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Millerton Area Clippings obtained from Gertrude CRUM Strunk


A very pretty wedding of local interest was solemnized on Saturday, November 4th at 5:00 o’clock in the Bayside Community Church, Bayside, L.I. when Miss Florence B. Stilwell, daughter of Mr. Frank S. Stilwell of Mansfield and Pasadena, California, became the bride of Mr. Allan E. Best of Brooklyn, N.Y. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Edward Jacobson. Miss Hazel E. Everett of Jenkintown, Pa., formerly of Jackson Summit, cousin of the bride, was the maid of honor, while Mr. Claude G. Swingle of Bayside, L.I. attended the groom. The bride’s gown was of old ivory satin designed along princess lines and she carried white chrysanthemums. The maid of honor wore tiger rose chiffon and carried bronze chrysanthemums. Mrs. Claude Swingle, a close friend and former professional associate of the bride sang "O Promise Me" and "I Love You Truly" during the ceremony. The reception following the ceremony was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Denning, of Queens Village, L.I. Among the out of town guests were: Mr. Albert Stilwell, Mansfield; Mrs. Jessie Gaige, Millerton; Mr. Fred J. Everett, Jackson Summit; Mr. and Mrs. C. Montgomery Millerton; Miss Bessie Spencer Amity Ville, L.I.; Mr. and Mrs. James Jackson, Philadelphia; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Bonnet, Washington, D.C.; Miss Stella Dinkelspiel, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Edna Hill, Washington, D.C.; Miss Helen Cockerell, Washington, D.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baldwin and daughter Carol, Farmingdale, L.I. The bride is a graduate of Sibley Hospital, Washington, D.C. and Ohio Weslyan University. For the past several years she has been an instructor in the Sibley Hospital, and a member of the nurses examining board of Washington, D.C. Mr. Best is a graduate of Marquand School of Brooklyn, N.Y., and has attended Muhlenberg College, Allentown, and New York University. He has been associated with the Greenpoint YMCA Brooklyn, N.Y. for several years. After a short wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Best will reside at 209-39 34th Avenue, Bayside, L.I. 


Mrs. Vina Phillips, 42, wife of Eugene Phillips of Troy, Pa. died at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. Thursday at 1 p.m. She is survived by her husband; three sons, William of Sylvania, Pa., Earl of Roseville, Pa. and Delos of Troy, Pa.; her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Benson of Austinville, Pa.; three sisters, Mrs. Mate Pratt of Elmira, Mrs. Sarah Perry of Gorham and Mrs. Elizabeth Soper of Austinville; and three brothers, Harvey Benson of Troy, Pa., Harry Benson and William Benson, both of Austinville, Pa.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the home of Harvey Benson in Troy. The Rev. Ora Crippen will officiate. Interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Troy. 


Miss Olive A. Cornwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer G. Cornwell, of Mansfield and Blair Lambert of Ulysses, were married Friday evening, June 30, at the home of the bride’s parents on South Main St. The ceremony was performed by Dr. Chester A. Feig, of the Mansfield State Teachers College, in the presence of the members of the two families and close relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Lambert are graduates of the Mansfield State Teachers College, class of 1938, and Mrs. Lambert is instructor of home economics in the North York High School. After a wedding trip, they will spend the summer months on Bailey Hill at Ulysses. 


Mrs. Charlotte Stacey, aged 76, formerly of Troy, Pa., died Friday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Schneckenburger, 445 West Thurston Street. Besides the daughter, she is survived by a son Blaine Ide, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The body is at the Hagerman Funeral Home and will be taken to the home of Mrs. Schneckenburger this afternoon. The funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. L. E. Otter will officiate. Burial in the Job Corners Cemetery. (handwritten on article 1934) 


One of the prettiest weddings of the season occurred Tuesday evening, June 16, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Benedict on Elmira Street, when their daughter, Miss E. Winifred Benedict, became the bride of Mr. Victor Louis Buley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Buley of Waverly, N.Y. The home was prettily decorated with ferns and mountain laurel. Promptly at 7:30 o’clock the bridal party entered the living room to the strains of the Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin", played by Damon Holton, violin and Miss Margaret Doud, piano. The bridegroom and his best man, Hilton Buley, a brother, awaited them in the bay window, which was banked with ferns, palms and mountain laurel, making a beautiful setting for the ceremony. The Reverend Albert O. Caldwell, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Waverly, performed the ceremony, the ring service being used.

