Part 18

What more can we say about this section? Obituaries not only name relatives and relationships, but often tell vivid stories of people's lives. Please send in your collected Herkimer or Montgomery Counties related obits. Put "OBIT" in the subject heading of your email and name the source of the obit if known. The obits do not have to be long but can be short notices.

Avery, Ella Oct 1895
Bailey, Cephas Feb 1901
Barbey, Tymko 20 Dec 1947
Barringer, Kenneth E. June 1967
Beckingham, Amelia Oct 27, 1918
Begley, John Jan 27, 2007
Bellinger, George R. April 1891
Beyer, Carl undated
Bowes, Sylvester Sep 1902
Bouck, Ida April 1900
Brady, John Jr. Jan 1898
Brandow, Agnes Van Horne 1930
Brice, Mrs. Martin 21 Sep 1917
Bronner, Frederick May 1885
Brown, William Apr 3rd, 1843
Buell, Sarah (Mrs. George S.) Jan 1878
Burrows, H. L. Dec 9, 1890
Charles, Margaret June 9, 1900
Church, Robert L. Jan 28, 2007
Coates, Florence Catherine Jan. 28, 1936
Cockett, Samuel J. Jan 24, 2007
Colone, Lucia June 30, 1918
Coonradt, Mrs. Francis 10 Jun 1904
Conklin, Mrs. David May 1885
Cramer, Gertrude 4 Dec 1898
Cramer, Mrs. Melvin June 4, 1929
Cristman, Mrs. Nina B. Dec 5, 1974
Crosby, John June 11, 1900
Croswig, Jacob 9 Nov 1878
Davis, John H. Mar 1883
Davis, Thomas 16 May 1883
Deluke, Mary May 21, 1918
Deuel, Raymond Nov 1898
Doolen, Owen E. Nov 7, 1919
Duffy, Edward Oct 1891
Durant, Anna Oct 27, 1918
Egan, John Aug 27, 1965
Edick Henry Nov 23, 1918
Ely, Libbie May 8, 1887
Ely, Matoon Aug 15 year unknown
Fikes, Isabel May 1, 1935
Fiorentino, Salvatore Paul Sr. Dec 22, 2006
Ford, Albert 1 Jan 1874
France, Ella M. May 19, 1885
Frost, Carrie undated
Fulmer, John A. July 18, 1913
Gage, Levi Oct 1895
Gardner, Mrs. William Feb 1901
Geywits, James Sep 1, 1924
Graves, child April 15, 1891
Green, Catherine undated
Green, George H. Jul 1911
Green, Oscar H. 7 May 1883
Griffin, Gaylord 22 Sep 1902
Griffin, W. D. 1893
Griswold, Mrs. Mary Mar 30, 1911
Guilfoyle, William Oct 18, 1918
Guyvits, Delose undated
Haggerty, Mrs. Jane 1904
Hart, Francis Oct 20, 1918
Hallagas, William Stewart Jun 1910
Hallenbeck, Clyde E. Oct 1918
Henry, Rachel 31 Dec 1902
Hickory, infant 12 Aug 1902
Hill, Ira Nov 1896
Hilts, George Nov 1896
Hoard, Dr. Tyron A. Sep 27, 1891
Holmes, Louise Brucefield May 19, 1885
Hurley, Edward Nov 11, 1917
Hynds, Andrew A. June 30, 1918
Iles, Harry C. Oct or Nov 1918
Ives, John April 19, 1891
Johnson, DeEtta undated
Kane, Michael Jul 24, 1910
Keddell, Maurice Jan 22, 1946
Kelhi, Michael Apr 3, 1907
Kellogg, Dr. Charles M. Oct 27, 1918
Kobell, August Charles Frederick undated
Landt Tolson Dec 3, 1908
Lathrop, Maria undated
Leach, Deacon Jacob May 12, 1883
Le Bart, Eben June 10, 1900
Le May, Mary E. Dec 2, 1904
Lowell, Charles 22 Nov 1918
both Obit and Funeral Notice
Lievermore, Jessie Oct 7, 1918
Mallette, Louis Oct 20, 1918
Manion, Ann 10 Jan 1898
Marriott, T. J. 22 Jan 1901
Mason, Kittie V. Vrooman 18 Dec 1947
Mason, Roscoe May 4, 1890
Maw, William May 16, 1885
McWenie, James June 10, 1900
Mendalone, Joseph Oct 1918
Mertha, William "Bill" Jan 27, 2007
Miller, William F. Oct 1918
Mixer, John R. Jul 25, 1911
Morse, Fannie A. July 4, 1940
Murphy, Leo F. Jan 7, 2007
Myers, Mrs. J. R. April 1891
Nichols, Harvey Jan 1878
Norton, Jennie June 7, 1900
Olds, Helen Jan 1946
Palmer, Vose July 16, 1872
Palummo, Joseppi (sic) May 1918
Pearson, Anna July 1910
Perkins, Mrs. Clinton Dec 20, 1914
Perkins, Leonard Feb 3, 1941
Potter, George R. Jun 1910
Potts, Walter F. Oct 29, 1983
Pross, G. Adam Jun 1910
Pryn, W. A. Jan 1909
Rahm, George Jul 14, 1952
Reardon, Alice Oct 19, 1918
Rhodes, O. C. June 10, 1900
Richardson, Mrs. Anna Sep 1903
Rock, Charles Oct 26, 1918
Rowan, Mrs. George Oct 18, 1918
Russell, Nicholas March 25, 1923
Schulz, Pauline Oct 19, 1918
Shall, William H. Oct 24, 1918
Shoemaker, Nicholas N. 10 Jun 1913
Silliman, Mrs. Edward G. Oct 21, 1918
Skinner, Clayton E. Oct 26, 1962
Skinner, Grace May Jan 13, 2003
Skinner, Merton F. May 1955
Smith, James Jul 1911
Smith, Thomas Dec 31, 1975
Snell, Peter J. April 18, 1891
Stauring, Earnest May 1885
Stearns, Mrs. J. M. Oct 20, 1918
Stewart, Mary C. May 1907
Tanner, Margaret Oct 1909
Tillinghast, Mrs. Mary Aug 1877
Tobin, Mary April 26, 1906
Tunnicliff, Anrelius Apr 2, 1887
Tunnicliff, Charles undated
Van Court, Kenneth Sep 24, 1967
Van Alstyne, Archibald Jan 1878
Wadsworth, Roxana D. Mar 6, 1883
Walts, Clara Oct 26, 1918
Warden, Mary Ann 28 Nov 1898
Weber, Jacob H. July 1889
Webster, Mrs. Robert Jun 1904
Welch, John May 21, 1885
Weller, Floyd Sep 28. 1903
Welpe, Marilyn D. Jan 9, 2007
Whelock, Minnie Mar 1883
Whightman, Vinnie Nov 1896
White, Harry E. Nov 1898
Whitfield, Ida Doty Jan 23, 1909
Whitney, Mrs. H.P. Sep 11, 1897
Williams, Ada Oct 1918
Williams, Emma Feb 20, 1941
Williams, Mrs. Maria Feb 1901
Williams, Mrs. Thomas O. Apr 27, 1911
Witherstine, Cornelia Oct 27, 1918
Witherstine, Frederick Sep 27, 1938
Witherstine, John Henry Mar 30, 1911
Witherstine, Dr. H. H. Oct 2, 1924
Youmans, George A. July 10, 1958
Youmans, John M. May 1949
Youmans, Olive July 13, 1965
Young, Ida Brandow 1931
Young, Lewis G. undated
Young, Minnie Jul 1911
Zuller, Mary A. Feb 3, 1890

new6/20/13   from the Utica Herald-Dispatch, Monday evening, June 11, 1900



Passed Away Suddenly at His House This Morning

Ilion, June 11- John Crosby died suddenly this morning at the home of his father, Luke Crosby, on West North street. He was 33/38 years of age and had been a cripple all his life. He leaves his father, a brother, James, and sister, Mary, who have been very attentive to him during his life.

The funeral of little Jennie Norton, whose sad death occurred Thursday morning, was largely attended from the First Baptist Church yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The pastor of the church, the Rev. E. F. Hurd, delivered a touching sermon, and the music was furnished by a choir of young girls. The bearers were Floyd C. Day, Ernest Hoffman, T. J. Osbourn and Charles Bennett. Interment was made at Mohawk.


Death of Mrs. Margaret Charles

Frankfort, June 11 (Special) - In the death of Mrs. Margaret Charles, which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Buell, on Orchard street in this village, Saturday evening, Frankfort loses one of its oldest and most respected residents. The deceased was born in Wales over 82 years ago and came to this country while yet in her teens, and in 1836 she married Richard Charles, with whom she lived hapily (sic) until two years ago, when he died. Mrs. Charles is survived by nine children: Thomas of Wisconsin, Mrs. Martin Richards, Mrs. Edward Clark and Mrs. Lewis Getman of Ilion, William of Newport, Mrs. George Davis of Utica, Mrs. Winnie Owen, Mrs. Lillian Seaman and Mrs. Charles Buell of Frankfort. The funeral services will be held from the residence of her son-in-law, Charles Buell, Tuesday, at 2:30 p.m. The Revs. M. G. Seymour and H. Skeel will officiate. The interment will be made in Oak View Cemetery.


Death of O. C. Rhodes, Who Shot Himself

Eben Le Bart, a Prominent Mason, and James McWenie Passed Away Yesterday

Little Falls, June 11- O. C. Rhodes , who shot himself with suicidal intent while insane last week, died yesterday morning. Mr. Rhodes had been a great sufferer for the past year with an acute form of melancholia, and had been for some time in a private sanitarium, where it was hoped the treatment might prove beneficial to him. He returned on Saturday, June 2, for a short visit with his family here, and, not having been benefited by the treatment he had been receiving, had decided to try another sanitarium. It was during his brief visit here and while he was temporarily deranged that he fired a bullet into his head. He was born at Gouverneur, in 1849. For the grea ter part of his life he lived in this city, although, until a year ago, his business interests had been located at Utica, where he was a member of the firm of Rockwell, Rhodes & Co. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of this city and a teacher in its Sunday school, where he will be sadly missed. His life before his recent severe suffering was exemplary in every way. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Beardsley of Watertown, and by his wife and one daughter, Elizabeth of this city. The funeral will be held on Tuesday from the home of James L. Aldrich on East Gansevoort street.

Eben Le Bart died at the residence of his son, Frank A. Le Bart, on John street, yesterday. Mr. Le Bart had been ill only since last Tuesday with catarrhal pneumonia. He came to LIttle Falls in 1846. He was married January 6, 1848, to Miss Madilla McChesney of this city, who died February 7, 1877. Mr. Le Bart had been in the service of the railroad company in the shops and as road foreman, for the past 43 years. He was a member of Utica Commandery, No. 8(?), F. & A. M., Little Falls Lodge, No. 181, F. & A. M., and Astorogen Chapter, No. 161. He is survied by one daughter, Mrs. N. G. Lower, and two sons, Charles N. Le Bart and Frank A. Le Bart, all of this city. The funeral will be held from the residence of his son, Frank A. Le Bart, 574 East John street, on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

James McWenie died yesterday at the home of his brother, William McWenie, on South Ann street. Mr. McWenie was 48 years of age and was born at Whitesboro, but had resided in this city for a number of years. He had been a sufferer for some time from consumption, but had only been confined to his bed for the past two weeks. The remains will be taken to Whitesboro, where the funeral will be held from the family residence Tuesday morning at 9:30 and from St. Paul's Church at 10 o'clock. Interment will take place at St. Agnes's Cemetery, Utica.


McWENIE - At Little Falls, June 10, 1900, James McWenie , aged 48 years.

Funeral from the family residence, Whitesboro, to-morrow (Tuesday, June 13) at 10:30, and from St. Paul's Church at 11 o'clock. Interment at St. Agnes's Cemetery, Utica.


Floating in the Mohawk River Near Frankfort


Remains Identified by Her Relatives From This City-
Coroner Richards Has Charge of the Case-
Wandered Away and Committed Suicide While Demented

Frankfort, June 11- Yesterday afternoon, while A. B. Crosby was taking a day off in rowing on the Mohawk river and while opposite the premises of Charles L. Bargy, about two miles west of this village, he discovered in a lot of driftwood near the bank the dead body of a woman. He returned at once to this village, notified Coroner Richards, who, with Undertaker Holdridge, repaired to the place, removed the body from the water and brought it to this village, where Drs. Hayes and Harrison made an examination. The body had evidently been in the water several weeks. This morning the body was identified by Mrs. William Hadden of Utica, an aunt, as that of Miss Ida Bouck of Utica, aged 45(?) years, who had lived alone for some time at No. 8 Hopper street. Her mind had been much affected for some time and for a few weeks she was an inmate at the State Hospital. She left her rooms seven weeks ago last evening for the purpose of mailing a letter, as was supposed, and no trace had been heard of her until the body was discovered yesterday. Part of a seal sacque she wore when leaving her rooms was still on the body. Her parents are dead, and she leaves no brothers or sisters. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Utica. It is believed to be a case of suicide. The remains will be buried this afternoon in the Frankfort Hill Cemetery, where the remains of her parents were placed many years ago.

new6/20/13   This collection of obits was graciously contributed by Kathy! "I have came across a few obits on my Perkins and Youmans Lines that I would like to share."

Utica NY Observer, 1941



LITTLE FALLS -- Leonard Perkins, 79, died February 3, 1941, in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leland Palmer, Hageman, Saratoga County.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Perkins, he was born in Salisbury Center and had spent the greater part of his life farming in that section.

In 1884, he married Miss Frances Meer of Arista, She died some years later. In 1927, he married Mrs. Mary Youmans of Salisbury who died a few years ago. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Surviving are six children Mrs. Leland Palmer and Mrs. Margaret Burrell, Hageman; Mrs. Thomas Smith, Sidney Center; Mrs. Willard Haas, Little Falls; Robert Perkins, Salisbury, and Charles Perkins, Hageman; six brothers Frederick of Hageman, Clinton and Ernest, Dolgeville; Harry, Stratford; Raymond and Brayton, Gloversville; also three sisters Mrs. Laura Terrill and Mrs. Flora Lighthart, Gloversville and Miss Edna Perkins, Dolgeville; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted from the home of Mrs. Willard Haas 27 William St., Little Falls at 2 pm Wednesday. The Rev C. A. Moulton, Dolgeville will officiate.

