Friday, February 27, 2015
MRS. HELEN HILL TUTTLE
Mrs. Helen Hill Tuttle, 82, widow of Arthur S. Tuttle of McDonough, New York, died Saturday evening, October 30, at the Women's Relief Corps Home in Oxford, New York. Mrs. Tuttle was the daughter of Benjamin Bruce Read and Mary Jane Hill Read, deceased of McDonough, New York, and was twice married. Her first husband, Evan B. Merriam of Syracuse, died many years ago. The decedent was born November 19, 1865 in Greene. Mrs. Tuttle was for many years historian of the Go-Won-Go Chapter of the D. A. R. at Oxford and active for many years in its many projects.
She is the former past matron of the Syracuse chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and Past Grand Ada. She was also an honorary member of the Sherburne chapter O. E. S. Mrs. Tuttle was a communicant of the Episcopal church at McDonough.
She is survived by one cousin, Supreme Court Justice James P. Hill, and a second cousin, Mrs. Janet Hill Gordon, both of Norwich. A memorial service was conducted for the decedent Wednesday at the Seymour funeral home at Oxford, by the Sherburne chapter of the OES.
Funeral services were held from the Seymour funeral home at Oxford, Wednesday, November 3, with interment at McDonough.
NOTE: THE DATE OF 1947-48 WAS LISTED SEPARATE FROM THE ARTICLE.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
A pretty home wedding occurred at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus M. Hamton on Mitchell street, New Year's day, when their daughter, Sarah E., was united in marriage with Richard Tillotson of Oxford. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Wilson Treible in the presence of immediate relatives.
The bride was formerly a teacher in the Norwich public schools and resigned as principal of ward school No. 3, about a year ago, to become a teacher in the Utica city schools. She won the confidence and respect alike of pupils and patrons. The groom is a successful Oxford business man. After a wedding trip to New York, Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson will make their home in Oxford.
MRS. E. L. ENSIGN
JUNE 9.-Mrs. E. L. Ensign, a well known and highly esteemed resident of this village, died at her home on Clinton street last Friday night, after an illness lasting but a few days.
Deceased was a faithful and earnest member of the Congregational church and her death is deeply regretted not only by the members of that society but by the entire community as well.
Funeral services were held at the residence on Monday afternoon after which the remains were taken to Norwich for interment in Mt. Hope cemetery.
LEWIS.-In McDonough, April 11th, Vernie, son of George I. R. Lewis, aged 3 years, 5 months.
One from the group of three is taken, and we miss the cheering prattle of his voice; but he left us only to awaken with the blest in Paradise.
"Little Vernie has gone to rest,
His sufferings now are o'er;
The holy angels were his guides
On to the other shore."
S. A. B.
SARAH A. BROWN
BROWN.-In Smithville, Dec. 29th, 1874, Sarah A., wife of Henry F. Brown, aged 29 years, 7 months and 23 days.
Deceased was of excellent christian character, and was one who had the entire confidence and respect of the community in which she lived.
"Her sufferings ended with the day,
Yet lived she at its close,
And breathed the long, long night away,
In statue-like repose;
But when the sun in all his state,
Illum'd the eastern skies,
She passed through glory's morning gate,
And walked in Paradise."
DUNNING.- In Smithville, Sept. 2d, Ellen, wife of John dunning, aged 64 years.
Deceased was in feeble health for several years; and being assured that she must die, she gave parting advice to her children, bade goodbye to her friends around; and, trusting in the promises of her Savior, calmly and peacefully passed away.
"Our mother, how we miss her."
Saturday, February 21, 2015
HANNAH B. PURDY
Hannah B. Purdy, wife of David L. Purdy, of Smithville, quietly breathed her last on Tuesday, June 29, 1897, at the age of 52 years. Her maiden name was Hannah Brown, a sister of J. G. Brown and A. E. Brown of McDonough, Wm. Brown, of Smithville and Mrs. Isaac Fitch, of Oxford. She was married to Mr. Purdy twenty-seven years ago. A daughter and a son were born to them, both of whom are living. Mrs. Purdy was a kind and loving wife and mother, though in ill health for a number of years, yet she was cheerful, keeping the welfare of her family first in her mind and suffering without complaining.
