Selected Chenango and Madison County Obituraries


Savage, William E

    William E Savage died suddenly at his home in the town of Eaton early Friday evening Jan 22, 1926, age sixty-three years, nine months and seven days.
    Mr Savage was born in the town of North Norwich eldest son of James and Mary Savage.
    For six years he resided on the W C Crouch farm at Earlville, NY. The past three years were spent on the Cole farm at Eaton station.
    He was a kind, affectionate husband and father and an obliging neighbor, always ready to help those in trouble.
    He was married at the age of twenty-one to Miss Alice A Brooks, who survives; one son Gage R Savage and four daughters, Mrs Howard Malmberg of East Greenwich, RI, Mrs Charles Sweeney of Clayville, NY, Mrs E A Eddy of Norwich, NY, an dMiss Mary M Savage of Utica, NY, three grandsons Leonard D Phillips of Sherrill, William E and Charles Eddy of Norwich, one granddaughter, Alice L Reilly who made her home with her grandparents, since the death of her father five years ago, also survive. He has one brother, Sherman O Savage of Binghamton, and two sisters, Mrs Blanch Cook and Mrs Hattie Hinckley both of Orlando, Fla, living.
    Funeral services were held at Fosters chapel Tuesday afternoon. The Rev William Guillan pastor of the Baptist church of Earlville officiated. The body was placed in the receiving vault at Mt Pleasant cemetery at Earlville.

Scarritt, N J - 1919

Death of N J Scarritt

    Smyrna, Aug. 12 --- Nelson J Scarritt, a lifelong and respected resident of this town, passed away on Saturday evening, Aug. 2, at his rooms at the Messenger House in this village after an illness of only a few days.
    He was the last surviving son of the late James and Polly Woolridge Scarritt and was born in the town of Smyrna July 20, 1836. When the country's urgent call came for men during the Civil War he enlisted and served in the 5th New York Heavy Artillery until captured during the battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864, and remained in Salisbury prison until February 22, 1865. On his way home he was accompanied by Oscar Tuthill, of only sixteen years, as far as York, Pa., and there Tuthill became so ill that he was taken to a hospital and died in a short time. On his arrival home he weighed only seventy-five pounds and was usually a large and robust youth. At the forming of the Stephen Weaver Post, GAR, in this village he was a charter member and has always retained his membership with that organization. Of the eighteen charter members only five now survive, they being George W Crumb, Josiah Miles and David B Russell of this place, Elbert Smith of Greene and Isaac Weaver of Sidney.
    On March 27th, 1857, he married Theresa R Tuthill, who passed away on October 2, 1913. She was the daughter of Ziba Tuthill, who lived on and owned the place where the Friends church now stands at Upperville and the old house with the barn across the road by the dam. The bridge below this dam is the one which Mr. Scarritt's lifelong friend Frank Leonard wrote him about in 1913. The letter runs: "Well, Nelt, it is a long way back to the old hillside where we used to slide on the crusted snow and over seventy years have fallen away since we sat down at the end of the bridge and talked over the question whether there was a Santa Claus or not. I believe we came to the conclusion there was not but I have since changed my mind and in this 79th year of my age, I know now there is a Santa Claus and his home is down in the hearts of all good people and by him they are prompted to do deeds of charity and kindness to all alike, rich or poor, black, white, bond or free. I thank God that it is so."
    Since the passing of his wife he has spent his winters at the home of C E Ferris and family at Berwick, Pa., and his summers at this place, where he always maintained a lively interest in people of his acquaintance and in affairs of this section in general. He will be missed by a wide circle of friends who will be saddened to learn of the passing of this upright and honorable man.
    Since the close of the Civil War he has followed the occupation of farmer and lumberman and also was at different times in the feed business, having been a partner with the late DeForest Wilcox in that business at the site of the old Munson mill west of this village and was later associated with him in the lumber and feed business at Earlville for a short time.
    The nearest surviving relatives are a cousin, William Chaffee of North Norwich; a niece, Mrs. Charles Steuarwald of Hudson, Mich.; two nephews, Walter Wilcox of Philadelphia, Pa., N J Scarritt of Parkston, SD, and the latter's sister who resides in the west but whose name and address are not known.
    The funeral was held from the Baptist church in this village on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. C V Stocum officiating and the members of the GAR attending. Comrades Frank Sanders, Henry Pike, Josiah Miles and G W Crumb of Weaver Post acted as bearers. Burial was made beside his wife in the Sherburne West Hill cemetery.
    Weaver Post GAR adopted a resolution of respect and ordered their charter draped for a period of thirty days in honor of the memory of their departed comrade.

