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Obituaries of Joseph L. Proud & Children

Many thanks to An Carlson for contributing these obituries.


NY; Oswego; Oswego:  Palladium-Times:  OBITUARY;
January 16, 1911

Death of Joseph L. Proud

   Joseph L. Proud, one of the best known residents of the 1st ward, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George B. Clement, 98 West Seventh Street, yesterday.
   Mr. Proud was born in Cornwall Ont. July 22, 1827 and was in his 84th year.  About 1862, he came to this city and engaged in the trucking business, but soon after purchased a farm about 2 miles west of the city.  In the early eighties, he sold this to the late H. D. McCaffrey and came to
this city and again became interested in the trucking business, which he continued until he retired, about fourteen years ago.  In politics, Mr Proud was a Republican and while never an office seeker or holder, he was held in high esteem by his large number of acquaintances.
   Six sons and four daughters survive, Byron, Samuel, Issac, Charles and George of this city and James of Rockford Ill:  Mrs Peter Stenson, Mrs George B. Clement, Mrs Lawrence Fitzpatrick, Mrs Albert Mc Gann, all of this city.  The funeral will be from Mrs Clement's home
Tuesday at 2PM.


NY; Oswego; Oswego:  Palladium-Times:  OBITUARY;
Monday, July 12, 1926
Samuel H. Proud

   Shock resulting from injuries suffered last Wednesday when machinery weighing seven tons fell on his feet, caused the death of Samuel H. Proud, 67, of 95 West Schuyler Street, in Oswego hospital Sunday.
   Mr. Proud was helping to unload machinery at the plant of the Oswego River Power Corporation when the heavy mass being moved by a derrick fell.  He was unable to escape being struck, his left foot and ankle being crushed and his right heel injured.  Immediate attention was given and Mr. Proud was taken to the Oswego Hospital.  Owing to the profound shock suffered it was deemed inadvisable to attempt an amputation. Mr. Proud's age was also a
factor in preventing recovery. 
   Mr. Proud was a native of Brockville, Ont., being the son of Joseph and Malina Proud.  He was born in 1859.  Coming to Oswego in boyhood Mr. Proud had ever since made this city his home.  He was particularly well-known in the First Ward, where he lived.  Friends and neighbors
held him in the highest respect.  Deceased was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and active
member of the Holy  Name Society there. 
   Surviving him are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. M.F. Cavellier, four grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren, all of Oswego; four brothers, James Proud, of Rockford, Ill., Isaac, Charles and George Proud, Oswego; and four sisters, Mrs. George B. Clement, Cleveland Oh., Mrs. Peter Stenson, Mrs. L.S. FitzGerald and Mrs. Albert McGann, Oswego.
   Funeral will be held from St. Mary's Church Wednesday morning.


NY; Oswego; Oswego:  Palladium-Times:  OBITUARY;
Saturday, June 15, 1929
Isaac H. Proud

   Following an illness of two years, Isaac H. Proud, 68, highly esteemed resident of the city for many years, passed away this morning shortly after ten o'clock.  Mr Proud was born in Addison, Ontario, the son of the late Joseph and Malinda Proud.  He came to this city with his parents when but a small child, where he continued to reside.  He was one of the best known residents and enjoyed a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
   Mr Proud was a good citizen, kindly and just in his relation with friends and neighbors among whom his death causes a feeling of keen sorrow.  He was a mason by occupation and during his lifetime assisted with the building of the prominent homes of the city.  He was a member of
the First ME Church. 
   Surviving are three sons and two daughters, Harvey and Isaac Proud, Rochester; Floyd Proud, New Haven, Conn; Mrs Fred Dovel and Mrs William Fritz, Rochester; also three brothers and four sisters, James Proud, Rockford, Ill; Charles and George Proud, Mrs Peter A. Stenson, Mrs Lawrence S. Fitzpatrick, Mrs Albert McGann this city, and Mrs George Clements, Cleveland, Ohio.
   Funeral private Monday afternoon, June 17, at 2:30 o'clock at the home of his sister, Mrs Peter A. Stenson, 80 West Seventh Street.  Interment will be made in the family plot at Rural Cemetery.


