Sunday, July 27, 2014

Post Listing, July 21 - 27, 2014

Listing of blog postings for the week of July 21 - 27, 2014

Posted July 21, 2014
Margaret Elizabeth Taft - Dr. Robert Hazlett Clark (1944)
Herbert E. Petley - Josephine Schweitzer (1944)
Alice Effie Smith - Dean Bussman Wheeler (1944)
Marriages Notices - Bainbridge Republican, June 10, 1876
     George Perkins (Norwich) - Mary A. Church (Oxford)
     Jay E. Truesdell (Owestonna, MN) - Fanny C. Arms (East Guilford)
     George W. Connely (Edenburg, PA)_ - Annie H. Willard (Greene)
     Rev. Isaac H. Riddick (Litchfield MN) - Sarah Thompson (Norwich)

Posted July 22, 1944
Sarah Barber (Oxford, 1883)
Charles W. Smith - Ella M. Huntley (1883)
Charles H. Benson - Grace L. Benson (annulment, 1932)

Edna Margaret Krofft - Robert Meehan (1944)
Frances Perrine - Eugene O. Houck (1944)
Marriage Notices, Chenango American, Greene, NY
     Peter Phillips (New Berlin) - Frances Lewis (Norwich) (1860)
     Frederick D. Eldredge - Amanda Burlingame (Norwich, 1860)
     J. Merton Loomis (Norwich) - Eva Gray  (1887)
     Fred N. Nash (Poolville) - Angie N. Owen (Sherburne) (1887)
     M. . Parker (Greene) - Mrs. L. Josephine Gager (1891)
     Frederick Cummings (Smithville) - Mary Blakwith (McDonough) (1891)
     Benjamin L. Crandall (Norwich) - Jennie B. Howard (Greenfield, MA) (1891)

Posted July 23, 1944
Rex H.Roff - Marjorie E. Bishop (1944)
Guyva Bradish - Robert F. Smith (1944)
Marriages in Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY for the year 1902

Posted July 24, 2014
Vera Jean Smith - Joseph W. Hover (1944)
Emily Husted - Dominic Spinelli (1944)
Irene Johnston St. John - Bernard Johnson (1944)
James A. Furgason - Iona Neer (1944)
Ruth Cooney - Donald C. McKown (1944)
John Orwen - Minnie F. Morton (1876)
Marriage Notices - 1876
     Erwin H. Wheeler - Libbie C. Hunt (Coventry, 1876)
     David N. Hunt - Eloise Calkins (Coventry, 1876)
     Seth Bennett (Guilford) - Huldah M. Woods (Coventry, 1876)

Posted July 25, 2014
Louise H. Whitman - Frank S. Weeks (1944)
Louella Mae Weeks - Hugh A. Devine (engagement, 1944)
Velma Marie Jacobson - Arthur James Riggs (1944)
Josephine Strickland - Ivor Bosket (1944)
Mary Herron Fairbanks - William E. Fairbanks (1944)

Posted July 26, 2014
Marian Ruth Springsteen - Charles J. Burr (1944)
Pauline J. Poole - Philip C. Comings (1944)
Emilou Howland - Herman Weissflog (1944)
Barbara Hunt Remsen - George Sherwood Tillman (1944)

Posted July 27, 2014
Ivor Bosket - Josephine Strickland (1944)  (Photo)
Betty Jane McKinzie - John Andrew Parsons, Jr. (1944)
Lila F. Stoddard - Olin Harold Phillips (1944)
Carmella Pompeii - Dominick Delello (1944)
Ida Louise Dibble - Willis Robert Tremper (1944)
Kathleen Cetta - Edward Ray (1944)
Edgar J. Hyatt - Flora E. Davis (1944)
Posted July 21, 2014
Elizabeth Corbin Lewis (Bainbridge, Brooklyn, 1944)
August Frank Kurkowski (Richfield Springs, 1944)
Fay Bacon (Binghamton, 1944)
Frank E. Norton (Sidney, 1944)
William I. Titus (Windsor, 1944)
Edna Slater (Afton, 1944)
Elizabeth Wright (Afton, 1944)
Jennie May Knapp (Sidney, 1944)

Posted July 22, 2014
Walter Joyce (Sidney, 1944)
Martin H. Hanrahan (Susquehanna PA, 1944)
Mary J. (Banner) Ensworth (Scranton PA, Guilford, 1944)
Donald Lucian Leech (Guilford, 1944)
Loris W. Clarke (Syracuse, Guilford, 1944)

Posted July 23, 2014
Wallace Lee Carnell (Bennettsville, Harpursville, 1944)
Lina Freiot Copley (Bainbridge, Albany, 1944)
Mary Boice Huyck (Sidney, 1944)
Adelaide E. Smith (Nineveh, 1944)
Ellen W. Henderson (Loomis, Walton, 1944)
Robert L. Lindsay (Walton, 1944)
Peter B.B. Gould (Unadilla, Walton, 1876)
-?- Whitney (Great Bend, PA, 1876)

Posted July 24, 2014
Edith Blincoe Meek (Bainbridge, 1944)
Ellen Carey Jones (Bennettsville, Afton, 1944)
Clarence E. Stewart (Norwich, 1944)
Herman Haynes (East Guilford, 1944)
Minnie A. Stead (Coventryville, 1944)

Posted July 25, 2014
Cary E. Palmer (Rogers Hollow, 1944)
Arvilla Moroe (Wells Bridge, 1944)
Frank Blincoe (McClure, 1944)
Charles D. Whittemore (Guilford, 1944)
Hiram Gould (Afton, 1876)
Jay Manchester (Pittsfield, 1876)

Posted July 26, 2014
Ellen Lamphere Barber (Unadilla, 1944)
C Berton Niles (Crookerville, 1944)
Jessie Dean Mack (Sidney Center, 1944)
Bertha Scutt Gilbert (Windsor, 1944)
Ruby E. Hammond (Endicott, 1944)

Posted July 27, 2014
Frank J. VanCott (Unadilla, 1944)
Philip S. Whitney (Otego, 1944)
Mrs. Rossman Bush (Union Valley, 1876)
David Bond (Afton, 1876)
Alexina Goodman (Bennettsville, Ava, ID, 1876)
Charles Skinner Bradford (Sidney Plains< 1876)  Civil War Soldier

Posted July 21, 2014
Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce Officers 1971 (Photo)

Poster July 22, 2014
Miscellaneous Items
     Margaret Supplee Graduates from College (1944)
     Marion Beatty to Graduate from Cornell (1944)
     Esther Hollenbeck Graduates (1944)
     Deadly Fire, Hartwick, Otsego Co., NY (1883)
     James Conover Arrested for Theft (1883)
     New Bainbridge Business for Manufacture of Hay Baler (1883)
     Buggy Tips Over at Funeral (1873)

Posted July 23, 2014
BCHS Class of 1938 - Part 3
Soldier News -- continued 1944
     Lt. Terrance Edmunds missing in action
     Anthony Wright a Prisoner
     Downsville Bomber (Anthony Wright) has Narrow Escape
     Roger D. Cable a Prisoner
     Carl Pierson Killed in Action
     Donald Patchen is German Prisoner

Posted July 24, 2014
Soldier News Continued, 1944
     Two Local Soldiers Wounded in France (Earnest Meade, Bastine Caracciolo)
     Lt. Leo Robert Green Missing in Action
     Wendell G. Wrench with Signal Corps in England
     Lt. Jack Beagle Killed in Action
     Sgt. Daniel j. Knapp Killed in France

Posted July 25, 2014
Soldier News Continued, 1944
     Pvt. Floyd Tuckey Jumps into Flaming Oil
     Pfc. Daniel Mahoney Wounded at Anzio
     Pfc. Bucky Caracciolo Receives Purple Heart
     Pfc. William Wagner Killed in France
     Winfred Michel Lands Troops at Saipan
     Pvt. Edson Smith Missing in Action
Posted July 26, 2014
Soldier News Continued, 1944
     Pvt. Alex Kuracina, Jr. Missing in Action
     Sgt. Joseph Brainard Wounded in France
     Pfc. Roswald Sager Missing in Action
     Pvt. Edson H. Smith Killed in Action in France
     Kenneth E. Kinter Promoted to sergeant
     Kermit Howard Lewis Promoted to Captain
     Pvt. Donald Murray Missing in Action
     Helen C. Averell Attending Midshipmen's School

Posted July 27, 2014
Soldier News continued - 1944
     Pfc. Earl A. Terry Missing in Action
     Pfc. George Moran Injured in France
     Meehan Family Casualties
     Maynard Wentworth Killed in Action
     Letter from 1st Lt. Donald Patchen
     Charles Blust Seriously Wounded

Posted July 27, 2014
Miscellaneous Items - 1944
     Mariana Roehlk graduates from Buffalo University
     Charles Lord Arrives Home from Hospital
     Norwich Scintilla Closed
     Charles Goodwin injured by bull (Guilford)
     Mabel Fish in Farm Accident (West Davenport)
     Mt. Upton Baptist Church Dedicated (1876)

Miscellaneous Items

Mariana Roehlk Graduates from Buffalo University
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 15, 1944
Miss Mariana Roehlk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. (Fritz) Roehlk, of Lockport, was graduated from the University of Buffalo with the degree of Bachelor of Education in Art May 24 and on June 7 from the Albright Art School, Buffalo.
While in college, Miss Roehlk was active in the French and Glee Clubs.  During her senior year she was elected to the Student Council and was president of Omego Xi Phi Art Sorority and a member of Zeta Tau Epsilon Sorority.  She is also a charter member of the Future Teachers of America and has accepted a teaching position in Gowanda  High School for next year.
Her father, Fritz Roehlk, lived I Bainbridge when a young man.

