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Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY          Tuesday,     Jan16, 1940     by: GSubyak@aol.com  

HALSEY - Entered into rest, Sunday, Jan. 14, 1940, Mrs. Ada M. HALSEY, aged 78 years. She leaves one son, Ross J. PLAISTED of Baldwin, L. I., and two granddaughters, Mary Ada and Katherine E. PLAITED; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas BASSETT of Andover, N. Y., and Mrs. Alice SISSON of Almond, N. Y.  Friends may call at The Peters Funeral Home, 1511 Dewey Ave., from where services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in  Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan, N. Y. Penn Yan, N. Y., papers please copy.

Penn Yan Democrat &Chronicle       Friday   Jan 19, 1940        pg4              by Dianne Thomas 


BIRTHS: GILBERT - To Mr. and Mrs. John GILBERT, of Dundee, Wednesday, Jan 10, 1940, a daughter.

KENVILLE - To Mr. and Mrs. Albert KENVILLE, 141 South Avenue, Penn Yan, Jan 11, 1940, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, a son.

BLACK- To Mr. and Mrs. Paul BLACK, RD4, Penn Yan, Jan15, 1940, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, a daughter.



GAIGE-  At the Jensen Nursing Home, Geneva, Monday, January 15,John T. GAIGE, 90.  He was a resident of Penn Yan until about 10years ago when he went to Geneva to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. C. F. BULLOCK.  He had been ill for the past two weeks. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. BULLOCK, one son, Earl D. GAIGE of Utica; two granddaughters, one grandson; one brother, Herbert D. GAIGE of Morrisville.  Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock at Bennett funeral home in Geneva, Rev. F. L. HARPER of First Presbyterian Church, Geneva, officiating. Burial at Nelson, and of Milo Lodge  No. 108 F & A M.  Until advancing years caused him to give up active occupation at his trade, he was a plumber and steam fitter and was employed by Hollowell & Wise hardware firm of this village.

BELL- At Rochester, Sunday, Jan. 14, Herbert E. BELL,73.  He was a native of Yates county and for many years a resident of Penn Yan.  Born in Italy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. BELL, Mr. BELL came to Penn Yan at an early age and spent the greater part of his life here, his father having served as village superintendent of welfare, for several terms.   In his early years, Mr. BELL was employed in the tailoring and men's furnishing store of Clark and McAdams and later was the manager of the Yates Lyceum Theatre, located in rear of stores on the east side of Main street and one of the states leading playhouses, until it was destroyed by fire, about 30 years ago.  Until a few years ago when illness made it impossible for him to continue his duties, he served as clerk at the Knapp Hotel.  

He leaves his wife, Margaret Dolan BELL, of Rochester, formerly of Penn Yan. Funeral services were held at Corcoran funeral home, 102East Main street, Tuesday, with burial in St. Michael's cemetery. 


PETERSON- At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Friday, Jan 12, Karl PETERSON, 52.  A contracting painter, he had lived and worked in Penn Yan, the greater part of his life.  He was a member of the Keuka Lodge No. 149 IOOF, and of the First Presbyterian church.  He leaves his wife (Edna), one son, Robert; a daughter, Miss Louise PETERSON, both at home; and a sister, Mrs. George PARISH of Swampscott, Mass.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home, 229 Lake street, Rev. Walter A. HENDRICKS, officiating.  Burial in Lakeview. Keuka Lodge No. 149,IOOF, conducted ritualistic services at the home. 


CONKLIN- At Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 11, Mrs. Ida Mae CONKLIN. Besides her husband, Fred, she leaves three daughters, Mrs. Walter WHITE, Jerusalem; Mrs. John WILKINS, Potter; Miss Ruth MATTESON, at home; her mother, Mrs. Luther TURNER, Penn Yan; two sisters, Mrs. Isobel GRISWOLD, Penn Yan; Mrs. Ben AUMICK, Branchport; one brother, James TURNER, Ithaca.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home in Jerusalem, Rev. Charles E. EMERSON, of Potter Baptist church, officiating.  Burial in Branchport.


GRADY- At Prattsburgh, Friday, Jan. 12, Mrs. Catherine Coyle GRADY.  She was the widow of John GRADY, well know farmer and vineyardist in the Pulteny-Branchport area.  She was a native of Geneva.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Cloyse MC CONNELL, of Prattsburgh with whom she had made her home for the past several years, and one son, William GRADY of Binghamton, and grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock, at St. Michaels church, with burial in St. Michael's cemetery.  


UNDERWOOD, At Rochester, Tuesday, Jan 16, Stephen A. UNDERWOOD. He was a former resident of Geneva and Stanley, and had been ill for sometime.  Surviving are three sons, John, of Branchport; George, of Fabius; Willard, of California; one daughter, Margaret, of Ilion; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth KENNEDY, of Geneva; one brother, E. R. UNDERWOOD, of Middlesex. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Kennedy home in Geneva, with burial at No. 9 cemetery, at Hall.  


ASKEY- At Brockport, Sunday, Jan. 14, Mrs. Nellie Stevens ASKEY. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert L. CORCORAN, of Penn Yan; two sons, Dale & George ASKEY; five sisters, Mrs. Hattie LAMPHAM, Mrs. Ida ENRIGHT, Mrs. Jennie HICKEY, Mrs. Harry PARMELEE, Mrs. Edward FRYER; one brother, Henry STEVENS, Brockport.  Funeral services were held at Fowler funeral home, Brockport, Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock with interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Sweden.  


BATCHELDER- At Corning, Jan 13, Charles H. BATCHELDER,61.  He was a former employee of New York Central Railroad, and lived in Dresden for many years, until 30 years ago, when he moved to Corning.  He retired from railroad services 3 years ago, due to ill health.  He leaves his wife, G. Annise  Smith BATCHELDER; four daughters, Margaret, of Sherman; Hildreth, Corning; June Naomi, Bath; Carol, at home; one sister, Mrs. Kittie BENTLEY, Newton, Mass.; one brother, E. F. BATCHELDER, Lockhaven, Pa., half sister, Mrs. E. FABEL, Lockhaven, Pa.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, at Corning, Rev. E. J. STUART, of Corning Presbyterian church, officiating.  Burial in Corning.  


SNYDER- At Mount Morris Hospital, Monday, Jan. 15, Lloyd A. SNYDER.  He is survived by his wife; four sons, Cyrus L., Penn Yan; John, Romulus; Charles, Penn Yan; Clarence Stanley; four daughters, Mrs. Hazel TRAINOR; Mrs. John HART; Mrs. Robert TAFT, Mrs. Kenneth MILLER, all of New Columbia, Pa.; three brothers, Paul, Connard, and Percy SNYDER and his mother, Mrs. John SNYDER, all of Pennsylvania.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 pm, from the home in Gorham; burial in Gorham Cemetery. 


WHEATLEY- At Keuka, Saturday, Jan. 12, Mrs. Helen J. WHEATLEY,86.  She was a former resident of Rochester but had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Alvah SACKETT at Keuka, for the past several years.  Funeral services were held at the Sackett home, Monday afternoon.  Committal was made to Dundee cemetery vault, burial to be made in the family plot at Canton, Pa., in the spring.  


HANSEN- At Long Point, in Torrey, Tuesday, Jan. 16,Christian Ejlar HANSEN, 55.  Surviving are his wife, Cena Stephensen HANSEN, Long Point; father, Andrew HANSEN; brother, Hans HANSEN; 2 sisters, Catherine and Elizabeth HANSEN, all of Denmark.  Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Corcoran funeral home, 102 East Maine street, Rev. N. T. NEESGAARD, pastor of St. Paul's Danish Lutheran church, officiating.  Burial in Lakeview cemetery.  


FLEET- At Bellona, Jan. 4, Mrs. Lelah Swarthout FLEET, 66.  Surviving are a son, Lloyd W. FLEET, of Corning; a sister, Mrs. Mattie LAWREY, of Bellona, at whose home, she died; two grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at Tyrone, Jan 6, with burial in Tyrone.

Geneva Daily Times                Thursday                          March 14, 1940     by: Dianne Thomas 

Kenneth Leon Bergstressar, Branchport, March 14 -

Kenneth Leon Bergstressar, one and one-half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bergstressar of Branchport died Saturday afternoon, March 2. The child had been ill with grippe for about ten days.

