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The EVA KIMBLE Collection
Obituaries & Newspaper Clippings
(contributed by Irene C. Johnson)
Surnames mentioned, in order of appearance:
Bellinger, Kent, Gould, Cady, Bump, Brown, Ringer, DeMun, Stowits, Hamilton,
Personius, Kimble, Webb, Myres, Hope, Crout/Grought, Cook, Wolcott, Dr.
Wylie, Rev. Allington, Davis, Cutter, Bucher, Ostrander, Easterbrook, Rowley,
Bailey, Rev. Clark & Rev. Woods, Chapman, Kendall, Markham, Ogden,
VanDeventer, Rev. Stevens, Ransom, Hinman, Johnson, Darby, Lane, Bowman,
Dunham Trusdell, Saylor, Doane, Mallory, Palmer, Davenport, Pangborne,
Thompson, Burgess, Decker, Spraul, Royce, Hill, Mains, Northrop, Kent,
Hedden, Lee, Morgan, Teed, Neese, Castilla, Gould, Fenton, Sgrecci, Yaw,
Starkweather, Wilbur, Goltry, Rev. Alcott, Rev. McKinney, King, Maine,
Edmister, Cody, Rev. Fryer, Baker, Sterling, Tinker, Rev. Maxwell.
[Use the FIND function.]
, Jun. 1900.
Franklin Bump & Edith
, Nov. 1900.
A. Clayton Crout
, Feb. 1974.
, Sep. 1947
Homer A. Crout
, Mar. 1933
John "Grought" (John C. Crout)
James H. Davenport
, May, 1932.
Harry J. Kendall
Mrs. Frank (Julia) Maine
, April 1911.
Bertha A. Starkweather
History of Moreland Telephone Co.-
with a number of local names
"This is what I have written about funerals I have attended, and
I have a book of sheets of wrappers off church papers when they came enclosed,
and have sewn them together and made a tablet of 1-1/2 inches thick--with
a black cover made from cloth that the ladies years ago used to stiffen
their "woostered" [worsted?] shirts. And I began with my Bellinger
grandparents that died in 1909 (gm., 75), 1911 (uncle, 56), 1912 (gp.,
89), 1915 (cousin, age 21) and then there is the Kent family, mother
of Jess in Johnson Hollow. I and a neighbor girl walked down
a mile or more.--Endo(?) Royce was the undertaker and Jennie Crout Kent
had a baby in arms. It may have been their first. And the Crouts
of Magic and Burt may have been there. Then before Mrs. Kent [died]
there was double funeral in the Ralph Gould home in 1916 or later--neighbors
to Kents. And I started my book around then. And drew a picture to
start the heading. And those little headings help me to see now what
the house and barns looked like... I have tried in later years to put the
deaths in the same year after year. But some I attended I never made
a record and have to go by obituaries and what I could remember as a girl.
I tell all that happened."
Catlin Center News
"John Cady married Sarah Bump. Daniel
Bump married Sarah Cady. Silas Cady
and Patience Brown were parents of John and Sarah Cady.
Their brothers were Silas Cady Jr. who married Margaret Ringer,
and Guilford Cady who married Rachael Demun who lived in
Catlin. The graves of Silas Jr. and Patience Cady have not been located.
Joshua Stowits married Welthy Cady. Walter Hamilton
of Chambers married Olive Cady. She died in 1925. Pearl Cady
married James Personius of Chambers in 1907. Marvin Cady
died in 1919. His wife's name was Ann. Their two sons were
Cady and Andrew Cady of East Creek Rd, Catlin.
Amos Kimble, who died in 1898 was a brother to Brant Kimble,
the grandfather of Mrs. Emily Kimble Webb. Mrs Myres
has a cousin by the name of James E. Hope, a historian in
Corning NY Democrat August 3,1876
John Grought (John C. Crout)
, a farmer residing at Beaver
Dams, met his death early Monday afternoon, under the the following circumstances:
He intended going to visit a son in law, George Cook
Caton and to make a short cut from here took the Eris track to a lane leading
from the tracks near George Wolcott’s
. When near the bridge he was
warned of the apporoach of train 38 coming behind him, and he was on the
eastern bound track but not in time to avoid train 35 which was going west.
