Thursday, May 26, 2016

Marriages (May 26)

Marriage Notices
Chenango Union, November 1, 1877

HOPKINS - GREGORY:  At the home of the bride's father, in Norwich, Oct. 23d, by Rev. D. R. Loveridge, Mr. William Frederick Hopkins, formerly of Norwich, now of Munsville, Madison Co., to Miss Isabel Hattie Gregory, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].
 
MONROE - WARNER:  In Norwich, Oct. 24th, by Rev. H.M . Crydenwise, Mr. Wellington W. Monroe, to Miss Teale P. Warner, both of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]
 
ANGELL - SAGE:  In South New Berlin, Oct. 22d, by Rev. J.H. Boyce, Mr. Olin T. Angell, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Abbie J. Sage, daughter of Nelson Sage, Esq., of South New Berlin (Chenango Co., NY].
 
HUTCHINSON - IVES:  At the residence of the bride's parents, in Bainbridge, Oct. 25th, 1877, by Rev. D.N. Grummon, Theodore C. Hutchinson, Esq., of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss  Nettie L. Ives, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].
 
HOVEY - BARBER:  In Afton, Oct. 24th, by Rev. H.N. VanDeusen, Mr. George T. Hovey, of Guilford Centre [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Eva S. Barber, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY].
 
STRATTON - McFARLAND:  In South Oxford Oct. 24th, by Rev. D. Ballou, of Utica [Oneida Co., NY] Mr. Melville Stratton, to Miss Hattie McFarland.
 
NEWELL - CHURCH:  In Harpersville, Oct. 18th, by Rev. A.W. Cornell, Mr. Albert Newell, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Mary Ida Church, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY]

Obituaries (May 26)

William H. Schrock
Utica Saturday Globe, December 1913
 
 
William H. Schrock
1840 - 1913
 
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  William H. Schrock, a widely-known railroad man and a veteran of the civil war, a former resident of Norwich, passed away Saturday at his home, 27 Cottage place, in Utica [Oneida Co., NY], after a brief illness.  Mr. Schrock was born in Winchester, Ohio, November 14, 1840, and for several years taught school in that vicinity.  After receiving his honorable discharge after a brave service in the Union army, he went to Illinois.  Later he moved to Norwich, where he became a trainman on the Ontario & Western Railroad and for some time past had had a "run" with Conductor Charles T. King. A little more than a year ago he went to Utica.  Mr. Schrock was a charter member of the Order of Railway Conductors, and at the time of his death he belonged to Norwich Lodge, No. 341.  He was one of the best known and most highly respected railroad men along the Ontario & Western G.A.R., of Utica, and of the First Baptist Church in Norwich.  Mr. Schrock was twice married, his first wife having passed away some time ago.  By this marriage he is survived by two sons, William and Harry Schrock, and a daughter, Nellie Schrock, all of Matoon, Ill.  His second wife was Miss Frances L. Button, who survives.  Mr. Schrock also leaves a brother, Milton Schrock, of Chicago, and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held from his late home Monday evening, Rev. Dana W. Bigelow, D.D., officiating.  Post Bacon, G.A.R., also conducted ritual services\.  Interment was in Norwich, where Rev. Dr. J.L. Ray officiated at the grave.  [Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Norwich, NY]
 
Robert H. Dixson
1854 - 1929
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Robert H. Dixson, who died Sunday at his home in South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], was born in the town of Morris [Otsego Co., NY], July 3, 1851, the youngest son of eleven children of Elijah and Lucy Dixson.  At the age of eighteen he entered the employ of L. and A. Babcock of Norwich as a piano salesman and continued with them in that capacity for 60 years establishing a record for that line of work in this section of the state if not the entire state.  Mr. Dixson leaves a daughter, Mrs. C-d Burton of Sherburne and a son, Frank G. Dixson, of South new Berlin, besides a number of grandchildren.  His funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home.  Burial in Riverside Cemetery.
 
Clella E. Rolf
 
Clella E. Rolf
1883 - 1929*
 
Mrs. Clella E. Rolf, who has been seriously ill for some time with pneumonia and the flu, died at her home at Ives Settlement [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY] February 6, aged 46 years.  She was the daughter of Charles and Flora (North) Manwaring and was born in Guilford where she spent her entire life.  In early life she became the wife of Robert Rolf and three children came to bless this union, Robert and Barbara, who still survive, and a little daughter, Betty, who died nearly five years ago.  Having been born and cradled in the atmosphere of a Christian home with the Guilford Methodist church and has always been a consistent member. She was a woman of many kindly traits and will long be remembered both in the home and community.  The funeral service was held at the home Wednesday with the Rev. F.S. Crispel, pastor of the Guilford M.E. church officiating.  The body was laid in the family plot in Sunset Hill cemetery [Guilford, NY]. The father, Charles Manwaring, who lives at Unadilla, was not able to be here, he being ill with pneumonia.  Those who survives are the husband and two children, the father above mentioned, and two sisters, Miss Hazel Manwaring and Mrs. Jessie Teed, of Unadilla.  (*Photo from Findagrave.com Memorial #76710989)
 
Ellis Lavern Bradley
1849 - 1929
Ellis Lavern Bradley passed away Thursday morning October 22, in the rooms over the Shelton & Drachler store where he lived. The deceased was born in the town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] on the old homestead below the cemetery on September 29, 1849 and has practically spent al of his life in Guilford.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Bradley.  He was married to Miss Dora Crandall of Norwich and to them three children were born, Benjamin and Frances, who preceded him to the world "that knowns no sorrow," and also a daughter, Mrs. Emily Thomas of Atlantic City, N.J., who survives. The deceased was a member of the Episcopal church.  On Saturday afternoon the last services were held in Christ Episcopal church by the Rev. N.S. Boardman. The body was laid I Sunset Hill cemetery [Guilford, NY] beside the dust of kindred.
 
Lester Amos Hutchinson
1889 - 1929
The body of Lester A. Hutchinson, whose death was briefly mentioned last week, will be brought here from the Canal Zone for burial May 22, The funeral services will be held from his late home on Winsor avenue at 2 o'clock.  Mr. Hutchinson was the son of Emmett and Emily A. Hutchinson.  He was born in Yaleville, town of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], January 30, 1889, and was married in Easton, Pa., on August 11, 1917 to Miss Ann Ethel Hall.  They have one son, John Emmett.  Mr. Hutchinson was employed by the United States Government, as foreman on the Canal Zone being located at Pedro Miguel.  He acted as First Lieutenant in the World War, serving overseas eighteen months. he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree mason. Those who survive are his wife and son, his mother, one brother, Howard; all of Guilford, and a sister, Mrs. Anna Reynolds of Mount Vision.  Interment will be made in Yaleville.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Marriages (May 25)

McMullen - Van Buren
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1913


Earl T. & Edna May (Van Buren) McMullen
 
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  A very quiet, but pretty wedding was celebrated at the home of the bride on Sheldon street at 5 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon when Miss Edna May Van Buren was united in marriage with Earl T. McMullen. The house was handsomely prepared for the nuptial event.  Rev. A.R. Burke, pastor of the Broad Street M.E. Church, officiated in the presence of the immediate families and a few specially favored friends.  The bride was gowned in white crepe de meteor with trimmings of Chantilly lace. She carried a bouquet of roses.  The bridesmaid, Miss Hazel Van Buren, a sister of the bride, was gowned in lavender voile, trimmed with cluny lace and carried a bouquet of violets.  Harry J. Kirchbaum attended as best man.  After the ceremony refreshments were served. The wedding gifts were numerous and the congratulations most hearty. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Van Buren and is a young woman highly esteemed among her many acquaintances. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred McMullen and until recently was a bookkeeper in the Chenango National Bank.  He resigned to embark in the news business at Walton, in which palce  Mr. and Mrs. McMullen after a brief wedding journey will take their residence.
 
