Was I ever surprised when I found this article about my Uncle and Aunt on Google Search!! This is actually from a blog called, SMD Local HistoryBlog
Marriages (August 7)
Utica Saturday Globe, June 1915
Charles R. & Bertha J. (Camp) Bushnell
My uncle Charles had a chicken farm in South New Berlin, New York. My mother, Gertrude V. Bushnell, took us out to New York several times. Because Uncle Charles had all those chickens we had lots of eggs for breakfast.
“Can flavorless food be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?” (Job 6:6 NKJV) [At five, I didn’t know this verse, but, not only does an egg need salt, it needs a….]
I remember them asking me if I wanted an egg and I said yes, “if it has an oke in it.” I was 5 years old, and needless to say, my family never let me forget my brilliant statement.
Dan and I returned to visit Aunt Bertha when she was around 90 years old. She was still teaching piano and the choir of her church came to her house for practice. She played the piano for them.
Trying to find that Baptist Church, I came across this from https://www.townofnewberlin.org/history.html
It tells about that church.
South New Berlin, (p. v.) situated on Unadilla River, eight miles below New Berlin, contains two churches, viz., Methodist and Baptist; four dry goods stores, two grocery and provision stores, one hat, cap, boot, shoe and fur store, several mechanic shops and about 250 inhabitants.
The Baptist Church of this place was organized at White’s Store, in Norwich, about 1804, with Elder Hosmer as pastor. It was removed to this place in 1817, and was under the pastoral charge of Elder Windsor for nine years. The first church edifice was erected during his ministry. In 1826 Elder Chamberlain accepted a call from this Church and served as its pastor for twenty-three consecutive years. After an absence of fifteen years he accepted another call from this Church and is now serving them acceptably for the twenty-eight year. The present church edifice is a fine brick structure erected in 1857.
I contacted that church through Facebook, and it really is the one my grandparents, aunts and uncles attended. I am awaiting word on any historical details about my family.
Me (F. Lee Boles) Dusing – Dan Dusing
- Parents – Harry Otto Boles (1894-1947) and Gertrude Viola Bushnell (1900-1957)
- Maternal Grandparents – Horace Chester Bushnell (1867-1952) and Julia Caroline Wood (1862-1948)
- Maternal Uncle and Wife – Charles Ross Bushnell (1889-1969) and Bertha J. Camp (1891-1989)
What a find. That’s fascinating. And to have connected with the church to get even more information is great. I have to say that as a former newspaper reporter, I was intrigued by the language and form of the story about the wedding.
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Thanks, but of course, I didn’t write it. 🙂