Part 10

What more can we say about this section? Obituaries not only name relatives and relationships, but often tell vivid stories of people's lives. Please send in your collected Herkimer or Montgomery Counties related obits. Put "OBIT" in the subject heading of your email and name the source of the obit if known. The obits do not have to be long but can be short notices.

Allen, Mrs. Mary Jane Foster Oct 1938
Allen, Persus Apr 1880
Baum Jr., Rev. William Miller Feb 5, 1932
Beekman, Mrs. C. Ap4 16, 1880
Belotti, Mary Jun 15, 1884
Bennette, J. O. H. Jul 9, 1933
Bronk, Freddie Apr 10, 1880
Brown, Charles E. Apr 19, 1919
Buhrmaster, Henry C. Sep 28, 1938
Burke, Loulu Snell Oct 1, 1930
Caney, Mrs. James May 15, 1915
Chriss, Martha Wilhelmina May 22, 1918
Comstock, Mrs. Sarah Mar 5, 1890
Countryman, Mrs. Elizabeth Apr 16,1880
DeGolyer, Frances Hammond Feb 7, 1922
Delong, Peter Jun 15, 1884
Devendorf, Rachael Jan 22, 1918
Dingman, Harvey Oct 16, 1921
Engle, William C. Jan 22, 1937
Fea, John Apr 20, 1931
Fleig, Anna Jan 5, 1920
Flint, Mina Mar 4, 1924
Fox, Minas Apr 13, 1880
Fusmer, Ada Apr 21, 1880
Grantier, Mary Oct 16, 1921
Grower, George ?????
Hale, Christina Jan 4, 1920
Hall, Charles Mar 23, 1918
Hanson, David L. Nov 27, 1928
Harter, Henry L. ?????
Hatch, Mrs. Lucinda Wendell Dec 25, 1881
Hayes, Frances C. May 25, 1919
Hughes, Jay D. Nov 6, 1929
Humphreys, Dr. Frederick H. Jan 14, 1919
Jackson, Elizabeth Lesley Jan 19, 1958
Keller, John H. May 26, 1918
Kienhofer, Patrick Jun 21, 1886
Kline, William Jay Nov 3, 1930
Liddle, Eleanor Blood Jun 22, 1886
McBride, Mary Elizabeth May 22, 1919
Marcellus, Charles Wendell ?????
Marcellus, Corlin Jessie ?????
Marcellus, Stella Florence ?????
Mevin, Lany Magdalena Feb 28, 1863
Miller, Peter J. Apr 17,1880
Minchin, Emma Jane Jun 15, 1884
Moore, Harry E. May 10, 1915
Moyer, Healey E. Apr 19, 1919
Noeltner, Anselm Aug 18, 1901
Otto, Mrs. Apr 21, 1880
Palmer, Leander E. Feb. 18, 1920
Perse, Mrs. Jessie Lowe ?????
Pickett, Mrs. Helen Powers Aug 1948
Pullman, Mrs. Julia E. Jun 1917
Pullman, Rozelle E. Nicholas ?????
Pullman, R. N. Jun 17, 1936
Putman, Jennie Geesler Jan 9, 1920
Rockwell, John R. Dec 8, 1928
Sammons, Mrs. Charles Jul 1899
Shaut, Edward Jan 15, 1910
Shaut, Elmer F. Aug 1889
Shaut, Winslow Jan 15, 1910
Smith, Mrs. Ann ?????
Smith, Burt May 17, 1915
Smith, Mrs. Charles Mar 23, 1918
Smith, Orville 1918
Spraker, George Mar 30, 1913
Staring, George Washington Jun 1884
Turnboul, Andrew A. Jun 10, 1936
Van Horne, Cornelius F. May 19, 1927
Van Patten, Mrs. Howard 1920
Vollmer, Mrs. Andrew Oct 1931
Vunk, Dr. Horatio G. ?????
Walrath, Elnora Agnes Feb 29, 1863
Walrath, George Aug 17, 1899
Walrath, George Irving Feb 13, 1863
Walrath, Laura Ann Feb 12, 1863
Walsh, John May 26, 1918
Wendell, Atabella Gertrude ?????
Wendell, Aurella ?????
Wendell, Charles E. Feb 6, 1924
Wendell, Charlotte Laura ?????
Wendell, Col. Benjamin Apr 11, 1888
Wendell, Elizabeth ?????
Wendell, Ernest B. ?????
Wendell, Galisy W. Apr 3, 1851
Wendell, George ?????
Wendell, Harvey ?????
Wendell, Imelda Leona Jun 18, 1921
Wendell, Jacob ?????
Wendell, Jacob Sep 23, 1884
Wendell, James M. Feb 6, 1924
Wendell, Julia Feb 29, 1884
Wendell, Mrs. Chas. D. Dec 17, 1896
Wendell, Mrs. John D. ?????
Wendell, Mrs. Sarah Fox ?????
Wendell, Mrs. (Rev) John I. May 2, 1871
Wendell, Nancy Fox Gould Sep 3or5, 1850
Wendell, Nelson O. May 3, 1863
Wendell, Oscar ?????
Wendell, Rev. John I. Jun 19, 1873
Wendell, Rev. Jonas Aug 14, 1873
Wendell, Rev. Rufus ?????
Wendell, Sally Louisa ?????
Wendell, Washington ?????
Wendell, William May 1884
Wicks, Charles E. Apr 20, 1914
Wilson, Mildred Aug 3, 1916
Winnie, Elizabeth Apr 18,1880
Wright, Mrs. Sarah A. ?????
Wyszomirski, Frank Jan 1920

new11/8/16  from The Utica Observer, Tuesday, April 1, 1913, page 3


Prof. George Spraker, Native of Village, Victim of Scarlet Fever.

Fort Plain, April 1- Word was received here yesterday of the death of Prof. George Spraker, which occurred at Chicago, Il. after an illness from scarlet fever. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Spraker of this village and had a large circle of friends here who will hear of his death with regret. The deceased was a graduate of the Canajoharie High School training class, St. Lawrence University and the University of Chicago. At the time of his death he was principal of the Hyde Park School of Chicago. He had worked hard for advancement, was well liked and his unassuming manner made many friends for him. The deceased is survived by his parents, two brothers, one of Fort Plain and one of California, and a sister who lives here. The funeral was held yesterday and the remains were buried at Chicago. Prof. Spraker was about 27 years of age.

NOTE: according to the Cook County, Illinois, Deaths Index, George Rice Spraker, age 27, was born in New York on July 14, 1885, and passed away at Chicago, Cook County, IL on March 30, 1913, and was interred at Oakwoods Cemetery on April 1, 1913. George was married, a high school teacher, and resided in Peoria, Illinois. His parents were M. Goodsell Spraker and Alice Rice. According to the Cook County, Illinois Marriages Index, George R. Spraker, age 26, was married at Chicago on December 25, 1911 to Margaret E. Maclear, age 21. In the 1912 Peoria, Illinois city directory, George R. Spraker (wife Margaret M.) was listed as a teacher at Manual Training High School. Widow Margaret remarried within a few years. According to the Cook County, Illinois Marriages Index, Mrs. Margaret M. Spraker, age 27, married on January 3, 1918 at Chicago to Harry W. Stanley, age 21. Harry Stanley was left a widower on January 7, 1926, when school teacher Margaret M. Stanley (Maclear) passed away at age 36 at Chicago. She was interred at Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago IL.

new11/8/16  from The Evening Recorder, Amsterdam NY, Friday, October 23, 1931, page 20

Funeral of Mrs. Andrew Vollmer.

The funeral of Mrs. Andrew Vollmer was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, 59 Rockton street. The Rev. C. W. Smith officiated, assisted by the Rev. Henry C. Petty. The service was largely attended and there were many floral remembrances, including pieces from the Mothers' club of the First Reformed church, the Mohawk Carpet Mills, Inc., the different departments of the mills, and various departments of the Junior High school. The Mothers' club attended in a body. The bearers were Charles H. Vollmer, Henry Vollmer, Clarence Dickson and Clarence Miller. Interment was in Chuctanunda cemetery, Minaville.

new11/8/16  from The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown NY, Thursday, June 11, 1936, page 11


Fultonville Resident Had Been Ill Only Few Days;
Funeral is Saturday

Fultonville - Andrew A. Turnboul, 77, died at his late home on Center street, yesterday morning at 3, after several days illness, suffering a stroke.

Born in the Town of Glen on July 6, 1858, Mr. Turnboul was the son of the late Henry Turnboul and Mary J. Aumak Turnboul. He married Miss Ada Rulison of Glen, who died about three years ago. He resided in Glen for a number of years where he operated a farm. In his early years he was a teacher, having taught in various district schools. He had resided in Fultonville for fifteen years. He sold his farm fifteen years ago, and since then he had lived in retirement. He attended the Fultonville Reformed church.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews. The body was removed to the funeral home of Charles M. Welch where the funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 (Daylight Saving Time). Rev. Fred S. Simmons of Glen will officiate. The interment will be in Chuctanunda cemetery in Minaville.