Chapman - Reed
Chenango Union, June 10, 1897
At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Reed, Hayes street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], at 8:30, Wednesday evening.  Mr. Roswell Curtiss Chapman, son of W.P. Chapman, of this village, and Miss Fannie Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Reed, were united in marriage, by Rev. Edwin Judson Klock, of the Congregational church. The bride was attended by Miss Keene, of Cambridge, Mass., as maid of honor, and by Miss Maynard, of Stamford, N.Y., and Miss Bushnell, of Philadelphia, bride's maids.  W.P. Chapman, Jr., brother of the groom, was best man, and the ushers were F.C. Woodward of New York, a classmate of the groom at Cornell, N.P. Stanton, of Oxford, John O.  Hill Reed, of Norwich, and E. Clark Reed, of Saugerties, N.Y.  Mr. and Mrs. Chapman left on the D.L.&W. train for their wedding trip, and upon their return will reside on West Main street.
 
Bixby - Gosso
Bainbridge Republican, June 14, 1917
Joel J. Bixby of this city [Norwich, Chenango  Co., NY] and Mrs. Lillian Dewey Gosso of Unadilla Otsego Co., NY] were united in marriage at noon Wednesday, June 6, 1917.  Mr. and Mrs. Bixby have started on an extended automobile trip through the states and Canada and upon their return will reside at his home at 60 North Broad street.  The ceremony as performed by Rev. Yale Lyon, rector of St. Matthew's church, Unadilla, and at the home of Dr. and Mrs. S.J. White, Mrs. White being a  sister of the bride.  Only immediate relatives were in attendance.  Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln A. Groat  of Buffalo, Dr. William B. Allen of Binghamton, Rev. Warren N.  Bixby of Boston, Mass., and Mrs. J.C.N. Williams of Albany, being present. The house was very prettily decorated with roses and other flowers and made a delightful setting for the happy wedding  party which after the ceremony enjoyed together a delicious wedding breakfast.  Mrs. Bixby  who is known to a number of Norwich people, was dressed in a becoming gown of grey georgette crepe and carried lilies  of the valley.  The hearty congratulations of a  wide circle  of friends are extended to both Mr. and Mrs. Bixby--Norwich Telegraph.  Joel J. Bixby was a former resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and his many friends here extend hearty congratulations.
 
Spohn - Thornton
Bainbridge Republican, June 28, 1917
Married in Union Valley, N.Y. [Bainbridge, Chenango Co.,, NY], at the M.E. parsonage, Monday afternoon, at 4:30 o'clock, by the Rev. G.C. VanWoert.  Bernice Marie Spohn and Rexford A. Thornton.  They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Homer A. Hodge, he being a cousin of the bride.  Miss Spohn is well known in Bainbridge, a daughter of Mr. George Spohn, and has been a student in the high school.  For a year past she has held a position in the office at the Endicott-Johnson shoe factory.  After a few days spent in Afton, Bainbridge and Guilford, they will make their home in Buffalo, where Mr. Thornton is employed. The best wishes of many friends go with them.
 
Marriage Notices
Chenango Telegraph, May 4, 1859
 
DOOLITTLE - MILLS:  At Shanghai, China, January 11, 1859 by Rev. Samuel R. Gayley, Rev. Justus Doolittle of Fuh Chau, China to Miss Lucy E. Mills, daughter of Calvin Mills late of Guilford, Chenango Co. [NY]
 
SALISBURY - SCOTT:  In Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], April 20, by Rev. J.D. Cornell, Frank A. Salisbury to Miss Fidelia M. Scott, all of Coventry.
 
THOMPSON - GILBERT:  In Hariem, Illinois, March 2, 1859 by Rev. L. Partridge, Isaac Thompson, formerly of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] to Miss Ellen T. Gilbert of Utica [Oneida Co., NY]
 
Bainbridge Republican, April 5, 1917
 
WHITE - BENNETT:  At the home of Mrs. Mary Sackett, Spring street [Afton, Chenango Co., NY], March 14th, 1917, were married James R. White of Ouaquaga, N.Y., and Miss Martha K. Bennett of Windsor, N.Y., Rev. I.L. Bronson officiating.
 
 

Obituaries (May 25)

Grace (Donnell) Bacon
Utica Saturday Globe, December 1913
 
 
Grace (Donnell) Bacon
1847 - 1913

Norwich [Chenango Co.,  NY]:  At the home of William Griffing, in Port Arthur, Texas, Saturday, occurred the death of Mrs. Grace Bacon, wife of Erasmus Bacon, of King Settlement [Chenango Co., NY].  On October 20 Mrs. Bacon left Norwich with her daughter, Mrs. Walter Griffing, on a trip through Florida and the southern States to the daughter's home, Mobile, Ala., where a happy visit had been enjoyed.  While on a visit to friends in Texas she fell a victim to typhoid fever, her death bringing to a sudden and unhappy ending the extended pleasure trip planned.  Mrs. Bacon was the youngest daughter of Arthur and Grace Donnell and was born in London, Eng., July 6, 1847.  Her father was one of the earliest settlers in this vicinity, arriving here from London when the daughter was a lass of 7 years.  In January 1863, she became the bride of Erasmus Bacon and her married life was all passed in this vicinity, January 30, Mr. and Mrs. Bacon celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.  Besides her husband she is survived by five of her six children, George and Arthur Bacon, of Norwich; Mrs. Walter Griffing, of Mobile, Ala.; Mrs. Nettie Church and Miss Mary J. Bacon, of King Settlement.  She is survived by one brother, Richard O. Donnell, of Milwaukee, Wis., and by one granddaughter and a grandson.  The remains were brought here Tuesday and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the home of her sister, in King Settlement, Rev. Sidney E. Hunt, of Sherburne, officiating. Burial was made in Mount Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY].
 
Emma Elizabeth (Oatley) Atherton
1864 - 1937
Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Atherton died at the home of  J.H. Adams in New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], Thursday, January 7, after an illness of about a year. She was born in Whitesboro June 2, 1864, the daughter of J. Clark Oatley and Elizabeth Omett Oatley.  October 21, 1885, she was married to Charles Atherton, of New Berlin, who died September 30, 1934.  The only surviving relatives are several cousins.  The funeral was held from the Dakin Funeral Home in New Berlin, Monday at 2 p.m., Rev. H.H. Hadley, rector of St Andrew's church, officiating.  Burial was made in Fairview cemetery [New Berlin, NY].

Mildred Blackman Austin
1904 - 1940
Mrs. Mildred Blackman Austin of Hamilton [Madison Co., NY] formerly of Earlville, passed away Oct. 4 at the Oneida City Hospital, after nearly a year of illness and intense suffering at the age of 36 years.  She was born March 4, 1904 at Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY] daughter of Burton S. and Martha Barber Blackman, and united in marriage June 20, 1925 to Brayton Austin of Georgetown at Holmesville.  To them was born a daughter, Elberta Mae now aged nine years.  Her entire life was spent in this section of the state where as a devout Christian, beloved by old and young, she endeared herself to them by her gracious ways and sunny smile. She united with the Smyrna Baptist church at the age of nine and later became a member of the Earlville Baptist church and Friendship Sunday school class.  Last rites were held Oct. 8 at the Bonney Baptist church, Rev. J. Chapman, pastor, officiating.  A wealth of beautiful flowers bore tribute to the esteem in which she was held. The body was laid at rest in Georgetown village cemetery. Surviving are her husband, the daughter, Elberta; her mother Mrs. Martha Blackman of Earlville; two brothers, Floyd Blackman of Mt. Upton and Maurice B. of Chadwick, and many nieces and nephews.  Relatives and friends were present for the funeral from Norwich, McDonough, New Berlin, Holmesville, Sherburne, Bonney, Mt. Upton, Chadwick, Hamilton and Earlville.

