Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Marriage Notices (September 23)

Marriage Notices

Bainbridge Republican, September 2, 1876
STRATTON - COPELAND:  At Chenango Forks [Broome Co., NY], Aug. 20th, by Rev. Mr. Root, Mr. Harvey J. Stratton, of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Lannie Copeland, of the former place.
ACKLEY - JACOBS:  At South Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], Aug. 16th, by Rev. R.M. Duff, Mr. Andrew J. Ackley of Cambridge, N.Y., to Mrs. Sarah E. Jacobs, daughter of A. Hull, Esq.
Bainbridge Republican, September 9, 1876
At the Presbyterian Church in Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], Tuesday, Sept. 5th, 1876, by Rev. Amos Coocker, Mr. E. H. Truesdell, of Harpursville [Broome Co., NY], to Miss Ella Niven, of Coventry.
At the same time and place, by the same, Mr. Samuel Shelden, of Schuylerville, to Miss Alice Hoyt, of Coventry.
Bainbridge Republican, September 16, 1876
At St. Paul's Church, Oxford, by Rev. R.M. Duff, Sept 6th, Mr. William R. Mygatt to Miss Agnes P. Pall, both of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY].
In Mt. Upton, Aug. 31st, by Rev. I.J Bailey, Alvin Bennett, Esq., to Miss Lucy E. Tyler, all of Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY].
Bainbridge Republican, September 23, 1876
In Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], at Mr. Broad's Sept. 13th, by Rev. S. Mandeville, Wm. D. Johnson, of Afton, N.Y. [Chenango Co., NY], and Miss Susie Genet Stewart, of Tompkins, N.Y. [Delaware Co., NY]
On Thursday, Sept. 14th, at Calvary Church, Summit, N.J., by Rev. Edwin E. Butler, assisted by the Rev. J.F. Butterworth, Chas. W. Brown of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Angeline B. , daughter of the late Jas. H. Raymond, of New York.
In Oxford, Sept. 13th, by Rev. John C. Ward, Mr. Frederick C. Walker, to Miss M. Gertrude Anderson, all of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY]. 
Bainbridge Republican, September 30, 1876
In Oxford, Sept. 21st, by Rev. H.P. Collin, Mr. Tracy R. Yale to Miss  H. Eugenia Hill, both of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]
At the Glazier House, at Nineveh Junction, Sept. 20th, by Rev. W.H. Sawtelle, Mr. George Coats to Miss Bertha C. Glazier, both of Afton [Chenango Co., NY].
Chenango Union, February 7, 1878

BROWN - BENNETT:  In DeRuyter, Jan. 22d, by Rev. J. Clarke, Mr. Calvin S. Brown, of Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Nellie M. Bennett of Lincklaen [Chenango Co., NY]. 

Death Notices (September 23)

Death Notices

Chenango Union, October 7, 1863
At Smithville Flats [Chenango Co., NY],  on the 27th ult., Mrs. Sarah Brownson, aged 80 years.

In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], at the residence of Nelson N. Greene, on the 25th of September, of consumption, Mrs. Cynthia Greene, wife of Arthur Greene, deceased, in the 73d year of her age.

Bainbridge Republican, October 28, 1876

PRIEST:  In Masonville [Delaware Co., nY], Oct. 23, 1876, Herrman A. Priest, aged 70 years.

SUM MERS:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 24th, 1876, Oliver Summers.

MANNING:  In Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 18, 1876, William Manning, aged 37 years.

Bainbridge Republican, November 4, 1876

SHARTS:  At Church Hollow [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 26th, Mr. George Sharts, formerly of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], aged 37 years.

Bainbridge Republican, November 18, 1876

BENEDICT:  In Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], Nov. 11th, Polly S. Benedict, aged 85 years.

JOSSLYN:  In Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 31st, Miss Blanche Joselyn, aged 22 years.

Bainbridge Republican, December 30, 1876

WILSON:  At Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 20, 1876, Mrs. Mary Wilson, wife of Henry Wilson, aged 34 years.

ROE:  In Chicago, Ill, December 11th, Mr. Darwin S. Roe, aged about 45 years, formerly of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY]. 

Soldier News continued - 1943

Donald Hadley Joins the Army
Bainbridge News & Republican, January 7, 1943

Local friends of "Don" Hadley will be pleased to learn that the former local boy has finally achieved his desire to get into a branch of the service, in spite of the fact that he did not make the group he most wanted.  After several attempts at enlisting in the Navy, Don finally took second best in his estimation and joined the Army.  While trying to make the Navy, he underwent an intensive diet to meet required weight regulations but all efforts were in vain.  Despite his lost weight he was rejected on another count, and is now a private in the Army.  During his stay in Bainbridge where he was employed in the Casein Laboratory, Don was an active bowler and was a softball enthusiast, playing on the Lab Team.  The many friends he made while here wish him the best and offer him congratulations on the realization of his determination.  Despite the fact that his hopes as a sailor were to no avail, we all know he will make a fine soldier.
Earl Neidlinger Completes Basis Submarine Training
Bainbridge News & Republican, January 7, 1943
The News has just received the following release from the Public Relations Office at New London, Conn. in regards to a local boy assigned to that post:
Earl Kenneth Neidlinger, 21, seaman second class son of Otto F. Neidlinger, Bainbridge, N.Y., has completed basic training at the Submarine School, Submarine Base, New London, Conn., for duty with our growing fleet of underseas fighters.
The new submariner will be entitled to wear the twin dolphin insignia of the submarine service after further experience aboard a submarine during which he must demonstrate to his commanding officer that he is fully qualified to carry out the duties of his rate.  The insignia is regarded as a mark of distinction throughout the Navy.
Neidlinger attended Bainbridge Central High School, lettering in football and basketball, and was graduated in June, 1939.  After joining the Navy Aug. 5, 1942, he received preliminary training at the Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Ill.  "I chose submarine duty," he said, "because a friend of mine who was in the last war recommended it as the best branch of the service."
The Submarine School, the only one of its kind in the Navy, is attended by a picked group of men who must pass special physical, mental, and psychological tests.  The school work takes place not only in classrooms and laboratories, but also in numerous training submarines in which students master the actual techniques of operating the powerful fighting craft.  Many students at Submarine School already have seen battle as members of surface ship crews before volunteering for submarine duty.  Others are fresh from training stations, but all graduates are sure of action once they are assigned to a submarine due for offensive patrol.  Large numbers of recent students now are serving in submarines which have sunk enemy naval or merchant vessels.
Mary E. Strong Commissioned
Bainbridge News & Republican, January 21, 1943
Word has been received that Miss Mary E. Strong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Strong, of Doylestown, Pa., has been commissioned as an ensign in the U.S.N.R. and been assigned to active duty.  Miss Strong is a graduate of Cornell University, with the B.S. Degree, and was previously employed as junior bacteriologist of the State Health department in Norfolk, Va., and as bacteriologist in the Craney Island laboratory, U.S.P.H.S., Norfolk, Va.  She is also a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. 
Renwick Parsons to Begin Marine Training
Bainbridge News & Republican, January 28, 1943
Renwick "Ren" Parsons, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Parsons, left Thursday to begin his "boot" training at Parris Island, S.C., with the United States Marine Corps.  Ren has long attempted to make the celebrated USMC and at last his wish was granted and after a lengthy impatient wait for summon to duty, he at last is starting his training.  A student of B.C.HS., Ren was known for his prowess as an athlete as was his brother, Bob, now Robert Parsons, A.S., of the U.S. Navy. 
Murray Wilcox Now a Second Lieutenant
Bainbridge News & Republican, February 4, 1943
W. Murray Wilcox, son of Fay Wilcox of this village, graduated from Officer's Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., last week Wednesday, as a Second Lieutenant.  Lt. Wilcox, who was the first Bainbridge boy to serve in the regular Army previous to World War II, enlisted in June 1938.  He was followed into the Army within a few months by Sgt. A. J. Rosenstein, who is now stationed at New Orleans, La., and Sgt. Jack Shaver.  The young lieutenant served two years in Hawaii and returned to Fort Dix on Nov. 6, 1940, where he had been stationed until his entry into Officer's Candidate School.  Lt. Wilcox informed the News while calling at the office Tuesday that his "kid brother," Bryce, who entered the U.S. Navy five months ago, is now Acting Chief Petty Officer.  Congratulations to the Wilcox brothers!

