Birth & Death Notices, 1902-1903

From the Herkimer Democrat Newspaper

Herkimer County, NY

This is NOT a complete listing of vitals for the years 1902 & 1903!!!

The following are notices of births and deaths found in the Herkimer Democrat (Herkimer, NY) on pages that I copied for other purposes. There are many personals on these pages as well, but too many for me to transcribe them all. I did NOT scan this newspaper specifically for vital records, so this is NOT a complete listing of vital records, just simply those found while on pages I'd copied while doing other research. This newspaper is held by the Herkimer County Historical Society and can be viewed onsite (on microfilm). Their staff will also do limited research of this paper for a reasonable fee (please contact them directly).


1 Jan 1902 - Born to Dr. and Mrs. Merton Brown December 22d a daughter.

12 Feb 1902 - Mrs. John Lewis Sr., was brought here for burial Thursday.

12 Feb 1902 - The remains of Mrs. Louisa Wheeler who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Oscar Alvord, Columbia, last week, were brought here for burial Friday.

12 Mar 1902 - Entered into rest at her home in this village, March 2nd, 1902, Mrs. Jane Sherman, widow of the late Albro S. Dow, aged 76 years and 4 months. Funeral services were conducted from her late residence on Wednesday the 5th. Rev. C. F. Ford (Baptist), of Ilion officiating, and preaching a very eloquent sermon from the words "Death is swallowed up in victory" 1st Corinthians 15-54. A stroke of paralysis was the immediate cause of death, although she had long been a sufferer from that dread cancer and had been faithfully and tenderly cared for by her sister-in-law Mrs. John Sherman. Albro S. Dow, husband of the deceased was a member of Olive Branch Lodge, F & A M of Frankfort, and ten years ago deeded his property here to that lodge himself and wife being childless. Eight years ago Mr. Dow died and his obsequies and those of his wife were under the supervision of the Masonic fraternity. Mrs. Dow was a very quiet, home loving woman, whose greatest joy was the entertaining her friends at her own home, she seldom going out herself. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her best.

24 Sep 1902 - Born to Lewis Rice and wife September 17th a daughter, weight 11 pounds.

8 Oct 1902 - Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hawks, October 4th a son.


2 Jul 1902 - John Peter Diederich, an old and esteemed citizen of this village, passed away at his home on Lamberson street, Thursday. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Saturday morning.

10 Sep 1902 - Sunday morning, 2 o'clock, Mrs. James Williams wife of Commissioner Williams at her home on North Main street. Funeral services were held Tuesday.


1 Oct 1902 - Last Saturday about 11 o'clock a.m. occurred the death of Mrs. William Lints, besides her husband she is survived by one daughter Mrs. John Bowman of Jefferson Co. and one son William, of East Schuyler and also a brother Chancey Baum, the funeral took place Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the M. P. Church. Interment in Miller's Cemetery.


12 Mar 1902 - Last Thursday morning, March 6, Miss Anna B. Mather died at her home in Utica. Miss Mather was born in Schuyler December 16, 1867, and lived here until about nine years ago when she moved with her parents to Utica. She is survived by her brother Franks S. Lewis and two aunts Miss Adelia S. Potter and Mrs. Henry Hazelton all of Utica. The funeral was held at Utica last Sunday. Interment in the Miller Rural Cemetery in Schuyler.

18 Jun 1902 - Henry L. Brockway died at his home last Thursday morning, June 12, aged about 41 years. Mr. Brockway had been complaining for a few days and the Sunday previous went to Frankfort to see a doctor. He came home and went to bed. Monday, Dr. Richards was called and found he was suffering from appendicitis. He grew rapidly worse and on Wednesday, Drs. Glass of Utica and Richards performed an operation hoping to afford relief. It was found however that the disease was too deeply seated to be controlled. Mr. Brockway soon recovered consciousness, but failed steadily until death Thursday morning. Mr. Brockway was born on Frankfort Hill. About 21 years ago he took up his residence here, where he has since lived. Fifteen years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Cora Miller who survivies him. They have one son. Mr. Brockway was respected and esteemed by all who knew him, a prosperous farmer and a devoted husband and father. In politics he was a democrat. The funeral was largely attended from his late residence Sunday noon. Rev. M. S. Mowers officiating.

