Selected Families and Individuals


Nettie M. BUKER

Obituary (from Watertown Daily Times of 27 Dec 1997):  Nettie M. Calhoun, 93, formerly of 16415 Sandy Creek Valley Road, died Thursday morning at Genesis HealthCare, where she had resided for four years.

    Mrs. Calhoun worked at Olga Knitting Mill, Robert Hall Clothing Store, Parkview Cleaners, Gibson's Laundry, J.R. Miller, and Apex Army and Navy.  She also did various domestic jobs around Watertown.

    Born June 3, 1904, in Rossie, a daughter of Michael and Letta Golby Buker, she attended Theresa schools.

   She married Allie B. Calhoun on Jan. 3, 1922, at Syracuse.  The couple operated farms in Barnes Corners and Mannsville until 1942.  Mr. Calhoun died March 7, 1952.

    Surviving are a son, LeRoy, Belleville; three daughters, Thelma Halpin and Leta Schneider, both of Watertown, and Mrs. Ernest (Rita) Duval, Burrville; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

    Two daughters, Pauline and Corrine, a sister, Elma McGill, two brothers, Ray and Isaac Buker, and six grandchildren died before her.

    The funeral will be at the family's convenience.  Spring burial will be in Redwood Cemetery.

    There are no calling hours.  Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home.

    Donations may be made to the Town of Watertown Ambulance Squad.

Ethel Mae HELMER

Obituary (from newspaper of 27 Dec. 1965):  Mrs. Ethel Mae Calhoun, 60, until recently of 424 State St., Watertown, died at 7:25 Sunday morning at her home on the Howe St. Road near Black River after a long illness.  She was the widow of Ernest
G. Calhoun, sr., of this city.

    The funeral will be Wednesday morning at 11 at the home.  Rev. Henry W. Gair, pastor of the Christian Church of Christ, will officiate.  Burial will be in North Watertown Cemetery.

    Friends may call at the home this afternoon and evening and Tuesday at their convenience.

    Members of the family have requested those wishing to send tributes, to contribute to the Christian Church of Watertown in Mrs. Calhoun's name.

    Surviving Mrs. Calhoun are four children, Ernest G. Calhoun, jr., 104 South Massey St., and Mrs. Kenneth A. (Eleanor M.) Carr, Miss Rebecca L. Calhoun, and Miss Ethel Mae Calhoun, all of the Howe St. Road, Black River; ten grandchildren;
two sisters, Mrs. K. Myra Pitsley, Baggs Corners, and Mrs. Mellie I. Gilbo, Hotel Woodruff; Elson Helmer, sr., Union St., Watertown, Maurice E. Helmer, sr., Arsenal St. Road, and Donald C. Helmer, Syracuse.  Two other brothers, Roscoe and
Arthur Helmer, and a sister, Leta Helmer, died in childhood.

    Mrs. Calhoun, who had been confined to her bed most of the time for the past six months, had been suffering from abdominal ailments, including the intestines and liver.

    The family moved from 424 State St. to the Howe St. Road, near Black River, three weeks ago.

    She was born at Ellisburg Aug. 12, 1905, a daughter of Benjamin and Flora Cole Helmer.  As a child she moved with her parents to Watertown and later to Sandy Creek.  She was educated in Watertown schools.

    She was married, first, to Wesley P. Weaver Aug. 14, 1920, at Henderson.  Her 21-year-old husband and her father, then 50 years old, were killed when the motorcycle on which they were riding collided head-on with an automobile near Adams
Center Sept. 3, 1920, less than three weeks after she was married to Mr. Weaver.

    Subsequently, she returned to this city from Sandy Creek and on Oct. 16, 1922, she was married to Ernest G. Calhoun of Clayton at Brownville.  For a few years Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun lived at Clayton and then moved to this city.  Mr. Calhoun,
a veteran of World War I, died at his home here April 1, 1940, at the age of 51.  Mrs. Calhoun continued to reside here until she moved to the Howe St. Road, near Black River, three weeks ago.

    Her mother died here at the age of 73 on Sept. 23, 1945.