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ABBEY - James Abbey –(1922)- died Thursday evening about 8 o’clock at
the home in Springfield of his son, Mark Abbey. He had been in ill feeble
health for four or five years and his death was not unexpected. The funeral
will be held at the home at 2 Sunday afternoon.
The subject of this sketch was born in England, near Liverpool, March 17, 1852, and died at the home of his son, Mar, July 20, 1922. He came to this country when a young man, arriving at Wetona in June, 1871. On Jan. 28, 1880, he married Helen Woodworth, a daughter of the late Ira Woodworth of Harknessburg, and soon commenced his career as a farmer, at which he proved himself an unqualified success. Besides his wife he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Max Allen of Springfield, and two sons—Grover, on the old homestead at Harkness, and Mark, who owns and resides on an adjoining farm. TGR 1922
ABBEY Mabel J. Hall
age 89, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., died Friday, July 22, 2011 at the Troy Community Hospital. Mabel was born June 24, 1922 in Springfield Township, Pa., a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Ina Blanche (DeGraw) Abbey. She was married to the late Glen N. Hall. Mabel was employed for Sylvania Electric in Troy and later in Towanda. She for the most part was a homemaker and loved devoting her time to her family. Mabel enjoyed crocheting and making afghans for her family members; she also loved flowers and her houseplants. Her memberships included the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church and the Women's Birthday Club. Survivors include her son Robert L. (Phyllis) Hall of Cayuta, N.Y.; her daughter Connie V. Allen of Wellsburg, N.Y.; a step-brother, Richard Abbey of Horseheads, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Her parents, husband Robert N. Hall, son, Jerry R. Hall on Dec. 5, 2010, and a sister Gertrude Freeland, predeceased her. Family and friends are invited to call from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church. Her memorial service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 1 p.m. with Reverend Chris Nauta officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Harkness Cemetery, Springfield, Township, Pa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pa. Towanda Daily Review – July 23, 2011
ABBEY –REGINA MAE GRANGER age 84, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Friday, March 7, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. Regina was born in Columbia Crossroads PA on January 25, 1930, the daughter of Mark and Myrtle (May) Abbey. She is predeceased by her brothers, James and Ira Abbey. Regina is survived by her husband of 56 years, Herman E. Granger; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and James Bernas, Horseheads, Karen and Lawrence Beach, Elmira; grandchildren, Joshua (Katie) Burczynski, Zachary (fiancée Megan Ferree) Burczynski, Sarah (fiancé Christopher Potts) Burczynski and Corey Bernas; great-grandsons, David, Matthew and Aaron; brother and sister-in-law Roland and Marciel Abbey, Endicott. Regina was Town of Elmira Clerk from 1982 to 1995. She loved rooting for her favorite team the NY Yankees. Regina enjoyed going to her grandchildren's basketball, baseball and softball games. She was a long time communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be a prayer service at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment will take place at Harkness Cemetery, Springfield PA. The Granger Family extends their sincere thanks to Dr. Dominic Romeo, Dr. John Schiavone and the 5th floor staff at St. Joseph Hospital SNF for the wonderful care that Regina received over the past several months. –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/9/2014
LAURA ALLEN, on July 4th, 1912, death came very unexpectedly to the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Allen of Springfield, when their only child died of diphtheria, having been ill only two or three days. Laura Josephine Allen was born October 1st, 1902, and was a very promising and loveable child and will be deeply mourned by all who knew her and a home made so happy by this little sunbeam is left very desolate and sad. At. 10 a.m. the next day a prayer at the home by the Rev. Hazelton, and little Laura was laid at rest in the Harkness Cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Interment in the Harkness Cemetery. –Troy Gazette-Register.
BAILEY - Cleo (Bailey) Gates, 90, of Springfield, Pa., died
peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at her home. She was the loving wife of
the late Horatio "Si" Gates who died on Oct. 13, 2003. The couple had
sixty years together before Si's death. Family and friends are welcome to call
from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr.
Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pa. The Rebekahs will hold a
service to honor their sister, Cleo, at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home, with the
funeral to follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Daniel Graham of Springfield Baptist
Church officiating. Burial will be in Harkness Cemetery at the convenience of
the family. Cleo was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Laquin, Bradford County, Pa. She
was the daughter of the late Frederick and Carrie (Knuper) Bailey. Cleo was
co-owner of the Gates Clover Farm Store in Springfield. She attended the
Springfield Baptist Church and was a member of the church's Ladies Aid. Cleo
was a founding member of the Springfield Rebekahs, was an active member for
over 50 years, was honored with the Metal of Chivalry, and was a past District
Deputy. Cleo is survived by her daughters: Cheryl L. (Thomas E.) Guthrie and
Nancy G. (Clifford) Geer, both of Springfield; her grandchildren: Greg and
Kelly Guthrie, Carrie Geer, Matthew and Gretchen Geer, Andrew Geer; her
great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Evan Geer; her sister, Phyllis Bailey, of
Monroeton, and several nieces and nephews. Cleo was preceded in death by her
husband, Si; two brothers and two sisters. Contributions may be made in Cleo's
memory to the Springfield Baptist Church Building Fund, RR 2 Box 88, Columbia
Cross Roads, Pa. 16914.
Published in the Daily Review on 1/3/2008.
Local News) Fred BAILEY, son of Dennis Bailey of Springfield, died in the Arnot-Ogden hospital in Elmira, February 9th, where he had been for treatment a few days previous. For the past year he had resided at Ridgebury. TGR 1904
BARRETT - Frederick F. Barrett, 66, of Columbia Cross Roads RR 2, Springfield Twp., Pa., died Monday morning, March 17, 2008, at home following declining health. Born July 31, 1941 in Burlington Twp., Pa., he was the son of the late Lloyd L. Barrett and Dorothy Alexander Barrett. In early years, Frederick was employed by several area farms and also worked for Robert Hettich Construction of Towanda. He was later employed by the Chemung Foundry, the East Smithfield School, and drove school bus for the Athens Area School District. Frederick enjoyed the outdoors and hunting. He is survived by: his former spouse and long time companion, Louise Comfort, at home; five daughters, Debra Hunt and her husband Rex Hunt of Elmira, N.Y., Tina Barrett and Tom Harper of New Jersey, Theresa Heasley and her husband Carl Heasley of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Lori Davis and her husband Jerry Davis of Ohio, Isedora Mills and her husband Rick Mills of Elmira, N.Y.; two sons, Arthur Barrett and his wife Marybeth Barrett of Towanda, Pa., Brian Barrett and his wife Gerrie Barrett of Canton, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; a brother, Earl Barrett of Florida; two sisters, Doris Williams of Clifton Springs, N.Y., Nina Barber and her husband Robert Barber of Montour Falls, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his extended family who were all very special to him, Isedora Walker of East Towanda, Pa., Charlotte and Kenny Benjamin of Allis Hollow, Pa., Rose Marie and Ralph Bailey of Athens, Pa., Barbara and Ronald Forbes of Myersburg, Pa., Diana Palmer of Towanda, Pa., Susan and Tom Lewis of North Towanda, Pa., James and Lorraine Walker of Rummerfield, Pa., LeRoy and Elaine Walker Mercur Hill, Pa.; and his good friend, Claude Joslyn of Granville Summit, Pa. He was preceded in death by: his father, Lloyd on Dec. 5, 1958; his mother, Dorothy on Dec. 15, 2001; brothers, Duane Barrett on Oct. 24, 1996; Howard Barrett on July 21, 1995; and Lloyd Barrett on Feb. 4, 2008; and by a sister, Myrtle Wandell. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Jeff Wilkinson, Guthrie Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Interment will follow in the Harkness Cemetery, Springfield Twp., Pa. The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, Guthrie Square, Sayre, Pa. 18840, in Frederick F. Barrett's memory. - Published in the Towanda Daily Review on 3/18/2008.
