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Called Grandma REED by many
Found in old newspaper clippings.
Donated to the Dryden Township Historical Society
By Ira Reed
I well remember Grandma REED when she was living with her daughter, Mrs. C. B. SNYDER, on Lewis Street. The SNYDERS were practically neighbors as they lived but four houses up the street with the MaGREGORS, the MONTOGOMERYS and the HARTS in between. The picture is dim but I can visualize Grandma sitting on their front porch as I pass by. I can recall a cheery word of greeting as I walk along. Her sight was growing dim and probably she didn't recognize me. But that didn't matter to Grandma REED. She was everybody's friend.
On her 98th birthday, when asked how she remained so well at 98, she said, "when I was in district school at Hibbard's corners, I studied physiology and I tried to live up to what I learned in that. I didn't drink tea or coffee as they were considered bad for the young. But after I was older and married I did start drinking coffee and now have it three times a day."
When asked if the girls of 1936 were more worldly-wise than those of her day, she answered. "I suppose they are. We surely didn't smoke back there. But on the other hand, I can remember my grandmother smoking. But it was not a cigarette, it was a pipe."
Pleasures were simple back there, Grandma REED recalls. A rope fastened to a high limb on a tree was a good example. Then there were neighborhood parties. One she especially remembered was "apple bees" when neighbors came and cut up apples into pieces suitable for drying. They were seated a long tables and visiting and gossiping were the order of the day as well as apple cutting. Also each family had a spinning wheel and girls were taught that art as well as other work.
When anyone suggested that the 3 Rs were all that was taught in county schools, Grandma REED soon straightened them out on that. She said, "When I went to school at Hubbard's Corners, we had spelling, reading, arithmetic, writing, geography, astronomy and physiology. I could go out at night and pick out Orion in the western sky, even his belt. I could pick out the big chair and the little chair in the northern sky and the leopard in the eastern."
Grandma REED had vivid memories of her childhood. She remembered going to the Varna Methodist Church when her head wasn't much above the backs of the pews. The door of each pew had a number and that of her father was 16. She recalls, "One time another girl and I stopped at pew where a young man got out and let us in. We went in and sat down next to a young lady. The young lady was his girl friend and my friend and I sat there right between them all through the service. It made quite a big joke."
Grandma's health was quite good at 98. Her sight was growing dim, due to reading so much. She could hear well and could walk about with a cane.
Her father was Ira SNYDER who was born near the Octagon School House in the town of Dryden. Her mother was Anna ROBERTSON. Both names are those of early Dryden pioneer settlers who came to Dryden township and endured the struggles of making a home in a forestland. Grandma REED may be called a true daughter of Dryden.
When she was 19, this daughter of pioneers married Truman B. REED. Three daughters and a son who lived to maturity came from this marriage. On her 98th birthday, Grandma REED had six grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one great, great granddaughter of which she was very proud.
In conclusion, we can say that all who knew Grandma REED, are proud of the fine memory she left behind.
After completing the article on Grandma REED, a letter was received from her granddaughter, Mrs. Iva SNYDER LEE of Cato, NY. She gave some additional information.
Grandma REED was born on May 27, 1839 and died May 7, 1939. This lacked only 20 days of the 100 mark, her parents lived on Mitchell Street in Ithaca at one time, and the house was still standing as far as Iva knows. The REEDS had seven children, two died young and Roy died at 21 on Christmas, 1894.
Caton Visitor Nears 100
Varna Resident Making Visit to Daughter
Patrons of the Stephen H. SCHUTT store at Caton the last few days have noticed a newcomer to the place, a white-haired old lady.
There's a stove at the rear of the store and near it, enjoying its warmth, the old lady likes to sit. There she can see people come and go. She likes to hear their voices. They comfort her.
For Mrs. Amelia SNYDER REED of Varna, [Town of Dryden, Tompkins Co., NY] near Ithaca, will be 98 years old next May, on the 27th day to be exact. It is she whom a Telegram reporter encountered at the SCHUTT store at Caton.
Mrs. REED was born on a farm near Varna on May 27, 1839. Ithaca was only three miles away, but the Ithaca of then was a far different Ithaca of today. Mrs. REED was a married women of 28, mother of several children, when Cornell University was established by Ezra CORNELL in 1867. Those were the days of stage coaches and the railroads had not yet come to the region. Boats carrying freight and passengers plied Cayuga and the other Finger Lakes.
Amelia SNYDER went to school at Hibbard's Corners and these days of her girlhood are very dear, and clear to her. Her girlhood was to be very short for at 19 she was to marry and settle down on a farm with a husband 13 years her senior. Her husband, Truman REED died about 30 years ago. Mrs. REED is the sole survivor of a family of seven brothers and sisters.
During their life at Varna and Danby, Mr. and Mrs. REED were parents of seven children, four now living, The four are: A. I. REED of Varna: Mrs. Rena SCHUTT of Caton; Mrs. Carrie SNYDER of Dryden and Mrs. H. W. ROE of Owego. Those who have passed on are two daughters, Flora and Hattie (the latter died in infancy) and a son, Roy, late of Caton.
Mrs. REED is a devoted member of the Varna Methodist Church and attends when ever possible.
The old lady, who admits she hopes to reach the century mark, makes her way, with assistance, down a stairway at the SCHUTT home. Her mind is clear and her memory excellent, being able to recall incidents of her early life.
Mrs. REED's eye sight is failing somewhat, preventing her reading, as she would like to do. "Guess I have done too much sewing and close work with my eyes." She says.
