Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obituaries (September 30)

Distressing Casualty:  A casualty of a very distressing character happened in Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY], on Thursday of last week.  While several men were engaged in raising a sawmill, a part of the frame which they supposed secure, gave way, and the timbers fell upon and among them with disastrous and fatal effect.  Mr. Justin Foote, son of Isaac Foote, Jr., was so dreadfully bruised that he died in a few minutes.  Isaac Purdy was considerably injured--Orlando Wilbur and a Mr. Bishop very badly--and N.N. Nash had a hand entirely destroyed up to his wrist.  These are the particulars as they have reached us.  Mr. Foote was a young man of about 30 years of age, much esteemed by all who knew him, and besides a large circle of other relatives, has left a wife and four children to lament his sudden and unexpected fate.  [Antimasonic Telegraph, June 25, 1834]
Death of Walter M. Conkey:  An old and respected citizen of Norwich, Chenango county, dropped dead last Sunday evening.  From his youth he has been connected with the Bank of Chenango, and for the last quarter of a century its President.  He had a stroke of apoplexy while winding his clock, and died almost instantly.  So thoroughly and so long connected with a prominent financial institution, there was not a person in his county who did not know him, and few men in business circles in Central and Southern New York had not formed his acquaintance.  He was a safe, trustworthy man, and universally respected.  He had been Treasurer of the New York and Oswego Midland Railroad Company from its organization, and had, during his long and useful life, been connected with many other business and financial institutions.  Few men would be so generally missed by the community in which they dwell.  He was sixty seven years of age.  [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 4, 1873]
Leslie Parsons whose age was about 13 years a son of Lucius Parsons, who lives on the place known as the Hastings farm, on South Hill, town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], died Sunday morning quite suddenly.  It seems that young Parsons the first of last week injured his side quite badly riding down hill at the district school.  For 3 or 4 days he complained of his side and was about the house, but the last of the week he grew worse and a physician was called but nothing could be done to save him and he died as above stated.  The funeral services were conducted at the house on Tuesday at 10 a.m. [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 20, 1888]
Wednesday of last week, the Episcopal societies of Oxford and Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] held a picnic at Guilford Lake, and the day was pleasantly passed.  After the party had dispersed, Minnie Nicholson, ten years old, daughter of Frank Nicholson, of Guilford, was returning from the grove with her playmates, when a little daughter of Ward Burchard, who was in advance, crossed the track, stopping near the rail.  The Delhi flyer was approaching, and Minnie, anxious for her playmate's safety, tried to cross the track ahead of the train' but before she could reach the opposite side, the cowcatcher struck her and threw her into the air several feet, she falling outside the track, but so near that her clothing caught in the wheels of the engine and the body was dragged and rolled along several rods.  Her father, who stood in front of the milk station and witnessed the accident, ran to the scene and picked up the unconscious little form, which was conveyed to her home.  Drs. Clark and Spencer were called, who found that besides internal injuries the child had sustained fractures of the legs and cuts and bruises of a serious nature.  Everything was done that medical skill could suggest, but at five o'clock Thursday morning death came to her relief.  Minnie was a bright child, the pride of her parents and beloved by her neighbors. The sympathy of all is with the bereaved family.  Her funeral was held Saturday, and was largely attended, Rev G.G. Perrin officiating.  [Chenango Union, Aug. 17, 1893]

Miscellaneous Items - 1943

Historic Afton Inn Destroyed by Fire
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 3, 1943

The Afton Inn, a landmark in the Village of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] for the past 125 years, was destroyed by fire early Monday morning.  The blaze is believed to have started from a cigarette in the lobby on the first floor.  David Daley, proprietor, stated that the possibility of remodeling the building at the present tiem is very doubtful.  Present plans indicate that what remains of the building will be razed.

An alarm was turned in about 5:10 A.M., to which both Afton and Bainbridge fire departments responded, but the large three-story frame structure was virtually a total loss by the time the flames were under control.  Damages were estimated at about $25,000 by the proprietor of the Inn.  Guests staying at the Inn were aroused by the fire and forced to jump from second and third story windows.  Several tied bedspreads and sheets together, forming a rope upon which they slid to safety.
"It was the sort of thing you see in the movies, but never expect to happen to you," said Mrs. Lucy Dickinson, a guest at the inn who escaped by jumping from her second story window.  She wasn't sure whether the fates were working for or against her--two days ago she moved form the third floor down to the second, which undoubtedly saved her from even more severe injuries, but on the other hand, only for a late delivery from the dry cleaner's, she would have been started on her vacation before the fire occurred.
At City Hospital Mrs. Dickinson gave a vivid account of her experience.  She was awakened she said, by a crackling noise and the smell of smoke, and upon opening her door, discovered that the hall was all aflame, cutting off any escape except through the window,  "I was never so scared in my life," she said.  "I looked out the window and some people standing below shouted for me to jump, saying they would catch me.  So I jumped, but they did not catch me which is why I am here in the hospital."  Mrs. Dickinson was the most seriously injured of those jumping, suffering a broken right knee, broken heel and left ankle. Following first aid treatment at the Afton Hospital, she was removed to the Binghamton City Hospital, where her condition is regarded as fair.
Also injured was Mrs. Jessie Pierce, cook at the inn, who suffered a broken right arm while sliding to safety. She was also treated at the Afton Hospital by Dr. William H. Crull.
Others hurt included three firemen:  Norman Briggs, of Afton; who had a deep laceration of the arm, requiring stitches; Fred Kane, also of Afton, who received a severe laceration of the foot, and Albert Kirkland, of Bainbridge, whose left hand was lacerated.
Guilford High School Class of 1943
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 3, 1943
Once again, as tradition holds, the Senior Class of Guilford Central School [Chenango Co., NY] will receive their honors and go forth into the world.
This year's seniors are:
Ruth Sylstra
Florence Presson
Nancy Lombardi
Paul Blincoe
Paul Dempsey
Edwi Wade
Roger Deming.
Class honors of 1943 were given to the following:
Ruth Sylstra, valedictorian
Florence Presson, salutatorian
Nancy Lombardi, advice to Juniors and presentation of gifts
The Rev. Cecil Plumb, former pastor of the Guilford Center Church, has been invited to speak at the commencement exercises.  Musical numbers will be rendered by the high school band and chorus under the direction of Miss Dorothy Booth.  Dr. A.H. Evans will present the diplomas.
The program is scheduled to begin promptly at 8 o'clock on Monday evening, June 21, in the Central School auditorium.

Soldier News continued - 1943

Marie Grambs Completes Course
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 27, 1943

Camp Polk, LA:  Jr. Ldr. (Cpl.) Marie M. Grambs, of Juliand street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], has completed a brief refresher course in the 41st WAAC Training Regiment here and has been assigned to headquarters company, with which she will go to an Army post, camp or station to take over non-combatant work.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Grambs, of the same address. 
Alice Plosky Has New Assignment
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 27, 1943
Miss Alice Plosky, who recently entered the Girls' Aviation Ground Mechanics Training Center, at Marcy, has qualified for assignment to the Rome Air Depot, at completion of her course of training.  Young women assigned to the Aviation Center at Marcy, who are eligible under Civil Service rules and regulations, are being trained for this Depot, and are receiving $100.00 per month while training.  Upon completion of this training program, which is planned on a three months' basis, the young women will be assigned to the Depot at $1500.00 per year, plus overtime, and will be eligible for increases to $1,800.00 and overtime.  The training at the Center includes the following:  aviation engines, machine shop, sheet metal, pattern making (woodworking) and electrical accessories.  Qualifications for candidates are as follows:  good health, an American citizen, between 16-1/2 and 24-1/2  years old, two years of high school, truly interested in training for a job as a ground mechanic.  Youth interested in obtaining training in these units for private employment, may also be assigned to the Center. 
Louis Scanlon Now a Lieutenant
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 3, 1943
Louis Scanlon, son of John Scanlon of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], graduated form Officers Candidate School, Fort Benning, Ga., May 24, and is now a 2nd Lieutenant.  Lt. Scanlon's graduation was delayed because of a broken ankle a number of weeks ago.  Lt. Scanlon, who served in the regular army several years ago, was employed at the Scintilla before his enlistment.
Dr. Ben Dodge is Made a Captain
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 10, 1943
Dr. Ben L. Dodge, popular Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] physician, has been promoted to a captain in Australia, according to word received by Mrs. Dodge.  Captain Dodge entered the service Aug. 31, 1942, and was stationed at Camp Edwards, Mass., and later at Ft. Ord. Calif., before leaving for the Pacific War area, March 8, 1943.
Carl Hutchinson Selected for Special Training
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 17, 1943
Selected for special training that will help him to win promotions more rapidly in the Navy and be useful to him in civilian life as well, Carl Donald Hutchinson, 22, husband of Ester Louise Hutchinson, 15 Newton avenue, Bainbridge, has been enrolled in the school for Machinist's Mates, at the U.S. Naval Armory, Dearborn, Mich.  He will receive 16 weeks of training upon the completion of which he will be eligible for promotion to a petty officer rating and be assigned to duty with the fleet or at a shore station.  The Bluejacket earned assignment to the school by making high scores in a series of aptitude tests and a personal interview given him during recruit training.  His classes here will consist of practical and theoretical instruction in courses relating to his special branch of service in the Navy.
Joseph Rosenstein Promoted
Bainbridge News & Republican, June 24, 1943
A. Joseph Rosenstein, of New Orleans, La., son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Rosenstein, of Johnson street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], has received three promotions in the U.S. Army, and has become a father, all in the month of June.  Joseph, who had been a Staff Sergeant for sometime, was promoted to First Sergeant, Master Sergeant, and Warrant Officer,  all within a month.  On June 17, a son, Timothy Joal Rosenstein, was born to Warrant Officer and Mrs. Rosenstein.