Miscellaneous Items from 1941/2

Ward Merrill Appointed to Hartwick Faculty
Bainbridge News & Republican, September 11, 1941
An announcement was recently made by Hartwick College [Oneonta, Otsego Co., NY] officials that Ward Merrill, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], was appointed as assistant director of physical education.  Mr. Merrill, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Merrill and a graduate of Cortland Normal, will have charge of the physical education program for freshmen and sophomores, and will direct in intramural program and assist Head Coach M.B. Banks.
Mr. Merrill received his bachelor of science degree from Cortland last June and while attending the state school of physical education he played four years of varsity football and was a member of the varsity baseball team, one season.  During his senior year he was manager of the basketball squad. 
The new coach served as chairman of the men's intramural program in both the training school and the Normal school and was a member of the demonstration committee this year.  He served as a cadet teacher at King Ferry Central School and has had extensive teaching experience.  During his four years at Cortland, Mr. Merrill was prominent in school activities and served as a member of the AAHPER, was chairman of the men's intramurals, a member of the State Teachers Association, was president of the men's glee club, chairman of the music council and "Did" staff.  He is also affiliated with Beta Phi Epsilon fraternity.  Mr. Merrill who graduated from the Afton central school in 1936 was born in 1919.
John Stott to Make Bid for Senate
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 28, 1942
 John C. Stott, a resident of McDonough [Chenango Co., NY], and who is in the insurance business at Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], is announcing his candidacy for the New York State Senate to succeed the Hon. Roy M. Page who has decided not to be a candidate for State Senator this Fall. 
Mr. Stott, the candidate from Chenango County, is 49 years of age, born in the Village of Greene, Chenango County, and is the son of Asa J. Stott (deceased).  The candidate's father moved to McDonough in 1894 and there engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods.  Mr. Stott grew up as a boy in McDonough, attended the local high school, and due to the lack of funds in his family, was faced with the decision, if he desired further education, to go out in the world and work for it.
Mr. Stott finished his Junior High School education in Smithville Flats, where he worked morning and night, and weekends, in the old Horace Rhodes' store for his board and room.  He then went to Greene, entered the High School and Teachers' training Class, working his way through school, and at the age of 18 was granted a certificate to teach school. 
His first school assignment was McDonough, in a District known as the Chestnut Ridge District, where he taught school for a year, for $11 per week, and walked some four miles back and forth to his home in McDonough.  He taught the second year in East McDonough and the third year became principal of Port Dickinson School, in Broome County.
Mr. Stott, after his three years of teaching, studied law for a while with the Hon. James P. Hill and during part of that time he worked in the Chenango County National Bank and Trust Company of Norwich, as a clerk.  This was necessary for him to obtain sufficient funds for him to carry on his work in the study of law.
Mr. Stott then entered the insurance business and has been so engaged until the present time.  During the time Mr. Stott has been in the insurance line he served as a local agent and he became resident Vice President of the National Surety Company of New York, and some 13 years ago he came back to Norwich from  New York and re-entered the local agency.  He has built one of the largest agencies in Central New York.  He is on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of local Agents.  He is a member of several Masonic bodies including Kalurah Temple, City Club, Chamber of Commerce, Exchange Club, and of the Elks.
The candidate is industrious and is always proud of the fact that he came up the hard way and that anything that he has been able to do has been done through hard work.  He has a host of friends in Chenango and Broome Counties and has been very active politically since he was made Chenango County Republican Chairman in June, 1939.  Mr Stott was particularly active in the last Presidential campaign and took several months away from his business to produce an all time high record for Republican enrollment in the county of Chenango. 
The candidate, aside from his wife, Louise Stott, has two married daughters, Mrs. John Lyons, of Rexford street, Norwich; and Mrs. Harry Hayes, of Pensacola, Fla. and a son, Richard Stott. 
Dr. Danforth Corrects False Report
Bainbridge News & Republican, September 3, 1942
For the past several weeks there has been brought to my notice by many of my patients and friends the prevalence of a report that I am unwilling to make sick calls at night or accept confinement cases.  This rumor has naturally been profoundly disturbing to many of my patients.  Upon investigation of the source of these statements I decided that the motive for their circulation was to prevent a situation which we all greatly deplored and sincerely hoped could be prevented.  For this reason I remained silent and did not publicly correct them in the hope that they might serve the purpose for which they were intended.  However, in this hope we have all be disappointed and I believe that the time has come when in all fairness to the public and myself the story should be emphatically denied and my patients should be reassured that I really enjoy excellent health, that I am regularly making night calls and attending confinements just the same as I have for the past 35 years.   I do not recall ever, on a single occasion refusing to attend one of my patients at night, and I have frequently responded to the calls of patients of other physicians. There have been rare occasions when I have refused to get up to wait on patients of other physicians or people whom I do not know when I felt that I was the last of several choices.  Every doctor does this.  In regard to obstetrical cases I wish to say that I have always taken care of them at the hospital.  The reason for my asking them to go to the hospital is the lack of time to attend them properly at home and the greater safety and comfort for the patient.  War conditions and the scarcity of doctors make these reasons even more compelling.
In the event that the war continues through another year and no arrangements can be made to secure more ample medical services in Bainbridge I shall take on the added burden strong in heart and hope that my old friends and the new comers to our village will accept the situation in a cooperative spirit and be patient with one who will be diligently trying to serve but will be, on occasions, hard pressed for time to give them the prompt attention he would  like to render.
Edward Danforth, M.D.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Congregational Church, Guilford Centre, semi-centenial, 1862

Congregational Church, Guilford Centre, Semi-Centennial, 1862
The Guilford Mail, May 1862
The following is from a sermon by the Rev. S.N. Robinson at the semi-centennial of the Congregational church at Guilford Centre, July 15th, 1862, which may be of interest.
I will first give you a brief sketch of the early settlement of this part of the town.  Inroads began to be made upon the unbroken wilderness about seventy years ago [1790s].  Then the primeval forest stood where now are neat and comfortable habitations, and cultivated fields.  Then these hills and vallies had never been subdued by the hand of man. 
I will mention some of the pioneer settlers in the wilderness.  In the year 1791, three young men, Daniel Savage, John Nash and Edward Robbins, came from Ballston and settled near what has since been known as the old Four Corners.  From Unadilla they came by footpath--the path being designated by trees marked with the axe.  Robbins was taken sick with the small pox, and when sufficiently recovered, he with Nash went back to Ballston, leaving Savage to toil alone in the wilderness for seven months [until] their return.  Mr. Savage settled near where Orrin Gridley now lives.  The old untenanted house on the opposite side of the way was built by him about fifty years ago.  Mr. Robbins lived where Jonas Brooks now lives, and Mr. Nash at the top of the hill on the site of the present residence of James Rhodes.  There was but one house at that time here at the Centre.  It stood where Mr. Young now lives and was occupied by a Mr. Carner, or Carney, who soon died, and was buried in the woods on the creek, near the Burlison place.  Mr. Savage came in the Spring, but did not move his family till the next February. The next year, 1792, a Mr. Wasson settled on the Dea. Mills place, now occupied by E.M. Whiting.  Mr. Wasson was a pious man, and soon died, being attacked with sickness at a religious meeting, and was the first one buried in the graveyard east of the old Four Corners.  Some of these facts were furnished me by Rev. Mr. Janes who said in the Sermon which he preached at Mr. Savage's funeral in 1846--"Two unsuccessful attempts were made to dig Mr. Wasson's grave, on account of the rocks.  The first was near the residence of Capt. Brooks.  Mr. Savage was the chief one in selecting the spot, and digging the grave, which was to mark the spot where his own body was to be laid a half century from that time."
Previous to the year 1800, there lived one Matthew Seymour on the place now occupied by John P. Hall,--a Mr. Hodge where Mr. Anderson now lives--and a Mr. Coburn on the Gilbert place.  About 1795 or '96, Joel Johnson, Samuel and Lyman Ives, and Joel Hendricks, established themselves at Ives' settlement.  In that part of the town a lot four miles square was owned by a Mr. TenBroek, who, as an inducement to good and valuable inhabitants to settle there gave a portion of his land to those who bought farms of him.  In 1800, Daniel Johnson settled upon the farm now occupied by his son, Seth Johnson.  In that year, a schoolhouse was built on or near the site of the graveyard in Ives settlement.  The first teacher was Lyman Ives.  He taught the school two winters.  Mr. Ambrose Norton came in 1805.  Several events that transpired in that year, are the following: 
-  The frame of a house was raised by Mr. Stowell on the site of Mr.  H.H. VanCott's Hotel, and the house was built by Mr. Abbey.
-  A school house was built on the other side of the street, on the site of the present school house, which was built for an Academy, and is still called by that name.  Daniel Mills was the first teacher. 
-   Samuel Mills settled upon the place before mentioned. 
-  John Dibble settled at Guilford Village, where Dimock's Hotel now stands, and in a few years died with the small pox. 
-  A bridge was built across the Unadilla River below East Guilford. 
-  The building of the Oxford and Catskill turnpike was commenced that year. 
Samuel A. Smith, Esq., came in 1806, and settled upon the farm where he still resides, and Daniel T. Dickinson came that year or the next and settled near him.  Jesse Whiting in 1810, preceded a few months by his son Julius.  Land was bought by the earliest settlers for three dollars an acre.  The people in those early days went to Unadilla to do their trading and to East Guilford and to the White Store, for the grinding of their grain.  The road from the Centre to the old Four Corners, on the present route, was built in 1807.
This region of country was known as Whitestown--that town in Oneida County being then of undefined boundaries.  It was afterwards known as the Chenango Co. from the Chenango River--an Indian name, signifying beautiful, pleasant--beautiful river.  This town was originally a part of Oxford.  Oxford was formed in January, 1793.  The first election in this part of the town was held in 1807 and the number of voters was 30.  Only Squire Smith, Hiram Johnson, Ozias Bush and Ambrose Norton, who were voters at that election, are known to be living [in 1862].  When this town was taken off from Oxford in April, 1813, it was called Eastern.  It received its present name Guilford, by an act of the Legislature in March, 1817.  The first Post Office was kept by Dr. Knapp, on the turnpike, three miles below the Centre, and was called Knappsville. 
In 1800, the road from Catskill to this place, by which the early settlers traveled here from the east was most of the way through the forest.  There were but few inhabitants along the route--There was a small village at Franklin, and a Church, also a Church at Harpersfield.  Some of the people moved with ox teams--Most of the early settlers, and many at a later period emigrated from Connecticut.

