Friday, September 4, 2015

Afton Memories

Mrs. R.C. Guy Writes of Family
Afton Enterprise, June 20, 1957

Excerpts from an interesting letter recently received from Mrs. R.C. Guy, formerly of Afton, now of Crosswinds Trailer Court, St. Petersburg, 4, Florida. The historical details were related to her by her father in years gone by.

My father would be 100 years old now, if he were living, and my mother about 92.  My step-mother would be about Aunt Nora's [Benedict] age and my mother a little elder.  Randolph's parents and my parents always lived in Afton [Chenango Co., NY] excepting my step-mother before his marriage, lived in Bainbridge.
My grandfather, Celar Decker and family moved from Schoharie County when my father, Joseph Decker, and Charles Decker, father of George, Frank and Lillian Decker [McKee], were young boys. They moved to  where Bernett now lives.  Charles stayed there and raised his family.  My father, when a young man went into town and engaged in business. I can't tell where, but it was before the big fire.  Henry Carr had one side of the store, selling drugs, and my father had a general store on the other side.
In time my father left there and bought the store of the Church family.  When the big fire came and burned all the stores on that side of the street, my father said that their household goods and some things from the store were moved across the street in the night as all the stores were burned by morning.  Then my father built the store where Jenks & Swart are now in business.  We owned the store for some years but then sold to Jenks & Swart.  I was born there.  Then we moved to the home on South Main Street.  My father married Lillian Whitaker.  Her father, Britton Whitaker, used to be a cooper and had a shop down by the old under-ground crossing. I can remember going out to the creek on Pollard land where he soaked his staves.  he made barrels and butter firkins and had a good business.  When Grandfather Decker moved to Afton, there was no Presbyterian Church in Afton; they went to Nineveh to Church.  he was one of those who helped to establish the Presbyterian Church in Afton.

Obituaries (September 4)

Benjamin T. Newton
Utica Saturday Globe, August 1903

Benjamin T. Newton
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  A sense of bereavement came to an unusually wide circle of friends upon the announcement of the death of "Ben" Newton, which occurred at his home on Silver street Tuesday after a severe illness of 10 days.  Benjamin T. Newton was the second son of Rev. J. Burdette and Phoebe E. Tucker Newton and was born in Lindley, Steuben county, April 30, 1885.  About half of his brief life of 18 years was spent in Norwich.  Besides his mother, he leaves two brothers, Earl B. who recently went to Seattle, Wash., and Lewis A., who with an only sister, Laura K., reside with their widowed mother.  Left fatherless in early childhood, Benjamin was thrown much upon his own resources and grew up brave, helpful and self-reliant.  As a newspaper carrier, office assistant to Dr. C.M. Duane and night operator in the central telephone office he won the confidence and respect of his employers while carrying on his studies at the same time.  He graduated from Norwich High School with high standing last June, having taken the classical course.  He was treasurer of the class of 1903 and a member of the Glee Club.  He was a favorite with both teachers and schoolmates.  He was a student and a deep thinker, reading abstruse philosophical works for the sheer love of knowledge.  With high ambition for the future he planned to enter college soon and many friends looked forward to high attainments for him.  He was a member on probation of the Free Methodist church.  His funeral was largely attended from the home of his mother on Silver street Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. W.R. Tamblyn, of Tunkhannock, Pa., a former pastor of his, officiating, assisted by Rev. M.H. Kendrick and Rev. Wilson Treible.  His classmates attended in a body, and the service was very impressive.  Burial was in Mount Hope [Norwich, NY].
Caroline K. French
Utica Saturday Globe, October 1903
Caroline K. French
At her home in North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] on Thursday of last week occurred the death of Miss Caroline E. French, aged 67 years.  She had been ill with consumption since last May.  Deceased was born and had always lived in North Norwich, on the old homestead which she shared with her sister, Mrs. Henry Tracy.  She was the oldest of 10 children of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel French, of whom there survive Isaac H. French, of Champaign, Ill.; Leander French, of Sherburne; Alonzo French, of Plymouth; William S. French, of Oxford, Franklin French, of Farmer City, Ill. and Mrs. Ida Tracy, of North Norwich.  Miss French was a member of the North Norwich Methodist church and was a lady highly esteemed by all who knew her.  Funeral services were held from her late home Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, burial in the cemetery at North Norwich.  The relatives and fiends wish to thank members of the Baptist Church and others for the many beautiful floral offerings and also Mrs. G.A. Cooley of Norwich, for her faithful services as nurse during the last 11 weeks of the illness of the departed.
William Strong Sayre
Bainbridge Republican, January 30, 1880
SAYRE:  Entered into eternal life at Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], very suddenly of apoplexy, Tuesday, January 20th, 1880, William Strong Sayre, Esquire, in the 77th year of his age.
Although several notices of the death of Mr. Sayre have been given to the public, in which were mentioned some of the principal historical points of his early life, yet we deem that a few more words in regard to his character and long life of usefulness in our midst will be acceptable and appropriate at this time.
Mr. Sayre was one of our oldest and most esteemed citizens as the large attendance at his funeral testified.  After graduating at Hamilton College in 1824, he began immediately the study of law at Norwich, and in 1827 was admitted to the bar as a practitioner.  In the same year he selected Bainbridge for his home, and entered upon the practice of his profession in partnership with the Hon. John C Clark, at one time a Member of Congress from this Congressional District.  By a close application to business and a faithful discharge of all trusts committed to him, he soon won the confidence of his fellow citizens and built up quite a remunerative practice.  On the 9th of September 1829, he was united in marriage, by the Rev. Norman A. Adams, to Miss Leapha Bush, sister of the Hon. Joseph Bush, of this village, and for more than twenty years he was blessed with the companionship of a delicate, but true and devoted wife. She brought to him eight children, five of whom died in infancy, and three now remain to mourn the great loss so suddenly brought upon them in the death of their honored father.  After a lingering and painful illness this faithful wife and loving mother bid farewell to the dear ones of earth and entered into the paradise of the saints gone before.
In 1851 he was married to Miss Sarah McMurray of New York city, a most estimable lady, and one who, for nearly thirty years, has been all that any husband could expect of a wife.  Loving, gentle, kind and forbearing, a solacer in his troubles and sorrows, and a sharer in his joys and pleasures; she now remains in her widowed loneliness, to mourn the sad loss which has fallen with such a shock upon her.  May the Father of All Mercies send His holy spirit to comfort her in her bereavement with the assurance that He is ever the widow's God!  As "in each life some rain must fall, some days be dark an dreary," so Mr. Sayre's life was no exception to this general rule, or sentiment.  But after he had passed the meridian of life, trouble came upon him, and yet, through it all he carried himself like a Christian gentleman, and finally emerged into the sunshine of a quiet life, broken in earthly fortune, it is true, but with a character "unspotted" from contact with the world and worldly things, and filled with the "unsearchable riches of Christ."  The highest eulogy which can be paid to him is to describe his character in the plainest terms.  His whole life, private and public, was marked with modesty, purity, unblemished integrity, a firm and sound judgment, and an unostentatious hospitality.  He possessed a highly cultivated mind, and was a faithful and judicious expounder of the law.  He never encouraged one neighbor to go to law with another for the sake of getting a case; but always, if he saw no just cause for action being brought, advised them to settle the differences between each other without the aid of the law; and the confidence with which he inspired men, by his noble and unselfish advice and counsel, was unbounded.  For more than half a century he was not only an humble communicant of the episcopal church; but was also for all those years a true and faithful officer, either as a warden or a vestryman, in St. Peter's parish in this village, and was the junior warden of the parish at the time of his death.  He was an earnest, zealous churchman, and was always ready and willing to do the duty of a Lay-Reader when the Rector happened to be absent, or when the parish was without a clergyman.  Faithful in every trust, constant in his attendance upon the services of the church and the holy communion, and in all his duties as a churchman, he leaves behind him the memory and example of one who "showed his faith by his works."
All classes and all denominations loved and honored the church in him.  For such sons the church may well rejoice and give thanks, even while she mourns that her earthly courts shall know them no more.  His loss and absence we must lament deeply, and yet, when we consider his eternal blessedness in the translation for such it surely was, from this world to a life of never ending joy and peace, it seems almost a selfish mourning, for, like the good Cornelius, his prayers and his alms have gone up for a memorial before God; and while his name was echoed with sorrow here, it was whispered and carried upward by angels, embalmed and kept ever fresh in that realm of eternal day. He has gone to join an innumerable company of angels and the spirits of the just men made perfect; and above all he sees His face, and His name is written upon his forehead by whose most precious blood he has been redeemed.
Knowing so well the true Christian life our dear departed friend led while on earth; yea, that he was almost snatched from  his knees (while kneeling around the family altar pouring out his soul in prayer to God) up into paradise, can we mourn as those who have no hope?  No! no!  Far from it!  On the contrary we comfort ourselves with soul-comforting words:  "They which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him."  --  E.L.J.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Marriages (September 3)

