from the Past

Various Newspapers

Contributed by Sandie Webber

The Kingston Daily Freeman

Nov. 11, 1915
Page 15

David Van Wie, one of the best known steamboat men on the Hudson River died on Tuesday in Brooklyn. He was a native of Coxsackie and was employed as engineer on a Lehigh Valley tug. He was thrown into the river in collision with another boat and died of heart failure produced by the shock. His wife and three children in Brooklyn survive. The funeral was held today.

Nov. 22, 1915
Mrs. Peter Silvester

Mrs. Peter H. Silvester, of West Coxsackie, died Friday at the age of about eighty years.

June 28, 1916
Page 11

George Jones died Sunday afternoon at his home at Climax at the age of 75 years. His death was due to the hardening of the arteries and a complication of other diseases from which he had been ailing for nearly six months. About three weeks ago he fell and broke his hip, which accident hastened his death. Mrs. Jones was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of the 120th Reg. N.Y. Vol. and a member of Hollister Post, No. 27, G.A.R. He is survived by his widow, a son, Haskel Jones, and three daughters, Mrs. Stephen Coonley, Mrs. John L. Bronk of Coxsackie and Mrs. George Cole of Lake Katrine. The death of Mr. Jones leaves only 14 members of Hollister Post, which at one time had a membership of over 75.

August 29, 1916
Page 9

Miss Freda Luck, aged 22, was found in her room in a boarding house in Coxsackie Sunday morning, having succumbed to an attack of heart trouble. Miss Luck had gone to Coxsackie from New York to care for her sister, a summer boarder, who had been taken ill.

George D. Rappleyea, supervisor of the town of Lexington, Greene County and widely known as a buyer of farm products, died Sunday at his home in Lexington following a paralytic stroke suffered Friday and Saturday. He was 56 years of age and is survived by a widow, one daughter and three sons.

August 10, 1918
Page 5

Coroner to Probe Coxsackie Death

Laboratory to Determine Kind of Poison That Killed Emil Gerstenberg

An inquest into the death of Emil J. Gerstenberg, who died Thursday, August 8, on his farm near Coxsackie, under mysterious circumstances, after drinking a bottle of root beer, will be held by Dr. I.E. Van Hoesen, coroner for Greene County on Monday. Coroner Van Hoesen said last night that Gerstenberg's death was undoubtedly due to poisoning, the nature of which he did not know, under circumstances that seemed to him suspicious.

Mrs. Gertrude Gerstenberg, who separated from her husband about eight weeks ago, told of happenings around the home, saying that since she had left her husband that she had noticed the children were sickly while on the farm; that she herself was twice shot at by a mysterious assailant seven weeks before she finally left, and that insurance papers to which the children were entitled, as well as a note which she had signed, were missing from her husband's possessions and that when she tried to establish herself in her husband's home and look after her children on Thursday, the Gerstenberg brothers said that there was no room for her children or for her on the farm.

That she had received a letter in red ink commanding her to leave Coxsackie and when she failed to comply with the demand two shots were fired at her and she left him because she was afraid of her life. She owned half interest in the farm and sold it to her husband for $210 cash and a note for $90.

Her story of the shooting affray was substantiated by District Attorney Curtis, who said that for two weeks the authorities looked for the assailant without result.

May 29, 1919
Page 3

Mrs. Susan V. Ryon, wife of Alderman Eugene J. Ryon of the Eleventh ward, Schenectady. Mr. Ryon being a former resident of Kingston, a son of the late C.M. Ryon, for years superintendent of the Kingston schools, died Wednesday afternoon at Ellis hospital following an operation for appendicitis. Mrs. Ryon was born in Coxsackie, her maiden name being Cary. She was married to Alderman Ryon in 1886, and for several years lived in Little Falls, where her husband was agent for the American Express Company. Later they moved to Newburgh and from there to Schenectady. Mrs. Ryon is survived by her husband, one son, one daughter, Mrs. Earl Stanton, a brother, William E. Cary of Dolgeville, two sisters, Mrs. Charles F. Harden of Schenectady and Mrs. W.C. Harden of Ravena.

Sept. 5, 1919
Page 14

Samuel Cheeseman Jr., 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cheeseman, died from typhoid fever Wednesday at Coxsackie following a three weeks' illness. The young man recovered from a severe attack of influenza and pneumonia while working in Elmira last spring. Returning he later went to work in an ice plant where he contracted the disease that cause his death. Besides his parents several sisters survive him.

Feb. 4, 1920
Page 12

Albertus Van Schaack, a well known Hudson River boatman, died at the home of Miss Mary Briggs, in Coxsackie. Mr. Van Schaack contracted a cold while working on the ice which developed into pneumonia. Mr. Van Schaack's career as a boatman began in the sixties as an engineer on the day line boats Armenia and the Daniel Drew and what is now known as the Hudson River Day Line. Later he became chief engineer on the Mary Powell which position he held for many years. In 1883 he was one of the engineers who took the Olympia, a side wheeled passenger boat from Philadelphia round through the Straits of Magellen to Portland, Oregon. His last position was with the McAllister Steamboat company's excursion boats in New York harbor and the sound. He was born in the town of Athens, but the larger part of his life he lived in Coxsackie. His parents were Isaac and Elizabeth Spoor Van Schaack. He was a member of the Coxsackie Veteran Firemen's Association. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Miss Mary Briggs. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Edmund T. Byles of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The burial was in the Spoor family burying ground. Mr. Van Schaack was never married and leaves no near relatives.

Feb. 12, 1920
Page 7

Mrs. Betty Briggs, mother of Henry Briggs and Frank Briggs, pilots, formerly employed on the Saugerties boats, died in Brooklyn Saturday. The body was interred in Coxsackie Cemetery Tuesday.

May 5, 1920
Page 9

David Curtis, aged 64 years, died Tuesday at the home of his son in Coxsackie. The funeral will be held at Lanesville Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, Standard time.

March 2, 1921
Page 10

William B. Townsend, 56 years of age, postmaster at West Coxsackie, died suddenly Tuesday in his office. Mr. Townsend had been clerk of the board of supervisors of Greene county, was a member of Ark Lodge of Masons of Coxsackie Hose Company and of Coxsackie Hose benefit Association. He is survived by his wife.

April 11, 1921
Page 1

John S. Hisrerd (surname is very hard to read), a veteran of the Civil War, died Thursday after a short illness at his home in West Coxsackie at the age of 87 years. Mr. Hisrerd was a member of Hollister Post No. 27, G.A.R. and one of the four surviving members of Co. D. 129th Regiment, N.Y. Vol., a company made up of enlistments from Coxsackie and New Baltimore. He leaves a wife and two daughters, a brother William, who is one of the survivors of Co. "D"; all residing in Coxsackie. His funeral was held Saturday afternoon from the First Reformed Church, Rev. M.G. Nyes officiating. He was well known here as he attended the annual reunion of the old 120th Regiment.

(Several of the words are hard to decipher)

(Could be the John S. Hisserd who appears in the 1920 census on Mansion Street in Coxsackie with wife Lottie)

August 4, 1925
Page 3

Captain Frederick Cogswell, one of the best known river men of his day, died Monday evening at his home in Sleightsburgh, aged 96 years, after leading a retired life for the past 20 years. He was born in Coxsackie and when a boy felt the urge of the sea and for a number of years he served as a cabin boy on the old time sailing vessels that plied the eastern seaboard of the Atlantic Ocean. As he became older he entered the employ of the Cornell Steamboat Company as a pilot and was pilot for years on the old Oswego and other boats of the line whose names have long been forgotten except among the old river men. During the many years he was with the towing company he became widely known along the Hudson River and was considered one of the best pilots in the business. About 20 years ago, due to advanced age, he decided to retire from active service and since then had lived in Sleightsburgh. For several years past he had made his home with his niece, Mrs. Robert Liming of Sleightsburgh. Captain Cogswell is the last of a family of seven children, the majority of whom followed the river. He retained his activity up to within a few years ago and was never so happy as when working in his garden or doing odd chores around the house. His is survived by two sons, John of Newport, R.I., and William of Portland, Maine and a daughter, Mrs. Susan Tyler of Fort Edward. He is also survived by his niece and a granddaughter, Mrs. Vivian Brenn of this city. The funeral will be held from Sleightsburgh Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral sermon will be preached by the Rev. A.T. Collier, of the Free Methodist Church.

Contributed by Sandie Webber

The Kingston Daily Freeman

March 14, 1928
Page 3

Man Killed in Auto Collision on Tuesday

Orrin D. Wilkinson, 23 of the town of Coxsackie, was instantly killed and Chester Robbins of Climax and Harry Hass of Medway, were injured Thursday morning when two cars came together on the flats on the road leading from West Coxsackie to Urlton. The accident was said to be due to a heavy fog. Hass was driving a Chevrolet sedan and with him was riding Robbins. They were driving toward Coxsackie, toward Coxsackie. Wilkinson was driving a Star touring car in the opposite direction and the cars came together head on.

August 4, 1928
Page 10

Mrs. Emma Vaughn, wife of the late Rev. J.W. Vaughn, a former pastor of the Reformed Church at Livingston, Columbia County, died Friday night at the residence of her daughter at Bristol, Conn. Deceased was a sister of County Clerk Walter G. Geroldsek of this city. Funeral at Coxsackie, Monday, August 5, at 1:30 p.m. with interment in Coxsackie Cemetery.

December 28, 1928
Page 12

New Paltz, Dec. 31 -- Mrs. Julia Wiers died December 25th the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Sherwood, of New Paltz in her 70th years. She had lived most of her life at Ashland, Greene County and had been at Sherwood’s just three weeks. Mrs. Wiers is survived by five children: Mrs. Lewis Freeze of Catskill; Mrs. W. R. Reynolds of Middleton, Mrs. Harold Sherwood of New Paltz, Chauncey Wiers of Gilboa, Perry Wiers of Sutton Hollow.

Funeral services were held at Ashland Friday afternoon. Interment was at Ashland. Mrs. Wier’s nephew, the Rev. Wilbur Meeker, of Coxsackie assessed by the Rev. Ralph Thorne of Prattsville officiate. 

March 23, 1929
Page 11

The funeral of Captain Grant Lezalle, who died in the Albany City Hospital Tuesday afternoon was held at Coxsackie Friday. Burial was in Riverside. Captain Lezalle was born in Coxsackie July 25, 1870 the son of the late Charles and Catherine Moore Lezalle and has always lived in Coxsackie and had been a boatman for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, Grace Briggs Lezalle, a daughter, Bessie and a son, Grant Jr., and grandson Grant 3rd of Coxsackie and brother, Nelson of Kingston. Captain Lezalle was commander of the Peter Stuyvesant of the Hudson Day Line fleet of steamers.

August 7, 1935
Page 12

Nelson C. Lezatte, a well known river man, died suddenly at his home 137 Henry Street, Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Lezatte was born in Coxsackie, coming to Kingston many years ago. For the past 47 years he had been employed by the Cornell Steamboat Co. as an engineer on the tug “Rob.” He was a member of the Rondout Presbyterian Church. Fraternally he was a member of Kingston Lodge No. 10, F & A.M.; Charles DeWitt Council, No. 91, Jr. O.U.A.M.; Vanderlyn Council No. 41, D. of A., and Star of Kingston Lodge No. 35, Shepherds of Bethlehem. Besides his wife, who was Etta Brandow, he is survived by a son, Hildreth and a sister, Mrs. Lillian Avery. Funeral service will be held at the Kukuk Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Tremper Avenue on Saturday at 2 p.m. Interment in Coxsackie Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening.

There is a large obituary for Philip Arnold Goodwin, Republican representative in Congress of Coxsackie in the June 7, 1937 paper. I will send this if you would like it. You may have information on him.

Aug. 31, 1938
Page 2

Thomas H. Fitzgerald, husband of the late Mary A. Costello Fitzgerald, died Monday at his home, 7 Glendale Avenue, Elsmere. Mr. Fitzgerald was a marine engineer operating a tug around New York harbor for the Lehigh Valley Railroad for many years. He retired December 31, 1936. The deceased who was 78 years old was born in Coxsackie. He was a member of Reese Council No. 557, Royal Arcanum. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Joseph M. Cregan of Coxsackie, three sisters, Mrs. Charles Martin and Mrs. Kate McDermott of Coxsackie and Mrs. Mary Bellows of Easton, Pa., and two brothers, Matthew Fitzgerald of Coxsackie and Frank Fitzgerald of Wisconsin. The funeral will be held from the late residence Thursday morning at 9 o’clock and 9:30 o’clock at St. Thomas Church, Delmar. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery this city.

January 13, 1941
Page 5

LEZATTE -- In this city January 12, 1941, Etta, widow of Nelson Lezatte of 37 Franklin Street.

Funeral services will be held at the Kukuk Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Tremper Avenue on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment in the Coxsackie Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 o’clock.


Mrs. Ella Lezatte, widow of Nelson Lezatte, of 37 Franklin Street, died Sunday morning after about a month’s illness. Mrs. Lezatte was born in Jefferson, but made her home in Kingston for the past 40 years. She is survived by a nephew, Grant Lezatte of Coxsackie. She was a member of the Rondout Presbyterian Church. Fraternally Mrs. Lezatte was a member of Clinton Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Mystic Court no. 62, Order of Amaranth Star of Kingston Lodge No. 55, Order of Shepherds of Bethlehem, and Vanderlyn Council No. 41. Daughters of America. Funeral services will be held at the Kukuk Memorial Funeral Home 167 Tremper Avenue on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Coxsackie Cemetery. Friends may call at the funereal home Tuesday evening between the hours of 7 and 9 o’clock.

Typed by Annette Campbell

The Evening Tribune, Hornell, NY

Beverly Anne Norton Bove


Beverly Anne Norton Bove, 74, died Thursday (Sept. 10, 2009) peacefully at her home in Micco, Fla. 
She was born on Oct. 23, 1934 in Canisteo, to Erwin and Mary Barron Norton. After graduation from Canisteo High School, where she was Captain of the Majorettes, she then graduated from St. James School of Nursing in 1957. Beverly met and married Richard Alan Bove, Sr. of Bradford, Pa. on May 25, 1958 in Panama.  Together residing in New York, they started their life and family. Beverly worked as a hospital nurse and private nurse for 35 years. She was a health educator for a number of years for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketing. Beverly and her husband operated the Dutch Owl Antique Shop on Reed Street in Coxsackie. For a number of years, Beverly also opened a Diet Center franchise in West Palm Beach, Fla. She developed a directed a Migrant Education Writing Contest for children ages 8-19, which succeeded for 10 years. The contest was in memory of her late husband Richard.
Beverly was a privately spiritual person who loved traveling and was full of vitality and grace. A subtle imprint of kindness was left in her wake. She was overjoyed with spending time with her children, numerous grandchildren, as well as great grandchildren. 
Beverly is survived by a sister, Marilyn Maleckar and her husband (Joseph) Joe of Parma, Ohio and their children; her sister-in-law, Bonnie Norton; her brothers, Gerald (Jerry) Norton and his wife Roberta of Canisteo, and their children, and David Norton and his wife Linda of Canisteo, and their children; her daughters, Mary Kieran Bove and her life partner Brian Field, Kristin Marie Burke and her husband Leo Burke III of Athens, Karla Louise Bove of Asheville, N.C., Kathleen Anne King and her husband Kevin of Keeseville; as well as two sons, Richard Alen Bove and his wife Patty of Hondo, Texas, and Nicholas Paul Bove and his life partner Lori Torgersen of Windham, N.Y. Beverly is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as friends who loved her dearly from coast to coast. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Alan Bove and also her brother, William (Bill) Norton.
Beverly had developed a rare disease called Progressive Supra-Nuclear Palsy, and was assisted through her valiant battle with her illness by loving personal caregivers. Research is being done to someday cure this disease. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to either or (Beverly’s personal passion).

