Saturday, May 25, 2013

Marriages (Th, Ti) MHD Collection

Marriages (Th, Ti)
 MHD Collection
Miss Phyllis Tyler was united in marriage to Joseph Throop, son of M.E. Throop, of this village [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], May 17 at St. John's Episcopal Church, in Troy.  After the ceremony, a supper was served at the home of the bridegroom's sister, Mrs. L. Tucker, in Dalton, Mass.  The newlyweds left for a four day trip to Lake Champlain and Canada.  Upon their return, they will reside at New Kensington, Conn.  Mr. Throop is a member of the faculty at R.P.I. in Troy. 
The marriage of Miss Barbara Tingley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Tingley of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], and Private Mylard Eugene Webster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ardell Webster of Sayre, Pa., took place Sunday, February 14, at four o'clock in the Baptist Church, Afton.  Rev. Archie W. Benedict of Unadilla, N.Y., cousin of the bride's mother, officiated.  The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore white satin with sweetheart neckline, long sleeves and fitted bodice, entrain.  Her fingertip veil of illusion, fell from the back of a seeded pearl, orange blossom tiara and she carried a bouquet of white roses mixed with white sweet peas.  Miss Ruth Virginia Tingley, sister of the bride was maid of honor and William Paul of Walton, N.Y., served as best man.  The maid of honor wore a gown of delphinium blue satin and net, and carried an arm bouquet of Talisman roses and blue forget-me-nots.  Her cap was blue net tiara effect with blue flowers.  Miss Ruth Chamberlin played the program of wedding music and miss Alice Whitney sang, "O Promise Me" and "I Love You Truly."  Approximately seventy-five guests attended the wedding reception in the church parlors following the ceremony.  The bride's table covered with damask table cloth and lighted candles was decorated with daffodils and snapdragons and a three-tiered cake.  The bride was graduated from Afton High School in 1941 and is employed at Scintilla Magneto, Sidney, N.Y.  The bridegroom was graduated from Waverly High School in 1941 and has just received his diploma from Lincoln Air Base, Lincoln, Nebraska.  He is now stationed at Dearborn, Mich.  The bride returned to Dearborn with her husband for a short time.  [MHD notation: Feb. 14, 1943]

Marion Thorpe - Gilbert Mfg Co Fire (1886)

Fire - Gilbert Manufacturing Company, Bainbridge, NY
Chenango Union, Norwich, NY Dec. 16, 1886
About 1:30 o'clock, Wednesday A.M., Charles H. Presbrey, the Superintendent of the Gilbert Manufacturing Company, arose to replenish his coal stove, and as he looked out of the window, he discovered the factory building to be on fire.  He rushed to the building and called to the night watchman, George Peterson, and his assistant, Martin Jacobson, to let him in.  On entering he informed them that the factory was on fire in the west end, where a night force had been shoeing sleds until 10 o'clock that evening.  The three hastened to the third floor, which is used for a paint and varnish room and fastening shoes on sleds, where they discovered a small fire in the rear of the sleds.  Mr. Peterson says that he commenced removing the sleds to reach the fire, and Mr. Presbrey was laying the hose from the water pipe toward the fire, when Mr. Presbrey ordered him to go below and blow the whistle and open the hydrant and attach the hose on the first floor, run it out of the building and try to reach the fire from the outside.  Mr. Peterson then left Mr. Presbrey and Jacobson and went below.  Mr. Presbrey's last order being "Keep cool, George, and don't get excited."  Mr. Jacobson remained with Mr. Presbrey until he was nearly suffocated with smoke, and then caught a lantern and said to Mr. Presbrey, "Let us get out of this," and then went below, and thinks Mr. Presbrey followed him part way down, but if he did he must have returned and been suffocated by the dense smoke that filled the room.  He gave his life in trying to save the property entrusted in his care, and as a fitting tribute to him who stood fearlessly at his post of duty, even unto death, is eminently worthy of the highest commendations of all men.  When every stick and timber of the large structure was being licked up by the fiery tongued flames and borne on high, casting a lurid light over all, it became evident to the people in general, that Charles H. Presbrey, the Superintendent, had been overcome by the heat and dense, suffocating smoke that filled the third story of the building where he was last seen alive.  As this terrible news passed quickly from one to another, only sad, pale faces and clenched hands told of the keen anguish felt for the sad fate of their townsman.  Yet through this trying ordeal, firemen and citizens stood firmly to their work, pouring upon the seething mass, one continuous stream on through the early morning hours, and as the rising sun, clear and bright, silently crept up the eastern horizon strong, sturdy men, wet and covered with ice, might have been seen with hose firmly in hand, slowly working their way through smoking embers and sissing castings.  When about fifteen feet from the east end of the building, they discovered the remains of Mr. Presbrey, charred and burned beyond recognition.  Near him was found his knife, and from one of his inside watch pockets was taken two $10 gold pieces wrapped in several bills, amounting in all to about $50, which, strange as it may seem, had not been damaged by the fire.  The remains were tenderly removed from this ashen death bed and taken to G.S. Graves' undertaking rooms, where they were properly cared for.  The funeral of Mr. Presbrey was held at the Episcopal church in Bainbridge on Friday afternoon, and was largely attended.  Services were conducted by Rev. John B. Pitman, Rector.  Among those in attendance were all the employees of the Gilbert Manufacturing Company, members of the Masonic fraternity of Binghamton, the former residence of the deceased, and a delegation from Fountain Four Hose Company, also of that city, to which  Mrs. Presbrey belonged when a resident of that place.  Business places and public buildings in the village were closed during the funeral, and a large throng of people accompanied the remains to their final resting place in the new village cemetery.  It is stated that a life insurance policy for $5,000, carried by the deceased for a number of years, had lapsed one week before his death.  The general opinion is that the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion.  It is believed that the factory will be rebuilt, the citizens feeling a deep interest in it, as an important part of the business of the place.  The company's pay roll mustered about ninety men and boys, and the amount paid them weekly was about $800, which was mostly left with the business firms in the village.

Obituaries (Th, Ti) MHD Collection

Cory D. Thornton, age 70, prominent Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] farmer, died at the Bainbridge Hospital, last Sunday afternoon at 6 o'clock where he had been a patient for a week, after suffering a severe heart attack, June 16.  Mr. Thornton, who was a member of the Town Board, served as supervisor for 18 years from 1911 to 1929.  He was prominent Republican all his life.  In 1936, he was appointed a member of the Town Board to complete the unexpired term of the late J.W. Weeks, as Justice of the Peace, which office he held at the time of his death.  He was a member of the Bainbridge I.O.O.F. Lodge.  Mr. Thornton was born in Afton, September 17, 1870, the son of Hiram Nelson and Luceada Greene (Wrench) Thornton.  He was married to Amy Manderville Lyon, of West Bainbridge, October 14, 1903.  He is survived by his wife, a sister, Mrs. Ernie Johnson, of Deposit and a half brother, Lawrence Slater, of Afton.  Services were held Wednesday afternoon in Colwell's Chapel at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Paul L. Carpenter, officiating.  Interment was in Glenwood Cemetery at Afton. 
Ralph Bresee Thorpe, 1888-1917.  Ralph B. Thorpe was born in Afton May, 1888, the son of Rev. and Mrs. W.L. Thorpe, his father at that time being the Presiding Elder of the Honesdale District of the Wyoming Conference.  Like most children of Methodist Ministers his home was at times in various places in the Wyoming Conference, Plymouth, Newark Valley, N.Y., and Plains, Pa.  Ralph prepared for college at Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pa., and entered Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., in 1907.  He was making splendid progress in his college work when at the beginning of his junior year, Sept 1909, he was compelled to leave college on account of his health.  For several years he gave his best efforts to recovering his health, living out of doors, and taking the rest cure.  He was always hopeful and cheery, working at something, basketry, photography, raising chickens, etc.  Two years ago he came with his mother to Afton [Chenango Co., NY] to live and while here he has made, as everywhere, many friends by his kindly interest in every one.  His courage and hopefulness in spite of physical weakness and the disappointment of having to give up all thought of a career and his eagerness to be doing something were strong characteristics.  He passed away on Saturday afternoon Feb. 24th [1917], falling peacefully to sleep.  the service in his memory was held at the bungalow home, Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, by the Rev. I.L. Bronson of the Methodist Church who spoke of his fine Christian character and splendid manliness which won the admiration and love of all who knew him.  The burial was in the Thorpe family plot in the cemetery at Otego [Otsego Co., NY]  Our sympathies are extended to his mother and his family and we express our regret that the home is to be broken in that Mrs. Thorpe has decided to leave our village to reside with her older son, Dr. J.L. Thorpe in Clyde, N.Y.  Our best wishes go with her.

