Collection, Newtown Creek Bridge
and Dam in Elmira (gone now)
Tri County Clippings- Page One Hundred Twenty Two
These obituaries are presented in scrapbook order. I can't think of a better way of understanding a community than by reading an obituary scrapbook.
George T. Earl, 68, of Erin, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1940. He leaves his wife; two sons Randolph of Erin, Ellsworth of Odessa; a daughter, Mrs. Buena Shoemaker of McGraw; a sister, Mrs. Lina Teeter of Ithaca, and three grandchildren. The funeral will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the family home. Rev. James Gordon will officiate. Burial will be in Scotchtown Cemetery, Erin.
MRS. AMARILLA FERGUSON
Mrs. Amarilla Ferguson, widow of Minor W. Ferguson, died at the residence of her son, William E. Ferguson, 517 Perine Street, Tuesday morning, aged ninety-five years. Besides her son she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Daelle Spencer of Painted Post and a brother, Johnson Beers of this city. The funeral will be held at the home Thursday at 2 o’clock. The Rev. A. G. Cornwell will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. (handwritten on article April 15, 1924)
MRS. BETSEY S. FRAZIER
Mrs. Betsey S. Frazier died this morning at 1 o’clock at the family home near Webb Mills, aged sixty-five years. She is survived by her husband, James Frazier; a son James B. and a brother Charles E. Morgan of Woodhull. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Webb Mills Methodist Church, and burial will be in the Webb Mills Cemetery. (handwritten on article Feb. 17, 1917)
MAY 14, 1924
Willis Friends died this morning at 8:15 o’clock at the family home, 217 Dewitt Avenue, after an extended illness, aged sixty-six years. He was a former resident of Millerton, Pa., and for many years was employed as a salesman of wagons and farming implements in this city. Mr. Friends was a member of the First Baptist church and the Massasoit Tribe I.O. of R.M. The decedent is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. George R. Hemingway; four grandsons, Martin Friends, Jr., George W., James E., and Martin T. Hemingway all of Elmira; brothers, George, Henry , and Jay Friends; also a sister, Mrs. White all of Millerton, Pa. Funeral will be held at the family home Friday at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. C. Burr will officiate, burial win Woodlawn Cemetery.
Amos D. Farr, 71, of 414 Steuben St., Horseheads, unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 18, 1953. Mr. Farr was employed by the Winchester Optical Co. of Horseheads for the past 35 years. Survived by wife, Mrs. Winifred Farr; son Charles Farr of Canandaigua; daughter, Mrs. Vaudeane Force; brother, Ralph Farr both of Horseheads; six grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews. The body is at the VanBuskirk Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads, where friends are invited to call this evening from 7 to 9 and on succeeding days from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and where funeral will be held at a time to be announce.
Allie Farr, 82, of 412 Steuben Street, Horseheads, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 1937. He leaves three sons Amos and Ralph of Horseheads and Charles of Ithaca; a sister, Mrs. Sarah Lynch, of Pine Valley; and several nieces and grandchildren. The body is in the Van Buskirk Funeral Home, Horseheads, where the funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m., the Rev. H. E. Malick officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.
George Fowler, about 90, until recently of 205 Westlake St., Horseheads, died Thursday, June 11, 1942, at Catlin. The funeral will be conducted at the VanBuskirk Funeral Home at Horseheads Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.
The funeral of Alfred Ferguson was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Webbs Mills Church. The Rev. C. E. Ferguson officiated. Burial was in Webbs Mills Cemetery. (handwritten on article Sept. 10, 1907)
MRS. JULIA E. FERGUSON
Mrs. Julia E. Ferguson, 83, widow of Alfred Ferguson, died at the Home for Aged Monday, Sept. 2, 1935, at 4:40 p.m. She was a member of the Webbs Mils M. E. church. She is survived by three sons, George L. and Ernest E., Elmira, and William Henry Ferguson, New York City; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The body was removed to the Holly Funeral Home, Funeral announcement later.
Odessa—John Fudals, 58, former Odessa resident, died at Rome on Friday, Jan. 10, 1936. The body was removed to the former home on the Cayuta-Erin Road. Mr. Fudala is survived by his wife, Mrs. Agnes Fudala; three daughters, Mrs. Albert Kendall, Alpine, Mrs. Thomas Fransen, Cayuta; Mrs. William Dietrich, Brooklyn; six sons, Joseph, Washington; John Jr., Cayuta, Frank, Frederick, Andrew at home.
MRS. LEON FINNEY
Mrs. Ellen Finney, 44, late of 121 East 14th Street, Elmira Heights, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 1935 at 6 p.m. of pneumonia. She is survived by her husband, Leon Finney. She had been the mother of 11 children, none of whom are living; five daughters, Mrs. Martha Rorick of Elmira Heights; Mrs. Charles Walker, Elmira, Ellen, Cora and Marion at home; four sons, Leon Jr., Edward, Manley and Alfred at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lunger of Elmira Heights; an aunt, Mrs. Anna Hildreth of Elmira. The mother and a son f Mrs. Finney are ill of pneumonia in an Elmira hospital. The body is in the Ballard funeral home, Elmira Heights where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. H. H. MacArthur will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
SUBSTANTIAL BUSINESS MAN, WHO HAD FIGURED IN ACTIVITIES OF ELMIRA FOR
MANY YEARS, SUCCUMBS TO LONG ILLNESS.
APRIL 17, 1917
After an illness continuing nearly two years, at first not considered serious, but gradually assuming fatality, Frederick Mosher Jones died last evening about half past 10 o’clock at his home, No. 410 William Street.
In the hope that a change would be beneficial, Mr. and Mrs. Jones went to Lemon City, Fla., in December, but during nearly the entire period of their stay in that place Mr. Jones improved not at all, but on the contrary failed rapidly, and it was only by the best of management that they were able to return to their home in Elmira ten days ago.
The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the family home on William Street.
