Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New Lisbon Holds First School Fair (Possibly 1931)


New Lisbon Holds First School Fair

Postmaster Chester A. Miller Tells of
Historical Background of
Town in Address
 

New Lisbon, Oct. 24---”I challenge the educators present to join hands with the people of this area to produce men equal to those of 100 year ago.” Postmaster Chester A. Miller of Oneonta said in his address here today which was one of the many features of the first annual fair of school district one, town of New Lisbon.
Mr. Miller's challenge came at the conclusion of an address in which he pointed out the historical background of the town, the stability of its population and the self reliance and industry of its inhabitants.
Fully 300 attended the fair, which had all the earmarks of a county agricultural exposition with exhibits of livestock, fruit, flowers,and the like. Much credit is due Miss Lucinda Johnson, teacher of the school, and Miss Marion Brooks, student teacher of Oneonta Normal school, who planned the fair as a unit teaching project. Fine cooperation was extended them by Dr. C. B. Cornell, head of the extension department of Hartwick college, Oneonta, and Miss Evelyn Hodgdon, supervisor of rural teaching of the Oneonta Normal school, who acted as judges.
The fair was worthy of a much larger community, and was complete, even to an eight page catalog and premium booklet. The exhibition was divided into departments of which each had a superintendent.
During the morning, exhibits of vegetables were judged, followed by the judging of pet stock by Dr. F. I. Reed of Morris.
Four “High School: horse from the Troop C State Police rough riding team at Sidney gave an exhibition of their skill as part of the program.
Several floats prepared by the school children were featured in the parade. The children also presented a play, “Little Black Sambo.”
James Hall of Cooperstown, former county treasurer and former supervisor of the town of New Lisbon, was heard in several Scotch songs. Kenneth Cook of Morris gave an exhibition of magic and Daniel Mather of Burlington exhibited his antiques.
Mr. Miller in his address mentioned that the valley was first known as the Chaumont valley, taking its name from the Frenchman who received the grant of land from the governor of Pennsylvania. The first three white settlers, whose descendants still reside in the township, were Increase Thurston, Ebenezear Knapp and Benjamin Lull. These three settled the section in 1773, but were driven out during the border warfare.
Settlers returned in 1775 and in 1810, Mr. Miller said, the population had climbed from practically nothing to 982. It kept increasing until 1830 when it reached its highest peak, 2,232. From then until 1875 it declined to 1,526, and today not more than eight or nine hundred reside in the town.
Mr. Miller showed how the community was self sustaining, industrious, and self reliant, since it was practically cut off from the outside world in the early days. Most necessities were raised in the community and the remainder secured by barter with neighboring communities.
Saying that “the town probably bred as good men as we have today,” Mr. Miller pointed out that in both the town of Morris and New Lisbon in 1875, not one single person was on relief and there were only two illiterates in New Lisbon.
The postmaster called attention to the fact that in 1875, records showed very diversified farming and farm products, while today the trend is toward dairying alone. He suggested that this was not the best situation, since the town's most prosperous period came from 1825 to 1875 when crops were diversified. During that period, he said, practically all the houses in town were built and family fortunes established.
Citing the stability of the population, Mr. Miller mentioned that in sight of the place from which he was speaking he could see a farmhouse which the Perry family had occupied for seven generations and was still occupying.
As an example of the population's stability, he pointed out that in the entire county of Otsego in 1875, 70 per cent of the families were born in the county, 15 per cent in other parts of New York state and only five per cent outside the state. This stability of population does not exist today, he said.

Transcribed from a scrapbook article from the Mary Boice Gale Collection.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Bartholomew, Jennie F. 1890-1960 Gilbertsville NY Obituary

Bartholomew, Jennie F. 1890-1960 Gilbertsville NY Obituary

Jennie W. Bartholomew

GILBERTSVILLE --- Jennie W. Bartholomew, 70, died October 23 at Sidney Hospital after a brief illness.
Funeral will be held October 26 at 2 p.m. In Christ Episcopal Church, Gilbertsville, the Rev. Ames Wolfe officiating.
An OES service will be held at her Gilbertsville home at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be in Hillington Cemetery, Morris.
She was born Oct. 6, 1890, in New Lisbon, the daughter of Charles and Louisa (Turner) Walter.
She was married to Harry Bartholomew of Whitehall March 30, 1930. They lived in Friendship for some time. He died in 1932.
She has been a resident of Gilbertsville for 22 years. She was a member of Christ Church, Butternuts Chapter, OES and of Tianderah Chapter, DAR, Butternut Valley Garden Club, the Woman's Relief Corps, the New York Telephone Pioneers.
She is survived by two nephews, Clarence A. Walter, Schenectady, and Norman S. Walter of Garrattsviulle, and one niece, Marian Walter, Garrattsville.
Friends may call at her home Tuesday evening.

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Bennett, Henry L, 1904-1970 Cooperstown NY Obituary

Bennett, Henry L, 1904-1970 Cooperstown, NY

Henry L. Bennett

COOPERSTOWN---Henry L. Bennett, 66, of Cooperstown RD3 (Beaver Meadow Road) a life long resident of the area, died Monday evening August 3, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, following a coronary attack suffered earlier in the evening while attending the Otsego County Fair at Morris.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, August 6, at the Ingalls Funeral Home, Cooperstown, with the Rev. Harold J. Saxton, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Cooperstown, officiating.
Burial will be in Hartwick Cemetery.
He was born May 28, 1904 in the Town of Burlington, a son of Edwin and Mina (Talbut) Bennett. He married Ellalea Shepard in 1924. He married Rose Shepard on June 12, 1970 at Morris.
He was a retired appliance service man for the Sears Roebuck company and Grants in Oneonta.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Edwin, Cooperstown; and two grandchildren; a sister Mrs. Sidney (Harriet) Coman, New Hartford, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at their convenience after 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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Bissell, Kathryn A. (Decker) 1918-2000 Garrattsville NY Obituary

Kathryn A. Bissell

ONEONTA — Mrs. Kathryn A. Bissell, 81, of Oneonta, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at the Oneonta Nursing Home.

She was born in Maple Grove on the family homestead on Oct. 16, 1918, the daughter of Roy and Bertha (Lamb) Decker.

Kathryn was married in 1940 to Harry Fred Bissell. He died in 1972.

Mrs. Bissell was a homemaker in her own home in Garrattsville and had worked for Mr. and Mrs. Pickens of Garrattsville and later worked in the post office in Garrattsville for Curtis Steele.

Mrs. Bissell had a special talent for crocheting baby sets and for many years sold them through the Home Spun Shop in Cooperstown and Oneonta.

She was a member of Garrattsville United Presbyterian Church for many years before moving to Oneonta in 1970. She then transferred her church membership to the First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta. Mrs. Bissell worked in the Dawley Room in the Methodist Church issuing Senior Citizens Discount Cards with Mae Sage after moving to Oneonta. She was an active member of the Center City Senior Citizens Club.

Mrs. Bissell is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Lynn Harry and Helen Truesdale Bissell of Oneonta; one brother, John Royce Decker of Florida; one sister, Janice Decker Haskell of Florida; an aunt, Ruth Ferguson Sweet of the Oneonta Nursing Home, Oneonta; and two grandsons, Jeffrey Lynn Bissell and Daniel Fred Bissell, both of Oneonta. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a brother, Clarence Decker.

A graveside service will be held at the family's convenience in the spring of 2000, at Hartwick Cemetery, Hartwick.

There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.

The Bissell family requests contributions be made to the Oneonta Nursing Home Resident Council Fund, 330 Chestnut St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820 in memory of Kathryn A. Bissell.

Funeral arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Homes, Oneonta and Otego.["The Daily Star, Oneonta, Otsego, New York, January 25, 2000."]

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Card, Luther Otis 1917-1999 Morris NY Obituary

Luther Otis Card Sr.