Mrs. Charlotte Moat Throop died suddenly early Tuesday morning at her home on Pearl street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], after being stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage Monday.  She was born at Oquaga on April 25, 1882, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moat.  She attended school in Oquaga and in 1900, was united in marriage to Miner Throop of Doraville.  They remained on a farm in Doraville until 1923 and since have made their homes in Bainbridge.  Besides her husband, Miner Throop, village street commissioner, there survive two daughters, Mrs. Llewellyn Tucker of Dalton, Mass., and Mrs. Orson Thorp of Bainbridge; one son, Joseph, a senior at Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy; her father, Frank Moat of Vestal; a sister, Mrs. Clayton Hilton, also of Vestal and a brother, Claude Moat of Doraville.  Mrs. Throop, who had been in fair health for the past several years, was an active member of the local Home Bureau unit and was connected with the local Methodist Episcopal Church.  Funeral services will be held at the Colwell Brothers' Funeral Chapel on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.  The Rev. G.N. Underwood of the Methodist Church will be the officiating pastor.  Burial will be made in the Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  [MHD notation, d. May 10, 1938]

Miner E. Throop, of Pearl street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] passed away quietly Friday night, January 10, 1941, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Helen Throop in Doraville.  He had apparently been enjoying good health until his death.  Mr. Throop was born in Doraville [Broome Co., NY] on April 1, 1880, the son of Joseph D. and Helen Throop.  He was united in marriage with Lottie Moate on August 26, 1900.  In 1923 the family moved to the present home on Pearl street.   During his youth he was a stone mason in his father's quarry at Doraville.  Later he became a foreman in the service of Frank Lewis and Sons, where he was employed in construction work for over 20 years.  Bainbridge people will remember him for many structures whose construction he supervised.  In 1939 he was Commissioner of Streets and Parks in Bainbridge.  Since then he has been managing his farm at Doraville.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Helen Throop, and sister, Mrs. Olive Benton, of Doraville; and his brother, Lewis Throop, of Troy, Mont.; three children, Mrs. Ruth Tucker, of Dalton, Mass.; Mrs. Blanche Thorp, of Bainbridge, and Joseph Throop fo Troy, N.Y., He had three grandchildren, Lucille, Llewellyn and Grace Tucker, of Dalton, Mass.  The funeral was Monday, January 13, at 2 P.M.  The body was interned at the vault of the Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge].  The bearers were Messrs. Jesse Doolittle, Austin Finch, Frank Lewis and Robert Davidson.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Marriages (Tew, Thomson) MHD Collection

Sunday afternoon, October 6th at 2:30, Miss Mary Elizabeth Tew, daughter of Elmer Tew and the late Rachel Horton Tew, became the bride of Charles Austin Peet of Nineveh [Broome Co., NY], at the Tew home on South Main Street.  The single ring ceremony as performed by the Rev. Alan Douglas of the Baptist Church of Afton.  The wedding party stood before an altar banked with gladioli and ferns with lighted candelabra in the background.  The bride wore a street length dress of fuchsia crepe, with black accessories and a corsage of white roses.  Her attendant, Mrs. Kenneth Jeffers was attired in black crepe and wore a corsage of red roses.  Best man was John Peet of New Jersey, a cousin of the groom.  Following the ceremony, a reception was given the bridal party.  A three tired wedding cake and ice cream was served to the guests by young friends of the bride, the Misses Cathy Hughes, Patricia LaFrano, Patsy Tew, Carneta Winsor, Mary Parker and Doris Peet....[MHD notation:  married 1946]
Miss Marion E. Thomson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Thomson of Deposit Star Route [Delaware Co., NY] became the bride of Donald M. Camp, son of Mrs. Leola Camp, of Afton [Chenango Co. NY], Thursday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 P.M. in a ceremony performed before a company of seventy-five relatives and friends at the bride's home by Rev. William F. Miller of McClure.  The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, was dressed in Royal Blue Velvet and carried American Beauty Roses.  Her attendant, Miss Bernice Carroll, of Syracuse, wore a wine colored dress, with a shoulder corsage of rosebuds.  Mr. Camp was attended by Kenneth G. Mattern, of Wilson, N.Y., a college classmate.  Mrs. Thomson was gowned in deep wine crepe and wore a shoulder corsage of sweet peas.  Mrs. Camp wore an Aqua Blue lace dress, with a corsage of pink sweet peas and rosebuds.  The bridal party stood before an arch of evergreen, from which was suspended a white wedding bell.  Autumn flowers prevailed in decoration throughout the rooms.  Preceding the entrance of the bridal party, a program of wedding music was played by Mrs. Henry Thurston.  Miss Lillian Thomson, a sister of the bride and Mrs. Thurston sang "I Love You Truly" and Miss Thomson sang "Oh Promise Me."  A thanksgiving dinner was served at noon to the bridal party and the immediate family and ice cream and cake after the ceremony.  Mr. and Mrs. Camp left on a short wedding trip after which they will reside in Sidney [Delaware Co., NY] where Mr. Camp is a member of the Sidney High School faculty, having graduated from Ithaca College in June.  Mrs. Camp who is a graduate of Ridley's Business School is a valued member of the office force of the Scintilla Magneto Corporation.  Both are graduates of Afton Central School.  The young couple have the best wishes of their many friends.  [MHD notation:  1940]

Obituaries (Te,Th) MHD Collection

Mrs. Adah A. Teachout died at her home on Caswell Street [Afton, Chenango Co., NY] Friday night, at 10:45.  She was born in Hollisterville, Pa., July 7, 1854, and was the daughter of the late Cyrus and Fayette Sweet.  Mrs. Teachout has been a resident of Afton for twenty-eight years.  She was a faithful member of the Methodist Church and the Afton O.E.S.  She is survived by a granddaughter, Miss Pearl Dimorier of Afton; three nieces, Mrs. Ethel Christopher of Endicott, Mrs. C.C. Vrooman of Greene, Mrs. Harvey Stoddard of Birmingham, Ala., and a nephew, Robert Jacobs of Bainbridge.  The funeral services were held at her home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. William Jones officiating.  Burial in West Bainbridge, Union Valley Cemetery [Chenango Co., NY].  [MHD notation:  d. June 1942]
Mrs. Arta Foote Teachout, 54, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], died Wednesday morning at the Sidney Hospital, Sidney.  She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Wright, of Bainbridge; a sister, Mrs. Wilfred Meade, of Cortland.  The body was removed to the Harold Sherman Funeral Chapel in Bainbridge, where friends may call this evening and Friday afternoon and evening.  [MHD notation:  d. Nov. 1949]
The funeral of Charles Terry, who died Saturday night at his home in Vallonia Springs [Broome Co., NY], was held Wednesday afternoon at the home, with Rev. Frederick Nichols of the Baptist Church officiating.  The services at Glenwood Cemetery [Afton, Chenango Co., NY] were in charge of Afton Lodge No. 360 F.&A.M.  [MHD notation:  d. 1940]

Lizzy Terry, wife of Charles A. Terry died at her home at Vallonia Springs [Broome Co., NY] Tuesday morning, July 23rd, after a very short illness.  Besides a large circle of friends, she leave to mourn her loss a husband and two children, Edna aged 13 and Maurice aged 11, an aged mother whose home was with her, and one sister Miss Florence Sweet of Afton.  The funeral was held at Vallonia Springs, and was largely attended.  Burial at Afton.  Mrs. Terry will be greatly missed in the community where she lived.  She was an earnest church worker, was president of the Missionary Society, and much interested in the Sunday School work.  Scarlet fever visited this home last winter, Mrs. Terry and both children had it, and for a long time the daughter's life was despaired of, but finally the tide turned and she slowly regained her health.  Much sympathy is felt for the family whose home is so suddenly made desolate by the loss of the devoted wife and mother.  [MHD notation:  d. 1912]