Abbie Sage Angell
1857 - 1940
The death of Abbie Sage Angell, widow of the late Olin T. Angell, occurred at the family home near this village on Wednesday, May 1st.  A daughter of Nelson Sage and Harriet Green Sage, she was born at New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY] on October 22, 1857.  In 1875 she was united in marriage with Olin T. Angell and for some time lived at New Berlin, moving from there to Guilford and later to Sidney where they lived for 22 years moving to the Angell farm at Mt. Upton in 1915.  Her husband passed away in February, 1935, and she has since made her home with her son Stanley and family at the Angell farm.  She is survived by two sons, Stanley J ., of Mt. Upton, and George M. of Oswego, Oregon, and one daughter, Mrs. Bertha A. Peck of New York, and four grandchildren. She was an active member of the Mt. Upton Methodist church, where she was particularly interested in missionary work.  The funeral was held from the late home on Friday, May 3rd, with burial at Sidney.  The officiating clergymen were Rev. Norman B. Graves of Oxford, assisted by Rev. Charles J. Dempsey of Guilford.  Ralph Burlison, Clyde Richmond, Claude Wadsworth, Harry Curtis, Fred Crumb and Claude Isbell acted as bearers.

Death Notices
Chenango Telegraph, May 4, 1859

BOULL:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 2-th ult., Sarah A. Boull, aged 47 years.

VINCENT:  In Westfield, Tioga Co., Pa. on the 6th inst. by falling of a tree, Geo. W. Vincent, formerly of Preston [Chenango Co., NY], aged 22 years.

BURLISON:  In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 17th inst., Azor Burlison, aged 74 years.

WORDEN:  At Swan Creek, Warren County, Ill. Deacon Walt Rogers Worden, formerly of Chenango County, N.Y., aged about 74.

READ:  In Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], April 22, Hon. Hezekiah Read, aged 76 years.

BOYCE:  In New Berlin, Chenango Co., N.Y., on the 26th of April, Thomas Boyce, aged 93 years and 10 months.  He was a native of Worcester County, Mass.

MORLEY:  In McDonough [Chenango Co., NY], April 29th, Dr. Russell Morey, aged 74 years.



 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Andersonville Prison - Chenango Co. Veterans imprisoned

Andersonville's Horrors
Chenango County Will Send at Least Three to Mark the Scene of
Terrible Sufferings in Notorious Confederate Prison Half Century Ago
Utica Saturday Globe, February 1914
 

They Saw Andersonville's Horrors
Chenango County Veterans Who Experienced the Suffering of Confederate Prison
Left to Right:  Henry H. Hallett, of Norwich; George A. Havens, of Afton; Jonathan W.W. Boynton, of Smyrna

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The monument erected by the State of New York to commemorate her soldiers who died in Andersonville prison, 50 years ago, is to be dedicated the coming April.  Arrangements are being sought for comrades who served in New York regiments and were captured and confined in Andersonville to attend the dedicatory services.  It is hoped to stop enroute at the prison cemeteries at Richmond and Danville, Va., Salisbury, N.C., and Florence, S.C.  In these five cemeteries 36,784 Union soldiers were buried of whom it is estimated that between 9,000 and 10,000 are from the State of New York.
 
So far as known there are three veterans living in Chenango county who are entitled to take the trip provided satisfactory arrangements can be made.  If there are others they should at once send their names and addresses to Senator A.J. Palmer, chairman of the dedication association, Seventh avenue and Thirty-fifth street, New York city.  The Globe will also be glad to receive photos and data of their records, which should be sent to the manager of the Norwich edition, Norwich, N.Y.
 
Henry H. Halbert, of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], who was a prisoner at Andersonville, says that he expects to attend the dedication.  Mr. Halbert saw three years and ten months of service.  He first enlisted at Cooperstown August 24, 1861, being the first man to enroll from the town of Butternuts, Otsego county.  He was assigned to Company K, Forty-third Regiment, New York Volunteers. This company was later assimilated by Company A, of the same regiment, which was in the Sixth Army Corps, and saw much active service, being in many battles. 
 
Mr. Halbert will never forget his first experience in battle at Lee's Mills, during the siege of Yorktown in April, 1862.  Among other important engagements in which he took part were Sugar Loaf Mountain, Crampton's Pass, Antietam, Fredericksburg.  Mary's Heights, Rappahannock Station, the seven days' battle in front of Richmond and the Wilderness.
 
He was honorably discharged December 24, 1863, and re-enlisted the same day in the same company.  He was twice taken prisoner, the first time on May 5, 1863, at Salem Church while on picket duty.  After two weeks in prison at Belle Island, Va., he was released through an exchange of prisoners and rejoined his company.  On the second day of the Battle of the Wilderness he was again made a prisoner and taken to Dansville and from there to the prison at Andersonville, where he was confined four months before being t5ransferred to Florence. On December 1, 1864, he was paroled, and in March 1865 was exchanged, but before he could reach his regiment Richmond had fallen, Lee had surrendered and the war was at an end.
 
Mr. Halbert's ancestors came from Scotland in the early days of colonial history.  His great-grandfather, John Halbert, was a lieutenant in the American army during the revolutionary war.
 
Jonathan W.W. Boynton, of Smyrna is another Chenango county veteran who experienced many of the  horrors of the Andersonville prison life, during his confinement of eight months there.  Mr. Boynton enlisted August 18, 1862 as a private in Company F, One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York Volunteer infantry of the First Brigade, Third Division, Eleventh Army Corps.  He was in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va. May 2, 1863.  He was a prisoner on Belle Island, Va., from August 5, 1863 to February 18, 1864 and was transferred to Andersonville prison February 26, 1861.  He was confined there until October 31, 1864, when he was transferred to the prison at Miller, Ga., and 20 days later was paroled and on November 21, 1864, was exchanged after spending 500 days in southern prisons.  He was honorably discharged July 10, 1865, at Charleston, S.C.
 
Another Andersonville victim in this county is George A. Havens, of Afton whose picture appears with the other two in this issue of the Saturday Globe.
 
