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Otsego County, NY



Paul Earing
obit April 5, 1948 "The Otsego Farmer", Otsego Co, NY
 
Fly Creek Vet, 28, Hangs Self in Barn
 
Cooperstown-----Paul Earing, 28, veteran of three years service in World War Two, 
two years of which were in the Pacific theatre, took his own life by hanging
Saturday afternoon in the barn of his father-in-law, Frank Gorence, Sr., in
Fly Creek Valley. Dr. Harrie V. Frink, Richfield Springs, Otsego County
coroner, gave a verdict of suicide by hanging. The body was removed to the
Ingalls Funeral Home there. Members of the family told State Police that Earing
returned home Saturday from his work with the New York State Highway maintenance
crew. He had his lunch and left the house, supposedly to get some firewood. A
half-hour later he was discovered by Peter Vajda, a farm hand, hanging
from the cross-beam on the main floor of the barn. No reason can be given for his act. He was born in Westford Sept 27, 1919, the son of Alfred and Susan (Baldwin)
Earing, but was reared in the home of a grandmother. The last 15 years he had
lived in Fly Creek in the homes of Mrs Howard Allison and S. Paul Steere.
He was married Jan 4, 1948 in St Mary's rectory, Cooperstown, to Miss Caroline L.
Gorence of Fly Creek, who survives with his father in Westford; his mother of
Meridale, a sister Mrs Edward Klein of Westville. He was graduated from the
Westford High School, and following his discharge from the Army in April 1946, he
worked with Remington Rand in Ilion before joining the State Highway patrol crew
this spring. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Ingalls
Funeral Home, Cooperstown. The Rev. Walter Miller, Westville, a former
Army chaplain, will officiate. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Susie C. Earing obit December 16, 1979 "Otsego Farmer", Otsego Co, NY Mrs. Susie C. Earing, 76, of East End, Oneonta, died Friday, Dec 14, 1979 at
Fox Hospital, Oneonta. She was born Dec 4, 1903 in the town of Westford, a
daughter of Edsel and Libbie (VanDerVeer) Baldwin. Mrs Earing worked in
the Bailey nursing home, Oneonta, and other area homes. She spent most of her
life in the Otsego county area. For the past four years, she made her home with
her sister, Mrs Cora Beach in Oneonta. She was a member of Westville United
Methodist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs Edward (Doris) Klein of Lakeworth, Fla.,
a brother, Raymond Baldwin of Richfield Springs, four sisters, Mrs Herbert
(Mae) Roberts of Cobleskill, Mrs Leon (Viola) Smith of Greene, Mrs Floyd
(Cora) Beach of Oneonta and Mrs Ralph (Gladys) Blanchard, of Oneonta, a
half-sister, Mrs Leila Brown, Laurens, six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren,
several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral and committal services were
held Tuesday, Dec 18 at the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta, with Rev. George
F. Goodwin, pastor of the First United Methodist church, Oneonta, officiating.
Burial will be in Westville cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Alfred G. Earling obit May 5, 1996 "Otsego Farmer", Otsego Co, NY MILFORD......Alfred G. Earling, 97, of Milford, passed away Friday, May 3, 1996
at the Meadows, Cooperstown. He was born Feb 28, 1899 in Elk Creek, the son of
Wellington and Ida (Salisbury) Earing. He married Frances Domion Nov 2, 1929. Alfred grew up in Maple Valley and attended school there. He moved to Westford,
where he owned and operated a dairy farm. He later moved to Milford where he
also owned and operated a dairy farm. Upon retiring from farming, he worked at the
Farmers' Museum, until retiring in 1985. He was a former member of the
Westville Grange No. 540, and a member of the Milford United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Frances of Milford, a son, Robert G. Earing of
Cooperstown and a grandson, Robert D. Earing of Valrico, Fla. Mr Earing
was predeceased by two sons, Arthur and Gene Earing. Funeral services will be at
10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Tillapaugh Funeral Home, MIlford. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Cora Dingman Eckler Jan 8 obit 5/15/1946, "Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY The funeral services for Mrs Cora Eckler were held at Warren Baptist church Wednesday,
5/8 at 2 p.m. Interment was in Springfield Center Cemetery. She is survived by 1
son, Leslie Eckler, 1 grandson, Harold Eckler, 1 sister, Mrs Orville Hoke, and 4
great-grandchildren. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Henry Edick Richfield Mercury The death of Henry Edick occurred in Cooperstown early Sunday morning April 27th.
The funeral was held at the home of William Edick in Johnson Street at two o'clock
Tuesday afternoon , the Reverend George H. McCleave officiating. Interment was made
in Lakeview Cemetery. Henry Edick was born in the Town of Columbia on January 12, 1850, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Edick. Practically all his life was spent in Richfield Springs and vicinity. About fifty-five
years ago, he married Mrs. Alice Gammell in Richfield Springs. There survive, the wife; three sons, william and Earl Edick of this village and John
Edick of Ilion; two daughters, Mrs Lymon Moore of Richfield Springs and Mrs. Gazena
Edick of Ilion; four grandchildren, Harold Moore, Muriel Edick, and Earl and Edward
Edick; and one great grandson, Alfred Moore. Contributed by: Jane Flannery


