The History Center on Main Street, 83 N. Main Street, Mansfield PA 16933
Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Local History Articles Section
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Home Page Guide Disclaimer Copyright More Articles Smithfield Township  Joyce New & Search
Joyce's Search Tip - November 2008
Do You Know that you can search just the articles on the site by using the Articles button in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page

These articles are all from The Evening Times, Sayre, PA. Saturday, March 14, 1925

The Caption for the picture is "With Population of 250 East Smithfield Boasts 19 People Who are Octogenarians" The picture is "Fifteen Smithfield Residents Whose Ages Total 1277 Years"

Pictured are: From Left to Right Standing – John Bird, Tile Sherman, B. K. Gustin, Stephen Anseil, Rufus W. Child, John Usher, Maley Tracy, Diton Phelps Sitting: Mrs. L. A. Reeser, Mrs. Tile Sherman, Mrs. Phebe Phelps, Mrs. Mary Ellen Gerould, Mrs. Phoebe Andrus, Collin Wood, Walter Pierce

Aged People Give Valued Reasons for Longevity

East Smithfield’s Octogenarians Also Compare Modern Times With Those of Their Youth

Among the questions asked East Smithfield’s old folks when interviewed by an Evening Times reporter, was to what they attributed their health and long life. The answers were as varied as might be expected. One man said he attributed his longevity to a clear conscience and the unstinted use of tobacco. Another said an active and outdoor life, he believed, was the reason he had lived so long, while another gave moderation in eating and freedom from worry as the cause. While none of the men had been hard drinkers and some had been total abstainers, some admitted that they had drank in moderation.

Dr. W. R. Campbell, the only physician in the village, modestly admitted that the credit for the longevity of the citizens of East Smithfield was all his, but one of the men, who is 90 years old, said he had never taken any medicine until five years ago.

Whether it had anything to do with their longevity or not and controverting the saying that the good die young, the fact is that the women without exception had been, and some still are, active church workers.

With one exception, those interviewed said that while they were opposed to bobbed hair, they did not believe the modern young people were any worse than they were in any previous generation. And with one exception they are of the opinion that modern young people do not get as much enjoyment out of life as they did in their youth.

They say that while the young folks of today have their autos, their movies, and more money to spend for pleasures, they seem to be bored with life and do not take as much enjoyment out of their social activities as did the young folks of sixty to seventy years ago.

Perhaps the pleasures of their youth are exaggerated in their memories but they are practically unanimous in the opinion that the sleight rides, the socials, the theatricals, the singing schools and the spelling bees of the past, furnished more real enjoyment than can be derived from the more modern, and to them superficial, means of entertainment.

However, they all admit the pleasure they get from automobiling and many have made long trips by motor. Those whose eyesight is good enjoy the movies and many of them own phonographs. There are several radio sets in East Smithfield and these afford much pleasure to the old people.

Almost all of them spend a great part of their time in reading. For the most part the newspapers furnish the favorite literature, but one venerable man of 90 reads little but modern fiction.

Many people over Seventy Years Old in East Smithfield

East Smithfield has 19 citizens who are past the 80 year mark, but this is not the only reason who people of the village regard their town as among the most healthful spots on earth. There are between 40 and 50 people residing in the village who are between the ages of 70 and 80.

Citizens Claim Village Most Healthful Spot

Believe Ponce De Leon Made Mistake in Search for the Fountain of Youth

Old People Active

One of Aged Men is Bank Official—Two Live Alone and Do Own Housework

Nestled snugly among the rolling hills of Northern Bradford County , hills long since devastated of the virgin pine which provided its first industry and let to its settlement nearly 125 years ago, lies the prosperous little village of East Smithfield.

Proud of their town, of their modern and well built electric lighted homes, of their newly acquired concrete road, connecting them with the railroad and the state highway, of their bank with its deposits of $225,000, of the ___?__ Smithfield ___?___, intellectuality of its past and present inhabitants, and of the notable history of East Smithfield are its 250 residents.

For all of these things, East Smithfield people have a just cause for boasting, but just now the healthfulness of their village overshadows all other advantages as a matter of pride and East Smithfield folks are telling the world that Ponce de Leon would have been more successful in his search for the fountain of eternal youth if he had come to their hills instead of stopping in Florida.

And why? Because of its 250 residents no less than 19 are over 80 years of age and of these 19, nine were born and have lived practically all their lives in Smithfield township. Fifteen of the aged people are shown in the accompanying photograph.