 

Obituaries (May 24)

James L. Wightman
Utica Saturday Globe, December 1913
 

James L. Wightman
1888 - 1913
 
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  When James L. Wightman and his wife left their home on Plymouth street Sunday morning and drove to the town of Plymouth for a day's outing among friends there was no hint of the tragic accident that was to enter their lives and shatter their happiness ere the night shades fell.  The day was ideal and while Mrs. Wightman went to the home of her father, John Wilkes, to spend the day, her husband went rabbit hunting with William Blackman, a well-known Plymouth farmer.  About 3 o'clock in the afternoon the hunters were in the vicinity of Round pond near Kirk.  They were walking about 40 rods apart when Blackman's attention was attracted by the report of his companion's gun.  Looking in the direction of the sound he saw Wightman fall prostrate.  By the time he could reach the side of the unfortunate man, the latter was nearly unconscious.  By his side lay a leaf which he had torn from his diary and written in a legible hand:  :It was my own fault.  James Wightman."  Blackman hurried to the home of William Cobb, the nearest farmhouse over a half-mile distant, and telephoned to Dr. T.B. Furnalld of Norwich.  Securing help he took the wounded man to the farmhouse.  On the way Wightman was able to assist  himself and his companion in climbing a wire fence. An automobile, driven by D.C. Doolittle, was dispatched from the Latham garage and the injured man hurried to the Norwich Hospital.  Meanwhile Wightman had lost consciousness.  In the early evening an operation was performed by Drs. Fernalld, Gibson and Manley for the removal of the shot from the young man's body.  He had received the full charge in his stomach. The gaping wound was believed to be fatal from the first, but later in the evening he regained consciousness and lingered for about 18 hours from the time of the accident before death intervened. The stricken wife, who came to him as soon as she learned of the accident, was with him until the last. The accident is believed to have resulted from Wightman laying down his gun on a log over which he then may have stumbled and accidentally discharged the weapon. The brief message he penciled on a leaf torn from his diary in order, it is thought, to protect his companion from any unjust suspicion of being responsible for the shooting is all that is known of the circumstances. 
 
The unfortunate young man was about 25 years of age and a son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Wightman, of Plymouth street, with whom with his wife and little boy, Lyle, he resided.  Another small boy died about a year ago from accidental poisoning.  Mr. Wightman formerly worked with his father at the trade of carpenter, but during the past year had had charge of the poolroom at the National Hotel.  The deceased was born in Norwich August 17, 1888.  He married Lois Wilkes, of Plymouth, November 20, 1907. Besides his wife and son he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Wightman; one brother, William Wightman; three sisters, Mrs. Martha Phetteplace, Mrs. Florence Warner, Miss Dora E. Wightman, all of Norwich, also seven nieces and one nephew.  Funeral services were held from the residence on Plymouth street on Friday afternoon, Rev. A.R. Burke officiating.  Amicus Aerie of Eagles, of which deceased was a member, had charge of the burial service in Mount Hope Cemetery [Norwich, NY]
 
Martha Ellen Gage Burr
1848 - 1927
Martha Ellen Burr passed away at her home, 618 Illinois street, Pomona, California, at noon, August 20, 1927, after a short illness.  She is survived by three sons Daniel, at Berkley; Fred and Homer of Pomona, and also one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Larson, of Chino, Cal. There are ten grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.  Mrs. Burr's surviving brothers and sisters are Mrs. Ida Shaver, Lewis Gage, Mrs. R.E. Van Valkenburg and Linn Gage.  She was the eldest daughter of  Nelson R. and Irene Lewis Gage and was born in South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], June 28, 1848.  The funeral services were held in Pomona, her pastor, Rev. Dr. Floyd Beckwith, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which Mrs. Burr was a member, officiated.
 
Henry W. Burwell
On Friday, Nov. 13, at 11 o'clock in the forenoon occurred the death of Henry W. Burwell at his home about a mile east of King Settlement [Chenango Co., NY], after an illness of nearly a year, aged 62 years and 8 days.  It was in December last that he began to be afflicted with cardiac asthma which developed into pneumonia and he was confined to his bed all winter.  When the warm weather of spring came on, a measure of strength returned so that he was able to get up and walk around the place, but the enfeebled condition of the heart prevented any undue exertion.  At the beginning of cold weather the asthmatic condition returned and from that time he gradually failed until the end came as above stated.  He was the only child born to Woodruff and Ann (Morey) Burwell and with the exception of a few years in early childhood his whole life was spent on the farm where he was born. About 36 years ago he was united in marriage to Hattie Wakefield who has been his faithful companion through the years.  A man of temperate habits and sterling character, absolutely honest in all his dealings, always ready to assist others when assistance was needed, he will be missed in the neighborhood where he has lived so long.  Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his loss a daughter, Mrs. Leon Wells, of Oneida, a son, Clyde, and daughter, Leona, who resided at home.  A daughter, Viola, passed on about three years ago, a loss which he keenly felt and perhaps never fully recovered from.  Funeral services were held at his late home Monday at one o'clock, conducted by the Rev. L.D. Palmer. Burial was made at North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].
 
Lewis H. Burnside
Norwich Sun, July 24. 1936
Lewis H. Burnside, for 25 years prior to his retirement in 1932, was state game protector in Chenango county, died at the Chenango Memorial Hospital at 6 o'clock Friday morning.  In failing health for some time Mr. Burnside was stricken seriously ill Wednesday night and was removed to the Chenango Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon.  He was a native of South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY] where he was born Dec. 17, 1864, the son of Rev. William and Hannah Palmer Burnside.  Widely known in musical circles, his talent as a tenor soloist won for him a great following.  In early life he was a member of the DeKoven quartet and later was a member of the Masonic quartet of this city.  He was frequently heard as first tenor and his well trained voice was at the command of all.  He appeared frequently with mixed quartets and was for years a member of various church choirs.  Mr. Burnside studied voice for some time in New York city.  Prior to entering the state service as a game protector, Mr. Burnside was employed by the N.Y.O.&W. R.R. as station agent at Hamilton and later at Walton.  He was also employed for several years at the Borden plant here [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].  He was a true sportsman, loved hunting and fishing and was a real friend of wildlife.  For a quarter of a century he served with distinction in the state's service.  Mr. Burnside was a 32nd degree Mason and held membership with the various Masonic bodies in this city.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows, the Chenango County Fish Game and Gun Club and was a founder and held membership in the Lake Ludlow Club.  He was  member of the First congregational church and the Men's Club of that church.  In politics he was a lifelong Republican.  He possessed the faculty of making friends and keeping them.  His personality had rare charm and he was known and beloved by a wide circle of friends who will learn with deep regret of his death.  The body will rest in the family residence at 63 Silver street until Monday when funeral series will be held at 2 o'clock from the Breese funeral home.  Rev. D.G. DeBoer, pastor of the Frist Congregational church and Rev. Lloyd S. Charters, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal church, will conduct the last rites.  Norwich Commandery, 46, K.T., of which Mr. Burnside was a member will be in charge of service.  Burial will be made at North Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].  Mr. Burnside is survived by his wife, Sylvia Titus Burnside, with whom he was united in marriage, February 2, 1891, in this city.  One foster daughter, Mrs. Ruth Belden, and a grandson, Robert Belden of this city; a niece, Mrs. Walter Burnside and a grandniece and nephew, Norma and Robert Burnside of Sidney, also survive.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Obituaries (May 23)

Joanna K. (Fisher) Banton
Utica Saturday Globe, December 1913

 
Four Generations
Front:  Walter Coe, Joanna K. Banton (1830 - 1913)
Rear:  Will C. Coe, Mrs. Will C. Coe
 
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Mrs. [Joanna] K. Banton, widow of David Banton, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.C. Coe, on East Main street, Monday afternoon, aged 83.  The deceased was born at McDonough [Chenango Co., NY], March 1, 1830, a daughter of Nathan and Abigail Fisher.  On September 15, 1858, at Hamilton, she married David Banton, whose death occurred about 32 years ago.  Since then she had made her home with her children. Besides her daughter, she is survived by one son, E.P. Banton, of Binghamton, and by two sisters, Mrs. Rhody Upham, of Hamilton, and Mrs. B.D. Peck, of Norwich.  Mrs. Banton was a member of the Frist Baptist Church of Binghamton. When able she was a regular attendant at the services and was deeply interested in religious affairs. She was a woman greatly beloved in the home circle and highly esteemed by all her acquaintances.  In the accompanying picture Mrs. Banton is seated and the others who appear with her are her daughter, Mrs. Will C. Coe, the latter's son, Carl D. Coe, and his infant son, Walter Coe, four generations.  Funeral services were held at the residence on East Main street Thursday afternoon, Rev. Dr. James A. Monk, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.  [Buried Mt. Hope Cemetery, Norwich, NY]