Follow-up funeral notice:

The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown, NY, Monday, June 15, 1936, page 10


The funeral of Andrew A. Turnboul was held Saturday afternoon at 2, at Welch's funeral home, Fultonville. Rev. Fred S. Simmons officiated. There were many beautiful floral tributes.

The bearers were William A. T. Cassedy, Postmaster Cornelius T. E. Van Horne, K. J. Van Patten and Charles Baird. Interment was in Chuctanunda cemetery, Minaville. Relatives and friends from Belleville, N. J., Pleasantville, Johnstown, Glen, Amsterdam, Tribes Hill and Minaville were in attendance.

new11/8/16  from the Schenectady Gazette, Saturday morning, January 23, 1937, page 4

Engle, Veteran Conductor, Dies

Amsterdam, Jan. 22- William C. Engle, 73, for many years a conductor on the Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Railroad Company, died at 3 o'clock this morning at his home, 200 Guy Park avenue. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at the Johnson and Lindsay funeral home with burial in Chuctanunda cemetery at Minaville.

Mr. Engle was born in the Town of Florida and came to Amsterdam 45 years ago, being employed as a conductor on the old horse-drawn cars of the Amsterdam Street Railway, continuin in the employ of the F. J. and G. railroad until his retirement five years ago. Most of his service with the railroad was as a conductor on the interurban line. He was a member of Artisan Lodge F. and A. M., a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Oriental Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Troy.

The survivors are a daughter, Miss Hazel Engle; a son, Floyd Engle; two brothers, Fred Engle, Scotch Bush, and George Engle, Amsterdam; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

new11/8/16  from The St. Johnsville News, March 27, 1918, front page

Mrs. Charles Smith

Mrs. Charles Smith aged 54 years, passed away at her home in Crum Creek, Saturday afternoon, at 4:30, following an illness of one year of paralysis. Mrs. Smith was a woman of splendid type of character, kind, loyal and self-sacrificing, deeply beloved and devoted to her home and family and when a resident of this village a regular attendant of St. Paul's Lutheran church. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Jacob Smith of Herkimer and Wesley Smith, who resides at home; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Kretser of St. Johnsville and Miss Ruth Smith of Crum Creek; four brothers, Irving Weaver, Stephen Weaver, Philip Weaver of St. Johnsville, Jesse Weaver of Lassellsville; one sister, Mrs. Benjamin Kretser of Lassellsville. The funeral was held on Wednesday at 1 o'clock from St. Paul's Lutheran church in this village, Rev. B. E. Fake, D. D., officiating. The interment was made in Prospect View cemetery.

Charles Hall, a veteran of the Civil War, and one of the best known residents of this section, died at the home of his son, E. R. Hall of West Main street at 2 o'clock Saturday morning. Mr. Hall had been in feeble health for three or four years. For eight years he was partly blind and for a year was totally blind. He was born in England 91 years ago and came to this country when he was 19 years of age. He enlisted in the Civil War in Fonda and served through the full four years of the war without injury. At the close of the war he returned to Freys Bush where he was engaged in farming for 50 years. He was a man whose sterling traits of character won him the respect of many friends, all of whom will regret to learn of his passing. He was a member of the Odd Fellows' lodge in England and was a member of the G.A.R. Besides the son with whom he made his home, he leaves three grandchildren and a sister in England.

new11/8/16  from The Leader Republican, Gloversvile and Johnstown NY, Thursday, September 29, 1938, page 24

Amsterdam - Henry C. Buhrmaster, 77, for 13 years caretaker of Chuctanunda cemetery at Minaville, died yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Campbell, Glen. He was born in Germany, coming to this country when he was 19 years old and residing in Minaville and vicinity since, engaged most of the time in farming. He was a member of Minaville Methodist church.

new11/8/16  from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Tuesday, February 7, 1922, page 10

Mrs. Frances Hammond DeGolyer.

Mrs. Francs Hammond DeGolyer, aged 74, widow of John DeGolyer, died at 4:40 o'clock this morning at the home of her son, Jacob DeGolyer, 2 DeGraff street, after an illness of a week. Mrs. DeGolyer, who was widely known in the city, was employed for many years in the No. 1 knitting mill of A. V. Morris & Sons, having entered service there when the mill was built and continuing until about two years ago, when she was obliged to retire because of the infirmities of age. Mrs. DeGolyer is survived by two sons, Fred and Jacob, and a daughter, Miss Harriet DeGolyer, all of this city, and a brother, Cyrus Hammond of Fonda.

new11/8/16  from the St. Johnsville Enterprise and News, Wednesday, April 23, 1919, front page

Healey E. Moyer

Healey E. Moyer, aged 61 years passed away Saturday night at 9:00 o'clock at his home on West Main street. He was a native of the town of Minden and lived on a farm on the Dutchtown road until a few months ago when he with his family removed to this village. He was a man of excellent character and highly respected. He is survived by his wife and children. Funeral services were held from the residence Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. B. E. Fake officiating. Interment in Fort Plain cemetery. H. S. Van Antwerp had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Charles E. Brown

The funeral of Charles E. Brown was held Monday from the home of his son, Earl, on Main street, Dolgeville and from the Oppenheim Center church, Rev. William J. Hart of the M. E. Church officiating and burial was made in the Brown cemetery.

Mr. Brown died Saturday at the home of his son. He had come to town Friday with a load of wood and while he was delivering it, was suddenly stricken with paralysis. He was taken to the home of his son where his condition rapidly grew worse until the end.

Mr. Brown always lived in the town of Oppenheim where he was born in 1848, the son of Nathan Brown and Harriet Swartwout Brown. His occupation was that of farmer. He was well known and highly regarded and his death causes much regret. He was married in 1875, to Miss Alice Bolster. Surviving are the wife and three sons, Earl of Dolgeville, John of Oppenheim and Edwin of Johnstown.

new11/8/16  from the St. Johnsville Enterprise, Wednesday, August 9, 1916, front page

Child Dies of Disease

Miss Mildred Wilson, the 11 years old daughter of Mrs. Edward Wilson died at her home in Sharon Springs on Thursday night of infantile paralysis, with which she was taken several days ago. Although this is the first case in Sharon Springs it is thought the deceased contracted this dreadful disease from one of the people from the city. The Wilsons have been quarantined in one part of their home since the little girl was taken ill. Besides her mother she is survived by one brother, Edward Wilson of Amsterdam.

new11/8/16  from the St. Johnsville Enterprise and News, Wednesday, May 28, 1919, front page

Mrs. Mary E. McBride

Mary Elizabeth McBride, widow of John McBride, passed away at 10:30 Thursday night at her home in Kingsbury avenue after a short illness with paralysis.

Mrs. McBride was born at Greenwich, Washington County, and had lived in St. Johnsville 60 years. October 18, 1865, she married John McBride after he came back from service in the navy during the Civil War. Mrs. McBride was formerly a member of several social and fraternal clubs, but after the death of a daughter, Mrs. George T. Snell, in November, 1910, and her husband, September 10, 1911, she withdrew from all social activities.

Mrs. McBride leaves two daughters, M. S. McBride and Mrs. Leah A. Devendorf of this village; two sisters, Mrs. W. S. Briggs of Schenectady and Miss L. M. Smith of this place; two grandsons, Leo M. Snell of Syracuse and John C. Devendorf who is on the U.S. transport Housatonic, now enroute to France.

The funeral of Mrs. Mary McBride was conducted from the residence on Kingsbury avenue Sunday at 3:00 p.m., Rev. H. Curtis Ficken officiating. Interment was made in Prospect View cemetery.

Among those who were in attendance from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Leo M. Snell, Mr. and Mrs. George T. Snell, Mrs. Kate Crouse of Syracuse; Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Briggs of Schenectady, Miss Isabel McBride, Mrs. Jane Dennison, D. Boyd Devendorf of Amsterdam, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Edwards of Glenn (sic), the Misses Helen and Alice McBride and the Misses Effie and Cora Edwards of Utica.

Death of Infant.

Frances C. Hayes, aged 10 months, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hayes, died at their home of pneumonia Sunday. Besides the parents several brothers and sisters survive. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Dr. B. E. Fake of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

new11/8/16  from The Evening Recorder, Amsterdam NY, Monday, January 20, 1958, page 7

Elizabeth Jackson, Prominent Water Colorist, Expires at 91

Miss Elizabeth Lesley Jackson , who achieved prominence as a water coloriest and etcher, died Sunday at The Lamp at the age of 91. A resident of Washington, D. C., for most of her life, Miss Jackson returned to the Mohawk Valley, home of her forbears four years ago to join Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler G. Voorhees, Amsterdam-Minaville Rd., her second cousins.

Born July 2, 1866, at Rochester, Minn., Miss Jackson was a daughter of the late Dr. Sheldon Jackson, Presbyterian missionary and first commissioner of education to Alaska, and Mary Voorhees Jackson. During her childhood, the family moved to Washington, D. C., where she lived until her recent return to Amsterdam.

