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.
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.
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 – 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 – Nancy Feola (nee Kiser) of Milford, who retired from a 30-year career with the Otsego County Attorney’s Office, lost her gallant 19-month struggle with cancer Monday evening Oct. 5, 2015, at Bassett Hospital. She was 66.
Born April 1, 1949, she was the oldest daughter among six children of Arthur Sr. and Helen (Platt) Kiser. She attended the one-room Westville School from 1954 to 1961, then attended and graduated from Milford Central School, Class of 1967. She earned AAS degree in Secretarial Science in 1970 from Herkimer County Community College.
A life-long Milford/Cooperstown resident, she lived with her husband at their State Highway 166 residence.
MILFORD – Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97, the organist for 67 years at the Milford United Methodist Church, passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord Monday, Feb. 12, surrounded by her loving family after a short illness.
Dorothy was born in Bethany, Pa., the daughter of Methodist Reverend Joseph H. Smith and Marie E. Albertson. She attended various schools prior to moving to Oneonta. Dorothy graduated from Oneonta High School in the Class of 1939. After graduation, she attended Syracuse University, majoring in Music and Fine Arts with a minor in organ.
MILFORD – Selfless mother, grandmother and great grandmother Catherine T. “Kitty” Elliott, former co-proprietor of the Milford Market, completed her 85-year-journey, surrounded by her loving family and friends Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.
Kitty joined the world with her twin sister on May 21, 1930, in Wilmington, Del. She was one of eight children born to the late Antonio and Mary (Uzzo) Mazzio.
She began her hard-working career at a young age, leaving academic pursuits to help care for her siblings.
On Aug. 7, 1954, she wed the late Robert F. Elliott, who served in the Navy. In 1970, she and her husband moved to Upstate New York, settling in Milford. There, Kitty raised her three children with exceptional love and devotion of which she took great pride in. This was by far her favorite and most rewarding profession. In return, each is eternally grateful for all she taught and provided to and for them.
COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Sports Booster Club, in combination with the Milford Central School Sports Booster Club, raised $3,100 for The Bassett Cancer Institute, the Cooperstown boosters announced today.
The “Homestand Against Cancer” event on Saturday was organized by the Cooperstown club and highlighted cancer awareness and research.
By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
MILFORD – Almost a dozen fire crews at this hour are battling a blaze at the Milford United Methodist Church at 89 Main St.
The crews, including Milford, Oneonta, Cooperstown, Mount Vision, Schenevus and several others appeared to have the blaze under control, but it was burning too hot to be extinguished. It appeared likely the building will be a total loss.
Efforts are concentrating on the belltower at this hour (10 p.m.)
IN MEMORIAM: Richard J. Young, 74, Milford; Xerox Retiree
MILFORD – Richard J. Young, 74, of Milford, who travelled throughout the East Coast and Puerto Rico as a service manager for Xerox and an avid fisherman in his retirement, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014, at his home after a long illness.
MILFORD – The Milford Food pantry is being restocked this afternoon as donors bring produce, fresh breads and non-perishables to replace what was lost in the Milford United Methodist church fire last Sunday.
At the Elm Inn, owner Dar Buck is encouraging diners looking for her St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage special to bring donations when they come to dine, and a benefit, featuring music by the Stoddard Hollow String Band, is planned for this evening, 7-11 p.m.
The food bank will be open 9:30-11:30 at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center on Saturday, March 18, and the following week will relocate to the Legion Hall on Main Street, where it will remain until a permanent location is settled.
MILFORD – The Elm Inn of Milford will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party and benefit from 11 a.m. – midnight this Friday to raise money and donations for the Milford Food Pantry, which was destroyed in the United Methodist Church fire on Sunday, March 12.
The Stoddard Hollow String Band will play from 7-10 p.m., and though there is no cover charge, guests are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food or a check for the Milford Food Pantry.
A special menu including corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, fish fry, turkey and pastrami, salads and tavern fare will be served all day.