Sunday, October 22, 2017

Post Listing October 11-22, 2017

Listing of blog postings for October 11-22, 2017

Posted October 14, 2017
Marriage notices - 1835
     Smith Thompson - Jane Eliza Rathbone
     John Monroe - Emeline Palmer
     Alfred Slocum - Amelia B. Randall
     Theodore Tanner - Susan Snow
     Orrin B. Gilbert - Servilia Benedict
     H. Tinker - Caroline Weeks
     Olney Davis - Sarah An Sturdevant
     Benajah Benton - Matilda Lewis
     Hiram Pratt - Marilla Harris
     J. Crane - Abigail Harris
     Willard Welton - Mrs. Blair
     Zebulon Willoughby - Mary Jane Doty
     Isaac U. Wheeler - Nancy Palmer
     Hezekiah Gifford - Mary Jane Smith
     John Bressee - Lucy M. Master
     Mr. House - Miss Moore
     Albert Card - Catharine Storrs
     Alonzo Bacon - Sally Cutting
Posted October 11, 2017
Frank Crandall (Unadilla, 1919)
Katherine Palmer Vernon (Middletown, 1919)
S. Dana Russell (Philmont, 1919)
Coralin Louise Sands Westcott (Binghamton, 1919)

October 14, 2017
The Complaining Corpse (Herman, 1919)
Ernest Louis Hartmann (Bainbridge, 1919)
Death Notices - 1835
     George Shattuck (Norwich, 6y)
     Jabish Howel (Norwich, 80y)
     Col. Caleb Seabury (Norwich, 68y)
     Jerusha Burlingame (58y)
     Jonas W. Ogden (McDonough, 28y)
     Bradford Willcox (Norwich, 21y)
     Almira Willcox (Norwich, 18y)
     Olney Eddy (Plymouth, 84y)  Revolutionary Soldier
     Simeon Kershaw (Hamilton, 20y)
     Abner Giles (Norwich, 29y)
     Tamar Hull (Norwich, 77y)

Posted October 16, 2017
Velmah (Loomis) Brown (South Otselic, 1958)
Maude (Kenyon) Crumb (South Otselic, 1944)
Jaynes Mott Crumb (South Otselic, 1956)

Posted October 17, 2017
Rev. Ira M. Allen (San Diego CA, 1849)
Karl Royce (Otselic, 1925)
Calpherne Davenport Ellsworth (Otselic, 1925)
Jesse Church (South Otselic, 1929)

Posted October 18, 2017
Dr. H. Frank Preston (Utica, 1915)
John F. Swailes (South Otselic, 1907)
Mrs. John F. Swailes (South Otselic, 1907)
Ledyard Cook (South Otselic, 1907)
Death Notices - 1875
     Betsey Crandall (New Berlin, 89y)
     Marsha C. Pearl (Earlville, 49y)
     Harriet A. Prentice (Parma, Norwich, 58y)
     Anna Lucia Eldredge (Washington State, 2 months)
     Emogene Rice (Moravia, Coventry, 19y)
     Anna Bacon (Sherburne, 102y)

Posted October 19, 2017
Luther Brown (Pharsalia, 1904)
LeRoy Stanton (Otselic 1909)  Civil War Soldier
John B. Henry (Homer, 1913)  Civil War Soldier
Milton Thompson (South Otselic, 1913)  Civil War Soldier
Millard Perry (Otselic, 1919) WWI Soldier

Posted October 20, 2017
William W. Blossom (Syracuse, Norwich, 1919)  accidental death
Erford Whaley (North Norwich, 1919)
Alice Clemie (Shaw) Royce (Otselic, 1929)
Libbie (Park) Brown (South Otselic, 1928)
Ralph Rnadall Brown (South Otselic, 1928)

Posted October 21, 2017
Elias P. Pellet (Norwich, 1840)
Andrew B. Knapp (Cherry Valley, 1849)
Maud Baldwin (North Pitcher, 1914)
May Baldwin (North Pitcher, 1914)

Posted October 22, 2017
Earl Roger Keith (Bay City MI, 1922)
Harris Coats (Bay City MI, 1922)
Newton Hayes (South Otselic, 1908)
Willard C. Hayes (South Otselic, 1928)
Nellie E./ (Newton) Hayes (South Otselic, 1945)

Posted October 14, 2017
Chenango & Unadilla Valleys of 50 years Ago - by S.S. Randall, written in 1872 (A walk about the Norwich downtown of the 1820s)

Posted October 16, 2017
Chenango & Unadilla Valleys of 50 years Ago - by S.S. Randall, written in 1872 (A walk about the Norwich downtown of the 1820s)

Posted October 17, 2017
Chenango & Unadilla Valleys of 50 Years Ago - by S.S. Randall, written in 1872 (A walk about the Norwich downtown of the 1820s)

Posted October 18, 2017
Murder of Tilla Miner - 1885 (South Otselic)

Posted October 21, 2017
Mrs. Sothern's Homeroom - 8th grade, 1958-9  BCHS
Chenango & Unadilla Valley of Fifty Years Ago - by S.S. Randall (early courts)

Posted October 22, 2017
Chenango & Unadilla Valley of 50 Years Ago - by S.S. Randall, written in 1872 (early courts)


Chenango & Unadilla Valley 50 years ago

Chenango and Unadilla Valley Fifty Years Ago
by S.S. Randall
Chenango Telegraph, April 3, 1872
Early Courts
Continued from posting of October 21, 2017