If the valley towns could boast of the same percentage of octogenarians, there would be about 1500 people of this advanced age.

If East Smithfield had not lost 58 men in the War of the Rebellion, the percentage of octogenarians would no doubt be far greater than it is.

The number of old people would be increased by one if Rev. H. A. Miner of Madison, Wis., born and raised in East Smithfield, had not left the village when a young man. Rev. Miner is 96 years old, at present is engaged in writing a book and is a regular correspondent with his old Smithfield friends.

But it is not only the fact that these venerable men and women are still alive that furnishes the East Smithfield people with their evidence as to the health-giving properties of their town. It is the fact that these old timers are almost without exception, active mentally and physically and are in no sense of the word cares upon their families or upon the community.

Most of the women aid in housework. Some of them do it all. One of the men is active vice-president of the bank. Two of the men live in their respective homes alone and do all of their own cooking. One man does his own washing and has split his own wood for fuel during the present winter. One of the women only this week has been keeping house for her grandson in an adjoining township during the absence of his mother.

Having heard of the number and the virility of East Smithfield’s old folks, reporters for the Evening Times went to the village and sought an interview with each one. In all but four cases they were successful. One charming old lady was confined to her bed with an illness which is hoped is temporary, two were out of town and one, who is 96 years old and who is usually in good health, was indisposed on the day of this visit. In the cases where an interview could not be obtained, relatives furnished the desired information.

In each case where an interview was given, the reporter was met with a courtesy hard to describe, was impressed with the opinions on modern life expressed by the old people and learned many many things which are not found within the covers of books.

Old Folks of Village Are for Most Part Related

Name of Pioneer Families Appear in Genealogies of Nearly All of East Smithfield’s Octogenarians

The pioneer families of East Smithfield were the Mitchells, the Geroulds, the Birds, the Phelps, the Woods, the Tracys and the Pierces. Through these common ancestors most of the octogenarians of which the village is boasting, are related to one another, as the following brief sketches will show. The first of these sketches is that of Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett, 96 years of age, and the oldest resident of the town.

Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett – Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett was born August 16, 1828 in Meredith township, Delaware county, N.Y. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Rowe. She went with her parents to Springfield township when 11 years old. She married Gardner Bennett and in 1872 moved with her husband and children to East Smithfield, where she has resided since. Mrs. Bennett had two daughters, Mrs. Calvin Westbrook of Waverly, who died about two years ago, and Mrs. Ella Brown, with whom she resides in East Smithfield. She has three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Her husband died about 25 years ago. Mrs. Bennett is in the best of health physically and on most subjects is keen mentally. However, about three years ago she became obsessed with certain hallucinations which make it unwise to let her out of the reach of her daughter. During the years she has lived in East Smithfield, Mrs. Bennett has earned a reputation for hospitality. Her greatest pleasure apparently has been derived from her entertainment of friends at her home. Mrs. Bennett is an aunt of Mrs. George Bird whose husband was a former Bradford county commissioner.

The Usher Family - One of the most remarkable cases of longevity in East Smithfield is that of the Usher family of two sisters, Miss Anne and Mrs. R. N. Rowe, and two brothers, John and William. The two sisters, who are 86 and 78 years old, respectively, and John Usher, who is 88, live together in Mrs. Rowe’s home and until the last few weeks the two old ladies have done all the housework. Recently Miss Anne Usher became ill and at present is confined to her bed. During her illness Mrs. Frances Kitchen is helping them. Both the sisters have been active church workers. On calling at the house the Evening Times reporter found Mrs. Rowe on the top of a stepladder busily engaged in cleaning the top of a cupboard. John Usher spent his boyhood in Smithfield, but for many years traveled about the country as a horse trainer and driver. He followed the races until about fifteen years ago and only returned to his old home five years ago. His health at present is not very good, although he is quite active for his years and his mind is clear. John Usher and Miss Anne were born in Bristol, R.I., moving to Smithfield when small children. William and Mrs. Rowe were born in Smithfield township. William Usher was 84 years old last October. He has lived by himself since his wife, who was Miss Oliva Sturgis of Springfield township, and to whom he was married in 1865, died four years ago. He has lived practically all his life in Smithfield. He has two sons, Charles, who lives with his wife and five children in East Smithfield, and Frank, who is unmarried and who lives in Trumansburg. Mr. Usher rises every morning at five o’clock and retires at 7:30. He does not wear glasses and his hearing is fairly good. He suffers somewhat from rheumatism. He has no use for autos, radio, movies or other modern contraptions. Mr. Usher does not appear in group picture because he became provoked through a misunderstanding. He understood that the picture was to be taken the day before it was and prepared for the occasion. He refused to get ready a second time for which no one blames him.