He attempted to leave the track but did not succeed and
was struck by the engine and thrown against the bridge. He received
several injuries about the abdomen and neck, his right arm was also broken.
Train 35 picked him up and brought him to this station where he died about
half past two, living about two hours after receiving the
injuries. He was a man of about sixty-five years of age, and
leaves a wife and several children. The Coroner, Dr. Wylie
, of Bath
held and inquest on Monday evening. The jury rendered a verdict in
accordance with the above facts and exonerated the Erie Railway Co. and
its employees from all blame."
Sadly Bereaved 1900
Franklin Bump and grand-daughter pass away.
Franklin Bump passed quietly away Fri. morning Nov. 9, 1900 after a
short illness. He was in his 80th year and was one of the oldest
and most respected citizens of Catlin, having lived within its boundaries
45 years He was always patient and kind in his manner and beloved
by all who knew him. His wife, and one son, three sisters and one
brother survive him. The funeral was held Sun. at the Baptist Church,
Moreland, Rev. Mr. Allington of Beaver Dams had charge of the service,
and Charles Davis of Watkins was the undertaker. Burial in
Moreland Cemetery. Franklin's wife was Elinor (Cutter) Bump.
And again this bereaved family had to have the eyes of another loved one
Sat., Nov. 10, 1900, Edith Bump, grand-daughter of the
former, died at Hector where she had been packing grapes the past season.
After an illness of two weeks the effects of physicians and a trained nurse
were of no avail. Her Saviour called her and she went, and many are
the friends and schoolmates, her life was short--only 13 years. She
stayed with us, but all are better for having known her and come under
her influence. Her funeral was held Mon. Nov. 12, at 2 o'clock at
Moreland, and again the same minister and undertaker were called upon to
perform the solemn service. And in memory of her we say...."A precious
one from us has gone...A voice we loved is stilled...A place is vacant
in our home...Which never can be filled."
[Also, Mrs. Delia (Bucher) Bump died Mar. 28, 1933 at her daughter
Florence's home in Catlin.]
Mrs. Fannie Ostrander
85 years of age, widow of the late
, a prominent resident of the town of Catlin, Chemung county,
NY, died this morning April 1911.--day obliterated by egg-white paste
holding the clipping (Corning Evening Leader
funeral was on a Sunday, and usually held on the third day after death
in those days. She died in the morning at 4:45 o'clock at the home
of her daughter Mrs. I. N. Easterbrook
of 129 East Erie Ave., Corning,
of a complication of diseases. She had been in ill health since May
25, 1910 when she sustained a collar fracture at the home of her sister
of Post Creek. During the winter she suffered
from attack of grip. Mrs. Ostrander was born in Moreland Schuyler
county on Mar. 27, 1827, one of the family of 14 children. Her parents
and Mrs. Daniel Bump
were prominent residents of Moreland. Her
father was born Feb. 20, 1792 in the State of Rhode Island. He removed
to the town of Hector nearly 70 years ago. He served in the war of
1812. He died at Moreland Mar. 17th, 1869. Cornelius Ostrander
her husband died 22 years ago last November. He was at one time a
prominent farmer in the town of Catlin. Since that time Mrs. Ostrander
has made her residence at the home of her daughter Mrs. I. N. Easterbrook.
She is survived by one daughter Mrs. I.N. Easterbrook of this city
at whose home she died; two sisters Mrs. William Rowley of Post Creek and
of Moreland, NY; and two brothers--Wilson Bump
Portland, Oregon and George W. Bump
of Petoskey, Mich.
Mrs. Ostrander was a much-beloved and highly respected resident of thsi
city. She was a member of the First M.E. Church and also of the Ladies
Aid Home Missionary and Mary Sharp Societies. She was consecrated
woman. Her loss will be mourned by not only her immediate relatives,
but by the community at large. Her funeral will be held from the
late home at 129 East Erie Ave. on Sun. at 3pm Revs. Burton M. Clark
of the First M. E. Church and H.C. Woods
of Bath will officiate.
