Part 17

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.

Armstrong, Dayton Aug 23, 1961
Ball, Rose Hoke undated
Beach, Floyd V. Dec 28, 1964
Beach, Fred L. Oct 15, 1960
Beach, Horace M. Jun 4, 1957
Beach, Jesse Dec 13, 1959
Becker, Mary Hodge Mar 12, 1910
Bellinger, Jacob M. Feb 21, 1906
Bellow, Mrs. Mary Colwell Sep 6, 1929
Bigelow, Lena K. Nov 1, 1883
Bird, Mrs. Rose Oct 4, 1915
Bonney, Walter P. May 21, 1911
Buddel, Charity A. March 21, 1900
Buddle, Olive Jane Feb 1906
Buddle, William T. March 12, 1895
Buddles, Acelia Mar 31, 1925
Buddles, Lorina Apr 17, 1898
Carroll, Mrs. James Nov 11, 1903
Carr, Mrs. Sarah Greenman Mar 1910
Caswell, William Aug 4, 1908
Chase, Dewitt Clinton Aug 28, 1894
Cleland, George M. Apr 1883
Crain, Dr. William Baker March 9 year unknown
Crim, Chester Mar 22, 1937
Cromwell, Martha E. Nov 8, 1903
Cromwell, Martha E. May 21, 1911
Dalphin, John E. Apr 11, 1890
Dannenberg, Christian H. May 1911
Dee, Mrs. George Sep 18, 1912
Devoe, Wallace G. Mar 1898
Diefendorf, David K. Sep 5, 1920
Diefendorf, Reuben K. Feb 24, 1901
Dievendorf, Jacob Oct 3, 1915
Dievendorf, Lydia Shelp Aug 2, 1914
Dievendorf, William I. Nov 12, 1913
Doughart, Sarah A. May 21, 1915
Dunckel, Howard Adam Oct 12, 1955
Eckler, Ralph J. Nov 24, 1899
Ellis, Sara A. undated
Enslow, Earl E. undated
Failing, Jacob Aug 25, 1932
Falvo, Joseph Aug 1902
Fitzgerald, John W. May 23, 1911
Flint, Helen M. Feb 23, 1920
French, Mary E. undated
Gray, Mrs. Caroline January 24th, 1883
Hansen, Anna Christina Jan 22, 1929
Hardy, William 1907
Hilts, Aaron Frederick "Fred" Feb 20, 1909
Hilts, Rosetta M. Dec 1918
Hines, Elizabeth Mar 19, 1942
Hoffman, James A. Sr. Apr 4, 1956
Hoffman, John H. Feb 21, 1926
Hoffman, Julius 1907
Hoffman, Mary Welch Sep 20, 1941
Keesler, Gracec Colwell Oct 22, 1939
Kinne, William March 26, 1888
Kirby, William M. Aug 4, 1914
Knight, Kenneth Francis Sep 6, 1943
Knight, Mrs. Emma Apr 13, 1926
Knight, William Bernard Dec 22, 1926
Kougher, Benjamin Feb 23, 1901
Konertz, Martha Aug 18, 1923
Kyser, John Henry May 22, 1911
La Chappelle, Mrs. John Oct 18, 1906
Lasher, Catherine Warner May 10, 1911
Layman, Floyd Jul 3, 1949
Layman, Myrtle Jul 3, 1949
Layman, Patricia Jul 3, 1949
Lettis, Gertrude Jul 31, 1902
Manzer, Mrs. Minnie May Oct 24, 1942
McFee, John Norman Dec 13, 1921
McRorie, Glenn June 21, 1924
Oliver, Merritt Aug 1902
Osterhout, Mrs. Catherine Nov 29, 1892
Osterhout, Sylvia Feb 10, 1884
Osterhout, Warren A. Jan 10, 1892
Pett, Charles Apr 1887
Pyke, Elisa Sep 5, 1885
Rathbone, Charles 1913
Rickard, William H. May 2, 1907
Shanley, Bertha M. Jan 22, 1929
Shaper, Dr. John H. Sep 3, 1904
Shimel, Mrs. Samantha undated
Shoemaker, A. Louise Tunnicliff Jul 26, 1918
Smith, Harrison Morton 1913
Smith, Julia E. Jan 18, 1926
Shuland, John undated
Springer, Daniel April 9th, 1885
Springer, Franklin undated
Stokes, Mrs. Fred May 6, 1907
Storing, Mrs. Jacob G. July 30, 1890
Stowitts, Dr. Arthur D. Mar 13, 1910
Tunnicliff, Henry Jan 20, 1968
Tunnicliff, Mrs. N. H. May 1903
Tunnicliff, Richard W. March 17th, 1891
Van Buren, Henry Jun 26, 1938
Van Buren, Mrs. A. O. Apr 13, 1932
Van Buren, Mrs. Mary E. Jul 30, 1931
Vedder, Martha Springer Jan. 21st year unknown
Vibbard, James M. Apr 4, 1910
Voorhees, Ann Elizabeth Crane May 22, 1911
Wayne, Mrs. May B. Apr 18, 1939
Wendell, Ruth Adams Dec 15, 1921
Williams, Louis E. Sep 1947
Willis, Grove W. undated
Wolcott, Orson J. December 16, 1893
Young, Charles D. Jan 25, 1931
Young, Grace Jul 25, 1935

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.

WOLCOTT - 12/16/1893 - Orson J. Wolcott, a well-known and highly esteemed resident of this place died at his home in the village (Richfield Springs) Saturday aged 45 years. Mr. Wolcott was the eldest son of Jacob Wolcott and formerly resided at Cedarville and Bridgewater. For some days he had been at Herkimer, assisting in the care of his brother Charles, who had been quite ill with pneumonia and returned to his home during the week, only to be stricken with the same malady, the result being sudden and wholly unexpected. He had many friends. The funeral occurred from his later resident Tuesday at 10 a.m., Rev. S. R. Ward officiating. The burial took place in the Cedarville cemetery. The member of Richfield Springs Lodge No. 308 A. O. U. W. of which Mr. Wolcott was a member attended the funeral in a body. Resting upon the casket were two beautiful floral pieces, one a cross of white roses from Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Proctor and the other a wreath with the letter A. O. U. W. in the center.

DUNCKEL - Warren - Howard Adam Dunckel, 51, Town of Warren Peace Justice, died suddenly Oct. 12, 1955 at his home on the Chyle, Town of Warren. He was born May 20, 1904 in Starkville, son of Alonzo and Cora Belle Dunckel. He attended Starkville school. On Oct. 7, 1925 he married Bernice Van Valkenburg of Warren, in the Lutheran Parsonage, Fort Plain. The couple lived in the Town of Warren where he was a dairy farmer. He was a member of Warren Grange 810, Pomona, State and National Granges. He was a member of Herkimer County Magistrates Assn. of which he was a past president and was serving as peace justice of the Town of Warren having completed eight years. Surviving besides his wife are a son, T/Sgt. Eugene H. Dunckel with the Air Force on Guam; a grandson, Wayne Howard Dunckel, of Guam; a sister, Mrs. Don Howland, Fort Plain. The funeral will be at 2 Saturday from the McGrath Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Frederic Fraser, pastor of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Fort Plain Cemetery.

KINNE, William: Mr. William Kinne, father of Mr. Guy Kinne, Esq. of Richfield Springs, died at his residence in Little Lakes, on Monday night the 26th of March, 1888. Mr. Kinne was born in Windham, Conn. At the age of fourteen years, he walked all the way from his native place to Springfield, N.Y., where he resided a few years and then settled in Little Lakes, where he has lived sixty years and where he filled the office of Post Master for forty years. He was an active, public-spirited man and took a deep interest in whatever concerned the welfare of the community in which he lived. Though not a member of the church in that place, he took great interest in its welfare and contributed very heartily to its support. He was an active and honored member of the Masonic Fraternity and sought to carry out in all the relations of life the principles of this ancient and highly honorable order. He was a man of a peculiarly amiable disposition and kind heart, a kind father and most obliging neighbor. His business life was most upright and honorable. His work was as good as his bond and many were the deeds of kindness performed by him to his friends and neighbors in the way of business accommodation. He came down to his end like a shock of corn fully ripe in his season. Without any special disease, his physical powers gave way and he passed quietly away in the eighty-third year of his age, beloved and honored in the community by all and having a name and life without a stain. He leaves an aged companion in very poor health and four children - Mrs. M. J. Davis of Chicago, Mrs. Dr. Geo. W. Earl of Skaneateles, now of Clear Water Harbor, Florida, William O. Kinne of Harlem, Dakota and Guy Kinne of this place. The funeral services took place at his late residence yesterday, Rev. J. L. Humphrey, pastor of the M. E. church, Richfield Springs, officiating.

TUNNICLIFF, Richard W. - In this village March 17th, 1891, Richard W. Tunnicliff, aged 85 years 10 months and 15 days. He was born in the town of Warren, Herkimer County, May 2nd 1805. The early part of his life was spent in the town of his birth. He first embarked in business in Schuylers Lake village by purchasing what is now the Christman House. He built the store which is attached to the hotel and carried on trade for a number of years. He afterwards lived five years in Bridgewater and moved to this place thirty-five years ago and lived in the house on Lake Street (Richfield Springs) known as the Tunnicliff House, recently known as Tunnicliff Lawn, all these years. He was twice married and had five children. By his first wife, Eliza Jane May, a native of Schuylers Lake, he had two daughters both of whom survive him, one of them, Mrs. Fannie Harrington lives at Tunnicliff Lawn and had cared for his home for several years, the other daughter, Mrs. Brown, resides in Illinois. By his second wife, Miss Clark of Sherburne, he had two sons and one daughter. One of the sons now lives in Canada and the other in Nebraska and the daughter in Illinois. Mr. Tunnicliff has been blessed with remarkable health and vigor for a person so old until within a very short time. Even the day he died he was out to dinner with his family and his death was shockingly sudden. The funeral will be held from his late residence on Friday at two o'clock.

WILLIS, Grove W. - (undated) Mr. Grove W. Willis, an old and esteemed resident of this city, died at his house, corner of Sanborn and LaFayette streets, last evening, shortly after 8 o'clock of old age and a complication of diseases. Grove W. Willis was born in Herkimer County, N.Y., March 31, 1811 in which state he spent the early days of his life. In 1838 he moved to Southport, Racine County, Wis. and lived there and in Kenosha County until 1853 when he removed to Minnesota and lived the remainder of his life in Winona and Fillmore Counties. He was one of the organizers of Fillmore County and was the first clerk of the court of that county. He also assisted in the establishment of the town site of Chatfield and labored during the early 50's to secure the county seat at that place. He was married on Dec. 11th, 1830 at Waterville, N. Y. to Harriet E. Allen, who survives him. The family consisted of four daughters and three sons who, with the exception of one daughter, are all living.

