Wednesday, December 31, 2014

RUFUS E. IVES
DEATH CUTS SHORT PROMISING CAREER

RUFUS E. IVES FATALLY STRICKEN WITH SCARLET FEVER AT COLGATE UNIVERSITY

   Guilford, March 29.-The news of the illness of Rufus E. Ives, a junior in Colgate university, was received here last week.  His father, Alfred H. Ives, left Thursday for Hamilton, and at first sent encouraging reports.  But later, notwithstanding the care of physician and trained nurses, he sank rapidly and death occurred from heart failure Friday morning at 3 o'clock.  Mr. Ives returned Friday noon and the sad news of the sudden death was a shock to the community, although the fever had raged in Hamilton four weeks, this was the first death from that cause.  The bereaved family and friends have the sympathy of many hearts.  The body was brought home Saturday noon, accompanied by Dr. Huntington of the university faculty, John Sarvey and another student.  The burial took place in the Ives Settlement cemetery, and a private service held at the Ives home conducted by Rev. A. C. Salls of the Congregational church.

   The casket was covered with floral tributes from Colgate friends.  A special memorial service will be held in the Congregational church Easter Sunday.

   Rufus E. Ives was the son of Alfred H. and Lucy Bromley Ives, and was 22 years of age, born Jan., 1899.

   He was a graduate of the Guilford Union school, the High school of Sidney and had been nearly three years in Colgate.  He was a young man of much promise, and the future had a bright outlook.  He had planned to enter the ministry for his life work.  He was not only a good student, but possessed many sterling qualities of character which endeared him to many friends.  Rev. Mr. Axtell of the Hamilton Presbyterian church, who conducted the service there, referred to him as one of his helpers, "foremost in every good work."  On of the members of his college class paid him this tribute:
"The whole class loved him."

   Besides his parents he is survived by two sisters, Misses Hope and Ada Ives and brother, Stuart Ives.
George Stiles

   Yesterday occurred the death of George Stiles, who, with his three children, lived in the cheese factory and conducted the same at Tyner.

   Mr. Stiles was 67 years old and had been a resident of Tyner for a number of years.  He was not in his usual health yesterday morning and complained of being indisposed, but did not seem to be in a serious condition until the end came.  He died suddenly, death being due to complicated heart trouble.

   Mr. Stiles' wife died some years ago, leaving him with the care of three children, who were with him at the time of his death.

   Those that survive him are his children, Clifford, Eunice and Bernice, all of who have the sincere sympathy of the community.

   Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m.  Burial at Greene.
DEATH OF MRS. SQUIRES

Survived Her Husband, Willis Squires, Three Months

   Mrs. Willis Squires of Scott street died Tuesday noon, November 7, after a lingering illness, surviving her husband three months and two days.  Her age was 78 years.

   Mrs. Squires, whose maiden name was Harriet M. Chapman, was born May 1, 1833, in Smithville Flats and was the last of a family of nine children.  Her father was George Chapman, in his day a well known man of that place.  She was married June 17, 1854, to Mr. Squires and for a number of years resided in Tyner, and then moved to this village.  Her nearest surviving relative is George B. Burchard, a son-in-law.

   The funeral was held at the house at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. Theodore Haydn, rector of St. Paul's church, officiating.  Interment was made in Riverview cemetery beside her husband and only child, Mrs. George B. Burchard.
David Wilbur Lost His Life at Robinson's Mills

DEATH BY DROWNING

   David Wilbur, or as he was sometimes called, David Pittsley, a lad of 16 years, was drowned while bathing in the river at Robinson's Mills early Tuesday evening.

   Wilbur worked for Arthur Rice, who is on Dr. Hitchcock's farm and who was burned out this spring, and after supper took a pair of old overalls and said he would go in bathing.  He could not swim and took a board along to aid him while in the water.  Sidney Dungey and Cleon Marshman with others were on the dam fishing and saw him 20 yards below them paddling around and endeavoring to swim.  Soon after it was noticed that the board was floating and Wilbur nowhere to be seen.  Surmising that an accident had occurred, Dungey and Marshman got a boat from above the dam, which was filled with water and took time to empty, and commenced a search and soon found the body in about four feet of water, which was recovered by hooking a paddle in the suspenders of the unfortunate young man.  Coroner Morse was immediately summoned and reported the case as above stated. The body was brought to Seymour & Jacobs undertaking rooms and the funeral was held from there yesterday afternoon, burial being made in Riverview cemetery.

Wilbur was the youngest of a family of eight children and while an infant was taken by Henry Pittsley, though not legally adopted.  His mother was killed in a railroad accident two years ago and her remaining children had been placed in orphan asylums.  In June, 1910, while drawing milk for James McEneny, Jr., in McDonough, he was injured in a runaway and remained unconscious three days from concussion of the brain.  Since then he had complained considerably of having dizzy spells.

   Wilbur was a bright fellow and well like by those who knew him best.  He worked for a number of farmers in this vicinity and many will regret his untimely death.


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BOY'S INJURIES SERIOUS

David Pittsley Thrown From Wagon While Drawing Milk Thursday Morning

   David Pittsley of McDonough, aged thirteen years, was thrown from a wagon while drawing milk Thursday and lies in a serious condition.

   Young Pittsley is the adopted son of David Pittsley and worked for James McEneny on the O'Donnel farm in McDonough.  On Thursday morning he left with a one horse load of milk for Norton's Corners, at which point it was to be delivered to the Borden wagon.  Near the residence of Burke Moore there is a steep hill and Mrs. Moore saw the horse, detached from the wagon, running by the house.  She called Mr. Moore, who found the wagon overturned in the ditch a short distance up the road and the boy lying near by unconscious.  Dr. Morse of this village was summoned and he found the boy suffering from a contusion on the left side of the head and a broken elbow.

   The boy was well liked in the neighborhood and his death is regretted.  How the accident occurred will probably never be known.

   Yesterday, he was reported having recovered consciousness, but seems to be paralyzed in the lower part of the body.  He had suffered from slight attacks of appendicitis heretofore, which does not help his case.
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.  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 New York 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 New York 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., December 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 with William, accidentally shot himself, April 24, 1863, and died the next day at Warrenton Junction.  Clark Woods died of disease, December 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. - Bainbridge Republican.
Gilbert Randall Dead

   Gilbert Randall, a man well known in this section of the county, died in Greene on Thursday morning, after a long illness.  His age was 63 years.  He leaves a widow and two children, a son Herbert, and a daughter Florence.  A brother, Jonas Randall of Smithville, also survives him.