Yeaw - Hall
Chenango Union, February 2, 1896

On Friday evening, January 31, 1896, about thirty invited guests assembled at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Hall, to witness the marriage of their daughter, Emma L. to Christopher M. Yeaw, of East Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY]. A few minutes before seven, the guests were invited into the parlor.  Soon the tones of the organ were heard in a beautiful wedding march, and the Rev. George Pope entered the parlor followed by the bride, supported by the groom. They were conducted to the other side of the room, and took their place under a crescent of evergreens and white flowers.  In an impressive manner Mr. Pope recited the marriage ceremony.  A few moments were spent in greeting the happy couple and in social chat, when the doors were opened and the friends were invited into the dining room, which was also thoughtfully trimmed with evergreens.  After the inner man had been satisfied with some of the many good things which were temptingly placed before us.  Mr. and Mrs. Yeaw left for north pitcher enroute for Syracuse and other points, for a short visit with friends.

Booth - Ireland
At high noon Wednesday, Oct. 7th, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Booth, in the town of Oxford, Miss Nellie Booth and Stephen Ireland were united in the holy bonds of wedlock by Rev T.F. Hall of Binghamton, a former pastor.  Friends and relatives were present to witness the ceremony and wish the happy couple well for their journey together through life.  There were many useful presents left by the guests as mementoes of the occasion.  Both of the young people are well known and have a host of warm friends.  Mr. and Mrs. Ireland left on the O.&W. railroad for a short trip, after which they will make their home in this vicinity.  The bride's twin sister, Nettie, was married June 24th to Ernest E. Ingersoll, a cousin of the groom, and thus within four months do four of our best young people join the matrimonial army, and the Express wishes them long and happy lives with health and prosperity.

Burlison - Bromley
In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] Thursday evening Feb. 15th, a pleasant company of about sixty guests, largely composed of friends and relatives, assembled at the residence of Mr. E. Bromley in Guilford, to enjoy one of the pleasantest events in a long time, the occasion being the marriage of his daughter, C. Violet L. to Mr. E.H. Burlison.  For an hour or more the guests continued to arrive, and as friend greeted friend the residence was filled with the music of happy voices, until the wedding march was struck, when all noise was hushed, and all were waiting for the bridal party, who took their position in the parlor, when Rev. P.R. Tower in his usual pleasant manner, pronounced the words which made the twain one. Then followed the congratulations, good wishes and of course the good advice usually given. After which the company were served to a bountiful repast, and all shared in much joy and merriment. The presets were numerous and valuable, their value being estimated at about $150.

Obituaries (September 3)

David Westcott
Utica Saturday Globe, October 1902

David Westcott
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  David Westcott an old-time Norwich merchant, died in Utica on Friday morning, the 26th ult., at the home of his son, Albertus J. Westcott.  Mr. Westcott was the son of Joseph W. and Esther Westcott and was born in East Killington, Conn., November 11, 1818.  Very early in his life he came with his parents to this State and settled in the town of Smithville [Chenango Co., NY].  His father engaged in farming, in which pursuit he also engaged for a short time before going to White Store and conducting the general store which gave that settlement its name.  Afterwards he was in the same business in Mount Upton for two years before coming to Norwich, and carried on business in a store in Broad street, near the stand now occupied by N.D. Weikheizer.  He lived in what is now the Reed house, on Hayes street.  In 1863 his store with others was burned, and in the following year he superintended the building of the present brick block extending from the Miller corner store south to the Holmes store, now occupied by Weikheizer.  About the year 1865 Mr. Westcott moved to Utica, and for a number of years carried on a flour and feed business and became well known in that city as a prosperous business man.  He made profitable investments in real estate and retired from active business life about 30 years ago.  Some 10 years ago Mr. Westcott came back to Norwich and made his home with his daughter, Mrs. James St. Lawrence.  About three years ago he returned to Utica to make his home with his son, but had divided his time in visiting between the two places.  Last May, which on a visit here, he suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he had not fully recovered when he went back to Utica a month ago. Shortly after his return to that city he was taken with an attack of pleurisy and failed rapidly.  Deceased was a member of no church or society but was essentially a home man. In politics he was a staunch Democrat, but had never held or sought a public office.  In 1829 Mr. Westcott was united in marriage with Miss Polly Winsor, and in 1889 they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Utica.  Mrs. Westcott died in Norwich December 28, 1893.  Besides his son, Albertus, and his two granddaughters, in Utica, Mr. Westcott is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James St. Lawrence and Mrs. Esther Miner, of this village. G. Edward Carpenter, now of New York, and Mrs. Frank H. Grant of Norwich, are grandchildren. The remains were brought to Norwich and interred in Mount Hope Cemetery beside those of his deceased wife, on Monday afternoon, funeral services being conducted by Rev. W.D. Benton, at the home of the daughter, Mrs. James St. Lawrence corner of Cortland and Canasawacta streets, at 2:30 o'clock.

Hugh Gaffney
1827 - 1896
Hugh Gaffney died Tuesday morning at his home on Bixby street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], at the age of 69 years.  He was born in Ireland and came to this country in 1846.  The funeral was held this morning at 10 o'clock, with interment in Guilford cemetery [Sunset Hill]. The Grand Army, of which he was a member took charge of the services.  Hugh Gaffney enlisted in Co. A, 114th N.Y.V. in July 1862, and was discharged for disability in May 1865 at McKim's hospital, Baltimore.

Eli Prince
1830 - 1897
The death of Eli Prince, a life-long resident of the town of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], occurred Friday afternoon at his home two miles above the village, upon the west side of the river.  Mr. Prince had been in feeble health for several months prior to his death, suffering from an affection of the kidneys which terminated in a paralytic condition the last few weeks of his life.  The deceased was born June 1st, 1830, and was the second of the large family of thirteen children of the parents, Czar and Anna Skeel Prince.  He was married in 1876 to Mrs. Mary Hackett who survives him. There were no children.  Mr. Prince had always resided upon the farm where he died, the grandfather coming from Connecticut in 1805, settling upon the land which had not been cleared and laying the foundation for the present handsome property. the grandparents were succeeded in ownership by the son Czar, the father of the deceased. The father's home was an ideal one in the happiness of its members and the generous hospitality offered socially.  It was the center of much gayety forty years ago.  Mr. Prince left one sister, Mrs. Smith, wife of Judge A.P. Smith of Cortland, and seven brothers, one of whom, C. Prince resides in Bainbridge.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Episcopal church, of which the deceased was a communicant, and attended by the masons in a body.  the Rev. Mr. Cresser, the Rector, officiated at the church service and the Masons conducted the burial ceremonies.  The remains were interred in St. Peter's churchyard [Bainbridge, NY].

Pharos Price
Sidney Record, January 19, 1933
Pharos Price died at his home in Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY], Saturday morning, 14th, at 10 o'clock, aged 76 years.  Mr. Price was the son of Matthew and Amy Burch Price and was born on the same farm where his death occurred, having spent his entire life there.  he was the youngest of a family of ten children and the last to survive.  Mr. Price was a member of the Methodist church in Masonville and later in Bennettsville, where he served as superintendent of the Sunday school and also trustee of the church   The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the funeral chapel of Colwell brothers, Bainbridge. The service was conducted by the Rev. Edwin R. Holden, pastor of the Congregational church of Sidney, and burial was made in the family plot at Bennettsville.  Mr. Price is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. George Winnie of Sidney; a granddaughter, Mrs. Clyde Huyck, also of Sidney, besides several nieces.

Pvt. James Telford
Sidney Enterprise, August 24, 1944
Official word from the War Department, received at Walton Monday by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Telford Park, reveal the death of their son, Pvt. James Telford, killed in action in France August 6.  Pvt. Telford, among the youngest men to enter the service a year ago, went into service Aug. 16, 1943.  He had been overseas but a short time.  He crossed the English channel with some of the first troops to establish a foothold on the French coast.  Action came fast after that.  July 31, Pvt. Telford's parents had their last letter form him.  He told of tough going with the Allied armies forging ahead form the channel coast.  He was back from the front, he said, all o.k. and enjoying a rest period.  Pvt. Telford was born in Walton [Delaware Co., NY].  He attended Walton schools and his entire life was spent there.  Besides his parents a brother, Howard Telford of Walton, survives.

