Lehigh Valley Passenger Station, Sayre PA
Tri County Clippings- Page One Hundred Forty Six
Scrapbook belongs to Mildred Sweet, now age 99, and had been created by her mother Edyth UPDYKE "Sweet"
|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.|
As for Miss Sweet's family, I spoke with her last night and the Nancy Smith and Richmond Sweet you asked about were her grandparents. Miss Sweet's parents were Dummer Lilley Sweet and Edyth Updyke. She made the spelling of Lilley and Edyth quite clear. Edyth's mother was a Wood, I can't think now what her name was. There were three children in the Sweet/Updyke family Mildred was the oldest and her sister Cecile Florence married Charles Maul and lived in Mansfield, I believe at one time she taught home economics there at the University, and housed some students. Her brother Richmond Halsey Sweet married Marion Bixby, who has since died, and second married Freda ( I can't think of her maiden name right now), he had no children, and as you can see Miss Mildred LaFranc Sweet never married. Cecile and Charles Maul had two children Nancy (Nan) who married Wesley Johnson, they had four children and now live in Leesburg,FL. Richmond never had any children so this is the end of the Sweet name in this line. She said she had a Great Aunt named Edie. Her grandmother Nancy Ella went by the name of Ella. Now she gave me this information last night, at times her memory is very sharp and at times now so sharp, it depends on the time etc.. She was talking about Halsey Updyke (her grandfather) she called him a character. She has so much information to share, we (her family and friends) have tried to get her to tell some stories to have them printed, but she won't, I told her I was going to start taping some things when I get her recalling things. The one thing she can't understand is the schools being closed on bad weather days, she said, "when I was young we got there one way or the other, it's absurd to close school because of a little snow", you'd love her. She was the director of the Children's Aid Society, and the director of the Assisantance office for over forty years here in Bradford County, taught school in Philadelphia and LeRoy. She has had a great life for sure.
In Troy Feb. 20,1871 of consumption, Mrs. Emeline L. BOWEN, wife of Brainard BOWEN, aged 45 years, 5 months, 15ds.
In South Creek, Feb. 11th, Frank A., daughter of Charles GATES, of Springfield, aged 20 years. Our young girl left the school room on Friday, feeling as well as usual, but ere the following week was closed, disease and death had done their work: and the sorrowing parents followed her mortal remains to their home, to await the funeral services. Though dead, she still lives io our memories, having endeared herself to our hearts by her virtue and amiable deportment. But while she sleeps, how blessed the thought, "she sleeps in Jesus."
Augusta COLONY, wife of John HUNT, of Troy, expired on Tuesday last at her home, aged 48 years. Death was due to paralysis. Deceased leaves a devoted husband and only daughter to mourn her demise. She was a sister to William COLONY, of this boro.
CORNELL - in Springfield, Dec. 30th, 1892, of gastric fever, William CORNELL, age 65 years.
ROCKWELL-- In Rutland, Jan. 19th, of general debility. Mrs Nancy Rockwell, widow of Laban ROCKWELL, aged 80yrs..
In the death of this prominent person, our town lost a man who for many years has been one of its most active and widely known citizens. The head of well known banking firm of POMEROY Brothers, he had business relations with men in all parts of the state, and in whatever relation he was known, he was highly and deservedly esteemed.
D. F. POMEROY was the oldest son Col. I. N. POMEROY and was born in Genoa, Cayuga Co. NY; Feb. 27th, 1816. The next year, Col. POMEROY removed with his family this place. After running a woolen mill for some years, he began keeping a public house, which soon became a favorite stopping place for travelers. Daniel was a bright, active lad, whose helpful ways often attracted the attention of persons traveling on the stage from Elmira to Williamsport, for Col. POMEROY'S house was a favorite stopping place. One of these travelers Mr. H. W. CAMP, a merchant of Owego, NY, proposed to take the boy into his service, and accordingly when about sixteen years of age, he began the first round of the ladder, as clerk and boy of all work. On his leaving home, his sole aquirement being a tolerable common school education, he received from his father a piece of advice which he acted upon through his life; and which we commend to all boys who are commuting life for themselves "Do Right!" It was the foundation of his success.