   Deceased was a brother of the late Levi Randall of this village, and for many years resided on a farm in McDonough.  His health failing him about two years ago he removed to Greene, which was his home up to the time of his death.  He had a wide circle of acquaintances and as many friends, being universally liked.
MRS. EMMA M. FISKE

   Mrs. Emma M. Fiske died in Coventry, at the home of Miles Hartwell, April 3, 1906, in the 63rd year of her age.  Deceased was a daughter of John Jones of Smyrna.  Her early life was spent in teaching, thereby gaining wide acquaintance and many friends.  Several years ago she married the late Horace Fiske of Oxford, where she lived until his death three years ago, when she came to Coventry.  She had been in poor health several years, but bore her sufferings patiently, never giving up the hope of being well again.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, Rev. R. S. O'Dell officiating.  Burial in the Rounds cemetery.
DEATH OF MRS. GEORGE A. PURDY

Occurred Thursday Morning, Following an Operation by Dr. Sears of Binghamton

   Mrs. George A. Purdy died at her home on Columbia street Thursday morning, following a surgical operation by Dr. Sears of Binghamton, assisted by Drs. Grant and Johnson of this village.

   Mrs. Purdy has been confined to the house since New Year's day, but for months before had been steadily failing.  However, with medical attention she seemed to be improving, and at her own request an operation was performed as above stated.  However, the operation revealed a malignant cancer, and the shock was too much for the patient to bear.  She passed away without rallying from the operation.

   Mary A. Skillman Purdy was the daughter of Benjamin and Lucy (Nichols) Skillman, and was born in Smithville April 1, 1854.  When about nine years of age her parents moved to McDonough and she has resided in that town and Oxford since.  She was married to George A. Purdy, December, 1872.  She was a woman highly esteemed by all who knew her and a good neighbor.  She was a member of St. Paul's church, and at the time of her death secretary of the Parish Aid society.  She was also a member of the Joseph Jefferson Club.

   She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. C. J. Dailey of Schenectady and Mrs. C. W. Beckwith of McDonough; one son, G. Harry Purdy of this village; one sister, Mrs. Dr. Little of Appleton, Minn.; four brothers, C. P. Skillman of Appleton, Minn.; F. B. Skillman of Norwich; Albert Skillman of this village and Byron Skillman who lives in the southern part of the State.
GEORGE R. HALLENBECK

Death of Well Known Farmer of McDonough

   George Riley Hallenbeck was born in the town of Greene, March 25, 1850.  Feb. 22, 1871, he was married to Ann E. Torry, after about four years which was spent in the towns of German and Greene.  Mr. Hallenbeck bought the Mason Whipple farm, near the Ludlow pond, in the town of McDonough, and for over forty years McDonough has been his home.  He has taken an active interest in the town affairs, has held and honorably filled the office of assessor and for over nine years has served with credit to himself and advantage to the town, as a member of the Town Board, and has has also acceptably filled several other official positions in town.

   A little more than a year ago, on account of failing health he purchased a small place at East McDonough, and moved there from his farm.  Notwithstanding that all was done for him that medical skill could devise, he gradually failed till about 11 o'clock Saturday evening, Jan. 1st, when his spirit passed over the river, and his suffering was ended.

   A kind husband, a loving father, an unselfish and accommodating neighbor, a good citizen has been taken from us, but his life work has been well and faithfully done; he endured his suffering with a patience common to but few.  He is survived by his wife, and four daughters, Lillian M. Fosgate and Nina Beckwith of German, Minnie E. Cummings of Coventry, and Sarah A. Yarnes of McDonough, besides six grandchildren.  Many friends will miss his counsel and help.

   His funeral was held at the church at East McDonough, Tuesday, Jan. 4th, the Rev. I. L. Willcox of Oxford officiating.  Burial in Sylvan Lawn cemetery at Greene.


WHITING S. EDGERTON

Death of Another One of the Great Army of Veterans of the Civil War

   At his home in German, N. Y., on Saturday morning, February 8, 1908, occurred the death of Whiting S. Edgerton, aged 70 years.

   Mr. Edgerton was born in the town of German, and in early manhood went to Pennsylvania where, in August 1861, he enlisted in Company A. First Regiment, Pennsylvania Rifles.  He serviced with that company until 1864, when the remnant of the regiment was veteranized and became the 190th Pennsylvania volunteers-the famous "Pennsylvania Bucktails."  Under this re-enlistment Mr. Edgerton served until the close of the war.  He was at the grand review of troops at Washington and was mustered out in July 1865.

   At Gettysburg, under General Ord, he saw the terrific fighting around Little Round Top and Devil's Den.  In the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North and South Anna and Cold Harbor his regiment was in the midst of the slaughter.  He was at Appomattox at Lee's surrender.

   Mr. Edgerton was a man of great endurance and magnificent courage, and was one of that vast army who gave the best of their lives in defence of their country and he now rests in an honored grave in the village cemetery of his native town, where he was buried on Tuesday, attended by an escort from William A. Miles Post, G. A. R., of which he was a member.

   A wife, three daughters, Mrs. Aurelius Parks, Mrs. W. W. Aikins and Mrs. Albert Jackson, and one son, Louis B. Edgerton, mourn his loss.

Carpenter and Van Buren Generations


FOUR GENERATIONS

   Interesting Group from Great Grandmother to Little One

   The above halftone presents four generations as follows:  Mrs. Sophia Lamb Miles; her daughter, Mrs. Luvern Carpenter; Mrs. Harry Van Buren, formerly Charlotte Carpenter; Kenneth, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Buren, born February 25, 1914.

   Mrs. Miles was married to George A. Miles in 1862.  Mrs. Carpenter was married to Arvine B. Carpenter in 1891.  Mr. and Mrs. Van Buren were married in 1911.  These representatives of four generations make an interesting group.



Death of Mrs. John Wiley
(May 12, 1909)

   Martha, wife of John Wiley, died shortly before noon Monday morning.  She had been in failing health for the past year, and an attack of pneumonia left her with a tubercular trouble from which she never recovered.

   Mrs. Whiley's maiden name was Martha Nichols, and she was the daughter of John Nichols, a bookbinder.  She was born in Oxford in 1835 or 1836, and was married five times.  Her first husband was James Gartsey of Norwich, the second husband was Mr. Stewart, father of the late Franklin Stewart of this village; the third husband Mr. Stiles of Georgetown, and the fourth was Daniel Herrick of Binghamton.  On June 24, 1906, she was married to John Wiley.  Most of her life was spent in Oxford, although at different periods she resided in Norwich, Georgetown and Binghamton.  She was nearly a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

   She is survived by her husband, two sister, Mrs. Frank Shapley of Oxford, and Mrs. Benj. Northrop of Kalamazoo, Mich., two brothers, Geo. Nichols of Dalton, and Robert Nichols of Jersey City.

   The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. Frederick A. Lendrum, officiating.  Interment will be made in Riverview.