Oldest Person at Treman's
Dated September 25, 1935
DRYDEN- This place has the honor of sending the oldest resident to Treman, King, and company in Ithaca on last Saturday commemorate the 91st anniversary of its organization. Mrs. Amelia REED, 96, mother of Mrs. C. B. SNYDER of Lewis Street, Dryden, NY, was the guest of honor. Mrs. REED was accompanied by another daughter to Ithaca from Corning, where she is staying at the present time.
Dryden Woman Active at 98
Mrs. Amelia SNYDER REED of Dryden will celebrate her 98th birthday Thursday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. B. SNYDER, of Dryden, NY.
Mrs. REED was born May 27, 1839, the daughter of Ira SNYDER and Anna ROBERTSON at Hibbard's Corners, three miles east of Ithaca. She attended Hibbards Corners School, and at 19 married Truman B. REED on August 5, 1858. A native of Bool Town on the Ithaca-Dryden road, he died more than 30 years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. REED were the parents of seven children, four of whom are now living, A. I. REED of Varna, Mrs. S. H. SCHUTT of Corning, Mrs. C. B. SNYDER of Dryden, and Mrs. Ida E. ROE of Syracuse.
Life spent in Dryden
Mrs. REED has spent most of her years in the Town of Dryden, and lives half of each year with her daughters, Mrs. SNYDER and Mrs. SCHUTT.
She has six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, Kenneth David WELLS, born April 8, 1937, in Sharon Springs.
There are five generations in her family: Mrs. REED: Mrs. S. H. SCHUTT of Corning; Cecil D. SCHUTT of 107 Cornell Street, and instructor in Cornell University; Jeanette SCHUTT WELLS, formerly of Ithaca, now of Sharon Springs, and her son, Kenneth.
Mrs. REED's great-grandfather, Robert ROBERSTON, of Saratoga Springs, was a personal friend of the Revolutionary soldier, Gen. Phillip SCHUYLER, and Mrs. REED's grandfather, Phillip Schuyler ROBERSTON, was named by him.
Mrs. REED is in perfect health and the only indication of her many years being failing eyesight. She boasts of being able to recall events in her childhood 90 years ago. When questioned as to her advice for longevity she said she never went without one cup of coffee at every meal. She has not touched a cup of tea in 40 years.
Mrs. SNYDER will hold a reception for her on Thursday at her home for any friends who wish to call.
The family of Amelia SNYDER REED:
Ira SNYDER son of Henry & Mary (TEETER) SNYDER
Born Aug. 13, 1813 - Died Jan. 25, 1906
Married: Anna ROBERSTON
Born May 3, 1817 - Died Dec. 18, 1902
Children: * Amelia, Alice, Phillip S., William, Arthur, Alma, Unknown.
1. *Amelia SNYDER b. May 27, 1839 d. May 7, 1939 married Truman B. REED b. May 26, 1826 Their children were: A. I., Roy B., Rena, Carrie, Ida Elizabeth, Flora, Hattie. 1. A. I. REED married Ella DUSENBERRY 2. Roy B. REED d. Dec. 25, 1894 age 21 yrs. 3. Rena REED b. 1863 married Oct. 17, 1883 Stephen SCHUTT 4. Carrie A. REED 1866-1954 married C. B. SNYDER s/o Edwin & Lydia (BARTHOMEW) SNYDER 5. Ida Elizabeth REED married Sept. 4, 1888 Harris W. ROE s/o Charles W. & Catherine (BLOOM) ROE 6. Flora REED unknown when she died 7. Hattie REED died as infant. 2. Alice SNYDER married Feb. 27, 1865 Warren C. ELLIS 3. Phillip S. SNYDER b. Oct. 4, 1840 d. June 4, 1924 married 1870 Nancy STEWART b. Dec. 18, 1841 d. Nov. 23, 1926 she was the daughter of John & Mary STEWART 4. William SNYDER born about 1854 5. Arthur SNYDER died April 8, 1843 age 3 yrs 3 mo 2 dys 6. Alma SNYDER d. 1861 age 10 yrs 8 mo 17 dys 7. Unknown child
C. B. SNYDER, 79 dies in Dryden A Life-long resident of the village of Dryden, died at his home on Lewis St. early Sunday Evening, July 7, 1940, after an illness of several months, which started when he broke his hip. He was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, a director of the First National Bank of Dryden and the Southworth Library, a director of the Dryden-Groton Fire Insurance Company for many years, for 15 years a member of the Dryden School Board and a member of Dryden Masonic Lodge 472 for nearly 50 years.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Carrie REED SNYDER; a daughter, Mrs. Iva BEAN LEE of Cato; five grandchildren, and two cousins, Miss Loraine DUNHAM of Dannsville and L. H. DUNHAM of McLean. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the First Presbyterian Church of Dryden, the Rev. Fenton E. CRUTCHLEY, pastor, officiating, Members of the Masonic lodge will be in charge of the interment in Willow Glen Cemetery.
December 25, 1938
Mr. and Mrs. Ira W. REED of Varna entertained Christmas Day. Mr. and Mrs. Lester LEE and family, Marylyn, Joan, and David LEE of Cato, Mr. and Mrs. Henry REED, Helen and Alton REED, and A. I. REED of Hibbards Corners, Herbert and Kenneth BEAN of Ithaca, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. SNYDER of Dryden, and Mr. REED's Grandmother, Mrs. Amelia REED of Caton, a former resident of Varna. Mrs. REED will be 100 years old May 27, 1939.
Transcribed by Janet M. Nash
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