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- SAMUEL MILLS RUSSELL. One of Our Pioneers-Attended the First School Kept in the Town of Hume - The Senior Member of the Allegany Bar. The death of the venerable Samuel M. Russell, which occurred on Friday of last week at Cuba, deserves more than a passing notice in our columns.
Mr. Russell passed the 86th milestone in life's journey on the 14th of February last, and was at the time, and had for some years past, been the senior member of the Allegany bar. His father, Captain Samuel Russell, came from Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., and settled in Hume, then Nunda, (and later Pike) about 1809 or 10, bringing with him a family of six children. His sister, Caroline, taught the first school in the town of Hume in what is now the stable part of the barn of the late Philo Mills at Mills Mills, then the center of business for quite an extent of territory. He and his brother, Oliver M. Russell, were pupils of this pioneer school. This was in the summer of 1812, and Samuel M. must have been one of the younger lads at this school. The writer has heard him allude to this school with much pleasure, when his mind was called back to ‘the scenes of his childhood'.
This county was indeed a howling wilderness at the time. The means for obtaining an education were very meagre, yet with the help of his father, mother and sister he acquired a pretty good stock of valuable facts of great practical value in the battle of life, and at 29 years of age he began a
three years' course at Middlebury academy (the pioneer academic school of Western New York, or at least of the ‘Holland Purchase'), now Wyoming. This was the extent of his schooling. Leaving the academy, he taught school for a few years, and then entered the law office of the Hon. Timothy H. Porter of
Olean, where he remained four years, when Mr. Porter having been elected to congress, he left Olean and resumed his studies with the Hon. Geo. Miles of Angelica, being admitted as an attorney of the supreme court by Chief Justice Nelson on the 13th day of January, 1837. He was admitted as counsellor at
law October 29, 1841, by Judge Nelson, having previously been examined and admitted as solicitor in chancery by R. Hyde Walworth, chancellor of the state. In September, 1867, he was duly admitted and licensed in the United States courts. During his practice of the law he held, by the governor's
appointment, several offices, among them that of supreme court commissioner and master and examiner in chancery. In December, 1842, he was appointed postmaster at Cuba, holding the office eight years.
He settled in Cuba March 1st, 1834, and in June he married the second daughter of Dr. Gilbert H. Champlain, a sister of the late Hon. Marshall B. Champlain, and so has been a citizen of Cuba for over half a century. For some years he was associated with Robert S. Armstrong, Esq., and Hon. M.B.
Champlain, and the well and extensively known law firm of Champlain, Armstrong & Russell was for a long time one of the leading firms in the county of Allegany, which had a bar unexcelled for talent in all the western portion of the state. His sister, Cornelia, married the late Judge F.S. Martin of Olean. Another sister, Mrs. Permelia L'Homedeau Russell Penfield, is now residing in Fillmore in her 96th year. The youngest sister, Mrs. Sweetland of Kalamazoo, Mich., was with her brother at the time of his death.
It is interesting to note the changes in the condition of things-social, educational and material-during the period covered by this man's life. He is the last of those who attended and took part, and whose names appear in the printed proceedings of the great railroad convention held in Cuba February 1,
1839, and was one of those who addressed it in support of the project of constructing the Erie railroad.
The entire bar of Allegany county has with the exception of him and our venerable townsman, Elias E. Harding, who I think must now be the senior member, made two complete changes since his appearance in our courts. Sic transit gloria mundi! The last call the writer made upon him was two weeks before his death. He was reclining on a couch, above him was an excellent portrait of M.B. Champlain, while around about were likenesses of other members of his and the Champlain and Martin families, all of whom were gone. He expressed himself as ‘Only waiting, waiting' for the change, and at last it came and he sank to rest ‘Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to
pleasant dreams.' Peace to his ashes. [Northern Allegany Observer obit. by John S. Minard, 1894
Wide Awake Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- JOSEPH BATES SKIFF. His Life Spanned the Greater Part of the History of Our Town.
In the death of Mr. Skiff, which occurred on the morning of the 15th inst., the town of Hume loses one of her best citizens. He had been ill of late, but was understood to be improving, and when the announcement of his death was made, it was a painful surprise to our people. Joseph Bates, the second son of pioneer Joshua Skiff, who was the first supervisor of Hume, was born on the old Skiff homestead June 14, 1816, known to old people as the ‘cold season.' His birthplace was the humblest of domiciles, the primitive log cabin of his father. His mother was Lucina, a sister of the late well and favorably known Henry C. Wright, who was a veritable apostle of peace and author of ‘A Kiss for a Blow,' and other works of kindred nature. She was a woman of sterling worth, who left the loving impress of her christian teachings and example upon her children and died in 1843. Milton W., the older brother, died some years ago at Hume village, while a sister Elizabeth Miriam, died over half a century ago, leaving Harvey J., now an old man living in Newton, Iowa, the only survivor of the Joshua Skiff. Truly was Mr. Skiff ‘native and to the manor born.' His whole life being passed in this town, he was with the exception of the venerable Mrs. Sally Meacham of Fillmore the longest resident citizen of Hume.
The first scenes which greeted the gaze of his infant eyes were associated with pioneer events; the rude log cabin with its ample fire-place, the stick chimney, the bake kettle and bake oven, the spinning wheel, the loom, and ‘e'en the rude bucket which hung in the well.' The newly cleared fields, thickly filled with stumps, the burning log heaps, the slashings, the brush and rail fences, were sights familiar to his boyhood days, and of evenings, when the chorus of howling wolves made night almost a hideous pandemonium, the lad quite likely, clung closer to his mother's side. Graduating from the log school house, he attended for a while the pioneer academic institution of the Holland Purchase, the Middlebury Academy as it was then called. The place is now known as Wyoming. He afterward attended
for a while a collegiate school at Meadville, Pa., working his way there by engaging to drive a team for a family who were moving from here into that section. After leaving the Meadville school he engaged in teaching, which however he soon relinquished and devoted himself from that time on entirely
to agricultural pursuits. May 22, 1838, he with Lydia B. Fitch, daughter of the late Chester Fitch,
began the married part of their lives together on the old Joshua Skiff homestead which continued until Jan. 29, 1889, when Mrs. Skiff died. In 1848 he purchased and removed to the place where he has ever since resided. Of this union nine children were born eight of them arriving at maturity. John M., the eldest, enlisted in the union army from some western state wither he had gone and was killed at Shiloh April 6, 1862. Stephen M., also enlisted from here and was killed near Franklin, Va., June 24, 1863. And so Mr. Skiff's recollections of the years of our country's peril were intensified with the loss of two bright and promising sons. But throughly anti-slavery in sentiment, the nation emerging from the struggle with the broken fetters of four million of enslaved human beings in its bloody, though
victorious hands, his country was dearer still to him for the sacrifice. Joshua, another promising son, died of disease at home in March, 1865. Of the immediate family, Chester F., our well known townsman and active business man, Melvira who married Mr. J.B. Morrow, Lucina, now Mrs. H.H. Cochran, both the latter living in Morse, Custer Co., Idaho; Harvey J., and Addie, who married Mr. E.C. Thomas and now lives on the home place, survive and have the sympathy of our entire community in this sad bereavement.
Mr. Skiff was a member of the Presbyterian church as long as one existed in Hume, but never has been connected with any other church organization. He was however a firm believer in the cardinal principles of christianity and was frequent in his attendance upon divine worship, contributing liberally to
its support. He was a man of extensive and well chosen reading, and his mind was a well filled storehouse of valuable information. Positive in his opinions, loyal to his convictions, he dared to do what he considered right. Unassuming in his manners, unpretentious in deportment, he despised shams and
detested hypocracy. Plain, honest, outspoken in defense of his opinions, he respected the opinions of others and conceded to them the same honesty be claimed for himself. He was a man of warm friendships, and though to outward appearance, especially to strangers seemingly, perhaps a little odd, brusque
and almost eccentric sometimes, those who knew him best, prized him the highest. He had moreover a vein of humor, which was like the spring babbling from out the rough rock by the wayside, broke forth at times as if it could not be repressed and would brook no hindrance. The outside world knew but little of Joseph B. Skiff, for he never sought notoriety, but he was esteemed by the townsmen for his many good qualities of head and heart, and the world is better for his having lived. No more will his familiar form be seen upon our streets; no more shall we hear his questioning salutation, ‘What's the best word today?' Not the worst nor indeed any other, but the best word was what he wanted. No more the
cordial greeting and hearty handshake. Our good friend, our kind neighbor and worthy townsman has gone and we sorely miss him. Hail and farewell! The funeral which was held at his late residence on the 18th inst., was attended by a large concourse of neighbors, friends and townsmen, the services being conducted by the Rev. S.S. Ballou, who spoke words of comfort and consolation, very appropriately using as the foundation of his remarks the words, ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.' Interment in the family plat in Pine Grove cemetery." [Northern Allegany Observer obit by John S. Minard, January 15, 1895. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore , NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills
- A LONG LIFE ENDED. She Was One of the Pioneers of the Town of Hume - Her Life History
Died in Fillmore January 17, 1895, Mrs. Permelia L'Hommedieu Russell Penfield, at the advanced age of 95 years, 10 months, and 3 days. Seldom does it fall to our lot to record the death of one so ripe in years, of such rich and varied experiences, so intelligent in observation, so pleasant in expression, and though this sketch may not be of a strictly obituary nature, the writer feels that it is eminently proper in this connection to give to the public a part, at least, of what was obtained
during a very interesting interview had with her on Christmas day, 1893. She was then in a fairly good state of health; her mind seemed clear and bright, and her memory, especially of events and reminscences [sic] of her younger days, was truly remarkable. In appearance she was the ideal old
lady. Well educated for her day, above the medium height, intelligent and expressive features, with refined and lady like manners and accomplishments she must have been in her prime, a lovely and lovable woman. She was born March 14, 1799, in Montgomery county. Her father was Captain Samuel Russell, one of the early settlers of Hume, to which place she came with the rest of the family, about 1808-1810, fixing their abode in a rude log cabin on what we know as the place of the Russell Bro's, Fred and Eugene. Her mother's name was Mary, a sister of the pioneers, Roger, George and Elisha Mills.