Fred Jones, for by that familiar name was he universally known, was born at Seeley Creek, eight miles from Elmira, in this county, October 28, 1856, so that he was in his sixty-first year. His father was Finla M. Jones, and his mother Sarah Mosher, whose family gave the name to the hamlet of Mosherville, on the state highway towards Job’s Corners. His grandfather was Philo Jones, son of Elijah. This Philo Jones married a daughter of General Mathew Carpenter, and for a few years they lived in Elmira until 1817, when they moved to Seeley Creek and became the progenitors of the family who have so long been associated with that locality. The town of Southport was an almost unbroken wilderness then. Philo Jones lived there over 50 years, dying in 1872, over eighty years old. General Carpenter was one of the most important man in this section who came to Newtown in 1792. He built a log house, a capacious one for those days, on the bank of Newtown Creek, and lived there many years. He was both a military man and a man who had much to do in shaping the political history of the county. Philo Jones was appointed postmaster at Seeley Creek by Abraham Lincoln in 1861.
Fred M. Jones is survived by three brothers, Frank, a business man at Seeley Creek; Grant H., in Buffalo, and Mathew Carpenter Jones in New York; Raymond T. Jones of Buffalo, formerly in business in Elmira, is a cousin.
Besides the brothers the decedent is survived by his widow and two children, Dr. Floyd Harding Jones, a practicing physician in Elmira, and Miss Gertrude Jones of the faculty of the high school in Little Falls, N.Y. Miss Jones will arrive in Elmira this evening.
In March, 1887, Mr. Jones was united in marriage with Miss Minta Harding, a niece of the late General William M. Gregg, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Dr. W. T. henry.
When yet a young man Mr. Jones, having lived until then at Seeley Creek, came to Elmira in 1882, and engaged in the livery business with his uncle, the late Humphrey Mosher, on East Market Street, in the location for along time since known as the Carpenter livery. Mr. Mosher retired in about two years, when Mr. Jones conducted the business successfully in the same place until he moved to Carroll Street about 25 years ago, where he built the famous stable with which his name was so long associated. About two years ago, because of warnings as to his physical condition, Mr. Jones disposed of his business and retired with an ample competency.
In all, therefore, Mr. Jones has been for nearly 35 years a prominent figure in Elmira business affairs, and in civic and social affairs as well. He was a member of Elmira Lodge of Elks, an Exempt Fireman, and one of the “Old Guard” having joined when a young man the former 30th Separate Company. In politics also he was active and conspicuous, always a Republican and taking an active part in that organization until he espoused the standard of Progressivism.
Turning for a moment to the personal side of Fred Jones there is revealed a man of sturdy character, reflected no doubt from his strenuous ancestry. A man of impulsive tendencies in defending his ides, he was yet strongly impregnated with kindly impulses. He was firm in his friendships and always a splendid citizen who stood for the better things that strengthen a community. Fond of his home, and indulgent with his family, it is there such a man must inevitably leave a large and unfillable void. Loyalty to one’s kind and loyalty to one’s friends and fatherland, combine to make a man to be remembered with tenderness and gratitude, and that is the heritage left by Fred Jones.
B.P.O. OF ELKS CALLED
The member of Elmira Lodge No. 62, B.P.O. of Elks are requested to meet at the lodge rooms, Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to attend the funeral of our late brother, Fred M. Jones.
George G. Reynolds
Charles Snyder, Secretary
MRS. SARAH JONES
The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Jones was held yesterday at the home in Seeley Creek at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Samuel E. Eastman, of the Park Church, this city, officiated. The casket was borne by four sons, Frank T., Fred M., Grant and Matthew Jones, and two grandsons, Dr. Floyd Jones and Finla Jones. Interment in the cemetery at Webbs Mills. (handwritten on article Sept. 9, 1912)
MISS JULIA SATTERLEE JONES
Miss Julia Satterlee Jones, died at the family home at Seeley Creek this morning, aged eighty-eight years. The decedent was born at Seeley Creek and was the last member of the family of the late Philo Jones, who was Member of Assembly from Chemung County, in 1850. Her grandfather, Elijah Jones, was a soldier of the War of the Revolution and was a messenger of dispatches in General Washington’s command. Miss Jones is survived by seven nephews, Frank P. Jones of Seeley Creek; Clarence M. and Raymond T. Jones of Buffalo, Fred M. Jones of Elmira, Grant Jones of Buffalo, Matthew Jones of New York City, William Jones of Port Jervis and four nieces, Mrs. William Weal of Elmira, Mrs. T. J. Garrison of Millerton, Pa., Mrs. Henry Wilson and Miss Ida Jones of Elmira. The funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Seeley Creek. The Rev. S. E. Eastman will officiate and burial will be in the Webbs Mills Cemetery. (handwritten on article Feb. 13, 1911)
MISS IDA J. JONES
Miss Ida J. Jones, 479 Roe Avenue, died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday, Apr. 5, 1936, after a two weeks illness. She was widely known in this city where for many years she was a soloist and teacher of piano and music. During the latter years she kept her love for music and was a familiar figure in musical circles. She was a member of the DAR, the Elmira College Club, the WCTU, and was a devoted member of the First Baptist church. She was a former student of Elmira College. Her parents, Simeon Raymond Jones and Jane were among the earliest settlers in Chemung County. Miss Jones is survived by one brother, Raymond T. Jones of Buffalo and several nieces and nephews. The body is in the Harrington Funeral Home. It will be taken to the home on Roe Avenue Tuesday morning where the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Rolland N. Dutton officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Webb Mills.
Matthew C. Jones, youngest brother of the late Fred M. Jones of Elmira, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 16, 1937, at the family home in Brooklyn. Mr. Jones, son of Finla M. Jones and namesake of his grandfather Matthew Carpenter Jones, was born at Seeley Creek. He attended Elmira schools and gained a wide acquaintance in this section before moving to Brooklyn. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sally N. Jones; a son, Matthew, Jr. and a daughter, Mrs. Frances J. Redmond; and several nephews including Dr. Floyd H. Jones of Elmira. Funeral service Monday at the home of his daughter in Brooklyn.
Mrs. Minnie Brewer Jones, formerly of Hoffman St., died at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 1938, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Spencer Gordon in Washington D. C. She was the widow of Charles Jones of Seeley Creek. She leaves the daughter, Mrs. Gordon; a son, Finla Jones of Baltimore and a grandson. The body is in the Holly funeral home, Elmira, where the funeral will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. A. G. Cornwell will officiate. Burial will be in Webb Mills Cemetery.