Frank D. Griffin, President Maydole Hose Co.

Frank Griffin
Popular New President of the Maydole Hose Company
Utica Saturday Globe, About 1902
Frank D. Griffin
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At the annual meeting of the Maydole Hose Company on Thursday evening of last week Frank Griffin was chosen president, a position he is most admirably adapted to fill, being a capable presiding officer and popular with the members of the company. The other officers chosen were:  Herbert Salisbury, Vice President; Adelbert Peckham, Foreman; William Potter, Assistant Foreman; Floyd Humphrey, Recording Secretary; Lewis Wilson, Financial Secretary; John Dunkle, Treasurer; Leon Dunkle, Trustee for two years, and Fay Smith, Trustee for three years.
Marriage: Griffin - Clarke
Utica NY Herald Dispatch, July 24, 1907
With a nuptial mass in St. Patrick's Church at 4 o'clock this morning, the Rev. Father Nicholas J. Quinn, pastor of the church tied the knot which united Miss Winifred Alice Clarke of this city with Frank D. Griffin, a well known resident of Norwich.  Despite the early hour set for the wedding there was an unusually large number of friends and acquaintances present who witnessed the ceremony.  As the party proceeded down the aisles Prof. Harry McCormick presided at the organ and rendered the Lohengrin wedding march.  As the party was leaving the church he rendered the Mendelsohn march. The best man was Michael J. Griffin of Oxford, a brother of the groom, while the maid of honor was Miss Mae L. Mulligan of Sherburne. The groom presented his bride with a handsome diamond brooch and his gift to the best man was a stick pin set with pearls.  The bride's favor to her maid of honor was a handsome and costly jewel comb.  The bride looked charming attired in a beautiful gown of Burlingham silk. She wore a white picture hat and carried a white prayer book. The maid of honor was similarly attired. She wore a white Neapolitan hat and carried a massive bouquet of white bridal roses. The evidence of the high esteem in which the couple are held was attested by the many and beautiful wedding gifts.  Most noticeable among them was a check for a substantial sum form the bride's father, another check from the best man, together with several pieces of cut glass, silver ware, bric-a-brac, furniture, Haviland china and a china set.  Immediately after the ceremony the party went to the home of the bride's parents, 35 Cooper street, where a sumptuous wedding breakfast was served by Mrs. John Preston.  For the occasion the house was beautifully decorated with daisies, ferns, cut flowers and potted plants. The tables were ornamented with cut flowers and potted plants.  Mr. and Mrs. Griffin left this afternoon on their wedding trip, which will include New York and other eastern cities. They will reside at 41 Cortland street, Norwich, and will be at home to their many friends after September 1. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Clarke and is a young lady possessed of many graces and amiable qualifications. her departure from the city is deeply regretted but the best wishes of her innumerable friends will go with her to her new home.  The groom is a prominent resident of Norwich and is State road inspector at that place. He has many friends in this city and is held in high esteem. 

Obituary - Mrs. Winifred A. Griffin
Binghamton Press, March 17, 1961

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Funeral services for Mrs. Winifred A. Griffin will be at the Devine Funeral Home at 9 a.m. tomorrow followed by a Solemn High Mass of Requiem in St. Paul's Church at 9:30 o'clock.  Burial will be later in St. Paul's Cemetery.  Mrs. Griffin, a resident of Norwich more than 50 years, died Wednesday at the home of her daughgter Mrs. matthew T. Cooney in Syracuse.  She was 83.  Her husband, Frank D. Griffin, former Norwich City Democratic chairman for many years survives. Surviving also are another daughter, Mrs. James Koziell of Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bainbridge High School - Class of 1953

Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1953
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1953
Janice Ann MacPherson

Eleanore Rose Michel

Joyce Arlene Mitchell

Rheta June Nichols

Doris Myrtle Parker
Joan Lorraine Parsons
Junior Prom Queen

Obituaries (September 2)

Edward Newell Hill
Utica Saturday Globe, August 1903
Edward Newell Hill

Norwich {Chenango Co., NY]:  Thursday afternoon at his home on Cortland street after an illness of nearly a year occurred the death of Edward Newell Hill, a well-known resident of this village, where he had been engaged in the blacksmith business for the past 10 years.  Mr. Hill was born in Syracuse [Onondaga Co., NY] August 1, 1863, and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Newell E. Hill, January 1, 1890, he married Miss Martie Johnson, of Chicago, who survives.  He also leaves two brothers, Chauncey and Ervin Hill, of Mundale, Ill. and a sister, Mrs. Cora Bosket, of Cascade Valley, N.Y.  Deceased was commander of Norwich Tent, Knights of the Maccabees, a member of Whaupaunaucau Tribe No. 108, L.O.R.M., and the local lodge of Royal Templars. At this writing the funeral arrangements have not been completed.  [Note:  Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Norwich, NY]
Lucy A. (Main) Burlingame
Utica Saturday Globe, August 1903
Lucy A. (Main) Burlingame
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  After a year's illness of cancer of the stomach Lucy A. Main, wife of Elbert Burlingame, died at her home near White's Pond Wednesday of last week, aged 49.  Mrs. Burlingame was born in Springvale September 11, 1853, the daughter of Charles C. and Harriet Main, and had always resided in the vicinity of her birthplace.  In 1874 she married Elbert Burlingame, who survives her, together with two sons, Hiram, of Springvale, and Clifford, who resides at home, and one daughter, Mrs. B.L. Graves, of the East Quarter.  One brother, Charles Main, of East Norwich, and three sisters, Mrs. M.E. Thornton, Miss Matilda Main, of East Norwich, and Mrs. Louise L. Main, of Norwich, also survive.  Deceased was a Christian woman, respected and loved by a large circle of friends.  Her funeral was held Saturday, Rev. S.J Ford officiating.  Interment in Mount Hope [Norwich, NY].
Thomas W. Hall
Chenango Union, February 2, 1896
After a brief illness, Thomas W. Hall, an old and esteemed resident of this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], died at his home in East Norwich, Thursday morning, at the ripe old age of eighty-three years.  Mr. Hall was born in Milltown, North Stonington, Conn., January 10th, 1813.  His father, Thomas P. Hall, emigrated from Connecticut to this town when Thomas W. Hall was a boy, and settled on the homestead farm where he died, and which Thomas W. Hall has since occupied and did at the time of his demise.  He was married February 16, 1837, to Sarah A .Wescott, who after a happy married life of nearly thirty years, died February 3, 1866.  There were born to them four children, three of whom, Thomas Cortland Hall, James Dudley Hall and Henry L. Thurston, preceded him to the better land and one, Gertrude Brown, wife of Charles K. Brown, of this village, survives, On March 24, 1875, he was again married to Mary R. Warner, who is left to mourn her loss.  He is also survived by one brother, Dudley S. Hall, of this village.  He became a member of the Baptist church in this village, in April, 1865, and for over forty years exemplified his religious convictions by an upright, conscientious and truly consecrated life.  In politics he was always a Republican, and was ever loyal to his party.  For twenty-five years he served the town as overseer of the poor, being repeatedly elected by large majorities though many times the town went heavily Democratic and he being the only Republican elected.  His kindness of heart and unflinching honesty made him a model officer, and in his hands the poor had a sympathetic helper and the town an ideal officer.  During the war, in addition to this duties as overseer of the poor he was called upon by his fellow citizens to undertake the additional task of caring for and disbursing the fund subscribed for the aid of the wives and children of the soldiers, who were in the front.  This task he undertook as a solemn and patriotic duty and at the cost of much time and great labor, most acceptably performed the arduous and unremunerative work.  Personally he was pleasant, unassuming and overflowing with brotherly kindness to all, an accommodating friend and neighbor, a loving husband and indulgent father and a true and loyal citizen. Truly a good man has gone from us.  His funeral was attended from his residence Sunday afternoon at one o'clock.  [Note:  Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Norwich, NY]

William Corbin
Chenango Telegraph, May 27, 1875
On Monday last, William Corbin, an old resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], went with two of his sons, to the woods on their premises, to fight a fire which had caught and was likely to spread.  The young men became separated from the father and went to the house supposing he had gone before them.  Not finding him, they returned to the woods with lanterns and after some searching, found him lying on his face, dead, with his body badly burned in several places.  It is supposed that he became exhausted and lay down to rest when he was suffocated by smoke and was thus burned to death.  His health had not been good for several days and he might have sank down from sheer exhaustion.  His age was 73 years.
 Daniel Cornell
Chenango Union, April 26, 1871

DIED:  CORNELL:  In Guilford, April 18th, Daniel Cornell, Esq., aged 79 years.

