Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sidney Dimock Writes from Colorado Mine Country - 1880

From The Mines
Roaring Fork River, Col. June 6, 1880
Editor Republican,
I am now in camp on Roaring Fork River, fifteen miles from the eastern boundary of the Ute Indian Reservation.  Sixty miles from Leadville "as the crow flies," and 150 miles the route I came, "around the horn."  The trip from Leadville here is a novelty to one who has never traveled among the Rockies.  I will give you a few hints on mountain travel.  After the 15th of May, leaving Leadville, we go five miles; then cross the head waters of the Arkansas river, and strike camp, the first night fifteen miles out among the snow-clad mountains.  There some parties tell us we can kill a cinamon or black bear by going a few hundred yards up the mountain, but we conclude we have not lost any bear, and let the matter rest; then we roll ourselves up in our blankets and pass a comfortless night surrounded with snow.  Towards morning we are warned of the approaching day, by one of "Balsam's pets;" get up at daybreak, prepared breakfast, which consists of bacon, bread and coffee, then load our supplies on our horses first; then lash them on with ropes in a way known only to experienced packers, and they must be well balanced to prevent the pack-animals from getting off the trail.  When once off the trail they are liable to fall (many times on the route) from one to two thousand feet below the trail.  You can have but little idea of the extent and grandeur of the Rocky mountains, without once traveling among them. We crossed rivers, canyons, and mountain gorges, that you would consider impossible for man or beast to traverse.  Some days we would travel ten or fifteen miles down a beautiful valley in a cloud of dust; then again, we would find ourselves plodding along across a mountain range in a fearful snow storm. Snow storms are of frequent occurrence here during the months of May and June, and the high ranges are now covered with the "beautiful," and look as white as ever you saw Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] hills in mid-winter.  You can judge of the number of men going out prospecting all through the mountains.  Five hundred men passed over the trail in five days, and there are hundreds going out on other trails to different points in Colorado.  By the way, I saw one man who had found a bonanza in the shape of a toll bridge across Eagle river, a stream of the size of the Susquehanna. The bridge could not have cost over one hundred dollars (made of logs and poles), and he was charging fifty cents for each animal that crossed; making from twenty to fifty dollars per day.
While on the journey I came up to a party who had just brought down a splendid doe, near the trail, and one of the men proved to be Jo Pearsall of Bainbridge.  Jo is now camped five miles from here, near the Highland mines.  Some of the mines here are very rich, and the owners are asking from one hundred to five hundred thousand dollars for a single mine or claim.  A claim (the amount of ground one man is entitled to hold), is fifteen hundred feet long and three hundred feet wide.  A certain amount of work must be done on the mine in order to hold it for one year.  I will mention a mine that I looked at two days ago. One of the original discovering party had more ground than he could work, and gave it to a boy friend of his, not thinking it was of any value, the young man kept it a short time and bonded it to an Eastern man for fifteen thousand dollars, to be paid in six moths.  The mine is now being worked, and is producing rich ore. The mines here are not so extensive as has been represented, as is always the case in new camps.  I am satisfied, with the country, and will, or intend to remain here this summer.  Hundreds of people are arriving here daily.  Some stop, while others go to Ruby City and other new camps.  I was on the mountain the 5th of June, and walked upon snow banks ten feet deep.  While on the summit I could get a view Southward for 75 to 100 miles of almost an endless chain of mountains.  Every day when out among the miners, I notice venison or elk meat hanging in the trees.  The air is so pure it will keep for weeks (if you don't eat it).  Three of our party are out hunting and expect to bring in two weeks' supply of elk or deer, and possibly a cinamon bear. The time for trout fishing has not arrived, as the rivers and their tributaries are at their highest point with snow water on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.  I must tell you that I walked the whole distance from Leadville here, packing my supplies on a horse that I bought in Leadville.  Provisions are high here at present.  Cows have just arrived and milk is selling at one dollar per gallon; flour, $20 per hundred; other articles in proportion.  I think of going to Leadville in two weeks after supplies.  One mule train of forty animals passed our tent two days ago with stores of  Highland camp.  I have now written more than I intended;  Farewell.
Sidney Dimock

Marriages (February 26)

Cole - Wright

From the Iowa State Register of April 25th [1890], published at Des Moines we glean:  "Last evening, Mr. S. Spencer Cole and Mrs. Carrie E. Wright were married at their future home, 1226 Sixth Avenue, by Rev. A.H. Ames. The relatives of the contracting parties and a few friends only were present.  The bride was beautifully dressed in heliotrope silk with rainbow front and heliotrope passementrie and gloves to match.  The only ornaments were a few carnations worn in the hair.  A reception followed the wedding when the happy couple received the congratulations of many friends.  Both parties are well known in the city having lived here many years.  The bride is a lady of many social qualities and the groom, who is a nephew of Judge Cole, is a prosperous young attorney."  Mrs. Cole is a sister of W.M.  Hastings of this village, and many friends in this section can but wish her and hers' Heaven's choicest blessings.

Clark - Webb
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

Miss Jeanne M. Webb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Royal B. Webb, Oneonta, and John R. Clark, son of Mrs. Mary H. Clark, Walton, were united in marriage Sunday afternoon at the parsonage of the Cooperstown Methodist Church by the Rev. C.L. Andrews.  The double ring service was used.  After the ceremony, a dinner was held in the Cooper inn at Cooperstown, after which Mr. and Mrs. Clark left for a week's wedding trip to Quebec, Canada.  On their return they will be at home in Walton [Delaware Co., NY].  Mrs. Clark is a graduate of Oneonta High School and the Bellevue school of nursing in New York City.  Mr. Clark is an alumnus of Walton High School and Syracuse University.

Warren - Wood
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

Miss Sandra J. Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan J. Wood, Walton [Delaware Co., NY], and Gilbert G. Warren, also of Walton, were married at the parsonage of the First Congregational church on Thursday evening, Nov. 21.  The double ring service was used, the bride's pastor, the Rev. H.H. Bergen, officiating at the ceremony.  The bride graduated from Walton High School in June, 1946, and is now employed by the Delaware Telephone Company.  The bridegroom, son of William Warren, of Liberty, enlisted in the navy Sept. 28. 1943, and was discharged Apr. 5, 1946, with the rating of radioman, 3rd class after service in the Asiatic-Pacific theatre.  He is now completing his studies at Walton High School.  Mr. and Mrs. Warren will make their home in Walton.

Warner - Vanderzee
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

Miss Catherine Vanderzee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vanderzee, Walton [Delaware Co., NY], and Richard E. Warner, son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Warner, also of Walton, were united in marriage Saturday morning in a double ring ceremony performed in Kingston.  After a wedding trip to New York, Mr. and Mrs. Warner will be at home in Walton.  Mrs. Warner is a graduate of Walton High School and is employed by the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation.  Mr. Warner is also a graduate of Walton High School and a veteran of the World War, in which he saw service in Africa and Italy from Feb. 1944 to Sept. 1945.

