Rome Citizen Death Notices in 1888

Thanks to Barbara Andresen for sending this in!

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Saturday, November 3, 1888

MAXWELL - In the town of Marshall, New York, Wednesday, October 31, 1888, WILLIAM MAXWELL, in his 68th year.  (RCNov03/1888)

KEESER - In Rome, New York, November 1, 1888, JOHN, son of Michael Keeser, 105 Canal street, aged 10 months.  Funeral from St. John's Lutheran church, Madison street, Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 P. M.    (RCNov03/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Saturday, November 10, 1888

ROWLANDS - At Washington Mills, New York, Thursday, November 8, 1888, DELIA ANN, daughter of Charles Rowlands, aged 19 years and 6 months.  (RCNov10/1888)

WAKEFIELD - Camden, New York.  WILLARD, aged 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Wakefield, died at midnight Sunday (November 4, 1888), after an illness of only two or three days.  The funeral occurred Wednesday.  (RCNov10/1888)

MEAYS - Vienna, New York.  Miss ANNA MEAYS died Monday (November 5, 1888) morning after a long and painful illness, at the age of 36 years.  Funeral was held at the residence of her brother, J. H. Meays, Wednesday, at 2 P. M.  Interment took place at McConnellsville, Rev. E. Everett, of this place, and L. C. Davy, of North Bay, officiating.  (RCNov10/1888)

BICKLEY - THOMAS BICKLEY, a carpenter living on Willow street, Oneida, New York, was found dead on the Central railroad tracks a few day's ago, having been struck by the cars.  (RCNov10/1888)

ROBERTS - Yesterday at 7:30 A. M., EDWARD D. ROBERTS, a carpenter, fell from the roof of the new house being erected by William T. Baker, on upper Genesee street, Utica, New York, and struck the ground forty feet below.  His head and left shoulder struck a large stone.  The left arm was broken in three places, and internal injuries were sustained which caused his death at 2 P. M.   (RCNov10/1888)

ROLANDS - Mrs. CHARLES ROLANDS, aged 33 years, died suddenly about 1:40 P. M. Thursday (November 8, 1888), in Utica, New York, while awaiting a train in the West Shore depot.  She had been in the depot for some time, and had not complained of feeling ill.  Her death was evidently painless.  The deceased was the wife of Charles Rolands, a farmer living about a mile and a half from Clark's Mills.  She leaves two children and a sister.  (RCNov10/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, November 14, 1888

VAN BUSKIRK - Westernville, New York.  Mrs. VAN BUSKIRK, wife of Almond Van Buskirk, who resided about two miles north of this place, died of paralysis on Thursday (November 8, 1888) night last.  The funeral services were held at her late residence on Saturday at 11 A. M.  Rev. Crofoot, of North Western, officiated.  She leaves besides her husband one son, John Wood, of Ava, and two daughters, Mrs. George Crill, of Baker's Mill, and Mrs. Willard Paddock, of Hillside.  (RCNov14/1888)

HALSTEAD - Rome, New York.  JOHN E. HALSTEAD, formerly of this city, died at the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. J. E. Fuller, at Orange, N. J., Monday (November 12, 1888), aged 39 years.  Deceased was engaged in running a button factory and knitting mill at Scranton, Pa., but had been confined in Orange about a month with illness.  Heart disease is said to have been the cause of his death.  Mr. Halstead was born in Vienna, in this county.  He came to Rome some 15 years since, and entered the employ of R. M. Bingham & Co., as traveling agent.  About eight years ago he left here and went to Ithaca and engaged in the button business.  From there he went to Scranton, where he had lived for the past five or six years.  About seven years ago he married Miss Carrie Fuller, of Orange, and she, with three children, survive.  He also leaves his mother, Mrs. J. E. Halstead, of Rome, a sister, Mrs. Charles E. Wardwell, also of this city, and a brother, W. G. Halstead, of San Pedro, Cal.  His sister, Mrs. Wardwell, and his niece, Mrs. James M. Ethridge, of Rome, were with him when he died.  The remains will be brought here.  (RCNov14/1888)

ORENDORF - Rome, New York.  The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Orendorf, of 405 N. James street, died Monday (November 12, 1888) forenoon.  (RCNov14/1888)

SUTTON - Mrs. NICHOLAS SUTTON, a former resident of Rome, New York, died at Niagara Falls yesterday.  (RCNov14/1888)

PERRY - ALBERT B. PERRY, better known as "Commodore," died at the residence of his son Henry, in Syracuse, early Saturday (November 10, 1888) morning.  Deceased was 63 years of age, and formerly resided in Rome, New York.  (RCNov14/1888)

TEFFT - E. T. TEFFT, of the firm on Tefft, Weller & Co., extensive dry goods dealers in New York city, died at his home Saturday (November 10, 1888) morning.  Deceased was a brother of Mrs. W. B. Smith, of Ridge Mills.  He was a man of kind heart and generous impulses, and his death will be sincerely mourned by all who knew him.  (RCNov14/1888)

BUTLER - TRUMAN K. BUTLER, one of the oldest and best known residents of Utica, New York, died Sunday (November 11, 1888) afternoon, aged 78 years.  (RCNov14/1888)

