Friday, June 22, 2018

Obituaries (June 21)

Imogene Whitbeck
Northern Christian Advocate, Auburn, NY, April 11, 1849
Imogene [Whitbeck], wife of Andrew A. Whitbeck, and youngest daughter of widow Deborah Filkins, died at her late residence, in Sodus [Wayne Co., NY], Jan. 3, 1849, aged 29 years and 5 months.  Sister W. experienced religion at the age of 14, from which time till her death, she was a member of the M.E. Church. She possessed many excellencies, which secured for her esteem in the family, the Church, and in all the social relations of life.  Her numerous friends in Geneseo will long remember her amiable virtues.  She was a wife but a few months, when the heart of an affectionate husband was a second time made desolate, and his children again deprived of a mother's guardian care.  Conscious that her end was nigh, she trembled at first, but grace triumphed. To her mother who was with her, she said, "I can die in peace."  "Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord."

Richard Elwood Stover
Chenango Union, July 3, 1873
The people of Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY] and vicinity were startled on Friday morning last, by the announcement that Richard Elwood Stover, a respected citizen of that town, had met with a violent death.  He, in company with Laselle Morgan, was engaged in felling trees on his wood lot, about one mile from the village.  One tree had been cut, which in its fall lodged upon another; this also was cut, when the two struck a dead tree in their descent, breaking it into fragments, a knot from which struck Mr. Stover upon the head, causing injuries which he survived by a few moments after help had reached the spot, summoned by the cries of Mr. Morgan for assistance.  He was not conscious after the accident.  The deceased occupied a prominent position in his town, being a member of the Methodist Church, one of the town Railroad commissioners, and had held the office of Justice of the Peace.  He was a public spirited man, and much respected by the community at large.  He age was about fifty years, and he leaves two orphan boys, aged about six and ten years, his wife dying some three years since.  He had an insurance of $3,000 on his life, in the Connecticut Mutual.

Edward P. Hilliard
Chenango Union, July 3, 1873
A sad case of drowning occurred near the guard lock in West Utica [Oneida Co., NY], on Wednesday of last week, about five o'clock P.M.  The victim was Edward P. Hilliard, captain of the coal boat "Norwich," in the employ of the D.L.&W. Railroad Company, in charge of the shifting of coal.  While the boat was in the guard lock of the Erie canal, Hilliard saw Georgie Rabenstein, a little boy of his acquaintance, on the dock.  He asked the boy to get on board and ride to his father's house, as the boat was to be tied up on the Chenango canal near his house. The boy got on board.  His little dog got into the water.  Hilliard told the boy to pull the dog on to the boat, but he replied that the dog could swim.  Hilliard took hold of a piece of board, leaned over the side of the boat, and failed to reach the dog.  The board broke, and Hilliard sunk like lead.  No one but the boy saw the accident in time to give assistance.  Hilliard has had the ague for some time and was quite weak.  It is supposed that he was taken with cramps. The body was recovered within  an hour by the aid of grappling irons, and taken to the residence of a cousin of the deceased who resides in Utica. Coroner Taylor, after hearing the statements of witnesses, decided that no inquest was necessary.  Deceased was twenty-five years of age, unmarried, and a native of McDonough, in this County [Chenango Co., NY], where his father, Alonzo Hilliard now resides. The body reached this village on Thursday evening, and remained at the residence of his brother-in-law, David Griffing, Jr., until Friday morning, when it was taken to McDonough for interment.

Reynolds T. Reed
Chenango Union, July 3, 1873
From the Binghamton Daily Times of Saturday, we gather the following particulars of the sad fate of Reynolds T. Reed, in former years an exemplary citizen of this county [Chenango Co., NY].

"Mr. Reed was born in Coventry, Chenango County, about fifty years ago, and was one of the most intelligent students in Oxford Academy.  In his early days and after his marriage with Amelia Beardsley, he was an active member of the Presbyterian Chruch and a teacher in the Sabbath School.  As years rolled on, bad habits grew upon him, and he separated with his wife, and has since lived at Afton and Nineveh, but for several years he has lived in Binghamton [Broome Co., NY].  He was a builder by occupation.  His career in this city has not been high toned.  On Thursday night he entered a house of ill repute, and about eleven o'clock Mr. Milton H. Gibbs  and others were informed that Mr. Reed was dead and lying on the lounge in this house.

"Mrs. Hoyt, who kept the house, claimed that he came in there and complained of being sick, and that she gave him a dose of salts, and then he frothed at the mouth and instantly expired.  the body was taken to the house of Mr. Boardman, and it was visited by Coroner Worthing and others about six o'clock.  Drs. Richards and Chittenden held a post mortem examination.  The stomach was found to be ulcerated.  There were other inflammatory appearances.  His death was undoubtedly caused by an unrestricted indulgence in poisonous alcoholic drinks."

The Times of Monday states that Mr. Reed was a native of Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY], instead of Coventry.  A subscriber furnishes the following sketch of his early history:

"R.T. Reed, better known by his middle name, Theron, was the youngest son of Phinchas Reed, who more than 60 years ago, settled in the town of Unadilla, on what is known as the Stone House Farm, now owned by Thomas C. Moore, near Shavers Corners, where Theron was born.  While attending school, from over study and ill health, he became insane, and it is at least charitable to ascribe his subsequent delinquencies to a recurrence of that malady."

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Obituaries (June 20)

Cornelia Sheffel
Northern Christian Advocate, April 11, 1849
Mrs. Cornelia Sheffel died in great peace, in Clay, Onondaga Co., N.Y., on the 8th of December, 1848, aged 88 years.  She was converted to God, and joined the M.E. Church, in Brothertown, Oneida co., nearly fifty years ago.  In 1822 she removed to Clay (then Cicero) in which place she remained till the day of her death, which was peaceful and tranquil, as had been her life, for nearly half a century, while endeavoring, under all circumstances, to adorn the doctrine of God her Savior.  I have seldom conversed with a person of her years, who exhibited such strength of mental energy, and animation in religious devotion, a sure evidence, as we conceived, that the Savior whom she sought and loved in the prime of her days, and served to old age, was the joy and admiration of her heart, down to, and while crossing the Jordan of death.  Of course, the great multitude of friends and relatives she has left behind, "sorrow not, even as those which has no hope."  E.W.R. Allen, Liverpool, March 28, 1849

Jared A. Bailey
Norwich Sun, June 28, 1926
Jared A. Bailey of 46 Fair street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] died at his home early Monday morning after a lingering illness.  he was born in the town of Butternuts [Otsego Co., NY], February 14, 1863, and was therefore 63 years of age.  He had been confined to his bed since February.  Mr. Bailey had spent his entire life in South New Berlin [Chenango Co., nY] with the exception of the past eight years, during which time he had been a resident of this city.  He had followed the carpenter trade, and was a member of Carpenters' Local 310.  He was also a member of the New Berlin lodge of masons.  The deceased is survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs. Charles Howe of New Berlin, also several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services are to be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, the Rev. W.A. Ashmore officiating with burial at South New Berlin.  Friends are asked to omit flowers.

Edward E. Murray
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 5, 1949
Edward E. Murray passed away at his home in Rockdale [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY], Thursday Apr. 21.  Final rites were held from the Rockdale Community Church on Saturday, Apr. 23, at 2 p.m. and burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY]. Mr. Murray was born on July 28, 1896, the son of Minnie M. (Borden) Murray and William H. Murray.  He was a member of the Rockdale community Church, and the Borden Hose Co., of Rockdale, and the Mt. Upton American Legion, who provided a military funeral.  Bearers were members of the Legion.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Minnie M. Murray of Rockdale, a brother, Darius C. Murray, and several nieces and nephews.  Several attended the service from Guilford.

Death Notices
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 5, 1949

The body of Julia Sutton Morse, age 92 years, was brought to Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] from New Haven, Conn., and laid to rest in Sunset Hill Cemetery on Apr. 16.

