STOKER FAMILY REUNION NOTES
1905 to 1915
At a surprise birthday party held in honor of the 77th birthday of Joseph Stoker, at the home of Robert Stoker, New Hope, NY, on the 20th day of September, 1905, there being a large representation of the relatives present, after considerable preliminary discussion, it was decided to organize a Stoker family reunion.
For the purpose of organizing E. S. Dalton was chosen temporary chairman. The meeting being called to order by the chairman the following officers were duly nominated, and elected for the ensuing year –
President - E. S. Dalton
Secretary - Arthur Stoker
Treasurer - Frank Stoker
After some discussion it was decided that the last Wednesday in August of each year be the day for the family gathering and that the next meeting be held on Wednesday August 29th, 1906 with Eugene Underwood and family at their home in East Scott, NY.
The matter of bringing or not bringing presents was considered at some length and it was finally resolved that, in the future, no presents be given at the reunions. On this occasion, however, all enjoyed the fact of a substantial remembrance to Joseph Stoker, from the brothers and sisters and their families it being their first opportunity of the kind in nearly half a century.
It is placing it mildly to say that all enjoyed the impromptu program in which many of the younger generation participated, and it was with happy memories and wishes for many happy returns of the day, that all separated and wended their several ways home.
The second annual reunion of the Stoker family was held at the home of the president, Mr. Walter Stoker, on the Scott Road, August 28th, 1907. Fifty-one members were present, representing families from New Hope, Scott, East Scott, Homer, Cortland, Harford, Binghamton and Baltimore.
Time passed in pleasant greetings and conversation until the hour for dinner, which was served under the direction of Mrs. E. H. Underwood and Miss Maggie Scott, ably assisted by a corps of the younger people.
Immediately after dinner the company was called to order by the president. In the absence of the acting secretary, Mr. Martin Mayfort was appointed Secretary pro tem. The minutes of the 1st reunion not arriving were left to be read at the next meeting. The following program was rendered:
Hymn - Blest Be The Tie That Binds
Recitiation - Perle E. Dalton
Declamation - Herbert Stoker
Recitation - Genevieve Stoker and Vada Dalton
Duet - Martin Mayfort and Perle Dalton
Declamation - Claude Stoker
Recitation - Mrs. Martin Mayfort
All joined in singing the hymn God Be With You Till We Meet Again.
At the close of the program, the usual business was transacted. Officers elected for the ensuing year:
President - John H. Stoker
Vice President - E. H. Underwood
Secretary & Treasurer - Bert H. Dalton
It was decided that a free will offering should be made each year, to defray the necessary expenses. This amounted to $5.60. Mrs. J. R. Dalton, Mrs. E. H. Underwood, Mrs. Walter Stoker, and Mrs. Nancy Stoker were appointed refreshment committee. It was decided to hold the next meeting with the newly appointed president, Mr. John H. Stoker. The meeting was then adjourned.
The few remaining hours were pleasantly spent, the hour for departure arriving all too quickly, thus ending another of the happy days we all hope to enjoy in the future.
Bert H. Dalton, Secretary
Third annual Stoker Picnic, home of Nancy Stoker, Scott, NY, August 26, 1908:
Since our last meeting it has pleased the all- wise providence of God to call from our midst here upon the earth our beloved Brother and President John Stoker Jr. and our esteemed and respected foster Brother Edward J. Brekes. (not sure of spelling-sg).
And all remaining members of the family organization intend heart-felt sympathy and comfort to the bereaved wives and children who have been called on before.
Some sixty-one members of our family were gathered together on that bright and glorious day.
After a season of greeting and games a delightful and bountiful dinner was served in the shady front yard. And everyone seemed to be thoroughly imbued with the idea eating enough to last them until our meeting in August 1909. Immediately after the dinner a short business session was held. This was called to order by Vice President Eugene Underwood who called upon Mrs. Joseph Dalton to read a portion of Scripture, she choosing the 27th Psalm. After the reading secretary Martin Mayfort being absent E. S. Dalton was chosen sec. Pro-tem.
