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February 1910 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York
Adelia Ann Calkins

   Mrs. Adelia Ann Calkins was born at Richmond Springs, February. 9, 1818 and died at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Tollerton, in Daysville, Jan. 28, 1910, thus lacking but a few days of completing her 92nd year.
   Mrs. Calkins was of a peculiarly sweet, gentle, quiet disposition, endearing herself to those with whom she came in close contact, she was a woman of deeds, not words. She retained her faculties in a remarkable degree, and was conscious till the very last of her illness.
   Besides the daughter, Mrs. Tollerton, she leaves one son, O. H. Filkins, of Bay City, Michigan. The funeral was held from her late home on Sunday, Rev. P. O. Wilcox speaking words of comfort and cheer to the bereaved, from the text, "and I know that my Redeemer livith," which had been one of Mrs. Calkins' favorite passages of scripture during her life time, and was chosen on that account. The interment was made in the Daysville cemetery.

November 1892 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York
Ransom Calkins

     Last Tuesday afternoon a concourse of mourning relatives and friends assembled at the church to pay their last tribute to all that was mortal of Ransom Calkins, of Mexico, a former resident of this place. For many years Mr. Calkins had resided in Kansas where he accumulated a comfortable fortune, but for a short time past he has lived in Mexico village.
     He will be remembered by the older people, as well also his former wife, Miss Irenda
Warner, who died in Kansas. He was again married to a lady from that state who removed
with him to Mexico, and is now residing there.
     Mr. Calkins was a brother of J. W. Calkins, of this place, and the late Roswell Calkins, and was loved and respected by all whom he came in contact. He leaves many friends and relatives here. He died from pneumonia, at the advanced age of 84 years. The interment was made in the Willis cemetery.
Mr. Calkins' son and daughter from Kansas were present at the funeral, and remain until the estate is settled.
March 1903 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Jesse Weldon Calkins

     The death of Jesse Weldon Calkins removes one who well deserves a place in the
respectful memory of the citizens of Oswego county. His father, Samuel Calkins, a soldier in the war of 1812, was one of the pioneers in the early struggles by which the country was redeemed from the forest primeval. He himself, was the 13th and youngest child in a family of which every member reached maturity and became the head of a family. From his earliest childhood Mr. Calkins showed unusual intellectual ability and great steadfastness of purpose.
     As a student of Mexico Academy, he distinguished himself, and it was felt by those who Knew him best that he was admirably fitted for the law, the profession to which he looked forward. As a lawyer he would undoubtedly have achieved success, for his mind ever delighted in logical processes, and for him to live was to be a student of the problems of political, social and religious life. As the young man approached manhood, however, the increasing infirmity of his father raised the question of remaining in the old home. In manly fashion he faced his duty, disregarded the voice of inclination and natural aptitude, and chose for himself the life of a farmer. For a number of years he taught most successfully schools in Baldwinsville, Orwell and Richland, and there are to be found now among our oldest citizens those who refer to Mr. Calkins as the clearest and most helpful teacher they ever had.
     The life of a farmer in the days before the forests were cleared off, was by no means an easy one, but Mr. Calkins threw himself into his work and by the time of the Civil War, had become the owner of a large farm of 300 acres. His life of toil, however, did not lower his ideals.
     He was a Whig of the Horace Greely type, who cast his first vote for the hero of
Tippicanoe. He was one of the charter members of the Republican party. As one of the
organizers of the Grange Insurance company, and as assessor in Richland for many years, he came into helpful contact with a large number of our citizens, and every where made the impression of a man who was devoted to righteousness and justice. He believed in education and sought for his children those advantages which were denied himself. All of his six children attended either Mexico or Pulaski Academy, and all of them were given the opportunity of a college course. His choice for his children deprived him of their constant presence in his old age, but he never failed to joy in their success in the outside world, and looked upon his life work as continued in theirs.
     Born August 7, 1817 and passing away on the 5th of March 1903, his life covered the
most important period of his country's history. He loved the good old days of homespun, but never failed to keep in sympathy with the advance in the scientific and religious worlds. He was a member of no church, but he believed in the ideals of the church and could say with Lincoln "Show me a church whose creed is Love, and I will join it."
     He is survived by his wife, Lydia Gillispie, to whom he was married, January 5, 1847, and five children, Gertrude, wife of Rev. Charles N. Severence of Garden City, Kansas; Jeanne, wife of George P. Smith, a wholesale grocer, of Mason City, Iowa; Robert L. in charge of Claims Department of the N. Y. C. and allied lines, New York City; Flora, wife of Rev. W. L. Tenney, pastor of the First Congregational church, North Adams, Mass.; and Frederick G., in the insurance and real estate business, Los Angeles, California.
     Through the death of his eldest daughter, Mrs. Estelle Virgil, which occurred in 1890, his home became the refuge for her orphaned children who received the same thoughtful care, devotion and education as did his own, his youngest granddaughter, Mabel, having lived with him during the past seven years.
     In such sterling character, which reflects the strength and fruitfulness of the soil, lies today, as in the past, the hope of our American life.
November 16, 1910 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Lydia Gillespie Calkins