Interment will be in the Hope Cemetery, Corning.
Sad Ending of a Reunion 1900:
Obituary of Miss Susan Bump
The annual reunion of the Bump family was held at the home of Miss
Susan Bump, in the town of Dix, Schuyler co., on Sat. June 22, 1900.
Miss Bump is blind and is cared for by a married sister. A dinner
composed of all the good things one could wish was served by Mr. and
Mrs John Bailey
and the large party present enjoyed the repast most
heartily. During the afternoon a speech was made by Joseph Wood
of Elmira, and prayer offered by Franklin Bump
. Now comes
the sad part of the occasion: Miss Susan Bump at whose home the relatives
had gathered was taken suddenly sick and did not rally from the stroke
of apoplexy by which she was stricken, and was relieved by death on the
Sunday following. Deceased was a good woman, a sincere Christian,
and loved and respected by all.
Homer A. Crout, March 22, 1933--and other genealogy notes
(from the Corning Leader)
Homer A. Crout, aged 71, died this morning at 1 o'clock at his home
in Westfield, PA following an illness of about a year of complications.
Mr. Crout was born Jan. 2, 1862 in Beaver Dams, NY, the son of Abraham
P. and Melissa Crout
. He was married in Reading Center Dec. 19,
1883 to Etta Chapman
who died Oct. 30, 1925. Following their
marriage Mr. and Mrs. Crout lived for some time in Beaver Dams where Mr.
Crout engaged in the grocery business. They moved to Potter Brook
44 years ago where Mr. Crout continued working in the grocery business,
being employed by the late W.C. Kendall
and the late Charles
In 1900 Mr. and Mrs. Crout moved to Westfield, PA where Mr. Crout accepted
employment with the Eberle Tannery, a post which he held until his death.
Mr. Crout possessed a kindly cheerful nature which gained for him a host
of friends not only in Westfield but throughout the community.
Surviving are one son Leon
of Bradford, PA; one daughter
at home; one brother George
of Avoca; four grandchildren--Clifford
and Creston Ogden
of Denison Parkway, Corning; Lennora and Benjamin
of Bradford; several nieces and nephews and one son-in-law
of Denison Parkway, Corning; and one sister-in-law
of Corning. The funeral will be held Fri. afternoon
at 2 o'clock at the late home. The Rev. Mrs. Stevens
of the Baptist Church. Burial will be ain Westfield, PA. (This
Homer Crout's father Adrian Crout might have been a brother to Washington
for Homer and Burton Crout
were born 5 years apart--1862
and 1867.) (One day my father, Charles Kimble
, told me the names
of people married and intermarried that he knew, and grandpa's old diaries
gave peoples' deaths that he knew and attended funerals. As my Grandma
Kimble was a Lane
related to the Ransoms
, I wrote down the
names as father told, and now I find some names are real helpful to me.
Rev. Milo Ransom
igness of Catlin or Dix--His first wife was a
daughter of Wilson Bailey
of Moreland. Wilson Bailey had a
son Lewis Bailey
, the father of George Bailey, Miss Julia Bailey,
Mrs. Kate Hinman
(the wife of a minister)--they went to California--and
she came back to Moreland. The Rev. Milo Ransom had a brother William
. I have the name of Azariah Ransom
and I am not
sure who is his father. But could be William Ransom, the brother
of Milo. My record says Azariah had a son Harper
.--They had a child Didama Ransom
a brother of Mrs. Darby
, mother of
Mort, Fred and Alle
of Catlin. Phebe Bump Ransom married her second husband,
an Uncle Joseph Johnson
to Chancey. Azariah had a daughter
by the first wife named Roncy
married a man in Watkins who bought
wool. Azariah had 3 sons. He married Catherine Lane
for second; she was the daughter of William Lane
Bowman(?) lived on the road that Frank Smalley
...[to next page]...I
was finishing up withthe names of Azariah Ransom marrying his second wife,
an old maid around 40-50 years named Catherine Lane. My father said
his Uncle Billy Lane
lived on the farm that Mengo(?) Bowman
had or the same house. And also said that there was once a Seventh Day
Baptist Church on that farm, told him by Mengo when he called there in
1912 about land assessment, as he was one of the Town of Catlin assessors.
