Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Obituaries (March 28)

Milo McCarty
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1900

 
Milo McCarty
1833 - 1900

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Milo McCarty died at his home on Locust street on Thursday morning, aged 67.  His health had been failing for several years and more rapidly during the past 12 months, but death came with only a few hours' warning.  Asthma had caused him much suffering, but paralysis was the immediate cause of death.  Mr. McCarty was born February 2, 1833, in the town of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], but when he was a child the family moved to Wood's Corners, so that practically his whole life had been spent in the town of Norwich.  He attended the district school and started in life as a farm hand with Cyrus Brown at Plasterville.  He afterwards worked at wagon making and later was employed for a number of years in the Maydole hammer works until his health failed and he sought outdoor employment.  His long residence gave him a wide acquaintance and he made many friends among whom he was highly esteemed.  He was a member of the Broad Street M.E. Church.  In November, 1854, Mr. McCarty married Catherine Farrell, who survives him, together with one son, Isaac F. McCarty, of New York city and one daughter, Mrs. Katie Woodard, of this village.  One sister, Mrs. Albert Smith, also survives, residing in Towanda, Pa.  Funeral services will be held from his late home at 2 o'clock tomorrow (Saturday) Afternoon, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Interment in Mount Hope [Norwich, NY].
 
Catharine (Farrell) McMarty
Norwich Sun, December 1, 1904
Mrs. Catherine McCarty, widow of Milo McCarty, died at her home No. 19 Locust street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], early Thursday morning, Dec. 1, aged 68 years.  The immediate cause of death was heart disease.  Although the deceased had not been in the best of health for some time past, she had however, been able to be about the house as usual until Wednesday.  Mrs. McCarty was born in this county and spent practically all of her life in Norwich.  Her husband died about four years ago.  She was a woman of quiet demeanor and possessed of many fine qualities which endeared her to all with whom she came in contact.  Mrs. McCarty was a consistent member of the Broad Street M.E. church and as long as her health permitted was an active worker in the work of the church.  Deceased is survived by one son and one daughter, Isaac F. McCarty of Brooklyn and Mrs. Wallace Woodard of this place; also a nephew, Rev. W. S. Crandall of Scranton and a niece, Mrs. Roselbert Belden of Norwich.
 
Elinor Beden
Otsego Journal, July 5, 1928
Elinor, the young wife of Frank Mattersen Beden, died very suddenly Thursday night, June 23, at their new home, 44 Austin street, Forest Hills, Long Island.  Frank found her in the bath room suffering from severe pains near the heart about 11 p.m., and before he could get a physician she had passed away.  An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was valvular leakage of the heart. She had been in usual health up to that time.  They were married at the bride's home, White Springs, Florida, May 23rd, and were just getting settled in their new home at Forest Hills.  Dr. F.B. Beden and Frank Jr. started south with the body Saturday afternoon.  Much sympathy will be felt for the young husband and family among friends in Gilbertsville [Otsego Co., NY].
 
Maria P. (Shaver) Sherwood
1905
Mrs. Maria Sherwood died on Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Potter, in Butternuts [Otsego Co., NY].  She was the widow of Clement Sherwood, whom she survived about four years.  The homestead of the family was for many years on the hill east of Latham's Corners, now owned by Hiram Wood. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Sherwood has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Potter, besides whom she leaves two other daughters, and one son surviving her, Mrs. Hiram Wood, Butternuts; Mrs. Henry Sweet, Riverside, N.Y., and Orla Sherwood, of Butternuts. Several sisters also survive her.  Mrs. Sherwood was 82 years old. She was a member of the Union Methodist church and enjoyed the respect of a large number of friends and acquaintances throughout her long life.  The funeral occurred from the home of Mr. Potter on Tuesday at one o'clock, Rev. Clark Callandar officiating.  Mrs. Sherwood was buried by the side of her husband in Evergreen cemetery, White Store [Chenango Co., NY]

Monday, March 27, 2017

Obituaries (March 27)

Daniel Murray Heady
Utica Saturday Globe, June 1900

 
Daniel Murray Heady
1830-1900

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Daniel Murray Heady died at his residence, rear of No. 46 Cortland street, after a brief illness Wednesday morning at the age of 70.  Mr. Heady was the youngest son of Daniel and Mary Brown Heady, who came from Connecticut and were among the first settlers in the town of Plymouth, where from the wilderness they cleared off the farm that afterwards became the family homestead situated about two miles north of Preston Corners.  In those primeval days wolves abounded in that locality and among the family legends is one relating how Mrs. Heady spent the night alone with her children, her husband having gone to a mill with a grist.  Their cabin was not completed and there was no door, only a blanket hung in its place while wolves prowled about snapping their teeth and snarling.  Their son, Daniel Murray, was born February 9, 1830, and had always lived at the homestead until last November when he moved to this village.  In his death the last of his generation passed away.  On October 30, 1851, Mr. Heady married Phoebe Rebecca Bosworth, who died July 5, 1897.  On November 22, 1899, he married Mrs. Laura J. Bosworth, widow of his first wife's brother, who survives him, together with three children by his former marriage, two sons, Duane, who occupied the homestead and Elmer, of Binghamton, and one daughter, Mrs. Asa Aldrich, of North Norwich. There are seven grandchildren.  Deceased had always been a Democrat and prided himself on the fact.  His funeral was attended this (Friday) morning at 11, Rev. W.A. Dunnett officiating. Burial in the Heady Cemetery at Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY].
 
