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ELMIRAN’S BOAT FOUND, MEN BELIEVED DROWNED
Belief that two Elmira men were drowned in Seneca Lake was strengthened Tuesday afternoon when the rowboat they had rented for a Labor Day fishing trip was found overturned and with an outboard motor attached. The boat was discovered at 5 p.m. by Cornelius Sackett, Dundee banker, off Cady’s Point, about a mile north of the Ralph Heatley boat livery where the men rented the boat. The boat was sighted at the same time by James Haugh and Lewis Millard, both of Dundee, who were flying over the lake.
Object of an air and water search yesterday were Carlton E. Gleason, 42, of 234 Allen St., and Robert E. Woodard, 20, of 153 Madison Ave. Dragging operations were started by the Penn Yan Fire Department emergency crew, which arrived with is motor launch and other equipment shortly after the boat was found, and Dundee firemen and volunteers.
Dragging was suspended at midnight but will be resumed this morning. The Elmira men took a boat at 3 p.m. Monday from the Heatley livery, on the west lake shore near Starkey and about 12 miles north of Watkins Glen. Family members became concerned Monday night when the pair did not return, as they had planned. The men left Elmira about 9 a.m. and said they would be back in the late afternoon or evening. Tuesday morning Mrs. Dorothy Blanchard of 153 Madison ave.,Woodard’s aunt, notified the Sheriff’s Department at Penn Yan that the men were missing. Undersheriff Walter Clark and Deputy Charles Wilkins found Woodard’s car at the livery.
At least two Dundee Flying Club planes joined the search. Dundee Boats sent power craft into the lake. County police searched along the shore in a boat. A wooden oar identified as belonging to the boat rented by the Elmirans was found Tuesday about four miles north of the livery. Another oar was seen from an airplane. The men left a can of bait, which they planned to use for bass fishing on shore. Whether they took the boat for a ride with the motor in operation and planned to return for the bait is not known. Gleason is a mechanic at the bus garage at the New York State Electric & Gas Corp., where he has worked four years. Woodard was also employed by the utility until a few months ago.
Horseheads—Laughter was missing from the Horseheads town hall Friday as staff mourned the passing of one of the town’s most beloved residents. "Town of Horseheads Jr.," an 11-year-old beagle who lived at the town hall for most of his life, was put to sleep Thursday. The dog—known to his friends as JR—died without pain, Deputy Clerk Sue Cicora said. She was there when Dr. Richard Cook, JR’s vet, administered the drug-laden needle.
"He just quietly laid down in my arms," Cicora said. JR had incurable cancer of the lymph nodes and was getting weaker, she said. JR was well-known among Horseheads residents who visited the town hall. "He was a little sweetie," Joan Mustico of Camelot Drive said. "He just kind of owned the place." Cicora was the town’s dog control officer when she found 3-month-old JR struck by a car in the village of Horseheads 11 years ago.
Town employees paid for treatment of JR’s broken hip.,"He was just a sweet little animal," said Rudy Baer, who was town supervisor then. "We just didn’t have the heart to kill him off." JR spent his days in the town hall and his nights in the town’s kennels.
The town highway crew built him a bed with his name on it, added a mattress and placed it in the town hall. Staff donated the funds needed for JR’s food, collar, toys and visits to the vet. Said Town Clerk Donna Greene: "He was one of the best trained and acting dogs that I’ve ever been exposed to—delightful." JR was quietly buried with his toys and collar in front of the town hall. His casket is the bed the highway crew made for him.
Cicora wrapped JR in the blanket he laid n when he visited her home. A plaque will be placed on JR’s grave, she said. Frank Rosplock, dog control officer, said, "He was a true companion. If other people cared about dogs as much as we cared about JR, there wouldn’t be any problems with dog ownership." (handwritten on article died Feb. 20, 1990)
Troy—Daniel F. Pomeroy, Jr., a leader in Masonic circles and active for many years in community affairs, died Sunday at Troy Community Hospital. He was 76. Mr. Pomeroy served for many years as Troy Community Hospital administrator and had been an active member of its board of directors. He also served a s a director of the Martha Lloyd School. He was holder of the title of Man of the Year from the Troy Rotary Club. He had received the Silver Beaver, the highest award in Boy Scouting, and was at one time treasurer of the General Sullivan Boy Scout Council. Mr. Pomeroy was a retired banker. He belong to many clubs, among them being the Circus Fans of America, Old Grandad’s Club, the Acorn Railroad Club, the Bradford County Historical Society and the Troy American Legion. He was a veteran of World War I. Long active in Masonry, Mr. Pomeroy belonged to the Scottish Rite bodies of Towanda and Williamsport.
