Obituaries

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Otsego County, NY



Claudine Sabedra ONEONTA — Claudine Sabedra, 62, of Oneonta, passed away at
her home, Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, after a lengthy illness. Claudine was born in Laurens on Oct. 30, 1937, daughter of Alton and
Grace (Basturch) Sperry. Claudine was a lifelong resident of this area and employed by Loblaws
and P & C for 43 years. Claudine is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and
Amiela Sabedra of Harbor City, Calif.; three daughters and
sons-in-law, Mrs. Bonny and Russell Simonds of Otego, Mrs. Stephanie
and Robert Lutz of Oneonta and Mrs. Wendy and Gary McMullen of Cedar
Rapids, Iowa; four sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Edith (Martin)
Delello of Oneonta, Mrs. Neva Eccleston of Norwich, Mrs. Louise
(Robert) Peebles of Oneonta, Mrs. Agnes (Leo) Rous of Otego, Russell
Sperry and his wife, Christina, of Otego, Roger Sperry and Darla
Joslyn of Oneonta and Donald Sperry of Cooperstown; 11 grandchildren,
Shannon O'Donnell, Cheyenne Sabedra, Shana Sabedra, Corey Underwood,
Scott Simonds, Nate Underwood, Sarah Lutz, Danielle McMullen, Josh
Sabedra, Jim Simonds and Nick Lutz; three great-grandchildren, Elisha
Sabedra, Amanda O'Donnell and Noah O'Donnell; and her beloved dog,
Daisy; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her former husband,
Peter F. Sabedra. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at
the Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta, with the Rev.
John Dawson, Catskill Area Hospice chaplain, officiating. There will be no calling hours. The family will receive friends at
the Oneonta YMCA, where a reception will be held immediately
following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice,
542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820. Contributed by Robert Baldwin


Robert W. Safford The Oneonta Daily Star January 31, 1963 Robert W. Safford, 39, of 4 Thorn St., died Wednesday, January 30, in Fox Hospital
after several weeks illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, February 1, at ello of Oneonta, Mrs. Neva Eccleston of Norwich, Mrs. Louise
(Robert) Peebles of Oneonta, Mrs. Agnes (Leo) Rous of Otego, Russell
Sperry and his wife, Christina, of Otego, Roger Sperry and Darla
Joslyn of Oneonta and Donald Sperry of Cooperstown; 11 grandchildren,
Shannon O'Donnell, Cheyenne Sabedra, Shana Sabedra, Corey Underwood,
Scott Simonds, Nate Underwood, Sarah Lutz, Danielle McMullen, Josh
Sabedra, Jim Simonds and Nick Lutz; three great-grandchildren, Elisha
Sabedra, Amanda O'Donnell and Noah O'Donnell; and her beloved dog,
Daisy; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her former husband,
Peter F. Sabedra. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at
the Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta, with the Rev.
John Dawson, Catskill Area Hospice chaplain, officiating. There will be no calling hours. The family will receive friends at
the Oneonta YMCA, where a reception will be held immediately
following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice,
542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820. Contributed by Robert Baldwin


Robert W. Safford The Oneonta Daily Star January 31, 1963 Robert W. Safford, 39, of 4 Thorn St., died Wednesday, January 30, in Fox Hospital
after several weeks illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, February 1, at the Lewis Funeral Home.
The Rev. Robert Fiske, pastor of the Elm Park Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be later in Plains Cemetery, Oneonta. Mr. Safford was born April 4, 1923 in Oneonta, son of Walter and Alta (Peck) Safford. He married Doris Kelly, of Colliersville, September 10, 1947. Mr. Safford was an operating room attendant in Homer Folks Hospital and was a lifelong
resident of Oneonta. He was a veteran of World War Two. Mr. Safford is survived by his wife; a son, Robert Michael Safford; two daughters, Gayle
Marie Safford and Robin Wynn Safford, at home; a brother, Norman Safford, Oak Ridge, Tenn;
a sister, Mrs. Eloise Riley, Falls Church, Va; an aunt, Mrs. Frank Hamilton, Otego; an uncle,
Harold Peck, Bainbridge; and several nephews, nieces, and cousins. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience after noon Thursday. Contributed by: Michael Cornell


Alta Peck Safford The Oneonta Daily Star Monday, September 12, 1960 Alta P. Safford, 63, formerly of 170 Main St., Oneonta, died September 10 at Van Gorder
Nursing Home in Otego following an extended illness. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Tuesday, September 13, in the Lewis Funeral Home,
Oneonta, the Rev. William Heapps, pastor, Elm Park Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in Plains Cemetery. Mrs. Safford was born September 19, 1896 in the Town of Milford, the daughter of William
and Charlotte (Brown) Peck. She was married to Walter Safford in 1917 in Oneonta. She was a housewife and resided in Oneonta for more than 40 years. She has lived in
Milford and Sharon Springs. She is survived by two sons, Norman of Knoxville, Tenn., and Robert of Oneonta; one
daughter, Mrs. Arthur Riley, Falls Church, Va; one brother, Harold Peck, Bainbridge;
one aunt Mrs. Theodore Stiles, Ballston Spa; three grandchildren and several nieces,
nephews, and cousins. Friends may call at Lewis Funeral Home at their convenience, after noon today. The
family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m. today. Submitted by Michael Cornell


Jennie (Constable) Safford The Oneonta Daily Star November 21, 1938 Dies At Breakfast Table Mrs. Jennie Constable Safford of 120 Main Street, prominent in Salvation Army work,
died suddenly at the breakfast table in her home from a cerebral hemorrhage yesterday
morning. She was the widow of Marvin Safford who passed away 27 years ago. Funeral services will be held from the Salvation Army Post Monday afternoon at 2.
The Army officers will conduct the rites. Mrs. Safford was born in Sidney, March 27, 1865, the daughter of Isaac and Harriet
(Hood) Constable. In 1869, she came to Oneonta and has resided here since. An
active Salvation Army member, she was Superintendent of the Sunday School. Mrs.
Safford was also a member of the Oneonta Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Nettie Grant, who resided with her and a niece,
Mrs. Josephine Favreau of Binghamton. She and Mrs. Grant were the last of a family
of nine children. Submitted by Michael Cornell


The Oneonta Herald Thursday March 7, 1912 Marvin Freeman Safford Marvin F. Safford, a well-known resident of this city, died Monday at the Fox Memorial
Hospital.A recent fall sustained by Mr. Safford caused an abscess to form. An operation
was necessary,and in his weakened condition he did not rally. Mr. Safford was about 50
years of age and a cigarmaker by occupation. He had worked twenty years for Doyle & Smith
and was a first-classworkman. His wife, three brothers and one sister survive him. The
funeral was held Wednesday at 2 o’clock at his home, 45 London avenue. Rev. C.S.
Pendleton officiated. Submitted by Michael Cornell


The Oneonta Daily Star Thursday February 3, 1898 Marvin F. Safford Marvin F. Safford, who has been in the employ of the D&H.C. Co. over forty years,
died last evening, shortly before 5 o’clock, at his home on Academy Street, after
an illness of only a few days, from pleurisy and pneumonia. The deceased was a
native of Fairhaven, Vt, where he was born on March 19, 1839. His early life was
passed there and at 18 years of age he entered the service of the D&H company. Later
he was employed as engineer on the northern division of the D&H, running between
Rutland and Fairhaven. In 1872 he removed to Oneonta and for about eight years was
engaged in similar work here, running between Oneonta and Carbondale, Pa. Since he gave up engineering he has been employed as machinist at the shops and was
considered an expert in the adjustment of valves, and was favored by the company.
Thursday night last, he was taken seriously ill and failed gradually until his death.
He is survived by five children, his wife having died in May last, four sons, Marvin F.,
Edward A., and Freddie K., of whom the first three are married, all residing here, and
one daughter Minnie F. Safford, who resides at home. The only other surviving relative
is a nephew, James W. Safford, of Far Rockaway, Long Island. The notice of the funeral
will appear in
tomorrow’s issue. Submitted by Michael Cornell


The Oneonta Daily Star Monday May 17, 1897 Mary Jane (Witherell) Safford Mrs. Marvin F. Safford, of 40 Academy street, died this morning at 2:15 o’clock, after a
sickness of six or seven weeks, although she has never been well since she had the grip two
years ago. Deceased was 56 years old and has lived in Oneonta since ’72. She leaves
a husband, four sons and a daughter, all residents of Oneonta. Submitted by Michael Cornell


Christine R. Holbrook Sampson Birth: Jun. 20, 1916 Otego Otsego County New York, USA Death: Aug. 28, 2006 Christine R. Sampson, of Morris, passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2006. She was the daughter of the late Fredrick and Susan (Russell) Holbrook. Christine attended the Otsdawa District School and graduated from Otego Central School. On June 22, 1940, Christine married Rupert M. Sampson in West Oneonta. Rupert
predeceased her June 16, 1993. Christine worked at Amphenol in Sidney for 35 years. After her retirement, she
was a Mary Kay beauty consultant for 15 years. Christine was an associate member of the First Baptist Church of Ridgeway, Va.,
as well as a member of the Otsdawa Baptist Church. She was also a member of the
Rebekah Lodge. She was predeceased by two sisters, Doris Robinson and Marguerite Burchhardt. Contributed by Phyllis Douglas


