Sunday, May 24, 2015

Post Listing, May 18 - 24, 2015

Listing of blog postings for the week of May 18-24, 2015

Posted May 22, 2015
Ione Briggs - Claude B. Dakin (1906)
Edward A  Lally - Hattie E. Wade (1890
Charles P. Weeks - Mable Allen (1888)
Ed. L. Weeks - Ida  M. Combs (1889)
Will Weeks - Jessie E. Schouten (1890)
Mr. & Mrs. John W. Weeks (50th anniversary, 1934)

Posted May 23, 2015
Bertha  M. Bowers - Albert C. White (1906)
Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Gilmore (30th anniversary)
Posted May 18, 2015
John P. Sawyer (Edmeston, 1906)
Lucy C. (Rose) Rexford (Sherburne, 1873)
Adaline Olivia Knapp (Oshkosh, WI, Sherburne, 1873)
Deacon William Neal (North Pitcher, 1873)
Melvin L. Youngs (Milwaukee, WI, 1902)
Hartwell N. Slater (McDonough, Oxford, 1902)
Deacon Henry Nelson Marenes (Norwich, 1903

Posted May 19, 2015
Frank P. Maxson (Norwich, 1906)
Schuyler F. Wade (Missouri, Norwich, 1869)
Harris Wade (Winona, MN, Oxford, 1886)
John Fowler (Coventry, 1886)
Eddy P. Wade (Guilford, 1920)
Louise Parker MIner (Coventry, Athens PA, 1920)
Death Notices - January 1874
     Mary Ann Creighton (Norwich, Philadelphia)
     Orrin E. Wood (Norwich)
     Alzina Phillips (Norwich)
     Angie Swayze (Norwich)
     James Lansing (Greene)
     Abigail Brigham (McDonough)
     Nancy Wade (Coventryville)
     George Kenyon (Bardolph IL, Pitcher)
     J. Greene (Bushnell IL)

Posted May 20, 2015
Mariah L. Elwell (Rogers Hollow, 1906)
Julian Vanderwalker (Bennettsville, 1920)
Lillian Allison (Sherburne, 1949)
Hiram Vanderwalker (Oxford, Bennettsville, 1949)

Posted May 21, 2015
Dorcas (Reynolds) Slocum (Norwich, 1906)
Will Weeks (Bainbridge, 1908)
Henry Hines/Hinds (East Guilford, 1907)  Swept over falls

Posted May 22, 2015
Ezilda M. Warner (Norwich, 1906)
Julia Louisa (Trask) Angell (Sidney, 1912)
Laura E. (Bowen) Shelton (Guilford, Sidney, 1912)
Olive (Vincent) Walling Gere ((Oxford, 1933)
Horace Gere (Preston, Norwich, 1936)
Death Notices - August 1891
     Michael Leo Macksey (Norwich)
     Ann E. Hollis (Norwich)
     Wealthy Phelps Delavan (Guilford)
     Smith M. Brown (Oxford)
     Murray H all (Oxford)
     Cynthia L. Dibble (Greene)
     Nathaniel C. Barstow (Bainbridge)
     Thomas Low (New Berlin)
     William Weeks (Afton)
     Henry C. Barber (Sherburne)
     Elizabeth Dimmick (East Tawas, MI, Plymouth)
     Lucretia Shiffer Johnson (Chicago IL)

Posted May 23, 2015
James D. Thompson (Preston, Norwich, 1906)
Tabatha Lyon (West Bainbridge, 1881)
Libbie (Alcott) Ireland (Norwich, Guilford, 1881)
Lydia (Ives) Hendrick (Guilford, Earlville, 1883)
Ella (Butts) Matterson (Bainbridge, 1898)

Posted May 24, 2015
 Loren Doing (Norwich, 1906)
Frank C. Merchant (Guilford, 1909)
Lucetta Herrick (West Bainbridge, 1910)

Posted May 18, 2015
Biography of Sidney R. Bennett, Bainbridge, NY
Posted May 19, 2015
Biography of Orson L. Thorp, Bainbridge, NY

Posted May 20, 2015
"Fritz" Pertilla, Norwich, NY, 1906
Bainbridge Central High School, Class of 1950, Part 4

Posted May 21, 2015
Fred L. Johnson of Norwich, 1906 -- photo

Posted May 22, 2015
Guy Leach Marsters, VP Norwich Pharmacal Co.

posted May 23, 2015
C.H. Hendricks, Member Canasawacta Baseball Team, 1906

Posted May 24, 2015
Mary Louise Isbell, Norwich Educator, 1868 - 1947

Mary Louise Isbell, Norwich Educator

Mary Louise Isbell
Norwich Educator
1868 - 1947

As district superintendent of school in a district comprising five Chenango County townships, Mary Louise Isbell, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], administered important public responsibilities.  She has devoted her entire career to education and has served in her present position since 1912.
Born in the town of Columbus, Chenango County, Miss Isbell is a daughter of Chanley and Lydia M. (Merrihew) Isbell.  Her father, a farmer, was born in Smyrna, this county, and died in May, 1900.  Her mother was also born in Smyrna and died in 1914.  Miss Isbell is a member of old American families and was admitted to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution through her descent from the Revolutionary soldier, Oliver Hartwell, Sr.
She received her preliminary education in the union schools of Sherburne and Smyrna and was graduated from Fredonia Normal after a four-year course.  Afterward she carried on special work at Syracuse University and Albany Teacher's College.  Meanwhile, her professional career was well under way.  Miss Isbell began teaching in Sherburne and has devoted herself to educational work without interruption since that time.  In 1912 she was chosen district superintendent of school sin the district comprising the towns of Bainbridge, Guilford and Norwich, to which two additional townships, Afton and Coventry, were added in 1936.  She has served continuously as district superintendent since she first assumed the post in 1912, and her successful record reflects her qualifications for her present duties.
Miss Isbell is a member of the National Education Association the New York State Teachers' Association, the New York State Association of District Superintendents, the Central Association of Superintendents, of which she is past president, and the Tri-=County Association of Superintendents, of which she is also past president.  She is a well-known figure in her profession throughout Central New York.
In addition to these connections, Miss Isbell is a member of John Harris Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, at Norwich, where she makes her home and a member of Norwich Baptist Church.

Central New York, An Inland Empire, Vol IV (Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc., New York) p333
Binghamton Press, November 20, 1947
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Miss Mary Isbell, 79, died at her home in Brown Avenue here yesterday.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Breese Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Knight officiating.  Burial will be in the Sherburne Four Corners Cemetery.  Miss Isbell had taught in several of the Chenango County schools during her lifetime.  From 1911 to 1941 she was district superintendent for the Town of Norwich.  She is remembered also for her work in organizing of school and community fairs in the county, the forerunner of the 4-H Club here.  She was a charter member of the 4-H Club executive committees organized in 1920, and from 1920 to 1945 served on the Board of Directors of the Chenango County Farm and Home Bureau and 4-H Club Federation Board of Directors.  Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Frank Keller of Sherburne Four Corners; two nephews, Chanley Wilson of Guilford, and Alton Keller of Norwich, and a niece, Mrs. Helen Manley of Norwich.
Norwich Sun, November 22, 1947
Services for Miss Mary L. Isbell, educator and prominent as a rural youth leader, were held Friday at 2 o'clock at the Breese Funeral Home.  Rev. Harold S. Knight, pastor of the First Baptist church of which Miss Isbell was a member, officiated at the largely attended services.  The services were attended by neighbors and other friends and many with whom Miss Isbell was associated in more than a quarter of a century of 4-H work in Chenango county.  Also attending the rites were delegations from the Norwich Teachers' Association and the district school superintendents of Chenango county.  Bearers included:  J. Frederic Benedict, Donald H. Burr, Harry L. Care, Glenn L. Wallace, L.S. Balcom, all of Norwich, and Albert Foster of Afton.  Burial was made in the family plot in the Sherburne West Hill cemetery with Reverend Knight conducting the prayer and committal.