Vallonia Springs [Broome Co., NY]:  The community was saddened last Thursday morning by the news of the sudden death of Mrs. Charles Terry who had only been ill for a few days.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon at her late home.  The bereaved husband and relatives have the sympathy of everyone and none knew Mrs. Terry but to love her.  [MHD notation:  Nov. 22, 1928]

Entered into rest, Aug. 25th, 1908, at her home near Belden [Broome Co., NY], Mrs. Georgia Merrell, wife of Rev. Platt Thompson.  Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of the late Ira and Melissa Merrell.  She was born in Greene, Chenango county, Dec. 22, 1852. She was married to Platt Thompson May 5, 1880.  In 1884 she, with her husband, was converted under the labors of Rev. L.F. Ketchum, was baptized and united with the R.M. Church at Belden.  She was an earnest and faithful member doing her part cheerfully and faithfully.  She was a working member of the Ladies' Aid Society since its organization.  She had  a large circle of friends who will greatly miss her ever ready hand and hearty sympathy in times of trouble and affliction.  When the time for her departure came it found her ready and anxiously waiting the summons to "come up higher."  Besides her husband she leaves one step-son and four brothers, Hudson Merrell of Binghamton, Oscar of Greene, Frank of Los Angeles, California, and Leroy of Ovid, N.Y.  The funeral service was held in the church at Belden, Aug. 29.  Rev. W.N. Baily of Otisco, officiated.  The text was from Matthew 25th chapter, 34th verse.  J.A. Kark & Sons funeral directors; Burial in the Pratt Cemetery [Colesville, Broome Co., NY].

Mrs. Lulu May Thomson, 75, died at her home, 42 Spring St., Afton [Chenango Co., NY], on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. after a long illness.  She is survived by her husband, Robert A. Thomson of Afton; two daughters, Mrs. Hilda Harris of Unadilla, Mrs. Thelma Kirkland of Sidney; three sons, Leslie of Chenango Forks, Wayne and Merwin, both of Afton; one brother, Will Briggs of Chenango Forks; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  The funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church in Afton, Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Alan Douglas will officiate.  Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery Afton.  [MHD notation:  March 13, 1951]

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Obituaries (Pr, Ta) MHD Collection

Ruby Belle (Hill) Prime, an Afton [Chenango Co., NY] girl, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Hill, and residents of Afton for many years, died at her home in Hartford, Conn., April 25th after several weeks illness.  She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Stephanie, who is married and Natalie; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. George Stratton and Miss Nan Hill both of Oxford, one niece, Mrs. Bernard Johnson of Unadilla and infant son, and several cousins.  Owing to the illness of Mr. Stratton, Mrs. Stratton was unable to attend the funeral service.  Miss Nan Hill went to Hartford last Thursday.  Friends extend their heartfelt sympathy to all the family.  [MHD notation:  1947]
Mrs. Jane E. Taber, aged 95 years, died yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J.C. Hanley, 10 Munsell street.  Besides her daughter, she is survived by a son, William H. Taber, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Taber; nine grandchildren, Virge M. Taber, Mabel E. Taber, Edith J. Taber, Mrs. Frank D. Bean, Frederick F. Pierce, Lincoln B. Pierce, George W. :Pierce, Thomas H. Taber and Mrs. Thomas B. Kattell, and 12 great-grandchildren.  The funeral will be held at 10 Munsell street, Wednesday afternoon, at 1 o'clock and the remains will be taken to Chenango Forks [Broome Co., NY] for burial on the 2:45 p.m. train.
Martha E. Taft, aged 90, passed away Tuesday morning at her home in Bainbridge, N.Y {Chenango Co.].  There are five survivors, one daughter, Mrs. Harland Gridley of Moravia, N.Y.; Augustine and Darwin Taft of Bainbridge and Mason Taft of Norwich; one sister, Miss Harriett Conklin of Newburgh, New York.  Funeral services were held this Thursday in St. Peter's Church, Bainbridge at 2:00 p.m.  Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Afton [Chenango Co., NY].  Mrs. Taft was a former resident of Afton.  [MHD notation:  July 14, 1955]
Miss Alice Taggert of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] died last night after a short illness.  She was 90 years old.  She was the daughter of Calvin Taggert and Emily Packer.  She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Carrie DeLong of Nineveh, and a cousin, Mrs. Henry M. Beecher of 47 Riverside Drive, Binghamton.
TAGGERT:  The funeral of Miss Alice Taggert will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Eastern Standard Time, at the Presbyterian Church in Afton.  The Rev. Clifford E. Webb will officiate.  Burial will be in Nineveh Cemetery. Nineveh [Broome Co., NY].  Arrangements by E.F. Taber, Afton.  [MHD notation:  June 14, 1940]
A.V. Tallman died at his late home in this city at 2 o'clock this morning.  He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. E.W. Barnett and Marie E. Tallman of this city, and a son, Thomas K. Tallman of Honolulu.  He is also survived by  a sister, Mrs. Celistia Ogden of this city.  The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of E.W.Barnett, 100 Moeller street and the burial will be in the Floral Park Cemetery [Johnson City, Broome Co., NY].  [MHD notation:  Oct. 15, 1910]
Stubbie is Dead.  "To Know Him Was to Love Him," Says his Obituary Notice:  Stubbie, the pet dog of somebody on Margaret street is dead, and Stubbie, evidently having been an unusual dog in the eyes of his mistress, is receiving real dead folks obituary notice.  The notice of Stubbie's death was formally announced by his mistress yesterday in an obituary notice sent to The Republican.  "Only a dog, but to know him was to love him," the announcement begins.  "He will long be mourned by the members of the bereaved family" so ends the announcement.  Other facts told therein are that Stubbie's full name was Stubbie Jason Tallman, that he died at the age of nine years at his home on Margaret street; further, that two weeks before his death he was bitten by a couple of neighboring bulldogs and althoguh medical aid was summoned he departed Tuesday night for his "Happy Hunting Ground."  He was a Scotch collie. 
Reginald C. Taylor, a resident of the Town of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] for 21 years, died Friday night at the Sidney Hospital after a prolonged illness.  Born June 8, 1895, in Barbeto, West Indies, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Taylor.  When a small boy he moved with his family to Maine and then later to Ilion, where he remained until he came to Bainbridge.  On June 30, 1922, he was united in marriage with Anita Cole, of Ilion.  He was a member of the Episcopal Church.  Upon his arrival in Bainbridge, he operated a farm in Union Valley for a time, then he went to work for Charles H. Eldred & Co. where he remained for a number of years.  A short time ago he took a job with Davidson-Holman where he was employed at the time of his death.  He is survived by his wife, Anita Cole Taylor; two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Kaples, of Mohawk, and Mrs. Lillian Tillson, of Frankfurt; three brothers, L. Clyde Taylor, of Syracuse, the Rev. E. Ernest Taylor, of The Dalles, Ore.; Ralph A. Taylor, of Portland, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock at his home in Union Valley with the Rev. James E. Wolfe, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, in Bainbridge officiating.  Pall-bearers were:  John Smith, Fred Sherman, Ward Loomis, Carl Hutchinson, Charles Myers, J. Fred Davis.  Burial was in the family plot in Mohawk cemetery [Herkimer Co., NY].  [MHD notation:  July 9, 1948]