The children were seven in number, Caroline, the eldest being the pioneer teacher in Hume, conducting a school during the summer of 1812 in what is now the stable part of the old barn on the Philo Mills place. She afterwards became the second wife of Michael Goodrich, and died long years ago.
The subject of this sketch came next, then Oliver M., who died a quarter of a century ago, remembered still by many of our older people. Cornelia was the next - becoming the wife of the late Judge F.S. Martin of Olean. Then came Samuel M., who attended the pioneer school his sister taught, dying about a year ago, the oldest member of the Allegany Co. bar. George was next, dying some years since in Milwaukee, Wis., and last, came Jane, who married a man by the name of Sweetland and still lives in this town, a widow at an advanced age, the only survivor of the family of Capt. Samuel Russell.
Permelia, in 1812, attended school at West Bloomfield. While there she frequently saw companies of soldiers marching through to the Niagara frontier. In those days Captain Russell had to go to Big Tree (Geneseo) for his supplies. In 1813, Elisha Mills had removed to Canandaigua, where he
kept the leading public house. So her father placed Permelia with her uncle's people, that she might have the advantages of the first female school in Western New York.
She distinctly remembered, as she said, ‘as though it was yesterday,' and very pleasantly related this incident. It was in September, 1813. The battle of Lake Erie had been fought and Commodore Perry, who, as one of the results, was immediately made famous, was hastening east on important
business. Couriers had been dispatched announcing the victory and the commodore's intentions. All roads in that day led through Canandaigua. So Elisha Mills put his house in the best of order expecting soon to entertain the commodore and his staff.
It was a wet, nasty day. A man astride, as she said ‘a little nuggin of a pony,' rode up and dismounted and asked to go into the kitchen to warm. He was allowed to do so though rather under protest, Mills telling him that there were other public houses and that he was expecting Commodore Perry and staff soon, etc. He spread his great cloak over a chair before the fire and stood turning himself as on a spit before the fireplace (no stoves then.)
After getting warmed, the horse rested and fed, himself taking perhaps ‘a hasty plate of soup,' he again straddled ‘the little nuggin of a pony' and galloped away at a lively speed. He had scarcely disappeared when they some way found out that they had already entertained the commodore. The laugh was
on Mills. The commodore had found his progress so impeded by the people at every hamlet, village or four corners even, that he resolved to travel in disguise and thus evade them.
During the war of 1812-14, her father had a quantity of hides stored somewhere in Buffalo. Going out with some teams after them he arrived there just before Buffalo was burned, was impressed into the service, teams and all, losing about $800 in the scrape.
April 10, 1817, Permelia was united in marriage with Wm. W. Penfield, who came originally from Connecticut. The ceremony was performed in the log cabin, a Baptist preacher from Pike whose name she
could not recall, officiating.
Mr. Penfield engaged in the tanning business and kept a store at Mills Mills. He by appointment or arrangement distributed the annuities to the Indians on the reservation and thus became acquainted with nearly all of them, readily conversing with them in their own tongue. Mrs. Penfield was also acquainted with many of them, their trade being largely with the Indians. Companies of white people would go down to their village near where Rossburg now is, and witness their feasts and dances. Mrs. Penfield said she had seen Red Jacket there and heard him address the assembled Indians.
About 1828, the Penfields removed to Olean, where Mr. Penfield for some fifteen years carried on the tanning business. At that time a man used to go from Olean to the northern towns, making the trips at stated intervals, going on horseback, doing errands of all kinds, carrying and bringing letters,
making purchases, carrying some loads which seemed almost incredible. It was said he at one time brought in a spinning wheel. This was probably about the first express business done in western New York.
While in Olean they purchased a ‘Wilson stove' the first cooking stove used in the place. So many people came to see it work and learn the methods of cooking with it, that it really became a nuisance to the family for a time.
Mrs. Penfield with other women turned out and helped ‘pick up' when they were clearing the ground which is now the park in Olean. After a while the family moved into the Olean House, which place they
conducted for years. Entertained a great many people among them some quite distinguished. Every spring before the rafts would start, the house would be full from cellar to garret. While keeping the Olean House the noted artist John Phillips used the parlor as a studio while painting the portrait of the
famous Seneca Chief ‘Governor Blacksnake,' who came there to sit for it. Daniel Webster and a brother-in-law once stopped at their house while on a hunting and fishing expedition to Pennsylvania. Gov. De Witt Clinton was also their guest. Many a time has the cellar kitchen been filled with their
Indian acquaintances of the Genesee of a night when on their hunting excursions to Pennsylvania.
One time years afterwards when Mr. and Mrs. Penfield were in Buffalo they were accosted by a chief, his squaw and three or four children, whom they formerly knew here and at Olean. They expressed great delight at meeting them and Mr. Penfield took them to a hotel and furnished dinner for the whole
Mrs. Penfield, early in life became a member of the Episcopal church, and for many years had belonged to St. Stephens church of Olean. The family consisted of seven children, of whom Martin F. and Oliver M. now conducting the Railroad house in Fillmore; Mrs. Mary Crocker of
Pittsburg, Mrs. Amelia Shular of Bolivar and Miss Calphumia the milliner at Fillmore, survive. The oldest and youngest, brother William and sister Sarah, are deceased.
The shock of corn was indeed fully ripe and ready for the harvest. The funeral was held at the Railroad House, her late home, last Sunday afternoon, Rev. S. S. Ballou officiating. Buirial [sic] in the Alger burying ground. [Northern Allegany Observer obituary by John S. Minard. From scrapbook in Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- GEORGE WARNER MARVIN. About two o'clock on Monday morning last, George W. Marvin breathed his last, and closed out a long life of usefulness and unusual activity, and thus was removed from our midst one of the most familiar forms known in the entire history of the town. He was born in East Bloomfield, N.Y., May 12, 1821, and his mother, Drucilla Mills Marvin, a daughter of pioneer Roger Mills, survived the advent of the child but one short hour. His father was Henry Marvin, a man of great enterprise, who at one time was proprietor of a line of stages running from Canandaigua to Buffalo. He
was a relative of Dudley Marvin, the famous criminal lawyer of Canandaigua, and made the acquaintance of Drucilla Mills while she was attending school at East Bloomfield. When eight months old George Warner was brought to Hume and cared for by the Roger Mills family. The nearest new milk cow was a mile away and the infant's food was paid for at 6 cents per quart by spinning flax. When seven
years of age, he was adopted by Mary Mills, (Mrs. Seth Robinson) with whom he lived till his majority, when he entered the employ of the late Wm. R. Skiff, who conducted a store in the building on the corner in Hume village, lately used as a meat market. He was put upon a peddler's wagon, carrying a stock
of silks, shawls, watches and jewelry, and soon acquired a large trade. He ran the wagon for five years, his salary of $150, board, and washing. In 1848, he married Rebecca Alger, who had also been adopted by the Robinson's, and the young couple began housekeeping on the farm of their foster parents. After Mr. Robinson's death Mrs. Robinson spent the remainder of her life (20 years) with her adopted children, the farm falling to them, and continuing in Mr. Marvin's hands till his death. Upon the advent of the mowing machine, Mr. Marvin was early in the field as salesman, disposing of as many as forty Howard machines in a season. Much of his time was spent in buying live stock, both before and after shipments by rail became the order, making heavy purchases for Jacob Velie of Poughkeepsie.
