Obituaries Town of Lee, Oneida County, New York
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Gamby, Mrs.

Roman Citizen
February 19, 1879

Lee Center - Mrs. Gamby, an old lady of 84 years, died at the residence of Mr. R. R. Richmond, on Saturday evening, the 15th. inst. She was the mother of Reuben Grems, of your city, and Mrs. Richmond, Lee Center, and the sister of Mrs. Piper. Her funeral was attended at the M. E. Church and Rev. Baird preached. Her remains were taken to Wells burying ground, north of Western, for interment.

contributed by Charles P. Miller

Gasser, Martin

Roman Citizen
May 24, 1893

Lee Center - The funeral services of Martin Gasser who died last Friday, were held at the Universalist Church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Daniel Ballou of Utica officiated. Starr Post GAR No 56 of which he was a member, attended in a body. He was buried in the Lee Center Cemetery.

Genther, Fred L.

Rome Sentinel
November 30, 1939

Point Rock - Fred L. Genther, 69, died late Wednesday at a Rome hospital. He had been ill several months and seriously ill for four weeks.

He was born in Lansing, Michigan May 30, 1870, a son of the late Louis and Laura Perry Genther. He came to Point Rock with his parents at the age of five and for many years was engaged in farming. On November 12, 1905 he married Miss May Willson of Point Rock, who died in 1935. He attended Point Rock Church.

Surviving are three children, Gerald Genther, Point Rock, Mrs. Clayton Coleman, Swancott Mills, and Mrs. Leo Clover, Constableville, ten grandchildren, three brothers and sisters, Mrs. Eugene Freeman, Swancott Mills, Mrs. Walter Honeywell, Johnstown, and Aziel Genther, Swancott Mills, also several nieces and nephews.

Genther, Lois Reigler

Rome Sentinel
September 11, 1926

Mrs. Lois Reigler Genther, 39, Point Rock, passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Griffin, 606 Union street, Friday night. She had been ill for a long time and had been at her sister's home since December.

Lois Reigler was born in Lewis, Lewis county, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reigler. She married Aziel Genther in Rome 17 years ago. The family lived in Lewis until four years ago when they moved to Point Rock.

She was a member of the First M. E. Church in Point Rock and active in the Ladies Aid Society, to which she belonged. She was well known and much esteemed.

The survivors besides her husband, are four children, Donald, Arnold, Howard and Ruth, and the following brothers and sisters: George Reigler and Mrs. Russell Coleman, Annsville, Philip Reigler, Mrs. Perry Gifford and Mrs. John Griffin of this city.

Getman, Warren W.

Rome Sentinel
February 26, 1907

Waterville - Warren W. Getman, a milkman about 65 years old, died suddenly yesterday morning while making his rounds. The most severe storm of the season was blowing in this section. It began Sunday and blowing from the south then from the west, drifted many roads and streets. Mr. Getman's death is believed to have been due to over exertion caused by his struggle with the storm.

Mr. Getman's home is about a mile outside of the village. When late yesterday forenoon, he arrived at the residence of Frank Snell on Beacon street, he said that he felt ill and he asked permission to go into the barn and sit down. His illness increased and he died in a few moments. Dr. E. G. Randall was called but Mr. Getman was beyond aid.

The deceased is survived by his wife, four sons, Andrew Getman, station agent at Richfield Junction, Leon, who is also a railroad man, Warren and Harry, who live at home, and by one daughter, Mrs. Chester Barden of Watkins Glen.

Getman, Warren

Rome Sentinel
May 27, 1910

McConnellsville - Warren Getman, son of Mrs. Ida Getman, died on Sunday of tuberculosis. his remains were taken to Waterville for interment. He leaves three brothers and one sister.

Gifford, Perry A.

Rome Sentinel
November 3, 1962

Perry A. Gifford, 75, of Croton Street, a carpenter and cabinet maker in the Rome area for many years, died unexpectedly following a heart attack at his home Friday night after returning from the Rome Free Academy-Utica Free Academy football game.

A native of Rome, he was born March 26, 1887, son of Henry and Anna Dietch Gifford. He attended local schools.

On April 10, 1912, he married the former Catherine E. Riegler of Lewis, NY, in the First Baptist Church parsonage, with the Rev. Henry H. Peabody, then pastor, officiating.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

Mr. Gifford was a caster at Revere Copper and Brass for about 25 years and worked for another 25 years at Portner's Lumber Mill in Lee.

