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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.

 A daughter Dorothy May, was born Friday, Oct. 30, 1936, at St. Joseph’s Hospital to Lyle and Iva Smith Sherman of Mansfield RFD 3.

 Paul C. Smith of Woodbridge, New Jersey and Dingman’s Ferry, Pa. (formerly of Elk Run, Pa.) suffered a stroke and died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1964.  He was a member of Elk Run Methodist Church, a son of the late Rev. Freddus D. Smith of Elk Run.  For the past number of years he has been a grading contractor in Woodbridge, N.J.  Survived by wife, Euphemia Drake Smith, twin-sister, Mrs. Paulina Avery of Elk Run; a brother, Glenn I. of Florida; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral was held Nov. 28, at Milford, Pa. With burial at Dingman’s Ferry.

 A daughter, Thursday Nov. ? 1962 to Robert and Dorothy Sherman Smith of Mainesburg RD.

 Wilbur Cleveland, familiarly known as the “Tioga County Pop Corn King,” died of pneumonia last Friday night at 11:30 o’clock, aged sixty-nine years, at his home at Canoe Camp.  He had been ill for a week previous with a very bad cold and grip, which developed into pneumonia, terminating in his death.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Canoe Camp Church of Christ, the Reverend H. L. Maltman, of Covington, officiating.  The interment was in Gray Cemetery, at Covington.  Mr. Cleveland is survived by his widow, Lavina Odell Cleveland, two grandchildren, and two brothers, Orey Cleveland, of Marsh Creek, and Melvin Cleveland, of Arcade, N.Y.  “Wib” Cleveland was one of Nature’s noblemen.  He was a friend to everyboyd, and always had a pleasant word for all.  He never did anybody anything but good.  We realize the limitation of words in the English language when we attempt to pay tribute to a noble life like that of our friend “Wib”.  He had more than his share of trouble and heartrending sadness during his life, but no one ever heard him complain.   He was always cheerful and always ready for a joke, no matter if he was the one hit.   Almost the last time the writer saw him we inquired how the world was using him these days, and with one of those million-dollar smiles, he said, “A great deal better than I deserve.  It is a great old world, I myself, am not good for anything any more, but the world is sure all right, and a good place to stick around in.”  If this world had a few more inhabitants with”Wib’s” practical Christianity inside of them, what a splendid place it would be to live in.

WEBSTER, MRS. SOLOMON  Susan Elizabeth Grandy (SRGP 7100)
 Mrs. Solomon Webster, aged 86 years, died last Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Chamberlain, in Sullivan; the funeral services being held Saturday at one o’clock, inteerment in Oakwood cemetery.  Besides the daughter mentioned above, she is survived by two sons, Oscar Webster, of Elmira, and Clinton Webster, of Sullivan.

COMPTON, MRS. MARY L. Ruggles (SRGP 7187)
 Troy, Pa. Oct. 31—Mrs. Mary L. Compton, widow of the late Daniel Compton, died at her home on Center street Friday morning.  She was in her eighty-fourth year.  She had been in her usual health and had called on her neighbors and friends the afternoon and evening before.  She was active in her household duties, friendly toward all and kind to the sick.  She was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church and was a regular attendant.  In her girlhood she was Mary Louise Ruggles, daughter of the late Orrin Ruggles of Sullivan township where she was born january 5, 1839.  She married Daniel Compton, March 31, 1858 and their home has since been in Troy.  Mr. Compton died several years ago.  Mrs. Compton was the last surviving member of her family.  She is survived by three daughters, Miss Anna D. Compton at home, Mrs. Frank Price of Montour Falls and Mrs. Fayette B. Pomeroy of Troy and two sons, F. Burton Compton of Tamaqua, Pa., and Harry W. Compton of Bethlehem, Pa., three grandchildren and one great grandson.  The funeral was held from her late home this afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev. Edward P. Morse officiating.  Burial was made in the family plot in Glenwood cemetery.

