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Mrs. R.C. Hall

The funeral of Mrs. R. C. Hall was held today at 1:30 p.m. in the family home at Lowman, Town of Chemung. The Rev. L. A. Guiles officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Town of Chemung.

June 1915

Mary Campbell

Read at the Service

in Memory of

Mrs. Mary Campbell,

September 24th

1915

by the

Rev. DeWit S. Hooker,

Paster of the

First Methodist - Episcopal Church,

Elmira, N.Y.

August 1918

Mrs. Arvilla Green, wife of John Decker, died at the family home at Chemung Tuesday, aged 54 years. Funeral services were held yesterday conducted by the Rev. H.M. Fease of Sayre. The deceased is survived by her husband, one son who resides at Warren's Mills, and several sisters. Born March 29, 1860. Died August 28, 1914.

June 1922

Hilda B. Horton Is Bride of William Arthur Dunning

Poplar Young People Married at Church of Christ Last Evening; Reception and Dinner Follow.

A very pretty wedding took place at the Church of Christ in West Sayre last evening when Miss Hilda B. Horton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver M. Horton of No. 214 Olive Street became the bride of William Arthur Dunning. To the strains of the Lohengrin wedding march played by Mrs. B. Stedge the party entered the church, Miss Horton on the arm of her father, preceded by little Miss Mary Anna Peterson of Syracuse as ring bearer and Miss Marion Austin, bridesmaid, met the groom and his best man, Walter Dunning at the altar, and the Rev. John Neilson, pastor of the church, performed the double ring ceremony, and pronounced them man and wife. The bride was given away by her father and just before the ceremony Rodney Stedge sang "O Promise Me." The bride was attired in a gown of white silk with veil of white maline and carried shower bouquet of white roses. The bridesmaid was dressed in pink silk and carried a bouquet of pink roses. The auditorium of the church was filled with many friends and following the ceremony all extened their congratulations and best wishes. A reception followed and a wedding dinner was served in the church parlots. Mrs. Dunning has been a life long resident of Sayre and is a musician. She has been active in all departments of the work at Church of Christ, and is teacher of one of the largest classes in the Sunday School, the members of which were present at the wedding. Mr. Dunning is the son of Mrs. Belle (Todd) Dunning of Stedman St., Sayre, and is a valued employee of the Ingersoll-Rand at Athens. After a motor trip through the East they will reside on Cherry Street, Athens. The out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. John Peterson, and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Wilkins of Syracuse, Mrs. Mary Hyatt of Binghamton, Walter Dunning of Jamestown, and Mrs. B. Horton of Ulster.

June 1926

Cecile Decker And Orrin Campbell Are Married At Meeting Of Rebekahs

Wellsburg, NY June 17, Miss Cecil Decker of Chemung and Orrin Campbell were married on Tuesday evening at a meeting of Katona Lodge of Rebekah here. There ceremony, one of the few of its sort to be performed in this vicinity, was attended by a large number. The wedding was preceded by initiation of a class. Miss Isabelle Decker of Chemung and Leo Champion attended the couple. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. L. Terrill, pastor of the Methodist Church. Officers of the lodge formed an arch of flowers, Asa Bement of this place played the wedding march. Ella German acted as flower girl.

December 1927

William W. Seymour, 68, died unexpectedly Friday morning 8 o'clock, of a heart seizure, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Samuel Sanders at Wellsburg. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Samuel Saunders and Mrs. Stephen Hillman of Wellsburg; sevens sons, Milton and Harry of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; Howard of Troy, Pa., Raymond and Samuel of Belvidere, Ill.; William of New Jersey; Leroy of Millerton, Pa.; three sisters, Mrs. Wells (Laura Seymour) Leonard of Spencer; Mrs. Byron (Julia Seymour) Leonard and Mrs. Prudence Seymour of Wellsburg; two brothers, Ardon Seymour of Wellsburg and Asa Seymour of Yakna, Washington. The funeral will be held at the Gillett, Pa., Church Monday at 2 p.m. The Mr. Kane will officate. Burial in the Gillett Cemetery.

December 9, 1927

Campbell, Henry A.

Waverly. December 12. - Henry Campbell, aged 52 years, died at his home at Chemung Center Saturday morning. He is survived by his widow; two children, Leslie and Orin; three sisters, Mrs. Albert Waters, Mrs. Effie Comfort of Elmira and Mrs. Ralph Hall of Lowman. The funeral will be held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Thomas Rooney will officiate.