Fell to His Death. James G. BENSON of Col. X Roads Falls From Window in Elmira and is Instantly Killed. Suspicions of Murder. Colored Woman Last Person with Him and May Have Pushed Him Out of the Window Intentionally, But She Denies it. TGR 1904
BENTLEY - Brace, Abigal Bentley (wife of Diton D Brace)-departed this life on Thursday, February 6, 1913, at the home of her only daughter, Mrs. Edson D Harkness of Springfield, in her 84th year. She was born in Chemung township September 29, 1833 and moved with her parents to Springfield in her early childhood. She was married to D D Brace December 30, 1853. She was quiet, very much attached to her home and family and respected and loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her aged husband, D D Brace; one daughter, Mrs. E D Harkness; three grandchildren, C W Harkness of Minneapolis, Minn, Mrs. F B Chapman of Canton, Ill and Mrs. W D Huntington of Athens, Pa. and two great-grandchildren; also three sisters, Mrs. Howard Furman, Miss Abderina Bentley of Springfield, Pa. and Mrs. J W Groesbeck of Harvard, Ill. The funeral services at the home of the daughter were conducted by the Rev. J L Watson. Interment in Harkness cemetery.
BERRY - Mrs Elosia Harkness died at the home of her son, ex-commissioner Edson D. Harkness in Springfield, Monday morning, Jan. 18th, from apoplexy, aged 84 years. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs Woodard Berry, long since deceased, and the widow of Associate Judge Stephen D. Harkness to whom she was married in 1848 and who died in 1893. She was the oldest member of the Springfield Baptist church and a woman whose sterling worth was everywhere recognized. Besides her son she leaves a daughter, Mrs Willard Brown. The funeral yesterday from the home was largely attended. The interment was in the Harkness cemetery.
BICKNELL Norman Bicknell
93, of Troy, PA and formerly of Warren, NJ, died on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011 at the Community Hospital in Troy. Norman Wilbur Bicknell was born on April 23, 1918 in Plainfield, NJ, a son of the late Ernest and Sarah (Perrine) Bicknell. He was married for 72 wonderful years to the late Katherine “Kathy” (Bowers) who he knew since their childhood days. Mr. Bicknell was a veteran of WWII and served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. He enjoyed his life’s work as a self-employed carpenter. Norman also was an accomplished wood-worker and played the banjo and guitar. He loved being outdoors, especially when hunting, fishing and gardening. Norman and Kathy also enjoyed living in Largo, Fl and Meshoppen, PA for a time before settling in Springfield Twp. Surviving are his four children, Norman Jr. (Janet) Bicknell of St. Petersburg, FL, Carol (Gary) Ulmer of Leona, PA, Sharon (Ken) Robertson of Houston, TX and Mark (Lynn) Bicknell of Little Meadows, PA; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Katherine on December 13, 2010. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Harkness Cemetery in Springfield Township. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. Towanda Daily Review – May 24, 2011
BLISS - Henrietta R. Bliss-who died at her home in Springfield last Thursday, was the eldest daughter of Noah and Harriett Peckham Bliss. She was born Oct 21, 1846. One sister survives, Mrs. L. Stacy of Athens and a daughter, Harriett, The funeral was held from the home last Sunday with Rev. G. W. Scarberry officiating. Burial was in Harkness Cemetery.
BLIVEN Mary J. Bliven.
Mary J. Bliven died Tuesday, March 20th, at the home of her cousin, Herbert Stacy, in Springfield. She was ill about a week with pneumonia, and in three days would have been 70 years old. Mrs. Bliven was born in Spencer, N.Y., March 23rd, 1830, and leaves two brothers, Charles and Luther, and three sisters, Mrs. Ira Howell, Mrs. H. C. Ellis and Susan Bliven. She had lived in Mr. Stacy’s family for thirty years and leaves a vacancy not easily filled. Hers was a life of usefulness and a ministry of love. The funeral services were conducted by pastor E. B. Dwyer of the Springfield Baptist church, assisted by Rev. F. M. Clough of the Leona M. E. church, Rev. and Mrs. Clough also feelingly rendered songs, appropriate to the occasion. TGR 1900
BOWERS Katherine (Bowers) Bicknell
"Kathy" to family and friends, was born on April 14, 1921 in Plainfield, N.J. She was blessed with more than 72 years of marriage to Norman Bicknell, who she knew since their childhood years in New Jersey. In addition to caring for family and home, Kathy was employed by CR Bard's Pharmaceutical in New Providence, N.J. for many years. She later worked at the Clearwater Florida Hospital before retiring to Bradford County, Pa. Kathy was a private person. She enjoyed working in her gardens, canning and raising chickens. She will be lovingly remembered as a talented pianist and was very musically inclined. In addition to her beloved husband Norman, surviving are: her four children, Norman (Janet) Bicknell of St. Petersburg, Fla., Carol (Gary) Ulmer of Leona, Pa., Sharon (Ken) Robertson of Houston, Texas, and Mark (Lynn) Bicknell of Little Meadows, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Harkness Cemetery, East Smithfield Road in Springfield Twp., Pa., with Rev. Chris Nauta, pastor of the Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests that those who wish make memorials in Mrs. Bicknell's name to Bradford County Manor, RR 3 Box 322, Troy, PA 16947. The family has entrusted the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton with assisting with arrangements. Towanda Daily Review - December 14, 2010
BRACE – Dighton D. BRACE, a prominent resident for many years of Springfield, and formerly for a long time vice-president of the First National Bank, of this boro, expired on Tuesday of this week at his home. He had been in failing health for some time. Mr. Brace was 87 years old last March, and leaves an enviable record of integrity. By his industry and sound judgment he accumulated a fine property. One daughter, Mrs. Edson HARKNESS, a brother, Steven BRACE, and several grandchildren survive. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 on Friday, the Rev. Graves of Towanda officiating. (FROM LOCAL NEWS) TGR 1913
DUANE ‘BUCKY’ CHAMBERLAIN, 76, Columbia Cross Roads (Springfield), PA, died at home and went home to be with the Lord, November 23, 2003, after an extended illness. Born on March 15, 1927 in Bentley Creek, he was the son of the late Harold Chamberlain and Elbert and Mabel (Smith, Chamberlain) Cowles. After attending SRU High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve his country in the WW II Pacific theatre. He married Donna Jean Harkness, August 14, 1948, with whom this year he celebrated 55 years of love and companionship. “Bucky,” as most knew him, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved golf and many other sports, and especially loved music. Many churches and groups in the area, including the Troy Lions Minstrel Show, regularly enjoyed his singing performances. Although employed in the maintenance and construction field as a master plumbing and heating specialist, he epitomized the phrase “Jack of All Trades”. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, as well as a friend to all. His unique humor, singing, and outlook on life always seemed to brighten the day for everyone he met. Surviving are his loving wife, donna; son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Dawn (Merritt) Chamberlain; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and John Yelienic; grandchildren, Karyn Chamberlain and Robyn Chamberlain, Arlington, VA, Marissa Chamberlain, Jennifer Yelienic, Zachary Yelienic and Anna Yelienic; great-grandson and special buddy, Jordan Tyler Yelienic; brother-in-law, Harry Henry, Bentley Creek; sister-in-law and husband, Mary Jane and Robert Walsh, Springfield; sister-in-law, Patricia Harkness, Sayre, special aunt Dorothy Chamberlain, along with numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife’s parents (John and Mary Harkness, Springfield), he was preceded in death by his sister Doris Henry and brother-in-law, John Harkness Jr. Bucky’s passing is a loss to all of those who knew and loved him. His presence, humor, and music will be greatly missed. Family and friends are invited to call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, November 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. An additional visiting hour is to be from 10 to 11 a.m. before the funeral service which begins at 11 at the funeral home on November 26 with the Rev. David Morris and Rev. James Crupl officiating with full military honors. Interment will be in Harness Cemetery, Springfield, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be sent to the local American Red Cross of Bradford & Sullivan Cos. Chapter, 5 Bridge St., Towanda, PA, Guthrie Hospice, Towanda, PA or local charity of your choice. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
FURMAN Gordon C. "Gordy"
Age 88, of 23 West Drybrook Road, Waverly, NY (Town of Chemung), formerly of Checkerville, PA, died at home on Monday, July 13, 2009, with his family at his side. Gordon was born November 15, 1920 in Ridgebury, PA, son of the late Howard and Bertha (Thompson) Furman. He graduated from Troy High School, Class of 1939. Gordon was a Building Contractor and later owned Troy Marble & Granite Works from 1979 to 1989. As a master craftsman he was one of very few who hand built stairways and cabinets. Gordon raised chickens and sold eggs in his younger days and developed his own egg washing machine made from a wringer washer. He attended the Chemung United Methodist Church and was a member of the Wheel Inn. Gordon was a past member of the Grange, Moose Club, Monument Builders of North America and was a Rock of Ages Monument Dealer. His other interests included making walnut caramels and cooking. He married the former Shirley Button Davis on April 15, 1989 in Athens, PA. Survivors include his loving wife, Shirley B. Furman of Chemung; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Bruce McMail of Bentley Creek, PA; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Nadine Furman of Big Pond, PA; stepson and daughter-in-law, Paul and Joellen Davis of Sayre, PA; stepdaughters, Kathy Davis of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Denise Davis of North Palm Beach Gardens, FL; a sister, Mary Harkness of West Burlington, PA; 5 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 4 step great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Gordon was predeceased by his first wife, Wilma (Yerkes) Furman. Family and friends are invited to his graveside service at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2009, at Harkness Cemetery, Route 4014 (Springfield/East Smithfield Road) with Reverend James Carr officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, New York. Memorials are directed to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830; or to the Chemung United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 72, Chemung, NY 14825. Published in the Star-Gazette on 7/15/2009
Of Milan, PA (Springfield Twp.), died
on Saturday, August 7, 2010, as the result of an automobile accident. He was 24 years old. Grant Thomas Furman was born on June 28, 1986 in Sayre. He was a son of Thomas and Nadine (Austin) Furman. Grant was a 2004 graduate of Troy High School and had completed three years of college at Penn State's Erie Campus majoring in Chemistry. He joined the U.S. Navy in October of 2008 and had just graduated in July from their Nuclear Power Training Program in Ballston Spa, NY. Grant was a well-rounded young man. In addition to taking his academics very seriously, he played football and wrestled from first grade through his senior year in high school. He also liked to hike, golf and was a Penn State and Raiders football fan. Grant was outgoing, happy and a well-liked person. He will be forever remembered for his unique personality and positive attitude towards life. Surviving are his parents, Thomas and Nadine Furman of Milan; two brothers, Thad Furman of Allentown, PA and Chase Furman of Bath, PA; maternal grandparents, Ed and Dorothy Austin of Troy; aunts and uncles, LaRue (Carlene) Austin and Ronald (Bonnie) Austin, all of Columbia Cross Roads, Wesley Austin, Mickey (Barbara) Austin and Cinda Baumunk, all of Troy, Julie (Jeff) Strope of Sylvania and Sharon (Bruce) McMail of Gillett; many cousins and special friends. Grant was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Gordon and Wilma Furman. Calling hours are 5–8 p.m. Tuesday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr. in Canton. The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 11, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Harkness Cemetery. Full Military Honors will be accorded by The U.S. Navy. Star Gazette - August 9, 2010
Dorr GATES, at Springfield, Wednesday, October 1st, of typhoid Fever.TGR 1901
GATES –EDITH G. HOYT, 91, died September 29, 2003 at the Bradford County Manor. Born on July 14, 1912 in Big Pond, PA, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Bullock) Gates. She was a lifelong farmer, a member of the Bradford County Old-Timers, the Rebekah Lodge, Ladies Aid and the “Kitchen Band”. She was a contributor to the Farmers Museum and enjoyed making quilts. Surviving are a nephew, Dennis (Joyce) Sullivan, Gillett, PA; nieces, Cheryl (Tom) Guthrie Columbia Cross Roads, PA; Nancy (Cliff) Geer, Columbia Cross Roads, PA; great-nephews, Greg Guthrie, Jake Sullivan, Matt Geer and Andrew Geer; great-nieces, Kelly Guthrie and Carrie Geer; brother, Horatio (Cleo) Gates, Columbia Cross Roads, PA. She was preceded in death by a sister, Loucille Sullivan. A memorial service was held at the Springfield Baptist Church October 12 with the Rev. Donald Newkirk officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Springfield Baptist Church, RR2, Columbia Cross Roads, PA or to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 4 Towanda, PA. Arrangements were entrusted to the Vickery Funeral Home, Inc. of Troy, PA. –Buried Harkness Cemetery.
Mrs. Harry McCabe [Jan. 30, 1926 penciled on article] Mrs. Edna McCabe died last Saturday in the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan, N. Y., following an operation the preceding Tuesday. She was born in Springfield 49 years ago last December 10th, a daughter of Emeline and VanRenselaer Gates. From young girlhood, she had been a consistent member of the Baptist church, and her death is sincerely mourned by all who knew her. With her husband are left two children – Isabelle and Percy. Two sisters and a brother also survive – Mrs. Hugh Bailey of Collingswood, N. J., Mrs. Lizzie Stage of Philadelphia, and Lee Gates of Troy. The body was brought to Springfield where funeral services were held in the Baptist church at 2 Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. John E. Seaholm officiating. Interment was in the Harknessburg cemetery.
