Monday, April 13, 2015


Life-Long Resident of Oxford Dies Sat. After Short Illness

(Aug. 24, 1940)

   Loyal I. Dodge, aged 82, died at his home on East Hill, Saturday afternoon, August 24.  His health had been failing for sometime but he was confined to his bed for only about two weeks.

   He was born November 20, 1857, his birthplace being a few rods from his late home.  His parents were James O. and Elizabeth Roys Dodge.

   In 1876 he graduated with honors from Oxford Academy.  He then taught in the schools of the village and surrounding districts for several years before settling on his grandfather's farm where he lived for more than 55 years.

   He married Addie L. Stork of Coventry, October 21, 1884.  They had one daughter, Elizabeth.  He was a thorough farmer, as the condition of his fields still show.  In business his integrity was beyond reproach.

   As long as his strength permitted he was actively engaged in church and mission work.  He united with the Congregational church of Oxford about the year 1873.  During the pastorate of Rev. Howard Billman he became interested in the Free Will Baptist church at East Oxford which was then closed.  Services there were reorganized and he served as superintendent of the Sunday School for about 14 years.

   A great many young men had been in the employ during the more than half a century of farming.  His influence over these boys was always for good.

   He is survived by his wife and daughter.

   The funeral was held at his late home Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended.  Rev. Howard Dellar, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated.  Interment was in the family plot in Riverview Cemetery.  The bearers were:  Chester Stork, Lynn Stork, Hirman Howland, Lynn Howland, Arthur Crandall and Leslie Bowers.

   Relatives and friends attending from out of town were:  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nichols of Utica, Elbert and Emmett Roys of Naples, Mrs. Grover Hamilton of Coventry, Mrs. Alton Clarke, Miss Marion Roys, Mrs. Kermit Dicks, Joseph and Clyde Hitchcock of Bainbridge, Irving McNitt of Arkport.

   Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bresee and Miss Isabel Banner of Hartwick, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mulford and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bromley of Binghamton, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Stork of Johnson City, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Stork of March, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Stratton of New York, Mrs. Joseph Zuber of Fort Scott, Kan.

   Frank Zuber, Mrs. W. B. Gifford, Miss Anna Gifford, Mrs. Ray I. Smith, Mrs. Homer Padgett, Mrs. Jennie Scott, Mrs. Charles Willis and Mrs. William Coman of Norwich.


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