Friday, April 28, 2017

Obituaries (April 28)

Edward Bradley
Bainbridge Republican, February 6, 1875
We learn from the Oxford Times that Edward Bradley, formerly of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], died in Port Henry, Essex Co., on Monday of this week.  Mr. Bradley was a native of Guilford where his parents reside, and for a number of years was employed as bookkeeper in the store of Clark Brothers, in Oxford. About two years since he gave up book keeping and accepted position as traveling salesman for a Utica firm, later he gave that up and went to Port Henry, where he was in the employ of a Railroad Company, having resided there but a few months.  During his residence in Oxford he was a prominent member of the Fire Department and Masonic order, and his genial disposition, frank and manly manner won for him the respect and esteem of the community at large.  He leaves a young wife, to whom he had been married only a little over two years, and a large circle of friends to  mourn his untimely death.
C.D. Brown
Chenango Union, July 19, 1883
The funeral of Mr. C.D. Brown, formerly of Bainbridge, was largely attended at the M.E. Church in this place [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY], on Sunday, the 18th. The burial was conducted by the Master of Susquehanna Lodge, F.&A.M., Mr. H.L. Scott. A large number of the members of this Lodge were present; also many members of the fraternity in this place.  Upon this occasion Mr. A. Bradley, our village undertaker, brought into use for the first time, a new and beautifully designed hearse, from the establishment of C.H. Graves, of Mt. Upton.  This supplies a want in our community that has long been felt. To the old one, belonging to the Cemetery Association, which has been in use over twenty years, which has served its purpose long and well, but has thoroughly had its day, we think all will cheerfully say "Good Bye." 
Flora Burlison
Chenango Union, April 15, 1880
Guilford [Chenango Co., NY]:  Died, after but six days sickness, of diphtheria, on the morning of the 8th, Flora, wife of Ervin H. Burlison, aged twenty-three years.  The deceased was beautiful of feature and disposition, of pure Christian living, and beloved by all who knew her.  Only a little over one year ago she was wedded to Mr. Burlison, and, surrounded by loving friends, the future seemed to lead through paths of comfort and goodly promise, but Death, the Insatiate, claimed, and she has passed through the gates into the very Shiloh. The bereaved husband and friends have the sympathy of the entire community.  Her funeral was largely attended, Rev. E.L. Bennett, who officiated, speaking from the text, "There is but a step between me and death."
Life, tho' falling like the grain,
Like that revives and springs again,
And, early called, how blest are they
Who wait in heaven their harvest day."
Eliza Bradley
Chenango Union, April 15, 1880
Guilford [Chenango Co., NY]:  And yet again has death visited our community, and taken away one of the young.  Eliza, wife of Willard Bradley, died on Sunday morning last, after a long and painful sickness.  Her funeral was held Tuesday.  In view of these two saddening deaths of the young, the solemn warning of the Quaker Poet seem to have most divine significance:
"Let us do the work before us,
Cheerily, bravely, while we may,
Ere the long night silence cometh,
And with us it is not day."
Richard Herrick Smith
Chenango Union, January 9, 1890
Richard Herrick Smith, familiarly known as "Heck" Smith, died in New York, Friday, of pneumonia, aged fifty-two years.  He was a son of the late Hiram Smith, of this village, and a brother-in-law of Lysander R. Brooks, of this place {Norwich, NY].  He learned the printer's trade in the office of the Telegraph, and afterwards became a telegraph operator.  During the war he had charge of an office in Arkansas and since then has worked as a printer in New York and Albany.  He was unmarried.  His remains were brought here for burial, Sunday morning, and funeral services were held at Breese's undertaking rooms in the afternoon, conducted by Rev. A.J. VanCleft.  Interment on the family lot in Mt. Hope [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].
James Burch
Chenango Union, December 11, 1873
From the Bainbridge Republican of last week, we learn that James Burch, one of the oldest pioneers of Yaleville, in the town of Guilford died November 25th, aged 99 years.  He came to this country when a young man, and settled on the place now owned by Luman Yale.  The country was then an unbroken wilderness, he having to chop away a space large enough to build a log house, and has lived to see the forests disappear and splendid farms and villages spring up in their stead.  He was known as a strictly moral and honest man, and was respected by all.
Frederick Burlison
Bainbridge Republican, April 10, 1875
Again has death appeared in our midst and claimed as its victim our much esteemed townsman, Mr. Frederick Burlison, who died at his residence on Tuesday evening, March 16th, aged 24 years and 6 months.  In the death of this truly excellent young man our community has sustained an irreparable loss.  His kind disposition, his upright and virtuous life, enlisted the admiration and demanded the esteem of all who knew him.  His funeral was attended at the M.E. Church, of which he was a member, in this village, on the 19th inst., at which time a large concourse of relatives and friends were present.  He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Marriages (April 27)

