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Obituaries and other newspaper items on this page are from the scrapbook collection of Joyce M. Tice . Typed for JMT - SRGP by  Volunteers, including Elizabeth Robinson and Susan Austin This scrapbook is from the 1880s and 1890s and was collected in the Mainesburg area.
At a regular meeting of Mainesburg Lodge, No. 754, I.O.O.F., the following resolutions were unanimously adopted: Whereas death hath taken our beloved brother Geo. W. Robbins from our midst be it Resolved That our charter be draped in mourning for thirty days and the members requested to wear the regular badge of mourning for the same space of time. Resolved. That while we mourn our loss and feel that his councils to the order have ceased, yet we will remember with pleasure his anxiety for the right and his earnestness for the advancement of the cause of friendship, love and truth. Resolved That these resolutions be printed in the Mansfield paper, and a copy sent to the bereaved family, also be spread on the minutes of the Lodge. W. P. ROSE } I. S. WOOD }committee A. M. HAIGHT }

Sullivan, Pa., Jan. 12, 1885. Lots of measles in town.

Mrs. William Strait remains very low.

George Lay and wife visited friends at Wellsboro last week.

Another reminder of that open winter, the last of last week.

Parties are sinking a shaft for coal on the brow of the mountain near George Wilkins's.

Eugene Dewey and C. B. Palmer each killed a wild cat near Sylvania one day last week.

Members of the Baptist church are repairing the sheds which were broken down by the big snow storm.

Rumor has it that Pembroke Rose has bought Watson Roses's interest in the store at Mainesburg.

The recent high water did a great deal of damage, washing out roads, fences, etc. Some cellars were nearly filled with water.

On New Year's eve, the members of the Baptist church presented their organist, Mrs. Bert Palmer with a lamp.

Mainesburg. Rev. M.C. Frick, of Sylvania, is conducting a meeting in the Christian church. Preaching every night this week.

Frank Adams, of Mansfield, spent last Sunday with his brother in this place.

Will Muir and family, of Fall Brook, visited at D. S. Dewey's Saturday and Sunday.

Elmer Schermerborn and family left here yesterday for Kansas, where they will reside for the present.

Mrs. Stephen Keyes, of Sylvania, is visiting a O. Richmond's.

Mr. and Mrs. Volney Gillett visited his sister at Roseville on Sunday.

Mrs. Mary Dewitt is visiting friends at McEvansville, Pa.

Mrs. G. W. Robbins is visiting a few days with friends in this place.

The mill in this place is kept running day and night in order to supply the demand for buckwheat flour.

B. W. Green, of Emporium, and John Sullivan, of Towanda, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Calkins last week. Mr. Green has rented his farm to Mr. Sullivan, who will take possession next week.

-Miss Kittie J. Elliott, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mr. O. V. Elliott, is to be married tomorrow, Thursday, afternoon, at 1 o'clock, at the home of her parents on Sherwood St., to Mr. John E. Farrer, junior member of the firm of Reese & Farrer Bros., of this boro. The interesting ceremony is to be performed by Rev. S. H. Moon, D. D., of Elkland, in the presence of the immediate families and a few near friends of the contracting parties. The ADVERTISER unites with many friends in wishing them a happy and prosperous journey through life. They will keep house in rooms in the Allen block lately occupied by T. V. Moore.

Mainesburg. Sept. 21, 1886

A. T. Smith and wife, arrived home last week from an extended visit of about four months in the far west. They traveled in all, about six thousand miles. Both are looking hearty and well.

The farmers are well along with their threshing.

Grain does not turn out nearly as well as usual, especially oats. E. C. Smith had 1600 bushels, and B. Parkhurst 1800 bushels, off from about 45 acres. Buckwheat is reported a light yield but it has a good growth of straw. Potatoes are a light crop and rotting badly. Hay is about a two-third crop. Corn is the best it has been for a long time and is nearly all ripe, and taking it on the whole this has been a better year for farmers than last season.