Grant H. Jones, 89, formerly of Elmira and Buffalo, Wednesday, Mar. 18, 1953, at his home, 122 Border St., Cohasset, Mass. A native of Seeley Creek, he was the son of the late Finla and Sarah Carpenter Jones. Mr. Jones was associated with the Shawmut Coal co. of Buffalo for many years, and retired several years ago as its vice president. He was a former member of the Park Club of Buffalo. Survived by wife, Mrs. Bessie Wells Jones, son, Arthur W. Jones of Philadelphia, Pa.; daughter, Mrs. Kendall D. Doble of Cohasset, Mass; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren. The body is at the Sparrell Funeral Home, 1 Summer St., Cohasset, where funeral will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Roscoe E. Trueblood of the First Parish Unitarian Church of Cohasset will officiate.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1932
DR. WILLIAMS T. JONES
Dr. William T. Jones, 64, late of 211 Main Street, Horseheads, died this morning at 2 o’clock after a brief illness. He was a native of Trumansburg and formerly practiced medicine in Alpine before he located in Horseheads in 1910. Dr. Jones is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Lewis Whittaker of Horseheads; a son, Minor F. Jones of Horseheads; 5 grandchildren; a brother, Minor S. Jones of Knapp, Wis. Dr. Jones was a member of Horseheads Lodge, F&AM, Corning Consistory, Scottish Rite Masons; Cashmere Grotto; Chemung County Medical Society and was a member of the staff of the Arnot-Ogden Hospital. The body resposes in the Mathews & Van Buskirk Funeral Home, Horseheads. Funeral notice later. Kindly omit flowers.
DR. JOHN N. JONES
Dr. John N. Jones died at the family home at Erin yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock, aged thirty-eight years. He was a practicing physician of considerable ability and served two terms as a county coroner. The decedent was a member of Southern Light Lodge, No. 726, of Breesport F&AM, and the Medical Society. He is survived by his widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira b. Jones of Erin; five sisters, Mrs. Z. B. Smith, Mrs. Otto Rick and Mrs. Garrett Hollenbeck, all of Elmira, and Mrs. A. J. Wood of Towanda, Pa., and Mrs. Wilmot Smith of Breesport. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the home of his parents in Erin. Burial will be made in Scotchtown Cemetery at Erin. (handwritten on article Sept. 5, 1911)
IRA R. JONES
Ira R. Jones died at the family home in Erin Saturday at 10:30 p.m. aged seventy-five years. He is survived by his widow; five daughters, Mrs. Wilmot smith of Breesport, Mrs. Zopher smith, Mrs. Otto Rick, Mrs. Albert Wood, Mrs. Garrett Hollenbeck of Elmira. The decedent was a member of Southern Light Lodge, No. 725, F & AM of Breesport. The funeral will be held at the home, Wednesday, at 1 o’clock. The F&AM Lodge will have charge. Burial will be in the Scotchtown Cemetery at Erin. (handwritten on article April 25, 1914)
Oscar Jones of Breesport died Friday morning, Feb. 14, 1936, after an extended illness. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Maude Wickham of Upper Lake road and Mrs. Addie M. MacDowall of Elmira; a son, Charles Jones of Elmira Heights; six grandchildren. the body is in the Mathews & Van Buskirk funeral home, where funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial in Scotchtown Cemetery.
Ernest Dell Jansen, 71, 312 Steuben St., Horseheads, Friday, Apr. 5,
1946. Survived by wife, Clara; son Marion; five grandchildren, all of Horseheads;
sisters, Mrs. William Thilp of Reading Center, N.Y., Mrs. Winifred Keefer
of Horseheads; several nephews and one niece. The body is at the Gustin
Funeral Home, Horseheads, where the funeral will be held Monday at 2:30
p.m. Hilltop Cemetery, Breesport.
MONDAY, JULY 26, 1909
MRS. NELSON JENKINS
Word was received this morning of the death of Mrs. Nelson Jenkins of El Paso, Texas, which occurred last night. She is survived by her husband and one son, Charles, her mother, Mrs. Della Spencer of Buffalo and six sisters and one brother. Mr. Jenkins is a son of Thomas Jenkins of Hudson Street. They were formerly residents of this city.
Nelson Jenkins, a former resident of Elmira and an employee of the Northern Central Railroad Company, died yesterday morning at El Paso, Texas, aged forty-six years. He is survived by his son, Charles of El Paso, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Logue and Mrs. Clara Meeker of Elmira; also three brothers, Lyman of Centrolia, Washington; John and Jesse of Elmira. Mr. Jenkins has been away from Elmira since 1896. The funeral and burial will be held Monday in Buffalo. (handwritten on article April 1, 1914)
MRS. THOMAS JENKINS
Susan E. Jenkins died Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the family home, 107 ½ West Hudson Street, aged sixty-nine years. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Jenkins, two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Logue and Mrs. Clara Meeker, of Elmira; three sons, Lyman F. Jenkins of Centralia, Wash; John T. and Jesse H. Jenkins of Elmira. The funeral will be held at the home Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Rev. A. L. Hobart will officiate. Burial in the Webb Mills Cemetery. (handwritten on article March 28, 1915)
Thomas Jenkins died Tuesday at 2:45 o’clock a.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. N. Logue 637 Pennsylvania Avenue, aged eighty-two years.
Mr. Jenkins is survived by two daughters, Mrs. F. N. Logue and Mrs. Clara Meeker of Elmira; three sons, Lymon F., John T., and Jess H. of Elmira; a brother Robert Jenkins in California; two sisters, Mrs. Morris Knapp of Elmira, Mrs. Edward Bump of Caton. (handwritten on article Feb. 16, 1926)
MRS. MARK JUDSON
Mrs. Mark Judson died at the family home, 415 West Sixth Street, last night at 9 o’clock, aged thirty-three years. The decedent was well-known to many Elmirans and was highly respected. She is survived by her husband, Mark Judson; a brother William Gosper; a sister, Mrs. Fay Morrell of Pine City; her parent Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gosper of Pine City. The funeral will be held at the home Sunday at 2 p.m., the Rev. A. P. Coman of the Oakwood Avenue Methodist Church at Elmira Heights will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. (handwritten on article Feb. 9, 1922)
Maynard, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Judson of 267 W. Clinton Street, died December 24th, aged five months. (handwritten on article 1918)
MAR. 26, 1951
JESSE JAMES’ SON DIES
Los Angeles—Jesse James, Jr., retired Kansas city attorney and a son of the Missouri bandit, died yesterday of a heart ailment.