In 1868 Mr. Marvin bought of the late R.B. Mills the place in Hume village where he has ever since resided. From 1873 to 1875 he was in partnership with the late Hon. John M. Hammond and John S. Minard, under the firm name of J.M. Hammond & Co., in a general store and exchange and collection business. Since then he has been interested in stores in Birdsall, Centerville and Wiscoy. In 1878 his wife died, and ever since then, his niece, Miss Maria Bronson has kept house for him. Mr. Marvin abhorred idleness, always wanted to be actively employed, and so for years, thought no necessity existed for his so doing, he has handled flour and feed, doing his own hauling. He has been a stock-holder, director
and vice-president of the State Bank of Fillmore. For the last three years however, his growing infirmities have compelled a reluctant relinquishment of all business operations. The announcement of his death early in Monday morning, was no surprise to those who were acquainted with his critical condition, and still they were shocked. For the last thirty years his has been a familiar figure in our
streets. Warner Marvin was always interested in public improvements and ever ready to do his full share in promoting them. He was a stirring, energetic, wide-awake man, of sound judgment and extensive experience with men of affairs. He was fond of society, and had a heart that was keenly sensitive
to appeals for help from those in want, and his benefactions to the poor were many and judiciously bestowed. His practical benevolence, his many good deeds, his kindness as a neighbor, and value as a friend and townsman, form an imposing aggregate of good traits, which will be a pleasant memory to his
many friends. Mr. Marvin was blessed with no children: Miss Bronson being one of the nearest relatives has devoted herself to her uncle, with all the loving care and tenderness of a daughter. For the last two months she has been assisted by her sister, Mrs. D.M. Summers of Foosland, Ill. The funeral was held at the house at one p.m. on Wednesday, Rev. F. M. Alvord, of Friendship, speaking comforting words to the many friends and neighbors, from the text, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away,
blessed be the name of the Lord." Very appropriate singing was furnished by a quartette [sic] consisting of Mrs. Harding, Mrs. Ingham, and Messrs. Ingham and Willis. A profusion of flowers were strewed upon and around the casket, some beautiful ones being sent by Mr. and Mrs. Downs of Foosland, Ill. [Northern Allegany Observer obit 1897. WAC Library, Fillmore, NY. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Webster Mills, oldest son of Wm. Webster Mills, and grandson of Roger Mills, a pioneer settler of Hume at Mills Mills; was born at that place on the 11th day of June, 1828, and died Oct. 23rd, 1901. He was educated in the common schools and at a private or ‘select' school at Castile, N.Y. He became a farmer and miller in his father's grist mill, where he worked for twenty years. He married, in 1849, Lucinda, daughter of Benjamin and Polly Meacham Fuller. His wife died Oct. 13, 1883. Her parents were kindly cared for at the Mills home until their decease. About the year 1866, he assumed a trust which occupied many years in fulfillment, viz, the management and distribution of the Moses Robinson and Harvey Robinson estates. The guardianship and duties of the trust were executed with the
utmost fidelity and integrity. He served the town of Hume in the capacity of collector for two terms and as supervisor for three successive terms. He was a man of vigorous mind, a reader who kept well up with the movements of the times in which he lived. He also had a sturdiness of personal character
which was his thru life. It is related of him that when a boy a school at Castile with his sister, Elisiff, they were taunted with coming from Allegany, the county of leeks. On their first appearance in school, one pert boy asked ‘Have you brought your leek hooks with you?' Web. promptly answered ‘yes' and instantly took the questioner by the nose and gave it a most strenuous tweak. Further impudence was not in order and Web. had established a good standing among the boys. On the 4th day of Sept., 1884, he was married to Lucinda Alger (widow of Alonzo Alger.) She, with her then infant daughter, whom he loved as his own, survive him. The funeral services were conducted at his home on Oct. 25th, Rev. J.C.
Warren of Pike officiating. The attendance was very large, showing the great esteem in which he was held by the whole community. He was the friend and servant of all, yet he called no man master. His mortal remains, covered with flowers, were laid to rest in the beautiful Alger cemetery. Very affectionate memories of him will long remain in the breasts of those who knew him best. [Northern Allegany Observer obit. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Sudden Death in Hume. The residents of the village of Hume were shocked on learning last
Saturday morning that Mrs. Anna M. Stewart, wife of Dr. Chas. Stewart, had passed away at midnight. Mrs. Stewart was a frail woman and had for years suffered from heart trouble but her energy and love for activity kept her about her duties and even her closest friends could not realize how slight was her hold on life. She appeared to be as well as usual on Friday with the exception that she
complained of neuralgia pains in her face. After retiring for the night these pains grew more severe and settled down into her neck and chest. Soothing remedies were administered and the pain alleviated for the time, but about eleven o'clock her suffering in the region of the heart became intense and at twenty minutes before twelve she breathed her last. Dr. Charles and Dr. Edith Stewart were both with her and Dr. Sloan of Buffalo who was a guest at the house was also in attendance, but medical skill could not avail when the grim messenger of death called. A message was telephoned to Miss Nina Stewart, who was in Buffalo, and she reached home Saturday forenoon. The funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday at 11 a.m., Rev. W. D. Allen of Ellicotville who was pastor of the M.E. Church in Belfast when Mrs. Stewart resided there, officiated. The services consisted in the reading of selections from the bible and excellent remarks befitting the occasion. Some favorite verses from Tennyson which had been treasured by Mrs. Stewart were read. All through the service Mrs. Jennie Harding presided at the piano and played very softly the Cradle Song by Heller and Klein's Consolation. The services were very impressive and the large attendance was evidence of the sympathy of the community which has sustained a great loss. The ladies of the Eastern Star of which Dr. Edith and Miss Nina Stewart are members, attended in a body. The floral offerings were very beautiful and arranged with exquisite taste. The burial was at Belfast by the side of the son who died about ten years
ago. [Northern Allegany Observer obit. 1903. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- SCHUKNECHT, 88, passes away. FRED SCHUKNECHT, a well-known carpenter in Hume, died Oct. 5, 1955, 3 days after his 88th birthday. He was the last survivor of nine children of FRED K. and FREDERICKA SCHUKNECHT. Six sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. Fred was born Oct. 2, 1867. On Dec. 27, 1894 he was married to MARY SCHUKNECHT, who passed away 12 June 1909. Three children were born, RUTH BENNETT of Hume, FREDERICK SCHUKNECHT of Clarence Center and ROBERT SCHUKNECHT of Rochester.
On Feb. 28, 1919 he was married to MARGARET McJURY of Pembroke, NY, in the town of Hume.
There are many buildings in the vicinity, both here and in Genesee County, that show proof of his good workmanship. He was liked and respected by all who knew him. Besides the three children mentioned above, he is survived by 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Kopler's Funeral Home Saturday Oct. 8 at 2 o'clock. Burial at Pine Grove Cemetery. [From Northern Allegany Observer Clipping] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- FREDERICK SCHUKNECHT: SKETCH OF HIS LIFE. Requested by the family to prepare an obituary of Mr. SCHUKNECHT whose death was briefly noted in your last issue, the 'sweetly solemn' duty is
taken up with faltering pen and pleasant memories. Mr. SCHUKNECHT was born in Mechlenburg, Germany, February 22, 1827. In 1854, like many another German of like age and conditions, he decided to make
his home in America, and accordingly came to Rochester, N.Y., where he was united in marriage with FRIEDERICA GEORGIA SCHMIDT, also of Mechlenburg, Germany, and for a year or two worked at cabinet making in that city. In 1856 the young couple settled as soon as with his own hands he could clear ground sufficient for a house and other buildings on the place where they have ever since resided. Nine children were born to them: THERESA (Mrs. JULIAN WELLS of Pike), HENRIETTA (Mrs. FRANK PATTERSON, also of Pike), LOUISA (Mrs. HENRY ZIMMER of Rochester), SOPHIA (Mrs. FRANK RITTER, also of Rochester), EMMA (Mrs. JUDSON GILLETT), MARY (Mrs. GEORGE W. BEARDSLEY of Hume), FRED, who married MARY, daughter of JOHN SCHUKNECHT, of Caneadea; GEORGE, now in Medford, Oregon, and ALBERT, who married FLORENCE BEARDSLEY and remains on the old place. On the morning of January 27, 1910, the only survivor of his father's
family, and first of his own, to answer to the messenger of death, surrounded by the stricken members of his family who had hopelessly striven to avert the call, he passed peacefully away to that bourne from which no traveler returns, like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down
to pleasant dreams. Appropriate funeral services were held at his late residence on Saturday,
the 29th ult., Rev. Mr. BRUCE of Houghton officiating, and speaking words of comfort suggested by the occasion and the text He giveth his beloved sleep. Many and beautiful were the flowers. Six grandsons tenderly and reverently bore his remains to his last resting place in Pine Grove cemetery, the grave begin literally strewn with flowers.
