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Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.
All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com)
Many of the biographies on this page are also included on the site in the Bradsby book or the F&AM book which includes photos. These are duplicates of material already published on the site.
"Riverside Cemetery Ravaged By Vandals," by L. A. Merrill, Dec. 1981. "Extensive desecration of Riverside Cemetery, Towanda's oldest burial grounds, was reported recently by the sexton, George Coleman, and an informal check on Saturday revealed that approximately 30 headstones and monuments have been overturned some of the monuments, obelisk in shape, were broken when they struck the ground. Looking out from the superintendent's house at the south end of the cemetery, George Coleman noted five headstones overturned. This started the investigation. The headstones for graves in the lower, or older, portion of the cemetery that were overturned were located at the east side of the cemetery, next to the river. This would indicate that the vandals wanted to keep out of the sight of people living along William Street or driving on it. However, many other headstones and monuments that were tipped over are in the middle section of the cemetery and at the upper, or Walnut Street, end. During an informal check of the vandalism, it was impossible to ascertain the names of 80 many of the headstones. However, one stone bore the name of M. T. Carrier, another Badger and still another Mabee. Two of the overturned headstones bore the name of Pratt and still another bore the name of Henry Carey who died in 1873. OTHER DESECRATED (sic) headstones and monuments bore the names of Esenwine, Felton; Helen May, wife of H.C. Mercur; Harris; Gerote N. Nerithew; Myron W. Coolbaugh and wife, Emily; James A. Shores and wife Louella; Ezra Strope and wife, Estella. Ezra was a Civil War veteran, but that made no difference to the vandals. His headstone went over. The resting places of other war veterans were also vandalized. Still other names on overturned monuments: James Cash and wife Louise; Wood; Russell; George J. Smith; Fred Carman; Charles Bennett and wife, Lorain. George Coleman, who has been caretaker at Riverside Cemetery for a good many years, is heartsick at the vandalism he has uncovered. His care of the old cemetery has been excellent and on each Memorial Day he has it sparkling. He says he just cannot understand why anyone would want to go in the cemetery and push over the monuments, breaking some of them. 'Some of those stones were heavy and well placed and it took a lot of strength to push them off their bases.' George has reported the matter to the police but has received no response, as yet." (Those monuments and stones which were able to be salvaged have since been repaired. The Strope monument was tipped over again during the summer of 1997 by a prankster on a 4-wheeler all-terrain recreational vehicle. Descendants are in the process of making arrangements for its repair.) Just as our ancestor, Sebastian, went looking for the Iroquois Indian, Nicholas; I am looking for the driver of that 4-wheeler! Submitted by: Bonnie Strope <WSWQ34A@prodigy.com>
BENJAMIN –NETTIE LEONA BENJAMIN FULMER, 87, widow of Karl B. Fullmer of 215 William St., Towanda, died Saturday evening, March 3, 2001, at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born Dec. 25, 1913, in Evergreen, she was a daughter of Adelbert and Deliliah Johnson Benjamin. On June 24, 1936 she married Karl B. Fullmer in Endicott, N.Y., who preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 1984. Nettie was a member of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, for 53 years. Her life encompassed her home and family. Surviving are her children, Duane W. and his wife, Irene Fullmer, of Corning, Calif., Charles E. Fullmer and Marie Sutton of Towanda, Esther E. and her husband, Leslie Buchholz, of Richmond, Minn., and Irene E. Fullmer of the Bradford County Manor; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a son, Herbert Fullmer, on May 23, 1996; a granddaughter, Dorothy Mae Beers; a great-granddaughter, Amanda Beers on Feb. 9, 1988; and brothers, Walter, Lester and Herman Benjamin. The funeral and committal service will be held Thursday, March 8, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Darris Hauser, pastor emeritus of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Towanda at a later date. –Towanda Daily review.
