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Submitted by Marolyn CAMPBELL Cole
These obituaries are presented in scrapbook order. I can't think of a better way of understanding a community than by reading an obituary scrapbook.
 George Henry Northrup, a lifelong and highly respected citizen of this burough, died at his home  on Chestnut St. At 1 o’clock this morning from tuberculosis from which he had suffered for a long time.   He was born in Athens, in April, 1856, and had always resided here.  For many years he was in the grocery business with F. T. Page.  At the time of his death he was serving his second term as assessor of the Second ward, and had discharged the duties of that office with a fairness and good judgment that gave satisfaction to everyone.  He was a member of the I.O.O.F., and had not only taken a great interest in all that pertained to the order but was well informed on all lodge matters.
 He is survived by his wife, one daughter Leah; three brothers, Isaac of Athens; Emery and Levi, of Waverly and three sisters, Mrs. Jesse Cuddebeck and Misses Sarah and Elizabeth, all of Athens.
 The funeral will be held from his late home on Chestnut St. At 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. A. F. VonTobel, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating, and interment will be made in Tioga Point cemetery.

 Mrs. Emily Held, wife of Fred D. Held, and youngest daughter of Mr. William Keeler, of this village died at her home on North Main street on Tuesday morning, May 26th, at the age of 41 years.  She was attacked two weeks since with bilious fever, which culminated in typhoid pneumonia and the termination of her life.  She was woman of sterling worth and a devoted member of St. Mathew’s Episcopal church.  The obsequies were attended at the residence at 3 o’clock p.m. on Thursday.  A husband and two little boys have the extended sympathy of many friends.

 Shortly after ten o’clock last evening (Tuesday, Oct. 21st) Harry Drew died at his residence on Wyoming street after an illness of five weeks of a complication of diseases.
 Mr. Drew came here six years ago from Wilkes-Barre, having removed to the latter place from Athens, Pa., and was engaged extensively in the sewing machine business.  He was always kind, obliging and genial, both in a business and social way, and made many warm personal friends.  He was married about three years ago and the union was blessed by two bright little children, twins, who were soon, however, taken from them by death.  To his young wife he was devoted, and his loss to her is irreparable.  He was one of the kindest sons, and it was always his highest pleasure to administer to the happiness and comfort of his father and mother.  About five weeks ago he was taken ill of inflammation of the bowels and kidney, since which time he has been confined to his bed.  Although at times suffering greatly he never complained.  Yesterday morning he seemed better and was bright and cheerful; but in the afternoon a change took place for the worse and he sank rapidly.  He seemed to realize that the end was near, and called his wife and mother to him and bade them good-bye, saying he was ready to go and had no fear of death—for he trusted implicitly and with a simple child like faith in Him who maketh not afraid.  He was a member of the Baptist church, but always attended the Presbyterian church here.  At the time of his death he was thirty three years of age.  He leaves besides his wife, father and mother, three sisters and four brothers.

 DIED:  In this village, Feb. 26, 1878, Georgia A. Young, eldest daughter of  S.B. Young, aged 24 years and 14 days.
 Though for weeks not unexpected, it pains us to have to announce the death of Miss Georgia A. Young, eldest daughter of Mr. S. B. Young, of this village, which took place on Tuesday evening, Feb. 26th.  She was one of the most amiable young ladies the world ever knew—such as none knew but to love and respect.  She bore her illness and suffering with unexampled patience and fortitude, and her untimely death is not only a grief to her own family relatives, but to an entire community.  Though cut short in a life so full of promise and worth, we believe she has found a better abiding place.  The funeral services will take place at the residence of the family, on Church street, today (Friday) at 2 o’clock P.M.

 Henry Crawford, long known in this village, as the crippled vender of peanuts, confectionery, and other small wares, was found hanging by the neck, with life extinct on Wednesday morning, in his little place of business on the bridge.  It was not generally known, but now transpires that he had been in a despondent mood, and made frequent threats and even attempts at his own life.  Besides being confined to the use of a crutch, he had a serious impediment in his speech, he had never learned to read or write, and had been heard to express himself as tired of this life.  Notwithstanding, he was industrious and fairly prosperous in his little business.  The taking of his own life was a premeditated act.  Only the day previous, he had visited one of the drug stores and offered ten dollars for something that would kill him in two hours time.  He was not regarded as in earnest, but during the day he had placed a hook in the ceiling overhead in his store from which he was found suspended by a cord next morning.  He was little past 21 years of age and leaves a mother and young sister.  His father was a soldier in the late war, and died but a few years since.