Surviving besides his parents are four brothers and one sister. Funeral was held Tuesday at 2 o'clock at Parker's Undertaking Rooms at Branchport with burial in Bitley Cemetery. Rev. J. Harold Riggle conducted the service.

Geneva Daily Times                Thursday                          March 21, 1940                   by:  Dianne Thomas 

Fred Lynn -Branchport, Mar. 21 

Fred Lynn aged 66,born in Branchport and a life-long resident of this town, died Tuesday, March 19,at his home here, of heart trouble.

Besides his wife, Katie be leaves a sister, Mrs. George Burr of Penn Yan and several nieces and nephews. Burial, which was private, was held today at 2:30 o'clock with interment in Bitley Cemetery. Rev, J. Harold Riggle officiated.

Geneva Daily Times                Thursday                    April 25, 1940          by:  Dianne Thomas 

Charles Hibbard - Branchport, Apr. 25 - Charles Hibbard, aged 76,and a life-long resident of Branchport, died suddenly at 1:30 Sunday morning of a heart attack at his home here.

Surviving are his wife Ella Bailey Hibbard, two sons. Kenneth of Rochester, and Bowen of Branchport, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the home on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Albert Read of St. Luke's Church officiating.  Burial in Bitley Cemetery.

Mr. Hibbard was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY      March2, 1941    by: GSubyak@aol.com  

BRUCE - Entered into rest at Strong Memorial Hospital, Friday evening, Feb. 28, 1941, Marshall R. BRUCE. He leaves his wife, Edna HANCHETT BRUCE of Brockport; one daughter, Mrs. Alfred C. NAYLAN; one granddaughter, Marcia  NAYLAN, both of Freeport, L. I.; one brother, David BRUCE of Los Angeles,  Calif. Funeral services from the home, 2 Adams St., Brockport, Monday, Mar. 3 at 2and from St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 2:30.   Interment in Lakeview Cemetery.

Penn Yan Democrat, Friday,  May 30, 1941   by: Dianne Thomas 


Do you remember 5 years ago?   May 29, 1936

Mrs. Homer SACKETT and 6 year old son, Homer D. Jr., were killed in a 2 car crash, in Canandaigua turnpike, Saturday afternoon.

Since March 1, Yates County had recorded 9 deaths by fire, 6 by auto accidents and 5suicides and electrocution, as well as many injured.


Do you remember 15 years ago?   May 29, 1926

Burtice HARRIS and Bennett TODD, in an acrobatic act, won first prize at Amateur Actor's Night, at The Elmwood.

Morton HIGBY of Atlanta, shot 2 sheep killing dogs in the flock owned by William BAGLEY.  Both dogs had collars and their owners were notified. Town of Middlesex offers $10 for the hide of every dog caught chasing sheep.  


Do you remember 40 years ago?   May 31, 1901

An old Democrat dated November 22, 1836, gave interesting side lights on early history of the village. Included among local merchants were: T. BRIGDEN, carriage maker; LOCK & BENNETT, books and stationery; E. R. JONES, farm machinery; Henry T. WISNER, lawyer; James COOLEY, carriage-maker; E. DELANO, cabinet maker; Leander DUDDY, druggist; P. VOICE, jeweler; STEWART & TUNNICLIFF, dry goods; 

John L. MOORE, proprietor of American Hotel;  S. C. LYON, of Benton Center, claimed the sole right of making, using and vending cast iron axle trees for wagons in Yates county.  

John MOSHER, Lake street, received a painful injury when a splinter from a shingle struck his eye.  



Geneva Daily Times         Wednesday               November 14, 1941       by: Dianne Thomas


COREY - To Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Corey, R. D. 1, November12, 1941, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial  Hospital, a daughter.

LENT - To Mr., and Mrs. William Lent, Main Street, November 6, 1941, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, a son.

HAMM - To Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hamm, 124 Hamilton Street, November 7, 1941, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, a son.

PIERSON - To Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pierson, 137 Stark Avenue, November 9, 1941, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, a daughter.

WILLOUGHBY - To Mr. and Mrs. Paul Willoughby, 130 East Elm Street, November 13, 1941, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, a son.

KELLY-To Mr. and Mrs. Exton Kelly, R. D. 4, November11, 1941, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, a daughter.

ARMSTRONG- To Mr. and Mrs. James Armstrong, of Elmira, November 10, 1941, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira,a daughter, Theresa Ann.   Mrs. Armstrong is the former Miss Frances Grady, of Penn Yan.



SWARTWOOD - At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Monday, November 10, Phineas C. Swartwood, 77. He was born in Elmira. In his early life he traveled with several circuses including the Barnum & Bailey shows, and was named for P. T. BarnumHe served in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War and in 1901 served on the  U.S. S. Battleship Maine, named for the famous ship of Spanish-American War history.  During the Keuka Lake navigation days, he was employed by the late W. N. Wise and worked on all the steamers which plied Keuka's waters. He was a bill poster for several years also and until ill health forced him to give up work several months ago, he was employed in the painting trade.  He was an ardent hunter and made annual trips to the deer country. For 20 years he had acted as Santa Claus at the annual community children's Christmas Tree party sponsored by American Legion. He was buried with full military honors, Johnson-Costello Post, American Legion, furnishing military escort, firing squad and ritualistic service.

Surviving are a son, Roland C, Penn Yan; three stepsons, Harry, Floyd and George Clawson, all of Penn Yan; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Philip Oatman, Penn Yan; fifteen grandchildren. 

Funeral services at Thayer funeral chapel, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o�clock, Rev. E. D. VanDyke officiating. Burial in Lakeview (cemetery).

BIGELOW - At Bath, November 1, Mrs. Clayton J;. Bigelow, formerly of Dundee.  Nearest surviving relatives are four cousins, Mrs. Goodwin Motty of Bath; Claude Bennett, of Wellsboro, Pa.; Mrs. Mary Adams, of Watertown; Eugene Gray, ofWorchester, Mass.  Funeral services were held at. the Mott home in Bath, Tuesday afternoon, November 4.  Rev. T. W. Carter, of Savona, officiated.  Burial in Dundee (cemetery).

BELLIS - At Altay, November 2, Mrs. Eva Bellis, 49. Surviving are her husband, Delos Bellis; seven children: Mrs. Clarence Knapp and Mrs. Dayton Knapp, of Barrington; Veneta M. Bellis and Delos Bellis, Jr., of Crosby; Laura Ruth and Gabe, of Altay; three grandchildren; her mother Mrs. Clara Price, of Alpine; sister,  Mrs. Paul Reichel, of Syracuse. Funeral services "Wednesday afternoon, November 5, at Sargent Funeral Home, Dundee, Rev. George K. Hamilton officiating. Burial in Penn Yan.

ELLIOTT - At Lakemont, Monday, November 3, Hiram L. Elliott, 84. He had served as trustee of Starkey Seminary and member and trustee of Lakemont Christian Temple ChurchHe leaves a daughter, Mrs. William Baldwin, of Lakemont, two grandchildren, Evelyn and Elliott Baldwin, of Lakemont; four nieces.  Funeral services were held at the Baldwin home, Wednesday, November 5, Rev. Joseph T. Ruston officiating. Burial in Lakemont cemetery.

STARK -  At his home, 215 Elm St., Friday, November 7, James M. Stark, 89.  Besides his wife, he leaves a sister, Miss Georgia C. Stark, of Washington, D. C.

Funeral services were held at Thayer funeral chapel, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Walter A. Henricks officiating.   Keuka Lodge, No. 149, IOOF, conducted ritualistic services at the chapel. He had been an Odd Fellow for the past 60 years. Burial in Lake View cemetery.

HIBBARD - At Branchport, Sunday, Nov. 9, Mrs. Ella Hibbard, 75.  Surviving are two sons, Kenneth, of Rochester; Bowen, Branchport; three grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Branchport, Rev. A. H. Head, officiating. Burial in Bitley cemetery, Branchport.

NELSON - At Ithaca, Monday, Nov. 10, Mrs. Sarah Nelson, 73. She was a former resident of Penn Yan and was a sister of the late Chase Raymond.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Baldwin-Davis funeral home in Ithaca.  Burial in Lake View cemetery, Penn Van. Surviving are a grandson, Robert Nelson, of Gowanda; granddaughter, Jane Nelson Molton, of Trenton, N. J.