ROHRBACK - Ava, New York.  Mr. Rohrback's family received a telephone message from Vernon Center, New York, on Saturday (November 10, 1888), stating that their youngest daughter was lying at the point of death.  (RCNov14/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Saturday, November 17, 1888

JONES - At Steuben, New York, November 14, 1888, MRS. WINIFRED JONES, wife of Robert T. Jones, in the 63d year of her age.  (RCNov17/1888)

CHAMPLIN - In Whitesboro, New York, November 13, 1888, AMELIA C. FOLLMER, wife of Uriah Champlin, aged  29 years, 2 months and 9 days.  (RCNov17/1888)

HUNT - Entered into rest, in Utica, New York, November 14, 1888, HARRIET BARNARD HUNT, daughter of the late Harvey and Phoebe Barnard.  (RCNov17/1888)

TAFT - Verona, New York.  JAMES T. TAFT, an old and respected resident of this place, died yesterday morning at his home about one and one-half miles from this place.  The deceased had not enjoyed good health for some time.  He had been troubled with heart difficulties.  He had been able to be about till last week; then he was taken much worse, and gradually fell away.  He leaves a wife and several children.  Mr. Taft was an honest and an upright man, and he leaves many friends behind him.  (RCNov17/1888)

LINKFIELD - Camden, New York.  The Advance speaks thus of the death of JAY LINKFIELD:
               "Jay Linkfield was a man universally liked, and it could be truly said that he had no enemy.  All his business and social relations were most pleasant and made him many friends.  Some twelve years ago he married Miss Libbie, daughter of B. F. Secor of Taberg, who, with Ethel, a daughter about 10 years old, are left to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father.  His sickness has been of much suffering and patience, his natural cheerfulness overcoming the tedious days of pain and waiting for relief.  About a year ago he joined the Episcopal church in this village, and made preparations for the change that he knew was not far distant."  Deceased was 51 years old.  (RCNov17/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Saturday, November 24, 1888

JERVIS - Rome, New York, November 21, 1888, Mrs. MARY H. JERVIS, widow of the late Timothy B. Jervis, aged 79 years.  Mrs. Jervis took a severe cold on Saturday of last week.  She treated herself with usual remedies, and seemed to be improving.  Thus she continued till Wednesday noon.  At about 1 P.M. she was taken suddenly worse, and expired in a few moments.  Neuralgia of the heart is ascribed as the cause of her death.  Deceased was the second wife of Mr. Jervis, and came here from Elmira with him in 1856.  During her residence here Mrs. Jervis endeared herself to many friends.  She was a devout christian, and a member of the Presbyterian church.  She leaves no near relatives.   (RCNov24/1888)  [see also (RCAug12/1887)-JERVIS]

DOYLE - Rome, New York, November 21, 1888, of consumption, GRETTA DOYLE, aged 26 years, at her home on West Embargo street.  Deceased was a sister of William, James J., John and Miss Anna Doyle, of this city.  About two years ago she began to fail, but was confined to her bed only a few weeks.  She was a young lady of sweet and pleasing disposition, and possessed a wide circle of friends, who are greatly grieved because of her death thus early in life.  The funeral took place at St. Peter's church.  (RCNov24/1888)

PARKS - Rome, New York, November 21, 1888, NELLIE PARKS, aged 10 years and 8 months.  She was the daughter of Thomas Parks of New York city and died at St. Peter's Academy in this city on Wednesday.  Her disease was concussion of the brain, caused by a fall while at play four weeks ago.  The little girl was greatly beloved by her teachers and playmates, and her death has cast a gloom over St. Peter's academy, Nellie's death being the first that has occurred there since the academy's establishment, twenty-three years ago.   (RCNov24/1888)

TAYLOR - Rome, New York.  Miss MABEL TAYLOR, aged 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Taylor, formerly of this city, died at the home of her parents in Denver, Colorado, a few days ago.  Neuralgia of the heart was the immediate cause of her death.  (RCNov24/1888)

HONERT - The funeral of JACOB HONERT, of Coonrod, New York, was held at the Lutheran church in Rome, NY, yesterday.  (RCNov24/1888)

WOLCOTT - Holland Patent, New York.  EDWARD WOLCOTT was stricken with paralysis yesterday afternoon and died this forenoon (November 22, 1888), aged 76 years.  He was born in Catskill and came here in 1826, having resided here ever since, and was respected by all.  He leaves a wife, son and daughter, also a brother.  The son is city editor of the Utica Morning Herald.  The funeral will occur Saturday, at 2 P.M. from the house.  The Baptist pastor will officiate, assisted by Rev. H. H. Allen.  Although not a member of any church, he was a Presbyterian, in belief, and a christian man.  (RCNov24/1888)

MAHANNA - Taberg, New York.  Many friends of JOHN MAHANNA, a former resident of our village, are pained to learn of his death, which occurred at his home in Utica Thursday (Novemberrrr 22, 1888) morning of typhoid pneumonia.  He leaves a wife and three little children.  Funeral services Saturday morning.  (RCNov24/1888)