Obituaries (February 26)

Cornelia E. (Maydole) Merritt
Utica Saturday Globe, April 25, 1903
Mrs. Cornelia E. (Maydole) Merritt
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  After an illness of several weeks, Mrs. Cornelia E. Merritt died at her home on North Broad street on Friday afternoon of last week.  She suffered a stroke of paralysis on February 20 and never rallied from the shock.  Mrs. Merritt was the youngest and last surviving daughter of the late David and Mary Hartshorn Maydole and was born in Eaton, N.Y., where she resided until 5 years old, when her parents removed to this village and her father laid the foundation of the hammermaking industry which has since made the name of David Maydole familiar the world over.  Here she grew to girlhood and attended the old Norwich Academy, completing her education at Cazenovia Seminary and in the study of art in New York.  While engaged in that study she met Andy Hartshorn, a resident of the metropolis, whom she married in 1854.  One daughter, Mrs. May M. Campbell, of this village, widow of the late Editor Reed Campbell, survives this union.  In 1862 she married the late Charles H. Merritt, with whom she spent a long and happy married life of 29 years before his death in October, 1890.  One daughter, Nettie M. Crombie, survives this marriage.  Her death brings to a close the career of an exceptional woman, conspicuous for years among the residents of this village.  While not lacking in the womanly instincts and love of home, she possessed a natural aptness for business management, which had become thoroughly developed by close and constant association with her father in his manufacturing interests.  Her judgment on matters pertaining to this business was so keen and her knowledge of the details so comprehensive that when by the death of her father in 1882 and of her husband, the first president of the Incorporated company, eight years later, she became the half owner of the hammer factory, she was well equipped to look after her interests therein.  For a number of years she was vice president of the company and a year ago, upon the death of the then president, Hon. Cyrus H Martin, she was chosen his successor.  During her participation in the management of its affairs many changes and improvements were made in the arrangement of the plant and the new buildings erected during the past year by which the capacity was doubled. From the preparation of the plans, she had watched carefully the progress of the work and looked forward eagerly to the day when these buildings designed with especial care for health and comfort and now nearly completed, should be occupied.  In 1891 Mrs. Merritt purchased the Chenango Telegraph and later became the proprietor of the Morning Sun, established by her son-in-law Reed Campbell.  She also acquired large realty holdings and was the owner of several business blocks, being one of the largest taxpayers in the village.  The indulgence of her love for the beautiful found gratification in the furnishings of her home, which was replete with works of art and literature.  In 1894, accompanied by her daughters, she made an extended tour in Europe and later in the Bermudas, where many of the handsome adornments of her home were collected.  In her youth she became a member of the Congregational Church and for a number of years was a teacher in the Sunday school and an efficient officer in various auxiliaries, and was ever interested in the work of the church and one of its generous supporters.  She identified herself with every movement for the bettering or beautifying of the village.  She was a leading spirit in the organization and work of the Ladies Village improvement Association and for 20 years was the president.  During the period of her presidency many of the lasting and substantial improvements for which the association is responsible were inaugurated, among them being the grading and curbing of the public parks, the building of the receiving vault in Mount Hope Cemetery and the erection of the fountain on Broad street.  Her deep interest in the success of her various enterprises and keen desire for the progress and development of the village did not crowd out of her life a thoughtful care for those less fortunate. To the sick and needy she was always generous and her timely assistance heightened the dark hours in many homes.  By her employees, for whose welfare she was always considerate, remembrances of many kindnesses will ever be treasured.  Funeral services were held form the family residence on North Broad street on Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. D.W. Dexter, pastor of the Congregational Church, officiating.  The casket rested in the south parlor and was surrounded with a profusion of cut flowers and floral designs. The services were largely attended, the employees of the hammer factory attending in a body, as did also the employees of the Morning Sun and Chenango Telegraph and a delegation from the L.V.I.A. Maydole Hose Company in full uniform acted as escort to the cemetery.  The singing was by a quartet consisting of Lewis H. Burnside, Mrs. B.W. Stover, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey H. Daniels.  The bearers were Hon. Albert F. Gladding, Hon. Jotham P. Alids, Hon. William P. Jenks, T. DeWitt Miller, Edward l. Nash, Ransom D. Brooks and Augustus E. Race.  The business places were closed during the passage of the procession to Mt. Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY], where the remains were laid away in the family plot.
Stowell Jacquins
1797 - 1890
Death has claimed this week two of our oldest and very much respected citizens.  On Sunday morning June 22, 1890, at the home of his son, Emery Jacquins, near this village the spirit of Stowell Jaquins left its tenement of clay and passed to the reward on the other side.  The funeral was held Tuesday and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery on the farm owned by Michael Frank.  Mr. Jaquins was 92 years and 9 months old and for years had been an honored and respected citizen of this town.  It will be remembered that he sustained an injury from a fall a few weeks ago the effects of which no doubt hastened his death.

Briggs Lyon
1805 - 1890

After a lingering illness of heart disease, Mr. Briggs Lyon quietly breathed his last Monday morning, June 23, 1890, at his home on South Main street, in this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], aged 84 years.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon with interment in Green Lawn cemetery [Bainbridge, NY], Rev. Blair conducting the services.  Mr. Lyon has been a life-long resident of ths town--an honored and respected citizen--a loving husband and a kind father.  A wife and seven children survive him.  The children are Mrs. Hamilton Greene, Mrs. Smith Lane, Mrs. Luman lane, and Mrs. Frank Davis, all of this town; T.J. Lyon of Binghamton, J.E. Lyon of Unadilla and Orville Lyon , who lives in Pennsylvania.  [Note:  Briggs Lyon has a stone in West Bainbridge Cemetery where many other Lyon family members are buried].

Daniel Niven
1816 - 1890

Daniel Niven died at his home in Binghamton Monday evening [May 5, 1890], aged 74 years.  He was born and spent the best part of his life on a farm at Coventry [Chenango Co., NY].  About 20 years ago he went into the mercantile business at Nineveh, and for the past 8 years has lived at Binghamton [Broome Co., NY].  He was a prominent member of the M.E. church and an ardent republican, his influence being strongly felt in this county.  His remains were buried at Coventry Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bainbridge High School, Class of 1948, Part 2

Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1948
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1948
William Collinge
What will be missed most:  Sports
Can you imagine him as the second Frank Sinatra

Helen Corbin
What will be missed most:  Latin
Can you imagine her as Gypsy R. Lee's understudy
Greatest ambition:  To get in college

Shirley Davidson
Can you imagine her as a Rockette
Greatest ambition:  secretary
Ruth Drachler
Class Treasurer
What will be missed most:  Typing
Can you imagine her as a famous pianist
Greatest ambition:  secretary

Barbara Fenner
What will be missed most:  Basketball and the girls
Can you imagine her without comments
Greatest ambition:  graduate from High
Lillian Flyzik
What I'll miss most:  Rex and Steve
Can you imagine her not flirting
Greatest ambition:  great dancer


Marriages (February 25)

Mr. & Mrs. Leroy N. Searles
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

