From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder

Montgomery County, NY

Contributed by Nancy Robinson.

This file also contains people who aren't related to Nancy. Be sure to read Nancy's qualifying statement at end of listings.



         Mrs. Martha A. Thompson, wife of John B. Thompson and daughter of the late Alexander McGregor, died at 2:30 o'clock this morning at her home on Broadway, in the fifth ward, in the 55th year of her age. Last Saturday night Mrs. Thompson was stricken with paralysis, from which she did not rally. She was a woman of lovely Christian character and was highly esteemed by all with whom she was acquainted. She was a member of the First Reformed church of the south side. She leaves her husband, two sons, Herbert J. and Alexander, her step-mother, two sister, Mrs. Lewis A. Casler and Mrs. Jacob McClumpha, and one brother, John A. McGregor, all of this city. The funeral will be held from the house at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, the Rev J.R. Kyle officiating, and the interment will be made in the Minaville cemetery.

Transcriber Note: Martha Ann McGregor, dau of Alexander McGregor & Deborah Smith married John Bartholomew Thompson, son of Joseph Thompson & Anna Eliza Bartholomew.



         Word was received in Amsterdam today of the death of Miss Celia White, aged 18, at her home in Pelham, N.Y. Miss White was a daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Charles S. White and a granddaughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Milton T. Van Derveer of this city.

NOTE: Celia White is not related to the transcriber.


         KITTIE OCHAMPAUGH, wife of James B. Thompson (sic) died Saturday evening at 8:30 o'clock at her home, 313 Locust Ave, of a complication of diseases, after an illness of five months. She was 61 years old, having been born Nov 16, 1859 at Decatur, Otsego county. Mrs. Thompson had been a resident of Amsterdam for 18 years coming here from Broadalbin, and was a member of the Forest Avenue M.E. church and the eighth ward W.C.T.U. While a resident of Broadalbin, she was prominently identified with the Methodist church there, being a member of the choir and a teacher in the Sunday school. Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, a brother, Amos W. Ochampaugh of this city and a step-son, Herbert Thompson of Dayton, Ohio.

Transcriber Correction Note: Catherine "Kittie" Ochampaugh was the wife of John B. Thompson, not James. She & John married in 1899 after the death of his 1st wife, Martha Ann McGregor in 1898 and was the daughter of Barney Ochampaugh and Pauline Smith who are buried along with Kittie's brother Alberto "Bert" Ochampaugh in Broadalbin Cemetery.



         FORT PLAIN, Jan 10 - Martin Schults, aged 81 years died at the home of his son, Manley Shults, in this village, Monday evening about 7 o'clock. His death was a severe shock to his relatives and friends, inasmuch as he had only been ill since Sunday and his illness was of such nature that his death was not expected. Mr. Shults was a quiet and unassuming man, genial to all, and his death is greatly to be regretted. In politics, he was an ardent Republican, but never cared particularly about holding office himself, although he was an assessor. He was also at one time a county committeeman. He was born in the town of Palatine where he resided for most of his life, following the vocation of a farmer, but after the death of his wife he came to reside with relatives here. He was the son of the late Herman Shults and a member of the Lutheran church of Stone Arabia.

The survivors are as follows: six daughters, Mrs. Meltha Christman of Fonda, Miss Lelah Shults, Mrs. May Nellis, Mrs. Charles Bauder and Mrs. Reuben Empie of Fort Plain and Mrs. Mildred Frederick of Stone Arabie; six sons, Ezra, Manley, and Arthur of Fort Plain, Martin Jr., Earl and Harry of Palatine; two sisters, Mrs. Jeremiah Saltzman of Fort Plain and Mrs. Daniel Cornue of Ilion; also twenty-five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

NOTE: Martin Shults is not related to the transcriber.


         CHRISTOPHER SNYDER died this morning at 12:45 o'clock at his home, 10 Charles street, of a complication of diseases, after an illness of six months, aged 33 years. He was formerly employed at the plant of the Blood knitting company, and during the world war served with the local provisional company that was engaged in guarding local utilities. He was popular in the circles in which he moved, and the announcement of his death will be ......

Transcriber Note: my sincerest apologies, the rest of this obit was inadvertently cut off and I have no way of retrieving it. However, I thought that the partial obit was preferable to not including it at all.

NOTE:Cristopher Snyder is not related to the transcriber.


         MRS. CATHERINE J. AGARD, age 65 died suddenly at the home of her son, 230 Florida avenue, Monday morning, death due to heart disease. Mrs. Agard had been a resident of this city for the past six years, coming here from Troy. During the world war she took an active part in Red Cross work. Mrs. Agard was an attendant at the Reformed church. A woman of fine Christian character, she was beloved by all who knew her. She is survived by three sons, Alfred J., of this city, John, of Troy, Louis K. Agard, Jr., of Hawaii, and two daughters, Mrs. C. Van Arnum of Troy and Mrs. John Gray of Amsterdam.

         The remains to be taken to Troy today and services to be held Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Van Arnum in that city, the Rev. D.M. Countermine officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Troy.

NOTE: Catherine J. Agard is not related to the transcriber.


         MRS. ANN WOJCIK, wife of Stanislaus Wojcik, died Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock at her home, 4 Smith avenue, of a complication of diseases after a lingering illness, aged 46 years. Mrs. Wojcik was born in Poland, but came to this country 27 years ago and has since lived here. She was a member of St. Stanislaus church and the Holy Rosary connected with the church. She is survived by her husband and nine children, Stanislaus, Jr., Frank, Henry, John, Joseph, Catherine, Chester, Louis, Eufryzyna Wojcik. Funeral announcement later.

NOTE: Ann Wojcik is not related to the transcriber.


         MARGARET DESMOND, wife of Walter Nichols, of 62 Second street, died this morning at 3:15 o'clock at St. Mary's Hospital.

         Mrs. Nichols was born at Cohoes, but passed the greater part of her life as a resident of this city. She was a woman of many fine characteristics, devoted to her home and beloved by her neighbors and friends. She was a devout member of St. Mary's church. The announcement of her death will be received with regret by all who knew her.

         She is survived by her husband, eight children, Edward, Mrs. W.T. Gaston, Buffalo; Walter Nichols, Jr., Mrs. Orville Smith, Binghamton, Mrs. Fred C. Ruback, Utica, Matthew N., Mrs. Sarah Bremer and George Nichols of this city and twenty grandchildren.

         The funeral will be held at St. Mary's church at an hour to be announced later.


         ALPHONSO CIMMINO died Monday morning at 5 o'clock at the home of his son, Frank Cimmino, 143 East Main street, aged 80 years. He was a member of St. Michael's church where the funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock, the Rev. Father Ercolani officiating. Interment will be in St. Michael's cemetery.

NOTE: Alphonso Cimmino is not related to the transcriber.


         JOHN THOMPSON of 269 Locust Ave died this morning at 2:45 o'clock at St. Mary's Hospital, aged 74 years. Mr. Thompson was formerly a resident of Florida. He was a member of the Forest Avenue M.E. church. He is survived by a son, H.J. Thompson of Dayton, Ohio and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Smith of Johnstown. The remains were taken to funeral establishment of Edwin L. Wilson. Arrangements for the funeral have not been made.


         The funeral of Mrs. Clarence R. Swart was held was held Monday at her home in Glenville and was largely attended by relatives. There were many floral remembrances. The Rev. W.A. Dumont, pastor of the Reformed Church of Glenville of which Mrs. Swart was a member, officiated. The bearers were W. Seward Hamlin, William H. Hallenbeck, Jacob Smith, Walter Mead, Frank Conde, and Abram Groot. Interment was in the family plot in Glenville Cemetery.



         The funeral of John B. Thompson of 269 Locust avenue was held this morning at 10 o'clock at the funeral parlors of E.L. Wilson on West Main street. The Rev. C.W. S. Becker of the Forest Avenue M.E. church officiated. There were a number of floral tributes. The remains will be placed in the vault of the Chuctanunda cemetery at Minaville, where interment will be made in the spring. Among those in attendance at the services were H.J. Thompson of Dayton, O., and Mrs. Sarah A. Smith of Johnstown.

Transcriber Note: John Bartholomew Thompson (1848-1922)is buried with his 1st wife, Martha Ann "Mattie" McGregor (1843-1898), and two of their four children, Howard Eugene Thompson (1881-1884) and Jessie Thompson (1883-1884).

     Their son, Alexander McGregor Thompson m. Minnie Sophia Gumbert in North Tonawanda, Niagara Co., NY in 1907. He died in 1911 leaving behind his widow and two small daughters, Mildred (1908-1976) & Jessie Martha Thompson (1910-1977) and is buried in Col. John Sweeney Cemetery, North Tonawanda.

     John & Mattie's only surviving son, Herbert J. Thompson (1877-1933) m. Pearl J. Love bet. 1906 - 1907 in Dayton, Ohio. They had three children, John H. Thompson (1908-1953), Evelyn Thompson,, b. abt 1911, who married Phillip Shields of Dayton and Sarah Jane Thompson, b. abt. 1923.  Herbert, Pearl, & their son John are buried in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.

     John B. Thompson's younger brother Isaac H. Thompson, (1850-1821), m. Eleanor Cretser in 1878. Isaac is buried in Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown, NY along with his wife. Their only daughter, Grace Thompson (1879-1923), m. Alonzo Austin Cramer in 1903 and had four daughters, Ruah, Martha, Eleanor and Adella Cramer.

     John & Isaac's sister, Sarah Jane (Thompson) Smith b. 1843, date of death unknown, is buried in Broadalbin Village Cemetery with her husband Eugene Smith (1844-1914) son of John J. Smith and Anna M. Koons. Eugene & Sarah's only daughter Lizzie Smith b. 1871 m. Elmer Ehle abt. 1900 and had two children, Florence M. Ehle, b. abt 1901 and Homer D. Ehle, (1908-1990).

IMPORTANT: some of the people listed above aren't related to Nancy. Please do not email her asking about them as she has no information. The local historical societies will be happy to assist you.

Transcriber Note:

     As always, I am most happy to receive additions or corrections and would be thrilled to hear from any descendants, but other than the Thompson, McGregor, Cretser, Cramer, Smith, Ehle, &  Ochampaugh families, I know nothing of the above people. I ran across their obits during my research and randomly selected some to copy in hopes that others might find them useful. 

     Copies of the originals may be obtained from the Dept of History and Archives, the Old Courthouse, Fonda, NY. If you know the date of death, they will research the old newspaper books for you. However, do keep in mind that there is a fee involved as this is no small task and they have quite a backlog of requests. However, those old newspaper make fascinating reading and hold absolute gems of information and, just as today's newspapers, sometimes misinformation.

Nancy Robinson

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