Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bainbridge Central School, Class of 1941, Part 4

Bainbridge Central School, Class of 1941
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1941
 
 
Barbara Robbins

 
Edward Searles

 
Evelyn Sheely

 
Doris Sherman

 
Robert Smith

 
Eleanor Thomas


Letter From Earle Houck, July 1944

Somewhere in the Southwest Pacific
July 30, 1944
Dear Mr. Stow,
I am writing to inform you of a change in my address but it is reasonably safe to assume that sentence will follow sentence in my usual meandering manner so draw up a chair and draw on your pipe while I draw on my store of developments in the land termed by the boys "just eight miles below hell."
 
It seems that I am now public relations man for the "Jolly Roger" heavy bomber group which operates four-motored Liberators as a part of the Fifth Air Force.  I accepted the job (that's a charitable term) amid the Army's usually generous promises of an opportunity to accomplish something important.  However, I have managed to retain that traditional suspicion which privates have held down through the wars, when approached by the Army with kind words.
 
I feel fortunate, however, to be associated with the "Jolly Roger" outfit which is generally conceded to be the "most publicized heavy bomber group in the world/"  Yank Magazine, Life Magazine, the newsreels and the papers have really gone overboard for the outfit.  As a result we are under constant attack from other bomber groups as the "glamour boys" of the war.  Whenever faced with a particularly irritating challenge we dig up the figures for the world to see...and there end the argument.  It's hard to believe that they have knocked down as many hundreds of Zeros as the records show and these do not include the "Probables."  Neither does this include the hundreds of enemy aircraft caught on the ground -- several hundred were smashed at one base alone.
 
We have just completed one weird publicity stunt featuring Jack Benny congratulating a Red Cross girl here who was chosen "Miss Jolly Roger" by the men of the outfit.  I had the good Mr. Benny by the elbow placing him in the proper spot for our photo when our usually reliable photographer suddenly went snap-happy and the result of his act proved a natural for the men who seem to find anything and everything a great cause for hilarity.  The photo with Benny and this girl was accepted by Acme News-Photo service so perhaps you will see it in some papers back in the States.
 
We have Bob  Hope coming here next after finishing up with Benny, Carole Landis and Lanny Ross.  They were very cooperative although I'm afraid the Huffman-Houck publicity team plus our unpredictable photographer, Joe Silvering, proved a sad source of doubt for the puzzled Miss Landis.  Seems that Joe, reliable old Joe, had used most of his flashbulbs up on our dubious pals and for a moment Miss Landis' film future was in doubt.  Even Mr. Benny and Mr Ross seemed more than a little perplexed and suspicious as we went into the three-man huddle that has proved to be a prelude to some rather fantastic feats of publicity.  One of these days one will fall through and we'll all be back digging ditches--and don't think we haven't learned how by now.  but back to Miss Landis--while she stood in awe listening to our violent debate on Joe's photographic skill, time kept sliding by.  They were both newspapermen, before the war and you know how complicated and violent an argument occurs every time a report and a photographer cover a story.  It's a fatal mistake to tell a photo man something about his work--draw instantly the long, involved details of photography from its origin to the present.  But try and tell a reporter that he doesn't know more about photography than a photographer.  And so Miss Landis was temporarily ignored with someone occasionally turning to give her an apologetic smile, then ducking back to the hectic debate.  Finally, however, we took care of her, I have Mr. Benny's signature on the original photo caption which I managed to write while engaged in the erudite discussion mentioned above. however I have by this time, of course, lost the prize document.
 
In addition to the public relations work, I am now correspondent for a news agency in New York City and have even written barrage of caustic comments from G.I. wits--the self appointed type.  I'm afraid, however, that "The Great American Novel" is as fantastic as their comments.  It has been sent to the States more for the purpose of getting it out of my hands like a hot potato than because of its hopes for publication.
 
I have written a stack of stories on crashes, bombing raids, heroism, New Guinea's now famous army doctor, natives and about everything else.  Hoffman, my publicity partner has illustrated a number of them.  He was formerly a staff illustrator for the New Yorker Magazine, Esquire, Redbook and a number of others.  He also taught college art.
 
The other member of the trio is Joe Silvering, an aerial photographer, who bitterly criticizes us, but always seems to be around.
 
The famed skull and crossed bombs insignia is on the tails of all our big bombers and you have probably seen that good old skull sign in the movies or in the papers.  That's the sure way to tell our Liberators.
 
There is also ever about, a remarkable character named J. Robert Witkin, who formerly was a radio announcer on a major network.  I think he was the one who came up with that venerable "Jolly Roger" slogan of "Wise up! Get on the day shift."  He is also editor of our paper and serves as a news commentator for the outfit.
 
This reminds me of the community sings which seem to accompany almost every movie over here.  Of course there are no ladies sitting with us and the mosquitoes on the grass, so when the song calls for the girls to come in, an incredible sound of piercing male notes is heard.  The boys seem to get a great kick out of singing their part in base and then going up to take the girls' part also.
 
I was riding around the air strips, where I spend a lot of time getting stories as the combat crews come home, and had a rather narrow escape--come to think about it, the usual daily escape.  I was blundering along pretty fast in a jeep which I had borrowed from the chaplain when I suddenly found that a fighter plane and I were arguing about who was to get out of the way on a narrow strip.  That's the nice thing about a jeep, doesn't matter where you go to get out of the way.  From a convenient ditch I shook my fist, the pilot shook his fist and then we both proceeded about our business of winning the war.
 
One sees some of the most remarkable sights over here.  Only today I saw a G.I. with just a pair of shorts driving a weapons carrier down the road.  What startled me was to see that he was wearing a tropical hat of they gay style American business man adopted a few years ago.
 
We have a "Jolly Roger" weekly paper here called the Buccaneer which brings the usual trials and tribulations.  Since Private Houck was editor of a daily paper over here before being called up to Fifth Air Force headquarters on one of his many unpredictable and unproductive assignments.  The pool staff turns to me frequently in their disillusionment.  It doesn't ever accomplish anything since everything I answer for them is promptly met with radicle--the old army game...you may not always be right but you're never wrong.
 
I have become involved in some volumes on Philosophy, Psychology and advanced English Grammar which also seems to irritate my laudable companions no end.  I'm getting so deep in the stuff that by now we're all tangled up and any simple comment brings forth violent and weird discussions which always increase in volume to the point that they sound like a political rally.  One officer temporarily quieted the office today by commenting that it was no wonder we got publicity for the outfit...we can be heard around the world.
 
While waiting for the water to trickle out of an old gasoline drum into by battle helmet in preparation for shaving, I had a brilliant idea.  Assuming that a lot of good slogans on our planes were wasted on the Japs who could not understand them, I suggested that we paint all the slogans on in Japanese characters.  I stressed my theory that a curious Zero pilot would sidle up a little closer to get a look and then powie...After the usual bitter bickering and derision it was decided to adopt it and you will probably soon see something in the papers about it back home.
 
The "Ken's Men," another bombing outfit, are our most bitter audience and we now have a midnight radio feud going on. We recently dedicated such numbers to them as "Can't Get Started" and "Lost in a Fog."
 
A couple of aerial gunners eating with me tonight were kidding another poor fellow on my right about the fact that his guns jammed during a mission yesterday.  It seems that while his guns were jammed, a Zero kept faking passes at the bomber and the gunner kept him respectful by swinging his guns on him.  Finally the Zero made up its mind to come in but just as he started another "Jolly Roger" plane knocked him down.  That's what the boys call "sweating it out."
 
Hoffman and I have a tent to ourselves and this tropical rain is by now familiar with every hole in the top--and there are plenty.  I have now devised an ingenious method of keeping dry nights.  Every time it drips too much on me I simply grope for the floor and by bracing my arms and lurching sideways at the same time I move about the tent all night.
 
