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The obituaries below are for various folks with connections to Tacoma (town of Masonville, Delaware County, NY). Some of the obituaries come from the obit card files of the Maywood Historical Group of Sidney Center, NY. --submitted by Nancy Rutenber, Albany, NY and posted here November 13, 2009.

Tacoma, N.Y. area Obituaries
(transcription of published obituaries or news items; notes are in [ ])
Alexander Austin 1855 - 1935
Flora A. Mattewson Austin 1857 - 1919
Jacob Frederick Bartz 1894 - 1990
Marjorie B. Bartz 1899 - 1966
William Edson Brown 1874 - 1935
Ada E. Finch Clow 1871 - 1952
Guy Lucious Dean 1898 - 1968
William H. Finch 1878 - 1947
Marion Earl Hayes 1903 - 1974
Theresa M. Whittling Hayes 1897 - 1984

Edna Lovina Finch Hornbeck 1901 - 2001
Delancy McLaughlin [Jr.] 1885 - 1953
Lola Edna Austin Olmsted 1881 - 1966
Lynn Rex Olmsted 1901 - 1999
Mary F. Neale Olmsted 1909 - 1996
Alice Ethel Youngs Rutenber 1875 - 1958
Arthur Morse Rutenber 1873 - 1965
Edwin Webster Rutenber 1843 - 1918
Nancy Catherine Morse Rutenber 1845 - 1923
Chester B. Teed 1867 - 1944


Alexander Austin 1855 - 1935

Alexander Austin.

Alexander Austin, born August 29, 1855, at Tacoma, N.Y., passed away November 25, 1935, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. J. Olmsted, at East Masonville, aged 80 years.

Services were held at the home of his daughter on Friday, Nov. 29, Rev. Ryan officiating. Nearly a hundred relatives and friends attended from Tacoma, Trout Creek, Rockroyal, Loomis, Walton, Sidney Center, Youngs, East Masonville, North Sanford, Oxford, Schoharie, Schenectady, Binghamton and Chicago. Interment was made in the family plot at his home in Tacoma. He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter, Mrs. W. J. Olmsted; three grandchildren, Lynn, Thena and Cheile Lee Olmstead; one brother, Howard Austin, of Chicago, and one sister, Mrs. Henriot Boice of Lomis, as well as a host of relatives and friends.

Mr. Austin attended Franklin academy. Later he taught school for a few years. He read and studied widely. On March 5, 1878, he married Flora Mathewson of Masonville who died on August 23, 1919. They had two children, Mrs. Olmsted of East Masonville and Rex. Austin, who died December 12, 1901.

Nearly all of Mr. Austin's life was spent on his farm at Tacoma where he combined farming and lumbering. His life has been a series of services to his community. Years ago, before the community shipped milk he organized a creamery at Tacoma to dispose of butter and cream.

At this time residents of Tacoma had to drive three miles to Trout Creek to get their mail. In 1894 Mr. Austin created at Tacoma a postoffice, of which he was postmaster until 1934. For years he took the mail to the Tacoma creamery in a locked box, from which it was taken by the superintendent of the creamery and distributed to the farmers as they brought their milk. Later the mail was placed in sacks at the postoffice and delivered at the farmers' doors by mail carrier.

For many years Mr. Austin had been serving his neighbors and friends as counsellor and advocate to save them expensive procedure. Inasmuch as roads were poor and modes of travel slow the lack of a judiciary located in that division of town caused inconvenience, therefore Mr. Austin was elected justice of the peace and served in that capacity for forty years.

During those years he saw automobiles and trucks become general. The outstanding need of his community was a state road. He persuaded the property owners to give a right of way, as needed, to the state so that a macadam road might be constructed without exorbitant expenditure. The supervisor obtained the necessary sanctions so that in the autumn of 1935 a state road was completed, connecting the Walton-Masonville state highway at Trout Creek with the county road at Sidney Center.

His sense of humor extended to that which would seem commonplace or dull to the ordinary individual. Much of his success in settling people's difficulties amicably lay in his ingenuity in presenting situations divertingly. His mood was like Irving's when Irving said, "I have a streak of old age." He was a sage, sincere, generous, friendly, beneficent, providing a haven for wayfarers, rehabilitation for the unsuccessful or ill, a beginning for the ambitious and encouragement for everyone.