HORATIO ‘SI’ GATES, 84, Columbia Cross Roads, PA died, October 13, 2003 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Born on April 12, 1919 in Springfield, PA, he was the son of the late George and Mary (Bullock) Gates. “Si” was a member of the Springfield Baptist Church, and the Springfield Odd Fellows. He was the owner of Springfield Clover Farm Store, enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and Penn State games. He had a warm, charming, uplifting sense of humor, which could brighten the gloomiest day. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Cleo (Bailey) Gates; daughters, Cheryl (Tom) Guthrie and Nancy (Cliff) Geer, all of Columbia Cross Roads; grandchildren, Greg Guthrie, Kelly Guthrie, Matt Geer, Andrew Geer, and Carrie Geer. Sisters Lucille Sullivan and Edith Hoyt preceded him in death. Friends are invited to call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Inc., 110 W. Main Street, Troy, PA, October 15, from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, October 16, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Newkirk officiating. Interment will be at the Harkness Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
GATES, JAMES (BILL), Memorial services for James (Bill) Gates, 63, of Columbia Cross Roads were held Nov. 9 at Vickery Funeral Home with Rev. Edward Thigpen officiating. Burial will be in Harknessburg Cemetery, Harknessburg, PA. Mr. Gates died November 5, 1984. He was born June 15, 1921 in E. Smithsfield Twp., a son of Delace and Bertha Horning Gates. Before retiring, he was a farmer and did carpenter work. Mr. Gates enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He is survived by daughters; Mrs. Donna Davies of Roaring Branch, Virginia Gates of Canton; sons, Charles of Towanda, James of Canton; sisters, Marcia Jenkins of Granville Summit, Mrs. Raymond (Agnes) Butcher of Sanford, Fl. Mrs. Doris McClure of Troy, Mrs. Harold (Magareta) Butcher of Deland, Fl and Mrs. June Gardener of Blossburg; stepmother, Mildred Updike Gates of the Heritage Home in Athens; sister-in-law, Mrs. Helen Gates of Ulster and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Dorrance, LaVerne and Damon Gates. Memorials can be directed to the American Lung Association. (TGR Nov. 15, 1984)
GATES - (Local) Judson H. Gates, one of Springfield’s olderst residents, expired last Wednesday at his home aged 90 years. His wife survives and two sons, Frank of Springfield, and Fred Gates of Elmira. The funeral was held on Friday at the home and interment wa in the Harknessburg Cemetery. TGR 1916
GATES - McDERMOTT, Mary
Loving wife, mother and grandmother - At age 79, on Monday, March 16, 2009, Mary's journey in this life ended at Grandview Health Homes of Danville, PA and now goes with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. Mary was born June 11, 1929 in Springfield Township, PA, and was the daughter of Rush and Marion (Wright) Gates. She graduated from Troy High School in 1947. Horseheads, NY held many fond memories for Mary and her family. Her managerial job at the Dollar Guide was one of those memories. She and husband, George, lived in Zephyrhills, FL for nearly three decades. After many years, Mary retired from Lawyers Title Services in Lakeland, FL. Her final years of retirement were spent in Danville, PA at the Heritage Heights Apartments so she could be near her son and daughter-in-law. Mary won recognition in high school for her poetry talent. Making cards for friends and family on her computer was something she thoroughly enjoyed. Faith in God and being active in church were always very important to her and she was very grateful for the many friends she made there. She was predeceased by her loving husband, George E. McDermott; son, Stanley E. McDermott; brothers, Donald Gates, Leslie Gates; and sister, Irene (Gates) Durfey. Surviving is her son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Elizabeth McDermott of Riverside, PA; grandson, Keith A. McDermott and fiancé, Jessica Dreger, Atlanta, GA; sisters, Justine Phinney of Zephyrhills, FL, Barbara (Leslie) Phenes of Elmira Heights, NY, and Ruthann (Henry) Howe of Tioga, PA; brother, Wayne (Juanita) Gates of Springfield, PA; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Mary's Life, Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 West Mahoning Street, Danville, PA with the Reverend David R. Schnaars officiating. Friends will be received from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be private at a later date in the Harkness Cemetery in Springfield, PA. The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh United Church of Christ, 500 Bloom Street, Danville, PA. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/17/2009
RUSH GATES, 93 of Springfield, PA died Wednesday, October 27, 1993 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after a lingering illness. He was born July 21, 1900 in Springfield, the son of Charles and Justie Williams Gates. Rush spent most of his life in Springfield where he owned and operated his sawmill and planning mill until his semi-retirement. He spent over 50 years as a sawyer. Rush enjoyed building furniture in his later years and remained active until last month. He was honored to have his woodcraft displayed and on reserve at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Rush was an active reader and local historian. He also enjoyed hinting and trapping and playing his country violin. Mr. Gates was a member of the F.A.I.U. Insurance Co., having retired as a policy writer, adjustor and board member for the company. He was also a member of the Tom Jack Indians Camping Club, the Bradford County Historical Society, the Troy Genealogical Society, the Sayre Historical Society and the Canton Historical Society. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen Overacker Gates; daughters and sons-in-law, Justine and Ernest Phinney of Zephyrhills, FL, Irene Durfey of Elmira, Mary and George McDermott of Zephyrhills and Ruth Ann Webster of Middlebury Center, PAA; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Juanita Gates of Columbia Cross Roads; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons, Donald in 1923 and Leslie in 1986; infant granddaughter, Fancy Gates in 1977; a grandson, Stanley McDermott in 1990 and a dear son-in-law, Robert Durfey in 1987. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on October 29 with the Rev. David Watkins officiating and burial to be in Harkness Cemetery. Memorials in his name may be directed to the Bradford County Library, RR 3, Box 320, Troy, PA. –Troy Gazette-Register
William Gates, eldest son of Oliver and Mary Severance Gates, died at his home in Springfield on Saturday June 20th. He was born on the farm where he died on August 10th, 1830. He was married to Sarah Henson on July 21st, 1878, and is survived by his wife and one son Charles and one brother Elisha. The funeral was conducted from the home on Sunday, June 21st, Rev. Hemming officiating. TGR 1903
GOODREAU –LORELEL HUNTINGTON, 34, went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 20002 at home with her family in Hillsborough, NJ. Excelling in academics and athletics in high school and college, Lorelel graduated with a degree in accounting from Eastern University in Philadelphia. She soon married and spent her time with her family, home schooling, crafting, playing volleyball and living life. She exemplified to all who knew her appreciation for every day we live, that it is a gift from God to be cherished. She celebrated that gift, always living life to the fullest, always finding meaning and value in the simple things in life. She will truly be missed. Surviving are her husband, Gene; daughters Sydney, Abigail, Gabrielle and Madeline: her parents, Gary and Sharon Goodreau, Wellsboro, PA; sisters, Kisa Yanif, Pittsburgh, PA; her grandmother, Mercedes Goodreau, Wellsboro, PA; several aunts and uncles including Paul “Ed” and Dody Smith, Canton; cousins and many friends who loved her dearly. A private burial was conducted at the Harknessburg Cemetery in Springfield on December 2. A memorial service for all to celebrate her life will be held at Alliance Bible Church in Warren, NJ, December 14th. The time for this shall be announced. Donations in lieu of flowers will be accepted for a fund to benefit education for the daughters of Lorelel and Gene. Direct funds to Gene Huntington, 400 river Road, Hillsborough, NJ. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 100 W. Main St., Troy, Pa. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
GOODREAU Lorelei N. HUNTINGTON, 34, Hillsborough, NJ, went home to be with the Lord Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2002. Excelling in academics and athletics in high school and college, Lorelei graduated with a degree in accounting from Eastern University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is survived by her husband, Gene and daughters, Sydney, Abigail, Gabrielle and Madeline; parents, Gary and Sharon Goodreau of Wellsboro, PA; a sister, Lisa Yanif of Pittsburgh, PA; grandmother, Mercedes Goodreau of Wellsboro, PA; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial services were held at Alliance Bible Church in Warren, NJ of December 14 with private burial to be in Harknessburg Cemetery, Springfield, PA. Arrangements were entrusted to the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy, PA. Contributions may be made to an education fund for the daughters of Lorelei and Gene; donations may be directed to Gene Huntington, 400 River road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.
THOMAS E. GUTHRIE, age 82, of Big Pond Road, Springfield Township passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at home. Tom was born Feb. 24, 1932 in Leona, Pa., a son of the late Lewis and Florence E. (Burdett) Guthrie. He was a graduate of Troy High School. Tom served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He and the former Cheryl L. Gates were married on July 8, 1966 at Cheryl's parent's home in Springfield Township. They enjoyed 48 happy years together. Tom retired in 1992 from PennDOT where he worked as an equipment operator for many years. He was a member of the Springfield Odd Fellows and enjoyed showing his Farmall Tractors at the Troy Fair. Tom was a good friend to many and always enjoyed a good visit or traveling around the area with his family and brother Ozzy. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Kenneth Guthrie and his in-laws Horatio and Cleo Gates. The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at the Troy Baptist Church. Tom will be laid to rest in Harkness Cemetery, Springfield Township, Pa. Surviving in addition to his loving wife Cheryl are a daughter, Kelly (Scott Gee) Guthrie; a son, Greg Guthrie; brother and sister-in-law, Ozzy and Sally Guthrie all of Springfield Township, Pa.; a special aunt Polly Mangus of Montour Falls, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Edna Guthrie and Nancy and Cliff Geer all of Springfield Township; several nieces, nephews, many cousins and a lifetime of friends also survive. Memorials in Tom's memory may be made to The Animal Sanctuary, 353 Sanctuary Hill Lane, East Smithfield, PA. – Towanda Daily Review 1/19/2015
HARDING Louise Harding Abbey
A long-time resident of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Louise Abbey died on Aug. 6, 2012 at the Beechtree Care Center, Ithaca, N.Y., at the age of 91. The youngest child of the late William and Alma Harding, Louise was raised on a farm in Gillett where she developed a passion for the outdoors. Louise and Ira "Hi" Abbey were married on Sept. 11, 1946 and worked side-by-side operating the family's dairy farm, Abbey's Knoll, for 34 years until their retirement. They enjoyed traveling and lived many happy years in Florida. Louise enjoyed sewing, needlework and excelled at cooking and baking. From her oyster stew, homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, pickles and pies, it was easy to taste the love she tucked into everything she made. Louise is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Ann and Nathan Dykes, Ithaca, N.Y., and Linda and Benjamin Dykes, Greensboro, NC.; a sister-in-law Regina (Herman) Granger, Elmira, N.Y. and a brother-in-law Roland (Marceil) Abbey, Endicott, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. Louise was predeceased by her husband in 2004, her parents, brothers Andrew and William and a sister Estelle Harding Smith. Interment in the Harkness Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. For memorial contributions please consider the Harkness Cemetery Association Trust Fund, Attention: Wayne Gates, Springfield Road, Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914; Beechtree Care Center, 318 South Albany Street, Ithaca, NY 14850; or Hospicare, 172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Towanda Daily Review – August 7, 2012
HARKNESS Edson D-A prayer service for the late Edson D Harkness was held at the family home 807 Walnut Street, Wednesday at 9 o’clock. The funeral was held at the home farm in Springfield, Pa at 2 o’clock. The Rev. Seymour Barrett of Tioga officiated with burial in Harkness private cemetery-Springfield.