MORRIS — Luther Otis Card Sr., 81, of Morris, died at The Meadows in Middlefield on May 16, 1999.
He was born Sept. 3, 1917, in Morris, the son of Russell W. and Hazel Beth (Holbrook) Card.
He was married to Ruth Hackenburg in Auburn. She died in March of 1988.
He was a retired foreman for the New York State Department of Transportation and had formerly worked at the Raymend Corp. and the Stewart Ice Co.
He was a charter member of the Morris Emergency Squad and had served as a first aid instructor for many years. He was also a member of the Otsego County Peace Officers Association as well as the West Oneonta Baptist Church and also attended the Morris Baptist Church.
Luther is survived by a daughter, Patricia Sinclair, and her husband, Donald, of Dunnellon, Fla.; three sons, Darwin Card, and his wife, Sally, of Pittsfield, Russell W. Card, and his wife, Debra, of Morris and Luther O. Card Jr., and his wife, Janet, of Oneonta; two brothers, Gerald Card and his wife, Gertrude, of West Oneonta and Garieth Card of Gilbertsville; a sister, Joyce Ploutz of Otego; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a sister, Hilda Stilwell.
Funeral services will be held at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris on Wednesday, May 19, 1999, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. J. Mark Norlund officiating.
Committal services and burial will follow in the Hillington Cemetery, Morris.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 1999 from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Those who wish, may donate to the Morris Emergency Squad in his memory.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on May 18, 1999.

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Chase, Dorothy Ada (Harrington) 1923-2001 Garrattsville NY Obituary

Dorothy Ada Chase

GARRATTSVILLE — Dorothy Ada Chase, 78, of Garrattsville, passed away Friday, July 20, 2001, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
She was born on Jan. 21, 1923, in the same house in Garrattsville that she was living in when she died.
She was the daughter of Arthur and Ida (Gardner) Harrington.
She was married to Glenn F. Chase Sr. on July 4, 1941, in the Morris Methodist Church Parsonage. Glenn passed away Sept. 28, 1994.
She was a homemaker and worked with Dr. George for many years as a veterinary assistant. Dorothy was an avid walker and bird watcher. She was notorious for her baking, gardening and being a friend to all. She was a member of the Garrattsville Methodist Church and the Garrattsville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Steven Eggleston of Malta; a daughter, Darlene Mangone of Newton, Mass.; a son and daughter-in-law, Glenn F. (Pete) and Connie Chase of Rome; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Chase and Viola Harrington, both of New Berlin; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her.
A memorial service will be held at the Garrattsville Methodist Church at a date to be announced.
There will be no calling hours, and burial will be in Edmeston Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate to the Garrattsville Fire Department/Emergency Squad in Dorothy's memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on July 21, 2001.


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Friday, April 26, 2013

Cole, Emerson L. 1933-1999 Garrattsville NY Obituary

Emerson L. Cole

GARRATTSVILLE — Emerson L. (Sonny) Cole, 65, of Garrattsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at the Veterans Hospital in Albany.
He was born Oct. 27, 1933, in Garrattsville, the son of Emerson C. and Bernice A. (Barton) Cole.
He graduated from Morris Central School, Class of 1952.
He was married to Anna C. Livesey on Aug. 2, 1953. He was married to her for 19 years.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952, and completed his specialized Air Training command at the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. While in the Air Force he served in the Korean conflict and was injured in an airplane crash on the island of Hokkdido, Japan, resulting in a lifelong disability. After release from the active duty, Sonny returned to his hometown to build a home in Welcome Center for his family.
He worked for Raymond Corporation in Morris as a welder and for Austin Thompson Trucking in Mount Vision, as a driver before opening his own trucking business, E.L. Cole Trucking in the 1960s. He also ran a local milk route for farmers shipping canned milk and drove a mail truck for the U.S. Postal Service.
He was a 4-H leader for many years in Otsego County and a member of the United Methodist Church of Garrattsville and the Garrattsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Sonny enjoyed the outdoors and exercising his creative talents. In recent years he spent his days hunting, gardening and building outdoor furniture and other novelty items. His compassion and concern for others kept him busy. He always there to lend a helping hand and was fondly known by his family, friends and neighbors as "the Mayor of Welcome." An all-American boy, Emerson maintained his allegiance to his country and flag through memberships in local chapters and military organizations. He was a member and officer of the American Legion post 1567 of Hartwick and a life member of the V.F.W. post 1417 of Morris and the DAV chapter No. 159.
He is survived by his mother, Bernice Butler of Apopka, Fla.; a son, George (Buster) Cole and his wife, Sun, of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Melody Cole of South New Berlin, Annette L. Guinn and her husband, Timothy, of Norwich and Tammie Collins and her husband, Richard, of New Hartford; his dear sister and confidant, Doris Martin and her husband, Bill, of West Laurens; sisters, Elizabeth William of Apopka, Fla., and Zaida Welden of Richfield Springs; a paternal uncle, Harold Cole and his wife, Alice, of Old Forge; a maternal uncle, Leroy Barton of Salisbury Center; his grandchildren, Michelle and Thomas Cole, Rachel Pigg, Jason Geywits, Hope Berberick, Amy Winton, Tiffany, Tim Jr., Shawna and Jackie Guinn and E. Bryan and Christine Salie; and a great-grandson, Hunter Geywits; many nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Renee Weaver; and his canine companion, Sonya.
He was predeceased by his father, Emerson C. Cole, who died in 1981.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris with the Rev. William Highfield officiating. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon till service time on Sunday. Burial and military honors will be in the spring at the Bennett Cemetery in West Laurens.
Those who wish are asked to donate to the Garrattsville Methodist Church or the Hartwick American Legion or the Garrattsville Fire Department in his memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Feb. 19, 1999.


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Coleman, James M. Died at age 73 Norwich NY Obituary 1874-1947

Coleman, James M. Died at age 73  Norwich NY Obituary

James M. Coleman Dies;  Former Engineer, 
Was Father of City Attorney

NORWICH, Nov. 5---James M. Coleman, 73, of 86 East Main St.
died shortly after noon yesterday. Mr. Coleman was the father of City Attorney James W. Coleman.
A locomotive engineer for the New York, Ontario and Western Railroad, Mr. Coleman has been retired since October, 1942.
Other survivors are a widow, Mrs. Mary E. Coleman, and two other children: Mrs. Donald Sanders of Geneseo and Mrs. Frank R. Watson, Jr. of Farmingdale.
The body of Mr. Coleman rests at the George J. Devine Funeral Home in South Broad St. Funeral services will be held in the St. Paul's Church on Friday at 9:30 am.


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Decker, Holly (Petersen) 1911-1998 Morris NY Obituary

Holly P. Decker

MORRIS — Holly P. Decker, 87, of Morris, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at the Mountainside Nursing Home in Margaretville.
She was born April 30, 1911, in Chadsford, Pa., the daughter of Carl Johan Petersen and Hensina (Rasmussen) Petersen.
She was married to George Wendell Decker on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1932, at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Laurens. He died Nov. 16, 1984.
She and her husband owned and operated the Associated Graning Co. in Morris.
She was very instrumental in bringing the 4-H horse project to New York state.
Holly is survived by a daughter, Sharon Werner, and her husband, Frank, of Morris; a grandson, Paul Werner and his wife, Teresa, of Norwich; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, at 1 p.m. at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Laurens, with the Rev. Lynn Ash officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris. Calling hours will be from noon on Thursday until service time at 1 p.m.
Friends are asked to donate to the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church of Laurens or the Morris Emergency Squad in her memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Jan. 6, 1999.