Phoebe Rebecca (Bosworth) Heady
Chenango Union, July 22, 1897
Phoebe Rebecca Bosworth was born in the town of Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY] on October 20th, 1831.  She was one of ten children of George and Prudence Bosworth, of whose large family only one now survives.  She lived in Pharsalia until 1851, when she was married to Mr. Daniel Murray Heady and went to reside at South Plymouth, where her home remained until her death.  Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Heady, one of whom died in infancy. Those surviving are:  Duane, who resides at South Plymouth; Elmore, of Binghamton; Estelle, wife of Mr. Asa Aldrich, of North Norwich.  Mrs. Heady was a woman of amiable and cheerful disposition and of excellent business quality, and for 46 years proved a true helpmate to him, who now mourns her loss.  She had a sympathetic heart, and none who were in need appealed to her for help in vain.  With her husband, the deceased was a very regular attendant at the M.E. church at Preston, and their musical talents have been gratuitously employed in the praise portion of the public services there for 30 years.  For several years past Mrs. Heady was a valuable teacher in the Sunday school, and took a deep interest in everything pertaining to the prosperity of the church.  She was stricken with sickness on August 17, 1896, and despite all that kind hands could do to help her, she gradually sank, and her immortal spirit left its house of clay on July 5th 1897. Having experienced salvation through the blood of the cross, she was ready to go "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod, Thy staff, they comfort me."  These are the words in which she expressed the strength of her confidence in God.  Her mortal remains were laid away in the cemetery opposite her late home on July 9th, in the presence of large numbers of sorrowing friends.
 
Bridget Hickey
Chenango Union, July 22, 1897
Mrs. Bridget Hickey, widow of the late Dennis Hickey, died at her home on Hale street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Saturday afternoon, aged 86 years.  She was born in the Parish of Killalora, Ireland, in 1811, and was married there to Dennis Hickey.  They came to America about 1847 and soon after landing came to Norwich.  Mr. Hickey died about 13 years ago, and his widow has continued to make her home here in Norwich.  Eight children survive her, five of whom live in this county, two in Colorado and one in California.  During her late years she has been tenderly cared for by her daughters, Anna and Bridget, who at the end stood by their mother's side, as the loved souls which had gone on before beckoned the aged pilgrim cross the cold valley to the golden land. The funeral services were held Tuesday.  Burial in St. Paul's cemetery [Norwich, NY].
 
Kate Rowe
Norwich Sun, June 7, 1929
South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY]:  The funeral of Mrs. Kate Rowe, who died Thursday evening, May 30, was held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the home and at 2:30 at the Baptist church. Rev. M.E. Weaver officiated, assisted by Rev. D.H. Woodward, D.D.  Burial was in Riverside cemetery.  Mrs. Rowe was about 61 years of age and for many years had been a resident of this vicinity, where she was held in the highest esteem. She was a member of the Baptist church, and a past noble grand of Victory Rebekah lodge. She is survived by her husband, Charles Rowe; one sister, Mrs. Edna Angell of Binghamton and several nieces and nephews.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Post Listing March 20-26, 2017

Listing of blog postings for the week of March 20-26, 2017

Marriages
Posted March 25, 2017
Lynn B. Curtis - Lilla M. Lyon (1903)
Obituary - Linn B. Curtis (1918)
Marriage Notices - 1875
     Martin Adams - Fannie E. Walker
     Henry Sawyer - Amy Sawyer
     Albert Cady - Betsey Coleman
     William H. Daily - Celia A. Tyler
     George Webb - Mary E. Hovey
     William B. Hodgins - Adelia Sliter
 
Obituaries
Posted March 20, 2017
William Edmond Reed (Norwich, 1900)  Photo
Mary Bushnell Reed (Norwich, 1934)
Emily Wells Edwards (White Store, 1897)
Josephine Edwards (Rockwell's Mills, 1918)

Posted March 21, 2017
William J. Cozier (Norwich, 1900)  Photo, civil war veteran
Charles Henry Evans (Guilford, White Store, 1928)
Zoa Louise Evans (Guilford, Brooklyn, 1936)

Posted March 22, 2017
Lavina (Baker) Gibbs (North Guilford, 1900)  Photo
Hiram A. Reynolds (Rockwell's mills, 1908)
Seth Richmond (Guilford, 1879)
Death Notices - 1875
     Betsey Wells (Norwich)
     Rev. Allen Bancroft (Plymouth)
     James B. Ormsby (Plymouth)
     Richard D. Burke (South New Berlin)
     Gertrude Marshman (Oxford)
     Eliza Ann Hoyt (Coventry)

Posted March 23, 2017
Alice Ryan (Norwich, 1900)  Photo
Willis Richmond (White Store, 1879)
Benjamin J. Rowe (Norwich, 1888)
John B. Rogers (Chenango Forks, 1888)

 
Posted March 24, 2017 
John Wager Touey (Norwich, 1900)  photo
Mrs. John Ray Clarke (Oxford, Binghamton, 1902)
Frankie Sweet (Morris, 1887)

Posted March 25, 2017
Major Edwin L. Brand (Chicago, 1900)
Alice Bennett (Bainbridge, Oxford, 1918)
Abel Comstock Willcox (Smyrna, 1918)