Typed by Annette Campbell
Newspaper unknown


Son of Henry Rice and Sally (HULL) Avery, was born May 4, 1828, in Windham, NY.  He united with the Big Hollow Presbyterian Church of Windham, on confession of his faith, at the age of nineteen.  His preparatory studies were pursued in the Delaware Literary Institute, Delaware Co, NY, under the Rev. George Kerr, LL.D., and he graduated from Princeton College in 1853.  Entering the Theological Seminary at Princeton the same year, he took the full three years course there and graduated in 1856. He is licensed by the Presbytery of of Philadelphia, April 6, 1855, and ordained  by the Presbytery of New Brunswick, Feb. 24, 1857, being at the same time installed pastor of the church at Squan Village, NJ, from which he was released, Oct. 20, 1858. During part of the next year he labored as a home missionary at St. Helena, Ore., and then was stated supply at Corvallis, Ore., and a teacher in the Corvallis College from 1859-1861. From 1861 to 1862 he supplied the Pleasant Grove Church, Ore., and taught in Monmouth College.  He engaged in home missionary work in Contra Costa County, Cal., from 1862 to 1865, and was superintendent of schools in that county from 1863 to 1867. From 1865 to 1872 he was stated supply of the Contra Costa Church; engaged in home missionary work at Bodega, Two Rocks, and other stations, from 1872 to 1876, and was stated supply at the Walnut Creek Church, Cal., from 1877 to 1882.  At this time ill health compelled him to desist from regular pastoral work.  He moved to San Jose, Cal., where he resided, doing what missionary work his health allowed. He died at San Jose, July 22, 1901, of apoplexy, in the 74th year of his age. He was buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose.  Mt. Avery was a commissioner to the General Assembly at Brooklyn in 1876.  He married, Sept. 17, 1857, in Perrineville, NJ,  Miss Elizabeth Edwards Kinsey, who with three sons and three daughters survives him.

Typed by Annette Campbell 
Newspaper Unknown

Obituary of Rev. Henry H. Bates, who died at Oak Hill, NY, January 14th, 1868. Written by Dr. A. W. Holden, of Glens Falls, NY 

"Died at his residence at Oak Hill, Greene Co, NY, on Tuesday, the 14th inst., Rev. Henry H. Bates, aged 58 years"

Such is the brief, startling, melancholy announcement of the final departure from this earthly scene of action, to "The empyreal waste, where happy spirits hold, Beyond the concave heaven, their calm abode," of one who for a period of nearly three years, held a prominent position both in the field of usefulness and considerate regard of this community, and whose death will be heard of with universal regret.

HENRY H. BATES, was born in the town of Benson, Rutland Co, VT, the 23d of November 1808. Here, in the secluded quiet of this rural neighborhood, with scant advantages in the was of education or mental culture, he passed his childhood and youth.  Stirred by those brave impulses, which seem to germinate with uncommon thrift in the Yankee breast,---at his majority he pushed out to aquire an education, and fit himself for the great, earnest struggle of life.

His preparatory studies were pursued mainly at the Phillips' Academy. Andover, Mass.  of the difficulties he had to surmount, and the trials to which he was subjected in these early days, we get only a brief hint. His Collegiate course was commenced in 1832, (Union College, Schenectady, NY, being his Alma Mater,) and terminated in 1836, graduating with honor.

Where, or when Mr. Bates received his first religious impressions is not within the knowledge of the writer of this article. 

                                  "There are some minds on earth
                                  That near the impress of the skies
                                  Hearts that seem hallowed from their birth
                                         A pure and willing sacrifice.

                                  To lure the loving Angels near
                                  And show the soul a title clear
                                  To hope of immortality. 

Of this type of man "a little lower than the Angels," has this devoted Christian always seemed to those, who knew his daily walk and conduct best. Two years of his Theological Course, was spent at the General Theological Seminary, New York.  The third year he (continued the study of Theology) passed at Northampton, Mass.  He was admitted to Deacons Orders in the City of Boston, Mass, in 1839.-- being ordained by the Rt. Rev. Alexander Viets Griswold, Bishop of what was styled "the Eastern Diocese." 

Mr. Bates' ministerial career was commenced immediately afterward, at Blanford, Hampden Co, Mass., where, in 1841, he was ordained priest, by the same venerable prelate.

In 1840, he was married to Eunice S. Bascom, whose parental residence was in Orwell, VT., and who, with two sons and one daughter, survive to mourn the irreparable loss.

In 1844, he received a call, and removed to Warehouse Point, Hartford Co, Conn., where he rapidly built up a thriving parish and congregation, by his industry, zeal, and tact, many still living there, bearing witness to his faithfulness and efficiency in the ministry and that "the bright renown of success lasts beyond the brightest name that power, or wit, or genius wins from fame."

 He removed to Tarriffville in the same County and State, where he built up a thriving Parish, in the heart of a manufacturing center, whose chief population consisted of Mill employees and operatives. His success was so striking in this respect, that when, in the winter of '57-8, the writer of this article applied in behalf of this Parish, to the chairman of the Missionary Committee of the Diocese, for the Clergyman adapted to the wants of the Church at this point, the name of Mr. Bates was promptly suggested and heartily endorsed by the Bishop, as being the man pre-eminently fitted for the place, if his services could be secured.  The result is known. Mr. Bates assumed the Rectorship of this Parish in the month of May, 1858, and from that time, until May 1861, he was assiduously,  earnestly, industriously devoted to the interests of the Parish.  A large debt which had been incurred in carrying up the walls of the present Church Ediface, was paid off, and the way thoroughly cleared for the completion of the building, at a more favorable moment. The financial crisis of '57 had but just passed by, and this, like many other manufacturing villages had its energies paralyzed and its industries crippled for the time being, to that extent, that a  attempt to build at that time, would have been impolitic and injudicious. During Mr. Bates ministry here, the accessions to the Church were numerous and its prospects flourishing. While in the midst of his success, looked up to, and, beloved on every hand, the nation was suddenly convulsed with the throes of Civil War.  Sumter was attacked, and the united North arose as one man to the defense,---the maintenance,---the salvation of our Government.  Simultaneously with many others, the 22nd Regiment NY Vols. sprang into existence, and within two weeks of its organization, the Chaplaincy was tendered to and accepted by Mr. Bates.

                                                       "Age had nor quenched one spark of manly fire."

and throwing aside all questions of ease and personal comfort, he went forward to the field with the regiment, and I believe that I am fully warranted in saying that from the time the regiment reached Washington, until it was mustered out at Albany, Mr. Bates passed more days with the command, and participated more thoroughly in its vicissitudes and hardships, than any other officer of the field, line or staff.

Of his kindness and attention to the men, I have personal knowledge, giving timely aid to the suffering and kindly counsel to the erring, in such gentle way, that

                                                      "Sanctity and wisdom tempering blend
                                                       Their soft allurement"

winning inalienable attachment from some, and commanding respect for himself and position from all.

It is not my purpose here to recapitulate the doings or the sufferings of the 22nd Regiment, but I may say that many of its survivors from the fields of Gainesville, 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburgh and Chancellorsville, have reason to remember with gratitude, the kindness and attention, the indefatigable labors, and earnest devotion of their Chaplain;  while in camp and quarters there was not a day but what he was busy in some genial act of charity, writing letters for "the boys", visiting the sick in the hospital, sending money home to the waiting wives, and a thousand nameless acts of goodness, scarcely appreciated at the time, but which contribute to the Christian life.                                          

                                                    "These, when the trembling spirit wings her flight,
                                                     Pour round her path a stream of living light;
                                                     And gild those pure and perfect realms of rest,
                                                     Where Virtue triumphs, and her sons are blest."

  The remains of the 22nd Regiment were mustered out at Albany on the 27th of June 1863, and Mr. Bates returned again to the quiet walks of civil life.  Through his patriotism he had lost his parish here, but another opening very speedily presented,---for in July of the same year he assumed the rectorship of St. Paul's Church, Oak Hill, Greene Co, NY, whither his family removed from Glen's Falls in May 1864.  His final illness was brief---but little more than a week elapsing from the time  of his attack to the period of his death, although his health had been giving way for the last two or three months of his life.  His last sermon was preached on Christmas Day, up to which time he had performed all his parochial duties in full, and thus with his armor on, almost to the very verge of life, he has passed away to his reward. 

                                                   "Life's labor done,
                                                    Serenely to his final rest he passed;
                                                    While the soft memories of his virtue yet
                                                    Linger, like twilight hues, when the
                                                    Bright sun has set."

Contributed by Tonya Fricke:
From the Daily Mail, Catskill, September 5, 1960

Charles Warner, 72, of Coxsackie, died yesterday at the Hudson River State Hospital in Poughkeepsie after a long illness.

Born August 8, 1888 in Middleburgh, NY, son of Ira and Sabrina Benjamin Warner, he is survived by his wife, Lavina Hitchcock Warner of Catskill; two sons, Stanley of Acra and Ernest of Catskill; a daughter Ethel Whitmore (sic) of Oak Hill; two brothers Edgar of Coxsackie and Jeheil (sic) of Atamont (sic), and ten grandchildren.

Funeral services from the George H. Turner Funeral Home in Cairo will be held Thursday at 2pm with the Rev. Paul W. Brown of United Methodist Church, Cairo, officiating.

Internment will be in Cairo Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday evening.

Contributed by Tonya Fricke:
From The Daily Mail, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1996 

Elizabeth Barkman—Elizabeth E. Barkman, age 80 years, of Bethany Village, West Coxsackie, formerly of Greenville and the Durham area passed away at her home on November 25, 1996.  She was born in Summett on February 6, 1916, daughter of the late Orcutt and Louise Oakley Cole.  She had been formerly employed  at General Electric and the Dress Factory in Coxsackie

Her husband Clayton Barkman predeceased her.  She was also predeceased by three brothers: Sylvester, Millard, and Orcutt (Bud) Cole and three sisters, Eula Radliff, Orcelia Koner, and Elta Munzo.  

Funeral Service with the Rev. Paul Gingrich officiating will be 8pm Friday from Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville .  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday 2-4 and after 7pm.  Cremation will be at Albany Rural Cemetery .  Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Coxsackie Rescue Squad.  

Surviving are a son, Clayton Barkman of Earlton, a daughter Mrs. Walter (Joan) Bennett of Oak Hill, nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, two brothers: Clayton Cole of Sharon Hill and Jay Cole of Summett; two sisters, Wanetta Jackson of Richmondville and Iona Feidere of East Worcester; also several nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Tonya Fricke:
Obituary likely from the Daily Mail.

Alfred A. Volker 

Alfred A. Volker, age 68, of Mountain Ave., Purling, died Nov. 30 {1982} at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson after a brief illness.  Born at Irvington, NJ on October 17, 1914, he was the son of the late Fred and Charlotte Muller Volker.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 3 at 2pm from the Richards Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo.  The Rev. Robert Knebel, pastor of the Catskill Methodist

Church, will officiate.  Interment will follow in the family plot at the Round Top Cemetery.

Mr. Volker is a member of the Cairo Hose Company, a communicant of the Round Top Community Methodist Church, and a member of the Kedemah Lodge No. 693 F. & A.M. of Cairo.

Surviving are his wife, Iola Stewart Volker of Purling; two daughters, Mrs. James (Betty) Bulich of Catskill, and Mrs. Jon (Vicki) Rath of Leeds; five sisters, Mrs. Sheldom (Charlotte) Ives of Oak Hill, Mrs. Paul (Ruth) Sutter of Cairo, Mrs. Arthur (Edith) Dederick of Cairo, Mrs. Stanley (Lillian) Warner of Acra and Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Rezsnyak of Cairo; 10 grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Volker was predeceased by a daughter, Virginia, and a brother, Charles.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Thursday evening, Dec. 2, from 7-9 pm.

Contributed by Tonya Fricke:
Obituary likely from the Daily Mail.

Helen B. Muller—Lifetime resident of Cairo. 

CAIRO—Helen B. Muller, 95, of Middleburgh, NY, formerly of Cairo, died Jan. 12, 2003, at Eden Park Nursing Home, in Cobleskill, NY. 

She was born Feb. 17, 1907 in Cairo, and was the daughter of the late Bruce and Kathryn (Bouck) Baldwin.  

Mrs. Muller was a lifetime honorary member of the Round Top Ladies Fire Auxiliary, a member of the Community Methodist Church and a lifetime resident of Cairo. 

Survivors include a son, Gene Muller of Long Island, a daughter, Betty M. Chichester of Middleburgh, a brother Walter Baldwin of Acra, a sister, Katherine Mofitt of Purling, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. 

Calling hours will be 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross Street, Cairo. 

Prayer services will be conducted 2:30 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Private cremation will follow at the Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands.

Interment of her remains will take place in the springtime in the Round Top Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Round Top Ladies Fire Auxiliary, c/o Linda Lawrence, Pres., 1110 Mountain Ave., Purling, NY  12122, or to the Broome Fire Department, Middleburgh, NY  12122.

Contributed by Karol Hughes:

Francis Ford Obituary

Tonica News, April 21, 1899

Born 17 Feb 1841 to Philo and Nancy Kipp Ford; died 13 Apr 1899. He probably contracted typhoid when selling hogs in Chicago. Two sons also died shortly after his death.


The death of Francis Ford was briefly noticed in these columns last week. He died at his home near Tonica surrounded by his family and friends and comforted by all the tender ministrations of love and affection.

Funeral services were held in the M. E. church last Saturday afternoon. Elder W. A. Thompson delivered the address in which he spoke very highly of the deceased as every whit a man, with honesty of purpose, integrity of character and true to the obligations of a citizen. The speaker had known him intimately for years and freely testified to his neighborly qualities as well as to the push and energy that characterized him in business affairs. A quartet sang some appropriate selections.

The floral tributes consisted of an anchor, a sickle and white lilies most beautifully arranged. Burial in the new portion of the village cemetery.

Francis Ford was born in Lexington, Green county, New York, Feb. 17, 1841, and was there reared; died at his home near Tonica, Ill., April 13, 1899; aged 58 years, 1 month, 16 days. In 1862 he enlisted in the 120th New York Infantry and served about 8 months, participating in the terrible battle of Fredericksburg. Shortly after he was sent to the hospital and was in Washington and Philadelphia 12 weeks, when he was honorably discharged. July 4, 1861, he was married to Miss Celia R. Allen of Schoharie county, New York, and with her and two children came to La Salle county, Illinois, in April, 1865. Locating near Tonica, he made his home here until the day of his death. He improved and added to his farm and made a comfortable home for himself and his large family. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn their irreparable loss. Two children died in infancy.

Frank Ford, Elmer Ford and wife and Mrs. Ira Huss returned to their homes in Iowa this week. 


We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors who assisted so kindly in the sickness and death of our husband and father.


Contributed by Karol Hughes:

Mary E. Brandow Underhill Raymond
Tonica News, Tonica, IL, Dec. 17, 1892

Mary was a daughter of Isaiah and Christina (Burke) Brandow. Her first husband was John Webber Underhill, son of Nathaniel Underhill and Anne Webber. He died 15 Jan 1859.  Mary and Isaac Raymond were married 10 Jan 1861 in La Salle county, IL. Isaac was born in Saratoga county, a son of Isaac Raymond and Esther Hayes. The Mrs. Henry Rose mentioned below was Mary Elizabeth Underhill.

Death of Mrs. Raymond.

Died, at her home near Tonica, Dec. 9, 1892, Mrs. Mary E. Raymond, wife of Mr. Isaac Raymond, aged 74 years, 1 month, 18 days.

Deceased was born at Catskill, Greene county, New York, Oct. 21, 1818. Her maiden name was Mary E. Brando. She leaves a husband and two children, Fred Raymond and Mrs. Henry Rose, of Streator, to mourn her loss, besides many more distant relatives.

Funeral services were held in the Tonica M. E. church on Tuesday forenoon, conducted by Rev. C. W. Whorrall of Wenona, assisted by Rev. E. G. Cattermole, the present pastor. Mr. Whorrall spoke very feelingly from the triumphant words of the Apostle, “Death is swallowed up in victory.” Reference was made to the fact that the deceased professed her faith while in the vigor of life and united with the Methodist church in Tonica 23 years ago. Some sweetly sympathetic selections were sung by the quartet choir in harmony with the occasion.

The floral display was elaborate and beautiful. The anchor was a contribution from the teachers, who also closed their school for the forenoon out of respect for Director Raymond.

Burial in the village cemetery.

Of the relatives and friends from a distance, we notice Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rose of Streator, Mr. John II.Raymond of Odell, Mr. Geo. Hopkins of Granville, and Mrs. John Webber of Wenona. Mrs. Whorrall was also present.

Mr. Raymond and family desire in this manner to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindly assistance and sympathy during the trying ordeal.

Contributed by Tonya Warner Frickey:

Edna Barkman

Mrs. Edna Barkman, 70, 15 Reed Street , Coxsackie, died yesterday afternoon [July 26, 1956] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Scott, Rte 9W, West Athens .

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday in the First Methodist Church , Coxsackie, burial following in Riverside Cemetery , Coxsackie.  The service will be conducted by the Rev. John J. Van Heest, pastor of the First Reformed Church, West Coxsackie, in the absence of the Rev. J.B.Nussey, pastor of the First Methodist Church .