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CHARLES L. WILLCOX

East McDonough Resident Whose Death is Deeply Mourned

   Oxford, June 11.-Charles L. Willcox, a well-known and highly-respected resident of East McDonough passed away recently.  Mr. Willcox was the son of the late John B. Willcox, of East McDonough, and was born August 1, 1864.  He married November 20, 1895, Edith, daughter of Woodbury Twichell.  His occupation was farming and conducting a saw mill and as a citizen he was esteemed for his generosity and kindly, genial disposition.


   He possessed a marked musical talent and was a leading spirit in the East McDonough church choir.  Mr. Willcox was a member of the Geneganstlet Lodge of Odd Fellows and in politics was affiliated with the Democratic party.

   Deceased is survived by his wife, three children, John, Mary and Seth, and one sister, Mrs. James McMinn, of Plymouth.  The funeral was held from the late home, in charge of Rev. J. C. Shoesmith, pastor of the Baptist Church at McDonough, and was attended by Geneganstlet Lodge, I. O. O. F.


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   DEATH OF CHARLES L. WILLCOX

Prominent and Life Long Resident of East McDonough Passed Away Yesterday
(May 25, 1909)


   Charles L. Willcox, a well known and high esteemed resident of East McDonough died about 9 o'clock yesterday morning, aged 44 years.  The cause of death was Bright's disease, and he had been severe sufferer, his death having been expected at any time for several weeks.  Mr. Willcox was the son of the late John B. Willcox of East McDonough.  He is survived by his wife, three children, John, Mary and Seth, and one sister, Mrs. James McMinn of Plymouth.

   The funeral will be held Thursday at 1 o'clock, and will be attended by Genegantslet Lodge of Odd Fellows, of which deceased was a member, and Rev. J. C. Shoesmith pastor of the Baptist church, McDonough, will officiate.

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OSCAR L. HARRINGTON AND CORA E. LA FEVRE


POPULAR YOUNG NORWICH COUPLE MARRIED THIS WEEK

   NORWICH, JULY 18.-At the Broad Street Methodist parsonage Wednesday evening, in the presence of a few relatives, occurred the marriage of Oscar L. Harrington and Cora E. La Fevre, of this place.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Wilson Treible and the bridal pair were attended by Miss Blanche P. Harrington, sister of the groom, and S. A. La Fevre, brother of the bride.  The bride has been a resident of Norwich for only a few months. 

   She is a professional nurse and has held responsible positions in that capacity in hospitals at Kingston and New York coming here from the latter place.  During her residence in town she has gained many friends.  The groom is a son of M. L. Harrington and is a highly respected young man.  After a short wedding tour they will reside for the present with Mr. Harrington's parents, on West Hill.
THE LITERARY CLUBS

Book Club No. 2

   The book clubs, known as No. 1 and No. 2, were for many years the chief literary societies of the town.  Book Club No. 1 was first started in November, 1866, with 26 members.  Mrs. William H. Hyde was one of the first committee.  The membership was increased until at one time there were 31 members.  A membership fee of $2 formed a fund for the purchase of books, which were sold at auction at the end of each year.  The proceeds, with the addition of the yearly dues of $1 per member, were used in purchasing the books for the succeeding year.

   In 1875 Book Club No. 2 was formed for work on the same lines, but with membership limited to twenty-six.  The first committee consisted of Mrs. D. B. Smith, Mrs. Charles Bennett, and Miss Addie Baldwin.  For the coming year this club has elected the following officers:  President, Charles W. Brown; vice-president, Peter Newkirk; secretary and treasurer, Mrs. S. S. Stafford; book committee, Mrs. C. A. Bennett, Rev. C. D. Broughton, Mrs. D. A. Gleason, and Miss Sara Fletcher.

NOTE:  THIS ARTICLE WAS FOUND IN THE NEW YORK INTERIOR ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE - SOUVENIR OF OXFORD.  THE DATE OF PUBLICATION WAS 1906-1907 AS THERE IS MENTION OF REQUESTING COPIES BEFORE A FEBRUARY 1907 DEADLINE.

I FOUND THE SHORT STORIES, POEMS AND RECORDED HISTORY OF OXFORD TO BE QUITE INTERESTING.   EVERYTHING FROM  EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES TO WHERE PEOPLE WORKED WERE PUT TO SONG AND POEM.  

MY PLAN WILL BE TO INCLUDE THESE IN FUTURE POSTINGS.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Caroline Keyes Dies After Short Illness
(1928)

   Mrs. Caroline Barber Keyes, aged 71, died at her home on Scott street Saturday, Oct. 6, following an illness of nearly three weeks resulting from a shock which she suffered September 18.

   Mrs. Keyes was born at South New Berlin, July 4, 1857, the daughter of David G. and Milicent Griswoll Barber.  She is the last member of a family long to be remembered in this section.  Her father as principal of Oxford Academy was one of the most highly esteemed principals in the history of the Academy, holding this position for 11 years.

   When a young girl her parents moved to Norwich and later to this village where her education was gained at Oxford Academy.  On May 29, 1881, she united with the local Baptist church and continued until her death as one of its most devout and loyal members.  Her marriage with George S. Keyes occurred October 17, 1883.  One child was born to them but died in infancy.  Mr. Keyes sudden death on Dec. 7, 1887 cast a gloom upon the community and the home thus broken.

   Mrs. Keyes then went to live with her parents and following the death of her mother in 1901 she went to New York where she made her home with her sister, Mrs. Coggshell.  Following the death of her sister she returned to this village in 1917 and has since made her home here.

   Her loss will be especially felt in the Baptist church.  She was teacher of the Philathea class and was also connected with the Ladies' Aid and Missionary society.  She served as church clerk for several years and taught a class in week-day religious instruction.  She was also a member of the Joseph Jefferson Literary society and for two years from 1925-1927 was its secretary.

   Surviving are four nieces, Mrs. James Marselis, Miss Mary and Miss Hettie Halsey of Wyoming, Ohio and Mrs. Frank Closs of Rose, N. Y., also a cousin, Mrs. George H. Spring of Elmira.

   The funeral was held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. B. A. Gates officiating.  Burial was made in Riverview cemetery.

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Mrs. George P. Pudney

   Smyrna, Nov. 29.-Mrs. George P. Pudney passed away November 25, 1927, after a year's illness.  She was the oldest daughter of the late Mortimer and Mary Gardner of Sherburne, N. Y.  She is survived by her husband, George P. Pudney; one daughter, Mrs. Malcomb Orchard, wife of the Rev. Malcomb Orchard of Winnipeg, Canada; two granddaughters, Elsie and Anna Orchard; two brothers, Frank S. Gardner of Baldwinsville and Walter V. Gardner of Smyrna; two sisters, Mrs. Burton I, Crego and Miss Anna Gardner of Baldwinsville.  

