Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bainbridge High School Class of 1951, Part 5

Bainbridge High School Class of 1951
Senior Portraits
"Echo" 1951
Patricia Shearer

Marilyn Stanton

Royce Stoutenberg

Douglas Wakeman

Roger Weeks

Demise of the Bainbridge Times, 1880

The Demise of the Bainbridge Times
Chenango Co., NY
Bainbridge Republican, March 26, 1880
"We Rise to Explain"
In justice to our  many friends and patrons, and also to ourselves, we desire to devote a short space to a personal explanation.
It is not our desire in alluding to the discontinuance of the publication of the Bainbridge Times to in any manner gloat over or exult therein.  It is foreign to our nature to rejoice over the failure of any business enterprise, and it is certainly so, when the late managers thereof, even though our competitors, have at all times used us so gentlemanly and honorably.  But now that the Times has suspended publication, and therefore no one can accuse us of jealously or malice towards it as a competitor, we desire to explain the manner of its conception, as it was through falsehood and duplicity to our injury that it may date its origin.
In August last, having become fully aware of the dishonesty and underhanded dealings of an employee of this office, B.I. Sherwood, we did what any other business man would have done--we discharged him.  But instead of his doing what any honest, respectable printer would have done--seek employment elsewhere in a capacity he was fitted for, he commenced circulating fabulous tales of our fast-increasing wealth, and other more despicable falsehoods, derogatory to our personal character; all this for the purpose of inducing someone to establish an opposition paper in this village, wherein his name would appear as editor, and give him further opportunity to live by the sweat of his neighbor.  Prior to this, Mr. David Van Horne had run a small job printing office in town and the most amicable relations had existed between the two offices.  Here was the chance Sherwood pinned for.  Having the assurance to imagine himself gifted with extraordinary journalistic abilities, and that the surrounding country would hail him as a second Greeley, and flock to his standard like the bony Scotch in the days of Wallace gathered around the banner unfurled by that patriot;  with his poor brain addled by such imaginary greatness, backed up by his sanctimonious visage and hypocrisy, he induced Mr. Van Horne to enter into partnership with him.  Thus was the Times launched on the buffeting billows of the journalistic sea, and started on the voyage which was to return honor and profit to the one partner, like unto a vessel bound for the lands of spices, rare silks and choice wines; and a world of experience to the other, in the verification of the well-known story.  And how was Mr. Van Horne treated after his charitable act, you ask?  The Times had scarce opened its eyes upon this interesting world, and began to make known its existence, ere the duplicity of Sherwood was made manifest, and it was at once apparent that there was small chance of the accumulating bills to be paid while he had a chance at the receipts.  A gentleman was accordingly called in to act as cashier. This was as a thunderbolt in a clear sky, and the high road to fortune upon which Ben supposed himself a traveler was blockaded by palisades and trenches, difficult for even him to scale or pass.  Ben then lost all interest in the concern; sent locals intended for publication in their own paper, to an out of town journal and worked against the interest of the paper at the head of which appeared his name;  this disclosed his true character; losing all opportunity of filching from others, the ruling passion was so strong that he was obliged to exercise it upon himself.  And all the fabulous stories of immediate wealth and five per cent governments, with which Mr. Van Horne had been promised by his "Oily Gammon" partner, faded with his character, and left an impression like unto the color of the retiring government securities.  But no one should be goaded because of a mistaken act of charity, and it was charity, strengthened, perhaps, a trifle, by the Croesus like wealth promised, that induced Mr. Van Horne, to lift this hypocritical phenomena from the slough of dishonesty in which he was wallowing and try to seal him upon the pedestal of approved public opinion.  But the cloven foot became visible, and the project miscarried--Having now lost all interest in the enterprise, Ben began  his natural vocation--working underhanded against his benefactor, and his stay with him was accordingly very short.  Messrs. Carver & Van Horne then continued the publication of the Times long enough to discover the deceit used to embark the scheme, and to clearly demonstrate the infeasibility of publishing two papers in Bainbridge, and now retire gracefully from the scene. Those of our readers who are unacquainted with the course pursued by B.I Sherwood while in our employ, may think us unnecessarily severe in this exposition.  To such we well say, that having reposed implicit confidence in him, he betrayed the trust most dastardly.  He did job work and collected the pay therefore without making any return to us, and neither did he make any minute of the same on the office books; he collected subscriptions, that he not only neglected to charge to himself, but to cover his theft, he refrained from crediting the same to the subscribers.  He also collected money on advertisements for which there was no credit given, and not until we presented the bills therefore after his discharge did we know of the fact.  And for two years prior to his discharge from this office was his dishonesty carried on and how much longer we will probably never know, nor to what extent, as he has confessed to no thefts but what we forced him to acknowledge by the production of indisputable prof.  Part of the sum thus filched Mr. Sherwood returned to us, the rest he is welcome to if he will go to work like a man and support his family.
We would not have thus so publicly exposed this man's dishonesty, had he not recently again betrayed what little confidence we might have reposed in him as an act of charity, and circulated a falsehood to the effect that we had again offered him his old position in this office. This was purely imaginary on his part, arising from an idea of ours to give him a few days' work to assist his family.  but his treacherous nature would not allow him to accept this kindness and be thankful, but he must needs circulate stories injurious to our business, and an insult to the gentleman now in our employ.

Obituaries (July 1)

George Washington Lee
Utica Saturday Globe, January 27, 1906
George Washington Lee

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  George Washington Lee, who died on Wednesday of last week in Norwich, came up from most humble beginnings but developed a character and reputation in this community which many more favored citizens might study with profit.  Born a slave on a Virginia plantation over 80 years ago, at the breaking out of the rebellion he joined the forces of McClellan and followed the rigorous fortunes of the Army of the Potomac to the close of the war in 1865.  Very soon after the war closed Lee came to Norwich and entered the employ of the late Thomas Prentice, with whom he remained for many years.  After the death of Mr. Prentice he lived by himself in a house owned by the late Harvey Thompson.  For some years he was janitor of the Birdsall street school house.  He learned to read and to write his name, taking great pride in the latter accomplishment.  He also accumulated considerable property.  During the last few years he became quite infirm and had boarded in various families of his race.  He possessed a very devout and religious spirit and many years ago united with the First Baptist church, and was one of its most devoted and consistent members, being present at every service and always taking part in the prayer meetings.  His funeral was held from that church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Dr. John L. Ray officiating.  Interment was made in Mount Hope [Norwich, NY].
Catharine (Covert) Breed
Chenango Union, February 21, 1884
Died at North Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY], February 8th, Mrs. Catharine Breed, wife of the late John R. Breed.  She was born in this State in the year 1807--was the daughter of Deacon John Covert, of Cincinnatus, N.Y.  Out of a large family of sisters, only one, the eldest, now remains.  The deceased was baptized in infancy, and reared to womanhood under strict Presbyterian training, but in later years her views and sympathies were more in accordance with the faith of the Baptists.  She was a daily and devout reader of the Bible, and in her declining years it was her constant companion and solace. Three children survive her, Mrs. Julia Randall, and John C. Breed, residents of Pitcher, N.Y., and Mrs. Nettie White, living at Oswego.  Services were held at her late residence in Pitcher, Rev. Leach and Huntley officiating.  The text for the funeral discourse Psalms 71-9, was chosen by herself.  The remains were interred in the family lot at Cincinnatus, N.Y.

Hattie (Genung) Stockwell
1882 - 1912
Mrs. Hattie Genung Stockwell died at her home on Mitchell street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY] October 9 [1912], aged 30.  Private funeral services were held from the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Genung, on Mitchell street, Saturday afternoon, Rev. A.R. Burke of the Methodist Church, officiating.  Mrs. Stockwell is survived by her husband, Edward Stockwell, of Gilbertsville, and a son, Charles of Oneida; her parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Genung of Norwich; two sisters, Mrs. Melvin Kemp, also of this village, and Mrs. Charles Kreis, of Union Hill, N.J., and two brothers, Charles and Alfred Genung of Oswego.