MINER - Rome, New York. [my photocophy doesn't include the first part of this article, including the man's name-transcriber]
Hamilton College in 1864.  For a number of years he was engaged in the book and stationery trade in this city with his brother, H. I. Miner.  Later he and his brother sold out that business and entered into copartnership with their father, I. T. Miner, in the dry goods trade.  About eight years ago, he was appointed principal of Rome academy, which position he filled very acceptably for two years, when he went to Buffalo.  During his long residence in Rome, his kindly, genial manners won for him many life-long friends.  His disposition was ever pleasant, and the courteousness of his general bearing commanded the respect and esteem of all.
     Besides his wife, deceased leaves three children, his mother, Mrs. I. T. Miner, a sister, Mrs. George B. Selden, of this city, and two brothers, Herbert I Miner, of Chicago, and Newell J. Miner, of Philadelphia, Pa.
     The remains have been brought to this city, and the funeral will take place to-morrow at the residence of George B. Selden, 718 North Washington street.  (RCNov24/1888)
                  [following article from the next week's paper:]
               The funeral of PAYSON H. MINER, which was held at the residence of George B. Seldon at 2:30 P. M. Sunday, was very largely attended.  Rome Council, Royal Arcanum, of which deceased was a member, was present in a body.  The services were conducted by Rev. James H. Taylor.  Thomas H. Stryker, John H. Wilson, J. C. Champion, H. Hannahs, John S. Wardwell and A. M. Jackson, acted as pall bearers.  The remains were interred in Rome cemetery.   (RCNov28/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, November 28, 1888

ALLEN - Holland Patent, New York.  Rev. H. H. Allen, pastor-elect of the Presbyterian church, before leaving here, this morning, for his home at Osceonta, received a telegram, stating that his mother-in-law died last evening (November 25, 1888).  She resided at Mr. Allen's home, and was stricken with paralysis, two months ago, from which she died, aged 74.  (RCNov28/1888)

LIGHT - WILLIAM B. LIGHT, of Utica, New York, died suddenly of apoplexy Saturday (November 24, 1888) night.  Deceased was born in North New Berlin, Chenango county, June 13, 1830.  He learned the printing business in an office in New Berlin and afterward worked in Rome and Utica newspaper offices.  Twenty-five or thirty years ago he and his family lived on Court street in Rome.  Mr. Light's almost entire life was devoted to the cause of temperance.  He was prominently identified with the Good Templars' orgnization, and for 17 years was a member of Oak Lodge, No. 812, of Utica.  During his long connection with that organization he held many positions of trust and honor connected therewith, and at the time of his death was secretary of the county lodge -- a position he had held since 1875.  At the meeting of the county lodge in this city last week, he was present, and none of his brethern imagined that his end was so near.  Besides his wife, three children survive -- Olin N. Light and Mrs. Myrtle G. Dufle, of Utica, and William A. Light, of Herkimer county.   (RCNov28/1888)

WHEELER - Rome, New York.  Mrs. LAVINIA WHEELER, widow of the late Asa Wheeler and mother of William H. Wheeler of this city, died at her home near Greenway Saturday (November 24, 1888) morning.  The cause of her death was pleuro-pneumonia, with which she had been confined to her bed only three days.  About a week before her death she contracted a severe cold, which developed into the ailment which caused her death.  Deceased was 77 years of age and was born in Connecticut.  At the age of two years she removed with her parents to Granville, Vt., and resided there till 1835, when she married Mr. Wheeler and came to Oneida county.  Mrs. Wheeler was a devout member of the Episcopal church, and a consistent christian lady.  She was always highly esteemed by everybody who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.  Besides the son above mentioned, Mrs. Wheeler leaves one daughter, Jane Dodge, at Hatch's Corners; one brother, Jay Goodrich, of Sandy Hill; and two sisters, Mrs. Delia Knight and Mrs. Emeline Messenger, of Amsterdam.  The funeral occurred at the Wheeler homestead on Sunday, and was very highly attended.  The services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Peabody.  J. G. Greene, C. Green, Alfred Rounds, and Samuel Hatch acted as bearers.  The remains were interred in the Greenway cemetery.  (RCNov28/1888)

STOKES - Mrs. CHRISTINA STOKES, wife of Bernard Stokes of West Rome, New York, died on November 23, 1888, aged 61 years.  Heart disease was the cause of her death.  Besides the husband four sons and four daughters survive.  (RCNov28/1888)

COOK - Vienna, New York.  This community was startled last Friday by the sad news of the death of ROBBIE COOK, only son of A. D. Cook, who moved from here to Oneida a short time ago.  He died Friday (November 24, 1888) at 4 A. M., of diphtheria, after only four days illness.  He was brought to this place and then taken to McConnellsville for interment.  Funeral was held here at the M. E. church Sunday at 11 o'clock, Rev. E. Everett officiating.  The family have the sympathy of the entire community.  (RCNov28/1888)

CARNEY - In Deerfield, New York, November 25, 1888, EDDIE, youngest son of Daniel and Cornelia Carney, aged 7 years.  (RCNov28/1888)

WHITAKER - In Marcy, New York, November 23, 1888, LEPHIA WHITAKER, aged 58 years.  (RCNov28/1888)

COPE - At her home in Deerfield, New York, November 24, 1888, Mrs. CAROLINE COPE, mother of Mrs. George M. Weaver.  (RCNov28/1888)

LOOMIS - In Floyd, New York, November 24, 1888, MARY A., wife of Milo Loomis, aged 48 years, 9 months and 9 days.  (RCNov28/1888)