BENNETT, Charles - "Bradford Star," 17 September 1896, p. 2 'Powell': "Again death has visited our town and taken another old soldier, Charles Bennett, who died September 6, aged 78 years; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Towanda." To clavify which Charles Bennett this is; I'm including his will: Filed July 13, 1895 at the Bradford County Courthouse, Towanda, PA (Book # 11, page 276, entry # 6104). "Will and Testament of Charles Bennett-I Charles Bennett of the township of Monroe County of Bradford and State of Pennsylvania, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last`will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me et any time heretofore made. First: I direct all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid. Second: I give devise and bequeath to my son Elmer Bennett now living in Towandm township County of`Bradford the sum of one dollar. Third: I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Ella Bennett now married to Thomas Mills now living in the State of Indiana the sum of one dollar. Fourth: I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Arona Dugans (sic) now a widow living at home all my personal property of every kind and description to have and to hold in her own rights, and also give to her all my real estate that I may die possessed of situated in Greenwood (now called Powell-BES) Monroe Township County of Bradford and State of Pennsylvania. And I hereby nominate and appoint my daughters (sic) Arona Dugan to be my executrix of this my last will and testament. In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety five. Charles (X-his mark) Bennett Signed in the presence of Witnesses: Benjamin Haythorn, Catharine Haythorn Admitted to Probate Dec. 28, 1896. A. (C. ?-illegible) Blackwell, Register" Submitted by gg g-daughter, Bonnie Strope
BLOSS - Virginia Bloss Fulda, 90, of 603 William St., Towanda, Pa., diedMonday, March 2, 2009, at Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa. Virginia was born July 7, 1918, in Whitesville, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Ethel Church Bloss. Virginia was proud to be descended from Richard Warren, who came over on the Mayflower. As a young girl, she moved to Andover, N.Y., then to Canisteo, N.Y., where she was raised and graduated from Canisteo High School. She later moved to Towanda, to obtain employment in a local silk mill. After raising her family, Virginia worked at the Towanda Motel for 18 years. In the early 1980s, she moved to Florida and later lived in North Carolina, returning to Towanda in 2005 to make her home. Surviving are: her sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Meg Fulda of Hamptonville, N.C., and Terry and Theresa Fulda of Towanda; her daughter, Nancy McIlhenny of Jonestown, Pa.; her grandchildren, Lisa Ellis, Lori Crawford, Tom, Tim, Fred and Christian Fulda, and Shane, Kellen and Patrick McIlhenny; 10 great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Cress Bloss of Spencerport, N.Y.; her sister-in-law, Edith Fulda of Towanda; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Virginia is also remembered by dear friends: Harold Davidson of Crystal Springs, Fla., Sally and Glen Meisenhelter of Towanda, Flossie and Jack Troutwine of Ulster, Pa., and Ann and Kevin Hanzok of New Albany, Pa. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by; her husband, Thomas; son-in-law, Jack McIlhenny; and her sister, Virgil DeSerio. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Interment will be private in the Riverside Cemetery, Towanda. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848, in Virginia Bloss Fulda's memory. RHW. Rowanda Daily Review 11 March, 2009.
L. SAMUEL W. BUCK – 1890. Many prospects of a brilliant career were extinguished by the early death of this amiable and accomplished brother. A graduate of Union College, a member of the Bar, and a trusted, efficient public officer, he was universally beloved and respected. His integrity was almost an axiom. Masonry was congenial to him from his initiation, August 5, 1885, and the members were only too glad to recognize his ability at the annual elections. He was a clear, impressive accurate workman. He was the second son of Hon. P. H. Buck, was born in Pike township June 9, 1855, and died at Towanda, January 26, 1891. Buried in Riverside Cemetery.
GEORGE H. BULL – 1845, 1846, 1848, 1849, 1850. Brother Bull came from
Elmira to Towanda in 1826, following his father and two brothers to this place.
He was merchant, Justice of the Peace, farmer (buying the McCord farm at
Highland) and miller at the Towanda Creek Mills. Of somewhat stern appearance,
he is remembered for his integrity, good judgment and a lively appreciation of
wit and humor. As a Justice his office was on the North side of Public Square.
He probably was made a Mason at Elmira. His family had come from Connecticut.
Probably no one here, during his time, gave more attention to Freemasonry. An
expert at every point, he was justly considered, with Dr. Houston, a leader in
the Craft. His last years were passed at Newark, N.J., but his remains were
interred at Riverside, Towanda. He died July --, 1870.
