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These articles were published approximately 1961 by the Troy Gazette-Register and kept in a scrapbook by Marjorie Joralemon Oldroyd, now of Austinville. She recently loaned us the scrapbook so that we could get these biographies to you. . I will present them as they come in from the typist.
F. Marshall Case
Lois KENNEDY Mitstifer
John L. Parsons
Ammon Shook
Percy Samuel King
Arland Cooke
William W. Beaman
Floyd B. Wright
Orrin W. Jaquish
Gilbert Waldron
Henry Bowers Van Dyne
Gerald William Vickery
Charles F. May, Jr.
Judson C. Elliott
Harold H. Chadwick
Oliver Wendel Judson
Wallace J. Grace
Richard M. Ross
Richard J. Gustin
Wayne C. Harkness
John Hall
Frederick A. Dahlgren
Robert B. Darrow
Grady William Marter
Courtney W. Murray
Robert Weldy
Mark L. Watkins
Charles Tracy Metzger
Alfred W. McClure
Martin Poeltl
Gorton A. Horton
Victor A. Warner
Charles F. May, Sr.
James E. Elvidge
Emery Rumsey
Wayne L. Kendall
J. Tyler Homet
Donald T. Holcomb
Michael L. Bardwell
Wayne McClure
Howard E. Quinn
Thomas A. Calkins
George P. Elsbree
Gerald L. Chapman
F. Marshall Case
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TROY – F. Marshall Case became president of F. P. Case & Sons in 1955 upon the retirement of his father, George F. Case, from active business life.The company is one of the oldest in the area, engaged in construction work as well as handling hardware, building materials, household appliances and allied lines of merchandise.

Mr. Case worked one year in the saw mill of Cotton-Hanlon, Odessa, N.Y., in preparation for his participation in the operations of his father’s firm.  This occurred after he graduated from Penn State College in 1938, where he majored in forestry. Upon leaving the Odessa firm he worked in Troy until he was called to the armed forces, March, 1943.

Mr. Case’s interest in forestry has never dimmed.  Today he owns 23 acres of forest land on Mt. Pisgah, on which is a “really beautiful stand of red pine”.  He is right proud of this piece of forestry and foresters over a wide area seemed to appreciate the trees, too.  He has had this piece of land for the past ten years.

When he was president of the Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club, he initiated a woodsmen’s carnival.  Its immediate success has enabled the Club to hold an annual gathering at Cherry Springs, Pa.  It was first held there and has been held there subsequently.  This year will mark its sixth anniversary.
Mr. Case served with the U. S. Engineers, but soon found himself in a special outfit, called the 3133rd Signal Service Co. engaged in a “suicidal mission” that did not live up to its billing, according to Mr. Case.  The service he saw was in Italy, near the end of the Italian campaign. He left the service on Jan. 3, 1945 with the rank of Technical Sergeant. Mr. Case is a member of the Brooks-Flick Post No. 49 of Troy.  He is also a member of the Trojan Lodge No. 369, having served as Master at one time. He is also a member of the Royal Arch, F. & A.M. as well as the Lodge of Perfection of Towanda and the Consistory of Williamsport.
He is also a member of the First Methodist Church.
Mr. Case is presently treasurer of the Troy Community Joint School, as well as treasurer of the Troy Township school board.  He has been on the school board since an appointment and two consecutive elections, totaling about 7 years of public service.
Miss Jean E. Rishel and Marshall Case were married on Aug. 2, 1941.  They have four children, Sally Ann, Marcia, William and Nathan.  The Case family lives on Fallbrook Road.
F. Marshall Case Obituary 2005

Lois KENNEDY Mitstifer
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TROY – A bit over 16 years ago Mrs. Lois Mitstifer first went to work for P.S. King Hardware Company as a clerk in its gift department. Today, she is manager of the department and also a partner in the firm. And the gift department is considered by those who know, to be one of the best, as far as stock and selection goes, in many a store of its size anywhere in this part of the country.

Mrs. Mitstifer, who is a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, of Troy, and served as its first president in 1950, has kept abreast of modern merchandising techniques and services to bring to the firm this outstanding distinction. She attended night classes in Elmira for two winters, first taking a course in retail selling, and then taking a refresher course the next year.  The school was sponsored by the Retail Merchants’ Division of the Elmira Chamber of Commerce.

A hobby that she likes to follow, given proper time, is painting water color scenes.  She went to night school in Elmira for three years, furthering her skill and techniques in water color productions.  Perhaps, it is this artist touch which has added to the fame of the Gift Department of P. S. King Hardware Co.


Mrs. Mitstifer was born in Granville township on June 2, 1908.  She attended Windfall grade school for several years, then entered Troy schools, graduating from the high school in 1927.

Miss Lois Kennedy and Torrence Mitstifer were married on June 10, 1927 in Williamsport.  They moved to Sodus Point, N. Y. because Mr. Mitstifer was working for the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He was killed in an accident there on Mar. 20, 1941. She has two sons, one Robert, who lives in Williamsport, and another, Richard who lives with his mother at 236 E. Main Street.

The Mitstifers moved to Troy to live in 1935.  From then on, for a number of years, she has been a Sunday School teacher at the Troy First Methodist Church’s nursery and primary department.  She is also a member of the church. She has been a member for the past six years of the Elmira Art Club.  She became a partner of the firm in 1945.

John L. Parsons
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TROY – John L. Parsons became president of Troy Engine and Machine Company in 1945, a position he still holds. The nearly 90-year old firm manufactures a number of diversified pieces of machinery, compared to its initial effort in the 1870’s. Mr. Parsons became a director and vice-president of the concern in 1930 and upon the death of his father, Thomas W., in Dec. 1944, he became its president.