SUTFIN - At Keuka Park, Thursday morning, November 13, John C. Sutfin, 76. He was born in the Town of Jerusalem, February 13, 1865, son of Richard and Jane Siples Sutfin, and had spent his life in this community.  He was a vineyardist. Gifted with a fine baritone voice, he had toured the United States as a singer at evangelistic services.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nina Mack Sutfin; two daughters, Mrs. Gail Crawford, Baltimore, Md.; Mrs. Wesley Miller,Jeannette, Pa.; one brother, Homer Sutfin, Penn Yan; two granddaughters. Funeral services will be private and arrangements await arrival of the two daughters.  Family requests no flowers. Burial at Keuka Park (Jerusalem).

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY     Friday, Feb 13, 1942      by Dianne Thomas 


 LaBARR - To Mr. and Mrs. Russell LaBARR, R.D. 1,Feb 5, 1942, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, a daughter.

JENSEN -  To Mr. and Mrs. Annis JENSEN, 210 1/2 Lake street, Feb 8, 1942, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, a daughter.

SEREFINE - To Mr. and Mrs. Louis SEREFINE, 217 Liberty street, Feb 8, 1842, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, a son .

CARLSON - To Mr. and Mrs. Alton CARLSON, R.D. 5, Feb 9,1942, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, a son.

CAHILL - To Mr. and Mrs. John CAHILL, R.D. 1, Feb 10, 1942,  at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, a son.

STROWBRIDGE - To Mr. and Mrs. Ralph STROWBRIDGE, 117Burns Terrace, Feb 11, 1942,  at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, a son.

STARKEY - To Mr. and Mrs. Claude STARKEY, 205 North Ave., Feb 11, 1942,  at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, a son.



SANDERSON - At Potter, Friday, February 6, Richard J. SANDERSON,29.  He was born in Potter and for the last several years has been employed by Floyd BOOTES, local florist.  He was at work at the local greenhouse Thursday and appeared to be in his usual health.  He died suddenly at 5:30 o'clock Friday morning.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William SANDERSON; one sister, Mrs. George DANES of Potter; two brothers, Thomas and Leslie, both at home. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Potter Methodist church, Rev. James LARKIN, pastor, officiating.  Burial in Italy.

LYNN- At Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Saturday, Feb 7, Mrs. Sara Gleason LYNN, 58, of Branchport.  She was born in Prattsburg, Steuben county, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William GLEASON.  Surviving are one daughter, Dr. Geraldine LYNN of Cleveland, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Cora GLEASON, Branchport, Mrs. Ella HEMROTH, Avoca; Mrs. Freeman WHEELER, Kasona; one brother, John GLEASON, Fairport. Funeral services were held at the Thayer Funeral chapel, 201 East Elm street, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. H. RIGGLE, of Branchport Methodist church, officiating.  Burial in Lakeview (cemetery).

ANDERSON - At Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Sunday, Feb 8, Ferdinand ANDERSON, 56, of Benton. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Flora ANDERSON; son, Raymond Lee and daughter, Mildred  ANDERSON, both at home; two brothers, Andrew and Albert, both of Benton. Funeral services were held at Thayer funeral chapel, 201East Elm street, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. M. E. BARTHOLOMEW, pastor of Bellona Presbyterian church, officiating.  Burial in Lakeview. 

TRENCHARD - At Chicago, Ill., Sunday, Feb. 8, Mrs. Edna Baker TRENCHARD, formerly of Penn Yan.  She leaves her husband, James TRENCHARD, of Chicago, Ill. The body was brought to the Thayer funeral chapel, 201 East Elm street, where the funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, Rev. E. D. Van DYKE, officiating.  Burial in Lakeview. 

VAN HOUGHTEN - At his home in Dresden, Friday, February 6,William Judson VAN HOUGHTEN, 71.  He leaves a brother, Roy L. of Dresden.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Corcoran funeral home, 102 East Main street, Rev. Idas LIVINGSTON of Dresden Methodist church, officiating.  Burial in Dresden. 


LOCKWOOD - Mrs. Dora Smith LOCKWOOD, 80, died Thursday morning (Feb 12) at Dorchester, Mass.  She was the wife of Rev. Frederick Millis LOCKWOOD, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dorchester, who is the brother to the late Horace and Norman LOCKWOOD, formerly conducting a grocery store, where A C ROBINSON store was located.  She is survived by 2 nieces, Mrs. Samuel McELWEE, Penn Yan and Mrs. Bert ACKERMAN, New Berlin.  The funeral will be held at the Thayer funeral home, Monday at11 am, Rev. R. N. JESSUP officiating. Burial in Lakeview Cemetery.  

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY     Friday     July 30, 1943    by  Dianne Thomas 


POTTER- To Dr. and Mrs. Lyndon POTTER, 73 West Lake Road, July 23, 1943, at Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hospital, a daughter. 

WALTON- To Mr. and Mrs. Howard WALTON, Himrod, July 23, 1943, at Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hospital, a daughter

CORCORAN- To Mr. and Mrs. C. Carroll CORCORAN, 248 East Main street, July 23, 1943, at Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hospital, a son.

HAVILL- To Mr. and Mrs. Edward HAVILL, Bluff Point, July24,1943,  at Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hospital, a son.

STEWART- To Mr. and Mrs. Raymond STEWART, RD, July26,1943,  at Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hospital, a son.

LaBARR- To Mr. and Mrs. Russell LaBARR, RD1, July26,1943,  at Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hospital, a son.

GILBERT- To Mr. and Mrs. Leroy GILBERT, Dundee, RD3, July26,1943,  at Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hospital, a son.



ANDERSON - At his home near Bellona, Tuesday, July 27, Morris ANDERSON,73.  Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Neils JENSEN, Starkey; Mrs. Marvin RAPP, Buffalo; five sons, Duane, Wellsville; Harold, Penn Yan; Harvey, Geneva; Theodore, Albion; Staff Sgt Clarence ANDERSON, Fort Niagara; two step daughters, Mrs. Edward LEE, Penn Yan, Mrs. Chris CHRISTENSEN, Geneva and one step son, Cpl. Frank CHRISTENSEN, camp Roberts, CA; several grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at his late home, Friday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. H. B. BERTHELSEN and Rev. Adolph KLOTH officiating.  Burial in Bellona.

CAMPBELL - At Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Saturday, July 24, Mrs. Stella Personious CAMPBELL, 71.  She was a native of Beaver Dams, and was a sister of the late Mrs. Emma TERWILLIGER, Beaver Dams, who died Feb. 22.  Mrs. CAMPBELL had been ill for some time past.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Harry STREETER, Rochester; Mrs. Nina M. ROOT, Painted Post; five grandchildren, Mrs. Wa(l)ter M. BILLS, Penn Yan; Melvin ROOT, Corning; Pvt. Lauren ROOT, Fort Benning, Georgia; Mrs. Douglas ANDERSON, Rochester; Miss Evelyn STREETER, Rochester; four great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, at 1 o'clock at the Thayer funeral chapel, 201 East Elm street, Rev. R. N. JESSUP of Penn Yan Baptist church, officiating.  Burial in Beavers Dam Cemetery

MAHAR - At Rochester, Thursday, July 29, Miss Elizabeth MAHAR of Penn Yan.  Surviving are three sisters, the Misses Mate (Margaret) and Nellie MAHAR, Penn Yan; Agnes, Rochester;  one brother, James MAHAR, Rochester. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock, 102East Main street  and at 9 o'clock at St. Michael's church, with burial in St. Michael's cemetery.  

WHEELOCK - At Mount Morris Hospital, July 23, Frank J. WHEELOCK of Prattsburg.  He had been a patient at Mount Morris Hospital for several months.  He was a native of Chapin, but had lived in Prattsburg for 20years, where he had been manager and owner of Prattsburg and Pultney Telephone Company.  Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Francis of Washington, DC.  Funeral services were held in the family home at Prattsburg, Monday, Rev. E. YOUEL, officiating.  Burial in Sardinia Cemetery. 

Penn Yan Democrat    Friday        November 26, 1943          by Dianne Thomas 

D. A. R. Pays Tribute To Mrs. E. R. Bordwell -  The November meeting of Gu-yano-ga Chapter, D. A. R., was held at the Benham Hotel, Thursday, November 18, at 12 o'clock noon, with a luncheon.  Mrs. T. W. Windnagle, regent, presided. The table decorations carried out the red, white, and blue colors in native evergreens, shrubs and berries, with a basket of them centering the officers' table.