SNOW - Rome, New York.  JAMES S. SNOW, for many years in the employ of the R. W. & O. R. R. as watchman at the freight house in this city, died at his home on West Stone alley Monday (November 26, 1888) forenoon, aged 38 years.  Consumption was the cause of his death.  Besides the widow, two daughters survive -- Misses Mary and Myrtle Snow.  The funeral will be held to-morrow a the Free Methodist church, at 2 P. M.  (RCNov28/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Saturday, December 1, 1888

COLLINS - Camden, New York.  FRANKIE M. COLLINS, aged 9 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Collins, died Monday morning, November 26, 1888, of diphtheria.  (RCDec01/1888)

KLOTZ - Mrs ELIZABETH KLOTZ, of Utica, New York, committed suicide Wednesday (November 28, 1888) by throwing herself in the canal.  Her age was 63 years.  Poor health is the supposed cause of her despondency.  (RCDec01/1888)

HUBBARD - CHARLES HUBBARD, of Sand Banks, New York, a brakeman on the R., W. & O. R. R., while riding on top of a freight car Wednesday (November 28, 1888) morning, struck a bridge, and died from the effects soon after.  (RCDec01/1888)

GILGIOTA - Yesterday morning the dead body of ANTONIO GILGIOTA, an Italian laborer, was found between tracks 2 and 3 of the Central railroad, near the Skenandoah cotton mills, Utica, New York.  He was evidently struck by a train.  (RCDec01/1888)

SMITH - The funeral of JOHN R. SMITH, of White Lake Corners, near Forestport, New York, who was killed in the woods a few days ago, occurred in Hawkinsville Wednesday (November 28, 1888).  When the accident occurred, Smith was engaged with other laborers in felling spruce trees for spars, a windlass being used to lower them.  The lever of the windlass, when moving radidly, struck the unfortunate man on the head, inflicting injuries from which he died two days later.  The deceased was 55 years of age, and leaves a wife and five children.  (RCDec01/1888)

GRAY - PATRICK GRAY, a laborer on the new Y.M.C.A. building in Utica, New York met with a terrible death about 1 P. M. Wednesday (November 28, 1888).  Gray had wheeled a barrow of material onto the elevator, and after reaching the desired height was about to push his load off the platform, when the cable on the center beam came in contact with the cross beam and suddenly snapped, precipitating Gray with his load down to the bottom, a distance of 46 feet.  The car came down like a shot.  Gray, when picked up, was still breathing, but he died within a few minutes afterward.  (RCDec01/1888)

JACKSON - VIRGIL JACKSON is quite fleshy, and his clothing shows that it was made for him when he was thinner than he is at present.  He wears a watch chain made of hair, from which an ivory charm in the shape of a head is suspended.  Jackson has been a model prisoner, never giving the officials the least trouble.  In his cell besides the books and pictures on the wall is a black satchel, and some changes of clothing are hung up around the walls.  On the shelves are spools of thread, a shaving cup and brush, and several trinkets.  His reading has been largely of a religious character, and he claims to have experienced a change of heart.  He does not give evidence of fear of his approaching end, and he is either possessed of great nerve or unbounded confidence in the hereafter.
     As the act providing for execution by electricity states that the current can only be used for crimes committed after January 1, 1889, Jackson must pay the penalty of his crime in the old fashioned way, unless his counsel succeeds in inducing Governor Hill to commute his sentence to life.
     As there may be some readers of the Citizen who are not familiar with the details of the crime of which Jackson is guilty we append a brief resume thereof:
     On January 29, 1888, Virgil Jackson fatally shot NORTON METCALF at Augusta Center, New York,  Norton Metcalf, the victim of the assassin's bullet, was a well known hop buyer, 43 years of age, an indulgent husband an affectionate father.  Mrs. Metcalf, a woman, neither handsome nor, seemingly, particularly bright, had by her actions with Virgil Jackson, the murderer, created considerable talk in the neighborhood.  Jackson had a bad name in the town, was said to be the cause of the disgrace of more than one young girl, in fact was looked upon as a hard character.  Jackson had been warned by Metcalf to keep away from his wife -- a warning he did not heed.  Sunday, January 29, 1888, Jackson and Mrs. Metcalf attended services at the Episcopal church and walked away together toward Metcalf's residence.  When they arrived in front of it, they paused, and were in conversation when Metcalf came out of the house and began upbraiding Jackson for seeking the society of his wife.  Hot words followed, and Jackson drew a revolver and dischared three shots at Metcalf, each taking effect, one in his chin, one in his neck and one in his side, passing through his heart, killing him instantly.  Jackson assisted in carrying his victim into the house, and then gave himself up to the authorities.  (RCDec01/1888)
      [see also (RCFeb03/1888)-METCALF and (RCJul28/1888)-METCALF]

MASTER - Lee Center, New York.  BENEDICT MASTER, who has lived for the last two years on what is known as the Martin Birnie farm, met with a very serious accident while moving his household goods from the second story of the house.  He fell down a flight of stairs and sustained internal injuries which may prove fatal.  Dr. R. H. Robinson was called, and did all that could be done to make him comfortable.  (RCDec01/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, December 5, 1888