One of the fellows on the staff of our paper was moaning to me tonight about a critical letter from somebody who disliked his comments about those who might get sent back to the States etc.  If I recall correctly, somewhere in the remarkable "Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" was mentioned a similar situation.  Franklin came up with the following answer for those critics of the "We hear..." style of writing "Englishmen, Sir, are too apt be silent when they have nothing to say; too apt to be sullen when they are silent; and when they are sullen, too apt to hang themselves."
 
I was reading about the draft back home tonight and taking a fireplace for hypothetical or conjectural purposes it is easy to see the theory that Selective Service works on.  When a fireplace draft is turned on the air in the fireplace is first to be drawn up and more air is drawn in to replace that.  Gradually you have the air of the room moving in a direct current into the fire.
 
I have the misfortune to be awakened each morning by a shrill voiced jungle bird which one of the fellows in the next tent has.  The character climbs up tent poles in the queerest manner.  He keeps his beak close to whatever he's walking on and proceeds along, matching each step with a forward thrust of his head and neck. Despite this unattractive habit, he does possess all the colors of crystals under polarized light. 
 
We read of the pre-election campaigning back in the States and from here it assumes some different facets than it did at home.  As for the winner I guess the boys are pretty open minded on the contest. We seem to have reached the conclusion that any king and any bear will worry his keepers.  To become really confused in making a selection and choosing one who has done the most good, we have but to return to Franklin's comment that "He is a fool that makes his doctor his heir."
 
My typing seems to have died to sporadic pokes at the keys since I am falling asleep on the venerable machine so will close with the hope that you will soon write one relegated to the oblivion of New Guinea.
Sincerely Yours,
Earle Houck 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Soldier News continued 1944

Nazi Propaganda
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
 
Bryan Burgin, who is home on a seven-day furlough, talked to the Rotary Club at the regular dinner Tuesday evening.  He told the club members some of his experiences in Army life and held the close attention of all.  He said that German prisoners in that section are very haughty.  When they came up New York bay and saw the New York skyline they were amazed the city could have been "rebuilt" so soon. They had been shown news reels while in the German Army where New York was blown to bits by Nazi bombers--Margaretville News. 
 
Livingston Latham is First Class Seaman
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
 
Livingston S. Latham, who has been at the Naval Training Station at Gulfport, Miss., has completed his course in the Quartermaster Corps and now has a first class seaman's rating.  He was recently transferred to Camp Shumanker, Calif.
 
Pfc. Howel Green Dies of Wounds
 
Private First Class Howell B. Green, employed in the Borden plant at Otego before entering the Army, died of wounds receive din action June 16.  He was a graduate of the Otego Central School. [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 17,  1944]
 
Pfc. Howell Green, 26, stepson of Mrs. Fred D. Kenyon of Gansevoort, was seriously wounded in action July 16, and died the same day, according to word received form the War Department last night.  Private Green, who had been in the service three years last March, was inducted from Otego.  He had been overseas since last April.  His father died three years ago and his stepmother has since remarried.  He is a native of Gansevoort and made his home with his stepmother 15 years.  His other immediate survivors are his sister, Mrs. D.J. DiBernard of Brooklyn, his brothers, Donald Green of Corinth and Baird Green of Rome, and two half brothers, Warren and Robert Green of Gansevoort, sons of Mrs. Kenyon, who is the former Miss Marion Vines, Daughter of Dr. and Mr. Edward H. Viens of Maple Avenue.  [The Satatogian, Aug. 2, 1944]
 
Kesley Peck Wins Purple Heart
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
 
Mr. and Mrs. Corbin Peck, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], formerly of Roxbury, recently received from their son, Private First Class Kesley Peck, the Purple Heart awarded him for wounds received in Normandy, France, on June 14.

Compiler Note:  Kesley Peck would later serve in the Korean War as described in the following article: 
Sidney [Delaware Co., NY]:  A Sidney baby, 11-month old Florence Catherine Peck, received a bronze-star medal, awarded to her father Sgt. Kesley Peck, who has been missing in action in North Korea,  The citation read as follows:  "In attempting to cross the river, several members of the company were swept off their feet and carried helplessly down the river by the swift current.  Without regard for his personal safety Sgt. Peck plunged into the river under intense enemy fire and in the sub-zero temperature was successful in pulling one man to safety and then returning to rescue another before he became exhausted."  Sgt. Peck was awarded this medal for Korean action in November 1950.  Two months later he was listed as missing .  It is thought he is now a prisoner of the North Koreans.  This ceremony took place at the American Legion Home last night.  The award was made by Air Force Capt. Charles E. Gibbons of Binghamton.  Sgt. Peck was born in Downsville [Delaware Co., NY], Feb. 1, 1921.  He attended school at Roxbury and joined the Army in 1939 when he was 17.  He was in World War 2, a member of the First infantry Division.  He received the Purple Heart at the Normandy Beachhead and a bronze star with oakleaf cluster in Belgium.  He was discharged in July, 1945.  he reenlisted in January 1946 and was sent to Fort Benning, Ga. While there he married the former Dorothy Halford of Columbus, Ga.  He shipped for Korea Aug. 3, 1950.  On the morning of Jan. 20, 1951, the last letter was received from him.  It was written from South Korea.  On March 13, Mrs. Peck received a letter from M/Sgt. Woodrow W. Haines from an Army hospital in the United States stating that he had been taken captive in North Korea on Jan. 20 and that he had seen Kesley Peck as a prisoner of North Koreans.  Nothing has been heard of him since that time, but it is believed that he is still a prisoner.  Attending the ceremony was the mother of Sgt. Peck, Mrs. Florence Peck, and his wife and three sisters, Mrs. Paul Shafer, Mrs. James  Hinkley of Roxbury, and  Mrs. Charles Reynolds of Bainbridge; also a brother, Pvt. Baryl Peck, stationed at Fort Devens, Mass.  [Binghamton Press, August 30, 1951]

Sgt. Robert Adsit Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944

A message from the War Department to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Adsit, of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], informed them that their son, Sgt. Robert C. Adsit, had been killed in action.  the message stated that Sergeant Adsit was killed on the island of Saipan on July 12.  Sergeant Adsit was a veteran of four year service, having been inducted into the Army in 1940.  He was the first inductee from Sherburne, and is believed to be the first infantryman from that village to be killed in action.  The Sherburne soldier, who was 26 years old, was a graduate of the Sherburne Central School and the Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse.

 
 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Obituaries (November 25)

Evelyn (Jones) Burrows

Friday October 11th, the shadow of death has again darkened another family circle in this village and Mrs. Evelyn Burrows, an aged and respected resident, passed away into the final rest at the home of her daughter Mrs. Herman Foote, where she has been tenderly cared for during her declining years.  She has been in feeble health for some time, hence her demise was not unexpected.  Deceased was the daughter of Timothy and Eliza Jones, having been born at Trout Creek, September 24, 1852.  She was united in marriage at Masonville November 28, 1879 to Charles Burrows, the result of this union being one son and two daughters, Llewelyn, Hattie and Leora.  In early life she became a member of the Methodist church and attended worship at Guilford Center when services were held in the old Methodist church there, which is now used as a barn.  When the Methodist church at the Center was closed she took her membership to the Congregational church and has been an earnest Christian woman.  She leaves a good example as a loving mother and friend and all will cherish the sweetness of her memory but know that Heaven is richer, because she is there.  Funeral services were held at the late home Monday afternoon, Rev. J.W. Bump officiating, assisted by the Rev. Cecil Plumb.  Burial was made in the Guilford Center cemetery [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY].  Those who survive are one son, Llewelyn Burrows of Bainbridge; two daughters, Mrs. Hattie Foote of this village and Mrs. Leora Rogers, of Canaan; five grandchildren, Mrs. Hazel Clark, Ralph Foote, Jesse Foote, Paul Burrows and Llewelyn Rogers; three great grandchildren, Douglas Clark, Genevieve Evelyn Clark and Norma Foote of Guilford.  [d. 11 October 1929]

