Otsego County, NY

The Otsego Farmer Friday, February 16, 1934 Mrs. Mark A. Cadwell Mrs. Effie Mae Cadwell passed away at her home in Garden City, L.
I.. February 12th, after an illness of only a few days. For
several years she had been an invalid with a patience that
could not be surpassed. Mrs. Cadwell was born in Westville, November 13, 1866, at the
Coats Homestead,
being the daughter of Elbert and Lucy A. Coats. She spent her
girlhood days there attending school at Brockport. In 1891
she married Mark A. Cadwell, a young lawyer, and their first
home was in Buffalo. From there they went to New York where
the greater part of their married life was spent. For several
years they spent their summers at Westville and winters at
Garden City where she passed away. She is survived by her husband, one son, Mark C. Cadwell, and two
grandchildren,John and David; also a sister Mrs. Ella
Vanderveer, and a brother, Elbert Coats. There are four
nieces, Miss Ethel Vanderveer, Mrs.Calvin J. Upham, Mrs.
Arthur L. Greeley and Miss Elizabeth Coats. The funeral services were held Wednesday, February 14th, at her
late home in Garden City with the Rev. George C. Moor, pastor
of the Madison Avenue Baptist church of which she was a
member, officiating. The body was placed in a vault at
Schenevus, awaiting interment in the Westville cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Friday, January 28, 1938 The Otsego Farmer Mark A. Cadwell Mark A. Cadwell, age seventy-three years, secretary of the New
York State Hotel association, died January 20th in Lennox
Hill Hospital, New York City, after a brief illness of heart
trouble. The body was placed in the receiving vault and will
be brought to Westville for burial in the spring. Mr. Cadwell maintained his legal residence at Coates Homestead
Farms, Westville, and was highly esteemed and regarded as
Westville’s first citizen. He had at various times done a
great deal for the community. He contributed liberally
toward the upkeep of the church, and a couple of years ago
had constructed a beautiful fountain with installation of
running water in Westville cemetery as a memorial to his
deceased wife, Effie Coates Cadwell, who died three years
ago. Mr. Cadwell had been secretary of the New York State Hotel
association for thirty-one years, and of the new York City
Hotel association for more than twenty-five ears. As a
partner of Frank A.K. Boland, secretary of the city hotel
association, Mr. Cadwell was an owener of Hotel Oneonta at
Oneonta for several years. He had many friends in
Cooperstown who will join in Sympathy to the family. Mr. Cadwell was born in Maybille and graduated from Albany Law
School. He practiced his profession in Buffalo before
entering the hotel business. Mr. Cadwell is survived by on son, Mark Coates Cadwell, who
married the former Miss Jean Healey of New York, and three
grandchildren, John, David, and Barbara, all of Westville,
and a brother who lives in Chautauqua County. Contributed by Michele Culletto

The Otsego Farmer Friday, April 6, 1956 OBITUARY MARK C. CADWELL Mark C. Cadwell, aged 56, of Oneonta, a retired farmer and former
Lieutenant in the United States Navy died Wednesday of last
week in the Bailey Nursing Home in that city. He had been ill
several years. Mr. Cadwell was born May 7, 1899, in Fredonia, a son of Mark and
Effie (Coats) Cadwell. He married Audrey Munson on March 29,
1945, in Hartford, Conn. Prior to his residence in Oneonta,
he lived in Westville where he operated a farm. He was a
member of American Legion Post 259 in Oneonta. Survivors include his wife, three sons, John of Sun Prarie, Wis.;
David, of Annapolis, Md.; and Mark Jr., of Oneonta; one
daughter, Mrs. Barbara Torrence, Laguna Beach, Calif.; and
seven grandchildren. Funeral services for the World War I veteran were held in the
Bookhout Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Walter A.
Miller, pastor of the Gilbertsville Baptist
Church, assisted by the Rev. C. William Sloat, pastor of the
West End Community Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was in
the Westville Cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Father John N. Caldara Father John N. Caldara, 86, of Rotterdam, passed away peacefully
Friday, April 6, 2007, at St. Clare's Hospital, following a short
illness. Father Caldara was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 15, 1946.
Father John spent the next 66 years serving in the Diocese of
Albany. He was an assistant pastor at the Immaculate Conception
in Albany, Our Lady of the Assumption in Rotterdam, St. Michael's
in Amsterdam, St. Anthony's in Herkimer and St. Mary's in
Oneonta. He then became pastor first at Sacred Heart in
Margaretville, St. Mary's in Oneonta, and for the last 20 years,
before his retirement in 1990, he was the pastor at St. John the
Baptist in Valatie. Family and friends called at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic
Church, 210 Princetown Road, Rotterdam, Monday, April 9. A
reception of the body was at 4 p.m., followed by viewing until
7:30 p.m. Evening prayers were offered. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday,
April 10, 2007, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church with Bishop
Howard Hubbard presiding. Interment will follow in St's Cyril and
Method Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catholic
Charities, Diocese of Albany, Our Lady of the Assumption Church
or to St. John's the Baptist Church in Valatie. Published in The Daily Star on 4/10/2007.

obit Feb 2000 "the Daily Star" Annie Calleja COOPERSTOWN — Annie Calleja, 65, a resident at The Meadows, and
formerly of Schenevus, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Bassett
Healthcare Hospital. Arrangements are pending with the Heller
Funeral Home, 10 Arch St., Schenevus. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Christina Julia Camp Christina Julia Camp, 89, formerly of Sidney and Myrtle Beach, S.C.,
passed away Friday June 1, 2007, at Bethany Gardens Skilled
Nursing Facility in Rome. She was born Jan. 25, 1918, daughter of the late William Olin and
Edith Mae (Wilber) Heath in Franklin. She graduated from
Gilbertsville Central School, Class of 1932. Chris married Raymond Camp on Nov. 27, 1950, in Rhode Island. He
predeceased her March 27, 1972. She was employed as an inspector for Bendix Corporation in Sidney
when she retired in 1978. As an independent woman, Chris moved to
Garden City, S.C., where she resided until her health declined. She is survived by a sister, Beatrice Allen, of Rome; two brothers,
Frederick and his wife, Marilyn Heath, of Sidney, Daniel Heath of
Oneonta; a special niece, Connie Allen and husband Jan Sega, of
Holland Patent; special friends, Patti Aikens, of Albany, Alice
Butler, of South Carolina and Fran Reynolds, of South Carolina;
and several other nieces, nephews, cousins and great-nieces and
great-nephews. She is predeceased by four brothers, Richard, George, Wilber and
James Heath and two sisters, Florence Coon and Esther Birdsall. Friends may call Monday, June 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. at C.H. Landers
Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will follow
at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Sidney.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sidney
Emergency Squad or the Delaware Valley Humane Society, 101 East
Main St., Sidney. Chris's family thanks Dr. Mayou and staff at Waccamaw Community
Hospital, Rene Bligen and staff at Medical University of South
Carolina, Charleston, Dr. Todd, Becky, Patty, Traci, and all the
staff at Bethany Gardens Skilled Nursing Facility in Rome for the
wonderful care and attention she received at each of these
facilities. Published in The Daily Star on 6/2/2007.

The Otsego Farmer Otsego Farmer and Republican November 1936 WESTVILLE Mrs. Mort Camp Mrs. Louisa Pratt Camp, aged 88 years, wife of Mort Camp, died
early Thursday morning, Nov. 5. She had been in failing
health for a long time due to infirmities of old age and was
confined to her bed the most of the time the past four months. Funeral services were largely attended at her home on Eggleston
Hill Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. N. B. Ripley,
a former pastor of Westville Methodist church, and the Rev.
Wheaton P. Webb, the present pastor officiated. Flowers were
received from relatives and friends, the Westville Methodist
Ladies Aid and two pieces from the neighbors. Burial was made
in Westville cemetery. She was a life-long resident of this place being born here
November 30, 1847, a daughter of John and Ellen (Ferris)
Pratt. She is survived by her husband to whom she was married sixty-
three years ago; one brother, Freeman Pratt of this place,
and one sister, Mrs. Florence Holmes of White Plains. She was
a member of Westville Methodist Church. The Otsego Farmer Friday, November 13, I936 OBITUARY Mrs. Louisa Pratt Camp Mrs. Louisa (Pratt) Camp died at her home on Eggleston Hill in
the town of Middlefield Thursday morning of last week after a
lingering illness. She had been confined to bed for the past
four months. Mrs. Camp was born in the town of Middlefield November 30th,
1847, and was the daughter of John and Ellen Pratt. January
8th, 1873, she married Mortimer Camp, who survives. She also
leaves one brother, Freeman Pratt, of Westville, and a
sister,Mrs. Florence Holmes of White Plains. Mrs. Minnie
Eckler of Milford is a niece and there are many other nephews
and nieces and other relatives in this vicinity. The funeral was held from the home on Eggleston Hill, where she
spent the greater part of her life, Saturday at 2 o'clock.
The Rev. Wheaton Webb and the Rev. N. B. Ripley conducted the
services. Burial was made in the Westville cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Eugene M. Campagna MARYLAND _ Eugene M. Campagna, a very good man, passed away suddenly
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. He was 52. Gene was a graduate of the Unatego High School, attended the
University of Rochester and graduated from the State University
College at Oneonta. He was raised in Otego, lived in Unadilla and
most recently resided at Goodyear Lake. He worked at Amphenol
Corp. in Sidney as a machinist, an inspector and was the current
union president. He cared deeply about the local union members
and always did his best to represent them. Gene was very proud of
how they brought the factory back to life after the recent flood. Gene is survived by his wife of 29 years, Linda (Writer) Campagna;
three sons, Michael, David and Tyler Campagna; his mother and
stepfather, Josephine and Ray Anderson; sister, Gina Campagna;
Ray’s children, Heather Comstock, Deb Anderson and Brian
Anderson; and many aunts uncles and cousins. Friends may call Monday, Jan. 22. The family will be in attendance
from 2 to 4 p.m. and a memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. in
C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Gene was not fond of ceremony, therefore flowers and memorial gifts
are not necessary. A gift of fairness, tolerance, patience and
loyalty given freely to others would be the most fitting
remembrance of Gene. He died much too soon. Published in The Daily Star on 1/20/2007.