The Evening Recorder, Amsterdam NY, Tuesday, December 22, 1914

Mrs. Clinton Perkins

Sunday at her home in Dolgeville occurred the death of Mrs. Clinton Perkins who had been in ill health for several years. Mrs. Perkins was born in the town of Oppenheim in 1860. Her maiden name was Genevieve Johnson and she was the daughter of Moses A. Johnson and Mary E. Cooper. Her marriage to Mr. Perkins took place 29 years ago and since that time the couple had been residents of Dolgeville. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Miss Flosste Perkins; two sons Guy and Leigh of Dolgeville; three brothers George P. Johnson of Washington, Philo E. of Gloversville, and Willard G. of Los Angeles, Cal: by five sisters Mrs. A. L. Waldby of Little Falls, Mrs. Ida Brown of Schenectady, Mrs C. J. Perkins of Stratford, Mrs. Carrie Perkins of Gloversville, and Mrs. Lillian Graff of Gloversville. A Private funeral service will be held at the Perkins home at 2 pm Tuesday, the Rev W. J. Hart officiating and interment will be made in the Dolgeville Cemetery.

Utica NY Observer, June 5, 1929

Mrs. Melvin Cramer of this village died yesterday at the little Falls Hospital, she had been ill for a few weeks.

Mrs. Cramer was born in Salisbury, Thirty-one years ago she was married to Mr. Cramer and since that time had resided in the this village. She leaves her husband and one son Albert of this village; four daughters, Mrs. John Foley, and the Misses Shirley and Evelyn Cramer of this village, and Mrs. Gertrude Smith of Syracuse; her father and stepmother Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Perkins of Stratford; four brothers Leonard Perkins of Sprakers, Clinton of this village, Fred of Gloversville, and Harry of Stratford; two sisters Mrs. Melville Rockwell, and Miss Edna Perkins of this village; Five half brothers, Cecil Perkins of Syracuse, Ernest of this village, Neal of Stratford, and Raymond and Brayton of Gloversville, and two half sisters, Mrs. Calvin Lighthart of Little Falls and Mrs. William Terrill of Gloversville.

The funeral will be privately held from the home on Baker Street tomorrow afternoon, the Rev. Henry Bridge of the M. E. Church officiating with burial in Salisbury.

History of Herkimer County


C. J. Perkins was born in Salisbury, January 9, 1836 soon after which event his parents moved to Allegany County, N. Y. where they remained about twelve years and then returned to Salisbury. He was married to Margaret Shaver of this town June 30, 1838. His father Alva Perkins was also a native of this town; he was born in 1801. His grandfather Elder Nathaniel Perkins a Freewill Baptist preacher from Vermont wad an early settler in the eastern part of the town. Mr. Perkins is engaged in Mercantile business of Deveraux where he has been located several years.


Utica NY Herald Dispatch, May 24, 1907



Dolgeville, May 24 - The funeral of Mrs. Mary C. Stewart was held yesterday from the home of her brother Cornelius Perkins in Stratford. Mrs. Stewart died last week at Utica-- She was practically a lifelong resident of the vicinity except for a short residence in Brooklyn; and was 75 years old. Her maiden name was Mary C. Perkins. The relatives who survive are husband, Thomas W. Stewart, one sister Mrs. Gordon Avery of Stratford, and three brothers Watt Perkins of Albany, Cornelius Perkins of Stratford and Sidney Perkins of Salisbury Center. The three brothers and sister are all over 70 years of age. The Rev. Raymond of Salisbury Center officiated at the funeral and Interment was made at Stratford.

The Daily Press, Utica NY, Friday Jan 2, 1976


SALISBURY-- Thomas Smith, 73, of Irondale Road, a construction engineer for Jess Howe Construction Co., Sidney Center, for more then 40 years, died Wednesday in Bella Vista Nursing Home, Richfield Springs.

He was born in Stratford. He attended Salisbury and Dolgeville schools. He married Nora Perkins in 1932 in Granville. The couple lived in Salisbury until 1935 when they moved to Sidney Center. They returned here in 1955.

Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Emily Warner, Albany, and Mrs. Lorretta Craid, Orlando, Fla. and a sister Mrs. Everett (Frieda) Allen, Caroga Lake.

The Funeral will be at 1 Saturday from the Leon E. Buck Funeral Home, Dolgeville. Burial will be in Salisbury Rural Cemetery. Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 today.

The Evening Recorder, Amsterdam NY, July 11, 1958


FORT PLAIN -- George A. Youmans, 81, a resident of Fort Plain for 17 years, died yesterday morning at his home on Division Street after a long illness. He was born August 4, 1871 in Oswayo, PA, the son of John B. and Mary Lawton Youmans.

Surviving are his wife Mrs. Alice Gilbert Youmans, Fort Plain; one brother Ernest Youmans of Chicago, two grandchildren Mrs. Loretta Bliss, Cherry Valley and Mrs. Emily Warner, Albany.Funeral service will be Monday at 2 pm at Gray funeral home, the Rev. Lyman Achenbach, Universalist Church Pastor officiating. The burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery.

Daily Press, Utica, Wednesday, July 14, 1965


FORT PLAIN --- Mrs. Olive Youmans, 83, of 48 Division St., widow of George J. Youmans, died yesterday in Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Potter Co., Pennsylvania, daughter of Frank and Ellen Gilbert. Mrs. Youmans was a member of the Fort Plain Universalist Church of Messiah.

She leaves two granddaughters Mrs. Willard Warner, Albany, and Mrs. L. Woble.

The funeral will be at 2 tomorrow from the Gray Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Scott officiating. Burial will be in the Fort Plain Cemetery.

The Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, NY Wednesday, July 14, 1965


FORT PLAIN-- Mrs. Olive Youmans, 83, 48 Division St., Fort Plain, widow of George A. Youmans, died Tuesday morning at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Potter County, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Frank and Ellen Broscius Gilbert. Mrs Youmans was a member of the Fort Plain Universalist Church.

Survivors include two granddaughters Mrs. Willard Warner of Albany and Mrs. Loretta Wible of Florida.

Services will be held at the Gray funeral home in Fort Plain Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock the Rev. Raymond Scott paster of the Universalist Church officiating.

Burial will be in the Fort Plain Cemetery.

The Evening Recorder, Amsterdam NY, May 9, 1949



John M. Youmans, 49, formerly of Fort Plain, died Friday in a Chicago hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in Osqayo, Pa., Feb. 27, 1900, a son of George and Charlotte Gilbert Youmans. He lived here for 15 years before moving to Chicago ten years ago.

He leaves his wife, the former Nora Perkins of Salisbury Center; Two daughters Mrs. Emily Warner, Gloversville, and Mrs. Loretta Bliss, Cherry Valley, and his parents Fort Plain.

The funeral will be held at 2 pm tomorrow at the Gray funeral home here, with the Rev. Lyman Achenbach pastor of the Fort Plain Universalist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery.

new6/20/13   Spotted by Darwina, coordinator of Ontario County NY GenWeb.

Geneva Gazette, 9 January 1874, Geneva NY

DIED - At Hornellsville, N. Y., Jan. 1st, Albert Ford, formerly of Geneva, aged 67 years, 3 months, 25 days. His remains were taken to Salisbury, Herkimer county for interment.

new6/16/13   Samuel Stevenson's obituary and funeral notice were kindly submitted by an anonymous contributor.

Oil City Derrick (Venango Co., PA)
Tuesday Morning, March 15, 1921
Page 10 Column 5


Relatives of Samuel Stevenson, who was found dead at Big Moose Camp, near Old Forge, N. Y., have been located. The deceased was a son of the late Thomas and Ellen Stevenson, and was born in Cherrytree township on January 7, 1853, where he grew to manhood. About 10 years ago, he went to New York state where he followed the oil business. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters, G. W. Stevenson, John Stevenson and Mrs. N. Owens of Titusville, Lewis Stevenson of Grove City, Edward Stevenson of West Hickory, and Mrs. J. Moore of Oil City. The interment was made at Big Moose, N. Y.

Oil City Derrick (Venango Co., PA)
Saturday Morning, March 19, 1921


Services in memory of Samuel Stevenson whose death occurred at Big Moose camp, near Old Forge, N. Y. were held in the Osenelder? Chapel at 2:30 on Friday afternoon. Rev. H C. Weaver officiating. Interment was made in Grove Hill cemetery.

new6/16/13   From the Utica Weekly Herald, Tuesday, April 21, 1891

ILION, April 20- The funeral of Mrs. J. R. Myers was largely attended from her late residence, Fairview Farm, at one o'clock this afternoon, Rev. A. D. Minor of Mohawk officiating.

HERKIMER, April 16.

A little child of Dr. George Graves, about two years old, swallowed some ammonia which it accidentally got hold of last evening. The child suffered great agony and died in a few hours.


Little Falls, April 19.- The residents of Herkimer county will be pained to learn of the death of John Ives, who peacefully expired at nine o'clock this morning at his home at Salisbury Corners, after a long and painful illness, aged 64 yeas. The deceased was a highly respected gentleman and leaves a valuable property. He was associated in business with his brother, James H. Ives of this village, and they held a community of interest in all their business relations. In politics Mr. Ives was a democrat, but not a very strong partisan, and was frequently the standard bearer of his party in a number of contests. The town of Salisbury is strongly republican, but Mr. Ives' popularity among his neighbors was fully tested when he was elected supervisor on several occasions. In 1871/74 he was chairman of the board and made an excellent official. In 1873/78(?) he was defeated by Volney Eaton for Sheriff by only 34 majority and Hon. Warner Miller was elected to the assembly the same year by 369(?) majority. In 1877, he ran against Senator Sheard for the assembly, and was defeated by 316; his popularity was again noted on that occasion, when Judge Prescott, the same year defeated Samuel Earl for county judge by 990(?) majority.

Peter J. Snell, a well known farmer, died at his home at Snell's Bush, last night, aged about 74 years.


The community was startled last evening by the announcement that George Robert Bellinger had committed suicide by hanging, in the laundry building situated in the rear of the residence of Joram P. Bellinger, on West Monroe street, where he had been visiting for the past three weeks. The particulars of the sad affair are as follows: Joram P. Bellinger, who is a clerk in the grocery store of James D. Feeter, went home at five o'clock for supper. He found that tea was ready and he inquired for his guest of the family. Upon being informed that he had not been seen since three o'clock, Mr. Bellinger went out to the laundry building, supposing that he might be there, owing to the fact that the dead man's household effects were stored there until he had procured a house, expecting to reside in this village. Mr. Bellinger opened the door and was horrified by the sight of finding his guest in a stooping position with a clothes line around his neck, which was fastened to the joist, eight feet from the floor. The rope was immediately cut, and the unfortunate man was laid upon the floor with the hope that life was not extinct. Dr. S. A. Ingham was sent for, and upon his arrival he pronounced that George Robert Bellinger had been dead for several hours. There is a flight of stairs that leads to the upper floor, and the deceased must have stood on the third step after placing the slip ___ about his neck, with the knot under the left ear, and pitched forward. The body was reversed when found, with his head towards the stair case. A small pool of blood was on the second step and another pool on the floor, which emanated from the left ear. Coroner Nellis of Herkimer was summoned, but did not deem an inquest necessary. The cause for Mr. Bellinger committing this rash act was owing to poor health and mental depression from the loss of property. His wife also died about two years ago, which deeply affected him. He at one time owned the farm occupied by George Garner (?), south of the village, which he sold and removed to East Bloomfield, Ontario county, in 1882, where he purchased a large and valuable farm. The latter place he exchanged for a smaller farm which was disposed of, and subsequently engaged in the grocery business at Penfield, N.Y., about six miles from Rochester. He met with business reverses in the grocery business and returned to Little Falls about three weeks ago. He suffered from a rupture and had a heart trouble, and one day last week consulted Dr. Ingham, who prescribed for him. Yesterday he was in better spirits than usual, and his sad ending was a painful surprise for his friends. Robert Bellinger, as he was familiarly known, was an industrious and respected citizen. He was a member of LIttle Falls lodge, F. and A. M., NO. 131/181(?), and one of the charter members, when the Little Falls commandery, No. 26 was reorganized; also a member of Rockton council, NO. 337, royal arcanum. He was born April 3d, 1826(?), and is survived by a son, Charles Bellinger of this village. The funeral will be held Tuesday, from St. Paul's church, under the auspices of the royal arcanum.

new6/16/13  Some Obits and Genealogy of the Mowers Family

new6/16/13   From the Journal and Courier, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1898, Little Falls NY


Gertrude, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Cramer, died last Sunday morning. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. Rev. V. E. Tomlinson officiating.


A cloud of gloom rested over this entire village last Tuesday morning, when it became generally known that the sweet, pure young life of Harry E. White, only child of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. White, had passed out of this world forever. Words are wholly inadequate to express the heartfelt sympathy of this community for the bereaved parents in their great affliction. Harry would, in a little over a one month, have reached the 19th year of his young life, that gave so great promise of a useful, honorable manhood. Last spring he fell a victim to acute tuberculosis, which, despite all that the best of care, change of climate, and the most skilled medical treatment could do, made rapid advancement, till at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29th, the end came. His funeral was largely attended at the home of his parents on Dolge avenue, Thursday, Dec. 1st, at 12:30 p.m., the Rev. C. E. S. Rasay, of Little Falls, officiating. Roy Faville sang three beautiful solos. The many floral tributes bore strong evidence of the high esteem in which this young man was held by all who enjoyed the pleasure of his acquaintance. The death of a young person of such sterling qualities as those possessed by Harry E. White tends to chasten our thoughts and raise them to the contemplation of things less perishable than those of this earth.


Last Tuesday occurred the death of Raymond Deuel, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Warner Deuel of Oswego, and grandson of the late Frank Williams, who died so suddenly last spring. The deceased was born in Frankfort and lived here until his parents moved to Oswego upon the removal of the match factory to that city. He suffered from a severe attack of typhoid fever last spring, which was followed by rheumatic fever, which left his lungs and general health much impaired. Since last summer, accompanied by his mother, he has been in this village, except a few weeks spent in the Adirondacks, but the benefit received was but temporary. The funeral was largely attended Friday afternoon, Rev. W. M. Cook of the Episcopal church officiating, assisted by Rev. B. H. Marenos of the Baptist church.

West Schuyler.