There have been a good many accidents and mishaps hereabouts this season-the old women say more than they ever knew before. Hardly a man has a threshing machine but some one gets cut, or pricked with a fork-some of them quite seriously. Charley Whiting had a pitchfork run under his knee pan about a week ago and he is in a critical condition yet. He is confined to his bed and came near having lock jaw.

To add more to our cup of misfortune, there is a movement on foot to blot out our beautiful and hitherto peaceful little boro of Mainesburg. A large part of the voting portion of the community think it would lesson our taxes if we were back into the township. I don't know as the proud old Commonwealth of Sullivan will receive the prodigal or not. Time will tell.

N. R. Packard has received a pension and back pay, it is reported, of $1500. Also I. S. Woodburn has received a similar amount.

The camp meeting on the hill South of Mainesburg which has been in full blast for the past few months, it was thought would close soon, but have concluded to keep it open until it gets cooler. There is something quite peculiar and Democratic about-it is not sectarian at all. A kind of a free for all affair, which possibly adds something to its success. I don't know of but three converts from our villiage as yet, and they have all back-slid.

Items are scarce in our place at present.

There is considerable sickness in this vicinity.

Mrs. James B. Dewey, an aged and highly respected lady of Sullivan, is lying very low. She had a shock of paralysis last Thursday evening, and has been unconscious ever since.

A young son of A. S. Ashley was seriously injured last Saturday by falling or jumping on a pitchfork, the tine entering his side nearly under the arm and coming out on the top of his shoulder.

Mr. J. M. Smiley and (couldn't read), two of our former teachers in Canton, made our town a pleasant call yesterday.

-A cat in convulsions created considerable excitement in the public room of the Grand Central Hotel Monday evening. One man sought safety be mounting a table while another seized a chair and proceded to drive the excited feline out of doors.

VAN VALKNER. In Mansfield, Dec. 17, 1886, to Mrs. B. O. Van Valkner, a son; Dec. 18, to Mrs. B. O. Van Valkner, a daughter, (twins).

Mainesburg Melange.

Mrs. C. D. Holcomb and her sister, Mrs. McCraney, visited relatives here last week.

Mack Stauffer visited friends at Leroy last week.

Mainesburg cornet band attended the band picnic at Sylvania July 4th. A good many of the young people from here also attended the picnic and dance. The report is a good time.

Several of the sisters of Mrs. Howard Maine with their families visited her on the 4th.

Mr. H. W. King, an old resident of Sullivan, is very sick. He had a shock of paralysis last week and is very low.

H. E. Bartlett and family, Lizzie Rumsey, Vina Smith and Jonathan Leiby and wife visited Mr. and Mrs. Ingham Maynard, of Stoney Fork, last Saturday, returning today.

The quarterly meeting of the Church of Christ in Tioga county will be held with the Church at Mainesburg beginning July 25th and continuing over Sunday.

The dance here July 3d was not very largely attended. The boys came out a very little less than expenses.

Married, July 3d, 1890, Mr. Philo Sumner and Miss Lydia Sands.

The ice cream festival in the Grange Hall, July 4th, was a success. So large a crowd attended that the cream was all eaten and they had to make more to supply the demand.

B. F. Green, of Williamsport, is visiting friends in this vicinity.


Miss Eva Haight was home from the Normal School over Sunday.

Mrs. D. O. Hart visited her mother, Mrs. J. Schermerhorn, last Saturday.

Mrs. A. M. Haight was called to the sick bed of her father at Burlington last Tuesday, and has not yet returned.

Miss Carrie Bristol, of Sylvania, is visiting at O. B. Thayer's.

Mrs. Harriet Tinkham is visiting at Sylvania, and from there will go to Williamsport to spend the winter with her daughter.

Married, Oct. 30, 1890, at the home of the bride's parents in Sullivan, by Rev. M. C. Frick, Archie Forest and Miss Clara Lovel.

Mrs. Austin, of Wellsboro, is visiting her sister, Mrs. C. M. Rumsey.

Mr. C. L. Maine was called here Monday from Baltimore by the death of his foster mother, Mrs. Celia Parkhurst, who died of neuralgia of the stomach. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mr. A. M. Haight was called to Burlington today by the death of wife's father.