HOLZINGER - Lee Center, New York.  JOHN HOLZINGER died at his residence about one and one-half miles north of this place, last Sunday (December 2, 1888) morning.  He leaves a widow and two children, John and Carrie.  Mr. Holzinger was respected by all who knew him.  Funeral services will be held at the Union church of this place at 12 o'clock Wednesday.   (RCDec05/1888)

TAYLOR - Verona, New York.  The news of Mrs. W. C. TAYLOR'S sudden death proved a severe shock to her many friends in this community.  Mrs. Taylor was a grand and noble christian woman, and she leaves behind her hosts of friends to mourn.  (RCDec05/1888)

HALEY - Rome, New York.  Mrs. JOHN HALEY died at her home on South street yesterday, aged 21 years.  Deceased was a daughter of Joseph Knittle, of Lowell.  Deceased had been married only seventeen months.  Besides the husband, a babe survives.  She also leaves her parents, one brother and two sisters.  Funeral at St. Peter's church to-morrow at 10 A. M.   (RCDec05/1888)

LENNIS - Rome, New York.  Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lennis, of East Rome, mourn the loss of their little child, which died on Sunday (December 2, 1888) from the effect of a severe scalding received about a month ago.

PARKHURST - Rome, New York.  Gen. John M. Parkhurst, of Coldwater, Michigan, has been appointed minister to Belgium.  He was a brother of the late WILLIAM M. PARKHURST, of this city.  (RCDec05/1888)

CHISELL - Taberg, New York.  To-day (December 4, 1888) at St. Patrick's church accurs the funeral of Mrs. BRIDGET CHISELL, who died last Sunday (December 2, 1888) at the home of her son-in-law, Thomas McElroy.  She was 78 years of age.  The remains will be taken to Florence for interment.  (RCDec05/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Saturday, December 8, 1888

LEWIS - Westernville, New York.  Mr. CHARLES LEWIS, of Hillside, died to-day.  He had been in feeble health for some time, but feeling somewhat better he went out to pile some wood, when he was taken with hemorrhage of the lungs, and before medical aid could be summoned he expired.  Deceased was nearly ninety years of age, and was considered the oldest man in the town of Western.  He leaves a wife and one son, Mr. Harvey Lewis, of Boonville, and two  daughters, Mrs. Hall, of Pulaski, and Mrs. Asa Teachout, of this place.   (RCDec08/1888)

MOORE - A terrible tragedy occurred in Antwerp, New York, Tuesday (December 4, 1888) night.  A gentleman from the scene gives the particulars as follows:  Miss ANNA MAY MOORE, daughter of Henry Moore, of the firm of Wait & Moore, hardware dealers, was a member of a coasting party on the old school house hill, remaining out until a late hour.  Mr. and Mrs. Moore, upon the return of their daughter, thought it best to administer a word of reproof in the way of rebuke for her thoughtlessness.  After a little, her temper being aroused, she retired to her room, followed by her mother.  There a few more words followed, when suddenly, Etta darted for a closet, took down from the shelf a revolver, turned, took a few steps through the door toward her mother, held the muzzle of the weapon close to her own temple and fired, the ball lodging in her brain.  Physicians were called, but death resulted within a very few minutes, and the medical assistance had to be transferred to the parents, who were quite prostrated with the seriousness which affairs had taken.  The  girl, though in no sense wayward, evidently deserved the reproof, and would have received it from any far-seeing parent.  The result is to be attributed mainly to a simple burst of temper.  Her age was about 18 years.  (RCDec08/1888)

EASTMAN - At her home in Willowvale, New York, December 3, 1888, of pneumonia, EMILY A. EASTMAN, aged 79 years.  (RCDev08/1888)

CHADWICK - In Chadwicks, New York, December 3, 1888, ALICE B., youngest daughter of H. and Agnes Chadwick, aged 2 years, 1 month and 18 days.  (RCDec08/1888)

GREEN - At Knoxboro, New York, December 4, 1888, OLIVA S., wife of Abner B. Green, aged 64 years.  (RCDec08/1888)  [following is a Camden, NY news item in same paper:]
               Mrs. A. F. Orr is at Augusta attending the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Greene, who died at that place last Tuesday (December 4, 1888)  [the surnames GREEN and GREENE both appear in the Oneida area, don't know if these women are the same person, or if they just happened to die on the same day-transcriber]

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, December 12, 1888

LONG - BARTHOLOMEW LONG, switch tender on the Central railroad, near the Mill street crossing, in East Rome, New York, met with a most horrible death about 8 o'clock yesterday morning.  In some manner he was struck by a passing train.  When found, his body was terribly mutilated.  The head had been completely severed from the trunk and was crushed.  Portions of the skull and brains were distributed along the track for several feet, and the ground was covered with blood.  The affair happened directly in front of his residence on Railroad street, and his wife was one of the first to view the horrible sight presented by his remains.  Mr. Long was born in Ireland nearly sixty years ago.  He came to this city in 1862, and has been in the employ of the Central railroad as switch-tender for twenty years.  Nineteen years ago his son, eight years old, was killed by a train at the place where the father was killed yesterday morning.  Mr. Long leaves a wife and three daughters.  He also has three brothers, John, Patrick and Michael Long, residents of Rome, New York.  Coroner Millington was notified, and commenced an inquest last evening.  (RCDec12/1888)
            [In the inquest report of the following week, the wife's name is Catharine Long.]