     On Friday morning there passed from earth a radiant spirit in the person of Mrs. Jesse
W. Calkins, for some time residing with her son, Robert L. Calkins, on Fairfield road.
     Though in her 90th year, she was in full possession of all her faculties, and had a keen interest in passing events. Her maternal instincts had ripened into winsome womanhood. Her Christian faith had grown into peaceful assurance. Her hopes had brightened with each rising sun, while her love was both childlike and sublime.
     During her last illness she gave proof of signal endurance and patience, "the passion of
great hearts." Her cheerfulness amid intense suffering assisted her nurses in their tender ministry at her bedside. Truly her departure has saddened earth and brightened Heaven. 
    On Sabbath she will be laid beside her husband in the cemetery at South Richland, N. Y. and when the Park Hill Reformed congregation, of which she was a member, meet to sing God's praises here she will be joining "with the choir invisible" yonder, in the "nobler sweeter song."
     At her funeral Miss Saunder and Mrs. Hill sang her favorite hymns: and the Rev. William P. Bruce, her pastor, read a beautiful poem found in her Bible; each line, which brought comfort to her in her own bereavements, is now dear to her friends for the solace it gave her in the eventide of life. Yonkers Statesman, Oct. 5.
July 1905 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Florence Calkins Tenney

     The North Adams, Mass. Transcript, of July 14, announces the death of Florence Calkins, wife of Rev. Dr. William L. Tenney, of Chicago, which occurred that day. She had been ill for some time with heart trouble and had left the home in Chicago and hoped the Berkshire Hills would be a place where her health would improve, but her hopes were not realized. Dr. Tenney was pastor of the Congregational church in North Adams before going to Chicago where he has been filling the office of secretary of American Missionary Association.
     Mrs. Tenney was born at Daysville, NY and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
Calkins. She was graduated at Mexico, NY seminary and was the valedictorian of her class. She afterward entered Oberlin, Ohio College from which she graduated in 1884. It was there that she first met Mr. Tenney to whom she was married in December 21, 1887.
     The Transcript says: "During her residence in this city Mrs. Tenney gained a large 
acquaintance and many warm friends. She was a woman of marked intellectual and literal taste and ability. She kept herself well informed and preformed her duties of a pastor's wife faithfully and conscientiously. Her health would not permit her to do all that she would have liked to do. Her sympathetic nature was constantly manifested, and her death is mourned by all who were acquainted with her.
     Three children were born to Dr. and Mrs. Tenney. A daughter, Pauline Calkins Tenney, died in infancy, and those living are Parker Gillespie Tenney and William Lawrence Tenney, Jr. Besides her husband and sons she leaves her mother, Mrs. J. W. Calkins, of Yonkers, NY; two brothers, R. L. Calkins, of Yonkers, NY and F. G. Calkins of Los Angeles, California; two sisters, Mrs. Severance, wife of Rev. C. N. Severance of Garden City, Kansas and Mrs. George Percy Smith, of Mason City, Iowa.
July 1905 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Rev. Charles N. Severance

     The Rev. Charles N. Severance, pastor of the Union church of the city, died at Bethany
Hospital, Kansas, last Sunday evening, July 2, where he was taken the Friday previous for
treatment and with the hope that a lower altitude would give him relief from heart difficulties that had been troubling him for several weeks past.
     Rev. Severance came to Garden City in 1897 at the call of the Union church, to become it's pastor, and with the exception of one year remained in that pastorate until his decease. During his eight years of residence here he has endeared himself to the people of Garden City. He was a man of culture and refinement, an able and scholarly preacher, clear and forcible, liberal in his views, an independent thinker, and withal, a most pleasing, helpful and entertaining speaker. The devotion of his people to him and his interests during his late illness is proof of their regard and of the love they bore for him.
The crowning work of Rev. Severance's ministerial life was the Union revival services which he conducted in Burlington, Iowa, January last. For several years past all efforts to awaken an interest in spiritual things in that city proved futile, and yet some of the best evangelists of the country had held meetings there. But under the preaching and leadership of Rev. Severance there came a church of that city a wide spread awakening that has transformed the religious life of the city. It was immediately following this meeting that he was taken with illness from which he never recovered.
     Rev. Severance was an educator and teacher. He received his degree from Hamilton college, Clinton, NY, in 1884 and graduated from Yale Divinity school four years later. He spent one year as principal of an academy on Long Island, NY, three years as principal of a seminary at Maze, Kansas, and for two and a half years had charge of the Garden City seminary. He always felt a keen interest in young people, and many having gone out from his teaching and preaching to become useful men and women. 
     He was a public spirited man, giving his time and influence to any and all worthy enterprises whose aim was the public good, and often spoke on occasions of special and general public interest.
     Charles N. Severance was born in New York State October 25, 1858. He was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church at the age of 17, and was a local Methodist preacher until 1885, when he joined the Congregational church, of which he was pastor for three years. Following his Hutchinson pastorate he was state evangelist for the Congregational church of Kansas for five years, with headquarters at Wichita. 
    In August of 1884 he was married to Miss Gertrude Calkins of Pulaski, NY. To the union were born two sons and two daughters. The two daughters, Jeanne and Ruth, the wife, three brothers, two of whom are Methodist ministers, Frank B. Severance at Frankfort, NY and Fayette G. Severance, of Hillsboro, Kansas, and two sisters survive him.
     The funeral services were held in the Union church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Fayette G. Severance, brother of the deceased, assisted by Rev. William Bullock, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and Rev. L. M. Riley, pastor of the Methodist church, conducted the services.
     A large concourse of sympathetic friends accompanied the family to Garden City cemetery, where the remains were laid to rest.   - Garden City, Kan. Imprint
January 5, 1927 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Robert L. Calkins