Friends may pay their respects at the Brady Funeral Home, Coxsackie, this evening and tomorrow evening.  A rebekah service will be held at 3pm Saturday in the funeral home. 

The widow of Burton Barkman, Mrs. Barkman was a native of Franklinton, Schoharie County, born March 18, 1886, the daughter of Ira and Sabrina Benjamin Warner.  She was a member of Eleanor Heermance Rebekah Lodge, Coxsackie, of the Ladies Auxiliary of the D.M. Hamilton Steamer Co. No. 2, Coxsackie, and of the Leeds Aid Society of the First Methodist Church . 

    She is survived by a son, Clayton C. Barkman, Ravena; two daughters—Mrs. Scott, and Miss Helen Barkman, Albany ; three brothers—Edgar and Charles Warner, both of Coxsackie, and Jehiel Warner, Altamont ; a half-sister, Mrs. Cora Burhans, Albany, and four  grandchildren.

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THOMAS GAY: Riceville Recorder - date unknown Thomas Gay was born in Greene County, N. Y., May 8, 1839, and died on Friday, June 15, 1928, after a long illness. He was united in marriage to Katherine Hallenbeck on Oct. 2, 1870. To this union seven children were born, two preceding him in death - Maria and May. March 2, 1895, his wife passed away. After the death of his wife, in December 1897 he moved to Mitchell County, Ia., which had been his home since. He was a kind and loving husband and father, respected by his friends and neighbors. He leaves to mourn his loss five children: Daisy Lampman, Catskill, N.Y.; Emma Hoverman, Orchard, Ia.; Hortense Ritter, and Bessie Bird, both of Osage, Ia.; one son, Roy Gay, of Riceville, Ia; two sisters, Ada Thomas and Carrie Sager, of Coxsackie, N.Y.; and seventeen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. He united with the Methodist about fifty years ago, and at the time of his death was 89 years, 1 month, and 7 days of age. Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 17, from the Baptist church at Riceville, conducted by the Rev. Bodenham, and interment was at Riceville cemetery.

 EMMA GAY QUICK HOVERMAN - Mitchell County Press-News, date unknown, but the year was 1961:  Funeral services were held at the Champion Funeral Home in Osage, Ia, Dec. 21, for Mrs. Otto Hoverman, 87, who died Dec. 18 at Mitchell County Memorial Hospital in Osage. Mrs. Hoverman had been in failing health for the past several years, and was confined to the hospital Dec. 5. The Rev. Melvin Hall, pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Osage was in charge of the services and burial was in the Osage cemetery. Emma Gay was born Aug. 17, 1874, in Catskill, N.Y., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gay. She came to Iowa as a young woman. Her marriage to Otto Hoverman took place Dec. 2, 1926. She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters. Surviving her are her son, Smith Quick, of Austin; two sisters, Mrs. Earl Ritter of Osage, and Mrs. Bessie Bird of Riceville; one brother, Roy Gay of Cresco; one granddaughter, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. 
Note: Emma's first husband was James Quick, also of Greene County, NY. They divorced some time before her marriage to Otto. 

HORTENSE GAY RITTER - Riceville Recorder, date unknown, but the year was 1979: Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. Earl Ritter, 96, who died March 29 at Faith Lutheran Home, where she had resided for the past six years. The Rev. David Presher, pastor, was in charge of the rites at the Christian and Missionary Alliance church and burial was in the Osage cemetery. Arrangements were by C.R. Champion and Sons. Hortense Gay was born in Catskill, N.Y., July 22, 1882. She came to the Osage, IA, area as a child and this has remained her home except for a short time when she resided in Lyle, MN. Earl Ritter and Hortense Gay were united in marriage July 22, 1899. She and her husband owned the garbage service in Osage for many years. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 1974, a few months before Mr. Ritter died. She was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance church and was active in the women's guild as long as she was physically able. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Edward Buzay (Mable) of St. Paul, MN, Mrs. Elmer Baldwin (Cleo) of Mesa, Ariz., and Mrs. Clifford Brown (Merna) of Charles City, IA; one son, Vernon Ritter, of St. Paul; 11 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Bird of Riceville, IA. Preceding her in besides her husband were her parents, four sisters, and one brother. 

BESSIE GAY BIRD - Riceville Recorder, date unknown but the year was 1981: 
Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie Bird, 94, were held Friday at the Baptist church in Riceville, IA. Mrs. Bird died June 2, at the Riceville Nursing Home. John Gilbert, pastor of Wayne Baptist church in McIntire, IA, was in charge of the rites and burial was in the Riverside Cemetery, Riceville, with the Conway Funeral Home making the arrangements. Bessie Gay was born June 10, 1886, in Catskill, N.Y., the daughter of Thomas and Kate Hallenbeck Gay. She came with her family to this area when she was 12 years old. She was married to Roy Bird, who preceded her in death, as did her parents, one brother and five sisters. Surviving her are three sons, Louis and Floyd of Riceville, Lawrence of Cresco, IA; twin daughters, Mrs. Charles Brown (Irene) and Mrs. Ted (Ilene) Martin of Riceville; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Middletown Daily Times Friday , January 19, 1894
Williard H. Mase
Williard H. Mase, the well known hat manufacturer, of Matteawan, Dutchess County, died last night at Stanwix Hall, in Albany, where he was staying while undergoing treatment for a liver disorder.
Mr. Mase was born in Prattsville, Greene County, June 10, 1831. He served in the State Assembly from Dutchess County, from 1887-1901. He was at one time President of the village of Matteawan, and for eighteen years, President of the Matteawan Savings Bank. He was also a trustee of the Matteawan State Hospital. His business was that of a hat manufacturer.
The deceased was an uncle of Mrs. Geo. W. Jones , of this city. He has one sister, Mrs. Schuyler Tillman, formerly of this city, and one brother, John Mase of Matteawan.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Middletown Times Herald Monday, March 31, 1947 Middletown, New York 

Mrs. John H. Burtis 

Mrs. Zaldee Scribner Burtis died today at Horton Hospital after several months illness. She had made her home for the past year with her daughter, Mrs. Anthony T. Manzo, 220 Wisner avenue.

Mrs. Burtis, who was seventy-eight, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vineland, N.J.  She was born in Hunter, N.Y. December eighteenth, 1868. A daughter of Peter H. and Agnes Merwin Scribner. She was married at Palenville in October, 1895, to John H. Burtis.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Burtis leaves a son, Thomas of Hollywood, Calif.; five daughters, Mrs. Harry E. Mueller of Huntington, W.Va., Mrs. Manzo, Mrs. Thomas A. Scanlon of New Haven, Conn., Mrs. Leonard H. James of Naugatuck, Conn., and Miss Mabel G. Burtis of New York; a brother, J. Merwin Scribner of Walden; a sister, Mrs. C. R. McComkey of New York, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at two p.m. at the Cornelius Funeral Home here, with the Rev. Richard Billingsley officiating. Interment will be in Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburg.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Syracuse Herald Journal Tuesday March 5, 1996  syracuse, New York
Mabel P. Smith
Mabel Parker Smith. 93, died Feb. 26 in Catskill.
She grew up in Kirkville and Minoa.
In 1923 she and her twin sister Mildred, were half of the first graduating class in a four-year journalism class at Syracuse University. She was a feature writer and society editor at The Post-Standard from 1923 to 1925.
In the 1930's and '40's, she covered the state legislature for the Middletown Times Herald. For most of that time, she was the only woman with a permanent desk in the Capitol press room. She covered the trial of gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond and the impeachment proceedings against New York City Mayor James J. Walker.
She was Greene County historian form 1961 to 1992. She also was tour director of Bronck House, a Hudson Valley landmark.
Her husband, attorney Lester Robert Smith, died in 1958.
Surviving are her daughter. Manlius town historian Barbar S. Rivette of Chittenango; two grandchildren, Francis R. Rivette of Liverpool and Barbara E.R. Lucas of Lakeland; and two great grandchildren.
Services were Friday in Catskill United Methodist Church. Burial was in Catskill Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the library fund of the Greene County Historical Society, Coxsackie 12051.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

The Post Standard Thursday, August 23, 1990  Syracuse, New York
Sarah P. Swart
Sarah Proper Swart, 91, of 225 Mitchell Ave. died Wednesday at James Square Residential Health Care Center.
A native of Prattsville, Mrs. Swart lived in Syracuse  11 years. She retired in 1964 from State University of New York at Oneonta.
 Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Mathewson of Oneonta; two sons, Schuyler of Oneonta and Victor of Syracuse; a sister, Florence Oakley of Endicott; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
 Private graveside services will  be in Vesta Hills Memorial Park Cemetery.
 There will be no calling hours.
 Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Oneonta.
 Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Berkshire Eagle  Saturday, May 05, 1956 Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Charles W. Stickels
Charles William Stickels, 73, of 29 Edward A ve., retired GE employer, died early  this morning at Pittsfield General Hospital where he had been a patient two weeks.

A native of Prattsville, N.Y., Mr. Stickels was born Nov. 15,1882  son of  William and Rosalia Goff Stickels and was educated in the schools there. He entered the employ of the GE in Schenectady in 1907 and in 1910 came to Pittsfield, where he was employed in the tube rolling department until his retirement in 1947. He was a member of the First Methodist Church and belonged in Pittsfield Lodge of Masons, the GE Pensioners Club and the GE Quarter Century Club.

Survivors are his wife, the former Florence G. Warren; a brother, Herbert Stickels of Durham, N.Y.; a sister, Mrs.  William J. Campbell of Cooksburg, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Wellington funeral Home Monday morning at 10. The Rev. C. Walter Kessler D.D., pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in   Windham, N.Y.
The family will meet friends at the funeral home tonight and tomorrow evening fro 7 to 8, also tomorrow afternoon from 3 to 5.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Olean Democrat April 28, 1887

                                                 Death's Doings

Lillian J. daughter of William and Sarah J. Van Allen of Coxsackie. N.Y.,
died at the residence of Rev. T. J. Jackson, Tuesday afternoon. Funeral service
is tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the A.M.E. church.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Olean Democrat May 4, 1897

                                             Death of William H. Miller

NEW YORK, May 4- William H. Miller, aged, 28, formerly of Coxsackie, N.Y.,
died at his home in this city. The death certificate stated that death was
caused by grippe, pneumonia and sulphonal poisoning. Miller was in the habit of
taking sulphonal for headache.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Wellsboro Agitator Wednesday, January 26, 1916 Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Lawrence W. Eighmey, aged 78 years, died in his home in Athens on Jan. 15,
after an ilness of two months of hardening of the arteries. He was born at
Durham, Greene County, NY., and in early manhood lived in Troy, Pa. He later
engaged in the oil business in the Bradford field. He was a director in the Chemung
Trust Company, of Elmira, and the Miners' National Bank of Blossburg. 

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

New York Herald Friday, July 28, 1871 New York, New York Cooper- At South Cairo, Greene Co., NY, on Wednesday July 26 Lydia A., wife of Edward Cooper, in the 32nd year of her age. Relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the
funeral, on Saturday afternoon. July 29, at 2 o'clock from the Presbyterian church in the village of Hempstead, L.I.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Atchison Globe August 14, 1884  Atchison, Kansas 

wpe6.gif (22592 bytes)Ex-Congressman John Hill, who died at Boomton, N.J., on July 24, at the age of 63, was a native of Catskill, N.Y. Mr. Hill was interested in the question of reducing postage for many years, and about sixteen years ago, when he first entered congress, he introduced a bill to abolish the franking privilege, and after two years or more of hard work it was accomplished. About the same time he introduced the one-cent postal card bill, and after two years or more it was passed, against much opposition. In his remarks on those bills at that time, in 1872, he advocated a reduction in letter postage, considering the abolition of the franking privilege and adopting the one-cent postal card the stepping stone to the reduction in letter postage.  In 1881 he introduced his two-cent postage bill, and it was largely due to his persevering advocacy of it that it became law.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

News  Thursday, March 29, 1962 Frederick, Maryland 

1811 – Edwin Laurentine Drake. Pioneer oil man, was born in Greenville, New York. Drake invested in the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company, and in 1857 went to the company’s property on Oil Creek in western Pennsylvania to conduct drilling operations. After 19 months of persistent work he struck oil. This oil well, reported to be the first in the world, was located near Titusville, Pa. Drake died in poverty in Bethlehem, Pa. November 8, 1880.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

The Olean Democrat   Thursday, June17, 1886  Olean, New York (Daily Herald, June 11)

Another old and greatly respected resident has passed away with the death of Mr. Ansel Adams which occurred at his residence on Union Street last evening between five and six o’clock. Mr. Adams was one of the oldest inhabitants of our city having lived here nearly fifty years, forty-six of which he has passed at the residence where his death occurred.

    He was born at Oak Hill, in the town of Durham, Greene County, N.Y., July 16, 1804, where his youth and early manhood were spent. In 1835 he was married to Ruth A. Nichols and three years later, namely in 1838, removed to this place, then a little hamlet without railroad or canal. Here he engaged in the dry goods and general merchandise business in a small store standing near the present site of Mr. B. Bennie’s hardware store. Some years later he was burned out and afterwards engaged in the boot and shoe business with a Mr. White in a store nearly on the present site of the new Olean House block. This store was also burned to the ground. He then built a new three story wooden block on the west side of Union street near where DR. Coon’s drug store now stands where he conducted a grocery business, a portion of the time in company with Homer Blakeslee, until he was again burned out. In 1868 he built the brick store now occupied by Dr. Coon but retired from the mercantile business a few years later.

In addition to his mercantile pursuits he has always conducted a real estate business, and was up to his death a large land owner in and about Olean.

The deceased leaves a wife and three sons, two of whom, Geo. N. and Ed. A. are residents of this city. The funeral will take place from the house Sunday at 3 p.m.. Rev. J.W. Ashton rector at St. Steven’s church , of which Mr. Adams was for years the senior warden, officiating.

Mr. Adams’ death was caused by no particular disease but was a general decay of the vital organs resulting from extreme old age. He suffered no pain and during his last illness would often say he felt just as well as ever he did. His familiar form which was so often on our streets, will be sadly missed by a host of friends. 

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Oneonta Daily Star Tuesday, December 19, 1916 Oneonta, New York

Well known Delaware Man Dies at Cairo 

Stamford -. December 18 – Word was received at Stamford Sunday of the death of A.J. Churchill, New York City, Saturday night, December 16. Mr. Churchill was well known throughout this section, has been in poor health for some time and has been at the home of his wife in Cairo since spring.  Before the construction of the U. & D.R.R. he conducted a stage line from Delhi, Stamford to Catskill running many four and six horse coaches on express time. Later he conducted the Hotel St. George on 11th. Street, New York City, and the past few years he has conducted the Cold Spring house and farm located at the east of Stamford, which he recently sold to Charles N. Wright of New York. Mr. Churchill was a very genial man of good business ability and had a host of friends. He was about 54 years of age. He is survived by two sons, Capt. John of Colchester, Conn., and James, proprietor Hotel Churchill, N.Y. and one daughter, Mrs. Chase of Catskill. We do not know about the funeral arrangements but they will probably be held in New York and interment in Catskill cemetery.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Middletown Daily Press Friday, December 19, 1890 Middletown, New York

James B. Barlow

Mr. James B. Barlow, whose long illness has been mentioned in the Press, died this morning at 1:30 at his home, 176 North street.

He had a slight stroke of paralysis several years ago, which, while it was not serious , slightly effected his speech. August 15, 1888, he had another stroke, and since that time until the time of this death he was almost entirely helpless. This effected his intellect and during the greater part of his latter sickness he had been practically dead to the outer world.

James B. Barlow was born May 12th., 1812, at Windham, Greene County. His parents were Abel and Esther Barlow, who were among the well-known families of Greene county. He was one of eight children, all of whom grew to man and womanhood. The only one now surviving is a sister, Jane, of Durham, Greene County, who is the wife of Seymore E. Post of that place. She visited her brother frequently during his illness, going home from her last visit only a few weeks ago. A brother, Gould, who was a resident of Norwich, this state, died about one and one half years ago. Mr. Barlow’s father died at the age of forty when James was a lad. His mother lived to be over seventy.

Mr. Barlow’s boyhood and young manhood were passed in Windham and at Catskill in Greene County, where he learned the trade of a tailor. April 8th, 1835, he married , at Ashland , Miss Florilla Kinsley, who survives him. Just fifty years after that, April 8th, 1885, they celebrated their golden wedding in Middletown, at the home of the late Daniel Corwin. The occasion was a very pleasant one. The friends of the venerable couple uniting in good wishes and also in making them presents of appropriate and beautiful souvenirs of the event.

