Monday, June 3, 2013

Faces of Bovina - Bill Storie - "A Highly Respected Citizen"

Fifty years ago this week, former Bovina Supervisor and former Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, William J. Storie passed away.  Having lived in Bovina his whole life, he was the Bovina Town Supervisor for 14 years - the longest tenure of any Bovina Supervisor to that date (later to be exceeded by Frank McPherson, 20 years, and Charlie LaFever, 24 years).  Below is his obituary as reported in the Delaware Republican Express in its June 6, 1963 issue:

Long-Time Supervisor Passes Away

    With the passing of William J. Storie on Sunday morning, June 2, Bovina Center lost a highly respected citizen and many lost a kind friend.  Mr. Storie passed away at his home following an extended illness. 
    He was born February 29, 1892, in Bovina, and was the son of John W. and Jennie Laidlaw Storie.  On September 8, 1915, Vera Davidson became his wife at the Bovina Center United Presbyterian Church.
    Mr. Storie served as Town of Bovina Supervisor for 14 years and was Clerk of the Delaware County Board of Suprvisors for 25 years, 1937-1962.  He had also operated a large dairy farm.
    A lifelong member of the Bovina Center United Presbyterian Church, Mr. Storie was ever active int he work of the church of which he served as an elder for 41 years.  He was past treasurer of the Metropolitan Milk Producers Cooperative Bargaining Agency. 
    "Bill" always wore a broad smile and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    His survivors are Mrs. Storie; one daughter, Mrs. Eugene Vandenbord of Delhi; one brother, George Storie of Bovina center; three grandchildren.
    Funeral rites were held Wednesday at the United Presbyterian Church in Bovnia Center and were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Maynard Grunstra.  Interment ws in Bovina Center Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were Clifford Burgin, Jack Hilson, David Roberts, Jack Damgaard, Craig Banuat and Lester McPherson.
    Arrangements were by the R.J. McCall Funeral Home of Delhi.

The obituary did not mention that Bill was predeceased by his twelve year old son John in 1938, the result of injuries sustained in a sledding accident. 

The obituary that appeared in the Catskill Mountain news was similar, but noted that Storie was "for a greater part of his life prominent in Delaware county affairs."

Bill's tenures as town supervisor and clerk of the board overlapped for two years.  He became clerk in 1937 but was supervisor of Bovina until the end of 1938.  Storie noted this overlap to the reporter for the Binghamton Press when he retired as clerk in 1962, stating “That’s irregular as hell, but no one ever criticized it...”

The two Bob Wyer photos below show Bill in his role as Clerk of the Board of Supervisor.
This Wyer photo was taken in January 1940.  With Bill is his secretary Helen Penfield.  Photo courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association.

This photo of Bill was also taken at the County Courthouse by Bob Wyer, dating from December 1951.  Photo courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Association

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