The Cortland Democrat


13 Aug 1875

Died. GREENWOOD - On the 22d ult., at the residence of his brother Moses, in the town of Hinckley, Medina Co., O. Simon L. GREENWOOD, aged [59?] years, one month and five days. A native of Cortland, and youngest brother of I.K. GREENWOOD of this town.

Died. COY - In Marathon, on the 29th ult., of scarlet fever, Freddie, youngest son of C. J. and Mattie COY, aged one year and ten months.

Died. SNYDER - In Lafayette, Tompkins Co. [sic] on the 30th ult., Mr. John SNYDER, aged eighty-seven years.

Died. DEXTER - In Killawog, on the thirtieth ult., Mr. Barzillia DEXTER, aged 76 years.

Died. TUCKER - In Killawog, on the 30th ult., Mr. .... TUCKER, aged 76 years.

Died. ROBINSON - In Marathon, on the 20th ult., Mrs. Lovell W. ROBINSON, aged 60 years.

Died. GRADY - In Cortland, on the 3rd inst., John C., son of John and Mary GRADY, of consumption, aged 20 years.

    The following lines are dedicated to the memory of a young lady, the daughter of an old resident of this county, who died very suddenly at the residence of her uncle, Mr. W. HENRY, 848 Lexington Avenue, New York City. She was a graduate from the Normal school of that city, and held the position of Vice-Principal in one of the grammar departments for a number of years.
    As a teacher she was as universally esteemed as she is deeply regretted. Her lovely and amiable disposition, added to an intellectual mind, endeared her to companions and friends. She was a patient sufferer through a long and painful illness, and displayed a meekness and resignation that ever makes the death of the christian beautiful.
             To The Memory of Julia.
   As the summer sun was sinking
      In the glorious western sky,
   There lay a form so dearly treasured,
      Waiting for the hour to die.
   Yes, with placid calmness waiting,
      For that last, that happy hour,
   That would waft that tired spirit,
      To life's bright eternal bower.

   Oft her sweet frail life would flicker,
      Like the lamp by breezes blown;
   Yet it would come back to brighten,
      Hearts and hopes within her home.
   Her's, that gentle, angel meekness,
      Barely known mid earth's wild strife,
   Mingles with a cheerful sweetness,
      Religion's graces crowned her life.

   Oh, how oft her heart would gently
      Murmer words imploring soft,
   "My Redeemer, Thou who suffered,
      Bear my weary soul aloft.
   Oh, do not longer let me linger,
      Jesus, Savior, call me soon,
   How I long to see Thy glory,
      How I pine to Thee to come.

   "Those who love me gather round me,
      Those I love so dear, so true,
   Affection's hearts and hands have bound me
      To this life; and still would strew,
   Roses in my fading pathway,
      If health and strength would renew."

20 Aug 1875

Died. CLARK - In Lisle, Broome Co., on the 11th inst., Wilmot CLARK, aged 55 years.

Died. COWAN. Wm. J. COWAN, at his late residence, upon the 19th inst., aged 35 years. Funeral at the house upon the 22d inst., at 2 o'clock P.M.

    Sudden Death. - The wife of Daniel BRADFORD, druggist of this place, died very suddenly yesterday about six o'clock. She was standing before the residence of Dr. BALL, on Tompkins street, in conversation with Mr. G.W. BRADFORD, at whose house she was returning from a visit, when she suddenly sank to the ground. Mr. BRADFORD summoned and at once obtained assistance, and supposing she had only fainted, the usual restoratives in such cases were used. Those being of no effect, she was taken into the residence of Dr. BALL, and medical assistance was summoned, when she was found to be dead. It is supposed that her death was caused by a disease of the heart. Mr. BRADFORD was a most estimable lady, and her sudden death is a severe affliction to her many friends and relatives in this place.

27 Aug 1875

    A young girl of David CLARK's, of Cuyler, aged 3 years, died on Friday night last from the effects of eating (it is supposed) cicula, or poison hemlock. The child had all the symptoms of having been poisoned. - DeRuyter New Era.

Died. HAMM - In Homer, on the [-?th] inst., Miss Mary A. HAMM, aged [26?] years.

Died. SEEBER - At the residence of Mr. [Ransom?] GREENE, in Cortlandville, on Tuesday the 17th inst., of consumption, Mr. Adin A. SEEBER, aged [--?] years.

Died. VAN HOESEN - In South Cortland, Sunday, the 15th inst., [William?] B. VAN HOESEN, aged [43?] years.

Died. STEVENSON - In Cortland, on the 10th inst., Mrs. [Laveruta?] STEVENSON, aged 27 years.