A portion of Mr. And Mrs. Barlow’s early married life was spent in Buffalo. They then removed to New York and later to Prattsville, Greene County and afterwards to Yonkers. In 1854 they came to Middletown and this place has since been their home with the exception of an interval of some fifteen years, which they passed in Bainbridge, Chenango County.

When he first came to Middletown, Mr. Barlow was engaged in the tailoring business with Mr. W.T. Barker. He also conducted a grocery business for a time in partnership with the late Nelson M. Thompson.

In, 1851, at the time of the gold fever, he went to California. It was there hat he met Henry Meigs whom he had known in boyhood and who afterwards became the world famous railroad builder and adventurer. Through Mr. Meigs’ wily representations Mr. Barlow was induced to place part of the money which he took with him to California and some which he had gained while there, into Meigs’ hands and this was the last he ever saw of it., though he afterwards made an unsuccessful journey to South America which was a later a scene of Meigs’ operations, for the purpose of getting it back. He got excellent promises from the notable financier but only enough cash to pay the expenses of his journey.

After fifteen years spent in Bainbridge, Mr. And Mrs. Barlow returned to Middletown in 1882 and they have lived here ever since. No children were ever born to them, but Mrs. Sophronia Corwin, widow of the late Daniel Corwin, their daughter, adopted in infancy, remained with them until her marriage.

Personally, Mr. Barlow was one of the pleasantest and most genial of men and it is safe to say that everyone who knew him was his friend. He was warm-hearted and generous to a fault and had a bright, jovial temperament which made him a favorite everywhere. He was a most affectionate husband, and the long period of nearly fifty-six years spent with the wife of his early choice, was not more that remarkable for length of years than for the mutual affection and devotion which characterized all their married life.

The funeral will beheld at the pate residence, 176 North street, at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Gordon.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Adams Sentinel   January 29 1844   Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Dr. Thomas O'hara Crosswell, of Catskill, N.Y., died in that village on Tuesday. He was appointed postmaster at that place during the administration of General Washington, and held the office through all the mutations of the parties from that time to the day of his death-a period of more than fifty years. He was probably the last postmaster if not the last officer in the United Stes, appointed by Gen. Washington.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Athens Messenger    December 21, 1882    Athens, Ohio

At Windham, N.Y., Barney Butts, the old and renowned bearhunter and trapper of the Catskill Mountains, died Friday.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Bucks County Gazette,    February 22, 1883   Bristol, Pennsylvania

At Rochester, N.Y., on St. Valentine's Day, Anthony S. Thomas, long a resident of Catskill, N.Y., died, aged eighty-eight years. He was a soldier under the Duke of Wellington, and participated in nearly all the heavy battles in the Peninsula campaign, and was in the battle of Waterloo, attached to the famous Seventy-first Regiment. He marched with the allied army into Paris, and stood guard at the Ring's Gate when Louis XVIII was crowned. He came to this country in 1816.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard: 

New York Times; September 27, 1928; Page 43
Killed at Windham (N.Y.) Wedding

CATSKILL, N.Y., September 26 - The death of Clarence Johnson, aged 16, of Windham, Greene County, at Kingston City Hospital last night, made a tragic ending to a wedding at windham earlier in the day. Johnson was fatally injured while riding in pursuit of the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Colin G. Becker of Prattsville. He was thrown against the stone wall of a cemetery as the truck collided with another vehicle.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Brooklyn Eagle September 9, 1871; Page 3

Died - HULIN- In Catskill, Friday, September 8, Emma H. aged 28 years, wife of John
S. HULIN, and second daughter of the late Harvey B. ACKERMAN.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Wellsboro Agitator  Wednesday, April 11, 1923 Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
Wallace B. Long died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. H. Ingraham, in Galeton, last Tuesday morning. He was born in Greene County, N.Y., in 1845 and on Sept. 29, 1872 married Hulda Hartman, of Honesdale, Pa. To them seven children were born. The deceased had been a resident of Galeton for 45 years and was one of the earliest settlers in the town. He is survived by his widow and five daughters. Mrs. G.R. Ackley, of Sabinsville. Mrs. F.D. Southworth, Mrs. F.H. Ingraham, Mrs. George Schoonover, of Galeton, and Mrs. L.C. Andrews, of Conifer, N.Y., and two sons Charles and John, of Galeton, and three brothers and one sister.

Contributed by Juanita Bennard:

Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel  Wednesday, November 13, 1901  Fort Wayne, Indiana

Death came this morning at His Home in St. Joe. Township – Other Mortuary Matters 

James Washington Vining, one of the most prominent residents of St. Joe township, died last Saturday morning at his home upon the St. Joe road, four miles north of the city. Mr. Vining’s age was 74 years, 9 months, and 27 days, and death was due to stomach trouble.

He had been in failing health for some months. Six years ago in bringing a load of hay to the city, Mr. Vining sustained an injury to his spine, and he never fully recovered from its effects, though no pronounced decline was noted until the latter part of August. Since that time, however,  he has been failing gradually, and three weeks ago was compelled to take to his bed. He had realized for some time that the end was near, and in a conversation with his pastor, Rev. A.K. Zartman, a short time ago, preferred a request that was strikingly illustrative of his plain, sturdy, unostentatious life. Said he: “Preach a short sermon-a simple sermon, for I’ve always been a simple sort of man.”

Mr. Vining was born in Greene County, New York, near Catskill, July 13, 1827, and was the son of David and Hannah Vining. The father died in New York in 1840, and the mother spent her declining years with her son, dying at his home in St. Joe township in 1871. There were six brothers and five sisters in the family, and Mr. Vining who died today was the last of the number.

He came to Allen County in 1857, locating in St. Joe township, and for some years thereafter was engaged in the sawmill business with Fred and Henry Antwerp, the mill standing along the river above the site of the old paper mill. Mr. Vining was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Buettner, March 16, 1861, and to this union three daughters were born. Myrtle died January 2, 1896; Carrie, September 12, 1901. The remaining daughter, Miss Kittie, with the mother, survives.

The farm home of Mr. Vining, one of the prettiest in Allen County, was the old Bowser farm, and was purchased by him more than thirty years ago.  Mr. Vining has for many years been recognized as a foremost citizen, a man of sturdy honesty and of kindliest nature. He was a Republican politically, but had never held public office. For some years Mr. Vining was in charge of a section of the St. Joe toll road. He had acquired a competence and was charitable and benevolent. None stood higher in the estimation of all who knew him. Mr. Vining was a devoted member of Grace Reformed Church.

The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the residence and at 2 from Grace Reformed Church. The pall-bearers were Messrs. Fred Griebel, Hals Ashley, Charles Parker, William Bicket and Henry and Paul Zimmerman.

Contributed by Virginia Sanok:

Frances Garrett Zuhowski of Kennesaw, Georgia (formerly of Kissimmee, Florida and Jersey City, New Jersey) entered into eternal rest on December 26, 2004. She was predeceased by her husband John Zuhowski .  Born in Jersey City, NJ on March 26, 1918, she is the daughter of William R. Garrett (Medway) and Josephine (nee Barlow.). Frances is survived by her daughters; Carol Ann Mascher (Eugene) of New Jersey and Virginia Sanok (Daniel) of Georgia. Grandmother of Kathleen Mawby (Doug), Susan Roosseau and Thomas Mascher (Tammi), Daniel Sanok (Janice), Matthew Sanok, Jonathan Sanok, Edward Sanok and MaryJo Sanok. Great grandmother to Justin and Brandon Harlow, Megan and Caitlan Mawby., Daniel, Savannah and Jacqueline Sanok. Great Great Grandmother to Aiden Harlow.

She is also predeceased by her brothers John Garrett and William Garrett; her sisters Elizabeth Wilson and Josephine Giza.

She was a retired employee of Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, New Jersey.

A mass of Christian burial was said by Father Peter Puntal, at Holy Redeemer Church, Kissimmee, Florida on January 3, 2005. Interment Osceola Memory Gardens, Kissimmee, Florida.

SANFORD DECKER PLANK, a model citizen and life-long resident of this town, died on Wednesday at his home near Leeds, in his sixty-eighth year—“a good man has died and will be missed.” ........ Mr. Plank was born in Leeds on Feb. 5, 1838, his parents being Abraham Plank and Saloma Decker his wife. On Sept. 7, 1865, he was married to Miss Martha F. Story, the Rev. Mr. Lansing performing the ceremony at the home fot he bride’s brother, Francis Story of West Catskill.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters (Mrs. Archibald Burns of Cornwallville and Mrs. Ross Van Valkenburgh of the town of Athens), a sister (Mrs. Harrison Person of this village) and a brother (Philo W. Plank of Denver, Colo). Mrs.Person and her brother Philo W. are the last of a family of nine children of Abraham Plank.
HENRY MARTIN PLANK, an industrious and highly respected resident of this village, died on Wednesday at his home on Cauterskill avenue. Mr. Plank was born in Cauterskill, Aug. 1, 1843, to Abraham and Sarah E. (Van Hoesen) Plank, and was the eldest of eleven children. Besides his mother (aged eighty-two years) and his wife (formerly Miss Sarah Benson, who has been totally blind for the past year), he is survived by three daughters—Mary (Mrs. William Butler), Lulu (Mrs. Frank Barker) and Miss Bertha Plank, all of this town; a son—William; three brothers—John, of this village, Attorney Minis Plank of New York city, and Wm. A. Plank of Saugerties; and three sisters—Sarah F. (Mrs. Henry Schoonmaker of Asbury,  N. Y.), Minnie (Mrs. William Shufelt of this village) and Miss Elizabeth Plank of Asbury.

Contributed by Dave DeWald 
Elmer Bennett, b. Greenville, lived Athens most of his life, son of Robert K. Bennett, Civil War Vet of Greenville, Durham, Athens, who is buried in Catskill's Jefferson St. Cemetery. Elmer was my great grandfather.

Troy Record, Troy, NY, April 04, 1944. Deaths.

Elmer Bennett (b. Greenville, and for many years of Athens), died Sunday (April 
2, 1944) at his residence, Stop 36 1/2, Troy-Schenectady Road after a brief illness. His 
wife was the late Agnes Chamberlain Bennett. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. 
Madeleine DeWald. The funeral will be held from the Cummings Third Avenue Funeral Home in Watervliet at 2 p.m. today. Rev. Theodore Haydn, former rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Watervliet, will officiate. Internment will take place in Albany Rural Cemetery.

Troy Record, Troy, NY, April 05, 1944.
The funeral of Elmer C. Bennett of Stop 36 1/2 Troy-Schenectady Road was held 
yesterday afternoon from Cummings' Third Avenue Funeral Home, where Rev. Ivan H. Ball, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, officiated. Relatives acted as bearers and the 
internment was in Albany Rural Cemetery. 

(Note the change in minister.)

Contributed by Dave DeWald

Louis C. Bennett, Wrote His Obituary. Windham Journal, July 13, 1933. Found at the home of L. C. Bennett and delivered to us after his death. - [Windham Journal] Editor. 

Print, revise, cut or scrap, as you think best. I'll be seeing you "over there" in a few years, so be good. - L.C.B. Louis C. Bennett, who was found dead in bed at his estate, Glenside Park, was a unique person. Coming to Hensonville, 47 years ago for his health, he purchased the spring by the old road and later a small piece of land. He was one of the very few city persons to take up a residence here and make a success of it by his own efforts. At the age of five, he cut the word "can't" out of his vocabulary and it occurred in a peculiar way. Asking his parents for a gun, he was given a child's long-handled broom, placing the broom end to his shoulder he would shoot. One day he and his father were walking in the woods, - both had their "guns." Seeing a catbird on a bush not far away, Louis then but five years old, said to his father, "Shoo, I'm going to shoot." His father replied, "you can't hit him." Whereupon he up with his broom and said "bang." The catbird fell dead. Then he said to his father: "Who said I can't, there is no such word - see I did." Was this an act of the Almighty God, done to shape the boy's destiny? For from that day he never recognized the word "can't", only the word "can." He had little use for any person who always said it can't be done; yes it could be done, IF they would try. A few years later he was the friend of General Grant at Long Beach, later working in a grocery store to pay his way through school. At 16, he took a two year's course in hypnotic therapeutics, and this coupled with spiritual healing has cured many and many a person. At the age of twenty he took up mind reading and tricks, touring the country for two years. Wishing a knowledge of printing, etc., he took a position in an engraving and printing house in New York, mastering the art of printing and halftone work, after which he joined the Scovill Mfg. Co., a photographic house. Here he learned the photographic business and opened a studio on Center street, New York, devoted entirely to commercial work, the only one of its kind in the east. He affiliated himself as an expert photographer with one of the largest hospitals in New York; also the Mid-wifery dispensary. Here he did invaluable work, illustrating many books on surgery, etc. His hands, though strong, were as delicate as a baby's and he was often called upon to assist in serious operations. As an expert in all phases of photography, he testified for twenty years in the various courts throughout the United States, his services being sought for the World's Fair in Chicago, where he spent months. As a lecturer on microscopic work, he was employed by the Board of Education of New York for many years. His hobby was to be first. He made the first quick pictures in New York when the Vigilant and Valkyrie raced off Sandy Hook, he, with a homemade camera, made the exposures, developed them, printed, and tied the prints to carrier pigeons. Arriving at the Battery on their return they purchased the World with pen and ink sketches, the first in history. For this, he received $100 a day. He assisted in making the first moving picture machine built in New York, and it was used by Dr. Robert L. Watkins in photographing the blood corpuscles moving in the web, between the toes in a frog's foot. In Hensonville, he and Dr. Mulbury purchased auto cars the same week. He brought here the first moving picture machine, exhibiting it on a small screen in front of his home. The pictures lasted two minutes. He brought direct from Edison the first talking machine, and let you hear through the ear tubes, a short record for one cent per person. Getting hold of four discarded old style telephone receivers, he built a pair of phones running from his place to the old Barker place, the first such phone ever seen here. He installed the first bathroom with hot and cold running water in town; introduced the first milk bottles and many other novelties. Later he became interested in the occult, natural law and mediumship. Among his many friends were Steinmetz of the G.E. and Sir Arthur Coynan Doyle, who sent him an autographed picture shortly before his passing, and other well known scientists all over the world. To save him from persecution in certain of our States, he took the examination for minister and was ordained in that faith. His services were much sought after for funerals all over the eastern States; as no one seemed to feel sad when he was around. He took over churches in Albany and Schenectady for three years and spent two winters as lecturer on Natural Law in Florida. As a medium (for the good that he could do) he was considered one of the best in the United States, both seeing and hearing spirit people; an expert like Chandu; with his crystal ball he could see much that occurred elsewhere. He was able to sit in front of a jury and tell you their decision before they went out. His mind seemed to sense and know what would occur in the future. He could tell you as he passed a stalled auto what was the matter. Both he and his mate were able to tell if you were sick, what was the cause, if they could hold your hand. He disliked any person who made him a promise and failed to keep it. A good carpenter, plumber, and expert electrician; drew all his own plans and knew what he wanted and always got it someway. When he laid to rest on October 4th, his helpmate and sweetheart in her grave, he knew that he was only getting rid of an old worthless shell and that soon he would be with her. Many of his poems give by his mother in spirit have been published in these columns. He’s in his new home. He leaves no relatives, for he is the last of his race, but his friends extend all over the world for his writings on Natural Law have been published in all countries. A man who will be missed locally and universally; a man whose word was as good as his bond. Born in 1868, his body was deposited in Windham Cemetery on ---- 1933. His entire estate going to the new Catskill hospital where an addition for maternity cases will be erected to be known as the Bennett Memorial Annex........ L.C. Bennett. [Windham Journal] Editor’s Note: Services were held at the Windham Cemetery where Mr. Bennett was buried beside his wife on Thursday, July 6. Rev. Harry Lammond of West Sand Lake, who was a former pastor in Hensonville, officiated.