 Died in Sheshequin, Sept. 7th 1884, of cholera infantum, Lewis F., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Towner, aged three years seven months and twenty-seven days.

 Mrs. Agnes Delano died suddenly Wednesday evening from disease of the brain.  She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss.  Her remains will be interred to-day in Owego, N.Y.

 Died in this borough, on the 18th, Mrs. Lizzie, wife of Fred White, aged 25 years.  Funeral at the house at 2 o’clock this afternoon.

 Died, Tuesday, April 2d, 1885, Mrs. Cornelius Hurley, aged thirty two years.  The deceased lady, who was born in this vicinity, and had lived the years of her married life in this town, was well-known and highly respected by all classes of our citizens for her many admirable qualities of mind and heart.
 After an illness of  seven weeks, borne with Christian patience and fortitude, during which hope struggled with despair in the minds of those who ministered at her bed-side, she resigned her spirit into the hands of her Maker.  Three young children remain behind whose tender years render it impossible that they should fully realize their immeasurable loss.
 The high esteem in which the deceased lady was held was evidenced in the deep depression which pervaded the entire community at the announcement of her death, in the wide-spread sympathy of which the bereaved husband was the recipient, but more especially in the large concourse of friends who assembled at her funeral to testify by their presence their respect for her memory.
 The funeral services, which took place on Thursday, April 4th, too late to receive a notice in our last week’s issue, were held in the Catholic church, (of this town), and were conducted with all the solemnity and impressiveness peculiar to the ritual of that church.  The church was thronged on the occasion, and after a touching and eloquent tribute had been paid to her memory by the pastor, Rev. John Costello, the remains, followed by a long line of carriages, were deposited in the family lot in the Catholic cemetery, at Sayre.

 Death of “Tom” DeWitt – One of the Bravest Engineers Who Ever Controlled a Locomotive.
 Susquehanna, PA, Nov. 1,--Tom DeWitt, a world-famous Erie engineer, died at his home here on Thursday morning of congestion of the brain.  For thirty years he was on the road, and gained a great reputation as a courageous and skillful engineer.  He never knew what fear was.  He faced death many a time without trembling.  He was running Erie 12 when she met with the terrible disaster at Tioga in February, 1881.  At Hornellsville in a recent smash up he saw his nephew killed before his eyes.  In the great tunnel light near Binghamton he ran his engine against one the opposing force and derailed it.  He (DeWitt) was a small thin man, with piercing black eyes and very social manners.  He was obliged to give up night running a short time since on account of his health, and was accordingly promoted to be a tester of engines along the road.  He leaves two sisters in this city, where he was born, Miss Bessie DeWitt, a teacher in the high school, and Mrs. Charles Pierce, of Exchange street.  He was a prominent member of several railway organizations, and had considerable insurance on his life.  His great popularity will no doubt cause a large attendance at his funeral, which occurs at Owego this (Saturday) afternoon.

 Scranton, Pa., Dec. 20--Blanche, the only daugher of Jasen and Miranda Tuttle, of this city, died on Wednesday last of that dread disease, diptheria, aged two years, three months and fourteen days.  The interment was in Dunmore cemetery.

 Charles Spaulding returned from his southern trip on Friday last.  He went to Thurston, Texas, intending to bring home the remains of his brother, George W. Spaulding, an engineer on the Texas Southern railroad, who was killed near that place a few months ago.  In informs us that the remains cannot be shipped under one year.

 Mrs. Anna E. Stickels, wife of Jacob Stickels, Sr., died at their residence on Satterlee street, on Wednesday last, aged seventy-three years.  Her funeral took place from the house on Friday at 2 p.m.

 We are pained to notice the death of E. C. Herrick, one of Athen’s oldest and most respected citizens, who died at his residence on Tuesday last, aged seventy years.  His funeral occurred on Thursday at 1 p.m.

 July 9th—Beaula, daughter of Andrew and Sarah Hodge, aged 1 year, 1 month and 8 days.

 We are pained to notice the death of Miss Lizzie Doran, daughter of our well-known townsman, Michael Doran, which took place on Monday last at Waverly, N.Y., where she was being treated for dropsy.  Lizzie had attained the age of nineteen years, and was indeed one of God’s noble women and beloved by all who knew her.  Her funeral occurred at the Catholic cemetery on Wednesday at 10 a.m., the attendance being the largest that has been seen in Athens for years.  The floral offerings were grand indeed.  To Mr. Doran and family goes out the most heartfelt sympathy of our people in their great bereavement.

