This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site. All people on this page graduated from Mansfield Normal School.Many other MSNS graduates are on the Local Cemetery obit pages.
REYNOLDS - AGAR Ruth R.
of Ulysses, PA, 97, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Born February 19, 1911 in Spring Mills, NY, she was the daughter of William and Rose Kellner Reynolds. She was married to Robert L. Ordway, who predeceased her in 1954. On February 9, 1962, in Ulysses, she married H. Gordon Agar, who predeceased her in 1994. A 1927 graduate of Lewisville Vocational School in Ulysses and a 1930 graduate of Mansfield Normal School, she taught in the country school at Cryder Creek from 1930-33 and the Ulysses Elementary School for 27 years, retiring in 1973. She was a member of the Ulysses United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star #95 in Ulysses, and the North Bingham Grange. Surviving are: nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and former students. She was predeceased by a son, Horace R. "Hod" Ordway; and two brothers, Reid Reynolds and Thomas Reynolds. Friends may call Thursday, July 31st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 1st in the Ulysses United Methodist Church. The Rev. Deborah Watkins will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ulysses United Methodist Church or the Ulysses Library, Ulysses, PA 16948. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/30/2008
Alfred James RICHARDS was born Aug. 1,1864 in Welch Settlement, Tioga County, Pennsylvania the son of the late William and Jane Richards. He died Thursday, April 18, 1946 at his home in Covington. He was one of family of 13 children. Mr. Richards was graduated from the Mansfield State Normal School and taught the Maple Hill school for 1 term. He then went to work for the late F.M. Patchen in Covington. In 1892 he married Miss Cora Le Valley, and to them was born one daughter. Mr. Richards Purchased a General Store and CherryFlats in 1896, and remained there until 1907 when he and his brother, Charles Richards, purchased the F. M. Patchen store in Covington. In 1910 his wife died and in 1915 he married Mrs. Cora Klock Lawrence. Mr. Richards retired from business in 1942. He was an elder in the Covington Church of Christ (Disciple) and served on the Board of Trustees until a time of his death. He was also A Member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, and Covington. Surviving are his wife, Cora K. Richards, and daughter, Mrs. Addah R. Kiley, four grandchildren also survive: Richard Kiley, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Lloyd G. Flint, Jr., Lynch for, Virginia; Mrs. Donald Booth, Covington, Pennsylvania, And Pvt. William Kelly, Jr., Camp Polk, La., Two great grandchildren also survive. Three sisters, Miss Catherine Richards and Mrs. J. A. Weller of Blossburg; Mrs. D. M. Frazier, Washington. Also several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services were held from the late home in Covington Saturday afternoon at 3:30. The Rev. Clifton E. Dawson ,pastor of the Church of Christ officiated. The floral tributes were many and beautiful to the, atesting to the high esteem in which Mr. Richards was held in the community where he is spent most of his life. Those who attended the funeral of Mr. Richards were; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Flint, Lynchburg, Virginia, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Booth, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Weller, Miss Catherine Richards, Mrs. Phillip Norman, Mrs. Roger Warren, Dr. Will George Butler, Mrs. Nellie Macintosh, Mrs. Libby Williams, Blossburg; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ely, Mrs. Stuart Johnson, Mrs. Charles Johnson, Frank Marvin, Mrs. Leonard Jenkins, Miss Belle Palmer, Mrs. Julia McMurty, Mansfield; Mrs. May Goodall, Harrisburg, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Youmans,, Kenneth Youmans, Harry Youmans, Mrs. W.J. Ridge, Mrs. Orlando Carson, Mrs. Roy Ford, James Blair,, Wellsboro; Mr. and Mrs. Willard Nickerson, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Fick, Elmira, Clifford Jenkins, Elkland; Mrs. Iva Emberger.
ROBBINS, GEORGE E.(SRGP 6764)
George E. Robbins, son of the late Dexter and Mary Robbins, was born January 7, 1856, and died January 4, 1923. The direct cause of his death was a fall on the ice, February 3, of last year and other diseases developed, and in spite of all medical care he grew gradually worse, when heart failure came at last, swift and sure. He was the last of his family, his brothers and sisters having all passed on before, and lived and died on the farm, where he was born and on which his grandfather, coming from Massachusetts, settled over a hundred years ago. Surrounded by the paternal acres and the many improvements and buildings, which he had made to his inheritance which he loved and held as a trust to be passed on. He attended school near home, known as the “Robbins Hill School”, later attending the Mansfield Normal and fitting himself for a teacher. He taught school for several years in the district schools of Sullivan township and many still remember him as a teacher, conscientious and fair to all. He was married to Charlotte J. Hulslander, of Sullivan, June 25, 1879, to which union was born one child, Mabel Robbins, now Mrs. John Jaquish, of Tunkhannock, Pa., who live to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and a unselfish father. He was a successful farmer, a man of much political influence, having held many township offices, all with efficiency and honesty. He was town clerk and secretary for many years. He was a good man, and his word could always be depended upon. Mr. Robbins was a member of Sullivan Grange, the Masonic Lodge and was to be taken into the P.O.S. of A. As an honorary member at the time of his fall. He was closely affiliated with the social life of his community, and will be best remembered by his gift of song. George had a marvelous voice of wide compass, clear, full and melodious. Technique and training had achieved its highest results for he sang naturally with expression and as plain to understand as a spoken word, his voice blending perfectly with that of his wife, who was herself an accomplished musician, made a rare combination of musical ability, no less marvelous than the melody of his voice was their willingness to give their time and strength for two score of years for the benefit of the people of their community. Even within a few months of his death, the last time he ever sang in public being at the church funeral of Mr. Ed Maine, his clear message of melody accompanied by his wife made many a heart mourning the loss of loved ones less desolate, and made our secular gatherings more joyful and more worthwhile, giving new hope and love to all. The funeral was largely attended from his late home, Sunday, January 7, the anniversary of his birth. Rev. Hall, of the M.E. Church, officiating assisted by Rev. James, a close friend for more than thirty years. The Masonic Quartet, of Elmira, sang sympathetically three beautiful songs. The Masonic ritual was used at the grave. Burial in Mainesburg Cemetery. The pall bearers were: T.H. Chamberlain, T.F. Hotchkiss, W.W. Allen, L.M. Palmer, W.J. Squires, and J.N. Strange.