Marriages (September 30)

Under the appropriate head, in another column will be found one of those agreeable announcements of which people of all classes and ages never tire of reading.  It is the marriage of George H. Carver and Miss Mary VanHorne, both of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  The bride is the amiable and accomplished daughter of B.P. VanHorne, Esq., and hosts of friends, here and elsewhere will heartily unite with us in wishing the happy couple a long life of unalloyed pleasure. They go to Philadelphia on a visit to friends.  [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 4, 1873]

Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Norton, of South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], have announced the engagement of their daughter, Norma, to P.F.C. Dan L. Mahoney, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mahoney, of South New Berlin.  Miss Norton is a graduate of New Berlin High School and is now employed by the Scintilla.  Private Mahoney is a graduate of Bridgewater High School and is now stationed with the Narragansett Harbor Defense at Westerly, R.I.  The date for the wedding has been set for July 3.  Mahoney was formerly employed at Dude's barbershop.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, May 20, 1943]

Marriage Notices - Antimaxonic Telegraph - 1834

February 12, 1834
In Columbus [Chenango Co., NY], on the 5th inst. by the Rev. Mr. Beech, Mr. Calvin F. Avery, of Preston, to Miss Elizabeth Kennedy.

February 19, 1834
On Tuesday, the 4th inst. by the Rev. L. Clark, Mr. William D. Sacket to Miss Julia Herrington, all of Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY].

In German [Chenango Co., NY], on the 24th ult., by Seth Balcom, esq. Mr. Stephen G. Huntley, of that town, to Miss Laura Hopkins, of Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY].

At North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on Monday the 3d instant, by Sylvanus Waters, esq., Mr. Alfred Paul to Miss Lovina Ann French, all of that place.

February 26, 1834
In th is town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Sunday evening the 16th instant, by the Rev. Mr. Williston, Mr. Emerson Chamberlin to Miss Orra Pellet.

April 2, 1834
In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], on Tuesday, the 18th ultimo by the Rev. Lyman S. Rexford, Mr. Hollister Lathrop to Miss Angeline Ray.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Marriages (September 29)

The Methodist Church in Afton [Chenango Co., NY] was the scene Thursday afternoon for the wedding of Miss Marion Alice Page, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erford B. Page, of Afton, and Ralph Bernard Walling, of Tunnel [Broome Co., NY].  The Rev. J. Kingsley performed the single ring service at 3:30 p.m. against a background of Christmas greens interspersed with red poinsettias.  During the arrival of guests, a program of wedding music was presented by Clifton Cook, organist and professor of music in the Afton High School, and Miss Ethel Mae Barker, vocalist.  Miss Barker's selections included "I Love You Truly" and "O, Promise Me."  Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose a white satin gown styled with sweetheart neckline, tapered sleeves, and a formal train.  Her fingertip veil was held by a cap of seed pearls and she carried a bouquet of gardenias.  Miss Doris Webb, sister of the bridegroom, and Kenyon Page, brother of the bride, attended the couple.  Miss Webb appeared in a blue satin gown similar to the bride's and wore a shoulder veil of matching shade attached to a satin band.  Red roses were used in her bouquet.  Following the ceremony, a reception was given in the home of the bride's parents.  Arrangements of evergreens and white roses with lighted tapers flanked the three-tiered wedding cake which centered the refreshment table.  When the newlyweds left for a short trip, Mrs. Walling was wearing a cerise suit with black topcoat and accessories and a corsage of gardenias.  They will reside in Afton.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Jan. 3, 1946]
Miss Elizabeth Helen Borst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Borst, of Evans street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], was married to Glenn Hodges, son of Mrs. Inez Hodges, of Merrickville, Dec. 18, at the Methodist church in Franklin by the pastor.  They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ferguson, of Sidney.  Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson will make their home in Sidney [Delaware Co., NY].  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Jan. 3, 1946]
Mr. and Mrs. Seeley S. Stillson, of Otego [Otsego Co., NY], announce the engagement of their daughter, Pauline D. Stillson, to Richard H. Bump, son of Harvey Bump, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], and grandson of the Rev. and Mrs. J.W. Bump, of Guilford.  Richard Bump has received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army having served two years with the Marines in the Pacific.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Jan. 3, 1946]
Miss Barbara Schlafer and Calvin Jones, both of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], were married Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. at the Congregational parsonage in Sidney.  Mr. and Mrs. Steve Jones were the attendants.  They left for a trip to Stamford, returning to 29 Pleasant street, Sidney.  A reception was held Sunday night at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Schlafer, 22 Winegard street.  They are former Guilford residents.  Mrs. Jones was guest of honor at a prenuptial shower given by Mrs. Francis Cooke, in Sidney, at which she was the recipient of many lovely gifts.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Jan. 3, 1946]

Obituaries (September 29)