The bride’s gown was white satin, with veil fastened by a wreath of orange blossoms and she carried a shower bouquet of bridal roses. Mrs. Merle Garrison, who was her sister’s maid of honor, wore orchid crepe de chene and carried orchid colored roses. The bridesmaid, Miss Juanita Buley, a sister of the bridegroom, wore yellow crepe de chene and carried yellow roses. Little Lucile Dorothy Bordon, who acted as flower girl, carried a basket of pink roses. After the ceremony a three-course dinner was served, covers being laid for thirty-six. Mrs. Theodore Borden, Mrs. Bryan Husted, Mrs. Damon Holton and Misses Yolande Garrison and Margaret Doud waited the tables. Mr. and Mrs. Buley left for a two weeks’ trip to Detroit, Michigan by way of the Great Lakes. They will be at home July 1st at 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, N.Y. Mrs. Buley is a graduate of the Mansfield-Richmond High School and of the Robert Packer Training School for Nurses at Sayre. Mr. Buley is one of Waverly’s prominent young business men and is assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Waverly. The out-of-town guests were Mrs. J. M. Buley, Hilton Buley, Mrs. B. G. Howe, Bartholemen Scanlon, Niles W. Piatt, Jr. and Fred Scriblen of Waverly; Mrs. Etta Beers, Chemung; Miss Ellen Short, Dr. Ethan Flagg Butler, Sayre; Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Allen, Canton; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Widger, Ellicottville, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Russell White, Monroeton; Mrs. Earl Cruttenden, Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Benedict and Mrs. Anna Benedict of Wellsboro. (handwritten on article 1925) 

 John J. Lain of Jackson Summit, Pa., died Monday Nov 28, 1938, at 10:40 a.m. He is survived by his father James W. Lain; his mother Mrs. May Spencer Lain; four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Woodbury, Mrs. Leora Baker, Miss Clara L. Lain . Funeral at the home Thursday 2 p.m. Rev. George Burroughs and Rev, Orey Bolt. Daggett, Pa. Cemetery. 
 Edward P. Fritz, 63, died unexpectedly of a heart seizure, Monday, Feb. 28, 1938, at 7:30 a.m. at the family home at Roseville, Tioga County, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mae Fritz, two daughters, Mrs. Estelle Pettit of Riverside, N.J. and Mrs. Florence Armstrong of Allenwood, Pa.; 3 grandchildren. Mr. Fritz was a former resident of Montgomery, RD Pa. He was a member of the Muncy Valley Lodge, F&AM, Williamsport Consistory Scottish Rite, and Irem Temple, Mystic Shrine of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The body has been removed to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Florence Armstrong of Allenwood, Pa., where the funeral and burial will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. 
 Mrs. Mae E. Fritz, widow of E. P. Fritz, formerly of Elmira, died at the home of her daughter in Allenwood, Pa. Friday morning, Nov. 4, 1938, at 6 o’clock. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Richard Armstrong of Allenwood, Pa. and Mrs. W. D. Pettit of Beverley, N.J. Funeral notice later. 
 Joseph Vickers died at his home in Seeley Creek Monday morning at 1:15 o’clock, aged 82 years. The funeral will be held from the home Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Mr. Vickers was a resident of Mansfield and vicinity for a good many years, having moved to Seeley Creek from Mansfield a little over three years ago. He is survived by his widow and several other relatives. 

Mansfield, Aug. 25—The death of Louise Colony Arenson occurred at the Blossburg Hospital Friday. She was born in Mansfield, May, 5, 1902, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Colony and has spent practically her entire life here. She attended the Mansfield-Richmond High School, later training in the nurses training school at the Blossburg Hospital. On Sept. 4, 1926, she married Harry Arenson and went to live in Detroit. Besides her husband, she is survived by an infant son, Craig Eugene, her parents and two brothers Robert and Hallock. Funeral services were held at the home of her parents Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Harold G. Stearns, pastor of the Methodist Church, of which she was a member, officiated. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery. (handwritten on article Aug 19, 1927) 


Millerton—In an impressive ceremony performed Saturday at 8 p.m. in the West Jackson Baptist Church, Alder Run, Pa., Miss Martha Higgins, adopted daughter of Miss Eliza Higgins of Alder Run, became the bride of Stephen Green of Cleveland, Ohio, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Green of Cleveland. The church was decorated with pink and white roses, ferns, lighted candles and an arch entwined with roses. The Rev. E. G. Griffith, president of the Baptist Bible Seminary of Johnson City, assisted by the Rev. C. R. Knight, former pastor of the West Jackson church, performed the ceremony. The wedding march was played by Mrs. George Ives of Johnson City. Two duets were sun by Mr. and Mrs. George McCauley of Johnson City. The bride wore white satin with a bridal veil. Miss Edna Roe, sister of the bride was bridesmaid. She wore pink georgette crepe and veil to match, she carried an arm bouquet of pink gladiolus and delphiniums. Miss Marion Wright of Elmira and Miss Jean Hall of Oneonta were maids of honor. They wore pink georgette crepe and carried bouquets of pink gladiolus. Miss Doris Wright of Elmira and Louise Griffith of Johnson City were flower girls. Kenneth Prindle of Sharon, Conn, was best man. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Halsey Roe of Caton, Pa. The ushers were William and Wilbur Montgomery of Alder Run. The ladies of the church served ice cream and cake to the wedding party and 200 guests. A reception followed on the church lawn. The event was unique in that the church is 100 years old but had never had a wedding ceremony. The bride is a graduate of the Millerton High School and attended Ellensburg, Washington State Teachers College. She is also a graduate of the Baptist Bible Seminary at Johnson City. The bridegroom is a graduate of the John Adams High School of Cleveland and the Baptist Bible Seminary of Johnson City.

