Tri County Clippings- Troy Gazette Register 1918 - Yesterday's News
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Mr. Fred Bohlayer, long one of the leading fruit growers and general farmer of this locality, died Wednesday morning at his home in Bohlayertown. Mr. Bohlayer had been out of health for some time, and his death was not unexpected. He was 67 years old. The funeral will be held from the home at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon and interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery by the side of his wife who passed away Dec. 3d.
Clark Joralemon died at his home on Canton Street early Wednesday morning from septic poisoning due to carbuncles. He had been ill about two weeks. A native of Troy the greater part of his life was spent here. He was 54 years old and leaves a wife, two children, George and Elizabeth, two brothers, Charles and Renselaer and three sisters, Mrs. F. L. Sollomen of Boston; Mrs. P. C. Petit of New York and Mrs. H. Van Harper of Williamsport. The funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Mrs. Benjamin Knights
Mrs. Addie Wilbur Knights, wife of Benjamin Knights of this place, died last Friday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Frank Reynolds in Elmira. She was about 50 years old. Mrs. Knights went of visit her sister about six weeks ago and shortly after was seized with a stroke from which she never rallied. She is survived by her husband and one son, Guy at home, two sisters, Mrs. Seymour Teachout of Oneonta and Mrs. Frank Reynolds of Elmira and one brother, George W. Wilber of Cooperstown, N. Y. The funeral was held at the home of her sister on Sunday afternoon. The remains were brought here Monday and burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Catherine Smith
Mrs. Catherine Smith, widow of the late George Smith, died at her home in this boro on Dec. 26th. She was 62 years old and had been ill about four weeks with heart trouble. She was a faithful member of St. John’s church from which the funeral was held on Saturday morning. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.
Mrs. Smith is survived by the following children: Mrs. Joseph Lynch of Towanda; Mrs. Thomas Blake of Elmira; Mrs. H. D. Wendt of Lansing, Mich.; Veronica and Kathryn at home and John of Coudersport; also two sisters, Miss Nellie Britt of this place and Mrs. Margaret McNamara of Towanda.
Mrs. Emily A. Baxter
Mrs. Emily A. Baxter, expired Saturday morning, Dec. 29th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles H. Tate following a long, painful illness. Mrs. Baxter was 68 years old. She had long been a member of the M. E. Church. Her husband, Gideon Baxter died some years ago. Besides Mrs. Tate, she leaves Mrs. H. S. Fudge and five sons – Frank of Rochester, N. Y. George W. and Seth R., of Troy; Edward B. of Ithaca and Otis.
The funeral was held at the Tate home at 2 Monday afternoon.
Interment was in Glenwood Cemetery.
Laura Le Franc Lilley
Laura LeFranc Lilley, daughter of Dummer and Nancy Lilley, died, Dec. 16, 1917, on the farm where she was born, April 6, 1850. She was a member of the Universalist church. Her faith was simple and sublime. She never doubted God’s presence and keeping. To many she was an unfailing source of inspiration for in her presence was always the light of hope and cheer. As a sister, aunt and neighbor she was devoted, self sacrificing with all those characteristics which endear and make a true home. The death of Miss Lilley has brought sorrow to the devoted family and friends but to none is it such a blow as to the sister who was her companion.
The entire community mourns her death. She had been ill two years. Death resulting from a cancer. Every thing was done to alleviate her suffering and if possible spare her live, but she gradually grew worse and at 10:40 o’clock on Sunday her spirit took its flight. The funeral was held from the home on Wednesday at 11 o’clock. Rev. Dawson of Mansfield officiating. Interment was in Sylvan Cemetery. She leaves two sisters, Miss Florence at home and Mrs. Ella Sweet of Sylvania.
Mrs. Florence Ward Spencer
Mrs. Florence Ward Spencer, beloved wife of Francis Spencer, passed away at her home in Elmira last Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Spencer was a bright and lovable young woman and possessed a host of friends.
Besides her husband, mother and several brothers and sisters, she leaves to deeply mourn her loss a sister, Mrs. F. W. Bullock of this boro. The funeral was held from the home Sunday afternoon, the Rev. George Whiting officiating. The Masonic hymns closing with a touching Goodnight Requiem. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Nora Stacy Coles
Mrs. Nora Stacy Coles, formerly of Troy, expired Monday evening, Dec. 31st at the Blossburg hospital to which she was taken from her home in Mansfield the day after Christmas. The decline which ended in death from heart trouble began with a cold which she contracted in Red Cross work two months ago. Mrs. Coles was born in New Britain, Conn., Feb. 27, 1852. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Stacy moved in her girlhood to Springfield, this county. She married in 1881 to Sheridan E. Coles. A true devoted mother, four children survive to revere her memory: Edwin S., Percy S., and Inez M. (Mrs. B. W. Leonard) of Mansfield, and Lora Aline (Mrs. M. Leroy Seecomb) of Auburn, N. Y. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the home of her son, Percy A. Coles, the Rev. G. A. Baldwin of the M. E. Church to which she had long belonged officiating.