Flora A. Mattewson Austin 1857 - 1919

Highly Esteemed by All.

Flora A. Matthewson, wife of Alexander Austin, died at her home in Tacoma early Saturday morning, Aug. 23rd, of a complication of diseases.

Mrs. Austin was born Jan. 16th, 1857, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Matthewson of Ivanhoe, Town of Masonville. The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock, Rev. S. E. Carr of Walton officiating, with interment in the family plot.

Mrs. Austin was a bright, energetic woman. In her girlhood she attended Bainbridge High school, later teaching school, and on March 5th, 1878, was united in marriage to Alexander Austin of Tacoma. Her health had been failing gradually for three years, especially in the cold weather, so the winters were spent in Florida. When she returned home this spring, she seemed so much improved in health her friends hoped for a complete recovery. About three weeks ago Mrs. Austin was again taken ill. The best medical skill and all that loving hands could do was of no avail. Her work here was finished and she was ready to meet her Lord.

Her Christian character was of a beautiful type that leaves a lasting influence in the hearts of her friends and associates. A devoted wife and mother, her home is indeed left most desolate. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. W. J. Olmstead, and two grandchildren, Lynn and Thena Olmstead, all of Tacoma, besides a brother and sister in California, and a brother, Russell Matthewson of Binghamton, N.Y. The beautiful flowers and large attendance spoke plainly of the high esteem of her neighbors and friends, while the beautiful tribute of respect from her pastor told of a life well spent.

Many were present from Delhi, Morris, Sidney, Walton, Youngs and Sidney Center. The choir from Trout Creek rendered three beautiful selections.


Jacob Frederick Bartz 1894 - 1990
[resided on wife's Tacoma family farm 1937 - 1953]

Jacob Bartz

JOHNSON CITY - Jacob F. Bartz, 96, formerly of Oneonta and Sidney Center, died Thursday, July 26, 1990, in the James E. Johnston Nursing Home, Hill-Top Retirement Center, Johnson City.

He was born July 21, 1894, in New York City, the son of Ferdinand and Emma (Mattes) Bartz. He married Marjorie E. Brown on Dec. 30, 1921, at Tacoma, Sidney Center. She died Feb. 9, 1966.

In 1915 he came to Trout Creek, where he worked for the Southworth Villa. For much of his life he was a dairy farmer in the Sidney Center area, and for several years he was a supervisor in Borden's Maywood Dairy Products, from which he retired several years ago as superintendent. He was also, for several years, supervisor for the Delaware County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Delhi.

After residing in the Sidney Center area for nearly 45 years, he came to Oneonta and became head custodian for F. and A. M. Lodge, residing at the Masonic Temple for 26 years. Since 1985 he had been a resident of the Hill-Top Retirement Center, Johnson City.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Oneonta, and had previously been a member of the Sidney Center United Methodist Church. He was also a member of Oneonta Lodge 466 F. and A. M., a member and former High Priest of Oneonta Chapter 277 R. A. M., Oneonta Council 87 Cryptic Masons, Oneonta Lodge of Perfection, Oneonta Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, and a member and Past Royal Patron of Queen Amelia Court, Order of the Amaranth.

Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Maxine (Cronauer) Bartz of Orlando, Fla., Harold and Elizabeth (Parker) Bartz of Newark Valley, and Ernest and Virginia (Ashton) Bartz of Sidney Center; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Louise (Gehrke) Horstman of Saco, Maine; two brothers, William E. Bartz of Walton and Herman Gehrke of Syracuse; and several nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Robert (Lucille) Ingalls of Oneonta. He was predeceased by four sisters, two brothers, and his parents.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the Sidney Center United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Winson Josiah, pastor of both that church and the Unadilla United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center.

Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, when the family will be in attendance. Oneonta Lodge 466, F.& A.M., will conduct a Masonic Rite Service Friday evening at 8.

Expressions of Sympathy may be made in his memory to the Sidney Center United Methodist Church, the First United Methodist Church of Oneonta or the American Cancer Society, Oneonta.


Marjorie B. Bartz 1899 - 1966
[born to William and Esther (Hull) Brown in Tacoma where she grew up]

Mrs. Marjorie B. Bartz, 66, 318 Main St., Oneonta, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1966, in Binghamton.

