Cortland County Standard


3 Jan 1871


Last Wednesday morning Mr. Frank HOLLISTER, residing about four miles west of this village, committed suicide by hanging himself. He was stopping at the house of his brother, Mr. R.L. HOLLISTER, about one-half mile distant from his own, and got up about three o'clock in the morning, saying that he was going home. Not long after, Mr. R.L. HOLLISTER found him dead in the barn. He had procured a rope and fastened one end to a rafter, and standing on the haymow, he fastened the other end about his neck and jumped off. Mr. HOLLISTER had exhibited symptoms of insanity for some weeks past, and his family had procured the necessary papers to be made out preparatory to placing him in the Utica Asylum. Mr. HOLLISTER leaves a family . - Cortland Dem.
10 Jan 1871

Suicide at Lafayette. - At an early hour last week Friday morning, Joel KINNE, residing about a mile south of Lafayette Square, died from injuries inflicted by his own hand. He arose at the usual hour, and before fully dressing himself went to the woodshed adjoining the house, and with a pocket knife severed the main arteries of his neck. His continued absence finally alarmed his sister, with whom he was boarding, having some time since parted from his family, and search was made for him, but he was not found till about noon, when the appearance indicated that death had taken place some time previously. It is thought that the cause which impelled him to commit the rash act arose from the condition of his health, which for some time has been so poor as to make him gloomy and despondent. He was about forty-five years of age. - Tully Rep.

Died. HAWLEY - In Homer, on the 30th ult., Newton G. HAWLEY, aged 24 years.

Died. JONES - In Homer, on the 29th ult., Mary Ellen, daughter and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Newell JONES, aged 25 years.

Died. GAGER - In this town, on the 10th inst., Mrs. Julia W., wife of Judson B. GAGER, aged 31 years. Funeral at the house Thursday, at 10 A.M.

17 Jan 1871

Died. RUSSEL - In McGrawville, on the 30th ult., Lizzie, youngest daughter of Allen RUSSEL, aged seven years.

  The fairest flowers are first to fade,
  The sweetest buds first to decay;
  The loveliest things which God has made,
  Are those that soonest pass away.

  Thou wert the light and life of home,
  But all our love and care
  Were not enough to keep thee here
  When Jesus bade thee come.

  We miss the voice of prattling wild,
  We miss the smile so sweet;
  But more than all the "good-night kiss"
  And tread of little feet.

  We miss thee, O so sadly,
  At morn and evening prayer,
  At home, at school, at church, at play,
  We miss thee everywhere.

  Dearest, we loved thee tenderly
  Yet Jesus loved thee best;
  And though our hearts are breaking,
  We bow at His behest.

Died. BULLMAN - At his residence in this village, on the 4th inst., Christopher BULLMAN, aged 83 years.

Died. GEE - At Hamilton, of consumption, on Thursday morning at five o'clock, 29th inst., Charles C. GEE, aged 28 years and 7 months.
    Mr. GEE was a native of Cincinnatus, N.Y. He came to the west in the summer of 1868. The climatic change at first furnished considerable improvement, but repeated attacks of hemorrhage of the lungs stole away the vital fluid from poor Charles, and lowered hopes of his anxious friends. About six weeks ago he was confined to the house, and suffered with a very painful complication of dropsy of the heart. His patient and uncomplaining manner endeared him more closely to his many friends. He bore the rod of affliction with a strong and steady reliance upon that Arm that has promised ultimate rest to all that come unto Him and believe.
    He was a man of gentlemanly instincts and generous impulses, and, but for the insidious disease that has undermined so many of the most promising youths of our land, would have fought the battles of this life with more than ordinary success. - Hamilton, Mo., News, Jan. 5, 1871.

24 Jan 1871


    Last Friday, while attending to his stock, Mr. John BLANEY, of Summit station, was attacked by a bull, owned by himself, and so badly injured that death ensued in a few hours. He was buried in the Tully cemetery last Sabbath. - Tully Rep.

Died. PURDY - In this village, on the morning of the 23d inst., of a stroke of apoplexy, Mr. Alfred PURDY, aged 65 years.
    Chenango county papers please copy.

Died. THAYER - At his residence in Taylor, on the 19th of January, 1871, after a painful illness of nearly three months' duration, Mr. James J. THAYER, in the 42d year of his age.

31 Jan 1871

Died. BOWEN - In this village, on the 24th inst., of paralysis, Mrs. Abigail BOWEN, relict of the late Rev. Elias BOWEN, aged 68 years.

Died ANDREWS - In Truxton, on Saturday, Jan. 21st, of congestion of the lungs, Mrs. L.T. ANDREWS, wife of D.W. ANDREWS, of Truxton.
    County papers please copy.

Died. CHAFFY - On the 26th inst., Mrs. Nancy A. CHAFFY, wife of John M. CHAFFY, of Cortland, aged 60 years.

Died. BALDWIN - In Preble, on the 14th inst., Mrs. Cynthia BALDWIN, in the 68th year of her age.
    Mrs. BALDWIN was born in Adams, Mass., and moved to this country about 45 years ago, and most of the time since has been a resident of this town. For over 30 years she has been a professor of religion and practiced its virtues at her home daily, amongst her family, always trying to make the home cheerful, and her associates happy. Respected by all, loved most by those who knew her best.

Virgil, Jan. 28, 1871.

