|Mansfield PA and Richmond Township in Tioga County PA|
The Way We Were
|The block we are looking at here is bounded on the east side of South
Main Street with College Avenue, formerly Normal Avenue, on the south,
Hoard Street on the east, and East Wellsboro Street on the north. I have
added numbers to approximate the position of buildings on the block. I
will use the same numbers in each of the photos to label the buildings.
Each of the buildings has its own story to tell. Chester P. Bailey of Mansfield, now 96 years old and a historian all his life, has been both a source of information and inspiration to me in pulling together the history of this street.
We all have our memories of the buildings on this street. The street may be prettier with the new building, but it seems empty to those of us who grew up when they were here.
|1905||Bank||Bicycle Agency||News Room /
|1916||Bank||W. E. Swartwood|
|1950||Bank||Mansfield Diner||Apartments||A&P||Rose Chevrolet||Amoco|
|1968||Bank||Mansfield Diner||Apartments||Johnsons Trucking||Parking||Parking||A&P|
|1971||Old Bank||Mansfield Diner||New Bank||New Bank||Parking||Parking||A&P|
|2008||Newer Bank||Newer Bank||Newer Bank||Newer Bank||Parking||Parking||Parking|
|Looking South - The lack of facing on the bank building allows
us to date this as prior to 1904. Also, the presence of a corner of the
Soldiers Orphans School in a part of the photo I cropped off for this presentation,
confirms that date. It burned in 1904. More information on the bank on
The double short building as number 2 includes a Sporting goods-Bicycle Agency, owner name not legible. The other half can not be identified but in later times both were candy stores.
The 3rd building houses the News Room on the ground floor identified from a legible sign. The second floor may have been occupied by the Ross Cigar Factory at that time. This building had earlier stood on the corner of North Main and Elmira Streets where the library is now located. It had been a store and was converted for use as the Soldiers Orphans School until a new building was erected for that purpose on the NW corner of North Main and West Wellsboro Streets.
|Looking North - This postcard is a little later than the above
two cards. The relocated former earliest Orphan's School / Cigar Factory
 now has a false front added.
The presence of the Bailey's Lunch Wagon in front of building 5 dates it as 1916 or slightly later. W. E. Swartwood  operated a store on the south corner of the block.
|Looking South - This 1928 /29 postcard shows the addition of false fronts on the two candy stores  right of the bank. One belonged to George Porter and the other to James Pulos, who was referred to locally as the Greek. He made his own candy.|
|When the Mansfield Diner was moved in to the slot between the bank
and the later called Johnson Apartments in about 1932, the two candy stores
were removed. The building that had housed George Porter's Candy Store
was moved to West Wellsboro Street and became the [New] X-Trail
restaurant. That is pronounced Cross Trail. It was called new, because
the original X-Trail had been on the west side of South Main where the
Mansfield Restaurant, Dutch Pantry, and University Club had operated in
that sequence. That now vacant building on South Main has been purchased
by the borough in 2008.
The relocated candy store operated as the New X-Trail Restaurant from the mid-1930s until about 2002 when it became Frankie Flatlanders, in complete disregard to the historic nature of the X-Trail name. It is now called Black Swan Cafe. [Photo 2007 by Joyce M. Tice]
|Looking South - This altered and colored postcard extract has been made more attractive by the removal of electric and phone poles and the addition of striped awnings, always a popular, but artificial, feature in painted postcards. It is dated about 1929.|
|Looking South - This photo is approximately 1950.
4. Ford Garage
5. A & P Groceries
6. Rose Chevrolet
In the later 1950s or early 1960s buildings 5 and 6 were torn down and the A&P moved to building 7 using the vacant space for parking.
|Looking North - Labeled 1957 centennial parade, but that is
in error. the Centennial parade travelled in the opposite direction. I
am estimating 1954 or so although the color film might make us consider
a later date.
|Looking South - Labeled Ernie and Matilda Jupenlaz in 1960 parade by Chester P. Bailey. All cars are early to mid 50s models, so this may be earlier. Hooray for parade pictures. They are a great source for our street scenes. This is not the same date as the photo above. Note differences: bunting on Quonset hut in lower, but not upper, photo. Differences in signage on Ford Garage.|
|This 1932 Carontawan Ad is the first reference I find to the Mansfield Diner and gives us the name of the first proprietor, William Fullington.||By 1935 when this ad showed in the Manscript, Yearbook of Mansfield High School, the Edgertons owned the diner. They remained proprietors for many years.||Mansfield Diner Ad - 1961 Carontawan, Yearbook of Mansfield State College|
|Inside the Mansfield Diner - 1954 Carontawan Ad above
1958 Carontawan Ad below
|Exterior View from 1957 Carontawan Ad|
|Left - This 1970 Manscript ad for the Mansfield Diner
is the last I find in the high school yearbooks. Mary Lou Thompson was
Right - Myers Insurance Agency had its office on the first floor of the Johnson Apartments Building. 1961 Carontawan
|This mid 1960s aerial view was cut out of the corner of a not very
clear postcard. In this view the buildings between Johnson's Garage
 and the relocated A&P  are gone and replaced with parking.
5 & 6. Parking
|Johnson's Trucking Garage  and the Quonset hut next to it were the first to go in the 1970s transition. Demolition photos from Jim Rieppel show the framework and the last piece. The apartment building that had been relocated many decades earlier shows at side. West side of South Main Street shows through the vacant space.|
|The Johnson Apartments were next to be razed. This building started
its long life on the corner of North Main and Elmira Streets where the
library is now. It was originally a store. In 1868 when Professor Allen
started the Soldiers Orphans
School here, he housed the first children in this building until
the new one was built on the corner of North Main and Wellsboro Streets.
The building was relocated to South Main Street sometime later in the nineteenth century. Many businesses operated from it over the years, the News Room, Insurance Agencies, many others. The second floor had housed the Ross Cigar Factory, and during the demolition paper cigar rings were found in a cupboard that had been walled up. An automobile assembly factory had operated within its walls. It was converted to apartments.
|Lost and gone forever. Empty space replaces the historic building. Shown here is the back of the Mansfield Diner, a view few of us ever noticed.|
|1970s Aerial View. The 1970 First
Citizens Bank has displaced the Apartment Building and Johnson's
Garage. The old bank was still standing on the corner . The Mansfield
Diner was still operating in position 2, and the A&P was still located
at the end of the block . Photos in the album of Christine CAMPBELL
Cleveland, now in my Sullivan Township Museum, show the A&P building
still in place as late as 1991.
The buildings on East Wellsboro Street behind the bank had not yet been removed at the time of this photo. [Dart Family Collection]
See the companion page tracing the history of the bank buildings.
|Edgerton Diner being moved. This is apparently the move out in the 1970s and not the move in. Sign indicateds that and the absence of building 3 [Johnson Apartments] adjacent.|
|This is the 1970 First Citizens Bank photo from the 1974 Manscript, yearbook of Mansfield Junior-Senior High School. It was demolished in 2000 as the newer complex was built.|
|Looking North - The present bank complex, built in 2000,
occupies the north end of the block where once so many buildings stood.
[Photos by Joyce M. Tice - October 2008]
Below - Looking South showing the southern half of the block
occupied only by parking locations.
Christine CAMPBELL Cleveland photographically recorded every gruesome detail of the demolition of the 1871 bank building in 1991. I'll show those on a separate page.
This page is awesome. On a semi plus side, it raises some more questions!
(4) on that page, next to the garage looks like a Bixler diner
This would put the date between 1931-1935 if this was a new diner or like a General Diner if it came into town during 1940-1
I keep going back and forth on who built this building, but it really really looks like a diner!!!
I'm also attaching a postcard that I right clicked on EBAY. It shows the interior of the New Mansfield Diner. I would say that this is (2) on your map, and goes well with the picture showing the back side of the Mansfield diner, which does show a curved roof.
The interesting thing is that neither pictures helps with the rumor out of Canton that said that their former diner came from Mansfield.
|Mike, Interesting. It did not look like that in my time. The center row of booths was not present. This just does not look right, but may be. It was not new when I was there. In fact I can't even imagine there being room for another row of booths there. My father washed dishes there when he was a kid. Thanks for sending it. Joyce|
GEORGE FRANK CASE-President of F. P. Case & Sons, Incorporated,
an organization with yards and offices located at Troy and Canton, Bradford
County, Pennsylvania, George Frank Case, of Troy, is not only one of the
largest contractors and builders in north-central Pennsylvania, as well
as a major lumbering operator, but also very prominent in the local organization
of the Methodist Church.
Among the buildings recently constructed by the firm are: the Bradford County Home at Burlington, replacing the structure destroyed by fire in 1938, an addition to the Troy Engine & Machine Company, new offices for the Van Dyne Oil Company in Troy, a lubritorium at Towanda,
a diner at Mansfield and additional floor space for the Belle Knitting Corporation and the F. W. Woolworth store at Sayre.
Looks like the diner in Mansfield was not a real factory built diner.
The diner that went to Canton is still a mystery to me. My friend said he was told it came from Mansfield, so that is all I have to go on for now.
Looking back at http://www.joycetice.com/business/mansfieldsmaine.htm
and the picture of the garage when it was an AMOCO station. The "diner" really looks like a diner there! that company, Bixler, was known for double hung windows like you see on the diner.
All the best