Cortland County Standard


21 Jan 1868

Death of Abel E. BROOKS, Esq. - This young gentleman, who, it will be remembered by our citizens, studied law with Shankland & Couch, and was admitted to the Bar in May last, went from here last fall to Omaha, Nebraska, where he commenced the practice of his profession. Yesterday morning a telegram, dated at Omaha, Sunday morning, was received here, which was as follows:
    "A.E. BROOKS was dangerously burned this morning. Recovery doubtful.


    In the afternoon Mr. BROOKE's friends telegraphed Mr. PEABODY an inquiry regarding Mr. B's condition, and received the following answer:
    "Mr. BROOKS died this (Monday) morning at four o'clock," Wm. L. PEABODY."
    No further particulars have been received, and we do not, of course, know the circumstance or manner of his death.
28 Jan 1868

Died. GRANT - In Cortlandville, on Wednesday, the 22d inst., Ira GRANT, aged 65 years.

Died. WHITNEY - In Taylor, January 13, Frank B., also on he 26th inst., Fred A., with scarlet fever, twin sons of J.N. and Emily WHITNEY, aged two years and ten months.

31 Mar 1868

Died. DODD - On Saturday, march 14th, at the residence of his brother-in-law Mr. James SAMPLE, 1 Hampden street, Brooklyn, Mary Louisa, youngest daughter of the late John DODD, of Arcade, Wyoming Co., N.Y., aged 23 years and 6 months. Her remains were removed to Arcade for interment.
    She died rejoicing in the Christian's hope. "I am willing to live," she said, "but I prefer to go. There is nothing here worth living for. Tell my Christian friends and acquaintances to live more faithful than I have done, and to my unconverted friends say 'Prepare for death.'"

Died. TANNER - In Dryden, on Sunday, the 29th inst., Wm. T. TANNER, aged 77 years.
    Mr. TANNER was the father of the TANNER Brothers of this village, and has been a resident of Dryden for 51 years.

Died. BAKER - In this village, on Friday the 27th inst., Mrs. Rhoda, wife of Kasson BAKER, aged 76 years.

7 Apr 1868

Died. BAKER - At their residence on Mill street, Cortland, on the 27th ult., Mrs. Rhoda BAKER in the 66th year of her age.
    The deceased was a native of Connecticut. Her maiden name was Rhoda PATTERSON. By her first husband, who died in 1841, she had seven children - five of whom are living. She had been the wife of Mr. BAKER 20 years - residing in Cortland. Her last hours were full of suffering. Death seemed a relief. Her surviving husband has not long to tarry. The forces of life are nearly exhausted. The funeral services of Mrs. BAKER were attended by a large company of kind neighbors and friends and a few of the scattered kindred who were able to attend service conducted by Rev. A. WILKINS, who made a few remarks on the Scriptural words, "Cast me not off in time of old age, forsake me not when my strength fails."

EMERSON - On the morning of the 14th ult., Mr. Samuel EMERSON, aged 83 years.
    Mr. EMERSON was one of the oldest pioneers of Cortland county. He lived on the farm, where he died, fifty-six years. He was long and favorably known in the business circles of Dutchess and Orange counties, and along the line of the Hudson River. The deceased was a quiet, unostentatious gentleman, a kind husband, a tender father, and a genial friend. With a heart of kindly instincts, he gave liberally to those that needed his help.

     O tender heart that is still,
       You will falter with trouble no more,
     Nor know of the good or the ill
       Of a frantic world's uproar!
     Nor heed the great or the small
       Of a strange, bewildering life,
     That often seems dust and ashes all,
       And is [inpatly?] a vapid strife.

14 Apr 1868

Died. PLACE - At Cincinnatus, on the 6th inst., of brain fever, Arthur PLACE, aged ten years and four months.
    The above was the brother of Col. Frank PLACE, County Clerk.

21 Apr 1868

Died. BOIES - At the residence of his grandmother, in this village, on the 14th inst., Guy L. BOIES, of consumption, in the 20th year of his age.