And my great-grandma Martha Dunham Trusdell Kimble
was a Seventh
Day Baptist whe she came to Catlin to live. And then became
a Seventh Day Adventist when the Catlin Church was organized in Aug. 25,
1861. And Catlin Dist. 1 Schoolhouse was used for Church services
for all denominations on Sat. and Sun until 1960. Milo Ransom's first wife
was a Bailey. Their daughter was Fannie Ransom
and Charles & Selma Doane,
who sang at Harry Kendall's
funeral, are the ones who Saylors have in their home. I think Selma
was adopted. That young couple have sung at funerals I have attended.
Mr. Saylor and a brother Henry were both Civil War soldiers. Catherine
and Azariah Ransom had a daughter who married Leet Malory
one daughter, May
, who married Mack Palmer
and she [Jane]
had a daughter. Rev. Milo Ransom's second wife was a sister to Henry
Saylor's last wife. Quick girls of Montour... )
James H. Davenport
, aged 64 years, died Friday morning,
May 20, 1932 while doing chores around 7 or 8 o'clock. His funeral
was held Monday, May 23, 1932 at the home of Mrs. Callie Pangborne
where he had resided for the past six years since his wife died.
He had no near relatives. Cora Thompson
and Lottie Burgess
of Pine Valley were cousins.. There were some from Elmira who were relatives
and came to the funeral. The funeral was held at 2pm ad was well-attended
by neighbors and Mrs. Pangborne's relatives. I [Eva Kimble] went
with Cora and Lige [Elijah?] and Joe Whea--
Pearl stayed at Cora's--she did not care to go....We stopped at Burt
on the Beaver Dams & Townsend road and Mrs. Decker told
Elijah where to go. She said Mr. Decker was digging the grave....we
drove toward Monterey on the Monterey & Townsend road until we came
in sight of a school house. Mrs. Pangborne lived the first house
to the school...Miss Josephine Bowman
raised a window in a bedroom
and told us to come in the back way. The hearse was standing up back
of the house and there were some of the undertakers' chairs on the porch.
A Mr. Spraul
(a young man) took charge of the funeral, as Mr.
was away on business. A basket of dark pink and white carnations
were from Cora's cousin who lives in Elmira near the S.D.A. [7th Day Adventist]
church on Third St. (her name is Hill
).--This lady could not
attend the funeral, so she and her husband came up the night before...[description
of some of the flowers: red rosebuds and ferns tied with ribbon;
a spray with pink snapdragons and fern; dark red tulips; white jonquills
and fern from the woods.]...we were seated in the sitting room. The
bearers were seated in the parlor. There were six and I think they
were all neighbors of Mr. Davenport.--I think Mr. and Mrs. Burt Crout
and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Crout
and Chester Crout
and Mrs. Jess Kent
and baby. Burt Hedden
and Will DeMun
. If their wives were there I did
not know which one they were...Mr. Northrop
of Beaver Dams officiated;
he stood in the parlor and sitting room door....Mr. Davenport was a large
man. Mr. Spraul and Mr. Ostrander
carried the casket to the
of Pine Valley were behind the casket, and Cora
and Elijah came next behind us....There were 11 or 12 cars in the procession.
He was buried at Beaver Dams...on the east side near the Lee
lots in the cemetery. We got home at 5 o'clock. A nice day.
BAKER HILL--Nov. 4, 1936--[Watkins Paper]
Lurette Kendall Crout is Albert Crout's wife and their sons are
Chester and Ernest.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Crout and son were recent callers of Mr.
and Mrs. Benjamin Laughlin and son of Beaver Dams.
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Crout were recent callers of Mr.
amd Mrs. Bert Hedden.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Crout and son spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs.
A.W. Teed and family.