Clark - Marshall
Bainbridge Republican, January 23, 1879
On Wednesday evening of this week, at the home of the bride, in this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], Mr. John l. Clark was united in marriage to Miss Emma M. Marshall only daughter of Hiram Marshall.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. D.N. Grummon. The bride was very nicely dressed, and we noticed at the reception one or two very elegant presents.  This couple, it seems have wooed since babyhood, and Cupid, who no doubt had an idea of his own, has, at last, consummated a union, which, we trust, will never be disturbed in its present harmonies--a union which the friends of both will unite in expressions of congratulation and wishes for their beatific prosperity through all their walk in life.  Among the invited guests were C.M. Priest, L.B. Clark, I.M. Curtis, S.S. Ehrich, Willard Hastings and yours truly.
Mr. & Mrs. A. Bradley
Chenango Union, October 20, 1867
Glass Wedding:  The fifteenth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. A. Bradley, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], was celebrated at their residence on the evening of October 19th.  Some eighty of their neighbors and friends assembled on the occasion each one bringing as a token of their regards a piece of glassware.  One of Guilford's happiest social evenings is said to have been realized.  The following impromptu liens were contributed ot the entertainment by one of the guests: 
The Crystal Wedding
I'd scarce believe the story true,
That I had heard aright,
Did not this festal gathering
Bespeak a wedding night. 
Yet fifteen years some changes make,--
Strange things have come to pass,
And 'mongst the types of mortal love
We number tin and glass
Time leaves the impress of his flight,
In more than snowy hair,
Steals from the cheek the bloom of youth,
And leaves the trace of care.
Yet counting up the vanished hours
A recompense appears
If children's faces at the board
Mark well the lapse of years.
What matters the lost loveliness
From the staid matron's brow,
When in some beauteous daughter's face
It shines reflected now?
Ah, Hush! 'tis all "Love's labor lost,"--
Our rhyme is quite destroyed,
For at the table, and the hearth,
There's a great, aching void!
We've done our best to make it right,
So let the subject pass--
This Crystal Wedding Harvest
Brings a Baby made of Glass!
                                                                                                      Bainbridge Ledger
Marriage Notices
Norwich Journal, December 13, 1820
Married on the 10th inst. by the Rev. J. Randall, Mr. Eleazer Brown to Mrs. Hannah Wales, daughter of Hascall Ransford, Esq., both of this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY]
Norwich Journal, February 7, 1821
Married, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Wednesday the 31st ult. by John Randall, Esq. Mr. Isaac Thorn, to Miss Dorcas Spencer, both of this town.
Norwich Journal, February 14, 1821
Married, in Preston, on the 31st of December last, by Rev. Nathan Noyes, Mr. Merrick Scott, of Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Sally Harvy of Preston [Chenango Co., NY]
Married, Jan. 17, 1821, by the same, Mr. Walter Brown, to Miss Elizabeth Smith.
On the 21st, by the same, Mr. Thomas Trlman to Miss Catharine Williams.
Feb 6th, by the same, Mr. Lyman Wilcox, to Miss Florinda Mills.
On the 8th, by the same, Mr. Joseph Chubb to Miss Hannah Daniels, all of Preston [Chenango Co., NY]

Obituaries (April 27)

Polly Medbury
Chenango Union, February 20, 1890
Mrs. Polly Medbury, for many years a resident of Great Brook in this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], died after but a few hours' illness at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. John Wheeler, near Edmeston [Otsego Co., NY]Monday morning, February 10th, 1890, aged 96 years.  The family were making arrangements to celebrate the approaching birthday of the aged mother by a family reunion, at which time her son, Mr. Jerry Medbury of Cuba, Allegany county, was to be present, and for him she had just finished knitting a pair of socks which she was to present him on this her 96th anniversary.  The anticipated happy event, has for the family been turned into one of sadness.   The surviving children of the departed are two sons--Mr. Jerry Medbury, a former resident of Columbus, also of Norwich, and Mr. Murray Medbury, and two daughters, Mrs. Griffing and Mrs. Davidson, the latter for some years having had the care of her mother and an aged aunt, the sister of Mrs. Medbury.
Jerry Griffin
Chenango Union, February 20, 1890
Jerry Griffin, while intoxicated Friday evening, fell from the highway down a steep bank into a mill pond in marathon, and was drowned.  His remains were found next morning.  He was sixty years of age, and leaves a wife and six children.
Otis O. Root
Chenango Union, February 20, 1890
Guilford [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mr. Otis O. Root, another of the old residents of our town, died at his house here on the 8th inst., after an illness of some two or three weeks.  His age was 79, and he had resided upon his farm, at Root's Corners (where his father, the late Aaron Root, lived for many years) and in our village from an early period.  He leaves a wife, one son and several daughters surviving him.
Mrs. James Bowen
Chenango Union, February 20, 1890
Guilford [Chenango Co., NY]:  Our community were pained to hear of the death of Mrs. James Bowen, formerly of our vicinity, which took place at a hospital in New York city, on the 9th instant.  Mrs. B. had been suffering from an internal tumor, which finally threatened her early death unless a successful surgical operation could arrest it.  For that purpose and as a last resort she was taken to New York, where, as we are informed, the operation was successfully performed, but owing to her enfeebled condition, she continued to sink until her death.  She was 49 years old, and her life has been one of true Christian virtue and resignation.  Her grief-stricken husband has the sympathy of all who knew them, as also do the aged mother and the brothers and remaining sister.

Henry Boyce
Norwich Sun, February 4, 1938
Henry Boyce, Jr., six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Boyce of Rockdale [Chenango Co., NY], died at the Chenango Memorial Hospital at 9 o'clock Thursday night of injuries received, Jan. 22, when the Boyce automobile was struck by an O.&W. train operating on the New Berlin-Edmeston branch near Rockdale.  The father is still a patient at the hospital suffering from injuries sustained in the same accident, but his condition is said to be good.  Mr. Boyce has fractures of both collar bones and broken ribs and pelvis.  Dr. L.T. Kinney, coroner, ordered an autopsy performed at the hospital Friday morning on the boy.  Dr. L.W. Abbamonte and Dr. W.H. Mason conducted the autopsy. Coroner Kinney announced that death was caused from a ruptured liver, acute peritonitis, collapse of right lung fractured ribs and pelvis. The body of the child was released in the care of Colwell Brothers, Bainbridge undertakers. The parents are the only survivors.  The train accident occurred Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22, at two crossings north of the Rockdale station.  The Boyce car was going east while the train was northbound toward New Berlin.  The injured man and his son were first taken to the Sidney Hospital but that institution was so crowded the patients could not be cared for there and they were then brought to the hospital in Norwich.  It was evident that Mr. Boyce did not hear the train's whistle or bell. There is a clear view of the crossing at that point and another automobile driven by Mrs. Joyce, a neighbor of the Boyce family, was following the Boyce car and stopped when she heard the engine whistle.  The Boyce accident was the third on this branch of the O.&W. railroad since 1938, and the death of the Boyce child is the first fatality.  Just this week there occurred the fourth accident on the branch line when an automobile collided with the section motor car, slightly injuring three section hands.

