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John W. Jack - August, 2016

Linda Ogborn - July 16, 2016

Shirley Houck - January 18, 2013

Laura Seward - January 10, 2013

George James Hendricks - October 3, 2012

Gabriele Hammon - March 11, 2011

Teena Mayham Schroeder - June 27, 2010

Carol Joyce McCraw - January 19, 2010

John R. Whitney - October 10, 2009

Collin Eric Haight - December 26, 2007

Shirley Goerlich - April 6, 2006

Gary Lee Cady - November 20, 2005

Paul Sylvester Cerquoz - November 18, 2005

Arretta Lee Early - April 17, 2005

Mary S. Briggs - February. 27, 2005

Steven Delibert - July 28, 2004

Donald G. Palmer - February, 20, 2004

Allan L. Davidson - February 10, 2004

Charles R. LaFever - January 24, 2004

John Wilbur Barlow - September 9, 2003

Janet T. Newman - May 2003

Connelly VanValkenburgh - April 4, 2003

Les Howland- March 17, 2001

Linda Ogborn

Obituary for Mrs. Linda Lou Ogborn
from Hall & Peet Funeral Home, Delhi

Linda L. Ogborn, 71, of Davenport, passed away early Saturday morning, July 16, 2016 at Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on December 24, 1944 in Delhi, the daughter of the late Nelson E. and Pauline D. (Bouton) Burrows.

She was married to Kenneth N. Ogborn, a union that lasted for over 43 years.

Linda served Delaware County as Deputy County Clerk from 1976 until her retirement in 2001. She was also a wealth of historical knowledge regarding Delaware County. Linda enjoyed recording the historical facts and assisting with genealogy searches for various organizations in the area, including the Delaware County Historical Society. She also wrote a book entitled “In Their Own Words” which was about historical accounts of the Civil War from several local families in the area.

She enjoyed crafts, gardening and crocheting and the companionship of her dogs, Zeke and Pepe. Above all else Linda’s greatest joy was her family, she was a faithful wife, loving mother and proud grandmother and great-grandmother.

Linda was predeceased by two brothers: Harold and Gerry Burrows.

Besides her husband, Ken of Davenport, Linda is survived by her children: Timothy M. (Alex) Burrows of Rio Rico, AZ, Todd A (Kathy) Burrows of Montgomery, AL, Tammy Lynne Lum of New Berlin and Anthony M. Ogborn of Davenport; grandchildren: Marena, Ryan, Aaron and Kyle; great-grandson: Liam; a brother: Allan Richard (Lynda) Burrows of Cave Creek, AZ; sisters: Dawn Fay (Clive) Wart of Ft. Collins, CO and Dee (Rodney) Green of East Meredith; a special friend: Dale Ogborn and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on the family from 5-8PM on Tuesday, July 19 at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Delhi. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Bert More officiating. Burial will follow a Woodland Cemetery, Delhi.

Linda had one final personal request for all her family and friends: "Vote Trump!"

Please visit Hall & Peet Funeral Home Website to share a condolence or story with the family.

Shirley Houck

from December 21, 2013, The Daily Star

DELHI - Shirley Althea Houck, 87, died peacefully, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.

Born June 3, 1926, in East Branch, to Harold and Hazel (Baker) Schneider, Shirley graduated Hancock Central School and attended Albany State University, where she met Robert Merle Houck. They married Nov. 8, 1946, coming to Delhi (1947), living here the rest of their lives. Merle died July 4, 1985, leaving Shirley a widow for 28 years.

After Merle's death, Shirley went to work full-time at the Delaware County Treasurer's office, then worked part-time, until this year, in records management at the County Clerk's office, a job she loved.

Shirley devoted countless hours in preserving the history of Delaware County and the Village of Delhi. She wrote the narrative to "The Delhi Jacquard Coverlets" booklet (1982); edited (along with Ann Marie Garti and Hugh N. Riddell), "Delaware County's War Papers," published under the auspices of Delaware County Board of Supervisors and County Historical Association; was editor of "The Evolution of Delaware County New York Being a History of its Land," published for the 1997 County Bicentennial Celebration.

As Delhi Village Historian, Shirley was instrumental in the reprinting of "Civil War Record of the 144th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry," by James Harvey McKee, part of the Commemoration of Civil War Days in Delaware County (July 2-Aug. 13, 1994,) and was a proud contributor to "Honoring New York's Forgotten Soldiers: African Americans of the Civil War," by Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Hartwick College.

