Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fred L. Johnson of Norwich, 1906

Fred L. Johnson
Utica Saturday Globe, June 23, 1906
 
 
Fred L. Johnson

The Globe presents herewith the picture of Fred L. Johnson, a well-known and popular young resident of Norwich [Chenango Co.., NY].  Mr. Johnson was born in Norwich 33 years ago and has always resided there.  He is the possessor of a fine voice and is prominent in musical circles in his native town.  Mr. Johnson is junior member of the firm that conducts the Star clothing house.  His many Norwich friends will be pleased to see his picture in the Globe.

Obituaries (May 21)

Dorcas (Reynolds) Slocum
Utica Saturday Globe, June 2, 1906

Dorcas (Reynolds) Slocum

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Dorcas Slocum, wife of John L. Slocum, died at the family home on East Main street at an early hour on Sunday morning last.  Some three years ago Mrs. Slocum's health began to fail.  Two years ago last August she suffered a fall, breaking her hip.  Since that accident she had suffered much from the injury, together with tuberculosis and throat trouble.  For 10 weeks prior to her death she had been confined to her bed.  Deceased was 74 years of age and was born in New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], the daughter of Abel and Hannah Reynolds.  Her marriage to Mr. Slocum occurred February 27, 1858, and 36 years ago they came to Norwich, Mr. Slocum engaging in the livery business here ever since that time.  Respected and loved by all who knew her Mrs. Slocum made her home and family her first thought.  For 40 years she had been a member of the Episcopal Church.  She is survived by her husband and an adopted daughter, Nettie L. Slocum, who has been in constant and faithful attendance at her bedside during the long illness.  She is survived also by two brothers:  Nicholas Reynolds, of Williamsport, Pa., and Willett Reynolds, of Ithaca, Mich.; two nieces, Mrs. Charles Latham, of Rockwell's Mills, and Mrs. Edwin Cole, of Mt. Upton; and three nephews, Lewis Tuttle, of Sidney, Merton Reynolds, of Syracuse, and Everett Reynolds, of Buffalo.  Funeral services were held from Emmanuel Church Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Rev. Dr. Benton officiated. The pall bearers were Marvin Tanner, Russell Young, Norman Carr and John Gridley.  The singing was by a quartet, Edward L. Nash, Ivon Blackman, Mrs. Frink and Mrs. Roper.  There were many handsome floral pieces.  Interment was made at Mount Hope [Norwich, NY]. 
 
Will Weeks
Bainbridge Republican, February 20, 1908
Will Weeks, who lived in the lower part of the village, died Tuesday at the home of his half sister, Mrs. James Cook, who lives between Afton and Nineveh.  His age was about 50 years.  His burial takes place this (Thursday) afternoon in St. Peter's churchyard [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Weeks is survived by his wife, Emily Combs Weeks, and a son, Jesse Weeks, a student in law at Albany.

Henry Hines/Hinds
News has just been received here of a tragic accident which occurred at East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], a hamlet some distance in the country, late Saturday afternoon.  Henry Hines and his little son were crossing the fields when they came to a creek swollen by the spring rains.  The only way to cross was by a narrow plank.  Hines told the lad to wait until he had crossed and then to follow.  When about midway across the creek,  he lost his balance and fell into the creek.  the banks were high and before he could save himself, the rapidly flowing creek had carried him over a twenty foot fall which was only four rods distant and then over another equally high, a little way farther down the creek.  At the second fall, the creek bed is lined with large jagged rocks, and here Hines lost his life.  Seeing his father fall into the creek, the young lad who had accompanied him, ran to a neighbor's house for aid, and within a few minutes after the accident had occurred, Thomas Bush, a neighbor had recovered the mangled body of Hines from the creek bed.  Hines was about 59 years old and leaves a wife and four children in destitute circumstances.  The funeral is being held at East Guilford this afternoon.
Sidney Record, March 30, 1907
Last Saturday, of the 23rd inst., at about 5 o'clock, a tragedy of peculiar and unusual features, occurred at East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], a village situate about two miles north of Sidney, plunging Henry Hinds, aged about 50 years, to a swift and tragic death.
 
Hinds was a man of all work and last winter took up his residence at East Guilford in a house owned by Wm. Tarbell, adjoining the Wm. Seeley property.  He leaves a wife and four small children.
 
On Saturday afternoon he drove to Sidney with his wife and two small girls, and at about 4 o'clock returned to East Guilford, stopping at Harvey Newton's store to pay a bill.  Shortly after his arrival home, he put out the horses and went down to the creek in the rear of the house, situate in a ravine in the rear of the property. Across this creek, now at floodtide, and at a point near the Tarbell quarry stretches a narrow plank walk.  Hines attempted to cross this plank and fell into the swift current.  Unable to gain his feet, he was swept over the first fall, which consists of a ledge or rocks. Then he was carried to the mill dam from which he was dashed upon the rocks below and carried by the powerful current to the rear of the Rufus Newton property, where the body was recovered by Thomas Bush.
 
When drawn out of the water, poor Hinds was already dead.  A large gash on top of the unfortunate man's head, caused by a plunge upon the rocks, must have brought instant death.  The remains were conveyed to Sidney and placed in R.E. Carr's morgue and properly cared for.  Dr. Johnson, of Oxford, arrived in Sidney on Saturday night and viewed the remains, and a certificate of death was issued in accordance with the above facts. The overseer of the poor in Guilford, David Bradley, was notified but declined to take action in the case, on the ground that decedent during the past year, had resided in the towns of Bainbridge, Unadilla, as well as Guilford.
 
Hinds' body was seen going over the dam and falls at the East Guilford Mill by Thomas Bush and young Baldwin, which accounts for the quick recovery of the body.
 
Geo. Ireland, the Bainbridge overseer of the poor, declined to act in the case, and the bill will be sent to the Superintendent of the Poor of Chenango County.  Hinds' real name was Frederick B. Walling.  He changed it to that of  Henry Hinds about twelve years ago while in Pennsylvania.  The interment was held last Tuesday afternoon at East Guilford.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BHS Class of 1950 - Part 4

Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1950
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1950
 
 
Thomas Monroe -- "Tome"
Tom is our loyal business man
Helping us all whenever he can.
 
Hopes never to be a ditch digger
Can you imagine his being a college prof.
Will miss most:  Basketball
Ambition:  To pass English regents

 
Stanley Mulwane -- "Stan"
Stan seems to be our quiet one,
But always likes to be in the fun.
 
Hopes never to be a news reporter
Can you imagine  him a good athlete
Will miss most:  Baseball
Ambition:  Sports announcer

 
Alice Scheidegger - "Lisa"
She's loyal and quiet, faithful and true,
Count on her to see a thing through.
 
Voted Most Courteous
Hopes never to wash dishes for a living
Can you imagine her the second Marie Wilson
Will miss most:  Struggling in English Class
Ambition:  To be a good citizen

 
Ludwig Schoen - "Lud"
Lud with his wit, and physique so dark and tall,
Will certainly long be remembered by all.
 
Hopes never to be a mountain climber
Can you imagine him as "Lucky Teter" the second
Will miss most:  Miss Smith and Mr. Blythe
Ambition:  Be a great mathematician

 
Gladys Shelton - "Gladie"
In her manner, dress and style, Gladys is very cute,
But when it comes class time she doesn't give a hoot.
 
Voted Best Athlete
Hopes never to be an old maid.
Can you imagine her with red hair
Will miss most:  Sports and Pat Babcock
Ambition:  To be an actress

 
Iona Sherman -- "Nonnie"
Although she does live far away,
When the gang's together she's not astray.
 
Hopes never to be a factory worker
Can you imagine her without "Bernie"
Will miss most"  The "kids"
Ambition:  To be a good bookkeeper


Obituaries (May 20)

Mariah L. Elwell
Utica Saturday Globe, June 23, 1906

 
Mariah L. Elwell

The funeral of Mrs. Mariah L. Elwell, whose death occurred recently at Rogers Hollow[Otsego Co., NY], was held Sunday from the Friends Church at that place, and was largely attended.  The services were conducted by Rev. E.R.D. Briggs, assisted by William Wood, a theological student.  Burial was made at East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], her former home.  Mrs. Elwell was 73 years of age and had resided with her daughter, Mrs. Erwin Spencer, for the past eight years.  She was born in Morris [Otsego Co., NY], was the widow of a veteran and an esteemed Christian woman, for the past six years a member of the Friends' Church. She had been ill from diabetes for a year, but the direct cause of her sudden death was paralysis. Besides the daughter mentioned she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Cora Kilmer, of Norwich.
 