Orimel Edson The Otsego Republican, October 28, 1833, Vol. V, No. 23. DIED- In Hartwick, on the 23d inst. of consumption, Mr. Orimel Edson, aged 41 years. (page 3)


John A. Elderlin John A. Elderlin, and aged and respected resident of the town of Otego, hung himself in his
barn, about three miles north of that village early Friday morning. Published Richfield Springs Mercury 1907 Contributed by Rene' Treffeisen


Karl E. Ellett obit June 2, 1958 "The Daily Star", Oneonta, NY Veteran D&H Carpenter Is Heart Victim Karl E. Ellett had worked for 30 years as a carpenter for Delaware and Hudson
Railroad. For the last six years he was employed at State University Teachers
College. At 2 p.m. Saturday he was sitting on a chaise lounge on the lawn at
his home, 11 Shepherd Ave. Suddenly he turned to his wife and said, "Everything's
going black." Then he slumped to the lawn and a few minutes later died in
Woodward's ambulance en route to Fox Hospital. Coroner Fisk Brooks, said death
was due to a heart attack. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Bookhout Funeral Home, with the Rev.
Roswell W. Lyon of First Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in
Oneonta Plains Cemetery. Friends may call at their conveniece at the funeral
home. Family members will be present at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight.
Mr Ellett was born May 9, 1897, at Schenevus, son of William and Viola (Baldwin)
Ellett, and married Hazel Pomeroy June 20, 1920, in Oneonta. He is survived by
his wife and mother, of 11 Shepherd Ave; a son Clyde, 24 Winney Hill Rd, and several
cousins. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Jennie Kelly Ennamorato The Oneonta Daily Star Monday, November 23, 1998 ONEONTA — Jennie Ennamorato, 90, of Oneonta died Saturday evening, Nov. 21, 1998, at the
A.O. Fox Hospital Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since 1984. She was born Jan. 12, 1908, in West Davenport, the daughter of Salvatore and Tressie
(Donanna) Kelly. She married Vito Ennamorato on Jan. 23, 1926, in Oneonta. He died
on April 3, 1958. A lifelong area resident, and a homemaker, Mrs. Ennamorato was a member of St. Mary's
Church. She is survived by her children, Andrew Ennamorato of Oneonta, Rose Marie Laterra of
East Syracuse, Sullivan Ennamorato of Montour Falls, Anthony Ennamorato of Columbus,
Ohio, Michael Ennamorato of Kirkville, and Mary Hunt of Cicero; 11 grandchildren; 19
great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a
sister-in-law, Elizabeth Kelly of Oneonta, and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998, at 11 a.m. at
St. Mary's Church with the Rev. Paul Roman, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow
in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Emmons. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church or A.O. Fox
Hospital Nursing Home. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta. Submitted by Michael Cornell