William J. Wightman
The home of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Wightman, of Pleasant street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], has been saddened by the death of their infant son, William J. Wightman, which occurred early Saturday morning.  He was 3 years and 5 months of age.  Death was the result of accidental poisoning, the child procuring from a dressing table an envelope of strychnine pills and had eaten several when discovered.  Medical aid was summoned and every effort made to save the life of the little one, but in vain.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Dr. Monk officiating.  Much sympathy is felt for the afflicted parents.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Obituaries (June 30)

Henry G. Parsons
Utica Saturday Globe, January 27, 1906

Henry G. Parsons
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  After a brief illness, Henry G. Parsons passed away at his home on South Broad street Saturday evening.  On Tuesday morning previous Mr. Parsons suffered a sudden and excruciating pain in his eyes and became unconscious.  Rallying almost immediately he suffered two more similar attacks.  Dr. B.A. Harris was at once summoned and upon his arrival found Mr. Parsons in an unconscious condition from which he rallied somewhat on Wednesday.  Although every effort was put forth by a counsel of physicians and a skilled nurse was in constant attendance death resulted on Saturday evening.  An autopsy revealed that death was due to an aggravated form of cerebral hemorrhage, the ultimate result it is thought of a sickness of 16 years ago caused by an injury.  Mr Parsons had been a resident of Norwich for 18 years.  He was 57 years of age and was born in London, Eng. coming to this country at the age of 17. Before residing in Norwich he had lived in Elmira, Utica and Greene. During his residence here he successfully conducted a custom tailoring establishment on South Broad street.  He was by nature quiet and reserved  He was a thorough gentleman strict in all business dealings, correct in his manner of living and was highly respected.  Deceased is survived by two daughters, Madeline and Mabel, both of whom were with him during his last illness.  Mrs. Parsons passed away several years ago.  Private funeral services were held from his late residence at 11:30 Tuesday morning, Rev. Wilson Treible officiating.  The remains were taken to Elmira the same afternoon for burial beside his wife in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Amasa Colburn
Chenango Union, February 14, 1884
There are many people so wrapped up in self that they occupy small space, and are neither welcomed when they come nor missed when they go.  Such was not the character of Mrs. Amasa Colburn, formerly Mrs. Dr. Charles Mitchell.  The tidings of her death fell upon the hearts of all assembled in the church where she worshipped, on February 3d, like a blow, Wednesday, February 6th, when she was buried, nature itself was weeping, yet undeterred by the heavy rain, a large congregation assembled in Union Church to look for the last time upon one whom all loved.  Rev. J. Bradshawe, her pastor, preached a beautiful and appropriate sermon; lovely flowers graced the casket, the funeral songs were sad and sweet and she was borne away to Evergreen Cemetery [White Store, Chenango Co., NY], and laid beside her beautiful daughter Carrie, who has slept there for several years.  As the beloved form was laid in the wet sodden earth, it was cheering to know that the spirit was with Him she had loved so long, beyond the reach of storm or death.
Cyrus Cobb
Chenango Union, October 10, 1866
From injuries received by the caving in of a sand bank, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 4th, Mr. Cyrus Cobb, aged about 40 years.
On Thursday morning of last week a man named Cyrus Cobb, about 40 years of age in the employ of Smith Steere, Jr., of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], came to his death thro' being buried alive.  He was at work at Prentice's sand bank near the Canasawacta creek, getting out sand from a hole, when the surrounding earth or sand caved in from above, on one side, covering him from sight.  Mr. Richard Sholes, who had been at work with him in the hole, had just stepped out, the wagon which they were loading being full, and speaking to Cobb, told him to come.  But the latter, for some reason waited a moment, when the bank gave way, resulting in the catastrophe described above.  Sholes took a shovel and hastened to remove the sand, which he did until he came to Cobb's head enabling him to breathe, when he intended to run for help to remove the buried man from his dangerous position; but just at this instant another sand slide occurred, burying Cobb still deeper than before.  Finding his solitary efforts to rescue the sufferer unavailing, Sholes now ran the Prentice's about fifty rods distant for help.  Mr. Prentice and several others were soon on the spot, and after about ten minutes shoveling, Cobb was drawn out.  He had been buried from fifteen to twenty minutes after the last slide of sand.  His breath and pulse were both feeble, but it was thought he might recover.  He was immediately brought to the village, where he had every possible attention, but expired about the middle of the day. The pressure upon him, while buried, must have been equal to many hundred pounds, and doubtless he was internally injured.  Mr. Cobb was a soldier during the late war, and we are told was an industrious, hard-working man.  He leaves a wife and two children.

Death Notices
Chenango Union, October 10, 1866

At the residence of his brother-in-law, M. Conway, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 5th, of consumption, Mr. James McGowan, formerly of Smithville [Chenango Co., NY], aged 27 years and 8 months.  Deceased left this place six years since for California where he remained until the fatal disease compelled him to return, he reaching home only three days previous to his death.  He was an exemplary young man, and much esteemed by all who knew him.

In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 3d, Mr. Charles H. De Forest, son of Gen. Henry De Forest, aged 37 years.

In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 5th, Miss Josephine White, aged 23 years.

In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Oct. 7th, Miss Maria Randall, aged 29 years.

At Mount Upton [Chenango Co., NY], Sept 27th, Mrs. Dency Green, wife of the late William W. Green, aged 38 years.

At Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], Sept. 23d, Mr. Henry Deshon, aged 76 years.

In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], Sept. 24th, Mrs. Polly G., wife of Austin Hamilton, aged 40 years.


Marriages (June 30)

Fahy - Jackson
Utica Saturday Globe, December 8, 1906
Robert J. and Nellie S. (Jackson) Fahy

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  At St. Paul's rectory on the afternoon of Thanksgiving day, Robert J. Fahy and Miss Nellie S. Jackson were united in marriage by Rev. John A. Hart, George J. Devine, village clerk, acted as best man and the bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. Otis Benson. The bride wore a handsome traveling suit of olive green French broadcloth.  After the ceremony the bridal party were entertained at the home of Mrs. Benson, where refreshments were served.  Mr. and Mrs. Fahy left on the 4:30 Ontario & Western train for Syracuse on a brief bridal trip.  They returned Sunday and will reside for the present with Mrs. G.B Towner at 18 Henry street.  The groom is the resident manager for the United States Express Company.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Fahy, of this village, was educated in the Norwich schools and has risen to his present position through his native ability and energy. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zenas Jackson, of Springvale, but for some time has resided in this village. She is an accomplished young woman. The happy pair are receiving many congratulations.
Toby - Humphrey
Chenango Union, February 7, 1884
One of the happiest events of the season occurred at the residence of H.R. Humphrey, January 31st, 1884, it being the marriage of their eldest daughter, Bessie A., to John C. Toby, of Guilford, N.Y. [Chenango Co.]  A select company of relatives and friends gathered in the parlor; at the appointed time the bridal pair entered, and were met by the Rev. D.N. Grummon, who in his usual pleasant and impressive manner rendered the solemn marriage service. After that came the hearty congratulations, each wishing the estimable groom and his fair bride a pleasant voyage through the journey of life.  Then followed a repast which was a credit to the hostess, each and all showing their appreciation of it by the ample justice which they did to the good things with which the tables were loaded.  We noticed many valuable and useful presents. The bridal party left town the following morning, for a short visit among friends in Delaware County, followed by the best wishes of a large circle of friends.--Bainbridge, Feb. 1, 1884.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bainbridge in Review - 1917

Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY in Review
Items from Bainbridge Republican during the years of World War I
September 20, 1917
The Casein Company buildings have recently received a thorough painting and they certainly look fine.  The work was done by the Teachout Brothers.  It took 150 gallons of paint to do the job.
The Central Hotel in this village owned by Charles W. Ireland will be closed October 1st unless someone comes forward and rents the place.  Mr. Choate, who has conducted the business, will leave October 1st and Mr. Ireland is willing to keep the property as a hotel providing it is rented by someone.  If it is not rented by October 1st, Mr. Ireland will convert the place into some other business.  This hotel ought not to close and it would not seem that anyone acquainted with the hotel business could pass this opportunity  Mr. Ireland himself cannot run it as his other business occupies his full time.  Bainbridge people who have enjoyed the hospitality of this popular hostelry for years ought to interest themselves and endeavor to keep it open if possible.
Mr. and Mrs. Rexford Thornton, of Buffalo, are spending some time with Mrs. Thornton's father, G.J. Spohn.  Mr. Thornton, having passed his military examination expects to be called soon by Uncle Sam.
Moritz Roehlk leaves Saturday for Montana, after spending a few weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jens Roehlk.
Sergeant Edwin Collins of the First Ambulance Company who has been in Bainbridge on a short furlough received orders to go to Spartansburg and he left last evening.
September 27, 1917
Fire on Saturday evening last damaged the home of Julien Scott on North Main street to the extend of $2000.  The loss is covered by insurance.  At 8:30 on Saturday evening, people passing detected smoke and upon investigating, a fire was seen burning briskly within the house at the rear.  The alarm was given and firemen were quickly on the scene but before their arrival, volumes of smoke were coming from all parts of the house.  the fire, which evidently had started in a stairway leading from the kitchen to the cellar, burned through the second floor and broke out through the roof.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Scott were away and did not know of the fire until the alarm was given.  the origin of the fire is attributed to an electric wire.
Contractor S.J. Bennett has commenced constructing a macadam road on Pearl street a distance of 450 feet from West Main street.  The road will be 16 feet wide.  Mr. Bennett has also started repairs on the Scott residence on north Main street which was damaged by fire Saturday night.
We are urged by men who have weighed the subject carefully and viewed it from every angle to keep up our moral life in America just as far as possible, for only in that way shall we enable our boys at the front to do their best.  Just as soon as we lose our balance and become over anxious, no one can do his best at home or abroad.
A sample of Norwich water is now being analyzed in an effort to establish whether a crime has been committed here or elsewhere.  Some time ago a Norwich druggist withdrew a barrel of Whiskey from a bonded warehouse in New York City; had it transported to the Ontario and Western freight office and thence to Norwich and to his place of business.  A few days after it was delivered to the owner in Norwich, a sample of the contents was taken for the purpose of proving.  It proved to be pure water.  A claim has been presented.
The following list of articles have been completed by the Red Cross Society and sent to Norwich [in support of the war effort]:
Pajama suits, 56
Hospital shirts, 82
Bath robes, 34
Surgical gowns, 42
Nightingales, 27
Surgical helmets, 30
Surgical stockings 7
Bed socks, 13 pair
Slings, 127
Wide bandages, 14
T bandages, 14
Handkerchiefs, 30
Hot water bottle covers 10
Air pillow covers, 132
Pillows, 6
Napkins, 36
Knitted Articles: surgical wipes, sweaters, stockings, wristlets, bed socks, mufflers, helmet and abdominal bands.

Obituaries (June 29)

Robert Hannis
Utica Saturday Globe, January 27, 1906
Robert Hannis
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Three years of invalidism closed in the death of Robert Hannis, which occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Sisson, on Mitchell street, Wednesday morning after four days of unconsciousness.  Death was due to apoplexy and a complication of ailments.  Although of Scotch parentage deceased was born in Ireland 72 years ago, coming to America when only 9 years of age.  He had lived in Norwich for 14 years, coming here from Oneonta.  He had previously lived in Worcester, Otsego county, where he married Ruth J. Brown on New Year's eve, 1861.  In earlier years he lived in California for a time until he found the climate did not agree with him when he returned east.  He followed the trade of contractor and builder.  For eight years after coming to Norwich he was employed in the Maydole hammer factory.  He was a member of the Broad street M.E. church and held in high esteem by many friends and acquaintances.  Besides his widow he is survived by one brother, William Hannis, of Richmondville, by four sisters, Mrs. Mary Fisk and Mrs. Jane Tripp, of Worcester.  Mrs. Charles Smith, of Rockwell's Mills, and Mrs.Nancy Hall, of New Berlin, and four children, Mrs. George Sisson, with whom he made his home.  Mrs. O.P. Rector, of Delanson; Miss Nellie R.B. Hannis, of Cortland, and George B. Hannis, of this place.  A granddaughter, Julia Haight, died only a fortnight ago and his funeral occurred on the anniversary of the death of a son, Lester C., who died 16 years ago, aged 27.  Funeral services were held at his late home on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  The remains will be taken on the early Saturday morning train to Worcester, Otsego county, for burial in Maple Grove Cemetery. 
Men Caught by Dynamite Blast - 1939
Frank Smith, 55, Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] dynamite expert, was killed instantly tonight when a charge of dynamite exploded as he was checking to determine why it had not exploded a few minutes before.  Elmer Burlison, 27, who was watching Smith, is in the Chenango Memorial Hospital in critical condition and his brother, Erford Burlison, is being treated for lacerations of the head and face.  Dr. Matt Boname, Chenango County coroner, said the dynamite charge was in the bottom of a well hole on the Fred Burlison farm about a mile from Guilford on the Mt. Upton road.  Mr. Burlison with his two sons, had been digging a well on the side hill near the Burlison farmhouse.  It was about 10 feet across and they were down approximately 15 feet when they struck a layer of rock.  Mr. Burlison called Smith to come to the farm and dynamite out the rock.  Smith fixed the charge shortly after 5 o'clock this afternoon but it failed to explode when he attempted to set it off.  He waited a short time, the Burlisons said, then went down in the hole to arrange for making another attempt to fire the dynamite.  Dr. Boname said Smith apparently was standing almost directly over the charge when it exploded without warning and the two Burlison brothers, Elmer and Erford, were looking down from the top of the well.  Smith's body was badly mangled by the force of the blast and a piece of stone apparently struck Elmer in the abdomen, inflicting a severe wound.  Erford apparently was struck only on the face and head by smaller bits of stone and earth.  Dr. A.H. Evans was called and gave first aid to the two brothers, with Elmer being rushed here to the hospital.
Wednesday afternoon, November 15 [1939], at 4:30 o'clock a terrible accident occurred on the Fred Burlison farm on the Guilford-Mt. Upton road.  It resulted in the instant death of Frank Smith, of Guilford, and the death of Elmer Burlison, the following morning, at 9:30 o'clock at the Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich.  Mr. Smith was blasting out a rock in a 20-foot well on the Burlison farm.  For some reason the charge did not go off.  Waiting a brief time, Mr. Smith went down into the well to investigate the reason.   He was bending over the dynamite, when the charge went off, resulting in such awful consequences.  Dr. A.H. Evans, of Guilford, was rushed to the scene, and Coroner Mat Boname, of Oxford.  Nothing could be done for Mr. Smith as death was instantaneous.  No help was held out, in the beginning for Elmer Burlison, but he was rushed to the Norwich Hospital in the Colwell Brothers ambulance. Another brother, Erford Burlison, received slight face lacerations, but not of na alarming nature.
Frank C. Smith
1870 - 1939
The death of Frank Smith late Wednesday afternoon, November 15 [1939], was a tragic one, and brought to the community a deep feeling of gloom.  Mr. Smith was born in Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], August 24, 1870, 69 years ago, the son of Vermilla (Whittemore) and Stillman Smith.  His entire life has been spent in the town he was born and passed away in.  One of the kindest hearted men, a good neighbor, and a loyal worker in the church, he will be missed, as the days go by, in many ways.  Mr. Smith was a lover of music, and was a member of the Guilford Choral Society. The Presbyterian Church at the Center, to which he belonged, he served in every way he could.  Surviving are two sons, Paul, of Schenectady and James, of Greene, and several grandchildren.  Final rites were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the Guilford Center Church. The Rev. Ralph Gamewell, officiating.  Burial was in the cemetery at the Center.  There were many beautiful floral pieces,  the only tribute one can pay to a passing friend, and life-long member of our community.  Bearers were Gary Gibson, Frank Hovey, W.L. Thompson, Ramsome Ives, Claude Curtis and Chris Schweitzer.
Elmer Burlison
1912 - 1939
Thursday morning, November 16 [1939], at 9:30 o'clock, occurred the death of Elmer Burlison, at the Chenango Memorial Hospital.  He was the second victim of the double tragedy, that brought such grief to the families and community.  Elmer was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burlison, of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY].  He was born May 17, 1912, at Oxford [Chenango Co., NY].  Due to his father's ill health, he was the main help in operating the farm.  Much depended on him.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at the Center and of the Oxford Grange.  Surviving are his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Louis Albino, of Sidney; Mrs. Allen France, of Hanes Falls, and Mrs. Richard Goodwin, of Guilford; four brothers, Erwin and Erford, at home; Morris, of Mt. Kisco; and Howard, of Sidney.  Final rites were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Colwell Funeral Home at Bainbridge, burial at Oxford Cemetery.  The Rev. Ralph Gamewell, of the Center Church, officiating.
Death Notices
Chenango Union, January 17, 1884
MUNDY:  In South Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 10th, Mrs. James Mundy, aged 32 years.
ROBERTS:  In Smithville [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 14th, Emma, wife of Levi Roberts, aged 28 years, daughter of James Gross, of Norwich.
WILLCOX:  In Smyrna, Jan. 13th, Thomas L. Willcox, Esq. aged 80 years, 3 months and 23 days.
WINSOR:  In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 9th, Mr. Martin V. B. Winsor, aged 43 years.
ATHERTON:  In New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 5th, Martha wife of Darius T. Atherton.
POPE:  In Columbus [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 5th, Kate M., wife of Laurentine Pope, aged 51 years.
ARMSTRONG:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 4th, Mr. William Armstrong.
LEE:  In Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY], Dec. 5th, Susan Lee, aged 80 years.
LASHER:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 9th, Anna, wife of Alonzo Lasher, aged 43 years.
TAYLOR:  In North Pitcher [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 7th, Esther, wife of Samuel Taylor, aged 40 years.
BEACH:  In Lincklaen [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 2d, of disease of the lungs, Lydia, wife of Henry E. Beach, aged 70 years.
BREED:  In East Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 6th, Mr. Allen P. Breed, aged 65 years.
SCOTT:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], Jan. 2d, Mr. David S. Scott, aged 52 years.
DeMUNN:  In Brooklyn, Jan. 8th, Mrs. Sophia A. DeMunn , aged 45 years, formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Post Listing, June 22-28, 2015

Listing of blog postings for the week of June 22 - 28, 2015

Posted June 22, 2015
Bessie C. Dalrymple - G. Mortimer Dimmick (1901)
Marriage Notices
     Dr. James Riggs - Rebecca Fryer (1831)
     Phineas Wells - Mrs. Hannah Hinckley (1831)
     Alexander Farnham - Hannah Enos (1831)
     Rowland V. Smith - Harriet Copley (1831)
     Walter Adams - Ruth Hammond (1831)
     Luman B. Clark - Nancy Bluler (1880)
     Charles W. Sherwood - Annie Esterbrooks (1880)
     Burton M. Searles - Viola Merriman (1880)
     Charles J. Keeler - Henrietta F. Porter (1880)
     James F. Palen - Sarah K. Cole (1880)
     Etilla Case - Sade Holcomb (1884)
     Eugene Clinton - Bertha l. Johnson (1884)
     Frederick Bolt - Ida C. Cumings (1884)
     William A. Davern - Rose A. McGinnis (1884)

Posted June 28, 2015
Raymond L. Chamberlain - Myrtle Prentice (1906)
Ella L. Dixson - Albert K. Peet (1883)
Marriage Notices
     Nathan Randall - Catharine Monell (1831)
     Samuel N. Perkins - Lecta Roberts (1831)
     William Wilber - Levantia Brlingame (1831)
     Dr. David Y. Foote - Julia F. Dellay (1831)
     W.D. Finch - Hattie Finch (1880)
     Mielson E. Thornton - Hattie L. Main (1884)
     Clark T. Crandall - Ella A. Reynolds (1884)
     Adelbert L. Moon - Mary E. Titus (1884)
     Christopher Zean - Mary E. Hall (1884)
     Asa W. Warner - Hattie S.  Harris (1884)
     J.P. Pixley - Lizzie Darroch (1884)
     H.W. Pierce - Clara J. Elliott (1884)

Posted June 22, 2015
Matthew Murphy (Preston, 1906)
Noah S. Bathrick (Bloomville, 1903)
John Q. Clark (Deposit, 1903)
Death Notices
     William C. Smith (Norwich, 1829)
     William Gibson (Norwich, 1829)
     George Burlingame (Norwich, 1830)
     Alpheus Champion Dickinson (Preston, 1830)

Posted June 23, 2015
Abigail Janet (Mills) Grant (Auburn, 1906)
Alonzo I. Stead (Guilford 1907)
Harvey J. Stratton (Oxford, 1928)
Rebecca Lucille Gribbin (Oxford, 1928)

Posted June 24, 2015
Grover B. Edwards (Plymouth, 1906)
Sarah Edwards (Plymouth, 1906)
Jabish Hancox (Plymouth, 1831)
Mrs. John Tyler & child (Dryden, 1831)
Mrs. Fred F.  Hall (Norwich, 1884)
Charles H. Sanford (Sherburne, 1884)

Posted June 25, 2015
Morris S. Halbert (Norwich, Fly Creek, 1906)
Marie Antoinette (Maples) Pinchot (Milford PA, 1907)
Alton L. Clark (Bainbridge, 1939)
LaVerne Booth (Bainbridge, Binghamton, 1939)
Helen Priest Barber (Bainbridge, Flushing LI, 1939)
Nancy F. Herrick (West Bainbridge, 1939)
Death Notices - 1831
     Almira Weller (Norwich)
     Caroline Brooks (Norwich)
     Noah Hubbard (Salina)
     Mahitable Shattuck (Norwich)
     Wealthy Palmer (Manlius)
     Asa Williams, Jr.

Posted June 26, 2015
A. Burdette Holcomb (Greene, 1905)
Sarah Miner (Choconut Center, 1917)
Mary Green Hogg (Chenango, 1904)
George Miner (Johnson City, 1934)
Dr. Lawrence Bradshaw (Bainbridge, 1950)

Posted June 27, 2015
Nelson N. Lewis (South New Berlin, 1906
Asa Foote (Sherburne, 1900)
Ellen Prince Stedman Smith (Cortland, Bainbridge, 1901)
Mrs. Archibald Crossman (Freedom, 1902)
Burton Foote (Trosky, MN, 1895)
Death notices - 1859
     infant son of Walter R. McCullor (Norwich)
     Walter McCullor (Norwich)
     Adelia McCullor (Norwich)
     Hannah Gordon (Oxford)
     Zilpha Crandall (Guilford)
     Rev. C.U. Ferguson (Plymouth)
     Margaret Gale (McDonough)
     Charles O. Foote (Sherburne)
     Chloe Kinney (Sherburne)
     Benjamin T. Burdick (NYC, Norwich)

Posted June 28, 2015
Horatio N. Platt (Norwich, Utica, 1906)
Lizzie (Johnstone) Fay (Bainbridge, Westborough, MA, 1879
Mrs. Burr B. Andrews (Norwich, 1884)
Col. Rufus Chandler (Coventry, 1884)
Bert J . Curtis (Oxford, 1884)
Martin V.B. Winsor (Guilford, 1884)
William Hale (Norwich, New Haven CT, 1884)
Mrs. Samuel Taylor (Pitcher, 1884)

Posted June 22, 2015
Postmaster M.D. Firman, North Norwich, NY (1902)

Posted June 23, 2015
John A. Parsons, Production Manager American Plastics Corp. (1941)

Posted June 24, 2015
Bainbridge Central High School, Class of 1951, Senior Portraits

Posted June 25, 2015
Norwich High School Class of 1907 (photo)

Posted June 26, 2015
Tombstone Inscription of Mrs Tabitha Agard, d. 1818, Smithville, NY

Posted June 27, 2015
Clark George La Fontaine of Sherburne, NY 1906

Posted June 28, 2015
Leander Holdridge, Celebrates 95th Birthday, 1906.