He was graduated from Penn State University in 1922, where he played the trombone in the Penn State Blue Band. At his death, he was the oldest active member of the band’s alumni association. Mr. Pomeroy was a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church where he was an elder, teacher, Sunday School superintendent and treasurer. (handwritten on article – born Mar. 17, 1898 – died 1974)
Homicide has been ruled in the stabbing death of the Rev. Ronald J. Ripley, 48, manager of "Your Saladmaster Kitchen," whose body was found Wednesday morning in the cellar of his Elmira Heights store at 320 E. 14th St. The ruling was issued by Dr. M. Eugene Pittman, Chemung County medical examiner, after an autopsy performed at Arnot-Ogden Hospital. Elmira Heights Police Chief Lloyd Roberts said the homicide was the first in the village in his 42 years as chief. At least one other had occurred prior to his taking office, he said. Authorities said Mr. Ripley’s car was found abandoned Wednesday morning behind Jim’s Grocery and Car Wash near Fitch’s Bridge in West Elmira. The murder weapon has not been found, however, they said. Police said the victim was last seen alive in Elmira Heights at about 11:30 Tuesday night. They said they are attempting to locate anyone who may have seen Mr. Ripley or his vehicle after that time. The vehicle was described as a 1971 green Plymouth station wagon with chrome rack on top. The car has New York registration CG-5462. Mr. Ripley of 1606 Pennsylvania Ave., as held sales recruiting meeting on the second floor of the Saladmaster Kitchen Tuesday night. It was reported but not confirmed that Mr. Ripley left the meeting to take home an unidentified Heights person attending. Police were known to be interviewing meeting participants Wednesday. (rest of article not here)
New York (AP)—Awardwinning broadcaster Frank McGee lost a quiet four-year-battle with cancer Wednesday. Less than a week after he was last able to host NBC-TV’s "Today" show, he died of pneumonia at the age of 52. "We saw him gamely succumbing," said "Today" executive producer Stu Schulberg. "You wouldn’t know it on the air, but when you saw him try to get out of his chair and saw him walk across the studio, you realized the price he was paying in pain for that upbeat performance of his."
McGee, who last appeared on the air on Thursday and then checked into Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, knew that he had a bone cancer called multiple myeloma, his physician said. "Finally the combination of the disease and the treatment for it, which enabled him to continue working, overcame his immunity mechanisms, and he died rapidly of an overwhelming pneumonia" Dr. Hamilton Southworth said.
Mrs. Maude F. Wetherbee, 94, of 11 S. Minnequa Ave., Canton died at her home Thursday evening. She was born in LeRoy Township, Nov. 12, 1877, the daughter of Daniel and Lucinda Hoagland Fitzwater. She was a member of the Canton United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Dean S.Morse Funeral Home of 12 E. Main St., of Canton with the Rev. C. David Jones officiating.
Burial will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday at the Morse Funeral Home. Surviving are several nieces, and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
Chester H. Kennedy, 66, of Millerton, Tioga Co., was killed instantly Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. when a tractor on which he was riding overturned, pinning him underneath, state police in Mansfield reported. Police stated that the deceased was attempting to drive over a steep bank at the time of the mishap. The farm tractor reportedly slipped and jack-knifed in the wet soil, causing it to overturn. The accident occurred on Kennedy’s farm. (handwritten on article 1972)
Troy—Wylie W. McClure of Troy, a former borough mayor, died Wednesday at Troy Community Hospital. He was 82. Mr. McClure was a retired employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad and served four years as Troy mayor. He also was active in Masonic organizations. A former resident of Elmira, Mr. McClure was a 50-years member of Union Lodge F&AM, Troy Royal Arch Chapter, Towanda Commandery, Williamsport Consistory and Irem Temple of Wilkes-Barre.
Blossburg—Paul Johnson, 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett B. Johnson of Arnot, died at Blossburg Hospital about 6:20 Tuesday morning. Young Johnson had been a long-time heart patient at Packer Hospital, Sayre, but had returned home before being hospitalized Sunday night. Despite his illness, young Johnson maintained a 45-paper Star-Gazette and Sunday Telegram newspaper route in Arnot, assisted by his father, brothers and sisters. He had been a newspaper carrier boy for over two years. He has three brothers of whom the oldest Alan, is stationed in Viet Nam, and two sisters.
Arthur J. Redding of 417 Columbia St., a retired Erie Railroad conductor with 44 years service, died early Wednesday morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Mr. Redding retired just prior to his 50th anniversary in railroading. He began his career when he was only 16 with a job as brakeman with the New York Central Railroad at Syracuse. He joined the Erie in Hornell as a brakeman in 1915. He was promoted to conductor in 1925.