Seventy-nine years ago last winter, Lemuel Cornell and wife moved into the northern part of the town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], than an unbroken forest, bringing an infant son, born the September previous, the subject of this sketch.  His childhood and youth were passed amid the hardships and privations incident to pioneer life, but developed a well knit frame and an active mind; and whether in labor or recreation, in acquiring an education, or later in life, in litigations, his perseverance was ever remarkable.

While still a boy, taking advantage of an early autumnal snow, alone with his trusty rifle, he started on a still hunt for deer.  Two miles from home five broke from their covert and were quickly out of sight; an hour's steady, cautious advance, however, brought him in range, and with unerring aim he brought one down.  Removing the entails, he left it and continued his pursuit of the remaining herd, until another and another fell, and at sun down he had killed the last and started for home; but neither sport nor peril for the day were ended, for half a mile from home, as he stepped upon a log, a bear rose up and started to run; he emptied his gun at him in the dark, which was followed by the animal's peculiar cry of pain and rage.  Fearful that others might be near and come to his rescue, and uncertain as to the effects of his shot, he ran out of the woods in the least possible time.  Accompanied by his father and brother, at daybreak he found the bear dead a few rods form the place, and with a team they secured during the day and brought home his carcass and that of the five deer, which added materially to the winter stock of provisions.

Volunteering in the war of 1812, he saw active service on our northern frontier, and one night his detachment was marched on a false alarm until the mistake was discovered, and the weary men passed a dreary night in the open air near where the city of Buffalo now stands.  On his return he purchased a tract of land, and reared his home (which he never changed).  The next winter he taught the district school, numbering some sixty scholars, for $10 per month, which was apportioned by rate bill among the patrons of the school; but there being no money in circulation, each paid in labor during the next summer the amount of his tax.  The Oxford and Butternuts Turnpike company, locating their road through the town of Guilford, appropriated without appraisement a couple of miles of the river road below Mt. Upton, and putting up a gate compelled the traveling public to pay toll for virtually crossing their own road, or go far round to get up or down the river.  Mr. Cornell to test the matter ran the gate and allowed himself to be sued for toll, but failed in his defense; but the spirit of the act being acceptable to the people, he was at the next town meeting elected one of the Highway Commissioners, and by resolution required to prosecute the Turnpike Company.  A suit was instituted and a respectable verdict obtained, which was set aside by the superior court for want of authority to sue in their name, a effect of law which has since been remedied by later enactments. The Board of Auditors refusing to allow the Commissioners accounts for costs incurred in  the prosecution of the Turnpike Company they commenced a suit against the town to indemnify themselves, which was continued until the other commissioners, wearied with its length, retired from the strife.  Then, alone he carried it from court to court, and at last to the legislature and seventeen years from the commencement of his suit he was reimbursed for his costs.  This was the first tax of magnitude the town ever paid.  They come continually now.

Twice married, each time to most estimable ladies, he ever had a well appointed home.  Substantial thrift crowned his financial exertions, and his genial intercourse leaves pleasant memories among a host of friends.  Of an ardent temperament, his political preferences were maintained with an earnest zeal, and if opponents could not accept his conclusions, they ever gave him credit for frankness and sincerity.  His death without immediate premonition, produced throughout the community a profound sensation, and the  largest concourse ever convened on such an occasion in this town, gathered at his dwelling and followed his remains to the tomb, borne by his brethren of the Masonic fraternity, and honored with their impressive rites  With them he had acceptably walked for more than forty years life's roughest as well as smoothest paths--had borne with an unflinching hand the symbols of their common faith through dark as well as shining hours, and was, with them, pledged to meet on an immortal shore, in a grander Lodge, untouched by builder hands.

I have seen the oak of centuries that lightning had riven and storms for ages embraced, yet in a calm it fell.  So sinks to rest out friend and neighbor.  The surging tides of human life will roll along, and with a dash and spray bear us swiftly onward, yet memory, faithful to her  trust, will point us some bright scenes, some hallowed associations with him in the past whose reflected light will help illuminate the way before.

Funeral:  A special train left Norwich for Guilford, on Sunday morning last, to convey members of the Masonic fraternity, and others, who were desirous of attending the funeral of Mr. Daniel Cornell, who was a respected member of Norwich Commandery. The attendance at the funeral was the largest ever assembled in the town on a similar occasion. The body was buried with Masonic rites, the beautiful service of the Knights Templar being observed at the house, and that of the master Masons at the grave, under the direction of Oxford lodge.  The procession to the grave was at least a mile long, testifying the esteem in which the deceased was held by all.  On the return form the grave, the weary Masons and others who had 'traveled from afar," were hospitably entertained at the house. 

Corbin Family - Family of Fighters

A Family of Fighters
Chenango Union, February 2, 1896

The Bainbridge Republican has the following about the Corbin family:

From correspondence with Lemuel Healy, Town Clerk of Dudley, Mass., and with persons in Connecticut, it is found that 15 male members of the Corbin family were soldiers of the Revolutionary war.  They all hailed from Dudley, Mass., and Woodstock Conn., the latter at that time being a part of the colony of Massachusetts.  All are buried near the home of their youthful days. The following are the names of the Corbin heroes--Worcester (Mass) Spy
Amasa Corbin
Asa Corbin
Asahel Corbin
Clement Corbin
Daniel Corbin
David Corbin,
Elijah Corbin
Elisha Corbin
Eliphalet Corbin
Elhajah Corbin
John Corbin
Jonathan Corbin
Moses Corbin
Peter Corbin
William Corbin
There are several families of Corbins residing in the town of Bainbridge, William H., Chester and Devillo Corbin, who are direct descendants of the above mentioned William Corbin.  Clement Corbin came direct from England. After the Revolutionary war the Corbins scattered, many of them settled in this State [New York].

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Marriages (September 1)

Helisek - Buikstra
August 15, 1953
Kenneth Paul and Anne (Buikstra) Helisek

Wed Saturday:  At 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Chenango Bridge Methodist church [Broome Co., NY], Miss Anne Buikstra, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frans Buikstra, Heerlen, Holland, and Pvt. Kenneth Paul Helisek, U.S.Army, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Helisek of Chenango Bridge, were wed.
Personeus - Ellis
Chenango Union, January 4, 1883
A pleasant reception was held at the residence of P.L. Russell, in North Norwich, Wednesday evening, in honor of Rev. C.B. Personeus and wife.  Mr. Personeus was married some time ago, at Woodville, N.Y., to Miss Flora Ellis, formerly of Norwich; but it was not until Wednesday evening that the bride was able to reach here.  Her husband met  her at Earlville upon the 8 P.M. express.  When they reached North Norwich a delegation of friends met them, and escorted them to Mr. Russell's residence, where a large party of both old and young had assembled to extend their congratulations to the worthy couple. Tables had been spread by the ladies, and they already groaned under their weight of the good things of life.  After full justice had been done to this bountiful repast, the party retired to the spacious parlors, where they were entertained with music, both vocal and instrumental. the happy couple were the recipients of many fine presents, among which was a set of crockery, besides silver forks, a set of chairs, and other things too numerous to mention. They intend to begin housekeeping at an early date, and from the list of the gifts received, we think they were well provided with temporal things, and certainly they can not lack for spiritual things.  Mr. Personeus was appointed to this charge nearly two years ago, and in that short time has been the means of effecting many lasting benefits to his church, and we sincerely regret the time when he and his accomplished bride shall have to leave us.  May their sorrows be few and their happiness great, is the wish of W.S.L. - North Norwich , Jan. 1, 1883.
Mr. & Mrs. Derrick Shepard
Chenango Union, January 4, 1883
A very enjoyable surprise was realized by Derrick Shepard and wife, on their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, when friends from Fredonia, Brighton, Preston, Oxford, Guilford and Mt. U[ton, invaded their dwelling, bringing refreshments, and an elegant China dinner and tea service. the minister who united them, Rev. William Bixby, of Gilbertsville, accompanied them, and there was "a feast of reason and a flow of soul," as well as a most tooth some repast.  Before this invading party had cleared the premises, a fresh invasion of the old friends and neighbors, not only of the pair but of Messrs. Shepard and Stowell, from Fredonia and from Brighton surged into the house, and Mr. and Mrs. Shepard surrendered to a genuine surprise. The new invaders brought one of Breese's luxurious easy chairs, and Rev. Bixby presented it very appropriately.  Refreshments were again in order, when it seemed as if all the famous cooks in the country around vied with each other in the elegance and variety of the spread. Amid all the gaiety, the trio of lovely sisters who left the happy home desolate and went to the eternal mansions a few years ago were not forgotten.  They were mentioned with a chastened sorrow as "safe forever."  If earthly reunions bring so much of joy what must heaven be?

