Friday, April 29, 2016

Miscellaneous News Items from Norwich, Afton & Bainbridge

Chenango Court
Chenango Union, May 13, 1897
Alice G. Perfect, of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], was granted a divorce from Arthur J. Perfect, with $2.00 a week alimony, and at the afternoon session Frank Crumb was granted a decree of divorce from his wife, Ella.
Chenango Union, May 20, 1897

The next case tried was that of Harriet Babcock, of Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY], against Eugene Chase, as executor of her grandfather's estate. The plaintiff alleged a contract made when she was an infant whereby the grandfather agreed to give her $500 in his will if he might be allowed to change her name from Catherine to Harriet, which was the name of his deceased wife, the mother of the plaintiff's father.  The name was changed but the old gentleman did not make good the contract in his will.  The jury took the case on Thursday and after five hour's deliberation found for the plaintiff in the sum of $563.50.
The case of Jennie Barnett against school district number 12, in the town of Greene [Chenango Co., NY] was then called.  This was an action to recover for alleged breach of contract.  Miss Barnett was employed to teach the school in 1893 and made two written contracts, one for the first, or fall term, and another for the second, or winter term.  During the second term trouble about who should build the fires and sweep the school house, came up, which caused considerable feeling in the district.  Another teacher was engaged for the spring term, whereupon Miss Barnett sued for breach of contract, alleging that she had an oral agreement with the trustee to teach the entire year. The jury found for the defendant, no cause of action.
The case of Cora Gordon against Job Ingraham for slander was called after the Barnett case had been summed up Monday morning.  This action arises in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] and the plaintiff sues for damages alleging that the defendant made statements derogatory to her character.  The defense is that the statements were true and not slander.
On Saturday  a divorce was granted to Warren O. Dye, of Otselic [Chenango Co., NY], against his wife, Ruth E. Dye.
NYS Woman's Relief Corps Home Opens
Chenango Union, May 13, 1897
The New York State Woman's Relief Corps home has been opened for the reception of inmates.  Thus far thirteen inmates have been received and assigned rooms.  Twelve are veterans and their wives, and the thirteenth the widow of a veteran.  There will probably be daily additions to this number until the capacity of the present building, which is forty-eight, is filled, as a large number of applications have been duly acted upon by the board of managers.  The board of managers were in Oxford Thursday and Friday and had business sessions at the Home.  Mrs. Kate E. Jones, of Ilion, was elected president of the Board, in place of Mrs. Ellen M. Putnam, who resigned to resume the superintendency of the institution.  The board did a large amount of routine work and transacted business pertaining to the opening and management of the institution.  A team and carriage are very much needed for the use of the superintendent in business connected with the Home, and it was decided to purchase them.  The board are in hopes to be able to erect this summer a building containing a dining room and kitchen, with quarters for the help, from an appropriation, the bill for which is now before the governor.  Such a building is a necessity as the present building, as constructed, is more of a dormitory.  It is expected to erect a stable also, and do some grading of the grounds.--Times [NYS Veterans Home, Oxford, Chenango Co., NY]

Lewis Haight Breaks Collarbone
Chenango Union, May 13, 1897
Lewis D. Haight, an employee of the Union office is suffering from a compound fracture of the collar bone, sustained Monday night.  It has been Mr. Haight's custom, in company with another employee of the office who lives in the northern part of the village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], to ride from the D.L.&W. depot to the Rexford street crossing on the milk train which goes north a few minutes after six.  The train usually halts at the Rexford street siding to allow a trainman to close the switch, but Monday night the siding was occupied by a freight train, and the crew of the milk train was therefore relieved from duty in closing the switch. Accordingly the train did not halt as usual at the crossing and Haight and his companion were obliged to jump.  Haight's feet slipped as he struck the ground and he was thrown violently, striking on his left shoulder.  he did not complain of injuries at the time and walked home without assistance.  His shoulder soon troubled him, however, and Dr. Ormsbee was called. An examination showed that the collar bone was broken in two places, about an inch apart. The injury will incapacitate him for work for several weeks.

Marriages (April 29)

Nearing - Prentice
Chenango Union, May 6, 1897
NEARING - PRENTICE:  At Latham's Corners, April 28, 1897, by Rev. Mr. Blair, Walter A.  Nearing, of Mt. Upton, and Miss Nellie M. Prentice of Latham's Corners.
A unique and beautiful wedding was that which was celebrated at the home of John Prentice uniting the only children of the Prentice families.  The evergreen arch and two gates twined with trailing arbutus, and tied with white satin ribbons, which were opened by wee white robed maidens for the bridal procession were fair-like in beauty, and the fair bride with her magnificent bouquet of flowers, with her maidens all in white, made a lovely picture.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. W.T. Blair, assisted by Rev. Mr. Spencer. About one hundred guests enjoyed the festivities, and the presents were numerous and elegant.  The happy pair took the train at Latham's station for Troy, congratulating themselves that they had escaped the "rice shower," but alas!  The train halted at the Mt. Upton depot, and over their shoulders came a deluge.
Worman - Atkinson
Chenango Union, May 6, 1897
The Albany Journal of April 28 contains the following notice of the marriage of Benjamin Worman son of Prof. Worman formerly of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], and well known here:  "The marriage of Ama M. Atkinson to Mr. Ben James Worman took place this morning at the home of the bride's mother, corner of Hamilton and Swan streets, the Rev. William F. Whittaker performing the ceremony.  The wedding was a very pretty, though a private one, the only guests present being the immediate friends of the families.  Mr. Worman's best man was Metz Hayes of New York city, and the bride was accompanied by her sister, Miss Grace l. Atkinson.  Many friends were present from New York and Brooklyn. Both Mr. and Mrs. Worman have very many warm friends in this city who will rejoice in their happiness and wish them much joy.  The happy couple have gone south on their wedding journey."
Dr. and Mrs. Francis
Afton Enterprise, October 15, 1914
A very delightful, and somewhat amusing "double surprise party" took place at the Presbyterian parsonage on Spring street [Afton, Chenango Co., NY] last Friday afternoon, October 9th.  The Presbyterian missionary Society was to meet there.  It was the date of the regular monthly meeting, and had no reference whatever to the fact that it happened to be the "Wedding Anniversary" of Dr. and Mrs. Francis.  The pastor's wife planned, however, that she would decorate the house with flowers and wedding bells, and give the ladies a pleasant little "surprise" by serving hot cocoa, cake, fruit, etc. to the twelve or fifteen who usually attended, and as many others as might come.  Nothing has been said.  The time came, and (to the bewilderment of the "lady of the manse") the first lady who arrived brought a cake in her hands. The second and third did likewise, and another brought a freezer of delicious ice cream.  And then the secret came out that the ladies had quietly arranged a charming "surprise" for Mrs. Francis and the pastor. Everything had been strictly "sub rosa" on both sides. When the ladies had ceased arriving it was found that there were thirty-nine present. Besides the good half-hour meeting at which the president, Miss Alice M. Taggart, presided, all had a very happy afternoon together.  Before the meeting closed, Mrs. M.G. Hill arose, and in a few beautiful words expressed to the pastor and wife the congratulations and loving wishes of all, and in behalf of the ladies presented her with an envelope containing two bright five dollar gold pieces, as an anniversary gift; to which Mrs. Francis responded briefly assuring these good friends of her heart-felt thanks and appreciation of all their kindness and love.
Shapley - Clark
Afton Enterprise, December 31, 1914
Miss Edna Clark of the town of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] and Mr. Ernest Shapley, employed near Otego [Otsego Co., NY], were united in marriage by Rev. C.O. Fuller at the Baptist parsonage.  Thursday afternoon, Dec. 24, 1914.  They were attended by Mr. F.N. Bennett and Miss Merle Clark.
Craver - Smith
Afton Enterprise, December 31, 1914
Married At the M.E. Parsonage, Afton, N.Y. [Chenango Co., NY], December 24, 1914, by Rev. I.L. Bronson, H. Ashley Craver and Miss Marjorie E. Smith, both of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY].
Gervais - Walters
Afton Enterprise, October 15, 1914
A pretty and quiet wedding occurred at the home of Robert Searls on Saturday evening at which time his niece Miss Viola Walters, was untied in marriage to Leo Gervais, the ceremony being performed by Rev. C.O. Fuller, the bridal party standing under a bower of autumn leaves.  They were attended by Miss Ruth Chamberlin as bridesmaid and Glenn Gregory as groomsman.  After a course luncheon was served, the happy couple took the evening train for a brief tour.  Miss Walters is well known in this village having at one time made her home with her uncle and attended school.  For some time she has been a student nurse in the Binghamton City Hospital.  Mr. Gervais is a machinist in the employ of the Nineveh Coach and Car Co., where he is highly appreciated being a young man of excellent habits. They will make their home in Nineveh where the groom has a house prepared for his bride and where they will be pleased to welcome their large circle of friends.