    Lt.-Gen. Mumps is taking everything by storm. He must indeed think that Virgil is a gay old town to hold his midnight revels in, at least, to all appearances, as he continues to rage with almost unabated fury.
    He is making sad work among some of the schools. The State Road school has had to be closed pro tempore, that the school ma'am as well as some of the pupils might be able to entertain the wonderful stranger.
    One case of mortality has occurred. A child of Mr. Richard HASEN, aged about two years, has been taken from the arms of its beloved parents, as I have been informed.
7 Feb 1871

Died. LYMAN - In Venice, Cayuga Co., Jan. 24th, of consumption, Alfleda Blashfield, wife of Gustavus LYMAN, aged 49 years.

Willett, Feb. 6, 1871
    Mr. Henry WILES died very suddenly, of paralysis, at his residence, Jan. 28. Mr. W. was a very kind and obliging neighbor, ever ready to do as he would like to be done by. As a husband and father, none was more kind and indulgent. The Rev. A.F. BROWN delivered a very able and affecting sermon from Isaiah 40 chap., 6,7 and 8 verses.

14 Feb 1871

Death of Capt. Jas. A. COFFIN.

    At a meeting of the soldiers in attendance at the funeral of the late Capt. James A. COFFIN, held subsequent to his burial, at Grand Army Hall, at McGrawville, N.Y., comrade J.C. CARMICHEL of Cortland was called to the chair, and T.J. CHAFY of McGrawville made Secretary.
    Remarks were made by comrade H.C. HENDRICK, paying tribute to the noble character of the deceased, and moved the appointment of a committee to draft suitable resolutions expressive of the afflictive occasion and character and services of their fallen comrade, and present the same to this meeting. [Resolutions follow]
21 Feb 1871


    Hon. Wm. BARTLIT died on Sunday last at Wellsville, Allegany Co., N.Y., aged 78 years. His remains have been brought to Cortland for interment in our cemetery. The funeral services will be held at the residence of Jas. A. SCHERMERHORN, Esq., on Thursday of this week, at 11 o'clock A.M.


    In its proper place will be found a notice of the death of Hiram EGGLESTON, formerly a resident of this village. The cause of his death was an accident which happened on the Friday previous. It seems that he was in the woods hauling logs, and while in the act of drawing one upon the skids, it rolled over and catching his right leg below the knee and against a skid crushed it into a shapeless mass. Guiding his team so as to draw the log off his foot, he halloed for help, but for nearly two hours no one recognized the cries as those of distress. Although quickly attended to thereafter, his death occurred through exposure on the Tuesday following, having for 48 hours previous suffered terrible agony. Mr. EGGLESTON was well known in this section, his brothers - Francis and Asahel - being at present residents of this village.

Died. EGGLESTON - At his late residence in Alden, Erie Co., N.Y., on Tuesday, Feb. 14, Hiram EGGLESTON, formerly of this place, aged 62 years.

Died. BEERS - At York, Elkhart Co., Ind. Mrs. Mehitabel , wife of Joseph C. BEERS, aged 60 years.
    The funeral services will be held at 3 P.M. on Thursday of this week, at the residence of Mr. BEERS.

Died. BEAN - In Homer, on the 15th inst., of Diptheria, Mariam L., youngest daughter of William A. and Emma M. BEAN, aged 1 year and 25 days.

7 Mar 1871

Solon, March 5, 1871
    Oscar L. PRATT, formerly of the firm of Pratt & Yale, in this city, died last Saturday at Wyoming, Jones county, Iowa, where he had gone with the intention of making the place a permanent home.
    His remains were taken to Afton, Chenango county, where they were interred.
    This is sad news for his many friends in this city and elsewhere, who knew him to be an upright young man and a worthy companion. - Bing. Rep.
    Mr. PRATT was formerly employed in the store of Mills & Warren, in this village, where he won the good-will of all with whom he came in contact. He was, indeed, in habits and character a model young man.

Resolutions of Respect.

    At a regular communication of Cincinnatus Lodge F. and A. M., No. 706, held at their Lodge rooms February 11, 1871, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:
    whereas, It hath pleased our Supreme Grand master to remove from this earth the soul of our esteemed brother, Jerome B. SEAMANS, calling him from labor below to refreshments eternal in the Grand Lodge above, it is proper to give fitting expression to our sorrow and sympathy with the affianced and family of the deceased;
[resolutions follow]
14 Mar 1871

Died. CHAFY - In Cortland, March 10th, Rebecca CHAFY, aged 67 years.

21 Mar 1871

Death of Hon. William BARTLIT.