 Benjamin Shennan, one of the oldest residents of this village, died on Tuesday night last, aged seventy-five years.  His funeral took place from the house on Thursday at 4 p.m., Rev. Mr. Hand officiating.  It was well attended.

 Alexander Paul, one of the most respected citizens of Athens township, died very suddenly on Wednesday evening last.  He had been to the village and returned home in time to do his chores, when he went to bed and soon after his wife, hearing him groaning hastened to his bedside, after which he gasped out twice and was gone.  His funral occurred on Saturday and was very largely attended.

 Edwin D. Rooks, of the firm of Rooks & Brown bakers and confectioners in Cortland, died at the Messenger House in that village, on Tuesday morning, May 12th, the result of a severe attack of typhoid fever.  He was a man of genial, pleasing ways, had many friends, who will sympathize with his afflicted wife and parents.  He was thirty-three years of age.
 He was formerly employed in the bakery of W. H. Van Etten in this village, and while living here in 1882, was married to Miss Addie Brown, daughter of Mr. Roswell Brown, and in the spring of 1884 removed to Cortland.  While living here he was earnestly interested in the Moravia Fire Department, and was a member of Fitts Steamer Co., a relation he still held at the time of his death.
 The remains were brought to this village for interment, and the funeral services held at the house of Mr. Brown, his father-in-law, on West Cayuga street, at 9 o’clock P.M. on Thursday, Rev. Geo. H. Bailey officiating.

 John Myers, an old and respected citizen of this village, died at his residence on Main street on Tuesday last, aged sixty years.  His funeral took place from the house on Thursday and was largely attended.

 The townspeople were greatly surprised to learn of the death of Mrs. John Myers, who died at the residence of her son-in-law, B. F. Haupt Thursday last, aged fifty-seven years.  Mrs. Myers survived her husband just one week, his death occurring March 26.  Mr. and Mrs. Myers have been residents of our village for ??? years, and were among our best ???.  Her funeral occurred from the house.  (Handwritten date April 2, 1885).

 Captain Edwin A. Spaulding died at the Packer Hospital, Sayre, Tuesday morning, October 13th.  Mr. Spaulding was born in Athens township, and his earlier years were spent here.  He was a young man of excellent disposition and habits, always studious in his school days and ambitious and perservering in his business methods, when the cares of life laid its burdens on him.  His social qualities made for him warm and endearing friends in whose associations he seemed to take his chiefest delight.
 When the war broke out he was serving as deputy sheriff of Bradford county, under his father, A. Hanson Spaulding.  He enlisted in the service as First Lieutenant of Company I, One Hundred Forty-first Pennsylvania Volunteers, August, 21st, 1862, and was a good soldier all the way through.  He was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va., May 3d, 1863, and again in the Wilderness, May 5th, 1864, and he was discharged on account of the latter wound, December 16th, 1864.  He was promoted to Captain, December 10th 1862.  Returning to Athens from the army he was engaged with others in the organization of the First National Bank, and was made its first cashier, which position he held until 1871, when he resigned and accepted the position of cashier of the Second National Bank of Wilkes-Barre.  His duties there were very arduous and he applied himself so incessantly to business that his health gave away and he was obliged to resign and look for relief in a change of business.  He has since been engaged in a store at Forty Fort, until his last fatal illness came upon him.  In summing up a life so eventful in public and private service, it will leave its impress of fond memories that will be highly appreciated by the whole community and cherished by his friends.  His funeral was attended from the residence of his uncle Ralph Tozer, yesterday (Friday), at twelve o’clock, noon, the Masonic fraternity having charge of the services and Rev. Mr. Morrow and Rev. H. W. Hand officiating.  It was very largely attended.
 He leaves a wife and three children who have the sincere sympathies of our whole community in this their sever affliction.  Captain Spaulding was one of the organizers of Perkins Post, G.A.R., and its first Commander, and he has kept his membership here up to the time of his death, preferring the associations of his comrades in arms to all others.