The jail liberties, or "limits," as they were termed, prior to the abolition of imprisonment for debt, were originally very restricted.  In 1809-10, when the County jail was first removed to Norwich, they consisted of only about two and a half acres--terminating in one direction in the center of the garden north of the old house of Seth Garlick.  An old legend is related of Seth's "thirty days in the [-unreadable-]" where he is presented as lugubriously seated during six days of each week, in his own garden, on one side of the stone dividing line, separating him from liberty and the dear delights of home, while his comely helpmate sat cozily knitting on the other.  Afterwards, in 1819, the "limits" were enlarged so as to include the entire village--from one end of which to the other I have often seen Peter Sken Smith, in the days of his impecuniosity, stride like a caged tiger, vainly rebelling against his bars.
One of the most important trials in the Circuit Court held in Chenango, took place in September, 1812, at Norwich.  Gen. David Thomas, then State Treasurer, was indicted by the Grand Jury for the alleged bribery, or attempt at bribery of Casper M. Rouse, a member of the State Senate, residing in Chenango, in order to procure his influence and vote for a bill then pending before the Legislature, for the incorporation of the Bank of America, in the city of New York; and in which Gen. Thomas individually, and as a leading politician, had a deep interest.  The charge, involving as it did, the public and private integrity of a distinguished functionary of the State Government, and intimately connected as it was, with an exciting political campaign, created an intense interest, not only in the vicinity where the alleged offence was committed, but throughout the State at large.  Those were not the times when corruption of this nature was allowed either on a great or small scale, to taint the purity of the Legislature ermine.  It was felt to be absolutely necessary on the part of the great political party to which Thomas belonged, and with which he was known to be closely identified effectually to clear its skirts from all participation in this nefarious transaction.  The most eminent legal counsel in the State were engaged, both for the prosecution and the defense.  Thomas Addis Emmett, the Attorney General--known far and wide as one of the highest luminaries of his profession--conducted the former, and Elisha Williams, of Hudson, the ablest and most successful jury advocate of the State, appeared on behalf of the latter. The forensic combatants were in all respects equally matched, and each worthy of his foeman's steel. The trail took place before the Hon. William W. Van Ness, one of the Justices of the Supreme Court, a jurist whose long experience, eminent abilities and pure moral character, were eminently adapted to hold the scales of Justice equally poised.  The principal and most important witness on behalf of the prosecution, was, of course, Senator Rouse himself, who testified that Gen. Thomas, as the agent of the applicants for the Bank, in passing through Norwich on a mission to the southern and western counties visited him at his residence, and asked for and obtained a private interview, in which after alluding to the efforts of a party or clique in the city of New York, to which he knew the witness was strongly opposed[-unreadable-] for a bank in which they were interested, he appraised him of the intention to apply at the ensuing session for the "Bank of America" to be located in the same city, and informed him that if this application should prove successful, he, Rouse, should have ten shares in it.  Rouse in reply to this suggestion, told him that he had not a favorable opinion of banks, and besides had no money to invest in bank stocks; to which Gen. Thomas responded that "if he did not wish to keep the stock, he would pledge his honor that he, Rouse, should realize one thousand dollars clear profit from the shares,"  It did not clearly appear from his testimony whether a definitive answer was or was not given to this proposition, but Thomas, on leaving him requested him to call on his arrival at Albany, on Soloman Southwick, editor of the "Albany Register," and a leading Democratic politician, interested in the success of the application.  Rouse did not call on Southwick as desired, not did he vote for the charter, but about the middle of the session, the agents for the application becoming alarmed, John VanNess Yates, afterwards Secretary of State, called upon him on Sunday, and invited him again to see Gen. Thomas.  He did so, and after having, in answer to the anxious question whether he had divulged the conversation which took place at Norwich, responded in the negative, "Thomas earnestly requested him not to do so, and told him that although he had voted, or should vote, against the Bank, he should have his thousand dollars."  Rouse subsequently voted for Gen. Thomas as Treasurer, and the latter voluntarily published an affidavit contradicting the material allegations thus sworn to by the former. 
Mr. Southwick, then in the "full tide of successful experiment," as an organ of Democratic public opinion and a prominent political leader, was also examined as a witness, and in conjunction with the equivocations and contradictions elicited from Judge Rouse on his cross examination, and the narivailed eloquences and ingenuity of the counsel for the defense, succeeded in throwing so heavy a cloud of doubt upon the minds of the jury, as to the real motives and conduct, not of the defendant, but of the witness, Rouse, that they were induced to return a verdict of not guilty.  The evidence, however, would seem to have shown unequivocally that whatever might have been the duplicity or tergiversation of Rouse in the transaction, there could have been no reasonable ground to question the complicity and the guilt of Thomas.  And yet, it is not difficult to conceive that an ordinarily intelligent jury might be induced, by the ingenuity of able counsel, to infer, from the hesitating and confused manner of the principal witness--from the fact that he even took credit with Gen. Thomas for having kept the alleged proposition of bribery a profound secret--and from the fact that he continued to evince his entire confidence in his integrity, by supporting and voting for him as State Treasurer -that the whole of his testimony was unreliable or, if reliable in part, distorted and rendered worthless by material concealments or misrepresentations, or by conflicting and irreconcilable statements.  They may indeed, have been lead to fancy Rouse himself upon trial, instead of Thomas.  At all events I feel confident the result of the trial was a general conviction on the public mind in the neighborhood, that the judge's reputation officially and personally, was much more damaged than that of Gen. Thomas.

Obituaries (October 22)

Earl Roger Keith
Bay City Times, Bay City, MI, May 9, 1922
Earl Roger Kieth, aged 33 years, of Ridge road, died Monday evening, May 8, after a lingering illness.  He is survived by his wife, two sons, Billy and Jack, at home, his father, three sisters and one brother, of Comber, Ontario.

Harris Coats
Bay City Times, Bay City, , May 9, 1922
Harris Coats died last Saturday on the Midland road, at the age of 92 years and 14 days.  Mr. Coats was born in Pharsalia, Chenango county, New York, on April 22, 1830.  He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Eva Jester, two sons, and one grandson, all of Bay City.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, with interment in Oak Ridge cemetery.
Newton Hayes
DeRuyter Gleaner, February 13, 1908
1908:  Miss Minnie Hayes was called to South Otselic Monday morning by the serious illness of her affianced, Newton Hayes.  At last reports Mr. Hayes had been unconscious for some time with no signs of improvement.  [DeRuyter Gleaner, Feb. 13, 1908]
DeRuyter Gleaner, February 27, 1908
Newton D. Hayes, only child of Willard C. and Nellie Newton Hayes, was born Sept. 9, 1883, in Otselic, N.Y. [Chenango Co.], living nearly all his mortal life in that town.  He was baptized in May, 1897, by Rev. A.E. Hall and joined the church of his choice.  Always a home and mother loving boy, pleasant, mirthful and ever thoughtful for the welfare of others; he has been an exemplary, industrious, noble young man.  Surely “death loves a shining mark.” And yet:
There is no death! What seems so is transition.
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call death.
Having had a severe illness late in the past summer, he had never fully regained his former health when he again became ill in January when all that love and tender care could do was done for him; but the poor pain-racked body could not hold the spirit longer.  His last words were, “it is all right.”  Thursday evening, Feb. 13, he stepped outside the clay that had been his habitation for twenty-four years, five months and eleven days. 
Willard C. Hayes
Norwich Sun, March 19, 1925
South Otselic [Chenango Co., NY]:  Willard C. Hayes was born in Manlius [Onondaga Co., NY] January 3, 1854 and died at his home in this village on March 8, 1925.  When he was ten years of age he went to live with Mrs. Abbie Farnham, near Cazenovia and remained with her until he was 20 years of age.  Later he came to Mariposa to work in the creamery for Curtis Kenyon, and remained with him for two years.  In 1882 he was married to Nellie Newton.  Their only child, Newton died in 1908.  This great sorrow undermined the health of both parents, and three years later they sold their farm on the Ridge and moved to this village where they bought the home where he spent his last days.  His funeral was largely attended from the M.E. church where for many years he had acted as usher.  Mr. Hayes had worked continuously for over 25 years for the B.F. Gladding Company. 
Chenango County Historian's Collection
Willard C. Hayes was born at Manlius, N.Y., early in 1854.  His parents were Cornelius and Mary Drake Hayes.  When a boy about ten years of age, he was taken into the home of the Farnham’s between Cazenovia and Pompey Hollow, where under the kind care and Christian guardianship of Aunt Abby and the clean and brotherly associations of the son, (the late J.B. Farnham), he absorbed those rare qualities so essential to the making of the real man, the development of which his many friends bear witness.  Following about ten years of this exemplary home life, Billy (as he was known by all) was employed by farmers and others about Cazenovia and vicinity, still retaining his old home.  About 1878 he came to Otselic and after working for farmers for a time was employed at the Mariposa creamery for two seasons.  In 1882 he was united in marriage to Nellie Newton, daughter of the late A.D. and Adelia Newton of this town.  Resulting from this union, a son, Newton, was born to them in 1883, who died in 1908.  About 1890 Mr. Hayes engaged in farming, having purchased the J.P. Newton farm on the Ridge Road, which vocation he followed with much success, spending the winters with the Gladding Fish Line Co., in this village.  About 1910 he sold the farm and purchased a home here, where after months of suffering he passed away March 8th.  After establishing the new home he gave his full time to the Gladding works, where he was a trusted employee up to within three  months of his passing, at which time on account of his failing health he was compelled to retire.  It was instinctive in Billy to make friends of which he enjoyed a full share.  He was widely popular because he possessed those rare qualities which win friendship, always companionable and humorous at all times.  Loyal to his friends with an aggressive loyalty, and all who mourn his passing, remembering him with a keen feeling of personal bereavement.  Neighbor Hayes had never affiliated with any of the secret organizations here, but was a faithful and regular attendant at the M.E. church of which he had for many years been a member. Willing at all times to contribute his full share of the betterment and improvement of the church, which he loved and where he had so long been punctual at nearly every service.  He had no near relatives living, except the wife, who alone survives him. The funeral was largely attended from the church on Wednesday afternoon, March 11th.  His pastor, Rev. Granger in charge, assisted by rev. J.C. Whitney of the Baptist church.  Burial in Valley View, by the side of the son.  Included in floral offerings, which were many, were fine pieces from the M.E. Brotherhood and the employees of the B.F. Gladding & Co., who attended in a body.  Deep sympathy is extended to the widow and her aged mother by the whole community, all realizing however that we are all better for having known W.C. Hayes. 
Nellie E. (Newton) Hayes
DeRuyter Gleaner, January 18, 1945
Mrs. Nellie E. Hayes, a life long resident of Otselic township [Chenango Co., NY] passed away at the Woman's Relief Corps Home in Oxford, N.Y. [Chenango Co., NY], where she had been a guest since may of 1944, on January the 10th, 1945.  She was born on the Newton farm on the Ridge Road, the eldest of three children of Albert and Ordelia Babcock Newton, on September 1st, 1862.  In her young womanhood she married  William Hayes who died in 1925.  One of the greatest griefs of her life was the death of their only child, a son, Newton, who passed away in 1908 at the age of 25 years.  After many years of residence on the home farm on the Ridge Road she and her husband moved to this village and lived next to the Methodist church.  She was an active member of this church and gave many evidences of her love and devotion to her Lord in her years of active participation in the work of the church.  Her funeral was held from the church she loved on Saturday, January 13th.  The Rev. Guy Foye Crawford, her pastor officiating.  Her body was borne by neighbors who acted as bearers, being placed in the Russell F. Smith vault in DeRuyter until the springtime when it will be buried in the family lot in the Valley View cemetery [South Otselic, NY]. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mrs. Southern's 8th Grade Homeroom - 1958/9

