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Minnie Marsh's Scrapbooks

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Thanks to Karen Marsh for allowing us to copy the scrapbooks that belonged to Minnie Fuller Marsh, her gr-gr-grandmother. These scrapbooks have a ton of information in them.......not only the Town of Lee, but people from Western, Rome, Annsville, and other local areas. There are obituaries, funeral notices, marriages and news articles pertaining to the area. There is so much in these scrapbooks that we have decided to transcribe the articles and put them on their own pages !!!! The articles are not in any particular order - they were typed as they appear on the pages. Any obituaries that pertained to the Town of Lee have been posted on the alphabetical obituary pages. Marriages pertaining to the Town of Lee have been posted under Odds and Ends.

If you have any scrapbooks that you would like to contribute to these pages please let us know.

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GARROW - On Friday, Oct. 31, 1930, in Utica, NY, Ida Mae Garrow, age 51 years. Funeral services will be held from the Funeral Home of Charles A. Hall, 312 W. Dominick street, on Monday at 3 pm. Interment in Rome Cemetery.

Mrs. George H. Garrow Dies in Utica Hospital

Ida Mae Streeter, wife of George H. Garrow, 230 Spring street, passed away this morning in a Utica Hospital. She was born in Camden 51 years ago. Mrs. Garrow attended the First Presbyterian Church. Besides her husband, she leaves a son, Gerald M., Utica, and two brothers, Charles and William Streeter, both of this city.

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Mrs. William Mack, 67, Dies Suddenly At Home

Mrs. William Mack, 67, of 718 Floyd avenue, died suddenly at her late home last night. She had been confined to her home for five weeks, the result of an injury sustained in a fall down the cellar stairs. Internal injuries are believed to have caused death.

Margaret Schilling was born in Lanson Basin, Mass and came to this city with her parents at the age of three. She had lived here since. in 1885 she married Mar. Mack in St. Mary’s Church at Utica, having been employed in that city at the time.

Besides her husband she leaves five children, William C., Joseph B., and Edward E. Mack and Mrs. George Edwards, all of Rome, Mrs. James R. Soper of Syracuse, one sister, Mrs. John Schlicker of Worchester, Mass, a brother Henry Schilling of Morrisville, and 12 grandchildren.

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IN MEMORIAM

In memory of our dear father, John E. Jennings, who died Jan. 29, 1922.

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IN MEMORIAM

In loving memory of our dearly beloved mother and sister, Lydia Jane Crofoot, who passed away five years ago yesterday, March 2, 1925.

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IN MEMORIAM

In loving memory of Lloyd Fike who passed away one year ago today, March 21, 1929.

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IN MEMORIAM

In loving memory of Frederick Daniel Schantz who departed this life March 21, 1910

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IN MEMORIAM

In loving memory of our dear husband and father, John Pritchard, who passed away one year ago tomorrow, May 18, 1929.

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Last Rites for Victim Of Falling Tree

Camden - March 21 - The funeral of Mrs. Walter House, 32, whose life was crushed out so suddenly by the limb of a falling tree in the yard of her home at Elpis, was very largely attended. Services were held Saturday afternoon at the Maple Flats Church, the Rev. Harry Bowman, pastor of the Hillsboro Baptist Church officiating. Burial was made in Maple Flats Cemetery.

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Body of Randall Bostwick

August 18, 1925

Half-hidden by mud, the bones of a body identified as that of Randall Charles Bostwick, 16, victim of a sad double drowning tragedy in Lake Delta Nov. 4, 1932, were discovered in the old Mohawk River channel about a quarter of a mile above the old aqueduct by four caddies shortly before 2 o’clock this afternoon.

A heavy two-buckle leather hunting shoe and a leather belt and knife sheath, similar to those worn by young Bostwick, lay with the body. Fifteen yards away lay a portion of the pelvis bone.

Charles Bostwick, father of the boy, who went to the lake shortly after the discovery had been reported to the police here, said that he believed the shoe and belt were those which his son had worn on the ill-fated hunting trip. He could not make positive identification, he said, at first, but later a hunting knife was found nearby which enabled him positively to identify the body as that of his son.