An arden hunter and fisherman, he was a charter member of the Point Rock Fish and Game Club and a member of the Calvary Methodist Church.

Surviving with his wife are a daughter, Mrs. William J. (Alice) Bilodeau, Rome, two sons, Kenneth, Point Rock, and Robert, Rome, three brothers, Morris, Weedsport, Charles, Syracuse, and William, Lake Delta, three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Fike, Rome, Mrs. John Waller, Lake Delta, and Mrs. Kenneth Longway, Elmer Hill Road, and eight grandchildren.

Gillett, Isham

Rome Sentinel
January 9, 1894

Stokes - word has been received here of the death in Philadelphia, Penns. of Isham Gillett, a former resident of this place. A widow, 6 children, and a brother, Harvey Gillett of this place, survive. The deceased was twice married, his first wife being Cornelia Smith of the town of Lee, and his second wife Matilda Salter. He was a member of the GAR post of Lee Center.

Golley, Andrew

February 3

At 4:45 pm yesterday at his home in Lee Center, occurred the death of Andrew Golley, one of the most honored and respected residents of that section. Had he lived till March 4, Mr. Golley would have been 85 years old. He was born on the farm where he always lived.

Deceased was a successful farmer, and by honest and fair dealings with all he gained the respect and admiration of all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.

In politics Mr. Golley was a staunch Democrat. He had served his town supervisor, assessor, highway commissioner, etc. For two years he rented his farm and during that time lived with his son here. Aside from this he had never been away from his home a week at a time. When he was supervisor he would come to Rome from Utica and walk home.

Mr. Golley was a kind hearted man and an indulgent father, and he will be greatly missed in the town of his birth.

Golly, Elizabeth Fillmore
Utica Herald Dispatch
April 6, 1909

Mrs. Elizabeth Fillmore Golly, widow of the late Joseph Golly, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Marsh, No. 102 North Jay street, at 6:30 last evening. The deceased had been in poor health for the past two years, but was only confined to her bed the past five weeks. The cause of death was a general breaking down and wearing out of the system. She was born in the town of Lee, August 4, 1824, and was a daughter of the late Asa and Sophia Fillmore. She was married to Golly September 6, 1849. He died 19 years ago. Mrs. Golly always lived in the town of Lee until about two years ago when she came to Rome. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Lee Valley, and was very active in all branches of church work until her health failed her. One son and three daughters, Fillmore Golly, Mrs. John Marsh, and Mrs. E. E. McFarland of Rome and Mrs. William H. Newey of West Branch, also one brother, Albert D. Fillmore of Ware House Point, Conn. survive. The funeral will be held Thursday from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Marsh, 102 N. Jay street, and at 2 o'clock at the Methodist Church at Lee Valley. Interment will be made in Lee Valley Cemetery.

Golly, Hilda A.
Utica Observer Dispatch
August 7, 1924

Mrs. Hilda A. Golly died yesterday at her home in Lee Valley. She was born July 11, 1837 and died yesterday at her home in Lee Valley. She had always lived there. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Willard H. Wyman of Lee Center, and one son, James B. Golly, at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Harvey Mitchell of Taberg and Mrs. Alice Felshaw of Antwerp, NY. She married Benjamin Golly December 17, 1863 and he died 13 years ago.

She was a member of the Lee Valley M. E. Church and of the Ladies Aid Society. She was the last of the family. The funeral will be held at her late home Thursday.

Golly, John

Rome Sentinel
April 26, 1888

John Golly died at his home in Lee at 6 am today of congestive heart failure after a weeks illness. The deceased was born in Lee on March 3, 1812, the day on which the first town meeting was held in this town and he had always lived in the same neighborhood. He was an upright man in every particular and had the respect and esteem of all. He leaves two sons, Asa & Henry Golly of Lee Centre, and three daughters, Mrs. J. H. Champion of Lathrop, Mo., Mrs. G. Edward Tuttle and Mrs. William Burns of Lee Center, also five brothers, Andrew, Joseph, Jardin, William and Benjamin Golly of Lee Center and one sister, Mrs. William Olney of Westernville.

