Tri-Counties Genealogy &
History by Joyce M. Tice
Tri-Counties Newspaper Clippings
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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Twenty - Seven
From the COOK Scrapbook. Kelsey Jones provided the
Retyped by Barbara COMSTOCK Coy,
ARMSTRONG - Joe
Armstrong, an inmate of the county house near Wellsboro, aged seventy two
years, was so badly injured last week Sunday evening, by being gored by
a vicious bull, that he died Wednesday morning.
AYERS - A Home Sadly
Bereaved Lucy Dillistin Ayres, a Lovely Little Girl, Dies of Diphtheria.
Mr. and Mrs. Decker E. Ayres, of No. 720 West Water Street, have been
sadly bereaved by the death of their only child, Lucy Dillistin Ayres,
aged thirty-four months. The little girl was sick eleven days, with diphtheria,
and her sweet life, so full of sunshine and joy to her loving parents,
ended Sunday morning, leaving this world as a golden cloud of the evening
sinks to rest beyond the western horizon. The lives of both the fond mother
and father were so wrapped up in this tender little bud that blossomed
in their happy home, that their loss seemed well nigh inconsolable. They
had hoped beside their darling's couch that the hand of death might be
stayed and the faint spark of life might again illuminate their home. But
the cruel disease held its sway and the angel of death came and bore the
little sufferer away to the realms of the blest, and the parents wept as
Rachel wept and could not be comforted. There were many sympathizing friends
and many beautiful floral tributes to relieve death of its gloom and to
assuage the grief of the mourning ones. Their friends came to the house
Monday afternoon, and just as the sun sank to rest they laid the remains
away in Woodlawn. Bereavements of this kind are the hardest to bear, but
beyond the gloom, the grief, the tears, safe in the arms of Him who wanted
little children to come, the beloved little girl rests secure from all
the storms of this life for such is that kingdom of the beautiful shore's
still waters green pastures and never ending life.
AYERS - Mr. and Mrs.
Eugene Ayres, of Job's Corners, have the sympathy of numerous friends in
their late bereavement through the loss of one of their twin sons, aged
about fourteen years, whose death occurred a little over two weeks ago.
(Ayers) - Mrs. Decker
E. Thursday, at her home, No. 720 West Water street of neuralgia, aged
thirty-eight years. Funeral from the house yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
AYERS - Selaer E.
Ayers, an aged and respected resident of Wells, died at his home July 10,
1900. Mr. Ayers was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, May 10, 1828. A
greater part of his early life was spent in teaching school in New Jersey,
Ohio, and in Pennsylvania. He was married to Julia A. Collum March 20,
1851 and from that time since has lived in the same house. Mr. Ayers was
a prosperous and progressive farmer and had been a life-long democrat.
He is survived by a widow and two daughters, Mrs. Edwin Jennings and Mrs.
Willard Jennings, both of Daggett. His death was caused by a tumorous cancer
of the liver.
AYERS - Frederick
C. Ayers, the well-known Elmira marble and granite dealer, son of A. W.
Ayers, deceased, died Sunday afternoon of pneumonia at his home in Elmira,
after an illness of less than a week. He was born in Wells, Bradford county,
Sept. 4th, 1862, and since the death of his father had conducted the business
in the old firm name of A. W. Ayers & Son. He had many relatives throughout
Jackson and wells, and was highly regarded by all who knew him. He leaves
a wife and two children.
AYERS - A PIONEER
At Wells, Pa. Wednesday, occurred the death of Jacob J. Ayres, who was
eighty-four years of age. He had been a resident of Wells since he was
fourteen years old. There survives three sons, G. W. of Wells; Sylvester,
of Missouri, and Archie, of Michigan , and one daughter Mrs. J. E. Dobbs
of Elmira. The obsequies were held Friday afternoon.
BACKER - HAPPY HOME
WEDDING George E. Backer Married to Miss Lucy A. Higgins
The Elmira "Advertiser" of Thursday, contained the following notice
of the marriage of a former Tioga County boy: "Yesterday afternoon Miss
Lucy A. Higgins and George E. Backer were happily married by the Rev. George
H. McKnight at the home of the bride's parents on Euclid Place. The occasion
was a delightful one and the wedding, though a simple one, was one of the
prettiest of the season. Mr. Backer is a son of E. R. Backer, president
of the State Bank of Elmira, and is a succesful young business man and
prominent in social circles. Miss Higgins is the only daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. James E. Higgins, and is a beautiful and charming young lady, possessing
those qualities which always make a home bright and happy. The spacious
house was beautifullly decorated . The large veranda was enclosed with
awning curtains while the parlors were appropriately decorated with palms,
begonias, and potted plants. There were no bridesmaids or ushers. Between
two large urns of palms in the front parlor the rector in his Episcopal
robes read the marriage service. The bride was given in marriage by her
father. The back parlor was adorned with red carnations and red gladiolas.