Seymour, Mrs. Amelia

Undertaker Foster was called to Syracuse Tuesday afternoon by the death of Mrs. Amelia Seymour, a former well-known resident of Lebanon and the widow of Silas W. Seymour. Mrs. Seymour was 70 years of age, and the body will be brought to Lebanon Friday morning for the funeral services at the Baptist church at one o'clock. Burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery, Hamilton.

Seymour, Mrs. Frank D

Mrs. Frank D Seymour

    Mrs. Seymour passed from us very peacefully at about nine o'clock Monday morning, April 26, 1920. The end came after a prolonged illness, baffling the most faithful efforts to abate its progress.
    Nettie L Gates was born in the town of Lebanon, March 29th, 1863. It was there she gained her education and as a young girl united with the Lebanon Baptist church. September 29th, 1880, she was united in marriage with Mr. Frank D Seymour. Their married life has been spent in the town of Lebanon close to her birthplace. About three years ago Mr. and Mrs. Seymour moved to Earlville and later to Hamilton which has been their home the last two years.
    At the time of her death Mrs. Seymour was active in the Christian work of the Congregational church in this village, especially in the Sunday school and in the Ladies Aid society. She was an active, genial, earnest Christian woman, eagerly seeking the progress of the church and deeply concerned to advance its true welfare. In all its work as well as in her family and among the large circle of relatives and friends, she will be sincerely mourned and her place will not be easily filled. Her husband and the children of the family are the recipients of the heartfelt sympathy of all who know them. Mrs. Seymour is survived by her husband; her son, Herbert C Seymour of Earlville; her daughters, Elizabeth A Seymour and Mrs. Bertha L Fisk of Syracuse, Blanche B Seymour and Mrs. Florence H Bancroft of Earlville; a granddaughter, Miss Winifred Bancroft.
    The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at her home on Montgomery street, her pastor, Rev. W O Stearns, conducting the service in the presence of a very large company. The floral tributes were most beautiful and touchingly revealed the devotion she called forth. Burial was made in the family lot in Woodlawn cemetery.
    Among those present at the funeral service from out of town were the following: Miss Hazel Lewis, Mrs. Sarah Morgan, Mrs. Fred Fancher and Mrs. Francis Horrigan of Syracuse; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey bartlett and Jay Billings of Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Seymour of Rome; Mrs. Ann Crumb and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones of Waterville; Mrs. Emma Head of Fish Creek; Mrs. Attie Fleming of Randallsville; Mrs. Nellie Woodworth, Miss Grace Gurney and Mr. and Mrs. Silas Clark of Earlville; Charles Billings and Mrs. Mary Finch of Norwich; Miss Bertha Metcalf of Fulton and Mr. Arthur Gage of Milford, Pa. --- Hamilton Republican.

Sharp, Mrs Mable

    The remains of Mrs Mable Buckingham Sharp, wife of Cy Sharp of Cortland, were brought here for burial in Maple Grove cemetery Tuesday. Mrs Sharp died suddenly at her home Saturday. She leaves a husband, three daughters, Edna, Ruby and Pearl and one son, Harry. She was formerly a resident of Otselic Center.

