Individual Notes

Note for:   Viola May Gilbert,   30 Mar 1876 - 1 Feb 1964         Index

Individual Note:
     Mrs. Leslie Budine entertained thirty young ladies Friday afternoon from three to six, in honor of her daughter, Mrs. Bert Welch, whose marriage took place June 16th. A variety shower was given her including aluminum ware, china and linen. Ice cream, cake and punch were served. Later in the evening Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stewart entertained Mr. and Mrs. Bert Welch and his brother, Augustus Welch, at a six-course dinner.
        According to Mrs. Gerdon Budine, Grandma Gilbert (from Bob's Brook) had a spring run - a trench dug in the cellar and used that for refrigeration. They had a "dumb waiter" on pulleys to raise and lower the milk, butter, etc.
        OBITUARY: Binghamton Press, Feb. 3, 1964: Mrs. Viola Budine, 88, Mead St., Walton, died Saturday at her home. She is survived by a son, Gerdon Budine, Sidney Center; five daughters, Mrs. Daisy Schriber, South Edmeston, Mrs. Bernice Bartow, Walton, Miss Eunice Budine and Mrs. Vivian Brundege, both of Schenectady, Mrs. Francis McAdams, Walton; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Gilbert and Mrs. Cora Cole, both of Walton and Mrs. Carrie Wright, Franklin; a brother, Alfred Gilbert, Walton; 28 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren. She was born March 30, 1876 in Dryden the daughter of John Gilbert and Hannah Phoenix. She was married Jan. 1, 1895 to Leslie Budine in Walton. Mrs. Budine was a member of the First Methodist Church of Walton and the Women's Relief Corp. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Lyon Brothers Chapel, Walton. The Rev. Henry G. Lincoln will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral chapel today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and until time of service.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Archie John Constable,   17 Feb 1885 - 25 Aug 1979         Index

     Place:   Walton Cemetery, Walton, Delaware, NY

Individual Note:
     LODGE: Archie was a member in good standing in 1920 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge no. 824 in Walton, NY. He was also a member of the Dairymen's League Co-operative Association in Walton.
        WEDDING: From the Walton Reporter Oct. 14, 1955: Never Milked Cow Until After Wedding--For Mr. and Mrs. Archie Constable there was a bit of discomfiture, aside from the usual nervous strain, on their wedding day. The weather did not co-operate for it rained on Oct. 11, 1905, and Mr. Constable was forced to assume an exaggerated head high stance because of the four-inch collar which he wore.
        Marianne (McCaffrey) Greenfield states that Archie and Lucy had a double wedding with Louis Allen and Ida Finch on 11 Oct 1905. They also had a double honeymoon and went to New York City together.
        OBITUARY: From the Walton Reporter, August, 1979: Archie J. Constable of 20 New Street, Walton, longtime dairy farmer and well known Walton resident, died Saturday, August 25 at home. He was 94 years old. Mr. Constable was born at Cleaver Feb. 17, 1885 to James H. and Anna Phoenix Constable. He married Lucy Jane Finch in 1905. She died in 1961.
        He had conducted a dairying business on Third Brook for 40 years and for several years had lived alone at his most recent address. He was a member of Walton First Baptist church and for many years took an active interest in the work of the Delaware Valley Agricultural society, producers of the county fair.
        Surviving him are two sons, Max K. Constable of Cortland and James H. Constable of Oneonta; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas J. McCaffrey of Walton and Mrs. Gerdon B. Budine of Hobe Sound, Florida; a sister, Mrs. Nina Budine of Walton. Services were Tuesday from Lyon Brothers' chapel in Walton with Rev. Roger Spinney and Rev. Eugene Willis officiating. Burial was in Walton cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walton Emergency squad in his name."
        LETTER TO THE EDITORS OF THE WALTON REPORTER: from Carol Simeon Scheer, 301 E.50th St., New York, NY, August, 1979, "Dear Editors, Archie Constable lived next door to my aunt. Ever since I was a little girl and spent my summers in Walton, Archie was always there. He'd talk to all the kids; he'd show us his garden; he'd ask how we were doing with swimming lessons. Everyone was always fond of Archie. As the years passed and my visits to Walton became less frequent, Archie became more frail and moved very slowly. But he still had his garden every summer and he still loved to talk. We would usually see him walking very carefully over to his sister's house and he'd say hi if you called out loud enough for him to hear you. I didn't always see Archie every time I visited Walton these last few years, but it was comforting to know that he was still next door.
        Archie died last Saturday. He'd been sitting outside, looking at his garden, and a little while later he quietly expired. He was 94 years old. He was the oldest person I had ever known. I didn't even know him well; he lived next door to my aunt and I spent my summers at her house as a child. I'll miss Archie. It already seems strange to think that he's not right next door like he always was."