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These clippings are from a scrapbook kept by my grandmother, Hannah Henderson Thomson, born and died in New Kingston valley. Most or all of the clippings deal with folks in New Kingston and Margaretville area. Can't always tell which paper they are from because they have been cut out and pasted in a book. --Shirley Davis, March 16, 2002

HENDERSON, BRUCE: (Died 1914, top of clipping says "The Delaware ? rest cut off)
DROPPED DEAD AT WORK Bruce Henderson, Spanish War Soldier, Victim of Heart Disease.
From our North Kortright Cor.
Bruce Henderson, aged about 35, dropped dead of heart disease October 20th while working for Guy Hodge in the latter's extensive poultry yard. He ws found in the rear of one of the poultry houses. Dr. Safford of Stamford was hurriedly summoned but Mr. Henderson was dead before the physician could reach him. Deceased was a native of Margaretville and came to this place a few years ago, worked for J.A. Hendry's farm for two years, and has since been west in the hope of improving his health. He returned in August. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, and while in Honolulu contracted malaria which brought on a chronic heart trouble. The funeral was held from the church here Thursday; burial at North Kortright. The casket was decorated with flags in honor of his service for his country. Mr. Henderson is survived by his wife and a five year old daughter, Dorothy; also by several brothers and sisters.

HENDERSON, DOROTHY: From our North Kortright Cor.
Dorothy, the six year old daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Henderson, died Friday at her home in New York from rheumatism of the heart following measles. She was a winsome child and much sympathy is felt for her mother whose husband, Bruce Henderson, died about two years ago, the family then residing here. Rev.R.R. Irwin officiated at the child's funeral held from the church here Monday. Gould VanDusen, Maurice McIlwain, Harold McArthur, and Ferdinand Harper, pallbearers. Internment in the cemetery here.

BLYTHE, MELVILLE: Melville Blythe, aged 72, a native of Franklin, died at his home in Meeker Hollow, Roxbury, June 7th. He was a farmer and a prominent Mason, being one of the oldest members of Coeur de Lion Lodge. In politics he was a Democrat and had held a number of town offices. He leaves a wife, one son, Henry, and two brothers, Joseph of Fort Plain and Frank of Esperence. The funeral was held Saturday in Gould Memorial Churhc; burial in the Reformed church cemetery, Roxbury. (No dates)

BANKS - SCOTT (Marriage announcement) Robert M. Banks of Harpersfield and Miss Flora M. Scott of Margaretville were united in marriage by Rev. Comstock at the M.E. parsonage in Stamford February 7th. The ceremony was witnessed by Miss Helen A. Moore and Miss Ruth Comstock. They plan to reside in Harpersfield.

SCOTT, ADAM: (From the Catskill Mountain News 1916)
At his home near this village Monday, February 28 at 8 p.m. occurred the death of Adam Scott, aged 78 years and 9 months. Mr. Scott had been in poor health for some time, but was not considered dangerously ill until a week before his death. He also suffered from severe heart trouble which made his reoovery impossible. Mr. Scott came of sturdy Scotch parentage. His entire life was spent in this vicinity and he was a man loved and honored by all. The funeral services were held Thursday at 1 o'clock from the New Kingston Presbyterian church of which he had long been a faithful member, Rev. E. Hubbard officiating, assisted by Rev. A.M. Smeallie. Mr. Scott leaves to mourn his loss his wife and one daughter, Margaret, at home; also one son, D. Robert Scott and two daughters Miss Agnes Scott and Mrs. Deamie Mead, children of a former marriage.

SANFORD, MRS. GEORGE: (From Catskill Mountain News, no date)
From our New Kingston cor. Mrs. George Sanford, aged 56 years, died at her home Sunday morning, Jan 23rd. The deceased was born in Griffin Corners, but had lived for several years in this section. She is survived by her husband, nine children and ten grandchildren, one brother and three sisters. The funeral services were held in the New Kingston church Wednesday at 1:30, and were conducted by Rev. E.N. Hubbard of Margaretville. Burial in Sanford cemetery.

HALLECK, MARY FRANCES WEBB: Found Dead in Her Bed (no dates)
Passing quietly away in her sleep as gently as she had lived, Mary Frances Webb Halleck was found dead in her bed Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. G. Thompson. Death was due to the infirmities of age. She ws born at Hartwick, April 30, 1845 and was, therefore, over 90 years of age. Her early life was spent at Hartwick and Unadilla. In 1864 she was married to Charles Halleck of Unadilla. Later they moved to New Kingston where they resided for 30 years. Mr. Halleck died 21 years ago. Mrs. Halleck has resided with the daughter named for 13 years. A slip of a girl when the Forty-Niners went west, a bride of 19 during the Civil War, the aged woman has seen the parade of America's march to greatness and the complete change from hand work to that of the machines. There survive the following: Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Emmer Myers both of this village and a son, Bert Halleck of New Kingston. There are five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. There will be a prayer at the house today at 12 o'clock, and the funeral will be held at the New Kingston church at 1 o'clock with internment in the New Kingston cemetery.