Anna Elizabeth (Schell) Friedel

Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Friedel was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, July 8, 1876.  She was a daughter of Frank and Eva Veit Schell.  When 21 years of age she came to America, and the following year she was married to John Drachler, of Guilford, who passed away 18 years ago, May 20.  October 29, 1917, she was again married to Nicholas Friedel, who also preceded her to the spirit world, July 27, 1930.  Mrs. Friedel moved from the village of Bainbridge to the home of her son, Fred Drachler, intending to make her home there, but just one week later, Tuesday, May 17, she passed away from heart trouble. The funeral was held from her son's home, Friday afternoon, May 20, Rev. G.H. Orvis, officiating.  She is survived by four sons, Frank, Fred and John Drachler and Stuart Friedel of Bainbridge; two daughters, Mrs. Jay Smith of Bainbridge, and Miss Ciella Drachler of Albany; two brothers, Frank Schell of Guilford, and Ludwig Schell of Germany; also by three step-sons, Walter Friedel of Bainbridge, Michael Friedel of Binghamton, and Louis Friedel of Oneonta; and by one step-daughter, Mrs. Roland Powers of Utica.  Mrs. Friedel was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Bainbridge.  She had  a large circle of friends, was a kind neighbor and a devoted mother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Burial was in Sunset Hill cemetery, Guilford [Chenango Co., NY]

Marvin J. Strong

The funeral of Marvin J. Strong was held form his late home on North Main street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Clarence Carman, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. The attendance was very large, filling the house to its capacity, and the floral tributes were many and beautiful, speaking of the love and esteem in which the deceased was held.  The Sunday School orchestra which he had organized and conducted, attended in a body as did also delegations and representatives of the Rebekaha, the I.O.O.F. and the Masons.  Mr. Strong had been treasurer of the Masonic Lodge of this place for the past 25 years.  The bears, Earl A. Westcott, Sebert B. Hollenbeck, George Cook, Albert C. Wilcox, Charles H. Eldred and Herbert Petley, were all members of the official board of the First Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mr. Strong had served as a trustee of the church for the past 35 years, this being the longest term of service rendered by any member of the board.  An accomplished musician, he had always played an important part in the music of the church.  Mr. Strong was born in South Gibson, Pa., January 28, 1869, a son of David S. and Betsey A. Briggs Strong.  When he was only 18 years old his father died, and at the age of 11 he went to live with his uncle, James Pickering, of South Gilboa.  In his young manhood he came to New York state, and after one year spent in Binghamton he came to Bainbridge and learned the blacksmith trade form his step-father, Mr. Robinson, and he became very proficient in the art of fashioning and welding iron and steel.  In May, 1891, he married Miss Ida E. Blincoe, of Bainbridge, and all of their married life has been spent in this place.  His passing away Monday, June 13, of bronchial asthma, has left a vacant place in the hearts and in the community.  His earthly remains have been placed in the family plot in Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, NY], but his spirit still lives, and his influence for righteousness will continue to be felt.  No more appropriate text could have been selected than that from which the Funeral sermon was preached:  "Blessed are the dead which die in the lord from henceforth:  Yea, saith the Spirit, and they that may rest from their heavy labours; and their works do follow them."  Rev. 14:13.  Mr. Strong is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. E. Irene Strong, of Bainbridge; one half-sister, Mrs. B.J. Holladay, of West Colesville; one aunt, Miss Hannah Briggs, of Susquehanna, Pa., and several nieces and nephews.  [1932]

Soldier News continued, 1944

WOJG Alfred Rosenstein Appoint Assistant Adjutant
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
 
 
WOJG Alfred Rosenstein
 
WOJG Alfred J. Rosenstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Rosenstein, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has been recently appointed assistant adjutant at Camp Headquarters, Camp Barkeley, Texas.  Mr. Rosenstein enlisted in the regular Army in April of 1939 for two years foreign service.  He was stationed in Hawaii and was attached to Headquarters of Harbor Defenses at Pearl Harbor.  Upon completion of his hitch in June, 1941, Mr. Rosenstein returned to the States where he re-enlisted and was sent to New Orleans Port of Embarkation.  He remained there until he was transferred to Barkeley a short time ago. 
 
1st Lt. Edwin Holloway Receives Three Citations
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
 
Fifth Air Force, Southwest Pacific:  First Lieut. Edwin L. Holloway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Holloway, of Bainbridge R.D. 3 [Chenango Co., NY], has been awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.  The officer is a pilot with the "Jolly Rogers," heavy bomber group, which operates in the Southwest Pacific as a part of the Fifth Air Force.  Before Winning his wings as a pilot he attended Rutgers University.  The crew of his bomber has been credited with shooting down five Zeros, two of which were termed probable, and three as definite.
 
Elvin Shapley Promoted
Bainbridge News & Republican,  August 17, 1944
 
T/5 Elvin Shapley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Shapley, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and husband of Mrs. Elvin Shapley, of Livingston Manor, has been promoted to technician 4th grade at the Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla., where he is a member of the 170th Field Artillery Battalion.
 
Sgt. Robert Baker & Pfc. Joseph Day Die from Wounds
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
 
Word was received last week of deaths from wounds of two Company F boys on the island of Saipan in the Pacific.  They are Sergeant Robert C. Baker and Private First Class Joseph C. Day.  Both were members of Company F, 106th Infantry.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Views of Guilford - 1874

Views of Guilford, Chenango Co., NY
Chenango Union, July 2, 1874
 
A correspondent of the Syracuse Daily Courier, who is visiting this section of the state, gives his views upon Guilford in this County, its business, and its leading business men.  We condense from his interesting article the following:
 
This village is located on the Midland railroad, some eight miles south of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], and is beautifully situated among the fertile hills of Chenango County at the foot of Guilford lake.  This is a small place but alive with business.  I do not remember when I ever visited a more wide-awake little town.  Most of the business places here and also most of the dwelling houses are situated on one street, and that street is about one-third of a mile in length.
 
Here is one grist mill, one furnace and machine shop, three dry goods stores, one hardware store, one drug store, one grocery store, three blacksmith shops, two boot and shoe shops, one hotel, two wagon shops, one cabinet manufacturing shop, one saw mill, one door and blind factory, and three churches.  There are some six hundred inhabitants here.  The following are the business men of the place whom I became acquainted with:  Mr. W.H.H. Hull, who is the proprietor of the Guilford House.  Mr. Hull is a young man much esteemed by the citizens here, and he keeps one of the best of country hotels.  I found everything at this house in "apple pie order."
 
Mr. Frederick Young is a well-to-do farmer.  He has a fine farm some two miles from the village under the best of cultivation.
 
Mr. David Ogden is the mail carrier of the place, and is a first-class shoemaker.  He does general custom work.
 
Mr. John Market is the leading blacksmith of the place.  He is so crowded with business that he desires to employ immediately a first class horse shoer.  No other need apply.
 
Mr. A. Bradbury is the proprietor of the Guilford iron works located in the upper portion of the town.  This is an extensive manufacturing establishment.  Here they make a specialty of manufacturing "the latest improved Teed and other first-class water wheels."  They also manufacture the best variety of planers and matchers.  I learned that Mr. Bradbury is a first-class business man who has the entire confidence of the community.  Mr. A.P. Merchant in the same works manufactures "Merchant's Patent Dowelling Machine."   This machine has an extensive sale.
 
Messrs. Haynes & Miller have a large carpenter shop, and are preparing to manufacture doors, blinds and sash. They are now erecting a planning mill and also putting up a shingle machine.  They are just such men as will make a village lively.
 
Mr. A. Norton is the man who is manufacturing by machinery, butter tubs, pails and butter workers.  he is extensively patronized by the wealthy faming community who live in the vicinity.
 
Before closing this notice, I desire to inform the readers of the Courier that there is a fine water power running through this town, admirably adapted for manufacturing purposes.  Here is a splendid place for live young mechanics to commence business. The land is good and cheap, and the farmers about here are rich and liberal.  I consider such a town as this far preferable to a western town in the far west, for a young man to commence business.
 