He remained in the service of Mr. CAMP about four or five years, his brother Samuel being employed in another store in the same town and his brother Horace going there about the time of his return to this town. On coming to Troy he began as a clerk for GILLETT& Cone with G. F. REDINGTON as a fellow clerk. After about a year, Mr. REDINGTON purchased interest of one of his partners, and Mr. POMEROY remained in their employ some years. Col. POMEROY then put up a store on the site of that now occupied by HERRICK & HOVEY, and Daniel formed a partnership with Mr. REDINGTON under the name of POMEROY& REDINGTON, and moved into it. After awhile S. W. POMEROY joined the firm, and HORACE POMEROY was employed as clerk. This was about 1841.
The firm of POMEROY&REDINGTON continued doing a large business until 1844, when Mr. REDINGTON withdrew, and Horace POMEROY was taken into the firm, which now assumed the name of S. W. and D. F. POMEROY & Co. They rebuilt did a very large business in dry goods and groceries till 1848, when they were burned out in the great fire of that year. They rebuilt and for ten years carried on business more extensively that ever. Again in the big fire of 1858, they were burned out, and again they rebuilt and continued business till September 1860, when they sold out to the firm of GOODRICH,NEWBERY&PECK. The firm for many years had kept large deposits in New York, and sold drafts on the New York banks. This business grew to such an extent that in 1860 they opened a banking house under the name of POMEROY Brothers. In 1868, they erected the present beautiful bank, the interior of which was consumed by fire in 1869.
There have been few men who have been more happy in their business relations that the firm of POMEROY Brothers, or more successful. As a curious illustration their confidence in each other, we informed that for many the firm never kept any books of account between themselves/
Daniel POMEROY was an unobtrusive and certain friend to the poor, never denying appeal for assistance, and his efficient kindness to those in sickness and distress was proverbial.
Mr. POMEROY was twice married; first to Jane TYLER daughter of Francis TYLER of Athens, March 17th, 1841. She died leaving one child, Mrs Fanny RICHARDSON, now living. He was again married Sept. 12th, 1868, to Brunette, daughter of Hon. Dummer Lilley, of Sylvania. He leaves her and a bright little boy to mourn the kind and loving husband and father.
The funeral took place at the Presbyterian church in this borough, on Thursday April 11th, at two O'clock p.m. the sermon by Rev. E H. CAMP. The text chosen was appropriate one, and one which Mr. POMEROY well illustrated in his life; " A good mane is better than great riches."
The funeral was attended by a large concourse of people, very many of whom came to mourn sincerely for a friend lost.
Strong, clear headed and impulsive, Mr. POMEROY was , through out his life a peacemaker, and a friend of the poor, and many a person has blessed his bounty which he gave with a generous, sympathetic hand. He was a man who always had friends and deserved them. Justice, kindness and helpfulness were strong points in his character and successful as he was in the accumulation of wealth, his highest success was in gaining the love and respect of his friends and acquaintances.
KINGSLEY-- In Austinville, April 25th, of cerebra spinal meningitis, Mrs. Laura KINGSLEY, aged 57 years. Early in life she joined the First Baptist Church of Elmira, NY. Her home was Sylvania.
WOODRUFF The sad news has reached us of the death at her home in Scranton of Mrs. C. S. Woodruff, (nee Susie BULLOCK) eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa BULLOCK, of Richmond. Mrs Woodruff had been hovering between life and death for two weeks. Her disease was puerile fever. Besides her sadly afflicted husband, her aged parents, two sisters and an ever widening circle of friends, she leaves five little children, the eldest 12 years and the youngest but six weeks old. She was one of the most devoted mothers, esteeming no sacrifice too great for her children.
BLOOD In Austinville, Sept. 26, 1890 of apoplexy Hosea BLOOD,
aged 71 years.
He was born in New Lisbon, Ostego Co., NY, and came into Columbia Twp. when about 25 years of age, following the occupation of school teaching for several years. About 43 years from he married Mess Hannah P. SLADE, who survives him. They have resided in Austinville since 1860. He has one sister living, Mrs Joseph Andrews of Elkland, and two sons, Henry BLOOD, a merchant of Roseville, and Herbert S. BLOOD, a salesman with LAMKIN Bros. & BLOOM.
Funeral services were held in the Baptist church at Austinville, Sunday, Sept. 28, conducted by Rev. H. ANDREWS, of Troy. A large attendance showed the high esteem in which the deceased was held by the community in which he resided.
