Friday, May 8, 2015


Funeral Held Sunday for One of Oxford's Foremost Citizens of Past 50 Years

(August 21, 1941)

   Jared C. Estelow, aged 76 years, one of Oxford's most enterprising and public spirited citizens for half a century, died suddenly last Thursday morning of a heart attack in his office in Sidney, where he was secretary and treasurer of the Sidney Production Credit Association.

   Mr. Estelow rode over to Sidney that morning as usual and apparently was as well as he had been.  He was stricken with the attack shortly after 9 o'clock and died before a physician could arrive.  He had been suffering with heart disease for over a year, but aside from a few days, had been able to attend to the duties of his position regularly.

   Born at Hartford, Conn.

   He was born at Hartford, Conn, October 13, 1864, the son of Martin and Sarah Swathel Estelow.  His father was a veteran of the Civil War.  Mr. Estelow's parents died when he was a youth, and in April 1881 he came to Oxford to accept a position in the post office under his uncle, William Pearne, who was postmaster at that time.

   In 1882 he secured a position in the First National Bank, and here his ability was soon recognized, and he advanced rapidly to cashier, and upon the death of John R. Van Wagenen, president, was named to that position.

   Mr. Estelow was president of the bank until the bank holiday of 1933 and the previous year, celebrated half a century's affiliation, with that institution.

   During his life in this community he was active in this organization of the old Oxford Electric Light Company, the Oxford Basket & Manufacturing Company and for a short time was publisher of the Oxford Times.

   He married Anna Van Wagenen, July 14, 1891.  Surviving is one son, J. Van Estelow, and three grandchildren, Mary, Phyllis and Paul, of Oxford.

Was Sunday School Supt.

   Mr. Estelow joined the Congregational Church soon after coming to Oxford and for many years had been a deacon and superintendent of the Sunday School, and one of the most energetic  workers in that church.

   He was a charter member of Oxford Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Lake Ludlow Club, Inc., and the Canasawacta Country Club of Norwich.   During the World War he was chairman of the Liberty Loan committee for Oxford, chairman of the county distribution certificate of indebtedness, member of the Salvation Army, the War Savings committee and treasurer of the local chapter of the Red Cross.  The latter position he relinquished within the past years.

   He was an original member of the Junior Extension Board of the Chenango County Farm Bureau and for many years its chairman.  Upon relinquishing this position during the past year, he was made honorary chairman.

   He was one of the oldest members of the Oxford Masonic Lodge and was awarded a 50 year membership medal in 1938.  He was also treasurer of the board of directors of Riverview Cemetery Association and a member of the board for a great many years.

President of Academy Board for 25 Years

   He served on the board of education of Oxford Academy for over 40 years and was president for the last 25, declining to run three or four years ago for re-election.  He was an original member of the Oxford Memorial Library Board, formed 40 years ago, and was president of the board at the time of his death.

   When the Sidney Production Credit Association was organized several years ago, Mr. Estelow was the man named to handle the office in Sidney, a position he filled with distinction until the very last.

   Funeral services were held in the Congregational Church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and the auditorium of the church was filled with relatives and friends from all over the county.  The Rev. Howard F. Deller, D. D. , officiated and burial was made in Riverview Cemetery.  Bearers were Donald B. Morse, Lyle K. Preston, C. Vernon Stratton, W. Hubert Emerson and Van Burchard of Oxford and George Evans of Sidney.  The board of directors of the Production Credit Association attended in a body.

   Among the relatives from out of town who attended the services were:  Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Miller of Plainfield, N. J.; Mr. and Mrs. Alec Stronach of Wethersfield, Conn.; Mrs. Reginald Bagley of West Hartford, Conn.; Mrs. Wallace Beardsley of Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Alexander of Syracuse; Mrs. Frank Smith of Seymour, Conn.; Mrs. Marion Marsh of Coventry and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Pratt of Afton.


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