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Middlesex, Yates Co., N.Y., ae. 66. He was a native of Pawlet, Vt., and came to M. at the age of 13; he amassed a large fortune, but retained a high reputation for integrity and social worth.
Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler."

BARDWELL, Dr. Eugene Orville
Death of Dr. Bardwell - The death of Dr. Bardwell, a brief mention of which was made in last week's issue, removes from our midst one of the most unique figures that ever graced the medical profession. A natural born physician, he reasoned well and was always well in advance of his profession upon the leading medical discussions, he pen being ever ready to enlighten the world as well as his brother physician. His writings were eagerly sought by the leading medical journals of the country. For several years he labored under disadvantages, his hearing having almost left him, only to be followed by his faithful wife's illness. In order to be nearer to specialists he moved from Emporium to Buffalo, where his wife died last March and was buried at Penn Yan, N.Y., the Dr's old home. Dr. Bardwell at once returned to Emporium, where he had passed so many years of happiness, as well as sorrow. He came back bowed down with grief and sorrow, pitiable to behold and it was every evident to his many friends here, that his days were limited - that he would soon be numbered with the dead.
The following, copied from the history of Cameron county, which no doubt was true at the date of publication. We were close to deceased almost constantly from his first coming to emporium and feel that in some instances he was cruely wronged and misrepresented. No man was more deeply interested in the upbuilding of Emporium and, as far as his means were permissible, he strongly used his pen and voice in the right and gave his last dollar to promote any laudable object or assist a worthy person. But, this is a cold and uncharitable people and when those, or many of them, same people for whom he had given his best effort, thrust the knife into his ambition at the first opportunity, thereby crushing one of the brightest minds we ever knew in this county.
Again, Dr. Bardwell was called an unbeliever. At one time, and not many months ago, he turned his mind in another direction and searched for new light, which he found. Without solicitation he made his change known to Rev. Jas. M. Robertson, Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and received the holy rite of baptism. This step he seemed proud of and at once notified many of his intimate friends.
Christmas coming a deep shadow of gloom came over him and he went to Penn Yan, N. Y., where he contracted a severe cold and came to Emporium sick and was confined to his room at his mother-in-law's, Mrs. Hiram Evans. Dr. Smith was called and pronounced his illness double pneumonia and, on account of the weakened condition of the patient, it was evident that his illness was fatal. All that Mrs. Evans and family, and Miss Buelah Wingert, a professional nurse of DuBois could do to ease his suffering was done. Perfectly conscious until twenty-four hours before his death, which took place Tuesday evening, Jan. 4th, the patient set up in bed, Saturday evening and partook of sacraments of the church, administered by Rev. Robertson, in the presence of the family and a couple of friends. When all was in readiness the Dr. replied in a strong voice: "I am ready." He was perfectly conscious of his condition and wanted to go to his departed wife, who died March 24th, last.
Thus closed the early career of one of the brightest minds, as well as an orginal character one seldom sees but reads about - an enclycopaedia of knowledge. Farewell, Doctor, may we all meet again in that great hereafter.
Eugene Orville Bardwell, M. D., Emporium, was born in Warren County, Penn.; March 12, 1854. His father, R. C. Bardwell, also a physician, was a native of Yates County, N. Y., and was of Quaker descent. He married Mary Browne, of English and German parentage; and their eldest son was Dr. E. O. Bardwell, the subject of this sketch. There were four other children as issue to this marriage, one of whom died in infancy. The family moved to Penn Yan, N. Y., when Eugene was but three years old, and it was there that he received his early education. At the age of eleven he entered the Penn Yan Academy as a student, and passed the Regent's examination of the State of New York, at the age of twelve, an unusually early period in life for one to attempt, let alone pass, this difficult probing into one's knowledge by the faculty of an institution which is noted throughout the State for its high standard of marking in studies. In February, 1870, he completed his course in the medical department of the University of buffalo, graduating, as the Dean of the College expressed it, cum laude. In April of the same year the Doctor began active practice at Emporium, Penn., where by his skill, he soon won a large clientage. He was made secretary of Cameron County Medical Society not long after his arrival in Emporium and in 1880 he was elected coroner by a phenomenal majority, the head of the ticket being defeated. In 1882 the Doctor was sent as a delegate to the Pennsylvania State Medical Society of which he was made a member. This society made him a member of the State District Board of