Marriages (Pr, Ta) MHD Collection

A very pretty home wedding took place last Tuesday, Apr. 21, when Miss Caroline Cora Prentice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Prentice, of Rockdale [Guilford, Chenango Co., NY], became the bride of Robert Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hall, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  The ceremony as performed by the Rev. R. Lewis Johnson, pastor of the Baptist Church of Bainbridge.  The couple was attended by Mrs. Clifford Ballantine, sister of the groom, and Charles Prentice, brother of the bride.  The bride wore a cadet blue print dress and her attendant wore a yellow print dress.  Mr. Hall was employed by A.P. Hohreiter before his induction into the United States Army last Thursday.  [MHD notation:  1942]
Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Vestal was the scene Saturday morning of the marriage of Miss Eleanor Ruth Prothero, daughter of Mrs. Demon Prothero of Vestal [Broome Co., NY], R.D. 2, to George Andrew Munk of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  The Rev. Francis Zimmer said the Nuptial Mass., and Mrs. R.C. DuBois organist played the program of wedding music.  The double-ring ceremony was performed before an altar banked with cathedral tapers in candelabra and pedestal baskets of yellow chrysanthemums.  The bride was attired in a gown of white celanese and marquisette, designed with three-quarter length sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and full skirt.  Her fingertip veil of illusion was held in place by a tiara of orange blossoms and she carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums.  As her only ornament, the bride wore a gold locket which was the gift from the bridegroom.  Mrs. Cecil Kelly of Binghamton, matron of honor for her sister, selected a blue chiffon gown with a matching tiara and veil.  She carried a bouquet of yellow chrysanthemums.  Stephen Blasak of Binghamton attended Mr. Munk as best man.  Mrs. Prothero, mother of the bride wore a street-length dress of black crepe, with gold accessories and a corsage of red roses.  Mrs. Ethel Rosenkranz of Lynbrook, L.I., Sister of the bridegroom, chose an aqua wool dress with brown accessories and a corsage of talisman roses.  A reception at the home of the bride's mother followed the ceremony.  A buffet luncheon was served, the table being centered with a tiered wedding cake.  Baskets of yellow and white chrysanthemums decorated the rooms.  Mr. and Mrs. Munk then left on a short wedding trip the bride appearing in a beige suit with brown accessories and a corsage of yellow chrysanthemums.  The couple will reside in Bainbridge after Nov. 12.  Mrs. Munk a graduate of St. Paul's School in Binghamton, was employed at IBM until recently.  Mr. Munk is a graduate of Bainbridge High School, and is employed at the Scintilla Magneto Company at Sidney.  [MHD notation:  Nov. 6, 1943]
Miss Thelma E. Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Taylor, was married to Elwyn D. Hitchcock, son of Joseph Hitchcock, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at noon, in Owego.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Conklin, pastor of the First Baptist Church.  After returning from a trip to Niagara Falls, they are residing at their new home recently purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Borge Anderson.  [MHD notation:  1945]

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Curtis Pratt Graduates (1941) - Coventryville Barn Fire (1939)

Curtis Pratt Graduate of Aviation Trade School
Graduate from an army aviation trade school in New Orleans, La., Private First Class Curtis Pratt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Pratt of 141 Robinson street, has been in the U.S.Army Air corps since 1939 and now is stationed at Tallahasee, Fla.  He took flying lessons on the side while in the trade school.  [published April 11, 1941]
Curtis Pratt
Barn Fire in Coventryville
Fire of an undetermined origin destroyed the barn and livestock on the farm of Walter Pratt, near Coventryville [Chenango Co., NY], this Thursday morning.  The housekeeper was first attracted to the blaze by the frenzied barking of the farm dog.  Following the dog to the barn she found the interior a mass of flames.  Mr. Pratt was in Afton at the time doing some trading.  A neighbor seeing the fire tried to open the door to release some of the cattle but the door fell in as he attempted to open it.  The fire had such a start that fighting it was almost useless.  Fifteen cows and young stock together with two horses, tools and feed were destroyed.  [MHD notation:  Feb. 2, 1939]

Obituaries (Pratt)

Eli B. Pratt, only son of Samuel and Catherine Pratt, of Colesville [Broome Co., NY], was born July 22, 1844, and with the exception of about three and one-half years spent in Madison and Oneida Counties, has lived his whole life in the town of Colesville.  On Nov. 7, 1864, he was united in marriage to Mary J. Wakeman, also a life-long resident of this town.  He was one of the charter members of the R.M. Church of Belden, and as long as his health permitted was very active in church work.  He has been a great sufferer for several years from heart trouble and for the past year other diseases and complications have aggravated this trouble and caused him intense suffering, but through all he was patient and uncomplaining and always had a pleasant word and smile for every one.  He was ready and "only waiting" for the call which came Tuesday, Apr. 4, when he went to dwell with the God he has loved and served so many years.  He is survived by his wife and three children:  Harry E. Pratt of Middletown, Milo D. Pratt of St. Catharines, Ont., and Mrs. Della Fairchild of Harpursville.  The funeral services were held at the Belden R.M. Church Friday, Apr. 7th, conducted by Rev. Grant L. Munson of Tracey Creek.  Burial in the Pratt Cemetery [Colesville, Broome Co., NY]
Mrs. Elizabeth Pratt, widow of Eugene Pratt (a former Afton [Chenango Co., NY] boy, step-brother of Mrs. Ina Russ Searles of Binghamton and half brother of Leon Russ) died in Oneonta last week.  She is survived by three brothers and a sister, also several nieces and nephews.  Mr. William Merrill, a cousin of Mr. Pratt's, and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Russ and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Warren of Afton attended the funeral Friday.  [MHD notation"  Mar. 22, 1942]
Harry Greek has received word of the sudden death of his cousin, Mrs. Harold Pratt, formerly Pearl Vandewalker, of Schenectady (Schenectady County, NY).  The funeral was Tuesday.  She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, one daughter, Beverly, her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Vandewalker, four sisters, Mrs. Luther Bombay, of Vestal; Mrs. Ray Gould, of Binghamton; Miss Reva Vandewalker, of Norwich, and Miss Arlene Vandewalker, who resided with her; also an aunt, Mrs. Estella Ray, of this village, and several cousins.  Before her marriage she resided with Mr. and Mrs. Greek and was a student at the Bainbridge Central School.  [MHD notation:  July 1, 1940]

William H. Pratt died at his home, about one mile northwest of town on the Belden road, on Thursday night, aged 75 years.  About four weeks ago Mr. Pratt was seriously injured by a pile driver, and his death was the result of the accident.  The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late residence.  Rev. O.D. Moore of Masonville officiating.  The interment was in the Pratt cemetery nearby [Colesville, Broome Co., NY].  He is survived by his wife; three sons, Wm. of Rockdale, Miles of Lestershire, and Walter, who lives at home, and one daughter, Mrs. E. Gilmore, of Afton.  [MHD notation:  d. 1908]

Marriages (Pratt) MHD Collection

Mr. and Mrs. Lynn C. Pratt of 471 Chenango Street, announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Bette Ruth Pratt, to Richard W. Trusler, U.S.N.R., son of Mrs. Marion B. Trusler of 471 Chenango Street.  The double ring ceremony was performed at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the North Presbyterian Church.  The Rev. Harry B. Mathias, pastor, officiated.  The bride was attired in a street-length dress of beige crepe, worn with black accessories and a corsage of white carnations and pom-poms.  Miss Marion E. McCarthy, maid of honor, selected an aqua dress with black accessories and a corsage of red roses.  Richard H. Randall was best man.  A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents after the ceremony.  The bride will continue to reside in Binghamton [Broome Co., NY] while her husband will return to his duties at the U.S. Naval Training Station, Bainbridge, Md.  [MHD notation:  1943]
Miss Janice E. Pratt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pratt, Harpursville [Broome Co. NY], and Sergeant Howard A. Loker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Loker, East Brook Walton [Delaware Co., NY], were married Wednesday, March 14, at 1 p.m. in Elm Park Methodist church in Oneonta.  Rev. Paul Hulslander pastor, performed the ceremony.  Mr. Pratt gave his daughter in marriage.  Mrs. Stanley Wasson, sister of the bride, was matron of honor, and Loren Mann of Union was best man.  Snapdragons and candelabra featured the church decorations.  The bride wore a gray pin-stripped suit with blue blouse and gloves and black accessories.  Her corsage was of white accessories.  Her corsage was of white carnations and yellow jonquils.  Mrs. Wasson was gowned in a sheer two piece dress of two-toned blue with matching accessories and wore a corsage of white carnations.  After a brief wedding trip, Sergeant Loker and his bride will live in Geneva, Neb., where he is stationed at the Fairmont army air base.  Mrs. Loker is a graduate of Afton High School and Oneonta State Teachers' college, class of 1930.  She has since been a member of the Bainbridge Central school faculty.  The groom attended Walton High school and was employed at Scintilla before entering the service in April 1942.  He has recently returned from 20 months overseas, having taken part in the Libyan, Tunisian, Sicilian and Italian campaigns and was awarded a presidential citation with Oak Leaf cluster in the Libyan campaign.  [MHD notation:  1945]

