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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option.
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 
Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (

Second Street Cemetery Obituaries
The following article is probably from the 1960s.
All-around neglect, coupled with vandalism of the sort that should be punishable with the lash, is turning the Second St. Cemetery into one of Elmira’s more spectacular eyesores. There is a picture here of uncut grass and overturned headstones which shows, in a small way, what is going on in the block bounded by Second and Third Sts. And Columbia St. and College Ave. It has been many years since there has been a burial in this now-neglected  plot. That shouldn’t make any difference. It shouldn’t excuse the liberties that have been taken with many of the headstones.
It shouldn’t excuse the fact that the place lies neglected while the city that these people helped to build strains at is boundaries and changes its characteristics so often that it’s a fulltime job to keep a zoning map up to date. And neither should this plot be turned into a shortcut for pedestrians and bicyclists. Some years ago it was proposed to move the bones and the stones from this cemetery out of the playground category and utilize the plot as a central fire station. The screeches this suggestion evoked are still echoing among the hills. Such a thing, it was said, would be desecration, rank and unashamed. Today, the old cemetery offers a spectacle of overturned markers. It is a playground and a thoroughfare by day and a necking spot by night. And yet, the plight of this spot, ostensibly sacred to the memory of those who have gone before and who weren’t far-sighted enough to demand burial under less carnival conditions, goes unmourned day after day, week after week. This is not a plug for somebody’s plan to build an apartment project or a housing project, garden type or otherwise. It is not intended to hasten the day when a fire station, a hotel, a bowling alley, a shooting gallery, a union railroad station or a flock of store of the suburban type, the neighborhood type or the garden type rise upon the spot.
It is simply a plea that something be done, both about the appearance of the place and the people who desecrate it. And of the two, by far the more important is action against the vandals who range at will through this block area, upsetting the stone, breaking them and trampling upon the graves of their betters. Something can be done. Unless we have lost completely our sense of respect., let’s do it.

BROUSE, Mary Jane (Mrs. A.B. Dickinson)
DICKINSON--In this city, Sunday, Sept. 5th, Mary Jane, wife of A.B. Dickinson, aged 48 years and 6 months.---Notice of funeral hereafter.
Williamsport papers please copy.Elmira Daily Advertiser, September 6, 1880 Monday A.M., page 5

BROUSE, Mary Jane Dickinson
Formal announcement was made yesterday of the death of Mrs. A.B. Dickinson.  Her maiden name was Mary Jane Brouse, and she was born at Wallace Run, Lycoming County, Pa., and was forty-eight years of age.  She was married to Mr. A.B. Dickinson, brother of Mr. H.B. Dickinson, of this city, in 1862, at Muncy.  They lived in Williamsport a long time and came to Elmira in 1870.  She leaves, beside her husband, a daughter and two sons, who sincerely mourn the loss of the beloved wife and mother.  The funeral will occur this afternoon from No. 421 West Fourth street to the Second Street Cemetery.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church and highly respected.  Her illness had been for nearly a year, and she was a great sufferer. (Elmira Daily Advertiser, Tuesday AM, 9/7/1880, page 5.)

CULP – Ralandus Culp aged 85, died at his home in Springfield Township on Friday, December 3, 1909. Mr. Culp was born in Elmira, November 27, 1824 and lived for 49 years on the farm where he died. His wife, to whom he was married sixty-one years ago, died several years since. Five children survive: Joseph of Elmira, Thompson of Wellsburg and George, Emma and Jennie at home. One son, Grant died a short time ago. Mr. Culp was very highly respected in the community here he lived and his death will be mourned by a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held from the home on Monday, the Rev Barrett officiating.
[Note- wife Mary J. Mahood]

TOOKER Hyman Smith
Hyman Smith Tooker, aged 79 died at the home 216 West Third St., last evening at 9 o’clock. He is survived by his wife, one son Allen F. Tooker of Rochester and one daughter Mrs. Alonzo Zimmer of Rochester. The body was taken to Harrington’s undertaking rooms, where the funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev. Eli Pittman officiating. The interment will be in the Second Street Cemetery.   Elmira Gazette April 20, 1907

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