Born in Troy, Aug. 5, 1907, Mr. Parsons attended the local grade and high school, graduating from the latter in 1925.  He attended Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pa., from which he graduated in 1927 to enter Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. the same year. After a couple of years he returned to Troy where he went to work at Troy Engine, an activity necessitated by family deaths.  Returning to the University he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1933.  It was the same year that he came back to Troy to take up residence.

Mr. Parsons was appointed to a vacancy on the Troy borough school board in 1938 and was elected to the office for one term, ending 1944. He was chairman of the Western Bradford Municipal School Authority in 1954, an office he held until Jan. 1957.  The authority was established to handle the construction of the new W. R. Croman Elementary School, as well as enlarge the Troy high school gymnasium and build the new auditorium. During World War II Mr. Parsons served as a member of the Labor Management Committee of Bradford County.  He also served as chairman of the Bradford County Chapter of the Red Cross during the latter part of the war days.

Currently he is a member of the John B. Scholarship Committee which handles the selection and distribution of an annual $5000 scholarship in science and allied study to a worthy student in the county. Mr. Parsons is also vice-president of the Martha Lloyd School, a position he has held for the past twelve years.  And he is also president of the Glenwood Cemetery Association. He is also vice-president of the West Branch of the Manufacturers’ Association, of which he has been a director since 1950.  And he is a member of the American Management Association.

Other associations and affiliations include a past-presidency of the Troy Rotary Club, a trustee of the Robert Packer Hospital of Sayre, treasurer of the now disbanded Troy Agricultural Society, a member of the American Ordnance Association of Washington D.C. He is currently a member of the General Sullivan Council committee, Boy Scouts of America.  Long active in Boy Scout work, he at one time served as Scoutmaster of a Troy troop in the early thirties. Social and fraternal groups of which he is a member are the Elmira City Club, Elmira Country Club, Corey Creek Golf Club, Armenia Debating Society. Mr. Parsons is an elder and trustee of the Troy First Presbyterian Church, as well as president of the board of trustees.

Miss Evelyn Kresge of Belleville, N.J. and John L. Parsons were married June 8, 1938.  They reside at 155 West Main St. and have four children, Thomas L., Eleanor Louise, John L. jr. and Jane Elizabeth.

Ammon Shook
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TROY – There are numerous business enterprises in the Troy area that have foundations dating back many years, but to barber Ammon Shook goes the honor and title of being the oldest in existence today.

His barber shop, which he opened 64 years ago, still functions, just across from its original location.  Today, located in the Mitchell Building on Main Street, the shop commenced his tonsorial activities in the basement of the Troy Hotel, corner of Center and Main Streets.  He operated his shop there for 18 and a half years.

He observed his 64th anniversary in Troy on Nov. 19 last year. Although his major activity has been barbering, he once owned and operated the Band Box Theater, next door to his present barber shop.

It was on May 17, 1913 that Mr. Shook opened the doors of the Family Theater to the public.  There was another theater, called the Band Box, located about fifty yards east of the Family Theater, in the vicinity of the alley that runs from Main Street to Farmers’ Union and Troy Motor today. A “Mr. Palmer” owned the Band Box and in 1915 Palmer and Shook got together in the theater business.  Palmer closed down the old Band Box Theater and the Family Theater was renamed the Band Box Theater, a name it still holds today.

For 21 years Shook operated the Band Box.  He sold it to Harry Mitchell in 1934.  Before that time Shook rented the Mitchell building for a time, then purchased it in 1924-25.

Barbers are noted, generally for their garrulity, and it seems that Newton Boyce was no exception.  While a visitor to Troy, Ammon Shook, was getting “the treatment”.

“Newt” asked young Ammon how he would like to learn the barber trade.  An affirmative answer started Ammon on his career, one that did so well he was able to buy out “Newt” the next year.  That happened in 1892-93.

Ammon Shook had come to Troy to work on the farm of Frank Newell, which is located south of Troy.  He arrived there following a dinner table conversation at his aunt’s near Ogdensburg, at which time he learned of the job that was open. Mr. Shook was born Aug. 29, 1878 in Duart, Northumberland.  He attended school near Duart and then finished at Watsontown, after which he started work on the Newell farm.

Miss Ida Dunning of Troy and Ammon Shook were married on June 8, 1902 in Troy.  They have two sons, Robert who is a teacher at a senior high school in Williamsport, and Harold who is in the barber shop with his father.  The Shooks live at 101 Paine St. He is a member of the First Baptist Church. Obituary 1968

Percy S. King
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Percy Samuel King is today one of Troy’s oldest active business men, who still serves customers of the firm in Troy that bears his name.  It is the P. S. King Hardware Company.  He resides with his daughter and family at 160 King St., Troy.

Mr. King is also the oldest living volunteer fireman of Troy, holding an honorary position with the Oscoluwa Engine and Hose Company.  He no longer is active in the volunteer calls, for he is 81 years old.

Born on Jan. 27, 1876 in Troy, Mr. King has been active in the business world for many years.  He attended Troy High school from which he graduated.

For a time he drove a milk wagon for his employer, George Holcombe.  This lasted for a year.  Then he went to work for Beardsley & McKean, a hardware store in Troy.  That was in 1893.

The firm changed ownership, becoming Beardsley and Colony.  A bit later it operated under another name.  B. B. Mitchell purchased the interests of Thomas Colony.  This action enabled Mr. King and Mr. Mitchell to become associated together.  That was from 1921 through 1925.

Dwight Rolison bought out Mitchell and the firm became known as King and Rolison in 1942.  When Mr. Rolison died Mr. King purchased the Rolison share of the business and the new company became known as P. S. King Hardware, Inc.

Mr. King served as councilman of Troy borough for 40 years. He was president at the time he chose not to run for office again.  That was in 1951. He is a Master mason of Trojan Lodge No. 306, F. & A.M.  He is Past Master, having been Worshipful Master in 1911. Mr. King is a member of the Troy Rotary Club.  He is also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy.