 
 


Obituaries (November 24)

Alice (Payne) Albrecht

Alice (Payne) Albrecht died suddenly at her home in Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], Wednesday evening, December 8 [1937].  Her death came as a shock to friends and relatives in this vicinity.  She was born June 2, 1880, in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], the daughter of Elmer B. and Theodore (Bartlett) Payne.  She was united in marriage with Loren Albrecht on May 6, 1917.  They had made their home in Sidney [Delaware Co., NY] since that time.  Rev. W.E. Ellwood, pastor of the Sidney Methodist Church, of which the deceased was a member, assisted by Rev. T.A. Rich, of Unadilla, were the officiating pastors at the funeral services which were held at the Carr-Hare Funeral Parlors in Sidney on Saturday afternoon.  Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery.  Mrs. Albrecht was a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Bainbridge.  She was active in church work, and did much to brighten the lives of those around her.  Besides her husband there survive, a sister, Mrs. Julian G. Corbin, of Bainbridge; a brother, Butler B. Payne, of Afton, and several nephews and nieces.
 
Katherine (Stockwell) Beebe
 
Mrs. Katherine Stockwell Beebe, 81 years old, died at 5:40 o'clock Thursday afternoon at her home, Susquehanna, Pa., R.D.2.  She is survived by her husband, Herbert Beebe; a brother, Thomas D. Stockwell of Binghamton, and several nieces and nephews.  She was a member of the Windsor Presbyterian church for over 47 years.  the body was removed to the Chapel of Clinton E. Wood in Windsor, where the funeral was held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon.  The Rev. John Marvin of Montrose, officiated.  Burial was in the South Windsor cemetery.  The services at the funeral chapel were opened with the hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross," sung by Mrs. Frank Sornberger and her brother, Glenn Chapel, and concluded with the hymn, "The Last Mile of the Way."  Bearers were:  Ed Munson, Sheldon Pierce, Milton Kingsley, Lewis Warner, Leslie Turrell, Bradley Bell, Merton Sherwood and Robert Parks.  One of the oldest living residents of South Windsor, Mrs. Beebe was a daughter of the late Nathan and Mary Jane Knox Stockwell, residents for many years of the Dutchtown district of the Town of Windsor.  She was born in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], March 15, 1858 and attended schools there and in Dutchtown district, the public schools in Bainbridge and old Windsor Academy in Windsor Village.  She later taught school for several years in the Dutchtown district of Windsor and in neighboring townships.  She was united in marriage September 1, 1896 to Herbert Beebe a dairy farmer and lumberman of South Windsor.  The present home was built and completed for the bride and her husband the year of their marriage.  They had lived together there since.  [March 30, 1939]
 
Mary (Leadbetter) Graves
 
Mrs. Mary L. Graves died at noon Friday February 1st, 1929, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Newell, after suffering from poor health for several months past.  The funeral was held from St. Peter's church Monday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. T.J. Collar officiating and burial will be in St. Peter's cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  Mary L. Leadbetter daughter of George A. and Celinda Leadbetter, was born Nov. 7th, 1952 in Bainbridge, in the Leadbetter home on East Main street where three generations of the family have lived.  At the age of thirteen she was confirmed in St. Peter's church and for many years took an active part in the work of the church in the Sunday School choir and Woman's Auxiliary. She was always a loyal faithful member attending the services as long as her health permitted.  Nov. 23rd, 1870 she was married to Willard H. Graves who died Dec. 10th, 1903.  Bainbridge has always been her home with the exception of a few years - 1880 to 1884, which the family spent in Whitesboro, N.Y.  Mrs. Graves is survived by one sister, Miss Jennie Leadbetter, one daughter Mrs. Herman C. Newell of Bainbridge, one son, Charles H. Graves of Providence, R.I. one grandson, Lee Newell of Bainbridge and two granddaughters Mrs. Howard Gower and miss Alice Graves of Providence, R.I.
 
Ruth Converse
 
It was a sad announcement which passed from lip to lip on Monday "Baby Ruth Converse is dead!"  All hearts seemed to open with tenderest sympathy toward Mr. and Mrs. Converse, and the others to whom this beautiful child was so dear.  During the nine months she lived she became so bright a star, so prized a jewel, as to entirely dispel the clouds that hung over the home at her coming, and all anxieties and care were forgotten by the loving father and mother in the plans they formed, and the hopes they cherished for their lovely little daughter.  How strange the orderings of Providence, "Motherless children, Childless mothers," now much of the pathetic, the heart breaking experiences are wrapped in these expressions.  Sometime we shall know more of the orderings of Providence, until then, let it suffice us to know that, "All things work together for good to them that love God."  The little sleeper was laid to rest this afternoon.  The beautiful service at the house conducted by Rev. Mr. Sackett, the singing by the quartette, the flowers contributed by the friends, the boy bearers, and the casket, which seemed more like a cradle, all impressed one that the Christian home and community have a tremendous advantage over death.
 
Leach King
 
Guilford [Chenango Co., NY]:  A sad accident occurred on Guilford Lake Sunday afternoon about five o'clock.  Leach King, a boy of about nine years, who, with his mother and a brother, are spending the summer at the North home, was on the lake in a row boat.  Near the Bunnell cottage he was seen to be in the water.  His brother, Frank, who was on the shore with Mrs. Foote quickly took a boat and went out.  The lad sank before they reached him and did not again come to the surface.  help was hastily summoned from the village.  Dr. Evans, B.A. Fleming and others drove rapidly to the lake and soon the work of getting the body was commenced.  It was found about two hours later.  The accident drew many of the townspeople to the lake and has cast a gloom over those who are spending the season at the lake and in the village also.  Mrs. King has the deepest sympathy of all, many being quite well acquainted with her as she has spent several summers here.  [Norwich Sun, July 22, 1907]
 
Betsy (Lyon) Knapp
 
Mrs. Betsy Lyon Knapp of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], was buried here Tuesday at the advanced age of 81.  Her father was Captain Thomas Lyon, who was killed at Little York, now Toronto Canada, by the blowing up of the fort in the war of 1812.  She was one of a family of sixteen children, and about ten years of age at the time of her father's death, as he was four times married, leaving offspring from each.  Mrs. Knapp passed a happy life of over fifty years with her husband, who died some six years ago.  The large portion of the time was spent upon the old Knapp homestead in Guilford where this estimable old lady passed quietly away, in the family of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah H. Clark.  Mrs. Knapp had a family of nine children, five sons and four daughters, all of whom, and it is a remarkable fact, still survive.  The oldest is about 56 and the youngest is 43.  They are Mrs. Daniel Cushman, Plymouth; Mrs. G.W. Mandevile, Norwich; George S. Knapp, Saybeco, Illinois; C.W. Knapp, also of Saybrook; Mrs. Sarah H. Clark, Guilford; David H. Knapp, Norwich; Henry K. Knapp, Milwaukee; Mrs. Frances L. Cable, Afton; and Joseph S. Knapp, St. Paul. Minn.   Since the last reunion of the Lyon family last season, an account of which was given in the Herald, another daughter of the original Lyon family.  Mrs. Lucinda Lyon Newton, has passed away.  But two children of the old stock remain, Morgan Lyon, of Michigan, and William Lyon, of Vineland, New Jersey.--Sentinel in Herald.  [Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph,  Feb. 2, 1884]
 