Contributed by Dave DeWald

Published in the Albany Times Union from 7/26/2004 - 7/27/2004

William A. Heath
SCHENECTADY William A. Whitey Heath, 70, of Fillmore Avenue, died peacefully on Sunday, July 25, 2004 following a long illness. He was born in Catskill on March 25, 1934 and was the son of the late Donald and Mildred (Brown) Heath. Mr. Heath was married to Nancy A. Lewis on October 8, 1960. Shortly after their wedding, he settled in Schenectady with his wife. He was a retired truck driver. He was a long time communicant of St. Paul the Apostle and was a member of their Men's Club. He enjoyed bowling and other sporting activities but was passionate about the extensive traveling he was able to do with his wife. He was the devoted husband of 44 years to Nancy A. Heath; the beloved father of Michael A. Heath and his long time girlfriend, Sandra Alex Lech of Colonie and Linda M. Mitchell-Zerella of Amsterdam; as well as the cherished grandfather of Angela, Andrew and Rachel Mitchell of Amsterdam. Other survivors include his sister, Constance Iten of Catskill; a brother-in-law, David M. Lewis and his wife, Carol of Griswold, Conn.; several nieces, nephews also survive him. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Richard Heath. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State Street, Schenectady and at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The family will receive visitors on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Schenectady. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2777 Albany Street, Schenectady, NY 12304.

Contributed by Pam Moore Leitt

Obituary from The Windham Journal as forwarded by Patricia Morrow, Windham Town Historian:
"  Died at Olive, Ulster County, Jan 15, 1903, John Hallenbeck, formerly of Windham, aged about 75 years.  Everybody here for 30 years past knew "Uncle John."  He owned a farm at one time on the Old Road, and after that a house in this village.  For some time he drove the stage between Windham and Hunter.  From here he moved to Lexington and conducted the route from there to Hunter.  He was always good, kind, friendly; and had many friends in return. He rather do good than that evil should abound, and now that he is at rest, he will no more suffer the inclement seasons he endured here, and may we all hope he is among the blest in the Great Hereafter!"

"Mr. Hallenbeck was born in Coxsackie, where he married Miss Elizabeth Day, whose death took place some years afterwards.  He is survived by his second wife (who was Miss Eleanor Rowlison) and her two sons, and by a daughter (hole in the page, word missing) by his first wife.  The interment was in the Windham cemetery." (The daughter was probably listed as Marilla or "Rilla" Turk)


Clipping donated by Elsie Allan, typed by Annette Campbell   
Date handwritten on clipping Oct 25 1956 

The entire community was saddened and disheartened by the sudden death a week ago of Dennis A. Ferris, on of the best loved citizens of this area. There was no activity in our towns or villages in which he did not hold some share or vital interest.  His known kindnesses and public spirited acts were legion, and those which will always remain unknown were surely more numerous still.  Modesty and unassuming friendliness were the whole fiber of the man, centered around a Christian brotherliness completely sincere in its understand and love for his neighbors. 

Determined that his generous example shall remain in the form of some permanent reminder and encouraged by his family's request that some more fitting recognition of his life can be done through floral tributes, the friends and associates of Dennis Ferris propose the establishment of a Memorial fund.  This would perpetually benefit some community project or institution particularly dear to his heart, such an activity to be designated by Mrs. Ferris.  It is hoped that in this way all those who experience "Denny's" good humored furtherance of the community's welfare can know surely and forever that the work he began will in some measure go on, as he would have wished.

It is hoped that all those for whom there was room in "Denny's" heart, will remember to be generous in his name, as he would have been without a thought of recognition.  Any funds may be left with John Smith at the National Bank of Windham for a Dennis A. Ferris Memorial Fund.

 Mr. Ferris, Windham postmaster for many years, died of a heart attack in an ambulance en-route from Windham to Columbia Memorial hospital, Hudson.  Taken ill at 5:30 a.m. Mr Ferris was sent to Hudson in the Decker ambulance when Greene County Memorial hospital was unable to furnish a room.  Only corridor beds were available. Mr Ferris needed oxygen and it is too dangerous to administer oxygen to corridor patients.

Arriving at Hudson Memorial, Mr. Ferris was taken to an emergency room, examined by a physician and pronounced dead. Death is believed to have taken place at Leeds. Mr. Ferris was under oxygen all the way. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Presbyterian Church, Windham, the Rev. Bruce Freeman officiating. Burial was in Windham Cemetery.

Submitted by Annette Campbell

From Grand Gorge Corners, Delaware Co, NY 
Luman Reed More, son of the late Samuel Ives and Mary Ferris More, died on Monday, February 13, 1928 after a long and serious illness. A private funeral was held at his late home on Wednesday, Rev. E. R. Tracy officiating. Interment in the family plot in Fairview cemetery.  (Mary Ferris was a descendent of Dennis Alden Ferris of Ashland, Greene Co, NY--Annette Campbell)

Submitted by Don Howard, great, great grandson. Found in the Vedder Memorial Library, Coxsackie, NY, Scrap Book 17, Page 34)

IN MEMORIAM   The friends and neighbors of Orson Howard were very much surprised on hearing of his sudden death on the morning of May 13 (1882).  He was feeling usually well, attended to his work at the barn as he was accustomed to do, ate his breakfast and seemed well.  A few minutes after he complained of feeling ill and in about an hour, he quietly and peacefully passed away.  The cause of his death was thought to be heart failure.  The deceased was one of the oldest residents of the community in which he resided, having reached the age of 86 years.  He was held in high esteem by all who knew him.  Although the frosts of many winters had silvered his venerable locks even to whiteness, yet he was young at heart.  He loved to see young people enjoying themselves entering into their amusements with all the zeal of youth.  His funeral was held in the Freehold Christian church where he had been a member 44 years.  He was an exemplary Christian, ready and willing to go, only waiting for the summons to leave the church militant and join the church triumphant.  He leaves a daughter and five sons, also a large circle of friends who mourn their loss.  But what is our loss is his gain, for we believe he found an abundant entrance through the gates into the city and whereas he only saw as through a glass darkly, he now communes with Him face to face and has joined the white robed throng whose garments have been washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb, and he is now singing the songs of redemption, having received that welcome applaudit, "Well done good and faithful servant, having been faithful in a few things I will make you ruler over many".

Obituary supplied by Sandie Webber

From the Mauston WI newspaper, 10 February 1897

CURE - Mary L. (Ryder) Cure, wife of William Cure, was born at Westkill, Green Co., N.Y. on Dec. 4, 1831, and died Feb. 3, 1897. On Jan. 1, 1861, she was married to Mr. Cure at Shandaken, Ulster Co., N.Y. He now survives her. She was the mother of five children, three sons and two daughters; one of the sons died in infancy and a daughter passed to the life beyond on Nov. 15, 1895. One son is living under the parental roof, the other son George, of Groton, S. Dak., was present at the funeral as was also her daughter Mrs. Trumbell, who resides near Mauston, and her only brother John Ryder of Lindina. Mrs. Cure was a Christian lady of a most kind and sympathetic nature and her loss will be keenly felt. The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church in this city on Saturday forenoon, Rev. R.H. Stokes officiating. A large number of friends attended the services. We extend sympathy.

Obituary supplied by Annette Campbell

Cohocton Times Newspaper of July 15, 1903 - OBIT of Henry Brandow, b. 1808 in Greene County, NY, clipping from local newspaper at Steuben County Historian's Office in Bath, NY.

Mr. Brando (Henry), aged 95, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ferris. (John D. Ferris & Marbrie Brandow Ferris-AC) in Avoca, Thursday.  His funeral was held at the M.E. Church in this place, Saturday. Interment in Maple View Cemetery. (Cohocton, Steuben Co, NY).  (Note: there is no stone showing for either Henry or Olive in the cemetery but the obit states they are there--somewhere.)

Obituary of Rachel Jane Plank Brandow Hass. Published in The Tonica News, June 17, 1910. Transcribed by Karol Walter Hughes.

Mrs. John Hass 

            Rachel Jane Plank, the first child of Levi and Eliza Vedder Plank, was born at Catskill, N.Y., Feb. 12, 1831. She was united in marriage with Charles E. Brandow Nov. 2, 1861, and 2 children were born of the union, Howard Platt and Frank Person. Mr. Brandow passed away Sept. 16, 1864, and the mother was left to be both father and mother to her children for a period of 10 years, when their mother was married to John Hass in 1874. After his decease in 1898, Mrs. Hass has made her home with her son Howard.

            Deceased was always in good health until about ten days before the end, but was not considered in dangerous condition, but the end came very suddenly on the morning of Saturday, June 11, 1910, and she was conscious to the very last. Her age was 79 yrs, 3 mos, 29 das.

            She was well known by her many friends and neighbors as a quiet, unassuming, motherly woman, ever ready to do her part to make life pleasant for those about her. Truly her children can rise up and call her blessed.

            Early in life she united with the M.E. church and remained a member throughout life. She was fond of reading her Bible, and the old family Bible, more than half a century old, she read through again and again. She has not passed into worlds that are strange for she has thus become familiar with the realms beyond the skies, and she knew Him who knoweth the way that all his children take.

            Deceased is survived by her aged sister in Catskill, N.Y., Mrs. Cornelia Ann Edgerley; by her two sons Howard and Frank Brandow of Tonica; and by her two grandchildren Celia and Charles Elmer Brandow. Many others there are who will in moments of loneliness long for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still. But they sorrow not as those who have no hope.

            A public service was held at the M.E. church last Monday morning conducted by Rev. Geo. H. McClung, and the body laid to rest in the Tonica cemetery. 

            The children of the deceased desire to express their grateful appreciation of the many acts of kindness shown by neighbors in the time of their sorrow.

The following obituaries and news items belonged to Celia Ella Brandow Barton. She was born in Eden Twp, LaSalle Co., Illinois and lived there her entire life, but both of her parents had roots in Greene Co. and the surrounding area. Her father was Howard P. Brandow (1862-1912), son of Charles E. Brandow (1816-1864) and Rachel Jane Plank (1831-1910), and her mother was Emma Nancy Ford (1870-1960), daughter of Francis Ford (1841-1899) and Celia Rosaline Allen (1841-1915). 

They were transcribed by Karol Hughes, her great-granddaughter. Publication dates were not included with the clipping. 

PLANK. – Addison D. Plank, aged 77 years, died on Monday at his home in this town, the end coming very suddenly, although he never had recovered from the effects of an accident some-years since, in which he was injured severely. The funeral took place on Wednesday in the Reformed Church, with which the deceased had united many years ago, the honorary pall-bearers being his fellow-members of the Consistory and the Rev. I. H. Berg officiating; Mrs. Clarence Sage and John Ahreet sang feelingly “Some Time We’ll Understand.” Interment was made in the Jefferson Rural Cemetery.

            Mr. Plank was a man of lofty Christian faith and noble Christian character, such a one as is found but rarely and whose influence for good is incalculable. He was a man of character and high standing in the community—a good citizen in every respect.

            His wife died about a year ago, and he leaves no children. 

PLANK. – Sanford Decker Plank, a model citizen and life-long resident of this town, died on Wednesday at his home near Leeds, in his sixty-eighth year—“a good man has died and will be missed.” About a month ago Mr. Plank was obliged to take to his bed, suffering with Bright’s disease, and soon after was stricken with paralysis, growing gradually weaker until death came. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock this afternoon in the Reformed Church at Leeds, by Pastor Van Vranken; interment in the Thomson street cemetery here.

            Mr. Plank was born in Leeds on Feb. 5, 1838, his parents being Abraham Plank and Saloma Decker his wife. On Sept. 7, 1865, he was married to Miss Martha F. Story, the Rev. Mr. Lansing performing the ceremony at the home of the bride’s brother, Francis Story of West Catskill. Mr. Plank for two terms served the town as highway commissioner, and at the time of this death was president of the Farmers’ Mutual Fire Insurance Association of the towns of Catskill and Athens. For thirty years he was superintendent of the Reformed Church Sunday School at Leeds.

            Ever kind and generous, his whole life was one of devotion to duty and of good citizenship—in whatever position he occupied Mr. Plank was faithful to every trust and honorable in all his transactions.

            He is survived by his wife and two daughters (Mrs. Archibald Burns of Cornwallville and Mrs. Ross Van Valkenburgh of the town of Athens), a sister (Mrs. Harrison Person of this village) and a brother (Philo W. Plank of Denver, Colo). Mrs. Person and her brother Philo W. are the last of a family of nine children of Abraham Plank.

         PLANK. – Henry Martin Plank, an industrious and highly respected resident of this village, died on Wednesday at his home on Cauterskill avenue. He had been failing since early in the year, suffering an attack of grip, followed by heart-trouble and congestion of the brain. Funeral services will be conducted at the house to-morrow afternoon by the Rev. E. P. Miller of St. Luke’s; interment in the Jefferson Rural Cemetery.

            Mr. Plank was born in Cauterskill, Aug. 1, 1843, to Abraham and Sarah E. (Van Hoesen) Plank, and was the eldest of eleven children. He was night watchman for forty-two years in the Water street building erected in the ‘60s by the Harris Woolen Co., and for the past twenty years of more owned by the Wiley Mfg. Co.

            Besides his mother (aged eighty-two years) and his wife (formerly Miss Sarah Benson, who has been totally blind for the past year), he is survived by three daughters—Mary (Mrs. William Butler), Lulu (Mrs. Frank Barker) and Miss Bertha Plank, all of this town; a son—William; three brothers—John, of this village, Attorney Minis Plank of New York city, and Wm. A. Plank of Saugerties; and three sisters—Sarah F. (Mrs. Henry Schoonmaker of Asbury, N. Y.), Minnie (Mrs. William Shufelt of this village) and Miss Elizabeth Plank of Asbury.

              Mrs. Mary E. Bennett (née Plank), who died on Sunday at Asbury, Ulster Co., at the home of her sister, Mrs. Henry Schoonmaker, was a sister of Mrs. William Shufelt of this village. The funeral on Wednesday was attended by Mrs. Frank Van Allen, Mrs. William Butler, Mrs. Frank Barker and Miss Bertha Plank.

         HAMM. – Died, at Bayonne, N. J., May 20th, after a lingering illness, Alice Edgerly, wife of Lorenzo Hamm of that place, in her fiftieth year. Interment in New York Bay Cemetery.

            Mrs. Hamm was a native of Catskill, her father being the late William Edgerly, and she removed to New Jersey about twenty-five years ago. She is survived by her husband, one son and a daughter, two sisters (Mrs. Levi Norton and Mrs. William Hamm of this village) and a brother (Ellsworth Edgerly of Granville, Ills.).

            Mr. and Mrs. William Hamm of this village were among those in attendance at the funeral.


            SMITH. – In this village, July, Frank W. Smith of Albany, aged 42 years.

            PLANK. – In this village, July 5, Sarah Elizabeth Vincent, widow of Henry Martin Plank, aged 63 years, 8 months and 4 days.

             HOLDRIDGE. – In this village, April 7, Hannah M. Dederick, wife of George W. Holdridge, aged 55 years.

            PERRY. – In this village, April 9, Elizabeth Day Perry, aged 27 years, 6 months and 29 days.

            PLANK. – At Leeds, April 12, Sanford Decker Plank, aged 67 years and 2 months. [Funeral from Leeds Reformed Church at 2 o’clock this afternoon.

            HOWLAND. – At Athens, April 8, Cora, wife of Walter Howland, aged 68 years.

            KING. – At Athens, April 11, Woodbridge King, aged 92 years.

            NICHOLS. – At Athens, April 7, Cornelia, wife of the Hon. S. H. Nichols, aged 81 years.

            DEAN. – At Sylvandale, April 8, Esther Ann, widow of A. L. Dean, aged 70 years.

            BEERS. – At Prattsville, April 7, Salem B. Beers, aged about 65 years.

            DODGE. – At Windham, April 10, Mary E. Mott, widow of ‘Squire Rodman Dodge of Freehold, aged 70 years.

            LAYMAN. – At Brooklyn, April 3, Hugh Layman (brother of Mrs. John H. Cornell of this village), aged about 70 years.

             PETTIT. – In this village, Jan. 10, William L. Pettit, aged 62 years. [Interment yesterday at Coxcackie].

            HASS. – In this village, Jan. 8, John Hass, aged 69 years, 8 months and 12 days. [Interment on Monday in St. Patrick’s cemetery.]

            BEST. – At Palenville, Jan. 4, Sophia Best, aged 83, years, 8 months and 14 days.

            MAGILTON. –At New York, Jan. 7, Elizabeth Dederick, wife of Wm. H. Magilton of this town. [Interment at Catskill].

            BOGARDUS. – At New York, Jan. 9, Leonard F. Bogardus, formerly of Catskill, aged 49 years.

            HYER. – At Athens, Jan. 3, Sarah Hyer, aged 59 years.

            MEAD. – At New Baltimore, Jan. 6, Mary Mead, aged 74 years.

            DAVIS. – At Ashland, Jan. 10, Hiram Davis, sr., aged 70 years and 11 months.

            JERALDS. – At Wallingford, Conn., Jan. 9, Frances Tuttle, wife of T. W. Jeralds of Ashland, aged about 58 years.