Loving tributes were paid to Mrs. E. R. Bordwell, organizing honorary regent, who passed away on October 28. Mrs. Ralph T. Norris, past regent, gave a history of Mrs. Bordwell and her patriotic activities, saying, "Mrs. Bordwell's pride of ancestry and their outstanding accomplishments in their services to our country, led her to recognize the need and to assist in promoting all patriotic work and education."

In the building of America, Mrs. Bordwell was descended from at least four Mayflower Voyagers, fifteen Colonial Founders, 2 colonial Governors, eighteen Colonial officers, thirteen colonial soldiers and ten Revolutionary officers and soldiers."

Miss Mae Baker read a favorite poem of Mrs. Bordwell's, "Not Growing Old".

Mrs. H. H. Hardman announced that a naturalization court is to, be held on December 8, at 10 a. m., when six people will receive naturalization papers.

Mrs. F. S. Hollowell gave an interesting talk on "Alaska', based on a series of letters from an aunt who went to live in Alaska in 1897.

Gifts for Tamasee, DAR School, were given to Miss May L. Pier, chairman of Approved Schools, to send as Christmas gifts.

Mrs. J. M. Ward whistled  "The Indian Love Call" by Rudolf Friml, with Mrs. Marvin Allison at the piano.

Hostesses were Mrs. L. W. Stever, Miss Mae Baker, Mrs. L. R. Loomis, Mrs. C. B. Scudder and Mrs. W. B. Tower.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY  Wed,    Feb2, 1944    by: GSubyak@aol.com  

Penn Yan - Charles P. SCHWINGLE, 55, who had been staying at the home of  Roy Van HOUGHTON in Dresden for the past two months, was found dead in the yard when Mr. Van HOUGHTON returned to his home late Monday afternoon (Jan. 31,  1944). Dr. M. E. COSTELLO, health officer, attributed the death to a heart  attack.  Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. today in the Tindall Funeral home with the Rev. Jacob HESSLER of Penn Yan officiating. The body will  be placed in the receiving vault at Lakeview Cemetery for burial later.

Penn Yan Democrat &Chronicle       Friday       Dec 8,1944        pg4              by Dianne Thomas 


Penn Yan Democrat,       April 26, 1945         by Dianne Thomas   

Bluff Point

Rock Stream

Benton Center

Penn Yan Democrat,                          July 12, 1945        pg8          by Dianne Thomas   

Bluff Point

Herman Larzelere was taken suddenly ill Wednesday, July 3, and removed to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Thursday. The doctor reports he over did it at his age, 86, must have complete rest.  Mr. Larzelere's daughter, Mrs. Perry of New Rochelle, is expected this Tuesday.  She is a trained nurse.  

Mr. and Mrs. William Habberfield have come to their home for the summer. They have been living in Geneva. 

Penn Yan Democrat,       Jan 25, 1946             pg 7       by Dianne Thomas 


TOWNSLEY - GOTTSHELL - Miss Elsie k. GOTTSHELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles GOTTSHELL, 107 Hamilton street, Penn Yan, and Harold A. TOWNSLEY, son of Mrs. Mildred TOWNSLEY, Philadelphia, NY, were married at the Penn Yan Baptist Church, Saturday, January19, 1946, at 2 p.m., Rev. R. N. JESSUP, pastor, performed the ceremony.  The church was decorated with candelabras, palms and large baskets of mixed flowers.  Miss Ethel PRICE, church organist played the processional and recessional wedding marches and Miss Norma DILLON sang "Because" and "I Love You".  The bride wore white satin with a long train, styled with long sleeves.  She wore a fingertip veil and pearl necklace and carried a bridal bouquet of white roses.  Mrs. Robert WALTER was her sister's matron of honor and wore pink chiffon gown and carried pink chrysanthemums.  The bridesmaids, Misses Doris CLARY and Lucille DILLEN of Penn Yan, wore gowns of pink and blue net and carried bouquets of pink chrysanthemums. The bride's mother wore navy blue with corsage of pink roses.  The bridegrooms mother wore fuchsia with a corsage of white roses.  Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents.  The bride is a graduate of Penn Yan Academy and has been employed at Michaels-Sterns Co.  The bridegroom is a graduate of Philadelphia *(NY) high school and is in the trucking business in Penn Yan.  He recently received his honorable discharge from the Army after serving 30 months in the European Theatre.   [*Note- Philadelphia, NY is a down located near the Army base of Fort Drum, NY]

ELLIS - WILSON - Miss Isabel WILSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel WILSON, Rodeo, Calif., and M/Sgt. William G. ELLIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert ELLIS,183 Seneca street, Penn Yan, were married Thursday morning, January 17, 1946, at the Presbyterian church, at 11 a.m., Rev. Walter A. HENDRICKS performed the double ring ceremony. Mrs. Wesley TURNER played the wedding music.  The bride, given in marriage by her grandmother, Mrs. Ira CRAWFORD of Harding, Pa., was dressed in ivory bridal satin, fashioned with a sweetheart neckline with long train.  Her bridal veil of illusion lace was caught to a cap trimmed with orange blossoms.  She carried pink and white rose buds, pink pompoms and gypsophilia.  Miss Dorothy ROBBINS of Wyoming, Pa., cousin of the bride, was maid of honor and wore pink satin and lace net gown and carried white pompoms, pink roses and gypsophilia.  Little Sally ELLIS, sister of the bridegroom, was flower girl and wore white satin frock with matching cap and carried a Colonial bouquet. John E. ROBBINS of Wyoming, Pa., was best man.  The bride's mother wore black crepe with sequin trim and hat in matching shade, and the grandmother of the bride wore wine crepe with sequin trim.  Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bridegroom's parents.  The bridegroom was recently discharged from the Air Force. 

ENOS - WENTWORTH - Miss Jean WENTWORTH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byron WENTWORTH, East Main street, Penn Yan, and Stewart ENOS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert ENOS, of Penn Yan, were married at St. Michael's church rectory, Saturday, January 19, 1946,at 11 am, Rev. Hubert BISKEY, performing the ceremony.  The bride wore a fuchsia suit with black accessories and corsage of white rosebuds and gypsophilia.  Her attendant, Miss Mary Laura LINCOLN of Penn Yan, wore powder blue suit with black accessories and corsage of red rosebuds and white sweet peas.  Charles WENTWORTH, brother of the bride, was best man.  Following the ceremony a dinner was served at the Benham hotel, and reception and buffet luncheon at the home of the bride's parents.  The bride is a graduate of Penn Yan Academy, 1944 and has been (go to pg 8)...

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY      Friday    March 29,1946          by Dianne Thomas 

Orville RIBBLE Jr., RD 4, was arrested Thursday, March 21, on a disorderly charge.  Arraigned before Peace Justice A. O. ROLFE, of Benton, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 25 days in Yates county jail and pay a fine of $25.  RIBBLE was charged with having entered and ransacked a tenant house owned by Mrs. Venna DIEDERICK, Preemption road. 

Robert Eugene STRATTON,19, coxswain, USN, who was held in the Yates county jail, to await action by the grand jury on a statutory charge, was admitted to $1500 bail, Monday. STRATTON was home on a 30 day leave, and was arrested Sunday, March 17, by village police.  He is scheduled to report for duty at New York City at the expiration of his leave. 

George L. BARDEN flew to Mesa, Arizona, last week, to visit his mother, Mrs. L. J. BARDEN and sister, Miss Myra BARDEN.  

Mrs. Catherine RANDTKE, of Syracuse, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah TUBBS, over the weekend. 

Mrs. Ralph T. NORRIS, who has been in Clifton Springs for several weeks, has returned to her home on Main street, this village. 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. LEWIS, of Batavia, are visiting at the home of their son, Dr. Robert LEWIS and family. 

Henry R. BROWN, of Stark Avenue and H. G. FITZWATER, of Branchport, returned home last week, after spending some time in Lakeland, Fla.

Miss Susan HENDRICKS, who has been visiting her parents, Rev & Mrs. Walter A. HENDRICKS, has gone to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the summer.

Harry CASE, who has been in the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, returned to his home in Liberty street, last week, greatly improved in health.

Miss May CHURCH, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Ralph SHEPPARD in Toronto, Canada, for several months has returned to her home, at 213 Main street. 

Lewis GRACEY, student at Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, Vt., is spending a weeks vacation with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Lewis GRACEY.

Mrs. Isabelle T. SHELDON, who has been staying with her brother, Morris TRACEY, in Syracuse during the winter, returned Thursday to this village. 