Charles Lord Home from Hospital
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944

Charles Lord, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delavan Lord, of Bainbridge, arrived home from the Re-Construction Home at Ithaca last week where he had been a patient for a number of months.

Norwich Scintilla Closed
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 20, 1944

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] branch of the Scintilla Magneto Company at Sidney closed July 8 and all equipment and parts will be moved to the central plant of the company at Sidney [Delaware Co., NY].  For a long period the closing of the Norwich branch had been rumored and definite announcement was made last week.  Manager Alvin Newton said that most of the personnel employed will be employed at Sidney.  He stated that 85 our of the 100 employees will go to Sidney.  The Norwich branch located in the Jones block in Fair street, was opened June 1, 1943.

Charles Goodwin Injured by Bull
]Bainbridge News & Republican, July 27, 1944

Charlie Goodwin had the misfortune to be attacked very early Tuesday morning by the large show bull owned by Goodwin Bros. [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY]  He was alone in the pasture at the time, others in the family having not arisen as yet, when the animal turned on him.  It was only when he got a hold on him by grasping the ring in his nose, that he managed to get near a tree and climb into it.  Finally the animal wandered away.  Mr. Goodwin received cuts and bruises around his body and face, broken teeth and badly cut lips.  Dr. A.H. Evans was called and found no broken bones or internal injuries.  He was indeed lucky that he came out of the accident as well as he did.  This is the first time any of their Brown Swiss bulls have ever given any trouble.

Mabel Fish Rolled by Rake When Horses Run Away
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944

Miss Mabel Fish, who resides on a farm with her mother about one-half mile from West Davenport, escaped serious injury on Tuesday.  While raking hay the team apparently became frightened by bees and ran away.  Miss Fish was thrown under the rake and was rolled for some distance, but in some manner was released from the teeth.  The team ran on finally colliding with the corner of the house when both horses were thrown.  The tongue of the rake was broken in many pieces and one horse received a small cut.  Otherwise no damage was done.  Miss Fish was severely bruised, one arm and shoulder injured and one side of her face and neck received severe bruises.  However, she was able to help extricate the animals which ended their wild dash some little distance from her. 

Mt. Upton Baptist Church Dedicated
Bainbridge Republican, January 22, 1876

Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY]:  The dedication of the new Baptist church at Mt. Upton took place January 13th, and the debt, over three thousand dollars, was provided for.  Rev Mr. Haynes of Norwich preached an excellent dedicatory sermon, and managed the financial part admirably.  It was a great triumph that the beautiful temple was at length dedicated free from debt.  Rev. Mr. Chamberlain of New Berlin preached in the evening.  Sixty years ago he preached in the Episcopal church of Mt. Upton, which was then a Baptist church. That generation has passed away, and the Reverend speaker was almost the only representative of hose days. He, in a greene old age, preaches the same glorious gospel to which men listened more than half a century ago.


Marriages (July 27)

Local Sailor and His Bride
Ivor Bosket, Ph.M. 2/C and Mrs. Bosket
Miss Josephine Strickland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Strickland, of Vallejo, Calif., was married here to Ivor Bosket, Ph.M. 2/C, U.S.N.R., son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Bosket, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], July 30. [Bainbridge News & Republican, August 24, 1944]
Mr. and Mrs. Earl McKinzie, of Tacoma, Wash., announce the marriage of their daughter, Betty Jane, to Pvt. John Andrew Parsons, Jr., U.S. Army, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Parsons, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], on April 27, at the McChord Field Chapel, Wash.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, August 24, 1944]
Phillips - Stoddard:  A very quiet wedding was performed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Couse by the Rev. Harold Hammer, of Masonville, Friday evening, Aug. 18, at 8 o'clock, when their daughter, Lila F. Stoddard, became the bride of Olin Harold Phillips, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].  The couple were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Cooley, of Mt. Upton.  Mrs. Cooley is a cousin of the bride and Mr. Cooley has been a life-long friend of the groom. The bride wore a rust colored dress, with a light aqua flannel jacket and a corsage of Talisman roses.  She also wore gold earrings set with cultured pearls and rhinestones, a gift from the groom.  The matron of honor, wore a navy blue dress, with a corsage of pink roses.  The bride's gift to the groom was a wrist watch.  The bridal party enjoyed a steak supper at the Green Garden, Sidney, after which the bride and groom left for a five-day trip to Niagara Falls, stopping at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hatton, a former employee of the groom, and both Guilford residents, but now a bus driver for the I.R.C.  Mr. Phillips is a successful dairy farmer of Guilford.  Mrs. Philips has been employed at the Scintilla Magneto Plant.  Mr. Phillips is the son of Mrs. Lela E. Phillips, of Willow street, Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], and a very popular young man with the young people.  Only members of the family of the bride and groom were present at the ceremony.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 24, 1944]
A very beautiful wedding was solemnized last Saturday morning at 9 o'clock in St. Mary's Church, Binghamton, when Miss Carmella Rita Pompeil, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rocco Pompeii, of Binghamton, became the bride of Dominick Delello, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Delello, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Pilleeri, pastor of the church.  A profusion of roses and gladioli formed the decoration.  The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white net over taffeta made with a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt terminating in a circular train.  Her finger tip veil was attached to a cap, and she carried a bouquet of white roses.  Mrs. Harold Delello, of Afton, was matron if Honor, and the Misses Rose and Toni Pompeii, sisters of the bride, were bridesmaids.  Harold Delello, of Afton, acted as best man, and the ushers were John Caracciolo, of Binghamton; and Bastine Delello, of Bainbridge, brother of the bridegroom.  The ring bearer was Master John Zuccarelli, nephew of the bridegroom, who presented the rings on a white satin pillow.  The bride's mother was attired in blue with an orange colored corsage, while the bridegroom's mother wore light blue and white with an orange corsage.  A bridal luncheon was held at 1 o'clock at Milasi's CafĂ© for about 150 relatives and friends, followed by a reception at  7 o'clock at the Sons of Italy Hall. [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944]
Tremper - Dibble:  The home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dibble, Shavertown [Delaware Co., NY], was the scene of a very pretty wedding Saturday afternoon, Aug. 26, when their daughter, Ida Louise, became the bride of Willis Robert Tremper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tremper, of Shavertown.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Sept. 7, 1944]
Ray - Cetta:  Miss Kathleen Cetta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cetta, and Edward Ray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ray, all of Walton [Delaware Co., NY], were united in marriage by the Rev. John Taffe, Sunday, Aug. 27, in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Sept. 7, 1944]
Hyatt - Davis:  Edgar J. Hyatt, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], and Flora E. Davis, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], were united in marriage by Justice of the Peace T.A. McMahon, Susquehanna, Thursday evening, Aug. 24.  The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wheat, of Sidney Center.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Sept. 7, 1944]

Obituaries (July 27)

