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Mrs. John L. Puff’s Scrapbook
Circa abt 1880-1919
Burdge, Mary Florence Puff: Entered Into Rest – At the home of her parents at Newfield, NY, Monday, April 10th 1893, Mary Florence Puff, wife of Paul W. Burdge, M.D. and only daughter of Oliver C., and Emeline E. Puff. The funeral service, at which her relatives and near friends were present was held at her parents’ home, Wednesday afternoon, April 12th at two o’clock. The inscription on the casket plate was:
The Rev. George E. Hutchings, of Newfield, read the burial service. The interment was made in the Brookside cemetery.
Cook, Seward and Anna McDaniels: Newfield, April 5, 1883 – Yesterday, Wednesday, April 4th at 6 o’clock p.m. occurred the wedding of Mr. Seward Dudley Cook, eldest son of our well known physician Dr. Christopher C. Cook, and Miss Anna McDaniels, youngest daughter of Mr. Orrin McDaniels, which we note as being one of the most auspicious affairs that has taken place in this vicinity in many a day. The groom is a prominent and popular young businessman of the village, while his bride is equally well known to a large circle of friends in this and adjoining towns. Thus, the prominence of the young couple in society circles together with the current rumor for several weeks past of the near approaching nuptials, nearly distracted the village; and matrimonial gossipers, whose dear feverish minds could only be soothed by the announcement that the day had been fixed. About four o’clock the friends and invited guests began to assemble at the home of the bride on South Street. Everything was in readiness and promptly when the clock struck six the bride and groom made their appearance and placed themselves under an evergreen festoon supporting a flower horse shoe. Rev. P.F. Hughston officiated and before five minutes had elapsed he had declared that “Whom God had joined together let not man put asunder.” And the knot was tied. The groom was attired in his usual good taste, and the bride appeared in an elegant costume which consisted of a strawberry crushed Ottoman silk, with her hair decorated with flowers. Mrs. Brum of Ithaca prepared the wedding supper, and the repast was served by a corps of assistants. The presents which indeed have a tendency to cause pleasant recollections in the minds of the newly married couple, were well selected, and consisted of a Bible, map and stand given by the M.E. Church society, of which the bride was the organist; by Lamont and Katie Puff, a counterpane; J.L. Puff and wife, pair rose blankets; Mr. and Mrs. Hows of Watkins, a stand; Mr. and Mrs. John W. Dean an eight day clock; Hester Smith and A.K. Allen pair silver vases, the bride’s father, a toilet set; Nathan C. Cook, 76 pieces hand painted china, J.K. Ford of Big Flats, a silver card receiver and syrup cup. C.C. Cook and wife, silver castor, silver pickle castor and set silver table spoons; E.A. Curtis, silver pickle castor and napkin rings, from the Misses Brown of Ithaca, silver fish knife; Mrs. Sherman and Hattie Shaw of Dryden, pair napkin rings; Mrs. Sarah Kellogg, an album; Supervisor Horton and wife, a silver cake basket; Will McDaniels, one dozen silver knives and forks; B.M. Bruce one dozen linen napkins; Arthur and Amelia McDaniels one dozen napkins; Mr. and Mrs. F.N. Dean silver fruit dish; Peter B. Cook, of Washington, D.C., silver cake basket and pickle castor; O.C. Puff and wife, pitcher and pickle dish; Messrs Curtis Marsh and Steward of Ithaca [not legible]; Watson McDaniels, ice pitcher; Miss Godley, breakfast cap; Ranson McDaniels, gold eagle ($20). Congratulations were freely tendered and after a little visiting, the big trunk was carried out and Mr. and Mrs. Cook departed for the metropolis on their wedding tour. Of course the proverbial old slipper had to play its part and we are sure that the best wishes of this community will follow our young townsman and his wife through all their future vicissitudes of fortune.
