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The  EVA KIMBLE Collection
Obituaries & Newspaper Clippings

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(contributed by Irene C. Johnson)

Surnames mentioned, in order of appearance:  Bellinger, Kent, Gould, Cady, Bump, Brown, Ringer, DeMun, Stowits, Hamilton, Personius, Kimble, Webb, Myres, Hope, Crout/Grought, Cook, Wolcott, Dr. Wylie, Rev. Allington, Davis, Cutter, Bucher, Ostrander, Easterbrook, Rowley, Bailey, Rev. Clark & Rev. Woods, Chapman,  Kendall, Markham, Ogden, VanDeventer, Rev. Stevens, Ransom, Hinman, Johnson, Darby, Lane, Bowman, Dunham Trusdell, Saylor, Doane, Mallory, Palmer, Davenport, Pangborne, Thompson, Burgess, Decker, Spraul, Royce, Hill, Mains, Northrop, Kent, Hedden, Lee, Morgan, Teed, Neese, Castilla, Gould, Fenton, Sgrecci, Yaw, Starkweather, Wilbur, Goltry, Rev. Alcott, Rev. McKinney, King, Maine, Edmister, Cody, Rev. Fryer, Baker, Sterling, Tinker, Rev. Maxwell.   [Use the FIND function.]


Obituaries:  Miss Susan Bump, Jun. 1900.
                    Franklin Bump & Edith Bump, Nov. 1900.
                    A. Clayton Crout, Feb. 1974.
                    Audrey Crout, Sep. 1947
                    Homer A. Crout, Mar. 1933
                    John "Grought" (John C. Crout), Aug. 1876.
                    James H. Davenport, May, 1932.
                    Harry J. Kendall, 1925.
                    Mrs. Frank (Julia) Maine, 1965.
                    Fannie Ostrander, April 1911.
                    Bertha A. Starkweather, Mar. 1975.
                    History of Moreland Telephone Co.- with a number of local  names

"This is what I  have written about funerals I have attended, and I have a book of sheets of wrappers off church papers when they came enclosed, and have sewn them together and made a tablet of 1-1/2 inches thick--with a black cover made from cloth that the ladies years ago used to stiffen their "woostered" [worsted?] shirts.  And I began with my Bellinger grandparents that died in 1909 (gm., 75), 1911 (uncle, 56), 1912 (gp., 89), 1915 (cousin, age 21) and then there is the Kent family, mother of Jess in Johnson Hollow.  I  and a neighbor girl walked down a mile or more.--Endo(?) Royce was the undertaker and Jennie Crout Kent had a baby in arms.  It may have been their first.  And the Crouts of Magic and Burt may have been there.  Then before Mrs. Kent [died] there was double funeral in the Ralph Gould home in 1916 or later--neighbors to Kents.  And I started my book around then. And drew a picture to start the heading.  And those little headings help me to see now what the house and barns looked like... I have tried in later years to put the deaths in the same year after year.  But some I attended I never made a record and have to go by obituaries and what I could remember as a girl.  I tell all that happened."
--Eva Kimble

Catlin Center News
"John  Cady  married Sarah BumpDaniel Bump  married Sarah CadySilas Cady  and Patience Brown were parents of John and Sarah Cady.  Their brothers were Silas Cady Jr. who married Margaret Ringer, and Guilford Cady who married Rachael Demun who lived in Catlin.  The graves of Silas Jr. and Patience Cady have not been located.

Joshua Stowits married Welthy CadyWalter Hamilton of Chambers married Olive Cady. She died in 1925. Pearl Cady married James Personius of Chambers in 1907.  Marvin Cady died in 1919. His wife's name was Ann.  Their two sons were Charles Cady and Andrew Cady of East Creek Rd, Catlin.
Amos Kimble, who died in 1898 was a brother to Brant Kimble, the grandfather of Mrs. Emily Kimble WebbMrs Myres has a cousin by the name of  James E. Hope, a historian in Bath, NY.

