1475     HOMER J. OATMAN



1475    HOMER J.7     (Edward6Elias5, Benjamin4, George3, John2, Johannes1), son of Edward and Phila (Parker) Oatman, was born 24 February 1858, Adams Center, Jefferson County, New York, and died 30 January 1936 at the home of his brother Otis J. Oatman, Watertown, where he had been staying while suffering from heart disease.  He was buried in State Road (Honeyville) Cemetery at Adams Center.


In 20 Dec 1880, he married Ida Naomi "Minnie" Hurd.  She was born November 1859 in Denmark, Lewis County, New York, daughter of a Methodist minister from Minnesota and his wife, William S. and Frances L. Hurd (1900 census, Rodman, New York).  She died in Adams Center on 31 March 1927.  They moved to White Plains, New York, where he worked as an electrician for ten years.  They then returned to Rodman to take care of Mrs. Oatman’s parents.  They spent fifteen years there and then moved to Watertown, where he worked as a machinist for the Bagley and Sewall Company for fifteen years.  They moved to Adams Center in 1920, where he served as sexton of the Honeyville cemetery. 


Homer was one of five musicians from Jefferson County who formed an organization called Happy Band, in which he played second violin.  Other members of the band were Robert D. Loveland, first violin, from Ross' Corners; Clark Oatman, dulcimer, from Honeyville; Mottie Lewis, flute, from Ross' Corners, and Frank Oatman, bass viol, also from Ross' Corners. Picture of the quintet


According to the newspaper article of his funeral, dated 3 February 1936:


"Mr. Oatman was vitally interested in Indian relics and with Robert D. Loveland of Honeyville gathered one of the largest assortments of Indian souvenirs in northern New York.  Much of their work was done during the bicycle era and Mr. Oatman visited almost every site of aboriginal occupation in this county . . . Mr. Loveland later sold the bulk of his collection to the state museum at Albany . . . It was the largest collection ever sold from this region . . . Mr. Oatman never disposed of his articles in large lots.  He made some small sales and did some trading.  He retained the best examples of Indian craftsmanship, his case at his home here including about 1,200 pieces.  Among these are the rare bone harpoons and fishhooks as well as needles with eyes and bone arrow heads."


Children of Homer J. and Ida Naomi (Hurd) Oatman:


3507    Irving William, b. 22 Jul 1891; d. 12 Mar 1941; living in Rochester, NY, 1936



Sources:           Newspaper article dated 3 Feb 1936

Photo and article from Watertown Daily Times, date unknown

Cemetery records, Adams Center, NY

                        1900 census, Rodman, Jefferson Co., NY

Lou Anne Carr Hager, Orange, CT

                        Obituary of Homer J. Oatman, 5 Feb 1936


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