Rome Citizen Death Notices in 1878

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From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, July 5, 1878

DAVIDSON - Lee Center, New York, Miss LUCY ANN DAVIDSON, who for many months has been a great sufferer, died yesterday morning  (July 1, 1878) at the late residence of her deceased brother.  The funeral will be attended at the house on Thursday (July 4, 1878).  She leaves a sister, Mrs. Bamber, and a brother, Alex., to mourn.  (RCJul05/1878)

CLOVER - The funeral of Mrs. SARAH CLOVER, of Annsville, widow of the late Orris Clover was held at her late residence yesterday afternoon, (July 1, 1878) Rev. Mr. McClenthen, of Taberg, New York, officiating.  Mrs. Clover was the daughter of Mr. John Brower, and was married early in life to Mr. Evans, by whome she had a son, who is still living.  She was left a widow, and subsequently married Mr. Clover.  Deceased was  45 years old.  Her father is living.  She has had the care of two children, left orphans at the death of her brother, George Brower.  A large circle of friends mourn her loss.  She was a member of the M.E. Church.  (RCJul05/1878)

BAKER - Camden, New York.  The funeral of Mr. BAKER last Thursday (June 27, 1878), was largely attended.  The floral offerings were very fine, indeed.  Among them we noticed a pillow at the head of the coffin, with the words "at rest" made in white on a background of green.  The display was pronounced by all to be the most beautiful  ever seen at a funeral in this place.  The remains were taken to North Bay for interment.  (RCJul05/1878

WALDBY - From the Adrian (Mich.) Times of last Saturday, we learn that RALPH WALDBY, formerly of Rome, New York, and at one time proprietor of this paper, died at his residence in Adrian, June 25, 1878.  Ralph Waldby was born in Lockington, Yorkshire, England, February 7, 1801, and came to this country when four years of age, with his father and family.  They landed at New York city.  After a short residence there they removed to West Troy, and afterward went to Otsego, where the father purchased a farm.  Ralph remained on the farm until he was 15 years of age, when he went to Albany and hired out to Webster & Skinner, publishers, to learn the printing business.  He remained there until he was 21 years of age, when he made an engagement with H. & E. Phinney, publishers, of Cooperstown.  Afterward Mr. Waldby went to Utica and worked for William Williams, a book publisher at that time, and for Bennett & Bright, who published the Baptist Register.  In 1838 he came to Rome, purchased the Rome Telegraph and changed its name to the Democratic Sentinel.  At that time the late Calvert Comstock edited the paper.  Mr. W. conducted the paper until 1845, having in the meantime again changed the name to The Rome Sentinel, in order to locate the paper by its title.  In 1845, Mr. Waldby removed from Rome to Otsego county and purchased a farm, upon which re resided until 1854, when he went to Adrian.  He bought a farm 2 and a half miles southwest of the city and lived thereon three or four years, when he removed to Adrian and agve up all business pursuits.  He was married in 1824 to Miss Mary Ingalls, who died in 1871.  Mr. W. died at the residence of his brother-in-law, R. W. Ingalls.  The Times 3speaks of him as "a man much respected, honorable in all his transactions with his fellow men, and his memory will be revered by those he leaves behind.  His was a well spent life.  His spirit has passed away, crossing over the river to re-unite with those of his kindred gone before.  Peace to his ashes."  To which all who knew him during his residence in Rome can truly say  "Amen."  Mr. Waldby's son resides in Adrian, and is one of the most prominent successful business men there. -- Sentinel.  ain(RCJul05/1878)

MELVIN - Richard Burke, of Vernon, New York, a man aged 45 years, and having a wife and four children, last Sunday (June 30, 1878) stabbed ELLIS MELVIN, an overseer of the poor of said town, because he had forbidden hotel keepers to sell Burke liquor.  He was considerably under the influence of liquor when he committed the crime, and is said now to express much regret for what he has done.  It is doubtful whether the injured man will recover.  Burke was brought to Rome, NY, jail on Monday.  (RCJul05/1878)