Graves, Joseph

Rome Sentinel
Lee Centre, April 1, 1874

The funeral of Mr. Joseph Graves was held on Saturday at 1 pm at the M. E. Church at Lee Centre. It was largely attended. The fraternity of which deceased was a member, were in attendance to the number of 20 or more in their regalia. Elder Graves of the Valley preached on the occasion. Rev. M. N. Capron of Rome and Rev. W. Williams were clothed with badges and acted as chaplins of the order. At the close of sermon the order took charge of the services and he was buried under the ritual formula, besides his late father in their own favorite grounds near their late residence. Deceased was nearly 40 years of age. He leaves an aged mother, two sisters and two brothers to mourn his loss.

Graves, Mrs. William

Roman Citizen
March 6, 1885
Mrs. William Graves, the aged mother of John Graves, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. A.A. Cornish and other children, died at her residence in Lee Center, New York, on Monday, March 2, 1885 at 5 P.M. The funeral will be held at the house. Mrs. Harrison is expected to be present. She lives in one of the Western States.

Graves, William

Roman Citizen
March 28, 1876

Lee Center - Mr. William Graves, one of our oldest inhabitants, died at his late residence near Lee Center, yesterday about 5 pm. He had been feeble all winter. Deceased was in the 79th year of his age. He came from England and settled in Lee over fifty years ago, and was by trade a blacksmith. He acquired in a few years, at his trade, means sufficient to purchase a farm, and among his children he lived and died, at a good old age. He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters to mourn his loss.

Greggins, Fred

Roman Citizen

Fred Greggins, aged 17, made a wager at the West Branch hotel Wednesday night that he. could drink a quart of raw whisky in five minutes time if any one would buy it for him. The bystanders purchased the liquor and he drank it. In a very short time he became unconscious. Dr. Cox and Robinson, of Lee Center, were summoned, and did all they could to relieve the lad. He remained in that condition till 2 A.M. yesterday when he died. Coroner Millington and District Attorney Jones went to West Branch yesterday to make an investigation.

Later developments in the above case show that some one is likely to get into trouble. It appears that the liquor was obtained at Kilts hotel, and that Greggins made the wager with Gus Houser and Robert Griffith. Landlord William Kilts, it is said, went to the cellar and drew the whisky and gave it to young Greggins, who drank about a pint, and then went outside to throw it up, those inside supposedly soon returned and drank the remainder, and immediately became unconscious. It is further said that when Kilts closed his place for the night he carried Greggins out to the barn and left him uncared for and unnoticed till- 8 or 9 o'clock Thursday morning, when G. A. Simon learned of the affair and notified Greggins' brother-in- law, H. Rawnsley, who immediately summoned the physicians above mentioned. The affair caused great excitement. What a temperance lesson.

Gregoire, Ellen Dowd

Roman Citizen
February 22, 1900

Lee Center - Mrs. Ellen McDowd Gregoire, aged 77 years, died at her home here this week. She had been suffering from heart trouble for some time, but had been confined to her home for a day or two. She was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1823. She came to this country in 1846. She had been nearly blind for several years. She is survived by three sons and one daughter.

Grems, Amon Brown

Rome Sentinel
March 31, 1945

Westernville - Amon Brown Grems, 72, town of Western cheesemaker, died early today in Main St. Hospital, Oneida.

He was born in West Branch, April 5, 1872, a son of Wesley and Lydia Williams Grems. On November 15, 1898, he married Fannie A. Evans. He had lived practically all his life in the town of Western which he had served as an assessor and as justice of the peace.

Surviving are his widow, four daughters, Mrs. Mildred Hartson, Stokes, Mrs. Howard Abbuhl, Western, Mrs. Ralph Clayton, Lakewood, NJ, and Mrs. Clyde Hartson, Verona, a sister, Mrs. R. V. Herring, Utica, and ten grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Griffin & Aldridge Funeral Home Tuesday.

Grems, Fannie Evans

Rome Sentinel
December 4, 1950

Mrs. Fannie Evans Grems, 75, widow of Amon B. Grems, died Sunday night in the home in which she was born, now the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Howard J. Abbuhl, town of Western.

Mrs. Grems, who was born April 25, 1875, in the town of Western, had been sick for one year.

Daughter of Richard V. and Sarah Evans, she was married November 8, 1898 in Westernville. Her husband died March 30, 1945.

Mrs. Grems spent her entire life in the town of Western. A rural school teacher before her marriage, she attended Westernville Union Free School and Cazenovia Seminary. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Westernville.

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Millard Hartson, Stokes, Mrs. Abbuhl, Mrs. Ralph Clayton, Lakewood,NJ, and Mrs. Clyde Hartson, Verona, and 12 grandchildren.