Posted March 26, 2017
Theresa (Kunckel) Espbeck (Norwich, 1900)   photo
Mary Ann (Place) Richmond (Sidney, Rockwell's Mills, 1887)
Oscar Gager (1887)
Harry Marsh (Unadilla, 1888)
Miscellaneous
Posted March 20, 2017
Harold C. Brooks of Norwich, NY, talented musician and artist, 1900  Photo

Posted March 21, 2017
Archie D. Gibbs, 1875 - 1948,  Norwich, NY Lawyer   Photo

Posted March 24, 2017
William E. Harding, Railroad Engineer, 30 years of service, 1900      Photo

Posted March 26, 2017
Francis Augustus Batie, Norwich Musician & Singer 1900   Photo

Francis Augustus Batie

Francis Augustus Batie
Talented Norwich Musician, Winning Success as Singer
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1900

 
Francis Augustus Batie

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The Globe takes much pleasure in presenting its thousands of Norwich readers with the reproduction of a recent photograph of Francis A. Batie, who has scored success as a tenor singer.  Mr. Batie was born in Norwich October 9, 1880, and so has just passed out of his teens, but has sung before many audiences to whom his rich, melodious voice has uniformly given pleasure.  While a boy he began taking piano lessons with Miss Maggie Foy and later received vocal instruction from Mrs. Sophia Tefft.  Five or six years ago he first joined a traveling company with which he won great favor.  Last fall he engaged with another company whose season was interrupted by the excitement of a Presidential election and he is now stopping temporarily in Scranton, Pa.


Obituaries (March 26)

Theresa (Kunckel) Espbeck
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1900

 
Theresa (Kunckel) Espbeck
1825 - 1900
 
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The death of Mrs. Theresa Espbeck which occurred suddenly at her home on Mechanic street last Friday, robs Norwich of yet another long-time and respected resident.  Mrs. Espbeck, who made her home with her son, arose as usual Friday morning, did her housework and sat in a chair reading when the summons came.  Her son chanced to be out of the house at the time and upon returning soon after, found his mother dead.  Mrs. Espbeck, whose maiden name was Theresa Kunckel, was born in the state of Bayren, Germany, August 19, 1825, and so had recently passed the 75th anniversary of her birth. She came to America in 1853 and in the same year married Frank Espbeck, who was a valued employee in Maydole hammer factory until his death in 1866.  He brought his bride to the home which she occupied for 47 years before her death.  Of three children born to them, a son, George, followed his father to the silent world.  A daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Martini, of Sebewaing, Mich., and a son, Frank Espbeck, of this village, still survive.  Mrs. Espbeck was an esteemed member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.  Her funeral was held at 2 on Monday afternoon, Rev. W.D. Benton officiating.  Burial in Mount Hope [Norwich, NY].
 
Mary Ann (Place) Richmond
Chenango Union, September 22, 1887
RICHMOND:  In Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], Sept. 12th, Mrs. Mary A. Richmond, aged 71 years, formerly of Mt. Upton.
Otsego Journal, September 21, 1887
Mrs. S.D. Richmond died at the home of her brother, J.F. Place, at Sidney, on Monday night last.  She has for years been a resident of Rockwell's Mills until recently, and was a woman who enjoyed the respect of a large circle of friends and acquaintances. With the exception of the brother, at whose home she died, she was the last of a family of nine brothers and sisters, who have all died within a comparatively recent period.  The funeral was at the Union church on Wednesday and the burial at White Store [Chenango Co., NY].
 
Oscar Gager
Otsego Journal, September 21, 1887
After a short illness, which terminated in pneumonia and was not thought to be serious until toward the last, Mr. Gager died on Sunday afternoon at his home in this place.  He has been a resident of this village for quite a number of years past and enjoyed the reputation of being an honorable and upright member of society.  He was an accepted member of the Baptist church in this place, in which, we believe he held the office of deacon. An industrious and useful member of the community, his loss will be felt and although fallible and liable to err like all of us, we believe he was actuated by a desire and a purpose to do right.  His funeral will occur from the Baptist church on Tuesday at one p.m.

Harry Marsh
Chenango Union, June 21, 1888
A shocking accident occurred on Friday, when a young man, son of Shepard Marsh, lost his life.  three or four young men were fishing with a net, when one of them, Eugene Newman, became entangled, and while extricating him, young Harry Marsh was observed to throw up his hands.  He was dead before he could be rescued.  His funeral occurred Sunday, at Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY]

Sidney Record, June 21, 1888
Last Friday morning Harry Marsh, a bright young man about 18 years of age, was drowned in the Unadilla river, about half a mile from the Mt. Upton bridge, on Fenno's farm.  There were three companions. They were fishing with a seine at the time.  Eugene Newman was in the water, and being caught in the net, and likely to drown, Marsh went in to rescue him.  Altho, a good swimmer, poor Marsh was drowned, and Newman saved.  The accident caused much excitement and sorrow in that neighborhood.  Young Marsh's father lives in Binghamton.  The funeral was held in the Episcopal church at Mt. Upton last Sunday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Marriages (March 25)

Curtis - Lyon
Utica Saturday Globe, March 1903


Lynn B. & Lilla M. (Lyon) Curtis

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lyon, at Plasterville, was the scene of a pretty wedding Wednesday evening, when their only daughter, Lilla M. [Lyon], was united in marriage to Lynn B. Curtis, who resides near Wood's Corners. The home was tastily decorated for the occasion and Rev. Spencer J. Ford performed the ceremony in the presence of about 30 relatives and friends. The wedding gifts were beautiful and valuable.  After congratulations, a wedding supper was served and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis left on the midnight train for a brief wedding trip, during which they will visit friends in Fort Plain. The bride and groom are both popular and attractive young people and have the best wishes of a large circle of friends for their future happiness and prosperity.
 