Thursday morning the body of Leo C. Winsor, whose death occurred Jan. 22 at the Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] was brought to Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] and laid to rest in the family plot.  Lynn L. Seymour was in charge.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Murder of William Druse, 1884, Part 5

The Murder of William Druse - Part 5
Weekly News & Democrat, Auburn, NY, June 26, 1895

Pardon of Mary Druse

Governor Morton has pardoned Mary Druse, who was sent to prison for life for assisting her mother to murder her father.  She was confined in the Onondaga penitentiary, but was transferred to the Women's prison in this city, when the institution was opened about three years ago.

The Governor believes that she confessed under great public pressure and finds nothing in the evidence to convict her.  the mother was hanged for her participation in the crime.  The two women were sentenced from Herkimer county.

The crime for which Roxana Druse suffered the extreme penalty, and for which Mary Druse has served 10 years of imprisonment, or since she was 19 years old, was committed December 18, 1884.  Mrs. Druse murdered her husband at their home in Warren, Herkimer county, by striking him with an ax and then shooting him, in the presence of three witnesses. The body was then burned in sections and part of it fed to the hogs and Mary Druse assisted in this operation.  On arraignment Mary Druse was not tried, but on the evidence given in the case of her mother, she pleaded guilty.

District Attorney A.B. Steele  who tried the case, and Justice Pardon C. Williams, both recommended her pardon.  Justice Williams said:  "I said to Mary when I sentenced her that if she changed her character and became a good woman, she might hope for executive clemency, but should could not hope for it otherwise."  Warden Stout reports that her conduct has bene excellent, but that her health has been poor.  She has served bout 10 years.

Friends have been active in working to secure a pardon for her and it is said that upon her release she will be taken by a Mrs. Sherman, a wealthy New York lady, who has worked unceasingly in her behalf and who will place her in an atmosphere healthier morally and physically that she ever enjoyed before.  Mary Druse has always been a model convict and has worked about the gardens.

Chenango Co Famous People, Part 5 Daniel S Dickinson

Famous People Chenango Co. Has Given to the World

Mrs. Archie D. Gibbs

The Norwich Sun, February 3, 1921

Part 5 -  Daniel Stevens Dickinson

Daniel Stevens Dickinson

While Daniel S. Dickinson was not born in Chenango county he has always been accredited to this county as one of its honored sons.  He was born at Goshen, N.Y., in 1800, and came to the town of Guilford with his father seven years later.  At the age of 21` he became a school teacher and in 1826 commenced the study of law at Norwich with Lott Clark and John Clapp, still devoting three months of each winter to teaching school.

He was a brilliant student and after two years study was admitted to practice. For six years he practiced law at Guilford Centre, which was than a thriving settlement.  He later sought a broader field and moved to Binghamton where he continued to reside until his death.  He served as state senator, judge of the court of errors, was lieutenant governor from 1842 to 1851 and in 1861 was elected attorney general of the state.  In 1865 he was appointed by President Lincoln as United States district attorney for the southern district of New York. before accepting this last position he had declined several appointments tendered by the president of the United States and the governor of this state.  He died suddenly in New York city in 1866.

Chenango Union, April 18, 1866

The Hon. Daniel S. Dickinson, United States District Attorney, died at the residence of Mr. Courtney, his son-in-law, No. 129 East Thirty-fourth street, last evening at 8 o'clock.  He was in his office on Monday attending to business, and went home afterward complaining of an illness, the nature of which was not then understood.  His physician soon discovered that Mr. D. was suffering from a severe attack of hernia.  Mr. D. lingered on till yesterday, when it became evident that he could not outlive the night. At 5 o'clock he said so himself, and at 6 the doctor told him he might live three or four hours or even twenty-four hours, but the latter probability was doubtful.  He remained perfectly conscious to the last and died while sitting up in bed, without any struggle.  He was 66 years of age.  N.Y. Times, Friday, April 14.

Mr. Dickinson was in early life a resident of Guilford, this county [Chenango Co., NY], his father and family having moved into that town from Goshen, Connecticut, the deceased being at the time a lad of about six years of age.  He had but limited opportunities for early education, and for a time devoted himself to a mechanical pursuit; but his large and active brain thirsted for knowledge, and through diligent reading and study he fitted himself for the law office, and laid the foundation of that rich and varied learning which afterwards rendered him an accomplished as well as practical statesman.  He read law with the late Lot Clark, in this village, and during his legal studies taught school here, and perhaps in other places, for the means of support.  After his admission to the bar he removed to Binghamton, where he soon became distinguished in his profession.  His career has ever since been watched by the people of this county with peculiar pride and interest  With a decided liking and aptitude for politics, he devoted himself with ardor to the Democratic party, and shared in its glories and triumphs.  His election to the Senate of the State, where he served for four years; his election as Lieutenant Governor, and his election to the United States Senate, all attest the respect in which he was held, as well as the power which it was given him to wield.  He subsequently became conspicuously identified with divisions in the party, and afterwards, through resentment towards individual leaders of the Democracy, whom he believed were unfaithful to his advancement in the Charleston Convention, sought and found new associations in politics among his life long enemies.  yet this never severed the ties of personal regard that bound to him the most of his former friends and associates, all of whom will hear the announcement of his decease with unfeigned sorrow.  Except in his ambition, which perhaps was not an unreasonable one, he was the most unselfish of politicians; his integrity in both public and private life was not only pure but above suspicion; while as a citizen, relative or friend he was ever kind, generous and true.  Peace to his ashes!

Albany Express, April 14, 1866
Most unexpectedly the telegraph announces the death of Hon. Daniel S. Dickinson.  The removal to another sphere of one who has filled so conspicuous a place in the politics of the nation cannot be received without emotion.  He was one of the most honored citizens of the State, and the estimation in which he was held was commensurate with the official honors he had enjoyed.

Born in Goshen, Connecticut, September 11, 1800, he very early removed to this State, and though gathering only the rudiments of an education, he gained eminence as a lawyer while yet a young man.  Entering the State Senate in 1836, he was elevated to the office of Lieutenant-Governor in 1843.  In the following year a vacancy occurred in the United States Senate and Gov. Bouck appointed him to the place. At its next session the Legislature regularly elected him and he remained in the Senate until 1851.  He belonged to the wing of the Democracy which most strongly sympathized with the South, and was its most conspicuous champion in this State.  His career in the Senate gave him a national reputation, and had it not been for the division in his party he would probably have been elected President in 1852.

Strongly as he had sympathized with the South, when the South took up arms against the Government, he at once placed himself where patriotism prompted him.  Abandoning his old associations he became an ardent supporter of the Government, and spoke and labored for its success with great zeal and consummate ability.  He was elected Attorney General of the State in 1861, and at the time of his death was United States District Attorney for the Southern district of New York. At the Baltimore Convention in 1854, he was a strong competitor for the Vice Presidency, and would have received the nomination if New York had united upon him.

Mr. Dickinson was not a statesman of the first rank, but his abilities were, nevertheless, of a high order, and such as always and justly commanded popularity.  He took a high position as a debater, and as a stump speaker he was almost without a rival.  His pungent humor and vehement force, his lofty and sustained declamation, his peculiar aptness in allusions, which gave him the well known name of "Scripture Dick," always made him a power before a popular audience. Those who have heard his eloquent words of patriotism during the war, and have seen his silvery locks reaching almost to his shoulders, making him seem like one of the fathers calling upon the people with the voice of a former generation, will not soon forget the impressiveness of the scenes.  His life of political struggle was fitly crowned with a consecration which revealed something deeper in him than political ambitions.

