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[School] Committees 1882-3.

LITERATURE--Messrs. Mason, Bemis, Russell, York, Shaw.
SCHOOL--Messrs. Kingsbury, Bemis, Wright, Mateer, Mason.
INCIDENTALS--Messrs. Shaw, Mateer, Bennett.
BUILDING--Messrs. Wright, York, Bennett.
RENT OF HALL--R. M. Mateer
LIBRARY--Messrs. Russel, Bemis, York, Glidden.
H. C. Kingsbury, President. R. M. Mateer, Clerk.

[card in 1911 diary of Jane Crosgrove Mateer; R. M. Mateer was her husband]

Entered into rest Thursday evening, January 13th, 1910, at ten minutes after eleven o'clock, Mrs. Eleanor Mateer, aged 81 years.

Elnor Junkin Mateer was born August 16th, 1828, at Marinsville, a town near Emlenton named for her mother. Her father was Judge Benjamin F. Junkin, well known in early Pennsylvania history; her mother was Anna Maria Agnew, of the distinguished Philadelphia family of that name. She was one of a family of nine children, only three of whom survive: Dr. J. G. Junkin and Mrs M. E. Poppins, of near Wilmington, and Mr. Bingham Junkin of Grove City.

Her early life way[sic] spent near or at Emlenton until her marriage to William Russell of Pittsburgh, which took place before she was 20. Three children were born to them: Mrs. W. E. Shaw, now deceased; Mrs. F. H. Newell of Curilsville; Mrs. J. C. Armstrong of Holdrege, Nebraska. They resided at Pittsburgh until Mr. Russell's death.

By her second marriage, she became closely identified with early Presbyterian history of this vicinity. She was married to Rev. Joseph Mateer, of Belfast, Ireland, one of the most scholarly ministers ever in this section, educated at a Belfast University, Princeton and the Western Theological Seminary. To this union were born five children, who survive to mourn their great loss: Jennie Junkin wife of Rev. O. G. McDowell, of Philadelphia; Westanna L., Mell J. and Robert F., all of New Bethlehem. Dr. and Mrs. Mateer moved to New Bethlehem in 1881, and became official heads of this Presbyterian church, Mrs. Mateer being the first minister's wife of this church. After Dr. Mateer's death in 1883, Mrs. Mateer continued to make this place her home.

The funeral services were held at her late home, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock Rev. U. D. Reiter of the New Bethlehem Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. John L. Proudfit of the Connellsville First Presbyterian church, conducted the services. The Rev. Reiter spoke from a portion of Gen. 48, especially emphasizing the 21st verse: "Behold, I die: but God shall be with you and bring you again unto the land of your father,"--the theme being a parent's legacy to his children.

The Rev. Proudfit then spoke, and his summary of Mrs Mateer's character was so complete and truthful, we shall quote largely from it. On this occasion, owing to a particularly close friendship of eleven years with Mrs. Mateer, for the first time broke his rule as to speaking of the dead, and paid a most touching, eloquent tribute to his dead friend. He prefaced his remarks by saying he felt he would rather be sitting with those who mourned than speaking of her who was gone. He characterized her as one who loved and served God, giving Him the supreme place in her life; as one who loved God's house and ordinances; as one who loved His work and sought to the very end of life to exalt Him in heathen lands, as well as in her own land. A woman of great, natural endowment as to mind and will, she consecrated both to Christ's cause. She was a woman who fulfilled the private and public ideals of a minister's wife, where some sane advisor and true friend or as a officer of splendid executive ability and great tact at large conventions. She was one of the organizers of the Presbyterial Missionary Society, for many years its treasurer, and a life-member of its Executive Board. For many years she was, also, president of the local Missionary society. She never lost her vivid interest in Christian work, particularly Missions. She never seemed old because each generation found in her an interested friend. Rev. Proudfit concluded by paying a very rare personal tribute, when, as her pastor, he found her a wise counselor, a sympathetic friend and a helpful listener.

At the close of the services, private interment was made in the New Bethlehem cemetery, where she was laid to rest beside her husband.

The friends from a distance were: Mrs. Bingham Junkin of Grove City; Miss Annie Poppino of New Wilmington; Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Newell of Curllsville; Rev. O. G. McDowell of Philadelphia; Rev. J. L. Proudfit of Connellsville.

[clipping in 1911 diary of Jane Crosgrove Mateer; Eleanor was her sister-in-law.]

At His Home in Henry Friday, June 2nd, 1911.

The community was grieved to learn of the death of E. N. Cosgrove at his home in this village on last Friday afternoon. Deceased had been an invalid and patient sufferer for more than a decade and for a week or ten days before he died was confined to his bed, but the end came quietly and peacefully, surrounded by his devoted wife and children.

Edward Nelson Cosgrove was born Aug. 10th, 1845, in Westfield, New York, and died in Henry, S. D., June 2nd, 1911, being almost sixty-six years of age. After spending nearly forty years of his young life in Chautauqua county, New York, he came west in the spring of 1882, eleven years after his marriage to Mira Dick. Five sons and three daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cosgrove, of whom all are living except Leigh, who died seven years ago, leaving a bride of six months, who had been Bertha Duryee. The remaining children are Dick, who is in business in Salt Lake City; Bertram, superintendent of the public schools in Delano, Minn.; Charles, Pierre, Jesse (now Mrs. S. D. Boyd), Bessie and Grace, who have their homes still in Henry, which is a great satisfaction to their mother, and to the wife and children the deepest sympathy of the community is extended.

The funeral was held Sunday, June 4th, from the Congregational church, Rev. S. B. Wells officiating, assisted by Rev. Carson, of the Presbyterian church at Huron, and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery. A long concourse of friends followed the sorrowing relatives to the grave.

Mr. and Mrs. Cosgrove took their membership from a Presbyterian church at Westfield, New York, to unite as charter members in the Henry Congregational church, in which Mr. Cosgrove held important offices for many years.--Henry (S.D.) Independent, June 9, 1911. [reprinted in Westfield newspaper]

[clipping in 1911 diary of Joseph M. Mateer; Edward was his uncle]


He Was Born In Vermont Nearly 90 Years Ago and Came to Westfield In 1851--He Had Held Office In Various Medical Organizations--Member of An Old Colonial Family.

(Special to The Journal.)

Westfield, June 7. [1911]--Dr. Thomas D. Strong, one of the oldest practicing physicians of western New York, died at his residence in this village Tuesday evening, aged 89 years, 6 months and 14 days. He leaves a wife, Rachel Bostwick Strong, and one sister, Miss Laura Strong of Buffalo.

Dr. Strong was born at Pawlet, Vt., in 1821. He fitted for college at Burr seminary, Manchester, Vt., and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1848, and from the medical college of the University of Buffalo in 1851. He came directly to Westfield, where he practiced medicine for 60 years. He served as surgeon in the 68th regiment, New York State militia, and participated in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. He was a member of the local G. A. R. post.

Dr. Strong was president of the board of pension examiners at Jamestown for several years and was a member of the board of education in this village for 25 years, also a member of the American Academy of Medicine and an ex-president of the Chautauqua and Lake Erie Medical society. In 1883 he was elected president of the New York State Medical association and was also president of the board of trustees of the Westfield Presbyterian church for several years and a charter member of the Royal Arcanum of this village, of which organization he was medical examiner.