On Windfall hill, Nov. 28th, occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Ann Warden. She would have been 89(?) years old in March next. She is survived by a son and four daughters. Interment in Tanner hill cemetery.

new6/16/13   From The Roman Citizen, unknown date on or about July 19, 1889

Jacob H. Weber died suddenly at Herkimer Wednesday of apoplexy. He was 55 years of age, a lawyer by profession and a life-long resident of Herkimer. He leaves a widow and five children.

new6/16/13   From The Journal and Courier, Jan 11, 1898, Little Falls NY


It is with regret we record the death of John Brady, Jr., of Herkimer, son of John Brady of this town. He had spent nearly all his life in this town, and he had a large circle of friends here. He was genial, obliging, always ready to do a favor; generous and kind hearted. He was employed as clerk at the Allman House, Herkimer, at the time of his death and had many friends there, winning the respect of the traveling public. He was the eldest of a family of six children. The circle is broken for the first time. All the boys are grown to be young men and one sister to womanhood. He was 30 years of age and unmarried.



Mrs. Ann Manion, wife of Martin Manion, sr., died at her home on Washington street shortly before midnight at the age of 73 years. She had been ill for nearly a year with a stomach trouble which finally resulted in her death. Mrs. Manion had been a resident of this village for nearly fifty years, having come from Ireland to this country with her husband in 1849. She was a highly esteemed Christian woman, a good neighbor and a kind friend. Besides her husband, she is survived by four children. They are Chief of Police John T. Manion, Mrs. James Kelly and Martin Manion, jr., all of this place, and Conductor Michael Manion of Little Falls. Her funeral will be attended from her late home this morning at 9:30, and from St. Francis de Sales church at 10 o'clock. The burial will be in Calvary cemetery, Oak Hill.

From The Richfield Springs Mercury, Thursday, May 28, 1885

WELCH - In Little Falls, May 21, 1885, of consumption, John Welch, son of Wm. Welch, aged 6/28(?) years and 5 months.

STAURING - In Little Falls, May 1885, of congestion of the brain, Earnest, child of Frank and Charity Stauring, aged 5 years and 11 days.

HOLMES - In Herkimer, May 19th, Louise Brucefield Holmes, eldest daughter of Mr. Case, Batterfield.

FRANCE - In Poland, May 19, 1885, of rheumatism of the heart, Mrs. Ella M. France, wife of Dr. H. A. France, aged 31 years 6 months and 9 days.

CONKLIN - In Mohawk, May ___, 1885, Mrs. David Conklin, aged 74 years.

MAW - In Newport, May 16, Mr. Wm. Maw, aged 83/88(?) years.

BRONNER- At East Springfield, May 2_, 1885, Frederick Bronner, Esq., aged 86(?) years, 4 months and 23 days.

Mr. Bronner was born in the town of Stark, Herkimer county, N. Y., January 1, 1799. With no resources(?) but good faith, resolute will, manly energy, and temperate and frugal habits, he acquired a comfortable fortune which he used most liberally for the welfare of his family. He constructed for himself a character that possessed much of sterling worth, and his example and influence were always in behalf of what conduces to successful and honorable living. Six married daughters survive him, three of whom live in the town of Stark, two in Springfield, and one, Mrs. Alonzo Getman, resides in this village. During the later years of Mr. Bronner's life, he passed much of is time with three daughters, visiting them in their pleasant homes as often as inclination led him, where he recived (sic) a most cordial welcome, and such ministrations of tenderness, as love for him and care for his comfort alone could suggest. And he had caused the right to a good place in their hearts, for he was a kind father to them; not only when they were children, but during all the later years of his life, making them many times glad by his munificent gifts. The funeral services were held at Van Hornesville, where a large assembly of old friends and neighbors testified their kindly regard for him whom they had so long and so favorably known.- Mr. Bronner's family are sincerely grateful to their friends and neighbors for their kindness in this hour of sorrow.

new9/24/09  Obits of the Giblin and Intermarried Families

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 23, 1918


Charles Lowell, a veteran of the Civil War, answered yesterday the last roll call at his residence in East Herkimer. He was a member of Company K, One Hundred and Fifty-second Regiment, New York State Infantry, and enlisted October 24, 1862, and was discharged July 13/15(?), 1865. He was with this regiment through its whole period of servIce and participated in all the battles with it. He was adopted by the late Colonel Smith when a small boy and grew to manhood under his guidance. Deceased was born October 24, 1833, and always resided in Herkimer, except the period during which he served in the war. Two daughters Mrs. George Richards and Mrs. George Reese, and five sons, John, George, Charles, William and Theodore Lowell, survive. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon from the Free Methodist Church, with which the decaesed was for many years affiliated. The Rev. H. B. Bassett will officiate and interment will be made in Oak Hill Cemetery.

In 1910 Charles Lowell, age 76, resided in the Town of Herkimer with wife Mary age 66, and sons George 42, Phillip 32 and Arthur 22. Charles and Mary been married 50 years and Mary had had 11 children, 9 living. Charles' parents were said to be born in Vermont. Charles had his own income and all three sons were teamsters working odd jobs.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 23, 1918



Father of Deceased Was Minister - Had Many Friends in Community.

Frankfort, Nov. 2 3.- Many hearts were again saddened and shocked when they learned this morning that Ralph N. Baldwin had been killed in action in France on October 24. The telegram from the War Office came to his sisters here late last evening. Ralph was born at Catskill-on-the-Hundson(sic), Sept. 6, 1887, the son of the late Rev. Horace and Jessie Niles Baldwin. When he was about five years old his father changed his pastorate to the Baptist Church in Clayton and from that village the family came here on account of the illness of the father and were for a time at the home of Mrs. Baldwin's sister, Mrs. Emma Ashley, where the Rev. Mr. Baldwin's death occurred about 21 years ago. The mother then purchased a home on Second avenue and with her five little children, Ralph the oldest, but 9 years old, she took up her residence here. The children entered school, but again after 12 years the death angel entered the home and took the mother. Ralph was then 19 years old and the many friends and relatives thought the task of caring for the four sisters would be too great a burden for him and kindly offered some of them a home. But Ralph said "No, I thank you but we will stay together," and they did. A nobler young life was never exemplified before a village than that of Ralph N. Baldwin.

In 1904 he graduated from the High School and he saw to it that the four sisters did the same. In early childhood he had more responsibility than most lads. After having been with C. T. Pratt a few years, he entered Pratt Institute, having shown ability along the line of electrical mechanics, and was graduated as electrical engineer. He then engaged with the Westinghouse Company of New Jersey. While there he joined the New Jersey State Guards and at the time of trouble with Mexico was sent with them to the Mexican border, where he served a year.

He had only just returned when he was ralied (sic) to the colors in the great war which he helped to finish and was sent to Camp McClellan, and in June, 1918, went to France as a member of a machine gun company of the Twenty-ninth Division, New Jersey National Guard, and since that time has been in the thick of the fray. It was one of his characteristics to be always where he was needed. He was never known to shirk, but rather anticipated his task. He was a member of the Baptist Church here and of the Bible class of Prof. Van Ingen. He leaves to be proud of his beautiful and noble life, while they will miss him, four sisters, Mrs. James Brown and Miss Ruth Baldwin of this village, Miss Sarah Baldwin, at present teaching at Freeport, L.I., and Miss Nancy Baldwin, who has a position at Washington, doing her bit to help out her country. There is also the aunt, Mrs. Emma Ashley of this village, who since the mother's death has in a measure taken her place, and an uncle, G.(?) A. Niles of Utica, who has also had in mind his nephew and nieces since they were left alone. A cousin Mrs. James Copeland, nee Bessie Ashley, also mourns his untimely death, but is proud of his record. There is also an uncle, a brother of his father in the West. [article has photo of him]

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 23, 1918



Mrs. Keller Sending Christmas Box to Son When She Learned of His Death.

Mohawk, Nov. 23.- It was while she was on her way to the Red Cross rooms yesterday afternoon to send her Christmas box to her soldier son in France that Mrs. Emma Keller received word that he had been killed in action, September 29. He was the oldest son of the family and enlisted in Company M, June 13, 1917. He went to camp and was sent overseas shortly afterward. He was born June 6, 1899, and before his enlistment was employed in the Remington Typewriter factory in Ilion. He was a member of the Mohawk Baraca Class of the Methodist Church and a young man of quiet and excellent habits. He had a host of friends here who will learn with sincere sorrow of his death, while in their hearts will also live the remembrance that he gave his life for a great cause. There survive besides his mother, two brothers, Sanford and Clarence and a sister, Mrs. Walter Hensen of Utica.

A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday evening at 7:00 o'clock for Theodore Morey and Edward Keller, two heroes of Company M, One Hundred and Seventh Infantry, American Expedition Forces, who fell in action September 29. These men are members of the big Mohawk Baraca class and their stars are now gold on the service flag.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 23, 1918


Victim of Drowning in the River at St. Johnsville.

St. Johnsville, Nov. 23.- The body of the man found in the Mohawk River yesterday has been identified as Harry C. Iles of Mohawk, who had been missing since October 29. The body was taken to the undertaking parlors of H. S. Van Antwerp and viewed by Dr. C. P. Wagner, Coroner. On Sunday the remains will be taken to his home at Mohawk, where a private funeral will be held. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, his mother, Mrs. Robert Iles and one sister.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 23, 1918


Identified as That of Lucius Plumley, Aged 43, of East Frankfort.


Ilion, Nov. 23.- Some one informed Police Officer Slocum at 5 o'clock this morning that there was the body of a man in the canal near the lift bridge. The officer went to the bridge and in plain sight lay the body. It was afterward identified as that of Lucius Plumley, aged 43 years, who resided in the old Folts home at East Frankfort and who had been missing for the past two weeks. From the appearance of the remains he had been in the water for that length of time. The Whiter Funeral Company was notified and afterward removed the body from the water and had it taken to their rooms. Coroner Dr. E. B. Manion was called and after viewing the body had all papers taken from the clothing, which were taken over by Chief Huck. Just how Mr. Plumley happened to fall in the canal is not known. He was married and had three children. He was employed at the Remington Arms Company's plant. The drawing of the water from the canal for the building of the Typewriter dam brought the body into view.

According to his WWI draft registration, filed September 6, 1918, Lucius Francis Plumley was age 43, born September 15, 1875, location not stated. He resided in Bloomville, Delaware County NY, and was a machine operator for R. A. U. M. C. Co. at Ilion NY. His closest relative was Mrs. Nellie D. Plumley of Bloomville, He was of medium height and build, and had brown eyes and brown hair. In the 1910 census, Lucius F. Plumley, age 34, and wife Nellie age 28, were renting a house at 74 Walnut St. Lockport, Niagara County NY. Lucius was a driver for a private family, and the couple had been married one year and had no children. Both were born New York State, as were their parents. In 1920 Nellie D. Plumley, widow, age 38, was a self-employed dressmaker, renting a home in Stamford, Delaware County NY. At home were the three children mentioned in Lucius' obit - Virginia age 8, Beatrice age 5 and Josephine age 3 3/12. In 1930 Nellie Plumley, widow, age 47, was renting half a house at 8 Huntington Avenue, Oneonta, Otsego County NY. Also at home were Josephine age 13 and Virginia age 18, and roomer Clarence Moss, machinist in garage, age 31. Nellie was a glove maker at a factory and Virginia was a clerk at Woolworth's. Nellie's middle daughter, Beatrice J. Plumley age 15, was residing in the village of Lake Placid, Town of North Elba, Essex County NY. Her relationship to the Coons family, a family of educators, was cousin. Mrs. Nellie Plumley and daughters Beatrice and Josephine, all of Oneonta, were among many attendees at the 6th Annual Dibble-Moss Family Reunion held Sept. 10, 1932 in Little West Kill NY (The Recorder, Sept. 16, 1932, front page, Catskill, Greene Co. NY). Mrs. Plumley was listed as sister in the obit of Mrs. Ida Dibble Husted of Stamford NY. Both Mrs. Plumley's and Mrs. Husted's obits are on line. According to Book 2 of the Delaware County Clerk's Office Marriage Index, Lucius and Nellie were married sometime between July 12, 1909 and November 7, 1910. Lucius F. Plumley was the son of J.D. and Elizabeth Smith Plumley, and Nellie L. Dibble was the daughter of Sylvester and Elizabeth Dunham Dibble.

From The Utica Observer, October 4, 1909




Ilion, Oct. 4. (Special.)- Mrs. Margaret Tanner, wife of Warner Folts, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Callan, in East Frankfort after an illness of nearly eleven years, death finally resulting from heart trouble.

Deceased was born in Schuyler Feb. ___, 1832, and was a daughter of Ichabod Tanner and Nancy Clapsaddle. She had been a resident of this vicinity for over 44(?) years and during that time had won the love and respect of all who made her acquaintance. Deceased was a member of the local chapter, D. A. R. and a lineal descendant of Francis Cook and Richard Warner, who were signers of the Mayflower compact. Before her long illness she had been a constant attendant of the Presbyterian Church and during the affliction had shown a most devout Christian character and patient cheerfulness of disposition.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. H. G. Whitney of South Ilion, Mrs. Frank Callan, Mrs. William Reed of Camden, and two sons, Frank and Delevan. The funeral will be held privately from the house Wednesday at 3 o'clock. Interment will be made in Oak Hill Cemetery. [Click on Mrs. Frank Callan's name to read her biographical sketch.]

Nicholas Russell's obit was contributed by Linda Jasztal. Linda's not related to him but hopes this will help someone. Linda tells us that "In the obituary, some of the dates are a little fuzzy, but the date of death is very clear. The dates I have underlined are a little fuzzy." Numbers to be verified by referring to hard copy of original paper are "February 13," "over 35 years," and "23 years ago." Click on his name to go to his cemetery listing.

Utica Observer-Dispatch
Sunday, March 25, 1923

Nicholas Russell died this morning at the County Home where he had been since February 13 last, having been previously a resident of German Flatts. He was 75 years old and was a native of Nancy, France, but had been in the United States over 35 years. He was a stone mason. He married Sophia Edick, daughter of Jacob Edick of German Flatts, who died 23 years ago.

The funeral will be held from Whiter's Undertaking Parlors and the interment will be made in Mohawk Cemetery.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, Thursday, April 26, 1906

Ilion Jottings.

Mary the 9-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Tobin of ___ East North street, died at 8 o'clock this morning after an illness of four weeks with a complication of diseases. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.

; From the Richfield Springs Mercury, February 7, 1901, front page

South Columbia.

The funeral of Mrs. William Gardner was held at the Reformed church Sunday at 2 p. m. She is mourned by two sons, Frank Gardner, of Ilion, and Fred Gardner, with whom she resided at Millers Mills, and a devoted daughter, Mrs. Wallace Purchase, of Columbia Centre.