 Mary F., wife of Albert L. Beam, died at the home of her father, Esquire Northrup, in this village, on Monday afternoon last, aged 27 years.
 Mrs. Beam was born in this town, and was the youngest of a family of eight children.  She was well known in the village and highly esteemed by a large circle of friends, for her many good qualities of mind and heart.  In the spring of 1879 she made a public profession of her faith in Christ, and united with the Presbyterian church in this village.  In her christian life she has developed the character of a true christian woman.  She was humble and unostentatious, but faithful and earnest.  She loved her church and its ordinances, and her place was rarely vacant at any of its services.  For years she was a member of the Sabbath school, first as a scholar and then as a teacher, and in both positions she was faithful and efficient.  She was married one year ago.  On the first of April last she was taken with the fatal disease consumption, which rapidly did its work.  She bore her sufferings with christian patience and fortitude.
 Her death was a happy one.  She met the dread messenger calmly—even joyfully.  One by one she called her family to her bedside and bade them farewell, assuring them that her Savior was with her, and then fell asleep in his arms.  Her funeral occurred on Wednesday afternoon, the day before the first anniversary of her marriage.  The services were conducted by her pastor, and attended by a large concourse of people, who thus testified of their esteem for the deceased, and their sympathy for her bereaved family.

 Died—In this place, Dec. 26th, 1875, Freddie, only son of Fred and Altha Welch, aged 9 years, 4 months, and 4 days.

 Mrs. Mary, the esteemed wife of Arthur Head, attorney-at-law and Court reporter, died Monday morning last, August 17th, at seven o’clock, aged thirty-one years.  She was the only daughter of Avery Frisk, Esq. of Montrose, well-known here as the architect and superintendent of construction of the county jail.  She graduated at the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute, this place, in 1873, and has a large circle of friends who were her classmates.  She afterwards taught in the graded school at Montrose.  She was married to Mr. Head in 1880, whose acquaintance she made while both were students at the Institute, which mutually ripened into love.  She was a most excellent and exemplary Christian wife and mother.  Her early death is peculiarly sad, as she leaves, beside a devoted husband, four small children, the youngest but a few days old, and she will be sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends.  Her husband has the sympathy of our entire community.  Funeral ceremonies were observed at her late residence on Tuesday afternoon, largely attended by relatives and friends.  Rev. J. S. Stewart, D.D. conducted the services, and delivered a comforting and sympathetic address.  Her remains were buried in Riverside Cemetery this place.

 Miss oLIve Kinner died at Lincoln, Nebraska, last Saturday, and her remains were brought here and buried Thursday afternoon at two o'clock.  She had been frail for a long time, and her mother and herself had gone to this western retreat for a temporary home, hoping that the change of climate might be beneficial to her health.  This was the case for a time, and her friends were hopeful that she might be fully restored.  Her brother, F. L. Kinner, one week ago went out to visit them, also expecting that a short vacation would recuperate his own energies.  But he only arrived there in time to see his sister in her last hours, and to sit with the maternal watcher in vigils of affection around the dying bed of her they so fondly cherished.  She was conscious till the last, and her latest hours were made peaceful in the serene trust of a Christian faith and the encircling companionship of kindred hearts.
 Miss Olive had such a sweet, lovable nature that drew around her a large circle of friends.  Her frail health was a constant source of solicitude, and the cheerful grace with which she bore her sufferings made every one admire her fortitude.
 There was a sad company of friends at the station Wednesday night, waiting past the midnight hour to receive the remains, and mingle their sympathetic sorrow with the two mourners that brought the precious dust back to their native home.  The funeral, Thursday afternoon , was very largely attended, the Rev. Mr. Ryder, of the M.E. church, officiating.  The friends of the deceased are assured that they have the sincere sympathy of our whole community.

 Elmer Jenny, a young man about twenty-four years of age, who has been residing with his brother Lorrin, on High street in this place, was drowned while bathing in the Chemung river, on the west side, just above Jarry Burk’s house, Sunday afternoon about three o’clock.  His brother and several other young men were in the water with him, but it seems only one of the party could swim, which probably accounts for their not being able to effect a rescue.  Notwithstanding repeated warnings from his companions, he got out where the water was deep and swift and was caught and bourne under by the current.  The body was recovered soon after the accident, and was taken to the residence of  his brother.  His parents in East Smithfield were notified and reached here Monday morning.  The deceased was a worthy and industrious young man, and leaves many friends to mourn his untimely end.

 Samuel Thompson died at the residence of his son-in-law, I. Potter, on Main street, Wednesday.  The deceased was born at Montery, Berkshire county, Mass., and was in the eighty-first year of his age.  He had been in rather poor health for some time past, and on the 9th of December fell and broke his hip, which was probably the real cause of his sudden death.  A few days ago, he gave directions for a pair of crutches, thinking he would be able to get around again, but in a few days he was taken worse and died in convulsions.