Bainbridge Central High School
Mrs. Southern's Eighth Grade Homeroom
School Year - 1958-59

Left to Right
Row 1:  Jeanne Rosa, Jean Wilson, Shirley Wilcox, Ruth Herrick, Jennie Shaver, Betty Saam, Sheila Armstrong, D. Tuckey
Row 2  Philip Arpin, Rocky Stilson, Joan Kelly, Donna Day, Audrey Hubbard, Nancy Hayes, Kenneth Thoms, Richard Searles, Mrs. Southern
Row 3:  Bob Hutchinson, Bergen Lawrence, Kermit Nichols, Dave Declue, Dennis O'Neil, Tom Craver, Ernest Gorton

Chenango & Unadilla Valleys 50 years Ago

Chenango and Unadilla Valleys Fifty Years Ago
by S.S. Randall
Chenango Telegraph, April 3, 1872
Early Courts

At the close of the Revolutionary War, all that portion of the State lying west and north west of Albany, including the present Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery Counties, together with all the southern tier of Counties west and south of Ulster, formed the County of Tryon.  This name was changed in 1784 for Montgomery.  Four years later, in 1788 , the town of Whitestown, now a part of Oneida County, was organized, including within its boundaries, Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, Chenango and Tioga:  comprising what up to 1821 was known as the "Western District" of the State.  In 1791, Herkimer, Tioga and Otsego Counties were formed from portions of Whitestown.  The south lines of the present towns of Columbus, Sherburne, Smyrna, Otselic and Lincklaen, constituted the southern boundary of Herkimer, while Tioga, included on the north the present towns of Pitcher, New Berlin, Pharsalia, Plymouth, and North Norwich.  Newtown Point (the present flourishing city of Elmira) and Owego were the county seats of Tioga.  In 1798 Chenango County was erected from parts of Tioga and Herkimer.  Hamilton and Oxford were the shire towns, or County Seats, and up to 1808, the County jail was continued at Whitesboro.
The first County Court, or "Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions of the Peace," was held at the school house in Hamilton near the dwelling of [-unreadable-], the second at Oxford, and afterwards alternately at Hamilton and Oxford.  The first Circuit Court was held at the "Academy" in Oxford, on the 10th of July, 1798, presided over by the Hon.. James Kent, one of the Justices of the Supreme Court.  No business was transacted and after remaining in session one hour, the Court adjourned sine die.  Was this "Academy" here referred to the same with the one we attended twenty-four or five years later?  Mr. Mygatt can probably inform us.  The second circuit was held at Hamilton, in July 1799, by the Hon. Jason Radcliff, with precisely the same results. The spirit of litigation--at least on a scale sufficiently large to warrant a resort to the Supreme Court--seems to have been quite dormant in the Chenango Valley at this early period.  On the 30th of June 1900 however at Hamilton "school house," the failing hearts of the legal fraternity must have rejoiced in a real bonafide Ejectment suit--John Doe, ex dem, Benjamin Walker, and Solomon Perkins, vs. Richard Roe, represented on this solemn occasion, before the Hon. Morgan Lewis, by one Elijah Bond.    Whether Mr. Doe succeeded in recovering possession of the "messnage, lands and tenements," of which the nefarious Richard Roe, backed up by the unprincipled Elijah had "with force and arms," evicted and routed him,  the historian has omitted to inform us.  In 1802, Peter B. Garnsey made his first appearance in the Circuit Court, presided over by Judge Kent, as counsel in an ejectment suit.  In 1804 at Oxford, before Judge Ambrose Spencer, the name of Stephen O. Runtan of that village first appears as a counselor, and at the same place in May 1806, at Oxford, Mr. Justice Daniel B. Tompkins presiding, Henry Vanderlyn made his debut in an action for breach of contract--doubtless in his most flowing and courtly manner, "If your Honor please, gentlemen of the jury." In this year Madison was taken from Chenango and Oneida, and North Norwich elevated into a half-shire with Oxford.  Here a Mr. Hill was tried, convicted and sentenced in 1800 for the murder of a child, but the sentence appears to have been subsequently commuted for imprisonment for life by the Governor.
The name of James Birdsall, as counsellor, first occurs in the Circuit of 1808, Judge Joseph C. Yates presiding.  In the case of Peter B. Garnsey, vs. Seth Garlick--subject of controversy unknown; probably trespass, as their lands adjoined.  The Courts in North Norwich were held at the old "Meeting House," demolished some twenty years since, but which I well recollect--having on one occasion, been present at the hearing of a church investigation--partly clerical and partly political--of charges preferred against Col. Jarvis K. Pike, and on which he was triumphantly acquitted.  Here, too, on the 8th of June, 1809, before Mr. Justice Smith Thompson, William M. Price, James Clapp and David Buttolph, first appeared as counsel in the case of Stephen O.. Bunyan vs James Birdsall.  Subsequently during this year, the County seat was permanently located at the village of Norwich, and the first or old Court House built on the site occupied by the present stone imposing structure.
To be continued

Obituaries (October 21)

