John Earl Como

Male 1891 - 1951  (60 years)


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  • Name John Earl Como  [1
    Born 24 Aug 1891  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Oct 1951  Utica, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Utica, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I2121  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 

    Father John W. Como,   b. Dec 1857, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1929, Yorkville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Delila Thayer,   b. Aug 1869, East Saginaw, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1899, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 19 Jun 1886  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Recore,   b. 12 Sep 1893, Huntingdon, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1991, Waterville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 30 Sep 1912  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Blanche Elizabeth Como,   b. 26 Sep 1921, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1982, Wilmington, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     2. Dorothy Marion Como,   b. 4 Apr 1929, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1999, Beaumont, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     3. William Robert Como,   b. 17 Aug 1930, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 2004, Rome, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     4. James Howard Como,   b. 3 Oct 1931, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 2004, Utica, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     5. John Francis Como,   b. 10 Jul 1914, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1978, Rome, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
     6. Margaret Leona Como,   b. 1 Apr 1916, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1993, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     7. Harold Richard Como,   b. 1918, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1932, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)  [natural]
     8. Earl Calvin Como,   b. 8 Dec 1919, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1996, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     9. Bernice Mae Como,   b. 21 Apr 1923, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1998, Canastota, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     10. Gladys Joyce Como,   b. 1925, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1940, Batavia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)  [natural]
     11. Doris Como,   b. 12 Apr 1927, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1928, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • - 1900 census: Ogdensburg, John is eight years old and living with his father John Como (42) and his grandmother Marinda (65) at 83 King St. He was born in August of 1891.

      - 1910 census: Earl J. Como is 18 years old and living at the home of his father John Como on Lake St. Also living with him is his sister Leona Porter and her son David.

      - Ogdensburg Daily Journal: Married: Como-Recore. In this city Monday, Sept. 30, 1912, at the parsonage of the First Congregational Church, 34 King St., by Rev. Andrew M. Wight, Earl Como and Elizabeth Recore, both of Ogdensburg.

      - 1915 census: Earl Como, 23; Lizzie, 21; John F., 3 months and John Como, 58, reside Commerce St.

      - June 5, 1917: WWI registration: John Earl Como, employed as a coaler by the New York Central Railroad, has wife and two children, is 5' 10" of medium build with brown eyes and hair.

      - 1920 census has at Ring Street, Ogdensburg, Second Ward, Earl J. Como, 27; Elizabeth, 25; John F., 5; M.Leona, 3; Harold, 1; Calvin E., 0; and John C. Como, 63.

      - 1925 New York State census: John E. Como is 32 years old and is living at 106 Riverside Ave., Ogdensburg with his wife Elizabeth, 31; children John F., 11; Margaret L., 9; Harold R., 7; Earl C., 5; Blanche E., 4; Bernice M., 2; and Gladys J., 0; and with his father, John C. Como, 58. He is working as a fireman on the New York Centrol Railroad.

      - 1925 city directory: J Earl (Elizabeth) fireman NYCRR, h 106 Riverside Ave.

      - 1930 (April 19) census has Richard Como, 12; Earl Como, 12; and Bernice Como, 5, all boarding with the Moses Lajoie family on Pine Street. Moses is 35, his wife Agnes is 35. At the same time (April 15, 1930) in 1930 census at Utica, are Donald J. Davidson, 38; Burford, 18; Donald, 11; Earl J. Como, 38; John Francis Como, 15; Margaret L., 14; Elizabeth, 8; and Dorothy, 11 months; and Leona P. Como, 34. This is the 16th Ward of Utica, Block no. 26. North Gennessee St. John's wife Elizabeth Como, 36, is living with her sister Lena LaBuff, 38, in Ogdensburg.

      - 1940 census has Earl Como, 48, single, and his sister Leona Como, 46, married, residing with Donald J. Davidson in Utica. He is listed as housekeeper and Leona as laundress. He is not single of course and his wife and family are in Ogdensburg.

      - 1940 census. At 26 Commerce St., Ogdensburg (highest grade completed: 1939 income, weeks worked in 1939) are Elizabeth Como, head, 46, 5th, maid, private residence, 140, 28; John, 25, laborer, 8th, construction co., 720, 50; Earl, 21, laborer, 11th, WPA, 360, 16; Elizabeth, 18, maid, 11, private res., 144, 48; Bernice, 17, 11; Dorothy, 10, 5; Robert, 9, 3; Howard, 8, 1. Earl was earning $22.50 wk; while John earned $14 wk. Earl began work about Sept. 1, 1939.
      At 24 Commerce St. was Edward Day, 65; Cora, 58; James, 19; Vernon, 17 and Beatrice Day Patterson, 32. At 20 Commerce were Henry Wicks, 45; Mary, 42; Dorothy, 21; Joseph, 19; Albert, 17; Shirley, 14; and Betty, 9.
      On the other side of the Comos, at 3 Gibbs St., were Angelo Vinch, 50; Clara, 45; and sons Adrian, 21; and Chester, 15; daughter Aden, 24, married to John Gilbo, 30; and their var. kids; and daughter Flora, 26, married to Walter Mills, 27.

