Selected Chenango and Madison County OBITS - Text

Selected Chenango and Madison County Obituraries


Daniels, Edward

Edw. Daniels Passes Away in 76th Year

Was One of Most Prominent Citizens of Town of Sherburne

He Was Long a Leader in Business Circles and in Civic Activities --- Had Been Honored by Election as Village President and Served Several Terms As Village Trustee --- Was Life-Long Republican --- Was Devoted to His Family and His Friends

    Edward Daniels died April 3, 1926 in his seventy-sixth year, January thirteenth he suffered a shock and gradually failed until his death. He endured much during his last illness although everything humanly possible was done by his devoted family to make him comfortable in his last days.
    His father and mother, James and Catherine Daniels, settled in Sherburne in 1840. Edward Daniels, a younger son, was born July 16, 1849. Two sisters survive him, Mrs. Mary Mahar and Mrs. Thomas Newman.

Successful in Business
    He was a successful business man. Early in his career he formed a partnership with S C Doolittle, and under the firm name of "Doolittle and Daniels," they conducted a general store in the Empire block. For many years he was one of the largest hop dealers in this section of the state, which accounts for his very extensive acquaintance. These with whom he daily came in contact, both in a business way and socially best know of his many good qualities and can vouch for his genuine integrity and honesty.
    In 1878 Mr. Daniels was married to Miss Etta Harrington, daughter of Asa and Lucy Harrington. He is survived by two grandchildren, Ruth and Jane Griswold, and his only child, Jennie Catherine, (Mrs. Ralph J Griswold.)
Leader in Civic Affairs
    In his civic activities, he was associated with that galaxy of stalwart citizens, who did so much for the betterment of his community, in its early history. Most of these men have passed on to their reward. They left a rich heritage to others, who in a measure at least will carry on the good work so nobly begun.
    Mr. Daniels was a regular attendant of the Congregational church where he will be greatly missed. In his early days he was an active fireman and later became chief of the department. He has been president of the village and repeatedly served on the board of trustees. For many years he was postmaster. In fact he has occupied almost every official position within the gift of his townspeople. He was a Republican and consistantly supported the party in which his influence was potent not only in his own town but throughout the county.
    He entered largely into the social life of the community, and, his insight into human affairs, his jovial and even disposition, his courteous manner, his keen wit and good judgment, coupled with his genuine sincerity and honesty, won for him the high esteem in which he was held by all. Ever mindful of others, he frequently said: "If you can't speak well of another, say nothing." This was a motto from which he never departed.
He Accomplished Much
    As a husband and father he devoted himself to those near and dear to him with a fidelity and affection which will never be forgotten by the survivors in the family circle. In a word his life work has been well done, both in public and private life.
    In his advanced years he was young in spirit, was a friend and associate of young men. In many cases he aided them in their early efforts both financially and with his good advice and counsel.
    Mr. Daniels had a host of friends. He loved folks, and Sherburne, the place of his birth, life and death, was dear to his heart and the people mourn the loss of a good citizen.
    Funeral services will be held from the late home at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
Detwyler, Max Martin

Man Found Dead on Smyrna Farm

Friends Looking for Relatives of Max Detwyler, Who Died Suddenly.

Max Martin Detwyler, a Swiss, 52 years old, was found dead at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon on the doorstep of the Gus Loomis home four miles from Smyrna village.
The body was discovered by Frank and Emil Schara, brothers, who notified Deputy Sheriff A R Brown of Smyrna, who in turn called Dr. A K Benedict of Sherburne, coroner.
Coroner Benedict directed the removal of the remains tothe undertaking parlors of W G Willcox at Smyrna, where an autopsy was performed Thursday morning by Dr. Benedict, assisted by Dr. William Little. Death was due to a rupture of the heart.
Very little is known about the victim, who for several years resided in Smyrna and worked at the trade of harness maker. He was formerly employed at the farm of Jay Keator just north of this city and who is anxious to learn about the relatives of the man.
From appearances, it would indicate that the victim fell off the back porch of the Loomis home. No member of the family was at home Wednesday, but there was a fire in the stove and the door of the house was unlocked.
Detwyler is known to have a niece living either in Honesdale or Carbondale. He also has a son living either in Honesdale or Carbondale, Pa. He is a member of the Moose of Oneonta. Any person knowing about the relatives of the man are asked to notify Mr. Keator at Norwich by calling 165-W.

Deyo, John G

John G Deyo.