18 Jun 1902 - Rev. H. M. Beeker of Lafargeville, N. Y., was here to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law, Mr. Brockway.

18 Jun 1902 - Mrs. Mabel Blackman of Syracuse attended the Brockway funeral.


18 Jun 1902 - Mrs. Addie Crosby Hughes, wife of Richard Hughes of New York, died very suddenly on Saturday afternoon last, from blood poisoning, resulting from a slight injury but a day or two before. She was the youngest daughter of Charles B. Crosby of this village, and until her marriage to Mr. Hughes five years ago had always lived here, where she had many friends and acquaintances. Besides her husband and father she leave a little daughter... [my copy of the article is cut off at this point]

20 Aug 1902 - Mr. Frank Barry an old and respected citizen of West Main street, died at his home last Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock. He was a member of the G. A. R. and Olive Branch lodge, No 40 F & A M. He is survived by a widow.

18 Mar 1903 - Died - In this village, Saturday Feb. 28, 1903, George Ridley, aged 41 years. He had been ill of typhoid pneumonia for three weeks, but his death was unexpected. He had been a resident of this village for the past two years and was much liked by his fellow workmen and by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was a member of the Baptist church at Burlington Flatts, where he had once resided, and had he lived was soon to unite with the Baptist church in this place. The funeral was held from his late home on Frankfort street, last week Tuesday at 10:30 a. m., Rev. C. E. Hemans, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. The remains were taken to Deruyter, N.Y., for burial, where services were also held. Deceased leaves a wife, father, mother, two brothers and one sister to mourn his loss. They have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.

18 Mar 1903 - Died - In East Schuyler, March 3, 1903, Maria, wife of Abney Crossett, aged 62 years.

18 Mar 1903 - Mr and Mrs. Lynn Joslyn of West Main street are the happy parents of a daughter.

13 May 1903 - A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Gaffney May 4th.


20 May 1903 - Mrs. Lucinda Starkweather died at the home of her son Rufus Starkweather, Sunday evening May 10th, 1903, aged 88 years.

HERKIMER [note many Herkimer notices were found under titles such as "Obituary," etc. - see the bottom of the page]

8 Oct 1902 - Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Pelton are the happy parents of a baby girl born Saturday afternoon.

8 Oct 1902 - B. F. Sherwood of Utica, an uncle of Judson Bridenbecker of this village, died at his home in that city last Friday. Mr. Sherwood was a well known business man of Utica.


16 Jul 1902 - Marshall Fort, only child of Clinton Fort, died of diphtheria, at the home of Norman Williams, July 14, in his 14th year.


1 Jan 1902 - Henry Eades, a farmer residing three miles from Little Falls, on the Dolgeville road, committed suicide on Sunday morning, by cutting his throat with a razor. Mr. Eades arose about 5 o'clock, as usual and went to the barn to attend to his work. Not returning his wife sent one of her sons to the barn, who discovered the father in a dying condition and summoned other members of the family but before they reached the barn, Mr. Eades was dead. Corner [sic] Eveleth was notified. Melancholy is supposed to be the reason of his rash act.

12 Feb 1902 - Patrick S. Herieby, a well known citizen of Little Falls, passed away last Thursday night, his death being due to kidney trouble. Mr. Herieby and his brother Richard were identified in the grocery business for many years. Mayor Dasey appointed him City Clerk in 1898, and he served efficiently for two years. He was prominent in Democratic circles, having been chairman of the city committee for several years. Deceased was 43 years of age. The funeral was held Monday morning from St. Mary's church.