Walter Pierce - Walter Pierce, retired farmer and business man, is 90 years of age and the oldest man of the village. He was born in East Smithfield Oct. 3, 1834, the son of Horace and Mary (Perkins) Pierce and is a descendant of Phineas Pierce who settled in East Smithfield in 1808. In 1860 he married Miss Louraney Carpenter, who was also born in the township and with whom he had grown up. Mrs. Pierce died in 1877. Of four children, two are now living. A son, Jesse, lives in the village and his daughter, Mrs. Ida Coeyman, with whom he lives, runs the feed business formerly conducted by her father. Five years ago Mr. Pierce slipped on the ice and fell, breaking his left hip with the result that he is somewhat lame. However, he is remarkably active despite this handicap. His eyesight is good and he only wears glasses when reading. His hearing is particularly keen. He enjoys reading novels and occasionally smokes a cigar. On his eightieth birthday, Mr. Pierce walked the full length of Watkins Glen. "Uncle" John Bird another East Smithfield octogenarian, was also in the party which went through the glen at that time. Mr. Pierce enjoys the distinction of having introduced the silo into East Smithfield which is primarily a dairy township. He was also the pioneer breeder of pure bred cattle in the township and was instrumental in organizing the creameries. When fifty years of age, he established the feed business which has been conducted continually since. He is an active and regular attendant of the Congregational church.

Mrs. Phebe Phelps – Mrs. Phebe Phelps, whose maiden name was Phebe Jones, was born in Newark Valley, N. Y., April 30, 1837, and went with her parents to
Athens township when a young girl. In 1863 she married Dudley Phelps, a native born son of East Smithfield and has resided in the village for 55 years. Her husband established the East Smithfield drug store in 1880 and conducted the business until his death in 1909. Since then their daughter, Miss Lulu Phelps, has managed the store. Mrs. Phelps and Miss Lulu live together in a spacious house directly across the street from the drug store, and while the younger woman is looking after the business, Mrs. Phelps takes care of the house. Mrs. Phelps is in wonderfully good health for one of her years. She greatly enjoys automobiling with her daughter in their car. Her ambition is such that she refuses to lie down in the day time unless compelled to do so by sickness. She has been an active worker in the Congregational church which she still attends, but her main interest has always been in her home. Mrs. Phelps says she has but little use for the flapper. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Phelps, but two died in infancy.

Diton Phelps – Diton Phelps was born March 5, 1840, son of Henry and Phoebe (Wheeler) Phelps, the former of whom was born in Becket, Mass., and came to this county with his parents in 1805. Jared Phelps, the grandfather of our subject, was a drum major in the Revolutionary War, and one of the first members of the Congregational church at Smithfield. He was the original owner of all the land where the village now stands, comprising over 200 acres; gave the church society the land where the church now stands, also the public square and the land for the cemetery (a daughter of his was the first person buried there). Diton Phelps, who was the only son in a family of four children, was educated at the old academy at Smithfield and in 1861, he enlisted in Company F. Sixth Pennsylvania Reserves. He was discharged June 14th, 1864, after three years of service. Mr. Phelps was twice married; the first time, December 27th, 1864, with Jane E. Gerould, (daughter of Ziba and Eliza Gerould, of East Smithfield), who died in Kansas July 21, 1873; Mr. Phelps’ second wife, whom he married May 3, 1875, was Alice, daughter of James and Polly Gorton, of Tioga county, Pa. There have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Phelps, three children, as follows: George M., at whose home they reside; Mrs. Schill and Mrs. John Keeler of Portland, Oregon. Mr. Phelps is a Republican; has been elected by his party to the offices of constable, and school director and until January 1, 1925, was Justice of the Peace of Smithfield for 32 years. He is a member of Phelps Post, G.A.R.

Collin Wood – Collin Wood, who has reached the age of 82 years, has resided in Smithfield since 1900. He was born in Smithfield and spent the early part of his life in Springfield township. Throughout his entire active life he followed the pursuits of a farmer. His wife died in 1923 and since then he has been making his home with his children. To Mr. and Mrs. Wood there were born, six children, all of whom are living. They are Rollo B. Wood of Montour Falls, N.Y.; Nora S. Wood of East Smithfield; Galen A. Wood of San Francisco, Calif.; Harry M. Wood and Agnes L. Merrill of Elmira; and Grace P. Stairs of Watkins, N.Y.