Hendrick C. Bosworth
Chenango Union, July 8, 1897
Hendrick C. Bosworth, a well-known resident of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] and for many years engaged in business here, died at his home on Henry street, Monday evening.  He had been in his usual health during the day.  While at the supper table he was taken with a choking sensation and went out doors to obtain relief.  He died in a few moments.  Mr. Bosworth was born in the town of Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY] August 13, 1897.  When about 30 years of age he moved to Norwich and engaged in business.  He became a member of Canasawacta lodge, I.O.O.F. May 10, 1869.  He has held numerous public offices, having served as assessor, justice and village trustee for years.  He leaves a widow and three children Arthur W. Bosworth, Byron H. Bosworth and Mrs.  George H. Wheeler.  The funeral services were held from his late residence Wednesday afternoon, under the direction of Canasawacta lodge.

Eugene Jones
Chenango Union, July 15, 1897
Eugene Jones, aged about 20, a brother of Frank Jones, who operates the Packer farm on the ravine road, was drowned in the Chenango river Sunday morning.  With three companions, Paul Riley, Alfred Olds and Fred Shattuck, he went bathing in the river at a point known as Walworth's hole, where the water is quite deep.  Jones was unable to swim and when he got beyond his depth immediately sank.  His companions were unable to assist him and his body did not come to the surface. The bad news was quickly spread about the neighborhood, and a search for the body began.  It was finally recovered by John Fryer, a Norwich boy.  Coroner Fernalld was out of town and the body was therefore removed to Breese's undertaking rooms, where Coroner Fernalld viewed it later in the day.  Jones' home was at Masonville, Delaware county, where the burial will take place. 

Joseph S. Lunn
Bainbridge Republican, April 26, 1917
Joseph S. Lunn, mayor of Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY] since 1913, and brother-in-law of Mrs. Charles H. Clark of this village [Bainbridge, NY], died at  his home on Walnut avenue, Oneonta, on Saturday, May 6th.  His illness dated from September, 1915, when he was stricken with pernicious anemia. He was confined to his home at intervals and able to attend to his business part of the time. The last attack occurred one week ago.  He was 49 years old and was one of the leading business men of Oneonta, having founded and being at the head of the Oneonta Ice Company.  Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Clark of this village attended the funeral.

Death Notices
Chenango Union, March 18, 1875

YOUNGS:  In Greene [Chenango Co., NY] March 6th, Mr. John Youngs, aged 50 years.

PAGE:  In Greene (Page Brook) [Chenango Co., NY], on March 7, Mrs. Mary Page, aged 85 years.

WALL:  In Greene [Chenango Co., NY] March 2, Mr. James Wall, aged 80 years, 10 months.

YALE:  In Afton [Chenango Co., NY], March 8,  Mrs. Agnes A. Yale, aged 88 years.

LOOMIS:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], March 7th, Mr. Luther C. Loomis, aged 40 years.

DAVIS:  In New Berlin Centre [Chenango Co., NY], Feb. 21, Mrs. Sally Davis, aged 87 years.



 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Post Listing, May 16-22, 2016

Listing of blog postings for the week of May 16-22, 2016.

Marriages
Posted May 17, 2016
Bertha S. Frink - Jesse G. Steward (1897)
Lillian Mae Jones - Prof. Bryan O. Burgin )1897)
Anna Louise Searing - Roland Russell Graham (1917)
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Petley (50th anniversary, 1917)
Jessie M. Davis - Curtis E. Winsor (1897)

Posted May 20, 2016
Dr. Arthur P. Windheim - Marion Osborne Holmes (1913)
Mabel Folmsbee - Earl W. Camp (1913)
Mildred B. Sackett - Russell D. Pickering (1917)
Hannah Pauline Maycock - Alden Arthur Mudge (1917)

 
Obituaries
Posted May 16, 2016
Horatio L. Wightman (Norwich, 1913)
Michael J. Allen (Mickle Bridge N.Y., 1915)
Ida Wylie Pierce (Afton, 1915)

Posted May 17, 2016
Cleora May (Vincent) Wilcox (Norwich, 1913)
Townsend M. Gifford (Lincklaen, 1897)
Almira Haight (North Norwich, 1897)
Mary M. Whitney (Afton, 1915)
Elizabeth Miles Rathbone (Norwich, 1915)
Mrs. Truman Aldrich (McDonough, 1915)
Adelaide Miles Blackman (Norwich, 1915)

Posted May 18, 2016
Mary F. (Scanlon) Oliver (Norwich, 1913)
James Boddy (Cortland, 1965)
Anna Wilkins Blanchard (Susquehanna PA, 1915)
Edna Hamilton (Otego, 1915)
Neal Terpening (Otego, 1915)
Mary P. Cook (Afton, 1915

Posted May 19, 2016
Thomas Smith (Guilford, 1913)
Harriet Woodard Porter (Yaleville, Coventry, 1915)
Ella M. Fuller Pearsall (Bainbridge, Afton, 1915)
Samuel A. Purdie (San Salvador, 1897)
Christopher Cunningham (Sherburne, 1897)

Posted May 20, 2016
John C. Sharpe (Norwich, 1913)
Harold VanTassell (Sidney, 1917)
Mrs. Frank Morse (Mt. Upton, 1897)
Stanley Ryan (Coventryville, 1915)
Ethel Carroll (Coventryville, 1915)
Laura Lounsberry (Church Hollow, 1915)

Posted May 22, 2016
William H. Pudney (Sherburne, 1913)
John H. Brant (Utica, 1915)
Emily Ellen Garrett (Afton, 1915)
Emma May Benedict (Afton, 1915)

 
Miscellaneous
Posted May 18, 2016
Norwich Elopement - 1897

Posted May 22, 2016
Bainbridge's Central Hotel Sold - 1917

Sale of Central Hotel, Bainbridge, NY - 1917

Central Hotel Sold
Purchased at Auction Sale by C.W. Ireland
of this Village, It's Future in Doubt
Bainbridge Republican, August 2, 1917

Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY:  The Central Hotel property was purchased on Saturday by C.W. Ireland, hardware merchant, of this village.  Mr. R. Shupe who came into possession of the property last May through an exchange with J.W. Fuller, advertised an auction sale for last Saturday July 28th, there were only a few people present.
 
The only bidder was C.W. Ireland who secured the real estate at $4,950.  The auctioneer announced that there was a mortgage of $4,750, that there were also due taxes and with six months interest due, and water rent amounting to $60.  The price bid by Mr. Ireland included the claims against the property.  In other words the price paid was about what the claims against the real estate amounted to.
 
After the real estate was sold the auctioneer proceeded to sell the furniture, but the articles went at such a small price, further selling at auction was discontinued, then Mr. Ireland purchased the entire furniture and personal property connected with the hotel.  If Mr. Ireland had not purchased the personal property, the hotel would have been closed that night.
 
Mr. Fred Choat of Sidney has been managing the hotel since May 1st, and he was preparing to leave. Mr. Ireland induced Mr. Choate to remain for awhile to keep the hotel open to the public.  But whether the hotel remains open or closed depends upon patronage.  The real estate can be converted into business purposes easily and the furniture was bought at a figure which will permit Mr. Ireland to get his money back if her desires to dispose of it.
 
