Selected Chenango and Madison County Obituraries

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Ferris, Courtney E

Courtney E Ferris

Smyrna, Aug. 13. --- On Thursday morning Smyrna relatives received the sad news of the death of our former townsman Courtney E Ferris at his home at Berwick, Pa., on the evening previous, following an illness of several months. Mr. Ferris was a native of this section, having been in this village for many years and the many friends made here by his honest and courteous business methods his earnest and consistent church work and social and fraternal activities will learn of his passing with deep regret. He was a member of the local Congregational church and the Sherburne lodge F & AM for many years and was active and earnest in the work of both. Since moving from this place to Berwick he has held a responsible position with the Berwick Store Limited. Besides his wife he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. J H Packer of Albany, Mrs. Jesse Kaustenbauder and Misses Adelaide and Helen Ferris of Berwick, one grandson and one granddaughter. Funeral services will be held from the home at Berwick at two o'clock Saturday afternoon with interment at that place.

Courtney E. Ferris

Smyrna, Aug. 17. --- In reporting the funeral services of our former townsman, Courtney E Ferris, the Berwick, Pa., Daily Enterprise of August 14, says "The unusual expression of sorrow at the death of the late Courtney E Ferris and an expression of esteem for his life and of sympathy for the family were called forth in the funeral services this afternoon. At the home on East Fourth street, where the services were conducted, were business associates, fellow churchmen and lodgemen, relatives and friends in an unusual number gathered to pay their tribute to his memory. Floral designs and bouquets in exceptional number gave further evidence of the esteem in which he was held and of the estimate with which his life was viewed. The Berwick Store company, with which he had for so many years been connected, is closed in tribute during the afternoon. The services were conducted by two former Berwick pastors, the Rev. D M Harrison, of Lebanon, Tenn., former pastor of the First Presbyterian church, with which Mr. Ferris was for so many years connnected as official member and active worker and Dr. J H Ake, of Harrisburg, former pastor of the First Methodist church here. The address of Dr. Harrison was one of deep appreciation and comfort. The cortege went to Pine Grove cemetery where the church ritual services were followed by services conducted by Knapp Lodge, F & A M, with interment conducted with full Masonic honors, E E Reese officiating as worshipful master and the Rev. R R Shipe as chaplain. A lodge of sorrow preceded the attendance at the service of Knapp Lodge in a body. The Rotray Club also attended the services and the pall bearers were men who were members of both the Masons and the Rotary Club. The employes of the Berwick Store company attended in a body and acted as honorary pallbearers."


Ferris, Warren

    Warren Ferris died at the state hospital in Binghamton on Thursday, March 11, at the age of 48 years. Surviving are his mother, Mrs Mary B Ferris of Poolville and one brother, Frank Ferris of this city.
    Funeral services were held from the Breese undertaking chapel at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and were private. The Rev L D Palmer officiated. The body was placed in the vault in Mt Hope cemetery awaiting burial in the spring.


Fessenden, Mrs. James A

Mrs. James A Fessenden

    Mrs. Lydia A Fessenden, wife of James A Fessenden, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H C Atkyns, west of this village, early Friday morning April 30, 1920, immediately following a paralytic shock, at the age of 77 years. The funeral party left by automobile with the remains for the home at Susquehanna, Pa., on Saturday morning where the funeral was held on Sunday afternoon. Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H C Atkyns of this place and Mrs. Minnie Barrett of Susquehanna, and two sons, Floyd Fessenden of Michigan and Elmer Shumway of Otselic.


Finch, Mrs Mary E

Mrs Mary E Finch

    Mrs Mary E Finch died at her home on North Main street in this village on Friday, Jan 2, 1920, aged 63 years. She had been in poor health for more than a year. About a week before her death she suffered a stroke of apoplexy from which she never rallied and which was the immediate cause of her death.
    The deceased was a daughter of Wellington and Sarah Allen Lillibridge and was born in the town of Lebanon, Madison county.
    She received her early education in the district schools of that town, and was married to Deloss Finch. For a number of years they resided on a farm in the town of Lebanon, but about twenty years ago removed to this village. Mr Finch died several years ago.
    Mrs Finch was a member of the First Baptist church of Earlville, and was a quiet, unassum(i)ng woman who was highly esteemed by her neighbors and friends.
    She is survived by four children, three sons and one daughter: John W Finch, who is now traveling in China, Jay of Leonardsville, Ray of Sherburne and Mrs Harry Fleming of Randallsville.
    Funeral services were held from the home on Monday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev Paul Monk of the Baptist church officiating. Burial was made in the Earlville cemetery.


Finch, Mrs Jay

Mrs Jay Finch

    At her home in Leonardsville, NY, on Monday afternoon, April 28, 1919, occurred the death from pneumonia of Mrs. Vinnie Croft Finch, aged 42 years.
    Mrs. Finch was born in Brookfield on Dec 25, 1877, and spent her early childhood there until she graduated from the high school. She then taught school for several years, moving from there to Cleveland O., where she lived until her marriage to Jay Finch of Earlville on Dec 25, 1900. They came to Lebanon, where they lived until about four years ago when they moved to Leonardsville.
    Six children were born of the union, one child dying in infancy. Besides her husband, surviving are three girls and two boys: Olive, Reta, Elna, Kenneth and Bernard, all of Leonardsville; her mother, Mrs. Elna Bonfoy, and one sister, Mrs. Marjorie Brown, of Brookfield.
    She united with the Baptist church at Brookfield when a young girl, and always maintained her membership there.
    The funeral was held from the home on Thursday afternoon, May 1st, at one o'clock, Rev. William Williams officiating. Interment was made in the Brookfield cemetery. The high esteem in which she was held was expressed by the many beautiful flowers.