Francis Mitchell Campbell obit 5/31/1953 "Oneonta Star", Oneonta, NY F.M. Campbell Is Victim Of Accident Francis Mitchell Campbell, 82y of 3 Union St. Sidney , died Saturday morning in the
hospital there after he had been hit by a car while crossing River St . Mr. Campbell
a former Oneonta insurance and real estate man, was hit at 9 pm Friday and died at 9
am Saturday. Sidney village police said that none of the witnesses to the accident nor the driver of
the car saw the aged man until he was in the middle of the street. It was dark and
had just started to rain, police said. The car, police said, was driven by Clifford
Warner, 21, of 31 Willow St. Sidney. Dr. Ralph H. Loomis, Sidney , Delaware County
coroner, gave a verdict of accidental death. Police said death was attributed to
shock. Mr. Campbell's death brought to three the number of highway fatalities
recorded in Delaware County so far this year. Five persons have died on the highways
in Otsego County during the same period. Funeral for Mr. Campbell will be held at 1 pm Tuesday in C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel,
Sidney. The Rev. James Alcock, pastor of Chapin Memorial Universalist church, will
officiate. Burial will be in Schenevus Cemetery. He was born May 9, 1871 in
Westville, son of Aaron and Caroline (Reustle) Campbell. He married Mary Katherine
Burnside. He was a real estate and insurance man in Oneonta for many years. He had
lived in Sidney for the last 11 years. He attended Hartwick Seminary. Mr. and Mrs.
Campbell observed their 57th wedding anniversary May 9. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Keryl V. and Francis B., both of Sidney;
three sisters, Mrs. Georgianna Butler of Morris, Mrs. Edwin White of Rochester , Mrs.
Arthur Germond of Oneonta; a brother, Robert J. Campbell of Oneonta, and one
grandchild. Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 7 to 9 pm. today. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Grant Campbell obit Friday, April 6, 1934, "Otsego Farmer", Cooperstown, NY The death of Grant Campbell, a life-long and highly respected
resident of this vicinity, occurred at his home on Elm St on
Wednesday morning from double pneumonia and arteriosclerosis.
Mrs Campbell had been crippled for a long time with
arthritis. Grant Campbell was the son of Fenimore Campbell and Lucinda
(Ayers) Campbell. He was born in the town of Westford on Dec
14, 1869. At the age of three years, the family relocated to
Cooperstown. For 30 years he successfully operated a large
farm in Middlefield, and was known to all as a man of
sterling integrity, great industry, and devotion to his home,
family, and friends. Forty eight years ago he was united in
marriage to Margaret May Hardy of this village, who survives,
together with one sister, Mrs Arthur Wiliamson of Pasadena,
Calif, two brothers, Arthur of Cooperstown, Charles of
Oneonta, three daughters: Mrs Floyd Baldwin, Great
Barrington, Mass, Mrs William Davidson and Miss Margaret Mary
Campbell of Cooperstown, six sons: Ambrose Grant of Fly
Creek, Harry P., George, Richmond, Charles Arthur, and Robert
D. all of Cooperstown, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great-
grandchildren. Burial at Hartwick Seminary. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Robert Campbell obit "The Oneonta Star", Oneonta, NY 4/10/1970 Robert J. Campbell, 82, of 20 High Street in Oneonta, died Thursday,
April 9 in Fox Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the
Bookhout Funeral Home with the Rev. Eugene B. Umberger, pastor of
the First United Presbyterian Church of Oneonta, officiating.
Burial will be in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery. Mr. Campbell was
born August 30, 1887 in Westville, the son of Aaron and Caroline
(Reustle) Campbell. He married Marguerite Prouty on December 27,
1925 in Cobleskill. She died June 18, 1963. He later married
Edna Hulton VanCleve on August 18, 1964 in Oneonta. He was a
machinist for Scintilla – Bendix Corporation for many years, and
retired in 1957. He spent most of his life in Oneonta. He was a
life member of Apollo Lodge No. 13, F&AM of Troy, New York. He
attended the First United Presbyterian Church in Oneonta.
Surviving besides his wife are: one daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane
Powers, 76 County Club Road in Oneonta; four grandchildren;
Thomas Powers, stationed with the U. S. Army at Fort Leonard
Wood, Missouri; Terrance Powers, 8 Hubbell Ave. in Oneonta; and
Timothy and William Powers, both of 76 Country Club Road in
Oneonta; three nephews, Russell Germond and Velmore Campbell of
Sidney, and Stuart Butler of Clinton; one great-grandson and
several nieces. Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home at
their convenience. The family will be in attendance form 7-9
p.m. on Friday. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Stuart "Sparky" Campbell Stuart "Sparky" Campbell, 75 years young, of Fountain Hills, Ariz.,
began a new journey on March 29, 2007, after a five-year crusade
with melanoma cancer. Born on Aug. 7, 1931, in Oneonta, to Stanley and Ruth Campbell.
Raised in Unadilla, Sparky graduated from Alfred State College,
where he met his wife, Janet Carl, and was married Sept. 1, 1951. In addition to his wife, Sparky is survived by four daughters,
Patricia (Peter) Lauzze of Bath, Nancy Muller of Orlando, Fla.,
Susan (Thomas) Knapp of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Lori (Gary)
Wheeler of Peoria, Ariz. His greatest joys were his 10
grandchildren, Kevin (Holly) Lauzze, Dr. Sara Lauzze, Douglas
Muller, David Muller, Ryan Muller, Kierstan Schultz, Gabrielle
Schultz, Alexandra Schultz, Nicholas Wheeler and Lauren Wheeler.
He is also survived by two brothers, Walter and Stanley; and a
sister, Margaret. Sparky owned and operated Frey & Campbell, Inc., Vine City Supply and
Viking Mechanical. He worked alongside his many valued and
committed employees who were highly respected by him. Upon
retirement in 1986, Sparky enjoyed traveling, spending family
time at Keuka Lake, following the Phoenix Suns and Arizona
Diamondbacks and playing the slots. He was also known as the
"fastest draw of the west" with the dinner tab! A private graveside service at Pleasant Valley, will be held at the
convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of the
Valley, 1510 East Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656.
Sparky will be most remembered as a fun spirited friend by all
and is now at peace. His love for life will be cherished by those
who were fortunate to have been his friend … CHEERS! Published in The Daily Star on 4/3/2007.

Mrs. Edwin Carey CAREY: Mrs. Edwin Cary died Sunday at the Palmer House,
Cooperstown. The family have our sympathy in their
bereavement. The remains will be taken to Fort Plain for
interment. (June 3, 1887) Contributed by H. Geywit

George B. Carey CAREY: Dec. 4, 1886 - George B. Cary died at his residence in
this village this morning. Mr. Cary was one of our oldest
and most respected citizens and leaves behind him the record
of an honest man. He came from a family who were honored in
the days of the revolutionary war, his grandfather, Col.
Richard Cary serving through that war as an aid on
Washington's staff. Mr. Cary was a resident of this village
for the past 50 years and was always among the first to aid
enterprises calculated to advance the prosperity and welfare
of the community. He was one of the founders of St. John's
Episcopal Church and the present Methodist church here owes
its existence almost entirely to his untiring perseverance
and liberality. Although he was long past the allotted age
of man, Mr. Cary's intellect and vigor remained intact and
his loss will be long felt by those who knew and admired him.
The funeral will be held from the late residence Thursday at
2 p.m. (Richfield) Contributed by H. Geywit

Eva B. Cross Baldwin Cargin Obituary appeared in Oneonta Herald Jan 7, 1943 "Sister of Oneonta Police
Sergeant Passes Away" "Schenevus - Mrs Charles Cargin of Haskins died at the Callicoon hospital yesterday morning
after an illness since Dec 20. Funeral will be held from the Tillapaugh funeral Home
here at 1 Friday. Rev Louis VanEss, rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit, will officiate.
Burial will be in the family plot at Westville. Mrs Cargin was born in Maryland, Sept 16,
1871, a daughter of Isaac and Agnes (Veeder) Cross. She was twice married. Her first
husband was J.C. Baldwin of Westville. He died in 1907, and in 1921 she married Mr. Cargin
of Stalker, Pa, who survives with three children, Mrs. Clarence Austin, and Lynn Baldwin
of Oneonta, and Mrs Leslie Stevenson of Schenevus. Two brothers, Sgt Harry Cross of
Oneonta, and Leonard Cross of Maryland, and eight grandchildren also remain. They will
have the sympathy of many friends." Submitted by Judy Morgan

Lucretia Carpenter obit Wed, June 9, 1915 "Utica Daily Press", Utica, NY Mrs Lucretia Palmer Carpenter, widow of Charles Carpenter, died
early this morning. Lucretia Palmer was born in Exeter on
June 21, 1828. Her grandfather, Humphrey Palmer, served thru
the war for independence. Her father, true to his patriotic
ancestry, enlisted when only 12 and was in the War of 1812.
Too young for active duty, circumstances combined to make him
a drummer boy, and as such he served in the 2nd war for
independence. From the Palmer family, too, has come a long line of men in civil
life. In her girlhood, she married Charles Wellington
Carpenter who died 1 year after their golden anniversary.
This long wedded life was an example of unfailing devotion
and loyalty to one another. Survivors include 3 children:
Henry Carpenter, Miss Marion Carpenter, and Mrs Henry Tuttle,
and 1 sister, Mrs Beecher Higby. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Friday, April 27, 1945 The Otsego Farmer Raymond Carr Raymond Carr of Westville died at the Mary Imogene Bassett
hospital in Cooperstown, Monday night. Mr. Carr was born in Cooperstown August 2, 1922, and from early
childhood had resided with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ferris, this
place. Mr. Ferris died last year. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Feola, and a sister,
Mrs. George Harrison, both of Cooperstown; a brother, Corp.
Milton car, in service in Germany; his foster mother and a
foster brother, Clifford Ferris, at home. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Ferris Funeral
home, with the Rev. Wilbur C. Dodge, pastor of the Methodist
church, officiating. Burial will be in Westville cemetery. CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELE CULLETTO

Alfonsina (Lionetti) Carratu The Oneonta Daily Star Monday, December 7, 1935 Death of Mrs. Alfonsina Carratu, 73 years of age, occurred at 3:15 Sunday morning at the
Fox Memorial Hospital, as the result of complications. She had been ill about five weeks. She was an adherent of the Roman Catholic faith, and the funeral will be held at 9:30
Wednesday morning in St. Mary’s church. Friends may call to pay their respects between
7 and 9 o’clock this evening and Tuesday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S.G.
Puccio; 21 Rose Avenue. Mrs. Carratu, who was the widow of Vincent Carratu, was born in Italy November 2, 1862,
the daughter of Vincent and Caroline (Antonucci) Lionetti. Besides the daughter mentioned, she is also survived by a son, John Carratu of New York,
and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A brother, Matteo Lionetti, resided
in Philadelphia, Pa., according to the latest word received by relatives here. Submitted by Michael Cornell

Mrs. James Casler The Morris Chronicle, November 27, 1878. CASLER.- In Springfield Centre, Nov. 10th, Mrs. James Casler, daughter of Horace Wood, aged 31 years. (page 3)

obit "The Daily Star", July 1998 Manuel F. Castro ONEONTA — Manuel F. Castro, 68, one of the founders of ABD Securities,
a Wall Street investment firm, died Thursday, July 16, 1998, at his summer
home in Oneonta after a long battle with lung cancer. Manny, as he was familiarly known on the Street, was senior vice president
in charge of operations at ABD when he retired in 1985. Castro was born
in New York City and reared in Boston and Bridgewater, Mass. He
moved back to New York City in his early twenties, settling in
Brooklyn Heights, later residing in Forest Hills and Bellerose, Queens. He graduated from Hunter College and attended New York University
Graduate School. After retirement, he moved to Punta Gorda, Fla., where
he turned to the theater, becoming involved with The Charlotte Players. He
played leading roles in The Players' Mobile School Theater and featured
roles in "Guys and Dolls" and "South Pacific." Castro and his wife, Janet,
received the first Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Awards from The
Charlotte County Arts and Humanities Council in 1996. Castro is survived by his wife, Janet; two children, Anne, a
Minneapolis resident and Michael and his daughter-in-law, Jeanette, Cooperstown
residents and a half-brother, Stephan Pivacek in Vernon, Conn. A memorial
service will be held in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, on Sunday, Sept. 6. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Janette Palmer Cavana obit 3/29/1910 "Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Richfield Springs------Mrs Janette Cavana, who has many friends and relatives in this
vicinity, died at the residence of her son in law Dr. Gillman of Chicago, Illinois, a
few days since. Mrs Cavana had been a patient sufferer from cancer for the past
three years. She was the daughter of Layton Palmer & Sylvia Brown. Contributed by Judy Morgan