Albany Express, April 16, 1866
Binghamton [Broome Co., NY]:  The remains of Daniel S. Dickinson arrived here today.  The train bearing his remains was draped in mourning, and as it approached the depot the assembled thousands stood uncovered in veneration for the departed statesman, their friend and neighbor.  The procession was formed and to the sound of solemn dirges escorted the remains to his late residence, "The Orchard."  All our civic societies, members of the bar, &c, joined in the procession, while all business was suspended, and dwellings were draped in mourning.

Sunday Afternoon:  The closing obsequies of the late Daniel S. Dickinson occurred this afternoon.  He was buried in accordance with the rules of the Episcopal church.  The funeral cortege was composed of many distinguished and prominent gentlemen from all parts of the country, members of the bar, the village authorities, Masonic fraternity and firemen. Special trains were running on the different railroads to accommodate the friends of the deceased.

The body was deposited in a quiet little cemetery near the outskirts of the village, known as "Spring Grove."  [Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, Broome Co., NY]

Daniel S. Dickinson Statue
Binghamton, NY

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Marriages (June 19)

Quackenbos - Hubbard
Norwich Sun, June 28, 1926
The wedding of Miss Nellie B. Hubbard and Fred A. Quackenbos occurred Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Calvary Baptist parsonage. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. S.T. Harding, and the couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Clinton A. Burlison of Guilford.  Mrs. Burlison is a sister of the bride. After the ceremony a four course luncheon was enjoyed at the Aster.  Miss Hubbard has been a clerk in the D.L.&W. freight office in this city for nine years.  Mr. Quackenbos is well known as the owner of a grocery store at the corner of Silver street and Borden avenue. After an auto trip through Orange county and southeastern New York, Mr. and Mrs. Quakcenbos will be at home July 15 at 24 Silver street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].

Tiffany - Gregory
November 1942
the family of Sergt. Russell E. Tiffany, Camp Blanding, Fla., Saturday received word of his marriage to Miss Molly Evelyn Gregory of Wadesboro, N.C.  Writing to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julian Tiffany of 5 Barnes Street, Sergeant Tiffany revealed his surprise wedding and his promotion to his present rank in the same letter. The wedding was held at Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 8.  The couple will make their home near Camp Blanding as long as he is stationed there, he writes.

White - Harper
October 1942
Miss Patricia Lucille Harper of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], formerly of West Virginia, was united in marriage with William M. White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anson White of Norwich Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the South New Berlin Baptist church. Rev. C.H. Skinner performed the ceremony. The bride's maid of honor was Mrs. Ruth Burdick of Cincinnatus and her bridesmaid was Mrs. Evelyn Wightman of Norwich, sister of the bridegroom.  Lyle Wightman acted as best man and Robert Burdick was usher.  Following the ceremony the bridal party returned to the home of the bridegroom for a wedding luncheon.  The wedding cake was made by Mrs. Wightman.  Many lovely gifts were received by the couple, who will reside in Norwich upon their return from a short wedding trip.

Marriage Notices
Chenango Union, July 22, 1875

PELETT - EDGAR:  In Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], March 4, by Rev. Ostrander, Mr. Frank Pellett of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Mary Edgar of Sidney.

PALMER - REED:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], July 11, by Henry Allfrey, Esq., Mr. Harrison A. Palmer to Miss Nellie Janet Reed, All of Sherburne.

ADAMS - SMITH:  In Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], july 6, by Rev. E.C. Clark, Mr. George H. Adams of Rockdale [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Nora B. Smith of Binghamton.

BISHOP - FRAZER:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], July 4, by Rev. J.C. Ward, Mr. John F. Bishop of Harpersville [Broome Co., NY] to Miss Jennie Frazer of Oxford.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Obituaries (June 18)

Rev. Harold M. Quincy
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The Rev. Harold M. Quincy, pastor of First Baptist Church, died yesterday at Chenango Memorial Hospital after a week's illness.  Mr. Quincy was taken to the hospital with a ruptured appendix a week ago today.  Born in 1893 he had planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his marriage to the former Miss Maude Ross Saturday.  He eared his Bachelor of Science degree at Colgate university and his Master of Arts degree at Colgate Divinity School.  He had served pastorates at the Baptist Church of Genoa, Millis Memorial Church of Troy, and the Baptist church of West Winfield.  he came to Norwich in July, 1940, and began his active pastorate in September of that year.  He was a member of Norwich Rotary Club, the Masonic lodge of West Winfield and the Scottish Rite and Zyiara Shrine of Utica and was chaplain of Warren E. Eaton post, American Legion.  He was a veteran of the first World War.  He is survived by his widow, two children, William Ross Quincy of Alfred University and Miss Virginia Dorothy Quincy....

For the second time within a two-year period, death has removed the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Norwich. The Rev. Harold M. Quincy, who has served the local church since Sept. 1, 1941, died at the Chenango Memorial Hospital this morning following an emergency operation for appendicitis.  Mr. Quincy succeeded the late James K. Romeyn.  The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the First Baptist church, with the Rev. F.L. Anderson, pastor of the Oxford Baptist Church, the Rev. Roy Williamson of Syracuse, executive secretary of the New York State Baptist Convention, and the Rev. Paul Swartout of the First Baptist Church, Hamilton, officiating. The deceased pastor was born in Troy Sept. 30, 1893.  He was graduated from the Nott Terrace High School, Schenectady, and from Colgate University in 1918.  During his senior year at Colgate, Mr. Quincy left college to enter the service of his country and after 14 months service returned to Colgate to graduate. At the time of his death he was chaplain for the Lieut. Warren E. Eaton American Legion Post of Norwich.  Upon receiving his degree in divinity at Colgate he became pastor of the Baptist church at Genoa and later pastor of the Millis Memorial Chruch, Troy, where he remained until he went to West Winfield in 1927.  He came to Norwich from West Winfield.  Mr. Quincy was a member of the Norwich Rotary Club, the Delta Epsilon Chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity of Colgate.  He served as chaplain of the Winfield Lodge F.&A.M. for 14 years and was also a member of the Mohawk Valley Consistory, Scottish  Rite Bodies and Zyiara Temple of Utica.  Survivors include his widow, Maude Ross Quincy; a daughter, Miss Virginia Quincy, member of the New Woodstock High School faculty, and a son, William Ross Quincy, freshman at Alfred University.

Alfred Richard Quinn
1884 - 1947
Alfred Richard Quinn, well known horseman, passed away at his home on the Norwich-North Norwich highway [Chenango Co., NY] at 12:05 Sunday afternoon.  Mr. Quinn had been about the house Sunday morning as usual and the end came unexpectedly.  The departed was born September 7, 1884 of North Norwich, the son of Richard C. and Helen Kinney Quinn.  His early life was passed there.  On February 27, 1913, he was united in marriage with Ellen Mary Hogan at Oxford.  Since 1923 he had operated the farm at R.D. 3, Norwich-North Norwich road.  Prior to that he engaged in farming in Norwich and vicinity. Before returning to farming as his life's occupation Mr. Quinn for several years served as brakeman on the Ontario and Western railroad.  A man of fine Christian character, the departed found the greatest satisfaction in life in his family and home.  Friendly and affable he easily made and retained friends.  for many years Mr. Quinn derived much enjoyment from the maintenance of his stables.  He exercised care in the growth and development of his horses and this regard for livestock reflected his goodness of heart.  He was a lover of horses and his keen and sound judgment in regard to horseflesh was well known.  He followed with avid interest county and state racing events and derived much enjoyment from them both as a participant and a spectator.  The departed will be remembered for his kindness, fine sense of humor and ready smile which invited friendships.  Many will learn with sorrow of his untimely passing.  Mr. Quinn is survived by his wife, one daughter,  Helen E. Quinn of Rochester; one son, Richard C. Quinn; one half brother, Dr. M.A. Quinn; two grandchildren, Richard C. Quinn, Jr., and Colleen Anne Quinn; two aunts, Mrs. James Dolan and Mrs. William Boyce all of Norwich. The body reposes at the Robert J. Fahy Funeral home from where funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. L.S. Charters, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal church officiating.  Committal services will be held at Mt. Hope chapel where the body will repose awaiting burial in St. Paul's cemetery [Norwich, NY] at a later date.