Shaw, Mrs. Flora

Mrs. Flora Shaw

    Mrs. Flora Shaw died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Cornell, Academy street, Thursday night at 8 o'clock, aged 51 years. Mrs. Shaw had been an invalid for the past three years. Besides the daughter above mentioned she is survived by a brother and nephew residing in Smyrna. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Cornell, the Rev. S T Harding officiating. Interment was in Earlville. - In pencil on obit - 1920

Shelley, Mrs. D J

Mrs. D J Shelley.

    A brief account was published last week of the death of Mrs. D J Shelley at the Crouse-Irving hospital in Syracuse on Wednesday morning, Sept. 15, 1920, following an operation. Intestinal obstruction was the cause of her death.
    Nellie Lucille Lofton was born at Allison, Tenn., on November 24, 1883. She attended school at Eagleville near her home where she was graduated at the age of 15 years. She was married in 1899 to Thomas Hooper, and one daughter, Anna, was born in 1900.
    In 1905 she came North to Canajoharie and in 1907 entered Dr. Cavana's sanitarium at Sylvan Beach for the nurse's training course, graduating as a trained nurse in 1910.
In 1911 she was married to Daniel J Shelley of Earlville, and had made this place her home until the time of her death. Besides her husband and one daughter, she leaves one brother and three sisters to deeply mourn her untimely death: Jack Lofton and Mrs. H W Riggs of Schenectady, Mrs. W S Waller of Nolansville, Tenn., and Mrs. Joseph Wood of Allison, Tenn.
    Mrs. Shelley joined the Baptist church in Tennessee at the age of 13, and while she had never taken her letter to unite with the Earlville church yet she was an active worker in all church undertakings. She was a member of the Ladies' Aid and Missionary societies and had been a Sunday school teacher, much of the time during her residence here. She was also active in Red Cross work and until shortly before her death had been the guardian of the local Camp Fire Girls.
    Her ability as a trained nurse was known and she was often called upon to assist in sickness and distress, and always responded willingly and generously. Active beyond her strength, she gave unstintedly of her abiltiy to relieve distress and assauge the grief-stricken.
    Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church on Friday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. H J Carey of the M E church officiating. The body was taken on the 4:20 train to Syracuse enroute to Allison, Tenn., for burial. Her daughter, Miss Anna Hooper, and her sister, Mrs. Riggs, accompanied the body to Tennessee.

Shepardson, John W

John W Shepardson

    Smryna, April 2 --- The death of John W Shepardson, which occurred Wednesday at the Nickerbocker Hospital at New York, where he underwent an operation on the Monday previous, removes from this community a lifelong and dependable citizen, who will be missed more than words can express. Born here on September 21, 1859, the son of the late Hon. Andrew Shepardson, he spent his whole life here and has always had the welfare of the community and citizens at heart and never missed an opportunity to give assistance to a worthy cause or person. When a lad he entered the Ontario and Western depot to assist his father, the first agent. He grew up with the business and acted as agent for about thirty-five years. For many years he was engaged in the feed and produce business and carried on a large coal business to the last. He served the town as supervisor, being chosen chairman of that organization, which position he held until retiring from office. Heartfelt eulogies are heard on every hand from his friends, who range from the little child on the street to the hoary haired man and woman, and the many teardimmed eyes give evidence of the warm place he held in the hearts of his aquaintances and business associates.
    He was a member of Sherburne Lodge F & AM No. 444, Sherburne Chapter, RAM, Norwich lodge of Knight Templars, and Smyrna lodge of Odd Fellows. Surviving him are one daughter, Mrs. J T McGovern of New York, one son, C A Shepardson of Chicago, Ill., one sister, Mrs. E P Lyon of Brooklyn, three grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. Funeral services were conducted from his home here on Friday afternoon at three o'clock in charge of the Knight Templar order with internment in the family lot on Sherburne West Hill, beside his wife who was Maria PerLee.

