|Mansfield PA and Richmond Township in Tioga County PA
Tri-Counties Genealogy &
History by Joyce M. Tice
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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The following material came from the house that had been owned by the Neal
family in Mansfield. I believe that these are carbon copies of the Mansfield
news submitted to the Mansfield Advertiser. Either Elizabeth Neal or Mary
Neal may have written them. They were removed from the house after the
death of Mary in 2004. They were returned in 2011 by me having purchased
them from the person who cleaned out the house initially. When I first
received the papers they were saturated with water and had to be dried.
As a result they are moldy, stained and brittle creating occasional illegibility.
Need I say they also smell bad?
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These are the gossip columns we might call them and so they are full
of insignificant details. However, as time passes they also serve as a
reminder of who was living in Mansfield at this time. They also give us
clues about some of the details of the lives of those people: for example
: what church did they belong to, what organizations did they belong to,
who were their relatives and friends. They also tell us what events took
place in Mansfield at the time. They become less insignificant as they
tell us of the lifestyles of earlier times.
In the custom of the day, women were identified with their husband’s
name only. I will supplement that by identifying them in brackets
where possible, at least with a first name if not a surname.
January 6, 1958
Mr. and Mrs. Tom W Crittenden of Mansfield have announced the engagement
of their daughter, Marjorie Louise, to Arnold C Brion, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Claire Brion of Liberty, PA. Marjorie recently completed her work at the
come Comptometer School of Pittsburgh and has resumed her duties at the
First National Bank where she is employed.
Mrs. Kathryn Loveland will be hostess to the Alpha Delta class of the
Mansfield Methodist Church January 7 at eight o'clock. Assistant hostesses
are Mrs. Doris Allen, Mrs. Gladys Stillwell, Mrs. Nina Bailey.
Mr. and Mrs. the Petrovich and daughter, Helen, are vacationing in
Mr. Morty Levinson is a patient in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
Pvt. Franklin Geiger has returned to Fort Lee, Virginia after spending
some time with his mother, Mrs. Ruth Geiger, and his family here at home.
The annual congregational meeting of the First Presbyterian Church
will be held Wednesday, January 8 at eight o'clock after a fellowship dinner
at 6:30. An organizational meeting of the trustee board will follow the
Mr. and Mrs. Henry McNaney, Mr. and Mrs. John Wise, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh
Mecum, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ruggles, Mrs. Edward NcNaney, Mr. Roy Carbough,
all of Elmira, New York were among the out-of-town guests at the McNaney
–Young wedding held December 28.
Miss Helen Colegrove, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Colegrove, Brooklyn
Street, has joined the Army. She will report to Wilkes-Barre January 7
and will then be assigned to basic training. Helen looks forward to this
new experience and hopes it will afford the opportunity to travel.
Mr. James Preston was a patient at the Blossburg State Hospital last
week. Mrs. John Preston has been ill at home and is now improving.
Mrs. Stephen Beach entertained the Pres-Teen club with musical selections
at their New Year's party December 31 from nine till 12. About 38 young
people were present at this annual affair. Patty Lunn was in charge of
the decorations. Nancy page was in charge of the refreshment committee.
Bob English took care of the program. Mrs. Elizabeth Thatcher, Mr. and
Mrs. Darwin Neal were invited to attend the party as chaperones. Rev. William
McIlwain officiated at the watch night communion service at 11:30 we appreciate
the cooperation with the parents to make this party successful
January 7, 1958
Mrs. Ruby Bixby has moved into the apartment on second floor, R. E.
Mrs. Genevieve Stacey and son, John, of Elmira, New York, were weekend
guests at the home of Miss Mary Neal.
The offices of the Prudential Life Insurance Company are in the process
of being remodeled and enlarged.
The Mansfield fire department answerede two calls Monday, January 6.
At 10:30, Scott industries, manufacturers of trailers, sounded the first
alarm. Workers were spraying a lacquer paint in one of the trailers under
construction. The fumes of the paint got into a space heater causing an
explosion. The damage is estimated around $100.00. At 3:35, there
was a call to the rear of the residence of Maybelle Wright. A grass fire
was burning extensively at the railroad right-of-way at E. Main St.