George R. Salisbury, whose death occurred May 6th was born in the village of Greene, Chenango county, in the year 1836.  In early life with his father he settled on a farm four miles distant.  His father died at the age of 46 years, leaving to him the care of his mother and three younger children.  With unusual fortitude and gentleness, he remained their head until failing health obliged  him to leave the farm.  In 1859 he was married to Elizabeth A. Bingham, of Greene, N.Y.  In 1868 moved to Bainbridge, where he engaged in the millinery business till 1879; since then he has been engaged in the drug business.  Mr. Salisbury was a musician of no ordinary talent.  When our country was shrouded in the gloom of civil war, and every heart was throbbing with grief, no one could sing the beautiful melodies with the sweet pathos that he did; friends would come together to hear, "The First Gun is Fired," "May God Protect the Right," "We Shall Meet but we Shall Miss Him."  He was organist in churches over 25 years, and harmony was extended into his very life.  No one knew him but to love and respect him.  He joined the Presbyterian Church in 1860 and has ever been a consistent member.  We all feel that we have lost a personal friend, and extend out heart felt sympathy to his bereaved wife and only son.--Bainbridge Republican,  [Chenango American, May 21, 1891]  [Chenango American, May 21, 1891]
SALISBURY:  In this village [Greene, Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 24, 1895, Mr. Jerry B. Salisbury, aged 54 years.  [Chenango American, Jan. 2, 1896]
After a long confinement, and much suffering from dropsy and heart disease, at his home in this village [Greene, Chenango Co., NY], the immortal spirit of Jerry B. Salisbury, a respected citizen, took its departure from the scenes of this mortal life, on Christmas eve.  Mr. Salisbury was a native of this town, and was a son of the late Alvah Salisbury.  For many years he followed farming, but the latter years of his life, he had made this village his home.  Mr. Salisbury was a quiet, unassuming citizen, a well disposed neighbor, and a kind husband and father.  For some time before his death he was obliged to sit in an upright position, and at times his suffering was intense.  But death finally relieved him of his misery, and let us hope that he is now resting quietly in that world from whence none ever return.  he leaves a wife, two daughters and a son, besides numerous other relatives to mourn his loss.  The funeral, which was largely attended, was held from his late residence Friday afternoon, Rev. Alex H. Rogers, officiating.  Burial at Sylvan Lawn [Greene, NY].  [Chenango American, Jan. 2, 1896]
BINGHAM:  In Greene [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 25, 1895, Mr. Alanson D. Bingham, aged 68 years.  [Chenango American, Jan. 2, 1896]
A.D. Bingham, a worthy man and a good citizen, and farmer, of this town, died at his home about 2 miles east of this village, on Wednesday morning of last week.  His sickness was of short duration, and the fatal malady, pneumonia, did its work rapidly, baffling all aid to stay its progress.  Mr. Bingham was a man who had the respect of all who knew him.  He was a member, and we believe one of the deacons of the Congregational church of this village.  A good man has gone to his reward.  His funeral took place Friday forenoon, Rev. J.W. Keeler, officiating.  Burial at Sylvan Lawn [Greene, NY].  [Chenango American, Jan. 2, 1896]
BINGHAM:  Dec. 28, 1895, Lucy A. wife of Alanson D. Bingham, aged 62 years.  [Chenango American, Jan. 2, 1896]
Mrs. A.D. Bingham, wife of the deceased mentioned above, and who was taken ill several days previous to her husband, died on Saturday last and was buried on Monday.  She was an exemplary lady, and will be mourned by a large circle of friends.  These are sad incidents in the history of this family.  [Chenango American, Jan. 2, 1896]
Again death has invaded the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Salisbury.  This time their first born has been taken away, leaving an ineffaceable imprint of anguish in the afflicted home.  Nelson B. Salisbury was a truly beloved character, a most amiable young man of 17 years.  True gentleness and fidelity were virtues that shone forth in his very being.  These beautiful traits reflected about him to a degree that he retained the love and respect of all who knew him.  Frail of body, yet bright in intellect, it was plain to be seen that Nelson was not long of this world.  Nelson Salisbury's death and its announcement caused a feeling of the deepest regret throughout the community.  This sorrow weighs heavily upon the hearts of his profoundly afflicted parents.  Their beloved young son has gone to a better world.  This thought will carry to their hearts the only comfort that Christianity may offer.  But many are they who share their sorrow for Nelson in his beautiful character was beloved by all.  The cause of death is due to appendicitis, contracted several months ago.  Early in February Nelson was taken ill with rheumatism, aggravating the earlier malady and resulting fatally at noon on Tuesday. The services will be held at the residence at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon and the interment will take place in the beautiful family lot in Prospect hill cemetery [Sidney, NY].  [Sidney Record, Mar. 15, 1902]
Death Notices

Chenango Union, Feb. 9, 1870
TURNER:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], suddenly, on Monday morning, Feb. 7th, Deborah S., wife of Lester Turner, aged 58 years.

RICHMOND:  In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], Feb. 7th, Mrs. Keziah Richmond, wife of Seth Richmond, aged 79 years.

WHITE:  In Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 13th, George White, aged 19 years.

CHURCH:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 13th, Mrs. Catherine Church, formerly of London, England, aged 76 years.

DEXTER:  In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 18th, Louisa L., wife of Willis Dexter, aged 34 years.

Chenango American, Jan. 2, 1896
WATROUS:  In Greene [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 26, 1895, Porter Adelbert, only son of Orrin Watrous, aged 16 years.

ROCKWELL:  In Windsor [Broome Co., NY], Dec. 24, 1895, Mr. Ogden Rockwell, aged 74 years formerly of Greene.

SMITH:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 21, 1895, Mr. Levi Nathaniel Smith, in the 70th year of his age.

BOSWORTH:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 27, 1895, Zilpha, wife of John P. Bosworth, aged 69 years.

HARVEY:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 27, 1895, Mr. James Harvey, aged 26 years.

Soldier News continued - 1943

Russell Elander Returns Home
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 29, 1943

Bainbridge was brought closer to the war with the arrival in town of L. Russell Elander, Pharmacists Mate First Class of the U.S.  Navy, who returned from the combat zone in the Pacific the first part of the month.
"Rusty<" son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Elander, Scott street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], returned to his home town after facing the fire of battle and suffering many horrible experiences.  His ship, with others, was used as a screen while our troops were being landed on the north side of Guadalcanal in the latter part of January.  The ships were used as a decoy to keep the Jap torpedo planes away from the landing forces.  "Rusty's" ship was torpedoed and 22 men were killed, 21 enlisted man and one officer.  There were 12 wounded.
The heat was so intense that at times the ammunition passers would fall out from heat exhaustion and "Rusty" and his Chief would take turns in passing the ammunition to relieve the sailors.  He said that it was much better to be busy as it eased the terrible tension.  The Jap planes made a second attack on his ship, which might have proved disastrous as the first attack had somewhat crippled the defense of the ship, had it not been for a U.S. airplane carrier a few miles away which sent planes to the rescue and drove off the Nips' planes.
During these harrowing experiences, "Rusty" lost 36 pounds but has regained 12 since his arrival home.  He has been awarded three service stripes.  One for the Pacific theatre, Africa theatre, and North and South America area.  This is his second hitch in the Navy.  His first enlistment was from 1934-38.  His wife and two children live in Sidney.  He reports for duty May 3. 
Paul Sherman is Aviation Cadet
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 29, 1943
Maxwell Field, Ala.-- Aviation Cadet Paul C. Sherman, of Bainbridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Sherman, is now enrolled as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Forces Pre-Flight School for Pilots at Maxwell Field, located on the outskirts of Montgomery, the capital of Alabama.  Here the new class of cadets is receiving nine weeks of intensive military, physical and academic training preparatory to beginning their actual flight instruction at one of the many primary flying schools in the Army Air Forces Southeast Training Center.  Aviation Cadet Sherman graduated from the Bainbridge High School, Class of 1937.  He played football for three years and was captain of the team for one year.  He also played basketball and baseball on the school's team.
Bainbridge "Invaded" by Germans, Italians
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 27, 1943
Bainbridge was invaded last Friday evening when 15 cars of German and Italian prisoners passed through town shortly after the evening passenger train.  A Red Cross car was on the back and it was reported that the prisoners were en route west.
Stanley Hatton Rapidly Promoted
Bainbridge News & Republican, May 27, 1943
An article of interest concerning a Bainbridge service man appears in his camp paper, "The Greenwood Gremlin," of Greenwood, Miss.  1st Sgt. Stanley L.  Hatton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Snedeker, of Pearl street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] is featured in the column "Topkick of the Week."
Stanley L. Hatton, 1st Sgt. of the 1063rd, hails from the Empire State.  A native of Bainbridge, N.Y., he has, in less than a year climbed from buck private to the driver's seat in the non-coms' ranks.  Traded in his "civvies" for Khaki on April 6, 1942 and was among the first group of recruits to arrive at Miami Beach Replacement Center.  "Made" Cpl. June 1st, Sgt. in September, S/Sgt. in January, Tech, in March, and topkick April 1st.
In high school he "took a crack" at all athletics...pitched on the baseball nine, captained the football eleven, and led the ice skating team.  A few years back he won the inter-scholastic Silver Skates Ice Skating Derby at Lake Placid, N.Y.  Attended Albany College in Albany, N.Y., and has been married since June 21, 1927.  Came to GAAF by way of Miami, Gunter Field and Bainbridge, Ga.  According to topkick Hatton, most of the men in his squadron are from an original cadre which was hand-picked at Bainbridge AAF, and when they shipped to Greenwood no Goldbricks were taken along.--May 11, 1943.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Post Listing, September 22 - 28, 2014

Listing of blog postings for the week of September 22-28, 2014.