Stephen Ansell – Stephen Ansell was born November 14, 1845 at Churchville, N.Y., and moved to Smithfield 25 years ago. When a small child he resided in Elmira and at the age of ten he went to Centerville, Bradford county, where he lived with the family of John Burt for two years when he went to Smithfield and took a position with Henry Chamberlain and lived with him for two years after which he .entered the employ of Hon. James H. Webb and lived with his family for eight years. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted (although but eighteen years of age) at Waverly in the 161st New York Regulars and was in the service two years. He was married to Sally Chamberlain at Millerton, N.Y., December 23, 1870, after which they moved to Smithfield. To them three children were born (all living); Ernest Ansell of Athens, Pa.; Nettie Sweet, Elmira; and May Kline at home. Mr. Ansell was one of a family of ten children. There are but three living, Henry Ansell of Rochester, N.Y.; Mrs. Mary Jane Ansell of York, Pa.; and Stephen Ansell, the subject of this sketch. He served as constable and collector of taxes for about nine years and was treasurer of the township for one year. During his service in the army he was in the following battles: Sabine Cross Roads, Pleasant Hill, Cane River Crossing, Mansura, Spanish Fort, Ala.; Ft. Blakely and Mobile. He was honorably discharged November 12, 1865. Phelps Post, G.A.R., has had two charters and Mr. Ansell is the only member of the first charter living.

R. W. Childs – R. W. Childs is 81 years old. He was born in East Smithfield on April 12, 1843 and has lived all but 12 years of his life in the village. He went to Bismark, North Dakota in 1879 and while there married in 1885, Miss Frank Bartholomew who was an Ulster girl and had gone west with her family. Mrs. Childs died twenty years ago leaving one daughter, Miss Harriet Childs, who is a teacher in the East Smithfield school and with whom Mr. Childs resides. Mr. Childs is a retired farmer and is the active vice president of the East Smithfield bank. He was actively engaged in farming until ten years ago. His health is excellent, his hearing is good and he uses glasses only to read the newspapers. He has never used tobacco and believes his good health due to that fact and his active outdoor life. Mr. Childs makes frequent trips to the valley towns and enjoys automobiling. Mr. Childs’ parents were Christopher and Harriet Childs who came to East Smithfield from Rhode Island.

Mrs. Phoebe Andrus – Mrs. Phoebe Andrus, who was 82 years old last week, is another native born citizen of the township. Her parents were also native born. Her father was Lewis Wood, who was for years the village blacksmith, and her mother’s maiden name was Sophia Gerould. In 1861 she married Wayland B. Andrus, who died April 7, 1919, at the age of 82. Mr. Andrus was also born in Smithfield. To this couple were born six children, five of whom are living. Welmer, the oldest, lives in North Dakota, where he is a third class postmaster and successful business man. Mrs. Laura Mae Tracey lives in Pollock, S.D., Fred L. and Roy S. are living in East Smithfield and Mrs. Fannie L. Francisco lives in Middlesex, N.Y. Carl S. died in infancy. Mrs. Andrus has three great grandchildren. Mrs. Andrus is in exceptionally good health and enjoys talking over old times and reading. She is an active worker in the Disciple church. She was out of town visiting a sister on the day the Evening Times reporter visited East Smithfield so he missed the pleasure of meeting and talking to her.

John Bird – John Bird, familiarly known as "Uncle" John, will be 89 years old April 28. Mr. Bird was born in Smithfield and with the exception of a few years spent in the Dakotas in the seventies, has spent his entire life in the village. In 1864 he married Martha Jane Phelps, also born in Smithfield, cousin of Diton Phelps, and the late Dudley G. Phelps. He is an uncle of George Bird, former county commissioner. His parents, John and Mary (Harkness) Bird, came from New England. His wife died several years ago. Mr. Bird during his active life was engaged in farming and until a year ago was active in his calling. He is in very good health although during the winter he suffered an attack of grippe which has left him somewhat weak. Mr. Bird gets out a great deal in good weather. He reads the newspapers and takes great interest in current events. He enjoys getting out in the automobile and frequently visits relatives in New Albany and in Cooper’s Plains, N.Y. Mr. Bird was the father of six children, three of whom are living. Miss Clarissa at home, Augustus, who lives in Butte, Mont., and Mrs. T. A. Kelder of New Albany. He joined the militia in 1863 and spent three months in that branch of the service during the Civil War. Mr. Bird attributes his longevity to a clear conscience. He smokes in moderation, cigarettes being his favorite form of tobacco. He has held various offices in the township, serving as township supervisor and assessor for terms of 12 years in each office.