Marriages (September 22)

At 6:30 o'clock last evening Daniel MacLeod Winans and Miss Helena A. Knapp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Knapp, were married in the First Presbyterian church by the Rev. Dr. G. Parsons Nichols.  The pulpit and railing at the front of the church were handsomely decorated in green and pink, the colors of the wedding.  Palms, pines and light pink hydrangeas were used in the decorations.  Admission to the church was by card only.  Preceding, during and following the ceremony Miss Kate Fowler, organist of the church played the following musical programme:  Benediction Nuptiale
Offertoire...... from Messe de Mariage by Dubois
The Swan......Saint Saens
Lantern Dance of the Bride of Cashmir
Wedding music from the Feramore ......by Rubinstein
Piece Heroique......Cesar Franck
Lohengrin Wedding Chorus for Procession
Nevin's Love Song, during the ceremony
Mendelssohn's Wedding March and Finale by Cesar Franck for Recessional.
The bridal party, as it entered the church was headed by the ushers, William Winans and F. Percy Knapp, brother of the bride, and Louis P. Smith, of Ithaca, and Willis Sharpe Kilmer.  Following them came the matrons of honor, Mrs. John Miller Davidge, sister of the groom, and Mrs. James H. Andrews.  The maid of honor, who came next, was Miss Agnes Weed.  The bride entered on the arm of her father, who gave her away.  The groom and the best man, John Miller Davidge, met the bridal party at the alter. The bride wore a beautiful gown of white lace over white liberty satin and a veil with orange blossoms.  She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley.  Mrs. Davidge and Mrs. Andrews wore gowns of light blue liberty satin.  Miss Weed's dress was a still lighter blue satin.  They all carried bouquets of pink bridal roses tied with pink tulle.  The colors throughout were of the lightest and softest shades.  Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Knapp home  on Court street, less than 100 guests being present.  The house was handsomely decorated in light shades, pink predominating. with palms, vines, etc., for the green.  The reception room was in green, with pink hydrangeas.  The receiving party consisted of the bridal party and Mr. and Mrs. Knapp and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Winans, parents of the groom.  During the evening, music was furnished by Baker's orchestra. The large piazza was enclosed and was wired for a large number of electric lights, the globes for which were enclosed in Japanese lanterns.   The piazza floor was covered with rugs, and flowers and greeneries added to the beauties of the place.  Part of the guests were served at supper there.  The bride's table was decorated with bridal roses and lighted from silver candelabra.  A large number of handsome and useful gifts were received.  The bride's gift to Miss Weed was four gold shirt waist buttons.  To Mrs. Davidge and Mrs. Andrews she gave each a pair of pearl lace pins.  The groom's gifts to the ushers and best man were black leather watch fobs, with flat brass monograms.  Among the guests were Mrs. George Ford, of Hackensack, N.J.; Frank Yocum, Salamanca; and Miss Josie Knapp, of New York.  Mr. and Mrs. Winans left last night for a short trip, but did not announce their itinerary.  As soon as their home is completed, they will reside on Riverside Drive.  It is expected that they will begin housekeeping in August.  [June 2nd, 1903]
HALL - DARLING:  A brilliant social event took place Wednesday evening, Oct. 18th, 1893, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Guy, the occasion being the marriage of Mrs. Guy's sister Gertrude Darling, to Mr. Frank Hall of Virgil, Cortland Co.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. George G. Perrine of the Episcopal church of Guilford.  Following the ceremony the bride and groom received the congratulations and well wishes of the assemble friends, after which an elegant collation was served.  Mr. and Mrs. Hall will make their future home in Virgil.  A large circle of friends wish them much joy and a long happy life. 

Miss Florence M. Winston, daughter of Wm. H. Winston of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and Ferdinand L. Mergott of East Orange, N.J., were married at 11 o'clock New Year's morning, at the bride's home, by Rev. Arthur Spaulding.  It was a quiet wedding only relatives and friends of the contracting parties being present.  Mr. and Mrs. Mergott left for East Orange the same day, and will receive their friends after February 1st at 14 North 16th street, East Orange, N.J.  Mrs. Mergott is one of the esteemed young ladies of Bainbridge, a graduate of our High School and of the Oneonta Normal.  She has been engaged in teaching since finishing her studies at Oneonta.  Many kind wishes for happiness follow the bride to her new home, and congratulations are extended to the groom.  [1901]

Obituaries (September 22)