Julian Vanderwalker
Afton Enterprise, Feb. 26, 1920
Julian Vanderwalker died at the home of his brother-in-law William Sherman at Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY] Sunday, Feb. 22, 1920 from influenza, age 28 years.  The funeral was held at the undertaking rooms of Hastings & Cowell Tuesday at 10 o'clock.  Rev. C.B. Allinatt officiating and body was placed in the vault at Greenlawn cemetery, to await interment at Bennettsville in the spring.  Mr Vanderwaker served over the sea with company B, 18 Machine Gun B.M. of the 6th Division and was in the trenches several weeks.  He returned home on June 28, 1919.  He is survived by his wife Mrs. Myrtle Sherman Vanderwalker whom he married October 18, 1919, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George Vanderwalker, his five sisters Mrs. Frank Hogoboom, Guilford; Mrs. Harold Seeley, Oneonta; Mrs. Chas. Siles and Mrs. John Hollenbeck, Bennettsville and his three brothers, Harry of Endicott, Paul of Oneonta and Francis who is living at home.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community.
 
Lillian Allison
Evening Sun, Norwich, NY, Nov. 29, 1949
Skinner Hill:  Mrs. Lillian Guthoff Allison died at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon after an illness of several weeks.  She was born in Brooklyn May 1, 1896, the daughter of Emile and Annie Guthoff.  She was married to Charles Allison, March 29, 1920 in Brooklyn and they moved to Skinner Hill section of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY] about 17 years ago where they have made their home since.  Besides her husband Mrs. Allison is survived by two children, Mrs. Charles Price and Louis L. Allison; three grandchildren, Gloria, Steven and Sally Price, all of Sherburne; four brothers, Louis Guthoff of Norwich and Julius, Benjamin and Sidney Guthoff of Brooklyn and one sister, Mrs. Sophie Harris of Brooklyn.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Benedict Funeral Home in Sherburne, Rev. Thomas G. Swales, pastor of the Broad Street Methodist church of Norwich officiating.  Burial will be in the Sherburne Quarter cemetery. 
 
Hiram Vanderwalker
Evening Sun, Norwich, NY November 29, 1949
Hiram Vanderwalker, 78, of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] passed away at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Monday night following a brief illness.  Mr. Vanderwalker, a retired farm laborer, was born in Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY], July 10, 1871.  He is survived by two daughters Mrs. Angelo Cevasco of Norwich and Mrs. Edward Maltzan of Sherburne; the following grandchildren, Robert, David and Carolyn Cevasco, Norwich; Julia, Maltzan, Sherburne, Richard and Douglas Gould, Binghamton, Harry Ray, Syracuse and Malcolm Ray, Endicott; four sisters, Mrs. Estella Ray, Bainbridge; Mrs. Ada Wayman, Unadilla; Mrs. Eva Croft Windsor; Mrs. Pauline Ray, California; several nieces and nephews.  The body was removed to the George J. Devine Funeral Home from where funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10.  Burial will be in the Bennettsville cemetery.

"Fritz" Pertilla - 1906

Charles Frederic Carlysle Pertilla
Utica Saturday Globe, June 30, 1906


Charles Frederic Carlysle Pertilla

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The accompanying picture shows the familiar face of Charles Frederic Carlysle Pertilla.  It takes too long to say all that name, and so for short his more intimate friends call him "Fritz"  Mr. Pertilla was born in Norwich 21 years ago, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam H. Pertilla, Jr. who reside at 30 Mechanic street.  "Fritz" left Norwich several years ago and struck out for himself, with the result that he has been employed as waiter at the Butterfield House, in Utica, the Yates, in Syracuse and the Palace CafĂ©, in Boston.  Subsequently he served as head waiter on the Twentieth Century Limited, in the magnificent train service afforded by the New York Central lines, and recently he has been promoted to have full charge of a parlor car in the equipment of the Empire State Express, running between Buffalo and New York. Here's for still better success "Fritz!"

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Orson L. Thorp - Bainbridge Mayor, 1941

Orson L. Thorp

Orson L. Thorp, now serving his second consecutive four-year term as mayor of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and partner in the woodworking and cabinetmaking firm of Thorp & Hayes, has been one of the most active leaders in the social, civic and business life of this community throughout his career. 
 
Mr. Thorp was born at Sidney Center, Delaware County, June 3, 1898, the son of Zephniah and Mary (Hine) Thorp.  His father, also a native of Sidney Center, was born in 1871 and died in October, 1938.  His mother passed away in 1901.  Mr. Thorp received a general education in the public schools of Sidney and Bainbridge.  After completing his studies he began his career as an apprentice in the woodworking trade which he followed for three years.  He then established himself in a garage business in Bainbridge which he conducted for fifteen years.  In the meantime he had resumed his interest in general woodwork and cabinetmaking as a hobby and eventually determined to reestablish himself in this field.  Thus, in 1935, he formed the firm of Thorp & Hayes which has been devoted to the manufacture of doors, window sash and truck bodies and is one of the most successful establishments of its type in this section.
 
Outside of business his principal interest has been in politics.  For a number of years he has been one of the influential leaders of the local Republican organization which has nominated him and renominated him for the office of mayor, a post he has occupied with ability and distinction.  He is an ardent sportsman and finds his principal diversions in fishing and hunting, pastimes which he indulges during his leisure.
 
In 1920 Mr. Thorp married (first) Alta S. Shelton, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Ives) Shelton, of Sidney, who died November 4, 1934.  He married (second) in July 1936, Blanche Throop, of Bainbridge, daughter of Miner and Lottie (Moate) Throop.
 
Central New York, An Inland Empire, Vol IV (Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc., New York) p247.
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 Family News Clippings
 
Mrs. Alta (Shelton) Thorp of Bainbridge, passed away at the hospital in that village Monday evening of complications following a major operation the week before.  Mrs. Thorp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Shelton, was born Sept. 11, 1897, in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].  She attended the Sidney High School and was for a number of years employed at the Sidney Department store in this village.  July 26, 1920, she was married to Orson Thorp and went to live in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], where her husband was interested in the garage business.  She is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. Shelton, and a sister, Mrs. V.N. Killen of Philadelphia.  Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Colwell chapel in Bainbridge, with the Rev. G.H. Orvis, pastor of the Bainbridge Presbyterian church, officiating, and interment was in the Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].  [Sidney Enterprise, November 8, 1934]
 
Septic poison, that set in from gangrene of the left leg, caused the death of Zepahiah Thorp, 48 Pearl street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], last Friday afternoon.  Thorp had given up his barber practice last September and had been under doctor's care since July.  Thorp was a resident of Bainbridge for the past 35 years and was in the barber shop business for 30 years.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minnie Thorp, and by a son, Orson.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 25, 1938]

 
Thorpe-Throop:  A very quiet wedding was solemnized Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock at the Baptist parsonage when Miss Blanche Throop, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Miner Throop, became the bride of Orson Thorpe.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. M. DeForest Lowen and the attendants were the bride's parents and Mrs. M. D. Lowen.  The bride was attractively attired in light green chiffon with a wreath of rosebuds and ferns for her hair, also a corsage of matching flowers.  She also wore white glove and shoes.  Mrs. Thorpe was graduated from the  Bainbridge High School in 1927 [..torn...] for six months, entered the Cortland County Hospital School of Nursing, from which she later was graduated.  Since that time, she has been employed at the Niagara Falls Hospital and for the past year has been a nurse in the office of Dr. Edward Danforth, of this village.  Mr. Thorpe is Bainbridge's popular young mayor and for many years has been connected with the garage business in this village.  Mr. and Mrs. Thorp left Wednesday morning by automobile for a week's fishing trip in Maine.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 9, 1936]
 
