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Tri County Clippings- Page One Hundred Thirty Three

Berniece REED Clippings, Submitted by Walter SAMSON

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.

Following clippings are submitted by Walter R. Samson, Rock Creek, OH.  His mother was Helen MacDougall Samson.

In 1909 my Grandmother Berneice Reed MacDougall made a Christmas present for her mother Sophia Emmeline (Emma) Webster Reed.  It was a booklet with fancy edges cut from card stock containing envelopes, and found with a red ribbon.  In each envelope were newspaper clipping of interest to the family, mostly centered on activities in Chemung Co., NY.



REFORMATORY’S  SCHOOL LAUDED BY FIRST LADY  (Feb. 1934)
Institution Classes Watched with Keen Interest by Mrs. Roosevelt on Informal Visit—Is Dinner Guest
The educational program being conducted at the Elmira Reformatory is of nation-wide interest, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt told a representative of The Star-Gazette Wednesday afternoon during her visit to the institution.  “Educators as well as criminologists are watching closely the work being done at the Reformatory which is entirely new in the field of prison education,? Mrs. Roosevelt declared.
The First Lady secured first hand knowledge of the work by visiting classes in session.  She heard recitations in some classes and talked with the insturctors in others.  She made the tour under the direction of Walter M. Wallack, director of the school.
Interest is Keen  -  Describing her own interest in the Reformatory program, Mrs. Roosevelt explained that she desires to keep in contact with the work being done in New York State Institutions and also has a keen interest in the advancement of education in any field.  Mrs. Roosevelt voiced her gratification of an opportunity to visit the school and see the classes at work.  She declared that the educational system installed here is being recognized as an important contribution to criminology.  Mrs. Roosevelt showed special interest in the academic curriculum.  She also received from Mr. Wallack a summary of the industrial work.
More than an hour was spent by the distinguished visitor in attending the classes.  She arrived at the institution about 4:30 p.m. and went immediately to the school building.  Some of the classes held protracted sessions so Mrs. Roosevelt could see the system in operation.
Mrs. Roosevelt emphasized that her visit to the institution was informal and had no official significance.  She also stated that her interest in the school work was personal and based chiefly on the development of educational work.  As a member of the teaching profession, Mrs. Roosevelt gave special attention to the instruction methods in use at the Reformatory.  The wife of the President was accompanied by Mrs. Heary Morganthau, Jr., and a bodyguard.  The were received at the Reformatory by Miss Jean Christian,  daughter of Superintendent and Mrs. Frank L. Christian.  Miss Christian acted as hostess in the absence of Dr. And Mrs. Christian.
Mrs. Roosevelt remained for dinner at the Christian home and left for Ithaca about 8 p.m.  Present at the dinner were mrs. Roosevelt, Mrs. Morganthau, Mrs. Arthur W. Booth, Dean Frances M. Burlingame of Elmira College, Miss Christian, Frank T. Christian and Mr. Wallack.
Patrolman Is Surprised – In Ithaca, Mrs. Roosevelt was the guest of Miss Flora Rose, director of the College of Home Economics of Cornell University.  Today Mrs. Roosevelt participated in the Farm Home Week activities.
Although Reformatory officials were notified of her intention to stop at the institution, no special preparations were made for her visit.  She traveled in her small, blue coupe, doing her own driving.  Her bodyguard occupied the rumble seat.  Patrolman Wirt Kendall was surprised on recognizing Mrs. Roosevelt when she stopped for directions at Main and Market Streets Wednesday afternoon.  The patrolman was directing traffic at the intersection when the blue coupe stopped and Mrs. Roosevelt asked for directions to the Reformatory.  Astonished by the casual manner in which the First Lady asked the question, he gave the directions without acknowledging the President’s wife by name.
It is not the first time that Mrs. Roosevelt has visited Elmira since moving from the executive mansion in Albany to the White House in Washington.  She stopped over night here several months ago and last spring passed through Elmira after spending the night at the Iron Kettle Inn, Waverly.