Mr. & Mrs. Leroy N. Searles
Mr. and Mrs. Leroy N. Searles celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a buffet luncheon at their home, 20 Johnson street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Sunday, Nov. 17, 1946.  The table was centered with a two-tiered cake encircled with yellow pompons. Yellow and green candles flanked the cake and yellow and white chrysanthemums and pompons completed the decorations. A purse of money and other gifts were presented to the guests of honor.  Miss Mary King was united in marriage to Leroy N. Searles Nov. 17, 1886 in North Sanford [Broome Co., NY] by the Rev. H.C. Leach.  Guests at the celebration included:  Mr. and Mrs. Earl Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Ward Searles and daughters, Emily and Carol Ann, Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Moretz and sons, Keith and Dean, of Bainbridge; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Searles and son, Robert, of Oneonta; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Buckely and sons, Carter and Richard, of Providence, R.I.; Mr. and Mrs. Homer King, of Sidney; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew King and Mrs. Jennie Pendell, of Afton; Mrs. Laura Yaple, of Manlius; Homer Searles, Mr. and Mrs. William Plumsted and Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Trowbridge, Jr.., of Binghamton; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Joslyn and daughter, Nicole and Christyne, of Owego, and Arnold Yaple, of McDonough.
Flannery - Dalton
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946
Miss Teresa Josephine Dalton, of 569 West 185th street, New York City, became the bride of Dr. Joseph M. Flannery, of Bainbridge, at a Nuptial Mass ceremony at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, Nov. 30, at the Church of St. Elizabeth, New York City.  The Rev. Thomas F. McGuire assistant pastor of the church, performed the nuptial ceremony and celebrated the Mass that followed.  Miss Helen M. Dalton, of New York, a sister of the bride, was the maid of honor, and Eric Liedquest, also of New York, acted as best man to Dr. Flannery. After the ceremony a breakfast was served the wedding party at Butler Hall in New York City.  Out of town guests present included the Rev. Charles A. Dee and Lewis Higler, both of Bainbridge.  Dr. Flannery has been for years an executive of the Borden Company and is prominent in civic, charitable and industrial circles throughout Chenango County. After a wedding trip Dr. and Mrs. Flannery plan to reside at 61 North Main street, Bainbridge.
Donaloio - Kishbaugh
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946
Sidney [Delaware Co., NY]:  Miss Ruth Kishbaugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brower, of Lanesboro, Pa., was married to Vincent T. Donaloio, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Donoloio, of Sidney, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory of the Sacred Heart Church, with the Rev. John Kavanaugh officiating.
Holbert - Hulsberg
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946
Miss Johanne D. Hulsberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hulsberg, of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], and Victor E. Holbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Holbert, Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], were married Monday, Nov. 25, in Christ Church at Guilford by the Rev. Pearson in a double-ring ceremony.  A reception and dinner for the immediate families was held at the Hotel DeCumber.  On returning from a wedding trip to New York City they will reside in Bainbridge. The bride is a graduate of Afton Central School and the groom is a graduate of Bainbridge Central School.  Both are employed at the Casein plant in Bainbridge.
Osterwald - Greene
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946
Miss Norma Greene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Greene, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], was married to Carl Osterwald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Herman Osterwald, also of Sidney, Saturday in the Congregational Church of that village.  The Rev. Charlton Opdyke, pastor, officiated.  A reception was held at the home of the bride following the ceremony.  The couple will live in Norwich.  The bride is a graduate of Sidney Central School, 1946, and has been employed at the Sidney Hospital as a dietitian. The bridegroom is a graduate of the Sidney school, class of 1943.  He was in the army for two and a half years.  He was released form the service in April.  He is employed by the Norwich Pharmacal Co., in Norwich.

Obituaries (February 25)

Edwin Tiffany
Utica Saturday Globe, January 21, 1905
Edwin Tiffany

Edwin Tiffany, a life-long resident of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], died at his home on Silver street, Sunday morning last, aged 69 years.  Mr. Tiffany had been in failing health from Bright's disease for the past year, and during the past two months had become much worse, so that death was not unexpected.  Mr. Tiffany's age was 69 years, he having been born in Kings's Settlement, January 31, 1836.  There he grew to manhood, successfully following the occupation of farming.  In early life he was a member of the Methodist Church and a singer in the choir.  He was a man of pleasing personal qualities and had made many friends.  February 20, 1854, he married Mary A. King, who died about 11 years ago.  Thirty-six years ago Mr. Tiffany left his farm and took up his residence in this village, where for a brief portion of their period he engaged in the grocery business.  The surviving relatives are a daughter, Mrs. George H. Rowe, of this village, and a son, George H . Tiffany, of St. Paul, Minn., and two grandchildren.  A brother, William R. Tiffany, of King's Settlement, died about five years ago.  Funeral services were held from his late residence on Silver street, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Burial was made in the family cemetery at King's Settlement.

Samuel Burke
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

Samuel Burke, 71, formerly of Sanford [Broome Co., NY], was found dead early Tuesday afternoon by his employer O.A. Peck, up on the hill in back of the Peck farm, the former Talcott farm, South of Bainbridge [Chenango Co. NY].  Mr. Burke, who had been suffering from heart trouble, apparently died from a heart attack between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m.  He had gone up on the hill with a team of horses hitched to a wagon, and when found by Mr. Peck, he was sitting on the ground leaning against a wheel of the wagon; and the team was unhitched from the wagon.  Mr. Burke has been employed by Mr. Peck for the past three years, and he and his wife have lived in a trailer on the Peck farm.  Besides his wife, he is survived by 10 children, two half-brothers and 13 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the Fisher & Sherman Chapel, Bainbridge, with the Rev. Fabin, of Oquaga, officiating. Burial will be in Harpursville [Broome Co., nY].

Charles A. Elliott
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

Charles A. Elliott, 65, died suddenly Saturday, while hunting on his farm at Coventry [Chenango Co., NY].  He is survived by two sons, Aubrey Elliott, of Coventry, with whom he made his home, and Lawrence Elliott, of Windsor; four daughters, Mrs. Richard Hoyt, of Greene, Winona Elliott, of Binghamton, Liva Elliott, of Norwich, and Mrs. Lillian Holcomb, of South New Berlin; also 11 grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Harry B. Rogers Funeral Home in Greene.

Richard KIng
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

Fox Memorial  Hospital, today reported that a three-month-old infant, Richard King, had been brought in yesterday morning and was found dead on arrival.  The 20-year-old mother, Marjorie King, of Otego [Otsego Co., NY], reported to hospital authorities that she had put the child to bed at 2 a.m. yesterday and upon awakening at 10 a.m. had found him dead.  An autopsy performed on Wednesday morning showed that the baby died of bronchial pneumonia.

John B. Wooster
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

John B. Wooster passed away at his home in Guilford Center [Chenango Co., NY] on Nov. 29.  He was born April 22, 1869, the son of Lulu (Bennett) Wooster and Aaron Wooster.  He was born in the same house where he died.  He was never married and leaves no near relatives.  All of his entire life was spent in the town of Guilford.  He worked for many years in the Guilford Center Station and Feed Store and after that in the creamery at Guilford.  He was a member and elder in the Presbyterian Church at Guilford Center. A man of sterling character, loved and respected by all who knew him.  His wise counsel and cheery manner will be missed by a host of friends. Final rites were held from the Guilford Center church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the pastor, the Rev. Harold A. McKenzie, officiating.  Burial in the Guilford Center cemetery.

Ida May Day
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

Ida May Day, aged 83 years, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Marshall Richardson, in Elmira.  She was born in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] and much of her life was spent in this vicinity.  An only brother, Edward C. Day, of Guilford, survives.  Final rites were held from the Baptist Church in Mt. Upton, Wednesday afternoon    at 2 o'clock, the Rev. George Ellin, of the Sidney Baptist Church, officiating. Burial in the Mt. Upton cemetery.  Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Day, of Guilford, and daughter, Mrs. Helen Rutledge, of Binghamton, attended.

Catherine Manley
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 5, 1946

Afton [Chenango Co., NY]:  An 11-year-old Afton girl was killed when she was struck by a truck on route 41, opposite the Afton fairgrounds at 5 p.m. today.  She is Catherine Manley, who, according to reports of the State Police at Sidney, was walking east along the road, facing the direction of traffic.  She was struck by a Packard wrecker owned by Arthur Wade, of Nineveh, and operated by his wife, Ada, 30, Troopers said.  Mrs. Wade told police that she had been momentarily blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle and did not see the child.  Acting coroner Heinz Cohn, of Afton, rendered a verdict of accidental death.

