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From the Scrapbook Collection of Joyce M. Tice - This one was contributed by Virginia WHEELER McElroy - It was collected by her mother Pauline BESLEY Wheeler and came with the notation to be sure to save it. Hopefully getting it online will help with that. Typed by Marci Jo Mishoe

Band Musician

PFC. OTIS ARNTS, above, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Arnts, 956 Pennsylvania Ave., is playing with an Army band "somewhere in England." He is a former Elmira orchestra musician. 

BAILEY - IN THE SERVICE Lloyd BAILEY and Floyd BAILEY - These two boys are twins and are sons of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Bailey of Columbia Cross Roads. They both enlisted in the army in June and are privates in (World War 1) Company H, 56th Infantry, stationed at Chickmaugna Park, Georgia. This is another case of notable patriotism of which the parents may feel doubly proud. 

Cpl. Norman E. Beardslee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl B. Beardslee, 830 Broadway, has been transferred from the Douglass Aircraft Ground Crew Training Center, Santa Monica, Calif., to the Transport, Command, Reno, Nev. 

BERWICK - PINT - Troth Announced

Miss Virginia Irene Berwick; daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Berwick of 311 Fulton St., whose engagement to Leo J. Pint, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Pint of 708 Chester St., is announced. The marriage will take place in the near future. 


Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Besley and daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Heiden of Pleasant St., have just returned home a short southern trip to Richmond, the main attraction being "Garden Week in Virginia." The first night they stayed in Winchester where they were holding their annual three-day Apple Blossom Festival, with bands, drum and bugle corps and fire companies galore, from a radius of one hundred miles.

The flowers all through the South were gorgeous, the old Southern Mansions were beautiful, but the Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah Valley, no words can quite describe it, driving over Mountain peaks, 4,000 feet high; is really thrilling. In Fredericksburg they visited the old Historical Mansion of "Kenmore" the home of Col. Fielding Lewis and wife Betty, the only sister of George Washington. This house was built in 1752 and still in a wonder site of preservation. 

Miss BESLEY Betrothed to Mr. BATTERSON

Mr.and Mrs. Kenneth N. Besley, 236 W 17th St., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Arlene Elizabeth Besley, to Leon Clark Batterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Batterson, 531 Decker Ave, The wedding will take place soon. 

Arlene Besley, L.C. Batterson Married

Miss Arlene E. BESLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth N. Besley, 236 W 17th St., Elmira Heights, was married Friday, September 25, 1942, at 4:30 pm to Leon C. Batterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Batterson, 531 Decker Ave., in the Southside Baptist Church.

The Rev. C. Wellington Hardy, pastor, performed the ceremony. Miss Gladys Green, organist, played the wedding music.

The bride, given in married by her father, wore a street-length gown of soldier-blue, dubonnet accessories and a corsage of orchids. Her only attendant, Miss Mary Marks, selected teal blue with brown accessories and a gardenia corsage. Robert Presler was best man.

A reception for about 75 guests was held at the Besley home. After a trip to Buffalo the couple will reside at 236 W. 17th Street. 

BESLEY - Mrs. Pauline E. Wheeler, 58, of -26 Yale St., Saturday, Feb. 20, 1960. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Survived by husband, J. Leon Wheeler; daughter, Mrs. Carole Harrison of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Miss Virginia Wheeler at home; sons, James L. Wheeler, Jr. Danvers, Mass., Donald E. Wheeler of Elmira, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Besley of Bainbridge, sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Heiden of Bainbridge, Mrs. Lillian Bouvier of Unadilla, brothers, Kenneth Besley of Elmira Heights, Lawrence of Elmira; eight grandchildren. Body at ---agerman Funeral Home. Calling hours: today 7 to 9 pm; Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral at Southside Baptist Church Wednesday at 2 pm, the Rev. George Lang. Woodlawn Cemetery. 

59th Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Besley of Bainbridge, R.D. celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on April 29. They live with their daughter, Mrs. George Heiden and are formerly of Elmira, NY and Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. They have five children, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Their daughter, Mrs. Arthur Bouvier of Unadilla, entertained them on Thursday evening with a dinner for them and some friends. 

