My Mom & Dad

Dad - 1917 at Mohegan Lake

Mom - 1917 at Mohegan Lake

Mom and Dad

their 50th Anniversary

April 24, 1967

 

My Dad

Guy was born on Tuesday, November 23, 1897 to Delbert & Libbie (Engle) Chichester. He was born on a small farm on Betta's Brook (now known as Betty's Brook) in the Town of Kortright, Del Co NY. He had a brother, Seth who was five years older and a sister, Ida Mae.Ida Mae was born after Guy, but died in infancy. When Guy was about 14 years old the family moved to a farm about a mile outside of the village of South Kortright and Guy worked on the farm of Brayton Johnson. They later moved into the village and lived for a time in a home built by Seth.

Guy met Inda Mae, daughter of George and Lydia (Morse) Young at a local dance and in the winter of 1916-1917 they became engaged. On April 24, 1917 they were married at the Presbyterian Parsonage by Rev. Bakora in Hobart, NY. Inda's sister, Julia and her husband, Jake Dietrich drove them and stayed on the porch and watched through the window during the ceremony. They then took them to Stamford to the Delaware Inn where they spent their wedding night. The next morning they boarded a train to Rhinebeck, NY where they changed trains. They crossed the Hudson River by ferry. When their train reached Peekskill they were met by Archie Cousens, the husband of Inda's sister, Carrie and they stayed with them until July 4th when they returned to South Kortright.

During their 61 years of marriage they moved 9 times and Guy worked in the local creameries, as a caretaker on the McLean Estate and as a farm hand. In Jan 1950 they moved to Hobart and Guy worked on a poultry farm owned by Walter S. Rich. He was there for 17 yearrs and retired in 1967. After his retirement he supplimented his social secutiy by working with the Green Thumb Project which consisted of retirees. Aside from the extra income, Guy also enjoyed keeping busy.

Inda and Guy were blessed with seven children, two sons and five daughters; Laura Evelyn, Marjorie Mae, Stanley Ward, a set of twins, Bernice Elizabeth and Beatrice Edna, Seth Ernest and Sylvia Ann.

A strong disciplinarian, he was also known to have a soft heart. He was a dilegent, dependable and very conscientious worker regardless of the type of work he was doing. He liked country and western music and when he was young had played guitar while his brother, Seth played the fiddle. Early Sunday mornings he would listen to polkas on the radio and could be seen tapping his feet to the music. Each morning when he got up he would listen to the news and weather and look at the thermometer outside the window. He would then record the weather and temperature in a little book. He was an excellent gardener took great pride in his crops. In the evenings he could be found out at the garden faithfully weeding and tending his plants. Guy had a stern nature, but one could almost always see a twinkle in his eye.

Guy suffered a stroke on his 78th birthday in 1975 and was taken to Stamford Community Hospital. He was partially paralyzed and could not speak clearly. He was transferred to the Skilled Nursing Unit of the hospital after a few weeks where he remained until his death on October 12, 1978. A very likeable person, Guy made many friends over the years. This was shown by the number of people that attended his funeral and the many cards of sympathy.

 

My Mom

Inda was born on Saturday, October 8, 1898 in the living quarters of the blacksmith shop on the Andrews Estate in South Kortright, NY. Inda was rather shy as a child and it was important to her that she please those around her and that everything was just as it should be. Her sister, Julia told about the time when Inda would come to her as a child and ask her to blow the "nimbles" out of her shoes so that she could put them on. No one knew what "nimbles" were, but Julia would blow into her shoes and then Inda would put them on! Sometimes Inda's older sisters would sneak out of the house to go to dances or the movies, but Inda would always remain in behind as she was sure they would be caught.

Inda's marriage to Guy was a momentous occasion in her life. She framed their very beautiful marriage certificate and it hung in their bedroom until she had to be moved to a rest home. It then hung in her room there until her death.

It was not an easy life for Inda and Guy raising seven children through the years of the depression and during World War II when money was scarce, but they did the best they could. Inda made most of the children's clothing & canned her own vegetables and fruits. For a while Inda collected the school taxes to help with some of the expenses.

After Guy's stroke he needed far too much care for Inda to be able to care for him at home. Inda missed him very much and cherished her weekly visits with him. During the time that Guy was hospitalized Inda remained in the apartment that they had shared as long as she could. She rarely missed a day of walking uptown to the post office despite the weather. Many people in the village would see her walking in snow and rainstorms and would give her a ride home.

Inda was, in general a person of good health, but after Guy's death she had bladder surgery and in Jan of 1983 she had a mastectomy. She also began having periods of blacking out. In late May 1985 she had one of these spells and was hospitalized. The doctor felt that she should not be living alone and arrangements were made for her to live The Hearthstone, an adult home in Hobart. She remained there until October of 1987 when she was moved to the South Kortright Rest Home. She was quite happy there. When she looked out the window she could see the church that she had attended as a little girl and many other familiar surroundings, but on March 8, 1989 she fell and broke her hip. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Stamford, but was transferred to Fox Hospital in Oneonta. They operated to put a pin in her hip. The following day she suffered a slight stroke which paralyzed her left side. She received physical therapy and eventually regained partial use of her left arm and hand. She was unable to return the rest home as they did not have a large enough staff to give her the more personal care that she required. Upon leaving the hospital at Oneonta she moved into the Delaware County Infirmary at Delhi, NY.

On her 89th birthday her family surprised her by gathering at the Hidden Inn Restaurant in South Kortright to help her celebrate. All seven of her children were present as were several grandchildren and one great grandchild. She had a wonderful time, especially when she realized that it was a birthday party for her and not just a coincidence that all her children were dining at the same restaurant that evening! She said that her first clue wasn't at the start of the evening when her daughter pinned a corsage on her dress, but later in the evening when a very beautiful birthday cake was placed in front of her and there was suddenly a pile of gifts to open!

Like most of her sisters Inda also excelled in her ability to create beautiful doilies, embroidered pillowcases edged in her handmade lace, and cross stitch samplers. When her failing eyesight forced her to give up these fine hand-crafts she began crocheting ripple afghans. Inda was a very special lady. She endured the death of her husband, all of her sisters, nieces, nephews and three of her own grandchildren. She has always been very thoughtful and until her last few years sent birthday and anniversary cards to all of her family including nieces and nephews.

In her last few years her eyesight was very poor and she could barely hear even with a hearing aid. She loved to have visitors. Her mind was very sharp until the last year or so. She passed away on October 21, 1993. She had turned 95 on the 8th of October.

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