In local matters, Dr. Strong was an important factor, having served the village in many capacities. He was in active practice up to two weeks ago, when he was taken ill with a complication of troubles usual to men of his age.

[clipping in 1911 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Annual Reunion of Chautauqua Society

Folks from Chautauqua county who now live in Buffalo held their annual reunion last evening at the Auditorium, Elmwood avenue and Utica street. For some years past the Chautauquans have held such a meeting every winter to get together and talk over old times down on the farm or in Westfield or Jamestown or wherever else the old times ought to be located. In this way a permanent society was formed.

The reunion last evening took the form of a reception, musicale, dance and luncheon. At the luncheon President Frank J. Eberle presided and made his report upon the society's affairs during the past year. Others who spoke were Alonzo G. Hinkley and Principal Frank S. Fosdick of Masten Park High School. Mr. Fosdick spoke for the Chautauqua people and Mr. Hinkley was a native of Buffalo who once went through Chautauqua on a train. The musical program included vocal selections by Mrs. Charles A. Storck, Miss Mary V. Tennant and Dr. H. M. Chester, Mrs. Frederick Tracy on the violin and Mrs. Carter at the piano.

Officers of the society for the coming year were elected as follows; Herbert Hewes, president; Jeremiah J. Hurley, vice-president; Elijah W. Holt, secretary, and A. B. Wright, treasurer.

[clipping in 1911 diary of Jane Crosgrove Mateer; A. B. Wright was her son-in-law]

Paste This Government Recipe in Your Scrapbook--It Will Be Useful.
For the third or fourth time the NEWS prints today the government recipe for whitewash. Cut this out and paste it in your scrap book or in your recipe book. It will come handy to have in the house. It is considered absolutely the best recipe for whitewash known. The United States government spent a great many dollars in experimenting and this is the result of the efforts of their best chemists. It is used on all governmental buildings, light houses, etc.:

Slake half a bushel of lime with boiling water, cover for an hour; strain through a fine sieve and stir in a peck of salt dissolved in enough warm water to do the work thoroughly; boil three pounds of rice to a thin porridge and stir in while hot. Soak half a pound of glue in cold water for an hour, then bring to boiling point by setting the vessel in a pot of boiling water over the fire; stir into the lime mixture together with half a pound of Spanish whiting. Now pour into this five gallons of hot water; stir for three minutes from the bottom; cover to exclude dust, and let it alone for two days. Apply hot when you are ready to use it. A pint of the mixture will cover a square yard of the surface.

[clipping in 1911 diary of Jane Crosgrove Mateer]

The many friends of Miss Edith Shaw were pained to hear of her death, which occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sandborn, at North East, early Monday morning. The funeral will be hedf from her late home on Oak street, this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock.

[clipping in diary of Joseph M. Mateer, Jan. 1, 1917]

Death of Mrs. Guild

Mrs. Mary Guild, widow of the late J. O. Guild, entered into to [sic] rest, January 30th, 1917, aged 83 years, seven months and 13 days. She is survived by two sons and three daughters, all of whom were present at the funeral, which was held from her late home on Friday afternoon, Rev. Alexander Thompson officiating. The interment was in Westfield cemetery.

[clipping in diary of son-in-law Joseph M. Mateer]

The will of Mary Guild, late of Westfield, was admitted to probate. The real estate is valued at $10,000; no personal property. The will provides as follows: All household goods and personal property divided equally between her two daughters, Annie H. Mateer and Isabelle Seymour. All real property devised to executors to be sold and when sold to distribute the proceeds equally among the children: Wellington P. Guild, Frank Guild, Alice Peirce, Annie H. Mateer and Isabelle Seymour; in case of any children being dead, such share to go to their children; letters testamentary were granted to Carl Seymour and Joseph M. Mateer.

[clipping in diary of son-in-law Joseph M. Mateer, dated May 1, 1917]

Sept. 2, 1918

Miss Alice Mateer has received a government appointment and is at present located at Jefferson Barracks Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

Oct. 28, 1918

Edward Mateer who has been spending his vacation with relatives, has returned to St. Louis, where he has joined the Students Training Corps at Washington University.

Dec. 16, 1918

Miss Alice M. Mateer member of Red Cross Base Hospital Unit No. 77, is reported having landed safely in France.

[clippings in 1918 diary of Joseph M. Mateer; Edward and Alice are his children]

Westfield Man's Property Valued at $45,000-Widow Named Trustee.

Mayville, Feb. 4 [1921].-The will of the late Grant S. Flagler of Westfield, was probated, and Alburn E. Skinner and Alta Owen Flagler were appointed executors in Surrogate's Court yesterday Judge H. N. Crosby presiding. The value of this estate is placed at $45,000, which is disposed of in the will of decedent as follows: The residence of decedent, at 184 East Main Sstreet in the Village of Westfield, with the lot and all household goods are bequeathed to the widow, Alta Owen Flagler, together with $15,000.

Mrs. Flagler is also appointed trustee to care for all the remainder of this estate, invest it, and apply the income from said moneys to the payment of equal shares to James W. Flagler, a son, and Adelelaide F. Husted and Margaret Owen Flagler, until they reach the age of thirty years, at which time the principal is to be turned over to them. Ottaway & Munson of Westfield were the attorneys.

[clipping in 1918 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Jan. 16, 1922

John R. Fay, late of the village of Westfield. Total amount of Property transferred is $27,799.96. This property passes to two beneficiaries, as follows: James John Prendergast, a grandson, receives $2,525, and pays a tax thereon of $25.25; and the remainder of the estate, $25,274.96 is received by a daughter Clara Fay Prendergast, whose tax is $202.75.

At the manse in Jamestown, N.Y. on 28th of February, 1922, Samuel James Johnston was united in marriage to Miss Edith Mary Churchill by the Rev. George L. MacClelland. After the ceremony the happy couple left for a short trip to Cleveland, Ohio.

Married at Mayville, N.Y., on the 24th of February, 1922, Jay Crosgrove Taylor and Mrs. Lena May Flick, both of Westfield, N.Y. Reverend E. W. Bloomquist performed the ceremony in the presence of relatives. They are both popular young people of this town and are now pleasantly located at the groom's farm on West Main Road. They have the best wishes for a long and happy wedded life.

March 9, 1922

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Mateer have received a wireless from H. W. Peterson of Yokohama, Japan, announcing the arrival of a son, Harry William.

Dec. 6, 1922

[obituary abstract] Edward B. Parsons died Dec. 3 in Brooklyn, NY. Survived by two brothers and one sister. Judge W. L. Parsons, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Herbert Parsons, Miss Florence Parsons, both of Brooklyn. Funeral Wednesday at home of F. A. Hall, burial Westfield Union Cemetery.

[clippings in 1922 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Prominent Veteran Passes Away

W. J. Ogle (Uncle Bill) aged 78 years and six months passed away at his home here on Sunday, January 26, 1924. Mr. Ogle was a veteran of the Civil War and was through many of the big battles. He always attended the National G. A. R. reunions.

Mr. Ogle for years was prominent in the politics of the State until the last few years. His remains were laid to rest in the Oxford cemetery on Tuesday and were accompanied to their final resting place by a very large concourse of friends.--The Oxford (Wis.) Times.