Elias P. Pellet
Chenango Telegraph, January 15, 1840
The painful duty devolves upon us of announcing to our friends and patrons, the death of the editor of this paper, Mr. Elias P. Pellett, who died on Wednesday morning last, aged 36.  For a year past, Mr. P. had been in a delicate state of health, but not until within the short period of less than three months, did his disease (consumption) assume a malignant aspect, which threatened to baffle the exertions of the most skillful in the medical profession, and as it is shown, that scourge had fastened its deadly fangs in too deep a hold, to be released by any powers of the human kind.  For eleven years, in health and out of health, in days of political darkness and political  prosperity, has he served the Whigs of this county faithfully and truly, always at his post, battling against the myrmidons of a tyrannical Executive, and contending with all his energies for the rights of his party, the constitution and laws.  No menace intimidating, he discharged his duty without fear or favor, boldly and manfully, relying upon the strength of a good cause, to bear him safely over the raging billows of the political ocean.  But ours is not the task, nor are our editorials the province of his energy; yet we may be excused in extracting the following obituary notice, which appeared in Saturday's Albany Evening Journal:
Death of the Editor of the Chenango Telegraph
We are deeply pained today with intelligence which consigns an oarly and cherished friend to the grave.  Elias P. Pellet, Editor of the Chenango Telegraph, died at Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], in the thirty-sixth year of his age, on Wednesday.  This melancholy result has been for some weeks anticipated.  Premonitories of an alarming nature were discovered early in the autumn.  These soon took the form of a decided pulmonary disease, and for the last two months his friends have not been permitted to hope for his recovery.
We have known Mr. Pellet intimately from his early youth.  Twenty years since, when we published a paper in Norwich, the deceased, in his boyhood, was residing near the village on his Father's farm.  He had an unquenchable thirst for information, and used to devote his leisure hours and evenings to the reading of "exchange papers" in our office.  He soon expressed a desire to acquire a knowledge of the "art preservative of all arts," and actually became a very good printer, by working at night, while the day was devoted to his Agricultural duties.  About twelve years ago Mr. Pellet became the Editor and Publisher of the Chenango Telegraph, to which he has devoted himself with untiring industry and singular ability.
Few men were more familiar with the political history of the last twenty years.  Few have labored more zealously, and none with a patriotism more unalloyed than our departed friend.  He was of an ardent temperament, and in the heat of the conflict, wrote with earnestness and severity.  But he never gave his paper, his talents, or himself, to any cause but that which he believed would promote the welfare of the People, and advance the glory of the State.
The People of Chenango have lost a faithful and efficient guardian of their rights and interests.  The public Press has lost one of the brightest ornaments.  We have lost a much loved friend, the recollection of whose services and virtues will not soon be effused from our memory.
Andrew B. Knapp
Northern Christian Advocate, March 28, 1849
Mr. Andrew B. Knapp died, of consumption, in Cherry Valley [Otsego Co., NY], Feb. 4, 1849.
Having resided in our family for many years, and at a period in life when his habits and character were being formed and developed, we confidently speak what we know, and testify to what we have seen, when we say that his whole character was a combination of excellence, peculiarly amiable and lovely. With a heart which was the home of kindness, a conscience remarkably sensitive upon moral subjects and a desire to do right, his strong point of character was his unflinching integrity  He was born in Westmoreland, Oneida Co., N.Y., and born again in the winter of 1841, in Madison, where he became a member of the M.E. Church. During the ensuing Spring, he removed to the far west, and located in the village of Green Bay, where he found the Church of his choice, and in which he officiated as steward, class leader, and Sabbath School superintendent, with great acceptability and usefulness.  In the spring of 1848 he returned to his native town, with a view of improving his health.  But, Alas, it seemed otherwise ordered by a kind Providence.  Though surrounded by the best of earthly friends, he gradually sunk under the influence of disease.  His last hours, which were peculiarly peaceful and happy, were employed in recommending that religion which was his only support and hope  --  W.C. Loomis  Cherry Valley, March 13th, 1849
Maud Baldwin
Cortland Standard, January 20, 1914
North Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY]:  Last Thursday evening our village was saddened by hearing the news of the death of Miss Maude Baldwin, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs.. Adelbert Baldwin, who had been ill with typhoid fever since Christmas, but for several days had seemed to be improving., when suddenly almost without warning, she passed away.  Besides her father and mother she leaves one sister, Miss May Baldwin, and many friends to  mourn her loss. The funeral was held from the family home Monday afternoon.
May Baldwin
DeRuyter Gleaner, May 21, 1914
Miss May Baldwin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert Baldwin, was born May 9, 1896 and died May 14, 1914.  she had been sick for about five weeks with typhoid fever.  It seems sad that one so young should be taken so suddenly away.  She and her sister, Maud, who died Jan. 15, were to have graduated from High School at South Otselic the coming June. The funeral was largely attended Monday afternoon, Rev. J.C. Whitney of McGraw officiating.  Funeral Director Woodley had charge of interment, which was made in our village cemetery.  The family have the sympathy of all in this their double bereavement.
Cortland Standard, May 21, 1914
North Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY]:  Last Thursday evening a feeling of sorrow pervaded our community when the word was passed from one to another that Miss May Baldwin, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert Baldwin, had passed away.  Miss Baldwin had been ill for nearly five weeks with typhoid fever and everything that careful nursing and medical skill could do had been done, but without avail. She leaves to mourn her loss besides her parents many near friends, who have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.  The funeral was held from the home of her parents Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. J.C. Whitney of McGraw officiating.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Obituaries (October 20)

William W. Blossom
Syracuse Daily Journal, January 7, 1919
Caught in the inner door of one of the building elevators, in an attempt to board a moving car, and carried to the top of the entrance door, William W. Blossom of 808 S. State st. was instantly killed in the lobby of the City Bank Building Tuesday morning at 11:30.  Blossom's head was crushed and he was otherwise badly injured.  Miss Jane Weeks, the girl who was running the lift at the time of the accident was almost prostrated.  She stated that there were four or five people in the car and upon looking out she saw that the lobby was empty.  She then started the car. She says that she did not know that Blossom had tried to get aboard the elevator until she heard one of the passengers scream.  Turning around she saw the man wedged between the floor of the elevator and the top of the car to the ground floor.  Blossom was dead when he was extricated from the car.
William Sullivan of 609 Vine st. said that he and Blossom had been in the search for employment all morning and when opposite the City Bank Building Blossom told Sullivan that he had some business in the building with an insurance man.  On entering the structure Sullivan said that he would wait for Blossom.  He says that when they entered the lobby the doors of the elevator started to close.  Blossom, he states, quickly made a dive for the entrance, and, according to Sullivan, was caught between the doors. The first door is stationary and is of heavy metal, while the inner door is fastened on the elevator and is made of strips of brass.  Blossom succeeded in passing the first door, but the second, offering more resistance, pinned him in the entrance and carried him up.  The elevator started at a rapid rate, and when Blossom's head struck the top of the door it was crushed.  The janitors of the building removed the body from the elevator and laid it on the lobby floor.  Coroner Crane was summoned and ordered the remains removed to the County Morgue for an autopsy. 
Blossom, who was about 45 years of age, was a carpenter by trade and had just finished work on a house in upper James st., and was looking for further employment at the time of his death.  His wife, who had no knowledge of her husband's death until called upon by a Journal reported, bore up bravely when notified of her sudden bereavement at noon today.  Besides his widow, Blossom is survived by five children, Pauline, 12; Prudence, 11; Stuart, 7; Florence, 2; and Wilfred, who has not yet reached his first year.  Blossom at the time of his death carried in his pocket a book of thrift stamps for each of his five children.
Norwich Sun, January 9, 1919
William W. Blossom, a former citizen of Norwich was crushed to death in an elevator at Syracuse yesterday according to the following taken from an exchange in that city.
"An investigation into the death of William W. Blossom, a painter, No. 808 South State street, who was crushed to death in an elevator in the City Bank building Tuesday morning, was begun by Coroner Crane yesterday.  It may be concluded today Blossom met his death as he tried to board the car before the door was closed and as the elevator started upward.  His death was accidental, according to Coroner Crane who issued a certificate of death yesterday morning.  'I have started an investigation to ascertain just how Blossom met his death,' said Coroner Crane 'I do not blame any one in particular.  I believe the accident was purely accidental.  It would seem to me from what I have been able to learn that it was Blossom's own fault.  If he had not attempted to board the car before the door was closed it is certain that the accident would not have happened. The operator was behind a group of passengers.  She swung the door shut, or at least thought she did, and started the car. Blossom stepped between the door and the elevator casing and was crushed to death.  Blossom's funeral will take place from the Free Methodist church in Linden street at 12:30 o'clock this afternoon.  The body will be taken to Norwich for burial."