Obituaries (April 29)

Adelbert H. Darling
Utica Saturday Globe, July 1913
Adelbert H. Darling
1853 - 1913

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Adelbert H. Darling, who died at his home near Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY] on Friday, aged 59, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Delos Darling and was born in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] December 12, 1853.  The greater share of his life had been spent in Norwich, where for many years he was employed in the polishing room at the Maydole hammer factory.  He purchased a farm near Sherburne to which he moved a year ago last March.  The deceased had been twice married.  His first wife was Miss Ella Eccleston, who died in 1910.  In 1912 he married  Mrs. Anna Brant, formerly of Guilford, who survives him.  He is survived by a son, Edward Darling;  one daughter, Mrs. Matthew P. Bolger, and a granddaughter, Miss Kathryne Bolger, all of Norwich.  He leaves two brothers, Nelson Darling, of Norwich, and Egbert Darling, of Falls Church, Va.  Funeral services were held Monday morning from the residence, Rev. M.H. Kendrick officiating.
Britton Lobdell
Afton Enterprise, October 22, 1914
Miss Flora Lobdell arrived in Afton on Tuesday of this week from Chico, California with the body of her father, Britton Lobdell.  Mr. Lobdell lived in Sanford [Broome Co., NY] and Afton [Chenango Co., NY] for many years and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.  He moved to Chico, Cal. in 1910 where he died October 12th, 1914 in the 90th year of his age.  He was a member of the Baptist church for about 70 years.  He was a veteran of the Civil War, a member of Vanderburg Post, until his removal to Chico, when he took a transfer to the post there.  He left him surviving six children, Miss Flora Lobdell and Mrs. A.R. Williams, Marvin J. Lobdell and James E. Lobdell of Chico, Cal., Rev. George Lobdell of Stockton, Cal., and Addison Lobdell of Valatie, N.Y.  The burial was in Glenwood cemetery [Afton, NY] on Wednesday afternoon the services being conducted by Vanderburg Post.
Hannah (Dean) Stewart
Afton Enterprise, October 15, 1914
Mrs. Hannah Loville Stewart, widow of the late Alanson J. Stewart, formerly of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], died suddenly at the home of her son in Smithville [Chenango Co., NY], on last Friday, Oct. 9, 1914.  Her maiden name was Dean, and she was born in Afton more than 78 years ago.  Two sons survive her.  The body was brought  here for burial in the family lot in Glenwood cemetery [Afton, NY] on Sabbath afternoon, Oct. 11, a brief service being conducted at the grave by Dr. J.J. Francis pastor of the Presbyterian church of this place.
John Hascal Ransford
Chenango Union, May 20, 1897
John Hascal Ransford, a well known resident of t his village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], died at his home on East Main street, about eleven o'clock Tuesday morning.  He was naturally feeble in health, and for several months past has been in a more serious condition, his disease was of a cancerous nature and his death was not unexpected.  John H. Ransford was the son of Matthew and Sophia Wasson Ransford, and was born in this village on August 18, 1833.  He was engaged as salesman in different stores in Norwich, in his early life, but the ill health of his father made it necessary for him to seek the assistance of his son in the management of his property, which was extensive.  After the death of his father this property fell to John H. Ransford, and it has been managed by him with skill and profit.  Although unable to perform much manual labor he maintained a careful supervision of his farm properties and everything about the place, especially the stock, was always first class and kept in first class condition.  he was especially fond of animals and has bred and owned some of the best horses in Norwich.  He was kind, obliging and liberal, as a neighbor and friend; faithful in the performance of any trust committed to him and loyal to a fault to his friends. The funeral services will be held form his late residence at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, Rev. T.G.Cass, of Malone, officiating.

Mary A. (Lee) Crain
Chenango Union, May 13, 1897
Mary A. Lee, daughter of Joseph and Susan Lee, was born in Unadilla, Otsego county, N.Y., March 22, 1841.  At twenty years of age she experienced religion and joined the First Baptist church at Guilford.  Her marriage with Rev. C.S. Crain took place in the spring of 1864.  Two children were born to them; Jessie A., wife of M.F. Marsh, and Prof. J.. Henry, both this place.  Two stepsons, Stephen B., of New Berlin and Herman L., of Mt. Upton.  Her death occurred on Wednesday night at 11:30 o'clock, April 28th.  Her illness covered the short time of only two weeks.  Mrs. Crain commanded the respect and confidence of the entire community and possessed qualities that endeared her many friends.  Rev. C.S. Crain accepted a call to the Baptist church of this place in the spring of 1892, and in July moved his family from McDonough and served faithfully and very acceptably for nearly three years. In April, 1895, a place was purchased in our village and the family located here to the satisfaction of many warm friends.  Mr. Crain died in July following and was buried in our cemetery, where by his side now rests the remains of his companion for thirty-one years.  M.F. Marsh, the son-in-law, is in the employ of D.&H.C. Co., and J. Henry is the principle of our Graded School.  The funeral took place from the home on Saturday, May 1st.  Rev. James Ward, her pastor, had charge of the service, preaching the sermon.  Rev. G.E. Flint, of Nineveh, assisted.  The burial was under the direction of Funeral Director A. P. Blake.  --Harpursville Budget.  [Buried Riverview Cemetery, Harpursville, Broome Co., NY]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Obituaries (April 28)