Lockwood, Dec. 18—William G. Avery died Thursday at the family home at Lockwood, after an extended illness. Mr. Avery was born at Franklindale, Pa., and lived near there nearly all his life, coming to Lockwood about six years ago. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. May D. Avery, four daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Sterling of Pine City, Mrs. Pauline Sterling of Gillett, Mrs. Lodema Roy of Lockwood, Genevieve at home; three sons, Lucian, William Jr., and Franklin all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Rowena Gardner of (rest of article missing)
Tioga, Pa.—Vine B. Hughes, prominent retired farmer and community leader of Tioga, died Monday night at his home following a heart attack. Pallbearers for the funeral services to be held Thursday afternoon at 2 at the home of the nephews of Mr. Hughes.
A memorial service will be held at the home at 8 o’clock tonight by the New York-Penn Firemen’s Assn. Mr. Hughes was one of the organizers of the present Tioga Fire Company and a past president as well as a trustee.
Mansfield—Gates B. Ayers, 82, of Jobs Corners was instantly killed when struck by a car shortly after 6:30 a.m. today. Mr. Ayers was crossing Rt. 549 from his home to the barn to do chores when struck. The car was operated north by Oliver Barrett of Roseville. Mr. Ayers’ injuries were compound fractures of both legs and fractures of left arm and shoulder. Coroner Harry Williams of Elkland gave a verdict of accidental death. The body was removed to the Shaw and Robena Funeral Home, Mansfield.
NEW HOME SOUGHT FOR DEAD COUPLE’S PETS
By Garth Wade – Star Gazette
Gillett—Bowser the dog is still reluctant to leave the only home he’s ever known, nearly three weeks after two people he trusted died violently there. The 5-year-old mixed-breed dog was there June 12 when Alton Updike, 50, shot and killed himself after murdering his wife, Genevieve, 49. The dog was there when state police fired tear gas into the home in the hills about a mile west of here and rushed in to find the couple dead in the laundry room. Bowser dashed into the kitchen at the other end of the home and wouldn’t leave until family coaxed him out. Today, the dog and a family cat, Frisky, remain on the property. Bowser is like a talkative ghost, barking his alarm but not letting anyone near him. He’ll hide beneath a car or among the fir trees. He’s never known any other home, he was born there. Family members visit often enough to put out food and water for the dog and cat. The family of Alton and Genevieve Updike wants to find a home for Bowser and the 1-year-old cat. They found a home for a second cat on Friday. “He’s a very nice dog, loves children,” said Pam Updike, wife of Jim Updike, Alton and Genevieve Updike’s son. Pam Updike said she and her family live along busy Route 14 in Gillett and can’t take the dog for fear he would be hit by a car. “He should be out in the country where he can be free. You can’t tie him up,” Pam Updike said. Other family members can’t take the dog or cat because they have their own pets or live in the city, she said. If someone volunteers to take Bowser, capturing the dog will take some doing. Only a family member can succeed. LaRue Decker of Gillett, whose wife, Clarabelle, was Alton Updike’s sister, tried to coax the dog close recently. Bowser would have none of it, probably because LaRue Decker had a stranger with him. Anyone interested in adopting the dog or cat can make arrangements by calling Jim and Pam Updike at “He was real friendly, not as skittish before,” LaRue Decker said. “He’d make somebody a real nice dog.”
Howard Seymour, 64, of 809 Hulett Ave., Horseheads, Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 17, 1951, following a brief illness. Survived by wife, Mrs. Clara Seymour; daughters Mrs. William Fedchock of Addison, Mrs. Arthur Curren of Elmira, Mrs. Paul Watkins of Horseheads; sons, Merton, Edward and Charles Seymour, all of Elmira, Robert Seymour of Horseheads; sisters Mrs. Electa Saunders of Wellsburg, Mrs. Clara Youmans of Elmira; brothers, Milton Seymour of Roseville, Pa., Raymond and Leroy Seymour, both of Rockford, Ill., William Seymour of Patterson, N.J.; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The body is at the Shields Funeral Home, Horseheads.