NY; Oswego; Oswego:  Palladium-Times:  OBITUARY;
Tuesday, April 18, 1933
Mrs Rachel A. Stenson

   Mrs Rachel Amelia Stenson, 71, wife of Peter A. Stenson, died Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the family home, 80 West Seventh Street.  Mrs Stenson had been in failing health for several months  and during the past week her condition had become critical.
  Mrs Stenson was born in CANADA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Melinda Proud.  She came to Oswego when a young child and passed most of her life in the First Ward and had a wide acquaintance throughout this city.  She was of a kindly and sympathetic nature and was a devoted wife and mother.
   Mrs Stenson was a member of the First Methodist Church and of the Kings Daughters and and the Ladies' Aid Society of that church. 
   Surviving besides her husband are three daughters and two sons, Mrs Hubert Lewis, Jackson Heights, NY; Mrs George H. Cleaver, Oswego; Mrs Leonard P. Larsen, Chicago, Ill; Charles E Stenson, Hubbard, Ohio; and Donald E. Stenson, Southhampton, NY, also three sisters and three brothers.
   Private funeral will be held Thursday.  Mrs Stenson's husband underwent a serious operation
at Oswego Hospital at 11 o'clock today.


NY; Oswego; Oswego:  Palladium-Times:  OBITUARY;
Friday, November 2, 1934
Mrs George B. Clement

   Word was received from Cleveland, Ohio, of the death Thursday of Mrs Cynthia Proud Clement, wife of George B. Clement, former well known Oswego man, following a brief illness.
   Mrs Clement was born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Joseph and Melinda Proud.  She removed to Cleveland several years ago.
   Surviving besides her husband are two children, Miss Irene Clement and Edward Clement, of Cleveland, also two brothers, Charles and George Proud, and two sisters, Mrs Lawrence S. Fitzpatrick and Mrs A. R. McGann, this city.
   The body will arrive in Oswego Sunday morning. Funeral will be held from the home of her sister, Mrs Lawrence S. Fitzpatrick, 95 West Seneca Street, time to be announced later.


NY; Oswego; Oswego:  Palladium-Times:  OBITUARY;
Monday, June 16, 1947

CHARLES JOSEPH PROUD, retired carpenter, died Sunday at the home of his son, John J. Proud, 67 Liberty Street. 
   Born in Oswego, a son of the late Joseph & Malinda Brown Proud, he was a carpenter by trade and had been retired for 15 years. 
   He was a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a member of the Holy Name Society. 
   His wife, the former Miss Ann Whelahan, died several decades ago.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs James (Ethel) Callahan; Mrs Albert (Margaret) Sill; Mrs Andrew (Harriett) Bednarek; Three sons, Francis J. Proud; John J. Proud; and James J. Proud;  Two step daughters Mrs Annabelle Daly, Mrs Harold (Rose) Schulz ; Two sisters, Mrs Rena Fitzpatrick and Mrs Albert Mc Gann; and a brother George Proud and seven grandchildren.
   He was the father of the late Edward Proud and stepfather of the late Leo Harrington and Bernice Plunkett. 
   Friends are invited to attend the funeral at the home of his son, 61 Liberty Street Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock and in St. Mary's Church at 9:30.  Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.


NY; Oswego; Oswego:  Palladium-Times:  OBITUARY;
Tuesday,  May 8, 1956
Mrs. Lawrence Fitzpatrick

   Mrs. Rena C. Fitzpatrick, 85, for 14 years a resident of the Old Ladies Home and formerly of 95 West Seneca St., died early this morning in Oswego Hospital.
   She was the widow of Lawrence S. Fitzpatrick.    Born in Oswego, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Melinda Proud.  She was a member of First Methodist church and its King's Daughters.
   Surviving are a brother, George Proud, and several nieces and nephews.  Friends are invited to attend the funeral Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Dain Funeral Home with the Rev. Russell S. BROWN, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Rural Cemetery.
   Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.


IL; Winnebago; Rockford:  Rockford Morning Star
City Deaths, Sunday, October 8, 1933
James A. Proud

   James A. Proud, 61, dropped dead yesterday in the basement of his home at 751 [not 761] John Street. Death was due to a heart attack.
   Mr. Proud came to Rockford in 1903 and had been employed at the Barber-Colman Company plant as an assemblyman until recently. He had purchased a gasoline service station a week ago which he was operating.
   He was born in Oswego, N.Y. Surviving him are the widow, Maude C. Proud and three daughters, Mrs. H. E. Vandervoort, St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. R. S. Gregg, 2604 West State Street, Rockford, and Miss Betty, living at home.