Funeral services were held on Sunday at the Sidney Center Methodist Church, Sidney Center with Rev. Duane Buddle, pastor of the Sidney Center Methodist Church, officiating, assisted by Rev. Earl Tolley of the First Methodist Church, Oneonta. Burial will be at a later date in Highland Hill Cemetery, Sidney Center.

She was a member of the First Methodist Church, Oneonta, Dr. Dann Memorial Sunday School Class, Women's Society of Christian Service, the Maratha Chapter 161 OES, the Queen Amelia Court 64 Order of Amaranth.

She is survived by her husband, Jacob F. Bartz, Oneonta; three sons, Rev. James M. Bartz, Bainbridge, Harold F. Bartz, Newark Valley and Ernest W. Bartz, Sidney Center; a sister, Mrs. Rotha Dodge, Trout Creek, and 10 grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Joyce Funeral Home, Unadilla.


William Edson Brown 1874 - 1935
[From his first marriage, he lived in Tacoma.] William Edson Brown, a highly respected farmer residing three miles from Sidney Center, near Tacoma, died at his home Friday, November 10, at 11 p.m., from intestinal grippe. Mr. Brown had not been in good health for some time but had not been confined to his bed for an entire day and his passing came as a severe shock to his family and many friends.

Mr. Brown was one of four children born to Charles and Mary Flint Brown, both brothers and his sister preceding him in death. He was born June 24, 1874, near Norwich, where he lived until the death of his parents in his early boyhood when he was adopted by Mr. And Mrs. P.P. May of Ivanhoe.

In November, 1898, Mr. Brown was united in marriage to Miss Esther Hull of Tacoma and they began their married life at the Hull homestead where he has since resided. His wife died in November, 1931. Mr. Brown's second marriage to Mrs. Arietta Rosa Dewey occurred in December, 1932. Mr. Brown was a past noble grand of Maywood lodge, I.O.O.F., and a member of Trout Creek Grange.

The funeral was conducted from his home on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., Rev. C. K. Shoup, pastor of the Trout Creek Baptist church, officiating. Interment was made beside his first wife in Highland cemetery, Sidney Center. Maywood lodge, I.O.O.F., had charge of the service at the grave.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Rotha Wakeman of Trout Creek and Mrs. Marjorie Bartz of Sidney Center; two step-daughters, Diana and Lillian Dewey; three grandchildren, James, Harold and Ernest; one nephew, Claud Brown, of Union, and one niece, Miss Shirley Brown, of Boston, Mass.

The pallbearers were N. B. Finch, Albert Rutenberg, Walter Olmstead, Walter Darling, Arthur Rutenber, and Lynn Olmstead.


Ada E. Finch Clow 1871 - 1952
[Ada and her husband John Clow lived first in Tacoma in the town of Masonville before moving over the town of Tompkins border to their third farm. Their daughter Ismay was listed as a Tacoma school pupil for at least 1909 through 1914 (age 14). Ismay married Charles Higley. They lived first in the town of Tompkins, then the couple owned a dairy and white turkey farm in Tacoma 31 years from 1929/1930 through 1960, when they then moved to Unadilla.]

Mrs. Ada Clow
(Trout Creek correspondent.)

Mrs. Ada Clow, 81, of Trout Creek, passed away Friday morning, Sept. 19, at Smith hospital, Walton, after a long illness.

Mrs. Clow was born Aug. 26, 1871, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Finch at Pine Swamp. She was united in marriage December 19, 1888 to John Clow, who passed away in 1931. Her whole life was spent in the vicinity of Trout Creek.

Mrs. Clow joined the Baptist church in 1894 with her husband and was an active church member since that time and also an active member of the Shawano Rebekah lodge.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2, at the Trout Creek Baptist church with Rev. Louis F. Kirlin officiating. Burial was made at the Ouleout cemetery at Franklin.

Mrs. Clow is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles Higley of Sidney Center, and one brother, Merton Finch of Pennsylvania.


Guy Lucious Dean 1898 - 1968
[Guy Dean was born in Tacoma and lived on what was his father's Hillside Retreat Tacoma farm until 1925; the Deans moved to a small farm on the East Masonville Road just above the Depot in Sidney Center.]

Guy L. Dean Rites Tuesday

SIDNEY CENTER - Guy L. Dean, 70, Sidney Center RD, died December 22, 1968, at his home after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 24, at 2 p.m. in the Joyce Funeral Home, Unadilla, with the Rev. Wilfred Lyon officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Unadilla, at a later date.