      - 1942 Draft Registration: 468 Columbia St., Utica; born Aug. 24, 1891; Unemployed.

      - June 19, 1944, John E. Como Jr. was registered at Chicago, IL as an employee of the U.S. Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. He was residing at the Ewing Hotel, Clark St., Chicago; SS number 118-10-7124. Employed as a trucker.

      - John Earl Como died Oct. 24, 1951 in Utica, New York at the age of 60. Cause of death was a heart attack suffered in the home of his sister, Mrs. Leona Davidson with whom he was residing. He was born Aug. 24, 1891 to John and Delia Thayer Como. Survived by his wife, the former Miss Elizabeth Recore, four sons; John Como (Rome), Earl Como (Ogdensburg), Robert Como (with the Air Corps) and Howard Como (U.S. Army), and four daughters; Mrs. Wesley Pitcher (Potsdam), Mrs. John Rivenbark (North Carolina), Mrs. William Redmond (Oneida) and Mrs. Clifford Buffham (Potsdam) and 22 grandchildren.

      - John Como roved around quite a bit. He worked for a time as a fireman on the N.Y. Central Railroad. Tim Como has two of his letters to Earl Como and a small diary that John E. Como kept during his travels.

      Newspaper Reports:

      - Jan. 24, 1912: Alfred James Blakely, Earl Como and Lawrence Ladouceur appeared in court charged with burglary third degree and grand larceny second degree which occurred at Ogdensburg Nov. 6, 1911. Mr. Donavin appears for Blakely and Como.

      - Feb. 5, 1912: Alfred J. Blakely, Earl Como and Lawrence Ladoucer pleaded guilty to burglary, third degree, and grand larceny, second degree, committed at Ogdensburg on Nov. 6, 1911. Alfred Blakely sentenced to Elmira reformatory, sentence suspended; Earl Como of Ogdensburg, suspended sentence; Lawrence Ladouceur of Ogdensburg, one year at Dannemora; also one year at Dannemora for robbery.

      - Feb. 14, 1912: Earl Como, Lawrence Ladouceur and Alfred J. Blakely. the three Ogdensburg youths who burglarized the Surprise Store and who had pleaded guilty to burglary in the third degree and grand larceny in the second, were disposed of by giving Laaouceur who has not made good on a former suspended sentence, one year at Dannemora, and sending the other two to Elmira Reformatory and suspending the sentence. There was an understanding that Blakely is to enlist in the U.S. Navy within 30 days.

      - Sept. 30, 1912: Married: COMO-RECORE. In this city Monday, Sept.. 30, 1912, at the parsonage of the First Congregational Church, 34 King Street, by Rev. Andrew M. Wight, Earl Como and Miss Elizabeth Recore, both of Ogdensburg.

      - Aug. 23, 1917: John Earl Como passed the draft board physical exam.

      - Sept. 17, 1917: Saturday afternoon the police officers, rounded up three young men for breaking into a freight car in the N.Y.C. yards, and taking away a quantity of the goods that had been packed by the Ogdensburg Wholesale Mercantile company and was to be shipped to Lyons Falls. The goods consisted of yarn, socks and pants. The three men arrested were James Brenno, Willie Brenno and Earl Como. The police had been working on this case for the past few days and on visiting the haunts of these men and not finding them around, became suspicious. Saturday morning Offocer Amo started looking for Brenno. When a policeman came to Brenno's home, he spied his man about two blocks away and finally overtook him. He was taken in a car to the police station. After talking with Brenno a subpoena was issued for Como. Como agreed to appear in the afternoon and when he did he was locked up.
      Then the officers found Willie Brenno and arrested him. After searching the premises of Como, some of the missing articles were found packed away inside a couch and a large Morris chair, more of the goods were found in the attic of Brenno's house. These goods were all brought to the station by the police. All the articles have not been found. The men were questioned by Assistant District Attorney Ingram to find out if there were any more mixed up in the case, and to find out where the rest of the missing articles were. As the defendants are charged with breaking car seals, which is an offense against the federal law, the case may be transferred to the U. S. Court.

      - Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1917: William Brenno, James Brenno his brother, and Earl Como of Ogdensburg, were jointly indicted for burglary third degree and petit larceny. Pleas of guilty were entered by the Brennos and one of not guilty by Como. James Brenno was sent to Dannemora for a year, William Brenno received a suspended sentence but will be in the care of the probation officer for a year. Daniel W. Mulligan represented them.

      - October, 1917: October court term closes. Earl Como hails from Ogdensburg and is under indictment for burglary in the third degree and petit larceny, and the district attorney said that his wife needed him at home, and that he was willing that the case go over and he be allowed to go on his own recognizance until next term, which was done.

      - Oct. 5, 1917: James Brenno, William Brenno and Earl Como, Ogdensburg, charged with burglary, third degree, and petit larceny. Plea of James Brenno, guilty; sentence, one year at Dahnemora; William Brenno, guilty, sentence suspended and placed in care of probation officer one year; Earl Como, not guilty.