The Otsego Farmer May 26, 1916 Mrs. George Chamberlain Adda Cornish, the wife of George Chamberlain, died at her home
about two miles from Westville, Monday afternoon, of valvular
heart trouble, aged about sixty years. Surviving her are her
husband and seven children: Guy and Webster of Westville,
Rex of Oneonta, Mrs. Freeman Pratt and Mrs. Ernest Green of
Westville, Mrs. Bernice Peaslee and Mrs. Earl Wilber of
Oneonta. Mrs. Chamberlain will be sadly missed by the family
and by a wide circle of friends who held her in high esteem.
Her loss to the Westville Grange will be severe as she was a
constant attendant as long as her health permitted. The
funeral was held at the house, Wednesday, at 2 o'clock.
Burial at the Westville cemetery.—Our Westville Reporter. The Otsego Tidings, Milford, N.Y. May 25, 1916 Mrs. George Chamberlain The death of Addie Cornish, wife of George Chamberlain, occurred
at her home in Westville Monday, May 22, age 60 years.
Although having been in poor health for some time, death came
very suddenly Monday night. She is survived by her husband and seven children: Mrs. Freeman
Pratt, Mrs. Bernice Peaslee, Guy Chamberlain, Mrs. Earl
Wilbur, Rex Chamberlain, Webb Chamberlain and Mrs. Earnest
Green; also several grandchildren to whom much sympathy is
extended in their bereavement. The funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 o'clock at the
home, with burial in Westville cemetery. Mrs. Chamberlain was a sister of George Cornish of this village. Contributed by Michele Culletto

The Otsego Farmer December 3, 1920 George Chamberlain The body of George Chamberlain was laid at rest on Sunday
afternoon, November 28th, in the family plot in the Westville
cemetery. He had been a sufferer from Bright's disease for a
long time and death occurred on Thanksgiving Day, at the home
of his son,Webb Chamberlain. He was for a long time a
resident on Hooker Hill and a prominent member, in the
Westville Grange. He was a man of excellent character and
leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his death. He
leaves six children; Webb, on the old home farm. Rex, of
Oneonta, Mrs. Freeman Pratt of Westville, Mrs. Ernest Green,
of Elk Creek, Mrs. Earl Wilber of Cooperstown and Mrs. Peasly
and also several grand-children. His wife's death occurred a
couple of years ago and his son, Guy, with whom he had
resided, passed away about three months ago.—Our Westville
Reporter. Contributed by Michele Culletto

obit "The Daily Star", Dec 2002 Sidney Chamberlain SCHENEVUS — Sidney E. Chamberlain, 73, died unexpectedly on Monday,
Dec. 9, 2002, at his home. He was born July 16, 1929, in Westford,
the son of the late Carl and Blanche (Judkins) Chamberlain. obit "The Daily Star", Dec 2002 He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving from 1948 to 1952. He
served in Korea and obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Sid was
employed by Otsego County Highway Department for 20 years. He also at
one time worked for Holland Furnace in Oneonta and Doc Ginther in
Maryland as a well driller. He was a member of the Schenevus VFW Post
2752. Survivors include his wife, Marie M. (Carroza) Chamberlain, who he
married on June 29, 1952, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in
Schenevus; son, Warren Chamberlain of Schenevus; grandchildren, Robyn
and Tanner Chamberlain of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Lydia and her
husband, Bob Fay of Syracuse and Mary Lou and her husband, Jim Coty
of La Fayette; two brothers, Ray Chamberlain of Syracuse and Adelbert
Chamberlain of Mesa, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by a son, Kevin; three brothers, Carl, Julain and Richard;
a sister, Ione; and a nephew, Richard. The memorial service will be 2 p.m.,
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at the Schenevus United Methodist Church, with
the Rev. Thomas Snyder, pastor and the Rev. Rose Bellen, pastor of the
Westville Methodist Church, officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial with full military honors will be
in Schenevus Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the charity
of one's choice.Arrangements are by the Heller Funeral Home, 25 Arch St.,
Schenevus. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Friday, May 12, 1939 The Otsego Farmer Emmett J. Chase The death of Emmett J. Chase, a highly respected life long
resident of Otsego county, occurred this Thursday morning at
9 o’clock at the home of his grand-niece, Mrs. Earl C. Chase,
at Whig Corners, where he had resided since April, 1938. Mr. Chase was the son of William B. and Katherine M. (Becker)
Chase and was born in the town of Westford June 22, 1853.
May 29, 1879, he was united in marriage with Miss Alice
Misson who death occurred March 13, 1938. He was a man of
sterling character and a wide circle of friends will feel a
keen sense of loss in his passing. Mr. Chase in his early years resided in Westford and Westville
and for thirty years was employed by the Iroquois farm.
Twenty years ago he retired and lived in Pierstown until the
death of his wife when he went to make his home with his
grand-niece. Survivors are three nephews, Elmer Ferris of Otego, Charles
Ferris of Westville and John Potts of Florida. Other grand-
nieces are Mrs. Paul Michaels of Fly Creek, Miss Zoe Potts of
Rochester and Miss Dorothy Potts of Albany. Funeral services will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chase
at Whig Corners Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, DST. The Rev.
Dr. Wilbur S. Sheriff, pastor of the Cooperstown Baptist
church officiating, and burial will be made in the family
plot in Lakewood cemetery.. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Mrs. Fannie L. Chase SCHENEVUS-Mrs. Fannie L. Chase, 91, a resident of Brooksville, Florida, died
January 28, at the University Community Hospital, Tampa, Florida. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Heller Funeral Home, Schenevus,
with the Rev. Frederiick Rivenburg, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Schenevus cemetery. She was born on Sept. 9, 1877 at Westford, daughter of Delos and Betsy (Bostwick)
Baldwin. She was married to R.C. Chase who died in 1934. For the past 30 years she has been living in Brooksville and formerly resided in
the Westford and Schenevus area. Surviving are a granddaughter, Mrs. June Williams
of Brooksville; a grandson, Sherman Beilby of Lutz, Florida; several cousins,
nieces and nephews and several great grandchildren. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. (1969) Contributed by Robert A. Baldwin

The Otsego Farmer Friday, June 18, 1943 WESTVILLE Elbert Coats, Jr Elbert Coats, aged eighty-two, former Westville farmer for twenty
years, passed away May 28th at the home his daughter. Mrs.
Calvin J. Upham, at Hempstead, L. I. Death was due to a heart
ailment from which he had been suffering about two months.
Mr. Coats was born at Westville November 10. 1860, and grew
up on the farm. After his marriage to Miss Belle Sibley in
1881 he remained here on a farm now occupied by his nephew,
Mark C. Cadwell, for about twenty years. He then became a
salesman for Swift & Co., following this business for about
fifteen years. Later he moved to Long Island, where he was
superintendent of some large estates until his retirement
about ten years ago. Contributed by Michele Culletto

The Hempstead Sentinel August 1939 Mrs. Elbert Coats Mrs. Elbert Coats, a resident of Hempstead for the past 12 years,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Calvin J. Upham,
Ingraham Boulevard, on August 17, after a 5 months illness.
Mrs. Coats had been an active church member all her life,
having been a member of the Westville, N.Y. Methodist Church
since her youth. Until her recent illness she was active in
the local Methodist Church. Mrs. Coats was the former Mary Belle Sibley, born August 25,
1864, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She later lived in Middlefield,
N.Y. and in the vicinity of Cooperstown for many years. She
was married to Mr. Coats when only 17 years old. She used her
musical abily in many church activities, having played the
pipe organ at the Cooperstown Methodist Church for several
years. The verses of the last chapter of Proverbs numbers 25
- 31 seem to express to the family her character as expressed
in an unusually active life. Her association with youth seemed to be a necessity for her as
she had 3 daughters born at long intervals, one at 19, one at
29 and the third at 49. She remained remarkably youthful to
the end of her life and this constituted for her family a
feeling of pride at her great achievement. She felt she had
achieved what she had set out to do. With the marriage of her
youngest daughter less than a year ago, she seemed to have
achieved her great goal. Contributed by Michele Culletto

The Otsego Farmer April 19, 1895 Obituary Mrs Lucy A. Coats Mrs. Lucy A. Coats, widow of the late Elbert Coats (Sr.) of
Westville, died at her home after a long illness, April 8th,
aged 59 years and 8 months. She leaves two daughters, Mrs.
Ella Vandeveer of Westville and Mrs. Effie M. Cadwell of
Buffalo, and one son, Elbert Coats of Westville. The funeral
services were held on Wednesday, the Rev. Mr. McBride of this
village officiating. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Dewitt Clinton Cole Obituary - Columbus Republican Journal Dated: July 24, 1916
( Columbus, Wisconsin Columbia County) Dewitt Clinton Cole passed away at his home in Fall River last Monday morning at 9:30
o'clock after an illness of several months. He was born in Cherry Valley, Otsego County, N.Y., August 27th, 1844 and came to
Wisconsin some years later. He served faithfully during the civil war as a member of
the 11th Wis. Volunteer Infantry. On Oct. 29th, 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss
Rhoda Brace, who with five sons, Adrian, Clarence, Lester, Ernest, and Edgar are left
to mourn his loss. For many years , Mr. and Mrs. Cole lived on a farm in the town of Hampden and about
ten years ago moved to Fall River where they have resided since. Mr. Cole was a kind
husband and father and a good neighbor and friend and his death is sincerely mourned
by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at his late home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. I.W. Ellis
officiating and interment was in the Rio Cemetery. Contributed by Lori Driver

Cole Publication Date May 28, 1856 Death of son of Josiah Cole, of Roseboom, about 18 year sold, from being kicked by a
horse. Contributed by Lori Driver