SCOVIL - Rome, New York.  While in this city Saturday, HIRAM SCOVIL, of Camden, New York, was stricken with apoplexy, as he was about to enter W. W. Roberts' store.  He was taken to the residence of Frank Percival on Stone alley, where he was attended by Drs. M. C. West and W. E. Millington.  The stricken man lingered till 2 A. M. Monday (December 10, 1888), when he died.  The remains were taken to Camden, where the funeral occurs to-day.  Deceased was much respected by all who knew him.  He was 52 years of age, and leaves a wife and two children.  (RCDec12/1888)

FINCH - At New York Mills, New York, December 9, 1888, ALEXANDER FINCH, aged 61 years, 8 months and 7 days.  (RCDec12/1888)

SOPER - In New Hartford, New York, December 10, 1888, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. L. T. Sherrill, GOODWIN P. SOPER, in the 72d year of his age.  (RCDec12/1888)

FITZPATRICK - At the State Lunatic Asylum, Utica, New York, December 10, 1888, THOMAS FITZPATRICK, late of New Hartford, New York, aged 50 years.  (RCDec12/1888)

HITCHOCK - Lee Center, New York.  Mrs. H. J. HITCHCOCK, who has been in poor health for some months past, attempted suicide about six o'clock last night by taking morphine.  It was at first thought she had taken an overdose by mistake, but a note written by her was found, revealing the fact that she had taken it with the intent of ending her life.  In the note she bid her friends good bye.  Medical aid was called, and all was done that could be under the circumstances to bring her to consciousness, but at present 'writing' little hope is entertained of her recovery.  Her friends have noticed that her mind was failing for some time past.  (RCDec12/1888)     [following article in next weeks' paper:]
               Mrs. H. J. Hitchcock, who took morphine last Monday night, died Wednesday (December 12, 1888) morning about two o'clock.  She leaves a husband and three adopted children, Arthur and Miss Jessie, of this place, and Mrs. Albert Durst, of Camden.  The funeral will be held at the family residence on Saturday at 11 o'clock.  (RCDec15/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Saturday, December 15, 1888

KING - EBENEZER KING died at his home in Oriskany, New York, Wednesday (December 12, 1888), in his 85th year.  For ten years he was proprietor of the Oriskany hotel and was widely known.  (RCDec15/1888)

FERGUSON - In Whitesboro, New York, December 11, 1888, DANIEL FERGUSON, aged 74 years, 6 months, and 25 days.  (RCDec15/1888)

ENEARL - At Ava, New York, December 12, 1888, HENRY W. ENEARL, aged 66 years, 2 months and 17 days.  Friends are invited to attend the funeral at his late residence on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10 o'clock A. M., and from the M. E. church at Ava at 11 o'clock.  (RCDec15/1888)  [see also (RCNov20/1885)-ENEAL]

QUINN - At Clayville, New York, December 13, 1888, JAMES QUINN, aged 52 years.  (RCDec15/1888)

WOOD - In New Hartford, New York, December 13, 1888, JOHN WOOD, aged 53 years.  (RCDec15/1888)

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, December 19, 1888

MURPHY - Rome, New York.  The funeral of Mrs. CATHERINE MURPHY took place at St. Peter's church at 2 P. M. Sunday (December 16, 1888).  Deceased was the widow of Charles Murphy, of Westmoreland, where she resided for thirty years.  She died at the residence of her son in Bradford, Pa., of tumor.  Three daughters and one son survive.  She was a sister of Mrs. Patrick Martin, of this city.  (RCDec19/1888)

DAVIDSON - Verona, New York.  GIDEON DAVIDSON, the father of Rev. W. C. Davidson, pastor of the M.E. church, died of heart failure in Monitor, Indiana, December 7, 1888.   (ECDec19/1888)

BROWN - Delta, New York.  DAVID BROWN died Friday (December 14, 1888) morning after being prostrated about a week with a stroke of paralysis.  He was one of the oldest persons in town, his age being 94 years.  He leaves a wife and several children.  His funeral was held Sunday at the M. E. church at the usual hour of service.  (RCDec19/1888)

HUGHES - Utica, New York. Early Saturday (December 15, 1888) evening, the La Fayette hotel in Utica was the scene of a terrible murder.  William H. Murphy and FRANKLIN HUGHES were employes of the place, and on the evening in question both were in the hotel kitchen, when an altercation arose between them and Murphy pulled a revolver from his pocket and shot Hughes, who died a few minutes afterward.  Murphy is the brother of Alderman J. F. Murphy, proprietor of the hotel.
     In reply to questions on Sunday, Murphy said he could not remember anything about the shooting.  He said he had a good deal of trouble with his head.  There were noises in it, and when he drank it made him worse.  He said he was not in the habit of carrying a revolver; he had bought one at Jimmy Hone's on Saturday, to kill cats with.  It is of the Smith & Wesson pattern and of 32 calibre.  It contained two loaded shells and one empty shell and two empty chambers.
     Some think Murphy is insane.  He is 37 years old and unmarried.  His victim, Franklin Hughes was 40 years of age, married, and leaves besides his wife six children.  (RCDec19/1888)

AMTMANN - Rome, New York, December 18, 1888, FRANK, son of John and Phebe Amtmann, aged 20 years.  (RCDec19/1888)   [see also (RCMay16/1884)-AMTMANN]