 Charles R. Brown, late of Nichols, N.Y., and formerly of North Towanda, this county, died at the residence of his son, Dr. F. W. Brown, in this borough, Monday afternoon, aged eighty years.  The funeral occurred Thursday afternoon.


 Choosing rather to end her life than to remain in this world of trouble, Mrs. Carrie Perkins Baldwin, formerly of Granville, Pa., but more recently of this city, drank a quantity of laudanum and then placed a shawl around her neck and while under the influence of the drug slowly strangled to death while in a room in the Hotel Smith, during last Saturday night or Sunday morning.  The woman had made every preparation and that the act was premeditated and carefully planned, there is no doubt.
 Mrs. Baldwin was formerly employed at the Gleason health resort, but one week ago Wednesday left there claiming that she was ill, and went to the Arnot-Ogden hospital, where her case was registered as hysteria.  Saturday she left and went to the Smith hotel where she secured a room and registered as Mrs. Carrie Baldwin, Granville, Pa.  Saturday evening she went to the Elmira Savings bank and withdrew $118, and taking $103 of it, deposited it with the Mechanics’ society on Carroll street to the credit of Mary A. Butler.  She also purchased a large trunk, which was delivered at her room and the woman neatly packed all her belongings after attiring herself ready for the final summons, which she was soon to inflict upon herself.  After 9:30 o’clock Saturday night, nothing was seen or heard from the woman until Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, when Miss Florence Burley, an employee at the hotel, opened the door of the room occupied by Mrs. Baldwin with a pass key and found the woman apparently kneeling beside the bed as if praying.  The girl informed Mrs. Smith, who found that the woman was dead.
 Coroner Westlake was summoned, and found that the life had been extinct for a number of hours, for rigor mortis had already set in, although not pronounced.  Around the neck of the woman was a shawl strap fastened with a slipping noose, while the other end had been fastened to a post at the head of the oak bedstead.  Beside the bed sat a bottle containing a small quantity of laudanum and it probable that the woman first drank this and then strangled herself.
 A note was also found, which read:
Mr. Harrington:
 Dear Sir—Please bury me beside my father and mother.  You can collect the pay from my husband.  Every man should bury his wife.
 An envelope addressed to Mrs. M. J. Butler, Cooper’s Plains, but containing no letter, was also found.  Mrs. Butler was communicated with and came to this city and proved to be a sister of Mrs. Baldwin.  She was the same person to whose credit the money was deposited at the Elmira Mechanics’ society by Mrs. Baldwin.  Mrs. Baldwin was formerly Miss Carrie Perkins, daughter of Luther W Perkins, and was born in Bradford, N.Y.  There survive the father, L. W. Perkins, of Otsego county, one brother Adelbert Perkins, of Cooper’s Plains, two sisters, Mrs. M. J. Howe, of Syracuse, and Mrs. Butler of Cooper’s Plains.  The husband is supposed to be in Pennsylvania.  The funeral of Mrs. Baldwin was held Thursday morning at the Harrington undertaking parlors.  The Rev. A. J. Saxe officiated.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

 Samuel J. Ridall, aged forty-seven years, who resided with his wife at No. 111 Dewitt avenue, drank a deadly quantity of carbolic acid Tuesday night while in the rear of the livery and hitching stable of J. T. Parke, of Carroll street, and died a few minutes afterwards.  Despondency over illness is said to have been the cause.
 Mr. Ridall had been employed by Orris Danks, a feed dealer on Carroll street, for about two years.  He was a good workman and well liked by all with whom he came in contact.  Sunday he was at home with his wife and apparently in his usual good health.  He left for work Tuesday morning and was at home for dinner.  He returned to his home again in the afternoon and nothing was noted by Mrs. Ridall as being out of the ordinary.
 Tuesday, while he was at work he appeared downcast and brooding over something.  About 5 o’clock in the afternoon he entered the office of Mr. Park and sat down in a chair.  The man is claimed to have said, “Here’s for six foot of earth to cover me.”  He was noticed to be in a dazed condition and when an investigation was made it was found that the body was lifeless.  Mrs. Ridall was sent for and Drs. R.R. Chilson and C.L. Squire were summoned.  It was at first thought that the man had died from heart disease.  The physicians found traces of carbolic acid in the stomach.  The cup at the well in the rear of the stables also smelled of the deadly lotion.
 Mr. Ridall  formerly resided in Towanda, where he was well and favorably known.  He is survived by his wife, his mother Mrs. E. A. Knapp, of Towanda, Pa., a daughter, Mrs. Alva Wood of New Haven, Conn., who was the wife of Curtis Wood, Jr., who was killed while employed on the Northern Central railroad one year ago last December, one son, Howard Ridall, of New Haven, Conn., Mrs. Emma Murray, of Ulster, Pa., an aunt, Mrs. F. G. VanDyke and Mrs. A. J. VanWinkle, cousins, who reside at Ulster, Pa., Mrs. Henry Miller, an aunt at Towanda, Pa., and Mrs. Ernest Miller, a cousin at Towanda.  The funeral was held at the home on Detroit avenue on Friday morning at 10 o’clock.  The body was taken to Ulster, Pa., for burial.