   Funeral services were held at the home Monday at 10:30, conducted by the Rev. Arthur Williams, pastor of the Baptist church.  A useful Christian life she spent in her home, the community and in the Baptist church, where she had been an active member for upwards of fifty years.  She was ever interested in activities that were for the betterment of the community.

   The work of the W. C. T. U. was ever dear to her heart, and for many years she was president of the local union until she was compelled by illness to give up further activity
Mrs. Frederick Brockett

   Mrs. Harriett Brockett, widow of the late Frederick Brockett, died at her home near Coventryville, Tuesday morning, January 31, aged 92 years.  She was born in Guilford, August 28, 1835, and was the daughter of the late Deacon Asa and Sara Whitcomb Rhodes.  On October 26, 1853, she was united in marriage to Frederick Brockett.

   Nearly her whole life has been spent in this vicinity.  She was a faithful and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Two daughters and a son died many years ago and her husband died twelve years ago at the age of 90 years.

   She will be greatly missed by her two grandchildren, Goldie and Ivan Richmond, who have cared for her through her last years.  She is also survived by another granddaughter, Mrs. Bert Stark of East Oxford.

   The body was taken to the Undertaking parlors of F. W. Seymour & Son, and the funeral will be held from the Baptist Church this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. R. B. Stratton officiating.  Burial in Riverview Cemetery.

   
Mrs. Mary J. Tremaine 

   Mrs. Mary J. Tremaine died at her home in Atlanta, George, last week.  She was the widow of the late Albert Tremaine, both were former residents of Greene.  Her body will be brought here for burial, but not until warm weather.



JEFFERSON C. PHILLEY


Well Known Resident, for Many Years Prominent in Political Circles, Died at St. Joseph, Missouri, on Sunday
(1926)

   Jefferson C. Philley, for many years a well known insurance and business man here, died on Sunday, March 28, at the home of his son, Col. Clarence U. Philley in St. Joseph, Mo., following an illness of several months, due to a shock.

   Mr. Philley was born at McDonough 88 years ago last December, the son of Uriah Philley, who was a prominent farmer.  During his boyhood days he lived at home where he attended district school, and later engaged in helping his father manage his farm.  He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ann Betts and for a time they conducted the farm, later moving to McDonough village where he did some insurance business and where they resided for a few years.  In 1890 he moved to this village and resided in the Eccleston house on Clinton street.  Two years later he built the splendid residence on the corner of State and Columbia streets, now owned by Charles Purdy, and the family resided here for thirteen years when the property was sold to Mr. Purdy and Mr. Philley moved to the residence owned by him which he disposed of to Smith Eddy upon the death of his wife.

   After coming to this village Mr. Philley was actively engaged in writing insurance, representing the Security Mutual Life Insurance of Binghamton and in this field he was very successful winning numerous contests put on by the company.

   About ten years ago when his health began to break and he was unable to pursue his usual activities, but he was about town where he enjoyed many quiet hours with friends and in reading.

   He was an ardent and life-long Republican, and was always active in the party campaigns, being County Committeeman from his district for many years.  For a number of years he served as assessor.  His first vote was cast for Abraham Lincoln at the time he made his first run for President.

   He was a member of Oxford Lodge, No. 175, F. & A. M., joining on May 26, 1890 and attended the meetings whenever he was here.

   He was a member of the Baptist church and was a regular attendant at its services.  For the past few years he has spent the winter at the home of his son, Col. C. U. Philley, at St. Joseph, Mo,, but in the spring he always returned to his boyhood home to again renew old acquaintance and greet old friends, and one was sure that the greeting was genuine when he shook hands and expressed his pleasure at being in familiar surroundings once more.

   Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Eva P. Hatch, who resides in California and a son, Col. Clarence U. Philley of St. Joseph, Mo.  A sister, Mrs. David Jones, of McDonough also survives.

   The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Baptist church, Rev. R. A. Gates of Port Dickinson officiating.  The body was placed in the vault and in the spring burial will be made in the family lot at McDonough.

   The committal service at the vault was conducted by Oxford Lodge, No. 175.

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Menzo L. Sweet

   Guilford, March 12.-The funeral of Menzo L. Sweet, who committed suicide by jumping into the Guilford lake Wednesday evening, March 4th, was held at the Seymour undertaking rooms, Oxford, on Thursday at 2 o'clock, the Rev. N. S. Boardman officiating.  The Elks had charge of the service at the grave.  The deceased was about 59 years old and is survived by one sister, Mrs. Hermon Goodwin of this place.  Burial in Sunset Hill cemetery, Guilford.


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WEIGHTED WITH CHAINS
(March 9, 1925)

   Body of Menzo Sweet Taken from Deep Water of Guilford Lake by Searching Party

   The body of Menzo L. Sweet was found in the waters of Guilford Lake on Monday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock.  Mr. Sweet was last seen alive on the evening of March 4th, about 7 o'clock when he came to the house of Mrs. Alice Zoerb where he had made his home and on leaving said that he was going to a place where he would never come back and went out.  It is the supposition that he went directly to the lake and drowned himself.  Several days ago his cap was found on the ice at the lake and Monday it was dragged and the body found in about 27 feet of water.  He had placed a chain weighted with two irons each weighing about 25 pounds around his neck.  Coroner A. R. Morse was called and pronounced death due to suicide.

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Mrs. Jane A. Gibson

   Mrs. Jane A. Gibson, a sister of the late Mrs. John S. Robbins of this city, died recently at her home in Cumberland, Wisconsin.  Mrs. Gibson, before her marriage Miss Jane A. Bunnell, was born in Oxford on Dec. 26, 1850.  Removing to the west soon after her marriage to Samuel Gibson, she spent practically all of the remaining years of her life there.  Burial was in Camp Douglas, Wis.
Mrs. Maria Mangold
(June 10, 1927)

   Mrs. Maria Mangold passed away Friday June 10, at her home in this place, at the age of 92 years.

   Mrs. Mangold was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, October 17, 1835, and came to this country in July 1854, seventy-three years ago, locating in Coventry, where she has always lived.  She was married to George Mangold in 1861.  Mr. Mangold has been dead about twenty years.  She was a member of the Second Congregational church of this place and was always an active member and constant attendant as long as she was able to be there.

   Mrs. Mangold has been in poor health for the last two years and has been confined to her bed for several months prior to her death.  She is survived by one son, John Mangold, with whom she has lived since the death of her husband, also by one Grandson, Carl Mangold, of Binghamton.

   Her funeral was held in the Church that she loved to attend, Monday, June 13, at two o'clock, the Rev. Arthur H. Landmesser of Cresent, New York officiating, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Munyon, of this place.  She was laid to rest in the family plot in the Coventry cemetery.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.