ELLA HOLTON OLDROYD
Services for Mrs. Ella Holton Oldroyd, 77, of Austinville were held Jan. 12 with the Rev. Orey Crippen and the Rev. Glenn Dewey officiating. Interment was in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills. Mrs. Oldroyd died Jan. 9, 1969 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She was a life-long resident of Austinville and a member of the Austinville Union Church. She was the widow of Frank Oldroyd who died in January 1967. Surviving are sons, Clayton and Wilbur of Columbia Cross Roads, RD 3; sisters, Miss Hazel Holton and Mrs. Pearle Cole of Elmira; brothers William Holton of Gillett, Dewey of Knoxville, Tenn., Drexel of Millerton; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
Fred Thorpe, age 70, of Sylvania, Saturday, March 20, 1965. Body at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Calling hours; Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and committal service there Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Rev. Glen Dewey, Sylvania Cemetery. Survived by wife, Mrs. Ruby Thorpe; daughters, Mrs. Edward Beardslee; Mrs. Raymond Padgett both of Troy, Mrs. Robert May of Lawrenceville, Miss Baity of Mansfield; son, Frederick of Sylvania, William at home; brothers Raymond of Millport Louis of Mansfield; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Frank A. Oldroyd, 82, of Austinville, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 11, 1967, at the Troy Community Hospital. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service there Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Orey Crippen and the Rev. Glenn Dewey, Bradford County Memorial Park. Survived by wife: Mrs. Ella Holton Oldroyd; sons, Clayton and Wilbur of Columbia Cross Roads, RD 3; one sister Mrs. Clara Wells, Horseheads; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He was a retired Columbia Township farmer.
Lester W. Merrick, age 59, of Wellsboro, formerly of Mansfield, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1967, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Friends may call at the Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, Thursday 7 to 9 and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and committal service there Saturday 2 p.m., the Rev. Harry Sagar. Survived by wife, Frances Merrick, brother Kenneth L. Merrick of Snyder, N.Y.; sister, Mrs. Owen Cook of Mansfield RD 2; several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Friendship Lodge of Mansfield and was a member of the First Methodist Church of Mansfield.
Mrs. Clara Henry, age 76, of 355 Division St., Monday, March 23, 1964. She was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church. Survived by sister, Mrs. Pearl Conley of Elmira. Body at Barrett Funeral Home. Calling hours; today 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Thursday at 1 p.m. in Hillcrest Baptist church, the Rev. Clyde G. Truax, Nettle Valley (N.Y.) Cemetery.
Frederick R. Morse Sr., 75, of Troy RD, Thursday, April 19, 1962. He was a member of the Pentecostal Tabernacle in Elmira and a retired fruit grower from Valois, N.Y. Survived by son, Frederick Morse, Jr. of Bainbridge, N.Y.; sisters, Mrs. Thomas Butcher Sr. of Florida, Mrs. Ernestine Morse of Canton, Pa.; Mrs. Mary Roe of Elmira, Mrs. Emogene Holland of Des Moines, Wash.; two grandchildren. Body at Keister Funeral Home. Calling hours; today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral arrangements incomplete.
Mrs. Ethel McLane Young, 68, of Snedekerville, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1962. She was a member of the Coryland Presbyterian Church. Survived by husband, Harry Young; sister, Mrs. Lena Wolfe of Elmira. Body at Hagerman Funeral Home. Calling hours; today 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Friday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Orey Crippen. Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy.
Darius R. Clinton,, 88 of Mansfield RD 2, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1962. Survived by wife, Mrs. Daisy Clinton; sons, James of Elmira, Lee, Robert, Addresses unknown; stepdaughter, Mrs. Merrill Avery of Madison; stepson Colie Avery of Madison; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Body at Morse Funeral Home, Canton. Calling hours, today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Thursday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Owen Barrett. Big Flats Cemetery.
VANZILE Mrs. Bessie Wright, 87, (SRGP 58225) of Columbia Cross Roads RD 2, Saturday, April 21, 1962. She was the widow of Corey Wright. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Robert Duff of Barton, N.Y.; son, Jonas of Columbia Cross Roads RD 2; brother James VanZile of Troy; one grandchild. Body at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Calling Hours; today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Orey Crippen, Bradford County Memorial Park.
Galan J. Lovell, 79, of Wellsboro RD 3, Saturday, Dec. 15, 1962. He was a retired farmer and a 50-year member of the Charleston-Union Grange. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Thurston Jones of Wellsboro RD 3, Mrs. Herb Tysick of Rochester; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Body at Johnson & Tussey Funeral Home, Wellsboro. Calling hours; today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Monday 7 to 9 p.m. funeral there Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Walter Caldwell. Welch Settlement Cemetery.
Walter Kent, 61, of Troy, Saturday, Dec. 1, 1962. He was a veteran of World War II. Survived by sons John of Edmeston, N.Y., Walter Jr. of Troy; sister, Mrs. Reba Condon of Muncy, Ind.; three grandchildren. Body at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Calling hours today 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Owen Barrett, Memorial Park.