[clipping in 1924 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Oldest woman in Chautauqua county passes away.

Special to The Buffalo Express.
Jamestown, Feb. 15.-Mrs. Mary Utley Wightman, the oldest person in Chautauqua county, died at Chautauqua this morning, in her 105th year.

Mrs. Wightman was born at Booneville in 1819, the daughter of Isaac Utley, one of the early settlers of that region. More than 80 years ago she became the wife of the Rev. Allen O. Wightman, for many years one of the prominent members of the Central New York conference of the Methodist Episcopal church. She first came to Chautauqua in 1874 for the opening of the Chautauqua assembly, and continued a constant summer visitor for 40 years, when she became a resident of the Chautauqua community. She is survived by one daughter, Miss May Wightman, a teacher in the Chautauqua schools, with whom she made her home. She will be buried at Westfield on Saturday afternoon.

[clipping in 1924 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

[cir Mar 1 1924]
Estate of Carlton A. Kingsbury, late of the village of Westfield. Total amount of property transferred is $2,561.59 which all passes to a sister, Julia H. Kingsbury, and who pays a tax of $51.23.

[clipping in 1924 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

One of Westfield's Most Highly Esteemed Business Men Died March 12, 1924.

Fred W. Johnston was born and spent his whole life in this town. His father died when he was a young man, and at the age of sixteen he entered the employ of the Robert Shaw & Co., grocers, and although the members of the firm changed, he remained a fixture at Nos. 3 and 4 Main street, and during all the fifty years of his services he has exhibited the same cheerful, courteous, kindly treatment to all the patrons of this store.

No more popular salesman than Fred ever stood back of a counter, and his popularity is the result of never-failing kindness, strict attention to business (he being the first to be on hand in the morning and the last to leave at night), his pronounced honesty and integrity even in the smallest details of life.

Not only was he faithful in his business, but even more so was he faithful in the care and love that he exhibited to his widowed mother and sisters. No son ever did more for his loved ones than did he.

Every year he took a vacation in November of two weeks. He did the same the past fall, but when he returned it was evident to his friends that he was far from well, and although everything that was possible to do was done, he gradually failed until the end came on Wednesday, March 12, 1924.

The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon from his late home and was largely attended, the house not being able to hold those who came to pay their last respects to one whom they had known and loved. There were a great abundance of flowers, a fitting tribute to the esteem in which he was held. The services were in charge of Rev. George L. MacClelland, assisted by Rev. C. B Thompson and Rev. C. Fleck. Dr. MacClelland had known him intimately for over twenty-four years, and paid an exceptionally fine tribute to his life and character as shown in his daily life He is survived by his three sisters, who have the sympathy of the entire community in their great loss. The burial was in Westfield cemetery.

At the close of business on Feb 28, 1923, The W. R. Douglas co. celebrated his 50th anniversary as an employee of the store, and presented him with a fine gold watch.

It will be a long time before we see his like again. He was faithful to the end.

The Grape Belt
Fred Johns[t]on Worked 50 Years on Same Job-Stores Close For Funeral.

Westfield, March 18.-Saturday afternoon at 2:30 after all of the business houses on the "Row" had closed for an hour and half, the funeral of Fred Johnson was held. He had worked for over fifty years in one place and never held but one job in all of that time. This fact in itself is remarkable, but when considered in the light of the facts that during all of this time he had never been absent because of sickness or for any other reason except his annual vacation of two weeks; that he was always the first employee to reach the store in the morning and last to leave at night; although the store is open evenings, one realizes that Mr. Johnson has several records rolled in one. There is not a man on the business row who was there when Mr. Johnson began his work at the Douglas grocery and there are only five business men living who were on the "Row" when Fred began. Those men are: F. A. Hall, Harlow Gibbs and Silas W. Mason, of this village, George Kimberly, of Erie and W. H. Walker, of Philadelphia. No more popular salesman than Fred W. Johnson ever stood back of a counter: and his popularity was the result of a never failing kindness, strict attention to business and unvarying honesty.

Mr. Johnson was born in Westfield January 11, 1856 and was the son of William and Jane Johnson. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and Summit Lodge, No. 219, F & A. M. His only sickness was from cancer of the stomach from which he died on Wednesday at 4 o'clock. Interment was in the Westfield cemetery. The service was in charge of Rev. George McClelland of Jamestown formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church here Mr. Johnson is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth, Jennie and Anna.

[clippings in 1924 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Tues. Apr 15, 1924
Quiet Doer of Good Deeds Passed Away April 10-Age was 70 Years.

For the second time within a month death visited the Johnston home on Washington street. Miss Jennie Johnston passed away at noon April 10 failing to recover from an operation recently performed. Miss Johnston, who was seventy years old, leaves two sisters Anna and Lizzie, her brother Fred died March 12.

The general public knew but little of the faithful, quiet services which Miss Johnston was always doing for those less fortunate than herself. Much of this work was done as a member of the Union Relief. Week after week, with hardly a miss in the many long years, Miss Johnston visited a bed-ridden invalid, located nearly two miles from her home, for almost twenty years.

[clipping in 1924 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

[cir Jul 23, 1924]
Fred W. Johnston, late of Westfield. The total amount of property transferredis $24.097.71, which passes equally to three sisters, Lizzie W. Johnston, Anna B. Johnston and Jennie W. Johnston, each receiving $8,032.57 and each paying a tax of $160.65.

[clipping in 1924 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]


Westfield, Aug. 22-J. Winsor Phillips, organist for thirty-four years in the Presbyterian church, teacher of music and a most lovable character, died Thursday, afternoon August 14 [1924] at 4:30 at his home on Pleasant Ave., following a stroke that morning at 11:30. The funeral was held Saturday at 2:30 in the Presbyterian church, Rev. G. L. MacClelland, his pastor here for many years but now of the First Presbyterian church of Jamestown, officiated. Burial was in the Westfield cemetery.

Mr. Phillips was born in Westfield on April 19, 1868 and was the son of Peter George and Elizabeth Winsor Phillips. His education was obtained in the public schools of Westfield and his musical education at Chautauqua and the Fredonia Normal. On November 21, 1893 he married May Hamilton and to them were born two children, James of Los Angeles and Marjorie, who has been living home. Besides his wife and two children, he is survived by his sister, Mrs. D. R. Martin.

[clipping in 1924 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Frank W. Johnston.
Frank W. Johnston, for many years a resident of Prespect avenue, Buffalo, died at his home in Westfield early yesterday morning [Sept. 24, 1924]. Mr. Johnston was 82 years old. He is survived by his wife Jessie M. Johnston.

Mr. Johnston served the New York Central railroad as a conductor for many years. He was sergeant at arms in the New York State assembly for eight years. In 1912 he went to Westfield to operate a vineyard. The funeral will be held at his home in Main street, Westfield, Friday at 2.30 o'clock.