James LeSuer
Afton Enterprise, May 18, 1933
James LeSuer, a life-long resident of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], passed away Sunday night, May 7th, 1933, at the home of his sister, Mrs. B.F. Davis, at the age of 61 years.  He had been in ill health for the past year and, during the last few weeks, failed very rapidly.  The funeral was held Wednesday, May 10th, at the Colwell Bros. Funeral Chapel, Bainbridge, Rev. Orvis, pastor of the Bainbridge Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial was made in the East Side Cemetery at Afton.  He is survived by two sisters and several nieces and nephews.

Edward Eugene Jones
Afton Enterprise, May 18, 1933
Edward Eugene Jones, 72, former resident of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], died at the home of Charles C. Harris on Algerine Street, Afton, Saturday afternoon, May 13, where he had been residing for the past year. Death was due to heart disease. The deceased is survived by one daughter, Miss Mina Jones of Brooklyn; by two brothers, Lewis and Clarence Jones of Philadelphia; and by one sister, Mrs. Mildred Tyrell, of Binghamton.  The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, at Tabor's Funeral Parlor, the Rev. Clifford E. Webb of the Afton Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial was made in Glenwood Cemetery [Afton, NY].

Raymond J. Dickinson
Sidney Enterprise, April 13, 1944
Word has been received by Sidney friends of the death of Raymond J. Dickinson of New York Mills.  He was a resident of Sidney for many years, a graduate of Sidney High school and was a charter member of Charles L. Jacobi Post of the American legion. For the past ten years he has been a district sales manager.  Mr. Dickinson was born in Carbondale, Pa., in 1895, and was a veteran of World War I.  He is survived by his wife, Helen E. (Leo) Dickinson and a son, James R. Dickinson of New York Mills; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Dickinson of Norwich; a sister, Mrs. John E. Dickinson of Sherburne, and a brother, W.R. Dickinson of Norwich.

Murder of William Druse, 1894 - Part 4

The Murder of William Druse
Part 4

Hanging of Mrs. Druse
Afton Enterprise, March 4, 1887

Mrs. Druse was executed in the jail yard at Herkimer Monday morning last, at 11:48 o'clock.  During Sunday night she was hysterical, but grew more calm as the fatal hour approached, and walked to the gallows with a firm step.  The march to the scaffold began at 11:35, Sheriff Cook and Under Sheriff Rice leading the procession.  They were followed by Rev. Dr. Powell and Mrs. Druse and the physicians and deputies in order.  Mrs. Druse was dressed in a black cashmere, with lace edging on the neck and sleeves.  She wore a small shawl over her shoulders that was loaned to her by the sheriff's wife.

The day was bright, but a high sharp wind prevailed that caused the deputies and others to suffer severely in the zero temperature.  The crowd about the court house and yard was very quiet and orderly throughout.  At 11:42 Mrs. Druse and Dr. Powell knelt on the floor of the scaffold under the rope.  Mrs. Druse had her daughter's bouquet in her hand and closed her eyes while Dr. Powell offered prayer.  After prayer Mrs. druse was asked if she had anything to say, when she referred to Dr. Powell, who thanked all those who had been kind to her, and implored all of her enemies to forgive her as she forgave all.

Turning to Mrs. Druse, Mr. Powell said:  "Go to thy fate, trembling child of sorrow; go to thy loving Father god, go to thy brother Jesus and to the side of thy angel child who has gone before; go bravely in the strength of hope and faith, that there will be a place for these somewhere above these dark and dismal shadows.  Go penitent and bleeding heart. They transit from earth to Heaven will be but short and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit of truth and good go with and remain with thee. grace go and remain with you evermore.  Amen."

At the conclusion of the prayer Sheriff Cook asked Mrs. Druse if she had anything to say why the judgment of law should not be carried out. She replied that she had nothing to say.  Dr. Powell then pressed Mrs. Druse's hand and left the jail yard, carrying Mary's bouquet with him.  While her arms, knees and feet with being pinned, she maintained her composure, and was firm until the black cap was put on her head and pulled down over her face.  When this was done Mrs. Druse moaned, cried and finally shrieked so loud that her voice was heard in the jail and the street adjoining.  The trap was sprung and the woman's body was lifted about three feet above the floor. There was one convulsion or muscular contraction of the body and it then hung quiet.

She was pronounced dead at 12:08 but the body was left handing until 12:14, twenty-six minutes after the weight fell.  The neck was not broken and death was caused by strangulation.  The expression on the face of the dead woman gave no indication that Mrs. Druse had suffered any pain.  The body was placed in a casket and taken to the cemetery.

Mrs. Druse's Affidavit

In compliance with the request for her daughter that she should not leave a blot on her name, Mrs. Druse signed the following affidavit with a firm hand.

I. Roxalanna Druse, in my last moments, do hereby solemnly swear and affirm that my daughter, Mary Druse, who is now confined in the Onondaga penitentiary, had nothing whatever to do with the killing of her father William Druse, or with the disposition of his body. This statement I have repeatedly made, and always adhered to it at the inquest and since my confinement.  My daughter, Mary Druse, is innocent and was in no way connected with her father's death.  Mrs. Roxalanna Druse.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Blog Post Listing, June 6 to 17, 2018

Listing of blog postings for June 6 to 17, 2018

Posted June 13, 2018
Joseph Crawford - Lovina Finigan (1896)
Ruby McCumber -Worden Dibble (1930)
Loretta D. Edwards - Jay Y. Westcott (1930)
Marriage Announcements - 1875
     Parker L. Edgerton - Mary Elizabeth Rheinwald (Oxford)
     Sherman A. Woodward - Julia A. Gorman (Norwich)
     Edward Vroman - M. Dell Johnson (Triangle/Greene)
     Frederick H. Waite - Mary Tuttle (South New Berlin)
     Horace H. Tuttle - Ida Arnold (New Berlin)
     Williston Crumb - Lydia Wells (DeRuyter/Lincklaen)
     Eli J. Bennett - Mary E. Pettys (Guilford)
     DeAlbert Lamfair - Emogene Cook (Rockdale/Bainbridge)
     Hiram Ireland - Amelia Fuller (Bainbridge)
     Albert M. Baker - Ada E. Lont (Hamilton/North Pharsalia)
     Baron S. Denis Detrobriand - Fannie Gordon (France/Delhi)

Posted June 17, 2018
Kate Parker - William Augustus Tyler (Greene/Binghamton, 1885)
Ola Grace Hicks - Warren Hastings Putman (Norwich/NYC, 1894)
Audrey Grave VanLoon - Earl James Preston (Bainbridge/Afton, 1944)
Pauline B. Williams - Bennett J. Bartlett (Otego/Sidney, 1930)
Elizabeth Gage - Albert DeGroat (Binghamton/Sidney, 1930)

Posted June 6, 2018
Daniel Edgar Brand (Smyrna, 1897)
Calphurna (Card) Brand Coy (Smyrna, 1897
Amelia Talcott Sweet (Smyrna, 1903)
Ernest R. Miller (Norwich, 1903)

Posted June 7, 2018
Jennie (Williams) Robertson (Mountain Lake NJ, Sidney, 1944)
Dr. Earl C. Winsor (Schenevus, Mt. Upton, 1944)
John Keeler Neff (Wichita Kansas)  WW2 soldier
Walter E. Thomas (Bainbridge, 1954)  Killed in North Korea during Korean War

Posted June 9, 2018
Robert G. Foreman (Walton, Bovina, 1944)
Cora L. Yale (Guilford, 1952)
Peter J. Monihan (Guilford, 1952)
Floyd A. Musson (Gilbertsville, 1954)  polio victim