Arland Cooke

Arland Cooke, drug store proprietor and pharmacist, will observe his thirteenth year in business in Troy in November.  He opened his drug store in Troy in 1944 at a location now occupied by Carson Finance Company, Canton Street.

He acquired the property which his modern drug store now occupies on Canton Street, between O. W. Jaquish and Palmer & Chilson, in 1950.  The property was completely renovated and modernized into a drug store on the first floor and an apartment on the second.

Through the years he has kept in step with modern demands of drug store services and calls upon a pharmacist.  A couple of years ago he repainted the interior of his store and put in new shelving to enable better merchandising services.

Mr. Cooke was born on Oct. 14, 1911 at Pumpkin Hill, near Roseville, Tioga County, Pa.  He is a graduate of Mansfield High School, class of 1930 and four years later, graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

Miss Dorothy Brown and Mr. Cooke were married on June 12, 1940.  They have two sons, Jeffrey, 15 and James, 6, and reside on Prospect Street, Troy.

Mr. Cooke has been a member of the Troy Lions Club since 1947 and he has served as its president for a term.  He also served as a director of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. He is president of the Troy borough school board, a position he has held for the past two years.  He has been a member of the board for the past four years. He is a Master Mason, being a Past Master of the Trojan Lodge No. 306, which office he held in 1945.  He is also Past High Priest of Royal Arch Chapter No. 261.  He is also a member of the Williamsport Consistory and the Commandery of Knights Templar, Towanda. Obituary 1984

William W. Beaman
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Fifty-two years ago William W. Beaman entered the First National Bank of Troy as a clerk.  Today, he is its president, a position he has held since January, 1937.

Long associated and prominent in banking circles of local and national influence, Mr. Beaman reminiscently recalls the early First National Bank’s assets of some $335,000 in 1900 and today’s latest financial statement of over $8,000,000.

It was in 1938 that Mr. Beaman was elected chairman of Group 4 of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, a group comprising member banks of 11 counties.  He has also served as president of the Tri-County Bankers Association.

During his association with the First National Bank of Troy he has witnessed the consecutive moves of the institution to a new address and expansion of banking quarters, as well as participated in a merger with another local bank.

In 1917 the bank acquired the site now occupied by it, Main and Exchange Streets.  It was enlarged after a merger in 1932 with Grange National Bank of Troy.  And in 1955 the bank observed an all-day celebration of its new and enlarged quarters.

Mr. Beaman was born in Mosherville, Pa. Sept. 8, 1885.  He was a twin son, his brother being Humphrey M. Beaman of Brightwaters, Long Island, N. Y.  He came to Troy in 1898 and has lived in Troy since.  He and his sister, Frances R. Beaman occupy their home at 170 Center Street.

Mr. Beaman graduated from Troy schools and its high school, being a member of the Class of 1903.  Essaying from home he took a job in a real estate office for one summer in Omaha, Neb.  Soon after returning to Troy, he entered the local bank as a clerk.  Seven years later, January 1912, he became a cashier of the bank.

During World War I he was vice-chairman of the Liberty Bond Committee for Bradford County.  He also served as treasurer of the Bradford County Chapter of the American Red Cross, a position he held for 10 years before the chapter was dissolved. He is also treasurer of Troy Engine & Machine Company.

In other community activities, he served on the board of directors of the Troy Agricultural Society of Troy for 30 years.  The Alparon Park, a property of the society, was sold to the Troy community in 1954.  He also was president of the society for many years following the death of William F. Pomeroy. Mr. Beaman was appointed to the school board of the Troy Borough School District in 1924 and served as a director until 1952.  He was the first president of the Troy Community Joint School System.  At the county level of the school system, he was a director for six years on the Bradford County School Board.

In church activities, Mr. Beaman was treasurer for over 30 years of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy.  He was at one time a member of its board of trustees, as well as a member of the Session as a ruling elder. Mr. Beaman served for four years on the board of trustees of Mansfield State Teachers College, Mansfield, 1934-1938.

He was Worshipful Master of Trojan Lodge No. 306 in 1912, F. & A.M. and is a Past Commander of the Canton Commandery and a 32nd Degree Mason.  He is also a member of Irim Temple, Mystic Order of the Shrine of Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Beaman was secretary for a number of years of the Troy volunteer fire department, the Oscoluwa Engine and Hose Company. Other activities include membership in Troy Rotary Club, Wheel Inn and Dallas Country Club, Dallas, Pa.

Floyd B. Wright
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Floyd B. Wright has been the manager of Troy Coop. G.L.F. Service, Inc. for the past 9 years, a position he holds today. After a number of years in business and other activities away from the Troy area, Mr. Wright returned to Troy in 1935 and has been here since.

He was born on April 2, 1904 in East Canton.  He attended Troy high school, graduating in 1924.  Miss Mildred Packard and Mr. Wright were married in 1933.  They have no children.  Presently, they are residing on Canton Street, Troy.

After graduating from Troy high Mr. Wright attended the Pennsylvania State College for two years.  Then he worked for a dairy company for a couple of years before entering F. W. Woolworth Company of Syracuse There he remained for eight years, rising to the position of assistant manager of the Syracuse – Poughkeepsie five-and-dime chain.

Upon leaving Woolworth he came to Troy to work for F. P. Case & Sons, Troy and was with them for 13 years.  From Case & Sons he took over the managership of the local G.L.F. store. Mr. Wright is a member of the Troy Lions Club, Troy Grange No. 182 and the First Methodist Church of Troy.  He is also a Master Mason of the Trojan Lodge 306, F. & A.M.

Orrin W. Jaquish
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It was in 1912 that Orrin W. “Jake” Jaquish settled down in Troy as a member of the firm that bore the names of his uncles, William and Joseph Preston.  The store was located where the Atlantic Gasoline Service Station on Canton St. is located and the firm name was Preston Bros., dealing in general merchandise and meat.