Wesley Kimball, father of Ellery Kimball, 16, believed drowned with Bostwick as the two were returning by canoe from a hunting trip in the woods above Kettle Hill, was also at the lake this afternoon. He was sure the remains were those of the Bostwick boy and expressed the belief that the body of his son lay nearby.

Martin Carrier, Harold Carrier, Arthur Woodruff and Jacob Jones, Teugega Club caddies who went across the dry bottom of Lake Delta to swim in the Mohawk River, found the body shortly before 2 o’clock. It was lying half hidden in the mud one-quarter of a mile east of Elmer Hill where the overturned damaged canoe was found. The body lay in almost a direct line from Kettle Hill to the Bostwick camp in Williston Park.

Theories as to how the accident happened were then put forth in plentiful numbers but most credence was placed in one that the hole found in the canoe was caused by a gun shot. An experiment was then tried by place the boat in the water and shooting through the side with the result that another hole was made practically identical with the one which the canoe had when found.

An effort was then made to have some of the water drawn out of the lake and this resulted in one gate being opened an additional foot.

Dragging, dynamiting and searching were all tried in the vicinity of Elmer Hill but none of these efforts were rewarded with traces of the bodies.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, Mrs. George Angley, a woman who, it was claimed, had occult powers, and was alleged to be able to point out locations of bodies under water, was brought here from Canajoharie. her statements that the bodies where lying just off Kettle Hill caused the searchers to change the scene of their operations, dragging and dynamiting were done there without success.

George Moriach, Syracuse diver, was ten obtained, but his four attempts at exploring the lake bottom revealed nothing.

John Joyce, another diver from Oswego, dived three times but failed to find the bodies.

L. D. Stoddard, of Fulton, and Charles Wilson of Rome, the latter diving over twenty times, also explored the lake bottom but with no success.

In the winter of 1923-24 the lake was emptied, but before the ice melted sufficiently the lake was filled again and further search was useless.

At present the lake is tempt on account of the repairs being made to the Delta Dam and searchers have been active about the dry lake bottom seeking the bodies of the boys.

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IN MEMORIAM

In loving memory of our dear brother, Leo Hower Boulant, who passed away April 22, 1927

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BRADY - On Thursday, Feb. 6, 1929, at Camden, NY, Elizabeth Rozalia Brady, wife of William Brade, aged 38 years.

Camden, Feb. 8 - The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Rozalia Brady, wife of William Brady, occurred on Thursday. She was the youngest daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Blanchard and was born in Vienna Nov. 20, 1890. Most of her life had been spent in Camden. She was twice married first to Frank Andrus, and five years ago to William Brady of Albany, who survives. She also leaves one daughter, Rozalie, wife of Clarence LaPoint, three half-sisters, Mrs. M. B. Lingenfelder and Mrs. George H. Witchley of Camden, and Mrs. Floyd Shoemaker of Syracuse, two half-brothers, John McGillis of Syracuse and William McGillis of Utica. Mrs. Brady had been in poor health for the past six months and part of the time had been spent at Eagle Bay. She was very anxious to come back to her old home and was brought here last Monday and was very happy to be with her relatives. Everything was done for her comfort but she lived only three days.

The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock at the St. John’s Church with Rev. John L. Powers officiating.

Funeral Services Held for Mrs. William Brady

Camden, Feb. 11 - Funeral services for Mrs. William Brady were held this morning at St. John’s Church, Rev. John L. Powers officiating. The remains were placed in the vault at Forest Park to avail burial in the spring.

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BLANCHARD - On Thursday, Dec. 8, 1928 in this city, Everett C. Blanchard, age 25 years.

Edward Blanchard Dies Following Long Illness

Edward Blanchard, 26, son of Mrs. Elizabeth and the late Frank Blanchard, 109 W. Fox street, died early this morning following an illness of several weeks.

He was born in Cleveland, NY on January 19, 1902. Most of his life had been spent in Camden and Rome. he was a member of the Episcopal Church of Camden.