Mr. and Mrs. Green expect to sail for Venezuela, South America, as missionaries about Sept. 25. The following relatives and friends were seated at the bridal table; Kenneth Prindle, Sharon; Edna Roe, Caton; Marion Wright and Doris Wright, Elmira; William and Wilbur Montgomery, Alder Run; Jean Hall, Oneonta; Donald Lumeree, Fred Force and Mrs. Fred Force, Caton; Miss Eliza Higgins, Alder Run; Halsey Roe, Caton; the Rev. and Mrs. E. G. Griffith and daughter Louise, Mr. and Mrs. G. McCauley, Mr. and Mrs. G. Ives, Johnson City, Mrs. Montgomery, Mrs. J. Friends, the Rev. and Mrs. C. R. Knight, the Rev. and Mrs. George Meadows of Millerton.(handwritten on article July 1, 1939) 

 F. Newman Benson, 50, formerly of Elmira, died late Saturday night in Buffalo. He is survived by his widow, his mother Mrs. Sarah E. Benson of Mosherville, Pa.; one son Francis and one sister Mrs. Alice Corey of Bay Side,L.I. The remains will arrive in Elmira late tonight and will be removed to the Hagerman Funeral parlor where the funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. A. M. Laird officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. The committal service will be given by Queen City Lodge IOOF. 

James M. Longwell, 78, died at the family home at Roseville, Pa., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Survivors include two sons, Louis and Harry and two grandsons, Stanley and Robert Longwell, all of Roseville. The funeral will be held at the family home at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira. (handwritten on article Dec. 15, 1933) 

 On Tuesday, November 20, Jennie Louisa, wife of Paul Jupenlaz, died at the family home on Pickle Hill in Richmond Township. Death was due to typhoid pneumonia, and followed an illness of only five days. Mrs. Jupenlaz was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace J. Smith and was 34 years and 3 months old. Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, two children, Dora and Fred, and two brothers and one sister. The funeral was largely attended from the home at noon on Friday last, the Rev. Dr. Ezra Tinker, pastor of the Mansfield M. E. Church, officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery by the side of a daughter, Ada, who died eight years ago. Mrs. Jupenlaz was devoted to her home, husband and children, and possessed those womanly attributes which endeared her to a wide circle of friends, to whom information of her sudden passing came as a distinct shock. The unmeasured sympathy of the community goes forth to the sorrowing husband and motherless little ones. (handwritten on article 1906) 

Miss Katherine Horton, a retired school teacher, died after a long illness at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jesse Garrison, of Ambridge, Pa., Friday Dec. 16. Miss Horton spent the early part of her life near Millerton and taught school in and around there before moving to Ambridge, where she taught for many years. She is survived by two sisters Mrs. Jessie Garrison, where she made her home, and Mrs. Mittie Brace, near Troy, Pa., also one brother Schuyler of California, and three nieces Bernice and Harriet Garrison of Ambridge and Doris Brace of Troy. Burial was in Beaver, Pa., Monday Dec. 19. (handwritten on article 1938) 

 Royal R. Soper, for many years proprietor of the Elmira Gazette, died suddenly at his home in that city on Friday evening last. Mr. Soper was a native of Rutland, and was 63 years old. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in the 161st regiment, New York Volunteers, and was first lieutenant, and subsequently, captain of Company I. There survive, his widow, a son Wheeler Soper, of the editorial staff of the New York Herald, and a daughter, Mrs. F. F. Jewett, of Elmira. (handwritten on article 1906) 

Mansfield—The funeral of Mrs. Rosetta Colby Harris was conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the Roseville Church by the Rev. Orey Crippen of Tioga. Burial was in the Roseville Cemetery. Mrs. Harris died Saturday morning at her home at First and St. James Streets after an illness of 12 hours. She was born in Rutland 74 years ago and with the exception of a few years in Williamsport had spent her entire life in Rutland and Mansfield. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, B. A. Harris; a sister, Mrs. Martin Williammee, of Morris and a brother Clark Colby of Rutland. (handwritten on article 1933) 


Brave the storm and ride the gale!

What if now and then you fail?

What if difficulties rise?

Just ahead the victory lies.

Keep in mind when you’re assailed,

Every conqueror has failed.

Trials mark the path of men,

Hope has dawned to set again.

Many a victor, cheered today,

Had to battle with dismay;

Long before success he knew

He was called a failure, too.

Failures mark the path to fame,

Men must fight through loss and shame

Hurt and heart-ache and distress,

For the glory of success!

Every leader on the earth

Has been tested for his worth.

Brave the loss and bear the blow!

What if hope shall come and go?

What if failure strikes at you?

Keep the faith and fight anew,

Keep your courage when assailed,

Few succeed who’ve never failed

Copyright 1922, by Edgar A. Guest 

  Linda Sweeley and Dave Clawson from Troy were married on Sunday October 30, at Burlington. 
 A son was born Mar. 25 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Loren V. Hamilton of 1070 South Main Street. He has been named Robert Edward.