Shirley was named Delhi BPW Woman of the Year (1997); received the President's Award from the United States Colored Troops Institute (2005) for her contribution in research and preservation of African American families and Civil War soldiers of Delaware County, and received the Delaware County Historical Association's Award of Merit.

In 2001, the New York Planning Federation presented her with the Levine Award for Community Service for her dedication to the Village of Delhi, and also bestowed with Certificates of Appreciation and Recognition by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Delhi during her tenure as Village Historian.

Also predeceased were her parents; and sister, Anita Schneider.

A devoted mother, grandmother and great- grandmother, Shirley was always there for family.

Surviving are her son, Richard Houck; daughter, Linda Champlin, both of Downsville; four grandsons, (Robb, Joseph, Gary and Nick Champlin); two granddaughters, (Jamie Mabery and Crystal Houck); 10 great-grandchildren, (Melanie, Elizabeth, Connor, Gavin and Benson Champlin, Kayla and Travis Houck, Colin and Owen Ambrose and Chase Mabery); her sister, Lois, and husband, Lazell Petty, Worcester.

Visitation: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, Hall & Peet Funeral Home.

Funeral services: 10 a.m. Monday, United Ministry. The Rev. Martha E. Vink, officiating. Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe.

Contributions: Delaware County Historical Association; Heart of the Catskills Humane Society or The United Ministry, Delhi, appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Robert A. Peet.

Laura Seward
Billings Gazette
Laura K. Seward
January 11, 2013

Laura K. Seward, 70. of Billings, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at RiverStone Hospice.

She was born March 19, 1942, in Forsyth to Melvin and Margaret Cross. She graduated from Forsyth High in 1960.

Laura married her husband of 52 years, Les Seward in 1961. They resided in Forsyth where she was a longtime day care provider until moving to Billings in 2004 where she worked as a caregiver in her daughter Lecia's day care/. She loved the kids she watched over the years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin; brothers Ken, David, and Steve, and nephew Randy. Laura is survived by her husband, Les; sons Kurt and Jeff; daughters Lecia and Cori; grandchildren Kyle and Jarod; mother, Margret; six brothers, and two sisters; along with numerous nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to thank all the staff at RiverStone Hospice for all of their help. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at the Federated Church in Forsyth. Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, Montana, 59101. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at through "Our Families."

George James Hendricks, Jr.
Published in Daily Freeman on Oct. 5, 2012

George James Hendricks, Jr. MARGARETVILLE- George James Hendricks, Jr., 57, was called home to be with our Lord and savior on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.He passed away peacefully with his family around him and the pride and joy of his life, his sons, Nathaniel and Adam, at his side. George was a member of the Margaretville Fire Department for 38 years. He served as Fire Chief for five years and 16 years as an officer. He graduated from the Margaretville Central School in 1973. George loved the Catskill Mountains and was an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman. A forever member of 'Camp Whitetail'. He had a love for gardening and golf. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the town of Middletown for 35 years. He was also the historian for the town of Middletown and on the board of directors for the town of middletown Historical Society and chairman of the Old Stone Schoolhouse committee, amember of the 1975-76 Whoop-De-Doo committee, past Master of the New Kingston Valley Grange and a long time Elder of the Margaretville-New Kingston United Presbyterian Church. For 14 years George worked part-time for Kingdon Gould in Dry Brook and upon retirement worked for the New Kingston Animal Sanctuary. George leaves behind his beloved sons, Nathaniel and Adam Hendricks of Margaretville; His mother, Elizabeth(Betty) Hendricks of Margaretville; sister, Lori Ballard and her husband Ernest, of Denver-Vega Valley; nephew, Garrett Ballard of Margaretville; many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. His loyal dogs Turner, Bow, and Gunner, also survive. George was predeceased by his father, George Hendricks, Sr. Funeral services will be held on Sat. Oct. 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the New Kingston United Presbyterian Church, New Kingston, N.Y. Pastor Shirley Davis, officiating. Committal services will follow at the Margaretville Cemetery Annex, Margaretville, N.Y. Calling hours will be held on Friday Oct. 5, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory can be made to the Margaretville-New Kingston Presbyterian Church and the Margaretville Fire Department. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Hynes Funeral Home.