Corning NY Democrat August 3,1876
John Grought (John C. Crout), a farmer residing at Beaver Dams, met his death early Monday afternoon, under the the following circumstances:  He intended going to visit a son in law, George Cook residing at Caton and to make a short cut from here took the Eris track to a lane leading from the tracks near George Wolcott’s. When near the bridge he was warned of the apporoach of train 38 coming behind him, and he was on the eastern bound track but not in time to avoid train 35 which was going west.  He attempted to leave the track but did not succeed and
was struck by the engine and thrown against the bridge.  He received several injuries about the abdomen and neck, his right arm was also broken.  Train 35 picked him up and brought him to this station where he died about half past two, living about two hours after receiving the
injuries. He was a man of about sixty-five years  of age, and leaves a wife and several children. The Coroner, Dr. Wylie, of Bath held and inquest on Monday evening.  The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts and exonerated the Erie Railway Co. and its employees from all blame."

Sadly Bereaved 1900

Franklin Bump and grand-daughter pass away.
Franklin Bump passed quietly away Fri. morning Nov. 9, 1900 after a short illness.  He was in his 80th year and was one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Catlin, having lived within its boundaries 45 years  He was always patient and kind in his manner and beloved by all who knew him.  His wife, and one son, three sisters and one brother survive him.  The funeral was held Sun. at the Baptist Church, Moreland, Rev. Mr. Allington of Beaver Dams had charge of the service, and Charles Davis of Watkins was the undertaker.  Burial in Moreland Cemetery.  Franklin's wife was Elinor (Cutter) Bump.  And again this bereaved family had to have the eyes of another loved one closed...
Sat., Nov. 10, 1900, Edith Bump, grand-daughter of the former, died at Hector where she had been packing grapes the past season.  After an illness of two weeks the effects of physicians and a trained nurse were of no avail.  Her Saviour called her and she went, and many are the friends and schoolmates, her life was short--only 13 years.  She stayed with us, but all are better for having known her and come under her influence.  Her funeral was held Mon. Nov. 12, at 2 o'clock at Moreland, and again the same minister and undertaker were called upon to perform the solemn service.  And in memory of her we say...."A precious one from us has gone...A voice we loved is stilled...A place is vacant in our home...Which never can be filled."
[Also, Mrs. Delia (Bucher) Bump died Mar. 28, 1933 at her daughter Florence's home in Catlin.]

Mrs. Fannie Ostrander 85 years of age, widow of the late Cornelius Ostrander, a prominent resident of the town of Catlin, Chemung county, NY, died this morning  April 1911.--day obliterated by egg-white paste holding the clipping (Corning Evening Leader).  The funeral was on a Sunday, and usually held on the third day after death in those days.  She died in the morning at 4:45 o'clock at the home of her daughter Mrs. I. N. Easterbrook of 129 East Erie Ave., Corning, of a complication of diseases.  She had been in ill health since May 25, 1910 when she sustained a collar fracture at the home of her sister Mrs. William Rowley of Post Creek.  During the winter she suffered from attack of grip.  Mrs. Ostrander was born in Moreland Schuyler county on Mar. 27, 1827, one of the family of 14 children.  Her parents Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bump were prominent residents of Moreland.  Her father was born Feb. 20, 1792 in the State of Rhode Island.  He removed to the town of Hector nearly 70 years ago.  He served in the war of 1812.  He died at Moreland Mar. 17th, 1869.  Cornelius Ostrander her husband died 22 years ago last November.  He was at one time a prominent farmer in the town of Catlin.  Since that time Mrs. Ostrander has made her residence at the home of her daughter Mrs. I. N. Easterbrook.
She is survived by one daughter Mrs. I.N. Easterbrook of this city at whose home she died; two sisters Mrs. William Rowley of Post Creek and Mrs. John Bailey of Moreland, NY; and two brothers--Wilson Bump of Portland, Oregon and  George W. Bump of Petoskey, Mich.  Mrs. Ostrander was a much-beloved and highly respected resident of thsi city.  She was a member of the First M.E. Church and also of the Ladies Aid Home Missionary and Mary Sharp Societies.  She was consecrated woman.  Her loss will be mourned by not only her immediate relatives, but by the community at large.  Her funeral will be held from the late home at 129 East Erie Ave. on Sun. at 3pm Revs. Burton M. Clark of the First M. E. Church and H.C. Woods of Bath will officiate.  Interment will be in the Hope Cemetery, Corning.