[clipping in 1924 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Died in Buffalo, N. Y., on January 7, 1925, from an illness of only a few days of pneumonia, Benjamin F. Tyler, beloved husband of Alma S. Tyler (Nee Gibbs) father of Dorothy E. Tyler, Leroy G. Williams, Mrs. Jessie E. Harrison of Los Angeles, Calif., and a sister, Miss Nettie Tyler of Westfield, N. Y. Deceased was a member of Summit Lodge 219 F. & A. M. of Westfield N. Y., and Buffalo No. 168 B. of R. T. Burial was under the auspices of Queen City Lodge NO. 358 F. & A. M.

[clipping in 1925 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Egg On Ice Cake Cooks in Minute By Radio Waves
New York, Sept. 16 (A.P.).--Cooking an egg over a cake of ice by wireless was one of several demonstrations of mysterious radio power given today at the Radio World's fair.

The egg was placed on a frying pan on the ice. In a moment the pan became red hot through action of waves that penetrated through the ice. The egg soon was cooked to a turn.

The trick was done through the so-called wireless lamp.

[clipping in 1925 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

May 22, 1927

Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Peterson and son have returned from a business trip to Tokio, Japan, and are the guest of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Mateer.

[clipping in 1927 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Prominent Westfield Attorney Had Been Patient in W. C. A. Hospital in Jamestown.
Monday, Sept. 23 [1929].--The funeral of Harlan L. Munson, well known Westfield lawyer, was held this afternoon from the family home at 2 o'clock. Mr. Munson, who was 59 years of age, died Friday evening at the W. C. A. hospital in Jamestown following an operation on Sept. 11.

Mr. Munson was born on August 27, 1870. He was graduated from the Westfield high school and studied for the bar at Cornell university. He opened a law office in Westfield and later became the junior partner in the law firm of Ottaway & Munson. At the death of Judge A. B. Ottaway, the senior member of the firm, Mr. Munson formed a partnership with Elmer O. Brinkman.

Mr. Munson was well known throughout the western part of the state. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian church here. He served on the board of education and was a director of the Westfield Y. M. C. A.

The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Pierce Munson, two sons, Donald B. and H. Pierce Munson, and one step son, Rolland Rockwell, all of Westfield.

Well Known Westfield Attorney, Passes Away Friday Evening, Sept. 20th, at the Age of 59 Years

The funeral of Harlan L. Munson, well-known Chautauqua County attorney, who died Friday evening, September 20, 1929, at 6 o'clock at the W. C. A. Hospital in Jamestown at the age of 59 years was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family home in this village. Mr. Munson had undergone an operation on September 11th.

Mr. Munson was born August 27, 1870. He was graduated from the Westfield High school and took his degree at Cornell University. After his graduation he opened an office in Westfield later being a law partner of the late Judge A. B. Ottaway. After Judge Ottaway's death, which occurred in 1927, Mr. Munson formed a partnership with Elmer O. Brinkman. He was a trustee of the Westfield Presbyterian church, a director of the Y. M. C. A., and a member of the Board of Education. He had also served as trustee of the Village and a member of the Town Board.

Mr. Munson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Peirce Munson; two sons, Donald B. and H. Peirce Munson, and one step-son, Rolland Rockwell of Westfield.

[Oct 1929]
Attorney Harlan L. Munson of Westfield Leaves $25,000.

Judge Warner S. Rexford, in Surrogate's court admitted to probate the will of Harlan L. Munson, late Westfield attorney and the National Bank of Westfield was named as executor. The value of the estate is estimated at $18,000 real property and $7,000 personal property which passes as follows: To the widow, Mary B. Munson, personal bequests, insurance, household furniture and the family home on Portage street in the village of Westfield, and one-third of the personal property, and the proceeds of a trust fund to be created from the sale of a farm in the town of Portland. To a son, Harlan Peirce Munson, personal bequests and one third of the personal property, and the proceeds of a trust fund to be created from the sale of a farm in the town of Portland. To a son, Donald B. Munson, personal bequests and one-third of the personal property; to a son, Donald Munson, personal bequest and one-third of the personal property.. Elmer O. Brinkman, attorney.

[clippings in 1929 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Mrs. Jennie Mann Coombs, for many years a resident of this village, entered into rest at her home in New York City, on November 25, 1929, at 9:45 o'clock, aged 90 years. The remains will be brought here later for burial.

[clipping in 1929 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Herman F. Durand, aged 66 years, one of Westfield's older residents, died in Erie, Pa., Feb 10, 1931. Burial was at Clymer, N. Y., Feb. 13, 1931. He is survived by one son, George C. Durand, of Erie, Pa.; two sisters, Sarah Durand, of Westfield, N. Y., and Mrs. C. C. Otis, of Lexington, Kentucky.

[clipping in 1931 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]


The Rev. Dr. G. L. MacClelland succumbs at Port Henry
Special to Courier-Express

Jamestown, June 3 [1931]-Word was received here today of the death last night at Port Henry of the Rev. Dr. George L. MacClelland, former pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

Dr. MacClelland began his pastorate here in 1915 and served until a year ago today, when his resignation was accepted. Since then he had supplied in a Philadelphia pulpit. His death was wholly unexpected and Mrs. MacClelland was in Philadelphia at the time.

Dr. Mac Clelland was educated at Auburn Theological Seminary and after that filled pastorates in Gloversville and Brooklyln. Prior to coming here in 1915, he served fifteeen years as pastor of the Westfield Presbyterian Church. He was a member of a number of fraternal and civic bodies of this city. No plans for the funeral have been made, so far as is known here.

[clipping in 1931 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]


Will of Frank Abel Prendergast, late of Ripley, Admitted to Probate-Value of Estate Estimated at $82,500--Son and Daughter Are Heirs.

Mayville, June 16.-The will of Frank Abel Prendergast, late of the town of Ripley was admitted to probate by Judge Warner S. Rexford in Surrogate's court yesterday, James Prendergast, a son, of Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga county, Ohio, was named as executor. The value of the estate is estimated at $20,000 real property and $62,500 personal property and passes to the son and a daughter. Ruth Prendergast of Ripley.

[clipping in 1931 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Mrs. Ross Knight and Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Mateer, attended the ninetieth birthday of Simeon McCord, of North East, Pa., on August 14th [1931].

[clipping in 1931 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Will hold funeral of Mrs. William R. Harroun
Special to Courier-Express
Westfield, April 7 [1933]--The funeral of Mrs. Sarah E. Harroun, who died yesterday forenoon, will be held at her home, 31 South Gale Street, at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow.

Mrs. Harroun was 84 years old and had apparently been in fair health up to a short time before her death, when she was taken suddenly with a sinking spell and could not be revived. She was a member of the Westfield Presbyterian Church more than 50 years. The Rev. J. Manley Spencer, pastor, will officiate at the funeral.

Mrs. Harroun was married to William R. Harroun in 1876. Mr. Harroun died in 1910. A few years of their early married life was spent in Pennsylvania, but, with this exception, Mrs. Harroun had always lived in Westfield. Two daughters survive her, Miss Blanche Harroun and Miss Frances Harroun, both residents of this village.

[clipping in 1933 diary of Joseph M. Mateer]

Will hold services for Lester S. Horning at his home tomorrow afternoon
Special to Courier-Express
Westfield, Dec. 29 [1933]--The funeral of Lester S. Horning, 65 years old, will be held at his home, 49 Union Street, at 2:30 o'clock Sunday. The pastor of the Westfield Presbyterian Church, the Rev. J. Manley Spencer, will officiate and burial will be in Westfield Cemetery.