     Robert L. Calkins, often called dean of freight claim agents, who died in New York,
December 26, was born at Daysville. He was son of the late Jesse W. Calkins. It was then
known as Sand Hill and it was there he first started railroading as agent. He had been with
the New York Central for more than half a century, for the last 30 years as freight claim agent.
      He was buried in the Bronx, New York.
January 1899 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Manerva Doane Gillespie

     Manerva Doane, wife of Robert D. Gillespie, was born in this village April 26, 1832. She was daughter of Simeon Doane. December 31, 1860 she was married to Robert D. Gillespie and has resided in this place her whole life. She united with the Congregational Chruch in this village when young and remained a member to her death. In her home and among her friends, Mrs. Gillespie was loved for her many good qualities of character and ernest devotion to the duties which the circumstances of her life brought to her. She died at 1:30 yesterday morning, after a weeks' illness. The funeral will be held from her late residence tomorrow at 1:30. Besides a husband she leaves one daughter, Lizzie Gillespie, who resides at the parental home.
September 1906 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Robert D. Gillespie

     Saturday evening at about six o'clock Robert D. Gillespie passed away at his home on
Jefferson Avenue, at the age of nearly 80 years. In the going out of Mr. Gillespie, Pulaski
loses one of its oldest and most respected citizens.
     His boyhood days were passed on a farm on the Mexico road. For several years he was
engaged in teaching, having secured his education at Mexico Academy.
     In 1849, at the time of the gold excitement, Mr. Gillespie went to California and while there engaged in prospecting and mining until 1852, when he returned to his native town and became extensively engaged in milling in what is now the Cuthbertson grist mill on Salina street.
     In 1860 he was married to Miss Minerva M. Doane and to them one daughter was born, Lizzie M., who survives her parents, Mrs. Gillespie dying about seven years ago. 
     Mr. Gillispie served his county as under-sheriff and later, from Jan. 1, 1864 to 1867, as sheriff, and after this as deputy sheriff and jailor in this village. He was also interested in farming and for a number of years served as collector of internal revenue in Pulaski. In politics her was a Republican.
     The deceased is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lydia Calkins of Yonkers, and the daughter, who has been most devoted to her father and untiring in her care for him during his last sickness which was caused by a fall July 18, when he, with a party of friends, was enjoying an outing at Island Grove. The shock of the injury was so great that his strength gradually failed until death resulted.
     The funeral was held from the home yesterday, at two o'clock, Rev. J. B. Felt officiating. Burial was made in Pulaski cemetery. 
     Among the beautiful floral tributes were a pillow of roses and asters with the word "Papa", from the daughter; a wreath of galyx leaves from Mrs. Helen M. Box, also flowers from the Jefferson Avenue Birthday Club and others.
1896 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Abigail Gillespie Harmon

     Died at Yonkers, N. Y., Mrs. Abigail Gillespie Harmon, Nov. 13, 1896, aged 66 years.

     Mrs. Abigail Gillespie Harmon passed away at the home of her nephew, Mr. Robert L.
Calkins, at Yonkers, New York on Friday Nov. 13, 1896. Abigail Gillespie, the youngest
daughter of Hugh and Abigail Barnes Gillespie was born at Gillespie's Mills on the 11th of October, 1830. She married Elibu A. Harmon Jan. 15, 1862, and lived for about twelve years at Pulaski, after which time Mr. and Mrs. Harmon moved to Oswego, where they resided for nearly the same period. Mrs. Harmon had been failing for nearly a year and at the time of her death had gone to Yonkers hoping from the change to gain in health. Her death came with a shock to all her relatives and friends, who were not aware of her fatal condition.
     Mrs. Harmon leaves many warm friends, for she was a woman of such a bright and cherry disposition that none, once meeting her, could fail to become nobler and better. Besides her husband and daughter, Mrs. Frank Fargo of Syracuse, she leaves two brothers and one sister, John of Olesburg, Kansas; Robert, of Pulaski; and Lydia, wife of Jesse W. Calkins, of Daysville, N. Y.
1887 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Pamelia A. Price Calkins

     Died at her residence in Richland, March 29, 1887, Mrs. Russel Calkins. She was born
in Saratoga County, New York Sept. 5, 1800 and came to Richland in the year 1808. Her
maiden name was Pamelia Price, her father being Col. Price, a soldier of the Revolution. 
She was married to Russel Calkins in 1818. She became a member of the South Richland
Baptist church about 52 years ago, afterwards transferring her membership to the Pulaski
church, of which she was a communicant at the time of her death. Her husband and ten
children remain to cherish her memory.
August 1893 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Russel C. Calkins