Erford Whaley
Norwich Sun, January 9, 1919
North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  One of the saddest events that has occurred in this vicinity was the death of Erford Whaley on Dec. 30, 1918.  He was a young man of sterling integrity who had grown up in and about that section.  He has worked on different farms and for several years was a faithful employee of the Standard Dairy Co. at Sherburne Four Corners.  Last spring he changed from the creamery and operated the farm known as the Dudley Johnson farm in Plymouth.  About three weeks ago he received a call from the Standard Dairy Co. asking him to be manager of the creamery where he had previously worked.  He then closed the contract with Mr. Johnson and prepared to move to Sherburne Four Corners during which time rainy weather prevailed.  Mr. and Mrs. Whaley and son, Vincent, were all taken with hard colds and moving into a cold house without help to care for them pneumonia developed rapidly and could not be checked.  He was 31 years of age and passed away surrounded by his family and mother, Mrs. Charles Collier, his three brothers and three sisters.  He was married on Sept. 30, 1911, to Miss Gladys Huntley of Plymouth.  He is survived by his wife and son, Vincent, and a large circle of relatives.  His many friends extend their deepest and most sincere sympathy.

Alice Clemie (Shaw) Royce
DeRuyter Gleaner, October 10, 1929
Mrs. Alice Royce departed from this life, October 1, 1929, although having been in failing health for some months, she was confined to the bed for only a few days.  Alice Clemie Shaw was born in So. Otselic [Chenango Co., NY], April 28, 1857, and was the daughter of Hiram and Sarah Taber Shaw. She united with the Baptist church of South Otselic when a young girl.  On April 6, 1877, she was married to Harian Royce of Sherburne, who died several years ago.  Deceased is survived by six daughters:  Mrs. Earl Chapman and Mrs. Lynn Trass of Georgetown; Mrs. State Blasier of Fayetteville, Miss Mabel Royce of New York City, Mrs. Linus Harvey and Mrs. George Allen of South Otselic; two sons, Floyd Royce of long island and Herbert Royce of Georgetown; two stepsons, Irving Royce and Homer Royce of South Otselic.  The funeral was held in the Baptist church at South Otselic on Thursday, October 3rd, 1929, Rev. Whitney officiating.  Burial was made in Maple Grove Cemetery at Otselic.

Libbie S. (Park) Brown
DeRuyter Gleaner, June 8, 1927
Following several months illness, Mrs. Libbie Brown, wife of R.R. Brown, died Friday morning aged 63 years.  Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. E.J. Angell and Mrs. Nina Stack; two brothers, Lennie K. and Leslie Park, also the aged mother.  Funeral services were held from the home on Monday, June 5th, which was largely attended.  The services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. I.C. Whitney, with the Wm Breese Co., undertakers, in charge.  Burial was made in the new plot in Valley View cemetery [South Otselic, Chenango Co., NY].

Ralph Randall Brown
1858 - 1928
Ralph R. Brown, 68, president of the B.F. Gladding Company of South Otselic [Chenango Co., NY] and prominent in business in the community, died at his home at 4:30 o'clock Wednesday morning, following an illness of several years.  He was born within a few miles of his late home, September 8, 1859, the son of Ledyard and Eliza Gladding Brown.  Practically all his life had been spent in the village of South Otselic and for the past 40 years he had been connected with the firm of B.F. Gladding & Company.  His wife Mrs. Libble Park Brown, died last June.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Earl Angell and Mrs. M.L. Stack, both of South Otselic. A sister, Mrs. H.B. Matthewson and four grandchildren and an uncle John E. Gladding of Cortland, also survive.  In addition to his office as president of the Gladding Company he was vice president and director of the Otselic Valley National Bank and was a director of the Citizens' Hotel Corporation of Syracuse and the Excelsior Insurance Company of Syracuse.  He was a member of the South Otselic Methodist Episcopal Church and was also connected with the Odd Fellows.  The funeral will be held from the home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. F.M. Williams of Phoenix officiating, assisted by Rev. Harry Williams of South Otselic.  Burial will be made in the family plot at Valley View cemetery [South Otselic, NY].

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Obituaries (October 19)

Luther Brown
DeRuyter Gleaner, May 5, 1904
Luther Brown died at the home of D.Z. Dickerson Thursday evening, aged 75 years.  Mr. Brown was born and always lived at North West Corners, in the town of Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], until about a month ago when himself and wife, who was a sister of the late Mrs. Dickerson, came to reside with Mrs. Dickerson.  The funeral was held Sunday and burial at South Otselic [Chenango Co., NY]
LeRoy Stanton
DeRuyter Gleaner, June 24, 1909
LeRoy Stanton was born in the town of Pharsalia, Chenango Co., Sept. 1, 1825, one of a family of eight children.  Oct. 3, 1847, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Allen by whom he had one child.  He was married to Sarah Bentley, July 16, 1852.  Three children came to bless this union.  He lived ten years in Wisconsin, while there enlisting in the Civil War, where he served ten months at the close of the war. The greater part of his life has been spent in Chenango Co., but he has lived in DeRuyter continuously for nearly thirteen years and died at his home here June 17, 1909, at the age of 83 yrs. 9 months, 16 days.  He is survived by a wife and three children, Mrs. Mary M. Anthony of Sidney, Mrs. A.C. Nichols of Leonardswille and Altha Stanton of DeRuyter.  One daughter, Mrs. W.J. Warner of South Otselic, had previously died.  The funeral services were held at the home in DeRuyter, after which the body was taken to Otselic for burial.
John B. Henry
Cortland Democrat, April 11, 1913
East Homer [Cortland Co., NY]:  John B. Henry, a veteran of the Civil war and a lifelong resident of this place, where he was born September 23, 1840, died Sunday after a long illness with heart trouble.  He was married in November, 1868, to Miss Elizabeth Miller.  On his 21st birthday he enlisted in the 76th Reg. N.Y. Vols.  He was a charter member of Albright grange and was a member of Truxton Post G.A.R.  The funeral was held from his late home Tuesday, Rev. H.E. Crossley officiating.  Mrs. H.C. Howard and Mrs. Fred I. Graham of Cortland sang two selections.
Milton Thompson
Cortland Democrat, April 11, 1913
South Otselic [Chenango Co., NY]:  Milton Thompson a life long resident of Otselic died from organic heart disease Wednesday, April 2, at his home on the state road about one and a half miles above South Otselic.  Mr. Thompson was born on the old Thompson homestead near Otselic Center, March 5, 1847, his parents being Lewis and Lucretia Thompson.  In 1864, at the age of 17 years, he enlisted in Co. E, 22d Regiment N.Y. Cav. and served until the end of the war.  By occupation he was a farmer, which calling he followed until his death.  His wife was Miss Dalrymple, a sister of Isaac Dalrymple. Two children were born to them, a son Charles of Alexandria Bay and a daughter Lillian, both of whom with his wife survive him.  He also has a brother and sister living, Rev. George Thompson of New York and Miss Elizabeth Thompson of Zion City, Ill.  The funeral was held from his late residence Saturday, Rev. J.C. Whitney officiating.  Interment in Valley View cemetery [South Otselic, NY].
Millard Perry
Norwich Sun, January 9, 1919
Mr. and Mrs. Lafe Perry of North Otselic [Chenango Co., NY], were notified on Wednesday that their son Private Millard Perry was dead.  Private Perry left this city [Norwich, Chenango Co., nY] in September with the contingent which went to Syracuse.  He was inter transferred to Camp Holabird, Md., where he was in the Motor Transport service Company B, repair unit 321.  Private Perry was sick only a short time being suddenly taken with appendicitis after an operation for mastoiditis at Ft. McHenery hospital where he died Wednesday forenoon.  Besides his parents Private Perry is survived by one brother, Harold Perry, who is in the United States army.
Norwich Sun, January 22, 1919
Otselic:  The community was shocked Wednesday to learn of the death of Private Millard Perry of Camp Holabird, Md., having passed away at Fort McHenery hospital Tuesday, Jan. 7th at 12 midnight.  He underwent an operation for appendicitis from which he did not rally.  Previous to this he was just recovering from an operation for an abscess in his head back of the left ear, which had to be drilled through the bone to relieve the cause.  The parents received word Tuesday of this serious illness and his mother, Mrs. Hattie Perry and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer were on their way to Maryland to visit him when word came that he was gone.  They were notified at Scranton and returned home.  The remains arrived here Friday accompanied by a soldier escort.
Millard was 25 years old October 6th.  He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Perry, his brother, Duane, having died 12 years ago.  A brother, Private Harold Perry, who had just been moved from Spartanburg, S.C. to Camp Dix, was not permitted to come home.  Millard had a jovial disposition and made many friends and much sympathy is extended to his parents and brother in their bereavement.  The funeral was held Monday, Jan. 13 at one p.m. at the church, Rev. Gibbons of South Otselic officiating, assisted by Rev. J.L. Gregory.  Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Loomis sang two selections.  The casket was draped with the American flag and strewn with carnations from his many friends. The bearers were soldier boys, Ward Evans of Georgetown, Gerald Beckwith of South Otselic, Clayton Brown of Norwich, Waldo Volmer of Smyrna. 
Private Millard Perry Died at Army Camp
Otselic:  The many friends of Private Millard A. Perry, motor Transport, Co. B, repair unit, 21, were saddened when the telegram came Wednesday morning last that he had passed away at midnight.  Millard answered the call of his country and entered camp Syracuse Sept. 4, 1918, for the limited service, and Oct. 12th went to Camp Holabird, Md.  He wrote such good letters home, describing his work and camp life, always saying, "I am all right; don't worry."  Dec. 26th he had a serious operation for masoiditis, and was gaining nicely.  Tuesday a telegram came saying he was seriously ill with appendicitis.  His mother and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer started Wednesday morning for Maryland, but received the message that he was gone.  His body came Friday morning.
Millard had a host of friends as has been shown by the beautiful floral pieces that have been sent.  He was dressed in his uniform and a large American flag draped on the casket. The funeral was largely attended today at the church.  Revs. Gvens and Gregory spoke comforting words; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Loomis sang two appropriate songs.  Four boys dressed in their uniforms acted as bearers.  He was laid to rest in Maple Grove cemetery beside his brother, Duane.  He leaves beside his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Perry, a brother Harold, who is in Camp Dix, N.J. and unable to reach home for he funeral;  several uncles, aunts and cousins, who will all miss him. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Obituaries (October 18)