The funeral of Cephas Bailey was held Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Brownrigg, with whom he resided. Mr. Bailey was in his eighty-first year and has for about a year survived his wife who was a granddaughter of the well-known G. R. T. Hewes, of Revolutionary fame. His four sons, George, David, William and Adelbert, in patriarchal style bore forth the body of their father, followed by the two daughters, Mrs. Martha LIndsley and Mrs. Ellen Brownrigg, and many other mourning friends.


Died, near this place, Jan. 22d, T. J. Marriott, overseer of the Litchfield stock farm. Disease, pneumonia. He was a social, pleasant fellow, kind hearted, obliging, honest and reliable, and the neighbors and community have met with a sad loss. He was a member of the Catholic church at West Winfield, from which place he was buried.

Died, at the residence of her daughter in Oxford, where she moved last spring, Mrs. Maria Williams. She resided the most of her life in the town of Columbia, where she was well known and respected. Her age was 84. The Lord has gathered her in like fruit fruit that was fully ripe. She leaves two daughters and one son, besides one great grandson.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, August 13, 1902

Little Falls

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hickory died yesterday afternoon, aged three months. The funeral will be held from their home, 18 Pierce street, the Rev. Dr. Humphrey officiating. Interment at Fairview Cemetery.

new2/14/09  Mrs. Ida Brandow Young's obituary was contributed by H. Geywits!

(1931- unnamed newspaper)


Obsequies of Mother of Van
Hornesville Statesman and
Financier Simple - Buried on
Hill in Rear of Her Residence

By Irving E. Pugh

Borne to her final resting place with simple and unostentatious rites, though followed by the most distinguished assemblage ever to attend a funeral service in Herkimer county, Mrs. Ida Brandow Young, mother of Owen D. Young,international statesman and financier, lies in the peaceful little cemetery atop the hills in rear of her home at Van Hornesville.

To all outward appearances, the obsequies were simply those of an ordinary resident of Van Hornesville - solemn, tearful as friends and neighbors who had loved this grand old lady of the Otsquago through the years of her residence in Van Hornesville bowed with genuine grief at her bier; quietly peaceful as was her life, without pomp or ceremony, borne to her tomb as almost any other mother would be borne.

The note of sadness and feeling of great loss that was stamped upon the visages of the hundreds who gathered in the spacious Young home across the street from the little white Universalist church in which she worshipped and in which her boy, now become one of the outstanding world figures of the last half century, received his religious training, was evident as soon as one entered the quiet little village beside the Otsquago.

All business places were closed and practically every home was deserted, as the residents of the village gathered to pay their last tribute to her whose life had meant so much to them.

Overcast skies gave one the impression that even the heavens felt the gloom and solemnity of the occasion. Rain was in the atmosphere, but did not fall to mar the obsequies.

On the great broad lawn of the Young home, hundreds of flaming tulips lent a touch of color to the scene as the overflow of mourners at the funeral rites filled the home and sat upon the porch and lawn.


Among the distinguished assemblage were many close friends of the Young family. Former Assistant Secretary of the Nave T. D. Robinson attended; former Supreme Court Justice Irving R. Devendorf was there; former County Judge Charles Bell, Charles S. Brewer of Utica, Judge Leonard B. Moore and his venerable father, Judge Joseph L. Moore of Fort Plain; Nelson B. Greene, noted valley historian, President A. C. Spitzer of the Mohawk Valley Towns Association and many other of considerable prominence.

Close friends of the Young family occupied places in the big living room, beside the remains, which lay amid a profusion of beautiful floral tributes such as are rarely indeed seen hereabouts. There were floral pieces of a wide variety of forms, telling of the esteem and love with which Mrs. Young was held by all who knew her.

Simple yet beautiful were the tributes paid her by Dr. Richard Eddy Sykes, president of St. Lawrence University and Dean John Murray Atwood of the Canton Theological School of that university. They told of the beauty and peace of her life; of her early struggles to rear her family, the trials and troubles of those distant days; of the splendid training in character she had given her son, Owen, and of the inspiration that he drew from frequent visits to her side, coming to her when press of stupendous problems called for the best that was in him and spending a period of quietude and peace with her before setting his hand to the task.

They paid glowing tribute to the simplicity of her life and its ideals; how she had impressed upon her son that he must always give the best that was in him to his fellows; how she schooled him in wisdom and a homely, homespun philosophy that have had so much to do with his achievements in the world of finance and international affairs; how she had borne her last affliction with the fortitude worthy of her pioneer forebears who had invaded the wilderness in the days following the Revolution and founded a lasting outpost of civilization in the vale of the Otsquago.


Then there are tributes to her life as a mother and neighbor; of how she won the hearts of all with whom she came in contact and made them her firm friends; how she went about doing good for those less fortunate than herself and took delight in easing the burdens of the afflicted. Her life was epitomized as that of a truly Christian woman, loving her God and her fellowman.

The services which began at 3 o'clock, daylight time, were concluded one hour later, and the bearers, under direction of Undertaker Gray of Fort Plain began carrying the floral tributes from the room, packing them in cars and the hears. When the casket emerged from the home, another note of simplicity was added to the services. It was a plain, black casket, with silver handles and bore a single small bouquet of cut flowers and a silver plate, bearing her name, date of birth and death.

A moment later her distinguished son, Owen D. Young, bowed with grief at the loss of his beloved mother, came through the door and descended the broad steps down which he has so often walked to his waiting car, while calling back affectionate farewells to his mother in that same doorway. His tall figure seemed to lack the vitality it usually possesses. His face was drawn and haggard from the six weeks of ceaseless vigil beside her during the time she was confined to her bed after the fall downstairs, April 6. He spoke not a word, leading his wife, who, herself, has been very ill, to the waiting motor car, in which they took their places, with their children, Charles and Philip Young and their wives. Dr. Sykes and Dean Atwood had already preceded them to another car.


Other mourners were escorted to their cars and then the sad cortege moved toward the cemetery on top of the neighboring hill, to which a large number of villagers had already made their way. At the tomb the rites were equally simple, as the last mortal remains of the mother of Herkimer County's most distinguished son were entombed in the hills she loved so well.

A brief glint of sun fell upon the hills as she was borne to her last resting place, lighting the landscape with a furtive smile just as she smiled in the presence of the Grim Reaper as he gathered her to his bosom in death.

Members of the family present were Owen D. Young, her son; Mrs. Lena Loveland of Herkimer, a cousin; Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Young of Ardmore, Pa., son and daughter-in-law of Owen D. Young; Philip Young, another son, who is a student at St. Lawrence university, from which his father graduated; Richard Young, the youngest son, and his sister, Miss Josephine, and Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Christiansen of Cleveland O., parents of Mrs. Charles J. Young.


Others who attended the services were Gerard Swope, president of the General Electric Company, of which Mr. Young is chairman of the board of directors; Charles W. Appleton, vice president of the company; Ida M. Tarbell, authoress, now engaged in a biography of Mr. Young; Irving E. Pugh of Herkimer, also a biographer of Mr. Young and friend of the family; Stuart M. Crtocker, vice-president of the International Electric Company; E. W. Rice,Jr., honorary chairman of the board of the General Electric and Mrs. Rice and members of the board of trustees of St. Lawrence University.

The bearers were men employed on the Young estate: Victor Filkins, James Cronan, Eugene Eutermarks, Howard Fikes, Harvey Shaul and Martin Egan, whom Mrs. Young had known throughout her lifetime.

Thousands of messages of condolence continued to pour in from all over the world. Among the most distinguished who voiced their sentiments of sorrow were: Governor and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt; Dr. S. Parkes Cadman, Mme. Curie, famous French scientist who had been a visitor at the Young home; former Governor Alfred E. Smith; General James G. Harbord, president of the Radio Corporation of America; Patrick E. Crowley, president of the New York Central; General Charles G. Dawes, former vice president and ambassador to the Court of St. James; Charles Edison, New York city, and William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor.


When in 1924, during the famous Democratic convention deadlock in New York, with Al Smith and W. G. McAdoo locked in combat for the presidential nomination, mention was made of her son's name as a possible compromise candidate. Mrs. Young was somewhat perturbed for she knew that the Presidency had broken the health of Warren G. Harding and Woodrow Wilson, and she did not want to expose her son, Owen, to these dangers. A friend of the family, discussing the possibilities of her son receiving the most distinguished honor that can come to any American, was told by Mrs. Young: "No sir. They can't make my Owen President. I won't allow it. He has always done as I told him and I know that he'll come up here and ask me about it, and , when he does, I'll tell him what's what. The Presidency killed Warren Harding and Mr. Wilson and they can't have my boy."


Ida Brandow Young was born at Springfield, Otsego County, March 10, 1839, the daughter of the late John Worden Brandow and Catherine Conyne Brandow, pioneers of that community. Her family and that of Jacob Smith Young were close friends and it was natural that Ida Brandow, then a belle of the community, should be attracted by the energetic young Jacob Smith Young. The mutual attraction soon developed into love and they were married in 1856 at Springifle where they resided for two years.

In 1858 they moved to the Peter Young farm on the hills above Otsquago creek near Van Hornesville, where their son, Owen D. Young, was born on October 27, 1874. They resided on the Young farm until 1911 when Owen Young purchased the present residence in Van Hornesville and his parents moved there. Her husband died two years later, in 1913.

The Van Hornesville home, that familiar large white residence on the main street that has been the mecca of Americans since Mr. Young became distinguished in world affairs, will never be quite the same to Mr. Young and close friends of the family.

There will be a great void in the old homestead, for the light of its portals will have passed into eternity. The familiar figure of Mrs. Young, sitting so strikingly like the artist Whistler's portrait of his mother, in her rocking chair on the porch or walking among her flowers, will be gone.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, April 28, 1911


Mrs. Thomas O. Williams.

The death of Mrs. Thomas O. Williams occurred at the Allman House last evening at 8:50 o'clock, following an illness of diabetes of short duration. Mrs. Williams was born in England and was in her 69th year. She came with her husband to the United States in 1872, and resided in Utica until June 1902, when she came to Herkimer with Mr. Williams, who assumed the proprietorship of the Allman House. Mrs. Williams had a wide circle of friends who will learn with regret of her demise. Her husband survives and also one son, Albert L. Williams; one sister, residing in London, and one brother in Australia.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, June 8, 1910

Mohawk, June 8.- Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hallagas of Green street have the sympathy of the community in the death of their infant son William Stewart.

Little Falls.

The funeral of George R. Potter will be held from the residence of Adam Levee/Lovee(?) on West Main street to-morrow morning at 11 o'clock, the Rev. Dr. Marah officiating. The remains will be taken to Utica for interment in the Forest Hill Cemetry.

The funeral services of G. Adam Pross will be held to-morrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the house and at 3 o'clock from the German Evangelical Church on East Gansevoort street. Burial will be made in Rural Grove Cemetery.

Richfield Springs Mercury, unknown date in March 1883

Our Litchfield Letter.

There were three burials in our cemetry last week, but no services at the church, Mrs. Joel Wadsworth, on Thursday, Miss Minnie Whelock, on Friday, and on Saturday, John Davis, of Winfield. Surely the "reaper" is not idle.

Last Friday the remains of Miss Minnie Whelock only daughter of Vander Whelock, at the Corner, was interred in the cemetery at Cedarville, the service was held at the house and were conducted by Dr. Ballou and were very impressive and well suited ot the occasion. She was sick not quite a week, with scarlet fever, combined with heart disease. Her brother is sick with the same dread scourge. Surely the dawning of MInnie's girl-hood morning seemed unusually bright; an only daughter, possessed of an amount of worldly wealth sufficient to gratify every earthly wish, however extravagant; fair in form and features, it seems to us, poor short-sighted mortals that we are, cruel for death to claim her.

Dearest Minnie we shall miss thee
   All the coming summer days,
Then at pleasant social gatherings
   Missed will be thy pleasant ways.

One by one our Savior gathers
   Purest soles (sic) to gem his crown.
Now he's taken "little Minnie,"
   He has claimed her for his own.

Tender father, loving mother,
   Dearest brother kind and true,
Do not mourn, your dear one's waiting,
   Will be the first to welcome you.

She has only gone before you,
   Crossed the "silver river," where
God will safely watch and keep her
   'Till you meet your darling there.

West Winfield

The funeral services of the late Mrs. Wadsworth were held at the residence of her husband, Joel Wadsworth, in this village last Thursday. The storm had been so severe and the roads so badly blocked that it was well nigh impossible for parties from the contry (sic) to come in. Notwithstanding, however, there was a large attendance of relatives and friends. The remains lay in an elegant black casket, on which was a calla lily and a bunch of winter berries. The plate bore the simple inscription:

Roxana D. Wadsworth.
Born October 27, 1804.
Died March 6, 1883.

The following gentlemen acted as pall-bearers: Gould Button, N. D. Sholes, Samuel Cummings, William McLaughlin, W. T. Trenham, J. W. Warner.

After reading scripture and prayer by Rev. Mr. Kingsbury, pastor of the Congregational church at West Winfield, the Rev. S. P. Gray, pastor of the M. E. church, of which the deceased was a member, made a few appropriate remarks. He took as the ruling thought in his discourse that Mrs. Wadsworth had been faithful unto death. At the conclusion of Mr. Gray's remarks, Rev. E. W. Jones, of Sauquoit, a former pastor of the M. E. Church at Winfield, read an eulogy on the deceased.

The remains were taken to Cedarville for interment, where they were placed beside those of her first husband, Rev. Moses Dunham. It was the universal expression of all that Winfield has lost one of its noblest women and it would be long before her place was filled.

John H. Davis died suddenly last Friday morning from herina (sic). He leaves a widow and two small children in destitute circumstances.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, July 25, 1911


Mrs. Minnie Young, mother of William Young of East Orange, N.J., died Sunday at their camp on Fourth Lake, where they are spending the summer. They will be remembered as former residents of Herkimer, leaving here 1_ years ago, and the relatives will have the sympathy of their friends here in their afflection (sic). The deceased would have been 77 years of age July 19. The remains were brought to Herkimer to-day, and services were conducted at the chapel in Oak Hill Cemetery at 2 o'clock, the Rev. E. Scott Farley officiating and burial made. Besides the son, there survives a sister, who resides in Germany. The deceased was a member of the German Lutheran Church while a resident of Herkimer.