Leander Holdridge, 95th Birthday, 1906

Leander Holdridge
Friends in Norwich Observe His 95th Birthday
Utica Saturday Globe,  September 1, 1906
Leander Holdridge
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  For several years it has been the custom for the nearby neighbors and friends of Leander Holdridge to gather at his home in East Norwich for a festal occasion on his birthday.  His 95th anniversary fell on Tuesday last and according to their custom some 30 or more friends were present to help celebrate the event.  Games were enjoyed and delicious refreshments were served, the house and lawn being used by the guests at their pleasure.  The hour was late when the gathering adjourned, all hoping that the venerable gentleman might live to enjoy many more happy returns of the day, and leaving as an evidence of their good wishes a purse of money.
Although one of the oldest, if not the oldest resident, of this vicinity, Mr. Holdridge is far from being the least active.  In spite of the late hour at which the birthday party broke up he showed fewer signs of fatigue than some of his younger guests,  He can still read a part of the time without the aid of glasses, his hearing is excellent, even for a much younger man, and his memory and mind are clear.
Mr. Holdridge was born in Franklin, Delaware county, but spent many of his active years driving a stage coach over different routes out of Unadilla, Otsego county, to Cooperstown, to Bainbridge and to other points.  He came to Chenango county 36 years ago and resided in Guilford before coming to East Norwich.  He is living with his second wife, who is about 80 years of age.  Of seven children of the first marriage, six are living:  Mrs. Emma Lyon, of Cortland, Kan.; Mr. Willard Follett, of King's Settlement; Clark G. Holdridge, Mrs. Belle Elliott, Mrs. Hattie Van Deusen and Horace E. Holdridge, of Norwich.  A married daughter, Mrs. Nettie may, died about 20 years ago.

Marriages (June 28)

Chamberlain - Prentice
Utica Saturday Globe, January 27, 1906
Raymond L. and Myrtle (Prentice) Chamberlain

Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  A quiet wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Don Prentice on Silver street Wednesday evening when their daughter, Myrtle Prentice, was united in marriage to Raymond L. Chamberlain, of this village. Rev. George A. Cure performed the ceremony in the presence of the immediate relatives and a few friends of the families.  The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Prentice and is a young woman of refined and pleasing personality. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chamberlain, of Mt. Upton.  He has been a resident of Norwich for a little over a year and holds a position in the cream room at the Borden's Condensery. After February 15, Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain will be at home to their friends at 14 Silver street.
Peet - Dixson
Chenango Union, January 4, 1883
The residence of Mr. Henry Dixson in the town of Morris [Otsego Co., NY] was the scene of a most brilliant affair on Wednesday evening, December 27th.  The occasion was the marriage of Miss Ella L. Dixson to Mr. Albert K. Peet, of Edmeston [Otsego Co., NY].  At an early hour the house was thronged with happy looking guests nearly all of whom were relatives of either bride or bridegroom.  At eight o'clock the ushers conducted the happy couple into the brilliantly lighted parlor, accompanied by Mr. Eugene C. Bailey and Miss Emma A. Peet, who acted as groomsman and bridesmaid.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Ira J. Bailey, of Mt. Upton.  After the numerous and hearty congratulations, bountiful refreshments were served, and a general season of merriment followed.  About eight guests were present, and all united in wishes of happiness and success to the new husband and wife. The presents were useful and valuable.
Marriage Notices
Antimasonic Telegraph, May 11, 1831
In Greene, on the 4th inst. by the Rev. John B. Hoyt, Nathan Randall, editor of the Pulaski Banner, to Miss Catharine Monell, daughter of the Hon. Robert Monell, of Greene [Chenango Co., NY].
In Willett, Cortland co. [NY]by Benjamin T. Greene, esq., Samuel N. Perkins, to Miss Lecta Roberts, all of said town.
Antimasonic Telegraph, June 1, 1831
At the Court house, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], on Sunday last, by the Rev. S.R. Smith, Mr. William Wilber, to Miss Levantia Burlingame, both of South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY]
In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], on the 25th ult. by the Rev. L. Clark, Dr. David Y. Foote, of Hamilton [Madison Co., NY], Colchester Settlement, to Miss Julia F. Dellay, of the former place.
Bainbridge Republican, February 27, 1880
FINCH - FINCH:  In Masonville, Feb. 12, by the Rev. N. Ripley, Mr. W.D. Finch, of Tompkins [Delaware Co., NY], and Miss Hattie Finch, of Masonville [Delaware Co., NY].
Chenango Union, January 31, 1884
THORNTON - MAIN:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Wednesday evening, Jan. 23d, by Rev. L.C. Hayes, Mr. Mielson E. Thornton, to Miss Hattie L. Main, all of Norwich.
CRANDALL - REYNOLDS:  At the home of the bride, in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], Jan 30th, by Rev. L.C. Hayes, Mr. Clark T. Crandall, to Miss Ella A. Reynolds, all of Norwich.
MOON - TITUS:  In this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY]Jan. 24th, by Rev. H.A. Delano, Mr. Adelbert L. Moon, to Miss Mary E. Titus, all of North Norwich.
ZEAN - HALL:  In McDonough [Chenango Co., NY], Jan 16th, by Rev. C.V. Arnold, assisted by Rev. J.H. Taylor, Mr. Christopher Zean, of Pharsalia [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Mary E.  Hall, of McDonough.
WARNER - HARRIS:  In Binghamton, Jan. 16th, by Rev. G.A. Place, Mr. Asa W. Warner, of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], to Miss Hattie S. Harris, formerly of Greene.
PIXLEY - DARROCH:  In New Berlin, Jan. 17th, by Rev. C. E. Maxfield, Mr. J.P. Pixley, of Laurens [Otsego Co., NY], to Miss Lizzie Darroch, of South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY]
PIERCE - ELLIOTT:  In Oakland, Cal, Jan. 3d, by Rev. Dr. Holmes, Mr. B.W. Pierce, to Miss Clara J. Elliott, formerly of Greene, N.Y. [Chenango Co.].

Obituaries (June 28)

Horatio N. Platt
Utica Saturday Globe, September 1, 1906
Horatio N. Platt

Horatio N. Platt, formerly of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.M. Walls, 186 Oneida street, Monday after a protracted illness.  Mr. Platt was born in Utica [Oneida Co., NY], but while still a child the family removed to Chenango county, where the greater part of deceased's life had been spent.  Mr. Platt followed the occupation of an agriculturist for a number of years and also for a time conducted a hotel in Guilford, N.Y.  On January 15, 1864, he enlisted as a corporal in the Twenty-second Regiment, New York Cavalry.  May 8, 1864, at the battle of the wilderness, he was taken prisoner and was subsequently taken to Florence prison and later to Danville prison.  He was transferred to Andersonville and over nine months was spent in southern prisons.  Mr. Platt was honorably discharged at the close of the war and mustered out at Rochester.  In 1899 he returned to Utica on account of ill health and had since made his home with Mrs. Walls.  Four years ago he and his family, including Mrs. Walls and family, went to Canastota, where they resided until May 1, when they returned to this city.  He was married to Mary Gibson, of Mt. Upton, April 8, 1865.  She survives with one daughter, Mrs. Walls, and two grandchildren.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. H.L. March, of Norwich.  He was a member of Canastota Post, G.A.R.  Many Utica veterans attended the funeral services in this city.  The interment was at Norwich and the body was met at the depot there by a delegation of Chenango county veterans.  The bearers at Norwich were W.C. Walworth, Hamilton Marsh, Whitman Stratton, Frank E. Beckwith, C.A. Summer and Henry Baker.

Lizzie (Johnston) Fay
Bainbridge Republican, November 28, 1879
Among our death notices will be found that of Mrs. Lizzie Fay (nee Johnstone), wife of Rev. J.H.W. Fay, formerly of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], but for several years a resident of Westborough, Mass., where she died.  Her funeral obsequies took place Wednesday.