EDWARD W. JORALEMON
Edward W. Joralemon, 73, a resident of Pine City about 25 years died unexpectedly of a heart seizure at the family home this morning at 7 o’clock. He was a member and deacon of the Pine City Baptist Church; the Seeley Creek Grange and a director in the Chemung County Farm Bureau. Mr. Joralemon is survived by his widow; a son, George Earl of Pine City; three grandchildren, Virginia, Betty and Robert Joralemon; a sister, Mrs. S. F. Budd of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; a brother Hosea W. Joralemon of Snediker, Pa.
The funeral will be held at the family home Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., the Rev. G. G. Burroughs will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira (handwritten on article June 11, 1928)
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1932
MRS. ELLA M. JEROLOMEN
Mrs. Ella M. Jerolomen, 74, died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the family home at Pine City after a brief illness. She had resided in Pine City since 1902 and was a member of the Pine City Baptist church and the Seeley Creek Grange. Mrs. Jerolomen is survived by a son, George Earl, a granddaughter, Vivian Jerolomen; a grandson, Robert Jerolomen, all of Pine City. The funeral will be held at the family home Saturday at 2 p.m. The Rev. George E. Burroughs will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
EDWARD E. JEROLEMON
Edward E., the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Jerolomen, died Monday at 4 p.m. at the family home in Webbs Mills, N.Y., aged two months. The funeral will be held Thursday, at 1 o’clock at the home. The Rev. Charles Henry, of Pine City, will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. (handwritten on article Feb. 21, 1916)
MRS. MARY E. JEWELL
Mrs. Mary E. Jewell died this morning at 6:20 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. C. Kidd, 1872 Davis Street, aged eighty-two years. She is survived by three sons, Wilson E. Gage, Edward C. Jewell and Garvin A. Jewell; two daughters, Mrs. Laura Sedinger, Mrs. L. C. Kidd, eleven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Estel S. Everett of this city. The parents of the decedent were among the first settlers of Jackson Township and the family is well known. The decedent was a motherly woman whose friendship was sought and cherished by many friends, who held her in high respect. The funeral will be announced later. (handwritten on article March 23, 1922)
MRS. GEORGE JUDSON
Mrs. George Judson died Sunday at the home of her niece, Mrs. John McClure at Snedekerville, Pa., aged seventy-six years. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Joseph Vicker of Elmira; three nieces and two nephews. The funeral was held Tuesday at the home and later at the church at Mosherville. Burial was in the Mosherville Cemetery. (handwritten on article Nov. 13, 1921)
GEORGE W. HODGE, JR.
George W. Hodge, Jr., 38, late of 210 Second Street, Horseheads, late Sunday afternoon the body was removed from the Gustin Funeral Home to the family home where the funeral will be held today at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. C. W. Newman officiating. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.
George W. Hodge, Sr., 77 of 1000 South Ave., Horseheads, Sunday Sept. 14, 1947. Survived by wife, Mrs. Eliza R. Hodge; daughters, Mrs. Lillian Williamson and Mrs. Amanda Granger, both of Horseheads; sons, John E. of Montour Falls, Raymond L. and Charles A., both of Wooster, Ohio and Ralph L. of Los Angeles, Calif; sisters, Mrs. Mable Payne of Elmira and Mrs. Elsie Ostrander of Glen Burnie, Md.; brother, John Hodge; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nephews. The body is at the Barber funeral home, Horseheads, where funeral will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m. Rev. Earl Robertson, Maple Grove Cemetery.
Frank Curtis Hicks, 76, of Kenmore, N.Y., a former resident of Chemung County, died May 14, 1948 at the Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo. Mr. Hicks was born at Hicks, where his ancestors settled at the close of the Revolutionary War. He was a principal of elementary schools in Chemung and Rockland Counties for a period of 35 years, retiring in 1929. Mr. Hicks and his wife went to Kenmore in 1935 to make their home with their daughter, who is a teacher in the Buffalo public schools. He was a member of the Kenmore Methodist Church and a past master of Chemung Valley Lodge, 350, F&AM. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Cornelia Buley Hicks, a daughter, Miss Lillian J. Hicks, both of Kenmore, and a sister, Miss Grace W. Hicks of Washington. Funeral services were held May 16 at the Buffalo Cremation Chapel. Dr. C. C. Plumb of the Kenmore Methodist Church officiated. Masonic services were held at the Bury Funeral Home by the members of Master Builder Lodge of Kenmore.
Pine City—Mrs. Gertrude E. Stringer Huff, wife of Dr. Frank W. Huff, died at her home in Redondo Beach, Calif., Feb. 22, 1943, after an illness of eight months. She was born in Wellsburg, Mar. 1, 184 where later as a talented musician she married Dr. Huff when he settled there to practice medicine. When he entered the ministry and took the Pine City Baptist church for his first charge, she aided him greatly in his work. They later moved to California where they had resided for 25 years. She is survived by her husband and daughter, Mrs. Beda Adele Huff Morrow of San Diego, Calif.
Mrs. Emma Whalen Howard, 59, of Erin, widow of John Howard, died at 4:45 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 5, 1942 after an extended illness. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Clara Mae Carson of Erin; two sons, Lester of Erin and Elmer at home; a sister, Mrs. Mae W. Howard of Horseheads and several grandchildren. The body is at the Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads, and late Friday afternoon will be taken to the family home where the funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. the Rev. James Gordon officiating. Burial in Scotchtown Cemetery, Erin.
Samuel K. Hudson, 71, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 1942, at his home in Seeley Creek. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Harriet S. Hudson, two sons, George K. and Donald S.; three grandchildren, Stewart George Hudson, Janis Anita Hudson and Alan Kemp Hudson, all of Seeley Creek. The body was removed to the Wilson Funeral Home and late Tuesday afternoon will be taken to the family home, where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. O. H. Travis will officiate. Burial will be in Webb Mills.
John L. Horton, 45, 3101 Lake St., Horseheads, Tuesday, Mar. 11, 1947. Survived by wife, daughters, Mrs. Lois Wargelan of Ithaca, Janet at home; son Glenn, at home; sister, Mrs. Gladys Munson of Horseheads; brother Charles F. of Ithaca. The body is at family home where funeral will be held Friday, 2:30 p.m., Rev. Robert E. McNeill. Woodlawn Cemetery.