ROY W. ROSE
Roy W. Rose, 70 years of age, a former resident of Mansfield, Pa., died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday morning Sept. 15, 1956 at his ranch home near Pueblo, Colo. He was the son of the late Mr. R. Watson and Mehitable Miller Rose. A prominent business man in Mansfield many years, he was the senior partner in the R.W. and M.F. Rose Co. Store. Roy graduated from the Mansfield State Normal School in 1904. A year later the family moved to the Rose Cattle Ranch near Pueblo, Colo., where Roy became a typical cowboy. His skill in riding, roping and branding made him a participant in public rodeos. After the ranch was sold Roy and his wife moved to Glendale, California where he engaged in the merchandising field. About four years ago they returned to Colo., purchased and lived again on a ranch near his brother Russell. He is survived by his wife Margarite; brothers, Charles M., a prominent lawyer in Denver, Col., and Russell B., Pueblo, Col.; several nieces, one nephew, and many relatives and friends in this vicinity as well as in Colorado. The funeral and burial arrangements are not known here at this time.
SHAW - SCOTT, Alice Regina (Shaw) [SRGP 20501]
Alice Regina (Shaw) Scott, 89, of Troy, PA, died on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at her home surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of the late Robert Hayes Scott, who died on July 30, 1965. The couple married February 3, 1938 and had 27 happy years together. Family and friends are welcome to gather from 4:00-5:00 PM on Friday, September 18, 2009 at the Gerald W. Vickery Funeral Home, Inc. 100 West Main Street Troy, PA. The memorial service to honor Alice’s life will be held at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 18th with Deacon William Graham officiating. Alice was born on February 2, 1920 in Mansfield, PA, daughter of the late Earl W. and Daisy (Brace) Shaw. She was a Mansfield High School graduate and attended Mansfield University. She retired from Miniers Grocery Store where she was a checkout clerk. Alice was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church in Troy, PA. She enjoyed card playing, traveling, doing crossword puzzles, was an avid vegetable gardener, enjoyed flowers, and the color purple. Alice enjoyed many good times with her family and friends. Alice is survived by her children: Marcia A. Roca of Monroe, NC and her former husband Hector Roca, Jeanne Duart of Troy, PA, Adrianne VanNoy of Troy, PA, Roseanne (Donald) Brady of Charleston, WV, Gail (Darrell) Justice of Hamilton, VA, Barbara Morris of Troy, PA, and Robert Paul (Cynthia) Scott of Mesquite, TX, 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, her brothers: Robert Shaw of Mansfield, PA, Richard (Pauli) Shaw of Dallas, TX, Earl (Margaret) Shaw of Damascus, MD, Byron (Barbara) Shaw of Painted Post, NY, Harold (Elaine) Shaw of Mansfield, PA, and Gayle (Barbara) Shaw of Horseheads, NY, her sister Marilyn Lee of Bolivar, NY, numerous nieces and nephews, special daughter Barbara Scott, and special card playing friend Alice Schucker. Alice is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, 3 grandchildren, brothers: Daryl and Leland Shaw, and sisters: Leree Coates, Roberta Vaughan, and Virginia Erway. Memorial contributions may be made in Alice’s memory to the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17041.
SHAW, Anna - MRS. JESSE LANE
Mansfield, Jan. 31—Word has been received her of the death of Mrs. Jesse Lane at Waterville, N.Y., Tuesday morning. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at Junction City. Mrs. Lane before her marriage was Miss Anna Shaw and was born and lived in Mansfield for a number of years. She was graduated from the State Normal School, class of 1891. She is survived by one son, Lionel Lane of Johnson City, and three sisters, Mrs. Edith Shaw Jones of Wilkes-Barre, Mrs. Mary Eschelman and Mrs. Silas Bennet of Johnson City. (handwritten on article 1930)
FORMER MANSFIELD WOMAN DIES IN WATERVILLE, N.Y.
Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Jesse Lane, which occurred at Waterville, N.Y., Tuesday morning. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at Johnson City. Mrs. Lane was formerly Miss Anna Shaw, and was born in Mansfield and lived here for a number of years. She graduated from the State Normal School in the class of 1891. She is survived by one son, Lionel Lane, of Johnson City and three sisters, Mrs. Edith Shaw Jones of Wilkes-Barre; Mrs. Mary Eschelman, and Mrs. Silas Bennett, of Johnson City. (handwritten on article Jan. 28, 1930)
SMITH, HARRY H.(SRGP 3173)
Harry H. Smith died at his home at Elk Run January 25, after an illness of about four week’s duration. He was born at Elk Run February 21, 1893, the son of Will and Annioette Smith, and had lived his entire life in this vicinity. He was a graduate of the State Normal School, and had taught several successful years of school. This was his third year at Gray Valley, where he taught until the day before Christmas. Mr. Smith is survived by one son Gordon and his father, W. H. Smith. Funeral services were held from his late home Tuesday, January 18, at 1 o’clock, the Rev. C. G. McConnell of Elmira, a life-long friend of the deceased officiating, interment in the Gray Valley Cemetery. The large crowd that filled the home showed esteem in which Mr. Smith was held. (Handwritten date 1930)
SMITH, DOCTOR A. B. (SRGP 608)
DIES IN PITTSBURG – WAS ONE OF FAMILY OF PHYSICIANS COMING FROM SULLIVAN TOWNSHIP.