At an early age Mr. SCHUKNECHT joined the German Lutheran church of which he was ever after a consistent and devoted member. It was the writer's privilege and pleasure to know him and enjoy his
acquaintance for over half a century. He knew him when the first stroke of his axe was heard in the woods, where cleared fields and orchards now appear. He knew him when loving children came to bless their home pass their childhood and schooldays on the farm, marry and leave the old home, but ever
made it a custom so far as possible, to visit their parents on the recurrence of their birth and wedding day anniversaries, the most notable of all, being the occasion of their golden wedding. As a citizen he led an exemplary life. He was a good neighbor, a kind and loyal husband, a fond and indulgent
father. Honest, industrious, frugal, careful, helpful, obliging are adjectives which justly fit his memory, which will be sweetly cherished by the wife and mother, the nine children, twenty-six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many friends.
In this connection, and as a writing conclusion of this sketch, with a slight alteration to better fit the conditions, some word of Bryant will be used:
His youth was innocent; his riper age
Marked with some act of goodness every day;
And watched by eyes that loved him calm and sage,
Faded his last declining years away.
Cheerful he gave his being up and went
To share the holy rest that waits a life well spent.
And we are glad that he has gone to his reward;
Nor can we deem that nature did him wrong
Softly to disengage the vital cord.
For, ere his hand grew palsied, and his eyes
Dark with the mists of age, it was his time to die.
Why weep ye then for him, who, having won
The bound of man's appointed years, at last,
Life's blessings all enjoyed, life's labored done,
Serenely to his final rest has passed;
Lingers like twilight hues when the bright sun is set?
[From Cora Lahr notebook, WAC Library Fillmore, NY page 2] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- German, Eva Brown. [partial obit] ...was due to influenza, followed by pneumonia, with which she was taken ill three weeks before. Besides her husband, Mrs. German is survived by four small children-- one son, Floyd, and three daughters, Marguerite, Gladys and Pauline; her mother, Mrs. Nettie Phillips of the Haskell, and a sister, Mrs. Effie Davidson of Oramel. The funeral services were held at the home Saturday at 1 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Leonard, pastor of The Cuba Presbyterian church, of which the deceased had been a faithful member for several years. Interment was made in Cuba Cemetery. Eva Brown German was born on the Haskell and had spent her entire life in that vicinity. She was held in The highest esteem and will be mourned by a large circle of friends.
- Hale, Frank Eugene. Frank Eugene Hale, aged sixty-seven, died about midnight Thursday night of last week, in Maplehurst, at the home of his son, Floyd Hale. His death followed an illness of several months' duration. The deceaased is survived by his wife, the son mentioned above, and three daughters-- Mrs. H. R. Turner of Olean, Mrs. Arthur Bernard of Marion, O., and Mrs. Clayton Williams of friendship. He also leaves thirteen grandchildren. One brother, John, resides in The West. the funeral was held Sunday at 2 o'clock at Maplehurst.
- Curtis, Johanna (Mrs.) Mrs. Johanna Curtis, widow of the late Frank Curtis, died last Saturday at 12:30 o'clock, at her home in East Cuba, aged almost eighty years. Her husband died something less than a year ago, and her only son is also dead. The funeral was held Monday at 2 o'clock with services by Rev. Leonard and interment in Cuba cemetery.
- Briggs, (Mrs.) Death of Former Cuba Lady. Cuba friends have learned of The death in Rochester of Mrs. Briggs, formerly Mrs. Seeley, wife of Rev. Isaac D. Seeley, pastor of the Cuba Baptist church from 1869 to 1874.
- Poole, Frank. Word has reached here that Frank Poole, formerly of Cuba, who went with the Friendship state guards sent to patrol The New York aqueduct, died there, and his body was brought back to Friendship.
- Wasson, Ellan A. Gallup (Mrs.) Mrs. Ellen A. Gallup Wasson, a resident of Cuba all her life except the past four years, and for seventy-five years a member of the Baptist church in this place, died Friday last at the home of her son in Bellevue, Mich. The remains were brought to Cuba and the funeral was held Sunday at 1 o'clock with services at the Baptist church by the Rev. Thomas W. Carter. Ellen Abbie Gallup was born at Bradford, Pa., March 25, 1831, and on February 1, 1854, was married to Robert Wasson at the Cuba Baptist church. Mr. Wason died in 1895. The surviving children are Archie Melville Wasson of New Hudson; Lucy Floribel Burlingame of Hinsdale, and Clarence B. Wasson of Bellevue, at whose home Mrs. Wasson passed away. A daughter, Lillie Ann, died at the age of seven years. A brother and two sisters survive--Giles F. Gallup and Mrs. Frances Halstead of Cuba and Mrs. Emma Chesbro of Mystic, Conn. Mrs. Wasson was baptized into the Cuba Baptist church on January 14, 1843, and for many years had been the oldest member of that organization.
- Whipple, Dallas B. Dallas B. Whipple, for many years a prominent citizen of Cuba, died suddenly last Friday at Springfield, O. Mr. Whipple would have been seventy four years of age on October 11, and had spent most of his life in Cuba up to some twenty years or so ago, since when he lived at Bowling Green, O., and Portsmouth, Va. Mr. Whipple's wife died some four years ago. Two children survive-- Maude, wife of George C. Palmer of Cuba and George Whipple of Norfolk, Va. Mr. Whipple's remains were temporarily interred at Springfield, later to be brought east.
- Waldock, Harriet Burton. On July 26, Mrs. Harriet Burton Waldock of Brockport died at her home there at the age of eighty five years. Her death was caused by apoplexy and occurred very suddenly, following an illness of only 3 hours. Mrs. Waldock was born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire, england on August 20, 1832, and had been living in America since 1860. She is survived by four sons, one of whom is L. J. Waldock of Cuba, two daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
- Hatch, Edward (Mrs.) Mrs. Helen W. Hatch, wife of The Hon. Edward Hatch, who has been an invalid for several years, died last Sunday at The Hatch summer home in Friendship. The funeral was held from there Tuesday afternoon, with simple services conducted by the Rev. Dr. Dowling of Wellsville.
- Childs, Clayton Horace. Clayton Horace Childs, whose death in Hornell was briefly noted in these columns last week, was born in the town of Clarksville, on Oct. 2, 1884. His death as already noted occurred on Dec. 18. Mr. Childs was married on March 19, 1904, to Miss Lottie Woodruff of Cuba, who survives, with four children-- John, Mavureen, June and Clayton H. The last mentioned was born at the Cuba hospital on Sunday last, The day following the funeral of the father. He is a fine, 10 1-2 pound boy and has been named Clayton H. in memory of his father. Mr. Childs is survived also by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Childs, and the following brothers and sisters: Aletha, wife of P. J. Keenan; John A. Childs, C. Sherman Childs and Stanton Childs, all of Cuba. Mr. Childs has been ill practically all of The past summer, but continued at his duties as section foreman of the Erie railroad up to about the middle of November. On the 17th of that month he underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Cuba hospital. At that time there was revealed a serious condition which called for another operation later, and it was hastened by his condition becoming quite critical after his return home. He was taken to the hospital at Hornell and The operation performed, but it proved of no avail and his death occurred there. The deceased was a most excellent young man whose death will be greatly regretted by all who knew him. He had been for many years a member of The Cuba Baptist church; was a member of the Tribe of Ben-Hur, and was an active Odd Fellow, having been named for office of noble grand just a little while before his death. The funeral took place last Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Childs home in West Cuba. Rev. Carter conducted the service and interment was made in Cuba cemetery.
- Hatch, Merrill B. Merrill Barnum Hatch, a retired farmer who had been living for the past few months at Black Creek, died suddenly in The railroad station at that place on Monday. The cause of death was apoplexy. Mr. Hatch was 74 years of age and was born in the town of Lyndon. He went west a number of years ago, returning three years since to this state, and had lived at Niagara Falls until he came to Black Creek. The deceased's wife died some 13 years ago, and the following children survive; Mrs. Jay Harbeck and Arthur Hatch of Black Creek; Mrs. J. C. Munger of Lincoln, Neb., and Ernest Hatch of Niagara Falls. One brother also survives, A. P. hatch of Edgewood, Ia. The deceased was a member of Christ Episcopal church at Niagara Falls and attended The Congregational church at Black Creek. the funeral will be held Friday, Dec. 26, at 1 o'clock. Rev Roberts of Black Creek will conduct the service and interment will be made in Black Creek cemetery.
- Harris, William Floyd. William Floyd Harris died at the Buffalo General hospital on Nov. 21, and was buried at Fredonia, N.Y. He was the son of W. W. and Bernice A. Harris and was born near Farmersville in 1878. He was educated at Brocton high school, Fredonia normal, Oberlin college and Columbia university, and was regarded as one of the most progressive educators of the state. His last position as a teacher was at Ellenville, N.Y. He was married in 1906 to Miss Bessie Smith of Java, N.Y., who survives him, also one son, William, 7 years old, his father, above mentioned, and his brother, L. M. Harris of Fredonia. the funeral services were held at the Baptist church at the latter place. Mr. and Mrs. John Harris and Mrs. Earl Harris of Cuba were among those who attended.