Joseph Ashley is the new clerk in DeWitt & Cudworth's store.

Miss Eva Haight began a term of school at Chandlersburg this morning.

A large crowd attended the Grangers' supper last Thursday evening.

Archie Forest, of Rumsey Hill, has been laid up the past week from a kick on the head by a colt.

Mack Stauffer arrived at his destination, Terra Cotta, Kan., about noon on Thursday last. Mack left many warm friends here, who wish him good luck.

On Thanksgiving day the four sons of Mrs. Mary DeWitt, with their wives and children, took dinner at her home in this place. Family gatherings where all the children and grandchildren are present are very rare.

Charles Shaw, of Columbia, was in town last Saturday.

Mrs. Volney Gillett received news Monday that her sister at Jackson Summit was very sick with fever.

The preaching service at the Christian church will be at 2:30 .m. for the present, and Sunday school after preaching.


High water in the cellar.

H. F. Dewey and A. T. Smith left here this morning for a visit to Elmira.

The Ladies' Aid Society will meet at I. G. Woodburn's next Friday for dinner.

We are told that Rev. H. King will commence a protracted meeting here soon.

Prof. E. B. Strait, of Sylvania, is here this week instructing the Mainesburg Band.

Elder A. W. Rockwell will conduct the services at the Christian church next Lord's day at 10:30 o'clock.

Mr. C. D. Holcomb, who has been on J. B. Clark's farm for the last six years, will move to LeRoy, Bradford county, about the first of August.

Sanford Dewey, who has been foreman in the blacksmith shop at Fall Brook for the past twelve years, talks of moving to Mansfield to engage in the same business there.

At Parkhurst Hall, next Friday evening, the drama "Down by the Sea", by the Slyvania Sunday School, to be followed by a new and lively farce by the Mainesburg Band.

Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Rumsey have been visiting friends in the western part of the county the past week. Mrs. Fanny Husted returned with them to visit friends in this vicinity.

There is considerable excitement here over the report that our landlord has applied for license, which, Mr. Landon desires us to say is entirely without foundation, as it is his intention to keep a temperance house for some time at least, and if they decide to ask for license he says they will do it openly, and not in any underhanded way. We earnestly hope they may not ask for it, and think the temperance people out to do what they can to make the hotel self-supporting without.

February 7, 1867. >>> The girl who marrried Oscar Richards in Wisconsin, three years ago, wrote on her wedding day, to a friend: "My husband loves me devotedly, and yet he has such a wicked temper that I don't doubt he will end by murdering me." Her estimate of his character was correct; he thus killed her.

Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Spencer, of Topeka, Kan., are visiting relatives at (couldn't read), after an absence of seven years.

Cherry Flats January 4, 1886

Mr. Frank Brown, of Wellsboro, is visiting friends at this place.

Leon Rose has returned from a business trip to Potter county.

The late high water damaged Charley Bacon's lot very badly.

A. F. Packard is traveling for the United States Medicine Company, of New York.

A. I. Harkness is canvassing for several newspapers, and is meeting with good success.

Mr. Luman Fenton has been very sick for a long time, and his recovery is considered doubtful.

David John Jones, who was kicked by a horse some time since, is able to be about again.

I. S. Harkness has the lumber on the ground for a building to be used as a Town Hall, and the work will begin as soon as the weather will permit.

Some of our boys went to Landrus last week in search of work, and report it rather dull there.

The Baptist people have hired Mr. H. M. Wolfe, of Crawford county, to preach for them the coming year. He spoke last evening for the first time.

In our last letter we forgot to note that the scholars of the upper school gave their teacher, T. E. Evans a very fine album as a Christmas present.

The Gazette correspondent was a little "off his base" when he said it was the girl's big brother who gave a certain young man a great deal of trouble and grief. It was not the big brother at all, it was the "great difference in our position." Charley, how do you like the new sofa? 

Mainesburg, Pa., September 15, 1885

A.M. Haight and wife, are on a visit to relatives in Bradford county.

Miss Gertie Warren is to have charge of the primary department of our boro school.