(East Troy News) Mrs. Sarah Jones, a former resident of East Troy and sister of Mrs. John Rathbun and Mr. J. R. Jones, died at home in Morris of pneumonia and brought here for burial. Funeral services were held at the home of J. R. Jones.
Volume LV, #2, January 10, 1918
Pepper –At her home in Walworth, N. Y., Nov. 29, 1917, following a long illness, Georgianna Kellogg Pepper, aged 45 years. Her husband survives, five children, two sisters, Miss Cora Kellogg and Mrs. A. T. Whitehead of Fairview, and one brother, Floyd Kellogg of Sheshequin, PA.
Mrs. E. S. Horton
Mrs. Edward S. Horton died at her home near Canton, January 1st, 1918 at 3:15 p.m., after a lingering illness of dropsy of the heart at the age of 75 years, 11 months and 18 days. Funeral was held at the home January 4th, at 2 p.m., her pastor, Rev. M. A. Soper of Canton M. E. Church officiated, interment in Beach Flats Cemetery
Mrs. Horton was the eldest daughter of the late Thomas Blackwell. She was born in West Burlington township Jan. 14, 1842. Her mother, Jane McKean was the daughter of Samuel McKean, U. S. Senator of 1833. In early life Mrs. Horton untied with the M. E. Church of West Burlington. By her death the home loses a loving wife, a kind and patient mother, the community, a kind neighbor, the church a conscientious member. On February 19, 1862 Julia McKean Blackwell married Edward S. Horton of Leona. Unto this union were born two children, Thomas Bert and Minnie Ruth. The son died March 15, 1917. The daughter, Mrs. W. A. Best survives her. She leaves to mourn her a husband, one daughter, Mrs. W. A. Best, four grandchildren. Mrs. Julia Ruth Carl, James Horton Best, Miss Agnes Horton, and Edward S. Horton and a half sister, Mrs. Clara B. Leonard of Harper, Kansas.
Volume LV, #3, January 17, 1918
Elwin L. Hoose
Elwin Lester Hoose died yesterday on board the U. S. Hospital Ship “Solace” of typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of about four days.
Mr. Hoose was 24 years old and was born in East Troy where the greater part of his life was spent. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Hoose.
Previous to enlisting in the navy about six months ago he had been employed as brakeman on the Northern Central Railroad.
He had been assigned to the U. S. S. “South Carolina.”
The burial will take place in Norfolk, Va.
Mr. Hoose is survived by two sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Clara Morse, Mrs. Ida Spencer, Delacy and Richard Hoose, all of Troy.
(In the East Troy News, January 24, 1918 is the following funeral notice.) The funeral of Elwin Lester Hoose, was held here on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the M. E. Church, the Rev. G. M. Perkins officiating. Burieal was in the East Roy Cemetery. Elwin enlisted in the navy about six months ago. He died on board the hospital ship Solace after a short illness.
(Local News) Mrs. Harrison Greenough, a long time resident of Troy, is dead at the home of her sister, Mrs. Margaret Kennedy. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
A Live Well-Lived
The death of Mr. Fred Bohlayer, on January 2d, removes one of the most progressive and widely known farmers in this vicinity.
Fred Bohlayer was born at Lauffen-on-the-Neckar, in the Southern part of Germany, April 4, 1850. At the age of seventeen, being wholly out of sympathy with the Prussian military system ruling Germany, he came to this country to join an older brother, J. J. Bohlayer, with whom he was for a time associated in the lumber business. Very soon, however, he engaged in farming. Upon his marriage in 1876 to Miss Laura McClelland, he bought the Tears place in Farmers’ Valley. With the splendid foresight, ambition and hard work, he developed it into a paying property, devoted largely to the production of fine fruit. From this small beginning he branched out into larger things, in 1894 purchasing the extensive property of his brother, J. J. Bohlayer, situated two miles southwest of Troy. Later on other holdings were added—the Adams place in Farmers’ Valley, the Dobbins farm, an orange grove in Florida, etc. Everything that he owned he improved and developed and his orchards were among the finest in the country. He believed in hard work, but he often attributed his success to the fact that he “Framed with his brains.” He was a man whose name always stood for the highest integrity in business and every relation in life.
For more than forty years he had been a member of the Presbyterian church; he was a devout man, a forward-looker, thoughtful, serious, although possessing a keen sense of humor, one who always saw below the surface of things, and cherished ideals that were high. He was always ready to stand back of any really worth-while cause, and his judgement was sound.
Some years ago, a fall, when a frightened horse jerked him from a wagon, injured his health. He never fully recovered from its effects, other complications set in, and at intervals for the last five years he suffered much. In the hope of benefiting his health, he and his wife went to Sanford, Florida, where he purchase an orange grove, and where the last few winters were spent. The death of Mrs. Bohlayer, on December 3d, was a crushing blow. Only his great faith in the hereafter and the things of the spirit sustained him. But his own days were numbered, and the heart-breaking separation proved to be but a matter of a few days.
His estate goes in equal division to his seven children, but the priceless possessions he bequeaths to them are his untarnished name, and some of the qualities of his own sterling character. His sons are Ernest, William F., Harold, and Weller Bohlayer, his daughters, Miss Eloise of New York; Mrs. T. A. Eckles of Sanford, Florida, and Miss Freda. He is also survived by one brother, John Bohlayer of Florida.
Volume LV, #4, January 24, 1918
(Local News) John Messing died last Friday at his home at Big Pond after a lingering illness from heart trouble. The deceased was 57 years old and leaves besides his wife an adopted son.
(Local News) Horace Alexander, a well known Sylvania resident died yesterday following a week’s illness from pneumonia. Mr. Alexander was about 85 years old. He is survived by his wife who was Maria Husted, one son, Lloyd Alexander and two grandchildren. Until advancing years compelled him to give up hard work, the blacksmithing firm of Alexander & Gregory headed by the deceased was one of the business landmarks of Western Bradford.
(Local News) The death of Hery DeVed from pneumonia following mumps at Camp Hancock, Augusta, Georgia, takes from the ranks of the living another Bradford county boy who is said to have been the first to enlist from Springfield township. He was in his early twenties and a fine specimen of physical manhood. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen DeVed to whom the heart of the entire community goes out in sympathy. The body was sent on from Augusta, and the funeral probably will be from the stricken home.
Mrs. H. W. Greenough
Mrs. Charlotte Case Greenough sister, Mrs. Margaret Kennedy on Redington Avenue.
She was born in Troy township on October 14th, 1835, the daughter of Zina and Arila Case.
She was united in marriage on May 3, 1860. To Harrison W. Greenough, who died June 16, 1903. To them were born four children, R. V. Greenough of Brockport, N. Y., Mrs. Florence Morse of Troy township, Z. H. Greenough of Bandon, Ore., all of whom survive her.
Mrs. Greenough spent all of her life in and around Troy, except numerous visits to friends in other states. She was a devoted Christian, having united with the Freewill Baptist church of East Troy in early life, and later uniting with the First Baptist church of Troy, where the funeral was held on Sunday, January 20th.
Besides her four children, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Hester Watkins of Columbia township and Mrs. Margaret Kennedy of Troy, one brother, David Case of Troy township, four grandsons, Fred P. Greenough of Brockport, N. Y., Harrison Morse of Troy township and Tallent and Harrison Greenough of Bandon, Ore., and two great grandchildren, Marjorie and Fred Greenough, Jr. of Brockport, N. Y.
Volume LV, #5, January, 31, 1918
(Local News) Mamie Marquard, 20 years old, was fatally burned at the home in Canton of her mother, Mrs. Mar Marquard on Tuesday afternoon by gas from a coal fire which she was raking. With clothes afire she ran to the home of Mrs. Ward McCraney whose hands also were burned in trying to extinguish the flames. The unfortunate girl was taken to the Williamsport hospital where she died.
(Local News) The remains of Clinton Manley, 86 years old, who died while on a visit to his son at Scranton, were brought to Canton for the funeral and interment. The services were held at Collins & Stull’s undertaking rooms Tuesday afternoon.
(Local News) Word has been received by Mrs. C. W. Carrier of the instant death at Los Angeles of her brother, Franklin Ritchie, the widely known motion picture actor and one time star in the “The Clansman” Company. Mr. Ritchie was married about two years ago, and he had a beautiful home in Santa Barbara, Calfiornia. Particular’s of his tragic death have not been received beyond the fact that it was in an automobile accident. He formerly lived in Williamsport.
(Local News) Layton F. Calkins, a native and life-long resident of Troy township, died Tuesday evening at his home near East Troy. He was 72 last December 1st. Mr. Calkins was an upright citizen. He had long been a member of the Baptist church. He was the first to be initiated into the Granville Center lodge of Odd Fellows and the members of that lodge will honor his memory by attending the obsequies in a body. Blood poisoning twelve years ago weakened his heart and it was from heart failure that he passed away after being confined to his bed about ten days. The surviving members of his family are his wife and two children—Mrs. John R. Jones and Ezra Calkins. The funeral will be held at 2 Friday afternoon at the East Troy Baptist church. The Rev. N. Johnstone will officiate. Interment will be in the Hilton Cemetery.
Volume LV, #6, February 7, 1918
(Granville Center News) Mrs. Lura Walborn, a life long resident of Granville passed away Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 30th, at the age of 77 years. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the Granville Center church, Rev. J. C. Bryan officiating. Among those from a distance to attend the funeral were Dr. and Mrs. Fred Wilcox from Philadelphia; Mrs. Jennie Stanton and Walter Stanton of Troy; Ben Walborn of Towanda; Mr. and Mrs. Leon Bixby, Leona; Mr. and Mrs. F. Rineboldt and family of Canton and Mrs. Phoebe Wilcox from Montoursville.
(Local News) The death is reported in a Philadelphia hospital of Walter Greene, one time of Troy, and husband of Elsie Thompson, formerly of this place. With the widow are left two or three young children.
Oscar Beardsley Suddenly Called.
Oscar K. Beardsley passed out of life very suddenly last Friday morning. He was in Canton on business Wednesday and while writing a check was seized with a severe pain in the back of his head. A physician was consulted who told him to go home and go to bed. Thursday morning he became unconscious and Friday morning he died. Mr. Beardsley was 47 years old last April. He was a son of George N. Beardsley deceased. He leaves a wife, a daughter of O. P. Ward. Deceased. The funeral at the home on Sunday was largely attended, notwithstanding the severity of the weather. The Canton Odd Fellows lodge, to which he belonged, attended in a body. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, this boro.
(Local News) Charles P. Welles, a well known Towanda resident, 66 years old, died unexpectedly Monday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stanley J. Little at Hagerstown, MD. His wife survives and four daughters.
(Local News) Frank H. Scott died Tuesday at the county home in Burlington aged 48 years. The remains were taken to Friends & Gustin’s undertaking parlor and on Wednesday shipped to Wellsburg, where burial took place.
(Local News) John H. Wing, whose prostration by apoplexy was reported a week ago, died Wednesday afternoon at his home in John Street, aged 70 years. Mr. Wing came to Troy a few years ago from Hornell. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. His wife survives, a daughter in the West; a sister in Hornell and several brothers. Following a prayer service conducted by Rev. Burgess at the home Thursday afternoon at 3, the remains will be taken to Hornell where the funeral will be held on Monday.
Volume LV, #7, February 14, 1918
(Sylvania News) Philander Stevens, a life long resident of Columbia, died early last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. D. Whitlock, in Ridgefield, Conn., and was taken to Sylvania to the home of his other daughter, Mrs. F. D. Bradford for the funeral service which was held at this home on Saturday afternoon. Rev. A. G. Cameron conducted the service and his life-long neighbor and friend, William Courtney read an obituary and appreciation of the deceased.
(Granville Summit News) Mr. Alden Fleming died Tuesday evening at his home on Windfall. He was a veteran of the Civil War and his health had been poor for sometime. Funeral arrangements have not been made at this writing.
(Local News) Mrs. W. E. Porter, long an invalid, died last Saturday at her home in Canton, aged 69. The end was hastened by a fall a few days ago.
Volume LV, #8, February 21, 1918
Homer Austin Succumbs to Pneumonia at Camp McArthur.
Homer Austin, who joined the colors with Cecil Hooker, and whose illness was reported week before last expired last Friday at Camp McArthur, Texas, from pneumonia, following measles. Mr. Austin was well known here. He was a blacksmith and mechanic and worked at one time for the Engine & Machine Company. Later he ran a blacksmith shop and garage at Sylvania. He was an active religious worker and leaves a record of good citizenship.
His wife survives at Sylvania, two young children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. P. Austin of Armenia, and one sister, Miss Clara Austin, at home. The body was shipped Sunday night and is expected in Troy on Thursday, when funeral arrangements will be announced.
(East Troy News) Mr. Uri Verbeck, a veteran of the civil war, and long time resident of this place, passed away Thursday, February 14th, after a brief illness of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Paptist church. Rev. Johnstone officiating. The G. A. R. conducting the service at the church. The I. O. O. F. attended in body, Mr. Verbeck being a charter member and the oldest member here of the order.