In the library were arrayed the many presents of the bride. Among the presents
was the deed of alarge lot at the corner of West Clinton and Walnut Streets,
and a check on the Wellsboro, Pa. national bank for $2,000 from the groom's
father; also a seal skin cloak from the bride's father. After the wedding
ceremony all partook of elaborate refreshments served by Mrs. DaFrance,
the caterer. Mr. and Mrs. Backer left on Erie train number one for Cincinnati
and other western cities. Their wedding tour will include the southern
states and they will return to Elmira in about a month. They left amid
showers of rice. Their many friends wish them unlimited happiness and success
in their married life.
(Baker)- The death
of Mrs. BAKER, of Washington, D.C., mother of Cyrus and Ira BAKER and Mrs.
E. P. SHERMAN, all of that city, is reported as a recent occurrence. Mrs.
BAKER and family were former residents of Jackson Summit, where the deceased
lady was held in high regard by numerous friends.
BALDWIN - At East
Troy L. T. Baldwin went to milk his cow, and not coming back to breakfast,
his folks became uneasy about him and went to see about it, and found him
in the pasture unconscious. The neighbors got together and carried him
to his home, where he died about noon. He was an old resident of our town,
and will be missed by all.
BORDEN - Wedding at Tioga
Miss May Borden Married to a New York Physician. Tioga, Pa. June 17 - Miss
May Borden, youngest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H. H.Borden, of this place,
and Dr. J. F. Moore, of New York city, were married at the home of the
bride's parents, on Baptist street, by Father Manley, of Wellsboro, Wednesday
last, at noon. Miss Borden was widely known as a most popular musician,
having attended the conservatory of music in New York, where she first
met Dr. Moore. Dr. Moore is a very popular physician in New York. Among
the invited friends that witnessed the ceremony were: Mr. Fell, of New
York;Miss Moore, of South Weymouth, Mass;Dr. Smith and wife, of Binghamton,
N.Y.;Miss Mary Smith, of Binghamton, N.Y.;Dr. C. B. Borden, of Marion,
Ind.;Mr. and Mrs Charles Wickham, of Hornellsville;Leon Francis, of Knoxville,
Pa.;Everett Smith, of Trenton, N.J.;Miss Mabel Smith, of Trenton, N.J.;Mrs.
A. M. Bennett, of Covington, Pa.;Miss Louise Bennett, of Covington, Pa.;Mr.
Schuyler, of Covington, and Mrs. Leonard, of Lawrenceville, Pa. The presents
were elegant and expensive. After the ceremony a reception was given from
1 until 3 o'clock. The bridal party left for New York on the 3:36 train
amid showers of rice and scores of good wishes.
BRADBURY - W. W. BRADBURY,
manager of the company store at Arnot, and well known throughout the county,
died last week Thursday afternoon from an attack of typhoid fever. Mr.
BRADBURY was about 40 years of age and leaves a family and a host of warm
friends to mourn his untimely death.
CALAHAN -While Mrs.
James Calahan was taking an afternoon nap last Saturday her little baby,
about a year old, crept on the Northern Central railroad track and was
killed by a passing train.
TERRIBLY AFFLICTED - Three Children of John COPP
Die of Diphtheria in October - The family of John COPP, of the town of
Southport, has met with a terrible affliction. In the month of October
three of his children died of diphtheria, and now the only remaining child
is seriously ill of the same dreadful disease. Raymond, aged six, was the
first to die, and on October 9 God summoned his spirit to the land of the
angels. Two days afterward, Mary, a bright girl of twelve, succumbed to
the scourge, and on Sunday last, Minnie, aged nineteen, died. The sympathy
of every one will go out to the poor father and mother, whose only remaining
child is now battling with the disease monster that destroyed the lives
of his brother and sister.