Obituaries (May 24)

Loren Doing
Utica Saturday Globe, June 16, 1906

Loren Doing

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  After an illness of six months, Loren Doing died at his home on Miller street, from cancer of the stomach on Friday morning of last week.  For 18 years Mr. Doing had been in the employ of the Ontario & Western Railroad as a carpenter.  He was a genial companion and a good workman and his death is mourned by many friends. At the funeral services on Sunday afternoon there was a large attendance, the Car Workers' Union, of which deceased was a member, being present in a body.  There were many beautiful floral pieces, among them a pillow from the car workers, and another pillow, wreaths and bouquets of cut flowers from neighbors and friends, including the class of 1906 in Norwich High School, of which a granddaughter, Miss Alice Hare, is a member.  Deceased was born in the town of Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], September 23, 1836, and was the eldest son of Horace and Sally Blackman Doing.  He was united in marriage, February 24, 1858, to Emily J. Thompson, who survives him with five children, Mrs. Joseph Keithline, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Mrs. Ross Hare, of Binghamton; Mrs. John Dunckel, Mrs. George Hannis and Floyd T. Doing, of this place; also one half-sister, Mrs. Ann Westcott, of Oxford, and one half-brother, George Doing, of Smithville.
Frank C. Merchant
1872 - 1909
The funeral services of Frank C. Merchant, were held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the home of his sister, Miss Sallie A. Merchant, conducted by Rev Wm. B. Rogers, rector of Christ's church.  The interment took place in the family plot, Guilford cemetery [Chenango Co., NY].  The bearers were C.F. Ingersoll, Wm. W. Nash, Purley A. Merchant, and F.L. Mead.  Among the floral tributes were a wreath from the operators and roses and chrysanthemums from the train men of the O.&W. station at Norwich.  Mr. Merchant died in that town, Tuesday evening, at the residence of James Brooks, where he boarded, from heart trouble, following an attack of inflammatory rheumatism.  Mr. Merchant had been supplying a vacancy in the O.&W. station at Norwich and had charge of the Guilford station during the summer.  Although not in vigorous health for some time, his illness was of only a few days' duration.  The services at Norwich were in charge of Rev. H.W. Foreman assisted by Rev. Ira Bingham and the O.&W. trainmen were the bearers.  Mr. Merchant was the grandson of Seth S. Rogers, rector of Christ's church, who died here, in 1837 at the same age, that of 37 years  His parents were Marco and Ellen Rogers Merchant, both of whom have passed away and he is survived only by his sister.  At the age of 16, he acted as teacher in the Guilford Centre school and later finished his study of telegraphy and other lines of railroad work in which he became an expert. He has occupied responsible positions at Norwich, Scranton, Pa., Middletown, New York City and other places.  Nearly two years ago he had a serious illness form rheumatism at New York City from which he never completely recovered, and since his return has acted as relief operator at Norwich and other towns.  He was always faithful and painstaking in the discharge of his duties and his kindly, genial disposition won him many friends, not only in his home town but among his associates everywhere.  [Sunset Hill Cemetery, Guilford, NY]
Lucetta Herrick
1842 - 1910
Miss Lucetta Herrick was born at Union Valley [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] and always lived in the place of her birth.  She died very suddenly of heart failure, Sunday morning, Jan. 9th about 4 o'clock.  She had been about her work as usual the previous day and Saturday evening enjoyed a visit with some neighbors who came in for a friendly call.  She retired apparently feeling as well as usual but before daybreak suddenly received the summons to depart this life.  Sister Herrick was a choice and estimable woman and was loved and respected by all who knew her.  For years she had been an active and useful member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Union Valley and, as such, will be missed and mourned by all.  She was an especial favorite with the children and young people in whom she always took a very great interest.  She was the teacher of the Primary class and took great pleasure in looking after the little ones. While not demonstrative she always stood as a firm, true witness for Christ.  She was happy in her knowledge of the truth for she also did the truth.  She was buried from the family home Wednesday following her death.  Rev. G.E. Van Woert, her pastor, officiating.  She has left us but not to be forgotten.  We call her dead but still she lives. her spirit has returned to "the God who gave it" but the fragrance of her devoted life will long be upon the moral atmosphere we breathe.  Her body rests among kindred and friends awaiting the resurrection of the just.  [Buried West Bainbridge Cemetery]

Saturday, May 23, 2015

C.H. Hendricks, Baseball Player, Sherburne, NY 1906

C.H. Hendricks
Member Canasawacta Baseball Team, Sherburne, NY
C.H. Hendricks

Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY]:  This thriving little town has been stricken with a bad case of baseball fever.  There are from five to eight teams here and when the games are put on, large crowds of enthusiasts are always on hand to cheer their favorites.  We are pleased to present this week a picture of one of the boys who is doing credit to himself and to his team--C.H. Hendricks.  he is no new comer but has played here for three seasons.  He began playing in the Yarn Mill team and this season he has been on the New Canasawacta team.  He is an enthusiast, quick and active and a thorough good fellow. His friends confidently believe that some day he will be a top liner.

Marriages (May 23)

White - Bowers
Utica Saturday Globe, June 9, 1906
Albert C. and Bertha M. (Bowers) White

North Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY]:  A very pretty wedding was celebrated at the home of Mrs. Belle Bowers, on West Main street, this afternoon, when her only daughter, Bertha M., was united in marriage to Albert C. White, of Utica, N.Y. [Oneida Co., NY], at 12 o'clock.  As Miss Carrie Frink played the wedding march the bridal party passed through the double parlor and took their places under the arch in the front parlor, where they were met by Rev. Dr. J.L. Ray, pastor of the First Baptist church, at Norwich.  The ceremony was very impressive.  The bride was gowned in light blue silk trimmed with lace and carried a shower bouquet of lilies of the valley.  Her bridesmaid was Miss Clara M. White, of this place, sister of the groom.  She wore blue with white organdie and carried a shower bouquet of pink carnations.  The groom was attended by Albert Balch, a well  known young business man of Utica, a friend of the groom.  The prevailing color scheme was pink and white. A handsome arch was erected in the parlor, trimmed with flowers and evergreens, with a background of lattice work.  The rooms were decorated with roses, carnations and ferns.  After congratulations had been extended a wedding dinner was served.  During the afternoon delightful music was rendered by several young ladies.  The wedding gifts were both numerous and valuable and by their number and value testified to the esteem in which the young people are held.  Mr. and Mrs. White left this evening for an extended wedding tour, after which they will return to the home in Utica, where Mr. White holds a position as conductor on the U.&M.V. Railway, fast passenger and mail train from Utica to Clinton. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Belle Bowers, of this village, and is a young lady possessed of many charms and accomplishments. She enjoys the friendship of a widow acquaintance both in Utica and in this village. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. White, of this village, and a young man of many good qualities, who has made a wide circle of friends during his stay in Utica.
Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Gilmore
30th Wedding Anniversary
The custom of celebrating the anniversary of wedding days is evidently receiving increased favor from society.  One of these joyous occasions took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gilmore on Monday last, being the 30th anniversary of their marriage.  Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore by their courtesy and great kindness, have won for themselves high esteem in the circle of their acquaintances and this pleasurable opportunity to express that esteem was evidently appreciated by the large company of relatives and friends that met in their home on Monday.  With great enthusiasm congratulations were extended, and the best wishes heartily expressed for their future.  If the years to come shall mature only a portion of the sincere hopes of their friends into happy realities, there is before them an experience so full of gladness as to make the sunset side of their journey together a golden prospect. The feast of good things to which they invited the gathered company, was after their characteristic generosity, the tables being richly furnished with everything to please and satisfy.  After dinner Rev. James Ryder made a brief and suitable address, wishing the honored parties of the occasion much prosperity in time to come, after which prayer was offered, and the favorite hymn sung, "In the sweet by and by."  The day was very stormy, hindering some friends from attending the festivities, but this did not prevent a very happy gathering that will be cherished as another bright spot in the picture of life, the respect and affection of which was a fitting gateway of joy, through which Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore passed on in the further journey of the married life.