In Memoriam
 
Editor Union:  Seeing a notice of the death Mrs. George Knapp, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], last week, greatly saddened me, as we had been life-long friends, she being but one month older than myself.  We became acquainted in June, 1822, when we were but twenty years of age.  On visiting an uncle three or four miles east of this village, I found Betsey Lyon boarding there, she being the teacher of their district school, to whom I was introduced.  We seemed to have impressed each other favorably, and soon confided to each other the history of our childhood and youth.  She told me she was the oldest child of Col. Lyon, who was killed at the battle of York, Canada, in the war of 1812, by the same explosion of the mine, secretly laid by the British, that killed General Pike, our commander, while taking possession of their batteries.  Betsey was then in the twelfth year of her age, and had one sister and two little brothers.  Their mother was left on a small new farm, in the north-east quarter of this town.  Betsey soon after came to this village, to live in the family of Joseph Fenton, one of our first prominent merchants, that she might have a chance to attend the village schools, and be getting an education.  Mr. and Mrs. Fenton were excellent people, and gave her a good chance. They were members of the Presbyterian Church, and I believe Betsey also became a member in early youth.  She acquired an education sufficient to enable her to teach a common school, as soon as old enough and thus support herself, and help her mother some.  She and I studied together, evenings, while at my uncle's, to our mutual advantage, and I found her a noble, high-minded young lady; and we became warmly attached friends.  During her five years of school teaching, we often met socially, and always with pleasure and profit, on my part at least.  The last year before her marriage she taught in this village, in a school house on West Main street, near where her daughter, Mrs. Mandeville, now lives, and boarded with Thomas Steere, who married her aunt.  The art to which my life had then become devoted soon led me to the cities, and enabled me to form the acquaintance of ladies of wealth and culture; but during my long life I have never seen one that I thought surpassed Betsey Lyon in all the best and highest attributes of woman.--Norwich, Feb. 3, 1884, D.W. [Chenango Union, Feb. 28, 1884]

Soldier News continued, 1944

Pvt. Donald Murray Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944

Word was received Thursday, that Private Donald Murray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dyke Murray, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], had been missing in action since July 7.  He saw only three months service in the States, before going overseas.  His wife, the former Ardeen McMullen, received the notice from the Adjutant General.  He is a brother of Mrs. Norman Winsor, of Henry street, Norwich, and a nephew of Mrs. Marion Van Kleek, of Guilford.  Any further details were lacking.
 
T/ Sgt. Herbert Price Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
 
Technical Sergeant Herbert W. Price, of Walton [Delaware Co., NY], was killed in action on the Island of Saipan in the Pacific on June 30.  Sergeant Price is the second of the Company F boys reported killed in action, notification of the death of Private First Class George Cable having been received Thursday of last week.
 
Sgt. Ernest Davie Wounded in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican,  August 10, 1944
 
Mrs. Julia E. Davie, of Walton [Delaware Co., NY] was notified last week that her son, Sergeant Ernest W. Davie was seriously wounded in action on July 11 in France.
 
Patrick McNamara and Harold White killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
 
Patrick J. McNamara, 21, son of Mrs. Thomas McNamara, of Susquehanna [PA] was killed in action in Italy, according to a telegram from the War Department which was received by his mother Saturday.
 
Mr. and Mrs. Victor White, also of that boro, received a telegram from the War Department Saturday stating that their son, Harold White, private first class, was recently killed in action in France.  No further particulars were given.
 
S/Sgt. Victor Foster  at Air Service Command Depot
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
 
A USSTAF Air Service Command Depot (Somewhere in England):  Serving at this Air Service Command Depot where the effort of every soldier is directed to placing battle-damaged planes in combat readiness as soon as possible, is S/Sgt Victor Foster, son of Mr and Mrs. Samuel Foster, of 10 Front street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  He is assigned to duty as an inspector in the Engine Overhaul Department.
 
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, United Nations Forces in the European Theatre of Operations, in a recent visit highly commended the work being done by this depot.  Repair is only one phase of the work here.  Modification of newly-arrived craft, and constant experimental engineering keeps planes of the United States Strategic Forces in Europe ahead of latest aerial warfare development.  This activity, and allied functions, has thousands of Air Forces soldiers on the job night and day.  Their contribution to victory is outstanding in a war where victory is being forged on the production lines.
 
The promotion of Victor Foster from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant was announced recently "somewhere in England" by Major General Hugh J. Knerr, Commanding General of the Air Service Command, United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe.   S/Sgt. Foster was an inspector at the Scintilla before entering the service.  He graduated from Bainbridge Central High School 1938, where he played football.  He has been overseas eight months, and since his arrival there he has visited Belfast, North Ireland, Scotland, and many English cities including London.
 
Pfc. Willis Raymond Figary Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 17, 1944
 
Word was received Saturday in a telegram from the War Department to Mrs. Thelma M. Figary, of Walton [Delaware Co., NY], that her husband, Private First Class Willis Raymond Figary, has been reported missing in action since July 19 in France.  Private Figary, aged 30, has been in the Army since February 1942.  he was with Co. B, 52rd Infantry.  Mrs. Figary's last letter from him was dated June 30 and he was in England at that time.  Hopes are held that he may be held a prisoner by the Germans or may have become separated form his unit and will show up later. 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Post Listing November 17- 23, 2014

Listing of blog postings for the week of November 17-23, 2014.

Marriages
Posted November 17, 2014
Mr. & Mrs. Alanson Bingham (50th anniversary 1877)
Marriage Notices - Sherburne Matrimonial Record, January 1835
     Orrin B. Gilbert - Servilia Benedict
     H. Tinker - Caroline Weeks
     Olney Davis - Sarah Ann Sturdevant
     Benajah Benton - Matilda Lewis
     Hiram Pratt - Marilla Harris
     Mr. 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
Ada Evelyn McNitt - Clair M. Cornue

Posted November 21, 2014
Charles Martin - Caroline Cumming (1877)
Mr. & Mrs. Wallace May (62d anniversary, 1928)
Jesse Jacobs - Hazel Seaman (Oxford)
Marriage Notices - 1877
     James D. Moon (Coventry) - Mary E. Shaw (Coventryville)
     Allen Grannis (Wells Bridge) - Alice Doolittle (Bainbridge)
     Channcey Bartholomew (Sidney Plains) - Mrs. Conrad Marble (Masonville)
     Ransom E. Sage - Nancy A. Parker (Coventry)
     Fredd T Whitman (Afton) - JosieE Spencer (Bainbridge)
     Darns P. Pratt - Clara Stockwell (Brattleboro VT)

Posted November 22, 2014
Pauline Poole - Philip Comings (1944)
Beatrice Hendrickson - Clifford Macumber
Merritt Wood - Maude Gardner
Wayne L. Corbin - Dorothy Brower (1937)
Rev. Jesse H. Dickerson - Rose Schappelle (1937)
Mr. and Mrs. George Strong (54th anniversary)
 
Obituaries
Posted November 17, 2014
Mary Lovina Peck Price (Brewster, 1931)
Harriel E. Boalt Lines (Otego, 1929)
Henry M. Bard (Oneonta, 1931)
Death Notices
     Simeon Kershaw (Hamilton, 1835
     Abner Giles (Norwich, 1935)
     Mrs. Gates Wilcox (Wellsborough PA, McDonough, 1835)
     Mr. S.W. Wooley (Afton, 1877)
     Frank Southworth (Coventry, 1877) 
     Oscar Gorham (Masonville, 1877)
     Joel Lyon (West Bainbridge, 1877)

Posted November 18, 2014
Ottilie J . NIckel (Bainbridge, 1931)
Llewellyn E. Burrows (Bainbridge, 1934)
Lela Nichols Blincoe (Bainbridge, 1928)
Charles George Banner (Bainbridge, 1932)

Posted November 19, 2014
Abial Bush (Bainbridge, 1877)
Family of Homer Westfall (Broome Co., 1877)
Lyman Foote (Cooperstown, 1944)
Libbie D. (Fosbury) Hamilton (Guilford, 1933]
Nellie M. (Woodmansee) Avery (Bennettsville, Bainbridge, 1928)
Fred Douglass (Bainbridge, Sidney, 1931)

Posted November 20, 2014
Thomas W. Cartledge (Bainbridge, 1937)
Frank D. Ireland (West Bainbridge, 1938)
Fred A. Shapley (Bainbridge, San Diego CA, 1930)
Death Notices, Bainbridge Republican, 1877
     William H. Bartle (Oxford)
     Georgia Gilbert (Bainbridge)
     Frances A. Converse (Chicago, Downsville)
     Moses Adams (Greene)
     Floyd R. Cowles (Columbia CA, Greene)

Posted November 21, 2014
Addie (Smith) Wade (Guilford, 1903)
William Henry Ireland (Bainbridge, 1930)
Elnora Clark Springsteen (Bainbridge, 1937)
Sophia Zwick (Bainbridge, 1928)