November 8, 1928

Dunning - Beisheim

The marriage of Miss Dorothea Dunning E. Beisheim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Beisheim of Meigs Street and Walter T. Dunning of Arnett Boulevard, son of Mrs. E. Dunning of Sayre, PA took place thursday, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church. The Rev. F. H. Diehm performed the ceremony; assisted by the Rev. A. K. Beisheim, brother of the bride. Miss Ethel Beisheim sang "O Promise Me" and "I Love You Truly." The bride wore whie satin, in period style. Her tulle veil was caught with orange blossoms and she carried a shower bouquet of bride roses and lilies of the valley. MIss Louisa Beisheim, sister of the bride, was bridemaid and wore peach-colored georgette and carried pink roses. Arthur Dunning, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. William G. Ash and William J. Manzler were ushers. After the ceremony a wedding dinner was served to 31 guests at the home of the bride. Prenuptial events were given by Mrs. E. Fetterly, Miss M. Nuessle, Mrs. E Drews, Mrs. R. Russker, Mrs. W. Ash, Mrs. W. Manzler and MIss L. Beisheim. Mr. and Mrs. Dunning left on a tour of Western Pennsylvania, Washington, D. C. and Central Pennsylvaina. After their return, they will live at 88 Goeble Place.

July 1929

Mrs. Laura Campbell, 40; widow of Henry Campbell, late of Chemung, died Monday evening. She is survived by two sons, Orrin and Leslie of Chemung; her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Wells Leonard, Spencer; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Struble of West Danby; Mrs. Clara Doane of Spencer, Mrs. Alta Schaffer, Corning; a brother, Grant Leonard, Vestal. The funeral will be held at the family home on the Wynkoop Road Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. John Rooney will officiate. Burial in the Chemung Cemetery. Died July 29, 1929. Buried July 31, 1929.

June 1930

Mrs. Carrie Brooks Horton, wife of Oliver Horton died at the family home at 214 Olive Street, Sayre, at 10 o'clock this morning. Death was due to inflammation of the kidney and bladder. Mrs. Horton was born in South Waverly, March 17, 1870. She was married to Oliver Horton June 6, 1894. She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Hilda (Arthur) Dunning; an adopted daughter, Florence; her father; one sister, Mrs. Glenn (Emma) Mallery of Binghamton; a brother Walter Brooks, and two grandchildren Velma and June Dunning. Funeral arrangements will be annouced later. Died June 29, 1930.

November 1932

Bogart, George W, 85, died Monday at 9:30 p.m. of a heart seizure, at the family home in the Town of Chemung. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Anna (Bogart) Decker of the Town of Chemung; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren. The funeral will be held in the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Orin (Cecile Decker) Campbell on the Wynkoop Creek Road, Thursday at 2 p.m. The Rev. John Roney of Chemung will Officate. Burial in the Chemung Cemetery. Died November 14, 1932; Buried November 17.

December 1932

Mrs. Sarah Jane St. John died on Thursday morning at the family home on the lower river road in the Town of Chemung. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Liz) Worth of Elmira, and Mrs. William Arnold of the Town of Chemung, a brother, Delos Campbell of East Hill. Died December 30:Buried January 2.

December 1932

Mrs. Sarah Jane St. John died on Thursday morning at the family home on the lower river road in the Town of Chemung. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Liz) Worth of Elmira, and Mrs. William Arnold of the Town of Chemung, a brother, Delos Campbell of East Hill. Died December 30:Buried January 2.

May 1935

Civil War Vet is Summoned at Millport

Sylvester Decker, 85-years old Civil War Veteran, died at his home in Millport, Monday morning, May 6, 1935. During his first enlistment, Mr. Decker served as a private in Company I, 178th New York Infantry and his second enlistment was served with Company G, 100th New York Infantry. Mr. Decker is survived by this widow, Alice R(owe Tompkins) Decker; a son, Robert of Chemung; a brother, Robert of Morehead; nine step-daughter; one step-son; two granddaughters and three grandsons. The body has been removed to the Hibbard funeral home in Montour Falls from where it will be removed to the Baptist Church at Millport for funeral services Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial in Millport Cemetery. Members of Baldwin Post, GAR will have charge of the committal service

May 1935

Civil War Vet is Summoned at Millport

Sylvester Decker, 85-years old Civil War Veteran, died at his home in Millport, Monday morning, May 6, 1935. During his first enlistment, Mr. Decker served as a private in Company I, 178th New York Infantry and his second enlistment was served with Company G, 100th New York Infantry. Mr. Decker is survived by this widow, Alice R(owe Tompkins) Decker; a son, Robert of Chemung; a brother, Robert of Morehead; nine step-daughter; one step-son; two granddaughters and three grandsons. The body has been removed to the Hibbard funeral home in Montour Falls from where it will be removed to the Baptist Church at Millport for funeral services Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial in Millport Cemetery. Members of Baldwin Post, GAR will have charge of the committal service