28 Apr 1868

Died. BUCHANAN - In this town, on the 12th inst., of internal cancer, Mr. James BUCHANAN, aged 51 years.

5 May 1868

Loss of Life and Property by Fire.

    The dwelling house belonging to Mrs. Mary DECOUDRES, widow, situated three miles from this village, on the Cortland road, was consumed by fire on Sunday morning last, a young man perishing in the flames, together with nearly all the household effects, consisting of a large amount of silver, rich furniture and very many other valuables, which had been accumulating for nearly fifty years. The fire was discovered about 3 o'clock. The cause of the fire was unknown, and there is something of a mystery clinging to the circumstances, as the flames were observed to emanate from the garret, whither none of the family had been for a long time previous, and the chimneys were supposed to be perfect. Wm. DECOUDRES was first awakened by the smoke, and immediately rushed to the head of the stairs, and alarmed his mother who slept on the first floor. At the head of these stairs was the garret stairs and from thence the fire and smoke was progressing with great rapidity. He then hastened to the room occupied by Edward KEENAN, a lad about 17 years of age, and arousing him from his sleep told him to follow, and that they must escape through the chamber window, from his room on to the roof of the kitchen part of the house, supposing Edward was following. He was let into the lower part of the house by his mother who by this time was up, and proceeded to alarm the nearest neighbor. During all this, William had not secured his clothes. After considerable effort, his pants were reached from through the window of his sleeping apartment in which was his wallet and about $50, but the vest containing a valuable gold watch, could not be got at. At last discovering that young Edward KEENAN was not to be seen, William attempted to ascend the chamber stairs, and when at the head he was beat back by the fire and fell to the foot senseless and badly injured. Others ascended the ladder to the window opening into Edward's room and plainly saw him lying upon the bed, apparently asleep, but probably at that time suffocated or lifeless, but on opening the window the flames gushed fiercely out so as to preclude the possibility of further efforts to save Edward. Deceased was the son of John KEENAN, of McLean. The family was almost insane with grief over the inexpressibly sad loss and horrible death of a beloved son and brother. Every heart throbs and all eyes weep tears of genuine sympathy.
    The whole loss could not be less than $5,000, on which was an insurance of $1,300 in the town Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
    Louisa WHEELER, who was working for the family, but at the time of the fire had gone to her home in Lapeer to spend the Sabbath, lost all her clothes and $20 in money. - Dryden news.

Died. PEARN - At his residence, in Kingston, N.Y., on the 30th ult., Rev. N. PEARN, aged 74 years.
    His remains arrived in this village on Monday morning and were taken to the residence of Harmon HUBBARD, his son-in-law. In the afternoon the funeral services were held in the chapel of the new M.E. Church, and a sermon preached on the occasion by Rev. E.C. CURTIS. Mr. PEARN was for two years a resident of this village.

12 May 1868

Died. BIRDLEBOUGH - In Pitcher, N.Y. on the 9th inst., Lucius, only child of J.H. and Addie BIRDLEBOUGH, aged one years, one month and three days.

   Too frail and pure for earth thou wert,
     And now that thou art gone,
   With saddened, anxious hearts we wait
     The coming of the dawn.

19 May 1868

Died. STUART - Wednesday morning, the 13th inst., at the house of his son-in-law, in Cortland, Mr. Archibald STUART, aged 87 years.
    The deceased was a native of Scotland; emigrated to this country 27 years ago; settled in Groton, where he lived about twelve years, - the rest of the time he spent in Cortland. His end was peace, his own was the first death which occurred in the family since his emigration. He was one of our oldest citizens.

