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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From the Cook Scrapbook-
Copied from a copy in possession of Kelsey Jones. Retyped by Robin Poses
& Gloria (Meg) Wilkinson and Barbara SAXBURY Freeman
BAKER - Mrs. Laura
Baker Gardener. Mrs. Laura Baker Gardener, wife of William Gardener, died
on Thursday last at her home in this place after a lingering illness aged
about forty-seven years. The funeral which was largely attended occurred
Sunday at Baptist Hill Church. The presiding Elder at that place officiated
and delivered a very pathetic and impressive sermon on the many Christian
virtures of the departed. The interment was at Baptist Hill cemetery. Deceased
leaves to mourn her death a husband and two daughters, who are the recipients
of much sympathy in their sorrow.
BENSON - C. A. Benson
- A Frightful Accident Witnessed by a Crowd Friday Afternoon. C. A. Benson,
a farmer from Pine Valley, about sixty years of age, was run over and instantly
killed at the Erie's Water Street crossing at 3rd. He had been shopping
in Durland & Pratt's [?] o'clock Friday afternoon. Mr. Benson had just
come out of there. The gates at the crosssing were down and a freight train
was going west. Just as it passed the crossing the unforunate man dodged
under the gates and was struck by the engine of an east bound Lehigh train.
His body was cut all to pieces and scattered for a considerable distance
along the track. It was said he had two daughters in this city. The horrified
spectators sent for the coroner.
BENSON - William Benson
- William Benson was found dead in his bed at Roseville last Tuesday morning.
It is supposed from heart desease. He was very well known through this
section having run a hotel at Pine City for some time. Mr. Benson was 65
years old and a widower, his wife having died at Pine City a few years
ago. He is said to have been as well as usual when he retired Monday night.
BLOSS - Warren W.
Bloss - Warren W. Bloss died at his home at Webb's Mills, N. Y., last Saturday
morning after a long and painful illness aged 59 years. Mr. Bloss was well
known in this county, having resided at Covington, Roseville, Mansfield,
Millerton and other places within its borders all his life up to four or
five years ago He was son of Everett Bloss of Covington and a grand son
of Aaron Bloss, the founder of Blossburg, both being equally famous as
hunters and pioneers. Deceased's illness originated over a year ago in
a neuralgic difficulty, which progressed until the bones of his face decayed
to quite an extent poisoning his entire system and destroying his lungs,
causing death from consumption. He was one of the most patient of sufferers
and hoped for recovery to the last. Mr. Bloss leaves a widow and one son
to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father. The funeral was held
at the family reisdence Monday at 11 a.m. many relatives from a distance
being in attendance and interment was in the Webb's Mills cemetery.
BOWMAN - Nelson Bowman
- Nelson Bowman, well known in this village as a former resident, a son
of our respected townsman David Bowman died suddenly at Big Flats, N. Y.
in his home last Friday night. He had been around the village and returning
home suddenly fell to the floor unconscious and died about two or three
hours later. His death is supposed to have resulted from heart disease.
He leaves an estimable wife and five children, who have the sincere sympathy
of many friends in their bereavement. The funeral was held at Big Flats
BOYNTON - Result of
Bloodpoisoning Charles Boynton, who has been critically ill from blood
poisoning, contracted by the scratch of a dead fish's fin last fall has
partially recovered, but the hand is deformed and entirely useless.
BUDD - Helon Budd
- A Death at Southport Corners. Helon Budd of Southport Corners died there
Sunday in his eighty-third year. The funeral was held at his late residence
at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The interment was at Troy, Pa., The deceased
is survived by a wife, two sons and three daughters, O. H. Budd and C.
E. Budd of this city, Mrs. C. S. McKean, Troy, Pa., Mrs. C. K. Spencer,
Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. A. H. DeWitt, Anderson, Ind. The deceased was a
life long Democrat and a highly respected gentleman. He lived in this county
for twenty years, having come here that long ago from Bradford County.
COPLEY - Lauren Copley
- Death of Lauren Copley. Lauren Copley, one of Elmira's oldest and most
esteemed residents died on Sunday afternoon. The past forty years of his
life was spent in Chemung County. He was born in October, 1803, at Sanford,
this state, and was therefore in his eighty-fifth year. He was married
in 1832 to Sally Stone of Bainbridge, and passed most of his time in farming.