Was School Teacher in Village Many Years

Frankfort, July 25.- The people of this village were shocked this morning when it was announced that John R. Mixer had suddenly expired at the Central Hotel, where he had for the past five years, made his home. He seemed as well as usual and seated himself at the breakfast table when he suddenly threw up his arms and expired. Dr. Hayes was summoned as was also Coroner H. S. Getman. They decided that death was due to organic heart trouble. The deceased was born at Paines Hollow in 1844 and had always resided in this county. For more than forty years he was a teacher in the public schools and won a reputation as such for thoroughness. He was a member of the Universalist Church and of the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He as a genial whole souled man and had many friends, being well known throughout the county. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. R. C. Lewis of this village, Mrs. Eyesman of Little Falls and Mrs. Emily Seeber of Fall Hill; also two brothers, Chauncey of Newville and Frank of Jersey City. Arrangements for the funeral have not been made.

Little Falls.

The funerals of James Smith and George H. Green were held this morning. The former was held from St. Mary's Church and was largely attended, the Knights of Columbus being in attendance in a body. Burial was made in the St. Mary Cemetery. The funeral of George H. Green was held from the Fire Department headquarters and was largely attended. The Rev. Mr. Marsh officiated. The bearers were Chief Cooney, Officers Dundon and Klock, Captain Grose and Messrs. Bucklin and Wilson. Burial was made in the General Herkimer Cemetery.

Richfield Springs Mercury, November 26, 1896


Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hyde attended the funeral of Mr. Hyde's nephew, Vinnie Whightman, a resident of this town in his boyhood days, at Mohawk, Friday. He was a son of Olin Whightman, a former pastor of Richfield Springs. Vinnie was a young man of sterling quality and beloved by all who knew him.

Herkimer County.

George Hilts, who worked for Alphonso Klock in Jacksonburg, fell dead Monday afternoon. He had been to the spring to get a pail of water and was returning when Mr. Klock saw him fall to the ground, and on going up he was startled to find him dead.

Ira Hill, of North Litchfield, Herkimer County, who has been in Rochester some time under the name of Ira Tafft, committed suicide Friday night at his boarding house by taking laudanum. He had been drinking hard and a few days ago said that if he could not break off the habit he would kill himself.

Utica Weekly Herald, January 29, 1878

Mrs. George S. Buell, of Sandy Creek, died of cancer of the stomach, aged 55. She was a native of Schuyler, Herkimer county, and was converted at a camp meeting at the age of 18. After marriage in 1844, they lived in Fairfield five years and then moved to Sandy Creek. [Note: in the 1850, 1860 & 1870 censuses of Sandy Creek, her first name is Sarah.]

Richfield Springs Mercury, May 19, 1883

West Winfield.

Deacon Jacob Leach, died at his home in this village, Saturday morning, May 12th. He had been quite comfortable this spring and was around the house on Monday of last week, but was prostrated Tuesday. He suffered greatly from kidney and bladder trouble. His funeral was held on Tuesday, May 15th, which day would have been his seventy-sixth birthday. He had been prominently connected with the Congregational church for forty-five years. He leaves four sons and three daughters, all married and from home but one, who was his constant companion and housekeeper.

Richfield Springs Mercury, Oct. 17, 1895


Mrs. E. B. Ball received sad intelligence last week of the death of her cousin Levi Gage, formerly of this town, late of Otsego county. Her age was 76/78 years.

Miss Ella Avery, of Ilion, daughter of Sanford Avery, was buried in the Kinne cemetery Sunday.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, Saturday, January 23, 1909



In Acordance With Request of Late W. A. Pryne.

Intelligence has been received by relatives here of the death in Chicago of W. A. Pryn, formerly of Schuyler. He was an enthusiastic automobilist and suggested that he be given an automobile funeral. The hearse was an auto ambulance and only autos were used to convey the friends.



Ilion, Jan. 23.- Mrs. James Whitfield, an estimable and well known resident of this place, died in a Utica hospital this morning. For the past year she had not enjoyed the best of health. Death resulted from a complication of disease. Mrs. Whitfield's maiden name was Ida Doty. She was born in this vicinity in 1843 and all of her life had been spent in this section. For a number of years she resided on John street. She was a member of the Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, the D. A. R., and the Home and Foreign Missionary Socity. Besides her husband she is survived by a son, Earle, who lives in New York, a daughter, Inez, of Hot Springs, Ark., her mother, Mrs. Caroline Doty, and a brother and sister, Albert and Blanche Doty of this place. To the survivors the sympathy of many friends will be extended.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, September 29, 1903


Death of Floyd Weller

Shortly after 10 o'clock last evening occurred the death of Floyd Weller at his home on Grove street. He had been a sufferer from lung trouble for over two years. He was born in this village February 20, 1884, and had always lived here. He attended the public schools. He is survived by his parents and one sister, Frances. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of his parents. The Rev. W. M. Cook will officiate.


Funeral of Mrs. Richardson.

The funeral of Mrs. Anna Richardson was held from the home of her parents on West street this afternoon. The Rev. M. G. Seymour, of the Methodist Church, officiated. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Burial was made in the Armory Hill Cemetery.

Utica Weekly Herald, November 3, 1891, page 12


POLAND, Oct. 30.-[Special.]- Edward Duffy, a young man employed by the Adirondack and St. Lawrence railway company, was run over by a locomotive and cars near Poland station Monday night. Both legs were severed from the body, and he soon after died from the injuries. He was the son of Patrick Duffy of Portland, Me.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, July 25, 1910

Little Falls.

Michael Kane, of this city died yesterday at the County Home. His body will be brought here this afternoon for burial.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, April 4, 1907

Michael Kelhi

Michael Kelhi, a respected resident of Norway, died yesterday at his home in that village. Deceased was 84 years of age and is survived by three daughters, Mrs. James Murphy of Newport, Mrs. J. and Mrs. Cornelius Murphy of Herkimer, and three sons, David of Little Falls and John and Will Kelhi of Norway.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, September 23, 1902


Death of Gaylord Griffin.

Gaylord Griffin, a well known and highly respected resident, died at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frederick Bellinger, on West German street. Some time since he became affected with an attach of bronchitis and for several months had been seriously ill. Mr. Griffin was a native of Herkimer county and had resided in this village for a great many years. For the past year he had lived with the daughter at whose home he died. He was quiet and retired and while he did not affiliate with any of the societies or with any church of the village he lived a life of integrity and his character won for him the esteem of his fellow citizens generally. Mr. Griffin is survived by two children, Joseph Griffin of Whitesboro and Mrs. Bellinger of this village, three sisters, Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Fox of Rochester, and Mrs. Charles Rowland of Herkimer, and two brothers, Spencer of Frankfort, and William of Mohawk. The Rev. C. P. Dyke will officiate at the funeral services, the time for which has not yet been decided upon, and interment will be made in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Sylvester Bowes, a brother of Mrs. Anton F. Schindler, Mrs John Hartigan and Miss Catharine Bowes of this village, died at his home in Rome at the age of 12 years. Mr. and Mrs. Schindler attended the funeral, which was held from St. Peter's Church, Rome, at 9 o 'clock this morning.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, January 1, 1903


Miss Rachel Henry

At her home, 2 Platt street, at 8 o'clock yesterday afternoon, occurred the death of Miss Rachel Henry. Heart trouble afflicted her Monday and this caused her death. The deceased had lived in the house in which she died for the past 60 years and was one of the best known colored women in this city.

Rachel Henry was the daughter of William Henry. She was born in this city December 15, 1829. The year she was born the Legislature passed a bill abolishing slavery in New York State and this caused great rejoicing in her home. Her father built the house in which she lived in the year 1835 and in which house she had since resided. In tha time the house was in the town of Whitesboro, as Utica did not extend any further west than Saratoga street. The deceased was employed in the family of Alfred Hunt on Whitesboro street for about two years and was then employed for about 15 years in the family of Benjamin F. Ray. Then she returned to the old house on Platt street and has lived there ever since. She was troubled with rheumatism and this caused her to give up work for others and it also kept her at home most of the time. While living down town she was a member of Grace Church but since its establishment she had attended St. Luke's whenever she was able.

Since the death of her father in 1888 Miss Henry had occupied the old house alone. Her brothers and sisters are: William, Mrs. Arthur Buckingham, Miss Mary Henry, Frank and Edward of Utica, and Mrs. Lucia Bailey of Bradford, Pa.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, June 11, 1904


Death of an Esteemed Resident.

Poland, June 11.- Mrs. Francis Coonradt died yesterday morning, after a few days' illness, aged 76 years. She had lived in Poland 31 years and was much respected. Her husband died several years ago. She is survived by three children, Elmer H. Coonradt, Mrs. Thomas Rooney and Mrs. M. J. Harris, all of Poland. The funeral services will be held at her late residence Monday at (misprint - no further words).

The remains of Mrs. Robert Webster of Newport were interred here to-day. Deceased was a resident of Poland and greater part of her life. Her many friends extend sympathy to the husband the two daughters, who survive.

new2/14/09   From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, December 2, 1904

Burial at Cedarville

The funeral of Mrs. Jane Haggerty, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. A. Norton, in Church street, of Bright's disease, aged 75/76(?) years, will be held to-morrow from the late home, after which the remains will be taken to Cedarville, where the services will be held from the P. U. Church, and interment will be made there.

Little Falls.

Died of Consumption.

Mary E. Le May died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cyrial Le May, 260 West Main street, this morning of consumption. Deceased was 25 years of age and was born in Quebec, Canada. She came to this city about five years ago with her parents. The funeral will be held from St. Mary's Church either Monday or Tuesday morning.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, July 25, 1910


Mrs. Anna Pearson

From the home of her sister, Mrs. William Cranney, yesterday afternoon, was held the funeral of Mrs. Anna Pearson. The Rev. H. E. Pike officiated at the services. Hymns were sung by Edward Roberts. The floral tributes alone spoke by their number and beauty of the esteem in which the deceased was held. The bearers were Charles Cotter, John Cranney, George Shepard, M. J. Hughes, L. B. Russell and William Holland. The burial was made in the Armory Hill Cemetery.

Richfield Springs Mercury, May 19, 1883

Died in Cedarville, on Monday, May 7th, 1883, of an affection of the lungs. Oscar Green, aged 61 years. Funeral services were held from his late residence, on Thursday, the 10th. Words of consolation were spoken by the Rev. M. E. Dunham, of Whitestown. The basis of his remarks were taken from 1st Corinthians, 15th chapter, and were ably discussed. Two beautiful floral wreaths, composed of ever green and calla lilies, adorned the very handsome casket, and a lovely cross of natural flowers, a bunch of pansies and beautiful bouquets adorned the rooms.

A Card - To the many kind friends and neighbors who showed their sympathy for us during our late bereavement, we desire to express our heartfelt thanks.

Richfield Springs Mercury, May 12, 1883

West Winfield.

Oscar H. Green, of Cedarville, died Tuesday, of pneumonia, after an illness of four weeks. His age was 61 years.

Richfield Springs Mercury, May 26, 1883

Died, in the town of Frankfort, on Wednesday, May 16th, 1883, Thomas, only son of Thomas and Maria Avery Davis, aged one year. Services were held from the house on the 18th, by Rev. J. J. Brayton, of Mohawk.

Richfield Springs Mercury, unknown date in June 1913

NIcholas N. Shoemaker.

Jone 10th occurred the death of Nicholas N. Shoemaker, an honorable and respected, life-long resident of the town of Warren. He had been gradually failing for some time past, but had ben confined to his room only about two weeks. Mr. Shoemaker was always a strong, healthy man and scarcely knew what it was to suffer from sickness. Death was due to old age. He was born Jan. 1st, 1821, on the same farm where he died. Mr. Shoemaker was a good feeling, generous man, never refusing to help anyone in need. He was a son of Nicholas Shoemaker and Lany Passage. In 1854 he was united in marriage to Angeline Ayer who died June 30, 1889(?). Deceased is survived by one son Orville with whom he resided, two daughters, Mrs. C. P. Miller of New Hartford and Mrs. F. G. Davis of Mohawk and six grandchildren, E. P. Miller, Mrs. W. G. Kileen, Alta and Ruth Davis and Marcia and Merton Shoemaker.

Otsego Farmer & Republican, unknown date June or July 1930 (Cooperstown NY)

Van Hornesville.

Mrs. Alfred Brandow.

After several months' illness, Mrs. Alfred Brandow passed away Saturday morning at 2:30, at the advanced age of seventy-six years.

She was born at this place where she has always resided and her maiden name was Agnes Van Horne, a descendant of the famous Van Horne family from which this place bears its name.

She was married in 1872 to Alfred Brandow of Van Hornesville who survives. She was the daughter of Abram and Lydia Van Horne who died when she was a child. Mrs. Brandow was the last living member of the Van Horne family, at this place and very much respected. Besides her husband, two daughters survive, Mrs. John S. Huyck of Schuyler Lake and Mrs. Victor D. Springer of this place, and one grandson, Kenneth B. Huyck, Hartwick; also a sister, Mrs. Mary G. Van Horne, Amsterdam.

The funeral service was held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at her home. The Rev. Mr. Dix, pastor of the Universalist church of Fort Plain, officiated. Interment was made in the Van Horne plot in the village cemetery.

Mrs. Frank Loucks, Amsterdam, and mother, Mrs. George Beck, Fort Plain, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eckler, Herkimer, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Huyck, Schuyler Lake and Mr. and Mrs. Abram L. Van Horne, Fultonville were Sunday callers at the home of Alfred Brandow.

Utica Weekly Herald, November 12, 1878

Sudden Death.

About 9:30 A. M. Saturday, Jacob Croswig, of Gang Mills in the town of Grant, Herkimer county, fell dead in Pedic's Hotel, Deerfield Corners. The deceased was 49 years of age, and leaves a widow and seven children. Mr. and Mrs. Croswig had been visiting Anthony Sickenberger of this city, who is a relative. They left Sickenberger's at 98 A. M. Saturday. After reaching the Comstock Brothers' store, the husband found that he had left a robe behind him. Mrs. Croswig drove to Deerfield Corners, while Mr. C. returned for the robe, promising to meet her at Pedic's. He reached Deerfield Corners about 9:25 A. M., entered Pedic's, complained of feeling faint and asked for a drink of something. Before it could be handed him he fell to the floor.

CROSWIG- In Deerfield, Saturday, November 9, 1878, JACOB CROSWIG, in the 49th year of his age.

Utica Weekly Herald, January 15, 1878

Herkimer, Jan. 12

The sudden death of Harvey Nichols, of the town of Russia, Wednesday, was caused by hemorrhage of the lungs. He was one of the band of the 97th regiment, and a member of the Grand Army post at Prospect. His age was about 36 years, and he leaves a widow and child.