      - July 23, 1923: Earl Como reported to the police last night that as he was going up New York avenue in his car Saturday night he had a slight collision with Laroek's delivery truck. The vehicles just touched and no damage resulted.

      - Oct. 14, 1930: The case against Earl Como, arrested for disorderly conduct, was dismissed on lack of evidence.

      - Fall, 1931: Earl Como, city, was arrested this morning on a charge of public intoxication. He will be arraigned Monday.

      - Jan. 25, 1932: Earl Como, 39, of Ogdensburg, who has been free on bail since last month when the grand jury indicted him for burglary, third degree and petit larceny, was surrendered at the county jail Saturday night by his bondsman, Joseph Sovel. Sovel posted $500 bond guaranteeing Como's appearance at the arraignment term today, but on Saturday, he decided to discontinue his financial support. Como is the father of Richard Como, Ogdensburg youth who was struck and killed by an Ogdensburg driver several weeks ago.

      - Tues., Jan. 26, 1932: The usual term of county court was held the 25th. In the following case, pleas of not guilty were entered: Earl Como, burglary third degree and petit larceny, committed at Ogdensburg. Robert S. Waterman assigned.

      - Feb. 2, 1932: Earl Como, indicted for burglary third degree and petit larceny entered a plea of guilty to petit jarceny, the District Attorney stating that the grand Jury recommended leniency. Robert S. Waterman represented him by assignment. He said he was all right when he was not drinking, but that had been most of the time for two or three years. Como has previously been convicted of a felony and consequently, had he pleaded to the indictment would have got a long term. He was placed on probation for three years.

      - Feb. 2, 1932 - The trial of Earl Fleming, Ogdensburg, driver of the car which struck and killed 12-year-old Richard Como in that city several weeks ago will certainly take place in County Court here this week, as a result of Judge Dolan's action yesterday in denying the motion of Fleming's attorney to put the case over the term. Earl Como, father of the dead youth, who was indicted for burglary, third degree and petit larceny by the same grand jury that Indicted Fleming for leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, pleaded guilty here Monday afternoon to the petit larceny charge and was placed on probation for two years. The theory that the facts brought out during the arraignment of the dead boy's father might influence trial jurors who were sitting in the courtroom at the time, was the basis of Attorney Edmund FitzGerald's motion to put the case over the term. Fleming's lawyer also sought to delay trial of his client hy making a motion for examination of the grand jury minutes taken at the time of Fleming's indictment. The motion was denied. Mr. FitzGerald claimed there was a discrepancy in the testimony as to whether or not Fleming reported to Chief H. S. Myers within an hour following the accident. No date has been set for the Fleming trial but it probably will not be reached before Thursday.

      March 5, 1932: Earl Como of this city, on probation for a conviction of burglary, third degree and petit larceny was admitted to the St. Lawrence County jail at Canton Friday for alleged violation of the probation. Under indictment for burglary third degree and petit larceny, he was permitted to go on his own recognizance and his case sent over the term on the recommendation of the district attorney who asserted that his wife needed him at home very badly. (John Earl Como's diary mentions that in 1932 he visited his cousin Leona Thayer at 622 Avondale Ave. in Toledo, Ohio. This is Delia Thayer's sister and she is included among the children of Robert and Harriet living in Toledo in the 1880 census.)

      - June 15, 1933, Ogdensburg Journal: Canton, June 15 - The jury was unable to agree in the case of Elizabeth Como as administratrix of the estate of Richard Como against Earl Fleming after a trial yesterday in county court. At 5:30 o'clock the jury reported it was unable to agree and County Judge James C. Dolen sent it back with instructions to try and arrive at a verdict by 6. When that time came, the panel announced it was hopelessly divided. Mrs. Como, mother of the 13-year-old Ogdensburg boy who was fatally injured while coasting down Ford Avenue at Main Street, Ogdensburg, early the evening of Jan. 3, 1932, was represented by Attorney John Livingston while Attorney Edmund FitzGerald handled the case for the defendant. At the conclusion of the plaintiffs presentation Attorney FitzGerald moved for dismissal of the action on the ground that the plaintiff had failed to make out a case. Motion was denied whereupon Mr. FitzGerald declined to offer an evidence and let the case go to the jury. Witnesses for the plaintiff were Mrs. Como, Edward Kiah, Earl Como, Salina Recore, Paul Recore and Miss Irene Slamsky, all of Ogdensburg. The boys told of sliding down Ford Avenue with Richard Como while Mr. and Mrs. Recore testified about hearing a crash and going to the scene and finding the Como boy seriously injured. Miss Slamsky testified about seeing the boy and the car go by but did not witness the crash.
      Police Chief Herbert S. Myers of Ogdensburg told of talking with Fleming at the police station during which the driver of the car declared he was afraid to report the accident because of a previous crash and believed he would lose his license to drive. Attorney FitzGerald brought out the fact that there was no city ordinance allowing sliding on any street in Ogdensburg and that there was no light on the sled. He quoted highway statutes relative to use of streets for sledding.

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