Shepardson, Walter A

Former Clerk of County is Dead at Home

Ex-Assemblyman Walter A Shepardson Active in GOP Politics for Many Years

Well Known Citizen Served Town of Otselic as Supervisor for Nine Years Before Being Chosen County Clerk for Two Terms - Member of State Assembly Four Years - Served as Director of Chenango National Bank for Some Time.

    Walter A Shepardson, former member of assembly and ex-county clerk, who for more than a quarter of a century, until recent years, had been active in Republican politics in Chenango county, died at his home on Hayes street at 7 o'clock Thursday morning.
    Had Mr. Shepardson lived until next June he would have reached his 75th birthday. For the past few years he had not been in good health, but his condition gave no alarm until a few days ago. News of his passing will be received with keen regret, for his death removes one of the outstanding figures in the political and business life of this county for many years.

Born in Earlville

    Mr. Shepardson was born in Earlville June 23, 1851, the oldest son of the Hon. Andrew Shepardson, who served in the assembly two terms, 1871 and 1872 and who was also county clerk of this county for four terms.
    When he was four years old Mr. Shepardson's parents moved to Smyrna, where he was educated in the common schools. He learned telegraphy when quite young and was appointed station agent and operator at Smyrna for the O & W railroad. He held this position for seven years, serving as train dispatcher at Oswego for a short time. He was also engaged in the mercantile business for a time.

Later Moved to Otselic

    In the spring of 1879 Mr.Shepardson moved to Otselic and began to manage a large dairy farm. In 1886 he was elected supervisor of Otselic, serving nine years in that office, during three of which he was chairman of the board.
    Following in the footsteps of his father he was elected county clerk in 1903, and served two terms of three years each in this office. His last term expired Dec 31, 1909, and in the fall of that year he was elected to the assembly.

Served Four Years in Assembly

    Mr. Shepardson served in the state assembly during the years 1910, 1911, 1912 and 1913, and was a member of many important committees, including soldiers' home, ways and means and agriculture. Each year that the Republicans elected Mr. Shepardson to represent this county in the assembly it was by an increased marjority, and he was considered one of the loyal and faithful members of that law making body.
    Quiet and unassuming, Mr. Shepardson had many friends who will regret to learn of his death. At the conclusion of his term in the state assembly he never entered public life again, preferring not to seek public office longer.

Director of Bank

    Mr. Shepardson was a director of the Chenango National Bank having recently been re-elected at the stockholders' meeting last week. Mr. Shepardson's wife, Ida E Stokes, whose grandfather also served in the assembly, died several years ago.
    There survive a son, E Stokes Shepardson, a brother, John W Shepardson of Smyrna, a sister, Mrs E P Lyon of New York, and five nephews and five nieces, among them being C A Shepardson of Chicago and Mrs J T McGovern of New York, also five grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be held from the late home, 35 Hayes street, at 1 o'clock Sudnay afternoon, with burial at Smyrna.
Sholes, Harvey

    Harvey Sholes passed away at his home here on Wednesday evening, aged 78 years. Mr Sholes was the son of the late John and Elvira Palmer Sholes and was born at North Brookfield on October 2, 1847 and spent his younger days there and at Earlville. For many years he has resided here and his passing will be a source of regret to his many friends both here and at his former home. Besides his wife he is survived by one son, Arthur Sholes of Oneida, and several grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev Alfred Backus, pastor of the local M E church, from the home on Saturday morning at ten o'clock and interment made in the family lot in the Earlville cemetery.

Shumway, Elmer - 1920

Elmer Shumway

    Elmer Shumway of Towanda, Pa., who made his home in this town for the past few years died at the home of his sister, Mrs. H C Atkyns about four miles west of this village on Monday morning after an illness of about two months, aged 63 years. The funeral will be held at Beaver Meadow on Thursday afternoon and burial made on Cole Hill. - in pencil on obit - 1920

Smith, Martha A - 1919

Martha A Smith

Martha A Smith died this morning at the home of her son, Robert P Smith of 67 Henry street of bronchitis and other complications. Mrs. Smith was over 70 years old and had been in poor health for the last three years.
She is survived by one son, Herbert P Smith, manager of the Norwich Dairy Co., a sister, Mrs. Charlotte Ireland of Smyrna and a brother, P. Briggs of Smyrna.
The funeral will be held Wednesday but the time has not been decided upon. Burial will take place in the Smith family lot in the Sherburne Hill cemetery. The funeral will probably be held at the Methodist church at Smyrna. Mrs. Smith was born and raised at Smyrna and lived there until three years ago when she moved to Norwich to live with her son.

Soule, Leroy - 1926

    North Otselic - Jan 4 - Leroy Soule died Tuesday morning, Dec 28, age 91 years. He was a Civil War veteran. He enlisted in th efirst call for troops in the 61st regiment of NY Infantry and was wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks. Those who survive are one brother, Ed. Soule of Waynesboro, VA and one sister Adeline Allen and two daughters, Mrs Alice Moore and Mrs Annie Knapp who cared for him in his last sickness. The funeral was held at the M E church Thursday at half past one, the Rev H Learned officiating. Burial was at the Maple Grove cemetery.

Sprague, Thomas C

    News of the death of Thomas C Sprague at his home in Endicott on Sunday morning, Oct. 3rd., was received by relatives here Sunday.

Thomas C. Sprague

    Smyrna, New York, Oct. 5 --- News of the death of Thomas C Sprague at his home in Endicott on Sunday, October 3, 1920, was received by relatives here Sunday evening.
    Thomas Conkey Sprague, son of the late Peter and Electa Conkey Sprague was born in Smyrna on the Sprague homestead west of the village on August 27, 1848 and for the greater part of his life made this town his home. He was an ordained minister of the gospel in the Friends society and served several important charges among which was the pastorate of the Friends church at Bristol, Vermont. He was also actively engaged in evangelistic work for the Friends church in many places. After retiring from the ministry he was associated with his son Ernest, in the insurance and real estate business in Sidney and later in Endicott which has been his home for several years past.
    Besides his devoted wife, there remain to mourn his passing, seven children, Mrs. Edith Weaver, Mrs. Louis Burton and Ernest Sprague of Endicott, Mrs. Truman Varney of Bristol, Vermont, Mrs. Henry Cooley of Sidney, Miss Pearl Sprague of Arizona and Mrs. J E Sutphen of this village; one brother, William P Sprague and one sister, Miss Hannah Sprague of this place, also eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from the home on Wednesday and interment made in that place.

Stanton, Mrs Maggie

    Mrs. Maggie Stanton was taken seriously ill Thursday with pneumonia and failed rapidly until the end came Sunday evening at 9:05 pm. Mrs. Stanton was 80 years of age and was the widow of the late Freeman Stanton. She was a member of the M E church and an earnest worker, ever ready to help others in sickness and sorrow. She will be greatly missed in a wide circle of friends in this community and church, and it is with sorrow we record her death. She leaves several nephews and nieces who mourn her loss. The funeral was held at her late home Wednesday at 2 pm with burial in Maple Grove cemetery, beside her husband.
    Mrs. Lottie Ward of Syracuse was called here Saturday by the illness of her aunt, Mrs. Stanton.
    Mrs. Stewart, a nurse from Syracuse, cared for Mrs. Stanton.

Sternberg, Fanny Hartwell

    The unexpected and sudden death of Fanny Hartwell Sternberg, early Saturday morning at her home in Sherburne, after a short illness, has cast a sadness and gloom over the entire community where she lived and was so well known.
    All who knew Mrs Sternberg were immediately impressed with her charming personality and sweetness. As a young girl FAnny Hartwell displayed special musical and artistic gifts; her work with the brush in oils and water colors has won for her gratifying commendation from well known critics. She attended the local schools and finished her education at Brockport Normal.
    Some twenty years ago she married Earl W Sternberg, who, with five children survive her. Devotedly attached to her family and home where her presence was a benediction, she has come to the parting of the ways, and has gone out of the life of the community.
    Besides her immediate family, she leaves one brother, Walter H Hartwell, of Sherburne Four Corners, and five sisters, Mrs Elbert F Smith, of Greene; Mrs Walter G Willcox, Mrs Edwin S Billings, Mrs William W Lyon and Mrs Mance L Messenger, of Smyrna.
    The funeral was held from her late home on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev W A Trow, pastor of the Congregational church, of which she was a member, officiating.