He was born on March 31, 1898, in the Town of Masonville, a son of Royal and Seperta [Serepta] (Graham) Dean. He married Fannie Roe on June 28, 1921, in Unadilla.

He was a retired farmer and county employee.

He is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. James Wright [Hattie Sarepta Dean], Unadilla RD; a brother Rae [Ray] M. Dean, Masonville; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


William H. Finch 1878 - 1947
[He and his parents lived in Tacoma by 1880 till after 1900.]

Center Man Dies of Haying Injuries
Crushed Against Mow, Survives Only 2 Hours

William H. Finch, 69, of Sidney Center, died of a crushed chest at Smith hospital here Friday evening two hours after he was accidently squeezed between a hay rigging and the side of a mow at the farm of Miss Minnie Jenkins, Pines Brook.

Mr. Finch was bringing in the last load of hay for the day late in the afternoon with a team of horses. He had unhitched and separated the horses in order to let them leave the barn in single file and as the first walked between the load and the mow Mr. Finch stepped in between them and started out also. Miss Jenkins thinks a trace on the first horse's harness may have caught on a stake in the side of the rigging. The wagon was pulled around with the front up against a mow catching Mr. Finch.

He was found a few moments later lying on the barn driveway by Harold Davis, a hired hand at the Jenkins farm. He managed to say that he had been run over by the wagon. Mr. Finch was rushed to Smith hospital in an automobile and placed under the care of Dr. W. E. Eells. The wagon, carrying a small jag of hay, stood outside on the barn bridgeway.

Born in Tompkins.

Mr. Finch was born in the town of Tompkins, Aug. 16, 1878, the son of Samuel and Lovina Cole Finch, and had lived in the vicinity of Sidney Center all his life. He was married Sept. 11, 1899, to Lena Brundage, who survives him. Other survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Edna Hornbeck, Cannonsville; Mrs. Edith Starbird, Pond Eddy; Mrs. Jennie Lambert and Mrs. Mabel Eckhardt of Walton; a brother, Merton Finch of Reno, Nevada, and a sister, Mrs. Clow, of Sidney Center. He was a member of the Trout Creek Baptist church, from where services were held Monday afternoon at 2.

Burial was made in Carroll cemetery, Trout Creek, with Rev. Broadman officiating. Friends called at Lyon Brothers' chapel here until noon on Monday.


Marion Earl Hayes 1903 - 1974 [He lived in the Tacoma area starting in the early 1940's. First he got the Gay Pierson farm in Tacoma from Gay's widow, Hattie Pierson who was Earl's aunt, and lived there starting in the period 1940 - 42. Then in 1949, with neighbors' help on September 17, he built a small house near falls further up the Trout Creek tributary and moved there.]

Walton - Earl M. Hayes, 71, of Sidney Center RD1, a retired employee of Holloway and Associates, Delhi, died unexpectedly Friday, August 30, at his home.

He was born May 20, 1903 at Union Valley, N.Y., a son of Ralph and Lottie (Jones) Hayes. He married Theresa Wittling [born in Penn.] on September 3, 1931 at Elmira.

He had lived at Sidney Center [R.D. in Tacoma] for the past 33 years.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Jean Hornbeck, Trout Creek, and Mrs. Elaine Van Gordon, Binghamton; a son, Ralph Hayes, Sidney Center; a sister, Mrs. Lillian Hood, Oneida and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, at Lyon Brothers Chapel, Walton, with the Rev. Robert Cook, Sidney Center, officiating.

Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery.

Friends may call at their convenience.


Theresa M. Whittling Hayes 1897 - 1984
[For many years, Theresa was a resident of Tacoma, R.D., Sidney Center.]

[The Reporter, Wednesday, Mar. 7, 1984 (Walton, NY)]

Mrs. Earl Hayes

Mrs. Theresa M. Hayes of Sidney Center, resident of that community for most of her life, died Sunday, mar. 4 at Sidney hospital. She was 87 years old.

She was born in Imperial, PA Feb. 2, 1897 to Martin and Theresa Geiger Wittling. She was married to Earl M. Hayes in 1931. He died in 1974.

She was a member of Sidney Center Baptist church.