The funeral of Frank J. VanCott, prominent Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY] business man, was held at the Unadilla Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon.  The Rev. Clayton Hoag, pastor of the church, conducted the services assisted by the Rev. S.B. Hunt, retired Methodist minister.  Burial was in Evergreen Hill Cemetery at Unadilla.  Mr. VanCott died Wednesday morning in the Binghamton City Hospital of enlargement of the heart and complications.  He had been in ill health for two months.  Frank J. Van Cott was born Oct. 25, 1874, at Guilford [Chenango Co. NY], only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Van Cott.  When a lad he moved with his parents to Wellsbridge [Otsego Co., NY] where his boyhood was spent.  In 1892 he became associated in business with his father in a feed store at Unadilla.  He has been in business in Unadilla for nearly 52 years.  He was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Brooks, of Wellsbridge, Feb. 3, 1897.  The VanCott business expanded and the feed part of the business was sold years ago and the VanCott firm turned to specialization in lumber and wood working.  Mr. VanCott was an excellent buyer of timber and also had sound business judgments.  He was president of the Unadilla Silo Company and chairman of the executive committee of J.W. VanCott & Son, lumber dealers.  He also organized silo companies in Beaumont, Texas, and Des Moines, Iowa.  Mr. VanCott was interested in civic activities in Unadilla and was a leader in advocating village improvements.  He was president of the Evergreen Hill Cemetery Association and a trustee of the Unadilla Methodist Church.  He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Leona Hunt; a son, Leon J. VanCott, and seven grandchildren.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 17, 1944]
Philip S. Whitney died Aug. 3 in Binghamton hospital after an illness of four weeks.  Funeral was held Tuesday at 2:00 in the Methodist Church at Otego, with the Rev. W.H. Alger officiating.  Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery at Otego [Otsego Co., NY].  Mr. Whitney, who before going to Binghamton hospital, had lived with his son, Harold, in Hamden, was born in Sidney [Delaware Co., NY] 79 years ago, the son of Walter O. and Elmira I. (Carley) Whitney. A butcher and farmer, he had lived in Otego and Unadilla and was a member of the Baptist Church.  Surviving besides the son, Harold, is another son, Pvt. Walter Whitney, of Camp Hulen, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. Hazel MacGillivany, of South New Berlin; a brother, Harry Whitney, of Bainbridge; four sisters, Mrs. William Campbell, Mrs. Mae Ledden and Miss Vira Whitney, of Rochester, and Mrs. Lois Staples, of Elmira; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 17, 1944]
Death of Mrs. Rossman Bush:  On Thursday afternoon of last week, Mrs. Rossman Bush, who has long been a sufferer, died at her home near Union Valley [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  The fact that her death was not sudden, relieved in a great measure the sorrow which naturally would fall to the lot of her husband, who is left to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate wife.  Her funeral took place from the M.E. Church at Union valley, at which she has for years been a regular attendant.  She was buried in the West Bainbridge cemetery.  [Bainbridge Republican, May 13, 1876]
A man by the name of David Bond, in the employ of the D.&H.C. Company, was struck by the engine of the freight and passenger train which passes through this place [Afton, Chenango Co., NY] in the morning, and fatally injured.  Bond was one of a gang at work on the track, and while the rest of the men moved clear of the rails, he miscalculated the approach of the train.  He was standing outside the track, bending over, and was in the act of drawing a spike when the front of the engine struck him.  He was thrown into the ditch along side the track, and survived in a state of unconsciousness for about an hour.  His body was taken to this home, half a mile distant.  The deceased was about fifty years of age, and was at one time in the employ of the Erie Railway at or near Binghamton.  [Bainbridge Republican, June 3, 1876]
RUSSELL:  In Ava, Jackson Co., Id., Jan. 22d, 1876, Mrs. Alexina Goodman, aged 25 years.  Deceased was known in Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY], where she formerly resided, as Miss "Lacky" Goodman.  [Bainbridge Republican, March 4, 1876]
At Sidney Plains, N.Y. [Delaware Co.], April 22d, Charles Skinner Bradford, aged 35 years.  He was educated at the Delaware Literary Institute, in Franklin, N.Y., entered the 144th Regiment N.Y.S. Volunteers at its organization as Orderly Sergeant, was promoted for good conduct to be first Lieutenant, was a long time its acting Quarter Master; with it he was mustered out of service on the return of peace, with a record unsullied and personal popularity unsurpassed.  He returned to Sidney Plains, was appointed postmaster, entered mercantile business and exhibited the same traits of character which had marked him in the arm--order, punctuality and integrity.  He was the friend and counselor of all. Old and young, high and low came to him for advice and encouragement.  A lineal descendant of the Rev. William Johnston, who settled at Sidney in 1772, he possessed and developed the more lovable traits of character of that sturdy divine--energy, courage and an unyielding adherence to the right.  He was a gentleman by instinct, a Christian from conviction and practice.  He will be sorely missed by the community, by the Church and by the Sunday School, and in the family circle.  His life was an open epistle, known and read by all men.  In the village of his birth he lived and died, leaving not an enmity or a heart burning.  Well may his survivors take up the lamentation of the ancient prophet, "How is the strong staff broken and the beautiful rod."  His funeral took place on Tuesday, and was one of the largest and most impressive gathering Sidney has ever witnessed.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Apr. 29, 1879]

Soldier News Continued - 1944

Pfc. Earl A. Terry Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 31, 1944
Pfc. Earl A. Terry
Mrs. Frances Prouty, of Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY], received a telegram from the War Department Aug. 3, stating that her son, Pfc. Earl A. Terry, was missing in action in France.  Pfc. Terry was a member of the ninth Infantry.  He entered the service in February, 1940, and received his training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Camp Bullis, Texas, Leesville, La., and Camp McCoy. Wis., and he went overseas Sept. 21, 1943. 
Meehan Family Casualties
Bianbridge News & Republican, Aug. 31, 1944
Sgt. William Meehan, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], has been reported missing in action.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Meehan, of Delhi, who have had two other sons on the casualty list.  T/5 Lawrence T Meehan, of Sidney, was wounded in action and is in the Rhoads Veteran Hospital at Utica, where his condition is reported good.  The other son, Clarence Meehan, of the Navy, lost his life in a ship explosion off the coast of North Carolina in 1942.
Pfc. George Moran Injured in France
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 31, 1944
Pfc. George H. Moran, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moran, 80 Mary street, Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has been slightly wounded in the invasion of southern France, according to word received by his parents from the War Department.  An infantryman, Pvt. Moran was wounded Aug. 7, shortly after the invasion began.  He had been overseas since late last year and in the service since March, 1942.  Nature of his wounds was not learned.  He is a former student of Bainbridge Central High School and a former employee of the Dry Milk Co., in Bainbridge.  Private Moran has a brother, S/Sgt. James Moran, who was stationed in England when word was last received from him. 
Maynard Wentworth Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, September 7, 1944
"Killed in action" was the message received by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Daugherty, early Saturday morning, stating that their son, Staff Sgt. Maynard Wentworth, was killed in action, somewhere in France, on Aug. 12.
For the second time the grim reality of the bitterness of war, has struck home to another Guilford family, and to the community.  Only a brief time before Sgt. Wentworth went across he enjoyed a brief furlough home, little realizing this was the last time.  Sgt. Wentworth was 25 years old, a graduate of Guilford Central School.  Since entering the service he has been stationed on the west coast, until he went across.  At that time he was at Fort Meade, Md.  He was in the Anti-tank division.  He was one of our most popular Guilford boys, prominent in athletics when he was in school.  Surviving are the parents, and a sister, Mrs. Alma Brown, of Johnson City.  To the bereaved family we can only extend our heartfelt sympathy.  Words are inadequate at such a time to express our true feelings.
Letter from 1st Lieut. Patchen
Bainbridge Republican, September 7, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. Earle V. Benedict, of R.D.3, Bainbridge [Chenango Co. NY], received their first letter Tuesday morning from their son, 1st Lieut. Donald J. Patchen, who has been a war prisoner in Germany since May 19, 1944.  the letter follows:
May 31, 1944
Dear Mom and Dad,
Hope you've received my post card by the time you get this.  I'm quite all right and starting to get a nice suntan.  Of course, it isn't like home but it could be a lot worse.  Am getting plenty of rest and the food is good but not any too plentiful.  The biggest share of it is sent to us by the Red Cross and also our clothes. Right now the weather is beautiful so we don't worry about getting our clothes dirty, for we wear just shoes, socks and shorts.  We do our own washing and also cooking.  Should make some girl a nice wife after this is over. 
I can receive as many letters as anyone cares to write me, but I can only write three of these letters and four post cards a month.  I can also receive only one clothing and food parcel and two tobacco parcels every two months.  It will take letters about three months to get to me.  Food is about the most important thing but I expect the Red Cross can tell you all about it.
Please don't worry about me       for I'm quite all right.  Wil write all my letters to you.  Say hello to everyone for me.   Love, Don
1st Lt. Charles Blust Seriously Wounded
Bainbridge News & Republican, September 7, 1944
Mrs. Henry Cheesbro, Jr., received a telegram Monday morning of last week stating that her brother, 1st Lieut. Charles Blust, of the Tank Destroyers, had been seriously wounded in France.  Later in the week, Miss Jean Blust, a sister who is residing with Mrs. Cheesbro, received a letter written Aug. 25 from Lieut. Blust stating that he had been hit in the hip and stomach with shrapnel on Aug. 13, and that he had undergone an operation on his stomach in a hospital in England, and was now out of danger.  He said that he expected to see them in the near future.  1st Lieut. Blust, who has been in the Army for nine years, was stationed in Hawaii at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and shortly after returned to the States where he attended Officers' candidate School at Fort Sill, Okla.  He went overseas around Christmas time and had been stationed in England previous to the invasion of France.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Marriages (July 26)