Miss Pearl Dalton read the minutes of the last meeting of August 1907 and same were approved. President Underwood read the report of the treasury, which was accepted and ordered filed.
Mr. Underwood announced that the next in order of business was the election of officers. Robert Stoker was nominated for President but declined to accept. Frank Stoker was then nominated and finally declared unanimously elected. D. Terrell was next elected Vice President. William Stoker was chosen Secretary and Treasurer. The motion of Mrs. E. H. Underwood duly seconded and carried. Resolved that the meeting one year from today be held at the home of Mr. And Mrs. E. Dalton at Cortland, NY on motion of (?) Dalton seconded and carried.
Resolved that Mrs. H. M. Olds (spelling unclear-sg) and Mrs. E. S. Dalton act as a committee for our refreshments ice cream etc. On motion of Mrs. Underwood seconded by Mrs. William E. Stoker and carried.
Resolved that Miss Pearl Dalton furnish at the next meeting a report of all births and deaths and marriages with proper resolutions regarding same.
Mrs. Underwood was elected to a report of this reunion. After an informal discussion it was thought wise to send greetings to all absent members & the sec. elect was so instructed.
On motion the meeting was adjourned the last Wednesday in August, 1909 at the home of Mr. And Mrs. E. S. Dalton, Cortland, NY.
E. S. Dalton, Secretary pro tem
After a long illness Samuel Stoker died December 8th, 1908 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Terrell.
Born to Mr. And Mrs. John T. Dalton March 25th 1909 a son John Carl.
Born to Mr. And Mrs. Edward S. Dalton July 10th 1909 a son Edward Samuel Jr.
1909 – 1910 Births and Deaths
Edward S. Dalton, Jr., infant (2 months) son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Dalton, September 23, 1909.
Died after a brief illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Booth, Mrs. Nancy Stoker August 16, 1910 aged 61 (born 1849).
Died October 3rd, 1909, after an illness of about ten years, Mrs. David Dalton aged 66 years (born 1843).
Born to Mr. and Mrs. D. Terrell, July 9, 1910, a daughter Evelyn Mary.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Terrell a son September 5, 1909 Walter Carl.
The fourth annual reunion of the Stoker family was held at Little York Park August 25th, 1909. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted. Next in order was the election of officers. Motion made and carried that William E. Stoker of New Hope be our next President. Motion made and carried that Marilyn Terrell be Vice President. Secretary and Treasurer Mrs. William Stoker. Motion made and carried that the next meeting be held at the home of William Stoker, New Hope. Committee for our refreshments – Edna Stoker and Myra Booth.
Friends present – 30.
Motion made and carried they have ice cream. Money on hand $3.84.
The fifth annual reunion of the Stoker family was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Stoker at New Hope, NY August 31st, 1910. After a pleasant forenoon which was spent in various games and conversation a bountiful dinner was served to those assembled. The business meeting was called to order promptly at two o’clock by the President William E. Stoker. First order of business was:
Scripture reading 1st psalm and prayer by Rev. Harry Stubbs. Song, Blest Be The Tie That Binds. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted. Roll call by Miss Perle Dalton. Sixty-seven members of the family being present.
Next in order was the election of officers. Motion made and carried that Joseph Dalton of Harford be our next president. Motion made and carried that Edward Dalton of Cortland be vice-president. Motion made and carried that Perle Dalton be secretary-treasurer for the year of 1911.
Remarks were made by Rev.Daniel Stoker, Rev. Harry Stubbs, Hon. E. B. Rounds, Edward Dalton, and others. Verbal report of marriages, births and deaths by Perle Dalton. Collection and receipts of the day $6.00.
Adjourned to Luther Stoker’s in New Hope, NY August 30th 1911.
As the weather was inclement the greater part of the afternoon was spent indoors. But all agreed that a more pleasant day was never spent and upon departing voted Mr/ and Mrs. Stoker the best of entertainers.