     The death of the venerable Russel Calkins of Richland, this county, on the 4th inst., at the advanced age of 95 years, 6 months and 28 days, deserves more than a passing notice. Mr. Calkins was born in Vermont on January 6, 1798. His father's family moved to Canada soon after and they remained there until the War of 1812, when they came to the states, choosing this country in preference to taking the oath of allegiance to Great Britian, which thing they were required to do.
     Five families put their goods in an open boat and after many hardships in crossing Lake Ontario, reached Oswego. They then went up the Oswego River, through Oneida Lake and on to Fort Stanwicx (Rome, NY), then down to the Mohawk to Whitestown, where they located. After the war, young Calkins and a few others came on foot through the wilderness to Richland, taking each of them an ax with which to clear the forests. They bought 500 acres of land at $4 per acre near what is now Sand Hill, that was the year 1816.
     In 1818 the subject of this sketch was united in marriage to Miss Pamelia Price, daughter of Col. Rufus Price, formerly an officer in the Revolutionary Army. To that couple were born ten children, five sons and five daughters, all of whom are living today. What is remarkable, the first child was born in 1819, and then one in each alternate year, the oldest being 74 and the youngest 56 years old. The mother of these children died March 26, 1885, at the age of 87 years. The father who has gone, has been a very active man, and one prominent in town for a great number of years.
     During Norman Rowe's first term as sheriff from 1840 to 1844, we think Mr. Calkins held the office of deputy. Since Mrs. Calkins death, deceased has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Beeman of Richland, where he has had the tenderest care. During his last sickness his oldest daughter has been by his bedside and with her sister, Mrs. Beeman, have been solicitous for every want in the care of their dear father. The other children, as far as possible, have been kind and considerate in their attentions for the dear one. Deceased seemed fully prepared for the great change and passed away quietly, like a child going to sleep. Mr. Calkins was a member of the Old Settler's Association.
January 1, 1908 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Harriet Calkins Douglass

     Harriet Calkins Douglass was born in the town of Richland, Feb. 13, 1821, and was
married to Ozzian Douglass, May 10, 1838. At the early age of 13 she experienced religion and was united with the Baptist church at Holmesville, until her death, which occurred at Napa, California on Dec. 9th of December, last.
     She had lived several years with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Misener, in Buffalo. Last spring Mr. and Mrs. Misener moved to Napa, Calif., and Mrs. Douglass went to visit her son in Missouri, until her daughter was settled. She then took the long journey to California and on account of her great age she was accompanied by a nurse, and everything for her comfort was looked after, but the journey was to much for her in her enfeebled condition and she passed away on the second day after her arrival at Napa.
Although she had lived many yeas in the west she always was in touch with her home church at Holmesville.
     She leaves to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate mother, four sons and two daughters, Charles of Nebraska, Tracy of Denver, Hartwell of Pulaski, Frank of Missouri, Mrs. Charles Andrews of Illinois, and Mrs. Charles Misener of Napa, Calif., three brothers and two sisters, Charles Calkins of Buena Vista, Colorado, R. D. Calkins of Eugene, Oregon, J. E. Calkins of Altmar, Mrs. Isabel McChesney of Pulaski, and Mrs. J. D. Jones of Milwaukee, Wis.
August 1908 Advocate
Poss, Nebraska

Charles H. Douglas

 Douglas - After an illness of seven weeks, C. H. Douglas died Thursday, August 27, 1908 of a complication of diseases.
    The subject of this sketch was born in Oswego county, New York March 13, 1839, where he was reared upon a farm until 21 years of age when he removed to Lake County, Illinois, where he lived upon a farm until the Civil War, when on September 25, 1861 he enlisted in Company H, 66th Illinois Regiment. He was a gallant soldier participating in the battles at Fort Donelson, Pittsburgh Landing and was in the seige at Corinth. At this place he was taken prisoner and was taken to Libby prison, then to Belle Isle, finally sent to Andersonville. He was sent from there to Savannah and paroled November 24, 1864, and sent to the hospital at Annapolis, Maryland.
    Mr. Douglas was married on August 25, 1861 to Miss Charlotte Stebbins, and in 1879 they moved to Franklin county, settling on a homestead in Turkey Creek township. Two children had proceeded him and there remained four sons, Ralph, Marshall, Willis and Albert, who with the faithful helpmeet were present at his death.
  Mr. Douglas helped in a very material manner of the upbuilding of this county, where he was always a foremost man in everything looking to permanent improvements. He was a loyal member of the Antietam Post No. 131 G. A. R. and also of the Knights of Pythais Lodge.
  The deceased was an affectionate husband, a kind father and a good neighbor, and had a large circle of friends. Before his death he was at peace with his maker and was ready to go realizing that he could meet his loved ones on the other shore. 
  The funeral was held in the Methodist church on Saturday conducted by Rev. James Leonard, and the Grand Army concluding the ceremonies at the grave. The pall bearers were selected from his brethren in the K. of P. Lodge. As a mark of respect of the esteem and friendship, the business houses were closed during the services.
  The Advocate, who always recognized Mr. Douglas as one of it's best friends, wishes to extend it's tenderst sympathy to the family.
January 19, 1927 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Rena Ripsom Douglas