Burr - Springsteen:  Miss Marian Ruth Springsteen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Springsteen, of Ouaquaga [Broome Co., NY], was married to Sergeant Charles J. Burr, Saturday afternoon, July 29.  The ceremony was performed on the lawn at the home of the bride's parents by the Rev. T. Pert Gates, of Windsor.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burr, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY].  A reception was held on the shaded lawn following the ceremony.  The bride's table was decorated in red, white and blue, on which were two cakes--one the wedding cake, the other a birthday cake for the groom.  The bride graduated from Windsor High School in 1937 and is employed at the Scintilla in Sidney.  The groom graduated from Binghamton High School in 1938 and is now chief of section in the Marine Engine School at Camp Gordon Johnston, Florida, where they will reside for the present.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944]

Comings - Poole:  The wedding of Miss Pauline J. Poole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Poole, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], to Philip C. Comings, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Comings, of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], was solemnized Wednesday afternoon, August 2, in the Baptist Church, Afton, by the Rev. Alan A. Douglas, pastor, and the Rev. Harold Baer, of Chatham, Va., an uncle of the bride.  A reception followed in the church parlors for 130 guests with a four-tiered wedding cake centering the bride's table.  After a short wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Comings will be at home in Coventry.  Both young people are graduates of Afton Central School and active in community and church affairs.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944]

The First Baptist Church was the scene of a very pretty wedding, Sunday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, when Miss Mary Emilou Howland daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orla F. Howland, 28 Kirby street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], was married to Herman Weissflog, Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weissflog, of Monsey.  The Rev. R. Lewis Johnson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, of Kingston, performed the double ring ceremony.  The church was decorated with baskets of gladioli and bouquets of garden flowers.  Mrs. Ernest Hoyt played the organ.  The bride, given in marriage by her father wore a gown of starched ninon with lace, and her full length veil was held in place with a flower tiara.  She carried a colonial bouquet of white roses and baby's breath.  The maid of honor, Miss Wilburna Holbert, wore pink chiffon with shoulder length veil and carried a colonial bouquet of pink rose buds and white asters.  Best man was Marshall Andrews, brother-in-law of the bride. The bride's mother chose a dress of lilac and white jersey and wore a corsage of white rose buds.  The groom's mother was dressed in black and old rose, and wore a corsage of white rose buds.  The bride is a graduate of Bainbridge Central High School and the New York State College for Teachers at Plattsburgh, and for the past two years has been in charge of the Home Economics course at the South New Berlin Central School.  Chief Petty Officer Weissflog, who graduated form the New Berlin High School, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May, 1938, and was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the Jap attack. He saw service in the first Coral Sea actions and many other Pacific engagements. After serving three years outside the Continental United States he was granted a 30-day leave, and will report back to the West Coast on Aug. 28 for reassignment to duty.  Mrs. Weissflog expects to accompany him.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 17, 1944]

Miss Barbara Hunt Remsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Remsen of Scarsdale, and Lt. George Sherwood Tillman, U.S. Army Air Forces, son of Chenango County Clerk Irving D. Tillman and Mrs. Tillman, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], and formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], were married Aug. 9 in the First Baptist Church at Norwich. The Rev.  Harold Knight performed the ceremony. The bride, who is a graduate of Scarsdale High School and Ohio University, has taught second grade in the Norwich school system for two years and will return this fall.  Lieutenant Tillman is stationed at Drew Field, Tampa, Fla., where he will report Aug. 19 after the young couple return from a short wedding trip.  Lieutenant Tillman was graduated form Norwich High School, Manlius Military Academy and Hamilton College.  He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in September, 1942.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 17, 1944]


Obituaries (July 26)

Mrs. Ellen Lamphere Barber died early this Thursday morning at the home of Leslie Herring in Rogers Hollow, after a brief illness, at the age of 89 years.  Mrs. Barber was born in the town of Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY], March 28, 1855, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Lamphere, and spent her life in this vicinity.  For over 70 years she, with her husband, was employed on the Miller farm at East Guilford.  The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church at East Guilford, with the Rev. Paul L. Carpenter, pastor of the Bainbridge Presbyterian Church officiating.  The burial was in the cemetery at East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944]
C. Berton Niles died last Thursday night at his home in Crookerville [Delaware Co., NY] after an illness of over four years.  The funeral was held in the Joyce funeral home in Unadilla, Sunday, with burial in Trout Creek cemetery [Delaware Co., NY].  The Rev. Archie Benedict of the Federated Church of Unadilla, officiated.  Mr. Niles was born in Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], April 25, 1870, a son of George D. and Mary (Drake) Niles.  May 23, 1891, he married Miss Anna J. Herrick and they have always lived in that vicinity, several years at Masonville, Trout Creek and Youngs for 20 years in the home where he died.  During his long illness he was under the constant care of his wife.  He was a man of sterling character and highly esteemed in his community.  Mr. Niles was a member of the Baptist church and for several years served as deacon in the Unadilla Church.  He was a member of the Masonville Lodge and of Trout Creek I.O.O.F.  Surviving are is wife, a son, Percy, of Youngs; a daughter, Mrs. Henry Wilcox, of East Masonville; a sister, mrs. Austin Brundage, of Walton, and seven grandchildren.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944]

The funeral of Mrs. Jessie Dean Mack was held Tuesday afternoon from the Sidney Center Methodist church, of which she had been a member for many years.  The Rev. Z. James Hall, pastor of the church, officiated.  Members of OtseDella Rebekah Lodge attended in a body and had charge of the service at Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center, where she was buried beside her husband, Howard Mack, who died Nov. 1, 1938.  If Mrs. Mack had lived until Aug. 16, she would have been 65 years old.  Jessie Dean was born at Masonville [Delaware Co., NY] and was a daughter of Orville and Edith Ryder Dean. Her entire life was spent in the vicinity.  She was twice married.  First to Walter Bishop, whose death occurred in 1926.  By this marriage, Mrs. Mack leaves one daughter, Mrs. Archie Merritt, and three grandchildren, of Norwich.  She is also survived by three brothers, Leslie Dean, of Masonville, Frank Dean, of East Masonville, and Ralph Dean, of South Unadilla.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944]

Bertha Scutt Gilbert, 58, of Windsor [Broome Co., NY], died at the Binghamton City Hospital, Saturday night.  She is survived by her husband, Leverett Bertiss, of Windsor; two sons, Kenneth E., of Binghamton, and Bertiss W., of Windsor; four grandchildren; one aunt; one uncle and several cousins.  The body was removed to the chapel of Clinton E. Wood, Windsor, where services were held Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. William F. Miller, of Flemingsville, formerly of McClure, officiated.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944]

The funeral of Mrs. Ruby E. Hammond was held at her residence in Endicott [Broome Co., NY] Monday, the Rev. Douglas E. Christen officiating.  Burial was in the McClure cemetery [Broome Co., NY].  Mrs. Hammond died at Ideal Hospital, Friday.  She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Ellen C. Botsford, of Endicott, R.D.1; one brother, Alfred Pinney, of Port Jervis; one step-sister, Mrs. Eva L. Jackson, of Endicott, R.D.1; and two step-brothers, Bert Cooley, of Binghamton, and Angus Hewitt, of West Pittston, Pa.  [Bainbridge news & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944]