Maynard Sampson obit OTEGO---Mr. Maynard Sampson, 67, of Otsdawa, RD#2, Otego, died Tuesday evening, Oct. 3, 1995, at the Albany Medical Center, Albany He was born Nov. 30, 1927 in Otsdawa, the town of Otego, the son of Larry and Zelma DAVIS Sampson. He was married twice. First to Jean Nichols at the Sampson home in Otsdawa, Otego, on Jan. 22, 1948. She died Dec. 18, 1975. He married Betty Loucks in the town of Otego on Aug. 7. 1976. She died May 29, 1991. Maynard Sampson had spent all his life in the town of Otego, namely the community called Otsdawa. He had attended Otego Central School and owned and operated his own dairy farm at one time as well as owning and operating his own saw mill and lumber business at his home. During his working life, he also owned and operated large trucks on construction sites in this area and other localities such as at Gilbert Lake State Park near Laurens. Mr. Sampson was a member of the former Otsdawa Baptist Church which he attended in his younger years before becoming a member of the Otego Baptist Church. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Central Empire State Rim Fire League as well as a well known pistol shooter. He was a former member and president of the Laurens Rod and Gun Club, a former member of the Otego Union Lodge F. & A.M. and a former member and past president of the Super Singles Club of Oneonta. Mr. Sampson will be remembered for his patience and for being an excellent father and grandfather. He is survived by his son and daughter in law, Roy O. and Elva Sampson of Otsdawa, RD#2, Otego; his father, Larry Sampson of Otsdawa RD#2, Otego. Three step-daughters, Mrs. Dacia Carman of Harpursville, Mrs Joan Lucchese of Sidney and Christine Marie Roseboom of Otsdawa. Several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Friday, Oct. 6 in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Keith Marlett, pastor of the Susquehanna Valley Baptist Church of Oneonta officiating. Interrment will be in the Otsdawa Cemetery at Otego. Submitted by Carol MacPherson Typed by Annette Campbell


Rupert Sampson MORRIS---Mr. Rupert M. Sampson, 85, of Maple Grove, Morris, died Wednesday, June 16, 1993 at M. I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. Mr. Sampson was born January 1, 1908 in Otego, the son of John and Maude (BANKER) Sampson. He married Christine RUSSELL on June 22, 1940 in West Oneonta. Mr. Sampson was a lifelong area resident, spending the early years of his life in the Otsdawa-Otego and Milford areas. Several years ago he had been an employee of the former Stewart Ice Company in Oneonta. He was employed as a metal sprayer with Bendix-Amphenol Corp. in Sidney for 35 years, retiring in 1972. Mr. Sampson was a life member of the Klipknockle Beagle Club of Morris since 1936, a founding member of the Iroquois Beagle Gun Dog Association of New York State, a founding member of the former George I. Wilber Pistol Team and a member of the Aerospace Machinists Union. He was an associate member of the First Baptist Church of Ridgeway, VA and, in his early years, a member of the Otsdawa Baptist Church. Mr. Sampson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Christine Sampson of Morris; a son and a daughter in law, Gary and Sandra Sampson of Morris; and three daughters and sons in law, Mrs. Burrell "Ted" (Carol Lee) Wheeler of Morris, Mrs. Joseph (Andrea) Guerriero, also of Morris, and Ms. Susan Sampson of Oneonta. He is also survived by one brother, Larry Sampson of Otego; two grandchildren, Jessica J. and Andrew J. Guerriero, both of Morris; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Harold and Raymond Wellman. Funeral services will be held at 3 pm Saturday, June 19, at the Susquehanna Valley Baptist Church in Oneonta. The Rev. Keith E. Marlett will officiate. Burial will be in the Otsdawa Cemetery in Otego. The Bookhout Funeral Home in Oneonta is in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Carol MacPherson Typed by Annette Campbell


Betty Sampson Otego--Mrs. Maynard (Betty Louise) Sampson, 52, of Otsdawa, RD#2 Otego, died Wednesday, Mau 29, 1991. She was born July 14, 1938, in Davenport, the daughter of Homer H. & Blanche PAYNE LOUCKS. She married Maynard Sam pson on August 7, 1976, in Otego. She had been an assembler in Dept. 50 of Bendix Corp., Sidney, for the past 11 years. Before then she had worked for the Oneonta Dress Company. She was a lifelong area resident and member of the Aerospace Union, Sidney. Survivors include her husband, Maynard, of Otsdawa; her mother, Mrs. Homer (Blanche) LOUCKS of Otsdawa; one son, Lance McAdams of Oneonta; one stepson, Roy O. Sampson of Otego; three daughters, Mrs. Dacia Carman of Harpursville, Joan Lucchese of Sidney and Christine Marie Roseboom of Otsdawa. Also surviving are two brothers, H. Charles Loucks of Otsdawa and Orben Loucks of Otego; two sisters, Mrs. Morgan (Dianna) Roseboom of Gilbertsville and Mrs. Robert (Shirley) Dahl of Unadilla; six grand children; several aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one sister, Mrs. Robert (Joan) HOLBROOK. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday, June 1, at Bookhout Funeral Home, 30 River St. Otego, with the Rev. Keith Marlett, pastor of Susquehanna Valley Baptist Church of Oneonta, officiating. Burial will be in in the Otsdawa Cemetery, Otego. Submitted by Carol MacPherson Typed by Annette Campbell


Zelinda Sanderson The Morris Chronicle, November 27, 1878 SANDERSON.- In South Deerfield, Mass., Nov. 14th, Mrs. Zelinda Wing Sanderson, daughter of the late Dr. Walter Wing of Morris, aged 61 years. (page 3)


January 9, 1999 The Daily Star, Oneonta Audrey Saxton ONEONTA — Audrey W. Saxton, 62, of Oneonta, died Wednesday, Dec.
30, 1998, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. She had donated
her body to Albany Medical College.
Audrey was born May 10, 1936, the daughter of Kenneth and
Velma (Schutt) Wright of Westford. Ms. Saxton lived in Ocala, Fla., for a number of years.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Stewart and
Joanne Wright of Mifflintown, Pa.; her daughter and son-in-
law, Connie and Ed Gross Jr. of Wells Bridge; two
grandchildren, Jason and Jessica Gross also of Wells Bridge;
and many uncles, aunts, cousins; three nephews; and her ex-
mother-in-law, Iva Saxton of Cooperstown. Also surviving are many very special and caring friends without
whose help and love her life would have been a lot different
and more difficult. Her daughter would like to thank each and
every one for all their support and love. A memorial service in her honor will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 16,
by the Rev. William Highfield at Academy Arms (Audrey's
apartment house) in the meeting room. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Mrs. Charles L. Saxton Dies Early Friday Morning Had been ill for a long time of complications of diseases-
Funeral Sunday at Bookhout's Parlors Mary A. Cornwell, wife of Charles L. Saxton, died early friday
morning, after a year's lingering illness from complications
of diseases at the family home, 9 Forest Avenue, this city.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, at the
Bookhout Undertaking Parlors, 357 Main Street, Rev. Dr. Edson
J. Farley of the First Baptist Church will officiate, and
interment will be in the family plot in Glenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Saxton was a daughter of William and Elizabeth Cornwell
and was born in Schoharie in June, 1868. She was married at
Deposit, January 6, 1892 to Mr. Saxton, then of Westville and
for the ..................... Contributed by Lori Driver


July 11, 1916 The Otsego Farmer Edward Saxton The funeral of the late Edward Saxton of Oneonta occurred at the
Westville Methodist Episcopal church on Monday, July 9th with
burial a the upper cemetery. Mr. Saxton and family were
former residents of this place. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Friday, January 16, 1948 The Otsego Farmer Esther Wilber Saxton Esther Wilber Saxton passed away Sunday night at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Frank Salerno, following seven years of
failing health. She was born January 30, 1867, the daughter of John I. and
Isadore (Worden) Wilber, and spent her entire life in this
vicinity. On May 29, 1889 she was married to Gurney R.
Saxton, who died July 6, 1936. Mrs. Saxton was an active member of the Methodist Church as long
as her health permitted, being a Primary Sunday School
teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Ladies’
Aid and W.C.T.U. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Salerno, above
named and one son, S. Raymond Saxton, both of this place.
Another daughter, MRs. Edith Gerling, passed away last
summer. Survivors also are three grandchildren; Raymond
Gerling of Cherry Valley, Mrs. Carlolyn Burtis of Kingston
and Mrs. Nan Pedersen of Oneotna; a great grandson, Gordon
Pedersen; also a sister, Mrs. Bernice Stiles of Oneotna and
two brothers Earl of Oneonta and Lewis of Cooperstown. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the
Methodist church with Rv. Kenneth Kingston officiating Contributed by Michele Culletto


Grover W. Saxton born 10/28/1865 Westville - died 1/3/1933 Wilkes-Barre, Penn With a large number of relatives and friends in attendance to pay final tribute,
funeral services for Grover W. Saxton, for many years a resident of this city, were
held from the Bookhout Funeral home yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Nelson J.
Ripley, pastor of the Methodist church at Milford, officiated. The body was placed
in the Bookhout vault to remain until spring when burial will take place in the Plains
cemetery. Among the many floral tributes from relatives and friends was a piece from
the A.A.M. of W. Relatives and friends from away included Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Young
and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Young, Albany; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hall, Bainbridge; Mr. and Mrs.
L.H. Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Smith, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Saxton, Mr. and Mrs. James
Saxton, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Saxton, Cooperstown; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Martin, Milford;
Mrs. Annie Cornish and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Webster, Westford; George Saxton, Jay
McAllister, Gurney Saxton, Westville. Submitted by Judy Morgan


The Otsego Farmer Friday , July 10, 1936 Gurney R. Saxton Gurney R. Saxton, a life long resident of Westville died at his
home there early Monday morning after an illness of several
weeks. Funeral services were held from the Methodist Episcopal church at
Westville at 2 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon and were preceded
by a prayer service at the home. The Rev. Wheaton Webb,
assisted by the Rev. N. B. Ripley, officiated. Burial was
made in the Westville cemetery. Gurney R. Saxton was born at Westville December 8, 1867, a son of
Stephen and Clarissa (Gurney) Saxton. Mr. Saxton had resided
in Westville and vicinity his entire life. Mr. Saxton is
survived by his wife, and two daughters, Mrs. Edith Gerling
of Laurens and Mrs. Frank Salerno of Westville and by one
son, Stephen Raymond Saxton of Westville and by three
grandchildren. Mr. Saxton was will known throughout this vicinity, and had many
friends, who regret his death. Contributed by Michele Culletto