Mrs. Thomas Petley died very suddenly Thursday evening, January 2, 1930.  She had been in her usual good health up to that time.  On New Years Day she took dinner with her daughter, Mrs. A.L. Albrecht and family, later making a call at her son's, Henry.  She had been well and happy and visited with her daughters, Nancy and Bessie all day Thursday and was on her way to call on her daughter, Minnie, when she died without a word or struggle.  Mrs. Petley was seldom ill and retained all her faculties.  She had great interest in everything pertaining to her family and friends and to the affairs of the world. She was always a great reader of newspapers and magazines and was a really remarkable woman for her age.  She was of a cheerful and uncomplaining disposition, always sympathetic with and finding excuses for the faults and failures of others.  Her quaint humor and sound advice will be greatly missed in the homes where she is best known.  Mrs. Petley was the daughter of Nancy and John Hamilton.  Of that family of two sons and two daughters only the youngest now remains, Charles Hamilton, of Brisben.  Mrs. Petley was a member of the First Methodist church, of Bainbridge and was able to attend the services to the last of her life.  She would have been 86 years old on February 6th.  She has always made her home near Bainbridge since her marriage to Thomas Petley, July 2, 1867.  About six years ago they sold their farm on the East side, and thereafter made their home with their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Northrup.  Mr. Petley died October 25, 1925.  they had eight children, a daughter, Nettie, died as a child.  The others are:  John Petley, of Rockdale; Mrs. George Frank, of Yaleville; Mrs. A.L. Albrecht, of Afton, and Mrs. Minnie Bliss, Henry Petley, Bert Petley and Mrs. W.H. Northrup, all of Bainbridge, together with 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. Clarence Carman from her home Sunday, January 5, 1930.  It was largely attended.  A great profusion of flowers showed the affection in which she was held by her family, friends and neighbors.  She was laid to rest in the family plot in Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]. 
The death of Mrs. Marie Hoyt Clark, wife of the late Sylvester Clark, occurred at her home on Pearl street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Friday evening, June 1st. 1928.  Mrs. Clark's health had not been of the best for years, but she was able to be about the house until a week before she passed away.  The deceased, who was 83 years of age, was one of the most gentle and loving of women, kind and considerate always.  She sought the pleasure and welfare of others in preference to her own enjoyment.  She attended the Methodist church when able and the last few months of her life were rendered peaceful through the comforting ministrations of the pastor, L.E. Sanford.  Mrs. Clark's Maiden name was Lydia Marie Hoyt, who when 13 years old moved form Andes, Delaware county with her parents to Bainbridge in which place she has made her home until taken away.  She married Sylvester Clark, a Civil War Veteran, August 18th, 1867, and lived on farm until 12 years ago, when they moved into the village.  She leaves four daughters:  Mrs. Anna Bluler Belden, Mrs. Sophia Wrench, Bainbridge; Mrs. George Barr, Afton; also grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the home with a large attendance.  Rev. L.E. Sanford officiated.  The remains were taken to West Bainbridge for interment beside her husband, who passed away 11 years ago. 
Lila Caroline Peckham, wife of Jack Peckham, of East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], passed away at the Bainbridge Hospital Friday evening, March 18, of lobar pneumonia.  Mrs. Peckham was a daughter of Lloyd and Ellen Thompson Albrecht and was born in Guilford August 17, 1893.  The funeral was held from her late home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon March 22, Rev. J.W. Bump, of Guilford, a former pastor, officiating.  Besides her husband, she leaves a family of five children, Edward, Arlene, Helen, Norma and Bruce; two brothers and one sister, Leon Albrecht, of Delhi, Harold Albrecht, of Norwich and Mrs. Will Pearsoll, of Holmesville, and her father Lloyd Albrecht of Sidney, and several nieces and nephews.  Interment was in the East Guilford Cemetery. 
The funeral of Mrs. Georgianna Doolittle Hovey was held Thursday afternoon, December 13th, 1928 with a brief prayer at her late home on Searles Hill [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], and services in Union Valley Methodist Episcopal church of which she had been a very consistent member for forty-eight years.  Mrs. Hovey was born in the town of Colesville, Broome county, N.Y. June 23rd 1861 and was married to Willie A. Hovey, September 22nd, 1880 at Susquehanna, Pa.. by C.H. Hayes.  She is survived by her husband, Mr. Willie A. Hovey and two sons Paul, of Bainbridge, N.Y., and Rev. Luke W. Hovey pastor of the Methodist church of Maine, N.Y.; one sister, Mrs. Mary Colwell of Susquehanna, Pa.; one brother Miles Doolittle of Hornell, N.Y.  Several nieces and nephews and grandchildren.  The funeral service was conducted by her pastor Rev. H.S. Munyon, and a male quartette from Bainbridge sang two very appropriate hymns.  There were many beautiful floral tributes that testified to the high esteem in which she was regarded. 
Mrs. Emily Celestia Montgomery passed away November 29th [1934], at the home of her son, Fred Montgomery, on Searles Hill [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], where she had been under the care of Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery for the past five months.  Mrs. Montgomery was born on Mar. 12, 1847 in the town of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], the daughter of Harvey and Emily Hale Wakeman.  Nearly fifty years ago Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery moved to Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and for many years resided on farms in the township.  Eleven years ago, following the death of her husband, Mrs. Montgomery went to Cobleskill to make her home with her son, George, where she resided until about five months ago, when failing health resulted in her returning to Bainbridge, where she could be cared for by her son, Fred, and wife.  She had been a member of the Baptist church of Bainbridge for many years, and while in Cobleskill had attended the Baptist Church of that village.  Surviving are the sons, George and Fred, and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, of Binghamton, and Mrs. Saphronia Wilder, of Deposit.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon in the chapel of Colwell Bros. in West Main street. Rev. Frederick Allen, pastor of the Cobleskill Baptist Church, officiated, assisted by the Rev. M. DeForest Lowen, pastor of the Baptist church of this village, and interment was made in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY]. 
Charles B. Jones, a former resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and widely known in this vicinity, died at his home in Windsor [Broome Co., NY] Tuesday morning, March 8th [1933], at the age of 80 years.  The body was brought to Bainbridge and the funeral services held from Colwell's funeral home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Clarence Carman, pastor the First Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating.  Burial was in Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].  Besides his wife, Mr. Jones is survived by three sons and one daughter, Earl C. Jones, of Salamanca, N.Y., Ralph L. Jones, of Syracuse, Leland Jones of Ashville, N.C., and Mrs. Ethel E. Babcock of Bainbridge, by two sisters, Mrs. Kate Cowdrey of Binghamton, and Mrs. Clara Rowlinson of Oswego, and by ten grandchildren.

Soldier News continued - 1942

Ivor Bosket Sees African Action
First Eye-Witness Report of American Invasion
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 24, 1942
Ivor Bosket
The first eye-witness report of the American invasion of Africa by a Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] boy, was given us last week when Ivor Bosket, Pharmacist's Mate, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Bosket, and assigned to one of the convoys that carried out the epic November invasion, came home for the weekend after having completed an ocean voyage of several thousand miles.
Ivor related some of his adventures to us and left us his American Flag arm band which all the invading American troops had to wear to distinguish them from the other races that are now in the "Dark Continent."
Participating in the actual action of the invasion, Ivor was given his baptism by fire and came through undaunted and even more anxious to get back into the fight and get it over with quickly.  Ivor also showed us some pictures of Casablanca, key city in the invasion, snaps of the architecture and culture of that African city, and a Vichy African French newspaper.
A remarkable incident was told us by Ivor.  While en route to Africa, he was topside one day and ran into Victor Holbert.  Victor is now with the invasion forces in Africa and Ivor's news of this Bainbridge boy was the first his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Holbert, had heard of their son for several months.  The delight of the two boys upon meeting, knew no bounds and they saw each other a great deal during the rest of the trip. 
Ivor was filled with praise for the comradeship, brotherly feeling and mutual aid shared by all our sailors and soldiers and could tell of many battle scenes which brought out the helpfulness of the boys to each other but an experience such as he has gone through is best left undiscussed until the war is won and similar scenes are banned forever.
Ivor has now returned to his home port, all set for further adventures and the best wishes of everyone here go with him. 
Sailor Bosket's trip to Africa was the second made by personalities in Bainbridge.  Milton Robbins, formerly employed by the local G.L.F., although not a local boy, has lived here for some time and has become one of us, was also a participant in the African Invasion.  Bainbridge boys go on and on to carry out town's spirit and efforts towards winning this war.  God keep them all and may the spirit of Christmas be ever in them, whether at home, at camp or overseas. 
Clifford Smith Selected for Advanced Training
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 17, 1942
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis M. Smith, of R.D.1, have received the following letter from their son's Commanding Officer in the U.S. Navy and we have reprinted it to illustrate the marvelous system of home communication the Armed Forces have set up and also shows the individual interest taken in every one of Uncle Sam's Service men.
Clifford Smith is the Navy man and has a brother, Stanley, in the Army.  The letter follows:
U.S. Naval Training School
Machinist's Mate
North Dakota School of Science
Wahpeton, N.D.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith,
As you probably known, your son has been selected for advanced training as a Navy man.  He has been enrolled at this school for this purpose.  During the 16 weeks he will be here, he will be given a specialized course of shop instruction and related class instruction which will prepare him to work for an advanced fireman's and machinist's mate's rating.  This letter is to assure you that we are intensely interested in giving him valuable training.  Upon successful completion of the course, he will be eligible for promotion in rate and pay.  He will have an education in skill which will increase his value to the Navy and be of great value to him upon his return to civilian life. 
Since his selection for further training calls for congratulations to him, and because many of his friends may not be aware of the opportunities within the Navy for education in special trades, it is suggested that you might furnish news of his progress to your local newspaper and generally inform your neighbors.  In the event that any news is published, I would be very happy to receive a copy of the item. 
Please feel free to write us for any information you may desire regarding his welfare or  his progress in school.
Sincerely yours,
George Fender, III
Lieut. Commander, U.S.N.R.
Commanding Officer


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Post listing September 15-21, 2014

Listing of blog postings for the week of September 15 - 21, 2014.

Posted September 15, 2014
Harry H. Bluler - Lillian Hastings (1910)

Lewis E. Matteson - Miss Mildred E. Whitman (1917)
F. Blanche Masters - Capt. W.A. Parsons (1901/02)

Posted September 17, 2014
Mr. & Mrs. W.N. Mason (25th anniversary, 1867)
Jessica Palmer - Fred Radeker (1901)
Marriage notices
     Chenango Union, Nov. 22, 1877
        Charles D. Geer - Hattie Parce
        Frank W. Place - Clara Curtiss
        David Prince - Mianda A. Dunn
        G.W. Parker - Jennie Stockwell
        P. Bennett - Mary J. Corgin
        Joseph I. Dworant - Ruth A. Tarbell
        Van Buren Mudge - Emma H. Cook
        Rev. A.B. Jones - Mrs. Perry
        William Edgar Fairbanks - Caroline Punckle
        Homer J. Anderson - Louella D. Stebbins
        Ira W. Lum - Mary J. Gage
        Orin M. Wightman - Almira A. Gage

Posted September 18, 2014
Bertha Alice Castle - Edwin Lindsley Butler (1936)
M. Elizabeth Dickerson - S. Earl Hollenbeck (engagement, 1936)
Mr. & Mrs.  J.E. Herrick (25th anniversary, 1936)
Lulu Viola Sackett - John Hamilton Petley (1936)
Ethel A. Hovey - Alvin B. Stead (1901)

Posted September 19, 2014
Marriage notices
     Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 15, 1876
        Christopher S. Merville - Ida R. Mayo
        Egbert Weed - Sarah M. Gudson
        Charles Coe - Mary Touey
        Joel L. Judd - Amanda M. Miner
     Bainbridge Republican, July 15, 1876
        Charles Grant - Mary Lally
        Adelbert P. Coope - Anna Hayes
\        Peter R. Shaffer - Jennie King
     Bainbridge Republican, July 22, 1876
        Albert L. Mead - Ella A. Potter
        Delano Wilcox - Emma Bartle
        D.B. Phipps - Edna Lamphere
        Oliver B. Cook - Eula A. Stevens