Posted June 10, 2018
Lester Chase (Greene, 1903)

Posted June 11, 2018
Margaret M. (VanValkenburgh) Leary (Greene, 1903)
Robert S. Martin (Greene, 1903)
Mrs. Thomas L. Salisbury (Waverly, Greene, 1903)
Death Notices - 1894
     Charles O. Church (Paduah KY, Sherburne, 41y)
     Dr. Nelson H. Gregory (Unadilla, Norwich, 58y)
     James T. Beal (Sidney, Bainbridge, 47y)
     Dr. D.F. Coats (Whitney Point, Pharsalia)

Posted June 14, 2018
Horace Jones (Coventry, 1887)
Henry C. Pierce (Afton, Colesville, 1888)
Mary Smith (Afton, 1885)
Jane (Graham) Covert (Meredith, Afton, 1886)

Posted June 15, 2018
Seth G. Pellett (Norwich, 1868)
Addison M. Smith (Morris, 1868)
Edson French (North Norwich, 1868)
Mary N. (Newell) Drummond Parry (Smyrna, Utica, 1875)
James Harvey Smith (Norwich, Sherburne, 1872)

Posted June 16, 2018
James Harvey Smith (Norwich, 1872)  Resolutions
Jonathan Wells (Norwich, 1871)
Solomon Ensign (McDonough, 1872)
Arnold Wells Cook (Iowa, Afton, 1887)

Posted June 17, 2018
Flora (Bromley) Shelton (Guilford, 1954)
Lawrence Burt (Guilford, Sidney, 1954)  Accidental Death
Fred C. Plumb (Guilford, 1954)
Jeduthan Newton (Norwich, 1894)  Train/wagon accident
Hulda A. Southern (Norwich, 1894)  Train/wagon accident

Posted June 12, 2018
Famous People Chenango Co. Has Given to the World - Part 4, John Tracy

Posted June 15, 2018
The Murder of William Druse, 1884, Part 1

Posted June 16, 2018
The Murder of William Druse, 1884, Part 2

Posted June 17, 2018
The Murder of William Druse, 1884, Part 3

Marriages (June 17)

Tyler - Parker
Afton Enterprise, October 16, 1885
Some three months ago, Mrs. Kate Parker, widow of the late Robert Parker, of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], was united in marriage with William Augustus Tyler, an old and wealthy widower, of Binghamton.  It was at the time reported that he had settled upon his young bride the sum of $20,000, which was not the case, and those who knew the parties best predicted trouble between the miserly husband and his wife.  Soon he "posted" her, forbidding anybody trusting her.  It is said he has put his property, estimated as high as $300,000, out of his hands and left for the West. Friday, Mrs. Tyler filed a summons and complaint charging him with cruel and inhuman treatment and desertion.

Putnam - Hicks
Chenango Union, October 4, 1894
A beautiful home wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles hicks, about three miles south of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Wednesday evening of last week, when their daughter, Ola Grace [Hicks] was united in marriage to Warren Hastings Putman, a prosperous young business man of New York city. About one hundred guests were present, and the house was tastefully decorated with cut flowers, potted plants and evergreens, and brilliantly illuminated.  Among those present were the Norwich High School class of '90, of which Miss Hicks is a graduate. At half-past seven the bride and groom, attended by Miss Hattie Winsor and John Hicks, brother of the bride, entered the parlors, preceded by Rev. Dr. Bradshaw, of the Broad street M.E. church, and the happy couple were made one under an arch of evergreens. The bride was attired in white silk, trimmed with Irish point lace. After the ceremony the company sat down to a sumptuous repast. The presents were rich and serviceable.  Mr. and Mrs. Putman left on the night train for their future home in New York city, amid a shower of rice and the best wishes of their many friends.

Preston - VanLoon
Sidney Enterprise, April 13, 1944
Miss Audrey Grave VanLoon of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and Earl James Preston of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] were married Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in St. Peter's Episcopal church at Bainbridge. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. James E. Wolfe.  Howard Stilson of Afton acted as best man.  Mrs. Preston, before her marriage was employed in the office of the Casein Company of America.  Mr. Preston is employed by his father, Herbert Preston, and will reside on his farm.

Bartlett - Williams
Sidney Enterprise, July 3, 1930
Miss Pauline B. Williams of Otego [Otsego Co., NY] and Bennett J. Bartlett of East Sidney [Delaware Co., NY] were united in marriage Saturday evening at the Methodist church at Otego. The Rev. Willard H. Alger officiating.  They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bartlett. Both the bride and groom have many friends in this section who unite in congratulations and best wishes.

DeGroat - Gage
Sidney Enterprise, July 3, 1930
Miss Elizabeth Gage, who will be married to Albert DeGroat, manager of the Sidney Department Store, in August, was the honor guest at a dinner given at the Kalurah Country club at Binghamton by past and present associates at the McLean's store in that city.  Kewpie dolls dressed to represent a wedding party centered the table.  Tapers and favors in pastel colors and place cards in bridal design completed the decorations. A Chinese crackle lamp was presented to the bride elect.

Sidney Enterprise, September 4, 1930
The marriage of Mr. Albert DeGroat of this village [Sidney, Delaware co., NY] manager of the Sidney Department store, and Miss Elizabeth Gage of Johnson avenue, Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], occurred on Wednesday, August 27, the officiating minister being the Rev. Dr. Visser. Mr. and Mrs. DeGroat are at home in their pleasant location, 25 West Main street, in this village.

Obituaries (June 17)

Flora (Bromley) Shelton
Bainbridge News, February 4, 1954
Mrs. Flora B. Shelton, widow of William P. Shelton, and life-long residents of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], passed away Monday evening, Jan. 25, 1954, in the Landers Nursing Home, Utica [Oneida Co., NY], after years of failing health.  Flora Shelton was born Jan. 10 in Guilford, the daughter of Louise (Bush) Bromley and Elnathan Bromley.  She had reached the advanced age of 82 years.  She was a graduate of Cazenovia Seminary and was member of the Guilford Methodist Church. She was united in marriage to William P. Shelton on Sept. 12, 1872.  He preceded her in death, passing away in March, 1948.  The entire life of Mr. and Mrs. Shelton was spent in Guilford, where they operated a farm on the Norwich-Guilford road; they also owned a town house in the lower end of the village. After Mr. Shelton passed away, Mrs. Shelton went to Utica making her home with her son, Hugh Shelton, and wife.  her health began to fail rapidly and she was moved to the Utica hospital where she remained for a long time.  She was taken to the Lander's Nursing Home where she stayed until she passed away.  Surviving are an only son, Hugh Shelton; two granddaughters, Joan and Norma Shelton, all of Utica, and a nephew and three nieces. The body was removed to the Seymour Funeral Home in Oxford. Final rites were held from the funeral chapel Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with the Rev. Russell Brown, of Utica, officiating. Burial will be at a latter date in the family plot Sunset Hill Cemetery in Guilford.

Lawrence Burt
Bainbridge News, January 28, 2018
Early Monday afternoon, Lawrence Burt, 44, of Sherman avenue, Sidney, was fatally injured when a spray tank exploded in the garage where he was employed.  Mr. Burt was filling the tank, whicih is about the size of an ordinary fire extinguisher, with compressed air when the bottom of the tank blew off.  The tank flew into the air, struck Mr. Burt on the head and knocked a hole in the ceiling of Whitaker & Son garage where he was employed.  The accident occurred about 2 p.m. and Mr. Burt died in The Hospital Sidney, shortly after 3 p.m.  Dr. Charles D. Stinard, of Franklin, a Delaware County coroner, was called, and after an examination said that Mr. Burt suffered severe head injuries, the brain was exposed and that one eye was blown out by the force of the explosion.  Dr. Stinard ruled that death was accidental.  The accident was one of the most unusual to have occurred in this area in some time. The spray tank was used at the garage for cleaning motors and other parts of automobiles.  Mr. Burt was a former resident of East Guilford.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday in the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. William H. Cherry Jr., pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. The body will be placed in Prospect Hill Cemetery vault for burial later tis year.  