            MEAD. – Near Cairo, Jan. 9, Zernah H. Mead, aged 72 years.

            KING. – At Sandy Plains, Jan. 7, George King, aged 76 years.

            HALLENBECK. – At Four-Mile Point, Jan. 5, Joseph, son of Mr. And Mrs. Jos. Hallenbeck, aged 6 months.

            POWELL. – At Coxsackie, Dec. 31, Mary E. Powell, aged 66 years and 11 months.

             HAAS. – Death, caused by escaping gas in his room at his boarding place at Ridgefield Park, N. J., some time during Monday night, was the sad fate of George J. Haas, an industrious stone cutter and mason of this village. Mr. Haas began work on April 8th at Ridgefield Park—where he had been previously employed at times—and returned home for two weeks, leaving here on Monday to resume his work on Tuesday morning. Following funeral services at St. Patrick’s Church here this morning, interment will be made in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

            Mr. Haas was born at Roxbury, Delaware Co., July 20, 1857, to John Haas and his wife Dela Buck, and in this village was married to Miss Honora Kelly, who, with four children, survives him.

Contributed by Arlene Maher
This obituary, dated May 2, 1896, was from an unnamed newspaper from Hagar Township, Berrien Co., MI. Mrs. Beach was born Hannah Brandow in Greene Co. She was first married to Peter Perry, who died in 1849 in Athens, Greene Co. Hannah then married James Beach Jr. prior to 1860. She died May 1, 1896.)

The wife of James Beach died yesterday at their home north of Riverside. Mrs. Beach leaves a husband and two sons, Theo. N. Perry, Nicholas N. Perry and several grandchildren to mourn her loss. She came from revolutionary stock and her ancestors helped to make the American flag. She was aged 86 years, 2 months and 3 days. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from the Bundy school house, with interment in Wisner cemetery.

Transcribed and contributed by Barbara Craddock

Brooklyn Daily Eagle    January 20, 1905
Captain Alison Briggs 

Captain Alison Briggs prominent in the transportation services about the harbor of New York for the past thirty-five years, died yesterday at his home, 630 Lafayette Avenue, of congestion of the brain, after an illness of two weeks. He had been able to be at his business until Monday night. Captain Briggs was born in Athens, N.Y., January 18, 1846 and came to New York with his Uncle, Tom Briggs, who was in the towing business, thirty-five years ago. He afterward was long in the employ of the New York Department of Charities and Correction, and captain of the boat that plied between Blackwell’s Island and Manhattan. Later he owned a towboat, and latterly was employed as manager and superintendent of the Commercial-Lighterage Company, now merged in the Dalzell Towing Company. Captain Briggs owned several tugboats in the course of his business life, the last one being the Alison Briggs, well known to shippers. He always held an important office in the river fleet at any water display, notably in the Dewey water parade, and the Centennial of Evacuation Day. For thirty-five years he had been a member of the old Bedford Avenue Baptist Church. It was his pleasure to take his friends of that church on an excursion every Saturday during the summer months. He was married to the daughter of Captain Charles P. Raymond. She died about two years ago, and there survive them two sons, Benjamin F. and Raymond. The funeral services will take place at the Marcy Avenue Baptist Church, Sunday afternoon at three o’clock, the Rev. Dr. Rhoades officiating.

Contributed by Patricia Morrow
Press & Sun-Bulletin, daily newspaper published at Binghamton, Broome County, NY, issue of Monday, April 7, 2003

Connelly B. VanValkenburgh of Sidney, N.Y.
Connelly B. VanValkenburgh, 80, of Sidney, passed away Friday, April 4, 2003, at his home. He was born December 1, 1922, son of the late Wesley J. and Evelyn (Scudder) VanValkenburgh in Halcott Center, N.Y. Connelly graduated from Sidney High School and 40 years later received his Associates degree in Electrical Engineering from Broome Tech. He served his country as a paratrooper in the United States Army during WWII. Connelly married Daisy Sites on June 24, 1942 in Masonville, N.Y. He worked at Scintilla for several years, then left to work his father's farm in East Masonville. In 1961 he went to work for the Sidney Central School District, and retired in 1984 as Superintendent of Building and Grounds. After retiring, Connelly enjoyed working his large vegetable garden and working on genealogy. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sidney and the Southern Tier Genealogical Society. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Daisy, Sidney; daughter, Julie Vogt, Sidney; granddaughter, Victoria and James Hutchison, Hinesville, Ga; grandson, Arthur Vogt, Denver, Colo.; three great-grandchildren, Audrey, Brittany, and Madeline Hutchison; and several cousins.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral chapel. Rev. David Masland, Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Sidney, will officiate. Burial will be in Masonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Emergency Squad. 

Contributed by Georgia Murray
From the Morning News, Erie, PA, Wednesday March 6, 1963

Dr. Frank Avery dies: Osteopath for 43 Years
Dr. Frank Avery, who had practiced osteopathy for 43 years, died Tuesday evening at the home of his son, Ralph W. Avery, 305 Sanford Pl., following an illness of the past two months. He was ninety.

A native of Hunter, NY, Dr. Avery had resided in Erie since 1910 and had practiced osteopathy for 43 years before retiring in 1961.

Dr. Avery was a member of the Kingsley Methodist Church.

His wife, Anna Chittenden Avery, preceded him in death.

Surviving him besides the son with whom he resided is another son, Dr. Lewis C. Avery, Erie; two grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Shepard, Westfield, Mass.

Rev. Gilbert E. Hoffman, pastor of Kingsley Methodist Church will officiate at private services Thursday in the Donald C. Burton Funeral Home, 10th and Cherry. Burial will be in Onondaga Valley Cemetery, Syracuse, NY.

Contributions may be made to the Erie Osteopathic Hospital.

Contributed by Georgia Murray
From an unnamed newspaper , Friday Ma1 12, 1967

Westfield Woman Widow of Banker

Westfield: Mary Avery Shepard, 96, of 7 Lincoln St., widow of George W. Shepard, died today at Noble Hospital.

She was born in Jewett, Green County, New York, Nov. 17, 1870, the daughter of Henry A. and Rosalia (Whitcomb) Avery. She had made her home here for 71 years, coming in 1892. In 1896, she married Mr. Shepard, then treasurer of the H.B. Smith Co. and president of the Westfield Co-operative Bank. He died in 1936.

The Mary Shepard group of Second Congregational Church is named in her honor. She was a member of Second Church for more than 50 years and was a life member of Golden Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.

She leaves several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Monday at 2 at the Healey funeral home. Rev. W. Chester Jostrom, formerly pastor of the Second Congregational Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday from 7 to 9. 

Contributed by Georgia Murray
From the Poughkeepsie Eagle News, Tuesday, May 31, 1932
(Osmer was the s/o Samuel Baldwin Avery)

Osmer R. Avery dies in Millbrook at 85

Osmer R. Avery, 85, died Saturday in Millbrook, where he had lived for ten years with his daughter, Mrs. Percy Haines. He was a retired contractor and a native of Hunter. Surviving are also two sons living in Windham and New York City.

Private funeral services will be conducted at 11 o'clock this morning by the Rev. Chalmers Holbrook of the Federated Church at the funeral home of Eugene Allen, Millbrook. Burial will be in Maplewood cemetery, Hunter.

Contributed by Joan Rogan Brower
From the Rising City Independence, Nebraska, August 6, 1914, page 4 

H.S. Burgess, after a lingering illness combined with old age passed to the great beyond last Sunday morning at 7 o’clock, just one week from the death of his oldest daughter, Mrs. J.N. Taylor, of Pineville, Mo. 

Mr. Burgess built the first house in Reading township 43 years ago, which is still on the homestead two mile northwest of Rising City, where with his few scattering neighbors, passed thru many hardships before this county blossomed into the garden spot of the west.

He leaves many tried and true friends to mourn his departure and those who mention him say he was a good and true man, which is the highest tribute that one can receive.

Harvey Smith Burgess was born in Greene county, New York, December 29, 1819. . He was married to Harriet C. Brewer on the 28th day of January 1844. To this union was born eight children , four of them preceeding him to the other world. Father Burgess moved from the state of New York   to Michigan in the spring of 1865, where he resided for six years. In March 1871 he removed to Butler county, Nebraska and homesteaded on section 4, township 14, north range 1 east. His wife died on the third day of October 1878, leaving him alone to fight the trials of life. On the 12th day of May, 1880 he was again married to Mrs. Mary S. Dille. There were two children by this marriage, Harvey S. and Omer D. Father Burgess departed this life on the 2nd day of August 1914, having reached the age of 94 years, 7 months and 3 days. He is survived by his wife, Mary S. Burgess, three sons George W. and Harvey S. who live in Rising City, Omer D. of Sparta, Oregon; three daughters, Mrs. M.V. Hill, Mrs. A.C. Bowman, Rising City, and Mrs. J.L. Catlin, residing at Vinita, Oklahoma.

The funeral services were held Tuesday at 10:30am at the family residence in the south part of town, by the Rev. W.H. Shoaf, pastor of the M. E. church. The remains were interred in the Fairview cemetery. Pall bearers were James Fish, John Harris, J.E. Selden and Geo. Nycum

Sent to Annette Campbell by Bruce Smith, descendant of Mary Brandow and Hiram Smith

From the Evening Journal, Jersey City, NJ, Tuesday, January 23, 1872.  Price Two Cents. 
Died---In this city, on January 23, Mary H.(elen) BRANDON (Brandow-AC), wife of Hiram SMITH, aged 32 years, 11 months and 2 days.  Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock, from her late residence, 170 Railroad Avenue. Her remains will be taken to Catskill, NY on Thursday morning for interment. 

Courtesy of Patricia Morrow, Windham Town Historian

The Windham Journal, weekly newspaper published at Windham, Greene County, New York - issue of Thursday, August 29, 1895, Obituary:

WHITE - At Dayton, Ohio, August 15th, George Everett White, aged 52 years.
Deceased was born in Ashland, N. Y. He was a son of Elisha S. White, and a brother of Augustus B. White of Hunter. Mr. White served three years in the late war. He was a member of Co. K., 120th Reg. N. Y. Vols. At the battle of James City he was taken prisoner, and was confined 14 months at Bell Isle, Libby, Dansville, Andersonville and Macon. The remains were brought East and buried on Monday in the cemetery at Lexington.--Rep.

Courtesy of Virginia Byron

The Kingston Daily Freeman, Kingston, Ulster Co., NY, issue Tuesday Evening, 01 Apr 1913
"Henry Hull, pioneer and western frontiersman, died February 16 at Liberty in the Jewett Valley, says the Farmington, New Mexico Enterprise. He was born June 1, 1826 at Jewett, Greene county, N.Y. He is survived by one brother, Edward Hull of Lewisburg, Pa., and a sister, Mrs. Jefferson Longyear of Kingston, N.Y. Mr. Hull came west when a young man and was in Denver when the mail was brought in there on horseback. He was a friend of Kit Carson, Col. Francisco and other noted pioneers of the eastern slope, and had been a resident of Jewett Valley for thirty years, where he owned a ranch and was proprietor of an Indian trading store. He probably knew as much about the Navajo Indians as any other man of our time. In the early days he served two terms as county commissioner. He was always a quiet, peaceful citizen and had many friends. He never married and for several years past had made his home with the family of Harry Baldwin, formerly from New York state. The funeral services were held from the Farmington Presbyterian Church and the interment was in Green Lawn Cemetery, as it had been his request to be laid at rest where he had lived so long. The departing of Mr. Hull is as a passing landmark, and brings forcibly to mind the fact that the ranks of San Juan county's sturdy old pioneers are fast closing. Frank Lake, Sr., attended the funeral of Mr. Hull, who was an intimate friend of Mr. Lake's parents back in New York state. The United States agency sent a great many beautiful flowers, some from friends in Durango." 

Courtesy of Peggy Dolan

Newspaper unknown, date unk. He died 7 Aug 1964. 
JULIUS C. DOLAN Julius C. Dolan, well known real estate broker in Hunter, died at his home in that village on Aug. 7. Private services, under the direction of the Aston Funeral Home, were held today. Mr. Dolan was born in Hunter on May 14, 1891, the son of Michael Buddington and Lizzie Lackey Dolan. A veteran of World War I, he was a member of the first graduating class of Hunter High School in 1909. He interrupted studies at New York University Law School to enlist in the air force. After training at the Brown School at Cornell University, and flight school at Witcha [sic] Falls, Tex., graduating as a lieutenant, he was sent overseas with a bomber squadron and served for the duration. He is survived by two sisters, Marguerite Weiss of Sarasota, Fla. and Frances Dolan of Hunter, and a brother, Robert Dolan of Goshen.

Courtesy of Peggy Dolan

Newspaper unknown, date Sept 1950.
Mrs. Mary Doyle, Postmistress at Tannersville, Dies
Mrs. Mary Lackey Doyle of Tannersville, widow of J. B. Doyle, and Postmistress at Tannersville for the past nine years, died here yesterday. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from St. Francis de Sales Church, Elka Park, the Rev. Thomas J. Barrett officiating. Interment will follow in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Elka Park, under the direction of the John Aston Funeral Home, Hunter. Mrs. Doyle, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lackey of Tannersville, was appointed postmistress to succeed her brother, the late J. Frank Lackey, who resigned. Her genial courtesy and the efficiency with which she conducted her job received the highest commendation not only from Federal postal inspectors, but also from
the general public.  She is survived by three sons, Edward T., Jerome F. and Walter D. Doyle, all of Tannersville; two grandchildren, Dennis and Mary Ann of Reading, Pa.; one brother, Charles H. Lackey of East Orange, NJ, and a sister, Miss Clara E. Lackey of Tannersville.
[She had also been active in the Lackey real estate business. ---Peggy]

Courtesy of Peggy Dolan

Obit for my grandfather. Newspaper unknown, date presumably 4 Dec 1931, his date of death.
Michael B. Dolan, one of the most prominent men in Greene County and a life-long resident of Hunter, died in the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston about 1 o'clock this afternoon, death being due to an acute attack of diabetes. Mr. Dolan was taken to the hospital on Monday of this week and his condition then was critical. During the past two or three days he was in a comatose condition from which he did not rally. 


 Mr. Dolan was born in Elka Park, Town of Hunter, and was a son of the late James Dolan and Mary Miller. He was one of sixteen children. He spent his entire lifetime in his native town,
where he was well known and highly respected. For many years Mr. Dolan conducted the Half-Way House between Hunter and Tannersville, and was the owner of Dolan's Lake, a popular place among the summer visitors in that section. [Note: He had an ice business, and created the lake as a source. The lake is to your left as you cross the bridge to the ski lodge.---Peggy] Mr. Dolan was prominently identified with the Democratic Party and for a number of years was a member of the County Democratic Committee, a position he held at the time of his death. For several years he was President of the Village of Hunter. He was a member of the Catskill Lodge of Elks. Mr. Dolan is survived by his wife, who was formerly Miss Lackey, a twin sister of Michael Lackey, Jr. of Tannersville; three sons, Julius Dolan of Tannersville, Robert Dolan of Hunter, and Leo of California, two daughters, Margaret, a teacher in the New York public schools, and Frances of Hunter; two brothers, James Dolan, Jr.
and Albert Dolan, both of Elka Park, and three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Stewart of Palenville, Mrs. Scott Brower of Haines Falls, and Mrs. Colin Hyser of Elka Park. Mrs. George B. Van Valkenburgh of Lexington is a niece. Arrangements for the funeral have not been made.

Brooklyn Daily Standard Union  20 Jan. 1905 
Capt. Alison BRIGGS, who for nearly fifty years had been in tug and steamboat service of New York Harbor, died at his home, 630 Lafayette avenue, yesterday afternoon, after an illness of six weeks. Funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Marcy Avenue Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. W.C.P. RHODES, pastor of the church, will officiate. The remains will be taken to Athens, N.Y. on Monday, where the interment will be made in the family plot at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Capt. BRIGGS was born at Athens, 59 years ago, and was the third son of the late Benjamin and Eunice BRIGGS. In his sixteenth year he came to New York, where for four years he was a deckhand on the harbor boats. He became a captain at the age of twenty-one. Twelve years ago, he opened an office at 45 South street, Manhattan. For a number of years, he was manager of the Commercial Union Tugboat Company of Manhattan, also superintendent of the Commercial Lighterage Company. During the Civil War, he went South on the transport Henry L. Maybee, carrying troops for the Government. He was a Lieutenant-Commander of a division at the centennial of the evacuation of the British from New York, and Fleet Commander of the Third Division at the Dewey parade. For many years he was a trustee and member of the Bedford Avenue Baptist Church, also a member of the Marine Protective Association and a member of the Masonic Order. On Jan. 16, 1878, he was married to Miss Alice P. RAYMOND, daughter of the late Capt. Charles P. RAYMOND, of New York City. From this union two sons, B. Frank and Raymond BRIGGS, were born. On July 11, 1903, Mrs. BRIGGS died suddenly. Two sons, one brother, Capt. Thomas BRIGGS, and three sisters, Mrs. A. DALZELL, Mrs. Casper BRADY and Mrs. S.M. DE LONG, survive him.   Transcriber - Lisa Ann Finger, Submitter - Charlene Stevens

Submitted by Sheila Dent

Newspaper clipping origin unknown.  This is the obituary of Louisa Benjamin Parker who married Jessie Parker, Feb. 19, 1852.  The couple was married for less than one year.  Louisa, born 1834, died January 27, 1853.