CASHIN –AGNES CASHIN MITCHELL, 83, of North Towanda died Tuesday morning, May 3, 1988 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born April 19, 1905 in Towanda, she was a daughter of Patrick and Agnes England Cashin. She was a life-time resident of the Towanda area, was a graduate of St. Agnes High School in 1923 and later graduated from the Cronk Business School, Towanda. In early years she was employed for a brief time at The Daily Review and later was employed for many years at the Burlinger Silk Mill, Towanda. In 1973 she retired from Sylvania Electric following 15 years of service. Mrs. Mitchell was a devoted member of Saints Peter and Paul’s Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Sylvania Women’s Club, the 20th Century Club and served on the election board in North Towanda Township for several years. Mrs. Mitchell was honored by being selected as the Secretary of the Year in 1973. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex J. Mitchell in October 1968. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller of Monroeton and Mrs. Margaret ill of Towanda; a niece, Kay Lee of Monroeton; a nephew, Peter Cashin of Sterling, VA; three great-nieces, Kelly Hilsey, Barbara Lee and Lisa Cashin; a great-nephew, Robert Patrick Lee; and a great-great niece, Leah Hilsey. She was predeceased by a brother, Dr. John Cashin of Tunkahanock. Family will receive friends Thursday from 7 until 9 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda where recitation of the rosary will be held Thursday evening at 6:45. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at Saints Peter and Paul’s Church, Towanda with interment at Riverside Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
COWAN - Alice C. Church, 91, formerly of Syracuse, N.Y., died July 23, 2009, at Stonehedge Nursing Home, Chittenango, N.Y. Born in Towanda, Pa., she was a graduate of Nichols N.Y. High School and received her master's degree from Syracuse University. Alice was employed by Bristol-Myers Pharmaceutical Corporation in Syracuse, N.Y., for many years and later served as a business instructor for the Onondaga Central School District until her retirement in 1975. Alice was past president of the Syracuse Rose Society, Syracuse Chapter of the National Secretaries Association and the Greater Syracuse Poodle Club. She was voted "Secretary of the Year" in 1962. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, Pa. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Church, who died in action in March 1945 while serving in U.S. Military during World War II, as well as her sisters Jean Hutton, Pricilla Park and Elaine Wiswell. Alice is survived by several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held Oct. 11 at the Towanda Riverside Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. She was the daughter of Mr.Fred and Fern VOSBURG Cowan.
Picture Caption - Top: Travels at End
Bottom: Charles L. FELTON
The facts in the accompanying obituary were given to The Daily Review by Mr. Felton himself five years ago one night when the editorial force was discussing difficulties often encountered in getting information from families wherein a death has occurred. Charlie joined in the conversation and jokingly said there wouldn't be any trouble like that when he died. So he jotted down the main facts of his life. They were taken from the envelope yesterday and used in preparation of today's article.
Charles L. FELTON Of Towanda Dies [November 1935]
Widely Known in County Seat and Vicinity; Had Highly Interesting Life; Once Won Bet by Beating Weather Man at His Own Game.
Charles L. Felton, for years one of Towanda’s widely known men, died suddenly from a heart attack about 7:30 yesterday morning [Thursday]. He had been in poor health for several months but nevertheless his passing was a shock to his many friends. Born in Towanda January 30, 1862, Charley spent most of his life here but for a few years made his home on a farm at Herrickville. While there he served as school director and once was Justice of the Peace but laughingly said in speaking of it, that he never had a marriage and never heard a case. When a mere youngster he became drummer boy for a National Guard company and went with the soldiers to Altoona at the time of the big Pennsylvania Railroad strike there in 1872. He also paraded with his company at two inaugurations of Presidents in Washington, D.C. Charley taught school several terms at North Towanda and on Pond Hill and once served as deputy sheriff. Later he started the Dickens Book Shop in Towanda but sold it when he decided to take up farming. For some time also he was employed at the old Tracey shoe factory in the building now occupied by the Patterson Screen Co.
Always musically inclined, he played in the old Naiad band here, the Dushore band, old Germania band and the Towanda band. He joined the Naiad-Linta fire company about 30 years ago and kept up his interest in the fire department through the years. He also belonged to Bradford Lodge No. 167 I.O.O.F. and Shechem Odd Fellows Club where he was always ready for his favorite game of pitch with all comers. One of his great hobbies was working of cross-word puzzles. Some time ago he gained wide attention by acclaim that he had worked more than 5,000 of these puzzles without ever giving up on one after starting it. Since that time he has worked thousands more.