 Edwin Nichols, twenty-seven years of age, who resided with his mother in a small house, just off from Cleveland avenue, near Rorick’s glen, drank a quantity of laudanum Monday evening about 7 o’clock.  The young man was in debt and had been drinking heavily so it is claimed, and became despondent over his condition and determined to end all.
 From an early youth, Nichols was compelled to work.  He did not have an opportunity to secure an education, and so was obliged to do anything in the way of manual labor which he could secure.  He had been employed as delivery boy for different local newspapers, at Howell’s box factory and for a south side meat dealer.  During the past winter he secured a position in the mailing department of the Elmira Advertiser, but the position was not to his liking and he wanted to find other work.
 Sunday night he left his humble home, telling his aged mother that he was going to the Gospel mission and then to work.  “Don’t worry mother,” the boy said, “If I do not come home Monday, for I am going to try and get another job where I can earn more money and pay off my debts.”  That is the last that the mother, Mrs. E. D. Watson, ever saw of her son alive.
 During the afternoon he applied at a drug store on the south side and secured a bottle of laudanum, and going to the grocery store of A. J. Drake, at No. 126 Pennsylvania avenue, said, “When I am thrown out of a saloon it is about time to quit.”  He attempted to swallow the contents of the bottle, but was thwarted by Mr. Drake, who knocked the bottle from his hands.
 He left the store and went to another pharmacy, where he was refused the drug, but procured two ounces of the deadly lotion at a drug store on West Water street, signing his name and giving a plausable reason.  He then returned to the south side and entered a saloon, where he bid several friends farewell, and again went to Drake’s store.  This time he was successful in swallowing the liquid before Mr. Drake could interfere.  Dr. Frederick C. Annabel was passing the store and he was summoned.  Mr. Drake notified police headquarters and Policement Bowne was soon at the store.  Everything possible was done to relieve Nichols’s condition.  He was removed to the Arnot-Ogden hospital, where all that medical science could do was employed, but to no effect and on the following morning he died.
 After the young man had made the first attempt to end his life Mr. Drake communicated with police headquarters and Policeman Bowne had been dispatched to the scene, but did not arrive until after Nichols had made the second attempt, which proved successful.  Mrs. E. D. Watson, mother of Nichols, was seen at her humble home, located some distance east of Cleveland avenue, and before the woman had an opportunity to tell of the life of her son, the Telegram representative was informed privately that the mother did not know that her son had committed suicide and the friends were afraid to inform her for she had a very weak heart, and it was feared that if the added sorrow was heaped upon her that it would prove fatal.  She said that the boy’s father was residing in Corning, and was married again.  The lad had four half-brothers and two half-sisters in the Crystal city.  The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the house.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

 The body of Miss Grace O. Gilbert was laid at rest in Woodlawn cemetery Friday afternoon.  This marked the end of the earthly career of a young woman who has suffered a continuous series of trouble from the time she was a small girl, until last Tuesday morning, when she took fate into her own hands and drank a deadly lotion of carbolic acid, which produced the effect for which it was intended.
 Grace Gilbert had always been unfortunate.  During the first nine years of her life all was well.  She resided with her father and mother in their comfortable home and she was the joy of their lives.  One bright morning, nineteen years go next fall, she was with her mother and a number of young playmates going to Eldridge park to enjoy the day at a picnic.  She was skipping merrily along the Lackawanna railroad tracks, when suddenly she was struck down by a locomotive.  Both limbs were crushed and it was found necessary to amputate them.  The Lackawanna company made provision for her, but she had been maimed for life.  For years she attended school, riding on a tricycle propelled by hand and finally she took up dressmaking.  Since the accident she has never been entirely well.  Her spine was injured and only last week she was informed that she had curvature of the spine and tuberculosis.  The girl thought that she would also be insane and telephoned to Mrs. Coyle, of Union place that she would rather die than live and be insane.
 The girl secured two ounces of carbolic acid at a drug store and on Tuesday morning went to Eldridge park, and choosing a site on the park, and choosing a site on the wharf near the beautiful lake, drank the contents of the bottle.  She fell to the wharf unconscious.  She was thought to have fainted by James Pardo, an employee at the park, and went to her assistance.  He found that her condition was serious and detected the smell of acid.  He summoned several persons in the vicinity and notified police headquarters.  Several policemen and Coroner John A. Westlake and his son, Dr. Alfred J. Westlake, were hurried to the scene.  Dr. Frank L. Christian, of the reformatory had also been notified and was soon at the scene.

 On Wednesday, 17th of October, at the Church of the Advent, Boxton, Mass., by the Rev. Edward Benedict, Mr. Robert Sanders of Galt, to Nellie L., youngest daughter of Edward Scott, Esq., Boston.

 At the Methodist Parsonage, West Flamboro, Oct. 24th, by Rev. T. W. Jackson, Mr. Nelson Taylor of Galt, to Miss Isabell Saunders of the same place.

 We are pleased to announce the marriage of Mr. W. N. Bacon to Miss Anna Cuddeback both of this village.  Mr. Bacon has recently come among us, but has by his gentlemanly and courteous manner made hosts of friends, all of whom wish him and his estimable wife unbounded success and happiness through life.

 Miss Mary Packer, one of the wealthiest ladies in America, only surviving child of the late Judge Asa Packer, proprietor of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, was married, very privately, at the palatial residence of the bride at Mauch Chunk on Wednesday afternoon last, to Charles H. Cummings, of New York—The bride’s income is no less than $1,500 a day.  Mr. Cummings, the lucky bridegroom, is a self-made man.  Starting as a conductor on the Lehigh Velley Railroad, he has worked his way up until he has become the head of the New York end of the same, and marries a lady who is about as good proprietress of the whole line.

 On Wednesday evening of this week occurred the marriage of Miss Cora Heath and George McClen, both of this village, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. James Ryder.  A large number of friends and relatives were present to witness the happy event, which took place in the new M. E. Church, and was the first affair of the kind that ever occurred in that structure.  The newly married couple are well and favorably known in this place, and their friends are innumerable.  The presents were many and very fine.  Mr. and Mrs. McClen immediately left for the Empire State, and will return in the near future and make Athens their home.  They have the best wishes of all.

 The wedding of our young friend, Edward Hickey, to Miss Eliza Harding, took place at Paradise, Pa., at the residence of  Rev. J. Mc. A. Harding, the bride’s parents, Tuesday, June 2d, and they have returned to town and taken rooms at the Stimson House.  We wish them happiness and a long prosperous life.

 In Owego, May 27th  by Rev. Geo. Forsyth, Charles L. Osborne of Athens, Pa., and Anna R. Landers of Owego, N.Y.

 On Wednesday evening last occurred the marriage of Miss Lizzie Van Loan and Bion E. Heath, at the residence of the bride’s father, Daniel Van Loan, on North street.  The house was completely filled with friends, who left many useful and costly presents as reminders of their esteem.

 On Tuesday evening last, June 23d, the many friends of Mr. and Mrs. E. Sawyer gathered at their residence in Athens township to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of their marriage.  Refreshments consisting of ice cream, cake and other good things, were enjoyed by all, and the evening was pleasantly spent in social intercourse.  The guests departed shortly after midnight, with wishes that the genial pair might live to celebrate many more anniversaries of the joyful day that made them one and leaving behind them the following substantial tokens of their regard:
George H. Sawyer, tinted celery dish; Jesse D. Sawyer, tinted jelly dish; Mrs. H. M. Sawyer of Rochester, N.Y., solid silver napkin rings; Miss Hattie Sawyer, square cake plate; the Misses Fannie Murray and Altie Sawyer of Rochester, silver and china castor; J. L. Sawyer and wife, set of tinted tumblers; N. V. Weller and wife, silver and crystal pickle castor; Leart Weller and wife, handsome round fruit stand; F. S. Morley and wife, tinted celery and salt boats; Mr. and Mrs. Kline, tinted cream pitcher and spoon holder; Mr. J. And Miss Mazie Kline, tinted vinegar bottle; F. N. Weller and wife, crystal and silver breakfast castor; George Campbell set of variety individual butter plates; B. F. Brown and wife, handsome cheese dish; Miss Jennie Loomis, handsome fruit plate and tinted sugar bowl; Miss Louisa Weller, variety cake plate; Mrs. Mary Splann, handsome water pitcher; Samuel VanWork and wife, large berry dish; F. E. Weller and wife, full ice cream set; Wm. Underwood and wife, four silver coins; Mrs. Mahala Weller, set of jelly glasses; Harry Weller, hand painted ink well; Fred Weller, stereoscope and views; Emmit Smith, a silver coin; C. A. Weller, wine pitcher and cup.