Obituary--Linn B. Curtis
Norwich Sun, October 25, 1918
Linn B. Curtis was born in the town of New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], on February 12, 1879, and passed into rest at his home in Plasterville on Thursday, Oct. 24, 1918.  The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon, the Rev. R.L. Clark of Norwich officiating. Burial will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, NY].  Linn B. Curtis was one of Chenango county's best known agriculturists.  Practically all of his life was spent in this locality, where his death will be deeply felt, not only by the immediate family, but by a large circle of friends, all of whom mourn the untimely passing of one who was still in the prime of life.  On march 11, 1903 he was united in marriage to Lilla M. Lyon, who survives him.  He was a quiet, home-loving man, and while he had time for many charitable and political enterprises, it was in his home that his chief interests centered.  He had served the town of North Norwich as supervisor, and also as a collector.  He was public spirited and always willing to give of his time and labor in any undertaking for the benefit of the community.  Mr. Curtis was a member of the Maccabees, and of the I.O.O.F.  He also belonged to Galena grange and Pomona grange.  In both of the latter he was a very prominent member, and deeply interested in the agricultural pursuits throughout the county.  In his passing, the town of North Norwich, and the county of Chenango lose a splendid citizen, a man of high principle and noble example.  Besides his widow, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Byron Gale of Norwich, two brothers, Grove Curtis of Wood's Corners and Glenn Curtis of Norwich, and one sister, Mrs. Howard Christian, also of Norwich.
 
Marriage  Notices
Chenango Union, April 22, 1875
 
ADAMS - WALKER:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], April 17th, by Rev. W.H. Waldron, Mr. Martin Adams to Miss Fannie E. Walker, all of Norwich.
 
SAWYER - SAWYER:  In Cooperstown [Otsego Co., NY], March 31st, by Rev. A.S. Clark, Mr. Henry Sawyer of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Amy Sawyer of New Lisbon [Otsego Co., NY].
 
CADY - COLEMAN:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], April 16th, 1875 by Rev. W.H. Waldron, Mr. Albert Cady of Brisben [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Betsey Coleman of Norwich.
 
DAILY - TYLER:  In Greene [Chenango Co., NY], April 18th, by Rev. W.H. Gavitt, Mr. William H. Daily of Brisben [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Celia A. Tyler of Greene.
 
WEBB - HOVEY:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], April 13th, by Rev. A.B. Richardson, Mr. George Webb of Bainbridge to Miss Mary E. Hovey of Guilford Centre [Chenango Co., NY]
 
HODGINS - SLITER:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], April 11th, by A.A. Van Horne, Mr. Wm. B. Hodgins to Miss Adelia Sliter, both of Sidney Plains [Delaware Co., NY]

Obituaries (March 25)

Maj. Edwin L. Brand
Utica Saturday Globe, December 1900
 
 
Maj. Edwin L. Brand
1834 - 1900
 
Maj. Edwin L. Brand, a prominent resident of Chicago, expired after a brief illness at is home, 1,918 Michigan avenue, in that city, Tuesday afternoon.  Deceased was well known in central New York, where he was born and where he lived to manhood until his removal to Chicago 52 years ago where he won fame and fortune in his profession.  His affection for the scenes of youth and early manhood were strong and he was a frequent visitor to these parts and was widely known and highly regarded.
 
Deceased was born in Edmeston, Otsego county  [NY], in 1834.  He began life as a farmer and, in his 17th year, associated with a traveling photographer, with whom he learned picture taking.  He opened up on his own account in Leonardsville, near his birthplace, then came to Utica to make daguerreotypes, his office being in the Deveraux Block.  This was in 1854.  Here he remained 18 months.  Then he moved to Norwich where he carried on a photograph gallery two years.  In 1858 he moved to Chicago and from the first, secured a profitable patronage.  The wealthiest families of that city soon found they had a genius in their midst for reproducing faces and he never lacked for patrons.  His studio in Lake street he soon outgrew and then a larger one was occupied on Washington, where the great fire of 1870 found him and reduced is valuable stock of pictures, negatives and other material to ashes.  It was a great blow.  His loss exceeded his insurance by $75,000.  He bravely set to work to retrieve his fortune, and succeeded.  He reopened for business on Walash avenue, made money faster than ever, and was obliged to build farther down the avenue a structure that would give him the requisite room for his expanding patronage.  Last year another gallery was opened on Jackson boulevard which has also proved very successful.  As a photographer Mr. Brand had no superior; even very few equals.  He was a tireless worker and an inventor.  Indeed his death is attributed to overwork in which his nervous system gave out, and heart failure followed. Though not a well man, recently he had worked night and day on an invention for the developing a new style photograph intended to show both a full face and silhouette view and which he described to his wife only the day before his death the process by which such a result might be obtained.  Mr. Brand never had been sick until this winter and presumed on his physical forces, believing he had an iron constitution.  he was an excellent judge of real estate and largely added to his fortune by the advance in price of his property investments in that city.
 
When Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth organized the United States Zouave Cadets in Chicago, in 1858, young Brand was of the first to be enrolled and with it made the tour of the country in 1860.  When Ellsworth resigned in 1861 to organize the New York Fire Zouaves for the war, Mr. Brand was elected captain of the company and remained at its head until its disbandment in 1868.  He organized the Chicago Hussars, was made its commander and made it a famous cavalry battalion.  He was an Odd Fellow and also a Knight of Pythias.  In 1878 he originated the Uniformed Ranks of the Knights of Pythias.  Recently he spent the summers with his family at Richfield Springs, where he had built a large cottage.
 
Besides his wife, one son and one daughter survive, Edwin L., Jr., and Miss Belle Brand.  Three brothers are also living:  James H. of Utica; G. Byron, of Chicago, and Alfred Brand, of Detroit. The funeral services were held in Chicago yesterday and the remains will be conveyed to this city and committal services will be at Forest Hill cemetery.
 
Alice Bennett
Norwich Sun, October 25, 1918
Miss Alice Bennett, formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], died on October 16, in Middleville, Herkimer county, a victim of influenza followed by pneumonia.  For several years she was a teacher in Guilford, Bainbridge and Middleville, and was well known through out the county, where her death will be mourned by many friends.
 
Sidney Enterprise, October 23, 1918
Miss Alice Bennett of Bainbridge, died at Middleville, Herkimer county [NY], where she was teaching, recently from the results of influenza.  Miss Bennett was 36 years of age and had taken up school work at the opening of the fall term.  Her mother Mrs. Howard Bennett was living with her at Middleville.
 
Sidney Record, October 26, 1918
Mrs. S.A. Williams and Mrs. J.R. Williams, who is a guest of the former in this village [Sidney, NY], on Saturday attended the funeral of Miss Alice Bennett, held in Oxford. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bennett of Bainbridge, a graduate of the school in that village, and at the time of her death was employed as teacher in the schools at Middleville, N.Y.  Her father died at the Binghamton State hospital only a few months ago. She was thirty-six years of age and before locating in Bainbridge the family resided in Oxford, N.Y.
 
Abel Comstock Willcox
Norwich Sun, October 25, 1918
Abel Comstock Willcox passed away at his home in Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY] Sunday night in the full flower of his young manhood.  He was 34 years of age and leaves behind him a wife and three young sons who are now both fatherless and motherless.  Abel C. Willcox was born in Smyrna, the eldest son of Gardner N. and Sarah Comstock.  At a very early age he showed decided precocity in his studies and his easy and brilliant grasp of hard subjects was a source of speculation and wonder to his instructors. At the age of 17 he entered Cornell university and there was known as a "star" student.  He graduated from there with the highest honors and immediately entered upon the study of law in the College of the City of New York.  Before completing this course he was married to Miss Marion Smith of Ithaca who died last March after a year of terrible suffering.  To his wife in her last days, the husband gave tenderly and tirelessly of his time and strength.  He ministered to her needs as a mother would have done and never counted the price.  After being admitted to the New York bar, Abel Willcox practiced for a few years in Norwich then removed to Rochester where he became research lawyer for the Lawyers' Co-operative company there.  His own health broke down several years ago and he was obliged to get out of his confining work in Rochester.  He moved his family to Smyrna two years ago where he sought less arduous professional duties and more outdoor work. The automobile agency of G.N. Willcox and Son was formed and Mr. Willcox became demonstrator for their cars. The illness and death of Mrs. Willcox followed, leaving the three boys.  To them the father gave in the abundance of his beautiful love and affection.  Always kind, always cheery, always strong in the face of cruel adversity--he was the admiration of all those who knew the cross he so patiently bore.  Early in life he had taken the vows of the church and his character in truth seemed ever founded and modeled on that of his Heavenly Father.  Four weeks ago, Abel Willcox was united in marriage to Lydia Bartlett.  He shortly became a victim of the influenza scourge and after a vain but gallant fight, his tired body succumbed. A whole community will miss his quiet, unassuming presence; his family will miss the strong son, the beloved husband, the most understanding of fathers, the dearest of brothers.
Servant of God--well done!
Rest from thy loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won.
Enter thy Master's joy.
 
 
 
 

Friday, March 24, 2017

William E. Harding, RR Engineer, 1900

William E. Harding
Utica Saturday Globe, June 1900

 
William E. Harding
1845 - 1912

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Everybody along the line of the Ontario & Western Railway knows "Bill" Haring, the oldest in term of service and one of the jolliest engineers on the road.  Mr. Harding completed 30 years in the employ of the company Monday and ever since has been growing fat on the congratulations and well wishes of his myriad of friends.  Only one other engineer on the road contends with Mr. Harding for first palce and that is "Ed" McNiff, of Middletown. They entered the employ of the company only four or five days apart.  Mr. McNiff having the start, but he has since been employed by another company for six months, while Mr. Harding has been with this road continuously since June 11, 1870.  For 19 years his run has been between Oneida and Norwich, first on an accommodation train and later on the milk, running daily between these points.  He has never had an accident of any account.
 
Mr. Harding is a native of England and was born in Somersetshire March 4, 1845.  At the age of 14 he came over to Canada, where he lived for about four years before he dropped down into New York State, and in August, 1863, began braking for the Rome & Watertown road.  Two years later he became a fireman on the Oswego & Rome road and at the end of three years went home to England for a twelvemonths' visit, returning in the spring of 1870, accompanied by his parents.  On June 11 he began firing an engine for the then New York & Oswego Midland, now the Ontario & Western.  On March 7 of the following year he was given charge of an engine. He had several years of interesting experience as an engineman on the old Auburn branch during its palmist days, when wood was used as fuel and locomotives were far from the perfect machines they are today.  His has been a remarkable record, but is nothing more than his faithful skill and jolly good nature deserves.
 