6/24/04 Contributed by Family Member Jack Proud at: < >

Jack is researching the following surnames and would appreciate any help.  The names as follows:  
Searching:  Proud, Whelahan, Whellahan, Whelehan, Ling, Clow, Brown, Enright, Enwright, Lowery,  Lowry, Boardway, Bourthway, Mulverhill, Mulvahill, Mulvihill, Stenson, Clement,  Fitzpatrick, Cornvike,  O'Neil, O'Neill, McGann, Mc Gann, Smith, Minahan, Danaher, May, Hurley, Griffin, Callahan, Sill, Bushnell, Corbett, Yousey, Cloonan, Quigley, Scanlon, Koch, Bednarek, Bullock, Collins

3 still missing (not yet transcribed) are Cordellia Rena 'Deed' Proud-Fitzpatrick, George Edward Proud, and Florence M. Proud-McGann.

Byron is a half-brother to all of the others.  He also had a sister Amelia who died as an infant in Elizabethtown, Ontario, Canada.

Missing Obituaries to the Joseph L. Proud Family

Oswego Palladium Times
Monday, December 8, 1879
PROUD - Dec. 6, 1879, Mrs. Melinda Proud, wife of Joseph Proud, aged 39 years, 10 months and 3 days.
Funeral at her late residence 1 1/2 miles from this city, Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Friends and acquaintenances are invited.       
          A Light is from our household gone,
          A voice we loved is stifled,
          A place is vacant on our hearth,
          Which never can be filled.
June 8, 1921
Byron J. Proud, a well known resident of this city and for twenty-five years a member of the Oswego Fire Department, died at the family home, 109 West Cayuga Street, last evening following an illness since March last.
Mr. Proud was in his 66th year.  He had lived in this city practically all his life, coming here with his parents when but a small boy.
He was a member of the First M. E. Church and a member of the old volunteer fire department.  Mr. Proud was widely known throughout the city, were he had the respect of all.
Surviving besides his widow are six daughters, Mrs. W. G. Smith, of Rome N.Y., Mrs. A. M. Collier, Gloversville, Mrs. Charles Perkins, Syracuse, Mrs. Anna Goodman and Mrs. John Woods Jr. this city, and Mrs. Westley Littlefield, Minetto, and one son, Albert Proud, of this city;  also five brothers and four sisters.
Funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at the family home at 2:30 o'clock.


Also here is Joseph's older half-brother William:
December 9, 1889

William Proud
The PALLADIUM is called upon today to announce the death of one of Oswego's oldest and best known citizens - William Proud - which occurred at his home at an early hour yesterday morning. 

Mr. Proud had been ill for several weeks, suffering from a complication of diseases.  His case was pronounced hopeless some time ago, but he rallied several times and his relatives had hope.

But last week a change came for the worse and found the vital forces so exhausted that a prolongation of life was impossible.

Mr. Proud was an interesting character, and his life was full of stirring incidents.  Born in Liverpool, England, on June 26th, 1816, he came to America when four years old, with his parents who settled in Cornwall, Canada.  Becoming dissatisfied with his location he resolved to immigrate, and left home when but ten years of age, going to Ogdensburg.  He soon decided that the charms of a seafaring life were vastly superior to those of another nature, and shipped as cook on board the schooner New York at Oswego when but fifteen years old.

Promotion was rapid and we next find him sailing as mate under Captains Cochrane and Sweetland.  In due time he was placed in charge of a vessel and sailed the L. J. Robin, owned by Bronson & Crocker.  In the winter he worked in the paint shop of George Skinner at Oswego.  He finally gave up the lakes and became a partner in the painting business, afterwards being associated with George L. Thomas.

Then, after other painting partnerships, he embarked on the drug business, a boot and shoe store and a livery venture in quick succession.  The latter establishment first occupied the corner where Carey Brothers' restaurant and Delisle's paint shop now stand, but was afterward removed farther up Second Street.

At one time Mr Proud was worth about $50,000.  He was probably as generally and favorably known as any man in Oswego City.  He was early in life deeply interested in politics and also a member of the old Volunteer Fire Department, once receiving an injury while on duty from which he never fully recovered.  He was kind and charitable and rendered much assistance to the needy in a quiet way.

Mr Proud was married to Margaret Verden on December 11th, 1838.  They had nine children, of whom the following survive:  Miss Mary Proud, of St. Louis; Mrs. Ira G.W. Pennock and Miss Josephine Proud of Philadelphia, Pa.., Mrs. Daniel Holland and Mrs. Edward Turner, of Oswego; Mr William Jr., and Mr. Byron Proud, of Oswego.

The funeral will occur tomorrow at 1:30 o'clock from the house, in West Eighth between Bridge and Cayuga Streets, and at Christ Church at 2 o'clock.  Burial will be made at Rural Cemetery.

(Both brothers had sons named Byron) 

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