ELLIS, SARA A. - (undated newspaper clipping) - The death of Sara A. Ellis which occurred at her late home last Thursday evening, has again saddened the village. Miss Ellis has been a resident of this place for a great many years and endeared herself to her neighbors and friends. She, with her sister, Inez, have lived in the hold home since the death of her parents who were both called by death within a week. Much sympathy is felt for the sister in her bereavement. She also leaves two more sisters, Mrs. Jennie Tunnicliff of this place, and Mrs. Eva Eckler of Richfield Springs, also one brother, Thomas Ellis and several nieces and nephews. One nephew, Arthur Ellis of Oneida, formerly a resident of this place. The funeral was held at her late residence Monday at one p.m. The Rev. Claude Soares of Richfield conducted the services and burial was made in the family plot in the Springfield Center cemetery. The bearers were: Clarence Armstrong, Curtis Seeber, Charles Guiwits, and Silas Conklin. School was closed Monday afternoon on account of the funeral.

ELLIS, Sara A. - (undated clipping) The death of Sara A. Ellis which occurred at her late home last Thursday evening, has again saddened the village. Miss Ellis has been a resident of this place for a great many ears and endeared herself to her neighbors and friends. She, with her sister Inez have lived in the old home since the death of her parents, who were both called by death within a week. Much sympathy is felt for the sister in her bereavement. She also leavea two more sistera, Mrs. Jennie Tunnicliff of this place and Mrs. Eva Eckler of Richfield Springs, also one brother, Thomas Ellis and several nieces and nephews. One nephew, Arthur Ellis of Oneida, formerly a resident of this place. The funeral was held at one p.m. The Rev. Claude Soares of Richfield Springs conducted the services and burial was made in the family plot in the Springfield Center cemetery. The bearers were: Clarence Armstrong, Curtis Seeber, Charles Guiwits and Silas Conklin. School was closed Monday afternoon on account of the funeral. Mrs. Silas Conklin of Richfield Springs has been spending several days at the Ellis home.

CRAIN, Dr. W. B. - Well Known to Visitors to Richfield Springs - Judge Crain His Nephew. Utica, March 9 - Dr. William Baker Crain of Richfield Springs died of heart disease this morning, aged about 68 years. Dr. Crain was well known by the medical fraternity in this city as well as by thousands of men and women who visited Richfield Springs in quest of health. He was in charge of the bathhouses there. Dr. Crain was an uncle of Judge Thomas C. T. Crain, former Tenement House Commissioner. Two other nephews survive him in this city - Dr. Alfred R. Crain of 122 West Seventy-eighth Street and William C. Crain of West Seventy-eighth Street, near Broadway. Dr. William Baker Crain frequently visited New York. He was reputed to be very wealthy and owned much real estate in the vicinity of Richfield Springs. He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at the beginning of the Civil War was assigned to take charge of the United States Military Hospital at Washington, D. C. Later he was assigned to the United States Hospital at New Creek, Va. He served with the rank of Major in the Maryland cavalry until the close of the war and was at Antietam and other battles. From 1866 until his death he was a successful practitioner at Richfield Springs, Dr. Crain was born at Cullenwood (Herkimer County) the residence of his father, Col. William Cullen Crain, who was Speaker of the Assembly in 1846 and the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1860.

McRorie, Glenn - South Columbia, June 21, 1924: Glenn McRorie, a well known and respected young resident of South Columbia was struck by lightning and killed shortly after 4 o'clock this morning. Mrs. McRorie and he went to the kitchen of the house where some clothing was hanging near the chimney. At the moment when the unfortunate man was removing the clothes, a bolt of lightning came down the chimney and killed him instantly. The deceased was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Stuart McRorie and was about 30 years of age. Only a short time ago he was married to Lulu Guyer of Richfield Springs, who survives. Besides the wife and parents, a sister, Mrs. Lynn Geywits and a brother Earl McRorie survive.

VEDDER, Martha Springer (undated) Martha Springer Vedder, wife of the late Madison Vedder of Richfield Springs, joined her love ones in the Heavenly Home Saturday, Jan. 21st at 75 years. She leaves one brother, the Hon. L. H. Springer of Starkville, an aged sister-in-law, Mrs. Hawn, and her cousin Miss Sophia Van Horn who has been her faithful companion for the past 25 years to mourn her loss. Her accomplished and only child Flora, died August 15, 1883 aged 21 years. Mrs. Vedder has always deeply mourned her daughter's death and in her home circle has done all that a loving wife could do, and always sincerely welcomed her friends. In the care of her husband, she overexerted her strength, taking upon herself every burden and doing all that could be done for the husband who has been ill over a year. She received the fatal stroke on her return from his funeral, just two weeks previous to the day of her death. Her pastor, The Rev. F. L. Hokerk was heard to remark, "He never knew a better woman than Mrs. Vedder."

SPRINGER, Daniel - Mr. Daniel Springer, an old and respected citizen of Richfield, departed this life April 9th, 1885 in the 80th year of his age. Most of his life was spent on a farm near the Kyle in Herkimer county where by diligence in business, economy and honesty, he accumulated quite a large property. Twelve years ago Mr. Springer retired from his farm and moved into Richfield Springs which continued to be his home till his death. He was a man of strictest integrity and honor in dealings with his fellow men, a devoted husband, a kind father, a true friend and an obliging neighbor. His funeral was largely attended last Sabbath afternoon from his late residence on Lake Street. Mr. Springer has two sons, both of whom died before him. A grand-son and a grand-daughter and a wife survive him. He came to his grave in full age "like a shock of corn cometh in its season."

GRAY: In Warren, January 24th, 1883, Mrs. Caroline Gray aged 68 years 8 months and 20 days. Funeral services will be held Sunday the 28th inst. at 12 o'clock at the Methodist church, Little Lakes.

STORING: At Cullen July 30, 1890 Mrs. Jacob G. Storing, in the 70th year of her age.

new4/11/08  The following large group of Towns of Warren and Stark family obits was graciously contributed by H. Geywits!

"I would like to contribute a number of obituaries that are from original newspaper clippings (mostly the local paper, The Mercury) found in a scrapbook pertaining to the Geywits / McRorie family. I have tried to sort out those from the Town of Warren or the Town of Stark. There are several that have been sent to the Otsego County web page that might also contain information on residents of Herkimer County. I hope that these might be of help to others in their research." H. Geywits

CLELAND: One of the prominent citizens of the town of Warren in the person of ex-Sheriff Geo. M. Cleland died at his residence in Jordanville, Tuesday morning (Apr. 1883). Mr. Cleland was the youngest son of Hon. Jonas Cleland of Warren and had always resided at the Cleland homestead in the town of Warren. He was born in 1825 and had been twice married, his second wife and two children surviving him. The children reside at Sioux City, Iowa where the son, Jonas M., is a prominent attorney and now fills the position of city attorney. The deceased had occupied various positions of trust during his long life. He was appointed loan commissioner in 1847; had twice been elected justice of the peace and three times supervisor of the town of Warren. In November 1864, he was elected sheriff by 930 majority over L. L. Lowell of Mohawk. He served on the staff of General Prescott as brigade engineer, took charge of filling the quota of his town during the late war and in the discharge of that duty was at Newborn, N.C. during the last year of the war and raised a company of colored troops. He was appointe a detective in the United States secret service in 1868. He had also held many minor positions of trust in the locality where he resided. In politics, Mr. Cleland was a staunch Republican. The funeral will be attended from his late residence at 11 a.m. Friday.

DALPHIN: Mr. Dalphin died at his home in the town of Warren, April 11th, 1890 after a painful illness of several months. In the passing away from among us of a life so unselfish, so pure and so true, it is only fitting that with the announcement, there should be some expression of our high esteem for his character and our great sense of loss in his death. The writer had known Mr. Dalphin for nearly forty years and we love to linger in the memory of a true and humble life. There was a conservative consistency and excellence of character which taught a wholesome and salutary lesson. When everyone speaks well of him, and instinctively says at his departure, that a good man has gone to his reward, it is indeed an abiding comfort to all his surviving friends. It is thus that Mr. Dalphin is remembered in Richfield and Warren by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was most assuredly a kind neighbor, a good citizen and generous friend with a heart filled with the highest principles of moral integrity and honor. Life to him was sweet and he wanted to live for the comfort and protection of his family, but he was free to express his willingness to submit to the will of his heavenly Father. He had an abiding faith in the everlasting covenant of a crucified redeemer and was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church of Richfield Springs. He leaves a widow and an adopted son and daughter. John E. Dalphin was born in Yorkshire, Eng., June 14, 1823. At the age of nine years he came to this country with his father, George Dalphin, who settled in the town of Springfield and in 1842, they removed to the farm in the town of Warren, Herkimer County, where John E. Dalphin passed the remainder of his life. The funeral was largely attended at his late residence April 15th and the remains deposited beside his kindred in the Springfield cemetery. B.

ECKLER: Resolutions of Respect - Died in Warren, Nov. 24, 1899, Ralph J. Eckler, only son of Lester and Julia Eckler, aged 23 years. At a special meeting of Warren Grange No. 810, P.H., held on Monday evening, Nov. 27, the following resolutions were adopted: Whereas, Death has again visited our midst and removed our brother, Ralph J. Eckler; there be it Resolved, that we, the officers and members of Warren Grange No. 810 extend to the bereaved parents and wife our heartfelt sympathy in this hour of bereavement and sorrow, help them to bow humbly to the will of the Divine Master and support and comfort them in their great sorrow; Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent our worthy brother and sister and be spread upon the minutes of the Grange; also that they be published in the Richfield Springs Mercury.

SHIMEL: (no date) Mrs. Samantha Shimel, widow of Rufus Shimel of South Columbia, died at her home last evening after an illness of three weeks with heart disease. Mrs. Shimel was born in the Town of Springfield, Sept.11, 1850, the daughter of Samuel Smith and Laura Maria Ostrander Smith. She and Mr. Shimel were married Jan. 1, 1867 and came to South Columbia to live. Mr. Shimel died 15 years ago. She is survived by a son, Dayton Shimel of Mohawk, and by a brother, Dayton Smith of this village (Richfield Springs). The funeral will be held at her home on Sunday at 2:30, the Rev. Mr. Ridgeway of Columbia officiating and interment will be in Springfield Center.

CRIM: March 23, 1937 - Mr. Chester Crim died very suddenly at his store in Little Lakes yesterday morning, of heart disease. He had been shoveling snow and went into the store and expired before medical aid could reach him, although Dr. A. D. Getman, of this village, was immediately telephoned and went there as quickly as the drifts would allow. Mr. Crim has for many years been the valued correspondent of the "Mercury" at that place. He long held the office of postmaster and carried on a general mercantile business. His funeral will be held at 1 o'clock tomorrow and will be conducted by Richfield Spring Lodge No. 482 F. & A.M. of which deceased was a member.