Posted September 22, 2014
Daniel MacLeod Winans - Helena A. Knapp (1903)
Gertrude Darling - Frank Hall (1893)
Florence M. Winston - Ferdinand L. Mergott (1901)

Posted September 23, 2014
Marriage Notices
     Bainbridge Republican, September 2, 1876
        Harvey J. Stratton - Lannie Copeland
        Andrew j. Ackley - Sarah E. Jacobs
     Bainbridge Republican, September 9, 1876
        E.H. Truesdell - Ella Niven
        Samuel Sheldon - Alice Hoyt
     Bainbridge Republican,  September 23, 1876
        William D. Johnson - Susie Genet Stewart
        Charles W. Brown - Angeline B. Raymond
        Frederick C. Walker - M. Gertrude Anderson
     Bainbridge Republican, September 30, 1876
        Tracy R. Yale - H. Eugenia Hill
        George Coats - Bertha C. Glazier
     Chenango Union, February 7, 1878
        Calvin S. Brown - Nellie M. Bennett

Posted September 27, 2014
James Ryan - Jennie May Price (1879)
Mr. & Mrs. L.S. Manwaring (39th anniversary, 1885)
Jean VanWoert - Donald L. Cortez (1945)
Hilda Bush - Charles Loller (1945)
Mr. & Mrs. H.J. Davey (58th anniversary, 1945)
John Baker - Constance Williams (1945)
R. Edwin Merrill - Rosa M. Shoales (1887)
Yale Northrup - Suzannah Northrup (1887)

Posted September 28, 2014
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Lobdell (50th Anniversary, 1945)
Mr. & Mrs. Floyd House (50th anniversary, 1945)
Grace B. Phillipp - Richard L. Sutton (1945)
Maxine Barbara Heinrich - Stanley Earl Smith (1945)
Marriage notices - Antimasonic Telegraph, 1834
     William Lyon - Nancy Cahoon (Norwich)
     Marcus Bowen (Smyrna) - Sally Ann Shaw (Sherburne)
     Albert W. Bryant (North Norwich) - Caroline L. Marsh (Norwich)
     Samuel W. Williams (Starkey) - Polly Marsh (Norwich)
     Jabez S. Fitch (Bainbridge) - Catharine K. Gilbert (Gilbertsville)
     Abijah Pratt (Owego) - Diana Hale (Norwich)

Posted September 22, 2014
Mrs. Thomas Petley (Bainbridge, 1930)
Lydia Marie Hoyt Clark (Bainbridge, 1928)
Lila Caroline Peckham (East Guilford)
Georgianna Doolittle Hovey (Bainbridge, 1928)

Posted September 23, 2014
Death Notices
     Chenango Union, October 7, 1863
        Sarah Brownson (Smithville Flats)
        Cynthia Greene (Guilford)
     Bainbridge Republican, October 28, 1876
        Herrman A. Priest (Masonville)
        Oliver Summers (Bainbridge)
        William Manning (Coventry)
     Bainbridge Republican, November 4, 1876
        George Sharts (Church Hollow, Guilford)
     Bainbridge Republican, November 18, 1876
        Polly S. Benedict (Coventry)
        Blanche Josslyn (Coventry)
    Bainbridge Republican, December 30, 1876
        Mary Wilson (Norwich)
        Darwin S. Roe (Chicago IL, Binghamton)

Posted September 24, 2014
B.J. Rowe (Norwich, 1888)
Anna Root (Norwich, 1906)
Charles T. Root (Oxford, 1903)
Nathan W. Cady (Guilford, 1874)
Anna Halbert Cairns (Mt. Upton, 1909)
Dr. John Clark (Guilford, 1875)
Death Notices, Chenango Telegraph, Jan. 16, 1867
     Joshua Talcott (Smyrna)
     Gershom Clark (Ketchumville, Guilford)

Posted September 25, 2014
Henry Wilsey (Sand Hill, 1879)
Mrs. Nathaniel Godfrey (Guilford, 1885)
John S. Godfrey (Guilford, 1890)
Joseph Baker Gibbs (North Guilford, 1917
George William Gildersleeve (Liberty, 1924)
Mrs. Daniel Giles (Bainbridge, 1924)
John Graver (St. Petersburg, FL, 1943)

Posted September 26, 2014
Peter Mack (Guilford, 1878) 
Lydia Hamilton Manwaring (Guilford, 1892)
Mrs. John McLean (Guilford, 1877)
Mrs. Nathaniel Ensworth (Guilford, 1877)
Malinda Ives (Guilford, 1877)

Posted September 27, 2014
Pearl M. Bliss (Guilford, Bainbridge, 1945)
John K. Havens (Guilford, 1887)
James Haynes (Guilford, 1875)
Thomas Hogan (Oxford, 1901)
Franklin B. Hovey (Guilford, 1870

Posted September 28, 2014
Jesse Howe (Walton, 1945)
William E. Kane (Susquehanna, 1945)
Mrs. Robert A. Tweedie (Walton, 1945)
Everett Dicks (Walton, 1945)
D. Ward Coulter (Walton, 1945)
Austin W. Cuyle (Bainbridge, 1945)
Death Notices, Antimasonic Telegraph, 1834
     Ann V.B. Smith (Catskill)
     Hepsabeth Gleason (Plymouth)
     George W. Gibson (Esperance)   
     Lucy Wait (Preston)
     Samuel Gray (Prescott, Upper Canada)
     Almira Wagner (Norwich)

Posted September 22, 2014
Congregational Church, Guilford Centre, Semi-Centennial, 1862
Soldier News continued - 1942
     Ivor Bosket Sees African Action
     Clifford Smith Selected for Advanced Training

Posted September 23, 2014
Miscellaneous Items from 1941/2
     Ward Merrill Appointed to Hartwick Faculty
     John C. Stott to Make Bid for Senate
     Dr. Danforth Corrects False Report
Soldier News continued - 1943
     Donald Hadley Joins the Army
     Earl Neidlinger Completes Submarine Training
     Mary E. Strong Commissioned
     Renwick Parsons to Begin Marine Training
     Murray Wilcox is Now a Second lieutenant

Posted September 24, 2014
BCHS Class of 1940 - Part 1
Jeduthan Roe in his 92nd Year (1879)
History of Newton Family of Bainbridge
Pvt. Nicky Kayn Seeks Ring Title (1942)
Ithaca College Honors Wilma Schlafer (1942)
Soldier News Continued - 1943
     PFC Robert Knowles Now a Paratrooper
     Ruth Goodman Joins American Red Cross overseas Service
     Virginia Blakeley Enters WAAC Service
     Rita Blanchard Leaves BCHS Faculty to Join Husband in Service

Posted September 25, 2014
Dr. R.H. Gilbert Visits Guilford (1879)
Simon Gager Throop (1889)
Swindle (1890)
Soldier News continued - 1943
     Douglas Gardner Assigned to Ordnance Replacement
     Pvt. Delvin De Forest Missing in Action
     Robert Parsons Completes Basic Naval Training
     Virginia Blakeley to Receive Basic Auxiliary Training
     Donald Patchen Enrolled as Student Officer

Posted September 26, 2014
Mt. Hope Cemetery Epitaphs (Norwich, NY) - transcribed in 1891
Soldier News continued - 1943
     LaVere Wallace at Navy Pre-Flight School
     Lt. James Ryan Returns to Fort Bragg, N.C.
     Robert Hitchcock Rates Special Naval Training
     Clifford Wearne Completes Basic Training
     Renwick Parsons Joins U.S. Marines
     E. Prince Danforth Is Now a Major

Posted September 27, 2014
Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge to Mark 150th Anniversary - 1943
Historical Pageant to Climax Observance of 150th Anniversary
Soldier News continued - 1943
     Clifford Smith Graduated from U.S. Naval Training School for Machinists
     James Marshall Graduated from Factory Training School
     Lt. Rowland Hill Jr. Awarded Purple Heart Posthumously
     Pvt. Charles Bennett Wounded in Action in Africa
    Alice Plosky Entered Training at Aviation School
    Alice Plosky Joins Air Force Command
     Charles Mott Joins Navy

Posted September 28, 2014
Miscellaneous Items
     Geraldine Getter is Cadet Teacher (1943)
     Letter from Anna Hideley Macey (1943)
     Maurice Seeley Joins BCHS Faculty (1943)
     Manlius Color Guard (1943)
Soldier News continued - 1945
     Cpl. Barton Lorimer Discharged from Army
     Sgt. Reginald Nichols Arrives Home
     Sgt. Charles Frederick Auringer Re-Enlists in Army
     S/Sgt. Ralph Corbin Discharged from Army
     Jack Hawkins Discharged form Navy
     Cpl. Carlton Meade Home from Pacific
     Norman Winsor Discharged form Army 

Marriages (September 28)