Posted November 22, 2014
Lucinda Nash Wheeler (Guilford, 1935)
Rev. Robert L. Clark (Bainbridge, 1938)
George J. Spohn (West Bainbridge, Guilford, 1937)

Posted November 23, 2014
Frederick J. Fletcher (Bainbridge)
Dr. J.V. Jacobs (Bainbridge) with photo
Mrs. Mary Jane Shapley (Bainbridge, 1919)
Adelbert D. Jones (Guilford, 1931)
DeForest Babcock (Walton, Binghamton, 1944)


Miscellaneous
Posted November 17, 2014
Soldier News continued, 1944
     Corp. Tech. Howard R. Stevenson Killed in Action
     Staff Sgt. Floyd Hickling Missing in Action
     Pfc. Carl Osterhourt Writes from Washington D.C.
     Sgt. Raymond Gregory on First Home Furlough in Seven Years
     Clifford Loudon Completes Training
     Lt. Myron Carl Graduates form Aviation School
     Sgt. James Epply's Searchlight Chosen for Exhibit
     Harold Barnard Graduates form Aviation Radio School

Posted November 18, 2014
Soldier News continued, 1944
     Henry Dayton Promoted to First Lt.
     Cpl. Michale O'Neil Killed in Action
     Pvt. Angelo Stento Killed in Action
     Letter from Doris Stead with Red Cross in England
Miscellaneous Items
     Bainbridge Cigar Manufactory (1882)
     Gilbert Manufacturing Company, Bainbridge, NY (1884)
     Wagon - Train Accident Near Bainbridge (1895)
     IBM Drops 400 Women from Payroll (1944)

Posted November 19, 2014
Soldier News continued, 1944
     David Craig Promoted
     Ice Cream Reward for Flier Rescues
     Cpl. Larry Frink Has Band in North Africa
     Sgt. Carl Reinertsen Killed in Action in France
     Sgt. Duane Rood is Safe
     S/Sgt. Albert Townsend Killed in Action in France
Bainbridge High School, Class of 1941, Part 3

Posted November 20, 2014
Soldier News continued, 1944
     Brigadier General Roosevelt Buried Among 2,000 Doughboys in France
     William Maloney Missing in Action
     Letter from Elton Fletcher in New Guinea
     Sgt. John Wood Missing in Action in Italy
     Kenneth Meader Missing in Action in Italy
     Alan Heyn Survives Sinking of the Juneau in Guadalcanal

Posted November 21, 2014
Soldier News continued, 1944
     Pvt. Floyd Tuckey Demonstrates life Saving Move
     Lt. Lacy is German Prisoner
     Pvt. Everett Paine, Paratrooper, Killed in Action in France
     Pvt. Roland Pratt Awarded Purple Heart
     Pvt. Roland Pratt Awarded Combat Decoraiton
     James Ryan Promoted to Captain
     Pfc. Charles Ingram Missing in Action
Miscellaneous items
     Thomas Newton, 1877
     Chenango Co. Republican Candidates for Public Office, About 1905 (Photos)
     Eleanor's Cautiousness  Save's Life

Posted November 22, 2014
Soldier News continued, 1944
     Lt. Stanley Lord Graduates as Pilot
     Lt. Gerald Dalton Killed in Action in Germany
     Pvt. Philip Urofsky Killed in Shooting Accident
     Cpl. Ralph Arrandale Killed in Action on Saipan Island
     Pfc. Hayes French Seriously Wounded
     Sgt. John Hil Completes 51 Missions in Pacific
     Letters from Edwin Wilkinson Ph.M. 3/C
Bainbridge Braves Baseball Team, May 1963

Posted November 23, 2014
Soldier News continued, 1944
     Alwin Barnes Missing in Action
     Pfc. Douglas Leroy Platt Killed in Action in France
     T/Sgt. Herbert Price Killed in Action on Saipan
     Pfc.  Walter Rybacki Killed in Action in France
     T/Sgt. Herbert Price Killed in Action on Saipan
     Pvt. Donald Murray Missing in Action
     Pfc. Claude Ryder Receives Citation


Obituaries (November 23)

Frederick J. Fletcher
 
Frederick J. Fletcher, 54, died at his home on South Hill, Monday following an illness of a year and a half.  Mr. Fletcher, an electrical engineer was born in Syracuse [Onondaga Co., NY] and had lived in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] for about six years.  Funeral services will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at the home of Mrs. Oscar Fletcher on Bixby street, the Rev. G.N. Underwood officiating.  The body will be placed in the Bainbridge vault and will be buried later at Yaleville Cemetery [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Fletcher is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nina Yale Fletcher, and by two daughters, Mrs. Alfred Hohrieter of Bainbridge and Mrs. George Beebe of Syracuse.
 
Dr. J.V. Jacobs
 

 
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]:  The funeral of Dr. J.V. Jacobs, a leading citizen of this village who died Tuesday at his home in West Main street after a long illness, will be held at the home Friday at 2 o'clock.  the Rev. G.. Orvis, pastor of the Presbyterian church will officiate.  Dr. Jacobs was born at Sumner Hill 75 years ago and came to this village from Mt. Upton 35 years ago.  He became widely known throughout this section in the practice of his profession.  Dr. Jacobs wife, Jennie Gregory, died in 1923.  He is survived by his brother, Myron T Jacobs of Mt. Upton and a niece Miss Mildred Jacobs of Groton.  Dr. Jacobs was a member of the board of session of the Presbyterian church and was always actively interested in the church affairs.  He was also formerly president of the Chenango County Medical society.
 
Mary Jane (Davis) Shapley
 
Mary Jane Shapley, daughter of Henry Davis and his wife Betsy Ann Davis, was born Jan. 19, 1849, in the town of Bainbridge, N.Y.  She lived on the old Homestead on Searles Hill road, until she was married to John D. Shapley at Oxford, Jan. 6, 1869.  She lived nine years in Oxford, one year near Afton.  In 1879 after the death of her father, she moved to the Old Homestead on Searles Hill, where they lived until her husband died in December, 1906, and then moved to the town of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], where she spent the rest of her days on earth.  Mother Shapley was a most loving friend to all who knew her, and always willing to do for anyone that she saw was in need.  She is survived by two children, Evva A. of Bainbridge and Fred A. and one grandson, Eugene both living in San Diego, California.  One sister, Mrs. Almeda Hornshu of Searles Hill.  She was an ardent Christian and church attendant in early life, and felt that her place was in the house of God, when religious services were held.  The children and sister will miss her most keenly, but hope to meet again in the sweet by and by.  She has been in feeble health during the past four years, but her condition became more serious on Jan. 24, 1919 and she passed away on the morning of Feb. 15, 1919. Services were held at her late home on Main street, Monday, Feb. 17th, at 1 p.m. Rev. O.L. Buck pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church officiated.  She was laid to rest in St. Peter's Cemetery in town [Bainbridge, NY].
 
Adelbert D. Jones
 
The funeral of Adelbert D. Jones was held from the funeral chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the officiating clergyman being Rev. Clarence Carman of the Methodist Episcopal church of Bainbridge.  Mr Jones was born at his late home on South Hill, Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], June 29, 1862, the son of Cornelius and Helen Spencer Jones.  His father's death came June 23, 1902, and his mother passed away May 14, 1912.  Since then the son has lived alone on the farm. He is survived by no immediate relatives.  His death came Saturday morning March 7 after an illness of only four days, following a cerebral hemorrhage.  He was a splendid neighbor and a good citizen, and will be mourned by all who knew him.  [1931]
 

DeForest Babcock

DeForest Babcock, a former resident of Walton [Delaware Co., NY], was killed at the Army Medical Depot at Binghamton Tuesday morning of last week when a heavy coal conveyor tipped over and crushed his skull.  He was instantly killed.  Dr. J.J. Breivis, coroner, reported that the half-ton coal conveyor tipped over from its supports and pinned Babcock to the ground.  Mr. Babcock, who was 57 years old, had lived in Binghamton [Broome Co, NY] for some years.  He is survived by his wife.  The funeral was held at Binghamton Friday, and the body taken to Walton for burial.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944]

Soldier News continued, 1944

Alwin Barnes Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944

Alwin Barnes, U.S. Navy, of Peckville, Pa. a nephew of Mrs. Harold Elander, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co. NY], has been reported missing in action while serving a submarine with the Pacific Fleet.
 