Soldier News continued - 1944

Pvt.  Alex Kuracina, Jr. Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
Pvt. Alex Kuracina, Jr., has been listed as missing in action, according to a War Department notification received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Kuracina, Sr., of Endicott [Broome Co., NY].  The missing soldier is one of five brothers, all serving in the armed forces. 
Joseph Brainard Wounded in France
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
Sgt. Joseph Brainard, son of Mrs. Emma G. Brainard, of Walton [Delaware Co., NY], was severely wounded in France by a mortar shell and is now a patient in a hospital in England, according to a letter from him and one of his nurses to his mother.  The letters revealed that he received ankle and shoulder injuries. The flesh on both legs also was shredded by fragments of the shell.  Flesh grafting is being done and his condition is said to be favorable.
Pfc. Roswald Sager Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
Pfc. Roswald Sager, 27, son of Mrs. Nellis Sager, who  makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Prohaska, Jr., Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] R.D.2, has been reported missing in action in France since July 13.  Private First Class Sager, who had been in the regular Army for six years, had been stationed in Ireland since December prior to the invasion.  His wife, Mrs. Ida Sager, lives at Columbia, N.C.  He also has a brother, Arthur Sager, ACOM serving with the Navy. 
Pvt. Edson Smith Killed in Action in France
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
Pvt. Edson H. Smith
Residents of the village and vicinity were saddened Monday noon by the grim horrors of war when word was received here of the first war casualty.  Reported killed in action in France on June 24 is Pvt. Edson H Smith, 30, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fayette L. Smith, according to a telegram received from the War Department.  Previously his parents had received a telegram stating that he was missing in action on that date.
Pvt. Smith, who was an infantryman, had been in France since the invasion of Normandy.  The last letter his parents received from him was dated June 18, just six days before the fatal hour.  Edson entered the service on April 1, 1942 and received his training at Camp Croft, S.C., Camp Gordon, Ga., and Camp Gordon Johnston, Fla., and arrived in England in January of this year.  He has three brothers in the service, Pfc. Harold Smith, who is in England; Lt. Robert F. Smith, a pilot in Italy; and Fayette L. Smith, Jr., S 2/C, AOM, of Memphis, Tenn.
Pvt. Smith was born in Bainbridge June 9, 1914.  He attended Bainbridge High School and St. Peter's Church.  Before entering the service he was employed at the Scintilla Magneto Co., Sidney.  Surviving besides his parents and three brothers already mentioned are two brothers, Claude Smith and Kenneth Smith, both of Bainbridge; his grandmother, Mrs. Belle Smith, and an aunt, Mrs. Nina Lovejoy, both of Harpursville.
Kenneth Kinter Promoted
Bainbridge news & Republican, August 17, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Kinter, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], recently received word that their son, Kenneth E. Kinter, with the Fifth Army in Italy, has been promoted form corporal to sergeant. 
Sergeant Kinter recently received a citation for "exceptional service beyond the call of duty"  The citation stated that Sergeant Kinter was one of seven men who volunteered to go more than a thousand yards in enemy territory to rescue some wounded buddies who were ambushed there.  the evacuation was carried on successfully without enemy interference, although the boys were never expected to return to their own lines. 
Sergeant Kinter entered the service in February of 1943 and received his training at Camp Croft, S.C., and Fort George Meade, Maryland, and was sent overseas in November of that year where he has taken part in both African and Italian campaigns.
Kermit Lewis Promoted to Captain
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
Kermit Howard Lewis, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lewis, of Afton, has been promoted to captain at Sacramento Air Service Command, Sacramento, Calif.  This Army Air Force installation is one of 11 Air Force Command area control stations in the United States form which planes, often fly directly to combat zones and A.A.F. supplies are shipped to the far corners of the earth.
A former student of Afton High School and of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute, Captain Lewis was a junior construction engineer and architectural draftsman when he entered military service in August, 1940.  He was commissioned a second lieutenant after he completed O.C.S. at Miami Beach in April, 1943.  As a radio officer Captain Lewis has made frequent flights to Untied States A.A.F. bases in Quebec, Labrador and Baffinland for the purpose of inspecting, installing and repairing radio equipment pertaining to the operations of army air ways communications system radio stations in those areas. 
Captain Lewis has been awarded the American defense medal and the American theatre of operations medal. 
Donald Murray Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944 
Mrs. Donald Murray, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], has received word that her husband, Pvt. Donald Murray, had been missing in action since July 7.  Private Murray is a grandson of John Burton, of Guilford, and the father of an eight-months-old son.  Prior to his entry into the service.  Private Murray was employed in Bainbridge. 
Helen Averell Attending Midshipmen's School
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
Mrs. Helen C. Averell, Sp. (S) 2/C, USNR, formerly of Bixby street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] reported recently to the Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, (WR) Northampton, Mass.  for officer's training.  Mrs. Averell has been on active duty with the WAVES since June 29, 1943.  She was previously stationed at the Naval Barracks in Washington, D.C.  Mrs. Averell is a graduate of Oneonta State Teachers' College and taught at the Utica County Day School, New Hartford, until her entrance into the Navy.  Her husband, Capt.  H.L. Averell, is with the United States Army. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Obituaries (July 25)

Cary E. Palmer, a highly esteemed farmer of Rogers Hollow [Otsego Co., NY], succumbed Monday morning from a heart ailment, from which he had been suffering for some time.  Mr. Palmer was born in Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY], Sept. 18, 1877, son of Owen Palmer and Mary (Dumond) Palmer and, with his parents, moved to the farm where he died.  He was twice married.  His first marriage was to Miss Ethel DeForest, who died in 1918, and two years later on March 10, 1920, he married Miss Myrtle DeForest.  For 22 years he worked on the town road.  Surviving is the wife; two daughters, Mrs. J.H. Horth, Oneonta, and Mrs. William Hendrick, Idumes; a son, Addison C. Palmer, at home; a sister, Mrs. Archie Fisk, Wells Bridge.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]
Miss Arvilla Moore, who has been in ill health for some time, died Wednesday morning at the home of Mrs. George Shaver.  Miss Moore was born November 22, 1862, in the town of Walton [Delaware Co. NY], and was the daughter of Rowland and Mary (Gould) Moore.  For many years she resided at Wells Bridge [Otsego Co., NY].  Funeral services were held Friday afternoon from the Joyce Funeral Home, Unadilla.  The Rev. William Howard, a former pastor of the Wells Bridge Methodist Church, officiated.  Surviving are five brothers, Theron and Ira, of Unadilla, Eugene, of Wells Bridge, William, of Rockdale, and Frank, of Central Bridge.  Interment was in the Sand Hill Cemetery [Unadilla, Otsego Co., NY].  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]
Edward Ruteshouser died at his home, Kerrs Creek, near Walton [Delaware Co., NY], on Sunday afternoon of a heart ailment.  He had been in poor health for several years.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]
Mrs. Christina Raeder, 93, Roxbury's [Delaware Co., NY] oldest citizen and a life-long resident of that place, died Thursday at the Stamford Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past few days of a broken hip.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]

Frank Blincoe died at his home in McClure [Broome Co., NY], June 29, after an illness of about three weeks.  Mr. Blincoe was born near Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 31, 1869, and lived for 42 years at McClure.  He is survived by his wife; a son, Kenneth Blincoe; a daughter, Dorothy Sherwood, and three granddaughters; also a brother, Walter Blincoe, and a sister, Mrs. Ida Strong, both of Bainbridge, and a niece and nephew.  Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Deposit [Broome Co., NY].  The funeral was held Monday afternoon, at the McClure Church, the Rev. George Underwood, of McClure, and the Rev. William Miller, of Flemingville, officiating.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 20, 1944]

Following a long period of failing health, the death of Charles D. Whittemore, of Guilford [Chenango Co. NY], former supervisor of that town, occurred in Norwich, at the age of 78 years.  Mr. Whittemore was a member of the Chenango County Board of Supervisors for several years, representing the Town of Guilford.  He was a member of several important committees during his terms of service.  Quiet and unassuming in his ways, he was held in the highest respect by his many friends and associates.  For several years he was engaged in the feed business in Guilford.  The deceased was a life-long member of the Guilford Methodist church, and as long as his health permitted, he attended service regularly.  Mr. Whiteemore was a member of Oxford Lodge, 175, F.&A.M., and a Masonic service was held Friday night at the Seymour funeral Home in Oxford.  The only survivor is the wife, who at present is a resident of the W.B.C. Home. Services were held at the Seymour Funeral Home in Oxford, Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.  The Rev. David S. Wolfe, pastor of the Guilford Methodist church, officiated.  Burial was in the Guilford Center Cemetery.  Bearers were Fred Baker, Howard Hutchinson and Alvin Stead, of Oxford, Theodore Hoffman, V.S. Winsor and Ward Goodwin, of Guilford.  Many friends from Guilford attended the service.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 27, 1944]

A man by the name of Hiram Gould while walking on the track, was struck and instantly killed by the gravel train about half way between Afton and Nineveh Junction, on Saturday evening last.  Deceased was a poor and had a wife and several children dependent on his labor for support.  He was said to be deaf.  [Bainbridge Republican, May 13, 1876]