Censors, and at its next meeting he was elected secretary, a position he held until he left the state. In 1883 he was sent as a delegate to the State Society from Elk County Medical Society of which he was at the time vice-president. In the year 1884, Dr. Bardwell moved to Moline, Ill., where he practiced until called east by the serious illness of his father. While in Moline, Dr. Bardwell was made a member of the Iowa and Illinois Central Medical Association, of the Rock Island Medical Society, of the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences, also secretary of the Moline Medical Society, and member of the staff and consulting physician at St. Mary's Hospital in the city of Rock Island. Dr. Bardwell is a member of the American Medical Association and was appointed as a delegate to the Illinois State Medical Society while in Moline. During the fatal illness of Dr. R. R. C. Bardwell, his son remained in Penn Yan, and while there was made a member of Yates County Medical Society. Upon the death of Dr. Bardwell Sr., in 1886, the subject of this sketch, at the earnest solicitation of prominent citizens of Emporium, returned to that place and at once assumed a large and lucrative practice. Politically the Doctor is a Republican, and religiously a pronounced agnostic. On May 5, 1888, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Evans, of Emporium, a daughter of Hiram and Cynthia (Loder) Evans, both natives of this State, and of Quaker descent. The Doctor takes particularly active interest in the fire department of Emporium. He was the first foreman of the Mountaineer Hose Company, the first uniformed company of the place, and to his skill in organization and drill, much of the department's efficiency is due. He resigned the position of foreman in January, 1889, to accept the place of chief engineer, which he has been compelled to give up owing to press of professional duties. A skillful physician and surgeon, and a live citizen, Dr. E. O. Bardwell is a man of advanced thought and liberal ideas and is invariably in favor of those things which will inure to the benefit of his borough and county.
The Funeral
On Thursday afternoon, at two o'clock the funeral was held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, the casket being carried to the church by six members of Mountaineer Hose Company, the deceased having been that company's first foreman and drill master. A large delegation of firemen, representing the four companies, was present. A beautiful floral piece rested upon a table (a testimonial from the hose company), and a very beautiful casket bouquet of carnations laid across the remains - the latter being a token of esteem from Miss Grace A., and Geo. A. Walker.
A special choir, composed of Mrs. T. F. Moore, Misses Grace A. Walker, Alice Montgomery, and Messrs. Geo. A. Walker and W. S. Sterner. Mr. W. H. Howard presided at the organ. The singing was beautiful, especially the hymn selected by Dr. Bardwell only a few days before his death.
Rev. Mr. Robertson's Remarks
It is not my purpose to review the details of the career of our departed friend, nor to dwell at length upon his life and character which for thirty years with the exception of some short intervals, have been an open book in our midst. His superior mental endowments, the bright promise of his early years, his professional ability and success, his public services in the community, as well as his errors, his misfortunes and his afflictions are known to us all.
But I do wish to call particular attention to the change which in God's good providence and through the guidance and enlightenment of His Holy Spirit, had been wrought in our friends personal views and attitude towards the realities of the spiritual world. He who had once been known as a "pronounced agnostic," some months ago, of his own free choice, of clear mind, of earnest purpose and of fearless courage, accepted the Christian faith and hope, and was received into the Church by Holy Baptism.
Some, perhaps may think that this change was due to the breaking down of his powers of mind and body; but those who knew him best can testify that this closing period of his life was the flowering time of his spirit, and that this notable change was a mark of inward growth and progress and not of decay. To feel to the full the measure of a deep personal bereavement and to yearn for the satisfaction of our longing for endless life and endless love, is a token of real life and growth of spirit and not of mental weakness nor of the spirit's decay.
We may apply to our friend the words of Stevenson in Memories and Portraits: "For this man was one of those who prospered in the valley of humiliation - of whom Bunyan wrote, that, "Though Christian had the hard hope to meet in the valley with Apollyon, yet I must tell you that in former times men have met with angels here, have found pearls here, and have in this place found the words of life."
In addition to the relations residing here, Mr. E. R. Bardwell of Penn Yan, N. Y., and Dr. J. S. Bardwell, Ridgway were in attendance. The remains were taken to Penn Yan at 4:20 same day. The burial took place there last Friday morning at nine o'clock, the remains being placed in the family lot.
May peace rest with his troubled soul.
[Cameron County Press, Emporium, Cameron County, PA.) January 13, 1910, front page and page 5]