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Eldred, Ernest D. 1917-1999 Mount Vision NY Obituary

Ernest D. Eldred

MOUNT VISION — Ernest D. Eldred, 81, of Mount Vision, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, at his home.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1917, in the town of Otsego, the son of Mabel Naylor and Duane Eldred.
At his early age, he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Courtney Hoose, Mount Vision, after his mother died.
He attended rural schools in Mount Vision and Laurens, and was married to Margaret V. Mattison on Oct. 28, 1938, in Laurens.
Mr. Eldred was a 50-year member of the Mount Vision United Methodist Church.
He worked for West-Nesbitt Feed Company in Oneonta for 40 years, having retired in 1982. He also served on their board of directors.
He served on the Laurens Town Board and was fire chief of the Mount Vision Fire Department for many years, and more recently was an honorary member.
After retiring, he worked on his daughter, Joan Bookhout's, farm, for several years. Ernest will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and for his great sense of humor.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army Air Corp.
He is survived by two daughters, Joan M. Bookhout and Betty J. Craft, both of Mount Vision; five grandsons, Terry E. Bookhout and his wife, Dena, of West Oneonta, Todd K. Bookhout and his wife, Diane, of Otego, Troy E. Bookhout and his wife, Amy, of Bainbridge, Joel B. Craft and his wife, Lynda, of Portlandville and James S. Craft and his wife, Mellissa, of Unadilla; six great-grandchildren, Travis Bookhout, Terance Bookhout, Lexi Bookhout, Tyler Bookhout, William Craft and Jeremy Craft; a special friend, Sandra Rendorf of Johnson City; a sister, Afa Waters of Milford; three cousins, Lillian Hickling of Garrattsville, Marion Card of Florida and Vivian Briscoe of West Oneonta; and two sisters-in-law, Irene Mattison of Hartwick and Helen Carley of Milford.
He was also predeceased by his sister, Edna Bliss.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at the Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home in Oneonta with the Rev. John Wolf, pastor of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Contributions may be made to the Laurens Emergency and Ambulance Squad, the Mount Vision Fire Department or the Catskill Area Hospice.

Published in The Daily Star on Feb. 5, 1999.

No place of burial is listed.  His parents are buried at Hartwick Seminary Cemetery.  Duane's parents were Deloss and Caroline Eldred.  

Elliott, John Russell 1948-1999 West Laurens NY Obituary

John Russell Elliott

WEST LAURENS — John Russell Elliott, 50, of Crawford Road, West Laurens, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, at Glens Falls Hospital.
He was born Oct. 30, 1948, in Oneonta, the son of Alma (Naylor) Elliott and Francis Elliott.
He was married to Patricia Carey on Jan. 22, 1977, in Morris.
John graduated from Darrow School in 1967, and attended Bryant College. In 1968, he joined the H.W. Naylor Co., a manufacturer of veterinary pharmaceuticals and devices founded by his grandfather, Dr. Howard Naylor. John was the executive vice president and director of marketing for the Naylor Co. John served on the Board of Directors of Higbee Gaskets and Sealing Products Inc. of Syracuse, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hillington Cemetery Association. He also served for many years as a trustee and treasurer of Project 85 in Oneonta.
John was an avid golfer and a member of the Oneonta Golf and Country Club and the Oneonta Tennis Club.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of West Laurens; a son, Brian of Charlotte, N.C.; his mother, Alma Elliott of Morris; and a brother, Howard Elliott of Morris; and also several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Zion Episcopal Church in Morris, with the Rev. John Scott III officiating.
There will be no calling hours and burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Morris Fire Department or Morris Emergency Squad in his memory.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fay, Mabel (Gifford) 1908-1999 Lifelong resident of Morris NY

Mabel M. Fay

NORWICH — Mabel M. Fay, 90, of Norwich and a former lifelong resident of Morris, died Thursday, March 25, 1999 at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.
She was born Dec. 28, 1908 in Morris, the daughter of Willard and Anna (Keller) Gifford.
She was first married to Charles Miller in 1930. He died in 1973. She was then married to Charles Fay in 1976. He died in 1987.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Morris and the Church Women's Guild. She was also a longtime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Morris Fire Department.
Mabel is survived by a son, Ronald Miller, and his wife, Darlene, of Morris; a daughter, Joan Valentine, and her husband, Bill, of Homer; her grandchildren including Randall Miller, Joseph Miller, Deanna Kent, Ronald Miller, Matthew Miller, Olivia Miller, Karin Casalarc and David and Jonathan Valentine; great-grandchildren including Amber Miller, Jeffrey Miller, Tiffany and Brittany Miller, Ashley and Joshua Kent, Thomas Wallace and Dustin Sherman; stepchildren, Michael and Tim Fay; and a stepgrandchild, Meike Fay.
Private funeral services will be Sunday, March 28, 1999, at the United Methodist Church in Morris with the Rev. Kip Stratton officiating.
Burial will be in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris.
Calling hours will be Saturday, March 27, 1999, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.
In lieu of flowers, it was Mabel's request that donations be made to the United Methodist Church of Morris or the Morris Fire Department Emergency Squad in her memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gardner, Charles Arthur 1885-1960 Pittsfield NY Obituary

Gardner, Charles Arthur   1885-1960  Pittsfield NY Obituary


"Charles Arthur Gardner, aged 75, of Pittsfield, died June 22, at his home after an illness of nine years. Mr. Gardner was born January 6, 1885, in New Lisbon, the son of John W. and Flora (Gillies) Gardner. He married Harriet E. Goodspeed, October 10, 1910. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Miss Edna Gardner at home, and Miss Agnes Gardner of New Berlin; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Couse, Oneonta; Mrs. Blanche Brown, Norwich and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held in the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin, at 10:30 a. m., Saturday, the Rev. William Bartz, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Mount Vision Cemetery." ["The Otsego Farmer & Republican" (Cooperstown, NY), Thurs., June 30, 1960, Page Six]

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Jones, Mary (Rodney) 1846-1934 New Lisbon NY Obituary

Jones, Mary (Rodney) 1846-1934 New Lisbon NY Obituary

Mrs. Mary R. Jones, 88,
Dies at Garrattsville

New Lisbon, May 22---Mrs. Mary R. Jones, 88, widow of Michael C. Jones, died early this morning at the home of Donald Bennington, near Garrattsville.
Mary H. Radley was born in the town of Pittsfield April 11, 1946. Her parents were William and Isabel (McCoy) Radley.  Seventy-two years ago she married Mr. Jones. Nearly their entire married life was spent in the village of Garrattsville, where Mr. Jones died 15 years ago.
She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Her only near surviving relatives are a nephew, William H. Radley of West Winfield, and a niece, Mrs. Lillian Rooney of South New Berlin.
The funeral will be held in the Presbyterian church, Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Rev. Joseph Muglin, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will be at ????.(unreadable due to fading).

I have corrected the spelliing throughout the article to her correct maiden name of
Radley.  They had Rodney.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Lyon, Rev. Wilfred L. 1914-2000 Morris Methodist Pastor 1952-1978

Wilfred L. Lyon

MIDDLEFIELD — The Rev. Wilfred L. Lyon, (Pastor Bill), 86, of Middlefield, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 9, 1914, in Bainbridge, the son of Alton and Mina (Chauncey) Lyon.
He was married to Martha A. (Yukl) Lyon on Feb. 24, 1946. She died in 1978.
He most recently resided in Middlefield, and before that had resided and served as pastor at the United Methodist Church of Morris from 1952 to 1978, before than in Sidney Center from 1947 to 1952, and before that in Hartwick.
He was a member of the Morris Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club.
In 1947, he helped co-founded and lead the Christian Friendship Caravan Movement, providing an invasion of friendship to all of Europe for youth and adults.
From 1978 to present he served as a much-loved volunteer at The Meadows, Chase Memorial Nursing Home, Oneonta Nursing Home and the Robynwood Adult Home. Through all of his adult life he was a well-known public speaker for church groups, Rotary Clubs, youth groups, banquets, graduation ceremonies and Grange.
He served his fellow man during World War II. During 1943 to 1944 he was a relief worker with Dust Bowl Refugees in California and 1945 a relief worker with United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in the Sinai Desert helping Yugoslav Refugees and in 1946 as a relief worker in UNRRA in Naples, Italy, helping families displaced to caves by war.
Pastor Bill is survived by a son and his wife, Thomas A. and Jean Lyon of Cooperstown; a daughter and her husband, Marcia and Arthur Waterman of Metairie, La.; grandchildren, Thomas W. and his wife, Janine Lyon, of Roseboom, Sarah Lyon and Will Brigham of Angel Fire, N.M., and Sara Waterman and Anna Waterman of Metairie, La.; and three great-grandchildren, Ketura and Elijah Lyon and Slade Brigham.
He was predeceased by his only sibling, Thelma Palmer; and a granddaughter, Kelly Ruth Lyon.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at 2 p.m. in the United Methodist Church in Morris.
There will be no calling hours and interment will be private.
There will be a fellowship time immediately following the memorial service.
The family requests no flowers, but those who wish may make a contribution in Pastor Bill's memory to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820 or the Middlefield First Responders, 225 Rezen Rd., Middlefield, N.Y. 13450.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Sept 22, 2000.