Grems, Garfield

Rome Sentinel
June 24, 1938

West Branch - Garfield W. Grems passed away suddenly last evening at 7:15 pm at his home here. He was a son of the late J. Wesley and Lydia Grems. He was born at West Branch Feb. 2, 1881. In 1908 he went to Rome to live. He married Miss Nina Conrad in April, 1916. She passed away in 1921 and soon after her death he came back to West Branch where he has lived since except two years at Westmoreland and two years at Vernon. He attended the Friends Church. He is survived by one son, Jack and a daughter, Nina, both at home; two sisters, Miss Helen Grems, West Branch, and Mrs. R. V. Herring, Herkimer; two brothers, Edward Grems, Boonville, and Amon Grems, West Branch; and 17 nieces and nephews. Funeral will be held Sunday at 2 pm standard time, at the Friends Church; burial at West Branch. The Rev. A. W. Benedict will be minister.

Grems, Lydia E.

Rome Sentinel
January 20, 1921

After but a week's confinement to the bed, Mrs. Lydia E. Grems, in her 76th year, died of creeping paralysis at 6:10 o'clock on Wednesday evening at her home, 422 W. Liberty Street. Her husband, Wesley Grems, died 30 years ago. The following children survive: Edward and Amon Grems of Western, Miss Helen and Garfield Grems in this city, Mrs. R. V. Herring of Verona Springs, and three sisters, Mrs. HR. M. Grems of Rome, Mrs. Helen Utley of Tilden, Neb., and Mrs. M. W. Flint of Ava. There are 16 grandchildren. Mrs. Grems was born in West Branch 75 years ago last June. For eight years she lived in Rome. For a long time she went to her old home in West Branch for the summer, returning here each winter. In West Branch she belonged to the Friends Church. Here she was a regular attendant at the First Baptist Church. Many firends she made in her lifetime and one and all they will learn with sorrow of her death.

Grems, Lynn

Rome Sentinel
August 27, 1906

Stokes - Friends at this place extend sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Grems in the death of their baby boy, Lynn Grems, aged about two months, also to the grandmother, Mrs. Lydia Grems of West Branch, who so lovingly cared for him until the little spirit took its flight. As the little one lay in the beautiful white casekt, litterally covered with rare and choice flowers, those to which he was near and dear could scarcely wish him back so heavenly was the expression upon the little face. Rev. Simon Hester of West Branch preached a tender, sympathetic sermon, which was listened to by a large assemblage of friends.

Grems, Mary Helen

Rome Sentinel
February 26, 1945

Westmoreland - Miss Mary Helen Grems, 68, died unexpectedly in the home of her niece, Mrs. Robert Dixon, here on February 24, 1945.

She was born in West Branch January 23, 1877, a daughter of Lydia and Wesley Grems. All of her life was spent in West Branch except for two years in Vernon and Hecla and the past three months with her niece here. For 15 years she had followed the occupation of dressmaker. She was a member of West Branch Friends Church and Martha Washington Council, daughters of Liberty.

Besides her niece with whom she lived, she leaves a nephew, Cpl. Jack Grems, serving in the South Pacific, whom she brought up from childhood, also a sister, Mrs. R. V. Herring, Utica, a brother Amon B. Grems, West Branch, and 10 nieces and five nephews.

Prayer services will be held Wednesday at Mrs. Dixon's home. Interment will be in West Branch Cemetery.

Grems, Nettie Knight

Rome Sentinel
May 15, 1935

Boonville - Mrs. Nettie Grems, 60, widow of Walter Grems, died suddenly at 4:30 this morning at her home on Summit Street. She had been in her usual health yesterday and was stricken at 2:30 this morning with a heart attack from which she failed to rally.

Nettie Knight was born in Ava, August 21, 1874 a daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Wade Knight. About 33 years ago she was married to Walter Grems, who passed away 18 years ago. They resided at the old village of Delta until the death of Mr. Grems, when they came to this village. Mrs. Grems was a member of Ava Methodist Church, and was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends.

Surviving are three children, Miss Olive and Harry Grems, at home, and Miss Linda Grems of Utica, and a brother, Royal Knight of Rome.

Grems, Walter B.