WOMAN’S HEROIC PLUNGE SAVES CHILD FROM DROWNING
Grove Springs, July 13—The heroic plunge of Miss Carrie Lathrop of Corning, saved the life Sunday of Miss Margaret Youngs, a seven year old Buffalo girl who had fallen from the dock.
Miss Lathrop was in bathing attire and was about to enter the water when the cry of the girl’s mother was heard.  The plucky young woman dove in, caught the drowning child and swam ashore with her.  She was congratulated warmly by the many guests at the Grove Springs Hotel and was overwhelmed with gratitude by the mother.

TRIMBLE-SHERMAN  -  MARRIAGE
A quiet wedding took place at the home of Mrs. M. A. Wagner on South Avenue last evening when Miss Mildred Trimble and Berton Sherman were united in marriage by the Rev. H.B. Reddick.
The ceremony was performed under an arch of clematis and the house was decorated with hydrangeas, ferns and roses.  The bride was prettily gowned in white and after a dainty supper with covers laid for 25 guests had been served, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman left for a trip to Washington and Philadelphia.
Miss Trimble is well known on the Southside having been an active worker in the Centinary Methodist Church and the groom is a resident of Elmira Heights, holding a position with the Empire Bridge Company.
They will be “at home” at 127 Elmwood Avenue, Elmira Heights, after October 12.

SHOEMAKER—BURRIS  -  MARRIAGE
Miss Martha Shoemaker of this city and Harry M. Burris of Horseheads, were united in marriage yesterday at 11 o’clock at the home of the bride’s father, William Shoemaker, 1051 East Water street, the Rev. D. Lew Williams officiating.  A wedding luncheon followed the ceremony, after which Mr. and Mrs. Burris left on a wedding trip.  They will reside in Horseheads where Mr. Burris is engaged in the bakcsmithing business.  (Hand written date 1909)

TABER—GOODYEAR  -  MARRIAGE
Tonight will occur the marriage of two prominent and popular young people.  (Date 1910)
This evening, at the hour of 7:30, will occur the marriage of Miss Marie Louise Taber and Charles Hiram Goodyear at the home of the bride’s parents on Mill street.  The ceremony will be performed by the Rev. R.D. Stanley, pastor of the Horseheads Methodist Episcopal church, under an arch suspended from which is a bell decorated with pink and white roses.  Preceding the ceremony Miss Georgia Weller sang, “Beloved, It is Morn”.  The Lohengrin wedding march will be rendered by Merritt E. Welsh piano, and Misses Martha Holbert and Ruth Christian, violins.  The sisle leading to the arch are formed by ribbons the holders being the “Emmons Twins”, children of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Emmons of Spencer.  Miss Edith Marie Prentice will be the ring bearer, Miss Ida Weller bridesmaid, and J. Cameron Argetsinger of Burdett, a cousin of the groom, best man.  The ring ceremony was used and the bride was given away by her father.
The color scheme at the home was pink and white, with ferns and evergreens.  After the ceremony and congratulations a wedding dinner will be served with Miss Reidy of Elmira, catering.  It is expected that 150 guests will be present.
The bride will wear a beautiful dress of sheath satin embellished with crystal trimmings and will carry a bouquet of white roses.  The bride’s traveling dress is of wisteria broadcloth with hat to match.  Miss Ida Weller, the bridesmaid, will wear a beautiful gown of Argentine silk.  After an absence of about two weeks, Mr. and Mrs. Goodyear will be at home in the Collins house on Franklin Street.
The bride is an only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Taber, and is a oung lady who is among the most popular in the village, being prominent in social and church.  For some time she was a grade teacher in the Horseheads school.
Mr. Goodyear is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Goodyear and a ??? of the firm of Myers, ??? and Goodyear, and there is a no more popular and highly esteemed young man in this locality.  With the multitude of friends the Reporter joins in extending the wish that the very best in life may come to these happy people.