About five months ago she was confined to her bed, and despite all that the human hand could do to relieve her suffering she gradually failed till the death angel came and her spirit returned to its maker. The funeral services were held at the house Friday July 2d, burial in Evergreen cemetery at McDonough. Rev. A. W. Barrows, officiating.
GEORGE W. COWLES
The funeral of George W. Cowles who died last week Sunday morning after a short illness from pneumonia, was held at his home in Smithville Tuesday, Rev. George R. Foster pastor of the Congregational church, officiating. Burial was in Sylvan Lawn cemetery. Eastern Light Lodge F. and A. M. conducted the services. The bearers were the two sons, Leon and Dell Cowles, and the two son-in-laws, Geo. Day and Frank Hallenback.
EDGAR L. RORAPAUGH KILLED
Former Resident of Smithville Crushed to Death at Waverly
Edgar L. Rorapaugh, a former well and favorably known resident of Smithville Flats, was caught between two cars in the yards of the Tioga Milling Co. at Waverly Friday morning and instantly killed.
Mr. Rorapaugh was a native of Smithville and the son of the late Uri Rorapaugh, whose death occurred last spring. Up to four or five years ago he was engaged in business with his father in the grist mill at Smithville Flats. He had an agreeable personality and was highly regarded by all who knew him. In the year 1908 he accepted a position with the Tioga Milling Co., as traveling salesman, at Waverly and with his family removed there. He was a member of Eastern Light Lodge, F. & A. M. of Greene.
Mr. Rorapaugh married Atla, daughter of Hoarce Read of Smithville, who with two children survive him. He is also survived by one son, Frederick and one daughter, Elvira; his mother and one sister, Mary Rorapaugh of Smithville Flats. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, Rev. Percy T. Olton officiating, and Masonic service at the grave. Burial was in Sylvan Lawn Cemetery
The floral tributes were many and beautiful.
MRS. MARGARET FISK
Margaret Maguire Fisk died at her home in Coventry on Thursday, Jan. 21, aged 87 years. Mrs. Fisk formerly resided in Oxford and her first husband was David Brown. Some time after his death she married James Fisk, a blacksmith, who had a shop here. A number of years ago they removed to Coventry, where Mr. Fisk died, and which has since been Mrs. Fisk's home. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George Hamilton and Mrs. Kittie Lewis, both of Coventry. The funeral was held on Monday and burial was at Riverview cemetery in this village.
COLONIAL HOUSE IS BEING DISMANTLED
One of the oldest of Colonial houses in this county is situated two miles north of Smithville Flats on the road to McDonough, and which has been sold by the Harrison sisters to Prince and Princes Del Drago to incorporate into their new farmhouse which they are building on their Chenango county estate, known as Canasawacta Farm at Plymouth, about six miles from Norwich.
This old colonial house, which was being used as a hen house and has been sold to Prince and Princes Del Drago by the Harrison sisters, was built as early as 1809 by Col. Silas Read, son of Captain William Read, of Revolutionary fame.
Silas Read was a shipping merchant on the Massachusetts coast, who, with his wife, Lucy Lund, daughter of John Lund, of Dunstable, Mass., and two children came to Smithville and purchased 1,000 acres of land, then a wilderness, from the original land company. He brought with him a colored slave and came in the first covered carriage ever seen in the county. He also owned the first piano. The cause of his coming was the absconding of his partner in the shipping business with the larger part of his fortune, and, gathering together the remnants, which was about $40,000, he sought to retrieve his loss by emigrating to the then far west.