March 10, 1946

Herbert VanGorder Dies; Was Valley Lifelong Resident

Herbert VanGorder, 71, of 606 Welles Avenue, Athens, died Sunday night after an extened illness. Born in Athens township, he had resided in the Valley all his life. For 10 years he was a fireman and engineer on the Lehigh Valley railroad. He also was a retired farmer. Mr. VanGorder is survived by his wife, Louisa; two daughters, Mrs. Clara Chaffee and Mrs. Wilbur (Alberta) Chandler of Athens; two sons, Kenneth of Endicott and George Of Newark Valley; 11 grandchildren: George A. VanGorder, U.S.M.R., Jane Lilley, Richard VanGorder, Mary VanGorder, Robert VanGorder of Newark Valley, Donald VanGorder of Endicott; Phyllis VanGorder of Athens, Jean Chaffee of Athens, Cox. William S. Chandler, U.S. Navy, Karl Chandler and Sharon Chandler of Athens; one great grandchild, Judy Lilley of Newark Valley. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Powers funeral home, Athens, with Rev. Thomas Swales of Norwich, N.Y., officating. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery. The body will be removed to the family home late this afternoon.

1946

Mrs. Dunning is Feted by Family

Mrs. Belle (Todd) Dunning was guest of honor at a family gathering yesterday at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dunning of Riverside Drive, Athens in celebration of her 90th birthday. A large birthday cake was served to the guests. Those present included Mr. and Mrs. Todd Dunning and family of Rochester, NY., Olive Horton, Miss Velma Dunning, nurse at the Robert Packer hospital, the host and hostess, and the guest of honor. Mrs. Dunning returned to Rochester with Mr. and Mrs. Todd Dunning with whom she will make her home this winter.

May 1947

Mrs. Anna Decker, 73, of Chemung, R.D.1. Sunday, May 18,1947. Survived by husband, Robert M. Decker; daughters, Mrs. Chester (Isabelle Decker) Wood and Mrs. Orrin (Cecile Decker) Campbell of Chemung; sons, Lacey, George and Nelson Decker, all of Chemung; 14 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The body is at the Luckner Funeral Home, Waverly, where funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Charles C. Townsend, Chemung Cemetery.

June 1947

James L. Struble, 67, of North Spencer. Monday, June 9, 1947. Survived by wife; daughters, Mrs. Gladys Davenport of Spencer, Mrs. Achsa Lagear and Mrs. Vivian Foster, both of Endicott; son, Elery of Spencer; sisters, Mrs. James Haight of Endicott, Mrs. Clara Leonard of Binghamton; brothers Elmer of Spencer, Walter of Horseheads; 12 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral Thursday, 2 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Spencer Evergreen Cemetery.

November 8, 1949

Mrs. Mary Belle Todd Dunning, I Remarkable Young Woman of 93, Recalls Event At Lincoln's Death

Mrs. Mary Belle Todd Dunning, one of the Valley's most remarkable persons, was 93 years old Tuesday.

Blessed with a vivid memory, this grand old lady recounted to an interviewer the other day episodes of the Civil War and the reaction of the North when Abraham Lincoln was shot. Her memory isn't confined to dates and places, either. She can quote whole chapters of the Bible.

Born in Corning, N.Y., on November 8, 1856, Mrs. Dunning came to Sayre many years ago. The first 37 years of her life were spent in her native city. Her father was Major Luzerne Todd, a patriotic man who organized and drilled his own company during the Civil War. Headquarters of militia in those days was an arsenal built on a commanding hill, near the Todd home. It was built in the fearful days just prior to secession and was located so as to have a strategic position over the valley that swept in from the South. MIlitia fom Elmira, Corning, Addison, Hornell and a wide area encamped and trained on the river flats below the arsenal. Major Todd went off to war with his company. A shell exploded near him and threw him 30 feet into the air. He suffered an injured back, but after hospitalization and a furlough, returned to service for the duration of the war.

Mrs. Dunning recalls those early years and how one morning all the church bells commenced to roll. Her mother, seeing a man hurrying up the hill, called to him and asked the meaning of the bells.

"Abraham Lincoln was shot lastnight", was his reply.

