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Millerton Area Clippings obtained from Gertrude CRUM Strunk


The children of Tom and Louise Harris are extending an invitation to their community of friends to attend an open house celebrating the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary.

The open house will be held at the Harris home in Roseville, this Sunday, July 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. Tom and Louise Harris were married on Sept. 1, 1934, in the living room of her grandparents’ home in which they have spent most of their married lives. The couple was married by the late Rev. Douglas Bayliss of Mansfield and were attended by the late James Butterworth of Bradford, and Mrs. Mary Howe Milks, presently of Mansfield.

After their Sept. 1 wedding, the couple lived one year in Bradford, where Tom was employed by the South Penn Oil company. They then moved to Roseville and were in partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Jay Close of Wellsboro in the Tioga Washed Sand and Gravel Company until World War II. During World War II, Tom served in the U. S. Navy. He later became Tioga County Superintendent of Highways. Before his retirement in 1974, he was employed by the former Mudge Oil Company of Covington. Louise taught for six years at Mosherville School and for eleven years at Pine City, N.Y. School before retiring in 1974. The Harrises have four daughters and sons-in-law, including: Linda and Bud Baker of Anchor Point, Alaska, Anne and Philip Clark of Roseville, Alene and Roger York of Roseville and Ellen and Mel Louk of Oakesdale, Washington. They also have 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mrs. Gretchen Westlake of Millerton made her home with the Harris family for a number of years. (handwritten on article 1984)  


Kim A. Kingsley of Millerton and James E. Treat of College Park, Georgia exchanged marriage vows at the Baptist Church in Jackson Summit, Pa. on Friday, February 10, 1984. The Rev. Douglas Hodge officiated at the double ring, candlelight ceremony. Richard Foster and Brian Hughes provided the music. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kingsley of Millerton and the late Alice Wells Kingsley. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Treat of Tioga. The bride wore a matte taffeta gown featuring a drop shoulder yoke of illusion with Schiffli embroidery, Venice lace bodice and short puff sleeves. The full skirt of tiered baby ruffles of Chantilly lace at the hemline, ended in a cathedral train. With her gown, she wore a derby covered with Chantilly lace, featuring a seven-tiered pouf of illusion with a blusher. Attending the couple were Brenda Booth of Millerton, maid of honor, and Douglas Brackley of Lawrenceville, best man. The maid of honor wore a burgundy gown of matte taffeta with neckline ruffles and short puff sleeves. The matching derby also featured a pouf of illusion with a blusher.

Bridesmaids were Sheila Treat of Tioga, Jackie Sackett of Tioga, Lynea Gurnsey of Lawrenceville and Robin Gaige of Millerton. They were attired in identical burgundy gowns with matching derby hats and carried bouquets of candles and flowers.

The ushers were Edward Treat of Tioga, brother of the groom; Timothy Foster, Tioga, Stacey Treat, Tioga and Randall Ogden, Lawrenceville. All wore tuxedos of silver gray.

Nicolle Buzako of Millerton was flower girl. She wore a mid-length white dress and carried a basket of flowers. The ring bearers were James Crooker of Big Flats, N.Y. and Ryan Buzako of Millerton. The mother of the bride wore a mauve gown with Victorian yoke of lace and long sleeves. The groom’s mother wore a chiffon gown of silver gray with a triple layer wrap skirt. The couple both graduated from Williamson High School, Lawrence Township and he from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. Before her marriage, the bride was employed at Brackley’s Village Market in Tioga. Mr. Treat is employed by Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia. They are residing in College Park, Georgia following a trip to San Juan.  


Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Martino of Carbondale, Pa., announce the engagement of their daughter, Bernadette of Mansfield to Robert Strong, also of Mansfield. The bride-elect received a B.S. degree in Secondary Education English, a Reading Specialist Certificate and a M. S. Degree in Education from Mansfield State College and is employed as a reading specialist by the Troy Area School District. Mr. Strong attended Pennsylvania State University and received a B. S. degree in Pharmacology from Temple University, Philadelphia. He is owner/pharmacist of Coles Pharmacy, Mansfield. A summer wedding is planned. 


Joseph Stone, and elderly Mansfield man, was admitted in critical but stable condition in the burn unit of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, N.Y. as the result of a garage fire last Thursday, April 26. Since then Stone’s condition has been upgraded to serious, still in burn unit. Borough firemen reported that Stone, 72, of RD 2, Mansfield, suffered from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns of his arms and legs as he attempted to return into the burning structure to recover some belongings. The blaze, which cost an estimated $13-15,000 worth of damages to the 20 x 30 foot structure reportedly started when gasoline Stone was pouring into a garden tractor’s gas tank came in contact with arced battery wires and ignited. Firemen from Mansfield and Daggett were on the scene for two hours. 


Donald and Patricia Kittle of Columbia Cross Roads announce the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Jo, to Ronald Emmerson Kelley, Jr., son of Carolyn Bixby of East Smithfield and the late Ronald Emmerson Kelley. The couple graduated from Troy High School in 1984. The bride-elect is employed by Mark’s Brothers Restaurant, Mansfield.