Obituaries (May 23)

James D. Thompson
Utica Saturday Globe, June 16, 1906
James D. Thompson

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  James D. Thompson died at his home on Mitchell street Saturday evening.  He had been in failing health for some years.  He had been a resident of Norwich since last September, coming here from Oxford where he had lived for three years.  For a long time previous to that he had resided in Preston.  Deceased was born in Warren county, Pa., March 14, 1836.  In 1869 he married Miss Gertrude Westcott, of Preston, who with five children survives him, four sons, Decatous M., of Oxford; Edwin Devillo, Frank H. and Oliver H., of Norwich, and a daughter, Clara R., of this village.  He was a member of the Sheldon street Free Methodist church.  The funeral services on Tuesday morning at his late residence were conducted by Rev Charles H. Hudson, pastor of the Sheldon Street church, assisted by Rev. I.W. Bingham, of the Calvary Church. The music was by a quartet, Mrs. Allen Ladd, Miss Lillie Waymart, Rev. Mr. Bingham and C. Burdotte Palmer.  Among the floral gifts were palms and roses from the employees of the Norwich Pharmacal Company, roses from the Christian Endeavor Society and Philathea Society of the Calvary Baptist Church, roses and carnations from the Chenango Valley Lodge, No. 48, I.O.G.T., and carnations from the Baraca Society of the Calvary Baptist Church. Devillo E. Thompson, Frank W. Thompson, Decalbus M. Thompson and Arthur M. Clark acted as bearers, the first three being sons of the deceased and the last a nephew by marriage.  The remains were placed in the family plot in the Lewis Cemetery near the former residence of the deceased in Preston [Chenango Co., NY].
Tabatha  (Johnson) Lyon
1850 - 1881
Died, in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], April 3d, Tabatha Lyon, wife of Josiah Lyon, and daughter of Marcus T. Johnson, aged 31 years.  Funeral services at the Baptist church, West Bainbridge, on Tuesday last, Rev. Jas. Ryder officiating, a large number of friends and relatives following the remains to the grave, in West Bainbridge cemetery.  The weather was quite stormy and cold, yet the deceased's strongly implanted affections in the hearts of all who knew her, brought them all out to do honor to her beloved remains.  She leaves a husband and young daughter to mourn her early death.
Libbie (Alcott) Ireland
1842 - 1881
Died in Norwich, March 27th, Libbie, wife of Nelson Ireland, aged 39 years.  Mrs. Ireland was the daughter of Amos Alcott of this town [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY], and was married about a year and a half ago.  Her untimely death falls like a heavy blow upon her aged parents, brothers and sisters who are so suddenly called upon to part with a good daughter and kind sister.  This is the first time death has entered the household and the sympathies of the community are given to the afflicted parents and friends, and to the bereaved husband.  Her remains were brought to this place for interment and were followed to the cemetery by many friends and acquaintances.  [Note:  Buried Sunset Hill Cemetery, Guilford, NY]
Lydia (Ives) Hendrick
1808 - 1883
Mrs. Lydia Hendrick died at the home of her daughter in Canandaigua, Feb. 9, 1883, of pneumonia, after a short illness of two weeks.  She was born in Guilford, Chenango Co., N.Y., in 1808.  Her maiden name was Lydia Ives.  In 1828 she was married with Jesse Henderick, who died in 1856, since which time to her death she walked alone life's pathway.  Sister Hendrick for many years was a devoted follower of Jesus and faithful member of the Methodist K Church.  She prized the public services and social meetings, though feeble in body she did not excuse herself; she went until she could go no more for God took her.  Her trials, afflictions and financial changes were severe, but in them all she taught the lesson of submission to God's will.  In her brief sickness she was peaceful, rather anxious to go--when going in sweet consciousness with eyes and hands directed heavenward, she said:  "Dear Jesus, come quickly."  She followed her daughter, Mrs. Higgins, to heaven in less than six months.  Of the children, a son and daughter are left.  Her body was taken to Earlville [Madison Co., NY] to rest by the side of that of her husband.

Ella M. (Butts) Matterson
1857 - 1898
Death seldom comes and impresses a community with greater sadness, than the sorrowful circumstances of last Saturday, when one of the esteemed and prominent women of this village was removed from our midst after a brief illness from measles, a prevailing epidemic in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  Mrs. Ella M. Matterson, wife of District Attorney W.B. Matterson, died Saturday morning, at 10:30 o'clock.  Her death not only left a grief stricken home but caused a feeling of profound sorrow throughout all the circles of her extensive acquaintance.  Mrs. Matterson was always the same right, happy, cheerful woman, and during her years in Bainbridge made everyone her friend; and the sudden termination of her life is all the more pathetic, that she had just carried her little boy Warren, through an attack of the same disease, when she was stricken down and the best of medical attention proved unavailing.  Mrs. Matterson was the daughter of Mr. Rodolphus J. Butts, a resident of South New Berlin. She was born June 10th, 1858, and at the age of twenty-six was married to W.B. Matterson, then a lawyer in New Berlin.  In March 1886, they came to Bainbridge to reside where Mr. Matterson continued the practice of law, and the wife's adaptability to domestic relations, her exemplary womanhood and sustaining companionship, have been strong aids to the husband's advancement and the influential position he now holds in the county  After years of united struggles which had brought successes, and when life seemed most golden hued, and the future freighted with joyous hopes, the beloved wife and devoted mother has succumbed to mortality, and the beautiful home, so recently built and which her presence filled with sunshine, has been shrouded in gloom.  Mrs. Matterson was well known and universally respected and liked for her many womanly virtues.  Her family and intimate friends are not alone in extolling her friendliness of disposition, and cordiality of manner.  She was prominent socially and an active leader in all the work of the Presbyterian church of which she was a member.  She was responsive to every call of a charitable nature.  A truly good woman has passed, from earth to a higher sphere, and of whom it can be said, the world is better that she had lived.  Besides her husband, and a son, Warren, aged seven years, she leaves a father aged seventy years and one brother William Butts, both residing in South New Berlin.  The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the house.  They were carried out in accordance with the wish of the deceased and were simple but sweet and impressive.  A large number of friends of the family assembled to pay their respects.  There were many flowers in beautiful and rich designs representing the affection and regard that all felt.  The manifestations of great sympathy were marked.  The services were conducted by Rev A. Spaulding, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, which consisted of scripture reading, prayer and a few appropriate and eulogistic remarks.  Music of a beautiful character was given by a quartette, consisting of Mrs. Will Evans, Mrs. C.C. Hovey, Loren Willett and George A. Ives.  Two hymns were sung which were "Abide With Me," "Come Ye Disconsolate," and an anthem.  After the services at the house the interment took place in Green Lawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, NY]. The pall bearers were A.D. Payne, C. Toby, Frank Payne, George Wilcox, H.H. VanCott and George Ives.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Guy Leach Marsters, Norwich, NY