Walking in Route 41, opposite the Afton fairgrounds, 11-year-old Catherine Manley of Afton was struck and killed by an automobile wrecker late yesterday afternoon.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn F. Manley.  According to First Sgt. William Driscoll of the Sidney barracks, the girl was walking east when she was struck.  She was hit by a 1930 Packard wrecker driven by Mrs. Ada Wade, 30, of Nineveh.  The truck is owned by her husband, Arthur Wade, of Nineveh.  No charges were pressed against Mrs. Wade.  She told police that she had been momentarily blinded by the headlights of an oncoming car and did not see the child.  Acting Coroner Heinz Cohn of Afton rendered a verdict of accidental death.  The body was taken to the Karschner Funeral Home in Afton.  Besides her parents she is survived by two brothers, Richard D. and Kenneth R. Manley of Afton; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Katherine Wood of Troy; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Manley of Norwich; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. M.H. Patton officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].  [Binghamton Press, November 27, 1946]

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bainbridge Central Track Team, 1947

Bainbridge Central High School
Track Team - 1947
"Echo" 1947
First Row (LtoR):  James Barre, Rexford Thornton, Ronald Smith, Mr. Allen C. Black, John Sejersen, Donald Simonds, Ronald Hoyt
Second Row (LtoR):  William Collinge, Bruce Peckham, John Hackett, Jack Lord, Larry Dykeman, William Shea, Raymond Sanford, Stephen Smith, Bernard Parsons

Obituaries (February 24)

Fred James Pray
Fred James Pray, of Sherburne
A Bright Cornell Student who Died of Typhoid Fever
[Utica Saturday Globe, March 21, 1903]

The following is taken from the obituary notice of the late Fred James Pray, grandson of Mr. Smith Pray of this town, published in last Saturday's Sherburne News:
Fred James Pray was born at the Bullock homestead, just below the village [Sherburne, Chenango Co., NY], on November 5, 1881, and was the only son of James A. Pray and Emma Bullock Pray.  Fred attended the public school at Sherburne and graduated with honor from the High School June 26, 1901.  Earnest and industrious, filled with a deep desire for knowledge, he determined to prepare himself for the battle of life by a more advanced education.  In September, 1902, he entered the Freshman class of the State Veterinary College, Cornell University. Here he made rapid progress.  Possessing an active mind, readily grasping his work, entering into it with all his might, he led his class, gaining at the same time the confidence and love of his instructors and classmates.  Fred's many friends in Sherburne and elsewhere watched with pride his advancement picturing an honorable and successful future for this young man.  But it was not to be; feeling slightly unwell, as he supposed, he returned to his father's home.  There, after a three weeks' struggle with the dreaded typhoid, receiving the most loving care and the best medical aid, but all in vain, in the early hours of Thursday morning of last week he entered into the rest of Paradise.  In 1897 Mr. Pray was confirmed at Christ Episcopal Church by the Rt. Rev. F.D. Huntington, Bishop of Central New York, and has been at all times a faithful and consistent communicant of that church and a member of the Sunday school.  By nature diffident and retiring,  the splendid moral excellence and mental ability of the young man were known to few but his intimate friends, and to those he exhibited more and more the possibilities of a brilliant future.  Why should that young life apparently close before it had reached the fruition?  None can tell.  Somewhere in the bright universe of God, let us hope, the same life is going on under the protecting hand of a loving Father.  May he rest in peace. [Waterville NY Times, March 1903]

James Pray
Waterville, NY Times, April 1903

The death of Mr. James Pray, formerly of this place, son of Mr. Smith Pray of Sangerfield, occurred at his home near Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY] on Wednesday morning.  About three weeks ago his son, Fred James Pray, died of Typhoid fever contracted at Cornell University.  The father who had assisted in the care of the son, soon came down with the disease as stated.  Mr. Pray was a respected farmer in Sherburne and his death following so soon on that of the son, is a terrible blow to his family and his relatives here.  All deeply sympathize with them.

Erford Beardsley

Erford C. Beardsley died at the Central Hotel in Sidney [Delaware Co., NY] Thursday afternoon.  He was past 60 years of age.  Mr. Beardsley was born in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], where he resided up to eight years ago.  He was the only child of John C. Beardsley, one of a large family of brothers, who were prominent in business affairs in and about Oxford 20 or 30 years ago.  he was educated at Oxford Academy, served a long term as clerk in the old dry goods store of Clarke & Co. and later became a traveling optician. The funeral was held at St. Paul's Church in this village yesterday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Theodore Haydn officiating.  [date unknown]

Mrs. Daniel Hastings

Wednesday evening of this week Mrs. Daniel Hastings died of fever at her home in this village, age 18 years.  The funeral will be held on Saturday at 10 o'clock at the house.  The burial will be at Green Lawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  Mrs. Hastings leaves a husband in poor health and a child six months of age.  [date unknown]

Elizabeth S. Chapin
1829 - 1893

Miss Elizabeth S. Chapin died October 4th, 1893, of dropsy, at the home of George Marsh, in this village at the age of 64 years.  The funeral services conducted by Rev. D.N. Grummon of Binghamton, were held on Friday, Oct. 6th, at her late home.  Burial at Green Lawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], this place.  In the death of Miss Chapin the last member of the Chapin family has passed away, her ancestors having been identified with the progress of this section for more than a century.
Etta Nichols
1878 - 1893
For several years Mr. and Mrs. E. Nichols have lived in this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  They had two daughters, Etta and Iva, their ages being 15 and 7 respectively.  Saturday evening Miss Etta complained of a headache and went to bed about seven o'clock.  About one-half hour later Iva went to bed with her sister and Mrs. Nichols went down town to meet friends coming on the train.  Iva had been in bed but a few minutes before she called to her father to come and see what was the matter with Etta.  Mr. Nichols went into the bedroom and found Etta in spasms, from which she soon recovered.  About this time Mrs. Nichols returned and asked Etta what was the matter.  She answers, "Papa says I have had a fit but I do not believe it."  Shortly after she went into another spasm and Dr. Bullis was summoned, He left medicine and returned home, shortly after the doctor departed she went into another spasm and the doctor was called again.  On a closer examination he detected symptoms of Poisoning and by request of the parents Dr. Evans was summoned and he pronounced the patient suffering from an overdose of Morphine.  After the third spasm she did not gain consciousness but sank rapidly and died at four o'clock the next morning despite the strenuous efforts of the physicians to save the life of their patient.  Coroner P.A. Hayes of Afton was summoned and after a careful examination concluded there was nothing in the case warranting  him in holding an inquest. At a post mortem examination by the doctors a large quantity of morphine was found in the stomach, and was the cause of death.  Where Miss Nichols got the morphine and just when she took it is not known by anyone.  Mrs. Nichols kept a little morphine in the house which she sometimes took for a severe headache, but the children were cautioned to let it entirely alone. There was nothing before or since the death of Miss Nichols that would indicate that she intentionally committed suicide.  Not feeling well it is supposed she did as her mother had done, took morphine and not knowing its effects took enough to kill several persons.  At two o'clock Tuesday afternoon a large number of relatives and sympathizing friends assembled at the home of the bereaved parents on Green Lawn ave. to pay their last respects to one who had, in the morning of life been so suddenly taken away. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A.W. Ashley. The burial was in Green Lawn cemetery, this place [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].

Monday, February 23, 2015

Marriages (February 23)

Searles - King
Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, November 24, 1886

On Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 1886, a large number of relatives and friends assembled at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Addison King, North Sanford, Broome county, N.Y., to witness the happy event which should make their oldest daughter, Mary H., who has in the past been "King" in her home, but in the future will reign as "Queen" over her household, as Mrs. Leroy N. Searles.  At two o'clock, while the wedding march was being rendered by Mrs. Dr. P.A. Hayes, of Afton, the bridal party entered the parlor, preceded by Mary L. Manwaring of Guilford, as maid of honor and Homer A. Searles, of Bainbridge, as best man, and took their places beneath an arch composed of evergreens and white flowers, and from which was suspended the traditional horse shoe.  They were met at the arch by Rev. Mr. Leach, of Afton, who in an impressive service soon made them husband and wife.  The parlor was tastefully decorated with evergreens and cut flowers and the initials of the happy pair, "S and K," in white letters.  After heartfelt congratulations, a sumptuous repast was served. The presents were many and testified to the high esteem in which the bride and groom are held by their friends. A short time was spent in social enjoyment after which Mr. and Mrs. Searles left for Binghamton amid a shower of rice, bearing with them the best wishes of their host of friends for their future welfare.
Marriage Notices
Antimasonic Telegraph, March 17, 1830
In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], on the evening of the 18th ult. by Wells Wait, esq. Mr. Ralsey A. Crumb, of Preston [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Paulina Scott, of the former place.
On the same evening, by the Rev. Mr. Otis, Mr. Ebenezer Hall, to Miss Orinda Eccleston, both of Preston [Chenango Co., NY]
On the 4th isn't. by the Rev. Mr. Clark, Mr. Benjamin P. Hall, to Miss Caroline Andrews, both of Preston [Chenango Co., NY]
On Thursday evening last, by Elder Mansfield, Mr. Gardner Lewis, to Miss Emeline Williams, daughter of Henry Williams, esq all of Preston [Chenango Co., NY].
Antimasonic Telegraph, April 7, 1830
In Berkshire (Tioga Co.) on Sunday evening the 28th ult. by the Rev. Gaylord Judd, Mr. Ezekiel Dewey to Mrs. Eunice Smith.
Antimasonic Telegraph, May 12, 1830
On Thursday last, by the Rev. Jedediah Randall, Mr. Nelson Tiffany, to Miss Esther Randall, all of this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY]
On Sunday last, by the Rev. Mr. Swan, Mr. Arial C. Herron, to Miss Sally Gibson, all of this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].
Antimasonic Telegraph, September 8, 1830
On the 1st inst. by Elder Swan, Mr. Justin Skinner, to Miss Alzina Crandall, all of Norwich {Chenango Co., NY]
In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], by the Rev. L. Clark, Wm. Brown, esq. to Miss Lucretia Holmes.

Obituaries (February 23)

Forrest E. Wightman
Utica Saturday Globe,  March 21, 1903
Forrest E. Wightman, of Norwich
His death brings sorrow to hosts of loving friends.
Though most of his friends had realized that his condition was serious, few were prepared for the announcement of the death of Forrest Wightman, which occurred at his home on North Broad street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], last Saturday afternoon.  Last summer a disease of the lungs developed and became so threatening that in September last upon the advice of physicians he went to Arizona, expecting to locate later in Lower California.  He found employment in the office of one of the best specialists in his disease, but despite the most careful treatment he grew gradually worse and came back to Norwich just three weeks previous to his death to face the inevitable.  Through an injury in his youth, one of his knees being severely cut and the blood poisoned, he was crippled for life and his constitution weakened so that he was less able to ward off disease.  Deceased was born in New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY] April 11, 1873, the son of Ira c. and Emma J. Wightman.  When he was 2 years old the family moved to Norwich and Forrest entered the public schools.  At 14 years of age he left the Norwich High School and entered Wells' Business College at Syracuse, taking a two years' course. After graduation he became bookkeeper in his father's hardware store for several years and for another year filled a similar position for the Norwich Pharmacal Company.  He then went to Binghamton and completed a course in shorthand at the Lowell Business college.  Returning to Norwich he was employed in different offices until about four years ago, when he accepted a position with the Norwich Dairy Association under the management of R.D. Eaton and had become an affable and eficient assistant when his health failed.  He was a young man of genial nature and sterling integrity, and had a wide circle of friends who sincerely mound his early demise.  He was a member of Alert Hose Company and an attendant of the Congregational Church. For a number of years he had been one of the corps of ushers at Clark Opera House. Besides his parents there survive one brother, Frank Wightman, of Syracuse, and a sister, Miss Carrie Wightman, of this village.  Funeral services were largely attended from the family residence at 2 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon Rev. D. W. Dexter officiating.  The Fire Department attended in a body and the pall bearers were members of Alert Hose Company. The floral tributes were many and beautiful.  interment was made in Mount Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].
Rose Isbell Kingsbury
Sidney Enterprise, June 8, 1933
Mrs. Rose Isbell Kingsbury, wife of Claude L. Kingsbury, passed away at the Bainbridge hospital on Saturday morning after an illness of short duration, although she had been in poor health for some time.  Her condition, however, only became serious a few days previous to her death when she was taken to the hospital for treatment.  Mrs. Kingsbury was born at White Store [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] on December 6, 1874,.  For many years she was employed at the Smith Department store in this village, and continued as a clerk in that store under the successors of the Smith store, in the ready-to-wear department, until a few months ago.  She was united in marriage to Mr. Claude L. Kingsbury in 1930.  Mrs. Kingsbury had many friends who will sincerely mourn her loss.  Surviving are her husband, one sister, Mrs. Lillian Lamphere, an aunt, Mrs. Clara B. Hollis of Schenectady.  She was also a cousin of Mrs. B.C. Fairbanks, Mrs. Ida Hotaling and Mrs. C.J. Manwaring, of Sidney. The funeral services were held at the home on West Main street, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Rev. Leonard, pastor of the Unitarian church at Morris, officiating; the interment was in the cemetery at White Store.
Henrietta Kirby
The Norwich Sun, Nov. 28, 1932
The funeral of Mrs. Henrietta Kirby, who died at her home, "The Pillars," just below this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Wednesday was held Saturday afternoon at the house.  Rev. Bradford Tite, rector of St. Peter's church officiated and burial was made in St. Peter's cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].  Mrs. Kirby was born on December 19, 1862 at Gulf Summit, and came to Bainbridge when only a small child, where she has since lived. She was united in marriage to Charles Kirby 52 years ago, and since their marriage had lived at "The Pillars."  She is survived by her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Bodley and Mrs. Nettie Burlison of Deposit, and one brother, Star Smith of this village.
Mary King Searles
Bainbridge News, August 16, 1951
Mrs. Mary King Searles, of Bainbridge [Chenango County, NY], died Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl Davis, of Bainbridge.  Her age was 85.  Born Sept. 21, 1865, at North Sanford [Broome Co., NY], she was a daughter of Addison and Sylvia (Andrews) King.  On Nov. 17, 1886, she was married to Leroy N. Searles, of Bainbridge, and spent most of her life on the Searles farm on Searles Hill road with the exception of a few years she lived in Binghamton prior to returning to Bainbridge seven years ago.  She was a member of the First Baptist church in Bainbridge and the Calvary Baptiste Church in Binghamton. Besides her daughter, Mrs. Davis, she is survived by her husband, Leroy N. Searles, of Bainbridge; another daughter, Mrs. Alfred Buckley, of Providence, R.I.; two sons, Ralph Searles, of Oneonta and Ward Searles of Bainbridge; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Andrew King, of Afton, and Homer King, of Sidney; two sisters, Mrs. Harry Yaple, of McDonough, and Mrs. Charles Pendell, of Norwich; several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at the Harold Sherman Funeral Chapel, Bainbridge, Saturday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Duane Bell, of Binghamton, officiating. The pall-bearers were six nephews, Arleigh King, Cameron King, both of Sidney; Arnold Yaple, of McDonough; Percy King, of Kirkwood; Hayes King, of Afton; Clayton Wakeman, of Bainbridge.  Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge. 
Bruce E. Bosket
Afton Enterprise, February 8, 1945
A posthumous award of the Purple Heart has been forwarded to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce l. Bosket of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], whose son, Pvt. Bruce E. Bosket, was killed in action August 7 in France.  The 23-year-old soldier had been in France only two weeks before he was killed.  Details of the casualty still are not been learned by his parents.  After attending schools at Deposit, Private Bosket worked on the family farm at Whitney Point before he entered the army in June, 1942.  The family later moved to Afton.  He received training at Camp Pickett, Va., Camp Crowder, Mo., Camp Lee, Va., and at an ordnance training center in Illinois before he was sent overseas in January 1944.  He was stationed in England before he went to France.  Surviving besides his parents are a brother, Pfc. Lawrence C. Bosket, who is serving with the army in the southwest Pacific Theatre and a sister Beverly at home.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Post Listing February 16 - 22, 2015

Listing of blog postings for the week of February 16-22, 2016
Posted February 16, 2015
Wilson Evans Titus - Elsa Bertha Naumann (1902)
Mr. & Mrs. Ira Steward (24th anniversary, 1894)
Lucy Van Horne - Charles B. Chapman (1882)
Rev. & Mrs. J.F. Williams (10th anniversary, 1881)