    Judge Wm. BARTLIT, one of the pioneers of Central New York, died at his home in Alleghany county on the 19th day of Feb., 1871, aged 78 years. His remains were brought to this village for interment, and on the occasion a goodly number of our citizens - mostly old, life-long associates of the deceased - gathered at the parlors of his old home (now the residence of James A. SCHERMERHORN, Esq.,) for his funeral obsequies.
    All felt that a distinguished and honorable former citizen of Cortland had passed away from earth, leaving to this people with whom he had so long lived, precious memories in a record of life's duties well performed.
    Judge BARTLIT was a native of Conway, Mass., and came to Cortland to reside in 1814, and was from that time to 1853 one of our most enterprising, efficient and valuable citizens. The greater portion of his life was therefore spent in this town of his early choice. Identifying himself with the interests, growth and welfare of this village, he soon gained a standing and influence of marked eminence in the community.
    His early education had been defective, but such was his native energy that amid the toils of his daily pursuits he found time to supply this deficiency and to cultivate his mind and store it with useful knowledge as to fit him in a high degree for the field of responsibility and honorable distinction he was destined to occupy as a business man.
    Judge BARTLIT was prompt, energetic and successful. In all enterprises of a public nature he took a keen interest, and for their promotion and success labored faithfully and efficiently. Our institutions, educational and religious, all received from him important aid, and for their rapid advancement were much indebted to his ready foresight and practical wisdom. One of the original founders of our village Academy, he was ever its liberal patron, wise advisor and generous friend.
    Important public interests were often committed to his hands and always received from him such prompt attention and skillful management that his aid in such matters came to seem indispensable. He enjoyed largely the confidence of the masses; he was often chosen to fill important stations both in town and county, and for one term represented this district in the State Senate with marked ability - honoring both himself and his constituency. In whatever pursuit he engaged, whether public or private, he exhibited great decision of character and firmness of purpose, enabling him readily to wield a controlling influence.
    As a citizen, neighbor and friend, he was deservedly prominent and highly esteemed. He had many warm personal friends, by whom he will be remembered kindly, lovingly. In his disposition Judge BARTLIT was remarkably genial and affectionate. His ready wit and sparkling humor lent a charm to his presence and caused his society to be courted and coveted in every social gathering. But he has gone from us and from these scenes of his earthly career to join the innumerable company who have preceded him in their entrance to the untried higher life.
    "So day by day the generation of the fathers passes" - a noble band. We hold their memories precious. It is but meet that their worth and virtues should be recounted and their names cherished as household words. Contributing to the welfare of this community they lived and labored, encountering privations and hardships of which we, their successors, little know, but the rich fruits of which we are enjoying in the improved social, educational and religious advantages, we posess.
    Cortland Village. Feb. 28, 1871.
28 Mar 1871

Died. KINNEY - In Litchfield, Pa., the 13th inst., Charles KINNEY, aged 77 years.
    Mr. KINNEY was an early settler of that township, contributing much to the development of that wilderness region, and died one of its most highly respected citizens.

Died. KINNEY - In Sheshequin, Pa., the 11th inst., H. Clay KINNEY, in the 32d years of his age.
    Mr. KINNEY had suffered for some two years with consumption, but a few weeks before his death had so far recovered as to be able to attend somewhat to business. He is the fifth of the family of eight children who have died, at an early age, of the same insidious disease.

Died. HIBBARD - In Homer, March 19th, Mrs. Rachel HIBBARD, in the 90th year of her age.

Died. HUBBARD - In Cortland, March 10, 1871, Mrs. Lurilla HUBBARD, in the 55th year of her age.
    Mrs. HUBBARD was born in the town of Homer, April 16, 1816. Some years after her marriage, removed with her husband to this village, where, for the past twenty-five years, she has resided. For forty years she has been a professed follower of Christ, which profession she adorned by a life of unwavering consistency of walk and conversation. In all her relations of wife, mother, or friend, her life and influence has been such as to leave a memory to be loved and cherished, and an irreparable chasm behind her.
    For many years she has been an invalid and a sufferer, but has borne all with such a spirit of sweet submission, with calm, unwavering trust, as to witness to all about her of the unfailing grace and help of Him, who has promised for the sorest trials, grace sufficient for our day.
    Such a life of silent witness-bearing for Jesus, from which for forty years there has been the outgoing of holy, sanctified influence, the steady outshining of holy light to all about it, is no common-place life. Over such lives Heaven has pronounced its richest benediction, and upon earth its memory and its influence will live as the glow and the brightness of the day linger in the sky, long after the sun has sunk to its setting.
    "The memory of the just is blessed." "I heard a voice, saying, write, blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea, sayeth the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them."


    The Homer Republican of last week contains the following remarks accompanying the notice of the death of Rev. Martin P. KINNEY: -
    Mr. KINNEY was a native of Homer where he passed his youth and early manhood. He united with the Congregational Church in 1831 and soon after began to study for the ministry. He studied Theology at Lane Seminary. He was ordained and first settled as pastor over the church in whitewater, Wis. He afterwards preached at Racine, Janesville and Rockford. He resigned his charge last fall on account of his health.
    He was a preacher of no mean abilities. He rightly divided the word. He was earnest and faithful in the work to which he had devoted his life. His labors were largely blessed to the edification and building up of several churches over which he was settled. He has left among his numerous friends and acquaintances an abundant evidence to believe he is now wearing a crown studded with many a precious jewel.
    The circumstances of his death bore a striking resemblance to those of his brother, Rev. Peleg R. KINNEY. The latter died suddenly last June on the Sabbath just after preaching a sermon. The former died while on his way to the church where he had engaged to preach. Each lived only about fifteen minutes after the attack which summoned him to "go up higher." Each was found with the armor on, and in the service of his master.
11 Apr 1871

Correspondence, Harford
April 8, 1871

    Death invades some joyous home and snatches away some loved one and casts a shade of gloom upon the otherwise lovely scene. Such has been the sad experience of this place of late. Samuel W. NELSON, Esq., who has been too widely known to need any further notice here, has been suffering for years with scirrlius of the lower portion of the bowels - a condition that precedes canceration. For a few months past, his disease has been more virulent, and he has been, most of the time, confined to his bed, and on Tuesday, April 4th, his sufferings ceased, for Death had claimed another victim.
    Five years ago in the same month, a lovely daughter of Mr. NELSON was conveyed to the narrow house in the silent city. Now the mortal remains of the father repose beside those of the daughter; and we believe over beyond the "river," the lovely, angelic spirit of the daughter and that of the father have had a happy, glorious meeting, and are now together drinking from the cup of Heavenly joy as they dip from the stream of happiness unalloyed which flows forever from the throne of God.
    A widow and son are left, and, although they mourn deeply their loss, we believe they are consoled with the thought that what is their loss is his gain.
    Mr. NELSON will be greatly missed in the village as a neighbor, friend and counselor, as well as a man of business. Always active and energetic while in comparative health, he attended to his business too long while unwell. His business as Postmaster, Justice of the Peace, merchant, and administrator of the Griffin estate, he left only as he was obliged to from absolute inability to prosecute it farther. But such is life, such is death. He has left his work for others to perform, and folded his hands and laid down to rest. Peace be to his ashes, and life, joy and Heaven to his soul.