Mr. Archibald Van Alstyne, of North Columbia, died suddenly a few days ago.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, September 22, 1917


Had Spent Most of Her Life in Town of Schuyler

Frankfort, Sept. 2.- The death of Mrs. Martin Brice occurred yesterday morning at her home on Oak HIll in the town of Schuyler. He (sic) was born at Paines Hollow but most of her life had been spent in Schuyler as she had been married twice and her first husband was Peter Baum of the town of Schuyler. Had she lived until December 19 she would have been 96(? illegible) years old. She was a lady of excellent character, kind hearted, was devoted to her home and children and was highly respected by all who knew her. The husband survives and four children: Byron Baum of Paines Hollow, Horatio Baum of Briarcliff Manor, Mrs. Ida Johnson of Herkimer and Mrs. Emma Cramer of Schuyler. There are also five grandchildren. The funeral will be held from the home Monday afternoon, the hour not yet having been fixed, and the Rev. Herbert Lonis will officiate.

new2/14/09  Richfield Springs Mercury, unknown date December 1947

Mrs. Clyde D. Mason

The death of Mrs. Clyde D. Mason occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Claude A. Robinson, Richfield, Dec. 18, 1947, after an illness of more than one year.

She was born Kittie V. Vrooman Jan. 15, 1872, in Paines' Hollow, a daughter of Joseph and Eliza Jones Vrooman. She was a direct descendant of Hendrick Meese Vrooman, who was killed in the Schenectady massacre and of Col. Peter Bellinger of Fort Herkimer and Delia Herkimer Bellinger, sister of General Herkimer.

She was married to Mr. Mason Nov. 8, 1894, in Ward's View. Most of their married life was spent in the vicinity of South Columbia and Richfield Springs. Mr. Mason died five years ago.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church here, a charter member of the Philathea Union and a member of the Richfield Grange.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robinson, with whom she had lived for the last eleven years, two grandchildren, (name omitted for privacy), all of Richfield, and four nieces, (names omitted for privacy).

The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McGrath Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Frederic Fraser officiating. Burial in Jordanville Cemetery.


The death of Tymko Barbey, commonly known as "Tom," occurred Dec. 20 at his farm home in Warren after a long illness.

He was born in Austria Septemer 25, 1893, son of Alex Barbey and Anna Gotch. He came to the United States in 1894. In Brooklyn, N.Y., on February 2, 1918, he married Sophie Palyga.

Mr. Barbey became one of the preminent(sic) farmers in the town of Warren and had many friends. He was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church in Herkimer and of the Slavonic Club of Warren.

The funeral was held in St. Peter's and St. Paul's Russian Church, Herkimer, December 24. Interment in the church cemetery.

There survive the wife, a brother, Myron, and a sister, Mrs. Eva Swetz, of Poland, N. Y.

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Obit Aug 6, 1872, Utica Weekly Herald, Utica, NY

Vose Palmer, one of the oldest inhabitants of West Winfield, father of Walter P., and father in law of J.M. Rose, fell dead in his chair the evening of July 16. He was age 83 on the day of his burial. He died of heart disease which he had for several years, and 3 years ago his wife died as sudden of the same disease. Having resided for 77 years in this region, a few facts will be of interest to mention.

His father, also Vose Palmer, came at age six from Plainfield, Windham Co, Conn into the neighborhood south of this village, now called Plainfield Hill and gave the name to this town, after that of his native place at the east.

He moved with two sleighs in the month of March 1795. The foremost team arrived at nightfall with part of the goods and two children, young Vose, age six, and a sister eight, who afterwards became Mrs. Jonathan McFarland, at a log home at Plainfield Hill. The father assembled a shanty with the boxes piled so to keep out the wolves, put the two children to bed and went back four miles to meet the other team. As trees were his only guide and the snow falling fast, he could not return that night as he had purposed, but left these two young children alone at the last home on the road, four miles from any human being. But early in the morning he hastened on and found them all safe.

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From The Evening Telegram, Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Leo F. Murphy

Worked at Fenimore Art Museum and Farmers' Museum


Leo F. Murphy, 77, of Lake Street, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2007, in Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.

He was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Herkimer, son of the late William Patrick and Bertha M. Cole Murphy. Leo was raised in Mohawk and Richfield Springs and was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Ronald, Bernard, John, William and Lawrence "Mike" Murphy.

Interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery later this spring.

From The Evening Telegram, Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Marilyn D. Welpe

Enjoyed playing piano, spending time at White Lake


Marilyn D. Welpe, of 131 Loomis St., Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at St. Luke's Hospital, New Hartford.

She was born in Mohawk the daughter of the late John L. and Loretta (Skinner) Daly. She grew up in Little Falls and was a graduate of St. Mary's Academy, Little Falls and attended the College of St. Rose, Albany.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Ligato. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer.

From The Herald Journal, Thursday, July 4, 1940 (Syracuse, NY)

Morse Funeral Rites Friday at 2

Herkimer, July 4.- The funeral for Mrs. Fannie A. Morse, who died Tuesday after a long illness, will be held tomorrow at 2 P. M. from the home of her son, Lansing, 111 Prospect Street. The Rev_ Gordon L. Kidd, pastor of the Christ Episcopal Church, will officiate and burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Morse was born in Utica on Aug. 1, 1857, the daughter of the late John and Ellen Piper. She was married to John Morse in Utica on Dec. 24, 1879, and moved to Herkimer 61 years ago. Mr. Morse died in 1939.

Surviving besides her son Lansing are two sisters, Mrs. Edward J. Burns Sr., Herkimer, and Mrs. Alice Yorst, Albany; two brothers, John and Charles Piper, both of Utica; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

From The Daily Press, Monday, July 27, 1981 (Utica, NY)

Gordon Waterbury

MOHAWK- Gordon Waterbury, 80, of 27 Church St., passed away Friday evening at Mohawk Valley General Hospital, Ilion.

He was born on September 16,1900 in Herkimer. N.Y., the son of Frank and Florella Young Waterbury and attended Herkimer schools. He has been a resident of Mohawk since 1925. He married the former Jennie Mower on June 25. 1921 in the First Baptist Church in Herkimer. She passed away May 28, 1967.

Burial will in Mt. View Memorial Gardens, Little Falls.

From the Auburn Weekly Bulletin, 1913 (Auburn NY)


Moravia. July 18.- The death of John A. Fulmer, an aged and highly respected resident of this village, occurred yesterday afternoon at his home in Park Street, after a protracted illness. He was 77 years of age. John Alonzo Fulmer was born in Herkimer County, February 26, 1838, the son of David and Mary Fulmer.

The following 8 obituaries come from the Utica Herald Dispatch, Monday Evening, October 28, 1918.

Herkimer, Oct. 28- Dr. Charles M. Kellogg died yesterday morning at his home in Henry street of an attack of typhoid fever after a short illness. He was born March 27, 1876 at Poland, but had resided in Herkimer for many years. He is survived by his widow and a son, Wesley Kellogg, both of Herkimer.

Herkimer- Jessie, the __ year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Lievermore, died yesterday morning at the home of her parents, 117 Second avenue of typhoid fever. She leaves two brothers besides her parents. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Herkimer- Mrs. Amelia Beckingham, widow of Henry Beckingham, died yesterday morning at her residence in East Herkimer, having been in ill health for the past three years. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Charles H. Knopka of this village, Mrs. Clarence Hodge of East Herkimer and Mrs. John J. Jackson of Ilion; also a son, Edward J. Beckingham of East Herkimer and a brother, Henry Schmidt of Hawkinsville.

Mrs. Clara Walts, widow of Hiram Walts, late of Herkimer, occurred Saturday morning at her residence, 216 Perry street, of infirmities incident to age. Mrs. Walts was 79 years old and her maiden name was Clara Cassidy and her birthplace was Newville. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Bert I. Seaman and Mrs. Evelyn Getman, both of Herkimer.

Mohawk- William H. Shall, whose death occurred at Bath, October 24, was born in Mohawk, June 20, 1843. He leaves three sisters, Mrs. Mary A. Crim, Fannie E. Shall of Mohawk, and Mrs. F.H. Doolittle of Utica.

Mrs. Cornelia Witherstine died yesterday morning at the Old Ladies Home. She was born at Wilna, Jefferson County, March 1, 1831, and in 1551 came to Mohawk. She married Joseph Witherstine, who died in 1908. Mrs. Withstine is survived by a brother Henry of Long Beach, Cal., a sister, Mrs. Nellie Moore of Cobine Cal., a grandson, Vernon Witherstine of this place; two nieces, Mrs. Charles Decker(?) of Utica and Mrs. Jennie Greeman of Cooperstown.

Charles Rock died Saturday evening at his home in Catherine street. He is survived by a wife and will be taken to Whitehall for burial.

Frankfort, Oct. 28- At her home on Frankfort street yesterday morning occured the death caused by the present epidemic, Anna, wife of James Durant, whose husband and daughter, two and a half years old, were buried in the same casket last Friday, passed away leaving a babe six weeks old, a son six years old, and a daughter about 12 years old.

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Herkimer Vitals-

Little Falls, Funeral of Miss Catherine Green, 83, died in Little Falls Hospital. Survived by two brothers, John and Edward Green, two sisters, Elizabeth and Emily Green.

Syracuse Herald Journal, Tuesday, January 29, 1946 Syracuse, New York

Herkimer- Pfc. Maurice Keddell, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Keddell, 507 Steuben rd., Herkimer, star guard on the Herkimer High football 1944 team and star pitcher of Herkimer High School nine, was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Germany Jan. 22, according to work received from the War Department by his family. Pvt. Keddell, graduate of Herkimer High School, June of last year, and president of Herkimer Student Council, entered the Army last August. He was born in Stoneco and came to Herkimer with his family 17 years ago. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church and also a graduate of its school.

Syracuse Herald Journal, Tuesday, January 29, 1946 Syracuse, New York

Mrs. Helen Olds, 72, Dies; Funeral Today.

Herkimer- The funeral of Mrs. Helen Olds, 72, was held today from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Miller of 318 Lansing st. Mrs. Olds was born in Middleville, Aug. 8, 1873, a daughter of Jeremiah and Hulda Sweet Warner. Her husband, Fred Olds, died 11 years ago. Mrs. Miller and another daughter, Mrs. Leon Miller; a son Harold, of Frankfort, two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Davis, Mohawk, and Mrs. Jessie Wilson, Middleville, survive.

Oneonta Star, Saturday, October 27, 1962 Oneonta, New York

Clayton E. Skinner.

Richfield Springs- Clayton E. Skinner, 58, of Richfield Springs RD 1, died in the Herkimer Memorial Hospital, Friday, October 26, after a short illness. Burial will be in the Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Columbia Center. Mr. Skinner was born June 7, 1904, in the Town of Columbia, son of John C. and Cora (Jones) Skinner. He married Grace Smith* April 8, 1929, in the North Columbia Methodist Church parsonage. Survived by his wife, (lists 1 son, 4 daughters), brother John B. Skinner, sister Mrs. Leo (Elizabeth) Hilts. [Note: for privacy, the names of the 5 children listed have been omitted.]

*called Grace M. in 1930 census of Columbia, Herkimer County, New York. Born abt. 1910 NY.

The Daily Star, Nov. 1, 2003, Oneonta, New York

Grace May Skinner

COLUMBIA- A graveside committal service for Grace May Skinner, 93, who passed away on Jan. 13, 2003, will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. in the Reformed Church Cemetery, town of Columbia.

[Note: Probably the daughter of Fredrick E. and Grace M. Smith with 1 year old daughter in 1910 Herkimer, Herkimer County, NY census.]

Oneonta Star, Monday, May 23, 1955, Oneonta, New York

Merton F. Skinner.

Richfield Spings- Merton Frank Skinner, 57, died in his home. Burial will be in Columbia Center Cemetery. Mr. Skinner was born Oct. 5, 1897 in the Town of Columbia, son of John C. and Cora (Jones) Skinner. He was married to Bessie R. Budlong of Frankfort, married at the Methodist parsonage in Frankfort on Jan 22, 1919. Survived by wife, (lists 2 sons, 2 daughters), brothers John B. and Clayton, sisters, Mrs. George Brewer and Mrs. Leo (Elizabeth) Hilts. [Note: for privacy, the names of the 4 children listed have been omitted.]

Oneonta Star, Saturday, June 10, 1967 Oneonta, New York

Kenneth E. Barringer.

Richfield Springs- Kenneth F. Barringer, 63, of Columbia RD1, died June 8 (?), at his home. Burial will be in Jordanville Cemetery. He was born in South Columbia Sept 21, 1903, son of Hubert and Theresa (Keller) Barringer. He married Henriette House of Richfield Springs in Fort Plain on Dec. 1, 1928. Survived by his wife, ..... (lists 4 sons, 3 daughters) ..... a brother William. [Note: for privacy, the names of the 7 children listed have been omitted. His middle initial is either "E." or "F." ]

Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 12, 1917



Had Been Accepted for Service in Army

Little Falls, Nov. 12- Edward Hurley, son of the late Edward Hurley, was found dead at his home on Gansevoort street early last evening, when his mother went to his room to around him from sleep. He had gone to his room in the afternoon, seemingly in good health, to take a nap. He did not arise at the supper hour and his mother went to his room and, receiving no response to her call, became alarmed and summoned Dr. Eveloth, who pronounced him dead, heart failure being the cause. Coroner Smith was also called. Mr. Hurley had ben called into the National Army, having been recently accepted into the service by a local exemption board and was preparing to leave with the next increment. He is survived by his mother and two sisters, Miss Helen F. Hurley, teacher in the public schools, and Mrs. George Dalcy of Oneonta.

Date unknown

Little Falls

August Charles Frederick Kobell, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. August Kobell, of Little Falls, died of lock jaw yesterday.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, May 22, 1918


Mary Deluke and Her Grand-
daughter, Similarly Named

Frankfort, May 22- Two deaths occurred in this village yesterday afternoon one at 6:30 o'clock and the other at 10 o'clock. Both of the deceased were named Mary Deluke, one being the great-grandmother of the other. The death which occurred at 6:30 was that of the 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Deluke of Reservation, her death being caused by pneumonia. She was a girl loved by all who knew her. She attended the East Frankfort School and was a pupil in the seventh grade. She leaves the father and mother and a number of brothers and sisters to mourn her and death. Mary Deluke, aged 85 years, died at 10 o'clock last evening at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Antony Choffe, on Mann street, after an illness of two months. She came from Italy 29 years ago. She and her family are among the most highly respected of the Italian population, and are very well known, James having been in business here for some years but now retired, and Joseph, who is well known for his excellent vegetables which are product of his labors in market gardening. There is one daughter, Mrs. Dominick Sanders. There are several grand and great-grandchildren, five grandsons now doing service for Uncle Sam. One, Ruke(?), was home from Camp Devens at the weekend to see his grandmother. She will be missed, for she was always courteous and kind. The hours for the funeral have not been fixed but both will be to-morrow morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Paolo Palummo have the sympathy of their friends in the loss of the 2 1/2-year-old chld Joseppi. The cause of death was measles. The funeral was held yesterday, with interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Utica Herald-Dispatch, Monday, October 21, 1918

Pauline Shulz

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schulz of Main street, East Frankfort, have the sympathy of their many friends in the death of their daughter, Pauline, which occurred from pneumonia at their home Saturday afternoon. The funeral service will be held to-morrow at 3 p.m., the Rev. D. W. Lyman officiating.