Posted September 20, 2014
Arthur G. Robb - Marcella M. Bowers (1897)
John Robb Jr., Gertrude Green (1899)
Mr. & Mrs. James Robb (50th anniversary, 1953)
Charles R. Stoughton - Mary Edith Mooney (1901)
F. Spencer Perry - Nancy D. Palmer (1901)
Posted September 15, 2014
Rufus Bluler (Harpursville, 1889)
Mary Bluler (Harpursville, 1896)
Arthur More (Deposit, 1902)
Theodora Bartlett Payne (Bainbridge, 1902)
Arthur Leland Barton (1910)
Edward Bluler (Belden, 1928)

Posted September 16, 2014
Frankie Lakieher (1876)
Westcott Rockwell (1876)
Joseph Kromer (Mineral Springs, 1876)
Oliver Somers (Bainbridge, Morris, 1876)
James A. Engle (Nineveh, 1891]
A North Norwich Mystery - bodies found (1876)

Posted September 17, 2014
William Corbin (Bainbridge, 1875)
Carrie M. VanCott Decker (Bainbridge, Afton)
Lyman Banner (Binghamton, Bainbridge)
Julia D. Westcott (Bainbridge, 1913)

Posted September 18, 2014
Anna Beverly (Port Dickinson, Bainbridge, 1936]
S.G. Barnum (Bainbridge, St. Petersburg FL, 1936]
Mae Wakeman (Afton, 1936]
Belle Van Woert (New Milford, PA, North Fenton, 1936]
William Darling (Bainbridge, 1936)
Lee M. Newell (Bainbridge, 1936)

Posted September 19, 2014
Sarah Knapp (Norwich, 1926)
Christpher Clapper (Norwich, 1926)
Hattie Robb (Norwich, 1950)
Ira Robb (Binghamton, 1931)
Ellen L. (Nichols) Robb (Norwich, 1926)

Posted September 20, 2014
Samuel A. Marshall (Norwich, 1937)
Arthur G. Robb (Norwich, 1934)
Joseph Biviano (Norwich, 1934)
Robert L. Robb (Sonyea, North Afton, 1907)
Child of John Robb (Bainbridge, 1875)
Lillie D. Robb (Norwich, 1973)

Posted September 21, 2014
James Walter Robb (Norwich, 1959)
John M. Robb (Norwich, Glen Castle, 1955)
Georgia V. Robb (Norwich, 1919)
Marcellus Bowers Robb (Norwich, 1904)
Posted September 15, 2014
Letter from Ambrose Lyon written in 1825
Soldier News continued - 1942
     Miles Harrington Safe at Pearl Harbor
    William P. Tillson Slightly injured in Philippines
     Pvt. George Arakelian Called Back
     Mahoney Brothers Enlist in Army
     Gunner Wahlberg Receives Rank of Lieutenant
     Clifford Smith Joins Navy

Posted September 16, 2014
A Wild Woman's History, The Story of Lucy Ann Lobdell Slater, 1876

Posted September 17, 2014
Bainbridge Central High School Class of 1939 - Part 6
The Corbin Family - A Family of Fighters (1896)
Thomas Collins, 3rd, to be listed in College Who's Who (1941)
John A. Parsons Re-Elected as Mayor of Bainbridge (1942)
Board will Accept Married Teachers (1942)
Carlton Hayes Honored - Former Area Resident (1942)

Posted September 18, 2014
New Fire Engine For Bainbridge, 1941
Bainbridge Men in the Service, September 1942

Posted September 19, 2014
White Store  History (1941)
Soldier News continued - 1942
     Letter from Edward G. Pixley
     Carl Osterhout Joins Marines
     Victor Foster Joins Army
     Garfield Lloyd Promoted
     How Boats Are Named
     Robert Gordon & Roswell Monroe Join Navy

Posted September 20, 2014
Soldier News continued - 1942
     Michael Sawyer Joins Army
     George James Receives Army Commission
     Ralph D. Riley Selected for Special Training
     Six More from Bainbridge Join Navy:  Claude William Butler, Jr., Robert Parsons, Jack Hawkins,
     Bob Hitchcock, Henry Gardner, Cliff Wearne

Posted September 21, 2014
County Historical Society Meeting - April 1942
     Report on history of North Guilford Church
     Report on history of Eagle Hotel
Soldier News continued - 1942
     Leo Terry Enlists in Marines
     Adrian Bush Joins The Marines
     Lyall B. Fletcher Enlists in Navy Cadets
     Five Leave for Service in the Navy (Cliff Wearne, Bob Parsons, Jack Hawkins, Bob Hitchcock,
     Bill Butler)
     Socrates Nellis assigned to 14th Armored Division

Obituaries (September 21)

James Walter Robb, 75, a carpenter for many years until his retirement for ill health a few years ago, died this morning at his home 24 Howard Street [Norwich, Chenango Co. ,NY].  He is survived by his wife, the former Effie A. Knapp whom he married in 1903; three sons Donald of Weedsport and Malcolm and Lawrence of Norwich; two daughters Mrs. Albert Higgie and Mrs. Floyd Rivenburg of Norwich; eleven grandchildren: Priscilla, Cynthia and Kenneth Robb of Weedsport; Mrs. Norma Jennings, Robert and Rosie Higgie, Larry and Cheryl Rivenburg, Valerie, Cathy and Stevie Robb of Norwich; five great-grandchildren, a sister Miss Lillie D. Robb of Norwich and two nephews Lyle S. Robb of Clifton Springs and Harry W. Robb of Schenectady.  Mr. Robb was born in North Afton on April 23, 1882, the son of John and Ellen Nichols Robb.  His father was Chenango County sheriff from 1886-1888.  The family moved to Norwich in 1891.  Mr. Robb was a cymbalist and bass drummer in the Old Red Men's Band and other musical organizations.  He was a member of the local Carpenters and Joiners Union and the Broad Street Methodist Church.  The Rev. Thomas G. Swales, pastor of the Broad Street Methodist Church, will conduct services Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Robert J. Fahy Funeral home and burial will follow in the family plot in Mt. Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].  [July 1959]
John M. Robb died at the Chenango Memorial Hospital at 4:15 p.m. yesterday.  He was born Nov. 26, 1879 in North Afton, the son of John and Ellen Nichols Robb.  From 1886 through 1888 he spent in Norwich during his father's term of office as sheriff, after which he returned to North Afton for two years, then returned to Norwich at 26 Mitchell Street.  Dec. 30, 1893 he was married to Gertrude (Davis) Green.  After living a short time in Paterson, N.J., he moved to Middletown and in time became an engineer on the O.&W. Railroad.  In 1944 he retired and made his home in South Fallsburg.  Following the death of his wife in 1952, he sold his home and came to Norwich where he has resided since with his sister.  He was a member of Episcopal Church of South Fallsburg, Hoffman F.&A.M. Lodge, B. of F.E., B. of L.E., F.O. of E., N.Y. O.&W. Veterans Association, all of Middletown.  He is survived by a son, H. Walter Robb of Schenectady; a stepson, J.O. Green of Elmira Heights, grandsons, John E. Robb of Richland, Wash, and Donald Green of Elmira Heights, and granddaughters, Mrs. Donald Sawyer of Syracuse and Nancy Green of Elmira Heights, also four great-grandchildren, one brother James W. Robb and sister, Miss Lillie D. Robb of Norwich.  Funeral services will be  held from the family home, 26 Mitchell Street, at one o'clock Monday afternoon with Rev. Thomas G. Swales, pastor of Broad Street Methodist church officiating.  Burial will be made in Glen Castle Cemetery.  [May 7, 1955]
Miss Georgia V. Robb
Georgia V. Robb, who died on Christmas day after a brief illness, was the daughter of John and Ellen Robb and was born in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] on February 12, 1887, her father at that time being the county sheriff.  At the expiration of his term of office, Mr. Robb moved his family to Afton where they resided for two years and then returned to Norwich.  Miss Robb was educated in the Norwich public schools, graduating from the High School with the class of 1905 and completing the teachers' training course the same year.  After teaching one year in a rural school she was appointed a teacher in the Norwich city schools, where she taught in the first and third grades.  By studying two summers and one term of the school year she completed the Normal course at Oneonta, graduating in 1917.  She was most devoted to her school duties and was a thoroughly earnest and enthusiastic church worker. She taught a class of girls in the Broad Street M.E. Sunday school and sought in every way to interest them and instruct them in right living.  She was faithful in her attendance at all the church services and was always ready and desirous of doing all she could for others.  Kindness itself, she was constantly calling on the sick and seeking in every way to lighten the burdens of those about her.  Nothing was too much to give or to do for another in worse need than herself.  Loved by her pupils and friends she will be sadly missed.  Nowhere will her loss be more keenly felt than in her own home where her presence meant so much to the other members of the household.  Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Ellen Robb, four brothers, Arthur, Ira and James, of Norwich, and John, of Middletown, and two sisters, Hattie and Lillie of Norwich.  Funeral services were held from the family home at 26 Mitchell street on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock  [1919]
Mrs. Marcellus Bowers Robb
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Marcellus Bowers Robb, wife of Arthur G. Robb, died at her home on Cortland street Saturday morning last, after an illness of 11 weeks.  Deceased was the daughter of Sidney and Julia Bowers, and was born in Norwich about 32 years ago. All but 10 years of her life, during which the family resided in Oneonta and Saratoga, had been passed in this village.  Here she married Arthur G. Robb, October 13, 1897.  She was a member of the Broad Street M.E. Church. Her death has brought sorrow to a large circle of relatives and acquaintances.  Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Lisle.  She is also survived by her mother and two brothers, Charles and Arthur Bowers, residents of Norwich.  Her funeral was held from her late residence Tuesday afternoon.  Rev. Wilson Treible, of the Methodist church, officiating, assisted by Rev. D.W. Dexter, for the Congregational Church.  The music was by a male quarter--Messrs. Burnside, Blackman, Scott and Blackman.  The large attendance of friends and the numerous beautiful floral tributes well bespoke the esteem in which the deceased was held for the many kindnesses received during her illness and through their sad bereavement the family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude.  [1904]