Guy Leach Marsters
VP Norwich Pharmacal Company

Guy Leach Marsters
 1888 - 1955

During his long service with the Norwich Pharmacal Company, Guy Leach Marsters has risen from office boy to the position of vice-president of his company.  He is one of the business leaders of the community and has been active in its civic life.
Mr. Marsters was born in Sherburne, Chenango County, on March 10, 1888, son of Leon S. and Mabel P. (Leach) Marsters.  His father, who was also born in Sherburne and died in 1928, was a painter.  His mother was born in North Norwich and died in 1929.
Guy Leach Marsters was educated in the public schools of Norwich.  He entered the employ of the Norwich Pharmacal Company in 1904, as office boy.  Later he was transferred to the accounting department and still later was appointed purchasing agent, in which capacity he served for many years.  In 1916 he was elected a director of the company.  In 1934 he assumed his present office as vice-president and has since devoted himself to the executive duties of his position in connection with the management of the company.
Mr. Marsters is an active Republican and for twelve years was a member of the Norwich City Council, and president of that body for several years.  He is well known in other phases of the city's life and is a member of a number of local organizations, including the Norwich City Club, the Canasawacta Country Club; Norwich Lodge No. 1222, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Norwich lodge, No. 302, Free and Accepted Masons, and the various higher York Rite bodies of this order, including the Royal Arch Chapter, and the Knights Templar.  He is also affiliated with Kalurah temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the mystic Shrine in Binghamton.  An Episcopalian, Mr. Marsters serves as vestryman of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.  His hobbies are fishing and amateur photography.
On May 8, 1920, Guy Leach Marsters married Annabella Ovlier, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, daughter of James Oliver.  They are the parents of two children:  Guy Leach, Jr., born on March 20, 1921, a student at Harvard College and James C., born on April 7, 1924, now attending the Wright School in New York City.
Central New York, An Inland Empire, Vol IV (Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc., New York) p309
Binghamton Press,  May 6, 1955
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Guy L. Marsters, 67, retired Norwich Pharmacal Co. vice-president, died yesterday at Pasadena, Cal., following a long illness.  Mr. Marsters, who resided at 133 North Broad Street, Norwich, and New York City, retired Dec. 31, 1948, after serving 44 years with the company, starting as office boy in 1904.  He was a native of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], and was educated in the Norwich schools.  Mr. Marsters served on the Norwich City Council for 12 years, for several years as council president.  He was a member of the Norwich Club, of the Norwich lodge 1222, BPOE; the Norwich lodge 302, F&AM, and of Kalurah Temple, Binghamton.  Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Annabelle Oliver Marsters; two sons, Guy  L. Marsters, Jr., of Norwich and Dr. James C. Marsters of Pasadena; two brothers,  Fitch B. Marsters of Norwich, and Robert Marsters of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Marcia Cope of Cleveland, Ohio, and several cousins.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church here, the Rev. Lloyd S. Charters, rector, will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].l

Marriages (May 21)

Dakin - Briggs
Utica Saturday Globe,  June 23, 1906
Claude B. and Ione (Briggs) Dakin

A quiet and pretty wedding occurred Tuesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Warren D. Briggs in Columbus [Chenango Co., NY], when their only daughter, Ione Briggs, was united in marriage to Claude B. Dakin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Dakin. of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY].  Both young people are well known in New Berlin and Norwich and have the best wishes of a large circle of friends.  Mr. Dakin is a graduate of Brown University and for several years has held a responsible and lucrative position with the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Company at Syracuse.  After a short wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Dakin will reside in New Berlin.

Lally - Wade
Chenaugo Union, July 3, 1890
At the residence of the bride's father, in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], on the afternoon of the 25th ult., Mr. Edward A. Lally was united in marriage to Miss Hattie E. Wade, the only and accomplished daughter of Chauncey Wade, one of Guilford's most respected citizens.  The event was befittingly quiet and unostentatious, and the ceremony was performed by the Rev. J.H. Lynch, amid tasteful floral decorations.  After a sumptuous collation, and as the sun was casting its pleasant, quiet rays from the west, the bridal party were driven to the Guilford station, where amid a perfect shower of rice, they embarked on the 7:30 train for New York.  Mr. Lally is one of Guilford's most enterprising business young men, and it is the wish of his many friends that the voyage of life that he and his bride have entered upon may be as prosperous and serene as that joyous afternoon of their departure.
Weeks - Allen
Afton Enterprise, September 20, 1888
Mr. Charles P. Weeks, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] and Miss Mable Allen, of Harpursville [Broome Co., NY], were united in marriage at the Baptist parsonage, by Rev. H .C. Leach, Tuesday, Sept. 18th.  The happy couple left on No. 1 the same day for Dundee and other points of interest.  The Enterprise extends congratulations.
Weeks - Combs
Afton Enterprise, September 12, 1889
Mr. Ed. L. Weeks and Miss Ida M. Combs, of this place, were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, Tuesday of this week, the Rev. H.C. Leach performing the ceremony.  Mr. Weeks is one of our finest young men and is to be congratulated upon his selection of a companion for life. The Enterprise joins with hosts of others in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Weeks a long life of happiness.
Weeks - Schouten
Afton Enterprise, October 2, 1890
Will Weeks of Lestershire [Broome Co., NY], and Jessie E. Schouten, of Harpursville [Broome Co., NY] were united in marriage Sept. 25, 1890 by Rev. L.L. Rury.  We extend out congratulations.

Mr. & Mrs. John W. Weeks
Afton Enterprise, October 11, 1934
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Weeks were given a surprise party recently in honor of their Golden Wedding at their home on Maple Street in Harpursville [Broome Co., NY].  The anniversary date was Friday, October 5th.  About seventy neighbors and friends were present.  A program was presented including the singing of the old familiar hymns, Scripture reading by Rev. Loren C. Hawver, prayer by Mr. Galen Lull, and poems by Edgar Guest, "Home, Ma and the Auto", "The Path That Leads to Home", and "Old Friends" were read by Rev. Hawver.  A poem, "The Golden Wedding", was read by Mrs. Hawver.  Mrs. William Warren presented Mr. and Mrs. weeks with a basket of yellow chrysanthemums, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hyer, also a beautiful all-wool yellow Kenwopod blanket in a cedar box, the gift of friends and neighbors.  Mr. Weeks graciously responded with very fitting words, giving a reminiscence of the past fifty years, telling how before their marriage they started their Christian life together in services that were held in Center Village. Speaking of the wedding day, he said, "On the 5th day of October, 1884, which was Sunday, accompanied by two friends, we drove a horse to  Nineveh where we were united in marriage by the Rev. Ogden, then pastor of the Nineveh Presbyterian Church."  Mr. and Mrs. Weeks remained in Center Village for twenty-six years.  Mr. Weeks working in the general store, beginning at a salary of $10 a month.  This was increased to $30 a month.  Here they built and furnished their first home, paying as they were able, for the installment plan was not known at that time.  They taking the much-used and worn Bible from the table, he said, "My young friends, let this Book be your guide through life.  It will strengthen you through the dark vallies of sorrows and lead you to that home where we shall meet our loved ones and Him who has been our strength through all these years."  Refreshments consisting of ice cream and cake, were served.  Mrs. Byron Hickox prepared a three-tier wedding cake which was beautifully decorated with yellow and white flowers, a miniature bride and groom and wedding bell, also the names of Mr. and Mrs. Weeks and the words, "Fiftieth Anniversary."

Afton Enterprise, October 25, 1934
Harpursville:  We wish to express our thanks, which is more than words can tell, to all of our friends and neighbors who came to our home so suddenly on the eve of October 4th last to assist us in celebrating our fiftieth anniversary of our marriage.  For the lovely presents so unexpectedly received, for the beautiful flowers and for the cards of congratulations.  May our kind Heavenly Father who has kept us all these years, keep you and attend you with his richest blessings.---Mr. and Mrs. John W. Weeks.

