|Mansfield PA and Richmond Township in Tioga County PA
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Year: 1955 and 1957 Articles from Mansfield
Advertiser and Mansfield Pennysaver
||Sadie LEVINSON Finesilver and her husband
Harry FINESILVER were active in business in Tioga County for decades. As
resources come available I will present them on this page and by doing
so we'll be able to trace the history of this entrepreneurial pair. Sadie
owned and operated Finesilvers in Mansfield for over thirty years until
death in 1957. The merchandise was quality women's clothing and some
giftware. I still have a fruit bowl I bought my mother as a gift and I
used to get very nice blouses there when I was in college for $5.00 (not
inflation adjusted). That was after Sadie's day but it remained a fine
store just as she had established it. I started my teaching career in 1966
wearing clothing from Finesilver's as well as the Wright Shop (Maybelle
Wright) across the street. I'll add material about her also as it becomes
available. The storefront that was Finesilver's has been divided into two
stores and both offer antiques. In fact I was in one yesterday and the
woman at the counter had no idea at all that she was operating in Sadie
Finesilver's store. How sad. It was a staple in the Mansfield Business
environment for such a long time.
||Harry and Sadie opened for business about the same year as this photo
was taken, 1924, in one of the two storefronts (in one bulding - earlier
photos show that better) just left of the pole. According to Chester
Bailey, about 1950 Web Rice tore down the old Finesilver's Building and
McClure's Garage and built the newer building, half of which is shown in
photo below on the same spot. It was here that Sadie continued on with
||June 1991 Wellsboro Gazette
The following letter from Sadie appeared in the Mansfield Pennysaver
in 1955 after the major remodelling of the Finesilver's store.
|Finesilvers was in the building at right in this photo taken 2002 on
the west side of North Main Street. It now houses two separate antique
shops. The yellow brick building in the center of the photo is the oldest
brick building in Tioga County. It housed Bates Pharmacy and later Terry's
Rexall Pharmacy. Sadie Finesilver and Harold Terry conducted business next
door to each other for decades.
"A DREAM COME TRUE"
May I, at this time express my sincerest thanks
to all that helped me achieve the realization of a dream. started
in Mansfield 31 years ago.
Thirty one years ago - almost to the month,
my late husband, Harry Finesilver and I, started in an humble way, to try
to establish a business in this town that would serve the community honestly,
sincerely, and diligently.
We wanted to give them style, value, and service
that would appeal to the critical consumer. This I believe was both
Harry's and my goal.
At the opening house party I knew his spirit
was ever prevelant, and that from his celestial seat in Heaven, he must
have smiled and said, "Well done Sadie, you have been a good and faithful
servant, your promise to Mansfield has been fulfilled."
However, with all humility I can only make
the following statement, and this from the bottom of my heart.
Without the untiring assistance of Mrs. Susie
Garrison and Mrs. Cornelia Bennie, who have been with me for over a quarter
of a century and the cooperation of all those associated with me at the
present time, I could not have achieved this end. Above all, I wish
to extend my deepest appreciation to the Business Mens Association, my
neighboring merchants and the wonderful, kindly, friendly, and understanding
people of Mansfield and its environs, for their consul, also the faith
and trust, which they held for me. This trust I will never betray,
but will hold forever in the highest esteem.
Without all of this, the new "House of Finesilver"
could never have been built. Thanks to the grace of God and His guidance,
the dream has come true.
"Reliable As Sterling"
TAKEN BY DEATH -- Memorial services were held this morning
for MRS. SADIE LEVINSON FINESILVER, Mansfield business woman, who died
Wednesday. Funeral and burial will be in New York City Sunday.
MRS. SADIE LEVINSON FINESILVER, 62, of Mansfield, Pa., Wednesday, March
20, 1957. Survived by daughter, Miss Ann Louis E. Finesilver of Cleveland,
Ohio; sisters, Mrs. Mary Wolpert of Mansfield, Mrs. Lillian Wolpert and
Mrs. Hannah Vinson, both of New York City; brother, Morty Levinson of Mansfield.
Body at Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, Mansfield, where friends may call.