Mr. C.L. Maine, of this place,is taking the College preparatory course at the Normal.

Many are preparing their exhibits for the Mansfield fair.

A correction is due from your correspondent in regard to the game of baseball played at this place two weeks ago last Saturday. The old first nine are the Buckwheaters, and the nine reported as Buckwheaters, are the Professionals. Score 28 to 24 in favor of the Buckwheaters.

Last Saturday the Royal. None-such B.B.C., came over from Bungy on the Duplex, and challenged our home nine to cross bats with them. Two of our best players were gone, but the visitors wound up to the tune of 33 to 31. Umpire- Ingham Maynard

The other day an exciting game of ball was played in RecreationPark between the Sylvania and Mainesburg clubs. In the seventh inning after giving the visitors two scoresthe home club essayed to change the position of one or two players. The Sylvanians objected. The point was discussed in all its phases, and finally the two nines agreed to disagree, and the umpire closed the game. Score on even innings 10 yo 12. 

Last week a bridle scene was announced in connection with a social at the home of the Rev. E. Jones, in Knoxville. Many of the unmarried residents of the town made it a point to be present at the appointed hour, presuming of course that the "bridle"scene at the parsonage meant no more nor less than the joining of two persons in matrimony. Imagine their surprise and chagrin when two little girls appeared, bearing on a pole between them the bridle usually worn by the parson's trusty steed. A bridle scene is not a bridal scene after all.

CHERRY FLATS February 15, 1886

The fine weather has made terribly bad wheeling.

We understand the caucus in Charleston was well attended.

On the 10th inst. Mr. Luman Fenton, after a long illness, died to join the silent majority.

A great many are suffering with colds from the sudden change in the weather.

Mr. J. W. English intends working G.S. Parson's sugar bush this spring, and will tap about 1000 trees in a few days if the weather continues warm.

C.J. Parsons, our professional ball player, anticipates leaving us about April 8th, on a southern tour with his club, the Bostons, to practice for the coming season.

Our butcher, who left so suddenly a few weeks ago, returned one day last week to settle some business affairs, but failed to return Landon's sleigh or pay for it.

From down Elk Run comes a sad story of ruin, disgrace and desertion. When asked to fulfill his promise of marriage, the young man accused of causing the girl's downfall, left for parts unknown. The girl is only sixteen years old, and both her parents are dead. We think the young man would be quite an ornament in some good state prison for ninety years UNKLE ZEKE.

The entertainment given by the Mainesburg Dramatic Company in Parkhurst's Hall, Mainesburg, Friday and Saturday evenings of last week, were a decided success, both financillay and in rendition of the plays. Friday evening "Among the Breakers" was played, and in such a manner as to do credit to many of the traveling professional companies. The next evening they produced "Our Folks" to the delight of a good-sized audience. The proceeds go to the Mainesburg Cornet Band. 


Lots of snowdrifts.

John Woodard has rented G.H. Hill's farm.

M. F. Hulslander has bought a portable sawmill.

A new arrival at G.F. Stant's. A girl. Feb. 27th.

O.E. Dewey had a house blown down February 28th. Not much damage.

Mrs. A. Rockwell's horse ran away with a load of furniture one day last week, causing a bad wreck.

Brother correspondent of Mainesburg we deny the statement made by youof reporting a son born to Mrs. O.C. Richmond, as we have done no such thing.

With a daily stage running from Troy to Mansfield it has taken a letter ten days after receiving the Mansfield postmark to go nine miles to be delivered. There is a good deal of grumbling about not getting the mail when due in this place.. (Some things never change - JMT)

March 1, 1887 A Worthy Notice

Mr. A.M. Haight, the undertaker at Mainesburg, has obtained a proficiency in his profession, that is bringing out words of praise and admiration by all who witness the quiet precision in which everything moves at a funeral under his direction. For beauty of style and richness, some of the caskets that he has used of late, cannot be surpassed outside of the large cities. Notably, on the occassion of the funeral of Mrs. Bateman Monroe, of Sullivan. The casket was a model of neatness, and all who knew anything of the corpse immediately after death, were astonished at the perfect preservation on the day of burial, being made so through his personal care and supervision. His prices are far below any undertaker in the country, for the same class of work.