From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Saturday, December 22, 1888

ROSE - Rome, New York.  The community was shocked Thursday (December 20, 1888) morning to learn of the death of Mrs. SARAH A. ROSE, widow of H. L. Rose, which occurred at her residence on North George street at 8:30 o'clock.  Deceased had been ill for somtime, but few supposed her end was so near.  Mrs. Rose was 59 years of age, and was the daughter of Francis and Jane Smith, of Western.  For thirty years she had resided in this city.  Two daughters survive, Misses Carrie J. and Isabella A. Rose.  Deceased was a sister of Charles S. and S. S. T. Smith of this city, and Mrs. Orville Midlam, of Fort Dodge, Iowa.  Mrs. Rose was a devout member of Zion church, and her death is keenly felt by members of that church.  She was a lady who endeared herself to all by her gentle manners and genial disposition.  The bearers at the funeral will be J. C. Champion, Owen E. Owens, Calvin Petrie, Charles T. Hayden, Dr. C. C. Reid, George W. Day. (RCDec22/1888)  [see also (RCApr12/1872) and (RCMay17/1872)-ROSE]

HOLMES - Rome, New York.  Yesterday morning EBER HOLMES, father of Mrs. D. K. Hangburn of this city, died at his home in New York Mills, aged 74 years.  Pneumonia was the immediate cause of his death, although he had been in poor health for a number of years.  For many years Mr. Holmes was connected with the Millard Agricultural Works at Clayville.  (RCDec22/1888)

CROCKER - Lee Center, New York.  After a long painful illness, which she bore with great resignation, HATTIE H. CROCKER, wife of A. A. Crocker and daughter of the late S. N. Eames, departed this life on the evening of December 20, 1888, at her home on the old homestead, one and one-half miles north of Lee Center.  The funeral services will be held at the house at 11 A. M. Sunday and at the Methodist Episcopal church, Lee Center, at 12 o'clock.  (RCDec22/1888)

STANFORD - Camden, New York.  JONATHAN STANFORD, of Wolcott Hill died on Tuesday (December 18, 1888), aged 65 years.  He had been ill for several months, and had been a great sufferer.  Mr. Stanford always enjoyed the highest respect of the community in which he lived, and was repeatedly called to positions of public trust.  He was a thorough christian and a devout member of the M. E. church.  A widow and three sons survive.  The funeral takes place to-day.  (RCDec22/1888)

WAID - Taberg, New York.  On Wednesday occurred the funeral of Miss PRUDENCE WAID, familiarly known as Aunt Prudy, who expired last Monday (December 17, 1888) at the home of George Larrabee.  She was ninety-five years and sixteen days old at the time of her death, and had not walked in five years, and was much of the time quite helpless.  She was a sister of the late Isaac Waid and of Mrs. William H. Graves.  (RCDec22/1888)

ELLIS - In Deerfield, New York, December 19, 1888, ELLIS D. ELLIS, aged 82 years.  (RCDec22/1888)

SAYLES - In Utica, New York, December 20, 1888, SIMEON SAYLES, aged 67 years.  (RCDec22/1888)

BRUCE - Gen. BENJAMIN F. BRUCE died at his home in Canastota, New York, yesterday morning.  (RCDec22/1888)

FOX - SAMUEL H. FOX, the Durhamville, New York, glass manufacturer, died at his home in that place Thursday (December 20, 1888) evening.  Deceased was born at Nassau, Rensselaer county, April 20, 1815.  He larned the art of glass making of his father, and in 1849 with his two brothers bought the glass works already established at Durhamville, and has ever since been identified with the concern.  He introduced many improvements in his chosen calling.  Late in life he suffered financial misfortune and his plant passed into the hands of a stock company, under the name of Fox & Co.  Mr. Fox was always prominently identified with the interests of Oneida county, and possessed many warm friends among our leading citizens.  The funeral services will occur at his late residence on Monday afternoon.  (RCDec22/1888)


From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Wednesday, December 26, 1888