On Decmeber 2, 1893 she was married to George W. Dunning. The couple moved to sayre and Mrs. Dunning resided at Stedman Street for 51 years.

As the oldest member of the Sayre Presbyterian church and the Westminster Bible class, she attends church each Sunday. But recently members of her class honored her at a party. About 4 years ago eyesight trouble developed so that now she spends summers with a son, Arthur Dunning, at East Athens, and winters with another son, Walter T., at Rochester. She will leave Sunday for the winter in Rochester, but contrary to most old folks who might be indecisive and say, "Maybe I'll come back and maybe I won't", Mrs. Dunning makes it very emphatic that she will be returning to East Athens in April.

She possesses extremely good health has a fine appetite and sleeps well. With the execption of the births of her two sons, she hasn't had a doctor since eight years old. Her well being is reflected in her cheerful, bright and optimistic ways. She is fond of music and spends many hours listening to the radio. Strangers mistake her for a woman of from 50 to 60 years of age.

Besides her two sons, Mrs. Dunning has 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A great nephew is the Rev. George H. Todd, pastor of the Arch Street Presbyterian church in Philadelphia, the largest church in the city.

1950

Belle Dunning of Athens Observes 94th Birthday

Mrs. Belle Dunning, a patient in the Moore Nursing home, Athens, celebrted her 94th birthday yesterday when members of the Westminster Bible class of the Sayre Presbyterian church called on her. A charter member of the class, Mrs. Dunning was given a birthday cake, and she also received flowers, fruit, candy and many cards during the day. After a pleasant visit, the club members left wishing her many more birthdays. Mrs. Dunning, who lived at the home of her son, Arthur Dunning, Riverside Drive, Athens, has been a patient in the home since she fell and broke hip several months ago.

April 7, 1951

Mary Dunning, 94, Dies; Resident Of Sayre 55 Years

Mrs. Mary Belle (Todd) Dunning, 94 years old, died last night at the Moore Nursing home. She had been a resident of Sayre for the past 55 years. Mrs. Dunning fractured her hip some time ago and has been helpless since. Before that, however, she had been very active, especially in the Sayre Presbyterian Church, of which she had been a emember since 1894. She was born in Corning, the daughter of Major L. Todd, and came to Sayre in 1893, and lived in the family home 114 Stedman Street, until recently. She was a member of the Westminster class of the Presbyterian church, and on her 90th birthday gave that organization a gift of $100 in recognition of the work it had done. Surviving are two sons, Walter T. Dunning of Rochester and William A. Dunning of East Athens; a step-daughter, Mrs. Jesse (Effie Dunning) Hotalen of Sayre; six grandchildren, Pvt. Richard Dunning of the U.S. Army stationed in Alaska, Edward of Rochester, Mrs. Sherman (Velma Dunning) Saxon of Athens, Mrs. William (June Dunning) Chandler of Esopus, N.Y., Mrs. William (Marilyn Dunning) Brown of East Brown of East Athens and Miss Donna Dunning of East Athens; and three great grandchildren. The body is in the Kolb funeral home, 126 North Elmer Avenue, Sayre, where friends may call. Funeral service will be held there Monday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Stuart G. Wysham, pastor of the Presbyterian church will officate, and burial will be in Hope cemetery, Corning.

April 10, 1951

Mrs. Mary B. Dunning

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary B. Dunning of Sayre were held a the Kolb funeral home, 126 North Elmer Aveneue, Sayre, yesterday at 2:30 pm. Rev. Stuart C. Wysham, pastor of the Sayre Presbyterian church and Rev. Hall Todd of Arch Street Presbyterian church, Philadelphia, Mrs. Dunning's nephew, officated. Burial was in Hope cemetery, Corning, N.Y. Pall bearers were William Chandler, William Brown, Sherman Saxon, and Jesse Hotalen. The Westminster Bible Class of the Sayre Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Dunning was a member, attended the services in a body. April 10, 1951

March 1959

Wilbur Chandler Funeral Is Held

Funeral services for Wilbur W. Chandler of 110 Hopkins Street, Athens, who died Monday morning, were held yesterday afternoon from the Jenkins Funeral Home, 111 South Main Street, Athens, at 2 o'clock. Honorary pallbearers, all employees of the IBM where Mr. Chandler was employed, were Edward Erhart, Earl Steinberg, Philip Parsons, George Vail, Bernard Pickering, Jack Arnold, and Charles Rimbey. Active pallbearers were Kenneth Kinney, Harold Isabell, Robert Howard, William Phillips, John Taylor, and Ralph DuBois. Rev. Frederick Price, pastor of the Athens First Presbyterian church, officated, and buried was in Tioga Point Cemetery. Diahoga Grange of East Athens held services at the funeral home Wednesday evening. The funeral was largely attended and there were a great many floral pieces.