Chenango County Hstorical Society Meets - April 1942

Chenango County Historical Society Meets
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 21, 1942
A regular meeting of the Chenango County Historical Society was held at 8 o'clock P.M. on Apr. 30, 1942, at the Courthouse in Norwich.  President Raymond Williams presided.  There were approximately 50 members present.
Miss Myra Shattuck, of Norwich, Chairman of the Committee on Churches, reported a list of Church Histories and their authors which were ready to be placed on file and available to the members for reference.  She urged members of the Society to give the Committee any information they might have on the early Churches and their histories so that it could be added to the collection.  Miss Shattuck said that in their research work they had discovered that the eldest Catholic cemetery in the County was at Oxford.  The Society also has a record of the articles of faith of the Guilford Episcopal Church taken from the corner stone when it was organized in 1830.
Mrs. Archie Gibbs read a paper covering the origin and building of the North Guilford Church written by Josephine Thompson for a D.A.R. meeting.  A church society was formed of 18 members May 16, 1832, for the purpose of building a Congregational Church "for the spiritual welfare of ourselves and our children and our neighbors," but no active steps were taken until 1843, and the church finally dedicated Oct. 29, 1844.  It was called the First Congregational Church of Norwich and Guilford  and was situated about five miles from the Norwich cross roads which led to four corners.  There was a great deal of rivalry between the Congregationalists and the Methodists in that day and they each selected opposite corners for their buildings.  The Methodists waited until the Congregationalists had built their church and then built a bigger one and also had a steeple.  Horse sheds were placed between the two churches. The church was built by voluntary labor and the only money spent was for nails and windows.  The church was not heated and at first the pews faced the doors so late comers were embarrassed to enter.  The women and men sat on opposite sides of the church.  There were no cushions for the seats and the sermons were usually of two hours duration.  Dancing and attendance at plays were forbidden by the church rules and those who attended either were subject to discipline.  As time went on and the attendance at church grew scanty the Congregationalists and Methodists were forced to give up their old feud and take turns in having church meetings.
Mrs. Ellen M. Donaldson gave a paper on the Eagle Hotel which was especially interesting to the members.  The first tavern was built on the present Eagle Hotel site in 1799 by Stephen and Asabel Steere.  Later, when Mark Steere became the manager, the lion which had been painted on the signpost was changed to an eagle and it has been known as The Eagle Hotel ever since.  At that time the building was a two story house painted white.  Norwich was then the county seat as it is today and was a favorite resort of lawyers, judges and officers of the court.  Many gala affairs were held at the Eagle.  At a ball given July 4, 1849, the hotel caught fire.  It was thought that one of the guests had accidentally knocked a candle over, or it might have been caused by a defective lamp.  After the fire, the Eagle Hotel Company was formed with a capital of $11,000.  There were 110 shares of stock outstanding at $100 a share.  The Company paid $4,000 for the site and the hotel was built substantially as it is today.  In 1864, a fourth story was added.  Many famous people have visited at the hotel including Theodore Roosevelt, Horace Greeley, Roscoe C. Conklin and others.  Mrs. Donaldson read some of the entries from the old Hotel Register from 1851 to 1857 which has been presented to the society by E.B. Pendleton.
After the meeting the members examined a number of historical items which had been given to the Society.  These include the Eagle Hotel register, old books donated by Miss Sarah Higley and Miss Hattie Walworth, an album of old Norwich prints exhibited by W.A. Baldwin.  An old wood cut of a cannon of Civil War times was shown and presented to the society by James A. Haynes, foreman of the Norwich Publishing Company. A large picture of a Chenango County Society Banquet held in the Hotel Astor, New York City, was displayed and President Williams asked the members to identify the different persons so that they could keep a record of the names.

Soldier News continued - 1942

Leo Terry Enlists in Marines
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 10, 1942

Leo I. Terry, of 60 S. Main street, Bainbridge [Chenango county], enlisted recently in the swelling ranks of the United States Marine Corps at Syracuse.  He was sworn into the Leathernecks by Major Harold Colvocoresses, USMA (Ret'd), officer in charge of the Central New York Recruiting District.  The Bainbridge youth left last Saturday for training, and is now undergoing six weeks of comprehensive military instruction at Parris Island, S.C., the Marine's eastern training station.  His training will include firing of many modern weapons, use of the bayonet, and fundamentals of combat.  Upon completion of this "boot camp" training, he will be assigned to one of the many branches of the Marine Corps according to his individual abilities and preference.  Leo, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Terry, of this village, attended Bainbridge Central High School, and was formerly employed in the Ideal Fader's Restaurant.  The best of luck is wished for Leo, whose enlistment adds a third Marine to the local Honor Roll.  Marines from Bainbridge include Pvts. Robert Knowles and Carl Osterhoust, both at New River, N.C.
Adrian Bush Joins the Marines
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 17, 1942
Adrian Bush, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Bush, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on last Wednesday and left for service on Friday, Dec. 11, in a rapid follow-up of  his enlistment.  Adrian's enlistment brings the number of Bainbridge Marines to five.  In addition to Adrian, we have Bob Knowles, Buster Osterhout, Leo Terry and Ren Parsons in that branch of the Service.  Adrian, the newest Marine, graduated from B.C.H.S. with the class of 1940, the male members of which are now almost entirely in the Service.  During his four years of high school he was a loyal class member and played in the school band during his entire high school period and was a four-year member of the Future Farmers of America, an organization in which he was very active.  On completing his schooling in Bainbridge, Adrian attended the Sidney Vocational School for one year and on graduating from there, was employed as assistant instructor in that school.  When his course at the Sidney School was almost half completed, Adrian's excellence in work entitled him to act as part-time instructor while completing his own studies at the Vocational School, and he was still teaching at the time of his enlistment.  At present, Adrian is stationed at Parris Island, S.C., and is undergoing his "Boot" training.  His many friends in town wish him much success in his new work and we will print his address for the benefit of his school chums as soon as it is ascertained. 
Lyall B. Fletcher Enlists in Navy Cadets
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 17, 1942
Lyall B. Fletcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Fletcher, of West Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has enlisted in the V-5 Navy Air Cadets and was sworn on Dec. 15 in New York City.  At present, Lyall is at home awaiting his summons to service.  Lyall, another member of the Class of '40 of Bainbridge Central High School, was one of the most active member of his class, participating in many extra-curricular activities.  He played football, baseball and basketball, belonged to the Future Farmers of America and was very fond of dramatics and prize speaking.  He is best known for the latter and is always remembered for his excellent rendition of "He Knew Lincoln," a homely essay on that great President, told in the dialect of one of the backwoods friends of the Civil War President.  With the rendering of the Lincoln speech, Lyall won the League Speaking Contest and was urged to repeat this selection for the local Daughters of Union Veterans, which group presented him with a picture of Lincoln's statue.  He also was invited to speak it for the Sidney Exchange Club and the Oxford Chapter of the D.U.V. and spoke it numerous other times--two of the most important being at the State Contest in the Little Theatre at Ithaca and over Station WNBF on the "Salute to Bainbridge" Program.  In addition to his speaking talents, Lyall was an accomplished amateur boxer. Also, he was manager of the Bainbridge junior baseball team last summer.  On graduating from high school Lyall was employed in the Scintilla for the past year and a half and worked there up to the time of his enlistment.  Lyall is the third Navy Air Cadet to enlist from Bainbridge, Guy Leonard and James Fiorina being the first two.  All three boys are members of the V-5 Reserve Branch and all attended school together.  Lyall has a brother, Cpl. Elton Fletcher, in the Army Air Corps, employed as clerk in the Quartermaster's Corps at the Army Air Classification Center, Nashville, Tenn.  James Florina also has a brother in the Army, Pvt. Raymond Fioina, now stationed at Camp Barkeley, Texas.
Five Leave for Service in the Navy
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 17, 1942
Cliff Wearne, Bob Parsons, Jack Hawkins, Bob Hitchcock, and Bill Butler, all newly enlisted Navy men, received their calls for service this week and left early this morning (Thursday) for training school at Newport, R.I.  The best of luck is wished for all these young Bainbridge men whose absence will be sorely felt.
Socrates Nellis assigned to 14th Armored Division
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 17, 1942
Camp Chaffee, Ark. (Special)  Pvt. Socrates A. Nellis, who joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 23 at Bainbridge, has arrived at Camp Chaffee where he is assigned to the 14th Armored Division.  Pvt. Nellis is the son of Mrs. Edna Nellis of 201 Chestnut street, Oneonta, and in civilian life was employed as assembler and machine operator by the American Separator.  He attended the Bainbridge Central School and finished in 1940.  The Fourteenth, which was activated Nov. 15, is commanded by Major General Vernon E. Prichard and is one of the newest of the hard hitting armored divisions to be organized by the Army.  Camp Chaffee is near Fort Smith, Ark.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Marriages (September 20)