Sad Ending of a Reunion 1900:
Obituary of Miss Susan Bump
The annual reunion of the Bump family was held at the home of Miss Susan Bump, in the town of Dix, Schuyler co., on Sat. June 22, 1900.  Miss Bump is blind and is cared for by a married sister.  A dinner composed of all the good things one could wish was served by Mr. and Mrs John Bailey and the large party present enjoyed the repast most heartily.  During the afternoon a speech was made by Joseph Wood of Elmira, and prayer offered by Franklin Bump.  Now comes the sad part of the occasion:  Miss Susan Bump at whose home the relatives had gathered was taken suddenly sick and did not rally from the stroke of apoplexy by which she was stricken, and was relieved by death on the Sunday following.  Deceased was a good woman, a sincere Christian, and loved and respected by all.

Homer A. Crout, March 22, 1933--and other genealogy notes
(from the Corning Leader)
Homer A. Crout, aged 71, died this morning at 1 o'clock at his home in Westfield, PA following an illness of about a year of complications.  Mr. Crout was born Jan. 2, 1862 in Beaver Dams, NY, the son of Abraham P. and Melissa Crout.  He was married in Reading Center Dec. 19, 1883 to Etta Chapman who died Oct. 30, 1925.  Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Crout lived for some time in Beaver Dams where Mr. Crout engaged in the grocery business.  They moved to Potter Brook 44 years ago where Mr. Crout continued working in the grocery business, being employed by the late W.C. Kendall and the late Charles Markham.
In 1900 Mr. and Mrs. Crout moved to Westfield, PA where Mr. Crout accepted employment with the Eberle Tannery, a post which he held until his death.  Mr. Crout possessed a kindly cheerful nature which gained for him a host of friends not only in Westfield but throughout the community.
Surviving are one son Leon of Bradford, PA; one daughter Mildred at home; one brother George of Avoca; four grandchildren--Clifford and Creston Ogden of Denison Parkway, Corning; Lennora and Benjamin Homer Crout of Bradford;  several nieces and nephews and one son-in-law George Ogden of Denison Parkway, Corning; and one sister-in-law Mrs. Charles VanDeventer of Corning.  The funeral will be held Fri. afternoon at 2 o'clock at the late home.  The Rev. Mrs. Stevens, pastor of the Baptist Church.  Burial will be ain Westfield, PA.  (This Homer Crout's father Adrian Crout might have been a brother to Washington Crout for Homer and Burton Crout were born 5 years apart--1862 and 1867.) (One day my father, Charles Kimble, told me the names of people married and intermarried that he knew, and grandpa's old diaries gave peoples' deaths that he knew and attended funerals.  As my Grandma Kimble was a Lane related to the Ransoms, I wrote down the names as father told, and now I find some names are real helpful to me. Rev. Milo Ransom igness of Catlin or Dix--His first wife was a Bailey, daughter of Wilson Bailey of Moreland.  Wilson Bailey had a son Lewis Bailey, the father of George Bailey, Miss Julia Bailey, Mrs. Kate Hinman (the wife of a minister)--they went to California--and she came back to Moreland.  The Rev. Milo Ransom had a brother William Ransom.  I have the name of Azariah Ransom and I am not sure who is his father.  But could be William Ransom, the brother of Milo.  My record says Azariah had a son Harper who married Phebe Bump.--They had a child Didama Ransom married Chancey Johnson a brother of  Mrs. Darby, mother of Mort, Fred and Alle DeMun of Catlin.  Phebe Bump Ransom married her second husband, an Uncle Joseph Johnson to Chancey.  Azariah had a daughter by the first wife named Roncy married a man in Watkins who bought wool.  Azariah had 3 sons.  He married Catherine Lane for second; she was the daughter of  William Lane up where Bowman(?) lived on the road that Frank Smalley...[to next page]...I was finishing up withthe names of Azariah Ransom marrying his second wife, an old maid around 40-50 years named Catherine Lane.  My father said his Uncle Billy Lane lived on the farm that Mengo(?) Bowman had or the same house. And also said that there was once a Seventh Day Baptist Church on that farm, told him by Mengo when he called there in 1912 about land assessment, as he was one of the Town of Catlin assessors.  And my great-grandma Martha Dunham Trusdell Kimble was a Seventh Day Baptist whe she came to Catlin to live.  And  then became a Seventh Day Adventist when the Catlin Church was organized in Aug. 25, 1861.  And Catlin Dist. 1 Schoolhouse was used for Church services for all denominations on Sat. and Sun until 1960. Milo Ransom's first wife was a Bailey.  Their daughter was Fannie Ransom married Will Saylor and Charles & Selma Doane, who sang at Harry Kendall's funeral, are the ones who Saylors have in their home.  I think Selma was adopted.  That young couple have sung at funerals I have attended.  Mr. Saylor and a brother Henry were both Civil War soldiers.  Catherine and Azariah Ransom had a daughter who married Leet Malory and had one daughter, May, who married Mack Palmer and she [Jane]  had a daughter.  Rev. Milo Ransom's second wife was a sister to Henry Saylor's last wife.  Quick girls of Montour... )