George M. Colby died Friday morning at Wernersville, Pa., following an illness of several months, aged 60 years. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Roseville Monday at 2 p.m., the Reverend Orey Crippen officiating; interment in the Roseville Cemetery. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. B. A. Harris, of Mansfield, and Mrs. Martin Williammee, of Morris and one brother Clark J. Colby of Mansfield. Also several nieces and nephews. (handwritten on article May 11, 1928) 


Mr. and Mrs. M. Doyle Marks, 318 W. Clinton St., entertained Sunday evening at 7 o’clock with a buffet supper honoring Miss Phyllis Crandall and her fiance, James A. Harper. Twenty-eight guests were present. Miss Crandall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George S. Crandall, 1012 Walnut St., and Mr. Harper, son of Mrs. Ophelia M. Harper, 132 E. Cheming Pl., and the late J. Beaver Harper, will be married Saturday, Oct. 21 at the North Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Marks was assisted in the dining room by Mrs. Kenneth W. Marks and her nieces, Miss Mary Elizabeth Weale and Miss Mary Faith Lawrence. Miss Beverly Guthrie of Pleasantville also assisted the hostess. (Note from JMT: M. Doyle Marks owned a music store in Elmira where he sold Hammond Organs and related products. When my father returned form World War II, his first job was with Doyle Marks and he remained in his employ for several years.) 

 The Jackson Center Church tendered a party and shower Friday evening in the church parlors for Mr. and Mrs. Fred French who were recently married. They received many gifts. Mrs. French was formerly Miss Myra Smith, daughter of Ford and Mabel Everitt Smith. (handwritten on article Dec 28, 1934) 
 Rev. A. W. Batty, a pastor in the Central N. Y. conference of the M. E. Church since 1897, died Saturday, June 18, 1938 at Syracuse. He was a pastor of the M. E. Church at Mansfield, Pa. from 1913 to 1916. The funeral and burial was held at Scipioville, N.Y. 
 John Wells, 83, of Mansfield, Pa., died Friday at 4:30 p.m. He is survived by two sons, Verne, Elmira, and Sam, Mansfield; a daughter Mrs. Harry Waters, Lindley; a sister, Mrs. Marvin Sturdevant, Mansfield. The funeral will be held at the home of Sam Wells in Mansfield Monday at 2 p.m. Burial in Mansfield Cemetery. (handwritten on article Feb. 10, 1933) 

Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Holton, of Jobs Corners, announce the marriage of their daughter, Manda M. to Bert D. Hyde of Bradford, on September 12, at the Methodist Parsonage at Blossburg, by Rev. Owen Barrett. Their future home will be in Bradford, Pa. (handwritten on article 1933) 


Charles Voorhees, 74, died this morning, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 1936, at 3 o’clock in Philadelphia. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma French Voorhees; two sons, Dr. B. G. Voorhees of Elmira; Leroy of Philadelphia; two grandsons, Charles of Elmira; Lee of Philadelphia; two sisters, Mrs. John Nye of Cromwell, Ind; Mrs. Nettie Sheives Smith of Smithboro. Mr. Voorhees was a member of the M. E. Church, Oaklane, Philadelphia. The body is in the Wilson Funeral Home. Funeral Later. 


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Tickner of Mansfield, Pa. announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen, to William Bradford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bayard Bradford of Troy, Pa. (handwritten on article May 2, 1934) 


Boys at Covington and Mansfield Receive Honors Austin-Cox Post of the American Legion is inaugurating a policy of awarding a medal each year to the boy of the graduating class of the Grammar School at Covington and Mansfield who represents the highest qualities of character and ability. The selection is made by the classes concerned and the teachers. The fundamental qualities which are considered as a basis for selection are honor, courage, leadership, service and scholarship. The Legion feels that it can devote itself to no higher purpose than that of cultivating high character and wholesome ideals in the youth coming into citizenship. The prime purpose of the award is to encourage every boy to be a better American and to grow up a better citizen.

DeWayne Mays won the medal at the Covington School. The presentation was made at the high school commencement last Friday evening. Alfred Gould has been selected to receive the medal at Mansfield. The presentation will be made Friday afternoon this week at the Junior High Commencement. (handwritten on article May 23, 1924) 


By Edgar Guest

Now when it comes to happiness I find that I can be

Forgetful of my many cares in gracious company.

I do not need a dervish dance to drive away the gloom,

Nor do I want a loutish crew to crowd my living room.

I’ll gather all the joy I crave until my journey ends

From neighboring with kindly folk and visiting with friends.

I like my share of honest fun, of laughter and of song,

But I won’t guzzle pleasure’s cup when it is brewed too strong.

I need no thrills of madness to relieve my weight of care.

I can forget my troubles in some friend’s easy chair,

And I can have a happy time in a sane and simple way

Without inviting sorrow and remorse to mar my way.

Old Webster says that pleasure is a happy state of mind,

And there are countless pathways here for man that state to find.

I need no wild excitement to drive wearying care away,

Despite the scornful critics and the things they often say,

There’s much that makes for happiness upon this troubled earth

In good old-fashioned decency and good old-fashioned mirth.