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Mann, Charlotte (McElroy) 1910-2006 Burlington NY Obituary

 Charlotte Elizabeth (McElroy) Mann

 BURLINGTON — Charlotte Elizabeth (McElroy) Mann, 96, of Burlington (formerly of Old Tappan and
Paramus), died Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at Burnt Health Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Care Center, Brick, NJ.
She was born in a thatched cottage, "Kiltycreighton," Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, the daughter of George and Anne McElroy. At age 91, she visited and slept in the room in which she was born.
She was predeceased by three sisters, Kathleen, Georgina (killed in the London bombing in World War II), and Ellen (Nellie); and five brothers, William, Arthur, George (Bertie), Sam and Jack.
She is survived by a brother, Tom (wife, Ivy) of Nottingham, England. Also two sisters-in-law, Mel and Mavis (in Ireland); and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She came to the U.S.A. in 1925. She was very proud of her Irish heritage but was most proud of "becoming a U.S. citizen by choice instead of by accident."
She was an Episcopalian (Church of England).
She graduated from The Boyle School in Ireland and the Egan School of Business in Hackensack, N.J.
She held various positions in her lifetime: a shopkeeper, waitress, secretary to a lawyer and to the pathologist of Hackensack Hospital, then a wife, homemaker and wonderful mother. After moving to New York, she became employed by the state of New York as the activities director at The Meadows nursing home in Cooperstown.
She was loved by the patients and her co-workers. She and her husband also owned and operated a campground "El-Jen-Kay Ranch" (named after their first three grandchildren. The camp store was later named "Kenny’s Shack") on their beloved 65-acre farm in Burlington, until retiring in 1980.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, John Leo Mann, in June 1997.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Kenneth Bergmann, Point Pleasant, N.J.; three granddaughters and their spouses, Elizabeth and Thomas Mahon, Point Pleasant; Jennifer and Frank Ruzicka, Easton, Pa., and Kathleen and William Luell, Friendswood, Texas; one grandson, Kenneth Bergmann Jr. and Judy Eskelson, Brick, N.J.; and three great-grandchildren, Sara, Melissa and William IV, Texas.
She was very energetic and loved children, storytelling (composed them as she spoke), animals, gardening, knitting, cooking, entertaining, climbing "her mountains," traveling and playing golf into her 90s with her "girlfriends."
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston. Her funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. with Fr. Charles Taylor, officiating.
Burial will be in the spring at the Butternut Valley Brick School House Cemetery, Burlington.
Condolences may also be sent to the family via the funeral home website at www.hjtfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Published in The Daily Star on Jan. 7, 2006.

Mason, Veronica (Smith) 1917-2006 New Lisbon NY Obituary

Veronica ’Ronnie’ Mason
NEW LISBON — Veronica "Ronnie" Mason, 88, formerly of New Lisbon and New York City, passed away gently Friday, March 10, 2006.
She was born June 21, 1917, in New York City, the daughter of James and Angeline Smith.
She married Frank "Barney" Mason in 1939. While her husband served in the United States Army during World War II, Ronnie worked at a defense plant. She worked beside Frank at their fish market in Brooklyn until they and their children moved to New Lisbon in 1962.
For many years Ronnie was a stay-at-home mom, loving and caring for her family. She returned to work later in life at the Otsego School and then at Pathfinder Village. She truly loved this work, which brought her many children to teach and care for. Failing eyesight ended her work career. At 65, she achieved a longtime goal of earning her GED.
Ronnie enjoyed growing roses and watching the birds. She loved to read and always took pleasure in music. She looked forward to the sing-a-long at Hampshire House, where she resided until shortly before her passing. All her life, the needs of her family came first.
This warm, loving woman is survived by her son, William, and his wife, Deborah, of Schenevus; her daughter, Kathaleen, and partner Catherine Holmes of Oneonta, and her two grandchildren, Christopher ("CJ") and Erin.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, in 2001. They will be together again.
Friends may call at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the Johnston Funeral Home, 60 Broad St. Morris, until proceeding to a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Morris. The Very Rev. John Burns will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Hillington Cemetery, Morris.
Flowers and expressions of sympathy may be directed to the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on March 13, 2006

Monday, April 15, 2013

Miller, Elizabeth H. (Holl) 1933-2000 Pittsfield NY Obituary



Elizabeth H. Miller

PITTSFIELD — Elizabeth H. (Liz) Miller, 67, of Pittsfield, went to be with our Lord on Monday, Oct. 2, 2000.
She was born Feb. 26, 1933, in Oneonta, the daughter of James Averell Holl and Mary L. Wilson.
She was married to Lewis (Lukie) Miller on March 25, 1951, in New Berlin.
Liz was the cafeteria manager at the Morris Central School for 29 years which she enjoyed very much.
She was a lifelong resident of the New Berlin/Morris area, where she lived most of her life on the family dairy farm that she and her husband operated for nearly 50 years. She also worked and maintained the family's harness horses and the auction and feed store businesses.
She was an active part of the Otsego County Fair and secretary of the N.Y.S. Sires Harness Racing Association for many years.
She was also a 25-year member of the Unadilla Grange and the Otsego County Pomona Grange.
Liz lighted the hearts of many and will be terribly missed.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Lukie Miller of Pittsfield; her children, Timothy L. Miller and his wife, Vicky, Terry L. Miller and his wife, Lisa, Lois Miller-Ballard and her husband, John, Wesley J. Miller and Mary Jane E. Conroe and her husband, Jeff, all of New Berlin.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Everett (Flip) Hopper, Kevin S. Hopper, Melissa J. Hopper, Tonya M. Miller, Timothy L. Miller Jr., Michelle N. Miller, Sarah E. Conroe, Jessica L. Card, Luke M. Conroe, Merissa L. Card, Michael D. Miller, Matthew. J. Conroe and Makenzie L. Ballard; three sisters-in-law, Mildred I. Chase, Margaret Conklin and Ethel White; and a brother-in-law, Donald Miller; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Harley W. Miller; and a sister-in-law, Aleta Smith.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Morris on Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. J. Mark Norlund officiating. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Morris.
Committal services and burial will follow the funeral service in Hillington Cemetery in Morris.
Those who wish are asked to donate to the "Liz Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund," in care of Morris Central School, Morris, N.Y. 13808.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Oct. 4, 2000.

Neilsen, Theta (Easter) 1922-1999 New Berlin NY Obituary

Theta E. Neilsen

NEW BERLIN — Theta E. Neilsen, 77, of New Berlin died Saturday, July 17, 1999, in New Berlin.
She was born June 15, 1922, in Saffordville, Kan., the daughter of Noble and Alfa (Leith) Easter.
She married Sewell Neilsen on April 18, 1943. He survives.
She spent her childhood in Saffordville, Kan. She was a graduate of the local Saffordville, Kan. High School.
Theta is survived by her children, Daniel Neilsen of New Berlin, Nancy Woodward of Mesquite, Texas and Patricia Brockway of West Oneonta; five grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin. Interment will be in Columbus Corners Cemetery, town of Columbus.
There will be no calling hours.
Funeral arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin.

Published in The Daily Star on July 19, 1999.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Olds, Erford W. 1920-2001 Lifelong Resident of Morris NY

Erford W. Olds

OXFORD — Erford W. Olds, 81, formerly of Morris, died May 14, 2001, at the New York State Veterans' Home in Oxford.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1920, in Norwich, the son of William and Edna (Hackett) Olds.
Erford was a lifelong resident of Morris and owned and operated a large dairy farm until his retirement.
He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, stationed in Biloxi, Miss.
He was a member of the American Legion in Gilberts-ville.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Olds of Otego; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Esther E. Butler of Bainbridge and Betty and Richard Walton of Gilbertsville; his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Sylvia Olds of Tampa, Fla.; and his aunt, Dorothy Gassler of Utica. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Gertrude Washbon, on Feb. 5, 1970, and his nephew, Richard Freeman Walton, who was killed in the Vietnam War on Feb. 5, 1970.
A memorial service with full military honors will be held in Hillington Cemetery, Morris, at a later date.

Published in The Daily Star on June 6, 2001.




