Friday, August 28, 2015

Marriages (August 28)

Bayer - Howland
March 9, 1957

Atilla and Arlene (Howland) Bayer

Newlyweds:  Mr. and Mrs. Atilla Bayer of New York city were honored at a reception and shower Saturday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Olive Howland, Deposit [Broome Co., NY].  Mrs. Bayer is the former Arlene Howland.

Clark - Briggs
Miss Vera Jean Briggs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Briggs of Deposit [Brome Co., NY] was united in marriage to Lloyd A. Clark, Jr., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, Sept. 7.  The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride's parents by the Rev. Clyde H. Snell, pastor of the Methodist church.  Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Durwood Briggs, sister-in-law and brother of the bride.  The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a suit of gold gabardine with brown accessories.  Her corsage was of talisman rosebuds.  Mrs. Durwood Briggs wore a brown suit with gold accessories and a corsage of yellow rosebuds.  Mrs. Briggs, mother of the bride, wore a black crepe dress and a red corsage.  Mrs. Henry Dooley, mother of the groom, wore a navy crepe dress with a red corsage.  A buffet luncheon was served following the ceremony to the 20 guests present.  Refreshments included a three-tier wedding cake.  The bride is a graduate of Deposit Central School.  She completed two years at Ithaca college and has been attending the university of Miami.  The groom is a graduate of William and Mary college in Virginia. He spent three and a half years in the navy.  The couple will make their home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Northrup - Taylor
Miss Joan Wanda Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Taylor of Mt. Upton, R.D.1 [Chenango Co., NY], became the bride of William E. Northrup of Mt. Upton Saturday, March 1, at 2 in the East Guilford First Presbyterian church.  Mr. Northrup is the son of James Northrup of Treadwell and Mrs. Theresa Northrup of Cliffside, Goodyear Lake.  Rev. Leroy A Gemmell, pastor of the church, officiated at the double ring ceremony, Clinton Taylor, uncle of the bride, furnished the wedding music. The bride was given in marriage by her father.  She wore a floor length gown of white lace over taffeta with pleated skirt and scalloped neck line.  Her veil was fingertip length.  her attendants were Miss Barbara Markert of Cazenovia, maid of honor; Miss Marjorie Northrup and Miss Dolores Northrup of Goodyear Lake, bridesmaids; Miss Sharon Northrup, flower girl,  the Misses Northrup are sisters of the bridegroom.  Their gowns were styled identically of net over taffeta.  Miss Markett was in pink, Miss Marjorie Northrup and Miss Sharon Northrup in yellow and Miss Delores Northrup in blue.  Jon Boyce of Sidney was best man and Charles Ostrander and Rodney Schultes of Rockdale ushered.  A reception for 100 guests was held in the church parlors. The bridegroom is a 1957 graduate of Mt. Upton High school and is employed at the Atlantic service station on Riverside, Sidney.  Mrs. Northrup was graduated from Sidney Central school in 1957 and is employed at the state police barracks.

Obituaries (August 28)

Elizabeth (Gibson) Hughes
Utica Saturday Globe, August 1903

Elizabeth (Gibson) Hughes
Norwich [-Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Elizabeth G. Hughes, widow of John Hughes, died at her home on Coomes avenue Sunday after an illness of several months.  Mrs. Hughes was 46 years of age and was the daughter of William and Alice Gibson, well-known residents of Smithville, in October, 1876 she married john Hughes, of Allegan, Mich., and 16 years ago they came to Norwich from Smithville to make their home.  Mr. Hughes died two years ago.  Mrs. Hughes was a very industrious, energetic woman whose greatest interest centered in the welfare of her family.  She was a woman greatly respected by all who knew her.  She had formerly attended the Presbyterian Church.  Her mother and three brothers survive; Joseph, James and Anderson Gibson, all residents of Smithville.  Four daughters also survive, Mrs. Byron Norwood and Misses Jessie, Mary and Julia Hughes, and one son, Harry, all of whom live in this village.  The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Burial was in Mount Hope [Norwich, NY].

Anna A. Burlison
Mrs. Anna A. Burlison, wife of Albert N. Burlison, died Tuesday afternoon, April 21, aged  60 years.  The funeral services were held at 10:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Congregational church at Guilford Center [Chenango Co., NY], Rev. A.C. Salis officiating.  Burial was in the family plot at Yaleville.  Mrs. Burlison was born in Andes, Delaware county.  she is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Maud Palmer of Rockdale, three sons, A.A. Burlison of South Edmeston, R.L. Burlison of Guilford Center, and F.E. Burlison of Edmeston, and a granddaughter, Edna Burlison.  By Mrs. Burlison's request her three sons and her son-in-law acted as her bearers.  There were many floral tributes from friends and relatives of the deceased. ---We take this method to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindly assistance during the illness of Mrs. Burlison and for sympathies extended in the hour of our bereavement. - Albert N. Burlison and family.
Julian Simmons
Binghamton Press, December 27, 1948
Julian Simmons, 94 Susquehanna Street, died Friday afternoon from a heart attack at his home.  He is survived by his wife, Rosella; one daughter, Mrs. Raymond Osteen; one son, Chauncey; two grandsons, Leal McBerney and David Simmons, all of Binghamton; three granddaughters, Mrs. Marie Cleveland, Miss Virginia Simmons, both of Binghamton, and Mrs. Grace Sparling of California; one niece, Mrs. Forrest Miller of Philadelphia; three great-grandchildren.  The body was removed to the Frank L. DeMunn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Avenue.
Emaline A. (Beebe) Doolittle
1863 - 1954
Mrs. Emiline A. Doolittle, 91, widow of Ivey W. Doolittle, died at 4 a.m. today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles B. Meredith of 1 Chapman Street.  Besides Mrs. Meredith, she is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Virge Livingston of Harpursville and Mrs. Raymond Hurlbut of Chenango Bridge; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  The body was moved to the William R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 44 Exchange Street. [South Windsor Cemetery, Broome Co., NY]
Milo A. Saxton
Milo A. Saxton, 62, of 105 Roosevelt Avenue, Endicott [Broome Co., NY], died at 4:15 p.m. yesterday at Wilson Memorial Hospital, after a short illness.  He is survived by is wife, Mrs. Ethel Saxton; one daughter, Miss Ida Saxton, both of Endicott; three sisters, Mrs. Louisa Collins of Haskenville, N.Y., Mrs. Lynn McDaniels and Mrs. Sylvia Grey, both of Hornell, N.Y., three brothers Grant, Darwin, and Irving Saxton, all of Hornell, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the Union-Endicott American Legion Post 82, Endicott, and of the FOE, Aeriel 2269.  He was an IBM employee for the last 36 years, a member of its Quarter Century Club, and County Club, and of its safety council advisory board.  The body was moved to the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott.

Death Notices - Chenango Union, January 28, 1892
McFARLAND:  In Oxford, January 20, 1892, Dr. A. McFarland, of Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], formerly of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], aged 60 years.

HARRIS:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], January 21, 1892, Albert G. Harris, aged 76 years.

WELLS:  In Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], January 21, 1892, Benjamin W. Wells, aged 90 years.

RUSSELL:  In DeKalb, Ill., January 16, 1892, of pneumonia, Gertrude C. Hill, wife of Adelbert C. Russell, formerly of Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY].

KIMBER:  In Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY], January 20, 1892, Thomas P. Kimber, aged 86 years.

ROUNDS:  In Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], January 7, 1892, of membranous croup, Ida Almanda, youngest child of George M. and Jennie Winsor Rounds, aged 17 months and 8 days.

STODDARD:  In Coventryville [Chenango Co., NY], January 8, 1892, Henry Stoddard, aged 73 years.

BEARDSLEY:  In Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], recently, Augustus Beardsley, an old and respected resident of that village.

GATES:  In Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], January 21, 1892, Lewis E. Gates, aged 66 years, 11 months and 17 days.