Posted February 18, 2015
Thelma Jane Niles - Millard L. Dean (1946)
Angeline Seeley - William Roy Kerstetter (1946)
Helen Frances Garrett - Ladislav Delnozka (1946)
Georgia Mable Haynes - Arthur Howard Jamieson (1946)
Anna Porter - Laurence Getter (1946)

Posted February 19, 2015
Rial Stead - Clara Beadley
Fred A. Smith - Lillie A. Hawkes
Otto Kreiger - Carrie B. Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. John Toby (11th anniversary)
Minnie J. Foote - Charles G. Codington (1891)

Posted February 20, 2015
Lilla M. Lyon - Lyman B. Curtis (1903)
Edith Moore Shattuck - Bertrand Hinman Wait (1905)
Hazel May Bennett - Glenford L. Close
Dr. Barbara Ann Parker - Dr. Herbert Chasis

Posted February 22, 2015
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Winsor (20th anniversary, 1946)
Robert M. Bennett - Roy H. Bird (1946)
Rev. & Mrs. George W. McPherson (50th anniversary, 1946)
Johanne Dorothy Hulsberg - Victor Ernest Holbert (1946)

Posted February 16, 2015
Amos Alcott Burr (Norwich, Guilford, 1902)
John W. Skinner (Crookerville, Unadilla, 1899) Farming accident
Emily A. (Newton) Burgess (Unadilla, Bainbridge, 1899)
Martin B. Stapleton (Oneonta, 1899)  Train accident
Ransom Aylesworth (Rockdale, Sidney, 1910) Civil War veteran

Posted February 17, 2015
Selden O. Beagle (Norwich, 1918)
Georgia A. (Palmer) Doty (Sidney, 1932)
Fanny Doty (Sidney, 1932)
Elizabeth Burgess (1933)

Posted February 18, 2015
Edna Van Talmadge (Greene, 1946)  Train - car accident
Ernest Egbert Clark (Greene, 1946)
LeRoy Wiggins (Nineveh, 1946)
Eliphalet Chamberlin (Unadilla, 1946)

Posted February 19, 2015
Lewis Taylor (Guilford, Bainbridge, born 1830)
Sarah Knapp Clark (Sidney, 1913)
Edna E. Springsteen (Bainbridge)
Erastus Alford Whiting (Guilford, Bainbridge, 1911)

Posted February 20, 2015
Eliza Rhoads Hilliard (Pharsalia, 1903)
Carrie A. (Cone) Smith (Coventry, 1903)
Henry S. Allyn (Whitesboro, 1905)
E.G. Waters (Yaleville, 1872)
Mr. Watkins (Guilford, Newark Valley, 1903)
Elizabeth (Dibble) Weeks (Guilford, Afton, 1923)

Posted February 21, 2015
Acha I. (Boyd) Saunders (Norwich, 1903)
VanBuren Winsor (Guilford, 1884)
Laura Smith (North Pitcher, 1885)
William H. Gunn (Guilford, Norwich, 1888)
Simeon Greek (Bainbridge, Sidney, 1896)

Posted February 22, 2015
Alvin D. Sargent (Norwich, 1903)
Anna (Combe) Archinal (Bainbridge, New York City, 1946)
Hattie (Westcott) VanCott (Bainbridge, 1946)
Lelia Walton Brown (West Windsor, 1946)
Earl W. Jump (Windsor, 1946)
Sophia Henkle (New York City, Guilford, 1946)

Posted February 17, 2015
Pioneer Days in "Chenango Country" - Part 1

Posted February 18, 2015
Pioneer Days in "Chenango Country" - Part 2
Bainbridge Central High School, Class of 1948 - Part 1

Posted February 20, 2015
Faces from Bainbridge's Past, 1939 (photos)
     Charles W. Ireland
     Dr. George C. Supplee
     Dr. R.C. Bender
     G.E. Howland
     Ralph W. Kirby
     Charles H. Clark

Posted February 21, 2015
Early Dentists in United States
Bainbridge in 1865

Posted February 22, 2015
Miss N. Louise Rucktechler in library War Service, 1918
Bainbridge High School Class of 1915 (photo)

Bainbridge High School Class of 1915

Bainbridge High School Class of 1915
Left to Right
1st Row:  Shirley Stewart, Gladys Cushman
2nd Row:  George Aylesworth, Indra Bryant, Helen Stewart, Clarence Roehlk

Miss N. Louise Ruckteshler in Library War Service - 1918

Miss N. Louise Ruckteshler is to
Engage in Library War Service
Utica Saturday Globe, July 20, 1918
Miss N. Louise Ruckteshler
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At her ardent request, Miss N. Louise Ruckteshler, custodian of the Guernsey Memorial Library, has been granted a leave of absence to engage in library war service at an army cantonment under the auspices of the American Library Association.
Most of our citizens know something of the library war service, started about a year ago, and so far has shown results in 35 camp library buildings erected, 41 large camp libraries established, 51 hospitals and Red Cross houses supplied with books, 212 librarians in the service, 237 small military camps and posts equipped with book collections, 249 naval and marine stations and vessels supplied with libraries, 1,323 branches and stations placed in Y.M.C.A. and K. of C. huts, barracks and mess halls, 285,230 books shipped overseas, 411,505 books purchased largely technical, 2,000,000 gifts books in service.
Under an earlier ruling of the War Department men only could be accepted for library work in the camps, but with the commencement of book service in base hospitals, the opening was made for women volunteers.  This phase of the library war service is of recent date, but it has already placed librarians in 22 hospitals, seven of whom are in general hospitals or in small camps.  Most of the service is without pay and it is the work without financial remuneration only that makes it possible on so large a scale.  The release of Miss Ruckteshler shows assurance that Norwich will be worthily represented in the phase of war work.

Marriages (February 22)

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Winsor
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 28, 1946

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Winsor were hostesses at Fred's Inn on Saturday evening, Nov. 23rd to 25 invited guests.  The occasion being their 20th wedding anniversary.  A turkey dinner was served.  A color scheme was carried throughout the table decorations.  Bronze and yellow giant chrysanthemums centered the two tables.  Nut baskets of yellow and green, added to the attractiveness of the setting.  A lovely wedding cake also was featured.  All those present enjoyed the occasion and others dropping in during the evening extended congratulations too.  Mr. and Mrs. Winsor were the recipients of very lovely gifts.
Bird - Bennett
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 28, 1946
Sidney [Delaware Co., NY]:  Miss Roberta M. Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bennett, 16 Wier street, was married to Roy M. Bird, of Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bird, of East Worcester, Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Sacred Heart rectory by the Rev. John Kavanaugh.  A buffet supper was served at the home of the bride for the members of the families.  The couple will reside in 49 Bridge street.  Mrs. Bird was graduated from Sidney High School in the class of 1941 and is now employed as bookkeeper in the National Bank of Sidney. The bridegroom, also a graduate of the Sidney school, was in the service more than a year and was in the air corps.  He is employed by the Bell telephone Co.
Rev. & Mrs. George W. McPherson
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 28, 1946
The Rev. and Mrs. George W. McPherson, of Rockwells Mills [Chenango Co., NY], celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Nov. 18 at their home and, with relatives, climaxed the event at 7 p.m. at a dinner in Ye Olde Mill in Rockwells Mills.  At that same hour, 50 years ago, they were married in the Baptist Church at Mt. Upton.  When a student in the seminary at Colgate, Mr. McPherson served as supply pastor for 14 months in the Baptist church in Sidney.  His principal ministry was in New York City, where for 25 years he was director of "The Tents Evangel."  He is known for his books which have had a worldwide circulation.  Mrs. McPherosn is the daughter of the late Chester W. Rockwell who was owner of the woolen mills at Rockwell Mills.
Holbert - Hulsberg
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 28, 1946
Miss Johanne Dorothy Hulsberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hulsberg, of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], was married to Victor Ernest Holbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Holbert, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], Monday afternoon, at 1 o'clock in Christ Episcopal Church, Guilford.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. P.C. Pearson, of Norwich.  Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a powder blue suit with matching hat, dark blue accessories and a corsage of white carnations and pom-pons.  Miss Phyllis Holbert, a sister of the bridegroom, was maid of honor. She was attired in a brown suit with brown accessories and a corsage of yellow roses.  Robert Parsons, of Bainbridge, acted as best man.  The bride's mother chose a black ensemble with a corsage of red roses, and the bridegroom's mother selected a brown suit with brown accessories and a corsage of yellow roses and bronze pom-pons.  A reception was held at the Hotel DeCumber in Sidney, following the ceremony.  The bride's table was centered with a three-tiered wedding cake, and the decorations were of white chrysanthemums. The bride is a graduate of Afton High School and is employed at the Casein office in Bainbridge. The bridegroom graduated from Bainbridge High School, and is a veteran of World War II, having served three and one-half years in Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France. After a wedding trip to New York, they will reside at 4 Pearl street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].