Mr. Jaquish was born on Fallbrook Road, Troy.  He attended Mansfield State Teachers College, Mansfield and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College of Grove City, Mercer County.  He acquired an interest in his uncles’ firm in 1912 and about that time was instrumental in operating the buckwheat flour mill which had been acquired in 1912, located in the building now converted into a furniture store, between F. P. Case and Sons and Troy Engine and Machine Co.  The mill was sold in 1952.

Mr. Jaquish acquired sole ownership of the Preston Bros. firm in 1932 when Joseph Preston died.  Today he dispenses groceries, meats and some wearing apparel at his store, bearing the name of Preston & Jaquish, Canton St. During World War I he was fuel administrator for the area. 

Just the other day he was honored by the Troy Rotary Club with the award of a 30-year pin.  He was a charter member of the club and its fourth president.  Recently he became an honorary member of the club. Mr. Jaquish has been a volunteer fireman, member of the Oscoluwa Fire Engine and Hose Company.  He is also a member of the Trojan Lodge No. 306. F. & A.M. He is a member of the Troy First Presbyterian Church and resides with his wife at 190 Canton St., Troy.

Gilbert Waldron
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Gilbert Waldron, Cattleman, Auctioneer, Fancy Butcherman, Councilman.  That’s the life history of Burlington’s prominent industrial and civic leader. Today, he centers his activities in serving the public with fancy, choice meats and groceries, operating from his 50-acre farm and newly constructed store in Burlington, along Route 14. He ended his 24 years as a Councilman on the Burlington Borough Council in 1948, having entered public life and service at the age of 21.

Mr. Waldron has been in the cattle business “all my life”, having commenced in the business at the age of 16 when he started selling meat for his father, E. W. Waldron.

And he carried on auctions and “show sales” in the building that once occupied his property and which burned down in 1949.

Mr. Waldron was born on Nov. 6, 1904 in Burlington and has been a resident of the borough for the past 40 years.  He and Miss Dorothy Hurdy were married on Aug. 30, 1923.  They have one son, Nathan who lives at home and works at present for Troy Dairy.

When Mr. Waldron purchased the Burlington Hotel the year he left the Burlington Borough Council, he conducted a strictly hotel operation of the business.  But, he sold it after one year to devote himself to the cattle business.

It was in 1949 that a disastrous fire leveled his sales pavilion.  It was well known as the Burlington Sales, owned and operated by Mr. Waldron.  Here he conducted ‘show sales’ where cash awards were given to prized cattle.  “It was not unusual to give $100 to a grand champion cow”, he said. One of the better sales days he conducted at Burlington Sales showed a $50,000 day,” and then prices were not as high as they are today,” he reminisced.

Mr. Waldron “comes natural” to the cattle business as it is employed in the northern tier area.  His father was in it and so was his grandfather, Nathan Waldron. Today, the meat he dispenses at his store which he opened on June 8, 1956, comes from his own stock yards.  The butchering business he learned from his father.

“That sales barn over there,” he pointed out, “was built in the summer, the same year the old pavilion burned down.  I expect to use it soon, to the same purpose the former building was used.”

Henry Bowers Van Dyne
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Tanning, automobile, oil!

That’s the industrial span of the life of Henry Bowers Van Dyne, Trojan.

Today he serves in an advisory capacity as well as vice-president and treasurer of the company he organized and expanded during the past thirty-four years.  It is the Van Dyne Oil Company, Incorporated of Troy.

Mr. Van Dyne was born on March 23, 1889 in Troy.  He attended Troy schools, leaving the high school after two years to enter the Lawrenceville preparatory school of N. J.  He graduated from it in 1908 and entered Dartmouth College of Hanover, N. H.  There he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1912.

He returned to Troy to enter the business his father and grandfather had engaged.  He became a junior partner to his father, E. Everitt Van Dyne who operated the tannery, E. Van Dyne’s Sons of Troy.  His father died in 1922 and it was then that he bought from Harvey Mitchell the Ford automobile agency of Troy.

Expanding his automobile agency business to include places of business in Mansfield and Canton, Mr. Van Dyne continued in that line until 1929 as the Van Dyne Motor Company under which name he had been operating. While in the automobile agency business he commenced his oil distributing operation, having formed in 1923 the Van Dyne Oil Company.   Six years later he incorporated the enterprise, under which title it still operates.

Today, with 30 stations located in Troy, Athens, Binghamton, Elmira and Naples over 7,000,000 gallons of petroleum products have been dispensed.  This includes gasoline, motor fuel oil, diesel oil, kerosene, heating oils and lubricants.  The home office of this enterprise is located at 116 Center Street, Troy.  He vacated his office of president of the company in 1956.

Mr. Van Dyne was vice-president of the Grange National Bank of Troy and when his father died in 1922 he became its president, which office he held until 1931 when that bank merged with the First National Bank of Troy.  He became a director of the First National Bank, an office he still holds today.

Miss Dorothy Nearing and Mr. Van Dyne were married in Philadelphia, Pa. on October 10, 1912.  They have two children, Mrs. Osmun (Mary) Skinner and Edward Van Dyne, both of Troy.  There are seven grandchildren.  He and his wife live at 176 Canton Street, Troy.

In 1936 Mr. Van Dyne, who is a Republican, attended the national Republican presidential nominating convention in Cleveland, Ohio as one of the two district delegates from the Congressional district which Troy was then a part.  It was the convention that nominated Alfred Landon.

Mr. Van Dyne is a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Trojan Lodge No. 306, and also of Irem Temple, Wilkes-Barre.