   
James DeForest Smith
(Dec. 23, 1926)

   Oxford, Oct. 29.-The death of James DeForest Smith, one of the best known citizens of Oxford and a Civil War veteran, whose home has been near the village for many years, occurred on Saturday evening, October 23, about 5:15 o'clock, when with the sinking sun he passed from his earthly to his heavenly home.

   Mr. Smith was the son of James Wheeler and Lucretia Lyons Smith, who were pioneer settlers in Ulysses, Potter county, Pa., and it was here on November 26, 1843, that he was born in a log cabin that his parents had erected.  When a lad of 12 years, the family moved to Bainbridge, where he was educated in the school of that village.

   During the summer of 1862, at the age of 19 years, he enlisted with Company M., 127th Regiment New York Volunteers, later entering in February, 1863, the 89th National Guard of the 168th New York Volunteers, serving nine months and being mustered out at Newburgh.

   He returned to this locality and for several years taught school in this town, and here met Miss Lucina Maine to whom he was united in marriage on September 23, 1868, and to this union one son, Byron L., was born.  They lived in Bainbridge and Guilford for several years, and in 1880 the family came to this village to reside, where Mrs. Smith died on January 10, 1899.  On November 22, 1899, he married Miss Cora Cone of South Oxford, and they have always lived here.

   For a number of years he was clerk in the store of C. O. Willcox and also the store of F. H. Perkins.  Upon retiring from active business he engaged in farming, which occupation he continued until the end of life.  He served the town as a collector for one term.  He was a member of the G. A. R. organization of this village, and for years was chaplain.  He was also a member of the Hook and Ladder company.

   He united with the First Baptist church on September 5, 1879, and those who knew him recognized a man of sterling Christian character.  In various way he served the church, being elected a deacon on April 27, 1882, in which position he served for 42 years, when he united with the Gospel Service.

   Such is the brief record of a noble life, measured not by length of days, but by generous, kindly deeds, by Christian charities and untiring devotion in his Master's work.  His life was one long epistle of benevolence, hospitality, Christian charity, kindness and love, read and known not only in this community, but felt by all with whom he came in contact wherever his presence was seen and in all the walks of life.  A constant, reliable friend to all and ever ready to reach out the helping hand for all.  A life such as his, crowned with all loveliness, is its own highest praise.  His loss will be especially felt in the Gospel Service Society, where he had been an active and efficient member and to which he has always been an element of strength and efficiency.  In his going, the community suffers the loss of a real Christian man, a loyal citizen and an ever sympathetic friend.

   He is survived by his wife and son, Byron L. Smith, and a little granddaughter, Mary Onley Smith of Ramsey, N. J.

   The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C. A. Winters, pastor of the Gospel Service Society, on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock at the late home.  Burial was made in Riverview cemetery.

   
GEORGE R. BRADLEY

Long Time Resident of Oxford, Prominent in Religious Work, Died at Scranton

   George R. Bradley died at the Scranton Private Hospital, Friday evening, June 11, 1926.

   Mr. Bradley was born October 11, 1855, in Painted Post.  While young, he moved to Chenango county.  His early manhood was spent in Pharsalia, Plymouth and Oxford.  In 1881 he married to Mary Adelia Brizse of Norwich.  Mr. and Mrs. Bradley after living in Norwich for six years moved to Oxford where for about forty years Mr. Bradley has made his home.  Five years ago next November, Mrs. Bradley died.  After a few months Mr. Bradley sold his farm to Linn Davis and went to make his home with Mrs. Irving J. Beckwith, his daughter, at Olyphant, Pa.




   The past few summers Mr. Bradley spent a considerable time with Oxford friends amidst the old scenes.

   The last three winters he spent in Lemon City, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Since his return to Olyphant, Pa., early in April he had shown signs of decline and had been receiving medical attention.

   Mr. Bradley was buried from the Oxford Baptist church on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. R. A. Gates of Port Dickinson officiating.  A great many of Mr. Bradley's friends and neighbors were present as a mark of respect for the deceased.

   For many years he was superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School which he served with faithful and active diligence.  He was also deacon for a long period.
 
   Beside the daughter three grandchildren survive him, Bradley Vincent, Rodney Irving and Stanley Wilson Beckwith.
Mrs. M. Dedrick Dies At Age of 95 In Norwich
(1955)

   Mrs. Minnie J. Dedrick of Taylor Street, died at the Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich on Sunday, September 10.  Mrs. Dedrick would have been 96 years of age on October 27.

   Possibly no other person has seen as much of the community history in the making.  She was educated in Oxford Academy and spent her entire life in the community.  At the dedication of the new bridge in Oxford, she was honored as one of Oxford's oldest residents, and from her vast store of memories, accumulated during her long years of active participation in many community affairs, was able to give a most interesting account of the history of bridges in Oxford.

   Mrs. Dedrick was a charter member of the Travelers Club, a member of the Ladies' Village Improvement Society and Go-Won-Go Chapter, D. A. R.  Despite her advanced age she was active in these organizations until a year ago.  She was a communicant of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

   She was born October 27, 1859 in Guilford, a daughter of Silas E. and Matilda Cole Root.  She was married to Frederick Dedrick in September of 1884.

   She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Wilbur McNitt of Oxford; two grandsons, Clifford McNitt of Endicott and Mr. Robert McNitt of the U. S. Armed Forces in Germany and four great grandchildren.  Also surviving are two nieces, Susie Nash of Guilford and Lila Root Hoppin of Long Beach, California.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday, at 2 o'clock from the Seymour Funeral Home, Rev. F. F. Haworth officiating.  Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.

   Bearers were Adrian Sanford, Stanley Burchard, Van Estelow and Howard Hoffman.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.
Mrs. Josephine E. Dibble

Dibble Funeral Held Tuesday Afternoon
(1943)

   Mrs. Josephine E. Dibble, aged 74, wife of Fred Dibble, died Friday night, May 7, at her home on Clinton street.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon May 11, at 2 o'clock at her late home, with the Reverend Fred L. Anderson officiating.  Burial was made in the Sylvan Lawn Cemetery at Greene.  Bearers were Jesse Jacobs, Arthur Crandall, F. B. Baker, and L. H. Manzer.

   Survivors are two daughter, Mrs. Edward E. Hallenbeck and Mrs. William Wahl of Schenectady; one grandchild, Mrs. Henry J. Rohling of Scotia; two great grandchildren, Linda and Kirk Rohling of Scotia; one sister, Mrs. Albert Brown; and two brothers, Kedzie Duntley and Earl Duntley, all of Greene.

   Mrs. Dibble was born Josephine Duntley, daughter of George W. Duntley and Mary Cummings Duntley.  Her first husband was Frank Rorapaugh of Greene.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.