FARMER LOSES EVERYTHING WHEN FLAMES DESTROY BARN  (1909)
Yesterday was a sorrowful Thanksgiving for Thompson Ross, a farmer residing on the old Edwin Tift farm, a mile and one-half east of Pine Valley on the cross road from the Valley and Ridge roads.
Ross went to his barn in the morning between 6:30 and 7 o’clock to do some chores.  He was descending the stairs from the second floor with a lantern when he slipped and fell.  The lantern was broken and the flame set fire to the barn, which burned so rapidly that it was with difficulty Ross succeeded in getting out alive.
Before the fire was extinguished it had destroyed the wooden building and its contents.  Three cows and one horse lost their lives in the blaze, which also consumed wagons, harness and a large quantity of grain.
Mr. Ross’s loss is estimated at between $1200 and 1500.  The property was covered by $350 of insurance.

THE REV. F. LEROY MC CAULEY FORMALLY ACCEPTED INTO PRESBYTERIAL MINISTRY—BEGINS WORK IN BUFFALO.
Horseheads, May 19 – The Presbyterian Church was crowded last night by friends of the Rev. F. Leroy McCauley who assembled to witness his ordination to the ministry.  The large attendance showed in a measure the esteem in which he is held by the people of this community.
Professor E. A. Parker played the organ voluntary.  The Rev. S. L. Haynes of Watkins, moderator of the Chemung Presbytery, propounded the constitutional questions and made the ordination prayer.  The Rev. Mr. Alden of Montour Falls read the Scripture lesson, and the choir sang the chorus from Stainer’s “Crucifixion”, “God So Loved the World”.
The ordination sermon was delivered by the Rev. L. Lew Williams of the lake Street Presbyterian Church, Elmira, and was listened to with marked attention throughout.  In it he showed the necessity of one’s having some high aim in life and striving to attain the prize.
The choir then sang, “And All the People Saw the Thunderings”, by Sir. John Stainer, the bass solo being rendered by Professor E. A. Parker, soprano and tenor duet by Mrs. E. A. Parker and Messrs. A. E. Genung and George Botsford, with Mrs. William Van Duzer, organist, and the Misses Martha Holbert and Helen Reynolds, violins.
The charge to Mr. McCauley was delivered by the Rev. Murray H. Gardner of Brewster, a former pastor of the church and intimate friend of the one for whom the services were held.  The remarks were characteristic of the speaker and at times created considerable amusement for the audience.  At the close of the service the benediction was pronounced by the newly ordained minister.
Tonight Mr. McCauley will be united in marriage to Miss Sarah E. Lovell of this village at the Presbyterian Church.  The Rev. Mr. Gardner will perform the ceremony.  Many of his college friends from the Auburn Theological Seminary are here to attend the function which will be brilliant.
Mr. McCauley has accepted the pastorate of an influential church in Buffalo where we will locate after the wedding journey.

MISS COE AND DR. JORDAN ARE MARRIED
The marriage of Miss Maude Coe of 300 W. Clinton St. And Dr. Fred A. Jordan of West Church Street was solemnized Friday evening at the parsonage of the First M. E. Church.  The Rev. John Richards, pastor of the church performed the ceremony, using the ring service.
Miss Lena A. Parker was the bride’s only attendant.  The bride is a highly esteemed and talented teacher in the city schools.
Dr. Jordan is a well known optometrist of Elmira.  They will make their home at 910 West Church Street.  (Hand written date 1927)

ROSS, HYATT F.  -  OBITUARY
Hyatt F. Ross, 58, a resident of Breesport, died this morning.  He is survived by his widow, a son Byron of Horseheads, and a granddaughter, Jennett Marie. Mr. Ross was a member of Southern Light Lodge, F. And A.M. of Breesport.  The funeral will be held at the family home, Saturday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. George Whiting will officiate.  Burial in the Hill?? Cemetery at Breesport, with the service by the Masonic fraternity.  (Hand written date Feb. 9, 1927)

CROOKSTON, Miss R. S.  -  OBITUARY
Dundee, Jan. 19 (1927)—The death of Miss Rena S. Crookston occurred at the home in Wayne, Friday evening.  She was 43 years of age, was born in Wayne and had always lived there.  She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Manley Crookston of Wayne; two sisters: Mrs. Clarence Day and Mrs. Harry Houck; one brother, Erwin Crookston, all of Wayne.  The funeral was held at the home of Mrs. Day today.  Burial was in Wayne Cemetery.