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Lobdell, of Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY], celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.  They were dinner guests of Mr. Lobdell's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Castle.  Mrs. Castle was bridesmaid at the wedding 50 years ago.  They were at home to their friends in the afternoon.  Mr. and Mrs. Floyd House, also of Unadilla, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 18.  They were at home to their friends from to 5 to 7 and from 7 to 9 p.m.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 20, 1945]
The marriage of Miss Grace B. Phillipp, of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], to Richard L. Sutton, of Elmira [Chemung Co., NY], took place at the Sidney Methodist church, Saturday afternoon, with the Rev W. J. Dubrick, pastor, officiating.  The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Rose Bradley, of Downsville, and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sutton, of Elmira.  The bride was attended by Mrs. Stanley Casper, of Unadilla, and the best man was Stanley Casper.  After the wedding journey to New York City, they will make their home on a farm near Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY].  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 20, 1945]

Lighted tapers and a floral archway formed the setting for the marriage on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 12 o'clock noon, of Miss Maxine Barbara Heinrich to Stanley Earl Smith.  The ceremony which took place at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Max Heinrich, 23 Kirby street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] was performed by the Rev. Harry Brooks, pastor of the Bainbridge Methodist Church.  Mrs. Gary VanBuiten, of Guilford, played the organ as the guests arrived, and during the ceremony.  Her program of traditional wedding music included:  "O Promise Me," "I Love You Truly," the Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin," "Ave Maria," Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" and "A Perfect Day."  The bride was given in marriage by her father.  She was gowned in sheer white satin en train.  The gown was made with long sleeves and a shirred bodice trimmed with lace.  Her fingertip tulle veil was attached to a lace cap edged with seed pearls.  The bridal bouquet was of white roses, with white satin streamers to which were attached small white roses.  Her only jewelry was a double strand of pearls, a gift of the bridegroom.  Miss Betty Belden, of Guilford, was the maid of honor and only attendant.  She was gowned in pink chiffon with a lace yoke, and blue satin ribbons extending the length of the gown.  Matching blue bows were attached to the puffed sleeves.  She wore a coronet of white roses and carried a bouquet of pink roses.  Mr. Smith, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis M. Smith, also of Bainbridge, had as his best man his brother, Ronald Smith.  There were no ushers.  The bride's gift to her attendant was a compact.  The best man received a wallet as the gift from his brother.  Following the ceremony, nearly 40 guests attended a reception held at the Central Hotel in Bainbridge.  Mrs. Heinrich and Mrs. Smith appeared in black, the former in velvet and the latter in crepe.  Their corsages were of red roses.  The bride's table was centered with a three-tiered wedding cake, toped with a miniature bride and groom.  Lighted tapers and bouquets of baby chrysanthemums decorated the tables at which the guests were seated.  Mrs. Smith, whose parents were former residents of Guilford, attended Guilford Central School.  She was honored recently at a pre-nuptial shower given by Mrs. Robert M. Chesebro, of Guilford.  Mr. Smith, recently discharged from the United States Army, served as a corporal in the Pacific Theatre of War for two and a half years.  Following a brief wedding trip, to an unannounced destination, Mr. Smith and his bride will return to Bainbridge, after which they will leave shortly for Richmond, Va., where they will make their home.  For traveling, Mrs. Smith wore a royal blue velvet dress, fur jacket, a black hat and accessories and a purple orchid corsage.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 13, 1945]
 Marriage Notices - Antimasonic Telegraph, 1834
January 8, 1834
On Sunday last, by Elder J.S. Swan, Mr. William Lyon to Miss Nancy Cahoon, all of this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].

In Norwich, On Sunday the 29th December, by Sylvanus Waters, esq., Mr. Marcus Bowen, of Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Sally Ann Shaw, of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY].

January 29, 1834
On the 15th inst. by the Rev. Seth Williston, Mr. Albert W. Bryant, of North  Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Caroline L. Marsh, of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY]

On the 26th inst. by the same, Mr. Samuel W. Williams, of Starkey, Yates co. to Miss Polly Marsh, of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].

At Gilbertsville, Otsego co. on the 7th inst. by the Rev. Mr. Goodritch, Mr. Jabez S. Fitch, of Bainbridge, Chenango co. to Miss Catharine K. Gilbert, of the former place.

February 5, 1834
On Monday morning last, by the Rev. S. Williston, Mr. Abijah Pratt, of Owego [Tioga Co., NY], to Miss Diana Hale, of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].


Obituaries (September 28)

Jesse Howe of Walton [Delaware Co., NY] died at the Masonic home in Utica Wednesday morning, Dec. 5.  He had been at the home since August and had visited in Walton only two weeks before his death.  A masonic funeral was conducted at the home and he was buried there Friday, Dec. 7.  The services were conducted by the chaplain of the home, Rev. Mr. Nolan.  Mr. Howe had been a resident of Walton for about 20 years, previously living at Hawley's Station for several years.  [Bainbridge News & Republican , Dec. 13, 1945]
William E. Kane, 76, of Susquehanna [PA], R.D. 4 died last Thursday at his home.  He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Lillian Hoadley, of Deposit, and Margaret, of Susquehanna; two sons, Albert and Joseph of Susquehanna: and four grandchildren.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 13, 1945]
Mrs. Robert A. Tweedie died at her home, in Walton [Delaware Co.., NY], Wednesday morning, Dec. 5.  Death was caused by coronary thrombosis, an attack of which she suffered two days before her death.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 13, 1945]
Everett Dicks, former resident of Walton [Delaware Co., NY], was found dead in bed Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, in his room at the Hancock House, Hancock.  Death was caused by a heart attack.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 13, 1945]
D. Ward Coulter, prominent Walton [Delaware Co., NY] business man, who was born in Bovina Center 65 years ago, died suddenly at his home in Walton on Monday of last week.  He had operated a large garage in Walton for many years, sold Chevrolet and Studebaker automobiles.  he was a successful business man and had become wealthy by his own efforts.  He lived for several years in Andes and was buried there on Wednesday.  He is survived by two sons and two brothers.  The brothers are Howard Coulter of Delhi, and J.A. Coulter, of Watertown.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 20, 1945]
Austin W. Cuyle, a resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] for 35 years, died Saturday at the Bainbridge Hospital after being in poor health for some time.  Born in East Masonville [Delaware Col., NY], Jan. 10, 1870, he was the son of Oscar and Julia (Fisher) Cuyle.  On Oct. 4, 1905, he was united in marriage to Edna May Dewey, of Binghamton, who died May 25, 1942.  Mr. Cuyle had held positions in Albany, Cobleskill, Tarrytown, Binghamton and Oneonta, coming to Bainbridge in 1914 where he conducted a barbershop for a time.  Later he went to work for the American Separator Co., and in 1930 he accepted a position with the Dry Milk Co., which he kept until his retirement in 1941.  For many years he was a member of I.O.O.F., having served as Past Noble Grand and secretary.  The survivors are:  a daughter, Mrs. Howard Sheffield, and grandson, Peter Sheffield, of New York; two half-sisters, Mrs. Warren Smith, of Utica, and Mrs. Theo Davis, of Rochester; and several nieces and one nephew.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Colwell's Chapel with the Rev. Paul Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 20, 1945]
Death Notices, Antimasonic Telegraph, 1834
January 29, 1834
Died, on the 13th inst. in the 24th year of her age, at the residence of her father, the Rev. J. Prentiss, Rector of St. Luke's Church, Catskill [Greene Co., NY], Mrs. Ann V.B. Smith, wife of Gen. P. Sken, Smith, of Oswego--a lady of rare qualities of mind and of person.

February 19, 1834
Died, in Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], on the 4th inst., Mrs. Hepsabeth Gleason, aged 44 years.

Died, in Esperance, Schoharie county, on the 1st instant, Mr. George W. Gibson, aged about 34.

March 12, 1934
Died, In Preston [Chenango Co., NY] on the 9th instant, Mrs. Lucy wife of Solomon Wait, Esq. aged 64 years.

Died, at his residence, in Prescott, Upper Canada, on the 27th of February last, Samuel Gray, esq. aged 52 years.

April 23, 1834
Died, In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Friday last, Miss Almira Wagner, aged 20 years.