In 1922 he completed seven years as a member of the Troy Borough School Board.  He also served as a member of the advisory council of Elmira (NY) College. For the past four years he has been a member of the executive committee of the Robert Packer Hospital of Sayre, Pa. and has been, as he is today, a member of the board of directors for some 20 years.  He is also past president of the board of trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy.

His club memberships include charter memberships in the Rotary Club of Troy and the Armenia Debating Society, Elmira City and Country Clubs, Dartmouth College Club of New York City, Corey Creek Golf Club and the Acacia of Williamsport, Pa. At Dartmouth he was a member of the Phi Gamma Kappa fraternity.

Gerald William Vickery
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For the past seven years Gerald William Vickery of Troy has been chairman of the Bradford County Republican Committee.  He was first elected to that office by the Republican committee members in 1950 and was re-elected in 1954.

Today, he is head of the Vickery Funeral Home of 110 West Main Street, Troy, a business he acquired in sole ownership in 1954. College graduate Vickery is also well known as one of the “famed end men” of the Lions Club of Troy Minstrels, a foot-lights spot he has occupied for the past 20 years. He was also owner and operator of the Band Box, Troy’s only moving picture theater for two years.

These are only some of the achievements and experiences Columbia Cross Roads-born Vickery can count on the ledger of theoretical and practical sides of life.

Mr. Vickery was born on Mar. 18, 1910 in Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.  He attended the Columbia township elementary school and Troy high school, graduating from the latter in 1927. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1931 from Albright College, Reading, Pa., after majoring in social sciences.

The next few years witnessed Troy’s well-known citizen in a variety of jobs and places.  As no sequence is here given of these, they can be summed up in this manner.  He worked as a gasoline service station attendant, operated a tractor-trailer “job” all over the eastern part of the United States, served as fireman for three years on the Lehigh Valley Railroad line and in between times, assisted his father at home, as well as other jobs.

W. J. Vickery, his father owned and operated a farm supply business in Columbia Cross Roads under the W. J. Vickery Farm Supply Store.  Here Gerald assisted in general activities of the business. However, his fame came as the noted and acclaimed progenitor of the ventriloquist act, billed as “Vic and Oscar”.  Vickery and his act was sought everywhere and throughout the county, as well as elsewhere he became quite well known.

In 1943 Vickery started a full year’s course at the Eckels College of Mortuary Science, Philadelphia.  Upon completing this course during the next year, he followed it up with an apprenticeship at the Soper and Mosher Funeral Home, Troy.  This was from September 1944 to January 1947.  At that last date, he purchased the interest of William G. Mosher and the firm’s name became Soper & Vickery Funeral Home. Seven years later he bought out Rex Soper, nephew of Rex Soper who had been Mosher’s early partner and the firm became the Vickery Funeral Home.

Two years before acquiring sole ownership of the funeral home, Vickery had purchased the Band Box from the owner in Athens.  He sold the moving picture house May 1, 1954 to the present owner, Mrs. Martha Lloyd of Troy.

Vickery’s political career commenced with formal public office before his election in 1940 to the Bradford County Auditor’s position.  It was as the Republican Committeeman for Columbia Township, as well as Justice of the Peace of that township. After four years as county auditor, Vickery did not hold public office at the county level until 1948 when he was elected Bradford County coroner.  He was re-elected to that position in 1952 and again in 1956. In the meantime he was elected GOP chairman of the county and that was in 1950.

Miss Emma Janet Fanning of Troy and Gerald Vickery were married on Aug. 16, 1937.  They have three children who are Gerald W. (Jerry) now attending Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., Caroline Janet and Susan Elizabeth.  The Vickerys live at 466 Elmira Street, Troy.

Vickery is a member of the First Methodist Church of Troy, a Mason since 1933 of Trojan Lodge 306, F. & A.M., the Sayre Elks Club of Sayre, Pa., the Trojan Players and the Troy Rod & Gun Club. Vickery was one of the charter members of the Troy Lions Club.  He has served as its president, also as zone chairman, deputy district governor and district governor of Lions International.  At present he is International Counsellor of Lions International.  As member of the Club he has performed as “end man” in the annual Lions Club Minstrel which is presented in Troy. He is also a member of the Armenia Debating Society, Corey Creek Golf Club and the Albright College Varsity “A” Club.

Charles F. May, Jr.
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Troy Borough Tax Assessor Charles F.  May, Jr. has held the elective office for the past eight years.  His principal business is writing and selling of all types of insurance for the insurance firm of C. F. May & Son, 19 Canton Street, Troy.

“Chuck” as he is known to many Trojans, was born in Troy on Sept. 12, 1923.  He attended Troy high school from which he graduated and attended one year, 1946, at Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y.

Enlisting in the then called Air Corps, Mr. May participated in air corps cadet training in Texas and Oklahoma, starting in 1942.  He saw service in Europe, operating chiefly from the English base, piloting the B-17 aeroplanes for some 11 months. He completed his active duty service in 1945 and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.

It was in 1946 that he returned to Troy to become associated with his father in the insurance business.  At one time of his earlier days he worked for one year at Troy Engine & Machine Company. Mr. May served as president of the Troy Lions Club during 1954-55.  He has been a director of the Troy Chamber of Commerce and is presently a director of the Alparon Community Park Association.

He is a member of the Trojan Lodge No. 306, Free and Accepted Masons, as well as a member of the Troy Methodist Church.  Miss Phyllis Tuttle of East Smithfield and Charles May were married on April 21, 1944.  They, their two daughters and a son live at 245 Prospect Street, Troy.

Judson C. Elliott
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Judson C. Elliott was born in Springfield Township on July 10, 1900.  He attended the Berrytown grade school but before he could enter high school he was called to a duty that was right at home.