James Brazee
Utica Saturday Globe, June 1913

James Brazee
1855 - 1913

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  James Brazee, who died at his home in Walton [Delaware Co., NY] last week, aged 59, was a native of Norwich.  He was the son of Asa and Caroline Brazee and remained a resident of Norwich until 1898 when he moved to Walton.  For more than a score of years deceased had been connected with the Prudential Insurance Company as agent and assistant superintendent in this place and in Walton.  In 1883 he married Miss Ella Halberg, of Norwich, who survives him, together with one son, Ray, and two daughters, Carrie and Jessie, all residents of Walton.  He also leaves three brothers, John, of Denver; William, of Rey, Col., and Joseph, who resides in California.  funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, the burial being in charge of the Masonic Lodge of Walton, of which deceased was a member.
Nora Spencer
Bainbridge Republican, May 24, 1917
Miss Nora Spencer died Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock at the residence of her brother, Jason Spencer, from heart trouble, aged 39 years.  Funeral will be held Friday afternoon at one o'clock from the home, Rev. O.L. Buck officiating and burial in Green Lawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  Miss Spencer had been a great sufferer for the past seven months.  She is well and favorably known in this village and leaves a host of friends to mourn her loss.  She is survived by four sisters and one brother.
Sophia Pierce
Afton Enterprise, September 24, 1914
Last Friday morning shortly before 10 o'clock on the road north of the village near Afton lake occurred a serious accident.  Dr. Byron Pierce and wife, Sophia Pierce, and son, Clarence, who had been visiting friends in Oneonta were returning to their home at Coopers Plains [Steuben Co., NY], near Corning, making the trip by automobile. At the point where the accident occurred it seems that the machine ran off to one side of the road and Mr. Pierce in turning back to the highway made too short a turn.  Some such action must have occurred for the car turned turtle, and with disastrous results.  Clarence Pierce was bruised but otherwise not seriously injured.  Dr. Pierce, who was running the car, was more seriously hurt, receiving a bad cut on the head and having two ribs broken.  Mrs. Pierce, however, was pinned under the overturned car and aid had to be summoned before she could be removed.  Her injuries were of a most serious nature and her skull was fractured.  She was taken to the home of Dr. W.L. Dodge and every effort made to minister to her need and comfort.  An operation was performed to remove the pressure of the skull upon the brain and this was successful and for a time there were hopes for her recovery; for though she died not fully regaining consciousness, she seemed to be more restful and her symptoms were generally  hopeful.  But the shock had been too great for her and Tuesday morning her death occurred, just one day preceding her 69th birthday.  Her body was taken to the bereaved home at Coopers Plains Wednesday and the funeral held today.  Besides her husband, Dr. Byron Pierce, and son, Clarence, who was here at the time of the accident, she is survived by two other sons.
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Anderson
Chenango Union, May 20, 1897
News was received here yesterday of the tragic death at Weiser, Idaho, of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Anderson formerly of this place [Norwich, Chenango Co.., NY].  April 26, last, both were stricken down with spotted fever, which terrible disease under the name of cerebro-spinal meningitis brought death to so many Norwich homes some years ago.  Mr. Anderson died May 4th and three days later Mrs. Anderson breathed her last, happily unconscious that her husband had preceded her.  Both were buried in one grave on the following day.  Joseph Anderson and his wife, Caroline, resided for sometime on Maydole street and Henry street in this village up to within about a year ago when they removed to Weiser.  Mr. Anderson was employed as a blacksmith in the O.&W. roundhouse.  The surviving children are William, Caroline and Emma who have the sincerest sympathy of this community in the awful calamity which has overtaken them. 

Russell B. Frink
Chenango Union, May 13, 1897
After a long and painful illness Russell B. Frink passed away on the morning of May 4.  Mr. Frink was born in Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY] February 14, 1831, and was the eldest son of Nathan Frink.  His early life was spent in this county, and did not differ materially from that of the average  youth of those times.  As he advanced in life his townmen recognized in him one well fitted to perform the duties of official life and elected him to offices of trust, he served his town as School Superintendent, Justice of the Peace and later was elected Justice of Sessions.  In 1854 he purchased goods preparatory to engaging in the mercantile business in Pharsalia.  However during the year his brother Daniel Frink and family from California visited their old home and Mr. and Mrs. Frink returned with them.  That the people of California appreciated his worth is evidence by their twice electing him to the responsible office of County Judge of Marin county.  About twenty years ago he retired form active life and went to live with his brother, Daniel Frink at Mountain View, Santa Clara county, Colo.  After his brother's death in 1891 he returned to Pharsalia where he has spent the remainder of his life in the pleasant home of his brother Joshua Frink.  Endowed with a superior mind, and having a high sense of honor, Mr. Frink adorned any position that he was called to occupy either in business or society.  politically he was a Democrat.  He never married.  The funeral was largely attended at the residence, and Congregational church on Thursday.  Rev. Albert Clarke officiating. The surviving brothers and sisters are Mrs. Ira S. Brown of Plymouth, Joshua Frink and Mrs. John B. Baker of East Pharsalia, Marshal D. Frink, of Port Huron, Mich. and Mrs. James S. Harrington, of St. Clara, Michigan.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bainbridge High School, Class of 1958 - Part 4

Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1958
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1958
Ben Wilcox Nelson
Class President

Dewitt Carroll Niles
Student Council President
Junior Prom King

Peter Francis Ogren
Class Treasurer

Shirley Jean Palmatier

Sharon Lee Pollard

Ramona Leal Pratt

Buglaries in Chenango Co., NY - 1897

Safe Blown by Experts - Norwich, NY
Chenango Union, April 29, 1897
Expert safe crackers operated on the large Herring safe at the postoffice early Saturday morning.  One of the doors was blown open by a charge of dynamite which broke the lock leaving access to the safe easy.  Inside the safe, however, was a so-called burglar proof vault of chilled steel, and either because the burglars were pressed for time or because they did not have the tools with which to operate upon the vault, it was not disturbed. The only booty secured was about $15 which belonged to Postmaster Jones, and was in one of the tills outside the burglar proof vault.
Immediately after the Greene [Chenango Co., NY] robbery Postmaster Jones had the safe moved to the front part of the office, where it is in full view from the street.  It was further protected by a gas light which was left burning all night, and which was burning when the burglary was committed.
The burglary was first discovered by Harry Leach, one of the clerks, when he opened the office in the morning.  He immediately summoned Sheriff Payne and Postmaster Jones, but there was no clue whereby a search for the burglars could be instituted.  The fact of the robbery was telegraphed to neighboring towns and the officer, asked to be on the lookout for suspicious characters.  At Greene two men were arrested on suspicion, but they proved to be two persons from Norwich selling horseradish.  They were released. The night operator at Sherburne sent word that he saw three men stealing a ride on the D.L.&W. freight train which passes through here about the time the robbery is supposed to have been committed. The Utica chief of police was requested to interview the crew of the train and obtain a description of the men and where they left the train. No clues were received from that quarter, however, and the officers are entirely in the dark. 
One suspicious individual was seen in Norwich on Friday evening, but his whereabouts could not be ascertained Saturday, and whether he was one of the gang will probably never be known.  That the work was that of experts is evidenced by the fact that the safe was drilled at a point where it would be most likely to break the lock without doing great damage to the safe, and from the fact that the charge was just large enough to do the work intended without making a loud explosion.  The explosion  was heard by several people at the Eagle, who were awake at the time, but they thought nothing of it.  The authorities surmise that the operators were the same that entered the Greene postoffice several weeks ago, but there is nothing to identify them. A number of safes in business places at Cortland were cracked on Thursday night, and it is equally probable that the Norwich burglary was the work of that gang.
The postoffice at German was entered by burglars last Thursday night and about $50 in stamps stolen.  No clues.

Obituaries (April 27)

William Riley
Utica Saturday Globe, June 1913

William Riley
1893 - 1913

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  A drowning accident occurred on the Hudson river shortly after 6 o'clock Sunday afternoon by which William Riley, of Norwich, lost his life.  Four boys attempted to cross the river from Troy to Waterford in a steel round bottom rowboat. The boat was overloaded, a strong wind was blowing and the boat began to fill soon after the start was made from the Troy side.  The boys made a determined effort to reach the other shore but were swamped.  All were thrown into the water.  Only two of the four boys, Clifford Paul and George Geroux, could swim.  Walter Kelley could not swim but saved himself by clinging to the boat.  Both Paul and Geroux went to the rescue of Riley. The drowning lad caught Geroux around the neck and together they went down twice.  To save his own life Geroux then broke away.  Paul caught Riley by the hair but was not able to hold him until help came.  Two men in a motor boat were not far away and reached the struggling boys as soon as they could.  They were able to save Kelly, Paul and Geroux, but Riley had sunk out of sight.  Men in boats began grappling for the body at once.  Coroner Granger of Cohoes was summoned and went at once to the spot.  The body was recovered at an early hour Monday morning. Meanwhile Norwich relatives had been notified and the unfortunate lad's father, John Riley, accompanied by George J. Devine, left by the first train for the scene.  They returned on Tuesday morning bringing with them the remains.  William Riley was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Riley of Gold street.  He reached his 19th birthday December 12.  After leaving school he was employed in the Chapman-Turner department store and later at the store of J.A. Le Tarte. For several months he had been in the employ of the Carl Dry Goods Company, of Troy.  He was of a genial nature and made friends of all with whom he became acquainted.  He is survived by his parents, three brothers, John, Charles and James, and one sister, Mrs. John O'Connor, all residents of Norwich.  Funeral services were held from the residence on Gold street Wednesday morning and from St. Paul's Church. The impressive services were conducted by Rev. Father Smith, of Sherburne assisted by Rev. Richard Purcell, of Oxford.  The deceased had been an altar boy for 13 years and the pathos of the occasion was intensified by the voices of his former companions as they sang from Stabat Mater, while the casket was being borne to the altar.  Other musical parts of the service were a magnificent rendering of "Ave Maria" by Franklyn Batie and a solo "Heaven is My Home," by Miss May Cox. The bearers were James Macksey, Felix Belisle, Franklin Daley, Albert O'Connor, Gregory Allen, Henry Griffin, Walter Redmond, Robert Knapp, Walter Fay and Leon Hanan. At the open grave in St. Paul's Cemetery, prayer was said by Rev. Father Purcell.  Miss May Cox and Mrs. J.J. Dolan, assisted by Rev. Father Smith sang "Near, My God, to Thee."  Rarely, indeed, has there been seen on a similar occasion such a profusion of beautiful flowers and floral designs. There was an elaborate pillow from the three companions of his last hours of life, and appropriate remembrances from the altar boys, the O.&W. shopmen, Le Tarte store, Chapman-Turner Company employees, the Oakland Club, Norwich Council, Knights of Columbus, Elks, pupils of Miss Thompson's room at the public schools, and the Carl Company, of Troy.