May 19, 1888 The Otsego Farmer Miss Hannah Saxton Miss Hannah Saxton, aged 60 years, died at the residence of her
father Monday of this week. She had been an invalid most of
the time for forty years. It is eight years since she has
been able to eat the table with the family. She was troubled
with a disease of the head, but her mind was clear. She was
a member of the M.E. Church from her youth. Mrs. Smith had
watched constantly with her and her father since her sister’s
death six months ago. Mr. Wm. Grover and wife of Afton, are in town, attending the
funeral of her sister. WE spent an hour very pleasantly
chatting with them. Mr. S. N. Saxton, the father of the
deceased, and the only one remaining of the household, is
eighty-four years of age. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Iva Saxton March 29, 1999 The Daily Star, Oneonta Iva M. Saxton COOPERSTOWN — Mrs. Iva M. Saxton, 93, of the Clara
Welch Thanksgiving Home and formerly of Delaware Street in
Cooperstown, died Monday morning, March 29, 1999, at Bassett
Hospital in Cooperstown. She was born on Feb. 18, 1906, in Cooperstown, a daughter of
Lester and Maude (Chamberlain) McRorie. She married the Rev. Harold J. Saxton on Aug. 24, 1926, in
Albany. The Rev. Saxton died on April 19, 1988. A lifelong resident of Cooperstown, Mrs. Saxton graduated from
the Cooperstown High School in 1923. She worked as a cashier
at the New York Telephone Company office and the New York
State Electric and Gas Corp. office, both in Cooperstown. She
and her husband operated Saxton's Grocery Store on Beaver
Street in Cooperstown, where she served as cashier until the
store was sold in 1963. Mrs. Saxton was a member of the Cooperstown United Methodist
Church, the Ellen Littell Missionary Circle, the Cornell
Cooperative Extension, and the Otsego-Hartwick Chapter No.
201, Order of the Eastern Star, in Cooperstown. Iva is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas C. and
Edna (Perrie) Saxton of West Oneonta; two granddaughters and
their husbands, Constance and Ed Gross Jr. of Wells Bridge
and Kathryn and Anthony Weagley of Union, N.J.; one great-
granddaughter, Jessica Gross; three stepgrandsons and their
wives, Richard and Robin Wright, Mark and Colleen Wright and
David and Geraldine Wright; four stepgreat-grandsons; one
stepgreat-granddaughter; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Leona
Oxley of Rensselaer, Mrs. Mary Elisabeth (Betty) McRorie of
Cooperstown and Mrs. Evelyn McRorie of Mesa, Ariz.; and
several nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 1,
1999, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in
Cooperstown, with the Rev. Jeff Hale, pastor of the
Cooperstown United Methodist Church, and the Rev. William A.
Highfield, former pastor of the Cooperstown Methodist Church,
co-officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the
Westville Cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto


May 16, 1919 The Otsego Farmer James W. Saxton James W. Saxton, a life-long resident of Westville and one of the
oldest and most respected citizens of the township, died at
2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon of last week at his home in the
town of Middlefield, about two miles from the village.
Though he had not been in good health for a long time, his
critical illness dates from a fall which he suffered about
three months ago. The funeral services were held at the house at 1 p.m. and at the
Westville Methodist Episcopal church at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
His pastor, the Rev. N.B. Ripley, officiated, and interment
was made in the Westville Cemetery. The deceased, who was a son of Simeon N. and Julia (Wilber)
Saxton, was born in August, 1835, on the farm which during
the while of his long life was his home. He was married
October 10, 1858, to Amelia Son of Maryland, who, with nine
of their ten children, survives him. They are George Saxton,
who resides on the homestead; Mrs. George Cornish of Milford,
Mrs. Isaac Russell of Cliffside, Charles L. and Grover W.
Saxton of Oneonta, Mrs. Minnie Andrews of Slingerland, Jay
Saxton and Mrs. Lucien Bowen of Richfield Springs. He is
also survived by thirty-seven grandchildren. Among his
grandchildren was Charles L. Saxton, Jr. of Oneonta, one of
the first members of Company G to die in service abroad. Mr. Saxton was from youth a faithful member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church at Westville and was for many years a
trustee of the church and superintendent of the Sunday
School. He was an upright, industrious, highly respected
man, and by occupation a farmer. He was a lifelong Democrat
and for several terms a justice of the peace of his township
He had many friends whose sympathy will be extended to the
family in its bereavement. Mr. Saxton was descended from
some of the oldest families in New England, one Ancestor
being George Saxton, who came from England in 1639 and
settled at Westfield, Mass. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Thursday August 11, 1932 Utica Daily Press Head of Family of 83 Succumbs Mrs. Josephine Saxton, 93, Cooperstown, leaves many survivors Cooperstown. Aug. 10 – Mrs. Josephine Amelia Saxton, 93, died
yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lucien H
Bowen, 4 Walnut street. The daughter of William and Mary Bloodgood Son, she was born May
6, 1839 in the town of Maryland and lived her entire life in
Otsego County. At the age of 18 she married James W. Saxton
of Westville and resided there until Mr. Saxton’s death, May
9, 1919, when she moved to Cooperstown, where she had since
lived. At her death she headed a family of 83 living members, nine sons
and daughters, 89 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and
nine great-great grandchildren. The names of her surviving children are: J.B. Saxton, mrs. Edwin
Smith, Mrs. Lucien Bowen of Cooperstown; Mrs. Annie J.
Cornish, westford; Mrs. Isaac Russel, Otego; George O.
Saxton, Westville; Charles L. Saxton, Oneonta; Grover Saxton,
Oneonta and James Saxton, of phoenix mills. The funeral is Friday afternoon from the Bowen home and 2 p.m.
from the Westville Methodist Episcopal Church of which she
was a member. Rev. M. R. Ripley, milford and Rev. W.H.
Alger, laurens will officiate. Internment will be in family
plot in Westville cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Friday, November 21, 1924 The Otsego Farmer Luman Edgar Saxton The death of Luman Edgar Saxton, a former well known resident of
Otsego County, occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
E.V. Adams at East Orange, N.J., on Sunday as a result of the
infirmities of old age. Mr. Saxton was the son of John and Asenath Bates Saxton and was
born at Westville, May 26, 1849. As a young man he moved
with his family to Geneva, Ohio, where he learned the
watchmaker’s trade. Later he returned to Milford, this
county, where he was engaged in the jewelry business for
years. He then opened a store in Cooperstown, which he
conducted until he retired from active life. For the past
several years he has resided in Florida. Mr. Saxton was a successful business man with a wide circle of
friends and acquaintances throughout this part of Otsego
County. A member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at
Milford, he took an active part in its affairs, for twenty
years acting as leader of the choir and also for some time as
superintendent of the Sunday school. Surviving besides the widow, who was Miss Lucille Sanborn of
Jacksonville, Fla., are one brother, Hiram Saxton of Mt.
Vision; two sons, Lavern F. Saxton of Fort Plain and William
of Cleveland, Ohio, and one daughter, Mrs. Adams above
mentioned. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the
Methodist Episcopal Church at Milford, the Rev. Nelson B.
Ripley, Officiating. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Mrs. Bernice E. Scott (1966) MARYLAND-Mrs. Bernice E. Scott, 42, of Maryland, died unexpectedly June 29, at home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Bennett
Funeral Home, Schenevus, with the Rev. George Ree, pastor of Schenevus Baptist church,
officiating. Burial will be in Schenevus Cemetery. She was born March 14, 19 , at Elk Creek, a daughter of Joseph and L E (Bostwick)
Ritchey. She was married to Vernon Scott in Schevus on January 14, 1948. She was employed by the Oneonta Dress Company and been a resident of Maryland for 10
years. Surviving are her husband, six sons, Airman 2nd Class Edward Scott, Panama; Private
First Class Dennis Scott, U.S. Army, Germany; Eugene, John, Stephen and Douglas, all
at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ritchey, Unadilla, a sister, Mrs. Charles
Fling, Elk Creek; four brothers, Lyle, Lloyd, and Norman Ritchey of Unadilla; and
Harold Ritchey of Otego; also several aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at their convenience. The family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Contributed by Robert A. Baldwin Death Date was corrected fron (1960) to 1966 by Ed Scott Macie


Philura Shepard SHEPARD: 1880 - At her residence in Richfield, Sunday morning,
May 2nd, Philaura, wife of Eliakim M. Shepard, aged 90 years
and 11 months. Contributed by H. Geywit


obit "The Daily Star", July 1998 Richard Milton Shepard COOPERSTOWN — Richard Milton Shepard, 88, of 74 Chestnut St., Cooperstown,
died Monday morning, July 20, 1998, at his home. He was born July 7, 1910, in Schenectady, the son of Milton B. and Anna
(Osterhoudt) Shepard. He married Mollie B. Welden on June 8, 1935. Mrs.
Shepard died Jan. 23, 1994. A long time resident of Cooperstown, Dick
graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1930. During World War II, he
was employed at the Scintilla Plant in Sidney as part of the war effort.
For many years, he owned and operated Augur's Bookstore. Dick was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown for over 50
years. He was also a member of the Native Sons of Cooperstown, a charter
member of the Lions Club of Cooperstown and sang in the Men's Chorus for
several years. Very active in the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross,
Dick had also served on the Cooperstown Village Board and had been a trustee
at the First National Bank. He is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Marianna and Charles
Garrett of McLean, Va., Janis and Cecil Moon of Neosho, Wis., and the Rev.
Marjorie Shepard Matney of Endicott; two grandaughters, Joann Rames and Mrs.
Michael (Sarah) Farfield; one grandson, Kristopher R. Matney; several
step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 1998, at the
First Baptist Church of Cooperstown with the Rev. Douglas Deer, pastor,
officiating.