ROSE, MRS. ANNA Benson (SRGP 8551)
 Mrs. Anna Rose died Saturday at 2:45 a.m., at the home of her brother, Manley Benson, with whom she had made her home for several months.  Mrs. Rose was the daughter of Elijah and Nancy Reynolds Benson, and was born in Rutland Township January 3, 1859.  Her life was spent in Rutland, where she was loved for her sincere Christian life and friendly nature.  Always ready to help those in distress, Mrs. Rose will be long remembered for her many acts of kindness to those in need.  She had been a member of the Methodist church of Roseville since childhood and took an active interest in its welfare until her death.  Mrs. Rose is survived by two sons, Herman Rose of Mansfield and Elmer of Elmira, a daughter, Mrs. Susie Updyke, of Rutland; four brothers, Manley Benson of Mansfield, Laverne of Elmira, Archie of Rutland and Elmer of Los Angles, Cal.; one sister, Mrs. La Vinnie Lawrence of Mansfield; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral was held Monday at 2 p.m. her home in Rutland, Dr. Chester A. Feig, of Mansfield, officiating; interment in Watson Cemetery, Roseville.

 Agnes Field Van Ness wife of George VanNess, died in her Fall Brook road home in Troy on Tuesday afternoon, following several weeks of failing health.   She was born March 12, 1851, the daughter of the late Oliver D. And Agnes F. Randall Field.  She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Emma J. VanNess, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Emma J. Ferguson, of Armenia township, and Mrs. Adeleine VanNess, of Johnson City, N.Y.  The funeral will be held Friday at 2:30 from her late home, Rev. S. F. Basford officiating, and interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Troy, Pa.

 George VanNess, 87, died Monday at 8 p.m. at the family home in Troy township, Pa.  He was the last surviving veteran of the Civil War in that vicinity.  Mr. FanNess enlisted in a company which was organized in Troy, Pa., and was commanded by the late Captain Elmer Backer of Troy and later a resident and banker in Elmira.  Mr. VanNess is survived by a daughter, Miss Emma VanNess of Troy.  The funeral will be held from the family home Thursday at 10 a.m.  The Rev. L. S. Basford will officiate.  The American Legion will conduct the committal service at the cemetery.

 Henry P. VanNess passed to the great beyond Thursday evening, December 4, 1930.  Henry, as he was familiarly and affectionately called by young and old, was a life-long resident of Mansfield and vicinity.  He was the son of Peter V. And Celia Reynolds VanNess, and was born in a log house on the VanNess homestead in Rutland, June 6, 1850.  He married Wrexie E. Sweet, of Mardin, Pa., April 5, 1876.  To this union five children were born, four sons, Peter V. Of Johnson city, N.Y.; Victor H. of Springfield; Clay H., who died in infancy and Preston O. Of Lebanon and one daughter, Celia E. (Mrs. Wells A. Shaw), of Johnson City, N.Y.  He was a farmer and lumberman by occupation and for many years lived on a farm at Upper Lambs Creek.  About thirty years ago he moved to Mansfield and engaged in various kinds of mercantile business, for the last number of years, on account of advancing age, he retired from active business.   He was endowed with remarkable ambition and energy, always taking great pride in his splendid garden.  His daughter often called him”The Man With the Hoe.”  He was loved by children and held in the highest esteem by all who knew him, which was attested to by the beautiful floral tributes and large attendance at the funeral service, which was held in the M. E. Church, Sunday at 3:00 of which church he was a faithful member for many years; he was also a member of the Brotherhodd Class.  Besides his wife and his four children, he is survived by one brother, George VanNess of Troy, and four grandchilden and many nephews and nieces.  As the scriptures say: “His children can indeed rise up and call him blessed.”  The following relatives from out of town were present at the funeral:  Mr. and Mrs. Peter VanNess of Johnson City; Mr. and Mrs. Victor H. VanNess, of Springfield; Lester VanNess, of Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. Preston VanNess, of Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. Wells A. Shaw, of Johnson City; Mr. and Mrs. George Slingerland, of Waverly, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph VanKeuren, of Troy; Miss Emma VanNess of Troy; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bohlayer, of Troy; Mr. and Mrs. Drummer Sweet, of Troy; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Loveless of Tioga; Harry Loveless, of Tioga; Fred Loveless of Tioga; Mr. and Mrs. Brown, of Holiday; Glen Sweet of Elmira; Ed Sweet, of Elmira; Mrs. Fidelia Yale of Johnson City; Vial Coveney, of Mardin; Mark Covency, of Mardin; Mrs. Thu VanNess, of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Gibson of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Richmond of Limestone, N.Y.

 Mrs. Norton L. Beardsley, Verona Street, Elmira Heights, and Mrs. George Bailey of Genesee Street, Montour Falls, twin sisters, celebrated their 83rd birthday anniversary Monday at the home of Mrs. Beardsley.  Guests included Mrs. Arthur Davis of Elizabeth Street, Elmira, and Mrs. Myrtle Knapp of Westfield, Pa., who has been visiting Mrs. Ida Ashcraft at the home of Mrs. Beardsley.

 Mrs. Eula Bailey Beach of 1105 Davis St. Funeral Thursday 2 p.m. at the family home.  Rev. Benajmin Rowe. Woodlawn Cemetery.

 Mrs. Cora Belle Daggett Wilson died at the family home in Daggett Friday, Apr. 23, 1937.  She leaves her husband, Philip T. Wilson, and following children:  The Rev. Delbert D. Wilson of Oswego, Raymond F. Wilson of Elmira and Mrs. Louise Dailey of Millerton; three sisters, Mrs. Ray Ayers of Elmira, Mrs. Grover Sheives of Rochester and Mrs. Wayne Webster of Montrose, Pa.; also two grandchildren.  The funeral will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the Daggett Church the Rev. Leonard Basford officiating.  Burial in the Daggett Cemetery.

 Mrs. Anna Austin, 57, died Saturday at the family home, 182 Seneca Street, Penn Yan.  She is survived by a daughter, Miss Clara Austin of Penn Yan, and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Perry of Mansfield, Pa., and Mrs. May Waters of Austinville, Pa.  The funeral will be at 201 Elm Street, Wednesday at 2 p.m.

On Wednesday afternoon, July 21, at his home on Mill Creek, occurred the funeral of Frank Brace, after a long illness of many years.  He had kept on good courage and looked at the bright side of everything, also remained cheerful to the very end.  The piece of music that he loved was “In Sight of the Crystal Sea”, His request was that the Roseville choir sing, and to sing this hymn.  As he reposed in his beautiful casket he was surrounded by a profusion of flowers, marks of esteem and love from numerous friends and neighbors.  A beautiful pillow of flowers was presented from Mr. and Mrs. John Benson, of Roseville.  He was a member of the Baptist church, of Lawrence Corners, but he had been in poor health and could not attend always.  Also was a member of Tioga Valley Grange P. Of  H.   We all know that he is with the angels now.  He would say, “I am ready to go any time the Lord calls to me.”  He was 53 years old January ??.  Mr. Brace was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Brace.  He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Ira Giles and Mrs. ?? Giles;  six grandchildren; three brothers, Fred, Oreville, Harry Brace, and one sister, Mrs. Grant Stickler, of Paointer Run.  Many relatives were in attendance at the funeral from a distance, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. M. Dailey, Corning, N.Y.; Mrs. Letta Bailey and father, of Tioga, and others.  The service was in charge of Rev. Mr. Boroughs, of Tioga, and interment was in family lot, Dailey Cemetery, near Tioga.

 Mrs. Clara D. Brace died at her home in Rutland, Wednesday evening, November 10, at 9:45.  It came as a great shock to her family and friends as she was always helping others in sickness, and those who were not sick.  She had been in poor health for several years, but was able to be around most of the time.  Death was due to pneumonia.  Mrs. Clara D. Brace was born in Tioga, September 16, 1861, a daughter of Martin VanBuren and Mary Dailey.  She was united in marriage to Frank K. Brace March 11, 1885, he being dead nine years last July.  She had made her home last winter in Tioga at her sister’s Mrs. Letta D. McKinney, and most of the summer at Mansfield caring for Mrs. John Dailey until her death; also stayed a while until she went to Elmira for two weeks, caring for Mrs. Albert Armstrong.  She will be greatly missed in her community and home.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ira Giles, of Rutland and Mrs. Robert Giles of  Sullivan; also two sisters, Mrs. Leta D. McKinney, of Tioga, and Mrs. D. C. McAllister, of Olean, N.Y.; and one brother, M. E. Dailey, of Corning.  The funeral was largely attended at Lawrence Corners M. E. Church.  Rev. Seymour Barrett, of Tioga officiated.  The pall bearers were Liston Stickler, Nelson Stickler, Fred Stickler, Ross Watkins, Glenn Brace, John Grimm.  Burial in Dailey Cemetery beside her husband.

 Albert H. Beardsley died Monday, Mar. 1, 1937, at 460 Riverside Avenue.  He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Pauline; a brother, Roswell Beardsley; a nephew, Raymond Beardsley, all of Elmira.  The body is in the Page funeral home on Park Place, where the funeral will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m.  The Rev. E. A. Mathews.  Wednesday morning the body will be removed to Arkport for burial.  Mr. Beardsley was a member of Elmira Lodge 62, BPO of Elks.

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