BANKS, MRS. JENNIE C. – OBITUARY
Mrs. Jennie Carpenter Banks, widow of Milton Banks, died at the family home, 810 S. Pine St., Horseheads, Thursday at 10:45 p.m.  Mrs. Banks is survived by two grandchildren, Stanley Banks of Brooklyn; Mrs. LeMont Breese of Elmira; three brothers, William E. Carpetner of Burdett, Charles Carpenter of Harrison Valley; Ambrose Carpenter of Horseheads.  (Hand written date  1927)

RARRICK – OWEN  - MARRIAGE  Aug. 18, 1927
Miss Nellie Rarrick of 807 Grand Central Avenue and George W. Owen of Eureka, Utah, were married Thursday at 8 p.m. at the home of the bride.  The Rev. George M. Whiting, pastor of the Methodist Church, performed the ceremony. Miss Rarrick has been a teacher in Horseheads many years.  Mr. Owen is interested in mines in the West.  After the ceremony the couple left for Niagara Falls, Thousand Islands and other points.  Upon their return they will be given a reception by Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Owen at the Owen farm. Mr. and Mrs. Owen will reside at 807 Grand Central Avenue.  They have a wide circle of friends who extend best wishes.

 HAND WRITTEN NOTE:
Horseheads, Aug. 22, Miss Irene Howard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Howard of Horseheads, and Raymond MacDougall, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. MacDougall of Millport, were united in marriage at the parsonage of the ?????????.

MAC DOUGAL – DYKES  -  MARRIAGE
Horseheads, Nov. 25, 1927 –Miss Claribel MacDougal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William MacDougall of 113 West Second Street and Edward Dykes, son of Mrs. Sarah Dykes of Horseheads, were married Wednesday afternoon in the Methodist Church here.  The Rev. George M. Whiting, pastor, performed the ceremony.  The bride was attended by Miss Vera L. Whiting of Elmira while Horace L. Matthews of Horseheads was best man.   The couple left for a trip to Washington, Philadelphia and New York.  Upon their return, they will reside in Elmira.  The bride is popular among a wide circle of friends in Elmira while Mr. Dykes is a sterotyper on The Star-Gazette.