Amanda Bradbury
Bainbridge Republican, January 23, 1879
Died in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], Amanda, wife of Andrew Bradbury, aged 75 years.  In the death of this lady we are again reminded how rapidly the old and respected citizens of the town are passing away.  Mrs. Bradbury has been a resident of Guilford for over 40 years, for nearly four years has been an invalid and at times her sufferings have been intense.  Her active life was always filled with works and deeds of charity and the poor especially will remember her as their friend.  She leaves a husband and several children, all being in town, except Dr. Matthew Bradbury, of Mexico, who was here to attend her funeral.

Dr. Matthew Bradbury
Oxford Times, February 17, 1885
Dr. Matthew Bradbury, died at his home in Mexico, N.Y. [Oswego Co., NY], last week, and his remains were brought here for interment.  Funeral services were held by Rev. Mr. Berry, of Christ's Church, on Saturday, the 14th inst.  The deceased was a son of the late Andrew Bradbury, and his early life was spent in this place [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY].  When a young man he studied medicine with Dr. John Clark, and for several years has been located at Mexico,  He leaves a wife to mourn a kind husband.

Mrs. Almira Campbell, 1838 - 1919

Celebrated at Eighty
Utica Saturday Globe, March 1919

Almira (Curtis) Campbell
1838 - 1922

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  A pleasant surprise party was given Monday at the home of Mrs. Fayette Carpenter on Rexford street, the occasion being the 80th birthday of her mother.  Mrs. Almira Campbell.  Fifteen of her children and grandchildren were present and enjoyed an excellent dinner in honor of the day.  Mrs. Campbell was remembered with many gifts of flowers, money and souvenir cards from friends in Cuyler, Bonney, South Otselic and Norwich.
Mrs. Campbell is the widow of Joseph Campbell, of South Otselic, since whose death, five years ago, she has made her home among her children. She was born in Middleburg, Schoharie county. After her marriage, she became a resident of Otsego county until 28 years ago when the family moved to South Otselic, Chenango county. Four sons and three daughters are now living.  Amenzo Campbell, of Cuyler; Mrs. Carpenter, of Norwich; Mrs. Albert Devoe, of Frankfort; Delos Campbell, of East Lee, Mass.; George Campbell, of Otselic; David Campbell, of this city, and Mrs. Emma Brooks, of South Otselic. There are also living 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Two grandsons are in the service.
Norwich Sun, January 20, 1922
At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fayette Carpenter, at 55 Rexford street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], yesterday, occurred the death of Mrs. Almira Campbell, widow of the late Jonah Campbell.  She died at the age of 84 years.  Mrs. Campbell had been in failing health for the past year.  Her death is mourned by hundreds of friends throughout the city, for she had endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact.  She leaves to mourn her loss six children.  As a church member she had made many friends and had been a diligent worker since becoming a member of the Methodist church in beaver Meadow.  Funeral services will be held from the home of her daughter on Rexford street, Saturday at 1 o'clock, the Rev. Samuel T. Harding officiating, with burial in Mt. Hope [Norwich, NY].
Jonah J. Campbell
Cortland NY Standard, January 17, 1914
CAMPBELL:  In Cuyler, N.Y. [Cortland Co.], Jan. 15, 1914, Jonah J. Campbell, aged 77 years.  Funeral services Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the home of his son, A.F. Campbell.
Widow's Pension
Cortland NY Democrat, May 29, 1914
Almira Campbell, who has been here with her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Brooks for some time has left for Norwich to spend the summer with her daughter, Mrs. Holley.  Mrs. Campbell was granted a pension April 30 as the widow of Jonah J. Campbell late of Co. B. 90th N.Y. Inf. H.A.  Webb drew the papers.  Mrs. Campbell was married in 1856 and was unable to furnish any public record, marriage certificate of eye witness.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Obituaries (April 25)

Frank L. Rhodes
Utica Saturday Globe, February, year unknown

Frank L. Rhodes

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] Feb. 28:  Frank L. Rhodes, who died February 18 of apoplexy in Clint, Texas, was a native of Norwich.  He was the only son of Dr. Lewis A. and Martha Rhodes and was born March 16, 1859, residing here until his arrival at young manhood.  For 17 years his home had been in Clint, Texas, with Grant Wheeler, another former Norwich resident.  For a number of years Mr. Rhodes had acted as a newspaper correspondent in that section.  He leaves only one near relative, a sister, Mrs. Ida Taylor, of this city.
Daniel Bond
The Home Sentinel, Afton, NY, July 8, 1876
About 8 o'clock, last Monday, train 12 going east, struck and fatally injured Daniel Bond, a workman on this section of the road.  It seems the men were repairing the track about 2-1/2 miles of this place, and as the train came near, they all stepped off the track.  Mr. Bond seeing some tool left behind reached for it just as the engine came up to them, when the cross beam or cylinder struck him on the side of the head, crushing the skull.  He lived probably 60 minutes and expired. Dr. Hayes was summoned, and was prompt to attend the call, but the poor man breathed only a few moments after he arrived.  He was about fifty-five years of age, and leaves a family to mourn his loss.
Newton Martin
Chenango Union, August 11, 1881
Newton Martin, a young man twenty-two years of age, residing in Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], was killed in that city on Monday, by a blow from a base ball bat.  Martin, with another young man, and two women of questionable reputations, were passing along the street about four o'clock in the afternoon, and when in front of John Regan's store, he became engaged in an angry discussion with a man near the store, who hailed him and his companions with offensive words. the disturbance becoming annoying to Regan, he went out and ordered Martin to move on, but he refused, became very abusive, and called to Regan to come across the road and fight. Regan accepted the challenge, took off his coat, and the fight commenced.  Martin got the upper hand of Regan, and had him down, when the latter called to his boy in the store for assistance. Tim, a lad about thirteen years of age, rushed from the store with a base ball bat, with which he struck Martin a heavy blow on the back of te head.  Then Regan got on top of Martin, and struck him several blows before he realized that he was insensible.  He then went to his store, but returned in a few moments, when told that Martin was dead. Regan's face was considerably bruised in the melee. Both father and son were arrested, and an inquest is being held. Regan has always borne a good reputation.  Martin is said to have been under the influence of liquor.
Sarah Cary
Norwich Journal, June 27, 1821
Died, at Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 18th inst. Mrs. Sarah Cary, in the 22d year of her age, after a distressing sickness of about two months, which she bore with Christian fortitude and humble resignation, trusting in the merits of our Saviour.  In the dispensation of Divine Providence, in the death of this truly amiable woman, in the morning of life, an affectionate husband and an infant child have sustained an irreparable loss.  Her numerous relatives, friends and acquaintance, to whom she was endeared by the strongest sympathies of human nature, will feel the distressing calamity as not easily repaired, nor soon to be forgotten.  Let this unexpected mortality enforce the salutary admonition, that in the midst of life there is death," and the importance of being prepared to meet this momentous event.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Retirement of B-G Art Teacher Lucille Kinney