HALLECK, BERT: (Catskill Mt. News, 1914)
From our New Kingston correspondent Mrs. Bert Halleck, aged 58 years, died Monday night, January 24th, at the Wauna Sanitarium in Kingston, where she had gone about two weeks ago for an operation. Deceased was born in New Kingston and spent all her life time there. She is survived by her husband, one brother Alex Arcibald of Delhi, and a sister Mrs. Belle Cowan of New Kingston.

VANBENSCHOTEN-DESILVA: (Wedding announcement - Catskill Mt. News, no dates)
Orson H VanBenschoten of Carson City and Miss Margaret DeSilva of Ely were married Thursday evening of last week at the Methodist parsonage at Ely, Reverend Upton E. Partridge officiating.
The couple were accompanied by the brother-in-law and the sister of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. J. Henry Goodman and their daughter, Patricia. The happy couple left Saturday morning on a honeymoon trip to the former home in New York, after which they will return to Ely and make their home here. The bride has made a number of visits to Ely during the past few years and through her charming personality has won many friends, who will welcome her and her husband as residents of Ely. (Ely Record) Mr. and Mrs. VanBenschoten arrived here on Tuesday and are receiving the congratulations of their friends. (New Kingston natives)

HENDERSON, NANCY: (Catskill Mt News, no dates)
From our New Kingston correspondent Miss Nancy Henderson died Friday April 12 at the home of her niece, Mrs. Andrew W. Thomson in lower New Kingston valley. She had been in failing health most of the winter and spring. Miss Henderson was born on the Henderson farm and has spent most of her sixty-nine years in this vicinity. She will be greatly missed as she was greatly beloved by all whom she came in contact with. She is survived by one brother, Ezra on home farm and two sisters, Mrs. Ballard of Roxbury and Mrs. R.H. Archibald of this place. Funeral Monday in church conducted by Pastor Jamieson. Internment in Archibald cemetery.

HENDERSON, ADAM: (Catskill Mt. News, no dates)
Adam Henderson, one of Margaretville's oldest residents, died at his home here Monday evening after a long illness at the age of 76 years. Mr. Henderson was born in New Kingston and had passed practically his entire life in this section. He had been well known in the community and was at one time proprietor of the Riverside Hotel. The funeral was held yesterday at 11 a.m. from his late home, Rev. Forrester of Pine Hill officiating. The following children survive, Robert of Newburgh, Mrs. George Burnside of Norwich, Mrs. John Muir of Griffin Corners, Mrs. William Brooks of this village, Bruce of North Harpersfield, and Grover and Mabel of this village.

MONROE, MRS. JAMES (MARGARET) 1915 written on clipping
Margaret S. Monroe, wife of James Monroe, died at her home in upper Bovina, Wednesday morning, July 28, at the age of 47 years. She had been ill for a long time with a complication of diseases. She was born in the town of Bovina, her parents being Mr. and Mrs. Francis Coulter, both of whom are dead. Mrs. Monroe is survived by her husband and four children; two sons and two daughters.

MARRIED: (No dates)
At Stamford, March 27, by Rev. V. D. Mattice, Frank W. Wilcox and Miss Nellie May Caniff, both of Stamford.
At New Kingston, March 14, by Rev. J.B. Pollock, P.G. Yaple and Miss Carrie MacLaurie, both of New Kingston.

MARRIAGES: (1896 written on clipping)
On Wednesday evening, March 20, Miss Nettie Todd of Dry Brook and Robert Neish of Union Grove, were united in marriage at Hotel Bouton, Rev. Edward M. Kniskern of Margaretville officiating.
Wednesday afternoon, March 20, Mrs. Cornelia Hewitt of New Kingston and George H. Hewitt of Margaretville were married at the home of the bride by Rev. E.M. Kniskern, their pastor. They will reside in New Kingston.
Miss Maggie Rotermond and Augustus Albers of Margaretville were married at the home of the bride on Tuesday, March 19.

O'CONNOR, JAMES (Catskill Mountain News) Friday Nov. 1, 1912 edition
James O'Connor, the deaf poet of Roxbury, died at his home there Saturday night at the age of 78 years after having suffered for a few days from a paralytic shock. The funeral was held on Tuesday and was largely attended, many relatives from Margaretville and Arena being presnt. Mr. O'Connor had written a large number of poems and had published a book of his poems.