"Lavina Viola Comstock" Lavina Viola Comstock of Upper East Street passed away with acute
Bright's disease at her mother's home, Mrs. Harris Chandler, Sunday
evening at 7:20 o'clock after an illness of a few days' duration
which was not critical until shortly prior to death. She attended
the Oneonta High School and was a member of the Freshman class. On
Thursday she attended school and was not confined to bed until
Sunday. She was born at Grant, July 15, 1915. She is survived by Gladys and
Evelyn, own and half sisters, respectively, and Caleb and Frederick,
own and half brothers, respectively; two grandmothers, Mrs. Mary J.
Seavey of St. Johnsville and Mrs. Mandy Rood of the state of Ohio, in
addition to her mother. Funeral services will be held from the home Wednesday afternoon at 2
o'clock under the direction of Rev. Herbert Randolph of the First
Methodist church, of which the girl was a member. The body will be
placed in the vault at Glenwood cemetery awaiting favorable weather
for interment. Card of Thanks We wish to express our thanks for the many acts of kindness shown us
by our neighbors and friends for flowers and use of cars during the
illness and following the death of our beloved daughter, Lavina V.
Comstock. Mr. and Mrs. Harris N Chandler, and children. Freshmen Given Oath Administration of the sportsmanship brotherhood oath was given to the
freshman class at the Oneonta High school yesterday afternoon by Miss
Edna Lawrence, vice principal at the institution. She also explained
the purpose of the organization and for what it stood for, and H. G.
VanDeusen, principal, also spoke to the class arranging plans for
sending flowers to the funeral of Miss Lavina Viola Comstock, member
of the class, who died Sunday night. Contributed by Robert Baldwin

Mrs. Ellen Cole died of heart attack. Widow of Jacob Cole had been in failing health
for two years - Funeral Services held tuesday. Antwerp, Nov. 3 - Mrs. Ellen Frances Cole, 78, died Thursday morning, Oct. 30 at 9:30,
at the home of her daughter in law, Mrs. Mary Cole. She had been in ill health for the
past two years, and MOnday she suffered a heart attack from which she failed to rally. She was born January 16th, 1852 at Cherry Valley, N.Y., a daughter of Peter A. and Nancy
Keller Nellis. She was married to Jacob Cole at Cherry Valley in the year 1873. He
resided all his life, with the exception of four years, which he served in the the Civil
War, in Antwerp on the old Cole farm homestead on Philadelphia Road at the Antwerp Town
line. The homestead has been in the Cole family for three generations and was recently
sold to Clarence Timmerman. The only surviving relative is Charles Nellis of Cherry Valley. He attended the funeral
service. Mrs. Cole has resided with Mrs. Mary Coel for the past fourteen years. Her only
son , Fred Cole died February 2, 1929. Mrs . Cole was one of the oldest members of the
Congregrational Church uniting in the year 1876. She was a faithful, devout Christian and attended church service every Sunday when health
permitted. She was a woman of beautiful Christian character and was loved by all who knew
her. the funeral service was held from her late home Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm, the Rev.
W.C Watson conducting the service. Burial was made at Hillside Cemetery in Antwerp. Submitted by lori driver Wisconsin

Norma Carr Collins SIDNEY — Norma Alice Carr Collins was born March 30, 1912, in
Butternuts [Gilbertsville], daughter of Helen “Nellie”
(Converse) Carr and William Truman Carr. She passed away May 3, 2005, at the Sidney Nursing Home Facility,
Sidney, Delaware Co. Norma Collins attended high school in Gilbertsville. She lived in
the Unadilla area most of her life. At one time, she planned
to study to become a caregiver of children. Although she
never attended a formal child-care program, Norma Collins was
widely recognized for her great love of children and her warm
care of many young people within her immediate family, the
family of her sister Helen Daniels and the broader community. The country home near Unadilla where she lived with her husband,
George L. Collins, after their marriage in 1950 was an
inviting place of happy memories for many people. Norma Collins was an active member of the Unadilla Baptist Church
for many years. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, George L.
Collins, her sister, Helen Daniels, and her grandson, David
Mott. She is survived by her two daughters from her earlier marriage to
Neil Gadsby Leonard, Alicia Leonard Pagano, Unadilla, and
Rita Leonard Mott and her husband, Clifford J. Mott,
Masonville; as well as her four stepsons, Walter Collins and
his wife, Beverly Collins, E. Lansing, Mich., Loren Collins
and his wife, Dottie Collins, Riverview, Fla., Robert Collins
and his wife, Jean-Ann, Errol, N.H., and Fred Collins,
Richmond, Va. Her combined family includes 17 grandchildren;
numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-
grandchildren. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. She will be
fondly remembered by all who knew her. The family wishes to thank the Masonville Library for their
thoughtful selection of books that provided Norma with many
pleasurable hours of reading. Thanks to her neighbor, Nelson Peterson, for the concern and care
he showed to her for many years as a good neighbor and
friend. Also, thanks to the staff of the Sidney Nursing Home Facility who
gave her excellent care during the last months of her life. A graveside service will be held at the Westville Cemetery in
Milford at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in her name to the Unadilla Baptist Church. Arrangements are by the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney. Contributed by Doni Wright

Thayer Congdon obit June 2, 1960, "Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Thayer Congdon, 73, died Saturday after a short illness. He was born in the town of
Springfield 11/29/1886. He was the son of Frank & Cylda Thayer Congdon. He
married Bertha McManus of Springfield who died in 1941. They operated a farm on
Allen's Lake Rd. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs William Layman of Morris, a daughter, Mrs Robert Jump
of Hobart, 2 sons, Franklin of the Canandaigua Veterans Hospital, Vaughn
Congdon of Richfield Springs, and 5 grandchildren. Burial in Lakeview Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Oneonta Daily Star December 8, 1922 Page 6 Death of Helen M. Cool Hartwick, December 7, --- Helen Mary Cool, 12 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray
Cool of Gardnertown, died Thursday following a ten days’ illness from Diabetes. The
funeral will be held from the home on Sunday at 2 o’clock, Rev. Newer of the Mt. Vision
Baptist church officiating. Internment will be made at Mt. Vision. The little girl was
born on January 2, 1910, and was the only child of Ray and Ethel (Evans) Cool. She was
a student at the Welcome school and also attended church and Sunday school. The sympathy
of all will be extended to the bereaved parents, who alone survive. Oneonta Daily Star December 13, 1922 Page 11 Helen M. Cool Laid at Rest in Mt. Vision Cemetery. New Lisbon, Dec. 12. ---- Funeral services for Helen Mary Cool, beloved daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cool, were held Sunday afternoon at the family home at Gardnertown,
with a large attendance of neighbours and friends, gathered to pay a last tribute of
love and respect. Rev. W. E. Newer, pastor of the Baptist church at Mt. Vision,
officiated. The floral tributes from relatives and friends were many and beautiful. The remains
were laid at rest in the cemetery at Mt. Vision. Lloyd Gregory, Byron Fuller, Howard
Harrington, and Glenn Tilley being the bier men. Left to mourn her early demise, besides her parents, are her great grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. James Raymond, and two uncles, Frank Evans of Hartwick and Burt Raymond of
Mt. Vision. To the grief-stricken family, sincere sympathy is extended. Submitted by Hank Hardisty

Seth Cook Oneonta Herald, December 12, 1839, Vol. I, No. 14. In Houston city, (Texas) on the 2d of October, Mr. SETH J. COOK, late of Cooperstown, N. Y., of the prevailing epidemic. Of the deceased, the Houston Telegraph says: "It will be gratifying to his relatives and friends to learn that he was attended to his narrow home, by a large concourse of citizens, and that the solemn rites of the funeral service for the dead were performed by an Episcopal clergyman. He was by strangers honored and by strangers mourned." (page 3)

The Rev. Scott M. Cooke
News was received here Monday of the death of the Rev. Scott Melville Cooke which occurred
in the morning in Otego, where he went last spring. Death came as a release after months
of suffering and though Mr. Cooke’s friends here sorrow to learn that he is no more yet
they realize that he has now found the peace and rest that were denied him during the
latter part of his life. Mr. Cooke was b orn near Otego 63 years ago and the greater part of his ministry was spent
in the Galilea Mission, connected with Calvary church, New York, where he was for fifteen
years, and as rector of St. John’s in this village and St. Luke’s, Monticello where he
spent nearly twelve years, coming here the early part of 1897 and severing his connection
here the first of November 1908. He is survived by his wife and by two sons. Dr. Willis
Cooke of Otego and Dr. Almon Cooke of Buffalo. Mr. Cooke was an earnest worker in the Church and during his rectorship here was always
faithful to its interests. The sympathy of many friends here is extended to his widow who
devoted herself to his care. The funeral was held at Otego. Tuesday at two o’clock. Published Richfield Mercury 1909 Contributed by Rene' Treffeisen

Friday, September 3, 1999 The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY Jean E. Cooper WATERVILLE — Jean E. Cooper, 79, of Madison Street, passed away
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, as a result of a motor vehicle
accident. She was born Sept. 20, 1919, in Milford, the daughter of the late
Stanley K. and Frances Saxton Martin and was educated in
Milford schools. On Feb. 10, 1942, in Milford, she married Forrest Cooper, Jr.
The Cooper's have resided in Waterville since 1952. At one
time, Mrs. Cooper was employed part-time with McLaughlin's
Department Store in Waterville. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Milford. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Jean is survived by her husband, Forrest; one daughter and son-
in-law, Jan and Robert Diana of Waterville; two sons and
daughters-in-law, Bruce and Deborah Cooper of Lapeer, Mich.,
and Kipp and Jane Cooper of Norwich; one sister and brother-
in-law, Carol and Ward Green of Schenevus; one brother and
sister-in-law, Stanley and Ruth Martin of Milford; a brother
-in-law and his wife, James and Betsey Cooper of Candor; nine
grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and
nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Lois Jewell; and a grandson.
The funeral will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Kloster-
Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main. St., Waterville,
with the Rev. Judith Vogel officiating. Calling hours are
Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m., before the funeral. In her memory, please consider the First United Methodist Church
of Waterville, 214 Madison St., Waterville, N.Y. 13480. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Gertrude H. Cornell Oneonta Daily Star Tuesday, May 4, 1999 ONEONTA — Gertrude H. Cornell, 86, of Oneonta, died Monday morning, May 3, 1999, at
the A.O. Fox Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 22, 1912, in Otego, the daughter of Claude J. and Lena (Enderlin)
Herring. Gertrude married Freeland R. Cornell on Oct. 3, 1936, in Oneonta. They were married for
57 years until Freeland's death on Dec. 30, 1993. She graduated from Cornell School of Nursing, New York City, in 1933, and received a
bachelor's of science degree in public health nursing from Syracuse University in 1961.
Gertrude was the city of Oneonta public health nurse and then became an Otsego County
public health nurse and retired in 1974. After her retirement she did volunteer work
at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital. Gertrude was a past president of the Oneonta Garden Club and member of the Main Street
Baptist Church. Gertrude is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Eileen Cornell; a daughter
and son-in-law, Lois and William Knowles of Sidney; seven grandchildren; nine
great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 1999, at the Bookhout
Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Norman Moran officiating. Burial
will follow at the Oneonta Plains Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Gertrude's memory to the Catskill Area Hospice,
542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820. Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Homes, Oneonta and Otego Submitted by Michael Cornell