Besides his mother he is survived by a brother, Edward of Syracuse, and two sisters, Mrs. Laura Marsh and Miss Edith Blanchard both of this city.

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Verona Woman Dead

Verona Feb. 19 - Mrs. Amos Burningham, 49, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Eva Fenton, in Rome, Saturday after a lingering illness.

Edna Loveland was born, a daughter of Stoddard and Charlotte Loveland, in Redfield, where she received her education. She married Amos Burningham 22 years ago. Mrs. Burningham was a practical nurse here and was well known and highly esteemed throughout the village. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Verona, The Philathea Class and New London Chapter of O. E. S.

There survive three children, John of Marion, Ia, Mrs. Sarah Williams of Oneida and Mrs. Stella Carver of this village, three brothers, Nelson and James of Camden and Stephen of Keene, NH.

The funeral will be held at 1 pm Tuesday from her late home here, with burial in Westdale.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Blanchard Dies at Daughter’s Home

Camden, April 18 - On Easter Sunday morning, at about 11 o’clock, Mrs. Elizabeth Chilson Blanchard passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. B. Lingenfelder on Fourth Street, after many months of suffering, which she had borne with great patience and cheerfulness for a long time being unable to lie down or enjoy a natural sleep. She had been devotedly cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Lingenfelder, and her niece, Mrs. Mary MacKenzie Ward who had been staying in the home.

Mrs. Blanchard was born in Clayville Sept. 15, 1854, a daughter of the late Samuel and Belinda Thompson Chilson. She was twice married, her first husband being George McGillis. By the first marriage she had five children and one by the second, all of whom are living. There are four daughters, Mrs. M. B. Lingenfelder, with whom she had lived for eleven months, and Mrs. George H. Witchley of Camden, Mrs. Floyd Shoemaker and Mrs. William Brady of Syracuse, two sons, William J. McGillis of Utica and John McGillis of Syracuse, Mrs. Blanchard was a woman of wonderfully kind and pleasant disposition and greatly devoted to her children, and she will be sadly missed. She also leaves one sister, Miss Jennie Chilson of Lockport, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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Death of Patrick O’Mara, a Resident Here for 40 Years

Patrick O’Mara, 63, died last night at his home, 416 W. Dominick street. He had been ill for two years and confined to his bed for six months.

Born in Ireland, Patrick O’Mara came to this country at the age of two years with his parents. He had been a resident of this city for about 40 years, having moved here from Troy, where he lived for ten years. In New York City 33 years ago he married Miss Eleanor Peacock, who survives with the following children: Mrs. John Kern, John, Thomas, and Harvey Brush of Buffalo, and Joseph O’Mara of Saratoga. He also leaves one brother, William O’Mara, of Troy and three grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Church and had been employed at the Hinman Steel Mill.

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SHANLEY - On Saturday, November 9, 1929, in this city, Frank Shanley.

Well Known and Esteemed Merchant is Laid at rest in St. Peter’s Cemetery

The funeral of Frank Shanley, well known merchant and esteemed citizen of this city, took place today. Services were held at his late home, 303 N. Madison street, at 8:45 o’clock this morning and at St. Peter’s Church at 9:30.

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The Late John E. Lunn

Rome, May 19, (1911) - John E. Lunn died suddenly at 1:45 Tuesday morning at his home, 304 South George street, after an illness of only a few hours. he had been employed in the cupola at the plant of the Rome Brass and Copper Company and went home at 2 pm on Monday feeling ill. A physician was called but he could give no relief. Death was caused by the swelling of the vocal cords. Mr. Lunn was born in Lincolnshire, Eng. Nov. 4, 1852, and came to this country when 9 years old, locating in Canastota, where he lived till he came here nine years ago. At Canastota 31 years ago he married Miss Carrie Nelson, who with four children, survives: Mrs. Alva Leister of Oneida, John E. Lunnn, Mrs. Harry Beasock and Miss Ruth Lunn of this city, also two brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Bailey of Canastota and Mrs. George Thompson of Syracuse, and George and Thomas Lunn of Canastota. Mr. Lunn was a hardworking man, faithful to his trust and during his residence here made many friends who regretted to learn of his death. The remains were taken to Canastota where the funeral was held at 2 pm on Thursday, interment taking place there.

