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Lane, Philander

Roman Citizen
August 10, 1877

Blossvale Notes - Philander Lane, so long a sufferer from a cancer, died last Friday morning. He was sensible to the last moment, and made every provision for his funeral, selected Rev. Mr. Ford, of North Bay, to officiate at his funeral, the bearers, and choose for the test the first verse of CXX Psalm. The funeral was held at the Lee Church, State Road, and a large concourse of neighbors and friends gathered to pay their last respects to the deceased.


Laufer, Eava

Roman Citizen
October 10, 1972

Lee Center - Mrs. Lamper was buried Saturday, October 12. She was the mother of Mrs. Jacob Zimmer and Henry, Jacob, Peter and Charles Lamper.

note: name is Eava Laufer, not Lamper as written in the obit


Layaz, Mary Rohbasser

Rome Sentinel
May 27, 1891

On Sunday at 2 pm in Lee occurred the funeral of Mrs. Louis Layaz, who was so brutally murdered by her husband. People were in attendance from far and near, more from curiosity than out of respect. It was the largest attended funeral that ever took place in that locality, over 500 persons being present about the premises. The services were conducted by Rev. T. H. McClenthen of Lee Center, assisted by Rev. William Fisher of Lee. The remains were interred in the south side of the Lee Valley Cemetery. On the plain casket was the inscription, “Our Mother’. August, Louis, Alice and Lucy, the children of the deceased, and a few distant reliaves, were the only mourners. The children have all secured good homes among the neighbors, excepting August, who is able to care for himself.

At the inquest on Monday afternoon the examination of witnesses was concluded by Assistant District Attorney Townsend. Several witnesses were sworn, but no new facts were elicited aside from those already published in the Citizen. The coroner’s jury found that Mrs. Layaz came to her death on May 21 from injuries inflicted on her person by an ax in the hands of her husband, May 16, and that the deed was done with premeditation and deliberation, and with intent to kill.

After the inquest Monday afternoon Layaz was arraigned before the coroner on the verdict of the jury, to which he pleaded not guilty, waived examination, and was committed to jail to await the action of the grand jury.


Leiser, Laura Perry Genther

Rome Sentinel
June 23, 1934

Point Rock - Mrs. Laura Genther Leiser, 87, widow of Charles Leiser, passed away at the home of her son, Aziel Genther, Friday.

Mrs. Leiser was a daughter of the late Robert and Sarah Hayden Perry and was born in the town of Lee September 22 1846. She was twice married, her first husband being Lewis Genther with whom she was united in marriage in Omaha, Nebraska. For a time they lived in the west and then settled in the town of Lee. Later they went to Lewis County where Mr. Genther engaged in lumbering and for a long time operated the large saw mill known as Perry's Mill near Swancott Mills. Mr. Genther died about 42 years ago. Some years later Mrs. Genther was united in marriage with Charles Leiser, whose death occurred in March 1909.

She was widely known throughout this section where she will be greatly missed by many who have loved her for her kindness and helpfullness.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eugene Freeman of Swancott Mills, Mrs. Walter Honeywell of Gloversville, two sons, Fred and Aziel Genther of Point Rock, 19 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren.


LeSuer, Annis

Rome Sentinel
November 20, 1886

Mrs. Annis Lesuer, widow of the late Eli Lesuer of Lee, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. L. Washburn, 147 Jay St., on Friday about midnight, aged 84 years. The deceased suffered from no particualr disease. For some time she had been feeble, and for two weeks past had been confined to her bed. Her death was quiet and peaceful.. The deceased resided for many years in the town of Lee. About two years ago she came here and took up her residence with Mrs. Washburn. She leaves, besides Mrs. Washburn, two daughters, Mrs. Russell Griffith of this city and Mrs. E. Pfrinner of Nebraska, and two sons, SIdney Lesuer of Lee and Nathan Lesuer who resides in the west.


LeSuer, Lovina J. Osborne

July 13, 1917

Rome, July 13 (1917) - Mrs. Lovina J. LeSuer died Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. C. Smith, 817 Floyd avenue. She had been in poor health ever since four years ago when she was knocked down by a bicycle and had one of her shoulders broken. Three weeks ago she fell in the house and broke her right hip. Mrs. LeSuer was born in Johnstown, Fulton county June 3, 1842, a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Newell Osborne, and when a child her parents moved to the town of Lee where she lived till she came to Rome in 1900 to take the position of assistant matron at the Oneida County Home under Supt. D. C. Smith, her son-in-law.

from the collection of Karen Marsh


Lewis, John N.