Mr. Horning had served as a member of the Village Board of Trustees since he was first elected to the office on March 19, 1929. He retired from business in February, 1928, having owned a dry goods store on Main Street more than twenty years. Prior to that time he had lived in Westfield 40 years. He was seriously ill for about eight weeks before he died.

In addition to his wife, Rose, a daughter, Miss Ruth Horning, survives, with a sister, Mrs. Elmer Flint, Bliss, and a brother, Fred Horning, Castile.

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Mrs. Lilla Shaw Husted, one of our most highly respected and well beloved residents, entered into rest after a long illness on Feb 9, 1934, aged 77 years, 11 months and 23 days. The funeral was held on Monday from her late home on Third street, the Rev. J. Manley spencer officiating. The burial was in the family lot in Westfield cemetery. A fitting notice will appear next week.

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Schuyler Northrup, a life long and highly respected resident of this town, entered into rest at his ome on Munson Road, March 10th, 1934, after a long illness, aged 71 years, nine months and 12 days. Mr. Northrup was a decendant of one of the earliest settlers, his grandfather coming here in 1817. He is survived by his widow and two sons.

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Fordyce L. Tew, for many years a familiar figure on the streets of this village, died suddenly at the county hospital on Feb. 21, 1935, age 81 years. The funeral was held from the funeral home of Crandall & Stowell. Rev. F. S. McKnight officiating. The burial was in the family lot in Westfield cemetery.

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Mrs. Alice Bates Grandin, widow of Samuel S. Grandin, died at 10 p. m., Saturday, March 9th, 1935, at her home, Walker road, town of Westfield, aged 74 years. She is survived by two daughters, the Misses Alice Louise and Grace Livingston Grandin of Westfield, and one son, Robert Reading Grandin of Bristow, Olka. Mrs. Grandin was born at Cincinnati, and had resided in Westfield for forty years. She was a member of Patterson Chapter, D. A. R., of Westfield, and St. Peter's Guild of St. Peter's Episcopal church at Westfield. The funeral was held at the home Tuesday at 2:30 p. m. The Rev. H. Dimmick Baldy officiating. The burial was in Jamestown.

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Sam. Johnston, a life long resident of this village, died in Stockton, Cal., March 14, 1935. He was the beloved brother, of Helena and Lena Johnston, formerly of this village.

The funeral was held Saturday, March 16, 1935, at 9 a. m., from the chapel of DeYoung & Conklin, thence to St. Mary's church, where a low mass was said for the repose of his soul at 9:30 a. m. Entombment in San Joaquin Mausoleum. A rosary was said Friday night, March 15, at 8 o'clock in the chapel of DeYoung & Conklin.

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[1935] Westfield--The funeral of Charles E. McEwen, 79, will be held at the Carpenter funeral Home, 37 Clinton Street, this afternoon at 2.30 (D. S. T.) The body will be at his former home, Pearl and Clinton streets, where death occurred early Sunday morning, until Tuesday. He had been ill about a week. The officiating ministers will be the Rev. F. A. Mills and the Rev. Frank S. McKnight and the burial will take place in Westfield Cemetery. Mr. McEwen had served terms as village trustee and one term as mayor of Westfield, prior to 1918. Surviving him are his wife, Mary; George McEwen, Westfield, son, and Mrs. W. H. Pierce, Fredonia, a daughter; also three grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. McEwen had been married for 52 years.

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Pioneer Grape Grower Succumbs at Age 88--Resident Sixty Years

Albert S. Watson died at his home in this village at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, April 8, 1935, aged 88 years. Mr. Watson was one of the pioneer grape growers of the Chautauqua belt and helped to organize the present C. & E. Grape Growers' Co-operative Association many years ago. He conducted a fruit farm on Main Street in the east side of the village for many years and supplied hundreds of thousands of grape roots to farmers in the vicinity at a time when those vineyards were being set out on a large scale.

Mr. Watson had lived here for sixty years. He traveled extensively during his life, having at various times visited every state in the Union. He had spent the Winter in Florida for the past several years, and was brought home from St. Petersburg, Fla., seriously ill, two weeks ago last Saturday.

The funeral was held at the home in Water Street on Wednesday at 2. Burial was in Westfield Cemetery.

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Announcement Reveals Wedding Of Mrs. Sikes

Mrs. Charles G. Stockton announces the marriage of her daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Stockton Sikes, to Joseph LeConte Bell yesterday at Mrs. Stockton's home in Westfield. [Aug. 1935]

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Died in Philadelphia, Penna., Dec. 8, 1935, Miss Caroline B. Weaver, formerly of Westfield. Funeral in Buffalo, Dec. 10, 1935. Burial in Westfield latter.

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[Nov. 1936] Mr. and Mrs. W. H. [sic H. W.] Peterson and family motored up from Westfield, N. J., to spend Thanksgiving with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Mateer.

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Mrs. Josephine Kerr Johnston, died in Bradford, Pa., on November 25, 1936. The remains were brought here on November 27th and taken to Crandall & Stowell Funeral Home, where a service was conducted by the Rev. J. Manley Spencer of the First Presbyterian Church. The burial was in Westfield Cemetery. She was 80 years of age and had many friends here.

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[1937] The old Westfield Mills, which was built in 1831, one hundred and six years ago, is being raised by its present owner, Henry Newsome. It had been unused for some time and young boys have committed depredations without number upon it! Tearing down the chimneys, breaking windows and sash and stealing everything that could be carried away!

George Hall was the first proprietor and he was followed by his son Erie Hall and James G. Harris, who sold to William Vorce, he sold it to Hiram Herrick, who in turn sold it to A. S. Fitch, who sold it to its present owner, Henry Newsome. It was one of the finest mill properties in the county and had a large patronage from the surrounding country in the early days. We are sorry to see these old land marks disappear.

It was built on the site of the mill built by Johnathan Cass in 1811. Mr. Cass was one of the pioneers of the town.

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Ripley--Charles F. Cochrane, 77; lifelong resident of Ripley and well known fruit grower in this section; survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

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Frank Stritzinger, for many years a respected resident of this village died in Pittsburgh, Pa., March 23rd, 1937. the funeral will be held from the Crandall & Stowell Funeral Home on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The Rev. Manley Manley Spencer will have charge of the services.

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[1937] Jay J. Seymour, who would have celebrated his 91st birthday on April 9, died suddenly Sunday morning at 9:45 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mansor E. Himes in Mayville. He formerly lived alone, but in recent months had resided with the Himes family. He visited the barber shop as usual Saturday afternoon and rode to Westfield and back, apparently in his usual health, before he was suddenly stricken. Surviving are a nephew and niece, Carl Seymour and Mrs. Nellie Laughlin, both of Westfield. Mr. Seymour was born in this community, which had been his home the greater part of his life. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p. m., at the Himes' residence.

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Westfield Estate

[Oct. 1937] The will of Louie Drake Miller of Westfield was admitted to probate this morning and the estate valued at $15,000 and upwards in personal property, most of which passes to relatives residing in the west. Beneficiaries include Margaret Cooper, Mary Johnston and Marjorie Minton, all of Westfield, and no relation to the deceased. The former receives $2,000 and the latter two, $1,000 each.