Orson L. (Jim) Thorp, 63, of 50 Pearl Street, Bainbridge died Friday January 27, 1961 at his home.  He is survived by his wife Mrs. Blanche (Throop) Thorp, Bainbridge, several nieces and nephews.  Mr. Thorp was former mayor of Bainbridge and was a member of the Village Board for many years.  The body was removed to the Harold Sherman Funeral Home, 56 W. Main Street, Bainbridge where the funeral and committal services were held Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. Andrus B. Smith, of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bainbridge, officiated. Burial will be later in Green Lawn Cemetery, Bainbridge.  [Sidney Record & Bainbridge News, February 2, 1961]

Obituaries (May 19)

Frank P. Maxson
Utica Saturday Globe, June 30, 1906
 

Frank P. Maxson
  
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Frank P. Maxson, a well-known resident of this village, died suddenly at his home on Fair street Thursday about noon.  He had not been feeling well for several days but his illness was not considered serious until a few minutes before his death.  Mr. Maxson was born in Preston [Chenango Co., NY], September 21, 1838, and resided in that town all his life until coming to Norwich.  He was a successful farmer and about 10 years ago retired and moved to this village.  He was a kind husband, an obliging neighbor and a good friend and was respected by all who knew him.  In 1866 he married Miss Jane A. Hall, of Preston, who survives.  He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. R.E. Brand and Mrs. E.S.Brand, of Leonardsville, and Mrs. H.J. Crandall, of DeRuyter.  His funeral will be held from his late home on Fair street Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Schuyler F. Wade
Chenango Union, December 22, 1869
We are pained to announce that Schuyler F. Wade, whose injuries upon a Missouri railroad we mentioned last week, died on Wednesday evening last.  His remains were brought to this place [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] on Monday by Mr. Marvin.  Mr. Wade was Conductor on a freight train, and being on top of one of the cars while descending a steep grade, was thrown from the car by the shock caused by the engineer having reversed the engine; he fell between the cars, his leg having been caught between the "bumpers," and crushed.  As soon as the cars parted he swung himself clear from the train and was shortly after found, stunned by his terrible injuries and with his head partially lying in a pool of water.  It was found necessary to amputate his limb, which was done, and it was at first thought that he would recover; but he gradually sank, and died, as we have stated, on Wednesday last.  His sad fate is universally lamented.  His age was 21 years.  A widow survives him.
 
John Fowler
Oxford Times, December 7, 1886
John Fowler, a farmer of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], died suddenly on Friday last. He and his wife lived alone, and on that day she left him to go to the "Corners" to do some trading and when she returned found him dead sitting in a chair as she had left him, having apparently not moved. His age was 64 years.  Coroner Spencer was summoned and held an inquest.  It was decided that death was the result of some heart disease.
 
Harris Wade
Oxford Times, December 7, 1886
A Winona, Minnesota paper says:  Mr. Harris Wade, local business manager at A.D. Ellsworth's flouring mill at Minnesota City, was taken violently sick about 3 o'clock on Monday morning (Nov. 29) with convulsions, which continued for several hours.  He remained in an unconscious state until about three o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, when he rallied sufficiently to ask for water and to recognize his relatives by his bedside, but soon thereafter expired.  He was 36 years of age, a man of *-good mind and excellent habits, and more than ordinary business ability.  His brother, Clarence Wade and his half-sister Mrs. Bavin, reside in Winona, and it is probable that the remains will be buried here. 
 
Deceased was a brother of Henry L. Wade of Norwich, and his mother resides in this town [Oxford, NY].  He went from Oxford in January last and accepted the position above mentioned, where he resided until his death.  Those who knew Mr. Wade will remember him as a genial companion, possessing a happy, hopeful spirit, who even under trying circumstances looked upon the bright side of life; a trustworthy neighbor and friend in every time of need.  While we are pained by the news of his sudden death, an aged mother will most deeply feel his loss, as a kind and affectionate son, on whom she had leaned in her declining years, but as one after another of earthly props fall, that trust in "Him who doeth all things well" will still be her strength as she clings more closely to her remaining children.  The funeral services were held in the Episcopal church at Winona, Dec. 3.

Eddy P. Wade
Oxford Review-Times, July 23, 1920
On Friday, July 0, 1920, Eddy P. Wade, aged 84 years, died at his home above Guilford Lake [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY], where he lived for 53 years, from the infirmities of old age.  The funeral was held on Monday at 1:30 p.m. from his residence and the burial was in Sunset Hill Cemetery [Guilford, NY].  The Rev. W.S. York of the Methodist Church officiated.  The pall bearers were four grandsons, Leland Wade, Harry Wade, Eddy Wade and Maurice Gale. The funeral was largely attended and the casket was covered with a profusion of beautiful flowers.  Those surviving are the widow, Mrs. Erriette L. Wade, one son, George A. Wade, four daughters, Mrs. Mary Dexter, Mrs. Ellen Wade, Mrs. F.C. Yale, Mrs. H.L. Gridley and eleven grandchildren, all of Guilford. The passing on before of Mr. Wade makes the first break in the family circle.  Eddy P. Wade was born in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], the son of Esek and Minerva Wade on May 19, 1836.  He was united in marriage to Miss Erriette L. Root on October 19, 1866, and took his bride to the home at Guilford Lake, where they spent all their married life.  He was in the Civil War and served his country for four years, being attached to Company A, 114th Regiment N.Y.V.  Eddy P. Wade was a loyal and dependable citizen, a loving and a devoted father.  One of his favorite pleasures was to gather his family about him and be able to take an interest in their lives.  Even to the end he was able to remember and call his grandchildren by their names.

Louise Parker Miner
Oxford Review-Times, July 23, 1920
Mrs. Louise Parker Miner, wife of William H. Miner, died at her home in Athens, Pa., July 15, aged 79 years.  Mrs. Miner was born in the town of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY] January 17, 1841, the daughter of Joel Parker and Jane Simpson Parker, his wife.  Her early life was passed on her father's farm in Coventry where she attended the district school and later the well known school at Gilbertsville.  About the year 1864 she was married to William H. Miner and the young couple began life in Guilford where Mr. Miner was engaged in lumbering and the manufacture of lumber.  After a few years they returned to Coventry and resided on the Miner farm.  Subsequently they resided in Pennsylvania and in Virginia where Mr. Miner was interested in the lumber business.  About ten years ago they removed to Athens, Pa., which has since been their home.  For the past two years Mrs. Miner's health has been failing, but she bore her afflictions with Christian patience and faith.  Early in life Mrs. Miner became a member of the Congregational Church of Coventry and continued active in the work of the church during her long life.  She is survived by her husband and three children, Harry Miner and Mrs. Jessie Corser of Athens, Pa., and Mrs. Susie Downer, who resided in the South, and her brother, Peter H. Parker, of Oxford, who is the last survivor of the ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. Joel Parker.  Mrs. Miner's funeral services were held on Sunday, July 18, at her home in Athens, Pa.

Death Notices
Chenango Union, February 22, 1874
CREIGHTON:  At the residence of her son-in-law, Rev. L.M.S. Haynes, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 19th, Mrs. Mary Ann Creighton, aged 68 years.  Her remains were taken to Philadelphia for interment.

WOOD:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 16th, Mr. Orrin E. Wood, aged 43 years.

PHILLIPS:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 18th, Miss Alzina Phillips, aged 66 years, daughter of the late Rufus Phillips.

SWAYZE:  At the Chenango House, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 8th, Angie, daughter of John Swayze, aged 9 years.

LANSING:  Suddenly, in Greene [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 13th, Mr. James Lansing, aged 52 years, 9 months and 9 days.

BRIGHAM:  In McDonough [Chenango Co., NY] Jan. 10th, Mrs. Abigail Brigham, Aged 78 years.

WADE:  In Coventryville [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 20th, Mrs. Nancy Wade, wife of the late Esek Wade, of Guilford, aged 75 years.

KENYON:  Near Dardolph, Ill. Dec. 2d, of lung fever, Mr. George Kenyon, aged 63 years, 3 months and 10 days, formerly of Pitcher, N.Y. and brother of R.R. Kenyon, of McDonough.  Mr. Kenyon was a native of New York whose family were among the pioneers of the wilderness, where he was much respected and known as one of the first and most esteemed of citizens.  He removed to Illinois in 1861, and has not had very good health for some years.  He leaves a wife and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss--Illinois Granger.