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bainbridge Personal Items, April 1914

Bainbridge, Chenango County, NY
 Personal Items from Afton Enterprise, April 16, 1914
At the annual meeting of the Robert's Hose Co., held in their parlors last Tuesday evening the following officers were elected for a term of one year:  President, J.M. Cooper; Vice President, S.J. Bennett; Treasurer, O.L. Crumb; Secretary, Edward Woodmansee; Foreman, Frank Mott; First Ass't Foreman, Chas. Colwell; Second Ass't Foreman, Will Sargant; Trustee for three years, O.L. Crumb; Pipemen, Fred Sherman, Warren Smith, James Purvis, Frank Mott, Will Sargant and Fred Sherman are elected to meet with the Danforth Hose Co., Thursday evening at the Danforth Parlors for the selection of Chief.
The trip to Cornell which was the first of the two prizes given by E.L. Banner, Cornell, '15, for the best loaf of bread in the bread making contest held recently and which was won by Miss Edith Dingman, will be taken April 28th to May 1st. 
Herman C. Newell has taken possession of the shoe business which he purchased of Jesse L. Anderson a few weeks ago.  Mr. Anderson has been in business here for nearly 30 years.  In May he will move to Lestershire where he will engage in the real estate business.
Ground was broken last week for the cellar to the Catholic Church which will be erected this spring in this village.  The cellar is 24 by 40 feet and the entire cost of the structure will be about $2,000.  The site is on South Main street between the residences of George Bentley and George W. Cook, Jr.  The church will be of attractive design and will be made as nice as the funds available will permit.
Ralph W. Kirby, President of the First National Bank has purchased a Buick roadster, complete in every detail with all the latest automobile equipments.  This car is one of the company's best machines.  Preparatory for the reception of the car some time in May he is having built at his residence on West Main street an attractive garage.
George l. Lyon has exchanged his Overland touring car with S.A. Jones, Chenango County's agent, for a new 1914 model Overland, equipped with self starter and all improved devices.

Obituaries (Pi, Po, Pr) MHD Collection

After a critical illness of two weeks, the death of "Hal" Pierson occurred at his home in Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], Thursday morning, February 10.  Christened Allyn Lamont, Mr. Pierson was known throughout his boyhood and a colorful theatrical concert career as "Hal."  He was the son of the late John and Mary Pierson of Greene [Chenango Co., NY], and was well-known here.  He was born in Binghamton, March 16, 1882.  Gifted with a fine voice, he was soloist for several years in Christ Church at Binghamton where he studied music under noted choir masters.  His success led him into the theatrical world and to the concert stage.  For two years Mr. Pierson sang with Madame Schumann-Heink and until her death continued a warm friendship with that great artist.  During World War I Mr. Pierson took a company of entertainers overseas where they played the American camps.  Returning to this country, he formed his own male quartet which enjoyed considerable prestige in vaudeville circles.  After the armistice of World War I this quartet returned to European theatres for a successful tour.  Later he became a newspaper correspondent and was welfare commissioner of the city of Norwich.  Mr. Pierson first married Catherine White of New York.  Her death occurred in 1918.  In 1920 he was united in marriage with Helen MacPherson of Greene.  She died in 1921.  In 1923 he was united in marriage with Zuelma Harger of Binghamton.  She survives with one son, Allyn.  Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Theodore Schelling of Webster.  [MHD notation:  d. 1944]
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Funeral service for Hal Pierson, welfare commissioner of this city and widely known Norwich newspaper correspondent, will be held from the Breese Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The Rev. John R. Hill, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church will officiate.  Committal services will be held in the Mt. Hope chapel vault where the body will rest until Spring when burial will be made in Binghamton.  The death of Mr. Pierson occurred at about 11 o'clock Thursday morning at his residence, 14 Guernsey st., following a critical illness of two weeks.  Since 1940 Mr. Pierson had served this city as welfare commissioner.  Since January 1930, he had been the Norwich correspondent for The Binghamton Morning Sun.  Christened Allyn Lamont Pierson, he was the son of John and Mary Pierson.  Born March 16, 1882, in Binghamton [Broome Co., NY], he was educated in the Binghamton schools.  During his high school career he worked in the office of the old Binghamton Leader.  Gifted with a fine voice he served as a youth soloist in Christ Church, Binghamton, where his talent was developed in study under noted choir masters.  His success led him into the theatrical field and to the concert stage and for two years he sang with Madame Schumann-Heink.  Until her death he continued a warm friendship with this great artist.  His talent earned him top billing in some of the best-known minstrel companies including the Primrose and Dockstader Minstrels.  During World War one Mr. Pierson took a company of entertainers overseas where they appeared before American troops of the AEF.  Returning to this country he organized his own male quartet. The Volunteers enjoyed outstanding success for some years in vaudeville, making another European tour after the Armistice was signed.  With the advent of sound movies and the waning popularity of vaudeville, Mr. Pierson retired from the stage and returned to his native Binghamton in November 1929.  In January 1930 he came to this city [and became] correspondent for The Binghamton Sun.  Mr. :Pierson gave faithful and efficient service in his duties to that paper.  Generous with his talent as a vocalist and possessed of a charming personality, Hal Pierson's friends in this city and throughout Chenango County are legion in number.  A member of Emmanuel Episcopal church he also was a member of Norwich Lodge 1222 B.P.O.E. Chenango County Fish Game and Gun Club.  He was formerly associated with the Norwich Exchange Club.  A warm follower of sports competition Mr. Pierson was an ardent enthusiast of Norwich high school athletic teams.  Mr. Pierson is survived by his wife, the former Zulema Harger of Binghamton, and one son, Allyn.  Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Theodore Schelling, Webster, N.Y., formerly fo Binghamton.  [d. 1944]
Norwich [Chenango Co., NY]:  Funeral services for Hal Pierson, city welfare commissioner whose death occurred Thursday, were largely attended Saturday at 2 p.m. from Breese Funeral Home.  The Rev. John R. Hill, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church officiated and conducted the committal service in the Mt Hope Chapel where the body will rest in the chapel vault until Spring when burial will be made in Binghamton.  Headed by Mayor James W. Flanagan, city officials attended the rites in a body.  Bearers for the service included Earl Marshman, Charles Baker, Robert B. Ellinwood, Perry Browne, Whit Y. McHugh of Afton and Frank Machio.  [MHD notation:  d. 1944]
Dion R. Pike, 55 years old, died at his home, 77 Moeller street, yesterday morning.  He is survived by his wife, two sons, Harold Pike and Floyd Pike, two brothers and two sisters.  The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Fairview Methodist Episcopal Church.  Rev. H.B. Cook will officiate.  Burial will be in Floral Park [Johnson City, Broome Co., NY].  [Compiler note:  b. 1853, d. 1914]

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, occurred the death of William C. Pike, at the home of his son Herbert, aged 81 yrs.  Deceased was a kind neighbor and will be mourned by all who knew him.  He leaves three sons and three daughters, besides many relatives and a host of friends to mourn his loss.  The burial was in the Pratt cemetery, Belden [Broome Co., NY], beside his wife under the direction of J.A. Kark & Sons.  [Compiler note:  b. April 16, 1827, d. Sept. 25, 1905]