SWEET Richmond A. Sweet passed from this earthly life November
18th, after a brief illness of pneumonia. the funeral was largely
attended by his friends and neighbors on November 20th at 11o'clock, Re.
Amanda DEYO officiating. Three children with the widow in their great
loss: Drummer Sweet and wife are with the widow at home. Mertie
SWEET, the daughter, who married Samuel ROCKWELL, lives near Mansfield;
Nancy is the other daughter living at home.
From these comforting words the pastor spoke: "Be still and know that I am God."
"Be still! Just now be still!"
Something thy soul hath often heard, something unknown to any song of bird;
Something unknown to wind, wave or star.
A message from the Fatherland,
That with sweet joy the homesick soul from afar shall thrill
Come thee, if thou canst but be still.
Be still! Just now be still.!
And know that I that speaketh am thy God.
I know it all, I know it and can feel the spirit's pain, but I that pain can heal.
Hush! I will speak, if thou wilt but be still.
Be still! Just now be still!
There comes a presence very mild and sweet;
White are the sandals on His noiseless feet;
It is the Comforter whom Christ hath sent
To teach thee all the words He uttered meant.
The waiting, willing spirit He doth fill;
If thou would'st heat His message.
Soul be still!"
Rev. Mr. HUFF the Baptist pastor at Austinville assisted Rev. A. DEYO in the services.
LILLEY In Alba, July 16th,1889, Mrs. Robert LILLEY, aged 73 years. She was mother of E. F. LILLEY of Troy, and Charles LILLEY of Elmira, NY.
LILLY-- On the morning of the 21st ult, there died quietly out of the ranks of earth, Comrade John R. LILLY, aged 34 years, and son of Eben LILLY, one of the widest known and most respected citizens of LeRoy township. Comrade LILLY, while a soldier in the 2nd A. H. Artillery, serving in the trenches before Petersburg, was captured sortie and became for over five months, one of the occupants of the Rebel orison pens at Salisbury. One of ten thousand who went in there sound men; of whom only about five thousand ever came out alive. Comrade LILLY was, when captured, a robust man weighing 190 pounds when exchanged and on reaching his home weighed only 90 pounds. From the diseased and shattered constitution thus produced, he never recovered, and though he lingered on, often suffering severely, that imprisonment was the cause of his death in what should have been the prime of his manhood. He was one of the most active Odd Fellows of his locality, delighting in the principles taught by the Order, and living them out in his life. Canton Lodge, No. 321abd LeRoy Lodge, No. 843, of which he was a charter member, attended the funeral in large numbers; also Ingham Post, No. 61, G A B. The services were held in the Disciple church at Alba. Rev. Mr. HEYWARDS, who with Rev, Messrs.WELLS, of Canton, and BALL, of LeRoy, united with Rev Dr. TAYLOR, of Towanda, in the services. The address was delivered by the latter gentleman, and was an eloquent and glowing tribute to the worth of the deceased, as well as and earnest appeal for the application of the lessons afforded in the occasion. The large audience, numbering probably 400, filled the church to overflowing' and was in itself the highest tribute that could be paid to our comrade's memory. He leaves a widow and two children to mourn his loss; and to learn in loneliness and sorrow what it means for "Father to have been a soldier."
YOUNG In Columbia, July 1st, 1892, Henry E. YOUNG, aged 43 years.
MOSHER In Sylvania, Monday, July 3rd 1892 Franklin P. MOSHER, aged 30 years
TINKHAM Eliza McAllister Tinkham, wife
of Clark TINKHAM, departed this life on Monday, April 29th, at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. STEVENS, of Granville. Mrs Tinkham
was born in Tioga County,PA , Dept. 19th, 1829. She was married and
came to Sylvania July 1856m where she resided for over thirty years.
She was a noble-souled, companionable woman, who attracted friends, and
by her noble nature, held them to her by hooks of steel. Always of
a genial, sunny nature, her society was a pleasure. She was a great
sufferer, for many weeks previous to her death.
The loving hands of a kind husband children, and neighbors, combined with the skill of her old friend, Dr. E. G. TRACY, he having been her trusted physician for over thirty years, could not stay the hand of the grim destroyer, for her time had come and she was ready and willing to obey the summons. She was perfectly resigned, made all her funeral arrangements, requested that the Rev. J. L. PHOENIX preach the sermon; he being of town, Rev. GORDINIER assisted by the Rev. C. BLOOM, officiated, and preached from Job 14, "If a man die shall he live again?" Only those who witnessed the last sad leave taking of her many friends can fully realize the place she held in their affections.