Copyright 1933 


Girden Wood died Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at his home 477 Roe Avenue, aged fifty-six years. He is survived by his widow: four sons, Fred, Lynn, Ernie and Herbert, all of Elmira; four daughters Mrs. Clyde Hewitt, Mrs. Raymond Hollander, Mrs. Orlo Ward and Miss Sadie Wood, also of Elmira and one sister Mrs. John Marcellous of Pine City. Mr. Wood was a member of the first Methodist Church in Elmira and of the Loyal Order of Moose. The remains repose in the Harrington undertaking rooms until Wednesday evening, when they will be removed to the family home. The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Jude Richards will officiate. (handwritten on article Nov. 30, 1925) 

 Mrs. Mary Longwell, 84, died Monday, Aug 15, 1938 at 12 m. at the family home. She is survived by two sons William of Pine City and Charles at home; four grandchildren, three great grandchildren. Funeral at the family home at Clark Hollow, Wednesday 2:30 p.m. Webb Mills Cemetery. 

By Edgar A. Guest

The apple man upon the corner worries me a lot.

I wonder if he sells enough to pay his rent or not;

I wonder if he lives alone, or has he children small,

And just how many apples he must sell to feed them all.

It’s no concern of mine, of course; I’ve never learned his name,

I don’t know where he goes to, nor from whence the fellow came,

And yet I never see him on the corner with his box

But I wonder how he stands it in those worn-out shoes and socks.

I wonder as I pass him what misfortune cut him down

And left him selling apples on some corner of the town;

And if his wife is grateful for the little that he gives,

And what he does on Sunday and just where it is he lives.

I wonder who his friends are, and is he what he seems,

Or a man of high ambitions in the wreckage of his dreams?

And has he wasted chances or done everything he could?

And a thousand other questions which I wish I understood.

Copyright 1932 


Backward, turn backward, oh time, in your flight,

Give us a girl with skirts not so tight.

Give us a girl whose charms, many or few,

Are not exposed by too much peek-a-boo;

Give us a girl, no matter what age,

Who won’t use the streets for a vaudeville stage,

Give us a girl not too sharply in view,

Dress her in skirts that the sun can’t shine through,

And give us a dance of days gone by,

With plenty of clothes and steps not so high.

Put turkey trot capers and buttermilk slides,

Hurdy gurdy twists and ingle tail glides,

With products of hell inspired by the level

With other such bunny hugs all on the devil.

And let us feast our optics once more

On a pure sweet woman of the days of yore.

Yes, time turn backward and grant our request

For God’s richest blessings, but not undressed! 


Hendrick Brewer, 90, a life long resident of Wells Township, Pa. died this morning at the family home at Mosherville, Pa. Mr. Brewer was born at Mosherville, Pa., Aug. 20, 1840, and was the last surviving member of the family of fourteen children. Mr. and Mrs. Brewer were married at Mrs. Brewers’ fathers home in Rutland, Pa., July 3, 1864. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Roxy Oldroyd Brewer, two daughters, Mrs. John Sterling of Wells, Pa.; Mrs. Edward E. VanDine of Horseheads; 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Mr. Brewer was a violin player of considerable ability and took part in the old time fiddlers contest, held in Elmira several years ago. The funeral will be held in the Mosherville, Pa. Church, Friday at 3 p.m. The Rev. George Burroughs of Pine City will officiate. Burial in the Mosherville, Pa., Cemetery. (handwritten on article July 30, 1930) 

 Thomas White, a life long resident of Rutland Township, died Sunday morning, February 24, 1935, at eight o’clock, after an illness of about a week. He is survived by one son, Fritz White, with whom he lived, and a granddaughter, Lucile White. The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., interment in Roseville Cemetery. Dr. Chester A. Feig officiated. 

Wedding vows were recited on Saturday June 18 at the Montdale Country Club by Bernadette A. Martino of Mansfield and Robert G. Strong also of Mansfield. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Martino of 155 Lincoln Street, Carbondale, Pa.

The Rev. Charles Starzer performed the ceremony. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white net featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline with tiny puffed sleeves. Bands of venice lace embroidered in rhinestones trimmed the neckline, sleeves and formed a double panel down the front and around the bottom of the bouffant skirt. She wore matching gauntlets. Her triple tiered veil of French illusion was arranged from a matching lace Juliet cap, embroidered in rhinestones and featuring an open crown laced with white satin ribbon. She carried a prayer book with a crescent bouquet of silk cattleya orchids, stephanotis, and baby breath. The gown, headpiece, and prayer book were originally worn and carried by the bride’s mother. The bride’s honor attendant, Miss Rita Rohrmann of Scarsdale, N.Y. wore a formal length orchid Giana gown fashioned with a halter like bodice with spaghetti straps featuring a sheer capelet with a flowing pleated skirt. She wore white and orchid baby breath in her hair. J. Thomas Harris of Paxino, Pa., served as best man for the groom. Stephen Martina of Annapolis, Maryland, brother of the bride and Wayne Fleming of Towanda, Pa., brother-in-law of the groom were ushers.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Country Club. The couple then left for a wedding trip to Greece and Turkey. The bride, who is employed as a reading specialist by the Troy Area School District, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education in English, Reading Specialist Certificate and Master of Science degree in Education from Mansfield College. The groom attended Pennsylvania State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Temple University. He is owner and Pharmacist of Coles Pharmacy at Mansfield.