PETT: Charles Pett, Little Lakes, April 26, 1887. Charles Pett is dead! When this message was received through the telephone last Thursday, a thrill of sadness permeated the hearts of all who heard it - quickly the news spread from home to home and the entire community is saddened. Many mourn the loss of a faithful friend and obliging neighbor, while all miss his genial smile and cheerful converse. Upon his devoted family the blow is crushing; a kind husband, a tender father is gone. While we deeply sympathize with them, let us not forget to "visit the widow and the fatherless in their affliction." His funeral was largely attended last Sabbath. Rev. C. Sheard delivered a brief but effective discourse from Samuel, 20th c. 3d v., "There is but a step between me and death." The Little Lakes M.E. choir sang beautifully, "Jesus, lover of my soul."

SPRINGER: Franklin (undated clipping) Aged Warren Resident Found Dead In Bed: Last Thursday morning Franklin Springer, 89, of Warren, was found dead in bed at the home of his son David Springer. The funeral was held at the home of his son, Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Interment at Van Hornesville Cemetery, Reverend G. H. McCleave officiating. Mr. Springer was a descendant of an old family of the Town of Stark. He was born January 26, 1844, son of the late David and Sally Eckler Springer. His wife died several years ago. He was a member of the Grange at Little Lakes. There survive two sons, David of Warren and Victor of Van Hornesville; also two grandsons, Franklin and Ellis Springer.

DEVOE: Wallace G. (3/24/1898): Wallace G. DeVoe, a well known farmer, living near Jordanville. A distressing fatality occurred Wednesday morning near Jordanville in the southern part of Herkimer County. On a farm about two miles from the village lived Wallace G. DeVoe, with his wife and two sons, Floyd, 16 and Glen, aged 19. Between 2 and 3 a.m. the family was awakened by smoke and found that a serious conflagration had begun in the house. Efforts to check the progress of the flames proved futile. They appeared to have originated form the chimney and spread with great rapidity. The members of the family worked diligently to save as much as they could of the household and succeeded in removing a considerable quantity before the flames reached them. Desiring to save some articles that had been left upstairs, Mr. DeVoe entered the burning house at a point in the progress of the conflagration that rendered it a perilous undertaking. He was seen to enter and go upstairs, but he never was seen alive again. With the first suspicion that he had been lost, efforts were made to reach him, but without success. When the flames had exhausted themselves, the body of Mr. DeVoe was found in the ruins. His tragic death occasions sincere regret in the entire community. Mr. De Voe was about 60 years old. He was born on the farm and had passed all his days there. He was a man of exemplary character and deserved the high esteem in which he was held. Besides his wife and two sons, he leaves a brother, Daniel DeVoe of Ft. Plain and a sister residing in Ilion. Mrs. DeVoe is a sister of Hon. William A. Matteson of Utica. He was apprised of the catastrophe yesterday morning, but having a case before the court, was unable to leave. He will start for Jordanville early this morning to render his sister such assistance as may be in his power.

BIGELOW: In Warren, N.Y., November 1, 1883, Lena K., wife of Richard M. Bigelow aged 38 years and four months.

OSTERHOUT, Warren A.: Little Lakes 1892 - Warren A. Osterhout died Jan. 10th aged 52 years. The funeral was held at the M. E. church Tuesday, Rev. W. R. Helms officiating. Mr. Osterhout enlisted in August 1861 and after twenty-one months of faithful service was discharged at Baltimore. In the following August he was drafted and went to the front, serving until the close of the war.

OSTERHOUT, Mrs. Catherine: Little Lakes - Died in this place of apoplexy, Nov. 29, 1892 Mrs. Catherine Osterhout aged 78 years, 6 months and 26 days. The funeral took place at the M. E. Church, Dec. 1, Rev. W. R. Helms officiating. Mrs. Osterhout was a resident of this place for more than fifty years and leaves two daughters and three sons to mourn her loss. In 1869 she experience religion under the Rev. Wm. Chase and enjoyed the blessings of God the rest of her life. She often said that when God called her she was ready to go.

OSTERHOUT, Sylvia: In Warren, Sunday, February 10th, 1884, Sylvia, wife of Cornelius Osterhout aged 61 years, 6 months and 5 days.

BALL: Rose Hoke Ball (undated): Esteemed Warren lady passed away last week: The town of Warren lost an old and esteemed resident October 18th when Mrs. Rose Hoke Ball passed away at her home on the Cullen-Little Lakes road. She had been ailing for some weeks and her death was not unexpected. Mrs. Ball came from a fine old pioneer family of the town of Danube, she being the daughter of the late Solomon and Catherine Walter Hoke and was born near Newville on the 20th of November 1854. On the 26th of March 1873, she became the bride of A. A. Ball, a substantial farmer of the town of Warren, where all their married life was spent. She was a member of the Grange at Little Lakes. There survive a son, Walter Ball, who resides at the homestead; two daughters, Mrs. Merton J. Coats of Little Falls and Mrs. Lester Young of Little Lakes; and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Ball formerly attended the M. E. Church of Jordanville and was a member of the Ladies' Union Society of Warren. The funeral was held from the home at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, Reverend George H. McCleave, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Richfield Springs, officiating. Burial was made in Springfield Cemetery.

TUNNICLIFF: Mrs. N. H. (5/6/1903) The heartfelt sympathy of the community is justly extended to the bereaved husband, mother, brothers and sister of Mrs. N. H. Tunnicliff, cut down suddenly in her early prime after ten years of wedded life that was simply ideal in its experience and full of promise for continuing happiness and widening usefulness. As the daughter of the late E. A. Van Horne, and a resident here up to the time of her marriage and subsequent removal to Omaha, Mrs. Tunnicliff necessarily had a wide circle of acquaintances who well knew her personal charm and worth and are correspondingly saddened by her untimely departure from among the living.

SHOEMAKER: A. Louise Tunnicliff Shoemaker, At Warren, July 26th, 1918, occurred the death of A. Louise Tunnicliff Shoemaker, wife of the late Isaac Shoemaker in her 64th year. The deceased had not been in good health for some time but had seemed no worse and her death came as a great shock to her family. She had lived in Warren her entire life and was the mother of six children: Lena, deceased; Edna of Beacon; Ray of New York and Helen and Harold of Warren. She leaves also two brothers, George E. Tunnicliff of Warren and Nelson H. Tunnicliff of New York. Funeral services were held from her late home Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. E. G. Rawson officiating.

TUNNICLIFF, Henry: 1968 - Henry Tunnicliff, 89, of the Town of Warren, died Saturday, January 20 in Herkimer Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for two days. Born of pioneer ancestry on April 18, 1878 to Byron and Mary French Tunnicliff in the Town of Warren, he worked the home farm as long as he was physically able. His lineage went back to John Tunnicliff Sr., who settled near Schuyler Lake in 1756 and whose sons John and William T. later settled in home in Richfield and Warren. His recollection of happenings and events in and about Richfield Springs was extremely keen and he was able to add much of historic value to the Town of Richfield History published in 1961. Services were held at one on Tuesday from the McGrath Funeral Home with the Rev. Horace Del Pozzo officiating. Burial will be later in Lakeview Cemetery, Richfield Springs. Surviving are several cousins and distant relatives.

FRENCH: Mrs. Mary E. French: (undated) The death of Mrs. M. French after an illness of a year, occurred at her home in the town of Warren residing on the farm where she was born and lived practically her whole life. She was born January 12, 1846 and married Byron Tunnicliff in 1877. She was a loyal and faithful member of the Presbyterian church of this village, a member of the Ladies' Aid and Missionary societies, had been a teacher in the Sabbath school and was devoted and interested in all departments of the church work while her health permitted. She had been a teacher in the day school for over 25 years, a vice-president of the Old Ladies' Home at Mohawk for a number of years and worked loyally to interest other in the Home. Mrs. Tunnicliff was a woman of strong personality, reading much and deeply interested in the changes occurring during late years. She was a correspondent for the Herkimer Telegram Record for a number of years. Sympathy of many friends is extended to her only son Henry who resided with her on the home farm; a sister Mrs. F. R. Stratton of Grand Rapids, Mich..; a brother S. D. French of Washaway, Iowa. Funeral was held from her late home, with interment in Lakeview cemetery, Richfield Springs.

new3/19/08  The following group of Beach Family obituaries was graciously contributed by Kelly Beach!

Fred L. Beach Obituary (Oct 16, 1960)

Dolgeville- Fred L. Beach, 53, of Snells Bush section of the Town of Manheim, died yesterday in his home after a long illness.

He was born May 7, 1907, in the Town of Stark.

On Dec, 23, 1926, he married Mabel Loucks.

The couple had conducted farms in Manheim and Newville for the past 35 years.

Mr. Birch (Beach) attended Ingham's Mills Church.

He was a member of Dolgeville Lodge 796, F&AM, and the Royal Arch Masons, Cathetackne Grange. He was formerly a director of the Producers Co-op of Dolgeville and was an officer of the Dolgeville GLF.

Besides his wife, he leaves his mother, Mrs. Nellie Beach, (should be Miss Nellie Beach), of St Johnsville; two grandchildren and several cousins. A son, Lynn died in 1951.

The funeral will be at 2 Wednesday from the Beach home with the Rev. William Gilpin, pastor of the Ingham's Mills Church, officiating. Burial will be in Ingham's Mills Cemetery .

Dolgeville Lodge F&AM will conduct ritualistic services at the Beach home at 7:30 tomorrow night.

Calling hours at the home will be tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, until the time of the funeral, at the convenience of callers. Arrangements are in charge of the Nielson Funeral Home.

Floyd V. Beach (Dec 29, 1964)

Ilion- Floyd V. Beach, 57, of 4 Shull St., a retired Sperry Rand UNIVAC employee, died yesterday in Herkimer Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Beach was born in Oswego. He married Gladys Williams in 1922 in Mohawk.

He had lived in Ilion 45 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the 25 Year Club of Sperry Rand, where he had been employed 41 years, retiring in March.

Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Warren (Hazel) Seckner of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mrs. Elliot (Irene) Holden of Allentown, Pa.

The funeral will be at 2 tomorrow from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home with the Rev, Arthur Lacey, pastor of Ilion Baptist Church , officiationg. Cremation will be in Waterville.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 today.

Horace M. Beach, 79, Ilion Resident 57 Years

Ilion- Horace M. Beach, 79, of 155 John St., died unexpectedly June 4, 1957.