Graduate of Knox Colege, Galesburg, Ill., Miss Jackson studied art with Charles Hawthorne and Henry Snell and established a wide reputation for her work in water color and etching. Her works, found in the collections at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington and the J. B. Speed Memorial Museum, Louisvile, Ky., reflected her love of far places and her travels which took her around dthe world several times.

Miss Jackson was a member of the DAR, the American Water Color Society, the Society of Washington artists, the Washington Society of Etchers and other art organizations.

Her closest surviving relative is Madame Francois Lucas of Oisilly, France, a first cousin.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Baldwin Memorial Chapel of the Second Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Roland S. Fredericks officiating. The body will be placed in the vault at Fair View Cemetery until spring when interment will be made in Chuctanunda Cemetery, Minaville, where three generations of Miss Jackson's family are buried.

new11/8/16  from The Amsterdam Daily Democrat, Wednesday evening, June 23, 1886

Patrick Kienhofer's Funeral.

The funeral of the late Patrick Kienhofer was held from the house on Washington street at 9 o'clock, and from St. Joseph's Catholic church at 9:30. Rev. Father Hipelius officiated. There was a large number present at the services, the German Benevolent Society and the Amsterdam Leiderkranz attending in a body, marching to the house and thence to the church. The remains were enclosed in a handsome casket covered with black broadcloth, with silk trimmings. The massive plate bore the inscription "Patrick Kienhofer, Died June 21, 1886, age 31." The bearers were Richard Gunn, Charles Yund, Henry Hartman, Henry Smith, Fred. Fagel, and George Ducher/Dueher (?). The remains were interred in St. Joseph's cemetery. [NOTE: "Patrick Keinhofer" appears on a May 1978 reading of Cranesville Cemetery. "Born Nov. 18, 1864, died June 21, 1886."]

John Hart, son of Frank Hart, the well known builder, died yesterday at the home of his father on West Main street, of heart disease, aged 21 years. He has been ailing for some time, and unable to do any work. He was a bricklayer by trade, and a highly estimable young man of spotless reputation, and possessed a large circle of friends. The funeral will be held from St. Mary's church at 2 P.M. and the interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery in Port Jackson.

Death of Mrs. Liddle.

Mrs. Eleanor Liddle, mother of Hon. Thomas Liddle, died last night at her residence on Guy street, in the 69th year of her age. Her maiden name was Eleanor Blood, and she was born in Montgomery county. About fifty years ago, she was united in marriage to Alexander Liddle, of Duanesburgh, Schenectady county, who died about four years ago. All her married life was passed in Duanesburgh. She leaves five children, John, Thomas, Robert, Miss Ida M. and Mrs. Richard Schuyler of this city, and Mrs. Fletcher Earnest, of Minaville. In former years, Mrs. Liddle was a member of the old Scotch Cameronian church of Duanesburgh. She was a lady of earnest religious convictions, who lived a life well worthy of emulation. She was a cousin of John, James, Robert and Gardiner Blood of this city. The funeral will be held from the house at 2 P.M. to-morrow, Rev. M. D. Jump, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. The remains will be taken to Minaville for interment. Mrs. Liddle has enjoyed good bodily health of late years, but for the past year and a half her mind has been affected.

new11/8/16  from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Monday, January 5, 1920

Mrs. Christina Hale, widow of Chauncey Hale, died Sunday morning at 3 o'clock at the Home for Elderly Women, of cerebral hemorrhage, after an illness of one week, aged 88 years. Mrs. Hale was formerly a resident of Rochester, but had lived here for the past nineteen years. The funeral was held at the Home for Elderly Women this afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. W. Edgar Pierce of St. Luke's English Lutheran church officiating. Interment in Green Hill.

Funeral of Mrs. Anna Fleig.

The funeral of Mrs. Anna Fleig was held this morning at 9 o'clock at her home, 92 Grove street, and at 9:30 o'clock at St. Mary's church and was largely attended by relatives and friends. Monsignor William A. Browne officiated and celebrated a high mass of requiem. Members of the family acted as bearers. The interment was in St. Mary's cemetery.

Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Miss Elizabeth Cahill, Joseph Cahill, Mrs. M. Morrissey, Miss Daisy Brady, William Mattimore, Mrs. Charles McMaster and George Gignec, Albany; Mrs. John Lenahan, Miss Agnes Lenahan, Saratoga Springs; Mr. and Mrs. James Lenahan, Watervliet; Mrs. Joseph F. Gaffney, Old Forge.

new11/8/16  from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Saturday, January 10, 1920, page 11

Mrs. Jennie Geesler Putman.

Mrs. Jennie Geesler Putman, wife of Harry Putman, died at her home at 166 1/2 Division street, Friday evening at 6:05, after an illness of several weeks. She was born at Fort Plain, Jan. 28, 1881. She is survived by her son, Harold, her mother, Mrs. Lenora Geesler; three sisters, Miss Etta / Ella (?) Geesler, Mrs. Anna Moyer and Mrs. Hattie Boyd, and two brothers, LeRoy Geesler and Emery Geesler. Funeral services will be held at the house Monday afternoon at 1:30. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery, near Fonda. The Rev. Mr. Hills of the Immanuel church, of which Mrs. Putman was a member, will officiate.

Funeral of Frank Wyszomirski.

The funeral of Frank Wyszomirski was held at 9 o'clock this morning at his home, 11 Cady street, and at 9:30 at St. Stanislaus' church, where the Rev. Father Ostrowsk celebrated a high mass requiem. Interment was in St. Stanislaus' cemetery, the bearers being: S. Selezak, S. Symeon, J. Symeon, S. Zygmont, S. Dabek and A. Stalarczyk. Among those in attendance at the services were Joseph Wyszomirski and family of Schenectady.

new11/8/16  from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Saturday, December 8, 1928, page 3

John R. Rockwell

Fultonville, Dec. 8- John R. Rockwell died this morning, at 2:30 o'clock, at St. Mary's hospital, Amsterdam, of pneumonia. He was born at Auriesville September 9, 1893, a son of the late Harrison Rockwell and Mary Palmateer Rockwell. He is survived by his wife who was Mildred Stafford, two sisters, Mrs. Len Wells of Stone Ridge, and Mrs. Rose Starin of Fultonville, one brother, Albert Rockwell of Sprakers, and three nephews.

The body was brought to the Welch funeral home here where the funeral will be held Tuesday morning, at 11 o'clock, the Rev. H. H. Crosson officiating. Interment will be at Esperance.

Funeral of David L. Hanson.

The funeral of David L. Hanson, whose death occurred at Venice, Cal., was held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Hanson, Tribes Hill. The Rev. S. G. Parent of the Tribes Hill Presbyterian church officiated. Mrs. Charles Shafer and Bernard Nolte, accompanied on the piano by Miss Sylvia Gordon, sang "Will There be Any Stars in My Crown?" and "In the Garden." There were a number of floral remembrances. The bearers were David Vedder, Raymond Young, Alfred Murkey, Richard Hanson, Perry Welch and Charles Berry, cousins of Mr. Hanson. The interment was in Pine Grove cemetery at Tribes Hill. [NOTE: the California Death Index has David L. Hanson, age 32, died Nov. 27, 1928 at Los Angeles, California.]

new11/8/16  from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Thursday, November 7, 1929, page 3

Jay D. Hughes.

Jay D. Hughes, of 7 Matthew street, Johnstown, died about 7 o'clock Wednesday evening at the Nathan Littauer hospital in Gloversville, where he was taken during the afternoon for treatment. Mr. Hughes had been in failing health for some time, and on election day fell, breaking a bone in one of his legs at the ankle. A general decline in health, due to complications, brought on the end.

He was 69 years of age. He was born in Charleston March 27, 1860, a son of Jay and Sarah Davis Hughes. He had resided in Johnstown for a long time. He was a member of the Megiddo Mission of Rochester.

The surviving relatives besides the widow are six sons, William Hughes of Glen, Isaac Hughes of Charleston, Howard and J. W. Hughes of Johnstown, Herman Hughes of Rochester, and Irving Hughes of Amsterdam.

new11/8/16  from The Morning Herald, Johnstown NY, Wednesday, April 22, 1914, page 4

Charles E. Wicks.

The death of Charles E. Wicks, aged sixty years, occurred Monday evening at Fonda, where he had been for several weeks. The deceased was a resident of Fort Plain and was known here, being a painter and paper hanger by trade. In politics he was a Democrat and a number of years ago held the office of town clerk in this town. He is survived by his widow.

The funeral will be held this morning at 11 o'clock in the Catherine Nellis Memorial chapel in Fort Plain. Rev. B. E. Fake will officiate and interment will be made in Fort Plain cemetery.

new11/8/16  from The Daily Times, Troy NY, Wednesday afternoon, July 26, 1899

Amsterdam.- The funeral of Mrs. Charles Sammons will be held to-morrow morning from St. Mary's church. The deceased had been a member of St. Mary's Church for thirty years. Besides her husband she is survived by five sons. Her death was due to cancer of the stomach.

new11/8/16  from The Amsterdam Daily Democrat, Monday evening, June 16, 1884

Emma Jane Minchin, daughter of Mrs. Charlotte Minchin, of John street, died yesterday, of consumption, aged 13 years. She was a bright, lovable girl and a member of the Methodist Sunday School. Her funeral will be held to-morrow at 3 P.M., from the Methodist church. Rev. Mr. Hughes will officiate. The remains will be interred in Green Hill.