Mrs. Andrew Campbell – Mrs. Andrew Campbell was before her marriage sixty years ago, Miss Emily Lent. She was born in Barton, N.Y., and moved to Ulster when a girl. Mrs. Campbell, despite her age, is one of the most active citizens of the town. She is a red hot Democrat and noted for her keen wit and humor. Last year she attended a dance and danced. During the early part of this week she was keeping house for her grandson in Ulster during the absence of his mother. She has three children, Dr. W. R. Campbell of East Smithfield, Job Campbell of Ulster, and Mrs. Edward Witham of Stanford, Connecticut. Mrs. Campbell is considered "the life of the party" at all social gatherings she attends. Her hearing is even keener that that of her son, the doctor, according to her statement. Mrs. Campbell takes great pride in the fact that her grandfather fought with George Washington at Valley Forge and was presented with a waistcoat by the father of the country. She likes young people, but insists they don’t know how to dance. She has ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mrs. E. N. Reeser – Mrs. E. N. Reeser is 80 years old. She was born in German, N.Y. near Binghamton, the daughter of Ransom and Abigall Crandall. In 1845, her maiden name being Lucelia Crandall. In 1845 she married Elwood M. Reeser of Springfield township and lived in Wetona the greater part of her life. Mr. Reeser conducted a general store in Wetona for many years and on his death, in 1915, she continued the business until its sale in 1921 when she went to Alba with her two daughters. The mother and daughters lived in Alba but a short time when they moved to East Smithfield. Mrs. Reeser had five children, only two of whom, Miss Myrtie and Miss Alla, are living. Mrs. Reeser and her daughters live together and the mother helps with the housework. Her eyesight is good and she reads much of the time. Until she came to East Smithfield, she was an active worker in the Methodist church of which she is an ardent member. Mrs. Reeser is the only one of East Smithfield’s old folks who believes young people have better times than they had in her generation.

Maley Tracy – Maley Tracy, who has spent his entire life in Smithfield, was born on a farm about two miles out of the town, eighty-two years ago. For forty years he conducted a general store in the town of Smithfield. He was one of eleven children and is the only one living. He has been living alone since the death of his wife, three and a half years ago. There were no children born to them. Mr. Tracy’s health is exceptionally good. He has been a member of the Masonic order for the past fifty-seven years. The Tracy family came to Smithfield July 20, 1805, when that section was yet a wilderness. Being one of the pioneer families it was largely through their efforts that this wilderness was cleared and turned into productive farms. Mr. Tracy’s grandfather was the organizer of the movement to erect the first church in Smithfield, the Congregational church, and gave his last cow in part payment of his subscription. On July 20, 1855, the Tracys and their descendants met on the farm they settled in 1805 and celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their coming to Smithfield. Of those present at the one hundredth anniversary, July 20, 1905, there are only two living of the third generation of Nehemiah Tracy. Mr. Tracy is a highly educated man and an authority on all things pertaining to East Smithfield.

Mrs. Mary Ellen Gerould – Mrs. Mary E. Gerould will be 92 years old on May 13 next. Mrs. Gerould was Miss Mary Tracy and was born in East Smithfield. Her husband, who was Lewis Bird Gerould, was also native born. Mr. Gerould died in 1888. They were married in 1860. Mrs. Gerould is a charming old lady and is gifted with the old time courtesy common to East Smithfield’s older people. She broke her hip while visiting in Troy a few years ago and has been crippled since, although she assists her granddaughter with the housework. She has been a life-long member of the Congregational church in which she has been an active worker. She used to think it wicked to dance but has changed her mind in recent years and now thinks it alright. She attributes her good health and long life to the fact that she has always taken good care of herself and has been free from worry. She had three children, two of whom, Charles and Marion, are dead. The third son, Edward, lives in East Smithfield and Mrs. Gerould resides with him. She has seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A granddaughter, Mrs. Edward Brown, lives in Sayre and a grandson Lee Gerould, lives in Athens.

