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Millerton Area Clippings obtained from Gertrude CRUM Strunk


George Payne, father of Mrs. J. B. Matthews, of Covington, died at his home in Millerton last week, aged about 75 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War. His funeral was held last Wednesday when the three surviving members of Deming Post, G.A.R. were in attendance. The death of Mr. Payne recalls to many the horrible murder of his wife near Jackson Summit about twenty years ago by a tramp who had apparently slept in the barn the night preceding the tragedy. Mr. Payne had taken a load of hay to Elmira, starting early in the morning. Some time after his departure Mrs. Payne went to the barn to do a few chores, when the tramp killed her with a pitchfork. He was hunted through two states, but was never found. Mrs. Payne was a relative of H. C. Cunningham, of this place. 


Wilmot Leroy Wagner, alleged slayer of two state troopers, was captured near Canton Monday, and taken to Tioga, where he was identified by his sister, Mrs. Hughes. Wagner was working for a farmer named Allen, when discovered. He was taken through Mansfield to Tioga Monday night. According to reports he is now an inmate of the jail at Belmont, N.Y. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Jerome C. Eighmey were recently married at Pine City by the Rev. George G. Burroughs. Mrs. Eighmey was the former Miss Helen E. Terwilliger. After a wedding trip to Canada and Niagara Falls, the couple will reside in Mosherville. (handwritten on article July 1934) 


Mansfield, Sept 19—word has been received here of the death of Sidney Hayward, which occurred at his home in Imlay City, Mich., Sunday night. He was a brother of the late O. E. Hayward of Mansfield, and was a resident of this section for many years. (handwritten on article Sept 14, 1930) 


The sudden death of Will Reynolds, a life-long resident of Rutland, came as a shock to his many friends. He had been in poor health for some time, but was about the house as usual on Friday. Shortly after eating supper he complained of not feeling very well and rapidly grew worse until eight o’clock when he became unconscious and died at 10:40 o’clock at the home of his nephew Leon Reynolds, where he had been living for the past few months. William H. Reynolds was the son of Norman J. and Maria Argetsinger Reynolds, and was born March 16, 1850. He was united in marriage to Sallie A. Reynolds, who died in 1019, in the same house where he died, and which had been their home for many years. It is an historical fact of interest to know this house is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, in Rutland Township. A stone taken from the old fire place bears the date of 1830. June 4, 1920, Mr. Reynolds married Mrs. Myra Patterson, who died January 19, 1923. Mr. Reynolds was a man who was quiet and unassuming in his ways, and was a friend to everybody. He was a member of the Methodist Church at Elk Run. He is survived by an adopted daughter, Mrs. Emma Keys, of Troy, Pa., one sister, Mrs. Celia Bronson, two brothers, John and Charlie Reynolds of Tioga. The funeral was held at the home of Leon Reynolds and the large attendance told of the high esteem in which he was held. Rev. Orey Crippen, of the Roseville Baptist Church officiated and spoke from the text, John 16:22, "And ye now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." John F. Benson sang "Abide With Me" and "In the Upper Garden", both selections having been chosen by Mr. Reynolds. Interment was in the Reynolds cemetery by the side of his first wife.

The pall bearers were Messrs Roy James, Everett Nash, George Bardwell, Dan Smith, Frank Williams and B. J. Smith. (handwritten on article 1925) 


A very pretty wedding of local interest was solemnized on Saturday, November 4th, at about 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.; Mrs. 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 Y.M.C.A., 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. (handwritten on article 1936) 


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 Borden, 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) 


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 member of the two families and close relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Lambert are graduates of the Mansfield State Teachers, 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. (handwritten on article 1939) 


Mrs. Ada Havens died Sunday at 2:30 a.m. at the family home at Austinville, Pa., aged sixty-eight years. She is survived by her husband, Seth Havens, two sons, Austin and Frank of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. A daughter, Mrs. B. B. Stout of Austinville, Pa. The funeral will be held at the family home, Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ora Crippen will officiate. Burial in the Besley Cemetery. (handwritten on article Feb. 1, 1925) 


The following from the Kent, O., Courier is of interest to the friends of the bride in Mansfield and vicinity: "William J. Hinds and Miss Ethel D. Soper were married Christmas eve at Arlington, N.J. Mr. Hinds is a son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Hinds, of Kent and is president of the Booth-Hinds Company, of which he is also general manager. They are engaged in the business of importing and grinding materials used in drugs. He is a very successful young man, popular, with a host of friends. His bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Soper of Rutland, Pa., and has been teaching in the public schools of Rutherford, N.J., where she is held in high esteem. The wedding ceremony was performed in the already furnished home in which they will reside at 367 Kearney Avenue, Arlington, N.Y." Mrs. Hinds was graduated from Mansfield Normal, class of ’02. 