Mrs. Mildred Reed Thomas, 86, of Troy, Monday, June 11, 1962. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Emily Chaapel of Canton, Mrs. Myrtle Carl of Elmira, Mrs. Elsie Zurn of Towanda; sons, Joseph, Raymond, both of Troy; George of Elmira, Harry of Towanda; 20 grandchildren. Body at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Calling hours; Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Thursday at 2 p.m. Bradford County Memorial Park.
Wilson N. Smith, 56, of 204 Pine St., Towanda, Saturday, Sept. 1, 1962. He was an optometrist and a member of St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Towanda. Survived by wife, Mrs. Eleanor Smith; sons, Roe and Gerald at home; mother Mrs. Effie Smith of Canton; brother Lee Smith of Troy. Body at Archer Funeral Home, Towanda. Calling hours; today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Requiem Mass at St. Peter and Paul’s Church Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Msgr. Joseph A. Griffin. Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Luthers Mills.
MRS. BARBER DIES; RAN FUNERAL HOME
Mrs. Carlyn Wilson Barber, 53, widow of Robert J. Barber, the proprietor of funeral homes in Breesport and Horseheads from 1932 to 1959, died Thursday morning at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital. Mrs. Barber, of 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, was hospitalized Saturday. The operation of the Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads was taken over by the couple’s son, John R. Barber in 1959. Mr. Barber operated a funeral home in Breesport and later moved the operation to Horseheads. Mrs. Barber was a member of the Horseheads First Presbyterian Church and was a past matron of Southern Light Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
Edwin F. Howard, 59, of 117 W. Second St., Friday Nov. 25, 1960. Survived by daughter Nelda Stevens of Lewiston, Pa.; sisters Miss Ruby Howard of Clifton Springs, N.Y., Mrs. Wallace Cook of Shinglehouse, Pa., Mrs. Thomas O’Donnel of Wellsboro. Body at the Van Buskirk-Lynch Funeral Home, Horseheads. Calling hours; today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Monday 1 p.m., the Rev. John Lewien. Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Carlyn Wilson Barber, 53, of 413 S. Main St., Horseheads, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1962. She was the widow of Robert J. Barber; a member of the Horseheads First Presbyterian Church. Survived by son John R. at home; brothers, Stephen F. Wilson of Redlands, Calif., and George Wilbur Wilson of Snedeckerville, Pa. Body at family home. Calling hours; Saturday 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Monday at 3 p.m., the Rev. William R. Harvey. Woodlawn Cemetery.
Joseph Thomas, 83, of Troy, Friday, Feb. 5, 1960. Survived by wife, Mrs. Mildred Reed Thomas; daughters, Mrs. Emily Chaapel of Canton, Mrs. Myrtle Carl of Elmira and Mrs. Elsie Zurn of Towanda; sons Joseph and Raymond both of Troy, George of Elmira and Henry of Towanda; sisters Mrs. Pearl Philly and Mrs. May Manyan, both of Turtle Creek, Pa., Mrs. Grace Lindley of Washington, Pa.; brothers Oliver and Herbert both of Turtle Creek; 27 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Body at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Funeral there Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Daniel Gelatt. Bradford County Memorial Cemetery.
Edward L. Burleigh, 74, of Horn Brook, Pa., Saturday, April 9, 1960. He was a carpenter. Survived by wife, Mrs. Edith Burleigh; daughters, Mrs. Helen Coe of East Smithfield and Mrs. Lois Thompson living in France; sister Mrs. Paulina Bartlow of New Albany; brothers, George of Ulster, William of Dunmore, Pa.; and John of Coral Gables, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Body at Farr Funeral Home, Ulster. Funeral arrangements incomplete.
OVER 300 ATTEND FUNERAL SERVICE FOR M. S. OLSON
Over 300 attended the funeral service held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church yesterday afternoon for Merrill S. Olson of 103 E. 14th St. Elmira Heights. Since the fatal automobile accident last Tuesday, an estimated 500 persons had passed before the casket at the Ballard Funeral Home to pay final tribute to the war hero and well-liked Elmira Heights resident. Members of the 13th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron who acted as bears were Lts. John Cascio, Donald Wilcox, John Dublin, Durwood Hotter, Alexander Robertson and Francis Gizzi all of Elmira. Although the squadron was to fly in formation over Woodlawn Cemetery during the burial service, the flight was cancelled due to the weather. Members of the Clarence R. Oliver American Legion Post at the Heights conducted a memorial service Tuesday night at which the Legion charter was draped. Honorary bearers represented organizations in which Mr. Olson was prominent as follows: American Legion, Adrian H. Clark, K. Paluch, Francis Watkins and John ??(can’t read); Rotary Club, Harry Sheppard, Joseph Spirawk, Richard Van??(can’t read) and Harold Koenig; Chamber of Commerce, Ray Marks, Howard Griswold, John Hazlett and Richard Personius; from Bath, L. Gabrielli, Joseph Sliney, Dr. Frank Nicklaus and Dr. A. F. ??(can’t read)
James Edward Hart, formerly of Mansfield RD, Thursday, June 22, 1950, at the home of his son, Carl Hart of Olena. Survived by son, Car, with whom he resided recently; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews. The body is at the Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, Mansfield, where friends may call and where funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Floyd Guiles. Schoduck Cemetery near Wellsboro.