C. E. Hallenbeck Buried

The funeral of Clyde E. Hallenbeck was held privately from his home on West Main street yesterday afternoon. The Rev. L. R. Benson, rector of St. Augustine's Church, conducted the services, which were attended by relatives and close friends. There were many beautiful floral tributes form neighbors, friends and organizations. The remains were interred in the Armory Hill Cemetery. The bearers were S. C. Burch, Stuart Eccles, George O. Luce, William McKnight, Morgan Cook and Charles Angermire.

William Guilfoyle

News has been received here of the death of William Guilfoyle, aged 46 years, a resident of Rome, who died in New York City Friday of pneumonia. The deceased was employed in the punch press department of the Remington Typewriter Works in this village for 10 years, going from here to the L. S. Smith & Brothers' Typewriter Factory at Syracuse.

William E. Miller

Henry Miller of West street received a telegram yesterday conveying the news of the death of his brother, William F. Miller, at New York City. Deceased was a former resident many years ago.

We desire to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness during our recent bereavement. William Crocker and family.

Little Falls

Francis Hart

The death of Francis Hart occurred at his home in Rochester yesterday morning. Mr. Hart had been ill for about a week with pneumonia. He had spent all of his life except for the past two years in this city, where he was very popular. He was 29 years old, being the son of John Hart of Manheim street. He was educated at St. Mary's School and later was shipping clerk in the Barnet Leather Company's plant. Two years ago he was married to Miss Mary McCarty of this city and went to Rochester to live. He is survived by his wife and his father and one sister, Mrs. Jay Outwater, of this city, and two brothers, John of Poughkeepsie and Cletus, who is at a training camp at Syracuse. The funeral was held this morning from St. Mary's Church and burial was made in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Mrs. J. M. Stearns

Yesterday afternoon at _:30, Mrs. J. M. Stearns died at her home at 308 Fourth street. Death was caused by kidney trouble, of which she had been troubled for some time. Mrs. Stearns was born in this city in 1860, being the daughter of the late Christopher and Mary Gegler. She had lived here practically all her life and had many friends. There survive two brothers, John and James Gegler, and one sister, Mrs. Neary, all of this city. Funeral arrangements have not been made.


The funeral of Ada Williams was held from the home of her mother, Mrs. Emily Williams of First avenue, privately, Thursday afternoon. While those who would have liked to have been present were unable to be the floral tributes they sent attested the respect and love they held for the deceased. There was a large wreath of rose buds from Room, A-67, Remington Arms Company, a large wreath of carnations from the Sunday School of which she was a member in the Methodist Church, a large placque of rosebuds from the Sunday School, and a large placque of chrysanthemums from the neighbors. The bearers were her two uncles, H. L. Williams and Arthur Clapsattle, and two cousins, Eugene Lamberson and Arleigh Williams. Interment was in Oak View Cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. George Mendalone (?) have the sympathy of their friends in the loss of their nine-month-old son, Joseph.

Death From Natural Causes

Herkimer, Oct. 21- Coroner James W. Graves called in the matter of the death of Mrs. George Rowan, who passed away Friday afternoon at the Emergency Hospital, states that investigation shows that she came to her death from natural causes without crime, intent, or ____ (illegible).

Coroner Graves states: "Investigation shows she had suffered for a week from pneumonia, was in a very weak and debilitated condition and also was in a delicate condition. Thursday afternoon she tried to get out of bed, fainted and fell to the floor. In falling she struck a chair and bruised her forehead. This brought on a premature delivery and hemorrhage before a doctor could be called. With all medical assistance possible and hospital facilities she died of shock and hemorrhage at 1 o'clock the following morning."

"The Coroner wishes particularly to emphasize the fact that the husband, George Rowan, should be completely and fully exonerated. The history also shows that the husband of his own free will had a few days previously taken her from a home where all were ill and to his home where she could have care."


Miss Alice Reardon

Miss Alice Reardon passed away at 11:30 o'clock Saturday night at her home in North Bellinger street of an illness of influenza which developed into pneumonia. She was a highly respected and regarded young woman of the village, where she was born December 31, 187_, and where she had always resided. She was a graduate of the Herkimer High School and was a stenographer who for several years was employed by Attorney Adam J. Smith, late of Herkimer, and she had also efficiently served as one of the clerks at the Herkimer County Clerk's office. She was a devoted member of St. FRancis de Sales's Church and was a resident who had a host of friends, by whom she was held in highest esteem, and all of whom will regret her demise. She leaves her mother, Mrs. Mary Reardon, widow of the late Edward Reardon, and four sisters, Miss Katherine Reardon, Miss Grace Reardon and Mrs. Florence Bradley, whose husband Edward J. Bradley died last week, all of Herkimer; also Mrs. George W. Mugler of White PLains, and two brothers, Charles of Yonkers and George J. Reardon of this villalge. The funeral will be held to-morrow forenoon.

Louis Mallette

A short illness of pneumonia resulted at 7 o'clock yesterday morning in calling from life Louis Mallette, residing at 399 West Smith street. He was about 35 years old and came to Herkimer several years ago and had since resided here, where he continued his employment in the plant of the Standard Furniture Company. He leaves his wife of this village and his parents and several brothers and sisters of Syracuse, to which city the remains were taken to-day.

The funeral of Mrs. Edward G. Silliman was held at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon from her late home in North Prospect street, the Rev. James Deane officiating with the Rev. W. _. Conklin assisting. The remains were placed in the mausoleum at Oak Hill Cemetery. Edward Burrell Silliman, the surviving son, arrived home this morning from Camp Greene.

The Utica Herald Dispatch, July 1, 1918

Little Falls

A. A. Hynds

A. A. Hynds, age 80 years, died yesterday morning at his home in Monroe street after a long illness of a complication of diseases. He is survived by a brother, George, and a sister, Mrs. James Flanders, who reside at Ford's Bush. Mr. Hynds was a monument dealer and had been in business in this city for years. The funeral will be held to-morrow afternoon, burial in the Church Street Cemetery. [Note: Andrew A. Hynds]


Lucia, the 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernardi Colone, died yesterday morning at the parents' home in William street from an illness of pneumonia.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow morning from St. Anthony's Church, the Rev. N. Pavone officiating. Several brothers and sisters survive besides the parents.

The Utica Herald Dispatch, November 8, 1919

Owen E. Doolen

Owen E. Doolen died yesterday at his home in North Litchfield after an illness of only one week. He came to this country from County Cork, Ireland, when 18 years old and always resided in this vicinity. He was married 29(?) years ago to Mary Roberts, who survives. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Besides his wife he leaves two brothers, David and John Doolen, both of Utica.

new 5/25/08  Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 25, 1918.


The funeral of Henry Edick, who died suddenly at the Remington Arms plant Saturday, will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from his late home in Mohawk street.

The funeral of Charles Lowell was held at __ o'clock this afternoon from his late home in East Herkimer. The Rev. H. G. Bassett officiated and interment was made in Oak Hill Cemetery.

new 5/25/08  We've received new donations from Carol Grainger!

The Evening Herald, Monday, September 13, 1897 Syracuse, New York.

Herkimer County Vitals.

Woman Killed by Runaway Horse.

Ilion. Sept 13- Mrs. H.P. Whitney of this village was killed in a runaway accident on Saturday night between East Frankfort and McCowans(?). She was riding with her granddaughter, Bernice Richardson, aged 11 years. Something about the harness broke, letting the carriage strike the horse's legs. He ran and the girl jumped and was uninjured. Mrs. Whitney was thrown over the dashboard and struck her heard and died soon after. She was over 50 years old and a member of the Eastern Star and Daughters of Liberty.

The Evening Herald, Friday, December 4, 1908 Syracuse, New York


Tolson Landt, a resident of this village for many years, died at the County Home yesterday. One son, Sheridan Landt of this village survives him.

The Oneonta Star, Wednesday, July 16, 1952, Oneonta, New York

George Rahm, 51, who died Monday will be buried in Little Falls. Surviving are three daughters, Margaret, Hazen and Georgianna Rahm and his mother and three brothers of Little Falls.

Syracuse Herald Journal, Monday, October 31, 1983 Syracuse, New York

Massena- Walter F. Potts, 59, of RD2, Brasher Falls, died Saturday at Massena Memorial Hospital after being stricken at his home.

Born in Dolgeville, Herkimer County, Mr. Potts lived in Canandaigua before moving to Massena in 1959.

The Post Standard, Monday, September 25, 1967 Syracuse, New York

Herkimer Man Killed.

Mohawk- Kenneth Van Court of nearby Herkimer was killed Sunday when his automobile went off Route ?? near this village about 15 miles east of Utica, went through guardrails and slammed into a crane at a construction site.

The Oneonta Star, Friday, August 27, 1965 Oneonta, New York

Herkimer-John Egan, a resident of the General Herkimer Hotel, died Friday at the Herkimer Memorial Hospital. Burial will be in the Van Hornesville Cemetery.

He was born in Ireland the son of Martin and Johanana Quaney Egan. Came to the United States in 1927 and moved to Herkimer in 1948. Survived by brother Martin Egan, nephew Harry Skehan and the Rev. Sean Skehan.

Sheboygan Press-Telegram, Thursday, October 2, 1924 Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Rochester Mayor Is Killed.

Rochester, Minn.- Dr. H. H. Witherstine, mayor of Rochester for five terms and former state senator, was instantly killed early today when his car overturned as he was answering a call to the country.

Dr. Witherstine was one of the most widely known doctors in Minnesota. Since serving as mayor and senator, he achieved distinction as a practitioner.

His machine had gone into a ditch, regained the road and overturned, pinning him beneath. His skull was crushed.

Born in Herkimer, New York April 14, 1852*, he came to Rochester in 1872.


Hilts Descendant. Ancestor line up:

1. Christofel Hüls
2. Johann George Hilts
3. Elisabeth Hilts
4. Catherine Thumm
5. Margaret Petrie
6. Horace H. Witherstine

* On the passport application for Amelia, wife of H.H. Witherstine, bible record by H. H.'s brother William, the year of birth is noted to be 1850.

The Lowell Sun, Tuesday, September 27, 1938 Lowell, Massachusetts

Frederick Witherstine.

Provincetown, Sept. 27- Frederick Witherstine, 70, father of Donald E. Witherstine, nationally known etcher, native of Herkimer, died in his home.

Note: His parent's were Peter and Cynthia (Small) Witherstine. Cynthia's grandmother was Sarah Hilts who married Adam Smith.
*Carol Grainger notes.

The Post Standard, Thursday, March 30, 1911 Syracuse, New York

Herkimer, March 29- John Henry Witherstine died today at his home in German Street, 63 years old, lifelong resident of Herkimer. Son of John D. and Nancy (Harter) Witherstine.

Survived by his widow and sister Mrs. George W. Mack, both of Herkimer.

* His grandmother Dorthea "Dorothy" Hilts married Henry G. Harter.
*Carol Grainger notes.

The Post Standard, Thursday, March 30, 1911, Syracuse, New York

Herkimer, March 29, Mrs. Mary Griswold, wife of Cornelius R. Snell, died at the home of Mrs. F. R. Mino (?). Mrs Snell was 63 years old, husband, two sons and two brothers survive.

The Post Standard, Saturday, December 7, 1974, Syracuse, New York

Mrs. Nina B. Cristman, 86, of Herkimer died Thursday at Herkimer Memorial Hospital. She was born in Little Falls*, the daughter of Hiram and Martha (Stoddard) Broat. First husband, Clarence S. Thorpe died in 1932, married second, Lloyd J. Cristman, who died in 1961. Burial at Mohawk.

*Social Security Index, birth date of 14 Apr 1888.

The Evening Telegram, Tuesday, January 30, 2007, Herkimer, New York.

Herkimer- John Begley, 89, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. He was born on July 29, 1917, in Little Falls, son of the late Edward S. and Bertha L. (Callister) Begley. WWII verteran.

He married Myrel Horwald on April 3, 1961 in Paramus, N.J., 45 years of marriage, she passed away on July 31, 2005.

Besides his parents and wife Myrel, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann and two brothers, James and Edward Begley.

Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer County, New York.

Church, Robert L., 71, of Mohawk, died Jan. 28, 2007 in St. Luke's Memorial Center. Burial with full military honors and spring interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer County, New York.

Cockett, Samuel J., 80, of Plant City, Fla., formerly of Mohawk, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, at South Florida Baptist Hospital, in Plant City, Fla. Spring interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery.

Mertha, William "Bill", 65, Herkimer Village and Herkimer Town Justice, died Saturday evening Jan. 27, 2007 in Valley Health Services, Herkimer. Spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer New York.

Herkimer- After 83 years of serving the Lord, Salvatore Paul Fiorentino Sr., was called home on Dec. 22, 2006. Sal was born in Herkimer to Dominick and Lucia (Girgenti) Fiorentino. Served in the Army, WWII. Interment in Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

new5/25/08  Albany Evening Journal, August 4, 1877

Mrs. Mary Tillinghast, of Frankfort, is dead. She was seventy-eight years old.

new5/8/08  The following large group of family obits was graciously contributed by H. Geywits! These are original newspaper clippings (mostly the local Richfield Springs newspaper, The Mercury) found in a scrapbook pertaining to the Geywits/McRorie family.

JOHNSON, DeEtta (undated clipping) - At the home of her only son, Lester Johnson, on the Chuyle a few days ago occurred the death of Mrs. DeEtta Johnson, widow of William H. Johnson. Her maiden name was DeEtta Kinter, and she was born in Van Hornesville in 1857, the daughter of Stephen and Lovina Geywitts Kinter. She was married in 1878 and resided thereafter in the Chuyle section. Besides the son, a daughter, Mrs. Lena Ostrander of Richfield Springs survives. Rev. M. Crocker of the M. E. church at Starkville officiated at the funeral and burial was made in Springfield Center.