Obituaries (September 1)

Laura A. (Clark) Crumb
Utica Saturday Globe, September 1902

Laura A. (Clark) Crumb
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Laura A. Crumb, widow of Ralph Crumb, died at the home of her son, Lucius crumb, on Cortland street, Monday, in the 88th year of her age.  Deceased was born February 7, 1815, in Preston [Chenango Co., NY], of which town her parents, Alfred and Susan Clark, were pioneer residents.  She passed a large majority of her years in her native town.  She came here about three years ago to make her home with her son.  She was a member of the Methodist Church, was widely known for her sterling qualities and was frequently referred to as "Mother Crumb" by those who knew her intimately.  Deceased is survived by four sons, Henry H., of Kanona, N.Y.; Lucius, of Norwich; Dr. DeWitt W., of Otselic, and Alson Crumb, of Preston; also two sisters, Electa Powers and Eunice F. Noyes of Preston.  She was a sister of the late William W. Clark, of this village.  Funeral services were held from her late residence on Cortland street Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Interment in the Lewis Cemetery at Preston.
John M. Gartsee
Bainbridge Republican, September 3, 1880
John M. Gartsee died at his residence in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] on Sunday evening, from apoplexy.  Deceased was well known to a large circle, having for many years held the position of Court Crier, and at various time acceptably discharged the duties of constable and collector.  "Jack" was a kind-hearted man, a good citizen, and everybody's friend, and he will be missed by the community -- Oxford Times
Leonard Aylsworth
Bainbridge Republican, October 22, 1880
The people of King Settlement [Chenango Co. NY] were startled Thursday by the report that one of their oldest citizens had met an accidental death.  The facts of the sad case are substantially as follows:  A neighbor had come to the house of Leonard Aylsworth bringing with him a loaded gun.  The gun was set in a mill rack.  Mr. Aylsworth attempted to take the gun from the rack, when it was discharged the contents taking effect in the right breast and armpit, severing the main artery, which caused him to bleed to death in a brief time.  His son and daughter hearing the report of the gun, ran to him when  he exclaimed, "Oh my God what have I done?  I'm shot."  they caught hold of him and led him to the bed, when he gasped and fell back dead. The deceased was a son of the late David Aylsworth and resided on the farm which was formerly occupied by his father.  His age was 58 years and he was an obliging neighbor and unusually esteemed for his sterling integrity. His bereaved family consists of a wife who is in very feeble health, one daughter and six sons, the oldest of whom, A.W. Aylsworth is a prominent young man who resided with his father. The family have the sincere sympathy of all.  Coroner Avery held an inquest on Friday afternoon, and a verdict of accidental death was rendered.  --Telegraph
Lucy H. (Baley) Baker
Chenango Union, July 1909
After an illness of only a week, Lucy H. Baker, wife of T. Spencer Baker, and a resident of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] since 1867, passed away at her home on Henry St. at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday morning.  The cause of death was enlargement of the heart.  Mrs. Baker was a daughter of Samuel Baley, deceased, of Sidney, N.Y.  She was born in North Hamptonshere, England, on January 7, 1840.  When about five years of age she moved with her parents to this country. They settled near Sidney [Delaware Co., NY] where she lived and received her education in the public schools at Unadilla.  On September 1,  1867, she was united in marriage to T. Spencer Baker of Norwich.  Soon after her marriage she came to Norwich with her husband and has since resided here.  The deceased was a devoted member of the Episcopal church, having been a member of that church since infancy. She was not any hand for society but was a home woman, always looking after the interests of her family. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Baker.  One died in infancy and two daughters survive, Mrs. Charles H. Corey of Norwich, and Mrs. Grace Rindge of New York city. She is also survived by her husband, T. Spencer Baker, and one brother, Samuel Baley of Westerly, Rhode Island, and a sister, Mrs. Homer L. Ives, of Binghamton. A private funeral will be held form the late residence, no. 20 Henry street, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. H.W. Foreman officiating.  Interment will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, NY].
Richard E. Guile
Unadilla, NY, Sept. 30, 1955
Richard E. Guile, 69, former resident of Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY], died at his home in Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY] Friday, Sept. 30, of a heart attack.  He was born in 1888 at St. Johnsville.  On October 9, 1932, he married Ida Spickle in Masonville.  He lived on a farm near Unadilla until his retirement about five months ago.  he is survived by his wife, three sons, Ellis, Edwin and Dentish and a daughter, Ella, all at home. The funeral was held at the Sacred Heart church, Sidney, Monday at 9:30 a.m.  Burial was in Masonville cemetery.
Myra R. Silvey
Bainbridge, NY, May 10, 1956
Mrs. Myra R. Silvey, 70, of 20 Newton Avenue, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], died Thursday morning at her home.  She is survived by her husband, Rexford Silvey; three daughters, Mrs. Edna Stimpson, Mrs. Harold Miller, both of Oneonta, Mrs. Lynn Lanfair of Mount Upton; three sons, Charles R. of Bainbridge Edwin M. of Mount Upton and Frank A. Silvey of Newington, Conn.; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Madden of Brisben and Mrs. Nellie Silvey of Binghamton; four brothers, Howard Lum of Brisben, Homer Lum of Smithville Flats, Elmer Lum of South Edmeston and Stanley Lum of New Berlin; several nieces and nephews. the body was moved to the Harold Sherman Funeral Home, 58 West Main Street, Bainbridge.
Death Notices
Sherburne News, September 1, 1927
CHRISTIAN:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], August 26, 1927, Mrs. Ira Christian, aged 60 years and 11 months.
O'NEIL:  At Brookside Crest Sanitarium August 22, 1927, John O'Neil, of Oneida [Madison Co., NY], Aged 43 years.
GRIFFIN:  At Preston [Chenango Co., NY, August 28, 1927, Mrs. John Griffin, of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], aged 78 years.
GILBERT:  In Schodack Center [Rensselaer Co., NY], Aug. 21, 1927, Frank B. Gilbert, aged 60 years.

Raymond Rindge 1873 - 1948

Raymond Arthur Rindge
Utica Saturday Globe, May 1903
Raymond A. Rindge

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Raymond A. Rindge, for the past two years agent for the United States Express Company in this village, has resigned the position to become private secretary to Assistant General Manager Frank Rogers, of the Borden's Condensed Milk Company.  During his two years' experience as agent for the express company Mr. Rindge has shown himself to be possessed of much business ability and tact and he is receiving the congratulations of his friends on his appointment to a most desirable and lucrative position with the Bordens.
During the summer Mr. Rindge's headquarters will be at Newport, N.Y., where the company is erecting a large new condensing plant and of which George W. Aldrich, of this village, is superintendent of construction.  Later Mr. Rindge will probably be stationed at the New York offices of the company.  He leaves next week to take up his new duties and Mrs. Rindge will follow  him in a few weeks.
At this writing the new agent of the express company has not been appointed, but it is reported on good authority that J. Johnson Ray, of this village will be the new express agent.
Utica Daily Press, February 20, 1948
Norwich:  After an extended period of failing health, Raymond Arthur Rindge a member of the firm of the Rindge Coal Co. here, died Feb. 18, 1948, at his home 31 W. Main.  Mr. Rindge had been at his office and appeared in his usual health during the evening.  A heart attack caused his death.  Mr Rindge was born in this city, Nov. 13, 1873, the son of Rowley and Lucha Davis Rindge.  He was educated in the Norwich schools, graduated by the Albany Business College and continued his studies with an ICS course in accounting and an advanced course in business training in New York.  He entered his business career when he became associated with his father's coal business.  Later he entered the service of the Express Company, before becoming associated with the Borden Company  of New York.  An expert in his line, he supervised the installation of machinery in many of the new Borden plants and directed installation of the first oil burning equipment for a Borden plant on the West coast.  Mr. Rindge returned to Norwich 15 years ago and resumed his association as a member of the firm of the Rindge Coal Co.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was active as a member of the Norwich Club and the Loyal Order of Moose.  Mr. Rindge held the distinction in his early manhood of being the first winner of the Chenango County bicycle race, gaining his laurels in an event sponsored by the Chenango County Agricultural Society.  He leaves, besides his son, Raymond E. Rindge, New York, two sisters, Miss Florence Rindge and Mrs. Grace Rindge Hackett of this city.  Private funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow from the Breese Funeral Home. The body will rest in the Mt. Hope Chapel vault awaiting burial in the family plot in the Spring.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nathan Burlingame, Revolutionary Soldier

