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Millerton Area Clippings obtained from Gertrude CRUM Strunk

James B. Wilson, 76, died Tuesday, Apr. 12, 1938, at the family home on Newtown Rd., Mansfield, Pa., six weeks after the death of Mrs. Wilson. He was a son of Lewis and Henrietta Wilson and was born in Richmond Township Nov. 12, 1861. In 1884 he married Emma Ellis and they resided on a farm on Pickel Hill, until 40 years ago, when they moved to the present family home. He is survived by two sons, Ervin and Lee of Mansfield; a daughter, Mrs. Bert Lockwood of Liberty; several grandchildren and a great grandchild. Funeral Friday at 2 p.m. at the home. The Rev. Charles Hollenbeck of the Painter Run Free Methodist church will officiate. Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. (Note from JMT: This is the same James Wilson who has been credited with the scrapbooks displayed on Pages Three and Four of this collection) 

George Payne, 79, died Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the family home at Millerton, Pa. after an illness exceeding three years duration.

Mr. Payne was a pioneer farmer of Jackson, Pa., a successful business man, known to his wide circle of friends and acquaintances for his outspoken honesty of opinion and sterling qualities. He moved from his farm shortly after the death of his wife, Rachel Cunningham Payne, and had resided in Millerton since. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted in Co. B, 188th Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was a member of Deming Post, G.A.R., and was a member of the Millerton M. E. Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen Baldwin Payne, two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Melhuish of Montrose, Pa., and Mrs. J. B. Matthews of Covington, Pa. The funeral will be held at the family home at Millerton, Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial in the Mitchell Mills Cemetery. The Rev. Mr. Guiles will officiate. 


Miss Berneta Lefler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lefler, of Westport, Conn., and Howard J. Baker of Port Allegany were married Thursday, December 27, at the Congregational church in Westport, the Rev. J. Elliott, pastor, performing the ceremony. A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride’s parents following the ceremony, covers being laid for thirty guests, which included only members of the immediate families. The bride was charming in a light blue gown of chiffon velvet with matching accessories and carried a shower bouquet of Talisman roses and lilies of the valley. Mrs. Baker is a graduate of the Westport High School and the Mansfield State Teachers College and is at present assistant principal of the schools of Wilton, Conn. While in Mansfield she was president of the student council and held other responsible offices in the various organizations of the school. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi fraternity. Mr. Baker is a graduate of the Port Allegany High School and Mansfield State Teachers College and has completed a course in coaching at Notre Dame, where he was instructed by Knute Rockne, and at Lafayette University. He has also taken a course at St. Bonaventure College. He is a member of Gamma Mu fraternity. After graduation he became instructor in English and athletic coach in the schools at Brockway, Pa., where he remained until about a year ago when he accepted a position with the Brockway Glass Company, since which time he has been located in Philadelphia and New York. Mr. and Mrs. Baker will reside in Westport until the closing of the school term, when they will make their home in New York City. 


Pine City, April 13—Large audiences are attending the services conducted each evening by the Rev. Mrs. May Lindsey Haight, evangelist, who is engaged in a Mosherville-Pine City evangelistic campaign. The campaign opened Friday evening when Mrs. Haight spoke on "Prayer." Saturday evening the evangelist’s topic was "Hewers of Wood". Sunday morning she spoke here on "Mary, the Matchless Mother.", while her Sunday evening meeting at Mosherville was largely attended. Service will be held each evening this week, closing Sunday at Mosherville with morning and evening meetings. One of the prominent features of the campaign will be a meeting Sunday afternoon in the Pine City Baptist Church for men only. Mrs. Haight has had a broad experience and an opportunity for comprehensive observation. During the winter she conducted a series of religious campaigns in Florida. She will begin her campaign in the local church Tuesday evening. 


Miss Ruth Barbara Webster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne C. Webster of 6 Laurel St., Montrose, Pa., formerly of Jobs Corners, became the bride of Kenneth E. Taylor Aug. 14, 1948. Mr. Taylor is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Taylor of Montrose. The ceremony was performed in the Montrose Episcopal Church by the Rev. Frederick Connell. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a white slipper satin gown fashioned with a sweetheart neckline, long tapering sleeves ending in points over the hands, fitted bodice and a full skirt with a scalloped waistline ending in an oval train. Her fingertip veil was arranged from a band of lilies-of-the-valley and the illusion veil was trimmed with scattered sprays of the same flowers. She carried a cascade bouquet of white roses. Her only jewelry was a string of pearls, a gift of the bridegroom. Miss Alberta Leonard of Oxford, Pa., college roommate of the bride, was the only attendant. Best man was Wayne Taylor, brother of the bridegroom. Ushering were : Donald and Douglas Webster, twin brothers of the bride and Leland Stanton. A reception followed at the home of the bride’s parents. When the couple left for a wedding trip the bride wore a gray gabardine suit with red accessories and an orchid corsage. Mrs. Taylor is a graduate of the Montrose High School and Penn State College. She is a dietician at the Robert Packer Hospital. The bridegroom is a graduate of the Montrose High School and Keystone Junior College and is a veteran of World War II. He is a student at Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre. 