26 May 1868

Died. PERKINS - At Little York, in the town of Homer, Mrs. Sabrina PERKINS, wife of Ebenezer PERKINS, in the 67th year of her age.
    She was a native of Otsego county, in this State, where she spent her early life, and was married to Mr. PERKINS in 1824. The following year they removed to Cortland county. They were both received into the fellowship of the Baptist Church in Virgil and baptized in 1826. The deceased has lived a consistent christian life unto the day of her death. She was always ready to drop a word in the ear of some one about her precious Savior. Her hope seemed a living hope, sure and steadfast. For several years of the lst of her life she was a great sufferer until her nature was worn out. She bore all her affliction with a patience becoming a christian, - often expressing a desire to "depart and be with Christ, which is far better." Her last hours were extremely happy and full of heavenly prospect. An afflicted husband and large circle of friends mourn her departure.
    A sermon was preached at her funeral by Rev. A. WILKINS, from the text - "If this earthly house were dissolved, &c., we have a building of God.," &c, 2 Cor 5:1, after which her remains found rest in the beautiful cemetery at Homer.

16 June 1868

Died. TAYLOR - In this village, on the evening of the 14th inst., Sarah A., wife of Mr. Charles C. TAYLOR, aged 39 years.
    Mrs. TAYLOR's funeral took place this afternoon, and the large concourse of our leading citizens attending it is evidence of the high esteem in which the deceased was held.

30 Jun 1868

Died. TAYLOR - In this village, on the evening of the 14th inst., Sarah A., wife of Mr. Charles C. TAYLOR, aged 39 years.
    Mrs. TAYLOR's funeral took place on the 16th inst., and a large concourse of our leading citizens attending it was evidence of the highest -------- the deceased was held.

Died. CHAFY. - In this village, on the 27th inst., Orange R. CHAFY, aged six months and nine days.

Died. BABCOCK - At Cincinnati, Ohio, June 17th, of consumption, at the residence of Rev. C.A. CLARK, Almeron A. BABCOCK, aged 33 years.
    The deceased was born in the village of Homer in the year 1835, where nearly all his life he has resided. About 14 years ago he was baptized into the baptist church in this place by Rev. H. HARVEY, since which time he has been a very useful and consistent member - beloved by all who knew him. For nearly three years his health has been giving away, and about four weeks ago he started with his wife and little boy for the State of Missouri, where he hoped to find some relief from its very healthful climate. Arriving at Cincinnati June 3d, he was taken so much worse, that his friends immediately telegraphed for his father to come to him, who was fortunate enough to reach him three days before he died. His death was truly the death of the Christian - peaceful and happy. His remains were brought home last Saturday, and his funeral rites took place Sunday afternoon, at the Baptist church, conducted by the pastor, assisted by Rev. S.S. DAY and Rev. A.W. CORNELL, pastor of Calvary church, the whole under the able appearance of the Free Mason Fraternity, of which he was a beloved and honored member.

7 Jul 1868

    We learn that on the afternoon of Saturday last a man was found dead in a field near Truxton. Coroner GREEN of Homer was called, and held an inquest on the body, the particulars of which we have not been able to learn. Rumor has it, however, that it was caused by sunstroke, superinduced by the previous imbibing of whisky. [see next item]

14 Jul 1868

Items. The name of the man who was found dead near Truxton village on the 4th inst., was Runyon R. GARDNER, a German, who had passed several days previous drinking and fighting.

11 Aug 1868

Died. GEE - At Monroe Centre, Ohio, on the 27th ult., John P. GEE, formerly of Cortlandville, aged 76 years.
    Mr. GEE was one of our most exemplary and valuable citizens. A life of industry and sobriety makes his death at the same time a loss and a legacy and consolation to his family and fellow citizens.

Died. HUNTINGTON - In Truxton, on the 8th inst., Marvin HUNTINGTON, aged 70 years.

18 Aug 1868

    Death of Levi GOODRICH - Levi GOODRICH, an old and much respected citizen of this town, died suddenly at his residence last Saturday evening, nearly 88 years old. His was a long life of activity and usefulness. Born at Wethersfield, Conn., Dec. 9, 1785, he moved to Pittsfield when six years old. Ever since his early manhood, and up to the time when his strength began to fail him he was prominent in every matter of business and social improvement. He built and owned the block on North Street known as the Goodrich Block, had many large contracts on the Harlem Railroad, and built the Pittsfield and North Adams Railroad. He never held any public office of importance, as he had a strong aversion to so doing. Twice, once under Gov. BRIGGS, and once under Gov. MORTON, he received, but refused a commission as Justice of the Peace. He became a member of Dr. TODD's church in 1842, and from that time onward was known as a consistent and earnest Christian. During the last years of his life he was a great sufferer, but his cheerfulness and patience never failed him. Only the Thursday night before his death, while lying upon his bed in sleeplessness and pain, he was heard to sing clear through to the end, the beautiful hymn, "When I can read my title clear," &c. In the fullest and highest sense of the apostle's words, for him to live was Christ, to have died is gain. We can write no better epitaph to his memory than the simple words pronounced by his pastor, "he was a good old man." - Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle.
    Mr. GOODRICH was the father of Horace P. GOODRICH, of this village.