Shortly after his arrival he built this colonial house, fashioned after New England architecture, containing a central hall with quaint banisters, wainscoted living rooms with built-in cupboards on each side, and brick fireplaces with stone hearths, and a large kitchen with an old Dutch oven. There were two large wings to the main house which has fallen into decay. He had eight children to each of which he gave a farm, when they arrived at maturity, with the necessary buildings all on, ready for occupation. One by one they died or moved away and these farms have fallen into other hands. The names of these children were Silas, Jim, Hiram, Clifton, Merrick, Polly, Sophia and Harriet. To bring it down to the present generation Hiram was the father of B. B. Read (deceased) of Greene, who married Mary Jane Hill.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
DR. BRESEE, RECTOR AT GREENE FOR 30 YEARS, DIES AT 86
(MARCH 28, 1947)
Greene - Funeral services for the Rev. A. A. Bresee, 86, who died in the Greene Hospital, Friday, were held Tuesday at 2:30 from Zion Episcopal church. The Rt. Rev. Malcolm E. Peabody, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, officiated, assisted by the Venerable Walter M. Higley and the Rev. Hubert W. Bierck. Interment was in Sylvan Lawn cemetery.
Dr. Bresee was rector emeritus of Zion church where he served as pastor for about 30 years. He is survived by one son, J. Randall Bresee of Lamesa, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Joseph Page and the Misses Dorothy and Gertrude Bresee of Greene; a brother, Chester J. Bresee of Afton and several grandchildren.
NOTE: DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.
MRS. GRACE BECKWITH
Mrs. Grace Beckwith, 75, of Greene, died Saturday, July 21, at the Cora Eddy Nursing Home, Greene, after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Samuel Beckwith; four brothers, Fred Beckwith of Greene, Herbert Beckwith and Frank Beckwith of McDonough, and Ernest Beckwith of Elmira; two sisters, Mrs. Rose Barrows of McDonough, ad Mrs. Maud DeRomio of Oxford; several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Baptist Church of Greene. The body was moved to the Root Funeral Home in Greene.
The funeral of Mrs. Grace Beckwith will be held at the Root Funeral Home, Greene, NY, today at 2 pm. The Rev. Ralph E. Gould of Maine will officiate. Burial will be in Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene.
NOTE: DATE WAS HAND-WRITTEN ON THE ARTICLE.
MRS. ALICE BARTLETT
DIES AT W. R. C. SATURDAY, NOV. 17
Mrs. Alice Waters Bartlett, 75, died Saturday, November 17 in the WRC Home in Oxford, where she had resided since 1947.
She was born January 19, 1881 in Oxford, the daughter of Edgar and Helen (Walker) Waters. Her marriage to Franklin C. Bartlett on January 28, 1902, terminated in his death in 1918. Mrs. Bartlett was a member of Norwich Chapter OES, No. 367.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Garlock of Oxford; a granddaughter, Mrs. Jessie Phillips, a grandson, Michael Phillips; a great granddaughter, Sandra Phillips, all of Norwich.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Seymour Funeral Home in Oxford, the Rev. Clifford Bound, pastor of the Oxford Methodist church, officiated. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Oxford.
LILLIAN RORAPAUGH HALLENBECK
Mrs. Lilliam Rorapaugh Hallenbeck, 51, of Schenectady, died suddenly March 11, in the Troy Hospital, after being stricken that afternoon while driving through Watervliet. Mrs. Hallenbeck was driving to Troy Hospital on business when she felt ill about 3 p.m. She stopped at a diner in Watervliet and police were called. She was taken to the hospital where she died at 8 p.m.
Mrs. Hallenbeck was the wife of Edward Hallenbeck, assistant city engineer for the city of Schenectady. She was born in Oxford and had lived in Schenectady about 40 years.
Funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Baxter's Funeral Parlors, Schenectady. The Rev. F. W. Nowlan, pastor of the First Baptist church of Schenectady officiated and interment was in Evergreen Memorial cemetery, Schenectady.