HARKNESS - John O. Harkness, Sr., age 74, of Columbia Cross Roads, RD 2, Thursday March 22, 1973, at home. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Saturday 7-9 p.m. Funeral and committal service Sunday at 2 p.m. Rev. Wallace McKnight officiating. Burial Harknessburg Cemetery, Springfield, pa. Survived by wife, Mary Gates Harness; daughters Mrs. Robert (Mary Jane) Walsh of Columbia Cross Roads, RD 2, son John O. Harkness, Jr. of Columbia Cross Roads, RD 3; brother Manley Harkness of Athens, Pa.; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. He was a Vice President of F. A. and I. U. Insurance Company. Life long farmer of the Springfield area, former member of the Springfield I.O.O.F., member of the Troy Grange and Attendant of the Springfield Baptist Church.
HARKNESS - Lee Harkness -son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Harkness, died Monday, Oct 28, at the emergency hospital. He was 7 years old and the youngest of the sufferers so far to die. The funeral was held from his home in High street at 1 o’clock Wednesday. The Rev. Glenn A Baldwin officiating. Interment was at Springfield.
HARKNESS - Leon Harkness, 84, of Springfield Twp. diedDec. 24, 1957. He was a lifelong resident and farmer of Springfield. Funeral was held at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Rev. Orey Crippen officiated. He leaves two sons, John of Springfield and Manley of Athens, 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. RHW. Troy Register, 16 Jan. 1958. NOTE: according to 1880 S. Creek census records he was the son of Oscar and S. Ione Harkness.
O. P. HARKNESS.
O. P. Harkness, Esp., of Springfield, whose death was published in last week’s Register was the son of John Harkness, Jr., and was born on the farm where he died. His grandfather, Capt. John Harkness, settled on the same place, March 1st, 1804. He was the first permanent settler within the limits of Springfield township. The deceased had two brothers and two sisters. Of these, one brother, Samuel, only, remains. His wife died about two years ago. His children, Stanley, Lena, Elmer, and Edna (now, Mrs. George Wolcott) survive and are all residents of Springfield. Mr. Harkness was one of Springfield’s most respected citizens, of untarnished character, having the respect of the entire community. He held the office of Justice of the Peace many years. Although not a member, yet he was a regular attendant and supporter of the Baptist church, to which his wife and three of his children belonged. His funeral was held from the home, Rev. E. Hemming, the Baptist pastor, officiating. The interment was in the Harkness cemetery. His son Stanley and daughter Lena, have our especial sympathy as they only are left at the old home where but recently the entire family lived unbroken, making a cheerful, happy home. TGR 1903
HARKNESS - It is with sorrow that we record the death of our esteemed townsman, O. P. Harkness, whose funeral took place from his late home, Tuesday August 18, 1903. Thus ends a useful life, whose honorable career has won for him the respect of the entire community.
HARKNESS – Samuel Harkness died on Tuesday evening after a brief illness with acute indigestion and heart trouble. Funeral will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the house, He will be missed by a large circle of friends. [Note – 1831-1910, Civil War veteran]
William H. HARKNESS died at the home of his brother Lyman, in Springfield, Pa., August 24th, 1901, aged 48 years, nine months and twenty days. Mr. Harkness was a son of William Harkness, Jr., and a grandson of William Harkness who, with his brother John, known as Captain John Harkness, were the first settlers in Springfield township coming there March 1st, 1804. The writer of this, was told by the brother of the deceased, that their families consisted respectively of twelve and thirteen children, most of whom were born previous to their locating in their new home, and that both families spent the first winter in a house 16 by 20 feet. Some twenty years ago, the subject of this notice, emigrated to Michigan, where he remained until three years since, at which time he returned to his brothers in failing health, where he lived until his decease. The funeral was held from the home where he died, on the 25th, at 2 o’clock, the writer officiating. Burial in Harkness cemetery. –T. M. TGR 1901
HENSON - Mrs. Sarah Gates Passage, 91, of Springfield, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 15, 1948. Survived by son, Charles, of Springfield; grandson, Rush Gates, also of Springfield; six great-grand-children; one great-great-grandchild; one niece. The body is at the Soper & Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, where the funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Rev. Orey Crippen. Harkness Cemetery, Springfield
Gates, Bertha Horning-51, of Columbia Cross Rds died Saturday morning, March 8. Besides her husband she is survived by four sons. Dorance of Mehoopany, Laverne at home, Richard of Middletown, NY, James of Springfield; five daughters. Mrs. Donald Fleming of Elmira, Mrs. Corson Packard of Elmira, Mrs. William McClure of Austinville, Mrs. Harold Butcher of Roseville and Miss June at home; one brother, Charles Horning of Elmira,; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Wilcox of Big Pond and Mrs. Edgar Watkins of Columbia Cross Rds; 13 grandchildren. The body is at the Soper Funeral Home where services will be held Wednesday, March 12 at 2 pm. Burial will be in Harkness cemetery. Rev. Orey Crippen officiating.
Gates, Bertha Horning- aged 51, Columbia Cross Roads, died Saturday morning, March 8,1947. Besides her husband she is survived by four sons, Dorrance, Mehoopany; Laverne, at home; Richard, Middletown, NY; James, Springfield; five daughters, Mrs. Donald Fleming, Elmira; Mrs. Carson Packard, Elmira; Mrs. William McClure, Austinville; Mrs. Harold Butcher, Roseville and Miss June at home; one brother, Charles Horning, Elmira; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Wilcox, Big Pond and Mrs. Edgar Watkins, Columbia Cross Rds; 13 grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday March 12 at 2 pm from the Soper Funeral Home. Burial was in Harkness cemetery. Rev. Orey Crippen officiated.
Elbert B. HOYT, 82, of Columbia Cross Roads RR 1, PA died Thursday, May 18, 1995 at home. He was born April 12, 1913 in New Albany, PA, the son of Edwin and Anna Hoyt. Mr. Hoyt was a resident of Springfield for 45 years. He farmed for 50 years and shod horses for over 40 years. Mr. Hoyt trucked animals to the troy and Athens sales barns. He was a member and formed director of the Old Timers Association. He is survived by his wife of 57 yeas, Edith gates Hoyt; sisters, Iva Dibble of Towanda, PA and Louise Spencer of New Albany; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Sarah Hoyt of New Albany; and good friends, Roy Andrus, William Earls and Butch Harkness. He was predeceased by his brother, dean Hoyt and a half-sister, Nina Gowin. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in troy on May 20 with the Rev. tom Hager officiating and burial to be in Harkness Cemetery, Springfield. Memorials may be directed to a charity on one’s choice.