Dr. A. B. Smith, of Wilkinsburg Station, Pittsburg, died at his home in that city of pneumonia, as well be noted in the following notice taken from the Wilkinsburg paper:
“Dr. A.B. Smith, one of the oldest and best known physicians in Wilkinsburg, having lived and practiced here for the past thirty-five years, died at 5 a.m. Thursday morning, after a short attack of pneumonia. He had been in good health previously and attended to his practice up to within a few days of his fatal illness. Dr. Smith was born in Tioga county, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of the Mansfield, Pa., State Normal School and of the Homeopathic College, Cleveland, Ohio. He came from a family of doctors; one brotherand two sisters having been members of the profession. He was amember of the Masonic Order, being affiliated with the Wilkinsburg lodges. Dr. Smith was married about 12 years ago to Miss Josephine Wilkins, of Wilkinsburg, by whom he is survived, as well as by three brothers, Dr. J. M. Smith of Shippensburg, Pa; M. S. Smith of Harrisburg, Pa., and Clarence A. Smith, of Elmira, N.Y., also by a number of nieces and nephews, one of whom is Dr. L. M. Smith, of Swissvale, Pa. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the family residence. Interment will be private. Dr. Smith was one of several children in the same family to become physicians. He was the son of Northrup Smith and was born and raised in Sullivan township. The Smith Sanitarium in Sullivan was conducted by Dr. Mary Smith, a sister of Dr. Augustus B. Smith. Dr. Smith was well known in this vicinity where he frequently visited. He graduated from Mansfield Normal in 1882.”
Carl W. SMITH, age 80, of Sherman St., Galeton, PA Saturday, February 3, 1973, in Gainesville, FL. The body is at Williams and Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville. Prayer service there Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Funeral and burial at a later date in Galeton. Arrangements by Collins Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Florence Kingsley Smith; one daughter, Miss Louise Smith of Galeton; one son, Winbert Smith of Galeton; three grandchildren. He was the retired manager and owner of Smith of Galeton Gloves. He was a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College in 1911, former teacher in the Tioga County School System, a member of the Galeton First Presbyterian Church of which he was an elder, a member of the Galeton Masonic Lodge, the Coudersport Consistory, a member of the Gaines Oddfellows Lodge, a member of the Galeton Fire Dept., past president of the Galeton Rotary Club, former director and secretary of the Galeton School Board and a former director of the First National Bank.
Carl W. SMITH, age 81, of Sherman St., Galeton, PA, Saturday, February 3, 1973. Friends may call at the Collins Funeral Home, Galeton, Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and Committal service Wednesday 1:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Donald Austin. Burial West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Survived by one daughter, Miss Louise Smith of Galeton and one son, Winbert Smith of Galeton; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Elk Run Cemetery
SMITH - Death of Roy B. Smith - To John J. and Elvira Smith, pioneers on Elk Run, Gaines township, were born nine children, seven sons and two daughters. It has for several years been a subject of remark by those familiar with the facts that so large a family circle remained unbroken for so many years, the youngest now being in his fortieth year. The death of Roy b. Smith on March 5 (1919) marked the first break in this large family. Roy B. Smith was born November 4, 1866 at Marshlands, Gaines Township, was educated in the common schools and at the Mansfield Normal School. He taught school one term, was employed as traveling salesman for some time. During the past fifteen or more years he had carried on quite extensive lumbering operations for the Goodyear Company in Potter county. He was twice married. On May 31, 1890, he married, at Dresden, Yates county, NY, Miss Edith Brewster. To this union were born two sons, 2nd Lieut. Paul R. Smith, a former Wellsboro High School teacher, at present retained by the government in the chemical department at Washington, D. C. and Harold who was recently discharged from Camp Meade and permitted to be with his father a few days before his death. His first wife died Jan. 19, 1908. On June 23, 1910, he married Miss Adda McClain, of New Brighton, Pa. a woman of rare ability as a teacher and singer, who has endeared herself to all the family as well as to the whole community. To this union were born two children, who survive, Dale, ages seven, and Jean, in her fifth year. These, with six brothers and two sisters, are left to mourn the untimely death of this husband, father and brother. Long will the remembrance of his smiling countenance and kindly words be held sacred by all who came in contact with him. Mr. Smith was a great reader and was a careful student of current events, with whom it was a pleasure to converse. Strong in argument yet always considerate of the opinion of those with whom he might not agree. He was for many years a member of the Baptist church of Marshlands and for several years was teacher of a Men’s class in Sunday School. The funeral was held at the home, The remains were taken to their last resting-place by the sons, Paul and Harold, and four brothers, Dewitt, Eugene, Charles and Dayton. The service was conducted by a former pastor, Rev. J. Irving Reese of Northumberland, Pa; interment in the Elk Run Cemetery.
“The circle is broken - one seat is forsaken -
One bud from the tree of our friendship is shaken,
One heart from among us no longer shall thrill
With joy in our gladness, or grief in our ill.”