THOMSON, JACOB N.: (Catskill Mt. News) March 1916
"Business Man Drops Dead At Supper Table" J.N. Thomson goes quickly without any warning. Was 55 years of age.
Life spent in New Kingston and Margaretville. Funeral at Presbyterian Church To-morrow.
Jacob N. Thomson, a prominent Margaretville business man, died suddenly at the family supper table Wednesday evening from heart trouble without any previous indications of illness. He was 55 years of age and had been a member of the firm of N.D. Olmstead & Co. for about 8 years past. Mr. Thomson went home about 6 o'clock Wednesday evening and told Mrs. Thomson that he would shovel some sidewalk before supper. Not long after Mrs. Thomson called him to supper and he came to the table and sat down. A short time thereafter she noticed that he was acting strangely and before she could go to his side or say anything to him, he straightened out in his chair and was dead at once. Mrs. Thomson called to W.S. Thomson, who are the nearest neighbors, and they hastened to her aid. Dr. Telford and Dr. Allaben were both summoned and soon arrived, but the stricken man was past medical skill. The physicians said that death had been instantaneous.
Mr. Thomson ws 55 years old. He was the son of James Thomson of New Kingston and spent his entire life in that vicinity until he came to Margaretville about 8 years ago and formed a partnership with N.D. Olmstead and William Mussmann, they conducting a large general and hardware store here. He has been prominent in the affairs of the village and his sudden death was a shock to the entire community. Plans yesterday were to have the funeral at the Presbyterian church on Saturday, the hour will depend upon the arrival of relatives who live at a distance. Mr. Thomson is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mabel, who is principal of the Cooper school at Cooperstown. There are 4 brothers: William S. of this village, Rev. John A. of Middlebush, N.J., Dr. Amos of Saratoga, Andrew J. of New Kingston, and two sisters, Miss Marion of this village and Mrs. T.A. Archibald of Bovina.

THOMSON, MARY ELLEN: February 11, 1937 (written on article, Catskill Mt. News)
The body of Mrs. Mary Ellen Thomson of Bible School Park near Binghamton was brought here for the funeral Thursday at 1 o'clock, and burial in the Valley cemetery beside her late husband, Jacob N. Thomson. Mrs. Thomson spent the major portion of her life on a farm in the upper end of the valley. She was one of the earliest members of the U.P. Missionary society and was still a member of the church here. Mrs. Thomson's life was spent in active practical Christian work. A woman of strong moral character and remembered by many here as their Sabbath school teacher. She is survived by one daughter, Miss Mabel, a teacher in Bible School Park. New Kingston Cor.

DESILVA, MRS. HARRY J.: (Catskill Mt. News, no date)
Mrs. Harry J. DeSilva of New Kingston died at her home near that village Friday noon, June 18th. A little son was born to Mr. and Mrs. DeSilva, which also died. Her sudden death caused sorrow in many a home and elicited expressions of deepest sympathy for the bereaved ones. The funeral was held from the home of parents at Margaretville Monday afternoon, Rev. C.C. Brarsby, assisted by Rev. Earle N. Hibbard, officiated at the funeral services. Internment was in the family plot in the Margaretville cemetery. The floral tributes were especially profuse and beautiful. These and the large number of people from far and near present at the funeral bore silent evidence of the merited esteem in which the deceased was held. Mrs. DeSilva was in her twenty-seventh year. She is survived by a husband and three small children, the eldest being only six years of age; also her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Gregory, one sister Miss Helen of Margaretville, and two brothers, Harry and Wilson Gregory, of Arena. Deceased had been a resident of the Town of Middletown all her young life. She was born at Arena. Her maiden name was Leona Gregory and on December 7, 1908 she married Harry J. DeSilva. Thirteen years ago she moved with her parents to the village of Margaretville, where she attended the village High School. She was proficient in all her studies and especially in music. Two years ago she united with the New Kingston Presbyterian Church. By word and deed, by precept and example, she exemplified the words of righteousness and faith, and was sustained by her precious hope and resigned to the inexorable decree. A devoted wife and mother. Among those from out of town attending the funeral were: Mrs. Bertrand, Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Clara Peet of Pine Hill; Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Bushnell, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bushnell of Fleischmanns; Mrs. David Brown and daughter Miss Mildred of Delhi; Sherman Bertrand and Leon VanWoert of Oneonta; Mr and Mrs. Albert Dumond, Mrs. Andrew Gregory and Miss Edith Vanderbeck of Walton; Mrs. Walter Pattberg of Andes; Mr and Mrs. Smith Dickson, Mrs. S.K. Rugg, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Gregory, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gregory of Arena; Mr. and Mrs. Burton Archibald, Mrs. Dora Thomson, Mr. and Mrs. Alex VanBenschoten, Mr. and Mrs. Jay VanBenschoten, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ingles, Mr. and Mrs. Will Yaples, Miss Cora Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Ruff, Mr. and Mrs. Al. Scott.