Rome Sentinel
October 26, 1904

John N. Lewis, 96, of Swancott's Mills, died this morning. He had lived there about 35 years and was a grandson of Arnold Lewis, a Revolutionary soldier. His widow and one son, Smith Lewis, of Swancott's Mills, and three daughters, Mrs. E. O. Worden of Rome, Mrs. Alice Riegler of Annsville and Mrs. Sarah J. Thurston of Osceola survive.


Light, Alice M. Armstrong

Rome Sentinel
May 7, 1941

Mrs. Charles J. Light, 65, resident of Rome for 40 years, died at 6:30 pm yesterday in her home at 1002 W. Dominick St. She had been in poor health for 10 years.

Mrs. Light, the former Alice M. Armstrong, was born in Taberg, a daugher of William and Sarah Campbell Armstrong. She was married to Mr. Light 29 years ago in Ilion. She was a member of the First Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, three sons, Leo C., New York City, Clifford F., Taberg, and Frederick L. Light, Rome, one sister, Catherine McAuley, Sandy Creek, and seven grandchildren.


Light, Caroline Radeck

Rome Sentinel
April 2, 1938

Mrs. Caroline Raddick Light, 90, former Rome and Point Rock resident, died at Auburn at noon today. She was a native of Germany. The body will be brought here for services Tuesday.

Surviving are two sons, Charles J. Light, Rome, and John Light, Auburn. While in Rome she attended the First Baptist Church.


Light, Charles J.

Rome Sentinel
May 20, 1950

Charles J. Light, 81, a retired carpenter and former proprietor of the United States Hotel, Taberg, died at 9:55 this morning in his home, 1002 W. Dominick St.

He had been ill for about 15 months.

The son of the late Frederick and Caroline Light, he was born January 5, 1869, at Point Rock.

Mr. Light was twice married. On April 17, 1895, at Point Rock, he married Helen A. Dorn, who died August 7, 1907. He married Alice M. Lynch February 28, 1913 at Ilion. She died May 6, 1941.

He came here 36 years ago from Taberg after selling the United States Hotel.

While in Taberg he was for many years drum major of the old Taberg Cornet Band. He was a charter member of the Taberg Volunteer Fire Dept., and a life member of Philanthropic Lodge, F & AM, Camden.

In Rome, Mr. Light was self employed as a carpenter and built many of the city's residences. He went to work in the carpentry department of Myers Bros. Lumber Inc. in 1937, and retired 10 years later.

He was a member of the Point Rock Methodist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Leo C. Light, Ozone Park, LI., Clifford F. Light, Taberg, and Fred L. Light, Rome, a brother John R. Light, Auburn, seven grandchildren.


Light, Fred

Rome Sentinel
December 16, 1929

Point Rock - Fred Light, well known farmer of this village, passed away at the Rome Hospital Sunday afternoon from injuries sustained last Tuesday when logging in a wood near his home last Tuesday afternoon. He suffered a fractured skull, broken left collar bone, broken left arm just above the elbow and internal injuries. Mr. Light never regained sufficient consciousness to give an account of the accident.

The deceased was born at Point Rock August 17, 1866, son of the late Fred Light and of Mrs. Caroline Light, who at present is living with a son in Auburn. He resided in this section all his life. Mr. Light was twice married, his first wife, Katie Zimmers, Lee Center, passed away in 1894, four years after her marriage. Seventeen years ago he married Emma Fox, who survives.

Mr. Light was a member of the M. E. Church at Point Rock and the Baron Steuben Lodge, F & AM, Lee Center.

Besides his widow and mother he is survived by two brothers, Charles, Rome, and John, Auburn.


Light, Fred

Rome Sentinel
November 7, 1921

Fred Light, a native of Point Rock, was stricken suddenly with heart trouble in his room at the Bowman Hotel in this city on Saturday evening and expired before a physician arrived. He went to his room a short time before to shave and had just finished and put away the utensils when he fell to the floor. Dr. H. J. Teller, coroner, was summoned and pronounced death due to apoplexy.