Ida Sherman obit Aug 3, 1923, "Otsego Farmer", Cooperstown, NY Mr and Mrs Lewis Spafford attended the funeral of her sister Mrs
Everett Sherman (Ida Balcom) at Mt Vision last Monday
afternoon. Mrs Sherman was the oldest of the family, being
68 yrs old June 16. She was born in Hartwick, but since her
marriage she lived in and around Mt Vision.
She leaves behind her husband, 1 daughter Mrs David Marble, 3
grandchildren, 2 sisters, Mrs Groat of Ilion and Mrs Lewis
Spafford of Hartwick, 4 brothers, James & David Balcom of New
Lisbon, Amasa and Uriah Balcom of Hartwick. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Samantha Shimel SHIMEL - Richfield Springs (no date): Mrs. Samantha Shimel,
widow of Rufus Shimel of South Columbia, died at her home
last evening after an illness of three weeks with heart
disease. Mrs. Shimel was born in the Town of Springfield,
Sept. 11, 1850, the daughter of Samuel Smith and Laura Maria
Ostrander Smith. She and Mr. Shimel were married Jan. 1,
1867 and came to South Columbia to live. Mr. Shimel died 15
years ago. She is survived by a son, Dayton Shimel of
Mohawk, and by a brother, Dayton Smith of this village. The
funeral will be held at her home on Sunday at 2:30, the Rev.
Mr. Ridgeway of Columbia officiating and interment will be in
Springfield Center. Contributed by H. Geywit


James W. Shipman obit March 26, 1891, "Richfield Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY James W. Shipman, formerly of Springfield Center, died in
Brooklyn yesterday morning. The remains will be brought to
this place and funeral services will be held at the residence
of Mr Villeroy Palmer tomorrow at 1 o'clock. Mr Shipman was
a brother of Mrs Palmer and Mrs. H.F. Pier. contributed by Judy Morgan


obit Nov 1, 2003 "The Daily Star" Rena C. Short FLY CREEK VALLEY — Rena C. Short, 79, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1,
2000, — 35 years to the day that her husband died — Feb. 1, 1965.
Rena was born Feb. 8, 1920, in the town of Westford, the daughter of
Harry and Lucy (Pratt) Roseboom. She attended the Westville School. On Aug. 8, 1937, she was married to George L. Short in Westville.
Mrs. Short was a member of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Short is
survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ramona and Joseph Udovich,
with whom she lived; three grandchildren, Colleen Udovich of
Syracuse, Tenley Kaye Udovich of Cooperstown and George Udovich at
home; three sisters, Dorothy A. Smith of Toddsville, Mary Broas of
Montgomery and Bernice Bachanas of Fly Creek; two brothers, Arthur
Roseboom of Westville and Don Roseboom of Toddsville; and many
nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her parents, two
sisters, Bertha Teachout and Grace Roseboom; and five brothers,
Paul, Robert, Freeman, Stanley and Leon. For many years she was employed at the former Drybach and the Carrie
Co. of Binghamton and the Richards Dress Co. and Dietz Street
Manufacturing, Oneonta. She enjoyed nature and watching the deer and
birds near her home. A funeral service will be at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home,
Cooperstown, on Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Eileen
Cornwell, pastor of the Fly Creek Methodist Church, officiating.
Calling hours will be on Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. when the
family will be in attendance. Interment is planned for Wednesday, May
3, 2000, in the Westville Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


March 26, 1920 The Otsego Farmer Ford W. Sibley The announcement of the death at Orlando, Florida, March
18th, 1920, of Ford W. Sibley of typhoid fever, came as a
shock and personal grief to a wide circle of acquaintances
and friends outside the family, and especially so to
Flycreek, where he was born and spent all his life, save for
a year or so after his marriage to Miss Anna Yarrington of
Ilion, in 1906. Later thy went to Flycreek to reside and he
was associated with his father, Denvil Sibley, in the
conducting of the barber shop and general line of gloves and
furnishing goods. He succeeded his father in the business
five years ago, having since added ice cream parlors and
pool-room to the establishment. Quiet and unassuming in his manner, he won and had a
place in the estimation of his fellow citizens few have
equaled, and his demise is deeply felt. He was ever ready to
aid the needy and many can enumerate little acts of kindness
that have brightened the sad lives of the unfortunate. The
sympathy of the entire community will be extended to the
bereaved parents, Mr. and Mrs. Denvil Sibley and the wife and
sister, Mrs. Leon L. Caswell of Ilion. Mr. and MRs. Sibley went to Florida for the winter with
their car, hoping the journey might be beneficial to Mrs.
Sibley, who had been in ill health for some tme and while
there Mr. Sibley in some manner contracted typhoid fever. He
was ill about three weeks, but did not enter the hospital
until his case became very serious. His wife having been a
trained nurse was able to care for him. The funeral which was private, was set for Tuesday
afternoon, but so many people sho had known Ford all his
life, were so desirous to look again upon the face of one
they loved, that the funeral was postponed until Wednesday at
2 p.m., thus affording friends the opportunity they craved of
once more seeing him. Although the silent messenger had
borne hence the
responsive spirit, that always greeted us, with a smile. Among those assembled to pay a last tribute to the memory
of their loved one, with the father and mother and beloved
wife, were Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Caswell and daughters, Gertrude
and jane, Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Hoelsch, Mr. and Mrs. John
Liewyllyn, and William Foster of Ilion, Mr. and MRs. W.M.
Ingersoll of Vernon, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Sibley of
Canastota. The Rev. T.F. Hall officiated and relative of Mr.
Sibley acted as bearers, the body was placed in the Flycreek
receiving vault and burial made later. Contributed by Michelle Culletto


Idora C. Cushman Simmons obit "Richfield Springs Mercury", Nov 22, 1939 Mrs Idora Cushman Simmons, aged 72 years, died Nov 21 at her home
in Little Falls, following a heart attack. Her husband
William C. Simmons died 7 months ago. Mrs Simmons was born
in Richfield Springs, the daughter of Joseph B. and Mary Jane
Dingman Cushman. She received her education in the Richfield
Springs Seminary and high school. On Oct 30, 1895 she was
married to William Simmons in Waterville. Surviving are one son Curtis, and 2 daughters, Mrs Marcus L.
Wood, and Miss Anita Simmons, all of Little Falls, two
sisters, Mrs Jennie Bigelow of Richfield Springs, and Mrs
C.H. Wilson of Syracuse. The funeral was conducted privately
Thursday from her home with Rev. Howard Gilman, Universalist
pastor officiating. Burial in Lakeview Cemetery, Richfield
Springs. Contributed by Judy Morgan


IRENE C. SIMONDS OTEGO--Irene C. Simonds, 61, of Otego, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta. Irene was born in Cooperstown, July 17, 1941, to Irene DECKER. She married Lynwood Simonds at the Otsdawa Baptist Church on Jan. 11, 1969. Irene worked for the Corning Glass Company, Opportunities for Otsego, and as a cook for several area restaurants. In recent years she had worked from her home as a confectioner. She was a member of the Otsdawa Baptist Church and had been a Sunday School teacher, and was past Senior Regent of the Oneonta Moose Lodge. Her favorite activities were bingo, dancing and baking cakes and candy, especially for the community hayride for 30 years. Irene loved to laugh and entertain her friends with the latest jokes. Irene is survived by her husband Lynwood Simonds of Otego, children and mates, sons, Richard William Beers and Del Leach of Rocky Gap, VA; daughters Linda L. Millbower and Bob Piedigrossi of Cortland, NY, Athena Thompson and James B. Mileski of Wells Bridge, NY, Kay and Kenneth D. Bain of Oneonta, Lynn Marie and Andrew Poltz of Afton, NY; brother Leslei Decker of Oneonta; sister, Barbara Davies of Stittville, NY; and grandchildren Jeffrey, Karen, Richard, Thomas, Stephani, Britani and Andrew. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Mary Mouroski. Calling hours will be on Saturday from 2-4 pm and 7-9pm at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta. Interment will be at Otsdawa Cemetery, Otego. Submitted by Carol MacPherson Typed by Annette Campbell


Edgar Smallin obit 3/18/1915, "Farmer & Republican", Cooperstown, NY Edgar Smallin, a highly respected and life long resident of
Maryland died at his home Wednesday of last week. He had
been in poor health for a long time, but was considered as
well as usual until Wednesday when he suffered a severe shock
from which he did not rally. The funeral service was held at
the late home Friday afternoon with interment in McKown
Cemetery. He leaves besides a widow, 2 sons, Charles and
William, and 2 daughters, Mrs Jesse Cross and Mrs Arthur
Kilmer. Contributed by Judy Morgan


obit 1943 (no other date given) Mrs. Edith Smallin, 77, Dies; Funeral Saturday Mrs. Edith (Baldwin) Smallin, 77, Maryland, died yesterday morning about
7 in a nursing home here. Death was caused by heart disease and
complications. Services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 from the
Tillapaugh funeral home, Schenevus, Rev D.M. Corkwell, Schenevus Methodist
minister, officiating. Body will be placed in the Tillapaugh vault to await
interment at Maryland. She was born Sept. 19, 1866, in Westville, a daughter
of Almarin Baldwin, who served with Co. A. 101st New York Volunteers, during
the Civil war, and Lovina Boardman Baldwin. She was married to Charles
Smallin on Nov. 16, 1887, at Westville, the ceremony being performed by Rev.
Stephen Jay. They resided on a farm at Platt hollow for 25 years and in
Maryland for 24 years. She had been a member of the Westville Methodist
church since July 7, 1897. A devoted church worker, she was held in high
esteem by many. Surviving are a son, Percy B. Smallin, 15 Otsego; two granddaughters, Mrs.
Ruth VanSchaick and Mary Jane Smallin, Oneonta; four sisters, Mrs. Lina
Saxton, Mrs. Glen Hall, Mrs. Carrie Ottaway. and Mrs. Bertha Young; and
several nephews and nieces, including Mrs. Florence Stevenson, Schenevus. Contributed by Judy Morgan Rites for Mrs. Edith Smallin Maryland - Last rites for Mrs. Edith Smallin were conducted Saturday
at Tillapaugh funeral home, Schenevus, by Rev. D.M. Corkwell,
pastor of the Schenevus Methodist church. Interment was in
Tillapaugh vault with later burial in Maryland cemetery. Flowers
were sent by American legion, Maryland Christian church, and
groups of friends, neighbors, and relatives. Contributed by Robert Baldwin


Mary Smallin obit Oct 13, 1888 "Otsego Farmer", Cooperstown, NY In Maryland--Sept 29---Mary A. Nellis Smallin, wife of Edgar
Smallin, died in her 43rd year of age. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Community Leader Dies-Oneonta Star Tuesday, April 21, 1959 Funeral for Mrs. Smallin Wednesday The funeral of Mrs. Percy B. Smallin, a leader in many social and community affairs,
will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First Methodist Church. The Rev. Roswell W. Lyon, pastor
of First Methodist Church, will officate, assisted by Russell Smith, student pastor.
Burial will be in Cooperstown Junction Cemetary. Friends may call at their convenience
at Bookhout Funeral Home. The family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 tonight. Mrs. Smallin, the former Edna Hazard, died Sunday in St. Clare's Hospital, Schenectady,
after a short illness. Born in Colliers, she was the daughter of Charles B. and Louisa (Jackson) Hazard,
and was married to Mr. Smallin March 26, 1918, at Cooperstown Junction. For 40 years
she had resided in Oneonta, her home being at 15 Otsego St. HAD MANY FRIENDS Through her love for flowers, her green thumb and other interests she acquired many
friends in many walks of life. For more than 30 years she was a member of the
Official Board of First Methodist Church. She was president of American Legion
Auxiliary 1940-41 and again 1945-46, was regent of D.A.R. in 1952-53 and 1953-54,
and was Sixth District chairman of yearbooks for New York Federated Garden Clubs. Mrs. Smallin also was president of Oneonta Federated Garden Club 1944-45, president of
Burroughs Club 1948-50, president of the Woman's Society of Christian Service 1949-51,
first vice-president of the Woman's Club 1950-51, Otsego County chairman of American
Legion Auxiliary 1946-47, and was Sixth District horticulture chairman for the Federated
Garden Clubs 1940-42 and 1957-59. RECEIVED HIGH HONOR Last year her floral arrangement received statewide recognition, for it was chosen
for New York State Garden Club calendar. During her illness she realized a desire of
long standing for she received her lifetime membership in New York State Federated
Garden Club. Mrs. Smallin also was a member of the Tri-County African Violet Society.
Her standing in the horticultural life of the area was such that she was often asked to
give demonstrations and judge shows. Although flowers were her greatest joy she also was
a connoisseur of antiques, and had achieved hobby skills at oil painting and hooking rugs.
She was an activity woman until the moment of her illness Although busy she always found
time to accept new responsibilities. Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Dean McGowan Jr. of Albany and Mrs.
Carlton Van Schaick of Schenectady; her sister, Miss Maude Hazard of Broadalbin; and
three grandsons, Thomas, Robert and Gary Van Schaick of Schenectady. Submitted by Judy Morgan


Charles Smallin obit March 17, 1938 Otsego Co, NY Smallin Funeral Rites Are Held at Maryland Rev. L.A. Dykeman and Rev. William Knorr Officiate at Service for Father of Oneontan Maryland, March 15-The funeral of Charles M. Smallin was held at 2 Monday afternoon.
Following a prayer at the home, services were conducted at the Christian church by Rev.
L.A. Dykeman of Worcester, assisted by Rev. William Knorr of South Valley. There
was a profusion of flowers from his many friends and relatives. Interment was made
in the family plot of the Maryland cemetary. Mr. Smallin was born January 6, 1864, the son of Edgar and Mary (Nellis) Smallin. He was
married November 16, 1887, to Edith a Baldwin of Westville. He was a highly respected
resident of Maryland during his entire life and this community as a whole will regret his
passing. He had been an active member of the Christian church for many years. Besides his
widow, he is survived by one son, Percy B. Smallin; two grandchildren, Ruth Eleanor and
Mary Jane Smallin of 85 Elm street, Oneonta; two sisters, Mrs. Nellis Cross and Mrs.
Arthur Kilmer of Wilmington, Del., as well as several nieces and nephews. Others
attending the funeral from out of town included Mr. and Mrs. Martin E. Young and Mr.
and Mrs. Herbert Young of Albany; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Hall of Bainbridge; Mr. and Mrs.
Leslie Stevenson and family of Schenevus; Archis Smallin, Mrs. Carrie Ottaway and Mrs.
William Smallin of Oneonta; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Manning of Elk Creek; and Mr. and Mrs. D.
Stanley Chase of Schenevus. A Brief Mention Among the guests from away at the home of Mrs. Charles Smallin Sunday were her sister,
Mrs. Glen Hall of Bainbridge, and Miss Maud Hazard of Binghamton, the latter a sister of
Mrs. Percy B. Smallin. Submitted by Judy Morgan


Daniel Smith SMITH, Daniel: (undated clipping) Our reported at Van Hornesville
says: At his home in Springfield, Tuesday morning occurred
the death of Daniel Smith. He was born on the old homestead
in Springfield where he spent his whole life of about 80
years. He married Margaret Ely who died 12 days ago. Contributed by H. Geywit


obit Dec 2001 "the Daily Star" Dorothy A. Smith TODDSVILLE — Mrs. Dorothy A. Smith, 75, of Toddsville died Sunday
afternoon, Dec. 16, 2001, at The Meadows. Dorothy was born on
Jan. 20, 1926, in Westford, a daughter of Harry and Lucy (Pratt)
Roseboom. She married Richard F. Smith on May 21, 1943, in
Milford. Mr. Smith died in 1976. Dorothy attended schools in
Westville and Milford, and then devoted her life to raising her
family. Throughout her life, she was also employed as a waitress and cook for
both the Short Stop Restaurant on Main Street in Cooperstown and
the Hyde Park Diner. For more than 21 years, she was associated
with the Cooperstown Diner on Main Street. In the early 1970s,
she moved to LaFayette, and was employed at the LaFayette Diner
in Tully, until she retired in 1982, and returned to the
Cooperstown area. An avid card player, Dorothy enjoyed her
Solitaire games as well as bird watching and crossword puzzles.
She was of the Christian faith. Dorothy is survived by her daughter and four sons: Grace Snyder of
Hartwick, Richard F. Smith Jr. and his wife, Patricia, of
Oaksville, Eugene Smith and his wife, Lois, of Toddsville, Ronald
Smith and his wife, Debbie, of Oppenheim, and Charles Smith and
his wife, Linda, of Cedarville; an adopted daughter, Rose Wikoff
of Mount Vision; two sisters and two brothers, Mary Broas and her
husband, Edward, of Montgomery, Bernice Bachanas and her husband,
Norm, of Fly Creek, F. Arthur Roseboom and his wife, Ida, of
Westville and Donald Roseboom and his wife, Alice, of Toddsville;
14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces and
nephews; and many special friends in Cooperstown, LaFayette and
Tully. She is predeceased by three sisters, Grace Roseboom, Bertha Teachout
and Rena Short; and five brothers, Paul, Robert, Stanley, Freeman
and Leon Roseboom. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at
the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with
Ronald Smith of the Jehovah's Witnesses and son of the deceased,
officiating. Burial will be in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Otsego Farmer Friday, June 5, 1936 ROSEBOOM Elmer Smith Elmer Smith, a highly respected resident of Roseboorn passed away
at his home in Roseboomi Sunday morning, May 24th, at 3:30 a. m. Mr. Smith, son of Jerome Smith and Lucirida Judson Smith, was
born February 13, 1861, in the town, of Middlefield Center
and lived there in that vicinity until May 1927, when he
purchased a home in Roseboorn, where he has since resided. He was united in marriage to Mary A. Tripp on February 25, 1885.
She preceded him, in death by nearly ten months. Mr. Smith's illness began nearly three years ago, at which time
he submitted to an operation at the Fox Hospital in Oneonta. His cheerfulness, patience, and his ability to be about were a
wonder to his friends. Through his last illness, which had
confined him to his bed for thirty-one weeks, there was never
a word of complaint. He was a man who made friends easily
because of his sincere regard and sympathy for others. His
life was truly a reflected glory of Christian, living in his
home, where his helpfulness and kindness was sincere and
true. Mr. Smith has been tenderly cared for during his past illness,
first by his wife, who passed away last summer and since that
time by his sisters-in-law, Mrs. John P. Webb and Miss Etta
Smith, and a brother, Williarn Smith. Funeral services were held from his late home in Roseboorn on
Wednesday, May 27th at 2 p. m. The officiating clergyman was
the Rev. Irvin Kelly, pastor of the Presbyterian church of
Middlefield: Center, of which Mr. Smith had for many years
been a member before coming to Roseboorn where he united with
the local M. E. church. Mr. Smith is survived by two nephews, Glen Morrison, of Pleasant
Brook, and Louis Barnum, of Middlefield Center.; a brother-
in-law, William Smith, of Roseboorn; two sisters-in-law, Mrs.
John P. Webb, of Middlefield Center, and Miss Etta Smith, of
Roseboorn; several cousins and a host of friends and
neighbors. The funeral was largely attended by relatives, friends and
neighbors, who were present to pay their last respects to one
whom they; had known as a friend and neighbor, and who has
how gone to his eternal reward. He was laid at Test in the family plot at Middlefield Center
Cemetery. Truly, by the death of Elmer Smith, Roseboorn has
lost one of its best loved citizens. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Margaret Ely Smith SMITH, Margaret Ely: (undated clipping) Our Springfield reporter
writes: On Friday morning, Feb. 24, Mrs. Daniel Smith, an
old and respected resident aged 70 years and 13 days, passed
away. She was loved by all who knew her and always willing
to assist others in whatever way her aid was needed. She
leaves a husband and two daughter besides other near
relatives and a large circle of friends to mourn her
departure. Contributed by H. Geywit


The Otsego Farmer 1935 Mrs. Mary A. Tripp Smith The death of Mrs. Mary A. Tripp Smith, a native of the town of
Middlefield, occurred Tuesday, morning at about 6 o'clock at
the Lutheran Home for Aged and Infirm People at Clinton,
following a long illness as the result of a shock. Mrs. Smith was the daughter of Edwin Robert and Almaretta (Adams)
Tripp, and was born in the town of Middlefield, December 4,
1851. She spent her younger years in Middlefield and was
united in marriage with Adelbert Smith of that town. They
lived on the home farm and later in the village of
Middlefield Center moving to Cobleskill about fifty years
ago. She had been a member of the family at the Home at
Clinton for the past seven or eight years. Mr. Smith passed
away some ten years ago. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Hugh H. Bigelow of Lynn, Mass.,
and one sister residing at Syracuse; two brothers, Stephen C.
Tripp of Springfield, Ill., and Edwin Tripp of Vetendorth,
Iowa, and one half-brother, Byron Tripp of Middlefield
Center. The late Mrs. Edric Mason of Grasslands was a sister. The funeral will be held at the Home at Clinton Friday morning at
10 o'clock and the body will be brought to Cooperstown for
burial in the family plot at Lakewood cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Viola H. Smith obit April 23, 1993 Greene, New York GREENE------------Viola H. Smith, a resident of the New York State Veterans
Home in Oxford, entered into rest on Wednesday, April 21, 1993. She was
predeceased by her husband, Leon W., four sisters, Leila Brown, Susie Earing,
Gladys Blanchard, and Cora Beach, all of Otsego County, two daughters, Leta
Place and Alma Hollenbeck. Viola Harriet Baldwin was born on April 1, 1902 to
Edsel and Libbie (Vanderveer) Baldwin at Westford. A lifelong area resident
she lived in Greene from 1959 until 1987, when she entered the Veteran's Home. She is survived by one sister, Mae Roberts of Cobleskill, one brother and
sister-in-law, Raymond and Albena Baldwin of Richfield Springs, five sons and
four daughter-in-laws; Willard and Alcina Smith of Windsor, Ambrose and
Hedy Smith of Bainbridge, Richard and Joann Smith of Newburgh, Vernon
Smith, Sr. of Greene, and Raymond and Betsy Smith of Kirkwood, 20 grandchildren,
nearly 50 great-grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren, dozens of
nieces, nephews, and cousins. A commemorative service was held at the Root Funeral Home, 23 North Chenango
St, Greene on Sunday afternoon with Rev. Paul Campbell, Pastor of the
Christian Missionary and Alliance Church of Greene, officiating, Burial
will be in the Plains cemetery, Oneonta at a later date. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Mrs. Jesse J. Spargo April 18 Portlandville---Mrs. Wilhelmina May Spargo, 80, a former Corning
resident, died Thursday afternoon at the Radcliffe Nursing
Home in LAURENS after a long Illness. Born in Corning Jan.
18 1892, she was the daughter of John and Louisa Pock. She
married Jesse James Spargo Oct. 14, 1913. Mrs. Spargo was a
member of the Portlandville United Methodist Church and the
MILFORD American Legion Ausiliary. She was also a Gold Star
mother of World War II. Surviving are: her husband, residing
in East Springfield; four daughters, Mrs. Roy (Mildred)
Monroe of East Springfield, Miss Leona M. Spargo of UNADILLA,
Miss Helen R. Spargo of COOPERSTOWN, and Mrs. E. Nina (Rose)
Simond of ONEONTA; one son, J. Paul Spargo of Mahopak; two
sisters, Mrs. Florence Mathewson of Beaven Dams and Mrs.
Bertha Gridley of Corning; three brothers, Henry, Frank and
Alfred Pok, all of Corning area; five grandchildren, seven
great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday afternoon and evening at the Pillapaugh
Funeral Home in MILFORD, where services will be held at 2 pm
Monday, with the Rev. Michael C. Shyna, pastor of the Milford
United Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be in
Milford Cemetery. Contributed by Annette Campbell


Alton Sperry COOPERSTOWN-Alton Sperry, 79 of Cooperstown RD3, a retired dairy farmer and
racetrack groom, died Friday, February 21. He had been in ill health for some
time. He was born June 9, 1895 in Westford, a son of Miles D. and Carrie Bell
(Houghtaling) Sperry. He married Grace N. Bostwick on October 1, 1921 in
Middlefield. Mrs. Sperry died February 16, 1955. He formerly owned and operated a dairy farm at Laurens and had always been
employed by the late H.W. Sheldon of Oneonta, a prominent livestock dealer
of the Oneonta area. He retired several years ago and in 19-- was last
employed as a groom at Vernon Downs. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Martin (Edith C.) Delello, 8 Chesterstreet;
Mrs. Robert (Louise E.) Peebles, Peebles Hill Road, Oneonta RD; Mrs. Claudine
J. Sabedra, Otego; Mrs. Leo (Agnes A.) Rous, Otsdava Road, Otego, RD1, and Mrs.
Neva Crawford, Norwich; four sons, Ernest D. Sperry, Prosser Hollow, Oneonta,
RD2; Russell A. Sperry, Laurens; Donald R. Sperry, Burlington Flats, and Roger
D. Sperry, Otsdawa Road, Otego, RD1; 31 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren, and a brother, DeWitt Sperry, RD2, N.Y. The funeral and committal will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 23, at the Bookhout
Funeral Home, Oneonta, with the Rev. John A. Zoller, pastor of the West Oneonta
Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be later in Elk Creek Cemetery, Schenevus. Friends may call at their convenience Saturday and until service time Sunday. The family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday. (1975) SPERRY-Mr. Alton, 79, of Cooperstown, N.Y., formerly of West Oneonta and Laurens,
died Friday Feb. 21. Funeral and Committal services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday,
February 23, in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta. The body will
be placed in the Bookhout Funeral Home Private Vault to await later burial in the
Elk Creek Cemetery, Schenevus. Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home ________. Correction Incorrectly identified in the obituary of Alton Sperry, 79, of Cooperstown on
Saturday in The Daily Star was a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Louise) Peebles of
Peebles Hill Road, Oneonta, RD 1. Another daughter, Mrs. Lee (Agnes A.) Rous, and
a son, roger D. Sperry, live at Otego RD 2, and brother, DeWitt Sperry, at
Stanley RD 2. Mr. Sperry worked as a groom at Vernon Downs from 1960 to 1968. Contributed by Robert A. Baldwin


Mrs. Grace Sperry Mrs. Grace N. Sperry, 51, of West Oneonta, died yesterday at Fox Hospital where
she had been a patient for six weeks. Funeral services will be held at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., at 2 p.m.
Friday, with the Rev. John Michael; pastor of West Oneonta Baptist Church, officiating.
The body will be placed in the funeral home vault for burial later in Elk Creek
Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience. Mrs. Sperry was born Aug. 15, 1903, in Westford, daughter of James and Ella (Baldwin)
Bostwick. She was married to Alton Sperry, who survives, on Oct. 1, 1921, at
Middlefield. She had lived in West Oneonta for four years. She was a nurses aid, and
a member of the West Oneonta Baptist Church and a member of the West Oneonta Fire
Department ladies' auxillary. Also suriving are four sons, Ernest, of Oneonta RD 2; Russell, of Westford; Donald
and Roger, at home; five daughters, Mrs. Edith Delello, 8 Chester St.; Mrs. Neva
Crawford, Otego RD 2; Mrs. Louise Peebles, 267 Chestnut St.; Mrs. Anges Rous, Otego
RD2; Miss Claudine Sperry, at home; 13 grandchildren; three brothers, Lee Bostwick,
Schenectady; Ralph Bostwick, Otego; Percy Bostwick, West Edmeston and two sisters,
Mrs. Frances Roberts, Middlefield, and Mrs. L.E. Ritchey, Schenevus RD 1. (15 February 1955) Contributed by Robert A. Baldwin


Daniel Springer SPRINGER - Daniel (1885) - Mr. Daniel Springer an old and
respected citizen of Richfield, departed this life April 9th,
1885 in the 80th year of his age. Most of his life was spent
on a farm near the Kyle in Herkimer county where by diligence
in business, economy and honesty, he accumulated quite a
large property. Twelve years ago Mr. Springer retired from
his farm and moved into Richfield Springs which continued to
be his home till his death. He was a man of strictest
integrity and honor in dealings with his fellow men, a
devoted husband, a kind father, a true friend and an obliging
neighbor. His funeral was largely attended last Sabbath
afternoon from his late residence on Lake Street. Mr.
Springer has two sons, both of whom died before him. A grand
-son and a grand-daughter and a wife survive him. He came to
his grave in full age "like as a shock of corn cometh in its
season." Contributed by H. Geywit


Louisa St. John The Morris Chronicle, December 31, 1879, Vol. XII, No. 47, Whole No. 667. Mount Vision.- Mrs. Louisa St. John died of lung disease on Tuesday last, aged about 70 years. (page 3)


Julia O. Stannard STANNARD: Mrs. Julia O. - Mercury 1920: Mrs. Julia O. Stannard
who had been a resident of Springfield for many years, passed
away on Monday night, December 22d at her home hear the
Little Lakes after a brief illness. Mrs. Stannard had
attained to the ripe age of 89 years and still had a good use
of all her faculties. The funeral was held at her home at
12:00 o'clock on Thursday, December 25, the Rev. William E.
Marshall of East Springfield officiating. Burial at
Springfield Center. Mrs. Stannard leaves a son, Robert
Stannard of Little Lakes and a daughter, Mrs. Carrie Holmes
and ten grandchildren in all. The sudden death of a son,
William Stannard of Middlefield recently was a great shock to
Mrs. Stannard and probably was the means of hastening her
death. However, she had the best of care that kind hands
could administer in the persons of daughter, Mrs. Holmes and
the grandson Arthur Stannard who had lived with her in late
years. Mrs. Stannard was a woman prominent in affairs in the
town of Springfield during the last fifty years. Among her
duties was that of a teacher in the Ladies' Seminary at
Springfield while that institution was in thriving condition.
Also, she took a very prominent part in all the departments
of Springfield Presbyterian Church, her husband being a
Ruling Elder for a number of years. Mrs. Stannard had many
friends not only in Springfield but throughout the county and
in other parts of the state, being one of the many
personalities who helped to uphold the high standards of
truth and right living during the last half of the 19th
century. Contributed by H. Geywit


Edgar Sterling The Otsego Republican, August 20, 1890, Vol. 62, No. 1. Edgar Sterling died at Oneonta on Monday of heart failure. He has been in the employ of the D. & H. and Erie R. R. and was a member of the I. O. of O. F. He leaves a wife and child. (page 2)


Gertrude Stimers obit March 19, 1936, "Richfield Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY The death of Gertrude L. Layman Stimers, wife of Mortimer
Stimers, occurred in Hudson City Hospital March 16. She was
a native of the town of Otsego. In addition to her husband
there survive, the mother, 2 brothers, William Layman of
Otsego and Earl Layman of Richfield Springs, 2 sisters, Mrs
Clifford Drake and Miss Bertha Layman. Contributed by Judy Morgan


J A Sturgis The Morris Chronicle, July 16, 1879. Vol. XIII, No. 23, Whole No. 643. Mr. J.A. Sturgis died very suddenly last Thursday, at 11 P. M. He had not felt well for a few days previous to his death. A post-mortem examination of the body by Drs. Wickes and Thorpe, disclosed a rupture of the arterys near the heart, the blood having assumed, in the coatings of the artery, the look and appearance of liver. His funeral services were observed from the M. E. church last Sunday at 1 o'clock; and the remains were interred in Prentice cemetery. (page 3)


obit 12/27/2004 "The Daily Star" George W. Stockigt RICHFIELD SPRINGS — George W. Stockigt, 51, Linden Avenue, passed
away peacefully, with the comfort of his family by his side,
Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, in his home. George was born Feb. 17, 1953,
in New Berlin, a son of the late Hubert and Pearl Bogart
Stockigt. A
lifelong area resident, he was a graduate of Richfield Springs High
School. On Jan. 29, 1977, he married Denise Lewis in Schuyler Lake, a
blessed and loving union of 27 years. George worked for the New York
Susquehanna Western Railroad in Cooperstown. His favorite hobbies
included dairy farming and helping out with the Dyn Farms in the
Schuyler Lake area.
One of his greatest pleasures in life was his love for his wife,
children and especially his grandchildren. George was known for his
special touch that made a child smile. He will be always remembered
as a kind, gentle man who was more than willing to help anyone. Besides his wife, Denise, he is survived by three sons and their
families, Daniel, his wife, Edria, and their son, Daniel, of
Richfield Springs, Lawrence, his companion, Cassandra, his son,
George, and his mother, Missi, and his daughter, Destiny, of Ilion,
and Michael and his wife, Veronica, of Richfield Springs; a daughter,
Juanita Stockigt, her companion, Greg Mullin, and their son, Damion,
of Ilion; four brothers, Ernest Stockigt and his wife, Louise, Peter
and his wife, Roberta, all of Frankfort, Jess and his wife, Crystal,
of Gloversville, and Richard Stockigt of Sherburne; four sisters,
Cindy Wilber and her husband, Mark, of Bainbridge, Rachel Couse of
Maryland, Caroline Sullivan and her husband, Skip, and Lydia "Daisy"
Perry of Richfield Springs. Also surviving are several nieces,
nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, in J.
Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs,
with the Rev. John Young officiating. The family was present in the
funeral home Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m. to receive family and friends.
Interment in Schuyler Lake Cemetery will take place this spring. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Jasper D. Stone obit 5/22/1965, "Oneonta Star", Oneonta, NY Edmeston---Jasper D. Stone, 90, New Lisbon, died Friday at the
Otsego Co infirmary after a short illness. The funeral
service will be at 2 pm Sunday from Johnson Funeral Home,
Edmeston. Burial will be at Mt Hope Cemetery, Norwich. He was born 8/13/1874 in New Lisbon, a son of Isaac and Mary Jean
Gardner Stone. He married Bertha Palmer 9/25/1893, she died
in 1924. He then married Bertha Edson 4/25/1925, she died in
1950. Survivors include a daughter Minnie Westcott, Florida,
a son Jesse Stone of Oriskany Falls, several grandchildren
and nieces and nephews. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Jane Sweet The Morris Chronicle, Nov. 20, 1878 MRS. JANE SWEET of Laurens, who recently went to California, thinking to benefit her health, died in San Diego, that State, on the 7th inst. She was about 50 years of age. (page 3)


Obituary of Mrs. Mary Starr Otego, New York Otsego County Unknown Newspaper Publication Date: Sat., October 9, 1915 Otego, Nov. 12 - The death of Mrs. Mary Starr, a higly esteemed resident, occurred at
her home here Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The deceased was born in New Lisbon,
December 30, 1832. Her maiden name was Mary Briggs. She became united in marriage to
Eli Starr in 1882 and thereafter resided in the vicinity of Otego. She was a sincere
Christian and had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church. The funeral will be held at her late home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. R.E.
Lesh will officiate and interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Contributed by Lori Driver


WESLEY E. TENNANT JR. Published: Monday, March 12, 2007 10:54 AM CDT DURHAM, N.H. - Wesley E. Tennant Jr., 89, of Durham, N.H., died Friday
(March 9, 2007) in Exeter Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Gloversville in 1917. He graduated from Oneonta High School,
Oneonta, in 1935 and from Hartwick College, Oneonta, in 1939. He received
his master's degree from Alfred University, Alfred, in 1950. He served in
World War II from 1942-1946 as an Army platoon sergeant, primarily in Hawaii. During his life, he was a teacher at Arkport Central School, Arkport, and
Greenwood Central School, Greenwood. He then went on to become principal of
Bradford Central School, Bradford; Greenwood Central School, Greenwood;
Falconer Central School, Falconer; and Avon Central School in Avon. He
retired from the Steuben-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services
(BOCES) for the State of New York in Bath. He was very active and a lifelong member of the Masons. His main passion was
bridge, which evolved into playing in several bridge clubs and eventually
directing a duplicate bridge club. He earned several master points and also
taught bridge. He was also very interested in bowling and was part of several
leagues in his lifetime. He had a keen interest in railroads, crossword puzzles,
jigsaw puzzles, and reading. He married Ethel C. Maibaum in 1942, and had two children. Since April 2005,
he resided at the Inn at SpruceWood in Durham, N.H. He is survived by his
daughter, Kaye Stinson and son-in-law, David Stinson of Newmarket, N.H.;
and his sister-in-law, Dorothea Maibaum of Morton. Predeceasing him were his
wife, Ethel C. Maibaum; daughter, Gail M. Michaels; his father, Wesley E.
Tennant Sr.; and his mother, Leora Baker. A private graveside service will take place at the convenience of the family,
with interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville. Contributed by Annette Campbell


obit 3/26/1914, "Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Christina Dingman Thayer The funeral for Mrs Christina Thayer, widow of the late Marcenus Thayer, was held
Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the home of her only son William Thayer. Rev William Martin
of the Baptist church officiated with burial in Lakewood Cemetery at Cooperstown.
She was held in the highest esteem and respected and possessed a kind heart and a
kindly disposition. She is survived by her son William C. Thayer, her daughter, Mrs
Frank (Cylda) Congdon died several years ago. She is also survived by 2 grandsons,
Grover C. Thayer and Thayer Congdon of Richfield Springs, and a granddaughter Mrs
Frances Thayer Reed. Contributed by Judy Morgan


October 19, 1934 The Otsego Farmer Mrs. Emergene Thayer The death of Mrs. Emergene Thayer occurred Sunday afternoon at
her home north of Westville on the Cherry Valley creek after
a number of years of declining health. Mrs. Thayer was the daughter of the late Samuel J. and Almira
Eliza (RICH) Bates and was born in a log cabin on Cornish
Hill May 19, 1844. She always resided in Middlefield
township, the last sixty-two years having been in the home in
which her death occurred. She was united in marriage to
James Thayer of Middlefield, whose death occurred twenty-five
years ago. Surviving are two daughters, Miss Laura Thayer, residing at home,
and Mrs. Mary M. Thayer of Cooperstown; one son, Lewis Thayer
of Westville; six grandchildren, Mrs. Emergene Thayer Thorn
of Cooperstown, Mrs. Claude Talbot of Oneonta, Squire Taylor
of Milford, Mrs. Paul Cornish and Theron of Schenectady, and
Florence Saxton Smith, formerly of Bowerstown. The funeral services were held from her late home Thursday
afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial at the Westville cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Marcenus Thayer obit "Utica Herald Dispatch", March 6, 1907 Marcenus Thayer died suddenly Sunday of apoplexy at age 71. He was born and always
resided on the farm, but at the time of his death he was at his son William
Thayer's a short distance away. Mr Thayer died without regaining consciousness. He was a prosperous farmer and a well-known man. He is survived by his widow the
former Christina Dingman and one son, William Thayer, and three grandchildren. Contributed by Judy Morgan


obit July 1939 Franklin, NY Hattie Baldwin Thomas (From Franklin correspondent) Mrs Hattie Baldwin Thomas died Monday morning at nine in the Walton
hospital where she was being treated for heart trouble. About a
year ago she suffered a shock which incapacitated her from
walking and she was confined to her room the greater part of the
time. Funeral services were conducted at Howard's funeral home
Thursday at 2 o'clock with Rev. Meredith Dallman officiating.
Burial was made in the Ouleout Valley cemetery. Mrs Thomas was born at Schenevus on Sept 15, 1878, the daughter of
Orrin Baldwin and Christina Owen Baldwin. She is survived by
her husband, Benjamin Thomas, of Merrickville, one daughter, Mrs
Douglas Dunshee, and one brother, also of Merrickville, two
sisters, Mrs Bert Upright of Oneonta, and Mrs John White of
Caldwell, N.J., four grandchildren of Merrickville and several
nieces and nephews. Mrs Thomas was highly respected by all who
knew her. The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to
the sorrowing family. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Amanda Thompson Republican and Democrat, Saturday, January 7, 1871 (Cooperstown, Otsego County) DIED. (page 3) THOMPSON- In Burlington Flats, N. Y., Dec. 18, 1870, Mrs. Amanda Thompson, aged 65 years.


March 31, 2007 The Daily Star Jon "Pete" Thorsland Jon "Pete" Thorsland, 62, passed away Monday, May 28, 2007, in
Cooperstown after a courageous battle with cancer.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Pete was
born April 20, 1945, in Oneonta, the son of Casper and Joyce
Thorsland. He was predeceased by his parents; and brother, Martin Thorsland.
Pete was a lifetime resident of Otego. He joined the Navy
right from high school. After serving, he became a member of
the local 643 Oneonta Laborers Union. Pete married Joyce Thorsland on Dec. 17, 1995.
He built his own home and enjoyed caring for it. He also
loved rebuilding engines, cleaning up antiques, going to
auctions and garage sales, riding his four-wheeler and
spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Thorsland, at home; two sons,
Mica Thorsland, of Oneonta, and his wife and two daughters,
and Rodney Thorsland, of Wells Bridge, and his fianceé; a
stepson, John Williams, of Otego, and his family; three
siblings, Sonja Davie of Cooperstown, and her husband; Eric
Thorsland of Maryland, and his wife; and Michael Thorsland,
of West Oneonta, and his wife; a sister-in-law, Judy
Thorsland, of Saratoga; a mother-in-law, Lela Bolacker, of
Bayonat, Fla.; and several aunts, cousins, nieces and
nephews. Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday,
June 2, 2007, in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St.,
Oneonta. A service to celebrate the life of Pete will be held
at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions in Pete's memory may be made to the SPCA, 4841
State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Contributed by Michele Culletto


The Daily Star Jan 7, 2005 Joyce Thorsand OTEGO — Joyce Elizabeth (Parslow) Thorsland, 86, of Otego died
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005. She was born in Blenheim on March 20, 1918, the daughter of
Martin and Esther (Shafer) Parslow. She attended Hartwick
College. She married Casper Thorsland in 1936. Mr. Thorsland died in 1984.
Joyce was a presser at the Oneonta Dress Factory for 25
years. She loved to cook and bake for her family. She adored
cats, especially Siamese, and was always kind to the strays
that showed up on her doorstep.
Joyce was cherished and loved by her family and friends. Her
warmth and generosity, her wonderful sense of humor and her
courage and strength inspired everyone who knew her. Joyce is survived by a daughter, Sonja Davie, and her husband,
Raymon, of Cooperstown; three sons, Eric Thorsland and his
wife, Jessie, of Maryland, Jon Thorsland and his wife, Joyce,
of Otego, and Michael Thorsland and his wife, Barbara, of
West Oneonta; a daughter-in-law, Judith Thorsland, of
Saratoga Springs; three sisters, Marjorie Pattee, of Clifton
Park, Arleen Haig, of Ballston Lake, and Kay Foley, of
Scottsdale, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren, Lori (John), Stephen
(Sharon), Brett (Mendy), Derek, Stephanie, Colin, Christine
(Joe), Martin, Mica (Debbie), Rodney, Gerri (Brian), and
Chad; as well as 17 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Martin Thorsland in 1998, and a
bother, Kent Parslow.. Funeral and committal services for Joyce E. Thorsland will be
held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, in the Bookhout Funeral
Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Eileen Cornwell,
pastor of the Elm Park United Methodist Church, Oneonta,
officiating. Spring burial will take place in the Westville Cemetery. Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home in Oneonta from 2
to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at which time the family will be in
attendance. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the
Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 507
Kent St., Utica, NY 13501 in memory of Joyce E. Thorsland.
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta. Contributed by Michele Culletto


The Otsego Farmer Friday, October 11, 1935 Charles L. Tripp Charles L. Tripp, aged seventy-four years, died at his home on
the east side of the Susquehanna River Friday morning,
October 4, 1935. Mr. Tripp had been in failing health for
some time, and since the death of his wife June 1, his
decline had been more rapid. Mr. Tripp was born August 16,1861,at Laurens and was the son of
Henry and Ennneretta Couse Tripp. He married Luella Hubbard
and for the past twenty-six years he had resided oh the farm
where he died. For a number of years he was one of the
assessors of the town of Milford. He is survived, by one son, Claude Tripp, and by one
granddaughter, Dorothy Tripp, both of Portlandville. Funeral services were held from his late home Sunday afternoon,
with the Rev. R. B.. Glazier of the Portlandville M. E.
church officiating, with burial in the Westville cemetery. Contributed by Michele Culletto


November 8, 1956 The Otsego Farmer Mrs. Clair Tumber Mrs. Clair (Cornish) Tumber, aged 86, died Sunday morning at home
after a long illness. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tillapaugh
Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Frederick Frasier, retired
minister of Richfield Springs, Officiating. Burial will be
in Milford Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home
tonight. Mrs. Tumber was born in Westville January 3, 1870, daughter of
LeGrand (LeGranson) and Julia (Saxton) Cornish. She was
twice married, Her first husband was Jesse Roberts, who died
in 1910. She was later married to William Tumber. Surviving are three grandchildren; Mrs. Dean Winsor and Clifton
Cook, Jr., Milford, and Mrs. Robert Foster, Schenectady; a
sister, Mrs. Betsy Werner, Canastota, and four great
grandchildren. Contributed by Michele Culletto


Anrelius Tunnicliff TUNNICLIFF, Anrelius (4/27/1887) Mr. Anrelius Tunnicliff died at
his residence in this village Wednesday afternoon after an
illness of less than an hour's duration from apoplexy. Mr.
Tunnicliff was one of our oldest and most respected citizens
and his loss will be mourned by a large circle of relatives
and friends. A descendant of an old English family, he was
born in the adjoining town of Warren and had always lived in
this vicinity. His genial disposition and warm-hearted
hospitality made his home the rendezvous of social life and
gaiety and on one ever came away from it without feeling that
Mr. Tunnicliff and his amiable and accomplished wife had done
all in their power to render every visitor happy. His wife's
death occurred some fifteen years ago, after which Mr.
Tunnicliff sold his fine home in Warren and has since resided
with his relatives, Miss. C. M. Tunnicliff and Mrs. J. F.
Getman where in his old age he has been made the recipient of
all that love, care and sympathy could bestow. Although past
the allotted age of man, Mr. Tunnicliff retained his genial
disposition and to the last was a favorite companion of the
young and a welcoming hot to all. The funeral will be held
from Tunnicliff Cottage Sunday at 2 p.m. Contributed by H. Geywit


Richard W. Tunnicliff TUNNICLIFF, RIchard W.: In this village, March 17th, 1891
Richard W. Tunnicliff, aged 85 years, 10 months and 15 days.
Richard W. Tunnicliff was born in the town of Warren,
Herkimer county May 2d, 1805. The early part of his life was
spent in the town of his birth. He first embarked in
business in Schuylers Lake village by purchasing what is now
the Christman House. He built the store which is attached to
the hotel and carried on trade for a number of years. He
afterward lived five years in Bridgewater and moved to this
place thirty-five years ago and lived in the house on Lake
Street known as the Tunnicliff House, recently known as
Tunnicliff Lawn, all these years. He was twice married and
had five children. By his first wife, Eliza Jane May, a
native of Schuylers Lake, he had two daughters both of whom
survive him, one of them, Mrs. Fannie Harrington lives at
Tunnicliff Lawn and had cared for his home for several years,
the other daughter, Mrs. Brown, resided in Illinois. By his
second wife, Miss Clark of Sherburne, he had two sons and one
daughter. One of the sons now lives in Canada and the other
in Nebraska and the daughter in Illinois. Mr. Tunnicliff has
been blessed with remarkable health and vigor for a person so
old until within a very short time. Even the day he died he
was out to dinner with his family and his death was
shockingly sudden. The funeral will be held from his late
residence on Friday at two o'clock. Contributed by H. Geywit


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