Her funeral was held in the Disciple church at Sylvania, and she was tenderly laid away in the cemetery there, to rest till the resurrection morn, followed by a long procession of relatives and friends who are left to mourn her loss.
CARD In Sylvania, Feb. 9th, at the hone of her father, Alden KEYES,
Allie wife of Justus CARD, of pneumonia, aged 30 years. The hand written
date of 1895.
McDOWELL In Sylvania, Jan 28th, 1893, Mrs Lauraette McDOWALL M. daughter of the late James C. McKEAN, and wife of Mark McDOWELL, aged 53 years.
THE FOLLOWINGS OBITS WERE WITH THE ABOVE ON ONE PIECE OF PAPER SO I BELIEVE THEY ARE ALSO 1893.
SMITH In Troy twp., Jan 30th of spinal meningitis, Levi SMITH, aged 76.
BULLOCK In Columbia, January 30th, 1893, Miss Sarah BULLOCK, aged 60 years. Hand written the name Almina or Almira
THOMAS In Troy, PA, Jan 30th, of appoplexy, Allen, son of W. Alonzo
THOMAS, aged 16 years.
The sudden and unexpected death of Allen THOMAS, son of Alonzo THOMAS, which occurred on Monday afternoon, came like a shock to the many who knew him or were the friends of parents who loved and trusted the pleasant promise of the hopeful youth. He was taken ill on Saturday, though ill enough to call a doctor was not thought to be in danger, until a few hours before his death, when already the shadow had fallen on his couch. Our people will remember him as a tall, manly, active lad of 16 years, of fine character, who attended our Graded School last fall, coming down usually on his bicycle. His parents have the warm sympathy of all in this their great loss.
LILLEY George A. LILLEY died at his late residence, NO. 608 (old No. 174) Hepburn street, yesterday, aged 69 years. The funeral will take place from the residence at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
SWEET Died near Austinville, PA, August 20, 1894, Mr Alanson SWEET, aged 72 years. Mr SWEET was born in Coventry, Chenago County, NY. He was wedded to Miss Milissa NICHOLS and of this union four sons were born, three of whom are still living, Richman A and Merville H., both of Austinville, and Edward of Elmira. Mr SWEET moved to Pennsylvania with his family, living some years in Charleston and Richmond townships, this county and for twenty-five years in Bradford County. He was a successful farmer and known for his honest and industrious character and his many social virtues. His home was the centre of delight and comfort to is kindred and friends. The neighbors at Roseville and Austinville, where for so many years his familiar presence was seen, speak of this home as one of deepest sympathy and mutual love and from whose heartstone radiated and honest and enduring cheer. The funeral was held at the place of death and many friends were present among them Mr. and Mrs. NICHOLS, an aunt and uncle from Williamsport, Mrs Asa BULLOCK and Mrs. H. P. VanNESS, nieces of the deceased. The sermon was given by the Rev E. E. BAILEY , of Mansfield, and the singing doe by an exceptional choir of Sykvabuam under the leadership of Charles GLADDING. The flower contribution was elaborate and beautiful and the remains covered with them were borne to the "Basket Street" burial place;ace and laid gently and tenderly away. Peace to the ashes of Alanson SWEET.
ALGER Mr. Alger passed to the spirit land Jan. 3rd 1898
at Altus, PA, in the home of his daughter Mrs Charles GLADDING,
where he had most tenderly been cared for by the family and his other daughter MISS Effie ALGER. The funeral was
held at the home and was largely attended. Rev.. E. E. BAILEY of Troy gave the morning address and was assisted by
Rev. Mr. CAMERON of Sylvania, in the opening services. Mr GLADDING'S own choir was present to render their usual
sweet and heavenly music, and a delegation of the Odd Fellows' Lodges of Austinville and Sylvania was there to extend
their sympathy and render fraternal aid. These brothers had charge of the services at the grave, under Rev. Mr.
BURRELL, Chaplain of the Sylvania Lodge. IT was a sacred time, as the form of this beloved parent and friend was laid
to rest under the beautiful burial ceremonies of the Order, and memory was busy reproducing the impressions made
by this good man's life and influence.