CURREN - Jesse CURREN,
one of the oldest and most highly esteemed residents of Jackson, was found
dead in bed last Saturday morning at the residence of G. W. FRIENDS, about
two miles northwest of this village. Mr. CURREN's age was about seventy-eight
years, and he had been in feeble and failing health for some time, notably
since the death of his wife, which occurred in February last. He complained
of being in pain before retiring, but otherwise seemed as well as usual.
Mr. CURREN was universally respected, and a host of friends will learn
of his death with sincere sorrow. Deceased leaves a son and daughter: William
CURREN and Mrs. G. W. FRIENDS. The funeral was held at the FRIENDS residence
last Monday, many attending from this village. Interment was in Seely Hill
DAVIDSON - Death of
Mrs. Mary H. Dumars
Mrs. Mary H. Dumars, widow of the late Captain Dumars, died at the Arnot-Ogden
hospital Wednesday morning. Her death was the result of a surgical operation,
which , owing to her weak condition, was not successful. The deceased was
born in Oneida county. Her age was sixty-four years. She was a sister of
Captain John T. Davidson, of this city, and is survived by a stepson, James
H. of this city, and a stepdaughter, Emma Dumars of Brooklyn. The funeral
took place from the family residence, West Water street, Friday afternoon.
The remains were interred in Woodlawn cemetery.
FERGUSON - The Death
and Burial of Mrs. Cornelia D. Ayers The sudden, but expected, death of
Mrs. Cornelia D. Ayers occurred at her home, No. 110 West Chemung place,
Sunday afternoon, as a result of the paralytic stroke which she suffered
Saturday morning, and which was reported in the Telegram. Death came quietly,
and the beloved woman passed into her rest. The deceased was fifty-nine
years of age, and had never recovered from the death of her husband, who
died in 1890 She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Ayers-Decker,
and one son, Frederick Carew Ayers, also an aged mother, Mrs. W. H. Ferguson.
The funeral was held from the house Tuesday morning, the Rev. Thomas K.
FINLEY _ Death at
Mr. John Finley, the son of a well known farmer residing up Dry Run,
died Monday afternoon aged 35 years. The funeral was held Wednesday and
the interment was in SS. Peter and Paul's Cemetery.
The funeral of the late John Finley, who died in Pine City Monday afternoon,
was held Thursday at St. Mary's church. Rev. Father O'Dwyer officiating.
Solemn high mass was held and the church was completely filled with mourning
friends. The pall bearers were John O'Connor, Abraham O'Connor, Michael
Bermingham, John Bermingham, Richard Maloney and Thomas Ryan. The remains
were interred in SS. Peter and Paul's cemetery. The deceased is survived
by a wife and two children and two brothers, Daniel of Albany, and Edward,
of Ashland county, Wisconsin. Mr. Finley was highly respected in the community
in which he lived.
FUERY - A Memorial
The following poem was written in memory of John Fuery, who died July
4 at his home, 208 Park street, aged twenty-six years: Brother's hands
are folded o'er his bosom, As he lay there dead and cold, But Jesus, the
good shepherd, Brought his spirit to his fold.
When death's messenger came to him He smiled, then closed his eyes,
And lay like an infant sleeping, But never more to rise.
He has always done his duty, The holy Lord to please he tried, And now
he will be well rewarded In that place where the good abide.
The angels always hovered near him, And he has gone to join their band,
To enjoy eternal happiness In that holy, blessed land.
The Savior came down to him, He said, "My child, you now will go Up
in heaven to reap the harvest That you sowed down here below."
You shall see your son, dear mother; You shall see him, father, too;
You shall see your brother, children, When God to him will call you.
He has departed from this world of sin. From his parents he was torn;
His brother and his sisters Were also left to mourn.
GERNERT - George Gernert,
a resident of Troy, was instantly killed by the evening express at Ralston
last Monday. His body was fearfully mangled. The remains were brought to
Troy Wednesday morning for interment.
HAGER - Myron D. Hager,
a Former Resident of Elmira, Dies in Philadelphia Myron D. Hager, who formerly
resided in this city, where he was connected with the Prudential Insurance
Company, died of heat prostration in the city of Philadelphia. The remains,
accompanied by his brothers, Peter Hager, of Washington, and Hite S. Hager
of Newark, N. J. arrived in Watkins on Monday, where brief funeral services
were held at the Methodist church. The burial took place in the family
cemetery, at Logan, in the town of Hector, by the side of his father, the
late Edwin S. Hager. Mr. Hager was a popular man and highly successful
as an insurance solicitor. His age was thirty-three years and he leaves
a wife but no children.