Obituaries (February 22)

Alvin D. Sargent
Utica Saturday Globe, March 21, 1903
Alvin D. Sargent
The sudden death of Alvin D. Sargent, at his home on Mitchell street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], was a sad shock to his family and friends.  About 4 o'clock Monday afternoon he was stricken with apoplexy and though all that medical skill could suggest was done for him, he died in the presence of his wife and children without regaining consciousness.  Deceased was born in South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], August 7, 1839.  He received a common school education and finished in Norwich Academy.  September 19, 1862, he enlisted, at Sherburne, in the 10th New York Calvary, and was engaged in 35 battles during the period of his service, from 1862 to 1865.  He came of abolition stock, his father having operated a section of the underground railroad.  He was an excellent soldier, being advanced without solicitation.  He was an aide to Gen. Lee and was honorably discharged July 10, 1865, with the title of lieutenant.  In the early seventies he came to Norwich and became associated with Hayes & Rider in the manufacture of pianos and continued with them until the dissolution of the business.  he was married October 5, 1853, to Cordelia E. Corbin, who died March 10, 1870.  June 13, 1871, he married Alice H. Latimer, who survives him with five children.  Mrs. John E. Carr, and Alice, Sperry, Edward and John Sargent, all of this village.  One daughter, by his first marriage, Mrs. May H. Adams, of Otego, also survives, and two sisters, Mrs. Uri H. Musson and Mrs. A.M. Wait, of Norwich, besides two brothers, Tracy and Sylvester.  His family have the deepest sympathy of all in their sad bereavement and great loss.  Funeral services were held from his late home, 79 Mitchell street, on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Interment in the family plot at South New Berlin. 
Anna Margaret (Combe) Archinal
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 28, 1946
Mrs. Anna Margaret Archinal, 58, died Saturday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Henry Stammer, Juliand street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], where she had resided for the past several months.  Born in Brooklyn, she was a daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Combe.  A service was held Monday evening at 8 o'clock at the Fisher & Sherman Chapel.  On Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, funeral services were conducted at the Cavalry Baptist Church in New York City. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery, New York.  Fisher & Sherman were in charge of all arrangements.
Hattie Westcott VanCott
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 28, 1946
Mrs. Hattie Westcott VanCott, a resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] for 62 years, died Monday at the home of her son, Dr. Harrison H. VanCott, Schenectady, where she had made her home for the past year.  Her age was 81.  Born in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo J. Westcott.  In October, 1883, she was united in marriage to Herman H. VanCott, who died a number of years ago. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge for many years.  She is survived by one son, Dr. Harrison H. VanCott, Chief of Bureau of Instruction Supervision Division of Secondary Education, State Educational Department; two grandchildren, Harold P. Van Cott, a senior at the University of Rochester who has recently been discharged from the Army, and H. Corbin VanCott, a pitrographer of the Corning Brass Co.; one nephew, Earl A. Westcott, of Oneonta; two nieces, Mrs. George Brooks, of Oxford, and Mrs. Hattie Betler, of Palentine Bridge.  Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Fisher & Sherman Chapel in Bainbridge with the Rev. Henry Stammer, of Bainbridge, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Howard Thomas, of Binghamton.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].  The chapel will be open Thursday evening at 7 o'clock so friends may call.
Lelia Walton Brown
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 28, 1946
Mrs. Lelia Walton Brown, 57, of West Windsor [Broome Co., NY], died last week Wednesday at the Binghamton City Hospital.  She is survived by her husband, Abner D., of West Windsor; two sons, DeWitt, of New Orleans, La., and Stanley, of West Windsor; four daughters, Mrs. Russell Eckinger, Mrs. Anselmo Cantu, Mrs. Delbert Bolt, all of West Windsor, and Mrs. Harry LeBare, of Hallstead, Pa.; six grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Howard Hosmer, Mrs. Owen Hosmer and Mrs. Fred Vosburg, all of Campbell; two brothers, Wilmer Walton, of Campbell, and Leddra Walton, of Avoca; and several nieces and nephews.
Earl W. Jump
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 28, 1946
Earl W. Jump, 26, of R.D.2, Windsor [Broome Co., NY], died last week Wednesday at the Binghamton City Hospital.  He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; a son, Earl L .; a daughter, Leila Ann; his mother, Mrs. Neil Benjamin, all of R.D.2, Windsor; two sisters, Miss Leila Jump, of Johnson City, and Mrs. Kenneth Frazier, of Warren, Pa.; a brother, Harold, of R.D.2, Johnson City; and several nieces and nephews.
Sophia Henkle
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 28, 1946
Friends in Guilford received word Wednesday morning, telling of the death of Mrs. Sophia Henkle, age 58, wife of E.J. Henkle, at her home, 800 East End avenue, New York City, early Wednesday morning, Nov. 20.  Mrs. Henkle has been in ill health for some time.  Although she was able to be at Camps Guilford and Oxford during the past season, she remained in their cabin most of the time, with a nurse in attendance.  Before the season closed, she entered a New York City Hospital. A woman of sterling qualities, she has made many friends in Guilford and vicinity, during the past several years.  Besides the husband, there survive a daughter, Helen; two sons, Theodore and Morris Henkle, all of New York City; and a brother, Dr. Morris Jasper, of Rockville Center, L.I.  Mr. and Mrs. Henkle founded the Guilford and Oxford Camps, brother and sister camps in 1921.  She was a charter member of the Association of Private Camps and a member of the American Camping Association.  Services were held on Tuesday.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bainbridge in 1865

Bainbridge in 1865
Chenango Telegraph, July 12, 1865
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] is fast becoming, like many of her sister villages, a place of wealth and business.  There are now at the present time seven stores in all--five dry-good stores, one hardware, and one drug store, and one or two more to be started in a short time.  These stores are all doing a flourishing business this season.  Col. North of Unadilla had opened a hardware store on the corner of Main and Mill streets, and is doing a good business.  He has brought the large store formerly occupied by P. Redfield as a tin shop, first door above A.J. & I.D. Yale's, which he is fitting up in nice style, and is to fill up and move in as soon as completed.  The inhabitants have long needed a store of this kind here, and we take the responsibility of saying, that when he fills it up with hardware, we will not trouble the stores in Norwich much, as we can get everything in this line at home.
D.T. Bullock, formerly partner with D. Gilbert, has opened a store two doors above A.J. & I.D. Yale's store, which has opened the eyes of many of our people. Goods have been on the decline for a few weeks past, because Bullock sold cheaper than any one else; but as fast as it is convenient, they are getting on the same track.
I though of the business done here in our little village, as last evening between sundown and dark, I seated myself in a convenient place and took notice of what was going on.  Teams were fastened on either side of the street for many rode, which rendered it almost impossible for ladies to cross the streets without going either above or below the long line of horses and wagons.  Men and women were hurrying in and out of the stores, some with dry goods, some with groceries.
We have four schools in our village, and ladies and gentlemen can graduate without going to college, which saves a great expense.
The Fourth of July was celebrated by the people of this village in the good old way.  The Old Folks had a picnic up the river which they enjoyed very much.  In the evening there were splendid fire works in different parts of the village. Thus the day ended, and will be long remembered by all as the memorable Fourth of July 1865.
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Dentists in Early Days