Charles M. Hyman, for many years a resident of Mansfield, died February 15 at the home of his son, Raymond, in Riverside, Cal. Surviving are two sons, Raymond and Harry of Riverside; three daughters, Mrs. Dee McConnell, Elmira; Mrs. Howard Allen, Buffalo; Mrs. Sidney Hall, Corning; a brother A. M. Hyman, Williamsport; two sisters, Mrs. I. E. Drum, Elmira Heights; Mrs. Jesse Burrows, Williamsport; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial were held February 18th in Riverside. 


Gillett, Jan.30—A reception for Mr. and Mrs. John F. Updike, Jr. was held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Updike, Sr., here. Eighty-five residents of the community gathered to manifest their friendship for Mr. and Mrs. Updike, who were married Jan. 20 by the Rev. J. Sidney Kane, pastor of the local Baptist Church, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Chase. The Gillett Orchestra furnished music. Games and refreshments were enjoyed. 


Mr. and Mrs. Luther Benson of Rutland announce the marriage of their daughter, Venita to Pfc. Edwin Husted, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elvira Husted of Mansfield. The wedding took place Jan. 16, 1948, in St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Hagerstown, Md. Both Mr. and Mrs. Husted are graduates of Mansfield Senior High School. The bride is employed in the office of the Elmira Foundry Co. Pfc. Husted has returned to Ft. Meade, Md., after a 30-day furlough. 

Mrs. Iva Saltsman of 260 Partridge St., died Monday, Nov. 21, 1938, at 1:25 a.m. She is survived by her husband, Earl Saltsman; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thorp all of Elmira; two brothers Hibbard of Elmira and Manley of Ridgewood, N.J. Mrs. Saltsman was a member of the First Church of Christ, Disciples, and the Taylor Bible Class of that society. She had been the superintendent of the junior department of the Sunday School several years. Mrs. Saltsman was a Junior Past Royal Matron of Queen Freadrica Court, Order of the Amaranth; a member of Loyal Chapter OES; Worthy Chaplain of Mount Sinai, White Shrine of Jerusalem; president of the White Shrine Patrol and a member of the OES Sunshine Circle. She had also served as a committee woman in the 10th Ward, First District. A prayer service which will be strictly private, will be held in the Wilson Funeral Home Wednesday, 2 p.m. Public funeral service in the Disciples Church at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. A. M. Laird will officiate. The White Shrine of Jerusalem will conduct a service in the church. Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Wellsboro—James J. Hamilton of Wellsboro, 73, died Jan. 26, 1935, at the Blossburg State Hospital. The funeral was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Evans Funeral Home, the Rev. Charles William Sheriff of the Wellsboro Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Jackson Center Cemetery. 

Charles Henry Sheives, 76, of 914 Pennsylvania Avenue, died this morning at 7 o’clock. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Vivian Peckham; a son Grover C. Sheives both of Elmira; a sister, Mrs. Emma Rugar of Elmira; a brother, Hammond M. Sheive of Basin, Wyoming. The remains repose in the Wilson funeral home, where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. R. Lew Williams and the Rev. I. J. Shafer will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. (handwritten on article Apr. 25, 1927) 
Mrs. Dolesky Armstrong, 82, died Sunday at 12:10 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Bond, Picture Rocks, Pa. Besides Mrs. Bond she is survived by a son William, Roseville, Pa.; three grandchildren; two brothers, John Wolcott, Philadelphia, Pa., and Wellman Wolcott, Columbus, Ohio. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Roseville Methodist Episcopal Church. The Rev. Harry M. Newman of the Picture Rocks Methodist Episcopal Church will officiate. Burial in Watson, Pa. Cemetery. (handwritten on article Apr. 24, 1927) 

Mrs. C. M. Fanning died Sunday at 2:20 p.m. at the family home, 501 Spaulding Street. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Clyde E. Capwell of Wyalusing, Pa., Mrs. Walter F. Smith of Port Byron, and Mrs. William R. Kinkade and Luther J. Fanning both of Elmira.

Mrs. Fanning was the widow of the Rev. C. M. Fanning, for many years a Methodist Episcopal minister in the Elmira district. He died Feb. 7, 1922, and the following May Mrs. Fanning came to Elmira, where she has since resided.

Possessed of a beautiful Christian character, Mrs. Fanning was a power for good, in her quiet way, in the communities in which she lived. She made many lives happier through her ministration and her wise counsel and was greatly beloved by those privileged to know her.