Cortright, Margaret E.: “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.” Another well spent life is at an end in this life, the Master’s summons calling home the soul on last Thursday evening about 7 o’clock. [Died: December 22, 1905]
Margaret E. Cortright, who had resided with her daughters, Mrs. E.H. Berdan and Miss Louise Cortright at their home on Lewis Street was born at New Fields, [Newfield] Tompkins County, New York, Jan 28, 1833 and during her long life had been remarkably healthy, never having passed through a siege of sickness. She had always led an active, busy life and on Thursday evening was engaged in clearing up the supper dishes when she suddenly fell upon the floor, almost before aid reached her side her spirit had taken flight. Doctors were called at once, but only could pronounce it heart failure. Mrs. Cortright came from Holland Dutch ancestry, her great-grandfather being born as his parents were crossing the sea. Her people settled in Orange county and later the family spread out over into Tompkins County. She was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Puff. Two sisters, one of them older than her, and one brother remain of her parent’s family. In her young womanhood she married Joseph Cortright of Danby, N.Y. Four children blessed their wedded life, the daughters with whom she resided, and two sons, Frederick F. of Brooklyn, N.Y. and William Cortright of Whitestone, N.Y. Her husband was called from her association some twelve years ago. Since her widowhood, she with her younger daughter, Miss Louise, have maintained a home. Practically speaking, her Christian experience has been life-long, always bearing in her heart a strong abiding love for things spiritual. In early life she united with the Presbyterian church at New Fields (sic), but in later life her children having united with the Methodist denomination, she too, withdrew from the Presbyterian church and united with her children, their home church being the well known Washington Square M.E. Church in Fourth street, New York City. The funeral was held Friday evening, at the home of Lewis street, Revs. Mr. Barton and McAllister officiating. The remains were taken to Brooklyn on Saturday morning for interment in Greenwood cemetery, where a committal service was held in the chapel. Thus endeth a life well spent; a loving wife, a revered mother, a kind and sympathetic friend and neighbor, who leaves as a legacy to her dear ones memories of a past useful and loving mother’s life, having that they might live and daily presenting to her children example of earnest and Christian life.
Dean, Amanda Dudley: Leaving an estate of $60,000, the will of Mrs. Amanda Dudley Dean, late of the Town of Newfield, in which she bequeaths $51,000 to relatives, was admitted to probate in surrogate’s court today. One of the foremost clauses in the document was that in which she bequeaths $10,000 to the University of Rochester for the sole purpose of helping young men through college who are studying for the Baptist ministry. To Mrs. Elmira Mason of Illinois Mrs. Dean left $2,000; to her executor, to be held in trust and the interest to go to Richard Dean of Schuyler County and after his death to residuary legatees, $5,000. To executor, to be held in trust, the interest to go to Mrs. Emaline Puff of Newfield and after her death to residuary legatees $5,000. To her grandniece, Edith Dudley Horton, $2,000; to grandnephew Carroll R. Horton, $2,000; to Randolph Horton, $2,000; to niece, Adah P. Horton, $5,000; to nephews Nathan C. Cook, Fred Puff and S. Dudley Cook, each $5,000. The residue of the estate was bequeathed to her niece, Adah P. Horton and the three nephews aforementioned.
Dean, John W.: John W. Dean, aged 84 years, died last night at his home in Newfield, after a several months’ illness, following a stroke of paralysis. He leaves his wife, and a niece, Mrs. Randolph Horton, of this city, and two nephews, S.D. Cook and N.C. Cook of Newfield. Mr. Dean had lived in Newfield for many years. He was prominent as a real estate dealer, and for a number of years was justice of the peace. The funeral will be held at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon from the home. The Rev. S.S. Vose of this city will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. [Died April 14, 1912]
Dudley, Arthur Ward: Arthur Ward Dudley, Minstrel Man, Born in this City, is crushed by locomotive on Rock Island Crossing. Arthur Ward Dudley, son of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Dudley, was killed instantly Monday morning at Lawrence, Kansas when an automobile in which he was riding was struck by a Rock Island train. Mr. Dudley was born in Elmira, where his parents formerly resided. He lived here when young until his parents moved to Leavenworth, Kansas where they now reside. He was forty-four years old and is survived by a wife and two children who reside in Denver. Mr. Dudley was engaged in the theatrical business and was a well known minstrel and manager. For a long time he was at the head of the Harry Ward Minstrels, of which he was the organizer.