63rd Anniversary for Mr. and Mrs. Besley

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest BESLEY celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on Tuesday, April 28. The former Ruth Kipp and Ernest Besley were married on April 28, 1896, in Elmira. They lived at Columbus Crossroads, Pa. for about 23 years, then moved to Elmira. They have made their home with Mr. and Mrs. George Heiden, RD, Bainbridge for about the past 10 years. Mr. Besley retired from Scintilla about 14 years ago where he worked in the tool crib. Mr. and Mrs. Besley have five children. Mrs. J. Leon Wheeler, Kenneth Besley and Laurence Besley all of Elmira; Mrs. Heiden of RD, Bainbridge and Mrs. Arthur Bouvier of Unadilla.

They have 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Besley's only sister is Miss Blanche Shelves, who lives at 67 River Street, Sidney. 

First Fruit of Victory Gardens

A very elaborate presentation ceremony was given Monday evening at 8 o'clock on the spacious lawns of George Morris and O. T. Shank of 35 Pleasant Street. The grounds were beautifully decorated with poppies, calendulas, odorless marigolds and tomato plants. Mr. Morris and Mr. Shank were dressed in the usual white tie and tails; Mrs. Morris was becomingly attired in a blue gingham evening gown, while Mrs. Shank looked beautiful in a pale pink dimity of street length.

The "presentation" was attended by friends and relatives from Elmira and Sidney. The grateful recipients were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Besley of 34 Pleasant Street, and the gift was composed of ONE ripe tomato, the first from the Morris-Shank gardens, thus ending the neighborly feud of years' standing. 


Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth N. Besley, 236 W 17th St., Elmira Heights, announce the marriage of their daughter, Delores Helen, on March 21, 1947, to Norton A. Brace, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Brace, 908 Grand Central Avenue, Horseheads.

The Rev. A. H. Mathers performed the ceremony at his home, 1874 Davis St. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. George Skillman and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Rockwell. The couple are living at 908 Grand central Ave., Horseheads. 

Pvt. Robert BUTLER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Basil Butler 1002 1/2 H- St., is serving with headquarters of an engineer company in Japan.

Entering service in November 1944, he trained with the Infantry at Ft. McClellan, Ala, and graduated from the paratroop school at Ft. Benning, Ga. He was transferred to the Engineer Corps after going overseas last August. 

Serving in Army

Cpl. Raymond C. Dates, formerly of Ft. Niagara, has been transferred to Camp Sutton, NC. His wife, Mrs. Eva Dates, resides at 1409 Grand Central Ave.

John C. Carpenter, Jr., son of John C. Carpenter, Elmira RD 1, is an Army Air Corps cadet. He has been stationed at Nashville, Tenn. 

DENNIS - November 25, 1942 - Elmira Star Gazette

Oil Company Driver Dead Of Injuries

A fractured skull received when an Elmira Oil Co. tank truck, loaded with 1,000 gallons of gasoline, overturned on the Pine City Rd. near the Rustic Garden Restaurant Wednesday morning claimed the life of Charles H. DENNIS, 43, 1024 1/2 Oak Street, at 8:10 pm Thursday at Arnot-Ogden Hospital.

It is reported that the vehicle, southbound, skidded on the wet pavement after rounding a sharp curve. The truck left the road, overturned but landed on its wheels facing north. Dennis thrown from the machine was found lying in a pool of Gasoline that escaped from the truck. The gasoline spilled over the pavement did not catch fire.

Sheriff George H. Jenkins and Deputy William T. Hornsby, who investigated, said there was no witnesses and the truck's speed could not be determined. The gasoline was in four compartments in the truck. The dome tops were broken but only 40 gallons of the fuel were lost. The left side of the cab and the roof were damaged but not extensively.

Dennis, a tank truck salesman for the Elmira Oil Co. was making a delivery to Roseville, PA. He has been employed by the company more than 14 years. Mr. Dennis was born in Candor Jan. 6, 1899. He spent his boyhood and early manhood there enlisting in the Army at the outbreak of World War 1. He came to Elmira in 1919, working for the Erie Railroad and Spaulding Bakery before being employed by the Elmira Oil. Co. 