Mrs. Fayette Gray, of Grays Valley, is reported very low.

Adolphus Peters, of this place, and Bert Connelly, of Sullivan, left here yesterday for Kansas.

Mrs. H. Dewey who has been in poor health and confined to the house all winter, is now confined to her bed.

Rev. A.W. Rockwell, of Elk Run, will conduct the services at the Christian Chapel, next Sunday at 10:30 o'clock.

Rev. M.S. Blair, of Covington, preached here last Sunday to a fair sized audience on the subject of giving or Christian liberality.

The Ladies' Aid Society of the Christian Church, will meet this week at the home of Phoebe Robbins for dinner. Be sure to come.

The Mainesburg Band report an excellent supper and splendid time generally on the occasion of their visit to Sylvania last Wednesday evening.

Rose Bros., of this place,are rapidly filling their large ice house just built. They have in it thirty loads of ice, and will put in from five to ten loads more to-day.

Prof. Strait , of Sylvania, will be here next week to give our band another week's drill of three lessons per day and evening. This week he is instructing the Elk Run Band.

A great many of our townspeople are courting this week in Wellsboro. The jurymen from this vicinity are E. Gray, A. Ruggles, V.B. Reynolds, and G.E. Stauffer and the winesses on the divorce suit of L.M. and Electa Doud are like "sands of the sea", not to be numbered.

Mainesburg Lodge.$ their regular meeting last Saturday night, appointed a committee to make the preliminary arrangementsfor celebrating the sixteenth anniversary of the institution of the Mainesburg Lodge, No.754. It will be about the middle of March. A further notice of the exact date and order of arrangements will be given soon. February 1, 1887

The death is reported at the Warren Asylum for the Insane of Mrs. Angeline Dewey, of Mainesburg, who was transferred to that institution a few weeks since in the hopes of her complete recovery.


March 2

Lots of public sales.

Movers are numerous.

Adelbert Doud is moving on to E. R. Orvis's farm.

Miss Sarah Smith, of Troy, is visiting friends in town.

Miss Hattie Morrell, of Oneonta, N.Y., is visiting at D.F. Palmer's.

The entertainment at Elk Run Friday evening, Feb. 26th, was well attended, and everyone was well pleased.

Social gathering at Ed Palmer's last Thursday evening.

Asa Slingerland talks of going west this spring.

Walter and Ed Ruggles killed ten coons a few days ago. They are said to be very plenty.

Ellis Welch talks of moving out of the Thayer lumber camp.

Several of our citizens calculate to build this season.

The parties that were prospecting for coal became disgusted after working for some time, and have moved to Antrim.


The oyster supper last Friday night netted the band twenty dollars.

Mr. J. G. Leiby is putting in a cistern for Mrs. C. Dewitt.

Mr. Robert Shelton is reported worse, it is thought his arms are paralyzed as he seems to have no use of them.

Master Merrett Soper who is sick with typhoid fever at E.G. Rumsey's is still very low. Today is said to be the turning point, and will decide one way or another.

Mrs. T.O. Doud was called to Bolivar , N.Y. last Thursday to attend her daughter Mrs. Crittenden, who fell and injured her spine. It is not known just how bad yet.

The Ladies' Aid Society will hold their next meeting at Mr. Stern Ashley's next Saturday forenoon.

The Elk Run Cornet Band will hold a Thanksgiving dance at Mr. Edwin Dewey's in Sullivan Nov. 25th.

Miss Bertha Sands had a gathering of young people tonight to celebrate her 17th birthday.

Layton Maynard is building a house in this place. Boys there is an example worthy of imitation. Get a house first and then do as Layton did last Saturday- get the housekeeper.

Married at Lawrenceville, Oct.8, 1886, by Rev. S.G. Rhinevault, Mr. Layton Maynard, of Mainesburg and Miss Ella Scott, of Sullivan. 

Bradford County PA
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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 04 OCT 98
By Joyce M. Tice