Dr. H. Frank Preston
1862 - 1915
Dr. H. Frank Preston, a well known physician and surgeon, died at his home, 206 Albany street, at 3:30 a.m., today after being in failing health for several years.  In spite of his illness and weakened condition he faithfully kept up the performance of his duties and often answered calls when he, himself, was in need of medical attention.  In his great sympathy for those in distress he lost sight of his own welfare and several weeks ago contracted a cold that brought about his premature death.  Dr. Preston enjoyed the esteem of his brother physicians and his fine character, lofty principles and big hearted nature won the admiration and respect of persons in every walk in life.  His passing removed a capable physician, loyal citizen, and devoted husband and father and there will be many who will grieve at the news of his death.  Dr. Preston was born in DeRuyter [Madison Co.., NY], November 7, 1862, and after receiving his college education at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.Y., where he was graduated, he took a medical course at the University of Vermont of which he was also a graduate.  Since he began to practice medicine in this city in 1890 he had acquired a large practice by constant effort, faithful attention to this duty and progressive spirit.  He was a member of the East Utica Baptist church and the I.O.O.F.  He was married in 1900 in Altoona, Pa.  Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Kenneth and Keith.  Another son, H. Frank, Jr., died six years ago in Cuba.
John F. Swailes
DeRuyter Gleaner, February 7, 1907
John F. Swailes died at the home of his adopted daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Wilbur, Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 1907, aged 85 years, 1 mo and 17 days.  The cause of death was pneumonia.  Deceased is also survived by his wife, who is very ill at the home of her brother, F.A. Railer.  The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of his daughter, Rev. Benjamin Rowe officiating.  Undertaker Woodley will conduct the burial in Valley View cemetery [South Otselic, Chenango Co., NY]
Mrs. John F. Swailes
DeRuyter Gleaner, February 14, 1907
Mrs. John F. Swailes died on Wednesday last at the home of her brother, Fred Raider, who also died Saturday morning.  Mrs. Swailes funeral was held at the home of her adopted daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Wilbur.  Interment was made in Valley View cemetery [South Otselic, Chenango Co., NY] by the side of her husband who was buried the Tuesday previous. Thus a husband and wife and a brother were buried within a week.  The cause of death in each case being pneumonia.  Mr. Raider's funeral was held at his late home Monday afternoon, Rev. Benjamin Rowe officiating.  Undertaker Woodley conducted the burial in Valley View cemetery.  Deceased is survived by a son, John, and a daughter, Mrs. Ira L. Sherman, all of this palce.
Ledyard Cook
DeRuyter Gleaner, January 31, 1907
Ledyard Cook, who suffered a shock about two weeks since, died at his home in this village Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 1907, aged 83 years.  Mr. Cook was for many years a resident of Lincklaen but moved to this village about two years ago.  He was married to Esther Colegrove 58 years ago Jan. 4th.  Deceased is survived by his widow, two sons and a daughter, William L. Cook of South Otselic, Frank L. Cook of Taylor and Mrs. B.F .Gladding of South Otselic.  One brother, Alanson J. Cook of South Otselic and three sisters, Mrs. Betsey Russell of DeRuyter, Mrs. Jane Whitby of Cincinnatus and Mrs. James M. Davis of North Pitcher also survive.  The funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. C. Whitney officiating.  Interment in Valley View cemetery.  [South Otselic, Chenango Co., NY]
Death Notices
Chenango Union, October 14, 1875
CRANDALL:  In New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], Sept. 29, Mrs. Betsey Crandall, aged 89.
PEARL:  In Earlville [Madison Co., NY], Oct. 2, Marsha C. Pearl, aged 49.
PRENTICE:  In Parma, Monroe Co., Oct. 6, Mrs. Harriet A. Prentice, wife of Rev. R.R. Prentice, formerly of Norwich, aged 58.
ELDREDGE:  In Walla Walla, Wash. Territory, Sept. 19, Anna Lucia [Eldredge], daughter of Harrison S. and Kittie Eldredge, aged 3 months, 12 days.
RICE:  In Moravia, Oct. 5, Emogene [Rice], daughter of Augustus L. Rice, aged 19, formerly of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY]
BACON:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 2, Mrs. Anna Bacon, aged 102 years 2 months 18 days.  Mrs. Bacon was head of the family, known in the vicinity as the Reese family.