His father was incapacitated slightly and young Judson spent much of the time assisting his father, Sidney Elliott.  He worked on the family farm, as well until 1923 when he entered the employment of Troy Engine & Machine Company, Troy. He was with the Troy company for 28 years, chiefly as a machinist.  He left the firm to enter into a partnership with Howard E. Quinn in the ownership and operation of the Mill Race Service Station, located on Elmira Street, Troy.  The partnership commenced in August, 1951.

Today the service station which has been a Tydol, now Tidewater, dealer since 1951, is popularly known as Elliott & Quinn Service Station.  However, the actual name of the firm is the Mill Race Service Station.  The name came from the fact that a mill race, or mill water run, was in operation for a long while, in the olden days on the north side of Elmira Street.

Mr. Quinn has never married.  Today he lives some of the time in the building at the service station and at other times on the family farm home which is at the western end of Weigester Street, Troy.  There are about 40 acres on the farm site today.

Harold H. Chadwick
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After graduating from Camptown High School, (Pa.), Harold H. Chadwick enlisted in the United States Navy.  That was in 1945 and he was a member of the V-5 class which was training future Navy officers a year later when the class was disbanded.

He enrolled in 1946 at Penn State College, and completed the course of chemistry and physics with an M.A. degree four years later. He eventually went to Florida where he became an employee of B. F. Goodrich Co. and remained there until late in 1952 when he came to Troy.

Together with Tyler Homet, he formed a partnership which acquired the business of T. E. Hendershot who was the John Deere dealer in Troy and who conducted a farm machinery and equipment service on Elmira Street. The firm’s name became Troy Farm Supply, under which it is still doing business.

Mr. Chadwick was born on Dec. 11, 1927 in Holden, Mass.  He was educated in the grade and high schools of Camptown, Penna., graduating from the latter in 1945. Miss Wanda Rooks of Jacksonville, Fla. and Harold Chadwick were married on Dec. 1, 1951.  They have two sons, Jon Scot and Thomas Kirt.  The Chadwicks live on Elmira St., Troy.

He is a member of the Troy Lions Club and the Wyalusing Lodge No. 619, F. & A.M., as well as the Williamsport Consistory.  He is also an elder of the Presbyterian Church of Troy. Mr. Chadwick is currently president of the Bradford County Farm Equipment Dealers Association. He has served as scoutmaster of Troop 30 of Troy, Boy Scouts of America.  He had been a Boy Scout in his earlier days.
Oliver Wendell Judson
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Ten years ago Oliver Wendell Judson became a partner with his father, James W. Judson of Judson’s Feed Store, Columbia Cross Roads. The partnership resulted about a year after Wendell, as he is popularly known, had returned from war service to assist his father in the feed distribution and sales business.

Having enlisted in September, 1943 in the Air Corps, as it was known then, Wendell took up pilot training and single engine aeroplane flying.  He was about to be sent overseas for duty when the war ended and in November of 1945 he left the service with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, at Sioux Falls, S. D.

Mr. Judson was born in Columbia Cross Roads, July 20, 1923.  He attended the grade school at Columbia Cross Roads and graduated from Troy High school in 1943. Miss Jobyna Kelsoe of Sherman, Texas and Wendell Judson were married on Dec. 1, 1945.  They, with their children, Patty Jo, Dixie Lea and Nicky live in Columbia Cross Roads.  They are members of the Methodist Church of the village.

Mr. Judson was a member of the Troy Lions Club but early this year he became a charter member of the Columbia Cross Roads Lions Club.  He is also a member of the F. & A.M., Trojan Lodge No. 306. He served as president of the Columbia Cross Roads Parent-Teachers Association in 1955.  A year and a half ago he became a director of the First National Bank of Troy.

Wallace J. Grace
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Wallace J. Grace spent twenty-three years piloting a truck before he went off the road and into the office.  He used the motor vehicle to haul freight of all kinds.  Columbia Cross Roads was his operating point. Today, Mr. Grace has his own insurance office.  It’s at 18 Canton Street and he’s had it since 1950.  He handles all kinds of insurance, excepting life insurance. 

The last ten years of his trucking activities was centered in the Elmira, N. Y. district where he was engaged in hauling fuel and motor oil.

Three and a half years before Mr. Grace entered into the insurance field he worked for P. S. King Hardware, Troy.  Harry Pierce had an insurance office in the old Grange National Bank building, Canton Street and here Mr. Grace took up his insurance office in October, 1950.  Later he occupied that office alone upon Mr. Pierce’s departure for another office address in town.

Mr. Grace was born at Gain’s Landing, Pa., June 17, 1905.  He attended Alba grade school and the East Smithfield school.  He has lived in the East Smithfield-Columbia Cross Roads-Alba area most of the time. Miss Elinor Sargeant and Mr. Grace were married on Sept. 5, 1929.  They have two daughters, both of whom are married.  One lives in Elmira and the other in Millerton, Pa.  Mr. and Mrs. Grace live in Columbia Cross Roads.

He is a member of Troy Grange No. 182.  He is also a member of the Columbia Cross Roads Methodist Church.  He has been a member of the board of directors of the Troy Chamber of Commerce since 1954.

Richard M. Ross
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Boys and girls of the Burlington area for the past 12 years know Richard M. Ross well.  They should.  He has been driving a school bus for the last 12 years, taking them to school and returning to their home areas. Mr. Ross, who runs an auto repair shop and service station in Burlington, operates a school bus five days a week, making the trips each morning and each afternoon. In early years he transported the students to Luthers Mills elementary school.  Later, he carried the boys and girls to Troy’s schools. He is proud of his record which has not been marred by a single accident during those twelve years.

Mr. Ross was born in Burlington on Nov. 30, 1925.  He attended Luthers Mills school and two years at Troy High school.  He enlisted in the Air Corps in January, 1944, starting at Wilkes-Barre, Pa.  He spent his basic training time at Keesler Field, Miss., then enrolled in a six-months’ course in pre-flight training at Springfield State Teachers College, Springfield, Mo. He was at Santa Anna, Calif. in cadet training when the war ended in August, 1945.  He was discharged upon completion of his tour of service at Rome, N.Y. in November, 1945. 