Lucille Kinney Retires
by Nancy Sue Burns
Tri-Town News, July 7, 1976

Mrs. Lucille Kinney
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]:  Lucille Kinney never gave any thought to being an art teacher.  A native of Brooklyn, New York, she attended Pratt Art Institute, one of the best art schools in the country, and like her sister, a fashion artist, dreamed of the sophisticated world of art design. But Lucille Kinney found her niche where she least expected.  In the late 1930s, the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School needed an art teacher--"just to fill in until we can find someone on a permanent basis,"  Lucille was told.  And so Mrs. Kinney took the first step that was to firmly implant her in the school and eventually in the hearts of many students and fellow teachers. They soon learned that here was a teacher who wanted to not only help the art student develop his talents but wanted to help all students gain an appreciation for and an understanding of beauty as evidenced in the many art forms.
"I think I was really lucky," said Mrs. Kinney.  "I had a complete background in art at Pratt while many who were headed for teaching careers got bogged down with courses centered on teaching certification.  My certification as a teacher came after I had my courses in art.  After I took the 'temporary' job at Bainbridge-Guilford, I began to take courses for certification leisurely," she said "Somewhere along the way teaching became a real challenge for me and I never had any thoughts of leaving Bainbridge.  I've been lucky, the art program has been mine," she said.  "I've had complete freedom to do thing my way."
When Mrs. Kinney began teaching, she taught art at all grade levels.  In recent years she has had just high school students.  "I teach a very structured course with emphasis on the fundamentals," she said.  "We also take field trips and I believe in competition."  Among the areas where her students have competed have been at Roberson in Binghamton and at the Automobile Association competition in Oneonta where they swept away all the awards.
Mrs. Kinney is not just concerned with how well her students can paint or draw or succeed in any other medium.  "I like to bring out the fact that art is not just the work you put down on paper, but what you can enjoy and understand," she said.  "Even if a student can not do the work himself, he can appreciate what others do."  Mrs. Kinney continued, "Art isn't anything that should stay within the classroom.  It should be a part of each one's life.  I try to give my students as broad a view as possible.  I tell them be interested, be involved."
Mrs. Kinney is a delightful lady with a warm and spontaneous smile. She appeared for her interview at the Tri-Town News in a bright yellow culotte and hardly looked like a teacher about to retire and yet that is what she did at the end of the school year.
"Teaching has been very rewarding and I am pleased that so many of my students are in the field of art," she said.
Now with more time for herself, she plans to "do more painting myself and to pick up a couple of art courses.  "We never run out of things to do or learn," she commented.  She also plans to do some camping with her husband, Walter, and to spend time gardening.
In looking back over the years as an art teacher, Mrs. Kinney said she has no regrets about her choice of a career.  "It has been a marvelous experience," she said, "working with young people, seeing their talent develop has been a thrill."
In her years at B-G she has made friends with and been influenced by a great many people as well as having influenced many others herself. She said the person who has been the most inspiration for her outside of her own family was former B-G Principal Edward Andrews.  "He was a stimulating person who knew how to make you want to do your best," she said. 
One of her greatest thrills recently was having the new art gallery in the school named after her--the Kinney Art Gallery.  Olie Williams, who is entering art school next fall and other students in Mrs. Kinney's high school art classes were instrumental in having the gallery named after her. At an assembly program, Mrs. Kinney received flowers and a plaque.
While much of her life has been concerned with her students and her art, her personal life has centered around her husband, Walter, and their three children and now their five grandchildren.  Her daughter Eleanor "Duff" Conklin recently started work on her doctorate degree. She has an assistantship at Indiana Un. at Pennsylvania.  She teaches English at Mariest College in Poughkeepsie.  Eleanor has four children.  Stephen is now working on his second master's degree in business administration.  He is in charge of the Ithaca office for the Ithaca Concrete and Block Co.  He has one son.  Walter "Terry" Kinney recently earned his doctorate degree at N.Y.U.  He is a professor at Waterloo University in Canada.

Obituaries (April 24)

