Snyder Hill, April 22, - Snyder Hills oldest resident will pass the ninety-second anniversary of her birth on Monday, April 27, at her home at this place. She is Mrs. Emily KRUM BANFIELD, known by a large circle of friends and relatives in Tompkins County. Her entire life has been spent in this county. Mrs. BANFIELD comes of a generation that is remarkable for long life. Her father, Henry KRUM, came from Ulster County, N. Y., when a boy. He had a number of brothers and sisters, several of whom lived well toward the century mark. One of her father's sisters died several years ago in the state of Iowa at the advanced age of 99 years, lacking only a few weeks of rounding out the century.
Another of her fathers sisters died in 1910 in Newburg, at the age of 96 years. Her father's brother, Stephen, died at the age of nearly 97 years, and on January 16, 1914, her fathers last surviving sister passed away at Troy, Pa. at the age of 90 years. Several other brothers and sisters of her father lived to a ripe old age.
Mrs. BANFIELD has a remarkable memory. She well remembers her first journey to Ithaca when a girl in her teens. It was a great treat for her, she says, and she likes to tell about it. One of the neighbors, she says, a Mr. VANCUREN, had a daughter, who, like herself, had never been to Ithaca. Mr. VANCUREN told these two young ladies that he would let them go to Ithaca with him one day. This was a great treat for them. They made a journey in a lumber wagon, from Slaterville Springs, where they lived. When they reached Ithaca the two girls went to the store of Mr. FINCH and spent the entire day. This store was located where Rothschild Brothers are now. Mrs. BANFIELD often writes eight or ten pages for a letter. She is now an invalid and unable to leave her home, but has many kind neighbors, relatives and friends whose visits she enjoys.
[Emily KRUM 1822-1916; daughter of Henry & Harriet (ROUNSVILLE) KRUM. She married 1843 Joseph Harrison BANFIELD, son of Edward & Martha (COOPER) BANFIELD. Joseph and Emily had the following children: Ella C. BANFIELD, who married DeWitt BAKER, and Fred Judson BANFIELD, who married Georgia GREY. Emily (KRUM) BANFIELD and her husband Joseph H. were laid to rest in East Lawn Cemetery, Ithaca, Tompkins Co. NY.]
BANFIELD REUNION 1906
The annual reunion of the BANFIELD family was held Saturday, Aug. 4th at the beautiful residence of the president, Joseph BLACK, in the town of Danby.
The threatening weather seemed to have little effect on the attendance, which aggregated approximately one hundred people. A great many from different points arrived on the morning trains and were met at the station and conveyed to Presidents Black's residence.
The manner in which the great crowd was welcomed and entertained by Mr. BLACK and family was all that could be desired and each one expressed himself as having thoroughly enjoyed himself and pronounced the reunion a great success. The interest and enthusiasm evinced at this reunion indicates a growth in attendance and popularity each year.
President BLACK made a cordial and appropriate address followed by songs, interesting speeches and recitations from different members of the family. The Rev. B. Frank TOBEY gave an eloquent talk, which was highly appreciated. Historian, Miss Edna TEETER, read a very complete and authentic genealogy of the family from 1756 down to the present generation, the writing of which displayed remarkable ability as well as capacity for hard work.
Considerable relief was experienced when Prophet Delmer D. HAMMOND assured them, among other things, that there was nothing serious in store for them for, at least, another year. A feature of the entertainment was a song, "They Have Come", composed by Mrs. Emily BANFIELD, a cultured lady 84 years of age, which would have been a credit to any song writer. It created very favorable comment and the admirable manner in which it was rendered by Mrs. Kate TEETER and daughter, Miss Edna, brought out the beauty and tender pathos of words, producing a deep impression and causing those present to realize and appreciate the purpose and worth of a reunion on earth and in heaven.
The following officers were re-elected: Joseph BLACK, pres.; Mrs. E. F. BAKER, secretary; Uri BANFIELD, treasurer, Miss TEETER will continue as historian and Mr. HAMMOND will continue to prophesy. Mr. Frank SNYDER and Mrs. Theron HOUGH, who proved so efficient on the entertaining committee this year, were appointed to act in the same capacity next year.
The residence of Mr. Eugene BANFIELD, Ellis, NY, was the unanimous choice for the next reunion which will occur the first Saturday in Aug., 1907.
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