James E. Cornell ONEONTA — James E. Cornell, 63, of Oneonta, died Wednesday, May 17,
2000, at the Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany. Jim was born on Feb. 17, 1937, in Oneonta, the son of Ralph and
Evelyn (Sobers) Cornell Sr. He married Mary Jane Campbell Powers on Oct. 25, 1980. She
predeceased him on March 10, 2000. He served as a medic in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1958.
During his working career, Jim was an operating room technician at
Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City and The Hospital in Sidney. He was a member of St. Mary's Church. He is survived by his stepsons and their spouses, Tom and Gloria
Powers of Berlin Center, Ohio, Terry and Kathy Powers of Ballston
Lake, Tim and Cherie Powers of Worcester, and Bill Powers of Oneonta;
eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived
by two brothers, Ralph Cornell Jr. of Bainbridge and Lewis Cornell of
Sidney; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and
cousins. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 22, 2000, at 10 a.m. in
the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, with the
Rev. Robert Longobucco, associate pastor of St. Mary's Church,
officiating. Burial will be in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before service time on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta. Contributed by Robert Baldwin

Mary J. Cornell ONEONTA — Mary Jane (Powers) Cornell, 73, of Oneonta, died Friday,
March 10, 2000, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta. She was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Easton, Pa., the daughter of Robert J.
and Marguerite (Prouty) Campbell. She was first married to William J. Powers on Feb. 10, 1945. He died
March 9, 1959. On Oct. 25, 1980, she married James E. Cornell.
Mrs. Cornell retired in 1989 from A.O. Fox Hospital, where she worked
as a lab technician for more than 30 years. She enjoyed playing cards and looked forward to her weekly card club.
She enjoyed reading, along with sharing special times with her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, James E. Cornell of Oneonta; her
children and their spouses, Thomas and Gloria Powers of Berlin
Center, Ohio, Terrance and Kathryn Powers of Ballston Lake, Timothy
and Cherie Powers of Worcester and William Powers of Oneonta. She is
also survived by eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two
cousins and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Sunday, March 12, 2000, at 4 p.m. in
the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta, with the Rev. Robert
Longobucco, associate pastor of St. Mary's Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the spring in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
Friends may call on Sunday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until
service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta. Contributed by Robert Baldwin

Vernor Lawrence Cornell The Oneonta Daily Star September 17, 1936 Accident Victim Dies of Injuries Vernor Cornell Succumbs to Fractured Skull Received When Hit by Car Last Month Vernor Cornell, aged 62, of Oneida Street succumbed about 6 o’clock yesterday morning
to injuries received one month ago last night when he was struck by an automobile while
crossing the road near his home. He had been a patient in the Fox Hospital since then,
suffering from a fractured skull and other injuries. His funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon at the Oneonta Plains Methodist
church of which he was a loyal member. Rev. L.A. Dodson of Bethany, Pa., his former
pastor, will officiate and burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Jefferson. The deceased was a son of Henry and Viola (Mickle) Cornell and was born in the town
of Gilboa July 31, 1874. He and Miss Malinda Fredenburg were married at Gilboa February
1, 1899 and they had resided at Oneonta Plains since 1925. Mr. Cornell was employed at
Cathedral Farms. He leaves Mrs. Cornell; five sons, and a daughter: Vernor H. Cornell of Gilboa, Arthur
Cornell of Unadilla Forks, Freeland, Carl, Marvin, and Miss Fannie Cornell at home;
his mother, Mrs. Viola Greer of Meridale; a brother, Ross Cornell of Delancy; a sister,
Mrs. Frank Selleck of Meridale; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Cornell stood high in the esteem of those who knew him and his family will have the
sympathy of many friends in their loss. Contributed by: Michael Cornell

The Otsego Farmer Abigail Cornish March 4, 1892 WESTVILLE.—Mrs. Abigail Cornish died Feb. 18th, 1892, aged nearly
ninety-one years. She had been quite well during the winter,
until attacked by the grip, when she failed rapidly. Nearly
all if not all of Mrs. Cornish's life was spent in this
immediate neighborhood, and being of observing mind, with
wonderful retentive memory, she knew and was able to relate
much of its early history that is now lost to human
recollection. She was long a member of the Baptist church. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Decemeber 8, 1959 Otsego Farmer PFC Alton B. Cornish The body of PFC Alton B. Cornish, who was killed in action on
January 31, 1944 will arrive in Oneonta Thursday. Provate
Cornish served in Italy with the 36th Engineers in World War
Two. He was the youngest son of Henry and Anna (Doolittle)
Cornish. A funeral service, in charge of the American Legion Post, will be
held at the Milford Cemetery Friday at 2. Rev. Philip
Pitcher, pastor of the Milford Methodist Church will
officiate. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. George F. Cooper; Four brothers,
Horace P. and Willard H. of Milford; Douglas C. of Albany,
and Norman D. of Albany; a half-brother, Harold Doolittle of
Cherry Valley and his grandmother, Mrs. George Cornish of
Schenevus. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Friday, March 14, 1952 The Otsego Farmer Mrs. Annie J. Cornish Mrs. Annie J. Cornish of Schenevus, died Tuesday morning of this
week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Marshall Webster,
after an illness of about two months. She was 90 years old. Mrs. Cornish was born October 13, 1861, in the Town of
Middlefield, daughter of James and Amelia (Son) Saxton. She
later was married to George H. Cornish, who passed away in
1927. Mrs. Cornish had taught in the district scools of the vicinity of
Milford and Westville for many years and after the death of
her husband had lived in Oneonta. She came to Schenevus and
made her home with her daughter about ten years ago. She was
a former member of the Milford Methodist church. She is survived by two sons, Judson Cornish of Binghamton and
Paul Cornish of Altamont; four daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth
Luther of Milwaukee, Mrs. Scott Russell of Hartwick, Mrs.
Clifford Webster of Unadilla, and Mrs. Marshall Webster of
Schenevus; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Smith and Mrs. Belle
Bowen, both of Cooperstown; one brother, James Saxton Jr. of
Springfield Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon of
this week at the Potter Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lynn H.
Brown, pastor of the Schenevus Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be later in Milford cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto

obit "Oneonta Daily Star", Oneonta, NY 10/4/1981 Leta Cornish MILFORD-------Mrs Leta Cornish, 75, of Milford, died Friday, Oct 2,
at her residence. She was born July 27, 1906, in Decatur, the
daughter of Edward and Orrie (Baldwin) Persons. She married
Horace Cornish Sept 21, 1924, in Milford, He died March 6, 1980.
Mrs Cornish was a member of the Milford First Presbyterian
Church, honorary member of the Milford Fish and Game Club, and
she was a past member of the Milford Fire Dept Auxiliary. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs Fred Latta, of Feura Bush, and
Miss Clare Persons, of Albany, a brother, Warren Persons, of
Slingerlands, two sons, Howard and Bernard, both of Milford, six
daughters, Mrs Ernest (Jean) Renwick, of Oneonta, R.D. Mrs
Willard (Esther) Douglas, of Edmeston, Mrs Robert (Geraldine)
Houlihan, Mrs William (Verna) John, and Mrs Joyce Winters, all of
Albany, and Mrs Norman (JoAnn) Vass of Milford, two
sisters-in-law, 30 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct 5, at the First
Presbyterian Church, Milford, with the Rev. Robert E. Herst,
pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown,
officiating. Burial will be in Milford Cemetery. Friends may
call Monday morning at Tillapaugh Funeral Home, Milford. Contributed by Judy Morgan

obit 3/8/1922, "Oneonta Daily Star", Oneonta, NY John B. Cox Hartwick---March 7---Death came suddenly last nght to John Cox, residing about a mile
outside of the village. Although he had been in poor health for the past year,
there were no symptoms of being in a serious condition. About 11 p.m. last night he
complained of not feeling well, and fell dead on the floor. Cause of death was heart
failure. He had spent most of his life in this vicinity, and was a highly respected
farmer. Surviving are his wife who was the former Mrs Augusta House, 3 children, Mrs George
Manley, Hartwick, by his 1st wife Sophie Dingman, and Mrs Ethel Wellman of Rochester
and John, Jr. by his 2nd wife, are living at home. He also leaves a brother Jacob
Cox of Milford. The funeral will be Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Rev. J.T.
Dillon pastor of Christ Church officiating. Interment will be in Hartwick Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan

John M. Cox obit 9/21/1972, "Daily Press", Utica, Oneida Co, NY New Berlin---John M. Cox, 77, of this community, died Tuesday at
his home on West St. He was born in the town of Hartwick, a
son of John and Augusta Dingman Cox. He spent his childhood
in Hartwick and attended local schools there. In 1928 he
married Margaret Balcom in W. Exeter. He was formerly
employed at Power House, Hartwick, worked at various farms in
the area, and also was a former town highway employee. He leaves a wife and a son John D., with the Army at Ft Polk, La.
The funeral will be Friday from Dakin Funeral Home with
burial at St Andrews Cemetery, New Berlin. Contributed by Judy Morgan

obit Dec 19, 2002 "The Daily Star" Edith M. Crandall ONEONTA — Edith (Edie) M. Crandall, 63, of Oneonta passed away
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at the Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in
Stamford. She was born April 8, 1939, in Morris, the daughter of
Aaron P. and Edna Eldred. She worked for many years, until her
retirement, as a housekeeping manager for the Super 8 Motel in
Oneonta. Edith will be remembered for her very strong faith and her dedication
as a member and volunteer at the Salvation Army Church, where she
taught Sunday School. Edith was a loving, caring mother and
grandmother and will be deeply missed by her children and
grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Merlin Crandall, of Oneonta; her
three daughters, Valerie Hoffman and Edward Keeley of Davenport
Center, Laurie Hanvey and Chad Smith of East Meredith, and
Christie Southern of Binghamton. Four brothers, Benjamin Eldred
and his spouse, Melody of Oneonta, Donald Eldred and his spouse,
Kerrie of Oneonta, Kenneth Eldred of Oneonta, and Harold Hammon
of Maryland; a sister-in-law, Elsie Davis; many nieces and
nephews. Her parents and a brother, Aaron Eldred Jr. predeceased her. Funeral and committal services will be held Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, at
2 p.m. in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with
the Capt. Michael Knepp of the Salvation Army Church officiating.
Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home from noon until the
time of the funeral service at which time the family will be in
attendance. Burial will take place in the spring in Hillington Cemetery, Morris.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice &
Palliative Care Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820. Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta. Contributed by Judy Morgan

WELLINGTON CRIPPEN. Wellington Crippen an aged and former resident of this place, died at
the home of his son, Eugene, in Worcester, on Thursday last, at the
advanced age of 82 years. He is survived by a wife and three sons, Eugene with whom he resided,
Herbert, of Unadilla, and Julian, of Oneonta. The funeral was held Saturday and the remains taken to Elk Creek for
interment. Contributed by Robert Baldwin