Mr. Light was born at Point Rock 88 years ago. For many years he was a prominent farmer, residing about two miles out of the village. He retired several years ago and two years ago came to make his home at the Bowman Hotel. He was a member of Point Rock Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, who resides with her son, Charles, 902 Dominick Street, also two other sons, Fred, who lives on the old homestead, and John Light of Auburn, and a sister, Mrs. Sophia Gayhart, 650 W. Thomas Street.


Light, Helen

Rome Sentinel
August 5, 1907

Point Rock - The news of the death of Mrs. Charles J. Light of Taberg on Wednesday came as a shock to her many friends here, where she had always lived until she married Mr. Light some fourteen years ago. Mrs. Light had a very beautiful character, She was kindness and love personified and charitable almost to a fault, and her sudden death is sincerely mourned and much sympathy is expressed for the immediate family, also her aged parents, who only ten months ago buried their only son, Frack C. Dorn, but Frank and Helen have only passed on to that beautiful land where partings never come and sorrow can not enter. The funeral services were held at her home in Taberg and the interment at Point Rock Cemetery.


Lindsley, James

Roman Citizen
February 24, 1899

West Branch - James Lindsley died at his home at 9 am Monday, after an illness of five weeks from grip and its complications, aged 72 years. He leaves a wife, who has been sick for the past five weeks, with grip but who has suffered a relapse since his death and whose death is expected hourly. He leaves besides his wife, one daughter by a former marriage, living at Montague.


Lindsley, Rachel Bailey

Rome Sentinel
March 7, 1899
West Branch Notes:

Mrs. Rachel Lindsly died at her home near this place Wednesday, aged 75. On February 20 her husband died. Both had been sick with grip and at the time of his death Mrs. Lindsly suffered a relapse and had an attack of pleuisy, from which she never recovered. She leaves one brother, Calvin Bailey of Taberg.


Lohnes, William H.

Rome Sentinel
January 16, 1894

William H. Lohnes died recently at the home of his daughter at Thayer, Mo., aged 77 yrs. He was born in the town of Rome and lived here and in Lee until about 4 years ago when he went with his wife to live with his daughter. Besides his wife he leaves four sons, Henry & Lucius Lohnes of Thayer, David G. of Omaha, Neb., and Filmore of Chicago, and three daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Baker of Thayer, Mrs. Eames of Rome, and Mrs. Clara Reume of Kansas City, Kansas.


Lorin, Cornelia

Rome Sentinel
April 24, 1900

Mrs. Cordelia Lorin, wife of Hiram B. Lorin, died at her home in Lorena at 12:30 am today of paralysis, aged 69 years. She was stricken last Wednesday and was confined to her bed from that time until her death. She was born in the town of Lee and was a daughter of the late Henry Bork. About 52 years ago she was married to Mr. Lorin and the remainder of her life was passed in the town of Rome. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, and her death is sincerely mourned by all who knew her. She was a member of the Universalist Church. Besides her husband, she leaves two children, Henry D., who lives on the homestead, and Mrs. Edward E. Miles of this city, also two brothers, Charles Bork of Westernville and Peter Bork of Lee.


Lorin, Cornelia A.

Rome Sentinel
September 12, 1922

Westmoreland - Mrs. Cornelia A. Lorin, widow of William Lorin, died at her home in this village yesterday afternoon after nearly a year's illness of complications due to advanced age. Mrs. Lorin was born in the town of Lee in 1840, near the former village of Delta, and resided in that town until 1897 when she came her to live. She was an attendant of the Episcopal Church and a member of Westmoreland Chapter, No. 471, Order of Eastern Star. She leaves one son, Fred F. Lorin, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret A. Monroe of this village, besides a large circle of friends to mourn her passing, but the loss will be most keen in the home circle, where she was a loyal mother and sister for so many years. Funeral services will be held privately from her late home Thursday at 1 pm. Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetery, Stokes. Friends my view the remains Wednesday from 6 to 8 o'clock.


Lovier, Cornelia Ferguson

Rome Sentinel
May 22, 1948

Mrs. Cornelia Lovier, native of Point Rock and widow of Frank Lovier, Oriskany Falls, died at 9 this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Erwin Wyman, 618 Allen St., Syracuse. She was 83 years old.

Mrs. Lovier was born August 19, 1864, daughter of Andrew and Susan Ferguson. She was first married to Thomas Riegler and later to Mr. Lovier. She resided in Oriskany Falls until his death.

For the last five years she has lived with her daughter in Syracuse and with a son, Floyd Riegler, East Gary, Ind.