Mrs. Wm. E. Stoker, Sec.
Deaths for 1911
John Stoker – Born 1822
It is with sorrow that the officers of the Stoker family Reunion reports the death of John Stoker, the oldest member of the Stoker Family, and one of the members to start the pleasant meeting we now enjoy once a year. He passed away quietly October 7th at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. H. Underwood, aged 89 years and 7 months. We fell, however, even as we sorrow, that it would be sinful to wish him back to his life of infirmity and pain and feel it is merciful of the "All Father" to take him to his final home on high. For a period of about eight years he has been confined to the house by ill-health and deprived of the varied pleasures he used to enjoy. His last days were made brighter by his wife and his two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Dalton and Mrs. Eugene Underwood. We feel we must commend his faithful wife who has been both mind and body to him in his helplessness and know that even if in this life she is never paid; in heaven every kind deed is recorded to her credit. We feel we must also commend Mr. and Mrs. Underwood in whose home he has been as carefully tended all these years. The funeral was held from the Underwood home October 10th. The interment was made in Atwater Cemetery, Scott, NY.
Perle E. Dalton, Sec.
Since our last meeting it has pleased the all wise power of God to take from us another of the "Old Landmarks" of the Stoker Family, Mr. Joseph Stoker, who died at the home of his brother, Robert Stoker, New Hope, NY May 12th, 1911. He leaves one brother to mourn his loss beside his many other friends. The interment was made in New Hope Cemetery.
Married at Brooklyn, NY June 6, 1911, Eugene Dalton and Jessie Brown.
Married March 22, 1911, William Stoker and Florence Olney.
Married June 17, 1911, Raymond Warren Stoker and Maude Cady.
The sixth annual reunion of the Stoker Family was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Stoker, New Hope, NY August 30, 1911. Although the day was rainy a goodly number of relatives were there. The forenoon was spent in conversation and greeting of friends.
At about noon a sumptuous dinner was served to the company. Promptly at two o’clock the business meeting was called to order by the President, J. R. Dalton. First in order was the reading of the nineteenth psalm by Mrs. E. H. Underwood, and then roll call by the Secretary. The report of the Secretary was next read and duly accepted. The report of the births, deaths, and marriages was given and accepted. Next in order was the election of officers.
After the usual discussion Manly Terrell was chosen President, Frank Booth, Vice President, and William R. Stoker was chosen Secretary and Treasurer. Fitting remarks were offered by Hon. E. B. Rounds and others. A vote of thanks was then extended to Mr. and Mrs. Stoker for their cordial welcome and kind hospitality. The meeting was adjourned to Edward S. Dalton’s in 1912. A collection was then taken.
The afternoon was passed on speeding wings. The chief attraction was a base ball game, which, by its many merits gave amusement to all the spectators. This attraction, however, was closely seconded by William Rounds and his automobile. He very kindly showed some of the ladies how fast a "Ford Car" can travel.
At length, at an early hour, all departed for home, wishing each other happy times, and a good old summer time at Cortland NY August 28th, 1912.
Perle E. Dalton, Sec.
REPORT FOR STOKER REUNION 1912
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Stoker of Scipio, NY September 16, 1911, a daughter, Bessie Malvina.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Dalton of Baltimore, MD October 9, 1911, a son, Joseph Spencer.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Stoker of Union Springs, NY January 31, 1912 a son, Warren Cady.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stoker of Scipio, NY, May 28, 1912 a daughter, Marian Louis.
Married February 22,1912 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Stoker in New Hope, NY Mr. George Albert Ryan and Miss Bertha Mae Stoker.
Married December 6, 1911 at Skaneateles, NY Mr. Joseph Stoker and Miss Mable Edick.
Married May 8, 1912 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Underwood Mr. George Ross Clark and Mrs. Mary D. Stoker.
Died at Trumansburg, NY April 8, 1912 Mrs. Hannah O’Grady; age 62 years (born 1850).