A prayer service was held today at 12:30 p.m. at the family home. The Rev. M. L. Hallock officiate, assisted by the Rev. Myron J. Smith. The remains were removed to Wyalusing, where the funeral will be held at the home of Mrs. Capwell Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial in Wyalusing Cemetery. (handwritten on article Apr. 24, 1927) 

Asa Wilcox, a prominent and highly respected resident of Mosherville, Pa., died at the family winter home at Arch Creek, Florida, Sunday morning, aged eighty-one years. Mr. Wilcox was born in Orange County, and came to Chemung County with his parents in 1847. In 1867 he married Mary Strong, a daughter of Daniel Strong of Mosherville, Pa., who survives him. Mr. Wilcox for years had been engaged in an extensive business at Mosherville, and for the past ten years he had maintained a winter home at Arch Creek, Florida. He had been in feeble health about two years, and was in a decline when he went to Arch Creek for the winter of 1923. He had been unable on account of his illness, to return north in the spring of 1924. He was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. He is survived by his widow, a son, William S. Wilcox of Lawrenceville, Pa.; and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Johns of Mansfield, Pa. and Mrs. Pearl Kalch of Arch Creek, Fla.; also several grandchildren; three brothers, John S. and H. D. Wilcox of Elmira and Fred Wilcox of Roseville, Pa. The remains will be removed to Mosherville for burial. The funeral arrangements will be announced later. (handwritten on article July 20, 1924) 

Mr. and Mrs. James Harrison of 218 South Walnut Street, announce the engagement of their daughter, Agnes M. to Edward C. Dix, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse F. Dix of 409 Jefferson Street. The wedding will take place in June. (handwritten on article May, 1936) 

Andrew J. Pedrick, 77, a life-long resident of State Line, near Pine City, died at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1938. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Martha Ralyea Pedirck, and the following children; William R. Pedrick, Elmira; C. Earl Pedrick, State Line; Mrs. Bert Clark, Elmira; Mrs. Orlo Lucas, Horseheads; Mrs. Leland Satterlee, Elmira Heights; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral Saturday at 2 p.m. in the family home. The Rev. I. J. Shafer will officiate. Webb Mills Cemetery. 

Mrs. Bertha May Everitt Robert was born at Covington, Pa., May 11, 1883, and died at her home in Friendship, NY Wednesday at 8:50 a.m., January 25, 1933, after a short illness. She was forty-nine years of age.

Mrs. Robert had been a resident of Friendship since December, 1913, moving here from Elmira, N.Y. She was an active member of the West Clarksville Baptist Church being interested in the work of the community. Through her sacrificial life of service she won many friends who will miss those words of encouragement and faith. She was a devoted wife and loving mother.

She was the daughter of Edgar James and Phoebe Diana Soper Everitt. On August, 1904, she was united in marriage to Lynn Robert, at Elmira, N.Y.

Mrs. Robert is survived by her husband, Lynn Robert; a daughter, Edna Elizabeth; two brothers, Clyde L. Everitt of Ovid, N.Y. and Charles W. Everitt of Columbia Cross Roads, pa., a niece, Mora Mae Everitt of Friendship; fourteen other nieces and two nephews.

The funeral was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the West Clarksville Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. S. S. Custard, pastor of the Baptist Church of Holland, N.Y. and former pastor of West Clarksville; Misses Sarah Brainard and Elvira Walters assisted.

Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship, N.Y. Bearers were Denzil Perkins, Clyde Richmond, Minus Weidman, Nick Van Der Linden, Harvey McIntyre and Theodore Butts.

Relatives from out of town were Clyde L. Everitt, Ovid, N.Y.; Misses Helen and Marion Wood, Elmira, N.Y.; Mrs. Arlie Shaler, Columbia Cross Roads; Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Sweeney of Mainesburg. 

Mrs. Frank Argetsinger died in Roseville Sunday afternoon, after a three-day illness, being stricken with apoplexy Friday while on the street. She was 63 years old. She was Mrs. Hannah Lawrence’s brother’s wife, a niece also of Mrs. G. H. Baker and Mrs. C. E. Richards. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon. 

J. E. Gray died at his home December 16th, following an illness of two weeks.

He was born August 2, 1849. On October 20, 1872, he was married to Lura J. Miller, who died July 15, 1917. He was later married to Mary A. Welch, who survives him. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. John C. Strange, and two grandsons, Edson C. and John Gray Strange. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Warren D. Rose of Mansfield and two brothers, W.D. Gray of Mainesburg and Fred L. Gray of Petaluma, California. He died on the farm on which he was born. This farm was a part of a section of land taken up by his great-grandfather, James Gray, in 1805, and known as Gray’s Valley.