Pfc. Douglas Leroy Platt Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
 
First Class Private Douglas Leroy Platt, 20, the 19th Oneontan [Otsego Co. NY] to give his life in World War II, was killed in action in France on July 6, according to a telegram received from the War Department by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Platt.  He was an infantryman scout and had been overseas since May 1. 
 
T/Sgt. Herbert Price Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
 
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Price, East Brook road, Walton [Delaware Co. NY], received notice from the War Department saying that their son, T/Sgt. Herbert Price, has been killed in action June 13 on Saipan.  Sergeant Price left Walton with Co. F, First Regiment, New York State Guard, in October, 1940.
 
Pfc. Walter M. Rybacki Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
 
First Class Private Walter M. Rybacki, 24-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rybacki, of Windsor [Broome Co., NY], was killed in action, July 11, "somewhere in France," according to word received by his parents from the War Department.  A graduate of Windsor High School, Class of 1936, he had been in the Army about three and one-half years.
 
T/Sgt. Herbert Price Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
 
Technical Sergeant Herbert W. Price, of Walton [Delaware Co., NY], was killed in action on the island of Saipan in the Pacific on June 30.  Sergeant Price is the second of the Company F boys reported killed in action, notification of the death of Private First Class George Cable having been received Thursday of last week.
 
Pvt. Donald Murray Missing in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
 
Word has been received by Mrs. Donald Murray, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], that her husband, Pvt. Donald Murray, is missing in action since July 7.  Notice of the Guilford soldier's status was sent from the adjutant general's office of the War Department.  Private Murray is the grandson of John Burton, of Guilford, and the father of an eight months' old son.  Two sisters of the missing man are Mrs. Norman Winsor, of Norwich,, and Mrs. Dever Matteson, of Rockdale.  Prior to his entry into service, Private Murray was employed in Bainbridge. 
 
Pfc. Claude Ryder Awarded Citation
Bainbridge News & Republican, August 10, 1944
 
Pfc. Claude J. Ryder, of Albany, formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and a brother of Mrs. Thomas Davidson, has been cited by his regiment of the 3rd "Marne Division"and has received the combat Infantryman Badge for actual participation with the enemy while serving on the 5th Army front in Italy.  Standards for the badge are high. The decoration is awarded to the Infantry soldier who has proved his fighting ability in combat.  He also has been awarded three battle stars, for major engagements.  He has been in Italy since Oct. 1943, he left the States sometime in early September.  In his letter to his sister dated June 8th, he stated that he was in Rome, at last.  He said there was nothing left of Anzio Beachhead except memories, he had been on the Anzio Beachhead since Jan. 22, and his home a foxhole all that time.  He also stated that the D-Day invasion was great news for them and everyone's morale was "pepped up" and they were quite "cocky", upon hearing the good news--that plus their entering Rome so successfully.  A letter written June 20, stated he was in a hospital over looking Rome, where he was ill--they had taken X-rays.  He stated it was good to rest in a bed, between "clean white sheets" and have on pajamas and robe for the first time in over a year. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bainbridge Braves - 1963

Bainbridge Braves Baseball Team
May 1963
 
 
Front Row (Left to Right):  Bucky Caracciolo, Loren Cutting, John Delello, Jim Millus, Bill Schaffer, Al Cutting (bat boy)
 
Back Row (Left to Right):  Gary Anderson, Dave Taylor, Dick Stevens, Roger Barr, Ed Greenman, Pete Stoutenburg, Dave Merritt, Wes Tallet, Bill Barr (scorekeeper), Joe Judd


Marriages (November 22)

Comings - Poole

Miss Pauline Poole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Poole, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], and Philip Comings, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Comings, of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], were married Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 4 o'clock in the Afton Baptist Church.  Friends were invited.
 
Macumber - Hendrickson
 
Miss Beatrice Hendrickson and Clifford Macumber, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], were united in marriage Friday night, Aug. 20, by Justice of the Peace L. A. Orvis at his home on South Main street.
 
Woods - Gardner
 
Merritt Wood of West Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and Miss Maude Gardner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs William Gardner of Deposit [Delaware Co., NY], were married at the M.E. parsonage Friday morning by the Rev. T. Arthur Gross.  Returning from their wedding trip they will reside on the Bainbridge-Sidney road.  [This marriage was 20 Aug 1937 in Deposit, NY.  The groom's surname should be Woods]
 
Corbin - Brower
 
Wayne L. Corbin of Ossining [Westchester Co., NY], son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Corbin of Middlebridge, was united in marriage, on Saturday, August 21, 1937, to Miss Dorothy Brower of Yonkers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brower of Lanesboro, Pa., at the home of the bride's parents at 4 o'clock by Rev. Robert Hauser, pastor of the Lanesboro Methodist Church.  Mrs. Stanley Reynolds of Ridgefield, Conn., a sister of the bride, was the matron of honor, with Miss Dorothy Reynolds, the bride's niece, acting as bridesmaid.  The flower girls were Mary Jane Reynolds, and Marilyn Tutty, the latter a niece of the bridegroom.  Prof. Reuben Brower of Harvard University, at Cambridge, Mass., was best man.  The bride was dressed in white satin with a starched lace redingote.  Her tulle veil was held by a wreath of orange blossoms. She carried a spray bouquet of white roses and gypsophila.  Mrs. Reynolds wore peach colored lace and carried a bouquet of token roses with delphinium.  The bridesmaid wore blue net with an old-fashioned bouquet, and the flower girls were dressed in pink net.  They carried tiny baskets of summer flowers.  Music for the wedding was played by a trio, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson V. Taylor and Warren M. Taylor of Binghamton. Before the wedding march, Miss Helen Axtell sang "Oh Promise Me."  Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Brower home.  Following a motor trip to Maine and the White Mountains, Mr. and Mrs. Corbin will reside in Ossining.  For the past several years, Mrs. Corbin has been a teacher in the public schools of Yonkers.

Dickerson - Schappelle

Mrs. Rose Schappelle, of Kingston, Pa., and Rev. Jesse H. Dickerson, pastor of the Moscow M.E. Church were united in marriage at the home of the bride Sunday afternoon, Sept. 5 [1937].  Dr. W. Gray Jones, district superintendent of the Scranton District of Wyoming conference of M.E. Churches performed the ceremony.  Following the ceremony, a dinner was served at the home of the bride.  Rev. Dickerson was for three years pastor of the local M.E. Church.  He left Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] in the Spring of 1936. 

Mr. and Mrs. George Strong

Mr. and Mrs. George Strong celebrated their 54th Wedding Anniversary on Thursday, October 21.  They were married in 1883 at the home of Miss Bessie Cooper in this village attended by Miss Lillian Huffcutt now of Binghamton, formerly of Bainbridge.  Mr. Banner and Miss Huffcutt were present at this 54th anniversary celebration.  The informal reception took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Strong's daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Williams.  Many friends and relatives gathered to wish Mr. and Mrs. Strong many more years of happiness. 

Obituaries (November 22)

Lucinda Nash Wheeler

The funeral of Mrs. Lucinda Nash Wheeler, 87, a former resident of Guilford was held at Oxford, Friday, August 16th [1935].  She is survived by a son, Charles G. Nash of Norwich, a step-son, Floyd Wheeler of Washington, D.C., three grandchildren, Mrs. Fred Plumb and Harry Nash of Guilford and Edward Nash of Norwich, a sister, Mrs. William Brant of Norwich and a brother, Tremont Bentley of Bainbridge. Burial was in the Yaleville Cemetery [Guilford, Chenango Co. NY].
 