Dudley, Mrs. Lucy A. – Mrs. Lucy A. Dudley, 81, widow of Percival S. Dudley of Newfield, died yesterday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter James in that village. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 3 o’clock at the home of Mrs. James in Newfield, Rev. Nicola di Stefano, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Mrs. Dudley is survived by a granddaughter, Lucy Taylor, of this city. The body will be taken to St. Louis Wednesday morning for burial. [Died Sunday, Feb. 12, 1922]
Dudley, Percival Smith: After an illness of two weeks Percival Smith Dudley, one of the oldest citizens of Newfield, and the next oldest member of the old family of that name which took active part in the development of the county’s history, died at his home in that village about 7 o’clock Wednesday morning. [Aug. 12, 1903] Two weeks ago Mr. Dudley underwent an operation. He recovered from its effects but a few days later kidney troubles developed, which kept him confined to his bed. The illness was not considered serious, however, and apparently the patient was making progress toward recovery. His death that morning came suddenly and unexpectedly. Mr. Dudley was born in Newfield in May 1824. He was the second of a family of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. George Dudley, who were among the early settlers of Newfield. He had always lived in that village, as have also three of his sisters who survive. It is a rather remarkable fact that all the members of the family lived for a great many years within hailing distance of each other. The early part of Mr. Dudley’s life was devoted to farming. Later he took up the general mercantile business which his father had conducted prior to his death. Some years later he conducted, for twenty years, the Dudley flouring mills. Two years ago, several years of retirement from business, Mr. Dudley bought out the Puff general store in the Dudley Block and has since personally conducted the business. Regardless of his 79 years he had been active, his mind was always alert, his memory good, and his business was kept in first rate order. He had been an active member of the Free and Accepted Masons, and was a member of the Board of County Supervisors from that town in 1856 being re-elected in 1860. In politics he was a Republican. Mr. Dudley is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Perry Post Taylor of St. Louis, MO, and three sisters, Mrs. Almira Cook, Mrs. Oliver Puff and Mrs. J.W. Dean, all of Newfield. There are also three grandchildren, Percival C. and Fanny A. Dudley, the children of Mrs. Dudley, widow of George W. Dudley of this city, and Miss Lucy Taylor, of St. Louis. The funeral will be held from the home on Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, and will be conducted under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of that village. Burial will be made in the Brookside Cemetery.
Dudley, William L. – The remains of 2nd Lieut. Wm. L. Dudley arrived here from Hatteras Island yesterday morning, accompanied by 1st. Lieut. George T. Dudley – the brother of the deceased – and his stricken father. They were interred in Woodlawn Cemetery at an early hour and at ten o’clock the funeral services occurred at the Congregational Church, attended by a large concourse of friends and citizens. The discourse of Rev. Mr. Beecher, was peculiarly touching and appropriate – giving a brief retrospect of the life of the deceased and especially referring to the events of the few brief months since he left his friends in Elmira on Friday in March last, under the command of Captain Crosby, until the hour when a malignant fever obtained the mastery over his young life. Although fully appreciating the worth of the deceased, this was not an occasion for mourning, but rather of rejoicing that he had been permitted to die so noble and exemplary a death. He would improve the occasion to impress upon the minds of his hearers that the days of severe trial through which we were called to pass as a nation and as individuals should be accepted as glorious opportunities for true manhood and self-denying nobility of nature to be asserted. He counseled them not to falter in their devotion to their country and if called upon to sacrifice their husbands, friends, wealth, all upon the altar of patriotism, to do it without murmuring of hesitation. Mr. Beecher’s remarks were replete with consolation to the friends of the deceased, and earnest admonition to every patriotic man and woman to do their duty in the nation’s trying emergency. The assemblage departed deeply impressed with the occasion and with clearer convictions of duty indelibly fixed in their hearts and consciences.
Gilbert, Miss Eliza C. - Miss Eliza C. Gilbert died of pneumonia in Mecklenburg (NY) April 17, 1883, aged 56 years. She was converted thirty years ago at Newfield, at under whose ministry or under what circumstances I cannot now ascertain. Sister Gilbert lived many years near Mecklenburg and had been a member of the Mecklenburg and later of the Reynoldsville Church. She was faithful, consistent, singular-blameless and devoted. Her piety was not obtrusive but fervent; her zeal not fitful but regular and constant. Her place was well filled and her influence positive for good. After a week of suffering she fell asleep in Jesus without a pang and almost without a sigh or sign of regret.
Horton, Randolph and Adah Puff: Newfield, May 19, 1881
McCorn, William and Maggie Weatherell
Puff, Mrs. Emeline – Mrs. Emeline Dudley Puff, who has been visiting friends in Ithaca and Cortland, has returned to her home in Newfield. Although Mrs. Puff is one of the oldest inhabitants of that town, she still retains to a remarkable degree her health and her love for reading and keeping abreast with all the current topics and general information of the day.