SNOVER - MRS. STELLA PRATT [SRGP 83125]
Mansfield—The funeral of Mrs. Stella Pratt was held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the home of her brother Emmett Snover, and at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church. The Rev. Douglas W. Baylis officiated. The daughter of Guy and Fanny Davenport Snover, she was born in Richmond Township 63 years ago. In 1891 she married Fred Pratt of Richmond, where she resided until 1913, when the family moved to Mansfield. She graduated from Mansfield Normal in 1889.Mrs. Pratt is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Butt Dewey; two grandchildren and one brother, Emmett Snover all of Mansfield. (handwritten on article Apr. 14, 1934)
Lynn Gitchell Soper [SRGP 16931] of Coudersport died Sept 15, 1946, he was born in North Covington, Sept 3, 1882, the son of Rose Rumsey Soper and Nathaniel Soper. On June 22, 1912, he married Miss Florence Darby at Harrisburg. They resided in Shinglehouse until 1917, from there going to Elmira where they had lived for about a year, moving from there to Coudersport where they had since made their home. Prof. Soper attended the Mansfield Normal taking the required three year course which he finished in two years. He took graduate work for one year at Bucknell University and at Grove City College for four summer sessions. Mr. Soper taught his first year of school near Mainesburg, then he taught two years at Nauvoo and two years at Morris. For two years Prof. Soper was principal Charleston Consolidated School, he being the first principal of a Consolidated School in Northern Pennsylvania. Mr. Soper was elected President of the Shinglehouse High School in 1911 and held that position until 1917. It was his distinction to be principal of the first graduating class of the new brick building in June 1912. It was Prof. Soper and some boys who planted the maple trees near the new building. changing his principalship from Shinglehouse High School to Coudersport in 1917, Prof. Soper acted in that capacity when he retired from the teaching profession. From 1923 to 1940 he was a text book salesman for the American Book Company, he retired in 1940. Lynn Soper and John Gault were responsible for the organization of the Coudersport Golf Club and only through their untiring efforts was the club started. Mr. Soper was greenskeeper for ten years and president of the Club in 1943. He was a member of the Shadon Lodge No. 598 at Shinglehouse, Coudersport Consistory and the Methodist Church. For more than 12 years he was school director in Coudersport and served as secretary. Surviving besides his widow are two daughters, Phyllis Jane Soper and Mrs Patricia Florence Grine of Slippery Rock, Pa; three brothers Rev. Merritt Soper of Welaka, Florida, Archie Soper and Nathaniel Soper of Wellsburg, Ny; and a half brother George Bardwell of Snedekerville. The Wellboro Agitator Sept 25, 1946. RKW
Rexford SOPER businessman at Troy, dies (1946) Rexford R. Soper, 67, of Sylvania for nearly 50 years identified with the business life of this community died Monday at a Sayre hospital after an extended illness. He entered the hospital March 13. Born in Soper town, Rutland Township, Tioga County, Mr. Soper graduated from Mansfield State Normal. He entered business with William G. Mosher and his father-in-law, the late Charles Waldo, and operated a general store and produce business. For 15 years the three were connected with the late George Powers in the undertaking business in Athens. For many years the Soper undertaking business has been located in Troy. Mr. Soper was a trustee of the Sylvania Presbyterian Church, a member of Troy Masonic Lodge, I. O. O. F., Sylvania Lodge and the Lycoming Hunting And Fishing Club. He Was Vice President of the First National Bank of Troy for 17 Years and a director for 16 years. He was director of the Martha Lloyd School, a trustee of, Mansfield State Teachers College, past President and Charter Member of the Troy Rotary Club and past President of the Corey Creek Golf Club of Mansfield. [Sylvania Cemetery]
Rexford R. Soper, 67, of Sylvania, P. A.. Monday, June 24, 1946. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Powell of Little Falls, New Jersey; two grandchildren, sister, Mrs. Ethel Hinds of Salem, Ohio; nephew, Rexford H. Soper of Troy, Pennsylvania; nieces, Mrs. Clarence Wolf of Canton Ohio, Mrs. Thomas Crothers, of Salem, Ohio. Funeral Thursday, 2 p.m. Rev. Orey Crippen, assisted by Rev. Samuel Regester period Masonic service Sylvania Cemetery.
SPENCER, Almira - MRS. JAMES SLOCUM
Almira Spencer Slocum, 85, of RD 1, Millerton, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1984 at home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Slocum, Oct. 11, 1983.She was a school teacher in Wells Township, Bradford County, and in Millerton. She graduated from Mansfield Normal School, the forerunner of Mansfield University, in 1918. She was very active in community affairs and was a ember of the Millerton United Methodist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Marion S. Bennett, RD 1, Millerton and Mrs. James (Betty) Cook of Stillwater, Me.; three sons, Wallace Slocum of Elmira, N.Y., Eugene Slocum of Troy and Wilber Slocum of Allentown, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. There will be no visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Max. W. Furman officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will provide flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Millerton United Methodist Church.