Charles H. DENNIS, of 1024 1/2 Oak St. Monday at 3:00 pm at the family home and at 4 at Trinity Church. The Rev. Henry E. Hubbard. Woodlawn Cemetery.

William F. KELLIHER, formerly of 423 Phoenix Ave. Monday 8:30 am at home of Mrs. Julia Holleran, 601 Mt. Zoar St. 9:30 at St. Mary's Church, -SS. Peter and Paul's Cemetery. Please omit flowers. 

EIDY, Mrs. Verlia Warner of 101 Falck St. Funeral was held Monday at Olthof Funeral Home at 2 pm, the Rev. H.C. Joel Webb. Pallbearers: Frederick Griffis, C. W. Dunham, T. F. Good and F. C. Peterson. Glenwood Cemetery, Troy. 

Enlist in Army - Five more men have enlisted as privates in the Army through the local office and have reported to Fort Dix, NJ.

Clair J. Snyder of Bath enlisted for 3 years in the Army Air Force unassigned, Harry J. Christman, Jr., Elmira R. D. 1 and Donald E. Banks of 943 E Church St. for three years in the Army Ordinance unassigned. Robert Bodewes of 316 W Gary St. for three years on the Medical Corp unassigned, and Richard K. Besley of 236 W 17 St., Elmira Heights in the regular Army unassigned for 18 months. 

To Wed Soldier

Miss Charlotte EWALD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Stryker Ewald, 570 Riverside Ave. who today announce her betrothal to Cpl. Thomas Chimilewski of the U. S. Army Air Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Chimilewski, 931 Sycamore St. Both Miss Ewald and her fiancé are graduates of the Southside High School. No date has been set for their marriage. 

(Fuller) - Mrs. Bessie L. Fuller, 67, 418 Jefferson St. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1943, at 10:45 am at a local hospital. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Lovinia J. Nichols, Elmira; niece, Mrs. Lucy Blair, Niagara Falls; nephews, Karl B. Letzerman, Westfield, NJ and George Letzerman, Sayre. Body is at the Hagerman Funeral Home. Announcements later. 

Mr. and Mrs. Herman D. GARRISON - Observe Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Herman D. Garrison of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, RD 3 observed their 50th wedding anniversary lately, being entertained at a family dinner at the home of their son, Foster Garrison. Their five children and nine grandchildren were present.

Mr. Garrison has always been actively engaged in farming, being a breeder of registered Holsteins. He purchased the farm where they now reside 45 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Garrison were recipients of many beautiful and useful gifts.

Present, including the family, were: Mr. and Mrs. Foster Garrison and sons, Dewey and Russell; Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Watkins and children Gladys, Laselle, Olive and Agnes; all of Columbia Cross Roads; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Garrison and daughter Gwendolyn and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd C. Wolfe of Troy, PA; Mr. and Mrs. Justus A. Garrison of State College, PA.

Also, Mr. and Mrs. Edd Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watkins and daughter, Joan; Mr. and Mrs. B. B. York, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Dummer Sweet, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bullock, all of Troy, PA; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Garrison, Mansfield; Burke E. Garrison, Mrs. Louise Blood and son Richard of Wellsburg; Mrs. Myrtle Havens and son Carlton; John Heib, Mrs. Olive Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Edd Carnswright and Mr. and Mrs. William Carnswright of Columbia Cross Roads. 

Fall Injuries Fatal to Power Plant Worker

William H. Geist, 42, of 434 Broadway died at 5:25 am today at St. Joseph's Hospital of a skull fracture suffered Tuesday night when he fell 25 feet from a catwalk at the Riverside power plant of the New York State Electric & Gas Corp.

He was found on the floor at the power plant by a fellow employee shortly before 8 pm. No one saw him fall, but it was believed his head may have struck a stoker under the catwalk. He was taken to the hospital in the James ambulance and died without regaining consciousness.

Mr. Geist had been employed as a fireman at the Riverside plant about four years. Before that he worked for the McCarthy Bros. granite and marble firm. He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. 

