Cortland County

Obit from the Cortland Standard


Funeral services for the late Mrs. Alfred Smith whose death occured Sunday night, May 2, 1926, at the home of her son, Frank Smith of Mt. Roderick, will be held at his home Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, and burial will be made in the McGrawville Rural Cemetery. Mrs. Smith was a resident of this village for a number of years, her husband Alfred Smith, having bought the P.H. McGraw property on South Street, and his death having occured there thirteen years ago. She was the last survivor of the family of nine children of Samuel and Harriet (Curtis) Elwood, and was born in McDonough, January 17, 1831. She was one of the oldest members of the M.E. Church in this village an her kindness of heart and cheerful disposition made friends of all with whom she associated.

From the Cortland Standard, September 15, 1954, pg. 2


Mrs. Georgeanna Dietrich, 86 died last night at 6 at her home R.D.1. Marathon.

She was the widow of Charles Dietrich and was born at Nanticoke, PA., on December 15, 1869 [note: last digit blurred]. She was the daughter of Jone [sic] Bush and Eliza Adams Bush, and is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Walter Knickerbocker, R.D.1, Marathon; three grandchildren; a brother, Clyde Bush Tully; and a sitser-in-law [sic], Mrs. Frank Bush, of Conklin.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m., at the Baker Funeral home, Marathon.

Interment will be in Marathon Cemetery. Friends may call Friday evening from 7 to 9 at the funeral home.

From the Cortland Standard, November 1, 1945, pg. 2


Mrs. Minnie Clements Knickerbocker, 68, Expires

Mrs. Minnie Clements Knickerbocker, 68, of Marathon, widow of Jay Knickerbocker, died this morning in the Cortland County Hospital.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Mildred Williams of McGraw; one son, Ray Petrie of Cortland; one stepson, Walter Knickerbocker of Marathon, and two sisters, Mrs. Claude Smith of Marathon and Mrs. Mamie Taylor of McGraw.

Funeral services will be held in the Baker Funeral Home in Marathon Saturday, 2 p.m.; Rev. L.L. Vought officiating. Burial will be in the Marathon Cemetery.

Cortland Standard, Cortland, NY, Wednesday, 29 Jun 1960, pg. 2.


Mrs. Emma Gene Watrous 91, formerly of 4 Parker Ave., died at the Wright Nursing home in Cortlandville last night.

She was widow of Howard C. Watrous.

Born March 5, 1869 in the Town of Freetown, she was the daughter of Levi and Electa Wavle Smith.

She had lived here for the past 58 years.

Surviving her are two sons, Leon Watrous of Cortland and Charles Watrous of Syracuse; five grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; one niece and two nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Earle W. Wright Funeral Home Friday at 11 a.m.

Interment will be in Cortland Rural Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow from 7 to 8 p.m.

Cortland Standard, Cortland, NY, Wednesday, 11 Jun 1941, pg. 7


--One of City's First Milk Dealers Who Introduced Bottles


--He Celebrated 45th Wedding Anniversary in April

Howard Chauncey Watrous, 71, of 16 Blaine Street, one of the first milk dealers in Cortland and the first dealer to introduce and distribute bottled milk in this city, died last night in Cortland County Hospital after an extended period of illness.

Until failing health forced Mr. Watrous to retire in recent years from active work, he was engaged in market gardening and greenhouse culture. He was born January 19, 1879, in the town of Groton, the son of Austin A. and Emma Tuttle Watrous. Among the survivors is his mother, who at the age of 93 is residing with her daughter, Mrs. Florence Mae Harman in Moravia.

All but a few months of Mr. Watrous (sic) life was spent in Cortland County and the past 48 years were spent in this city where he engaged in business. On April 22, 1896, he married Miss Emmagene Smith and the couple celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary last April.