- OTHER RECENT DEATHS
- At Buffalo, dec. 2, Katherine Gaus, age 60. She was for many years a resident of Allen.
- At Bolivar, Nov. 28, Mrs. Esther Mix, age 88.
- At Buffalo, Dec. 3, Mrs. Louisa Holcomb, for many years a resident of Portville. She was born in Cuba in 1828, being thus 91 years of age.
- At Franklinville, Nov. 26, Reuben F. Reynolds, aged 63
- At Almond, Nov. 28, John C. Martin, aged 80.
- At Canaseraga, Nov. 27, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Marble.
- At Andover, Nov. 29, Charles A. Shelley, aged 84. He was a verteran of the Civil War.
- At Belfast, Dec. 3, Evero Jones.
- At Belmont, Nov. 26, Mrs. Ellen A. Eagan, age 50.
- At Canaseraga, Dec. 1, Mrs. Andrew C. Ewart, aged 87.
- At Hornell, Dec. 3, Mrs. Jennie e. Jones, aged 86.
- At Rushford, Nov. 16, Mrs. Martha Marble, aged 79. She was born in Pembrokeshire, South Wales.
- BYRON VAN NAME was born at Ashford, Erie Co., N.Y., Nov. 19, 1837, and departed this life at Rushford April 14, 1922. He was married August 14, 1858 to EMELINE D. SLOCUM of Farmersville who died about twelve years ago. To this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters, his
oldest daughter having preceded him to the realms beyond, a number of years ago. He was again united in marriage on August 7, 1921, to Mrs. MARY WESTFALL of Rushford, who, with his five children and a large circle of relatives and friends mourn his departure. He was tenderly cared for by his loving wife and faithful children during his sickness. His sons, WILLIAM and FRANK B. of Rushford, HARRY R. of Fillmore, his daughters, Mrs. NELLIE McFARLEN of Rushford and Mrs. MARY F. HERRICK of Cuba, besides one sister and one brother, 20 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren survive him. He enlisted in the Civil War and served three years in Co. F, 1st N.Y. Dragoons. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. WM. ADAM of the Baptist church, text Romans 5:12. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Podonque to await the resurrection morning. Mrs. D.S. GADDIS. [From obituary found in the Davies Room of the Rushford, NY library. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- WALTER B. KERR. Walter B. Kerr, a life-long resident of Pike and vicinity died at the
Edward J. Myer hospital in Buffalo, Nov. 20, 1940. Mr. Kerr was one of a family of four children all of whom survive. Charles Kerr, Pike; John Kerr, Warsaw; and Mrs. Anna Martin, Buffalo. He was the son of Peter and Esther Rich Kerr of the town of Centerville, where he was born March 14th, 1864. March 9, 1889, he was united in marriage to Anna Mills of Hume who died December 8, 1925. He leaves besides his brothers and sister, two children, Mrs. Ethelyn McLoren of Fredonia and Harold Kerr of Portageville, three grand children and one great granddaughter. The funeral was held at his late home in Pike with Masonic rites, Saturday, Nov. 23. The Rev. Roy Albany officiated and interment was made in the Alger cemetery beside his wife. [Northern Allegany Observer obit. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- STEWART MILLS, WELL KNOWN MUSICIAN, PASSES ON. On August 30th, 1873, at the home of Stanley and Lucina Mills, there arrived a baby boy to gladden the hearts of all concerned. This baby shortly after named Stewart, grew to manhood and attended school in this community. Like his father, in early life, he showed evidence of possessing more than usual musical ability, and although not having at that time the best advantages in this community to further his musical education, he moved to
Olean where by hard study and devotion to his chosen profession, he soon became recognized as a theatrical orchestra leader. He was for some time a resident of Bradford where he was leader of the theatrical orchestra there. Being called from there to Rochester, he was a member of Joe Monk's
theatrical orchestra and was present and played at the opening of the Temple Theatre, remaining there for two years as first violinst. Thence to the Victoria theatre where for some time he conducted an orchestra of his own choosing. For the past twelve years, he has had the direction of the orchestra in
the Andrews Theatre at Salamanca, where he was beloved by all who knew him. Feb. 14, 1893, he was married to Rowena Holland of this place who preceded him in death over three years ago passing from this life in September, 1923. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians, No. 423 and a member of the Salamanca Symphony Orchestra. His active life has been given to furnish pleasure and amusement for others, was perfectly devoid of any selfishness, with malice toward none and charity for all.
Stewart departed this life Nov. 5th in the hospital at Salamanca, where he was taken following an attack of appendicitis. The funeral was held at the home of his brother Bruce, at two p.m., Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Mills, former pastor of Hume Baptist church. Several of his friends and
acquaintances from Salamanca attended. A large body of relatives and friends attended the services, bearing evidence of the high esteem they held him in the home town of his boyhood days. The remains were laid at rest in the Alger cemetery. [Northern Allegany Observer obit., 1926. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- WILLIAM VAN NAME, 77 years old, passed away Sunday night at the home of his brother, HARRY VAN NAME in Fillmore. The funeral was held from the home in Fillmore at 2 o'clock Wednesday. Rev. SCHAFFER officiated. Burial was in Podonque Cemetery. [From an obituary found in the Davies Room at the Rushford, NY Library dated 4-6-40.] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Death of Mrs. Effie Mills. Mrs. Effie Mills, 63, passed away this morning, (Thursday) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Fairbank, in Fillmore. Mrs. Mills had been in poor health for several weeks. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday with a prayer at the Fairbank home at 1:00 p.m. followed by services at the Fillmore Methodist Church at two o'clock. [Northern Allegany Observer obit. 1942. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- LOREN A. SMITH. Loren A. Smith, 86, who had been a resident of this town for over 50
years, died Monday evening at his farm home near Wiscoy. For most of his life he had been engaged in farming until he retired and was regarded as a successful resident of the community. He is survived by his wife, Dora, also one son, Ellsworth Smith of this town. Funeral services were held from his late home Wednesday afternoon at 2:00, the Rev. Wm. Swales of Fillmore Methodist Church officiating, with
interment in the Alger cemetery. [Northern Allegany Observer obit. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY. dated 1943. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Mrs. GEORGE VAN NAME of Centerville passed away Friday after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 P.M. from the home. The Rev. ELLIOTT of Higgins officiated. Interment was in Bates Cemetery. Relatives who attended the funeral from this area were Mrs. EDITH POWELL
and son WALTER, MYRON FRANCIS, Rushford; Mrs. MINNIE RICH and CARLYLE RICH, Farmersville; EDWARD VAN NAME, Arcade; and BENJAMIN VAN NAME, Delevan. From an obituary found in the Davies Room at the Rushford, NY Library. Dated 1944. [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- JOHN E. HOLLAND. John Edward Holland, eldest son of Thomas and Ann Holland, was born in
Rochester Nov. 27, 1867. His early life was spent on the farm near Fillmore where his parents settled and cleared the land from timber to make tilling the acres possible. In the summer of 1887 he went to Rochester, where he found employment, later going to Chicago where he lived 14 years. He held a responsible position with the house of Rector in both their Chicago and New York city
houses for many years. Always courteous and thoughtful of others, his friends were legion. On June 14, 1904 he was united in marriage to Ethel E. Mills of Wiscoy. After some years in New York city, they returned to the Holland homestead in 1910. Loyalty to his friends and faithfulness to his duties were among his outstanding characteristics. He bore his infirmities with patience and resignation and after months of failing health, passed to his reward July 13, 1946. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death some years before. His wife and eldest sister, also several nieces and nephews and a large circle of friends are left to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held from the Kopler Funeral Home July 16, Rev. N.R. Shaffer officiating and interment was in Alger cemetery.
We live in deeds, not years;
in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a
We should count time by heartthrobs.
He most lives who thinks most,
feels the noblest, acts the best.
[Northern Allegany Observer obit. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- MRS. ANNA JAMES VAN NAME. ANNA JAMES was born October 26, 1852 in the town of Centerville, N.Y. and passed away December 16, 1947, at the home of Mrs. CORA LAFFERTY in Rushford, N.Y. Anna was one of six children born to LEWIS and MARY JAMES. Mr. James was a tailor by trade for many years. In 1890 Anna was united in marriage to RICHARD VAN NAME, also a resident of Centerville who passed away in April, 1922. In 1902 they adopted RUTH ELIZABETH JESSUP. Mrs. Van Name spent the most of her life in Centerville, except for the several winters she spent with her daughter, Mrs. CARL GORDON and family.
The funeral was held December 19, 1947 at the Gordon home conducted by the Rev. GOMER MILLS of Sandusky, N.Y. with burial beside her husband in the Centerville cemetery. Those who attended the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. GLEN TULLAR of Angelica, Mr. and Mrs. LYNN TULLAR of Olean, Mr. and Mrs. EDWARD CLAPP of Cuba. Mrs. Van Name enjoyed reading and kept up with the news until a short time before her death. She leaves to mourn their loss, her daughter, Mrs. RUTH GORDON; four
grandchildren, Mrs. LYNN TULLAR of Olean, Mrs. EDWARD CLAPP of Cuba, LOU and ELEANOR GORDON of Rushford; three great grandchildren, LYNDA, CAROLYN and BRENT TULLAR of Olean; a niece, Mrs. MARY GEERTS of Fresno, Calif., a grandniece, Miss BARBARA WHITE of Los Angeles, Calif., besides many other
relatives and friends. [From an obituary found in the Davies Room of the Rushford, NY Library. Dated
Dec. 1947.] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- CARD OF THANKS. We with to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to every one who
helped us in any way during the illness and death of our mother and grandmother. Especially do we wish to thank the Gleaners for the dinner. Mr. and Mrs. CARL GORDON, Mr. and Mrs. LYNN TULLAR, Mr. and Mrs. EDWARD CLAPP, LON L. GORDON, ELEANOR GORDON. [From an obituary found in the Davies Room of the Rushford, NY Library. Dated Dec. 1947.] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Edwin F. Van Name Dies in Arcade at 81. ARCADE, May 17. - EDWIN F. VAN NAME, who was born in Centerville Feb. 10, 1867, died Saturday afternoon after several months' illness. Mr. Van Name,
who lived all his life in the vicinity of Arcade, was originally a cheesemaker and one of the first employees of the Borden Company plant here. He has been retired for several years. He is survived by his wife, FLORA B.; a brother, BENJAMIN, of Holland and a sister, Mrs. JULIA CROWELL. A private
funeral will be held Tuesday at 2. [From an obituary found in the Davies Room at the Rushford NY Library. Dated 1948. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Death of Mrs. C.V. Mills. Mrs. Chesley V. Mills passed away at her home in Hume, Oct. 30, 1948. Mrs. Mills had been in poor health for over a year and seriously ill for several weeks.
Nettie Buell Mills, daughter of Orlow and Ruth Benjamin Buell, was born Oct. 24, 1870 in Hume, N.Y. She was married to Chesley V. Mills June 21, 1892. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Donald J. Knibloe of Fillmore and Ada Ruth Mills. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, two daughters, four grandchildren, a niece and three nephews, besides many other relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Mills moved from their farm home at Mills' Mills to their house in Hume village three years ago.
Funeral services were held at the Kopler Funeral Home in Fillmore, Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Daniel Kaiper officiated. Interment was in Alger Cemetery. [Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Arthur Rich Mills was born in the Town of Hume, Feb. 18, 1869. He was the son of Balfour Mills and Adelaide Peck Mills. There were three children in his family: two sisters, Mrs. Dorliska Smith and Mrs. Ethel Holland survive. His education was attained in district schools in the Town of Hume and he attended Pike Seminary for a time. He also spent some time at the Rochester Business University. When a young man, he worked in the lumber woods of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pensylvania [sic] and also worked in Denver, Colorado, and on the Yerby Ranch in that State. Except for these times the rest of his life was spent in farming. He had lived on the same farm for the last 55 years. He was one of the first breeders of registered Holstein cattle in this section and always told with pride of the ribbons they won at the County and State fairs. He was always interested in music and was for many years a member of the Mills Orchestra and Merville's Orchestra which many old timers will remember.
He played the bass viol and sometimes the violin and was the caller at the dances where the orchestras played. He also played the tuba in the old Wiscoy Band as he did later in the Rossburg and Portageville Bands. As a young man he played ball with the Rossburg Baseball Club as catcher. In the early days no catcher's glove or chest protector were in use and the catchers hands took severe pounding. At one time Fielder Jones who later went to Brooklyn and Chicago, and then to manager of the St. Louis Browns,
played with the Rossburg team and wanted Mills and a couple of others to go with him but they all elected to stay at Rossburg. He was at one time Deputy Sheriff of Allegany County and served as town
constable and district trustee many times. In 1892 he married Minnie Hodnett of Fillmore who died in 1897. He then married Julia Dole in March 1898. To this union two children were born, Balfour D. of Wiscoy and Adelaide (Mrs. Clyde Hopson) of Mountain Home, Idaho. Mrs. Mills died in 1906 and from then until the children were grown he kept them together and did for them the best he could. In 1920 he married Mrs. Effie Redanz of Fillmore, who died in 1942. Since that time he has again lived alone except for times of illness when he was cared for in his son's home. His health had been gradually failing for the past few years but his last illness was of only a few weeks duration and he passed away at his farm home on May 20, 1949. Burial was in the Alger Cemetery. Besides his two sisters, son and daughter mentioned above, he is survived by six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. [Northern Allegany Observer obituary. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- BENJAMIN STEBBINS VAN NAME passed away at his home in Holland, New York on
Sunday morning, January 14, 1951. He leaves to mourn their loss, a daughter, ETTA VAN NAME of Holland, a son, EDWIN F. of Nunda and granddaughters, ONOLEE and GLENDA JANE of Nunda. Preceding him in death were his wife CATHERINE McCARTHY VAN NAME and a son, ELDON B. The funeral was conducted from the Bucknam Funeral Home, Holland, with the Rev. STEPHEN CUSTARD officiating. Burial was in the Siloam Cemetery. [From an obituary clipping found in the Davies Room at the Rushford, NY Library. Dated 1951. Submitted by Melissa Mills.
- George M. Hyde, a resident of Wellsville for 34 years, died at his home there Saturday, May 19. He had been ill for about three weeks. Mr. Hyde was born on April 18, 1881, in Elmira, a son of Charles M. and Frances Tylee Hyde. He spent his boyhood in Corning and was graduated from Corning Free Academy before taking a course in civil engineering at Ohio State University. On Dec. 28, 1910, he married Mary Lena Mills at Fillmore. Mrs. Hyde survives. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Hyde resided in Rochester for a short time before coming here. In 1917, Mr. Hyde accepted a position with the Kerr Turbine Co. He had been a civil engineer in this vicinity for many years and was Village
engineer in Wellsville for some time. One daughter, Mrs. Richard Riggs, two grandsons, William and Robert Riggs, and one brother, Charles W. Hyde, of Interlaken, Mass., survive together with his wife. The following nephews also survive: John Evatt of Irvington, Charles Evatt of Chicago, Ill., Frank Evatt of Princeton, N.H., and Arthur Bean of Richmond, Va. Mr. Hyde was a member of the Christian Temple Church and an active member of the church choir. He was a charter member of the Wellsville Music Club. The Rev. O. Blakely Hill, pastor of the Christian Temple Church, conducted a prayer service at the Frederick C. Mulholland Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon. Burial was made in Woodlawn Cemetery. [Northern Allegany Observer obit 1951. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Mrs. Ella Ross Mills died at her home of 95 Jefferson Street, Wellsville, April 3 in the afternoon at 3 o'clock. She had been ill since Easter. Mrs. Mills was born on Oct. 23, 1860 near Rossburg, the daughter of George D. and Mary Jane Ross Gillette. In 1882, she married William S.
Mills, They made their home in Fillmore, where Mr. Mills was a jeweler and optometrist. For 34 years, after her husband's death, Mrs. Mills had resided in Wellsville with her daughter and family, Mrs. George M. Hyde. She was known in the neighborhood to friends and the children as Grandma Mills. Mrs. Mills had been an accomplished musician and lover nature. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Fillmore. Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Hyde, one granddaughter, Mrs.
Richard Riggs, two great grandsons, William and Robert Riggs, all of Wellsville. Another daughter, Elizabeth Louise died in 1898. The following nieces and nephew also survive: Miss Marjorie Gillette, Mrs. Kenneth R. Willard and Leon Colegrove, all of Nunda. Burial was made in Alger Cemetery. [Northern Allegany Observer obit 1951. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- FRANK B. VAN NAME. FRANK B. VAN NAME passed away at Cuba Hospital, Monday, July 14 after a
brief illness. Mr. VAN NAME had been in poor health for some time. Mr. Van Name was born in Centerville in 1877, the son of BYRON and EMELINE VAN NAME. On December 23, 1896, he was united in marriage to JENNIE AUSTIN and came to Rushford to live. Five children were born to this union.
Mrs. Van Name died June 8, 1913. Mr. Van Name then married Mrs. MARY BUTTIFANT who died in 1943. Later he married Mrs. CLARA WEIGLE who survives. Surviving besides Mrs. Van Name are the five children, Mrs. FERN LAMPEN of Rochester, Mrs. LILLIAN FOSTER of Warsaw, Mrs. MILDRED MIZENER of Syracuse, Mrs. GENEVIEVE MORSE and CLARENCE VAN NAME of Rushford; one brother, HARRY VAN NAME, eleven grandchildren and two step-daughters, Mrs. WINIFRED KELLOGG of Rushford and Mrs. FLORENCE SCHUTTS of Blasdell and a
stepson, N.C. BUTTIFANT of Rushford. Funeral services were held from the home Thursday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. W.A. WILLIAMS of the Rushford Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Podonque Cemetery. Bearers were D.H. WILLIAMS, P.F. SMITH, C.I. GORDON, Dr. H.K. HARDY, Gerald CROWELL and W.W. ALBRO. Mr. Van Name was respected and liked by all who knew him and will be missed in the community. [From obituary found in the Davies Room of the Rushford, NY Library. 1952?? Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- CLARA VAN NAME, RUSHFORD RESIDENT 40 YEARS, DIES. Mrs. CLARA WEIGLE VAN NAME died at the residence of her son LYLE WEIGLE July 17, following a short illness. Mrs. VAN NAME was born in the Town of New Hudson November 27, 1876 and had been a resident of the township of Rushford for over 40 years. She was the daughter of the late QUINCY and CHARLOTTE CLARK and was the last surviving member of the family. December 25, 1894, she was united marriage to WILLIS WEIGLE, who preceded her in death. The son, LYLE, was born to this union, October 25, 1944. She was married to FRANK VAN NAME who died July 14, 1952. Since that time she has resided at the home of her son. Since early youth she had been a member of the Bellville Wesleyan Methodist church. Mrs. Van Name had composed in her lifetime many poems. Survivors besides the son include two granddaughters, BERTHA WEIGLE of Olean and JUDY WEIGLE, besides several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service was held at the Cline Funeral Home, Rushford, Sunday, July 19, conducted by her former pastor, Rev. ADRIAN R. EVERTS of the Cuba Wesleyan Methodist church. Rev. and Mrs. FRANK C. TAYLOR, also former pastors rendered a vocal duet When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, which was a request of the deceased. Interment was made in the White Cemetery of Rushford. [From obituary found in the Davies Room of the Rushford, NY Library. Dated
1959. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- GEORGE VAN NAME, 91 Was Early Cheesemaker. GEORGE VAN NAME, 91, died Monday, April 10 at Angelica after a long illness. He was born in Farmersville, May 13, 1869, a son of the late
EUGENE and SARAH MORRIS VAN NAME. He and the former FRANCES RADLEY were married in 1898. They had two
children, AGNES and ROBERT. In 1933 he married JENNIE DUNKER, who died in 1944. Mr. VAN NAME started making cheese for sale in Rushford many years ago. He was also a cheesemaker in other communities until he retired here in 1928. He had also worked for the Queen City Dairy in Buffalo for several years and
had served for a time as a milk inspector. After the death of his sister, ELIZA HOWARD in 1955, he returned to Rushford, and made his home with his ..... [Can't read the last few words.] [From obituary found in the Davies Room at the Rushford, NY Library. Dated 1961. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- KENNETH LEROY VAN NAME. FILLMORE - KENNETH L. VAN NAME died at his home on East River Road in the Town of Hume Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1965) after a short illness. He was the son of the late HARRY and MAUDE SWETLAND VAN NAME. Surviving are his widow, BERNICE VAN NAME, two sons, BERNARD VAN NAME and
NEAL VAN NAME, both at home; a brother PERCY VAN NAME of Newport, N.Y. Friends may call at the Kopler Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. where funeral and committal services will be held Friday (Jan. 8, 1965) at 2 p.m. The Rev. DAVID SHANNON, pastor of the Fillmore Wesleyan Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fillmore. [From obituary found in the Davies Room of the Rushford, NY library. Dated 1965.] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- MRS. CHARLES L. YANDA FILLMORE - Funeral services were scheduled for this afternoon (Dec. 12, 1966) at 2 o'clock at the Kopler Funeral Home for Mrs. CHRISTINE YANDA, Higgins Rd., Town of Hume. She died Friday Dec. 9, 1966 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw. Mrs. Yanda was born Feb. 22, 1903, in the Town of Centerville, a daughter of WILLIAM and LYDIA HORTON VAN NAME. Survivors include her husband, CHARLES L. YANDA; a daughter, Mrs. BERNARD MILLS, Fillmore; four sons, WILLIAM YANDA, Houghton; CHARLES YANDA Jr. and RICHARD YANDA, both of Fillmore; and JOHN YANDA of Wellsville. The Rev. JAMES NOETHER, pastor of the Centerville Methodist Church, was to officiate. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton. [From an obituary found in the Davies Room at the Rushford, NY Library. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- RUSHFORD - LOUIE HENRY MORSE of Rushford died Tuesday (May 28, 1966) at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, after a short illness. Born March 21, 1906, in Centerville, he was a son of JASON CHARLES MORSE and EMMA MARTHA BREEZER MORSE. On Feb. 9, 1945, in Rushford, he married GENEVIEVE VAN NAME, who survives. Attended the Podonque District Number 5 School and the Rushford Academy.
He was a resident of this area all his life and was employed as a dairy farmer. He was a member of the Rushford Historical Society, a past member of the Rushford Grange, and a member of the Rushford and Fillmore Senior Citizens. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, EVERETT FREEMAN of
Rushford and WILLIAM FREEMAN of Hume; one daughter, Mrs. KENNETH (PATRICIA) SMITH of Rushford, 13 grand children; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter JO ANN WALDEN in 1991; and a son FRANK JASON MORSE in 1949. Calling hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday (June 1, 1996) in the Cline-Hadaway Funeral Home in Rushford, followed by a funeral and committal service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. ROGER WHITE of the Odosagih Bible Conference. Burial will be in the White Cemetery in Rushford. Memorial may be made to the Rushford Rescue Squad. [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- MRS. JESSE VAN NAME. CANASERAGA - Mrs. KATHRYN E. VAN NAME of Mill Street, died Monday (April 26, 1971) at Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, after a long illness. Born in Wiscoy, Jan. 15, 1899, she was a daughter of ERNEST and ELIZABETH HICKEY GAYFORD. She was the widow of JESSE VAN NAME. Mrs. VAN NAME was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Grange,
both of Canaseraga. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. DOROTHY GRIFFITH of Burns; two sons, ROBERT
VAN NAME of Nunda and HAROLD VAN NAME of Dalton; eight grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. DONALD DINGER of Thompsonville, Mich.; two brothers, RICHARD GAYFORD and EDMUND GAYFORD, both of Hume; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Kopler Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee St., Fillmore, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held there Thursday (April 29, 1971) at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Podonque Cemetery in the Town of Rushford. [From an obituary found in the Davies Room of the Rushford, NY Library.] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- MRS. BALFOUR D. MILLS. WISCOY - Mrs. Lenora M. Mills of this community died Friday (April 22, 1977) at Cuba Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was born in Tuscarora on Aug. 15, 1897, a daughter of Charles and Abby Schuknecht Green. On Dec. 6, 1921, she married Balfour D. Mills, who
died in 1973. Mrs. Mills attended the Wiscoy-Rossburg United Methodist Church. She was
a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Aurora Chapter 248 of Fillmore; and a member of the Genesee Rebekah Lodge 491 of Hume. She taught school throughout northern Allegany County for many years
prior to school centralization. Surviving are five sons, Bernard Mills of Fillmore, Lowell Mills of
Wiscoy, Stewart Mills of Angelica, Alan Mills of Caneadea, and R. Craig Mills of Canandaigua; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Jeanne) Irwin of Wiscoy; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Harold (Frieda) Rork of Rossburg. Friends are being received at the Kopler Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee St., Fillmore, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held there Monday (April 25, 1977) at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Irwin Reist, pastor of the Wiscoy-Rossburg United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Alger Cemetery, town of Hume.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Fillmore Rescue Squad or a charity of the donor's choice. [Olean Times Herald obit.] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- KENNET (sic) SCHUKNECHT of West Main Street died Friday (Feb. 7, 1986) in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester. Born June 21, 1899, in New York State, he was a son of ALBERT and
FLORENCE BEARDSLEY SCHUKNECHT. He married the former LAURA PIKE, who survives. Mr. SCHUKNECHT was a retired farmer and a 67-year member of the Hume United Methodist Church. Surviving besides his widow are two sons, HARRY SCHUKNECHT of Portland and GORDON SCHUKNECHT of Blairsville, Ga.; a daughter, Mrs. ARTHUR (LORNA BLISS of Fillmore; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. In the Hume United Methodist Church, with the Rev. JOSEPH P. TURCER, Jr., pastor, officiating. Burial Alger Cemetery, town of Hume. Memorials may be made to the Hume United Methodist Church or the Fillmore
Rescue Squad. [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- HAROLD F. VAN NAME, DALTON - HAROLD F. VAN NAME of Dalton died Sunday (Feb. 21, 1993) in his home. Born Jan. 19, 1924 in the town of Hume, he was a son of JESSE and KATHERINE GAYFORD VAN NAME. He was married to JESSIE VAN NAME, who survives. Mr. VAN NAME was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He was employed by the Potter-DeWitt Construction Co. and served as road
superintendent for the town of Grove during the 1970s. Mr. VAN NAME was past commander of the Dalton American Legion Post and a member of the Belmont American Legion. Surviving besides his wife are a son, JESSE R. VAN NAME, at home; a daughter, SUE ANN VAN NAME of Cleveland, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, LINDA YOUNGMAN of Sodus; three stepsons, LARRY HENDRYX, HAROLD MITCHELL and MICHAEL MITCHELL, all of Hunt; a brother, ROBERT VAN NAME of Homosassa, Fla.; and a sister, DOROTHY VAN NAME of Piffard. Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mann Funeral Home, Nunda, where funeral services will be held Wednesday (Feb. 24, 1993) at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Rushford. Memorials may be made to the Nunda Ambulance Service. Buried in Podonque Cemetery. [From obituary found in the Davies Room of the Rushford, NY Library. Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- ROBERT MORSE Dies Suddenly Saturday. ROBERT F. MORSE, 42, of Wiscoy, died very suddenly Saturday forenoon, Feb. 19. Services were held from his late home Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. CHAS FOSTER officiating. Burial was made in Pine Grove cemetery, Fillmore. He is survived by his wife, HELEN, two daughters BARBARA and DORA JEAN, one son HARLAN; mother Mrs. EMMA MORSE, of Rushford, five brothers HARRY, and EDDIE, Caneadea; WILLIE, HERBERT, LOUIE, of Rushford. [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Mr. HARRY VAN NAME, resident of Fillmore for the past 47 years, passed away Saturday morning at his home at the age of 79 years. He is survived by two sons KENNETH of Fillmore and PERCY of Newport, NY. And 8 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services at Kopler Funeral Home on September 16th. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery. [Cora Lahr Notebook #4 WAC Library in Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. HARRY VAN NAME. Mrs. MAUDE B. VAN NAME, 65, died very suddenly Monday evening. The funeral was held Thursday at 2:00 P.M. at the home. Rev. N.R. SHAFFER officiated. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery. She is survived by her husband HARRY, two sons, KENNETH at home and Cpl. PERCY in India, a sister Mrs. FRANK LEET, and a brother HERMAN SWETLAND, of Rochester. [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- ALBERT T. SCHUKNECHT, 74, highly respected citizen of the village of Hume for 25 years, and prior to that a resident of this area, died in Genesee Country hospital, Fillmore, Thanksgiving morning after a brief illness and following an operation. Mr. SCHUKNECHT is survived by his wife FLORENCE a son KENNETH, and a brother FRED, all of Hume, besides nieces and nephews and grandchildren. Services will be held from the Hume Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock Rev. DANIEL KAIPER, pastor, officiating with interment in Alger cemetery. Friends may call at the Kopler Funeral Home, in Fillmore, until Saturday evening. Mr. SCHUKNECHT was treasurer and a trustee of the Hume Methodist Church
and his demise will cause a distinct loss to our neighboring village in which he resided as well as the whole community where he was known and respected for his integrity. [From Cora Lahr Scrapbook #2 WAC Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Mrs. MARGARET A. SCHUKNECHT, 81, wife of FREDERICK SCHUKNECHT, died at
her home in Hume village Saturday evening, Nov. 22. At 30 years of age she joined the Church of Christ of Pembroke. She married Mr. SCHUKNECHT Feb. 28, 1912. While living in Hume she attended the
Hume Methodist Church and was a member of the WSCS. Her favorite hymn was The Old Rugged Cross. Mrs. SCHUKNECHT has been a resident of Hume with her husband for about 20 years. Besides her husband she is survived by a step-daughter Mrs. VICTOR BENNETT, Hume; two step-sons, FREDERICK SCHUKNECHT of Clarence Center, and ROBERT SCHUKNECHT of Rochester. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon with prayer service from her late home at 1:30 and service in the Hume Methodist Church at two o'clock Rev. DANIEL KAIPER, pastor, officiating. Burial will be made in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fillmore. [From Cora Lahr Scrapbook #1 WAC Library, Fillmore NY. Northern Allegany Observer.]
[Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- BYRON, eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. FREDERICK SCHUKNECHT of Fillmore died at the Fillmore Hospital Monday evening, August 5, a victim of hemophilia. He leaves to morn his passing besides his parents, one elder brother FREDERICK Jr., his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F.J. SCHUKNECHT of Hume, Mrs. FREDERICA CUMMINGS of Clarence and a large number of other relatives. Funeral services were held from the home of his parents on Thursday at two o'clock, Rev. HAROLD WASS officiating. Burial in Pine Grove cemetery.
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast.
There by his love o'er shaded
Gladly his soul shall rest.
Safe in the arms of Jesus
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations,
Sin cannot harm him there.
[Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- CLIFFORD L. MILLS. Clifford L. Mills, 41, died suddenly at his home at Mills Mills early
Friday evening. Mr. Mills had been in poor health for several years but was able to perform his duties at the power plant daily. Mr. Mills was employed by the Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation and served for twenty-one years of continuous service. He was stricken with a fatal heart attack in the
afternoon of Jan. 9 and died a few hours later in his home. Funeral services which were largely attended, were conducted from the Hume Methodist church on Monday, the Rev. Harold Wass of Fillmore and Rev. Leonard Travis of Belfast, officiating. Burial was made in Alger cemetery. Mr. Mills is survived by his wife Hattie, one daughter, Marjorie, at home, one son Donald of Buffalo, one sister Mrs. Leon Hill of Wiscoy and one brother, Glenford Mills of California. [Northern Allegany Observer obit.
Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- ANOTHER PIONEER GONE TO HIS REST. Elijah Bliss Dead in 88th year.
Moved Here 80 years Ago. In the death of Elijah Bliss, which occurred on the morning of November
29th, the community lost another man of the rugged, pioneer type that endured hardships and labored unceasingly to subdue the wilderness and fit the land for cultivation. Born in Otsego, Otsego county, on the fifth of December, 1820, he had nearly completed his eighty-eighth year, when stricken with the first serious illness he had ever experienced, and passed away after a week's suffering. Eighty years ago, Mr. Bliss, then a lad of seven years, moved with his parents, Eleazer and Polly Bliss, from Otsego to Pike. The journey was made with ox teams, Elijah being the driver for the team following his father's and although it took more than two weeks to make the trip, only one accident occurred to the boy's load of goods and that was caused by his oxen breaking away from his control and running under a shed which was so low that the tall spinning wheel was caught and demolished, a most serious loss to the family of the pioneer. After remaining at Pike about a year, the farm now owned by Miles Wells
was purchased where the deceased grew to manhood. In 1848 he was married to Polly Miller of Bliss, and immediately began housekeeping on the farm where he spent the remainder of his life. Of the three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Bliss, only one, the only son, Mark Bliss, survives. One daughter, Damaris, died in 1876 and the other daughter, Sadie, in 1885. Mrs. Bliss passed away in 1898.
Rev. Geo. Cooper of Fillmore, whose childhood was spent in the same neighborhood as that of Mrs. Bliss, officiated at the funeral services of each one of the deceased, the funeral of Mr. Bliss being held at the old homestead on Tuesday, Dec. 1st. Burial at Pine Grove cemetery. He was the last of his generation and represented a type of men and women, few of whom survived to greet the twentieth century. By self denial, frugality and hard work he had secured a competency which he managed most successfully to the close of his life. [Northern Allegany Observer obit. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Mrs. Arthur Mills went to Buffalo last week Friday and on Saturday was operated on for what proved to be cancer. She was getting along well until Monday morning when she was taken suddenly worse and died in a few hours, before her husband and children, who were hastily summoned, could reach her
bedside. Her body was brought back that evening by the bereaved husband to the home she so recently left in the best of spirits. The family have the deepest sympathy in their hour of sadness. [Undated Northern Allegany Observer obit. Wide Awake Club Library, Fillmore, NY.] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
- Death of BERNARD MORSE, 14, of Caneadea Saturday. BERNARD MORSE, son of Mr. And Mrs. HARRY MORSE of Caneadea, passed away suddenly Saturday afternoon at the age of 14 years. Funeral services were held in Caneadea Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 with Revs. CREIDER, LYTLE and ARMSTRONG officiating. His body was placed in the vault at Pine Grove Cemetery at Fillmore. [Northern Allegany Observer. Cora Lahr Notebook #1. WAC Library, Fillmore, NY] [Submitted by Melissa Mills]
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