The couple will make their home at 140 S. Main St., Mansfield. (handwritten on article 1983) 


The marriage of Miss Patricia Louise Brown and Harry Crittenden Dees took place Friday, July 1, in the First Presbyterian Church, Annapolis, Md. The Rev. Winslow Shaw officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rexford L. Brown of 25 West Ave., Wellsboro. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Dees of Terre Haute, Ind. Attending the couple were Miss Jennifer A. Dees and Harry C. Dees, both of Terre Houte. The reception was held at the Maryland Inn, Annapolis. The bride received a bachelor’s degree in French from Lycoming College; attended Universite de Montpellier Diplome, France, and received a master’s degree in French Literature from Pennsylvania State University. She is employed at the Department of Defense, Ft. Meade, Md.

The bridegroom received a bachelor’s degree in history from Depauw University and a law degree from Indiana University School of Law. He is a partner in the law firm of Tabor and Dees. The couple lives in Terre Haute after a trip to Ocean City, Md. (handwritten on article 1983) 


Emerson Holton of Jobs Corners was surprised recently by his children and friends in honor of his 70th birthday. Those present were: Mrs. Ella Oldroyd and son Emerson, Miss Jessie Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Card and children, Carolyn and Harry of Columbia Cross Roads; William Holton and children, Gerald, Doris and Phyllis of Gillett; Mr. and Mrs. Drexel Holton and son Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Rexford Crippen and children, Jack and Joan of Rutland; Mrs. Pearl Brewer and daughters, Marion and Muriel, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McMullan and son of Elmira, Mrs. Anna Holton and daughter Marjorie of Jobs Corners. (handwritten on article May 2, 1935) 


Fletcher Bates

A clergyman who longed to trace

Amid his flock a work of grace

And mourned because he knew not why

Yon fleece kept wet while his kept dry.

While thinking what he could do more

Heard someone tapping at the door,

And opening it there met his view

A dear old brother whom he knew;

Who had got down by worldly blows

From wealth to peddling cast-off clothes.

"Come in my brother" said the pastor,

"Perhaps my trouble you can master,

For since the summer you withdrew

My converts have been very few."

"I can," the peddler said, "unroll

Something perchance to ease your soul

And to cut short all fulsome speeches

Bring me a pair of your old breeches."

The clothes were brought; the peddler gazed

And said, "No longer be amazed,

The gloss upon this cloth is such

I think perhaps you sit too much

Building air castles bright and gay

Which Satan loves to blow away

And here behold! As I am born

The nap of neither knee is worn

He who would great revivals see

Must wear his pants out at the knee

For such the lever prayers supplies

When pastors kneel their churches rise." 


By Edgar Daniel Kramer

When I was but a little lad,

My teacher quite astonished me;

She said the earth turned ‘round and ‘round,

A strange and baffling mystery;

That night when bedtime came at nine,

I did not want to go at all,

My bed would soon turn upside-down

And to the ceiling I would fall!

My mother smiled and shook her head,

Then whispered softly in my ear,

"Lad, say your prayers. Who trusts in God

is ever safe and free from fear."

As I have climbed the fleeting years,

That swiftly lead into the west,

When I have heard the call of sin,

When I have been perplexed, oppressed,

Lo, I have been a lad again,

A lad afraid to go to bed,

Because he could not understand

The strange thing that the teacher said,

But ever in those times of doubt

My mother’s voice comes, sweetly clear,

"lad, say your prayers. Who trusts in God

I ever safe and free from fear." 


Oliver N. Goodwin, a lifelong resident of Pine City, died Sunday morning, aged seventy-seven years. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Webb Mills fifty years and superintendent of its Sunday School for a long period. Last year Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary. Mr. Goodwin is survived by his widow; a daughter Mrs. Bertha Wilkins of Geneva; a son W. W. Goodwin of Elmira; a brother Samuel G. Goodwin of Millerton, Pa; a sister Mrs. Rufus Longwell of Seeley Creek. The remains repose in the Harrington undertaking rooms until Wednesday morning, when they will be removed to the home of his son, W. W. Goodwin, 982 Laurel Street. A prayer service will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p. m. The funeral will be held at the Webb Mills Church at 2:30 o'clock.The Rev. Samuel S. Sanford and the Rev. L. A. Guiles will officiate. Burial in the Webb Mills Cemetery. (handwritten on article Feb. 1, 1925) 


Mrs. Olive A. Fish, 83, died this morning at 6 o’clock at the home of her son, Benjamin Fish, 930 Spruce Street.She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Ida Kinnan of Tioga, Pa.; Mrs. John Stevens and Mrs. A. J. Harrison of Mosherville, Pa.; Mrs. Baker Newell of Elmira; two sons, Benjamin Fish, Elmira; Matthew Fish, Letonia, O.’ a sister Mrs. Adelia Gee of Middlebury, Pa.; 20 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren. The funeral will be held in the M.E. Church at Kenneyville, Pa., Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev.George W. Burroughs of Pine City and the Rev. Irving J. Shafer of Elmira will officiate. Burial in the Keeneyville, Pa. Cemetery. (handwritten on article 1934) 