ANOTHER NOTE:  "2nd wife" was also hand-written on the article.
Mrs. Minnie A. Dailey
Former Oxford Woman Dies
(1960)

   Mrs. Minnie A. Dailey, formerly of Oxford, died Wednesday, March 16 in Binghamton.

   She was born September 9, 1887 in Smithville.

   Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Bonnie Wright of Oxford; a brother, Ray Thurber of Waterloo, New York and several nieces and nephews.

   The body will be at the Seymour Funeral Home where friends may call Friday evening.  The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. with The Rev. J. Leonard Raker, officiating.  Burial will be made in Sylvan Lawn Cemetery Greene at a later date.

   Mrs. Daily for many years drove school bus in Oxford and operated the Millbrook Tea Room with Miss King.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.
Mrs. Fred Dibble
(July 16, 1931)

   Funeral services for Mrs. Allie A. Dibble, who died Monday at the Chenango Memorial hospital, were held at her late home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. R. A. Gates officiating.  Burial was made in Riverview cemetery.

   Mrs. Dibble was taken ill last January and has been unable to do any work since that time although she had been able to be about the house until she was taken seriously ill on the morning of July 7.  She was immediately removed to the Norwich hospital where an operation was performed to determine the nature of her illness.  She failed rapidly following the operation and death came at 4:15 p. m. Monday.

   Mrs. Dibble was born in Smithville, August 8, 1858 and was the daughter of Henry and Caroline Landers Loomis.

   She was a graduate of Oxford Academy and taught school in various districts in this section for 16 terms.  On October 22, 1884 she married Fred Dibble.  They resided on a farm in Smithville Flats for a number of years.  Thirty-two years ago, in 1899, they came to Oxford and made their home on Clinton street where they have since lived. 

    Besides her husband she is survived by one brother, Burdett H. Loomis and two nephews, Lynn B. and Edwin F. Loomis.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mrs. F. A. McNeil Dies at Norwich

   The countless friends of Mrs. Frederick A. McNeil, former resident of this village, were shocked and grieved to learn of her sudden death Monday morning, Nov. 13, 1939, in Norwich.

   Myrtle Stone was born in Homer, the daughter of Dr. Dewey H. and Flora E. Stone.  She was graduated from Syracuse university in 1903, and come immediately to Oxford as teacher of English and Latin in the Academy.  Here her great gift for getting along with all sorts of people began to manifest itself and this, with her keen mind and progressive viewpoint brought her outstanding success in her profession.

   She resigned her position in 1907 to marry Frederick A. McNeil, cashier of the First National Bank of Oxford.  Their wedding took place in St. Paul's church, August 10, 1907.

   Both Fred and Myrtle McNeil were interested in civic and social affairs in Oxford and in the county, and friends and associates flocked to their home for the rare and unfailing hospitality that was dispensed there.

   In 1934, Mr. McNeil became manager of the National Reemployment Service in Chenango county and he and his wife moved to Norwich, making their home at 129 North Broad street.

   Since Mr. McNeil's death in June, 1936, Mrs. McNeil has spent her winters in Orlando, Florida, as hostess at the Hotel Wyoming, and she was planning to return there at the time of her death.

   Every person whose life touched Myrtle McNeil's, was stimulated by contact with her vivid personality.  She was endowed with great physical charm with an alert and superior mind, and with a sure and steady sympathy for all the problems of her friends.  These friends, whose number is legion, find life a fuller, richer thing for having known her courageous and undaunted spirit.

   She is survived by her mother, Mrs. J. Milo Clark of Elbridge, N. Y., and her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Stone of Syracuse.

   Funeral services will be held at the George J. Devine funeral Home, Norwich, this afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. James E. Mahagan of Oxford officiating, with burial in Riverview cemetery here.


Fred McNeil Succumbs to Heart Disease

Former Cashier of Oxford Bank Found Dead Saturday Morning in His Bed.  Had Been in Usual Health

Funeral Services Monday Afternoon

Served as Cashier of Oxford Bank for 16 Years and Director 13 Years; Was Library Treasurer
(June 27, 1936)

   Frederick A. McNeil, aged 59, cashier of the old bank from 1916 to 1932, died suddenly at his home, 129 North Broad street, Norwich, Saturday morning from a heart attack.

   He had appeared as well as usual the previous night and friends from Oxford had visited him.  The following morning he failed to rise upon the call of Mrs. McNeil and when she went to his room she found him dead.

   Funeral services were held from the home Monday afternoon at 2:30, with Dr. H. C. Whedon, rector of St. Paul's church, officiating.  Burial was made in Riverview cemetery here.

   Fred McNeil, as he was known to his many friends in Oxford, was born in this community May 10, 1877, the son of Millard D. and Mary Flagg McNeil.  Practically all his life was spent here except for the past two years when he had made his home in Norwich to be near work.  He was manager of the Norwich office of the National Re-employment service.

   When a young man Mr. McNeil started work in the local bank and worked up to assistant cashier and to cashier in 1916.  In 1919 he was elected a member of the board of directors and served until the bank closed in 1932.

   He was a member of Oxford Lodge and of St. Paul's Episcopal church.  He was trustee of the Van Wagenen missionary fund of the central diocese of New York and treasurer of Oxford Memorial Library.

   As manager of the NRS in Norwich he won high recognition from his superiors in the federal office who recently made an inspection there and commented on the efficiency with which Mr. McNeil's office was operated.

   He was a lover of amateur sports and never missed a ball game or other sports event when his health permitted him to attend.

   He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Stone McNeil, and one brother, General C. H. NcNeil of Berkeley, Cal., a U. S. army officer.

   Bearers at the funeral Monday were Fred H. O'Hara, Dr. E. F. Gibson, Judge Joseph M. Forsythe, O. W. Benedict, Dr. C. M. Dunne, C. C. McNitt and John E. Carrol of Norwich, and Walter Sanford of Sherburne.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.
MILLARD D. McNEIL

Passed Beyond in Late Afternoon Friday, April 16
(1915)

   Millard D. McNeil, one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Oxford, passed away last Friday afternoon at his home on Washington avenue after an illness of two weeks.

   Mr. McNeil was born on the farm below the village, now owned by Mrs. Alice E. McCall, September 12, 1844.  He was the youngest son of Andrew M. and Eliza Smith McNeil, and a descendant of John McNeil, a pioneer, and his wife, Mary Wise McNeil, who with their two sons, Ira and Luman, came to Oxford in February, 1791.