B. K. Gustin – B. K. Gustin was born in Sugar Creek valley, one half mile below Luther’s Mills, January 4, 1839. He was reared on a farm and after receiving his education, became a teacher in the public schools. Later he conducted a cooper business a Camptown and Herrick for five years and followed that trade for several years at Kendall Hill. He has been a resident of Smithfield township for the past forty years. On January 24, 1866, he was married to Miss Annie M. Overpeck of Herrick. Seven children were born to them, five of whom are still living: Mrs. Mabel A. Tuttle of Ithaca; B. W. Gustin of Burgoon, Ohio; Rev. C. C. Gustin, Marcellus, N.Y.; Mrs. Lula C. Reynolds of Freehold, N.J.; and Blain E. Gustin of Binghamton, N.Y. Of a family of ten children he and one sister, Mrs. Ethalinda Overpeck of Herrick are the only ones still living. Mr. Gustin enlisted in the Civil War September 12, 1861, and was honorably discharged February 20, 1865. During his service he was advanced to the position of first lieutenant and was in command of his company for over a year following the capture of his captain. He is a member of Phelps Post, G.A.R. and has held the office of commander, and at the present time is quartermaster and adjutant. During his residence in Smithfield he has been active in educational matters and held the office of secretary of the school board for many years. He is a member of the Methodist church and has been its treasurer for the past twenty-four years. He is a great reader of newspapers, magazines and books and keeps thoroughly conversant with the topics of the day

East Smithfield Couple Wedded Sixty-six Years

Many Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Tile Sherman Hope to Help Them Celebrate Diamond Wedding Nine Years Hence

There are probably few couples in the entire country who have enjoyed married life for as many years as have Mr. and Mrs. Tile Sherman of East Smithfield who were married 66 years ago the eighth of the coming June. Mr. Sherman was born in north-eastern Bradford county on January 24, 1826 and is therefore 99 years of age. He is a stone mason by trade and has also followed farming most of his life. He has been in failing health for the past few years but is able to get about and enjoys going to the woods for entertainment. Mrs. Sherman was born in the township. She was 84 years old January 28th. Her maiden name of Polly Forrest and her parents were Daniel Forrest and Ochsah (Ames) Forrest who came to the township with their respective families when young children. Aside from three years in Windham township and six years in Towanda, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman have lived their entire lives in Smithfield township. They had no children of their own but adopted and brought up a boy and a girl who took the name. Mrs. Sherman is the only living member of a family of 13 children and has a large number of nieces and nephews. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sherman are great lovers of music and while neither plays, they have a piano which they enjoy hearing visitors play. Mrs. Sherman has always been a deft worker at knitting, lace making, quilting and kindred arts. She has in her possession many priceless articles of her own manufacture which would furnish an art exhibition of themselves. Among these articles are counterpanes of lace, sheets woven from flax raised on her father’s farm and spun by herself, many woolen articles from her own homespun material, and hand quilted bed covers of extraordinary fine workmanship. Mrs. Sherman takes great pride in these articles and enjoys displaying them to her friends. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sherman are ardent members of the Methodist church and have been regular attendants until recently.

Mr. Sherman has suffered three shocks within the last five years and these have affected his memory but otherwise his mind is as good as it ever was. Mrs. Sherman has enjoyed the best of health until recently but she says she is afraid she is "worn out now". However, she is bright and cheerful and likes to entertain company. Of the two adopted children of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman, one, Cora Mary, married Raymond Hiney and lived in Waverly until her death. She left three children and four grandchildren. Thomas, the other adopted child never married. Mr. Sherman is a veteran of the Civil War and a charter member of the Phelps post of the G.A.R. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman hope they will live to see their diamond wedding anniversary nine years hence.

East Smithfield Loses Two of its Aged Residents

East Smithfield, boasting 19 citizens who are 80 years of age or older, has lost two other octogenarians during the last six months. George Kingsley and Marshall Wheeler, each 84 years old, have died since last summer.
The History Center on Main Street, 83 N. Main Street, Mansfield PA 16933

Joyce Tip Box -- December 2007 -
If you are not navigating this site via the left and right sidebars of the Current What's New page you are doing yourself a disservice. You can get to any place on the site easily by making yourself familiar with these subject and place topics. Try them all to be as familiar with the site's 16,000 plus pages as you can. Stop groping in the dark and take the lighted path. That's also the only way you'll find the search engines for the site or have access to the necessary messages I may leave for you. Make it easy on yourself. 
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 27 JUN 2009
By Joyce M. Tice
Email: Joyce M. Tice