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W. H. GARRISON, EIGHTY-FOUR
A very pleasant surprise was given W. H. Garrison on Wednesday, May 11, in honor of his 84th birthday. Mr. Garrison was spending a quiet evening at his home in Job’s Corners when hosts of relatives came to help him celebrate his birthday. Mr. Garrison is one of the oldest inhabitants of Jobs Corners and is one of the last of the Civil War veterans in that vicinity. He is in the best of health and takes an active part in the working of his farm. A bountiful supper was served to the following relatives: Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Garrison, Alta Garrison, Mrs. Louise Ripley, Mrs. Elnora Garrison, Ansel Garrison, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Garrison and family, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Hamilton and family, Mr. and Mrs. Will Seager and family of Jobs Corners; Mrs. Ada L. Garrison, Yolande M. Garrison, Gladys Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Garrison and son Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Garrison and son Benny, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Husted and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ticknor and family of Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. Shirley Garrison and family of Elmira, N.Y. After supper many pleasant relations were re-established, songs were sung and old times recalled. Departures were made and the heartiest of congratulations were extended to Mr. Garrison and wishes expressed that he might enjoy many more such birthdays. (handwritten on article 1927)
Lawrence Townshhip - Lawrenceville Borough
Wellsboro Agitator – January 12, 1921
—Mrs. Jennie DeLong Swimelar, of Lawrenceville, died Jan. 3, at 7:20 a. m., at the home of Mr. and Mrs.Freeman Warren, in Elmira, after an extended illness, aged 36 years. She is survived by her husband, Charles D. Swimelar, of Lawrenceville; five children, Thomas, Blair, Ruth, Carl and Lois; her parents, Mr. and Mrs.Thomas DeLong, of Winterburn, Pa.
Richmond Township & Mansfield Borough
HARVEY J. VAN NORMAN TAUGHT IN THE NORMAL FOR THIRTY-SIX YEARS
Prof. Harvey J. Van Norman, of Mansfield, a well-known educator throughout Pennsylvania has been seriously ill for the past two months. We are pleased to state, however, that his condition seems to be improving at this writing, and his many friends will be pleased at the report. Prof. Van Norman was the oldest teacher, in point of service, the Normal ever had, having taught, consecutively, thirty-six years. He came here in 1886, and taught steadily until 1922, when he retired. During this time he also did field work during the summer vacations. Prof. Van Norman was born in Jasper, N.Y., Aug. 6, 1852, which he continued to call his home for 22 years. He was educated in Jasper, Woodhull and Canisteo, N.Y., and went to Cornell University, where he took a four-year course, graduating in 1878. He taught, prior to his coming to Mansfield, at Almond, Rushford, and Woodhull, N.Y. and Lawrenceville, Pa. He also taught four years in rural schools, prior to his going to college. During his engagement at the Normal he taught English, mathematics, pedagogy and French. In July, 1884, Prof. Van Norman was married to Miss Cora Losey, daughter of Hon. George T. Losey, then a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature, and Mrs. Losey. The writer was a guest at this wedding, and remembers it as a very pleasant social affair. To this union was born one son, Karl F. Van Norman, at present the hustling manager of the Star Theater in Mansfield. Prof. Van Norman is a member of the Methodist Church, the Odd Fellows, and the Masons. He has been Secretary of the Masons’ organization here in Mansfield for the past twenty-one years. Since his retirement from teaching he has held the position of Librarian at the Carnegie Library, corner Main and West Elmira Streets. Prof. Van Norman is a thoroughly self-made man and a gentleman. He has always been an upright, hones, ambitious and industrious gentleman. (handwritten on article June 15, 1927)
Married 60 years
Wellsboro Agitator, 29 July 1942, p.9
Mr. & Mrs. Frank A. Loveless, formerly of Rutland, now living in South Dakota, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 6. They are both 79 years old and have five living children, 25 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Five other children are deceased. Frank A. and Laura A. Hildreth Loveless were married July 6, 1882, at Austinville, PA. They went to Potter County, South Dakota, in 1886, where they were among the pioneers of that region. Mrs. Loveless was postmistress at Buckley, S.D., for several years. In 1892 they moved to Gettysburg, S.D., where he was associated with the O.E. Mesick Elevator Co., and from 1908 to 1912 he served as Register of Deeds of Potter County, S.D., and carried three mail routed from Gettysburg to Howen, Eals and Potter, S.D. In 1913, the family moved to Ree Heights, where Mr. Loveless was associated for ten years with the Atlas Elevator Co. From 1923 to 1930 they operated a café at Highmore and from 1930 to 1940 resided at Miller, S.D. In 1940 they moved to Rapid City. Mr. Loveless was born Aug. 16, 1862, at Tioga, PA, and Mrs. Loveless was born in Rutland, Aug. 18, 1862, two days after her husband was born.