ROBB - BOWERS:  In Norwich, Oct. 13, 1897 by Rev. S.E. Moore, Arthur G. Robb and Miss Marcella M. Bowers, All of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]  [Oxford Times, Oct. 26, 1897]
ROBB - GREEN:  In Paterson, NJ, Dec. 30, 1898, by Rev. Mr. Lowries, John Robb Jr. and Mrs. Gertrude Green, both of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].  [Oxford Times,  Jan. 17, 1899]
Mr. & Mrs. James Robb
Golden Wedding:  Mr. and Mrs. James Robb, who were married in Norwich July 19.1903, observed their goldin wedding anniversary at their home, 24 Howard Street, yesterday.  At the reception were many friends and relatives, including their children, Donald Robb of Eden, and Mrs. Albert  Higgie, Malcolm Robb, Mrs. Floyd Rivenburg, and Lawrence Robb, all of Norwich, and 11 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.  [Norwich Sun,  July 20, 1953]
STOUGHTON - MOONEY:  The New York Times of a recent date records the marriage of Mr. Charles B. Stoughton, son of Mrs. Ella Stoughton, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], and Miss Mary Edith Mooney, daughter of Mrs. Geo. Mooney of 26 West 121st street, New York City which took place in Holy Trinity Episcopal church, 122d street and Lenox ave.  The ceremony was performed by Bishop Porter, assisted by the Rector, Rev. H.P. Nichols.  The bride was given away by her uncle, Dr. Walton, was beautifully gowned in heavy white satin, with a very long train, which was covered to the hem by a veil of rare old lace, a family heirloom, held by a wreath of orange buds.  The maid of Honor, Miss Mary Stoughton, sister of the bridegroom, was gowned in pale pink crepe de chene, with lace, and carried a large cluster of while lilacs.  There were four bridesmaids.  A reception to about three hundred guests followed at the home of the bride's mother.  [1901]
PERRY - PALMER:  Mr. F. Spencer Perry and Miss Nancy D. Palmer, the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Palmer, were united in marriage at six o'clock last evening.  The wedding took place at the Palmer residence on Laurel Avenue and was witnessed by about thirty friends and relatives of the young couple.  Rev. W.L. Bates officiated.  The rooms were prettily decorated with evergreens for the occasion and a wedding supper, under the supervision of Caterer Fox, served after the ceremony.  The bride was handsomely attired in grey, the groom wearing the usual black.  The congratulations extended to both by the assembled guests were of the warmest kind, to which are added the best wishes of their many friends in this village, where both are so well known.  The bride was handsomely remembered in the way of presents, especially in elegant cut glass ware. The bridal pair left on train 7 for Syracuse where they will reside.  Mr. Perry is connected with a prominent law firm in that city and bids fair to mount to the top of his chosen profession.  [Jan. 30th, 1901]

Obituaries (September 20)

In the sudden death of Samuel A. Marshall, prominent coal dealer and former O.&W. railroad employee, this city [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] lost one of its highly respected and most substantial citizens Saturday afternoon.  Attacked at his coal office about 11:30 Saturday morning with what developed to be heart trouble, Mr. Marshall was able to summon Dr. Leslie T. Kinney, his family physician.  Dr. Kinney took Mr. Marshall to the latter's home at 145 East Main street, ordered him to bed, and prescribed a treatment for his condition.  Within an hour's time, however, Mr. Marshall suffered another heart attack, and expired and suddenly at 12:20 p.m.  The deceased was born in Pratts Hollow, Sept. 5, 1874, but had been a resident of Norwich for 37 years.  He served the O.&W. railroad as train dispatcher for a period of 23 years, and from 1921 to 1924 was station agent of the company at Bouckville.  When he retired from the employ of the O.&W. he entered the retail coal business in this city, an establishment he successfully conducted for a period of 13 years.  Mr. Marshall was an active business man all his life.  When he was engaged in the railroad business he was efficient and careful, performing his duties with marked ability.  After he became identified with the coal business he gave strict attention to this line of endeavor, was zealous and painstaking in looking after his customers.  He was quiet and unassuming by nature, was well liked, and possessed those fine qualities of citizenship which earned him many friends.  The deceased was a member of the Norwich Club and the Norwich Club Bowling Association.  He was an active bowler and participated in tournament matches whenever his team was scheduled to play.  He was also a member of Norwich lodge, F.&A.M., and the O.&W. Veterans' Association.  His sudden demise is a shock to his family and numerous friends, and widespread sorrow is felt by all at his passing.  Besides his wife there survive four children.  Dr. Charles J. Marshall of Binghamton, Attorney J. Richard Marshall of this city, Miss Lois A. Marshall, teacher at Munnsville and S. William Marshall, teacher at Meridian.  He also leaves three brothers and three sisters, Jay Marshall and Miss Jeanette Marshall of Pratts Hollow, Dr. Charles W. Marshall of Brewster, Lorenzo J. Marshall of Morrisville, Mrs. Lois Block of Pratts Hollow and Mrs. Laura Gill of Morrisville.  Three grandchildren, Charles and Susan Marshall of Binghamton, and John Richard Marshall of Norwich, also survive.  The Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at the Marshall home at 7:30 tonight, and there will be a prayer service at the late residence at 10 o'clock Tuesday.  The body will then be taken to Pratts Hollow, where funeral services will be held.  [Norwich Sun, November 1, 1937]
Arthur G. Robb, who was born January 11, 1874, passed away at Binghamton Saturday afternoon at 5:50.  Deceased was a member of Improved Order of Red Men and also the Masonic order.  He is survived by one son, Lyle S. Robb, one grandson, Lyle D. Robb, two sisters, Hattie and Lillie Robb, two brothers, James of Norwich and John of  Middletown.  Funeral services will be held at the family home 77 Cortland street Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. F.S. Shaw officiating with burial in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].  [Norwich Sun, June 13, 1934]
Arthur G. Robb
Funeral services for the late Arthur G Robb, whose death occurred Saturday, were held from the home at 77 Cortland street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] Tuesday afternoon at two o 'clock with interment following in Mt. Hope cemetery.  Rev. F.S. Shaw of the Free Methodist church officiated at the burial. Bearers include the following members of the local order of Red Men, of which the deceased was a member:  LaVerne Adams, Ervin Cole, Gordon Ashton, George McHale, Elwin Law and Howard Rounds.  Services at the grave were conducted by the Red  Men.  The profusion of flowers which had been sent gave ample evidence of the respect and love which many friends bore the deceased.  [Norwich Sun, June 13, 1934]
Following an extended illness, Joseph Biviano, son of Joseph Biviano Sr., of 23 Ross avenue [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], died early Monday morning at the family home.  The lad was a native of this city and had spent his entire life here where he attended the public schools.  The only survivor is the father.  [Norwich Sun, June 13, 1934]
Robert L Robb, son of John and Ellen Robb, died at Sonyea, [Livingston Co., NY] Sept. 13, 1907.  The body was brought ot Afton where it was met by the family and friends and taken to North Afton [Chenango Co., NY] for burial in the family plot.  Rev. Smith of Afton officiated.  [Norwich Sun, Sept. 17, 1907]

A child of John Robb died last Saturday with scarlet fever.  [Bainbridge Republican, April 3, 1875]