Surviving her are two daughters, Jeannine Hornbeck of Trout Creek and Elaine VanGorden of Binghamton; a son, Ralph Hayes of Sidney Center; a brother, Lawrence Wittling of Greene.

Services were Tuesday from Lyon Bros. chapel in Walton with Rev. Ronald Onder in charge. Burial will be in Walton cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Sidney Center Baptist church or Hospital Guild Memorial fund, Sidney.


Edna Lovina Finch Hornbeck 1901 - 2001
[daughter of William H. Finch above; she was at the Tacoma school through May 1912. Her brother Burton attended to at least 1915. Edna's daughter-in-law Jeannine Alberta Hayes Hornbeck (1932 - 2008), daughter of Earl and Theresa Hayes above, was the Trout Creek postmaster 1981 - 1997.]

Unadilla - Mrs. Edna Finch Hornbeck, formerly of Barnes Trailer Park, Covered Bridge Road, Unadilla, passed away Monday, March 19, 2001 at the New York State Veteran's Home in Oxford.

Mrs. Hornbeck was born Aug. 18, 1901, in Tacoma, the daughter of William H. and Lena (Brundege) Finch.

On March 22, 1922, she married Randall A. Hornbeck in the Trout Creek Baptist Church. They shared 41 years of marriage.

Mrs. Hornbeck was a homemaker and also worked at Scintilla in Sidney.

She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church and the Delaware Rebecca Lodge in Trout Creek and was a former Nobel Grand.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Morris and Lillian Hornbeck of Sidney Center; her daughter-in-law, Jeannine Hornbeck of Trout Creek; her sister Jennie Lambrecht of Franklin; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Randall; her daughter, Elnora Munson; her son Lloyd Hornbeck; her brothers, Norman S. Finch and Burton Laverne Finch; her sisters Mabel Eckhardt and Edith Starbird.

Funeral services will be held at the Joyce Funeral Home, Inc. on Thursday, March 22, 2001, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. R. Michael Amos, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will take place at a later date in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge.

The family will receive friends at the Joyce Funeral Home, Inc. on Thursday, March 22, from noon to 1 p.m.

Contributions to Mrs. Hornbeck's memory may be made to the American Legion, P.O. Box 155, Trout Creek, N.Y. 13847, or the Fellowship Baptist Church, Covered Bridge Road, Unadilla, N.Y. 13849.

Arrangements are by the Joyce Funeral Home, Inc., Main Street, Unadilla.


Delancy McLaughlin [Jr.] 1885 - 1953
[He grew up in Tacoma/East Masonville.]

Delancy McLaughlin (Sidney Center correspondent)

Delancy McLaughlin, 67, of Sidney Center died Tuesday at 5:30. He had been ill since Jan. 21. He was born Apr. 24, 1885, at Rock Royal, the son of Delancy and Anna (Riggs) McLaughlin.

He was married to Carrie Chapman June 24, 1908, at Unadilla. They lived with his parents at Trout Creek for 15 years and moved to a farm on the Sidney Center-East Masonville road Oct. 10, 1923. They moved to Sidney Center to their present home on Depot street in 1942. He was a farmer all his life except when he was a substitute rural delivery mail carrier for a year and a half.

Mr. McLaughlin was a faithful member of the Sidney Center Methodist church and was formerly a member of the Masonville church. In addition to serving as chairman of the board of trustees of the Methodist church, he was a director of the Delaware County Fire Insurance company.

Funeral services will be held from the Sidney Center Methodist church Friday at 2, Rev. Wilfred Lyon, pastor of the church, officiating. Rev. John Price will sing "Sometime We'll Understand." Burial will be in Evergreen Hill cemetery, Unadilla.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Harry of Wellsbridge and Leon of Saugerties; a brother, James McLaughlin of Cherry creek; five grandchildren, Kirk and Rita McLaughlin of Wellsbridge, Terry, Gloria and Phyllis, all of Saugerties.


Lola Edna Austin Olmsted 1881 - 1966
[Lola was raised in Tacoma and after her marriage lived two years in Tacoma and the rest in Masonville.]

Mrs. Walter Olmsted.

MASONVILLE - Mr. Walter (Lola) Olmsted, 85, of Masonville died unexpectedly at Smith Hospital, Walton, on Saturday, December 10, 1966.