Edwin J. Chase
Utica Saturday Globe, October 1921
Edwin J. Chase
1855 - 1921

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The body of Edwin J. Chase was brought to the residence of his son, Scott E. Chase of 111 Pleasant Street, where funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Frank Dean Gifford officiating and burial was made in Mount hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].  Mr. Chase died in Oneida on Saturday, aged 66.  Besides the son mentioned he leaves a widow, Harriet Chase of Oneida, and three daughters, Mrs. David Lewis and Miss Maude Chase of Utica, and Miss Gertrude Chase, of Oneida; also four grandchildren.
Grant L. Chase
Morning Sun, Norwich, NY, November 5, 1894
At the residence of his parents, No 3 Auburn street, Sunday morning occurred the death of Grant L [Chase]., son of Edwin and Harriet Chase, aged 10 years.  funeral service will be held Tuesday afternoon from the house at 2 o'clock, Rev. T.G. Case officiating.  Interment in Mt. Hope [Norwich, NY].
Harriet V. (Boss) Chase
Norwich Sun, February 13, 1934
Harriet V. Chase, widow of the late Edwin J. Chase, died Tuesday at her home, 338 Cleveland avenue, Oneida. She was born in Deansboro, the daughter of Stephen and Victoria Boss, and was 77 years of age. The deceased resided in Norwich until 17 years ago, then moved to Oneida, where Mr. Chase died 12 years ago.  Mrs. Chase was a sister of Mrs. Nellie Estabrook, who died Feb. 1.  She leaves the following children, Miss Gertrude L. Chase, who lives at home, Scott E. Chase f Norwich, Mrs. David Lewis of Long Lake and Mrs. William Jones of Mohawk, and the following grandchildren, Edwin and Esther Chase of Norwich, John Potter of Camp Marmont, N.J., and Amos Lewis of Long Lake.  Funeral services will be held at 138 Cleveland avenue, Oneida, Thursday at 1 o'clock, with burial in Mt. Hope cemetery, Norwich, beside the late husband of the deceased.
Autumn Bard
Norwich Sun, February 13, 1934
Following an illness of several months, Miss Autumn Bard, aged 22 years, died Monday night at the Chenango Memorial Hospital.  Miss Bard was the daughter of Mrs. Blanche Bard of 7 Plymouth street. Deceased was a prominent member of the graduating class of Norwich high school last June.  Her untimely passing will be mourned by countless friends and acquaintances.  Active in her school, Miss Bard's charming disposition endeared her to her classmates and teachers. She played basketball as a member of class teams and the girls' varsity and was prominent also in school theatrical productions. She was a devoted member of the Broad street Methodist Episcopal church.  Miss Bard was a native of this city, passing her entire life here and receiving her education in the Norwich schools.  Surviving besides her mother are two sisters, Miss Vivian M. Bard and Mrs. Marion Cole, all of this city.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from the Broad Street Methodist church. Dr. I.W. Nicholson, pastor, will officiate with burial being made in Mt. Hope cemetery [Norwich, NY].

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blog Post listing April 17-23, 2017

Blog post listing April 17-23, 2017

Posted April 23, 2017
Elopement - Ephraim & Polly Briggs - 1818
Marriages notices
     Jotham Packer - Almira Mason (1819)
     Timothy Bosworth - Betsey Pabodic (1819)
     William Brown - Rebecca Wood (1819)
     Williams Avery - Hannah Dixon (1820)
     Ammon Merritt - Tandy Purdy (1820)
     Jonas Smith - Jane Kenneda (1820)
Posted April 18, 2017
Katherine (Rice) O'Brien (Norwich, 1921)  photo
James Thomas O'Brien (Norwich, 1917)
Channing Yorke (Seward, 1900)  Hurricane victim
Ida A. (Rowe) Page (Sanford, 1900)
Fred Droxell (Bainbridge, Coventry, 1901)  drowning

Posted April 19, 2017
Susan A. (Ingraham) Knickerbocker (Coventry, 1921)  photo
Hezekiah P. Knickerbocker (Coventry, 1865)
Gerusha Bissell (Norwich, 1820)
Henry Grant Tiffany (Saranac lake, Norwich, 191)
Caroline H. (Wells) Aldrich (Plymouth, 1901)

Posted April 20, 2017
William T. morse (Norwich, 1901)  photo
Curtis E. Winsor (Oxford, 1948)
Death notices - 1864
     William F. Brown (Norwich)
     George Winsor (Norwich)
     James Walker (Oxford)
     Frances A. Walker (Oxford)
     Betsey W. Freeman (Plymouth)
     Marshall D. Williams (New Berlin)
     Almon King (Lincklaen)  civil War casualty
     Susan Luce (Nineveh)
     Jane M. Stiles (Norwich)

Posted April 21, 2017
Helen (Woodard) Hunter (Oxford, 1900)  photo
Alfred Harris (Guilford, 1884)  accidental shooting
Charles Clark (North Norwich, 1893)  accidental drowning
Calvin Carver (North Norwich, 1893) accidental drowning
John Snow (East Norwich, 1893)  struck by train

Posted April 22, 2017
Martha (Grant) Conklin (Norwich, 1919)  photo
William R. Hammond (Norwich, 1820)
Lucy A. (Thompson) Gale (McDonough, 1919)
Winslow Gale (McDonough, 1925)

Posted April 23, 2017
Emily (Kemp) King (Norwich, Oriskany Falls, 1910)  photo
Charles T. King (Norwich, Oriskany Falls, 1926)
John Lee (Norwich, Eaton, 1870)  Fall from Lyon Brook Bridge
Posted April 17, 2017
Murder trial of Herbert W. Smith - 1921  photo
Posted April 18, 2017
Annetta E. (Maxon) McCrea, First woman landscaper in US - 1900  photo
Posted April 19, 2017
Old Time View of South Broad Street, Norwich, NY  photo
Posted April 21, 2017
Dr. Mary A. Case's 82nd Birthday - 1900  photo
Posted April 22, 2017
Delay Frink, World War I Soldier, 1917  photo

Marriages (April 23)

Norwich Journal, Aril 16, 1818
Whereas, my wife Polly Briggs, without any just provocation has left my bed and board, this is to forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account as I am determined to pay no debts she may contract after this date - Ephraim Briggs
Packer - Mason
Norwich Journal, January 9, 1819
Married on the evening of the 14th inst., by the Rev. Isaac Allerton, of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Mr. Jotham Packer of Preston [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Almira Mason of Norwich.
Bosworth - Pabodic
Norwich Journal, June 3, 1819
In this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on the 23d ult. by the Rev. Jedidiah Randall, Mr. Timothy Bosworth of Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Betsey Pabodic of this town.
Brown - Wood
Norwich Journal, July 20, 1819
(Sometime in the month of February last) by Elder N. Noyes, Mr. William Brown, to Miss Rebecca Wood, all of Preston [Chenango Co., NY].
Avery - Dixon
Norwich Journal, January 26, 1820
Married at Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], on the 19th ult., by the Rev. Joshua A. Knight, Mr. Williams Avery to Miss Hannah Dixon.
Merritt - Purdy
Norwich Journal, January 26, 1820
At North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], on the 15th inst. by Elder Gilbert, Mr. Ammon Merritt to Miss Tandy Purdy.
Smith - Kenneda
Norwich Journal, February 9, 1820
In Smyrna, on Thursday the 3rd inst. Mr. Jonas Smith aged 39 years, to Miss Jane Kenneda, aged 23, both of this town [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].