Mrs. Mary Smith Brace died at the home of her son, Verne Brace, on North Main Street, May 18, following an illness of three weeks of complication of diseases.

Mrs. Brace was the daughter of Jesse and Polly Smith, and was born in Richmond Township February 21, 1855. She was united in marriage to Charles Brace in 1873. Five children were born to them; George of Mansfield; Jessie of Corning; Bertha (Mrs. George Gould) of Mansfield; Laverne of Mansfield and Hazel (Mrs. Ernest Stout) of Eau Gallie, Florida. She has lived her entire life in Mansfield and vicinity and had many warm friends. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church at Painter Run, and was a devout Christian. Only a few minutes before she died she tried to sing her favorite hymn, "Jesus Lover of My Soul." Prayer services were held at the home Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Reverend Barnes, of Elmira, officiating, assisted by Reverend David J. Griffiths, with funeral services at the Painter Run Free Methodist Church in charge of Reverend Barnes, assisted by Reverend Floyd Wright, pastor of the church, and Reverend Phelps, of Corning. John Benson sang "Jesus Lover of My Soul."

She is survived by her five children, twelve grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. (handwritten on article 1927) 


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 funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. I. E. Otter will officiate. Burial in the Job Corners Cemetery. 


Some neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jay McClure of Millerton to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec.7th and also to honor the Rev. Mrs. Ernest Devine’s birthday anniversary. Games and music were enjoyed during the evening and refreshments were served. The following were present: Rev. and Mrs. Devine, Mr. and Mrs. Jay McClure, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Adams, Miss Bell Welch, Mr. and Mrs. George McCann, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hurd, Mr. and Mrs. Wellon Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Garrison, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Goodwin, Herbert Adams, Miss Lillian Hamilton, Miss Iva Jean Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. McClure received many cards and telephone calls of congratulations during the day. (handwritten on article 1937) 


Death Comes Unexpectedly to Veteran Hardware Man as He and Wife Were About to Make Trip to Business Section of City. Charles H. Gridley of 755 West Clinton street died this morning about 11 o’clock. Mr. Gridley, in company with Mrs. Gridley, left their home and boarded a West Clinton Street trolley car for the business section. Immediately after entering the car, Mr. Gridley suffered a heart seizure and became unconscious. The car was stopped and an ambulance was called. Mr. Gridley died before his arrival at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital. The report quickly spread over the city and was received with deep regret by many friends of the family. Charles H. Gridley was born August 27, 1848, the eldest son of the late Grandison A. Gridley, who was a native of Cazenovia. Grandison Gridley mastered the tinners trade at Cazenovia and removed to Elmira September 3, 1840. He first opened a small repair shop at 239 East Water Street later Ephriam Davenport became his business partner. Charles H. Gridley, the son, entered his fathers store when a young man and developed with the business. When Mr. Davenport died in 1873, Charles H. became a member of the firm with his father in 1873 under the firm name of G. H. Gridley and Son. Their place of business many years was located at the northwest corner of East Water and State Streets. Later the firm removed to 126 West Water Street under the name of the Gridley, Fuhrman and Martin Company. Mr. Gridley retired from active work a few years ago because of ill heath and physical disability.


In the days of the old Volunteer Fire Department, following the Civil War, Mr. Gridley was a member of Ours four Hose Company and was very active in the affairs of that organization. In 1871 he became a member of the Ivy Lodge, No. 397, F. & A. M. Mr. Gridley also was a member of Elmira Chapter, Royal Arch Masons and the St. Omer Commandory, Knights Templar, also the Elmira Exempt Firemen’s Association.In his church affiliations, Mr. Gridley became a member of The Park Church when a young man and succeeded his father as deacon in the church. He was the president of the board of trustees and always gave the church interests his earnest and faithful attention.