A lad by the name of Jay Manchester, aged about 13 years, living with John Denton, in Pittsfield [Otsego Co., NY], was accidentally hung on Sunday morning, 21st ult.  As we learn the facts they are as follows:  Young Manchester got up on Sunday morning and went after the cows.  After driving them up, and while waiting for Mr. Denton to come and assist him in milking, he went upon the hay mow, where he and other boys had put up a swing, it is thought for the purpose of swinging.  The end of the rope at which he took hold of had a loop in it, and it is thought that he rested his chin in said loop, with his hands hold of the rope, and commenced to swing and then jump, as had been his practice, when the rope slipped over his head, coming so suddenly about his neck as to at once render him unable to extricate himself.  Those who visited the place and saw the rope, and we believe the Coroner's jurycame to the above conclusion.  He was a bright, active boy, and lived with Mr. Denton and his family happily, and that morning, just previous to the sad accident which caused his death, was lively and full of fun, going about his chores in the best of spirits.  [Bainbridge Republican, June 3, 1876]

Marriages (July 25)

Miss Louise H. Whitman, daughter of the late Rev. R.B. Whitman former pastor of the First Baptist Church, became the bride of Frank S. Weeks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weeks, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], at 8 o'clock Friday evening, July 14.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Norman Lawton at the parsonage in the presence of a small group of friends.  After a short wedding trip into the northern part of the state the couple will be at their home on Yaleville Road.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 20, 1944]
Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Weeks announce the engagement of their daughter, Louella Mae, to Pvt. Hugh A. Devine, U.S. Army, of Fort Belvoir, Va.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 27, 1944]
Miss Velma Marie Jacobson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jacobson, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], and Arthur James Riggs, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Riggs, Sidney, were married Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Congregational Church by the Rev. Charlton Opdyke.  The bride was attended by Mrs. Margaret Smith, Sidney, as matron of honor, and Lester Simmons, of Bainbridge, cousin of the bride, was best man.  The ushers were Wallace Stewart, of Oneonta, a cousin of the bride, and Gerald George, of Sidney.  The bride wore a full length gown of white marquisette with a sweetheart neckline, long sleeves and long train.  Her fingertip veil was fastened to the head with a tiara of orange blossoms and she carried a bouquet of white roses and babies' breath.  The matron of honor wore a full length aqua dress, had a tiara of Calvin roses and a bouquet of the same flowers.  The bride was given in marriage by her father, Edward Jacobson, Mrs. Harold Tyson played the wedding music and Mrs. Josiah Jones sang "I Love You Truly" and "O Promise Me."  The church was decorated with hydrangeas and other flowers.  A reception was held at the church parlors following the ceremony. The bride and bridegroom are both employees of Scintilla and will reside at 42 Willow street.  Mrs. Riggs is a graduate of the Laboratory of Technology at Northwestern Institute and Mr. Riggs is an ex-service man.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944]
Miss Josephine Strickland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Strickland, of Vallego, Calif., was married to Ivor Bosket, Pharmacist Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Bosket, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of the bridegroom.  The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. George N. Underwood, of McClure, before a V-shape flower arrangement of pink and white phlox and hydrangeas.  The bride wore a white jersey gown with a finger tip veil held in place by a tiara of seed pearls.  Her colonial bouquet was of red roses.  Mrs. Frank Delello, Jr., matron of honor, wore a blue taffeta gown with blue and white accessories and a colonial bouquet of pink roses.  Earl Neidlinger, Mo.M.M. 3/C, U.S. Navy, acted as best man.  Mrs. Bosket, mother of the bridegroom, was attired in rose-beige with black accessories and a corsage of yellow rose buds.  A reception was held at the house following the ceremony for members of the immediate family.  A three-tiered wedding cake, flanked with white tapers, centered the bride's table.  After a short wedding trip to Oquaga Lake, the couple left for New York City where they will make their home.  Petty Officer Bosket, who has served with the Navy for two years, has been in many theatres of war.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944]
On Saturday, July 29, at 4 o'clock, Miss Mary Herron Fairbanks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis B. Fairbanks, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co. NY], was married to William Ernest Fairbanks, of New York.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Roehlf Brooks in the Chantry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Fifth avenue, New York, which was decorated with white gladioli.  Miss Helen E. Fairbanks, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid and Ernest Mortensen, of Washington, D.C., was best man. The ushers were all from New York.  The bride, who was give in marriage by her father, wore a street length gown of aqua crepe with matching hat and shoulder veil of tulle, and a corsage of white butterfly orchids.  The bridesmaid's gown was of dusty rose crepe with a flower hat and corsage of gardenias.  About 70 guests from New York and Washington were in attendance.  Mrs. Lawrence Bradshaw, Miss Ruth LeCaro and the bride's father and mother from Bainbridge also attended.  Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Columbia University Club.  Later the bride and groom left for Martha's Vineyard, Mass.  The bride, a former Assistant administrator in the division of drugs and cosmetics of the Office of Price Administration in Washington, D.C., has received degrees from Swarthmore college and Columbia University.  In September she will become Associate Professor of Government at Columbia University.  Mr. Fairbanks, a graduate of the University of Florida, is a practicing lawyer in New York and the attorney for the Lipton Tea Company.  After Oct. 1, Mr. and Mrs. Fairbanks will be at home at 425 Riverside Drive, New York.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944]

Soldiers News - continued 1944

Pvt. Floyd Tuckey Jumps into Flaming Oil
Bainbridge News & Republicans, July 27, 1944
The July Sentinel, a weekly newspaper published by servicemen at Kauai, Hawaiian Islands contained the following article:  "Pvt. Floyd Tuckey deserves a medal for bravery for the work that he did here.  Private Tuckey 'volunteered' to jump from a high tower into flaming oil below.  Private Tuckey is a non-swimmer and all that he had on him was a life jacket.  He leaped into the water and flaming oil, and proved how safe it is to abandon ship even if the water below is filled with flaming oil.  Our hats are off to you, Tuck."
Private Tuckey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Tuckey, has lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Tuckey on Pleasant street, Sidney [Delaware Co., NY].  He entered the signal corps in November, 1942.  He trained at Camp Breckinridge, Ky., and Camp Ruck, Ala.  From there he went to California and was shipped to the Hawaiian Islands in may 1943.  He attended Sidney Central High School and worked in the Scintilla, and was active in both the Sidney and the Scintilla bands.  Pvt. Tuckey who is a nephew of Amos W. Tuckey, of Bainbridge, played for several years in the Bainbridge-Sidney band.
Daniel Mahoney Wounded at Anzio
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944
Convalescing to Italy from wounds received at Anzio, First Class Private Daniel L. Mahoney, of South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY] and formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has written a letter to friends describing the harrowing conditions under which he battled the enemy.  His letter follows in part:
"You keep asking me how I feel.  I feel pretty good and a lot better than I did.  You see, when I was at Anzio it was so wet that for weeks at a time I was never dry.  And talk about cold.  I used to wonder if I would ever stop shaking.  After a while you get so you don't give a d----.  I remember once my overcoat got so wet and had so much mud on it I couldn't carry it any longer.  It became so heavy I threw it away.
"We didn't dare take our shoes off for fear we couldn't get them on again.  Our feet would swell up the minute we took them off.  A good many boys had trench foot.  I almost got it.  Believe it or not I wore the same underwear for 60 days.
"Sometimes your mind would seem ready to burst and all you could think of was war, mud and shells."
Private Mahoney went overseas in February and was at Anzio until he was wounded by a bursting shell.  He has two brothers in the service, Sgt. Robert J. Mahoney, who enlisted with him in February, 1942, and is serving in England, and Private John E. Mahoney, who is en route to the European war theatre. 
Bucky Caracciolo Receives Purple Heart
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 3, 1944
Pfc. Bastine (Bucky) Caracciolo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carman Caracciolo, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], has been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for being wounded on the beaches of Normandy.  He took part in the invasion but was wounded on the fourth day of the fighting and evacuated to a hospital in England where the award was made.
Pfc. William Wagner Killed in France
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 3, 1944
Pfc. William Wagner, 24, of Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], husband of Mrs. Alta DeForest Wagner, of Bainbridge, was killed in action June 30 in France according to a telegram received by Mrs. Wagner from the War Department on July 27. 
Pfc. Wagner, who was a member of the Engineers, entered the service Feb. 11, 1942 and would have been overseas a year the latter part of this month.  A prayer service was held at the family home in Masonville Sunday afternoon, and on Wednesday afternoon a joint memorial service was held at the Masonville Church for Pfc. Wagner and Cpl. Marvin Gray, who was killed in France on June 19.  Cpl. Gray had made his home with the Wagner family for some time. 
Pfc. Wagner is survived by his wife, a two-year-old son, Dennis William Wagner; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wagner, of Masonville; two brothers, Richard and Thomas Wagner, of Masonville; four sisters, Mrs. Maynard Dodge, of Deposit; Mrs. Grace Gifford, of Masonville; Miss Helen Wagner, R.N., of New York, who leaves with the Army Nurses Corps the end of the month; and Mrs. J. Quitti, of Pittsfield, Mass. 
Alvin Sherman Wounded in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 3, 1944
T/5 Alvin L. Sherman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sherman, of R.D.2, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], was wounded in action July 7 in France.  Cpl. Sherman, who received a bullet wound above the knee, has taken part in two major battles.  He recently was promoted to Corporal.  Cpl. Sherman has a brother, Pvt. Clifford W. Sherman, also serving overseas.
Winfred G. Michel Lands Troops at Saipan
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 3, 1944
Aboard a Coast Guard-Manned Assault Transport:  Death and heroism were commonplace on the Charon-Kanoa beachhead in Saipan, where the Marines first stormed ashore to gain stronghold, according to the young Coast Guardsmen who landed troops there amid heavy mortar and artillery fire.  Among them was Winfred G. Michel, 18, son of William F. Michel, 11 Pearl street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], a seaman, second class on a small boat attached to this ship.
"The Japs knew we were coming all right, and they threw shells at us like pellets," the group said.  "We had to run through a 150-foot channel to get into the mile-long beachhead since there were reefs everywhere else.  The Nips concentrated their fire on the channel, and all of us had close calls.  We nicknamed it 'Hari-Kari Pass.'  Our boat was hit by shrapnel seven times and we saw other boats and tractors blown up by direct hits.
"Later we found out why the barrage was so accurate.  Three Japs were hiding in a smoke stack at the island's sugar refinery along the beach  With radio and telephone, they spotted fire for artillery set up in caves on the hills and mortar squads down in the ravines  I don't believe any landing party ever got such a warm reception, and many men died before they even reached the beach.  We were just lucky.
"There was an element of superstition in some of the casualties," continued the Coast Guardsmen.  "A lighter, Number 13, suffered a direct hit killing some men.  It was carrying a medium-sized tank nicknamed 'Eight-Ball.'  A smaller landing boat, also Number 13, was blown up a few minutes later.  A Marine sitting at the wheel of a jeep was killed.  Attached to the jeep's windshield was a pair of baby shoes.
"Sometimes, the Japs would loose their barrage in close to the beach, and at other times almost a mile off shore.  No matter where we were, it seemed, we were in danger.  After the first 72 hours, we gained a secure foothold and from then on it wasn't so bad."
"Mike" has been in the Coast Guard 15 months and has participated in several Pacific invasions, including the Marshall Islands campaign.
Pvt. Edson Smith Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 3, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. Fayette Smith received a telegram from the War Department Saturday morning stating that their son, Pvt. Edson H. Smith, had been missing in action since June 24.  The last letter his parents received form him was dated June 18.  Pvt. Smith, who was a member of the infantry, had been in France since the invasion.  He entered the service Apr. 1, 1942 and had been in England since January, 1944.  Pvt. Smith has three brothers in the service, Pfc. Harold Smith, who is in England; Lt. Robert f. Smith, a pilot in Italy; and Fayette L. Smith, Jr., S 2/C AOM, of Memphis, Tenn.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith have already notified the Red Cross and work has already begun to check his whereabouts.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Soldier News continued - 1944