Bainbridge News, February 4, 1954
Lawrence Burt, 44 years of age, a automobile mechanic, employed at Whitaker and Sons Garage, Sidney, died in The Hospital, Sidney [Delaware Co. NY] Monday afternoon, Jan. 22, 1952, of injuries he suffered when a spray tank exploded in the garage where he was employed.  Dr. Charles [Stinard, coroner of Delaware] County stated Mr. Burt was filling a tank with compressed air containing solvent for cleaning engines. The bottom of the tank blew off and the tank flew in the air striking Mr. Burt in the head; he passed away shortly after.  Several years ago Mr. Burt resided in Ives Settlement, Guilford, where his parents owned the farm where Mr. and Mrs. Clarence VanNess now live.  At one time he was employed on the Frank Schlafer farm, Guilford Center.  He was united in marriage to Mrs. Mable Thurston, of Rockdale, who survives together with three sisters, Mrs. Floyd Dutcher, Afton, Mrs. R.D Washburn, Norwich, and Mrs. Ralph Tabor, Davenport; two brothers, Andrew of Binghamton, and the Rev. Douglas Burt, of Akron, Ohio; three stepsons, Frederick Thurston, Sidney, Kenneth Thurston, of Alabama; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Glen Wilber, Otego, Mrs. Albert Hamilton, Franklin, and Mrs. Dortha Hatton, Gillett, Pa.; 12 step grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, wife of a brother, John Burt deceased.  Final rites were held at 2 p.m., Thursday from the Carl H. Lander's Funeral Chapel, Sidney, with the Rev. W.H. Cherry, Jr., pastor of the First Baptist church, Sidney, officiating. The body was placed in the vault with burial in the spring in the family plot, Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.

Fred C. Plumb
Bainbridge News, February 4, 1954
Fred C. Plumb, Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], passed away Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 27, 1954, as he sat in a car in front of the Guilford post office talking with a postal inspector. George Miller, postmaster, and Harold Winsor rushed Mr. Plumb to The Hospital, Sidney, believing there might be a ray of hope.  Mr. Plumb was born 66 years ago in Tyner, the son of Mary Jane Coleman Plumb and Charles D. Plumb.  His entire life nearly has been spent in Guilford.  On Sept. 21, 1929, he was united in marriage to Louella Nash Winsor, who alone survives.  Mr. Plumb served as senior warden of Christ church in Guilford; also a member of Oriental Lodge 224, F.&A.M. in Utica and the Slater Silvernail Post, 806, American Legion, Bainbridge.  Mr. Plumb worked for the "Bowes Bros." of Utica, as a salesman for 25 years, making many friends throughout the territory he traveled. As time passes more and more will the church and community realize the part he played in the affairs. Although not in the best of health he gave unstinting of his time; always jolly and friendly he was loved and respected by all who were privileged to know him.  Friends called at the family home in Yaleville from Thursday on until the funeral Saturday when the body was taken to Christ church, and final rites were held at 2 in the afternoon, the Rev. Robert Anderson, Jr., officiated.  He was laid to rest in the family plot, Yaleville [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY]

Jeduthan Newton & Huldah Southern
Chenango Union, October 4, 1894
NEWTON:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], Sept. 29, 1894, Mr. Jeduthan Newton, aged 75.  He was a student at the Oxford Academy in 1937.  He and Mrs. Southern (below), were killed at the D.L. Crossing at Division St., Norwich, N.Y.

SOUTHERN:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], Sept. 29, 1894, Hulda A. [Southern], wife of Edgar Southern, age 44.

One of the most horrible accidents which has ever happened in this community [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], occurred last Saturday morning, when Jeduthan Newton, a well known and well-to-do farmer residing south of the village, and Mrs. Edward Southern, who was riding with him, were struck by the locomotive of the morning express at the Division street crossing of the D.L.&W. and instantly killed.  Mr. Newton was one of the patrons of the Rushmore creamery and was in the habit of delivering his milk at an early hour in the morning.  He arrived at the creamery about 5:45 Saturday morning and after delivering his milk and receiving empty cans, started for the business section of the village. The morning express was coming into the station as he turned to cross the track and before the train could be stopped the engine had crashed into the wagon.  Mrs. Southern was thrown high in the air and struck about eighty feet above the crossing on the east side of the track.  Mr. Newton was thrown directly onto the track and was literally ground to death beneath the wheels.  His body was terribly mangled, the entire trunk being crushed and torn beyond description.  The bodies were picked up by the trainmen and taken to the baggage room at the depot, where they were viewed by Coroner T.B. Fernald and a jury.

The inquest was held at the Eagle parlors and occupied the greater portion of the day. The engineer of the train and Mr. John Cook, who resides near the scene, were the only eye witnesses of the accident, although others were on the spot in an instant. After listening to the evidence and visiting the scene of the accident the jury brought in the following verdict:  "We find that Jeduthan Newton and Mrs. Huldah Southern came to their deaths by being struck by the locomotive of train No. 9, at the Division street crossing of the D.L.&W. railroad in this village, on the morning of September 29, 1894. We further find that death was not caused by the negligence of the said railroad company or its employees, and they are exonerated from all blame."

Jeduthan Newton
Jeduthan Newton was born in Preston [Chenango Co., NY] on June 2, 1819. the early years of his life were spent on the farm of his father in the town, and it was there that he was married to Miss Hannah M. Kelsey, in 1842.  In 1866 he moved to the farm south of this village, where he has since resided.  Mrs. Newton died in 1883 and in 1887 he was again bereaved by the death of his son Charles. Three children now survive him--one son, William, whose home is at Garnatt, Kansas, and two daughters, Mary, who lived with her father in this town, and Mrs. Clark H. Fisher, of Binghamton.  Mr. Newton was a man of very strong characteristics.  He was as vigorous and active mentally as he was physically. He had a jolly disposition and was a kind and obliging neighbor.  in the prime of his manhood he united with the Park Place Baptist church, of this village, and has been a constant and devoted member form that time to his death.  Funeral services were held from his late residence, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. L.M. S. Haynes, of Troy, officiating.  Burial in Mount Hope.

Mrs. Huldah A. Southern
Mrs. Huldah A. Southern was the wife of Edward Southern, who was employed by Mr. Newton, and lived a near neighbor to him.  It was her custom to come to the village every Saturday morning, and as usual came up with Mr. Newton on the morning of the accident. She was an industrious, hard working woman, and her death is a severe blow to her husband.  She leaves one daughter, aged sixteen, and two sisters, Mrs. John Anderson and Mrs. L.L. Brown.  The circumstances of her death were peculiarly sad, and the entire community sympathizes with the bereaved husband and father.  The funeral services were held from her late residence on Monday afternoon, Rev. John Bradshaw, of the Broad Street M.E. church, officiating.

A Lesson of the Accident
The entire community should learn a lesson from the terrible accident of last Saturday morning, which resulted in two deaths as described above.  One is that the utmost care should be exercised by all who have occasion to cross a railroad track.  Almost every day there is a narrow escape at some of the grade crossings in the village, and the flagman at the Main street crossings will testify that it is almost impossible to keep people from taking desperate risks.

Another thing to which the accident ought to call the attention of the public, is the necessity of some means of protection at crossings.  Only two out of the nine grade crossings on the D.L.& W. are protected at all, and those by flagmen. The every day experience teaches that a flagman is practically useless, inasmuch as he is physically unable to prevent reckless drivers from taking desperate chances. Substantial gates are needed at every grade crossing, and the sooner the public awakes to this fact the less opportunity there will be to record a repetition of the shocking occurrence of Saturday morning.