Funeral services were held at Masonville Federated Church on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Harry W. Palmer, pastor officiating. Burial was in Masonville Cemetery.

Mrs. Olmsted was born on April 1, 1881, daughter of Alexander and Flora (Mathewson) Austin.

She was a member of Sidney Center Methodist Church for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Leon A. (Thena) Thomas of Long Eddy, and Miss Cheile Olmsted of Masonville; a son, Lynn Olmsted of Sidney Center; two granddaughters and three grandsons; also two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Karschner Funeral Home, Afton.


Lynn Rex Olmsted 1901 - 1999
[long-term Tacoma resident, town of Masonville]

Lynn Olmsted

SIDNEY CENTER - Lynn Olmsted, 98, of R.D. No. 1, town of Masonville, Sidney Center, passed away unexpectedly Friday evening, June 4, 1999, in the Countryside Care Center, Delhi.

He was born May 21, 1901, in East Masonville. Lynn was the son of the late Walter J. and Lola Austin Olmsted.

On June 24, 1939, he married Mary F. Neale in Deposit. She predeceased him on March 15, 1996.

For several years Mr. and Mrs. Olmsted operated a dairy farm in the town of Masonville. From 1967 until his retirement in 1972, he was employed by Baileys, Walton.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Sidney Center.

Lynn is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Winnie and Mitch Wlasiuk of Sidney Center; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Austin Olmsted of Apulia Station, Neal and Nancy Olmsted of San Antonia, Texas, and Ray Olmsted of Queens; one sister, Cheile Olmsted of Binghamton; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one niece.

He was predeceased by three sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 11, 1999, from C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. Donna Joy Schmid, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Sidney Center, and the Rev. Ned Lintern, of Otego, officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center.

Friends are invited to call at their convenience Thursday at the funeral chapel. His family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial gifts in his name may be directed to the Trout Creek Emergency Squad, if desired. Arrangements are under the direction of the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.


Mary F. Neale Olmsted 1909 - 1996
[second wife of Lynn Olmsted above]

Mary F. Olmsted

SIDNEY CENTER - Mrs. Mary F. Olmsted, 86, of R.D. #1, Sidney Center, NY died unexpectedly Friday, March 15, 1996 at Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton, NY.

She was born August 12, 1909 in Walton, NY. Mary was the daughter of the late William and Winifred Russell Neale. She was a graduate of Oneonta Normal, and for a number of years was a teacher in the rural schools of Delaware and Sullivan counties. On June 24, 1939 she married Lynn Olmsted in Deposit, NY.

Mrs. Olmsted was a lifelong area resident and was a former employee of the Keith Clark Corp., Sidney, NY. Mary was a loving mother and grandmother, always concerned about the needs of her family.

She is survived by her husband, Lynn Olmsted, Sidney Center, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Winnie and Mitch Wlasiuk, Sidney Center, NY; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Austin Olmsted, Apulia Station, NY, Neal and Nancy Olmsted, San Antonia, Texas, Ray and Maria Olmsted, Commack, NY, 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Yectiva Neale, Walton, NY, John and Edith Neale, Deposit, NY; and a sister, Lillian Ives, Bainbridge, NY. Also 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews survive.

Funeral and Committal Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 1996 from the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main Street, Sidney, NY. The Rev. J. Edwin Lintern, pastor of the Sidney Center United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center, NY.

Friends are invited to call at their convenience Saturday, March 23, 1996 at the funeral chapel. Calling hours will be from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Trout Creek Emergency Squad or Sidney Center United Methodist Church.


Alice Ethel Youngs Rutenber 1875 - 1958

Alice E. Rutenber, 82, of RD 2, Sidney Center, died at her home on August 12, 1958. Arrangements for funeral services to be held on Friday, August 15 at 2 p.m. at the Sidney Center Methodist Church have been made by the Joyce Funeral Home of Unadilla. Rev. Charles Adams of Afton will officiate, and burial will be in Prospect Hill cemetery in Sidney.

Bearers will be six grandsons, James Downie, Richard Bartz, Rodney Rutenber, Glenn Rosa, John Howes and James Campbell.

Mrs. Rutenber was born at Youngs Station, N.Y., on September 5, 1875, the daughter of Albert E. and Armenia (Waite) Youngs, and married Arthur Rutenber, who survives.