Obituaries (May 22)

Ezilda M. Warner
Utica Saturday Globe, June 16, 1906
Mrs. Ezilda M. Warner

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Ezilda M. Warner, widow of W.D. Warner, died at her residence at the corner of Cortland and Guernsey streets, on Wednesday evening of last week, at the age of 59 years.  Mrs. Warner was born in Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY] April 5, 1847.  For 12 years she had made her home in Norwich and had become a highly-respected resident, being an earnest member of the Broad Street M.E. Church.  For two years she had been a sufferer from Bright's disease, and for the last few months had been failing gradually.  Two sons, Ongin S. Warner, of Sherburne Four Corners, and Victor L. Warner, of this place, survive her.  Mr. Warner died six years ago.  At the funeral services at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning, at her late residence, Rev. Wilson Treible officiated, assisted by Rev. George Cure.  There was a large gathering of friends, the W.C. T.U. and Home Missionary Society, of which she was a member, attending in a body.  A ladies' quartet sang three selections, singing while the casket was being carried out by the two sons and four nephews.  Asleep in Jesus.  The many beautiful flowers sent spoke in language stronger than words of how she was regarded.  Interment was made in the Stover Cemetery at Smyrna.
Julia Louisa (Trask) Angell
A complication of diseases following a general break down due to advancing years, caused the death on Monday, November 18, at 9:30 a.m. of Mrs. Julia L. Angell of this village.  Mrs. Angell was 79 years of age, having passed her birthday just one week before her death.  While her health for the past two years had not been of the best, she was able to be about until about eleven weeks ago, when as a result of a hard cold she was threatened with pneumonia.  From that time on she steadily grew worse, being confined to her bed most of the time.  Her condition was recognized as incurable, and for the past ten days her death has been almost hourly expected. She suffered severe relapse Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, became unconscious Sunday afternoon, and died Monday morning.  She is survived only by her son, O.T. Angell, and by three grandchildren.  The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, at the Methodist church, in charge of Rev. J.H. Littell, of Scranton, Pa., and Rev. D.L. MacDonald, pastor of the local church.  A large gathering at the church and many beautiful floral offerings were evidence of the many friends she made throughout her long life.  The sermon, by Rev. Littell, was a fitting tribute to the beauty of her church and family life, and to its values is an example to others. The burial was in the family lot in Prospect Hill cemetery [Sidney, Delaware Co., NY].  Julia Louisa Trask, the younger of two daughters of Samuel I. and Lucretia Rose Trask, was born November 10, 1833, at Oxford, Chenango county, N.Y.  She was married at the age of 21 years to George W. Angell at Exeter Center, N.Y., Nov. 9, 1854.  They moved the following spring to a farm near Guilford Center where they lived continuously for 35 years.  In March, 1889., they moved to Sidney and made their residence together here at the home of their son until the death of the husband and father, Oct. 12, 1896.  Mrs. Angell continued to make her home with her son until her death.  Her early life at Schuyler's Lake was that of the pioneers, her immediate ancestors having been among the first settlers there.  She attended the Charlottesville Seminary in 1851, and even at that early age she took an active interest in the work of the Methodist church, of which she was a life long member.  Her letters from Charlottesville were indicative of the Christian spirit, which characterized her entire life.  She always took the deepest interest in both the church and the Sunday school, was one of the most faithful of the members of the local church, taught a Sunday school class almost continuously for 50 years, including all the years she resided in Sidney, and was active in departmental church work of all kinds.
Laura E. (Bowen) Shelton
On Monday afternoon, November 18, at 3 o'clock, at her home on Avery street, occurred the death of Mrs. Andrew Shelton, the beloved wife of Andrew Shelton, aged 60 years, 10 months and 12 days.  Mrs. Shelton has been ill the past two years and for the past nine weeks has been under the care of a trained nurse.  In February last, she underwent a surgical operation and for a time showed some improvement, but for several months has been gradually failing until the end came Monday to relieve her of all earthly cares and suffering.  Mrs. Shelton was a native of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] and her maiden name was Laura E. Bowen, she being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Seth Bowen of that place.  Her marriage to Mr. Shelton occurred at Guilford 35 years ago last December.  She has been a resident of Sidney about 13 years, moving here from Guilford, and has many warm friends who will long cherish her memory for the many kind deeds she has done and the many kind words she has spoken and their deepest sympathy is extended to the loving husband who during the many months of trial has borne his trouble with a Christian fortitude.  Besides her husband she is survived in her immediate family by one brother, Theodore Bowen of Herkimer.  The funeral was held form the house today at 12:45 p.m., Rev. D.L. MacDonald of the M.E. Church, of which she was a regular and conscientious member officiating.  [Buried Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney, Delaware Co., NY]
Olive (Vincent) Walling Gere
Oxford Review Times, February 9, 1933
Olive Walling Gere, aged 48 years, died at her home on the Norwich road February 5, after a long illness.  The funeral was held Tuesday from Seymour's funeral parlors with the Rev. William Rice of Norwich officiating.  Burial was made in Riverview cemetery [Oxford, Chenango Co., NY].  Mrs. Gere was born September 11, 1884 at Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  the daughter of Levi and Lillian Arnold Vincent.  She had spent 26 years of her life in this township.  Surviving is her husband, Horace Gere, four children by a former marriage, Fred Walling of Binghamton, Mrs. Olive Krouse, Joe and Levi Walling of Oxford, and two children by her last marriage, Elmer and Jesse Gere, of Oxford.
Horace Gere
Norwich Sun, June 29, 1936
Funeral services for Horace Gere, 70, whose death occurred Friday at the welfare home in Preston, were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the George J. Devine funeral home.  Burial was in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Rev. Robert Webster of Preston officiating.  Mr. Gere is survived by two sons, Elmer Gere of Oxford and Jesse Gere of Rome, also one sister, Mrs. Delia Wilcox of Stillwater.
Death Notices
Chenango Union, August 20, 1891
MACKSEY:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] August 15, 1891, Michael Leo, son of Thomas K. and Kate Macksey, aged 1 year.
HOLLIS:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY]:  August 18, 1891, Mrs. Ann E. Hollis, aged 60 years.
DELAVAN: Entered into rest, at Guilford, N.Y. [Chenango Co.] Sunday, August 16, 1891, Miss Wealthy Phelps Delavan.
BROWN:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], August 15, 1891, Mr. Smith M. Brown, aged 68 years.
HALL:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], August 16, 1891, Mr. Murray Hall, aged 72 years.
DIBBLE:  In Greene [Chenango Co., NY], August 15, 1891, Mrs. Cynthia L. Dibble, aged 78 years.
BARSTOW:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], August 7, 1891, Mr. Nathaniel C. Barstow, aged 67 years.
LOW:  In New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], August 11, 1891, Mr. Thomas Low, aged 70 years.
WEEKS:  In Afton [Chenango Co., NY], August 7, 1891, Mrs. William Weeks, aged 63 years.
BARBER:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], August 16, 1891, Mr. Henry C. Barber, aged 52 years.
DIMMICK:  In East Tawas, Mich., August 16, 1891, Elizabeth, widow of the late Joseph Dimmick, formerly of Plymouth, N.Y. [Chenango Co.]
JOHNSON:  In Chicago, Ill., August     8, 1891, Mrs. Lucretia Shiffer Johnson, aged 78 years.  Deceased was a sister of the late Mrs. J.D. McFarland, of Norwich.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fred L. Johnson of Norwich, 1906

Fred L. Johnson
Utica Saturday Globe, June 23, 1906
Fred L. Johnson

The Globe presents herewith the picture of Fred L. Johnson, a well-known and popular young resident of Norwich [Chenango Co.., NY].  Mr. Johnson was born in Norwich 33 years ago and has always resided there.  He is the possessor of a fine voice and is prominent in musical circles in his native town.  Mr. Johnson is junior member of the firm that conducts the Star clothing house.  His many Norwich friends will be pleased to see his picture in the Globe.