     Mrs. Rena Ripsom Douglass died last Tuesday evening.  She was stricken with pneumonia about two weeks before her passing
     Mrs. Douglass was born in a house not now standing, on the west side of the long hill
leading from the north to Daysville cemetery, on the road leading south from Port
Ontario. Her birth occurred September 13, 1845. She was daughter of Captain John
Ripsom. When she became the wife of Hartwell Douglass, sixty years ago the 6th of
February, she went up a few rods to a home the young farmer had ready. There she lived
for forty years.
She was many years a faithful member of Daysville Grange and attended the little church
at Daysville while residing there. When, twenty years ago last December, Mr. Douglass
bought the Tollner house, Jefferson Street, they came to Pulaski to reside. Last spring they moved to the home, formerly the Dixson house, Jefferson Street. 
     Funeral services were held in the home, Friday, at half past one, with Rev. E. H. Scott,
pastor of the Methodist church officiating, assisted by B. G. Seamans who also conducted
the committal service at Daysville cemetery.
     Friends from out of town attending the funeral were her only sister, Mrs. Spencer
Knollen, her neice, Mrs. Reo Hadley,  and her neice, Mrs. Fred Thomas, and Mr. Reo Hadley.
May 21, 1898  Waukegan Weekly 
Waukegan, Illinois

Lorenzo Dow Stewart

 At 10:20 o'clock Wednesday, L. D. Stewart passed quietly away at the home of
his son, R. C. Stewart on Porter St. The cause of death was old age, but was probably
hastened by heart failure, the old gentleman having long been troubled with that disease.
Mr. Stewart came here from his home at Benton about eight weeks ago to visit his son.
He was immediately taken ill and since then had gradually sunken. The deceased was 84
years old, having lived in this county over 45 years was numbered among the oldest
settlers. He originally came form the east, having been born in New York.
 Besides the aged wife, there are now left in the immediate family, four children,
R. P. of Kansas, R. C. of Waukegan, Grant of Benton, and Mrs. J. White of Kenosha,
Wisconsin. The funeral was held from the home of R. C. Stewart, 415 Porter Street,
Friday at one o'clock, Rev. Sherarer officiating. Internment was made in Oakwood
May 2, 1900 - Kenosha Evening News
Kenosha, Illinois

Patty Calkins Stewart

Early Settler of Kenosha County Dies at the Home of her Daughter This Morning
 Mrs. Patty Stewart, widow of the late L. D. Stewart, and an early settler of this
county, died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jay White, on Dayton St. The
deceased was 82 years of age and for the past two years had been an invalid. She was
very low last night and her son was called from Waukegan. However she rallied during
the night and it was thought that she was a little better until shortly after eight o'clock this
morning when the final summons came.
 The deceased was well known in the city and county. She was born in the state of
New York in 1818. After her marriage with Mr. Stewart she moved west and settled in
the southeastern part of this county in 1855. Since the death of her husband the deceased
had spent much of her time with her daughter in this city. She was a devout Christian and
had a large circle of friends in Kenosha who will be greatly grieved to hear of her death.
 Four children survive her: Rufus Stewart of Bloomington, Kansas; Russell and
Grant Stewart of Waukegan; and Mrs. Pamelia White of this city. The announcement of
the funeral will be made later.

April 14, 1909 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Charles Salmon Calkins

     Charles Salmon Calkins was born in Richland, Oswego county, New York, Jan. 19,
1823. He was the eldest son of Russel and Pamelia Calkins, who were among the earliest
settlers of Richland township.
     At the early age of fifteen he was baptized and united with the Baptist church at
Holmesville. At about the age of twenty-two, Charles Calkins was married to Patience A.
Burdick, of Holmesville. With this dear and loved companion he journeyed for over
fifty-one years, passing many times out of the sunshine into the shadow, but with his
companion by his side, he bore all the true philosophy of the man. When fell the blow that
darkened his life and from this time was noted the decline of a vigorous and hopeful man.
     Mr. Calkins was the father of seven children. Three passed away in childhood. The
ones left to mourn are Mrs. C. A. Niles, Buena Vista, Colorado; Mrs. L. R. Slater,
Albany, N. Y.; L. Grant Calkins of Schenectady; Charles W. Calkins of Rensselaer.
     Twelve years ago Mr. Calkins went to reside with his children in Colorado, making his
home with Mrs. Niles. On January 9 in attempting to arise from his chair to respond to the
call for dinner, he fell heavily upon the floor breaking his right hip. Then followed twelve
weeks of suffering for the dear old father and of anxious watching for the daughter and
her husband. On April 3rd at 4:40 p.m. the Master took him home and gave "Peace and
Rest", which were almost the last words of the sufferer. His wish was to be laid to rest by
the side of his wife in the home burial ground.
     This desire was carried out. Mrs. Niles left Buena Vista, Colorado for Pulaski at 10:30
Monday evening, April 5th, with the sacred trust. Arrived at Syracuse where she was met
by her brothers at 10:55 Thursday. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in this
village at 10 o'clock Friday morning. Of this church Mr. Calkins was an active member
all through his early life and more mature manhood. Later in life he removed to Albany.
At that time he transferred his membership to the Baptist Tabernacle church of that city,
and on the membership list of that church his name was enrolled at the time of his death.
July 1894 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