He was at one time engaged as a lumber merchant in this city. He erected
and occupied for some years the house where Judge Dexter now resides on
South Main Street. Four children surivive him. Mrs. Martin Palmer, Frank
Copley, E. J. Copley of Tennessee and Major J. G. Copley. His wife died
on December 24, 1883.
DENNEY - LANNING -
A Popular Elmira Pastor Weds a Charming Lady of Borden, N.Y. On Wednesday
Rev. Oscar H. Denny, pastor of the Free Will Baptist church in the seventh
ward, was married to Miss Lillian Lanning at the residence of the bride's
parents, Mr. & Mrs. H.L. Lanning at Bordon, N.Y. The ceremony was performed
by Rev. Mr. Abbey of Port Allegany, N.Y. The Rev. Mr. Helleby of Murray,
N.Y. acted as best man, and Miss Maude Harrison as bridesmaid. The wedding
dinner was served by E. Hulcher of the Arlington, Elklamd, Pa. The bride
and groom received many handsome presents and the congratulations of a
large number of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Denny's bridal trip will last two
or three weeks when they will return to this city and committee housekeeping
in the family residence, near the church.
DEWEY - HONORARY SERVICE
to be held for Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Dewey Farmer, Preacher, Pastor, and
Friend of the community & area for over 70 years Service at BAKERBURG
COMMUNITY CHURCH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd 8 PM The Austinville and Bakerburg
Churches cordially invite all to come & participate int his appreciation
service for Glenn & Florence Dewey.
(Drake) Mrs. Mary
L. Drake. Death of Mrs. Mary L. Drake. An Estimable, Beloved Lady Who Has
Passed to Her Reward. But a week ago the telegram announced the demise
of James H. Drake, one of the Elmira's oldest and most respected citizens,
and today it becomes its painful duty to chronicle the death of his wife.,
Mrs. Mary L. Drake, who died suddenlin this city on Thursday last. Deceased
had not been robust health for several years but no thought of fatal results
was entertained until a few days ago. Pneumonia then set in and she survived
but a few days. Mrs. Drake was sixty-two years of age and leaves to mourn
their loss three children, L. B. Drake of Addison and Mrs. Clara A. Lane
and George E. Drake of Elmira. to whom the sincere sympathy of many warm
friends will be extended. The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon
at 2 o'clock at the house No. 129 East Hudson Street, and attended by many
friends. Truly a good woman and a brave Christian soul has gone to her
reward leaving to the stricken children, one more heartstring drawing them
to a higher and better world
DRAKE - James H. Drake.
For Many Years a Trusty Conductor on the Northern Central Railroad. Among
the numerous deaths of the week that carry pain and sorrow to the families
and are read with interest by the community in general, none call forth
more expressions of regret and sympathy than that of James H. Drake, a
venerable citizen, who passed to his eternal rest early yesterday morning
at his residence, 129 East Hudson Street. The deceased had been a resident
of our city upwards of fifty years, having come to Elmira in the year 1839
from Reading, Schuyler County. He was originally a carriagemaker and for
a time pursued that avocation here. Afterwards he became a valued attache
of the Northern Central Railway Company. For upwards of twenty-five years
he held with credit and satisfaction the responsible position of railway
conductor. He continued with the road, a popular and faithful servant,
until the year 1878, when advancing in years compelled him to pursue some
less active employment. His health gradually failed him but it was not
until some two weeks ago, or less, that his condition became to serious
that he took to his bed and death resulted at the time stated. The deceased
was for many years an active and conscientious member of the Baptist Church
of this city and in all the demands and requirements of citizenship he
was an upright, faithful and public spirited man. His loss to the community
is great and his death to his family, by whom he was held in high respect
and veneration, will naturally be greater still. He leaves of his immediate
family a wife and three children who are L. B. Drake of Addison, N.Y.,
George E. Drake of Elmira, N. Y. a Northern Central Railroad conductor
and a daughter, Mrs. Clara A. Lane, also of this city. The deceased was
in the seventy-fourth year of his age at the time of his death. The funeral
will occur from his late residence at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.