A LITTLE PINK SHOE
Only a little pink baby shoe,
That is stained and wrinkled and torn,
With a tiny hold where the little pink toe
Peeped out in the days that are gone.
The little pink toe was the "big little pig"
That to market so often would go.
and over and over that legend was told
As I kissed the little pink toe.
"Piggie some more," her red lips would lisp,
And the story and kiss were given
Again and again so happy were we
In motherhood's foretaste of Heaven.
But there came a night, with desolate blight,
When death bore my idol away
And no little toe ever peeps from the shoe,
To be kissed in the same old way.
But my tears have deluged the little pink shoe,
And stained it a deeper stain;
And I long for the touch that would chill me
If it gave my my darling again.
So, when I am dead, lay the little pink shoe
Near my heart that is silent and cold.
And perhaps up above, in the sunlight of love,
I shall kiss the pink toe as of old.
NOTE: THIS POEM WAS FOUND NEXT TO AN OBITUARY OF A SMALL CHILD. THE OBITUARY IS TORN AND HARD TO READ. I WILL WORK TO RESTORE IT.
ADOLPHUS BARKER DIED
JUNE 7, 1894
BARKER. - AT SMITHVILLE FLATS, N. Y., MAY 16, ADOLPHUS BARKER, CO. K. 157TH N. Y., AGED 66. HE HAD BEEN A PENSIONER UNDER THE LAW OF JUNE 27, 1890; WAS SUSPENDED ONE YEAR AGO, AND HAD NOT BEEN RESTORED. HE LEAVES A WIDOW AND TWO CHILDREN.
NOTE: DATE WAS PRINTED ON THE PAPER.
WILLIAM WEAVER DIED
DECEMBER 8, 1898
WEAVER.- At Smithville Flats, N. Y., William Weaver, Co. K. 161st N. Y., aged 72. Comrade Weaver's army service so crippled him that he was forced to use crutches until his death.
NOTE: DATE WAS PRINTED ON THE PAPER.
MR. CHARLES TILLOTSON TARBELL
Smithville Flats- Mr. Charles Tillotson Tarbell died at 12:30 o'clock Monday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Josephine Tarbell White, Binghamton, after a short illness.
Mr. Tarbell was born in Smithville and had lived in this place most of his life. His wife died in April, 1923. Since then he has spent much of his time with his daughter.
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. White, two grandsons, Charles Edward and Robert, one granddaughter, Norma White of Binghamton, one sister, Mrs. James Flanagan of Greene, one brother, George Tarbell of New York City.
The funeral was held from his late home in Smithville Flats, with burial in the upper cemetery on Wednesday at 2 o'clock.
Friday, February 6, 2015
MRS. HARRIETT PIKE
This community was greatly shocked Saturday morning by the sudden death of Mrs. Harriett Pike, aged 65 years, widow of the late Justin Pike. At 9:30 o'clock she was found by a neighbor dead on the floor beside her wash tub, where she had begun to wash out a few articles. Coroner G. D. Johnson of Oxford was called and pronounced the cause of death heart failure. She was a highly respected woman and an especial favorite of an extensive circle of young people. She was one of the vice presidents of the Village Cemetery Improvement association, having been a faithful member and an earnest worker since its organization.
She leaves one son, Leon Pike; one daughter, Mrs. Arthur J. Gates; three grandchildren and a half brother and sister, Wm. Hayden and Mrs. Geo. L. Barrows, to mourn her loss. The funeral will be held from Calvary church today at one o'clock, Rev. Dr. Duff officiating. Burial will be in the Village cemetery.
MRS. CLARK SIMSON
McDonough, Dec. 12.--The funeral of Mrs. Clark Simson, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Parks, December 5th, was held at the M. E. church Monday afternoon, the pastor Rev. W. T. Webb conducting the service. Mrs. Simson's maiden name was Harriet Purrington and most of her life was spent in McDonough. She was a member of the Methodist church and highly regarded by all who knew her. Mr. Simson died a few years since. She is survived by two sons and a daughter, Martin and Winthrop Simson of McDonough and Mrs. Ella Parks of Tyner.