Several years ago Charley made a bet that over a given period he could predict the weather closer than the Weather Bureau. Each morning his prediction and the one given out by the experts were printed side by side in The Dailey Review. Charley won his bet. Although he never worked on a newspaper, Charley was around The Dailey Review office for years because of his employment on a part time basis by his brother John in the latter’s bindery. Charley had what all reporters are supposed to have but which many fail to develop – a “nose for news.” He often picked up news tips for The Review and in recent years when he found much enjoyment in touring about the country in his “Rolls Royce” he styled himself The Review’s “Traveling Correspondent.” One trip in which he took special delight was to the Sesqui-centennial at Philadelphia. Charley thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing and often told of the days many years ago when it was his job each evening to go around the borough and light the gas street lights. He also liked to recall his teaching experiences and never failed to have an interested audience. Charley is survived by six children: Henry S. of Binghamton, George B. of Carlisle, James D. and Philip E. of New York, Dana S. of Brooklyn, and Mary E. (O’Grady) of Englewood, N. J., and one brother John B. Felton of Towanda. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Kuhn on Bridge street where Charley has lived for some years. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery, Towanda.
FULLMER - Irene E. Fullmer, 64, of RR 3 Troy, W. Burlington Twp., Pa., died Friday evening Feb. 15, 2008, at the Bradford County Manor where she had been a resident for the past 25 years. Irene was born on Aug. 2, 1943 in Towanda Pa., the daughter of the late Karl B. Fullmer and Nettie Leona Benjamin Fullmer. Irene is survived by: her brother, Charles E. Fullmer and Marie Sutton of Towanda; her sister and brother-in-law, Esther E. Buchholz and Leslie Buchholz of Richmond, Minn.; sister-in-law, Irene Fullmer of California; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by: her father, Karl B. Fullmer on Aug. 24, 1984; her mother, Nettie Leona Benjamin Fullmer on March 3, 2001; brothers, Herbert K. Fullmer on May 23, 1996, Duane William "Bill" Fullmer in September of 2003; a niece, Dorothy Mae Beers and grand nieces, Amanda Sue Beers, both on Feb. 9, 1988. The funeral and committal service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wed. Feb. 20, 2008, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Donn Hauser, pastor of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, Pa., officiating. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Towanda, Pa. There are no calling hours. - Towanda Daily Review, 17 Feb. 2008
GILLETT - Funeral services for the late Isaac M. Gillett were held at the family home at Overshot Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Rev. Edwin A. Gernant officiating. Interment was made in the Riverside cemetery, Towanda. Pallbearers were: Daniel O'Sullivan, James Dunn. William Madigan and William Carman. Reva Wagner. Daily Review Feb. 28, 1911.
SAMUEL HOUSTON, M.D. – Dr. Houston was born in Rockport, Mass., May 4, 1796. He graduated at Dartmouth College and from the Medical Schools of Boston. He began practice in New Hampshire, and came to Towanda in 1824. Though he died May 20, 1856, he is still remembered as an eminent man in his profession. Strong in likes and dislikes, firm in purpose, of great kindness of heart and integrity of character he would have been notable anywhere. He affiliated with Lodge No. 70, June 5, 1827, was W. M. in 1829, and became a member of No. 108 at its revival. His work in this Lodge was enormous. Always active, always present, he was dignified and able at every point. Old members still speak of him as one of the best of Worshipful Masters. He was for some years the District Deputy Grand Master for this District. Buried in Riverside Cemetery.
HUTCHINSON, Estella - An October 15, 1914 obituary notice in an unknown local paper states, "Mrs. Estella Strope. (Contributed.) Mrs. Estella Strope, wife of the late Ezra Strope, was born in Ulster Township on April 1, 1839 and died Oct. 6, 1914 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Rice (Nellie Strope) in Towanda, after a long and painful illness. She was a devoted Christian and was respected by all who knew her; always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need, and always looked to her Bible for comfort. She was a great sufferer but trusted in her God. She was the mother of 14 children. John, dying when three years of age. She leaves 13 to survive her, besides 55 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Adaline Wigins of West Franklin, Mrs. T. A. Harding of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Pierce Crawford of Nanticoke, Pa., and one half-sister, Mrs. Jas. Hees of Towanda. The funeral was largely attended by friends and neighbors. The pastor, Rev. A. E. Hall preached a comforting sermon. Her favorite hymn, 'It is Well With My God,' was beautifully sung by Mrs. McClen (The hymn is now known by the name, 'It Is Well With My Soul'). She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in Riverside Cemetery. 'Rest Sweet Mother, Rest." Submitter: Bonnie Strope <WSWQ34A@prodigy.com>
INGHAM - Local News) Sara A. VanFleet, widow of Former Sheriff Perry VanFleet of this county, died last Saturday at the home of her niece, Mrs. Flora Kuhl in Knoxville, Tioga county, Mrs. VanFleet was 75 years old. Mrs. Stephen Gernert of Columbia X Roads, is a sister. The remains were taken to Towanda for interment in Riverside Cemetery. TGR 1914
KNOWLES - Mary Jane Knowles, aged 14, of South Towanda died Saturday afternoon at the Robert Packer Hospital. She is survived by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter VANDERPOOL and the following brothers and sisters: John, Charles, Timothy, Roseanna, Eli, Gladys, Walter and Donald. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the South Towanda Chapel. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Submitted by Reva Wagner, obit from the Daily Review Towanda, 28 December, 1943.