Correspondence, Harford April 8, 1871
    Mrs. STEWART, wife of Mr. John STEWART of this vicinity, in the town of Dryden, died from the effects of pneumonia the week before last, and a little son of J.D. HEMINGWAY now lies in a critical condition, affected with measles; still we hope for more favorable symptoms and a final restoration to health.

Died. HOUSE - In Virgil, April 6th, 1871, Miss Lucy A. HOUSE, in the 27th year of her age.
    Always sadly does it become a duty to remind each of our friends that another life comrade has laid down her burden of feebleness, thrown off the coil of mortal supremacy, to tread with joyous freedom the footworn pathway leading upward to beauteous light, to be crowned with robes of purest lustre, where angels' choirs in gladsome symphony chant endless anthems around the eternal throne of Heaven's royalty. Yet such falls to the lot of even the kindest of friends. The seal has been set, the word spoken, and man can but obey the mandates of Omnific power. For, in the hands of the Master, we form but one of the little drops that go to make up the great ocean of Infinity; and like a stone worn by constant droppings of watery atoms, our life is passing away into the vast future, second by second, hour by hour, year by year, as time cycles steadily onward into dim forgetfulness. Life and death are ever mingled together. With this reminder do we record the passage of one who has gone a day before us on the road toward the beautiful city. Only a short week ago and she was with you, for whom now a mournful requiem goes forth, only a week ago and the darkened cyclings have wafted away another of your band into the far, dim realities of eternity. Lucy is dead! Our friend and sister is gone! No more will we meet and with her kneel, willing subjects around the family alter. The last prayer has been offered, the last greeting given, and henceforth, brothers, sisters, and parents, alone you must trace the path of your success; alone tread thy way into the world of busy workings.
    Methinks even now, I see a dim face of wizard time pointing with its token finger to April 7th, 1844, then slowly mark off less than a score and a half of short summers, pause at the fatal April 6th, 1871, - twenty-seven beautiful years - and the dark Rubicon is passed, the victory won, and the conqueror has received her crown of eternal triumph.

18 Apr 1871

Died. NELSON - At his residence in Harford, N.Y., on the 4th day of April , 1871, S. Worcester NELSON, Esq.

25 Apr 1871

Died. BURLINGAME - In Willett, on the 23d inst., of scarlet fever, Elnora, only daughter of Miles and Amy BURLINGAME, aged five years, one month and twenty-nine days.

Died. VAN HOESEN - At the old homestead in Preble, April 11th, Mrs. Elizabeth VAN HOESEN, in the 84th year of her age.
    Mrs. VAN HOESEN was born in Greene county, this state, in 1788. In 1806 she was married to Albert G. VAN HOESEN, and the same year they settled in this town. Forty-three years they toiled together in life's journey, when Mr. VAN HOESEN was summoned from her side. But she had the sweet consolation [line blotted out] did all they could to render her happy. She was the mother of nine children, five of whom are still living. Three died in infancy. Her youngest son - the Hon. Henry B. VAN HOESEN - died three years ago. It is more than half a century since she publicly professed her faith in the Redeemer. Up to her last illness she had always been remarkably healthy. Her mind was uncommonly vigorous, and her step denoted one much younger in years. About one week before her death, she heard the steps of the pale messenger, but she was not surprised nor alarmed; she said she was ready to go. Her christian life had been one of great uniformity and peace; now, when it was drawing to a close, she was kept in such perfect peace that she had not a single thought of fear. Day and night she seemed like one in joyous contemplation upon the bank of

             "The beautiful river
       That flows by the throne of God,"

just waiting for the angel-hand to bear her to her Savior's bosom.
    The day previous to her death, she said to her eldest daughter, who sat by her side: "How good the Lord is! He has always been so good to me, I feel that I cannot be thankful enough to Him for it."
    Her place in the sanctuary and in the Sabbath-school was seldom vacant. She delighted in the study of the Bible. Only three years ago the Sabbath-school report showed that she had been absent less Sabbaths during the year than any other member.
    Life's closing hours were beautiful. Though suffering extreme pain, there was not an anxious sigh nor anxious look - all was calm and serene. She fully confided in Him whose promise is, "My grace is sufficient for thee." Her mind was clear to the very last moment, and in her angelic faith she passed triumphantly beyond the "valley" and beyond the "river." From the loved ones of earth, she rose to the eternal love of God, and from the fading things of time to the glory of immortality.
2 May 1871

Death of Gen. W. L. CHAPLIN

    Gen. William Lawrence CHAPLIN died at his residence in this village on the 28th day of April last, at the age of 76 years. His birth-place was Groton, Middlesex Co., and State of Massachusetts. He was educated at Harvard University, and many distinguished men were his contemporaries in that institution. He was bred to the profession of the law, and commenced practice in his native town. In 1836 he was invited by the American Anti-Slavery Society to enter the field as a lecturer. Being an enthusiastic, bold, and uncompromising foe to oppression in every form, he engaged in the work with a vigor and ability that gave him distinction throughout the Northern States. In 1837 he was advanced to the position of General Agent of the Society for the State of New York, and for four years his tongue and pen were devoted to the noble cause with signal effect. In 1850 he was nominated by the Liberty party as a candidate for the office of Governor of this State, and received a full vote of that noble body of men who were then struggling in the heaven-born cause of freedom, which has finally triumphed and rendered illustrious the names of its early defenders.
    Gen. CHAPLIN lived to witness the crowning glory of his labors in the raising of a whole race from crushing bondage to the light of freedom and civilization.
    In 1851, he married Theodocia GILBERT, a lady of rare beauty of mind and character. She was intensely devoted to the cause that lay so deep in the heart of Gen. CHAPLIN. She seconded all his efforts with her best energies, and exhibited in her short career the exalted virtues of a philanthropist . She died in 1855, leaving two children, one only now living, a daughter sixteen years of age.
    In recent years, the General espoused the cause of temperance with all the ardor of his nature, and soon became its distinguished advocate. In this field of labor he encountered unabated hostility, but it did not abate his purpose or weaken his courage. He felt that "man's inhumanity to man was making countless thousands mourn." He felt a religious necessity resting upon him to resist the frightful ruin that intemperance was spreading over the land. He stood continually on the outposts of reform. His life was devoted to the amelioration and elevation of his fellow man. He was a professor of religion, and a member of the Congregational Church. And the great end of his life was the service of God and his Country. He has left a name honorable among men, and a rich legacy to his kindred. In private life, all who knew him will cherish a grateful remembrance of his dignified, cultivated and genial manner. His duties as a husband and a father were affectionately and faithfully fulfilled. His home was the scene where his virtues shone with undiminished lustre. There the sundering of domestic ties will be keenly felt. His aged and only surviving sister, a lady of rare accomplishments, had turned to him as her natural protector in life's cold decline, and to her his absence is irreparable.
    But grief is assuaged in the belief that he has now exchanged the toils of earth for the rest and joys of the redeemed.

Died. FISH - In McGrawville, May 1st, Mrs. Mary Ann FISH, mother of E.A. FISH of this village, in the 67th year of her age.

16 May 1871

A Chapter of Accidents

    Saturday forenoon, as Mr. John KATLINE and Mrs. Jas. TANNER were on their way, in a carriage of Mr. I.W. BROWN, livery keeper, to participate in the services at the funeral of Miss Electa HATFIELD, and when near the brick school-house west of the village, the left hind wheel struck a stone and fell to pieces. The equilibrium being thus destroyed, the horse, jumping quickly, threw the occupants of the carriage to the ground and then dashed off with the vehicle dragging at his heels.

A Chapter of Accidents.

    In the morning of Saturday, a little son of Leroy COLE sat down in a pail of scalding water, which the servant was using for cleaning purposes, and so severely injured the lower part of his body that his sufferings since have been terrible, and we learn of late that his life is despaired of.
23 May 1871

Died. BULLMAN - In this village, May 21st, of consumption, Malinda, wife of Benoni BULLMAN, aged 26 years.

30 May 1871

Died. HOLDRIDGE - In Fredericksburg, Va., May 12th, 1871, Mary Louise, wife of William A. HOLDRIDGE and daughter of Samuel BABCOCK, Esq., aged 19 years.

Died. DEXTER - In Cortland, May 13th, 1871, Kitty Floy, only child of Lucien and Maggie DEXTER, aged 20 months.

Died. KENNEDY - In Cortland, May 13th, 1871, Patrick KENNEDY, aged 55 years.

Died. SYKES - In this village, Friday, the 26th inst., Asaph SYKES, aged 83 years.

Died. MOSHER - In this village, Sunday, the 28th inst., John S. MOSHER, aged 32 years.

Died. CHATTERTON - In this village, the 26th inst., Mrs. Isaac CHATTERTON, aged 53 years.

6 Jun 1871

Died. GREENWOOD - At the residence of her son, I.K. GREENWOOD, in Cortlandville, Saturday, June 3d, Rebecca GREENWOOD, aged 95 years, 4 months and 9 days.

20 Jun 1871


    A young man 23 years of age, named John CRAWLEY, while learning to swim in the pond at Woolston's Mills in Preble, in this county, got into deep water and was drowned. He was soon missed, the water drawn off, and the body found, but life was extinct. Coroner T.C. POMEROY held an inquest the next day, when the jury rendered a verdict of "accidental drowning."

Willett, June 18, 1871.

    Two of our beloved Sabbath-school children have been called home: lovely Nora and Cora, the cherished darlings of many hearts; none knew them but to love them.
    How our heart aches with the afflicted friends. May the great Father of all comfort and sustain them in their hour of need.


    Editor Standard: - The most exciting theme of conversation on our streets to-day has been the death, by his own hands, of Tracy SHERWOOD, and old and respected citizen of this village. The circumstances are briefly these: - Mr. SHERWOOD has been partially deranged for several days, in fact, I might say years, but his mind has seemed to be not as clear during the past week as formerly. About 10 o'clock this A.M. (Saturday), he came into the market of Messrs. WEBB & NEWTON, on Cortland street, and asked for a kidney, as he was going fishing. Receiving it he went into the store of Lynde Brothers, next door, and asked for the loan of a jack-knife to cut bait with. Receiving this from Mr. Watson LYNDE, he left the store and proceeded down the creek running past the store and leading to the river, coming in just above the bridge. About twenty minutes after this he was seen by a little son of J.C. GRAY, sitting among the willows on the banks of the creek, with his clothing and person covered with blood. Alarmed at this strange and ghastly vision, he ran away, and meeting immediately thereafter Mr. A. BENJAMIN, whom he informed of what he had seen, went directly to the spot. He had fallen on his back and was entirely dead. It seems he had examined the knife and found it very dull. Sitting down he had sharpened it on a stone near him (as appears from marks found), and after getting it somewhat sharp, he had cut five terrible gashes on the right side of the neck, and two or three on the left side, in each instance completely severing the jugular vein on both sides, from the effects of which Dr. REED testified he could not have lived longer than two or three minutes. He was conveyed at once to the Engine House and immediately washed and made ready for burial. The Coroner, Dr. POMEROY, having in the meantime been notified, arrived during the afternoon and impaneled a jury composed of D.C.SQUIRES, L.A. HAZEN, Richard POLLARD, A.C. FORD, J.C. GRAY and Wallace KELLEY, who rendered a verdict - "That the deceased came to his death from wounds inflicted with a pocket jack-knife with his own hands while laboring under a fit of mental derangement." The occurrence has cast a deep gloom over the entire community. Mr. S. leaves a wife and daughter.
20 Jun 1871

Another Victim.

    About 10 o'clock on Saturday morning last, Tracy SHERWOOD, an old resident of Marathon, committed suicide at that place. He was a mason by trade, and had been a Justice of the Peace of that town. For four or five days previous to his death, he had been despondent and imagined there was some conspiracy against him. On Saturday morning he borrowed a knife of a neighbor, saying he wanted to go down into a patch of willows near by to get a willow. A few moments after, some one passing the willows, saw him dead. On examination it was found that he had cut a severe gash on the left side of his neck, from near his ear to his throat, and on the right side he had done the same, except five different cuts were plain to be seen on that side, showing that he intended to make a sure thing of it. Death must have been almost instantaneous. Cause, whisky. For several years he has been in the habit of drinking to excess, until the brain became crazed, resulting in suicide. This is the third suicide, beside one murder, in that town within the last few years, the direct result of whisky - drinking and whisky-selling. There are others there who would do well to ponder these things.

Died. KENNEDY - In Cortlandville, June 15th, 1871, of scarlet fever, Florence E., daughter of Henry and Mary E.C. KENNEDY, aged 17 months.

Died. LEACH - In Willett, on the 12th inst., of scarlet fever, Cora, daughter of Niles LEACH, aged six years and nine months.

27 Jun 1871

Died. GREENE - In Cortland, N.Y., June 8th, Helen, daughter of Ransom and Susan W. GREENE, aged nine years.
    From her earliest childhood she was remarkably gentle and affectionate in her manner and disposition, winning the love of all who saw her.
    After an illness of about four weeks, she passed peacefully and triumphantly away to the inheritance of the blessed. There are some particulars connected with her death which are unusual in a person so young, and were extremely beautiful.
    Young and lovely as she was, she felt unprepared to die, and requested her mother and sister to pray for her. After prayer, she requested her sister to read to her of heaven. Then she said that now Jesus loved her and would take her to the "Beautiful City," of which she had sung. Then she called the members of the family about her and gave a tender message to each one; said it would not be long before she should be singing with the angels. Spoke of the river she was crossing; said "Jesus, take me," and was received into His loving arms.
    She is the first one of a family of ten children, who has passed before.

  On the beautiful shore, where the angels roam,
  She has found with Christ an eternal home.

Died. WALRAD - In Homer, on the 23d inst., Sarah G., wife of Calvin P. WALRAD, and daughter of A. L. CHAMBERLAIN, aged 28 years.

    Cortland and Homer have met with a sad loss in the death of Sarah C. WALRAD, of Cortland, which occurred on Friday morning. Mrs. WALRAD was a daughter of Alfred CHAMBERLAIN, of Homer. She was a most earnest Christian woman, whose qualities of mind and heart were such as to endear her to hosts of friends with an extraordinary degree of affection. She has gone to occupy a brighter home, a heavenly mansion, while awaiting the reunion with her of her sorrowing husband and only child, to whom will go forth the tender sympathy of many friends, whose hearts are likewise torn by this bereavement. The funeral will take place in Homer, at the residence of her father on Sunday afternoon. - Syr. Journal, June 24.
    The funeral was very largely attended, with many friends of Mr. and Mrs. WALRAD from Cortland and adjacent towns being present.

Died. STICKNEY - In this village, on the 22d inst., Enoch P. STICKNEY, aged 26 years.

Death of a Man Unknown.

    A man about 45 years of age, six feet high, broad chest, bushy, dark hair and whiskers, with fine form and features, respectable in his dress and deportment, has been seen for several days past, slowly moving through the narrows between this place and Marathon. He said he was sick, took but little food, and spent the nights in outhouses or barns. Early on Tuesday, A,M., the 27th, he asked and obtained entrance to the barn of Mr. Samuel HAMMOND, one mile north of the village of Marathon. He seemed very cold and in great pain, and died about seven o'clock.
    A coroner was called and an inquest was held; no clue to the name or history of the deceased could be found beyond what is stated above, except that on his left arm was a figure in India ink, representing a heart resting upon a cross, the whole encircled by a border or wreath. He had an ulcer on the shin of the right leg. A shirt in his pack bore the name Ed. SMITH. Any information bearing on this case will be gladly received by the coroner.
                                     T.C. POMEROY.
  Cortland Village, June 27, 1871.

4 Jul 1871

Died. BOGARDUS - In Cuyler, June 26th, of consumption, Martin D. BOGARDUS, aged 25 years.


    During the rain storm which passed over this county last Sunday afternoon, Mr. Victory L. LANE, a young man about 28 years of age, residing in Lincklaen and near the town line of Cuyler, was killed by lightning in a piece of woods where he had gone for shelter. It seems that he was of the Seventh Day Baptist persuasion, and had with others been playing a game of base ball as practice for a game on the Fourth of July, and was on his way home when the accident occurred. A younger brother, with some companions, took shelter in a barn nearby, and on hearing the clap of thunder which accompanied the stroke of lightning, expressed a fear that Victory had been hit, and on going to the woods his fears received confirmation, the unfortunate man was already dead. Moral. Do not break the Sabbath day, even though you may be a Seventh-Day Baptist.
11 Jul 1871

Died. HUBBARD - In Freedom, Ill., on the 26th ult., Mrs. John HUBBARD, aged 58 years.
    She was a native of Homer, and the only sister of Dea. L. KINNEY.

25 Jul 1871


    We announce with feelings of unusual sadness and regret the death of Mrs. Prof. J.H. HOOSE, wife of the Principal of our Normal School, which occurred on Friday last. Beloved by all with whom she became acquainted, the blow falls with crushing force upon her relatives and immediate friends, and especially so upon her husband, whose life and happiness seems to have been bound up in her existence. The funeral took place at the residence of the deceased, a large concourse of our citizens following her remains to the grave, where the impressive burial services were made doubly so by the tearless agony of the afflicted husband. The solemnity of the occasion became too deep for expression. The prayers of all good people unite in asking the blessing of relief upon the hearts of those stricken by the sorrowful bereavement.
15 Aug 1871

Died. BRADFORD - In this village, July 28th, Deidama F., wife of William H. BRADFORD, aged 25 years, 7 months, and 12 days.

Died. EELLS - At the residence of her father, Asaph H. CARPENTER, in Homer, on the 6th inst., Helen, wife of Rufus S. EELLS, of San Francisco, Cal., aged 48 years.
    For over a year the sufferings of the deceased were intense. Death was prayed for, and came a welcome relief.

Died. STILLMAN - In Cortland, August 15th, Miss Rachael STILLMAN, aged 66 years.
    The funeral will be held on Thursday, at 10 o'clock at the house of Luke GLEASON, on Mill street, and at 10 1/2 o'clock at the M.E. Church.

Died. PEASE - In this village, on the 13th inst., Anna, youngest daughter of James J. and Emily G. PEASE, aged three years and nine months.
    The dear little one was kindly permitted to bloom on earth a little while and then recalled to take her place in Heaven.

  "There's anguish in the household,
    'Tis desolate and lone,
  For a family-cherished loved one
    From our circle here has flown.

  An angel form is missing,
    A heart has ceased to beat,
  And the chain of love lies scattered
    At the desolater's feet.

  But in a heavenly mansion,
    Where sin can never come,
  Her bright and pure angelic form
    Has found a happier home.

  There rests our fondly loved one - 
    Not in her little bed
  Not in the distant graveyard,
    With the still and mouldering dead;

  Burt with the saints in glory,
    Where Christ and angels dwell,
  Her strains repeat the story -
    'God doeth all things well.' "

22 Aug 1871


    Gen. Roswell RANDALL died at his residence in this village last Friday morning at the age of 85.
12 Sep 1871


    Anthony FREER, another of Cortland's oldest inhabitants, died this afternoon at the age of 75. He had been confined to his house about two weeks.
19 Sep 1871

Harford, Sept. 18th, 1871.

    Mr. Erving TAINTOR, of this place, buried his wife on Tuesday last. Mrs. TAINTOR has stood beside the graves of six of her children, and now has lain down to rest by their side, in the silent city. She will be much missed by all, and especially by the poor, who have received many kindnesses at her hands. She was a woman, who, under a plain and perhaps blunt exterior, possessed a kind heart, and was the last to refuse an act of kindness to a neighbor. The remainder of her family, as well as the neighborhood, have suffered a great loss. The funeral took place from the Methodist church. Rev. J.M. AUSTIN preached the sermon. Rev. Mr. GAYLORD assisted in the services.
26 Sep 1871

Died. DAY - In Homer, Sept. 10, Rev. Samuel S. DAY, in the 64th year of his age.

Died. GLOVER - In Homer, on the 19th inst., Mr. Daniel GLOVER, aged 82 years.

Died. CONINE - In Homer, on the 24th ult., Mrs. Alzoe, wife of Philo CONINE and daughter of Samuel COON, aged 26 years.

3 Oct 1871


    An inexpressibly sad accident occurred in the family of Mr. E.N. BLACKMER, in this village on Friday last. It seems that in the morning, after Mrs. BLACKMER had arisen and was in the kitchen building the fire, her youngest child, about three years of age, with one about eight years old, who had been left up stairs, commenced playing, putting on their mother's dresses, and while thus engaged, the littlest one found a match, and in playing with that it was set on fire, and this communicating with her dress, she was quickly enveloped in flames. Her screams at once brought her mother and a young lady visitor to her rescue, but all efforts were useless, the little sufferer was so badly burned that she died in the afternoon. The hands of the visitor, who was first to reach her, were severely injured. Mr. BLACKMER was at Buffalo the day previous, and had then no intention of coming home immediately, but after retiring Thursday night, he felt so strong a premonition that he arose from his bed, packed his valise, settled his bill, and started for home. On arriving at Syracuse, the telegram, announcing the accident, reached him. Taking the morning train, an accident occurred to a coal train, and Mr. B. hired a team to bring him to Cortland, where he arrived in time to see his child alive and conscious. The hearts of all who read this will thrill with sympathy for the severely afflicted parents. Death by disease or the natural course of life is fraught with sadness; but death by fire is terribly so.
10 Oct 1871


    Rev. Wm. CRANDALL, of Blodgett's Mills, went into the woods last Saturday afternoon to chop wood. Not returning at the usual time in the evening, parties went in search of him and found him lying on the ground dead near the place where he had been at work. It is supposed that he died of heart disease. Mr. CRANDALL was the father of L.S. CRANDALL, Esq., formerly editor of the Democrat. -
                                Cort. Dem.

17 Oct 1871

Died. CARMICHAEL - In Broadalbin, Fulton Co., N.Y., on the 2d inst., Mrs. Jennett CARMICHAEL, aged 83 years. Mrs. CARMICHAEL was the mother of our townsman, Col. J.C. CARMICHAEL.

Died. WALPOLE - Near Clarksville, Tenn., Oct 2d 1871, Lydia R.K., wife of Matthew F. WALPOLE, aged 51 years, 8 months, 6 days.
    Mrs. WALPOLE was formerly a resident of Cortland.

31 Oct 1871

Died. CROSBY- In Cortland, Oct 23, Mrs. Rachel CROSBY, aged 79 years.

7 Nov 1871

Died. HITCHCOCK - In Waterville, Oct. 27, at the residence of her son-in-law, Dr. MUNGER, Mrs. Patty, widow of the late Horace HITCHCOCK of Homer, aged 78 years.

Died. STILLMAN - At the residence of Rev. Mr. COBB, in Mexico, last week, Mrs. Polly, wife of the late John STILLMAN of Homer years. [sic]


    Mr. John G. LUDLOW, engineer at the Grain Separator works of Perrigo & Avery, in Groton, was killed by being caught upon a shaft, on Wednesday morning, Nov. 1st. He was oiling a bearing upon the main shaft, when the set-screw of a pulley caught the strong material of his overshirt, and wound him around between the shaft and ceiling with every revolution of the shaft. His legs and one arm were broken and battered to pieces. The machinery was immediately stopped, but when he was taken down he was so near gone that he lived but a few minutes. He leaves a wife and two children. - Auburn Adv.
14 Nov 1871

Died. BINGHAM - On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1871, Henry G. BINGHAM, aged 44 years, 1 month and 6 days.

Died. PARKER - In Cortland, Sept. 22, 1871, Betsey Brooks, wife of John PARKER, aged 77 years.

21 Nov 1871

Died. MARITT - In Cortland, Nov. 9th, 1871, of inflammation of the brain, Jennie B. MARITT, aged 28 years.

Died. BENJAMIN - On the 14th inst., at the residence of her son- in-law, Mr. M. CHAPIN, in Aeston, S.C., Mrs. Laura BENJAMIN, aged 80 years.
    Mrs. BENJAMIN was the mother of Messrs. S.M. and J.W. BENJAMIN, of this village.

Died. BLODGETT - In this village, on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 1871, Charles N. BLODGETT, aged 17 years.

5 Dec. 1871

Died. SQUIRES - In this village, on the 30th ult., Mrs. Libbie A. SQUIRES, wife of James S. SQUIRES, aged 32 years.
    Seldom are we called upon to record the death of one more generally or worthily beloved, or one whose loss will be more deeply or truly lamented in the church or in the home circle.
    Added to her natural frankness and benevolence and kindness, was the bright and constant glow of a consistent Christian life. She professed her faith in Jesus crucified, as a Savior for sinners, and specially as her Savior, at the early age of twelve; and for the twenty years of her subsequent life, as a mother for her motherless brothers and sister, as a student and teacher, as a wife and mother, her self-sacrificing devotion and faithfulness gave her a large place in many, many hearts, while they afford the best assurances to the stricken husband and friends that the event which proved so great a loss to them is her eternal gain.

Died. SMITH - In this village, Saturday, Dec. 2d, Willie PerLee, infant son of Otis C. and Millie SMITH, aged 5 months 9 days.

12 Dec 1871


    Hiram HALL, supervisor of Freetown, died at his residence last Thursday, Dec. 7. His age was 56 years, 11 months, 12 days.
19 Dec 1871

Died. HICKS - In McGrawville, Nov. 26th, Mr. Evander W. HICKS, aged 64 years.

Died. HULING - In Willett, Nov. 28, 1871, Miss Addie H. HULING, aged 19 years and 2 months.
    County papers please copy.


    A serious accident occurred Friday morning on the Boontown branch of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad. The Oswego express passenger train, which left Hoboken at 8:15 Friday forenoon, when between Passaic and West Paterson ran into a coal train, smashing both engines into fragments, and breaking in several of the cars. Jackson ANDREWS, fireman of the coal train was instantly killed, and four persons were injured, one seriously. A wrecking train was dispatched to the scene of the disaster.

    Three Pictures. - We were shown, yesterday, three pictures of the children of Gilbert NEWELL, Esq., of this village. The first was that of John B. NEWELL. He volunteered in June 1862, in a Massachusetts regiment, and was killed on the 12th of May 1864, in the battle of Spottsylvania. The second, Mrs. Ellen, wife of T.M. HUBBARD, died last spring. The third was that of Emma NEWELL, aged 18, who died two years ago. These pictures were got up 16X20, beautifully life-like, and in superb walnut frames. The pictures were taken in Cortland by Eugene POWERS, a celebrated artist of that place, and are very beautiful works of art. - Owego Times.

Information Wanted. - About 1 o'clock this P.M., the men employed at the Tub and Churn Factory of C.W. KINNE, in this village, noticed a suspicious-looking substance floating in the river past the shop. On taking it from the water, it was found to be the naked body of a female child, with the cord and placenta attached, and still dripping with its mother's blood. The blood spots were fresh and plain upon the east wall of the bridge, showing that it was thrown from that point, and that only a few minutes before it was found; probably while the men were gone to dinner. The body was placed in the keeping of the Coroner, Dr. T. C. POMEROY, who will be glad to obtain any information which may help to ascertain "when and where and by what means said child came to its death."
    Cortland, Dec. 19, 1871.

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