Peter Delong died in this village yesterday of Bright's disease, aged 55. His funeral will be held from the Baptist church at 2 P.M. Wednesday. The remains will be interred in Green Hill.

Mary, the infant daughter of Col. B. G. Belotti, died yesterday, aged one year. Her funeral will be held from the house to-morrow at 10:30 A.M. The interment will be made in Green Hill. Col. Belotti and his family have the sympathy of all their friends in their affliction.

G.W. Staring's Funeral.

The funeral of George Washington Staring was held yesterday afternoon at four o'clock from the residence of Jacob Ouderkirk (Onderkirk?) on Forbes street. Rev. C. B. Perkins officiated. The firemen turned out in large numbers to do honor to the memory of their dead comrade. J. D. Serviss and E. D. Bronson Steamer company, the Eckford Hook and Ladder company and the Davis Hose attended the funeral. One hundred and twenty were in line. All wore black clothes, white gloves and uniform caps. The Thirteenth Brigade Band headed the procession.

The remains were interred in Green Hill.

new11/8/16  from The Daily Times, Troy NY, Monday afternoon, August 19, 1901

Anselm Noeltner, the most prominent dairy farmer in the town of Glen, died yesterday morning of paralysis. He was seventy-one years of age and well known in the town of Glen and Florida. Besides his widow two sons and five daughters survive. The deceased was a prominent member of the German Methodist Church of Fort Hunter, where the funeral will be held to-morrow morning at 11 o'clcok. The services will be conducted by Rev. W. H. Kurth of Amsterdam and Rev. Jacob Henry Enders of Fort Hunter.

new11/8/16  from The St. Johnsville Enterprise and News, Wednesday, September 25, 1918

Taps for Orville Smith - Hero

(Beech-Nut Town Topics)

There has been a break in the Beech-Nut Service family for Orville Smith has "gone west." Orville lived in Palatine Bridge and worked in our Gum Department. Some of you will recall him as the cartoonist for Town Topics. To us has come at last our first real sadness - our first real contact with the horror of war - and yet this sadness is tempered in a measure by the thought that Orville died gloriously from wounds received on the field of battle in Service of his country.

Like most heroes, Smith was far from the popular conception of what a hero should be. We can well remember how when he drilled with the Home Defence he, with out pouter pigeon chest and our "I'd go in a minute if it wasn't for the family" air, said: "He'd make a hell of a soldier, he would." Meybe (sic) he would for parades and gingerbread soldiering, but when the call came, Smith was amoung (sic) the first to volunteer - and when the real call came in June as England and France stood with their backs to the wall Smith was among those heroic Americans at Chateau Thierry who gave generously of their lifes (sic) blood to turn the tide. He was sorely wounded and on August 12th the grim reaper sounded the last assembly and put an end to his patient suffering. So Orville, wrapped in the flat of the Country for which he died, sleeps in the fields of France where the poppies blow and the largs (sic) sing. May the larks hymn a rich-toned requiem for the lad who has gone and the poppies breathe a silent benediction on his passing.

Thus is our first star changed from blue to gold, and in changing, to gold that is burnished brighter by a hero's sacrifice.

new11/8/16  from The St. Johnsville News, January 23, 1918, front page

Mrs. Rachael Devendorf

Mrs. Rachael Pettingill, widow of the late Dr. Henry A. Devendorf, died Tuesday morning at 9:45 o'clock in the 82nd year of her lfe, of general debility, at the family residence in the town of Florida. Mrs. Devendorf was the only child of the late Henry Pettingill, one of the oldest families of the town of Flordia, whose name has been linked with the most important events of local history for a century. She was the great granddaughter of Capt. Samuel Pettingill, who fought in the Battle of Oriskany.

Mrs. Devendorf early officiated (sic) with the Reformed Church at Amsterdam, and was a regular attendant as long as her health permitted. She was devotedly attached to her family and by her kindly ways made a host of friends. Those surviving are one son A. J. Devendorf, who resides at home; two daughters, Mrs. Willard Selmser, of the town of Florida; Mrs. Edward Edwards of the town of Fonda; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Leah A. Devendorf of St. Johnsville, and several grandchildren.

The funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from her late home, and the interment made in the large family cemetery.

new11/8/16  from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Monday, May 27, 1918

John Walsh

John Walsh, an old and well known resident of Amsterdam, died Sunday at his home, 135 Church street, of general debility. He was born in County Galway, Ireland, but came to American 35 years ago and has lived in this city ever since. Mr. Walsh is survived by his wife, a son, Patrick, of Utica, and three daughters, Mrs. John Sweeney, Miss Katherine Walsh and Mrs. Maurice Cummings, all of this city. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning.

John H. Keller

Fort Plain, May 27- John H. Keller, aged 88 years, a resident of the Fordsbush section of the town, died at his home Saturday morning following an illness of ten days. Death was due to the infirmities of age. He had been a resident of this town all his life and in politics was a staunch Republican. He was a brother of the late Walter Keller and an uncle of Dr. Frank Keller, now in China. Mr. keller is survived by his sister, Miss Ida C. Keller, of this town. The funeral was held at the home this afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Lamphear, pastor of the Minden Universalist church officiating. The interment will be made in the Mount Hope Cemetery, at Fordsbush.

Funeral of Mrs. Harry B. Chriss

Swart Hill, May 27- The funeral of Martha Wilhelmina Chriss, wife of Harry B. Chriss, who died Wednesday afternoon at 6 o'clock, was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the house and at 3:30 at Trinity German Lutheran church, Amsterdam. The burial was in Green Hill cemetery.

The floral tributes included the following: Pillow, composed of lilies and roses, Harry B. Chriss and daughter; wreath, Mr. and Mrs. William Shulka; standing cross, Mr. and Mrs. Otto A. Shulka and Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Fairbanks; wreath, carnations and sweet peas, Mr. and Mrs. C. Shulka and Willie Shulka, Jr.; wreath of daisies and carnations, Mr. and Mrs. N. Youngs and daughter; casket bouquet of carnations, Mr. and Mrs. James Fairbanks and Mr. and Mrs. A. Byer; casket bouquet of roses, Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Knickerbocker; casket bouquet of carnations, Mrs. R. P. Gage and Mrs. L. G. Kilmer; bouquet of carnations, from friends; casket bouquet of tulips, Miss Marcia Chriss and B. R. Baldwin; casket bouquet of Easter lilies, Mr. and Mrs. H. Chriss and Mr. and Mrs. E. Shannon; casket bouuet of snap dragons, Mr. and Mrs. E. Hirshfield and Emory Hirshfield; casket bouquet, lilies, Mr. and Mrs. John Ernest; casket bouquet, carnations, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Nadler and Mrs. Minnie Bovee.

new11/8/16  from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Wednesday, February 18, 1920, page 9


PALMER - Leander E. Palmer, February 18. Funeral at the funeral house of Johnson & Lindsay Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. W. Edgar Pierce officiating. There will also be Masonic services. Interment in Green Hill.

Card of Thanks.

The husband and parents of Mrs. Howard Van Patten express their sincere thanks for the many evidences of sympathy shown by friends during the illness and following the death of Mrs. Van Patten.

new11/8/16  from The St. Johnsville Enterprise, Wednesday, May 19, 1915, front page

Mrs. James Caney

Mrs. James Caney, a former resident of this village, died at her home in Newark, N.J. last Saturday. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Smith, former residents of this village and was 71 years of age. For a number of years she resided in New York City, later moving to Newark. She leaves two brothers, Cyrus K. Smith and Frank Smith and one sister, Mrs. Murray Russell, all of this village. The remains were brought to this village Monday and the funeral held at the home of M. N. Russell, burial being made in Prospect View cemetery.

Suicide of Former St. Johnsville Man

Burt Smith, aged about 35 years, shot himself through the head Monday night in Detroit, Mich. He is a son of Cornelius Smith. A telegram notifying the father of the tragedy was received yesterday. The body will be brought here for interment.

Services for Harry E. Moore Were held from Sister's Home

The body of Harry E. Moore who met with an auto accident at East Creek on Monday night, May 10 was taken to Ilion Wednesday morning and taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Charles Door, Gordon Place, where the funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. A. B. Conrad conducted the services. Interment was made in Armory Hill cemetery.

1/22/05  Persis Allen's obituary and 8 death notices of Montgomery County residents were contributed by Rosemary Nadal!

The Radii,
Canajoharie, April 22, 1880


MISS PERSUS ALLEN, sister of Mrs. Geo. G. Johnston, of Palatine Bridge, died at Mrs. Johnston's residence, in that village, on Saturday last, at the age of 75 years.