He was born Nov., 1877, in Smiths Corners, Town of Stark, son of William and Rose Fort Beach. He married Flora E. Vauvilliez in June, 1900. She died in June, 1943.

A resident of Ilion for 57 years, Mr. Beach was employed at Remington Rand where he was a member of Local 334, AFL-CIO.

He was a member of First Methodist Church and of Ilion Lodge 839, IOOF, for more than 50 years.

He leaves a son, Floyd of Ilion, tow brothers, Perry of Utica, Jesse of St. Johnsville; a sister, Miss Nellie Beach of Herkimer; two grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 Friday from the Whiter Funearl Home, with the Rev. Carlton VanOrnum, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Jordanville Cemetery.

Jesse Beach (Dec 13, 1959)

St Johnsville- Jesse L. Beach, 68, died yesterday in his home, 85 W. Main St., after a long illness.

Mr. Beach was born at Smiths Corners, Town of Stark, Oct. 2, 1891, a son of William and Rosina Fort Beach. He lived most of his life in Paines Hollow and was a carpenter.

The family came to St. Johnsville in 1944 and lived here since.

Mr. Beach was married to Leah Doxstader Nov. 27, 1913, in Paines Hollow. She survives also a son, Paul W., of Elmira; a brother, Perry, Utica; a sister, Miss Nellie Beach, St. Johnsville; two grandsons; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be at 1:30 tomorrow from the Lull Funeral Home, the eve. Bertram A. Walton, acting pastor of St. Johns Reformed church, officiating. Burial will be in the Jordanville Cemetery in the spring.

Below is the best census info I have on this family. William H. is my Gt Gt Grandfather via his son Perry. These names are all on the same page one after another, no house #'s or household divisions. This is page 14 out of 16. Shaut, Cramer and more Fort families show up on page 13. Eckler and more Shaut on page 9.

1892 NY State Census, Stark, Herkimer County, NY, Feb. 16, 1892

NameSexAgeCountry BornProfession
William Beach M44 US farmer
Rosina Beach F41US
Willie Beach M22US mason
Albert E. Beach M18US
Horace Beach M15US
Perry Beach M11 US
Nellie M. Beach F8US
Jessie Beach M1US

Angeline C. MabieF 67US
Lester Mabie M12 US

Alexander FortM 38US farmer
Ellen Fort F 38 US
Lewellyn Fort M 6 US
Edna FortF1US

Really what I really need is William H Beach's death certificate. This is he and wife buried at the Highland Cemetery, Jordanville.

BEACH, Rosina Fort, 1851 - 1929, Hus. Wm. H.
BEACH, William H., 1849 - 1925, Wf. Rosina Fort

new3/16/08  The following large group of Flint-Buddle obituaries was graciously contributed by Ron Miller!

Utica Daily Press, Tuesday, February 23, 1926


Canajoharie- Feb 22, John M. Hoffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hoffman of Palatine Bridge, died at the Montgomery County Sanitarium at Swart[s?] Hill Sunday night. He had been a patient there the last year.

He was [19?] years of age and was born in Canajoharie. Besides his parents, he leaves seven brothers, Clifford, Roy, Wilbur, James, Charles, Harold, William and three daughters [sisters], Mrs. William Abeling, and Elizabeth and Katherine Hoffman of Palatine Bridge.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. - unreadable----

Daily Press, Utica, NY, Wednesday, April 4, 1956

St. Johnsville-- James A. Hoffman Sr., 84, died April 2, 1956 in Little Falls Hospital, where he had been a patient a week.

Mr. Hoffman made his home with his son and daughter-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hoffman, at 17 West Liberty Street.

He was born in the Town of Canajoharie on March 25, 1872, a son of John M. and Maria Ambridge Hoffman. He had resided in St. Johnsville about 30 years, and for long time was employed by the Palatine Dyeing Company, prior to his retirement.

He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Canajoharie, and the St. Johnsville Grange. He married Mary C. Welch. She died in 1941.

Surviving are five sons, Clifford, James A., and Charles Hoffman, all of Fort Plain; William and Harold Hoffman, St. Johnsville; two daughters, Mrs. William Abeling, Canajoharie, and Mrs. William Perry, St. Johnsville; a sister, Mrs. Mabel Martini, Canajoharie; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, also several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 2 Thursday from the Smith Funeral Home, here, the Rev. Herman Briele, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery, at Canajoharie.

Utica Daily Press, 1941 - date missing from newspaer image


St. Johnsville-- Mrs. Mary Hoffman, 62, wife of James Hoffman, 33 Center, died Sept. 20, 1941, in Little Falls Hospital, where she had been a patient for four months.

Mrs. Hoffman was born in Canajoharie, a daughter of Byron and Catherine Welch. The family lived there for many years, but had lived in this village for about 10 years.

She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Canajoharie.

There survive two daughters, Mrs. William Abeling, Canajoharie, and Mrs. William Perry, this village, five sons; Clifford, Harold and William, all of St Johnsville, and James and Charles, Fort Plain; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Asheroft, Palatine, and Mrs. Jacob Sparks, Fort Plain, and two brothers, Charles Welch, Fort Plain, and Oliver Henneman, Valier, Mont.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow from the home of the daughter, Mrs. William Perry, 15 S. Division, this village. Burial will be in Canajoharie.

Note: Her birth name was Mary C. Flint, she was adopted by Byron and Rachael Welch on 20 June 1880. Her birth parents were George Peter Flint and Mary Catherine /?/

Her brother, Oliver David Flint was adopted by a German Family - Henry & Julia Henneman, thus explaining her brother, Oliver Henneman of Valier, Montana.

The Utica Observer, Monday, April 4, 1910



Dispondency Because of Ill Health
Thought to Have Deranged His Mind -
Twenty-Five Years West Shore
Freight Agent - Ten With Central

Fort Plain- April 4, [1910] (Special) James N. Vibbard, 6[3?] years old and for many years one of the best railroad men in the Mohawk Valley, ended his life today by hanging himself with a clothesline in his own home. Despondency because of continued ill health is thought to have been the reason.

Mr. Vibbard was alone in the house this forenoon, the other members of the family being at work and neighbors saw him as late as 10 o'clock.

When his daughter, Miss Marion Vibbard, returned from work for luncheon this noon, she found her father's body in the front hall suspended from the banisters.

Mr. Vibbard was the original West Shore freight agent in this village, and he opened that company's freight station here when the road first begain to operate. He worked in the capacity of freight agent for the company during [2?]5 years and upon his retirement was succeeded by his son L. [Leonard] H. Vibbard. Another son, John Vibbard is freight agent of the New York Central here. Prior to his coming to Fort Plain the elder Vibbard was for ten years employed as agent by the New York Central in Amsterdam and Schenectady.

Besides his widow and the daughter and two sons mentioned there survive one brother, [J.?] R. Vibbard, Saratoga Springs and one sister, Mrs. Henry Tib[bitts?] of Schenectady.

Utica Daily Press, 1898- [no date at top of page.]


Buddles- In this city, Sunday, April 17, 1898, Lorina, wife of the late John Buddles, aged 76 years.

The Utica Herald Dispatch, Saturday Evening, May 22, 1915



Died at home of daughter, Mrs. Timothy Smith, in Marshville.

Canajoharie May 22, - Sarah A., wife of Stephen Doughart, died yesterday about noon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Timothy Smith, in Marshville. The deceased was born April 20, 1823 and was one of the oldest residents of the town. She was three times married. Her first husband was Oliver Flint, the second husband Abram Failing, and Stephen Doughart the third. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Timothy Smith and Mrs. William Konertz, both of Marshville: four sons, W. H. Flint off Newburg, Theodore Flint of Gloversville, Oliver Flint of Schenectady and Jacob Failing of Canajoharie. The funeral will be held on Sunday nt 2 o'clock at the church in Marshville. The Rev. L. A. Roberts of Ames will officiate. Burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

The Utica Observer Dispatch, Friday, August 26, 1932

Deaths in the O-D Parish

Jacob Failing

Canajoharie- Jacob Failing, 65, died yesterday afternoon at 2 at his home in Otsego street, this village, after an illness of five months.

He was born in Canajoharie Oct. 7, 1866, a son of Abraham Failing and Sarah Buddle Failing. For a number of years he had been employed at Arkell & Smith's. He was a member of the father's auxilliary of Raymond W. Smith Post 222, American Legion.

Besides his widow he is survived by two sons, Clark of Perry Farms, Fla. and Webster of Chicago, Ill., and one grandson, Clark E. Failing.

The funeral will be held from his late home tomorrow afternoon at 2. The Rev. Herman F. Vesper, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church will conduct the service. Burial will be in Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.

Note: I had been trying to find out who Oliver Flint's wife's maiden name was for years. I found out about the Newpaper site and solved the mystery in about 15 minutes!!! :) I still haven't found out the parentage of Oliver. :(

The Utica Herald-Dispatch, Friday Evening, February 16, 1906



Burial at Ames

Mrs. Olive Jane Buddle, wife of Henry Buddle, one of the old residents of this town, will be buried to-morrow afternoon at Ames. The service will be held at 2 o'clock in the Ames Methodist Church and the Rev, Mulholland will officiate. Mrs. Buddles was 72 years of age and her death was due principally to senile infirmities. The interment will be made in Ames Cemetary. Besides a husband, the deceased is survived by two daughters and five sons, Lorenzo, William and E. P. Buddle of Canajoharie. Grant Buddle of Herkimer and Henry of Lykers.

[Note: The Henry mentioned should be Clarence]

The Utica Observer-Dispatch, Thursday, April 2, 1925

Utica Daily Press, Thursday, April 2, 1925


Canajoharie- April 1, 1925 - Mrs. Acelia Buddles, wife of Lorenzo Buddles, died Tuesday at her home near the village. She was a daughter of Ros[w]ell and Rebecca J. Miner Earring and was born in the town of Sharon, March 2, 1852. She was a member of the Methodist Church at Ames.

She leaves her husband, two sons, Homer and Henry Buddles of the town of Canajoharie, and three daughters, Mrs. William Hilton of Syracuse, Mrs. Freeman Becker of Palatine Bridge, and Mrs. Elmer Hawkins of Canajoharie. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church at Ames Friday Afternoon at 2. Interment will be made at Ames.

Newspaper clipping:

William T. Buddle age 67 died at Little Falls, March 12, 1895. Had a harness shop for many years.

The Utica Daily Press, Thursday, March 22, 1900


BUDDEL- Entered into rest, in this city, Wednesday, March 21, 1900, Charity A. Buddel, aged 67 years.