25 Aug 1868

Died. PERRY - At Jordan, Sunday, Aug. 16th, of cholera infantum, Nellie C., infant daughter of Isaac N. & Hattie C. PERRY, aged 4 months and 9 days.

8 Sep 1868

Died. BAUM - In Canandaigua, on the 13th ult., Nancy, daughter of Wm. SQUIRES, Esq., of Marathon, and wife of Jas. N. BAUM, of the latter place, aged 32 years, 10 months and 21 days.

29 Sep 1868

Died. HASKELL - In this town, on the 20th inst., Mr. Seth HASKELL, aged 79 years.


    Horace BROWN did at Nelson, Ill., Sept. 19, aged thirty years, three months, and five days.
    Horace was a young man of extraordinary ability. Ever in the days of his boyhood he took great delight in arguing the hardest side of a knotty question, or solving some difficult problem. He attended the New York Central College, and in 1858 he went to Illinois to teach school. In 1859 he entered Oberlin College, of Ohio, teaching school winters to obtain funds to school himself the rest of the year. Thus he educated himself. In 1862, when the country in its struggle with rebellion called for help, he was home on a visit, and appreciating the Government's need, he enlisted in Co. M, 10th N.Y. Cavalry, in which he was soon promoted to Sergeant, and served through the war. In the spring of '65, after Lee had surrendered, he was discharged as a supernumerary non-commissioned officer. Returning home, he went back to Oberlin where he completed his studies. He then went to Rockford, Ill., and commenced studying law with his uncle. Had he lived until October, he expected to have been admitted to the bar, but a sudden attack of heart disease prevented the fulfillment of his cherished hopes. The telegram announcing his untimely death threw upon his friends as well as relatives a feeling of gloom which was but the precurser of the overwhelming sadness upon the arrival of his body at the home of his boyhood. His funeral took place on the 24th inst., and was attended by a large concourse of people. The services were performed by Rev. L. GRANT, who delivered an impressive sermon from John 11, 28.

    Death of Dr. A. B. SHIPMAN. - We learn through private advice received this morning, that Dr. A. B. SHIPMAN, of this city, died at Paris on the 15th inst. His remains have been embalmed and are enroute for this city, and will arrive in New York by the steamer due the first of next week. We are not advised as to the cause of his death. His demise will cast a shadow over a large circle of friends and acquaintances in this city and elsewhere. - Journal.
    For many years Dr. SHIPMAN was a resident of this village, and of late years, during his residence in Syracuse, he has often been called to Cortland to attend those who in former years had felt the beneficial result of his skill, and ever looked to him as not only a wise and medical adviser, but a generous, disinterested friend. His death will be sincerely mourned by many of our citizens.

20 Oct 1868

From the Milwaukee Evening Wisconsin.

Death of Azariah BLANCHARD

    The venerable Dr. BLANCHARD, after a lingering illness, expired at his residence in this city on Saturday last, at the age of 79. Dr. BLANCHARD has been a resident of Milwaukee for two and twenty years, and we can say without exaggeration, that no man ever lived in this community who had fewer enemies - we might say he had none, for his daily life was marked by such a guileless simplicity and a christian conduct in all his relations which justly rendered him a most estimable and beloved citizen. He was free from all jealousies, and therefore generously gave a helping hand to the young men in his profession. His heart was warm not merely towards his fellow men, but towards his country. During the great civil war his patriotic sympathies were always alive, and like a good man he prayed to live to witness the crowning triumph of the nation, and when we met him last, one of his most fervent wishes that he expressed was that he might live to vote for Grant and Colfax, but the good man is gone to his last rest before this patriotic wish was gratified.
    When Dr. BLANCHARD removed to this city in 1846 he had previously resided in Cortland county, N.Y., where he was during the war of 1812. In those days Cortland county was almost a border county, and then as now his sympathies were on the side of his country in her struggle with Great Britain.
    Dr. BLANCHARD leaves numerous descendants in our state. His only son, A.B. BLANCHARD, has been one of our most substantial merchants for years past, while his sons-in-law, Wm. Pitt LYNDE and John NAZRO, are gentlemen widely known and esteemed in this community as among our best citizens.


    Died, in this village, on Wednesday, Oct. 14th, Mrs. Abigail HAWKS, aged 63 years. Mrs. HAWKS was the relict of Daniel HAWKS, Esq., attorney and counselor at law, whose office was the one now occupied by J.A. SCHERMERHORN, Esq., and who died in 1853. She was the daughter of Jonathan HUBBARD, one of the early pioneers of this county, who came into this section in 1794, and located on ground now occupied by Cortland village - most of it being east of Main street. Mrs. HAWKS was born in 1805 in what has always been known as the "Red Mill". Mr. Jonathan HUBBARD, formerly cashier of the Randall Bank, now a resident of Skaneatles in this State, and brother of the deceased, is the only surviving member of the family.
    The large gathering of citizens attending the funeral of Mrs. HAWKS, and the long procession following the remains to the grave, testify to the respect in which she was held.
3 Nov 1868

Died. MUDGE - In this village, on the 26th of October, of typhoid fever, Hannah C., wife of E. MUDGE, in the 51st year of her age.
    We have known the deceased since boyhood. And no lady of our acquaintance possesses in a greater degree the esteem and good will of their associates than did she. Kind and ready in sickness, a genial , generous neighbor, her death is earnestly mourned.

Died. DYE - Elder Walter G. DYE, died at his residence in McGrawville, October 21st, 1868, in the 68th year of his age.
    He was a native of Rhode Island, and came with his parents to Woodstock in this State, where he was converted and baptized by Rev. John PECK, at thirteen years of age. Thirty-eight years of his life was devoted to preaching and gathering souls into the fold of Jesus. Fourteen years he has served the church at McGrawville. His labors have been greatly blessed of God in the conversion of souls. His life was a beautiful exemplification of the religion he taught. He loved the church even unto death, speaking words of cheer for them, while his own head lay on his dying "pillow." About two months elapsed after he preached his last sermon before his death. His mind was clear to the last. His last days were peculiarly happy; so peaceful and resigned, so joyous and triumphant in God.

    "Sweet is the scene when Christians die,
     When holy souls retire to rest."

A large concourse of mourners followed his remains to the grave on Friday. The occasion was improved by an appropriate sermon from Rev. Mr. HARVEY, D.D., from the words recorded 1Cor., 15; 55,56,57.
10 Nov 1868

Died. STILSON - In this village, of consumption, on the 23rd ult., Mr. Edward STILSON, aged 29 years.
    He was greatly esteemed.

15 Dec 1868

    We are informed that a young woman named Alice SIMPSON, whose parents reside at Blodgett's Mills, but who has of late been in the employ of one of our citizens residing near this village, committed suicide last Saturday night by taking arsenic. She was immediately taken home and every effort was made to prevent death from ensuing, but in vain. Yesterday morning she died. She gave no other reason for the committal of the act than that she was "tired of life," and no other has been discovered.

22 Dec 1868

Willett, Dec. 19, 1868.
    Col. Elijah WHEELER died on the morning of the 8th inst., and was buried on the 11th. The funeral services were held at the residence of E.F. NICHOLS, where a large concourse of mourning friends had assembled, who listened to a sermon by Rev. HOLYROID of Cincinnatus, after which the corpse was deposited in our church yard, but is to be removed in the Spring to Cortland.

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