Burdett Eccleston, who occupied the Frank T. Corbin farm in McDonough, died Sunday from pneumonia, aged 30 years. The disease attacked him some three weeks ago and was particularly severe from the start, which it was hoped his strong constitution would withstand. But it was a long and fatal fight, the young man laying unconscious for many days before death ended the struggle.
Deceased was well known in this section and had many friends. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Lewis Eccleston, who with four brothers and two sisters survive him. He is also survived by his wife, the daughter of Mrs. Harriet Martin of this village, and four children.
CYRUS W. HAMILTON
Sudden Death of Cyrus W. Hamilton
Cyrus W. Hamilton died suddenly in Norwich Wednesday morning, aged 76 years.
Mr. Hamilton was born in McDonough, where he resided for many years and followed the occupation of farmer. He came to Norwich about twenty years ago and had since resided here. He was of quiet but genial disposition and was respected by all. In late years he followed the occupation of a carpenter.
The deceased is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters: Howard Hamilton of Westfield, Mass., Homer Hamilton of Norwich; Mrs. J. W. Hunter of Camden, N. J., and Mrs. Richard Tillotson of Oxford.-Sun.
DREW B. FERNALLD
At his home on town line, Drew B. Fernalld entered into rest Thursday night. The funeral was held from the M. E. church Sunday at 12 o'clock, of which he for many years had been a faithful member.
The church was filled and there were about seventy relatives in attendance. Among the many from out of town were, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Skillman, Leland Dunning, Norwich; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mowry, Mrs. Charles Root, Thomas Dunning, Miss Belle Dunning, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. A. Purdy, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Fernalld, Oxford; Mr. and Mrs. Seward Beckwith, Cincinnatus; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fernalld, Greene; Mrs. Sarah Green, Preston.
VETERANS LEAVE FOR HISTORIC BATTLEFIELD
DEPARTURE MARKED BY ATTENDANCE OF CITIZENS
Citizens Turn Out and Unite in Giving the Old soldiers a Send Off-Anticipated a Happy Time
Monday morning a large crowd of citizens gathered to witness the departure of the veterans for the Semi-Centennial reunion at Gettysburg, and gave them a hearty sendoff. At 8:30 the Oxford Band marched around LaFayette Square and when ready headed the procession to the Lackawanna station. Colonel Graham, superintendent of the W. R. C. Home, provided carriages so that the members of the Home could join in bidding them good-bye.
It was a most happy time about the station. Neighbors and friends whose estimate of the value of the Boys in Blue were present congratulating them that they had lived to see the time when the Blue and the Gray will assemble on the historic battlefield, not in hostile armies, but as foes who have united in patriotic devotion to the same flag.
When the train came in the rear coaches were filled with veterans from Norwich and other points north of here. The train moved out amid cheers.
The principal event of the celebration are scheduled for July 1, 2, 3 and, but in order to avoid congestion of traffic on the railroads and confusion at Gettysburg, the camp was opened on Sunday evening, June 29, the first meal to be served at supper time.
The following members of Edward E. Breed Post, No. 196, G. A. R., of this village are planning to make the trip, A. B. Bennett, George W. Lewis, J. D. Smith, L. G. Lindsey, T. B. Harriott, D. E. Lanwers, G. L. Lamb, Albert Wells, J. S. Benedict, Chris Schweitzer, Reuben Wright, J. W. Sherwood, Peter Peterson, Cornelius Myers, Franklin Baldwin, Arthur A. Solomon and Frank E. Dunham.
Those who applied for transportation have received bronze medals, which are to be preserved as souvenirs of the occasion and which are very beautiful. They bear on their face the heads of Meade and Lee, opposing generals on that battlefield.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
THE TURNER BAND
The following verses were read at the Turner reunion held at Coventryville July 29, an account of which is published in The Times last week.