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George Cavanaugh Dies

North Western, March 5, - George Cavanaugh died at his home on Mullin Hill at 2 o’clock Thursday morning, after a long and painful illness of over a year. He was born in Rome Nov. 1, 1849. His earlier years were spent in the vicinity of Verona and Oneida. In Verona Oct. 20, 1881, he was married to Anna M. Chandler, of that town. Later he again made the town of Rome his home, living there about 16 years. The last 13 years he lived in the town of Western. Besides his wife, there survives the following sons and daughters to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father: Burton B., Earl J. and Charles H., Cornelia R., Alice J., Georgeiana, Mrs. David A. Abbuhl, Mrs. Arthur Corr and Mrs. Jardin Newey. There also survives his mother, Mrs. Jane Cavanaugh, one brother, James, three sisters, Mrs. Jane Cavanaugh, one brother, James, three sisters, Miss Jane Cavanaugh and Mrs. Herman Pomeroy, all of Oneida, and Mrs. Hurbert Prendergast of Denver, Colo. The funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon at the late home.

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Died of Heart Disease

Rome, April 17 (1914) - William Henry Harrison died suddenly of heart disease Friday evening at the home of Office George W. Harrison, 420 West Park street, where he lived. Mr. Harrison, who was employed in the street department, worked all day and ate a hearty supper, after which he smoked his pipe and read the paper. Just before 8 o’clock he told his daughter-in-law that he did not feel very well and started upstairs to retire, pointing towards his heart and saying he had a pain there. He had just retired when Mrs. Harrison went to see if he was all right. As she arrived at the door she heard a peculiar noise and on entering found Mr. Harrison unconscious. Dr. George C. Reid was summoned, but Mr. Harrison was dead before he arrived.

Mr. Harrison was born in England near London, 67 years ago. He came to America and to Rome 40 years ago and had since lived in the town of Rome, being for several years in New London. In England he married Elizabeth Hayes who died in New London on Good Friday 26 years ago. Deceased was a member of the First M. E. Church and was esteemed by all who knew him. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. George Wright and Thomas Harrison, of Syracuse, Fred of East Syracuse, George W. and Charles of Rome, Mrs. David Schallenberg of Westernville, Mrs. Mark Grems of West Branch and Mrs. Henry Bull of Elmira.

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John Warcup of Western

Westernville, Nov. 16 - John Warcup, aged 79 years, one of the oldest and most prominent residents of this town died at 9 o’clock this morning at the family home near here. Mr. Warcup had been a sufferer with cancer of the throat for several years, but it was only during the past three months that he had been confined to his home. He had been confined to his bed for two weeks and the end came peacefully this morning.

John Warcup was born in Floyd August 31, 1833, a son of Robert and Hannah Warcup, natives of Yorkshire, England. his father was the youngest son of a wealthy English family and 1827, to better his fortune, came to America and soon after located in Oneida county stopping for periods more or less in Utica, Floyd and Rome, up to 1850, when he removed to Western where he remained until his death, which occurred November 29, 1883, aged 79 years. his children were Matthew, John, Margaret,(Mrs. Frances Van Dresar), Thomas and Mary (Mrs. John Medlew). John Warcup was reared in Oneida county and educated in the common schools and Rome Academy. He had always followed farming as an occupation and since 1850 had resided in Western. In 1864 he married Cynthia Harrington, daughter of William H. Harrington of Rome. Mr. Warcup was for twelve years in succession a member of the executive committee of the Oneida County Agricultural Society, president of the society in 1881 and president of the state exhibition of butter and cheese held at Rome the same year. In politics he was a Republican. he was at one time a member of the Oneida County Board of Supervisors. he was of a genial and kindly disposition and leaves a host of friends and acquaintances to mourn his death. Besides his wife, he is survived by six sons, Stanley, John Olin, Frank, William H. and Thomas B., all of Western, and Robert Jay of Wisconsin.