KROPP Frank Kropp of Campbell Street, Bath, NY, formerly of Towanda,
at the Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath Sunday night, July 9, following a long illness. Mr. Kropp was employed by Jennings Co. for a number of years managing an auto parts store in Sayre and Wellsboro until his illness began about three years ago, he was employed by the Corning, NY Auto Parts store. Surviving are his wife, the former Gwendolyn ALLIS of Towanda; two daughters, Susan at home, and Mrs. Galle Jordan of Hammondsport, NY; three sons, Lynn, at home, Dean with the Air force in Idaho, and Frank Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Fred Kropp of East Towanda, and Karl Kropp of Towanda; five grandchildren and two nephews. Funeral services will be held at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery, Towanda. RHW. July 1961, Towanda Daily Review.
L'Amoureux, Miss Ione died last evening at her home on North Fourth street. Her death was quite unexpected despite her advanced years since she had been about up to the past few days, and brought deep grief to the scores of persons who held her in high regard. Miss L'Amoureux was born in Towanda December 8, 1861, and was a member of the Methodist church here. Kind and gracious at all times, she was beloved throughout her neighborhood. The survivors are a brother, Charles L'Amoureux, of Towanda, and a sister, Mrs. R.G. Rice of St. Paul, Minn. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Daily Review
GEORGE D. MANTANYE – 1866. The fourth son of the late Joseph D,. Montanye, was born Oct. 3, 1836, and was educated for the Bar. He possessed an unusually keen intellect, refined literary taste and great knowledge of human nature. In political judgment he had few equals. He served as District Attorney of the County and was for several years United States Collector of Internal Revenue. In Masonry his services were brilliant and memorable. His faculty of saying and doing the right thing at the right time made him invaluable to the Craft, and as a District Deputy Grand Master he performed much work. Gentlemanly manners and obliging disposition made him a universal favorite. He died April 29, 1876. Interred in Riverside Cemetery.
HENRY MERCUR – 1865. Bro. Mercur was the second son of the late H. S. Mercur, whose memory is justly held in high esteem by the old citizens of Towanda. Henry, the son, was bred to mercantile pursuits, and was in general business first with his father, and later in the wholesale grocery house of Fox, Stevens, Mercur & Co. His active career closed in the coal business. He was initiated Dec. 12, 1860, being then twenty-one years of age. His interest in the Fraternity was shown so well that he was called to the office of Worshipful Master, and he performed the duties in a careful, punctilious manner. He was a modest, unassuming gentleman, a valued friend and pleasant companion. He died July 21, 1882, and is buried in Riverside Cemetery. - H.C. Bradsby
PARSONS E. M.
Death of E. M. Parsons of Towanda.