Carol Joyce McCraw
Carol Joyce McCraw, 89, died on Tuesday January 19, 2010 at Alderson Convalescent Hospital in Woodland. Born on November 26, 1920 in Camden, New Jersey to Stanley and Lillian (Butcher) McCune, where she was raised and attended area schools through her graduation from high school. A resident of Yolo County for the past 56 years, Mrs. McCraw was employed as a legal assistant for over 40 years having worked for the Yolo County District Attorney, State of California Employment Department, and the Public Defender's Office prior to her retirement in 1984. A member of the Woodland Elks Lodge #1299,Yolo Fliers Club, and Girl Scout Leader for over 20 years, she is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Hoffman of Woodland; 3 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands Robert Hoffman, and Eugene Mc Craw, a son Bruce Hoffman, and a brother Bruce McCune. Memorial services will be scheduled for a later date, yet to be determined. Interment will follow services at the Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to either the charity of the donor's choice in her memory.

Teena Mayham Schroeder

My name is Rusty, I am Teena's son. It is with great sadness that I inform you that Teena died of congestive heart failure on Sunday, June 27th. Thankfully, her sister Terry was with her. As many of you know, in December my mom had a heart attack and during a chest scan they found that her breast cancer of three years ago had spread to her lungs. She endured 6 hard months of chemotherapy. I know we will all miss her kind spirit and wonderful sense of humor, however we can be thankful that she is no longer held back by her or ailing body. As always, it was too soon and I wish we all had more time with her.

According to my mother's wishes she was cremated and no wake or funeral was held. Instead, later in the summer, her family will gather to celebrate her life and her ashes will be spread in her gardens and woods. In lieu of sending flowers, many people have asked what charity they can make a donation in her name. Her family agrees that both the Chestertown Historical Society, an organization that Teena spend a lot of time WORKING with and the Breast Cancer Society, are two organizations that meant a lot to Teena. Addresses can be found below.

As you can imagine my father, Roger is finding it hard to adjust without his wife of 38 years. Therefore, please call or email me if you have any questions.

This is a very sad time for all of us, but we know she's in a place free of pain and suffering.

Thoughtfully yours,

Ron (Rusty) Mueller
264 Pittstown Road
Pittstown NJ, 08867

Chestertown Historical Society
P.O. Box 34
Chestertown, NY 12817

Breast Cancer Society

Published in The Daily Star on 5/22/2010
John R. Whitney


John Rogers Whitney died Oct. 10, 2009, in Scotts Valley, CalifJohn R. Whitney

The son of Howard E. and Elizabeth (Rogers) Whitney, he was born in Baltimore on Feb. 8, 1931, and spent his early years in Lancaster and Montrose, Pa.

In 1948, he graduated from Franklin Central School in Franklin.

After a brief enrollment at Cornell University he enlisted in the Navy. A fire control technician, he served four years on the USS William C. Lawe, the flagship for the 14th Destroyer Squadron. The ships tours of duty extended above the Arctic Circle and around Cape Horn, South America, as well as to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Following his discharge in 1955, he attended California Polytechnic State University, graduating with a degree in mathematics in 1958.

That same year, he married Jane Mercedes McConnel, and then began his work at Canoga Park, Calif., with Rocketdyne, which designed and built the rocket engines that powered the Apollo missions to the moon. As manager of scientific computing, Mr. Whitney was in the forefront of technological innovations for Rocketdyne. It was through his guidance that the company transitioned from running computer programs for its aerospace engineers to permitting them to do their own programming.

When Rocketdyne acquired the IBM 360 System computers in the 1960s, Mr. Whitney mastered the system software and was the divisions chief software troubleshooter. He also mastered and taught classes in the IBM APL programming language when it came on the scene; and when the IBM PC appeared in the early 1980s, he learned the details of the operating system and acted as a consultant to division personnel. His associates held him in high regard. He retired in 1990.

His lifelong passion was poetry. He could recite many poems, and could appreciate even a single phrase in a poem that didn't particularly appeal to him otherwise. He also enjoyed golf and driving trips with his family.