Rome Sentinel
Nov. 17 (1916)

Walter B. Grems, town clerk of Ava, died at his home there on Thursday evening of last week. He had been having heart trouble for a year. he was about on the Tuesday before and went to the polls and voted. Mr. Grems was a blacksmith but gave up this work about a year ago. He was born in West Branch July 13, 1874. In 1903 he married Miss Nettie Knight and they went to the village of Delta where they remained until the State took their property for barge canal purposes, now a part of Lake Delta, when they went to Ava to live. Surviving are the wife and three children, Olive, Lynnda and Harry Grems, all at home, also his mother, Mrs. Lydia Grems, of 405 Howland avenue, this city, two sisters, Miss Helen Grems of this city, and Mrs. Roger Herring of West Branch and three brothers, Edward and Garfield Grems of Rome, and Amon Grems of Western.

In politics Mr. Grems had always been a Republican and he was ever active in the interest of his party. In 1915 he was elected town clerk and held that office at the time of his death. he was a member of Rome Lodge of Odd Fellows and of the Modern Woodmen of West Leyden. Mr. Grems was a member of the Baptist Church of Boonville and in that place in his younger days he worked at his trade for eight years. He possessed those traits which made for him a host of friends to whom he was ever loyal and hew as a devoted husband and father. The funeral was largely attended at the M. E. Church in Ava on Sunday. Rev. Mr. Campbell, of the Baptist Church of Boonville, officiated and he sang a solo. Interment took place in Evergreen Cemetery at Stokes

contributed by Karen Marsh

Griffin, Daniel

Rome Sentinel
April 10, 1914

Daniel Griffin, aged 60 years, died at his home, 608 Union Street, at 2 o'clock this morning. He was born in Florence and lived there until 12 years ago, when he removed to this city. For the past six years he had been in failing health and his death was caused from a general wearing out of the system. While a resident of Florence he followed the occupation of farming and after coming to Rome he worked at the carpenter's trade. In Florence 41 years ago he was married to Margaret Donahue, who survives with the following children: Mrs. Edward Smith, John, James and Michael Griffin, all of Rome. He also leaves one brother, Michael Griffin of Rome. He was a faithful member of St. Peters Church. He was well known and highly respected resident and had many friends both in Rome and Florence.

Griffin, John

Rome Sentinel
November 4, 1939

John Griffin, 63, employed by the White Construction Co., as night watchman on the new Rome Hospital project, was found dead this morning at his post, victim of a heart ailment.

A native of the town of Florence, Mr. Griffin made his home in this city, and was well known as a mason, carpenter and contractor. He moved to Point Rock four years ago where he had since resided.

Mr. Griffin had been in poor health for the past year, suffering an attack of pneumonia during the winter from which he never fully recuperated.

Born December 1, 1875, son of the late Daniel and Margaret Donahue Griffin, he married the former Mary Riegler at Delta June 7, 1900.

Griffith, Catharine LeSuer

Rome Sentinel
March 3, 1915

The death of Mrs. Catharine L. Griffith, one of the old and highly esteemed residents of this city, occurred at 9:10 this morning at her home, 421 William Street. On March 3, 1914, she suffered a slight stroke, but had practically recovered from its effects, although showing a slow decline in health. On Sunday morning last while sitting at the breakfast table, she suffered a second stroke, which resulted in death. Mrs. Griffith was born at Prospect on September 24, 1836, daughter of the late Eli and Annis Lesuer. Her childhood was spent in that village and then she removed to Lee where, on July 6, 1861, she was married to Russell Griffith, Rev. Horace Tremain, pastor of the M. E. Church, performing the ceremony. On January 12, 1871, Mr. and Mrs. Griffith came to Rome to live. She was a woman of the highest Christian character, charitable, a consistent member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and active in church work. Surviving her are her husband, one brother, Nathan Lesuer, who has been a resident of Wisconsin sicne 1830, and several nephews and nieces who live in the west.

Griffith, Russell

Rome Sentinel
March 27, 1922

Russell Griffith, 817 Floyd Avenue, died on Saturday evening at 9 o'clock after an illness since January 7, the last two weeks of which he had been at the Rome Infirmary. He was born in Lee 85 years ago and was a son of the late William & Harriet Griffith. About sixty years ago he was united in marriage to Catherine LeSuer, who died seven years ago. Mr. Griffith had resided in this city for about 50 years and was a carpenter by trade. It is believed that the only surviving member of the family is a brother, David Griffith, of Buffalo. Mr. Griffith was a man who was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He was an uncle of Mrs. D. C. Smith, 718 Floyd Avenue, with whom he had made his home since the death of his wife.

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