Mr. Gridley had been a member of the board of directors of the Elmira Mechanics Society many years and also was a director of the Elmira Y.M.C.A. Charles H. Gridley was a man of sunny disposition and the ability to meet all people with whom he came in contact with a smile and a pleasant word of greeting. He made a multitude of friends by his cordiality and honest business dealing and held their friendship throughout his life. The close of his active and useful life is deeply regretted by many friends.


The decedent is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Leslie D. Clute; a son, Frederick B. and a brother Leonard C. Gridley, all of Elmira. The funeral will be held at The Park Church Saturday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Albert G. Cornwell will officiate. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. (handwritten on article Oct. 15, 1925) 


"We best serve the interests of posterity by preserving the memories of our ancestors."

The above inscription can be seen on a monument erected at Sandwich, Mass., by the Nye Family Association of America, so the memory of their ancestors, Benjamin Nye and his wife, Katherine Tupper. On the ship Abigail, that came to this country in 1836, was the Rev. Thomas Tuper and family, one of whom was a little lass of 12 years, Katherine. Also a passenger on the same ship was a 16-year-old boy adventurer who came alone, Benjamin Nye. Four years later, when Benjamin was 20, and Katherine 16, they were married in the Tupper home, and thus began the Nye family in America.

The old Tupper home remained in the Tupper family for about 300 years, until about 1917, when it was sold. Soon after it was purchased by the Tupper family Association, restored and much of the original furniture was recovered, and a real family celebration was held. In 1920 the house was destroyed by fire, at the same time that many historical homes in Massachusetts were burned. In 1921 Miss Sylveen V. Nye, daughter of Dr. Orrin S. Nye, of Roseville, attended a meeting of the Nye Family Association at Sandwich, and visited the ruins of the old Tupper house. She brought back with her a 300-year-old brick from the ruins, and some hand-wrought nails, the only kind used at the time the house was built. A short time ago Miss Nye purchased a farm home at Reading, and the historic brick was put in a fireplace. "I had to buy a home and build a fireplace," said Miss Nye, "to have a place for my brick." Not long ago a number of the members of the Nye Family assembled there, and dedicated the fireplace containing the prized brick. The fire was lighted by Dr. Nye, of Roseville, and Judge Olin Tracey Nye of Watkins, N.Y.

Others present contributed by throwing in pine cones, and giving good wishes for the house, its owner, its occupants, and its future guests. Incidentally the farm on Cape Cod, where Benjamin Nye died, has been purchased by a member of the Nye family, and given to the State of Massachusetts, as a bird sanctuary, game preserve and fish hatchery. (handwritten on article June 15, 1927)

Note from Joyce. This woman was sister of Dr. Orin Nye of Roseville. Dr. Nye's daughter, also named Sylvene, died in 1923]


Nineteen-Year-Old Nellie Thorpe of Mosherville Leaves Her Husband, Harry Updike, a Farm Hand, and Weds Recruiting Officer Louis Giannantanio Under Assumed Name of "Pearl White"—Her Mother and First Husband Come Here and Cause Girl’s Arrest.

A courtship of three weeks’ duration, which culminated in a hasty marriage, has resulted in serious consequence for 18 year-old Nellie Thorpe, also Mrs. Harry Updike and Mrs. Louis Giannantanio. The young woman, who gave her address as 210 Madison Avenue, was arrested last night charged with bigamy.

Tuesday morning Recorder Gardner married "Pearl White" and Louis Giannantanio, a United States soldier attached to the local recruiting station. Due to the girl’s youth, Recorder Gardner was particular to ask Miss White if she had ever been married before, of if she knew of any reason why she should not be married to the soldier. She answered both questions negatively.

The account of the marriage appeared in The Star-Gazette. Although the girl had assumed the name of "Pearl White", she did not deceive her relatives in Mosherville. They had received word that the girl intended to leave Elmira at 11 o’clock last night in company with the soldier. The first husband, Harry Updike, and Mrs. Ada Thorpe, the girl’s mother, came here last night and the girl’s arrest followed. She is being held at headquarters pending a hearing in police court. Harry Updike, the girl’s first husband, this morning told a Star-Gazette reporter that their home had been happy until a few months ago, when his wife began to take rides on the Elmira-Jobs Corner auto bus. Since that time she has been a different woman. About three months ago he left for his work on the farm, and when he returned, he found his wife missing. He learned, shortly after her disappearance, that she had gone to Roseville, and after a short stay there, went to Pine City. She came to Elmira about a month ago. The husband followed, renting a room for his wife on Baldwin Street. In the meantime relatives made application to County Judge Charles B. Swartwood to have the girl’s mentality examined. She is the mother of a two-year-old daughter.