Oliver, Clifford 1920-1935 Sidney NY Obituary

Oliver, Clifford 1920-1935 Sidney NY Obituary

Lad of 15 Dies After Eating Food
Found on Sidney Village Dump

Sidney, March 17 (special)---Clifford Oliver, 15 years old, a student in the sixth grade of the Sidney school, died at Sidney hospital Friday night of ptomaine poisoning which it is though resulted from eating food found on the village dump The lad attended school Wednesday, but it was noticed that he was not feeling well. Late Friday he was taken to the hospital where death followed in a few hours. Dr. P. S. Young and Dr. R. H. Loomis of Sidney both attended the lad but found he was beyond help.
Clifford Oliver was born in McDonough May 22, 1920, and had lived there until the family moved to Sidney some months ago. Surviving are his father, Charles E. Oliver, and five brothers and sisters. The body was taken to McDonough for funeral and interment Monday.
The family will have the sincere sympathy of the whole community in the unfortunate accident.

Clifford's mother was Mary G. (Aiken) Oliver who died in 1930. Clifford as well as his father and mother are buried at Union Cemetery in McDonough, Chenango County, NY.

Transcribed from a scrapbook in The Mary Boice Gale Collection.

Payton, Dorothy (Amsden) 1917-2000 Morris NY Obituary

Dorothy A. Payton

MORRIS — Dorothy A. Payton, 83, of Morris, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, at the Chase Nursing Nome in New Berlin with her husband at her bedside.
She was born in Columbus, the daughter of Jay Boyce Amsden and Hazel Orilla (Todd) Amsden.
She was a graduate of the New Berlin Central School and she then received her teaching certificate from the Oneonta Normal School and her bachelor of arts degree from the State University College at Oneonta.
Dorothy married Dr. Jerome Payton on Feb. 19, 1944, at Piermont.
She was an educator and had taught at Leonardsville Central School, New Berlin Central School and Morris Central School.
She was active in the Zion Episcopal Church of Morris, its affairs and functions and also was a longtime member of the Butternuts Valley Arts and Crafts Center as well as the Butternuts Valley Garden Club.
In 1976, Dorothy and Doris Whitman compiled and published "Souvenir of Morris" a collection of vintage postcards, photographs and historical commentary for the Morris Historical Society.
Dorothy was an avid and consummate bridge player and also enjoyed golfing.
She prided herself on love of family and friends. At festive family dinners she would invariably admonish everyone to "eat slowly" so as to prolong the joy of the gatherings.
Dorothy Payton graduated life "Summa Cum Laude."
She leaves her husband, Dr. Jerome Payton, veterinarian of Morris; a son, Dr. David A. Payton of Schenectady; two daughters, Nancy Anne Payton of Naples, Fla., and Dr. Alice Jayne Payton of Cranbury, N.J.; a daughter-in-law, Noel Ross Payton of Schenectady; a granddaughter, Rebecca Anne Payton of Albany; a sister-in-law, Kate Amsden of Fort Myers, Fla.; a nephew, Philip Amsden of California; two cousins, Mary Louise Willard Emmick of Pennsylvania, Florida and New York, and Marguerite Willard Dardis of Florida.
A brother, John T. Amsden, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at 1 p.m. at the Zion Episcopal Church in Morris. Calling hours will be Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Committal service and burial will follow in the Hillington Cemetery, Morris.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish are asked to contribute to the Alzheimer's Association, Leatherstocking Branch, P.O. Box 1364, Oneonta, N.Y. 13820, to the Chase Nursing Home, 1 Terrace Heights, New Berlin, N.Y., or to the Zion Episcopal Church, Morris, N.Y. 13808 or the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Nov. 21, 2000.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Richards, Juna (Adams) 1922-2012 Oneonta NY Obituary

Juna A. Richards
ONEONTA _ Juna A. Richards, 90, of Oneonta and formerly of Rockdale, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

She was born June 6, 1922, daughter of the late David B. and Hazel (Holdredge) Adams in Morris. Juna graduated from Morris Central School with Class of 1941, and attended the Utica School of Commerce.

She married William Richards on Nov. 9, 1946, in Morris. He predeceased her on Oct. 31, 1999.

Juna was a legal secretary for the Brown Law Office in Norwich when she retired in 1981.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Ralph Hinkley, Roanoke, Ind.; son, Frank and Karen Richards, Yarmouth, Mass.; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by a daughter, Kathyann; a brother and a sister. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Benjamin Shaw officiating. Burial will be in Hillington Cemetery in Morris.

Condolences may be sent to the family online to www.landersfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation for the Blind at www.afb.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Published in The Daily Star on August 6, 2012.

Richards, William F. 1920-1999 Mt. Upton NY Obituary

William Richards

MOUNT UPTON — William F. Richards, 79, of Mount Upton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, at Bassett Hospital, Cobleskill.
He was born to Frank M. and Minnie (House) Richards on Oct. 13, 1920, in Burlington.
Mr. Richards served his country from 1942-1945 in World War II. He was discharged from the Medical Detachment of the 86th Mt. Infantry. He received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
He married Juna Adams on Nov. 9, 1946, in Morris.
Mr. Richards was employed at the Manor House Farms after leaving the service. He later worked at the Otsego County Highway Department, Curtis Feed Store and the Department of Environmental Conservation where he retired in 1979, while managing the Sawmill at Camp Pharsalia.
He is survived by his wife, Juna of Mount Upton; one son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Dorothy Richards of Saugerties; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Ralph Hinkley of Mesa, Ariz., and Kathyann and Richard Weisensee of Sharon Springs; a brother, Ralph Richards of Mount Upton; five sisters, Eliza Baker of Hartwick, Isabel Smith of Gilbertsville, Dora Osborn of Gilbertsville, Minnie Pope of Gilbertsville and Viola Harrington of New Berlin; six grandchildren, Jennifer and Kevin Richards, Tracey Hinkley, Teresa Van Roekel and William and Bethany McCumber; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney. Pastor Mary Ann Linder of the United Methodist Church of Mount Upton will officiate.
Friends may call Monday, Nov. 1. The family will be in attendance from 7-9 p.m.
Burial will be in Hillington Cemetery, Morris
Memorial contributions may be made the Coronary Care Unit, The Hospital, Sidney.
Arrangements are by C.H. Landers Inc., Sidney.

Rockwell, Muriel E. (Griffiths) 1917-1999 Morris NY Obituary

Muriel E. Rockwell

MORRIS — Muriel E. Rockwell, 81, of Morris and formerly of Edmeston and Norwich, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass.
She was born in Augusta on Dec. 7, 1917, the daughter of Lewis and Lillie (Munsell) Griffiths.
She was married to LeRoy Rockwell on July 29, 1936, in Oneida. He died Aug. 25, 1996.
She had been employed by the Simmons Precision of Norwich for many years.
She was a member of the Columbus Community Church for several years.
Muriel is survived by her children, Lester Rockwell and his wife, Hazel, of Madison, Thomas Rockwell of Madison and his companion, Carol Jordon, of Oriskany Falls, Carlton Rockwell of Edmeston, David Rockwell and his wife, Laurie, of Morris, Naureen Perkins and her husband, Douglas, of East Chatham and Elizabeth (Betty) Watson and her husband, DK, of Yakima, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alberta Edick of Vernon and Reba Grems of Floyd; and her loving dog, Appey.
She was predeceased by a grandson, Christopher P. Rockwell.
Viewing and funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Those who wish may donate to the Morris Emergency Squad in her memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on July 15, 1999.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Roseboom, Marion (Emerson) 1917-2000 Morris NY Obituary

Marion Roseboom


MORRIS — Marion E. Roseboom, 83, of Maple Grove, Morris, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at A.O. Fox Hospital, Oneonta.
She was born March 7, 1917, in Morris, the daughter of William George Emerson and Beatrice M. (Andrews) Emerson.
She was married to Leon Miles Roseboom on Aug. 9, 1934, in West Oneonta. He passed away several years ago.
She was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident. She was a member of the Sand Hill Methodist Church, the Sand Hill Senior Citizens Club and the Homemaker Club of Sand Hill.
She is survived by three children, Wayne Roseboom of Oneonta, Morgan Roseboom and his wife, Diana, of Oneonta, and Bonnie Hilliker of Oneonta; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by two sisters-in- law, Edna Emerson of Sidney and Alma Strong of Westford.
She was predeceased by a brother, Maynard Emerson, and a brother-in-law, James Strong.
It was Marion's request that no funeral services or calling hours be held.
Interment of her cremains will be in Hillington Cemetery, Morris.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on March 10, 2000.