Mrs. Jennings Writes of Nathan Burlingame
Afton Enterprise, June 6, 1957
One of the early settlers of these parts, which was then known as Jericho, was Nathan Burlingame and wife of Bartlett, coming here from Glouster, Providence Co., Rhode Island in 1799 or 1800, locating on what is known as the former George Johnson farm on Algerine Street.  Here he ran a large sawmill on the creek, which in later years was only a small creek supplying a water trough on the road.  After his second son Richard married Sally Landers, Nathan sold his place to Richard and bought on the East side of the river. This he bought of Richard Church in 1810, being a portion of the farm now occupied by Gordon Wood.  Here he and his step-son had a water wheel. The water was brought down in deep troughs erected on stilts, and was supplied by springs in the valley which is now covered with timber, back of the Raymond Cornell place at the foot of Melondy Hill.  It was only a few years ago that the old water wheel, which was put together with old wooden pegs, was destroyed by a boy who wanted something to do.  Here Nathan built a house which was just below where the Wood home now stands, and in later years a portion of that old house was moved onto a new house which was built by his grandson and namesake Nathan Burlingame and wife, Hattie Hunt.
Selling this out he next moved to North Sanford where he had another sawmill.  A portion of the old mill dam can be seen just above the creek bridge as one enters North Sanford.  Leaving his place and mill to a grandson Lewis Burlingame, he bought a farm in Colesville Township, purchased of Alvin Briggs. This was located on what was known as Randolph mountain, back of Windsor.  Here he ran a grist mill.  A few years ago one of the old mill stones was lying along the creek near the Lester church.
While living in Rhode Island, he served in the Revolutionary War.  After moving to Randolph Mountain he secured a pension which always came to South Bainbridge (now Afton).  He would walk the 18 miles, get his pension cashed and walk two miles farther to a grandson's Rufus Burlingame, who lived on a portion of his first settlement on Algerine street, where he would spend the night.  I have often heard Rufus Burlingame's widow tell of his coming through the gateway onto the lawn, where he would stop, jump into the air and click his heels together twice before his feet touched the ground.
He spent his last years on Randolph Mountain.  His last trip he made for his check he had just passed his 95th year.  Wearing a new pair of boots which made a blister on his heel, causing his death at 95 years and four months.  On his tombstone which stands in Mountain View Cemetery, near Lester, N.Y., are the words:  "A Valiant Soldier of the Revolution."
Three of his grandsons, Charles, Rufus and Nathan [Burlingame] lived and died in the vicinity of Afton.  There are a few keepsakes of his which are greatly prized:  a wooden salt dish which he had whittled out with his jackknife, a snuff box which he carried in the Revolutionary War.  These are greatly cherished by a great-great grandson, Melvin Burlingame of Minneapolis, Minn.  The old Army Musket which he carried in his Revolutionary War, is in the possession of a great-great granddaughter Nellie Burlingame of Algona, Iowa.
Down through the years living in and around Afton his descendants have been strong, sturdy hardworking people.  One great-great granddaughter Mrs. Celia Liggett still lives in the town.

Obituaries (August 31)

Emery E. Cook
Utica Saturday Globe, August 1902
Emery E. Cook

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Emery Cook died at his home on York street shortly after noon on Tuesday under peculiar and distressing circumstances.  Mr. Cook, who was a man well-advanced in years, was employed in the Ontario & Western roundhouse.  On Friday afternoon of last week he was the victim of a practical joke which is believed to have been the direct cause of his death.  On that day "Jack" Reap visited the roundhouse to see a relative.  While he was there Mr. Cook was engaged in dusting his clothes, using compressed air, which is extensively employed in the shop for various purposes.  Reap offered to help him and in sport pressed the nozzle of the compressed air pipe against the lower part of Cook's body.  The force of the air released under high pressure, together with the rough handling of the instrument, caused lacerations which bled profusely and the air also penetrated the body, inflicting internal injuries.  Mr. Cook's condition later became serious and Dr. T.B. Farnalld was called in to attend him.  He lingered in great pain until his death Tuesday.  Coroner E.W. Wilcox instituted an investigation and held a post mortem examination, with the result that on Tuesday night Reap was arrested by Officers Corey, Norwood and King at the home of his brother-in-law, Adelbert Letson, in East Norwich.  When brought before Recorder Hyde he was held for examination upon the charge of manslaughter in the second degree for having caused the death of Mr. Cook.  Ten o'clock Friday morning was the time set for the hearing.  Attorney William H. Sullivan appears for the accused and District Attorney Hubert L. Brown represents the prosecution.  Mr. Cook was born in the town of Norwich about 73 years ago, the son of Laban and Susie Cook.  Much of his life was spent upon the farm until about 16 years ago, when he came to this village and two years later entered the employ of the Ontario & Western railway in the repair shops and roundhouse.  He was a genial, whole-souled man, and a general favorite among his fellow workmen, all of whom lament the sad circumstances of his death.  In early manhood deceased married Maryette Spencer of Rockdale.  Of this marriage two daughters were born and survive, Mrs. Andrew Nelson, of Norwich, and Mrs. Dell Lanpher, of Bainbridge.  Several years since Mr. Cook married Mrs. Emily Brown, who survives him, together with one brother, George R. Cook, of Bainbridge, and two sisters Mrs. J.N. Blossom, of Holley, Pa., and Mrs. S.E. Davis, of Norwich.  Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Interment was in Mount  Hope [Norwich, NY].  At the inquest held Thursday forenoon at the Court House, three witnesses were sworn. They were Patrick Baulf, Michael O'Brien and Adelbert Letson, all employees of the O.&W. shops. These persons were all present in the boiler room when the incident leading up to Cook's death occurred.  Each swore that as far as they knew there was no bad feelings between Reap and Cook and none of them were aware that Cook was injured at the time, as he made no complaint of being hurt or in pain and went about preparing to go home, and it was not until the next day that they learned of his serious condition.  One of the witnesses swore that it was a common occurrence for the employees to "fool" with the compressed air hose, and that the air pressure when fully turned on was about 80 pounds.  In the afternoon the inquest was resumed with ex-Coroner Dr. T.B. Fernalld, who attended Cook and assisted at the post mortem examination, in the witness chair.  He said he was first called to see Cook about 7:30 o'clock Friday night, and found him in a serious condition at that time. At the post mortem he found the intestines lacerated and thought death due to shock caused by the injury.  In his talk with the patient when first called Cook told him how the accident happened and said the force of the air raised him off his feet.  He walked home did some work about the house and was then obliged to go to bed.

Utica Observer, August 1902
Coroner Wilcox yesterday at Norwich rendered his verdict in the inquest held last week upon the death of Emery E. Cook.  The verdict was to the effect that death was the result of a lacerated intestine caused by compressed air forced into the natural orifice from a tube in the hands of Jack Reap at the Ontario & Western shops, but without criminal intent.  Reap waived examination on the charge of manslaughter and has been held for the grand jury.

Dr. Seneca  Beebe
Bainbridge Republican, November 19, 1880
Dr. Seneca  Beebe, who has been a very highly  respected citizen of Marathon [Cortland Co., NY] for several years, died at his residence on Academy street Friday night after an illness of about two months.  He was sixty-four years of age and had been a practitioner for about thirty-six years.  Nearly all of his professional life was spent in McDonough, Cincinnatus and Marathon, and in each of those places he was not only a very successful practitioner but made many warm friends who will mourn his loss.  About two years ago he had a partial stroke of paralysis from which he nearly recovered and enjoyed very good health until about two months ago.  Since that time he has not been well but had only been confined to the house about three weeks.  He bore his sickness well, suffered but little pain and said he was perfectly willing to die.  Many physicians have attended him during his last illness but to all of them the immediate cause of death is a mystery. He was always a kind and loving husband and a fond parent.  A wife and two children mourn his loss. They will have the sympathy of the entire community.  The funeral was held at his late residence, in Marathon on Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock.