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Westfield, Feb. 4 [1938]--Mrs. Esther Ossman, wife of Fred Ossman, died late Wednesday at her home at 37 Oak street, Westfield.

Mrs. Ossman is survived by her husbnad, Fred Ossman; one daughter, Mrs. Gus Lemke; three sons, Rudolph, Gustav and Fred Ossman, all of Detroit, Mich., and two grandchildren.

The remains are at Carpenter's Funeral home where funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 oclock. Rev. Paul Goebel of Dunkirk will officate and burial will be at the Westfield cemetery.

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Joseph Galloway, for many years a resident of this village, died on Wednesday morning, February 9th, 1938, at the home of Mr. Jesse Powell in Laona. Besides his widow, Mrs. Isabelle Galloway, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Laura Stegman, Dunkirk, Mrs. Sara Carlson, Erie and Miss Mary Galloway, Westfield and six grand-children.

Funeral services were conducted at the Crandall and Stowell Funeral Home at 2 p. m. on Friday with Rev. J. Manley Spencer officiating and burial was in the Westfield Cemetery.

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Westfield, Mar. 15 [1938]--Ruth Persons Horning, age 35, died Monday morning at her home, 49 Union street, Westfield after a short illness.

Miss Horning is survived by her mother, Mrs. Rose Persons Horning; one uncle, Fred Horning of Castile, and one aunt, Mrs. Elmer Flint of bliss.

Funeral services will be held at her late residence. The Rev. Manley Spencer will officiate, with burial in the Westfield cemetery.

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Mrs. Frances Van Valkenburg Flagler died Tuesday, June 7, 1938, at her home on Water street. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. C. G. Watson of Westfield and Mrs. A. C. Watson of Garden City, L. I. The funeral will be held Thursday at 3 p. m. (EST) from St. Peters' Episcopal Church. Rev. Elmer Young will officiate.

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Charles Edmund Sackett, aged 78 years, died in Los Angeles, Calif., January 22, 1939. He was born in Jamestown, N. Y. His father was Charles Dewey Sackett, at one time editor of the Jamestown Journal. For many years Mr. Sackett was a lawyer in Montana and California. He graduated at Westfield High School and Yale College. Mr. Sackett leaves a sister Clara E. Sackett.

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Jamestown, March 10 [1939]--Orders assessing inheritance taxes on the following estates have been signed by Surrogate Lee L. Ottaway:

John H. Neill, net estate $32,218.98. Pays a tax of $172.19. A one-fifth share of the estate passes to each of the following: Allie S. Lamb, sister, of Westfield; Grace C. Cowan, sister, of Detroit, Mich.; Frank C. Neill, brother, of Brookings, S. D.; and Clara F. Prendergast, niece, of Westfield. Mabel Schmidt of Omaha, Neb., and Mytle Harris of LeSueur, Minnesota, both nieces, each receive one-tenth of the estate. Elmer O. Brinkman, attorney for administrator.

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Ripley, March 24 [1939]--The death of William Crosgrove of this village occurred at his home here last Friday. He was 92 years of age and had been in failing health for a long time.

Mr. Crosgrove was the son of John and Mary Cochrane Crosgrove. His grandfather, William Crosgrove, came to this country from Ireland in 1801, and settled on the Crosgrove farm in 1808, where the late William Crosgrove was born and had always lived. Mr. Crosgrove, like his entire family, had been a life-long member of the Presbyterian church. He is survived by a niece, Mrs. H. C. Perry of Ripley, and two nephews, Dr. A. C. Kingsley of Phoenix, Ariz., and M. W. Kingsley of South Gate, Cal., and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Dora Crosgrove of Ripley.

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The marriage of Myrtle S. Douglas to Edward R. Bardgett was quietly solemnized Monday morning, September 4th, 1939 in St. Peters' Episcopal Church, by the Rev. Elmore C. Young. Mr. and Mrs. Bardgett left immediately on a four week's trip to the west coast, and will be at home after the fifteenth of October at the Northway apartments, 3700 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

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Fire loss of $15,000 on farm near Westfield

[1939] Special to The Courier-Express
Westfield, Dec. 1--Fire at 8 o'clock this morning burned to the ground the large barn on the Claude T. Startford farm, two miles west on Route 20. The Westfield fire department was called, but was unable to save the barn and two other buildings nearby.

It is thought that the fire started from spontaneous combustion.

Much of the farm machinery was saved, and all of the livestock. A large quantity of grain was lost. The loss is estimated at about $15,000, partly covered by insurance.

About ten years ago, when the farm was owned by the late Frank Johnston of Bradford, Pa., the large barn was burned, and it was replaced by the one just destroyed. It was rated as one of the best barns on Route 20, between Buffalo and Erie.

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[Early April 1940]
[clipping] Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lamb of Westfield will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Wednesday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Steele R. Sellers in Ben Avon, Pa. Mrs. Sellers is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lamb.

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[early April 1940] Charles F. Hanks, net estate $3,639.44. Pays no tax. Estate passes to Ella Hanks, widow, Leon Hanks, son, Doris Monroe, daughter, Charles Hanks, Hayden Hanks, James Monroe and John Monroe, grandsons, and Joseph Ricketts, all of Westfield. Elmer O. Brinkman, attorney for executor.

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[Apr 7-8, 1940]

Westfield Church Receives $1,000 and Two Clymer Churches $100 Each
Mayville, April 1.-Bequests of $1,000 for the First Presbyterian Church of Westfield and $100 each for the Women's Missionary Society of the church and the Patterson Library of Westfield were contained in the will of Elizabeth J. Johnston of Westfield which was admitted to probate at the session of Surrogate's Court here today with Judge Lee L. Ottaway presiding. Eight other beneficiaries were named with Agnes Cochrane as principal beneficiary. Agnes Cochrane was appointed administratrix with the will annexed. The estate consists of personal property valued at $5,000 and real property valued at $2,200. Elmer O. Brinkman is the attorney.

Elizabeth J. Johnston, net estate $6,783.50. Pays a tax of $67.84. Estate passes to the following: First Presbyterian church of Westfield; Mary Cochrane, Agnes Cochrane, Leon Cochrane, all second cousins, of Westfield; Women's Missionary society of the First Presbyterian church, Westfield; Lizzie Jones, Westfield; Emma Judd, Westfield; Frank W. Crandall, Westfield; Catherine L. Crandall, third cousin of Westfield; Patterson Library, Westfield; and Ruth Cochrane Hanson, second cousin of Wauwatosa, Wisc. Elmer O. Brinkman, attorney for administrator.

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April 11, 1940
Elders Elected

The First Presbyterian church has announced the election of officers for the coming year, including Frank Lamb, Samuel Cummings and Edwin Raynor as elders; Frederick P. Schuette, Warren Patchen, Lemuel Carey, and Norman Johnson as deacons; Miss Caroline Betts, Mrs. Rosette Keopka and Mrs. Donald Kofoed as deaconesses; Harold Hall, Joseph Rickets, I. M. Garrison and D. P. Whitney as trustees.

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June 22, 1940

Residents of the hill sections of Chautauqua county reported today that snow fell in their localities Thursday as spring--a most unusual spring-waived adieu.