HAYES:  In Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY], January 24, 1892, Ur Hayes, aged 85 years.

WOOD:  In Afton [Chenango Co., NY], January 25, 1892, George Wood, aged 71 years.

TORRY:  In Brisben [Chenango Co., NY], January 20, 1892, William N. Torry, aged 67 years.

WASHBURN:  At Manusville, Jefferson county, N.Y., January 20, 1892, Dr. W.A. Washburn, aged 30 years, formerly of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY].

RANDALL:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], January 24, 1892, Adelia S., wife of Levi Randall, aged 58 years.

LEWIS:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], January 20, 1892, Stephen Lewis, aged 85 years.

KEELER:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], January 19, 1892, Frances E., daughter of Edwin and Hannah B. Keeler, aged 34 years.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Marion Doi, Janapese WAC - 1944

Japanese Wac's Fighting Spirit Soon Convinces
Curious That She is 100 Per Cent American
August 1944
Marion S. Doi
Atlantic City, N.J:  "Yes people are curious and ask me a lot of questions, but they don't bother me much when they realize that i have no sympathy for Japan, " said American-born Japanese WAC Private Marion S. Doi of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], when she report here for assignment.
"I suppose their curiosity is natural," continued the private, who has just completed the specialists' course at the WAC Statistical Control School in Orlando, Fla.
Reporting here for her first U.S. Army assignment in the Personnel Distribution Command's Statistical Control Division, she said the anger and resentment which she felt when she read about Pearl Harbor left her speechless with rage. "It also inspired me with an urge to do my utmost in the war effort," she said.
Unable to attend college and study medicine, she went to work in the Scintilla Magneto Division of the Bendix Aviation Corp. in Sidney, as a clerical worker, and continued working there until she enlisted.
She received her basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., where she was a member of the 1st Co. in the 21st Regiment, and subsequently completed the specialists' course at Orlando, Fla.
"I know I'm going to like it here," commented Private Doi, whose parents Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Doi reside at 49 Riverside Drive, Sidney, "for I've made more friends since I've joined the WACs than I've ever had in my life!  Besides, the WAC uniform symbolizes everything I believe in, and will show people how glad I feel when I read about American victories in the Pacific."

Marriages (August 26)

Lewis - Blowers
March 12, 1942
Mr. & Mrs. Kermit Lewis
The marriage of Miss Mary Jane Blowers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Blowers of 25 Ayres Street, to Sergt. Kermit H. Lewis of Presque Isle, Me., son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Lewis of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], took place at 10 a.m. yesterday in St. Patrick's Church, with the Rev. D. Francis Curtin officiating.  Miss Elizabeth Kane of New York City, a former classmate at the College of New Rochelle, was maid of honor, Randolph Lewis of Afton, a cousin of the bridegroom, was best man. The bride, who was given in marriage by her father was gowned in white organza, with a Juliet cap to which was attached a fingertip veil of tulle. She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley and gardenias.  Miss Kane wore a gown of dusty rose chiffon with a large picture hat, and carried a bouquet of pink roses and delphinium.  Mrs. Blowers, mother of the bride, wore a blue sheer gown with a corsage of pink roses.  Mrs. Lewis, the bridegroom's mother was attired in brown sheer with a corsage of yellow roses.  Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents, after which the couple left for Presque Isle where the bridegroom is stationed with the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Mr. & Mrs. A.B. Smith
Bainbridge Republican, January 27, 1888
A.B. Smith, whose notice of his golden wedding will be found in another column, was married Jan. 19,  1838 at Guilford Centre, N.Y. [Chenango Co.], and he and his estimable wife immediately came to this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] where Mr. Smith commenced blacksmithing and from that time to the present he has ever been ready to "forge and weld" for his many customers.  Although for three or four years past Mr. Smith has worked but little, still the same muscular arm and many of the tools of half a century ago that earned the bread and made a home for his family of eight children, are not altogether idle, but ready almost any day to do a job of repairing.  How few there are who continue in the same line of business fifty years.
Gardner - Griggs
Oct. 9, 1943
Mrs. Hazel Esther Gardner of 33 Fayette Street and William L. Griggs of Afton [Chenango Co., nY] were married Saturday night, Oct. 9, in the parsonage of the First Baptist Church by the Rev. john Sivewright. They will reside at 84 Main Street, Afton, after Nov. 1.
Fuller - Warner
January 7, 1945
Miss Esther Warner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Warner of Deposit [Broome Co., NY], was united in marriage on Sunday Jan. 7, to Lieutenant Charles L. Fuller of the U.S. navy son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Fuller of Deposit.  The ceremony was performed at the groom's home by the Rev. John C. Eason, pastor of the Methodist church.  Mrs. David Biggs of Hancock, sister of the bride, and Gerald Fuller of Deposit brother of the groom, were the attendants.  Mrs. Fuller is a graduate of Deposit Central school. She will make her home in Deposit.  The groom returned to his duties on Jan. 15.

Obituaries (August 27)

Francis N. Grant
Utica Saturday Globe, May 1904

Francis N. Grant

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Francis N. Grant, one of the oldest and most respected residents of Norwich, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. F.D. McNitt, in Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY] Thursday of last week, aged 88 years.  Deceased had been a resident of Norwich for nearly 80 years, coming here from his birthplace, Stonington, Conn., when 9 years of age.  For many years he was a prominent and successful farmer.  He retired from active business life about 12 years ago.  He is survived by four daughters and one son, Mrs. Charles W. Winsor and Mrs. J.F. Crowell, of Norwich, Mrs. F.D. McNitt, of Plymouth, and Mrs. Oscar Bishop, of Blue Earth City, Minn., and Fred Grant, of Waterbury, Conn.  Funeral services were held from the residence of Dwight McNitt on Hale street on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. S.J. Ford, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church officiating.

Jane Emma (Bailey) Smith
1818 - 1902
In the Bainbridge Republican of last week the announcement was made of the death of Mrs. A. Bulus Smith, a former resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], At Grand Rapids, Mich.  Mrs. Smith died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Newton and a letter received by her son, George A. Smith, of Bainbridge, who is the oldest, living child, gives some details of the last illness of the deceased.

Mrs. Smith had been very well the past winter and though in her eighty-fourth year was full of ambition and with busy eagerness shared with her daughter, the domestic duties of the family.  On Saturday afternoon, March 22, she sat, sewing, putting together pieces of an intricate bed quilt pattern, a kind she was especially fond of, when she arose from her chair saying, "I will lie down, my head aches so hard."  Mrs. Smith went to her bed and rapidly grew worse each hour until she died the following Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Her disease was pneumonia, which caused intense suffering, but she was able to reason in her customary, practical way, and when death drew near she called the family to her to bid them good-bye.  Her nearness to the grave had no terrors and she sank peacefully into the last sleep.  Mrs. Smith had written only the week before to her son George in Bainbridge of her excellent health, and of her plans to visit him this summer.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith gave up their residence in Bainbridge eight years ago and went to Michigan to reside with their daughter, Mrs. Newton, who before marriage was Miss Jennie E. Smith.  Mrs. Smith was born in Cherry Valley, in 1813, and when a young child her parents moved to Guilford and in 1838 she was married to A.B. Smith. The young couple came to Bainbridge to reside and had lived in this village 55 years, respected and honored, and identified with every change for the permanent advantage of Bainbridge. They were prominent members of the Presbyterian church and their influence was always for the material advancement of that denomination.  Mrs. Smith was a very patriotic woman and took a great interest in finding out the soldiers who went from this vicinity to the Civil War, and to her conscious efforts through the four years' struggle many unfortunates beyond the pale of our town were helped.  Mr. Smith died in the fall of 1900, and though the wife was lonely her daughter's family sought to make her life happy.  Mrs. Smith was able to attend church regularly to the last week of her life.  Mrs. Smith was a good woman, strong in character, pure and loyal to everything true.  She is survived by five children.

