to Him who doeth all things for the best, for comfort and consolation.
William Olendorf
Norwich Sun, July 10, 1922
District Attorney Truesdell was called to Nineveh Junction [Broome Co., NY] Sunday afternoon because of a shooting which, upon investigation, proved to be accidental and resulted in the death of William Olendorf of Albany [NY], a boy 14 years of age.  A bullet from a 22 rifle in the hands of another boy passed directly through the victim's body, killing him instantly. The sad fatality occurred just over the line in Broome county.  It was first thought it had happened in Chenango county and state troopers notified Mr. Truesdell. The unfortunate affair happened about 10 o'clock Sunday morning.  An Albany family had been camping in the vicinity of Nineveh. The Olendorf boy was a guest of the son of this family. Early Sunday morning they began tearing down their camp preparatory to returning to their home. The two boys had a 22 rifle with which they were playing.  All the parties thought the gun was unloaded.  Suddenly however, it was discharged and a bullet struck the Olendorf boy.  He fell over backward through the door of the camp shouting "I am shot."  These were his last words, for he soon relapsed into unconsciousness and died almost instantly. The sad accident deeply shocked the members of the camping party whose names, other than that of the victim  of the rifle bullet, could not be learned.  it was only a year ago this month that Afton was the scene of a shooting when a state trooper killed a camper for whom he had a warrant. The Olendorf boy's body was removed to an undertaking parlor and will be sent to Albany for burial.  A widowed mother survives.
Death Notices - Chenango Union, November 17, 1869
SMITH:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Nov. 9th, Mr. Samuel Smith, aged 48 years, formerly of McDonough.
HINCHEY:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] suddenly, Nov. 10th, Mr. Thomas Hinchey, aged about 35 years.
WELCH:  Killed, at the Lyon Brook Bridge [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Nov. 10th, Mr. Patrick Welch, aged 22 years.
KELSEY:  In Preston [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 29th, Mrs. Mary T. Kelsey, aged 85 years.
MEDBURY:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], Nov. 9th, Mr. Stephen Medbury, aged 64 years.
WALDRON:  In Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 26th, Mrs. Ruth Waldron, aged 94 years.
PHILLIPS:  In Morris [Otsego Co., NY], Oct. 20th, of typhoid fever, Esther, wife of Reuben Phillips, aged 34 years.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Post listing, September 28 - October 4, 2015

Listing of blog postings for the week of September 28 - October 4, 2015

Posted September 28, 2015
Marriage Notices
     John M. Tallmadge - Mary S. Spencer (Maryland, 1853)
     Eli M. Shay - Harriet E. Clapper (Afton, 1861)
     Lavern E. Tiffany - Mabel A. Terry (Afton, 1926)
     Carlton Tallmadge - Helen E. Terry (Afton, 1926)
     Agnes Schultz - Graydon Tallmadge (1933)
Vital Statistics - Marriages in Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY, 1923

Posted September 29, 2015
Sarah C. McMahon - Joseph F. Hoban (1883)
Marriage Notices
     Harvey Grover - Mary Lowe (1883)
     Eri Castle - Mary A. Warn (1883)
     Charles H. Southard - Addie Darling (1887)
     Bikanah Crandall - Lovina Parker (1887)
     Lafayette Gardner - Elizabeth Halstean (1887)

Posted October 2, 2015
Albert G Bowker - Josephine E. Brossway (1904)
Caroline Haynes - Bradley Bunnell (1890)
Hannah A. Black - Grant l. Fairchild (1890)
Marriage notices - 1859
     L. Kellogg Brown - Jane Preston
     Joseph Collins - Lydia Wilcox
     Edwin C. Andrews - Jennie A. miller
     Rev. T.C> Hartshorn - Kittie Williams
Posted September 28, 2015
Mary E. (McNitt) Hall (Norwich, 1904)
Ina C. Shay (Afton, 1887)
James Walrath (Vallonia Springs, 1887)
Mr. Welch (Afton, 1889) Train accident
Flora Talmadge (Afton, 1937)
Carl Coe (Norwich, 1937)
Death Notices - 1812
     Elisha Talmadge (Cooperstown)
     Mrs. John Williams (Pierstown)

Posted September 29, 2015
Anson J. White (Holmesville, 1903)
Patsey Macksey (1883)
Emory S. Reynolds (Norwich, 1922)
Samuel A. Gibson (Mt. Upton, 1925)
Harry S. Reynolds (Holmesville, Auburn, 1937)
Sullivan Reynolds (Butternuts, 1883)

Posted September 30, 2015
Emma Jones Kolfrat (Norwich, Warren PA, 1903)
Hiram A Reynolds (Mount Upton, 1903
Charles W. Pearsall (Binghamton, Apalachin, 1903)
Dorothy M. Hugaboom (Norwich, 1903)
Abigail Reynolds (Mt. Upton, 1882)

Posted October 1, 2015
Harmon M. Cleveland (King's Settlement, 1901)
Cornelia Avery (Utica, Norwich, 1890)
Heman Woodward (Coventryville, 1890)
Powers Redfield (Tunkhannock PA, Bainbridge, 1888)
Peter Gibson (Mt. Upton, 1888

Posted October 2, 2015
Elbert J. Smith (Norwich, 1904)
Thomas Boyce (Worcester MA, New Berlin, 1859)
Anna M. Doughty) French (Norwich, Middletown, 1890)
Mary Farrell (Norwich, Nebraska, 1890)
Merle L. Follett (Palisade NB, 1940)

Posted October 3, 2015
Lora A. (Knapp) Tiffany (Norwich, 1904)
Rev. Seymour Bullock (Norway NY, Prospect, 1894)
Emily C. (Parks) Service Bullock (Prospect, 1891)
Richard Herrick Smith (New York, 1890)
Major James Franklin Fitts (Lockport, 1890)
Mary Ettie Hendrick (Grand Rapids MI, Bainbridge, 1888)

Posted October 4, 2015
Judge Henry Harrington (New Berlin, 1904)
Elma Ives (North Afton, 1888)
Harriett Barnes (Bainbridge, 1888)
William C. Gardner (Owego 1888)
Michael Sullivan (Osborn Hollow, 1888)
Catherine M. Gale (McDonough, 1909)
Death Notices - 1888
     John Cumber (Coventry)
     Mrs. Alanson Roe (Coventry)
     Mrs. William Laman (Coventry)

Posted September 29, 2015
Boy Falls Off Train, Feared Fallen Under Wheels 1908

Posted September 30, 2015
Lafayette DeForest's Practical Jokes (??), 1882
Bainbridge Central High School, Class of 1954 - Part 2

Posted October 1, 2015
Dr. William Shields Myers, Pupil of discoverer of Argon - 1944

Posted October 2, 2015
House of Orrin Clark destroyed by Fire 1883

Posted October 3, 2015
Mary J. Griffin leaves Norwich for NYC - early 1900s

Posted October 4, 2015
District Attorney Candidates, Chenango Co., NY, early 1900s