Identification of the body of the second man who was found dead Friday morning was made Friday night as that of Reuben Hildreth, 48, of Elmira. The bodies of Hildreth and Charles G. VanAmberg were found in the latter’s room at 158 Exchange Place, Friday morning, victims of denatured alcohol and "canned heat." The body was identified by Fred Hildreth of 220 First Street, Horseheads, a nephew of the deceased. Mr. Hildreth stated that his uncle had been living in Elmira at different addresses for about eight months. Mr. Hildreth is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sally Parker of Gaines, Pa. and Mrs. Laura Loveless of South Dakota; two brothers Delos Hildreth of Howell and Jack Hildreth of Lock. The body reposes at the Davis funeral home. No relatives of VanAmberg have been located by the funeral director or the authorities.(handwritten on article 1929) 


We cannot, of course, all be handsome,

And it’s hard for us all to be good;

We are sure now and then to be lonesome,

And we don’t always do as we should

To be patient is not always easy,

To be cheerful is much harder still,

But at least we can always be pleasant,

If we make up our minds that we will.

And it pays every time to be kindly,

Although we feel worried and blue;

If you smile at the world and look cheerful,

The world will soon smile back at you.

So try and brace up and look pleasant,

No matter how low you are down;

Good humor is always contagious,

But you banish your friends when you frown.

The Youth’s Visitor 


The Spirit came in childhood

And pleaded, "Let me in!"

But ah, the door was bolted

By thoughtlessness and sin.

"I am too young," the child replied,

"I will not yield to-day;

There’s time enough to-morrow."

The Spirit turned away.

Again He came and pleaded

In youth’s bright, happy hour;

He called, but heard no answer,

For, lured by Satan’s power,

The youth lay idly dreaming then,

And saying, "Not to-day,,

Not till I’ve tried earth’s pleasures,"

The Spirit turned away.

Again He came in mercy,

In manhood’s vigorous prime,

But still He heard no welcome—

The merchant had no time;

No time for true repentance,

No time to think and pray,

And so, repulsed and saddened,

The Spirit turned away.

Once more He called and waited—

The man was old and ill;

He scarcely heard the whisper,

His heart was cold and chill.

"Go, leave me; when I need Thee

I’ll call for Thee," he cried.

Then, sinking on his pillow,

Without a hope he died.

Publisher Unknown 

 Giles, Wilson D., Sr (known as W.D.) age 74, of Mansfield, RD2, Saturday, October 15, 1983 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Friends are invited to call at the Kuhl Funeral Home in Mansfield on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral there Tuesday at 4 p.m, Rev. Joseph Miles officiating. Burial Lawrence Corner Cemetery. Survived by wife, Marie Brace Giles; one daughter, Mrs. Delbert (Lucille) Brown of Granville Summit, Pa.; three sons, James of Mansfield RD 2, Wilson, Jr. of Mainesburg, Richard of Mansfield RD2 ; one step-son Richard Brace of Mansfield RD 2; two stepdaughters, Mrs. James (Diane) Brown of Mansfield RD 2, Mrs. James (Kathy) Powlison of Millerton RD 2; five sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Webster of Tioga, Pa., Mrs. James (Letta) Mitchell of Millerton, Mrs. Joseph (Lena) Wood of Blossburg, Mrs. Donald (Myra) Smith of Horseheads, Mrs. William (Carolyn) Clark of Mansfield; one brother Luther Giles of Mansfield RD 2; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren. He was an independent trucker and was associated with Jones & Bragg of Blossburg for many years. Born April 24, 1909 in Mansfield the son of Ira and Eula Brace Giles. 

Edsall J. Hammond Leaves $30,000 Estate to First Baptist Church—Law Declares Only Half Can Be So Bequeathed When Kin Survives—Trust Fund Provisions Quoted—Relative Here May File Objections. The entire estate of Edsall J. Hammond, late of 627 Winsor Avenue, valued at $30,000 in personal property, is left the First Baptist Church of this city under terms of the will which has been filed for probate in Surrogate’s Court.

Mr. Hammond committed suicide Jan. 17 last by shooting himself in the chest with a .38 caliber revolver. He was survived by one daughter, Marie Hammond of 676 Perine Street; his mother Cora O. Hammond; two brothers Durland P. Hammond and Foster A. Hammond and one sister, Mrs. Olive Seeley, all of Elmira. None of them are mentioned in his will Several interesting questions exist with regard to disposal of the estate.

Under Section 17 of the Decedent Estate Law only half of an estate may be left to any religious, benevolent, or scientific organizations, etc., if the decedent is survived by a husband, wife, child or parent. This section would make it appear that the next of kin to Mr. Hammond would have claim to at least half of his estate regardless of the will.