The Utica Observer-Dispatch, Wednesday, January 20, 1926

Funeral Tomorrow
Of Mrs. J. E. Smith
Of Canajoharie

Canajoharie, Jan. 20- The funeral of Mrs. Julia E. Smith, 68, widow of Timothy Smith, will be held tomorrow. Her death occurred at the home of her daughter Mrs. John Heiser, Seebers Lane on Monday.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Heiser and Mrs. [Dinkel?] [Kniskern?] of Canajoharie; six sons, Charles of Newville, Oliver and William of Fort Plain, John of Voorheesville, and Fred G. and Guy of this village.

The funeral will be held from the home of Mrs. Heiser tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. The Rev. William M. Ba???, D. D. pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church will conduct the service. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

[Note: Julia was a daughter of Oliver Flint and Sarah A. Buddle]

Utica NY Observer, Monday, August 20, 1923

FORT PLAIN [ Montgomery County, NY]

Bring Remains
To Son's Home

Jay C. Cook Correspondent

Fort Plain, Aug. 20, 1923- Mrs. Martha Konertz, 65, died at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam late Saturday night after an illness of five months. The remains were brought to the undertaking rooms of [H. ?] Swarty[?] and & Sons and taken later to the home of her son Charles Young, where the funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 and a 2 o'clock service will be held at the Catherine Nellis Memorial Chapel. Interment will be made at the Fort Plain Cemetery. The Rev. Scott J. Davis will officiate.

Mrs. Konertz leaves her husband, William Konertz and two sons, Charles and James of this village, also one sister, Mrs. Timothy Smith of Nelliston, three brothers, Oliver of Schenectady, Theodore of Gloversville, and William of Newburg, and one half brother Joseph Failing of Canajoharie. She was practically a lifelong resident of the town of Minden.

[Note: Martha was a daughter of Oliver Flint and Sarah A. Buddle]

The Utica Daily Press, Tuesday, January 27, 1931


Fort Plain-- Jan. 26, [1931] Charles D. Young, 54, a lifelong resident of Fort Plain, died Saturday night at 11 after an extended illness, at his home here.

He was born March 18, 1876, a son of Charles H. and Martha Flint Young. By occupation, Mr. Flint was a painter and followed that profession for a number of years. He was a member of the Fort Plain Baptist Church, Ote[qauge?] Lodge, 507, I.I.O.F., Fort Plain Encampment and Rebekah organizations.

The survivors are his wife and one son, Leland Young, both of Fort Plain. Burial at Fort Plain Cemetery.

The Utica Observer-Dispatch, Friday, July 26 1935

Deaths in the
O-D Parish

Mrs. Grace Young

Fort Plain- Mrs. Grace Young, 53, wife of the late Charles Young, died at he home of her son Leland Young, Thursday morning, July 25, 1935, after a lingering illness.

She was born in Canajoharie, Mar. 9, 1877, daughter of Peter and Margaret Salisbury Becker. She had been a resident of Fort Plain for the past 30 years. She was a member of Rebecca Lodge, First Baptist Church and also sang in the choir of that church.

She is survived by one son, Leland Young; two sisters, Mrs. Peter Keller and Miss Martha Becker both of Fort Plain: one halfsister, Miss Alice Yerdon of Sharon Springs; two grandsons, Leo and Deo Young.

Utica Herald Dispatch, Tuesday Evening, Feb 24, 1920

Mrs. Helen M. Flint --

Helen M. Flint, widow of Edward Flint, died Monday morning at 4:15 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Maxson on Barclay street, after a long illness with Bright's disease. She was born at Mayfield May 16, 1847, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Blowers, but most of her life had been spent in this village. Since the death of her husband she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Maxson. She was a member of the Reformed Church and was highly regarded by those who knew her. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Maxson, Mrs Mable Hoke and Mrs. Clay Hines of this village; two sisters Mrs. Jane Boller of Vail Mills and Mrs. Wm. Kent of Frankfort, and one brother, Lucius Blowers of Fort Plain. The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock at the Maxson home, the Rev. Victor J. Blackkink pastor of the Reformed Church, officiating. The remains will be placed in the vault in the Canajoharie Falls Cemetery, where the burial will be made in the spring.

Utica Daily Press, 1942

Mrs. Elizabeth Hines

Canajoharie- Mrs. Elizabeth Hines, 77, died Mar. 19, 1942, in the home of a son, Clay Hines, 112 Moyer St. She had been ill 10 months.

She was a daughter of Daniel and Katherine Heavenor Neahr, and was born in Canajoharie. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard.

Besides Clay she leaves another son, John A. of Canajoharie.

The funeral will be at 3 p. m. tomorrow from the home of Clay Hines, the Rev. Clyde Joudry officiating. Burial will be in Leesville Cemetery.

new 3/16/08  We've received a new donation from Carol Grainger!

Death Notice - The Syracuse Herald, 9 Dec 1913:

Charles Rathbone, 72, Ilion.
Harrison Morton Smith, 25, Herkimer.

Ilion- The funeral of Louis E. Williams, 60, of 116 S. Fourth ave., who died Saturday at his home following a long illness. Burial was in Armory Hill Cemetery. A native of Oneida Castle, he was the son of John E. and Harriett Pitcher Williams. In 1914 he married Dorothy Kidder in Turin. He leaves one son of California and one sister Lynn _______.

The Syracuse Herald, 21 Feb 1909

Aaron Frederick "Fred" Hilts, d. Feb 20, 1909 at East Syracuse, burial in Herkimer.

The Syracuse Herald, 11 Dec 1918

Rosetta M. Hilts, widow of Frederick A., died at her home 231 Fayette Street, burial in Herkimer.

1900 census Syracuse Ward 5, Onondaga, New York
Frederick b. May 1849
Rosetta M., wife, b. Oct 1855, no children, married 44 years.
Rented a house, Fred was a carpenter. Listed as Frederick A. in census.

new 2/24/08  Obituaries for May Brown Wayne were contributed by B. Porter!

Evening Recorder
Amsterdam, New York
Tuesday - April 18, 1939


Mrs. May B. Wayne

Mrs. May Brown Wayne, died Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Amsterdam City Hospital, where she where been a patient since Jan. 16, following a fall in which she fractured her hip. She was born in Chateaugay [NY] April 8, 1878, and for the last 40 years had been a resident of Amsterdam, conducting a roomnig [sp.] house at 13 Pearl Street for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Church.

The survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Carrie Dumas, Plattsburgh [NY]; four granddaughters and several nieces.

Evening Recorder
Amsterdam, New York
Wednesday - April 19, 1939


WAYNE - April 17, 1939, Mrs. May Brown Wayne. Funeral Thursday morning at 9 o'clock at the funeral house of Johnson-Lindsay and 9:30 at St. Mary's Church. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Evening Recorder
Amsterdam, New York
Thursday - April 20, 1939


Funeral of Mrs. May B. Brown

The funeral of Mrs. May Brown Wayne was held this morning at 9 o'clock at the funeral house of Johnson-Lindsay, and at 9:30 at St Mary's Church, where the Rev. F. Raymond Sellman celebrated a requiem high mass. The bearers were Roy Loder, Jacob Seigle, Albert Siegenthaler and Joseph Gutowski. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery, the Rev. John T. Taffe conducting the committal service.

Mrs. Carrie Dumas, Plattsburgh [NY] attended the funeral.

new 2/20/08  An out-of-county handwritten death record, contributed by Pat Troy Demers.

I found this on Wolfe Island, while searching for Patrick E. (Elim) TROY's death record.

Elisa (M?) PYKE
died Sep 5 1885
45 years old
didn't say if she was married, single or widow
born Montgomery Co, NY (Mongom--Y Co NY)
didn't say what she died of
doctor: CR Dixon, MD
reported by Thomas Chambers, Wolfe Island
reported on 12 Sep 1885

Chambers seems to have reported several on the same page. Perhaps he was a town official, that periodically visited the doctor who may have lived on the mainland; it didn't say, and I haven't researched where the Dr. resided.

Wolfe Island is the island at the entrance of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, where it empties into Lake Ontario. On the Canadian side, people could take a ferry there from Kingston. On the US side, I think the ferry leaves from Cape Vincent.

My family (TROY) owned the land on Long Point, which is the land jutting the farthest into the lake. Someone from Toronto has horses running on it now, maybe a few cows. We were able to walk around the property, avoiding the animals, and we found a tin roof structure, what was left of it, where they probably kept feed. It was interesting.

Pat Troy Demers

new 2/20/08  Obituaries of the Dell Family of St. Johnsville, Town of Danube, & Town of Minden, contributed by Lisa Slaski.

new 2/20/08   From the Utica Daily Press, January 24, 1929:


Frankfort, Jan. 23.- Mrs. Anna Christina Hansen, widow of Ever Hansen, died last night at her home in the eastern part of the town. She was born in Denmark, June 21, 1865/66, coming to this country directly to Frankfort. She married Mr. Hanson in 18_6 and he died in 1920(?). She was a member of the Episcopal Church. She leave two children, Mrs. Jesse Brewer and John Hanson, both of this village.


Frankfort, Jan 23.- Mrs. Bertha M. Shanley, 64, widow of Thomas Shanley, died at the Ilion Hospital last night. She was born in Hillsboro, June 25, 1875, daughter of Seth and Jane Van Amee. She came to Frankfort 42 years ago and married in 1916, to Thomas Shanley, who died the same year.

She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Charles Lipp, Utica; Miss Ella Van Amee, Jacksonbrg, and Mrs. Evelyn House, Ilion, and a brother, George Van Amee, Little River, Fla.

new 1/2/08   The following three Knight family obituaries were contributed by Steven Knight!

From The Evening Telegram, Herkimer, NY, April 14, 1926


Mrs. Emma Knight, wife of the late Byron Knight, died at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of her son, William Knight, 84 West Main street. She had been in failing health for the past three years and a short time ago fell, breaking her shoulder which hastened the end.

Mrs. Knight was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Powers of Newport where she was born 77 years ago.

She was twice married. Her first husband was Charles Curtis of Utica and several years following his demise she was married to Byron Knight also of Utica where most of her life had been spent. Mr. Knight died 45 years ago.

For the past three years Mrs. Knight has resided with her son in Mohawk where she leaves many friends. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church of Utica. There survives besides her son mentioned, another son, Charles Curtis of Ilion and four grandchildren John and Kenneth Knight of Mohawk and Harry and Helen Curtis of Ilion.

The funeral will be privately held from the son's home at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon, Rev. William J. Gage of Grace Church officiating. Burial will be in Mohawk Cemetery.

Friends may call at the home this evening from 7 until 9.

From The Evening Telegram, Herkimer, NY, December 23, 1926


Death Comes Suddenly to William Bernard Knight in the Renwick Thomas Shop

Funeral Friday Morning

This village was shocked at the sudden and entirely unexpected death last evening of one of its well-known residents William Bernard Knight of West Main Street. Deceased was a tonsorial artist by occupation and engaged in the trade at the Renwick Thomas shop in Main Street when the end came. Engaged in lathering the face of Harry Busher, Mr. Knight reached for a towel when he died instantly.