Mr. Whitney is survived by his son, Howard E. Whitney (Elizabeth); stepsons Thomas McConnel (Diana), Jeff McConnel, and Jon McConnel (Julie); five grandchildren, John Peter Whitney (Janelle), Irene Whitney, Ben McConnel, Krystal McConnel and Gary Stetson; great-grandchildren, Grace Whitney and Isaac Whitney; two sisters, Jane Whitney Jaegerman (Robert), and Sally Whitney Goodfellow; four nephews and four nieces; 12 great-nieces and nephews; and longtime friends, Carl and Jean Bohman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, in 2002; and his brother, Thomas Whitney in August 2009.

Mr. and Mrs. John Whitney's ashes as well as Tom Whitney's ashes have been interred in side-by-side graves in Ouleout Valley Cemetery on Route 357, Franklin. Friends are invited to join family members for an informal gathering to share memories at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the cemetery.

Published in The Daily Star on 12/29/2007
Collin Eric Haight

DELHI _ Collin Eric Haight, 23, of Delhi, was killed in a tragic farming accident Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, in York. Born Aug. 12, 1984, in Cooperstown, son of John and Lois (Hebbard) Haight, Collin was employed as herdsman for Donnan Farms Inc. of York.

Collin was known for his ability to connect with people and his relentless pursuit of his goals. He graduated with honors as salutatorian from Delaware Academy with the class of 2003. While at Delaware Academy, Collin was a member of the National Honor Society and served as its vice president for 2002-2003; was senior class president and member of the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills. He was also a member of the track team and the Class C state champion football team of 2001. Always a determined scholar, Collin graduated with honors from Cornell University in May of 2007 with a bachelor's degree in science. While attending Cornell, Collin was a rare triple major of applied economics and management, animal sciences, and crop and soil sciences. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, the Cornell Dairy Fellows and the Cornell Republicans Association. He greatly enjoyed his interactions with his housemates and friends in Ithaca at 202 Eddy Street and his fraternity brothers at AGR.

Collin was known for his passion and depth of knowledge across a variety of subjects, including family history, agriculture, geography, U.S. presidents and history of Delaware County. He frequently made spontaneous visits to local friends and family, engaging them in lively conversations about politics, history, economics and his master plan. He was a firm believer that agriculture has a future in the region, and he was committed to playing a role in realizing that vision. A lifelong researcher of countless subjects, Collin also enjoyed photography and the study of maps.

Family was of utmost importance to Collin. He was the author of a complete history of the Haight family entitled, "The Haight Family, 1628 - 2002" and was in the process of composing a similar work for the Hebbard family, which Collin had planned to distribute to his family members at a reunion in the summer of 2008.

During his summers and college breaks, Collin enjoyed his employment at various local businesses, including the Catskill Watershed Corporation, Northern Eagle Beverages as well as several local farms, including Ce-Car Farm, Clark Farms, Sco-Gail Farm, Rocky Crest Holsteins, Headwater Holsteins, Elmdale Farm and Ridgecrest Farm (of Genoa).

Collin was also a member of the United Ministry of Delhi and the Sons of the American Legion (Donald W. Gleason Post 190, Delhi). In June of 2002, he attended the American Legion Boys State as the representative from Delaware Academy. He was a firm believer in conservatism and often recalled favorite quotes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" and, "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both" _Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Collin is survived by his parents, John and Lois Haight, of Delhi; a brother, Seth, and his wife, Erin, and their children, Alexander, Owen and Charles Haight, all of Oneonta; grandparents, Donald and Kathleen Haight and Pauline Hebbard, all of Davenport; several aunts, uncles and cousins, Aunt Eleanor Gardner, Uncle Eric Haight and wife, Claudia, and their children, Chelsea, Lucas and Sarah Haight of Davenport; Aunt Donna Valentine and her children, Amy and Mark (Jennifer) Valentine of Pennsylvania; Aunt Melanie and Doug Wolk and son, Austin, of Spencerport, Aunt Phyllis O'Connell and her children, David (Linda) Adair, Marc (Lori) Adair and Susan (Richard) Spagnuolo, all of New Jersey; Uncle Joseph Cody and sons, Michael and Christopher, all of Brewster.