In addition to his mother, Mrs. Emma Tuttle Watrous, and his widow, Mrs. Emmagene Smith Watrous, the deceased is survived by two sons, Leon A. Watrous of Cortland and Charles M. Watrous of Groton; one sister, Mrs. Harman of Moravia; two brothers, George R. Watrous of Dryden and Austin A. Watrous of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren; one great grand-daughter and several nieces and nephews of Cortland.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, from the Wright Funeral Home here with Rev. L.B. Kintner of the Independent Baptist Church in Blodgett Mills officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience Thursday with members of the family to be present from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be made in Cortland Rural Cemetery.

The Cortland Standard, Fri., July 10, 1981, pg. 9

Bernice Knickerbocker

Bernice Knickerbocker, 83, of RD1, Marathon, died Thursday, July 9, 1981, in Cortland Memorial Hospital.

She was born Jan. 20, 1898, in Marathon, the daughter of Charles and Georgia Bush Dietrich.

Mrs. Knickerbocker was a member of the Marathon Methodist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Charles of Groton, Robert of Whitney Point and Clesson Knickerbocker of Syracuse; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Baker Funeral Home, Marathon with Rev. David Miller officiating. Interment will be in Marathon Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Marathon Emergency Squad or the Cincinnatus Emergency Squad.

The Cortland Standard, Jan 12, 1927, pg. 2

JOHNSON -- In Harford, N.Y. Jan 12, 1927, Mrs. Hattie Johnson.

The Cortland Standard, January 24, 1927, pg. 2

WATROS -- In Mount Upton, N.Y. Jan. 22, 1927, Leroy J. Watros, formerly of Hunt's Corners, Cortland county, N.Y. aged 82 years. Funeral at ? p.m. Tuesday, Jan. ?? at Methodist church in Marathon, N.Y. Burial in Marathon cemetery.

The Cortland Standard, January 25, 1927, pg. 2

Friends of Leroy Watrous Regret to Hear of His Death
The sad news of the death of Leroy Watrous, a former resident of the place, was received here Sunday. Mr. Watrous had been in poor health for some time. his age was 82 (? line is blurred) years.

For some years past he had lived in Tampa, Fla. About a year ago he returned to the home of his son, Lyman in Marathon on account of his advanced age and poor health. Since then he has stayed with Lyman and another son, Henry of Brookton. His death occurred at Afton where he was staying with friends.

Funeral services were held at the M.E. church in Marathon Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Cortland Standard, Cortland N.Y. Monday Evening March 9, 1942

Death Comes Only three Months After Husband Expired
Mrs. Rose Olive Mudge, 79, died at 9 a.m. this morning at the home of her daughter Mrs. Arthur Kinney of 2 Bellrose Avenue, Cortland.

Mrs. Mudge was born January 22, 1863, in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Perry and Lucetta English. She married Charles F. Mudge on September 27, 1887, and four years ago they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Mudge died December 11, 1941

Besides Mrs. Kinney, she is survived by a brother, Perry English and a sister, Mrs. Ben Brown, both of Missoula, Montana; and one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Hummer of White Plains; two sons, G. Ivan Mudge and Charles R. Mudge, both of Cortland, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Earle W. Wright Funeral home and Rev. Samuel Houghton will officiate. Burial will be in Cortland Rural Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wright Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Cortland Standard, Cortland NY, Tuesday Evening, Dec 26, 1950


Marathon --- George L. Johnson, 77, was found dead Sunday, December 24, at his home on Front Street. Dr. George Nevin, county coroner, said the death was due to natural causes.

Mr. Johnson, who lived alone, had been ill with a heart condition for some time. He was born in Marathon June 1, 1873, the son of Alfred and Estella Farrington (sic - should be Yarrington) Johnson.

He is survived by a son, Louis Johnson of Worcester, Mass., and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Baker Funeral home in Marathon. Interment will be in Marathon Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 o'clock this evening.