For fifty years he was a faithful member of the State Road Baptist Church, from which his funeral services were held on December 19th, his pastor, the Reverend D. J. Griffiths, officiating, assisted by the Reverend N. Johnstone. The beautiful flower sent by friends and by each organization of the church, also by the I.O.O.F. of Mainesburg, of which he was a charter member, brought comfort to those who are left to mourn his loss. (handwritten on article 1923) 


Blossburg—A pretty wedding took place Saturday at 4 p.m. at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Charles L. Strailey when their daughter, Miss Gladys Lillian Strailey, became the bride of Albert Olson of Elmira, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Olson of Morris Run. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Owen Barrett of the Methodist Church. Miss Vivian Lease of Morris Run was maid of honor. LeRoy Strailey, brother of the bride, was best man. Other attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Adams, Blossburg; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bohman and Miss Agnes Connolly, Elmira; Miss Winifred Schambacker, Mansfield; Anthony Black, Pine City and Leonard Olson, Morris Run. The ceremony was followed by a dinner at the home of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. D. C. Strailey of Cogan House. The bride is a graduate of the Arnot High School and for the past two years has been employed at the R. I. Keeney Drug Store. Mr. Olson is an employee of the American LaFrance and Foamite Corporation at Elmira. Mr. and Mrs. Olson left for a week’s stay at New York, Philadelphia and Atlantic City and upon their return will reside at 314 Brand Street, Elmira. (handwritten on article July 29, 1933) 


Wellsboro—LaVerne Catlin, 72, of Charleston Township, died at a Blossburg hospital Friday morning, Nov. 29, 1935. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C. E. Swearingen of Whitneyville Monday at 2 p.m. at the Evans funeral home. Burial was in Catlin Hollow. 


A native of Elmira, Fred J. Furman, Los Angeles attorney, died of a heart seizure Friday afternoon in a Los Angeles business office.

Mr. Furman was the son of Mrs. Kate Furman of Elmira and the brother of Harry B. Furman of Elmira and Orrin J. Furman of Millerton, Pa.

He was graduated from Cornell University in 1906 and had many Elmirans as classmates. He played three years of varsity football at Cornell. After graduation he moved to Butte, Mont., and for 10 years was affiliated with the late Senator W. A. Clark. About 20 years ago he moved to Los Angeles and had been practicing law there since then.

Besides his mother and brothers; Mr. Furman leaves a wife and a son, Fred, Jr., who was graduated from Stanford University in June. Funeral services and burial will be in Los Angeles. (handwritten on article Dec. 30, 1938) 


Josephus Stout was born in Rutland Township March 6, 1846. Enlisted in the Civil War in 1861 and served during the war. At the close of the war he was married to Miss Caroline rose, to which union were born seven children, Lillian, Jonah, Leon, Nina, William, Jennie, Joseph. Mrs. Stout died in November 1899. He was married to Mrs. Lydia Wheeler in 1905. She died October 27, 1915. Was married to Alice Smith February, 1916. He served as justice of the peace in Roseville borough thirty years. He died October 14, 1924, and was buried October 16, aged 78 years. He is survived by his widow, and four children, Lillian Levey, Rutland; Jonah Stout, Rutland; Leon Stout, Canton; Joseph Stout, Troy; one brother in Wilkes-Barre, seven grand children and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Stout was a member of the Rutland M. E. Church and will be greatly missed by both friends and relatives. 


The Rev. William H. Playfoot, pastor of the Baptist church at Breesport, died today at a local hospital, as result of injuries sustained four weeks ago when he was kicked by a horse. The death of the venerable pastor, who has served many years at the Breesport Church, is a cause for widespread sorrow among the members of his parish and his friends.

Mr. Playfoot was fatally injured on Sunday morning about a month ago; as he was hitching his horse preparatory to leaving to conduct the morning service at the church. He suffered a fractured hip and was removed to this city for medical treatment.

Mr. Playfoot was 73 years old and his advanced age contributed to the seriousness of his injury. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. C. L. Goodwin; two sons, Burdett and Rex, all of Horseheads. The body was taken to Chilson and Shields’ funeral parlors at Horseheads. The funeral announcement will be made later. (handwritten on article July 17, 1925) 

 In sad and loving memory of Mrs. Sara Lawlor, who died October 6, 1923, at her home in Waverly:

Short and sudden was the call

Of one so good and loved by all.

The blow was great, the shock severe,

We little thought her death was near.

The flowers we place upon her grave

May wither and decay,

But oh! The love we bear for her

Will never fade away.

Sleep on, dear one, and take thy rest,

We miss you most who loved you best. 


Athel D. Merrill, 62, clothing merchant, suffered a fatal heart attack Monday while at his desk in Werdenberg’s store, 200 W. Water St. He died at 9:15 a.m. Mr. Merrill, senior partner of the concern, had been in the store only about 10 minutes when he was stricken. He was in apparent good health. Long prominent in civic and fraternal affairs, Mr. Merrill was one of the first five City Councilmen elected under Plan C form of government and for many years had been active in the Association of Commerce. He resigned Aug. 1, 1934, as Councilman after eight months’ service. He was a director of the Association and chairman of the convention committee at the time of his death. He was chairman of the committee which selected the new secretary, Ralph W. Martin. Especially active in the retail division, he was a former division vice-president. Mr. Merrill was a past grand knight of Elmira Council., 229, Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Fourth Degree Assembly. He also was a member of St. Mary’s Church and was prominent in parish affairs.