Murder of Tilla Miner - 1885

Matilda "Tilla" Miner
The New Era-Gleaner, DeRuyter, NY, August 13, 1885
    About 6 o’clock last Monday morning, while Mrs. Elizabeth Miner and her two daughters, Ella and Matilda, were eating breakfast in their pleasant residence one-half mile north of South Otselic [Chenango Co., NY] on the “ridge road,” Edward W. Preston, a young man who worked for Mrs. Miner’s son Adelbert, on the farm across the street, came up the steps and through the open door into the kitchen.  Mrs. Miner looked up and said “Good morning;” he made no reply, and immediately drawing a revolver, commenced firing at the younger daughter Matilda.  The first ball struck the wall, near her shoulder; she sprang up and ran screaming into the pantry, a second shot striking the kitchen floor behind her.  Her assailant ran through the parlor and stairway hall to meet her; she made a desperate effort to hold the pantry door against him, but he forced it open and as his victim ran back into the kitchen and toward the bedroom he fired twice, the last ball entering her back on the left side and passing through the heart.  She fell on her face, dead.  Preston then went out the front door and when just inside the gate placed the revolver to his head [and fired]...He lingered in an unconscious condition for some three hours.  The terror of the household during the brief moments in which the tragedy was enacted, cannot be imagined.  Mrs. Miner is badly crippled by rheumatism, and had a little grandson in her arms; the sister’s strength was as nothing in frustrating, as she endeavored to, the efforts of the murderer.  Preston was a tall, broad-shouldered, muscular young fellow, and was not to be thwarted in his attempt to take the girl’s life.  The jealousy which for more than two years had eaten away at his heart until there was little of manliness or reason left, was only to be appeased by blood.  The testimony at the coroner’s inquest shows some remarkable features.  He had waited on Tillie Miner more than two years; they had been engaged for some time; evidently, as his jealous and revengeful disposition became more and more revealed to her, she had grown afraid of him and her love had waned.  He noted the change; and the green-eyed monster within him grew more selfish and exacting.  If a gentleman friend conversed with her at a public gathering, he would pace the floor, his face purple with rage and his brawny fists hard clenched.  He purchased a revolver, and filled the air with threatenings to shoot himself, the fellow—whoever he might be—that should win his girl away from him, and finally the girl herself if she did not marry him or went with any one else. These threats were made to divers ones, at various times.  For more than a month he had carried a revolver.  He was known to be quick tempered and revengeful.  Years ago, we are told, he was concerned in a melee in school in which he drew a pistol on the teacher, and in another similar disturbance he stabbed an adversary with his pocket knife.  With such an unflattering reputation, and with a law against the carrying of concealed weapons, it seems remarkable that he was permitted to talk bloodshed so freely and publicly without being called to account by some of his listeners….Edward W. Preston was the son of Hiram Preston, who resides on the ridge road four miles north of the Burg.  He was about 19 years old; good looking, and of good habits.  His connections are highly respectable, and feel keenly the unfortunate position in which his act has placed them.  We understand that his reading was largely of the sensational Jesse James variety; that he sat up late at night, filling his diseased mind with such literature.  The result is in part but an illustration of cause and effect.  Of Miss Miner, the unfortunate victim, we hear only words of the highest respect.  She was unusually beautiful in form, feature and disposition, and was a universal favorite.  Her tragic death falls with terrible force upon her aged and crippled mother, as well as a large circle of relatives.  South Otselic, indeed, mourns this week, and mingles her tears with those so heavily afflicted. 

Chenango Union, Aug. 20, 1885
     South Otselic:  Thursday there was the largest funeral ever attended in Otselic, it being the burial of Tillie Miner, who was murdered by Edwin Preston.  The grave was beautifully decorated with flowers which kind friends had lovingly scattered around, it being the last act of love to her memory. 
Lines on the Death of Matilda Miner
Who was shot in South Otselic on August 10, 1885
Dear little Tilly, we have laid her to rest
In her beautiful bed 'neath the sod;
Under the flowers that loving hands strewed
We have left her alone with her God.
She was but a child, innocent, pure and true;
Beautiful as a rose just bursting into bloom;
None knew her but to love her.
How could we bear her to the cold, silent tomb.
She was her widowed mother's youngest child,
The petted darling of the family all.
It seemed they could not spare her,
But from the sleep of death they could not call.
She was a happy, winsome girl,
Nimble footed as a fawn;
Every movement lithe and graceful,
But God hath taken--she has gone.
Gone to a sweet and eternal rest,
Gone to a world where sorrow cannot come.
Precious darling she has left us
For that beautiful, heavenly home.
We miss her, God only knows how much;
How can we be reconciled to this great sorrow;
Why was she taken from us thus,
Will it be revealed in that great tomorrow.
Was it to take her from a life of sorrow and care,
From afflictions that we could not see;
Heavenly father, you only know
Why these things were so to be.
O God of mercy, thou who ruleth over all,
Help thy children in their sore distress,
And while we must submit to thy decree,
Help us to feel that it may be for the best.
by Mrs. H.F. Miner                                      

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chenango & Unadilla Valleys 50 years Ago in 1872

Chenango and Unadilla Valleys Fifty Years Ago
by S.S. Randall
Chenango Union, February 28, 1872

Norwich, Chenango Co., NY
[A walk about the downtown of the 1820s]
Continued from posting of October 16, 2017
Immediately north of the Fenton store, on the west side of North Main street, stood and still stands [in 1872] the "Bank of Chenango," first incorporated in 1818; a fine substantial brick edifice--and with the exception of the Clerk's Office, then the only brick edifice in the village.  James Birdsall was at this time its Cashier, and George Field, Teller.  Next to this was a large store, belonging to Asa Norton--a portion of which was afterwards occupied as the office of the "Telegraph."  Then came the residence and shop of Jeduthan Hitchcock, painter; that of Bela Farr, silversmith; that of Samuel Pike, the Rev. Edward Andrews, O.G. Rundell, Dr. Henry Mitchell, Capt. William Church, James M. D. Carr, Josiah Dickinson, Elisha Smith, and at the extremity of the street on that side the extensive farm now owned by Col. Hewitt of Sam. Randall--known as "Leather Stocking," from his unflinching honesty and primeval simplicity of manners.
Bela Farr somehow always reminded me of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates.  He was one of the best and apparently--though not really--one of the laziest of men; seeming never to have anything to do which might in any manner interfere with his public discussions with his fellow citizens, in the market places, stores, shops or offices.  He was a great reader, and a sound thinker and critic.  The Waverly novels had just then made their appearance, and were purchased in paper covered volumes as they appeared, by a small literary coterie and deposited in the Clerks' Office for distribution among the subscribers.  Here was Mr. Farr to be met with, at almost any hour discussing with Noah Hubbard, and his brother the editor, Abial Cook, Geo. Field, my father, and others, the merits of Waverly, Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and his Antiquary. Although a mere boy, I was a pleased and interested listener to these animated discussions, and derived great benefit from them.  Noah Hubbard, in especial was an admirable critic, and a thorough and well read scholar.  he was himself a vigorous poetical writer, and familiar with all the poetical and classical literature of the eighteenth and the first twenty years of the nineteenth century.
Samuel Pike would have been an invaluable Chief of Police, from his varied experience in the arts and devices of the criminal population, to escape the punishment due to their misdeeds.  Many an exciting recital have I heard from him of "hair-breadth escapes and perils imminent by flood and field," in the pursuit, reclamation and oversight of the prisoners committed to his charge as jailor.  He seemed to be perfectly at home in this business, and to have entered into it with the utmost enthusiasm.  He was moreover a man of great personal worth and integrity.
Dr.  Mitchell was highly eminent in his profession, and commanded the most implicit confidence on the part of his patients and the community at large.  He was prompt, decided, brusque, and occasionally quick tempered when occasion called; well read in his profession, a close student, and an indefatigable practitioner.  He too, was a frequent attendant at the literary coteries of the Clerk's Office.
Judge Elisha Smith was one of the earliest settlers of the village, and was a man of far more than ordinary mental abilities and attainments.  Capt. Church was a veteran soldier of the revolution, and a gentleman at all points.  I have often heard him and my grandfather Edmunds "fight their battles over again" in our cozy sitting room at home; and been honored at occasional intervals in the recapitulation of those "times which tried men's souls" by voyages to and from the well stocked cellar for bringing flagons of cider, to wash down the frequent pipes of tobacco, and the memory of many a heroic exploit.
Opposite Col. Sam Randall's farm, on the east side of the street, was the farm of Samuel Hammond, and for many years afterwards, in the possession of his son-in-law, Joseph H. Moore.  Next south lay the Harris farm, then occupied by the venerable Samuel Hull, who had succeeded to the proprietorship by marriage and was then, in 1820-1 quite an old man--wholly devoted to the spread of Universalism and who was often to be found on Sunday with his venerable colleagues, Col. Wiliam Munroe, Uriah Avery, Benjamin Edmunds, Capt. Church, and eon or two others seated in the Clerk's desk, in front of the judges' bench in the old Court House, greedily drinking in the discourses of Hosea Ballou of Boston, Stephen R. Smith of Clinton, Elders Jones and Underhill.  These distinguished divines were then well known and highly appreciated as among the immediate disciples of Murray the great founder of Universalism in America.  Blinn Harris, a son of the original proprietor of the Harris farm, also had a dwelling a little north of the homestead, and Archibald Clark, a builder, and partner of David Oviatt, and who had also married "daughter of the house" (and a beautiful woman she was) another on the south.  Next below this was the residence and farm of Judge Noyes; adjoining on the south, that of Squire Harris; and then came, situated a little back of the street, with an open playground in front, occupying the site of the old school house, the Academy, a large, two story edifice, with two rooms and a hall on the first floor for common district school purposes and two large rooms on the second for select or high schools. 
The End