Charles Hulbert, 77, of Cayuta, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 21, 1943, at 11:30 p.m. Survived by wife, Grace; daughters, Mrs. Vera Forsythe and Miss Avis Hulbert both of Horseheads; sisters, Mrs. Lina Bennett of Cortland and Mrs. William Marshall of Ithaca; brothers, Frank and George of Ithaca, and Legrand of Massachusetts. The body was at the Ballard Funeral Home, Elmira Heights, and Tuesday was taken to family home, where funeral will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m. Rev. Leo Kinney. Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.
DECEMBER 14, 1939
Mrs. Emma F. Hamilton of 106 Sayre St., Horseheads. The body is in the home of Mrs. Thomas J. Wintermute, Jr., where a prayer service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. and the funeral at 2:30 at the Horseheads Methodist church. The Rev. Frederick Maunders, assisted by the Rev. Herbert Gordon will officiate. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1923
GEORGE S. HALL
George S. Hall, died early today at his home in the town of Erin, aged seventy-six years. He is survived by widow; one son, Judd Hall of Erin; one daughter, Mrs. Edwin Staple of this city; three grandchildren, Orris and Seymour Staples of Elmira and Gerald Hall of Erin. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Methodist church in Erin. Burial in Scotchtown Cemetery.
Mrs. Lydia J. Hall, 88, died Friday, Oct. 27, 1939, at 5:15 a.m. at Erin, N.Y. She was a lifelong resident of Erin. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Laura Moulder; a step-daughter Mrs. Edward Staples; a step-son Jed Hall; a niece, Mrs. Albert Thomas all of Erin. The body is in the Ballard Funeral Home, Elmira Heights and will be removed to the family home Saturday afternoon. Prayer services Monday at 1 p.m. at the home, and at 2 at the Methodist Church. Burial in Scotchtown Cemetery.
Clausen E. Hargrave, 39, 820 S. Main St., Horseheads, Monday, Aug. 16, 1948. Survived by parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Hargrave of Horseheads; sister, Mrs. Ronald Nichols of California. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery. Rev. Earl Robertson. Funeral announcement later.
BURNS CAUSE DEATH OF AGED WOMAN
Mrs. Nettie G. Ham, 80, of Pine City, died of suffocation and burns Saturday afternoon after falling against a stove following a seizure.
The accident occurred at the home of Mrs. Ham’s daughter, Mrs. Ruth Burroughs, with whom the elderly woman lived.
Mrs. Burroughs said she had left her mother to run an errand and returned in a matter of minutes to find her mother lying a few feet from a gas range with her clothing smoldering. A kitchen chair was also burning.
Dr. J. J. McConnell was called to the scene of the accident and reported that Mrs. Ham had obviously died from a combination of third degree burns and stroke.
He said that Mrs. Ham has been subjected to dizzy spells for some time.
Dr. McConnell said that Mrs. Ham should have been able to cry out if burns had been the only cause of death. A neighbor who was working in her kitchen 30 feet away at the time of the fire, said she heard no call for help.
Coroner M. E. Pittman said she died of suffocation and burns.
Mrs. Ham was a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers’ College and a life long resident of Pine City. She retired in 1934 after 25 years of teaching in the Pine City and vicinity schools.
Mrs. Ham was the oldest living member of the Pine city Baptist church. She was serving as church clerk, at her death and was an honorary secretary of the Gleaners’ Class, a position which she held for many years. She also was Sunday School secretary. She was the widow of John C. Ham.
Mrs. Nettie G. Ham, 80, of Pine City, Saturday, Mar. 4, 1950. She was a lifelong resident of Pine city and taught there for 25 years. She was the oldest member of the Pine City Baptist Church. Survived by son, Gordon Ham, Pine City; daughters, Mrs. Bernice Ayer, Norwich; Mrs. Ruth Burroughs, Pine City; five grandchildren. The body is at the family home, where prayer service will be held Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Funeral at 2 p.m. at the Pine City Baptist church. The Rev. L. A. Blackmer, Woodlawn Cemetery.
JOHN C. HAM
John C. Ham died this morning at 12:30 o’clock at the family home in Pine City, aged fifty-four years. He is survived by his widow, a son, Gordon; two daughters, Bernice M. and Ruth E.; a sister, Mrs. Willis Lightizer of Christian Hollow. The funeral will be held at the family home at Pine City Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Mr. Burrows will officiate.
(handwritten on article Jan. 28, 1922)
HOMER JOHNSON ENDS HIS LIFE
Former Elmiran Engages a Binghamton and Commits Suicide—Had Been Worried by Business Reversals.
The remains of Homer Johnson, who died in Binghamton Friday, were brought to Elmira yesterday afternoon at 4:20 p.m. and removed to Woodlawn Cemetery, where the burial service was conducted at 5 p.m. by members of Queen City Lodge, I.O.O.F., assisted by the Rev. A. J. Saxe of the First Methodist Church. The decedent was a former resident of Elmira and was born at Wells, Pa. He came to Elmira at the age of twenty years and followed the business of a bridge builder. His health failed about a year ago and Mr. Johnsons moved to Miami, Fla., where he opened a restaurant. He sold out his business in April and returned to Binghamton, where he engaged in the restaurant business, which did not prove successful. Mr. Johnson came to Elmira about two weeks ago and visited his brothers, Burt Johnson of 406 Walnut Street and Charles Johnson of 301 South Broadway. He returned to Binghamton, but his business showed no sign of improvement. Last Friday the unfortunate man entered the Hotel McDonald in that city and registered his name and address as Miami, Fla. He paid for two days lodging and was assigned to his room. The employees found the room locked Saturday and on Sunday an investigation revealed the lifeless remains in the room. The case was pronounced one of suicide, a letter written by the decedent to his wife, being found in the room. Despondency caused by ill health and business reverses is assigned as the direct cause of the rash act. The remains were identified by Mrs. Johnson and taken in charge by a Binghamton undertaker. (handwritten on article May 26, 1911)
DOCTORS STUDY FRIGHT DEATH OF YOUNG GIRL
Sudden Fear Plus Presence of Persistent Thymus Gland, Believed to Have Led to Death of Child—Will Not Hold An Autopsy.