Charles W. Latimer
Chenango Union, April 29, 1897
Charles W. Latimer, formerly of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], died at his home at Dixon, Ill., April 14, aged 52.  He was a marble cutter by trade, and was employed at that business when he lived in Norwich.  He was one of the members of the Alert Hose company, in its earliest days and is remembered by many of the older firemen.  He was one of the leading citizens of Dixon, and had held responsible positions in the city government.

Elsie Whipple
Chenango Union, April 29, 1897
Mrs. Elsie Whipple, grandmother of James H. Throop, died at her home on Pleasant street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Wednesday evening shortly after six o'clock.  The funeral will be held from her residence Friday morning at nine o'clock.  Burial at Clinton [Oneida Co., NY].  Mrs. Whipple was born at Williamstown, Mass., February 12, 1800, and was therefore a few months over 97 years of age at her death.  When she was 14 she moved to Poolville, Madison county, N.Y., and was a resident of Madison county until about five years ago, when she came to Norwich to live.  For several years she lived in the family of her grandson, but more recently has lived with her daughter, Mr. Throop's mother, at No. 1 Pleasant street.  She was a remarkable old lady, retaining to the last all her physical and mental faculties, and taking a lively interest in the affairs of the world about her.  During her last illness she has suffered intensely but through all her pain has exhibited a wonderful patience and thoughtfulness for those about her.

Ruth Brown Arnold
Chenango Union, May 6, 1897
A marked copy of the Adair, Iowa Messenger, comes to our desk, containing an obituary notice upon the death of Mrs. Ruth Brown Arnold, who died at the home of her son, F.D. Arnold, at Chicago, on April 8.  She was born in New Berlin, Chenango County, N.Y., June 8, the daughter of Thomas and Nancy Frink Brown, whose family comprised eight daughters and four sons, only one of which, Mrs. Sarah Robinson, of Oxford, N.Y., survive her.  On February 1st, 1835, Ruth Brown was united in marriage to Mrs. John F Arnold, of Otsego county, N.Y., five children being born to them, three sons and two daughters, four of whom are living--F.J. Arnold, Adair, Iowa; F.D.Arnold, of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Mary Angels Corman of Brooklyn, N.Y, and Mrs. Sarah Augusta Sisson, of Redfield, South Dakota, all of whom were born in Otsego county, N.Y.  The family moved to Lacrosse county, Wisconsin, in 1853.

"Since then", continues the Messenger "Grandma Arnold, as she was familiarly called by her friends, has resided with her children and other relatives in New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois, always a welcome visitor.  Her acquaintance was extensive and all who knew her were her friends; an invalid most of her life, she was ever patient and self-sacrificing, the comfort and welfare of others always her first care; reading much, she was posted on current events, manifested a lively interest in public affairs and was overflowing with sympathy for the  suffering and oppressed everywhere.  She was well posted on American and European politics, was familiar with the histories of the royal families of the old world and manifested to her last day on earth a warm sympathy for the Cubans and Cretans as well as for the suffering masses of her own country.  Her sympathetic nature which ever revolted at injustice and tyranny caused her religious belief to be liberal; she could not believe that God ever created a soul to be destroyed, but that all would progress to a higher plane of life; that our Creator would take the same pleasure in protecting and perfecting a soul that he did in creating it; that God created to preserve, not to destroy.  Eight weeks before death symptoms developed which she understood as unmistakable signs of early dissolution, from which time she waited patiently and cheerfully for the end, and when the silent messenger, death, was stealing over her, she was well aware of its presence, told her friends she was dying and asked how long they thought she would live.  Her daughter from Dakota and friends from Wisconsin came to assist in ministering to her comfort and were among the friends surrounding her on the early morning of April 8th, when her gentle spirit silently departed.  her remains are laid, at her request, beside her husband's in the Adair cemetery."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Obituaries (April 26)