Stearns, Harvey - 1926

    Willow Brook, April 8. -- Harvey Stearns was born, August 7, 1841 on Stanton Hill in the town of Otselic. His parents moved when he was ten years old into the town of Lincklaen where he resided until the Civil War. He enlisted in 114th Regiment, serving in Company I until he was wounded during the battle of Cedar Creek. After his discharge he came to work on the Dutton farm on the Turnpike where he married Miss Nettie Dutton in 1869, and they made their home on the farm until 1902 when they removed to South Otselic. His wife died five years ago, since which time he has received faithful care from Mrs. Nellie Stearns until his death on April 2 at 10:00 PM.
    He leaves two sons, Lester and Frank, and three grandchildren, Leslie, of Cortland, and Leon and Ruth, of Otselic.
    The funeral will be held at the residence in South Otselic and burial taking place in Maple Grove cemetery at Otselic beside his wife.

Stearns, Mrs. Harvey

On Tuesday Dec. 28, 1920, occurred the death of Mrs. Harvey Stearns. She was born on the Dutton farm at Willow Brook April 22, 1845, the daughter of William and Charlotte Dutton. She was married to Harvey Stearns Sept. 22, 1869, and lived at her old home until they moved to this village 19 years ago. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Lester and Frank and two grandsons, Leon and Leslie. The funeral was held Friday at the home, Rev. J W Briggs officiating. Undertaker Woodley had charge of the burial at Otselic Center. Being always kind and friendly, she will be greatly missed by a host of friends.

Stilson, Mrs. George

Mrs. George Stilson Dies

Smyrna friends have received news of the death on Friday, January 9, at North Sanford, NY, of Mrs. George Stilson who was for several years a resident of this place and Upperville and who has many friends here who will learn with regret of her passing. The funeral will be held Sunday at N. Sanford. The remains will then be taken to her old home at New Haven, Vermont for interment.
Stoddard, Noyes - 1926

Death of Noyes Stoddard, Aged 87 Years - Masonic Funeral.

    Georgetown, July 13 -- Noyes Stoddard died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Barber Monday morning. He had been boarding there for a short time. He had spent quite a good share of the past year with his nephew, J F Stoddard. He was 87 years of age and was a retired farmer of Otselic. The funeral will be held at 2:30 Thursday afternoon at the Baptist Church in South Otselic. The Masons will have charge of the services. The deceased leaves one brother, D S Stoddard; two nephews, J F Stoddard of this place and H K Stoddard of New Woodstock, and two nieces, Mrs. Whitmore of Cortland and Mrs. Borman of Ilion.
Stone, James - 1921

Beaver Meadow, Jan. 26 -- James Stone, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Lavette Stone, died very sudden Tuesday about 1 o'clock after an illness of only three days.
Mr. Stone was 27 years old and had lived in this place nearly all of his life. He was of a very cheerful disposition and was liked by everyone.
The funeral was largely attended at the home in this place Thursday at 1 o'clock. The Rev. Mr. Briggs of South Otselic officiated. The Miles family of Otselic Center sang. Undertaker C H Woodley of South Otselic had charge of the funeral. Burial was made in Maple Grove cemetery at Otselic.
Those who attended the funeral of James Stone from away were: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Excell of South Hamilton, Mrs. George Ellsworth and Mrs. Emma Austin of Smyrna, Mrs. James Fielding and Elmer Stone of Norwich and Mr. and Mrs. Ira Merritt of Otselic.

Stringer, William H

Oneida Semi-Weekly Union
September 6, 1893

Munnsville - September 5, 1893

Wm. Stringer, whose illness has been noticed in the Union several times of late, passed peacefully away at 10:30 o'clock this (Tuesday) evening, surrounded by his family and near friends. In his death Munnsville has lost one of her oldest and most highly esteemed residents and the town and county one of their best known and worthy citizens. Though he had attained a ripe old age, and his death came not unexpected, yet his demise casts a gloom over the entire community and brings profound sorrow to the heart of many near friends.

The deceased, who was one of a family of 8 children, was born near Pratt's Hollow, in the town of Eaton, 78 years ago, the first of last March. Losing his father when a lad, he was not only thrown upon his own resources at a tender age, but like a dutiful son, contributed his labor freely to the support of a widowed mother and family of children. After arriving at the age of manhood and removing to Munnsville in 1837, he for some years followed the avocation of carpenter and builder, and there are still many homes in and about Munnsville, which will long remain as fitting reminders of their faithful builder. He, afterwards, for some years, in company with the late R. S. Barr, operated a sash and blind factory and with his partner, in 1885, entered into the manufacture of agricultural implements on the site where the works now stand. In 1862, himself and Mr. Barr, purchasing of Mr. Holmes, the Sr. partner, he became the head of what very soon grew to be the well-known firm of Stringer, Barr & Co., his son, the late W. H. Stringer, being added to the firm in 1865. For nearly 35 years, and until after the death of the other two members of the firm, he continued to conduct a prosperous business.

Like his late stepson, Mr. Barr, and his son, W. H. Stringer, he also served Stockbridge in the Board of Supervisors, having been chosen to that office in the year of 1852-3. He served his town faithfully, but took greater delight in other fields of usefulness. Office holding had no charms for him, and he disdained political scheming. He was honorable in his dealings and strictly honest and charitable toward others but stoutly denounced treachery and hypocrisy in any and every form.

Full of years, the faithful husband, the loving father, the true friend, has laid life's burdens down and entered into eternal rest. Besides a sorrowing widow, with whom he passed 45 happy years, he also leaves two children, Charles A. Stringer, of this village, and Mrs. S. A. Maxon of Oneida. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Harry Clark of Hamilton, and one brother, Chas. Stringer of Eaton.

The funeral will take place from his late residence, Friday at 2 o'clock P.M.

Contributed by Michael Kellogg - great, great grandson - Jul, 2001 - Victoria, BC, Canada

Swan, Julius A

Julius A. Swan

    Julius A. Swan, son of Samuel and Harriet Smith Swan, was born in Angelica, Allegheny Co. N.Y.; 19 August 1830, and died at his late home in Lincklaen 19 Feb., 1913, aged 82 years and 6 months.
    He was of a family of ten children who grew to manhood and womanhood, he being the oldest at his death.
    May 17, 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Zelette Dye and to them were born three sons, Grove, who died at the age of five years, Groeiss A. who lives in Cortland and Grover J., who lives on the old homestead in this place.
    For about 60 years he was troubled with trouble of his limbs and for many years was obliged to use crutches in getting about, but during this time he followed his occupation as a carpenter and builder, meanwhile erecting the large and magnificent barn which is now occupied by his son Grover. He was a man full of courage, industrious, energetic and loyal to those principles he held to be just and right. For many years he was a firm believer in the doctrine held by the Seventh Day Adventists, which faith continued until his death. He made nearly all the arrangements for his own funeral, choosing the bearers, scripture reading, etc. - Elder B. M. Garton of Gouveneur N.Y. spoke words of comfort - and admonition, taking as his text Matthew 24:44. Th. E. Newcomb had charge of the remains, burial being made at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Thus a devoted husband, a kind parent, and a good neighbor has passed from among us.

De Ruyter Gleaner - 27 Feb. 1913

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