   His youthful days were spent upon the farm and in attending the District school, finishing his education at Oxford Academy.  He taught school one term, which vocation did not appeal to him and he secured a clerkship at a small salary in the store of William Balcom, at that time the leading groceryman of Oxford.  Here he laid the foundation for his future business career and after a few years entered the dry goods business, associated with his brother, George L. McNeil, and Cyrus A. Bacon, the latter having been a prominent merchant and postmaster of the town.  After a short time the partnership was dissolved and Mr. McNeil accepted a clerkship in the mercantile firm of Clarke Brothers, which eventually led to his entrance into the firm as junior partner.  Retiring from the business in 1885, he embarked in the grocery trade with the late W. A. Carl, whose interest he subsequently purchased and conducted the business until he disposed of it to Whitney & Pughe upon his appointment as postmaster by President McKinley in 1899.  He was reappointed by President Roosevelt in 1903.  At the end of his second term he retired to private life.

   Mr. McNeil was a Past Master of Oxford Lodge, No. 175, F. & A. M., a member of Oxford Chapter, No. 254, R. A. M., and a charter member of Sappho Hose company, No. 1, being one of three who were the prime movers in reorganizing the company from Lady Washington Hose company in the winter of 1873, and he was also a member of the Sappho Hose club.

   The death of Mr. McNeil removes, not only a man who was held in high regard by his more immediate friends, but one who was, in a distinct sense, a leading citizen of Oxford.  He was loved and revered in his home and esteemed by his neighbors, and his death brings sincere sorrow to those who knew him.

   On January 8, 1868, Mr. McNeil was married to Miss Mary A. Flagg of Smithville, and is survived by her.  He also leaves two sons, Major Clarence H. McNeil, now stationed at Manila, P. I., and Frederick A. McNeil, teller First National Bank of Oxford.  In addition to these he is survived by two brothers, George L. McNeil and Clark McNeil of this town.

   The funeral service was held at the home on Sunday afternoon at 1:30, the Rev. Theodore Haydn officiating.  The committal service at Riverview cemetery was conducted by Oxford Lodge, a large number of the Masonic fraternity attending.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.


THIS IS AN IMAGE OF THE STORE OWNED AND OPERATED BY MR. McNEIL.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Charles E. Webb
(Aug. 18, 1930)


   Charles E. Webb, a resident of this community for the past 22 years, died at his home on Albany street, Monday after a long illness of heart trouble.  He was born in the town of Smithville, April 3, 1858, the son of Ira and Livona Gale Webb.

   Early in his youth his parents moved to McDonough where he made his home until coming to Oxford.  He was married to Miss Ella Fairbanks of Pharsalia who survives him together with a son, DeVere Webb of Chenango Forks, two daughter, Mrs. Addie Wackford and Mrs. Myrtle Waldbieser of Phillipsburg, N. J. and five grandchildren.

   Mr. Webb was an employee of the Oxford Basket & Manufacturing company for many years until his health prohibited his working.  He was twice married; first to Mary Nightengale.  One son, DeVer Webb of Chenango Forks survives from this union.  He was then married to Ella Fairbanks of Pharsalia who survives together with two daughter, Mrs. Addie Wackford of Oxford and Mrs. Myrtle Waldbeiser of Phillpsburg, N. J. and five grandchildren.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.

ANOTHER NOTE:  THE SPELLING OF THE NAME WALDBIESER AND WALDBEISER ARE AS THEY APPEAR IN THE ARTICLE.
Merton L. Webb
(1936)

   Merton L. Webb, aged 67 years, died at his home on Taylor street Tuesday afternoon, January 7, at 4:30 o'clock.  Mr. Webb had been in poor health for several years with heart trouble and this with complications caused his death.

   He was born in Smithville, October 3, 1868, the son of Charles and Clara Thompson Webb.  On July 30, 1892, at McDonough, he was united in Marriage to Miss Lillie R. Beckwith of German.  After their marriage the couple made their home in Tyner until 20 years ago when them came to Oxford to live.

   Until his health failed, Mr. Webb was an employee of the Basket Factory and also was employed at the Borden plant at Brisben and later in the Oxford plant.

   Mr. Webb is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Floyd Wilcox of Norwich; one son, Clarence Webb of Fort Ann, and a grandson, Lewis Webb, a student at Hartwick College.

   The funeral will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with the Rev. Leon Bouton, pastor of the M. E. church, officiating.  Burial will be made in Riverview cemetery.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.
FRED E. WINCHELL
(1946)

   Fred E. Winchell died at his home on Fayette street on Thursday, January 24.

   He was born in Greene on July 25, 1876, and is survived by his wife, Anna, one sister, Mrs. Walter Trim of Greene.

   The funeral was held at the Seymour Funeral home on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. C. M. Adams officiating.  Burial will be at Mount Hope cemetery, Norwich.

   Bearers were H. N. Griffin, Clarence Cronk, Wheeler Baldwin and H. Leslie Bowers.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.

HANSMANN'S MILL
SMITHVILLE FLATS, N. Y.


  I found this image in an old album.  
The caption reads:  "Mills at Smithville Flats, N. Y."

I love the view of the old bridge, the dam and, of course, Hansmann's Mill.
Century-Old Church Near Oxford Doomed
Mon., Oct. 29, 1956     BINGHAMTON PRESS
By LARRY REED
Press Bureau Chief

BEING RAZED-The Basswood Meeting House, formerly the Free Will Baptist Church of South Oxford and a landmark near the Oxford-Coventryville Road, is being razed.


 NORWICH- The old Basswood Meeting House, a landmark in the rural area southeast of Oxford is being razed.  Some of its lumber still solid and of more substantial dimensions than present day second-growth boards will go into a new home nearby on the same lot.

   For more than 100 years, the meeting house that derived its name from its basswood pews, and its predecessor, have looked out across a rural valley basking in the afternoon suns and facing the brunt of prevailing westwind storms.

MEMORIES

   Some will have memories of first formal, church introductions, that led to courtships and marriage, others of weddings, or church suppers in the old meetinghouse or on its lawn now grown up to brambles and brush.

   There will be memories of the first opening of hearts to God's graces, first convictions of Faith, memories of funerals, and of baptisms in a nearby brook.

   History of the church goes back to the day, April 15, 1848, a time when the oxen still vied with the draft horse on the farms of the area.

5 FARMERS

   That day five farmers met in the Miller Schoolhouse at South Oxford with the purpose of forming the Free Will Baptist Church of South Oxford.

   Another meeting Feb. 18, 1854, according to the minutes of the church society, was adjourned March 18, at the Carhart Schoolhouse.

   There followed the cutting of timber on nearby farms and the sawing of it into lumber, and then several building bees.

   The church was opened June 18, 1855, to a congregation of some 100.

   The night of Feb. 5, 1874, this original building was destroyed by fire.  The choir had practiced in the church the evening before, and it was thought an overheated stovepipe caused the fire.

ONLY THING SAVED

   The organ, a clock, some other furniture, and a chandelier, probably an oil-lamp chandelier, were all that was saved.