James H. Davenport, aged 64 years, died Friday morning, May 20, 1932 while doing chores around 7 or 8 o'clock.  His funeral was held Monday, May 23, 1932 at the home of  Mrs. Callie Pangborne where he had resided for the past six years since his wife died.  He had no near relatives.  Cora Thompson and Lottie Burgess of Pine Valley were cousins.. There were some from Elmira who were relatives and came to the funeral.  The funeral was held at 2pm ad was well-attended by neighbors and Mrs. Pangborne's relatives.  I [Eva Kimble] went with Cora and Lige [Elijah?] and Joe Whea--  took me.  Pearl stayed at Cora's--she did not care to go....We stopped at Burt Decker's on the Beaver Dams & Townsend road and Mrs. Decker told Elijah where to go.  She said Mr. Decker was digging the grave....we drove toward Monterey on the Monterey & Townsend road until we came in sight of a school house.  Mrs. Pangborne lived the first house to the school...Miss Josephine Bowman raised a window in a bedroom and told us to come in the back way.  The hearse was standing up back of the house and there were some of the undertakers' chairs on the porch.  A Mr. Spraul (a young man) took charge of the funeral, as Mr. Royce was away on business.  A basket of dark pink and white carnations were from Cora's cousin who lives in Elmira near the S.D.A. [7th Day Adventist] church on Third St. (her  name is Hill).--This lady could not attend the funeral, so she and her husband came up the night before...[description of some of the flowers:  red rosebuds and ferns tied with ribbon; a spray with pink snapdragons and fern; dark red tulips; white jonquills and fern from the woods.]...we were seated in the sitting room.  The bearers were seated in the parlor.  There were six and I think they were all neighbors of Mr. Davenport.--I think Mr. and Mrs. Burt Crout and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Crout and Chester CroutMr. and Mrs. Jess Kent and baby.  Burt Hedden and Frank Mains and Will DeMun.  If their wives were there I did not know which one they were...Mr. Northrop of Beaver Dams officiated; he stood in the parlor and sitting room door....Mr. Davenport was a large man.  Mr. Spraul and Mr. Ostrander carried the casket to the hearse....Burgess of Pine Valley were behind the casket, and Cora and Elijah came next behind us....There were 11 or 12 cars in the procession.  He was buried at Beaver Dams...on the east side near the Lee and Morgan lots in the cemetery.  We got home at 5 o'clock.  A nice day.