Memorial service there Friday at 11 a.m., the Rev. James Gordon assisted
by the Rev. D. J. Griffiths. Funeral and burial Sunday in New York
City. Please omit flowers.
1930 Yearbook Ad
1934 Yearbook Ad
1954 Yearbook Ad
|This cutout from a 1909 postcard shows the joint state of the two storefronts
in upper photo. In 1909 Mr. Dann had a barber shop in one of the
||At a slightly later date, the storefront on right was used by Bates
for the Rexall Drug Store
|The Wright Shop on North Main
Street in Mansfield
The Wright Shop was located on the east
side of North Main Street between Strait's Hardware on the corner and the
Jupenlaz Harness Shop. The location is occupied in 2008 by Marge's Antique
Shop run by Margaret Nelson a.k.a. Marge Auwarter.
I am only able to locate a photo of half of it on the edge of a harness
|Part of Wright Shop right of Harness Shop
||Part of Wright Shop left of Strait's Hardware
MAYBELLE H. WRIGHT
Maybelle H. Wright, daughter of the late Ira and Minerva L. Wright
was born November 22, 1884. She was educated in the public schools and
graduated from Mansfield State Normal School in 1904. She taught in the
Bradford County schools. During vacation was a sales lady at F.E. Doolittle’s
store in Elmira. For three years was a sales lady in Pitts. Judge Co. store.
In the autumn of 1909 she opened the first Womens Ready-To-Wear store on
the second floor of the building now known as Garrisons Mens Shop. In 1931
the business of M.H. Shepard was purchased. In 1949, because of poor health
the Wright Shop was sold to Mrs. Jennie Hendricks. While at the Normal
School she was very active in Athletics and Fraternity life. In 1900 she
united with the Mansfield Methodist Church, Rev. Walter G. Hull was the
Pastor. Miss Wright was a promoter of Young Peoples Christian Work, acting
in all capacities of the Epworth League. In 1928 she helped to organize
the Tabitha Class. After retiring from business she held various offices
in the W.S.C.S. with a great deal of interest in Missionary projects. She
was a member of the W.C.T.U., and a Charter Member of the Outlook Literary
Club. Most of her life was spent in Mansfield. About nine years ago
she entered the Folts Methodist Home in Herkimer, New York, where she resided
until her death.
Notice is hereby given to all parties that the partnership composed
of Maybelle H. Wright and Jennie Lee Hendricks, trading and doing business
under the fictitious name of “The Wright Shop” at Mansfield, Pa. has been
dissolved and all liabilities thereof assumed by Jennie Lee Hendricks,
who will hereafter conduct said business as an individual.
Maybelle H. Wright
Jennie Lee Hendricks
March 10, 1949
The Wellsboro Gazette – 14
1959 Carontawan Ad
1961 Ad in Carontawan, Yearbook of Mansfield State College
Thursday, September 18, 1969
Ann Caulkins Buys Wright Dress Shop
The Wright Shop which has sold smart clothes to women of the area for
many years has been sold to Mrs Gerald Caulkins [Ann Garrison]. Owned for
a long period of time by Miss Mabel Wright, the shop was sold to Mrs William
Hendricks [Jennie Cox] who, because of illness has found it necessary to
lead a less demanding life. Mrs. Caulkins has been “brought up” in the
merchandising business as she is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Merle Garrison,
proprietors of Garrison’s Men’s Shop situated on the corner of Wellsboro
and Main Streets in Mansfield and has herself been working in that store
for several years.
Cox, Jennie - Jennie C. Hendricks age 70 of Middlebury
Center, formerly of Mansfield on Sunday, January 19, 1975 in the Green
Home in Wellsboro. Friends are invited to call at the Kuhl Funeral
Home, Mansfield, Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. . Funeral there
Wednesday 1 p.m. Rev. Walter Caldwell officiating. Burial in State
Road Cemetery, Mainesburg. She is survived by husband, William J.
Hendricks; one sister Mrs. Sally Crymes of Atlanta, Georgia; one brother,
William B. Cox of Lexington, N.C. She was a member of theCovington
Baptist Church; born September 25, 1904 in Cove City, N.C. the daughter
of Ambrose & Siddie Daughtery Cox. She was the former owner and
operator of the Wright Shop in Mansfield.
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