Miss Lillie D. Robb, 84, retired school teacher and historian, died Monday (Aug. 20, 1973) in her home at 26 Mitchell St., Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].  She was born Jan. 2, 1889, in North Afton [Chenango Co., NY], daughter of John and Ellen Nichols Robb.  Her father was a Civil War hero, having served with the 35th New York Infantry and the 20th New York Cavalry between 1861 and 1865.  He fought in the Battle of Bun Run and was wounded at Antietam.  As a first lieutenant he commanded a squadron in the capture of Richmond, Va.  He also served as Chenango County sheriff between 1886 and 1889 and had several confrontations with the notorious Chenango and Madison County Loomis Gang.  Her family took up permanent residence in Norwich in 1890 at 26 Mitchell St. and Miss Robb had resided there for 82 years.  Following graduation from Norwich High School in 1905, she attended the Norwich Teacher Training Class and subsequently Oneonta Normal School. She taught school in Oxford, the Columbus district and in Norwich.  As a teacher in Norwich she first taught algebra and English in the high school, and later on the grade level as a mathematics instructor.  She retired in 1934 due to severe asthma.  Following her retirement she took a keen interest in genealogy and over the years had compiled a voluminous record of the historical and biographical aspects of her family.  Miss Robb was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church and the What-So-Ever Circle of the King's Daughters.  She also was a member of the National and New York State Retired Teachers Associations, the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 367 of Norwich, the Chenango County Historical Society, Norwich Senior Citizens, and the Alumni Associates of the State University of Oneonta.  She is survived by two nieces, Mrs. George (Dorothy) Petry and Mrs. Floyd (Jean) Rivenburg, both of Norwich; four nephews, Lawrence Robb of Norwich, Malcom Robb of Waterville, Donald Robb of Camillus and Harry Robb of Syracuse.  Several grandnieces grand-nephews and cousins also survive.  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Robert J. Fahy Funeral home, Norwich. The Rev. Edgar Brill, pastor  of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, Norwich, will officiate.  Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Norwich.  Members of Norwich Chapter 367 Order of Eastern Star, will conduct memorial services at the funeral home this evening at 7:30.  [Guernsey Memorial Library, Norwich, NY, obituary collection]

Soldier News continued - 1942

Michael Sawyer Joins Army
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 19, 1942

Michael Sawyer, the central school's civics teacher, left Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and his many friends here last Friday to start service for the U.S. Army.  His post is as yet unknown, but we are all eager to hear from him as soon as he is definitely located.
"Mike," as he was referred to by the faculty and most of the student body, was asked to come to a meeting of the senior class last Friday.  After the preliminary formal good-byes, he was surprised by the presentation of a beautiful neatly done up package; the seniors' gift to their much loved advisor.  The package contained a smart-looking Waterman's gray pen and pencil set and the book, The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel, which was autographed by every member of the entire class. 
Our loss is the Army's gain.  Good luck, Mike!--From Blue and White.  The leaving of Mr. Sawyer for service in the Army brings the number of local faculty members in the fighting forces to seven.  Previously, six other B.C.H.S. instructors had left for service with Uncle Sam.  They are:  Ensign E. William Baker, Jr., former economics and math instructor, Pvt. Larry Argiro, former art instructor; Ensign William Patrick O'Neil, formerly band master; Corporal John H. Hilbert, Junior  High instructor; Candidate George vicary, former Senior High instructor; and Sgt. Ralph L. Corbin, former band master.
George James Receives Army Commission
Bainbridge News & Republican, November 26, 1942
Bainbridge now has another Lieutenant to its credit with the graduation of George James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland James, Pearl street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], from Officers' Training School at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., last week.  George was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the ceremonies which climaxed his period of study at Oglethorpe after having seen some time in the service with the Military Police.  Lt. James arrived in Bainbridge, Sunday, accompanied by a friend, Lt. Orin Haas, and the two officers will be here, until Saturday night.  Upon the expiration of his current furlough, Lt. James will be stationed in Michigan.  Bainbridge now has five lieutenants in the service:  1st Lt. James F. Ryan, 1st Lt. Ben Lee Dodge, 1st Lt. Richard S. Guthrie, Second Lt. Paul D. Fairbanks and Second Lt. George James.  Bainbridge also has one Captain, E. Prince Danforth. 
Ralph Riley Selected for Special Training
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 10, 1942
The following release from the Public Relations Office at Great Lakes, Ill., has just reached us: Selected for training as a specialist in the U.S. Navy on the basis of a series of aptitude examinations given every Bluejacket during his recruit training, Ralph D. Riley, of Bainbridge, New York, is now undergoing an intensive 16-weeks course in the school for Machinist's Mates here at the Service Schools of the U.S. Naval Training Station.  Upon successfully completing this course, he will be eligible for advancement to a petty officer's rating and will then be sent either to the fleet or to an advanced Service School for additional instruction.  There he will serve under veteran petty officers in his specialized field, receiving more practical instruction and experience.  Service Schools here at Great Lakes offer courses in 20 of the 49 specialists trades of the U.S.  Navy.
Six More from Bainbridge Join the Navy
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 10, 1942
Six more young men from this village enlisted in the U.S. Navy in a body and left, Tuesday of this week, for Albany to begin their period of service.  Leaving Tuesday were Jack Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hawkins, Kirby street; Clifford Wearne, 17, son of Arthur Wearne, West Main street; Robert Parsons, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Parsons, Plastics Road; William Butler, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Butler, North Main street; Henry Soules, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Soules, North Main street; and Robert Hitchcock, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hitchcock, Bennettsville Road.  These boys, all of them school mates, some of them graduating from Bainbridge Central High School in the same class, enlisted together and left Tuesday.  The depleted male population of Bainbridge becomes more and more noticeable as one after another, the young boys of the village follow the older selectees into the service.  There are comparatively very few single eligible left to enter the armed forces; already, Bainbridge has well over 200  men in the Service and this is a considerable number considering the size of the community.
Claude William Butler, Jr., better known as "Bill," received all his education in Bainbridge Central High School, Class of '40, after an interesting career in athletics and music.  "Bill" was a member of the school band for four years; of Glee Club for one year; of Art Club for one year; played on the baseball team two years; played football three years; was a member of the Class Yearbook Staff; played basketball three years; was president of the Freshman and Senior Classes and vice-president of the Junior Class; played in the school orchestra during his Sophomore year; was an All-Star Sophomore basketball player; and an All-Star football player for two years.  "Bill" was always well known for his "grit" and "give" in sports and was one of the most popular young men in school.  He was a member of the town baseball team for five years.  On graduating, "Bill" attended Hamilton College for a short time, returning here to work in the American Separator.  At the time of his enlistment, he was employed in the local Resin Plant.
Robert "Bob" Parsons, classmate of "Bill" led a similar athletic career in B.C.H.S. graduating, too, in 1940.  He played football three years; baseball, two years; basketball, two years; played in the school band three years; "Bob" was an All-Star football player three seasons; sang with the Glee Club for one year, being well known for his excellent voice; belonged to the Archery Club for one year; the Art Club, one year; was Freshman manager of the school football team; and managed the baseball team for another year.  "Bob" was a popular sport, always a favorite with his class mates and an excellent musician as was "Bill."  "Bob" excelled on the clarinet, guitar and saxophone.  "Bill" was an excellent pianist and also played the clarinet.  "Bob" was the only married member of Tuesday's group; having been wed to Miss Amy Palmer, childhood sweetheart, a few months ago.
"Jack" Hawkins, also attended B.C.H.S. and was a very capable football player and also an avid huntsman; spending many hours pursuing his favorite sports.  On leaving school, "Jack" was employed in the Separator.  Early last summer he left Bainbridge to work in the Springfield Rifle Armory, returning here a few weeks ago to spend some time here prior to his enlistment.  He was employed at the Plastics, before his leaving.
"Bob" Hitchcock, another athlete, also played in the school band and participated in dramatics, and was a very active member of the Future Farmers of America Organization; was a Junior Fireman and an ardent devotee to his Class, spending much time on committees for social hours, etc.  "Bob" graduated in June of this year and prior to his enlistment had just completed a N.Y.A. course in Maine.
Henry "Hank" Soules followed his buddies athletic courses and played football, baseball, and basketball, playing center on the Varsity Team during the 1942 season and on the Junior Town Baseball Team.  On leaving school, "Hank" worked in  the local A.&P. Store and at the time of his enlistment was employed in the Separator.
"Cliff" Wearne, a recent addition to the village, in the brief time he was at B.C.H.S. rapidly became one of the most popular boys in the school, and was the star sensation of last season's football team, making many spectacular plays and becoming the hub of the Bainbridge Six.  "Cliff" also played on the Junior Town Baseball Team and played basketball.  "Cliff" was the youngest member of the Navy group, having just turned 17.  Another member of the enlistees, "Bob" Parsons left on his 20th birthday.
The individual best wishes of all who knew or knew of these fine young men are extended to "Bob," "Bill," "Cliff," "Hank," "Bob" and "Jack" and we all hope for their speedy return to Bainbridge.