A.C. Bush
Bainbridge Republican, October 22, 1880
Thursday morning of last week, Hon. Joseph Bush of this village received a telegram from Tioga, Pa., announcing the death that morning of his brother, A.C. Bush

Mr. Bush was seventy-six years of age and was the son of Joseph and Betsey Bush, who were among the very earliest settlers of this county [Chenango Co., NY].  He was the second of seven children, only two of whom now survive him.  He was born in this town [Bainbridge, NY] in 1804, on the place originally located by his father, being a beautiful farm on the banks of the Susquehanna, which now remains in the family and is owned by his youngest brother, the Hon. Joseph Bush, and upon which his remains repose in the family cemetery fitted up by himself and brothers at great expense.  His boyhood days were spent in Bainbridge.  His grandfather was one of the pioneers of Chenango county, and his descendants are among the most honored citizens of this county.  He inherited from his father great energy and sagacity, and several years before his majority, with his father's assent, engaged in business for himself, principally in lumbering on the Susquehanna.  At the age of 22  he engaged in mercantile business in connection with lumbering, and carried on the same largely and successfully.

In 1830 and 1831 he traveled extensively over the then West, and finally, in 1831, settled in Tioga, Pa., which he has always since considered his home.  At Tioga he engaged in lumbering and mercantile business, manufacturing, buying and selling lumber in the markets of the Susquehanna, and at Albany, New York, Fall River, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington.  After active lumbering business had practically ceased upon the Tioga river, he was engaged in speculations in New York city for fifteen or sixteen years, residing there winters and returning in the summer to his elegant home in Tioga, which was his pride, and to which he ever returned with satisfaction.

He was a very active politician for many years, and was the contemporary and intimate friend of the most noted political men of the country.  His first wife was a Miss Bigelow of this place [Bainbridge, NY], and they had one child, the only child ever born to him, Ellen, who married John A. Mathews, a son of Henry H. Mathews, formerly postmaster of Elmira.  She is now living in Winona, Wis.  For his second wife Mr. Bush married a younger sister of his first wife and she survives him.  Seven or eight years ago Mr. Bush bought, about sixty acres of land near the village of Tioga and began laying it out for a public park.  It was opened very soon after for the benefit of the public and the enterprise has made the name of Mr. Bush widely known.  He made it one of the greatest pleasures of his life, and spent much time and money upon it in beautifying and adorning it and making it a resort attractive to the public.

What can be said of praise concerning any man, can be surely said of Mr. Bush.  His life was one that would be an example to set before those just stepping upon the threshold of their careers.  He was charitable, generous and kindly-hearted to all.  He was a man of unusual business capacity, sharp, shrewd, and justly discriminating, and while in New York possessed the confidence and respect of the leading financiers of that city.  He was a man of very general information, and was thoroughly familiar with the business interests of the country.  Socially, he was courteous and polite, but a man of strong prejudices and impulses.  He carried out his purposes with energy, and was untiring in his efforts for those he liked, and those he did not like he let alone, thus avoiding any difficulty.  His loss will be very severely felt in the community where he has so long lived and as well where the fame of his good deeds are known, and his memory will long be cherished by all who love to reflect upon a life that has been blameless.

Mr. Bush's death was very sudden.  He was up and about his business as usual the day previous to his death, in apparently good health.  He rode to his park with one of his neighbors and pointed out to him the various improvements that he expected to make for next season.  When he arose on the morning of his death, he complained of not feeling well, and  his wife prepared for him some simple remedy that he sometimes took, but he got no relief and presently laid down on the bed, and without a struggle or showing any evidence of any pain, died.  It is supposed that is was from some difficulty of the heart.

The funeral services took place at his late residence in Tioga on Monday forenoon.  A special train went up from Elmira in the morning.  On the arrival of the train at Tioga, the Elmira friends proceeded to the house, where the services were held. The spacious mansion was filled with friends of the deceased from all over the county. The remains were enclosed in a beautiful rosewood casket. The floral decorations were very elaborate. There was a pillow with "Father" of immortelles, the offering of his daughter, Mrs. John A. Mathews, of Winona, Minn.  The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. London, rector of the Episcopal church of Tioga.  The casket lid was then removed that the friends could take a last look at the features of the departed, and as each one gazed sadly there was not a dry eye among them all. Then the children of the village marched around the remains, and one little one expressed herself, "Oh how we shall miss him."  They then marched out and arranged themselves each side of the walk leading to the house. 

The remains were then enclosed in the outer box and taken to the depot, and on arriving at Elmira an Erie engine was attached to the train.  On its arrival at Binghamton, a Delaware and Hudson Canal Company engine soon brought the cortege to Bainbridge, where there was an immense assemblage waiting at the depot. The remains were taken to the family burying ground, and the beautiful services of the Episcopal church were read by the Rev. J.L Egbert, rector of St. Peters church, this village, assisted by Rev. Mr. London, of Tioga.  The family burial plot consists of a walled enclosure.  Inside is a large Quincy granite monument thirty feet high, with the names Elnathan Bush, the grandfather of A.C. Bush, who died May 5th 1791; also that of Elnathan's wife, who died in 1813, aged 81 years; and also Joseph Bush, father of the subject of this obituary.  The plot is situated in a beautiful orchard, and as the last sad rites were performed, a quintet consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Rualing, Mrs. Adams, Miss Bertie Rualing and Master Ford Rualing, of Tioga, sang an impressive hymn, and the whole audience joined in the prayer of "Our Father who art in Heaven."  There were people there from all parts of Chenango county, and a large number from Otsego county. The conduct of the obsequies was under the immediate supervision of  Hon. Joseph Bush, of this place, brother of the deceased.

The features of the deceased were very life like, the body having been embalmed last Thursday by Joseph Kmerson of Robinson & Sons of Elmira.  The Tioga Railroad Company furnished transportation for the special train over their road free.  The special train contained over fifty prominent ladies and gentlemen, friends of the family, residing in different parts of Pennsylvania and this State. The pall bearers accompanying the remains were Alexander Olcott, of Corning; and O.B. Lowell, Philo Tuller, H.L. Baldwin, Thos. Middaugh and T.A. Wickham, of Tioga.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Post Listing August 24 - 30, 2015

Listing of blog postings for the week of August 24 - 30, 2015

Posted August 24, 2015
Barbara Joan Hoyt - Richard E. Elliott (engagement, 1956)
Donna E. Wilcox - George E. Wypler (engagement, 1956)
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Somerville (25th anniversary, 1962)

Posted August 25, 2015
Patricia Joanne Gallagher - Richard D. Musa (engagement, 1957)
Marian A. Birdsall - Justus Judd (1944
Mr. & Mrs. Hiram Warner (50th anniversary, 1955)
Marriage Notices - 1859
     Paul L. Wescott - Sarah Jane Beals
     Isaac Foster - Almeda Bancroft
     Samuel Freeman - Betsy Bosworth
     William H. Hyde - Myra E. Graves
     Devillo L. Hare - Augusta E. Van Horne
     William Hastings - Mary  J. Young

Posted August 26, 2015
Bette Jean Stanzel - William P. Mable (1944)
Phyllis Gifford - Ralph Lowe (1959)

Posted August 27, 2015
Mary Jane Blowers - Kermit H. Lewis (1942)
Mr. & Mrs. A.B. Smith (50th anniversary, 1888)
Hazel Esther Gardner - William L. Griggs (1943)
Esther Warner - Charles L. Fuller (1945)

Posted August 28, 2015
Atilla Bayer - Arlene Howland (1957)
Vera Jean Briggs - Lloyd A. Clark, Jr. (1946)
Joan Wanda Taylor - William E. Northrup (1958)

Posted August 24, 2015
Philo R. Aldrich (Norwich, 1902)
Mary A. Grant (Afton, 1880)
Myra (Margaret) Smith Tingley (Norwich, 1954)
Verna R. Snyder (Endicott, 1957)
James R. Hill (Johnson City, 1959)

Posted August 25, 2015
Harriet L. (Rathbone) Pike (Norwich, 1902
Rena Bell Breffle (South New Berlin, 1880)
Albert Breffle (Otego, 1907)
Col. Rufus Chandler (Coventry, 1884)
Anna E. Teed (Sidney, 1946)
Michael Ryan (Deposit, 1954)
Emery Newby (Oneonta, 1958)
Edna (Ferry) Couse (Deposit, Masonville, 1958)