Vito Ennamorato The Oneonta Daily Star Friday, April 4, 1958 Vito Ennamorato, 59, of 15 Susquehanna St., died April 3 in the NYS Rehabilitation
Hospital at Haverstraw-on-the-Hudson. He had been a patient there about three weeks,
but had been ill about one year. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, April 7, at the Rothery-Murphy Funeral
Home and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church where a Solemn High Requiem Mass will be
celebrated. Burial will be in Mount Calvary at a later date. Mr. Ennamorato was born on July 15, 1898, in Runigliano, Italy, a son of Andrew and Rose
(Lombardo) Ennamorato. He married Jennie Kelly in January, 1926, at St. Mary’s
Church in Oneonta. A former fire cleaner with the D&H Railroad, he worked as a laborer after steam engines
were discontinued. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church and lived in Oneonta for 35 years. Surviving besides his wife are four sons, Andrew of Oneonta; Michael of Syracuse;
Anthony with the USAF in Florida; and Sullivan with the USAF in California; two
daughters, Mrs. Rose Marie Laterra, Syracuse, and Miss Mary Ennamorato; three
grandchildren and six sisters in Italy. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 a.m. today until service time. Submitted by Michael Cornell


obit July 1998 "The Daily Star"   Greta E. Epp   WESTFORD — Mrs. Greta E. Epp, 71, of Westford, died late Sunday evening,
July 19, 1998, at her home. She was born on May 30, 1927, in Freeport,
Long Island, a daughter of Fritz E. and Anna (Warnken) Helbig. She married
Martin H. Epp on June 3, 1950, in Williston Park, Long Island. After
her birth, Greta and her family moved to Flushing, Queens where she went
on to graduate from Flushing High School. She then attended Grace Institute
Secretarial School and later began working on Long Island and in New York
City. At night, she attended Pratt Institute where she met her husband, Martin. Greta also worked for Burroughs on Long Island, first as a receptionist and
operator and then advancing on to a position in sales. Her last job was as an
executive secretary for a law firm in Stamford, Conn. In 1973, Greta and
Martin moved to Westford where she pursued her hobbies of collecting dolls
and gardening. Greta loved nature and all animals and enjoyed creating
rock gardens and bonsai trees. She was of the Episcopal faith.   She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Martin of Westford; one son,
Brian Epp of Durango, Colo.; her mother, Mrs. Anna Helbig of The Meadows;
one sister, Trudi Shanahan of Darien, Conn., and several cousins and
other relatives in Germany. She was predeceased by her daughter, Karen G.
Epp, who died on Nov. 29, 1974, and her father, Fritz Helbig, who died on
March 31, 1987. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 1998, at
the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown with the Rev. Canon
George F. Franch, Rector Emeritus of Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown,
officiating. Burial will follow in Westville Cemetery. Friends may call at
the funeral home on Wednesday evening, July 22, 1998, from 7 to 9 p.m. when
Greta's family will be in attendance. Contributed by Judy Morgan


obit Aug 2000, "The Daily Star"   Martin H. Epp Jr.   WESTFORD— Martin H. Epp Jr., 74, of county Highway 36-A, town of Westford,
died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at his home. He was born on July 10, 1926, in
North Hempstead, a son of Martin H. and Marguerite Marie (Tierney) Epp Sr.
He married Greta Helbig on June 3, 1950, in Williston Park, Long Island.
Gerta died on July 19, 1998. Following his graduate from Mineola High School, Marty enlisted in the
Army Air Corps during World War II and served as a crew chief for the A-26
Invader in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. After his discharge from
the military, he studied arts at the Pratt Institute in New York City. For
most of his career, Marty freelanced as a commercial artist and as a
stage set designer in New York City and throughout the United States. At
one time he was employed by Archie publications outlining for the Archie
comic strip and Casper the Friendly Ghost. He also had been employed as
the arts director at the Fannon and Osmond Art House in New York City. Marty enjoyed many interests during his life, including aviation and
sports car racing. As a member of the Sports Car Club of America, he was a
nationally ranked driver, scoring several wins at Bridge Hampton, Watkins
Glen and Lime Rock, as well as other tracks on the East Coast. For two
consecutive years Marty was the Eastern Motor Racing Association's Sports
Car Champion.  Above all else, Marty enjoyed being the life of the party.
He attended Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown and was a charter
member of the Madison Avenue Sports Car Drivers and Chowder Society in
New York City. Marty is survived by a son, Brian Epp, and his wife, Kathleen Marie, of
Durango, Colo.; a brother, Robert Epp, and his wife, Mary, of Stuart, Fla.;
a sister, June Coleman and her husband, Doug, of Port St. Lucie Fla.; two
grandchildren, Chris and Renny Young, of Durango, Colo.; his mother-in-law,
Anna Helbig, of Cooperstown; a sister-in-law, Trudi Shanahan, of Monroe,
Conn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a
daughter, Karen G. Epp, who died Nov. 29, 1974. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the
Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Canon
George F. French, rector emeritus of Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown,
officiating. Burial will follow in the Westville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from noon until the time of
the service, when the family will in attendance. Contributed by Judy Morgan


