|Mansfield PA and Richmond Township in Tioga County PA|
Submitted by Chester P. Bailey
|The Grange National Bank 3 ½% Interest
M. H. Shepard (on the Corner)
H. M. Griggs – Grocery, crockery, meats
The Mansfield Advertiser - $1.00 per year
Vosburg’s Restaurant – Mfg. Ice Cream
G. L. Strait and Son – Hardware
Miss Mary Crossley – Good Millinery
Graves Variety Store
The T. W. Judge Co. – Gen. merchandise & Grocery
L. W. Hichcock – Drayman & Express
Coles Pharmacy – Sodas
Charles W. Earley – Carriages, Implements, steam & Gasoline engines
Johnsons Sanitary Barber shop – Electric Massage & Shampoos
|R.W. & M. F. Rose – General Merchandise, Grocery
Charles McDowell – Coal and Wood
Joseph S. Hoard – Insurance
The Crossley Green Houses
Wylly R. Every – Marble and Granite
M. Shipbanker – Clothes
John Wheeler & Son – Meats & Grocery
Charles E. Miller – Wagon Shop
George M. Palmer – Watches & Glasses
Sun Milling Co. – Grinding Mill
Mansfield Steam Laundry – Frank D. Clark
Mansfield Normal School – Principal Andrew Thomas Smith
Doctors – Dr. J. M. Diehl – Osteopath
Dr. F. G. Wood, M.D.
Dr. B. Moody – Physician & Surgeon
Mansfield Board of Trade
Chester P. Bailey
The Mansfield Board of Trade was incorporated April 8, 1892.
Officers – H. F. Kinglsey, President
Dr. J.M. Barden, 1st. V.P.
F. W. Clark, 2nd V.P.
W.D. Husted, Secretary
M.L. Clark, Treasurer
Trustees – P. Williams, D.H. Pitts, D.J. Pitts
There were 123
Object of the Association – “Promote the prosperity of Mansfield and the advancement of business interests.
They were responsible for the following:
Paisley Shawl Factory
It helped install a laundry by A.B. Welch on Elmira Street and assisted Tomlison to acquire the Foundry on East Main Street.
Mary and I decided to come to Mansfield from Long Island in 1948. We had decided that New York City was not the place where we wanted to raise our children. Also there was the opportunity to buy into the Mansfield Advertiser where I had learned the printing trade.
Mr. Edwin Coles took me to my first Business Mens luncheon meeting, which I remember being in the Presbyterian Church. There were only a few members that I had not known before I had left Mansfield to go to school at Peabody-Vanderbilt in Nashville in 1935.
I think Herb Peterson; T. W. Judge Co was president of the Association in 1949. It had done much in the growth of Mansfield through the years. They raised $50,000 to build a plant for the Paisley Shawl factory, a glove factory and cigar factory in Mansfield and brought the Novelty company to Mansfield. They had helped a bar bell company during the war and a table company was about to get started in the Grange Building on Smythe Park.
At the time they started looking for new officers in 1949, a draft movement took place to have Oscar Lutes become president. Finally in January 1950, he agreed to be president if I would be secretary. I think Chap Goodall was Vice President.
It did not take Oscar long to build the membership, for he changed the structure of the committees by naming the women that were in business, with their husbands. Only Sadie Finesilver and Mabell Wright were members of the Business Mens. Oscar named the following women to the Store Closing Committee – Jane Garrison, Sadie Finesilver, Irene Mudge, Joyce Fish, Jennie Hendricks and Katherine Burke. The attendance at meetings caused the meetings to move to the American Legion Home and eventually to the Mansfield Restaurant.
The Association began receiving information from the State Chamber of Commerce and requests to join the Chamber. I suggested we join and to change our name to the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce in keeping with our membership and our program.
We became actively engaged in bringing Armco Co. to Mansfield, also a building was built for the Hotelling and Oldman Co., the table company that had been on the park, and a Freezer Locker Co. on South Main St. The exact date of the name change I cannot remember. Oscar Lutes was the last President of the Mansfield Business Mens Association and the First President of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce. His tenure of president lasted several years.
| Mansfield’s first newspaper was called the “Balance”
and was issued in August 1855 as an organ of the Grand Lodge of “The Good
Templars of North America.” T.M. Buchman was the publisher and his
wife, Mary C. Buchman, daughter of Josiah Emery, then of Wellsboro, was
editor. She was secretary of the Grand Lodge of Good Templars of
Pennsylvania. News of the National organization and her contributions
were about all that was in the paper. There were no locals, but the
following people advertised in it: H.G. Martin, drugs; William Hollands,
harness maker; J.S. Hoard, brick yard; Amos Bixby, plaster, paint and lime.
The personal cards were Henry Allen, Lawyer; C.V. Elliott, Doctor; O.H.
Philps, Traveler's Home and Temperance House.
Sixteen numbers were issued when it passed into the hands of J. Emery and Co. They sold the plant to an association of the citizens of Mansfield. The name was changed to the “Mansfield Express”. Simon B. Elliott was editor and J.S. Hoard was editor of the temperance department. The Express was published under this management for nearly a year when further publications were suspended for want of sufficient support.
|Photo - 1893 Staff of Mansfield Advertiser. Housed on North Main Street where Papa Gino's Pizza is now located.|
Major V.A. Elliott, a war veteran, was its first editor. The 1872 issue followed the election campaign as a Greeley organ. Elliott, in poor health caused by the civil war, resigned after a short term.
O.D. Goodenough became the next publisher. He was a veteran newspaperman from Towanda, a veteran of the Civil War, member of the GAR, a practical printer and bright local paragrapher. He took charge of the paper and remained with it for a number of years. He named it the “Mansfield Advertiser”.
In 1873 – The paper’s next publisher was D.A. Farnham. A young man who took charge of the paper and did all in his power to make it a valuable weekly. In the summer of 1874 he died from a hunting accident. In fulfillment of Mr. Farnham’s contract with the Mansfield Printing Co. the Mansfield Advertiser was published until January 1 1875 by his brother.
In 1875 the Advertiser was published by V.R. Pratt and O.D. Goodenough. It was an independent paper and according to writers of that time, it was one of the spiciest local papers in this section of the County. O.D. (better known as Ben) Goodenough was editor. The paper circulated extensively through out the eastern and central townships of the county.
In 1877 – it was published by Goodenough and Lewis, enlarged to seven columns and the date of publication changed from Tuesday to Wednesday.
W.A. Roland became publisher and procurator in 1879. The influence of Dr. F. Allen and the other members of the Printing Committee continued from the papers of Pratt and Goodenough to W.A. Rowland. The following Mansfield information was located in the right hand corner of the front page:
Is located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania on
the Tioga and Elmira State Line Railroad,
thirty miles from Elmira, N.Y. Its inhabitants
(about 1,600) are thrifty, intelligent people
and cordially invite Immigrants to settle in
their midst. In the heart of a fine farming
region, with an inexhaustible supply of
bituminous coal, iron ore and timber in the
immediate vicinity, it is an inviting field
for capitalists and manufacturers. The State
Normal School for the fifth district of
Pennsylvania is also located here, where
educational advantages are second to none in
The above was taken from the Mansfield Advertiser of July 2, 1879, published every Wednesday by W.A. Rowland, Publisher and Proprietor.
Mr. Rowland sold the Advertiser on May 6, 1885 to F.E. VanKeuran. The following July, Mr. VanKeuran sold a half interest to Sheridan E. Coles.
Mr. VanKeuran was born in Hamondsport , N,Y. and learned the printer trade on the Steuben Courieur in Corning, NY. He later worked for the Elmira Advertiser and Bath Advocate before coming to Mansfield. He married Katherine VanNess, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter VanNess . The VanNess’ lived at 146 South Main Street, Mansfield, now the oldest house in Mansfield.
Mr. Sheridan Coles was born in Elmira, NY His family moved to Pennsylvania when he was a small boy. He learned the printers trade on the Oil City Derrick and later on the Elmira Advertiser with J.P. Woodford, L.S. Copeland, J.H. Geer, Charles Redfield and others who made names for themselves as newspapermen. Mr. Coles married Mira Stacy of Springfield and they lived in Smethport, PA. Before coming to Mansfield.
Mr. VanKeuran sold his half interest to Mr. A.M. Roy of Wellsboro about 1899 and went to New York to teach printing. Not liking the city, he came back to Mansfield and repurchased his half interest. Coles and VanKeuran bought the Troy Gazette at sheriff’s sale in 1901 and Mr. Coles went to Troy to build up the paper. He was associated with his son Edwin S. Coles. Around 1904 the partnership of the two papers was dissolved and VanKeuran took the Troy Gazette and Coles the Mansfield Advertiser.
Edwin S. Coles, son of Sheridan E. Coles, learned
the printing trade in Mansfield under Fred Graves, Dan Birkett, and others.
He worked as printer and editor on the Troy Gazette after graduating from
the Mansfield Normal School in 1900. In 1904 he went to Colorado
and worked for the Colorado Spring Gazette and Telegraph of Cripple Creek.
He later worked for the Victor Record and Cripple Creek Times in Cripple Creek. After a year he went to Wheatland, Wyoming were he was editor of the Laramie Times.
Edwin Coles returned to Mansfield in 1907 and
worked in Mansfield and Corning before taking a trip to the British Isles.
In 1908 he returned to Mansfield and became manager of the Mansfield Advertiser.
Sheridan Coles turned the Mansfield Advertiser over to his son in 1910.
Edwin Coles was sole owner until 1948 when Chester P. Bailey purchased
|Mansfield Advertiser operation about 1917|
Chester Bailey began learning the printing trade at the Mansfield Advertiser as a boy of 15 under Fred Stout, Walter Osgood, Charles Redfield, Glenna Wilson and D.L. Williams. He worked in the Advertiser while attending Mansfield High School, and Mansfield State Teachers College. He earned a Master of Arts degree in printing from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. In 1936. He taught printing in Louisville Junior High School , Louisville, KY He married Mary Z. Godbey , Louisville, KY in 1940.
Chester Bailey was called to active duty by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corp. as Second Lt. At the QM School in Philadelphia. During WWII he was in charge of the army printing plant at Fort Lee, VA with the rank of Lt. Col. He returned to Peabody to teach printing, but soon took a job with the American Airlines in NY City in charge of printing. In 1948 the Bailey’s came to Mansfield, not wanting to raise their family in the city. They purchased a home in January, 1948 at 413 Valley Road. Chester purchased a half interest in the Mansfield Advertiser from Edwin S. Coles in December, 1948.
Edwin Coles retired in 1954 and severed all business connections in 1954. Mary Bailey was editor. Mary and Chester published the paper until 1970 when they sold the Mansfield Advertiser to the Tioga Printing Corp. of Wellsboro, April 1970.
The Mansfield Advertiser has been published
in several locations in Mansfield. The first paper was located in
the Bank block at the corner of South Main and West Wellsboro Streets.
It was later located upstairs at about 15 North Main Street. It was
later moved to the Fred Allen building at 12 North Main Street and
remained there until 1940 when it was moved to its own newly constructed
building at 46 North Academy Street.
|Early Mansfield Advertiser Press||Mary GODBEY Bailey with Linotype machine 1950s/60s|
|Chester P. Bailey with George Washington Hand Press|
Editorial - Mansfield Advertiser, first issue, Tuesday,
Jan. 21, 1873
By - O.C. Goodenough
To The Reader -
We take the utmost pleasure in laying before your gaze, this, the first issue of the Mansfield Advertiser. This step has not been taken without the most mature reflection, and the earnest solicitation of the business men of Mansfield, and their oft-expressed determination to sustain such an enterprise, [not the Valley Enterprise], had induced to come among you with the earnest hope that the growing interests of this thriving village will enable all to see the need of a newspaper to forward them. We have seen the rock upon which former undertakings of this sort, here, have split, and shall endeavor, at all times and under all circumstances to avoid anything that might have a tendency to weaken or destroy the flattering prospect before us. Nothing of a partisan or sectarian nature shall be allowed in these columns; but it shall always be our aim to do the “greatest good to the greatest number,” and our chief object shall be to further the growth and prosperity of this promising region in every possible way. Mansfield, with her intelligence, her moral worth, her educational advantages, her vast mineral resources, her business enterprise, her money wealth, her natural favors, is bound in the not far distant future to take her position as a prominent manufacturing place among her many sisters in our great commonwealth -- not only a manufacturing town, but she is to be the pleasant home of refinement and culture. Encircles with an iron chain of untold strength and value, stands an institution which, as a place of learning, is unexcelled. Born to survive, her many sons and daughters shall go forth from her walls to fight the battle of life boldly and successfully for generations to come, looking back with commingled feelings of veneration and pleasure to the alma mater. But we are constitutionally opposed to long-winded editorials, and in conclusion, ask the united patronage of the business men of this section, assuring them that it shall ever be our aim to merit their good graces, and give them a paper of which they need not be ashamed.
Publishers and Editors of the Mansfield Advertiser
|H.C. Mills, Owner and Publisher – 1872
Mansfield Printing Company, Owners – 1872
Major V.R. Elliot, 1st Editor
O.D. Goodenough, publisher for Co. – 1873
D.A. Farnham – publisher 1873-1874
V.R. Pratt and O.D. Goodenough, publishers – 1875
O.D. Goodenough and Lewis, publishers – 1877
W.A. Roland, publisher and owner – 1879-1885
F.E. VanKeuren, publisher – 1885
F.E. VanKeuren and S.E. Coles, publisher – 1886
S.E. Coles and A.M. Roy, publishers – 1899
S.E. Coles and F.E. VanKeuren, publishers – 1901
Joe Geer editor – 1905-1907
S.E. Coles and E.S. Coles, publishers – 1907
E.S. Coles publisher – 1910-1948
Charles Redfield, editor – 1925-1929
E.S. Coles and C.P. Bailey, publishers and owners – 1948-1954
C.P. Bailey and M.G. Bailey, owners 1954 – 1970
Publisher and editor
|Joe Geer, Editor 1905-1907|
A New Deal
By Joe H. Geer 1907
The cards have been shuffled and cut, and a new newspaper deal is on. Today Sheridan E. Coles retires from the Advertiser, and from newspaper work, to devote his attention to other interests. He is succeeded as proprietor and publisher of the Advertiser by his son, Edwin Stacy Coles.
The elder Coles has served Mansfield well and faithfully during a quarter century’s connection with the Advertiser. “Served Mansfield” is used in its purest sense. A capable publisher of a good local newspaper serves a community more and better than all other institutions. His journal is largely the chief propelling power of all good works. It enlightens the population with respect to them. It urges action which, without its pleas and aid, never would be taken. It says nice things with respect to the living and the dead, regardless of the venom-tipped shafts of criticism that are frequently hurled at the main spoke in the wheel, or at his right bower, who is laboring faithfully to help him to give the town as good a newspaper as is possible, in the circumstances. It advertises the town, It brings people there to live, and to aid in the up building. And it does an hundred and one other good deeds of which the ordinary reader is ignorant, and which are not appreciated by those persons who do possess knowledge thereof.
To all these matters, Sheridan [or, “Shade,” as we best know him,] has given his most earnest endeavor during his long-time residence in Mansfield. And never did he falter at periods of the game where many men would have “passed,” and thrown up their hands.
For many years the writer has worked with and for Mr. Coles, shared with him the criticism, and rejoiced with him over the occasional word of commendation. We know him from A to Z, and, although we regret his determination to sever his relations with the Advertiser office, it is with a pleasurable feeling that we note that he is able to follow other pursuits, which will grant him the long-cherished desire to commune daily with Nature.
The foregoing words are not bouquets, thrown for effect. They are truisms from one who has fought the same battles, both as “boss” and “deckhand.” However, when it seems proper to toss nosegays, we prefer to do the tossing act while a man is still where he is better acquainted, and can get a sniff of their fragrance.
The new publisher we have known since early childhood, He is a graduate of Mansfield Norma, a young man of character, is possessed of talent and ideas, and has had several years’ experience in the newspaper and printing business in Troy, Pa., Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek, Col.; Wheatland, Wyo.; Corning, N.Y., and Mansfield. For several months he has been business manager of the Advertiser. And he has made good. We believe he will, as the Advertiser’s chief pilot, continue to grow, broaden, and progress in the newspaper world. And herewith we extend the glad hand of fellowship, and pledge to him the same loyal support we have so long given his father.
|| Mary & Chester Bailey, Queen and King of the Sesquicentennial
with Steve Orner and Joyce M. Tice, co-authors of Mansfield's Sesquicentennial book
1950 Mansfield Advertiser
75th Anniversary of Mansfield Advertiser
Lutes Re-elected B.M. President
Other Officers Elects at Dinner Meeting
Oscar Lutes was re-elected president of the Mansfield Business Men’s Association at a dinner meeting Thursday evening at the Mansfield Hotel.
Other officers elected were:
Vice President - Howard Burke
Secretary-treasurer - Chester Bailey
Committees appointed were:
Advertising - Harold Terry, chairman; Harold Strait & Merle Garrison
Store Closing - Harry Fish, chairman; Howard Burke, Elmer Kennedy, Elmer Rose & Welch Cleveland
Charles Hess, supervisor of vocational agriculture at the Senior High School, outlines the Future Farmers of America program for the year. The Business Men’s Association voted to sponsor the program again this year.
After discussion, it was decided to charge $3.00 dues for 1950 to any who are not in business and who wish to become members.
Harold Strait, Ben Goodman and Chester Bailey were appointed a committee to prepare a budget for the year and start a drive for funds.
A.H. Vosburg thanked the members for their gift to him on his fiftieth wedding anniversary.
The Mansfield Advertiser is celebrating some kind of an anniversary on January 21, 1950. It is the 75th anniversary of the change of the name from “Valley Enterprise” to Mansfield Advertiser.
The first newspaper printed in Mansfield was called “The Balance.” It was started by I.M. Buckman in 1856. He changed the name to “Mansfield Express.” Simon B. Elliott was one of the editors. He became interested in forestry and planted many of the trees on Sherwood street and other streets in the borough. Later he was called to Harrisburg to start the forestry department in this State. There is a large State Forest near Clearfield which is named after him. Another editor was Col. Joseph S. Hoard, father of the late Joseph S. Hoard, who conducted an insurance business in Mansfield. A granddaughter Nellie [Mrs. Warren Tubbs] now lived in Buffalo, N.Y., another granddaughter, Dorothy [Mrs. Thaddeus Logan] lives in Lyons, N.Y., and a grandson, Donald V. Hoard, lives in Erie, Pa.
This newspaper plant was moved to Kansas in 1857 or there about. During the slavery agitation in Kansas, the plant was thrown into the Missouri River. We have no information as to who owned the plant at the time, but we have assumed that it was Mr. Buckman.
In 1872 the “Valley Enterprise” was moved from Lawrenceville to Mansfield by H.C. Mills. V.A. Elliott succeeded Mr. Mills, and he in turn was succeeded by O.D. Goodenough, who on Jan. 21, 1875 changed the name to “Mansfield Advertiser.” Successive owners and editors were D.A. Farnham, Pratt & Goodenough, and W.A. Rowland.
On May 6, 1885, Mr. Rowland sold the Advertiser to F.E. Van Keuren, whose son, Ralph Van Keuren, now owns the Troy Gazette-Register. In the following July Mr. Van Keuren sold a half interest to Sheridan E. Coles.
Mr. Van Keuren was born in Hammondsport, N.Y., and learned the printers’ trade on the Steuben Courier. He later worked for the Elmira Advertiser and Bath Advocate before coming to Mansfield. He married Katherine Van Ness, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Peter Van Ness, who lived in the white house on South Main Street, now owned by Lenna Van Ness Gibson, which is the oldest house still standing in Mansfield.
Mr. Coles was born in Elmira, N.Y., ________________ boy. He learned the printers’ trade on the Oil City “Derrick” and later worked on the Elmira Advertiser with J.F. Woodford, I.S. Copeland, J.H. Geer, Charles Redfield, and others who made names for themselves as newspapermen. He married Nora Stacy, daughter of Mrs. Miria Stacy, of Springfield, and they lived in Smethport, Pa., before coming to Mansfield.
Mr. Van Keuren sold his half interest to A.M. Roy, of Wellsboro, about 1899, and went to New York to teach printing. Not liking the city he came back to Mansfield and re-purchased his half interest. Coles & Van Keuren bought the Troy Gazette at sheriff’s sale in 1901 and Mr. Coles went to Troy to build up the paper. He was assisted by his son, Edwin S. Coles, present owner of the Mansfield Advertiser. About 1904 the partnership in the two papers was dissolved, Mr. Van Keuren taking the Troy Gazette, and Mr. Coles the Mansfield Advertiser.
In 1909 Mr. S.E. Coles sold a half interest to his son, Edwin S. Coles, who in the Spring of 1910 purchased the remaining half interest. Edwin S. Coles learned the printers’ trade in Mansfield under Fred Graves, Dan Birkett, etc. He worked as printer and editor on the Troy Gazette after his graduation from Mansfield Normal in 1900, and about 1904 went to Colorado. He worked for Colorado-Spring Gazette and Telegraph in Cripple Creek, and then worked for the Victor Record and Cripple Creek Times in Cripple Creek. After a year he went to Wheatland, Wyoming, where he was editor of the Laramie Times. Returning east he worked in Mansfield and Corning and took a trip to the British Isles in 1908. Since 1910 he was sole owner and editor of the Advertiser until he sold a half interest to Chester P. Bailey in October, 1948. Mr. Bailey was born in Mansfield and worked in the Advertiser office while attending high school and College. He received a masters’ degree in printing at Peabody, and then taught printing at Louisville, Ky. During the last war he was in charge of the Army printing plant at Camp Lee, Va., with the rank of Lt. Col. Later he was in charge of the printing for the American Air Lines.
|From Barb Bailey McConnell September 2010
Dad and I can not identify 4 of the people in the picture. He thinks they were college students. Here are the names of the others. All were working for the paper. L-R back row: Harriet French Camenga, Dorothy Bailey VanNocken Watkins, Mary G. Bailey, Chester P. Bailey, Donald Hewitt. see you soon. Barb.
From 1957 Carontawan Advertisement.
Mrs. Bailey, the editor of the 97 year old weekly newspaper will continue in that position from an office in the present Advertiser building.
The commercial printing plant will be retained and operated by Mr. Bailey and son C. Paul Bailey at its present location under the name of the Bailey Printing Company.
Tioga Printing Corp. currently publishes the Wellsboro Gazette and Free Press-Courier of Westfield.
Mr. & Mrs. Bailey appreciate all the courtesies extended them during the last 22 years and hope you will continue to patronize the Mansfield Advertiser under its new owners and the job printing plant which the Baileys will maintain.