ELLENBERGER - The
Husband of Bill Edwards Alleged Slayer Pays nature's debt. At Stroudsburg,
Pa., last Sunday, J.M. Ellenberger, husband of Mary Ellenberger, who was
tried in this city for killing Bill Edwards, died. He was Mrs. Ellenberger's
second husband and lived with her for several yeara on a farm near Waverly.
It was alleged at the time, that Ewards was killed that he drove Ellenberger
out of the house and took possession of the farm. Mr. Ellenberg was a quiet
kindly disposed man, and had contributed considerable money to the support
of his daughter, Fanny, who has been quite ill in New York city for some
time past. There were no relatives present at the funeral.
ENOCH - Hiram R. Enoch
- Pension Examiner Enoch Dead. Hiram R. Enoch who conducted the investigation
into and prosecution of most of the men alleged to have implicated in the
Patterson and other pension cases here a few years ago, died in Washington
the 8th inst [?], aged sixty-three years. Mr. Enoch was well known in masonic
and Grand Army circles. While he was in Elmira he lived in one of the Richardson
blocks on West Water Street, and had a son die while living here. Mr. Enoch
was formerly editor and proprietor of the Rockford, Ill, Journal. His death
was caused by a tumor on the brain, caused by injuries received during
GOODSPEED - Watson
Goodspeed. Foolish Imitator of Dr. Tanner Dead. Gardiner, Me., June 24
- the East Pittston, Maine, imitator of Dr. Tanner named Watson Goodspeed,
who has fasted thrity-nine days, died today.
LaFRANCE - L. L. ("Lem")
LaFrance. "Lem" LaFrance, a former well known Elmira jeweler, who has been
in the asylum at Middleton, N.Y. for some time escapeda few days since,
took two doses of poison, cut his head with a knife and bruised himself
with a stone, dying later from the effects of his injuries. He was a brother
of "Coon" LaFrance, late of Daggett's Mills and his father is the well
known cabinet maker, also at various times a resident of this township.
The funeral of L. L. LaFrance was held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternnon
at his former reisdence., No. 115 Catherine Street. all the jewelry stores
in the city were closed in honor of the dead. A very large number of friends
and neighbors were present and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.
Mr. Beecher spoke briefly and addressed consoling words to the stricken
family. At the grave Ivy Lodge of Masons, assisted by Union Lodge, had
charge of the remains The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: D.J.
Kniffen, James M. Moffett, J. R. Tabor, I. S. Copleland, M. A. Ruger and
MARCELLUS, Narcissa Eva
-(Benson) Mrs. John Benson - Mrs. John Benson, of Roseville, died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. G. W. Eighmey, Dec. 10th of a complication of
diseases. She leaves a husband, two sons and three daughters, all married
to mourn their loss. The funeral and interment occurred at Roseville Dec.
12, Rev. Dewitt Myers and Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Her age was sixty-three
MAXWELL - William
Maxwell. Billy Maxwell. The Noted Elmiran and Temperance Orator Passes
Away. The widely known temperance advocate, William Maxwell, died at the
Bath Soldier's Home on Friday afternoon last. He was naturally a brilliant,
gifted man and came from an illustrious family. He had been in failing
health for a year or more. The news of his death was learned with painful
interest. He was known to every man, woman and child almost in Elmira,
when he was born on the 31st day of December, in the year 1828. This would
make him at the time of his death, nearly sixty-two years of age. He was
of the old-time Maxwell family, so prominent and renowned in this valley
very many years ago. His father was that noted Thomas Maxwell, an intellectual
giant in the days of yore, and of whom there are most pleasant and honorable
remembrances. The elder Maxwell was one of the ablest and most remarkable
men of his time and was noted for a remarkable memory which, allied with
the systematic methods of recording the important events of the interesting
period in which he lived and prominently took part, caused him to be looked
upon as a reliable historian of the early days of this county and section.