Albert B. Pixley, 65, of 19 Evans St., Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], died Sunday evening, at the Afton Hospital after a short illness.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Albert Pixley of Bainbridge; a daughter, Mrs. Carroll Vail of Afton; a son, Edward of American Fort, Utah; two brothers, Erwin of Chicago, Ill, and Leland, of Bainbridge; five grandchildren and one nephew.  The body was removed to the Karschner Funeral Home in Afton.  Funeral services were held this Wednesday afternoon at the Karschner Funeral Home.
Port Crane [Broome Co., NY]:  Most of the readers of the Reporter probably have heard of the terrible accident which occurred at the home of Dr. T.R. Post on Sunday a.m. April 21 when Mildred Post aged 13 years and Gladys Gee aged 12 years were so severely burned that Mildred died at 12:30 Tuesday a.m. and Gladys has only just been pronounced out of danger, providing nothing new sets in.  Mrs. Post went to Vestal Center Saturday p.m. her former home, to visit relatives a few days.  Mildred preferred to remain at home with papa, and her friends.  Gladys was to be her companion.  Sunday morning they were up betimes and had a fine breakfast.  After the work was all done to their satisfaction, the doctor took them for a ride in the auto and on their return they went to the Baptist Sunday School and later to the Methodist Sunday school.  After that they proceeded to get dinner.  Even though Mrs. Post had left everything baked for their use, Mildred thought she would make a short cake for papa.  After it was in the oven a while she feared the coal fire was not sufficiently hot to brown the cake just right.  A neighbor to whom she appealed told her to put a couple of sticks of wood and it would be alright in a few minutes.  It is not known whether she did it or not but very soon after there was an explosion and Gladys ran through the hall to the porch where the doctor was sitting; and who by the way, had not heard the explosion, and as he heard her, he saw that her clothes were in flames.  When he reached her he wrapped his big coat around her to extinguish the flames.  She said Mildred was burning up too but he was so excited he did not notice what she said and after he had, as he supposed, put out the fire, he noticed a queer odor and went to the kitchen which he found all ablaze and his daughter also.  He quickly turned the chemical fire extinguisher on the girl and put out the fire and then turned his attention to the room and soon had the fire extinguished.  Of course excitement ran high in the village and people from all directions were soon on the spot.  Gladys, after the doctor had left her, ran down toward Mr. T. Cross and Mrs. Cross grabbed a quilt from the bed and soon had her rolled in it, but the fire was still burning one of her legs just above the knee unknown to all, only Gladys who could not tell them.  After a few minutes it was discovered.  At this time Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson of the Endicott Shoe Co. were passing and stopped and did all in their power for the Gee girl; taking her home in the car and remaining to help dress the burns which were on her left hand and wrist and left leg.  And going to the doctor's to help what they could.  Mildred was burned from the groin to her toes on one leg and from groin to foot on the other and her poor little arms and hands and on her back from hip to hip, on her shoulders a little on each side of her face and her neck.  Her father went to work over her at once.  Neighbors had taken off what clothing was left and her shoes and stockings, the skin coming with them and hanging in shreds all over her.  How she did beg papa to kill her, to shoot her; to give her enough chloroform to ease her pain.  After two hours and a half of hard work her burns had been attended to.  When Mr. Johnson came up and with thoughtfulness found that some of the necessary articles were not at hand he sent a friend with another car back to the city for more necessary articles and he must have made a record trip for he was back in a surprisingly short time   Mrs. Charles Van Amburg, county superintendent of good roads went after Mrs. Post with his new Ford runabout and at about 7 p.m. had her here.  On Mr. Johnson's return to the city he sent Dr. Hook up to the doctor's to help.  Mildred suffered until 12:30 Tuesday a.m. and passed away from suffering.  The funeral was held at 2 p.m. from the Methodist church.  A sweet smile on her lips was to me, the only natural thing about her.  Amid tears and prayers and precious memories we laid her to rest not far from her school mate, Elsie Trillan, who went away less than a year ago.  She was the only child of Dr. and Mrs. Post.  The doctor has two sons by a former marriage.  Their home is so empty now.  They are early prostrated with the grief of it.  The doctor has a bad burn on his left hand which will take months to heal.  Mildred was very popular with her schoolmates and in the Junior Epworth league of which she was organist.  May God help her father and mother to bear this terrible affliction.  [Compiler note:  b. 1899, d. 1912, buried Port Crane Cemetery, Broome Co., NY]

Ernest Ray Potter, 69, of 294 Grand avenue, died in the Charles S. Wilson Memorial hospital Monday morning at 9:55 o'clock, after a long illness.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Zoe Potter; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Ellis and Miss Charlotte Potter, both of Johnson City; a granddaughter Miss Virginia Jane Ellis.  Mr. Potter was a member of the Spanish War Veterans Unity Camp 110.  The body was removed to the J.F.Rice Funeral Home, 150 Main street, Johnson City.  [Compiler note:  b. 1872, d. 1941, buried Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene, Chenango Co., NY]

Monday, May 20, 2013

Obituaries (Pe, Pi) MHD Collection

John Nelson Pettys, 43, of Rochester [Monroe Co., NY], and formerly of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and a veteran of World War I, died in a hospital at Buffalo, Tuesday, May 11, following a prolonged illness.  John, who was a 1st Class Private of Co. D, 4th Inf. 3rd Div., was one of the youngest veterans of World War I from Bainbridge.  He enlisted Nov. 27, 1917, a month after his 18th birthday, in Binghamton.  After his basic training he sailed for France and landed there in April 1918 when he was immediately sent to the front lines.  He has three battles to his credit, Chateau Thierry, St. Mihel and the Argonne Forest, the three famous battles of World War I.  In the Argonne battle, he was wounded in the hand and wrist, and was reported missing in action, but was later found.  He was discharged from the Army May 5, 1919, at Fort Ontario, N.Y.  Born Oct. 9, 1899, in Bainbridge, he was the son of Charles F. and Lyda (Swart) Pettys.  He attended school in Bainbridge until the time of his enlistment.  He was a member of St. Peter's Church and of the American Legion.  On July 30, 1934, he married Mrs. Elizabeth Crane.  He was engaged as a barber until he went to the Scintilla where he worked as a machinist.  On July 1, 1942, he moved to Rochester where he was employed by General Motors until he was taken ill in September.  The survivors are his wife, Elizabeth Pettys, a stepson, Pvt. Harry Crane, of Greensboro, N.C., his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Charles F. Pettys, of Bixby street; and a brother, Arland Pettys, of Wallingford, Conn.  The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Colwell's Chapel with the Rev. James E. Wolfe, restor of St. Peter's Chruch officiating.  Bearers were Paul Burrows, George Burgin, Harry F. Noyes, Milliard Howland, Kenneth Eldred and Wesson Packer.  Bruial was in Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] with a military service.  [MHD notation:  d. 1943]

Last Thursday afternoon, February 19th, at two o'clock, funeral services for Mrs. Isobel Squires Phelps were held at her late home on the East Side.  Never very rugged, yet always leading an active life, Mrs. Phelps became a victim of the colds prevalent in the community.  Pneumonia was warded off, but complications set in and she died Monday evening, February 16th.  Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel V. Squires, moved from Roxbury, N.Y., to New Ohio, N.Y [Colesville, Broome Co., NY]. where she was born October 15th, 1857. She moved with her parents on a farm near Center Village, where she lived until a few years before her marriage with William Phelps in her home at Windsor on September 23, 1879.  They made their first home on a farm in this region; later managed a hotel in Windsor and then came to Afton [Chenango Co., NY] where for forty years they have made their home.  Mrs. Phelps was proud of her Scotch ancestry, and treasured a Grandfather's clock made in Peebles, Scotland, an heirloom, that now goes to John Rogers of South Windsor, a relative of the same name as the original owner.  Many relatives and friends attended the services.  A profusion of beautiful flowers from her church and the organizations with which she was identified, also from neighbors and friends, testified to the high esteem with which she was regarded.  Besides her husband, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. F.J. Childs, Ouaquaga, N.Y., and Mrs. M.E. Dort, Milford, Conn.; and three nephews, Fred A. Squires, D. Ward Squires, and Ray Ayres, Otego, N.Y.  Out of town relatives and friends were present from Binghamton, Elmira, Lanesboro, Pa., South Windsor, Susquehanna, Pa., and Syracuse.  the Rev. D.M. Geddes conducted the services at the home and the Easter Star, of which she was a member, had charge of the ceremonies at the Bainbridge Vault, where her body rests.  Thus passes a woman of worth from our midst of whom these words might have been written:  she was indeed "A soul of fire in a shell of pearl." [MHD notation:  d. 1931]