Other survivors are a sister, Mrs. Ada Ferguson, Rome, and four grandchildren.


Lovier, Emma Mowers

Rome Sentinel
May 21, 1906

Emma Mowers, wife of Frank Lovier of Oriskany Falls, was born in the town of Lee, Oneida county, about 38 years ago. She was a daughter of Mrs. Lena and the late Markus Mowers. When young she moved with her parents to Lewis, Lewis county, where she resided up to the time of her marriage to Mr. Lovier, 19 years ago. Then they moved to Oriskany Falls, where she had since resided. She was a devoted member of the Methodist Church, and was highly respected by all who knew her. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Zoe, her mother, four brothers, H. S. Mowers of this place, Oscar, Abram and Frederick Mowers of Point Rock, and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Crave and Mrs. Ira Melvin of Utica. Funeral services will be private.


Lovier, Frank

Rome Sentinel
December 20, 1943

Oriskany Falls - Frank Lovier, 88, retired farmer, died Sunday in his home near here after a long illness.

He was born in West Branch, June 15, 1855, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lovier. For the last 50 years he had lived in the Town of Augusta. In 1886 he married Emma Mowers, who died in 1906. In 1912 he married Nellie Reigler. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Augusta.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Mrs. Albert Bloomfield, Utica, two sisters, Mrs. Lottie Roberts, Kansas, and Mrs. Ella Hoag, Rome, three brothers, Arthur and John Lovier, Rome and Lester Lovier, Herkimer.

Funeral services will be held at his late home on Tuesday. Interment will be made in Lee Valley Cemetery.


Lower, Emmie

Roman Citizen
January 31, 1899

Lee - Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert Lower mourn the loss of their little daughter, Emmie, who died on Saturday of pneumonia, aged 16 months. They had the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction.


Lucas, Minnie

Roman Citizen
June 6, 1884

LUCAS - At Lee Center, New York, June 3, 1884, Minnie Lucas, aged 10.

Lee Center Items

Minnie Lucas, the daughter of George and Carrie Lucas, now of Constania, died on June 3, 1884, of injuries received from a fall. She was 10 years of age and was left motherless when she was but 9 months old, since which time she has lived with her uncle, Wesley Lucas and family, at Lee Center. The funeral will be held to-day at the residence of Mr. Lucas. The remains will be interred for the present in the grounds at Lee Center. They will finally be removed to Camden to be deposited beside her mother. Elder Simpson will conduct the services on the occasion. Mr. Lucas married again and lives at Constania. He and some of his family have come to attend the funeral.


Luther, Nellie

Rome Sentinel
January 6, 1900

The death of Miss Nellie Luther occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. Christopher Schrefer, 229 Ridge street, at 8:30 pm on Friday from peritonitis after an illness of about a week. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Luther and was born in Lee 22 years ago. The family have lived in Camden, Rome, and recently in Williamstown. Mr. Luther died about three years ago. Mrs. Luther and her daughter, Nellie, came here three weeks ago to visit friends and her daughter was taken ill. There survive only the mother and the sister, Mrs. Schrefer. The remains will be taken to Lee on Sunday for interment.


Lyman. Albert O.

Rome Sentinel
February 22, 1938

Albert O. Lyman, 70, died at a Rome hospital late Monday after a short illness of pneumonia.

He was born at Lee Center, a son of the late Milvern H. and Mary E. Olcott Lyman. He was a farmer by occupation and had lived in this section all his life. He attended the M. E. Church.

Surviving are a son, Sgt. Forrest H. Lyman, New York State Police, stationed at Newark, NY, a daughter, Miss Marion Lyman, R. N., Rochester, a brother George Lyman, Rome, and one granddaughter.

The body has been removed to the Trainor funeral home, West Leyden, where friends may call at their convenience. Funeral services will be held Thursday and burial will be made in Point Rock Cemetery.


Lyman, ALice E.

Rome Sentinel
June 29, 1942

Mrs. Alice Elizabeth Lyman, 73, died this afternoon in the Rome Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born in New York City and had lived in Utica and Rochester before moving to the Rome area, where she had resided for the past 47 yeas.

Surviving are her husband, George H. Lyman, five daughters, Mrs. Monica Neiss, Mrs. Frances Sauger and Mrs. William Smith, Rome, and Mrs. Mary Stafford and Mrs. Jeanette Pope, Oneida, and three sons, Burdette, Oneida, Milvern Rome, and Justin, Greenway.