Edward B. Lyon
Utica Saturday Globe, June 1913
Edward Brown
1861 - 1913
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At his home in the town of North Norwich Saturday occurred the death of Edward B. Lyon, aged 52.  The deceased was a well known and successful farmer and had passed the greater part of his life on the farm where he died.  He was a man of sterling character and was highly respected by all who knew him.  In 1883 he married Miss Carrie Brown, of North Norwich. She survives with one daughter, Mrs. Lyman B. Curtis, of North Norwich. The funeral was held from his late home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Alfred R. Burke officiating.
Doratha Hall
Chenango Union, April 22, 1897
Doratha Hall, the little daughter of Henry C. and Sarah Sinclair Hall, died Saturday morning after a lingering illness. She was one year and four months old.  The funeral services were held from ----------------the residence of her parents, Henry street, Monday afternoon.  Rev. H.D. Stebbins, officiating.  Burial in Mt. Hope [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY]
George Eugene Burrows
Chenango Union, April 22, 1897
Eugene Burrows, who was taken to the Chicago homeopathic hospital for treatment, a few weeks ago, died there on Friday.  It was hoped that an operation would restore him to health, but he was too weak to rally from the shock.  The remains were brought to Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] Sunday morning and the funeral was held from the residence of the Misses Cook, West Main street, Monday afternoon.  Norwich Lodge, 302 F.&A.M. conducted the services at the grave and Norwich Commandery  No. 46, K.T., acted as escort.  George Eugene Burrows was born at Oxford, N.Y. [Chenango Co.] in 1858 but soon removed to Norwich where he received his education.  He served an apprenticeship in the Telegraph and afterward was employed in the office of the New York Tribune.  Later he secured employment with the Pullman Palace car company and gave up the printing business.  He first served the Pullman company as conductor, but by attention to his duties and faithfulness to his employers rose in their esteem.  When ill health compelled him to resign he was cashier and accountant for the company at the Chicago office.  He was a 32nd degree mason.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. J.R.Wheeler, of this village.
Antha Manwarring
Bainbridge Republican, May 3, 1917
Wilkins Settlement [Chenango Co., NY]:  The funeral of Mrs. Antha Manwarring who died as the result of pneumonia on Monday, April 23d, was held from  her late home at the residence of Arthur Hunt on Thursday, April 26th, the Rev. Mr. Houston officiating, with burial at Coventry [Chenango Co., NY].  Mrs. Manwarring was a woman of fine Christian character, and a member of the Second Congregational Church of Coventry for a long period of years.  She was the last member of a family of five sisters. She was remarkably active for a woman of 84 years, being one of those who do not grow old with the passing of time.  She is survived by her nieces Mrs. Sarah Niven, Mrs. Arthur Hunt and Miss Edna Niven of this place, and Mrs. Charles Haring of Sandy Hook, Conn., and one nephew Attorney Ward Truesdell of Sherburne.
Nina Hotaling Buman
Bainbridge Republican, May 3, 1917
Nina Hotaling, wife of Frank Buman, died at her home on North Main street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] Friday morning at two o'clock, after a lingering illness, aged twenty-eight years. She is survived by her husband, father, seven brothers and four sisters.  The funeral services conducted by Rev. R.W Nickel, were held Monday afternoon at two thirty o'clock from St. Peter's Church and was largely attended by relatives and friends.  Burial was in Green Lawn cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].
"I heard the voice of Jesus say:
Come unto me and rest,
Lay down thou weary one,
Lay down Thy head upon my breast."
Dr. William Goodenough Wheeler 
Chenango Union, April 29, 1897
The Leonardsville correspondent of the Utica Herald has the following concerning the death of an old resident of this county:  "Many of the older residents of the Unadilla Valley have received with feelings of profound sorrow intelligence of the death of Dr. William Goodenough Wheeler, which occurred at his home in Chelsea, Mass., on Saturday, April 7.  Although living in a far distant community, Dr. Wheeler kept up his interest in the affairs of this section, and it was his custom to return regularly once a year or oftener to the scenes of his early youth.  Few men who have gone out from the Unadilla valley have ever achieved greater distinction than Dr. Wheeler.  He was one of the oldest and most successful physicians and surgeons in New England. William G. Wheeler was born August 3, 1821, in that portion of the town of Columbus, Chenango county, known as Tallette, adjoining the town of Brookfield, Madison county.  His parents were Humphrey and Penelope Wheeler.  He was educated at Foster's private school and the Benton academy at little Falls, at which place in 1840 he commenced the study of medicine under his uncle, Dr. James Wheeler.  Subsequently he attended the Geneva medical college, from which institution he was graduated in 1845.  After practicing medicine in little Falls, Dr. Wheeler removed in 1847 to Chelsea, Mass., where he afterwards resided.  He gave to his profession half a century of intense devotion. During the civil war he was active in support of the union cause, and was one of the examining physicians for the federal government.  Although a general practitioner, he exhibited early in life a strong liking for general surgery.  He performed a large number of difficult operations some of which are the first recorded cases of the kind in New England.  In 1844 he experimented with the properties of sulphuric ether.  His own accounts of these experiments was published in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal of January last.  His recreation lay in a close study of the works of Shakespeare and he acted for some years as president of the Shakespeare club of Chelsea.  About the time he settled in Chelsea, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was somewhat older, also commenced the practice of medicine in Boston.  Between the two there existed the most cordial professional relations, and Dr. Wheeler loved to dwell upon his memories of little Dr. Holmes."
Death Notices
Chenango Union, March 4, 1875
LEWIS:  In Cooperstown [Otsego Co., NY], Feb. 18th, Mrs. Esther Sisson Lewis, wife of Major William Lewis; aged 82 years, formerly of Norwich.
LEWIS:  In South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], Feb. 196ith..., at the home of her son-in-law, Charles E. Brett, Mrs. Emily M. Lewis, aged 49 years.
Chenango Union, March 11, 1875
OVERHISER:  In Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], March 6th, Jane [Overhiser], wife of William Overhiser of Norwich, aged 47 years.
COZIER:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], Feb. 17th, Ernest L. [Cozier], son of Harvey and Evie R. Cozier, aged 10 months.
HULL:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], Mar. 1, 1875, Betsey Hale [Hull], wife of Alanson Hull and sister of N.B. Hale of Norwich, aged 69 years.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Obituaries (April 25)

George Henry Beach
Utica Saturday Globe, April 1913
George Henry Beach
1828 - 1913

Norwich [Chenango County, NY]:  George Henry Beach, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, in Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], April 15, was formerly a well-known business man of this village.  For the past few years he had been in poor health and had resided with his daughters, part of the time in Norwich and part in Oneonta.  For a year he had been an invalid, requiring constant care.  The deceased was born in Connecticut 84 years ago, but had spent practically all his life in this State.  He was a miller by trade and had operated mills at Portlandville and Hartwick before coming to Norwich, where he conducted the Stone mill, on West Main street, for some years.  Later he conducted the restaurant at the D.L.&W. station until the new depot was erected and the restaurant was discontinued.  Mr. Beach was a veteran of the civil war and a member of the G.A.R.  He became a member of Christian Church while living in Portlandville and as long as health permitted was faithful in church duties.  He was twice married, his first wife, Marcia Roland Beach, died in 1863, and his second wife, Jennie Morgan Beach, passed to rest in 1897.  Mr. Beach leaves two daughters, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, of Oneonta, and Mrs. William A. Gould, of Norwich.  He also leaves a brother, Charles Beach, of New Berlin, and two sisters, Mrs. Minerva Castle and Mrs. Emma Stockley, of this village; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  The funeral was held in Oneonta Thursday, Rev. E.J. Farley officiating, with committal services by members of E.D. Farmer Post, G.A.R. Interment was made in the family plot at Portlandville [Otsego Co., NY]. 

Charles Brookins
Bainbridge Republican, May 10, 1919
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Running in front of an automobile driven by former Assemblyman Walter A. Shepardson, Charles Brookins, the eight-year-old son of Dwight Brookins of North Norwich, was run down and almost instantly killed late yesterday afternoon, a short distance from the home of his parents.  The automobile was moving at a very moderate speed and the accident was unavoidable, it is said, the child darting directly in front of it.  The boy had been playing with other children a few yards from his home before the accident.  Failing to see the approaching car, he started to cross the road, and before the driver could stop or swerve to either side, was knocked down.  Those who knew the particulars of the casualty said later that Shepardson was driving slowly and could not avoid striking the boy.

Utica Observer, April 23, 1917
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Running directly in front of the automobile of ex-Assemblyman Walter A. Shepardson of this city, Charles Brookins, eight years old, son of Mrs. Dwight Brookins of North Norwich, was instantly killed last night in front of his home.  Young Brookins was playing in the road, wheeling a wheelbarrow as the Shepardson car came along and ran directly in its path.  Those who saw the accident say the automobile was moving slowly and they attach no blame to the driver.  Coroner Dr. Wilcox of this city was notified and after investigating the affair said he would exonerate Mr. Shepardson from all criminal negligence. The victim of the accident is the third son of Mrs. Brookins, the father of the boy passing away in the Binghamton State Hospital but a few weeks ago.  Besides the mother there survives two sons, Raymond, now a member of the National Guard, and Rexford, who is employed as a farm laborer.  Mr. Shepardson was only recently elected president of the Scott lumber Company, at a meeting of the newly organized directors.

Arthur D. Hosler
Afton Enterprise, September 2, 1914
Otego [Otsego Co., NY]:  The body of A.D. Hosler of Pontiac, Mich., was found on Saturday morning on the railroad track of the D.&H. in this place, near the residence of Chas. Bouch's farm.  It is supposed he fell from a passing train during the night. The body was badly mutilated....  Dr. Ford was called and coroner Frank L. Winsor of Laurens, who, after viewing the remains, ordered undertaker Bailey, of this village to take charge of the body.  A card in his pocket attests to membership in the lodge of Elks at Pontiac, Michigan.  It is understood that the Oneonta lodge of Elks will endeavor to get into communication with the relatives of the dead man through the Pontiac lodge; he was well dressed and indicated a man of refinement.  [1880-1914; Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac, MI]