Mrs. Carrie Olendorf Pierce, 70, died Wednesday afternoon at the Afton Hospital following a long illness.  She had been cared for by Mrs. Delia Hendrickson in her home until removed to the hospital several weeks ago.  Mrs. Pierce was a member of the St. Ann's Church, Eastern Star lodge, the D.A.R. and Afton D.A.R. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Winifred Stickel and a nephew, Harry Stickel of Mt. Upton.  Funeral services will be held this Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at St. Ann's Church, Afton, with the Rev. James Wolfe, officiating.  Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery [Afton, Chenango Co., NY].  Eastern Star Lodge will meet at the lodge rooms on Main Street at 2:00 p.m. Friday and will attend the service in a body.  Mrs. Pierce was beloved by all for her cheerful manner and charming personality.  She will be missed by her many friends.  [MHD notation:  Aug. 20, 1947]

Charlie W. Pierce, 79, of the Greene-Coventry Road [Chenango Co., NY], died Sunday, May 6, in the Greene Hospital.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Salisbury Pierce of Greene; a niece, Mrs. Ross Teed of Gilbertsville; a nephew, Lewis Pierce of Binghamton and several cousins.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Rogers Funeral home, the Rev. Arthur J. Smith officiating.  Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Afton [Chenango Co., NY].  Bearers were Ross Teed, James Teed, Hilton Small, Seth S. Wiley, Clinton Fletcher and Ernest Fletcher.  Mr. :Pierce was born in Coventry and lived in Afton many years before moving to Greene in 1942. [published May 10, 1956]

Olin Pierce, 67 years old, formerly of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] was found dead in his trailer on Tuesday, Dec. 3.  Death was attributed to heart trouble. 

Word has been received of the death  of Ray Pierce of Hempstead L.I.  Mr. Pierce is a brother of Olin Pierce and Charles Pierce.  [MHD notation:  Feb. 1939]

Marriages (Mi, Pe, Pi) MHD Collection

Orson C. Mills, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and Harriett Chappell, of Oneonta [Otsego Co., NY], were married Oct. 19, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Palmer in East Aurora.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Nelson Kenyon.  They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Palmer.  After a wedding trip to Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Syracuse, they have returned to their home in Bainbridge.  [MHD notation:  1949]
On Saturday, Aug. 29, Miss Louise Petley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Henry Petley, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and Carl Hovey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Hovey, also of this village, were united in marriage at 10 o'clock in the local Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Hulslander presiding at the double ring ceremony.  A program of wedding music was presented in the beautiful setting of the church which was decorated with baskets of gladioli and tapers in candelabra.  The music was furnished by Mrs. Albert Wilcox, organist, and Miss Georgiana Hovey, sister of the bridegroom.  Miss Hovey sang "Oh Promise Me" and "I Love You Truly."  Warren Meter rendered a baritone solo, "Because" and Mrs. Paul Hulslander and Miss  Emily Nichols played a violin duet "At Dawning."  The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, was attired in a white chiffon gown and lace with matching lace mitts, and her headdress was of white net.  She carried a bouquet of white gladioli and pink rosebuds.  Her only jewelry was a string of pearls, gift of the bridegroom.  The couple was attended by Mrs. Raymond Garrison, sister of the bride, and Glenn Herrick.  The matron of honor wore yellow organdy with matching headdress and carried a bouquet of yellow gladioli.  She wore a gold chain and locket, gift of the bride.  Mrs. Petley, mother of the bride wore a black and white print dress with black hat and Mrs. Hovey was dressed in flowered chiffon with white accessories.  Ushers, all of whom were presented with war stamps, were Newton Hovey, brother of the groom, the Rev. Wilfred Lyon, of Hartwick; and Robert Latimer, of Afton.  Immediately after the ceremony, a reception was held in the church parlors.  After a brief wedding trip, the couple are at home to their friends on Searles Hill [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].  Mrs. Hovey is a graduate of Bainbridge Central High School and of Delhi State Home Economics School and taught school in rural districts for three years.  Mr. Hovey is a graduate of the local high school and also attended Cornell Agricultural School....[MHD notation:  1942]
In honor of the 45th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Petley, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Garrison held open house for friends and relatives at 65 W. Main street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], on Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Mrs. Petley, the former Isabelle Ireland, has been a teacher in schools of this vicinity for 25 years.  She taught for six years in the local high school.  In the holiday vacation she and Mr. Petley were married Dec. 30, 1902.  In early manhood Mr. Petley was a creamery worker, later took up farming.  In 1914-15 he was traveling agent over New York State for George A. Thompson Co. Lightning Rods.  Mr. Petley erected rods on many buildings, especially through Sullivan county, among the large summer boarding houses, and is still in the business.  Four children and 10 grandchildren are in the family--Leslie, of Elkhart, Ind., Mrs. Carl Hovey, Mrs. R.E. Garrison and Mrs. Arlie Crawford, all of Bainbridge.  In 1943, Mr. Petley sold his farm and bought a home at 12 Johnson street, where they make their home.  [MHD notation:  1947]
Miss Ruth Andrews, daughter of George Andrews, was united in marriage to Maurice Pforter, of Lincklean [Chenango Co., NY], on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Baptist parsonage.  [MHD notation:  1949]

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Marriages (Pa, Pe) MHD Collection

On Sunday morning at 8:45, a very pretty wedding took place at the Payne residence on Caswell street [Afton, Chenango Co., NY] when Mrs. Ella Lindsey was married to Butler Payne by Rev. Clifford E. Webb, pastor of the Presbyterian church.  They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Wells LeSuer of Greene.  A wedding breakfast was served following the ceremony.  There were 30 guests present.  [MHD notation:  May 15, 1935]
The marriage of Miss Nellie Mildred Petley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Eugene Petley, of 23 Juliand street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], to Loren Newton Hovey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Hovey, of 23 Kirby street [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], took place in the Methodist Episcopal Church at 10 o'clock, Wednesday morning, July 17, 1940.  The Rev. George N. Underwood performed the ceremony.  The altar of the church was convincingly transformed into a colonial garden and this setting of rustic beauty formed an appropriate background for the ceremony.  While the guests assembled there was a program of music consisting of favorite compositions of the bride, with Mrs. A.C. Wilcox at the organ.  The selections included "Meditation De Thais," by Massenet; "Ave Maria," by Schubert; and "Liebestraum," by Franz Liszt.  Miss Georgianna Hovey, sister of the bridegroom, sang "I Love You truly," by Carrie Jacobs Bond and "Oh Promise Me," by Reginald De Koven.  Announcing the arrival of the bridal party was "The Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin," by Wagner and following the ceremony and during the reception Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" was played.  The entire wedding party wore white.  The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white satin with long sleeves and a circular train.  Her double tiered illusion veil was held in place by a wreath of orange blossoms and extended to the end of the long train.  She carried a shower bouquet of white rosebuds and gypsophilia.  Miss Margaret Wilcox, maid of Honor, was dressed in white silk jersey, made in a style similar to the wedding gown.  Her arm bouquet consisted of yellow roses and gypsophilia tied with yellow ribbon.  The two bridesmaids, Mrs. Ernest Hoyt and Miss Janice Pratt, wore duplicate dresses of white embroidered marquisette and carried bouquets of pastel colored sweet peas and gypsophilia.  The three attendants wore short white tulle veils fastened with tiny coronets.  Clinton Wilcox was best man and Carl Hovey, brother of the bridegroom, Loren Mann, Howard Loker and Alton Hollenbeck were ushers.  The bride's mother wore cadet blue and white chiffon with white accessories and a corsage of Talisman roses.  Mrs. Hovey, mother of the bridegroom, wore flowered chiffon with white accessories and a corsage of talisman roses.  A reception followed the ceremony in the church parlors with fifty relatives and friends mingling in the rooms which were attractively decorated with ferns and flowers of pastel shade.  While the wedding breakfast was being served in the dining room of the church, Mrs. Wilcox played piano selections and Miss Hovey sang "Liebestraum."  A three-tiered wedding cake centered the bride's table.  Several cousins of the bride served, Mrs. Clifton Stannard, of Frankfort; Miss Louise Petley, of Smithville Flats; Mrs. Roland James, Mrs. Raymond Garriosn, Miss Pearl Bliss, Mrs. Robert Crawford, and Mrs. Clifford Tuckey, of Sidney.  Mr. and Mrs. Hovey left immediately for a trip through the New England states.  The bride's traveling costume was a cadet blue suit with white chiffon blouse and navy accessories.  Upon their return they will be at home to their many friends in their new home the bridegroom has at Kirby street.  Mrs. Hovey graduated form Bainbridge High School and has an A.B. Degree from Syracuse University and a M.A. Degree from Columbia University.  She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta National fraternity and has been head of the English department of the Bainbridge Central School.  In the Summer of 1938, she taught in the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro N.C.  She is president of the Crescendo Club, a teacher of the Y.P.S.S. Class and is active in other church and fraternal organizations.  Mr. Hovey is a graduate of Bainbridge Central High School and is a Partner with his father in the Hovey Company in Bainbridge.  He is a senior deacon of the F.&A.M. Lodge of Bainbridge and is a member of the Crescendo Club....On Tuesday, the bride entertained at afternoon tea for her attendants and soloist.  She presented them with white necklaces.  The bridegroom gave ties to his best man and ushers.  Those giving pre-nuptial showers and parties were:  Alpha Gamma Delta Alumni Club at Binghamton, World Wide Guild, Bainbridge Central School faculty, Sunday School Council, Mrs. Fred Hamlin, Mrs. Ernest Hoyt and the Misses Margaret Wilcox and Janet Pratt, Mrs. William Northrup and Mrs. Roland James, Young People's Sunday School Class, Crescendo Club and the Federated societies.  [Bainbridge News & Republican, July 18, 1940]

