Mrs. Sarah Bross Mead

Mrs. Sarah Catherine Bross Mead, wife of Eli Mead died at her home, 129 Ball street on Tuesday evening, October 2nd, after a long illness. She was 77 years of age. Deceased who was a member of one of the oldest families in northern New Jersey was born in Wantage, Sussex county; her parent being Everitt Bross and Hannah Clay Bross. On December 24th, 1867, she was united in marriage with Mr. Mead and since that time has been a resident of Port Jervis. She as a member of the Drew M.E. church and Home Department and the Women’s Relief Corps of the G.A.R.

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Mrs. Hannah May Bross

Mrs. Hannah May Bross died at the home of her son Floyd, No. 133 Jersey avenue, at 7 p.m. Friday, aged 69 years and six months. She was born near Deckertown. In 1845 she married Eliakim Everett Bross of Montague, N.J.

The surviving children are as follows: Sarah, wife of Eli Mead of this village; Phebe J., wife of Alexander Burrows of Tri-State; Margaret, wife of H. Floyd Decker of Branchville, N.J., and Floyd W., with whom she resided since the death of her husband nine years ago.

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Stephen H. Wood

Stephen H. Wood died Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edna Decker, near Sussex, of complication of diseases. Mr. Wood was born near Amity, N.Y., June 23, 1836, a son of Isaac and Jane Miller Wood. September 22, 1866, he was united in marriage to Sarah S. Clay, of near Sussex, who died December 27, 1922. They began housekeeping in Vernon where he was farming and remained there until April, 1902, when they moved near Sussex. Mr. Wood was a good business man and a kind father. Early in life he united with the Methodist church at Vernon. He was also a member of the Wantage Grange and Sussex County Pomona Grange. He is survived by five children, Christopher H. Wood, residing at home; Margaret, wife of George McCloud, of Franklin; Ida, wife of Harry White of Libertyville; Grace, wife of Edward Hockenberry, of the Clove, and Mrs. Edna F. Decker, of near Sussex. He is survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from his late home near Woodbourne Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Papakating cemetery.

Source: Sussex Independent, February 2, 1923.

Slate Hill Child Hurt

SLATE HILL – Joyce Decker, eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Halsey Decker, was injured slightly today when struck by an automobile while on her way to school. Driver of the car was unidentified.  The girl was treated by a physician here for her slight hurts.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, May 12, 1939.

News from Middletown, NY

Former Assemblyman and Mrs. Frederick Northrup on Saturday quietly celebrated the 25th anniversary of their marriage at their country home, “Weilkelt Farm,” near this city. They were the recipients of felicitations from many friends and neighbors in the vicinity, and also from Poughkeepsie, their former home, Albany, New York and Washington, D.C. (Middletown Times-Press, January 8, 1917)

LEWIS VAN BLARCOM WEDS MISS HART AT NEWTON: Announcement has just been made by Mr. and Mrs. Nathan H. Hart, of Newton, N.J., of the marriage of their daughter, Ethel, to Lewis Van Blarcom, prosecutor of Sussex county, also of Newton. The ceremony was performed on January 18 last in New York City. (Middletown Times-Press, September 8, 1919)

Washingtonville — Alice Ann Decker and Allan Thomas Schadt were wed Sept. 25 at the First Presbyterian Church in Washingtonville. Rev. Dent officiated. A reception followed at Monell Fireman’s Hall in Washingtonville. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Decker of Washingtonville. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Schadt of Eldred. Faye Anson of Rock Tavern was the matron of honor. Mike Anson, Sr. of Rock Tavern was the best man. The bride is a graduate of Washingtonville High School. Her husband is a graduate of Eldred High School. He is employed with the United Postal System. After a wedding trip through lower New York state, they will live in Barryville. (Middletown Times-Herald, December 3, 1976)

Small Town News—Middletown Times Herald & Middletown Daily Argus

Miss Jeanne Arnold of Matamoras returned home today after a week’s visit with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, September 21, 1946)

Mrs. Edna Bush of Unionville returned there Monday after a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Halsey Decker. (Middletown Times Herald, June 5, 1941)

Mrs. Edna Bush is a guest at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Decker in Washingtonville. (Middletown Times Herald, October 5, 1948)

Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Davidson of Cooperstown spent the weekend with Mrs. Davidson’s sisters, Miss Lillian, Florence and Mary Sutton. Miss Elizabeth Davidson of New York also spent the week-end at the Sutton home. She is taking a nurse’s training corps [sic] at the Presbyterian Hospital. Mrs. Mae Sutton of Unionville was also a guest at the same home. (Middletown Times Herald, October 3, 1945)

Mrs. Lulu Hissenbottle [sic] of Palisades Park, N.J., returned home Sunday after spending a week with Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, July 31, 1945)

Mrs. Leslie Hissenbottle [sic] of Palisades Park, N.J., is spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. George E. Carr. (Middletown Times Herald, August 7, 1946)

Mount Salem — Miss Alice Northrup spent a couple of days in Middletown, last week, accompanied by Mrs. John Carr, of Unionville. (Middletown Daily Argus, October 9, 1895)

Mrs. Kenneth Whitaker has taken her daughter Sally to Sampson Naval hospital for removal of her tonsils. (Middletown Times Herald, August 17, 1945)

Small Town News—Decker

Mr. and Mrs. Halsey Decker and daughter, Joyce, spent the weekend with Mrs. Decker’s mother, Mrs. Charles Decker [sic] in Warwick. (Middletown Times Herald, October 18, 1945)

Halsey Decker is suffering from injuries received Monday when he fell from a load of hay. (Middletown Times Herald, July 25, 1947)

Slate Hill — Joyce Decker, eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Halsey Decker, was injured slightly today when struck by an automobile on her way to school. Driver of the car was unidentified. The girl was treated by a physician here for her slight hurts. (Middletown Times Herald, May 12, 1939)

Fire at the Home of Tracy Decker

A leak in the fuel line of an oil-burning kitchen range resulted in a fire which caused more than $1,000 damage to the home of Tracy Decker last night.  The fire destroyed a considerable amount of the Decker family’s clothing.  The fire broke out at about 11:15 when the fuel tank of the stove exploded, scattering blazing oil about the kitchen of the Decker home.  Washingtonville firemen, who responded to an alarm, arrived at the scene within a few minutes of the explosion and found the entire kitchen in flames.  Mr. and Mrs. Decker and their five children were in bed at the time and only Mrs. Decker was awakened by the blast.  She awakened her husband who, find the kitchen afire, aroused the rest of the family.  The firemen confined the flames to the kitchen, although dining room curtains were burned and some of the dining room woodwork was scorched.  In addition to the damage caused by the flames, there was considerable damage done by the heavy smoke which filled the house.  The fire consumed much of the Deckers’ winter clothing and the entire family laundry which had been left in the kitchen overnight.  It was reported that the damage was partly covered by insurance.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, October 3, 1945.

Birth Announcements

To the wife of Merle Ansberry, September 5, a daughter, Eleanor Allyne, Hanford.  (Oakland Tribune, September 18, 1933)

NEW ARMSTRONG SON:  Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Armstrong are parents of a boy born Monday Jan. 29 at the St. Ann hospital, Algona.  Mrs. Armstrong is the former Dorothy Fish, and the Armstrongs have one other son, Melvin.  Mr. Armstrong works for the Post transfer company at Algona.  The family moved lately from Livermore to the Obrecht home here.  (Kossuth County Advance, February 6, 1951)

Born yesterday to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bryant of 924 East Church street a daughter, Marilyn Jeanne.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 29, 1925)

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