Foote, George L

Death of George L. Foote at the Age of 93 Years

March 8,-- George L. Foote of Madison died at his late home on Friday, aged 93 years. He was born in the town of Smithfield in the year 1818, where he lived until early manhood, when he took up his residence at Syracuse where he entered the canal boating traffic between Buffalo and New York over the Erie canal. A few years later he moved to Madison and went into the butchering and meat business. He followed this vocation for a number of years, and then the Civil war broke out and he enlisted in the Union forces and served throughout the conflict, and was honorably discharged. He then returned to Madison and purchased a farm at Madison Center, which he conducted for several years, when he sold the property and purchased the Madison hotel. A few years later he disposed of the hotel and moved to Michigan and again took up farming. After a number of years in Michigan he returned to Madison, some six or seven years since. He has since lived a retired life. He had been three times married, and is survived by his widow and one son William H. Foote of Madison, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Mather of Whitesboro; L. G. Foote of Utica, J. D. Foote of Cooks Falls, Charles Foote and Earl Foote of Canastota. The funeral services were held from his late home on Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock, burial being made in the village cemetery.
Contributed: Karen Dwyer; Source: Madison County Leader, March 9, 1911


Foster, Asa

Beaver Meadow, Jan 18 - The community is saddened by the death of Asa Foster, which occured Wednesday evening, Jan 15th, from pneumonia following influenza. He was taken sick about a week ago, and complications of heart trouble made the disease very difficult to treat. Mr Foster was born Jan 17, 1869, and had been identified with this community much of his life. After managing a meat market in Smyrna, he bought the Cushman farm her about 10 years ago, where he had lived since. He has been an assessor of the town of Otselic for many years. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and two daughters, Ruth and Bernice; two brothers, Elmer of this place and Floyd of the northern part of the state, and three sisters, Mrs Will Phillips of Earlville, Mrs Jabez Breed of Norwich and Mrs Hudson Brooks of East Pharsalia. As a neighbor and friend he will be mourned by the entire community, who will miss his ever kindly greeting and neighborly kindnesses. Undertaker Woodley will have charge of the funeral at 1 pm Saturday from the home. Burial will be made in Maple Grove cemetery at Otselic. - in pencil on obit the year 1919.


Fradenburg, Dewitt

Prominent Resident Dies

    Dewitt Fradenburg, a well known and highly respected resident of this town passed away at his home west of this village at a late hour Wednesday evening after an illness of about ten days of pneumonia.
    Deceased was a son of the late Eli and Harriet Fradenburg and was born at Watkins, NY, December 24, 1867. When about ten years of age he came with the family to this town to reside and the greater part of his life since has been spent here. For several years he followed his trade of blacksmithing in this village, working for a time for the late Leonard Towner and later conducting a shop for himself. His thrifty habits and genial disposition won and held many friends who will learn with regret of his passing.
    Besides his wife he is survived by two brothers, George H of Cazenovia and Eli of this town and six sisters, Mrs. John Pudney and Misses Elizabeth and Minnie Fradenburg of Syracuse, Mrs. George Webber of Georgetown, Mrs. M C Simons and Mrs. Charles Hartjen of Smyrna.
    Funeral services will be held from his late home on Saturday afternoon at one o'clock the Rev. C F Newell, pastor of the M E church officiating and interment made on Sherburne Hill.

The year 1922 in pencil on the obit.


Fradenburg, Mrs. Harriet

Mrs. Harriet Fradenburg

Smyrna, Aug 26 --- Mrs. Harriet Fradenburg, aged 79 years, a respected resident of this village, died at her home here on Sunday, Aug 21, 1921, after an illness of only a few days caused by a stroke of appoplexy from which, despite of loving care and the best medical skill, she never regained consciousness. About forty years ago she came from the western part of the state to this town and has since made this her home, making many friends who will learn with regret of her passing. After a prayer, at the home the funeral services were held from the M E church of which she was a member and constant attendant when health permitted, the Rev. R F Lesh of Bainbridge, her former pastor officiating and interment made in Sherburne West Hill cemetery. Besides many friends there remains to mourn her loss three sons, George H of Cazenovia, Dewitt and Eli of Smyrna, six daughters, Mrs. John Pudney and Misses Elizabeth and MInnie Fradenburg of Syracuse, Mrs. George Webber of Springfield, Mrs. Charles Hartjen and Mrs. M C Simons of Smyrna.


Franklin, Charles A - 1926

    FRANKLIN, CHARLES, A. --- Died at his home 75 Cortland street Saturday morning, Oct 2, aged 86 years. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 4, at 2 pm from the Lawrence and Devine funeral parlors, the Rev. Oscar Meyer officiating and burial was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.


Franklin, Mrs. Margaret

Mrs. Margaret Franklin

    Mrs. Margaret Avery Franklin, widow of the late John Franklin died at the home of her son, Ernest, near South New Berlin, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 19, after a long illness.
    Deceased was born in New York city, April 16, 1847, where she spent her early childhood. She came to Preston in her youth where she was married to the late John Franklin in 1864. She spent the latter part of her life in the town of Pharsalia, where she will be missed by many, as she always had a smile and word of cheer for all who knew her. She will always be remembered as a faithful wife and mother. She always had time to lend a helping hand to those who needed her.
    Deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Eva Wright of Preston, Mrs. Clarence Marvin of King Settlement and five sons, Albert of this city, Frank of Ilion, NY, Fayette of North Pharsalia, Ernest of South New Berlin, William of Plymouth, also several grandchildren and great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
    Funeral will be held Friday with prayer at the home of her son, Ernest at 1 o'clock, and twelve o'clock at the church at North Pharsalia with the Rev. Mr. Kindred of Oneida officiating. Burial will be made in the cemetery at North Pharsalia.


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