BEEKMAN--In Fort Plain, April 16th, MRS. C. BEEKMAN, aged about 84 years.

FUSMER--In this village, April 21st, ADA, daughter of WILLIAM FUSMER, aged 16 years and 6 months.

OTTO--In Canajoharie, April 21st, MRS. OTTO, mother of FREDERICK C. OTTO, aged 79 years.

COUNTRYMAN--In Ford's Bush, April 10th, MRS. ELIZABETH COUNTRYMAN, aged 80 years, 7 months and 24 days.

WINNIE--In the town of Glen, April 18th, ELIZABETH STOWITTS, wife of RICHARD WINNIE, in the 45th year of her age.

BRONK--At Lassellsville, April 10th, FREDDIE, twin son of EPHRAIM and HELEN A. BRONK, aged 3 years, 7 months and 20 days.

FOX--In Palatine, April 13th, MISS MINA S. FOX, in her 23rd year.

MILLER--Near Keck's Center, April 17th, PETER J. MILLER, in his 71st year.

1/19/05  The following grouping of 5 obituaries of Montgomery County residents was contributed by Rosemary Nadal!

      WILLIAM JAY KLINE, senior publisher of the Evening Recorder, died at his home in Amsterdam, November 3, 1930, following an attack of angina pectoris.

      He was born at Fultonville, November 7, 1848, the son of William W. and Jane Ann (Booth) Kline. He attended the district school, Albany Business College, Johnstown Academy, and was graduated from Union College in 1872. He received his master's degree from that institution in 1875, and the honorary degree of L.H.D. in 1912.

      In 1873, Mr. Kline purchased the Amsterdam Weekly Democrat, and six years later he launched Amsterdam's first daily newspaper. This was at a time when such a venture was a hazardous undertaking, but the community took kindly to the daily paper and it grew and prospered with the city until it took its place among the leading publication of the State. In 1893 he purchased the Amsterdam Recorder, consolidating it with the Democrat. Since 1902 his son Gardiner has been associated with him in its publication.

      Mr. Kline attained a high place in his profession and served as president of the Republican Editorial Association, the New York Associated Dailies, and New York Press Association. For three years he represented the state on the executive committee of the National Editorial Association, and in 1904 was vice-president of that organization.

      He was a man of liberal education, broad culture, and many and varied interests. His love for travel took him on many trips through various sections of the United States, the Hawaiian Islands, South America, Africa, several times to Europe, and once around the world. His letters to the Recorder describing his experiences were ever a source of interest and pleasure to the readers.

      He took an active part in all movements looking to the betterment of Amsterdam, and to their successful advancement he gave his whole-hearted support. In the progress of the city, not only in a material way but also along the lines of education and civic and social endeavor, he was an important factor. In 1912 he took the initiative in a movement that resulted in the establishment of a Y.M.C.A. and the erection of the present building. As vice-president of the Montgomery County Historical Society he did much to develop among the people an interest in and love for the history of the Mohawk Valley. He was a charter member of the Board of Trade, Trustee of the Amsterdam Savings Bank, and vice-president of the Montgomery County Trust Company and the Free Library. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Artisan Lodge No. 84 F.& A.M., Amsterdam Lodge No. 101 B.P.O.E., Antlers Country Club, National Republican Club of New York, and Amsterdam Masonic Club; he was also trustee of the Second Presbyterian Church and of the Home for Elderly Women.

      Always a staunch supporter of the Republican party, Mr. Kline attended many state and national conventions, and through his paper was a powerful factor in party success locally. The only public office he ever held was that of postmaster having been appointed by President Hayes in 1877 and reappointed by President Arthur in 1881. For many years he was a regular attendant at the reunions of alumni of Union College, was one of the organizers and the first president of the Fulton and Montgomery County Alumni Association, and at one time was a member of the college Board of Trustees.

      On April 14, 1875, he was married to Miss Emily Gardiner of Amsterdam. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son Gardiner, and three daughters--Mrs. David LeFavour, Mrs. C. Bernhard Machold, and Mrs. William H. Kuhn.

Source: The Quarterly Journal Of The New York State Historical Association, January, 1931

      MRS. LOULU SNELL BURKE died at her home in Laurelton, N.Y., October 1, 1930, after nearly a year's illness.

      She was born at Stone Arabia, N.Y., February 7, 1872, the daughter of Jacob and Nancy Lida (Nellis) Snell. Her father was quite prominent in politics during his entire life, being a close friend of Thomas C. Platt. He was Republican State Committee man for several years, and at the time of his death was warden of the Napanoch Prison. While Mrs. Burke was a child, her parents moved to Fonda where she attended the local school, finishing her education at the Sacred Heart Convent at Albany.

      Mrs. Burke was a charter member of the Women's National Republican Club of New York City and, like her father, took an active part in politics. She was also a member of the Riverside Republican Club. Aside from politics, her hobby was antique furniture, and her home was artistically furnished with an unusual collection of rare and valuable pieces. She had also collected a number of old newspapers and clippings, among which was a copy of the New York Herald, of April 1865, giving an account of the assassination of President Lincoln. She gave this to the Women's National Republican Club, who had it framed and hung in their reception room. She had many sterling qualities which endeared her to all with whom she came in intimate relationship.

      On June 19, 1901, she was married to Thomas R. Burke of Oneonta. He was then connected with the New York Central Railroad but since 1914 has been railway engineer with the New York City Board of Transportation. Besides her husband, Mrs. Burke is survived by a sister, Mrs. Walter G. Ingalls, and a brother James A. Snell, both of Albany.

Source: The Quarterly Journal Of The New York State Historical Association, April, 1931

      JOHN FEA, one of Amsterdam's best known residents, died April 20, 1931, after a short illness of pneumonia.

      Mr. Fea was born in Cherry Valley, April 10, 1852, the son of Alexander and Agnes Ronalds (Parker) Fea. John Fea was educated in the public schools at Fort Plain and the Canajoharie Academy. He was associated with his father in manufacture of organs in Cherry Valley and in Amsterdam, moving to the latter place in 1878. He later became affiliated with Cluett & Sons in the sale of pianos and musical merchandise.

      Since boyhood Mr. Fea was deeply interested in the early history of the Mohawk Valley, and his historical research has proved of considerable value. He was editor and owner of the Cherry Valley Saw Buck 1872-75. Till 1923 he contributed historical articles to various newspapers throughout the Mohawk Valley. He wrote "Historic Forts of the Mohawk Valley," "Declaration of Rights of the Inhabitants of Cherry Valley," the list of Indian villages published in Greene's History of Old Fort Plain and the chapter on "Clinton's Overland Portage" in Greene's History of the Mohawk Valley.

      On July 13, 1881, Mr. Fea was married to Anna Wright Otto of Moberly, Mo. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W. Arthur Kline and Mrs. Walter J. Sicard; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Source: The Quarterly Journal of The New York State Historical Association, Volume XII, No. 3, July, 1931.

      CORNELIUS F. VAN HORNE of Glen, N.Y., died May 19, 1927. He was descended from a race of sturdy pioneers and patriots, and could trace his ancestry in America to the early 1600s. His great grandfather, Cornelius, removed from New Jersey and settled in Tyron county before the Revolution, and all members of the family were staunch patriots.

      Mr. Van Horne was born at Glen, March 22, 1860, the son of James and Mary E. (Johnson) Van Horne. In early life he showed a natural love for Mohawk Valley history, and he became a collector of Indian relics and was deeply interested in the study of geology. These interests brought him in contact and close companionship with others having like interests, and through all the years many were the enjoyable days passed exploring the hills and vales and visiting the historic sites of colonial and Revolutionary periods.

      In the many years of research and study, Mr. Van Horne acquired a fine collection of Mohawk Valley Indian relics and other specimens, and also a valuable library of historical books. During the last few years of his life, he had spent much time gathering local history; as historian of the towns of Glen and Charleston, he wrote much previously unpublished history relative to the lives of men prominent in the Revolution, who afterwards settled in that vicinity. These writings included the story of the life of Lieut. Samuel Tallmadge of the Fourth New York regiment.

      Mr. Van Horne was one of the charter members of the Montgomery County Historical Society and trustee since its organization. He was also a member of the Sons of Oriskany, the Glen Grange, and the Glen Reformed church. In 1884 he was married to Sarah Lansing, who died in 1918. He is survived by two sons--James C., of Johnstown, and Clarence L. of Lowell, Mass.; two daughters--Mrs. Harry E. Ford of Little Falls, and Mrs. Clausie Ouderkirk of Johnstown; and one brother--Charles of Lansing, Mich.

Source:The Quarterly Journal Of The New York State Historical Association, Volume XII, No. 3, July, 1931.

      REV. WILLIAM MILLER BAUM, JR., pastor of St. Marks Lutheran Church, Canajoharie, died suddenly on Feb. 5, 1932. During the day he had been about the village in his usual health, engaged in completing arrangements for the 49th anniversary of his pastorate on the following Sunday, but that evening while sitting at his desk he passed away. Dr. Baum was born at Winchester, Va., June 30, 1858, son of Rev. William Miller and Maria Louisa (Croll) Baum. When the family moved to Pennsylvania, William attended the York County Academy. In 1877 he was graduated from Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg; three years later he received the Master of Arts degree, and in 1903 he was made Doctor of Divinity.