He had been identified with Werdenberg’s clothiers and furnishers, since he came to Elmira about 1898. He was a native of Athens, Pa. He received an interest in the firm soon after entering its employ. After the death of Andrew F. Werdenberg about 10 years ago, he assumed control of the business. Mr. Merrill is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Donald Hart of Elmira; two sons, George Leonard and Kenneth, a student at Northwestern University, and a broth Wesley of Milwaukee, Wis. The body is at the Owen P. McCarthy funeral home. Funeral notice later. (handwritten on article Jan 3, 1938) 


Irving Wood, 40, of Roseville, Pa. died Friday at 5 p.m. He is survived by his widow; his mother Mrs. Emmett Wood of Roseville; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Austin of Tompkins Corners and Mrs. Martha Benson of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; and a brother, Emory Wood of Horseheads. The funeral will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Roseville Methodist Episcopal Church. Burial in the Corners Cemetery. (handwritten on article Oct. 18, 1929) 


George W. Bryant, 65, late of Webb Mills, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nora Bryant; two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Baker of North Chemung, Mrs. Minnie Hamilton of Millerton, Pa.; several nieces and nephews, including Mahlon Baker of Webb Mills. The body is in the Wilson funeral home, where friends may call until noon Friday. The body will be removed direct the Webb Mills M. E. Church where the funeral will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. E. A. Premru will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. (handwritten on article March 20, 1934) 


Lawrenceville, Nov. 19—Following an illness extending over a period of one year, Alexander Smith, prominent harness and shoe dealer here and one of the best know residents of Lawrenceville, died at his home Wednesday morning. The decedent was born in Jackson, July 12, 1848, a son of the late Joshua and Rhoda Smith. Until about twenty years ago he was a prosperous farmer near Jackson. He came here at that time to establish his local business. He is survived by his widow; three sons, Clark B., Ford and Lloyd of Jackson; one daughter, Mrs. Edward D. Guiles; two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Smith of Millerton and Mrs. Charles White of Roseville; two brothers Henry of Millerton and Jackson of Corning.

The funeral will be held from the late home Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, the Rev. Peter Van Buren, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Alder Run Cemetery. (handwritten on article Nov. 18, 1925) 


Mrs. Elva Colby, 77, of Rutland, Pa., succumbed at 5:25 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital to burns suffered Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maude Lawrence of 306 Fulton Street.

Mrs. Colby’s clothing caught fire when she walked past a small heater in the dining room of the Lawrence home. (December 15, 1936) 


Mrs. Rosanna Woodward died in Elmira Sunday night, Sept. 8, 1935. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Baker Wood and Mrs. Daisy Sherman and a brother, Arthur Bryant, all of Elmira; also several nieces and nephews. Private funeral service will be conducted at the home, 552 East Second Street, Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. by the Rev. Orey Crippen of the Tioga, Pa., Baptist Church. Burial in Daggett, Pa. Cemetery. 


Charles B. Garrison of 415 Balsam Street, died Monday morning at 11 o’clock after a few days illness of appendicitis, aged sixty-three years. Mr. Garrison had been an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company many years and was highly respected. He also was a former member of the Chemung County Board of Supervisors. He was a member of the Franklin Street Presbyterian Church; Union Lodge, F. & A. M., Elmira chapter R. A. M.; Southern Tier Council, R. & S. M., and Cashmere Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R. Mr. Garrison is survived by his widow, a brother, J. B. Garrison of Canandaigua; two sisters, Mrs. E. C. Stillwell of Sioux Falls, S. D.; Mrs. S. F. Hogaboom of Elmira. The remains repose in the Wilson undertaking rooms and will be taken Wednesday morning to the family home where the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The Rev. J. H. Crawford will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. (handwritten on article Oct. 26, 1925) 


The funeral of Mrs. Roe Hilfiger, the former Miss Katherine Ward of Elmira, who died in Los Angeles Feb. 21, will be held at 3 p.m. today at the home of her sister, Mrs. Samuel Share, 414 South Main Street, and will be private. Mrs. Hilfiger is survived by her husband, Roe Hilfiger of Los Angeles, Calif; her mother, Mrs. Isabel Ward of Elmira; four sisters, Mrs. Jack Newman of Addison, Mrs. W. H. Lewis of Youngstown, Ohio, Mrs. D. R. Cobb and Mrs. Samuel Share both of Elmira. The Rev. J. W. Faust will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. (handwritten on article Feb. 21, 1933) 