Nearly all of his papers, of which he had a vast collection, were, however,
unfortunately destroyed. The elder Maxwell himself lost his life in a tragic
manner, having been killed by the cars. Billy Maxwell came of good stock
- the best there was. He was highly favored naturally and had he in early
life applied himself to some profession and proved faithful to it, he would
have risen to eminence. He was an original wit, and it was always interesting
and laughable to hear him relate, as he was fond of doing in his latter
years, his experiences which though of a long and checkered career, were
of an eventful character. Mr. Maxwell was patriotic in the war days and
as a member of the 161st regiment under the command of Captain Dumars,
served with credit. Exspousing the temperence cause he was a faithful,
conscientious worker in that noble cause. Both in America and in England
he appeared on the platform with great success. He was considered the equal
of the great Gough in ability to move an audience, his impassioned appeals
carrying his hearers by storm. Thousands took the pledge and kept it through
his efforts and eloquence. Mr. Maxwell was really a great temperance orator.
He often said to the writer that somehow or other he could never do himself
justice before an Elmira audience. He said they all knew him here and it
was only Billy Maxwell that was talking to them and he couldn't disabuse
his mind of that depressing idea. At other places all say he was grand
- a truly eloquent, impressive speaker. He certainly did great work in
the temperance field and will be principally remembered for that. Personally
he was a genial, companionable man, much delighteing to have about him
a little company of congenial souls to chat and laugh with. He will ever
be held in kindly memory by all Elmirans - a brilliant fellow and one who
by self-martyrdom proved himself worthy of recognition and honor. The deceased
leaves a wife, who showed herself faithful and devoted to him in his declining
years. The remains will be brought to his old loved Elmira for burial,
arriving on the 1:30 Erie train. From the depot they will be taken to Woodlawn.
(Miller) Mrs. George
Miller. Mrs. George Miller who died at St. Johns, N.B., recently, was betrothered
to Dr. W. D. Vedder, of Mansfied, Pa., a promising young physician. In
speaking of the engagement in an article on her death, the Progress newspaper
published at St. Johns, says "While she was seriously ill her friends did
not think it necessary to summon him until a few days before her death.
He came at once and arrived but a few minutes before she passed into unconsciousness
and death." It is related that the deceased lady had a strong presentiment
of her coming death and said to her mother "Mother, would it not be strange
if I had just come home to die?" Mrs. Miller was sick for a long time in
Elmira of typhoid fever and it is said that she had not fully recovered
when she started on her homeward journey. She leaves several warm friends
in Mansfield besides her grief stricken betrothed. Dr. Vedder is a widower,
his young wife having died suddenly a few years ago while on a visit to
friends in a western state. To be thus twice bereaved in so short a time
would seem to be more than one man's share of grief, and a host of friends
extend sincere... (end)
MORRIS - How He Chose
to die. A Tombstone on which the Dead is Pictured in the Act of Suicide.
There is a remarkable tombstone in Round Grove cemetary, srven miles east
of Dwight, Ill. It marks the last resting place of Enoch, son of James
and Charlotte Morris, who died August 9, 1897, aged nineteen years and
three months. The tombstone is of white marble, about five feet high and
half a foot thick. On it's front is the figure of a youth is the act of
blowing out his brains. It is brought out in relief, and below it is the
Between this stone the ashes lay Of him who was my darling boy: Alas,
alas, his race is run. Caused by a double-barrel gun, Bereavements sure
my heart will break. Show pity, Lord, for mercy sake; Oh, let me to thy
will resign These two unfortunate boys of mine
PARNELL DEAD The death
of Charles Stewart Parnell which occured on Wednesday was a surptise to
all and a shock to many. It was not known that this great Irish leader
was considered ill, although it is said that of late he was not as robust
as formerly. But it was in just that state of physical weakness that rendered
him the chill and subsequently fatal illness.
In him passes away probably the best known of the Irish leaders of this
generation. Whatever may be said of him, and there is much, for he had
his good and bad points, as have other men, it cannot be said that he lacked
courage or that he was vacillating. In the face of obstacles that would
have intimidated many others after the Kitty OShea episode, when all men's
hands were against him, he made a most remarkable fight for political life
and was defeated solely by the force of numbers. Now that to defeat is
added death, his bitterest enemies who were once his friends, and such
are always the most malignant, cannot refuse, the poor tribute that he
was the greatest promoter of the cause of Ireland and the Irish.