Mrs. Burr B. Andrews
Chenango Union, January 3, 1884
After months of suffering, Mrs. Burr B. Andrews expired at her residence on Monday morning last, the immediate cause of her death being apoplexy.  Deceased was a daughter of the late William R. Hammond, and was born in this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], November 29th, 1814.  September 11th, 1837, she was united in marriage to Mr Andrews.  In all the relations of life she was a most estimable woman, and her loss will be felt, not only in the family circle, where she had endeared herself as wife and mother, but in social circles as well.  She leaves surviving her husband and three children--J.H. Andrews, of Williamsburg, N.Y., William B. Andrews, and Mrs. H.J Daniels, of this village--who have the sympathies of all in their affliction  Funeral services were held at the family residence, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Upton officiating.

Col. Rufus Chandler
Chenango Union, January 3, 1884
Another of the old residents of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY] has passed away.  Col. Rufus Chandler died at the residence of his son-in-law, James M. Phillips, on Friday evening, December 28th, aged eighty-five years.  For some months past he had been confined to his room from slight attacks of paralysis, and on Thursday he received another shock and remained unconscious until his death.  Deceased was almost a life-long resident of Coventry, and was identified with its interests  He was for several years Supervisor of his town, and acceptably represented Chenango county in the Legislature of 1850.  Held in the highest esteem by the community in which he had so long resided, his memory will be cherished.

Bert J. Curtis
Chenango Union, January 17, 1884
On Sunday morning last, the swift, silent Reaper stole into our midst, bearing away of the finest of our wheat, Bert J. Curtis, desolating one of our brightest happiest homes, and snatching from the clinging arms of a loving wife her heart's dearest treasure. As our eyes fill with tears, and our hearts throb with sympathy for the bereaved one, we pray, "Defend, O Lord, this thy child with thy heavenly grace; that she may continue thine forever; and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until she come unto thy everlasting kingdom."  --Oxford, January 8, 1884

Martin V.B. Winsor
Chenango Union, January 17, 1884
Martin V.B. Winsor, a much esteemed citizen of Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], died at his residence in that village, on Wednesday of last week, aged forty-three years.  He was a consistent member of the Episcopal church, and a member of the Masonic and A.O.U.W. lodges, and will be missed in social as well as in business circles.  His funeral was attended on Saturday afternoon. 

William Hale
Chenango Union, January 24, 1884
William Hale, a brother of Hiram Hale, of this town who some thirty-five years ago kept a restaurant in the old stone block on South Broad Street [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], died in New Haven, Ct., on the 11th inst., aged sixty years.  he had accumulated a large property in the livery business, was a widower, and childless.  On Friday, just a week before his death, he rode out, and complained of a cold; Sunday evening he married a young lady twenty three years old, to the surprise of everybody; Monday pneumonia set in, with fatal results on Friday.  It is thought he left no will, in which case half his estate will go to his widow.  The suddenness of the marriage and the youth of the widow excite comment, and it is rumored that an effort will be made to prevent her from getting any of the property.  John Slater and H.O. Hale, of this place, attended the funeral.

Mrs. Samuel Taylor
Chenango Union, January 17, 1884
A Syracuse correspondent of the Utica Herald, writing under date of January 12th says:  "That a person lives to attend his own funeral would seem a little short of a miracle.  The wife of Samuel Taylor, who resides in the town of Pitcher, near Pitcher Springs [Chenango Co., NY], had a shock of the palsy and recovered sufficiently to be about the house.  Monday morning last Mrs. Taylor sank into a comatose state and apparently died.  The friends, however, could not all of them believe she was dead and believed her in a trance.  The remains were kept until Thursday, when the funeral was held at the Congregational church at North Pitcher, the pastor preaching the sermon. After the service the remains were returned to the hearse and Mrs. Taylor was taken back home to await events.  It is said the 'doctors disagree' as to the possibility or probability of the trance issue.  Many, however, believe Mrs. Taylor dead."

Chenango Union, January 24, 1884
Last week we mentioned the fact that Mrs. Samuel Taylor, of North Pitcher, sank into a comatose state on Monday morning, the 7th inst.,and it was believed by her friends that she was in a trance.  Funeral services were held at the Congregational church on the following Thursday, after which the remains were taken back to the family residence, many believing she was not dead. It appears, however, that her friends were finally convinced that life had departed, as the remains were buried on Tuesday of last week.

The Weekly Gleaner, DeRuyter, NY, January 17, 1884
The sudden death of Mrs. Samuel Taylor, which occurred last Monday, the 7th, produced a sadness throughout the entire community.  The funeral services took place last Thursday in the Congregational church, but the burial services were postponed on account of the absence of her daughter, Mrs. James O. Butts, who lives in Pompey.  Notwithstanding the extreme cold, there was a large attendance of relatives and friends. The services were conducted by Rev. Warner of Pitcher, who preached a very appropriate sermon.  Mrs. Taylor was 42 years old, and was the daughter of Eli Eldridge, who died a few years ago.  Her mother still survives her.  She had always lived here, and her genial spirit and cheerful presence had won for her a large circle of friends. She leaves a husband, three daughters, and one son to mourn the loss of a Christian wife and mother, and the family and relatives are entitled to the warmest sympathies of our people.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Clark George LaFontaine of Sherburne, NY 1906

Clark George La Fontaine
Utica Saturday Globe, January 27, 1906
Clark George La Fontaine
Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY]:  Clarke G. La Fontaine is a Sherburne lad who is not allowing any grass to grow under his feet.  He is an artist, gifted and all from the "eye" as some term it.  He painted a large oil portrait on canvas of the late president McKinley, and it was admired by many from out of town.  Later he began trick bicycle riding, and has appeared in many of the surrounding towns. Under the name of Hopkins he gained quite a reputation as a trick bicyclist, and is yet but a boy.  He has invented and put out many good things, and the latest is a new door-plate.  He made up the entire design and has a system of mail order business which is growing every day.  He has taken orders for over 1,000, and between 4,000 and 5,000 will be put out in a short time. The idea was original with him and a big industry will be the outcome, judging from the sales and the way the plates are taking.  
Mr. La Fontaine makes his home here, where he was born.  He has a branch establishment in Norwich.  He is a young man of splendid qualities and progressive ideas, and will manufacture in Sherburne.

Obituaries (June 27)

Nelson N. Lewis
Utica Saturday Globe, August 5, 1905
Nelson N . Lewis

At his home, in South New Berlin [Chenango Co., NY], Saturday evening, occurred the death of Nelson N. Lewis, a highly respected resident of that place, aged 75 years.  He had been ill for two years and during that time suffered two strokes.  Since last November he had been confined to his bed most of the time.  Deceased was born in the town of Morris [Otsego Co., NY], March 14, 1830.  He was a son of Putman and Drucilla Davis Lewis, early settlers of that section who came there from Rhode Island in 1806.  Mr. Lewis learned the trade of wagon making early in life and for 50 years had conducted a wagon shop in South New Berlin.  He was known as a man of integrity, upright in his business methods and highly esteemed by his neighbors and friends.  Mr. Lewis was married three times.  His first wife was Catherine Sergent, of South New Berlin, and after her death he married his first wife's sister, Polly Sergent.  His last marriage was to Francella Gage, who survives.  He leaves one son, Eugene N. Lewis, foreman for the W.L. Scott Lumber company, of this village, and one sister, Mrs. Foster Camp, of New Berlin, both by his second marriage.  He is also survived by one brother, Jay Lewis, of Masonville, Delaware county.  The funeral was held from his late home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. R.A. Gates officiating.  The floral offerings were most profuse and beautiful and included a handsome piece contributed by the members and employees of the Scott Lumber Company.