WAYNE HUNTINGTON, age 84, of Columbia Cross Roads, died on Monday, Sept. 29, 2003 at the Bradford County Manor. He was born on Feb. 7, 1919 in Columbia Cross Roads, a son of the late Warren D. and Neava (Harkness) Huntington. He worked in Bradford County as a dog warden. Wayne was a member of the Big Pond Lions Club, Springfield Odd Fellows and was a charter member of the Towanda Beagle Club. He enjoyed deer hunting and raised beagles and border collies. He is survived by his wife, H. Gertrude; sons, Wayne H. (Judy) Huntington of Columbia Cross Roads and John L. Huntington of Columbia Cross Roads, daughters, Carolyn Huntington of Henderson, N.C. and Robin (Ed) Joyce of Harrisburg; grandchildren, Gene and Katie Huntington and Emily Joyce; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Wayne is predeceased by sisters Josephine Wakely and Blanche Gustin. Friends are invited to call at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Harkness Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review Sept. 30, 2003.
JOHNSON - HARDING, ALMA J., Services for Alma J. Harding, 92, formerly of Gillett, were held Jan. 4 at Vickery Funeral Home with Rev. J. Sydney Kane officiating. Burial was in Harknessburg Cemetery. Mrs. Harding died Dec. 31, 1983 at Bradford County Manor. She was born Dec. 2, 1891, daughter of Andrew and Ida Knutson Johnson. She attended Gillett Baptist Church and was a member of the Berean Class. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Merle (Estelle) Smith of Monroeton and Mrs. Ira (Louise) Abbey of Big Flats, N.Y.; sons, Andrew of Elmira and William Jr. of Corning; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. (TGR 05 JAN 1984)
Spring Field News) The community was greatly shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mr. Theodore Kinyon of Friday last. He will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends.
(Local News) Theodore Kinyon died very suddenly last Friday morning at his home on Kinyon Hill. He was in his usual health on Thursday. Soon after awakening Friday morning he was taken ill and died within a few minutes. Mr. Kinyon was 73 years old and a prominent farmer. His wife survives and three children, Austin and Charles Kinyon and Mrs. Walter Stanton, the latter of this boro. The funeral was held on Sunday at the home and burial was in Leona. TGR 1912
Raymond (Moose) J. MILLER, 79, of Elmira, NY died March 5, 1997 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, NY. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church Southside, a veteran of WW II serving in the US Army and a retired employee of the Elmira Fire Department where he served for 31 years. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Frances Miller (604 Franklin St.); sons and daughters-in-law, William and Vinelle Miller of Rochester, NY and Richard and Barbara Miller of Elmira, NY; two grandchildren; brothers, William Miller of TN and John Miller of FL; sister, Elizabeth Tompkins of Elmira, NY; several nieces and nephews. Prayer services were held March 8 at the Barrett Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church Southside and interment to be in Harknessburg Cemetery, Springfield, PA. Contributions may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in his memory.
NORMAN - Emeline Norman Gates Sharp - (1923) born July 29, 1836 died at her home in Springfield Jan 10th. She was married to Van Rensseler Gates Sept 24, 1857. Of the six children born to them Prentice died in infancy and John A in 1920. The survivors are Mrs. Lizzie Stage, and Mrs. Jennie Bailey of Philadelphia; Mrs. Edna McCabe of Penn Yan, NY; and Lee S. Gates of Troy. She leaves also a sister, Mrs. Sally George of Grand Bay, Alabama, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Her second marriage in 1901, was to Rosewell C. Sharp of Rochester, who died March 7, 1915. From girlhood Mrs. Sharp was a member of the Baptist church. She was a devoted wife, mother and a kind neighbor.
OVERACKER –HELEN T. GATES, 91, formerly of Springfield, PA, died January 31, 2004, at the Dar-way Nursing Home in Forksville, PA. Born June 18, 1912, she was the first daughter of the late George and Minerva (Wilcox) Overacker. She was a 1930 graduate of the Troy High School. In May of 1937 she married Rush Gates. They owned and operated a sawmill in Springfield. Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family, especially her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved her garden and her flowers. She will be remembered by many for her wonderful meals and her adept use of the kitchen. She was an expert seamstress, was a former member of the Springfield Rebekah Lodge and the Tom Jack Indian Camping Club. Surviving are a son Wayne (Juanita) Gates, Columbia Cross Roads, PA; daughter, Ruthann (Henry) Howe, Tioga, PA; step-daughters, Justine Phinney and Mary (George) McDermott, both of Zephyrhills, FL; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Marie Shell, Columbia Cross Roads; and numerous nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Rush Gates, on October 27, 1993; an infant granddaughter, Fancy Scarlett Gates; step-son, Leslie Gates; stepdaughter, Irene Durfey; brothers, Freddy, Elmer, Albert and Rex Overacker; and sister, Alice Overacker. Family and friends are invited to call at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy on Friday, February 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The funeral and committal service will be held at the conclusion of visitation at 11:30 a.m. Internment will be at the convenience of the family in Harkness Cemetery, Springfield Twp., PA. Memorial donations in Mrs. Gates’ name may be directed to the Bradford County Library, RR3, Box 320, Troy, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
OVERACKER –HELEN T. OVERACKER GATES, 91, formerly of Springfield, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Forksville. Born June 18, 1912, she was the first daughter of the late George and Minerva Wilcox Overacker. Helen was a 1930 graduate of the Troy High School. In May of 1937 she married Rush Gates and they owned and operated a sawmill in Springfield. Surviving are a son, Wayne (Juanita) Gates of Columbia Cross Roads; a daughter, Ruthann (Henry) Howe of Tioga, Pa.; stepdaughters Justine Phinney and Mary (George) McDermott, both of Zephyrhills, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey Fitzwater, Georgia Fitzwater, Robert Fitzwater, Jason Webster, Jordy Webster, Laura Schneck, Lancer Gates, Melissa Ishler and Zachary Gates; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie Shell of Columbia Cross Roads; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Rush Gates, on Oct. 27, 1993; an infant granddaughter, Fancy Scarlett Gates; a stepson, Leslie Gates; a stepdaughter, Irene Durfey; brothers Freddy, Elmer, Albert and Rex Overacker; and a sister, Alice Overacker. Helen's main interest in life encompassed her home and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved her garden and her flowers. She will be remembered by many for her wonderful meals and her adept use of the kitchen. She was an expert seamstress. Helen was a former member of the Springfield Rebekah Lodge and Tom Jack Indian Camping Club. Family and friends are invited to call at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, on Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The funeral and committal service will be held there at the conclusion of visitation at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Harkness Cemetery, Springfield Township. Memorial donations in Helen's name may be directed to the Bradford County Library, RR 3, Box 320, Troy, Pa. 16947. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. –Towanda Daily Review.
OVERACKER - Violet Marie (Overacker) Shell, 86, of Troy, Pa., died peacefully on Monday, July 30, 2007, at the Troy Community Hospital. She was the wife of the late George M. Shell, who died on Dec. 21, 1997. Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Harkness Cemetery. The Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, Pa. 16947, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Violet was born June 11, 1921, in Big Pond, Pa. She was the daughter of the late George W. and Minerva (Wilcox) Overacker. Violet was a 1941 graduate of Troy High School, and a member of the Mt. Pisgah Wesleyan Church. She helped her husband, George, on the family farm and was a homemaker. Survivors include Violet's daughters, Faith E. Wittig of Troy, Sherry L. (Sidney) Sinclair of Wellsboro, Pa., and Susan E. (Carl) Vanderpool of Paxinos, Pa.; her grandchildren, Sgt. John T. Butcher, Douglas (Joanne) Wittig, Tracey Wittig, Lynne (Mark) Heckrotte, Daniel Wittig, Kimberly (David) Porter, Lance Cpl. Ryan Vanderpool and Cammy (Tom) Carman; her great-grandchildren, Jessica and Yvonne Wittig, Jackson and Jamison Heckrotte, Michael Counterman, Sarah and Zeb Yale, and Dominic and Terence Carman; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents; husband, George; and infant daughter, Mary Alice Shell; preceded Violet in death. Memorials are directed to the charity of one's own choosing. Published in the Daily Review on 8/1/2007.