Nora. - Death of Mrs. Nora Quackenbush. Mrs. Nora Quackenbush died at her
home in Millerton, Pa., Thursday morning of heart disease. She leaves to
mourn her loss two sons, John and Judge and three sisters, Mrs. M. L. Roll,
Mrs. Mary Sullivan and Mrs. James Wells of this city. The remains were
brought to this city and interred in SS. Peter and Paul's Cemetery.
- William Richards aged about 45 years a prominent citizen of Blossburg,
committed suicide about 7 a.m. Wednesday of last week at his home by shooting
himself in the head. Deceased was in apparently good health and the only
reason for such a step to be committed by him was financial matters. Mr.
Richards was formerly State mine inspector of this bituminous district
and was prominent in many matters for the advancement of the town, and
was instrumental, in his way, in getting the State hospital located there.
A widow and one adopted daughter survive him.
(Robb) Mrs. Susan
Robb - Mrs. Susan Robb, an old and respected resident of Tioga, died last
week Sunday at the age of eighty-two years. Her funeral was held at the
Presbyterian Church on Tuesday and the remains were taken to Farmington
Hill for interment.
- Chester Robinson whose death at the age of 83 years occurred at Wellsboro
on Wednesday of last week, had resided in that boro since 1835. He was
engaged for over a quarter of a century in the mercantile and lumbering
business with his brother, John L. Robinson. About twenty-five years ago
the brothers, established what is now known as the First Nation Bank. His
death was due to a complication of diseases. He leaves two daughters, Miss
Mary B. Robinson and Mrs. Juliette Converse, both of Wellsboro. The funeral
was held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his late residence.
SCHULTER - Rev. Henry
Schulter. Rev. Henry Schulter died at his home near Tioga last week Monday
at the age of 75 years. He was a Free Methodist preacher but gave up preaching
some years ago on account of failing health.
SMITH - Albert Smith
- Albert Smith, infant son of Elsey Smith, of Wells, Pa., died last Tuesday
after a short illness aged two years and three days. The funeral of the
little one was held at Wells, Pa., Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
STATES - H. C. States
- He. C. States died Monday morning, October 27, at 316 South Avenue, the
residence of his daughter, Mrs. Frank L. Hedges, aged sixty-five years.
He leaves a wife and three married daughters besides one brother and two
sisters to mourn his loss. Deceased was an upright, conscientious, Christian
man who was very devoted to his family and strictly honorable in all his
dealings. He will be missed by a wide circle of friends. The funeral took
place Wednesday afternoon from the house at 1:30. The burial was in the
family plot at Webb's Mills. Rev. Mr. Robinson officiated at the funeral
STOCK, Merida - Mrs.
David Newton. Mrs. David Newton died at her home on Bird Creek in Wells,
Pa., on Wednesday of last week, after a lingering illness. She was treated
for cancer in Elmira some time ago and after her return home was badly
injured by a fall and never recovered. Deceased had many relatives in this
section and was highly esteemed by all. She leaves a husband and an adult
son and daughter, the latter being the wife of Mason Oldroyd, of Wells.
STRAIT, Bernice K.
- Little Bernice Strait Dead. The Child weighed but three pounds and four
ounces at death. Bernice K., the infant daughter of James W. and Luella
Strait, died at 1:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The little one was but
twenty three days old and at birth weighed but two and one half pounds.
She however seemed perfectly well and healthy and in the two week succeeding
her birth gained five and one half ounces. Her strength also developed
rapidly and at the time of her death was quite remarkable for a child of
her age. Her weight at death was three pounds and four ounces. It was not
until Saturday afternnoon that the parents noticed that the little one
was not feeling well but no serious symptoms of illness were apparent and
the child seemed nearly as bright and happy as ever. About midnight she
went into convulsions which lasted for some time. Dr. Ross was quickly
summoned and said a blood vessel had bursted in little Bernice's stomach.
She continued bleeding internally until the time of her death. Dr. Ross
pronounced the case a very peculiar one, in fact the only one he had ever
seen. The funeral will be held from the residence at 261 Baldwin Street
at 2 o'clock this afternoon and the burial will be in Woodlawn.