Mrs. William BENNETT and little son, Walter, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. HENDRICKS.  Mrs. BENNETT  has returned this week from a trip to New York City.  

Miss Marjorie J. REILLY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas REILLY of Chicago, and Darrell R. MORROW, formerly of Penn Yan, were united in marriage on Saturday, March 21, 1946 at 1:45 pm, in Chicago.

Mrs. George E. BULLOCK, of Western Springs, Illinois, is staying at the home of Mrs. F. G. HALLETT, East Main street, who is very ill.  Also, Mrs. Glezen WILCOX, of Fairport, is at the home of Mrs. HALLETT this week.

Announcement is made of the engagement of Miss Jean BASSAGE, dau of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer BASSAGE, Court street, to Hobart W. HONDORF, of San Pedro, Calif., son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart G. HONDORF, of Rochester.  

John C. FOX, of Penn Yan and Ralph SHEPHARDSON of Dundee, have been elected as two of Governors of the Finger Lakes Chapter of American Institute of Banking.  Clarence R. ANDREWS, also of Penn Yan, was named a member of the education committee.

Firemen were called to the Mrs. Anna CONNERS house, 209 Liberty Street, Friday evening, where the wires on an electric heater had burned off, damaging the bathroom.  On Sunday afternoon they were called to South Avenue to extinguish a grassfire.  

A memorial service will be held in the Gorham Baptist Church, Sunday, in honor of Major W. E. HURLBUTT, of Stanley, who was shot down over Japan.  Johnston-Costello Post, American Legion, Penn Yan, is in charge of the service and Rev. Royal N. JESSUP, of Penn Yan, will deliver the message.  

North Tonawanda Evening News   1947   [no date found on articles]  War News Clips     by Dianne Thomas 


Cpl. GERALD W. HAMANN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Hamann, 39 Benton street, arrived in the Philippines with an anti-tank battalion in April; Lost his life on July 25, 1942, after the surrender of hopelessly out numbered garrison.


Cpl. RICHARD MAYNARD was stationed on Corregidor when the war began. He was captured when the fortress surrendered and was imprisoned at Camp Osaka Yodogawa where he lost 60 pounds or more. His mother, Mrs. Norman Brumfield of 67 Carney street, learned later that he had died in prison on March 7, 1944. 

Other Tonawandans were captured in the epic defense of the Philippines. Pvt. FRANK NEWELL, the son of Mrs. John R. Newell of 161 Spruce, street and a member of the Eldredge Bicycle Club, was one. Then, on December 14, 1944, after enduring two and a half years at the infamous Puerto Princesa prison camp on Palawan and when the long awaited liberating troops were landing throughout the Philippines, Newell and 140 other prisoners were herded by their guards into an air raid shelter which was doused with gasoline and fired. Those who escaped the flames were machine-gunned and bayoneted.  One man escaped alive, not Newell.

Ph. M  2/e ROBERT J. DICK, 201 Broad street, was also captured in the Philippines. A few days after Pearl Harbor he cabled he was safe.  He was serving as an intern in a naval hospital near Manila. Dick also spent two and one half years in prison, but died on an unmarked enemy prison ship off the China coast on Oct. 24, 1944, just four days after the first allied landings in the Philippines when U. S. warships encountered Jap fleet and sank every ship.   


MM2/e  STEPHEN SIKORA. still firing his AA-gun, was blown to bits by direct hit from one of 18 Jap bombers attacking his destroyer, S.S. Colhoun, convoying ammunition and landing - troops at

Guadalcanal and Tulagi, Aug. 30, 1942. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sikora, 685 Oliver street. The Tonawandas new legion unit, the Sikora Post, was named in his honor. 

Marine Pfc. CONRAD F. KANIA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Kania, 59 Fuller avenue, died on Dec. 10, 1942, in the long struggle for Guadalcanal. First Tonawanda man known dead. The Tonawanda  Marine Corps League detachment now bears his name.


Sl/c ROY F. RECH, son of Mrs. Charles W. Loucks, 50 Webster street, left  NTHS in his senior year to fight the Japs. Killed on Nov. 13, 1942, in first big naval engagement of the war, Battle of the Coral Sea, in which huge enemy transport fleet was dispersed with heavy losses and tide of invasion sweeping toward Australia turned back. Rech went down on the cruiser Atlanta, sunk by Jap bombers before their carriers were knocked out.


S/Sgt. MERLE HARTBURG, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hartberg, 368 Main street, radio operator on a B-24, was lost and later declared dead Nov. 14, 1942 on an air attack on heavily fortified enemy base at Rabaul.  He was the brother of Melvin Hartberg who later won honors as a technical sergeant in the Air Transport Command in Europe.


Ships as well as men were being lost, especially during the first two years of war. Jap subs and planes were concentrating upon our aircraft carriers. When the carrier Wasp was torpedoed and went down on Sept. 16, 1943, Lt. ALBERT F. SCHNELL was lost. He was a Navy veteran of 25 years service. 


Sl/c DANIEL REED, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Watson,986 Niagara Falls boulevard, was killed in action in Pacific, presumably on submarine duty on May 28, 1943. Reed had already been severely wounded at Pearl Harbor, serving aboard a battleship during the infamous sneak attack.

A sour forces in the Pacific were built up, several local men like DONALD F. TUSSING, 79 Felton street, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Tussing, aerial gunner whose plane crashed in July 1943,were killed overseas in the performance of their duty.


OnSept. 14, 1944, Ph. M. 1/c FRED M. MATSON, who had married a California girl, Mildred Ann Vrolyk, only four months previously, was killed in the crash of his plane which was evacuating wounded to hospitals. He was the brother of Torpedo-man Lee Matson and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Matson, formerly of 37 Delton street.


Another was S/Sgt. WARREN J. WERNER, Fletcher street garage man and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Werner, of 82 Hill street, who received an accidental gunshot wound and died on Jan. 30, 1944, in the South Pacific.



By the first of October, 1944, allied forces were closing in on Philippines and 2nd Lt. ALVIN W. KERSTEN had seen over 60 missions as bombardier of the B-24 "Boliwar," when he was killed on a bombing mission over the Marshall Islands, many of which had been by-passed in our rapid advance. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kersten of 213 Delaware street. 


Pvt. HARRY  D. BACON, 95 Lockport avenue, father of three small children, was killed Oct. 17, 1944, his first day of battle, by a Jap sniper on Tinian. His wife lost her brother S/Sgt. Ford Moore a short time before when his plane was shot down over Vienna.



Although American submarines penetrated Japanese waters immediately after Pearl Harbor and raised havoc with shipping RT  l/c FRANK JANISH, 162 Pine street and son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Janish, escaped injury until Dec. 9, 1944, when he was lost with his ship, the Submarine Scamp, which failed tore turn from a patrol in enemy waters.



While advances were being made in the Pacific, China and Burma fronts, suffered months of stalemates and setbacks, but by the end of 1944 allied forces began to push forward there. Lt. ROBERT G. REID, ATC pilot from 157 Kohler street, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reid, was killed in action on Dec. 19, 1944.


Not all deaths were due to gunfire. Tropical life plagued troops with fevers.

S/Sgt GRANVILLE McDANIEL, veteran of 20 combat flights and son of Mr. and Mrs. Granville McDaniel, 28 Koch street, was rushed from Pacific to the Ft. Dix, N. J. hospital with typhus and died Nov. 22, 1944.



In October 1944, we landed on Leyte and defeated the Japanese Navy in the greatest air-sea battle in history. Pfc. VICTOR J. KUCZYNSKI, husband of Mrs. Lillian Kuczynski, 222 Humphrey street, was killed by a Jap sniper's bullet Nov. 7, while administering first aid to others and directing their evacuation at the peril of his own life. He received the Bronze Star posthumously.


Soundman l/c ANGELO GRJMALOI. On the Minesweeper Long, which was credited with destruction of an enemy submarine and which sailed into Pearl Harbor at the height of the battle to take part in the action, went down with the ship on Jan. 6, 1945, clearing the way for the invasion of Luzon. He saw action at Midway, Bouganville, the Marshalls, Peleliu, Palau, and Leyte.


On Jan 17, 1945, just six days after the first landings on Luzon, an enemy shell exploded a mortar's ammunition, wounding 2nd Lt CLEMENSSTRATZ, a graduate of THS and the University of Buffalo. He helped evacuate nine of the wounded men and, upon returning to the spot a second time, was killed by an enemy tank. For this he received the Silver Star posthumously.