Horner, Geraldine (Brown) Sargent 1918-2006 Ballston Spa NY Obituary

H. Geraldine Sargent Horner
BALLSTON SPA — H. Geraldine Sargent Horner passed away Feb. 1, 2006, at Maplewood Manor, Ballston Spa.
She was born April 5, 1918, in Milford.
She married William Sargent on Nov. 9, 1934. After his death Nov. 7, 1959, she moved to Oneonta, where she cared for her three youngest children, working as a housekeeper and actively involved with Cub Scouting and other youth activities.
In 1961, she returned to the Glenville area. While in Glenville she worked at Aucompaugh’s and KAPL in food service.
Active in the Burnt Hills Baptist Church before ill health forced her to move to assisted care with her son, Douglas, and in 2003, to Maplewood Manor.
Special thanks to grandson Tim Fake and great-granddaughters Briana and Heather King for their caring visits to the nursing home.
She was predeceased by her second husband, Thomas Horner, whom she married in 1986; and daughter Jackie Fake.
Survivors include brother, William Brown and wife Lorraine of Shippenburg, Pa.; sister, Betty Gennerino and husband, Ralph of Brockport; children, Douglas A. Sargent and wife Barbara of Charlton, Ronald Sargent of Oneonta, Olive Loubier and husband Norman of Florida, Marvin Sargent and wife, Joanne of Oneonta, Lawrence Sargent and wife Maria of Florida; and son-in-law, Thomas Fake of Galway; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral arrangements for cremation are under the direction of Townley and Wheeler Funeral Home of Ballston Lake.
Memorial service and interment will be in the spring.
Because of her love for dogs, Missy and Abby, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Published in The Daily Star on Feb. 3, 2006.

Find A Grave Memorial for Geraldine Sargent Horner


Sargent, William wed to Harriet Geraldine Brown 1934 Morris, NY
Miss Harriet Brown Bride
of William Sargent, Morris
Young Oneonta Woman Married in Quiet Ceremony
Morris, Nov. 11---Willam Marvin Sargent, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sargent, of Morris township, and Miss Harriet Geraldene Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Brown, of Oneonta, were united in marriage by Rev. F. G. Leonard at the Universalist parsonage in Morris Friday evening at 8 o'clock.
The couple was attended by Gordon W. Cooke and Mrs. Marion Brown.
Mr. and Mrs. Sargent will reside with the groom's parents above town for the present, where the best wishes of their many friends will attend them.


"Marvin William Sargent, aged 44, of Delanson, died November 7 in Buffalo. He was born September 10, 1915, in Morris, the son of Harold and Eleanor (Allen) Sargent. He married Harriet Brown on November 9, 1934, in Morris. Surviving are his wife; four sons, Douglas, Ronald, Marvin and Larry, all of Delanson; two daughters, Olive and Billie of Delanson; three grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Frank Cobb of Morris, and his mother of Morris. Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday in Sloan's Funeral Home in Morris, and burial was in Hillington Cemetery in Morris." ["The Otsego Farmer & Republican" (Cooperstown, NY), Thurs., Nov. 12, 1959, Page Two]
So far, I can't find this couple on any census. They lived next to my family on East Street, in Edmeston, NY for awhile. Their children were Douglas, Ronald, Olive, Marvin, Larry, and Billie (a girl).
Olive and I were best friends and we wrote to each other a few years after they moved elsewhere. Delanson, NY was one of the last places they lived.
The kids and I spent many summer days playing and swimming in Wharton Creek and evenings playing hide and seek and softball.
Doug had an old navy raft that we hauled up the creek and floated downstream on many a time. Unfortunately, it washed away with high water.
Douglas would have been born around 1932 or so. The rest were born around 1938 or after.
Their father, William,  died in his 40s of a heart attack. My mother and I attended the funeral at Morris, NY.  He and Geraldine are buried at Hillington Cemetery in Morris, Otsego Co., NY.  Geraldine died in 2006.  I have a photo of their headstone when I locate it.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Stafford, Robert wed to Claudine Pickens About 1934 Morris NY

Stafford, Robert wed to Claudine Pickens About 1934 Morris NY

Morris Chronicle Head
Weds Claudine Pickens

Morris, Nov. 18---A pretty November wedding was solemnized at the Baptist church here at 1 o'clock Saturday when Miss Claudine Pickens, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pickens of Morris township, and Robert M. Stafford, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Stafford of South Broad street, were united in marriage by Rev. H. E. Danielson, pastor of the church, in the presence of relatives and close friends.
The bride was gowned in dark blue velvet and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums. The matron of honor, Mrs. Richard Stafford, wore blue chiffon and carried a corsage bouquet of small white chrysanthemums. The best man was Richard Stafford, younger brother of the groom. Harry Pickens, the bride's brother, and Guy Chase of Morris acted as ushers.
A small reception followed the ceremony at the groom's residence where a wedding luncheon was served, after which the young couple left on a brief wedding trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Stafford will reside in Morris, where Mr. Stafford is publisher and proprietor of the Morris Chronicle. Both Mr. and Mrs. Stafford are popular young people and have many friends who will extend felicitations. Guests were present from Oneonta, Norwich, Gilbertsville, Laurens and Morris.

Transcibed from a scrapbook from The Mary Boice Gale Collection.

According to my grandmother Claudine Pickens Stafford who passed away this Aug three months shy of 102 years old; her anniversary was Nov 16th. She told us this every year of her life so we know it's fact.   Note sent to me by her granddaughter, Joy Cameron.  Thank you Joy. 

Stanhouse, Mary (Calhoun) Died 1999 Oneonta NY Obituary

Mary C. Stanhouse

ONEONTA — Mrs. Mary C. Stanhouse, wife of the late Rosslyn J. Stanhouse, of Oneonta, died at the Eddy Ford Nursing Home, Cohoes, on Monday, Sept. 6, 1999.
Mrs. Stanhouse was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School, the State University College at Oneonta and attended Albany State College.
She was a former member of the faculty of the schools of Brunswick. Mrs. Stanhouse continued her teaching career in the Oneonta public school system, from which she retired.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Oneonta, the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 259 of Oneonta, the New York State Retired Teachers Association, the Otsego Retired Teachers Association, former member of the Oneonta Woman's Club and the Beach Manor Villa Association of Venice, Fla.
Mrs. Stanhouse is survived by one son, Wayne R. Stanhouse of Marietta, Ga.; one granddaughter, Jennifer Stanhouse of Atlanta; two sisters, Mrs. Vincent (Ruth) Roarke of Brunswick, and Mrs. Carl (Alice) Spalt of Sycaway; two brothers, Clarence Calhoun of Brunswick, and Robert Calhoun of Melrose; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday evening, Sept. 8, 1999, at 7 p.m. at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, Troy. Graveside funeral services at the West Oneonta Cemetery will be private. Mrs. Stanhouse's family will be present at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, from 1 to 2 p.m. for those who wish may call.
It has been requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676 in loving memory of Mary C. Stanhouse.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Published in The Daily Star on Sept. 8, 1999.

Stanhouse, Perry L. 1880-1956 Downsville NY Obituary

Stanhouse, Perry L. 1880-1956 Downsville NY Obituary

Perry L. Stanhouse

DOWNSVILLE---Perry L. Stanhouse, 85, died unexpectedly Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Howard Rose of Downsville, where he had been living for the past nine years.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Downsville Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lyman P. Taylor, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Brick School House Cemetery, Garrattsville.
Mr. Stanhouse was born March 15, 1880 in New Lisbon.
He married Jennie May Stafford on Jan. 1, 1907 in New Lisbon.
Mr. Stanhouse, a resident of Downsville since 1956, was a member of the Downsville Methodist Church.
Mr. Stanhouse was a retired employe of the Nationwide Insurance Company.
He is survived by three sons, James Stanhouse, Amsterdam; Rosslyn J. Stanhouse, Oneonta; Rea W. Stanhouse, Wayne, Pa.; two daughters, Mrs. Howard Rose, Downsville; Mrs. Clifford I. Gardner, Johnson City; one sister, Mrs. Frank Stafford, New Lisbon; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Knorr Funeral Home, Downsville, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday when the family will be in attendance.