The strange death of Betty Jane Joralemon, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Earl Joralemon of Pine City, has aroused the interest of physicians and laymen of the vicinity.
The girl, perfectly healthy outside of a persistent thymus gland, is believed to have died from sudden fear caused by a man who walked past a neighbor’s house where she was visiting.
Betty Jane was with a friend, Helen Wilson, at the home of Ray Wilson about 4 p.m., Monday. She was seated in a chair, reading a book. Her little friend looked out of the window, then turning to Betty Jane, said, “Here comes that man.”
The child saw him, jumped from her chair and ran into a bedroom. Hardly pausing, she ran back and fell, fainting in the chair.
Dr. Leon Hamilton was called but was unable to revive the girl.
HAD FEARED MAN
Her parents said today Betty Jane had exhibited fear of the same man on previous occasions, as had her friend, Helen Wilson. They stated she had also feared gypsies and drunken men. The man who walked past the house was not intoxicated, however, they said.
Although Dr. Hamilton is not positive as to cause of her death, he said today it may have been a combination of the persistent thymus gland and sudden fright. This gland usually disappears in a child at the ages of four or five years, he said.
Death from a persistent thymus may result from various causes, but very rarely from fear, according to Dr. Hamilton.
County Coroner Charles S. Dale, when informed of the case by Dr. Hamilton, said an autopsy would not be necessary.
William L. Jessup, 74, died at his home, 201 Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1940. He leaves his wife, three sons, Lloyd, Newport News, Va.; Robert L., Muncy, N.Y. and James L. at home; three daughters, Mrs. Cecile M. Terwilliger, Elmira; Mrs. Luella Kelly, Bath, and Mrs. Jennie E. Barden, Horseheads; three sisters, Mrs. Henry Jennings, Miss Jennie E. Jessup, Elmira and Mrs. Maude Kimble, Town of Veteran; a brother DeForest Jessup, Big Flats, and several grandchildren. The body was taken to the VanBuskirk funeral home, Horseheads. Funeral services will be held at the Horseheads Baptist Church, Tuesday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Hildreth Wilcox officiating. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.
Hiram F. Jones, of 823 Walnut St., died Thursday, May 18, 1939, in St. Petersburg, Fla. He leaves his wife Mrs. Lena Jones, and a brother Charles E. Jones of Elmira. He was superintendent of the Elmira Filter Plant. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Union Lodge, F&AM and the Corning Consistory, Scottish Rite Masons. The body will arrive in Elmira Saturday at 5 p.m. and will be taken to the Wilson Funeral Home. Sunday the body will be removed to the family home. Funeral Tuesday, 2 p.m., Rev. J. S. Bellville of the Disciples Church, Woodlawn Cemetery.
Charles Jayne, 70, of VanEtten, Friday, Apr. 2, 1943 at home of brother, Amasa Jayne. Survived by brother, sister, Mrs. Fred Boyce,Cayuta. Body was taken to Arnold Funeral Home, VanEtten, and will be removed to Cayuta Church Monday where funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Rev. Earl H. Robertson, Cayuta Cemetery, Cayuta.
John T. Jenkins, 72, of 660 Cedar St., Saturday, Jan. 10, 1948. Survived by son Harold; sister, Mrs. Clara Meeker; brother Jeffe, a grandson, Weston H. Jenkins; several nieces and nephews, all of Elmira. Body is at the Hagerman Funeral Home where funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Wilbur F. Clark. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Dorothy Janowski, 63, 102 E. 9th St., Elmira Heights, Sunday, May 5, 1946. Survived by husband, Stanley Janowski; four daughters, sons, Edward of Elmira, Joseph Janowski of U. S. Army. The body is at the Oakwood Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Dorothy Janowski of 102 E. Ninth St., Elmira Heights, Wednesday 8 a.m. at home, 9 at St. Charles’ Church, Elmira Heights. Rev. William Cannan. SS Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.
Jesse H. Jenkins, 71, of 756 Valentine St., late Tuesday night, May 23, 1950. He was a cabinet maker in Elmira for 35 years and a member of Union Lodge F&AM. Survived by wife, Mrs. Effie Ferguson Jenkins; nieces, Mrs. Susan Liddy, Mrs. Jennie M. Searles, both of Elmira; nephews, Harold Jenkins, Harry, Frank and Fire Capt. Charles T. Meeker, all of Elmira, Percy R. Logue of Fort Wayne, Ind. The body is at the Hagerman Funeral Home, where friends may call after 4 p.m. today and where funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. J. T. M. Wilson. Woodlawn Cemetery.
C. H. KINLEY’S PASSING LOSS TO COMMUNITY
Horseheads Man, Identified with Business Fraternal and Civic Affairs—Martin Pens Tribute
By Roy D. Martin
In the passing of Charles B. Kinley Sunday afternoon, Chemung County lost one of its leading citizens. Born in Sullivan County, N.Y., Nov. 14, 1859, he removed to this county as a boy when his father took up his residence in Breesport, and established the Breesport Tannery which for a generation was the sole industrial activity of that community.
At the age of 14 years Mr. Kinley started in his father’s tannery to acquire a thorough knowledge of that business. Early in life, he with his brothers were admitted to partnership in the firm which until 1912 carried on the business under the firm name of Adam Kinley & Sons.
In the height of its activity, the firm operated tanneries in Breesport and Olean, and maintained a wholesale leather depot in the city of Boston, at that time the center of the leather trade, thus affording them an outlet for their products. The firm was successful from its inception and Charles Kinley, maintaining his residence in Breesport, was guiding spirit of the industry and took the lead in all community matters in that then thriving village.
In 1912, Mr. Kinley’s interests in other enterprises was so great that he decided to dispose of his interest in the leather and tannery business and devote his time to his other activities. He had large interest in the lead mining industry near Joplin, Mo., and, realizing the future of the oil industry under the increasing impetus of the use of the automobile, he organized the Kinley Oil Co., producers of Pennsylvania crude oil, centering its major activities in the Olean-Bradford field. From that time until his death he gave the major part of his time and business acumen to the furtherance of the activities of this highly successful firm.
Interest in Community
Shortly after Charles Kinley disposed of his tannery interest, he purchased and remodeled a fine old residence on the corner of Adams and Main Streets in the village of Horseheads where he had maintained his residence until death. Always interested in anything for the betterment of the community in which he lived, he always gave liberally of his time and means to any community enterprise in the communities in which he has lived or maintained an interest.
