My mother-in-law recently moved into an assisted living facility and we inherited her scrapbooks. The books contain obituaries for the years 1898 – 1920, the 1950s, and 1980-1990. I am almost finished transcribing the latter, and when finished I will donate it to Tompkins County Rootsweb as well as to the Newfield, NY Historical Society. I am intrigued by the earlier obits as most did not include the date of death. Luckily someone wrote the date of death – as best they knew - on the bottom of the obit and I have included that date in brackets.
Mrs. Emeline Puff, said to be the oldest resident of the Town of Newfield, died [November 1, 1919] at the home of her son, Fred Puff, in that town on Saturday. Had she lived until next month, she would have been 93 years of age. She had spent her life in Newfield where she was much esteemed She was the widow of Oliver Puff, who died many years ago. She leaves, besides the son named, several nieces and nephews, among whom are Mrs. Randolph Horton, Ithaca, Mason C. Cook, Newfield and Seward D. Cook, Rochester. The funeral was held this morning; the Rev. George Hine officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.