William Knight was a native of Utica, in the 48th year of his age, having been born June 6, 1879. He came to Mohawk in 1904 and a year later married Fannie Mooney.

Mr. Knight was a man who enjoyed the friendship of all who knew him and sympathy is extended to the family consisting of the wife, two sons, Kenneth and John, and a half-brother, Charles Curtis of Ilion.

He was a member of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament and its Holy Name Society. He was affiliated with the Knights of Columbus and the Maccabees. The Holy Name Society will meet this evening at 7:30 and visit the home in a body.

From The Evening Telegram, Herkimer, NY, September 7, 1943


Mohawk - Funeral services for Kenneth Francis Knight, 37, who died suddenly last night at his home in 5 Erie St., will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Graves Funeral Home and at 9:30 from the Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will be made in St. Agnes Cemetery, Utica.

He was well-known throughout the Mohawk Valley, having been an outstanding basketball player. He was born here June 6, 1906, a son of William and Frances Mooney Knight. His education was received in Mohawk Schools where he was a member of several championship teams.

Later he played in professional circles. For the last ten years he was employed at Chambers and Cook's Restaurant. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, the Holy Name Society, Herkimer Elks Lodge and the Mohawk Fish and Game Club.

new 1/2/08   The following group of obituaries was contributed by Judy Morgan!

From The Evening Telegram, Herkimer, Herkimer Co, NY, Oct 24, 1942.

Minnie M. VanBuren Graham Manzer Funeral Rites Tuesday

Mrs. Minnie May Manzer, 53, died Saturday in Herkimer Memorial Hospital following a long illness. Mrs. Manzer was born in East Springfield, a daughter of Henry and Anna O. Lewis VanBuren. She was married twice, first to Augustus Graham in Florida about 36 years ago, and later to Fred Manzer who died in 1922. She lived in Herkimer for about 26 years and was a member of the Baptist Church. A son, Henry Homer Graham, Herkimer, survives. The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday from her late home at 109 King Street with the Rev. Edward V. Winder officiating. Burial will be in the Mohawk Cemetery.

From The Evening Telegram, Herkimer, NY, June 28, 1938.

Henry VanBuren, Long Local Resident Dies

Henry VanBuren, 86, died early Sunday at his home following an illness of several weeks. Mr. VanBuren was born March 12, 1852 in the town of Springfield, Otsego County, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tobias VanBuren. During his younger days he was a farmer. He later came to Herkimer where he spent most of his life except for a short period in Florida. He was last employed as a night watchman but had not worked for several years.

His wife Anna VanBuren died 4 or 5 years ago. Mr VanBuren leaves one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Manzer and one grandson, Henry Graham, both who resided with him, 2 nieces, Mrs. Ida Hart of this village and Mrs. Katie Armstrong of VanHornesville, and one nephew, Berton G. Fisher of Herkimer.

From The Evening Telegram, Herkimer, NY, April 14, 1932.

Mrs A.O. VanBuren, 78, Long Illness, Dies

Mrs. Anna Lewis VanBuren, wife of Henry VanBuren, 329 Eastern Ave, died last night after a lingering illness. She was born in the Town of Stark on October 3, 1853, daughter of David and Sarah Lewis and came to this village about 15 years ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Springfield Center.

She leaves her husband and daughter, Mrs. Minnie Manzer, and a grandson Henry H. Graham. The funeral will be held from her home on Saturday at 2 o'clock. Rev. A.W. Sheckells of the Baptist Church officiating.

From the Utica Observer Dispatch, Utica, NY, Friday, July 31, 1931.

Herkimer-----Miss Mary E. VanBuren, 81, died yesterday at the home of Burton Fisher, 422 Prospect St. from paralytic shock, having been stricken Monday. Miss VanBuren was born in Springfield May 1, 1850. She had been a resident of Herkimer since 1922. She is survived by one brother Henry VanBuren of Herkimer, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be tomorrow at 2 o'clock with Rev. A.E. Long officiating. Burial will be in Springfield Center Cemetery.

Obit. Sep 6, 1929, Otsego Co, NY

"Mrs. Mary Colwell Bellow Is Called in Death"

Ilion, Sept. 6 - Mrs. Mary Colwell Bellow, 37, wife of Harrison B. Bellow, died this morning at the Onondaga General Hospital, following a serious operation, performed yesterday. Mrs. Bellow was born at Richfield Springs August 6, 1892, and lived 21 years in Ilion, previous to moving to Syracuse about a year ago. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Violet Rebekah Lodge 198. She is survived by her husband and mother, Mrs. Grace Colwell, of Syracuse. The remains were brought to this village by Undertaker C.J. Applegate and the funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian Church Monday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery.

From the Oswego Palladium Times, Oswego Co, NY, July 5, 1949.

Residents of Amsterdam, Floyd Layman, 40, his wife Myrtle, 38, and their daughter Patricia, aged 4, were killed Sunday in the collision of their car and the NY Central's westbound Knickerbocker, at Cranesville, Montgomery Co.

From the Utica Observer Dispatch, Utica, NY, October 24, 1939.

Grace Layman Colwell Keesler

Grace Colwell Keesler, former resident of Ilion, died Monday, Oct 22, 1939 at the Utica Memorial Hospital. She was born in Gilboa, NY July 8, 1874 and married 12/3/1933 to Walter Keesler. She lived here in Utica for the past five years, previously living in Ilion. Survivors include her husband, a sister Lula Rose of Utica, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Thursday at the Presbyterian Church, Ilion.

From the Richfield Springs Mercury, Richfield Springs, NY, Thursday, Aug 31, 1961.

Dayton Armstrong, 78, died Aug 23 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown following a brief illness. The funeral will be Saturday at McGrath Funeral Home with Rev. Stanley Smith, pastor of VanHornesville Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in VanHornesville Cemetery. Mr Armstrong was born Dec 7, 1882 in Stark, the son of William and Emma (Fikes) Armstrong. He attended Rocks District School in the town of Stark. On Aug 26, 1906 he married Katie Palmer of Springfield Center in the Springfield Center Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong always resided on their present farm.

Mrs. Armstrong died several months ago. He was a member of the VanHornesville Odd Fellow Lodge, and former assessor in the town of Stark. Surviving are one brother, Lester, VanHornesville and several nieces and nephews.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, August 14, 1902.


Merrit Oliver's Funeral

The funeral of Merrit Oliver was held from his late residence this morning at 11 o'clock and from the Baptist Church at Cedarville at 1 o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Stevens of Herkimer officiating.

Little Falls.

Joseph Falvo, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Falvo of Mohawk street, died last evening of cholera infantum, age 5 years. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was made in St. Mary's cemetery.



Was One of the Oldest Mutes in the State.

Canajoharie, Aug. 1. (sic)- Miss Gertrude Lettis, one of the oldest mutes in New York State, died yesterday at her home in Lykers, a hamlet a few miles south of here. Miss Lettis had a large number of relatives in this village and vicinity, and was a frequent visitor to Canajoharie. Up until a few years ago three mutes, all related, lived together at Lykers. A fire destroyed their little home, and one of the family, John Lettis, in his endeavor to re-enter the house and secure some valuable papers, was burned to death. His death was a great sorrow to the two survivors.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, October 19, 1906.

Little Falls.

Died in Canada.

Many friends in this city will be shocked to hear that Mrs. John LaChappelle passed away very suddenly early last evening at her home in Brockvile,, Ont., Can. This information came through telegraphic advices to her sister, Mrs. Andrew B. Cavanaugh of 15 Ward street, this city. Mrs. LaChappelle was a frequent visitor in this city, only leaving here in the best of health three weeks ago after visiting her sister. Mrs. Cavanaugh has gone to Brockville.

From the Utica Herald Dispatch, May 6, 1907.

Little Falls

The remains of William Hardy, a former Little Falls boy and well known contractor,, who died at his home in New Haven last winter, were brought to this city to-day for burial. The deceased was a brother-in-law of City Judge W. A. Stafford.


William H. Rickard

William H. Rickard died Saturday night about 10 'clock at his home near Sprakers. The deceased had been in poor health for some time and death was due to an abdominal cancerous growth. Mr. Rickard was a son of William Rickard, deceased, and was a life long resident of the town of Root. He lacked but one month of being 66 years of age. Mr. Rickard and family were formerly members of the Reformed Church at Spraker, but on February 3, 1901, transferred their membership to the Reformed Church in this village. In September, 1904, he was elected a deacon, an office he has since filled with credit to himself and to the church. Mr. Rickard was also a member of Hamilton Lodge, No. 79, F. & A M., of this village. He was well known as an honorable and upright citizen and by his death leaves many sorrowing friends.

Besides a widow one daughter, Mrs. Sarah E. Lipe, and two sons, Harry and Guy Rickard, all of Sprakers, survive.

The funeral will be held at 1 p. m. on Tuesday from the house. The Rev. J. D. Peters of this village will officiate and the consistory of the Reformed Church will act as bearers. Interment at Fort Plain.

Mrs. Fred Stokes

Mr. and Mrs. T. Crough Saturday attended the funeral of their sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred Stokes, at Lykers. Mrs. Stokes died on Wednesday of pneumonia and in January last Mr. Stokes was taken away by the same disease. A son, Arthur, aged 17 years, is bereft of both father and mother in less than four months Mrs. Stokes's maiden name was Annie Putnam and for many years she lived with the Hon. and Mrs. Freeman P. Moulton at Cobleskill. Besides the son, one brother and one sister survive.

The remains of Julius Hoffman were buried this afternoon at Fort Plain.

From the Oswego Daily Times, date unknown.

Earl E. Enslow, aged 9. died at Ilion on Wednesday of lockjaw caused by stepping upon a nail about a week ago.

John Shuland was at work Tuesday afternoon, mowing with a scythe on the Wooster farm near Cranesville, Montgomery county. He did not return home at night and Wednesday was found dead in a field by his wife. It is probable that he died from sunstroke, though as a thunder storm passed over that locality Tuesday afternoon, it is possible he was struck by lightning. Mr. Shuland was about 30 years old. His widow with one child survive.

From the Utica Weekly Herald, September 4, 1894, page 12.


Amsterdam, Aug. 29 [-Special.] - Dewitt Clinton Chase, ex-postmaster of Burtonsville, Montgomery county, committed suicide yesterday by cutting his throat. He was over 70 years old, and had been in poor health. He was for over 20 years postmaster at Burtonsville. He was also an ex-justice of the peace and a well known republican.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 13, 1913.