16 Jul 1902 - Charles Fitzgerald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Fitzgerald, died Friday morning of lockjaw, as a result of an injury received on the Fourth of July. The discharge of a toy pistol injured the palm of his right hand, and it is supposed a portion of the charge entered the flesh and caused poisoning. Besides his parents three brothers and a sister survive.

16 Jul 1902 - The many friends in this city of Miss Lillian Parsons, will regret to hear of her death, which occurred in New York city last week. Miss Parsons was a well known singer, and sang several times in the Episcopal church in this city. Her home is in Louisville. Death was due to heart disease.


29 Jan 1902 - Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Johnson have much sympathy in the loss of their infant daughter. Breta Pauline was born Dec. 31., 1901, and died Jan. 25, 1902. The precious form was laid in the family plot in Miller cemetery on Monday after a brief service at the home by Rev. F. C. Pierce.


26 Feb 1902 - The funeral of the late Thomas Murphy was held from the home of his brother, James A. Murphy on Friday. Mr. Murphy had been ill of consumption for some time. He was 31 years of age. He is survived by his father, Cornelius Murphy, and three brothers, James A., of this place, Cornelius Murphy, jr., of Herkimer, and P. H. Murphy of Little Falls, and one sister Margaret, of Little Falls. Interment was made at Little Falls.


10 Sep 1902 - Saturday morning, Sept. 6, occurred the death of Mrs. John Morrison, an old and much esteemed resident of this place. She was 80 years old and had spent the most of her life on the farm where she died, it being also her father's old home.


19 Feb 1902 - Mrs. Robert Webster is seriously ill at Herkimer, having been called there by the illness and death of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Millington. [on the 26th it is reported that Mrs. Robert Webster "came home" and that Mrs. J. B. Lankton had been caring for her father while her mother, Mrs. Robert Webster, had been in Herkimer]

20 May 1903 - Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Emily Barwell, a well known and highly esteemed resident of this village, passed away after a long and painful illness. The funeral was held at the Baptist Church, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Rev. Coxe, the pastor officiating. Too much cannot be said of the character of Mrs. Barwell. There never was a more lovable, kind hearted and patient woman. All her sufferings were borne with patience, and her death has brought sorrow to the whole community. Her pleasant face will be missed at the postoffice as... [my copy of the article is cut off here]


1 Oct 1902 - The funeral of Charles Wood was well attended at his late home Thursday afternoon. Interment was made at Poland.


31 Sep 1902 - Samuel P. Ladd, a well and favorably known resident of West Frankfort, whose funeral occurred Friday, was born and brought up in this place and was a farmer here for many years. His death has long been expected as he has suffered heart trouble and other difficulties for years which he bore with great patience and sweet temper. He leaves many friends to mourn a good man gone.


26 Feb 1902 - Saturday evening news of the death of Bert Zoller of Frankfort was a surprise to his former neighbors and friends, as the latest reports from the hospital were that he was improving. Mr. and Mrs. Zoller settled here about thirty five years ago and reared a family of five sons and five daughters.


7 Jan 1903 - Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Cristman attended the funeral of Mr. Marshall Cristman at Little Falls Sunday.


18 Jun 1902 - The funeral of Mrs. Nettie Mathers Lewis was largely attended at Windfall church Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Steele officiating. Mrs. Lewis is a life long resident of Schuyler, where she is well and favorably known and her sudden death was a shock to all. She leaves a husband and four sons, also an aged father and mother and one sister and two brothers, who have the sympathy of the entire community.


15 Oct 1902 - Edward K. Kern, father of Dr. E. G. Kern of this village, died at his home in Hamilton last Tuesday, aged 75 years. Deceased had been a resident of Hamilton for the past 28 years and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He is survived by a wife and two sons. Dr. E. G. Kern of this village and Irving I. Kern of Astoria, Ore., and one daughter, Mrs. Lulu Smith of Hamilton. The funeral was held last Thursday afternoon from his late home at Hamilton. Besides Dr. Kern and family, Rev. C. B. Smith and M. W. Brooks of this village attended the funeral.