Shortly after his removal to Horseheads, he was instrumental in the organization of the Horseheads Savings and Loan Association of that village. He was its first and until his death its only president. The association under his able guidance was conceived in the spirit of a community enterprise and as such has carried on its work. His wise counsel was one of the great assets in the successful work of this institution and will leave a marked impress upon its future activities.
Long Rotarian, Mason
For a number of years Mr. Kinley was an active member of the Elmira Rotary Club, only severing his connection when his business activities made impossible his active participation in its work. Early in life he joined the Masonic fraternity in his home lodge at Breesport and retained that membership until death. He never aspired to public office preferring rather to back any worthwhile enterprise in the community, hence the only public office he ever held was that of postmaster in the village of Breesport.
In 1882 Mr. Kinley was married to Miss Alice J. Harding, a native of Breesport. To them five children were born, four of whom survived; two sons, H. Ward and Otis and two daughters. Vera and Leah. (handwritten on article Sept 16 1934)
MERCHANT ENDS LIFE; BELIEVED DESPONDENT
Believed despondent because of ill health, Hiram C. Kline, Pine City storekeeper, took his own life Friday afternoon with a rifle bullet, fired into mouth.
Mrs. Kline was away at the time. The body was found on the bathroom floor by Fred Gilbert and Richard Longwell, neighbors. Besides the widow, he is survived by one son George; a brother, Dr. Harold Kline of Syracuse and two sisters, Blanche and Grace of Syracuse. (handwritten on article Mar 16 1934)
Conrad Keigler, 88, died Tuesday at 10 p.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. C. Collier, Pine City. He is survived by three sons, John and Conrad of Elmira and Jacob of Detroit; five daughters, Miss Grace Keigler, Elkland, Pa.; Mrs. C. C. Collier, Pine City; Mrs. E. D. Collier; Mrs. L. V. Eggleston, Elkland, Pa. and Mrs. S. S. Robinson, Elmira Heights; 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral announcements later.(handwritten on article Feb. 13, 1934)
Fred Kirk died at the home of Mrs. George Barto, 537 Baty Street at 11 o’clock Tuesday night. There are no survivors. The body is in the Wilson Funeral Home. Funeral announcement later.(handwritten on article July 10, 1934)
SHELDON Z. KNAPP
The funeral of Sheldon Z. Knapp, was held today at 3 o’clock at the family home at Pine City. The Rev. C. E. Ferguson of the Pennsylvania Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church officiated and burial was in the Pine City Cemetery. (handwritten on article May 28, 1912)
HENRY B. KNAPP
Henry B. Knapp died at 3 a.m. today at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Knapp, near Wells and Mosherville, Pa., aged thirty-four years. He had been ill about six months. The decedent is survived by his parents, a brother, William S. of the town of Southport, a sister, Mrs. J. W. Wright of the town of Wells, Pa. The funeral will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the family home, the Rev. Mr. Howard of the Pennsylvania Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church at Southport Corners to officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. (handwritten on article Oct. 25, 1915)
MRS. ROSE A. KOWALL
Mrs. Rose A. Kowall died last night at 8:30 o’clock at the home of her brother, John Curren at Wells, Pa. She is survived by four children; William, Marian, Hyla and Norma; her parents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith of Elmira; three sisters, Mrs. J. W. Hill of Elmira, Miss Anna Curren of York, Pa. and Miss Marie Curren of Cincinnati, O. The funeral will be held at the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith, 508 William Street, Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. N. S. Boardman of Emmanuel Episcopal Church will officiate, and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. (handwritten on article May 26, 1914)
H. Ward Kinley, 62, 606 S. Main St., Horseheads, Friday, Nov. 9, 1945. Survived by wife, Mrs. Harriette B. Kinley; sisters, Miss Leah B. Kinley of Horseheads, Mrs. Ralph L. Champion of Elmira; two nephews. The body is at the Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads.
Atty. Wilmot E. Knapp, 83, died early Sunday, July 7, 1940 at his home, 925 College Ave. Mr. Knapp, long a member of the Chemung County Bar, was a former district attorney and a former Member of Assembly from Chemung County. He was an active member of the First Methodist church and a member of Newtown Battlefield Chapter, SAR. He leaves his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Alvin Banks of Forest Hills, L. I; and two sons Charles T. of New York City and Guthrie of Washington, D. C. The body will be removed from the Davis Funeral Home to the family residence for funeral service, arrangements for which will be announced later.
Fred Knapp, 75 of the town of Horseheads, unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 14, 1943, at 8:30 a.m. The body is at the Hagerman Funeral Home. Funeral Saturday, 10 a.m. Rev. L. Ernest Otter. Burial in Pine City.
Otis W. Kinley, 50, prominent Breesport business man, died Sunday night, Mar. 24, 1940 in an Elmira hospital after an extended illness. Mr. Kinley leaves his wife, Elizabeth Smith Kinley; a son, Charles H. Kinley 2nd of Breesport; two sisters, Miss Vera E. Kinley of Elmira and Miss Leah B. Kinley of Horseheads, and a brother, H. Ward Kinley of Horseheads. The body is in the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Harry E. Malick of the Horseheads Presbyterian Church and the Rev. A. H. Ganoung of Athens, a former pastor of the Breesport Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the family plot in Hilltop Cemetery, Breesport.
Mrs. Anna Kocourek, of Sullivanville, widow of Joseph Kocourek, Sunday, July 11, 1948. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Albert Hullett of Sullivanville, Mrs. William A. Vaughn, Mrs. Joseph Verbanic, both of Horseheads, Miss Frances Kocourek at home, Mrs. Harvey Mishoe of Horseheads, Miss Rose Kocourek of Rochester; sons, Frank Kocourek of Horseheads, Charles and Joseph Kocourek both at home, John Kocourek of Elmira; sisters, Mrs. James Axler of Horseheads, Mrs. Lepold Navrapel of South Dakota, Mrs. Joseph Cermack of Chicago, Ill; brothers, Frank and Wensel Martinek, both of South Dakota; Paul Martin of Glenwood, Minn; 23 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren. The body is at the Shields Funeral Home, Horseheads. Funeral announcement later.