      After completing the course at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1880, he was pastor of the church at Phoenixville, Pa. In Jan. 1883 he accepted the pastorate of St. Marks, Canajoharie, and under his ministry which extended over forty-nine years, the church prospered and he was greatly loved and honored throughout the whole community. From 1897 to 1921 Dr. Baum was a member of the board of trustees of Hartwick Seminary. He was also president of the Old Hartwick Lutheran Synod and of the Lutheran Synod of New York state. He was a member of the Mohawk Valley Lutheran Association, and of the Kiwanis Club. During the World War he was an earnest worker in the Red Cross and similar organizations.

      Dr. Baum was unmarried. He is survived by two brothers--Rev. Frederick J. Baum, Poughkeepsie, and Charles Baum, M.D., Middletown, Pa.; and two sisters--Misses Mary Small and Maria Louisa Baum, both of Middletown, Pa.

Source: New York History, Vol. XIV, No. 3, July 1933, New York State Historical Association

1/14/05  This sad account of the deaths of Mary Grantier and Harvey Dingman was contributed by Dingman family researcher Rosemary Nadal!

Amsterdam Evening Recorder
Monday, October 17, 1921


Mrs. Mary Grantier of Ames and Harvey Dingman of Fort Hunter Victims of Unfortunate
Accident on New York Central--Woman's Body Carried on Fender Distance of 800 Feet.

Mrs. Mary Grantier, age 71 years, of Ames, was killed outright. Harvey Dingman, aged 67 years, of Fort Hunter, died in St. Mary's hospital here, and David Warner, aged 77 years, of 96 Grand street, Gloversville, was very seriously injured in a catastrophe on the New York Central crossing, just east of the Tribes Hill station, at 5:05 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Milk train 180 east bound, struck an automobile which was carrying a party of six people, including Mrs. Grantier and Mr. Warner, the other four escaping by jumping from the machine, which was owned and driven by Postmaster R. Raymond Warner of Fort Hunter, who is also proprietor of a general store and conducts a coal business at that place.

Mr. And Mrs. Richard Warner of Fort Hunter, Mrs. Grantier, Mr. Warner, the latter's daughter, Miss Minnie Warner, of Gloversville, and Postmaster Warner left the Warner home in Fort Hunter a few minutes before 5 o'clock in a Buick touring car of the 1915 type. Mrs. Grantier, a sister of Richard Warner, had been on a visit at the home of the latter, and David Warner and his daughter of Gloversville were also guests there. The party was starting for the home of the last two mentioned persons in Gloversville and Mrs. Grantier was on her way to make them a visit, she likewise being a sister of David Warner. They crossed the barge canal bridge at Fort Hunter and approached the railroad crossing which is guarded by gates operated by hand with Jacob Storrie of Tribes Hill as gateman. There is considerable traffic over this crossing which connects the highway leading from Fort Hunter with the one on the north side of the Central tracks going to Tribes Hill and hence a guard is maintained on twelve hour tricks. Mr. Storrie has held the position for many years and it is understood expects to be retired next year on a pension.

There are conflicting stories as to just what happened. The gateman told Coroner Timmerman that he was on the job and observed the approach of the machine, he being stationed on the south side of the tracks. He said there was no train in sight and he motioned for the automobile to come on. Just as the machine got on track No. 2, the eastbound passenger tracks, it suddenly stopped, and then along came the milk train at a high rate of speed and crashed into the auto before it could be backed off the tracks.

Quite a different story of the affair is related by Postmaster Warner in a statement to the coroner, who was at the scene of the accident soon after it occurred and has already been making a detailed investigation. Warner said that as he approached the crossing he did not see the regular gateman, but instead Harvey Dingman was at the gate standard from which the gates are operated and that Dingman started to lower the gates just after he started to drive across the tracks. Postmaster Warner said that he "froze" his brakes immediately and halted the automobile, because he felt the south gate would crash through his windshield. He called to the people in the car to jump, because the milk train had rounded the curve west of the Tribes Hill station and was thundering along then right by the station when the occupants of the car started to get out. The postmaster said he could not be positive, but he thought the gate must have been resting on the rear portion of the top of the automobile. The front section had run up on track No. 2, which skirts the highway very closely, the latter being immediately next to the extreme south rail.

Sitting in the front seat with Warner was his father. The others in the party were in the rear, with Miss Minnie Warner occupying a chair that had been placed in it so that all six of the party could be accommodated. All managed to get out of the machine but Mrs. Grantier and David Warner. Storrie, the gateman, told the coroner that he ran over and grabbed Mrs. Richard Warner out of the auto before the crash. David Warner was just getting out of the machine, but Mrs. Grantier never had a chance. There was a terrific smash as the engine struck the auto. David Warner was hurled to one side and very seriously hurt. The train ran a distance of some 800 feet before it was brought to a stop and wreckage of the automobile was found distributed along the tracks. The main part of the machine was held fast to the fender of the engine and the body of Mrs. Grantier was lying between this wreckage and the fender, not being recovered until after the train was halted, the body being buried under what was still left of the automobile on the fender.

The standard of the south gate was struck by some of the flying parts of the machine and smashed, Dingman being found under the wreckage of the standard. It was stated by some that he ran out to help try and back the automobile off the tracks after he saw the approach of the train.

Both David Warner and Dingman were rushed to St. Mary's hospital here in the automobile of Frank Brown. Dr. Canna was called to attend them. In the case of Dingman he had fractured ribs, internal injuries and lacerations and bruises all over the body. He died at 6 o'clock, about one hour after the unfortunate accident.

Mr. Warner has a fractured left ankle, a fracture of the left shoulder, his scalp is torn in many places and he has numerous lacerations. Because of his advanced age it is feared he may not survive. Dr. Canna says that the man's condition is very serious and no encouragement can be given that he will pull through.

Coroner Timmerman on being notified of the accident motored to Tribes Hill and took charge of the case. He questioned several people and when he heard conflicting stories about the affair he decided to make a through investigation into all the facts. Postmaster Warner was positive today in a supplemental statement to Coroner Timmerman that he did not see the regular gateman on the job at his accustomed place and that the gates were being operated by Dingman. He said he heard Sorrie make exclamations right after the crash, but he did not know where he came from. All these things will be ironed out at one or more hearings the coroner will hold, the first one being slated for tomorrow evening at his office. Several witnesses will be interrogated at that time and later. Then the coroner will base a verdict on the result of his findings.

Mrs. Grantier's body was brought to the undertaking rooms of Edwin L. Wilson here, and later Undertaker C. L. Young of Canajoharie came here and took the remains to Canajoharie. Mrs. Grantier lived with her son, Seth, and daughter, Miss Bertha Grantier, at Ames. The funeral will be held at Ames tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment at Ames.

The remains of Harvey Dingman were also taken to the Wilson undertaking rooms, where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock. The burial will be at Glen. He was a well digger by occupation and lived at Fort Hunter for a long time. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. May Kashner of Pasadena, Cal., Mrs. Bert Cole of Los Angeles, Mrs. Edward F. Boland of Gloversville and Mrs. Areline L. Wagoner of Schenectady; a brother, Chauncey J. Dingman of Amsterdam, and a sister, Mrs. Arthur Houghton of Glen.

Mrs. Richard Warner suffered considerably from shock after the accident, and she was attended at her home in Fort Hunter by Dr. Bernhard of Tribes Hill.

The obituary of Mary Jane Foster Allen, from an undated newspaper clipping, was graciously contributed by her great-granddaughter, Barbara Allen Empey Elmore.

Mrs Mary Jane Foster Allen, who would have been 97 in October, died Monday at her home in Cullen in the Town of Warren. Mrs Allen suffered a broken hip some weeks ago while visiting at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs Bert Weir, N. Richfield St., where she spent her summers.

Mrs Allen was born on Oct 12, 1842, at Crain's Corners, town of Warren, daughter of William and Abigail (Wiltse) Foster and spent most of her life in that vicinity. In childhood, her parents moved to Norway, where she attended the district school. The late John D Henderson Sr., of Herkimer and Mrs William Morrow, whose husband was at one time caretaker of the Weller Library in Mohawk, were among her schoolmates.

She was married at 17 to Jacob Allen of Allen's Lake, near Richfield Springs, and he died 60 years ago. Before her marriage Mrs Allen helped her father and mother on their farm. When her parents returned to Cullen they conducted a general store there. Her father at one time also conducted a hotel at Little Lakes, during which time he would make a trip every week to Little Falls to deliver cheese. Mrs Allen would always accompany him and looked forward to the treat of oranges and candy he would buy for her before returning home.

Mrs Allen often recalled a trip with her parents in a buggy to Norway to Cullen. When they arrived at the Herkimer railroad station, a train whistle frightened the horse, which ran away. The buggy had to be repaired before the trip continued.