Burt A. Fish, 59, Gillett, Pa., died Thursday in Elmira. He was a farmer. He is survived by a son, Leland; his mother, Mrs. Olive Fish, two brothers, Matt Fish of Ohio and Daniel Fish of Elmira; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Keenan, Long Island, Mrs. John Shieves and Mrs. Arthur Harrison of Gillett. A prayer service will be held at the home of Mrs. Harrison, Sunday at 11 a.m. and the funeral will be in the church at Kinneyville, Pa. at 2 p.m. The Rev. George W. Burrows of Pine City will officiate. Burial in Kinneyville Cemetery. (handwritten on article Feb 9, 1933) 


Miss Velma Stone and Bartholomew Manna, both of Brooklyn were married Sunday at 6 p.m. in the manse of the South Presbyterian Church by the Rev. I. J. Shafer. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Stone of this city, the former being a brother of the bride. (handwritten on article June 7, 1936) 


Miss Harriet Hunsinger, a student of the Tioga High School, was drowned in the river near Tioga, on Thursday afternoon at about 3 o’clock, and three companions narrowly escaped death, in an attempt to rescue her. The young lady, who was unable to swim, had gone to the river with Briggs Spaulding, Ada Morandi and Winifred Jones. They were all in the water, and it was thought Miss Hunsinger was seized with cramps. The Spaulding youth was the first to reach the drowning girl, who immediately grabbed him around the neck, and proceeded to pull him to the bottom of the river. After he had managed to release himself each girl tried to save Miss Hunsinger, but after several attempts it was found useless. Hearing the frightened calls of the young people, Melvin Hughes, who operates a filling station near the river, rushed to the scene of the accident, and rescued all of the young people except Miss Hunsinger. By this time half the citizens of Tioga had reached the river and immediately boats, grappling hooks, etc., were secured and a search of the river bottom instituted. It, however, was fully one hour before the body of Miss Hunsinger was found. During the time of the search a call for first aid methods had been sent to the Corning Glass Works and Fire Department, both responding promptly with a pulmotor and oxygen tank. The body was recovered about 4 o’clock, and from that time until nearly 8, resuscitation methods were tried, but to no avail. Miss Hunsinger was about sixteen years old, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Hunsinger, of Tioga. She was of a sunny disposition, and a favorite among her school mates. (handwritten on article June 5, 1930) 


Mrs. Susan Victoria Chamberlain, 75, died Monday at 5 p.m. at the family home in Mainesburg, Pa. She is survived by her husband, Thomas H. Chamberlain; a daughter, Mrs. Able Ashley of Troy, Pa.; five sons, Henry and Earnest of Mainesburg, Pa.; Harry of Miami, Fla.; Frank of Wellsboro, Pa.; Earl of Galeton, Pa.; a brother, Albert Smith of Mansfield, Pa. The funeral will be held in the family home Thursday at 2 p.m. The Rev. S. H. Snyder will officiate. Burial in the Mainesburg, Pa., Cemetery. (handwritten on article Apr. 10, 1933) 


The Mansfield High School girls have upheld the honor of their school on the basketball court during the season of 1921-22. They have a record that is worth while, having gone through the season without a defeat, winning nine out of nine games. This gives them the championship of Tioga County, Bradford County, Potter County and Southern New York.

They lost only one game in the previous season of 1920-21. This game was the first game played during that season. It was played on the home court, and was lost to the Corning Northside High School.

Miss Yolande Garrison was the captain of this season’s team and in her position as forward, made 18 field goals and also 23 foul goals. Her partner, Miss Katherine Belknap, made six field goals.

Miss Leadora Robinson was the star basket shooter of the team, making 30 field goals. She also shot three foul goals.

Miss Marion Kelly and Miss Genevieve Cox, the manager of the team, did such fine work as guards that they received many compliments for their playing both at home and away. Miss Cox made one field goal.

A total of 142 points was scored by the Mansfield team to 75 points for its opponents.

The season’s record is as follows:

Mansfield…..23 Troy………….9

Mansfield…..17 Corning N. H.. 11

Mansfield…..17 Corning N. H…6

Mansfield…..17 Troy………….14

Mansfield…..14 Elmira Heights. 5

Mansfield…..16 Galeton………..4

Mansfield…..18 Galeton……….15

Mansfield……8 Elmira Heights..6

Mansfield…..12 Towanda………? (can’t read- torn)

(handwritten on article April 1922)


Mrs. Susan Baxter Cass died Thursday morning at 6 o’clock at her home on St. James Street. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the late home, the Rev. J. R. Harris, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, officiating; interment in the Baxter Cemetery at Tuscarora, N.Y. Mrs. Cass was the daughter of Geo. Henry Baxter, a former Associate Judge of Tioga County, and Clarissa Manley Baxter, and was born July 4, 1858. May 17, 1876, she was united in marriage to Marion Francis Cass, who was County Superintendent of the school of Tioga County for several years. Two children were born to them, George W. Cass, an instructor in the Mansfield State Teachers College, and Eva Esther, Mrs. Gustave A. Jahn, of Redlands, California. Mrs. Cass was a woman, who, with her sincere, friendly nature and true Christian character, was held in high esteem, not only by her personal friends, but by the entire community. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and its associated societies, the Mansfield Literary Club, Wellsboro Chapter D. A. R. and a life member of the Mansfield State Teachers College Alumni Association. (handwritten on article July 2 1931)