William Teed of Enfield CCC camp spent the weekend at his
Robert Gould has accepted a new position in Elmira working for the
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hedden have moved to Watkins Glen.
Miss Ethel Teed spent Monday evening of this week with Miss Alice
Claud Fenton and Mrs. Florence Neese and son Charles attended
the masquerade dance at the Old Barn Saturday Night. [Baker Hill
A. Clayton Crout
, 72, of 2561 Cooley Rd., Beaver Dams,
died Wed. at home unexpectedly. He was a retired employee of Cotton-Hanlon
in Odessa where he was a carpenter. (cut from Feb. 28, 1974 Corning
) Mr. Crout was born in the town of Dix Aug. 5, 1901,
a son of Burton and Margaret Bowman Crout
of Moreland. Surviving
are four daughters Mrs. Ernest (Eldred) Sgrecci
David (Florence) Wilbur
of Watkins Glen. Mrs. Philip (Mary)
and Mrs. Harry (Lillian) Johnson
of Montour Falls.
Also surviving are three sons, Claire Goltry
of Montour Falls, Clayton
of Florida and Arnold E. Crout
of Elmira; a sister
of Montour Falls, 50 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren;
nieces and nephews. Friends may call Fri. from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the
Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls where services will be held
Sat. at 2pm, the Rev. James Alcott
officiating. Burial will
be in Hector Cemetery.
Mrs. Bertha A. Starkweather
age 75 of Montour Falls,
died Thurs. March 20, 1975 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital. Friends are
invited to call at the Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls,
Sat. 2-4 and 7-9pm. Furneral services and committal will be held
at the conclusion of calling hours. The Rev. Clark McKinney
officiating. Burial Hector Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Donations will be made to the Myrtle Lodge Bldg. Fund in her memory.
She is survived by husband Cecil A. Starkweather
of Rushville, NY,
of Burdett, NY, daughter Mrs. Robert (Marjorie) King
of Montour Falls, NY; 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Starkweather was a member of the Fern Chapter O.E.S. No. 142.
Audrey Elnor Crout
--Miss Audrey Elnor Crout, 16, of
195 State Street, died in the Corning Hospital Monday evening about 6:15.
She had been a patient at the hospital for the past week, having been admitted
there Sept. 2. She would have been a senior at Corning Free Academy
this term. Friends may call at the A.W. Beilby and Son Funeral Home
from 2-5 and from St. Mary's Church at 9 o'clock. Burial will be
in St. Mary's Cemetery. Miss Crout was born in Corning Dec. 26, 1931
and has lived here all of her life. She was the daughter of Chester
and Doris Bailey
, two sisters Betty Lou
, at home; her father Chester Crout of Watkins Glen; a maternal
grandmother Mrs. Rose Bailey
of Beaver Dams, and paternal grandparents
and Mrs. Albert Crout
Mrs. Frank B. Maine
Mrs. Julia Maine
, 75, RD 2 Beaver Dams, died Sat. Dec. 26,
1964, following a short illness. She was born Jul. 18, 1889 in Town
of Dix, the daughter of Burton H. and Margaret Bowman Crou
and was a member of Moreland Presbyterian Church. The wife of Frank
B. Maine, they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Fri., Dec.
13. Surviving besides her husband are town sons Clarence
Ithaca, and Tracy
of Cayuta; a daughter Mrs. Helen Edmister
of RD 2 Beaver Dams; a brother Clayton Crout of Montour Falls, and
two sisters, Mrs. Cecil Starkweather of Montour Falls, and Mrs. Leon Cody
Sr. (Jennie Crout) of Corning; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and
Friends may call at the Vedder & Scott Funeral Home in Montour
Falls this evening and Tues. from 2-4 and 7-9pm and where services will
be held Wed. at 2pm. The Rev. Charles W. Fryer
and burial will be in Beaver Dams cemetery.
Harry J. Kendall
The silent messenger of death has again invaded our midst and called
home another loved one...Harry J. Kendall, age 48, of Moreland. Who
departed this life at 11:30 Monday morning. Feb. 9th, 1925, after
a lingering illness extending over a year, with an incurable malady which
gradually sapped the life away just in the prime of manhood. Everything
known to medical science, all that loving care and a trained nurse could
do was done, but to no avail--so "God's finger touched him and he slept".