Soldier News continued - 1945

Cpl. Barton Lorimer Discharged from Army
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 13, 1945

Cpl. Barton Lorimer Arrived on the Queen Mary from France Nov. 27 and came to Bainbridge Dec. 5.  Corporal Lorimer was in the service four and one-half years, two years of this time spent in the European Theatre.  He wears the European Ribbon with one star, Pre-Pearl Harbor Ribbon, and the good Conduct Medal.
Sgt. Reginald Nichols Arrives Home
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 13, 1945
Sgt. Reginald Nichols, of 386th Air Service Group, arrived in the States Nov. 24 and was discharged at Fort MacArthur, Calif., after 30 months in Hawaii and Iwo Jima.  He arrived at his home in Bainbridge Dec. 3.  He holds the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with one star, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Japanese Empire Ribbon.  His unit went into Iwo Jima with the third assault wave.
Sgt. Charles Auringer Re-Enlists in Army
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 13, 1945
Sgt. Charles Frederick Auringer arrived at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Auringer, West Main street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Nov. 3, after serving in Nome, Alaska.  He has re-enlisted for three years for service in Europe, and after a 90-day furlough he will report for duty at Fort Dix, N.J.
S/Sgt Ralph Corbin Discharged from Army
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 13, 1945
S/Sgt. Ralph Corbin, of the famous 77th Division, was discharged at Fort Dix, N.J., Nov. 26, after more than two years in the Pacific, and has arrived at his home here.  He holds the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with 3 stars and arrowhead, Philippine Liberation ribbon with 1 star, and American Theatre.
Jack Hawkins Discharged from Navy
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 13, 1945
Jack V. Hawkins, Cox., was discharged at Lido Beach, L.I., Nov. 28, after returning from nine months of service in the Pacific.  Coxswain Hawkins also spent two years in the European Theatre, taking part in five major invasions.  He and Mrs. Hawkins returned to Springfield, Mass., Sunday after spending a week here with Mr. Hawkins' mother, Mrs. Ernest Hawkins, and other relatives.
Cpl. Carlton Meade Home form Pacific
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 20, 1945
Cpl. Carlton Meade, of the 842nd Engineer Aviation Bn., was honorably discharged at Fort Dix, N.J., Dec. 7, 1945.  He served in the Pacific Theatre for two years and nine months, having taken part in the following campaigns:  Bismark, Archipelago, New Guinea, Ryukyus, and Southern Philippines.  He holds the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with four stars, Philippine Liberation ribbon with gold star, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Norman Winsor Discharged from Army
Bainbridge News & Republican, December 20, 1945
Aviation Cadet Norman Winsor has received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army.  He received his final papers from the Rome Separation Center, Rome Air Depot.  He has been stationed in Oklahoma.  He returned with his division.  Mrs. Winsor and son, David, are on their way east.  He was a caller at the home of his aunt. Mrs.  Myrtle Wilson, Tuesday evening.  Other callers were Mrs. C. Adella Anthony and Mr. and Mrs. Reinhold D. Anthony, of Norwich.  Cadet Winsor is with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Winsor, Norwich, where his family will join him. 

Miscellaneous News Items

Geraldine Getter is Cadet Teacher
Bainbridge News & Republican, March 25, 1943

Miss Geraldine Getter, a former student of B.C.H.S., revisited her old high school Alma Mater in the status of cadet-teacher.  Miss Getter, who graduated in 1939, has been training at the Oneonta State Teachers' College in Oneonta.  She will be graduated in June, 1943, with a state license for teaching elementary school and a special dispensation to teach English in the junior high schools.  Miss Getter was sent from there to the Schenectady schools for an eight week teaching period.  However, the students at this school were given an early spring vacation.  During this week vacation Miss Getter has substituted, observed and taught at B.C.H.S.  She will return to Schenectady on Monday.  Miss Getter, who started as a voice major in Hartwick College, sang for the Methodist Women's Club musicale last Tuesday night.  Her selections were "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "Somewhere a Voice is Calling."
Letter from Anna Hideley Macey
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 1943
Medwin I. Yale received a letter from his cousin, Mrs. R.C. Macey, Hattiesburg, Miss., recently, which he thought would be of interest to the older residents of Bainbridge.  Mrs. Macey was the former Miss Anna E. Hideley, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and lived where the Dry Milk Co. office now stands.
Dear Cousin Merwin:
I can't tell you how glad I was to get a letter from you.  I was grieved but not surprised to learn of cousin Bessie's death, and I truly thank God she is at rest--at peace--out of her suffering and out of the sorrow of this terrible war.  It made me happy to learn about so many of the family and the old friends.
My own dearest relatives are so scattered and so involved in this terrible war.  Our eldest son, Robert Macey, a veteran of World War I, is in government service inspection.  At present in a large storage plant being put up in the desert, not far from Los Angeles.  His oldest son, Robert III, 18, has completed three months training as an aviation cadet and will soon be in the active Air Force.  His brother, Winthrop, 17, is preparing to follow suit.  Our second son, Harry, is managing a great trucking service on the Oregon-Washington coast.  His only daughter, Phyllis, was working in an air plane factory but was transferred to an architect office.  Our youngest son, Jim, U.S. Navy, was hunting subs out from Key West but was transferred to the Flatbush area.  My sister's daughter, Agnes, is a widow.  Her only son graduated with high honors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has received his Lieutenant's commission and expects to leave the country soon. 
I will be 78 next May.  Not very active, but happier than most people.
Maurice Seeley Joins BCHS Faculty
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 8, 1943
Blue and White [school news items]:  Maurice Seeley, of Unadilla [Otsego Co., NY], joined the teaching staff of BCHS on Mar. 29, 1943, as band instrument instructor and band director.  Mr. Seeley, whose major in college was voice, received his degree from Ithaca College on December 18, 1842.  He commenced his teaching career in BCHS, continuing with the work Mrs. Bradish launched.  Mrs. Bradish has left the teaching staff to join her husband who is an air cadet in Arizona.  Along with his teaching program, Mr Seeley, is conducting the oratorical, Holy City, which will be given as an Easter presentation by the Bainbridge churches.  Mr. Seeley has already made a public appearance having sung at the Methodist church last Thursday night.  What's he like?  Well, about 5'9" tall, a beautiful smile, a sincere desire to please and a grand person to know.  He enjoys all sports actively and passively, but tennis tops them all.  So gang, here's another teacher you can try to trim on the clay (BCHS' case:  on the macadam)  We're happy to have you Mr. Seeley and we hope you'll be happy with us.
Manlius Color Guard
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 1943
Left to Right--Cadet Corporal Frank W. Wilson, of Ithaca; Cadet Sergeant Ricardo Bello, of Venezuela, South America; Cadet Sergeant George  H. Clune, of Rochester; Cadet Corporal E. Danforth Knight Jr., of Bainbridge.  The Manlius School color guard acting as color guard at the ceremony of the presentation of the Army and Navy flag of excellence at the Mohawk Carpet Mills, Inc., at Amsterdam recently.  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Obituaries (September 27)