"DIED  In this Village, at 6 o'clock this morning, of Consumption, Louisa Parker, wife of J.B. Parker, in the 19th year of her age.
    The friend and relatives of the deceased are invited to attend the funeral, which will take place tomorrow at 1 o'clock, at the Dutch Reformed Church.

She died.  While yet the dew
Morning sparkled on her spirits pinions
The silent angel drew
Aside the veil that hides the blest dominions
From mortal sight, and gently led her on
No more to tread the dreary vale of sin.

And though a shadow lies
Where late the light made glad, familiar places,
And sorrow's deepest guise
Is now where smiles were wreathing happy faces,
Yet there is comfort in the assurance given
That the lost treasure shall be found in Heaven."

Submitted by Sheila Dent  gggranddaughter of Lydia Parker Miller

"Obituary: Stata Coe Wolcott was born September 4, 1830, in Lexington, Green  Co., N.Y., and died April 30, 1905, aged 74 years 7 months and 24 days.  When but a year old her parents moved to Ruggles, Ohio.  At the age of 18 years she was united in marriage to Dr Cyrus Paine, whose demise five years afterwards brought sorrow and sadness to a heart that was naturally of a joyous disposition.  On September 17,1855, she was again united in marriage to Jesse B Parker.  To this union four children were born - Metta A., Lillie and Willie being twins, and Caroline E.  Lillie and Willie died in infancy and Caroline E Kimmel died March 8, 1897.  Metta A Norton, the oldest of the daughters, and the father together with three grandchildren remain to mourn the loss of one whose wise counsel and devotion as wife and mother will be keenly felt.
    Mrs. Parker became a Christian when only 12 years of age, and was a member of the Presbyterian church until 1873 when she united with the Methodist Episcopal church of North Amherst and remained a faithful member until her death.  The cares and duties of her home were filled with sunshine because of her cheerful Christian spirit and she had a kind word for every one who knew her.  Besides many relatives a host of friends will call her blessed."

"Card of Thanks
    We wish to thank the friends who so kindly remembered us in our affliction, the death of our wife and mother.  Thanks for the beautiful flowers and especially to the teachers of the public schools for closing school during the funeral hour, and to the singers.

"Obituary: Jessie Buel Parker was born in Green Co., N.Y., October 28, 1830.  Died at his late home on Spring Street, Feb. 5, 1912 at the ripe old age of 81 years, 3 months and 8 days. He was twice married, the second time to Stata C Paine, April 26,1849, who departed this life April 30th, 1905. There were no children born to the first union.  The second union was blessed with four children, Mettie A., Lillie and Willie, twins who died in infancy, and Carrie E. 
Carrie, who became the wife of E.E. Kimmel, died 15 years ago, leaving two children.
He leaves to mourn their loss one daughter, Mrs. Mettie A Norton, three grandchildren, Wilmah Norton, Jessie and Genevieve Kimmel, two sisters Mrs Alden (Ruth) Bruce of Savannah, Ohio, and Mrs Lee (Lydia) Miller of Ashland, NY and one brother, Isadore Parker of Prattsville, NY.
He resided in Ashland, N.Y., Ledgedale, Penn, Williamstown, N.Y., New London, Ohio, and for the last 38 years here in Amherst, Ohio.
In young manhood he converted and united with the Presbyterian Church and became very active in Church and Sunday School work, organizing and superintending Sunday Schools in the country districts near his home.  He also served several years as Church Chorister.  In later life he retired from active church work, though still cherishing his faith to the end.  His last confession was that of trusting faith in his Saviour.
For the last 25 years he has been engaged in the Fire Insurance business, which Companies have paid the highest tribute of regard to his faithful service since learning of his death.  He also held the office of Cemetery Treasurer and Notary Public at the time of his death.  He served one term of Justice of the Peace some years ago.
Besides his family he leaves many friends to mourn his loss.

We wish to express our sincere thanks to neighbors, friends and relatives for kindness and sympathy during the sickness and after the death of our beloved father and grandfather, J.B.  Parker.  Also the singers and all who sent beautiful floral offerings.
Mrs. Mettie Norton, Wilmah Norton, Jessie Kimmel, Genevieve Kimmel"

Submitted by Sheila Dent 

"MILLER- In the town of Ashland, Jan. 24, 1912, Simeon Miller, aged 48 years. Simeon Miller Simeon Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Miller of Ashland, a farmer living on the Bump homestead farm owned by Frank E. Holdridge, at Pleasant Valley, Town of Ashland, died on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Miller had suffered from asthma for many years. He was an industrious farmer and a good citizen. He was twice married, his first wife dying several years ago. His second wife survives him, also one son. The funeral will be held at the residence on Friday, at 1 pm. Interment in Ashland cemetery." 

Newspaper source unknown. The newspaper clipping is from the Lee Miller family bible. Simeon, born August 5, 1863 married first Rachel Barlow on Feb 14, 1885. Rachel was born 1865 and died 1886. His second wife was Dora Bogardus, whom he married March 8, 1887. They had one son, Vernon born August 13, 1890.

Submitted by Jane Freese

Catskill Daily Mail
Mrs. Julia Frances Winans Yager, widow of Nathan M. Yager, a resident of Kiskatom for many years, and a life-time resident of Catskill, died suddenly yesterday morning (November 16, 1947) of a heart attack at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Deyo, at Kingston.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Deane & Deane chapel in Catskill. Rev. John J. Van Heest of the Kiskatom Church will officiate, and interment will be in Jefferson Rural Cemetery. Friends may call at the home of her daughter Mrs. Merritt A. Sutton, 23 Cedar Street.
Mrs. Yager was born in Catskill on Nov. 13, 1867, the daughter of Leonard and Catherine Wolcott Winans. Her husband, one-time town highway superintendent, operated a farm in Kiskatom for many years.
Only last Thursday she was tendered a birthday celebration by her family at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sutton in observance of her 80th anniversary, when she appeared in excellent spirits.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Sutton of Catskill, Mrs. Charles Abbott of Saugerties and Mrs. Deyo of Kingston; fours sons, Harry, Ellsworth and Jesse of Catskill, and Orville T. of Rhinebeck; a sister, Mrs. Harold Linzey of Monroe; a brother, Adelbert Winans of Catskill; and 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Jane Freese

Catskill Daily Mail
Nathan M. Yager, prominent and lifetime resident of Kiskatom, died on Saturday (April 14, 1945) following a brief illness, although he had been in failing health for some time. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2:30 at the Deane & Deane chapel. Rev. Mr. Neander of Saugerties to officiate, and interment will be in Jefferson Rural Cemetery. Friends may call this afternoon and tonight at his late home.
Born at Kiskatom 79 years ago, the son of John and Sally Mack Yager, the deceased had spent his entire life in that community, where he successfully followed the occupation of farming. For a number of years he was also in the quarry business, when "blue stone" was much in demand.
He was an ardent member of the Democratic party, and served for several terms as superintendent of highways for the Town of Catskill.
Surviving are his wife, the former Julia Winans, whom he married on
Dec. 01 1886; four sons, Harry, Ellsworth and Jesse of Catskill and Orville of Rhinebeck; three daughters, Mrs. Merritt A. Sutton of Catskill, Mrs. John Deyo of Kingston and Mrs. Charles Abbott of Saugerties; four sisters, Mrs. Hattie Etheridge of Connecticut, Mrs. Annie Taylor of Union City, N.J., Mrs. Ernest Morey of Catskill and Mrs. Leah Deyo of Saugerties; and 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Submitted by Lodema DuBois Jenkins

From the newspaper clippings collected by Lela DuBois Kirk:

Clifton KIRK , 59, of Roxbury, died Tuesday, April 10, (1979) at Catskill. He was born April 22, 1919, at Lexington, the son of Harry and Lela DuBOIS KIRK.  He was a truck driver for the Town of Roxbury Highway Department since 1957.  He also operated his own refuse disposal service in Roxbury.  He was a member of the Roxbury United Methodist Church, and the Ralph Ives American Legion Post.  He is survived by one son, Clifton Floyd Kirk of Roxbury; three grandchildren, his mother; one brother Illis (Ellis) Kirk of Prattsville; one sister, Mrs. Ellouise COLE of Lexington; two nephews and two nieces.  Funeral services will be at 11 am Saturday, April 14, at the Roxbury United Methodist Church, with the Rev Elizabeth Schrader, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Jewett.  Friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury, Thursday and Friday from 7-9 pm when the family will be in attendance.

Submitted by Lodema DuBois Jenkins

From the newspaper clippings collected by Lela DuBois KIRK
Date of death is not given in the article, but is known to be 1944.

Tot is Killed at Lexington-Driver of Carman Truck Hit Garage Trying to Avoid Child -  Our community was shocked on Friday afternoon about 5 o'clock to hear of the sudden death of Randall Joslyn KIRK, 2 year and eight month old, son of Mr and Mrs. Clifton Kirk of this village.  The little fellow ran from behind a parked car directly in the path of one of John Carman's milk trucks, on its way to New York and driven by William Hadsell of Grand Gorge.  The child's mother was only a few steps away, but could not reach him in time. He was killed almost instantly.   Dr. A O Persons was called as well as Dr. Edwin Mulbury of Windham, coroner, who gave the cause of death as internal hemorrage.  No arrests were made as the accident was unavoidable.  The driver swerved the truck in an effort to escape the child and in so doing hit an electric pole, then swung into the corner of Truesdell's garage, breaking the gas pump and severely damaging the tractor.  Much sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs Kirk as it was their only child.  The funeral was held on Tuesday at 2 o'clock from the Methodist Church.  Rev Andrew Case officiating.  Elroy Hand of Red Hook, an uncle of the boy, had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Another clipping-
Funeral of Randall Kirk- The funeral of Randall Joslyn Kirk, 2 1/2 year old son and the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Kirk of Lexington who died soon after being hit by a truck at Lexington, NY, Friday, November 18, was held at the M E Church Tuesday, February 22nd.  Interment took place in the Maplewood Cemetery at Jewett.  The heartfelt sympathy of the entire community goes out to the young parents.

Submitted by Connelly Vanvalkenburgh

On January 15th, of the present year, at her late home, in the town of Halcott, Greene County, New York, MRS. BERTHA BELLE SCUDDER, wife of William Scudder, departed this life, leaving to mourn their loss her aged mother, Mrs. Martha E Whitney, her husband, and four children: Mrs. Smith Streeter, Mrs. Kenneth Streeter and one son, Wesley, of Halcott, and one daughter, Mrs Wesley VanValkenburg, of East Masonville, N.Y.. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal church-house in Halcott, January 18th, the writer officiating, assisted by F. P. Venable, pastor of the Halcott M. E. denomination. The interment was in the Halcott Cemetery. The subject of this article was born November 20th, 1873, and was a granddaughter of the late Elder James Miller. Practically all her life, save for two years, was spent in her native town. In 1896 she was united in marriage to William Scudder, proving to him a most loyal and faithful helpmeet in the voyage of life. Mrs Scudder has been ill of hardening of the arteries, associated with heart trouble, for two years, and for about a year was rendered blind by her illness. She was a patient sufferer and seemed to be given reconciliation to the will of God in her grievious affliction. She believed in the doctrine of salvation by free and unmerited grace, though she never united with any church organization. She possessed rare qualities as a wife and mother, as a neighbor and friend, and the influence of her exemplary life will be felt in her community for a long time to come. The large number of people who gathered at the funeral services to pay their last tribute of respect attested the esteem in which she was jointly regarded. Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.          ARNOLD H. BELLOWS 

(The above obituary appeared in "SIGNS of THE TIMES", Vol. 102 Middletown, N.Y. Mar. 16, 1934 No. 2)

Submitted by Arlene Maher. Mary Scott's parents were Edward Scott and Amanda Beach Scott. Mary's siblings were Addison Scott (Scutt) and Edward Scott. Mary died in the late 1920's and was supposedly buried in Round Top Cemetery, however her gravestone has not been located.

Funeral of Athens Women Found Dead in Her Home The funeral of Miss Mary Scott, who was found dead in bed at her home at Athens on Saturday morning, was held from Trinity church at 2 o'clock to-day, with the Rev. Hobart B. Whitney, rector, officiating. The interment took place in Round Top cemetery, near Cairo. The deceased was born in Athens in 1854, the daughter of Amanda Beach and Edward Scott. All of her life was spent in the village. She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Mary Maher, and a nephew, of Philadelphia, who took charge of the remains. They are the children of Miss Scott's brother Edward, who died several years ago. 

ATHENS WOMAN DEAD IN BED Found Lifeless When Her Homestead is Broken Into--Dead Couple of Days. Miss Mary Scott, a lifelong resident of Athens, was found dead in bed at her home on Washington street this morning by O. G. Porter, of that village. Miss Scott had been ailing for quite a while from a complication of diseases and old age. She lived alone in her home and was not seen from about the house or street by her neighbors since Wednesday, and this morning at 10:30 the neighbors notified Charles W. Hitchcock, Chief of Police, who gave O. Gates Porter the authority to enter the home and investigate. Mr. Porter broke in the door and entering found Miss Scott dead in bed. The body was removed to the undertaking establishment of W. C. Brady & Son. It was the opinion that she had been dead for a couple of days. Miss Scott is survived only by distant relatives, and the body will be held to await word from them. The sudden death of Miss Scott brings sorrow to the village, as she was liked not only by her immediate neighbors, but by the villagers in general.

Submitted by Lodema DuBois Jenkins

The Prattsville News Published
by S R Hoagland
Run by the Proprietor
Terms: $1.50 per year in Advance
Vol LXXVII No. 13
Prattsville, N Y March 31, 1933

Death of Walter Jones 1. Walter Jones of Tannersville, died Saturday at Palenville. He is survived by two brothers and three sisters, all of Kingston. Deceased will be remembered by Prattsville residents as he boarded for several months with the Van Loan family while they occupied the Shady Lawn property in this village. While here, he was employed by B W S later being transferred to Tannersville. 2.
 Death of Clarence Van Valkenburgh We regret to note the passing of Clarence Van Valkenburgh whose death occurred Tuesday morning at his home in Little Westkill, after a weeks illness from measles and later followed by pneumonia. Deceased was 41 years of age. Mr. VanValkenburgh was a well known and respected resident of this town having spent his entire lifetime in the section. Several years ago he resided in this village having conducted a meat market here, later moving to the farm in Little Westkill where he has since resided. Deceased is survived by his wife, Frances and seven children, the youngest being only two days old at the time of his death, besides two sisters and four brothers. The funeral services will be held at the home, today (Friday) at 1 o’clock, Rev Mack Truby officiating. Interment in Windham cemetery.

Dolores Vasilow 
Someone was kind to me & found this obituary for my husband's great aunt. Family stories said she died in a snow slide in Montana.

 Daily Missoulian Monday February 8 1897

A SAD DEATH  -- Mrs Seymour Howe [Maiden name Carrie N. Hill], an Actress, Passes Away in Missoula One of the saddest deaths in Missoula for a long time was that of Mrs Seymour Howe, who died at the Florence hotel on Saturday evening and was buried Woody and Hayes undertaking rooms yesterday noon. Although many miles away from kindred & friends, her husband felt the kindness of many of the people of Missoula who are ever ready to render assistance during time of affliction & sorrow. Mrs Howe was an actress with the "McSorley's Twins" company and reached Missoula two days ahead of the troupe. She put up at the Florence hotel, where Dr. Hillmantel attended her, treating her for a complication of cancer of the stomach and cold, (?illegible) which resulted in death Saturday evening. During her last illness, her husband who is also an actor with the same company, was constantly at her bedside. She was 32 years of age. Her maiden name was Carrie N Hill, a native of Catskill NY where her parents reside. Her stage name was Bessie Seymour of the team of Howe & Seymour. Her remains were removed to Woody and Hayes undertaking rooms, where funeral services were held, Rev J J McAllister officiating.. The funeral was well attended by the Masonic fraternity of which Mr Howe is a member and many others. The services were short & Mr McAllister took occasion to thank those who were present. Interment was made in the Missoula Valley cemetery & Mr Howe left on the afternoon train for the west,where he will join the troupe at Seattle. Before taking the train he asked a Missoulian reporter to thank the Missoula people for their kindness.