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wilson, of Sylvania entertained at dinner May 17, in honor of their uncle, Frank Wilson, the following people, it being his 79th birthday: S. Frank Wilson, of Sylvania; Mr. and Mrs. Phil Wilson, of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bailey, daughter Cecil, of Troy; Mr. and Mrs. Wells Ashley, daughter Lucie, of Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wilma Nenninger, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seelye, son Herman, of Canton; Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Grace, children, Albert and Dorothy of Austinville; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Wilson and daughter, Marjorie, of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wilson, son Carlton, grandson, Buddy of Sylvania; Grant Fethers, of Mansfield; James Bailey, Kathleen Wiggins of Luther’s Mills, and Russell Cowl of Troy. A bountiful dinner was served to which everyone did justice. Later a business meeting was held and this date set aside for the Wilson family reunion. For this occasion officers were elected, namely,

President, Frank Wilson
Secretary, Mrs. Wells Ashley
Treasurer, Mrs. Ruth Seelye

Next year being the second annual meeting, it will be held at the new home of Sam Wilson in Daggetts, Pa. A good time was reported by all and each wished the best in store for the honor guest, Mr. Wilson. All agreed, too, that Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wilson were royal entertainers.

Mrs. Wells Ashley, Secretary


Editor Star-Gazette:-- I was reading in The Star-Gazette the other evening about bringing a young boy to court for taking a back-to-nature swim. I wonder if people ever think of doing the same for the young ladies that only wear "undies" and the thinnest of thin dresses, also no stockings. I think they might better wear their bathing suits, for they at least aren’t thin enough to look through. I was on a streetcar the other night, one with the long seats facing each other. There was a young lady sitting across the aisle from two men dress in the above fashion, and the remarks those men made loud enough for her to hear would of made our mothers and grandmothers feel disgraced forever. Did it bother her? Not in the least. She threw up her head as much as to say if you don’t like it don’t look. I’m no prude but I at least like to see girls and women dressed, not half dressed. What is the world coming to if the styles keep getting scantier every year? I think people better watch their young girls as well as the boys.

Mrs. D. M.

Miss Margaret Garrison of Millerton was married to Reuben Cummings of Tioga at Pine City June 1. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. George G. Burroughs. The couple were attended by Mrs. Cummings’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Garrison. (handwritten on article 1935)

Mrs. Elizabeth Webster Sheive, 83, died Saturday evening, Feb. 15, 1936 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert J. Husted, 213 Franklin Street, after an extended illness. She was for 50 years a member of the Daggett, Pa. M. E. Church, a past noble grand of Geraldine Rebekah Lodge. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. A. J. Husted, Mrs. Herbert P. Jewell and Mrs. Helen Mandeville; one granddaughter, Mrs. Pearl A. White, all of Elmira, and two nephews, Frank and Clarris Webster of Oneida. The body is at the family home where the funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Willard Basford of Troy, Pa., will officiate assisted by the Rev. Irving J. Shafer of the South Presbyterian Church. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Elmira Rebekah Lodge holds a special meeting tonight at 7 o’clock at 111 Pennsylvania Ave.

Miss Marguerite Holton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Holton, of Jobs Corners, and Rexford Crippen, son of Mrs. Grace Crippen of Mansfield, were married April 24 at Towanda. They will reside in Roseville.


Among the State Scholarships won by 80 of the 2,130 high school pupils who took the examination, was that awarded to Christine Cornwell, of Mansfield. Miss Cornwell is the first student from Mansfield to win this scholarship. She is a daughter of Postmaster and Mrs. E. G. Cornwell and graduated from the Senior High School in June. During her three years in the Senior High School she was one of the outstanding students in scholastic work, athletics and social activities of the school. Her many friends will rejoice with her in this high honor. (handwritten on article 1931)

Mrs. Harriett S. Sornberger died November 21, 1934, of heart trouble of which she had been a sufferer for many years. She was born in Wells, Pa., December 15, 1860. In 1886 she was united in marriage to George W. Sornberger of Seeley Creek, N.Y. They resided at that place for a number of years, then removed to Elmira, spending their winters in Florida. For the past four years, on account of failing health, she has lived with her daughter, Mrs. J. J. Clark, in Danville, Va. She is survived by her husband George W. Sornberger; three daughters, Mrs. J. J. Clark of Danville, Va.; Misses Mara and Grace Sornberger of New York City; a grandson, Jesse J. Clark, Jr.; three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. F. I. Smith, Mainesburg, R.D.; Mrs. Gates Ayers, Miss Nettie Shepard, M. H. Shepard all of Mansfield and W. D. Shepard of Elmira. She had a cheerful disposition and hosts of friends and will be greatly missed in her church and social work. The funeral was held at the home of her daughters and burial was in Highland Park Cemetery, Danville, Va.