Mr. Ross returned home to work in his shop.  He was acquainted with the work, having assisted his father earlier.  His father, Lee Ross, died in 1933.

He is a member of the Burlington Borough Council, having been elected six years ago for the first term of office.  He has served as president of the council. Mr. Ross is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Burlington and the Loyal Order of Moose, Waverly, N.Y.  He is also a member of the First Methodist Church of Burlington.

At the age of sixteen he became interested in aviation.  It accounts for his enlistment in the U. S. Air Corps.  But before the war he went to Hampton Roads, Virginia, to work in a wood shop where it was engaged in aeronautical manufacture.  The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was interested in this shop.

This early experience has led him into a new activity which gives expression to his wood-carving experience.  He lately has become busy building canoes and outboard motor boats.  He does this work in his garage. Mr. Ross is a bachelor.  He lives with his mother in Burlington.

Richard J. Gustin
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Richard J. Gustin, owner of Gustin’s Jewelry Store, Troy, purchased the gift and jewelry business from Harold French in 1955. Mr. Gustin had been working for Troy Engine and Machine Company for some seven years when this change occurred.

He attended the Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, Pa. for one year before enlisting in the United States Air Corps, January, 1943.  After the war, 1945, he returned to Drexel for more study during 1945-47.  When he returned from Philadelphia he went to work at Troy Engine.

Mr. Gustin was born in Sylvania, Pa. on Nov. 5, 1923.  He was educated in Troy grade and high schools, graduating from the latter in 1941. He entered the Mount Hermon, Mass. Preparatory school that year, and after one year he entered the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia.

After enlisting in the Air Corps, he received his basic training at Miami Beach, Fla.  Later he attended an aircraft armament school at Lowrey Field, Denver, Col.  Next he was sent to an air cadet school at San Marcus, Tex.  Here he completed training for aircraft navigation. He was at Savannah, Ga. when the war ended.  There he was readying to be shipped to the Pacific as a B-29 navigator.  He was discharged from the service on Nov. 4, 1945 at Hunter Field, Ga. and returned home before enrolling a the Drexel school in Philadelphia. 

In December of 1955 he went to work for the newly opened Troy Craft in Troy.  This company manufactures seamless nylon hosiery.  Mr. Gustin’s work was that of maintenance and operation of the company’s some 60 or more machines that are used in the making of the hosiery. Miss Loretta Alice Brown of Granville Center and Richard J. Gustin were married on May 6, 1948.  They have three daughters and a son, Marjorie, Joan, Grant and Kathleen.  The family lives at 114 West Main Street, Troy.

Mr. Gustin has been secretary of the Troy Rotary Club for the past year and a half, a position he still holds. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Trojan Lodge No. 306.  He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy.  While at Drexel he was a member of the Alpha Lambda Pi fraternity.

Wayne C. Harkness
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The United States had been at war two and a half years when Wayne C. Harkness of Gillett was called to the armed forces of the land.  He was drafted May 3, 1945. Harkness found himself in the Signal Corps of the Army of the United States, and shortly afterwards, as a member of the Blue Devils’ Division, he was in Italy.  He served overseas for a year. He was discharged in October, 1946 at Fort Dix, N.J., having attained the rank of Private, First Class.

After “having done his duty to his country as a soldier,” Harkness entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company’s Elmira car shops.  He worked there from 1946 to 1948 when he left to work on his father’s farm in Gillett.

Mr. Harkness was born in Elmira, N.Y., on Dec. 31, 1926.  He attended Gillett grade school and Troy High school as a member of the Class of 1944. He left school after his freshman year to work for Montgomery Ward in Elmira, as manager of its shrubbery department.  After one year he entered the Eclipse machinery division in Elmira of the Bendix Aviation Corporation and remained there until he was drafted into the armed forces in 1945. Miss Winifred Avery of Gillett and Wayne Harkness were married on April 5, 1944.  They have three children, Sharon 12, Roger 10 and Diane 4, all living with their parents in Gillett.

Mr. Harkness entered into a partnership with his father, E. E. Harkness, to operate the general grocery, meat, and merchandise store in Gillett.  Wayne is managing the store at present.

He is a member of the Lions Club of Gillett.  He has been manager of the “Farm Team” of the club in the Little League circuit.  The team finished third in 1957, competing against teams  from Mosherville, Pine City and Ridgebury.  He had a team list of nineteen boys. Mr. Harkness has served as substitute mail carrier for Gillett RD No. 2, during 1947-51.  He also served as temporary mail clerk from 1953-54 at the Gillett post office.

John Hall
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Although studying to become a teacher, John Hall had an early eye to the automotive business while attending Mansfield State Teachers College. He leased and operated a service station in Mansfield while attending school.

Today, he is the sole owner of Hall Motor Company, Troy.  It’s the Chevrolet and Pontiac agency of General Motors Corporation.

Mr. Hall was born in Rutland, Penna. Jan. 12, 1915.  He is a graduate of Mansfield Senior high school, class of 1932.  He entered Mansfield State Teachers College in Mansfield that fall and four years later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Venturing into the commercial field, instead of the educational line of endeavor, Mr. Hall became an employee of the G.L.F. Cooperative.  For ten years he was service store manager in Geneva, N.Y. and Auburn, N.Y. for the cooperative.

For two years he was in charge of the hay marketing division of G.L.F. in the New York metropolitan area. Resigning from this position he set up in 1947 his own hay brokerage concern.  He combined this with real estate activities.  This new line of business operations centered in Auburn, where he lived.