3 Sep 1875

Sudden Death.
    On Tuesday last a young girl named Ellen McCARTHY, aged 13 years, the daughter of Mrs. McCARTHY, living above Grant street, on the S. B. & N.Y. Railroad, died suddenly, it is supposed from the effects of a severe fit of coughing. It seems that she had been suffering for sometime with a severe cold accompanied with the usual cough. On the day of her death she did not appear to be worse than usual, and performed her usual duties. In the morning, we understand, she stepped out doors and while out was seized with a severe fit of coughing. Her mother followed and reached her just in time to see her drop down dead. It is supposed that her death was caused by a choking or bursting of a blood vessel brought on by the severe exertion. It is a sad case, and the family deserves the sympathy of all.

    Sudden Death in Homer. - Last Thursday afternoon, Mr. Hiram DRESSER, a highly respected citizen of Homer village, was suddenly taken ill and died in less than five minutes. It seems that he had been suffering for a day or two with what appeared to be cholera morbius, but on Wednesday night rested well and felt better on Thursday morning. He did not go to work, as usual, that morning, but went down street about ten; returning soon after, he did not eat any dinner, but lay upon the sofa until about two o'clock, resting. At this time he said he felt easier, and the wife stepped into another room where she had not been more than five minutes, when she heard a peculiar sound, like one gasping for breath. She returned into the other room and found Mr. DRESSER with his head thrown back violently. She screamed for help; but before any one arrived he had died, only gasping twice after her entrance. He was a man about sixty years old, and quite vigorous for one of that age. The funeral was attended on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. - Standard.

    Fatal Accident. - A son of Mr. James RENNEY, a cigar maker formerly residing in Ithaca, but now living in Groton, accidentally shot himself while out hunting near the town line between Groton and Locke, on Thursday last. The boy, who was about fifteen years old, started out in the morning to shoot woodchucks, and nothing was seen of him until nearly noon, when Mr. Harvey HARRIS, a neighbor, passing along, saw a gun standing upright against a fence, and on looking over, he saw young RENNEY lying dead on the ground, with a gun shot wound in his throat. The lad had evidently put the gun on the ground in front of him, while getting over the fence, having its muzzle pointed upward, and in the motions of climbing the fence had raised the gun a little from the ground, the hammer caught, discharging the piece, the contents of which passed directly into his throat, killing him instantly. The parents of the boy were informed of the sad accident as soon as possible. An inquest was also held by Coroner COX, of Moravia, and a verdict of "accidental shooting" rendered. Ithaca Democrat, Aug. 25.
    Young RENNEY had been in the employ of Mr. W.W. SEAMAN, of this place, until within a few days of his death, and will be remembered by many of the citizens of Cortland as a bright active lad.

10 Sep 1875

Died. HATFIELD - In Cortland, on the 1st inst., Mr. William HATFIELD, aged 82 years.

Died. MAYBURY - In Blodgett's Mills, Aug. 30th, Josiah J. MARBURY, aged 75 years, 4 months and [22?] days.

Died. LEACH - In Marathon, Sept. 4, 1875, Mrs. Mary LEACH, aged 69 years.

    Mrs. Sara A. ELSOM died on Saturday after a long and painfull illness, aged 57 years. She possessed many of the superior excellencies of her sex and was greatly esteemed.
17 Sep 1875

Died. PHILLIPS - In Toledo, on the 5th inst., of cholera infantum, Clara Morse, daughter of E.A. and Jennie S. PHILLIPS, aged 4 months and [26?] days.

Died. HARRINGTON - In Cortland, Sept. 9th, 1875, Arthur, twin son of Frank N. and Hattie E. HARRINGTON, aged 6 months.

Died. OSBORNE - In this village, Sept.1, Charles Adam, youngest son of Reuben and Elizabeth OSBORNE, aged 3 years, 2 months and 7 days.

    The Otselic Valley Register, published at Pitcher, N.Y., in its issue of Sept. 8th, says: About eight months ago we recorded the death of Mr. Thomas PLACE, of Cincinnatus, who was going into the woodshed, stepped on a plank and fell, breaking his hip, which caused his death in about four days. Last week Monday the widow of Thomas PLACE, Mrs. Amy PLACE, went into the wood shed, stepped upon the same plank upon which her husband fell, and she fell also, breaking her hip, which in four days caused her death. Both were hurt the same day of the week, the same hour of the day, in the same way and in the same place, and both died within four days. Rather a singular circumstance. Mrs. PLACE was 83 years old.

    Last Monday morning at about a quarter to 6 o'clock, parties living in the vicinity of Malmburg's Block, on Main street, in Cortland, were startled by hearing the report of a pistol. Several persons soon gathered in the lane on the north side of Malmsburg's building from whence the sound of the pistol was heard, and found a man lying on the ground breathing heavily, and with blood upon his face and clothes. It proved to be Mr. William STICKNEY, of Boonville, N.Y., who, with his wife, was here visiting his son, Charles P. STICKNEY, who lives next door to the Malmburg Block. Mr. STICKNEY was carried into his son's house, where he died in about half an hour. The revolver was found near where he fell. Mr. STICKNEY has been for some time in very poor health and has been under medical treatment at Clifton Springs and elsewhere. He was thought to be better and thoughts were entertained of his final recovery. He went out of the house on the morning alluded to and in a moment afterwards the report of the pistol was heard. It would seem to have been a case for a coroner's inquest, but we understand no inquest was held, the examination being deferred until the arrival of the remains in Boonville, where they were taken last Tuesday morning. There is a report in circulation that Mr. STICKNEY discharged the pistol while under excitement and was not injured thereby, but the real cause of death was apoplexy. Those persons, however, who carried him into the house and who were on the ground, are satisfied that he died from the effects of a pistol ball. They state that there was a wound over his left eye and another near his mouth.

Here & There
    The lad who committed suicide in Summer Hill two weeks ago was named Charles instead of Fred POWERS. The latter is the name of the boy's elder brother and our correspondent was mistaken only in the name.
24 Sep 1875

Died. O'LEARY - In Cortland, on the 18th inst., Arthur Bamford O'LEARY, son of Charles and Ann O'LEARY, aged 4 years and 9 months.

Died. OSBORNE. - In Marathon, on the 1st inst., Charles Adams, youngest son of Reuben and Elizabeth OSBORNE, aged 3 years, 2 months and 7 days.

Died. BURHANS. - In Cortland, on the 14th inst., Laertes BURHANS, aged 76 years.

Died. KELLOGG - In Homer, on the 13th inst., Olive C. KELLOGG, wife of W.S. KELLOGG, in the 32d year of her age.

Railroad Accident.
    The Marathon Independent of this week says:
    On Wednesday evening last, a section man named Jack OTIS was run over and instantly killed by a coal train at South Bridge. It seems he had started to cross the railroad bridge with a little pail for milk when he discovered the train approaching, and thinking that he had not time to cross he turned round to go back but was struck by the engine before he could leave the track. A coroner's jury was enpaneled, and they found as follows:
    That the said OTIS was found about 9:23 P.M., September 15th, near his house, lying face downwards, both thighs and one arm lying on the track nearly severed from the body, and that he died within fifteen minutes after. We also find that the said John OTIS came to his death by a coal train, No. 36, due at State Bridge at 9:18 P.M., going south, said train being on time. We further find that he came to his death while attempting to cross the bridge in front of said engine he slipped on the track 4 or 5 rods in front of the engine. No blame appears to rest on the engineer or fireman of said train from the evidence.

    Mr. Thaddeus S. MONROE, of Whitney's Point, employed as a book-keeper by the firm of Snook, Collins & Co., of that place, and formerly a clerk at the Dwight House, went to the Cafferty House in Binghamton on Saturday last and engaged a room, telling the porter who showed him to the apartment, which was on the third floor, not to call him until Monday. Mr. MONROE, being acquainted with Mr. L.C. CAFFERTY, the manager, and having called at the house on the day before, and being somewhat under the influence of liquor, as it is reported he had been for several days past, did not register his name, and his request not to be called till Monday excited no surprise.
    Yesterday morning, however, the night clerk, Mr. Herbert E. STONE, went to the room to open it for a guest of the house, when the door was found locked, with the key inside.
    The door was forced open, when the party was shocked by the sight of Mr. MONROE's dead body lying on the bed, where it had evidently been since Saturday afternoon. His head lay on the edge of the bed, with a slop bucket directly under. A two ounce vial labelled laudanum lay on the floor under a bureau, where he had thrown it, nearly emptied, and the room was filled with the odor of the drug.
    A note was found in the slop bucket, addressed to the manager of the hotel, with the words: "I'm tired of life. If I owe you anything, E.S. will make it all right."
    Mr. MONROE was about thirty-eight years of age, and leaves a wife and three children, now residing at Whitney's Point. He was highly esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances to whom such a terrible act was, of course, wholly unexpected. He was one of the first to enlist in the late war, and served for two years with honor. - Binghamton Times, Sept. 21.

Death by Poison.
    Our community was shocked at an early hour this Thursday morning by the announcement that Matthew WALPOLE had suddenly died from a dose of oxalic acid, taken by mistake for epsom salts.
    The whole story is as brief as it is painful. It appears that Mr. WALPOLE has not been well for two weeks past. This morning about 7 o'clock he thought he would take a dose of salts, and his wife brought a paper containing the salts, as she supposed, from the pantry, and gave him a large spoonful. As soon as the fatal dose was administered, Mr. WALPOLE expressed the belief that it was not salts. The unmistakable symptoms of poison were at once manifested. At once a messenger was dispatched for Dr. WEAVER, but before he could reach the house the poison had done its terrible work. It was not fifteen minutes after the dose had been taken before the man was dead. Dr. WEAVER, on arriving, called for the paper from which the dose had been given and at once detected the mistake. It appears that Mrs. WALPOLE had obtained a quantity of the acid last spring for coloring purposes, and after using what was necessary, had put the rest away in the paper, on the pantry shelf.
    The sympathy of the public for the family in their bereavement is general. Friends at once flocked to the house, to minister to their family in their grief.
    Mr. WALPOLE was a well-to-do farmer, living just northwest of this village, and was one of the leading and ablest members of the Catholic society recently organized in this village. His death will be a severe blow to the society. His funeral will take place at the church on Sunday next, immediately after the afternoon service.- Groton Journal.
    Mr. WALPOLE will be remembered by many of the citizens of this county as a former resident of Homer.
    For several years Mr. WALPOLE was proprietor of the Mansion House in that village.

Died. WAKEMAN. - In Marathon, Sept. 28th, 1875, David WAKEMAN, aged 73 years. Father of Mrs. R.R. MAYBURY.

Died. FAIRCHILD. - In Pitcher, Sept. [25th?], 1875, Mr. Philo FAIRCHILD, aged [80?] years.

8 Oct. 1875

Died. BREWER. - In Cortland, October 7th, 1875, Henry L. BREWER, aged 34 years.

Died. RICE. - In Virgil, September 27th, 1875, Georgie A. son of E.B. and Emma C. RICE, aged 1 year, 4 months and 14 days.

Died. - KING - In the Cortland County Alms House, on the 28th ult., Philip KING, aged 84 years.

Died. DORR. - In Syracuse Oct. 5th, 1875, Frances M., wife of Geo. N. DORR, aged 84 years. Mr. DORR, formerly resided in Marathon.

The Shooting Accident at Greene
    Mr. Burt COLEMAN, who met with an accident on Friday, the 24th ult., by which he was shot in the right leg, died on Saturday last, died after having the leg amputated. The amputation was delayed for some time in the hope of saving the leg, and when it finally took place and infection had set in, and it was impossible to save the man's life. - Binghamton Times

    Mrs. John LEWIS died Tuesday morning, October [5th?]. She had been deranged for a week or two previously, caused by trouble and being sick.
15 Oct 1875


Solon, Oct. 9, 1875.

MAYBURY - Died, at his residence, near Blodgett's Mills, on the 30th day of August, 1875, Josiah J. MAYBURY, aged 75 years.
    The death of Mr. MAYBURY deserves more than a passing notice. Descended from a race who were noted for their longevity, and he having been exempted from sickness during his long and eventful life up to within a short period of his death, it is no exaggeration to say that the news of his decease caused a profound feeling of regret and sorrow to pervade the entire community.
    It had been Mr. MAYBURY' s lot, within a comparatively short period of time, to follow the remains of two beloved brothers and one sister to the grave. John MAYBURY, his elder brother, died Nov 9th, 1873. Elizabeth EMERSON died at the residence of her son-in-law, John WHEELER, in Cortland village, May 1st, 1875. Deacon Samuel MAYBURY departed this life June 21st, 1875. The death of the latter, who was a favorite brother, affected Josiah deeply, and no doubt materially contributed to hasten his decease.
    Josiah J. MAYBURY was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., April 2d, 1800. He was the third son of Richard and Catharine MAYBURY, who emigrated to Solon in 1807, and settled upon Lot No. 53, where they continued to reside the remainder of their lives and where they reared a large and intelligent family of children, and where many of their grand-children were born.
    The subject of this sketch was married in 1820, to Miss Dorcas BLAKE, daughter of Ebenezer BLAKE, a soldier of the Revolution. To Mr. and Mrs. MAYBURY eleven children were born, all of whom reached mature years and are still living, with the exception of one, Sarah Jane, a young lady of remarkable promise, who died in 1848. The remaining children are located as follows: Chloe, wife of Jesse TAYLOR, near Blodgett's Mills; Nancy, wife of S. B. PIERCE, of the same place; John R., who occupies the old homestead in Solon; Charles G., architect of Winona, Minn.; Jerome, a farmer, in Solon; Charlotte, wife of John D. LEWIS, of Arcadia, Wis.; Randolph R. harness maker, Marathon; Lucien, farmer, and Eugene B., miller, of Solon; Frank I., Gen'l Freight Agent, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Mr. MAYBURY removed to Blodgett's Mills in the spring of 1867, having previously been a continuous resident of Solon for a period of sixty years, and during that time had become greatly endeared to his fellow townsmen for his fine social qualities, for his kindness to the poor and distressed, and for his zeal in helping forward every good work.
    It has been universally said of him, that the destitute never appealed to him in vain, and to those who were peculiarly embarassed he rendered timely and efficient aid.
    He and his wife became members of the Baptist Church in this place in 1853. He was constant in his attendance in the sanctuary on the Sabbath. He exemplified the beauty of the Christian character in his every day life.
    The funeral sermon was preached at the Baptist Church in McGrawville, on Sept. 1st, by Rev. W.M. KINCAID. A large concourse of sorrowing friends and neighbors united to pay their last respects to one who was universally respected and loved.
22 Oct 1875

Died. - PLUMB - In Homer, on the 8th inst., at the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel PLUMB, Della, widow of the late Nelson M. BAKER, of Lafayette, N.Y.