Obituaries (May 21)

Dorcas (Reynolds) Slocum
Utica Saturday Globe, June 2, 1906

Dorcas (Reynolds) Slocum

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Dorcas Slocum, wife of John L. Slocum, died at the family home on East Main street at an early hour on Sunday morning last.  Some three years ago Mrs. Slocum's health began to fail.  Two years ago last August she suffered a fall, breaking her hip.  Since that accident she had suffered much from the injury, together with tuberculosis and throat trouble.  For 10 weeks prior to her death she had been confined to her bed.  Deceased was 74 years of age and was born in New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], the daughter of Abel and Hannah Reynolds.  Her marriage to Mr. Slocum occurred February 27, 1858, and 36 years ago they came to Norwich, Mr. Slocum engaging in the livery business here ever since that time.  Respected and loved by all who knew her Mrs. Slocum made her home and family her first thought.  For 40 years she had been a member of the Episcopal Church.  She is survived by her husband and an adopted daughter, Nettie L. Slocum, who has been in constant and faithful attendance at her bedside during the long illness.  She is survived also by two brothers:  Nicholas Reynolds, of Williamsport, Pa., and Willett Reynolds, of Ithaca, Mich.; two nieces, Mrs. Charles Latham, of Rockwell's Mills, and Mrs. Edwin Cole, of Mt. Upton; and three nephews, Lewis Tuttle, of Sidney, Merton Reynolds, of Syracuse, and Everett Reynolds, of Buffalo.  Funeral services were held from Emmanuel Church Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Rev. Dr. Benton officiated. The pall bearers were Marvin Tanner, Russell Young, Norman Carr and John Gridley.  The singing was by a quartet, Edward L. Nash, Ivon Blackman, Mrs. Frink and Mrs. Roper.  There were many handsome floral pieces.  Interment was made at Mount Hope [Norwich, NY]. 
Will Weeks
Bainbridge Republican, February 20, 1908
Will Weeks, who lived in the lower part of the village, died Tuesday at the home of his half sister, Mrs. James Cook, who lives between Afton and Nineveh.  His age was about 50 years.  His burial takes place this (Thursday) afternoon in St. Peter's churchyard [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Weeks is survived by his wife, Emily Combs Weeks, and a son, Jesse Weeks, a student in law at Albany.

Henry Hines/Hinds
News has just been received here of a tragic accident which occurred at East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], a hamlet some distance in the country, late Saturday afternoon.  Henry Hines and his little son were crossing the fields when they came to a creek swollen by the spring rains.  The only way to cross was by a narrow plank.  Hines told the lad to wait until he had crossed and then to follow.  When about midway across the creek,  he lost his balance and fell into the creek.  the banks were high and before he could save himself, the rapidly flowing creek had carried him over a twenty foot fall which was only four rods distant and then over another equally high, a little way farther down the creek.  At the second fall, the creek bed is lined with large jagged rocks, and here Hines lost his life.  Seeing his father fall into the creek, the young lad who had accompanied him, ran to a neighbor's house for aid, and within a few minutes after the accident had occurred, Thomas Bush, a neighbor had recovered the mangled body of Hines from the creek bed.  Hines was about 59 years old and leaves a wife and four children in destitute circumstances.  The funeral is being held at East Guilford this afternoon.
Sidney Record, March 30, 1907
Last Saturday, of the 23rd inst., at about 5 o'clock, a tragedy of peculiar and unusual features, occurred at East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], a village situate about two miles north of Sidney, plunging Henry Hinds, aged about 50 years, to a swift and tragic death.
Hinds was a man of all work and last winter took up his residence at East Guilford in a house owned by Wm. Tarbell, adjoining the Wm. Seeley property.  He leaves a wife and four small children.
On Saturday afternoon he drove to Sidney with his wife and two small girls, and at about 4 o'clock returned to East Guilford, stopping at Harvey Newton's store to pay a bill.  Shortly after his arrival home, he put out the horses and went down to the creek in the rear of the house, situate in a ravine in the rear of the property. Across this creek, now at floodtide, and at a point near the Tarbell quarry stretches a narrow plank walk.  Hines attempted to cross this plank and fell into the swift current.  Unable to gain his feet, he was swept over the first fall, which consists of a ledge or rocks. Then he was carried to the mill dam from which he was dashed upon the rocks below and carried by the powerful current to the rear of the Rufus Newton property, where the body was recovered by Thomas Bush.
When drawn out of the water, poor Hinds was already dead.  A large gash on top of the unfortunate man's head, caused by a plunge upon the rocks, must have brought instant death.  The remains were conveyed to Sidney and placed in R.E. Carr's morgue and properly cared for.  Dr. Johnson, of Oxford, arrived in Sidney on Saturday night and viewed the remains, and a certificate of death was issued in accordance with the above facts. The overseer of the poor in Guilford, David Bradley, was notified but declined to take action in the case, on the ground that decedent during the past year, had resided in the towns of Bainbridge, Unadilla, as well as Guilford.
Hinds' body was seen going over the dam and falls at the East Guilford Mill by Thomas Bush and young Baldwin, which accounts for the quick recovery of the body.
Geo. Ireland, the Bainbridge overseer of the poor, declined to act in the case, and the bill will be sent to the Superintendent of the Poor of Chenango County.  Hinds' real name was Frederick B. Walling.  He changed it to that of  Henry Hinds about twelve years ago while in Pennsylvania.  The interment was held last Tuesday afternoon at East Guilford.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BHS Class of 1950 - Part 4

Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1950
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1950
Thomas Monroe -- "Tome"
Tom is our loyal business man
Helping us all whenever he can.
Hopes never to be a ditch digger
Can you imagine his being a college prof.
Will miss most:  Basketball
Ambition:  To pass English regents

Stanley Mulwane -- "Stan"
Stan seems to be our quiet one,
But always likes to be in the fun.
Hopes never to be a news reporter
Can you imagine  him a good athlete
Will miss most:  Baseball
Ambition:  Sports announcer

Alice Scheidegger - "Lisa"
She's loyal and quiet, faithful and true,
Count on her to see a thing through.
Voted Most Courteous
Hopes never to wash dishes for a living
Can you imagine her the second Marie Wilson
Will miss most:  Struggling in English Class
Ambition:  To be a good citizen

Ludwig Schoen - "Lud"
Lud with his wit, and physique so dark and tall,
Will certainly long be remembered by all.
Hopes never to be a mountain climber
Can you imagine him as "Lucky Teter" the second
Will miss most:  Miss Smith and Mr. Blythe
Ambition:  Be a great mathematician

Gladys Shelton - "Gladie"
In her manner, dress and style, Gladys is very cute,
But when it comes class time she doesn't give a hoot.
Voted Best Athlete
Hopes never to be an old maid.
Can you imagine her with red hair
Will miss most:  Sports and Pat Babcock
Ambition:  To be an actress

Iona Sherman -- "Nonnie"
Although she does live far away,
When the gang's together she's not astray.
Hopes never to be a factory worker
Can you imagine her without "Bernie"
Will miss most"  The "kids"
Ambition:  To be a good bookkeeper

Obituaries (May 20)