Obituaries (April 22)

Emily (Kemp) King
Utica Saturday Globe, June 1910

Emily (Kemp) King
1844 - 1910

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Funeral services for the late Mrs. Charles T. King were held from her late home in Oriskany Falls [Oneida Co., NY] on Thursday of last week.  Her death occurred on Tuesday.  With her husband Charles T. king, who is among the long-time employees of the New York, Ontario & Western, Mrs. king is pleasantly remembered by many friends in Norwich where they resided for so many years while Mr. King was a conductor on the Utica branch and the northern division, and popular all along the line. Since Mr. King's retirement from active service they have made their home in Oriskany Falls.
Amsterdam Evening Recorder, February 26, 1910
Emily Kemp, wife of Charles T. King, died at 11 o'clock Friday night at her home in Norwich, after a long illness of a complication of diseases, aged about 62 years.  Mrs. King, who has frequently visited in this city, was born in London, but has spent most of her life in Utica and Norwich, in both of which places she was prominently connected with social and church circles.  She was possessed of a soprano voice of unusual merit.  Mr. King, who is well known in Amsterdam, has for many years been connected with the Ontario & Western railroad.  Miss Harriet King, a sister of Mr. King, left this afternoon for Norwich.  Mr. and Mrs. John C. Hatcher will also attend the funeral, which will be held on Monday.
Charles T. King
The Waterville Times, May 13, 1926
Oriskany Falls [Oneida Co., NY]:  Tuesday morning, May 4th, occurred the death of Charles T. King after an illness extending over two years.  During this time he has been in an enfeebled condition and for the past six months has been unable to leave his room.  Mr. King was well known along the line of the Ontario and Western railway for he was in the service of this company for many years, serving as a trainman and for a good number of years as conductor.  He was a very popular official and at one time received a beautiful lantern as the most popular conductor.  He was a man who gave his employers the best there was in him, and his honesty and strict attention to business won for him a high regard not only from those who employed him but from the public at large.  He was a citizen of the best kind and had the interest of his home town always at heart.  He was a charter member of the Oriskany Falls Fire Department and up to the last never lost interest in the organization.  He was a 33rd degree Mason and in this order he found the highest kind of interest.  he was devoted to the craft and may times was honored by being a delegate to their conventions all over the united States.  He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and was faithful in its teachings, and gave freely toward the support of the same.  he was also a member of the Order of Railway Conductors and held various offices in the order.  He was prominently identified with the Railway Y.M.C.A. and was one of the men who interested himself when the hospital at Norwich was made possible. The passing of Mr. King causes sincere regret among his many friends, but he was given a longer span of life than is allotted in many cases, and this, in a way, mitigates the sorrow.  He was cared for during the last year of his life by his devoted sister who spared not a thing to make his last days comfortable. To her and his relatives the sympathy of all is extended. The funeral was held Friday, a delegation of Masons from Waterville attending.  The bearers were members of the Sanger Lodge, of which he was a member. The floral display was perhaps the largest and most beautiful of any ever seen in this place, pieces coming from the various lodges of which  Mr. King was a member.  A loaded automobile filled to the doors with handsome flowers came from Amsterdam. There were present many of Mr. King's co-workers in the railway business, which included the superintendent of the O.&W. trainmasters, conductors and train men and retired train men.  All were present to honor the memory of one who for nearly a half century labored among them. The services at the grave were in charge of the Masonic fraternity, and these men acted as a special guard during the services.  In the passing of Mr. King this place has lost a very interested and unselfish booster.  He always had the greatest pride in his adopted town and never failed to do his full share for the betterment of the same. To those who are left to mourn his loss the sincere sympathy is extended, especially his devoted sister who has cared for him so lovingly during his last illness.
John Lee
Chenango Union, October 12, 1870
On Thursday afternoon of last week, a man fell from Lyon Brook bridge [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], at its highest point, and was instantly killed.  It appears from information that we have since obtained that his name was John Lee, and his home was at Eaton, Madison county.  He came to Norwich to attend the Fair, but after imbibing pretty freely of whisky, took the Thursday afternoon train south, stopping at Lyon Brook with many others, who went down to see the famous bridge; but it appears that Lee remained.  A party of young men and girls got off the train from the south of the bridge, and Lee informed them that he was employed by the Company to show the bridge to visitors, and told them to follow him.  He said that it was necessary for the gentlemen to walk on one side of the bridge and the ladies on the other, while he walked the ties in the center; and in this order he marched the party to the highest point of the bridge, immediately over the creek, where he ordered them to halt, informing them that they were at the highest point, and that he would now proceed to show them the most remarkable feat they had ever witnessed.  He then sat down on the ties, reached under and took hold of one of the iron rods, and let himself drop, no doubt thinking that he would be able to keep his grasp of the rod; but to the horror of the spectators, he fell to the bottom, a distance of one hundred and fifty-five feet mangling his body in a horrible manner, and killing him instantly.  Coroner Avery was immediately notified and proceeded to hold an inquest, at which the above facts were elicited. The body was not identified until Sunday, when Mr. Edwin Wilcox, of Eaton, happened in town on a short visit, and recognized it as that of John Lee of Eaton.  The victim of this horrible tragedy was a single man, about thirty years of age, and a painter by trade.  he has a married sister living at Eaton.  His frightful death is another fearful warning of the evils of intemperance, as there is not a doubt that he was intoxicated at the time.  Mr. Cary, undertaker, received a telegram from the friends of Lee on Tuesday morning, saying that they would come down and take charge of the body immediately.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Obituaries (April 22)

Martha (Grant) Conklin
Utica Saturday Globe, March 1, 1919

Martha (Grant) Conklin
1872 - 1919

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Martha Grant Conklin, wife of Jesse M. Conklin died at her home on Plymouth street on Saturday, February 15.  Private funeral services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. H.R. MacMillan, pastor of the First Baptist Church, friends being permitted to call between the hours of 4 and 5 o'clock on Monday afternoon. Deceased was the daughter of Frederick and Josephine Grant and was born in Chester, Pa., May 3, 1872.  Her girlhood was spent in Wilmington and Dover, Delaware.  On September 15, 1892, she was united in marriage with Jesse M. Conklin and they came to Norwich to reside. Ten children were born to them, seven boys and three girls.  One boy died in infancy. Surviving her, besides her husband, are six sons, First Class Sergeant Charles Conklin, recently discharged after serving 10 months in  the aviation corps in France; First lieutenant Raymond Conklin, now at Camp Dix in the veterinary corps after serving nine months in France as a member of the purchasing board; Lester Conklin, of Utica, a Delaware, Lackawanna & Western trainman and Jesse Conklin, Jr. in the transfer department of the Ontario & Western station in this city. Two sons, Ivan and Harry and three daughters, Nellie, Mildred and Alveretta, are living at home.  A brother of the deceased, George Grant, and a sister, Mrs. Agnes Weaver, reside at Northeast, Md.
William R. Hammond
Norwich Journal, December 6, 1820
In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on the 2nd instant, Mr. Wm. R. Hammond, only son of Mr. Samuel Hammond, age 38 years.  He left a wife and four children to lament his loss. This afflicting visitation of Providence has deprived an aged father of the solace of his declining years, an amiable wife of a affectionate husband, and society of one of its most valuable members.
Lucy A. (Thompson) Gale
Utica Saturday Globe, March 1, 1919
Lucy A. Thompson, wife of Winslow Gale, died Friday morning after a long illness at her home in McDonough at the advanced age of 80 years and 21 days.  A prayer service at her late home Sunday noon was followed by funeral services in the Congregational Church, conducted by Rev. Mr. Webb, of McDonough.  Interment was made in the East Pharsalia Cemetery.  Mrs. Gale had passed her whole long life in McDonough and Pharsalia and had made a wide circle of friends who deeply mourn her demise.  They will miss her sorely from the home in which they were always welcomed. They all appreciated her warm and generous heart and never-varying hospitality. She was always ready to help others, not merely with kind words, but with timely deeds which often meant so much more to those in need of aid. She seemed to keep always in mind:
"That the pathway of the living is an ever-present care.
Let us do our best to smooth it and to make it bright and fair;
Let us travel it with kindness, let's be careful as we tread
And give unto the living what we'd offer to the dead."
Besides her husband, deceased is survived by three children.  Mrs. Abernee Wells, of Oxford; Abner and Frank Gale, of McDonough, and by four grandchildren. She leaves one brother, Abner Thompson, of Pharsalia, and a sister, Melissa Montgomery, of Troy.
Winslow Gale
Norwich Sun, March 1, 1925
Winslow Gale, aged and respected resident of McDonough, Chenango county, died at his farm home about three miles north of East McDonough March 11.  Mr. Gale was born on the same farm in a log cabin on October 11, 1836, the son of Alpheus and Margaret (Strong) Gale.  His father came to McDonough in 1816 on an ox sled and with his own hands cleared away most of the forest then covering what is now a fertile farm.  Mr. Gale was married Jan. 12, 1856 to Lucy Thompson. After the clearing of the farm he erected a steam saw-grist and cider mill and a blacksmith shop, besides building two large modern frame houses, a barn and silo. The old log cabin which was inhabited by Winslow's father, also by his grandfather, Alpheus Gale, Sr. stood until a few years ago, a reminder of the hardy frontier days that are forever past.  Winslow Gale lived an active and industrious life until poor health and advanced years compelled him to let his sons Abner and Frank take charge of the farm.  He was prominent in town politics and in the affairs of the school district for most of his life, serving one term as highway commissioner of McDonough and occupying other local posts.  He was an ardent Democrat and up to a few years ago on hand at the polling place every election day from morning until the votes were counted in early years.  Like most of the Chenango county Gales, he attended the universalist church and his religious sympathies were always on the side of liberalism.  A machinist and mechanic of marked ability, a man of unusual energy and perseverance, and a citizen of strong character and strict integrity.  Mr. Gale had the respect and esteem of all who knew him.  Mrs. Gale passed away some years ago and the youngest son, Frank, died about two years ago.  The survivors are a daughter, Aberene (Mrs. William Wells, of Oxford) and a son, Abner Ensign Gale, who lived with his father on the old homestead and who was supervisor of McDonough a few years ago. There are also several grandchildren.  Miss Ruth Wells of New York city, George Wells of Binghamton, Mrs. Ora Jones of McDonough, Miss Goldie and Jesse and David Gale. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 14 in the Baptist church at East Pharsalia, the Rev. Wayman of McDonough officiating.  Interment was made in the East Pharsalia cemetery [Chenango Co., NY].