Wed in Elmira

Mrs. Joseph W. Nichols, Jr., the former Miss Elaine GRIFFIN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Griffin of Binghamton, formerly of Elmira, whose marriage took place Jan. 20, 1946, at the home of the officiating clergyman, the Rev. Allan M. Laird, 630 W. Water St. Mr. Nichols is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Nichols, Sr., of Binghamton. 

15 Year AA Employee Dies

Mrs. Mattie T. Hammond of 105 Columbia St., who for 15 years served as the answering service for Alcoholics Anonymous, died Sunday.

Mrs. Hammond, while suffering with an arthritic condition answered the telephone day or night and at times when she was unable to move from her bed, an AA official reported.

He said Mrs. Hammond continued her work until about a week before her death. "I consider her an unsung hero - nobody knew of the service she rendered" to members of AA who would call at any time, the official said.

The spokesman explained that Mrs. Hammond was a paid employee of the AA. He said it was her job to find assistance for any member who called for help. He couldn't estimate the number of persons aided by Mrs. Hammond. 


Miss Dorothy Ruff of Sidney and George Heiden of Rochester were quietly married at Susquehanna the evening of July 31st. They were attended by the bride's sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bouvier. Mr. and Mrs. Heiden, accompanied by the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Besley, enjoyed a very pleasant trip through the Thousand Islands, on over through the Adirondacks to Lake George, returning to Sidney Saturday evening.

Sgt. Heiden served four years in the Army Air Force, three and one-half years at Stewart Field and six months overseas. They will reside for the present at 34 Pleasant St., in Sidney. 

Charles B. Hulslander -------- 1969. He was a member of Elk Run Grange. Survived by wife, Mrs. Fern Hulslander; son, Marshall Hulslander of Mainesburg, RD 1; sister, Mrs. Irene Monro of Mainesburg RD 1; grandson Allen Hulslander, all of Mainesburg, RD 1. Body at Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, Mansfield. Calling hours: today and Monday 7 to 9 pm. Funeral there Tuesday at 2 pm the Rev. David Griffiths. Prospect -----. 

Richard R. LESLIE, late of 106 Madison Avenue. The funeral was held in the Phillips funeral home today at 11 am. The Rev. Clifford E. Eichner officiated. The pall bearers were Charles Zywicki, Joseph Kytahiel, Walter Escott, Michael Reardon, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Williamsport's Hero Home; Wants to "Sleep for a Week"

Sgt. Joseph L. LOCKARD embraces his mother, Mrs. George M. Lockard of Williamsport, PA on his arrival home from Hawaii.

Williamsport, PA - Staff Sgt. Joseph L. Lockard, whose warning of approaching Japanese planes at Pearl Harbor went unheeded, was under a doctor's care today.

The 20 year old hero went to bed at his home here early yesterday after a 5,037 mile trip from Hawaii declaring that he wanted to "sleep a week." Several hours later Dr. L. M. Knauber, the family physicians, was called to attend him. No report on Lockard's condition was issued.

Lockard, who was promoted from a private and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his diligence at Pearl Harbor was to report to the officers' training camp at Fort Monmouth, NJ, in 10 days. He will be feted at a testimonial dinner Mar. 11. 

Pvt. Charles L. McQUISTON, son of Mrs. John D. Boyd, 619 Franklin St., has been promoted to corporal. He is not station at Pine Camp were he is in a quartermaster detachment. 

Cpl. Edward L. MORDUE and Sgt. Harry A. MORDUE, sons of Mrs. Josephine Mordue, 366 N. Main St., are in the service.

Cpl. Edward, who lived at 87 Decker Pkwy, prior to entering the Army in April 1942, is at the Combat Crew Depot, Barksdale Field, Shreveport, La. A former employee of the Atlantic Refining Co., he trained at Jackson Air Base, Miss.; Greensboro, NC; Turner Field, GA, and Ft. Myers, FL, where he received his gunner's wings last August. His previous courses included aviation mechanics and electrical troubleshooting.

Sgt. Harry, who lived at 200 Madison Ave. before entering the Army in May 1942, is now in the European area with an antiaircraft unit. He trained at Ft. Eustis, VA; Ft. Sheridan, ILL; Camp McCoy, Wis.; Camp Pickett, VA, and Ft. Dix, NJ, and was sent to England last December, where he was stationed until D-day. 