Obituaries (Pa, Pe) MHD Collection

On Tuesday, November 6, occurred the death of Mrs. Butler Payne, after an illness of one week.  She was born October 29, 1879, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel L. Underhill, of near Cobleskill, New York.  She was united in marriage to Butler Payne March 1911, and has been a resident of this community [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] since that time.  She was a kind neighbor and her friends will ever remember her generous and philanthropic spirit.  The funeral service, which was held at the late residence on Thursday, November 8th, was conducted by Rev. Lester D. Huxtable, who was assisted by Rev. Harry E. Brooks.  The interment took place in the Bainbridge cemetery.  She is survived by a sorrowing husband, her daughter Lydia Moore of Afton, a father, Daniel L. Underhill, two brothers, James and Ray Underhill of near Cobleskill, and one sister, Mrs. Cora Cady.  [MHD notation:  1928]
Lu Verne Elbert Payne passed away at his home on Mt. Pleasant [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] at 2 o'clock last Monday morning, April 29, 1940, following a heart attack and bronchitis.  Developing a heart ailment about eight years ago, following scarlet fever, Mr. Payne had been in poor health since that time.  He had spent most of his life as a dairy farmer.  [MHD notation:  d. 1940]

Edson Pearsall, well known Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] farmer, passed away last Thursday morning at the Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich, following an operation just a week previous.  At the time of the operation Mr. Pearsall's chances of recovery seemed very good, however, his advanced ago failed to withstand the shock and he gradually failed until death.  Mr. Pearsall was born in Bainbridge on May 10, 1861, the son of David and Mary Manning Pearsall.  His twin brother, Edgar, passed away on February 1, 1928.  He received his education at the old Bainbridge Academy and then attended a secretarial school after which he entered the brokerage office of Charles B. vanNostrand, at 36 Wall street, New York City, where he was employed for about 23 years.  In 1912, due to poor health of his twin brother, Edgar, who was then operating the homestead farm, Mr. Pearsall returned to Bainbridge and became actively engaged in dairy farming which he followed until the past April.  He was keenly interested in all farming activities and when the Bainbridge Dairymen's League Association was organized became its secretary and treasurer, which office he held until the past annual meeting when he refused to continue longer in active service.  He was also active in Home Bureau work and a member of the Bainbridge Farmer Co-operative association.  Mr. Pearsall never having been married, was the last descendant of the family, only distant cousins surviving.  The funeral service was held Saturday afternoon at his late home with the Rev. Sidney Heath, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, officiating, followed by interment in St. Peter's cemetery.  [MHD notation:  July 1937]

Word has been received here of the death in Hobart [Delaware Co., NY], Mar. 16, of William R. Pearsall, resulting from influenza.  Mr. Pearsall was forty-nine years old and is survived by his wife, nee Edna Hinmen, and four daughters, Mrs Earl Kipp, Mrs. James Atcheson, Anna and Louise, yet at home.  Mr. Pearsall was well known here, having operated the William Hinman farm for several years.

Prominent Bainbridge Physician Died Tuesday from Scarlet Fever Contracted in Pursuit of Profession:  No death has occurred in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] which penetrated more deeply into the hearts of the people than that of Dr. Leal L. Perry, successful and prominent physician, who died early Tuesday morning from scarlet fever which disease he contracted during his fearless administration in the cause of the sick.  Popular and genial Dr. Perry was in demand.  He entered the homes where the pall of disease had settled, giving to the unfortunates his skill.  His patients in the stricken homes live on while he has fallen a martyr to his profession.  Six years ago Dr. Perry came to Bainbridge after his graduation from the Albany Medical College.  At once his professional career was launched with success.  He was recognized as a physician of unusual merit.  Associated with his ability was a personality which spread confidence and radiated the comforting atmosphere of hope.  Shadows which often fall in the wake of disease were lifted through his genial contact.  He was young in years, 35.  He had advanced so rapidly that his classification as a physician had taken a matured form.  Success had perched its reward all about him.  He had a fine home, splendidly equipped offices and a retinue of friends.  He had attained honor in a comparatively short time and such an honor that will be a fitting memorial to him in the community where he initiated his work.  Dr. Perry was born at Vanderbilt, Mich., thirty-five years ago.  In 1907 he moved with his parents to Rushville, New York [Yates Co.].  He was a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and Albany Medical College, finishing at the latter institution in 1925.  He served in the Albany Medical College, coming to Bainbridge in 1926.  He is survived by a wife, a sister, Mrs. Zoe Keuhne, of Rushville, and two brothers, Herbert, of Honolulu and Raymond, of Westfield, N.Y.  The flags which fly to the breeze on each holiday in front of business places of the village were placed at half mast and drooped to his memory until his funeral had passed.  This is the first occasion that the flags of the village have been placed in honor of one of her citizens.  The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with no services except at the grave.  The American Legion Post, of which the deceased was a member, attended as an escort Rev. G.H. Orvis, of the Presbyterian Church, officiated.  [published April 14, 1932]

T. Henry Petley, 79, died at his home at 12 Johnson street, Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], May 17, 1950.  Born Mar. 1, 1871, in Bainbridge, he was the eldest son of Thomas and Betsey (Hamilton) Petley.  He attended the local school and worked on his father's farms until his marriage to Miss Isabelle Ireland on Dec. 30, 1902, when he began working in a creamery at North Sanford, later he became manager of a creamery in Coventry.  Mr. Petley was a member of the Bainbridge Methodist Church.  In 1905 he purchased a farm on Bush Hill where his family had their home until 1912.  He later began erecting lightening rods, and in 1918, he traveled through New York State as salesman for his company until 1920 when he resigned because of deafness.  He spent the rest of his life around Bainbridge except for two years in Florida (1948-49), where he fractured his hip bone.  The fracture healed but arthritis developed which caused his death.  Surviving are his widow, Isabelle Ireland Petley, of Bainbridge; a son, Leslie, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three daughters, Mrs. Carl Hovey, Mrs. Raymond Garrison and Mrs. Arlie Crawford, all of Bainbridge; a brother, Bert Petley, of Bainbridge; two sisters, Mrs. Nancy Blincoe, of Guilford, and Mrs. William Northrup of Bainbridge; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  The funeral was held Saturday at the Harold Sherman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. C. Duane Butler officiating.  The pallbearers were:  Bert Bliss, Howard Bliss, Roland James and Charles Blincoe.  Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY].