Saturday, June 29, 2013

Marriages (June 29) MHD Collection

Senator Ives to Wed Secretary, Mrs. Crain.  Mr. and Mrs. Orwin W. Mead, of Bradford, Pa., announced Saturday the engagement of their daughter, Mrs. Marion Mead Crain, to United States Senator Irving M. Ives, of New York.  Mrs. Crain, widow of Alfred VanRensselaer Crain, of Buffalo, has been secretary to Senator Ives for thirteen years.  [The Bainbridge News & Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 8, 1948]

U.S. Senator Irving M. Ives, of Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], and Mrs. Marion Mead Crain, of Delmar, were married at noon Monday in a quiet ceremony at St. John's Episcopal Church in Bethesda, Md.  The service was read by the Rev. William F. Creighton, formerly of Albany.  Only members of the families and the Ives office staff were present.  Senator Ives best man was his son, George S. Ives.  The couple had an informal luncheon after the ceremony, then left by automobile for Canada.  [The Bainbridge News & Bainbridge Republican, Feb. 5, 1948]

Married:  Clark-Bluler:  At the home of the bride's parents, in Harpursville [Broome Co., NY], Jan. 14th 1880, By Rev. A.W.Cornell, Mr. Luman B. Clark, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and Miss Nancy Bluler

Under our marriage head will be found a notice of the nuptials of Luman B. Clark, the popular grocer of this village, and Miss Nancy Bluler, of Harpursville.  They were married at the home of the bride's parents about a mile from Belden Station.  The ceremony was happily rendered by the Rev. A.W.Connell, of Harpursville.  After the ceremony, which was attended by several from Bainbridge, among whom were Mr. B.I. Sherwood and wife, the friends present sat down to a fine collation and enjoyed a merry feast.  The newly wedded pair have our heartiest congratulations for a happy future.  We now see why "Lume" has been enlarging and beautifying his store and surroundings--that he mgiht have a pretty cage for his bird.  May her imprisonment be a happy one.  [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 16, 1880]

Obituaries (June 29) MHD Collection

In the Bainbridge Republican of last week the announcement was made of the death of Mrs. A. Buius Smith, a former resident of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], at Grand Rapids, Mich.  Mrs. Smith died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Newton and a letter received by her son, George A. Smith, of Bianbridge, who is the oldest, living child, gives some details of the last illness of the deceased.  Mrs. Smith had been very well the past winter and though in her eighty fourth year was full of ambition and with busy eagerness shared with her daughter the domestic duties of the family.  On Saturday afternoon, March 22, she sat sewing, putting together pieces of an intricate bedquilt pattern, a kind she was especially fond of, when she arose from her chair saying, "I will lie down, my head aches so hard."  Mrs. Smith went to her bed and rapidly grew worse each hour until she died the following monday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Her disease was pneumonia, which caused intense suffering, but she was able to reason in her customary, practical way, and when death drew near, she called the family to her to bid them good bye.  Her nearness to the grave had no terrors and she sank peacefully into the last sleep.  Mrs. Smith had written only the week before to her son George in Bainbridge of her excellent health, and of her plans to visit him this summer.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith gave up their residence in Bainbridge eight years ago and went to Michigan to reside with their daughter, Mrs. Newton, who before marriage was Miss Jennie E. Smith.  Mrs. Smith was born in Cherry Valley, in 1818, and when a young child her parents moved to Guilford and in 1838 she was married to A.B. Smith.  The young lcouple came to Bainbridge to reside and had lived in this village 55 years, respected and honored and identified with every change for the permanent advantage of Bainbridge.  They were prominent members of the Presbyterian church and their influence was always for the material advancement of that denomination.  Mrs. Smith was a very patriotic woman and took a great interest in fitting out the soldiers who went from this vicinity to the Civil War,and to her ceaseless efforts through the four years' struggle many unfortunates beyond the pale of our town were helped.  Mr.Smith died in the fall of 1900, and though the wife was lonely her daughter's family sought to make her life happy.  Mrs. Smith was able to attend church regularly to the last week of her life.  Mrs. Smith was a good woman, strong in characgter, pure and loyal to everything true.  She is survived by five children.  [Bainbridge Republican, April. 3, 1902]

Mendel Lehrberg, who had conducted a store for several years in the Clark block [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY] died Friday morning of dropsy, aged 55 years.  His funeral was held Monday morning and burial in Schenectady.  [Bainbridge Republican, April 3, 1902]

Floyd H. Lake, adopted son of Cina Lake, died Saturday night last from heart trouble.  Floyd was fourteen years of age and his sickness had consumed a period of one year.  Mrs. Lake moved to Bainbridge from Afton [Chenango Co., NY], April 1.  Two weeks prior to Floyd's death he was taken worse and was confined to the bed.  Convulsions appeared Saturday and his physicians successfully brought him out of each attack but he died at about midnight saying how much better he felt.  The funeral was held Tuesday mroning and burial at Creek Settlement.  The deceased was a fine, manly boy, liked and loved by all who knew him.  [Bainbridge Republican, Apr. 24, 1902]

Lucius D. Sherwood died in Guilford [Chenango Co.,  NY] last Thursday night.  The funeral was held Sunday.  He was fifty-six years old.  For the past thirty years he was engaged in the harness making business and for the past year maintained a shop in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  About March 1, being afflicted with heart trouble he was obliged to give up work and returned to his former home at Guilford.  Mr. Sherwood was a pleasant man, always genial and social.  He made friends wherever he went.  He was an expert at his trade.  We regret the death of Mr. Sherwood.  [Bainbridge Republican, Apr. 24, 1902]

John Landers, of Mayworth, Wyo., who has been a frequent visitor here [Wilkins Settlement, Chenango Co., NY] was recently found dead in a hotel in that state from asphyxiation from gas.  He was 83 or 84 years of age.  His remains were sent on to California and were there deposited by the side of his wife Augusta Easton Landers who died a few years ago.  Their only daughter Florence Evchnor and family reside in San Diego, California.  [Bainbridge Republican & Express, June 7, 1917]

We regret that last week's issue failed to note the death of one of our oldest citizen.,  Devillo White Corbin was born Oct. 8, 1835 and died July 22, 1917.  He enlisted in the Civil War in the 5th N.Y. Heavy Artillery, was rejected by the Federal Surgeons, was discharged after serving as assistant in a Hospital for more than a year.  He was a life long resident of his farm near Bennettsville [Chenango Co., NY], was a kind neighbor and a true friend.  He is survived by a brother and son and three daughters.  [Bainbridge Republican & Express, Aug. 2, 1917]

William A. Snyder died Monday evening at the rooms of his son in the Clark Block [Bainbridge, Chenango Co.,  NY], after an illness of six months.  His age was 70 years.  He was born in Tiffin City, Ohio and came East in 1874 when he married Marie L. Holcomb of Coventry.  Both returned to the West to reside until 1892 when they located on a farm in West Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] and Mr. Snyder continued farming until last winter when his health failed him.  Besides his wife, two children survive, William A. Snyder, Jr., of Bainbridge and Mrs. Hattie Kingsley of Hancock.  Funeral services were held in the rooms of Mrs. Lockwood in the Clark Block at noon Thursday and later in the North Afton church.  Burial at North Afton [Chenango Co., NY].  [Bainbridge Republican & Express, June 6, 1918]

Friday, June 28, 2013

Obituaries (June 28) MHD Collection

The following extract from the Syracuse Journal of March 5, records the death of the wife of a former rector of St. Peter's church, Bainbridge, as follows:  "Mrs. J. Everett Johnson, wife of the rector of Calvary church, died this morning of heart trouble at her home, 401 Howard street.  She had been confined to her bed for three months.  Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Carlisle of Sheldon, Vt., where she was born sixty-one years ago.  She lived in this city about sixteen years.  Besides her husband she is survived by four children, the Misses Annie and Bessie and E.C. Johnson of this city and J.H. Johnson of Albany.  The funeral and burial will be at Sheldon, Vt."  The Rev. Dr. Johnson moved with his family from Bainbridge to Syracuse, over fifteen years ago.  Mrs. Johnson was highly esteemed by the church and the community.  She had a kind heart and was never more happy than in contributing by word or deed to the help or pleasure of others.  Her thoughtful kindness and pleasant manner won her many friends and she was also a great aid to her husband's work.  The announcement of her death here was learned with regret that so useful and lovable a woman should have been taken from earth.  Dr. Johnson and his sons and daughters have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.  [Bainbridge Republican, Mar. 20, 1902]
Mrs. Cora Doolittle, wife of Andrus Doolittle of this village, passed away Monday afternoon, at the residence of Mrs. Menzo Davis near Brackett Lake, aged forty years.  ... Mrs. Doolittle had been at the Davis home assisting in the care of a nephew, who was suffering with typhoid fever, and was herself stricken with that dread disease being unable to be removed to her home.  The battle with the fever was a hard one and at times hopes were entertained for her ultimate recovery.  However she began to sink Monday morning and the end came at 8 p.m.  The circumstances attendant upon the death of Mrs. Doolittle are peculiarly sad.  Her brother, Menzo Davis, had died recently and his children were very dear to her, and when she knew of the dangerous illness of his son Frank, a young man eighteen years of age, she hastened to his bedside and gave him unremitting attention, in the meantime sowing the seeds of her own dissolution.  She died as stated above, but when first taken ill another nephew, brother of Frank, was seized with Typhoid fever at the home of his uncle, William A. Davis, of Searles Hill.  The uncle was needed at the Menzo Davis homestead to help take care of the sick there and Earl, who was fourteen years old, was supplying his uncle's place at Searles Hill farm.  The brothers, Frank and Earl, still remain very ill and the aunt, Mrs. Doolittle has passed away.  Mrs. Doolittle was the daughter of Abram Davis of Searles HIll, a former well-known resident of that locality, and she was one of nine children of whom six are living; four brothers, Marcus, Ebenezer, Frank B. and William Davis, all of this town; and two sisters, Mrs. Melvin Herrick of Union Valley and Mrs. Frank Lyon of Middleburg.  Of the immediate family Mrs. Doolittle is survived by her husband, Andrus Doolittle, and four children, Mabel E., Perry S., Mark A. and Floyd Doolittle. ....Mr. Doolittle is a lumberman and the family had followed him in camp life for several years.  The eldest child, a daughter, Mable, is a teacher of much ability. The deceased Mrs. Doolittle was a devoted woman to her family, a social and pleasant friend in her neighborhood and an earnest member of the M.E. church at Union valley.  The bereaved family have the deep sympathy of the entire town in their sorrow.  The funeral services will occur at one o'clock in the afternoon from the residence of her sister, Mrs. Melvin E. Herrick, at Union Valley.  The interment at West Bainbridge cemetery.  The four brothers of Mrs. Doolittle will act as bearers.  [Bainbridge Republican, Mar. 20, 1902] 
COPLY:  In Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], Sept. 2d, Henry C. Coply, son of Erastus Coply, Esq., aged 22 years.  The deceased was a soldier in Co. A 114th Reg. N.Y.S.V., during the last year of the late war.  He joined that Regiment in time to participate with it in some of those severe battles in which it was engaged, and bore a conspicuous part under Gen. Sheridan in his great campaign up the Shenandoah Valley.  Although he accepted the dangers of the battlefield and returned to his home without having received a wound, he contracted a disease while in the army from which he never really recovered.  And finally, after enduring the most terrible sufferings from it, death came to his relief and took him beyond the reach of pain.  [Chenango Telegraphy & Chronicle, Sept. 19, 1866]
Mrs. Jenet H. Skinner, of this village, the aged mother of Hon. George I. Skinner, died Sunday morning Oct. 28th.  She had been afflicted for a few days with bronchial trouble but her condition did not appear serious and there was no indication that death was imminent.  Mr. Skinner came from Albany Friday night and was with her.  On Sunday morning her strength unexpectedly failed and she died while asleep.  Mrs. Skinner was 90 years of age.  She was born at Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] and lived in Sherburne and Norwich.  Her husband Dan Barnes Skinner, died when their son George I. was 9 months old.  She followed teaching for many years and when her son located in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] in 1887 she came with him and has since resided here making her home with Mr. Skinner, until he was occupied in Albany most of the time, when he provided pleasant surroundings for her at the residence of Mrs. Nancy Banner where she died.  In later years Mrs. Skinner was badly crippled from a broken hip.  She was a superior woman possessing a strong intellect and her vigorous constitution kept her trained mental faculties alive and active to the last of her life.  She was a member of St. Peter's church and was devoted to its interests.  The funeral services which were private, were held on Wednesday morning at 9:30, Rev. R.W. Nickel officiating.  The remains were taken to Sherburne [Chenango Co., NY] for burial.  [Bainbridge Republican & Express, Nov. 7, 1917]
Frank Aylsworth, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], died at the Sidney Hospital Monday, June 2, on his 71st birthday, after being in poor health for some time.  He was a son of the late George and Rubiette (Fosbury) Aylsworth.  On June 2, 1896, he was united in marriage to Lizzie Mastin who died Dec. 22, 1922.  Mr. Aylsworth was a painter by trade and his work is well known throughout this area.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 4, at 2 p.m., at the Fisher and Sherman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Henry E. Stammer officiating.  Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge.  He is survived by a son, George Aylsworth, and two grandchildren, Richard and Mary Lou, of Syracuse, and one sister, Mrs. Dorr Payne, of Bainbridge.  [The Bainbridge News & Bainbridge Republican, June 12, 1947]

Marriages (June 28) MHD Collection

Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] friends of the Richard Griswold family will be interested in the following account of the pretty wedding of Miss Annie E. Thompson, daughter of this village, who was before marriage Miss Carrie Griswold.  The bride, Mrs. Tasker, is a highly accomplished girl, having been educated in the best schools in New Jersey and supplementing her studies by recent travels in Europe.  She is a great favorite with all who know her.  The Asbury Park Journal of February 14 says:  "An exceedingly pretty wedding of local interest took place on Tuesday evening at eight o'clock at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Forty-fifth street and Fifth avenue, New York, when Miss Annie Estelle Thompson  of Fourth avenue, this city, was united in marriage to Mr. Frank Archibald Tasker, of New York.  The bride was given away by her father, Mr. Philemon H. Thompson, and was attired in a beautiful costume of renaissance lace over white silk.  The maid of honor, Miss Faith Griswold Thompson, and the bridesmaids, Miss Josephine Reeder, of Baltimore, and Miss Marie Pritchard, of Philadelphia, were handsomely gowned in whit crepe de chene.  Little Gretchen Coward, the daughter of Mrs. Emma Pratt Coward of this city, made a charming flower girl.  Mr. Fred Lanborn, of New York, was the best man.  The ushers were Mr. Alfred Garsia, Mr. Richard Daniels, Mr. Frank Schafer, Mr. James Embree, Mr. Griswold H. Thompson, of New York and Mr. Harold C. Severance, of Asbury Park.  About three hundred relatives and near friends witnessed the ceremony, after which a reception was given to the bridal party at the home of Mrs. Edwin Garsia, 255 West Eighty-eighth street.  After a rehearsal on Monday evening the groom gave a supper to the bridal party at Sherry's at which toasts were given to the long life and prosperity of the happy pair.  Mr. and Mrs. Tasker left for a trip through the South and after their return will make their future home in New York."  [Bainbridge Republican, Mar. 6, 1902]
Miss Margaret Rohr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Rohr, of Westport, Conn., and Kermit Nichols, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Nichols, of Bainbridge [Chenango Co.,  NY], were united in marriage Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock at the Nichols home, Old Elm Farm, below this village.  the Rev. Paul Hulslander, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated.  The bride wore a soldier blue velvet corduroy dress with a shoulder corsage of red roses and white chrysanthemums.  Present at the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, Emily Nichols and the Rev. and Mrs. Hulslander.  A wedding breakfast was served after the ceremony.  The bride is a graduate of Staples High School, Westport Conn., and the bridegroom attended Bainbridge High School and is a graduate of New York State Agricultural and Technical Institute, of Morrisville.  Following a motor trip through New York and Connecticut, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols will be at home to their friends at Old Elm Farm the last of October.  [The Bainbridge News and Bainbridge Republican, Oct. 9, 1941]
Mr. and Mrs. John Bennett Turner have announced the engagement of their daughter Barbara Kent, to George Skinner Ives, son of United States Senator Irving M. Ives, of Washington, D.C. and Norwich, and the late Mrs. Ives.  The wedding will take place in the summer.  Miss Turner, an alumna of Abbott Academy in Andover, Mass., is studying at Bennington College.  She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Bennett Turner, of this place, and through her mother is a descendant of Chancellor James Kent of the Van Cortlandt and Verplanck families of New York.  Mr. Ives an alumnus of the Taft school and Dartmouth College, is attending the Cornell University Law School.  During the war he served in the Mediterranean and Pacific, in command of an L.S.T. with the rank of Lieutenant (j.g.) in the Navy.  He is a grandson of Mrs. George I. Skinner, of Bainbridge, N.Y. and the late Mr. Skinner.  [New York Times, Dec. 28, 1947]

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Obituaries (June 27) MHD Collection

Mrs. Hannah Orr of Oneonta [Otsego Co. NY], aged 78 years, who lived alone was found dead lying face down upon her kitchen floor Friday night.  A neighbor called in at the house, which is on Brookside street and seeing her prostrate called others and it was discovered she was dead.  An empty tea cup was beside her and a wound upon her forehead supposed to have been caused by falling.  She had done several washings that week.  An autopsy was held.  Mrs. Orr had always lived in Oneonta.  She left four children, a daughter in Oneonta and a son, Dexter Orr of Binghamton.  [Bainbridge Republican, Mar. 6, 1902]
A D.&H. engineer, George Sunday, of Cooperstown [Otsego Co., NY], an old man 87 years old was missed by his neighbors last Friday not having been seen for two or three days.  That evening two of them went to his house and found the door locked, but breaking in found him sitting at the table apparently eating, but he was dead.  Mr. Sunday lived alone, his wife having left him a number of years ago.  He worked at odd jobs and sold garden stuff.  His name of Sunday arose from his being left on Sunday morning upon the doorsteps of a wealthy family of Cooperstown and had always lived in Cooperstown.  He had a daughter living in Gloversville and a son in Oneonta.  [Bainbridge Republican, Mar. 6, 1902]
Afton [Chenango Co., NY]:  Our community was shocked at the sad news of the sudden death of Lena Irene Jones, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones, Sunday afternoon.  Irene was seventeen years of age, a girl of gentle disposition and one greatly loved by her schoolmates and a large number of friends.  Less than a week ago she was attending school here.  She had a hard cold which developed into pneumonia.  The funeral was held Wednesday at one o'clock.  Burial in Glenwood [Afton, NY].  [Bainbridge Republican, Mar. 6, 1902]
Mrs. Mary A. Humphrey, widow of the late Thomas Humphrey, died at her home about two and one-half miles south of this village last evening of la grippe, after a brief illness, aged eighty-eight years.  Funeral will be held at the house tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at one o'clock.  Burial in the East Side cemetery, Afton [Chenango Co., NY].  [Bainbridge Republican, Mar. 6, 1902]
William Woods died at his home in the southeast part of the town Wednesday, February 17, 1909, aged 74 years.  He is survived by his wife and several children, among whom are Theodore Woods late of Marathon, and Alfred Woods of Norwich.  Deceased was a veteran of the Civil War being a member of Co. K, 10th N.Y. Cavalry.  He was wounded in the left arm in battle at Bellfield Station, Va., Dec. 10, 1864, and never afterwards fully had the use of that member.  The funeral was held Saturday at 1 o’clock p.m. with burial at North Afton [Chenango Co., NY].  H.H. Beecher Post, G.A.R., of Bainbridge had charge of the services.  Mr. Woods was one of five brothers who enlisted at the outbreak of the war, two of whom never returned.  [Oxford Times, Feb. 24, 1909]
William Woods, the Soldier.  On February 17, 1909, H.H. Beecher Post lost one of its highly valued members, William Woods of Bush Settlement, near Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  The father, Hiram Woods, bears the remarkable record, unprecedented in Chenango County and probably rare throughout New York State and too, of the whole North, of sending forth five sons to bear arms in defense of the Union through the Civil War.  These sons were each members of the 10th N.Y. Cavalry.  William Woods, the primary subject of this sketch and his brother Jotham enlisted at Oxford, Aug. 30, 1862, as privates in Co. K 10th NY Cavalry and for three years.  The three other brothers, Clark, Harvey, and James, enlisted at different periods for one year each.  William was wounded at Jarratt’s Station, Va., Dec. 10, 1864 and discharged for disability June 16, 1865, from the Lincoln General Hospital, Washington, D.C.  But two of the brothers died through the war – Jotham Woods, who enlisted at the same time as William accidently shot himself April 24, 1863, and died the next day at Warrenton Junction.  Clark Woods died of disease Dec. 14, 1864, a few months after his enlistment.  William Woods, who has recently died, suffered mortal agony all these years since the war, his upper left arm being so mangled as to create a constant torture, and yet he bore his sufferings heroically.  He was brave in the war but braver still in his uncomplaining resignation to his martyrdom—reprinted from Bainbridge Republican [Oxford Times, March 17, 1909, 71:36]
Distressing Casualty:  In our paper for Jan. 1st last we announced the marriage on the preceding Christmas of Dr. G.A. Shoales, of Plymouth [Chenango Co., N Y], and Miss Anna M. daughter of Albert Harrington of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY].  We have now to announce their sudden death, that of Dr. Shoales being from a most distressing casualty.  On Sunday of last week Mrs. Shoales, who was at her father’s (at the Hyde farm on the east side of the river) was taken ill, but not so violently as to occasion alarm, until a day or two after, by which time her husband had arrived there, when the disease developed into a dangerous brain fever.  On Wednesday morning, the Doctor, feeling alarmed for her, jumped onto a horse with only a halter and blanket, and started for Dr. McFarland, but while riding across Navy Island, a dog ran out and frightened the horse who commenced kicking and threw the Dr. nearly off and then dragged him while holding partly by the neck and partly by the halter to the canal bridge, where his head forcibly struck the post in the center and he fell senseless to the ground.  Aid immediately came to him but in vain;  he was taken while yet senseless to Mr. Harrington’s and there was tenderly cared for till Friday morning when he died.  In the meantime Mrs. Shoales’ disease had assumed a fatal character, and she had preceded her husband into the Spirit land, having died on Thursday morning and so they two were prepared for and awaited their burial in the same parlor, in which so few weeks ago they had been married.  This afflicting dispensation comes with a sad and crushing influence to many who knew and loved and respected the deceased—an influence deepened by the time and manner of their deaths and the suddenness and rapidity with which the strokes fell.  Dr. Shoales had already assumed a commanding position in his profession and gave undoubted promise of attaining eminence in it, and by none will his death be more deeply deplored than by his professional brothers.  A post mortem examination in the case of the deceased husband disclosed a fracture on the left side of the head, and extending to the base of the cranium, which was beyond the power of medical aid, and immediately under that portion which received the blow, the substance of the brain was much disorganized and blood had been flowing from the left ear for about twelve hours after the injury was received.  The funeral was attended on Sunday from the Presbyterian Church, by an immense concourse of sympathizing friends and acquaintances, prominent among whom were members of the Medical profession and a large representation of Good Templars, with which organization one or both of the deceased were connected and which rendered solemn and deserved honors at their grave.  [Chenango Telegraph & Chronicle, Feb. 12, 1868]

Marriages (June 27)

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Bidwell, of Sidney Center [Delaware Co., NY], on Wednesday evening, Dec. 24, occurred the marriage of their daughter, Miss Jennie Bidwell to John J. Campbell of Sidney.  Frank Bidwell, brother of the bride, was best man and Miss Merna Bidwell, a sister of the bride, was bridesmaid.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. S.A. Terry, pastor of the M.E. Church.  A reception was given Mr. and Mrs. Campbell at the home of F.A. Bradley.  Mr. and Mrs. Campbell will reside in Sidney, where Mr. Campbell has a position in the silk mill.  [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 1, 1902]
A very pleasant wedding occurred Tuesday afternoon February 18, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Matteson, when George W. Russell of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], was united in marriage to their niece, Miss Jessie M. Smith.  At four o'clock the bridal procession entered the parlor, where the guests were already waiting in pleasant anticipation.  The wedding march as well as selections during congratulations were charmingly rendered by Miss Georgia Keeler.  Miss Genevieve Haynes attended as bridesmaid and Ernest Russell, a brother of the groom, as groomsman.  The ushers were Sebert Hollenbeck and Fred Dimorier.  The ceremony was impressively read by the Rev. E.E. Pearce of Morris, while the bridal pair waited beneath an arch of evergreen decorated with white.  The bride and groom were then introduced to the company as Mr. and Mrs. George Russell and the hearty congratulations of friends were extended.  A dainty and delicious collation was served, such as one might expect from our generous host and hostess.  The array of useful and beautiful gifts testified to the high esteem of their many friends.  The bridal costume was of cream silk trimmed with satin and lace, and she carried a bunch of white carnations.  The bridesmaid wore pink silk organdie and carried pink carnations.  The groom wore the conventional black.  The parlors were festooned with evergreen and supplemented with floral decorations of pink and white.  Mr. and Mrs. Russell departed on the evening train to visit friends and places of interest.  They are held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends, and carry with them their warmest wishes for happiness and success.  [Bainbridge Republican, Feb. 20, 1902]

Murder of Horace Woodward, 1918

Afton Bachelor Murdered on His Own Threshold;
Suspects are Tramps Seen at Haynes Last Week
The Norwich Sun, Aug. 19, 1918
Within 24 hours after a dastardly murder of five persons had occurred in Tioga county a wealthy Chenango county farmer was shot to death on his own doorsteps.  Sheriff Neil D. Lewis, his deputies, state troopers and posses of Chenango and Broome county men are scouring the southern part of this county, Broome and Delaware in search for suspicious persons while Pennsylvania's state constabulary has also been notified and set in search for the murderer. 
Horace Woodard is a wealthy old bachelor who lived alone on his farm at North Afton [Chenango Co., NY].  He always had money in his house and about his person and whenever he was approached one could invariably secure a loan.  Woodward was last seen alive on Sunday.  Many petty robberies have taken place in the vicinity of Afton for the past week and the suspicious looking man and woman who are believed to have broken into the Fisher house at Haynes had been seen thereabouts.  An Afton resident was driving toward Norwich about 9 o'clock Monday morning to report the depredations to Sheriff Lewis.  As he passed the home of Mr. Woodard he noticed the cows standing about the barnyard, lowing and unmilked.  He called in a loud voice, asking "What is the matter, Woodard," but no response came, though the door of the house stood ajar.  The man descended from his carriage, went to the door and there across the threshold lay Mr. Woodard, dead.  He was half-clad and barefooted.  Apparently he had been disturbed in the night or early morning hours and partly dressing had gone to the door to meet the robbers.  He may have surprised them and in seeking escape without identification, they probably shot at him.  The bullet entered the abdominal cavity and death ensued shortly afterward according to Coroner P.A. Hayes of Afton, who was notified and made an examination of the body and premises.  Sheriff Lewis and the state troopers in this city were informed of the murder about 10:30 o'clock and several automobiles carried the sheriff and his posse to Afton, where Sheriff Lewis will take charge of the search and hopes to run down all clues which may be found.
The most valuable clue uncovered Monday morning was the theft of a horse and carriage form the barns of Arthur Wassung of Afton sometime during Sunday night.  The horse and wagon were found about noon at Center Village I Broome county, a hamlet on the D.&H.  This would indicate that the murderer had taken the carriage and driven to the nearet railroad point where he may have jumped a train, going south into Pennsylvania or north toward Sidney and Albany.  The entire county is greatly aroused over the murder, over which much mystery hangs....

'Bogey Man and Woman' Make Full
Confession of Woodward Murder
The slayers of Horace N. Woodward, a well-to-do farmer who lived near Coventryville [Chenango Co., NY], who was murdered one week ago Sunday night have been captured and have confessed.  They are the "bogey man and woman" who had been seen in Chenango County and northern Broome County during the last three weeks.  The woman is Lucy Lewis, alias Courtright, of Rahway, N.J., and James Conklin of Rahway, N.J.
The murder confession which clears the Coventry mystery, was made to District Attorney Davis F. Lee, during an all-night third degree examination at Norwich last night.  The Lewis woman and Conklin were arrested Sunday night at Penn Yan by Sheriff Ayres of Yates county, on the charge of larceny.  They were charged with stealing an automobile.  A six months' sentence in the Yate county jail was suspended that they might be returned to Chenango county as suspects in the Woodward murder case.
Conklin and the Lewis woman have been together since July 5, when they left New Jersey, they declare.  They came to Chenango county on Aug. 8 or 9, according to their story.  Since that time they have lived by stealing and begging, after sleeping in barns or out of doors at night.  The Lewis woman says she is married, but left her husband because of abuse.  She says she is thirty-five years old.  The Chenango county officials say she is more than forty.  She is of medium size, and has a florid complexion and red hair.  Conklin is twenty-six years old, lean and lank, being more than six feet tall.
According to their confession to District Attorney Lee, Conklin and the Lewis woman saw Horace N . Woodward working about his isolated farmhouse and decided shortly  after they arrived in Chenango county, to rob him.  They were compelled to postpone their scheme for a time, however, because they had no gun.  They finally found a Winchester rifle of .38 caliber on a farm between Guilford and Afton.  The theft of this gun was never reported to the authorities.  The "boggie couple" robbed a house on Loomis farm near Woodward's early Saturday, they said, and walked immediately to the Woodward's home.  At that time Woodward was going out to milk, and the wanderers thought it a good time to go through the house.  This they did and stole three rings, and a pair of overalls.  Conklin was wearing the overalls at the time of his arrest.  Of this robbery Woodward wrote in his diary under Saturday Aug. 17:  "Some thief got into the house today and stole pr. (pair) of overalls and maybe other things."  On Sunday he noted:  "Did not sleep much last night," and this is believed due to the fact that the robbery excited him.  The man and woman stayed in the woods about two miles from Woodward's home during Sunday, and planned to hold-up the aged man that night.  It was arranged that the woman should enter the house first, and make whatever headway she could.  When she got inside the kitchen, where Woodward was reading, he asked her to be seated, and started to get up, the confession says.  Conklin appeared at the kitchen doorway at this time, and pointing the rifle at Woodward, exclaimed:  "Hold 'em up old man, old fellow.  Put up your hands."  Woodward, Conklin says, did not follow his orders but came toward and brushed the woman aside.  Conklin says he did not want a mix-up with Woodward and backed away from the porch, he says and the jar of  his body caused his finger involuntarily to pull the trigger of the rifle, which he held at his side.  The bullet struck Woodward in the ascending aorta and out through the back.  The bullet was found later by the investigators in a cupboard just opposite the door, after it had gone through the wall, and some woodwork.  In falling, Woodward knocked over a lamp on the table, the man and woman say.  The lamp was broken and started to burn.  Conklin ran to the pump at the side of the house, and grabbed a pail of water.  He threw the lamp in this and also extinguished the fire which had started to burn papers on the table.  When the couple realized that Woodward was dead, they said they became frightened.  But they started to search the old man's clothing.  They found two old pocketbooks in which were four dollars, but neglected to search the slain man's waistcoat in which the authorities later found $138 in cash and a gold watch.  The fact that the watch and money were left, confused the authorities for a time, as robbery did not seem a probable motive when so much was left. 
Woodward's body was found stretched out at full length on the floor, in what was considered by some investigators as a position impossible for one to fall in.  Both the man and woman deny that they moved the body after Woodward was shot.  After the murder, which occurred about 11 o'clock, the couple ran from the home with the rifle and shells.  They hid these in a house about two miles from Woodward's home, they said.  The Lewis woman went with District Attorney Lee and Sheriff Lewis yesterday and pointed out the place where the rifle was hidden.  Besides that she identified the gun and shells.  Conklin also identified the gun when he was confronted with the evidence at the county jail. 
When they had put the gun and shells away, Conklin and the woman started to walk and from their story authorities believe they went to Nineveh Junction, eight miles away.  Here they stole a horse and that the animal was lame.  They drove only four miles and abandoned the rig because they thought they could travel faster on foot.  The horse was found the next morning near Harpursville.  When Monday's daylight came the couple made for the woods where they hid during the day.  Just before sundown Monday they came out near the John Watrous farm at Windsor, and were seen by Deputy Sheriff Lee Chase.  When the Officer followed them, Conklin and the woman ran back into the woods and were lost in the darkness.  Watrous' barn was entered during the night, and his Ford automobile was stolen.  It was seen to be driven through Great Bend about 1:30 o'clock.  Conklin and the woman drove back over the same road and through Binghamton, Owego, Waverly, Corning and into Yates county.  Watrous' car stalled when the refugees reached Middlesex, near Geneva, and was abandoned there.   It was found Wednesday night, but the Broome county officials were not notified until Saturday night, Watrous claimed the car Sunday. 
When Watrous' car could no longer be operated, Conklin stole another machine owned by Sheriff George Enos of Dresden, he says.  He drove this as far as possible and then took a third automobile from Wright Williams, he says.  This car was found in the road not far from Himrods.  Conklin and the Lewis woman were found in the woods not far from this place.  The report that the cars had been found and that two people had been arrested was received here by the Binghamton police Department and on orders from Acting Chief John F. Shay, to assist the Chenango county officials in any way possible, the message was forwarded to District Attorney Lee at Norwich.  The district attorney, Sheriff Neil D. Lewis, Sergeant Peter Hovaney of the State Police, and Watrous left immediately for Penn Yan to talk with the couple.
Conklin and the Lewis woman made admissions to District Attorney Lee Sunday  night, which were believed to be strong enough to hold them.  As a result they were given a suspended sentence when they were arraigned Monday morning on a charge of burglary in the second degree, that they might be taken back to Chenango county.  When they arrived in Norwich, they were taken to the district attorney's office and after an all night examination made full confessions.  Conklin and the Lewis woman are now held on a charge of grand larceny for the theft of Watrous' car.  They will be arraigned tomorrow.  District Attorney Lee says he will charge them with murder and submit their confessions.   The confession was made to District Attorney Lee in the presence of Sheriff Neil D. Lewis, Mrs. Anna B. Lewis, wife of Sheriff Lewis, who is a candidate for nomination to that office, Sergeant Peter Hovany of the State Police, Lieutenant Charles D. Abel of the Lackawanna police force of Binghamton, Lynn Babcock, mayor and chief of police of Norwich and P.L. Clark, editor of the Norwich Sun.  It was taken by Miss Ethel Sill, grand jury stenographer.  The next Grand Jury will convene in October. 
Conklin has a criminal record and is now on parole from Rahway, N.J.  He has been twice conviction since      1911, and has made two escapes from jail.  Sheriff Lewis says.  He was paroled in January.  District Attorney Lee says that credit for the capture is due to Sheriff Lewis and to other officers who help in the search.
[Compiler note:  James Conklin was convicted of murder in the second degree on Jan. 24, 1919, and sentenced to Auburn State Prison for a term of 20 years to life imprisonment.  Lucy Lewis, alias Lucy Courtright, was sentenced April 7, 1919 to Auburn Prison for a term of 15 years.  Horace Woodard was buried in Coventryville cemetery in Chenango Co., NY.  His tombstone inscription reads:  "Horace N. Woodard / Born / July 14, 1851 / Died / Aug. 18, 1918]

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Obituaries (June 26)

Mrs. Maria Bolles, who was born seventy-seven years ago in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], died at Pewaukee, Wisconsin, February 3.  She was the last of her family having survived her brother, the late Daniel B. Smith, who died eight years ago.  Her husband, Solomon Bolles, died about seventeen years ago.  He was a brother of the late Frank G. Bolles of Unadilla.  Mrs. Bolles has resided in Pewaukee nearly fifty years having settled there with her husband when the township was in its infancy.  Her last visit to Oxford was in 1894 when the Academy Centennial was observed.  [Bainbridge Republican, Feb. 20, 1902]
Sidney [Delaware Co., NY]:  Isaac Miner an old and well-known resident of this village, died suddenly as his home on Division street on Thursday evening of last week, aged 62.  Mr. Miner suffered a paralytic shock a few years ago, and has been in very feeble health since, although able to be about the streets occasionally until quite recently.  He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Clyde Barney of this village.  the funeral was held from the residence on Sunday, and interment in Prospect Hill cemetery.  [Bainbridge Republican, Feb. 20, 1902]
Mason Martin died at his home in Afton [Chenango Co., NY] last Friday after a brief illness.  He was sixty-three years of age and had been for many years a member of the Baptist church of that village.  Mr. Martin is survived by four children.  The funeral was held Monday at his home, Rev. H.C. Merrill conducting the services.  Burial was in Glenwood cemetery [Afton, NY].  [Bainbridge Republican, Feb. 20, 1902]
James T. Hallstead died Monday morning at his home in Binghamton [Broome Co., NY].  The funeral was held from the house Tuesday at 2 o'clock. Rev. George H. Toomas of the Park avenue church officiated.  The funeral was largely attended, among those present being the members of Watrous post in a body.  Burial was in the soldiers' plot in Floral park [Johnson City, Broome Co., NY]. The bearers were members of Watrous Post.  Mr. Hallstead is survived by his widow and three children, Mrs. Irving Greek and Frank E. Hallstead of Bainbridge and Mr. Arthur Wellman of Great Bend, Pa., and one sister, Myra Hallstead of West Bainbridge.  The deceased was 62 years old.  [Bainbridge Republican, Feb. 20, 1902]

Another of the pioneers of the county has passed away Friday last, in the death of Reuben Searles.  Mr. Searles was born in Dutchess county, but removed with his parents, when about ten years of age, to Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY], and until the day of his death, for over seventy years, he has resided on the farm on which he died, situated on what is known as Searles Hill.  The old gentleman was a member, for many years, of the Methodist church, and has always been regarded by neighbors and acquaintances, as a man of honor, probity, and industry, and ever willing to help with work of charity the deserving poor.  He raised a family of five sons and one daughter. Of the sons, Arvine, Abner and Thomas reside near the old homestead;  Burton resides in Iowa; George has been in Deadwood for the past three years, and intends locating in the early future in California, the one daughter, Lephia, the wife of George W. Davis, and resides in Greene.  A circumstance which has not happened for years, was the fact that all the children and grandchildren, of which there are nine, were at home at the time of the aged parent's death, as though the old gentleman has waited for a final parting with all his children.  There are few men who live to the old age of Mr. Searles with so blameless a character, and leaving behind so worthy an example.  The remains were taken to the Union Valley cemetery for interment and were followed thither by many friends.  [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 16, 1880]

Sunday morning at 7 o'clock, after a long and painful illness, Dr. Harris H. Beecher died at the residence of C.H. Wheeler in Norwich.  He was born in Coventry, N.Y. [Chenango Co.], in 1820, and received in addition to common school education an academic education at the Oxford academy and soon after commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Davis, of Binghamton.  He was an apt scholar and soon graduating from a medical college commenced the practice of medicine in 1848, in the town of North Norwich, where he soon built up a good practice.  During the rebellion he was active in organizing the 114th Regiment, and secured the appointment of Assistant Surgeon.  Pellet's history of the regiment says:  "There was no officer in the regiment more universally accommodating than Dr. Beecher.  He was kind to the sick under his charge, and was one of the few medical officers of the army who retained throughout his term of service the kindest feeling of the enlisted men."  After the war the doctor made Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] his home, and enjoyed the respect and esteem of the community at large.  He was the author of an excellent history of his regiment, and one of the most earnest workers for its annual reunions, or any other matter that was for the help or benefit of an old soldier, and in this line of duty will be greatly missed.  His funeral will take place from the residence of C.H. Wheeler Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock.  His remains will be taken to Coventry for interment.  the deceased was never married.  He leaves three brothers and two sisters.  [Oxford Times, July 16, 1889]

Marriages (June 26)

The home of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Watrous on Mt. Pleasant [Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY], was the scene of a delightful Christmas wedding on Thursday last, when their daughter, Miss Clara Adella, was joined in happy wedlock with Mr. Frank James Rivenberg.  The Rev. Chas. D. Reed performed the ceremony at high noon in the presence of about forty friends, the contracting parties standing beneath two silver horse shoes suspended form an arch of green.  The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Weeks.  A bounteous wedding dinner was served at the close of the ceremony, places of honor being occupied by the bridal party, and Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Burrows of this village, whose nuptials were celebrated the day previous.  The wedding gifts, consisting of articles of silverware, furniture, tableware and linen, were very numerous and beautiful.  Mr. and Mrs. Rivenberg, who are both active members of the Baptist church and popular among the young people of the village, will be at home to their friends after Jan. 1, at Mt. Pleasant.  [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 1, 1902]
A pretty home wedding occurred at the residence of Frank A. Doolittle at Rockdale, N.Y [Chenango Co.]., Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 3 o'clock p.m., when Miss Jessie E. Harwood, daughter of Mr. William  H. Harwood of this village, was united in marriage with Mr. Charles D. Marble of Rochester, N.Y.  The bride was attended by Miss Daisy Doolittle of Binghamton, and Mr. Ely R. Marble of South Hill, a brother of the groom, acted as best man.  Miss Jessie Doolittle of Binghamton, played the wedding march as the bridal party entered the room and took their places under an arch of evergreens where they were met by the Rev. Charles D. Reed of Bainbridge, who performed the ceremony, using the beautiful ring service.  After the congratulations had been extended the company sat down to a delightful wedding feast, the tables being very tastefully decorated with holly.  About twenty of the immediate families and friends of the happy couple were in attendance.  After a short wedding visit Mr. and Mrs. Marble will take up their residence in a pleasant home already furnished at Rochester, N.Y.  The bride was the recipient of many beautiful and useful presents. [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 1, 1902]
Mr. Llewellen E. Burrows, a popular young man of this village, and Miss Bessie E. White, the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred White, were married at the home of the bride's parents, Christmas eve, by Rev. Arthur Spaulding.  [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 1, 1902]
Abram Ruso of Delmar, N.Y. [Albany Co.], and Miss Pearl A. Wakeman of the town of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], were united in marriage by Rev. J.S. Crompton at the M.E. parsonage yesterday morning.  They were attended by the bride's mother and sister.  [Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 1, 1902]

Miscellaneous Items

Killed by Lightning Bolt
Bainbridge Man Instantly Killed During
Saturday's Electrical Storm
Otsego Journal, July 31, 1919
It is reported that the storm of Saturday was one of the worst that has visited the valley immediately south of us in a long time.  At Afton, Bainbridge and Unadilla there was considerable wind accompanying the electric display, and many trees were uprooted, several of them falling across the highways at various points, but the only fatality reported was the death of George Douglas.  Mr. Douglas was coming from the hay field, carrying on his shoulder a pitchfork.  He was immediately preceded by William Northrup, for whom he worked, and whose farm is just across the river from the village of Bainbridge, and the latter arriving under shelter from the storm waited for a time the coming of Mr. Douglas.  After a spell Mr. Northrup returned to the field to find what was delaying him, and then discovered that a bolt of lightning had struck Mr. Douglas soon after they had separated, instantly killing him.  So severe was the bolt that part of his clothing was torn off, as was one shoe, the laces of which could not be found. 
Dorothy Teachout
 Bainbridge High School 1939 Valedictorian
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Valedictorian of her graduating class for a second time is the distinction claimed by Miss Dorothy Teachout of Bainbridge.  Four years ago, she was valedictorian of her grammar school class.  Now, she will graduate in June as valedictorian of the 1939 Bainbridge Central High School class.  She maintained an average of 94.s for the four years in high school.

 Burt Y McHugh:  Obituary posted May 9, 2013

Guy Wylie:  News item regarding accidental death posted June 22, 2013


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Obituaries (June 26) MHD Collection

Mrs. Frank Lewis, Sr., of Afton [Chenango Co., NY] died yesterday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Demeree, Harpursville, following a serious accident suffered early Thursday when she was struck by an automobile, in front of which she had accidentally stepped.  Her advanced age of 65 years, from the first made her condition doubly serious.  Mrs. Lewis had come to Harpursville from Afton in the bus running between the two places, to visit Mrs. Demeree.  She alighted from the bus, paid her fare and turning stepped directly in front of an automobile coming from the direction of Binghamton.  The car struck her in the side, breaking one leg, bruising her severely and causing internal injuries.  Mrs. Lewis was carried into her daughter's house, where she was attended by Dr. Charles S. Butler of Harpursville and Dr. Dodge of Afton.  She is survived by her husband, Frank A. Lewis, a contractor of Afton; six children, Francis Lewis, Mrs. Gilbert Demeree and Thomas Lewis of Harpursville, Fred Lewis of Afton and Mrs. Clarence Hurlburt and Mrs. Harry English of Sidney and two sisters, Mrs. Charlotte Dawes of Windemrer, England and Mrs. Ben Davis of Philadelphia.  The funeral will be held in St. Luke's Episcopal church in Harpursville on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Fred J. Davis officiating.  Burial will be in Nineveh cemetery [Broome Co., NY].  [Norwich Sun, Aug. 7, 1920]
Melvin L. Kilmer, an old soldier residing in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], was drowned in the Chenango river below that village Friday night while fishing from a boat.  Between 7 and 8 o'clock that evening he had gone out in a boat to fish in the river opposite Newkirk's cove, which is at the bend in the river just below Oxford village.  During the evening his nephew and niece, Mandeville and May Crosby, also fishing, came upon him, and on leaving him they asked him if he was not going home pretty soon.  Mr. Kilmer responded that he was in a little while.  They were the last to see him alive.  The crew on a Lackawanna freight train, at about 7:30 a.m., saw a man and boat floating in the river opposite Mr. Stratton's farm below Oxford, on their way here Monday.  On stopping at Oxford they promptly telephoned Mr. Stratton, who with a party of men waded out into the shallow water of the riffs which had checked the drift of the boat.  They found the unfortunate man with his head and part of his body in the water, one foot having caught under the seat of the boat.  They loaded him in and towed the boat ashore.  One oar, the stake and fish pole were found floating about the cove.  Mr. Kilmer was subject to heart trouble and had suffered from a bad spell the night before.  It is supposed that in attempting to get out of the boat he was seized with heart failure, and when partly out had caught his foot fast under the seat.  Being unable to recover himself he had drowned in the position in which he was found.  Coroner Wilcox was called and pronounced the cause of death accidental drowning.  Mr. Kilmer was born in Binghamton October 11, 1849, and was the son of Louis and Emily Kilmer.  When 18 years old he enlisted in the army as a private in Company E, 111th Regiment New York Volunteer infantry and served faithfully for three years.  About 30 years ago he came to Norwich [Chenango Co., NY] and resided here for about 27 years.  He had been employed on the section gangs of both the Lackawanna and O.&W. railroads, and was also a stone mason.  For several years of his residence here he was a member of E.B. Smith Post, G.A.R.  For the past three years he has made his home on Cornell street in Oxford.  Deceased is survived by his widow, two daughters, Ella and Nettie, and two sons, Charles and Louis, all of Norwich, one sister, Margaret, and one daughter, Myrtle, of Binghamton.  The body was brought to this place Sunday morning, and the funeral was held from the home of his widow, 11 Scott Street, at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. S.J. Ford officiating.  Interment in Mt. Hope [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY].  [Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph, Sept. 16, 1903]
Mrs. Jane W. Andrews, Widow of the late Elman L. Andrews, passed away at her home on North Main street, Tuesday, November 19, after a long illness.  Born in Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], July 31, 1853, Mrs. Andrews was the daughter of Franklin and Almyra Mudge.  On March 14, 1877, she was united in marriage to Elman Andrews at Coventry where they lived until 1902, when they moved to the present home in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY].  They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1917 in the First Baptist Church, of Bainbridge.  She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Nellie Wakeman, two sons, George and Lester, all of Bainbridge.  14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren, three brothers, Merton Mudge of Oxford, Ernest J. Mudge of Springfield, Mass., and Louis Mudge, of Johnson City; one sister, Mrs. Estelle Wilkins, of Binghamton and several nieces and nephews. The funeral services were held Friday, November 22, at the First Baptist Church, where she was an active member, with the Rev. R. Lewis Johnson officiating.  The church choir sang several hymns with Mrs. Ernest Hoyt at the organ.  The pall-bearers were Maurice Wilcox, Nathan E. Truman, Joseph Hitchcock, Albert DeGroat and Fred Robbins.  Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery in Afton [Chenango Co., NY].  [The Bainbridge News & Bainbridge Republican, Nov. 28, 1940]
Ray LeSuer, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], was fatally injured on December 11, 1940, while working in the woods.  A tree, which he was cutting, fell on him crushing his skull.  He was taken to the Bainbridge Hospital, where he died Monday, December 16.  Born March 25, 1886, he was the youngest son of Nelson and Ida LeSuer.  His wife, Alice, died four years ago, leaving him with four children.  About 16 months ago, he married Leona Hastings, of Bainbridge.  He is survived by his widow, and four children, Raymond, Elbert, Elya and Vira; and aged mother; three sisters, Frances Prouty, Bennettsville, Mrs. Ruth Paltison, Brooklyn, and Mrs. Mable Norton, Nineveh; one brother, Harry LeSuer, Harpursville.  The body will remain in the vault until Spring when burial will take place in the East Side Cemetery at Afton.  [The Bainbridge News & Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 2, 1941]
Arthur Hendrickson, age 66, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], passed away Jan. 3, 1941.  Mr. Hendrickson, who was a retired lumber dealer, was born in Doraville, June 28, 1874, the son of Levi and Emaline Ferguson Hendrickson.  the Funeral was held at Colwell's Chapel Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Frederick Nichols, of Afton officiating.  The pallbearers were:  Ray Cass, Isaac Carl, Clarence Hendrickson, Earl Lyon, Ed Benedict and Lewis Corbin.  [The Bainbridge News & Bainbridge Republican, Jan. 9, 1941]

This community has lost one of its oldest and most prominent and highly respected citizens by the death of Charles W. Decker, which occurred at his home on the East Side Afton [Chenango Co., NY] on Sabbath morning, May 25, 1919, after a lingering illness.  Mr. Decker was the son of Mr. Selar Decker (one of the founders and charter members of the Presbyterian Church of this place forty years ago).  He was born in Eminence, Schoharie county, N.Y., on May 18, 1847, and had therefore just passed his seventy-second birthday.  The family came to Afton in 1866, and lived in the old home a short distance below the village on the east side of the river, now owned by his son, Frank H. Decker, of Colesville.  He was married to Miss Rachel A. BeVier, who survives him, as do also their three children, George F. Decker, Frank H. Decker, and Lillian May (Mrs. George W. McKee), and six grandchildren, and also by his only brother, Joseph A. Decker, all of Afton.  He was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church ever since his boyhood, and of the Church in Afton for nearly forty years, and a faithful and active Ruling Elder, in the Church during nearly all that period, and his benignant presence will be sadly missed by both the pastor and people.  His last days of illness were characterized by the quiet and unfaltering patience and faith in the Savior which had marked his life.  Like a tired child he fell asleep, passing away as sweetly and gently as he had lived, and in the first few moments of the Sabbath morning, with his beloved wife and children all by his bedside, he entered in the rest which remaineth for the people of God.  The funeral services were held in the home which he loved so well, on Thursday afternoon, May 29, conducted by his pastor, Dr. J.J. Francis, and attended by large numbers of his neighbors and friends.  Among the many beautiful floral tributes which lay upon his casket, brought by many loving  heats and hands, there were three which seemed peculiarly appropriate, one from "The loved ones of his own family", one "From the Presbyterian Church", and one bearing the card "From his Neighbors".  On the afternoon of an almost perfect summer day, beneath the blue sky and lovely flowers, we laid our dear old friend to rest in peaceful Glenwood Cemetery [Afton, Chenango Co., NY], overlooking his earthly home, and the beautiful scenes of the Susquehanna Valley, in the midst of which all the years of his manhood were spent; feeling that his life has been a blessing and a benediction to many of us.  J.J.F.
Marriage (Sherman-Wilcox)
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Miss Doris E. Sherman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sherman was married to Kenneth M. Wilcox, son of Fay Wilcox, Sunday afternoon by the Rev. Paul L. Carpenter, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.  The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride's parents, on Guilford street.  Approximately thirty-five guests and members of the immediate families and neighbors were present.  The attendants were Miss Freda Anderson, of Greene, and Bryce Wilcox, brother of the bridegroom.  The bride wore a white silk crepe princess style dress with a corsage of pink roses.  Miss Anderson wore a dress of blue crepe and also wore a corsage of pink roses.  A reception, at which refreshments were served, followed the wedding.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox left in the afternoon for a short wedding trip and upon their return will reside in Afton [Chenango Co., NY].  [The Bainbridge News & Bainbridge Republican, June 13, 1940]

Monday, June 24, 2013

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Dog's Close Call
Bainbridge:  A dog belonging to Levi Vincent was knocked down by a passing train, apparently killed outright.  The last kind act of disposing of his remains, by throwing them down the embankment behind a fence, was performed by the bereaved owner.  Upon returning home, several hours after, Mr. Vincent was agreeably surprised to find his faithful dog alive and well, wagging a welcome with his narrative at the gate.  [Chenango Union, June 12, 1873]
Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge, 100th Anniversary
Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY]:  The Bainbridge Presbyterian church will celebrate its 100th anniversary, starting Saturday, September 19 and closing Monday, September 21, according to plans announced by the pastor, Reverend Greeley H. Orvis.  The program will open Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the church auditorium when a roll call of members, history of the church and greetings from absent members will be given.  Following the program a free supper will be served to all guests, and members of the church and congregation.  Sunday morning the sermon will be preached by a former pastor, the Reverend Arthur Spaulding of Salem, N.Y.  He will be assisted in the service by other former pastors.  Reverend Spaulding was pastor of this church from 1896 to 1906.  Sunday evening will be church fraternity night.  Special music will be rendered by the children's choir.  A reading "The Old Church by the Roadside" will be given by Harriett Sipple.  This poem was written for a similar celebration by a member of a former parish of Reverend Orvis.  Short Addresses will be given by the pastors of the other churches in Bainbridge.  Monday the Binghamton Presbytery will hold an official service in the church at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.  Monday evening the concluding service will be held when the centennial sermon will be preached by the Reverend Edgar Frank, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Owego.  The public is invited to attend all these services. 
The Presbyterian church of Bainbridge was an early landmark in the upper Susquehanna Valley.  Its official records date back to April 30, 1793, when a meeting at the home of William Guthrie is recorded.  August 31, 1794 Reverend William Stone, a graduate of Yale university, and who had served in the Revolutionary War, was engaged as pastor of the church.  His salary was sixty-five pounds a year.  May 1, 1798, a call was extended to Reverend Joel Chapin, a graduate of Dartmouth, and also a Revolutionary Soldier, to settle in the Society.  He was ordained and installed in September 1798.  During the years preceding 1831, two other buildings had been used as places of worship.  In 1831, the present building was erected.  In 1866 the church underwent improvements by having the galleries on the sides and east end removed.  In 1875 a pipe organ was installed, a gift to the Society.  During the pastorate of the Reverend H.D. Smith, the church parlors were built.  The present pipe organ was purchased and installed during the pastorate of the Reverend Charles G. Cady in 1926.  [The Norwich Sun, Sept. 16, 1931]
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Mrs. Minnie Hovey, 75 years old, of North Afton [Chenango Co., NY], died Tuesday evening in the Bainbridge Hospital.  She is survived by her husband, James Hovey, of Afton; a son, William McKinnon, of Afton, and a sister, Mrs. Nellie Shafer, of Schenectady.  She was a member of the North Afton Methodist Church.  Service at the Tabor Funeral Home in Afton, Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Kenneth Kingston officiating.  Burial in North Afton.  [MHD notation:  Jan. 11, 1944]
William J. Sickler, 82, of Afton [Chenango Co., NY], died in the Binghamton City Hospital Tuesday morning of last week.  He is survived by two sons, Franklin Sickler, Sr., and John Sickler, both of Afton; a step-son, Walter Healey, of New York City; three grandsons, a great granddaughter, three nephews, Frank Sickler, of Binghamton, Floyd and Ray Sickler, both of Hallstead; also a niece, Edith Sickler, of Hallstead.  [MHD notation:  Jan. 7, 1946]
Frances Pearce  Nichols, 80, passed away at her home, "The Old Elm Farm," Sunday night, where she had lived for 31 years.  Mrs. Nichols' family moved to North Afton [Chenango Co., NY] from Otego [Otsego Co., NY] where they were prominent farmers.  Her early forbears were Quakers.  She never missed voting at an election from the time of Woman's Suffrage until the time of her death.  She was a life-long member of the Methodist Church and spent considerable time reading and writing poetry.  Born in the Town of Coventry [Chenango Co., NY], Feb. 19, 1861, she was the daughter of LeRoy and Emily (Beatman) Pearce.  She was united in marriage to George E. Nichols in January, 1879.  To them five children were born, three who survive:  Leo Nichols, of Bainbridge; Eric Nichols, of Binghamton; Aldyth Nichols Jensen, wife of the Rev. Knute Jensen, Lutheran pastor, of Atlantic, Ia.  The deceased is also survived by two brothers, Elmer Pearce, of Hillcrest, and William Pearce, of Salem, Mass.;  nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the family home with the Rev. Paul L. Hulslander officiating, Wednesday at 1 o'clock.  The pallbearers were:  Howard Eggleston, Charles Odell, Leon Stewart and Harvey Wood.  Burial was in the family plot in the North Afton Cemetery.  [MHD notation:  Oct. 12, 1941]
A.E. Merritt, son of Peter Merritt and Hannah Sniffin, was born August 27, 1858, at Newton Hollow [Chenango Co., NY], and passed away very suddenly Saturday evening, June 6, 1931, being 72 years, 9 months and 21 days.  Mr. Merritt enjoyed the best of health, and up to the time of his death had not employed a physician nor been confined to his bed on account of sickness for many years with the exception of when he fell from a load of straw about three years ago and broke his collar bone.  He had been out mowing lawns and doing odd jobs on Saturday afternoon and seemed to be in the best of health.  When he was stricken he was carrying a post to put up a mail box for a neighbor and he dropped dead at the door of the neighbor's house.  On November 27, 1878 he was united in marriage to Betsey J. Gould.  After Mr. Merritt quit the farm he bought a house in Afton [Chenango Co., NY] where he and Mrs. Merritt lived up to the time of his death.  He was the father of seven children:  Mrs. L.E. Crawford, Glen Castle;  Chester L., of Binghamton; Elmer of West Windsor; Mrs. Ralph Sherman of East Afton; Raymond of Vallonia Springs; Mrs. Francis Jones, Binghamton; and Lewis of Chenango Forks, all of whom with his wife and thirty-five grandchildren survive him.  It is a remarkable and enviable record to have such a large family and this being the first death.  Two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Merritt celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with all their children present.  Mr. Merritt accepted Christ as his personal Saviour the fall of 1926 and was baptized and united with the First Baptist Church of Afton.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon with prayer at the house at 2 o'clock and at the First Baptist Church at 2:30 with the pastor Rev. Lester D. Huxtable in charge.  Mrs. Chamberlin and Mrs. Huxtable sang "Sometime We'll Understand" and " No Burdens Yonder."  Pallbearers were four of the sons.  Friends of the church and community extend to the family their deepest sympathy.

Despondent because of ill health and the death of his grandchild six weeks ago, Louis B. Anderson, 60, committed suicide Saturday night at 10:30 o'clock at his home in Bainbridge [Chenango Co., NY] by hanging.  The body was found suspended from a rope, which had been thrown over a transom, when his wife returned home shortly before 11 o'clock.  When Mrs. Anderson left home Saturday her husband showed no signs of violence or self destruction.  He was seated comfortably in one of the parlor chairs and when his wife left he bid her goodby, the last words which he uttered before committing suicide.  Jane Every, a grandchild of the Andersons, had made her home with the couple up until six weeks ago when she contracted an illness that resulted in her death.  From that time Anderson, whose own health was bad, had been brooding, and when his wife left the house Saturday decided to take his life.  He had been a lifelong resident of Bainbridge and was well known there.  He is survived by his wife, one brother, Jess Anderson of Port Dickinson; one nephew, Attorney Floyd Anderson of Binghamton.  [The Norwich Sun, June 18, 1928]

Addison E. Benedict, prominent member of the Chapman & Turner Company at Norwich [Chenango Co., NY], died suddenly Tuesday afternoon from a heart attack suffered earlier that day.  He had been associated with the Chapman & Turner Company since 1913 and was a member of all three Masonic orders in Norwich, a past master and trustee of Norwich Lodge F.&A.M.; trustee of the First Baptist church, member of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce, the Norwich Club and the Canasawacta Country Club.  [The Bainbridge Press, Jan. 25, 1940]

Truman Higley, who died on Wednesday of last week, left a handsome property which he willed mostly to his nephews and nieces, children of his deceased brother, Walter F. Higley, and to his surviving brother, Edwin Higley.  The testator was not married.  The funeral services of Truman Higley were held from the Park Hotel, his late residence, at 1:30 Friday afternoon, Rev. A.H. Grant of St. Peter's church, officiating.  The interment was in the Episcopal cemetery.  Homer H. Higley of Norwich, nephew of the deceased, was present at the funeral.  [Compiler note:  d. 1900, buried St. Peter's Churchyard, Bainbridge, NY]

Eugene Barber passed away at his home in East Guilford [Chenango Co., NY] last Thursday morning at 9 o'clock, after an illness of several days at the age of 83 years.  He was born at Lee, on June 23, 1857.  He had been employed for 60 years as manager of the Miller homestead at East Guilford, where he was active in the affairs of the Presbyterian church, serving as elder, trustee, superintendent of the Sunday School and a member of the choir.  He was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Lamphere, 61 years ago, who survives him.  The funeral was held Saturday afternoon, in the East Guilford Church at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Ralph B. Gamewell, officiating.  Burial will take place in the East Guilford Cemetery in the Spring.  The pallbearers were:  Dr. Roswell Monroe, Clinton Taylor, Wallace Taylor, Austin L. Miller, Frederick S. Miller Jr., and Donald Kilburn.  The honorary pall-bearers were the elders and trustees of the East Guilford Church.  [The Bainbridge News & Bainbridge Republican, March 28, 1940]