Sunday, May 13, 1934 The Utica Observer-Dispatch Mrs. William Cunningham Cooperstown--- Mrs. William Cunningham, 71; a life-long resident
of Middlefield Center, died at the family home Friday
afternoon, following a four-year period of declining health. Mrs. Cunningham was the former Anne McDonald, and was born July
13, 1862 in Middlebury Township, being the daughter of
William and Johanna McAcliff McDonald. She was married to
William Cunningham of Middlefied Center, January 20, 1886.
The husband survives, as does also one son, Howard L.
Cunningham of Middlefield Center: a daughter, Miss Dorothy H.
Cunningham, residing at home, and an only sister, Mrs. Effie
Cunningham of Middlefield Center. Mrs. Cunningham was president of the Church Aid Society,
Superintendent of the Sunday school and for more than 20
years she had officiated as secretary and treasurer of the
Karatongah District Sunday School Association. She had also
acted for many years as president of the Missionary Society. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Friday, April 12, 1940 The Otsego Farmer William Cunningham William Cunningham passed away at his home in Middlefield Center
Saturday afternoon April 6th at 1:45 o’clock after a long and
lingering illness. He was born September 18, 1862 in the town of Middlefield, the
son of William John and Margaret (Higgins) Cunningham. On
January 20, 1886 he was united in marriage with Miss Anna
McDonald of Middlefield Center, who passed away May 11, 1934. Mr. Cunningham united with the Middlefield Center Presbyterian
church in 1886 and was a loyal and faithful member as long as
health permitted and had served in several capacities on its
official boards. At the time of his death he was a member of
the church session. His entire life was spent in the Town
of Middlefield and fifty-five years of it on the farm where
he died. Mr. Cunningham was well known and had a wide circle of friends. Surviving are one son, Howard L. Cunningham and a daughter, Miss
Dorothy Cunningham both of Middlefield center. Also four
nephews. Funeral services were held from his late home Tuesday afternoon
at 2 o’clock. The Rev. D.H. Murray of Middlefield Center
officiated. Interment was made in the village cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto

Gladys Curry obit Thurs, June 1, 1967, "The Otsego Farmer", Cooperstown, NY Mrs Gladys H. (Light) Curry aged 67, Schuyler Lake, died Tuesday
May 30 at Woodside Hall following a long illness. Mrs Curry
was born April 26, 1900 in the town of Otsego (Fly Creek
Village), a daughter of Purl and Nellie (Dingman) Light. She
was married to George Curry Sept 9, 1919 in East Syracuse.
Survivors include a daugher Mrs Truman Davis, Schuyler Lake,
a son Herman Curry, Schuyler Lake, 7 grandchildren, 2
sisters: Mrs Lilah Ainslie, Sidney Center, and Mrs Lulah
Foster, Homer, a brother, Laverne Light of Cooperstown,
several nieces and nephews, and an aunt Mrs Grace Hotaling of
Schuyler Lake. The funeral will be held Friday June 2 at 2
pm at Schuyler Lake Universalist Church. Burial will be in
Schuyler Lake Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Joseph B. Cushman obit June 1909, "Richfield Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY The death of Joseph B. Cushman occurred suddenly Saturday after
an illness of only a few minutes. He complained of a pain in
his stomach. The Rev. Frank Holkerk was calling on Mr
Cushman and his wife at the time, when they went to the
dining room and found Mr Cushman unconscious and he died
immediately. He was born 5/28/1834 and was married 2 times. First to Mary
Jane Dingman and on 1/5/1905 he married Adelaide E. Daunt?
He is also survived by 4 children: Mrs R.M. Bigelow of this
place, Mrs Edward Wall and Mrs C.H. Mowers of Syracuse, and
Mrs William Simmons of Little Falls, 3 brothers, Leonard
Cushman, William Cushman, and George Cushman, and 2 sisters,
Mrs Ruth Wiltse of Burlington, Vt, and Mrs E.E. Conklin of
Fly Creek. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Mary Jane Dingman Cushman obit 3/12/1903 "Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Mrs Joseph B. Cushman (Mary Jane Dingman), was born Sept 1837 in
Portlandville. Her maiden name being Mary Jane Dingman. In
Sept 1857, she married Joseph B. Cushman. In 1866 they moved
to this village and resided here until her death. For many
years she had not known blessed health, and yet her household
was in order and comfort in spite of the trials of sickness. The rest of the obit is cut off. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Anna Curtiss The Morris Chronicle, Nov. 20, 1878 CURTISS.- In Unadilla, Nov. 10th, Anna Curtiss, wife of Lysander Curtis, age 79 years and 7 months. Mrs. C. was a sister of Mr. Nathan Lull of this town [Morris]. (page 3)

Janet Decker Darling The Oneonta Daily Star April 10, 2002 GILBERT, S.C. — Janet M. (Decker) Darling, 48, formerly of Oneonta, N.Y., and most
recently of Gilbert, S.C., died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Newberry
County Hospital in Columbia, S.C. She was born on Oct. 29, 1953, in Oneonta, the daughter of William H. and Margaret M.
(Wilcox) Decker. She married Timothy Darling on April 16, 1977, in Oneonta. Janet was a graduate of Oneonta High School and Albany Medical School of Nursing. While living in Gilbert, S.C., she held several positions as a registered nurse.
Before that, while living in Oneonta, she worked in the intensive care unit of
A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital. Janet was always held in high regard for her heart-giving ways in helping people. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Darling, of Gilbert, S.C.; her mother,
Margaret Wilcox Decker of Oneonta; three brothers, Thomas Decker of Fitzwilliam,
N.H., William Decker of Athol, Mass., and Robert Decker of Mission Viego, Calif.;
three sisters, Carol Forman-Pemberton of Burnt Hills, Kathleen Byrum of Syracuse,
N.Y., and Marianne Carter of Lake Oswego, Ore.; along with 16 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, William H. Decker, in 1999. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 10 a.m.,
in St. Mary's Church, Oneonta, with the Rev. Anthony Chiaramonte officiating. Burial
will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Emmons. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice,
542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta. Submitted by Michael Cornell

Harry S. Darrow DARROW: In this village, March 25, 1892, Harry S., son of Wm. E.
and Emma Darrow, aged 22 years, 4 months. Harry S. Darrow
was born in this village and has always resided here. He was
naturally inclined to a consumptive nature and the power of
la grippe which he suffered a year ago, worked great injury
to his health and he began to fail fast a few weeks ago, and
it was soon apparent that that dreaded disease, consumption ,
was sure to destroy his life. Harry had always lived at home
with his people and being in a public house had formed a
large circle of acquaintances who deplore the death of one
just entering upon the life of manhood. His funeral will be
held from the Darrow House, tomorrow at 3 p.m. Contributed by H. Geywit

Sam B. Darrow DARROW: Dec. 25, 1893: On Monday morning, Sam B. Darrow, son of
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Darrow, closed his earthly career after a
struggle with consumption for a year or more. He was twenty
-one years and eight months of age. He had acquired a wide
acquaintance by living in the hotel and had a cordial way
which made him a host of warm friends among the many who have
been guests of the Darrow House as well as among his
associates in town. It became quite certain last spring that
the dread disease had gained too firm a hold to be hindered
and a visit to the Adirondacks was tried but without aid to
his health. The funeral takes place at the Darrow House at 2
o'clock today. Contributed by H. Geywit

Marshall Austin Dart Oneonta Daily Star April 14, 1952 A. M. Dart, 53, Is Victim Of Accident Sidney—A 53-year-old Scintilla worker was drowned yesterday when his boat overturned
at the East Sidney dam spillways—the second drowning at the scene within a year. Austin M. Dart of Otego RD 1 was the victim of the accident which happened at 12:55
p.m. Lawrence V. Cornell, 29, Mr. Dart’s son-in-law, also of Otego, was in the boat at the
time it capsized, but managed to fight his way out of the swift waters with the aid of
a passersby. According to reports filed with the Sidney State Troopers barracks, the two men were
fishing near the spillways in the boat. It was thought that the two open spillways pulled the boat into the rough water where
it overturned. Mr. Cornell was swept downstream where he was aided to the shore by a man identified as
Pat Hamilton. The two men saw Mr. Dart swimming toward a nearby ledge but upon arriving at the scene
were unable to find him. Mr. Dart’s body was recovered by State Troopers L. R. Frear and P. P. Gromacki at 2:15
p.m. by use of grappling hooks. It was necessary to close the dam gates in order to
recover the body. Dr. F. J. Young of Sidney, Delaware County coroner, issued a verdict of accidental death. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Otego Methodist Church, with the
Rev. Luke W. Hovey, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Otego Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. Dart was born December 19, 1898, at Otego, the son of Smith M. and Sarah Jane
(Ferguson) Dart. He married Maude F. Joslin on May 27, 1922, at Carbondale, Pa. Contributed by: Michael Cornell

Walter 'Bob' Dart The Oneonta Daily Star April 4, 2000 PORTLANDVILLE — Walter "Bob" Dart, 82, of Portlandville and Zephyrhills, Fla., died
unexpectedly on Sunday, March 19, 2000, at his winter home in Zephyrhills, Fla., one
day prior to his 83rd birthday. He was born on March 20, 1917, in Oneonta, the son of the late Austin and Tillie
Osterhout Daniels Dart. He was predeceased by his first wife, Vivian Decker Dart, on Aug. 1, 1988. He is survived by his wife, Fanny Cooper Dart of Portlandville and Zephyrhills, Fla.;
sons, Ronald Dart and his wife, Jaqueline, of Wayland, Mass., and Richard Dart of
Austin, Texas; daughter, Barbara Crawford and her husband, Jim, of Otego; stepdaughter,
Verna Strong, and her husband, Ken, of Georgia; three grandchildren, Erica Dart, David
Dart and Jamie Crawford; sister, June Cornell, and her husband, Larry; brothers, Leon
Dart and his wife, Clara, and Ted Dart and his wife, Kathleen. Mr. Dart graduated from Milford Central School. In the early years, he worked for the
McClory Brothers in Milford, the Shines Theater and the Palace Theater in Oneonta.
He then worked as a custodian for the Milford Central School for 20 years until his
retirement. Bob was known for playing with the Ernie Russ Orchestra for 50 years, and then with
the Old Favorites for several years after. A memorial service will be held on May 19, 2000, at 11 a.m. at the Milford Center
Baptist Church, Route 28, Milford Center, with Pastor Steve Fournier officiating.
Interment will be in the Milford Center Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Portlandville
Methodist Church in Bob's memory. Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta. Submitted by Michael Cornell

Mrs. Emmer Davis West Winfield--Mrs. Emmer Davis, 70, wife of William L. Davis, died Apr. 28, 1947,
in her home. She was born Sept. 17, 1876, in the Town of Plainfield, a daughter
of John T. and Ann Pritchard Davis. She received her education in local schools. On Dec. 27, 1899, she was married to William L. Davis, in West Exeter. Afterwards,
they lived on a farm in Plainfield until a few years ago when they moved to West
Winfield. She was a member of the Congregational Church here. Surviving are her husband; two sons, Milburn, Richfield Springs, and Kenneth, West
Winfield; two brothers, William E., West Exeter and R. Price Davis, San Luis
Obispo, Calif.; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be from the Wilcox Funeral Home at 2 p.m. tomorrow, with the Rev.
Charles Sabine, Ouaquaga, and the Rev. Cyrus Gonigan, West Winfield,
officiating. Burial will be in Unadilla Forks Cemetery. Contributed by Jayne Szaz

John R. Davis [1939] John Reese Davis died suddenly Saturday night, March 25th, at his home just outside
this village, of a heart attack. Apparently Mr. Davis was in his usual health
and Saturday evening, shortly after 9 o'clock, went to the barn, when after an
absence of about thirty minutes he did not return, Mrs. Davis called to him.
Upon receiving no answer, she went to look for him and found him lying just
outside the barn door where he had fallen. Evidently death was instantaneous. Mr. Davis was the eldest son of the late Lewis R. Davis and Gwen Jones Davis. He was
born September 4, 1871, in the town of Bridgewater. December 31, 1902, he was
married to Laura Pugh of Exeter. After their marriage they came to this village
where they lived several years. Later they moved to Plainfield where Mr. Davis
was engaged in farming. March 1, 1926 they purchased a farm just outside this
village which they were occupying when Mr. Davis died. He was a highly respected man, upright and honest in all his dealings, a kind
husband and good neighbor and will be greatly missed in this village and
community where he had many friends. He was one of the oldest members of Mt. Markham Lodge, No. 813, I. O. O. F. of this
village and was much interested in Odd Fellowship. Besides his wife, Mr. Davis is survived by two brothers, William Davis and Lewis
Davis of West Exeter, three sisters, Mrs. W. H. Adams, Mrs. Homer King and Miss
Elizabeth Davis of this village, several cousins and several nephews. Funeral services were held from his late home Wednesday at 2:00 o'clock, conducted
by the Rev. Kenneth Bliss, pastor of the Baptist church. The bearers were Dr. Kenneth Davis, James Davis, Paul Davis, Milburn Davis, Harold
Davis and Ernest Davis. Burial was made in the local cemetery. The sympathy of all is extended to Mrs.
Davis, who has been a faithful wife and companion for nearly 37 years, and to
the brothers and sisters in their loss. Contributed by Jayne Szaz

John T. Davis Mourned in Unadilla Forks John Davis Dies After Pneumonia Illness (died April 20, 1917) Was Old and Respected Resident Unadilla Forks, April 20 - By the death of John Davis, which occurred today
following an illness of several months, this village loses one of its oldest and
most respected residents. Mr. Davis suffered an attack of pneumonia this winter
from which he never recovered and he had failed since the death of his wife in
December. John T. Davis was born in Wales, June 6, 1829. His educational facilities in the old
country were very limited. He came to the United States in 1856 and at once
found work as a farmer. He purchased a tract of land in the town of Plainfield,
Otsego County, remaining on it for 51 years. In 1913 he took up his residence in
the village of Unadilla Forks, though still retaining the ownership of the farm.
His political preference was Republican and he voted that ticket regularly. The
only office he ever held was that of commissioner of highways for one term. He
was a member of the Plainfield Center Congregational Church for something like
50 years, and was leader of the church choir a long time several years ago. Mr. Davis married Miss Ann Pritchard of Waterville September 28, 1860. She died last
December. The children who survive are Mrs. Ellen Adams of Unadilla Forks,
Thomas M. Davis of Ashtabula, O., William E. and M. P. Davis of West Exeter,
Mrs. Anna Adams of Unadilla Forks, Mrs. David Pugh of New Berlin, William L.
Davis of West Winfield and R. Price Davis of Ipswich, Mich. The deceased was a faithful, industrious man, a good farmer and a good citizen. He
and his wife brought up a fine family of children, all of whom are doing well.
He had an enviable reputation and was much esteemed in the community where he
lived. His declining years were attended by poor health and through it all he
sought to do the best he could under all circumstances, conducting Contributed by Jayne Szaz

Mrs. Laura Davis Unadilla Forks--Mrs. Laura Pugh Davis, 64, widow of John Davis, died Nov. 6, 1942,
in the home of Mrs. Channing Short. She had been ill for several months. She was [born] in the Town of Winfield, a daughter of Louis and Elizabeth Pugh, and
spent most of her life in the Town of Plainfield. In her girlhood, she joined
the Shilo Congregational Church, Plainfield Center, but later became affiliated
with the Unadilla Forks Baptist Church. She was a member of its Sunday school,
Benevolent Society and Philathea Class. Her husband, to whom she was married in 1902, died four years ago. Last summer Mrs.
Davis moved to the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Brown, with whom her mother also lived. Both her sister and mother died within
the last three months. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday from the Baptist Church with burial in Unadilla
Forks Cemetery. The Rev. John Harrison will officiate Contributed by Jayne Szaz

MILBURN M. DAVIS [1976] Milburn M. Davis of Richfield Springs died August 26, after a long illness in Albany
Veterans Hospital. He was born in Plainfield, the son of William and Emmer Davis, and attended local
schools. He was a dairy farmer for several years in West Exeter and also lived
in West Winfield. In recent years he had been employed by Sperry-Rand in Ilion
and UNIVAC in Utica. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Richfield Springs American
Legion. Besides his wife, the former Geneva Ellis of New Berlin, now of Richfield Springs,
he is survived by two sons, Wayne of Albany and Neil of Merriam, Kansas; two
daughters, Jane Szaz of Springfield, Va. and Gail Strebe of San Jose,
California; also several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday from the Nulton Funeral Home in Richfield Springs. Burial was in Unadilla Forks Cemetery. Milburn M. Davis was my father. His wife and my mother, Geneva
(Ellis) Davis, is buried beside him. She died January 31,
1989 and was buried on Mother's Day (sometime in May) of
1989. I do not have an obit for her. Contributed by Jayne Szaz

William Lewis Davis West Winfield--William Lewis Davis, 76, died Apr. 3, 1950 in a Utica hospital after
a brief illness. He was born May 4, 1873 in Plainfield, a son of Lewis R. and Gwen Jones Davis. He
attended local schools, and the Eastman Business School, Poughkeepsie. He
operated a farm at Spooners Corners until he moved here 10 years ago. He married
Emmer Davis, Plainfield, in December, 1899. He was a member of West Winfield Congregational Church, West Exeter Grange, the Farm
Bureau and the Dairymen's League for over 25 years. He leaves two sons, Kenneth W. and Milburn M., Richfield Springs; two sisters, Mrs.
Katherine Adams and Mrs. Nellie King, Unadilla Forks, eight grandchildren,
several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow from the Wilcox Funeral Home here. Burial
will be in Unadilla Forks Cemetery. Contributed by Jayne Szaz

William H. Decker The Oneonta Daily Star Monday, April 12, 1999 STUART, Fla. — William H. Decker, 77, a longtime Oneonta businessman, died Thursday,
April 8, 1999, at his residence in Stuart, Fla. Decker He was born April 24, 1921, in Oneonta, the son of Howard R. and Lillian (Safford) Decker. He married Margaret M. Wilcox on June 28, 1947, in St. Mary's Church, Oneonta. A lifelong area resident, Bill attended local schools and graduated from Hartwick College
with a degree in History. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served with the United States Coast Guard. He owned and operated Decker's Bakery on Main Street for 37 years until his retirement
in 1984. Bill was a member of St. Mary's Church, Oneonta BPOE 1312, Oneonta American Legion Post
259, and a former member of the Oneonta Country Club. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sorely
missed. Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret M. Decker of Oneonta and Stuart, Fla.; his
children, Thomas and Lynda Decker of Fitzwilliam, N.H., Carol and Donald Pemberton of
Burnt Hills, Kathleen and Dr. Craig Byrum of Manlius, Janet and Timothy Darling of Gilbert,
S.C., Marianne and Kevin Carter of Lake Oswego, Ore., William and Maureen Decker of Athol,
Mass., and Robert and Deborah Decker of Mission Viejo, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; four nephews and several cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Close. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, April 14, 1999, at 10 a.m.
in St. Mary's Church, with the Rev. Anthony Chiaramonte officiating. Burial will follow
in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons. Friends may call Tuesday at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home at their convenience.
The family will be in attendance from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice or the American Lung
Association. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta. Submitted by Michael Cornell

Isaac Delong obit 11/15/1883 Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Binghamton-------Isaac Delong, in his 73rd year of his life was born in Warren, Herkimer
Co. Beginnings of his life were of humble circumstances, by good means of energy and
patient industry, he provided for himself and his wife the comforts of a pleasant
home. In his early years he was a school teacher, and in later years was a School
Inspector. In the summer of 1836 he married Miss Pauline Palmer, daughter of
Humphrey Palmer of Schuyler Lake, who survives him. He was united in the Baptist
Church. About 3 years ago it was evident that his mind was losing its vigor.
Gradually the disease assumed such sway as to render him wholly incapacitated to do
any business. During the last summer, he became, at times, so violent as to make it necessary to use
force to quiet him. Finally he was placed in the asylum at Binghamton where he was
kindly cared for during the brief remainder of his life. Services were last Sunday
at the Universalist Church. His surviving wife and adopted daughter and his many
friends are assured of a full measure of consolation. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Pauline Palmer Delong death notice: "Richfield Springs Mercury", Feb 14, 1901 Delong-----at her residence in Richfield Springs, Feb 13, 1901,
Pauline Palmer, widow of the late Isaac Delong, aged 85
years, 8 months. . Contributed by Judy Morgan

obit 12/27/2004 "The Daily News" Elna P. Deighton CLEARWATER, Fla.-----Elna Parish Deighton passed away Dec 20, 2004,
while visiting her family in Raleigh, N.C. She was born in
Oneonta on March 11, 1925, to Lee G. and Helen Ferguson Parish.
She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1943 and then worked as
a teller in Wilber National Bank. After moving to Florida, she
was employed by the Honeywell Corp. and became involved in
volunteer work. Her greatest happiness in life has centered on
her home, her son and daughter and especially her granddaughter. She is survived by her son, Richard Lee Deighton of Dade City, Fla.;
her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Gregory Buol of Garner,
N.C.; and a granddaughter, Ashley Lynn Buol. Also surviving is
her sister, Mildred Parish of Oneonta. A memorial service is being held in Florida, and a committal service
will be held at the Plains Cemetery in Oneonta in the spring.
The family will welcome friends at the Parish Homestead from 2 to
5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Arrangements are being conducted
through the Bookhout Funeral Home. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Earl Denny death notice "Otsego Farmer", Friday, Nov 18, 1938 East Worcester------The many friends of Earl Denny of Scotia were
shocked to hear of his sudden illness and death. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Aaron Dingman obit March 30, 1916, "Richfield Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Aaron Dingman of VanHornesville enroute to visit his daughter Mrs
Orville Hoke was found dead in his cutter on Monday morning
at Crane's Corners. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
He was well respected and leaves a large circle of friends.
Besides his wife, he leaves 2 daughters, Mrs Orville Hoke and
Mrs Harvey Eckler of Cullen. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Arminda Newkirk Dingman obit Hartwick, Otsego Co, NY - no date (1880-1898) Mrs Benjamin Dingman (Arminda Newkirk), for many years a resident of this town, died at
the home of her daughter, Mrs Getman, on Christian Hill on Sunday last. Her funeral
services were conducted at the North Christian church on Wednesday of this week by
the Rev. J.E. Besemer. Mrs Dingman was the mother of Mrs E.M. Irons of this place. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Benjamin G. Dingman "The Daily Star", Oneonta, NY 10/27/1917 Benjamin G. Dingman, a life long resident of Milford and one of the oldest citizens of
Portlandville died at 6:30 Friday at the home of his son Jay Dingman of the latter
place. Deceased was 86 years old. He is survived by his wife, 3 sons, Albert, Jay, and Eldoras
all of Portlandville. Funeral will be held at 12:00 noon Sunday at the late
residence, Rev. M. Farr of the Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in
Pine Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Clarence Dingam obit "Richfield Springs Mercury", May 29, 1902 The funeral for Clarence Dingman, whose death was reported last week, was held Thursday
May 22 at the ME church conducted by Rev. Stephen Whiteman, pastor of the church.
The church was filled with friends who came to pay their last tributes of respect to
one who was held in high esteem by all. Relatives from out of town were: Mrs
Burleigh Griffin, Cherry Valley, Mr and Mrs Ambrose Green and son, Cooperstown, Mr
and Mrs William Darby, Mr and Mrs L.E. Darby, and Miss May Loveland all of Milford. Contributed by Judy Morgan

David Dingman obit Edmeston, Otsego Co, NY, April 29, 1898 One of Edmeston's highly esteemed residents, David Dingman, died at his home in this
village on Saturday morning last, April 29th, aged 57 years. Some three weeks ago Mr
Dingman was taken quite seriously ill, and his usual robust physique was considerably
weakened, but he began to mend when pneumonia set in, and Friday night a severe
paroxysm seized him, from which he did not rally, and died about 1 o'clock on the
morning above stated. Mr Dingman was born and brought up in the town of Milford in this county. During the war
between the north and south he enlisted as a private in Company D, 182 Regiment N.Y.
Vol, and served with valor until the end of the war and he was mustered out. On his
return home from the war he came immediately to Edmeston, where in 1866 he was
married to Maria Hopkins, and together they have journeyed ever since for the past
twenty years here in Edmeston. To this union one daughter was born--Mrs Herbert
Welch of this village. His wife and daugher both survive him, and we, with them and
a host of friends will miss him and sincerely mourn his departure. Mr Dingman was one of a family of fifteen children, nine of whom are still living: viz:
Mrs Marcenus Thayer, Springfield, NY, Mrs J.B. Cushman, Richfield Springs, NY, Mrs
Lyman Balcom, Burlington, NY, Mrs E.M. Irons, Hartwick, NY, Mrs J. Cox, Hartwick, NY,
Mrs Horace Getman, Hartwick, NY, Mrs William Hopkins, South Columbia, NY, Mrs George
S. Williams, South Trenton, NY, and Marcenus Dingman, Ilion, NY. Six of the sisters
were present at the funeral, the first and the last named and the brother being
absent. Too much cannot be said of Mr Dingman's manly qualities. In every relation
he was a man true to his word and to be relied upon, a helpful citizen and a good
neighbor, no man was richer in his sympathy, kinder in his heart, nor more genuine in
his love for his fellows; he was thoughtful and guarded in his utterances not to
offend, and frank and sincere in every impulse. His friends deeply realize that he
was worthy of all the respect and affection which he attracted. His funeral was held from his late home Tuesday at 2 o'clock, and from the Baptist church
immediately after, conducted by Rev. F.D. Proctor, and was largely attended. (the
rest is cut off) Contributed by Judy Morgan

Delos Dingman obit Jan 28, 1909 "Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Schuyler Lake Correspondent-------News has been received here of the death of Delos
Dingman at the county home. He was a former resident of this place. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Eliza Smith Dingman obit Aug 22, 1926 "Richfield Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Eliza Smith Dingman On Sunday morning Aug 22 at 6 o'clock occurred the death of Eliza
Dingman. She had been in poor health about a year, but 3
weeks ago she fell and fractured her hip. Eliza Smith was
born in Stark and married Aaron Dingman who died 3/27/1916.
She has since then resided at the home of her daughter Mrs
Orville Hoke who tenderly cared for her in her declining
years. She is also survived by a daughter Mrs Harvey Eckler,
a grandson, Leslie, a great-grandson and several nieces and
nephews. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 pm at
Springfield Center Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Isaac Dingman obit "Utica Daily Press", 5/6/1908 The death of Isaac Dingman of Willowvale, occurred at 6 am
yesterday at the home of his daugher Mrs John Williamson. Mr
Dingman came to this city from Sauquoit 3 months ago and has
been in failing health since that time. He was 84 years of
age and death was the result from old age and dropsy. He was
born in Otsego Co. and spent most of his early life there
before moving to Willowvale where he lived for the past 44
years. His wife Mary Ann Dingman died a year ago March and he is
survived by his daughter Mrs John Williamson, 1 son, M.O.
Dingman of Sauquoit, 1 brother, Benjamin of Otsego Co, and
several grandchildren. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Jacob Dingman obit "Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY, Thursday, Aug 16, 1889 The funeral for Mr Jacob Dingman was held at the house Wednesday afternoon, Aug 7, by
Rev. H.H. Scholl. Mr Dingman has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for a
number of years. He leaves a widow, two daughters, and a son. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Mrs. Jacob Dingman obit Nov 4, 1886, "Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Died: On Twelve Thousand, in the town of Otsego, Nov 1, Mrs Dingman, relict of Jacob
Dingman, at the advanced age of nearly 100 years. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Jacob Dingman death notice: "Otsego Farmer", Cooperstown, NY, Aug 30, 1895 Salt Springville-----Jacob Dingman, a life long resident of this
place, was buried on Sunday. Our pastor preached the funeral
sermon at Frey's Bush Church and interment was made in the
cemetery there. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Jay Dingman obit "Otsego Farmer", July 26, 1946 Milford-----Jay Peter Dingman, 72, died Monday of a cerebral
hemorrhage. Funeral services were held at 2 pm Wednesday at
the family home with Rev. Gould Brown, Parkside Gospel Hall,
officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery,
Portlandville. Mr Dingman was born Nov 18, 1873, son of
Benjamin and Sarah (Schufeldt) Dingman. He spent his entire
life in Milford. He was a painter and paper hanger.
Surviving are a brother, Eldoras Dingman of West Nyack, and
several nieces and nephews. Submitted by Judy Morgan

Lewis D. Dingman obit Thursday, May 18, 1967, Cooperstown, NY Lewis D. Dingman, aged 82, of Cherry Valley, RD, died Monday, May 15, at a Binghamton
Hospital following a short illness. Mr Dingman was born May 5, 1885 in the Town of
Exeter, the son of Delos & Minnie (Hadsell) Dingman. He married Jessie Herrick. He
had worked as a laborer in Otsego County for many years, at one time working at the
Knox School, Cooperstown. Surviving are several cousins including Mrs Iva Crewel of
Cherry Valley and Mrs Elizabeth Waters of Oneonta. Funeral services were held at 2
p.m. this Thursday from the Ingalls Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev.
Mitchell Embry, pastor of the Church of Christ of Cooperstown, officiating. Burial
will be in Burlington Flats Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Leona Dingman obit Dec 29, 1898 "Richfield Springs Mercury", Otsego Co, NY Leona Dingman, daughter of Aaron Dingman, was taken sick Monday at Richfield Springs High
School. She died on Wednesday, Dec 23 of pneumonia. She was the 4th student of the
high school to die within the past 3 months. Miss Dingman was a young lady
possessing most estimable qualities of mind and heart. She had endeared herself to
all teachers and pupils alike, during her stay at the school. The funeral was held
Saturday. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Minne Dingman Death notice: May 19, 1950 "Otsego Farmer", Cooperstown, NY Salt Springville-----Mrs Minnie (Hadsell) Dingman passed away at
the home of Mrs Flora Flint, Monday morning. We extend our
sincere sympathy to the family. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Sarah E. Dingman obit "The Otsego Farmer", March 8, 1918 Sarah E. Dingman, wife of the late Benjamin Dingman, died at her
home in Portlandville Sunday at aged 67y5m20d. The funeral
was held from the late home on Wednesday at 2:30 pm with the
Rev. Foss of Christian Church officiating. She was a member
of the church for many years. She was buried in Pine Grove
Cemetery beside her husband Benjamin who died 10/1917. She is survived by 3 sons, Albert of Cliffside, Eldoras of
Oneonta, and Jay, who resided with his parents. Jay and his
wife cared for his parents for the past 2 years. She is also
survived by 6 grandchildren. Contributed by Judy Morgan

William Dingman death notice: "Richfield Mercury", Oct 1, 1885 quite a long piece - the highlights are: William Dingman, age 46, a resident of Schuyler Lake, died in
Dudley House, a hotel in Utica, of an accidental death of
asphyxiation from deadly gas in his hotel room. He was
staying there en route to Little Falls for a Veterans
Reunion. He was a Civil War Veteran of Co H, 121st NYSV.
His trusty walking cane was found close by. Contributed by Judy Morgan

Esther C. Douglas EDMESTON — Esther C. Douglas, 69, of Edmeston died Thursday, May 10,
2001, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica, N.Y. She was born Sept. 30, 1931, in Milford, N.Y., the daughter of Horace
and Leta (Persons) Cornish. On Sept. 17, 1950, she married Willard I. Douglas. They recently
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Esther was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and great-grandmother.
She retired as the cafeteria manager for the Mount Markham
Central School District. She loved to sew, shop with her sisters, and
bake and will be remembered as a good cook and family person.
She enjoyed nature, song birds and her favorite color, blue. In
addition to all of this, she was the number one fan of the New
York Yankees. In addition to her husband Willard, she is survived by three
children, Marylyn and Don Fenton of Summerville S.C., Pamela and
William Lewis of Poland and Scott Douglas of Clayville; her
grandchildren Bryan Fenton and Aimee Gethers; and
great-grandchildren, Brandon and Dyon. Also surviving are her
brother, Howard Cornish and sisters, Jerri Houlihan, Joyce
Stockholm and Jo-Ann Vass. She was predeceased by her sisters
Jean Renwick and Verna John and a brother Buster Cornish. Memorial services will be held on Monday, May 14, 2001, at 2 p.m. at
the First Baptist Church of West Edmeston with the Rev. Don Buck
officiating. Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Milford
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the MS Society or the Heart
Association in Esther's memory would be appreciated. Envelopes
will be available atnd will be remembered as a good cook and family person.
She enjoyed nature, song birds and her favorite color, blue. In
addition to all of this, she was the number one fan of the New
York Yankees. In addition to her husband Willard, she is survived by three
children, Marylyn and Don Fenton of Summerville S.C., Pamela and
William Lewis of Poland and Scott Douglas of Clayville; her
grandchildren Bryan Fenton and Aimee Gethers; and
great-grandchildren, Brandon and Dyon. Also surviving are her
brother, Howard Cornish and sisters, Jerri Houlihan, Joyce
Stockholm and Jo-Ann Vass. She was predeceased by her sisters
Jean Renwick and Verna John and a brother Buster Cornish. Memorial services will be held on Monday, May 14, 2001, at 2 p.m. at
the First Baptist Church of West Edmeston with the Rev. Don Buck
officiating. Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Milford
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the MS Society or the Heart
Association in Esther's memory would be appreciated. Envelopes
will be available at the church. Funeral arrangements are by Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home,
Edmeston. Contributed by Robert Baldwin

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