He is predeceased by his grandfather, the late Herbert D. Hebbard and Aunt Margaret Hebbard Cody. Calling hours will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, and from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 30, at the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi, where Collin's fami1y will be in attendance. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at the United Ministry, Delhi, with the Rev. Lisa Heckman officiating. A reception for friends and family will be held at the Delhi American Legion immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial scholarship fund being established in honor of Collin at Delaware Academy & Central School, Attention Nancy Hein, 2 Sheldon Drive, Delhi, NY, 13753. Arrangements are by the MacArthur Funeral Home of Delhi.

from Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - November 22, 2005
Gary Lee Cady

WALTON - Gary Lee Cady, 61, of Walton passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at Wilson Hospital, Johnson City.

Gary was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Clinton, Iowa. In 1972, Gary moved to Walton with his family from Staten Island.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mildred and Garrison Cady; and his mother-in-law, Jeannette Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Lee and Richard; grandson, Tyler; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Lois Cady; his father-in-law, Edgar Van Buren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Vitus and Anne Haggenmiller; sister-in-law, Sandi Van Buren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Martin and Margie Van Buren; brother-in-law, Michael Van Buren; and several nephews.

In his youth, he was very involved in the Boy Scouts and achieved their highest ranking of Eagle Scout.

As a student, he was an outstanding baseball, softball and basketball player. He remained a sports fan his whole life. Gary loved Delaware County and the country lifestyle. He enjoyed many outdoor activities and played league basketball and softball, as well as coaching Pee Wee football for many years.

After attending Wagner College, he joined the Air Force, serving in Vietnam.

He worked at Morgan Guarantee Trust in New York City before moving to Walton, where he worked in banking, then real estate.

Gary had been active in the Democratic Party, serving as Delaware County Clerk for the past 12 years.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Clark, Winter and Courtney Funeral Home on Townsend Street, Walton.

The service will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at the Riverside Alliance Church, 110 Stockton Ave., Walton, with the Rev. Bert More officiating, followed by burial in the Walton Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, (PKD) 9221 Ward Parkway Suite 400, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Paul Sylvester Cerquoz

PALM BAY, Fla. - Paul Sylvester Cerquoz, 80, passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2005.

Paul was born in East Branch and resided in Unadilla for many years until he moved to Florida in 1982.

Paul spent many years in Boy Scouts and worked with the Delaware County Genealogy and History site compiling his family history.

His survivors include his present wife, Virginia Cerquoz; two children, Patricia Ferrara of Sidney and Robert Cerquoz of Chesapeake, Va.; sister-in-law, Jean Cerquoz of Chugwater, Wyo.; brother-in-law, Richard Hartwell of Lakeland, Fla.; daughter-in- law, Lorrie Koch of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many beloved friends.

His mother, Arretta Cerquoz, brother, Lloyd Cerquoz and first wife, Eileen Cerquoz, preceded Paul in death.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sidney Historical Museum.

A memorial will be held in Highlands Cemetery, Sidney Center, at a time to be determined.

Arretta Lee Early

Arretta Lee Early passed away at her home in Downsville on April 17, 2005. She was born on Jan. 20, 1929, in Binghamton, the daughter of John L. and M. Marguerite (Forester) Lee.

She was married in Hancock, on June 12, 1953, to Loren Early of East Branch.

Survivors include three sons, Kyle Early, and his wife, Elizabeth of Downsville; Craig Early of Downsville and Curtis Early and his wife, Kayla, of Missouri, as well as five grandsons, Brandon, Joshua, Erik, Aaron and Loren Early. She is also survived by two sisters, Bertha Jenson of Deposit and Vivian Leonard and husband, Gerald, of Hancock; three brothers, Corbett Lee and wife, Joan of Milton, Fla.; Orvile Lee and wife Vicki of Windsor and Burt Lee and wife Frances of Deposit. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Maurice Early and wife, Mary Ellen; a sister-in-law, Katherine Cochran; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preeceased by her husband, Loren, in June 1994, and a brother, Earl Lee, of Afton in March 2002.

Arretta was a member of the Colchester Community Church and a past matron of Chehocton Chapter 327 Order of the Eastern Star. Her employment included assistant clerk of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors from 1965 to 1981, and clerk of the board unitl her retirement in 1991.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Home in Hancock. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Colchester Community Church of Downsville or to Catskill Area Hospice, 116 Main St., Delhi, NY 13753. Calling hours will be on Friday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Rev. John Wall will officiate.

Donald G. Palmer

CAMILLUS - Donald G. Palmer, 66, of Camillus died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Oneonta, on April 8, 1937, he was the son of Clarence Edward Palmer and Agnes Mae Eckert. He lived in central New York before moving to Camillus 10 years ago.