July 1964

Maher, Stephen

Age 68, of Chemung, RD 1, Saturday, July 11, 1964. He was a retired employe of Kennedy Valve Mfg. Co., a communicant of St. James Church, Waverly. Survived by wife, Mrs. Mary Wood Maher; daughter, Katherine; sons, Roger and Dean, all at home; brothers, Bernard and Peter, both of Elmira; sisters, Mrs. James Carroll of Spencerport, Mrs. Raymond Clark and Mrs. Niles Eddy, both of Rochester, Mrs. Charles Nelville, of Waterbury, Conn. Body at Luckner Funeral Home, Waverly. Calling hours Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Prayer service there Tuesday at 9 pm. Requiem High Mass at 9:30 in St. James Church, the Rev. J. Joseph O'Connell, St. James Cemetery

June 24, 1965

Tractor Pins Man 3/4 Hour

Chemung - A Chemung man is in serious condition at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, after being pinned under a tractor for about 45 minutes Wednesday afternoon.

The man, Chester Wood Sr., 56, of Chemung RD 1, suffered fractures of both legs.

Waverly State Police said Wood, who is employed by the town, was pulling a stone rake back to the highway shed in Chemung when the tractor jumped out of gear as it went down a grade on Sprague Road, which is about 1 1/2 miles northeast of Chemung.

The injured man tried to ride out the vehicle, but he was unable to control it. The vehicle went off the road, struck two trees, and broke into three separate parts. Wood was trapped under a part of the chassis and one wheel.

The injured man was discovered about 45 minutes later, at 5 p.m., by Mr. and Mrs. William Brisbie, who were driving to their home and heard his calls for help.

The Brisbies attempted to free the injured man, but when they found they were unable to do so, called Chemung firemen who freed Wood and took him to the hospital.

Elmira police escorted the emergency vehicle from the Church St. interchange to the hospital.

February 1966

Campbell, Mrs. Cecile

Age 59, of RD 1 Wyncoop Creek Road, Chemung, N.Y. Thursday, February 24, 1966, at Tioga General Hospital, Waverly after an extended illness. Friends may call at Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Ave., Waverly, Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funerals and committal there Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Nelson Morton, pastor of Chemung Methodist Church, officiating, Chemung Cemetery. Survived by husband, Orin Campbell; son, Mahlon Campbell of Chemung; sister, Mrs. Chester (Marguarite Isabelle Decker) Wood of Chemung; three brothers, Lacey and George Decker both of Elmira, Nelson Decker of Chemung; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was born in Horseheads, January 1, 1907, the daughter of the late Robert and Anna Bogart Decker; has resided in Chemung practically her entire lifetime.

December 1975

Thayer, Mr. Richard M.

Age 74, of the Bird Creek Road, Pine City, Tuesday, December 23, 1975 his home following an extended illness. Friends are invited call at the Olthof Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9. The Rev. Roland Osgood will conduct funeral services there at the conclusion at calling hours Wednesday, burial Scotchtown Cemetery. Flower gratefully declined. He is survived by wife, Adah Davis Thayer; three cousins, Raymond Thayer of Horseheads, Mrs. Maurice (Mary Mae) Waters of Elmira, Orrin Campbell of Chemung, N.Y.; nieces, Mrs. Edna Taylor of Prosser, Washington, Mrs. Harold (Shirley) Long, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mrs. Floyd (Betty) Groom of Syracuse, Mrs. Daniel (Nancy) Green of Fresno, Calif.; nephews, Richard Thayer of Waterville, Ohio and Leroy Thayer of Lauderdale, Fla., Robert, Edward and Randy all of Elmira. Mr. Thayer was a mattress maker for the F. M. Blystone Co.