Two Local Soldiers Wounded in France
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944
PFC. Ernest Meade
The horror of war has been brought home to the people of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] with two boys reported wounded in France, one seriously, two boys prisoners of war in Germany, and one boy still reported missing in action.
Seriously wounded is Pfc. Ernest Meade, son of Mrs. Ruth Meade and Clifford Meade.  In a telegram received from the War Department by Mrs. Meade Monday night it stated that Pfc. Ernest Meade had been seriously wounded in France June 14, and a letter would follow with details.  Pfc. Meade, who is a member of the Glider Infantry, had been in England for a number of months previous to the invasion.  Last Saturday, Mrs. Meade received a letter from him dated June 12, just two days before he received his injuries, in which he stated he was fine and in the best of health.
Also wounded during the invasion was Pfc. Bastine (Bucky) Caracciolo.  "Bucky", who was an Infantryman and who had been in England for about two years, wrote in a letter to Salvey Papallo last week, that he was hit in the leg just above the ankle, by shrapnel and was confined to a hospital in England.  He stated further that his injury was only a flesh wound, that the  bone had not been harmed. 
S/Sgt. Edward L. Peckham, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Peckham, of Bainbridge R.D.3, has been a prisoner of war in Germany for more than a year.  The last letter received from  him was dated the latter part of March in which he wrote that he hadn't received any mail since he had been a prisoner.
1st Lieut. Donald J. Patchen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earle V. Benedict, of Bainbridge, R.D.3, a Mustang pilot, flying out of England, was reported missing in action May 19 and later reported a prisoner of war in Germany. 
Leon R. Mott, F 1/C, USN, son of Mrs. Katherine Mott, of Bainbridge, R.D. 1, who was on the ill-fated destroyer "Strong," is still reported as missing in action.
Other local boys who are known to be in France are:  Pfc. Earl Clark, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Clark, North Main street; Pvt. Edson H. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fayette Smith, Bainbridge R.D.1; S/Sgt Harry Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Smith, Greenlawn avenue; and Lieut, Paul D. Fairbanks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fairbanks, Greenlawn avenue. 
Pfc. Clark, who is in the Infantry and who was in the regular Army before the outbreak of the war, served in the Battle of Tunisia, in which he was wounded in the head by a piece of shrapnel, also he took part in the invasion of Sicily.  He had been stationed in England a few months prior to the invasion.
Pvt. Edson Smith, who is also an Infantryman, had been in England several months before the invasion.
S/Sgt. Harry Smith, who is in the Glider Infantry, was promoted from a Private First Class to a Staff Sergeant after the invasion.  He also had been in England for a number of months.
Lieut. Paul D. Fairbanks, who landed in England just a few days before the invasion, is also serving in France.
 Leo Green Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944
Lt. Leo Robert Green, former member of Troop C, State Police, Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], has been reported missing in action on June 21 in the European Theatre according to a telegram received last Friday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Green, of Johnson City [Broome Co., NY].  As a pilot of a B-17 bomber, Lt. Green was stationed in England with the 8th Air Force since last January.  His wife, Mrs. Celia Green, resides in Binghamton.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944]
Wendell Wrench with Signal Corps in England
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944
A ninth Air Force Service Command Unit, England:  General inspection!  Two Signal Corps technicians, Corporal Wendell G. Wrench, 26, formerly of R.F.D. 1, Bainbridge, N.Y. (left) and Private Wendell P. Jones of Blanding, Utah, check a radio generator. 
Jack Beagle Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944
Lt. Jack Beagle, son of Stanley Beagle, of Albany, was listed in Thursday's New York Times as killed in action in the Mediterranean Theatre.  Stanley Beagle, who lived in Bainbridge and worked at the American Separator Co. about the time of World War I, recently retired as clerk at the State Police Headquarters, Albany.
Daniel J. Knapp Killed in France
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944
Sgt. Daniel J. Knapp, 25, formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Knapp, of West Laurens [Otsego Co., NY], was killed in action June 7 in France, according to the War Department.  Sgt. Knapp, a veteran of the North African and Sicilian campaigns, was employed on a farm at Garrettsville prior to his induction in September, 1940.  He had been overseas two years.  He was born Aug. 10, 1918, in Walton [Delaware Co., NY], and resided in the vicinity of Afton and Bainbridge before moving to West Laurens.  He attended the high school at Bainbridge.  While in Bainbridge the family lived on Johnson street.  Surviving are his wife, the former Mildred VanHoesen, of Oneonta; a son, Robert Daniel; his parents; five brothers, Frank, and Harry Knapp, West Laurens; First Class Private Eugene Knapp, with the Army in Italy; Hugh Knapp, new Berlin, and Jack Knapp, 17, who left Wednesday of last week for naval service. 

