Saturday, August 1, 2015

Obituaries (August 1)

Richard Cole
Utica Saturday Globe, April 1901
Richard Cole

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At his home on Front street Tuesday afternoon occurred the death of Richard Cole, for over half a century a resident of this village, aged 69.  On March 26 he suffered a stroke of paralysis and remained in an unconscious condition until his death.  Mr. Cole was born in England in 1832 and was the eldest child of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Cole.  He came to this country when 2 years of age with his mother, the father having come a short time before.  On the voyage over, the ship on which she took passage was wrecked and the mother lost all of her possessions except her son.  The family came to Norwich about 1836, since which time, except for a short period when he resided in Plymouth, Mr. Cole had always lived in Norwich.  He was a mason by trade and until the last few years, when ill health prevented, had always followed that calling.  He was a veteran of the civil war and a member of E.B. Smith Post. G.A.R.  In 1856 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Cunningham who with three sons, Frank, George and William, of this village, survive.  Another son, Herman, died two years ago.  He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Fannie M. Eldredge and Mrs. Mary A. King of this village. His funeral will be held from his late home this (Friday) afternoon.  Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  The services at the cemetery will be conducted by E.B. Smith Post, G.A.R.

Olny Winsor
Bainbridge Republican, April 16, 1880
Mr. Olny Winsor was attacked with his third apoplectic stroke one week ago Saturday last, and lay in an unconscious state till Monday of this week, when he died.  Mr. Winsor was well known and respected throughout this section, as an industrious and honorable man, having passed nearly his whole life in the vicinity where he died   His age was 63 years.  He left two sons and two daughters, all living in this town, save one, Mrs. Rudd, who resides in Waterville, Madison Co.  The remains were interred in the Episcopal burial ground on Wednesday, Rev. D.N. Grummon officiating at the funeral obsequies. 

Chauncy Thompson & Fred Hager
Bainbridge Republican, April 30, 1880
For the second time during the present academic year, have we, as a school, been called upon to mourn the death of one of our most promising students and companions  On Thursday of last week, Mr. Chauncy Thompson died at the residence of his brother in Sidney Plains.  Mr. Thompson was but twenty years of age at the time of his death, and was well known in this community.  For upwards of five terms he had diligently pursued his studies, and had but recently left school in order to enter the employment of our postmaster, Mr. Nichols.  On Saturday, the 17th inst., he was taken suddenly ill, and left on the evening train for Sidney.  Upon arriving there, he was so weak that it was with difficulty that he reached the home of his brother  Medical aid was promptly administered, but nothing could stay the hand of the destroyer; after five days of intense suffering, Death closed the scene.  The death of Mr. Thompson is a sad coincidence.  Last August, he, in company with Mr. Fred Hager, registered as members of our teachers' class.  They were of nearly the same age, both the youngest sons of aged parents, and both were residents of Masonville [Delaware Co., NY].  They roomed together, and were apparently in the enjoyment of perfect health.  In company they worked until nearly the close of the term, when Mr.  Hager, feeling unwell, requested a short leave of absence.  Too well we remember the afternoon he left us.  Little did we think that he would never return, yet such proved the case.  He was stricken with typhoid fever and died after a wasting sickness of four weeks  Mr. Thompson continued with us during the winter, little thinking that he would so soon be summoned to join the companion whose death he mourned.  As students and teachers we shall ever remember them.  Surely the ways of Providence are past finding out, yet we know that "He doeth all things well."  Their studies and labors are now unseen by us; however, we believe that, united they are today in the enjoyment of better privileges than earth affords.  As a school we tender our deep sympathy to the parents of the deceased.  With them we mourn.  Verily we have been shown that youth and health have no promise of long life, and we trust that this solemn warning, so sadly remembered, may be of profit to us all.  W.D.G.
Jared A. Redfield
Bainbridge Republican, June 11, 1880
The death of Archibald Robertson, one of Elmira's most honored citizens, is closely followed by the demise of Jared A. Redfield, which occurred in this city, Sunday evening, June 6th, at his late residence in the 65th year of his age.  His decease will be lamented by all.  He was born in Bainbridge, Chenango county.  Mr. Redfield was a well known railroad man, but for the last four years she had been an invalid, having suffered from paralysis, a recent attack accelerating his death.  he was for many years Superintendent of the local division of the Northern Central Railroad, preceding in that responsible office the present Superintendent, Mr. Robert Neilson.  Mrs. Redfield and three adult children survive the husband and father.  Of the deceased it may be truly said, he was loved by his family, prized by the community, and he leaves to the bereaved ones the heritage of an honorable name.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at the family residence, No. 668 Park Place--Elmira Advertiser, 7th inst.

Corning Journal, June 11, 1880
Jared A. Redfield died in Elmira, on Sunday, aged sixty-four years.  He was a native of Bainbridge, Chenango county, and became a merchant in Corning in 1840, continuing in business for several years.  In December 1849, at the extension of the Erie Railroad through Corning, he became the Station Agent, and subsequently was Station Agent at Hornellsville, and was actively engaged in the extension of the railroad to Dunkirk, which village was reached in May 1851.  His marked qualificaitons as a "railroad man" led to his being appointed Superintendent of the Conhocton Valley Railroad, which was constructed in 1852-3, running from Corning to Buffalo.  He discharged the duties with rare efficiency until 1856, when he was appointed Superintendent of the Canandaigua & Elmira, and Elmira & Williamsport Railroads, and he then removed to Elmira.  When these became the property of the Northern Central Railroad Company of Pennsylvania, he continued either as Superintendent or General Manager, till four years ago, when he was suddenly prostrated by paralysis.  After some months he partially recovered the use of the paralyzed limbs of one side, and could sit up for most of the day,but there was no restoration to health  He could ride out, and could converse with family and friends, retaining a lively interest in general news, as the daily papers were read to him, when he could endure the excitement and fatigue. For a year past he has been quite comfortable; but a paralytic attack of the other side, a week before his death, destroyed all hopes of even partial recovery.  At no time since the first attack had there been any reason to expect that he would ever again engage in the pursuits of an active life.  During this tedious and exceedingly trying period of four years, (for one who was noted for his constant activity and energy) he was remarkably submissive, and he was sustained in this extreme trial by the consolations of religion.  He awaited with sure confiednece, the final result, and thus he exemplified the faith of a devout Christian.  He became a member of the Presbyterian Church of Painted Post (now Corning) in 1836, previous to the founding of the village of Corning. As a resident of the village for sixteen years preceding 1856, he was one of the most wide-awake citizens; always influential in anything projected for the interest of Corning.  He was naturally a leader of those whose opinions on politics, church matters, village improvements, or social interests harmonized with his views.  He was a valuable member of the Presbyterian Chruch, and was Trustee or Elder of most of the time of his residence.  As Superintendent of the Conhocton Valley Railroad he won an excellent reputation   He was sagacious, energetic, careful and persistent.  His employees, of all grades, respected him as a very capable and efficient officer, and those whose duties brought them into intimate relations became greatly attached ot him.  He held the employees to strict responsibility, as was necessary, but aimed to be always kind and just; and if, from his naturally impulsive temperament, his characteristic "push," he found that he erred by undeserved censure, he was prompt to correct the error.  We understand that during his career of twenty years as Superintendent or General Manager, at Elmira, the same record was made, and thus he was conspicuous as a "railroad official."  He was never ashamed of his religious professions, and was thus prompt to speak or to act.....deserved censure, he was prompt to correct the error.  We understand that during his career of twenty years a Superintendent or General Manager, at Elmira, the same record was made, and thus he was conspicuous as a "railroad official."  He was never ashamed of his religious professions, and was thus prompt to speak or to act as occasion offered.  While bearing weighty responsibilities he did not neglect the weeky prayer meeting, and was for a series of years a Sunday School Superintendent, in Corning, and subsequently in Elmira.  His first wife was Miss Mary Hayt, daughter of Dr. John C. Hayt, deceased, of Corning.  He was married to her in 1838, and she died in 1854.  He was married at Elmira about the year 1857, to Miss Anna C. Rose, sister of E.S. Rose, deceased, formerly of Corning.  She died in 1872 and in 1873 he married the widow of his brother, Sayre Redfield, of Elmira.  She survives him, and there are also, surviving, three children by his first wife, viz.:  Miss Stella Redfield, Henry S. Redfield, (law partner of George M. Diven) and Mrs. Ernestine French (wife of Horace French, of Elmira).  His oldest daughter, Miss Irene Redfield, a lovely young lady, died in March 1861.  His funeral was very largely attended on Tuesday.  Remarks were made by Rev Dr. Curtis W. C--?-- (for a dozen years his pastor at Elmira) and by Rev. Mr. Clark, Pastor of the 2d Presbyterian Chruch, of which deceased was a member.  Both ministers spoke in high terms of his Christian zeal and usefulness.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bainbridge, NY in 1830

Bainbridge Fifty Years Ago [1830]
Bainbridge Republican,  August 6, 1880

We had the pleasure, a few days ago, of an interview with John Cudworth, father of J.W. Cudworth, the well-known jeweler, formerly of this place.  Mr. Cudworth is now a resident of Cortland county, but makes an occasional visit to Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] to renew early acquaintances, and note the growth of our beautiful village.  In the course of our conversation, Mr. Cudworth related his recollection of the premature discharge of a canon in this village, fifty-one years ago, while it was being tried preparatory to its use on "Independence Day."  The gun was placed about where Frisbie's drug store now stands, pointing towards the lower side of the green, in the direction of the Presbyterian church, the foundation walls of which were then being laid.  Dr. Isaac Knapp and Elisha Sharp were loading the gun, and Orrin Jacobs, of this village, now one of our oldest inhabitants, was thumbing the vent.  The ramrod of the gun being lost, a substitute was employed in the shape of a rough stick. Before the charge had been half "rammed home," the powder ignited and blew nearly everyone about down to the ground.  Dr. Knapp's arm was blown to shreds to the elbow, three of his fingers being found, several rods away, the cords leading to the elbow attached thereto.  His arm was amputated above the elbow.  Elisha Sharp's hand was taken off at the wrist, and blown to shreds, the thumb bone leading from the second joint to the wrist, being found near the Presbyterian church foundation, under a huge toad, who had taken possession of it as a perch.  John Reece, a German, who was standing nearly in front of the gun, was knocked senseless and had his clothing filled with splinters from the shivered ramrod, but was not bodily injured and soon recovered.  Mr. Jacobs says he was knocked down, and when he recovered he saw men picking themselves up all around him.  The accident occurred on the 2d day of July [1829].
Mr. Cudworth worked that season on the foundation walls of the Presbyterian church and his recollection of the village and its inhabitants is remarkable.  He remembers that the tree that was blown down two years ago in front of Dr. Frisbie's residence was set out that season with several others by Isaac Mudge, who then resided near there, and kept a tin shop adjacent to his residence.  There were also at that time on the same street, a clothing store and a hatter, which shows considerable change in the business center of our village.  The Episcopal was the only church standing at that time, of which Rev. Adams was the clergyman; the old Presbyterian church had been torn down to give place for the erection of the new edifice.  Rev. William Pratt was the pastor of the latter church.
Speaking of accidents at that time, Mr. Cudworth recalled one that occurred at Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY], when some logs at a sawmill became displaced on a side hill by a party of children playing around them, and two of the logs rolled over a ten-year-old boy name Allen Corbin, killing him instantly.  The Evans sawmill was then standing, although there were no steam mills of any kind established.
Of the old residents that Mr. Cudworth remembers, there are now living but very few, among whom are Col. R.W. Juliand, Jehiel Evans, Orrin Jacobs, Reuben Kirby, Daniel Campbell, and Philo Kirby--Of attorneys then, there were but two--John C. Clark and Wm. S. Sayre, the latter having been dead but a few months.  Of physicians there were but three--Drs. Purple, Knapp and Nichols.  Mr. Cudworth had considerable to say also in regard to the great improvement in our school system, and school buildings during the last half century. As an illustration of the health-destroying, back-breaking seats then in vogue, he remembers of an inspector saying at that time in an address that he should like to cry "murder!" in the door of every school house in the land.
If we had space to chronicle the many scenes and reminiscences spoken of by the old gentleman it would be an interesting chapter to the present generation, but we have already transgressed on our space and must close.  Mr. Cudworth is a well-preserved man, and is as vigorous in his seventy-three years as a man of sixty.

Marriages (July 31)

Stanton - Thompson
Utica Saturday Globe, June 1901

Clinton D. and Mabel (Thompson) Stanton

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  A pretty wedding occurred at the home of ex-School Commissioner Dennis Thompson, in Beaver Meadow [Chenango Co., NY] Wednesday evening, when his daughter, Mabel Thompson, was united in marriage to Clinton D. Stanton, of Norwich.  The house was tastefully decorated with ferns and cut flowers and the ceremony was performed under an arch of evergreen by Rev. John L. Ray, of Norwich, in the presence of about 40 invited guests.  The bridesmaid was Miss Ada Kingsley, of Pitcher, and H. Morgan acted as best man.  Mason Aldrich, of Plymouth, and Charles Thompson, of South Otselic, were the ushers.  Miss Lavonia Stanton presided at the piano.  The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stanton of Plymouth, and has been a resident of this village for several years, having a responsible position in the feed store of R.D. Eaton on East Main street.  His bride is a charming and accomplished young lady and is popular among a large circle of friends.  Mr. and Mrs. Stanton left on the night train for a bridal trip to Buffalo and Niagara Falls and on their return they will reside in this village.
Mr. & Mrs. Devillo W. Waters
Chenango Union, June 26, 1872
Mr. Devillo W. Waters and wife, of North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], had their tin wedding, on Tuesday evening of this week.  They were married on the 18th of June, 1862, and after ten years of happy wedded life the event is recalled by the assembling of a large number of the friends and relatives of the bride and groom of ten years.  It was a large party, and about 160 tin gifts presented--some quite valuable--among them a fine chamber set.  The refreshment table was splendidly and bountifully spread, good music furnished for the dancers, and all went as merry as the first marriage bell.  May the silver and gold follow as happily--Sherburne News.
Eldridge - West
Chenango Union, July 24, 1872
There are times and circumstances in life when neighbors and friends come together which so strongly and beautifully develop the nobler aspirations of the soul, that they make bright and lasting impressions upon the mind, and give us faith in human nature.  Such a season we enjoyed July 3d, 1872, at North Pitcher [Chenango County, NY] on the occasion of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the wedding day of David P. Eldridge and Betsey West.  They have lived in the society in which they were married, loved and respected by all, a fact which was pleasantly manifested by all present.  Two couples were there who attended their wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Smith, of Pitcher, and Mr. and Mrs. Ira Hyde, of Cattaraugus Co.  Mr. Hyde made some pleasant remarks in relation to their wedding.  Mr. and Mrs. C. West of Madison Co., the only surviving brother of Mrs. E., were there to participate in the festivities of the reunion of the family.  The weather was extremely warm, but the guests were made very comfortable by the erection of a green bower adjoining the house and seated for the day; tokens of love and esteem found expression in the presents which were freely bestowed, amounting to one hundred and eighty-five dollars, all in cash except twenty-six.  The presentation to the happy pair was made by their son, the Rev. E.P. Eldridge, of the Wyoming Conference, in a speech full of love to his aged parents, who gracefully thanked those present for their kind regard to his father and mother as manifested in the gifts bestowed, and asked Heaven's blessing upon them.  Rev. A. C. Smith then addressed them in congratulation of their long and happy journey thus far in life, amid such friends as these surrounding them, and true and faithful sons ever ready to attend to the calls of their venerated parents, and of the glorious future that awaits them.  Though there were three vacant seats in the family circle, he trusted there might not be in that upper and better home.  Both addresses were replete with the spirit of the master and love to their brother man.  All the sons with their wives were at home to make glad the hearts of their loved and devoted parents.  The entire family are good singers, and with the aid of Miss E.J. Smith and A.D. Eldridge upon the organ, the company were highly entertained with good music; and when they sang, "All together once again," it was rendered as only the Eldridge family can sing it.  It filled all hearts present with pure and holy joy in contemplation of that better home beyond the stars. The repast was splendid, full to overflowing, and those that partook of the bounty will long remember its completeness. It was a scene not soon to be forgotten to look upon the smiling faces and sparkling eyes which so plainly expressed the spirit of the great Teacher. May the happy couple that called us together on that delightful occasion live many years to enjoy the society of children and friends, and so live that at each setting sun they many say, "All is well," and feel that they are:
Nearer our Father's house,
Where the many mansions be,
Nearer the great white throne,
Nearer the crystal sea.
And so beside the silent son,
We wait the muted oar
No harm from him can come to us,
On ocean or on shore.
Pitcher, July 16, 1872--N.P.H.

Obituaries (July 31)

John Bolger
Utica Saturday Globe, March 1901

John Bolger
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  A telegram received Monday announced the death at the Binghamton State Hospital of John Bolger, of this village, aged 41.  The remains were brought here Tuesday afternoon and taken to the residence of his brother, Michael Bolger, on Mitchell street, where funeral services were held Thursday morning at 9:30 and from St. Paul's Church at 10 o'clock, Rev. Father John A. Hart officiating.  Burial was made in St. Paul's Cemetery [Norwich, NY].  Deceased was born in Enniscorthy, Ireland, and came to this country at the age of 12.  Excepting a few years that he worked in Hamilton and Hubbardsville, he had made his home here with his bother, James, following the occupation of farming most of the time, excepting brief periods when he was employed in the Maydole hammer factory and the Ontario & Western Railroad shops.  He was an intelligent, industrious and faithful workman and made many friends.   His health failed about three years ago and two years ago his removal to Binghamton became necessary.  he was never married.  He is survived by his two brothers, James and Michael, and three sisters, Mrs. Edward Stokes, Mrs. Thomas Cox and Mrs. Michael O'Brien, all of this village.
Charles Ayrault
Chenango Union, June 15, 1872
The people of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] and vicinity were shocked, on Monday afternoon the 19th inst., by the announcement that Charles Ayrault, eldest son of Rev. Dr. Ayrault, aged about fifteen years, had been drowned in the river, a short distance north of the village.  A friend has kindly furnished us with the particulars, which we publish:
Seldom has an event befallen any community, more deeply touching the tender sympathies of a people than that which happened in Oxford on Monday, the 19th inst.  About 5 o'clock P.M., a party of the Academy students, numbering ten or twelve, went above the village bridge, some eighty or one hundred rods, to bathe in the river.  The recent storm had swollen the stream, and the current was quite rapid.  After bathing a while, all the others had returned to the bank, and were dressing, except C.A. Smith and Charles Ayrault, they being near the bank in the water.  Young Ayrault began to wade out into the current. The boys warned him of his danger; but he, not thinking the river so deep, went on, and was soon beyond his depth.  he was not an expert swimmer.  The current caught him, when he became alarmed, and began to sink.  Young Smith swam for him at once, caught his hands, and struggled to secure him from the current;  he went down with him; but his efforts were vain.  Young Glover and Eggleston also at once plunged into the river, and hastened to his aid.  They struggled nobly with the current, but could not save him.  He seemed to have become helpless almost at once.  The young men strove bravely and well; but they themselves became exhausted and could do no more. The alarm had been quickly given in the village, but no assistance could reach them in time to do any good.  And thus passed away one beloved of all.  Boats, Seines, ropes, etc. were soon gathered, and a large crowd assembled, to recover the body. Their efforts were prolonged far into the night; and early in the morning they were renewed.  His body was recovered about 11 o'clock A.M., Tuesday, some five or six rods from the place where he was last seen to sink.  The event was felt as a public calamity and  sorrow.  The deceased was a young man of great promise--the pride of the Academy, a fine scholar, honored and beloved of all.  In his home, he was a loving and obedient son, a gentle and thoughtful brother.  The entire community mourns his loss; the students of the Academy feel it deeply. The funeral services were held in St. Paul's Chruch, on Thrusday afternoon, Rev. Dr. Rogers, of Greene, officiating, assisted by Rev. D.E. Loveridge, of Norwich. a large concourse were present, and followed his remains to their last resting place. Deeply sorrowful, their sorrow was somewhat mitigated by deep thankfulness for the good example of his youthful life.
Anna W. Chace
Chenango Union, June 15, 1872
CHACE:  In Preston [Chenango Co., NY], May 24th, Widow Anna W. Chace, aged 92 years.
She, with her husband, (the late Capt. David Chace), moved into Preston about seventy years ago, and she lived and died on the farm her husband purchased sixty-six years ago.  She lived to see the County and town in which they first settled, changed form a howling wilderness to green pastures and beautiful meadows.  She possessed great physical strength and endurance, for during the clearing of the first fifty acres of their farm, she attended to her household duties by day, and assisted her husband by night in burning logs and brush.  She leaves two sons and one daughter to mourn her departure; yet they mourn not like those who have no hope of meeting in a higher life.  Mrs. Chace lived to do good.  Liberal in her religious opinion, she always felt it her duty to help the poor and unfortunate.  Always calm and confiding, she looked upon the bright side of life, and was cheerful and happy.  Her funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends, who came out to perform the last duty we owe our departed ones.  Sermon by Rev. A.G. Clark, of DeRuyter, Text, 2d Cor., 5th chap., 1st verse.
Death Notices
Chenango Union, June 15, 1872
ALDRICH:  Suddenly, in this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], June 1st, Margaret, wife of John Aldrich, aged 35 years.
GORHAM:  In this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 23d, of scarlet fever, Willie N., only child of Anson S. and Mary U. Gorham, aged 4 years. 
BOWDISH:  In this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 30th, of scarlet fever, Jessie N., daughter of Jerome Bowdish, aged 1 year and 2 days.
ROGERS:  In Lincklaen [Chenango Co., NY], May 17th, Mr. Joseph S. Rogers, aged 72 years.
DEXTER:  In South Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], May 25th, Mr. Sheldon Dexter, aged 69 years, 3 mos. 23 days.
WHITE:  In Butternuts, Otsego Co., May 6th, Ernie A., wife of Justus L. White and daughter of Edwin R. and Lucinda Greene, aged 19 years.
SALISBURY:  In Orland, Ind., May 17th, Ward A., eldest son of F.A. and F.M. Salisbury, formerly of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], aged 12 years.
SIMONS:  In the village of Holmesville [Chenango Co., NY], May 24, Luella Simons, daughter of B. Simons, Esq., and wife, aged 11 years.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bainbridge, NY--Clean up Your Park!--1880

Bainbridge Republican, April 16, 1880
It is a shame for an enterprising village like Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], to allow the North end of the "village green," opposite the Park hotel, to grow up in weeds and thistles, when it might be made a beautiful grassy terrace, with very little labor and expense.  Let our village "Fathers" bestir themselves and not be behind Afton in beautifying and adorning our naturally much more beautiful village.  The walk, also, on the East side of the green, should be finished, and not be left in its present condition any longer to impress strangers with the idea that we have not enterprise enough to complete the improvements which we have begun.  We should not allow the most beautiful spot in the village to be the receptacle any longer of old tin cans, cast away tools and shoes and ashes.  But let us plow it up and nicely grade it, and sow it down in grass seed.  And then, instead of having an eye sore in the center of the town, we will have a lovely grassy park, which will be a credit to the village, and a pleasure to the eyes to look upon.  The writer is willing to bear his share of the expense to have it done, and more, too, if our village Fathers will go ahead and accomplish the work at once.  Arouse ye sleepy Fathers! ---Rex.

Obituaries (July 30)

Benjamin A. Knapp
1859 - 1901
Benjamin A. Knapp
Utica Observer, March 3, 1901
Benjamin Knapp, aged about 45 years, is a switch tender for the Ontario & Western Railway, being employed in the yards at Norwich.  Yesterday as he was turning a switch for one engine he was struck by another.  He was thrown upon the track and had his left arm crushed diagonally just above the wrist.  he was also bruised about the hips and received a slight scalp wound.  He was taken home and the crushed arm amputated near the elbow.  He has previously met with two accidents on the O.&W.  In one, about a year ago, he was so badly squeezed between cars, that his recovery was not thought possible.  Knapp has a wife and four children. 
Utica Saturday Globe, March 1901
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Last week's Globe contained an account of an accident of Benjamin Knapp, a switchman employed in the Ontario & Western Railway yard, on Wednesday of last week, he injuring his left arm in such a manner that amputation was necessary.  He also received a slight scalp wound and bruises about the hips.  Although his injuries were known to be serious, he was thought to be improving and his death about 12 o'clock on Wednesday night last was quit unexpected and caused a great shock to  his family and many friends.  Mr. Knapp was 41 years of age and was born in Margaretville [Delaware Co., NY].  He came to Norwich from Sidney nine years ago and had since been employed on the Ontario & Western as conductor, flagman, etc.,  and was yard brakeman at the time of the accident which resulted in his death.  About a year ago he was quite seriously injured by being caught between the cars and his life was despaired of at that time.  Before coming here he had worked on the Delaware & Hudson and also on the West Shore.  He is survived by his widow and four children, Effa A., Stella M., Charles T. and Raymond B.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Knapp of this village also survive and five brothers:  Herman and James, of Syracuse; Amos and Clarence, of Norwich, and George, of Lookout, Pa.  He was a member of the Whaupaunaweau Tribe of Red Men and was well known and popular among many outside the railroad employees.  The funeral services will be held Sunday, Rev. Wilson Treible, pastor of the Broad Street M.E.Church, officiating.  Interment in Mount Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].
Son of Stiles B. Grant
Chenango Union, June 26, 1872
A singular and distressing accident, result in the death of a promising little two-year-old son of Stiles B. Grant, of this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], occurred last week.  On Thursday evening he was attacked with violent coughing, and at times would place his hands upon his throat, and articulate the word "stone."  Later in the evening he became quiet, and rested well during the night; but on Friday morning the spasms were renewed, when the family were alarmed, and Dr. Purdy was summoned.  All efforts to relieve the little sufferer proved unavailing and on Saturday evening he breathed his last.  An examination was made on Sunday, when a stone about the size and shape of a five cent coin was found in the right bronchial tube.  It is supposed that while playing out doors with other children, on Thursday evening, he had placed the stone in his mouth, and by accident drawn it into the windpipe, when by the succession of spasms it became lodged as above stated, near the right lung.
Wiley H. Scott
Chenango Union, August 21, 1872
Wiley H. Scott, Esq., died at his residence in Nineveh, Broome Co., on Monday of last week, aged 76 years.  Mr. Scott had been for many years a prominent and respected citizen of that place, and was well known throughout the central portion of the State, he having for a long time been the popular proprietor of a hotel at Nineveh.  During an active business life, he had acquired a competency, and several years since retired to the quiet of his home.  He was a brother of Asher c. Scott, of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].
Chenango Union, August 28, 1872
The Bainbridge Review, of last week, gives the following account of several noteworthy and unfortunate incidents attending the assembling of the friends of Wiley H Scott, deceased, to participate in the funeral ceremonies:
"The burial services were postponed from the 14th to the 15th.  Mr. R. Clark, a brother-in-law, who came on the first appointed day, on his return to his home in Rockdale, Chenango county, found his large and well-filled dry goods store a heap of ashes, it having been burned with all its contents the night previous, during his absence.  Mr. Emmet Scott, of Saginaw, Mich., a son of the deceased, was so much hindered by delayed telegrams and failure to make connections on different railroads, that he was only able to reach Tunnel station at the appointed hour for the funeral.  He hired Esquire Utter to get him to Nineveh as soon as possible, but had only got a short distance when the horses took fright and one of them broke its leg."
In addition to the above, we learn that Mr Scott, in springing from the wagon, was considerably bruised, but finally reached his destination.  On his return home, he was a passenger on the train that was wrecked at a culvert at Waterman's Cut, two miles east of Binghamton, on the evening of the 16th inst. fortunately, none of the passengers were injured; and a telegram from Mr. Scott announced his safe arrival home after his perilous journey.
Mrs. Shepard
Bainbridge Republican, April 9, 1880
Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Shepard of this place, died very suddenly Sunday morning at 3 a.m.  She and her daughter, Miss Ann Shepard, slept in the same room. Her daughter noticed she was uneasy and asked her if she was not feeling well, and her answer was that she had a hard pain in her right side.  Her daughter then got up and dressed, and asked her if she should call the Doctor, who lived in the next yard,  She said no, but thinking it best she went to the Doctor's house, and before  she got back her mother was dead, it being not more than ten or fifteen minutes from the time she awoke before she died.  She has been a member of the Methodist church of this place for the last 30 years or more.  The funeral will be held in the M.E. church, Wednesday, April 7th, at one o'clock p.m.

Civil War Memorial - Deceased Soldiers of Norwich, Chenango Co., NY
Chenango Union, June 12, 1872
Part 3
Benjamin F. Guile enlisted in Company C, 114th N.Y.V., August 9th, 1862.  Severely wounded at Cedar's Creek, October 19th, 1864.  Died, it is supposed, from effects of injuries, soon after.
William B. Sanders, Son of Henry J. and Olive L. Sanders, was born in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] October 23d, 1848.  Enlisted in Company--114th N.Y.V., January 8th, 1864.  Captured at Cedar Creek, October 10, and died a prisoner in Libby, of Chronic diarrhea, in March, 1865.
Byron L. Terry entered the service of the Christian Commission, in August, 1864, in the General Hospital of the 9th Army Corps.  Died form disease then contracted, in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], October 26th, 1864.  Buried in Norwich cemetery.
Dwight Parce, connected with the 114th Regiment was captured at Brashaer City, La., when that place and stores were taken by the enemy, on the 23d of June 1863.  Subsequently, after a long and weary march, he was confined in Camp Goce, Texas, where he died on the 23d of October following his capture.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bainbridge High School, Class of 1952 - Part 3

Bainbridge High School - Class of 1952
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1952
Augusta Zita Mertz

Betty Yvonne Newman

Pauline Ellen Palmer

Roberta Jean Parsons

Virginia Ann Parsons

Marilyn Jean Pickwick

William F. Hall Purchases Norwich Eagle Hotel - 1901

William F. Hall Negotiates Hotel Deal
Post Standard, Syracuse, NY, April 16, 1901
C.E. Shattuck yesterday sold the Eagle Hotel at Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] to William F. Hall of Norwich, who formerly conducted a hotel at New Berlin, N.Y.  The consideration was about $6,000.  The lease and furnishings were owned by M.J. Keough & Brother and the real estate is owned by Andrew Beebe of Norwich.  Mr. Hall took possession yesterday.
Brookfield Press, April 3, 1901
William F. Hall, formerly of the Central  hotel, New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], has leased the Eagle hotel, Norwich, taking possession April 15.
Utica Saturday Globe, April 1901
Mr. & Mrs. William F. Hall, of Norwich
Who soon will embark in the hotel business in that village.

Obituaries (July 29)

Isaac B. Per Lee
Utica Saturday Globe, March 1901

Isaac B. Per Lee
1833 - 1901

Isaac B. Per Lee, a prominent resident of Chenango county died at his home in Greene [Chenango Co., NY] at a late hour on Sunday night last.  He had been ill but two days of pneumonia.  Mr. Per Lee moved to Greene a number of years ago from North Norwich.  He became known as one of the best and most broad-minded citizens, untiring in works of public improvement and benevolence and in his devotion to his church.  He was a leading member of the Congregational Church.  He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. H.H. Kinney, the latter residing in Smyrna.  Funeral services were held from his late home on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Interment was made at North Norwich.  [d. 5 March 1901, buried North Norwich Cemetery, Chenango Co., NY]
Homer T. Nichols
Bainbridge Republican, April 9, 1880
NICHOLS:  Died April 3d, 1880, Homer T. Nichols, aged eight years, second son of F.T. Nichols of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]
The death of this bright little boy was very sad in its details.  Last Fall, in attempting to jump from a wagon which was quite heavily loaded, he fell underneath, and was run over, the wheels passing over his body in the region of the heart.  The flesh was somewhat bruised, but no serious injury was feared, as the boy got well, apparently, and attended school and performed his duties at home as usual.  In February, however, he was attacked with rheumatism, and confined to his bed from this time on, till his death, he grew continually worse, the disease attacking the heart, and although the best medical aid was summoned, nothing could be done, more than easing his sufferings till death relieved them.  A post mortem examination by Drs. Cook of Afton, and Copley of this village, was made, which revealed the fact that his death was the result of the injuries received last Fall. The case of the heart was found adhered to the walls of that organ, which in the opinion of the medial gentleman, would have necessarily proved fatal in the course of a few years; though, doubtless, the attack of rheumatism hastened that end.  The child was particularly bright and interesting and the family have the sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement.  Mr. Nichols has two children remaining, an elder son, and a daughter, aged about two years.
Willson E. Lewis
Chenango Union, June 26, 1872
Willson E. Lewis, son of Emery S. Lewis, residing about one mile west of Preston Corners [Chenango Co., NY], came to his death by drowning in Steere's Pond, in that town, on Monday afternoon last.  It appears that he was upon the pond alone, in an old log canoe, or "dug-out," engaged in fishing, when by some means the canoe was upset, and the young man, although an excellent swimmer, sank.  The accident was seen by a companion on shore, who could render no assistance, as he could not swim; but he called to another, on the opposite side, who hurried to the scene, and who succeeded in recovering the body, but too late--life was extinct.  The deceased was sixteen years of age, and was universally esteemed for his manly qualities and amiable disposition.  The announcement of his untimely death casts a gloom over the community where he was known and loved.  It is a singular fact that this is the fourth death which has occurred in that immediate neighborhood, within as many years, either form suicide or accident.
Civil War Memorial - Deceased Soldiers of Norwich, Chenango Co., NY
Chenango Union, June 12, 1872
Part 2
Van Ransalear Scott, a member of the 8th N.Y. Cavalry, was discharged from the service February 14th, 1863.  Re-enlisted December 16th, 1863, in Company B, 114th New York.  Died of disease, at Armory Square Hospital, Washington, D.C., July 26th, 1864.

Henry D. Scott, son of last named, enlisted in same Company and Regiment, August 8th, 1862.  Died from effects of measles, at Chesapeake Hospital, Fortress Monroe, the 19th of November following.
This soldier had a brother, Aden Scott, who was killed In the service, but the particulars we have been unable to learn.
Augustus Mowray, son of Ziba and Polly Mowray, was a native of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].  Enlisted in Company K, 161st, N.Y.V., in September, 1862.  Died on his passage home from New Orleans.
Emerson C. Crandall, son of Elisha and Amy Crandall, was born in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].  Served about a year in the 89th N.Y.V., enlisted in October, 1861.  The remainder of his term of enlistment was served in the regular army, 5th Light Artillery, Battery A.  Subsequently re-enlisted for three years, being discharged February 1st, 1867.  He was in sixteen full engagements.  Died at home from disease contracted in the army, February 22d, 1872.  Buried in Norwich Cemetery.
Adelbert Lamphire, a recruit in the 8th N.Y Cavalry, was wounded on the 13th of May, 1864, inside the outer fortification's of Richmond, one leg being carried away, and the other badly fractured.  Died in the hands of the enemy.
Charles H. De Forest, son of Henry and Sarah Howard De Forest, was born in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], May 1st, 1820.  Enlisted January 13th, 1866, in Company B, 114th, N.Y.V.  Discharged with Regiment. Died October 3d, 1866.  Buried in Norwich Cemetery.
Albert Hopkins, a member of the 89th N.Y.V., died in Hospital at Washington, D.C.
Sidney Briggs, 8th N.Y. Cavalry, is supposed to have died in rebel hands, in the battle of the Wilderness.
Thomas A. Wycoff, a member of Company H, 11th Regiment U.S. Heavy Artillery, enlisted in October, 1863.  Died at Plaquemine, La. of Camp Fever, in November, 1864.
Squire E Sergeant, a member of Company B, 114th, N.Y.V., was discharged for disability, at Baltimore, January 5th, 1863.  Died at home, and buried in Smyrna.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Marriages (July 28)

Mary Ellen Fellows to Wed R.L. Parsons
Mary Ellen Fellows
Mrs. Hazel Fellows of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] wishes to announce the engagement of her daughter, Mary Ellen, to Raymond L. Parsons, son of Mr and Mrs. Merritt Parsons of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  Miss Fellows is a graduate of Guilford Central School and is now employed with the Borden Chemical Company of Bainbridge.  Mr. Parsons is a graduate of Bainbridge Central School and Broome Technical Community College.  he is now employed with the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation in Binghamton.  The wedding date has been set for July 18th, 1959.
Parsons - Fellows
July 18, 1959
Ray Lee and Mary Ellen (Fellows) Parsons
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]:  Miss Mary Ellen Fellows of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] became the bride of Raymond Lee Parsons of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] in a ceremony performed before an altar decorated with baskets of white, lavender and yellow gladioli.  Rev. Robert Langwig performed the ceremony in the First Presbyterian Church, Bainbridge, on Saturday, July 18, at 2:00 p.m.  The pews were decorated with white bows and followed the bower scheme of the altar.  Organist was Lloyd Sipple of Bainbridge and Mrs. Carol Ives of Bainbridge was soloist.  The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Hazel Fellows of Guilford and the bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Parsons of Bainbridge.  The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Marv Carter of Binghamton.  She was attired in a floor length gown of white Chantilly lace over white taffeta.  Her fingertip veil was attached to a crown of white seed pearls, orange blossoms and sequins. She wore a pearl necklace, gift of the bridegroom and carried a white orchid on a white lace Bible.  Maid of honor was Miss Joan Parsons of Bainbridge, sister of the bridegroom.  She wore a waltz-length gown of lavender chiffon over taffeta.  Her lavender hat was made of chiffon flowers and seed pearls.  She carried a colonial bouquet of white and yellow carnations.  Mrs. Barbara Fink of Geneva, sister of the bride' Mrs. Doris Camp of Owego, sister of the bride, Miss Darlene Oliver, of Owego, niece of the bride, Mrs. Daryl Cummings of Bainbridge, friend of the bride were bridesmaids. They all wore identical dresses in yellow matching the maid of honor.  The hats were of yellow chiffon decorated with tiny seed pearls and carried colonial bouquets of white and lavender carnations.  Miss Roxanne Shapley, of Oxford, niece of the bride was flower girl wearing a street length dress of white nylon lace over yellow taffeta and carried a basket of lavender, white and yellow carnations.  Dennis Garter of Binghamton, nephew of the bride was ring bearer.  The mother of the bride wore a blue lace dress over taffeta and white accessories with a corsage of red roses. The mother of the bridegroom wore a powder blue sheath with pink accessories and a corsage of pink roses  Best man was Wayne Stahl of Roxbury, friend of the groom.  Ushers were David and Bruce Parsons of Bainbridge, cousins of the bridegroom, Richard Jones of Bainbridge and Neil Sliter of Norwich, friends of the bridegroom.  A reception was held in the Victory Rose Room, Sidney, for about 20 guests.  After a short wedding trip to the Thousand Islands and into Canada the couple are now residing at 7 East Main Street, Bainbridge.  Mrs. Parsons is a 1956 graduate of Guilford Central School and is now employed at the Borden Chemical Company, Bainbridge.  Mr. Parsons is a graduate of Bainbridge Central School and Broome Technical Community College and is now employed with the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation in Binghamton.

Obituaries (July 28)

John Martz
Utica Saturday Globe, March 1901
John Martz

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  John Martz, a long-time resident of Norwich, died at his home on Cortland street on Saturday last, aged 74.  His former vigorous strength, was broken some time ago and an attack of erysipelas was the cause of his death, which may have been hastened by a fall that he suffered about two weeks before.  Mr Martz was born in France and came to America in 1849, locating in New Orleans, where he engaged in business for a number of years and married.  He afterwards came to Norwich and found employment in the Maydole hammer factory, where he remained for more than 40 years.  His ability in his trade, faithfulness to duty and honesty were appreciated by his employers and his record remains as a fitting monument to his memory.  Two years ago failing health compelled him to relinquish his arduous duties at the factory but his inherent energy would not permit him to remain idle. He worked about his home, which he kept a model of neatness, made and tended his garden, in which he took especial pride, being proficient in tilling the soil.  He is survived by his widow and five children, two sons, John M. of this village, and George, residing in the west, and three daughters, Mrs. Lyman S. Duran and Mrs. Ella Borden, of Norwich, and Mrs. Isaac F. McCarty, of Union Hill, N.J. The funeral was largely attended from his late home on Monday afternoon.  Rev. Daniel W Dexter officiated.  The employees of the hammer factory attended in a body and accompanied the remains to Mount Hope Cemetery.  Conspicuous among the floral tributes was a pillow with a hammer as an emblem.
James K. Leach
Northern Christian Advocate, March 29, 1848
James K. Leach, son of Ebenezer and Mary Leach, died, of scarlet fever, in Geneseo, April 11th, 1848, aged 3 years, 8 months, and 11 days.  James was a sweet child, of much promise.  His engaging appearance won the affections of all who knew him, particularly his parents, by whom he was tenderly beloved, and by whom he would have been retained and cared for, had not an inscrutable and unerring providence otherwise determined.  But his lovely spirit has fled, leaving the casket even beautiful in death.  The bereavement is most keenly felt by his parents, yet they submissively bow to the dictation of Him who said, "Suffer the little children to come on to me, and forbid them not."
Willard Leroy Johnson
Afton Enterprise, November 9, 1893
Mr. Willard Leroy Johnson, of Corning, Kas., died at Sycamore Springs, Kas., Oct. 6, 1893, aged 46 years.  Deceased was a native of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and a brother-in-law of ex-Sheriff John Robb, of Norwich, who formerly resided in Afton.
Welcome Johnson
Afton Enterprise, December 20, 1894
Welcome Johnson, a resident of this place over fifteen years ago, died at his home in Corning, Kas., on 23d day of November.  He was between 80 and 90 years of age, and a brother-in-law of Alonzo Easton, of North Afton.
Arthur J. Ives
Afton Enterprise, March 29, 1956
Arthur J. Ives, 69, of 38 Spring St., Afton [Chenango Co., NY], died suddenly Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at his home.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eva Ives of Afton; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Barnhart of Sidney and Mrs. Bruce Gorton of Bainbridge; four sons, Clayton and Roger Ives, both of Harpursville, Louis Ives of Rochester and Richard Ives of Afton; two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Lounsberry of Harpursville R.D.1, and Mrs. Alta Lewis of Oxford; 18 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; an aunt, Mrs. Grace Aylesworth of Bainbridge, and an uncle, Warren E. Smith of Binghamton.  Before retiring he was a farmer on the Church Hollow road for 19 years.  The funeral and committal services were held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Karschner Funeral home in Afton with Rev. Alwin S. TenPas officiating.  Burial will be in Nineveh [Broome Co., NY].
Relatives of Arthur Ives of Afton were shocked to learn of his sudden death Sunday afternoon.  Mr. Ives was a son of the late ira Ives, who was a resident of this place in early life. 
Bainbridge Death Statistics, 1887
Bainbridge Republican, January 20, 1888
The following table giving the date, name and age of all deceased persons of this town for the year 1887 may be of interest to many of our readers.
Courtland Howland
Russell Williams
George D. Graves
Jennie F. Baker
Louis M. Howland
Phebe (Hunt) Smith
Clark R. Northrup
John H. Post
Horace Buell
Edward W. Thomas
Abram F. Foot
John Shaver
Willard Llyon
Henrietta Carnrick
Ruben Spencer
Fronie E. Davis
Mary Bustin
Nellie (Williams) Banner
Mrs. Flint
Jacob Kirchthaler
Chas. Bingley Evans
Laura S. Bailey
Martha S. Pearsall
Reuben Kirby