Obituaries (October 17)

Rev. Ira M. Allen
The Sabbath Recorder, November 22, 1849
By a letter from Dr. J.G. Candee, dated in camp near San Diego, Oct. 4, 1849, the New York Recorder has received the painful intelligence of the death of Rev. Ira M. Allen late Secretary of the American and Foreign Bible Society, who started for California last winter.  It took place August 30th, on the Rio Gila, about 120 miles from the Colorado.  The health of Mr. Allen was such that he complained during the whole journey.  He was much enfeebled by an attack of diarrhea, which seized him on the Rio Grande del Norte, and continued several weeks.  It was finally checked, but returned again in a few days with a power that would not yield to medical skill, and after several weeks of suffering and anxiety, the patient died.  His remains were buried on the morning of the thirty-first of August on the banks of the Rio Gila.
Karl Royce
Norwich Sun, Nov. 27, 1925
This community was shocked Saturday morning to learn of the death of Karl Royce, aged 25 years.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Royce.  Karl, in company with four other boys, started to attend the basketball game at Earlville Friday night.  When on the Lebanon road near the turn to the Hamilton road, Kenneth Bliss, driving a Ford sedan, lost control and the car in some way tipped over.  Karl sitting in the middle on the back seat was thrown through the top of the car fracturing his skull.  He was taken to the office of Dr. Parker at Earlville.  His parents were notified, and he was rushed to the Norwich Memorial Hospital, where he died about one hour after reaching there.  He never regained consciousness.  The other boys came out without being hurt.  The car was a total wreck.  Karl was a good boy and had many friends who are saddened to learn that his young life was cut short.  Mr. and Mrs. Royce have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.  The funeral was held Tuesday with prayer at home at 1:30 p.m. and services at the Otselic church at 2 o'clock, the Rev. A.H. Youell officiating, interment was made in Maple Grove cemetery [Otselic, Chenango, Co., NY]
Our whole school mourns the passing of Karl Royce. That his death occurred as the result of an auto accident while on the way to Earlville to show his school loyalty, by supporting our Girls' Basketball team, was characteristic of Karl.  Always loyal, always courteous, always cheerful, and in many other ways, a boy whom we cannot help but miss and whose memory will always be cherished.  To his parents and relatives and to our common brother David, we extend a sympathy which cannot find suitable expression in words.   Signed by the Faculty and the Students of Georgetown High School. 
Calpherne Davenport Ellsworth
Norwich Sun, November 27, 1925
Otselic [Chenango Co., NY]:  News was received last Friday of the death of Mrs. Calpherne Davenport Ellsworth of Earlville [Madison Co., NY], aged 81 years, who died at her home Thursday evening after a long illness. Mrs. Ellsworth was born in Otselic. She was united in marriage to Josiah Davenport, and they conducted a store and millinery shop for many years at Otselic. To them were born four sons:  Dr. Clarence Davenport, of New Jersey, Morris, of Eaton, Deforest of Utica, Ura of Sherburne, and two daughters, Blanche, who died when a child, and Mrs. Angeline Hall, who lives in California. After Mr. Davenport's death in 1893, the family moved away. The children married and settled in homes in the above places.  Later on Mrs. Davenport was united in marriage to Linas Ellsworth who survives her, besides her children, and ten grandchildren.  One brother of this place, a sister, Mrs. Angeline Allen of McDonough, and many friends also mourn her loss.  She was a member of the Otselic M. E. church for many years and when she made Earlville her home her membership was transferred there. The funeral was largely attended at the Otselic church at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, her pastor from Earlville officiating. The Rev. Youell and Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Miles sang "Abide With Me," and "Asleep in Jesus."  Her grandsons acted as bearers.  She was buried by the side of her first husband in Maple Grove cemetery [Otselic, NY].
Jesse Church
DeRuyter Gleaner, August 1, 1929
South Otselic was shocked by the sudden death of Jesse Church, who was killed instantly Sunday night about 7:00 o'clock when his Ford truck was wrecked at Wire's Corner near Taylor and his brother, Leo Church, of Cortland, was seriously injured.  The two brothers were returning to Cortland after a fishing trip at DeRuyter Lake when the truck struck a concrete culvert and turned over throwing the two men out of the machine.  Clayton Heath's ambulance form Cincinnatus took Leo Church to the Cortland hospital, where he was found to be suffering from a fractured skull also internal injuries and has not gained consciousness.  Sheriff Jerry L. Eades of Cortland was called and investigated the accident.  Mrs. Jesse church and family had been taken to Cortland to spend the day with Mrs. Leo Church, and family and the two brothers went to DeRuyter Lake to fish and stopped at the home of Jesse church to do the chores before leaving for Cortland to get his family.  Beards' ambulance of Cortland was called and removed the body to C.H. Woodley's undertaking rooms where Coroner Johnson of Cortland viewed the remains. The victim's neck was broken, jaw broken, severe cuts about the mouth, teeth all knocked out and a severe cut over one temple and one over the heart besides other minor bruises.  Private funeral services were held at the home Wednesday with burial in Valley View cemetery [South Otselic, Chenango Co., NY]
Norwich Sun, July 22, 1929
Jesse Church of South Otselic, driver of the stage and mail route between that village and Norwich, was instantly killed between 7 and 8 o'clock Sunday night when his car crashed into the culvert at a small bridge near Taylor, Cortland county.  Leo Church, riding with his brother, was badly injured and was removed to the Cortland hospital, where grave doubts are entertained for his recovery.  He suffered a fracture of the skull and other injuries.  Both brothers had been members of a fishing party Sunday and were en route to Cortland, where the injured man lived.  Jesse Church had taken his family to Cortland early in the day, leaving them to spend the Sabbath with the family of his brother while the two went fishing.  They had finished their day's outing and were returning to Cortland with Leo when the fatality occurred.  Just what caused the accident is not known.  Jesse Church was driving the car, a Ford truck, recently purchased by him for his mail route, when suddenly the machine struck the end of the culvert with terrific force.  Jesse Church died instantly of a broken neck and his brother was badly hurt.  It is believed the high rate of speed at which the machine was going may have been one reason for the crash.  Dr. Andrews of Pitcher and Dr. Halbert of Cincinnatus were both summoned and Leo Church was taken to the Cortland Hospital.  The accident occurred at what is known as Wine's Corners, near Taylor and not far from Pitcher. The bridge is one of the two bridges over which there has been much litigation between Taylor and Cortland county. The truck is a total loss.  The victim of the fatality is 33 years of age and leaves a wife and five children.  The injured man is about 29 years old and has a wife and three children.  Jesse Church was well known at the local post office, for he had been driving the mail route for several weeks.  He was employed by another until July 1, when he took over the contract for the job himself.  His nephew, Luman Church, made the trip from South Otselic to Norwich today for the deceased uncle.