WORLD HONOR CENTENNIAL OF LYTE’S REMARKABLE HYMN, ‘ABIDE WITH ME’
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide,
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Brixham, England—Half a mile from here, on a little rise in the ground between the sea and the windswept moor, stands Berry Hill house.
There 100 years ago, almost on the eve of his death, the Rev. Henry Francis Lyte wrote, in less than an hour, a hymn which has lived on in the hearts and lives of men and women throughout the English-speaking world ever since “Abide With Me.”
On Sunday, Nov. 16, churches throughout the world celebrated the centenary of that hymn with special commemorative services. In London, a memorial tablet will be unveiled in Westminister Abbey beneath the memorial to John and Charles Wesley.
Here at Brixham, the Lyte chimes at the parish church where he preached for 23 years played his hymn at a special service. At Nice, where he died shortly after writing the hymn, his grave is being restored. In South Africa, the hymn has been translated into Afrikaans for the occasion. In India, stories of the influence of “Abide with Me: on lives of various individuals have been published in Tamil language.
Organizer and honorary secretary of the Lyte International Commemoration is the Rev. Henry James Garland. For a year now he has been collecting stories about the hymn and the people to whom it has given comfort when most needed.
On La Panne beach, during the evacuation of Dunkirk, a soldier began playing it on an accordion in the midst of an especially bitter air attack. Every man on the beach began singing it.
When the RMS Stella was sinking with 105 victims an unidentified woman climbed to the bridge and sang the song.
The Rev. Mr. Garland says response to his plea for such stories about the helpfulness of the hymn were “overwhelming.”
“One clear fact emerges, he says. “Belief in the ultimate values of Christianity is far deeper and more widespread among the hearts of men than the leaders of the church have dared to hope.”
The Rev. Mr. Lyte took his theme from St. Luke 24:29: “Abide with us; for it is toward evening and the day is far spent.”
The eight verses he wrote filled both sides of a single sheet of paper in the original manuscript. In most hymnals today, only the first, second, fifth, sixth and seventh verses are used. The published versions usually contain two changes in text from the original. In the second line of the first verse, Lyte wrote “The darkness thickens,” not “deepens” as it is generally sung today. In the first line of the seventh verse he wrote, “Hold then thy cross,” not “Hold thou thy cross.”
Music for the hymn was written by Dr. W. H. Monk.
JAMES L. HART
James L. Hart, 72, of Troy, died April 16, 1992 at Troy Community Hospital. He was born October 27, 1919 in Roseville, Pa, son of Harry and Effie Perry Hart. Mr. Hart was a truck driver and a World War II Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, the former Louise Padgett; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Dorothy Hart of Big Pond, James Jr. and Brenda Hart of Troy, William and Loree Hart of Mansfield, Dale and Debby Hary of Mansfield, Richard and Leatha hart of Canton, Robert Hart of Milan; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Arthur Crandle of Mansfield, Mary and George hill of Troy, Darlene and Seth Rumsey of Milan, Sherry and William Rumsey of Savannah, GA; brothers, Barney Hart of Lowman, NY and Clifford Hart of Coopers Plains, NY; a sister Theresa Rought of Horseheads, NY; 44 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Wilson Funeral Home in Mansfield on April 20 with the Rev. George Mauk officiating and burial to be in Evergreen Cemetery, Tioga, Pa.
Name not Given - The mother of Dr. C. H. Couch, Mrs. Richard J. Couch, 82, died in the home of her daughter Mrs. George Kent, Ottawa, Canada, on Friday Feb. 23, 1951. She visited her son here several times and was known to many in Troy. Dr. and Mrs. Couch left for Ottawa Saturday afternoon and returned to Troy Tuesday.
DR. CLARENCE H. COUCH
Dr. Clarence H. Couch, 69, of Vero Beach , Fla, formerly of Troy, died in the Sonest Hospital in Largo, Florida, on Tuesday, Mar. 2. He was an osteopathic physician serving the Troy community from 1926 to 1961. While here he was a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church, Troy Rotary Club, Corey Creek Golf Club and the Troy Rod & Gun Club. He as an ardent sportsman and active in civics affairs. He is survived by his wife, Irene Ott Couch; daughter, Mrs. Claude Jeffries, Norfolk, Va., son Dr. Richard Couch, Largo, Fla.; 7 grandchildren; and three sisters in Ottawa, Canada. Funeral services will be held at the Hulse & Playfair Funeral Home in Ottawa, Canada, on Thursday, Mar. 11. Burial will be at Johnston Corners in Ottawa.
A saddening bit of news is that of the death of Ensign Charles Dobony, who was one of the ushers at the wedding of Miss Marjorie Hope Couch to Ensign Claude Jeffries on Saturday, Sept. 16, 1950. He was a house guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert D. Holcombe, Sr., while here. He was riding a horse on February 11, 1951, when his leg was injured by a wire. Gangrene set in and the limb was amputated. It was too late because he died on Friday, Feb. 16, 1951. He was a brilliant young man, musically inclined and his death is a great blow to a very wide circle of friends.
Dr. John F. Lynch, of 110 Demarest Parkway, Elmira, Thursday October 9, 1969. Friends are invited to call at the McInerny Funeral Home Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayer service there Saturday at 8:30 a.m. followed by Solemn Requiem High Mass at 9 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Burial St. Peter & Paul’s Church Cemetery. Survived by wife, Abigail at home; sons John F. Lynch, Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich., James A. Lynch of Elmira, Joseph P. of Middletown, N.Y., Jerome R. and William T. both of Elmira; three grandchildren. (handwritten along the side of this article “My Dr. when Nathan was born July 16, 1927”)
James A. Lynch, age 32, of 110 Demarest Parkway, Monday March 2, 1970. Friends are invited to call at the McInerny Funeral Home, Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayer service there Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Requiem High Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Survived by mother, Mrs. John F. (Abigail) Lynch at home; brothers, John F. Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich., Dr. Joseph P. of Middletown, N.Y., Jerome R. and William T. both of Elmira. He was the son of the late Dr. John F. Lynch and a communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
WINTERMUTE SUFFERS SEVERE INJURY IN KOREA
Now in Pusan Hospital
The Leland Soper family, who recently suffered the loss of a son in the Korean fighting, have been notified that son-in-law, Corp John Wintermute, has been seriously wounded and is now in the hospital at Pusan. Shrapnel cost him the sight of one eye and he may lose the sight of the other. He is the husband of the former Polly Soper. The Soper family have the sympathy of the entire Troy community.
James B. Leonard, aged 90, Gillett, died at the Robert Packer
Hospital Thursday, Nov. 23, 1950.
He is survived by three daughter, Mrs. Blanche Teeter, Milan, N.Y., Mrs. Sarah Ellen Adams, McGraw, Mrs. Grace Vanderpool, Willseyville, N.Y.; five sons, Judd, Dewey and Joseph Leonard, Wellsburg, King and Odell Leonard, Gillett; 33 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held from the home of his son King Leonard, Gillett, on Monday at 1:30 p.m., and in the Big Pond Church at 2 p.m., Rev. Edward Howe and Rev. Owen Barrett, with burial in the East Smithfield Cemetery.
Walter LeRoy Campbell—Services were held Saturday at Canton for Walter LeRoy Campbell, 72, of Morris, RD 1, a native of Ralston, who died Wednesday, April 12, 1967 in Blossburg Hospital. He retired from the former Mosser Leather plant here in 1960. He was a member of the Wheel Inn Outdoor Life Club and Red Run Rod and Gun Club. Surviving are his wife, the former Estella May Roupp; a son Tracy LeRoy of Cogan Station RD 2; a daughter Mrs. Ina May Route of Williamsport; four brothers, Edward Lyall; Charles A. and Lloyd M. all of Ralston and Elwood V. of Roaring Branch.
Bastion—Services were held Tuesday at Canton for Mrs. Lillian G. Bastion, 63 of Ralston, who died Sunday April 16, 1967, in Williamsport Hospital. She was a former employee of Williamsport Die and Machine Company. Surviving are a son Edward Eugene Woodward of Ralston; a daughter, Mrs. Juanita Anderson of Ralston; four brothers Edward Lyall; Lloyd M. and Charles A. Campbell all of Ralston and Edward V. Campbell of Roaring Branch; three sisters Mrs. Violet Millspaugh and Mrs. Blanche Woodward both of Ralston and Mrs. Mildred Thompson in Germany, formerly of Ralston; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in Grover Cemetery.