Her fiance is in the Marine Corps. Stationed in Maryland. 


The marriage of Diane L. Dunkle and Richard D. Prutsman, Jr. took place Friday, Sept. 14, in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Elmira. The Rev. Edward R. McCracken officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Dunkle of Kinner Hill Road, Pine city R. D. 2. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Prutsman of Millerton.

Attending the couple were Debra L. Cady and Timothy M. Dunkle, both of Pine City.

The reception was held at Masia’s Restaurant, Pine City. The couple graduated from Southside High School. The bride is employed by Elcor Health Services, Horseheads.

The bridegroom is a self-employed carpenter. The couple lives in Millerton. 


Dr. Regina F. Olasin, medical director, Laurel Health Centers, North Penn Comprehensive Health Services, has announced that as of Thursday Feb. 1, Dr. Christine L. Toins, will be practicing medicine at North Penn’s Laurel Health Center in Mansfield.

"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Tolins, a family practitioner to our staff," said Olasin. "She has high standards of practice and outstanding medical skills.

Tolins is the wife of Opthalmologist Grady D. Gafford, and mother of three, Ethan, 11.Anne Lauren, 9, and Cassandra Elise, 2. In 1971, Tolins graduated from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa., with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 1975, she earned her medical degree from the Medical School at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.

From July 1975 through June 1976, she completed her internship in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, New York, N.Y. From July 1977 through March 1978, Tolins completed a residency in OB/Gyn at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., and from July 1978 through June 1980, a residency in family practice at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y. She was a teaching fellow and instructor at the Department of Family Medicine, University Hospital, SUNY at Stony Brook, N.Y from June 1980 through July 1981. Tolin is licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania, California, and New York. In addition to providing routine medical care for her patients, Tolin’s special professional interests include health maintenance for patients in all age groups including immunizations, weight loss, diet and exercise, reduction of elevated cholesterol levels and smoking cessation, and providing outpatient pediatric and gynecological services including PMS counseling. She earned board certification through the American Board of Family Practice in 1980 and was recertified in July 1987. She is a 10 year member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Upon moving to Wellsboro, Tolins served as an emergency room physician at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital from 1972 to 1985; provided office coverage at North Penn’s Mansfield and Blossburg offices in 1983 and 1984; and was a family practitioner with Guthrie’s Mansfield office from 1985 to 1987. Tolins is an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro and enjoys hiking, biking, swimming and family activities. Those who wish to schedule an appointment with Tolins may contact the Mansfield office by calling (717)662-2002 between 8 am and 5 p.m., Mondays through Friday. (handwritten on article 1990) 


Mr. and Mrs. James Waters of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Michele Stephanie, to John C. Rundell, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Rundell, Sr. of Millerton. The bride-elect graduated from Williamson High School in 1981 and St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, Elmira, N.Y. in 1984. She is employed at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. Her fiance graduated from Williamson High School in 1980 and the State University of New York, Buffalo in 1984. He is employed by Keystone Rehabilitation Systems in Indiana, Pa. as a physical therapist. Wedding plans are incomplete. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Updike of Gillett will mark their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Sunday, Feb 12 from 2-4 p.m. at the Coryland Presbyterian Church.

Updike and the former Marie Congdon were married Feb. 13, 1934 in Montour Falls by the Rev. Paul Brown. The couple has four children: Duane of Mansfield; LaVere of Gillett; Marshall of Big Flats and Grover of Tucson, Ariz. There are nine grandchildren and three step grandchildren. Updike is retired from the Pennsylvania State Highway Dept. and is engaged in farming. Mrs. Updike is a homemaker. (handwritten on article 1984) 


The marriage of Kim Darlene Sample and William Meredith Anderson took place Saturday, Oct. 5 in Park Church, Elmira. The Rev. Jack Ziegler officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Sample of Hammondsport. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William P.Anderson of Millerton. Mary Schrock of Horseheads was matron of honor. Rowena Buffett of Orlando, Fla., was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Donna Sample of Gibsonville, N.C.; Julie Welles of Laurel, Md.; Cindy Kabish of Brockton, Mass; Donna Whitney of Horseheads; Debi Warfe of Elmira; Debra Glover, Coleen Anderson and Cathleen Anderson all of Millerton. Ring bearer was Brandon Hansen of Newark Valley, N.Y. Serving as best men were Randy Baker of Lyndonville, Vt., and Ron Vandermark of Smithfield, R. I. Ushers were Mark Sample of Gibsonville; Ted Sample of Corning; David Warner, Dave Chappell, Steve Draper and Les Brown all of Millerton; Dan Sandore of Elmira and Dave Westlake of Pine City. The reception was held at the Corning Hilton Inn. The bride graduated from Hammondsport High School and the State Agricultural and Technical College at Alfred. She is employed by the Economic Opportunity Program. The bridegroom graduated from Williamson High School and attended Lock Haven (Pa.) State College and Mansfield State College. He is employed by the Elmira Glove House. The couple is living in Mosherville, after returning from a trip to the New England states. (handwritten on article 1985)   

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