January 1978

Hilah H. Dunning, 76, of Athens RD2, died Thursday afternoon, January 12, 1978, at the Tioga General Hospital in Waverly after an extended illness. Born in Sayre, March 23, 1901, the daughter of the late Oliver and Carrie Brooks Horton, she had been a lifelong resident of the Valley. Mrs. Dunning attended Sayre schools and the former Meekers Business School in Elmira. She was a member of the West Sayre Christian Church, had taught Sunday school there for many years, was a member of the Ambassador Class of the Church and of the Matron's Club of East Athens. Surving are her husband, Arthur, at home; three daughters, Mrs. William (June) Chandler of Waverly, Mrs. Oliver (Marilyn) Brown of Athens RD 2 and Mrs. William (Donna) Park of Athens RD 2; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a step-sister, Mrs. Florence Horton Hammond of Pinellas Park, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A daughter, Mrs. Velma Saxon died in 1958. Friends may call at the Jenkins Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St., Athens, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Eldridge, pastor of the West Sayre Christian Church, and the Rev. Randall Saxon, a grandson, officiating. Burial will be in Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens. It has been requested that memorials be directed to the West Sayre Christian Church or to the Intensive Care Unit of the Tioga General Hospital in Waverly.

June 1, 1978

Deckers mark 50th

Mr. and Mrs. Lacey Decker of Chemung will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday from 2-5 pm at the Chemung Volunteer Fire Station. Decker and the former Bertha Hodge were married June 4, 1928, in Painter Run, Pa., by the Rev. S.E. Brainard. The couple has eight children: Raymond and Robert, both of Lockwood, Millard of Towanda, Donald, Roy and Mrs. Alice Moore, all of Chemung, Mrs. Anna Mitchell of Kileen, Texas, and John of Lowman. There are 50 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Decker is retired from Corning Glass Works.

July 1980

Decker, Mrs. Bertha M.

Age 69 of Chemung RD 1, Saturday, July 5, 1980. Friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral Home, Sunday 7-9 and Monday 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral services wil be held there Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Eddie Lowmaster officiating. Burial Forest Lawn Memorial Park. She is survived by her husband, Lacey G. Decker; sons, Raymond of Lockwood, Millard of Luther Mills, PA., Donald of Chemung, Robert of Lockwood, John of Lowman, Roy of Oxford, NC; daughters, Mrs. Anna Mitchell of Kempner, TX, Mrs. Alice Moore of Chemung; brothers, Sam Hodge of Chemung; sisters, Etta Strope of Elmira, Merila Sours of Pine Valley, Margaret Hulah, Martha Hodge and Valeda Evans all of Elmira, Sylvia Brimmer of Erin and Judy Campbell of Chemung; 46 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; aunt Alice Kinner of Wellsburg. She attended Glad Tidings Church.

August 1980

Decker, Mr. George S., Sr.

Age 71 of 288 Robert Street, Friday, August 8, 1980 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with funeral services there Monday at 1 p.m., the Rev. Melvyn Connell officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded at the gravesite. Survived by his wife, Betty Jane (Pruyne) Decker; children, Steven and Joan Decker of Bowling Green, KY, E. Jane and Gary Stewart, Susan and Leon Van Alstine all of Elmira; George and Carolyn Decker of Charlotte, NC, Michael and Christel Decker of Elmira, Timothy Decker at home; brothers, Lacey and Nelson and sister, Isabell (Chester) Wood all of Chemung; eight granddaughters and two grandsons; several nieces and nephews. He attended the Elmira Wesleyan Church and was a retired Corning Glass Works employee, a life member of the D.A.V. and a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

December 20, 1980

Couple plans an old-time holiday

by Garth Wade, Star-Gazette

There's going to be an old-fashioned Christmas at Chester and Isabel Wood's place on the Wynkoop Creek Road in the Town of Chemung.

The artificial trees will study in its box, replaced by one that grew in the woods. Some tree ornaments will be replaced by popcorn balls constructed by the Woods and their kin.

And, says Isabel, there will be some riding down hill if the snow holds.

Isabel, 76, says she won't join the riding down hill gang. Not because it's beneath her dignity. "I can't find a hand sleigh," she said. "They've all got toboggans and I don't like 'em."

Other than that, her biggest problem would be getting back up the hill because ailing knees have put a hitch in her git-along, she said.

Part of any Christmas is reflecting on past yuletides and Chester, 72, and Isabel have a lot to reflect on, good and bad.

The Woods live on the 100-acre farm where Isabel was raised. The couple raised four of their own on the same spread. Daughters, Frances, Dorothy and Mary and their families live nearby. Son, Chester Jr., lives in Elmira.

All will gather at the homestead Christmas Day.

The elder Chester was born near Cortland and moved to Isabel's neighborhood at a young age. Both settled down to working for a living after they finished eighth grade.

Isabel is used to rugged work. She helped on the farm and drove a milk truck for nine years before she married Chester. The truck was a Model T Ford that Isabel used to pick up milk from farmers along Wynkoop Creek and deliver to a creamery in Chemung.