Mrs Allen was acquainted with many Norway people who later became residents of Herkimer. She was fond of company and delighted in talking over old times. At one time she was a pastry cook at the Goodier cottage in Richfield Springs. She always treasured a pen and pencil set she made for herself at her old home in Norway.

Mrs Allen always had a flower garden and Mrs Goodier of Frankfort, who at one time taught in the Cullen district school, took a fine picture of her her in her own flower garden. This spring Mrs Allen was delighted with a bouquet of lilacs from her own garden in Cullen, broughther by a friend.

For the past 10 years Mrs Allen's sight had been impaired but she had enjoyed keeping up on current news read to her by her granddaughter, Mrs Weir. She was also fond of the afternoon radio programs. Mrs Allen at one time sang alto in the choir of the Grace Episcopal Church at Cullen, of which she was a member.

After her father's deathshe carried on the Cullen store and the post office until the trolley line from Mohawk to Richfield Springs was discontinued.

Mrs Allen had four children, all of whom preceded her in death, and is survived by seven grandchildren, Mrs Weir of Mohawk, Ross Barringer of Syracuse, Earl Barringer of Rutland, Vt., Mrs Grace Smith of Cullen, and Garfield, Cecil and Kenneth Empey, all of New York; six great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild, Robert Weir, Jr., four months old, of Elmira.

Rev. Allen Brown, rector of St John's Episcopal church, Richfield Springs, will officiate at the funeral, which will be held at the Grace Episcopal church in Cullen at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in Crain's cemetery at Cullen.

....end of obit...

I am a great grandchild of Mary Jane Allen; my father was Kenneth Empey, son of Mary Jane's daughter Grace Lillian Allen of Cullen and William Milton Empey of Canada.Wm Milton E.was an itinerant preacher, and met Grace in the Town of Columbia while preaching there.She was 16.They were married at Springfield in 1888 and she went to Canada with him. After his death she returned to NYS with her 4 children.

Barbara Allen Empey Elmore

5/22/04  Obits of the Family of Jacob and Nancy Fox Gould Wendell - a large collection contributed by Charlott Wells Jones.

5/21/04  Mr. J.O.H. Bennette's obituary was kindly contributed by Paula Pitts, found in the Conroe Courier newspaper, Conroe, Texas. See more Conroe, TX obits with local connections further down this page.

Conroe Courier, Friday July 14, 1933, Page 1.


"J. O. H. Bennette, aged 71 years, died at Conroe hospital July 9, after an illness of a few days, but he has been in poor health for several months.

Mr. Bennette was born at Gray, Herkimier [sic] county, New York, Sept. 12, 1862, and came to Conroe about 1905 from Illinois. For many years he engaged in timber and saw mill business in this county. The only official position he ever held was president of Conroe School board for about 10 years.

He was buried in Conroe cemetery Monday afternoon, services were under auspices of Conroe Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Bennette is survived by two sons, Morgan Bennette of Conroe and Howard Bennette of Tulsa, Okla. and one stepson, J. M. Bennette of Seattle, Washington."

5/17/04  Obit of Jessie Lowe Perrse found by the site coordinator in The Le Roy Gazette-News, LeRoy, N.Y., Wednesday, June 23, 1920. Vol. 95, No. 16.


Died at Fonda Monday - Formerly Miss Jessie Lowe of Le Roy

Mrs. Jessie Lowe Perrse, wife of Edward Perrse, died Monday at her home in Fonda, New York, after an illness of ten days. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Lowe, of Fonda and formerly of Le Roy, and she was born in this village January 7, 1881. She attended the Le Roy high school, removing from here to Bliss some years ago with her parents. Fourteen years ago she was united in marriage to Mr. Perrse, who with two daughters, Margaret, age 12 and Grace, age 9, survive her. Besides her parents, she leaves the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. James Peppard and Fred Lowe, of Le Roy; Ellsworth Lowe, Mrs. Craig Norton and Mrs. Ellsworth Flint, of Bliss and Mrs. J. W. Horning of Fonda.

The funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from her late home and the burial was at Fonda.

Also, two items of interest to Empie researchers. From The Le Roy Gazette-News, LeRoy, N.Y., Wednesday, April 16, 1913. Vol. 88, No. 7.

Mrs. Solomon Smith.

Mrs. Ann Smith, widow of Solomon Smith, died on Sunday afternoon at the home of her son, Irving Smith, of Batavia, and formerly of Le Roy. Her death was the result of a stroke of paralysis which she suffered about one week before. She was born in Herkimer county on October 10, 1839, and for over thirty years resided in East Bethany, having gone to Batavia to make her home about one year ago. Her husband died last November. She is survived by the following children: Irving, of Batavia; Eli, of Corfu; Byron, of East Bethany; Mrs. Florence Baker, of East Bethany. She also leaves two brothers, Jacob Empie, of Batavia and Eli Empie, of Roanoke, also two sisters, Mrs. Eleanor Tubbs and Miss Mary Empie, of Pavilion. The funeral was held to-day and the interment was made in Stafford. (p. 4)

From The Le Roy Gazette-News, LeRoy, N.Y., Wednesday, December 15, 1915. Vol. 90, No. 42.

Mrs. Eli Empie, who last week underwent an operation at Dr. Lee's hospital in Rochester, is doing as well as can be expected. (p. 7)

4/20/04  Obits of the Family of Jacob and Magdelena Snyder Wendell - a large collection contributed by Charlott Wells Jones.

4/14/04 A funeral notice found by asst. coordinator Lisa Slaski.

The Herkimer Democrat, Wednesday, March 5, 1890. Wm. Witherstine and family and Luke T. Dubois attended the funeral of Sarah Comstock, at Gray, Herkimer county, Sunday. Mrs. Comstocks age was 90 years. She was the grandmother of Mrs. Wm. Witherstine, and the aunt of Luke T. DuBois.

Note: From online records on this site and census records for Herkimer county: William Witherstine was married to Mary Western, a daughter of Jason L. and Malida [Comstock] Western. Malida [Comstock] Western was the daughter of George and Sarah [Dubois] Comstock. Luke T. DuBois was the son of David and Sarah [Tillinghast] DuBois. David Dubois was a brother of Sarah Comstock. Sarah [DuBois] Comstock is buried in Barnes Cemetery, Norway, Herkimer county, NY.

4/6/04 A BIG thank you to Melissa Wohler for the obit of her gg-grandfather George Grower!

Little Falls Evening Times, August 8, 1898

Lumberman Killed

George Grower of Ohio Struck by a Central Freight Train

Was standing on Ann Street Crossing Waiting for Passenger Train to Pull
Out of the Depot--The Freight Bore Down Upon Him Unobserved and He Was
Rolled Under a Car to the Second Street Crossing--Lived Nearly Seven Hours.

This was a shocking death which George Grower, a lumberman from the town of Ohio, met in this city last night. While standing on the Ann street crossing at 10:45 last night a fast east bound Central train struck him. He was thrown under the cars and rolled over and over as far as the Ann street crossing. He received injuries which resulted in his death at the hospital at 5 o'clock this morning.

Grower and a neighbor named Douglass Comstock brought loads of lumber here yesterday for William H. Waters, the lumber dealer. As it was quite late when they unloaded, they decided to remain over night and attend the minstrel show. They put up at the Foley house on the south side, and it was while returning to the that hostelry after the show that the fatality occurred. When Comstock and Grower reached the railroad crossing they found their passage blocked by the 10:41 and 10:46 passenger trains. Grower stood on the eastbound freight track and did not notice the approach of a fast freight drawn by engine 707, in charge of Engineer Fred Evansburger of Utica. Comstock stood just outside the track and saw theengine just as it was upon them and tried to pull Grower from the track. He was knocked against the gatetenders's shanty and his body rebounded under the cars. He was caught by the trucks and rolled along the rails to the Second street crossing where William Slattery, Thomas J. Collins and Dennis Kane, who were sitting on the fence, pulled him from under the train. The fireman of the engine saw the fatality and notified the engineer, who brought the train to a stop, not, however, before the body had been pulled from under the fifth car of the train.

Grower was conscious when taken from under the juggernaut. His leg left was cut off between the knee and ankle and his body was frightfully bruised and lacerated. The amputated part of the foot was found opposite THE TIMES office, 50 feet east of where he was pulled from under the train. Assistant Chief Halling was early on the scene and soon had the stretcher ready to convey Grower to the hospital. Dr. Ingham attended him, but had little hope of recovery from the first, on account of severe shock and the great loss of blood. Grower sank rapidly and died at 5 o'clock.

After the accident Comstock drove to Gray to notify Grower's family. Mrs. Grower and a son and a brother of the dead man came to the city this afternoon. They were much overcome when they learned of Grower's death, being entirely unprepared for the sad news. The son was especially affected by his father's death and to a TIMES reporter expressed the wish he was in his father's place. The body will be taken to Poland by train tomorrow, thence to the Grower home by wagon. The funeral will be held Thursday.