Lyman, George H.

Rome Sentinel
September 12, 1949

George H. Lyman, 77, father of G. Melvin Lyman, town superintendent of highways, died this morning in the Rome Hospital where he had been under treatment fo 13 days. He had been in poor health for seven years.

He was born August 17, 1872, in the town of Lee, a son of the late Milvern H. and Mary E. Olcott Lyman. He was married to Alice E. McKee November 22, 1896, in St. Patricks Church, Taberg. The Rev. John Heimhult officiated. Mrs. Lyman died June 29, 1942.

Mr. Lyman, a resident of the Rome vicinity for 29 years, was employed by the Rome State School. He retired in 1943. He was a member of St. Peter's Church.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Monica Neiss, Rome, Mrs. Frances Sanger, Buffalo, Mrs. Theona R. Smith, Rome, Mrs. Mary Stafford, Durhamville, and Mrs. Jeanette Popp, Oneida, three sons, H. Burdette, Oneida, G. Melvin, E. Justin, Endicott, 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A cousin, Attorney W. W. Byam, Rome, also survives.


Lyman, Mary E. Olcott

Rome Sentinel
February 22, 1917

Lee Center - Mrs. Mary E. Lyman, widow of Milvern H. Lyman, died at her home about three miles north of this village at 12 o'clock last night. She had been ill for the past week, the immediate cause of her death being pneumonia.

She was the eldest of the nine children of Edward Olcott and Esther Brower and was born in this town near Point Rock on July 12, 1835. She was a direct descendant of Thomas Olcott, the founder of the Olcott Family in American, who settled at Hartford, Conn. in 1635. She was a granddaughter of Jared Olcott, who was a soldier in the Revolution. Her father, Edward Olcott, who died in Rome in 1903, was an honorary member of the Empire State Sons of the American Revolution, and at the time of his death was one of it not the last actual son in this state.

She was married to Mr. Lyman in 1855 and for over 60 years lived in the old stone house on the road leading from this village to Point Rock. Mr. Lyman died there nine years ago, their union being one of over 50 years. She was a resident of this town her whole life, having been born less than three miles from where she died.

She was a woman of fine Christian character and was held in high esteem by all who were fortunate enough to know her. For many years she had been a member of the First M. E. Church of this village.

She is survived by two sons, Albert O. Lyman of Annsville and George H. Lyman, who lived with her on the homestead. One other son, Ellery Lyman, died in early manhood. She also leaves seven grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: George E. Olcott of Point Rock and Chester Olcott of Rome, Mrs. Jay F. Byam and Mrs. Andrew Wilson of Rome and Mrs. Adney Jacobs of Vernon.

The funeral services will be held Saturday morning and will be private.



Lyman, Milvern H.

Rome Sentinel
February 6, 1907

Lee Center - Milvern H. Lyman, aged 82 years 8 months and 25 days, died at 10:30 am today at his home about three miles northwest of this village. He had been crippled by rheumatism for the past fifteen years and for the past four years had been confined to his house. Five days ago he was stricken with the grip, which developed into pneumonia, the cause of his death.

Mr. Lyman was born in the town of Western but removed here with his parents seventy-three years ago and had since resided in the same house. Fifty-one years ago the 28th of this month he was married to Miss Mary E. Olcott. who, with two sons, Albert O. and George H. Lyman, survives. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Loretta Allen of Chicago.

Mr. Lyman was a farmer by occupation and was very successful. In politics he was always a staunch Republican. He was held in high esteem by a large number of friends and his judgment and counsel in years gone by were much sought after by those who knew him best. He was regarded as one of the substantial men of this section and will be greatly missed in the community. His funeral will be private at his late home at noon on Friday with interment in the Hall Cemetery.


Lynch, Michael E.

Rome Sentinel
February 4, 1949

Michael E. Lynch, 62, 726 Calvert St., a chef, died this forenoon in a Rome hospital where he had been a patient for 10 days. He had been ill five weeks.

Born in Rome November 25, 1886, he was a son of the late Michael and Louisa McCarthy Lynch. His wife was the former LeEtta Conrad. He was a member of St. Peter's Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frederick Comeau, Newport, RI, and Mrs. Hugh Kenyon, New London, Conn., a son, William L. Lynch, Newport, a sister, Miss Elizabeth Lynch, and a brother, William Lynch, both of Rome, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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