PARDOE –CLEMENCE P. CLARK, age 75 of Springfield Road, Columbia Cross Roads, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at the Troy Hospital. She was born in Sayre on March 9, 1939, a daughter of the late Grant and Edith (Robinson) Pardoe. Clemence and Burdette W. Clark were married on November 17, 1968 and enjoyed 45 happy years together. Family and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 1093 W. Main St., Troy, Pa. Her funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at noon with David Powell officiating. Interment will follow in Harkness Cemetery. Clemence was a graduate of Towanda High School and was a devoted dairy farmer. She and Burdette worked their family farm on the Springfield Road where they still currently reside. Clemence was a devoted entirely to her family and farm, she had a deep love for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her interests included feeding the stray cats that appeared at the farm, feeding her birds and taking care of her cows. She loved the country life and all that went with it. Survivors include her husband Burdette Clark of Springfield Township; children Donald (Diana) Kisner of Troy, Tina Kisner of Sayre, Leslie (Brenda) Kisner of Columbia Cross Roads; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, three brothers, one sister, a grandson Nicklas Bernat and her in-laws Raymond and Laura Clark. Memorials in Clemence's memory may be made to the Animal Care Sanctuary, East Smithfield Milan Road, East Smithfield, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 8/17/2014
PATTERSON - Maude Harkness (April 16, 1931)- aged 55, died unexpectedly at her home in Springfield, Friday. Mrs. Harkness is survived by her husband [Leon], three children, John of Springfield, Mrs. Gertrude Rumsey of Columbia Cross Rds, and Manley of East Smithfield; one sister, Mrs. Ellsworth Gates of Springfield and five grandchildren. The funeral was held at the home Sunday at 2 pm. The Rev. J D Kerrick of the Universalist Church at Towanda officiated with interment in the Harkness Cemetery.
PATTERSON –NORA MAE ON March 17th, 1912 occurred the death of Mrs. Frank Stacy at Dr. Seafew’s hospital in Elmira. After suffering several weeks with typhoid fever, other complications developed, causing her death. Her maiden name was Nora Mae Patterson. She was born March 18th, 1887 at Springfield, PA. Joining the Baptist church of that place at the age of eleven years, she was always a very consistent church member, having the love and esteem of all who knew her. She was married September 26, 1906 to Frank Stacy of Springfield, where they resided until two years ago when they moved to Elmira. She leaves to mourn her death her husband and little daughter, Gladys Ione, 4 years old; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Patterson, of Athens, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Brenchley, of Springfield; four sisters, Mrs. Jean Newbury, Mrs. Will Mason, Mrs. Chas. McKeel and Ruth, all of Athens, and five brothers; George, Cory and Harry of Athens; Sydney of Columbia Cross Roads and Wm. Patterson of Sayre. Her death was the first break in a family of ten. Prayer services were held at Elmira Tuesday, the 19th, the friends bringing her to the husband’s parents’ home at Springfield, where the funeral service was held at two p.m., Rev. Hazelton officiating. There was a large concourse of people in attendance. Burial in the Harknessberg Cemetery.
PATTERSON - Nora Mae Patterson (Mrs. Frank) Stacy – On March 17, 1912 occurred the death of Mrs. Frank Stacy at Dr. Seafew’s hospital in Elmira. After suffering several weeks with typhoid fever, other complications developed, causing her death. Her maiden name was Mora Mae Patterson. She was born March 18, 1887, at Springfield, Pa. Joining the Baptist church at the age of eleven years, she was always a very consistent church member, having the love and esteem to all who knew her. She was married September 26, 1906, to Frank Stacy of Springfield, where they resided until two weeks ago, when they moved to Elmira. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, little daughter, Gladys Ione, 4 years old; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Patterson, of Athens and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Brenchley of Springfield; four sisters, Mrs. John Newbury, Mrs. Will Mason, Mrs. Chas McKeel and Ruth, all of Athens, and five brothers—George, Cory, Harry of Athens; Sydney of Columbia Cross Rds. and Wm Patterson of Sayre. Her death was the first break in a family of ten. Prayer services were held at Elmira, Tuesday, the 19th, the friends bringing her to the husband’s parents’ home in Springfield, where the funeral services were held at two pm. Rev. Hazelton officiating. Burial in the Harkness cemetery.
James Phillips - Died, in Elmira on the 21st of June, 1903, James Phillips, aged 90 years, 5 months and 20 days. Mr. Phillips was the son of Charles Phillips, and was born in Springfield, Mass., January 1st, 1810. His father emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1813 and settled in Springfield, PA., on the opposite side of the road from old Major Cooley home, on land now owned by Willard Brown. Subsequently he moved onto the farm now owned by B. H. Hobart of Troy, and located one mile north of Springfield Centre. On this farm he died in March 1860, aged 77 years, 8 months, and 19 days. James the subject of this notice, married Martha Harkness and settled near Thompson Hill, in South Creek township. In 1850 he purchased the farm now owned by his son, J. K. Phillips, in Springfield, where he lived until 1876, when he retired from business and moved to Elmira, where he remained the balance of his days. His wife deceased some fourteen years ago or in the year 1889. The exact date of her death cannot be given by the writer. They had two sons and one daughter. These were Sheldon, who decease in 1881, Judson K., of Springfield, and Martha, Mrs. Elmer Potter of Elmira, at whose house he died. His funeral was held from the old home in Springfield, June 23rd at 2 o’clock p. m. Rev. T. Mitchell led the service, assisted by Rev. Hemming. The burial took place in the Harkness Cemetery, where the wife and son were buried years ago. Thus has gone another of the old land marks, a man of upright life, of frugal and industrious habits and peaceful life. Thus we are all passing away, “one by on, one by one.” TGR 1903
MORRIS REIDY, best known to his legion of friends in Western Bradford County as “Mott” Reidy, died in his Springfield Township home Monday morning, May 4th, 1931 after failing health of many months and serious illness of several weeks. He would soon have been 75 years old. Mr. Reidy was a native of Troy and spent his entire life in Troy and in Springfield Township, where, for many years, he was a prominent cattle buyer. Of recent years, he spent much of his time with his daughter, Mrs. Charles May, and family here. Of sunny and companionable disposition, he made friends easily and held them. Largely attended funeral services were held at 2 o’clock p.m. yesterday from the May home, rev. L. F. Basford officiating, and burial was in the family plot in Harkenssburg Cemetery. He is survived by two sons; Walter, who lives on the Reidy farm, Charles of Elmira; one daughter, Mrs. Charles P. May, Troy. There are two sisters living; Mrs. Michael Leary and Mrs. Michael McInerny, Buffalo.
RUMSEY - CHARLOTTE D. ABBEY
Charlotte D. Abbey, 71, of Harrisburg, PA died Friday, July 3, 1992 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg. Born May 8, 1921 in Tory, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Gertrude Rumsey. She was the widow of James Abbey. Mrs. Abbey was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, and her church's social club. She was also a former member of the Montoursville Chapter 465, Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by son, Donald A. Abbey of Broadbecks, PA; daughter, Joyce M. Hibbard fo New Windsor, MD; sisters, Nina Wilson and Margaret Hubbard, both of Troy, PA; five grandchildren. Graveside services were held at the Harkness Community Cemetery in Troy on July 7 with arrangements by the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. Contributions can be made to her church at 4901 Constitution Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17109. (TGR, Thursday, July 9, 1992)
George M. SHELL, age 7i5, formerly of RR2, Columbia Cross Roads, PA, died Sunday, December 21, 1997 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Carl Vanderpool of Paxinois, PA. He was born November 25, 1922 in Peckville, PA, the son of George W. and Mary Jane (Miller) Shell. He attended the Mount Pisgah Wesleyan Church. George served with the United states Army during World War II. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. George was a diary farmer and worked in artificial insemination. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Violet M. (Overacker) Shell; daughters and sons-in-law, faith E. Wittig of RR 2, Columbia Cross Roads; Sherry L. (Sydney) Sinclair of Wellsboro, PA, Susan E. (Carl) Vanderpool of Paxinois, PA; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on December 26 (2 pm) with Pastor Ken Deusa officiating and interment to be in Harkness Cemetery, Springfield, PA. Memorials may be directed to VNA Health System Hospice, 21 West Independence St., Shamokin, PA 17872.