YOUNG, Lewis G. - (undated clipping) Van Hornesville - The death of Lewis G. Young occurred last Wednesday from infirmities of old age. Mr. Young was one of the town's most highly respected citizens having been born here in 1830 and always lived in this town. His parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. George Young and Mr. Young served this town as supervisor two successive terms. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge of Springfield. Some years ago he retired form farming and became a resident of this village. The funeral was held from his residence Saturday, the Rev. Charles Kramer of the Universalist church of Cooperstown, officiating. Mr. Young is survived by his aged widow, a daughter, Mrs. Ida Wiles of this village; a son, John L. Young who resides on the homestead; also many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

FIKES, Isabel - Mrs. Isabel Fikes, 72, Van Hornesville, died in Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital last night, May 1, 1935. She was admitted to the hospital Apr. 29 as a medical patient. She is survived by two sons, Theron and Perry Fikes, Van Hornesville.

GEYWITS, James - The death of James Geywitts occurred at his home in Warren Friday morning, September 1st at six o'clock. (1924) Mr. Geywitts had been in poor health for several years. He was 69 years old the day before his death. Besides his wife (Viola Ostrander) he leaves one son, Lynn and two grandchildren, Stuart and Dora Geywitts, also one sister, Mrs. Alzoea Druse to mourn his loss. He was a loving husband and a kind neighbor. We extend sympathy to the bereaved family,

FROST, Carrie - (undated newspaper clipping) - Mohawk - Death came to Mrs. Carrie Frost, 70, Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Hoke, 20 North Street, this village. Mrs. Frost has been suffering from illness for the past 13 years but bore her affliction bravely and always evinced sincere appreciation for everything that was done for her. She was born March 10, 1866 at Springfield, Otsego County, the daughter of Daniel and Margaret Ely Smith. Her early life was spent at Springfield. On March 16, 1870 she married to David Frost at Springfield. Mr. Frost died in 1917 after which she went to live with friends. For six years she lived with Mrs. Mary Phillips, Jordanville, until her death five years ago when she took up her residence with her granddaughter, Mrs. Jessie March, Mohawk, living there about a year. Since that time she has resided with her daughter. She is survived by her daughter, one son, Otis Frost, Mohawk; nephew, C. B. McKay, formerly of New York and Cherry Valley; grandchildren, Mrs. Cecil Harrad, Van Hornesville; Mrs. Raymond Ackerman, Van Hornesville; Raymond C. Hoke, Ilion and Leslie Hoke, Mohawk; Kenneth D. Frost, Cherry Valley and Devere Frost, Mohawk; also several great grandchildren. Funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 form the Hoke home with the Rev. C. B. Smith an old acquaintance of Mrs. Frost and pastor of the First Baptist church, Vernon Center, officiating. Burial was in the family plot at Springfield. The following were bearers: Jesse March, Cecil Harrad, Grover Ecker and Raymond Ackerman.

TUNNICLIFF, Charles (undated clipping) - Charles Tunnicliff, formerly of Chicago, died at the home of his cousin, the late Judge D. G. Tunnicliff at Macomb, Ill., yesterday afternoon. The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning at Macomb. Mr. Tunnicliff was taken sick several months ago while on a visit there. He was an old reside of Chicago and a cousin of Messrs. J. J. and George Tunnicliff of this city.

GUIVITS, Delose - (undated clipping) - Ilion - The funeral of Delose Guyvits was held Thursday afternoon from the home, 326 East Main Street, Rev. C. W. Barrett of Mohawk, officiating. The bearers were: William Williams, Patrick Bary, Otis Bellinger, Arnold Gates. Burial was made in the family plot, Oak Hill cemetery, Herkimer.

LATHROP, Maria - (undated clipping) - Mrs. Maria Lathrop, widow of James Lathrop, died at the home of her daughter in Pierstown on Saturday, aged eighty-three years. The funeral was held Monday, the Rev. C. W. Negus officiating. Burial was made at Van Hornesville, where the deceased was born and spent nearly all her life. She leaves a son and daughter, Lewis Lathrop of Mohawk and Mrs. Menzo Van Horne of Pierstown.

ELY, Matoon (undated clipping) At Warren, Herkimer County, August 15th, Matoon Ely aged 81 years and 10 months. He was sick only a few days and died suddenly of heart disease after he retired for the night.

COATES, Florence Catherine - Little Falls: Mrs. Florence Catherine Coates, 613 Garden Street died yesterday, Jan. 28, 1936 in a Utica hospital. She underwent a serious operation last October but returned home. Complications developed and she entered Utica hospital Jan. 12. Mrs. Coates was born Feb. 4, 1878 at Cullen in the Town of Warren, her parents being Alpha and Rose Hake Ball. In 1895 she married Ralph Eckler of Warren, who died in 1899. June 26, 1913 she married Martin J. Coates, well known local druggist. For some years she served on the board of Little Falls Hospital. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of Herkimer but an attendant at the Presbyterian Church in this city. She was also a member of Rock City Chapter 272, Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are the husband and one son, Harland Ralph Eckler of this city; one sister, Mrs. Lester Young of Warren, and a brother, Walter Ball of Warren.

WILLIAMS, Emma - Millers Mills - Mrs. Emma Williams died Feb. 20, 1941 in a Utica hospital after a long illness. She was born in Sharon, Sept. 26, 1851 and had been a resident of Columbia nearly all her life. She was married to Wesley B. Williams, on Sept. 26, 1874. Mrs. Williams was a member of Methodist Church in South Columbia. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John Hoke, Millers Mills; two granddaughters, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted from her home at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

ELY, Libbie - 5/12/1887 - Miss Libbie Ely, Little Lakes, passed away last Sunday at half past one o'clock at her home about the 47th year of her age. She has been a faithful member of the Methodist Church in this place and a good Christian for a number of years. (death date would be May 8.)

TUNNICLIFF, Anrelius - 4/27/1887 - Richfield Springs - Mr. Anrelius Tunnicliff died at his residence in this village Wednesday afternoon after an illness of less than an hour's duration, from apoplexy. Mr. Tunnicliff was one of our oldest and most respected citizens and his loss will be mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends. A descendant of an old English family, he was born in the adjoining town of Warren and had always lived in this vicinity. His genial disposition and warm-hearted hospitality made his home the rendezvous of social life and gaiety and no one ever came away from it without feeling that Mr. Tunnicliff and his amiable and accomplished wife had done all in their power to render every visitor happy. His wife's death occurred some fifteen years ago, after which Mr. Tunnicliff sold his fine home in Warren and has since resided with his relatives, Miss C. M. Tunnicliff and Mrs. J. F. Getman where in his old age he has been made the recipient of all that love, care and sympathy could bestow. Although past the allotted age of man, Mr. Tunnicliff retained his genial disposition and to the last was a favorite companion of the young and a welcoming host to all. The funeral will be held from Tunnicliff Cottage Sunday at 2 p.m.

BEYER, Carl - (undated) Last week occurred the death of Carl Beyer at his late residence on James Street, Richfield Springs in the 73rd year of his age. He was born in Hanover, Germany, September 21, 1848 and came to this county when a young man 17 years of age. He was twice married, first to Hannah Myers of Springfield and the second time to Louisa Beyer of Beura Bush. He lived in New York and Albany but the greatest part of his life was spent in Warren and Springfield coming to Richfield Springs two and one-half years ago. He was a harness maker by trade and also assisted in Thomas Ellis' shop as carriage trimmer. Since he resided at Richfield it was his custom to go to Warren in he summer months and repair harness in the shop. He lived a life of uprightness and honesty and was well thought of in the communities where he was known. Besides his wife, there are surviving four daughter, Mrs. Kittie Fox and Lizette Beyer of Dolgeville and Annie and Effie Beyer of this village. His funeral was held from his late home, Rev. Jennings officiating with interment in the Springfield Center cemetery.

BURROWS, H. L. - In Van Hornesville, December 9, 1890, H. L. Burrows of Richfield Springs, aged 60 years. The community was shocked Tuesday evening by the sad news from Van Hornesville stating that Mr. H. L. Burrows of this place, had died suddenly at Kinter's Hotel. Mr. Burrows was canvassing and had stopped at the hotel when he began to feel bad. Dr. Easton was called and later a message was sent to Dr. Getman, but before he got started, another message came saying that Mr. Burrows was dead. The cause of his death was pronounced neuralgia of the stomach, which must have gone to his heart. The remains were brought here last evening at 9 o'clock. The burial will take place in Burlington Flats. This is a sad case as Mrs. Burrow is an invalid and needs the care which only a kind husband can give. The deepest sympathy of the people is felt for the afflicted woman and daughter.

MASON, Roscoe: In this village, May 4, 1890 aged 23 years and 6 months. Deceased was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Mason. The family moved to this place from Jordanville and during the few years Roscoe had resided here he had formed a large circle of friends who deplore his untimely death. The funeral was held from the home of his parents on Lake Street (Richfield Springs) yesterday at 12 O'clock and was conducted by Revs. Holmes, Humphrey and Helms. The large concourse of friends assembled to pay the last sad tribute of respect to the deceased was evidence that the whole community feels that a worthy young man has been stricken down.

GRIFFIN, W. D. - 1893: W. D. Griffin has gone home. In the humble walks of life it is given few men to so faithfully and commendably fulfill their life mission. His departure leaves a void not only in the hearts of those who loved him most - in the church and in the social circle, but in his extensive business relations, which will be hard to fill; as his painstaking thoughtfulness, his fullness of purpose and entire devotion to duty characterized his every word and deed. Appeals to him for counsel, sympathy or assistance were not in vain, and his determined efforts to protect the rights of those for whom he labored were fully recognized. The following facts relating to his ancestry were never repeated by him to friend or historian, but are from manuscript in the possession of parties unknown to him. Away back in the seventeenth century his ancestor - William Campbell, of Campbelltown in Argyieshire, Baron of Auchinbreck, was among those driven out of Scotland in 1685 by religious persecutions and located in historic Londonderry in Ireland where he died after the siege. His descendants emigrated with the little band which, landing in America in 1728 after sojourning for a time in Boston, emigrated to Otsego county and became pioneers of Cherry Valley. The Campbells are a well-known clan and did valiant service in the Tryon county militia during the troublesome times which followed. Margaret, the infant daughter of Lieut. John Campbell, whose life at the time of the massacre was spared by the compassion of Brant, became the wife of Joshua Griffin and in later years was a devoted grandmother to the fatherless boy whom she cared for as her own and was laid to rest with her and the rest of his kindred near the little chapel in Little Lakes. A lifelong friend standing by his bier, testified to his devoted Christian life in his earliest manhood, since which he was always "kept the faith" His entire life demonstrated the fact that "the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord." His funeral service was conducted by Rev. S. V. V. Holmes. The casket was surrounded by flowers grouped by loving friends and was decorated with massive palms emblematical of his victorious efforts to live a blameless life. The casket was borne away by his fellow officers in the church. He leaves an aged wife and a son in this place and one daughter.
(written by Mrs. M. M. Hatch, of South Columbia)

HOARD, Dr. Tyron A.: Herkimer, Sept. 27, 1891. Dr. Tyron A. Hoard of this village died at his home, corner of Mary and Washington streets a 7 a.m. today at the age of 89 years. Deceased had been in poor health for some time past and had been confined to the house for about two months. Dr. Hoard was for some time a well-known and skilled dentist in this place and for a few years was associated in the practice of dentistry with the late Dr. Chatfield under the firm name of Chatfield & Hoard. After the death of Mr. Chatfield, deceased practiced his profession here for some little time and in 1886 removed to Brooklyn where, associated with John M. Atkinson of the city mentioned, he conducted for some time the Brooklyn Dental Supply Depot, at 340 Fulton Street. Returning to his home in this village in February last, in poor health and gradually declining until called away. Dr. Hoard was united in marriage in September 1878 to Jennie A. Dygert, step-daughter of the late Judge Prescott of this place. Mrs. Hoard died in June 1890 and there is left surviving one son, Prescott D. Hoard, of this place, also a mother, Mrs. John L. Hoard of Frankfort, two sisters, Mrs. N. A. Sterling and Marcy C. Hoard of Frankfort and four brothers, James H., Andrew and William of Frankfort and Charles of Syracuse. Deceased was a member of Olive Branch Lodge F. & A. M. of Frankfort and of Herkimer Council No. 836 Royal Arcanum of this place. Deceased bore his long illness patiently and without complaint and passed peacefully away. Funeral services will be held from the late residence of the deceased, Mary Street, Wednesday next a 2 p.m., Rev. C. E. Fisher of the Universalist Church officiating. Interment will take place at the Mohawk cemetery.

ZULLER, Mary A. - In this village, February 3, 1890 of apoplexy, Mary A. Zuller, aged 74 years 10 months and 21 days. Mrs. Zuller moved to this town from Mohawk with her husband, Isaac Zuller about fourteen years ago. She had suffered several shock within a few years and a fatal one was expected at any time. In religious faith and practice, Mrs. Zuller was a Baptist and had been a member of the Baptist church at Mohawk for over thirty years. She had held her relation to that church since her residence in this place. Her only heir, Mr. F. M. Zuller, survives her. Of brothers and sisters she leaves three, Mr. J. J. Steel of Ft. Herkimer, Mr. Wm. H. Steel of Brooklyn and Mrs. Caroline Guiwits of this place. After prayer at the house tomorrow at 9 a.m., the remains will be taken to Mohawk for interment and a short funeral service will be conducted there.

BROWN, William - William was born in Boston, Mass., November 2nd, 1759. Farther than this scarcely anything is known of his childhood except that he was of English-Irish descent. He was at the great "Tea Party" held in Boston harbor December 16, 1773. He was then a spectator, but two years later he enlisted in the service of his county as a drummer boy, and continued in the service throughout the war, a part of the time with Washington. At the close of the war, he settled in Claverack, N.Y. where he married Mary Ostrander. He subsequently removed to Herkimer County and engaged in farming. He had nine children of whom five are now living; Mrs. Shimmel of Stark; James W. Brown of Mohawk and Margaret, Maria and Leroy Brown of Camden, N.Y. He enlisted and served in the War of 1812 as a drummer. He was never sick a day, never had a lawsuit and was strictly temperate. He died in Springfield, N.Y., April 3rd, 1843 beloved and respected by all who knew him.

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