Robert E. Bastion, age 66, of 10 Brann St., Canton, Pa., formerly of Ralston, Pa., early Thursday, October 31, 1968 at the Blossburg State Hospital after an extended illness. Friends may call at the Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Ralph R. Knight, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, Grover Cemetery. Survived by son Robert, with whom he resided; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; mother, Mrs. Cora E. Bastion of Columbia Cross Roads; sister, Mrs. Thorton L. Woodward of Warren, Mich; half sister, Mrs. Roy Burleigh of Roseville, Pa.; two brothers Charles K. and Arthur S. both of Ralston, Pa.; step-son Eugene Woodward and step daughter Juanita Anderson both of Ralston, Pa.; several nieces and nephews. He was born in Ralston, Pa., Feb. 28, 1902 the son of Robert E. and Cora Benson Bastion; retired coal miner and a veteran of the U. S. Army World War II; member of the Red Run Rod & Gun Club.
TROY PHYSICIAN DIES IN FLA.
Troy—Dr. Clarence H. Couch, a practicing physician in Troy for 37 years before his retirement in 1961, died Tuesday morning at Largo, Fla., Hospital. He was 69. Dr. Couch was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago following a stroke. A native of Canada, Dr. Couch became associated with Dr. Harold Sten of Canton in the early 1920’s. In 1924, he opened his Troy offices located in the Oliver Block on Main St. From November 1923, when he became the first osteopath to deliver a baby in Bradford County, to his retirement he attended the arrival of more than 3,000 infants. In the last few years of his practice he attended over 20 second generation deliveries. He graduated in 1915 from the Ottawa Collegiate Institute, a high school, and the Chicago Osteopathic College in 1921. Dr. Couch moved to Largo, Fla., following his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Irene Ott Couch and a son in Largo and a daughter in Norfolk, Va. Funeral services will be held Thursday in Ontario, Canada.
Mrs. Bertha Hope Couch, 60, of Troy, Monday, Oct. 5, 1959. She was a member of Troy Presbyterian Church. Survived by husband, Dr. Clarence Couch; daughter Mrs. Claude Jeffries of Arlington, Va; son Dr. Richard Couch of Largo, Fla.; sisters, the Misses Janet, Mary and Christina Hope of Ottawa, Ont., Canada; brothers Alex, Donald and Murray Hope of Ottawa; five grandchildren. Body at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Funeral there today at 11 a.m., the Rev. Ralph Reed. Further service at Hulst & Playfair Funeral Home, Ottawa, Thursday at 2 p.m. Johnston Corners (Ont) Cemetery.
Mrs. Lulu Brown, age 81 of Troy, Pa., at her home, Tuesday, September 28, 1971. Body is at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. No calling hours. Private service will be held there Thursday 2 p.m., Rev. Jack Wise. Union Cemetery, Liberty, Pa. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Troy Hospital Auxiliary. Survived by her husband, Albert; daughter Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Aquals of San Diego, Calif; sons Cecil R. Brown of Tunkhannock, Pa., Dr. Lawrence W. Brown and Lyell K. Brown of Troy, Pa.; sister Ruth of Williamsport, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Member of First Presbyterian Church of Troy; Troy Chapter of the DAR; Troy BPW.
Marjorie Smith Bauman, aged 32, Granville Summit, died in the
Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, February 5, 1950.
She is survived by her husband, Herbert; one daughter, Kathleen, at home; infant son; father, Hubert Smith and one sister Miss Merle Smith both of Minnequa; two brothers Malcolm, Smith, Minnequa and Roger Smith, Clay, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.
The body is at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton where funeral services were held Wednesday, February 8, at 2 p.m. Rev. R. B. Stewart officiated, and burial was in the Grover Cemetery.
Mrs. Leah Rachel Kent, 39, of Troy, Pa., Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, 1950. Survived by husband, Walter Kent; sons, Walter Kent, Jr., at home, Murray Kent with the U. S. Army in Korea; stepdaughter, Mrs. Wilma Crosby of Coudersport; step-sons Merle Woodard of Troy, James Woodard of Sylvania, Pa.; sister Mrs. Blanche Spencer of Silver Springs, Md; half-sisters Mrs. Edith DuMomb of Ebensburg, Pa., Mrs. Mae Murphy of Cresson, Pa.; half-brother, George Mason of Baltimore, Md. The body is at the Soper & Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, where funeral will be held Friday, 2 p.m. The Rev. Herbert Punchard. Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills, Pa.
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