15 Oct 1902 - Maynard, the three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Mack died at the home of his parents in South Washington street Thursday morning. The child had been ill for about four weeks with meningitis, that being the cause of his death. It was only about four months ago that their seven year old daughter Gladys died of pneumonia, which makes the death of the son doubly sad. To Mr. and Mrs. Mack will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of friends. The funeral was held at the home Sunday afternoon, Rev. E. V. Stevens officiating.

15 Oct 1902 - At her home in East German street last Thursday morning occurred the death of A. Delia, wife of Adoph Schrader. Mrs. Schrader was a prominent member of the German... [my copy of the article is cut off at this point]

20 May 1903 - Died in Warren, New York, April 7, 1903, Florence Nichols Randolph, aged 16 years, 5 months, 22 days. [a long poem followed this announcement]

23 May 1903 - Levi Small - Saturday evening at 10:30 Levi Small, another of Herkimer's aged residents passed death's river. He was 80 years of age, and was born in the town of Herkimer, October 18, 1822, and was a member of a family of eight children, all of whom are now dead, Mr. Small being the last of the family. He followed agriculture until 1864, when he moved to this village and engaged in the carpenter's trade until his health failed him. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Small, a daughter of Jacob M. Small. In political faith he was a Democrat and for several years was a village assessor, which office he filled with great credit to himself and party, and was never once defeated as far as is known. He was a man who had the respect of everyone, and many will mourn his decease, though he lived the allotted span of life. He is survived by one son, Ezra Small of Philadelphia. The funeral was held at the home of his niece, Mrs. C. P. Avery, Rev. W. C. Prout, officiating. Burial was made in Oak Hill Cemetery.

23 May 1903 - Phillip Hilts - Once more, it is our sad duty to record the death of another of Herkimer's aged residents. At 7 o'clock Thursday morning, Phillip Hilts passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cyrus Kay of North Main St. after an illness of a few hours. Last February he had an attack of la gripped and has not been well since. Heart disease was the immediate case of death. Mr. Hilts was 66 years old and was born in the vicinity of Dorf Lane, in 1837, and has lived in this vicinity all his life. About 15 years ago, he went to live with his daughter. He was one of the early Dutch settlers of the Mohawk Valley. He followed farming for several years, and was an energetic man who had the respect of all who knew him. He was a member of the Old Conqueror Hose Co. and served the village long and faithfully, as a volunteer fireman. He was also a member of the Reformed Church. The only surviving member of the family is Mrs. Kay, from whose home the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial will be made in Oak Hill Cemetery.

23 May 1903 - Harriet B. Moon. - Mrs. Harriet B. Moon, an aged and respected resident of Cold Brook, dropped dead Monday night under peculiarly tragic circumstances. She was the widow of Cameron Moon of... [my copy of this article is cut off at this point]

UNKNOWN - The following were from unknown locations as the locations (column titles) were cut off of the copy which I had to transcribe from. The two for 26 Feb 1902 may have been from Frankfort, judging on other articles in the column. The others are totally unknown location.

26 Feb 1902 - Died, at Mare Island, California, Jesse J. Everett. Mr. Everett was born in Frankfort and will be well remembered by many residents here. Besides his mother he leaves two sisters, Mrs. G. I. Harris of this village and Mrs. William Hartford of Ilion.

24 Sep 1902 - Alba Getman received the sad news of the death of his little nephew of East Winfield last Friday. He is the won of Wallace Getman.

20 May 1903 - Mr and Mrs. Hiram VanBuren well known people of this hamlet, attended the funeral services over the remains of Mr. Norman Smith, father of Attorney A. J. Smith, and a highly respected citizen of the town of Herkimer. Services from the Universalist church on Sunday last.

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