Mr. Palmer was a graduate of Franklin High School and Delaware Literacy Institute. A truck driver for ABF Freight Systems in Syracuse for more than 35 years, he retired in 1998. He was most recently employed by Reserve Supply in East Syracuse for six years.

A member of Syracuse-Geddes Microd and Quarter Midget Club, Mr. Palmer was an avid genealogy enthusiast and enjoyed collecting antiques. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his camp on Duck Lake.

Mr. Palmer is predeceased by his son, Timothy Guice; brother, Clarence Palmer Jr.; and sister, Barbara Palmer.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanne Updike Ferguson; daughters, Christina "Sam" Palmer of Solvay, Mina Caci of Weedsport, Tonya Palmer of Syracuse, and Donella Rumbaugh of Texas; sons, Seth Palmer of Syracuse, Sean Palmer of Clay, and Randy Guice of Arizona; stepson, Andrew Ferguson of Camillus; brother, John Palmer of Masonville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus, with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Jankowiak officiating. Friends may call preceding the funeral from 4 to 7 p.m.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, NY 13088-6148 or to Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central New York, Inc., 120 Madison St., MONY Tower II, Suite 900, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Allan L. Davidson

Allan Lloyd Davidson, a resident of Walton, died Tuesday, February 10, 2004, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. He was 78.

Born October 23, 1925, in Bovina, he was the son of Fletcher and Lois Ormiston Davidson. He married Patricia Despaw on April 14, 1954, in White Plains. She predeceased him in 1987.

A 1943 graduate of Delaware Academy, he was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He worked as a union electrician for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, based in Binghamton.

Surviving are his children, Brenda Madriz of Escondido, CA, Bruce Davidson and wife Sue of Scranton, PA, Cindy Davidson of Walton, Mary Jane Davidson and her husband, Roger Gray, of Walton, Michael Davidson and wife Kelly of Grand Rapids, MI; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Edward Davidson of San Diego, CA, and Richard Davidson of Chula Vista, CA.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 14, at the Walton United Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. James F. Martin officiating. Burial will be in the spring.

Friends may call this evening, February 13, from 6-8, at the MacArthur Funeral Home in Delhi.

from the Delaware County Times - February 13, 2004

Charles R. LaFever

Charles R. LaFever, a lifelong resident of Bovina and its former town Supervisor, died Saturday, January 24, 2004, at O'Connor Hospital in Delhi. He was 72.

Born August 27, 1931, in Delhi, he was the son of Benson A. and Anna Bell Barnhart LaFever. He attended school in Bovina and graduated from Delaware Academy in Delhi in 1949. He married Leona M. Edwards on August 29, 1950.

For more than 40 years he worked as a heavy equipment operator with LaFever Excavating in Bovina, retiring in 1994. He also ran a television and radio repair service for many years and operated the local cable service in the hamlet of Bovina.

He began his work in local government in the early 1970s when he became a member of the Bovina Town Planning Board. In 1975, he was elected town councilman, and two years later he was elected supervisor. He served for 12 terms, a total of 24 years, and, at his retirement in 2001, he had the distinction of being Bovina's longest-serving supervisor. At the time of his death he was the town historian.

During his tenure, he worked hard to keep Bovina's post office functioning in the community. He also worked to get federal and state funding for town projects, including a major upgrade of the town's water system.

At the county level, he served as vice-chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and was chairman of the Public Works Committee for many years. As chairman of the committee he helped to establish the county's recycling and composting facility. He was also on the board of the Coalition of Watershed Towns, and, at his death, was serving on the board of directors of the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

In addition to his work and public service, he had a variety of interests. He soloed as a pilot before he had a driver's license, and earned his pilot's license in his early 30s, flying single engine planes for many years. He was an avid ham radio operator and received his license for that endeavor in the 1970s. He enjoyed tinkering, figuring out how things worked and using creative means to repair things when they didn't. He found pleasure in caring for his property, chugging around on his John Deere lawn tractor and watching the antics of his cats, Rufus, Rusty and Fred, and the neighbor's dogs, Lili and Mimi.