Isabel's helper was her kid sister, the late Cecile Campbell. The sisters handled 100 to 150 milk cans a day, each weighing about 85 pounds.

Isabel aslo worked alongside men firing the boiler at a saw mill. The boiler provided steam to power the saws. She worked in the cellar, the men worked upstairs, she said. "They didn't dare do come down, I'd hit them with a slab."

You might say Isabel was a pioneer in the women's liberation movement. She did a man's work for a man's wage. "I don't believe in women's lib," she said. "If a woman wants to work, go ahead and work and keep her damn mouth shut."

Chester has worked a number of places including the state highway department and Kennedy Valve. His working career ended in 1965 while he was employed by the Chemung Town Highway Department.

He was driving a tractor towing a stone rake on a dirt road when the tractor jumped out of gear on a hill. Chester says he was forced to ride it out after the brake failed. He couldn't jump because of barbwire and thorn brush on either side.

The tractor went off the road after missing a last curve and safety. The rig mowed down one tree but disintegrated against a second tree. Chester ended up under the stone rake. His right leg was crushed and had to be amputated, his left leg was shattered.

Today, Chester has an artificial leg but still needs crutches to get around. He uses a wheelchair around the house.

Tough life or not, Isabel is happy with the way her's has gone. "Why not? I don't know there's anything I'd change." Chester said, "I'd like to have her mother and father back. There were two people I though the world of."

He recalled how Isabel's folks watched the Woods kids so he and his wife could work the fields and woods. One year, '39 or '40, Chester and Isabel and a neighbor cut 1,800 face cords of wood out of the nearby woods, Chester said.

Isabel handled the team of horses that dragged the logs out of the woods, he said.

Winter idleness gets to Isabel who likes to keep busy. She can't wait 'till spring so she can attack her garden again.

Meanwhile, Isabel says she'll sit around "cus him out." Chester says they hate each other. But you know it's not true because he says it with a grin.

And because Isabel leaned over and gave him a smooch.

October 17, 1985

William Arthur Dunning, 88, RD 1 Athens, died suddenly on Wednesday, October 16, 1985 at the Tioga General Hospital. Born October 7, 1897 in sayre, he was the son of George and Mary Todd Dunning. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in the US Army's Seventh Division of the Eighth Field Artillery in France. He attained the rank of sergeant. Mr. Dunning had been employed by the Ingersoll-Rand Company for 48 years, retiring in 1062 as a supervisor in the Inspection Department. A lifelong Valley resident, he was a member of the Sayre Christian Church (deacon, elder and Sunday School teacher), American Legion Post 246 of Athens, I-R Supervisors and Service clubs, and Athens Senior Citizens. Surviving are his wife, Mary Alice Dunning; three daughters: Mrs. June Chandler and Mrs. Oliver (Marilyn) Brown, both of RD 1 Athens, and Mrs. William (Donna) Park of RD 2 Athens; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Predeceasing him were a daughter, Velma Saxon, in 1958; and grandson, William E. Brown, in 1981. Friends may call at the Jenkins Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St., Athens, Friday from 7-9 pm. Funeral services will be held there at 11 a.m. Saturday with his pastor, the Rev. James Donahoo, officiating. Burial will be in the Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, with full military honors accorded. Memorials may be directed to the Sayre Christian Church, or Tioga General Hospital Coronary Care Unit.

August 1986

Decker, Lacey G.

Age 86, of 201 Maple Dr., Oxford, NC, formely of the Wyncoop Creek Rd., Chemung, NY, Monday, August 11, 1986, in the Granville County Hospital, Oxford, NC, after an extended illness. Friends are invited to call at the Barrett Funeral Home, Friday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home, Saturday, 11 am. The Rev. Vincent Cooper will officate. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Mr. Decker is decreased by sons, Raymond G. of Lockwood, NY, Millard J. of Towanda, PA, Donald L. Of Chemung, NY, Robert L. of Lockwood, NY, John E. of Lowman, NY, Roy L. of Oxford, NC; daughters, Anna L. Mitchell of Kempner, TX, Alice M. Moore of Oxford, NC; brother, Nelson Decker of Chemung, NY; sister, Isabelle (Chester) Wood of Chemung, NY; 45 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Decker is a retired employee of Corning Glass.