Mr. Harding is a member of the Oswego Division, No. 152, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.  He is also a member of Oswego lodge, No. 127, F.& A.M., and a Royal Arch Mason and a Knight Templar.  He is one of the most popular men anywhere on the line of the road.
 
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Funeral
Oswego Daily Times, September 11, 1912
 
The funeral of the late William E. Harding was held this afternoon at 3:30 from his late residence, the rev. George h. Young conducting the services. The bearers were from Oswego Lodge, No. 1278, F.&A.M. and from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of the O.&W. Interment was at Riverside cemetery.

Obituaries (March 24)

John Wager Touey
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1900

 
John Wager Touey
ca 1848 - 1900

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  After a long illness from a complication of diseases from which he had suffered for 10 or 12 years, John W. Touey died at the home of his mother, Mrs. John Touey, in King's Settlement on Saturday last, aged about 52.  Mr. Touey was born in King's Settlement and educated in the Norwich schools.  He learned the printers' trade in the office of the Chenango Telegraph and Chronicle, under Kingsley & Berry, and while a young man went to New York to strike out for himself.  He secured a situation on the Commercial Advertiser, under Hugh Hastings, 32 years ago, but only remained for a few years when with others he organized a stock company and engaged in publishing the Shoe and Leather Reporter, of which he was managing editor for 18 years, or until incapacitated by illness.  He has since made his home with his mother at King's Settlement.  Mr. Touey was a leading member of the famous Typographical Union, No. 6, whose struggles in behalf of the craft are familiar in the minds of many.  He was popular among his fellow craftsmen and numbered among his personal friends many prominent people, among them Gen. Grant. The funeral services were held from St. Paul's Church on Monday morning at 10 o'clock, burial being made in St. Paul Cemetery [Norwich, NY]. The aged mother of deceased survives and three sisters out of a family of seven children, Mrs. Ella Richmond, of Buffalo, and Miss Mary Touey and Mrs. William Tiffany, of Norwich.  A soldier brother, Lieut. Timothy Touey, is buried in Chicago.
 
Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, December 1, 1900
The current number of the Shoe and Leather Reporter with which the late John W. Touey was formerly connected ahs the following:
 
Word comes to us from the little hamlet of King's Settlement, near Norwich, Chenango county, N.Y., that John W. Touey, who for a long term of years prior to 1888 was connected with the Reporter in a responsible editorial capacity, ahs passed away.  Mr. Touey has been living in retirement with his relatives at that place for 12 years.  He was a man of remarkable attainments in many ways, which with industry and perseverance should have won for him a very high place in American journalism.  His old associates remember him with feelings of sincere affection, and he was known and highly esteemed by members of the New York leather trade, some of whom have passed away.  Mr. Touey was of Irish extraction and the charm of the wit and na├»ve philosophy which is so abounding in the Irish nature was extraordinarily developed in him.  He conducted for years the "Phosphorescence" column of The Reporter, which gleamed each week with the kindly, persuasive humor of which he was so thorough a master.  His work was highly regarded.  It was copied extensively into the daily papers, and many of our readers, although they had never met him, felt a personal attraction to our departed friend.  The "Phosphorescence" department, after his departure in 1888, had a precarious existence, and was finally abandoned.  It practically died with him, like the "Easy Chair" in Harper's Magazine, with the death of George William Curtis.  Mr. Touey was one of those "characters" so abounding in originality and hearty good cheer that he was welcome everywhere.  Many of his expressions are yet current in our New York office, where he was once so important a factor.  He enjoyed the cordial esteem and friendship of our late editor, Isaac H. Bailey, who appreciated in no light degree the sparkle, the luminous intellect, that has paid nature's last penalty.
 
Mrs. John Ray Clarke
Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, December 6, 1902
Mrs. John Ray Clarke, who formerly resided at Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] and was well known to many Norwich and Chenango county friends, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles M. Stone No. 55 Main street, Binghamton, Sunday evening, November 30, 1902, at 8:30 o'clock.  The Binghamton Republican says Mrs. Clarke who was seventy-five years of age, has been a resident of this city since 1874 when she moved here from her birthplace in Oxford.  Since the death of Mr. Clarke, several years ago, Mrs. Clarke has done much for church and charity work in this city, having given liberally for many benevolent enterprises many of which acts she has modestly kept from becoming public, the gifts being announced as simply coming form "a friend."  It was largely due to her contributions that the beautiful Trinity Memorial church was built. She has always been one of the most active and liberal members of that church.  Mrs. Clarke has been troubled for some time with heart difficulty, and to this is attributed her death.  The Oxford Times says Deceased was born in Oxford, September 11, 1827, and was the only surviving child of the late James A. Glover. Aside from four years' residence in Buffalo, where Mr. Clarke was in business for a time, she spent her life here until their removal to Binghamton. She kept up her acquaintance through visits here and hospitalities extended at her own home, to an extent that her loss will be felt by a large circle of relatives and friends. She loyally co-operated with her lamented husband in laying out his philanthropic plans and was permitted to live to carry them out after death had relentlessly deprived him of that high privilege.  Oxford Memorial library has a testimonial of her thoughtfulness and bounty in the beautiful upright clock which adorns its walls. The funeral of Mrs. Clarke was held Wednesday afternoon from Trinity Memorial church, Binghamton. The church was crowded with friends and relatives. The Rev. Dr. J.H. LaRoche officiated assisted by Rev. J.M. VanIngen of Millburn, N.J., a  nephew of the deceased.  Mrs. Georgia Moore Doughty sang "The Holy City" and "These are They Which are Arrayed in White Roses."  Various religious and benevolent organizations with which Mrs. Clarke had been identified during her long and useful life, sent flowers. These were the Charity Aid, the Women's Auxiliary, the King's Daughters and the Sunday school, also the King's Daughters of Lestershire, and the City Union of King's Daughters. The Secure Mutual life insurance company sent a wreath, as also did the employees of the John Ray Clarke company.  Besides these there were many beautiful floral pieces from individuals.  Bishop Frederick D. Huntington was in attendance at the funeral and took a part in the service.
 