Rev. Robert L. Clark
 
Funeral services for the Rev. Robert L. Clark, a retired Methodist clergyman who has served in many churches of the Southern Tier, will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Bainbridge Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev George Underwood officiating.  Burial will be in the New Forest  Hills Cemetery at Utica [Oneida Co., NY].  The Reverend Clark, who had served as a pastor in Norwich, Binghamton, Candor, and Waverly, died yesterday at his home in this village.  He had been confined to his bed only a week but he had been in failing health for some time.  He was born in Forestport, the son of Captain Linus R. and Mary Case Clark, and came to Bainbridge with his family in 1879.  He attended Bainbridge High School, Wyoming Seminary and Syracuse University, later receiving degrees from Boston University and Illinois Wesleyan University.  He spent four years in missionary work in Boston and then came to the Wyoming Conference in 1897, after having spent two years as superintendent of University Settlement in Boston.  Soon after he took the pastorate at Gilbertsville and then later had charges in Candor, Waverly and the Broad Street Methodist Church in Norwich and the Tabernacle Methodist church in Binghamton.  The illness of his daughter, Miriam, took him to Lake Placid in 1918 and after her death he stayed on in Lake Placid to fulfill his dream of a church which should minister to an entire community.  Before his retirement in 1933 he had built up the Adirondack Community Church, a large stone edifice which is one of the most widely known houses of worship in the Adirondacks.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eloise Newton Clark; a daughter, Mrs. Hannah Hall of Kenmore, and a son, Robert Newton Clark of Ithaca.  [Aug. 23, 1938]
 
George J. Spohn
 
George J. Spohn, a life-long resident of this vicinity, passed away early Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rexford Thornton, West Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Spohn's death followed less than two months after that of his wife, Rose B. Spohn, who passed away on December 30th, 1936.  Mr. Spohn was born at Yaleville, town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], on June 18, 1871, the son of Mathew and Mary Ann Bronger Spohn and the youngest of a family of eight children.  When he was two years of age his parents moved to the farm known as the Spohn homestead and located on the Guilford road, town of Guilford, just outside the Bainbridge township line.  Reared as a farmer, he followed that occupation throughout most of his life, continuing to reside on the homestead farm until last September when poor health made it necessary for him to give up active work, and at that time, with his wife, went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Thornton.  Mr. Spohn was twice married his first wife being Melpomene Pratt, daughter of A.C. and Mary Pratt, of this village, with whom  he was united on February 28, 1895.  Her death occurred on September 13, 1913.  In June, 1916, he was united in marriage with Rose B. Neff, daughter of Reuben LeDurn and Eliza Morgan Neff, of Bainbridge, whose death occurred December 30, 1936.  Early in life he united with the First Methodist Episcopal Church of this village where he was a regular attendant and always interested in the church's activities as long as health permitted.  Possessing a general disposition with willingness to serve his fellowmen, he leaves a large circle of friends who regret his passing.  Besides his only child, Mrs. Rexford Thornton, and two grandsons, Harold and Rexford, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Carrie Cook, of this village, and three brothers, Joseph Spohn, Topeka, Kansas; John Spohn, Niagara Falls; and Sharles Spohn, Johnson City.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at Colwell Brothers' Chapel, West Main street, with the Rev. George Underwood, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church officiating, followed by interment in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]. The bearers were Fred Sherman, Moritz Roehlk, Otto Neidlinger, John Preston, Jay Smith and Fred Neidlinger.  [1937]

Soldier News continued, 1944

Lt. Stanley Lord Graduates
Bainbridge News & Republican, July 27, 1944

Stanley B. Lord, son of Wallace Lord, of Watervliet [Albany Co., NY] and formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has graduated as a pilot from Blytheville Army Air Field, Blytheville, Ark.  Lieut. Lord, who was a student at Carnegie Tech before entering the service, is now receiving training at Maxwell Field, Ala.

Lt. Gerald Dalton Killed in Action in Germany
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944

Mrs. Lena Dalton, of Roscoe [Sullivan Co., NY], has been advised by the War Department that her husband Lieut. Gerald Dalton, reported missing in March, was killed on March 18 on a bombing mission over Germany.

Pvt. Philip Urofsky Killed in Shooting Accident
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944

Private Philip Urofsky, of Liberty [Sullivan Co., NY], whose death occurred at a San Antonio, Tex., army camp, was accidently shot in the abdomen while at target practice on the rifle range there. 
 
Cpl. Ralph Arrandale Killed in Action
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 3, 1944
 
Cpl. Ralph Arrandale, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], was killed in action on Saipan Island recently.
 
Pfc. Hayes French Seriously Wounded
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944
 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles French, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], have received word from the War Department that their son, Pfc. Hayes C. French, was seriously wounded in action in France on July 12, and is now in a hospital somewhere in England.  He was recently awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
 
Sgt. John Hill Completes 51 Missions in Pacific
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944
 
Headquarters, 13th AAF, Southwest Pacific:  Technical Sergeant John N. Hill, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] has recently returned from a 10-day rest leave in Australia.  Sergeant Hill is an aerial engineer in a 13th AAF B-24 Liberator operating from an advanced base in the Southwest Pacific.  Since coming overseas in September, 1943, he has successfully completed 51 raids on heavily defended Japanese bases at Rabaul, Truk and Yap Island.  Sergeant Hill's mother, Mrs. George Hill, resides in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada.
 
Letters from Edwin Wilkinson
Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 10, 1944
 
Edwin C. Wilkinson, Ph.M. 3/C, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Wilkinson, of Berkshire, had a part in the French Invasion.  He has recently written several letters to his parents giving some account of his experiences.  In one of his letters he wrote:
 
"I suppose you are anxious to hear form me after what has been going on over here.  I am fine, even though I was in the "big push."  I wish I could tell you all about it but I will have to save that until later.  It was very thrilling and I am sure it was the most impressive sight that I will ever see.  I certainly don't want to go through another experience like it, though.  No doubt you will see it is the news reels, but being here was an added excitement.
 
"I received several letters the day before the big push and that made me feel much better.  My mail comes in spots, none for awhile and than a whole lot all at once.  My watch is broken and I think I shall send it home instead of having it fixed here.  It takes the English so long to get anything done.  They have to stop and get a 'spot of tea' about every hour and then they knock off for an hour at tea time (10 and 4) for tea and cake.
 
"Your cookies arrived in excellent condition and they really hit the spot.  All the boys that sleep in my compartment enjoyed them too.  The next time you send some (in the near future, I hope) you might include some of those excellent ginger cookies that Sheldon and I used to 'steal' from your cookie jar.  You know those little things are what we miss..."
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The first of this week the Wilkinsons received another letter from their son.  In this letter he wrote:
 
"Today three of my pals stole a jeep and started running around the beach with it.  The tide came in and they had the thing on a sand bar with water all around it.  They tried to drive it off but water got in the spark plugs and they got stuck  It turned out that the jeep belonged to an army captain.  He saw it about in the middle of the brink (tide was still coming in) and started yelling his lungs out.  They finally got a bulldozer to pull them out, but the captain was plenty mad.  He made them clean the darn thing up and by that time the tide was all the way in and, so the fellows had to swim back to the ship.  They were a sad looking trio.  I would have been with them except that I was running from one ship to another, looking for an oxygen gauge for the ship fitter.  I got back to the ship after my pals did and I had to swim 50 yards. 
 
"Today is Sunday, and I didn't have a chance to go to church.  I wish I could go regularly, but under present circumstances, it is quite impossible.."
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Mate Wilkinson enlisted in the Navy, July 13, 1943 and was sent to Newport, R.I., for "boot" training.  He received his basic training at Portsmouth, Va., and was later assigned to the naval hospital at Bainbridge, Md., as a hospital attendant.  On June 1 of this year, he was advanced in rating to a pharmacist's mate, third class.  He attended Berkshire High School and later transferred to Bainbridge, where he graduated in 1943.  He is a brother of Mrs. Frank L. Smith, Jr., of Bainbridge.