Puff, Mrs. Emeline - Mrs. Emeline Puff, said to be the oldest resident of the Town of Newfield, died [November 1, 1919] at the home of her son, Fred Puff, in that town on Saturday. Had she lived until next month, she would have been 93 years of age. She had spent her life in Newfield where she was much esteemed She was the widow of Oliver Puff, who died many years ago. She leaves, besides the son named, several nieces and nephews, among whom are Mrs. Randolph Horton, Ithaca, Mason C. Cook, Newfield and Seward D. Cook, Rochester. The funeral was held this morning; the Rev. George Hine officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Puff, Mrs. J.D.: The event of the week past was a surprise at Mr. J. D. Puff’s. Mrs. Puff was all ready to go visiting, hat and cloak on waiting for the wagon, when a perfect avalanche of visitors poured in upon her, who taking possession of the house made things merry until nearly midnight The surprise was given to celebrate Mrs. Puff’s birthday.
Puff, Mrs. John L. - Last evening, Mary Lufanny, the wife of John L. Puff, of Newfield, passed away at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Randolph Horton, at 36 West Green Street, in this city. Some months ago, Mrs. Puff was taken ill, and after an extended sojourn at a sanitarium, in hopes that rest, change and treatment might prove beneficial, she was brought to her daughter’s too weak and exhausted to be carried to her own home in Newfield. Since that time she has been steadily failing. The decedent leaves surviving her husband, one daughter and one son, LaMonte D. Puff, of Newfield, also one brother, P.S. Dudley, and three sisters, Mrs. C.C. Cook, Mrs. J.W. Dean and Mrs. O.C. Puff, all of Newfield. Mrs. Puff was a noble minded, true hearted woman, generous, kind and charitable to all. Her loss will be deeply felt not alone by her immediate relatives but also by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Her remains will be taken to Newfield Monday and the funeral will be held at her late residence Monday at 2 p.m. [Died September 22, 1898; interred Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfield, NY]
Puff, John L. – John L. Puff entertained a number of friends at a whist party given at his residence last Thursday night. At 11 o’clock the company were summoned to the dining room, where an excellent supper had been prepared for them. After cigars, the game was again resumed and the last rubber was decided at a late hour. All who were present vote Mr. Puff an excellent entertainer.
Robinson, D. J. – Death of a Noted Turfman – Jackson, Mich. Jan. 24 – D.J. Robinson, secretary of the Grand Western Trotting Circuit, one of the best known horsemen in the country, died of typhoid fever at his home in this city today, aged forty-seven. He was familiarly known as “Don” Robinson and will be well remembered particularly in Newfield, Enfield and Ithaca. His father was the late Charles Robinson of Newfield.
Rommel, J.C.F. – Mr. J.C.F. Rommel, whose death was yesterday announced, was born in New Jersey in 1807 on the 30th of May. He learned the shoemaker’s trade, and among his first ventures was the establishment and successful conduct of a shoe factory in Newark. He subsequently disposed of his business there and in 1834 moved to Michigan, in which state he engaged in mercantile and manufacturing enterprises. He came to Pittston about 20 years ago, and stated a store. Later he went into the paper manufacturing business with his son George B, and continued his connection therein until within a few years ago. He was also interested in the market gardening and commission business of A.B. Rommel & Co., paying attention especially to the farm. He was always actively engaged in business and though having exceeded his three score years and ten, he did not lose his interest in the affairs of trade until within a few months of his death. As a businessman and in his social relations Mr. Rommel had the respect and esteem of all who knew him, and he had many friends in all the walks of life. He was a man of undoubted integrity and of strong moral convictions. He was for many years a consistent member of the Methodist church and took an active interest in the prosperity of the Young Men’s Christian Association. He was also an earnest promoter and advocate of the cause of temperance. Mr. Rommel leaves a wife, with whom he has lived with the happiest relations for 55 years and five children – Geo. B., Maria, Mary, A.B. and Frank – all grown and enjoying good prospects in life. He also leaves four brothers who reside in New Jersey. The funeral will be attended tomorrow afternoon, services at the residence on Warren Street at half past three. The casket will be opened at two o’clock and will remain open until the commencement of the service so that there will be ample time for those who wish to view the body to do so.