(Mosher) -Carrie Mosher

Services for Carrie B. Mosher, 93, Sylvania, were held Jan. 28 at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, with the Rev. Alan Minarcik Officiating. Mrs. Mosher died at the Troy Community Hospital Jan. 25, 1975. She was a 50 year member of the Troy Eastern Star and the Maxwell Chapter No. 233 and also a past district deputy and past worthy matron of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Mosher was a member of the Sylvania Presbyterian Church for more than 80 years and was its oldest member of the Troy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Surviving is a nephew, Willard Packard, of Lititz, Pa. 

MYERS - BESLEY - Announce Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Myers of 156 Woodlawn Avenue, announce the engagement of their daughter, Irene Mildred to Kenneth N. Besley of 400 Jefferson Street. The marriage will take place in the spring. 

Capt. Olson Free From Prison, Friend's Cable to Mother Beats His Message by 2 Hours

Capt. James Coletta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Coletta, 409 Walnut St. serving with the Army Intelligence Department in Germany, is turning out to be the No. ! locater of Elmira men missing in action in Europe.

Capt. Coletta sent a message to Mrs. Bertha B. Olson, 409 Walnut St., who rents an apartment from his family, that her son, Capt. Merill S. Olson, previously reported a prisoner in Germany, is well and safe. It was the first word Mrs. Olson had had of her son since a February card from his prison camp -- Stalag 13-D at Nuernberg in Bavaria.

Two hours after Capt. Coletta's telegram arrived, Mrs. Olson received a cablegram from her son himself reading: "Health is good. Be home soon. God bless you."

Capt. Olson, a B-24 bomber pilot, was shot down over Germany on his 30th mission. At first reported missing in action, he later sent a card from the Nuernberg camp.

Capt. Coletta and Capt. Olson were Elmira friends before they entered the Army. Capt. Coletta had written his family that he was looking for Capt. Olson but had had no luck in finding him. Then came the telegram.

This is the second reported instance of Capt. Coletta's searching for and finding an Elmira man missing in the European Theater. In April, he rescued Pfc. Ernest Sardo, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sardo, 511 Logan St., whom he found severely wounded in a captured German hospital.

Capt. Olson has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf and additional clusters for his Air Medal. He was lead pilot in many bombardment missions over enemy-occupied Europe, his citation reads. His courage and coolness were praised. He holds the Air Medal with three clusters for bomber combat operations and several serial operational missions. A Southside High School graduate, he entered the Air Corps in June, 1942, and went overseas in 1943.

His mother had been hopeful for some time that her son might have been liberated by the American Seventh Army in its sweep over Bavaria. 

Missing Flier Wins DFC

Capt. Merrill S. Olson, son of Mrs. Bertha Olson, 404 Walnut St., who has been missing over Germany since last Sept. 11, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf, and additional clusters for his Air Medal, his mother has been informed.

The awards will be presented to his mother at an unannounced date. Pilot of a B-24, Capt. Olson was lead pilot in many bombardment missions over enemy-occupied continental Europe, his citation reads. His courage and coolness were praised.

He holds the Air Medal and three clusters for bomber combat operations and several aerial operational missions. Capt. Olson, a Southside High School graduate, entered the Air Corps in June, 1942, and went overseas in 1943. 

Elmira Rebekah Past Grands Enjoy Banquet

The annual dinner of the Nellie G. Seeley Club was held Tuesday evening at the Candle Light Tea Room on W. Second St. The club is composed of the Past Noble Grands of the Elmira Rebekah Lodge, IOOF. The party included several of the relatives of the members.

Dinner was served at 6:30 pm to 31 members and guests as follows: Mesdames Angeline Ward, Eva Clarke, Rosemond Leonard, Bessie L. Fuller, Emma Smith, Elizabeth Parfitt, Ruth Besley, Margaret Pierce, Pearl Anderson, Shirley Wills, Lillian Preston, Anna Brion, Anna Baker, Mary Wagner, Elizabeth Bacon, Eva Crittenden, Ida Hudson, Estella Ward, Julia Ayers, Florence Henderson, Ruth Schrader, Louella Albee, Elizabeth Bechtol; Miss Beatrice Parfitt, Mill Lulu Brion, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Osler, Mr. and Mrs. Lenox Hollenbeck, Frank J. Hollenbeck, George Hollenbeck.