Carrie Nellie Hill (Caroline) was born in Catskill 1860, d/o George Nelson Hill & Rosalia Olmsted. Her sister Alice Mackey Hill m Frederick DeWald. They moved to Hudson had Frederick, Harold Lamont & Ethel Alice who married James Vasilow. Vasilow's Ice cream & candy store was in business on Warren St for over 40 years with his brother Louis. A cousin John Vasilow m. Margaret Conine of Catskill. He had a store in Catskill.

David DeWald sends a clarifying email in March 2004 - Friedrich Alfreich Heinrich DeWald, husband to Alice Mackey Hill, was born in Buffalo, NY, died and buried in Hudson, NY. He was married twice, first to Helena S. Kenner, d/o Stephen Kenner and Margaret S. Halk, by whom he had his first son, Fred George DeWald, secondly to Alice Mackey Hill, by whom he had two children, Harold Lamont DeWald and Ethel Alice DeWald, who married James Nicholas Vasilow.

Submitted by April Saccoccio

From the newspaper-Catskill Examiner/Recorder Oct 30 1941

Harry Boyne
Former Catskill Man Dies Suddenly
Word was received here today of the sudden death at Hartford, Conn., of Harry Boyne, former resident of this village. Mr. Boyne resided in
Catskill for the greater part of his life and at one time conducted a
plumbing business, going from here to South America. In his early life Mr. Boyne was an outstanding athlete, and will be remembered as a member of the famed Mystic Five basketball team, one of the best in the Hudson Valley, on which team his brother also played. He is survived by his brother, Clarence, and his sister, Miss Martha Boyne
of Catskill. Deane and Deane have charge of arrangements, which will be announced.

Submitted by April Saccoccio

From the newspaper- Catskill Examiner/Recorder  Feb. 1942

Mrs. Rosa S. Person, widow of Vanderhoff Person, died this morning at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hallenbeck, with whom she made her home. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at 2:30 from the First Baptist Church, of which she was a member for many years, Rev. Louis Hutton to officiate, and interment will be in Thompson Street Cemetery. Friends may call tomorrow night at the Kortz Funeral Home. Mrs. Person was born 87 years ago in Ohio, coming as a small child to Catskill, where she had since resided with the exception of about 10 years, when she resided with Mr. and Mrs. Hallenbeck in New York.

Submitted by April Saccoccio

From-Catskill Examiner/Recorder  Mar 4, 1942

William E. Martin
 Catskill Man Dies At Age of 79 Years
William Ellsworth Martin died yesterday afternoon at his home on West Bridge Street. Services will be conducted on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Kortz Funeral Home, 60 Prospect Avenue, Rev. Jon H. Vruwink, pastor of the Reformed Church, officiating, and interment will be in the Jefferson Rural Cemetery. Mr. Martin has been a lifetime resident of Catskill. He was born 79 years ago, the son of William E. and Sarah Scales Martin, and resided for many years on the Embogcht, where he followed the occupation of farming, and was also at one time employed in the local brick yards. Mr. Martin took a great interest in the youth of the village, and was the means of providing many of them with outings. He is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Henry Millington and Mrs. Wesley Waterbury of Kingston, Mrs. Grace  Mardis of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Edward Stowe of Bellingham, Wash., and by two brothers, Frank of Poughkeepsie and Lewis of Irvington, N.J.

This was sent to me by Mark Van HOESEN. It was taped to the inside cover of his 4th g grandmother's Bible and was passed down thru the generations. Mr. VanHoesen has re-given me express permission to post to this website by e-mail.  Retyped by Annette Campbell
February 28, 1896 Unknown Newspaper
Nelson Fanning dies Friday morning after a brief illness--close of an interesting career.
Dr. Nelson FANNING died at his residence on Prospect Avenue yesterday morning at 7 o'clock. For sixty-six years this good physician has practiced medicine in the state of New York, having graduated with honors at Berkshire Medical College, Pittsfield, MA in 1830.  Dr. Fanning was born at Bristol (now Gilboa), Schoharie Co, New York on February 14, 1808 making his age 88 years and 14 days.  He was probably the oldest practicing physician in the state, one half of the time in Gilboa which included his service during the war as regimental and Brigade surgeon in the 11th Army Corps of the Potomac. He occupied the Chancellorsville church as hospital headmaster during the battle. He rode to the field by the side of Gen. HOOKER and was at his side on the retreat. The last professional call made by Dr. Fanning was on Wednesday, February 26th on the daughter of Edgar BARINGER at Catskill. Last Sunday, Mrs. Clark WHITE asked the doctor if he would like to go down to dinner with them. He answered "I have taken my last dinner", thus the doctor knew his own case well! On Wednesday afternoon he showed signs of failing, and Thursday night apparently knew those present, and his mind was perfectly clear until the break of day, when he became comatose and in the early hours his gentle spirit passed away. The family desired to have the funeral services at his home, but in compliance with the urgent request of many old friends of the doctor, the last rites will take place at the Presbyterian Church on Monday afternoon, March 2, 1896 at 3 o'clock. W.V.L.  (Walter VanLOAN).

From the files of the Durham Center Museum and retyped by Sylvia Hasenkopf:
Edwin L. Drake, pioneer in the US Oil Industry, drilled 1st oil well in Titusville, PA August 27, 1859. Born Greenville, NY on March 29, 1819. Died Bethlehem, PA on November 8, 1880

Submitted by Dick Nesbitt

In Memoriam

Resolutions adopted by Mountain Lodge No 529, F.&A.M. on Saturday evening, March 10, 1894:
One more has been called to that undiscovered country from whose borne no traveler returns.
Brayton A. Johnson, M.D., died at his home in Ashland village, on the 31st day of December, 1893, after a protracted illness.
He was made a Mason in Mountain Lodge No 529, F.&A.M. on the 23d day of February, 1884, and ever since his initiation has been an active member, always deeply interested in the welfare and advancement of the fraternity.
He was kind and embraced every opportunity to extend a word of sympathy and lend a helping hand to those in distress.
His best friend were those who knew him best. A physician by profession, he had by earnest effort advanced to an honored position in the profession. He will be missed by those who knew him. He died in the prime of his life and we deplore his loss and sympathize with his widow and children in their sad bereavement.

J. C. Tallmadge , W.M. Mountain
Lodge No 529, F&A.M. Attest

Submitted by Dick Nesbitt
(Found in an old scrapbook of my grandmothers. Laura Rachel Nichols was born May 29, 1811, and died April 20, 1892. She was the wife of Joseph Johnson, the mother of eleven children, and the daughter of Daniel Nichols and Amy {Emily} Disbrow. She was born in Harpersfield, Delaware County, NY.") 

Laura R. Johnson’s Obituary

Mrs. Laura Johnson departed this life April 20 Like the ripening wheat she was ready for harvest. She had lived to the age of 81 years, realizing the harvest was near and she was fully prepared for the Master’s call. She was a member of the Baptist church for more than a half century; was an affectionate mother, a kind friend and an earnest worker in her Master’s vineyard, setting an example worthy our best imitation. She with her husband and family, moved from Jefferson in 1841 to Lexington, and has been a widow for 24 years, during which she has resided with her children, the most of the time with Mr. and Mrs. A. Z. Truesdall, who did all in their power to make her declining years pleasant and happy. There survive her 10 children, 6 daughters and 4 sons, Dr. B. A. Johnson, of Ashland, being one of them. Deceased had lived a pure and upright christian life and was respected and loved by all who knew her.

Thus are our most ancient land-marks passing away. Let us all try to live as she who has just passed over the river of death and who now rests from her toils, freed from her sorrow and affliction, and wears a robe and crown in the presence of that saviour who she served so long and faithful. We have heard her chiding words of rebuke against sinfulness and she pointed us to the Throne of Mercy. Her tongue is silent, her voice is hushed, but let us heed her warnings and truths and try to live so that we shall meet her in that bright beyond:

I looked upon that placid brow,
That dear one lying dead
And as I took a last fond look
A silent tear I shed.
I turned my foor-steps to the world
With lingering thoughts incline,
For she then crowned in glory, taught
A lesson to my mind.
It taught me that a christian’s part
In this cold world of ours
Should be like her’s, so good and pure,
To merit Eaden’s bowers.
Oh God, thou merciful and just,
The good are e'er with thee.
Our hope in thee, in thee our trust
For immortality.

Newton A. Calkins Obituary -Died July 27, 1927
Found at the Durham Center Museum within a family bible
Retyped by Sylvia Hasenkopf

Newton A. Calkins died Wednesday at his home in Coxsackie in the 82nd year of his age. He is survived by his widow, Ella Morse; three children, Mrs. G. Newton Wood of Kingston, A.E. Calkins of NYC and N.Z. Wagner of Coxsackie; 3 grandchildren, Howard C. Wagner of Albany, Helen F. Wagner of NYC and Margaret T. Calkins of NYC. Mr. Calkins was a veteran of the Civil War, having served with Company C, Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery and was an honorary member of the American Legion. He was the oldest member of Greene Co. Bar Association, having practiced law in Greene Co. for the past 50 years. He served the town of Coxsackie as a justice of the peace and police justice for many years. Fraternally the deceased was a past grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias and was a Free and Accepted Mason. He was the senior warden of Christ Episcopal Church, Coxsackie, for over 30 years. A military funeral from Christ Episcopal Church will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock, the Rev. Jerrald Potts officiating. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Zoeth S. Palmer Obituary -Died July 22, 1980
Found at the Durham Center Museum within a family bible
Retyped by Sylvia Hasenkopf

Zoeth S. Palmer, 78, of Orlando, Florida, died suddenly at Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, Connecticut, July 22. He was born in Cornwallville September 28, 1901, son of the late Gideon and Bertha Smith Palmer.

He was a former farm supervisor for the State of NY at Wingdale and a member of Valatie Lodge No 362 F&AM, Kinderhook. Funeral services with the Rev. Thomas Carney of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church, officiating will be Friday 11 am at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville. Interment in the Cornwallville Cemetery.

Masonic Service will be conducted at the funeral home this evening at 8pm.

Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Enoch (Mildred) McWaid of Walcott, Connecticut and Mrs. William (Hazel) Behari Jr. of Danbury, two sons, William W. Palmer of Valatie and Richard L. Palmer of Orlando; a sister, Miss Pearl Palmer of Ocean Grove, NJ. Also 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

This appeared in the Prattsville News, contributed by Pam Moore Leitt.

Former Supervisor Dies at Prattsville.  Edwin L. Moore who had been a prominent figure in the life of this community and a resident for the past forty years, died at his home in Prattsville, Sunday morning, May 18, 1952. Funeral service was held at his home on Wednesday, May 21, at 2 P.M. with the Rev. D.A. Cataldo officiating.  Burial was in Fairlawn cemetery, Prattsville. He was born at Lexington, on April 23, 1885, son of Clark L. Moore and Rowena Miller More[sic].  When he first took up residence in this community, he assumed the duties of manager of the Prattsville Dairy Company, an occupation which he held for ten years.  At the end of this time he resigned to enter the feed business.  An extensive business was developed in which Mr. Moore was active until 1928 when he sold it to E. B.  Lutz. He then retired, and in 1929, with a record of public service and an intimate knowledge of community needs and conditions, was elected to the office of Supervisor, of the town of Prattsville.  The duties of this office he continued to perform for a period of fourteen years. Mr. Moore served as a director of the Stamford National Bank for thirty years.  He was affiliated with Oasis Lodge No. 119 Free and Accepted Masons and Mountain Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. On November 4, 1908, Edwin L. Moore married Blanche Turk of Jewett. He is survived by his wife, Blanche Moore, a son, Edwin J. Moore of Albany, NY, a daughter Marjorie M. Switzer of Slingerlands, NY and four grandchildren.  He also leaves four brothers, Linsley A. Moore of Hamden, NY, Otis Moore of Jefferson, NY, Clark Moore of Buffalo, NY, and Corydon D. Moore of New York City.

From the Windham Journal, February 1910, contributed by Pam Moore Leitt.

At Lexington, Feb. 12th, Clark L. Moore, aged about 55 years. The community was shocked and saddened by the death of Clarke[sic] Moore, one of our respected citizens who passed away Saturday morning last, after a two week's illness of peritonitis and other complications.  Mr. Moore was a man who will be sorely missed in his home and in the community as well, being of a kind and cheerful disposition and always ready to help his friends and neighbors. He was a member of the choirs of both the Methodist and Baptist churches.
Words cannot express the sympathy felt for the bereaved family which
consists of a wife, six sons, namely: Otis, of Halcottsville; Clark, of New Jersey; and Samuel, Lindsley, Edwin and Corydon of this place; also a sister Mrs. Woodworth of Durham, and two brothers, Elijah Moore of this place and Frank Moore of South Jewett. Funeral services were held at his late home, Monday, at 1 P.M., Rev. Stanley C. Reynolds, pastor of the Baptist church of which the deceased was a
member, officiating. A quartette, consisting of Miss Ethel Hand, soprano, Mrs. Wm. Orr, alto, Frank Rosecrns, bass, and J.A. Orr, tenor, rendered "Abide With Me," "Some Sweet Day," "Softly and Tenderly," and "Beyond the Smiling and the Weeping." The sons acted as pall bearers.

Contributed by Arlene Maher  The date these articles were published and from which newspaper is unknown. Mary Scott's death occurred in October 1924. 

Homestead is broken into - Dead a couple of days
Miss Mary Scott, a lifetime resident of Athens, was found dead in her bed at her home on Washington street this morning by O.G. Porter, of that village. Miss Scott had been ailing quite awhile from a complication of diseases and old age. She lived alone in her home and was not seen from about the house or street by her neighbors since Wednesday, and this morning at 10:30 the neighbors notified Charles W. Hitchcock, Chief of Police, who gave O. Gates Porter the authority to enter the home and investigate. Mr. Porter broke in the door and entering found Miss Scott dead in bed. The body was removed to the undertaking establishment of W.C. Brady & Son. It was the opinion that she had been dead a couple of days.  
Miss Scott is survived only by distant relatives, and the body will be held to await word from them. The sudden death of Miss Scott brings sorrow to the village, as she was liked not only by her immediate neighbors but by the villagers in general.

Funeral of Athens Woman found dead in her Home 
The funeral of Miss Mary Scott, who was found dead in bed at her home at Athens Saturday morning, was held from Trinity church at 2 o'clock today, with the Rev. Hobart B. Whitney, rector officiating. The interment took place in Round Top cemetery, near Cairo. The deceased was born in Athens in 1854, the daughter of Amanda Beach and Edward Scott. All of her life was spent in the village. She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Mary Maher, and a nephew of Philadelphia, who took charge of the remains. They are the children of Miss Scott's brother, Edward, who died several years ago.  

Contributed by Lois Eastgate

wpeD.jpg (7096 bytes)Duane C. Eastgate,  81 , passed away September 8, 2006 at Redlands Community Hospital; cause of death was congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's disease. The family appreciates the wonderful care he received from the Sunshine House  Board and Care in Calimesa, Ca. by Mario Manjarrez and his staff Marcella, Eva and others. 

Duane was the son of Sanford Cocks and Ada Nichol Eastgate of Catskill, New York , formerly of North Dakota and  served in  the Navy for 2 years as an Electrician. Upon his discharge he was employed by New York Telephone Company for 31 years and after moving to California in 1978 worked for General Telephone Company   for 13 years.

In 1953 he married Lois Duncan of South. Cairo, New York at the Presbyterian Church in Catskill, New York.   He is survived by his wife Lois ,. their son Jeffrey C., wife, Janet  M. Eastgate and two grandchildren Cody E. and Shana E. Eastgate  of Wasilla, Alaska 

His desire was to have no viewing hours and he will be buried in the Greenville Cemetery. Greenville, New York in the family plot.

In lieu of any flowers donations may be made in memory of Duane Eastgate to the Alzheimer's Association Inland Imperial Empire Regional Office, 104 E. State St , Redlands, Ca. 92373 or Alzheimer's Association  85 Watervliet Ave, Albany N.Y. 12206.

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