Miss Pearl M. Bliss passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.  She underwent a major operation early in October and she failed to respond as her doctors and friends hoped she would.  Born on Feb. 5, 1889, in the Town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], she was the eldest child of George and Minnie (Petley) Bliss.  She is survived by two brothers, Howard and Bert Bliss, and one sister, Mrs. Roland James, all of Bainbridge; two nephews, Lieut. George R. James, of Seattle, Wash, and Pfc. Newton F. Bliss, of Camp Butner, N.C.; and one niece, Miss Juanita James of Bainbridge; two aunts, Mrs. Nancy Blincoe, of Guilford, and Mrs. William Northrup, of Bainbridge; two uncles, T. Henry Petley and Herbert Petley, of Bainbridge, and several cousins.  Miss Bliss had been a member of the Methodist church for 38 years.  She also was a member of the Rebecca Lodge, Algonquin Grange and the Home Bureau.  She will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends and neighbors.  It seemed to those who knew her best that she was happiest when at work. She loved to work and often went beyond her physical strength doing it.  The funeral service was held at Colwell's Funeral home Saturday afternoon with the Rev. Harry Brooks officiating with the Rev. Norman Lawton assisting. The bearers were: Dr. Roy Johnson, Lewis Kirkland, Otto Neidlinger and John Neidlinger.  Burial was in the family plot in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 13, 1945]
On Thursday last after a long and heroic struggle against disease, John K. Havens, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], aged 48 years, passed from labor to reward, from suffering to rest.  Mr. Havens was born and reared in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY].  Eighteen years ago, with his family he moved to this town where he has since resided.  He was not only well known in this town, but his business relations together with his warm ardent nature, won for him many friends throughout this part of the county.  He was one of those energetic, enthusiastic men who leave their impress upon every one with whom they come in contact  He had many warm and intimate friends and always loved to have his friends around him.  Within the past fifteen months his father and mother have gone before him to the silent land.  When death came to him he was found ready and anxiously waiting for release from the body, emaciated by the dread disease consumption.  On Monday last a very large congregation assembled at the funeral which was held in the M.E. church, of which Mr. Havens was a member.  The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. H.H. Wilbur, assisted by Rev. E.L. Bennett, a former pastor, now of Binghamton.  The many tearful eyes bespeak the many warm friends who mourn with the family.  His place in the family is vacant.  He will be missed in the community as only men of his temperament and friendly habits are missed.  Nine days before his death he saw his only daughter, Minnie, united in marriage with Edgar B. Stansell, of Syracuse, N.Y.  Owing to the feebleness of her father, Minnie desired to postpone her marriage but Mr. Havens urged that the ceremony take place upon the day appointed.  Agreeable to his request, in the presence of the family, an aunt, Mrs. Conover, Mrs. Nettie B Rowley, Miss Flora Dorman and Miss E.N. Wilbur, the couple were united in marriage, Feb. 22, by Rev. H.H. Wilbur.    Mrs. Havens and family desire to express their thanks to the many who proved their friendship during Mr. Havens' sickness; and appreciation for the kindness and sympathy shown them in this their great bereavement--Guilford.  [Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, Mar. 12, 1887]
Guilford [Chenango Co., NY]:   At no recent period have so many of our aged residents died as during the past few months.  Scarcely a week passes that we are not called upon to perform the sad rites of burial service over the remains of some one of our old citizens.  Within the past week, the funeral of another of our old and esteemed inhabitants - James Haynes, who died on the 1st inst.--occurred at his residence in our village.  His health has been feeble during the summer, but for some weeks past he appeared better, and until a relapse some days since, his friends had hoped of his recovery.  Mr. Haynes has long been a resident of our village, and his sound judgment and liberal hand were ever found ready in aid of all worthy objects and undertakings.  He was early connected with building interest of our place, which for many years he successfully directed.  years past he received at the hands of his neighbors and townsmen repeated evidences of their esteem, in his selection for positions of public trust; and for many years he was a prominent member of the Episcopal Church in our village.  He was 74 years old, and leaves a widow, two sons and one daughter.  [Chenango Union, Jan. 14, 1875]
Thomas Hogan, a familiar figure about town for the past fifty years, died Saturday, at the county house, where he had spent the winters of late years.  He was an inoffensive fellow of a weak mind.  His death was rather unexpected and attributed to heart disease.  The body was removed to the residence of William Hogan, one of his brothers, and the funeral held from St. Joseph's church Monday morning.  He age was given as 63 years.  [Oxford Times, Feb. 13, 1901]
We learn that Franklin B. Hovey, of Guilford [Chenango Co., nY] who was shot by a drunken soldier, while riding throught he streets of Richmond, Va. in company with two gentlemen, on the 23d ult., died from the wound, after living nearly five days.  His remains were brought home by his father, William Hovey, for interment.  The deceased was an estimable young man, about 18 years of age.  [Chenango Union, Mar. 9, 1870]

Marriages (September 25)

RYAN - PRICE:  In Newburgh, May 20 [1879], by Rev. J.R. Thompson, James Ryan, Editor of the New burgh Temperance Herald, to Jennie May Price, Professor of Elocution in the Gormly Institute in that city.  She is a sister of Mrs. G.S. Graves of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]

On Tuesday evening, January 20th, sixty friends from Guilford, East Guilford, Rockdale and Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], came and took possession of the residence of Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Manwaring of Guilford, and after depositing bundles and baskets, informed the completely surprised couple that it was the thirty-ninth anniversary of their marriage.  As soon as all had arrived, the younger people withdrew to the spacious rooms above, where they indulged in merry games which always lend so much to the social part of such occasions.  Letters were received from friends who on account of sickness or the distance were unable to attend.  The beautiful collection of presents showed the high esteem in which they are regarded by their friends.  among the presents were a set of silver knives, pair silver gold-lined napkin rings, numerous pieces of glass ware, silver and glass pickle caster, breakfast caster, silver and glass fruit dish, double pickle caster, silver and glass, bed quilt composed of the  thousand four hundred and two pieces, napkins, majolica ware, hand painted china fruit plates, and numerous other articles.  At the usual hour supper was served, and many thanks are due the ladies who so kindly served so elegant a repast.  As hearts were too full for speeches, Mr. and Mrs. M. could only return their thanks for so much kindness and friendly feeling shown them.  At an early hour departure, all agreeing in having spent an enjoyable evening,  May the lives of this worthy couple be spared many more years, and may we all meet "on that great day for which all other days were made." ---A Guest  [Chenango Union, Feb. 5, 1885]

Announcements have been received here of the marriage of Miss Jean VanWoert, of Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], to Donald L. Cortez Thanksgiving Day at St. Mary's rectory in Oneonta.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Nov. 29, 1945]

Miss Hilda Bush and Charles Loller, who was recently honorably discharged, were married at Hancock Presbyterian church Saturday, Dec. 1, by Rev. S.V. Curnock.  The newlyweds left on the Erie limited immediately for New York City on their wedding trip.  They will make their home in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], where he has the position he had before entering service.  [Bainbridge news & Republican, Dec. 13, 1945]

Friends gathered Tuesday night in the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Davey, of Nineveh [Broome Co., nY], to honor them in observance of their 58th wedding anniversary.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 13, 1945]

T/Sgt. John Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Baker of Bainbridge [Chenango co., NY], was united in marriage to Constance Williams, of Cardiff, South Wales, on Oct. 31.  The wedding took place at the bride's home and the honeymoon was spent in London.  Sgt. Baker arrived home on the "Europa" in November and his bride has her papers, which will make it possible for her to come to the States in March and join her husband.  Sgt. Baker has served in the European Theatre of War, in the QMC for two years and two months.  He holds the Good Conduct and Victory Ribbons and two combat stars, one for action in the Rhineland, the other for central Europe. He is a nephew of Mrs. Jack Connelley, of Guilford Center, and is well known in Guilford.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Dec. 13, 1945]

MERRILL - SHOALES:  At the M.E. parsonage, Plymouth, N.Y. [Chenango Co., NY], March 8th, 1887, by Rev. S. Southworth, Mr. R. Edwin Merrill of Sherburne, N.Y. [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Rosa M. Shoales, of Plymouth.  [Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph,  Mar. 12, 1887] 
NORTHRUP - NORTHRUP:  In Smyrna, N.Y. [Chenango Co., NY], at the residence of the bride, Wednesday evening, March 9, 1887, by S.K. Willcox, justice of the peace, Mr. Yale Northrup to Mrs. Susannah Northrup, all of Smyrna.  [Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, Mar. 12, 1887]