Mrs. Ruth Besley furnished the music for the singing of Christmas songs. Miss Beatrice Parfitt acted as toastmistress. The tables were decorated with Christmas trees and candles. After dinner gifts were exchanged and a social evening followed; with cards and other games.

The January meeting will be held at the home of Miss Beatrice Parfitt on Perine St. at which time officers will be elected and the installation ceremony will take place. 

Sylvanians Wed 70 Years

Sylvania - Mr. and Mrs. C. Lewis SLINGERLAND of Sylvania yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of their marriage.

The couple were married April 29, 1890, on the New York State side of the Line Hotel at Pine City. The hotel, no longer in existence, was divided by the New York - Pennsylvania State boundary.

A reception honoring the occasion this afternoon was given by the Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church at Sylvania Community Hall. Mrs. Slingerland, 89, is the former Maude DOUD. Her husband, 91, retired 40 years ago from farming at Dewey Hollow near Mainesburg and became a fur buyer. Mr. and Mrs. Slingerland are active and have an alert sense of humor. They manage household tasks and find entertainment in reading, radio, hobbies and church activities. Mr. Slingerland's wry comment on his longevity is: "I just keep on breathing." Mrs. Slingerland smiles agreement. Who has been the "boss" these 70 years? Simultaneously, the answers --- 

Edwin W. SMITH, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith, Millport, has been promoted to sergeant at Raritan Arsenal, New Jersey. Mrs. Smith, the former Miss Marie Griswold lives at 716 Broadway. 

Newlyweds to Reside in Culver City

In a home wedding Saturday at 6:30 pm marked by charming simplicity, Mrs. Thelma Althea SMITH became the bride of Raymond A. WALKER. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Eldred Charles of the Cardiff Avenue Christian church in the home of the bride's sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Burnett of 4144 Van Buren Place, Culver City.

Twelve close friends and relatives witnessed the rites with Mr. and Mrs. Burnett serving as attendants to the bridal couple. The bridge wore a blue silk afternoon frock and a corsage of yellow roses and gardenias.

Following the ceremony, the wedding guests sojoured to the Lime House in China City where a wedding dinner was served. Both the bride and bridegroom formerly made their home in Elmira Heights, New York.

Mrs. E. A. Wescott, mother of the bride, came from Elmira Heights to attend the nuptial event. She is leaving Sunday night for her home in New York and will take her grandson, Jack Smith with her. He will attend school in the East. The newlyweds have established residence at 4044 Huron Street, Culver City. 

SOPER, Charles Leland

Age 72, formerly of Troy, Pa., Sunday, January 28, 1968, at his home in Elmira, NY. Friends may call at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Pa., Monday evening 7 to 9 pm and Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral there Wednesday at 2 pm the Rev. Glen Dewey, Bradford County Memorial Park. Survived by wife, Lillian Ann Soper; daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Julia) Passerl of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Mrs. Phillip (Sally) Wood of Elmira, NY, Mrs. Bernard (Jean) Koop of Van Etten, NY, Miss Helen (Polly) Soper of Washington, DC and Miss Connie Soper, (at home) sons, Robert Soper and Jack Soper of Bridgeport Conn. and Leland C., Jr. of Tocoma, Wash.; sisters, Mrs. Fritz (Helen) Shaylor of Troy, Pa. and Mrs. Etta Gardner of Rochester, NY; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Austinville Methodist Church and was employed with the Eclipse of Elmira for 27 years. 

Mrs. O. B. Thrall has returned to the home of her parents in Pittsburgh, after spending a week here transacting business for her late husband. O. B. THRALL and carrying out his wish to be buried in the Besley Cemetery. Grave side services were here on May 18 at 11 am. Out-of-town relatives and friends had dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Donald Besley.