Since Bainbridge has been a no-license town the hotel properties have not fared very well.  In the summer season the transient trade permits an income sufficient to meet running expenses, but the hotels loose money in the winter season unless supported by the local people.  Mr. Ireland announces he is willing to keep the property as a hotel providing the public will assure him a return on his investment by patronage and support.  Hotels in a community are important institutions, not only for the traveling public but for local convenience.
 
The Central  Hotel has been a land mark in Bainbridge for many years.  It is centrally located and ought to do a good business.  Mr. Choate has been conducting it since it has been in his possession in a splendid manner and his excellent table was gaining a fine reputation for the hotel, just as the owner decided to dispose of the property and adopted an auction sale as the method to do so.
 
By buying the furniture, Mr. Ireland kept the hotel from being stripped and its doors from being closed on Saturday night.  If this place is to be continued as a hotel, it depends on the public and it should be a matter of interest to Bainbridge people and especially to the business men to see that the hotel is not closed.

Obituaries (May 22)

William H. Pudney
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1913
 
 
William H. Pudney
1860-1913

William H. Pudney, who passed away at St. Luke's Hospital in Utica [Oneida Co., NY] recently after a brief illness, had been a lifelong resident of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY].  He was 53 years of age and had been very successful as a farmer.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennison E. Pudney.  Mr. Pudney was known to a large circle of relatives and friends as a kind and obliging neighbor and useful citizen who will be greatly missed.  In politics he was a sterling Republican, who always had the highest welfare of his party at heart.  He was at one time an aspirant for the office of sheriff.  Rev. S.E. Hunt, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated at the funeral, the remains being laid at rest in the Quarter Cemetery beside those of his devoted wife who had passed away about one year before.  He is survived by four brothers, Walter and Frank Pudney, of Sherburne; B.E. Pudney, of Sidney, and M.W. Pudney, of Norwich, and by two sisters, Mrs. E.B. Freeman, of South Manchester, Conn., and Mrs. F. Lawson, of Syracuse.
 
John H. Grant
Afton Enterprise, April 15, 1915
The death of John H. Grant occurred at his home in Utica [Oneida Co., NY] on Thursday of last week.  He was born in Liberty, Sullivan Co., June 15, 1857, but spent his boyhood days here [Afton, Chenango Co., NY] attending the Afton schools and later graduating from the Bainbridge academy.  He has been a resident of Utica since 1883 and was one of that city's best known lawyers.  On March 6, 1889 he was married to Libbie Yale of Bainbridge, and is survived by her and one sister, Miss Lizzie Grant of this place.
 
Emily Ellen Garrett
Afton Enterprise, March 4, 1915
Emily Ellen, eldest daughter of the late Edgar and Anna Caswell Garrett, passed away Saturday morning Feb. 27, 1915, aged 67 years.  Since childhood the deceased had been an invalid and for many years was the center of a loving family, who watched on her with tenderest care.  Her father died in 1895, the mother passed on in 1905, and since the death of the sister, Annah Garrett Dutton, nearly two years ago, she has been gradually failing.  For the past twenty years she has been practically helpless, going about the house only by the use of a roller chair and yet at the last she was confined to her bed less than three days. As the sands of life ran low, there was no disease, only a weakening of the heart action and a corresponding loss of strength.  The end came peacefully as when one wearied with the cares of the day, sinks down to sleep.  She is survived by an aunt, Mrs. Mary Garrett Rider.  The funeral services were largely attended from her late home Tuesday at two o'clock, Rev. C.O. Fuller officiating. The beautiful floral offerings testified to the love of many friends.  Interment was in the family plot in Glenwood Cemetery [Afton, Chenango Co., NY].

George B. Hall
Afton Enterprise, March 4, 1915
George B. Hall was born in the town of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] on July 8, 1854 and passed to his rest Feb. 18, 1915, at his home about two miles from Afton.  He had spent his whole life in the town where he was born.  He was a son of Alvah and Eliza Hall and was married to Elvie Wilcox, March 25, 1885.  He was a kind friend, a good neighbor and would sacrifice himself to aid any unfortunate ones.  His illness was of about one year's duration during which time he was tenderly cared for by a loving wife.  Several years ago he joined the Baptist church and was a true and active member as long as his health would permit.  He leaves beside his wife two sisters and one brother to mourn his loss.  His funeral was conducted by the Rev. C.H. Colegrove, a former pastor of the church and a valued friend of the deceased.

Emma May Benedict
Afton Enterprise, April 22, 1915
Mrs. Emma May Benedict passed from what had been to her a world of suffering for the last seven years, on Monday night April 19, 1915 shortly after midnight at her late home on Caswell St. [Afton, Chenango Co., NY]. No person could have had more thoughtful or tender care than had been ministered to her.  All that medical science or careful nursing could do to relieve a suffering body had been gone through all these invalid years, but all in vain.  Mrs. Benedict was born at South Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] Nov. 27, 1865 and was the daughter of Daniel B. Jacobs and Jerusha Ann Jacobs. About 35 years ago Mr. Jacobs moved to Afton.  For a number of years, until his death he was a deacon and faithful member of the Baptist church of this village.  Mrs. Benedict united with the Baptist church when a girl and until her decease remained interested in its welfare although unable to attend service.  Oct. 4, 1883, she was united in marriage to Hobart Benedict by Rev. Stone then pastor of the Baptist church.  For a number of years Mr. Benedict has been D.&H. station agent.  He is one of the deacons of the Baptist church.  His kindly ways and Christian spirit has made him highly respected and honored by all who know him.  He has the sincere sympathy of the whole community and has had it through all the years of his wife's affliction.  Mrs. Benedict is survived by two daughters, Gladys and Ruth, both at home, and by one sister, Mrs. Wm. Hollenbeck.  The funeral service, which will be private, will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. C.O. Fuller officiating. The house will be open Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until noon for those who may wish to view the remains.  Interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery [Afton, NY].

Friday, May 20, 2016

Marriages (May 20)

Windheim - Holmes
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1913
 

Dr. Arthur P. & Marion Osborne (Holmes) Windheim
 
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  The marriage of Dr. Arthur P. Windheim and Miss Marion Osborne Holmes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theron N. Holmes, took place Wednesday morning at St. Paul's rectory, Rev. Father Edward R. Prendergast officiated.  The bride was gowned in white crepe meteor trimmed with duchess lace.  Her maid of honor, Miss Hilda Windheim, of Utica, wore pink voile with trimmings, of Venetian lace.  Earl Holmes, of Auburn, a brother of the bride, attended as best man.  The groom's gift to the bride was a cluster diamond ring and  his gift to the best man was a diamond stickpin.  The bride's gift to the bridesmaid was a gold bracelet.  The gifts to the bride included cut glass, china, linen, gold coin and silverware.  The groom was a former resident of Utica, but has lived in Norwich for a number of years, where he has become well known as a popular dentist in the office of Dr. C.M. Dunne.  Until recently the bride, who is an accomplished and attractive young lady, was employed at the Chapman-Turner store.  Following the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's parents on Front street.   Dr. and Mrs. Windheim left on the noon Lackawanna train for a fortnight's trip to New York city.  They will be at home to their friends in Norwich after January 1, 1914.
 