ATTY. LEVY DEAD AT 73; CIVIC LEADER 50 YEARS ALSO PROMINENT ZIONIST.
A heart attack was fatal Sunday night about 10 to Atty. Benjamin F. Levy of 454 W. Water St., prominent civic leader for more than 50 years. He was 73.
Death came unexpectedly although he had been in failing health for several months.
Mr. Levy, who was prominently identified with Zionism and other Jewish movements, had visited his office almost daily, however, even in recent weeks.
It was fitting that Atty. Levy was honored just two months ago at a public dinner at the Mark Twain Hotel for his work in pioneering American Zionism. Clergymen, prominent city and Zionist officials, colleagues in the legal profession, neighbors and other friends, joined them in the tribute to Mr. Levy as a citizen and a Zionist.
One of the nation’s leading Jewish laymen, Mr. Levy took part in the founding of the World Jewish Congress and the Zionist movement. In later years he was interested in the expanding program of B’nai B’rith and the crusade against anti-Semitism.
Mr. Levy’s interests outside his thriving legal practice were legion.
Besides his activity in the Zionist movement, which was rewarded only three weeks ago by the United Nations’ decision to partition Palestine, Mr. Levy was president of the Chemung County Bar Association, founder of Elmira Community Chest Inc., an incorporation of Elmira (now Sullivan Trail) Council, Boy Scouts of America, and one of the early proponents of the Plan C (city manager) form of government for Elmira.
Benjamin Franklin Levy was born Apr. 2, 1874, on Dewitt Ave., the son of Simon H. and Jennie Seiner Levy. His father conducted a grocery on Orchard St.
Second in a family of 12, four of whom are living, he attended No, 1 (Beecher) School and the Elmira Free Academy. For a year after graduation from high school he worked as plumber, bookkeeper and hostler for C. E. Huntington, who ran a plumbing shop on W. Water St.
He then entered Cornell University, graduating in 1895 with the degree of bachelor of law. He received his master of law degree a year later.
Admitted to the bar shortly before his graduation. In 1895, Mr. Levy began his practice in Elmira the next year with the firm of Bacon & Aldrich at 111 Lake St. As James Bacon was city judge and Franklin Aldrich was district of attorney, the burden of the firm’s business fell on young Atty. Levy.
When Mr. Bacon died in 1908, Levy left to begin a partnership with Atty. Wallace W. Seeley, which continued until Atty. Seeley’s death in 1931. From their offices in the Realty Bldg., which Mr. Levy continued to occupy while practicing alone, they once handled the major share of local bankruptcy cases and many trial actions before specializing in the handling of estates.
In Rotary which he joined a year after its founding here, he fathered an Americanization program in which new citizens received their final papers. He was president of the Americanization Association from 1918 to 1930. The brochure he prepared for the ceremonies honoring the new citizens still is used as a handbook by teachers.
A director of the Rotary Club for a number of years, he organized and presided at the Wednesday Rotary Fellowship, a luncheon discussion group.
Since youth Mr. Levy had been prominent in Jewish affairs. In 1896 he became interested in the Zionist movement and the following year participated in formation of the first Zionist District in Elmira, becoming Secretary. As president of the board of trustees of the High St. Temple, a position he held from 1900 to 1912 he attended the first Jewish Congress. While attending the fifth convention of the Federation of American Zionists in Boston in 1902, he was appointed to the board of the “Maccabean,” first Zionist journal in America to be printed in English.
After World War I the Jewish Relief Fund he headed raised $45,000 in Elmira for those left destitute in Europe. In 1925 he attended the dedication of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, and became acquainted with Lord Balfour, Dr. Chaim Weizman, Chief Rabbi Hertz of the British Empire and Lord Samuels, then high commissioner of Palestine. On his return to the United States he delivered many lectures on the Holy Land.
At a meeting this year of the Elmira Zionist District, he was elected honorary life president, Elmira Chapter, Senior Hadassah, at the October dinner in Mr. Levy’s honor presented him with a certificate for 50 trees to be planted in his name in Palestine.
He also was a director of the Jewish Welfare Board. Mr. Levy also was honorary chairman of the local Christian Palestine Committee.
As chairman of the Ross G. Marvin Memorial Fund, Mr. Levy raised funds for a memorial to the Elmira explorer, companion of Admiral Peary, following the ill-fated polar expedition in 1910.
Mr. Levy was president of the Chemung County Bar Association in 1945, held a life membership in Ivy Lodge, F&AM., was a member of other Masonic bodies including Cashmere Grotto, and was secretary of the Elmira Torch Club.
Atty. Levy’s first political venture was in 1912 as county committeeman for the Progressive Party sponsoring the election of President Theodore Roosevelt. He was delegate to the national Progressive convention in 1916 at Chicago which nominated Charles Evans Hughes in a liquidation of the Bull Moose organization.
Last year Mr. Levy, in later years a Republican, led a court fight which kept the District Plan question off the ballot. As petitioner, he was victorious when Supreme court Justice Newman ruled the petitions were illegal and higher courts upheld the verdict.
He served as Elmira’s city clerk for two weeks under Mayor William Coleman to fill the unexpired term of his brother, Isaac H. Levy, who was called from the city and now is a New York City attorney.
As chairman of the Municipal Government Association he saw the first city manager plan presented to voters in referendum in 1916. The measure was defeated but served as a model for Plan C, the form under which the city manager system was established here.
During the last war he was chairman of the Elmira Inter-Faith Group, which later became the Elmira Citizen Unity Committee. He also was a local panel member of the American Arbitration Association and the New York State Citizens’ Council for a Durable Peace.
Mr. Levy was married June 8, 1904 to Martha Bimberg of Elmira, who survives. They have two children, Mrs. Harriet J. Simon and Dr. Benjamin F. Levy, Jr., both of Syracuse.
Atty. Benjamin F. Levy, 73, of 454 W. Water St., Sunday Dec. 14, 1947. Survived by wife, Mrs. Martha Bimberg Levy; son Dr. Benjamin F. Levy Jr., Syracuse; daughter, Mrs. Bernard Simon, Syracuse; two grandchildren; brothers Ira and Dr. Albert Levy of Ambridge, Pa. and Atty. Isaac Levy of New York City; sister Mrs. M. N. Sammett of Brooklyn; several nieces and nephews. The body is at the Smith & Fudge Funeral Home.