Murder of William Druce, 1884 - Part 3

The Murder of William Druse
Part 3
Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, October 10, 1885

Mrs. Druse, whose trial for the murder of her husband, at Warren, Herkimer County, in December last, has occupied the attention of the court at Herkimer for a week past, and who was found guilty of murder in the first degree, was brought into court for sentence on Tuesday morning.  Every available space in the court room was occupied by spectators desirous of hearing the sentence of death pronounced. At nine o'clock she was escorted into the room looking haggard and worn.  The sentence be pronounced and county Clerk Wood requested the prisoner to stand up.  He then asked her if she had anything to say why judgment should not be pronounced upon her.  Immediately Counselor Lace arose and moved for an arrest of judgment, and read an affidavit of Matthew Myers clerk at the Allman House in support of his motion.

The affidavit state that Calvin J. Babcock, one of the jurors in the case went to the Allman House Sept. 6th, paid clerk Myers 25  cents which he owed, and got an overcoat which he had left there.

District Attorney Steele opposed the motion and read the affidavits of Juror Babcock, Officer Jenkins, who accompanied Babcock, and Clerk Myers of the Allman House.  The affidavits of Babcock and Jenkins that they simply went to the Allman House, paid a bill, got an overcoat and returned to the jury room, that during their absence from the jury room the Druse trail was not talked of nor referred to by either of them, nor by any person in their premises or hearing.

The motion for an arrest of judgment was denied.

Judge Williams then requested the prisoner to stand up, and said:

You have been, by the verdict of the jury, found guilty of murder in the first degree, in having caused the death of William Druse, your husband, on the 18th day of December, 1884, at the town of Warren, Herkimer County.  Have you anything to say why the judgement for this crime should not be pronounced against you?

Mrs. Druse--No

Judge Williams:  The court, the jury and the public generally have patiently waited through a somewhat lengthy trial of your case to hear and consider all the evidence given upon the one side and the other, in order that there might be a perfect understanding of the real facts in the case. The trial has shown that there is no dispute that you caused the death of your husband and chopped the head from his body in the actual presence of your children, the one a little boy 10 years of age.  And the evidence leaves but little doubt of your having then cut  the body and burned it in the stoves in the house, using your little boy to aid you by bringing you from the brush lot the ax to cut up the body and the shingles for fuel to burn it.  these things are hardly credible, and yet they are practically admitted to be true. The only defense attempted to be made for you has been that you did this killing in the lawful defense of your person, from an alleged attack made upon you by your husband.  You have had in the trial the assistance and best efforts of able counsel, and all that could well be done, has been done by them to establish this defense and secure your acquittal.  The court has afforded you every opportunity consistent with its duty, sometime almost trespassing upon the rights of the people, every opportunity to defend yourself against the charges; but upon the evidence there appears to be no manner of doubt but that you deliberately caused the death of your husband without any justifiable cause therefore, that you stole up behind him while he sat quietly eating at the table, and made the attack which resulted in his death.  The jury has found you guilty of the crime and this verdict has the approval of the court, and I believe of all who have listened to the trial,  and heard the evidence in the case.  There is no occasion now for the court to indulge in any unkindly words toward you.  For this crime you will certainly forfeit your life.  It is a sad thing that a woman should be executed, but the nature of the crime, the horrible manner in which it was committed and the body disposed of will surely prevent the exercise of any executive clemency to save your life.  You may as well realize this and do what little you can while you live to repair the great wrong you have done your husband, your children and yourself.  the last duty of this court with reference to this case is now to be performed, this case is not to be performed.  The judgment of the law is that for the crime of murder in the first degree, of which you stand convicted, you suffer the punishment of death.  The punishment will be inflicted by and under the direction of the Sheriff of Herkimer County, by hanging you by the neck until dead, within the walls of the jail of the county, or a yard or enclosure adjoining.  While awaiting the execution of the judgement you will be confined in the jail of the county.  The day appointed upon which the judgement must be executed is the 24th day of November, 1885, between the hours of ten o'clock in the forenoon and 4 o'clock in the afternoon of that day.

Councelor Luce will endeavor to secure a stay of proceedings and appeal the case on a motion for a new trial.

During the remarks of Judge Williams, Mrs. Druse betrayed no visible emotion, but immediately upon the conclusion of the sentence she sank into her chair, covering her face with her handkerchief, and her frame shook with convulsive sobs. She was immediately removed from the room by the officer in charge, and the court adjourned to 2 P.M.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Obituaries (June 16)

James Harvey Smith
Chenango Telegraph, May 22, 1872
The following proceedings of the Directors of the Bank of Norwich attest the friendship of his associates in business.  At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Norwich convened on the occasion of the death of James H. Smith, late President of the said Bank, it was, on motion of Warren Newton, Cashier of the Bank.

Resolved that we learn with unfeigned sorrow of the sudden death of James H. Smith, President of this Association, from its organization in 1856. that in his death we lose a warm friend of the Bank and of its officers, one with whom we have been in friendly and intimate intercourse for sixteen years, one in whose judgment and prudence we have placed confidence, a man of firmness and integrity and whose counsels have aided largely to give to the bank whatever of success it has enjoyed.  that we tender to his widow and family our sympathy in this bereavement.  That, as officers of the Bank, we will close our Banking House on the day of his funeral, and in a body attend the same. That a copy of these Resolutions be sent to his widow, and furnished to the press of this town, for publication and entered upon the minutes of the bank.

Mr. Newton in offering these resolutions, said The event which has called us together should receive more than a passing notice, Sixteen years ago the business of this community seemed to a few of the citizens to require more banking facilities than then existed.  Foremost among these few was the deceased. We started the Bank with thirty-nine stockholders, under the guidance of a band of men then in active life, whose business experience made them worthy of the high trust.

Jonathan Wells, who was Vice President of the Bank for over fifteen years, was removed by death in November last.  Within six months the President and Vice President, who have sat in council for over fifteen years, have passed away.  At our organization, and for some years subsequent thereto, there sat with us as Directors, Theodore Miller, Ansel Henry, Jonathan Wells and Charles H. Wheeler.  With these men we place James H. Smith at the head of the Bank, and that position he has at all times maintained.  Not charged with the more active management, he has at all times been our adviser, and we early learned not to do what Mr. Smith Pronounced unwise.  As Cashier of this Bank, I have doubtless had greater freedom of intercourse with the deceased than any other man, and I cannot tell how much I shall miss him, how much we all shall miss him, in the work that lies before us.

The death comes near, very near to us all.  Of our original board, the oldest and the youngest are gone.  Of the eleven Directors in the first Board, five have died.  Of the thirty-nine stockholders who with me signed the original Articles of Association, seventeen are dead.  It seems, then, proper to adopt these Resoltuions, as the expression of our esteem for the deceased and regret at his death.

Warren Newton, Cashier,  N.B. Hale, Vice President

Jonathan Wells
Chenango Union, November 22, 1871
DIED, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on the 20th inst., Jonathan Wells, Esq., aged 67 years.

Mr. Wells is so well known in this vicinity, that no further notice than that of his death is required to awaken a general feeling of bereavement.  He was born in November, 1804, on the Buttolph farm, one mile north of this village. Thence his father removed to Preston in 1810; about 1834, Mr. Wells left a farm in Preston, and removed to this village with his wife and children, and entered into business with the late Truman Enos in the tanning and shoe business.  A few years later, he purchased the forwarding house now occupied by E. Smith & Co., where he continued in business until about eighteen to twenty years ago.  He has been at all times prominent in every work of improvement in our midst.  He was Post Master of Norwich under Gen. Harrison; President of the Norwich Academy and Vice President and Director of the Bank of Norwich from its organization.  Mr. Wells eaves two daughters surviving.  His wife died a few years since, and his son died a student at Yale College, about eighteen years ago.  Perhaps no man is left among us who so perfectly represents the firmly just man as did Mr. Wells.  No man ever suspected him of a dishonest act.  He loved honesty for its own sake and he hated any man guilty of practices not honest.  He was outspoken in his opinions, and this led him to sometimes seem obstinate; but those who knew him best, knew that he was true as steel, kind, and anxious to be right. Convinced, he held his convictions firmly. Seldom are we called to note the departure of a truer, a better man, and we mistake much if the tear of sorrow does not course from may an eye at the news of his death.