VANBENSCHOTEN, WILLIAM: (Catskill Mt. News, no date)
William VanBenschoten died at his home in this village early last Saturday morning, death coming to him as he slept. Mrs. VanBenschoten noticed early in the morning that he ws breathing in a peculiar manner and found that she could not arouse him. She hastily summoned a neighbor who secured a physician but Mr. VanBenschoten died before help arrived. He had been suffering for some time with heart trouble. He was in his 69th year. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church on Monday at 1 p.m. and the building was crowded with friends and relatives who came to pay last tribute. The deceased was the grandson of Jacob VanBenschoten, one of the pioneers of this section. His entire life ws spent in New Kingston and on the farm above Dunraven where he has resided for a long term of years. Mr. VanBenschoten was a sturdy honest citizen whose good qualities were never questioned. He is survived by his widow and one son, Jay, who lives on the farm at Dunraven.

TWEEDIE, MRS. A. B.: (No date, ? paper)
Mrs. A.B. Tweedie died Saturday evening, January 22, at her home on the Mountain after an illness with pneumonia of less than two weeks' duration. Her death is particularly sad as her daughter, Hazel, 20 years of age, died the previous Monday from pneumonia and her father, David R. Scott, passed away at the Tweedie home on December 15. Mrs. Tweedie ws 47 years of age. She was the daughter of David R. Scott and Margaret Strangeway and was born on the family farm on the Mountain. In March 1892, she ws married to Mr. Tweedie. Beside her husband, one son, Emory, survives her. She also leaves her aged mother, two brothers, D.T. Scott and James A. Scott of the Mountain, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Covert of Mundale and Mrs. John Birdsall of New Kingston. The funeral was held Tuesday at 12:30 o'clock at the United Presbyterian church, the pastor, Rev. G.M. McKnight, officiating. The floral tributes were beautiful and the church was filled by those who came to pay a last tribute of respect. Burial was in the Walton cemetery. Mrs. Tweedie was a fine type of Christian womanhood. Her home life was ideal and it was there that the gentle influence of her personality was most felt. To the bereaved husband and son much sympathy has been extended at this time of sorrow. (Note: The "Mountain" referred to is Dunk Hill in Walton; the Strangeway family was from New Kingston, Mr. Scott from Margaretville )

SCOTT, DAVID R.: (No date, ? paper) David R. Scott died Wednesday December 15 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A.B. Tweedie, on the Mountain. While at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.A. Birdsall at New Kingston last July, Mr. Scott suffered a stroke of apoplexy. He remained at New Kingston three months and some six weeks ago came to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Tweedie. He sustained another stroke Tuesday of last week, which in his enfeebled condition resulted in his death. David R. Scott was 74 years of age. He was borne June 27, 1841 in the town of Middletown and his early manhood was spent near Margaretville. He married Margaret Strangeway of New Kingston and soon after bought the farm on the Mountain, Walton, which he continued to occupy until he sold it to Hugh Wilson three years ago and removed to this village. Mr. and Mrs. Scott celebrated their fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on Christmas day 1912. David R. Scott came of sturdy Scotch parentage and was possessed of those traits of character which made him honored and respected in the community in which he had spent a greater part of his life. He ws a charter member of the United Presbyterian church of Walton and held the office of trustee for many years. The funeral services will be held today, Friday, at 12:30 o'clock at the church, Rev. G. M. McKnight offiiciating. Mr. Scott is survived by his wife and five children: two sons, David T. Scott and James A. Scott, and three daughters, Mrs. A.B. Tweedie, Mrs. Charles Covert of Mundale, and Mrs. J.A. Birdsall of New Kingston.

DUMOND, HANNAH: (Catskill Mt. News, no dates) (From our New Kingston correspondent)
Mrs. Hannah Dumond passed away on Sunday morning, Dec. 1, after many weeks of intense suffering. Mrs. Dumond had reached the advanced age of 78 years and had been a life long resident of this place. She was a very estimable woman, one who was always cheerful under all circumstances and gave a feeling of encouragement to all who met her. The funeral services were held from her late home on Wednesday at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. L.R. Long of Margaretville, of whose church she was a member. Internment in the Arkville cemetery.

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