Died at New Hope NY April 26, 1912 Mr. Robert Stoker age 79 years (born 1833).
Died at Flat bush NY June 27, 1912 Mrs. T. W. Dalton age 51 years (born 1861).
The seventh annual reunion of the Stoker Family was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Dalton at 69 North Main Street, Cortland, NY August 28, 1912. Although the day was somewhat cool and cloudy, there was about seventy present.
Time passed rapidly in pleasant greeting, conversation and music, until the hour for dinner arrived. A delicious chicken pie dinner was served in Mrs. Dalton’s spacious dining room where three long tables were spread.
Immediately after dinner the company was called to order by the president Manley Terrell. In the absence of the acting secretary Miss Perle Dalton was appointed secretary pro-tem.
First in order was the secretary’s report which was read and accepted. The treasurer’s report was laos read and accepted. The report of all births, deaths, and marriages was given and accepted. Next in order was the election of officers. Officers for the ensuing year were: President, Frank Stoker; Vice President, Floyd Oaks; Secretary and Treasurer, Blanche Stoker. It was suggested and later voted upon to have a refreshment committee. Mrs. Viola Terrell and Miss Blanche Stoker being the unlucky ones.
Fitting remarks were made by Hon. E. B. Rounds, Eugene Lambert, Ora Mayfort, F. M. Olds, E. S Dalton, B. H. Dalton and T. W. Dalton.
Next in order came an invitation from Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Terrell to hold the reunion of 1913 with them which was accepted with pleasure. Also a vote of thanks was extended to Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Dalton for their cordial welcome and kind hospitality.
Receipts of the day $7.30.
The meeting then adjourned to the last Wednesday in August 1913 at the home of L. D. Terrell’s, West Homer, NY.
Perle Dalton, Sec. Pro-tem.
REPORT FOR THE STOKER REUNION OF 1913
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ryan of New Hope, NY December 17, 1912 a son, George Frank.
Married at her home at Scott, NY March 27, 1913 George Winchester and Francis Dalton.
Two loved ones of our family have passed away since our last reunion. David Dalton of Cortland died January 4, 1913 at the home of his son Edward S. Dalton.
And William E. Stoker died June 2, 19136 at his home in New Hope, NY.
Died at New Hope, NY December 24, 1912 infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ryan.
The eighth annual reunion of the Stoker Family was held at the pretty farm home of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Terrell, one mile and a half west of Homer, NY August 27, 1913. Sixty-four members were present, representing families from Harford, Binghamton, Baltimore, Cortland, Homer, Scott, Auburn, New Hope, Syracuse, Canastota, Scipio and Groton.
The forenoon passed quickly in pleasant greetings and conversation. Then came one of those famous chicken pie dinners. Immediately after dinner, a short business meeting took place, it being called to order by the President, Frank Stoker. The report of the Secretary was read and duly accepted, the Treasurer’s report was also read and accepted. The report of all births, deaths and marriages read and accepted.
Officers elected for the ensuing year were President, Eugene Underwood; Vice President Willis Ferenbaugh; Secretary and Treasurer Blanche Stoker. It was voted for the officers to appoint a dinner committee which they did, making Mrs. Floyd Oakes and Mrs. E. S. Dalton the honored members.
It was then decided to hold the next reunion with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stoker, Clinton St, Homer, NY. A vote of thanks was extended to Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Terrell for their cordial welcome and kind hospitality. The receipts for the day were $5.60.
Miss Perle Dalton closed the meeting by giving a very fine recitation hich was very pleasing to all.
Blanche Stoker, Sec’t.
REPORT FOR THE STOKER REUNION OF 1914
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ryan of New Hope, NY February 3rd, 1914, a son Gerald Albert.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stoker of Scipio, NY April 26th 1914 a daughter, Anita Irene.
Married in Preble, NY September 23, 1913 Mr. Harley Stoker and Miss Neva Root.