James Beeman

     Died in Richland, N.Y., July 11, 1894, James Beeman, aged 71 years and 4 months.
     Mr. Beeman was born at Sandy Creek. He was married to Miss Hester A. Calkins, of
Pulaski, daughter of the late Russel A. Calkins. To them were born two children, a boy
and a girl, who both died in childhood. They have lived in the towns of Richland, Albion
and Oswego. Twelve years ago they went to Minnesota and remained for one year.
Eleven years ago they moved to Richland and have lived here ever since. When living in
Minetto, Oswego town, Mr. Beeman was converted under the pastorate of Rev. C. E.
Beebe and united with the M. E. church of which he remained a member until his death.
     When he moved to Richland, eleven years ago, Mrs. Beeman's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Calkins, went to live with them and stayed for as long as they lived. Mrs. Calkins died
seven years ago. Mr. Calkins died last year. He was an invalid for a long time. Mr.
Beeman was seemingly indefatigable in his care of the almost centenarian, although his
own health was failing.
     For the past six months he has been a great sufferer, never being able to lie down. A
few weeks ago he was thought to be near death, but he rallied so much that he was on the
street again. Last Wednesday morning he went to the barn, talked cheerfully to his hired
man about the farm work, ate breakfast as usual and then sat down in his rocking chair.
Mrs. Beeman noticed a change and tried to help him, but he died in a few minutes. His
death seemed to be entirely painless. His funeral was attended from his late residence on
Friday. The services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. W. H. Jago; interment in the
South Richland cemetery.
     When such good men as Mr. Beeman die, and he was a good man, it seems as the loss
was irreparable. He was a man of excellent judgement and so will be missed in the
church, where he has held nearly, if not quite all the offices, and in the school board of
which he has been a prominent member, and in the community. He was a good neighbor
and friend. In his domestic relations his good qualities shone best. He was a kind son and
brother, and a very affectionate husband. It is not often a couple are so united as he and
his estimable wife. For fifty years they had walked side by side. Last October they
celebrated their golden wedding. Mrs. Beeman takes his death very hard, although she is
submissive, knowing the "Judge of all death right." She realizes, too, that the separation
will not be long. "Let me die the death of the righteous and may my last end be like his."
     Mr. and Mrs. A. McChesney and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beeman and son, of Syracuse,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Calkins, of New Haven, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Calkins and Mr. and
Mrs. George Calkins and son, of Mexico, and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Calkins and sons, of
South Albion, were at the funeral.
November 1904 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Hester A. Calkins Beeman Doane

     Died in East Syracuse, Nov. 18, 1904, Mrs. James Beeman Doane in the seventy-ninth
year of her age.
     Mrs. Doane was born in the town of Richland, August 1, 1825 and at the age of fifteen
years gave her heart to God and joined the Baptist Church at Holmesville (now
Fernwood), but later in life she, with her husband, James Beeman, joined the Methodist
Church at Minetto and at the time of her death was a communicant of the Methodist
Church in Pulaski.
     During the last two years she was a great sufferer. One year ago she went to a hospital
in Syracuse for treatment but received no relief and failed so fast that she was unable to
return to her home in Pulaski but was taken to the home of her son in East Syracuse
where she was tenderly cared for until the end came. She was laid to rest, by loving
hands, in Willis cemetery by the side of the husband of her youth and the two children
who had gone before.
     Besides her son she leaves four brothers, C. S. Calkins of Colorado, R. P. Calkins of
Mexico, R. D. Calkins of Oregon, and J. E. Calkins of Albion, also three sisters, Mrs.
Harriett Douglass of Buffalo, Mrs. Isabelle McChesney of California, and Mrs. J. D.
Jones of Milwaukee, who for the last few weeks was constantly at the bedside trying to
alleviate the sufferings of her sister. The many beautiful flowers attest to the love of her
many friends. The bearers were two brothers, R. P. and J. E. Calkins, the son, C. E.
Beeman and two nephews, H. Douglass and E. S. Calkins.
May 1907 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Rufus P. Calkins

     Died, at his home in Mexico, May 24, 1907, Rufus P. Calkins, in the 80th year of his
age. He was born in the town of Richland, June 24, 1827, and spent his boyhood on his
father's farm in that town. In 1856 he was married to Jenette Thomas, of Mexico, who
died in 1890. In 1892 he married Mattie Ross, who survives him, together with his little
daughter, Anna Genevieve, who was born in 1900. Early in life he engaged in buying and
selling livestock which business he followed to the end of his life. As a business man he
was eminently successful; always generous and kind to the poor, and in fact became
known as the poor man's friend.
     In early life he united with the Baptist church of Holmesville and followed closely the
teachings of Christ in his duty to his fellow man. His standing among men was above
reproach and he was always ready to fight the battles of the poor when called on to do so.
For nearly a year past, his health has been failing and he spent much of his time in putting
his business in shape as to be ready for the end, which came suddenly, and he passed over
to the other side of the dark river without a struggle.
     The funeral was held at the house, Monday afternoon, Rev. Petersen, of the
Presbyterian church, officiating. The pall bearers were, Frank Calkins, Sr., Frank Calkins,
Jr., Edwin S. Calkins, Frank McChesney, Charles Beeman, Hartwell Douglass, Irving
Bracey, and Luke Waite.
     His remains were laid to rest by the side of his first wife in the family lot in Mexico
August 22, 1917 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Russel Dean Calkins

     Russel Calkins was born on a farm near Pulaski April 18, 1829 and grew to manhood
in Pulaski. He was married October 17, 1854 to Sarah Whipple, near Pineville. He died at
Eugene, Oregon August 13, 1917. Besides his widow he leaves three sons and one
daughter, all of Eugene, Oregon, and one brother, J. E. Calkins of Altmar.
     Mr. Calkins attended a private school in Watertown and was a graduate of Mexico
Academy. He is the last of the old boys of whom I can recall that attended the district
school in the old brick school house that stood on the present site of the Congregational
church in Pulaski on Lake street, when the school was taught by Almond Holmes and
George Gurley was trustee, back in the '40's.
August 1899 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Alva McChesney