STANTON - [Edith] MARIE S. CARD (SRGP 41742)
Marie Stanton Card, 87, of Sylvania died September 4, 1990 at Troy Community Hospital. She was born August 29, 1903 in Troy, the daughter of Charles and Blanche Rockwell Stanton. She was a member of the Sylvania Presbyterian Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher and a member of the Ladies Aid. She taught school for 43 1/2 years in Sylvania and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. Marie had 61 years of continuous membership in the American Legion Auxiliary Brooks-Flick Post 49. She is survived by a grandson, William Thornton Card of Ithaca; a daughter-in-law, Mary F. Card of Ithaca; niece, Virginia Hough of Troy; nephews Dr. Donald Stanton of Lansing, MI; several great-nieces and great-nephews; special family members, the Schucker family, the Kline family and the Card family; and the many children she taught through the years. She was predeceased by a son, William K. Card on April 9, 1990 and her husband, James Thornton Card in 1933. Funeral services were held September 8 at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy with the Rev. Jonathan Stanley officiating and burial to be in Sylvania Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Sylvania Presbyterian Church. (TGR, Thursday, September 13, 1990)
Star-Gazette.com Obituaries for 01/25/07
STANTON –LAURA STANTON CRIPPEN age 85, formerly of Prospect Ave., Galeton, Thursday (July 27, 1989 at Brosius Manor. She was born in Hector Township, August 28, 1903 the daughter of Wallace and Frankie Ferris Stanton. She was the widow of the Rev. Carl C. Crippen, a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College and a retired teacher from the Galeton School System. She taught for 35 years at Galeton and 5 years at the Gaines School. She was a member of the Galeton Chapter Order of Eastern Star and the Methodist Church. She is survived by cousins. Friends may call at the Collins Funeral home, Galeton on Sunday 2 to 4 pm, followed by funeral and committal services at 4 pm, Rev. Donald Miller officiating. Burial in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/29/1989
STRAIT - Walter W. Strait, [SRGP 19879] 74, of Horando,
Fla., died Sunday, September 22, 1963. He was a former Mansfield resident
and a graduate of Mansfield State Normal School [Class of 1907]
. Survived by wife, Mrs. Theresa Whittaker Strait; daughter, Mrs. Winifred
Jennings of Roanoke, Va.; sister, Mrs. Blanche Williams of Asbury Park,
NJ; brother, Harold Strait of Mansfield; five grandchildren. Funeral arrangements
are incomplete. - Mansfield Advertiser,
PROF. F. H. STARKEY
Mansfield—Prof. Foster H. Starkey, for many years vice principal of the West Chester State Normal and Emeritus Professor of Education of the West Chester State Teachers’ College, died Nov. 7, 1935, in West Chester. He was the son of Henry M. and Emeline Hammond Starkey and was born near Mansfield May 6, 1862. He graduated from the Mansfield Normal in 1881, from Bucknell University in 1891, received the degree of A.M. from Bucknell in 1894, the degree of B.A. from Harvard in 1892 and the degree of A.M. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1915. He taught several years in Tioga County, served two years as principal of the Mansfield Borough School, vice principal of the High-Preparatory School at Marquette, Mich., principal of the High School at Shamokin, and 34 years in the West Chester school. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ada Mason Starkey; a daughter, Eleanor,; an instructor in the music department of the West Chester State Teachers’ College, and a brother F. Lewis Starkey of Mansfield.
Wellsboro Gazette Feb. 7, 1946 Submitted by Kelly WILCOX Kimball
Hugh B. STRANG
Funeral services were held in Westfield last Saturday for Hugh B. Strang, former Tioga county district attorney, and bank official. Mr. Strang, 69, died last Wednesday at his Westfield home. A native of Westfield, he was the son of the late Francis D. and Alice T. Strang, born Oct. 22, 2876. Mr. Strang was a graduate of Westfield High School, attended Mansfield Normal School, Pennsylvania State College and Syracuse University, where he graduated in 1900. He afterwards served his clerkship in law in the office of the late Daniel W. Baldwin at Westfield. Shortly after being admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, he was elected District Attorney of Tioga County in which office he served with success and distinction. He was a member of Westfield Lodge No. 477, F. & A. M. Since 1915, Mr. Strang had been Westfield Borough secretary and attorney. He was for many years a director and a vice president of the Farmers & Traders National Bank at Westfield. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Seely Strang, of Westfield; and two sisters, Mrs. Walter Peake, of Corry and Mrs. Charles L. Crane of Addison.
SWEET – DEATH
Miss Fannie Sweet died at the home of her uncle, Theron Sweet in Monroeton, on Wednesday of last week of consumption, aged twenty years. Her brother, Fred Sweet, who until recently conducted a livery stable at Monroeton, died at Dushore on Thursday, of the same disease. He went to Colorado a few weeks ago, but deriving no benefit from that climate, he returned and went to Dushore, where his wife and child now are. Miss Sweet was a graduate of the Mansfield Normal School, and taught for a time in the Monroeton schools. She was a favorite with the pupils and was well liked by all. The funeral of the brother and sister was held at Monroeton at ten a.m. Saturday, both being laid at rest in one grave.
TEARS - Mrs George G. Beardsley died at 6 o.clock last Friday evening, Dec. 16, 1910, in Dr. Nutt,s private hospital in Williamsport, following an operation on Thursday for abdominal troubles. The announcement of Mrs Beardsley's death was a shock to the whole village. It was known that she was out of health but very few, given her nearest friends realized the seriousness of her condition when, on the preceding Tuesday, she went to Williamsport for treatment. Alice Tears Beardsley was born in Troy township February 29th, 1858, the older of two daughters of Louis H. and Susan Pierce Tears. From the home schools she entered the Mansfield Normal school from which she was graduated in 1880. Her marriage to Mr. Beardsley on Jan. 11, 1882, following a year and a half of successful teaching. Henceforward her life was passed in this boro. Twice with her husband she visited the Pacific coast and other trips with him supplemented her early advantages. A known observer, she wrote and spoke on these pilgrimages with discriminating clearness, the last time publicly in Elmira three years ago for the be-refit of the Young Men's Christian Association after a trip down the Ohio river from Pittsburg to New Orleans and the Mardi Gras. Mrs Beardsley was a member of the Baptist church with which she united in young womanhood and also of the local Progress Club. A few years ago she was received into membership of Chemung Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in which, with possibly one at two exceptions, she was preeminent for the number of revolutionary patriots in her lineage. The funeral at the home at 2 Monday afternoon was marked by a large attendance of mourning friend and a profusion of beautiful floral offerings. The Rev. Edward P. Morse was the officiating clergyman. Among the relatives and friends from a distance were Mr. and Mrs E. B. Calkins, son and daughter, Mrs and Miss Beardsley, Mrs Frank Ferguson, and representing the D. A. R. Mrs Ernest L. Wyckoff, the regent, and Mrs Charles E. Metzger, all of Elmira; Miss Carrie Hickok of rego; Miss Martha Hickok of Rochester, and Mr and Mrs Herrisk Thomas and Mrs Newton Fassett of Canton. Submitted by Joyce M. Tice, September 1998