Mrs. Harriet A. Sheive, 82, wife of Charles Sheive, 2nd, died at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, at Millerton, Pa. She is survived by a son, B. J. Sheive, Phoenix, Arizona; a sister Olive Decker, Denver, Colo.; three brothers, Orr Decker, Denver, Colo.; Judd Decker, Sterling, Ill.; Addison Decker, Hartford, S.D. Funeral and burial at Millerton, Pa. Announcement later. (handwritten on article June 4 1927)

Mrs. Mell Varney, 69, died Friday, Apr. 5, 1935, at 9 p.m. in the family home at Coryland, Pa. She is survived by her husband, a son Sidney; and daughter, Mrs. Linn Kilgore of Coryland; three grandchildren. The funeral will be held in the family home Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Glenn Dewey will officiate., Burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Troy, Pa


Rev. L. M. Gates of Smithville Meets Instant Death at North Main Street Crossing of Pennsylvania Railroad—Believe Engine Stalled on Tracks—Was on Way to Bradford to Meet Members of Family—Two Witnesses Describe Accident to Coroner.

Struck by Pennsylvania passenger train No. 8403 shortly after it had left the Horseheads station, the Rev. L. M. Gates, recently pastor of the Baptist Church at Bradford, N.Y. was instantly killed this morning at 11:14 o’clock, when it is believed the Dort touring car in which he was riding stalled on the tracks at the North Main street crossing at Horseheads. Only two actual eye witnesses to the fatality gave testimony to County Coroner Clarence E. Anderson, who was called.

According to reports, Mr. Gates was driving his car north, in the direction in which the passenger train was traveling. Engineer E. F. Schambacher of this city stated that he had just left the station and was not going at full speed. He said that he blew the engine’s whistle for the crossing. Reports from the railroad office are to the effect that the recently installed warning signals were in working condition this morning.

It is believed that Mr. Gates tried in vain to start the motor in his car. He was alone in the automobile. Striking the motor car, the locomotive carried it several rods before shunting it off the tracks. Mr. Gates it is believed, was thrown out of the car with the impact and died instantly.

Telephone communication with Bradford brought the information that Mr. Gates resigned the pastorate of the Baptist Church there about one month ago after 10 years’ service to accept the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Smithville. It was his habit to drive to Bradford Fridays to get Mrs. Gates, who is teaching school there and their son William, and bring them to Smithville for the weekend. It is thought that Mr. Gates was on his way for his family when the accident happened.

Mr. Gates has two brothers in the ministry, both of whom have been pastors at different times of the Horseheads Baptist Church. The Rev. Fred H. and the Rev. Russell Gates are the brothers. The former has a charge at Richville, N.Y., and the latter has a charge near Binghamton.

Mr. Gates head was badly disfigured by the accident, according to Coroner Anderson, while his body was badly damaged. The remains were removed to the undertaking establishment of John E. Shields of Horseheads. (handwritten on article May 9 1924)


Millerton—Staff Sgt. Edward J. Sedinger, 22, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Sedinger of Millerton, has been reported missing in action in a bombing mission over Schweinfurt, Germany, on Oct. 14. The young, man, a gunner on a bomber had been in England about six weeks before this mission. Sgt. Sedinger is the first one from Millerton to be reported missing in action. (handwritten on article Nov. 5, 1943)


Mrs. Mary Longwell of Pine City celebrated her 81st birthday Sunday afternoon at Grove Park, when a host of relatives and friends gathered to wish her many more such happy occasions. Dinner was served and a birthday cake beautifully decorated with 81 candles, enjoyed.

Many out-of-town guest attended. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Kingsley, Roseville, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Updyke, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond S. Goodwin, Mr. and Mrs. Jay McClure, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Updyke, Ralph Updyke, Helen Updyke, Mr. and Mrs. Firmund Friends, and children, Robert, Donald, Glenn and Wilbur; Mrs Frances Shoemaker and daughter, Thelma; Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Smith, all of Millerton, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Wilkins and daughter, Thelma, Endicott, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Goodwin and daughter, Ruth, Mrs. Emma Andrus, Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Thomas, Edward Thomas, all of Elmira, N.Y.; Mrs. Mary Longwell, Will Longwell, Charles H. Longwell, Ward Longwell, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Longwell and children, Margaret and Richard Jr., Lelia Brace all of Pine City, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Stickler and Fred Stickler, Mansfield, Pa., and Betty Beardslee, Snederville, Pa. (handwritten on article Sept 15 1935)   

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