Soldier News continued - 1943

Clifford Smith Graduated from U.S. Naval Training School
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 8, 1943
Clifford L. Smith, 20, son of Mrs. Lewis Smith, Rural Route No. 1, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], recently was graduated from the U.S. Naval Training School for machinists on the campus of the North Dakota State School of Science here.  Maintaining an excellent record throughout the 16-week course, he received an immediate promotion to the rating of fireman, first class.  his training included instruction in operating marine pumps, firing and tending boilers, engine room maintenance and advanced practice in military drill and naval procedure.  The college has training facilities for approximately 500 Bluejackets.  Living quarters are in dormitories on the campus which have been converted into barracks.
James Marshall Graduates from Factory Training School
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 8, 1943
Farmingdale, L.I., N.Y.:  James S. Marshall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. Marshall, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], graduated this week from the factory training school operated by the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command at the Republic Aviation Corporation here.  Corporal Marshall was recently promoted to Corporal first class in recognition of his combined abilities as a soldier and mechanic.  Only men who receive grades well above average in the general alertness test and a mechanical aptitude test are selected for training in the Technical Training Command.  At this school, Corporal Marshall, who has previously graduated from an airplane mechanics school in the AAF Technical Training Command, received specialized training in the repair and maintenance of planes manufacture by the Republic Aviation Corporation.  Now he is ready to take his place as a specialized member in the combat crew of an Army Air Force unit.  Corporal Marshall, a graduate of Norwich High School, was employed by the Wright Aeronautical Corporation before entering the Army.  His brother, Vincent, is stationed at Mitchel Field, L.I.
Lt. Rowland Hill, Jr. Awarded Purple Heart Posthumously
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 22, 1943
The order of the Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to Lt. Rowland G. Hill, Jr., of Margaretville [Delaware Co., NY], who was killed in action in China where he was stationed.  The award is for military merit and for being wounded in action.  Lt. Hill was awarded the Silver Star for distinguished service a few days before his death.  Lt. Hill is a nephew of Henry Hill of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY]
Charles Bennett Injured in Africa
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 22, 1943
Pvt. Charles Bennett, brother of Mrs. Edward Gliha of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], has been wounded in action in North Africa according to a telegram received from Washington, recently.  Since the arrival of the telegram, Mrs. Gliha has received a letter from Pvt. Bennett which stated that he had five wounds in his hip and was confined to a British hospital. He stated that he got a few Germans and Italians before they got him.  He also wished to thank the Chamber of Commerce for their gift.
Alice Plosky Enters Training
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 22, 1943
Miss Alice Plosky has entered training at a Girls' Aviation School at Marcy.  After three months' training period, she is placed to work in an Air Depot, having her choice of going to California, Oklahoma or Rome.  Alice has chosen Rome.  On completion of her training she will repair motors on bombers and all types of airplanes.
Alice Plosky Joins Air Force Command
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 29, 1943
Miss Alice Plosky has been sworn into the Air Force Command and is receiving training at Marcy to become an engineer.  Miss Plosky, who is the first girl from Bainbridge to enlist in this branch of the service, spent the weekend with her mother, Mrs. Ann Plosky.
Charles Mott Joins Navy
Bainbridge News & Republican, April 29, 1943
Charles Robert Mott, local high school student and the son of Mrs. Ralph Mott and the late Mr. Mott, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, Monday and was accepted and sent directly to a training station.  Charles is a younger brother of Leon Mott, F 1/C, U.S. Navy, who is serving with the Pacific fleet.

Presbyterian Church Marks 150th Anniversary - 1943

Presbyterian Church to Mark Anniversary
To Observe 150th Anniversary of Its Founding
Bainbridge News & Republican, March 11, 1943
Sunday, March 21 [1943], will mark to a day the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Presbyterian church of Bainbridge.  Sunday morning will inaugurate a week of special services and programs in observation of this notable event.
Less than four years after the date which began the history of our village, a missionary with eight followers organized the Congregational Society of Cilicia.  Although the group increased its membership by 150 percent in the first year, it was not until five years later, in 1798, that the members voted to erect a meeting house.  After the passage of 10 years, during which a meeting house was built and the "south part" of Jerico organized a separate church, interest seemed to wane, and the six "faithful" present at a meeting on Sept. 23, 1807, "unanimously agreed that unnecessary absence from church meetings is not agreeable to Christian rules."
After the first meeting house was burned, probably "by design," in 1813, we have no record of the activities of the society until 1817 when several members convened "to consult upon measures to be taken respecting the broken and deplorable state of this church."  Evidently this meeting resulted in increased activity of the members, since it was voted a few months later to build a second meeting house.  In 1831, two years after the incorporation of the Village of Bainbridge, the present church building was erected.  Unfortunately, however, no details of the actual construction have been handed down.  Although the next 40 years saw the society vacillate between Presbyterian government and Congregational government, these changes seemed not to hinder the development of activities of the church--the inauguration of a Sunday School in 1852, marked alterations in the church building itself in 1867, and the organization of a Ladies' Industrial Society.  Not to be forgotten either is the society's involvement in temporal affairs, namely a law suit to determine the ownership and control of the "village common" which resulted in the village trustees being fined six cents for trespass.
In 1873 the congregation finally decided upon the Presbyterian government of the church.  Before the centennial of the church was celebrated, a new organ was purchased, The Women's Missionary Society was organized (1877) and the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor had its beginning (1877).
This brief survey of the early history of the church has been based on a history compiled by Hudson H. Lyon, a member of the Presbyterian Church since 1885, from documents which will be displayed at a historical exhibit at the church on Friday, March 26.  That same day will bring one of the outstanding events of the celebration, a pageant of the history of the church, written by the Rev. Paul L. Carpenter and directed by Harold Lord.
Historical Pageant to Climax Observance
Bainbridge News & Republican, March 25, 1943
First Presbyterian Church
To culminate a week of special events in observation of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Cilicia, the Presbyterian Church will present an historical pageant and exhibit.  In eight acts, the pageant will dramatize incidents from a history of the church compiled by Hudson H. Lyon, one of the oldest living members of the church.  The Rev. Paul L. Carpenter, author of the pageant, has not limited its scope only to the early episodes which lend themselves to dramatization, but attempts to show the important place the church may hold in the world of today and tomorrow.  The pageant includes the following scenes:  The Organization, a Church Meeting, the Reorganization, a Heresy Trial, A case of Discipline, the Old Singing School, the Church of Today, the Church of Tomorrow.  Harold Lord, director of the production, has announced the following cast:
                                                Narrator.....................................Henry Hill
                                                Rev. Wm. Stone........................G. Ray Fisher
                                                Israel Smith...............................Wilmot Horton
                                                Ebenezer Church.......................H.H. Bluler
                                               Abel Stockwell...........................Wm. R. Davidson
                                               Wm. Guthrie...............................Frank Doolittle
                                               Samuel Bixby.............................Foster Crosby
                                               John Allison...............................Lloyd Sipple
                                               Reuben Kirby.............................Leon Stewart
                                               Ephraim Bixby..........................Tom Davidson
                                               Rev. Joel Chapin........................Edw. Partridge
                                              Church clerk...............................Steward Cudworth
                                              Charles Newton..........................Stanley Darling
                                              James Graham............................Carlton Wilcox
                                              Rex. Gazley................................Dr. R.A. Johnson
                                              Sally Tinker................................Mrs. Robert Bouck
                                              Sophia Nobles............................Mrs. F. Neidlinger
                                              Mrs. Hamlin...............................Mrs. Claude Butler
                                              Mrs. Thayne...............................Mrs. Arthur Stiles
                                              Mrs. Betts...................................Mary Butler
                                              Mrs. Griswoldl...........................Ruth Bacon
Also in the cast are Billy Shea, Burdette Lee, Jack Hibbard, Burton Knapp, Dorothy Bacon, Nanette Horton, Jean Salzberg, Linda Salzberg, Margaret Cudworth, the Rev. Paul L. Carpenter.
Miss Betty Finch, director of the exhibit to be shown in conjunction with the pageant, will arrange an old fashioned "parlor" furnished with antiques, several of which had a place in the homes of early residents of Bainbridge.  Many people of Bainbridge, too, have generously lent their pictures of the town in its early days.  Of outstanding interest among the historical documents to be displayed are the call issued in 1798 to the Rev. Joel Chapin, second pastor of the church, and his letter of acceptance.  Of more recent origin is a quilt which was presented to the late Mrs. Charles Cady as a farewell gift when she and the Rev. Cady left the pastorate of the church in 1928  The quilt is inscribed with the names of their many friends, not only of the Presbyterian church but of the entire community.
The services thus far have had a large attendance.  The fine spirit of cooperation among the churches of Bainbridge was again demonstrated by the presence of the pastors of all the churches of the village at the Sunday evening buffet supper and candlelight communion service.  On this occasion each pastor extended the greetings of his church.
A significant part of the candlelight service was the procession of the oldest living members of the church:  Mrs. H.H. VanCott, Mrs. Gertrude Hancock, Hudson H. Lyon, Mrs. Amie Thornton, members for more than 50 years, and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Hirt, Mrs. Cora Houck, and Mrs. Austin Finch, members for more than 40 years.  These members greeted the young people received into the church upon this occasion and from their tapers lighted the candles of service of these new members:  Jack and Eyre Hibbard, Burdette Lee, Edwin Smith and William Shea.
On Sunday, too, the congregation had the privilege of hearing once again two former pastors of the church, the Rev. Charles Cady at the morning service and the Rev. Henry D. Smith in the evening.
At the church family dinner on Tuesday evening Francis J. Casey acted as toastmaster.  Dr. Harrison VanCott and Gilbert Lyon of Norwich were the principal speakers of the evening.
It is noteworthy that during the anniversary week special tribute has been paid on many occasions to the young men of the church who are in the armed forces in the service of their country.