     Alva McChesney was born in 1827 and died at his home in Richland Aug. 16, 1899, age 72 years. He had been in poor health for nearly a year but he was patient to the last, always doing what he could for the Master in whom he trusted.
     He was married in 1851 to Isabella Calkins who now survives him, also four sons and two daughters whom all live in the far west but one son. He also leaves two brothers and two sisters who reside in Syracuse. He was a loving husband, an affectionate father and was a kind neighbor and friend. He was a member of the M. E. church for many years and he has gone to his reward.
     The friends have our sympathy in this sad affliction. His funeral was largely attended from his late home Friday. Rev. Jago of Stockholm officiating. He was buried in the Willis cemetery.
January 5, 1910 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Isabelle J. Calkins McChesney
     After an illness of only a week, Mrs. I. McChesney passed away at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. F. D. Hinman, in Clovis, California on December 11, 1909.
     She was born in the town of Richland April 9, 1831. When she was about 16 years she
was united with the Pulaski Baptist church and was a member at the time of her death.
     In 1851 she married to Alva McChesney, who died August 16, 1899.
     Four sons and two daughters survive. Frank C. of Pulaski; John of Syracuse; William
R. and George of Williston, North Dakota, Mrs. F. D. Hinman of Clovis, California and
Mrs. O. M. Foster of Eugene, Oregon.
     At a future date her body will be brought to Pulaski for burial beside her husband at
Willis cemetery.
1900 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York
Frank M. Calkins

     Died October 20th at his residence, No 621 Tully street, Syracuse, Frank M. Calkins in
the 67th year of his age. The deceased was born in Richland, Aug. 17, 1833, and received
his education in Pulaski, graduated at the Academy at Mexico. At an early age he was
united in marriage with Rebecca Litts, who still survives him, four children blessed their
union, George and Robert, of Chicago, Edward S., of Syracuse, and Mrs. E. S. Wyman
with whom he resided.
     He also leaves four brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Harriet Douglass, of Buffalo;
Charles S., of Buena Vista, Colorado; Mrs. Ira Doane, of Pulaski; Rufus P., of Mexico;
Russell, of Randolph, Wisconsin; Mrs. I. J. McChesney, of Pulaski; Mrs. E. M. Jones, of
Milwaukee and J. E. Calkins of Altmar.
     He had an extended acquaintance and many friends who will be pained to learn of his
death. He was a great sufferer from Brights disease, but the summons came in the
twinkling of an eye while walking across the floor he fell and was gone before his wife,
who was  with him, could get to his side. By loving hands he was laid to rest in the
beautiful Evergreen Cemetery near the school he attended so long in his youth in Mexico.
June 14, 1916 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Eliza Melissa Calkins Jones

     Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Eliza Calkins Jones, widow of John
D. Jones, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Hoyt , Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, June
9th, 1916. She was 81 years of age and a native of this town. She and her husband went to
Wisconsin many years ago. Mr. Jones who died in 1898 was a clothing merchant in this
village in the early fifties, conducting a clothing store on the site where the Betts dry
goods store now stands.
     She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frank Hoyt, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; and
two brothers, R. D. Calkins, of Eugene, Oregon and J. E. Calkins, of Altmar.
April 7, 1920 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Jesse E. Calkins

     Last Wednesday afternoon, at his home in Richland, occurred the death of another of
our oldest inhabitants, Jesse E. Calkins, who had been troubled with heart weakness for
some time.
     Mr. Calkins was born in this town near Richland August 26, 1837. He was the son of
Russell Calkins, one of the pioneer settlers of this town. he spent the early part of his life
around Richland, moving to a farm south of Sand Bank, now Altmar, fifty-three years
ago. There he lived until three years ago when he came back to his native town and
bought a home in the west part of the village of Richland.
     Mr. Calkins was twice married. By the first marriage he had four sons and one
daughter, and by the second marriage to Miss Rebecca White, of Richland, he had two
sons, all of whom are living, as is also the second Mrs. Calkins. The children are Mrs.
Orin Potter, of Superior, Wisconsin; Walter of Paradise, Wisconsin; Pearl of Chippewa
Falls, Wisconsin; James of Seattle, Washington; Dr. Arthur of Chadwick, Illinois; and
Hoyt, a teacher in Manilla. Thus the family was so scattered that but two, Arthur and
Pearl, were able to attend the funeral which was held, Sunday noon, at the home, Rev. C.
A. Robinson, pastor of the Methodist church of Richland, officiating. Burial in Willis
     "Uncle Hiram" is gone. We shall miss him. The Democrat's editors have had a faithful
friend in him for over fifty years, as he has been a regular or occasional correspondent for
the Democrat for over a half a century. He was our South Albion correspondent until he
removed to Richland. He wrote for years over the name "Uncle Hiram" and that name
became fixed so he was more often called "Uncle Hiram" than any other name. He was
president of the Democrat's Correspondent Association and we had some grand times at
the annual gatherings. When Uncle Hiram and "Aunt Jane" drove up to the picnic
grounds and began taking out baskets and chicken pie pans we all knew there was going
to be enough to eat. Mr. Calkins had a fond of humor and he put it to good use when he
sat down to write for the Democrat. His news items read like the literary creations of A.
Ward or S. Clemens. He could "fix items up" so they would be read with a relish.
     Mr. Calkins was a Democrat. He was nominated for member of assembly one or more
times by his party. He was a man of strong convictions and he would not beat around the
bush to make them known. He was fearless and outspoken. He had a heart in him bigger
than the heart of an ox. Many could testify of his kindness and generosity. The last time
he came to the office, in February, he came tugging into the sanctum a monstrous squash
and a string of popcorn, for which exertion he paid the penalty of an almost collapse in
our office. He was in town the first of March, on business, but he had a bad time getting
home and was tired out so he never fully recovered. His horse got down in the snow and
excited him so much it made a deep draft on his heart power.
     Mr. Calkins was a member of Orwell Grange and he was always very devoted to the
order. He served his town as patrolman on the state road, four years ago. He will be
missed, not only in his home but in the whole eastern Oswego county, where he has been
a conspicuous and esteemed citizen so many years.
     He loved his children and was proud that out of the whole great family there is not one
who caused him to blush as he spoke their names or thought of their lives.
June 24, 1931 Evening Telegram
Superior. Wisconsin