Alfred A. Van Horne
1834 - 1896
Alfred A. Van Horne died at his home in this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] early Tuesday morning, Aug. 4th, after a lingering illness.  Mr. Van Horne was born in Lexington, Greene Co., N.Y., Sept. 27, 1832.  His parents David and Lucy J. Van Horne moved to Bennettsville in 1838.  He was the third of five children.  He lived in Bennettsville until he entered the mercantile business in Masonville in 1854 and was married the same year, October 30, to Miss Mary J. Scofield of Masonville.  As a merchant in Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], he was very popular, doing a thriving business, and held the office of supervisor during the war.  Mr. Van Horne came to Bainbridge in 1869 and entered business.  He was elected justice of the Peace on the Democratic ticket holding the office successfully till the time of his death, comprising a term of twenty years.  This illustrates the remarkable confidence bestowed upon Mr. Van Horne as he was chose from a strong Republican town.  Mr. Van Horne's long weary sickness, since October last, when he was compelled to give up business entirely, was the result of a fall he received upon an icy sidewalk four years ago, this brought upon him rheumatism and other complications which culminated in his death.  In December of 1895 while stopping in Norwich, he received the communion from Rev. W.H. Scudder and united with the Congregational church of that place. This consecration was a source of comfort to him while his life was ebbing away and enabled him to enter the dark shadows with calmness and serenity fully conscious, that:
"The souls of those that die
Find the pure joys of earth lifted higher."
Besides his wife, two children survive him, Mrs. Lucy A. Chapman and Perry a son, one of the reportorial staff of the Daily News-Democrat of Canton, Ohio. The funeral will take place at the house Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. John E. Vasler, pastor of the Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in the Episcopal cemetery [St. Peter's Churchyard, Bainbridge, NY]. 

William Fields Doolittle
1883 - 1944
DOOLITTLE:  William Fields Doolittle died at his home, 1451 Upper Front st., Broad Acres [Broome Co., NY], Friday at 4:30 p.m. He is survived by his widow, Maude May Doolittle, one daughter, Mrs. John H. Rinker of Broad Acres; one son, Raymond E. Doolittle of Lisle, and four grandchildren.  The body was removed to the William R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 44 Exchange st., where the funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. G. Arthur Woolsey will officiate.  Burial in Chenango Valley Cemetery.

Dorothy Mary Hyatt
Binghamton Press, April 14, 1944
Miss Dorothy M. Hyatt, 23, of 110 Roosevelt Avenue, Endicott [Broome Co., NY], died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa., after a long illness.  She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hyatt of Endicott; a brother, J. Edgar Hyatt of this city; also two nieces and several aunts and uncles.  Miss Hyatt was a member of the First Methodist Church of Endicott and an IBM employee.  The body was removed to the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street Endicott.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bainbridge High School Class of 1953 - Part 3

Bainbridge Central High School - Class of 1953
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1953
James Richard Hitchcock

Richard Glenn Hurlburt
Class Vice President

Carl Tracy Knowlton
Class President

Patricia Lou Landre

Douglas Walter Lee

Roger Wayne Lord

Ryan Brothers in Service - 1944

Four Ryan Brothers in Service - 1944
Few parents have the distinction of having four sons in service.  Such is the case of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ryan of Deposit [Broome Co., NY], who have three sons, Lawrence, Bernard and Vincent, in the army, and one son, Paul, in the Seabees, construction division  of the navy.

Private Lawrence J. Ryan was inducted from Walton last June.  His basic training was given him at Fort McClellan, Alabama, where he was assigned to the infantry.  He also trained at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, and at Pine Camp in northern New York state, before being sent to Camp Pickett in Virginia.  He is now serving overseas with a tank battalion....
Corporal Vincent M. Ryan, now a member of the Signal Corps, was inducted from Walton in February, 1942, and was trained at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.  He also received training at Fort Sam Houston in Texas before going to Wisconsin....
Corporal Bernard A. Ryan, now with the 22nd Transport Squadron at Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, Florida, was inducted at Newark, N.J., last July.  He received his basic training at Atlantic City and Fort Dix, New Jersey, and was assigned to the army Air Corps.  he had been stationed at Santa Monica, Calif., before going to Florida where he is at present.
Paul L. Ryan, who holds the naval rating of carpenter's mate, second class, enlisted in the Seabees in Buffalo last January.  He received his "boot" training in Virginia and Rhode Island and was then transferred to California, where he now awaits orders to go into foreign service. 
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan have two daughters, Katherine and Eileen. The former is engaged in defense work at the Binghamton medical depot, while Eileen is a student at the Deposit Central School.

Marriages (August 26)

Mable - Stanzel
Mr. & Mrs. William P. Mable

Before an altar banked with white delphiniums, palms and candelabra, Miss Bette Jean Stanzel, daughter of Mr. and Mr. Walter E. Stanzel, Sr., of 63 Park Street, was married Saturday afternoon to Lieut. William P. Mable, son of Mr. and Mr. F. Leon Mable of 41 Mitchell avenue. The ceremony was solemnized at 3:30 o'clock in the West Presbyterian Church by the Rev. George W. Brown.  The wedding music was played by J. Emery Kelley.  Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by Miss Margaret Downs of New York city, as maid of honor.  the bridesmaids were Miss Naida Lee Brunner and Miss Frances Stretz.  Robert T. Mable, brother of the bridegroom, was best man.  First Class Private James A. Fancher, U.S. Army, Walter E. Stanzel, Jr., Capt. Wayne Frease, U.S. Army Air Forces and Ensign John R. Roberts, U.S.N.R., were the ushers.  The former Miss Stanzel was dressed in a princess style gown of blush rose imported organza fashioned with rose point lace at the sweetheart neckline and a full skirt ending in a long train.  Her illusion veil fell from a tiara of heirloom rose point lace and she carried a bouquet of white orchids and bouvardia. As her only jewelry she wore a heart shaped heirloom pin of seed pearls, a gift of the bridegroom. The maid of honor and the bridesmaids were dressed alike in heavenly blue organza gowns with matching lace yokes and medallions on the bouffant skirts.  They wore picture hats of the same color and edged in horsehair braid.  They carried flower baskets made of sweetheart roses and delphiniums. The mother of the bride chose a mist blue crepe dress with matching accessories and she wore a corsage of pink orchids. The bridegroom's mother selected a gown of gray crepe accented with deep purple and her corsage was of purple orchids.  Following the ceremony a reception for 150 guests was held in the Art Gallery of the Arlington Hotel.  A three-tiered wedding cake flanked by snapdragons and maiden hair fern centered the table. The couple left for a wedding trip to New York City. The bride is a graduate of Binghamton Central High School and an honorary member of Delta Kappa Sorority. Lieutenant Mable was graduated form Lakemont Academy, Lakemont, N.J., and he received his commission at Foster Army Air Field, Tex.  At present he is stationed at Harding Army Air Field, Baton Rouge, La. 
Lt. William P. Mable, U.S.A.A.F. and his bride, the former Miss Bette Stanzel, are shown with their parents as they greet guests at the reception which followed their wedding on Saturday.  From left to right are:  Mr. and Mrs. F. Leon Mable, the bridal couple, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Stanzel, Sr.
Lowe - Gifford
Wedding vows were exchanged by Miss Phyllis Gifford and Ralph Lowe Nov. 21 in Afton Baptist church.  The Rev. Allan Douglas officiated at the double-ring ceremony.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gifford of Afton.  The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lowe of Afton.  Miss Carrolyn Tryon of Afton was maid of honor. Best man was Gary Budine of Bainbridge.  Reed Packer and Ronald Brewer ushered. The reception took place in the church parlors after the ceremony.  Mr. and Mrs. Lowe are living in Sidney [Delaware Co., NY].