Why so Few Dentists Formerly
Only 100 in 1818
Bainbridge Republican [date unknown]
In the Republican of two weeks ago we dilated at some length upon the advent and career of Dr. Richard Griswold, the first dentist in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and the surprisingly exceptional advantages this town enjoyed through his rare ability.  When he came to Bainbridge in 1818, the profession of dentistry in the United States was really in its infancy for there were less than one hundred dentists throughout the whole country, and of journals, societies and colleges devoted to the science of dental surgery, there were none.  It had only been little more than thirty five years before, during the Revolutionary War, that the art was introduced here and through a French soldier in our army.
The first American to practice dentistry was John Greenwood who established himself in New York city in 1788 and had the reputation of carving in ivory in 1790 and 1795 sets of teeth for General Washington.  Other dentists appeared in a short time and settled in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, and slowly the practice spread and the study developed, embracing each year an advance in scientific knowledge of the treatment of the teeth and making artificial ones.
Ten years after Dr. Griswold settled in Bainbridge, in 1828 and 1830, we learned from authoritative sources that there were not over 300 dental practitioners in the United States, and not more than fifty of those could be counted upon as having received proper instruction.  In 1840, however, the number had quadrupled and the qualifications had improved. About this time the first dental college was opened in Baltimore, a journal was started and a society formed in the interests of the profession in Maryland, and other states followed in the same lines, and the movement spread until there was a national organization in 1855. 
We have sketched thus briefly the history of dentistry in this Country for the first half of the century, to show why there were so few competing dentists within that period.
The early dentists of the century were generally silversmiths and jewelers, and Dr. Griswold came here uniting these callings with his profession, and for twenty-seven years reigned supreme in his manifold capacity, with not a competitor in dentistry until 1845 when Dr. O.S. Hill came.  His residence and office were on North Main street in the first house beyond the bridge, right side.  Dr. Griswold continued his practice, more or less, until he died, throughout a period of fifty-three years, and by a singular coincidence it has been fifty-three years since Dr. Hill first settled in Bainbridge, with an interim of only five years' absence.

Obituaries (February 21)

Acha I. (Boyd) Saunders
Utica Saturday Globe, March 28, 1903
 Acha I. (Boyd) Saunders
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  On Friday of last week at her home on State street, Mrs. Emmet A. Saunders, aged 51 years, after much suffering patiently borne, died from cancer of the stomach.  Acha I. Boyd was born in Masonville, Delaware county, the daughter of William and Fannie Boyd.  Most of her life was spent in Walton [Delaware Co., NY]. She married Emmet A. Saunders, of Beerston.  Since November last their home had been in this village.  Deceased was a woman of beautiful Christian character and was greatly beloved by all who knew her.  Until illness prevented, she was a regular attendant of the Baptist Church.  Besides her husband, deceased is survived by three sons by a former marriage, Herbert Tiffany, of Columbus, O.; Orson and Seth Tiffany, of this village; one brother, George H. Boyd, and a nephew, William E. Boyd, both residents of Norwich.  Funeral services were held from her late home on Monday afternoon, Rev. John L. Ray officiating.  Burial in Mount Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].
VanBuren Winsor
Oxford Times, January 22, 1884
The funeral of the late VanBuren Winsor was held on the 14th inst., from Christ Church [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY], of which he was a devoted member.  About fifty Masons were in attendance and a large number of the A.O.U.W., also about fifty relatives.  The church was literally packed, the beautiful, solemn burial service of the church was performed by the Rector, Rev. Mr. Fulton, of Oxford, and Rev. Mr. Wilson, of Clinton, a former Rector.  A beautiful Masonic emblem in choice flowers lay upon the casket, beside other floral offerings.  Mr. Winsor was about 43 years of age, and had suffered from ill health for a long time.  he was for several years the Junior Warden of the church, but compelled to resign the office by failing health.
Laura Smith
Chenango Union, February 26, 1885
SMITH:  In North Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY], on Sunday, the 25th ult., Laura, widow of the late David Smith aged 88 years.
She was, with her late husband, one of the earliest residents of Chenango county, and now had become one of the oldest.  Together they wrought bravely in meeting the hard conditions that confronted the first settlers in the then wilderness, and transforming it as we see it today, to fruitful fields and warm, smiling homes.  Here was a long and well-filled life, matured, full-rounded to the end with a most magnanimous, wholly unselfish and unceasing devotion to the service of all those about her.  Her mind was exceptionally bright, alert, free, progressive, actively interested to the last in whatever belonged to the advance of thought, and the best welfare of mankind.  Delicate in body, of late years shrinking from contact with society, she retained her powers unimpaired to the last, and was throughout ever the same sweet, cheery, saintly soul.  What lessons of patience, of exhilaration, of unending hope and trust, she has left for those that remain.  In the region of Truth, the sublime domain of Excellence, of Beauty and Love, must this rich, this sweet and royal nature, that beamed upon us for its while in the flesh, now find forever its portion and its home.
William H. Gunn
Chenango Union, January 19, 1888
On Sunday afternoon last, William H. Gunn, one of our oldest and respected citizens, died at his residence on Court street, in the seventy-second year of his age, after a long illness.  William H. Gunn was born in Guilford, this county [Chenango Co., NY], in 1816.  His father, William Gunn, came to that town from Cambridge, N.Y., in 1810, and settled on the Unadilla river, where he erected the first carding mill and cloth dressing establishment in the county, now known as Rockwell's Mills.  Deceased grew to manhood in that vicinity and for a time attended the Academy at Oxford, after which he engaged in teaching.  In 1839 he was united in marriage with Miss Esther B. Latham, daughter of Hon. John Latham, and is 1863 he removed to this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].  He entered the store of DC. Rogers, where he remained until January, 1869, when he entered upon his duties as Justice of the Peace, to which office he had been elected the spring previous.  He was twice re-elected, thus holding the position for twelve years.  When a lad he united with the Union Church, near his home, and upon his removal to Norwich he became a member of the Methodist church here.  He held every office in the church within the reach of a layman, and for many years was its Treasurer.  He was a man of noble impulses, benevolent, and generous to a fault.  As a citizen he enjoyed the respect of all, and in the church of which he had been an honored member for upwards of half a century, and to which he was devotedly attached, he will be missed.  His widow survives him.  Funeral services were held at his late residence, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. A.J. Van Cleft officiating, assisted by Rev. O.H. McAnulty, of Carbondale, Pa.

Simeon Greek
GREEK:  In Sidney, February 4, 1896, Mr. Simeon Greek, formerly of Bainbridge.  [Chenango Union, February 13, 1896]

Simeon Greek, who has been a resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] for years, and only a short time ago moved to a small farm two and one-half miles east of the village, was in Sidney on Business Tuesday and on returning home in company with a friend complained of feeling sick.  Before they could return to Sidney for medical aid, Mr. Greek expired.  Heart disease was the cause of death.  The deceased was a member of H.H. Beecher Post, G.A.R.  He is survived by his wife and several children.  The funeral was held from the family home on Friday afternoon.  The interment was in the Episcopal cemetery [St. Peter's Churchyard, Bainbridge, NY]--Binghamton Republican.[Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, February 12, 1896]