BROOKS, Mary Ann
Mrs. Mary Ann Brooks, 78, widow of John Brooks, formerly of this town, died in Auburn, N. Y., Tuesday morning of paralysis from which she had been an invalid three years. The body was brought here yesterday morning and the burial took place in Prospect Hill cemetery. Rev. Dr. J. R. Gow, pastor of the First Baptist Church, of which she was a member, officiated. Mrs. Brooks was born in Hinsdale in 1834 and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Giles. She married John Brooks of this town, a prosperous farmer, who died about 39 years ago. Twenty years ago she went to New York state to live and divided her time between the homes of her son in Penn Yan and her daughter in Auburn. The other residents of the town remember Mrs. Brooks as a woman of admirable qualities and one who was an active participant in the religious and social life of the Baptist church. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Luella Barrett, of Auburn, N. Y., and a son, A. Clinton Brooks, of Penn Yan, N. Y. [Vermont Phoenix, Brattleboro, VT, June 28, 1912, page 7]

CARPENTER, Minnie Brooks

Mrs. Minnie Brooks Carpenter, 33, daughter of the late John Brooks of Brattleboro, died Friday noon in Auburn, N. Y., where she was visiting. She underwent an operation Tuesday but did not rally from it. Mrs. Carpenter was born in Brattleboro, Feb. 1, 1873, her parents being John and Mary A. Brooks. At the age of about 12 years she went to Penn Yan, N. Y., to live. Her home was in Penn Yan until five years ago, when she was married to Alan O. Carpenter of Auburn, a draftsman. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter lived in Auburn until last spring, when they went to Franklin, Penn. They had been in Auburn on a visit about two weeks at the time of Mrs. Carpenter's death. The body was brought to Brattleboro Monday morning for burial in Prospect Hill cemetery. Rev. H. R. Miles, pastor of the Congregational church officiated at the committal service. Besides her husband Mrs. Carpenter is survived by her mother, who lives in Auburn, one sister, Mrs. George S. Barrett of Auburn and two brothers, A. Clinton Brooks of Penn Yan and George Brooks of Auburn.
[Vermont Phoenix, Brattleboro, N. Y., October 26, 1906]

L. l. Doubleday, at one time a banker of Columbus, died at Pittsburg, Pa., last week. The remains were buried at Penn Yan, N. Y. The bank of Ritter & Doubleday in Columbus, failed, but the late John Hamilton was appointed receiver, and he handled the matters of the bank in such a manner that the depositors were paid in full and there was something left for the stockholders.
[Baxter Springs News, Baxter Springs, Kan., February 19, 1914, front page]

GAGE, Mrs. Wm. H.
Mrs. Sabra Young received a telegram on Sunday announcing that her mother, Mrs. Wm H. Gage, had died at her home at Penn Yan, N. Y., on that day. Mrs. Gage was eighty seven years old at the time of her death. Her husband had died on the 28th of March, 1897, and he would have been eighty seven years old if he had lived until this time. The venerable couple were associated as man and wife for sixty five years. Mrs. Young took the train on Monday afternoon for Penn Yan. [Tazewell Republican, Tazewell, VA., May 27, 1897, front page]


Jacob the 3 year old son of Walter and Olive Hamilton died at their home, Thursday a.m. The funeral was held at the house Saturday at 1 o'clock. Burial at lower Post Creek. [Home Advocate, August 16, 1892, page 4]


We regret to state that Mr. Hempstead, brother in law of John A. King, of Geneva, and one of the main contractors for the construction of the Canandaigua and Niagora Falls Railroad, died at Canadaigua of cholera, on Saturday last. Mr. H. was a man of great business energy and his loss will be severely felt by more than one community. He was well known in this vicinity as one of the contractors on the canadaigua and Elmira railroad, being one of the firm of King Diven & Co. [Dundee Record, September 1, 1852, page 2]

Samuel P. Keefer
Penn Yan, Feb. 24 - Samuel P. Keefer of Torrey, Yates County, died yesterday in his 105th year. Keefer was born in Kinderhook, Columbia County, N. Y. March 10, 1810.
[The Evening World, Wednesday, February 24, 1915]


Wm. N. Love, President of the First Nat. Bank of Watkins, died at his home on 10th St., last Sunday morning. The funeral will be held at the house, Wednesday at 2 p.m. Deceased was 73 years of age. [Home Advocate, August 16, 1892, page 4]