Dr. Alvin C. Hazard
Dr. Alvin C. Hazard
1838 - 1897 memorial #34746842

Chenango Union, April 22, 1897
Dr. A.C. Hazard, of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], died Monday morning, after a long illness.  He was one of the best known men of the town and has held numerous offices of trust and responsibility.  He was also sheriff of the county for one term.  Dr. Hazard has been a practicing physician at New Berlin for more than thirty years and was regarded as a safe adviser in case of illness.  He enjoyed the respect and love of his fellow townsmen to a remarkable degree and throughout the county.  He had many friends with whom he had been thrown in contact in professional, political and social circles. While sheriff he resided in this village, where he is remembered as an honored and upright citizen.  The funeral will be held from his late residence at 1:30 P.M., and from the Baptist church, New Berlin, at 2 P.M. on Friday  Members of the Chenango County Medical Society have been notified to attend and a meeting of the society will be held at the Central hotel to adopt suitable resolutions.
Unknown Newspaper (New Berlin), April 24, 1897
It seems almost impossible that the robust, strong-looking man who but a few days since was a familiar figure on our streets has gone out from among us. He had known for a long time the nature of his disease, had known the absolute hopelessness of his case, but with all the determination of his inflexible will, had fought against growing infirmity, until about four weeks ago, when the relentless enemy compelled surrender. It may be that it was this knowledge that found voice a few weeks ago, in his remark to a friend and patient, who inquired concerning his health. On the Doctor's admission that he was not feeling well the friend counseled him to take a needed and well-earned rest. Said the Doctor, "I am going to take a rest before long--a good long rest."  It is doubtful if the death of another man in this community could bring sense of personal bereavement to more households. In the house of suffering and pain strong attachment to the family physician comes unbidden, and many, very many residents, scattered over at least five towns in this vicinity will miss and regret the familiar, kindly presence, which brought so much of confidence, of personal magnetism, perhaps into the sick-room as to almost valuably the remedial skill born of long and varied practice. Nor was Dr. Hazard's care confined to the well to-do in his parish. His best efforts were as often put forth without hope of reward and there are many poor families in which free advice and medicine were often supplemented by provisions and other needful articles. Through rain or snow, in clear weather or cloudy, at morn or at midnight he has driven far and near over our hills and valleys, as only a strong man could do. This was his life among us thirty years, and we shall not soon forget it or him.  Alvin C. Hazard was born June 2, 1838, near Great Bend, Pa., where he obtained an academic education, commencing the study of medicine with Dr. E. A. Wilmot of that place, in 1860. He entered the U. S. Railroad Medical department, connected with the army in 1863, as assistant surgeon, in which capacity he served for two years, and was for a year in charge of the military railroad hospital at Alexandria, Va. Locating at South New Berlin in Jan. 1866, he was licensed by the County Medical Society in May of that year and practiced his profession there until 1871, when he removed to this village which has since been his home. During the first eight or nine years of his residence here, he was associated with J. L. Dykes in the drug business, the partnership being dissolved upon his election as sheriff.  In politics Dr. Hazard was a republican. He was supervisor of the town in 1869, and was honored in 1879, by election to the office of sheriff of the county. At the time of his death he was health officer of the town, and also an active and interested member of our board of education. he was a member of the Chenango County Medical Society and also of Phoebus Lodge F. & A. M., of this village. In the Baptist church of which he was member, his work and interest will also be missed.  March 10, 1858, he was united in marriage with Miss Angeline D. Sage of South New Berlin. To them were born two children, Oliver and Mrs. Ella M. Palmer of Hay Springs, Nev. both of whom survive, and another son Ransom E, who died May 15, 1869 aged about eight years. Mrs. Hazard died April 11th, 1872.  January 8th, 1873, he married Miss Adelaide Briggs of this town, and during his last illness her kindness and tender care was constant and untiring in ministering to his wants. To them a son, Harold, was born.  Also surviving him are his aged parents Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Hazard, a brother, Rev. R. Y. Hazard of Adrian, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. Thos. Summerton of Great Bend, Pa., and Miss Y. Ufford of Binghamton.  Funeral services were held from his late residence at 1:30 p.m. today(Friday) and at the Baptist church at 2 p.m. Rev. E. A. Bacon officiating. The members of the Chenango County Medical Society attended the obsequies in a body, the Board of Education faculty and students of our school were also present, and the members of Phoebus Lodge, F. & A. M. acted as escort. A large concourse of people not only his fellow citizens of New Berlin, but from Columbus, Norwich, Edmeston, Pittsfield, Butternuts, Burlington, and other towns paid by the presence, a last sad tribute of respect to the memory of Dr. A. C. Hazard.

Adelaide Hazard Thayer
South New Berlin Bee, January 24, 1920
Died, in Princeton, Ill., Nov. 19, 1919, Mrs. Adelaide Thayer, widow of Dr. A.C.  Hazard and Levi Thayer, at the Old Ladies' Home.  Mrs. Thayer had been in poor health for some time and her death was finally caused by a shock. Dr. Hazard practiced medicine both in South New Berlin and New Berlin.  He died at New Berlin twenty-three years ago.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Post listing April 18-24, 2016

Listing of blog postings for the week of April 18-24, 2016

Posted April 23, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Erasmus Bacon (50th anniversary, 1913)
Marriage notices
     Dan Foot - Catherine Phelps (1850)
     Oscar J. Foote - Mary L. Harrison (1848)
     Merlin J. Ford - Cynthia  J. Peck (1848)
     Silas Fosgit - Rachael M. Webb (1848)
     Milo Francis - Lavina J. Purdy (1849)
     Benjamin Franklin - Rhoda Ann Cook (1848)
     Charles P Freeman - Ernestine S. Randall (1849)
     Aaron G. French - Serepta Phillips (1848)
     William Gage - Ruth Morey (1848)
     Thomas Gagen - Elizabeth E. Tower (1849)
     Andrew J. Gardiner - Marietta Van Tessel (1848)
     Daniel S. Gardiner - Juilaette E. Merrill (1849)
Posted April 18, 2016
Grace (Bryant) Tobey (Norwich, 1913)
Sarah Ann Briggs (Milo, 1845)
Louis C. Brooks (Norwich, 1943
Death Notices - 1875
     Jane Taylor (Smyrna)
     Chauncey Haxton (Fowlerville, Sherburne)
     Isaac Phelps (Smyrna)
     Alexander Cleveland (Smyrna)
     Caleb Crandall (Pitcher)
     Pardon Brown (Plymouth)
     William Mayhew (South New Berlin)

Posted April 19, 2016
George H. Rogers (Preston, Oxford, 1913)
George L. Burrell (Norwich)
Nellie M. (Carpenter) Burton (Edmeston, 1938)
Death Notices - 1875
     Sally Rogers (Coventryville)
     Sylvia Jones (Coventryville)
     Betsey Sherman (New Berlin)
     Daniel O. Manwaring (Smyrna)
     Isaac Judson (West Pike, PA)_
     Minnie Ertz (Sherburne)
     Ruth Hoyt (Sidney Centre)
     Newton E. Bosworth (East Pharsalia)
     Flora D. Barrows (Clifford, PA)
     William D. Bouck (Cobleskill)
     Hon. Erastus Foote (Milwaukee, WI)

Posted April 20, 2016
Thomas S. Miller (Norwich, 1913)
J. Bennett Turner (Norwich, 1945)
Jesse Jacobs (Oxford, 1948)

Posted April 21, 2016
Robert L. Case (Norwich, 1913)
Sophia M. (Martz) Duran (Norwich, 1913)
Dr. Charles M. Dunne (Daytona Beach FL, Norwich, 1945)
Jean L. Carothers (Brooklyn, Norwich, 1947)
Death Notices - 1875
     Amaziah Tracy (Norwich)
     Isaac Bennett (Plymouth)
     Martha Barnes (Plymouth)
     Angeline Medbury (Sherburne)
     Silas A. Wedge (Greene)
     Lorin Soule (Smithville)
Posted April 22, 2016
Katheryne E. (Bulger) Lynch (Norwich, 1913)
Georgianna Olendorf Teachout (Bainbridge, 1949)
Hattie Olendorf (Bainbridge 1960)
Death Notices
     Minnie MacDonald (Greene, 1862)
     Ransom MacDonald (Greene, 1865)
     Eunice Ferguson (Guilford, 1872)
     William S. Newton (Oxford, 1892)
     Ellen Olendorf Donahe (Afton, 1891)
     Frank A. Hard (Afton, 1931)
     Hiram W. Derby (Afton, Carbondale PA, 1893)
     John Derby (Athens PA, 1900)
     Catharine Sophia Derby Beatman (Afton, 1927)
     Lyman L. Wilkins (Afton, 1890)