Mr. ALGER was born in Orwell, Bradford County,PA, March 13, 1820, and was therefore 78 years of age. He lived in his native place many years and was married to Polly HARTAHORNE Jan., 8, 1845. He also resided in Rome and moved to Towanda in 1867, remaining there until 1888. Here he became a faithful member of the Odd Fellows' Lodge. From Towanda he came with his family, wife, and two daughters to Altus, PA in Columbia Twp, where he resided until his death. The following beautiful tribute was written by one who knew him well:
He had been a great reader all his life and a powerful memory gave him
a large store of information and until his illness of the last few weeks
he was alive to all subjects of interest in the world, and his book and
paper were his companions. A very domestic man, he lived for his
family--no heart more tender and true ever beat. The most gentle
and careful nurse in illness, and the loving and affectionate husband and
gather always. No shadow of fear ever cane between him and his children,
no sacrifice for their education or comfort was to great for him to make.
He had a most thorough acquaintance with the Bible and his mind was stored
with its great truths. While he hated can't and was outspoken in
his denunciation of it, he accepted the Sermon in the Mount as his rule
of practice and Lived it honestly and morally/ There was a reserve
in his nature which made it hard for him to tell his inmost thoughts, but
in the beginning of his last illness he opened his heart to his daughter
and spoke of his belief in immortality and his strong hope of meeting with
the wife who had gone before and in language clear and beautiful revealed
the hopes and longings of his soul. His life to those who knew him
best was and is his best eulogy. For the last 6 years he had suffered
with a nervous affection which was most trying, but it was borne patiently,
without complaints, and his last years were spent quietly and peacefully
with the powers of his mind unimpaired.
WALDO Charles E. Waldo, who died at his home on Tuesday night of
last week, July 31st, was the son of Charles WALDO, a cabinet maker who
was one of the early citizens of Sylvania. He followed for a good
many years the business of his father to which he added that of carpenter
and builder and most of the nice homes in Sylvania were built by him.
Fourteen years ago he bought out the general merchandise business of J. H. PORTER and carried it on very successfully. He was the first man who succeeded in establishing a profitable mercantile business in Sylvania. Three years ago he sold it to his son and son- in law carry it on under the name of "WALDO & SOPER". For more than a generation he was the village undertaker and he went far and near in this capacity and was widely known.
He was quiet and unassuming man who never said much but a man who read a good deal and thought deeply. But while quiet and reserved he was a man of strong opinions and firm convictions. He was well posted on Public affairs but never held an office except borough ones. For the last eight years or so he was postmaster and held this office until through failing health he deemed it best to resign and his son was appointed in his stand.
For many years he was an elder in the Disciple church and one of its most useful members. But while he loved his own church he was a man of broad Christian spirit and rejoiced in the coming of Christ's Kingdom whether it came by way of his church or some other.
He loved his home, his village and his country.
He was married in 1877 to Miss Fanny PATCHEN of Covington, who survives him and of this union the following children are living: Fred, at present in the U S Cavalry; Alice, married to R.R. SOPER; William and Christine at home.
He was still in the prime of life when cruel disease fastened on him in the form of paralysis of the throat. He was ailing for the past year but was dressed and around the house till the day he died. He was in his 59th year.
He was a man held in high esteem with a host of friends and no enemies. He had a great capacity for making friends and all the children loved him.
The funeral service was held in the Disciple church on Saturday, August 4th, and the church was crowed with those who wished to show this last tribute of respect. The sermon preached by Rev. A. G. CAMERON and Rev. W.I. BURRELL of Covington, a former pastor of the Disciple church, assisted the service. The church was beautifully adorned with an abundance of floral offerings brought by loving hands. The interment was in the family lot in the Sylvania cemetery.
BULLOCK Asa A. BULLOCK of Mardin, Tioga County, PA. The funeral took place in the Grange Hall at Atlus on Wednesday of this week at 1 o'clock. Mr BULLOCK was 71 years of age and was borne and reared in Columbia township. Some years after his marriage with Lucelia SWEET he moved to Mardin where he has since resided. He became a very successful farmer and business man and was highly regarded for his unusual judgment and his integrity of character. He will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends and neighbors, in the place he lived and by a large number of friends and neighbors in Bradford County. He was a Universalist in belief and his funeral service was attended by Rev. E. E. BAILEY of Troy. His remains were laid away in the old family burial grounds where repose the ashes of his ancestors and many friends.