Camp - Folmsbee
Utica Saturday Globe, October 1913
At the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Folmsbee, at Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], Wednesday at high noon, was solemnized the wedding of their daughter, Miss Mabel Folmsbee and Earl W. Camp, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY].  Only the immediate relatives were present.  The bride is well known in this village, having been teacher of music and elocution in the Norwich public schools a few years ago.  The groom holds the responsible position of teller in the Chenango National Bank. After a wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Camp will be at home at 25 Maple street, where a newly prepared house awaits them.
 
Sackett - Pickering
Bainbridge Republican, July 5, 1917
Miss Mildred B. Sackett, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. C.H. Sackett of this town [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] at 5 P.M. Thursday, June --th became the bride of Russell D. Pickering, son of Mr.and Mrs. A.B. Pickering of Endicott, N.Y.  The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride's parents, by the father of the bride, in the presence of the immediate relatives.  The bridesmaid was Miss Charrie E. Sackett, a sister of the bride, and the best man was Mr. Herbert E. Bliss of Bainbridge.  The bride wore a gown of white crep-de-chene, with pearl trimming and carried a shower bouquet of white roses and sweet peas.  Her attendant wore blue silk and carried a cluster of pink roses. The wedding march, consisting of piano and violin, was played by Miss Lola and Mr. Alexis Wheeler, niece and nephew of the bride. A reception and luncheon followed. After a short trip they will reside in Endicott, N.Y., where the bridegroom holds a responsible position with Endicott, Johnson & Co.
 
Maycock - Mudge
Bainbridge Republican, June 28, 1917
One of the largest and prettiest church weddings held in New Haven [CT] in some time took place Friday evening June 22, at the Dwight Place Congregational church when Miss Hannah Pauline Maycock of Dwight street, was united in marriage to Mr. Alden Arthur Mudge, Yale '17, of Afton, N.Y., in the presence of several hundred friends and acquaintances, at 7 o'clock.  Rev. Henry Didama Smith, brother-in-law of the bride, of Bainbridge, N.Y., performed the wedding ceremony, using the Presbyterian service.  He was assisted by Rev. Harry R. Miles, pastor of the Dwight Place church.
 
The church was simply but attractively decorated with daisies and palms, quantities of the pretty blossoms being tied with pleasing effect on the posts and rail about the altar.  Daisies were banked with greenery to form a background inside the altar rail, and tall palms outlining the decoration formed a fitting and charming setting for the wedding party.  For one-half hour previous to the wedding, Mr. Harry Ranks, organist of the church, played an unusually fine program of music.
 
Miss Maycock, who is a most charming young woman, was gowned in white tulle, with court train of soft white satin.  The waist of the gown was of duchess lace which had been worn by her mother.  Satin panels hung from the front and back of the tulle gown and the tulle was caught in cascade effect at each side. The long tulle veil was cut en train and arranged in Russian style about the head, encircled with gardenias, and a band of pearls.  The only jewel which she wore was a handsome platinum bar pin set with sapphires and pears, and she carried a large shower bouquet of white peas and lilies of the valley.  She was given in marriage by her mother.
 
Her sister, as matron of honor, Mrs. Henry Didama Smith, wore a gown of yellow tulle over yellow taffeta.  Long points of the taffeta hung from each side of the bodice and were finished with opalescent tassels.  Opalescent trimming on the square neck of the gown made a brilliant and beautiful finish.  Long sleeves of yellow tulle were loosely banded with yellow taffeta at the wrists.  Her leghorn hat was wreathed with daisies and a large yellow tulle bow added a charming finish at the back. She carried yellow daisies.
 
The bridesmaids, Misses Alice Law, Mary Hamilton, Dorothy Schroeder, Katherine Curtis, Mildred Read of New Haven, and Miss Agnes Smith of Vincentown, N.J., were gowned alike.  Their frocks were of white tulle over white taffeta with three narrow bandings of yellow taffeta on the skirts. The white tulle sleeves fell to the wrists, where they were banded with yellow taffeta.  They wore fascinating hats of white tulle from which fell yellow streamers caught with daisies. They carried tall white canes, at the top of which were tied large bunches of white daisies.
 
Dan Mather, Jr., of Albany, N.Y., Yale '17, was best man, and the ushers included Carl Schlaet, Yale '17, Ormond Bates, Harold Taylor of New York; Lorenzo M. Armstrong, Red Hook, N.Y., and R. Douglas Armstrong, New Haven.  Two members of the wedding party, the best man, Dan Mather, Jr., of Albany and Carl Schlaet Yale '17, of Westport, were in uniform, both being members of the Coast Reserve.  Mr. Schlaet wore the uniform of an officer and Mr. Mather wore the regulation sailor's uniform.
 
After the ceremony at the church, a small reception for the families, relatives, wedding party, and a few friends, was held at the home of the bride's mother.  The house was decorated with daisies, quantities of the flowers being used throughout the rooms, and on the Newel posts of the staircase.  Potted hydrangeas were banked in the fireplace.  Receiving the guests with the wedding party were Mrs. George Maycock, mother of the bride; Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Mudge, parents of the groom of Afton, N.Y.  Mrs.. Maycock's gown was of turquoise blue taffeta with pearl trimmings. The long angel sleeves of blue fell well to the wrist, and were edged with silver trimming.  Pearl tassels hung from the tunic of the gown.  Mrs.. Mudge wore a gown of black marquisette with jet trimmings.  The guests were receive din the parlor of the Maycock home, which was simply decorated, a tall vase of pink roses being the only flowers used where the bridal party stood.  Miss Helen Munro, a friend of the bride, and harpist of unusual merit, entertained the guests with several harp solos.
 
Later in the evening, Mr. and Mrs. Mudge left for a motor trip, the bride wearing away a suit of blue jersey with small black hat trimmed with a white feather.  Miss Maycocok, who was graduated from the New Haven High school, is also a Vassar girl, and well known throughout the city, where she has delighted many an audience with her beautiful whistling.  Mr. Mudge was graduated from Yale Wednesday and has many friends throughout New Haven as well as being popular at the college.  He will enter the business with his father at Afton, N.Y., and he and his bride will reside with Mr. Mudge's  parents until the new residence which Mr. and Mrs. Mudge are building them, is completed.
 
They were the recipients of a costly and handsome array of wedding presents.  Out of town guests at the wedding included Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Mudge of Afton; Miss Theodore Smith of Syracuse, N.Y.; Mr. Donald Gates, Harvard, 1917; Mr. and Mrs. George Scofield, Danbury; Mrs. Charles Hughes and Miss Hughes of Bridgeport, and Mrs. Burroughs of Bridgeport. 
 
At a luncheon given a few days ago by Miss Mary Hamilton, one of the bridesmaids, at the Country club, Miss Maycock presented her attendants with dainty gold filigree oblong brooches set with sapphires and pearls.  Her matron of honor received a  handsome traveling bag.  The groom presented his best man and ushers with gold cuff links.  To the groom the bride presented a belt buckle--New Haven Register, June 22.
 
 
 
 
 

Obituaries (May 20)

John C. Sharpe
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1913
 
 
John C. Sharpe
1846- 1913

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  John C. Sharpe, who died Tuesday afternoon, aged 67, was a son of Christopher and Cornelia Sharpe and was born in Smithville [Chenango Co., NY] September 16, 1846.  In 1871 he married Sarah Guinane, of Norwich. After residing here for 10 years they moved to Wichita, Kansas and later to Salt Lake City, where they made their home for over 20 years.  Three years ago Mr. Sharpe returned to Norwich and had since resided with his sister, Mrs. Julia Mallory.  He was an architect by profession and established himself in that business at each place he resided.  Surviving relatives are his wife, two daughters, Susie and Jennie Sharpe; two sons, Augustus and Arthur Sharpe, all of Bergen, N.J.; three sisters, Mrs. Julia Mallory, of Norwich; Mrs. Jesse Wood, of Oneonta; Mrs. Homer Beckwith, of St. Paris, Ohio; two brothers, James Sharpe, of California, and Fred Sharpe, of Omaha, Neb.
 