Once more there comes to all who are
Of this, the joyful Turner band,
As year by year there comes the call
Awake, arise; unite, join hand.
Now two score years have fled and gone
Since first we met and passed the day
In joyful feast, in songs and games
And things done in a business way.
Although the time when first we met
All were so near they felt impelled,
To wend their way to the abode
Of that one where the meet was held.
But now, as time has added more
To this, the Turner family.
Some are so far away that it
Is doubtful if they present be.
Nor is this branch the only one
Of this, the mighty Turner tree
For in another town there meets
A noble branch, the same as we.
And so we gather round once more;
A joy is felt each does declare
As names are called, none shall be lost
For each one's name is written there.
Then as we go in life's meek way
About our toils, each one is free
Because we know we're members of
The great, Our Father's family.
ROBERT NORTON, FORMERLY OF OXFORD, MEETS WITH ACCIDENT
KILLED IN BUFFALO
Robert Norton, son of the late Alfred Norton of this village, met with an accident in the railroad yards at Buffalo, Tuesday, which resulted in death.
The details are very meagre, but the report states that he fell, presumably from an engine, in the yards where he was employed, and that he suffered horrible agony till death came to his release.
Mr. Norton is survived by a wife and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Wilkie of Utica and Mrs. Edward Kingsley of Oneida.
WILLIS SQUIRES PASSED AWAY FRIDAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS
DIED AT 80
DIED AT 80
Willis Squires, a well known resident of Scott street, died shortly beforenoon Friday, aged 80 years. He had been blind for many years, and had been failing in health for sometime.
He had been blind for many years, Guilford, and on the 17th day of June 1854 he married Miss Harriet Chapman of Smithville who survives him. For a number of years they lived in Tyner until Mr. Squires eyesight began to fail him, when they moved to this village where they have since resided. Their only child, Alice, who became the wife of George B. Burchard, died May 5, 1910.
Mr. Squires, who in after years became totally blind, bore his affliction with fortitude, and while unable to do heavy manual work kept busily occupied with his garden and other employment suitable to one in his condition of life.
He was an upright man and during his long illness, which confined him to the house for near four months, bore up patiently until the end came peacefully at last.
The funeral was held at the house at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. Raymond Brinckerhoff officiating.
NOTE: THE SECOND PARAGRAPH IS TYPED EXACTLY AT IT WAS PRINTED. THE ARTICLE WAS NOT PIECED TOGETHER.
Boy's Body Found
Drifting down the Chenango river in a boat, Mason Aldrich and Harry Barnes Wednesday morning located the body of Raeburn Robinson about one mile from the place where the boy stumbled into the Canasawacta creek three weeks ago Monday.
The body was located by Messrs. Aldrich and Barnes while rowing the boat along the bank of the main current when they first saw his feet and on closer observation discovered the object to be the body of the missing boy. At this point the water is still and rather clear which probably led the two men to look downward in the direction where the body was located.
Soon after finding the body Coroner Wilcox and the father, John Robinson, were notified. It was found that the body was well preserved. The clothing worn by the boy was in good condition aside from the trousers which were slightly torn.
MRS. ALBERT WEBB
Passed Away October 24 at Her Home in Smithville
Mrs. Albert Webb died at her home near Tyner in the town of Smithville, October 24, 1911, at 11 a.m., after a long protracted illness. Mrs. Webb had been a sufferer for three years from stomach trouble. Every aid that could be given her was extended. She underwent an operation in the Good Shepherd hospital in Syracuse several months ago but the dread disease had progressed too far to insure recovery.