Posted April 23, 2016
Mary A. McNeill (Norwich, 1913)
Frankie Mae Brooks (North Norwich, 1940
Donald Brown (Norwich, Plymouth, 1934)  accidental drowning at Chenango Lake
Death Notices - 1875
     Sarah A. Mitchell (Greene)
     Henry Johnson (Bettsburg Corners, Afton)
     Mrs. Oscar Moore (Afton)
     Samuel Norton (Sidney Plains)
     Samuel Nichols (Cincinnatus)
     Nellie M. Brewster (Mexico)

Posted April 24, 2016
Anna E. (Gramm) White (North Pharsalia, 1913)
Dr. John Yale (Elsinore, CA, 1892)
Phebe Steere (Norwich, 1866)
Paulina (Yale) Cooper (Guilford, Bainbridge, 1893)
James Yale (Guilford, Bainbridge, 1896)
Sarah A. (Beecher) Stoddard Yale (Coventry, 1900)
Posted April 19, 2016
Norwich NY's Pioneer church (First Congregational Church) - 1913

Posted April 20, 2016
Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1958 - Part 3

Posted April 21, 2016
Chenango Valley Home, Norwich, NY 50th anniversary, 1948

Posted April 22, 2016
Demeree's, Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY, Employees photo, 1963

Posted April 23, 2016
Wilkins Settlement, Afton, Chenango Co., NY - Early Settlement

Obituaries (April 24)

Anna E. (Gramm) White
Utica Saturday Globe, April 1913

Anna E. (Gramm) White
1865 - 1913

North Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Anna E. White, wife of Joseph C. White, and one of the most esteemed and loved women in this section, died Sunday evening at the age of 47.  The deceased was the daughter of Charles H. and Margaret A. Gramm and was born in Utica July 4, 1865.  She was married to Mr. White December 5, 1881.  To them were born two children Albert C., and Clara, the latter now Mrs. Balch.  Both reside in Utica.  She also leaves a large circle of friends who will miss her from her home, where she always had a cheery smile and a comforting word.  Mrs. White was a faithful member of the Baptist Church of Norwich.  The funeral was held Wednesday morning.  Prayers at the house were followed by services at the Free Methodist Church here, conducted by Rev. H.A. Brayton.  The remains were taken to Norwich, where they were laid at rest in Mount Hope Cemetery.  Many beautiful floral tributes attested the love of her friends.
Dr. John Yale
Chenango Union, December 29, 1892
On Monday morning, December 19, James Yale of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] received a letter from Elsinore, Cal., informing him that his brother, Dr. John Yale, had died there last May.  Dr. Yale was formerly a resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and well known in this section.  His death leaves but one member of a family of ten children--seven girls and three boys--Mr. James Yale being the survivor--Republican

Phebe Steere
Chenango Union, January 10, 1866
Died in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 23d, 1865, Mrs. Phebe Steere, wife of Smith Steere, Esq., aged 69 years.  Her death was her birth. We wept; but our tears were for ourselves, not for her who was gone.  Home will be dark without her, and the Church of God has lost one of those ornaments that are brightest when most scrutinized.  We leave her where she is, till the day dawns and the shadows flee away.  And when we look through life for one who was always good, we shall find her every time we speak of "Mother,"--Should you pass by her grave, and notice in the grass an earlier green, and in the flowers a richer hue, it may be because the charm her spirit wore still lingers in her dust.
Paulina (Yale) Cooper
About 4 o'clock Friday morning, Sept. 15, 1893, Mrs. Curtis Cooper entered into life eternal at the home of her daughter at Windsor, N.Y.  Paulina Yale, daughter of Elam and Merab Yale, was born in Guilford, N.Y. [Chenango Co.] Dec. 15, 1824.  She was marred to Curtis Cooper of that place Oct. 1, 1845, to whom she was a most devoted wife.  No children were born to these two, but several received at their hands the tender care akin to that of real fatherhood and motherhood.  One, whose lips for years called her by the sacred name of mother, Philip B. Toby, died in California in the fall of 1889.  On October 1, 1870 their silver-wedding day, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper adopted a daughter, Anna E. Hidley, then a child of six years, now residing in Windsor, the wife of the Rev. O.A. Sands.  With this daughter, whose life has been richly blessed with the devoted love, the infinite tenderness, the watchful, never-ceasing care of her whom God had truly made a mother, Mrs. Cooper was living when she was called away.  In 1876 Mr. and Mrs. Cooper removed to Bainbridge, where, with Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Yale, they made their home at what was known as the Dr. Yale place.  All her life Mrs. Cooper was a great sufferer, bearing all with the patience and cheerfulness of the sweet saint of God that she was.  She was suffering with pneumonia at the last, but was recovering from that disease, and the immediate cause of her death, was heart failure.  She was buried in the Cooper Cemetery near Yaleville, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 17, 1893. 

James Yale
Guilford Mail, May 1896
Last Thursday night, as 12 o'clock, Mr.  James Yale of this village, died of apoplexy at 71 years of age.  Mr. Yale had been in feeble health for some time which was the decay of declining years.  He was born in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 7th, 1824 and carried on farming in that town until he came to Bainbridge twenty years ago.  He then entered actively into all the interests of the town and by his conservative counsels was a valuable aid to church and business.  At the formation of the National bank of Bainbridge he was made one of the directors which office he filled satisfactory until failing health obliged him to relinquish business entirely.  For fifty years he had been a communicant of the Baptist church of Bainbridge.  Mr. Yale was a Christian gentleman, a good citizen and a man who loved probity and honor.  Although absent from the daily walks of life for two years, his death is none the less regretted by all who knew him.  He was the last member of a family of nine children.  The late Dr. John Yale, a former resident of Bainbridge, and who died in California, was a brother.  He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Emma Cooper, of Guilford, and three daughters; Mrs. Henry Howe of Bainbridge, Mrs. Predmore of Guilford, and Mrs. B.O. Rockwell of Michigan.  The funeral services were observed at his late residence, Sunday at half past one, and largely attended, many coming from out of town. The Rev. James R. Edwards, of Colgate University conducted the obsequies, and the interment was in the Cooper burying ground at Guilford--Bainbridge Republican
 Sarah A. (Beecher) Yale
Afton Enterprise, October 11, 1900
Mrs. Sarah A. Yale entered into rest Saturday, Sept. 29, 1900.  She was the second of a family of ten children and eldest daughter of Parson and Margaret Beecher, who were among the early pioneers of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY] coming here from Naugatuck, Conn., in 1806 and settling in the west part of the town on the farm now occupied by Samuel Porter, and the house she was born in at that time the first frame house between Coventry and Greene.  She was married in 1832 to Samuel Stoddard who died about three years later in December, 1835.  She was again married in October 1843 to Amos Yale of Coventryville and resided on the farm now occupied by Elmer Shapley.  Two children were born to them.  Margaret and Ella.  Mr. Yale died in February, 1856, and thus left her to bear the burdens of life alone.  The family remained on the Yale farm till March, 1889, when they moved to Binghamton where she has since resided with her daughter Mrs. Will Merritt.  Mrs. Yale was a member of the second Congregational church of Coventry.  A kind neighbor and a devoted wife and mother.  About two years ago she was stricken with paralysis and has since been an invalid, tenderly cared for by her daughters until the end came, and she went home.  Funeral services were held Sunday P.M. at Binghamton, and the remains were brought here Monday for interment, accompanied by a large number of relatives and friends; Rev. McIntyre officiated at the grave. The casket was covered with beautiful flowers and she was laid to rest in the cemetery at Coventryville beside those of her loved ones who had gone before. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Jane Hoyt of Kingston, N.Y., and two brothers, Hector and Daniel Beecher of Coventry.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wilkins Settlement, Chenango Co., NY