Frankie Sweet
Otsego Journal, September 21, 1887
Frankie Sweet, whose serious illness we mentioned last week, died on Tuesday last.  the cause of his death being said on Wednesday attended by Drs. Jacobs of this place, and Winans and Allaben of Gilbertsville.  The disease was found to have been acute peritonitis.  He died at the house of Geo. Cornell, where Mr. Sweet has made his home for some time past and where he had the best of care during his illness.  The funeral was largely attended from the Baptist church on Thursday, the officiating clergyman being Rev. Mr. Remington, of the Mills, assisted by Rev. L.B. Weeks. The burial was at Morris [Otsego Co., NY].
 
 
 
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Obituaries (March 23)

Alice Ryan
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1900

 
Alice Ryan
ca 1866 - 1900

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  There are many who will miss the kindly salutation, sunny disposition and ready wit of Alice Ryan, who died at the residence of Frederick Mitchell in Mitchell street on Friday of last week after a brief illness of pleura-pneumonia.  Miss Ryan was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, about 34 years ago and came to America 12 years since.  She lived with her grandparents at Lamb's Corners until their death and later at the home of Daniel Reidy in Preston for about a year before coming to Norwich about 10 years ago to make her home at the Mitchell residence.  She was highly esteemed by her employers and by a host of friends.  She was a devout adherent of the Catholic faith.  Her funeral was held from the residence of her brother, John H. Ryan on Rexford street, Monday at 7:30 and from St. Paul's Church at 8 o'clock, Rev. Father Hart officiating.  Besides her brother, Miss Ryan leaves a sister, Mary Ryan, residing in Norwich, and two cousins, Kate Ryan, of Norwich, and Cornelius Ryan, of North Norwich.  Her parents, six sisters and a brother reside in Ireland. The bearers, who accompanied the remains to Binghamton for burial, were James Griffin, William Ryan, John Scanlon, John  Reddin, Cornelius Ryan and James Gallagher.  Among the out-of-town friends in attendance were an aunt, Mrs. Matterson, of Cortland, Mrs. Mary Ryan and daughter, Mame, of Lestershire, Miss Nellie Dwyer, Mrs. John Devitt and Miss Winifred Hogan, of Binghamton.  One of the many beautiful floral tributes was a pillow from the ladies' auxiliary of the A.O.H. of which Miss Ryan was a faithful member.

Willis Eugene Richmond
Chenango Union, July 17, 1879
The remains of Willis Richmond, who departed this life Monday morning of last week, were interred in our village cemetery on Tuesday afternoon last.  Mr. Richmond was a young gentleman, respected, and well liked by all who knew him.  Some six or seven years since he traveled in the west, where he remained about a year, and where he contracted the disease which, after several years of patient suffering, called the weary traveler home.  He was prepared to go at any moment, having dreamed a few nights before his death at what time he would die, and strange to relate, his death occurred exactly as he had dreamed.  He dreamed he would die upon the noon of the 7th and be buried on the 11th; but owing to the state of the weather, and other causes, his remains could not be preserved longer than the 8th.  The funeral took place from the residence of his father, Joseph Richmond, and was well attended.  A long procession followed the remains to their last resting place, and paid the last tribute of respect to the honored dead, departing for home a sad and solemn people. trusting the departed one is now with his kindred and friends who have preceded him to that better land.

Benjamin J. Rowe
Chenango Union, June 28, 1888
B.J. Rowe died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Rowe, in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], June 17th, after a short but painful illness frthat dread disease, consumption.  He was about to complete a course of study in the State normal School at Cortland.  He was a young man of more than ordinary culture, a successful teacher and most earnest student. The one great study, of his useful life was the improvement of schools, and he hoped by incessant study one dya to occupy a high position in an institution of learning; but he was called to a higher and nobler work.  He lived a pure, upright life, one which could admit of no reproach.  He was one of those few who have no enemies.  The death of such a person is keenly felt by many relatives and  a large circle of friends.  His last hours were those of peace.  God had filled his soul with wonderful peace, joy, holy triumph and visions of immortal life.  Those who witness such a death can but say reverently "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."  Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 A.M.  A large assemblage of mourning friends and relatives gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the beloved and honored dead.  Rev. L.C. Hayes spoke words of comfort and consolation to the bereaved parents, who have truly lost a noble son.
Earth has lost a true and earnest Christian,
Heaven has gained a saint
One who has led a life true and noble,
Free from sin's dark taint.
When death's dark angel came
It found him waiting to receive the crown of life
At the blessed Savior's throne above.
The victory won, for ended now is life's great strife.
We hope to join the ransomed army
When the storms of life are o'er.
And then to clasp his hands rejoicing,
And praising God on that eternal shore.
Guilford, N.Y., June 23, 1888                    Lulu R. Shelton
 
John B. Rogers
Chenango Union, June 28, 1888
John B. Rogers died at Chenango Forks [Broome Co., NY], Tuesday evening of last week, in the ninety-third your of his age.  He was born at the Forks, where he spent his whole life and died.  For many years he was the merchant of the little hamlet and was a noted raftsman, commencing when fifteen years old, running lumber to Baltimore and walking all the way back.  He held the office of postmaster for many years.  His wife died twelve years ago, but they celebrated their golden wedding before her decease.  Mr. Rogers was highly esteemed by his neighbors.