Martha V. Christian passed away at the home of Leland Christian, April 19, 1940.  Born at Masonville [Delaware Co., NY], March 31, 1860, she was the daughter of John C. Northrup and Sarah E. Foster.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Colwell's Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Carpenter officiating.  Twenty members of the Rebekah lodge of Sidney attended in a body.  The pall-bearers were:  Harry Mills, North Afton; Clayton Bennett, Maurice Christian and Fred Alfred, of Oneonta.  Burial will be at North Afton [Chenango Co., NY] in the Spring.  [The Bainbridge News & Bainbridge Republican, April 28, 1940]

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Listing: Week of 06/17 to 06/23/2013
News clipping postings are being archived every seven days. Following is a listing of items posted the week of June 17 to June 23, 2013.
Pvt. Myland Eugene Webster, - Barbara Tingley (1943)
Mrs. Rena Webster - Carl Lohee (1941)
Helen Whitmore - Lewis Pierce (1941)
Mr. and Mrs. J. Burton Wood - 50th anniversary (1950)
Betty Jane Worth - G. Russell Stead (1942)
Martha Youngs - Douglas Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Petley, 45th Wedding Anniversary photo (1947)
Jennie Pearl Watrous (Garrattsville, Ouaquaga)
Jerome Watrous (Coventry, 1910)
Loomis Watrous (1904)
M. Belle Edson Watrous (Harpursville, North Colesville, 1916)
Mary E. Watrous (Binghamton, 1946)
Mildred Watrous (North Colesville, 1915)
Porter Watrous (Greene)
Ralph B. Watrous (North Colesville, 1955)
Samuel Watrous (Tunnel, 1911)
Alice Nusom (Tunnel, 1911)
Alvah Webster (Harpursville, 1908)
Jane Webster (Belden, 1903)
Rose Weeks (Bainbridge, 1946)
Hazel E. Wenn (Binghamton, 1957)
John J. Wenzle (Binghamton, 1947)
Isabell West (North Fenton, 1940)
John & Rose Whitaker (Colesville, 1911)
Irwin H. White (Johnson City, 1941)
Dean I. Whitten (1945)
Fred O. Whitten (Endicott, 1945)
Hiram C. Whitten (Greene, 1913)
Phebe Whitten (Greene, 1947
Burr Wilkins (Lisle, 1930)
Celia (West) Wilkins (Afton, 1916)
Gordon Wilkins (Oneonta, 1931)
MaBelle Wilkins (Endicott, 1951)
Walter West Wilkins (1931)
Gail Williams (Afton, 1936)
Minnie V. Williams (Afton, 1924)
Nancy Winston (Page Brook, 1910)
Emily L. Wood (Melondy Hill, Afton, 1906)
George E. Wood (1942)
Mrs. Horace [Mary] Wood (New Ohio, Colesville)
J. Burton Wood (Afton)
Bessie E. Woodruff (1944)
Mrs. John Wrench (Afton, 1914)
Marquis Wrench (Afton, 1937)
Sophia Wrench (Afton, 1945)
Frank E. Wright (Sidney, 1938)
Pfc. Kenneth Wright (Wells Bridge, 1945)
Clifton J. Wylie (Coventry, 1940)
Floyd Wylie (1912)
Hubbard H. Wylie (Coventry, 1910)
James W. Wylie (Coventry)
Jennie A. Wylie (Coventry, Nineveh, 1914)
Nettie Wylie (Coventry, 1910)
William Wylie (Coventry, 1924)
Lettie S. Yager (Harpursville, 1959)
Mrs. Oliver Yager
Permelia Yale (Ouaquaga, 1909)
Elmer Merritt (Damascus, Nineveh)
Audrey (Ryder) Bennett (Bainbridge, Carbondale, PA, 1922)

  •  Bainbridge Requests Traffic Light Protection,  Norwich Sun, July 15, 1937
  • Fitzgeralds Must Leave Bainbridge, Sidney Man Found His Daughter in a Disorderly House, Norwich Sun, July 18, 1911
  • A Sad Accident, Boston Express Crashes into Automobile at Bainbridge Grade Crossing Sunday, Two Killed,  Globe, Oct. 11, 1913.
Obituaries (Y)
 MHD Collection
Mrs. Lettie S. Yager, 66, of Harpursville [Broome Co., NY], died at 12:30 pm, Sunday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lorena MacFarland, 6 Riverview Ave. Binghamton.  Besides her sister, she is survived by her husband, F. Leigh Yager of Harpursville; a step-daughter Mrs. Richard Mosher of Nineveh; a step-son, Bandon Yager of Dryden; 10 step-grandchildren, and a niece, Mrs. Robert Reynolds of Binghamton.  She was a member of Alice Rebekah Lodge 419; Afton Chapter 137, OES, and Harpursville American Legion Auxiliary.  The body was removed to the Osterhoudt Funeral Home, Harpursville, where the family will receive friends today from 4 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm.  [MHD notation:  Jan 25, 1959]
Death came very suddenly to the home of Oliver Yager April 8th, 1900, and called to her reward a faithful wife and mother.  On Sunday afternoon she was suddenly stricken with paralysis, soon became unconscious and quietly passed away near midnight.  Beside her husband and son, John, she leaves a mother, Mrs. Lorenzo Way, of Belden, one brother, Charles Edmunds, of Afton, two sisters, Mrs. Geroge Aylsworth, of Oneonta and Mrs. Elva Reed, of Belden, besides a host of friends who deeply feel her loss.  She was a faithful and active worker in our church.  We shall miss her prayers and words of cheer in our mid-week prayer meeting.  Her funeral was largely attended, showing the respect in which she was held as far as known. 
The death of Mrs. Oliver Yager, which occurred on Sunday night, April 8, came as a great shock to the community as well as to the members of the bereaved family.  She was ill but a few hours, having been seized with paralysis.  She entered into deep sleep and could not be awakened.  The funeral was held Wednesday, April 11, at the church.  Rev. Wheeler officiated.  She was survived by a husband, one son, two sisters, mother and brother.
Mrs. Permelia Yale, widow of Clark Yale, who at one time resided near Ouaquaga [Broome Co., NY], died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F.P. Edwards 81 Court street, Binghamton last Wednesday morning, aged 85 years.  The funeral was held Thursday evening at the home of her daughter and on Friday morning the remains were brought to Ouaquaga and interred in the Knox cemetery.  Undertakers Stralt & Desmond accompanying the body.  Mrs. Yale is survived by three sons, Lewis of Spokane, Wash., O.L. of Bainbridge and Fred L. of Candor, N.Y. and one daughter, Mrs. F.P. Edwards of Binghamton, with whom she has resided for some time.  About three weeks ago Mrs. Yale fell and broke her hip and since that time has been in constant care.  [MHD notation:  d. 1909]

Elmer Merritt, aged about 45 years, who resides on the Edwards farm, one mile from Damascus, on the east side of the Susquehanna below Windsor [Broome Co.,  NY], was fatally injured Monday forenoon.  Mr. Merritt, at the time of the accident, was helping a Mr. Smith of Damascus in repairing an old barn.  They were jacking it up in order to do some repairs underneath, and Mr. Merritt was working with a jackscrew when in some unaccountable manner his head came in contact with a large timber and the jack with sufficient force as to crush the skull.  Mr. Smith, who was working with him, heard his shriek and went at once to his assistance.  He was found lying near the jack.  His hat and some hair were wedged between some timbers and the top of the jack screw.  How it got there is a mystery.  It is supposed that a timber slipped from under the jack throwing him forward and his head was caught as the building settled.  Drs. Stillson and Armstrong of Windsor were immediately summoned but could not restore him to consciousness and he died about two hours after the accident.  Mr. Merritt was well known in Harpursville and vicinity, as he has lived near Nineveh and Centre Village nearly all his life.  His father met his death in an accident at Tunnel several years ago by being run over by the Nineveh "pusher" on which he was working at the time.  He leaves a wife and five small children and a mother, Mrs. A. Couse of Welton Street, also a sister living near Greene.

Bainbridge:  The funeral services of Audrey Ryder Bennett were held in the M.E. church of Bainbridge by the pastor, the Rev. R.F. Tesh, on February 15.  Mrs. Bennett was well known in this place and before her marriage was Miss Audrey E. Ryder.  She was born in Bainbridge twenty years ago, but had been a resident of Carbondale, Pa., for the past four years.  She was a young woman who was held in high esteem and her untimely death was received with profound regret among her legion of friends.  She was a member of Jewell Bible class of the M.E. Church of Carbondale, the members of which attended the funeral in a body.  A prayer service was held at the home of her sister, Mrs. B.W. McMullen, after which the remains were brought to this village for interment.  Surviving are her husband and infant daughter, also her mother, Mrs. Edith Ryder, and one sister, Mrs. B.W. MacMullen, all of Carbondale, Pa.  [Norwich Sun, Feb. 25, 1922]