Obituaries (August 26)

Patrick Quinn
Utica Saturday Globe, October 1902
Patrick Quinn

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Patrick Quinn, who died at his home on Adelaide street Saturday evening, was born in County Clare, Ireland, 82 years ago.  At an early age he came to America and for a number of years made his home in Virginia.  He came from that State to Norwich about 50 years ago and had since made his home here.  For many years he was employed by the late William R. Tiffany.  For the greater part of his long life he followed the occupation of farming.  Mr. Quinn enlisted in the United States Army during the war of the rebellion and was assigned to the Fifth New York Heavy Artillery, Company B, in which he heroically served.  He was honorably discharged and became a pensioner.  Patrick Quinn was a remarkable man in many ways.  He had a fund of Irish wit and though eccentric was generally of a happy, sunny disposition that drew many friends to him and made him one of the best known men in the village.  For years he pastured his small herd of cows in the northwestern part of the town, near the :"Red still," and during the summer season in the early morning and again at evening on his way to and from the pasture his voice became a familiar sound as he sang some old favorite song out of his rather limited repertoire.  He was a man who will be greatly missed from the community.  Besides his widow, Mary, he is survived by two sons, Richard J. Quinn, of Preston, and Matthew J. Quinn, of Middletown; two daughters, Mrs. M.W. Cox and Mrs. James J. Dolan, of Norwich; a brother, Thomas Quinn, of Wood's Corners, and four sisters, Mrs. Nellie Touey of King's Settlement; Mrs. John Brennan, of Norwich; Mrs. Margaret Hogan, of Utica, and Mrs. Betsey -?-.  His funeral was largely attended Tuesday morning from his late home on Adelaide street at 9:30 and from St. Paul's Church at 10 o'clock.  Rev. John A.  Hart officiated. Interment in St. Paul's Cemetery [Norwich, NY].  Among the out-of-town people in attendance were James Dolan, John F. Dolan and Miss Anna Dolan, of Oriskany Falls; Mrs. Daniel Laden and James Laden, of Oneida, and Patrick Keane, of Binghamton.

Oliver Beers
Otsego Farmer, Cooperstown, NY, March 29, 1907
Oliver Beers, an old and respected resident of Morris [Otsego Co., NY] died on Friday, March 22, aged eighty-nine years.  he has been in poor health for quite a while, his head bothering him a good deal.  Mr. Beers has lived in Morris and vicinity the most of his life.  He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Hyde Hunt, with whom he has lived and who has given him the best of care in his declining years, and one sister, Mrs. Lovina Beers Whitcomb.  Mr. Beers  was a man of means and left considerable property to his daughter.  The past winter, he took to his bed and declined from that time until death relieved him and he passed on to the other land.
Joseph Henry Fitch
1859 - 1914
Joseph Henry Fitch, well known in this city, died suddenly Saturday at his home in Rochester [Monroe Co., NY], aged 54.  His body was brought to Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], his former home, Tuesday and burial made in Mt. Hope Cemetery.  Mr. Fitch is survived by his wife and two sons, Harry and Edward Fitch, of Rochester; a daughter, Mrs. Otis Thompson, of this city; three grandchildren and one brothel, Frank E. Fitch, of Rochester.

Grace E. Storrs
Smyrna, NY, 1868 - 1911
Mrs. Grace E. Storrs died at her home in Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY] January 21, aged 44.  She is survived by her husband and 10 children:  Mrs. Charles Burchard, of Norwich; Mrs. Walter Brown, of King Settlement; John Storrs of Norwich; Ada Storrs, of Albany, and Mabel Storrs, Leon Storrs, Lamott Storrs, Leslie Storrs and Donald Storrs at home.

Alfred R. Kinney
New Berlin, NY, 1888 - 1911
Alfred R. Kinney died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kinney, in New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], Sunday February 5, 1911, aged 23.  He was a son of Elmer and Winnie Kinney, both of whom died several years ago.  Mr. Kinney had been in Norwich for some time, where he was employed as a baker by one of the local firms.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wilson E. Tanner of St. Andrew's Church.  Burial was made in New Berlin.

Mary Louise (Obenauer) Holmes
Norwich, NY, 1876 - 1911
Mary Louise Obenauer, wife of Lucius  H. Holmes, died at the family home on Cortland street [Norwich Chenango Co., NY], Sunday evening, aged 35.  Mrs. Holmes was taken suddenly ill Sunday morning, and although everything was done by her physician and family during the day to relieve her suffering, death came in the early evening.  Mrs. Holmes was a member of the Congregational Church and of the Loyal Workers' Circle of King's Daughters, by whom she will be greatly missed. She leaves to mourn her early death her husband, and one daughter, Christine, her parents Mr. and Mrs. George Obenauer, one sister, Mrs. George Hudson, and brother, George Obenauer, all of Norwich.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from her late home on Cortland street, Rev. Paul Riley Allen officiating.  Burial was made in Mount Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].

Francis Chapel
Chenango Union, May 8, 1884
From a Sioux City (Iowa) paper we copy the following mention of the death of  Francis Chapel, a native of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] and well remembered by our older citizens.  He was a son of the late Joseph Chapel, and a brother of Mrs. C.B. La Hatt, of this place and Mrs. H.L. Bullock, of Fulton, N.Y. He was one of the pioneers of Sioux City, and one of its mot respected citizens.

Died at his home near Sioux City, Ia., Wednesday, April 23, 1884, Francis Chapel, aged 56 years.  The deceased was one of the old settlers of Sioux City, having come up the river with Dr. Cook to assist in surveying the town site.  He was born in Norwich, Chenango county, N.Y., and came to this city in 1855, remaining until 1860.  then he returned to his old home in Chenango county, married and engaged in the hotel business.  After spending eighteen years there, and wrecking his health and fortune, he returned to his farm near this city in 1878, and has resided there since.  He seemed in his usual health until shortly before his death, which was caused by hemorrhage of the stomach.  he leaves a wife, a son about 11 years, and a daughter 8 years old, to mourn the death of one of the kindest hearted of men. 

C.K. Smith, one of the party that came with Dr. Cook to survey the town site, gave the reporter this interesting talk about the deceased.  he said:  "The party was hired at Council Bluffs by Dr. Cook.  There was Frank Chapel, George Chamberlain, a man named Ross, Hiram Nelson--he located the claim on which Middle Sioux City stands--Frank Wixon--he recently died at Yankton--and myself.  We left council Bluffs in May, 1855.  Council Bluffs was a little Mormon village then--you dared not speak against the Mormons unless you wanted to hang.  Over at Omaha there were only two or three claim cabins.  The crossing of the Missouri was between Crescent City on the Iowa side to Forence, on the Nebraska side. There was where the Mormons crossed when they went to Utah.  We came through Crescent City--that was Mormon--and Calhoun close to where Missouri Valley now is, another Moron town. At the Little Sioux there was a ferry kept by Charles Larenter. At Onawa Henry Ashton kept a hotel and there was a store.  That was about all the settlement between Council Bluffs and Thompson town, a mile below the mouth of the Floyd.  There was were Dr. Cook wanted to make Sioux City, but Thompson wouldn't give him an interest in the place.  So we came on to where Sioux City is.  Joe Leonsis was living in a little cabin at the mouth of Perry creek.  Dr. Cook laid out the town on the west side of the creek, Sioux City proper, and then bought out Leonsis for $3,000.  While we surveyed the lots we boarded with Gus Traverse; that place is now the Spalding farm, two miles below the mouth of the Floyd. The only neighbors were Judge Townsley, who lived where Needham now has a cattle farm, north of Spalding's place, and two Frenchmen who lived further south toward the river.  All the men who were with Dr. Cook took claims.  George Chamberlains claim shanty was near where Van Keuren's house is on Seventh street.  Frank Chapel took the claim which he always held, and on which he died, the farm north of the fair grounds.  He was the first sheriff elected in the county, though one may have been appointed before that to organize the county.  He lived alone on his claim, and we used to go up from Sioux City Sunday afternoons to take dinner with him. In 1860 he went back to York State and it was there that his health broke down.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Reminiscenses of Afton, NY

