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From: Carolee Inskeep <>
Subject: [NYDELAWA] Miss Kate Gay Eells: Walton
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 21:11:52 -0400
Kate Gay Eells was born 22 August 1881 in Walton, the daughter of John Seymour and "Hetty" Wilson Eells. She graduated from Walton Schools in 1899 and received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in June of 1903. She died in March 1980, Walton, and is buried in the Walton Cemetery.
Here's a profile of Kate from the Saturday, October 18, 1969 issue of the Oneonta Daily Star, page 10, column 1:
"That spritely little figure tripping down the street is Kate Gay Eells. Miss Eells lives in the house her grandfather built in 1857. Her school years were spent in the Walton Union Free School where she was graduated. To further her education, she studied languages, Latin, Greek, German and French, two summers at Cornell University [sic. - she graduated in 1903], one summer in Germany and two at McGill French School, majoring in German and French. Miss Eells taught in the Walton schools 43 years, commanding the respect and admiration of faculty and students alike. For many years she served as Historian of the Alumni Association, retiring in June this year. During this time, she published a book "History of Walton Union Free Schools." She has a deep devotion to her church, the Walton Christ Episcopal Church, and has always been active in it. She served many years as secretary of the Missionary Society and was president of the Altar Society of the church. Delaware Val!
ley Hospital, where she volunteered her services for 13 years, has benefited by her boundless energy and interest. She was a member of the Walton D.A.R. until it disbanded. For a long period, she was Secretary of the Board of Trustees and is now a member of the Board of Ogden Free Library. She is also Historian of the Town and Village of Walton. It is a pleasure for Walton Business and Professional Women to honor Miss Eells as Senior Woman of the Year."
Her photograph appears in the Tuesday, June 18, 1963 issue of the The Binghamton Press, page 5, column 7.
Although Kate was about 20 years older than Dr. Walter Eells, they appear to be full 3rd cousins, with no removals. They were also neighbors. Kate lived most of her life in the Eells ancestral home at 9 Townsend Street; Walter lived most of his life at 35 Townsend Street, where he also maintained his medical practice. Additionally, Kate and Walter both served simultaneously on the Board of Trustees of the Ogden Free Library -- and both were active in the Eells Family Association.