George Farmer Republican and Democrat, Saturday, January 7, 1871 (Cooperstown, Otsego County) Fatal Accident. (page 3) On Tuesday of last week George Farmer of Hartwick was fatally injured while wrestling. It appears that after school Farmer and a school-mate stood back to back with their arms interlocked, and were "churning," as it is termed, that is each lifting the other from his feet, alternately, by inclining the body forward. His school-mate slipped, throwing young Farmer completely over, and he struck upon his shoulders, injuring the spinal cord, so that he died the following morning. No blame whatever can be attached to any one, as it was an unavoidable accident. The manner of the death of this promising young man should, however, be a warning to boys who are in the habit of wrestling or scuffling. Such sad occurrences as the one above narrated are not uncommon, though perhaps the result in this case is more melancholy than often occurs. There are many other methods available for the development of the body, not fraught with danger, and to such boys should direct their attention. Profit by this warning and cease scuffling. We learn that the school-mates of young Farmer passed a series of resolutions sympathizing with bereaved friends, which are too extended to admit of publication.


Edward Feak Hood River Glacier, Hood River, Oregon February 21, 1896 OBIT Edward Feak was born in South Worchester, Otsego County, New York on July 23, 1828,
and parted from us January 20, 1896, aged 75 years, 5 months and 28 days. He was converted and united with the Methodist - Episcopal Church when a child. In 1843 he was married to Mary Ann Hilyer and moved to Wisconsin in 1845, living
there 25 years. He moved to Iowa and from there to Hood River valley 10 years ago,
where he lived until called to his reward. This strong, active man was a good
steward in the church. A lover of camp meeting. His home has always been the
preachers home. It is anyone wonder that his children and grandchildrn are all
Christians and that his two sons are preaching the gospel, which he so loved?
His last days were triump, among his last words "Jesus and glory." he leaves an
aged wife, two sons and 5 daughters. One son preceded him to glor. His remains
were followed to the grave by a large concourgse of relatives and friends. After
a sermon by the writer of John xiv,2.


Utica Press Walter H. Firman Dies Suddenly[1917 written in] Heart Trouble Proves Fatal to Well-Known Ilionite Early This Morning-Active in
Fraternities Ilion, May 25,_Walter h. Firman, a well-known resident of Ilion, died very suddenly
of heart trouble at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Charles Towne, Railroad Street, about
6:45 o'clock this morning. Mrs Taowne called him, and when he did not appear as usual
she went to investigate. As she entaered the room she heard groans and found Mr. Firman
unable to talk and rapidly dying. Dr. H. J. Hunter ws summoned at once as was Coroner Manion. Mr. Firman was dead when
they arrived. Mr. Firman was born in the town of Richfield 44 years ago, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Delmer Firman. He came to Ilion about 30 years ago andhas since lived with Mr. and
Mrs. Towne. He was employed for many years as a machine setter at the Remington Arms
plant. Mr. Firman was especially active in fraternal matters. he was master of financesin
Damon Lodge, K. of P., and treasurer of the building committee. He was also a member
of the uniformed rank, Knights of Pythias. He belonged to the Schuyler Lake Lodge, F. & A. M. and was a member of the chapter.
He was also a member of Little Falls Knights of Birmingham. There survive his parents, one brother, Orville Firman of Richfield Springs; two
sisters, Mrs. Gustave Robinson and Mrs. Dell Atkins, both of Richfield Springs;
and his aunt with whom he lived. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed. Contributed by: Jane Flannery