JOHNS, Wilbur W. (SRGP 13729)
Age 76 of RD 2, Mansfield, Pa. Thursday, May 12, 1983 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, Pa. after an extended Illness. Friends may call at the Kuhl Funeral Home, Mansfield, Pa. Friday evening 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service there Saturday at 1 p.m. Rev. James Dawes of the First United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Pa. his pastor officiating. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Salvation Army. Survived by wife, Margaret Stull Johns; 2 daughters, Louise A. Johns of Pottstown, Pa. and Linda Johns Heater of Bremerton, Wash.; son, Ralph C. Johns of Mansfield, Pa, and stepson, Thomas N. Moran of East Aurora, N.Y.; 4 grandchildren; 1 brother, Winthrop of North Palm Beach, Fla.; 1 sister, Mrs. Colie (Eleanor) Rush of Mansfield, Pa.; 1 sister in law, Mrs. Ann Johns of St. Petersburg, Fla. He was a retired Sr. Vice President and Director of First Citizens National Bank of Mansfield, Pa. He was a retired poultry farmer, Member and Past Master of Friendship Lodge No. 247 F&AM of Mansfield, Pa. Member of Williamsport Consistory, member of Royal Arch Chapter No. 296 Zebulun, member of First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, Pa. where we was active usher for over 30 years, chairman for many years of Salvation Army (Williamsport Chapter).
A very enjoyable day was spent at the Lawrence Corners Community House to help Mrs. Lavinnie Lawrence celebrate her 78 birthday. At two o’clock about 60 sat down to a bountiful chicken dinner. At 5:00 o’clock they sang "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" and then departed for home, wishing Mrs. Lawrence many more happy birthdays. Those present were M. V. Benson, of Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lucky and Mrs. Muriel Smith, Troy; Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Niles, Miss Ina Cooke, Miss Arlene McClure, Lawrence Corners; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Soper and daughter, Rutland; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Lawrence, Wellsboro; Mr. and Mrs. George Baker, Covington; Mrs. Margaret Richards, Covington; Mr. and Mrs. George Osborne and family, Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cooke and family, Lawrence Corners; Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Lawrence and Mrs. Stonbraker, Mansfield; Carl Brown, Lawrence Corners; Mr. and Mrs. George Bull and Harry Truman, Mansfield; Mrs. Maude Lawrence and Mrs. Gordon Spencer and daughter of Elmira; Mrs. Loren Updyke, Mrs. Leola Crum and daughter, Rutland; Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Fullwood and daughter, of Scranton; Mrs. Mary Benson and daughter, Elmira; Mrs. Arthur Townsend, Mansfield; Mrs. Anna Pratt, Charles Purdy, Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rose, Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Matteson and family and the honor guest, Mrs. Lavinnia Lawrence, of Mansfield.
LOUISA J. WILDE
Mrs. Louisa J. Wilde died December 18, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leon Reynolds, in Roseville. She is survived by three daughters and three sons, namely; Mrs. Sadie Keene of Rochester, N.Y.; Mrs. Leon Reynolds, of Roseville; Mrs. Grove Mentor of Mansfield; Will Wilde of Canandaigua, N.Y.; Clarence Wilde of Geneva, N.Y.; Charles Wilde, of near Halls, N.Y. and fourteen grandchildren, also two sisters and one brother. Funeral services were held at the home of her son Charles Wilde, at 1:30 Thursday; interment in Shuman Cemetery.She leaves a host of friends and relatives who sincerely mourn her death as she was dearly beloved by all who knew her.
Fall Brook Old Home Day
Wellsboro Agitator, 4 Aug. 1948, p.1
Fall Brook old home day was enjoyed by about 500 former residents Sunday. Fall Brook, which once had 2,500 population, now has only six families. James R. Cook, 74, has spent his life there. The oldest person present at the reunion was John R. Wilson, aged 91, of Arnot. James N. Muir, of Quincy, Mass., president of the association was in charge of the day’s activities. He resigned and Henning Johnson was elected to the position. Other officers are: J.R. Nicol of Buffalo; T.B. Kelce of Mainesburg; Hugh McEwen and Robert Reed of Blossburg. The town had its beginning in 1859 when Duncan S. McGee with a band of engineers discovered large deposits of coal in the area. In that same year he founded the Fallbrook Coal Company.
Homer Johnson died on May 23, 1972 in a Nursing Home in Pinellas Park in Florida following a lengthy illness. He was born on June 29, 1894, the son of William and Helen Knight Johnson of Wellsboro, RD. Following graduation from the Wellsboro High School, class of 1915, he graduated from Meeker Business School in Elmira. During World War I he served in the United States Army in Company L, New York State National Guard, 27th Division. He served in France and Belgium until he was wounded and spent the remainder of the time in a hospital in England. After returning to the United States, he served as a clerk in the New York Central Office. He then secured a position as a Railway Mail Clerk and resided in Hornell, N.Y. He retained this position until his retirement a number of years ago when he went to live in Florida. Besides a wife and a daughter, he is survived by a brother, Allen Johnson of Wellsboro.
Wellsboro Agitator – January 12, 1921
—Charles Beach, son of Frank L. and Ambrosia Beach, of Westfield, died at his home in Racine, Wisconsin, Dec. 22, of influenza. Mr. Beach was born Sept. 7, 1877, in Westfield, and spent his boyhood there. He struck out for himself and soon had a position with a Racine boat building company, where he enjoyed a nice position. He had been with this concern practically ever since leaving Westfield save for a few years when he was employed by the Knox Automobile Co., says the Free Press. He held a responsible position as manager of the Racine Mfg. Co. at the time of his death. Mr. Beach was alderman of the 8th ward of Racine and was highly respected. He is survived by his widow and an adopted son.