T/Sgt STANLEY DIAK, 60 Second avenue, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Diak, was killed a few days later, on Feb. 8, 1945, also on Luzon. He was one of the first Twin City draftees, leaving for the Army in January, 1941.


Pfc. FRANKLIN GILLETTE who had lived i the home of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Fitzgerald, 80 Delaware street, and had worked for the Columbus McKinnon Chain Corp., was killed in action on Apr. 10, 1945, on Luzon.


A father of four children and a well-known athlete and sports writer in the Tonawandas who had moved to Illinois, was killed in the same battle. He was Pfc. FRED FERRIS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ferris, 248 Vandervoort street. His death was prior to Apr. 25, 1945.


Pfc. ALFRED F. GREENBURG was seriously wounded at Zig Zag Pass on Luzon and was evacuated to the U. S. He died of these wounds a year later in the Wakeman General Hospital on Jan. 20, 1946.


Pfc. ANTHONY HADYKIEN,5 Second avenue, the brother of two soldiers Victor and Joseph Meldzuk, and the son of Mrs. Joanne Meldzuk, was killed in action in Leyte on Dec. 15, 1945.


Corregidor was assaulted by picked troops almost four years after its surrender T/4MARTIN SEAL, formerly of NTHS, paratrooper who participated in the 1700man mass parachute drop in New Guinea, was killed storming that famous fortress on Feb. 19, 1945. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Seal, RFD2, North Tonawanda.



Five Twin City Marines gave their lives in the battle for Iwo Jima:

Pfc. CHESTER YUREK, 993 Walck road, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Yurek, was one. He died on Feb. 21, 1945.


Corp. STANLEY CZAJA, son of Mr. and  Mrs. Michael Czaja, 115 Tenth avenue, was killed the same day. He and his three brothers, all of whom saw service, were well-known North Side athletes.


Pfc. HARRY HARNISCH, whose remark, "To hell with the noise," made as he resumed the advance on Namur earlier in the war after a nearby explosion had thrown him into the sea, had won him the reputation of being a fighting man, was killed on Iwo Jima on Feb. 24, 1945.


Cpl. LESTER KLINE, who had taken part in the invasions of Guadalcanal and Guam, was killed on March 5, 1945. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elroy W. Kline, 918 East Robinson street. He had attended North Side schools.


Pvt. ROBERT C. SHIESLEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Shiesley, 10 Grant street, was the fifth local Marine killed on Iwo Jima. He played football here.



Okinawa was the next stop. MM3/e HARRY WILLIAM LONG was on the USS Bush patrolling adjacent waters prior to the landings, when the destroyer was attacked by enemy planes and sunk. Long, who had lived with his sister, Mrs. Viola Marshall, was killed at his battle station.


OnApr. 24, 1945, Bronze Star older Pfc. STANLEY RUSIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rusin, 103 Fourteenth avenue, was killed in action on Okinawa. Rusin, who had previously been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on Leyte, was an active member of Dom Polski.


Pfc. ROMEO C. BORRETTE, 106 Vandervoort street, was killed on Okinawa May 8, 1945, after fighting on Guam and Leyte. He was shot through the hand on Leyte.



Pfc. ICBN  C. BOLLES, who lived at 94 Delaware street and worked for International Paper was killed on April 17, 1948, on Ie Shima, an island within sight of Okinawa. His body rests five graves away from the legendary Ernie Pyle, battle-weary opponent of war and lover of fighting men who was killed in the same fighting. 


Now the Air Corps, operating from newly won bases, could press the war to the heart of Japan itself, raiding Tokyo in force. Corp. CLARK BASSETT, Jr., waist-gunner of a B-29 Super Fort, was lost on May 5, 1945 over Tokyo. He was the son of Attorney and Mrs. Clark B. Bassett, 202 Niagara street.

By now the war in Europe was at an end. A few months later another Super Fort dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The war against Japan was soon concluded . .. but not the hardships. They last for lifetimes, though few tears are shed, excepting on Memorial Days.

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY      Friday    May 9, 1947  pg 5       by Dianne Thomas 

Chester BURDICK, 31;William ENGLISH, 53, and Albert LILLER, 41,all of Cameron Mills, were arrested by State troopers at that place, Friday, on charges of burglary, petit larceny and malicious mischief alleged to have been committed at the farm property of Mrs. Lila ROOF, at Branchport, on April 26.  Troopers Ralph FITZWATER, G. R. CABONEY, Frank DONOVAN and A. F. RYDER, have been working on the case. Complaint was made by Leslie McLOUD, caretaker, that boards had been torn from the side of the building and a phonograph was missing.  The Troopers found part of the phonograph cabinet at a farmhouse which had been occupied by the three men who had been working as loggers.  District Attorney Homer C. PELTON, allowed the three men to plead to charges of petit larceny, and at arraignment before Peace Justice Blaine SHAW, in Italy, Saturday, a $5 fine was paid by each and a 30 day jail sentence suspended, providing they made repairs to the building and pay for the phonograph.  

MILLERD - JENSENMiss Pauline JENSEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter JENSEN, Penn Yan, RD 4 and Oakleigh MILLERD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles MILLERD, Geneva, RD 1, were married Apr 20, 1947, in the 1st Presbyterian Church manse, Geneva, Rev. Frederick L. HARPER, pastor, performed the ceremony.  The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a pink dress and a corsage of white carnations.  Mrs. Robert HOEFLER was bridesmaid and wore a black suit and corsage of pink carnations.  Robert HOEFLER was best man. A bridal shower was given Friday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter JENSEN, Penn Yan, RD 4, in honor of the bride. Guests included Mrs. Oakleigh MILLERD, Mrs. Charles MILLERD, Mrs. Herman RASSMUSSEN, Mrs. Harold ANDERSEN, Mrs. Chris JENSEN, Mrs. Harold EVERSON, Mrs. Neils JENSEN, Mrs. PETERSON, Mrs. Martena CHRISTENSEN, and Miss Marlene RASSMUSSEN.  [Engagement was announced Oct 25, 1946, same paper]

WALKER - CREVELLING: Miss Lois B. CREVELLING, nurse at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, daughter of Charles CREVELLING, 228 Hamilton Street, Penn Yan, and Gordon S. WALKER, 406 Liberty street, son of Mr. and Mrs. James WALKER of Buffalo, were married at the Baptist parsonage Tuesday evening, May 6, 1947, by Rev. Francis GLENISTER, who performed the single ring ceremony.  Mr. and Mrs. C. Walter CREVELLING, brother and sister in law of the bride, attended the couple.  The bride wore grey and white and a corsages of red rosebuds. The matron of honor wore brown and a corsage of red and white buds.  Mr. and Mrs. WALKER will make their home in Penn Yan, where he is a Navy inspector at the duPont plant at Dresden.  

BECKER - MORSE: The chapel at the Penn Yan Methodist church was the scene Sunday, May 4, 1947,at 1 p.m., of the wedding of Miss Clara MORSE and William BECKER, both of Canton.  Rev. Ellroy VAN DYKE performed the ceremony.  Mr. and Mrs. Charles LEWIS, daughter and son in law of the groom, were the attendants.  

WARE - CLARKMiss Rhoda Jean CLARK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd CLARK, Penn Yan, RD 2, and Donald Richard WARE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis WARE, of South Bend, Ind., were married in Geneva, Sunday, May 4, by Rev. Charles Arthur SMITH. The were attend by William and Agnes HUSTED.  

NORRIS - MATTISON: Mrs. Emma MATTISON, North Main street and Leon J. NORRIS of Penn Yan, were married in the chapel of the Penn Yan Methodist church, Friday, May 2, 1947, at 4 pm,  Rev. E. D. VANDYKE officiated.  Mr. and Mrs. Oscar MICKELSON were the only attendants.  

T/5 Anker B. POULSEN, who is with the occupation troops,  is spending a 30 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris POULSEN, Hamilton street.  "Vic", enlisted in the fall of 1945 for 3 years and will return to Germany, where he has been stationed. He was employed at Market Basket Super Market, before his enlistment.  