Her maiden name was Margaret E. Silvernail and she was born in the town of North Fenton in Broome county in 1855. She was married to Warren Willcox in about the year 1875, to whom there were born four children who survive: Mabel, wife of D. M. Edgerton of Binghamton; Mary, wife of B. F. Holdredge of Norwich; Emory Willcox of Willet; Margaret, wife of Elmer Greene of Cincinnatus. Mr. Willcox died nearly twenty-five years ago. In 1890 she was again married to Albert Webb, who still survives her. She leaves one daughter, Miss Bertha Webb of Smithville, by her second marriage and one stepdaughter, Mrs. E. J. Smith, of Norwich.
She is also survived by three brothers, W. C. Silvernail of Rockdale, John Silvernail of Wellsbridge and Faron Silvernail of Bainbridge; three sisters, Mrs. Henrietta Reynolds of Chenango Forks, Mrs. Geo. Blatchley and Mrs. Ernest Trewer of Freehold, N. J.
Mrs. Webb has resided in Smithville most of her life, and was esteemed as a good neighbor and friend. She was also a member of the Methodist church.
The funeral was held Thursday, Rev. A. O. Austin of this village officiating, and burial was made in McDonough cemetery.
Just resting from earths suffering
Just wearing a crown of eternal
Just across to a land that is fairer,
Precious flowers their fragrance
Just waiting to welcome the loved
Just waiting to open the door.
CLARK S. BLACK
Death of Well Known McDonough Man Friday
McDonough, Dec. 9--Clark S. Black, a life-long resident of this town, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grant L. Fairchild, Friday morning. His age was 76. Late last summer he suffered a shock and had been in feeble health since. About two weeks ago he took to his bed and rapidly grew weaker until the end came.
In 1860 Clark S. Black was united in marriage to Mary Gibson, who survives him. Three years ago they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage. He leaves two daughters, Hannah, wife of Grant Fairchild and May, wife of Abner Gale; two grandsons and two granddaughters.
The funeral was held from the M. E. Church Monday afternoon at ? o'clock. Burial in the village cemetery.
NOTE: THE TIME OF THE BURIAL WAS MISSING.
ANOTHER NOTE: OXFORD HAD A CEMETERY IN THE VILLAGE THAT WAS CALLED THE VILLAGE CEMETERY AND IT IS NOW CALLED STATE STREET CEMETERY.
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 whom have the sincere sympathy of the community.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. Burial at Greene.
Monday, February 2, 2015
MRS. MARY J. HAMILTON
Mrs. Mary J. Hamilton, widow of the late Cyrus W. Hamilton, entered into rest at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James W. Hunter in Camden, New Jersey.
A week ago she suffered a shock of paralysis which was followed by acute Bright's disease.
Deceased was born in New York in 1835 and with her parents removed to Smithville, New York. For more than 30 years she was a resident of this city, but for the past three years, she has resided with her daughter in Camden, New Jersey.
Mrs. Hamilton was of a very retiring disposition and her great delight was in making her home a most attractive and happy place for her husband and children and for whoever happened to share its hospitality.
Her unselfish nature and kind heart were ready to respond to the call of the oppressed and needy. Her consecrated loyalty to her home and loved ones leave many tender associations and memories to those who knew her best.
The gentleness and sweetness of her character endeared her to all. She has left behind a wealth of golden deeds and the influence of such a life for good can scarcely be estimated. In her youth she united with the Methodist Episcopal church and has ever since been a consistent member. She has always lived in the sunlight of that faith and hope of a blessed, immortality and passed away triumphantly in the faith of her Redeemer.
Three children have preceded her to the great beyond, Charles, William and Frances, and four are left to mourn her loss, Mrs. James W. Hunter of Camden, New Jersey, Howard Hamilton of Springfield, Mass., Homer Hamilton of Norwich and Mrs. Richard Tillotson of Oxford.
Rev. E. B. Olmstead former pastor of the M. E. church, will conduct the funeral services Sunday at 1:30 o'clock.