Stanhouse, Rosslyn (Ross) J. 1911-1972 Oneonta NY Obituary

 
 Stanhouse, Rosslyn (Ross) J. 1911-1972 Oneonta, NY


THE ONEONTA STAR, Oneonta, N. Y., Wed., Oct. 11, 1972

Sears men's wear manager, Ross Stanhouse dies at 61

Rosslyn “Ross” J. Stanhouse, 61, of 8 Richmond Avenue, retired manager of the Men's Department at the Oneonta Sears Roebuck and Company store and a past commander of both the Otsego County and Oneonta American Legion units, died Tuesday, October 10, at Fox Hospital, following an extended illness.
Private funeral services will be at the convenience of the family on Thursday, October 12, at the Boohout Funeral Home, Oneonta, with the Rev. Robert E. Germond, pastor of the first United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the West Oneonta Cemetery.
Mr. Stanhouse was born September 21, 1911 at Garrattsville, a son of Perry L. and Jennie M. (Stafford) Stanhouse. He was graduated from Hartwick College with the Class of 1933. He married Mary Calhoun on February 9, 1945, at Troy.
He was a retail clerk and manager of the Men's Department at the Oneonta Sears Roebuck and company store for 23 years, retiring in June of 1972 because of ill health.
An Oneonta resident for 40 years, Mr. Stanshouse was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was an honorary member of the Administrative Board of the church.
A veteran of service with the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations from 1942 to 1945 during World War II, he was currently serving as secretary-treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Oneonta Veterans' Club Inc., and was a past commander of both the Otsego County American Legion and Oneonta Post 259, American Legion.
Surving are his wife; a son, Wayne R. Stanhouse, Ft. Myers, Fla.; two brothers, James R. Stanhouse, Amsterdam, and Rea W. Stanhouse, Wayne, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Howard E. (Marjorie) Rose, Downsville, and Mrs. Clifford (Gladys) Gardner, Johnson City; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at their convenience after 1 p.m., Wednesday.
The family will be in attendance from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday and until noon Thursday.
Oneonta post 259 American Legion, will conduct Memorial services at 7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.


Stanhouse---Rosslyn (Ross) J., 61 of 8 Richmond Avenue, Oneonta died October 10 at A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta. Private funeral services will be conducted at convenience of family, October 12 in The Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta. Burial in The West Oneonta Cemetery, West Oneonta.
Friends may call at their convenience at the Bookhout Funeral Home, after 1 p.m. Wednesday until Thursday noon. The family will be in attendance Wednesday 2- 4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. At the funeral home. The Oneonta American Legion Post 259 will conduct a memorial service in the Bookhout Funeral Home, Wednesday evening, at 7 p.m.

Stone, Evelyn M. (Foote) 1927-2000 Morris NY Obituary

Evelyn M. Stone


MORRIS — Evelyn M. Stone, 72, of Morris, died March 16, 2000, at M.I. Bassett Hospital.
She was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Morris, the daughter of Lynn Albert Foote and Clara Marie (Enos) Foote.
She married William E. Stone Sr. at St. Mary's R.C. Church in Oneonta on June 28, 1945.
She had worked as a key-punch operator for Amphenol Corp. of Sidney. She and her husband operated the Village Coffee Shop in Morris from 1970 to 1977.
She was a member of the Morris Fire Department Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, Holy Cross R.C. Church and the Morris Snowmobile Club. She was also a 4-H leader and a Girl Scout leader.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, William E. Stone Sr. and her children, William E. Stone Jr., James K. Stone, Nancey M. Pickens, Lynne M. Stone, Debra M. Convis, Mary M. Gray, Jane M. Scott, Stanley R. Stone and Michael M. Stone; 25 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a sister, Mary Hoffman.
A son, Samuel R. Stone, predeceased her.
A funeral memorial service will be held Sunday, March 19, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the Holy Cross R.C. Church in Morris. The Rev. John Burns will officiate.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, March 18, at the Johnston Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. A wake service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris at a later date.
Friends are invited to attend a reception immediately after the funeral service in the church reception hall. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate to the Morris Fire Department or the Edmeston Fire Department in her memory.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on March 18, 2000.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tesla, Michael G. 1908-1999 Earlville NY Obituary

Michael G. Tesla

EARLVILLE — Mr. Michael G. Tesla, 90 years, of South Lebanon Road, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at University Hospital, Syracuse.
He was born Sept. 25, 1908, in Barnesborow, Pa., the son of Michael and Theresa Stupak Tesla, and attended local schools. He served with the United States Army during World War II in the Central Europe, Rhineland and Rome-Arno battles.
In October 1938, Mr. Tesla married the former Henrietta Kelsey, in St. Mary's Church, Oneonta. She predeceased him on July 27, 1989.
He was a self-employed dairy farmer in Sherburne and Columbus until his retirement. He was a communicant of St. Malachy's Church in Sherburne.
Mr. Telsa is survived by a daughter, Michaeleen G. Tesla of Sherburne: a sister-in-law, Louise Tesla of Florida; his grandchildren, Lisa and Bill Wyman of Earlville, John Jr. and Jennifer Zbydniewski, Jona Zbydniewski, Michael and Amy Zbydniewsli, all of Sherburne, Gina and Pete Trask of Dundee; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his dear service buddy, Mac Farrow of Earlville.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Theresa Tesla in 1948; two brothers, Andrew and Joseph Tesla; and four sisters, Theresa Selepchak, Mary Salley, Sister Concepta and Sister Assumpta.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, from the Burgess Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from St. Malachy's Church, Sherburne.
Burial with full military honors will be made in the Hillington Cemetery, Morris.
Friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
A prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m., Friday.

Published in The Daily Star on Sept. 24, 1999.

Thorpe, Lewis 1875-1960 New Lisbon, NY Obituary

Thorpe, Lewis 1875-1960 New Lisbon, NY Obituary

Lewis Thorpe

NEW LISBON --- Lewis Thorpe, 85, a resident of the Town of new Lisbon, died September 20 at the Otsego County Infirmary, where he had been a patient two months.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 23, in Patterson Funeral Home, Hartwick, the Rev. Duane Brown, pastor of Bible Baptist Church, Mount Vision, officiating. Burial will be in Welcome Cemetery, Town of New Lisbon.
Mr. Thorpe was born Feb. 8, 1875, in New Lisbon, a son of Sanford and Helen (Gregory) Thorpe. He was a farmer.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Patterson Funeral Home at their convenience.


Buried at Welcome Cemetery are:

E. Sandford Thorpe, born 3-31-1834, died 2-2-1916.
Mary H. Thorpe, born 3-7-1838, died 12-3-1925. (Might be Mary Helen)
Charles J. Thorpe, 1870-1936.

Lewis doesn't show up on any Census report, but a Charles J. Thorpe, son,
born 1870 lives with them in 1900, 1910, 1920 , and with his mother on 1925.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Tkaczow, Anna 1920-1999 Morris NY Obituary

Anna Tkaczow

MORRIS — Anna Tkaczow, 78, of Morris, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at the home of her son, Patrick, in Rochester.
She was born Dec. 16, 1920, in Scranton, Pa., the daughter of Peter and Mary (Lojack) Witkowicz.
She was married to Michael Tkaczow in 1936.
She had been employed in the Morris Central School cafeteria staff as a dishwasher and before that she and her husband operated the family dairy farm.
She had resided in the Butternuts Valley her entire adult life.
She was as member of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church and was an avid supporter of the Morris Central School activities and programs.
Anna is survived by a son, Patrick Tkaczow, and his wife, Ann, of Rochester; a brother, Emil Witkowicz, and his wife, Katie, of Rochester; and a sister, Wanda Hryniw, and her husband, John, of Sun City West, Ariz. Her grandchildren include, Dianna, Amanda and Cassandra. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at the Holy Cross Church in Morris at 1 p.m., with the Rev. John R. Burns officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris.
There will be no calling hours.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Oct. 12, 1999.