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Obituaries (March 22)

Lavina (Baker) Gibbs
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1900

 
Lavina (Baker) Gibbs
1801 - 1900

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Lavina Gibbs, whose death occurred at North Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] on Wednesday, November 7, came of a long-lived race.  Her father and mother each lived to be 94 and a brother died at 96.  Her father, Joseph Baker, was born in Marlborough, Eng., October 21, 1755.  In 1774 he enlisted in the British army, before the revolution and after the uprising of the American colonists was sent to America under Burgoyne, with whom he surrendered at Saratoga in 1777 and at the close of the war cast in his lot with the victorious patriots.  In 1788 he married Lavina Keyes and made a home at Princetown, Mass., where five children were born, of whom the subject of this sketch was the last.  She was born October 10, 1801, during the latter part of John Adams' administration and before the election of Thomas Jefferson, when the United States consisted of the original 13 colonies.  The limits of her life very nearly covered the years of the 19th century.  In 1825 Lavina Baker became engaged to marry John Gibbs.  He drove from Massachusetts to North Guilford in this county, cleared a space in the woods and built a house near Van Buren's Corners.  Returning the way he came to Princetown he claimed his bride and drove back with her to their new home. The marriage occurred September 17, 1826, and the romantic honeymoon trip covered a distance of nearly 300 miles from Princetown, near Boston, by way of Albany to North Guilford.  Here, 74 years ago, her married life began when the friendly Indian roamed at will through the country and here she lived while three generations grew up about her.  She survived her husband and saw six of her seven children laid away after they had reached manhood and womanhood, married and presented her with grandchildren.  Mr. Gibbs died February 11, 1884, after 58 years of happy married life, aged 86.  During her declining days she made her home with her only surviving son. She displayed remarkable activity even until the day of her death. She knew no disease, but wearied at last, her life's long day ended, she sank into sweet and restful sleep.  Her funeral took place on Saturday at 11 o'clock in the morning at Congregational Church at Van Buren's Corners.
 
Morning Sun, Norwich, NY, November 14, 1900
The life of Mrs. Lavina Gibbs whose death was noted in our last issue, was almost exactly coincident with the beginning and ending of the nineteenth century. She was born October 10, 1801, and died November 7, 1900, at the age of 99 years and 28 days. 
 
Hiram A. Reynolds
Otsego Journal, April 9, 1908
Hiram A. Reynolds died at his home across the river from Rockwell's Mills, on Monday, April 6, after an illness of about ten days.  He was the oldest of three brothers, sons of Sullivan Reynolds, and was born in Rockwell's Mills, December 15, 1841.  In 1852 the family moved upon the farm, which has since been the Reynolds homestead and the home of the subject of this sketch.  Surviving he leaves his wife and one brother, E.S. Reynolds, of Norwich, the other brother, H.W. Reynolds, died a few years since in Chicago and was brought here for burial on the family lot at White Store [Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Reynolds was highly esteemed as a citizen and had many friends whose sympathies are with the family in this bereavement. The funeral will occur from the house on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. 

Seth Richmond
Chenango Union, June 12, 1879
Seth Richmond, one of the pioneers of the town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], died on Saturday last, upon the farm near Rockwell's Mills, where he had resided for seventy-five years past.  he was born in Rhode Island, in 1790, and in 1804, when he was fourteen years of age, his father removed to Guilford, locating upon the farm where he spent his long and useful life. Deceased was a good citizen, having the confidence and respect of the community in which he had so long resided, and his memory will be cherished by a large circle of relatives and friends.  In politics, Mr. Richmond was a staunch Democrat, and for many years his name was upon the subscription books of the Norwich Journal, and later upon those of tis successor, the Union.

Seth Richmond died on Saturday night, June 7th.  He has been in failing health for some time, often saying, "I am ready to go any minute."  His long life of nearly ninety years became almost a burden at the last, though he retained his faculties perfectly.  A good man has fallen.

Death Notices
Chenango Union, August 12, 1875

WELLS:  In this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], July 20th, Mrs. Betsey Wells, widow of the late Reuben Wells, aged 60 years.

BANCROFT:  In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], August 9th, Rev. Allen Bancroft, aged 61 years and 18 days.

ORMSBY:  In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], July 24th, James B. [Ormsby], son of Dr. Byron J. and Mary L. Ormsby, aged 1 year, 10 months and 22 days.

BURKE:  In South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], August 1st, Mr. Richard D. Burke, aged 64 years.

MARSHMAN:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], August 3d, Mrs. Gertrude Marshman, aged 79 years.

HOYT:  In Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], July 27th, Eliza Ann [Hoyt], widow of the late Rev. John B. Hoyt, aged 79 years.