Anna Flagg The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, Oregon March 13, 1903 In Hood River, March 12, 1903, Mrs. Anna Flagg, in the 79th year of her age.
Funeral Saturday at 1:30 o'clock from the M. E. church. Obituary Mrs. Anna Winton Flagg, mother of Mrs. F. E. Jackson, who died in Hood River,
March 12, 1903, was born in Morris, Otsego County, New York April 7, 1824.
She was married to Deloss Flagg, February 25, 1847 and in New York state were
born their five children, four sons and one daughter. The family removed to Michigan in 1874, where Mr. Flagg died in January 1882.
Mrs. Flagg came to Hood River with her daughter in 1893. Mrs. Flagg was a member of the M. E. church since her childhood, and for a
number of years had been connected officially with the Woman's Relief Corps,
and the Eastern Star. She was a pronounced character and of kindly spirit.
She had a very clear mind and more than usual energy. Thus her influence
was plainly marked in all these circles where she gave her interest and her
work -- in the church, in the social circle, and in the entire community of
Hood River. Three sons had passed on before, the one remaining, residing in
Lewiston, Idaho. The funeral of Mrs. Flagg was held under the auspices of her church, the
Relief Corps and the Eastern Star. A large number of people were in attendance , tenderly paying a sincere tribute
to her memory Before her death, to which she calmly looked, Mrs. Flagg made
her own funeral arrangements. Old soldiers from Canby post bore the casket
from the hearse and placed it in the grave, when the floral tributes -- the
soft falling snow and the tears of sympathy impressed a picture on memorial
that time shall not efface. FRS I am in no way related to Mrs. Flagg and only post this for reference to those
who might be decendants of her. Charlott Wells Jones


Charles Fling ELK CREEK- Charles H. Fling, 69, of Elk Creek died Wednesday, Nov. 27, at
Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. He was born Jan. 1, 1916, in Schenevus, the son of Abram C. and Celestia A.
(Irons) Fling. He married Marian I. Ritchey, who survives, on Dec. 19, 1948,
in Pennsylvania. A lifetime area resident, he was a handyman and custodian for several area
businesses for many years. Surviving, besides his wife, are three sons, Alan Fling of Westford and Dale
Fling and Patrick Fling, both of Schenevus; two daughters, Mrs. Dawn Dixon
and Mrs. Alison Regg, both of Schenevus; 10 grandchildren and several cousins. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Heller Funeral
Home, Schenevus, with the Rev. Judy Thistle, Fox Hospital chaplain, officiating.
Burial will be in Schenevus Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday, when the fammily will be in attendance. Contributions may be made to the Schenevus-Maryland Emergency Squad. Obituary written in 1985 Contributed by Robert A. Baldwin
Columbus Republican Sat 24 July 1886 ( Columbus, Wisconsin Columbia County) Mrs. Catherine Foster, the wife of Mr. John Foster, of Fall River, died on Tuesday
morning, July 20th. She was born Dec. 9th, 1830 at Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., N. Y. and was the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Decker, of that place, whom Providence blessed with nine children.
She was married to Mr. John Foster, the now bereaved husband, on January 26th, 1853,
at the above named place. Three years after this they left their native home for this
western country, and arrived at Fond Du Lac, where they remained for nine years, until
1865, at which time they removed to Fountain Prairie, and settled on Section 29. She has been the mother of five children, three boys and two girls, all of whom survive
her. Her loving, kind, and motherly disposition, made her a woman of superior worth,
respected and affectionately loved by all who knew her. The husband has lost in her a
kind and affectionate wife; the children a kind and loving mother; and the town a
useful and important citizen. She was a woman in the highest type of womanhood. The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, in the M.E. Church, by the pastor,
Rev. Thos. James. the attendance was unusually large, the church being filled to its
utmost capacity, and other could not gain admittance. We deeply sympathize with the
bereaved friends and prey God's blessing upon them. Contributed by Lori Driver


Vincent Fuller Former Otego Editor Dies Vincent S. Fuller, 92, former editor and publisher of the Otego Rural Times, died Feb 13 at the home of his son, Raymond Fuller, in Blairstown, New Jersey Published Thursday February 24, 1955 Richfield Springs Mercury Contributed by Rene' Treffeisen


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