MURPHY - ELLA, wife of James D. Murphy, died in Rome, New York, on June 27, 1878, of consumption.  She was only 26 years old.  (RCJul05/1878)

VOSBURG - Mrs. LANY VOSBURG, who was buried at Middleville, Herkimer Co., last week, lived to be 99 years old.  (RCJul05/1878)

GARVIN - SAMUEL B. GARVIN, formerly District Attorney of Oneida County, but for twenty-five years past a resident of New York, died suddenly in that city last Friday evening (June 28, 1878) of apoplexy.  His age was 67.  (RCJul05/1878)

MITCHELL - The funeral of the late Mrs. LUCY MITCHELL took place at the residence of her son, on Thomas St., last Saturday morning.  (June 29, 1878)  The remains were taken to Boonville, NY, for interment.  (RCJul05/1878)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, July 12, 1878

BILLINGS - Mrs. JESSE BILLINGS, who is supposed to have been murdered by her husband in Saratoga County, was a niece of Mr. William R. Olney, of Rome, New York.  (RCJul12/1878)

RICHARDS - District Attorney Barnett of Rome, New York, has been retained to assist District Attorney Benedict and counselor Aylesworth, of Otswego county, in the prosecution of the case of The People vs. Myron Buell, charged with the murder of CATHARINE M. RICHARDS, of Plainfield Center, New York.  (RCJul12/1878)

TAFT - GEORGE W. TAFT, for many years an active business man in Rome, New York, died of consumption at his residence in Taberg, NY, on July 4, 1878.  Several years since Mr. Taft removed from Rome to Buffalo, where he continued to reside till about two years ago, when he returned to Taberg, which place he has since made his home.  He had a large circle of relatives and friends in this county, by whom he was much esteemed, and whose sympathy is now extended to his bereaved widow.  (RCJul12/1878)

SAYLES - Mrs. J. I. SAYLES died last Sunday morning (July 7, 1878) of paralysis.  She had only been sick a few days, but was a great sufferer.  The funeral services took place at her late residence, 157 James St., Rome, New York, on Tuesday afternoon.  (RCJul12/1878)

LAMB - Mrs. MARY S. LAMB, wife of Avery W. Lamb, of Rome, New York, died suddenly on Tuesday evening of last week.  (July 2, 1878)  She had been in feeble health for several years, but of late appeared to be improving, and her sudden death was wholly unexpected.  She leaves a husband and four children -- three of them ranging in age from 14 to  18, and the youngest an infant only a few weeks old.  Mr. Lamb and his family have the sympathy of all who know them in this their great affliction.  (RCJul12/1878)

LANGDON - JOHN E. LANGDON, of Seneca Falls, New York, shaved off his beard recently.  On the following day he felt a stiffness about his jaws, and a few days subsequently he died with lockjaw.  (RCJul12/1878)

JONES - Last evening (July 8, 1878) we were pained to learn of the death of Mr. M. H. JONES, of Steuben, New York, who has been ill for a number of weeks past.  The funeral will be held in the Presbyterian church, Wednesday, July 10, 1878, at 1 o'clock P.M.  Rev. W.B. Parmelee will preach the sermon.  (RCJul12/1878)

TELAND - Mr. WILLIAN TELAND, of Blossvale, New York, died July 8, 1878, at 11 A.M., of a paralytic shock and bilious fever combined.  Funeral July 10th at his late residence at 2:30 P.M.  (RCJul12/1878)

HAYDEN - In Georgetown, D.C., on Thursday evening, July 4, 1878, GRACE HAYDEN, youngest daughter of C. E. and E. C. Hayden, aged 7 years, 6 months and 8 days.  The funeral took place Saturday, July 6th, and her remains were deposited in vault at Oak Hill Cemetery temporarily.  They will be removed to Rome, NY.  (RCJul12/1878)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, July 19, 1878

