Cortland County

The Clarksville Star, February 6, 1920, Jackson and Dayton Townships, Clarksville, Iowa

This community was called upon to loose one of its most respected pioneer settlers when Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Bement Darby passed to her eternal reward on Friday morning Feb. 6th, 1920. She had been ill with influenza and pneumonia about one week, and everything was done for her care but of no avail. Grandma Darby was a kind friend to all who knew her and her life was spent in cheerfully aiding anyone who needed help. She leaves to mourn her, her son, L.E. DArby, and wife, eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a host of friends. Burial in Lynwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Iowa.

The Clarksville Star July 1943

L.E. Darby uneral Service Held Sunday - farmed in this community for many years.

Funeral services for L.E. Darby, 75, who died at his farm home west of Clarksville at 11 0'clock, Thrusday morning, July 1st, 1943, were held here Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Darby was born in Portland, New York, March 26, 1868, and came to Clarksville with his parents when only eight months of age. Shortly after arriving in this community the family occupied the Darby farm west of town and this place continued to be his home until his death last thursday morning.

On December 4, 1888, Mr. Darby was married to Amy Scott of Clarksville. She preceded him in death eight months ago. Two daughters Mrs. Frances Cross and Mrs Celia Ritzman also preceded him. Surviving his death are four sons and five daughters. They are Mervin on the home farm, and Clarence of Clarksville, Lyle of Dayton, Ohio, Edwin of Freeport, Illinois: Lillith Darby and Mrs. Carlyle Miller of Clarksville: Mrs. Clarence White of Seattle, Washington: Mrs. Charles Oakley of Durand, Illinois: and Mrs. Art Froberg of Rockford, Illinois. There are twenty-four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

When a young man Mr. Darby affiliated with the Plymouth Brethern Church and continued a member of that faith throughout his life. Services were conducted from the Hammel & Martin funeral home Sunday at 2 o'clock and burial was in the Lynwood Cemetery.

The Clarksville Star, Clarksville, Iowa, Sept. 6, 1900

Thomas D. Darby was born in Dryden, Tompkins County N.Y., Nov 23, 1842 and died at his home in Jackson Township, Butler County, Iowa, August 30, 1900. In 1864 he married Miss Frances Elizabeth Bement, and to them was born one son, Lucius E. The wife and son survive. In 1868 Mr. Darby and his family came to Clarksville and shortly afterwards they took up their home on the farm in Jackson township where he passsed away.

The deceased was a man of uprightness and quietude - loved by his family and respected by his neighbors. He was a self-sacrificing & Christian man.His memory will long be cherished by those who knew him. His health had been poor for many months and death came as a result of hemorrhage of the lungs. Funeral services were conducted from the home Friday afternoon, Rev. VanLoon delivering the discourse in the presence of a large gathering of friends and neighbors. Burial in Lynwood Cemetery, Clarksville Iowa.

The Clarksville Iowa Star, January, 1874

Died January 21st, 1874 at 10 o'clock p.m., at the residence of his brother Thomas Darby, four miles northwest of this place, after severe sickness of 8 weeks, Wayland D. Darby, aged 39 years.

It is with saddest of feelings that we chronicle death of our fellow citizen. Mr. Darby was born in Homer, NY and remained in that State until 15 years ago, when he started out on his search for a home and a fortune. For fifteen years he did little but travel, having visited every State and Territory in the United States, finally settling in this county about four months ago, with brother, & actively engaged in agriculture and stock and was fast accumulating a competency. As a friend, Mr. Darby was true and faithful, as a citizen,he was esteemed and respected by all who knew him, as a business man, he was active, energetic and determined. For the past two years he has taken an active part the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, and has, by his energy and good judgement made his influence felt. Mr Darby was a man of good ability and good judgement, his extensive travels, and knowledge of the world giving him the advantage of much experience for a young man.