VanNESS- VAN KEUREN, KATE VAN NESS (SRGP 3788)
Katherine VanNess, wife of the late Frank E. VanKeuren, died suddenly at her home in Troy last Friday morning. She had been ill for a considerable time, having suffered a stroke several months ago, but lately had been so much better she was able to be out-of-doors. Thursday she walked up town in the forenoon and again in the afternoon. Katherine VanNess VanKeuren was born in Roseville, December 25, 1862, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter VanNess. She attended Mansfield Normal and graduated in 1881 after which whe taught in the rural schools of this vicinity until her marriage to Frank E. VanKeuren, one of the editors of the Mansfield Advertiser. With her parents and sister Minnie they lived in the VanNess homestead on South Main Street, now occupied by Thu VanNess. Mr. and Mrs. VanKeuren built their home on East Main Street, the house now occupied by Mrs. Elias Horton, and later moved to the present home of Lewis Palmer. They moved to Troy in 1904, where Mr. VanKeuren was editor and publisher of the Troy Gazette and Troy Register, which he combined. On his death a few years ago, his son Ralph, purchased the paper and lived in Troy with his mother, lately in the Community Apartments, where Mrs. VanKeuren died. Their daughter, helen, married Paul White, and at his death a few years ago, she became hostess of one of the clubs at Yale University. Besides her son and daughter, she is survived by three brothers, Thu and henry, of Mansfield, and John of Troy. Kate VanKeuren was always popular with the people with whom she came in contact and this popularity usually developed into a sincere friendship that lasted through the years. She had a sparkling wit and keen sense of humor, and with it a sympathy and friendliness that won her many friends. She was a member of various clubs during her residence in Mansfield, and in Troy was a member of the Progress Club and Os-co-hu D.A.R. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of Troy, where her funeral was held Monday morning at ten o’clock, the Reverend Frederick W. Trumbore officiating. The church looked attractive with the Christmas greens still in place and the colored flowers in front. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery.
WARD –BESSIE W. BASFORD, 97, RR 4, Jersey Shore, Pa. died Thursday morning, Nov. 7, 1991 in the Jersey Shore Hospital. She was born Jan. 29, 1894 in Troy, Pa. the daughter of Frank Ward and the former Corneila Strait Ward. She was preceded in death by a husband, Guy E. Christ in 1953 and also by another husband, Leonard Basford in 1984. Bessie was a graduate of the former Mansfield Normal, now Mansfield University. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Jersey Shore and Fort Antes Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a graduate of Jersey Shore High School. Mrs. Basford was a retired teacher, having taught in Troy for many years, in the Trout Run and Jersey Shore schools. She retired in 1952 after 35 years in education. Bessie is survived by two step-sons, Walter G. Christ, RR 4, Jersey Shore and Robert S. Christ of Greensburg, Pa.; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Janet L. Ramm of Lock Haven, the Rev. Miriam J. Christ of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Mrs. Emily J. Weaver of RR 1, Lock Haven; Mrs. Ann Holden of Manlius, N.Y.; 12 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; two nieces. The funeral services will be on Sunday, Nov. 10 in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral home, 125 North Main, Jersey Shore at 2 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of the service on Sunday. The Rev. Doyle H. Klinger Jr., her pastor will officiate. Interment will be in the White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Dewitt, N.Y. –Towanda Daily Review
WATERS - GUSTIN, PAULINE W., Pauline Waters Gustin, 84, of San Francisco, CA, a former resident of Bradford County, died May 11, 1987. Born October 7, 1902, she was a daughter of T. Jefferson and Josephine Morley Waters. She graduated from Mansfield Normal School in 1920 and taught school for a number of years, including several years at Luthers Mills. In 1940 she married Nelson D. Gustin of Luthers Mills and that year, Mr. and Mrs. Gustin moved to California where they had a successful restaurant business. She was predeceased by her husband. Mrs. Gustin is survived by a son, Nelson D. Gustin Jr. of San Francisco; a sister, Ele Waters Kavanagh Franklin of Troy; nieces, nephews and cousins. (TGR June 25, 1987)
WATTS –VIOLA W. CONNERTY, 91 of Washington Crossing, PA died Wednesday, August 4, 1999 in Chandler Hall in Newtown, PA. Born in Canton in 1907, daughter of the late William and Esther Dutcher Watts, she lived for many years in Jamesburg, NJ. For the last forty years, she resided in Lawrenceville, NJ before moving to Washington Crossing last year. She was a teacher who began her career in a one-room schoolhouse in Masten, where she taught all twelve grades. She moved to New Jersey in 1930 and taught in Jamesburg and then in the Princeton Regional School System, retiring there in 1970. She graduated from the Mansfield Normal School, now Mansfield University and completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Rutgers University attending New York University and Trenton State College as well. She was an active member and participant in many organizations of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. She was a member of the Chapter of Eastern Star, a member and past president of the Jamesburg Lions Auxiliary, a member of the Women’s Club of Princeton and member and past president of the Lawrenceville Women’s Club, was a volunteer at the Princeton Hospital and member of the Mansfield Alumni Association and the New Jersey Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Connerty was a widow of the late J. Vincent Connerty and mother-in-law of the late Edward Peter. She is survived by a daughter, Judith C. Peter, Washington Crossing; a grandson, Edward J. Peter Jr., Camino, CA; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Isabel Suhr and Frances and Raymond Spangler, all of Myerstown, PA; two sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held August 7 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton with the Rev. Dr. Jean N. Seitz officiating. There were no calling hours, burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mansfield University Foundation Alumni Memorial Scholarship fund, Mansfield University, Alumni House, Mansfield, PA or to the Hospice program at Chandler Hall, 99 Barclay Avenue, Newtown, PA. Arrangements were under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ. –Canton Independent Sentinel
Hobart WEBSTER, (SRGP 12989) 72, died May 15, 1936 at his home in Porterville, Calif. He was born at Mainesburg, Pa., Feb. 11, 1864, was graduated from the Mansfield Normal in 1882 and went to Porterville the same year. He returned East in 1893 to organize the instruction of penmanship and business practices in the high school at Elizabeth, N.J. Upon the completion of this work, he established the Union Business College in Elizabeth, which he conducted until 1903, when he returned to California. Lately, he engaged in the orange industry. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bertha J. Webster, and two sons, Hobart and Rockwell Webster
FORMER MAINESBURG RESIDENT PASSES AWAY IN CALIFORNIA
Hobart WEBSTER, (SRGP 12989) , 72, died May 15, 1936,
at his home in Porterville, Cal.
