Ilion High School

Class of 1923

Ilion High School 1916 Building
Ilion High School 1916

Class Roster....

History of the Union Free School

Class Roster 1923 ....as published in the Alumni book "History of the Union School", which was published in 1925. The book contained the names and address of each alumnus, as of 1925.

Condolences....

Earl F. Derby, IHS '23, age 99, passed away December 1, 2004, at the Little Falls Hospital. Earl was born in the Village of Tupper Lake, NY, on August 15, 1905, and lived in Bloomingdale, NY, before moving to Ilion at a young age. He attended Ilion schools, graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy in 1925 and was a registered pharmacist. Earl was preceded in death by Ruth Freeman Derby, his beloved wife of 54 years. During the depression he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps on the Construction Crew that built the Fish Creek Public Campsite, adjacent to Saranac Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains. Earl was called to Army service in the draft preceding World War II and was scheduled for discharge the week following Pearl Harbor. His discharge was postponed for four years with Earl serving as Sergeant in the First Armored Division in the Invasion of Africa where he participated in the Battle of Kaserine Pass and then in France. After the war, Earl was employed as a salesman for the Squibb Pharmaceutical Company in New York City before returning to Ilion where he worked for many years as a Pharmacist at the Daly Drug Store and the Little Falls Hospital. After retiring, Earl worked at the Lennon Bros. Pharmacy in Ilion. Earl was a former member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 and the Ilion Knights of Columbus, a life member of the Ilion Post 920 American Legion and the First Armored Division Society. In addition to Ruth, a longtime Social Society teacher at the Ilion High School. Earl was predeceased by his sisters, Teresa (Mrs. John Ireland) of Burlington, VT, Frances (Mrs. James Mullins) of Amherst, NH, Mary Derby and Margaret, both of Ilion; and his brother, Joseph Derby. Earl is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Beth Munger Derby of Byron, NY; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, December 4, 2004, at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the North Columbia Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (December 3, 2004)

Arthur O. Burgess IHS 1923, age 96, of Mohawk, NY, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, May 26, in Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, with his loving family at his side.Born on Sept. 12, 1905, in Ilion, he was the son of the late Jesse Maine and Alys Osgood Burgess. Raised and educated in Ilion, he graduated from Ilion High School in 1923. Art continued his education, receiving a bachelor's degree from Colgate University in 1928 and his master's of education from Columbia Teachers College in 1934. On Aug. 23, 1930, he married Vera Hurlburt in Springfield, Mass. They shared a loving and devoted union of 68 years until her passing on June 6, 1999. From 1930 through 1945, he and his wife resided in Ludlow, Mass., where he taught high school history and English, was a guidance counselor, and the school newspaper advisor. Art was an energetic man who enjoyed helping the youth. In 1945, he took the position of YMCA youth work director in Norristown, Pa. He continued his career for more than 45 years, organizing Hi-Y Clubs throughout the areas in Ludlow and Amherst, Mass., Norristown, and Corry, Pa., where he was instrumental in building a YMCA. In the fall of 1957, he and his family returned to Mohawk. He then joined the staff of New York State YMCA as director of the Central District of New York. While director of the Central NY YMCA, he organized Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y clubs; a Y's Men's Club and Industrial Management Club throughout Herkimer County. Upon his retirement from the YMCA in 1970, Art was happiest when he was helping others. He recognized the need for activities for the senior citizens population throughout the county. He was instrumental in organizing the AARP Chapter 1410 and in 1971 served as its first president. Art later became an assistant state director for AARP and eventually state director, helping to organize new chapters in Utica, Rome, Oneida and Oneonta. He was the managing editor of the monthly Chapter News, an instructor in the 55 Alive Programs, organized a men's cooking class in cooperation with the Cooperative Extension. In 1989, after more than 20 years of active work with AARP he received an Emeritus Recognition. His community activities also included his assistance in organizing the combined United Way of Mohawk Valley. He previously served on the Red Cross Board of Directors, the United Fund, RSVP and Office for the Aging and had served as treasurer for the historic Fort Herkimer Church Memorial Fund. He had a strong belief in God and lived a devoted Christian life. He was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, where he served on the Consistory, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was the first editor of the church newsletter, "The Way." He had managed a local campaign for funds for the Reformed Church Camp in the Adirondacks. Surviving are his son, John W. and his wife Catherine Burgess of Lutherville, Md.; his daughter, Carolyn "Lynn" and her husband James Drury of Mohawk; four grandchildren and their families, Alyson Drury, Katherine Alys Drury-Dayton and her husband Jason, all of Mohawk, Vera Burgess-Ramsey and her husband Michael of Winston Salem, N.C., Elizabeth Anne Sales and her husband Tom of Lutherville, Md.; four great-grandchildren, Alesis Drury, Leo Burgess-Ramsey, Madyson Drury-Lennon and Isobel Ramsey; a niece, Frances Bonnie Hurlburt; a nephew, Dr. Ward Hurlburt; and a very special friend and caregiver, Marilyn Stone. Funeral service will be on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Mohawk Reformed Church. The Rev. Donald Pangburn will officiate. Interment will follow in Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer. Memorial donations may be made to the Mohawk Reformed Church Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (May 27, 2002)


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