Posted August 26, 2015
Patrick Quinn (Norwich, 1902)
Oliver Beers (Morris, 1907)
Joseph Henry Fitch (Rochester, Norwich, 1914)
Grace E. Storrs (Smyrna, 1911)
Alfred R. Kinney (New Berlin, 1911)
Mary Louise (Obenauer) Holmes (Norwich, 1911)
Francis Chapel (Norwich, Sioux City IA, 1884)

Posted August 27, 2015
Francis N. Grant (Norwich, 1904)
Alfred A. Van Horne (Masonville, Bainbridge, 1896)
William Fields Doolittle (Broad Acres, 1944)
Dorothy M. Hyatt (Endicott, 1944)

Posted August 28, 2015
Elizabeth (Gibson) Hughes (Norwich, Smithville, 1903)
Anna A. Burlison (Guilford Center, 1908)
Julian Simmons (Binghamton, 1948)
Emaline A. (Beebe) Doolittle (Windsor, 1954)
Milo A. Saxton (Endicott, 1957)
Death Notices - 1892
     Dr. A. McFarland (Binghamton, Oxford)
     Albert G. Harris (Norwich)
     Benjamin W. Wells (Norwich)
     Gertrude C. Hill Russell (DeKalb, IL, Smyrna)
     Thomas P. Kimber (Smyrna)
     Ida Almanda Rounds (Binghamton)
     Henry Stoddard (Coventryville)
     Augustus Beardsley (Coventry)
     Lewis E. Gates (Pharsalia)
     Ur Hayes (Mt. Upton)
     George Wood (Afton)
     William  N. Torry (Brisben)
     Dr. W. A. Washburn (Manusville, Oxford)
     Adelia S. Randall (Oxford)
     Stephen Lewis (Oxford)
     Frances E. Keeler (Oxford)

Posted August 29, 2015
Capt. Edwin O. Gibosn (Norwich, South New Berlin, 1902)
Son of Lavern Smith (Oxford, 1890)
Birdsall Yale (Yaleville, 1886)
Charlotte Dunlap (Susquehanna PA, 1890)

Posted August 30, 2015
Mary Essie (Grant) McNitt (Norwich, 1902)
Rufus J. Converse (Coventry, 1886)
Reuben T. Comstock (Norwich, Brooklyn, 1875)
Margaret Combes (Bainbridge, 1906)
Whit Yeoman McHugh (Afton, 1955)
Lemuel B. Mitchell (Endicott, 1955)

Posted August 24, 2015
Dramatic Club Rehearses - Binghamton, NY 1942

Posted August 25, 2015
Reminiscences of Afton, NY - 1957

Posted August 26, 2015
Ryan Brothers in Service - 1944
Bainbridge Central High School Class of 1953, Part 3

Posted August 27, 2015
Marion S. Doi, Japanese WAC - 1944

Posted August 28, 2015
Mrs. Jennings writes of Caswell Family (Afton, NY)

Posted August 29, 2015
Frank Addison Rexford 1876 -1941

Posted August 30, 2015
The career of Jotham Powers Allds 1863 - 1923

Obituaries (August 30)

Mary Essie (Grant) McNitt
Utica Saturday Globe, July 1902

Mary Essie (Grant) McNitt

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Mary Essie McNitt, wife of A. Dwight McNitt, died at her home on Hale street Sunday morning last after a very brief illness.  She had been ill but four days, death being due to stomach trouble and other complications.  Deceased was 52 years old and the daughter of Francis N. Grant.  She was born at the Grant homestead east of the village and had spent her entire life in the town of Norwich. In 1871 she was untied in marriage with A. Dwight McNitt.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, but an attendant at the Calvary Baptist.  Mrs. McNitt was a woman of quiet disposition, thinking much and making much of her home.  She was kind to all and beloved by her friends and neighbors.  Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George Cleveland and Miss Maud McNitt, of this village, and a son, Ira McNitt, of Oxford.  She is also survived by her father, Francis N. Grant, of this village; four sisters, Mrs. C.W. Winsor, Mrs. Ophelia Crowell, of Norwich; Mrs. Frank McNitt of Plymouth, and Mrs. Ella Wells Bishop, of Blue Earth City, Minn., and one brother, Fred Grant, of Waterbury, Conn.  Funeral services were held form the family residence on Hale street at 3 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, Revs. S.J. Ford and John L. Ray officiating. Burial in Mount Hope [Norwich, NY].

Rufus J. Converse
Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, October 27, 1886
Departed this life, Oct. 6th, Rufus J. Converse at his home in Coventry [Chenango Co., NY].  Deceased was born in Butternuts, Otsego county, July 3d, 1817, and came with his parents to their new home in Coventry, in 1819, when the place where the old home now stands was surrounded by the primitive forest.  Here he grew to manhood, always showing a decided taste for mechanics. The pleasant home and all the buildings on the farm were planned by him and mostly built by his own hands.  At the age of 21 he went to Harpersville and there learned the trade of wheelwright.  In 1845 he married Mary L. Dart, of Harpersville, where he purchased a home and resided till the death of his father in 1849, when at the desire of his mother he came back to the old homestead where he has since lived, attending to the farm and spending many hours working in his shop at mechanical work.  Soon after his return to the farm, the wife of his youth was called to her heavenly home, leaving two children, one an infant daughter whose life was scarce begun when the wife's and mother's ended; the other a son, of nearly two years.  In 1857 he married Mary L. Bingham, of Greene, by whom he had four sons and one daughter all of whom survive him.  He united with the Presbyterian church in early manhood and was always an active and consistent member.  Often in his last sickness he was glad that he had been led in youth to take Jesus as his friend.  he left bright testimony behind of his faith and trust in Jesus.   He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends, and his seat in the church will be vacant. The day of his funeral was bright, calm and peaceful, a type of his life.  After a few brief remarks by his rector, Rev. J. Janes, and prayer by Rev. D.N. Grammon, of Bainbridge, his remains were taken to their last resting place, followed by a large number of mourning relatives and friends.

Reuben T. Comstock
Chenango Telegraph, April 1, 1875
DIED:  In Brooklyn, N.Y., on the 27th ult. at the residence of his son, A.A. Comstock, Esq., Mr. Reuben T. Comstock, aged 88 years.

Many years ago Mr. Comstock was a resident of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], and was a well known and popular teacher of the village school.  During his stay in Norwich, many of our rising young men were in attendance at his school, and even now credit their success in life to his early teaching.  Mr. Comstock was a vigorous hearty old man and up to the time of his death took great interest in the passing events of the day, particularly during the war for the suppression of the rebellion was he anxious for news ,and never failed in public or private conversation to show that his sympathies were with the Union cause.  In his old age too, his mind frequently recurred to the years he spent in Norwich, and he kept his memory green by the weekly perusal of the Telegraph, and several times he has favored our readers with "recollections" of his life in Norwich, which were read with interest  by all.  Thus has passed away another of our early pioneers, and though long removed from our midst, his memory is still green in the minds of our older citizens who survive him.

Margaret Combs
Afton Enterprise, January 18, 1906
Mrs. Margaret Combs, who died a few weeks ago, left a will in which she bequeathed her property, a house and lot to St. Peter's church, giving her daughter, Mrs. Emily Wicks, the use of the same during her life time provided she kept the place in repair, paid the taxes and kept up the insurance, Dr. R.D.L. Evans, was made executor.

Whit Yeoman McHugh
September 23, 1955
Whit Yeoman McHugh, of 30 Spring Street, Afton [Chenango Co., NY], died at 2:45 p.m. Friday at his home, after a short illness.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jessie E. McHugh; a son, Donald Coburn McHugh; a granddaughter, Colleen M. McHugh, and a grandson, Donald Sheridan McHugh, all of Afton.  He was a member of Afton Lodge 360 F.&A.M. and was a volunteer fireman for the Afton Fire Department for 48 years. The body was moved to the Karschner Funeral Home, Afton. 

Lemuel B. Mitchell
September 24, 1955
Lemuel B. Mitchell, 76, of 114 Roosevelt Avenue, Endicott [Broome Co., NY], died at 4 a.m. today at his home, after a long illness.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rose Mitchell, a daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Clink of Owego; two sons, the Rev. Floyd B. Mitchel of Nigeria, British West Africa, and George E. Mitchell of Endicott, 11 grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was a member of the First Baptist church of Endicott and Lodge 925 IOOF, of Endicott.  He was a retired IBM Corp. employee, a member of its Two Generation Club and a life member of the IBM Country Club. He operated an automotive and radio sales store in Washington Avenue, Endicott, from 1925 until 1935.  The body was moved to the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott.