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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. 

 One of the most horrible tragedies occurred last Thursday when the house in which Mr. and Mrs. Ed Thorpe, of Rutland, resided burned to the ground and Mrs. Thorpe, who was an invalid, was unable to get out and burned to death.   Mrs. Thorpe and her daughter, Mrs. Homer St. James, were alone in the house, their husbands having left but a few minutes before for Roseville on business.  The fire was discovered by the daughter, when upon opening the stair door the flames burst out into the kitchen, igniting the whole room.  Mrs. Will Kennedy, a neighbor, came quickly to the rescue, and opened the door and helped Mrs. St. James, who was nearly overcome, out of the door.   Assistance came as soon as possible, but Mrs. Thorpe was in her bedroom, and the help were unable in all their efforts to reach her, and she perished in the flames.  This is one of the most distressing occurrences in this vicinity, and the sympathy of the entire community is extended to this unfortunate family.  The origin of the fire is not known.  There was nothing saved from the household furniture or any of the belongings.  Mrs. Thorpe was 71 years of age and had been an invalid for the past four years, because of a bad fall she had sustained.  The family are now staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Kennedy.  At the time this article was written searchers were unable to find any trace of the remains of Mrs. Thorpe.

 Miss Eliza M. Burton died Friday, May 19, 1916, at her home in Mansfield.  She was born April 29, 1837, at Columbia Cross Roads where she passed her girlhood.  In 1853 she was married to Daniel Burton whom she has survived forty years.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Mansfield and was known to a large circle of friends as a kind friend and helpful worker.  She leaves to mourn their loss two sons, Edmund S. And Clark E. With their wives, four grandchildren, Grace, Walter, Lew and Mrs. George Dack, besides two great grandchildren, Gladys and Dorthy Dack.

 A Much Loved Teacher Answers Final Roll Call – Mrs. Emma Parks Burton Gave Most of Life-Time to Teaching Others Was Loved By All
 On Wednesday, January ninth, occurred the death of Emma Parks Burton at her home near Roseville.   She was born April 16, 1853, at Corning, N.Y., the daughter of Augustus Parks, who gave his life in the Civil war, and Sarah Davis Parks.  Her early years were spent in the Soldiers Orphan School at Harford, and later she was graduated from the Mansfield State Normal School in the class of 1876.  On September 15, 1892, she was married to Edmund S. Burton.  To this union were born two children; a daughter, Alda Grace, now Mrs. Robert Palmer, and a son, Walter Parks Burton, who survive to mourn her loss.  The greater part of her life was spent as a teacher.  For several years she was a primary teacher in the schools of Mansfield.  Only last year she taught the primary grades at Tioga, being compelled to give up teaching at the end of the year because of the retirement law.  The funeral services were held Saturday, January 12, from the home of her daughter, the Reverend Orey Crippen, a neighbor and friend, officiating.  The floral tributes which were many and beautiful showed the loving esteem in which she was held.  Her whole life was one of service to her pupils, her family and friends.  Wherever she was known she was loved, and will be greatly missed.  (Handwritten date 1924)

 Clark Eugene Burton died Thursday morning, January the eleventh at the home of his brother, following an illness due to cancer.  He was born February the eleventh 1859, to Daniel and Eliza Burton in Rutland Township.  His boyhood days were spent in Rutland.  Later the family moved to Mansfield.  Here he met and married Henrietta Parks.  To them three children were born, Lewis, Edna and Harry.  His later life was spent on his farm near Roseville.  He is survived by one brother, Edmund Burton, two children, Lewis Burton and Mrs. George Dack and three grandchildren.  The funeral was held Sunday, January 14, in the Methodist Church at Roseville.  A sermon of fine merit was preached by the Rev. Orey Crippen.  Burial was in the Roseville cemetery.  (Handwritten date 1923)

 Heart trouble with which she had been afflicted for some months proved fatal to Mrs. Caroline Nye, 56, of Wellsboro, early Tuesday morning at Robert Packer Hospital, in Sayre.  Funeral services were held Friday at two o’clock at Mrs. Nye’s home 47 Walnut Street, Wellsboro, in charge of Rev. Orrin G. Cocks, D.D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church.  Interment was made in the Roseville cemetery.  Born at Wilkes-Barre on November 10, 1875, Mrs. Nye was the daughter of Harry E. Clapsaddle and his wife Olive Anne Nesbit.  She was of Scotch descent, and traced a long line of Revolutionary ancestors.  Mrs. Nye was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Following her marriage to Mr. O. S. Nye, of Roseville, Mrs. Nye lived in that village for a number of years, going to Wellsboro following Dr. Nye’s death in 1928.  Her daughter, Miss Caroline Nye, has been a teacher in Wellsboro High School since that time.  Mrs. Nye is survived by a son, Donald Myers, and a daughter, Caroline, of Wellsboro; a stepson, Delos S. Nye, of Rio Vista, California; and a sister, Mrs. Harry S. Maines of Plymouth.  Mrs. Nye was well known in Mansfield, where she had many friends who will learn with sorrow of her death.

 BRAVE WAR NURSE MADE SUPREME SACRIFICE—Sylvone Nye Answers Final Call—Overwork and Exposure While in Europe With Colors Caused Death of Heroic Nurse
 Sylvene Ahaya Nye, daughter of Orrin S. Nye and the late Caroline Drake Nye, passed from this life to life eternal at her father’s home at Rutland, Penna., on July 3, 1924.  She was born in Columbus Ohio, soon after her father, located in Rutland, where Sylvene’s childhood and early girlhood were passed.  She graduated from Mansfield State Normal School and for several years engaged in teaching in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  In 1914, she entered the training school for nurses connected with Roosevelt Hospital and had been but a few months graduated when the United States entered the World War.  She immediately volunteered in the Roosevelt-Mackey Unit, which sailed for France one week after General Pershing.  After several months’ service at U. S. Official Headquarters at Chauniont, she was, at her request transferred to Evacuation Hospital No. 4.  She served in the following engagements:  Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, Olse-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector.  She was awarded the Croix de Guerre with gilt star by the French government for her bravery, devotion to duty and heroic conduct when Evacuation Hospital No. 4 was shelled by the enemy on November 2, 1918.  It was overwork and exposure at this time that caused the illness that later cost her life.  After the Armistice Miss Nye spent several months on duty at Coblenz, Germany.  She is survived by her father, Dr. Orrin S. Nye; one brother, Delos F. Nye, of Rio Vista, California, sister, Margaret, now Mrs. James Paul, of Spokane, Wash., and a half-sister, Frances Carolyn Nye, of Rutland, Penna., all of whom were able to be with her for several weeks preceding her demise.  A splendid, noble, useful woman is gone.  During long months of helplessness no murmur of complaint passed her lips; her cheerfulness, her patience, her courage were marvelous and evoked the admiration and love of all.  Just a few moments before the end, she turned to her little sister Carolyn, and said, “Don’t be afraid, Honey, I am just napping.”  To her classmates and the nurses of Roosevelt Hospital she was greatly attached.  Any story of her life would be incomplete without mention of their loyalty and affectionate devotion to her.  Their many acts and deeds of kindness gave her cheer and comfort and did much to help her bear her burden of helplessness.  “Sylvene does not fear, Sylvene is a soldier,” said one of her devoted nurse friends, during her illness, and surely no soldier ever met death more bravely than she.  One more flower of America’s youth has made the Supreme Sacrifice.

 Died, at her home in Mansfield, Pa., December 24, 1918, Edna C., wife of Leonard Hagar, after an illness of only three days of pneumonia; aged 32 years.  Mrs. Hagar was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer H. Card, of Sullivan.  She was born in Sullivan, March 2, 1886.  Edna was known for her strict integrity and kindness of heart; ever ready to do anything necessary for the help of others which might be needed; tender memories will we ever cherish of one so worthy and so dear.  She is survived by her husband, Leonard Hagar, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer B. Card, and two brothers, Walter H. Card, at home, and Ray Card of Columbia X Roads.  The funeral was held at the home on Thursday at eleven o’clock, Burial in Mansfield.

 Mrs. Emma Sherman Ferguson, 89, of Troy, RD 1, died Friday evening, May 29, 1938(?)    (Cannot read rest of obituary)

 Mrs. Gertrude Laura Avery, 59(?), died in a Rochester hospital Thursday, Jan. 27, 1938, at 3 p.m.  She is survived by the following children:  Mrs. Margaret Wood of Lowman, Dee William Avery of Buffalo, Murial Avery, of Millerton, Ethel Avery of Rochester, Mrs. ?? Osman, Mrs. Dorothy Peterson and Say Avery all of Elmira; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Roberts, of Gillett and Mrs. Maude Shriner of California; two brothers, Frank and Edward Hakes(?) of Tillett, and 13 grandchildren.  The body will remain in the ???.  The funeral will be conducted at the Gillett Church , Sunday at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Allen ???.  Burial will be in Gillett Cemetery.

RANDALL Alice (SRGP 53260)
STARKEY, MRS. F. L. -Alice, wife of F. L. Starkey, died at her home on Newtown Hill Sunday, December 10, following a long illness, aged 53 years.  She is survived by her husband and two sons, Colie and Maurice.  The funeral will be held Wednesday at two o’clock from the family home.  Rev. D. J. Griffiths will officiate.  Burial will be made in Oakwood Cemetery.

 Mrs. Janette Beach, died of apoplexy Thursday, September 27, at the home of her son, N. M. Beach, in this boro, aged 79 years, 10 months, and 9 days.  She left two sons, Coly J. Beach and Newton M. Beach.  She was a daughter of James and Alma Bryant McConnell, who were among the early settlers of Sullivan township.  She had long been a member of the M. E. Church.  The funeral services were held at the church Sunday at 2 p.m., and were conducted by the Rev. C. D. Purdy, assisted by the Rev. D. J. Griffiths.  The relatives from out of town attending the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Beach of Canton; Emory and Grove Smith, of New Haven, Conn., the Rev. C. G. McConell, wife and two sons of Elmira, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Foster Updike, of Waverly, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Frazer, of Pine City; Mr. and Mrs. Selleck and two sons and Mrs. Aumick, of Troy; Howell Ballard and wife, of East Troy; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beardsley and Mrs. James McConnell of Sullivan.

 Mrs. H. Lewis Roblyer, only surviving sister of Mr. S. L. Wood of this boro, died at 4 o’clock this morning at her home, two miles from Elk Run.  Mr. Roblyer would have been 71 in June.  She had enjoyed quite good health until Monday, when she became unconscious through apoplexy, and so remained until relieved by death.  Her husband and two sons survive, Herbert, of Balsam, and Levi, of Rutland.  The funeral will be held from her late home on Friday at 1 o’clock, the Rev. Stoker officiating; burial in the Wood cemetery in Sullivan.

 Tioga, Pa—Mrs. Mary Elisabeth Andrews, 75, of Millerton died this morning at the home of her son, El?de Andrews, High Street, Painted Post, N.Y.  Mrs. Andrews was a member of Millerton Methodist Church and the Helen Payne Bible class.  Besides Eldde, she is survived by three other sons, Chester and Elmer of Millerton and Manley Cleveland of Elmira, N.Y., several grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  The body is at the Shaw and Robena Funeral Home in Mansfield where arrangements are incomplete.

 Herbert Robyler of Osceola.  A prayer service was held at the family home Wednesday at 2 p.m. and the funeral in the Wellsboro ME Church at 3:30 the Rev. E. Baker Brownell officiated.  Burial was in Wellsboro Cemetery.

 William H. Longwell died at his home on N. Main street last Friday evening of pleura-pneumonia.  He was eighty-three years of age and until a few days before his death had been about our streets.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the family home of his only son, Charles.  Rev. C. D. Purdy officiated.  Burial in Roseville cemetery in the family plot in that place.

 On Saturday morning, August 21, 1926, our community was saddened by the death of charles H. Hayward.  Although he had been in failing health for several years, he was taken suddenly worse on Sunday morning, the 15th.  While everything that loving hands could do was done, death came the following Saturday morning; his going was as the going down of the sun, so peaceful.  Mr. Hayward was born in West Danby, N.Y., September 19, 1844.  Thus he attained the age of nearly 82 years.  Mr. Hayward was a man of many sterling qualities, one who will be greatly missed, as he was always interested in the welfare and upbuilding of the community.  He was a Member of Lawrence corners M. E. Church; but best of all was a Christian man.  In his declining years he spent much time in reading his Bible and singing some beautiful hymn.  He often told his friends that he was only waiting until God called him home.  He leaves to mourn their loss, one daughter, Mrs. J. M. Frost; two brothers, Sidney, of Detroit, Mich., and Orleyette, of Mansfield, also one sister of Detroit.  The funeral services were largely attended at the home on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Kehler, of Daggett, officiating; interment in the family plot in Roseville.

 Henry Hart, son of Daniel and Amelia Pierce Hart, was born in Sullivan Township, near what is known as Robbins’ Hill, April 27, 1865.  His father went West, never to return when Henry was a baby, so he was obliged at an early age to take upon himself the cares of a grown-up.  He attended school at the Robbins Hill school and worked among the farmers, helping his mother all that a boy could, thus early learning lessons of the value of a dollar, which was a help to him in after life.  He was always destined to be handicapped by a not very robust constitution, but by his thrift and industry made a home for his mother in her declining years and comfortably provided for his own family and left some inheritance to his children.  He married in 1884, Euphemy Jones, of Richmond.  To this union four children were born, two dying when infants.  His wife preceded him to the other shore some five years ago.  He was a faithful member and worker of P. O. S. Of A. For thirty-one years and at the time of his death was treasurer of the organization. He was also a valued member of the Grange.  He leaves to mourn his loss, one son, Owen Hart, of Mainesburg; one grandson, Dewayne Henry Hart; one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Kosteski, of Elmira, and one sister, Mrs. Alice Hart Rumsey, of Mainesburg; also a large circle of acquaintances and friends all through Sullivan township, for here he had lived out all his days, known and respected for his sterling qualities.  He died January 15th, Friday, at two a.m., of cancerous growth of the stomach.  He had not been as well as usual for the last four or five years and he suffered greatly for the last two months of his life, death coming as a great release, and reaching out to Him who said, “He that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”  The funeral was held at the Mainesburg church, January 17th, Reverend Bly officiating.  The P. O. S. Of A. Attended in a body and also held their ritual service about the grave.  The coffin was literally covered with heartfelt offerings of roses and carnations from the P. O. S. Of A., the Grange, neighbors, relatives and friends.  The pall bearers were T. F. Hotchkiss, W. L. Connelly, Sam Smith, Ernest Seymour, Gene Cleveland and John Benson.

 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.  Mr. Colby was a resident of Rutland.  He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. B. A. Harris, of Mansfield, and Mrs. Martin Williammes, of Morris, and one brother, Clark J. Colby, of Mansfield.  Also several nieces and nephews.

 Mrs. Frankie Smith Leiby, of Canton, who was buried here on Tuesday last, was another of our former and beloved residents who have come home for their last sleep.  Our schools, our church and our Sunday school formerly owed much to her talent and willing work.  She is survived by her life-long companion and husband, Jonathan Leiby, two sons, Hosmer, of Granville, Pa., Arthur of Alba, Pa., two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Hagar, of Troy, R.F.D., and Mrs. Celia Leiby, of Canton; two sisters, Mrs. Flora Maynard, of Gillett, and Mrs. Mittie Day, of Florida; one brother, Hosmer Smith, of Morris, N.J., besides many friends and relatives.

 Fred B. Griffin, 32, died at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, February 12, 1935, after an illness of two and a half years.  He is survived by  (line missing)  one daughter, Anna Louise; also ten sisters and four brothers.  He was the son of George and Louse Grifin, both deceased.  He was born on Tower Hill, tioga County, May 20, 1902, and spent most of his life there.  At the age of 23 he married Ellen Eva Brown.  To them one child was born.  He was a kind and loving husband and father.  He will be greatly missed in his home and elsewhere.  He had a great many friends and was a friend to everyone who knew him.  Although being sick and in the hospital so long, he was very patient and cheerful, always looking on the bright side.

 The funeral of Mrs. Ida Clark, aged 62 years, who died of heart disease in Delmar last Wednesday morning was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Burial was in the Keeneyville cemetery.  She was a daughter of James and Catherine Long Stevens and was born in Middlebury July 25, 1861.  She was twice married, her first husband being Ernest Allen, who died in 1907.  Four of their children survive:  Mrs. Nelson Stickler, of Mansfield; Mrs. Claude Day, of Lock Haven; Joseph and Emery Allen, of Wellsboro.  She is also survived by two brothers, William W. Stevens, of Nelson and George Stevens, of Farmington.  Her second husband, Charles Clark died about two years ago.

 Burt J. Briggs, of Middlebury R.D. 1, died at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, November 21, at the age of 66.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sadie Briggs, one son, Mortimer, two grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Homer Closs, of Knoxville, and Mrs. Ray Erway, of Wellsboro, and several nieces and nephews.  The funeral was held from the Crooked Creek Baptist Church Nov. 24, and burial was at Keeneyville.  (Handwritten date 1938)

HEATER, MRS. JUDSON Bessie Crum (SRGP 18525)
 Mrs. Bessie E. Heater, late of 1110 Admiral Place.  The body is in the family home, where the funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.  Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Mrs. Heater is survived by her husband, Judson Heater; twin infant sons, Jack Wayne and James DeWayne, a son Judson Heater Jr.; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Covell of Elmira; Mrs. Teresa White of Bath; Miss Elsie Heater at home; the mother, Mrs. Maude Crew; the father Romey Crum of Freeville; a sister, Mrs. Marion Morris of Glendale, Calif.; a brother, Gilbert Crum of Elmira.

BROWN, EMMA C VanHorn. (See SRGP 76975 for possible link)
 Emma C. Brown, wife of Samuel D. Brown, died at the home on Elmira street, Sunday morning, November 1, at 4 o’clock, following an illness of several months.  She was the daughter of Henry and Rose Benson VanHorn, and was born in Lycoming county fifty-six years ago.  In 1890 she was united in marriage to Samuel D. Brown, of Rutland, and they resided there for several years, later moving to Mansfield.  She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Eva, Mrs. Ray Bailey, of Buffalo; Bessie, Mrs. Deyo Walker, and Lila, Mrs. S. Watkins, of Mansfield, and one son, Guy of Mansfield; also several grandchildren.  She was a member of the Methodist church.  The funeral was held from the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Reverend F. P. Simmons, officiating.  Interment in Oakwood cemetery.

 Mrs. Emma Gardner, 77, died Sunday Feb. 14, 1937, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Bardwell, near Austinville.  She is survived by Mrs. Bardwell and two granddaughters, Mrs. Lyle Smith, Chandlesburg, Pa., and Mrs. Howard Shaylor, Columbia Cross Roads.  The funeral will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the home of Mrs. William Canfield, a neighbor by the Rev. Glen Dewey.  Burial in Squires Cemetery. (Gray Valley Cemetery)

 On Monday evening, March 17, the Gates of Eternity opened and the pure soul of Mildred Dann, or Millie, as her loved ones called her, passed through into the eternal light of an endless day.  The funeral services were held on Thursday from the home.  Rev. Grant Roblyer and Rev. William Hall were the officiating ministers.  Rev. Roblyer’s scriptural reading was from Psalms 90 and 103, and his remarks were largely scriptural quotations and exemplifying the everlasting love and unchangeableness of God.  Rev. Hall made a very touching and tender prayer and both ministers spoke very feelingly of their personal acquaintance with the departed and of her Christian character and spotless life.  Mrs. Leah Dial sang most beautifully and touchingly those old hymns, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Sometime Somewhere”.  Mildred Gardner Dann was the daughter of Leander and Fannie Gardner and was born on April 28, 1877.  On the sixth day of September, 1905, she was united in marriage with Judson L. Dann, with whom she lived happily until his death on October 31, 1911.  Since that time her life has been passed in her girlhood home.  Millie’s entire life was spent in making her family and friends happy.  She always thought of others first and self last.  Endowed with a keen mind, a friendly disposition, and a remarkable amount of Ambition she enjoyed society and an active, energetic life until failing health prevented.  Several years ago she united with the Universalist Church of Mansfield, and was a close personal friend of Rev. E. E. Bailey.  Millie believed in the religion of character as exemplified by Jesus and her life was spent in living that kind of a life.  Six years ago she underwent a serious operation at Blossburg hospital and since that time her health has been failing; the cold weather so aggravated her disease that she has been compelled to spend a large part of the winters in bed.  But during all those years of ill health and through  her last sickness she has ever been solicitious of those who cared for her, never once frowning, and ever ready with words of comfort and cheer.  Children loved her and grown-ups respected and revered her.  The beautiful flowers and the tears of sorrowing friends gave proof of the esteem in which she was held, while the beautiful Easter lily clasped in her hand was emblematic of the pure soul that had gone up to that home of many mansions.  She leaves to mourn her loss, her mother and one brother, Ward W.; two step children, Mrs. George Dewey and Ruhl Dann, besides multitudes of friends.  Interment was in Ames Hill cemetery.  

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 06 FEB 2001
By Joyce M. Tice