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY    Tues    June 17, 1947    by: GSubyak@aol.com  

SMITH - At the home, 20 Oxford St., Brockport, Monday, June 16, 1941, Mrs. Adora M. SMITH, widow of William SMITH. She leaves one son, Alva SMITH of Fairport; two daughters, Mrs. Fern SMITH of Canandaigua and Mrs. Gladys LINCOLN, Brockport; one brother, Arthur MILLER, Penn Yan; one grandson, Chauncey SMITH, Canandaigua.  Funeral services at the home Thursday at 1 o'clock, DST, Rev. D. R. KLINGLER officiating. Interment at Italy Hill. Penn Yan papers please  copy.

Penn Yan Courier   Thursday,   September 18,1947           by Dianne Thomas 


Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY    Sat    Oct 18, 1947    by: GSubyak@aol.com  

BLODGETT - In this city, Oct. 17, 1947, Ella BLODGETT of 564Monroe Ave., widow of Case W. BLODGETT. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. Clara A. FRANCIS; one grandson, George C. FRANCIS, both of Rochester; one brother, Elmer McGRADY of Clifton Springs; three great-grand children; several nieces. Friends may call at Timmerman Funeral Home, 510 Monroe Ave., where services will be held Sunday at 1:30 o'clock. Burial in Penn Yan, N.Y., Rev. Lee BYNON officiating.

Chronicle Express,  November 30,1950               contributed by M. Kelly   

Cloyse Mothersell, Yates County's youngest sulky race driver, purchased twin two-year olds at a sale of race horses at Harrisburg a few days ago. Both colts are pacers and are named Victory Jack and Victory Jill. As soon as the horses were transferred to him, Cloyse, who is 17,immediately made out papers giving Victory Jack to his younger brother, Lawrence, who is 11 years old. The brothers will break and train the colts and expect to race them next summer. The boys are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Mothersell of Rushville.
Cloyse has been driving in races for the past three years, ever since he was 14, and has already made a favorable name for himself on local racetracks. Preferring pacers to trotters, Cloyse has a stable of four pacers besides the twins he just purchased. Oldest of these and most familiar to racing fans of this area is Hi Mazie, older pacer who used her experience in acquainting her youthful driver with the tricks of the county fair circuit tracks. Together, they have won a fair amount of the prize money awarded for heats in Mazie's class.
Cloyse also owns Sergeant Frank and Sunday's Heir, and another colt which has never been raced, Stewart's Lady. With envious eyes on his brother's record, Lawrence is following just as fast as he can and he and Victory Jack will start training together.

Geneva Daily Times                Monday            March 16, 1951                                     contributed by  Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Alice Pulver  Succumbs at 88; Funeral Wednesday

Penn Yan, Mar 26 -Mrs. Alice E . Pulver, 88, Penn Yan, died in Seneca county this morning. The body is at Thayer funeral chapel where friends may call today and tomorrow from 2-4 and 7-9 p. m.   Funeral services will be held in the chapel Wednesday at 2 p. m. Rev. John F. McCloy, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. 

Mrs. Pulver was born in the town of Jerusalem, daughter of Samuel and Phear Young Carvey. She was the widow of Elias Pulver who was Yates county sheriff for several years.  She was a member of Amity chapter, Order of Eastern Star and William H. Long Women's Relief corps.


Mrs. Coffin, 74, Dies in Bellona; Funeral Wednesday

Bellona, Mar. 28 - Mrs. Margaret O. Coffin, 74, wife of Alva Coffin, died Saturday at the home of her son, Dewitt, after a long illness.  Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. in the Bennett funeral home, 234 North St., Geneva.  The Rev. Antonio Marino, minister of the Bellona Presbyterian Memorial church, will officiate. Burial will be in the family plot at Bellona cemetery.

Mrs. Coffin was born in the town of Benton and lived in Bellona most of her life. Last February she and her husband celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. She was a member of the former Bellona Methodist church and of the Bellona Grange.   Surviving in addition to her husband and son, is another son, Duane,Geneva, six grandchildren, and a brother, Ashley Long, Penn Yan.


Edward Perry, 79, Dies in Branchport; Funeral Tomorrow 

Penn Yan, Mar. 26 � Edward Perry, 79, Branchport, died Saturday night. (3/14/1951).  The body is at Weldon Funeral home, where funeral service will be held tomorrow at 2:30 p. m. Rev. Charles Walker, pastor of Branchport Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Bitley cemetery, Branchport.

Mr. Perry was born in Herkimer and had made his home in Branchport for several years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jessie Ingram Perry; two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Rugg, Chubb Hollow; Mrs. George Forsling, Branchport; seven grandchildren; and 14great-grandchildren.

Easter Date Recurs After 57 Year Wait - Malone, Mar. 26  (AP) - Miss Mary M. Ghostlaw, who was born on Easter Sunday. Mar. 23. 1804, waited 57 years for her birthday again to coincide with Easter. Miss Ghostlaw, a registered nurse, had no special celebration because she is caring for her mother, Mrs. Martha Queier, who is ill at home.

According to the Christian calendar, yesterday was Miss Ghostlaw's only chance to celebrate her birthday on Easter until after the year 2,000. The holy day is reckoned as the first Sunday after the full moon which occurs on, or next after, March 21.

Bellona Man Arrested on Bad Check Count

Penn Yan, Mar. 36 � Charles Newell, 36, of Bellona, posted $25 bail Saturday at his arraignment before Police Justice Ralph Goundry, to insure appearance Apr. 6, in justice court before Peace Justice George Stewart at East AvonNewell was arrested Saturday by Tprs. H. H. Evarts and Robert F. Barry, charged with issuing a fraudulent check on a Penn Yan bank, allegedly given to the Dutch Hollow diner, East Avon, Oct 31.

His arrest Saturday was on a warrant forwarded from Troop A,East Avoir,  State police station. According to police, the check was returned, marked �no funds�. 

Geneva Daily Times        Tuesday            April 1, 1952    by: Dianne Thomas

Daub Search Continued As Survivor Points Out Probable Death Location - 

PENN YAN - Mrs. Isabel Corder pointed out the approximate spot Monday afternoon which apparently swallowed up Charles Daub, Saturday night. Mrs. Corder rode to the location in a powerboat with Sheriff Jay Fitzwater, In spite of her grueling experience Saturday night when she was kept afloat by the help of Daub, Mrs. Corder pointed out the spot where in a quick turn, the 25-horsepower motorboat capsized and dashed the couple into the icy waters off Bluff Point.

Mrs. Corder - returned to her work as dental assistant at the office of Dr. J. Harvey Wheeler, Penn Yan dentist, this morning. She still is suffering shock from the hour long immersion in the chill lake waters.

Her trip to the spot in Lake Keuka about one-third of the distance from Lakeside Park shore to Bluff Point, was to assist in finding the body of Daub, Sayre, Pa., railroad man who lost his  life about one minute before rescuers arrived and hauled Mrs. Corder from the lake.

At the scene Monday were Daub's father, who mourned the loss of his 30-year-old son, and father of two children. He said he wished he "could at least have the comfort of finding the body and laying it to rest."

His grief was doubled by the fact that a few months ago he lost another son, a 19 year old youth, who suffered a fatal heart attack.

The drowning occurred across the lake line in Yates County.  It first was thought to have been in Steuben county. 

Sheriff Jay Fitzwater is in charge of dragging operations. Monday, 14 boats were at the scene and more were offered, but man-power was lacking.

Equipment was expected to be on hand today from Hornell, Bath, Waverly, Sayre, Corning in addition to the Penn Yan equipment, which has been on the job since the accident. 

It was disclosed Monday that the heavy sheep-lined navy Jacket which Mrs. Corder was wearing, helped to keep her afloat longer than Daub, who wore a plaid wool jacket. It was said that the natural grease in the sheep wool repelled soaking.


The Naples Record       Wednesday               April 2, 1952

Charles Daub, 30, of Sayre, Pa., drowned in Lake Keuka, Saturday, March 29, 1952, when a power boat capsized.

Geneva Daily Times        Thursday              April 3, 1952    by:  Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Dinehart, 80,  Dies in Guyanoga; Rites Are Saturday  

PENN YAN - Mrs. Maude Kelly Dinehart, 80 of Guyanoga, died in the Hopkins Nursing Home in Guyanoga, Wednesday night.

The body is at the Wade Logan Funeral home. Penn Yan. Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 p. m.  Funeral services will be at 2:30 p. m. Saturday, in the Funeral home. The Rev. Charles Walker of Branchport Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Bitley Cemetery, Branchport.