Motorists said that in some cases the fall was heavy enough to make the use of windshield wipers necessary.

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Thursday, Sept. 12, 1940
Mr. Leslie Johnson announces the engagment of his sister, Buelah, to Edward Willington Mateer, 16 Oak Street, Westfield, N.Y. The wedding is set for an early date this fall....

A pretty wedding was solemnized Thursday evening, Oct. 17, 1940, when Miss Beulah Racheal Johnson and Edward Wellington Mateer, son of J. M. Mateer, were united in marriage by Rev. Allen T. Bennett, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

The bride who was given in marriage by her brother Leslie, wore a gown of wine colored Cinderella transparent velvet, and carried a boquet of burnt orange mums, tied with corresponding ribbons of gold and wine. Her niece, Mrs. Ora Rothwell, acted as brides maid, and wore a soldier blue crepe dress, with a shoulder corsage of pink rosebuds. Robert G. Mateer, brother of the groom was best man.

The home was decorated with a profusion of beautiful fall flowers.

Following the ceremony the wedding party assembled at the Davis Guest House for a delightful dinner, including a beautiful brides cake.

"Happy Birthday" was sung, commemorating the 83rd birthday of the groom's father.

After the dinner, the guests spent a very pleasant evening at the home. A beautiful birthday cake in the form of a heart was served.

Upon their return from a trip in Central New York, they will be at home at 16 Oak Street.

A pretty home wedding was solemnized Thursday evening at 6 o'clock when Miss Beulah Johnson was united in marriage with Edward Wellington Mateer. Rev. Allen T. Bennett performing the ceremony. Immediately following the wedding a dinner was served to a bridal party of 16 guests at the Davis Guest House.

Sam Nixon is at Clifton Springs, where he is recovering from a serious operation.

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Cora E. Ottaway

Cora E. Ottaway, for fifty years a resident of Westfield, New York. Died at Jamestown General Hospital on Wednesday, May 7th, 1941.

She is survived by a brother, O. J. Ottaway of Sherman, N. Y.; nephews and nieces, I. O. Ottaway, Olean, N. Y.; Adelaide C. Ottaway, Wilkinsburg, Pa; Mrs. G. S. Hopkins, Ithaca, N. Y.; O. A. Ottaway. Westfield. N. Y.; Hon. Lee L. Ottaway, Jamestown, N. Y.; Grace Ottaway, Alvah Jones and Ray Jones, Mina, N. Y.

Funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 D. S. T. at the Methodist Church, Westfield, N. Y.

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Mr. John C. Jones, a life long resident of this village, passed away May 15th, 1941 at St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. Jones was 88 years of age. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Leonard A. Watson, two grandsons. John V. Watson, and Leonard A. Watson Jr. of Grenwich, Conn., and one sister, Mrs. James R. Moires of Buffalo, New York. There was a private burial service at the Westfield cemetery on Monday.

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Death of Frank S. Cochrane

Frank S. Cochrane, former Phoenix fire chief, who died in his home at Phoenix, Arizona, Thursday, May 22, 1941. The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Monday in Memory chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary.

Mr. Cochrane, who would have been 50 years old the 23 of May, came to Phoenix 30 years ago. He joined the old Phoenix volunteer fire department and when that became a paid, professional organization, remained with it as a fireman, working up through the ranks to the post of chief which he held for five years ending in 1939.

He was buried in Greenwood Memorial Park. Silver Trowel Masonic Lodge assisted in the rites. The Chapel was a bower of flowers, and with his many friends of the Fire Departments, Police Department, City Commission, and City employees, and a host of other friends was laid to rest.

Mr. Cochrane, who in all had served in the fire department 22 years, is survived only by his mother, Mrs. Margaret Cochrane, with whom he resided.

The firemen's pension board of Phoenix adopted a memorial resolution in his honor at a meeting, paying tribute to his memory and offering condolence to his mother.

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Harlow H. Breads, a prominent farmer of this town for many years, died at his home in Volusia, Thursday, May 22, 1941, after an illness of several months. He was 74 years old, having been born in Michigan on August 4, 1866, and was the oldest member of the Breads family.

Mr. Breads had spent most of his life in this community, taking an active part in the educational and business life. He had served for 35 years as trustees of School District No. 11 and had been active in the management of the school up to the time of his death. He had been a member of Lombard Grange for 41 years and had held an office in the Grange nearly all of that time. He was also a member of Chautauqua County Pomona Grange and of the State and National Granges.

Mr. Breads served the town of Westfield as justice of the peace for one term and had been a member of the Election Board for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lizzie Eddy Breads; one son, Ralph H. Breads, Westfield; one brother, Herbert D. Breads, Westfield; one sister, Mrs. Mildred Kolpien, Ripley, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Volusia church Sunday at 3 p. m.

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[May 1941]
Kate V. Watson Sole Heir of John C. Jones, Former Westfield Man.

Mayville, May 27-John C. Jones, ex-Chautauqua Co. sheriff, who died in Florida, May 15, 1941, left an estate of $15,000 in personal property, his will filed for probatge with Surrogate Judge Lee L. Ottaway revealed Monday.

Mr. Jones, former resident of Westfield, was survived by a daughter, Kate V. Watson, Greenwich, Conn., who filed the petition and was named executrix of the estate. She is the sole heir of the estate.

Mary W. Douglas, Westfield, left real estate of $1,000 or more and personal property of $1,000, when she died March 9, 1941 according to her will filed for probate on the petition of her husband, James R. Douglas, who was named executor. Mr. Douglas was also attorney in the matter.

Survivors in addition to the husband, were listed as three daughters, Ruth and Grace Douglas, Westfield, Margaret D. Orr, Detroit; two sons, W. Minford and James R. Douglas, Westfield; a grandson, Donald S. Douglas, Pittsburgh, and three granddaughters, Mary D. Sackett, Mary W. Orr and Margaret D. Orr, all of Detroit.

The estate is divided among the grandchildren.

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June 4, 1941
The Messrs. George and Carson Cosgrove, of Grand Rapids, Mich., were recent visitors in our village. They were father and son. The father, George, said he came here to see about being buried here, but said he had come to the conclusion that if he was buried here Gabriel might overlook him! He said when a young man he had been a member of the Presbyterian Church here, but was an Episcopalian now! His son, Carson, said he had not noticed any improvement from the change of his religion! They are engaged in the publishing business.

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Dwelling Is Acquired For Community Hospital

WESTFIELD, July 23.-Purchased by the Westfield Hospital Association at the reported price of $10,000, the Skinner house in East Main Street will be converted into a community hospital. The institution will have operating and delivery rooms and space for 26 beds, according to plans drawn by the Westfield Rotary Club which sponsored the project.

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An estate of $15,000 in personal property was left by John C. Jones, one-time sheric [sic] of Chautauqua county, who died in St. Petersburg, Fla., May 15, 1941, according to his will filed for probate with Surrogate Lee L. Ottaway. Mr. Jones was a resident of Westfield.

His only survivor is a daughter, Kate V. Watson, Greenwich, Conn., who filed the petition and was named executrix of the estate. She is sole heir of the property, which includes no real estate. Elmer O. Brinkman was counsel.