Van Patten Injured; May Have Been Aboard Carrier Gambier Bay

Clyde Van Patten, 37, Navy radio technician 2/c, has been reported injured in action in the Pacific area. He has served on the escort carrier Gambler Bay, announced Friday as lost in the Philippines naval, battle, but whether he was aboard at the time of her sinking has not been ascertained.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Van Patten of 568 Coburn St., he was a former employee of the Van Patten Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc. His wife, the former Catherine Knier of Elmira, lives in San Diego, Calif. Van Patten entered the Navy in July 1943, and received basic training at Sampson. He went on sea ---. 

ANNOUNCEMENT of the engagement of Miss Marjorie E. WALKER to Edward STROMAN is made by the bride-elect's mother, Mrs. Esther Halstead of Elmira RD 2. Mr. Stroman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Stroman also of Elmira RD 2.

Miss Walker is a graduate of the Elmira Free Academy. Mr. Stroman, a discharged veteran, is employed by Remington Rand, Inc. He served three and one-half years with the Army Air Force. 

Born Four Years Ago, Birthday on Feb. 29

Carol Ann Wheeler born Feb. 29, 1936. Parens were Pauline and Leon Wheeler. 

Carole Ann Wheeler Bride of Carl Harrison

The marriage of Miss Carole Ann Wheeler and Carl H. Harrison was solemnized Sunday, Nov. 23, 1958, at 3 pm at the Southside Baptist Church.

The Rev. George Lang officiated at the double ring ceremony before the alter decorated with chrysanthemums, carnations, gladiolus, palms and candelabra. The Rev. J. David Harrison, father of the bridegroom, assisted.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Leon Wheeler of 626 Yale St. and was given in marriage by her father. The bridegroom's parents are the Rev. and Mrs. J. David Harrison of Lancaster, Pa.

Miss Linda Fleetwood of Springfield, NJ, college classmate of the bride provided organ music and soloist was Kenneth Maryott of Newark, NJ.

For the ceremony the bride chose a gown of nylon tulle and rosepoint lace with long sleeves and bouffant skirt. Her seed pearl crown secured the fingertip veil. She carried a crescent bouquet of while roses and carnations. She wore a heart-shaped pendant pearl necklace, gift of the bridegroom.

Miss Virginia Wheeler, maid of honor for her sister, was attired in a royal blue chiffon gown with matching floral headband. Pearls were sewn to the bodice of her gown. She carried a semi-cascade of pink carnations.

Bridesmaids were Miss Joan Gillette of Rochester, Miss Sallie Lee Wray of Houghton, NY, college classmates of the bride. They wore pink chiffon gowns and carried pink variegated carnations. James Harrison of Lancaster, the bridegroom's brother, served as best man. Ushers were Phillip Staalsen of Chicago and Russell Bishop of Buffalo, college classmates of the bridegroom.

Beckie and Bonnie Wheeler, nieces of the bride, were flower girls. They wore orchid organdy and chiffon gowns, white floral headbands and carried miniature rose baskets. A wedding reception for 200 guests followed in the church fellowship hall.

Mrs. Harrison is a graduate of Southside High School and Houghton College. Her husband was graduated from Lancaster High School, Philadelphia Bible School and Wheaton. Both attended the Summ-- tute of Linguists at the University of Oklahoma.

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison reside for a short time at Lemon St., Lancaster. They expect to leave sometime December for Chiapos, M-- study for foreign missionary service with the Wyclif-- Translators. After three --- of Jungle Camp and two --- tribal experience, they --- sume studies at the University of North Dakota, Summer - of Linguistics. New G-- the field of service for wh--- are applying. 

Ex-Elmira Man Gets Pastorate

The Rev. James L. Wheeler 28, a native Elmiran, has accepted a call to minister at the Grace Community Church at Danvers, Mass., where he has been interim pastor since June.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Wheeler of 626 Yale St. he attended Pennsylvania Ave. School and was graduated from Southside High School before entering Broome County Technical Institute at Binghamton. He was graduated with an associate science degree in mechanical technology.

Mr. Wheeler graduated from the Practical Bible Training School at Johnson City as valedictorian and class president. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the Providence Barrington Bible College of Rhode Island and is not in his third year at Gordon Divinity School at Beverly Farms, Mass.

During his training in Johnson City he conducted a student pastorate at Hop Bottom, Pa. He also served as pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Lynn, Mass.