Cash on hand - $ 8.05
Disbursements - 5.80
Collection - 8.75
Cash on hand - 11.00
The ninth annual reunion of the Stoker Family was held August 26th, 1914, at the cozy home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stoker on Clinton St, Homer, NY. The guests began to arrive at an early hour by train, automobile and carriage. A royal welcome was accorded each arrival and the day could not have been more perfect. Seventy-five branches of the "Family Tree" made the morning hours hum with pleasant conversation.
About noon dinner was served to the crowd on the lawn by the "twigs" on the Family Tree. The business meeting was called to order by the President, Mr. E. H. Underwood. The usual business was transacted and the following officers were elected for the year 1915. President, B. H. Dalton, Binghamton, NY; Vice-President, Mrs. W. S. Ferenbaugh, Homer, NY; Secretary and Treasurer, Mrs. Floyd Oakes, Virgil, NY.
The new President responded to the call for a speech as well as Mr. T. W. Dalton and Mr. Martin Mayfort. Next an invitation was considered to hold the 1915 reunion with Mr. and Mrs. B. H> Dalton in Binghamton but at length an invitation extended by Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Dalton of Cortland, NY was accepted.
The executive committee appointed as refreshment committee Mrs. Luther Stoker, Mrs. F. (?) Booth and Mrs. Manley Terrell. A collection was taken. A short program followed.
Song: "Just A Dream Of You, Dear" Mrs. Martin Maywalt.
Recitation: "How Rubenstein Played" Miss Perle E. Dalton.
Song: Ora Mayfort and Perle E. Dalton.
Song: "Will The Roses Bloom in Heaven" Eva Stoker.
It was voted to send the flowers to Miss Blanche Stoker who was very ill at the time. A vote of thanks was extended to Mr. and Mrs. Stoker for their hospitality. The old saw "the best of friends must part" was proven when at a late hour the guests departed.
Mrs. Floyd Oakes, Sec.
REPORT FOR 1914 – 1915
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stoker of Auburn, NY November 27, 1914 a daughter, Esther Maude.
Died April 18th, 1915 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Martin Mayfort in Baltimore, MD Mr. Joseph Dalton aged 68 years. (born 1847).
The tenth annual reunion of the Stoker Family was entertained by Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Dalton August 25, 1915 at Riverside Park, Cortland, NY. Although the weather in the morning was inclement nearly fifty members of the family were present. Relatives were present from Syracuse, McLean, Canastota, Baltimore MD, Brooklyn, Binghamton, New Hope, Homer, Cortland and Virgil. About ten o’clock the weather cleared and a steady hum of conversation and greetings filled the pavilion.
At noon, another of those delicious chicken pie dinners was served. The refreshment committee certainly deserved the credit as well as the good cooks of the Stoker Family. Directly after the repast the business meeting was called to order. In absence of the President, B. H. Dalton, the Vice-President Mrs. W. S. Ferenbaugh presided. The usual business was transacted and the following officers were elected.
President, F(?). W. Dalton of Syracuse; Vice-President, E. S. Dalton of Cortland; Secretary and Treasurer, Mrs. Floyd Oakes of Virgil.
It was voted to leave the time and place for the next meeting to the executive committee. After a short program the meeting was adjourned. A collection of $6.27 was taken.
A subsequent meeting of the executive committee failed to decide on a place for the next meeting. A motion to have the date changed to Labor Day was considered but no decision was reached and it was decided to leave both questions until later in the year. The President appointed as refreshment committee Mrs. F. M. Olds, Canastota; Mrs. Harlie Stoker of Homer and Mrs. Albert Ryan of New Hope.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent in boating, dancing, croquet and renewing old acquaintance. At a late hour the guests departed with a vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Dalton and declaring Riverside Park to be an ideal place in every way for a picnic.
Mrs. Floyd Oakes, Sec.
Cash on Hand $5.60
Cash on Hand $4.74
Cash on Hand $3.84
Cash on Hand $5.36
Cash on Hand $8.00
Cash on Hand $7.95
Cash on Hand $8.05