In his death we have lost a good friend, the community at large a good citizen, and society one of its ornaments. Wayland was a single man. He was in great sufferer during his sickness, but bore it with the greatest courage, and did not yield to the grim destroyer until he could no longer hold out. The remains, upon the urgent request of his father, were conveyed to New York for interment, accompanied by his brother.

Homer Republican, January 2, 1879

Died, in Homer, November 9th, 1878, Lyman Darby, aged 78 years.

In the death of Mr. Darby our community has lost one of its oldest and most respected citizens. His name was always associated with all that was upright and of good repute - with old-fashioned honesty and imcorruptibility in his intercourse with his neighbors and the public generally.

Mr Darby was born in Canterbury Winham County, Conn May 8th 1800. When two years of age he came to this town with his parents, Joseph and Anna Darby, who settled on the first farm south of the County House, where they eventually built the brick house stil remaining today.

It will be seen that the childhood and youth of Mr. Darby were spent during the pioneer history of this town - while all these fair hills and cultivated valleys constituted a comparative wilderness - while the deer still roamed wild and free, and the panther, the wolf and the bear lurked and prowled.

It would not be consistent with the brevity of this sketch to relate the stirring adventures in the history of the boy and youth incident to the new-country life or the harships and privations which compelled industry and frugailty and which hardened into those habits that afterwards characterized the name and the veteran.

The great events of his youth were his conversion in 1820, and his baptism by the Rev. Alfred Bennett with eighteen others who at the same time became connected with the Homer Baptist Church.

The next event of importance in his life was his marriage , in December 1823, to Miss Cynthia Salisbury, who was to him truly a helpmeet in all the trials and vicissitudes of their long wedded life and who still survives him in the gentle years of advancing age.

They reared a family of nine children who have honored their parents by lives of respectability and usefulness seldom witnessed with such uniformity in families of that size. While Mr. Darby was a very indulgent parent, he properly insisted on the now old-fashioned virtues of strict obedience, indurstry and frugality, as well as habitual attendance on Sabbath worship and the Sunday School. The results of such moral regimen well repaid his discplinary efforts.

His first home was on the farm near the present residence of mr. Charles Kingsbury, where he lived three years, and afterwards one year on the farm adjoining his fathers, when he removed to the hillfarm east of the County Home, where he purchased a respectable property and fully reared and educated his large family.

In December, 1862, he removed to the village and bought a half-interest in the grist-mill of his son, the late Lyman Darby Jr. The ordinary infirmities of age and the encroachments of disease compelled him, a few years since, to retire from the active duties of his business and eventually to yield the life which had been so well spent. His last illness, which was greatly protracted and at times severe, was characterized by marked patience and even cheerfulness and Christian trust. He died on the afternoon of November 8th, 1878, in the seventy-ninth year of his age.

Cortland Democrat, July 29, 1881

In Homer, New York, July 18, 1881, at the residence of her son-in-law, Isaac Newton Chollar, Mrs. Lyman Darby, aged 79 years


MRS. HARRIET D. CHOLLAR - One of Homer's Oldest Residents Died on Friday

"Friend after friend departs" and Friday, Dec. 17, Mrs. Harriet Darby Chollar, widow of the late Isaac Newton Chollar, one of the oldest and most widely known residents of our village, closed her eyes to earthly scenes, and passed over the river that marks the boundary between the shores of time and that beautiful land beyond. During the past few years she has been critically ill a number of times and serious resultshave been feared, but with close attention she has rallied and surpassed the expectation of the friends. All through the summer she has been in very comfortable health. She has frequently attended the church services on Sunday, has been a guest at a number of social events, has visited her friends in different localities in the village and has heartily enjoyed the namy pleasures of life. On Wednesday, Dec. 1, she attended the meeting of the Baptist Mission Circle, and evidently contracted a cold and before morning was severely ill. Pleura-pneumonia quickly developed and despite medical skill and faithful nursing, she lacked vitality to withstand the progress of the disease, and her decline was rapid, until she was released from the ills and trials of life, she peacefully entered into Eternal rest. Harriet Newell Darby was a daughter of Lyman and Cynthia Salisbury Darby, and was born at their farm home on East River, April 12, 1823. She was the oldest of a family of nine children, six daughters and three sons, all of whom with the exception of one sister, have preceded her to the spirit land. Her parents were of sturdy New England descent, blessed with an abundance of ambition and perseverance, and for many years they expended all of their energies, improving the fertile acres commonly known as the Darby farm. There they reared their family, encountering many hardships wholly unknown to the present generation. The children were religiously trained, and when the subject of our sketch was but 13 years of age she was soundly converted and united with the Baptist church in Cortland and her faith in her Savior has never wavered all through her long religious experience. Her home was with her parents until her marriage to Isaac Newton Chollar of Homer, which took place on Oct. 12, 1843. They spent nearly all their lives in Homer. Five children blessed their home, but one was taken from them in early life, but the three daughters and one son have been a great comfort to them all through their lives. On Oct 12, 1893, surrounded by their children and grandchildren, Mr & Mrs. Chollar celebrated the golden anniversary of their marriage. During these fifty years they experienced many of this world's pleasures, while sorrows also came to their home. They stood together at the close of a perfect October day, surrounded by their family and other relatives and friends, the sorrows were nearly forgotten and the joys recalled. They were happy while observing the event with their many friends. Dec 29, 1899, the husband and father was called to join the great majority who have passed on before, leaving a vacant place in the family circle, but the widow retained the family home in Water St. and her daughter, Mrs. Alden, has been her constant companion. Mrs. Chollar has been a remarkable woman and all her faculties have been wonderfully well preserved; she had grown old only in years, but her vigor and activity have surprised her friends and she has been blessed with a memory that many a younger person might envy. She has ever been an interesting conversationalist, and would recount events of her childhood days, which seemed almost incredible. She has seen the country pass from almost a wilderness, to its present state of perfection, has noted the many wonderful discoveries and the vast assortment of manufactures which have been introduced from her early years to the present time. The little school house where she received the first rudiments of her education would seem crude indeed to the young people of today. She was a student in Homer academy in the early days of its history when Prof. Woolworth was the principal. She was, without doubt, the oldest academy pupil in this vicinity. She has always courageously met the trials of life, and while seeking Divine aid, has looked for a silver lining to the darkest cloud. She has always been cheerful and helpful to others, casting a ray of sunshine upon all with whom she has been associated. Soon after her marriage, Mrs. Chollar transferred her church relations from the Cortland Baptist church to the Homer church, and through all the intervening years she has been a faithful and consistent member, always attending the services of the church when health permitted. She was the oldest and one of the most esteemed members and was deeply interested in all of the church organizations. Her departure is a loss to the church but her memory will be an incentive to others to follow more closely the teachings of the great Master whom she loved and served. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord - they rest from their labors." Surviving Mrs. Chollar are three daughters, Mrs. G.R. Cutting of Yonkers, Mrs. O.N. Alden of this village and Mrs. Walter G. Smart of Denver, Colo.; one son Frank D. Chollar of Syracuse; one sister, Mrs. Julia Huntington of Elmira, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Interment in Glenwood cemetery.


Last Monday, occurred the death of Isaac Newton Chollar at his home on Wafer St in this village. Mr. Chollar was born March 31, 1830 on the hill NE of Homer Village, known as Chollar Hill. He had always made his home in this town and for many years as a Brakeman here. He was married Oct 12, 1843 to Harriet Darby of the town of Cortlandville, and five children were born to them, Mrs. G.R. Cutting of Youngers, NY, Mrs. Owen Alden of Sherwood, Tenn, Frank D. Chollar of Syracuse NY, Edward Chollar, who died in 1878, and Mrs. W.G. Swart of Denver, Col. He united with the Baptist church in 1838 and had ever since maintained his connection with that church. He was a man of honorable character, jovial disposition, or great energy and physical strength in his younger days, and he was much esteemed by all who knew him. Besides his wife Harriet, Mr. Chollar is survived by one brother, Jared Chollar of Putnam CT, and by a sister, Mrs. Cornelius Smith of Minnesota, besides the four before mentioned children. The funeral was held at the home on Water St this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev C.W. Negus, pastor of the Baptist Church will officiate.