According to the police, the girl met her soldier lover three weeks ago. The police also state that Mrs. Updike posed as the soldier’s wife and the couple lived together in a Madison Avenue rooming house. Tuesday morning they procured their marriage license and were married by Recorder Gardner at his office. City Sealer John Baker and Clerk William Phillips of police court acted as witnesses. Mrs. Updike-Gannantanio admitted to the police that she has done wrong. She further declares that she never will return to her first husband. Her second husband is anxious to keep his wife of only two days. He told the police he had $2,000 that he would spend in the effort to aid the girl in her present difficulty.

Mrs. Thorpe and Mr. Updike are anxious to press the bigamy charge. Both mother and husband are of the opinion that the girl is affected mentally and that she should be committed to an institution. "She has made threats to kill herself," said the mother this morning, "and as she has been under treatment before I think the best thing for the girl is to send her away. We certainly can’t contend with such actions as this any longer."

Chief Weaver stated this morning that Mr. Updike-Giannantanio would be arraigned before Recorder Gardner upon receipt of a complaint from the office of District Attorney Raymond F. Nichols. Mrs. Thorpe stated this morning that action should be taken against Mr. Giannantanio, as he had been aware that the girl was a married woman. On the marriage license, the soldier gave his address as Schenectady. Mr. Giannantanio has the distinction of being one of the smallest soldiers in Uncle Sam’s Service. He is only four feet, nine inches tall.


The hearing before County Judge Charles B. Swartwood in the matter of the charge against Mrs. Harry Updike of Daggetts, Pa., accused of bigamy, was adjourned today until February 7, to permit the woman’s second husband to procure $1,000 bail for her. If the defendant had been permitted to waive examination to the Grand Jury immediately, it would have necessitated placing her in the county jail. As it is, she returns to the care of Police Matron Brunner at the City Hall, which Judge Swartwood believes the advisable course because of the defendant’s condition.

Harry Updike had made a petition asking that his wife be committed to the Binghamton State Hospital, but the authorities do not believe she is insane, for which they have the word of her family physician. The girl’s mother desires that she return to her home, but the defendant declares she will never go back to live with Mr. Updike. Her second husband, Louis Giannantanio, the diminutive soldier, declares his love for her is so ardent that he will not give her up under any consideration, and he seems not to care whether she had a previous husband. The girl is suffering from disease, and it is understood will shortly give birth to a child. She has one child, two years old. 


Sudden Fear Plus Presence of Persistent Thymus Gland, Believed to Have Led to Death of Child—Will Not Hold An Autopsy.

The strange death of Betty Jane Joralemon, 12, daughter of Mr.and Mrs. G. Earl Joralemon of Pine City, has aroused the interest of physicians and laymen of the vicinity.

The girl, perfectly healthy outside of a persistent thymus gland, is believed to have died from sudden fear caused by a man who walked past a neighbor’s house where she was visiting. Betty Jane was with a friend, Helen Wilson, at the home of Ray Wilson about 4 p.m. Sunday. She was seated in a chair, reading a book. Her little friend looked out of the window, then turning to Betty Jane, said, "Here comes that man." The child saw him, jumped from her chair and ran into a bedroom. Hardly pausing, she ran back and fell, fainting in the chair. Dr. Leon Hamilton was called but was unable to revive the girl.

Had Feared Man

Her parents said today Betty Jane had exhibited fear of the same man on previous occasions, as had her friend, Helen Wilson. They stated she had also feared gypsies and drunken men. The man who walked past the house was not intoxicated, however, they said. Although Dr. Hamilton is not positive as to the cause of her death, he said today it may have been a combination of the persistent thymus gland and sudden fright. This gland usually disappears in a child at the ages of four or five years, he said.

Death from a persistent thymus may result from various causes, but very rarely from fear, according to Dr. Hamilton. County Coroner Charles S. Dale, when informed of the case by Dr. Hamilton, said an autopsy would not be necessary. (handwritten on article July 5, 1931) 

 Betty Jane Joralemon. The funeral was held at the family home in Pine City on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. George G. Burroughs of the Pine City Baptist Church officiated. The Rev. Burroughs took for his text the comforting words of the Prophet Isaiah "Comfort ye, comfort ye our people, saith my God," The many beautiful flowers that surrounded Betty in death were mute evidence of her flower-like life and that is the impression that her many friends and those of her family will cherish as an imperishable memory. Her Sunday School Class acted as flower bearers and six young men of the Pine City Churches were pallbearers. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. 


John Palmer of College Avenue who has been in the Peter Brent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass., nearly four months, and who underwent a most serious and unusual operation the removal of a hair tumor on the right lung, is reported as able to walk a few steps. The first attempt to walk caused a relapse and Mr. Palmer was forced to remain in bed two weeks before trying it again. It will be some time yet before he will be able to return it to his home here. Mr. Palmer’s case has attracted much attention in the medical profession over the country. 


Mrs. Frank A. Connelly, of Pompton Lakes, N.J., formerly Miss R. Luvinnie Cornwell, of Mansfield, died Friday morning in the General Hospital at Paterson, N.J. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from her home. Seven years ago Mrs. Connolly underwent a serious operation from which she never fully recovered. She was a great sufferer, and the last five months of her life were spent in the hospital. She was graduated from the Mansfield State Teachers College in the class of 1899, and taught many years in the schools of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is survived by her husband, Frank A. Connelly and one son, Edward Connolly of Pompton Lakes, N.J.; her mother, Mrs. Martha H. Cornwell, of Mansfield; two sisters, Julia (Mrs. George Gaddis), of North Manchester, Indiana; Mary (Mrs. Fred Powers) of Mansfield and one brother, Elmer G. Cornwell, also of Mansfield. (handwritten on article Sept. 5, 1920) 


Lisa Marie Cummings of Tioga, and Richard Verle Sterling of Millerton were united in marriage on Saturday, June 25, 1983, at the Calvary United Methodist Church at Lawrenceville. The Rev. William Lusk performed the double ring ceremony before an altar decorated with pink mountain laurel. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Luther Cummings of Tioga. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Verle Sterling of Millerton.

The bride, given in marriage by her parents, wore a gown of taffeta underskirt and crepe chiffon overskirt with tiers of lace along the side panels and train. The bodice was fashioned with handsewn beaded flowers with a lace stand-up victorian collar. Her veil was floor length. She carried a bouquet of blue tinted rosebuds and white carnations.

Beverly Wilkins, of Lawrenceville, served as the bride’s honor attendant. She wore a blue taffeta floor-length gown with flowered overlay and carried blue and white daisies arranged on a white lace fan.

Bridesmaids were LuAnn Chapel, of Tioga, Sara Sterling, of Millerton, Sheryl Wilkins, of Lawrenceville. Flower girl was Sheila Swagler of Wellsboro. They all wore blue taffeta floor length gowns with a sheer overlay of blue, and each carried a long-stemmed rose and blue and white carnations. The mother of the bride wore a floor length aqua gown with a yellow rosebud corsage. The groom’s mother was attired in a floor length peach gown with a peach rosebud corsage. Best man for the groom was Daryl Sterling of Millerton. Ushers were David Wilkins of Lawrenceville, Kevin Seeley of Mansfield, and Craig Phelps of Harrisburg, Ringbearer was Craig Swagler of Wellsboro. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the church fellowship hall. The reception decorations included a white arbor with blue and white decorations which formed a background for the three-tiered wedding cake. The couple then left for a wedding trip to Ocean City, Maryland. The bride, a 1980 graduate of Williamson High School and 1982 graduate of Elmira Business Institute, is employed as a secretary office manager. The groom, a 1979 graduate of Mansfield High School, is currently attending Harrisburg Electronics Institute in addition to working as a sorter for United Parcel Post. The couple will be making their home in Harrisburg. (handwritten on article June 25, 1983) 


Miss Lillian Reese,daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Reese, of this city, was married Monday evening to Thomas Butcher, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Butcher of Millerton, Pa. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. George Farnsworth. Attendants were Miss Hilda Butcher, sister of the bridegroom, and Robert Segar, both of Millerton. Mr. and Mrs. Butcher will live in Millerton. (handwritten on article Dec. 27, 1937) 


Mr. Edwin Coles, Editor and Publisher of the Mansfield Advertiser.