    John G Deyo died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H B Jenks, in Earlville on Feb. 27, 1920, at four p.m. after a serious illness of only a few hours at the ripe old age of 81 years.
    Mr. Deyo was born in Onondaga county on May 28, 1838, and was one of a family of twelve children only one of whom, a brother of Chicago, now survives. His father died when the deceased was a small boy. At the age of eight years he was bound out to William Ayers of DeRuyter, a tinsmith, with whom he served an apprenticeship and worked some years at the trade, after which he taught school for a time.
    He was united in marriage on Nov. 9, 1859, to Frances D Squares of Lebanon. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted as a private in Co. F, 157th Regt., US Volunteers, at Hamilton and served with distinction for three years, being promoted to corporal.
    Returning to Lebanon at the close of the war, he took up farming and had since resided in that town with the exception of four years, when he resided in the town of Smyrna. Two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Deyo came to Earlville with their daughter, Mrs. Jenks, and where his companion died only eight months ago. Of this union three children were born: Charles H, who died in 1891, Edward W, and Harriet M, of Earlville.
    He was not a member of any church although a man of Christian character who won the respect of all who knew him. He was a kind and loving father whose many deeds of kindness remain to brighten and keep green his memory in the hearts of his loved ones. A bright and cheerful disposition endeared him to all. He took an active interest in all local affairs as well as national; always a constant reader of passing event, and his mind remained keen and active to the last.
    The funeral was held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jenks, on Monday at two p.m., Rev. Mr. Chalmers of Lebanon officiating.
    The body was laid in the vault until spring, when burial will be made in the Hillside cemetery at Georgetown.

Donnelly, Thomas John

    Thomas John Donnelly was born July 24, 1849 in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Michael Donnelly and Honora ("Norah") Winn Donnelly, and died March 14, 1928 in Canastota, Madison County, New York. The following biography is from his obituary in the March 15, 1928 Syracuse newspaper.

    Thomas J. Donnelly, veteran railroad conductor, died shortly after midnight last night at his home in Stocking St., following an illness that had confined him to his bed for less than a week. Mr. Donnelly had been in failing health for several years and had taken several periods of rest from his work but had retained his position as a conductor on the Lehigh Valley.

    He was born in Newark, N. J., 79 years ago, the son of Michael and Norah Donnelly. During his early manhood he was employed on the New York Central Lines but had been employed by the Lehigh Valley for nearly 40 years. He was married 42 years ago in Cazenovia to Miss Norah Heffernan of that village, who survives him. The family moved to this village about 30 years ago from Elmira and had been active in the social and church life of the village. Mr. Donnelly was a communicant of St. Agatha's Church and had filled various church offices.

    Besides his wife he is survived by five children, Mrs. Sherman Deitz, Rochester; Mrs. Edward Barrett, Syracuse; John D., Syracuse; Thomas J. Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. William Heintz, of this village; and several grandchildren.

    The funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 at St. Agatha's Church with solemn high mass. Rev. C. D. Shaughnessy, of this parish, and several other priests will participate. Burial will be in the family plot [at St. James Catholic Cemetery] at Cazenovia.

Duncan, Mrs. Truman - 1926

Mrs. Truman Duncan, sister of W C Hitchman and daughter of the late Thomas Hitchman died at her home in Otselic Center Wednesday Dec. 8. She was a loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, one son, Roy Duncan of Long Island, New York, two grandchildren Mrs. Dewie Tubbs and Truman Duncan, Jr., both of Otselic, three brothers, W C Hitchman of Beaver Meadow, Thomas Hitchman of Endicott, Ernest Hitchman of Waterville and one sister, Mrs. Charles Nash of Norwich, besides a host of friends. Charles Woodley had charge of the funeral, while burial was made in Maple Grove Cemetery, Otselic.

Dunham, Miss Calphurnia

Miss Calphurnia Dunham.

    Miss Calphurnia Dunham passed away at her home on Fayette street in this village about 2:30 Tuesday morning, Aug. 3, 1920, aged 76 years. Miss Dunham had been in failing health for more than a year and for several months had not been able to leave her home and had been confined to her bed for the past five weeks. Rheumatism was the immediate cause of her death.
    The deceased was born in the town of Lebanon on the farm now owned by Sidney Catlin, and was a daughter of Henry and Esther Dunham. More than fifty years ago she moved with her parents to the Dunham farm in the town of Georgetown on the State road between Georgetown and Georgetown Station and there she resided until six years ago when she came to Earlville with the two remaining members of their family, a brother, Otis J Dunham, and a sister, Miss Susan Dunham. These are the only near relatives surviving, and during her last sickness the deceased had been tenderly and lovingly cared for by her brother and sister.
    Miss Dunham joined the Methodist Episcopal church at Georgetown, and when she came to Earlville she transferred her membership to the Earlville church. When her health permitted she was active in all church work and was a member of the Woman's Missionary society, the 'Ladies' Aid society and the local WCTU, and in all of these organizations was an active worker. Of a quiet and unpretentious character, yet she was a woman who made friends easily and was interested deeply in all movements of an uplifting nature.
    Funeral services will be held from the home on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock and burial will be made in the Cherry Hill cemetery near her old home in Georgetown.

Dye, John

    The funeral of John Dye was held at the church Friday at two o'clock. The size of the crowd and the floral tributes attested to the esteem the young man was held in. Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved mother and sisters and soldier brother. Rev Gibbons spoke comforting words from the text, "If a man die shall he live again?" Undertaker Woodley had charge of the burial which was made in the Seventh Day Hollow cemetery, beside his father. (In pencil the year 1919)

    John Dye's funeral was held Friday at 2 pm at the Baptist church at Otselic Center, Rev Mr Gibbons officiating. Arthur Dye, his brother, just back from France, had a five days' furlough to attend the funeral.

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