Harold VanTassell
Bainbridge Republican, July 5, 1917
The body of Harold [VanTassell], the nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest VanTassell of Sidney [Delaware Co., NY], who mysteriously disappeared last week Thursday and was believed to have been drowned was recovered Tuesday afternoon from the Susquehanna river just this side of the D.&H. railroad bridge, two miles above Bainbridge.  Glen Heath of this village with his boat was assisting in the search for the body of Horace Phelps who disappeared form Sidney on Monday and which was believed to be in this locality.  With Mr. Heath was Frank Howe of Sidney, who discovered the boy's body near the shore and both of them removed it from the water.
 
Mrs. Frank Morse
Chenango Union, September 16, 1897
Mt. Upton [Chenango Co., NY]:  The sad news of the death of Mrs. Frank Morse has filled our village with gloom.  Her old friends were delighted when, only a short time ago, her husband purchased a home in the village.  So soon she has reached the eternal home.  She was a lovely woman, and has left a large circle of attached friends.  
 
Stanley Ryan
Afton Enterprise, April 22, 1915
A sad and fatal accident occurred last Friday afternoon in Coventryville [Chenango Co., NY].  Stanley [Ryan] the little four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Ryan met death in a most painful manner, by falling into a pail of hot water which had been set on the floor.  He was so badly scalded that he lived but a short time.  He was a bright little fellow and the parents have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.
 
Ethel Carroll
Afton Enterprise, April 22, 1915
Little Ethel [Carroll], the four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Carroll of Coventryville [Chenango Co., NY], was taken with an attack of acute appendicitis last Saturday and died Sunday.  The funeral was held Wednesday. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community.
 
Laura Lounsberry
Afton Enterprise, April 29, 1915
Church Hollow [Chenango Co., NY]:  The funeral of Laura Lounsberry was held from the home on Thursday at 1 p.m., Rev. J.G. Rice officiating clergyman.  The bearers were Clifford Porter, Julian Smith, Willie Leis, Leon Vanbuskirk.  Mrs. Crapser and Mrs. Hurlbert sang some beautiful selections.  Burial was at Nineveh [Delaware Co., NY].  Little Laura would have been four years old the twenty ninth of the present month and as she lay in her pure white garments surrounded by the beautiful flowers she looked indeed too pure for earth. She was a very bright child and a favorite of the whole family.  The parents and all the relatives have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
"A little life closed,
A life God given;
A little bird flown
Upward to Heaven.
A little lamb lifted
Up to His breast;
A white rose gathered
To His heart pressed."

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Obituaries (May 19)

Thomas Smith
Utica Saturday Globe, November 1913

 
Thomas Smith
1832 - 1913

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Thomas Smith, whose sudden death occurred recently at his home in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] at the age of 82 years, was a brother of the late William Smith, of Norwich, and was himself a former resident here.  Mr. Smith was born in Bristol, Eng., January 10, 1832, and when a young man migrated to America.  For the past 40 years he had been a farmer in Guilford.  He had been a member of the Methodist Church for over half a century and was a man of staunch Christian character.  His wife, who was Hannah Robinson, of Norwich, died January 18, 1912.  He is survived by two sons, Thomas, of Guilford, with whom he made his home during his last years and George Smith, of Gilbertsville.  He leaves four grandchildren, George Godfrey, of Guilford; Mrs. Clyde Miller and Edith and Clara Smith, of Gilbertsville.  A short time previous to his death he spent six weeks at the home of his niece, Mrs. Louis Phillips, of Piano street.
 
Harriet Woodard Porter
Afton Enterprise, February 11, 1915
The funeral of Mrs. Harriet Woodard Porter was held from her residence near Yaleville [Chenango Co., NY] on Wednesday of last week with burial at Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], aged 76 years.  Mert Hastings of Bainbridge had charge.  Rev. Mr. Joslyn of Coventry read the burial service.  Mrs. Porter is survived by a son, George Porter, one sister Mrs. Henry Merrell of Coventry and a brother Edwin S. Woodard also of Coventry.
 
Ella M. Fuller Pearsall
Afton Enterprise, January 14, 1915
Ella M. Fuller Pearsall was born in Unadilla,  N.Y. [Otsego Co., NY], February 7, 1855.  At about the age of fifteen her parents moved to Bainbridge.  In the spring of 1876 she was united in marriage to A.D. Pearsall.  In the new home thus formed she proved herself a devoted wife and an affectionate companion.  Though there were no children in their home, it was her delight to care for and make a home for the children of others. Early in life, she united with the Methodist Episcopal church and was a faithful attendant at the services.  She is survived by her husband, a brother, C.J. Fuller, and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Wilber, Cleaver,  N.Y., and Mrs. Emma Gardner, Cooperstown, N.Y., also a large circle of friends and relatives.  She had been in poor health for some time, but was not considered serious until a few days before her death which occurred on January 9th, 1915.  The funeral was held in the Methodist Episcopal church, Afton, N.Y., Wednesday, January 13.  The sermon was preached by the pastor Rev. Ira l. Bronson.  Interment was made at Glenwood cemetery, Afton [Chenango Co., NY].
 
Samuel A. Purdie
Chenango Union, September 23, 1897
Two weeks ago the Union contained an announcement of the death of Samuel M. Purdie, formerly of Columbus, N.Y. [Chenango Co.], at San Salvador.  The following letter from his son tells of his death and life:
San Salvador, C.A., August 14, '97
Wm. H. Purdie--Dear Uncle:--No doubt you have received the card notifying you of the death of my dear father.  I thought I would drop you a few lines giving you the particulars of his death.  On July 21st, while cutting paper for a book (life of Daniel Wheeler) he cut the forefinger of his left hand very badly.  Eight days after, the symptoms of lockjaw set in, and on August 2, he took to his bed, and after four days of intense suffering he quietly passed away in the arms of Jesus.  I enclose a slip of paper on which is printed his last words.  As we commenced the book of Daniel Wheeler, we shall strive to get it out before we go back to the states (as father wished us to go back) which by the aid of one of our missionaries and a little help from a native, we hope to get the book out by the last of September.  Samuel A. Purdie, the youngest son of Samuel and Watty H. Purdie, was born in Columbus, Chenango county, N.Y., March 5th, 1848, died August, 1897, at San Salvador, C.A.  He was a missionary in Mexico for twenty-four years and had been in San Salvador a few days over a year in the Lord's work among the heathen.  From your nephew, Joseph M. Purdie.
 
Christopher Cunningham
Chenango Union, September 23, 1897
Christopher Cunningham, of Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], a single man about 54 years of age, was killed about half way between Sherburne station and the quarter, last Thursday night, by an extra engine and caboose, running south.  The engineer saw Cunningham standing on the tracks holding up his hands, but was unable to stop the engine in time to prevent the accident.  After striking the man the engine continued on to the Sherburne station and notified the agent. A number of persons went up the track and found the mangled body.  The body was taken to Shaley's undertaking parlors where it was viewed by Coroner Fernalld and a jury. An inquest was held the following day and a verdict exonerating the railroad company was rendered.  Cunningham was a man of peculiar disposition and at time was thought to be insane.