Many Mansfield people were attending the Sunday afternoon matinee of
“Around the World in 80 Days” at the Elmira theater. During intermission,
we noticed that Mansfield was well represented. Victor Borge is coming
to Elmira soon. He should be very entertaining with his humorous piano
comedy routine. Another event to look forward to.
Mrs. Norman Alden Downs was the guest speaker at the M. S. T. C. Assembly
program Tuesday, January 7 at two o'clock. Her subject was “Women and the
law in Pennsylvania".
Mrs. Elizabeth Thatcher will be hostess to the Westminster class Tuesday
evening January 7 at six o'clock for supper.
January 21, 1958
last Thursday, a new business opened in Mansfield. The Hoagie House
will be open from four o'clock until 11:30 serving the best submarine sandwich
available in these parts.
Mr. Kenneth Brace is a patient in the Blossburg State Hospital. He
suffered a heart attack Tuesday morning while at school and Blossburg where
Miss Gertrude Jupenlaz is installing a new hi-fi system in her
home, the Little Brown House, on N. Academy St.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert G Peterson have returned from California after
visiting their son, Mr. Gerhart Peterson, and his family for the holidays.
Attorney and Mrs. Robert Farr are in the process of remodeling and
changes at their home on Sherwood Street.
The Wednesday Club will meet at the home of Misses Elizabeth and Mary
Neal, January 22, at 7:30. Assisting hostesses are: Miss Marian Gleckler,
Mrs. Ernest Jupenlaz, Mrs. Darwin Neal, and Miss Lucy Wall. Every member
is asked to bring a new tea towel for the church kitchen.
Mrs. Ralph Taylor will be hostess to the Presbyterian Ladies Missionary
Society Friday afternoon at 3:30.
The annual church men's banquet will be held in the Baptist Church
Tuesday, January 21 at 6:45. A large attendance is expected.
Mr. William Barnes attended the Presbytery Meeting of Northumberland,
Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Bethel Presbyterian church of Bottle Run
Mr. Morty Levinson is improving. He is still at the Wellsboro Soldiers
and Sailors hospital. His sister Mrs. Mary Walpert, has been ill since
her return from New York City recently.
Mrs. Albert Sundberg has been visiting friends and relatives in New
About 18 members were present at the Junior Council meeting Monday
night January 20 at the home of Miss Elizabeth Neal. Assisting hostesses
were Mrs. William Bradshaw, Mrs. Jan Jenkins, Mrs. Darwin Neal. After the
business meeting the club president Mrs. Margaret Costley gave a report
on the state convention. A bingo party with white elephant prices followed
Miss Thelma Ching was guest speaker at the Wellsboro Business and Professional
Women's club Monday evening January 20. Ms. Chang is a member of the Mansfield
State Teachers College faculty, Junior High School supervisor.
Miss Jeanne Snyder of the M. S. T. C. Home economics department participated
in college night at Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, Monday, January
20. Mr. Bertram Francis of the music department was also present to represent
Mrs. Kathryn Loveland will be hostess to the D. L. S. Club of Elizabeth
Rebekah Lodge Wednesday, January 22 at eight o'clock. Assisting hostesses
are Mrs. Nellie Knowlton, Mrs. Genevieve Lawrence, Mrs. Irene Wells and
Mrs. Bertha Locey. The program will be presented by Mrs. Mary Rasmussen
and Mrs. Maud Scott.
Mrs. Ernest Vosburg was hostess to the PA. T. A. Executive committee
at her home Monday night January 20.
Mr. John Myers is a patient in the Sayre hospital.
Mrs. Marian Ballinger has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Richard
Heltzel and family at Hellum, Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan C Neal, R. D. 1, left Tuesday morning for Louisville,
Kentucky to attend the National Trailer Show. They will return to Mansfield
Mrs. William Bradshaw was in Wellsboro this week to be on Grand Jury.
Mr. Edgar Page, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert page, was home for the weekend.
Edgar is a student at Penn State University, State College, PA.