Mrs. Jennings Talks of Old Residents
Afton, Chenango Co., NY
Afton Enterprise, May 17, 1957
Blessed by Diaries!  What a fund of knowledge comes from the old ones! 
I've wondered who the first Postmaster was and was pleased to learn that it was Cornelius Atherton, who still has descendants in Afton.  Mr. and Mrs. Atherton were the kind of lovely old people the children love. 
The Postmaster I remember was Mr. E.M Shay.  He owned the "Shay Block" recently rebuilt by Attorney Sam Whitman.  As one went into the present Beauty Parlor, the Postoffice was on the left and his grocery store on the right.  Mr. Shay was a quiet, kindly man liked by everyone.  There were three children, Jennie, Martina and Ina Catherine, always called "Kitty."  Two sisters of Mrs. Shay lived with them, Beolia Clapper, who was an invalid, as long as I can remember, and Amelia Clapper, a musician.  She played the organ at St. Ann's as long as she was able and had music pupils.  Miss Charlotte Shay, Mr. Shay's sister was a school teacher for many years and spent the vacations with the Shays. 
The present doctor's office was used by  Mr. and Mrs.  O.N. Swift.  He was Afton's jeweler--his bench in the front window and Mrs. Swift kept a fine supply of yarns and taught the women to make it up.  The basement was used by Andrew Fisher and Wirt Newley for a meat market.  I must have been about four years old which I went to do errands for my mother.  Nothing around those days to harm children.  I don't know the age of the Shay block, but it was older than either D.A. Carpenter's house and store, now the Town Clerk's Office or the Riley Ester house, now the home of Miss Mildred Merrell.  They were built about 1850.  Both were used as family homes until the early 90s.
The Handy home was one of the old buildings and back of it was one still  older.  I think it belonged to Mr. Champlin and family in my time.  The Dr. Cook house, now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jere Jenks must have been built about the same time as the Easton and Carpenter houses and possibly H.R. Caswell's was at that time.
The oldest house in Afton now standing, is the one built by Heth Kelsey in 1804-5 on a grant of land from the government, as he was a Revolutionary soldier.  It is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Cook.  In the Cook home one finds the construction to be much as it was in the old days, with plank walls, heavy timbers which are visible in the attic fastened with wooden pins.  In the ground floor rooms are still to be round some of the original hand blown window panes.  Some of the flooring in the upstairs rooms is laid with foot wide boards.
Notes From Sketch by Mrs. Mae Liggett
Afton Enterprise, May 23, 1957
The Sash and Blind factory run by Adison Brewer and Billy Wright was another busy place. Here one listened to the constant buzz of the machinery where timber was sawed while the yard lumber wagons brought the large logs of pine and hemlock which were piled for sawing.
In front was the carriage shop of Coggins and Merrill and in back of the building was the blacksmith shop of Jack Swift.  Here one saw horses waiting to be shod and saw the sparks from the anvil as the shoes were being made and thrown into the tub of cold water. At the back of this building was the place where the staves and barrels were made by George Champlin.  All day long men came and went.  It was a happy place as one listened to the sound of the whistle re-echoing through the town and heard the laughter of those who worked.
In front of the wagon shop was the town pump and here small boys and girls assembled not only to get a drink of water but receive a ducking if one was not very careful.
There stood the Sentinel Building where the town paper was published by Mr. Seaman and it was here one leaned of the important happenings in Afton.  Mr. Seaman's son had received some distinction as a tight rope walker.
Mary and Sally remember the stories told by their mothers and grandmothers of the times when the pioneer settler were living in their log homes with the great fire places and brick ovens where all the food was cooked.  They told of the times when they killed their own meat and how the Indians came during the butchering and brought them salt (in return for a share of the meat) saying, "My squaw she love them."  The Indians knew of a secret place where it could be obtained and gave it to the white people.  Conkopet was their chief and they were tall and brave.  One time their grandmother had prepared a dinner for the noon-day meal and put it in the open window for a moment but when she turned it was no longer there, but was being carried away by a number of indians.  The streams were filled with fish and the woods with deer and bears and all kinds of wild game which they shot with bows and arrows.
The Landers family lived in a little home built of logs above Afton near the bank of the Susquehanna.  It was a cold morning in winter when Philander and his brother Hial started for the woods on the hill to cut wood.  They had commenced to cut down  a large tree with a  hollow at the bottom when suddenly a big black bear appeared.  As the bear commenced to slowly come toward them they realized their danger.  Hial ran to the house to get his gun, while the little brown dog remained with his master, barking and yelping at the bear, which grabbed it, throwing it in the air, but all the time getting nearer.  Philander realized that Hial would return too late. he raised his sharpened axe and struck the bear a piercing blow which cut its head open.  Standing on its hind feet it put its two front paws to its head holding it together and with the most pitiful cry died, leaving the little cubs which the boys took home.
Mary and Sally were familiar with the story of the two little Indian boys who lived with their tribe on Cunahunta Island (now owned by Charles Arnold, known as the Chamberlain Island) and one summer day caught a very large grasshopper and a dispute arose as to the ownership as each claimed it.  All the children of the tribe took part in the dispute, relatives joining in the fight, and still the quarrel continued until several different tribes came and a battle was fought known as the Grasshopper War.  Each generation finds the arrows still left in the ground telling of the struggle.
Then came the time when wagon roads took the place of the trails through the forests which had been marked by the Indians.
Down the years these stories of these early days had been carried down the generations in the families of these early settlers of the beautiful Susquehanna Valley.
Selected and edited for the Afton Centennial Committee May 10, 1957 by Frances Fenner, Afton, New York from writings of Mae Caswell Liggett preserved by Celia Landers Liggett.

Marriages (August 25)

Musa - Gallagher
Betrothal, 1957
Patricia Joanne Gallagher

Mrs. James Gallagher of 114 Roosevelt Avenue, Endicott [Broome Co., NY], announces the engagement of her daughter, Patricia Joanne, to Richard D. Musa.  Miss Gallagher, also the daughter of James Gallagher of Garfield Avenue, Endicott, is a graduate of Union-Endicott High School.  Her fiancĂ©, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dominick Musa of 107 Oak Hill Avenue, Endicott, is also a graduate of Union-Endicott  High School.  The couple will wed on July 13.
Judd - Birdsall
Marriage, 1944
Miss Marian A. Birdsall and Justus Judd were married Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church, with the Rev. Wilton J. Dubrick performing the ceremony.  The bride wore a long dress of white satin and net with long sleeves and fingertip veil, and carried white sweet peas and roses.  the matron of honor, Mrs. Arthur Crawshaw of Walton, cousin of the bride, wore a pink satin and net dress and carried pink carnations.  The best man was Merrill Snitchler of Sidney, brother-in-law of the bridegroom.  Miss Doris Hover sang "O Promise Me" and "Through the Years" with Mrs. Earl Case at the organ.  A reception was held at the home of the bride's aunt, Miss Bertha Birdsall, 68 East Main street, after which the couple left for a trip to New York.  Mrs. Judd is the daughter of the late Mrs. Katherine Sager Birdsall and Archie Birdsall of Downsville [Delaware Co., NY] and lived with her aunt, Miss Bertha Birdsall.  She was graduated from the Sidney High school and of Rochester business school and has worked for several years in the Payroll Department of the Scintilla Magneto Division.  Mr. Judd, son of Mrs. Hazel Judd, and the late Frank Judd of Sidney, attended the Sidney school and is at present in business in Binghamton. They will live at 130 West End avenue, Binghamton.  Two pre-nuptial showers were given the bride in Sidney.
Mr. & Mrs. Hiram Warner
50th anniversary, 1955
Mr. & Mrs. Hiram Warner
Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Warner of Deposit [Broome Co., NY], married Feb. 1, 1905, recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.  The couple, born and wed in Cannonsville [Delaware Co., NY], has lived in Deposit since 1927.  They have four sons.  Mr. Warner farms with a son, Clayton.
Marriage Notices
Chenango Telegraph, June 29, 1859
WESCOTT - BEALS:  In this village, on the 22d last, by Rev. Mr. Blakeslee, Paul L. Wescott, Esq., to Mrs. \Sarah Jane Beals, both of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].
FOSTER - BANCROFT:  In This village, on the 23d inst., by P.I. Wescott, Esq., Isaac Foster, of North Norwich, to Miss Almada Bancroft, of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].
FREEMAN - BOSWORTH:  In Pittsfield, Otsego County, on the 25th isn't., by Rev. O. Ketcham, Samuel Freeman, of Lincklaen [Chenango Co., NY], to Mrs. Betsey Bosworth, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].
HYDE - GRAVES:  In St. John's Church, Northampton, Mass., June 10th, 1859, by Rev. Andrew Cromwell, Wm. H. Hyde, Esq., of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Myra B. Graves of Northampton.
HARE - VAN HORNE:  In Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY] on the 12 inst., by Rev. Mr. Jacobs, Devillo L. Hare of Westkill, Greene Co., to Miss Augusta E. Van Horne.
HASTINGS - YOUNG:  In Guilford, on the 10th inst., by Rev. W. Southworth, Wm. Hastings, to Miss Mary J. Young, all of Guilford [Chenango Co ., NY]

Obituaries (August 25)

Harriet L. (Rathbone) Pike
Utica Saturday Globe, August 1902
Harriet L. (Rathbone) Pike

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  After a long and very painful illness, Mrs. Harriet L. Pike passed away at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Edgar Phetteplace, near East Norwich, on Friday of last week, at the age of 72.  Deceased was the daughter of Amos and Eliza Rathbone and was born in the town of German [Chenango Co., NY], this county, January 29, 1830.  She had spent the last 40 years of her life in this vicinity, the last 20 years having been passed with her daughter, Mrs. Phetteplace.  She was married in 1847 to Daniel S. Pike of McDonough.  Three children survive her, Ransom B. Pike, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Adelaide H. Phetteplace, of Norwich; and Fred J. Pike, of Geneva, N.Y. She is also survived by two brothers, Isaac H. and Charles I. Rathbone, of McDonough, and by four sisters, Mrs. George W. Carpenter, of Oxford; Mrs. Charles Sheldon, of West Eaton; Mrs. Austin W. Race, of Brisben, and Mrs. James Blackman, of Beaver Meadow.  Mrs. Pike was of a cheerful disposition and found great enjoyment in doing good to others, and was loved by a large circle of relatives and friends.  She bore her last illness with great fortitude and passed into the beyond with Christian faith in Him who doeth all things well. her funeral was largely attended from her late home on Tuesday with Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  Interment was in Mount Hope [Norwich, NY].

Rena Bell Breffle
Bainbridge Republican, July 2, 1880
On Thursday last a little daughter of Albert Breffle, of the Breffle House at South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], was burned so terribly that death ensued the following day. The little girl, with other children, had been building fires with chips and sticks, and burning potato bugs, and one of the children went to the house and brought the kerosene oil can, in order to increase the fire by pouring its inflammable contents upon the chips.  Getting the can too near the fire it exploded, throwing the burning mass completely over the little girl's clothing,...The little one was a bright and lovely child and her death strikes her parents with crushing weight and overwhelming affliction.

Hancock Herald, July 1, 1880
Rena Breffle, of South New Berlin, was burned to death Thursday by the explosion of a can of kerosene oil

Albert Breffle
Otsego Farmer, Cooperstown, NY, March 29, 1907
Albert Breffle, one of the most widely known residents of Otego [Otsego Co., NY], died at his home in that village Tuesday evening, shortly before 5 o'clock, after two years illness from liver trouble.  The funeral services were held from the house on Thursday at 2 o'clock, the Rev. N.R. Ripley of Binghamton, formerly pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church there, officiating. The burial was in charge of the Masonic Lodge of which deceased was a member.  Mr. Breffle was a native of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], sixty-two years of age.  He was formerly in business in South New Berlin and later at Morris.  He conducted the Susquehanna house here since for a short time, but later returned to Morris, where he remained for a number of years.  Some fourteen years ago he returned to Otego and built the Breffle  house, which he conducted for a time.  Of late years it has been leased, owing  to the poor health of Mr. Breffle.  He is survived by a wife, who was formerly Miss Amy Weeks of New Lisbon, two brothers, Erastus of Otego and Spencer Breffle of Morris and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Harris of Morris.

Col. Rufus Chandler
Chenango Union, January 3, 1884
The funeral of Col. Rufus Chandler will be attended at 11 o'clock today, at the residence of Mr. J.M. Phillips, Coventry.  Having been in failing health for some time, he was suddenly prostrated and after lying unconscious for thirty-six hours, gently passed to the other life, on Friday evening, December 29th.
Anna E. Teed
Sidney, NY, 1946
Mrs. Anna E. Teed, 10 River street, passed away at the Sidney hospital this afternoon following a heart attack.  She was the widow of Elmer Teed, who passed away some years ago.  Mrs. Teed was born July 28, 1868, at Cannonsville [Delaware Co., NY].  She is survived by two sons William Teed of this place, with whom she resided, and Robert Teed of Elmira.  Funeral services will be held at the Carr & Landers funeral parlors Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Carlton Opdyke, pastor of the Congregational church, will officiate.  The burial will be in Prospect Hill cemetery [Sidney, Delaware Co., NY].
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna E. Teed were held at the Carr and Landers Funeral Parlors Monday afternoon, August 13, at 2 o'clock.  Rev. Carlton Opdyke, pastor of the Congregational Church, officiated.  Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Teed had her home on River street with her son William E. Teed, where she passed away Thursday, August 9, at 5:30 p.m. She was taken ill the previous Tuesday afternoon.  Mrs. Teed was born July 28, 1868. at Cannonsville.  She married Elmer Teed in 1886 and they lived in Masonville for three years.  They came to Sidney to reside 54 years ago.  Mr. Teed passed away about 12 years ago.  Mrs. Teed was a member of the Congregational Church.  She is survived by two sons, William E. Teed, employed in Scintilla, and Robert Teed of Elmira, and a granddaughter, Freda Teed.  She is also survived by nephews and nieces.  A son, Raymond Teed, passed away in 1917.
Michael Ryan
Deposit, NY, 1954
A retired farmer and lifelong resident of Deposit [Broome Co., NY], Michael Ryan died at his Beebe hill home at 12:40 Tuesday morning, Oct. 19, 1954, after a long illness.  He was 86 years old.  Mr. Ryan was born May 13, 1868, at Deposit, son of Dennis and Kathrine Leo.  He was married Nov. 27, 1908 to Mary Margaret Dunleavy who survives him.  Mr. Ryan was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church of Deposit.  Surviving besides his widow are two daughters the Misses Kathrine J. and M. Eileen Ryan, both of Deposit, and four sons, Paul, Lancaster; Bernard, Green Village, N.J.; Lawrence, West Hurley, and Vincent, Deposit.  A rosary was recited Thursday evening at 8:15 and high  mass of requiem is to be celebrated this Friday morning at 9:30 at St. Joseph's church, Deposit.  Burial is to be in St. Joseph's church cemetery.
Emery Newby
Oneonta, NY, 1958
Emery Newby, 58, of 5 Potter Avenue, Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], died Wednesday at Fox Hospital, Oneonta.  He is survived by a nephew, Lloyd Wayman of Afton.  Born April 8, 1900, in West Sanford [Broome Co., NY], Mr. Newby was a carpenter's assistant on the D&H Railroad for 30 years.  The body was removed to the Brookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Edna (Ferry) Couse
Deposit, NY, 1958
Mrs. Edna (Ferry) Couse of Deposit [Broome Co., NY] passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 1958, while en route by ambulance to the Sidney hospital.  She had suffered a stroke a short time before.  She was 70 years of age.  Born near Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Ferry. She taught school for many years in the vicinity of Masonville and Barbourville.  Her husband, Edgar Couse, passed away several years ago.  She was a member of the Masonville Federated church.  The funeral was held at the Walter A. Dains Funeral home in Deposit on Sunday with the Rev. Ronald Thomas, pastor of the Deposit First Presbyterian church, officiating.  Burial was in Masonville.  She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Clara Hager of Bainbridge and several nieces and nephews.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Obituaries (August 24)

Philo R. Aldrich
Utica Saturday Globe, June 1902
Philo R. Aldrich

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  After an illness of about four weeks Philo R. Aldrich, a well-known business man of this village, died at his home on Brown street Wednesday evening, aged 41.  Mr. Aldrich was born in Norwich in 1861 and had always made his home here.  He received his education at the village schools and 18 years ago entered the insurance office of Stanton & Slater for many years the leading insurance firm in this village.  Several years later he became a member of the firm and after the death of Messrs. Stanton and Slater the firm was for a time composed of Mr. Aldrich and the late E.B. Inman.  Later the business was sold to S. Newton & Co., the present proprietors.  Mr. Aldrich was a charter member of the Chenango Co-operative Savings and Loan Association of this village and for nine years was a member of the Board of Directors.  In 1887 he was elected secretary of the organization and had filled that office with marked ability up to the time of his death.  In 1898 he was elected a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State League of Co-operative Savings and Building Association, and at the last annual meeting of the league he was chosen first vice president.  Mr Aldrich was prominent in Masonic circles.  He was made a master Mason, November 1, 1887.  He was past high priest of Harmony Chapter, No. 51, R.A.M., past commander of Norwich Commandery, No. 16, K.T., a member of the Fraternal Union, Anointed High Priests, State of New York, and of Mokanna Grotto, No. 1, M.O.V.P.E.R., of Hamilton, N.Y. and at the time of his death was associate prelate of the Norwich Commandery.  Deceased was twice married.  In August, 1883, he married Miss Ella A. Blackman, who died about four years later, and on September 19, 1888 he was united in marriage with Miss Lucy E. Craig, who with two daughters, Ethel and Celia, survive.  He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben S. Aldrich, of Norwich, three brothers, Hiram H., of Sherburne, Venner A. of Cedarville, Corry J. of this village, and one sister, Mrs. R.B. Evans, of Norwich   His funeral will be held from the late residence on Brown street Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Wilson Treible and S.J. Ford will officiate.  Interment will be made in Mt. Hope Cemetery.  The services at the grave will be in charge of the Knights Templar.
Mary A. Grant
Bainbridge Republican, December 3, 1880
Mrs. R.M. Grant died at Afton [Chenango Co., NY] on Saturday night last.  She was a sister of E.M. and A.J. Johnston, of that place.  She and her two sons and one daughter went there on a visit the first of July last, and was intending to return in a few days to their home in Florida, but she was stricken, down with pneumonia, and died after a short sickness of only five days.  She was 42 years of age  The funeral was held on Thursday of this week, at 10 a.m.
Died:  At Afton, N.Y., Nov. 29, of pneumonia, Mrs. Mary A. Grant aged 42 years.  Brief words and few, but how fraught are they with meaning.  To those who knew her what a record do they reveal.  The record of a human life, but of a life so full, a life so beautiful that we are unwilling to acknowledge it ended!  And it is a record of a life whose beneficent influences will not be entombed with her body in the grave, but will live through many coming years.  A life and character so pure and perfect that no words can portray its fullness. We do not write her a perfect woman, for perfection is put to earth; but when we write perfectly a woman we write but little less--we only say, that her very frailties were such as to endear her memory.  It is the record of a life whose pathway is marked by acts of kindness prompted of a generous heart.  A battle with the ills and troubles of life, bravely fought, in all her womanly weakness; and through it all she maintained the bright, cheerful disposition which ever made her presence a joy to her associates and friends.  A fond mother, an affectionate sister, and a devoted, cherished friend.  Yes it is the record of a human life, beautifully lived--and now, at the end, we write the brief work "dead."  Dead?  Yes, dead to earth, but alive to Heaven.  Ah! here is our hope and our consolation.  A life in heaven!  A life where the frailties of humanity cannot mar its beauty; a life to which this earthly existence is but the opening of the way.  A soul released form earthly clay, had solved the mysteries of the eternal.  The voice whose every accent is remembered as a melody, is hushed forever; the hand, whose every touch was a caress, is folded and at rest; but the spirit voice now sounds an angel strain; the spirit hand has laid down the cross and taken up the crown before the throne of God.  Ah, Mollie, little wonder that as your eyes closed on earthly scenes and the glories of heaven opened to your vision, your pure spirit paused in its flight to send back the message your paling lips falteringly uttered:  "I'm not--afraid--to die!"  Back to her childhood's home she came, it seems, to die; and here, amid the scenes of her early years, we've laid her form to rest.  In the beautiful valley of the Susquehanna she slumbers, by the side of the parents whose memory she so fondly cherished.  here we've made her grave.  The snows of winter shall shield it, the springtime verdure shall cover it.  Here, in the coming years, our feet shall turn in sad but willing pilgrimage, and the sod above it shall be hallowed by our prayers and bedewed with our tears--the tribute of loved ones to the memory of mother, sister, friend.
Myra (Margaret) Smith Tingley
Norwich, NY, 1954
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. Myra (Margaret) Smith Tingley, 24, of 58 Henry Street, died this morning in the Chenango Memorial Hospital, as a result of a gun shot wound she suffered on Aug. 23.  Police broke into the Buchanan Hardware Store in North Broad Street shortly after midnight on the morning of Aug. 23 and found Mrs. Tingley on the floor, wounded.  She was rushed to the hospital suffering a wound in the side from a .22 caliber rifle bullet.  After investigation, Police Chief Harold O. Mattice said that Mrs. Tingley entered the store with a key belonging to her father, Lynn Smith, an employee of the store.  Chief Mattice said she took a .22 caliber rifle to the back of the store, loaded it and tested it and then returned to the front of the store and shot herself.  She called the telephone operator, who called the police, the chief said.
Verna R. Snyder
Endicott, NY, 957
Miss Verna R. Snyder, 74, of 110 Roosevelt Avenue, Endicott [Broome Co., NY] died at 4:38 p.m. yesterday at Ideal Hospital after a long illness.  She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Bert Hyatt of Endicott with whom she resided, and several nieces and nephews.  She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Endicott, its Bethany Class, the Clover Leaf Rebekah Lodge, 136, of Endicott, and the Clover Leaf Club. She was a former employee of Burt's Department Store, Endicott.  The body was moved to the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott.
James B. Hill
Johnson City, NY, 1959
James B. Hill, 80, only surviving brother of Broome County Republican chairman William H. Hill, collapsed while walking in Main Street in Johnson City [Broome Co., NY] yesterday afternoon and was pronounced dead at 1:40 p.m. at Wilson Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services will take place at 3 p.m. Monday at the J.F. Rice Funeral Home, 150 Main Street, Johnson City, with the Rev. Rolland J. Crompton of Hillcrest officiating.  A verdict of natural cause was issued by Coroner Glenn Tymeson of Lisle.  Mr. Hill was seen by a Johnson City Post Office employee as he collapsed on a sidewalk at Main and Balwin streets, near the entrance of First Baptist Church.  Johnson City police ambulance was called by the postal worker.  The ambulance arrived at the hospital at 1:30 p.m.  Mr. Hill who lived at 27 Jenison Avenue, Johnson City, with his sister, Mrs. Bessie H. Fell, had gone out on a series of errands shortly before his collapse.  He was a frequent stroller in the village's business center.  He bore a strong resemblance to William H. Hill, 83, who is publisher of the Binghamton Sun as well as county GOP leader.  James Hill was the youngest of the six children of the late Rev. and Mrs. J. William Hill.  His brothers Joseph, Samuel, and George all are deceased.  Like the GOP county chairman, James  Hill attended Binghamton Central High School.  In his late teenage years he was employed by Endicott Johnson and became a foreman in the E.J. Pioneer Factory.  He later joined a shoe firm in Brocton, Mass., and about 1925, went to England where he was superintendent of a shoe factory until shortly before World War 2, when he retired.  In addition to William H. Hill and Mrs. Fell he is survived by four nephews and two nieces.  They are Miss Dorothy Hill of Endicott and Richard Hill of Hillcrest children of William H. Hill, and the late Joseph Hill's four children, Miss Doris Hill, Newell, James and William H. Hill, 2d, all of Binghamton.  Mr. Hill was a member of Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Methodist church in Johnson City.  Burial is to be in Riverhurst Cemetery, Endwell [Broome Co., NY].