Obituaries (June 24)

Mrs. Edith Blincoe Meek, who had been in failing health for the past six months, passed away June 24, 1944 on her 49th birthday in a Binghamton hospital.  She was the only child of Walter Blincoe and the late Lela A. Nichols Blincoe of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  When Edith was 13 years of age, she joined the Bainbridge Methodist Episcopal Church where she was active as long as she lived in Bainbridge.  After attending rural school on Searles Hill, she attended Bainbridge High School.  Later she attended Unadilla Teachers Training School, from which she was graduated.  She taught for about eight years in rural schools in this vicinity.  On June 22, 1918, she was united in marriage with Jesse W. Meek, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], where they lived for 26 years.  To this marriage was born one son, Donald, who died at 10 months of age.  She was a devoted wife, and a kind and loving friend.  She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her well.  Her funeral was held Monday, June 26, at 2 o'clock at Colwell's Chapel, with burial in the Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].  The Rev. Harry E. Brooks officiated.  She is survived by her husband, her father, one aunt, Mrs. Ida Strong, and several cousins.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944]
Ellen Carey Jones, 49, passed away in a Binghamton Hospital June 28.  Born Jan. 6, 1895 in Northmoreland, Pa., she was the daughter of Henry D. and Annie (Race) Carey.  On May 13, 1913, she was married to Alfred H. Jones, of East Afton.  She is survived by two children, Ethel Mae Junes, and William Daniel Jones, two granddaughters, and one grandson; one brother, William H. Carey, of Hamden; three sisters, Mrs. John Tice, of Oneonta; Mrs. William Kuhn, of South New Berlin, and Mrs. Harry Smith, Searles Hill, Bainbridge; also a number of nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Colwell's Chapel with the Rev. Harry E. Brooks officiating.  Burial was in Bennettsville Cemetery [Chenango Co. NY].  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944]
Clarence E. Stewart, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], an employee of the Scintilla plant at Norwich, drowned in Mead's pond three miles north of Norwich Saturday night.  Stewart and a friend, William Hengler, had gone fishing late Saturday and chose different places along the shore from which to fish.  Stewart's line evidently became snagged and he waded out into the water to untangle it, but beyond his depth and drowned.  The fatality occurred between 10 and 10:30 at night, it is thought, as Stewart had bought a pack of cigarettes from another fisherman, Francis Welch, about 10 o'clock.  When Hengler started to look up his companion to get bait about 10:30 he did not find him. Thinking Stewart might have wandered away, Hengler waited until 2 o'clock Sunday morning before going home.  He states that he heard no cry for help or other noise.  Sunday morning Hengler and Stewart's brother, Kenneth Stewart, a Chenango County deputy sheriff, investigated all possible places where Stewart might have gone before the lake was dragged.  The body was recovered about 50 feet from shore in 35 feet of water.  The deceased would have been 37 years of age on July 7.  He leaves a wife and daughter. At the Scintilla plant he was employed as an instructor in service and repair.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 6, 1944]
Herman Haynes, a resident of East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] for many years, died Sunday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Vernon Pier, in Cooperstown, as a result of a brain tumor.  He was a prominent dairy farmer for many years in East Guilford, and was very active in the East Guilford Church, having sung in the choir for a great number of years.  The deceased is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lorena Hyatt, of East Guilford; and a son, the Rev. Devillo Haynes of Highland; several grandchildren; also two sisters besides Mrs. Pier, Mrs. Whitcomb, of West Winfield; and Mrs. Florence Sibley, of Hornell; and one brother, Louis Haynes of Guilford.  Funeral services were held at the East Guilford Church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Bump officiating.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]
Mrs. Minnie A. Stead died at her home Thursday morning, June 29, after several months; illness.  She was born in Coventryville [Chenango Co., NY] on May 16, 1867, the eldest daughter of the late Charles A. and Ruth L. Foote.  Her whole life, with the exception of a short time at Yaleville, had been spent in this community, where she was held in high esteem by young and old.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church where she served as primary Sunday School teacher for many years.  She is survived by one son, Granville J. Burton, and a granddaughter, Mrs. Henry Hamlett, both of this place.  The funeral, which was largely attended by neighbors, friends and relatives, was held at the Colwell Chapel at Bainbridge on Sunday, the Rev. W.L. Wood officiating. Interment was made in Coventryville Cemetery.  As long as her health permitted, she was always ready to lend a helping hand in time of sickness.  The entire community will mourn her death.  [Bainbridge news & Republican, July 13, 1944]

Marriages (July 24)

Miss Vera Jean Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], became the bride of First Class Private Joseph W. Hover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Hover, of 3 Jefferson avenue, Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], last night, at the Elm Park Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Hulslander performing the ceremony.  The bride, a graduate of Afton High School, is now a cadet nurse at the Rose City Hospital.  Private Hover, after spending 30 months in the South Pacific area, will report to a camp in North Carolina for reassignment.  Miss Frances Meek of Bainbridge, was the maid of honor and Miss Kathryn Ostrander, of Sidney, was bridesmaid.  The best man was Thomas Spencer, of Oneonta, a former co-worker of the bridegroom at the Scintilla plant in Sidney.  Those attending the wedding included the brides' parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, of Afton, and the bride's aunt, Miss Kittie Ellis, of Bainbridge.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]
Miss Emily Husted, daughter of Mrs. Lawrence Riveas, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], and Dominic Spinelli, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spinelli, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], were married in a double ring ceremony Thursday morning, June 29, in Sacred Heart Church, Sidney, by the Rev. John Kavanaugh.  A wedding reception and breakfast was served at Hotel DeCumber following the ceremony.  The bride, a graduate of Oxford Academy and Hartwick College, Oneonta, is a teacher of Latin and social studies in Laurens [Otsego Co., NY].  Mr. Spinelli is a graduate of Sidney High School and is now employed in the assembly department of the Scintilla.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]
Mrs. Irene Johnston St. John, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett R. Johnston, Walton [Delaware Co., NY], and Bernard Johnson, of Plainfield [NJ], were married Saturday, July 1, in the Congregational Church at Walton by the Rev. Harry H. Bergen, pastor of the church.  The only guests present were the immediate family of the bride.  Mr. and Mrs. Johnson left Tuesday for Plainfield, N.J., where they will reside for the present.  Mrs. Johnson is well known in Walton and in recent years has been an instructor in the state school at Rome.  Mr. Johnson is an engineer and at present is employed in a shipyard at Dunellen, N.J.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]
Private James A. Furgason, of Sidney Center [Delaware Co., NY], and Miss Iona Neer, of Merrickville [Delaware Co., NY], were united in marriage Sunday afternoon by the Rev. John Edwin Price at the Price home in Sidney Center. They left for a short honeymoon trip following the ceremony.  The groom, stationed for the past 20 months in Panama, left on Friday for North Carolina following a 21-day furlough.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]
Miss Ruth Cooney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cooney, became the bride Wednesday of 1st Lt. Donald C.McKnown, son of Mr. and Mr. John McKown, of Franklin, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Syracuse. The Rev. Frederick Ellerman, pastor, who officiated at the wedding of the bride's father and mother 24 years ago, performed the ceremony.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 13, 1944]
ORWEN - MORTON:  At the residence of the bride's parents, in Bainbridge, Jan. 9, 1876, by Rev. D.C. Haynes, Mr. John Orwen, of North Sanford [Broome Co., NY], to Miss Minnie E. Morton, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]. 
Under the proper head in these columns will be found the marriage notice of Mr. John Orwen, of North Sanford [Broome Co., NY], to Miss Minnie E. Morton, of this town [Bainbridge, NY].  Mr. Orwen is a gentleman past seventy-eight summers, a wealthy farmer, and is said to have presented his bride, who is yet in her teens, a handsome wedding gift.  The groom felt very happy on the following day, and when he handed us some very choice wedding cake, and thanked us for previous notice, we thought him as jovial as "most of the boys."  We are sorry to say though, that the cake we did not have the pleasure of testing as to its quality.  We put it away in the desk at night, but in the morning, behold our devil had "made way with it." [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 15, 1876]
The old Story Repeated--In January last a wealthy Broome county farmer, seventy-eight years old married a young lady of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], over whose head but seventeen summers had passed. An interesting feature of the wedding was a cash gift of $5,000 from the groom to the bride.  Now the bride of five months is advertised as having left the bed and board of her venerable companion "without just cause or provocation," and he forbids all persons from harboring or trusting her on his account, as he pays no debts of her contracting.  It is but the old story too often repeated of unfortunate marital connections between January and May.--port Jervis Union.  [Bainbridge Republican, June 17, 1876]
Marriage Notices - Bainbridge Republican, Mar. 11, 1876
WHEELER - HUNT:  In Coventry, March 7th, 1876, in the Congregational Church, by Rev. G.D. Horton, Mr. Erwin H. Wheeler, to Miss Libbie C., daughter of Mr. N.G. Hunt, all of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY].
HUNT - CALKINS:  In Coventry, March 7th, 1876, in the Congregational Church, by Rev. G.D. Horton, Mr. David N. Hunt to Miss Eloise, daughter of Mr. H.H. Calkins, all of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY]
BENNETT - WOODS:  In Coventryville, Feb. 23d, 1876, by Rev. G.D. Horton, Mr. Seth Bennett, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Huldah M. Woods of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY]