Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Tri-Counties Newspaper Clippings
Tri County Clippings- Troy Gazette
Register 1901 - Yesterday's News
Typed by Pat MOTT Gobea
|These clippings from ancient
and fragile newspapers stored above the Troy Gazette-Register office are
being typed by Tri-County volunteers for presentation on site. Primarily
we are preserving the neighborhood news columns and the obituary, marriage
and birth information included in them. I intend also to include articles
that show the influences on the lives and attitudes of our local populations
at the time, and I will also illustrate the individual pages with ads from
the era. Nothing is more revealing of lifestyle than the goods and services
The TGR covers the area of all townships surrounding
Troy and many neighborhoods have a local column submitted, but not necessarily every week or even every year.
Our thanks goes to the staff of the Troy Gazette-Register
for giving us access to this valuable old news so that we can share it
with you. There is no better way to understand the culture and customs
of our old communities than by sifting through these clippings. Even
the names of some of these old communities have ceased to exist in today's
world, but we have them captured and preserved here. If you do not
have the time to enjoy the luxury of sifting through clippings, these will
be included in the Partitioned PICO Search Engine which you can reach from
current What's New Page of the site.
There is a partition just for the TGR Clippings.
Troy, Bradford County, PA
Twentieth Year, #990, Thursday, June 13, 1901
Joyce's Search Tip - August 2008
||Do You Know that you can search just the 239 pages of
Troy Gazette-Register Clippings
on the site by using the TGR Clippings
button in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the
What's New Page?
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using the three
county-level Obits by Cemetery buttons and the general Clippings
Button. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some
Graduating Class of 1901
J. Vogelsang Smith, Joe B. Armstrong, S. German Gernert, Henry
T. Eglin, Clara L. Parsons, Lizzie J. Gernert, Margaret C. Shannaon, Ethel
B. Hovey and Constantia L. Brown.
History of Troy High School. Margaret Cecilia Shannon.
Upon me has been bestowed the honorable office of giving a history
of the Troy Graded and High School. After many difficulties I have
succeeded in finding a few facts of more or less interest. The Academy,
which is situated on East Main street or better known as Paine’s Hill,
was the first institution of learning of any note in Troy. Soon after
or about the same time there was opened a district school where Mr. Joralemon’s
meat market now stands. The academy was erected in 1842, and although
it consisted of but two rooms, there were taught all branches from the
alphabet to Homer’s Iliad. I have been told that the chief pleasure
of the pupils was to go to the cold spring for water. Doubtless some
of our prominent business men can remember what a great delight it was,
when they were given that privilege. The spring was but a few rods
from the school but at that time rods must have been as miles for it usually
took about an hour to go and return.
The first teacher in the academy was the Rev. Freeman Dane, who
was followed by many New Englanders, among whom was Mr. Daniels, such an
ideal man and teacher that the people of Troy soon realized the fact by
the progress of their children. The academy was supported by a fee
collected from the pupils, but these were so few in number that it was
at last found necessary to close it.
It was at this time in the year 1866 that some of our good citizens,
who …. Better facilities for education of their children than they themselves
had possessed, resolved to consolidate all the schools of the borough under
the name of the Troy Graded and High School, and to erect a building suitable
for carrying on a school of that grade. At this time some of the
businessmen of wealth and influence, who had sons and daughters to educate,
probably fearing that it would take from them a little of their valued
money (more valued than education), were very much opposed to the erection
of this school building. Fortunately the good progressive citizens
won the day, and Messrs, Merick Pomeroy and Clinton Herrick were sent to
Elmira to secure plans. They at last decided upon a fine brick structure,
but, of course, money was required, so Messrs. Pomeroy, Hooker, Newbery
and others were appointed to levy a tax upon the people. Naturally
the same citizens who were not in favor of the new school building, were
not in favor of paying a tax. Finally our good citizens surmounted
all these difficulties and a suitable building was erected at the head
of Centre street, where it still stands, commanding a fine view of the
village and surrounding county.
Those elected as first directors were Hon. Delos Rockwell, Robert
Redington, John H. Grant, Moses Gustin and Samuel Pomeroy. The board
was very fortunate in getting for their first teacher such an accomplished
man as Mr. Johnson of Chicago, but through some misunderstanding he remained
here but one year.
The next teacher was Mr. Hutton. During his term the first
class was graduated in 1871, consisting of three young ladies, Miss Ella
Cosper–Mrs. Chauncey Tymeson, Minnie S. Budd–Mrs. Orator McClellan, Sarah
E. Ballard–Mrs. Sarah B. Willett.
Since then there have been graduated 255 pupils including this
class of 1901. The same year Mrs. willett was graduated she became
a teacher in our school, and taught nine consecutive years. She then
resigned her position but returned to our school in 1886, and has been
teaching ever since, except last year, when she went abroad. It is
not for me to tell of her good qualities. Everyone knows what she
has done for our school. I have not known her many years, but the
few years I have, I know that she has been a thoughtful, kind teacher,
always interested in her pupils, never discouraged at their dullness, but
always encouraging them in their work. She has made her classes more
interesting this past year by giving us some idea of what she saw abroad.
Miss Terry has been companion as well as teacher. We have
always been assured of ready sympathy from her, and have never failed to
receive from her an encouraging word and sunny smile.
Mr. Gordinier is the able successor of Mr. McCollom, Dr. Daniel
Fleisher, Mr. Murray and Mr. Whatenecht.
Mr. McCollom succeeded Mr. Hutton and was in charge of the school
from ‘73’ to ’84.
Dr. Fleisher was principal of the School for twelve years.
He left Troy to accept a position as Principal of the Wellsboro High School.
This position he held for two years and then became Superintendent of Schools
at Columbia, Pa.
Prof. Murray was Principal three years and then entered Columbia
University to take a post-graduate course. He has just been appointed
to a lucrative position at Robert College, Constantinople, and will start
for his new field of labor about the first of August.
Mr. Whatenecht was in the school but one year and then resigned
to take the chair of Greek and Latin in a University at Oxford, Ohio.
Mr. Gordinier had already “won his spurs” as professor in a school
in Kentucky, and as he was in former years a student in our High School,
he was no stranger to us when he was made our honored Principal.
Although his term as Principal has been short, he has already demonstrated
his fitness for the place and the wisdom of the Board who selected him.
It is impossible in the limits of a paper like this to mention
separately and in detail the many who have gone out as graduates from the
doors of our High School. These are now widely scattered, but are
filling honorable positions. Among its number are to be found orators,
lawyers, teachers and business men. The school looks to them with
pride and gladly numbers them as her own, remember fondly their old “alma
Mater.” We trust that you members of my class, and you members of
the class that are to follow us, may never prove disloyal to our school
and her teachings, but, wherever your future lot may be cast, may look
back upon the days spent here as your most priceless legacy.
See Also History of Troy High
School from 1932 Yearbook
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