Grower was 44 years old and resided on what is known as "Bull Hill," near the hamlet of Gray. A wife and seven children survive. About eight years ago Grower was in company with a lumberman named Franklin Bennett when the latter was killed on the West Shore near the Lover's Leap cut.

Notes: Two years later, Douglas Comstock married Delia Grower, one of George Grower's daughters. The earlier incident with Franklin Bennett is detailed in the Norway Tidings. George Grower is my 2nd great-grandfather.

4/5/04 Thank you for two Conroe, TX obituaries goes to Bly Family researcher Paula Pitts!

Rozelle Nicholas Pullman, born Norway, Herkimer Co., New York

The Conroe Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1936, page 1, Conroe, Montgomery Co., Texas.


Mr. R. N. Pullman, age 78, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Ries, in San Antonio on June 17.

Mr. Pullman was born in Herkimer, New York, December 3, 1858. He moved to Stillman Valey[sic], Ill, at the age of 21 where he was married to Miss Julia E. Bly in 1888. Mr. Pullman brought his family to Conroe in March, 1911, where he lived until a few years ago. Mrs. Pullman died in 1917, since which time Mr. Pullman has made his home with his several children.

He is survived by two sons, W. H. Pullman of Dallas and Harold Pulman[sic] of Bessmay and two daughters, Mrs. Fred Ries of San Antonio and Mrs. E. J. Temple of Winnebago, Ill, and several grandchildren, all of whom attended the funeral.

Funeral services where held in the Methodist church at 2:30 p.m. Thursday with Rev. J. B. Nutter and Hulon N. Anderson conducting the services. Burial was in the Conroe Cemetery.

Mr. Pullman had a few relatives and many friends in Conroe.

Julia Elizabeth Bly, daughter of William Morgan Bly and his wife Frances Comstock of Herkimer Co., New York. J. O. H. Bennette, (James O. Henry) brother of Julia Bly Pullman, was the son of James M. Bennett and his wife Frances Comstock of Herkimer Co.

Conroe Courier, Thursday, June 28, 1917, Page 1, Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas MRS. PULLMAN PASSES AWAY

Mrs. Julia E. Pullman, age 49 years, wife of Mr. R. N. Pullman, passed away at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, after suffering for several weeks with something like cancer of the breast. She was taken to Houston, where an operation was performed, but it filed to produce the dirsired relief, and her condition continued to become more critical from day to day until Tuesday afternoon, when she passed away.

The funeral took place from the residence at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning and was conducted by Rev. Ira F. Key of the Methodist church. Burial was at Conroe cemetery. A large concourse of friends followed the remains to the grave. Many flowers were placed upon the grave, among which was a beautiful floral piece from the Twentieth Century Club.

Mrs. Pullman had been a resident of Conroe for about five years and had made many friends. She was a member of the Congregational church, retaining her membership in Illinois, there being no organization here.

Deceased is survived by a husband and four children, W. H. Pullman, Miss Ruth Pullman and Harold Pullman of Conroe, and Mrs. E. J. Temple, Winnebago, Ill., and a brother Mr. J. O. H. Bennette of Conroe.

3/24/04 For the edification of local Humphreys family researchers, this obit was spotted by the site coordinator in the Necrology section of the "Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical socity," Vol. IV, Nos. 1-4, New Series, 1919, pp. 151-152.

DR. FREDERICK H. HUMPHREYS was born in Utica, N.Y., Sept. 7, 1847. He was the son of Frederick and Frances Maria (Sperry) Humphreys. The family is a very ancient one, and traces descent direct to Sir Robert de Umfreville, Knt., a companion of William the Conqueror. The name derives originally from Homme vrai, and is variously rendered in history as Homfray, Onfray and Humphreyville. The first American ancestor was Michael Humphrey, who came from Lyme Regis, Eng., about 1640, and settled in Windsor and later in Simsbury, Conn. He married a daughter of Matthew Grant, an ancestor of Gen. and ex-Pres. U.S. Grant. Frederick H. Humphreys was graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N.Y., and later he took special courses in chemistry at the Columbia School of Mines. He obtained his degree of doctor of medicine from the Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York, and he pursued further medical studies abroad, but he never practiced his profession. Dr. Frederic Humphreys, Sen., the son of a well known physician of western New York, made the discovery of "specific homoepathy" about 1853, and his "specifics" grew so rapidly in popular favor, that he was soon obliged to manufacture them on a large scale and founded the Humphreys Homoeopathic Medical Co. for that purpose. Since 1890 Dr. Humphreys had been head of this company, having succeeded his father as president. For many years a patron of the arts, Dr. Humphreys was a member and patron of the Metropolitan Opera Co., in New York. He was interested in outdoor sports, exhibited at horse shows and was a member of the Morris County Golf Club, the Whippany River Club, the Somerset Hills Country club and the Rumson Country Club in New Jersey, and of the Metropolitan club and the Drug and Chemical Club in New York. He married in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15, 1880, Louise Alfretta Parker and is survived by his wife, a son, Frederick Parker Humphreys, an ensign in the navy, and a daughter, Dr. Frances Augusta Humphreys. Dr. Humphreys died Jan. 14, 1919 at his home at Ridgewood Hill, Morristown. He had been a member of this Society since 1907.

12/16/03 Another contribution from Stan Shaut!


Aug. 22, 1889.-- Elmer E. Shaut died at the residence of his mother-in-law, Mrs. N. B. Hill, in this village, Tuesday morning, in the 28th year of his age. Deceased was a resident of Little Falls, from whence he came to Perryville a few days ago to stay for a time at Mrs. Hill's with his wife. Before leaving home he felt unwell, and after reaching here he was prostrated with typhoid fever, combined with pneumonia. He was born in Newville, Herkimer Co, April 14, 1862, and had been engaged in business in Little Falls for about five years. Besides his wife and infant child he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Winslow Shaut, of Utica, and five brothers. He was all that an affectionate and indulgent husband could be, and it is inexpressibly sad that death should carry him off in the spring time of his life. Mrs. Shaut, one of our most highly esteemed young ladies, has the heart-felt sympathy of all our people. But recently called upon to mourn the death of her father, she is doubly afflicted in the death of her husband. May she receive comfort from above in this, her dark hour of bereavement.

I have no knowledge of the wife of Elmer E. Shaut, Carrie Hill Shaut, nor do I have any knowledge of their daughter, Norma Hill Shaut. If anyone has knowledge, I would appreciate having it.

Stan Shaut

12/11/03 The obituary of Winslow and Edward Shaut was contributed by Stan Shaut. "I am sending an obit for Winslow Shaut, my great grandfather, and his son Edward. Winslow was a veteran of the Civil War, owned a farm near Bath, NY where his mother is buried, and ran a store in Utica, NY until the death of his wife Martha Louisa Bronner Shaut in 1908. He then entered the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Bath, NY where he died. Winslow's parents were Abraham Shaut and Elizabeth (Betsey) House. Winslow was born in Herkimer County Danube Town on 21 April 1830. Winslow, his wife Martha Louisa Bronner Shaut, and his son Edward are all buried in Whitesboro, NY. "

Utica Saturday Globe 1/22/10


Winslow and Edward Shaut, Father and son, and former Utica Residents.

The deaths of Winslow Shaut and Edward Shaut, father and son and former residents of Utica, which occurred Saturday, form an unusual coincidence. The father died at the age of 80 at the Soldiers' Home at Bath and the son at Sonyea, Livingston county, at the age of 42. Both were well known in this section of the Mohawk valley.

Winslow Shaut was born in the town of Danube, Herkimer county, and there nearly half his life was spent. In 1864 he enlisted and served until the close of the war, when he sold his farm in Danube and removed to Steuben county. In 1890 he came to Utica and opened a grocery store on South street, conducting this business until very recently, when he entered the home at Bath. During a portion of his time here the son, Edward, lived with him and was employed on the railroad. The father is survived by four sons, William and Barney Shaut, of Little Falls; Sherwin, of Albany, and Charles M., of Mohawk.

Tuesday the funeral of father and son was held in this city, Rev. George C. Baner, pastor of the Universalist Church, conducting the services. The remains were placed in the receiving vault in Forest Hill Cemetery.

12/3/03 The obituary of Helen Powers Pickett was contributed by co-coordinator Betsy Voorhees, originally posted on the NYONEIDA-L mailing list on Oct. 28, 2003.

Obituary of Helen Pickett, Frankfort, N.Y.

Source, Rutland Vt. Herald-Fri. Aug. 13, 1948 PROCTORSVILLE, Vt.

The body of Mrs. Helen Powers Pickett, who died late yesterday in Frankfort, N.Y., will be brought to Wallingford, Vt. for burial. Survivors include a son, John Pickett, of Proctorsville, Vt.; two daughters, Mrs. Tillman Ballard of Utica, N.Y., and Mrs. Bernard Cambridge of Frankfort, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Reil of Arlington, Mass.; and a brother, Michael Powers of Frankfort, N.Y. Mrs. Pickett is also survived by other brothers living in Ireland.

Lots more obits on the Obits Bulletin Board Part 9.

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