BAKER HILL--Nov. 4, 1936--[Watkins Paper]

A. Clayton Crout, 72, of 2561 Cooley Rd., Beaver Dams, died Wed. at home unexpectedly.  He was a retired employee of Cotton-Hanlon in Odessa where he was a carpenter.  (cut from Feb. 28, 1974 Corning Leader)  Mr. Crout was born in the town of Dix Aug. 5, 1901, a son of Burton and Margaret Bowman Crout of Moreland.  Surviving are four daughters  Mrs. Ernest (Eldred) Sgrecci and Mrs. David (Florence) Wilbur of Watkins Glen.  Mrs. Philip (Mary) Yaw and Mrs. Harry (Lillian) Johnson of Montour Falls.  Also surviving are three sons, Claire Goltry of Montour Falls, Clayton Crout of Florida and Arnold E. Crout of Elmira;  a sister Mrs. Cecil Starkweather of Montour Falls, 50 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  Friends may call Fri. from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls where services will be held Sat. at 2pm, the Rev. James Alcott officiating.  Burial will be in Hector Cemetery.

Mrs. Bertha A. Starkweather age 75 of Montour Falls, died Thurs. March 20, 1975 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital.  Friends are invited to call at the Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, Sat. 2-4 and 7-9pm.  Furneral services and committal will be held at the conclusion of calling hours.  The Rev. Clark McKinney officiating.  Burial Hector Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Donations will be made to the Myrtle Lodge Bldg. Fund in her memory.  She is survived by husband Cecil A. Starkweather of Rushville, NY, Charles Starkweather of Burdett, NY, daughter Mrs. Robert (Marjorie) King of Montour Falls,  NY; 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Starkweather was a member of the Fern Chapter O.E.S. No. 142.

Audrey Elnor Crout --Miss Audrey Elnor Crout, 16, of 195 State Street, died in the Corning Hospital Monday evening about 6:15.  She had been a patient at the hospital for the past week, having been admitted there Sept. 2.  She would have been a senior at Corning Free Academy this term.  Friends may call at the A.W. Beilby and Son Funeral Home from 2-5 and from St. Mary's Church at 9 o'clock.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Miss Crout was born in Corning Dec. 26, 1931 and has lived here all of her life.  She was the daughter of Chester Crout and Doris Bailey, two sisters Betty Lou and Irene Crout, at home;  her father Chester Crout of Watkins Glen; a maternal grandmother Mrs. Rose Bailey of Beaver Dams, and paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Albert Crout of Moreland.

Mrs. Frank B. Maine
Mrs. Julia Maine , 75, RD 2 Beaver Dams, died Sat. Dec. 26, 1964, following a short illness.  She was born Jul. 18, 1889 in Town of Dix, the daughter of  Burton H. and Margaret Bowman Crout and was a member of Moreland Presbyterian Church.  The wife of Frank B. Maine, they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Fri., Dec. 13.  Surviving besides her husband are town sons Clarence of Ithaca, and Tracy of Cayuta;  a daughter Mrs. Helen Edmister of RD 2 Beaver Dams;  a brother Clayton Crout of Montour Falls, and two sisters, Mrs. Cecil Starkweather of Montour Falls, and Mrs. Leon Cody Sr. (Jennie Crout) of Corning; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Vedder & Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls this evening and Tues. from 2-4 and 7-9pm and where services will be held Wed. at 2pm.  The Rev. Charles W. Fryer will officiate and burial will be in Beaver Dams cemetery.