Story of Wilkins Settlement
Afton Enterprise, March 16, 1933

In the latter part of the 18th Century, ..., there came into the town of Coventry, Chenango County, a man from Vermont, named Cooley Wilkins, one of those known as Vermont sufferers, many of whom came to Coventry and vicinity around that time.  Cooley Wilkins settled on a farm at the foot of the hill leading to Coventryville at which place he settled for a time.  Becoming dissatisfied, he purchased a farm, the last one in the town of Coventry, in the corner of the town where it joins what is now Bainbridge on the east and what is now Afton on the south.  His wife was Polly Crandle.  They built their log house on the bank of a small creek, and on the opposite side was a spring of pure, ice-cold water.  There they lived for several years where they raised a family of nine, all brothers.  There on the old homestead they all remained for several years.  Part of the forest was cleared away and the land proved very fertile.  Grain and vegetables were raised in abundance for this large family.  Each spring hundreds of pounds of maple sugar were obtained from many maple trees left standing.
The eldest of the brothers was Ezra who, when he married, made his home within sight of his boyhood home, it being but a few rods distant.  He always followed farming for a livelihood.
His brother, Royal, when he married, made his home at the foot of the hill below his brother's house near the bank of the creek, to this day [1933] known as Wilkin's Creek.
When David married, a house was built for them also on the old homestead, a short distance up the side road from his brother's.
Joshua married Polly Stowell and made their home on the first farm after crossing Wilkin's Creek, where they remained to the end of their days.
Preston lived in a house now torn down, on a road running parallel with the one near his boyhood home.
Henry also married and settled in the neighborhood.
When Davenport married Marinda Smith, a house was built for them on the old homestead, where a road branched off to the left.
Lyman and Chauncy, the two youngest, remained on the old homestead, caring for their parents in their old age.
Cooley Wilkins passed away at a ripe old age, leaving his wife, Polly, to live with her son, Lyman, and his wife, Melissa Landers.

Chauncy married Fanny Wakeman, both of the brothers and their families living in the old homestead. 

Ezra and his wife had six children:  Harvey, Lepha, Susan, Silas and Thomas. The children of Royal, Henry, and [Preston] are unknown.  David had no children.

Davenport had two children, Mary and Fanny.  Joshua had Walter, Burr, Agusta, Amarilla, Anna and Wallace.  Lyman had one son, Charles.

Chauncy had two sons, George and Ray.  George enlisted during the Civil War and was left wounded on the battlefield of Cedar Creek, and is supposed to have died and been buried on the battlefield.  He was never heard from again.  His mother ever after kept a light burning in the window at night hoping he might yet come home and be guided by her light.

Thomas, youngest son of Ezra, and Wallace youngest son of Joshua were also Civil War veterans.  The latter was a prisoner at Salisbury prison for nine months but survived and lived several years after.

In all, seventeen young men from this small neighborhood answered the call of Lincoln and only seven ever returned.  One of the seven never walked again without cane or crutches and in a few years, was obliged to suffer the amputation of his left leg.  Two of the others came home in carriages propped up with pillows.  The resting places of the remaining ten are scattered from Harper's Ferry, Va., to Brasher City, LA.

At one time, the nine Wilkins brothers all lived within sight of the oldest brother, Ezra's home, but after some years Preston went to Ohio, Royal to western New York and Henry to Pennsylvania.

The brothers followed different vocations:  Henry, a blacksmith; Joshua, was noted for his knowledge of horses and their training.   Davenport learned the art of shoemaking in his early days, but later for many years, was a noted Free Will Baptist minister.

Aunt Polly Wilkins, as Cooley's wife was called, had an abiding faith in her boys, that no mother ever raised a finer family of children.  One amusing incident after she became a widow, serves to illustrate this trait.  One morning, her son, Joshua, came with a horse and buggy for her to spend the day at his home, having to go down a hill to reach there, the horse ran away. The next day, one of the neighbors called at the home of the son, Lyman, to learn if the aged lady had suffered any ill effects from the accident.  On learning that she had not, the neighbor asked, "Aunt Polly, weren't you frightened when the horse ran away yesterday?"  She calmly replied, "No, I can't say that I was, I trusted to Providence till the breeching broke and then I knew Joshua would manage somehow."  Such was the abiding faith of this mother in the ability of her sons.

Cooley and Polly Wilkins are now resting side by side in the cemetery at Coventryville.



Marriages (April 22)

Mr. & Mrs. Erasmus Bacon
Utica Saturday Globe, January 1913
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mr. and Mrs. Erasmus S. Bacon had been married 50 years on Thursday and in honor of the event a dinner was served at their home in King's Settlement [Chenango Co., NY] to a large company of friends.  Mr. and Mrs. Bacon were married January 30, 1863.  The groom of 50 years ago is now 69 years, while his bride unblushingly owns up to 67.  They have spent their whole married life in this vicinity where Mr. Bacon conducted a saw mill for many years at King's Settlement and later followed the occupation of carpenter and painter. The arrangements for the anniversary dinner were made by their daughter, Mrs. Nettie M. Church.  Among the remembrances received were a box of beautiful orange blossoms and a crate of luscious oranges from their daughter.  Mrs. Walter Griffing, of Miami Fla.; and their son, Arthur Bacon, of MacClenny, Fla.  Among the attendants at the anniversary was their son, George Bacon, of Norwich, whom ill health prevented taking an active part in the preparations.  Mr. and Mrs. Bacon received the hearty congratulations of a host of friends upon their happy completion of half a century of married life.
Marriage Notices
Chenango Union
"inst." means current month; "ult." means previous month
FOOT - PHELPS:  Dan Foot of Hartford, Conn., to Catherine Phelps of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY] on the 3rd inst. in New Berlin by Rev. Adrian Foot of Ohio.  (Sept. 18, 1850)
FOOTE - HARRISON:  Oscar J. Foote, formerly of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], to Mary L. Harrison on the 10th ult. in Sault St. Marie, Chippewa Co., Michigan, by Rev. A. Bingham.  (Oct. 11, 1848)
FORD - PECK:  Merlin J. Ford, only son of Russel Ford, Esq. of Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY], to Cynthia J. Peck of Unadilla, Otsego Co., on the 15th inst. in Unadilla by Elder H. Garlic.  (March 15, 1848)
FOSGIT - WEBB:  Silas Fosgit of McDonough [Chenango Co., NY] to Rachael M. Webb of Greene [Chenango Co., NY] on the 11th ult. in Smithville by Elder David Cutler.  (July 5, 1848)
FRANCIS - PURDY:  Milo Francis to Lavina  J. Purdy, both of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], on the 1st inst. in North Brookfield, Madison Co., by Rev. S.U. Ferguson (Nov. 21, 1849)
FRANKLIN - COOK:  Benjamin Franklin, M.D. of Georgetown, Madison Co., to Rhoda Ann Cook of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], on the 21st inst. in Bainbridge by Rev. J. Hendricks.  (Sept 27, 1848)
FREEMAN - RANDALL:  Charles P. Freeman, Esq. of New York to Ernestine S. Randall, Daughter of Col. John Randall of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on the 25th ult. in Norwich by Rev. Dixon of Utica.  (Aug. 1, 1849)
FRENCH - PHILLIPS:  Aaron G. French of Preston [Chenango Co., NY] to Serepta Phillips of Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY] on the 25th ult. in Oxford by Rev. J.T. Goodrich.  (Feb. 2, 1848)
GAGE - MOREY:  William Gage of Hillsdale, Michigan, to Ruth Morey of Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY] on the 14th inst. in Oxford by Rev. J.T. Goodrich.  (Aug. 23, 1848)
GAGEN - TOWER:  Thomas Gagen to Elizabeth E. Tower, both of Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], on the 16th inst. in North Norwich by Rev. E.P. Beecher.  (Jan. 24, 1849)
GARDINER - VAN TESSEL:  Andrew J. Gardiner of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY} to Marietta Van Tessel of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] on the 10th inst. in Oxford by Rev. William S Smith.  (Sept. 20, 1848)
GARDINER - MERRILL:  Daniel S. Gardiner to Juilaette E. Merrill, both of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 22nd ult. in Greene by Rev. D.W. Stone.  (April 4, 1849)