HAYDEN - In Rome, New York, July 15, 1878, at the residence of his mother, GEORGE MORTON HAYDEN, aged 24 years.  He was the oldest son of the late Henry Hayden, and died of consumption.   Funeral services at the house, 85 George St.   (RCJul19/1878)

ROTHHAUS - The coroner's jury in the case of Mrs. ROTHHAUSE (formerly Mrs. Miller), who was killed by the bull, do not find any particular person to blame in this matter, but strongly disapprove the general practice of driving cattle through the streets not properly secured.  (RCJul19/1878)

HEINRICHS - A woman from Rome, New York, named EMMA HEINRICHS was instantly killed on Thursday of last week (July 11, 1878) by an express train on the Central Railroad.  She had been picking berries near the railroad track about a mile west of Rome, in company with several others, and was walking down the track on her return.  Seeing a freight train approaching from the east, she stepped on the southern track, and was struck by the other train.  Mrs. Heinrichs has been a widow for a year past, and leaves 2 children, two and four years old.  (RCJul19/1878)

EASTMAN - Hon. HARVEY G. EASTMAN, Poughkeepsie's energetic business man, died of pneumonia, at Denver, Colorado, on Saturday last. (July 13, 1878)  Mr. E. was born in Marshall, in Oneida county, and, although nearly all the years of his business life have been identified with Poughkeepsie, he never lost his interest in the affairs of Oneida County, nor have our citizens ever lost their pride in him.  For a score of years he conducted a very successful business college in Poughkeepsie, during which time he was twice elected Mayor of that city and twice sent to the Assembly -- in both which positions he made an excellent record.  He was born in 1832, and would have been 46 years old had he lived till next November.  His father, Mr. H. H. Eastman, is still a resident of Waterville in this county.  (RCJul19/1878)

CREGO - LEVI T. CREGO, residing in this city (Rome, NY) near Lee Line, committed suicide on Thursday afternoon of last week, (July 11, 1878) by hanging himself to a tree in a wood about 100 rods from his house.  When found, by a couple of neighbors who were searching for him, he had been hanging some two hours, and was quite dead.  His friends are of the opinion that he was deranged, owing to a slight sunstroke received a few days before his death.  A coroner's jury, of which Chas. F. Sturdevant was foreman, found a verdict in accordance with the theory.  Mr. Crego was 47 years of age, in fair financial circumstances, and will be remembered by some of our readers as the man reported to have discovered a silver mine in Leydon, Lewis Co., a few months ago.  (RCJul19/1878)

HIBBARD - Mrs. ANNA HIBBARD, wife of J. Erwin Hibbard, died of consumption on Wednesday morning, (July 17, 1878) at the early age of 23 years, 4 months and 17 days.  Funeral services will be held at the house of her father, W. H. Flint, in West Park.   (RCJul19/1878)

MORETON - Mrs. MORETON, widow of the late Jonathan Moreton, departed this life last Sunday morning. (July 14, 1878)  She was 70 years of age, and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  (RCJul19/1878)

BESSEE - Westmoreland, NY:  There is considerable sickness in town at present, scarlet fever prevailing to quite an extent.  STEPHEN BESSEE, aged 11 years, youngest son of E. H. Bessee, of Bartlett, NY, died last Friday (July 12, 1878) of this disease.  The funeral was held on Sunday at 10:30 A.M., at the Bartlett Baptist Church.  There are several other children very sick in the neighborhood with the same disease.  (RCJul19/1878)

TEMPLE - The funeral services of GEORGE TEMPLE, eldest son of William Temple, were held at the M.E. Church on Sunday (July 14, 1878) at the usual hour of service, and was very largely attended, no services being held in the Congregational Church.  The deceased was a most promising young man, 23 years of age.  His disease was consumption.  (RCJul19/1878)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, July  26, 1878