Thomas Dresser Chollar was born in Pomfret CT, and was descended from sturdy New England ancestry. In 1809 his parents moved to the town of Homer where his early years were spent in a log house on the hill east of Little York. In childhood he enjoyed the advantages of Christian training and of such education as the district schools there afforded. From the age of twenty, one term a year at the Academy for four years and teaching courses laid the foundation of his future usefulness. He was one of the earliest of the Abolitionists and assisted others in 1835 and '37 in organizing the Town & Country Antislavery Societies and on the formation of the Republican Party in 1855, he cast his sympathy with that organization. For 10-12 years he conducted the pottery business in Cortland, and about the year 1848 he removed to Homer where he was engaged in shoe manufacturing until 1879, when impaired health made it necessary for him to retire from active business. He was trustee of the Cortlandville Academy for 5 years of Cortland Academy for 30 years, of the Homer Union School 13 years, and for many years a member of the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Education Society at Hamilton. He united with the Baptist church of Homer in 1841, and became early enlisted in Sunday School work there, serving as superintendent in the Homer and in the Cortland Church for several years. He held the office of deacon for 42 years, a portion of the time with his honored father, making more than 70 years of continuous service by father and son in the same church organization. He was married in 1834 to Sophia Sumner and after her death, in 1841 he married Maria Payne. Following her death, he was married in 1862 to Susan V. Burr. Six children were born to him, four of whom survive.


Miles G. Darby Killed by a Locomotive While in Performance of His Duties!

This community was never more shocked by the death of one of its citizens than on Saturday morning last, when Miles G. Darby met his death in a railroad accident at the coal yard of Maxson & Starin. The high esteem in which Mr. Darby was held in this community is abundantly manifested by the universal sorrow & sympathy manifested by all. He was a young man of noble instincts of head and heart; quiet and reserved, yet a genial companion, he was best loved and most respected by those who knew him best. He leaves a loving wife to mourn the irrepairable loss, and to her and the other immediate members of the family, the sympathy of all out in this terrible affliction. Mr. Darby was a member and trustee of the Homer Baptist Church and a member of the Iron Hall and Knights of Honor lodges. His funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon from his late home on Mill street. A large number of friends and relatives were present. The casket was laden with beautiful flowers sent as a last tribute by his friends. Rev. A.J. Walrath preached the funeral sermon choosing as his text 1st Corinthinas 13:12. His words were words of comfort and partcularly apprppriate to the occasion. Eight of his brother Knights of Honor were bearers and tenderly laid away all that was mortal of a noble man, whom to know was to respect and love. In Homer, on Saturday, June 16th, Miles G. Darby, aged 34 years.

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Belle M. Burr Darby, widow of Chester Chauncey Darby, of 445 Greenbush St died Sept 27, 1930, in Cortland. She was buried in Cortland Rural Cemetery. She was 76 years old and survived her husband by 8 months. He died Jan 21, 1930. She was born in Durhamville, daughter of Erastus & Susan Voorheis Burr. She was raised in Homer and attended Homer Academy. She was married September 3, 1874 in Cortland. She was a member & former regent of Tighnioga Chapter of the DAR and she wrote the chapter song "Tioghnioga". She was a member of the Homer First Baptist Church, King's Daughters, YMCA auxiliary, 20th Century Club. She leaves 2 daughters, Mrs. Harry A. Oday of Mahaney City, PA and Mrs. Joseph W. Hutchineson of Buffalo, New York. A sister Sarah V. Chollar of Johnson City and a brother Rev. H.W. Chollar of Brooklyn, New York.

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