Harry J. Kendall 1925
The silent messenger of death has again invaded our midst and called home another loved one...Harry J. Kendall, age 48, of Moreland.  Who departed this life at 11:30 Monday morning. Feb. 9th, 1925,  after a lingering illness extending over a year, with an incurable malady which gradually sapped the life away just in the prime of manhood.  Everything known to medical science, all that loving care and a trained nurse could do was done, but to no avail--so "God's finger touched him and he slept".  The last few months his suffering was intense but he patiently bore his affliction with remarkable Christian fortitude, trusting in his Saviour to whom he gave his heart in early manhood, uniting with the Baptist Church at Townsend where he still retains a membership.
The deceased was the second son of Harriet Baker and Ira J. Kendall and was born Feb. 5, 1877.  He has lived near Moreland all his life where he has made many enduring friends.  He was married Jan. 18, 1899 to Mary Sterling of Sugar Hill--who with their children Mrs. Maude Tinker of Elmira, and Pearl and Warren at home, are left to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father.  He is also survived by two grandaughters, one brother, William Kendall, and a sister Lunette Kendall Crout.
The funeral services were held from the home Thurs. afternoon at one o'clock and were largely attended.  Rev. John Maxwell of Watkins officiated.  Two duets, "Face to Face with Christ, My Saviour" and "There Will Be No Night There" were very sweetly sung by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doane.  Amid a profusion of beautiful floral tributes he was taken to Glenwood Cemetery.

Moreland Telephone Company
(from Eva Kimball)

Eva said the switchboard was in the house at the interseciton of Pearl St. and Miller St. (Catlin Hill Rd. and Beaver Dams-Moreland Rd) when Rose Ackley ran it. There were nine lines:
No.1 Roloson line, No.2 Rhodes, No. 3 Sandord, No.4 Personius, No.5 Miller, No.6 Chambers, No.7 Baker Hill, No.8 Catlin Hill and No. 9 was the Wedgwood line. There was also a Beaver Dams-West Hill  line.
 Wedgwood Tel. co. was incorporated in 1910 and shares of $10 were sold.  Mrs. Pearl Wakeman has two stock certificates issued to William T. Wakeman. She also has a record of the dissolution of the company in 1951 signed by a majority of the directors: Wm. Wixson, Chas. Heden, Earl Boyce, Frank Updyke, Minor Wakeman, Fred Williams, Albert Crout and Ira LaFever.

October 1983 saw the end of an era when the nations’s last hand-cranked telephone system at Bryand Pond, Maine, ceased to exist. Moreland had a similar system with a switchboard that had at least four homes.
 It was first operated by Jady DeMunn in his home (Joe and Pat Stansfield’s); next it was in the home of  Mrs. Rose Ackley and run by her; then a Mrs. Bessie Jones had it in her home (Virgil and Millie Cleveland’s) and finally Mrs. Gala DeMunn ran it for 33 years, first in her home on Pearl St. (on the corner across from Kennedy’s) and finally at her residence across from the church--the same place Mrs. Ackley had it.
 The lines ran as far north as Harry Knowles (Warren and Marie Bennet’s) west to Beaver Dams; north to William Johnson’s on Catlin Hill; into Johnson’s Hollow to Ely Personius’ farm then operated by M. Fred Edminster (Willard Lashure’s as we know it) and east into Rolloson Hollow.
 Floyd Maggart worked as a lineman for Ross Stevens. He said the lines were divided into sections with a man in charge of each section. Irving Russell had the part toward Beaver Dams. He said it was easy to maintain in the winter of 1945-46, because the snow was so deep that the men could stand on top of it to repair the lines. Ben Laughlin and Ira LaFever also worked on the lines, among others.
 As a boy, Mark DeMunn delivered the telephone tickets (bills) to the subscribers. In later years, Mrs. DeMunn called her customers at the end of each month to tell them the amount of their bills.
 Mrs. DeMunn sometimes closed the switchboard for a few hours on Sunday afternoons. Otherwise, it was a 365 day a year operation.
 There was a switch in Fred Williams’ house to connect the Mead’s Hill and Baker Hill lines through the Williams telephone. This was when Louise Meeks was a child.
 The use of he switchboard and hand-cranked telephones of the Moreland Co. ended about 1948.

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