News Caused Genuine Grief

Canajoharie, Nov. 13.- Word reached here yesterday announcing the sudden death of Tupper Lake of William J. Dievendorf son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Dievendorf of Currytown in the town of Root. The sad announcement came with considerable surprise, as relatives and friends were not prepared nor expecting such news. Mr. Dievendorf went to the Adirondacks about 13 years ago because of lung affection, which the climate of the Mohawk Valley aggravated. Mr. Dievendorf went into business at Tupper Lake as a partner but has since become the old proprietor of a very successful lumber, feed and coal business. During his residence there he has become one of the most influential men of the village, having been elected president of the bank and is held ... general esteem for his worth and ability. Mr. Dievendorf seemed to have found the right spot, under his physical condition, to live in, and was enjoying good health until a few days ago when he complained of not feeling well. Relatives from this section were visiting him at the time, but his condition gave no signs of alarm until yesterday, when the heart failed and the end came quickly.

William Dievendorf was born about 46(?) years of age and was born in Currytown. He comes from one of the oldest and most respected families in this part of the Mohawk Valley. His great great grandfather was Jacob Dievendorf, who came from Switzerland in 1730 and was one of the pioneer settlers of the town of Root. The great grandfather of William was born in Currytown, September 23, 1869, and when a boy of 12 years was taken prisoner by the Indians and the Tories. In a battle he was scalped by an Indian and left for dead on the field. He was later found and cared for by friends and lived to become one of the most extensive land owners of his time.

William was educated at the military school at Claverack-on-the-Hudson, and while there became acquainted with Miss Angel, who later became his wife. Mr. Dievendorf owns a farm in Glen, where he was engaged in agriculture until his locating at Tupper Lake. While a resident of Glen he was active in politics and was twice elected Commissioner of Highways. His affable nature and enterprising spirit soon asserted itself in any community where he lived and he seemed destined for success in any field of endeavor, and had not impaired health hampered him and finally brought on an untimely death, h e would have risen to the eminence of one of the first business men of the Adirondacks.

The deceased is survived by his widow and three daughters, Evelyn, Helen and Edith; his parents; one brother, David K. Dievendorf of Currytown, and three sisters, Mrs. H. M. Stowitts, wife of Dr. Stowittsof Amsterdam, Mrs. Charles Bedford wife of Rev. Mr. Bedford of Hagaman, and Mrs. William R. Hadsell of Boston, Mass.

A funeral will be held at Tupper Lake on Friday at 11 a. m. The remains will then be brought to Glen, and a funeral held Saturday at 1:30 p. m. in the Reformed Church in Glen. The Rev. E. J. Meeker, pastor, will officiate. The burial will be in the cemetery in Fultonville. The deceased is extensively related in the townships of Canajoharie, Root and Glen, and his funeral is sure to be largely attended.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, March 15, 1910.


Dr. A. D. Stowitts

Dr. Arthur D. Stowitts, a brother of Philip Stowitts of this village, died Sunday evening at his home in Omaha, Neb., from a complication of diseases, aged --. Mr. Stowitts was born in Currytown in the town of Root, and comes from a large and well known family. He graduated from the Albany Medical College and twenty years ago located in the west where he had a very successful career. At the time of his death he was an assistant surgeon for the Union Pacific & Burlington railroads. Besides his widow he leaves three daughters and three brothers. The interment was made at Omaha.

Mrs. Sarah G. Carr

Mrs. Sarah Greenman Carr, mother of Mrs. William Shults of this village, died at her home in Glovers-village (sic). The deceased was 73/78(?) years of age and recently had a stroke of paralysis. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon.

Mrs. H. P. Becker

Mary Hodge Becker, wife of H. P. Becker, died Saturday at her home in Gloversville, at the age of 61(?) years. She had been ill for some time with a complication of diseases. Her maiden name was Mary Hodge and she was born in Ames in the town of Canajoharie, and is well known through this locality.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, September 18, 1912.


Mrs. George Dee of Frankfort Passed
Away Suddenly.

Frankfort, September 18.- Mrs. George Dee, aged 39 years, was found dead in bed yesterday. She had not been well for some time, having been troubled with leakage of the heart. When one of the children went to the bed to give her some medicine she was found to have expired with her 14-months-old baby lying on her arm. Mr. Dee and family are highly respected citizens and they have the sympathy of many friends. The husband and six children survive, the eldest being 14(?) years and the youngest 14 months. The funeral will be held from SS. Peter and Paul's Church to-morrow morning.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, February 26, 1906.

Canajoharie Locals

The remains of Jacob M. Bellinger, who died Wednesday at Danville, Ill., did not reach here until yesterday and were received by Undertaker R. D. Warren. They were taken to-day to Currytown and the funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Currytown church.

From the Utica Herald Dispatch, 1904.


End Came After an Illness of a Few Days.

Herkimer, September 3.- at 5:45 o'clock this morning at his home in North Washington street occurred the death of Dr. John H. Shaper, a physician who enjoyed a wide reputation. He had been ill only since Monday last.

Doctor Shaper located here 12 years ago and had many friends.

From the Utica Daily Press, August 5, 1908.

Canajoharie, Aug. 4.- William Caswell of Currytown, aged 96 years, died about 4 o'clock this morning. He is survived by one son, George, of Currytown, and one daughter, Mrs. Ralph Van Alstine of Johnstown. The funeral will be held Thursday at 1 o'clock from the house and two o'clock from the church at Flat Creek. Burial will be made at Wessell Hill.

From the Utica Daily Press, August 5, 1914.

Lydia Devendorf Was Esteemed Res-
ident of Town of Root

Canajoharie, Aug. 4.- Lydia Shelp Dievendorf, wife of Jacob Dievendorf, one of the venerable citizens of the town of Root, died about 6 o'clock Sunday evening at their country home in Currytown. Mrs. Dievendorf had been in failing health for some time due to paralysis. She was born in Glen, June --, 1842(?), and was a little past -- years of age. Her parents were James Nelson and Elizabeth Mount Shelp. For -- years Mrs. Dievendorf had been a resident of Currytown and known as one of its most Christian women.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Dievendorf is survived by one son, David K. Dievendorf of Currytown, and three daughters, Mrs. Howard Stowitts of Amsterdam, Mrs. Charles Bedford of Hagaman and Mrs. William R. Hadsell of Boston, Mass. There are also four grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Edgar Van Horne of Fonda, and two brothers, Nelson and Wilson Shelp of Fultonville. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at _ o'clock at the Currytown church. Rev. P. S. Beekman of Johnstown officiating. Burial at Fultonville.

William M. Kirby.

Herkimer, Aug. 4.- William M. Kirby died at his home on the Herkimer-Middleville road at 7 o'clock this evening. He had been in ill health for several months and was 71(?) years old. He was born in this vicinity and had always lived here. For many years he was a successful farmer, but of late years had lived a retired life. Mr. Kirby is survived by his wife, three sons, George and John of this village, and Richard of Utica; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Stauring, Mrs. M. J. Scanlon, Mrs. P. W. Hawkins and Mrs. Ralph Fenner, all of Herkimer. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Maria Watson of Titusville, Pa.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, May 23, 1911.


Ann Eliza Crane Voorhees died yesterday at the home of her son, Howard. Mrs. Voorhees was born at Cobleskill, November 24, 1812(?) She was united in marriage to E. P. Voorhees of that place in 1836. They came to Newport soon after and had lived here for the past 74 years and in the same house where she died for the past 55 years. She is survived by her son, Howard, and by several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be private from the house. About four months ago the deceased fell, fracturing her hip from which injury she never fully recovered. She was a woman of most amiable disposition and fine personal qualities and was beloved by many friends.


John H. Kyser, a former Resident.

Fort Plain, May 23.- John Henry Kyser aged 71 died at his home in Amsterdam yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock after a long illness. Mr. Kyser was a native of the town of Minden and re sided in Fort Plain for a great many years, where he was well and popularly known. In politics he was a staunch Republican, but never cared to hold office. The deceased is survived by six sons, Elmer of Little Falls, Clark of Fort Plain, George of Nicholson Pa., Eugene of Schenectady, Howard of Amsterdam, James of Binghamton and three daughters, Miss Carrie Kyser of Amsterdam, Mrs. Charles J. Lymiev(?) of this village and Mrs. James Fisher of Schenectady. Prayer will be said at his late home in Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock and the body will be brought t this village on the 2:07 New York Central train and the funeral held at 2:30 o'clock from the Catharine Nellis Memorial Chapel, the Rev. George A. Gay of the Universalist Church officiating. Interment in the Fort Plain Cemetery.



Was a Native of Fairfield and Was
Long Engaged in Legal Profession
and Insurance Business.

Little Falls, May 23.

John W. Fitzgerald died about 5 o'clock this morning at his home on Garden street after a month's illness due to paralysis. He had been in a critical condition for several days and his recovery was not expected. Mr. Fitzgerald was born June 24, 1857, in the town of Fairfield. He was educated at the Fairfield Military Academy and studied law in the office of the late Hon. Aphraxed Loomis and Watts T. Loomis. After being admitted to the bar he remained with that firm several years. He took up the insurance as a side line and finally devoted his entire time to it, prospering to a large extent. He was instrumental in keeping insurance rates down in the city. He organized mutual companies and was secretary and general manager of the Herkimer Fire Insurance Company and the Mohawk Valley Fire Insurance Company at the time of his death. Mr. Fitzgerald was united in marriage six years ago to Laura Hand of New Lebanon, who survives. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Michael Clary of this city. The remains are to be taken to New Lebanon for burial. Mr. Fitzgerald was a highly esteemed citizen whose death will be widely mourned.




Late Mrs. Catharine W. Lasher Was
of Revolutionary Ancestry - Death
at Erie, Pa., of Walter P. Bonney -
Martha E. Cromwell.

Canajoharie, May 23.- A body that is believed is that of Christian H. Dannenburg, formerly of Fort Hunter and Amsterdam, was found floating in the Mohawk River Sunday afternoon near Swart's Hill by two young men from Schenectady. It was impossible to identify the body by the face, but from laundry marks on the shirt and the size of the collar and the gold filling of teeth leaves scarcely any doubt as to who the drowned man was. Dannenburg left home Saturday evening, March 11, and has not been seen since until his body was fished out of the river. Previous to this he had not been enjoying the best of health. Dannenburg was a broom-maker by trade and was well known. He belonged to the Broommakers' Union and the Knights of the Maccabees.