Asa Foote
The Sherburne News, September 8, 1900
As mentioned in our last issue Mr. Asa Foote died on the 28th of last month.  Mr. Foote had been in failing health for some months before his demise.  He was a man of strong constitution and lived to be a man of great age and retained his mental faculties until a short time before his death.  he was born in this town [Sherburne, Chenango Co., NY] on the farm now owned by Mrs. Oliver Cole on April 5, 1815, and with the exception of one year passed in Green Bay, Wis. and one in Orange County, N.Y., his life was spent in the town of his nativity.  In 1846 he married Almeda Van DeGriff, a member of the patriotic Edsall family of Sussex Co., N.J., who gave a father and four sons for the revolutionary war and has furnished soldiers for every war our country has waged.  Their married life was spent on the farm where they both died, she preceding him to the better land, two years ago.  Asa Foote (1st) located in Sherburne in the year 1812, with his hands as well as his purse he aided in founding of Christ Church; there he carried his seven sons and two daughters for baptism; one daughter, Mrs. Almira White, of Whitesboro, who is in her eighty-fourth year and the eldest son, Nathanial Foote, a lawyer, in Morrisville, in his eighty-eight year, survive.  It has been the sad duty of the latter to follow six younger brothers to their last resting place.  In 1853 Asa Foote (2d) was elected vestryman of Christ church and remained in office until his death.  Following the example of his father he has carried four children, eighteen grand-children and two great-grand children to the Church he loved so well, for baptism.  It is to be hoped that Asa Foote (3d) may follow in the footsteps of his venerable grandparents and fill the place made vacant by their deaths.  Mr. Foote when a young man learned the trade of a millwright and worked at the business the greater part of his life.  He was an excellent mechanic and in his younger days built many mills. About the beginning of his mechanical career he helped raise and build Christ Episcopal Church in this village in 1831.  He was a tidy man and marks of his handiwork can be seen now about the home buildings on the farm.  He had a place for everything and everything was in its place. The last years of his life were passed in the full enjoyment of a well spent life. All his wants were gratified by his son, his daughter-in-law and the six grandchildren who were so dear to him.  It is our wish that all aged people may pass down the west side of life with such ease and comfort.  He was particularly attached to Mrs. J. Foote, who did so much to make everything so enjoyable for him.  Few own children could do more.  His funeral was largely attended form the home on Friday afternoon last, the Rev. A.G. Singsen, rector of Christ Church, officiating and the remains laid at rest in the Sherburne Quarter Cemetery.  A long and active life is over, and he has found that for him, too, as for other good men.

"There is a city builded,
Upon a peaceful hill;
Where none is every weary
Nor any suffer ill."
One feature about the funeral was noticed that the eight bearers who acted as such at the burial of his wife also acted at his funeral.  He is survived by three children, Mrs. H.V./D. Hoyt, of Goshen, N.Y., Mrs. Charles D. Reynolds and Mr. J. Foote of this place.  Mrs. Hoyt and youngest son, Harry, were present at the funeral; as were also Mr. Nathaniel Foote and Mrs. Arthur Foote, of Morrisville, and Mr. Nathaniel Foote and Mr. Orlando Foote and wife, of Rochester.

Ellen Prince Stedman Smith
Cortland Evening Standard, March 12, 1901
Mrs. Ellen Prince Stedman Smith, widow of the late Judge Abram P. Smith, died this morning at her home, 26 West Court st. [Cortland, Cortland Co., NY], after an illness of several months.  On Oct. 3 she had a stroke of apoplexy from which she never entirely recovered.  This was followed at intervals by four shocks of paralysis, the last being on Feb. 28, since which time she has not been able to speak except to say "yes" and "no."  During her illness she did not seem to suffer any and up to the time of the last shock she enjoyed meeting and visiting with her friends.  Her mind seemed at first in some respects unimpaired, but there was an almost utter loss of memory along certain lines. She could not remember that she had been ill previous to the day and moment and confined to the house or bed, but each day she appeared to look upon her illness as a new idea, and thought she would be up and out again in a day or two. She was also at times especially in recent weeks, a little mixed upon the identity of friends, but when she knew who her visitor was she would continue a conversation as in former days, apparently enjoying exceedingly seeing those about her and listening to what they had to say.  Mrs. Smith was born in Bainbridge, N .Y. [Chenango Co.], March 12, 1829, thus passing away upon her seventy-second birthday, and there, as Mrs. Ellen Prince Stedman, Judge Smith married her on Dec. 25, 1873.  No children were ever born to her.  She is survived by a brother in Bainbridge and by two brothers in the state of Washington.  The son and daughter of Judge Smith also survive.  Dr. David Eugene Smith of Brockport, N.Y., and Mrs. A.M. Jewett of Cortland.  Mrs. Smith was a member of Grace Episcopal church and throughout her residence in Cortland was an active and earnest worker in the church. The funeral will be held at the house, 20 West Court st., on Thursday at 2 o'clock and the services will be conducted by the rector of Grace church, Rev. W.W. Way.

Mrs. Archibald Crossman
Western New York, Warsaw, NY, Dec. 5, 1902
Mrs. Archibald Crossman of Freedom (Cattaraugus Co., NY) died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.E. Card, on Clinton avenue in this village, Sunday night, Nov. 30th, aged 70 years and 7 months.  Mr. and Mrs. Crossman had been spending a few days with their daughter when she was stricken with apoplexy which resulted fatally.  Mrs. Crossman was born in Sullivan county on April 14th, 1832, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Luddignton. she was married to Mr. Crossman at Wurtsborough, N.Y., on October 11th, 1851.  She is survived by her husband and five children, Mrs. Mary A. Hurlburt of Perry, Mrs. Sarah F. Sears of Bliss, Mrs. Julia Ferguson of Freedom, Charles W. Crossman of Buffalo and Mrs. Card; also twenty-two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She leaves also one brother and one sister, Ira M. Luddington and Mrs. Jane Weed of Rochester.  Funeral services were held from Mr. Card's house on Wednesday morning and the remains taken to Freedom for burial.

Burton Foote
The Sherburne News, May 4, 1895
Burton Foote died this morning at the home of his son, H.W. Foote, near Trosky, after a 5 weeks' sickness with the grip.  Mr. Foote was 66 years, 2 months and 5 days old at the time of his death, and leaves a loving wife and four children--three of whom reside in this county--and a host of warm friends to mourn his death.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of many friends in this city in their sorrow.  Funeral services conducted by Rev. G.E. Hawkins, of the 1st M.E. Church, of Edgerton, will be held at the home of H.W. Foote, tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock, after which the remains will be laid to rest in the Trosky cemetery--Pipestone (Minn.) County Star, April 26. The deceased was the youngest brother of Asa Foot, of this place, and left this part of the country when a boy, and has resided most of his life in the West.
 Death Notices
Chenango Telegraph, April 13, 1859
McCULLOR:  In Norwich [Chenango Co. NY], on the 26th ult. an infant child of Walter  H. McCullor, aged 4 weeks.  On the 27th ult. Walter son of Walter R. McCullor, aged about 4 years.  On the  1st inst. Adelia, wife of Walter R. McCullor, aged about 30 years.

GORDON:  In Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 30th ult. Hannah Gordon, aged 53 years.

CRANDALL:  In Guilford [Chenango Co., NY], on the 30th ult.  Zilpha Crandall, aged 63 years.

FERGUSON:  In Plymouth [Chenango Co., NY], on the 2d inst., Rev. S.C. Ferguson, aged 37 years.

GALE:  In McDonough [Chenango Co ., NY], on the 16th ult. Mrs. Margaret Gale, aged 57 years.

FOOTE:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY], ont he 29th ult., Charles O. Foote, aged 33 years.

KINNEY:  In Sherburne [Chenango Co., nY], on the 31st ult., Miss Chloe Kinney, in the 76th year of her age.