Joyce this is part of the obits and none of the weddings, I hope to do more this week
The Pomeroy-McKnight Wedding
A notable event socially was the
wedding at 6:30 last evening of Miss Henrietta Davison Pomeroy, the accomplished
only daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Newton Merrick Pomeroy, to Mr. Francis Herron
McKnight of New York. The ceremony was performed by the bride’s pastor,
the Rev. Edward P. Morse, in the presence of about 30, in the First Presbyterian
church which was effectively decorated with Japanese clematis and a wealth
of gladioli. Beginning at 6 o’ clock the following organ and trombone
numbers were given by Mrs. Amelia Lankin Weigester and Mr. Henry Sherman:
March, Athalia, . Mendelssohn
Valse 6 . . . . . . . . . Chopin
Gavotte, from Mignon, . . . Thomas
Trombone Solo – Largo, . . Handel
Military March . . . . . Schubert
Serenade . . . . . . . . . Nolch
Introduction to Third Act and Bridal Chorus . . . . . Wagner
With the Bridal Chorus the wedding party entered. The Nocturne from Mendelsshon’s Midsummer Night’s Dream was softly played during the ceremony, swelling to the Wedding March as they left the church. The bride entered with her sister and was given in marriage by her father. She was beautifully gowned in cream satin with court train, old family lace, and tulle veil with orange blossoms. She carried white Japanese anemonies. Her attendants were her sister, Miss Mary Davison of New York, maid of honor, Miss Theodosia de Riemer Hawley of New York, and Miss Charlotte Paine of Troy, bridesmaids; Misses Alice and Frances Davison, flower girls, in pink chiffon, carrying baskets of white cosmos, and Master Harry Davison, page. Mr. T. H. B. McKnight of Pittsburg, was best man; The ushers were Mr. J.C. Scott of Canton, Ohio; Mr. Charles Chubb and Mr. Watson Adair of Pittsburg; Mr. Williard Straight of New York; Mr. Herbert Holcombe of Philadelphia, and Mr. Samuel Hamilton of Jamestown. N.Y.
On account of the ill health of Mrs. Pomeroy the reception and wedding dinner were at the handsome home of the bride’s cousin, Mrs. George O. Holcombe, next door. Invitations were limited to relatives and three or four near friends of the Pomeroy family. White cosmos predominated in the floral decorations. The music was by Mrs. Weigester, Henry Sherman and Miss Anna Botcher. For the dinner which was served by St. Paul’s Guild, the guests were seated at three tables as follows: At the bride’s table the bridal party and Mr. And Mrs. Charles McKnight and Mrs. Harlan McKnight of Pittsburg; Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Pomeroy of Englewood; Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Davison, Miss Eliza McKnight of New York; Mrs. G.O. Holcombe, Mr. N.M. Pomeroy, Miss Lucile Churchill, of Erie; Miss Alice P. Smith, of Elmira.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jewell of Canton; Mr. C.M. Knox of Johnstown; Mrs. B.L. Truman of Owego; Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Lamkin, Mrs. M.B. Ballard, Mr. Wilson Weigester, Mrs. E.P. Morse, Mrs. B.B. Mitchell, Mrs. C.M. Knox.
Mrs. William Sallmon of New Haven; Dr. Roe of Rochester; Rev. E.P. Morse, Mr. Liston Bliss, Dr. M.B. Ballard, Mrs. S.B. Willett, Miss Jennie Long, Towanda; Rev. Chas. H. McKnight, Elmira.
Master Harry Davison and Frances and Alice Davison of New York.
Mr. McKnight, the bridegroom, is the Secretary of the group of bankers who financed the Chinese loan—J.P. Morgan & Co., Kuhn, Loeb & Co., The National City and the First National Bank of New York. He formerly lived in Pittsburg, where still resides his two brothers, one of whom is treasurer of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.
The bride received many valuable gifts—an exquisite diamond brooch from the groom, securities from her father and brother, a grand piano from Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Pomeroy, chest of household silver from the Messrs. McKnight, etc.
Mr. and Mrs. McKnight left last night for the Gloucester, Mass., where they will occupy for a time the beautiful Italian cottage of Miss Mary Davison. They will also during their honeymoon motor through New England. They will be at home after January 1st in New York at 138 East Fortieth street.