Mr. Wheeler's sister, Mrs. Carole Harrison and her husband will leave soon for Brazil as missionary representatives of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Mr. Wheeler is married to the former Sharon Carpenter, daughter of Mrs. Isabelle C. Carpenter of 328 Morrowfield Ave. They have three daughters, Becki Lynn 5, Bonnie Lee 4, and ----. 

WILSON, Manley O. Age 65, of Austinville, Pa., Friday, April 23, 1965. Body at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Calling hours: Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral and committal service there Monday at 2 pm. the Rev. Orey Crippen. Besley Cemetery. Survived, by son, Dick of Moravia, NY; sisters, Mrs. Fay Wilbur of Austinville, Mrs. Sophronie Bailey of Troy; two grandchildren. He was a feed salesman in Austinville, and a member of --- Austinville Union Church. 

WOLFE, Hosea C.

Age 75, of Columbia Cross Roads, Monday, February 1, 1965. Friends may call at the family home Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral in the Columbia Cross Roads Methodist Church Thursday at 2 pm, the Rev. Ann Palmer. Besley Cemetery. Survived by wife, Mrs. Jeannette Murray Wolfe; daughters, Mrs. Ricard Ault of Sayre and Mrs. Martin Dennington of Elmira; three grandchildren. He was a retired Columbia Township farmer; member of the Columbia Cross Roads Methodist Church; the Waverly moose; the Columbia Grange. 

There are some pretty good feminine bowlers over in Sidney as well as in Triple Cities, according to a note which was placed on this desk.

On the night of Feb. 18, Lil Bouvier bowled a 648 triple on the 20th Century Alleys in the Ladies' League, another Wednesday night bowling fixture. She turned in games of 200, 181 and 267, for which hurray!

In the last game Lil started out with a strike and a split. Then the struck out all the way to her last ball and got nine pins with that. Tch, tch! men, think that one over.

It was the highest single and triple ever bowled on the Sidney lanes by a woman. Lil had an average of 166 for 60 games, but has been averaging better than 180 for the past six weeks. Furthermore, she was shooting at new wood and heavy ones, according to the alley prop.

According to A. J. Bouvier, secretary of the 20th Century Bowling Club, "This is a score seldom achieved by the male bowlers of Sidney and if it were possible Lil would be bowling on a men's team." Mr. Bouvier might have added the score is one not too often achieved by men bowlers anywhere, especially on heavy timber. 

Coronet Band

Photo taken in 1911 shows the Voltus Coronet Band of northeastern Tioga County, PA. The musicians, from the Austinville area, used to play at Roseville and Troy on national holidays. The Huslander family supplied many of the members - Tom, Bert, Harry and Martin. Photo was loaned by the cymbalist at the right of front row, R. A. Wood, now of 237 Valley Ave., Horseheads RD. Mr. Wood, known as Lonnie, said he used to walk about 5 miles each Sunday for rehearsals in a little schoolhouse. 


Excerpts from the Troy Register "Exactly As They Appeared" By Mary Skinner and Budd Mitchell

April, 1899 - June, 1899)

Miss Adda King is now the telegraph operator at the Western Union office with Carpenter & Pierce, taking charge of the instruments this week. She is popular with the people and a good operator and the office could not be in better hands.

Mr. George Hickok has bought the house of L. J. Ballard, on Kind Street, lately occupied by T. Colony, and moved into the same this week.

Graham Bristol, for some time past with Jno. E. Dobbins, is making arrangements to start in the hardware business for himself. He will be located in the rooms in the Opera House, formerly occupied by Mr. Redington as a hardware store.

J. W. Beaman has a fine new team of black horses, purchased in Buffalo.

Fair at Troy the largest and best variety of vegetables, a prize will be given of a fine pair of glasses, fitted correctly by F. L. Ballard, Jeweler and Optician.

A society gentleman is often a man with white hands and a black heart.

The successful contests in the musical at Austinville last Friday night were Miss Nellie Andrus and Mrs. Ruth Besley, who were awarded a silver cup each.

A pension of $17 per month has just been restored to J. F. Porter of Troy, recently deceased.  4

Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 12/03/98
By Joyce M. Tice