Cortland Standard, Cortland N.Y. Thursday Evening, Jan. 29, 1953


MARATHON -- Walter M. Knickerbocker, 51, a resident of the Merrill's Creek Road, Marathon, R.D. 1, died yesterday afternoon at the Cortland county Hospital in Cortland after an extended period of poor health.

He was born at Grass Lake, Mich., March 9, 1901, the son of Jay and Anna Zodt Knickerbocker. He had lived in the area 30 years and was a member of Marathon Lodge, 438, F.&.A.M.

He is survived by this wife, Bernice Detrich Knickerbocker, and by three sons; Robert of Upper Lisle, Clesson of South Otselic, and Charles of Groton.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 at the Baker Funeral home, the Rev. William Bartz, officiating. Interment will be in Marathon Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday evening from 7 until 9.

Cortland Standard Mon. June 30, 1975, pg. 12

Cecil Mudge, 65, Marathon Justice Many Years, Dies
Cecil Mudge, 65, of 80 1/2 Cortland St., Marathon, a justice of the peace in the Town and Village of Marathon for many years, died this morning in Cortland Memorial Hospital.

He was born may 24, 1910 in the Town of Marathon, the son of George and Ruth Meacham Mudge, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Mudge had been a farmer and had operated a gas station.

He had been secretary of the Marathon Fire Department, master of the Marathon Grange and was a member of the Marathon Senior Citizens.

Surviving are his widow, Kathryn Mudge of Marathon; two nephews, Ronald Mudge and Gary Mudge, both of Marathon; two nieces, Mrs. Maxine Doane of Marathon and Mrs. Barbara Wood of Cortland; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Cleora Mudge of Marathon.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Baker Funeral Home, Marathon, with the Rev. William Bartz of Unadilla officiating.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Cortland Standard, Cortland, N.Y., Friday Evening, December 19, 1941

Funeral for Life Long Resident of County to Be Sunday
Charles L. Mudge, 87, died last night at his home, 12 Otter Creek Place after an illness of several weeks. He was a lifelong resident of the county and had resided in this city for about 25 years.

He was a member of the McGraw Lodge, I.O.O.F., for nearly 50 years. Mr. and Mrs. Mudge had observed their 50th wedding anniversary four years ago. Mr. Mudge was born November 23, 1854, in Taylor, the son of Perry and Elizabeth Mudge, and was a member of the home Avenue Methodist Church.

Besides his widow, Mrs. Rose English Mudge, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Kinney of this city and Mrs. Arthur Hummer of White Plains; two sons, Ivan and Charles Mudge of this city; a sister, Mrs. Fred Todd, also of Cortland; and five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the family home with Rev. Samuel G. Houghton, pastor of the Homer Avenue Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be made in Cortland Rural Cemetery.

The Cortland Standard, Thursday, March 22, 1883

RICE -- In Cincinnatus, N.Y., March 1, 1883, of pneumonia, CHAUNCEY RICE, aged 45 years.

Albany, Green County Wisconsin Vindicator
pub. Thursday, October 11, 1900
Contributed by Christine M. Spencer and Stan Hills

Ashael HILLS

Ashael Hills, a pioneer of Green County, was born in Onondaga County, New York, March 31, 1815; died at his home near Albany Thursday morning, Oct. 4, 1900. He was married in 1837 to Julia A. Shults, a native of Montgomery County, NY. In 1839 they removed to Steubens County and lived until 1849, then came to Green County, Wisconsin, and purchased a farm on sections 29 and 32, of the town of Albany, wehre he still resided at the time of his death.

Mrs. Hills died Feb. 12, 1881. They had one child, Helen, now the wife of W.H. Hudson, and one granddaughter, Ada E. Hudson, now the wife of J.A. Hessof Winona, Minn. Mr. Hills was remarkably active for a man of his age but had failed rapidly for about two weeks previous to his death and was taken away by an inflammation of the lungs. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church of Albany, of which society the deceased had been a member since its organization, the sermon being preached by Rev. H.B. Gibbons. The body was laid at rest in the Albany Cemetery.

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