Warren, Frank J. 1898-1999 Morris NY Obituary

Frank J. Warren

MORRIS — Frank J. Warren, 100, formerly of Morris, died Sunday, May 9, 1999, at The Meadows in Middlefield.
He was born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1898, the son of Henry Clay Warren and Mary (Burns) Warren.
He was first married to Madeline in June of 1931, and she died in December of 1938. He was then married to Catherine in April of 1943, and she died Jan. 31, 1996.
He was employed with the United States Postal Service at the New Lots Station until his retirment in 1954. He was then employed by several architectural firms after his retirement from the postal service.
He served his country during World War I in the United States Army.
He and his wife had resided in the Morris area since 1965.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Morris Grange and the Butternuts Valley Senior Citizens Club.
Frank is survived by two sons, Robert Warren and his wife, Veronica, of Smithtown and Allen Warren and his wife, Margaretta, of Ft. Worth, Texas; two stepsons, Donald Link and his wife, Clair, of Mollusk, Va., and Kenneth Link and his wife, Barbara, of Davie, Fla.; grandchildren, Robert John Warren, Linda Hatanaka, Christopher Warren, Deborah Warren, Douglas Warren, Bonnie Neal, Steven Warren, Lori Stevenson, Denise Warren, Donald Link Jr., Diana Garbey, David Link, Raymond Link, Keith Link, Cindy Lopes, Christopher Link and Julie Norman; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday, May 13, 1999, at 11 a.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, with the Rev. Morris Dwyer officiating. Burial will be in St. Johns Cemetery in Queens on Friday, May 14, 1999, at 1 p.m. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, May 12, 1999, at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on May 11, 1999.

Washbon, John Gould 1916-1999 Morris NY Ties

John Gould Washbon

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. — John Gould Washbon, 82, of Rockledge, Fla., and Morris, N.Y., died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, at home after a brief illness.
He was born May 15, 1916, in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, to Charles G. and Mary (Coldwell) Washbon. He moved with his family to Everglades City, Fla., in 1926, and resided in Florida for the remainder of his life.
He was married, in March 1942, to the former Virginia Eastmoore in Jacksonville, Fla., the daughter of the late Harold and Harriet (Manning) Eastmoore.
He enlisted in the United States Navy Air Reserve at the beginning of World War II and was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.
In 1948, he moved to Miami, Fla., and held various positions in the construction and aviation industries until his retirement. A civil engineer by training and a chemical engineer by education, he attended the University of Florida and the University of Miami.
A passionate student of history, in retirement, John and his wife spent much of their time in Morris, lovingly restoring the home of his great-grandparents, Lucetta and Otis B. Matteson.
Although born in Canada and raised in Florida, John's roots lay deep in Otsego County. His fourth great-grandparents, Zebah and Nancy Washbon, natives of Newtown, Conn., homesteaded the Maple Grove area in about 1796. Five subsequent generations of Washbon sons lived in Morris and Maple Grove and attended the local schools. His maternal grandmother, the late Harriet (Matteson) Washbon, was the great-granddaughter of Deacon Joshua Matteson, a settler in the Mount Vision area from Pownal, Vt. Harriet's father, Otis B. Matteson, and his father, Joshua D. Matteson, ran a tannery on the brook running through the Matteson/Washbon homestead in Morris.
John Washbon is survived by his wife, Virginia; his sisters, Diana (Benjamin Lee) Bird of Washington, Va., and Elizabeth (Leo) Horvath of McLean, Va.; a son, Thomas G. (Margaret) Washbon, and family of New Castle, Del.; a daughter, Janet Washbon, and family of Madison, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Alma C. Field of Merritt Island, Fla.; and brothers-in-law, Ray (Betty) Eastmoore of Port Saint John, Fla., Frederick (Betty) Eastmoore of Columbus, Ga., Eugene (Jeanine) Eastmoore of Palatka, Fla., and Charles B. Norton of Melrose, Fla.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Carolynn Washbon.
Graveside memorial services will be held Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at 3 p.m. at the Washbon family lot in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris, N.Y., with the Rev. John Scott III officiating.
Donations may be made to the Tebeau-Field Library of Florida History, 435 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, Florida 32922 or Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice, P.O. 6565002, Rockledge, Fla. 32956.
Local arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris, N.Y.

Published in The Daily Star on August 18, 1999.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Webster, Alice F. (Dixson) 1892-1956 West Oneonta NY Obituary

Webster, Alice F. (Dixson) 1892-1956 West Oneonta NY Obituary

Mrs. Alice Fern Webster
Mrs. Fern Alice Webster, 63, of West Oneonta, died at Fox Hospital June 5 after a two-week illness.
Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Friday in West Oneonta Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Michaels, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Plains Cemetery.
Mrs. Webster was born in Oneonta June 30, 1892, daughter of Eugene and Ida (Gates) Dixson. She was married Oct. 3, 1910, in Syracuse to George G. Webster, who survives. She had been a resident of West Oneonta for 43 years. She was a member of the West Oneonta Baptist Church and the Home Bureau.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Pauline Wolchick of Homestead, Fla., and Mrs. Margaret King of Tampa, Fla.; and two grandsons, Brian and Gary Wolchick.
Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home until Friday noon.

Webster, Rose B. (Lull) 1890-1955 Garrattsville NY Obituary

Webster, Rose B. (Lull) 1890-1955 Garrattsville NY Obituary

MRS. ROSE B. WEBSTER

Mrs. Rose B. Webster, aged 65, died in Fox Hospital, Saturday (Dec. 3, 1955) following a heart attack.
She was born Nov. 5, 1890, in the Town of Morris, daughter of Sylvester and Emma (Swartout) Lull. She was twice married. Her first husband, Lasalle Brimmer, died in 1940. In March 1944, she married Merle Webster.
Mrs. Webster had resided in Garrattsville 33 years, and had been Town Clerk for the Town of New Lisbon for six years. She was correspondent for four area newspapers including The Freeman's Journal and The Otsego Farmer, Cooperstown, and had been an employee of the Garrattsville postoffice.
She was also a member of the United Presbyterian Church, and its women's organization and the Home Bureau.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Wilson of Garrattsville and Mrs. Walter Krous of Greene; one son, Albert Brimmer of Garrattsville; one sister, Mrs. Richard Walker of Granville, Ohio; one niece, Mrs. William Blanchard of Edmeston; one nephew, Leonard Hammond of South Kortright and ten grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday in the United Presbyterian Church, Garrattsville, with the Rev. J. Ross McCloy, officiating. The body was placed in Hillington Cemetery vault for later burial in Morris.

Transcribed from the Mary Boice Gale Collection found in scrapbooks.

Wells, Benjamin L. 1928-2000 South New Berlin NY Obituary

Benjamin L. Wells


SOUTH NEW BERLIN — Benjamin L. Wells, 71, of South New Berlin, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in New Berlin, unexpectedly.
He was born in New Berlin on July 12, 1928, and the son of William T. Wells and Jennie (Chase) Wells.
He was married to Maysie C. Wells on Sept. 10, 1950, in the First Baptist Church in South New Berlin.
He was a lifelong area resident and a well-known and respected dairy farmer.
Benjamin is survived by his wife, Maysie Wells of South New Berlin; two daughters, Mary Jane Brunschmid of Morris and Sheila Beckert of South New Berlin; two sons, David Wells of South New Berlin and James Wells of Walton; a brother, William Wells of Missoula, Mont.; eight grandchildren, Julie and John Burns, Bryon, Erica and Sherry Beckert and Janet, Rebecca and Elizabeth Wells; and two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Morgan Burns.
A sister, Janet Wells Bettiol, who died in 1953, predeceased him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at 1 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in South New Berlin, with the Rev. Daniel Age officiating.
There will be calling hours and interment will be in the spring in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate to the First Baptist Church of South New Berlin in his memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Feb. 8, 2000.

Find A Grave Memorial for Benjamin L. Wells
This will link you to memorials for his wife and parents at Hillington Cemetery, Morris, Otsego County, NY.
These were all created by Kathryn Hill, a devoted Find A Grave volunteer from Illinois who has distant
relatives in this area.