The last few months his suffering was intense but he patiently bore his
affliction with remarkable Christian fortitude, trusting in his Saviour
to whom he gave his heart in early manhood, uniting with the Baptist Church
at Townsend where he still retains a membership.
The deceased was the second son of Harriet Baker
and was born Feb. 5, 1877. He has lived near Moreland
all his life where he has made many enduring friends. He was married
Jan. 18, 1899 to Mary Sterling
of Sugar Hill--who with their children
of Elmira, and Pearl and Warren at home, are left to mourn
the loss of a devoted husband and father. He is also survived by
two grandaughters, one brother, William Kendall
, and a sister
The funeral services were held from the home Thurs. afternoon at one
o'clock and were largely attended. Rev. John Maxwell
officiated. Two duets, "Face to Face with Christ, My Saviour" and
"There Will Be No Night There" were very sweetly sung by Mr. and Mrs.
. Amid a profusion of beautiful floral tributes
he was taken to Glenwood Cemetery.
Moreland Telephone Company
(from Eva Kimball)
Eva said the switchboard was in the house at the interseciton of Pearl
St. and Miller St. (Catlin Hill Rd. and Beaver Dams-Moreland Rd) when Rose
Ackley ran it. There were nine lines:
No.1 Roloson line, No.2 Rhodes, No. 3 Sandord, No.4 Personius, No.5
Miller, No.6 Chambers, No.7 Baker Hill, No.8 Catlin Hill and No. 9 was
the Wedgwood line. There was also a Beaver Dams-West Hill line.
Wedgwood Tel. co. was incorporated in 1910 and shares of $10
were sold. Mrs. Pearl Wakeman has two stock certificates issued
to William T. Wakeman. She also has a record of the dissolution of the
company in 1951 signed by a majority of the directors: Wm. Wixson, Chas.
Heden, Earl Boyce, Frank Updyke, Minor Wakeman, Fred Williams, Albert Crout
and Ira LaFever.
October 1983 saw the end of an era when the nations’s last hand-cranked
telephone system at Bryand Pond, Maine, ceased to exist. Moreland had a
similar system with a switchboard that had at least four homes.
It was first operated by Jady DeMunn in his home (Joe
and Pat Stansfield’s); next it was in the home of Mrs. Rose Ackley
and run by her; then a Mrs. Bessie Jones had it in her home (Virgil
and Millie Cleveland’s) and finally Mrs. Gala DeMunn ran it for
33 years, first in her home on Pearl St. (on the corner across from Kennedy’s)
and finally at her residence across from the church--the same place Mrs.
Ackley had it.
The lines ran as far north as Harry Knowles (Warren and
Marie Bennet’s) west to Beaver Dams; north to William Johnson’s
on Catlin Hill; into Johnson’s Hollow to Ely Personius’ farm then
operated by M. Fred Edminster (Willard Lashure’s as we know it)
and east into Rolloson Hollow.
Floyd Maggart worked as a lineman for Ross Stevens.
He said the lines were divided into sections with a man in charge of each
section. Irving Russell had the part toward Beaver Dams. He said
it was easy to maintain in the winter of 1945-46, because the snow was
so deep that the men could stand on top of it to repair the lines. Ben
Laughlin and Ira LaFever also worked on the lines, among others.
As a boy, Mark DeMunn delivered the telephone tickets
(bills) to the subscribers. In later years, Mrs. DeMunn called her customers
at the end of each month to tell them the amount of their bills.
Mrs. DeMunn sometimes closed the switchboard for a few hours
on Sunday afternoons. Otherwise, it was a 365 day a year operation.
There was a switch in Fred Williams’ house to connect
the Mead’s Hill and Baker Hill lines through the Williams telephone. This
was when Louise Meeks was a child.
The use of he switchboard and hand-cranked telephones of the
Moreland Co. ended about 1948.
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