Bernard W. Hamsher1871 - 1911 (40 years)
Name Bernard W. Hamsher Birth 1871 West Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Gender Male Death 19 Jul 1911 Elmira, Chemung Co., New York, USA Burial Sparta Center Cemetery, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Bernard W. Hamsher (1871-1911)
- BERNA HAMSHER DROWNED IN ELMIRA
A LACKAWANNA ENGINEER AND A PROMINENT MASON
The acquaintances of Bernard W. Hamsher will be greatly pained to learn that he was drowned in Newtown Creek in Elmire at four o'clock Monday afternoon. In company with his family and four or five of his neighbor women and their children he had gone to the creek, which was only a third of a mile from his residence on the east side of the city, where they hoped to find relief from the oppressive heat. Shortly after they reached the spot the women and children began to wade in the creek and Mr. Hamsher who was the only man in the party, told his wife he would go farther up the stream and wade. After being absent half an hour and nothing having been heard from him, his wife became alarmed and started up the stream to look for him, but he was no where in sight. She called to her friends and as they came up, they were joined by two or three man who had been attracted by the noise, to whom Mrs. Hamsher stated that she feared her husband had fallen into the creek. In a moment more his hat and shoes were found on the bank and then the party realized the gravity of the situation and one of the men dove into the stream and found the body and brought it to the surface. The men at once made heroic efforts to revive the drowned man, and in a very few moments the coroner was on the spot and lent his aid in attempting to bring back life, but the efforts were without avail and he was finally obliged to give up, and he pronounced it an accidental death after hearing the particulars from those present. No one saw Mr. Hamsher go into the water, and it is only surmised that he was wading in the shallow water and not knowing the condition he stepped off a ledge into water fifteen feet deep, where he was found, and being unable to swim he was overcome by the suddenness of the plunge or was seized with cramps and was unable to help himself. It was thought the body was in the water half an hour and that it did not rise after going down. The body was taken to Smith's morgue and prepared for burial and then removed to his late home.
Mr. Hamsher was the oldest son of Jonas G. Hamsher of this town, his mother who died in 1896 being Cornelia Woodruff. His great-grandfather Daniel Hamsher was one of the first settlers in Sparta and his grandfather Bernard Hamsher was a resident of that town for about eighty years. The deceased was born near Byersvllle in West Sparta thirty-nine years ago and he worked on the home farm until his mother's death when he went into the employ of the Lackawanna Railroad company as a fireman, a position he filled so faithfully that he was made an engineer five years ago and given important duty. He was one of the company's most trusted employees and none stood higher in the estimation of his fellow employes on the road than he. Among these men there is extreme sorrow at his sudden and tragic death. Mr. Hamsher was expecting to remove to Groveland Station soon to take a pusher engine and last Saturday he came up to secure a bouse for his family, intending to go to work on Tuesday and bring his family later. He was a member of Phoenix lodge No. 115, F. and A. M., and of Dansville Chapter No. 91, R. A. M., of this village, and of the Elmira Grotto, and also a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. A few years ago, he married Miss Theresa Orr of Binghamton who with a son Francis and daughter Anita survive him; and he also leaves his father, a sister Mrs. Fred LaRouette of Sparta, three brothers Herbert G. Hamsher, Glenn Hamsher and Gates Hamsher of this town, besides many other near relatives.
The remains will come to the Dansville station on the Lackawanna at 3:27 this afternoon, accompanied by his wife and a delegation of Masons and members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and with relatives and members of Phoenix lodge will be escorted to the Sparta Center burying ground where Interment will be made by the side of his mother, the Masonic burial service to be used at the grave.
(The Dansville Express, Thursday, July 13, 1911)
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Father Jonas S. Hamsher, b. 1 Oct 1831, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA d. 30 Oct 1924, Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA (Age 93 years) Mother Cornellia R. Woodruff, b. 1848, Geneseo, Livingston Co., New York, USA d. 2 Jun 1896, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA (Age 48 years) Marriage Abt 1868 Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Family ID F947 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Theresa Agnes Orr, b. 7 Jul 1878, Binghamton, Broome Co., New York, USA d. 2 Sep 1953, New Hartford, Oneida County, New York, USA (Age 75 years) Marriage 30 Dec 1903 Binghamton, Broome Co., New York, USA Children + 1. Francis Bernard Hamsher, b. 23 Dec 1904, Elmira, Chemung Co., New York, USA d. 2 Jan 1962, Utica, Oneida Co., New York, USA (Age 57 years) 2. Anita Hamsher, b. ca 1907, Elmira, Chemung Co., New York, USA Family ID F18426 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 3 Feb 2024
- BERNA HAMSHER DROWNED IN ELMIRA
Event Map Birth - 1871 - West Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA Marriage - 30 Dec 1903 - Binghamton, Broome Co., New York, USA Death - 19 Jul 1911 - Elmira, Chemung Co., New York, USA Burial - - Sparta Center Cemetery, Sparta, Livingston Co., New York, USA = Link to Google Earth Pin Legend : Address : Location : City/Town : County/Shire : State/Province : Country : Not Set