SPRIGGS - Hon. J. THOMAS SPRIGGS died at his house in Utica, New York, at 10 A. M. Sunday (December 23, 1888), after an illness of about three weeks.  He was first attacked by congestion of the kidneys.  On Thursday of last week he suffered a stroke of apoplexy, after which he never wholly regained consciousness.  A few days before his death brain fever set in, and all hope of his recovery was given up.
     There are few if any people in central New York who have not seen or heard of J. Thomas Spriggs.  His figure was familiar in nearly every village in Oneida county, and any one seeing his robust appearing form supposed he was destained to live a good many years yet.  Mr. Spriggs was born in Peterboro, Northamptonshire, England, April 5, 1825.  In 1836 he removed with his parents to this country and settled in Utica.  He began the study of law at the age of 14, in the offices of I. C. Baker and Calvert Comstock in the then village of Rome.  He afterward spent two years in Hamilton college, and then went to Holland Patent and studied law with Rev. Mr. Perry.  Subsequently he spent one year in Hamilton college, and then entered Union college fom which he was graduated in 1848.  Shortly after his graduation he passed his law examination, and became the junior partner of Thomas H. Flandrau, of Whitesboro.  In 1851 he came to Rome, and formed a partnership with Thomas G. Frost.  In 1859 he returned to Utica, and entered into partnership with Morris S. Miller.  In 1862 he formed a partnership with Richard W. McIncrow which was continued until 1870.  Not long afterward the firm of Spriggs, Matthews & Spriggs was formed, in which he was the senior partner, and E. D. Matthews and Fred B. Spriggs, his son, were his associates.  In 1886 Mr. Matthews retired, since which time the firm has been Spriggs & Spriggs.
   In politics Mr. Spriggs was a Democrat, and as such he held several offices within the gift of his party.  In 1853 he was appointed district attorney to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel B. Garvin.  He was elected county treasurer in 1854, and in 1868 and 1880 was chosen mayor of the city of Utica.  In 1868 and 1878 he was nominated for member of congress, but was defeated the first time by A. H. Bailey, and the second by C. D. Prescott of Rome.  In 1882 and 1884, however, he was the successful congressional nominee, but was defeated by James S. Sherman in 1886.
     As a criminal lawyer Mr. Spriggs had but few equals.  He possessed wonderful tact in handling a jury, and in eliciting evidence of witnesses few could surpass him.  In political and social life he possessed many warm friends who always enjoyed his presence and enlivening conversations. which was wont to teem with wit and originality.
     The Oneida County Bar Association will hold a meeting to-day, to take action on Mr. Spriggs' death.  (RCDec26/1888)

WADSWORTH - At Washington Mills, New York, December 24, 1888, HANNAH L., wife of the late G. N. Wadsworth, in the 67th year of her age.  (RCDec26/1888)  [another article in same paper follows:]
                Monday  evening about 6 o'clock fire was discovered in the hop house of Z. K. Wadsworth at Washington Mills, and in spite of earnest work on the part of the crowd of people that assembled, the building burned to the ground.  The structure was a frame one and burned like tinder.  The hops in the building and one or two carriages were rescured from the flames.  The loss on the hop house will be $500; insurance $200.  The origin of the fire is a mystery.  Mr. Wadsworth says there had been no fire in the house since the hop picking season.
      The building burned was near Mr. Wadsworth's dwelling house, and fears were for a time entertained for its safety.  During the fire Mrs. Wadsworth, widow of the late Nelson Wadsworth, was overcome by nervous excitement and died.  She was 67 years of age, and not strong.  She was an estimable woman and her sudden death was a severe shock to the family and her many friends.  (RCDec26/1888)

TOLLNER -NOREMUS - SIMMONS - SMITH - Seattle, W. T., December 25, 1888.  The steamer Lief Erickson has been burned at Alki, a point five miles west of this city.  She is a total loss.  Seven lives were lost. ANNIE A. TOLLNER, of Sidney, Mason county; J. N. NOREMUS, manager of Noremus Brick Yard company, Sidney; JACK SIMMONS, half breed fisherman; T. SMITH of Smith, Taylor & Co., Colby; unknown man and wife and unknown woman.  (RCDec26/1888)

VOGEL - Mrs. H. C. VOGEL, a native of Verona, New York, and well known here, died in the Old Ladies' Home in Chicago recently.  (RCDec26/1888)  [see also (RCJun03/1887)-VOGEL]
From ROME SEMI-WEEKLY CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Saturday, December 29, 1888

CONNOR - Rome, New York.  Miss MARY CONNOR, who died on Monday (December 24, 1888) night, was a daughter of James Connor, of 513 W. Libety street.  She had long been ill with consumption.  Her age was 32 years.  Her father, brother and three sisters survive.  (RCDec29/1888)

TUTHILL - Camden, New York.  The funeral of Mrs. R. B. TUTHILL, who died last Friday (December 21, 1888), occurred Sunday.  Besides the husband two daughters and a son survive.  (RCDec29/1888)

HUME - Camden, New York.  Miss ALICE HUME died last Friday (December 21, 1888) night.  She was a sister of Mrs. George F. Morse.  (RCDec29/1888)   [following notice was in the previous weeks' paper:]
               Camden, NY news item:  Mrs. Thomas Stone, T. S. and Hattie Hume, of New York city, have been called to Camden by the illness of Miss Alice Hume, who is in a very critical condition and liable to pass away at any time.  (RCDec/22/1888)

DARROW - McConnellsville, New York.  The funeral of D. DARROW was attended at the house Wednesday (December 26, 1888) afternoon of this week, and the remains were taken to Syracuse for interment.  (RCDec29/1888)

BIMBALA - In Whitesboro, New York, December 26, 1888, CATHERINE F., wife of Martin Bimbala, and daughter of Peter and Catherine Gamble, aged 41 years and 7 days.  (RCDec29/1888)

PEASE - In Marcy, New York, December 23, 1888, Mrs. HANNAH B. PEASE, mother of Mrs. Charles H. Clark of Marcy, and C. F. Bartlett of North Carolina, aged 59 years, 7 months and 28 days.  (RCDec29/1888)

HOLDSWORTH - In Yorkville, New York, December 24, 1888, JANE, wife of the late F. B. Holdsworth, aged 53 years, 7 months and 25 days.  (RCDec29/1888)

CURTISS - In Clinton, New York, December 26, 1888, Mrs. SYLVESTER CURTISS, aged 86 years.  (RCDec29/1888)

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