Solomon Ensign
Chenango Telegraph, May 22, 1872
DIED:  In McDonough [Chenango Co., NY], May 11th, at the residence of his son, Dr. E.L. Ensign, Hon. Solomon Ensign, in the 78th year of his age.

Mr. Ensign was born in Sheffield, Mass., May 24d, 1792.  With his father and mother and three other children, he removed to the town of Pitcher, in Chenango county, in the year 1809, then almost an unbroken wilderness.  Here he lived for more than half a century, contending with the hardships and sufferings, the privations connected with the early pioneer life.  He witnessed the march of civilization, beheld the forest give away to the cultivated fields, saw thriving villages take the palce of the rude huts of the first settlers.  In all of this, he was not an idle spectator, but helped to accomplish it with his own hands.  In 1812, at the call of his country, he enlisted in the militia of the State, under the command of Col. Daniel Root, went to the frontier, and was in the service at Black Rock and Lewiston, in the battle of Queenstown, when peace was again restored, was honorably discharged.  In the year 1817, was married to Irene Farrel, of Pitcher, with whom he lived until her decease in 1865.  He reared a family of eight, all of whom, save one, have arrived to years of maturity, and are now engaged in the active duties of life.  One is a preacher in the M.E. Church,  two are in the medical profession, and were thoroughly educated in the same, and have good reputations as successful practitioners; one is at the West, engaged in speculating; the others are engaged in agricultural pursuits.  Hon. S.S. Randall, in one of his admirable letters published in the Telegraph, used these words  "Mr. Ensign was one of the best, purest, and most upright men I have ever known."  Nothing more truthful could have been said of him, as all will testify, who with Mr. Randall were acquainted with his character.  Politically, he was a strong admirer of Jackson, to whose principles he, as he understood them, steadily adhered till the time of his death.  In 1829, he was chosen one of the magistrates of his town, which office he held by re-election for a period of more than thirty years, notwithstanding the many political changes of the last twenty years.  He represented his town for twenty years as its Supervisor, and was for many years identified with the educational interests of his town and county.  In 1838, was appointed by the Governor, Marcy, as one of the judges of the county Courts, was reappointed, and held the office until it was abolished.  He represented his county in the legislature in 1846.  No other man, save one, (Judge Ebenezer Wakely) has done so much to give intellectual character to his town.  Possessed of a retentive memory and sound judgement by extensive reading, he became well versed in all of the rules of the Courts, as well as in the tenets of the common law.  and his advice was universally sought in matters involving legal questions by his neighbors and friends.  In the social relations of life, he was no less esteemed; fully conversant with the passing events of the day, and possessing social qualities seldom surpassed, his society was a guarantee that the passing hour would be replete with pleasing instructions.  In the family relation, never was one more esteemed and beloved. Although he never became identified with any church, yet his love for the instruction of the Bible, and for the society of the faithful in Christ, as manifested both in word and deed, assumes those who mourn his loss upon Earth that there will be a happy reunion in that home "Over There."

Arnold Wells Cook
Afton Enterprise, March 4, 1887
DIED:  In his 77th year, Arnold Wells Cook, at Spring Valley Farm, Saturday February 12th, 1887, at five a.m., of heart disease, aggravated by an attack of pneumonia.

The disease which culminated in Mr. Cook's demise had exhibited itself at intervals for years and with increasing frequency during the past year, giving him great inconvenience and much distress during his late voyage to France and subsequently.  Mr. Cook's mental faculties remained clear to the last, at which time all the members of his family with the exception of Mrs. Geo. Bennett, were present. the last day of his life was one of the greatest physical pain from which he found relief a few minutes before death claimed him, passing placidly away.

A.W. Cook was born in Boston in the year 1811; orphaned at five years of age and lived among relatives in New York until old enough to maintain his support when he learned the cabinet maker's trade and eventually finding his way to the piano manufacturing establishment of Nunn & Co. of New York City where he became a tuner and something of a musician.

At twenty, Mr. Cook returned to his relatives, where he was married to Miss Emiline Fairchild, who lived but a year after their marriage.  He then removed to the far south following his vocation of teacher and tuner of the piano, in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee, until 1842 when he moved as far north as Kentucky, where he met and married his pupil Miss Martha S. Owsley, daughter of Harry Owsley Esq., of Lincoln county, Ky., who survives him and their first daughter, Emma.  While a resident of Kentucky Mr. Cook engaged in various business enterprises in connection with his wife's father, and her brother, the late John E. Owsley, of Chicago, with whom he engaged extensively in stock farming in Central Illinois, whither they removed, Mr. Cook in 1852 with their only child Mollie.  Just previous to the late war, having sold out his stock interest in Illinois, Mr. Cook embarked in a small way in merchandising, in Sangamon county with increasing volume of trade until his removal to Floyd county Iowa just 18 years ago yesterday.

It seems scarcely necessary to particularize in regard to Mr. Cook's career since his advent among us, at Spring Valley Farm, in the spring of '69.  It is well known that he has done much to promote the fine stock interests of the state, he having been the first to import into Iowa, draft horses from the old world, of which his last was his ninth importation.  He belonged to no society and subscribed to no creed except the one which hung near his desk in the family room  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will toward men."  Among his last words were these, "I go joyfully into the presence of my Maker."  Thus passeth away a good neighbor, a good citizen, a conscientious business man.
Floyd County (Iowa) Citizen.
Mr. Cook formerly resided in Afton [Chenango Co., NY] and has many friends and relatives throughout this section.

Murder of William Druse, 1884 - Part 2

The Murder of William Druse
Part 2
Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, October 7, 1885

Just as the clock was striking twelve, Saturday night, the Court House bell, at Herkimer rang announcing that the jury in the Druse trial had agreed.  Notwithstanding the lateness of the hour, the court room was soon filled with men, women, and children.  Mrs. Druse and her daughter, Mary, were brought in and seated inside the bar.  The mother looked pale and haggard, but aside from that showed no emotion, when the verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree was announced.  The daughter wept bitterly.

The story of the killing was given in the columns of The Telegraph at the time it was done.  Daniel McDonald, one of the witnesses, gave the following version of it.

"I was at Eckler's January 15th.  Mary there told me that she saw her mother cut her father's head off.  She told me that she had a rope around his neck holding him down, and when he lay on the floor, her mother hit him on the head with an axe.  She said she was sitting in a chair.  She said that she was standing in the door when the first shot was fired.  She said that it was arranged on another occasion that she and Elwood should drown her father in McDonald's Pond.  She said that he was not there that day.  She wouldn't bring in an innocent man.  They had planned it to kill him, but no special time had been set. When Gates came and said so that would be the time, Gates came to the back door when her father was doing the chores that morning, he had a pint bottle of liquor, he told her and her mother to drink it and it would give them courage.  Her mother drank some, she mixed it with cider and they drank it. Her father then came in and sat down to the table.  Her mother shot him in the neck.  Gates was there standing in the parlor door.  He was so close to her that one shot burned his hair.  Gates helped her mother cut her father up.  She didn't know how long Gates stayed there, and didn't know what became of her father's body.  She supposed it was burned up or taken away"

The murder was one of the most diabolical in the annals of crime.  A large number of witnesses were sworn, all of whom testified substantially to the same facts.  The jury retired at 7:30 Saturday evening, but had little trouble in coming to an agreement.  The daughter, Mary, will be brought to trial, but probably not at the term fo court.