Dramatic Club Rehearses - 1942

Dramatic Club Rehearses
Binghamton Press, September 25, 1942
Mrs. Wickham, Mrs. Whitmarsh and Miss Crane enact a scene from "The Winter's Tale" as two other members of the Shakespeare Dramatic Club look on appreciatively, at the first  meeting of the fall, which was held yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Kattell, 34 Riverside Drive.
Left to Right:  Mrs. Robert S. Wickham, Mrs. Charles O. Worden, Mrs. Thomas B. Kattell, Mrs. H. DeForest Whitmarsh, Miss Lillian Crane

Marriages (August 24)

 Elliott - Hoyt Betrothal
Afton, NY, June 1956
Barbara Joan Hoyt
Betrothed:  Mr. and Mrs. A. Stanley Hoyt of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Barbara Joan Hoyt, to Richard E. Elliott,  Mr. Elliott is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Aubrey Elliott of Greene RD 1 [Chenango Co., NY].
Wypler - Wilcox Betrothal
Bainbridge, NY, June 1956
Donna E. Wilcox
The engagement of Miss Donna E Wilcox and Brig. Gen. George E. Wypler, U.S. Air Force, is made known by the future bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice J. Wilcox of Bainbridge [Chenango  Co., NY].  Miss Wilcox and her fiancĂ©, son of Mrs. Alford B. Wypler of Huntington Station and the late Mr. Wypler, are planning a September wedding.  The bride-to-be, a graduate of Bainbridge High School, received her B.A. degree from Cornell University and her M.A. degree from Columbia University.  She is a member of Huntington High School faculty and a member of Kappa Delta.  General Wypler received his B.A. Degree from the University of Wisconsin and his MBA degree from Harvard Graduate School of Business.  A member of Alpha Delta Phi, General Wypler did graduate work at Cornell University.  He will report for active duty in Washington D.C. on Aug. 1. 
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Somerville
Sidney, NY, October 1962
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Somerville of 5 Secor Street, Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by entertaining 128 of their friends of the Elks Club in Sidney on Saturday evening, October 20.  Friends were from Sidney, New Berlin, Delhi, Bainbridge, Windsor, Binghamton, Albany, Salt Point, Unadilla, Pittsford, Endicott, Union, Rochester, Oneonta, Stamford, Lathams, Utica, Norwich, Morris, Oxford, Kelsey, N.Y. and from Niagara, Wisconsin.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Blog listing August 17 - 23, 2015

Listing of blog postings for the week of August 17-23, 2015

Posted August 17, 2015
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Beardsley (48th anniversary, 1880)
Mary Gage - Charles Fuller (1880)
George Graves - Mary J. Wheeler (1880)
Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Searles (50th anniversary, 1936)
Marriage Notices
Samuel McKoon - Adelia Perkins (1835)
Frederick Juliand - Jane Cameron Ringer (1835)
J. Howard Bennett - Miss Frank M. Williams (1880)

Posted August 23, 2015
Charles Cook - Kate Beaver (1880)
Mr. & Mrs. Ivey W. Doolittle (65th anniversary, 1952)
Barbara  Hope Hager - Dale Richard Wagner (1959)
Posted August 17, 2015
Dr. Mary A. Case (Norwich, Preston, 1902)
Susanna (Haight) Williamson (Chenango, 1849)
Fred Bullock (Sherburne, 1881)
Lewis S. White (Binghamton, 1884)
Marshall Decker (1884)  Drowning
Albert Noyes (East Pharsalia, 1884)
Clarnece P. Case (Bainbridge, 1930)
Death Notices - 1835
     Jane Farr (Norwich)
     James H. Preston (Butternuts)

Posted August 18, 2015
Lydia McLagan (Norwich, North Guilford, 1902)
Thomas J. Wilkins (Afton, Leesburg VA, 1880)
Moses Axtell (Barbourville, 1880)
John McNulty (Coventry, Norwich, 1884)  drowning
Martha (Baldwin) Babcock (Sherburne, 1884)
Death Notices - 1872
     Nancy A. Jones (Sherburne)
     Fred H. Jones (Sherburne)
     Lewis J. Waters (Binghamton)
     Lydia Jemima Rackett (East Marion, LI)
     Kitty H. Quinn (Preston)

Posted August 19, 2015
Cyrus B. Martin (Norwich, 1902)
Hattie L. Rider (North Norwich, 1874)
Kate Conkling (Norwich, 1884)
John Wylie (New Ohio, 1884)
Eliza Fitch (Delhi, 1891)
Hon. Nelson K. Wheeler (Deposit, 1880)

Posted August 20, 2015
Ada A. (Clare) Ormsby (Norwich, 1902)
Amelia F. Case (North Norwich, 1890)
Lydia Caroline Neely Buell Hand (Norwich, Windsor, 1894)
Lucinda (Miner) Winsor (Guilford, 1897)
Willson Shapley (Fishkill Plains, Guilford, 1897)
Ethel Thelma Anthony Winsor (Norwich, Guilford, 1957)

Posted August 21, 2015
Sidney S. Babcock (Norwich, 1902)
Lucinda Knapp (Cazenovia, 1846)
Anna (Green) Goit (Oswego, 1902)
Charles Gibson (Norwich, 1880
Nathan P. Wheeler (Norwich, Brooklyn, 1884)

Posted August 22, 2015
Carroll C. Brooks (Norwich, 1902)
William Thayer (Bainbridge, 1906)
George W. Hill (Johnson City, 1957)
Harry G. Horton (Afton, 1958)
Dr. Clayton M. Axtell, Sr. (Deposit, 1958)
Death Notices - 1902
      Mary Ransford Hunt (Norwich)
     Amos A. Burr (Norwich)
     Wealthy M. Bolles (Guilford)
     John Murphy (Afton)
     Lawrence St. John (Mt. Upton)
     Ackerman (New Berlin)
     Mrs. Harvey Hulbert (Morris)
     Lucretia Odell (Mt. Upton)
     Julius Chase (Morris)
     Mrs. Harvey Brown (Mt. Upton)

Posted August 23, 2015
Mary (Slater) Blair (McDonough 1902)
Ezra Eastman (Hillsborough, NH, 1884)
Mary Louise Bush (Evart, MI, 1919)
Rena B. Teetsell (Endicott, 1953)
Leona M. Davey (Port Dickinson, 1959)
Gertrude M. (Ireland) Loomis (Oxford, 1959)

Posted August 18, 2015
Martin Harman, Rural Mail Carrier of the early 1900s

Posted August 19, 2015
Bainbridge High School, Class of 1953, Part 2

Posted August 20, 2015
The White Family Tree, 1898

Posted August 21, 2015
Alonzo A. Bryant Celebrates 90th Birthday (Norwich, 1902)

Posted August 22, 2015
New Manufacturing Concern for Bainbridge, NY -- 1891

Posted August 23, 2015
Reminiscences of Mrs. Isabelle Jennings, Afton, NY (1957)
Notes from Sketch by Mrs. Mae Liggett, Afton, NY