Mariah L. Elwell
Utica Saturday Globe, June 23, 1906

Mariah L. Elwell

The funeral of Mrs. Mariah L. Elwell, whose death occurred recently at Rogers Hollow[Otsego Co., NY], was held Sunday from the Friends Church at that place, and was largely attended.  The services were conducted by Rev. E.R.D. Briggs, assisted by William Wood, a theological student.  Burial was made at East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], her former home.  Mrs. Elwell was 73 years of age and had resided with her daughter, Mrs. Erwin Spencer, for the past eight years.  She was born in Morris [Otsego Co., NY], was the widow of a veteran and an esteemed Christian woman, for the past six years a member of the Friends' Church. She had been ill from diabetes for a year, but the direct cause of her sudden death was paralysis. Besides the daughter mentioned she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Cora Kilmer, of Norwich.
Julian Vanderwalker
Afton Enterprise, Feb. 26, 1920
Julian Vanderwalker died at the home of his brother-in-law William Sherman at Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY] Sunday, Feb. 22, 1920 from influenza, age 28 years.  The funeral was held at the undertaking rooms of Hastings & Cowell Tuesday at 10 o'clock.  Rev. C.B. Allinatt officiating and body was placed in the vault at Greenlawn cemetery, to await interment at Bennettsville in the spring.  Mr Vanderwaker served over the sea with company B, 18 Machine Gun B.M. of the 6th Division and was in the trenches several weeks.  He returned home on June 28, 1919.  He is survived by his wife Mrs. Myrtle Sherman Vanderwalker whom he married October 18, 1919, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George Vanderwalker, his five sisters Mrs. Frank Hogoboom, Guilford; Mrs. Harold Seeley, Oneonta; Mrs. Chas. Siles and Mrs. John Hollenbeck, Bennettsville and his three brothers, Harry of Endicott, Paul of Oneonta and Francis who is living at home.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community.
Lillian Allison
Evening Sun, Norwich, NY, Nov. 29, 1949
Skinner Hill:  Mrs. Lillian Guthoff Allison died at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon after an illness of several weeks.  She was born in Brooklyn May 1, 1896, the daughter of Emile and Annie Guthoff.  She was married to Charles Allison, March 29, 1920 in Brooklyn and they moved to Skinner Hill section of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY] about 17 years ago where they have made their home since.  Besides her husband Mrs. Allison is survived by two children, Mrs. Charles Price and Louis L. Allison; three grandchildren, Gloria, Steven and Sally Price, all of Sherburne; four brothers, Louis Guthoff of Norwich and Julius, Benjamin and Sidney Guthoff of Brooklyn and one sister, Mrs. Sophie Harris of Brooklyn.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Benedict Funeral Home in Sherburne, Rev. Thomas G. Swales, pastor of the Broad Street Methodist church of Norwich officiating.  Burial will be in the Sherburne Quarter cemetery. 
Hiram Vanderwalker
Evening Sun, Norwich, NY November 29, 1949
Hiram Vanderwalker, 78, of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] passed away at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Monday night following a brief illness.  Mr. Vanderwalker, a retired farm laborer, was born in Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY], July 10, 1871.  He is survived by two daughters Mrs. Angelo Cevasco of Norwich and Mrs. Edward Maltzan of Sherburne; the following grandchildren, Robert, David and Carolyn Cevasco, Norwich; Julia, Maltzan, Sherburne, Richard and Douglas Gould, Binghamton, Harry Ray, Syracuse and Malcolm Ray, Endicott; four sisters, Mrs. Estella Ray, Bainbridge; Mrs. Ada Wayman, Unadilla; Mrs. Eva Croft Windsor; Mrs. Pauline Ray, California; several nieces and nephews.  The body was removed to the George J. Devine Funeral Home from where funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10.  Burial will be in the Bennettsville cemetery.

"Fritz" Pertilla - 1906

Charles Frederic Carlysle Pertilla
Utica Saturday Globe, June 30, 1906

Charles Frederic Carlysle Pertilla

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The accompanying picture shows the familiar face of Charles Frederic Carlysle Pertilla.  It takes too long to say all that name, and so for short his more intimate friends call him "Fritz"  Mr. Pertilla was born in Norwich 21 years ago, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam H. Pertilla, Jr. who reside at 30 Mechanic street.  "Fritz" left Norwich several years ago and struck out for himself, with the result that he has been employed as waiter at the Butterfield House, in Utica, the Yates, in Syracuse and the Palace CafĂ©, in Boston.  Subsequently he served as head waiter on the Twentieth Century Limited, in the magnificent train service afforded by the New York Central lines, and recently he has been promoted to have full charge of a parlor car in the equipment of the Empire State Express, running between Buffalo and New York. Here's for still better success "Fritz!"

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Orson L. Thorp - Bainbridge Mayor, 1941

Orson L. Thorp

Orson L. Thorp, now serving his second consecutive four-year term as mayor of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and partner in the woodworking and cabinetmaking firm of Thorp & Hayes, has been one of the most active leaders in the social, civic and business life of this community throughout his career. 
Mr. Thorp was born at Sidney Center, Delaware County, June 3, 1898, the son of Zephniah and Mary (Hine) Thorp.  His father, also a native of Sidney Center, was born in 1871 and died in October, 1938.  His mother passed away in 1901.  Mr. Thorp received a general education in the public schools of Sidney and Bainbridge.  After completing his studies he began his career as an apprentice in the woodworking trade which he followed for three years.  He then established himself in a garage business in Bainbridge which he conducted for fifteen years.  In the meantime he had resumed his interest in general woodwork and cabinetmaking as a hobby and eventually determined to reestablish himself in this field.  Thus, in 1935, he formed the firm of Thorp & Hayes which has been devoted to the manufacture of doors, window sash and truck bodies and is one of the most successful establishments of its type in this section.
Outside of business his principal interest has been in politics.  For a number of years he has been one of the influential leaders of the local Republican organization which has nominated him and renominated him for the office of mayor, a post he has occupied with ability and distinction.  He is an ardent sportsman and finds his principal diversions in fishing and hunting, pastimes which he indulges during his leisure.
In 1920 Mr. Thorp married (first) Alta S. Shelton, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Ives) Shelton, of Sidney, who died November 4, 1934.  He married (second) in July 1936, Blanche Throop, of Bainbridge, daughter of Miner and Lottie (Moate) Throop.
Central New York, An Inland Empire, Vol IV (Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc., New York) p247.
 Family News Clippings
Mrs. Alta (Shelton) Thorp of Bainbridge, passed away at the hospital in that village Monday evening of complications following a major operation the week before.  Mrs. Thorp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Shelton, was born Sept. 11, 1897, in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].  She attended the Sidney High School and was for a number of years employed at the Sidney Department store in this village.  July 26, 1920, she was married to Orson Thorp and went to live in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], where her husband was interested in the garage business.  She is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. Shelton, and a sister, Mrs. V.N. Killen of Philadelphia.  Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Colwell chapel in Bainbridge, with the Rev. G.H. Orvis, pastor of the Bainbridge Presbyterian church, officiating, and interment was in the Greenlawn cemetery [Bainbridge, NY].  [Sidney Enterprise, November 8, 1934]
Septic poison, that set in from gangrene of the left leg, caused the death of Zepahiah Thorp, 48 Pearl street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], last Friday afternoon.  Thorp had given up his barber practice last September and had been under doctor's care since July.  Thorp was a resident of Bainbridge for the past 35 years and was in the barber shop business for 30 years.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minnie Thorp, and by a son, Orson.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, Aug. 25, 1938]

Thorpe-Throop:  A very quiet wedding was solemnized Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock at the Baptist parsonage when Miss Blanche Throop, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Miner Throop, became the bride of Orson Thorpe.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. M. DeForest Lowen and the attendants were the bride's parents and Mrs. M. D. Lowen.  The bride was attractively attired in light green chiffon with a wreath of rosebuds and ferns for her hair, also a corsage of matching flowers.  She also wore white glove and shoes.  Mrs. Thorpe was graduated from the  Bainbridge High School in 1927 [..torn...] for six months, entered the Cortland County Hospital School of Nursing, from which she later was graduated.  Since that time, she has been employed at the Niagara Falls Hospital and for the past year has been a nurse in the office of Dr. Edward Danforth, of this village.  Mr. Thorpe is Bainbridge's popular young mayor and for many years has been connected with the garage business in this village.  Mr. and Mrs. Thorp left Wednesday morning by automobile for a week's fishing trip in Maine.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 9, 1936]
Orson L. (Jim) Thorp, 63, of 50 Pearl Street, Bainbridge died Friday January 27, 1961 at his home.  He is survived by his wife Mrs. Blanche (Throop) Thorp, Bainbridge, several nieces and nephews.  Mr. Thorp was former mayor of Bainbridge and was a member of the Village Board for many years.  The body was removed to the Harold Sherman Funeral Home, 56 W. Main Street, Bainbridge where the funeral and committal services were held Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. Andrus B. Smith, of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bainbridge, officiated. Burial will be later in Green Lawn Cemetery, Bainbridge.  [Sidney Record & Bainbridge News, February 2, 1961]

Obituaries (May 19)