A large congregation was present at the First Presbyterian Church for
the communion service, Sunday, January 19. Miss Lida Thomas, a student
at the college, presented organ selections. Reception of new members was
held. The communion service was very impressive at which Rev. William McIlwain
January 28, 1958
Mr. and Mrs. John A Booth have returned from their wedding trip to
Niagara Falls and Canada. They are residing at the apartment on third floor
in the Decker apartment house on S. Main St. Mrs. Booth, the former Donna
J Soper, is continuing her employment at Ballard machine and tool company
the Pres-Teen club met at the church at 7:30 Sunday evening, January
26. The members present enjoyed sledding party On Clinton St., hill. With
weather conditions right for an outdoor party, the regular business meeting
was omitted for this active sports event. Following the sledding, refreshments
and fellowship hour were enjoyed at the home of Rev. and Mrs. William McIlwain.
Youth week will be observed in our area with a special service by the
Tioga County Sunday school Association in the Methodist church next Sunday
evening at 7:45. This service for youth will feature the Rev. Chancey Varner
as the speaker. Mr. Varner is the state director of youth work of the Pennsylvania
Council of Christian education.
Miss Susan Rush and Mr. Robert English participated in the service
for the observance of Westminster Fellowship Sunday, January 26, 1958,
at the First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Stephen Beach, organist, presented
many special selections. The organ postlude was “Tocatta” by Dubois was
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Holton [Nelda Cook] were weekend guests at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin L Neal, [Ina Cook] River Road.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Messinger have returned from New York City where
they attended the New York furniture show.
Mrs. Marie Johnson and Rev. Norman West, Jr. Are to be contacted in
case you have any information regarding old records of the canoe camp church
Mr. Kenneth Brace continues his stay as a patient at the Blossburg
State Hospital. It is reported that he is improving.
Many Mansfield people attended the Victor Borge one-man performance
at the Elmira theater Friday night, January 24. During intermission it
was like old home week greeting the Mansfield people. Wasn't it lucky to
be home before the snowstorm. I read in Jim Morse's column that Mr. Borge
had packed his bags and was out of Elmira before the storm started as well
Dr. Lewis Rathgeber, president of Mansfield State teachers College,
was guest speaker at the Mansfield joint schools parent-teacher Association
meeting, Monday evening, January 27, at the Senior high school and eight
o'clock. Mrs. Ernest Vosburg, president of BP. T. A., Conducted the business
meeting. Group singing was led by Mr. Benjamin Houston. Mr. Lunn assisted
with the interview with Dr. Rathgeber.” A look to the future “ was the
theme of Dr. Rathgeber’s speech.
Ruth W Thomas and Leonard L Yaudes of Mansfield received bachelor of
science degrees in education at the midyear graduation exercises at Mansfield
State teachers College Monday, January 20, 1958.
Mr. Elwin Kuhl recently attended the three-day florist short course
at Cornell University, sponsored by the floriculture Department of Cornell
and the New York State flower growers.
Mr. J Collins McSparrin, master of the Pennsylvania state Grange will
be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the members of the Tri-County
Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. to be held at the Mansfield Methodist
church Tuesday, January 28. The ladies of the church will serve dinner
at noon. A business meeting will be held which will include the selection
of officers and directors and annual reports.
The Blossburg Hospital auxiliary will meet Tuesday night at 7:30 at
the hospital recreation room. All members are urged to attend.
The basketball game, M. S. H. S. Vs. Troy, was postponed for Tuesday
night, January 28, because of weather conditions.
A special meeting of the school board was held Monday evening, January
27, at which time a further account of the bids and contracts for the new
Junior Senior High School were given. This meeting included the Rutland
school board, the Sullivan school board, and Mansfield school board and
the joint school authority.
Mr. Robert English, son of Mr. and Mrs. D Webster English, reported
a busy Saturday shoveling sidewalks and driveways around Mansfield. Butch
Townsend and Tommy Husted were busy too. The town committee working Sunday
to remove snow from the main streets put in full-time as well.
About 75 members of the Mansfield Churchman's group responded to the
roll call last Tuesday evening at their eighth annual fellowship dinner
at the Baptist Church.
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