E. Mortimer Parsons died at his home in Towanda on Friday, from the effects of an apoplectic stroke. He was 74 years of age and was born at Columbia X Roads. He was a veteran of the Civil war and served in Company B of the 141st regiment. TGR 1904
CALVIN B. PATCH – Bro. Patch’s family came from Owego, N.Y., to Towanda, in 1860, and he was here for many years a leading merchant in the business of groceries and produce. His affiliation with this Lodge seems to date July 3, 1861, but the record is not clear. HE was a zealous, interested Mason, a man of keen perception, kind, genial and charitable. No man could be more highly esteemed than he was by his brethren. He was born July 8, 1835, and died February 11, 1877. Buried at Riverside. - H.C. Bradsby
WILLIAM A. PECK – 1869, 1870. He was born in Smithfield township, Bradford county, Pa., January 24, 1833. After reading with the late Dr. E. P. Allen, he graduated as a physician from the University of Michigan in March, 1854. His first practice was at Dushore, but he soon removed to Berwick where he remained four or five years. He there studied law, then attended a law school at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and practiced law for a time at Phoenixville, Pa. In Oct. 1861, he was commissioned as Surgeon of the 104th Regiment Penn’a Vols., and July 20, 1862, was honorably discharged. In July, 1863, he again entered the service as Surgeon of the 38th Penn’a Vols. His duties were numerous, as Medical Purveyor, at Chambersburg, and in other stations. After the muster out of his Regiment he came to Towanda and engaged in the work of the law, where he attained a leading place, with brilliant prospects, eclipsed by his early death. He was made a Mason in Lodge No. 265 at Bloomsburg, April 2, 1855. After he affiliated at Towanda, his work became conspicuous, and he deservedly held high place in the hearts of brethren. He died July 24, 1875, and is buried in Riverside Cemetery. - H.C. Bradsby
The first and one of the most important pioneers to settle in what is now North Towanda, township was Ezra RUTTY who came from New York in 1785, and located on Sugar creek. he purchased on time 500 acres, and improved what is yet known as the " Rutty farm," on which his descendants remained. His son Ezra was a baby when the family came, and Ezra (third) eventually occupied the old homestead. Mr. Rutty died in 1813, and his widow five years later; they were buried in Riverside Cemetery. - H.C. Bradsby
Hon. George SCOTT, a native of Berkshire county, Mass., born November
19, 1784, having attained his majority, in company with an elder brother,
David, started for the "Sunny South " to begin life in earnest and
make his fortune. The young men were both well educated for those days, and had
decided to engage in school-teaching when an opportunity presented itself,
until something more congenial and paying should be found. Accordingly,
sometime in 1805, they set out with a single horse, and drifted into Wysox,
Bradford county. They made their business known, whereupon the citizens called
a meeting at the house of Burr Ridgeway, and George was hired to teach the
school of the district. David found employment west of the river. He also
clerked for William Means, read law in the meantime, and finally went to
Wilkes-Barre, where he was admitted to the bar. He became a man of note; was
prothonotary of Luzerne county, and for several years was president judge of
the Luzerne district. George continued teaching in Wysox, and having been
appointed a justice of the peace, purchased a lot next beyond the "brick
church," and built a house thereon. Finally, Miss Lydia, daughter of Henry
Strope, " possessed the necessary charms," and he became a permanent
fixture in the county. Upon the organization of the county in 1812, he was
appointed an associate judge with John McKean, by Gov. Snyder, and held that
office until 1818. He was clerk to the county commissioners from 1815 to 1820,
and was appointed prothonotary in ----, and register and recorder in 1824,
which office he held till 1830. In 1816 he was appointed a commissioner to
superintend the distribution of the funds appropriated for the building of the
State road, " extending eastward and westward through the county,"
and passing through Towanda.
In the Autumn of 1819, Mr. Scott moved to Towanda with his family, and took up his residence on the corner north of State street, west of Main, but afterward lived and died on the ground now occupied by Dr. Pratt. He edited and published the Bradford Settler from 1821 to 1823, his printing office standing east of Main street, and south of State, near the corner. From 1823 to 1824 he was country treasurer, and for many Years was prominent in the politics of the county. He died at Towanda, March 2, 1834, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Scott survived her husband many years; she was born in Wysox, February 29, 1788, and died in Towanda, February 25, 1881. - H.C. Bradsby
GEORGE SCOTT – No one has, so far, in No. 108, served as Worshipful Master as many years as Judge Scott. His excellent ability made him worthy of this prominence, and the records show that whatever he did, was performed punctually and well. Called from the Secretary’s desk to "the East", he never served as Warden, and no one noted the omission. There are to be found many evidences of the warm affection in which he was held by his brethren. He is buried at Riverside Cemetery.