STRUTHERS - Robert
Struthers - The Late Robert Struthers. Lines in Memory of a Faithful Husband
and Loving Father. As briefly noted, Robert Struthers well known as a railroad
flagman, died on Monday, January 19. His age was fifty-eight years. He
was born in County Armagh, Ireland, and had resided in Elmira for the past
thrity years. He worked in the rolling mills for twenty-two years prior
to becoming employed by the Lackawanna as a flagman. He leaves six children,
five daughters and one son. Rachel Fancis, wife of an Erie conductor at
Hornellsville, Anna, wife of Smith Chambers, and Jennie, wife of Ad. Jones,
West Shore conductors; Margaret, wife of Michael Riley, a Lackawanna brakeman
of this city and Lizzie, single, who lived with her father and Aaron, who
is a Lackawanna fireman.
(Stryker) - Mrs.Rachel
Stryker. Dies at a Ripe Old Age. Mrs. Rachel Stryker, widow of Abram Stryker,
died Saturday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Baker, 414
Main Street, at the good old age of eighty-eight years. Mrs. Stryker had
been in her usual health until last night when she was suddenly taken ill
and expired this morning from heart failure which was the result of advanced
age. She was one of those pure, noble and delightful old time ladies whom
everybody loved. Her influence, her words, and her actions were all gems
that sparkled like brilliants in the sunlight and shed a luster upon all
who came in contact with them. A devoted mother, honored and revered by
her children a Christian in all things, she died full of years and constant
in the faith of her Maker.
STURDEVANT - Jesse
Sturdevant. Jesse Sturdevant died quite suddently of heart disease at his
home near Job's Corners in this township last Saturday evening. He was
taken sick while sitting at the super table and expired almost immediately.
Mr. Sturdevant was a veteran soldier and a member of Deming Post, G.A.R.
of this village. He was in town a few days before his death and seemed
to be enjoying his usual health. He was a brother of Wm. B. and Thos. B.
Sturdevant, former residents of this village and A. B. Sturdevant of Elmira.
THOMAS - Peobe Thomas.
Miss Phoebe Thomas, who for twelve years was a missionary in Brazil, died
June 16 of consumption. She was grand-daughter of Charles Miner, the historian.
THORPE - Maud Thorpe
- Maud, infant daughter of Frank Thorpe, died March 1, aged 7 months and
(Updyke) - Mrs. Al
Updyke - Daggett's Mills. Mrs. Al Updyke died of pneumonia at the home
of her son on Mount Zoar. Dec. 10th.
WHEELER - Libbie Wheeler
- Libbie, a young and promising daughter of H. B. Wheeler, died last Tuesday
night of inflamation of the bowels. Funeral on Thursday at 2 p.m.
WILCOX - Dr. W. B.
Wilcox - The announcement of the death of Dr. W. B. Wilcox of LeRoy on
Saturday last cast a gloom over the community in which he lived. Graduating
from the Homeopathic Medical College of Philadelphia in 1858 he had been
practicing medicine for over 30 years. The doctor was born in the town
of Minisink, Orange Co., N. Y. in 1824; he came to LeRoy when three years
of age. He died January 24th of typhoid pneumonia after an illness of one
week aged 66. The deceased leaves a wife and three children - two sons
and one daughter - to mourn his death. He was an affectionate and devoted
companion, a kind and indulgent father. As a neighbor and wise counsellor
he had few equals. He had no enemies. The funeral which was held on Monday
the 26th inst. was largely attended. A feeling and appropriate sermon was
preached by Rev. E. A. Baldwin of Canon.
WILSON - Nancy Wilson
Rockwell - Mrs. Nancy Rockwell of Rutland died on Monday last, aged 81
years. Mrs. Rockwell was one of the pioneers of that section and was highly
esteemed for many good qualities. Her maiden name was Wilson and her relatives
reside at or near Austinville. The funeral was held on Wednesday and was
quite largely attended. Deceased was a sister of Judge Stephen F. Wilson
of Wellsboro. She had resided in Rutland for nearly half a century. Her
husband, a brother of Elder Rockwell, deceased, died many years ago. She
leaves a son, H. L. Rockwell, with whom she resided at the time of her
death and a daughter, Mrs. Lettie Baker, besides a large circle of friends
to mourn her loss. She had long been a consistent member of the Baptist
Church. The obsequies at Job's Corners were conducted by Rev. F. H. Cooper
MISCELLANEOUS clippings from the
A CARD OF THANKS We desire to thank the people of Blossburg for their
kind assistance in our late affliction occasioned by the death of our father
Deacon Cornelius V. Putnam and for the sympathy expressed in our bereavement.