The son of Felander and Mary Webster, he was born at Mainesburg February 11, 1864. He graduated from the Mansfield State Normal School in 1882 and that year went to Porterville, where he taught school for several years. He then associated himself with Porter Punam, the founder of Porterville, taking over the duties of office manager. In 1893 he returned east to organize the instruction of penmanship and business practices in the high school of Elizabeth, N.J. Upon the completion of this work, he established the Union Business College in Elizabeth, which he conducted until 1903, when he returned to California. Mr. Webster was engaged in the orange industry at the time of his death. He was active in the development of the Porterville and South Tule areas. Early in his operations he became associated with the cooperative movement, taking an active part in the development of the Tulare County Fruit Exchange. He helped to organize the Tule River Citrus Association, holding the offices of president, manager and representative upon the board of the Porterville Exchange. He also took an active interest in the development of the water resources of his community and any movement which was for the betterment of the Porterville district. Because of ill health he retired in 1927. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Bertha J. Webster, and two sons, Hobart and Rockwell Webster.
WEBSTER - Mark A. Webster [SRGP
After an illness of three weeks of pneumonia, Mark A. Webster died this morning at his home, 535 South Walnut street, aged 43 years. Mr Webster for ten years past, was district clerk of the Westfielddschools, and manual training instructov. He was a graduate of the Mansfield Pa. Normal School, and of the Union Business College in Elizabeth, N. J. For eight years he was a teacher in the business college before coming to Westfield. He`was a member of the Methodist Church, Fireside Council, Royal Arcanum, and of the Immediate Aid Society. He was born in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, in October, 1877. Surviving are his wife, his mother, Mrs Webster; a sister, Mrs J. A. James, and a brother, Ernest G. Webster, all of Mainesburg, Tioga county, Pa. -Plainfield Courier News (N.J.)
WEEKS - Death of Miss Abigail WEEKS - Former Instructor at Keuka and Barbourville Colleges Had Studied in England - Miss Abigail WEEKS, aged 71, died at her home in Elkland, Tuesday morning, January 16. She was born at Holland Hill, Pa., January 15, 1869, the daughter of Charles and Lucretia BABCOCK WEEKS. Miss WEEKS graduated from Mansfield State Normal in 1888 and from Dickinson College in 1905. She received her Masters Degree at Columbia University and furthered her studies at Oxford University, England. She taught school at Elkland and Westfield, Pa., and at Keuka College. For a number of years she was the head of the English Department and Dean of Women at Union College, Barbourville, Ky., from which duties she retired in June 1937. Since then she has resided in Elkland. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Naoma NORTHROP of Addison, and Mrs. D. G. CLOSE of this place and several nieces and nephews, Mrs. Ray HERRINGTON, Waverly; Seward CADY, Troupsburg; Reid CADY, Lakemont, NY; Sherman CADY, Caledonia; Mrs. Earl WEEKS, Burlington,M Ont.; Foster CADY,Middletown, NY; Mrs. John SHIVE, New Brunswick, NJ; GeorgedNORTHROP, Dundee; John NORTHROP, Washington, DC; Howard CLOWE, Ernest CLOSE, Lawrenceville; Wilbur CLOSE, Salem, Ore.; Mrs. Lewis GLEASON, Elkland. The funeral was held this afternoon, (Thursday) at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Edmund T. ROWE, officiating. Burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. SubmittedM by Patricia Warren
WELCH, Darwin D. - Darwin D. Welch [SRGP 03563] died in the Blossburg hospital June 27, where he had been seriously ill for three weeks from a complication of diseases. While he had been in ill health for several years, his condition did not become serious until recently. He was born in Welch Settlement, October 26, 1875, his parents being LeRoy D. and Mary Miller Welch. He attended the local schools and the Mansfield Normal. In 1891 he was married to GERTRUDE S. CONNELLY. They lived in Sullivan, Mansfield and Covington. To them was born one son, Benjamin Welch, of Troy. Mr. Welch, or "Dee", as he was known in this vicinity, was engaged in business in Mansfield with his father, under the firm name of L. D. & D. D. Welch. He sold wagons, farm implements, etc., and later was local agent for a farm agency. He also spent some years as a salesman. About ten years ago he bought the John Wilson place above the cemetery in Covington, where he had since resided. He was a member of Friendship Lodge, F. & A. M. He joined the State Road Baptist church as a young lad, later transferring to Mansfield Baptist church, and since his removal to Covington, uniting with the Church of Christ. He was well known throughout the county and made many friends by his genialty and his loyalty. He was a kind and loving father and husband, and a true friend. He will be missed not only by his family but by his neighbors and his many friends. The large attendance at his funeral on Saturday afternoon was ample testimony of the esteem in which he was held, as were also the profuse floral tributes. The Rev. D. J. Griffiths officiated at the funeral at his late home in Covington, using the old family Bible for the Scripture reading. Burial was made in State Road cemetey, with representatives of Friendship Lodge in charge. The pall bearers were Prof. G. B. Strait, A. H. Vosburg, John Farrer, Frank Marvin, C. L. Johnson and E. S. Wilson.(Barb Conrad)
WESTBROOK CORA SANFORD