A Tribute to the Memory of Mrs. Henrietta Davison Pomeroy McKnight
Someone has said, “God plucks the fairest flowers
for his own garden.” Surely the transplanting of the fair one of
this sketch is an emphasis of that thought, so beautifully expressed.
Henrietta Davison Pomeroy was born in the Troy, Dec. 1, 1876, where her girlhood days were spent. Graduating from its high school with honors she entered Rye seminary, on the Hudson, where a like fate awaited her. She possessed a cultivated mind, a sunny disposition,, a retentive memory and musical talents and gifts far above the ordinary. She returned from school to Troy where her time was spent save that of travel, both home and abroad. She was the sunbeam in the home, and possessing fine conversational powers was the leading light in social circles, being proverbial for her ready wit and repartee. She lived her life among us “fancy free” until the 29th of last September she was united in marriage to Fancis Heron McKnight, then of Pittsburg but now of New York. She resided in New York until her death in Dr. Craigen’s hospital, hospital Sept. 7th. An incident, though personal, is worthy of mention here. A charming woman of our town, a confirmed invalid, having suffered excruciatingly with a painful disease for many years, was a special object of Mrs. McKnight’s liove and ministrations. It was but natural that this friend’s thoughts should be centred on the fair one on this her nuptial night; had just made a remark concerning the happy event, when the bell rang. The attendant going to the door was greeted by a messenger with part 9f the bridal bouquet and card bearing these words, “With the love and compliments of Mrs. McKnight.” A small act but an exceedingly gracious one, and further illustrating her beautiful character; for thus in the supreme moment of her life, like the master whom she served, she had forgotten self but had not forgotten to “give the cup of cold water in his name.” Born thus to an inheritance of culture, refinement and wealth and she became the happy wife and lived to receive the greatest honor ever bestowed on woman, the crown of motherhood, her cup seemed full to the brim of the richest draughts this world can furnish when suddenly and most unexpectedly the bright prospect was blasted “For God’s finger touched her and she slept” to waken a fairer blossom in His garden where we believe with her great capabilities she has “fitted in.” For surely He must have had a special service for her to call her “at such a time as this.” While those who are left to mourn, can not question or doubt, but only trust believing “it is well: and the seemingly strange dispensation will not be made clear until the mists have rolled away.”
Her remains were brought by special train to “Hillside” the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.M. Pomeroy, and where embedded n a wealth of flowers conspicuous for their beauty, rareness and design, they were viewed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. The funeral services were held on Friday afternoon, her former pastor, the Rev. E. P. Morse of the Presbyterian church officiating, who read the last chapter of Proverbs, with that beautiful portrayal of the ideal woman as appropriate to the occasion. He then spoke touchingly of her Christian character, of her help and inspiration during his fifteen ears of service as pastor, often going with him to the hone of the lowly to lend her sweet voice as a solace in times of sorrow and distress, but the most precious memory was that of prayer meeting where she was always ready with the testimony, the accompaniment or the song, and concluded by reading two of her favorite hymns “I am His and He is mine” and O Love that will not let me go.”
She was laid away in beautiful Glenwood where rest her ancestors, and where only on the preceding Monday, her brother, Henry P. Davison of New York, had wandered through its picturesque paths and drive-ways, and seeing possibilities of still greater beauty, had with a magnanimity characteristic of the man, endowed it with the sum of $25,000, little dreaming that within a week it would be his sad mission to return with the precious dust of an idolized sister, the first to be laid within its precincts since the munificent gift. A singular coincident and strong commentary on life and its uncertainties.
Those of her immediate family to whom her loss is irreparable are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.M. Pomeroy of Troy, and brothers Henry P. Davison and Daniel E. Pomeroy and one sister, Mary E. Davison of New York.
She passed this way but once but in passing she scattered flowers and sunshine the fragrance and effulgence of which will shine as a halo around her memory, for the name of Henrietta Davison Pomeroy will go down in Troy’s history as one of its brightest, fairest and most beautiful products of womanhood.
In reviewing this sketch, which is not a fanciful one, we are forcibly reminded of the words of the poet, and we think the lesson ever before us is that
“The boast of Heraldry, the pomp of Power And all that Beauty, all that wealth e’er gave Await alike th’
inevitable hour, The paths of glory lead but to the grave.”