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Note for:   Ada Henderson,   9 Dec 1884 - 7 May 1936         Index

     Place:   Cedarville, Cumberland, NJ

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Note for:   Philip S. Duffield,   7 Aug 1870 - 14 Sep 1967         Index

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     PHILIP S. DUFFIELD - BIOGRAPHY: From MOBILIFE December, 1954, a publication of Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, Paulsboro, NJ.
        Another well known citizen of Cedarville, New Jersey is one of Paulsboro Refinery's oldest annuitants - Phillip S. Duffield, who is 84 [Social Security #066-07-7255]. Phil retired in 1941 after seventeen years service. He was first a checker in the Package Division. Because of his experience as a telegraph operator Phil was later made switch-board operator in the Main Office. He liked the 6 P.M. to 7 A.M. Shift. That was when Carl Hamm was Superintendent. In those days, Mr. Hamm made a weekly trip to New York. In order to make sure he got up on time, he always had Phil call desire to see a grand turnout him at 4 A. M. Phil says he worried about staying awake to get Mr. Hamm up on time. He is proud to think he never missed.
        Philip Duffield, or "Duffle" as the townsfolk call him, is a straight-backed man with exceptionally clear eyes. He says, "There is nothing the matter with me." The truth of that statement is revealed by his hobby of bicycling. He pedals to Fortescue, Port Norris, Bivalve, Bridgeton or Millville, towns within a radius of 8-12 miles. He says it's good for him.
        Before Phil worked at Paulsboro Refinery he was supervisor of the gun cotton line in Du Pont's Hopewell, Virginia plant. Previous to that he was ticket agent at the East Bridgeton office of the Jersey Central Railroad, on the Cumberland-Maurice River Branch.
        Ticket agents were also telegraph operators. Phil learned his "dot-dash” at the Valentine Telegraph School in Janesville, Wisconsin. His instructor was George S. Parker, who had already invented the famous Parker Pen. He sold pens to his pupils at cost so they would be tested under actual working conditions. Today Parker Pens are known throughout the world. Phil says he has been partial to Parker Pens ever since those early days.
        For Socony-Vacuum people, Phil has every word of praise. He would be happy to receive a visit from his old Paulsboro friends. He has a daughter in Tucson, Arizona, who would like him to come out there to live, but Phil is perfectly satisfied in Cedarville among his old friends.

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Note for:   Jay C. Simpson,   20 Jun 1869 - 20 Mar 1951         Index

     Place:   Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center, Delaware, NY