SPIAK Steven William Sr.
Age 44, of Columbia Crossroads, PA, died accidentally on Saturday, August 11, 2007, in Troy, PA. Family and friends are welcome to call from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2007, at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA. The celebration to honor Steve's life will be held after the viewing on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Kenneth Marple officiating. Burial will follow the service in Harkness Cemetery with Military Rites given by the Troy VFW Post # 8675. Steve was born on July 3, 1963 in Elmira, NY. He is the son of William J. and Lorraine B. (Orr) Spiak of Columbia Crossroads, PA. Steve was a 1981 graduate of Troy High School, and a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 464 98th "lriquois" Division. He worked for Toshiba in Horseheads, NY until the plant closed and was a mechanic for Cummings Lumber Company from then to present. Steve is survived by his sons, Steven W. (Amber Hostettler) Spiak, Jr., Seth R. Spiak, and Brandon R. Spiak, all of Columbia Crossroads, PA; his daughter, Casey L. Spiak of Granville Summit, PA; his former wife, Lori A. Spiak of Columbia Crossroads, PA; his parents, William J. and Lorraine B. (Orr) Spiak of Columbia Crossroads, PA; his sister, Terrie A. (Jon) Darrow of Columbia Crossroads, PA; his brother, Wayne D. Spiak of Canton, PA; along with several nieces and nephews. His sister, Bonnie Lynn Carey who died in 1977 preceded Steve in death. Memorial contributions may be made in Steve's memory to the trust fund set up for his children, c/o First Citizens National Bank, 2 West Main Street, Troy, PA 16947. Published in the Star-Gazette on 8/14/2007.
STACY - RACHEL S. SULLIVAN
Rachel S. Sullivan, 78, of Hillcrest Apartments in Troy, PA died Tuesday, June 11, 1996 at her home. She was born May 8, 1918 in Checkerville, PA, the daughter of Frank and Mary Stacy. She was employed at the Martha Lloyd School in Troy as a house mother for many years. Rachel was a former member of the Troy Business and Professional Women (BPW) and formerly worked at Troy Library. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Joan Sullivan of Wellsburg, NY; grandson, Patrick; and several nieces and nephews.Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on June 14 with the Rev. James Barrett officiating with burial to be at Harkness Cemetery, Springfield, PA. Memorials may be directed to the Troy Ambulance Association, PO Box 13, Troy, PA 16947. (TGR Thursday, June 20, 1996)
STETHERS H. Gertrude Huntington, Age 88, of Springfield
Township, Pa., died
Saturday, Feb. 20. 2010, at the Bradford County Manor. Gertrude was born April 25, 1921 in Sayre, Pa., daughter of the late Harvey and Emily (WEAVER) Stethers. She was married to the late Wayne L. Huntington and was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her memberships included the Republican Women of Bradford County and the State of Pennsylvania, Committee Woman for the Bradford County Republican Party and the Springfield Ladies Aid. She attended Big Pond Methodist Church and in her spare time enjoyed crocheting, making dolls, crafting and found great joy in babysitting her grandchildren. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Judy Huntington of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., John and Esther Huntington of Gillett, Pa.; her daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Ed Joyce of Dillsburg, Pa.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her husband, Wayne L. Huntington; brothers, Jim Stethers, John Stethers; sister Catherine Peters; and stepdaughter, Carolyn Huntington, predeceased Gertrude. Family and friends are invited to call from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr, Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pa. Her funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 p.m. with Reverend Richard Noggle, of the First United Methodist Church of Troy, officiating. Interment will follow in Harkness Cemetery, Springfield Township, Pa. Memorials are directed to Guthrie Hospice, RR1 Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848; or to the Republican Party. February 22, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.
Local News) Lucinda Voorhees Harkness, widow of Samuel Harkness, of Springfield, died at her home with her daughter, Miss Anna Harkness, in Mansfield, on January 4th, following an illness which began at Thanksgiving time. Her father was one of the earliest settlers and built the first frame house in the section of Springfield which was known to the early comers as Little York. She was born there 1838. Until she went to live with her daughter,, since the death of her husband in 1910, her home had been with her son, Dr. Harry C. Harkness. The remains were brought to Springfield for interment in the family cemetery.TGR 1922
Mary Ellen Voorhess Harkness was born in Springfield, Pa., July 29th, 1835. She was united in marriage with O. P. Harkness on October 17th, 1854. To this union were born four children, Stanley, Leonora, Elmer and Edna, wife of George Wolcott. She was a faithful member of the Springfield Baptist church for the past twenty years. During a very painful illness over two weeks her family, and her sister, Mrs. Samuel Harkness and her daughter, Anna, were with her constantly to comfort her and administer to her wants. She was a woman who will be greatly missed not only by her own family, but by her neighbors and a large circle of relatives and friends. She departed this life September 2nd, 1901, aged 66 years, on month and four days. The funeral occurred at her late home, services being conducted by Rev. P. Reynolds, assisted by Rev. E. B. Dwyer. TGR 1901
GATES Mrs.Charles- aged 65, died at home in Springfield, Saturday morning, November 2, 1946. Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Rush, of Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. Lyle Craig, Providence, RI, and Mrs. Earl Moore, Sayre; one brother, Manley Gates, Auburn; six grandchildren and one great grandchild; several nieces and nephews. The body was removed to the Soper Funeral Home where services were held Monday at 2 pm. Burial was in Harkness Cemetery. Rev. Orey Crippen officiated.
EDWARD S. WILSON
Edward Strong Wilson, 85, died August 20, 1996 at his home on the Big Pond Road in Columbia Cross Roads, PA after a protracted struggle with cancer. Mr. Wilson was the son of the late Dr. Rufus Rockwell Wilson of Troy, PA and Harriette Strong Wilson of Columbia Cross Roads, PA. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn Sprague Wilson; a daughter, Dr. Heather W. Weber of Los Angeles, CA; sons, Rockwell Sprague Wilson of Billings, MT and Christopher Strong of Concord, MA; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial services were held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Troy on August 26 with the Rev. Mary Kisner officiating and interment to follow at the Harkness Cemetery in Springfield, PA under the direction of the Rev. James Donahoo, chaplain of Hospice. Arrangements were by the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. The family requests that you support Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848 if you choose to remember Ed Wilson. (TGR August 29, 1996)
Gates, Mrs. Charles- (1947) 65, died at home in Springfield Saturday morning. Besides her husband she is survived by one son Rush of Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. Lyle Craig of Providence, RI and Mrs. Earl Moore of Sayre; one brother Manley Gates of Auburn; six grandchildren and one great grandchild, several nieces and nephews. The body was removed to the Soper funeral home in Troy where services will be held Monday at 2 pm. Burial will be Harkness Cemetery. Rev. Orey Crippen will officiate. Pat Gobea identified her as Justie Yates. Her mother was a Williams and by the census records. Her parents were John and Roxina Williams Yates.
YERKES William-67, of Springfield, Pa. died Thursday May 29, 1947. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Mary Frances Miller of Elmira, Mrs. Wilma Furman of Gillett, Pa; one grandchild, several nephews. The body is at the family home, where funeral will be held Monday 2 pm. Burial in Harkness Cemetery. Rev. Owen Barrett officiating.
? HARKNESS – [Elanor ?, from census page] Mrs. Lyman Harkness - died Wednesday at her home in Springfield, aged about 60 years. Her husband, survives and several stepchildren. The funeral will be held Saturday at the house.