CLARK - In Westmoreland, New York, Friday, July 19, 1878, ERASTUS W. CLARK, aged 83 years.  (RCJul26/1878)
     This week it becomes our duty ro record the death of one of our oldest and most esteemed citizens.  Last Friday, just before noon, Erastus W. Clark, at the ripe age of 83 years, was very suddenly called from time to eternity.
Mr. Clark came to this town in 1850, and was one of the foremost business men of the town.  He was one of the founders of the Extension Mallable Iron Works of this place, thus acquiring a handsome property.  Mr. Clark was a great reader, even up to the time of his death, and was thoroughly posted in all the affairs of the State and Nation.  He kept a diary for many years, and only an hour or two before his death he made a clearly written record for the previous day, recording the weather as the warmest of any summer in many years.  On the morning of his death he seemed to be better than usual.  His physician, H. C. Palmer, sat  visiting with him on Friday, together with his daughter, Mrs. N.F. Metcalf, when he was taken with a spell of coughing, and in five minutes he was a corpse.  Mrs. Metcalf being the only one of his family with him at the time of his death.  He leaves two sons and three daughters, James M. Clark, of Westmoreland, W. E. Clark, of Wood Haven, L.I., Mrs. N.F. Metcalf, Mrs. William Seymour, of Iowa City, and Mrs. William J.. Clark, of Westmoreland.  He was buried in the Westmoreland Cemetery.  He was father-in-law of the Westmoreland postmaster, Mr. N.F. Metcalf, and grandfather of Mr. F.W. Clark, of the firm of Clark & Brockett of Rome, New York.  (RCJul26/1878)

BEECHER - At Verona, New York, July 17, 1878, STILES M. BEECHER, aged 43 years.  (RCJul26/1878)

FOSTER - In Clark's Mills, New York, July 12, 1878, SHUBAEL FOSTER, aged 87 years and 25 days.  (RCJul26/1878)

SHEPARD - In New Hartford, New York, July 17, 1878, HORRACE SHEPARD, aged 84 years, 5 months and 29 days.  (RCJul26/1878)

JONES - In Ava, New York, July 12, 1878, of quick consumption, STELLA E., daughter of David W. and Frances L. Jones, aged 20 years, 3 months and 8 days.  (RCJul26/1878)

PAULI - A German residing at New York Mills, New York, named JOHN PAULI, was found floating in the Erie Canal near Mohawk last Friday morning. (July 19, 1878)  His neck was broken and there was a severe bruise on his right cheek.  It was evident from the appearance of the body that it had been in the water some time, and late developments show that it was probably in the canal from Wednesday (July 17, 1878) night till the time it was found.  At a coroner's inquest, held at Herkimer, it was shown that Pauli left his home on the preceding Saturday with the intention of going to New York to take a steamship for Germany; that he bought a passage ticket in Utica, and had about $15 left.
     Nothing more was seen of him in this section till the Wednesday following, when he turned up at Herkimer, where he asked a lady for a drink of water.  He remarked to her that he was followed by fifty tramps, and would be killed that night.  He was also seen the same day on a western bound railroad train, and some of the train men thought him crazy.  It was shown in the investigation that he had that day taken passage at Albany for Utica, and that he tried at two or three places to leave the train, to prevent, as he said, his being killed by the tramps who he believed to be on board.  At Little Falls he left the train and ran away, and probably walked to Herkimer.  One theory as to his death is, that he was murdered Wednesday night and thrown into the canal; another is that he either fell or jumped in, and that the wounds on his person were made by the gates in passing ghrough the lock or locks.  The coroner's jury adjourned to Thursday night, at which time it is hoped some evidence might be adduced which would explain the manner of his death.  It had already been shown that he quarreled with his family before leaving home, and the suspicion seems to be gaining ground that he came to his death by foul play.  (RCJul26/1878)