Raymond Hall, his father, had acquired the Chevrolet-Pontiac agency in Troy in 1946 from King Rose who held the franchise of General Motors in the Troy area, as well as in Mansfield.  John Hall became a partner of his father’s in this new enterprise in 1949 and seven years later bought out his father’s interest.  Thus, he became sole owner and operator of the agency in Troy.

Mr. Hall has been area chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and area chairman of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association.   He is also a director of the Bradford County Automobile Dealers Association and the Tioga Automobile Dealers Association.

Mr. Hall was a charter member of the Lions Club of Auburn, N.Y. and he has been a member since 1941 of the Auburn B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 474.
Chrystal Soper of Mansfield and John Hall were married on Sept. 5, 1936.  They have a daughter, Patricia (Pat) who is a freshman at Troy High school.  The Halls live at 214 Canton Street, Troy.

Frederick A. Dahlgren
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Frederick (Fred) A. Dahlgren has been manager of the Carson Finance Company’s Troy office since 1950.  That’s when the Wellsboro home office of the company opened its Troy branch. The office at 37 Canton Street, Troy, has been the headquarters of this financing company ever since.  Mr. Dahlgren moved to Troy about five months earlier, as a representative of the company.  He joined Carson Finance in August, 1947, working out of the Wellsboro office.

Mr. Dahlgren was born on Dec. 24, 1922 at Williamsport, Pa.  He attended the Williamsport High school from which he graduated in 1940.

The next couple of years he took on a number of different jobs.  He was working for Electric Boat Company of Bayonne, N. J. just before he returned home to enlist in the United States Navy.  That was in December, 1942. He entered the cadet training course of the Navy at the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia.  For the following months, following training, he served at several Navy stations in the United States. A revision of the Navy training program found him, one of many cadets, transferred to other duties.  He became a seaman and was progressing along the ordnance line of duty when the war ended.  However, he spent several weeks on the USS Midway, a naval carrier, during its shakedown cruise in 1945.

Having completed his active duty with the Navy in December 1945, Mr. Dahlgren returned home.  He joined the sales force of Tioga Candy Company of Covington, Pa. and left its employ  in 1947 to join the staff of Carson Finance Company.

He and June Tietbohl of Williamsport were married on August 13, 1944.  They have two sons and reside in Troy at 355 Redington Avenue.

Mr. Dahlgren has been a director of Troy Community Chest drives, the local chairman of the Red Cross drive in 1953 and is a member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Masonic lodges, Blue, Chapter and Williamsport Consistory.  He is also a member of the Troy Lions Club.

Robert B. Darrow
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For nearly six years now, Robert B. Darrow, owner and operator of Darrow’s Mobil Service Station, Troy, has provided a service for motorists far and near. He purchased the service station in February 1951 from Lyle Brown who had operated the station as Brown’s Service Station.

“Bob” Darrow, as he is well known, was born in Burlington, Pa. on Dec. 22, 1920.  He attended schools in Burlington, Columbia Cross Roads and East Smithfield.  He is a graduate of the Class of 1936, East Smithfield High school.

Darrow entered the military service as an infantryman.  That was on June 1, 1942.  He was two and a half years overseas, serving in the European Theater of Operations. A member of the 79th Infantry Division, a non-com of the 313th Infantry, he saw service in England, France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Czechoslovakia.  His regimental outfit won the Croixe de Guerre, a French medal for gallantry in action.  Darrow also holds the coveted Infantryman’s Combat Badge.


After he was discharged from service late in 1945 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pa., he returned to work at the Troy Hotel, Troy, as a clerk.  He had been a member of its staff at the time he was called to duty in 1942. After getting out of school he drove a truck for a road construction crew, leaving it for a job with the hotel. After about eight months with the hotel in 1946, he went to work as a carpenter and mason, associated with Theodore York of Troy Township.  Next he went to work for Eighmey Buick as s shop mechanic and he remained there for three and a half years before entering business for himself.  That is when he bought the service station at 533 Elmira Street, Troy.

Miss Mary Foster and Robert Darrow were married on January 4, 1941.  They have a daughter, Linda Lee, and all reside at 450 Prospect Street, Troy.  They are members of the Troy Methodist Church.

“Bob” has served as Post Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8675, Congdon-Bailey Post, during 1956-57.  He has been a Legionnaire at one time, too.  He is presently a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Canton Lodge No. 429.

The Darrow service station handles Mobil oils and gasolines.  It also provides other service station activities, such as carrying tires, batteries, accessories and even some light mechanical repairing of automotive engines.

Grady William Marter
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Grady William Marter is the manager of Troy Craft, Inc., Troy’s new industry.  The plant makes seamless nylon hosiery and employes (**Typo in original**) today 45 persons.  It has been in operation since October, 1955.

Mr. Marter is a veteran in the hosiery business.  He started work in the South for a hosiery concern soon after leaving the Springhill High school, of Springhill, Miss.  That was about 1923. Mr. Marter was plant foreman for The Batesville Company, Batesville, Miss., before coming to Troy.  He had been with the company for 10 years.  Prior to that time he had worked his way up to being the plant foreman of the Grenada Industrious Company of Grenada, Miss.  Both companies were engaged in manufacturing hosiery.

Incidentally , both of these plants were a part of an industrial operation of I. E. Solar, the owner of Troy Craft, Inc.

Mr. Marter was born in Grenada, Miss. on July 24, 1915.  He attended school at Gower Springs, Miss.  Later he attended the high school at Springhill, but left it after his sophomore year.  He entered the hosiery business at the age of 18. Miss Lillie Mae Abel of Angola, Louisiana and Grady Marter were married on Feb. 23, 1942.  They have two boys, “Bill” Marter, Jr. and Stephen Abel Marter, both attending Troy schools.  The Marter family live at Miller Terrace, Troy.

Mr. Marter is a member of the Masonic Order, Lodge No. 66, Batesville.  He and his family are members of the Troy Baptist Church.

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