News of Otsego County


John Lampman Smith Jr. April 08, 1927-July 15, 2021

In Memoriam

John Lampman Smith Jr.

April 08, 1927-July 15, 2021

ONEONTA – John Lampman Smith, Jr. 94, passed away, July 15, 2021 at St. James Manor in Oneonta.

He was born April 8, 1927 in Hudson, the son of John Lampman Smith Sr. and Arvesta (Pectal) Smith. John married Polly Ann Blass in 1950 and they moved to Davenport.   Polly passed away on September 8, 2015.

John graduated from Roeliff Jensen School in Hillsdale, NY. He attended Cortland State University before entering in the United States Marines Corp in 1945. John received a Master’s degree in education.  He was a science teacher and a school administrator at Charlotte Valley Central School in Davenport from 1950, retiring in 1983. John enjoyed playing golf, fishing and the NY Yankees.

18 Locals On Dean’s List At SUNY Oneonta

18 Locals
On Dean’s List
At SUNY Oneonta


Amber Genova of Cooperstown was one of 18 area students named to the SUNY Oneonta Dean’s list for the Fall 2018 semester.

Also on the list were:

• Kara Aufmuth of Fly Creek
• Amanda Davenport of Fly Creek
• Connor Davidson of Hartwick
• Hannah Dulovich of Schuyler Lake
• Gabriella Furlan of Hartwick
• Julia Marcantonio of Cooperstown
• Michael Mayton of Richfield Springs
• Nathaniel Miller of Cooperstown
• Rebecca Morosko of Cooperstown
• Ashlyn Narins of Cooperstown
• Dorothy Oakley of Cherry Valley
• September Schaffer of Roseboom
• Emily Stephenson of Cooperstown
• Autumn Welsh-Travis of Milford
• Jessica Payne of Burlington Flats
• Jonathan Beckwith of W. Burlington

2 Children Killed In Davenport Fire

2 Children Killed

In Davenport Fire

DAVENPORT – Two children were killed and one adult hospitalized with burn injuries after a house fire in in the Town of Davenport.

According to a news release, State Police responded to a Delaware County 911 call at 1:46 a.m. reporting a structure fire at 435 Dehning Road.  The fire was extinguished by Davenport Fire Dept., Pindars Corners Fire Dept., Hobart Fire Dept., and Kortright Fire Dept, but an investigation determined that two children died in the fire, and one adult victim was taken to Upstate Medical in Syracuse for burn injuries.

Harriet J. Hotaling, 91, passes away at Focus

IN MEMORIAM: Harriet J. Hotaling, 91

DAVENPORT – Harriett J. Hotaling, 91, passed away peacefully Nov. 2, 2017, at Focus Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Davenport, the daughter of William and Grace (Pendell) Graig. She graduated from Charlotte Valley Central School in 1943.

Albert Schrag, 84; NYC Steamfitter Retired To Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Albert Schrag, 84;

NYC Steamfitter Retired To Oneonta

Albert Schrag

DAVENPORT – Albert Schrag, 84, of Davenport, a former security guard at Homer Folks Hospital, passed away on April 30, 2017, at Bassett Hospital after battling a long illness.

Albert was born in Queens and spent most his career working as a New York City  steamfitter. He also served as a fire commissioner of the North Merrick Fire Department.  After retirement Al worked as a security guard the Oneonta TB hospital.

Albert loved music and loved to dance, he enjoyed the beauty of horses, and loved to watch western movies.

Helen S. McMullen, 93; Retired From Farming, Volunteer At Fox

IN MEMORIAM: Helen S. McMullen, 93;

Retired From Farming, Volunteer At Fox

Helen McMullen

DAVENPORT – Helen Christine Sperry McMullen, 93, a volunteer at Fox Hospital for more than 25 years after retiring from farming, passed away on Thursday evening, April 27, 2017 at Robinson Terrace in Stamford.

Born on Dec. 21, 1923, near Davenport, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Aimee (Bourne) Sperry.  She graduated from Worcester Central School, where she met her husband Thomas. The couple was married on Feb. 12, 1944. She trained as a baby nurse at Albany Infant Home. She and Thomas bought a dairy farm in Davenport and ran it for over 40 years.

John D. Guntert, 68; Marine, Master Mechanic In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: John D. Guntert, 68;

Marine, Master Mechanic In Oneonta

John D. Guntert

DAVENPORT – John D. Guntert, 68, a master mechanic at Country Club Automotive for 35 years, passed away at his home on Feb. 16, 2017.

He was born Oct. 11, 1948, in Stamford, the son of Ernest and Jean (Wiltsie) Guntert.

A Marine, he served in Vietnam.

He married Joanna Irwin on June 29, 1991, in Binghamton. They have been friends since the ninth grade.

Anna McCulley, 87; Worked In Oneonta Dress Factories

IN MEMORIAM: Anna McCulley, 87;

Worked In Oneonta Dress Factories

Anna McCulley

DAVENPORT – Anna N. McCulley, 87, of Davenport, who worked in Oneonta clothing factories, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, Feb. 4, 2017, at Robinson Terrace Nursing Home, Stamford.

Born on Feb. 2, 1930, in Cairo, Greene County, Anna was the daughter of the late Leslie and Hattie (Matthews) McLain. She married the late John G. “Jack” McCulley on Sept. 21, 1947, a union that lasted for nearly 61 years until his passing on Aug. 21, 2008.

Lewis Garrison, 76; Operated Own Farm Since Age 16

IN MEMORIAM: Lewis L. Garrison

Owned, Operated Farm From Age 16

Lewis Garrison
Lewis Garrison

DAVENPORT – Lewis L. Garrison, 76, who owned and operated a dairy farm since age 16, of Davenport, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2016,  surrounded by his family at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Jamie Garrison.

He was born March 10, 1940, in Oneonta the son of the late Lyle F. and Louise M. (Eichler) Garrrison.

Even as he farmed every day, he also went to school, graduating from Otego Central.  He enjoyed making maple syrup in the spring and going to auctions in his spare time.

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