--Rev. J. H. Day’s retirement
the ministry and Millerton charge has occasioned genuine and wide-spread
regret among not only those identified with the church, but the “world’s
people” as well. His plain, unassuming manners and hearty friendliness
have won the sincere regard of all, and him incumbency of the charge will
be remembered with unmixed pleasure. Pastor Day and his most estimable
family will be followed by the sincere good wishes of their warm friends
in this section, which comprises the entire community.
--Probably the oldest man now living in northern Pennsylvania,
says the Agitator, is Robert Burns,
of East Charleston, who is now in his one hundred and sixth year. He was
born in Montgomery county, N. Y., on the 14th of October, 1784. He came
from that place to Charleston fifty-eight years ago, and has remained ever
since. He was married in 1819, and his wife died in 1874, at the age of
seventy-four. They had eight children, seven of whom lived to reach adult
years. Mr. Burns says that his father lived to be 115 years old, and from
present appearances he bids fair to reach that age himself, for he is still
hale and hearty with a good memory and digestion.
Thursday was Mr. Allen Daggett’s
birthday, and he celebrated the occasion by visiting his birthplace
here. It is a custom he has observed for several years, and he makes it
a point to be on the ground at the very hour, which he says is 2 o’clock,
p.m. Mr. Daggett is 74 years old, and says he is the oldest man living
born in Tioga county. He is very smart and active for one of his age.
--A party of about one hundred persons, seventy of whom
were relatives, celebrated Elder Myron Rockwell’s
80th birthday in Roseville recently. The proceedings were very
interesting and were greatly enjoyed by all present. Elder Rockwell has
been a faithful laborer in the vineyard for the past generation, and has
officiated at more weddings and funerals than any other clergyman in the
county. Miss Maggie Hubers closed a very successful term of school last
FRANK J. CASSADA the
nominee for Sheriff is about as well known as any man in the county. He
is a young man but he has as many friends and acquaintances as most men
obtain in a life time. He was born in the town of Southport and is the
son of Miles Cassada, a well known Democrat and he comes from a line of
Democratic ancestors. Three years ago Mr. Cassada was a candidate for the
office and 36 delegates stood by him to the last, but when finally the
nomination of Allen Cooper was secured Mr. Cassada, like a good Democrat,
acquiesced and from that hour until election night no one worked more faithfully
for the success of the ticket than he.
COL. JOSEPH LEFFEL
Of Springfield, O., the Smallest Alderman in the World Colonel Joseph Leffel,
the midget ex-museum freak, was recently elected a Councilman in a special
election held in the Fifth ward of Springfield, Ohio, to fill a vacancy.
Leffel is the smallest official of the kind in the country. He is 46 inches
high, weighs 60 pounds and is 67 years old. The was elected in the face
of heavy odds, his opponent being H. G. Marshall, an extremely popular
Democrat. Mr. Leffel was the Republican candidate, and polled more than
the full vote of his party. It will be rather ludicrous to see the midget
in council, as he will be hidden by his desk when he takes the floor to
speak. He married a midget, who still lives. They have two full-sized children.
The late Father Cahill
enjoyed the distinction of being the first native Elmiran to be ordained
to the Roman Catholic priesthood. He was born up near the present Eldridge
lake, and early in life he decided to try and become a priest. In his ambition
father Bloomer was his best friend. But two young men born in Elmira have
become priests. The first as stated was John T. Cahill and the next native
was Rev. William Dunn, now in charge of the mission at Horseheads, N. Y.
Both were ordained from the same institution, Father Cahill a dozen years
ago and Father Dunn two or three years since. Another resident of Elmira
was also ordained a priest. But Elmira was not his native place. He was
born in Ireland and Elmira became his adopted home. We refer to Rev. William
E. Walsh, now in charge of a Canadian mission. Father Walsh was a cousin
of the late Police Commissioner William Walsh.
GENERAL GRANT’S MONUMENT.
The Ground For Its Base Formally Broken Sunday Last. Amidst the plaudits
of thousands of citizens, the blare of trumpets, the beating of drums,
the booming of cannon, the melody of children’s voices and the eloquence
of orators, ground was broken last Sunday for the monument which is to
be raised at the tomb at Riverside park where rest all that is mortal of
the greatest of the heroes of the war of the rebellion, the immortal Grant.
The services were most imposing and were participated in by the G. A. R.
and other societies, together with 300 children, each of whom dropped a
bouquet of forget-me-nots on the hero’s tomb. General Horace Porter delivered
the oration and Department Commander Freeman formally broke the sod with
a spade which was a superb specimen of American handicraft. The singing
of national airs was interspersed through the services. Over 1,000 persons
were present. Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Nellie Grant Sartoris witnessed the cutting
of the sod. They stood at the time within the hollow square in front of
the tomb. Among others present were Secretary Noble, ex-Mayor Grace, Sir
George M. Pullman, Minister Romero, General Howard and General Daniel E.
Sickles. the spade with which the cutting was done was of rosewood and
silver. Just as Mr. Freeman removed the turf a soldier, who stood on a
mound, waved his hand and the big guns of the United States steamer Yantic
belched forth a salute. The force of the discharges shook the ground and
frightened some of the children.
How a Pig Caused the War of 1812.
It all happened in this wise: Two citizens of Providence, R.I., fell into
a most unseemly discussion on account of the lawless trespassings of a
pig owned by one of them. The aggrieved party possessed a very fine garden,
in which it was his custom to spend his hours of leisure, weeding, grafting,
and transplanting the flowers and vegetables in which he delighted. But
often, as he entered the garden in the evening, his ears would be saluted
with a grunt and a rustle, and the fat form of a neighbor’s pig might be
seen making a hasty flight from the garden, in which it had been placidly
rooting all day. In high dudgeon the gardener sought his neighbor and complained
of the pig’s frequent visits, declaring that a little time spent in repairing
the pig-sty would restrain the animal’s roving propensities. But to this
the owner of the pig responded that if his neighbor would keep his rickety
fences in proper repair, the pig might take its daily airing without temptation,
and the garden would not be endangered. Repeated misdeeds on the part of
the pig fanned the smoldering fires of dissension into the flames of open
hostility. At last the crisis came. The owner of the garden, rising unusually
early one morning, discovered the pig contentedly munching the last of
a fine bed of tulip-bulbs. Flesh and blood could stand it no longer. Seizing
a pitchfork which lay near at hand, the outraged gardener plunged its sharp
tines into the hapless pig, and bore the body, thus fatally impaled, to
the sty, where it met the gaze of its owner an hour or two later. Thereafter,
it was war to the knife between two neighbors. Now, what had all this to
do with the war of 1812? The answer is simple. The two neighbors belonged
to the political party known as the Federalists. Through all the outrages
that Great Britain inflicted upon the United States; while seamen were
being impressed, American vessels stopped on the high seas, and while every
possible indignity was being committed against the flag of the United States,
the Federalists remained friendly to Great Britain, and contested every
proposition for the declaration of war. But the Democratic party was eager
for was and as British oppression became more unbearable the strength of
the Democrats increased. It so happened that the election district in which
the two neighbors lived had been about equally divided between the Democrats
and Federalists, but the latter party had always succeeded in carrying
the election. But in 1811 the owner of the garden was a candidate for the
legislature on the Federalist ticket. His neighbor had always voted that
ticket, but now, with his mind filled with the ??? recollection of the
death of his pig, he cast his ballot for the Democrat. When the ballots
were counted the Democrat was found to be elected by a majority of one.
When the newly elected legislator took ???, his first duty was to vote
for a United States Senator. He cast his vote for the candidate of the
Democrats, who was also elected by a majority of one. When this Senator
took his place in the United States Senate he found the question of war
with Great Britain pending, and after a long and bitter discussion it came
to a vote. The Democrats voted for war, and the Federalists against it.
As a result of the voting, was declared-again by a majority of one vote.---From
“A Pig that Really Caused a War” by Willis J. Abbot, in St. Nicholas for
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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