Mazie Sears was a poet, writer, and artist. We have been able to locate quite a few of her newspaper articles and will include them here as they are returned from our typists.
|Wellsboro Agitator, December 29, 1909
Miss Mazie Sears, daughter of Mrs. Mary L. Sears, of Water street, and Mr. Arthur Bodine, of this borough, are to be married today [29 Dec. 1909] at 12:30 p.m. at the home of the bride’s mother. They will be attended by the bride’s brother, Mr. David Sears and his wife, of Painted Post, NY. Rev. F.S. Parkhurst, D.D., pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, will officiate.
Wellsboro Gazette, December 30, 1937
Wins Radio Award; Best Letter on Cards
For writing the most interesting letter on Christmas Cards in the one o’clock question box over Station WOR, Mrs. Arthur Bodine was awarded two tickets for a trip tour of the Empire State Building in New York City. Mrs. Bodine’s letter contained two original Christmas cards with snap shots and accompanying verse. Mrs. Bodine has won several awards on her nature pictures of unusual beauty.
Wellsboro Gazette, February 26, 1948
Mrs. Mazie Bodine recently received a letter from J.F. Gartland, of Washington DC, expressing his pleasure in the Christmas story by Mrs. Bodine published in the Gazette during the holidays season which recalled to his mind the many Christmas holidays he spent with his family and friends in Wellsboro long ago. Mrs. Bodine’s fans will be pleased to know she will have another story of interest in a forthcoming issue of the Gazette.
|Wellsboro Gazette, Feb. 21, 1929
Local Poet Sings Praise of Baldwin Run Flower
Mrs. Mazie Sears Bodine incites Lyric to Natural Beauties on Baldwin Run Mountain
While it is not the policy of the Gazette to publish every stray piece of verse that come to our office, we so maintain the editorial right to present to our readers things which we believe are better than the ordinary.
In the following poem written by Mrs. Sears Bodine, we discover a local beauty spot, admirably expressed in verse:
I know a mountain
Here the mountain laurel
The partridge berry red
Here are spicy hemlocks
Sounds of a pheasant drumming
Vines that are ever green
This is a fairy land
- by Mazie Sears Bodine
|Wellsboro Gazette, November 24, 1938
A Thanksgiving Poem
By Mazie Sears Bodine
I pray that I may not forget
To thank the Lord each day
For His love and tender care
As He guides me on life’s way;
For loved ones dear, for home and friends,
For strength to work and play.
For the days He giveth me
To thank Him too for hope divine
Without the moon and twinkling stars
I count my blessings o’er and o’er
Loving Father, I would ask
Wellsboro Gazette, June 18, 1942, p.7
School Ring has Picture of Nessmuk
Reproduction is of Portrait appearing in Nessmuk’s “Forest Runes”
[The following information concerning the Wellsboro High School ring should have appeared in the recent [4 June 1942] on Nessmuk by Mazie Sears Bodine, since it was included in the original article which the author read before the Parent Teacher Association meeting at Marsh Creek.]
The school ring now used was adopted in 1931. It was intended to be an identification for members of the Wellsboro Alumni association, hence a school ring, not a class ring. It was designed by Philip Hallock. The three points of the design represent Scholarship, Leadership and Service. They rest on a base representing Character. These four are the motto of the National Honor Society. The points are triangular shape and in the three upright ones are the initials WHS -- Wellsboro High School. W in the middle triangle, H in the one at the left and S in the right hand one. Above this design is the word Wellsboro, and beneath it the letters CSLS -- character, scholarship, [leadership], service. On the left side of the shaft of the ring is a reproduction of a portrait of Nessmuk. [This was taken from the one in his book of poems, “Forest Runes”] On the right side of the shaft is a representation of the Pine Creek Gorge. These two ideas were thought to distinguish Wellsboro particularly. The use of the Gorge design was in honor of Leonard Harrison, who gave Harrison Park to the State. The Pine Creek Gorge was not called Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon until May 1936, five years after the ring was designed. Beneath the head of Nessmuk are the figures 19, and beneath the Gorge design, 42 [this year]. The date changes as the years go by.
She is spending her birthday in heaven,
The light of God’s smile on her face
Her circle of years, only seventy,
Are bright with the joys of His grace.
The tears that I shed cannot hurt her,
May sorrow can cause her no fears.
My friend is joyous in heaven
And will be through eternal years.
She is spending her birthday in heaven -
The first one that finds friends apart,
For all of her years --- some seventy --
She spent close to her friends hearts,
But God may have looked in her future
And have seen her bewildered, alone
His kind arms will clasp her in heaven
Until she is grasped in our own.