BURDICK:  In New York, on the 4th instant, Benjamin T. Burdick, son of J.L. and Sarah Burdick, formerly of this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], aged 32 years.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tombstone inscription, Tabitha Agard, 1750 - 1818

Tombstone Inscription
Tabitha Agard, 1750 - 1818
Smithville Flats Cemetery, Chenango Co., NY
The Chenango American of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], prints the following inscription copied from a tombstone in the town of Smithville [Chenango Co., NY] in the year 1869:
"Tabitha Agard lies here, she was the wife of Joseph Agard Esquire who was one of the first settlers of this town A.D. 1798, she died Sep 9 A.D. 1818 aged 68 years.  This woman after many years of the greatest toil in this once howling wild, to which she together with her family suffered much by hunger and nakedness, was taken with lingering illness which lasted several years.  She suffered much pain of body and depression of spirits, yet she knew to whom she had believed, and waited with patience the coming of the Lord.  She was an obedient wife, a loving mother, chaste, and a keeper at home.  She was a suckerer of many in the settlement of this country.  Both Indians and whitemen have often received food from her hand.  She instructed her children to be always obedient to their father and to fear God every day, who was attentive to prayers, bowing the knee to the Lord Jesus, thus leaving a glorious example for all her sex to be obedient to their own husbands, teacher of good things, chaste keepers at home.  She had four sons that cleared the ground where she and all this great family of the dead lie."

Obituaries (June 26)

A. Burdette Holcomb
Utica Saturday Globe, August 5, 1905
A. Burdette Holcomb
While on a visit to his niece, Mrs. George W. McNitt, on Fair street, this village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], A. Burdette Holcomb a well-known resident of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], was taken ill last Friday night and died Sunday.  Deceased was born on a farm in the town of Norwich July 4, 1841.  For the past 30 years he had resided in Greene, where he married Miss Alice Lyons.  Mrs. Holcomb died several years ago.  For some years Mr. Holcomb was manager of the Lyon Iron Works in Greene, but for the last 10 years he had been a traveling salesman, selling cigars.  He was a man whom it was a pleasure to know, enjoyed a wide acquaintance and had many warm friends.  Mr. Holcomb was educated at the Norwich and Oxford Academies and graduated in a medical course at Ann Arbor, Mich., but never followed the medical profession.  He served in the civil war as a member of an Ohio regiment and was a member of the G.A.R.  He was also a member of the Eastern light Lodge, F.&A.M. of Greene, and Malta Commandery, K.T. of Binghamton.  Mr. Holcomb is survived by one daughter, Miss Anna B. Holcomb, of Greene; one brother, R.A. Holcomb, of Ripley, N.Y., and a sister, Mrs. F.B. Sweetland, of Sayre, Pa.  His remains were taken to Greene Monday and the funeral was largely attended Wednesday, the services being conducted by the Masonic lodge.  A delegation of Norwich Masons and several relatives and friends were present from this village.
Sarah Miner
Binghamton Press, June 1, 1917
Mrs. Sarah Miner died at her home at Choconut Center Thursday afternoon aged 74 years.  She is survived by her husband, Isaac Miner, four daughters, Mrs. David Stanley of Vestal, Mrs. Grace Marean of Norwich, Mrs. Verna Mower of this city and Mrs. Clayton Saddlemire of Union; four sons, George of South New Berlin, Oscar and Horace of Scranton and Frank of Auburn; three brothers Isaac Gage of Brackneyville, George Decker of Montrose and Ben Decker of Ouaquaga, and four sisters.  Mrs. Homer Courtright of Choconut Center, Mrs. Elizabeth Southward of Bath, Me.; Mrs. Bert Boyce and Mrs. Louise Dodge of this city. The funeral will be held at the residence Sunday at 2  o'clock.  Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Mary Green Hogg
Binghamton Press, April 26, 1904
Mrs. Mary Green Hogg died yesterday at her home in West Chenango [Broome Co., NY].  She is survived by her husband, James G. Hogg, and five daughters, Mrs.  Lena Hand, Mrs. Minnie Miner, Elizabeth Hogg, Mrs. Anna Brown and Pauline Hogg; by two brothers, William H. Green of Denver, Col. and Elmer L. Green of West Chenango.  The funeral will be held form the Abbott M.E. Church Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock.
George Miner
Binghamton Press, April 2, 1934
George Miner, 69 years old, of 47 Grand avenue, Johnson City [Broome Co., NY], died Saturday afternoon in the Binghamton City hospital.  He is survived by his widow, Minnie F. Miner; two daughters, Miss Mary E. Miner of Johnson City and Mrs. Lawrence Bradshaw of Bainbridge; a son, George Miner, Jr., of Jacksonville, Fla., and a granddaughter, Jane Harding Miner.
Dr. Lawrence Bradshaw
Norwich Sun, February 23, 1950
Bainbridge:  Dr. Lawrence Bradshaw, 9 Greenlawn avenue, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], a retired Borden Company chemist died at is home Wednesday morning. Dr. Bradshaw came to the United States nearly 30 years ago from England and had been a resident of Bainbridge for several years.  He retired from the chemical division of the Borden Company about three years ago.  Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Margaret Miner Bradshaw; a son, Richard, both of Bainbridge; three sisters and two brothers all in England; several nieces and nephews.  The body was removed to the Harold Sherman Funeral Chapel in Bainbridge where friends may call tonight from 7 to 9.  Funeral services will be held in St. Peter's Episcopal church in Bainbridge.  Friday at 10:30, Rev. James E. Wolfe officiating.  Interment will be in St. Peter's cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Bainbridge News, March 2, 1950
Three years ago, Dr. Lawrence Bradshaw retired from the Borden Company at the culmination of a long and honorable career as a chemist.  He was an outstanding authority in casein glue technology and was often called upon by important segments of industry to develop special glues for their purposes. He gave without stint of his time and energy in solving difficult problems.  His total number of patents consistent of about twenty, including many where he was the sole inventor, and others which he held in conjunction with his Bainbridge colleagues.  It was typical of his thoroughness that patent lawyers often accepted his draft of a patent specification and relied upon him to answer the questions of the Patent Office Examiners.  His work during this period dealt with gluing technology involving both protein and synthetic resin preparations and techniques.  Dr. Bradshaw's work was always beautifully done, with no "loose ends" to trouble some future investigator in the same field.  Many of the laboratory techniques and test methods still exist in the original form, owing to the care and precision with which he worked.  He was scrupulous in his observance of the so-called "homely virtues"; his work, when given, could always be relied upon, and his devotion to the code of ethics of his chosen profession was undeviating.  His sense of humor was legendary; many otherwise dull technical sessions were enlivened by his pertinent anecdotes.  Like Thomas Edison, Dr. Bradshaw turned a handicap to an advantage.  He always made light of his slight deafness and considered it an asset to his powers of concentration.  Of all his personal qualities, Dr. Bradshaw will probably he best remembered by those who knew him for his great humanity.  His sense of the dignity of every individual made his friendships wide and varied.  His counsel to younger members of his profession was invaluable in launching many of their technical careers.  Both as citizen and scientist, Dr. Bradshaw was the product of many cultures.  Born in Lancashire in England, he received his early education in the English public schools. At the age of sixteen, he entered Manchester University and graduated with honors at nineteen.  He next went to Glessen University in Germany, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree. Returning to Manchester, he published several scientific papers and completed his work for the degree of Doctor of Science. Some time during this period, he worked on a pure research project that was to have effect on the automotive industry, Little was known about the detonation of fuels and the propagation of flame.  By a combination of electrical devices and moving film, much hitherto unknown knowledge was amassed which had practical application in the later development of anti-knock compounds for gasoline.  His transition from the academic life to that of industry occurred when he accepted a position with a mining company in Peru.  Forced to return to England for reasons of health, he resumed his studies for a short period at Edinburgh University in Scotland.  Following this, he took a position with an English company in Germany. At the outbreak of World War I he was interned in Germany and took advantage of his enforced leisure to translate a German chemistry text into English.  In 1921, pursuing his already bright star westward, he came to America.  It was not long thereafter when he came to Bainbridge and began his well known career with the Casein Company.  It has been Bainbridge that this distinguished scientist and citizen of the world called home.  Here we saw him working in his garden, returned his cheery greeting on the streets, went to him with our problems, and laughed with him and with a world wihc seemed a better palce because he was there.