 The large residence of Mr. and Mrs. Sela Ellis, of Ellistown, was filled with a notable assemblage of the oldest and most highly esteemed families of Tioga County, mostly pioneers and their descendants, on Thursday evening, it being the fiftieth anniversary of the wedding of Sela Ellis and Rebecca A. Myers, February 19, 1835.  There were four couples present from Ellistown and East Waverly who had celebrated their golden wedding.

 Invitations are out for the marriage of Miss Carrie Matthews and Mr. J. Leroy Corbin at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. William Matthews on Anthony avenue, Sayre, Pa., on Thursday, April 10, 1884.  About sixty invitations are issued and the invitations reach a large number of the best citizens of this county.

 Tom Kennedy, the gentlemanly clerk at the Stimson house, has taken unto himself a wife, the chosen lady being Miss Ella Scanlon, one of the finest young ladies of Towanda.  Mr. and Mrs. Kenedy carry with them the kindest wishes of all out people for a happy voyage through life.  We, in common with hosts of others extend our congratulations.

Feb. 14—The marriage of Dennis Coveney and Miss Lizzie, daughter of Henry Farr, one of the most prominent farmers in this section, occurred at St. John’s Catholic church, February 10, at 11 o’clock a.m.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. L. Costello.  The bride was elegantly attired in blue silk and velvet.  The groom wore the customary suit of black.  Miss Anna Far, sister of the bride, assisted as bridesmaid and Jerry Coveney, brother of the groom, as best man.  A large reception was given at the bride’s home, where nearly eighty persons partook of a very luxurious dinner.  Among those present were guests from Elmira, Waverly, Athens, Ulster and vicinity.  Miss Jessie Hyatt Ransom, of Ulster, delivered some beautiful and appropriate music.  A large number of elegant presents were presented to the bride.  Among them were an elegant set of silver knives and forks, J. J. Coveney, brother of the groom; beautiful cut glass fruit dish, Miss Mary Coveney; one dozen silver spoons, Miss Nora Handrahen, of Elmira, handsome linen tablecloth, Miss Delia Reagan, Elmira; large parlor lamp, Mrs. C. Collins; dinner set of china, Miss Anna C. Farr; large book entitled “Teaching truth by signs and ceremonies”, Miss Ella Cronin, Smithfield; large studio lamp, Miss Hannah Loomis, elegant silver butter dish, Miss Abbie Sullivan, Elmira; one set of table knifes and forks by her aunt, Mrs. J. McCarthy; handsome toilet set, Miss Ella Farr; elegant parlor lamp, Miss Anna Hayes; willow chair, Mrs. John Coveney, Jr..  The happy couple departed for Boston on train 3, taking with them the best wishes of their many friends and relatives.

 On Thursday, August 27th, 1885, byRev. James Ryder, Mr. Irvin Lincoln of Athens, to Miss Carrie E. Hood of the same place.  A few of the relatives of the contracting parties gathered at the residence of Mrs. C. E. Hood, on Bridge street, Thursday evening, to witness the ceremony that made the above lady Mrs. Irvin Lincoln, the Rev. James Ryder officiating.  Mr. and Mrs. L. Left the same evening for a visit among relatives in the Empire State.

 James Coveney and Miss Nellie Collins were married at Owego on Tuesday evening last.  They are both of this place and their many friends wish them a pleasant journey through life.

 At the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. M. P. Murray, in Athens, September 23d, 1885, by Rev. A. J. Fennel, Mr. George H. Fennel to Miss Bessie Welles.

 Prof. A. P. Thomas, of this place was married to Miss Hattie E. Mathews, of Hammonton, N. J., on Wednesday evening, Aug. 5th.  The ceremony took place at the home of the bride’s father, Prof. W. B. Mathews, the Rev. W. J. Mewhinney officiating.
 The bridal pair arrived at their home in this village on Tuesday last, and on Wednesday evening the 12th, their house was the scene of a very pleasant reception given them by their friends in this place.  The many fine presents received and cordial words of greeting spoken, testify of the esteem in which Prof. Thomas is held in the community, and of the kindly welcome given the bride whom he has brought to his home.  The following is the list of presents given at the wedding and at the reception.

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