Mrs. Cora W. Sanford, 93, of 10 Thorpe Ave., Hammondsport, formerly of Troupsburg, died at the Hornell Nursing Home, Hornell, NY, and Mon. February 8, 1971 Born in Covington, PA, August 20, 1877, she was the daughter of James and Harriet Morse Westbrook. A graduate of Mansfield Normal, Mrs. Sanford had taught school in Pennsylvania in her youth. She was member of the Troupsburg Methodist Church and past matron of the Troupsburg chapter of OES. Her husband, Ray Sanford died several years ago. Survivors include two sons; Eldon Sanford of South Glens Falls, NY, Gordon W. Sanford of Sayre, Pennsylvania, one daughter; Mrs Beatrice Alden of 10 Thorpe Ave., Hammondsport, NY, a step-sister; Mrs. Sadie Merrick of Dalton, NY; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral and committal services were held at the H.P. Smith and Son Funeral Home in Woodhull at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. The burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Troupsburg at the convenience of the family
WHITMAN - The Late Myron WHITMAN - Mr. Myron L. WHITMAN, of Farmington, whose death was announced in our last issue, was 53 years old. He was the oldest child of Calvin WHITMAN, aged 83, of Moravia, NY, who survives him, and he was born in Venice, Cayuga county, NY. He had been in failing health for over a year preceding his death and had been confined to his room most of the time since last April. He was, however, a patient, hopeful sufferer. After coming to Tioga county, Mr. WHITMAN taught school in Farmington for two years, and in 1873 entered the Mansfield Normal School, whence he graduated in 1875, but continued his studies in that institution the following year. After his marriage, he returned in 1877 to Venice, NY where he resided four years; but in 1881 be bought and took possession of the homestead in Farmington where he died. He had held various offices in the township, in the Methodist Church and in the Grange and he was a prominent Odd Fellow. He, with Mr. C. A. FINCH, of Nelson, planned and built in 1901 most of the telephone line from Nelson to Holiday. Besides his wife, Mr. WHITMAN is survived by three sisters and four brothers. One brother lives in Michigan, one sister, Mrs. A. G. SHAW, lives in Nelson, and the rest in Cayuga county, NY. Submitted by Patricia Warren
WHITNEY - Beatrice (Bea) Whitney Crossen, 96, who resided in Cincinnati, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009. She was born July 3, 1912, in North Jackson Township, Susquehanna County, the daughter of Merrick and Olive Whitney. Her parents also had two sons, James and Carlton; and one daughter, Rena Belle Carpenter. Bea completed high school in Susquehanna, and earned a two-year teaching degree from Mansfield State College in 1930. While attending Mansfield, she traveled by train each semester and resided in North Hall; now renovated for administrative offices. After graduation, she taught school for two years in the Montrose area and met her future husband, John Crossen. They were married May 1, 1932, and relocated to Newark Valley, N.Y. Her husband died in July 1995, after spending his working career owning and operating a dairy farm. Bea was his right-hand, by his side, assisting in the day-to-day operation, raising a family, gardening, and also worked part-time outside the home. She was also active in a quilting circle, the county extension service, 4-H, The Billings Historical House, membership in the Congregational Church, as well as participating in county fair activities. Surviving family includes daughters, Charlyn Jackson, Nancy Crossen of Cincinnati, Ohio; two surviving sons, Steven Crossen, residing in Nichols, N.Y., J. Stuart Crossen and daughter-in-law residing in Mansfield; grandchildren, Rachel and husband, Jon Crossen, residing in Marshall, Va., John Crossen and wife, Kimberly residing in Avis; and five great grandchildren. David Jackson, a son-in-law and Clark Crossen, a grandson, preceded her in death. Bea’s memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Newark Valley at 3 p.m. A friends and family gathering is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the church chapel. Church members will provide a meal for all in attendance, after the service. - Mansfield Gazette, April 15, 2009
WOOD - CALLAHAN, Muriel Wood
Muriel Wood Callahan has reached the end of the road in Big Flats, NY and is traveling on to Syracuse, where her body has been donated to science on July 16, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Clyde E. Callahan; also her sons: Dr. Michael Callahan, his wife, Debbie, and their children, Nick and Jessica (Shavertown, PA); Mark Callahan, his wife, Carol, and his children, Martin and Amanda (Horseheads, NY); Curt Callahan, his wife, Vicki, and his daughter Melissa (Tarboro, NC). Muriel participated in swimming, running, tennis and a variety of dancing including tap, clogging, ballroom, and western square dancing. She went on archeological digs, traveled, read and played bridge. She also volunteered at the Wings of Eagles Museum restoring historical aircrafts with her grandson, Martin. The highlight of her life was traveling through every state in the country and parts of Canada with her family and attending her sons' sports in the Big Flats Park. She was very proud of her Scottish ancestry and lifetime membership in the Scottish American Society of the Southern Tier. Being a docent at the Rockwell Museum and Arnot Art Museum showed her interest in art, and she also did educational programs at the Big Flats Museum. Muriel graduated from Wellsboro High School, Wellsboro, PA, Arnot Ogden School of Nursing (RN), Mansfield College, Mansfield, PA (B.S.), and Elmira College (M.S.). She worked as an office nurse, hospital nurse, nursing instructor, and in the Army (L.T.) stationed in the United States and Germany. Other work experiences included teaching in Elmira and Corning schools, the later from which she retired. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830; or American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society, Memorial & Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033; or the charity of one's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette from 7/18/2009 - 7/19/2009
Miss Cecilia WYLIE, of Sugar Notch, Luzerne county, who was a student at the Mansfield Normal school until quite recently, died at her home last week Monday, of pleurisy, at the age of 20 years. Prof. Thomas and two members of the Senior class attended the funeral. (Tuesday, March 13, 1888, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)