Died. - BEEMAN - In Tully, Oct. 7, 1875, James BEEMAN, of apoplexy, aged 78 years.

29 Oct 1875

Died. - SEAMAN - In Cortland, on the 22d inst., Mrs. Rhoda V. SEAMAN, aged 64 years.

Died. - YATES - At Harford, Oct. 6th, Benjamin YATES, aged 71 years.

Died. - ALDRICH - At Dryden, Oct. 13th, Mrs. Sarah ALDRICH, aged 47 years.

Died. - LOOMIS - At San Rafael, Cal., on the 9th inst., Wm. E. LOOMIS, a native of New York, aged 44 years, 1 month and 2 days.

Died. - BENNETT - In Taylor, N.Y., on the 14th inst., Mrs. Sarah BENNETT, wife of Alfred BENNETT, and daughter of Seth HALBERT, in her 42d year.

Died. BROWN - In Marathon, Oct. [14th?], 1875, Mrs. Alice E. BROWN, aged 27 years.

Died. - SQUIRES - In Aurora, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 14th, of lung fever, Harriet J., wife of E. SQUIRES. Mrs. SQUIRES was a former resident of Virgil.

5 Nov 1875

Died. - HAY - In Cortland, on the 21st ult., at the residence of her daughter, (Mrs. E.N. JOHNSON), Mrs. Mary HAY, of Lapeer, aged 75 years.

Died. - PHETTEPLACE - At the residence of Mrs. Jesse MATTESON, in Norwich, on the 18th ult., Mr. T. B. PHETTEPLACE, of paralysis, aged 55 years.

Died. - MAIN - At the Cortland County Alms House, on the 24th ult., Miss Fannie MAIN, aged 52 years.

Died. - KNAPP - At her father's residence, in Spafford, on the 20th ult., of consumption, Mary L., eldest daughter of Justus H. KNAPP.

Died. - CRITTENDEN - In Cincinnatus, Oct. 21st, 1875, Mrs. Julius CRITTENDEN, aged 68 years.

Died. - BOWDISH - In Astoria, Oct. 24th, Albert W., son of Rev. A. C. and K.M. BOWDISH, aged [11?] years.

Died. - BOWDISH - In Astoria, Oct. 30th, Kate M., wife of Rev. A. C. BOWDISH, aged [38?] years.

Died. - MERRILL - In Homer, last Saturday night, Mr. Hiram MERRILL, aged 79 years.

Died. - LOOMIS - At San Rafael, October 9, William E. LOOMIS, a native of New York, aged 44 years, 1 month and 2 days.
    Deceased was a son of Dr. LOOMIS, of Homer, and Brother-in-law of Allen B. SMITH, of this place.

Death of Wm. E. LOOMIS.
    Death has at last overtaken this brave and resolute man. His struggle with disease was so determined that he no doubt lived a few days longer than average men would have done in his place. Mr. LOOMIS was a man of very extensive acquaintance, and he had legions of friends. He was buried by the Masonic order in San Francisco, on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. LOOMIS was a son of Dr. E. LOOMIS, of Homer, and has been a resident of California for many years.

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    Rev. A. C. BOWDISH, of Astoria, L.I., formerly pastor of the M. E. Church in this village, is called to mourn the sudden death of his wife and son Albert. Mrs. BOWDISH was a sister of Mrs. S. M. WOOD, of this village, and was a very estimable lady, respected and loved by all with whom she came in connection. Mr. BOWDISH's son was a promising youth. Mr. BOWDISH has the heartfelt sympathy of his many friends in this section. The funeral services will be held in the M.E. Church in this village to-morrow (Thursday) afternoon at 1 o'clock. Marathon Independent.

12 Nov 1875

Died. - BIDWELL - In Solon, Oct. 24th, at the house of Mr. Thos. WEEKS, Miss Susanna BIDWELL, aged [74?] years.

Died. - DUNCE - In Cuyler, Oct. 30, 1875, Nancy M. Turner, wife of Alexander DUNCE, in the [58th?] year of her age.

Died. - ROUNDS - In Cortland, on the 25th ult., Daniel M. ROUNDS, aged 38 years, 6 months and 14 days.

Died. - CHEVALIER - In Marathon, Nov. 5th, 1875, Mr. Nicholas SHEVALIER, aged 53 years.

Died. - WOOD - In McGrawville, Nov. [3?d], Mr. Wm. A. WOOD, aged 43 years.

Fatal Accident in West Groton.
    Jacob THOMPSON, of this place, came to his death in a very unexpected manner on Sunday of this week. He went to his barn as usual, to do his chores, and about one hour after was found a corpse by William SHAW, who lives on his premises. It appears he went overhead to get fodder for his stock, when by accident he fell forward from off the hay a distance of about four feet, striking his forehead and temple against a beam in such a manner as to cause instant death. Mr. THOMPSON was born in this place in the year eighteen hundred and four, and would have been seventy-two years of age in a few weeks. He was a man of unusually bright intellect and had his surroundings in life been of a different character, he might have been a leading man in this community. He leaves a widow about eighty years of age, who is very feeble and is not expected to survive him long. - Groton Journal.

Miss Isabella P. KEENE.
    Just ten days ago, the young lady whose name is prefixxed hereto, left this village where she had for some time been visiting her friends as it was her yearly custom to do, and returned to her home in Buffalo, N.Y., and on last Tuesday morning the sudden and startling report of a pistol shot at that cheerful home, told the sad tale that her bright face and merry voice would never more enliven the home of her many dear friends and acquaintances at this place; and that a crushing but accidental blow had been struck, causing a wound in the hearts of one of the most loving and beloved of families.
    Miss KEENE, although not extensively known in Cortland, had won the esteem of many, whereby she became strangely attached to this place, and with one family in particular, so deep was the tie of affection that she regarded their home and fireside - as she would term it - "My other home."
    Others, besides the writer of this, who reside in Cortland, can far better attest to her devotion to her mother and sisters, as well as the peculiar and strange power she possessed, to please and entertain all with whom she came in contact.
    At home, every place seemed filled with her merry voice; your every want and desire we would anticipate with an unusual readiness; nothing could be looked for, but what she was the finder. She would overcome, what to most ladies would seem difficult, with an ease rarely displayed, and endowed with grace, beauty, intelligence and wit could satisfy you of the right or wrong of any subject, with as much ease as you could imagine. And in every instance would force you to smile at the modesty and simplicity with which she accomplished all.
    To-day a father, mother, son and two daughters are gathered together with relatives and friends of this beloved girl, to pay the last tribute of respect to her remains - and may God in His mercy comfort this bereaved family in their hour of affliction, and bless their home.
        With the twinkling of an eye
        And the fan of a breath;
        From the blossom of health
        To the stillness of death.
  Nov. 11, 1875                         C.M.B.

19 Nov 1875

    We are informed that a little girl, daughter of Stephen B. BROWN, of Cuyler, has the small pox. Mr. BROWN has been living in Syracuse and had just moved back to Cuyler when the girl came down with the disease. As we go to press (Friday morning) we learn that the child is dead and was buried last night.

In Memoriam.
    Wm. A. WOOD was a private of Company K, 157th Regt., N.Y.V. He served his country with distinguished fidelity. He died of consumption at his residence in McGrawville, Nov. 2d, 1875. His funeral was very largely attended at the Presbyterian church, Friday, Nov. 5th, Rev. George BAYLESS officiating.
    Many soldiers of the late war, his comrades, from the vicinity and from Cortland attested their great esteem for him by attending his funeral in a body, and forming an escort to the grave. At the close of the funeral service, these comrades met at the office of [H.----?] HENDRICK, and organized a meeting by choosing Co. Frank PLACE Chairman, and Dr. H. C. HENDRICK, Secretary.
    Remarks were made by J. C. CARMICHAEL, F. PLACE and the Secretary, officers of his regiment, testifying to his uniform merit as a soldier, and giving reminiscences of his deeds of personal bravery. A committee consisting of H. C. HENDRICK, J. C. CARMICHAEL and C. E. HILL was appointed to draft suitable resolutions in memory of the deceased, who offered the following, which were adopted:
    Whereas, It has pleased God in his providence to remove by death one of our comrades, Wm. A. WOOD, and in his muster-out on earth, transferred him, as we trust, to the great army triumphant, therefore:
    Resolved, That in his death we have lost one of our most esteemed and faithful companions in arms in the late war; that we remember with the highest regard, his distinguished courage and faithful services, especially as the leader of detailed stretcher bearers, and his ministrations to and carrying of the wounded from the battle field at times under the most trying circumstances; that his deeds will ever remain fresh in our memories, and, that we recognize in him all the elements of a true soldier and patriot.
    Resolved, That as a citizen he has ever been known as a true man - distinguished for his kindness as a neighbor, his marked industry and unswerving integrity.
    Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the county papers, and an engrossed copy furnished to the family of the deceased.
    McGrawville, Nov. 5, 1875.
                                H. C. HENDRICK
                                J. C. CARMICHAEL
                                C. E. HILL

Died. SMITH - In Freetown, Nov. 10th, Luella SMITH, aged 15 years, 10 months and 27 days.

Died. GILBERT - At Homer, N.Y., on Friday, Nov. [1-?], 1875, of apoplexy, Mrs. Mary E., wife of Mr. J. T. GILBERT.

Died. BENNETT - In Pitcher, Nov. [9?]th, Mr. Fayette F. BENNETT, aged 20 years.

Died. DORWARD - At Blodgett's Mills, on the 24th ult., Mary C. Leach, wife of Albert DORWARD, aged 29 years.

Died. SCHERMERHORN - At her home in [Tru----?], Sunday morning, the 7th inst., of [--------?], after an illness of but a few hours, [M---?], wife of Freeman SCHERMERHORN, aged 36 years.

26 Nov 1875

Died. CORNING - In Pitcher, Nov 7, 1875, Martha A., wife of Charles CORNING, aged 48 years.

Died. BARTRAM - In this town, Nov. [1?th], Mrs. Harriet BARTRAM, aged 78 years.

Died SMITH - In Cortland, Nov. 17th, 1875, Lester SMITH, aged 70 years.

A Sad Case of Drowning.
On Saturday evening last, our village was thrown into a wild state of excitement over the report that a boy had been drowned in Schriver's pond. Hundreds flocked thither to find, alas, that the report was too true. The facts of the case, as far as we have been able to learn them, are these: Wallace KELLY, a son of Mrs. Gertrude KELLY, aged about eleven years, went to the pond for the purpose of sliding and playing with a large number of his companions assembled there. Being promised the use of a pair of skates by one of his companions, if he would come upon the ground and get them, he started upon the ice near where the stream unites with the pond and endeavored a crossing. The ice was very thin at this point, and in a dangerous condition. He proceeded safely along until near the center of the stream, when he was warned by some of the boys to be careful, when stopping to turn around to listen to what was being said to him, the ice suddenly gave way, letting him into the water, which was about four feet deep at this place. He called loudly for help, but as there were none but boys of his own age at hand, and they so frightened as to be utterly helpless, he sank to the bottom before word could be got to older persons. Several men were soon at the scene of the accident, and every endeavor was made to recover the little fellow before life was extinct. It was not until the body had been in the water for about thirty minutes that it was recovered and brought to the shore - too long to render all efforts at resuscitation successful. The remains of the poor fellow were taken to the home he had so short a time before left, in the full enjoyment of health, and delivered to his mother, who was almost frenzied with grief at the sudden stroke which had taken from her all she held dear - the idol of her heart.
    Wallace was a bright fellow, and gave promise of a future of usefulness. He was beloved by his schoolmates, and his companionship was sought after by even those of a more advanced age. His untimely death in such a manner casts a gloom over the entire community, whose sympathies go forth to the bereaved mother in this her hour of deepest affliction.
    The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church this Monday afternoon, and was largely attended - especially by the school children, the school being closed for the purpose. - Dryden Herald.
3 Dec 1875

James F. HALE, of Otisco, brother of E. P. HALE, Esq., of Syracuse, accidentally shot himself on Thursday last. It is supposed that in the absence of his father's family, the house being locked up, he went to a rear window and reached in to get his gun to go hunting. In drawing it through the window it was discharged, the contents entering his right breast. He was able to pass around to the front of the house, where he died. - Syracuse Standard.

Died. BENTON - In Cortland, Nov. 23d, Chester BENTON, in the seventy-eighth year of his age. [could be DENTON, copy very fuzzy]

Died. BORDEN - In Texas Valley, Nov. 25th, Frankie, youngest son of George W. and Ann Eliza BORDEN , aged [1 year?], 9 months and [19?] days.

Died. GILLETT - In East Scott, Nov. 25th, of Typhoid Pneumonia, Mr. J. [---ley?] GILLETT, aged 41 years.

Died GILLETT - In Summer Hill, on the [27?] ult., Mr. H. [----?] GILLETT, aged 76 years.

Died. GRANNIS - In this village, Nov. [24th?], [---?] GRANNIS, aged [64?] years and 9 months.

10 Dec 1875

Died. FAY- At East Homer, on the 2d inst., Susanna FAY, aged 88 years and [?] months.

Died. SMITH - At Blodgett's Mills, Nov. 27, 1875, Mr. James A. SMITH, aged 41 years and 3 months.

17 Dec 1875

    Shocking Affair - At about two o'clock on Friday morning last the citizens of the village of Whitney's Point were startled by the news that Mr. Jabez JOHNSON, a man of considerable influence had committed suicide. It is supposed that he was temporarily insane at the time, as he had complained of terrible pain in his head, and had told his wife that if it did not cease, he should be tempted to end his life by cutting his throat. Since that time his wife has watched him closely, but as he stated on Friday that the pain was not so severe, she relaxed her watch. In the afternoon about two o'clock he went into the barn, took an armful of hay from the loft, proceeded to the floor and cut his throat under each ear with a razor. His wife heard a [-------?], and rushing to the barn beheld her husband bleeding profusely, and with life not quite extinct.
    Financial embarassment was partly the cause of self destruction.
    A Jury was enpaneled by Coroner RICHARDSON at about six o'clock, which rendered a verdict of death by suicide. - Binghamton Times.

    Burned to Death. - last Thursday night Mr. Rawsom CLOSE, furniture dealer, of Norwich, took a lantern and went to the barn to take care of his horse. Shortly afterwards the barn was seen to be on fire, and the fire department was promptly on hand to aid in extinguishing the flames. The remains of Mr. CLOSE were found in the burned building. Rawsom CLOSE was one of the most prominent business in n of Norwich [sic], and was highly respected. Some years ago he was a citizen of Cortland, and worked at his trade for some years with Mr. John McFARLAN. He moved from this place to Norwich, where he established himself in business.

MULDOON - In DeRuyter, December 2d, 1875, James MULDOON, aged 44 years.

LATHROP - In Lapeer, Dec. 16th, suddenly, Mr. A. J. LATHROP, aged - years.

CUNNINGHAM - In Marathon, Dec. 13th, Minnie A., infant daughter of H.S. and A. CUNNINGHAM, aged 1 month and 13 days.

SHORT - In Syracuse, December 18th, 1875, Harry Sperry, youngest child of Henry W. and Fanny M. SHORT, aged 1 year and 6 months.

HARDY - December 15th, at the residence of her son-in-law, Deacon Wm. C. WOODWARD, Mrs. Sally Farwell HARDY, wife of the late Deacon David HARDY, aged 80 years.

    Sudden Death. - On Friday, December 10th, Mr. A.J. LATHROP, of Lapeer, fell dead by the side of the road, near his residence, while drawing wood. His brother, Erastus LATHROP, met him only a short distance from where he fell, going on foot and riving his team, which was a young team, and turned around to see how they were going. Soon they went over a little hill, out of sight, and not appearing again as soon as he thought they should, he went back to see what was the matter, and found his brother dead by the side of the road, and holding the lines, and the team standing still. Heart disease was the cause. - Marathon Independent.

    Accident at Afton. Albert MEAD, proprietor of the Spring House at Valonia Springs, was instantly killed by the cars yesterday, at 4:40 P.M., at Afton. MEAD, in company with two men named William PAGE and Laverne SANDERS, attempted to cross the Albany & Susquehanna track with his team, ahead of extra coal train No. 18, SPENCER conductor, and SPAULDING engineer. The engine struck the team and threw PAGE and MEAD upon the track, instantly killing MEAD and seriously injuring PAGE. MEAD's head was completely severed from his body; PAGE was terribly cut about the head and is probably in a dangerous condition; SANDERS saved himself by jumping from the wagon. One of the horses was killed, the other was uninjured. MEAD lived three miles below Afton, on the opposite side of the river.-Bing. Times, Dec. 11.

    Sad Affliction. - Last week Wednesday, Mr. Allen HALBERT, of Cincinnatus, started in the morning for Weaver's Mill, about 1 1/2 miles from home, apparently in good health. When he arrived at the mill, he did not reply to any questions asked him. After waiting a short time he started homeward, and when near the cheese factory, Mr. COLEGROVE spoke to him, asking him if he wanted to buy some pork. He stopped, dropped his head, but made no reply. Mr. COLEGROVE asked other questions, and receiving no answer, thought all was not right, and he got into the wagon and accompanied him home. His brother, Dr. HALBERT, of this village, was summoned, and it was found that he was suffering from a stroke of paralysis, and he has been unable to speak since, and is failing fast. His sons in Binghamton were notified, and have been at his side to minister to his wants. Last Tuesday morning, Mr. HALBERT died. He was 68 years and 9 months old, was born at Butternuts, N.Y. For a number of years he was engaged in the mercantile business at Union Valley, but has lived at Cincinnatus for the past 15 years, and was a consistent member of the Congregational Church. His loss will be very deeply felt by all. - Otselic Valley Register.

31 Dec 1875

Died. CORWIN - In Cortland, on the 24th inst., of typhoid pneumonia, M. DeForest CORWIN, aged (40?) years 2 months and 14 days.

Died. SEEBER - In Texas Valley, Dec. 21, Mr. George SEEBER, aged (63?) years.

Died. HARKNESS - In Homer, on the 26th inst., of Pneumonia, Thomas, only son of David and Rachael HARKNESS, aged ten months.

Died. GRISWOLD - On the 27th inst., Mrs. Maria GRISWOLD, in the (?4th) year of her age.

    Eaten Alive. - On Monday last, Mr. W. P. BAKER, of Lansingville, went into the pig pen to clean it out when he was taken with a fit and fell down insensible.
    He was immediately attacked by the pig in the pen, and when discovered had been completely disemboweled by that animal. He lived only a few minutes after being removed. - Groton Journal.

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