Taylor, Mrs. P.P. (Alice) Taylor – Alice Dudley Taylor, wife of Perry Post Taylor, a graduate of Cornell with the class of 1889, and daughter of Percival S. Dudley, late of Newfield, died at her home in St. Louis yesterday after an illness of five days. Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter, Lucy and her mother, Mrs. P.S. Dudley of St. Louis. The funeral will be held next Monday from the home. Internment will be in St. Louis.
Yesterday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P.S. Dudley, occurred the marriage of their only daughter, Alice L., to Mr. Perry Post Taylor of St. Louis. At half past one o’clock the bridal party preceded by Master Clarence Dudley and his sister Fannie, nephew and niece of the bride, to the strains of a wedding march played by Miss Stella Davis of Ithaca, entered the room. Here June had contributed of its wealth of flowers and ferns, which, with colors artistically blended formed a picture beautiful to look upon. The bride was becomingly and beautifully attired in white bengaline en train. Mr. Fred Ely of Buffalo was best man, and the bridesmaids were Miss Emma Sawyer of Ithaca and Miss Mary VanKirk of Newfield. The ceremony was happily performed by Rev. M.S. Reese of Elmira, assisted by Rev. G.F. Hutchings. The wedding dinner was furnished by Andrews and Slocum of Ithaca and was perfect in quality and service. Many presents were received which were distinguished both for their beauty and their solid intrinsic worth. The following were among the guests present from out of town: Fred Ely, Buffalo; Will B. Stratton, Detroit; Ed Davis and Mrs. Taylor, Litchfield, IL; W.H. Austin, Cornell University; J.P. Johnson, New York; Miss Signor, Spencer E.B. Ridgway, Philadelphia; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stratton, Owego; Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Stewart, Mrs. Clearman, Miss Emma Sawyer, Miss Stella Davis, Ithaca; Charles Van Kirk, Geneva. The day was one of June’s finest products, and nowhere could it be better appreciated than at the scene of these festivities, with its environments of well kept lawn and grateful shade; so that nature united with art in making this a very pretty wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor left for Chicago Wednesday night. After their wedding tour they will go to St. Louis, where the groom is a practicing lawyer. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Cornell class of ’89. While pursuing his college course he became acquainted with Miss Dudley who was a student at the Ithaca High School, and the wedding of yesterday was the culmination of the acquaintance then formed.
The funeral of Mrs. Alice Dudley Taylor, wife of Perry Post Taylor, will be held at 9:30 a.m. today from her home 5944 Cates Avenue. She died at St. Luke’s Hospital Friday morning after a very short illness. Mrs. Taylor usually spent her summers in the east and had planned to depart today for Ithaca, NY where her husband had leased a house on Cornell Heights for the summer. Mrs. Taylor was prominently identified with the affairs of the Tuesday Club, serving on many of its important committees as well as being secretary for a term. At her death, she was a member of the Committee on Philanthropy and Civics. She was a prominent and active member of the West Presbyterian Church, of which her husband is secretary of the Board of Trustees. She was born at Newfield, NY, January 7, 1871. Her parents were Percival S. and Lucy Stratton Dudley, both natives of that town. She met her husband at Ithaca, where he was attending Cornell University, she being then a student at the Ithaca High School from which she was graduated in June 1890. They were married at Newfield, June 14, 1893, and came directly to St. Louis. When Mrs. Taylor came to St. Louis she was a total stranger, but by her unselfish and untiring devotion to the happiness and comfort of others, she gathered to herself a large circle of loyal friends. Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Lucy, and her mother, Mrs. Lucy Dudley, who ever since the death of her husband eleven years ago, has made her home with her daughter.
Williams, Sarah Emily – Sudden Death – Mrs. Sarah Emily Williams, wife of the late D.A. Williams and daughter of Benjamin Atwater of this place, dropped dead of heart disease while visiting at the residence of P.S. Dudley in Newfield on Friday last. Mrs. Williams had but recently returned from the west and was apparently in her usual health when death called her hence without a struggle. The remains were brought to Ithaca, but in consequence of their life like appearance the funeral did not take place until Tuesday afternoon when all doubt as to her being in a trance was removed. The funeral services took place from the residence of her father, corner of Cayuga and Green streets, and was very largely attended. Deceased leaves one daughter besides a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her sudden death.
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