HALLAHAN - KILLED
IN HAMMOND, PA. Pataleh Hallahan Meets With Death by the Cars to be Buried
Pataleh Hallahan, son of a section foreman on the Fall Brook Railroad,
was killed near his home at Hammond, Pa., while trying to jump on a moving
train. His legs were nearly cut off and he only lived about forty minutes
after his injury. He was assisted by kind neighboring women who procured
some brandy which he refused to take, saying "I have never yet tasted intoxicating
liquor and will not go to the grave with the taste of it on my lips." The
funeral will be held at St. Patrick's Church in this city tomorrow at 10
HART - Death of Colonel
H. C. Hart - Colonel H. C. Hart, one of the most highly respected and best
know citizens of Christian Hollow, died Sunday, aged 75 years. He had been
ill for some time. The remains were taken to Savona, N.Y. for interment.
HEPBURN - Mrs Harriet
Hepburn Hart widow of the late Dr. Erastus Langdon Hart, passed from earth
Saturday, August 6 at 8:30 a. m. in the home of her niece, Mrs. John M.
Diven, where she was visiting when taken ill. Born in 1804, Mrs. Hart was
in the eighty-eighth year of her age. Her widowed years have been passed
with her son and only child, Charles Langdon Hart, at whose home on West
Clinton Street the funeral will be held on Monday afternoon. Mrs. Hart
and her husband were among the original founders and members of the Lake
Stree Presbyterian church. She was an affectionate wife, a loving mother
and a faithful friend, because she was a vital Christian. Her soul, replete
with Christian charity, glorified her home with a hospitality that won
for her a host of friends. though bowed with the weight of years and weakened
by a stroke of paralysis, experienced three years since, she, nevertheless,
was ever cheerful and submissive to the heavenly Fathers will. Mrs. Hart
was an ardent lover of little children, and in her Christian faith very
much resembled a little child;"Of such is the kingdom of heaven." This
was most fitting inasmuch as she was one of a family of nineteen children.
Though very many mourn her here, many more have welcomed her yonder. "Servant
of God, well done"
DEATH OF FOX HOLDEN
- An Aged and Once Prominent Business Man Passes Away - Fox HOLDEN died
at the home of Frederick BOWLES on West Church street yesterday afternoon.
Deceased was 84 years old and his death removes one of the links which
binds the history of the present to the records of the past. His birth
occurred in Lansing, Tompkins county, in 1806. In 1841 he settled in Elmira,
engaging in business with Anson O. Ely, a relative. Retiring from business
in 1855, he soon after built the Holden block on the corner of Baldwin
and East Water street, now occupied by Dey Bros. In 1863 he became a silent
partner with his son Delos HOLDEN in the wholesale grocery business and
after three years sold his interest to his son and removed to Watkins.
Mr. HOLDEN together with Dr. S. O. GLEASON and a Mr. HALE of Michigan conceived
and executed the plan of building the sanitarium now known as the Flaura
(sp?) Water Cure, which is still under the management of Dr. GLEASON. Mr.
HOLDEN was twice married. Miss Harriet STRONG was his first wife, her death
occurring in 1882. His second wife who is still living was Mrs. Christinana
ROBBINS. Five children of his first wife survive him; Mrs. W. R. STURGES
and Mrs. L. H. DENT of Washington, D.C., Omer S., of San Diego, Cal., Hiram
D., of Chicago, and Delos L., of Pueblo, Colo. The third daughter, Mrs.
Belle ----------- (Joyce, the rest of this is unreadable. Sorry.)
BLOSSBURG'S MURDER Bert Hughes
Was Stabbed in the Heart Vet Lived For Many Hours Blossburg, Pa. Aug 2.
The post-mortem examination of the body of Bert Hughes was held Saturday
eveing by the Drs, Haley and Crandall in the presence of Coroner A. E.
Niles amd a jury compose of the following: H. Hollander, D. H.Stratton,
O. Taylor, N. E. Gaylord. They found that Regani's stilleto had cut entirely
through and penetrated the heart ot the depth of one and a half inches.
The cuts in the clothes show that the instrument used was sharp on both
edges, and could not have been made with a jackknife as Regani claims.
The inquest will be held August 16. In his statement Hughes acquitted John
Roff of all blame. Bert Hughes lost his life trying to save a companion.
He had been in the store but had gone out on the walk when he heard the
cry of a fight and ran in the back room where the trouble commenced just
after John Scott had been stabbed. Seizing Regani, Hughes held him against
the wall where the death blow was struck. He then walked across the street
to the pool room and sat down before any one knew how badly he was hurt.
After Regani was lodged in the lockup a search was made for the dagger
but it has not been found. Ben Hughes, a brother of the deceased who has
been away the past two years, had just been home for a visit and started
back to his place of business in Lancaster, O., Friday. A telegram, informing
him of the terrible affair, reached him at Corning, and he returned Saturday
noon too late to see his brother alive. Bert Hughes was a quiet and gentlemanly
man and was liked by all who knew him. His funeral was held at the M. E.
Church 2 o'clock this afternoon.
INSCHO - Ruby I. Inscho,
wife of A. C. Kinney, died at her home near Mansfield, September 7. She
was born at Mitchell Creek in 1817. June 4, 1837,she was united in marriage
with A. C. Kinney, who survives her with one daughter, Mrs. R. E. Gifford.
The deceased was a member of the Tioga Baptist Church from 1833 to 1889,
at which time she joined the Mansfield church of the same faith. She was
a God-fearing woman, and one who carried her religion into her daily life.
KARR - S. S. Karr
of Almond, has in his possession a rebel flag that floated over Andersonville
prison when he was there as a prisoner. When they were liberated he sewed
it up in a piece of cloth, and brought it home with him as a relic of the
LOGAN - Laura, the
seven year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Logan of Arnot, died the
17th inst. of croup. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon of last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Logan have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement.
MILLS _ Dr. E. M.
Mills is one of the most earnest of preachers. He is a church-building
and debt-raising man. Any one who hears him preach is at once convinced
of his fervency. At the same time he is a genial man, full of pleasantry
and altogether an agreeable companion. By his brother clergymen he is regarded
as a valuable addition to all their social gatherings. In fact, one recently
told me that Dr. Mills is always the life of any party whom he is with,
and his stock of stories is like the little brook that goes on forever.
His dry humor creates a continual stream of good nature and merriment,
which shows that the most earnest and consistent minister can also realize
that smiles were given to people by the Almighty to use.
NICHOLS - A SOUTHPORT
LADY'S DEATH Mrs. Bernetta Streeter Called to the Mysterious Beyond.
Mrs. Bernetta Streeter passed peacefully to rest at her residence in
the town of Southport on Friday last. The deceased is survived by her husband,
Meletius Streeter. She left no children. She was the daughter of Samuel
Nichols, one of the first settlers of this valley, and a sister of Nathan
Nichols, who died last winter. The funeral will be held today (Sunday)
from the family residence in Southport, near the toll gate, on Plank road.
Mrs. Streeter was an earnest, Christian woman, of loving sympathetic nature,
and by her gentle manner and universal kindness, had endeared herself to
a large circle of warm friends, to whom the shock of her death comes with
terrible force. If her reward be commensurate with her devoted and unselfish
life here, then indeed, will her reward be great.
(Rogers) - A Woman
Last Thursday afternoon while Mrs. Phebe Rogers, of Blossburg, was at
work about the cook-stove her clothing caught fire and burned from her
body. The unfortunate woman was a mass of blisters and her suffering was
excruciating. At last reports her condition was considered critical.
Blossburg, Pa. Sept 23 - Dr. Phebe A. Rogers, who was so terribly burned
last week, died Wednesday afternoon. The funeral will be held at the Congregational
ROY - MRS. SARAH ROY
WHITE One of the Early Settlers of Southport Passes to Her Long Home.
Mrs. Sarah Roy White, wife of Seth M. White aged seventy-seven years,
has died at Sandwich, Ill. The "Free Press" of that city, speaking of her
death says; Sarah Roy White was born in Orange county, N.Y., August 22,
1815, and was the fourth child of Alexander and Joana Roy: who moved to
Wells, Pa., where they raised a family of nine children, only two of whom
are now living. She was married August 22, 1833, to Seth M. White, son
of A. G. White, one of the early settlers and first physicians of Chemung
county, N.Y. The deceased began her married life at Southport, Chemung
county, N.Y., where she lived nearly twenty-seven years. She was the mother
of two children, Austin Gates White, the surviving son, at whose home her
last days were happily spent, and Julia, a dear little daughter, who in
their mature years came to gladden the home and went to the Saviour in
babyhood. She united with the State Line Presbyterian church, and was an
active and leading member for many years. Came to Sandwich with her husband
and son in 1861, sadly leaving church, friends and relatives, but with
true Christian spirit, entered on the new life with hope and courage, bravely
giving her only child to the defense of his country, and during the dreary
years waited, hoped and prayed for his safe return. She united by letter
with the Congregational church of Sandwich, and although through delicate
health her activity had left her, yet she remained an earnest member to
the end, and her life was not void of many good deeds. "Blessed are they
who die in the Lord." Mrs. White was the aunt of "Brick" Pomeroy, and taking
him when a babe, at the death of his mother, raised him to manhood. She
was the sister of John A. Roy, a well-known farmer up the Plank road, and
also an aunt of Harvey E. Jones of this city.
SPENCER - Miss Grace
Spencer, daughter of the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Spencer of Savona, was
united in marriage to Mr. Wm. C. McKelvey of Rochester on Wednesday, Jan.
(Stewart) - Mrs. Maggie
Stewart, a widow, died at Jackson Summit last Friday morning after a short
illness. She was to have been married on Saturday, and the circumstances
surrounding the case are peculiarly sad. Deceased left four small children,
two by a divorced husband, and two by a second partner, a veteran soldier
who died three or four years age. It is said that the father of the two
eldest will care for them; for the others Philip Petty qualified as guardian
TENNYSON IS DEAD
London, Oct. 6 - Lord Tennyson died at 1:30 a.m. Immediately after the
death of Lord Tennyson the representative of the Associated Press had an
interview with Sir Andrew Clarke,one of the physicians who attended the
Poet Laureate. Sir Andrew said Lord Tennyson's death was the most glorious
he had ever seen. There was no artificial light in the room and the chamber
was almost in darkness, save where a broad flood of moonlight poured through
a western window. The moon's rays fell across the bed upon which the dying
man lay, bathing him in their pure pellucid light and forming a Rembrandt-like
background to the scene. All was silent save the soughing of the Autumn
wind as it gently played through the trees surrounding the house, a fitting
requiem for the gentle poet, who sang of love and of the beauties of nature.
Motionless Lord Tennyson lay upon his couch, the tide of his life gently
and slowly ebbing out into the ocean of the infinite. No racks of pain
or sorrow checked its course or caused a ripple upon the outgoing tide.
As peacefully and as gently as he had lived, so he died, looking until
the end into the eyes of those dear to him. All the members of his family
were by the bedside, and Sir Andrew Clarke remained by his side from the
moment of his arrival yesterday until he breathed his last. So gentle and
painless was his passing away that the family did not know he had gone
till Dr. Clarke broke the news to Lady Tennyson, who bore the closing scenes
of her great trial well in spite of her extreme delicate health. The Hom.
Hallam Tennyson, the poet's son, says his father's death was eminently
peaceful. He did not show a single trace of suffering to distress his sorrowing
relatives. Once or twice during the night he lifted his eyes to the faces
of the watchers by his bedside and a beautiful smile played over his features.
No doubt as to the future was in his wan face, and as the end came he appeared
to fall asleep. So restful was he, and so calmly did he respond to the
beckoning hand of the Angel of Death, that those who stood by him scarcely
knew he had died. Hallam further says that Lady Tennyson bears up
with fortitude under the sorrow that has come to her. She was with Lord
Tennyson throughout all his illness and ministered to all his wants so
far as it was in her power. All hope was practically abandoned early in
the afternoon. The doctors were surprised that he lasted through the previous
night, so great was his debility. He could take no nourishment and continued
to grow weaker and weaker until the end. I may be mentioned as a coincidence,
that a year ago today a man died who was a preeminent in his field of labor
as was Tennyson in his. On October 6, 1891, Charles Stewart Parnell, the
great Irish leader, died.
The Vacant Post of Poet Laureate The Pall Mall Gazette thinks Mr. Gladstone
will appoint A. Swinburne to the post of Poet Laureate made vacant by the
death of Tennyson. It quotes from a recent article in the Speaker, written
by Mr. Gladstone, entitled. "British Poetry in the Nineteenth Century."
After awarding Tennyson the palm, Mr. Gladstone wrote:"Pressing upon him,
or walking in the same path, we have had many true poets, some extraordinary
and many of very considerable powers. Among those claiming the first of
these descriptions we have mentioned Browning, and merest justice requires
that we add Swinburne." The Pall Mall Gazette adds: In view of the abuse
Swinburne has lavished upon Mr. Gladstone, the choice would be characteristic
and an instance of a great man's mamagnanimity. The few privileged visitors
entering Aldworth House are interested in the many things lying about the
entrance hall on chairs and on the floor. On an umbrella stand is a large
collection of soft brimmed half-brigand-like hats, black and white which
are so familiar in the public portraits of the dead poet. Dr. Clarke saw
Lord Tennyson in London three months ago. He then told Hallam Tennyson
he thought his father was breaking up. Sir Andrew said today that death
was partly the result of suppressed gout, complicated with influenza, but
it was chiefly due to natural decay. He added: His end Lord Tennyson himself
might well have pictured and earnestly desired as his lot. Tennyson spoke
to his wife about an hour before he died and his words to her were the
last words he uttered. Lady Tennyson bent over here dying husband and he
whispered a few words to her. His features in death bear a look of absolute
peace. The Tennysons have no family burial ground, and it is expected Lord
Tennyson's remains will be interred in Westminster Abbey. His funeral will
be a public one.
VanBENCOTEN - It is
with regret that we announce the death of Miss Belle VanBencoten which
occurred on Thursday of last week at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs.
Jerome VanBencoten, about a mile and a half west of Seeley Creek. The cause
of her death was diphtheria and her age was probably about fifteen years.
WHEELER - A little
child of Mr. and Mrs. Osie Wheeler of Alder Run, aged about two years,
died one day during the past week.
John Greenleaf Whittier
Death of the Venerable Quaker Poet at Hampton Falls, N. H.
Hampton Falls, N.H. Sept 7. John Greenleaf Whittier died at 4 o'clock
this morning. Mr. Whittier died peacefully. His nearest relatives
and Dr.Douglas were at his bedside when death came, and he seemed to be
conscious of his surroundings at the last moment. The funeral will take
place at Amesbury, Mass, at 2:30 P.M. Saturday next. According to the Quaker
custom, the services will be quite simple and no sermon will be preached.
Flags at Half-Mast at Amesbury
Amesbury, Mass, Sept 7 - Upon the announcement of the death of Whittier,
the bells were tolled 81 strokes, the age of Amesbury's famous citizen,
and the flags on the public buildings were placed at half-mast.
Mr. Whittier's Life
John Greenleaf Whittier was born in Haverhill, Mass Dec. 17, 1807. His
parents belonged to the Society of Friends, of which he was also a member.
He worked on the farm till his 20th year, attended Haverhill academy two
years, and in 1829 became editor if the American Manufacturer in Boston,
and in 1830 of the New England Weekly Review at Hartford. But he soon returned
to the farm, and in 1835-6 was a member of the Massachusetts Legislature.
In 1836 he was appointed secretary of the American Anti Slavery Society
and removed to Philadelphia, where in 1838-9 he edited the Pennsylvania
Freeman, the office of which was sacked and burned by a mob. From this
time he was one of the most prominent anti-slavery men in the country,
and his writings, both prose and poetry, were largely in support of that
cause. In 1840 he moved to Amesbury, Mass., and has resided there since.
In 1847 he became corresponding editor of the National Era, an anti-slavery
newspaper published in Washington. Ne never married. His prose publications
are "Legends of New England," partly in verse,(Hartford, 1831):"Justice
and Expediency, or Slavery Considered With a View to its Abolition,"1838;"The
Stranger in Lowell,"1845; "Supernaturalism in New England," 1847; "Leaves
from Margaret Smith's Journal,"1849; "Old Portraits and Modern Sketches,"
1850. Several collective editions have been published of his poetical works.
He wrote a hymn for the opening of the Centennial exhibition at Philadelphia
WOODFORD - Mrs. Alva
McIntyre died at her home in Caton last Monday, and the funeral was held
Tuesday. Mrs. McIntyre was a sister of William Woodford, of this place,
and James Woodford, deceased, late of Elmira, and was a former resident
of Jackson township.
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