NICHOLS - W.R. NICHOLS, whose death we allude to elsewhere, had a policy with L. Roth & Son in the New York Montral Life Insurance Company for $2,500.  His widow will receive the money within the next sixty days.  (RCJul26/1878)   [another article - same issue of paper]  WILLIAM R. NICHOLS, senior member of the drug firm of Nichols & Becker, died at his home on Liberty St., last Saturday morning (July 20, 1878), of black jaundice.  He had been in poor health for a year or two past, but nobody thought his end was so near till a short time before his death.  He was about 30 years old, and leaves a wife, two children and parents.  (RCJul26/1878)

RYAN - A man named JOHN RYAN, who was confined in Cortland jail on a charge of committing an outrage on a little girl, committed suicide last week by cutting his throat.  He had previously offered $1000 to settle the difficulty.  (RCJul26/1878)

LINSLEY - Last week's Oneida nDispatch, thus chronicles the death of the oldest citizen of Vernon, NY:
     The death of BENJAMIN LINSLEY, of Vernon Center, on Monday, in the 96th year of his age, removes the oldest inhabitant of the town of Vernon, he being six months the senior of the venerable Ira Hills.  We are unprepared to write an obituary of the deceased, and can only say that he was one of the earliest, though not the earliest settler of that part of the town, having removed from Connecticut in early manhood.  Throughout his long life he bore the character of a respected citizen.  (RCJul26/1878)

From ROMAN CITIZEN, newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, August 2, 1878

EVANS - Mrs. HENRY EVANS, another of Annsville, New York's oldest inhabitants, was buried last Saturday.  (July 27, 1878)  She had been an invalid for several years, so her death was not unexpected.  She was 83 years old, and leaves a husband and one daughter,  Mrs. William Washburn, to mourn her loss.  (RCAug02/1878)

BUSSEY - HALLECK DRUMMOND BUSSEY, a grandson of Daniel G. Drummond, died on Monday morning (July 29, 1878) at the age of four years.  (RCAug02/1878)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, August 9, 1878

ARMITAGE - In Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday, August 4, 1878, FRED W. ARMITAGE, in the 20th year of his age, only son of William S. Armitage, formerly of Verona, Oneida Co., NY.  (RCAug09/1878)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, August 16, 1878

HALL - Mrs. Annie McDougall, of  Lee Center, NY,  who some three months since, went to Bedford, Iowa, to visit and assist in taking care of a dying brother, Mr. SEYMOUR HALL, is expected home soon, as her brother died on August 6, 1878.  Judge Hall was about 46 years of age, and will be greatly missed in the community where he has lived and made himself a home.  He leaves a wife and four children.  (RCAug16/1878)

PADDOCK - Another of Rome's young matrons was snatched from a loving husband last Sunday morning. (August 11, 1878)  Mrs. ALICE PADDOCK, wife of Frank A. Paddock, died suddenly and unexpectedly.  Her health had been poor for some time, but it was only two days before that her life was first considered in danger.  Deceased was a daughter of the late Vincent Taft, and a sister of the wife of Mr. W.O. Jenks of the Sentinel in Rome NY, and Henry R. Taft, of Macon City, Mo. was her brother.  She was less that 24 years old, and her early death is a severe blow not only to her loving husband, and other relations, but to a large circle of friends who esteemed her for her many good qualities.  She was buried from her mother's residence, on Dominick St., on Tuesday afternoon.  (RCAug16/1878)

GRANNIS - On Thursday evening of last week (August 8, 1878) MARSHALL GRANNIS, of the village of Unadilla, murdered his wife and then killed himself, in the presence of spectators.'   It was the result of  long continued family difficulties.  (RCAug16/1878)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, August 23, 1878

ALBERY - At Ogensburg, St. Lawrence Co., New York, August 15, 1878, EDWARD OLIVER, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Albery.  (RCAug23/1878)

MILLER - Col. FRANCIS C. MILLER, one of Oneida's best citizens and business men, died last Friday (August 16, 1878) and was buried to-day (August 19, 1878).  All places of business in the town of Oneida were closed during the funeral service in honor of the deceased.  (RCAug23/1878)