DROVE STAGE 38 YEARS
Veteran of Chenango County. Has total Record of 400,000 Miles. Also Conducts a Small Farm
George Crandall holds the record among veteran stage drivers in this vicinity. He is something over 60 years of age, though just how much he need not tell, for he would pass for 60. He first drove a stage at the age of 16, and has since given up thirty-eight years to that occupation. During that time it is estimated that he has driven a total of about 400,000 miles, equivalent to about sixteen times around the globe.
While on one route between Norwich and South Otselic he doubled the road daily, making a distance of forty miles six days in each week. For nearly seven years he didn't miss a trip and piled up a total of 77,000 miles without a skip.
One week during a blizzard he walked daily from South Otselic to Beaver Meadow and back, a distance of fourteen miles, carrying the mail on his back, and drove the remaining distance to Norwich and return every day. For several days he brought the only mail into Norwich that reached the county seat. He was on that route for twenty-two years. He drove the stage from Norwich to Pitcher and return, a distance of thirty miles, for eight years.
At present he is the owner of three stage routes, two of them mail routes, one running between Oxford and McDonough and the other between McDonough and Cincinnatus. He drives a private route from Norwich to McDonough. He also conducts a small farm.
RICHARD SAWTELL DAVENPORT, A PROMINENT CITIZEN
PASSED AWAY AUGUST 26
CIVIL WAR SOLDIER - DIED IN McDONOUGH
McDonough, August 29--The death of R. S. Davenport, a well known and highly respected citizen occurred at his home in this village, August 26, 1912.
Mr. Davenport was born in McDonough 72 years ago and was the son of Israel and Louisa Sawtell Davenport. He received his education in the public and private schools of that town, also, in the Susquehanna Seminary in Binghamton.
Shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War he went to Sycamore, Ill., and when the call came for volunteers he enlisted in the 13th Illinois Infantry, in company with his cousin, Richard Anson Smith, who afterward became Captain of the company. At the close of his time of enlistment he re-enlisted and was over four years in the army and much of the time in active service. He was with Grant at the siege of Vicksburg, in the battle of Lookout Mountain and other important battles. His captain, who visited him last summer, spoke of him as a brave and faithful soldier.
In 1846, he married Cynthia H. Moore of McDonough, who died in 1907.
Most of Mr. Davenport's life after leaving the army was spent in various places in the west. Twelve years ago he came back to McDonough where he has since resided. In 1909 he married Mrs. Ellen Barrows, who survived him. He is also survived by an adopted daughter, Mrs.Mamie Engbert of Bellingham, Wash., and a sister, Mrs. Emma Ely of Fremont, Neb.
The funeral was held Thursday Rev. G. G. McChesney, officiating. Services at the grave were conducted by the G. A. R.
MRS. J. C. PHILLEY
Died Friday Morning After a Year of Illness. Aged 75 Years
The death of Mrs. Jefferson C. Philley occurred at her home on State street Friday morning after a long illness. She had not enjoyed good health for many years and several times within two or three years her condition has been critical. About a month ago her condition grew very serious and she steadily failed to the end.
Mrs. Philley was born in the town of Greene, May 12, 1837. Her maiden name was Mary Ann Betts, and was the daughter of Warren Townsend Betts. She was married to Mr. Philley January 23, 1861. They resided in McDonough until the year of 1888, when they removed to this village which has since been their residence.
She was a woman loved and esteemed by all who knew her. For over 40 years she was a member of the Baptist church, and until forced to lay down her active duties was faithful and devoted to the work of the church. She was also a member of LaFayette Chapter, No. 340, O. E. S.
She is survived by her husband, one son C. U. Philley of St. Joseph, Mo., and one daughter, Eva, wife of B. P. Hatch of Beattie, Kansas, and one sister Mrs. Jane Philley of Waterloo, Iowa.
The funeral was largely attended at the house Tuesday morning, Rev. R. A. Gates officiating. Interment was made in McDonough cemetery.
NOTE: THERE IS AN OBITUARY FOR HER HUSBAND, JEFFERSON C. PHILLEY ON THIS SITE.