Mary W. Douglas, Westfield, left real estate of $1,000 or more and personal property of $1,000, when she died March 9, 1941 according to her will filed for probate on the petition of her son, James R. Douglas, who was named executor. Mr. Douglas was also attorney in the matter.

The estate is divided among the grandchildren.

Sarah D. Durand, who died June 21, 1940, left $1,500 in real property and $200 in personal property, according to her probated will. It is shared equally by a sister, Donna D. Otis, and a niece, Nina O. Oldham, both of Westfield, who are also named executrices. Tennant & Tennant were counsel.

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Mrs. Frank Lamb passed away Monlay, [sic] December 8, after several months illness at the home of her daughter Mrs. Steele R. Sellers in Detroit, Mich. She is survived by her husband Frank. one daughter Mrs. Steele R. Seller. one sister, Mrs. Geo. M. Cowan, of Detroit, Mich., one brother Frank Neill of Brookings, S. D., and one grandson Steele L. Sellers.

Funeral services will be held 2:30, Thursday. Dec. 11, at her late residence in Elm Street. Rev. Manley Spencer and Dr. John H. Clemens will officiate. Interment at the Westfield cemetery.

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[1941] Lizzie W. Johnson, net estate $22,624.17. Pays a tax of $226.24. Estate passes to the following: Ruth Douglas, Grace Douglas, James Douglas, Minford Douglas and Margery Peacock, all of Westfield; Frank Cochrane of Phoenix, Ariz.; Margaret Douglas Orr, Peggy Orr and Mary W. Orr all of Detroit, Mich. Elmer O. Brinkman, attorney for executors.

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[October 1942]
One of the outstanding events of the recent grape harvest was the active participation in the work of harvesting of the crop by a man 85 years of age! Help was very scarce and this man took part in saving of the crop every day, when it did not rain, and did not suffer any ill effects from it! This is certainly a good example for our younger generation to shoot at.

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On Saturday evening, Nov. 28th, [1942] the Presbyterian Manse was the scene of a quiet wedding when Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kramer's daughter, Marion, became the bride of Cecil James Wallace, with Rev. Manley Spencer officiating. The wedding was followed by a dinner at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Wallace, 8 Oak street, for the immediate families.

The young couple will start housekeeping at once at their newly furnished apartment, 35 Franklin street. They have the best wishes of a host of friends, for a long and happy married life.

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Feb. 6, 1943

Real Estate Transfers, Chautauqua County

(Mrs. A. B. Wright, property) to William H. Bell, et al, property in Westfield, $1.

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Woman Dies at Age of 96

WESTFIELD, Sept. 15 [1944]--Mrs. Nettie Macomber, oldest resident of Westfield, died at her home, North Gale St., Thursday. She had lived here more than 50 years. She is survived by three daughters, Misses Florence, Blanche and Mabel macomber; two sons, Charles M. Macomber of Erie, Pa., and Eben M. Macomber of Sheridan, and a sister, Mrs. George Hagle, Pittsfield, Pa. Had she lived until Nov. 16, 1944, she would have been 97.

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Westfield V-Day Plans

WESTFIELD, Sept. 15 [1944]--Plans have been made that the stores will close here and services will be held in each church as soon as the authentic report has been heard of the cessation of hostilities in Europe.

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James Flagler

[Oct. 31, 1945] Funeral services were held at the Crandall and Stowell Funeral home Thursday afternoon for James Flagler who died at his home in New York City. Rev. J. Manley Spencer officiated. Interment was in Mayville cemetery.

Mr. Flagler was well known here where he was born 55 years ago and resided here until about ten years ago when he and his wife moved to New York. Mrs. Flagler passed away two months ago.

He leaves his mother, Mrs. Alta Flagler and two sisters. Mrs. Adelaide Husted, New York City and Mrs. Margaret Norton, Evanston, Ill., who accompanied the remains here. His father was the late Grant Flagler.

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April 27, 1946

J. M. Mateer spent the weekend in Albany visiting his daughter Mrs. H. W. Peterson. While there he attended the church wedding of his grandson H. W. Peterson Jr., who was recently discharged from the U. S. Marines after serving in China.

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Carl J. Seymour

Carl J. Seymour, native of Portland, passed away at his home, 309 E. main street, Sunday, June 29, 1947 about 4 p. m. He was 79 years old.

He came here from Buffalo where he practised law, 32 years ago and he and Mrs. Seymour have operated an antique shop for many years.

Besides his wife, Mrs. Belle G. Seymour, he leaves one son Wellington Seymour and two grandddaughters of Watkins Glen, N. Y.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Barber Funeral Home with Rev. Paul L. Denise, pastor of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment was in Westfield cemetery.

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Isadora M. Ake
Isadora M. Ake, aged 78 years, wife of the late William N. Ake of this village, entered into rest on September 11th, 1947 after a long illness.

No near relatives survived her, but many friends met to pay their respects at a service held in the Barber Funeral Home at 3 p.m., Sept. 13th. The Rev. Paul L. Denise officiating.

Interment was in Westfield cemetery. The bearers were Messrs O. A. Jones, Maurice Weed, Les Wollemon, Fred Nichols, A. J. Morton, and W. G. Ward.

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Oct. 17, 1947

A CARD I extend my thanks and appreciation to those who graciously participated in making my 90th birthday such a pleasant occasion. Also for the lovely flowers, gifts, cards and many congratulations. Joseph M. Mateer

[church bulletin] Congratulations to Mr. Joseph Mateer on achieving his 90th birthday. May he retain his splendid good health and active interests for many a year to come. Congratulations too, to his son and daughter-in-law who celebrate their wedding anniversary the same day. The elder Mateer joined our church April 4th, 1874, seventy-three years ago. He has been an ordained elder of our church since January 15th, 1903, 44 years!

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Mrs. Emma W. Eggert

Mrs. Emma W. Eggert, 49, wife of Albert Eggert died at her home. W. Main Road, early Sunday morning, November 14, 1948 after a long illness.

Besides her husband, she leaves four daughters, Mrs. Kenneth Germain, Eggertsville; Mrs. Alfred Deakin, Misses Grace and Betty Eggert; two sons, James and D. Robert Eggert, one brother, Willis Wilson, all of Westfield, one grandson, David Germain, Ebenezer, N. Y. and several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

The funeral was held at the Carpenter Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Paul L. Denise officiating. Interment was in Westfield cemetery.

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Mrs. Katherine K. Thompson Succumbs at Age of 82

WESTFIELD, Dec. 14 [1948]--Mrs. Katherine K. Thompson, 82, died Monday afternoon. She is survived by two sons, Prof. Harold W. Thompson of Cornell University and Arthur R. Thompson of the Bell Laboratories in New York City; three grandchildren and two great grandsons.

Resident of Westfield the past 46 years, she was for a long time superintendent of the primary department in the First Presbyterian Church Sunday School and a board member of the YWCA. The body will be in the Barber Funeral Home, 32 South Portage St., until 2 P. M. Wednesday when funeral services will be held in the First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Paul L. Denise officiating, with interment in Westfield Cemetery.

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[17 Oct 1951] I extend many thanks and hearty appreciation to all who participated in making my 94th birthday a pleasant occasion, for gifts, cards and many congratulations.

Joseph M. Mateer

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