Friday, April 21, 2017

Delay Frink, WWI soldier - 1917

Delay Frink, Now with Forces in France Writes Norwich Relatives
Utica Saturday Globe, February 1917
Delay Frink
1888 - 1947

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Norwich relatives have just received letters from Delay Frink, who is with the American expeditionary force in France.  He enlisted at Syracuse as a private in Company G, Twenty-third Regiment, United States infantry.  He writes that he is well and glad to be in the service.  Private Frink is a son of David Frink, of Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY].  He formerly made his home in Norwich and still has five sisters, all residing in this city. They are Mrs. Milton Steward, Mrs. James H. Westcott, Jr., Mrs. Charles P. Chesebro, Mrs. Belle Van Dusen and Miss Mary Frink.
Somewhere in France
Norwich Sun, December 19, 1917
Mrs. Eva M. Westcott of 50 West Main street is in receipt of the following letter from her brother, Delay Frink, Co. G, 23 Infantry A.E.F., N.Y.
France, Nov. 28--My dear sister and all:
I will now answer your letter that I received last night.  I am ashamed that I have not written before but there are so many of you, I don't know which one to write to first, but nevertheless, I am somewhere in France and having the time of my life; airplanes in the air, everything is fine in France.  I like it here as well as I do in the States. We have turkey dinner tomorrow (Thanksgiving).  Wish you were here to eat with me.  I was down to one of the cities last week and had a fine time.  I can't send you my picture because it won't go through the mail.  You know soldier's mail is all censored, so I don't know what to write about. The weather here is not cold, yet but it rains every day and it snowed here this morning.  I don't think the snow gets over six inches deep where I am.  I think I will be able to talk French if I stay here long enough.
Delay Frink, Co. G 23 inf, N.Y. A.E.F.
Discharged From Army
Norwich Sun, September 10, 1919
Delay Frink of Norwich, who has been in the service of his country for the past two years, has arrived at his home in this city, having obtained his honorable discharge.  Mr. Frink was a member of the 23rd infantry, Second Division.
Binghamton Press, August 6, 1947
Delay Frink, 59, of 2 Lincoln Avenue, died at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Hospital, Bath.  He is survived by six sisters, Mrs. Mary McNitt, Mrs. Belle Van Dusen and Mrs. Martie Steward, all of Norwich, Mrs. Pearl Greenleaf of North Pharsalia, Mrs. Edna Aldrich of Endicott and Mrs. Eva Westcott of Buffalo; two brothers, Grover Frink of Plymouth and Otto Frink of Endicott, also several nieces and nephews.  He was a veteran of World War I. The body was removed to the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott. Funeral arrangements will be made later.
[Buried Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal, Broome Co., NY]

Obituaries (April 21)

Helen (Woodard) Hunter
Utica Saturday Globe, December 1900
Helen (Woodard) Hunter
1855 - 1900
Oxford [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Helen Hunter, wife of Charles Hunter, passed away at her home Saturday evening.  She was taken ill on Thursday morning of last week, but until a short time before her death, was not considered in a serious condition.  Mrs. Hunter was 45 years of age.  She was born in Afton [Chenango Co., NY] and her maiden name was Helen Woodard. She married Mr. Hunter in 1875, and for the past few years they had made their home on the farm known as the Charles Stratton place, about three miles below this village.  Mrs. Hunter was a member of the Episcopal Church and was a woman much respected among a large circle of friends and acquaintances.  She is survived by her husband, an aged father, her sister.  Mrs. Philo Billings, and a brother, Devillo Woodard. The funeral was conducted by Rev. E.W. Colloque Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock at the house, interment being made in Ten Broeck Cemetery.
Alfred Harris
Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, November 12, 1884
Alfred Harris, a lad 17 years of age in the employ of Clarence Rowe, a farmer of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], was shot dead Sunday morning by his brother, Wm. Harris. The facts concerning the shooting as gathered by our reporter were as follows:  Alfred Harris for the past two months has been employed by Mr. Rowe as a farm laborer.  his mother, Mrs. Charlotte M. Harris, was also employed in the family as a domestic, in which capacity she has acted since last March. Wm. Harris has lived with an older brother in the town of New Berlin up to last Thursday, when he came to Guilford to pay a visit to his mother and brother.  On Saturday, Alfred and William went hunting squirrels and the utmost good feeling prevailed between the brothers.  On Sunday morning they proposed again to go hunting, and after finishing the chores William got the shotgun and stood near the door on the east side of the house conversing with his mother and waiting for Alfred to come from the barn. During this time he pointed the gun several times toward his mother.  Soon his brother, Alfred, came from the barn and climbed over the door yard fence within a few feet of where his mother and brother were standing.  While on the fence, William turned and said "there comes a bird over the fence," and raised his gun, and as Alfred struck the ground, fired, the charge (shot), striking him in the lower left cheek, passing backward and upwards lodging in the base of the brain. Death was instantaneous. Coroner Avery was notified, who hastened to the scene of the shooting, and empanelled a jury, whose verdict was in accordance with the above facts, accidental killing. William was arrested and taken before Justice Bartles, of Guilford, and held until after the inquest.  When he was released and repaired at once to assist his mother in preparing for burial the victim of the unfortunate affair.  Mrs. Harris and William were prostrated with grief.
Charles Clark & Calvin Carver
Chenango Union, July 6, 1893
Our North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] correspondent gives the following account of a sad drowning accident in that place Sunday:  One of the saddest drowning accidents in the history of this town occurred here Sunday afternoon at about three o'clock when Charles Clark, with his wife's brother Calvin Carver, went in bathing at a point on the river known as Scotch Cove, where is very deep in places. The accident was witnessed by two young boys, who report that Carver waded into deep water and called to Clark that he was sinking. Clark immediately went to his rescue, but, being unable to swim, they both sank to the bottom The boys at once gave the alarm. The bodies were quickly recovered and removed to Clark's home. The coroner was summoned, but deemed an inquest unnecessary. Charles Clark was about twenty-three years of age.  He leaves a wife and an infant daughter to mourn his loss. Calvin Carver was about sixteen years of age.  He leaves a father, two sisters and one brother. They have the sympathy of the entire community in their great affliction.
John Snow
Chenango Union, July 6, 1893
John Snow, an old and well known resident of East Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], visited town Monday morning, and on his return home took the Ontario and Western track, as was his custom. While crossing the river bridge south of the village, he was struck in the back by the Delhi flyer, hurled against the side of the bridge and instantly killed.  The whistle was blown, when the old gentleman was discovered by the engineer, but he was partially deaf, and probably did not hear it.  He is survived by three sons, Orson and Thomas Snow, of Norwich, and W.H. Snow, of Bloomfield, Florida and three daughters, Mrs. Rhoda Kendall, of Hammond, Ind.; Mrs. Susie Hardin, of Morley, Mich. and Mrs. George W. Brooks, of this village.