ATTORNEY JOHN M. STODDARD WRITES OF BOYHOOD DAYS
LETTER AND VERSE OF LEO A. WILLARD BRING TO MIND FOND RECOLLECTIONS AND REVERED MEMORIES OF THE BANKS SCHOOL
Few if any letters or communications which have been published in the Reporter during the 60 years it has been published, will be read with more interest than will the letter which is printed below and which was written by Attorney John M. Stoddard.  The letter is in Attorney Stoddard’s own handwriting, probably much to the regret of the linotype operator who set it up, as Attorney Stoddard writes just about as ?? legible a hand as does ?? Court Justice George McCann.  But there is in one dictated to a stenographer and nicely written on the typewriter.  Attorney Stoddard’s heart was filled with emotions and thoughts of his early and happy boyhood days on the farm in the town of Veteran when he penned this letter.  It will appeal to every person who has attended a country school.  Here is the letter:
January 24, 1926
Editor Reporter:--
The Reporter always interests me ???published last week from ???  Willard awakened most pleasant boyhood recollections.  But somewhat to my mortification, I do not remember the name Leo A. Willard.  Neither do I understand how he could have known and remembered by middle initial.  I do recall a boy some older than myself, whose Christian name was Willard, and who a few years later exhibited to me some most excellent handwriting which had necessarily been learned at a post-graduate school, after the Banks school.  Whether or not it is the same man, he certainly shows much ability in his verses which you have published.
My father and myself acquired much of our education in the old Banks schoolhouse and my mother taught there.  I revere it as much as any place in the world.
I well remember the Fletcher boys, “Walt,” “Roe” and Grant.  The first term that they and I were all in the Banks school, Mrs. Edwin Tifft was the teacher.  She was of the type who did not spare the rod.  Her husband devoted much of his time gathering the whips.  I was about six year old and usually dressed myself with six or more thicknesses of clothes with which to withstand the flogging which was sure to come.  Once she had George Fletcher the trustee, and James Roberts (for moral support) present to assist her in whipping an older boy.
Of late years I have looked back on those times as barbarous, and have thought that school shippings are not of modern discipline.  However, this last fall I visited Eaton, in England, the best school in the world for boys from 13 to 19 years old, and there they showed me duplicates of the birch whips which Edwin Tifft used to cut and all frayed out from the whipping which had been given to a boy the day before.
In those early days, in the late seventies and early eighties, we had other teachers in the spring and fall, for then, as Mr. Willard points out, the older boys were at work in the fields, and it was thought that a stern teacher was not so much required.  There were Miss Elizabeth Stevens, Miss Theresa Bentley (?) and a Miss Bennett (?), the daughter of the Baptist clergyman at Horseheads.  They were all most excellent teachers, who were able to rule by quite different methods from those of Mrs. Tifft.  Miss Bennett was our teacher for two summers.  Although young for such a position, she was sufficiently educated and trained; but besides that she possessed such a charming personality and was so beautiful to look upon that all of us young urchins did her bidding from real love for her.  (Years later she was kind enough to invite me to her wedding to Mr. George B. Manning).
The Banks school awakens many memories in me.  (My mother used to write local notes for the Horseheads Independent entitled the “Veteran District No. 2.”)  The school plot was the southeast corner of the farm owned by William Banks, in my earliest day.  He was a good farmer, but his chief interest was to live a Godly life, and to rear his family to do likewise.  There was some kind of a feud between him and another successful farmer in the district whose name was Curtis Miles, and who resided at the four corners a half mile south.  I never knew the origin of the feud, but it existed, and was the occasion for gossip from time to time.  In those days the annual school meeting was an important event.  Either Mr. Banks or Mr. Miles would be chairman.  My best recollection is that each of them only came in alternate years.  Then they both passed on, and the next elder statesman was Ira Breese, James Roberts, ??? J. Bentley, my father and ????.  That succession—who was the oldest and who would next pass on—made a deep impression on me.
When I was in school there was a tradition that “Mr. Banks” had said that the boys in school could help themselves to all the apples that they desired from his adjoining orchard.  The tradition was sufficient authority for us; yet I recall that the older boys were always back at the fence and would shout to us to hurry and run at times when they thought it was proper for us to do so.
Since I have written so much, I may as well mention some episodes that have disturbed me all of my life.  Alongside that orchard—between it and the track of the highway—there was a high bank.  To that bank those Fletcher boys used to take Harry Fisk and myself for prize fights every noon recess.  Harry was older and bigger than I, and nobody else would stand up in front of him.  How well I remember that I dreaded those fights; yet then it seemed as though there was no way out of it.  The Fletcher boys were bosses.
It is several years since I have seen the Banks schoolhouse, but I suppose it is much the same as it was 50 years ago, and I suppose that the boys and girls are having much the same troubles and pleasures there that I experienced 50 years ago.  I recall that in one of our older “readers” there were some verses about two old men meeting at such a place, and noting their old initials on a tree and those of some sweethearts coupled with them, one of them wrote a poem which, in those days, made me weep every time I read it.  I thought how terrible it is that those boys should have become old, and thus have no more fun.  Were I to see that poem now it would not bring a tear, for now I am convinced that there is fun for every time of life.
Very respectfully yours,
JOHN M. STODDARD

JACKSON, LEWIS TRACY – Well known Elmiran who was killed Tuesday while on a hunting expedition in the Adirondack Mountains.  He died within 20 minutes after a bullet fired at a deer, passed through his body.  (There is a picture with this – Almost totally blacked out)

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