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Miss Gertrude Jones Dead

(1911)

Miss Gertrude Jones of this city, who was injured in the automobile accident near Herkimer on Sunday afternoon, died in the Little Falls Hospital at 3:10 am today. her condition from the start had been very critical, with but a very small chance for recovery. An operation was performed on Tuesday noon for fracture of the skull at the right of the base of the brain, as a possible change of saving her life. She rallied from the anesthetic but failed rapidly till the end.

Rev. J. E. Grant, pastor of the First Reformed Church of Fultonville, which Miss Jones attended, will come to Rome tomorrow to attend and take part in the funeral service of the young woman. The Board of Education of the village will be represented by George Albot, John Putnam and A. Z. Wemple, which the High School will be represented by Principal C. W. Potter, Misses Beatrice Smith and Nellie Casler, and possibly by the other two members of the faculty as the school will be closed.

The entire village of Fultonville is deeply affected by the fatality and it will be some time before its effects will pass away.

Miss Jones was in the habit of visiting at her home in this city at least every six weeks and on Saturday, May 13, had intended to come home, but on account of Saturday, May 20, being her 25th birthday anniversary she postponed her proposed visit will that date so as to be home with her relatives on her anniversary. Professor Potter said that on account of the accident and its fearful fatality the Fultonville High School had been practically closed all the week. On Wednesday the funerals of two of the victims, W. H. Can Wie and Miss Janette Billington, were held at Fultonville and at the same time the funeral of Fred Harvey, the chauffeur of the machine when it was struck by the M. 7 M. train, was held at Amsterdam. The residents of the village generally attended the funerals in the different places and practically every business place was closed for the occasion.

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John Williams, aged 70, died at the home of Andrew Moore yesterday. Mr. Williams went there about three weeks ago suffering with grip, and had been kindly cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Moore. He was of genial disposition and counted every acquaintance a friend. he leaves a brother in Whitesboro and two sons in New York.

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North Western, June 9 - Mrs. Esther Gillette, wife of William H. Vandewalker, died at 5 o’clock on Thursday afternoon at her home in Delta. She had been in rather poor health for some time and for the past several months has been suffering from a cancer which caused her death. Mrs. Vandewalker was born in this two 59 years ago and her whole life was spent here. About 40 years ago she married Mr. Vandewalker who survives. She also leaves one son, Eugene, who lives at home, her mother, Mrs. Sarah Ann Rogers, one sister, Mrs. Mary Race, both of Dunn Brook, a half-brother, W. H. Rogers and one half-sister, Mrs. Emma Rogers, who reside in Western. Mrs. Vandewalker was known to nearly all the people of this town and was held in highest esteem by all. her death brings sorrow to a wide circle of friends and neighbors, many of whom have known her for over half a century.

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John W. Harris died this morning from old age and a complication of diseases at the home of James Richmond in Wright Settlement, where he had lived for the past four months. he was a son of John Harris, an early settler of Western, and was 92 years old, having been born in this town in 1819. his grandfather on his mother’s side was James Sheldon, a Revolutionary soldier, who after the close of that war, was agent for John Brown, the owner of John Brown’s tract. The subject of this sketch had always been a farmer and lived on the Harris farm, 1-1/2 miles from here on the road to Rome, for 60 years. The farm was among those taken by the state for Delta Dam purposes and Mr. Harris left there about a year ago. he had a wide acquaintance and was held in high esteem by all who knew him

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The death of Mrs. Emma Griswold, aged 76 years, occurred about 3 pm today of heart trouble. She had been in failing health for some time and had been confined to the house since December. She had made her home this winter with F. Harrington. Mrs. Griswold was born in Floyd, the daughter of Barney Davis, and was the widow of Nathaniel P. Griswold. She is survived by a brother and sister, Charles S. Davis of Aurelius, Mich., and Mrs. George P. Dennison of this place.

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KNOWLTON - In Rome on Wednesday Nov. 29, 1901, Orson Knowlton, aged 79 years. The funeral will be held from his late residence, 145 N. James street, on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment in Rome Cemetery.

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VANDEWALKER - In Leila on June 8, 1911, Mrs. William Henry Vandewalker, aged 59 years

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