Frank P. Maxson
Utica Saturday Globe, June 30, 1906

Frank P. Maxson
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Frank P. Maxson, a well-known resident of this village, died suddenly at his home on Fair street Thursday about noon.  He had not been feeling well for several days but his illness was not considered serious until a few minutes before his death.  Mr. Maxson was born in Preston [Chenango Co., NY], September 21, 1838, and resided in that town all his life until coming to Norwich.  He was a successful farmer and about 10 years ago retired and moved to this village.  He was a kind husband, an obliging neighbor and a good friend and was respected by all who knew him.  In 1866 he married Miss Jane A. Hall, of Preston, who survives.  He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. R.E. Brand and Mrs. E.S.Brand, of Leonardsville, and Mrs. H.J. Crandall, of DeRuyter.  His funeral will be held from his late home on Fair street Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Schuyler F. Wade
Chenango Union, December 22, 1869
We are pained to announce that Schuyler F. Wade, whose injuries upon a Missouri railroad we mentioned last week, died on Wednesday evening last.  His remains were brought to this place [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] on Monday by Mr. Marvin.  Mr. Wade was Conductor on a freight train, and being on top of one of the cars while descending a steep grade, was thrown from the car by the shock caused by the engineer having reversed the engine; he fell between the cars, his leg having been caught between the "bumpers," and crushed.  As soon as the cars parted he swung himself clear from the train and was shortly after found, stunned by his terrible injuries and with his head partially lying in a pool of water.  It was found necessary to amputate his limb, which was done, and it was at first thought that he would recover; but he gradually sank, and died, as we have stated, on Wednesday last.  His sad fate is universally lamented.  His age was 21 years.  A widow survives him.
John Fowler
Oxford Times, December 7, 1886
John Fowler, a farmer of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], died suddenly on Friday last. He and his wife lived alone, and on that day she left him to go to the "Corners" to do some trading and when she returned found him dead sitting in a chair as she had left him, having apparently not moved. His age was 64 years.  Coroner Spencer was summoned and held an inquest.  It was decided that death was the result of some heart disease.
Harris Wade
Oxford Times, December 7, 1886
A Winona, Minnesota paper says:  Mr. Harris Wade, local business manager at A.D. Ellsworth's flouring mill at Minnesota City, was taken violently sick about 3 o'clock on Monday morning (Nov. 29) with convulsions, which continued for several hours.  He remained in an unconscious state until about three o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, when he rallied sufficiently to ask for water and to recognize his relatives by his bedside, but soon thereafter expired.  He was 36 years of age, a man of *-good mind and excellent habits, and more than ordinary business ability.  His brother, Clarence Wade and his half-sister Mrs. Bavin, reside in Winona, and it is probable that the remains will be buried here. 
Deceased was a brother of Henry L. Wade of Norwich, and his mother resides in this town [Oxford, NY].  He went from Oxford in January last and accepted the position above mentioned, where he resided until his death.  Those who knew Mr. Wade will remember him as a genial companion, possessing a happy, hopeful spirit, who even under trying circumstances looked upon the bright side of life; a trustworthy neighbor and friend in every time of need.  While we are pained by the news of his sudden death, an aged mother will most deeply feel his loss, as a kind and affectionate son, on whom she had leaned in her declining years, but as one after another of earthly props fall, that trust in "Him who doeth all things well" will still be her strength as she clings more closely to her remaining children.  The funeral services were held in the Episcopal church at Winona, Dec. 3.

Eddy P. Wade
Oxford Review-Times, July 23, 1920
On Friday, July 0, 1920, Eddy P. Wade, aged 84 years, died at his home above Guilford Lake [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY], where he lived for 53 years, from the infirmities of old age.  The funeral was held on Monday at 1:30 p.m. from his residence and the burial was in Sunset Hill Cemetery [Guilford, NY].  The Rev. W.S. York of the Methodist Church officiated.  The pall bearers were four grandsons, Leland Wade, Harry Wade, Eddy Wade and Maurice Gale. The funeral was largely attended and the casket was covered with a profusion of beautiful flowers.  Those surviving are the widow, Mrs. Erriette L. Wade, one son, George A. Wade, four daughters, Mrs. Mary Dexter, Mrs. Ellen Wade, Mrs. F.C. Yale, Mrs. H.L. Gridley and eleven grandchildren, all of Guilford. The passing on before of Mr. Wade makes the first break in the family circle.  Eddy P. Wade was born in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], the son of Esek and Minerva Wade on May 19, 1836.  He was united in marriage to Miss Erriette L. Root on October 19, 1866, and took his bride to the home at Guilford Lake, where they spent all their married life.  He was in the Civil War and served his country for four years, being attached to Company A, 114th Regiment N.Y.V.  Eddy P. Wade was a loyal and dependable citizen, a loving and a devoted father.  One of his favorite pleasures was to gather his family about him and be able to take an interest in their lives.  Even to the end he was able to remember and call his grandchildren by their names.

Louise Parker Miner
Oxford Review-Times, July 23, 1920
Mrs. Louise Parker Miner, wife of William H. Miner, died at her home in Athens, Pa., July 15, aged 79 years.  Mrs. Miner was born in the town of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY] January 17, 1841, the daughter of Joel Parker and Jane Simpson Parker, his wife.  Her early life was passed on her father's farm in Coventry where she attended the district school and later the well known school at Gilbertsville.  About the year 1864 she was married to William H. Miner and the young couple began life in Guilford where Mr. Miner was engaged in lumbering and the manufacture of lumber.  After a few years they returned to Coventry and resided on the Miner farm.  Subsequently they resided in Pennsylvania and in Virginia where Mr. Miner was interested in the lumber business.  About ten years ago they removed to Athens, Pa., which has since been their home.  For the past two years Mrs. Miner's health has been failing, but she bore her afflictions with Christian patience and faith.  Early in life Mrs. Miner became a member of the Congregational Church of Coventry and continued active in the work of the church during her long life.  She is survived by her husband and three children, Harry Miner and Mrs. Jessie Corser of Athens, Pa., and Mrs. Susie Downer, who resided in the South, and her brother, Peter H. Parker, of Oxford, who is the last survivor of the ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. Joel Parker.  Mrs. Miner's funeral services were held on Sunday, July 18, at her home in Athens, Pa.

Death Notices
Chenango Union, February 22, 1874
CREIGHTON:  At the residence of her son-in-law, Rev. L.M.S. Haynes, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 19th, Mrs. Mary Ann Creighton, aged 68 years.  Her remains were taken to Philadelphia for interment.

WOOD:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 16th, Mr. Orrin E. Wood, aged 43 years.

PHILLIPS:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 18th, Miss Alzina Phillips, aged 66 years, daughter of the late Rufus Phillips.

SWAYZE:  At the Chenango House, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 8th, Angie, daughter of John Swayze, aged 9 years.

LANSING:  Suddenly, in Greene [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 13th, Mr. James Lansing, aged 52 years, 9 months and 9 days.

BRIGHAM:  In McDonough [Chenango Co., NY] Jan. 10th, Mrs. Abigail Brigham, Aged 78 years.

WADE:  In Coventryville [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 20th, Mrs. Nancy Wade, wife of the late Esek Wade, of Guilford, aged 75 years.

KENYON:  Near Dardolph, Ill. Dec. 2d, of lung fever, Mr. George Kenyon, aged 63 years, 3 months and 10 days, formerly of Pitcher, N.Y. and brother of R.R. Kenyon, of McDonough.  Mr. Kenyon was a native of New York whose family were among the pioneers of the wilderness, where he was much respected and known as one of the first and most esteemed of citizens.  He removed to Illinois in 1861, and has not had very good health for some years.  He leaves a wife and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss--Illinois Granger.

GREENE:  At Mound, near Bushnell, Ill., Dec. 9th, of lung fever, Mr. J. Greene, aged 70 years, 7 months and 16 days.  Mr. Green was one of the early settlers of this vicinity, having moved here [Illinois] nearly twenty years ago, and by untiring industry and perseverance, made a comfortable home on the wild prairie.  Born in Groton, Conn., April 23d, 1803, the family consisting of seven sons, of which he was the eldest, removed to Central New York in 1813  Having helped clear a farm in the wilderness, he lived there upon the old homestead about forty years.  In 1851 he removed to Illinois, before there was a railroad in the State.  He leaves a large circle of acquaintances and friends to mourn his loss.  Their loss is his eternal gain, in the triumphs of living faith, he passed to the home in Heaven.