Also surviving are daughters, Mrs. William [Lulu] Bartz of New Berlin, Rena [son Reno, fate unknown] of California, Mrs. Hiram [Leola] Howes of Trout Creek, Mrs. Victor [Evelyn] Rosa of Sidney Center and Mrs. James [Florence] Campbell of Franklin; sons, Earl [Earle] Rutenber and Ernest Rutenber of Sidney, Stanley Rutenber of Sidney Center and Albert Rutenber of Norwich; 27 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Rutenber was married in the house in which she died, and had lived there for 63 years [though sometimes was on another farm the other side of Sidney Center]. She had been a member of the Sidney Center Methodist Church for 70 years, and was also a member of Maywood Grange of Sidney Center.


Arthur Morse Rutenber 1873 - 1965
[His Tacoma farm was R. D. Sidney Center.]

Arthur M. Rutenber.

SIDNEY CENTER -Arthur M. Rutenber, 91, lifelong resident of Sidney Center, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1965 at Smith Hospital in Walton, after an extended illness.

Funeral services were held on Sunday in the Joyce Funeral Home, Unadilla. Rev. George Youngs and Rev. Duane Buddle officiated. Burial will be later in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Sidney.

Mr. Rutenber was born Dec. 12, 1873, in the town of Masonville, the son of Edwin and Nancy (Morse) Rutenber. He married Alice E. Youngs Feb. 6, 1895 at Tacoma, N.Y.

He was a farmer. He was a member of Sidney Center Methodist church and an honorary member of the Maywood Grange.

He is survived by four sons, Earl W., and Ernest L., both of Sidney, Stanley W. of Sidney Center, and Albert E. of Norwich; five daughters, Mrs. William Bartz of Unadilla, Mrs. John Downie of Otego, Mrs. Hiram Howes of Trout Creek, Mrs. Victor Rosa of Sidney Center, and Mrs. James Campbell of Franklin; one brother, George Rutenber of Milanville, Pa.; 27 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

note from an obit in another paper - The funeral was held at Joyce Funeral home in Unadilla Sunday at 2 and burial will be later in Prospect Hill cemetery, Sidney. Officiating clergymen were Mr. Rutenber's nephew, Rev. George Youngs, and Rev. Duane Buddle of Sidney Center Methodist church.


Edwin Webster Rutenber 1843 - 1918

[The Unadilla Times, February 1, 1918]

Edwin W. Rutenber

Edwin Rutenber died at his house on Bridge street Friday morning, January 25th, aged 74 years, after an illness of a year from spinal trouble and complications. He was born at Fly Creek, near Cooperstown, July 17, 1843. When a child of three his parents moved to a farm near Trout Creek, Delaware Co. [on Trout Creek-East Masonville road], where he resided until his marriage February 6, 1864 [1867] to Miss Nancy Morse of Masonville, when they moved to his farm to Tacoma, N.Y., remaining there until they came to Unadilla to live in their present home on Bridge street in March 1895.

Mr. Rutenber was a men [man], who was always ready to do any kindness, within his power for a friend or neighbor; a thoroughly good business man; devoted and loyal to his family. His friends were many. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, having joined when a young man. He was patient in his sufferings, and they were great, and true to his God. He was tenderly cared for by his devoted wife and children who survived him. Had he lived to the sixth of February Mr. and Mrs. Rutenber would have been married 51 years, having celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last February. Besides his wife he is survived by six children: Mrs. Frank [Jennie] Youngs; Mrs. George [Adda] Smith, Unadilla; Arthur and Chester of Sidney Center; Parker and George of Sidney; and twenty-three grandchildren. One niece [Serepta Graham], Mrs. Royal Dean of Trout Creek.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 27 at the M. E. church following a prayer at his home. Rev. W. C. Dodge conducted the services. Miss Alice Palmer, an especial favorite of the deceased sang at both services assisted at the church by the M. E. quartette. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. Burial was made in Evergreen Hill cemetery. The pallbearers were his four sons and two sons-in-law.


Nancy Catherine Morse Rutenber 1845 - 1923
[Nancy's parents moved to the town of Masonville between the 1860 and the 1870 census where her father was a farmer.]

Mrs. Edwin W. Rutenber [Unadilla Times, December 14, 1923]

Nancy Catherine, the wife of the late Edwin W. Rutenber, died at the Community House, in this village, the home of her daughter [Adda], Mrs. George A. Smith, Tuesday, December 11, 1923, at 5:30 p.m. She came here last Friday suffering with a bad cold which developed into pneumonia causing her death.