Trust Funds Provisions Under provisions of a trust fund formed before the will was made, the estate would have gone to "such person as shall be named in the last will and testament, of if he (Mr. Hammond) die inestate, to the next of kin. Last summer Mr. Hammond brought action to revoke the trust fund, but Supreme Court Justice Ely W. Personius ruled that it should stand. It is also understood that objections to the will my be filed as result of provisions of a previous will. In 1926 Mr. Hammond was award one of the largest civil verdicts ever noted in this vicinity. He was injured at Penn Yan while employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and brought action against the railroad to recover. When the case was first tried in Federal Court in Buffalo, Mr. Hammond, represented by Attorney Mortimer L. Sullivan and Levi Ginsburg, was given a $47,999 verdict.

Was Paid $47,000

The railroad appealed from the findings to the Circuit of appeals and a new trial was ordered. The case was again tried in Buffalo before U. S. Judge Simon L. Adler and the second judgement was for $77,000 for the plaintiff. When the railroad again moved for a reversal and new trial the court reduced the verdict to the original figure, $47,000, with interest. The entire amount was paid in 1927. Attorney Levi Ginsburg has been retained by Miss Marie Hammond to represent her interests if there should be a contest of the will. Attorney Emory Rockwell of Corning is estate counsel. Citations are returnable in Surrogate’s Court here Mar. 31. (date at top of article, Saturday, March 19, 1932) 


By Mrs. R. S. Kayzer

Tioga, Pa—It is the rule, rather than the exception, for women to enter into practically all lines of endeavor with men, but, probably, the one field in which men take the priority and hold it is banking and finance. However, Tioga, Pa., has one of the few women cashiers in the banking field in this country. Miss Gladys Phelps Smith, modestly lays no claim to distinction, but next January celebrates her eighth year as cashier of the Grange National Bank. In fact, even the inhabitants of Tioga, number nearly 600, as well as a large and extensive farming community surrounding the town, are so accustomed to "doing business" with this attractive, alert and interested young woman that it never enters their minds what a unique and enviable position Miss Smith holds. Asked if she had thought her wagon would ever be hitched to this particular star in her youth, she said she had had no intention of turning to banking, but that events drew her back to her own home in Tioga. She never particularly excelled in mathematics in school, she claims, but she has trained herself by study and application and is now vitally interested in all that goes on in banking. Miss Smith attends the state meetings and at the one this year she was one of the two women present, the other being one of the speakers, a woman president of a New Jersey bank.

Miss Smith believes the new federal banking regulations are an excellent protection for the depositors and that the banks all over the country have made great strides in safety precautions. Asked if she though there would be inflation she smilingly declined to comment.

When questioned whether or not she though women in banking might be more cautious in investments, she laughed and said, "Cautious, is my middle name!"

Miss Smith, who is 40 years of age and doesn’t mind saying so, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Smith of Tioga, Pa. perhaps she was in some way destined to take up the career of banking, because her great uncle was Harry Smith, one time partner in the brokerage business of Jay Gould. According to family traditions this member of the family was a born money-maker. He left Tioga early in life and went to Buffalo where he got his start trading American and Canadian money. From there he went to New York, where, with Mr. Gould, in the firm of Smith, Gould and Martin, he became a multi-millionaire.

Miss Smith is also a descendent of Captain Abram Miller of Revolutionary fame, and her great grandfather, a physician in the Revolutionary War, was killed at the battle of Bennington, Vt.

Just 100 years ago this year her forebears came to Tioga Valley to settle. Many of the older citizens of this town well remember her grandfather, the late Carl Smith, who made boots and shoes by hand. After attending the local schools, Miss Smith wen to Mansfield Normal School and also to the Corning Conservatory of Music. She is a talented musician and for a number of years was a member of an orchestra which played in the theaters in the Middle West. She still plays the violin and occasionally with other members of her family spends a musical evening.

The Grange National Bank, of which Miss Smith is a director as well as cashier, was organized in 1906 by Dr. S. P. Hakes, who has been its president ever since.

Miss Smith is much interested in the affairs of the community. School director for several years, she was recently elected president of the board of theTioga Consolidated Schools. She is also active in Republican politics 


Delos R. Hildreth, a former resident of Elmira until about 1916, died April 14 at Howell, Mich, following a heart seizure. The family formerly resided at East Washington Avenue and Sullivan Street, and Mr. Hildreth was employed as a night watchman and fireman in the Philo plant on Upper Lake Street. Mr. Hildreth was born in Roseville, Pa., Aug. 19,1869. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Frank Latterall of Elmira; Mrs. W. H. Cole of Evansville, Wis.; three sons Fred L. of Horseheads, Cornelius of Howell, Mich; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Loveless of South Dakota; Mrs. George Parker of Gaines, Pa.; two brother, J. B. Hildreth of Locke, N.Y.; John Hildreth of Howell, Mich. The funeral and burial was held April 17, at Howell, Mich. (handwritten on article 1931) 

 Franklin M. Hilfiger of Troy, Pa. Funeral was held at Troy, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 22, 1938, with full military honors. Mr. Hilfiger was an active non-commissioned officer of theWorld War and was wounded several times. The committal was conducted by the American Legion of Troy, Pa., assisted by a firing squad. Taps were sounded at the cemetery. 
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