MALEY, Edward
Died - Maley - In this city, March 26, Edward Maley, age 28 years, a resident of Penn Yan, N. Y.
Remains will be shipped from O'Donnell & Co's parlors to his former home, Penn Yan, N. Y., this evening. Penn Yan papers please copy.
[The Salt Lake Herald -Republican, (Salt Lake City, Utah), March 27, 1910, Section 1, page 10]


Dundee Man a Suicide
Leon C. Murdock, well known Dundee business man, was found dead in bed at his home in that village Monday with a bullet wound to his head. He had been in ill health for several months and despondency over his physical condition is believed to have prompted him to take his life.
[The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, New York, 11 Jan 1922]

Death of Mrs. John VAN NORTWICK
Been a Resident of Batavia for Forty-Seven Years
A Long and Useful Life of an Esteemed Citizen and Beloved Mother is Ended
Sunday, Aug. 20, 1893, death removed another of the earliest residents of the city of Batavia, (Kane Co, IL) Mrs. John VANNORTWICK, whose husband preceded her in death, 3 years and 3 months. At 10 o’clock, Sunday morning, this venerable lady, laid down the burden of life and passed to the Golden Reward beyond.
Mrs. VANNORTWICK has been a resident of Batavia for 47 years, being one of the few links which remained to connect the pioneer life of the past, with this present age of progress.
Very impressive funeral services were held at her late home, Wednesday at 2 p.m., the spacious residence being filled to overflowing, many being present from Aurora and other surrounding cities. Rev. G. H. Barry conducted the last sad rites according to the Episcopalian Ritual. Appropriate music was furnished by a quartette, composed of Mrs. Ed. Burton, Mrs. E. W. McCullough, H. N. Wade and C. E. Crankshaw, with Miss Annie Burton as organist. Those who acted as pall bearers were: F. H. Buck, F. K. George, Joseph Town, Peter Hobler, John Griffeth, and James Mair. The floral offerings were very beautiful and appropriate. The remains were followed to their last resting place, West Batavia Cemetery, by a very large concourse of mourning friends and placed beside her husband. Following we give the obituary, which was prepared by Mr. D. H. Andrus, who has been personally acquainted with the departed lady for several years.
Mrs. Patty Mari VanNortwick, widow of the late Hon. John VanNortwick, died at the family residence in Batavia, Sunday morning, Aug. 20, 1893, aged 81 years. She had been in poor health for several months, and the end was not unexpected.
Patty Mari MALLORY, was married to John VanNortwick, at Pen Yan, N. Y., Feb. 11, 1836, and came to Batavia, Ill., in 1846, with her husband and two children, cheerfully sharing the hardships of a new country, to secure a home, and lay the foundations for future prosperity.
Deceased was the mother of five children, two sons and three daughters, Wm. M. VanNortwick, of this city, J. S. VanNortwick, of Appleton, Wis., Mrs. F. B. RICE, of Aurora, who was permitted to be with, and tenderly care for her during her last illness and death, Mrs. Amos BURTON, who died in 1891, and Miss Elenor, who passed away in childhood. Besides the children, she leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
During the residence of Mrs. VanNortwick in Batavia, nearly fifty years, a generation has come and gone, and but few of her early acquaintances are left. Yet all who have ever known her, if permitted to speak, would testify to her gentle and unassuming manner, her kind and sympathetic nature, and her faithful devotion to family and friends. Modest in her professions and unostentatious in her acts of benevolence, she was ever unconsciously teaching the doctrine of practical piety. She was no respector of persons. The humblest and the wealthiest shared alike her love and hospitality, and her friendship and aid were never wanting to the needy.
In the death of this loving mother, a happy home and family rendezvous of more than half a century is broken forever, and its memory is cherished with the sacred things of the past. The adornment of her mansion above has been made beautiful and complete by her loving deeds in the one below.
Forcibly the words of the poet come to us.
Mrs. VanNortwick was a member of Calvary church of this city, having united herewith a few years since her husband, thus obeying the Gospel exhortation, adding to a long and christ-like life, the witness of a public professions. The even temper, so characteristic in all her life, was emphasized during her illness, by the absence of a murmer or complaint. When he work was done, she patiently waited the summons of the Master to join her husband and daughters, and the innumerable company on he shore, and her last hour was
“Like one who wraps the drapery of his Couch”
“About him, and lies down to pleasant Dreams.”
[Batavia (IL) Herald, 24 August, 1893 - Submitted by K.T.]


Mr. Waterhouse of the Mud Lake road died on Saturday. Funeral services at the late home yesterday. [Home Advocate, August 16, 1892, page 5]


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