He was a lifelong member of the Bovina United Presbyterian Church, the Delhi Masonic Lodge and a charter member of the Bovina Historical Society. He also held membership in the Bovina Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife, Leona; his daughters, Susan Hughes and her husband Gary of Schenectady and Diane LaFever and her companion, Warren J. Avis of Kingston; his son, C. Raymond LaFever of Cohoes; two grandsons, Patrick and Adam Hughes of Schenectady; two brothers, Howard LaFever and his wife Laura of Polk City, FL, and George LaFever and his companion, Valerie Weinmann, of DeLancey; an uncle, Sylvan LaFever of Woodbine, MD; several nieces nephews and cousins, and his dear friends and neighbors, Brian And Marcia Olenych of Bovina.

Funeral services were held January 27 from the Bovina United Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Scott A. Conrad officiating. Burial will be in Bovina Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice.

Arrangements are by the Hall & Peet Funeral Home, Delhi.

John W. Barlow

BOVINA - John Wilbur Barlow died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, following a brief decline in health beginning on Saturday, Aug. 30, following the celebration of his 75th birthday on Aug. 29. Born in 1928, as the second son of Howard and Myrtle (Hall) Barlow, John graduated from the A.L. Kellogg School, and married Thelma Warren on Sept. 17, 1950, in Treadwell. John and Thelma were farmers initially on Tupper Hill out of Treadwell, moving to the Chas. H. Lee farm in Bovina in 1957.

Following the sale of the cattle in 1986, John continued to maintain the Lee Hollow residence as a place of beauty for anyone fortunate enough to visit or drive by.

He was on the Bovina Town Board for two terms. John worked at Delhi Tech and was a Delaware Opportunities driver for several years following his retirement from active farming, but always continued to support any person who maintained an active farm.

Bowling, reading, being an active member of the Bovina Presbyterian Church, where he served two terms as a trustee, and communicating and visiting his children and grandchildren kept John's spirit younger than his age.

Survivors include John's wife, Thelma, of 53 years; children, Dale (Rita Lashley) Becea, Ky., and Peter (Gayle Monaghan) Taos, N.M.; grandchildren, Gabriel, Morgan and Brooke; brothers, Ralph and Roger.

John's parents, his older brother, Robert, and an older sister, Eleanor, predeceased him. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service celebrating John's life will be conducted by the Rev. Bert More at the Bovina United Presbyterian Church, Bovina Center, on Oct. 2, 2003, at 1 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. The family requests donations be made to the Delaware Opportunities in the absence of flowers. Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.

Connelly B. VanValkenburgh of Sidney, N.Y.

Connelly B. VanValkenburgh, 80, of Sidney, passed away Friday, April 4, 2003, at his home. He was born December 1, 1922, son of the late Wesley J. and Evelyn (Scudder) VanValkenburgh in Halcott Center, N.Y. Connelly graduated from Sidney High School and 40 years later received his Associates degree in Electrical Engineering from Broome Tech. He served his country as a paratrooper in the United States Army during WWII. Connelly married Daisy Sites on June 24, 1942 in Masonville, N.Y. He worked at Scintilla for several years, then left to work his father's farm in East Masonville. In 1961 he went to work for the Sidney Central School District, and retired in 1984 as Superintendent of Building and Grounds. After retiring, Connelly enjoyed WORKING his large vegetable garden and WORKING on genealogy. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sidney and the Southern Tier Genealogical Society. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Daisy, Sidney; daughter, Julie Vogt, Sidney; granddaughter, Victoria and James Hutchison, Hinesville, Ga; grandson, Arthur Vogt, Denver, Colo.; three great-grandchildren, Audrey, Brittany, and Madeline Hutchison; and several cousins.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral chapel. Rev. David Masland, Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Sidney, will officiate. Burial will be in Masonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Emergency Squad.

from the April 7, 2003 issue of the Press & Sun-Bulletin, published at Binghamton, NY

Leslie Edgar Howland

Leslie Howland from Patricia Wright -- Les and his wife Dorothy contributed much information to the Delaware County History website. I visited my mother, Florence Howland Cable and she gave me a box with many family items in it. This picture is of her cousin, Leslie Edgar Howland, as a young man (Les Howland, born June 1927 and died 17 Mar 2001 in California) His parents were Thomas "Knox" Howland (Brother to my grandfather, Edwin Robert Howland) and Helen Anne Leslie. (Helen's parents were James W. Leslie and Jane Nichols).

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