Catharine Warner Lasher, widow of John Lasher, died yesterday forenoon at her home in Currytown in the town of Root in her 56th(?) year. Mrs. Lasher was born at Warnerville, Schoharie County, and was a daughter of Marcus Warner and Catharine Smith Warner. Her grandfather was Capt. George Warner, who fought in the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Lasher's husband died about ten years ago. She was a member of the Reformed Church in Currytown and was a woman whose estimable qualities had endeared her to the hearts of many. The deceased is survived by two nieces, Mrs. E. B. Woodward of Hyndsville, who has been staying with her aunt for the past several months, making her latter days as comfortable as possible, and Mrs. Frank Hearn of Warnerville; three nephews, Oscar Hynds of Sharon, George Hynds of Hyndsville, and William A. Warner of Weedsport. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2 p. m. from the house, the Rev. C. V. W. Bedford officiating. Burial in Fort Plain.

Walter P. Bonney died Sunday morning at his home in Erie, Pa. and although he had been in poor health for some time with heart trouble, yet his last attack was sudden and of very short duration. Mr. Bonney is well and kindly remembered here by many as the husband of Fanny Spraker, daughter of Judge David Spraker of this village, their wedding having taken place in 1877. Mr. Bonney was born in Hamilton, and was about 57(?) years of age. He was located in Fort Plain for a time and then went to Herkimer where he was a member of the drug firm of Pettie & Bonney, his partner being Charles G. Pettit. Later the firm was reorganized under the name of Bonney, Whitehead & Co., the business to-day being conducted by Mr. Whitehead. Twenty years ago Mr. Bonney went to Erie, Pa., and has since been connected with the PIttsburg and Erie Coal Company. Besides his widow he is survived by two sons, Ralph of South Dakota, and Spraker of Erie, Pa. The remains will reach here Wednesday for burial on Thursday in the Spraker plot in Prospect Hill Cemetery. The funeral will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p. m. from the Spraker home on Otsego street.

Martha E. Cromwell, widow of John Cromwell, for many years was the best known musician in this part of the State, died sunday at the residence of her son, No. ---- State street, Chicago, Ill. Mrs. Cromwell was 86(?) years of age and left here several years ago for Denver, Col., which place she made her home until a few years ago when she went to Chicago to reside with her son. Mrs. Cromwell visited here several months ago. The deceased is survived by her son, Addison; one sister, Mrs. Philinda Horton of New York, and one niece, Libbie Cromwell of this village. The remains will be brought here to-morrow for burial in the Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.

From the Utica Morning Telegram, September 8, 1920.



Well Known Resident of Root
Township Had Long Illness.

Canajoharie, Sept. 7.- David K. Diefendorf, one of the best known residents of the town of Root and a member of one of the oldest and most prominent families of Montgomery county, died Sunday evening at 10 o'clock at his home in Currytown. He had been ill the past year and a half and despite the best of medical attention and care, did not improve and gradually weakened until the end came. "He had submitted to an operation about a year ago at the Albany hospital by Dr. Arthur Etting and for a time there was hope of his recovery from his ailment of chronic intestinal nephritis. He returned to his ancestral home and cheerfully awaited the summons of his Master.

Mr. Diefendorf was born at Currytown, Jan. 3, 1871, a son of Jacob and Lydia Shelp Diefendorf and all of his life had been spent in this section, where he was very well known and greatly liked by all. He was a great-grandson of Jacob Diefendorf, who was scalped by the Indians during the Revolutionary War and left for dead, but recovered and lived to a good, old age. The family is one of the most prominent in the history of this section and were most successful tillers of the soil.

David managed his father's farm and took an active interest in the business and social life of the country. He was chairman of the Currytown Liberty Loan committee during the recent war and aided materially this and any worthy cause. He was an active member of the Currytown Reformed Church, a life member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society, a director of the National Mohawk River Bank of Fonda, a member of Hamilton Lodge, No. 79, F. & A. M., the Odd Fellows, the Fort Rensselaer Club and other organizations. He was a most friendly, agreeable and courteous gentleman, whose loss is keenly felt by a large circle of relatives and friends.

He is survived by his widow, three sisters, Mrs. Charles Bedford of Los Gatos, Cal., Mrs. Warren R. Hadsell of Mountain View, N. H. and Mrs. Howard Stowitts of Amsterdam. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 1 o'clock, Rev. Harry A. R---son, pastor of the Guttenberg, N. J., Reformed Church, a former pastor of the Currytown church, will officiate. Interment will be made in the Maple Avenue cemetery at Fultonville.

View his marriage notice, which mentions his health problems.

From the Utica Daily Press, February 27, 1901.

Reuben K. Diefendorf died at his home in Currytown Sunday morning after an illness of but a few days. He had been a member of the Currytown Church all his life and was an active and faithful member. He has been town clerk and assessor of the town of Root and postmaster since the office was established at Currytown. Deceased was 46(?) years of age. He is survived by a widow and six children: four sons, George, Leslie and Edward, who reside in the west, and Albert H. of Currytown, and two daughters, Anna, wife of William Burns of Flat Creek, and Jennie, wife of Dr. W. W. Stebbins of Mount Vernon, Wis.; three brothers and two sisters also survive. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at the house and 10:30 at the church.

Benjamin Kougher died at his home in Ames on Saturday, aged 87 years and 11 days. He was always a life long and prominent resident of this locality. The funeral was held this morning from the Baptist Church in Ames. Interment was made in Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, December 16, 1921.

John N. McFee

John Norman McFee died December 13, at the home of his son, Earnest McFee, at Buel, of chronic bronchitis, aged 86 years, 7 months and 3 days, following a long illness. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. L. W. Nestle of St. Johnsville; one son, Earnest of Buel, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a man who held the esteem of all in his neighborhood and lived a long and useful life. The funeral will be held Friday at 1 o'clock at the home, the Rev. Mr. Marshall of Sprout Brook officiating. Burial will be in the Ames Cemetery.

Ruth A. Wendell

Ruth Adams Wendell, an aged n-gress who had resided for many years in the village of Currytown, died Thursday at her home following a stroke. She was born August 28, 1841 and with her family had spent about all of her life in that vicinity. She was a member of the Reformed Church of Currytown and was liked well by the people of that hamlet. She is survived only by nieces and nephews, Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Wendell of Gloversville, Mrs. Elizabeth Stern of Utica, and another niece in Albany. The funeral will be held Sunday at the Currytown Reformed Church, the Rev. Oster__gge officiating. Interment will be made in the Sand Flats Cemetery near Fonda.

In the 1920 census of Root, Ruth J. Wendell resided with farmer John McNalley and his sister. Ruth Wendell was age 82, black, b. NY, parents b. NY.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, October 4, 1915.


Jacob Dievendorf Died at Ad-
vanced Age - Long Resided
in Currytown.


Canajoharie, Oct. 4.- Jacob Dievendorf, a grand old man of the town of Root, died shortly after 4 o'clock yesterday morning at his home in Currytown. Mr. Dievendorf has been in failing health for the past few years, but was out riding on Friday, and the change that resulted in his death was sudden and severe.

Jacob Dievendorf was born at Currytown, November 16, 1826/36(?). He was a son of William B. and Elizabeth Dievendorf. The great grandfather, Jacob Dievendorf, and the great, great grandfather, Henry Dievendorf, came from Switzerland about 130/1739(?) and were of the earliest settlers in the town of Root. The great grandfather, Jacob Dievendorf, had three sons, Jacob, Frederick and Henry. Frederick was killed by a falling tree. Jacob, the paternal grandfather was born at Currytown, September --(?), ____ (?) When a lad of only 12 years he was taken prisoner by the Tories and Indians, and in one of the battles was felled by an Indian, scalped and left for dead. The day after the battle he was found, cared for by friends and nursed back to health, and lived until October 3, 1854, obtaining an age of 85 years. William B., the father of Jacob 3rd, was born August 30, 1805, at Currytown. He lived until March 11, 1882. He was an extensive farmer and one of the first dairymen of the town of Root. In politics he was a Democrat and served as Supervisor.

His son, Jacob, who died yesterday, followed largely the vocation and inclination of his father and was one of the best known and most respected husband men of his locality. He also took an active part in politics and was loyal to the doctrines of Democracy. He was elected Supervisor for three terms and was once in 1907 the unsuccessful candidate for Member of Assembly. Mr. Dievendorf was the soul of honor and a most agreeable, kindly gentleman. He was a member and officer of the Reformed Church at Currytown and was the representative citizen of his community. Because of his means and his character he was looked up to, and the prestige and influence it gave him was always exerted along noble nad uplifting lines. He frequently has been the lay delegate from his church to meetings of classis and served in other capacities of confidence and honor. He was a director of the Mohawk River National Bank of Fonda, and also interested in the cheese factory of Root. He was a man of good judgment and industry and success rewarded his labors.

Mr. Dievendorf was married on January 5, 1875, to Lydia, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Mount) Shelp. Five children were born to the union and they were a family of exemplary affection and devotion. Mrs. Dievendorf died August 2, 1914, after a happily wedded life of more than forty-nine years.

Mr. Dievendorf is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Howard Stowitts of Amsterdam, Mrs. Charles Bedford of Hagerman, Ms. Warren Hadsell of Boston, Mass., and one son, David K. Dievendorf of Currytown. He also leaves three grandchildren, Evelyn, Helen and Edyth Dievendorf of Boston, Mass., and one brother and one sister, Charles Dievendorf of Currytown, and Mrs. Elizabeth Spraker of Sprakers. The funeral will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday in the church at Currytown. The burial will be at Fultonville.

Mrs. Rose Bird Victim of Indigestion -
Prominent in Activities of Col-
ored People.

Little Falls, Oct. 4.- Mrs. Rose Bird, who was prominent in colored circles of central New York, died suddenly in the city ambulance this noon. She was suffering from acute indigestion and Dr. Santry had called the ambulance to take her to the hospital. She died as the conveyance was nearing the hospital. She was about 60 years old and is survived by her husband, Henry Bird, who is a well known horse trainer.

From the Utica Herald Dispatch, November 12, 1903.

Little Falls.

At her home in Burrell street, yesterday morning, occurred the death of Mrs. James Carroll of heart trouble. Deceased was 62(?) years of age. She is survived by two sons, Peter and Daniel Carroll, and three daughters, Mrs. Kate Yost of Fort Plain, Mrs. Catharine Madigan and Miss Mary Carroll of this city; also by two brothers and one sister. The funeral will be held from St. Mary's Church Saturday morning at 9:30. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Martha E. Cromwell, widow of John Cromwell, for many years was the best known musician in this part of the State, died sunday at the residence of her son, No. ---- State street, Chicago, Ill. Mrs. Cromwell was 86(?) years of age and left here several years ago for Denver, Col., which place she made her home until a few years ago when she went to Chicago to reside with her son. Mrs. Cromwell visited here several months ago. The deceased is survived by her son, Addison; one sister, Mrs. Philinda Horton of New York, and one niece, Libbie Cromwell of this village. The remains will be brought here to-morrow for burial in the Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.

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