Mrs. Dinehart is survived by two sons, Charles of Penn Yan and Peter of Guyanoga; a daughter, Mrs. Clinton Grove of Guyanoga; a sister Mrs. Arthur Rowe, Winchester, Virginia; 11 grandchildren; 19great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

Searchers Balked by Keuka�s Waters - 

Penn Yan - The turbulent waters of lake Keuka, stirred up by whipping southwest wind, drove search parties ashore this morning, it was the 5thday of a fruitless search for body of Charles Daub, who apparently drowned Saturday.  The Sheriff Department said it would confine search efforts to the lake shore today.  More placid waters are hoped for Friday.

Penn Yan Chronicle Express    Mar11, 1954                  by Bruce  Sherwood

Harry Daggett, 48, of Highland Drive in Penn Yan, died Saturday night, March 6, 1954, at 9 o'clock when his station wagon was struck by an eastbound freight train at the Winton Road south crossing of the New York Central railroad in the Town of Henrietta, near Rochester. 
Mr. Daggett was thrown clear of the wreckage and was found lying near the tracks with is skull crushed.  The train was in charge by Conductor Gordon Faurnier and the engineer was George Buckton, both of Syracuse, Chief Brakeman, F. J. Gerger, also of Syracuse, stated that Mr. Daggett apparently never saw the train.  Last rites were performed at the scene by the Rev. William Naughton of St. Anne's church.  Mr. Daggett was pronounced dead by a physician from the Genesee Hospital.  Mr. Daggett was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Fred and Mary Rugabar Daggett.  A veteran construction worker, he was employed as construction superintendent for the Rocell Company of Rochester. Mr. Daggett had worked on both the Dresden and Watkins Road when they were constructed some 20 years ago.  He was a member of the Livonia Masonic lodge.
Mr. Daggett is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruth Mortensen Daggett of Penn Yan; a son Donald with the US Air Force at Kelly Field, Texas; four daughters, Miss Janice Daggett at home, Miss Ellen Daggett of Rochester, Mrs. Patrick D'Amico and Mrs. Donald Curbeau, both of Penn Yan; his mother, Mrs. Mary Daggett of Holcomb; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Ingham of Penn Yan and Mrs. Mabel Benn of Elmira; six brothers, Floyd of Westfield, Pa., Earl of Branchport, Arthur of Prattsburg, Glenn and Leon, both of Holcomb, and Arlie of Canandaigua and four grandchildren.
Donald Daggett of U. S. Air Force was flown home from Texas and arrived in Penn Yan on Sunday afternoon.  Funeral services for Mr. Daggett were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Weldon Funeral home.  The Rev. David Leach, pastor of Penn Yan Baptist Church officiated.  Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery.

The Geneva Times                Tuesday           Aug 20, 1957                  by: Dianne Thomas 

Mrs. Amelia LEGG - Penn Yan - Funeral services for Mrs. Amelia Jane LEGG, 88, 103 Hamilton St., will be held at the Thayer funeral chapel at 2:30 pm Thursday.  The Rev. Sheldon STEVENSON, pastor of the Methodist Church will officiate.  Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today and Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm.  

Mrs. LEGG, widow of Henderson LEGG, died Monday at Soldiers Memorial Hospital where she was admitted Aug 4, for treatment for a broken hip received in a fall at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Christian NEILSEN, South Ave.  She was born in England, daughter of Edward and Maris Scott GRIFFITH.  She was a member of Amity Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; White Shrine; Phil Sheridan Circle; WSCS and Methodist Church.  

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Christian NEILSEN, Penn Yan; two sons, Ralph, Penn Yan and Carlton, Troy; one sister, Mrs. Gilman WOOD, West Bloomfield, two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

TheGeneva Times                 Monday                        June 16, 1958    by: Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Charles Bullock- LYONS - Funeral services for Mrs. Charles F. Bullock, 76, of 13 Cherry St, Lyons, a former Geneva resident, were held at3 p. m. Sunday in Lyons Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John M. Whallon, pastor, and the Rev. Frederick L Harper, D. D., pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Geneva, officiating. Burial was in Lake View Cemetery, Penn Yan.

Mrs. Bullock died Thursday in Lyons Hospital after a long illness.  She was born in Eaton Sept. 7, 1881, a daughter of John and Ada Hovey Gaige. She was the widow of Dr. Charles F. Bullock, dentist at the Newark State School, and had lived in Penn Yan for 25 years before moving to Geneva.

She was a member of the Geneva DAR, the Leclair Class of First Presbyterian Church of Geneva, and of the Presbyterian Church of Lyons.

Mrs. Bullock had resided in Newark until two years ago when she moved to Lyons; She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Edward S. Dixon of Lyons; a brother, Earl Gaige of Utica; two grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

Harry G. Sisson - PENN YAN - Funeral service for Harry G. Sisson, 74, Penn Yan RD 5, will beheld in St Luke's Episcopal Church in Branchport at 3 p. m. Tuesday. The Rev. Richard Henderson, rector of  Hammondsport Episcopal Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Bitley Cemetery, Branchport. Mr. Sisson died at his home Sunday.  He was born in the Town of Jerusalem, son of David and Sarah Miller Sisson. He was a member of Penn Yan Grange, St. Lupkey�s Episcopal Church of of Branchport, and the Farm Bureau. 

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Marjorie Evans Sisson; two sons, Evans W., Leicester; James D., Hamilton, Oh.; one brother, Clarence, Penn Yan; one sister, Mrs. Irene Coates, Geneva; and five grandchildren.

Unknown Newspaper    October 1958                         contributed by: Cathy Coon

FRED J. BAILEY - Fred J. Bailey, 89, of Penn Yan, died early Sunday, Oct. 5, 1958, at the home of Mrs. Emma Reichold of 107 Benham Street, where he had made his home for the past few years.  A native of Hammondsport, he was the son of Irwin and Sarah VanGelder Bailey. He was a carpenter by trade and had been a resident of Penn Yan for the past 25 years.  Mr. Bailey is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Edith Smith of Fairport; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Miller and Mrs. George Schoeffter, both of Hammonsport; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  Friends called at the Thayer Funeral Chapel where services were held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Sheldon Stephenson, pastor of the Penn Yan Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hammondsport.

Unknown Newspaper                       December 1958                         contributed by: Cathy Coon


Mrs. Anna Bailey died at her home, 110 Wagener Street in Penn Yan on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1958.  She was the widow of Clarence Bailey, to whom she was married March 2, 1904. Mr. Bailey died April 11, 1952.  Born in Monterey in Schuyler County, Mrs. Bailey was the daughter of Philip and Julia Travis.  She passed her lifetime in Penn Yan, where she was a member of the First Methodist Church, of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the War Dads Auxiliary. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Laura Kline of Corning, Mrs. Charles Jacobs of Geneva, Mrs. Howard Denison of Penn Yan, Mrs. George Decker of Seneca Castle, Mrs. Ralph Rogers of Penn Yan; two sons, Paul and Jack, both of Elkland, Pa.; 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Friends called at the Thayer Funeral Chapel where services were held Tuesday, with the Rev. Sheldon Stephenson, Methodist pastor, officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery.

Geneva Daily Times            Monday           Mar 23, 1959     by:  Dianne Thomas 

Francis E. Bolan - PENN YAN - Funeral services for Francis E. Bolan, 204 Cypress street, St.. Rochester, formerly of Penn Yan, will be held at 8:45 a. m. Tuesday at N. J. Miller Sons Funeral Home, 1625 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, followed by requiem Mass at St. Boniface Chapel at 9: 15  a.m. Burial will be in St. Michaels Cemetery, Penn Yan.

Mr. Bolan, born in Penn Yan, son of William and Nellie Tierney Bolan, was educated in the village schools and was employed for several years in the local store of Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.   He went to Rochester about 20 years ago and had been employed as attendant at Monroe County Hospital.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Elma Dimmick Bolan; four stepsons, Albertus, Robert. Philip and George Tegart; and one sister. Miss Helen Bolan, Penn Yan.

Geneva Daily Times            Monday           April 9, 1960     by:  Dianne Thomas 

Miss Agnes E. Murphy - GENEVA - Funeral services for Miss Agnes E. Murphy will be held at the home of her niece, Mrs. William A. Dinan Jr., 130 William St., on Monday at 8:30 a. m. At 9 a. m. a service will be conducted at St. Stephens Church; burial will be in St. Michaels Cemetery, Penn Yan.

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