MILFORD CENTER – Niles Ward Eggleston 99, a community benefactor, local history enthusiast and author of “Eva Coo Murderess,” passed away Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015, at his residence in Milford Center.
He was born at home on Eggleston Hill in the Town of Middlefield on May 27, 1916, the first of eight children born to J. Ward and Maria (Osborn) Eggleston. He graduated from Milford High School in 1935. On June 9, 1943, he married his wife of 52 years, “the prettiest girl in the school,” Georgia Anna Pelton.
In 1937, he established a mail order business, Eggleston Enterprize, in Milford to supply contest information, supplies and newsletters to contestants. At first, it was a part-time venture while he continued to work on the family farm and sell farm produce to area stores. By the early 1950s it was a full-time business with several employees.
He retired in 1982 to enjoy traveling and to devote more time to gardening, photography, writing and his favorite hobby of all, fishing.
‘I’ve always been drawn to trying to make things better’
Editor’s Note: This profile of Gary Herzig’s life and career, published in Hometown Oneonta Feb. 6 of this year, has new currency after Oneonta Common Council named him mayor on Tuesday.
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to allotsego.com
ONEONTA – To help pay his way through Queens College, Gary Herzig drove cab nights and weekends.
“In New York City,” he said of the experience, “you see, on the one hand, extraordinary wealth – on the other hand, extreme poverty.”
That sensibility informed his career, from Inner City teacher, to Oneonta Job Corps director and, for the past two decades, an Opportunities for Otsego administrator, most of that time as chief operating officer.
“I’ve always been drawn to trying to make things better,” he said in an interview Saturday, Jan. 31, at Capresso, after the news that he was running for mayor broke the afternoon before on www.allotsego.com.
A member of the city’s Housing Task Force, Herzig said the issue that caused him to announce his candidacy in the Nov. 3 elections, is the city’s housing dilemma: “There’s a shortage, yet there’s a growing number of abandoned houses.”
Former mayor John Nader, who recruited the late Mayor Dick Miller in 2009 to replace him, said he is “very enthusiastic” about Herzig, adding, “I had encouraged him to run. I don’t know of other people who are interested in running at this point, and I’m focusing my energies on Gary as much as I can.”
“The range of things he’s been involved in for the past several years make him an ideal person to step in and be mayor at a challenging time for the city,” Nader continued. “His work on the housing plan, his work on the comprehensive plan – in all those capacities he’s done extraordinarily good work.”
MILFORD – Howard “Howdy” I. Cornish, 92, a World War II veteran and last of the original Milford Macs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 2, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
Born Nov. 2, 1926, at the Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, Howard was the son of Horace P. and Leta (Persons) Cornish.
He graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1945. Immediately after graduation, Howard enlisted in the Army and, following basic training, was assigned to the 778th Tank Battalion. Howard was dedicated to his country and proud of his service and that of his fellow comrades in arms.
By JIM KEVLIN • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
COOPERSTOWN – On May 30, 1955, little John Rosson, 7, underwent his First Holy Communion at his hometown church, Immaculate Conception in Irvington, on the Hudson River.
As the host – in Catholic doctrine, the small, round wafer is the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ – passed his lips, the boy immediately knew: He was destined to be a priest.
Almost 44 years later, Father Rosson, 71, said his final mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 31, signaling the end of 19 years as pastor of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church on Elm Street.
Retired Bishop Hubbard To Preside At Cooperstown Funeral
Editor’s Note: This is the complete obituary for Father John R. Roos, released a few minutes ago by the funeral directors.
COOPERSTOWN – Father John R. Roos, 86, of Cherry Valley, who served Catholic churches in Cooperstown, Cherry Valley, Springfield Center and Sharon Springs, passed away Tuesday night, Jan. 3, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Albany, a son of the late Frank and Katherine (Purcell) Roos. A graduate of Vincentian Institute, Father Roos was ordained to priesthood on July 17, 1955, (The Feast of Our Lady of Humility) at the Church of Twelve Apostles in Rome, Italy.
His first assignment was at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. He completed graduate studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he studied canon law, and served as secretary the Diocesan Tribunal. He later taught and was rector at Mater Christi Seminary in Albany.
After serving as mayor for the Village of Milford for 20 years, Sabine Curry now serves as the manager of the Milford Farmers’ Market. Today, the village recognized her service by naming a new Milford Community Park at the village’s north end in her honor. The dedication was a surprise to Curry, who reacted with tears as the sign was unveiled. The newly dedicated Sabine Curry Outdoor Recreational Park is the village’s newest park, and has served as the home for the village farmers’ market which, under Curry’s management, opened this year. At today’s noontime announcement are, from left, Assistant DPW Chief John Muir, Village Clerk Kitty Ruling, Village DPW Chief Paul Francis, Trustee Taylor Brose, Deputy Mayor Dave West, Sabine Curry, Mayor Brian Pokorny and Otsego County Sheriff (and village resident) Richard J. Devlin, Jr. Inset, West hugs Curry after the announcement. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
MILFORD – Mickey Ryan, 87, of Milford, a past state commander of the American Legion, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2017, at the state Veterans’ Home at Oxford, where he was given compassionate care while struggling with Alzheimer’s.
Mickey loved life and people, worked hard and played even harder.
MILFORD – Gertrude “Trudy” Lord, 77, an accomplished ceramist who operated studios here and in Oneonta, passed away peacefully at The Centers Nursing Home on Sunday March 3, 2019, after a four-year courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Trudy was born on Sept. 20, 1942, in Patterson, N.J., the daughter of the late Samuel L. and Gertrude Margroff Mott. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister Geraldine, and brothers Gary and Ronald.
MILFORD – Deputy Mayor Brian Pokorny has issued a statement asking villagers to continue to conserve water, following the use of 300,000 gallons of village water to extinguish last night’s fire at the Milford United Methodist Church.
ONEONTA – Though a mayor’s vote is normally limited to breaking ties, the ad hoc Charter Review Committee is recommending that a mayor be part of the search for the city manager, and be allowed a vote along with Common Council to make the appointment.
“Both have to be heavily involved,” said Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward. “Otherwise, you don’t have a buy-in. Mayor Dick Miller was heavily involved in the search for the first two city managers.”
The continued clarification of the mayor and city manager’s roles were discussed in length at the charter review meeting this evening. Former Council member Maureen Hennessy had resigned from committee, and Mayor Gary Herzig appointed new Council member John Rafter to take her place.