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     Jay and "Mamie" were married at the home of her parents April 6, 1897 in Sidney Center by Rev. Charles H. Reynolds, pastor of the Methodist church. Witnesses to the wedding were A.H. Simpson and Mrs. Ida Benedict.
        TTY p 150: "Nov. 18, 1903 (WR)- Jay Simpson has opened a grocery store in the Shaw building where the old drug store was located."
        TTY p 150: "Aug. 18, 1906 (WR)- J.C. Simpson has his new store on Main Street nearly enclosed. The change in the property will add very much to its appearance when completed."
        TTY p 276: "Mar. 15, 1907 (DDR)- The trustees of the PLU (Progressive Literary Union) will sell at auction on Saturday, March 30th, the library and other property belonging to the society. The sale will be held in the Simpson block next to the Post Office."
        TTY p 170: "May 11, 1907 (WR)- J.C. Simpson has opened his ice cream parlors for the season in the rear of his new store."
        TTY p 163: "Feb. 27, 1909 (WR)- A.M. Sanderson of Delhi has opened a barber shop over J.C. Simpson's grocery store."
        They moved to the 2 West Main St. area of Sidney around 1912. Here, he built a large block containing rooms, a grocery store, and a wholesale feed and flour business.
        TTY p 137: "April 10, 1912 (DCE)- F.B. Moody has rented the J.C. Simpson's house adjoining the feed store and will take possession May 1, when Mr. Simpson expects to have his new home on Glen Avenue in Sidney ready for occupancy."
        TTY, p 2: "Howard Finch (born 6/27/1892) and wife Joanna, early in their marriage, purchased the Simpson farm (J.C. Simpson's?) on Wheat Hill and he continued trading as well as milking cows. The house was destroyed by fire and a new house constructed."
        TTY p 251: "Dec. 16, 1926 (SE)- Peter Ostrander and Lawrence Bennett have opened a moving picture show in the Simpson store building and will show pictures every Saturday evening during the winter."
        GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY 1: From Sidney correspondent: Sidney Couple to Have 50th Anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Simpson, West Main street, Sidney, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Easter Sunday, April 6 [1947]. Mr. and Mrs. Simpson were married by the Rev. Charles Reynolds, pastor of the Methodist church in Sidney Center, April 6, 1897. Mrs. Simpson was the former Mary A. Shaw, daughter of Edward and Sarah Shaw of Sidney Center. Mr. and Mrs. Simpson have been lifelong residents of Sidney township, moving to their present location some 35 years ago. Mr. Simpson was in the grocery and feed business both in Sidney Center and in Sidney and retired several years ago. Both are members of the Methodist church in Sidney.
        GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY 2: Binghamton Press Bureau: Golden Wedding Day Observed…Sidney--The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jay C. Simpson, West Main Street, was celebrated at an Easter Sunday dinner at Hotel DeCumber. Those present were their son, Raymond, and grandchildren, Patrick and James Simpson; his sister, Mrs. Nettie Smith, and Mrs. John Martin, all of Sidney. Other guests were their grandson, Robert Young, Miss Eleanore Young and Leslie Young, all of Middletown; Miss Rose Weaver of Binghamton, and Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Ten Broeck of Carbondale, Pa., who also spent the night with Mr. and Mrs. Simpson.
        GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY 3: Binghamton Press Bureau. Sidney Couple Married 50 Years. Mr. And Mrs. J.C. Simpson, West Main Street, lifelong residents of the town of Sidney, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary tomorrow. A family dinner will be held at the Hotel Decumber. Jay C. Simpson and Mary A. Shaw were married at the home of her parents in Sidney Center by the Rev. Charles Reynolds, pastor of the Methodist Church, April 6, 1897. They moved to Sidney 35 years ago and built the block where they now reside, Mr. Simpson operated a grocery store in part of the block for several years and later built another building in the rear of his store where he had a feed and flour business. He is now retired from business.
        GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY 4: Sidney Couple Observe 50th Wedding Anniversary. Coming to Sidney 35 years ago from Sidney Center, where he was in the feed and grocer business, Mr. Simpson built the block at 2 West Main St. where they still reside. He operated a grocery store in the block for several years, later selling out his interest, building a large feed and flour warehouse at the rear of the block, which he conducted for several years. Retiring from this he is now interested in lumbering and selling of Christmas trees.
        GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY 5: Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Simpson Observe Golden Wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Jay C. Simpson celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary Sunday with a dinner party in a private dining room at the Hotel DeCumber. Guests included their son-in-law, Leslie Young and his son, Robert, and Miss Eleanor Carr of Middletown, Miss Rose Weaver of Binghamton, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Tenbrook of Carbondale, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Jack Martin, Raymond Simpson and two sons and Miss Nettie Smith of Sidney. Mr. and Mrs. Milton L. Young and daughter Marijoy of Middletown were unable to be present due to the illness of Marijoy.
        Jay C. Simpson and Mary A. Shaw were married at the home of her parents in Sidney Center on April 6, 1897 by the Rev. Charles Reynolds, pastor of the Methodist Church. They moved to Sidney 35 years ago and built the block where they now reside. Mr. Simpson kept a grocery store in part of the block for several years and later built another building in the rear where he had a wholesale feed and flour business. He is now retired.
        They received many beautiful gifts including money, cut flowers, plants and more than 100 cards of congratulations. Both Mr. and Mrs. Simpson are esteemed residents of the village where they have spent so many years of their lives.
        OBITUARY 1: Tri-Town News, March 22, 1951. Jay C. Simpson, 81, who had been a resident of Sidney for the past 40 years, died at his home, 2 West Main Street, early Tuesday morning. Funeral services are being held today (Thursday) at 2 p. m. at the Joyce Funeral parlors in Unadilla. Interment will be in the family burial plot at Sidney Center in the spring.
        Mr. Simpson was born in the town of Masonville on June 20, 1869, the son of George and Martha Simpson. He was married in Sidney Center in 1897 to Mary A. Shaw, and conducted a grocery store in that village before moving to Sidney about 1910. He built the Simpson Block at 2 West Main street and conducted a grocery store for many years in the store now owned and operated by Herman C. Von Kampen. Mr. Simpson had been retired for some years.
        Survivors are his wife, Mary A. and son Raymond, both of Sidney; two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Smith of Sidney and Mrs. Mary Rutenber of Albany: four grandsons, James and Patrick Simpson of Sidney and Robert and Milton Young of Middletown; also a great grand­daughter, Marijoy Young. A daughter, Bernice, died about four years ago.
        OBITUARY 2: Binghamton Press Bureau: J.C. Simpson Rites Planned. Sidney--Funeral services for J.C. Simpson, 81, of 6 West Main Street, Sidney, who died yesterday morning, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Joyce Funeral Home, Unadilla.
        The Reverend Robert P. Kellerman, pastor of the Sidney Methodist Church will officiate. The body will be placed in a vault in Unadilla Cemetery, pending burial later in Sidney Center. Mr. Simpson, who died at his home, was the victim of a heart condition.
        A retired feed- and grocery-man, he had lived in Sidney for some 40 years. He was a member of the Sidney Methodist Church. Three years ago Mr. Simpson and his wife Mary A. Simpson celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They were married in Sidney Center April 6, 1897. A native of the Town of Masonville, Mr. Simpson was born June 20, 1869, the son of George A. and Martha Simpson. Besides his wife, he is survived by: a son, Raymond of Sidney, two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Smith, of Sidney, and Mrs. Mary Rutenber, of Albany; four grandsons, and a great granddaughter.
        Jay passed away at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, 1951 at his home, 6 West Main Street in Sidney. Jay's funeral was at the Joyce Funeral Parlor, Unadilla, NY, at 2 p.m. March 22, 1951. The clergyman was Rev. Robert Kellerman (Methodist), from Sidney.