GREENE:  At Mound, near Bushnell, Ill., Dec. 9th, of lung fever, Mr. J. Greene, aged 70 years, 7 months and 16 days.  Mr. Green was one of the early settlers of this vicinity, having moved here [Illinois] nearly twenty years ago, and by untiring industry and perseverance, made a comfortable home on the wild prairie.  Born in Groton, Conn., April 23d, 1803, the family consisting of seven sons, of which he was the eldest, removed to Central New York in 1813  Having helped clear a farm in the wilderness, he lived there upon the old homestead about forty years.  In 1851 he removed to Illinois, before there was a railroad in the State.  He leaves a large circle of acquaintances and friends to mourn his loss.  Their loss is his eternal gain, in the triumphs of living faith, he passed to the home in Heaven.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sidney R. Bennett - VP National Milk Sugar Co.

Sidney R. Bennett
 
As vice-president of the National Milk Sugar Company, now a subsidiary of the Borden Company, Sidney R. Bennett continues the traditional association of his family with the management of this organization.  His father was the founder of the company and its active head until his death.
 
Mr. Bennett was born at St. Charles, Illinois, on August 6, 1887, son of Arthur A. and Elinor (Needham) Bennett, both natives of Montpelier, Vermont.  His father, who was born in 1847, established the National Milk Sugar Company in 1885 for the manufacture of milk sugar and other milk products. Originally located in Vermont, the business was moved to St. Charles, Illinois, in 1887, and to Bainbridge, New York, in 1899.  It has since been located in this community.  Arthur A. Bennett died on July 2, 1914, having continued as general manager of the company until his death. Elinor (Needham) Bennett, the mother, was born on December 12, 1863, and died in 1929. 
 
Sidney R. Bennett was educated in the public schools of Bainbridge and at Amherst College, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1909.  In the same year he began his association with the National Milk Sugar Company of Bainbridge, serving his apprenticeship in various departments of the company and then moving up to executive positions  He continued with the company after it became a subsidiary of the Borden Company in 1929 and in the following year was elected vice-president, which office, he still fills.  The National Milk Sugar Company has been engaged since its inception in the manufacture of sugar of milk and other milk byproducts.  It is one of the leaders in its field, employing approximately one hundred and fifty persons.
 
Mr. Bennett is a Republican in politics and is affiliated with Bainbridge lodge No. 1222, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Susquehanna lodge, No. 167, Free and Accepted Masons, also at Bainbridge.  In addition to these connections, he is a member of the Exchange Club of Sidney, the Sidney Golf and Country Club and the Chemists' Club of New York.  Although he has never entered public life, he has actively supported many civic causes of the community and has contributed to the work of its institutions.  Mr. Bennett is an Episcopalian in religious faith.  His hobbies are hunting, fishing and golf.
 
On October 21, 1915, he married Isabella Collins, of Bainbridge, daughter of Thomas Collins, then president of the America Separator Company, now retired, and of Elizabeth (Brennan) Collins.
 
Central New York, An Inland Empire, Vol. IV (Lewis Historical Pub. Co., Inc., NY, 1941) p 247.
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Family Obituaries
 
Sidney R. Bennett, 1887 - 1972
Sidney R. Bennett, 85, of 49 West Main St., Bainbridge died Saturday at his home.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Isabelle Bennett of Bainbridge.  He was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bainbridge and the Norwich Elk's Club  Before his retirement, Mr. Bennett was vice president of the sugar milk division of the Borden Co., Funeral and committal services will be held at the F.J. Terhune Funeral Home, 58 West Main St., Bainbridge, at 2 p.m. Tuesday.  The Rev. Andrus Smith, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Peter's Church Yard Cemetery, Bainbridge.  [Binghamton Press, Oct. 8, 1972)
 
Isabelle (Collins) Bennett, 1892 - 1976
Mrs. Isabella Collins Bennett, 83, 49 West Main St., Bainbridge, died Sunday, July 11, 1976, at The Hospital, Sidney.  She was born November 12, 1892, in Bainbridge, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Brennan) Collins.  She married Sidney Bennett.  He died in 1972.  Mrs. Bennett was a member of St. Johns Roman Catholic Church, Bainbridge.  Surviving are a brother, Edson Collins, Virginia, two cousins and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at the F.J. Terhune Funeral Home, 59 West Main St., Bainbridge at 11 a.m., Wednesday, with the Rev. William Esposito, pastor of St. John's Roman Catholic Church, Bainbridge, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Peter's Church yard, Bainbridge.  A recitation of the Rosary was at 8 p.m. Tuesday.  [Tri-Town News, July 14, 1976]
 
 
 
 
 

Obituaries (May 18)

John P. Sawyer
Utica Saturday Globe, June 30, 1906
 

John P. Sawyer

John P. Sawyer, of Edmeston [Otsego Co., NY], was killed instantly while working in the woods near that place Tuesday.  With four companions he was engaged in felling trees when one of the falling trees lodged against another, breaking the dead top off of the latter, and before Mr. Sawyer could escape the top fell, striking him on the forehead and crushing his skull.  Mr. Sawyer was about 73 years of age, and was born in the town of Butternuts, Otsego county.  During his early life he engaged in the cooperage business in that place, until his business place was destroyed by fire.  Afterward he was engaged in the same line of business in New Berlin for a time.  Later he came to Norwich and for many years conducted an extensive cooperage works in this village, first in partnership with Silas Brooks, in the building now occupied by William Breese as furniture warerooms, on Front street, and later with his brother under the firm name of J.P. & S.E. Sawyer, in buildings that formerly stood on the present site of the Norwich Pharmacal Company's works on Piano street.  Fifteen years ago he moved to Edmeston, and had since been engaged in farming and the lumber business.  Mr. Sawyer was twice married.  His first wife was Miss Hannah Hammond, of Butternuts.  She died May 24, 1884, and about two years later he married Mrs. Elizabeth Bemis, of Edmeston, who survives.  He also leaves two sons, John H. Sawyer, of Edmeston, and Samuel C. Sawyer, of this village, and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Pendleton, of Oneonta and Mrs. Charles Denslow, of Norwich.  One brother, William H. Sawyer, also survives. The funeral was held from the late home in Edmeston, Thursday afternoon, and the remains were brought to Norwich and interred in Mt. Hope Cemetery this (Friday) morning.
 
Lucy C. (Rose) Rexford
ca 1792 - 1873
ROSE:  In Utica [Oneida Co., NY], May 27th, 1873, Mrs. Lucy C. Rose, widow of Zinah Rexford, aged 81 years.  Passing over her early history she is remembered by some now living in Sherburne as one of the converts in that memorable revival in 1861 under the preaching of the Rev. John Truair.  On the first Sabbath in June in that year, she, with about seventy others, was received into the Congregational Church in Sherburne.  She has lived in other places, but most of her life has been spent in Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], and in covenant relation with aforesaid church.

Adaline Olivia Knapp
1825 - 1873
KNAPP:  In Oshkoah, Wis., on Tuesday, May 14th Mrs. Adaline Olivia, wife of Deacon A.B. Knapp, aged 50 years and 6 months.  The above brief announcement chronicles the passing away of a patient sufferer, a devoted wife and mother and a noble Christian woman.  Mrs. Knapp was born in Sherburne, N.Y. [Chenango Co.], in 1825, and removed with her husband to Oshkosh in 1855.  For more than six months past she has been prostrated by sickness and death came at last as a relief from intense suffering.  Through all her sickness she was patient, contented, and even happy, sustained by that unfaltering faith which leads to the brighter shores beyond -- Oshkosh Northwestern

Deacon William Neal
 ca 1819 - 1873
In north Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY], April 13th, 1873, Deacon William Neal in the fifty-fourth year of his age.  Mr. Neal had passed all his life save the earliest years of childhood in this community.  He was a man of untiring industry.  His well tilled farm and pleasant home remain as fruits of his toil, tasted by him and still to be enjoyed by his widow and their children.  They cherish the memory of one who was most affectionate and faithful, and very many friends mourn with them at his common loss.  The Congregational Church will feel his death very deeply for he was a pillar in it.  Among the resolutions adopted, when on Sabbath morning they heard that this brother had thus fallen asleep at dawn of day, was this:  "Resolved, that we hereby express the high esteem in which we hold this brother, beloved by reason of his purity of character, his uprightness of life, his devotion to the Master and his fidelity in seeking to sustain and promote the interests of the Church."  -- Pastor

Melvin L. Youngs
Chenango Union, August 28, 1902
Most Worshipful Melvin L. Youngs, Grand Custodian of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Wisconsin, died at his home in Milwaukee recently.  He was born in Chenango county, N.Y., in 1826, and went to Milwaukee in 1856, where he has since resided.  He was one of the founders of the Masonic Tidings, of which he was editor at the time of his death  He was Grand Master of the state in 1866 and for forty-five years was Grand Lecturer, a fact which establishes his reputation as one of the best informed Masons in the United States.  He was well known in Masonic circles throughout the United States and his death will be sincerely mourned by the Fraternity far and wide.

Hartwell N. Slater
Chenango Union, August 28, 1902
Mr. Hartwell N. Slater, formerly a prominent resident of the town of McDonough [Chenango Co., NY] and more recently a resident of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], died at his home in Oxford on Saturday, aged 74.  He had been in poor health for several months and the end was not unexpected.  Mr. Slater was born in the town of McDonough on September 6, 1828, and lived the greater part of his life in that town, occupying the farm where he was born until his removal to Oxford in 1901.  He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. A.S. Eddy of McDonough, and one brother, Augustus Slater of Preston.

Deacon Henry Nelson Marenes
Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, November 7, 1903
Deacon Henry Nelson Marenes, who died in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] November 2, 1903, was born in Oneonta, N.Y. [Otsego Co.], in January, 1824.  A portion of his life was passed at Harpursville, N.Y.  He came to Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] about half a century ago, where he has since resided.  In 1856 he was married to Emily A. Mudge, who survives him.  He was a member and deacon of Calvary Baptist church  from its origin, and before that of the First Baptist church.  Deacon Marenes was, above all things else, a Christian.  One could not work with him long without knowing it and without his telling one of it.  He never made his religion offensive nor obtrusive.  Up and down the lines of the Ontario & Western railway, where his work as carpenter took him for many years, he was known as the praying carpenter.  His very presence among the men helped raise their standard of morals and he was always respected and loved by his fellow workmen. The writer, who has known him for forty years, does not know a man more sweet and even tempered in disposition and happier than he, in spite of many great troubles.  If his opinions did not agree with yours, he never spoke harshly or unkindly.  Zealous of the truth and hating wrong, he was never abusive and had charity for all.  A Baptist in principle, he was catholic in his conduct, and appreciated and helped along a good work wherever he saw it.  No fence of creed ever narrowed his field of work  Whenever a movement was on foot that promised good, whether in his own church or the Methodist or through the Salvation Army, he was ready to help.  He had unusual natural ability and attractiveness as a speaker in religious meetings, and no small part of the strength of his late son, Rev. B.H. Marenes of Newburgh, in that direction was undoubtedly inherited form the father.  He had not been favored with a college training, but his language had a picturesque and effective natural beauty and grace that the polish of schools might not have improved.  But above the words it was the life and the great, loving heart back of the words that always told.  Whether on the canal or on the railroad, both hard testing places of the mettle in one's character, he always had the true ring.   Since he became a Christian he has held many series of meetings, principally in school houses and at out stations, but sometimes helping pastors in their churches.  Some of the more important of these meetings were held in this vicinity upwards of thirty years ago.  One was held at East Norwich thirty-seven years ago last winter which resulted in a large number of additions to the Baptist church in this village, and another in a school house in the west part of the town a little later had a similar result.  A life like this shows what good may be done by one in the humbler walks of life and by good we don't mean just a belief in any standard set form of words but a making of men really better in act and life.  Looking at his life from this point of view, the preacher who said, "A great man has gone," was not wrong.  He was anxious to help in religious work to the end, and on Sunday, a week before he died and when he himself expected to live but a few days, took his horse and drove Rev. Jabez Ford of Camden, over to Springvale to preach.  His home was crowded with friends at the funeral on Wednesday, and his pastor, Rev. S.J. Ford, was assisted in the services by Rev. J.L Ray of the First Baptist church, Rev. Wilson Treible of the M.E. Church, and presiding Elder C.H. Hayes.
 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Post Listing, May 11-17, 2015

Listing of blog postings for the week of May 11-17, 2015.

Marriages
Posted May 13, 2015
Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin B. Blake (50th Anniversary, 1891)
Elizabeth Anderson - Herbert Sanford (1944)
Lorena Payne - Clayton M. Sweet (1910)
Nina D. Smith - Claude A. Cooley (1910)
Edithe E. Howe - Howard S. LeSuer (1910)

Posted May 16, 2015
Erma B. Sherwood - Wayne G. Benedict (1906)
 
Obituaries
Posted May 11, 2015
Annie Hancock (Syracuse, Norwich, 1906)
Rev. Orrin L. Torry (Marathon, 1912)
S. Amelia Cannon (Binghamton)
Rufus S. Ives (Sidney, Guilford, 1907)
Marco E. Merchant (Guilford, 1907)
Phoebe Clark (Sidney, 1905)
Ralph Kinch (Sidney, 1908)

Posted May 12, 2015
Devillo Phelps Brown (Norwich, 1906)
Harry H. Phetteplace (White Store, 1904)
Theodore Henry Haynes (East Guilford, 1944)
Frank A. Judd (Unadilla, 1944)
Edward Pardee (Sidney, 1944)
Norman A. DeForest (New Berlin, 1944)
Hial F. Hodge (Oxford, 1944)

Posted May 13, 2015
Melissa Hart (Norwich, 1906)
Alvin D. Sherwood (Guilford, 1910)
Dr. George A. Bradbury (Troy, Guilford, 1910)
Hannah Younger (Knapp) Hathaway (Guilford, Chicago, 1883)
Professor William G. Hathaway (Norwich, Chicago, Cortland, 1891)
Mary (Williams) Abbott (Smyrna, ca 1880)

Posted May 14, 2015
Susan M. (Egan) Hilsinger (Sherburne, 1906)
Dr. Allen Erastus Bradley (Norwich, Guilford, 1913)
George D. Burton (Bainbridge, 1911)
Stillman S. Smith (Coventry, Guilford, 1911)
Rufus C. Smith (Guilford, 1911)

Posted May 15, 2015
Helen D. Lewis (Norwich, Hammondsport, 1906)
George Bulkeley (Coventry, 1881)
David Devine (1873)
Elizabeth L. (Root) Ives (Guilford, Bainbridge, 1909)
Adeline Mead (Guilford, 1911)
Blanche Edwel Baker (Walton, Guilford, 1911)
Rufus Erastus Ives (Guilford, 1911)

Posted May 16, 2015
Ivon Steward (Kirk, 1906)
Earl Eastwood (Guilford, 1928)
Charles Reynolds (Guilford, 1928)
Dr. Charles W. Spencer (Sidney, 1928)
Edna Wilcox Kinney (Guilford, 1932)

Posted  May 17, 2015
Frances Almeda (Harris) Lewis (Norwich, South Plymouth, 1906)
Clinton Burr Harrington (Guilford, 1929)
Mary Yale (Oxford, 1901)
John C. Toby (Bainbridge, 1925)
Leila Albrecht Peckham (Guilford, 1932)
Clinton E. Hurlburt (Omaha, NB, 1927)

 
Miscellaneous
Posted May 11, 2015
Ministers' Reunion, Bainbridge, NY, 1911

Posted May 12, 2015
Burt Lord, Chairman Chenango Co. Board of Supervisors (early 1900s)

Posted  May 13, 2015
Bainbridge Central High School, Class of 1950 - Part 3

Posted May 14, 2015
Miscellaneous Items Bainbridge NY May 1884
     Farm laborer wages
     Train wreck
     Bed Rock Emory Works new invention
     Robert's Independent Hose Co. Festival & Fair

Posted May 17, 2015
Miscellaneous Portraits
     Francis J. Casey - High School Principal
     John & Junior Delello - Celebrate birthdays 1937
     Dr. B.L. Dodge - Bainbridge physician & Surgeon
     Clark H. Minor - President, International General Electric Co.
     John A. Parsons - Production Manager, American Plastics Corp.
     Patrick F. Ryan - Assistant Production Manager, American Plastics Corp.
     Sarah A. Steinman - Cornell Graduate 1939
     Doris I. Stead - Cornell Graduate 1939

Miscellaneous Portraits

Miscellaneous Portraits from Scrapbook of
Louise Marie (Donahe) Fenderson

 
Frances J. Casey
Supervising Principal, Bainbridge Central School District

 
John and Junior Delello
 
April brings a double birthday celebration for Junior L. and John F. Delello of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], seen in the above photo.  Junior, seated on the right is 12 years old, and John is 3 years old.  They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Edward Delello and celebrate their birthdays April 15 [1937].

 
Dr. B.L. Dodge
Physician and Surgeon

 
Clark H. Minor
President, International General Electric Co.
 
 
John A. Parsons
Production manager American Plastics Corp.
 
 
Patrick F. Ryan
Assistant Production Manager America Plastics Company

 

Obituaries (May 17)

Frances Almeda (Harris) Lewis
Utica Saturday Globe, December 15, 1906
 

Mrs. Frances Almeda (Harris) Lewis

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Callie Satterlee, on Pleasant street, on Tuesday, occurred the death of Frances Almeda Harris Lewis, aged 82.  Deceased was born in Norwich, May 16, 1823, and was a daughter of David and Ketwiah Harris.  Her parents were pioneer settlers of this section, coming here from Rhode Island and were among the first to clear a farm on the hills west of this village, still known as the Harris farm. There survive her six daughters, Mrs. Harriet U. Bard, Mrs. Celia H. Scott, Mrs. Addie M. Lloyd and Mrs. Annie M. Sherman, of Chautauqua county; Mrs. Christine C. Kirkby and Mrs. Callie Satterlee, of this place.  She has also living 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  Her funeral was held on Thursday afternoon, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Burial was made in the Dimmick cemetery at South Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY].
 
Clinton Burr Harrington
Bainbridge Republican, June 6, 1929
Guilford [Chenango Co., NY]:  Clinton Burr Harrington, 55, died Thursday May 30, 1929, at the home where he has lived for the past 28 years.  Death was due to hemorrhage.  He was the son of Burr and Clarista Scranton Harrington, born in Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY] Sept. 10, 1873.  He was married to Miss Lottie Backus.  To them was born six children.  The funeral service was held at the Guilford Center church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Rev. Cecil Plumb officiating.  Burial at Guilford Center [Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Harrington is survived by his wife, three sons, Earl, Edward and Victor; three daughters Evelyn Bon--- of Binghamton, Mrs. Ella Ives and Miss Ruth Harrington of Guilford, one sister, Mrs. Florence Kellum of Buffalo, one brother, Lewis Harrington and four grandchildren.
 
Mary Yale
The Morning Sun, Oct. 16, 1901
Oxford [Chenango Co., NY]:  The death of Mrs. Mary Yale, well known among residents of Oxford, occurred yesterday morning at the Chenango Valley home at Norwich.  Funeral services were held there at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon and the remains brought to Oxford for burial; a brief service being held at the grave in Riverview cemetery.  Mrs. Yale was eighty years of age, being born at Yaleville, town of Guilford, and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Yale.  She was married to Elem Yale, and they made their home during the years of his life at Smithville, Oxford and Bainbridge.  After his death at the latter place, Mrs. Yale lived for a time at Stewart, Ill, and finally returning to Oxford resided with relatives here until 1898, when she entered the Chenango Valley home at Norwich, a private institution which affords a home for aged women who are not without means.  Of a son and daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Yale in their early married life, neither are living; and the continuity of their family line met with an untimely termination in the death of Miss Jessie White, a granddaughter, which occurred in this village a few years ago.  Mrs. Yale 's surviving relatives are two brothers Benjamin Yale of Brooklyn and Fred Yale of Mt. Upton and a sister Mrs. F.P. Newkirk of this village.
 
John C. Toby
Bainbridge Republican, November 26, 1925
John C. Toby, a well known citizen of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] died suddenly early Wednesday afternoon at the age of 66.  For some years Mr. Toby had been troubled with leakage of the heart.  About ten days ago while repairing the roof he was attacked with a severe pain in the region of his heart.  He was confined to the bed for several days but on Wednesday morning he felt much better and was about the house.  After eating his dinner he felt tired and lying down he expired immediately.  Mr. Toby had lived in Bainbridge for thirty years or more coming from Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] where he was born.  He married Miss Bessie Humphrey of Bainbridge who with one daughter, Esther Toby, recently elected town clerk, survive.  he was the son of Martin Toby, of Guilford.  Two brothers Uriah, of Bainbridge and Martin Toby occupying the Toby homestead farm at Guilford and one sister Mrs. Willard Bradley of Bainbridge also survive.  Mr. Toby was well known by the public for he had officiated as clerk in several stores of this village for many years and was a most agreeable courteous and likable gentleman.  He was a member of the Presbyterian church this village to which he gave a great deal of attention   he was highly regarded and respected and shared in the good will of the community.  His sudden death has caused the expression of a great deal of sympathy to the bereaved family and friends.  The funeral services will be held at the home on Pearl street at one o'clock Saturday and at the Presbyterian church at 1:30 o'clock.  Rev. Charles G. Cady will conduct this service and interment will be made in Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, NY]. 
 
Leila Albrecht Peckham
The Guilford News, March 23, 1932
The community was shocked to receive the sad news Saturday morning of the death of Mrs. Leila Albrecht Peckham, wife of Jack Peckham, of East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].  Death occurred Friday evening at 7 o'clock at the Bainbridge hospital, where she was taken Sunday night ill with pneumonia.  Leila and Jack Peckham had been married eighteen years this month.  To them had come six children, the oldest daughter, Doris, having died Feb. 8, 1927, five years ago, there remaining three daughters and two sons.  Surviving are one sister, Mrs. W. Pearsall of  Holmesville, two brothers, Leon of Delhi and Harold Albrecht of Norwich.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the residence at East Guilford, the Rev. Cecil Plumb officiating.  She is a niece of Willis Thompson of Guilford.
 
 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Obituaries (May 16)

Ivon Steward
Utica Saturday Globe, May 12, 1906

Ivon Steward

After a painful illness extending over a period of six months, Ivon Steward passed away at his home in Kirk [Chenango Co., NY] on Friday morning of last week, aged 26.  He was born and had always lived in Kirk, and was a most exemplary young man.  He bore his long illness with great patience and though he suffered intensely, his sunny disposition never deserted him, but he had a smile and a kind word for all who visited him.  Besides his invalid father, Ira Steward, he is survived by his mother, one brother, Carey H. Steward, of Kirk, and one sister, Mrs. Eutis Silvernail, of Cincinnatus.  A host of friends mourn his death.  His funeral on Sunday afternoon from the family home was largely attended, burial being made at South Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY].

Earl Eastwood & Charles Reynolds
Bainbridge Republican, October 25, 1928
Two of four O.&W. section men were fatally hurt when the "speeder" on which they were following the Oswego express train 1, crashed into the rear of the train which stopped unexpectedly at Parker, a flag station, Saturday afternoon, to let off a passenger.  The men were bound for their homes in Guilford, two miles farther north, and it is said that none of them knew that the train had stopped until they smashed into it.  An investigation is being made.  The train took the injured men aboard and brought them to Norwich.  Earl Eastwood, 39, died while being taken from the train to a waiting ambulance.  Charles Reynolds, 38, died from a broken back at 9:45 Sunday morning at  the Chenango Memorial Hospital where a younger brother, Frank Reynolds, 33, has a fractured hip and uncertain chest injuries.  The men were attended by Doctors Thomas F. Manley and William E. Hartigan of Norwich and Dr. A.H. Evans of Guilford who accompanied them to the hospital. Earl Palmer, 40, was thrown clear off the car and fell stunned but only slightly hurt in the ditch by the side of the track.  The body of Eastwood was prepared for burial at the undertaking rooms of Lawrence & Devine at Norwich.  A prayer service in the home at Guilford was followed by services in the Methodist Church at which the Revs. S.S. Crispell and J.W. Bump of Guilford officiated. Besides his wife. he leaves three boys, Francis, Kennets and Howard' his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Eastwood of Guilford Center; a brother, William Eastwood of Port Royal, N.Y., and a sister, Mrs. Alonzo DeVoe of Oxford.  He was born August 11, 1880, at Chadwicks.  The body of Charles Reynolds was taken in charge by Undertakers Carl & Hare of Sidney. Besides his wife Reynolds is said to leave four children.

Dr. Charles W. Spencer
Bainbridge Republican, October 25, 1928
Dr. Charles W. Spencer, for many years a practitioner of his profession, dental surgery, in this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Afton and Sidney, passed away at his home on Main street, Sidney [Delaware Co., NY] Saturday Oct. 12, 1928, at one o'clock at the age of 80 years, the immediate cause of his death being an attack of the grippe.  Dr Spencer had not been in good health for the past 12 years, he having largely discontinued the practice of his profession at least 15 years ago, after an attack of illness at that time, although he did continue to do work for parties who would call for his services up until a few years ago.  Following complete retirement, he still kept his office in the Spencer block intact, even up to the last.  Dr. Spencer was highly respected by every one.  Dr. Spencer was the son of Eleazer and Caroline (Chapin) Spencer, who were among the original settlers of the Unadilla Valley, the family being early settlers in what is now the village of Rockdale. He was descended from revolutionary stock, his grandfather being a lieutenant in the War of '76, the family at that time being located in Albany county.  He was born in the town of Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY], and in 1889, while practicing his profession in Bainbridge, was united in marriage to Miss Rachelle Birdsall of Addison.  About 25 years ago he and his wife moved from Bainbridge to Sidney where they have since resided.  The funeral services were held at the home in Sidney Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, and owing to the illness of Mrs. Spencer, were private.  The services were in charge of Rev. Father Hogg of St. Paul's Episcopal church; the Interment was in Prospect Hill cemetery [Sidney, NY]. Besides the wife, Mr. Spencer is survived by two brothers, Frank Spencer of Franklin, and Fred Spencer, of Sidney; one sister Mrs. John Brooking of Star, Texas, and a number of nephews and nieces.  To the family the sympathy of a large circle of friends is extended.

Emma Whiting
Bainbridge Republican, September 18, 1930
Mrs. Emma Whiting died Wednesday night at the Bainbridge Hospital.  A few days ago she was found in an unconscious condition at her home on East Main street.  She was removed to the hospital.  Mrs. Whiting had been in poor health for some time.  She was the daughter of the late William Payne who moved to Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] from Guilford forty years ago.  Only distant relatives survive.  Mr Whiting died ten years ago and both brothers Charles and William Payne have since died.

Edna Wilcox Kinney
The Guilford News, March 23, 1932
Mrs. Edna Kinney, widow of Morrell Kinney, died Monday afternoon, March 14, 1932, in the University hospital, Syracuse, at the age of 62 years.  A week previous Mrs. Kinney  underwent an operation from which she failed to rally.  Mrs. Kinney was born in 1870 in West Eaton [Madison Co., NY], the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wilcox and married Morrell Kinney of Guilford.  Many of her married years were spent in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].  After the death of her husband, she continued for several years in the coal business her husband had conducted, rearing her children and educating them in Guilford Union school.  Later she made her home in Hamilton, N.Y.  She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal church, the Hamilton chapter of O.E.S., and of the Madison chapter of D.A.R.  For the past year she has made her home with her son, Roland Kinney, who is principal of the Georgetown school.  In addition to the above mentioned son, she is survived by two other sons, Harold of Troy and Paul of Tilton, N.H.;  two daughters, Mrs. Victor Berrard of Hartford, Conn., and Mrs. Roland Mauch of Neptune City, N.J.; three sisters, Mrs. J.B. Jones of West Eaton, Mrs. Jesse Jones and Miss Luella Wilcox of Chestnut Hill, Mass., and seven grandchildren.  Funeral services were held from the Episcopal church in Hamilton at 10:30 Friday morning, with Rev. Samuel F. Burhous officiating.  Interment was in Sunset Hill cemetery, Guilford.  Many former friends and old neighbors paid their last respects to one who will always be remembered by those who knew her as she was laid to rest.

 

Marriages (May 16)

Benedict - Sherwood
Utica Saturday Globe, June 30, 1906
 
 
Mr. Wayne G. and Erma B. (Sherwood) Benedict

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  An early morning wedding occurred at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Sherwood, 19 Division street, on Saturday of last week when their only daughter Erma B. Sherwood, was married to Wayne G. Benedict.  The ceremony as performed by Rev. John L. Ray, Ph. D., pastor of the Frist Baptist Church.  Only a few very intimate friends were present, the guests being:  Miss Minnie Tanner, Agnes Kingsley, Bertha Goodwin and Harriet Wilcox, of this place, Misses Bessie Stalwood and Lilah Johnson, of Syracuse, and Miss Sarah Harpur of Harpursville, and Addison E. Benedict, a brother of the groom.  The bride was gowned in cream crepe de chine over taffeta.  After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served. The decorations throughout the house were simple and effectively arranged, special attention being given the parlor where the ceremony was celebrated. There were many appropriate wedding gifts.  Both bride and groom were popular at the universities form which they have just graduated, the former from Syracuse and the latter, with especial honors, from Colgate and both have been active in church and social circles.  Many good wishes followed them as they started out overland on their honeymoon trip, driving to Greene.  After a period of camp life at Lakeview they will continue their trip to Cortland, Ithaca and Harpursville.  In the fall they will go to Brookfield where Mr. Benedict will become principal of the High School.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Obituaries (May 15)

Helen D. Lewis
Utica Saturday Globe, May 12, 1906
 

Mrs. Helen D. Lewis
 
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Helen D. Lewis, wife of Herman Lewis, died Saturday, May 5, at her home in Hammondsport, N.Y.  Mrs. Lewis was born in Norwich, October 26, 1845, and lived her whole life in this section with the exception of six years' residence at Portage, Livingston county, and the last two years of her life in her pleasant home at Hammondsport, near Lake Keuka.  She had been a patient sufferer for three years, but through all this time she uttered no word of complaint, but sought to lighten the cares of her family and loved ones.  She was a faithful member of the Free Methodist Church in this village and always took great interest in all church works. She is survived by her husband and four children, Mrs. Florence Van Gelder and Lorenzo H. Lewis, of Hammondsport; Mrs. Warren Clark, of Schenectady and Neil D. Lewis, of this place.  She is also survived by two brothers and five sisters, Freeman and Albert Burlingame and Mrs. William Curnalia, of Springvale; Mrs. Porter Elliott, of Mt. Upton; Mrs. G.H. Johnson, Mrs. Addie Bates and Mrs. Harris Lewis, of Norwich.  The remains were brought to Norwich Monday and the funeral was held from the home of Harris Lewis, on Division street, Tuesday afternoon.  Her nephew, Rev. G. Frank Johnson, officiated, assisted by Rev.  Ira Bingham.  A quartet consisting of two nephews, Fred L. Johnson and C. Walter Bates, and Rev. Ira Bingham and William Philley, sang three sacred songs selected by the deceased.  Four nephews, Charles E. Johnson, W.A.Lewis, Devillo Curnalia and Eugene Bates, acted as bearers. Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].
 
George Bulkeley
1814 - 1881
George Bulkeley, of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], died at his residence on Monday, April 10, 1881, aged sixty-seven years.  He was born in Coventry, N.Y., Nov. 20, 1814, and lived upon the homestead where he was born till his death.  He was the son of Brownell Bulkeley, who came to Coventry in the year 1808.  The chasm death has made in this instance is widely and deeply felt;  but most by those who knew and loved him best.  He was a man of unpretentious nature; with a mind well disciplined and unusually clear and logical.  he possessed cultivated tastes and courteous manners.  He was patriotic, public spirited, hospitable and faithful in the discharge of duty.  He was benevolent in the support of the gospel and other good work.  In his daily walk he was pure and gentle, self-sacrificing and full of charity.  The memory of his wise words of counsel, the force of his good example, the fragrance of his pure character, will long be remembered, and give him an honored record.  Through his long and painful sickness he relied for strength upon his Saviour to sustain him;  and with wonderful patience bore suffering till he heard the Master's summons to come home.  He leaves a wife, son and daughter, and a large circle of friends to mourn.  His funeral was attended at the Congregational Church, at Coventry; Rev. H.C. Cronin, of Hamilton, officiating.
 
David Devine
Bainbridge Republican, May 17, 1873
The Binghamton Times of the 12th says:  "While people were going home from church, an old man was observed sitting on the steps near Stratton's saloon, apparently in a dying condition.  A crowd gathered around him and he was carried into Smith's drug store and revived.  He was evidently on the verge of the grave from the effects of consumption.  From his broken sentences, was obtained an outline of what had transpired in the previous twenty-four hours.  It seems he had always been a working man, and had, at one time, owned a farm.  He spoke of his daughter, who was the last of his family and had been educated by him and finally she died leaving him alone in the world.  For many years he had lived in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], working at laying stone, ditching and all kinds of farm work.  He had also worked in Corning and other places.  He mentioned the name of James Moore, and others with whom he had worked, the names being recognized by some of our citizens.  He said he rode 16 miles in an open wagon, Saturday, and reached this city without money Saturday evening;  he remained all night in the frightful Erie depot, and had no food; supported by his cane, and stopping five times on his way to rest his failing limbs, he tottered up Chenango street and finally sank entirely exhausted upon the steps and was taken care of as above mentioned. Credit is due to the humanity of those connected with Smith's drug store while he was there, and also to Assessor DeVoe who made a collection of over $5.00 for the unfortunate old stranger.  He is about sixty years of age, and his countenance indicates that at best could live but a few days.  He complained greatly of his lungs and said his limbs felt very numb and cold.  He was taken to the Lewis House by deputy sheriff Black and will be forwarded to his destination, Oxford, on an early train this morning, if he is living and able to go.  His name is David Devine. "
 
The unfortunate man was a resident of Oxford several years ago, and also had resided in Guilford.  He arrived in Oxford Monday evening, and was kindly cared for at the Rogers house, and next day assisted to Guilford, where he desired to go.
 
Utica Daily Observer, May 29. 1873
The old man, David Devine, of whom we made mention some time since, died at the Poor House [Preston, Chenango Co., NY] on Monday night of last week.  It seems he was taken there instead of Guilford.

Elizabeth L. (Root) Ives
1832 - 1909
Mrs. Chester Ives (Miss Elizabeth L. Root) was born at Guilford, Root's Corner, N.Y. [Chenango Co.], Sept 10, 1832, married Mr. Chester Ives and came to live at Ives' Settlement, Mar. 28, 1854.  She was originally a member of the Methodist church at Guilford, but connected herself with the Congregational church of Guilford Center, the next year.  Mr. Ives came to live in Bainbridge in 1888.  The writer became the pastor of the Congregational church of Guilford Center in 1863, when the church had 200 members.  Among these were Mr. and Mrs. Chester Ives, who with quite a number of young married people were the active ones in the church and Sabbath School.  She was regular in attendance on the Sabbath and at the monthly church meeting.  She was very thoughtful of her pastor and showed many kindnesses to him and his wife and family, often taking one of the children into her home and making her happy therein.  After removing to Bainbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Ives united with the Presbyterian church here.  Mrs. Ives attended church the Sabbath before her last sickness, June 6th, was taken sick in the evening of June 8th, having a stroke of apoplexy, and died before 12 the same night.  It was a sudden call, but she was ready to go and be at rest with the Lord. Mr. and Mrs. Ives had passed together a long married life of 55 years.  The writer can testify to the loving character of Mrs. Ives as a wife, as a mother, and as a friend.  May the good Lord comfort the husband, the son and his family.  A friend and former pastor--S. McNeil Keeler.  [Buried Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]

Adeline Mead
1836 - 1911
The funeral services of Miss Adeline Mead, who died Tuesday, March 21, after a long illness were held Friday afternoon at the residence of W.H. Neff, conducted by Rev. H .W. Little, and were largely attended.  Miss Mead was a life long resident of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], 75 years of age, and for many years had made her home with her niece, Mrs. Neff.  She was a member of Christ's church, and devoted to its interests.  She will be missed not only in the church and home circle but by a large number of friends for her faithfulness and cheerfulness.  The interment was made in Sunset Hill cemetery [Guilford, NY].  Besides her nephew and nieces she is survived by a brother, Henry Mead, of Oxford, and a sister, Mrs. Hayden of Viola, Iowa.

Blanche Edsell Baker
ca 1874 - 1911
The body of Blanche Edsell Baker, wife of A.W. Baker of Walton [Delaware Co., NY], will be brought here for burial Thursday.  The services will be held in the Methodist church at 11:30 conducted by Rev. Mr. Tucker of Walton, and burial takes place in Sunset Hill cemetery [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. and Mrs. Baker were former Guilford residents. Mrs. Baker died Monday evening from pneumonia, aged 37 years.  Besides her husband she is survived by three daughters and a son.

Rufus E. Ives
1889 - 1911
The news of the illness of Rufus E. Ives, a Junior in Colgate University was received here last week.  His father, Alfred H. Ives left Thursday for Hamilton and at first, reports were encouraging.  But later, notwithstanding the care of physicians and trained nurses, he sank rapidly and death occurred Friday morning at three o'clock from heart failure.  The father returned Friday and the sad news of the sudden death was a shock to the community.  Although the fever had raged more or less in Hamilton for four weeks, this was the first death from that cause.  The bereaved family and friends have the sympathy of many hearts in their affliction. The body was brought home Saturday noon, accompanied by Dr. Huntington of the University faculty, John Larvey and another student. The casket was laden with floral tributes from Colgate friends.  The burial took place in the Ives Settlement cemetery [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY] and a private service was held at the Ives home, conducted by Rev. A.C. Salls of the Congregational church.  A special memorial service will be held in the church Easter Sunday.   Mr. Ives was the son of Alfred H. and Lucy Bromley Ives and was 22 years of age.  he was a graduate of the Guilford Union School, Sidney High School and had nearly completed three years at Colgate.  He was a young man of much promise and the future had a bright outlook.  He had planned to enter the ministry for his life work.  He was not only a good student, but possessed many sterling qualities of character which endeared him to many friends. Rev. Mr. Axtell of Hamilton, who conducted the service there, referred to him as one on whom he could always depend, foremost in every good work.  One of the members of his college class paid him this tribute:  "The whole class loved him."  Besides his parents he is survived by two sisters, Misses Hope and Ada Ives, and a brother, Stuart Ives.

In Memoriam -Rufus Elnathan Ives
Many friends in Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], as well as the entire community in  his home town, were shocked with the news of the going away of Rufus E. Ives, a former student in the Sidney High School.  After a brief six days illness of scarlet fever and a brave fight for life, the angels came and transferred this conscientious student and sincere Christian young man, a junior at Colgate University at Hamilton, to that "far better" country to continue his studies and his work for the king of kings.  His father was summoned to his bedside on Wednesday and everything that science and sympathy could do was done but the end of his earthly life came in the early morning hours of Friday, March 24th.  Brief services were held at Hamilton, Saturday morning and the body was laid to rest in the Ives Settlement cemetery surrounded by a saddened community in the afternoon.  The profusion of flowers during his illness and surrounding all that was mortal evidence the place Mr. Ives held in the hearts of his college mates, the societies of the church where he worked for the master and those who had known him from infancy.  A delegation from the college consisting of a member of the Faculty and two students, accompanied the body to its last resting place. Rufus graduated from the Guilford Union School in 1906 after which he attended the Sidney High School, graduating in 1908.  His studies at Colgate were in preparation for the work of preaching for which he seemed especially fitted.  Memorial services are to be held at the Congregational church in Guilford Centre on Easter Sunday.  Many of his college friends expect to attend.  He is survived by his father, Mr. Alfred Ives, his mother, Mrs. Lucy Bromley Ives, two sisters, Hope and Ada Ives, students in the Sidney High School and a younger brother, Stewart. While attending school in Sidney he made his home with his grandmother, Mrs. Rufus S. Ives, to whom he was as a son.  Many letters and expressions of sympathy and appreciation have been received by the friends.  His pastor at Hamilton says:  "If Rufus had never done any good before coming to Hamilton, he has done a life's work here."  A member of the Faculty at Colgate said:  "His accounts, no matter what time of day, were always balanced."  A thorough student, an earnest Christian, devout, conscientious, consecrated, one who never complained at hard work, patient, cheerful, his going from this life so young seems almost a calamity, Surely "the ways of God are past finding out."

In our school circles the death of Rufus E. Ives caused deep sorrow.  He was a member of the graduating Class '08 and was highly esteemed for his earnest, studious ways, his gentleness and uniform courtesy to all.  His was a life governed by high principles.  Had he lived, Mr. Ives would have proved an honor to the ministry, his chosen profession and field for future work.