   Two days after the fire a subscription was being taken, and soon a new church was built, the building now being razed.

   The last services were held in the Basswood Meeting House in 1930.  Dwindling of the congregation because of modern transportation and the abandonment of some of the farms in the area was the cause.

   In 1934, the church was transferred to the Baptist Church of Oxford to be sold.

FOR DANCE HALL

   According to one story, the only prospective purchaser was a dance hall proprietor, and there arose a wave of objection to turning The House of God into a dance hall.

  The old meeting house was turned over to the Town of Oxford with the stipulation it be used for town purposes, and for several years it was a storage place for snow plows and other town machinery.

   About a year ago, the town sold the building to Benjamin Button and Earl Carhart adjacent farmers who are tearing it down and have dug the foundation for a home nearby.


   


FLOYD TILLOTSON
(AUG. 20, 1935)
   
   The sudden death of Floyd Tillotson last Tuesday afternoon, which occurred in the law office of H. C. & V. D. Stratton, came as a shock to the citizens of this village and the people of this vicinity as he was well known throughout Chenango county.

   For years he was associated in the cattle and lumber business with his father, the late Perry Tillotson, and his brother, Richard Tillotson.  The name, Perry Tillotson & Sons, was well known at the commission houses of New York city.  Perry Tillotson shipped cattle to New York when the consignments were taken to Catskill for loading, and to Binghamton before the branch line of the D. L. & W. railroad was built between Utica and Binghamton.

   For years Floyd Tillotson made weekly trips to and from New York in the interest of the firm.  In his dealings he personified honesty, integrity and square dealing.  He ever exemplified the cardinal virtues of right living, and was always willing to cooperate and help those needing aid.  His sympathy for those suffering and in distress appealed to his generous nature, and to lend a helping hand was a great pleasure and he responded with liberality.

   His jovial, friendly and cheerful nature endeared him, not only to his own generation, but to the younger people of this acquaintance who sought his companionship for his youthful activity and spirits, whose hearts are made sorrowful by his demise.  In his passing the community will ever revere and cherish his memory as a true friend and neighbor.

   The funeral was largely attended Friday afternoon at Seymour & Son's funeral parlors.  The profusion of flowers bore silent tribute of the love and affection held for him.

   The officiating clergyman was the Rev. Ien Macdonald, rector of Calvary Episcopal church, McDonough.

   The bearers were Attorney V. D. Stratton, Edwin Miles, Jesse Jacobs, Dr. B. A. Hall, Melville Stratton and Edward Lyon.  Burial was made in the family lot in Riverview cemetery, Oxford.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.


A SECOND ARTICLE:

Heart Attack Fatal to Floyd Tillotson
(Aug 20, 1935)
   
   Floyd Tillotson, aged 74 years, well known farmer of McDonough, died suddenly in the law office of H. C. & V. D. Stratton Tuesday afternoon shortly before 4 o'clock of a heart attack.  He had been afflicted with heart disease for several years, but was apparently enjoying good health of late.

   The funeral will be held from Seymour's funeral parlors Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with burial in Riverview cemetery.

   Mr. Tillotson was born at Smithville January 4, 1861, the son of Perry and Clarissa Rorapaugh Tillotson.  The greater part of his life was spent as a farmer and cattle dealer.

   He was a member of the Citizens club of Oxford, members of which will act as bearers at the funeral.  Surviving is his wife, who was Lucy Arnold before her marriage; one brother, William of Mineola, L. I., and one sister, Mrs. Frank Brown of the same place.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.
Miss Jane I. Schenck
Last Rites Are Held for Greene Teacher
(1945)

   GREENE, Nov. 30-The funeral of Miss Jane I. Schenck, 71, of Greene, was held in the Zion Episcopal Church Thursday at 2 p. m., the Rev. W. A. Braithwaite and the Rev. A. A. Breese, D.D., of Zion Church officiating.  Burial was made in Sylvan Lawn Cemetery.

   Miss Schenck died Tuesday following an illness of several months.  She was born in Smithville Flats, the daughter of Mary and Martin Schenck.  The family moved to Greene, where she spent her life.

   After graduating from Greene High School, she attended Oneonta Normal School, returning to Greene to teach in the school.

   From 1912 to 1936, she was superintendent of rural schools in this district.

   She is survived by three cousins, Gerald Schenck and Miss Jessie Schenck of Binghamton and Lynn Schenck of Detroit, Mich.

   She was a member of the New York State Teacher's Association, the D. A. R., the Greene Saturday Night Club and Zion Episcopal Church.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.

Friday, December 26, 2014

LEROY H. SHARPE
(1942)

   LeRoy H. Sharpe died at his home in Smithville, Monday, November 30, after a long illness.

   Mr. Sharpe was born in Smithville December 22, 1869, the son of Peter G. and Ruth Ann Soules Sharpe.  He was united in marriage to Mary E. Hogan in Oxford November 4, 1891.  They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary a year ago with an open house and reception.  More than 100 relatives and friends called during the afternoon and evening.

   They began their married life on a farm on Painter Hill.  Practically all their life has been lived in the town of Smithville and since 1918 they have resided at their present home, which has been in the family nearly 150 years.

   Mr. Sharpe was superintendent of Roads in the town of Smithville in 1910 and 1911.  He was also a charter member of the Dairymen's League.

   Survivors are his wife and two sons, Ralph Sharpe of Smithville and Wayne of Oxford; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  One sister, Mrs. Jennie Thurber of Oxford, also survives.

   The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, December 2, at 2 o'clock at the Seymour Funeral Home, Rev. John Heidenreich officiating.  Burial was made in the Riverview cemetery.  The bearers were Fred Willcox, Arthur Crandall, George Perkins and Erwin Butler.

NOTE:  DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.
MRS. EDWARD S. ROBINSON

Release Comes After Years of Suffering.  Funeral Service Held at St. Paul's Wednesday
(1926)

   Ms. Ethel Cone Robinson died at her home on Fort Hill Sunday, December 12, at the age of 63 years.  Her release came after suffering for many years with an illness which confined her to the house.

   Mrs. Robinson was the daughter of Samuel and Sabrie Hull Cone and was born in Coventry November 9, 1863.  On October 24, 1882 she was united in marriage with Edward S. Robinson.  They made their home in Greene, where Mr. Robinson was engaged in business until 1901 when they removed to this village and have since then resided here.

   She is survived by her husband and one son, Almon L. Robinson, of Syracuse; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Mead, Mrs. Cora Smith and Mrs. Sarah Leach, all of Oxford, and a brother T. L. Cone, also of this town.

   A prayer service was held at her home on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. C. Whedon, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church, of which she was a member.  Funeral service was held in St. Paul's church at 2 p. m.  Burial in Riverview cemetery.

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