Mrs. Rutenber was born at Roxbury Nov. 8, 1845, the daughter of Jane Jenkins and [Elijah] Parker Morse and resided in this village many years, forming many warm friendships. Her husband dying several years ago, she made her home with her children and her visits were always looked forward to with much delight, for she was one of the old fashioned mothers who delighted to make those about her content and happy.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George A. Smith, above mentioned, Mrs. Frank Youngs, Youngs; four sons, Arthur, of Sidney Center; Parker, of Albany; George, of Sidney; Chester, of Guilford; three sisters, Mrs. Ellen Culver and Mrs. Addie [Adelaide] Pomeroy, of Sidney Center; Mrs. Clarissa Fitch, of Schenectady; two brothers, Henry and Alfred Morse, of Sidney Center; 26 grandchildren, all living with one exception, a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, who died several years ago, and three great-grand-children.

A family prayer service will be held at the Smith apartments of the Community House, with funeral services at the Methodist church, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. W. E. Elwood, officiating. Burial in Evergreen Hill cemetery.


MRS. NANCY RUTENBER. [Sidney newspaper]

In all the relationships of life, there is allotted to every mortal but one mother. To mankind no love is known like mother's. Around her swirls the seething tide of a world that ebbs and flows like the waters of a great sea, but mother's love remains steadfast, kind and true. None can fathom the mother heart that amidst the tempests of live, when clouds hang low, mother still finds time to offer up a prayer that her children might walk the way of truth and light.

Such then is the true, gentle Christian mother that this week is mourned by the Rutenber family, whose beloved mother Mrs. Nancy Rutenber at the age of 75 years [was age 78] entered the portals of eternal rest, passing away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. A. Smith, Unadilla, surrounded by the tender and loving care of her devoted family.

During long residence in Unadilla and also in Sidney Mrs. Rutenber was loved and esteemed by a large circle of friends who admired her qualities of heart and mind. She was one of those mortals allowed by Providence to live to be a blessing to those about her, steadfast and unwavering in faith and in trust to God she devoutedly worshipped. Blessed is the mother who leaves to her children such an heritage; blessed are the children who cherish such a memory.

Funeral services were held at the Unadilla Methodist Episcopal church, Friday 14th inst at 2 o'clock, p.m., interment in the Evergreen cemetery. Mrs. Rutenber is survived by Arthur Rutenber, of Tacoma, N.Y.; Mrs. Frank Young, Youngs, N.Y.; Parker R. Rutenber, of Albany, N.Y.; Geo. A. Rutenber, Sidney, N.Y.; Mrs. Geo. A. Smith, Unadilla, N.Y.; Chester Rutenber, East Guilford, N.Y. In the loss of their dear mother the deepest sympathy goes forth to these bereaved ones.


Chester B. Teed 1867 - 1944
[Chet owned land in Tacoma and in the 1900 census was listed in the town of Masonville.]

Chester B. Teed, well known resident of Trout Creek area, died suddenly Saturday morning of a heart attack in the Jess Howe garage at Sidney Center.

Mr. Teed had gone to the garage to buy gasoline and then went into the office to make payment. He started to slump to the floor as in a faint and Burnett Jenkins who was waiting on him caught him and eased him to the floor, where he died almost instantly. Dr. R. H. Loomis, Sidney, was called and said death was due to heart failure.

Mr. Teed was born in Trout Creek June 23, 1867, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Teed. His entire life was spent in that hamlet except for a few years in Unadilla and Sidney. He owned and operated a large farm and also had other business interests, including the old Delaware Valley Telephone company. Through his business associations Mr. Teed became well known in all villages within a 25-mile radius of his home. He was a member of the Masonville Masonic lodge, Unadilla chapter, R.-A.M., and the Oneonta lodge of Elks.

Mr. Teed is survived by one son, Earl, at home; two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Jacobs of Middletown and Mrs. F. J. Niles [Lena] of Smyrna, and a sister, Mrs. Etta Wildy of Trout Creek.

The funeral was held at Mr. Teed's late residence at Trout Creek Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Curtis Shoup officiating. Burial was made in the Trout Creek Valley cemetery.


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