Dear Mr. Coles, in the last week’s issue of the Advertiser you asked for comments, either for or against the so-called daylight saving time. As a reader of your splendid "Home News" paper, I am giving you my opinion, as well, as I think I can safely say every farmer, and as a rule, farmers arise very early every morning, generally around four-thirty, not later than five o’clock, and if we were on the so-called daylight saving time, we might as well stay up all night, for we people who live on farms like to have the evenings for rest and recreation, too, and you cannot put cows on daylight saving. Who wants to sit down on a hot afternoon around 3:30 o’clock and milk? The country people pay more for their electric power than the town and city people, and milk would have to be kept cool that much longer, costing us more, and as you must already know were are not getting more than half the cost of production now, but what can we do about it? And now the town and city people want to make it more difficult by changing the time. Daylight Saving Time is really Daylight Wasting Time. In the first place it is not American, for there is but one legal time, that is United States Standard Time and should be so recognized and used.

It changes the time of a work day in the rural districts to a disadvantage in performing domestic activities on the farm. It causes many useless hardships for the rural population; prevents them from attending church; hustles the hard-working mother to get their children ready for the school bus an hour earlier, packing lunches, et. Of course, before this is done the cows must be milked, pails washed and sterilized, breakfast prepared and many other odd jobs town folks know nothing about. Their main object seems to be to get to the golf course as quickly as possible, and to that we have no objection. We do like to see people enjoy themselves for "all work and no play makes Jacks a dull boy." But why make it harder for the farmers? Why don’t you , that want an hour more daylight, set your alarm for one hour earlier and let the clock alone. The farmers will trade with the merchants who work for their benefit not against them. We can shop by mail if necessary and it won’t cost any more. Then you can keep the store closed all the time if you wish for our business is what booms the towns. Most people around here have stopped trading in Elmira, and if Mansfield takes up daylight saving time—well, that’s up to you. If you wish to take a trip, why it is a means of never-ending entanglements in all travel schedules.

In short, it promotes community, state and nation-wide confusion. Why not be satisfied with "Legal Time," U. S. Standard, or else change the time of sunrise and sunset, if you think you can—it sounds just as sensible.(handwritten on article May 31, 1939)

Mrs. John F. Benson

Sunnyside Farm

Route 2, Mansfield, Pa. 


Elmiran, Prominent as Baseball Player, Dies Instantly When His Own Car Runs Over Him—Had Umpired Game in Hornell.

Hornell, July 12—Lee Strait of Elmira, widely known as a professional baseball player for many years, was killed almost instantly here today when his own car ran over him after he had been thrown from the driver’s seat. Local police declared that the accident was one of the most unusual that ever came to their attention. They say that the Elmiran was thrown out of his car as it skidded against a curb and landed in the street directly in front of the machine which ran over him and killed him. Kenneth Fisher, 20 Pine Street, who was a eyewitness of the accident, stated that he was driving north on Seneca Street when Mr. Strait’s car passed him at the intersection of William Street. He stated that the car swerved suddenly and hit the curb, then skidded and turned around twice in the middle of the street and hit the opposite curb. The force of the impact threw Mr. Strait out of the driver’s window into the street almost directly in front of the car which was traveling diagonally toward the center of the street.

Mr. Strait was dead when aid reached him and police declare that he was killed instantly. The officers attributed the cause of death to his own car running over him. The accident happened as Mr. Strait was starting for his home in Elmira after he had umpired a baseball game between the House of David team and the Hornell Moose nine. Mr. Strait was prominent in baseball circles in Elmira and other cities for many years. Always a hard hitter and a clever outfielder, he played with Buffalo and other teams in the International League and with Elmira in the New York-Pennsylvania League. He was manager of the Elmira Arctics, Elmira semi-pro nine, when that organization was the leading baseball team in the Southern Tier.Following his retirement from baseball Mr. Strait conducted the Recreation Bowling Alleys in Elmira and managed a semi-professional football team. At the height of his baseball career he was one of the best known players in the minor leagues. He resided at 812 North Main Street at the time of his death.   

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