WILSON - Mrs. MARY WILSON, a sister of Mrs. Glen Petrie, died at her residence at the Ridge last Friday, (August 16, 1878) after a lingering sickness.  She will be mourned by a large circle of friends.  (RCAug23/1878)

BRAINERD - Another of Rome's old landmarks has been removed by death.  On Friday last, (August 16, 1878) MORGAN L. BRAINERD, brother of A. H. Brainerd, died at his residence on Washington street, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis received about one week previous, and from which he did not for a moment rally, after the stroke came.  The deceased was born in Nassau, N.Y., July 13, 1808, and was brought to Rome in his boyhood days by his father, the late Jeremiah Brainerd, and was therefore in the 71st year of his age.  His whole business life has been spent in Rome, and those who knew him in his prime will remember him as an active, energetic, and successful business man.  He was a large and successful contractor on the Hudson River and the Michigan Southern Railroads, and other public works in various portions of the country.  The deceased was greatly respected  for his kindness to the poor and the distressed, and while the writer has known him for over thirty years, he has never heard him spoken ill of by any one who knew him.  Many years since his health failed and his mind became so seriously affected as to render him incapable of transacting ordinary business, and he has been slowly and surely walking toward the grave until Friday last.  (RCAug23/1878)

ARCHER  - The Oswego Times of last Friday (August 16, 1878) gives the following details of a fatal accident which occurred that day at Sterling Junction, on the Lake shore branch of the Rome & Watertown Railroad:
           "This morning the gravel train, or work train, on the Lake Shore Railroad, with a gang of sixteen men, was lying on the 'Y,' near Sterling Junction, while the men were digging gravel.  The 'Y' connects the Lake Shore and Southern Central tracks, and the gravel bed where the men were at work is from a quarter to half a mile from the Junction.  About 7:45 o'clock this morning, a portion of the bank caved in, caused by undermining, and four of the men were buried under immense masses of earth and gravel.  The other train hands immediately set to work to dig out the buried men.  One of them, Thomas Dinsen, of this city, was taken out slightly injured, being covered by comparatively a small mass of gravel.  The others were beneath from thirty to fifty tons of gravel, and when taken out were dead.  About two hours were occupied in digging the bodies out.  The dead are FREDERICK BLAIR, aged 40, and HOWARD SCHULTZ, aged 25, of Fitch's Corners; and NICHOLAS ARCHER, of this city.  Blair's body was the last recovered.  It was taken out about 9:45 o'clock.  Archer lives at No. 22 West Tenth street, near Utica.  He is unmarried.  Dinsen's shoulder was somewhat injured, but he was not seriously hurt.  He was able to walk a short time after being released from the gravel bed.  A special train left Oswego for the scene of the accident at a quarter past ten o'clock this morning, with Dr. DeWitt, Wm. Chauncy and others.  Since writing the above we have seen Dinsen and another of the train hands who arrived here on the 12:35 train, from whom we learned some additional facts.  Schultz was alive when taken out, and lived about twenty minutes.  The bodies of all three were frightfully crushed and mangled.  The bodies of Blair and Archer, who were under the heaviest load were crushed to a pulp.  Blair leaves a wife and five children.  Schultz leaves a wife and one child.  The bank where the men were at work contained a considerable proportion of hardpan.  It was from fifteen to twenty-five feet high where it caved in.  It had been regarded as safe, but the recent rains had probably unearthed it.  Archer lived with his widowed mother.  His brother was drowned two or three years ago in the Oswego river, by falling off the abutment of the railroad bridge at night.  He was employed as a watchman at the time."  The verdict of the jury was "accidental death."  (RCAug23/1878)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, August 30, 1878

RUSSELL - M. J. RUSSELL was bitten in the hand by Thomas Kelley, in a quarrel in New York city last March.  Since then Russell has had a finger, then the hand, and then the arm amputated, and Saturday died. (August 24, 1878).  Kelley was arrested.  (RCAug30/1878)

Barbara Andresen