Selected Chenango and Madison County Obituraries


Gardner, Bernice Foster

Bernice Foster Gardner

    Bernice Foster Gardner, wife of Leslie E Gardner of Beaver Meadow passed away at the Matterson Hospital in Norwich, Thursday morning, March 25, 1926, age 21 years. Mrs. Gardner has been in poor health for the past year, she having been in the hospital about eight weeks. Her death came unexpectedly to her many friends, as it was thought she was improving. Prior to her removal to the hospital she was tenderly cared for by her sister, Mrs. Elmer Stone of Smyrna. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner were united in marriage on March 17, 1923. Besides the husband, the deceased is survived by her mother, Mrs. Motta Rickard and sister Blanche of Beaver Meadow, Mrs. Stone of Smyrna, several uncles and aunts to whom sincere sympathy is extended, by a large circle of friends. The funeral of Mrs. Gardner will be held from the home of her sister, Mrs. Elmer Stone in Smyrna Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock with burial in Maple Grove cemetery, Otselic.

Gardner, Grace Emily

Grace Emily Gardner

On Friday morning, February 27, Grace Emily, daughter of Mr and Mrs Walter V Gardner, passed away after a short illness of influenza followed by pneumonia. The deceased had just passed her 22nd birthday on February 7, 1920. Rev. C Stocum conducted prayer service Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock after which the remains were placed in the vault on Sherburne Hill until spring.

Gardner, Mrs. Mary C Smith

Mrs. Mary C Smith Gardner

    Smyrna, April 25 --- At her home on Sherburne Hill early Friday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Smith Gardner at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. Mrs. Gardner was born at Hancock, Mass., Dec. 26, 1831 and lived there until her marriage to Mortimer W Gardner, Dec. 22, 1852 when in the following spring they came to Smyrna, where they spent their married life together, until seperated by the death of Mr. Gardner on June 13, 1905. Seven children were born of this union, two of them, Grace and Dwight dying in their youth. Surviving to mourn the loss of a good mother are Mrs. Geo. P Pudney, Walter V and Miss Anna Gardner of Smyrna, and Frank T Gardner and Mrs. Burton Creego of Baldwinsville, NY.
    Mrs. Gardner united by letter with the Smyrna Baptist church, April 16, 1853, and has been most helpful and faithful during the 67 years of that membership. She was quite a remarkable old lady, attending to business matters and taking an active interest in affairs in general up to the time of her death. It is through the energy and thrift of such people as Mrs. Gardner that the younger generation enjoy more luxurious lives, and inherit comfortable homes, and the descendents of such, an one may well "Rise up and call her blessed." She was a faithful friend, and will be greatly missed by many who enjoyed the hospitality of her home, as well as in the home circle where she was the wise and honored mother, whose counsel was ever kind and just. The service was attended from her late home at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon, April 22, and interment was in the family plot on Sherburne Hill. Among the relatives who attended the services were Mr. Frank Gardner and daughter, Mary Louise, Mr. and Mrs. Burton Creego of Baldwinsville, Mrs. Ella Cranston, Harry Cranston, Mrs. Dapson and daughter Dorothy of Oneida.
Gates, Solomon - 1918

Solomon Gates died at his home Wednesday morning and a private funeral was held Saturday at two o'clock. Burial was made in the Lebanon cemetery.

Gaylord, Mrs. Karl

Mrs. Karl Gaylord

Mrs. Clara Baker Gaylord, whose sudden and untimely death in the tragic automobile accident near Earlville on September 11th, 1918, is mourned by our whole community, was born on a farm near this village July 25, 1886. She was the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Baker, who together with four brothers and two sisters survive her.
When a young girl she was sent to Hamilton to attend school and was graduated from the high school in the class of 1907. During this time she was baptized and became a member of the First Baptist church of Hamilton to which she remained "faithful unto death." Her religious experience was quiet but sincere and earnest. She believed in the ideals and mission of the church and took her part in the work of the church, being especially active in the kindergarten of the Sunday school.
She was married in July 25, 1908, to J. Karl Gaylord of Hamilton, at that time a student in Colgate university, to whom the sympathy of two communities goes out in his sorrow. She made a beautiful life for him and the four little children to whom she was all that a wise and self-sacrificing mother could be.
Last Sunday afternoon a host of friends met at her late home to do honor to her memory and to show the universal sympathy felt for those who have been so sorely bereaved. The services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. W T Elmore, DD, and by Rev. W M Lawrence, DD, and the burial was in the beautiful Woodlawn cemetery in Hamilton.

Goodrich, Cora Ella

Cora Ella Goodrich

    Smyrna, June 7 --- Cora Ella Goodrich of Middleville, NY, passed away May 24th, 1920, at Faxton hospital, Utica, 14 hours after an operation for appendicitis. This came as a shock to the community and her friends as she had been ill but a few days.
    Miss Goodrich was born in Braidwood, Ill., April 26, 1873, but returned with her parents, Lawrence K and Delia Willcox Goodrich, to Smyrna, NY, where her girlhood days were spent, with the exception of two years when they again lived in Kansas. She had worked at Sherburne, Earlville, Norwich, Cortland, Cobleskill and Bronxville, NY but the past ten years had lived with the youngest brother, Dean H Goodrich, in New Milford, Pa., and Middleville, NY. Her genial disposition won for her many friends wherever she went. Her splendid courage was manifest to the end.
    Although deformed from infancy she was never idle but was always planning and doing for others and many gifts were found completed and marked for the birthdays of her friends.
    As a daughter of a veteran, her mother applied for a pension for her at her father's death about 22 years ago but there was no law on the statutes allowing pensions for disabled children of veterans. About three years ago she had a special bill introduced into congress to grant her a pension but this was side-tracked by red tape and was passed only last year, granting her a pension of $12 per month.
    She was an active Red Cross worker, as time and strength would permit, and contributed liberally of money and clothing for the Friends Relief work in France and since her passing away a consignment has been received for relief around Jerusalem and the Near East, which she had sent some time before. She was an ardent advocate of prohibition.
    She was ever tender toward the aged and little children and especially any in affliction and she thought and planned for them to the last. Her last request, just a few hours before her going was that $100 should go to a clinic for crippled children in Utica, "if I shouldn't come back and there is enough."
    "And I heard a voce from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yes, saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."
    The body was brought from Utica by auto-hearse and the funeral held at the Baptist church at Smyrna Wednesday at two p.m., conducted by Rev. Fanny G Hancock, a former pastor of the church at Bonney, the childhood home of the deceased and burial made in the family plot in Sherburne West Hill cemetery beside the father and mother.
    The funeral was largely attended and those from out of town were Mrs. C H Smith and son, Archibald, of Albany and daughter, Miss Helen Smith of Oneonta, Dean H and Everett L Goodrich of Middleville, Mr. and Mrs. O W Goodrich of Utica, Mr. and Mrs. L A York and family of Hubbardsville, Etta H Goodrich, Mr. and Mrs. J W Phillips, Mrs. C Adams, Mrs. L L Ferris, Mrs. G W Summer and Lewis Harrington of Norwich, Mary E York and W S Willcox of Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. C L Coye and family and F D Coye of Earlville.
    She leaves three sisters and three brothers besides nephews and nieces, aunts, and uncles and cousins and many dear friends to mourn her loss. The many beautiful flowers showed the love and esteem in which she was held.
Grey, Jirah

Jirah Grey

Jirah Grey, one of the oldest native residents of this section passed away suddenly at his home, the Grey Homestead west of this place on Sunday, aged 79 years. Mr. Grey had been in his usual good health up to Sunday, when he was taken suddenly ill and expired before his neighbor, Charles Bassett, who had gone for help, arrived. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Gilbert Robbins of Beaver Meadow and Mrs. Dever Bellinger of Smyrna and one brother, John Grey. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Robbins and interment was made in Stanbro. - (Dec 1926 in pencil on obit.)
Griffith, George - 1926

George Griffith, a life-long resident of Georgetown, died suddenly Thursday morning. He was apparently in the best of health but he had worked quite hard Wednesday mowing with a scythe. Besides his wife he leaves one son, Claude, and one daughter, Mrs. L D Upham, both of this place. If he had lived until October he would have been 83 years old. He ran the flour and feed mill here for a good many years but in recent years had assisted his son in the grocery store. His funeral was held Sunday at his late home. Undertaker Floyd Currier of Hamilton had charge. Those from out of town who attended were Mr. and Mrs. George Goodsell of Syracuse, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Brown of Burlington Flats, Derwood Griffith of Cooperstown, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Yale and Mrs. May Jeffs of Eaton, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Miller of McGraw and Mr. and Mrs. Hardenburg of Cortland. Burial was made in Hillside cemetery beside his first wife.

Gustin, Lucius A

Lucius A Gustin.

    Lebanon, Dec. 5 --- Lucius A Gustin was born at Sherburne, NY, May 13, 1845, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram E Gustin. He was married in 1881 to Josephine Abbot of Sherburne, who died in 1884. He then went to Binghamton where he worked on the police force and was also employed for a time in the State hospital. From there he went to Georgetown, where he purchased a small farm. He finally came to Lebanon, where he worked at his trade as a paper-hanger in this and surrounding towns for many years.
    He was taken ill recently at his home in South Lebanon and was carried to the home of F D Lyon in Lebanon village. Later he was taken to Norwich hospital, where he died of heart disease Saturday, Dec. 3, 1921.
    He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Alice E Priest of Georgetown and Mrs. F D Lyon of Lebanon.
    The funeral was held at Foster's undertaking rooms in Earlville Tuesday at two p.m. Burial in the Sherburne cemetery.
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