Mary J. Calkins Potter

  Mrs. O. H. Potter, 69, 1001 East Fifth street, a resident of Superior for the past 26
years, died Wednesday noon at her home after a brief illness. Mrs. Potter had not been in
good health for some time. She was born August 30, 1861.
 The survivors include: Her husband, O. H. Potter, two daughters, Mrs. E. W.
Marshall and Miss Pearl Potter; three brothers, Hoyt J. Calkins, Arthur Calkins, and Perl Calkins. 
 The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence with Dr.
Leslie A. Betchtel officiating. Following the services the body will be taken to Sparta
where burial will take place. The Smith-Lang funeral home is in charge.
1893 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Lydia Price Calkins

     Died on Sunday last, Mrs. Albert Calkins, in the 71st year of her age. The funeral
services were held from the church on Tuesday, at 10 o'clock. Mrs. Calkins was an old
resident of this place, and left many friends. Two daughters, Mrs. O. B. Mowry of North
Mexico, and Mrs. F. A. Niles, of this place survive her. She was sick but a short time, her
disease being typhoid pneumonia.
May 1891 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Susan Calkins Price

   The death of Mrs. Susan Price, aged 70 years, widow of the late John Price, occurred at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ames last Thursday, May 15, 1891. The funeral services
were held at the church on Sunday, Rev. Northrup officiating. Mrs. Price was an old and
well known resident of this place, having lived here, we believe, all her life. She was of a
deeply religious turn, and when able was always in attendance at church. Four children,
Ralph, of Pulaski, John B., Mrs. Martha Philbrick and Mrs. Carrie Ames of this place
survive her.
July 13, 1910 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Mary Moore Calkins

     Died, July 1, 1910, Mrs. Mary Calkins, widow of Asahel B. Calkins and daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. David Moore, aged 81 years. Mrs. Calkins came to this place from Saratoga
county when but two years of age, and the remainder of her long life has been spent in
this immediate vicinity. Since the death of her husband she has made her home with her
son Fred and wife, who gave her unremitting care and attention during a long and painful
illness which was patiently and uncomplainingly borne. Besides the son above mentioned
she leaves two others, Frank and Don A. Calkins of Mexico and one daughter Mrs. A.
Hollenbeck of Pulaski. The funeral was held from the home on July 3rd. The many
beautiful floral tributes bearing mute testimony to the esteem in which she was held. The
funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. P. O. Wilcox, who spoke words of comfort and
cheer to the bereaved family. The interment was made in the South Richland cemetery.
June 17, 1925 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Julia Ann Litts Price

     Mrs. Julia Ann Price, 99, died at the Price home at Port Ontario, last Wednesday,
where she had lived a long time. 
     Julia Ann Price, probably was the oldest woman resident of the town of Richland. She
was born October 6, 1825, at Kinderhook, Rensalaer county, and came to this town when
a child and where she had since lived. She was the last surviving member of a large
family and is survived by one son.
     Rev. E. H. Scott, pastor of the Methodist church, Pulaski, officiated at the funeral
which was held from the family home, last Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was in
Daysville cemetery.
May 1888 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Polly S. Price Litts

     Died, April 30, 1888, of heart disease, Polly, mother of Fred and George Litts, in the
62nd year of her age. Her death was very sudden and wholly unexpected, being in
seemingly perfect health until within a few hours of her death. The deceased was greatly
loved and respected by all who knew her. She leaves two sons to mourn the loss of one of
the best mothers, Fred Litts of this place, and George Litts, who is in Utah. A large
congregation of mourning friends and relatives assembled at the church on Thursday to
pay their last tribute to the dead. Rev. C. E. Miller delivered the address
January 17, 1898 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Sophina Goodroe Price

     The funeral of Mrs. Jackson Price was held at the church last Wednesday, her death
having occurred after a brief but severe illness. Besides her husband, she leaves five
children, three sons and two daughters to mourn her death. Rev. Idle officiated at the
funeral, a large concourse of people having assembled to witness the last sad rites of a
neighbor. Her age was about 60 years. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the

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