August 24, 1986

Wood, Isabelle M. (Decker)

Age 81, of Chemung, NY, Friday, August 22, 1986. Friends may call at the Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, NY, Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral and Committal Service there Monday, 2 pm. The Rev. Vincent Cooper officiating. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Chester A. Wood, Sr.; son, Chester A. (Patricia) Wood Jr.; daughers, Mrs. Lawrence (Mary) Hodge, Mrs. Paul (Dorothy) Talada, and Mrs. Mahlon (Frances) Campbell, all of Chemung, NY; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Nelson H. Decker; brother-in-law, Orrin Campbell, both of Chemung, NY; sister-in-law, Betty (Pruyne) Decker of Elmira; several nieces and nephews.

October 18, 1988

Wood, Chester A., Sr.

Age, 80, of Wynkoop Creek Rd., Chemung, N.Y., Saturday, October 15, 1988. Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, Monday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Funeral and Committal Services there immediately following calling hours, 8:30 p.m., the Rev. Vincent Cooper officiating. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, at the convenience of the family. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Lawrence Hodge, Frances and Mahlon Campbell, and daughter, Dorothy Talada all of Chemung; son and daughter-in-law, Chester Jr., and Patricia also of Chemung; sister, Marguerite Wicker of Rock Stream, NY; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Chester was a former employee for the town of Chemung Highway Dept. and a life long resident of Chemung.

May 1990

Leslie Wells Campbell, 75, of Lowman, N.Y., died Wednesday, May 9, 1990. Born September 19, 1914 in Baldwin, Chemung Co., NY., he was the son of Henry and Laura Leonard Campbell. Mr. Campbell worked on numerous farms in Lowmans and Chemung for most of his life. He is survived by his wife, Julia, at home; three daughters: Mary (Jim) McMinds of Port Orange, Fla., Laura Shadduck of Lowman and Shirley Campbell of Elmira; three sons: Richard and Henry, both of Chemung, and Francis of Leesburg, Fla.; a brother, Orrin of Chemung; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, N.Y., on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held there immediately following calling hours at 9 p.m. with Rev. Vincent Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Chemung Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Chemung Volunteer Fire Department, Chemung, N.Y. 14825.

November 9, 1990

Chemung couple to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Decker of Wynkoop Road, Chemung, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, November 10, from 1-4 p.m. at the Chemung Fire Hall. Nelson and the former Vera Pruyne were married January 3, 1948 at the Waverly United Methodist church. Their attendants at the ceremony were Betty Pruyne Decker, sister of the bride, and the late George Decker, brother of the groom. The advance celebration is being held at this time because Mrs. Decker will soon be a patient in a Rochester hospital. The Deckers cordially extend an invitation to all their family and friends to attend the open house. Please omits gifts.

June 1991

Orrin R. Campbell, 86, of Wyncoop Creek Road, Chemung, died on Saturday, June 22, 1991. He was born in Erin, N.Y. on April 4, 1905, the son of Henry and Laura Leonard Campbell. Mr. Campbell was a farmer in the Chemung area for most of his life. He is survived by a son, Mahlon of Chemung; four grandchildren: James and Gene Campbell, both of Chemung. Cheryl (Brent) Chandler of Athens and Joy (Chuck) Whitacre of Middleburg, Fla.; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Roberts Funeral Home, 120 Main St., Wellsburg, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Vincent Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the Chemung Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

February 3, 1996

Albert G. Chandler, 84, of 110 Hopkins St., Athens, died Friday, Feb. 2, 1996. Born June 8, 1911 in Athens, she was the daughter of Herbert and Louisa Carmer VanGorder. She attended Athens High School. She was employed at IBM Owego from 1959 until her retirement in 1977. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Athens, and was a former member of the East Athens Grange and Athens Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by a son, H. Karl Chandler of Sidney, N.Y.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Harold Cole of Sayre; five grandchildren; and a close friend, Emory Mix. She was predeceased by her husband, Wilbur; and a son, William. Friends may call Monday from 2-3 p.m. at the Lowery Funeral Home, 225 S. Main St., Athens. Funeral and committal services will follow Monday at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Ned Caum, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens.

Friday, May 19, 2000

H. Nelson Decker died Monday, March 6, 2000. He was a lifelong resident of Chemung. He was born May 22, 1911. He is survived by: his wife of 59 years, Vera Pruyne Decker; a sister-in-law, Betty J. (Pruyne) Decker, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. Mr. Decker was predeceased by: his father and mother, Robert and Anna Bogart Decker; brothers, Lacey (Bertha) Decker and George (Betty Pruyne) Decker, Sr.; and sisters, Isabelle (Chester Sr.) Wood and Cecile (Orrin) Campbell. A Graveside memorial servie will be held Sunday, May 21 at 1 pm in Chemung Cemetery with the Rev. Vincent Cooper officiating. Arrangements are under the directions of Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, N.Y.