Obadiah SPALDING, a brother of Col. Harry, a " mechanic and single freeman," lived ill Towanda from 1812 to 1817. . . Noah Spalding another brother of Col. Harry, who had been associated with Will. B. Spalding (a brother) in lumbering on the Towanda creek, became a villager in about 1822. He built a tavern on the east side of the river, a little north of where the bridge approach now is, and kept it in con-nection with a ferry. He died in 1835, aged forty-seven years, and is buried at Riverside. -H.C. Bradsby
IRA H. STEPHENS – . Born Nov. 2, 1802, he was a son of Capt. Ira Stephens, a Revolutionary Soldier of very honorable record, who became a charter member of Lodge No. 70. The son, Ira H., was made a Mason in that Lodge May 16, 1826, and served as Warden in 1828 and 1829. He labored actively at the revival of Lodge No. 108, and became its Worshipful Master in 1844. Bro. Stephens was elected Sheriff of the county in 1839, and was Burgess of Towanda Borough 1943. For several years he kept a hotel on the spot where E. O. Goodrich afterward built the brick "Reporter" building. The hotel being sold, he removed to a farm in North Towanda, where he died Feburary 1, 1862, aged 59 years. Buried at Riverside Cemetery. -H.C. Bradsby
STROPE, Ezra - (June 10, 1909 edition of the "Bradford Star") "Ezra Strope, born Oct. 5, 1826, died June 9, 1909 Towanda age 83 yrs., buried in Riverside Cemetery, His wife and 13 children survive. He was in CO. C-188 N.Y. in the Civil War" Ezra's tombstone text: "STROPE, Ezra Strope, Co. C 188 Regt. N.Y. Vol., Born Oct. 5, 1829, Died June 9, 1909. Estella H., His wife, Born Apr. 1, 1839, Died Oct. 6, 1914, The Lord Is My Shepard." Submitted by Bonnie Strope <WSWQ34A@prodigy.com>
TALLADA, Abigail - Mrs. Abigail Essenwine died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.R. Dykens, at Muncey on Thurwday, aged 86 years. The body will be brought to Towanda thms evening for interment. Services will be held Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. at the$First Baptist Church on South Main Street. Interment will be made in Riverside Cemetary beside the body of her husband. Adam Essenwine, a former well known Towandian. The deceased is survived by two sons, Charles Essenwine of East Towanda and John of Loch Haven, and the daughterm Mrs. Dykens. From Daily Review, Dec. 3, 1904 Submitted by Gloria Wilkinson, email email@example.com (Tombstone reading says she died in 1906)
William WATKINS was born in Windsor county, Vt., was admitted to the bar in Montpelier in 1825. In 1828 he married Almira Hulett, and soon after removed to Towanda. He gave himself immediately to the practice of his profession, never engaging in speculation, and only participating in the passing questions of the day, when he considered a moral principle to be involved. His keen perception of character and motive, and persistency of purpose, secured him, in time, a reputation for shrewdness as a lawyer, and the integrity of mind, that was a distinguishing trait, gave him an undisputed claim to the confidence of his clients and the respect of his neighbors and friends. Mr. Watkins was a man of strong convictions, and of such as did not always lead him into avenues of g popularity. He identified himself with the earliest Abolition movements in the county. when a single old colored man, familiarly known as " Black Henry," was his main ally. Years later, in the interval of which history was verifying the correctness of his sympathies, his eldest son, Lieut. Col. Guy Hulett, who had early enlisted in the War of the Rebellion, fell in the fruitless charge before Petersburg, June 18, 1864. Mr. Watkins died September 12, 1877, aged seventy-five years, in the home he inhabited nearly fifty years; Mrs. Watkins died February 9, 1879, at the age of seventy two. Their children were two sons, Guy H. and William H., and two daughters, who married Hon. W. T. Davies, and H. L. L'Amoureaux, respectively. -H.C. Bradsby
Dr. Charles WHITEHEAD located at Towanda in 1818. His house stood a little south of N. N. Bett's residence, in the same lot, which he then owned. He was a man of ability and considerable eminence. From 1820 and 1823 he was register and recorder of the county. He was also a justice of the peace. He died in 1825 (aged thirty-one years). and was buried in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Whitehead taught school in the village after her husband's death. - H.C. Bradsby-
WOLFE - Wilson Wolfe, son of Fred Wolfe of Towanda died Sept. 14  at Spring City, Pa. after a long illness, aged 23 years. The remains were brought to Towanda and interred in Riverside cemetery, Sunday. - Bradford Star, Thursday, September 21, 1916
WOOD, Miss Mary Spencer- (Dec 13, 1945) daughter of the late James and Louise Cash Wood of Towanda, died at the Moore Nursing Home in Athens Wednesday. Miss Wood was born in Towanda, then went to New York City where she lived until five years ago, then coming to Athens. She is survived by a brother, Robert of Richmond Highlands, Washington. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Towanda, where a prayer service will be held Friday, Dec 14.