(Local News) The death is reported at her home in Gillett of Mrs. John Gustin. The deceased was 61 years old and her husband survives. The funeral was held yesterday.
Local News) The Rev. A. Tilden, who died last Sunday morning in Waverly, aged 94 years lacked but one day of attaining his 64th wedding anniversary. With his wife are left a son and a daughter, Mr. Tilden was active in the Baptist ministry for 66 years.
Volume LV, #9, February 28, 1918
John W. DeWitt.
John Wesley DeWitt passed out of the earthly life last Sunday morning at his home in Center Street, after an illness of two years, the last twelve months of which he was confined to his bed. Mr. DeWitt was born near Stroudsburg, Pa., sixty-seven years ago last November 5th. When he was 8 years old his parents—Caleb and Mary DeWitt moved to Frost Settlement, Tioga county, where his childhood and youth were spent on a farm.
In young manhood he married Julia Cudworth of Sullivan who passed away 6 years ago.
Following a clerkship in the store of John Murdough at Mansfield, about 1878 he entered upon the mercantile career at Mainesburg which continued for thirty-five years. He had business interests also at Alba for some years and for a time in Williamsport. Since 1908 he had been a resident of Troy most of the time associated in the produce and insurance business with his brother, William F. DeWitt.
John DeWitt was a zealous Christian and staunch supporter of the Methodist church which he joined in early youth and served for many years in an official capacity. His activities extended to the Sunday school of which he was for a long time superintendent. The cause of temperance had in him a never-failing champion. That Mainesburg and Alba have long been dry was no doubt in part due to his influence.
In 1914 he married Florence Fanning who survives. He leaves also two sons-Ray J. and Claude W. DeWitt, both of Troy, and two brothers, William F. of Troy and Calvin of Mansfield.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church at 2 Wednesday afternoon, District Superintendent Eli Pittman and the Rev. G. A. Baldwin of Mansfield officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
(Armenia News) News of the death in New Bedford, Mass., of Lynn A. Field reached relatives here too late to attend the funeral. He was the youngest son of George Field. He was born and brought up here, but had lived since marriage in Massachusetts. His widow survives but no children. He had been very ill for several weeks with dropsy and was 47 years of age.
(Local News) Mrs. D. J. Quaid, a former resident of Troy, died Tuesday at the home in Decatur, Ill., of her daughter, Mrs. Heffernen. She had been in poor health for some time. One other daughter survives, Mrs. J. J. Joy, well known here, and four sisters: Mrs. N. Shaw, Mrs. J. F. Pierce, Mrs. John Hooley of Troy, and Mrs. T. Burke of Canton.
(Local News) Dr. Samuel Dixon, Health Commissioner of Pennsylvania, died Tuesday at the University hospital in Philadelphia. He had been failing from anemia for months but with rare courage continued the direction of his department to the last.
(Local News) Mrs. E. J. Wood is in Buffalo to attend the funeral of her uncle, John Bixby, who passed away at the home of his son, Dr. Bert Bixby. The deceased was for many years a resident of Mansfield.
Volume LV, #10, Thursday, March 7, 1918
(Sylvania News) In the death of Miss Emmeline V. Smith on Friday night of last week, aged 84, the community losses one of the oldest and most estimable members. She had been ill for nearly three months and had been better and worse a number of times. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, her pastor, Rev. A. G. Cameron officiating. There was a good attendance of neighbors and friends.
(Sylvania News) The funeral of Augustus Embrey who died on Sunday afternoon, aged 50, was held on Tuesday afternoon at the home of his sister, Mrs. Elsie Reynolds, Rev. A. G. Cameron, officiating. He had been in poor health for a year or more but in the past two months he failed rapidly. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. The oldest son is in the army and is probably “over seas” at present. The funeral was in charge of Sylvan Lodge, I. O. O. F., of which lodge the deceased was for many years a faithful member and the Odd Fellow ritual was used at the grave.
(Local News) Mrs. Katie Clark Baldwin, who died Wednesday at her home in Elmira from pneumonia, was a sister of Timothy Leonard, Mrs. Addie Bullock, Mrs. Edith Bullock and Mrs. Martha Allen all of Springfield. Her husband survives, George E. Baldwin and a son, Harry C. Wilbor. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 at the home and interment will be in Elmira.
Volume LV, #11, Thursday, March 14, 1918
(Sylvania News) The funeral service of Mrs. Susan Hager who died
at the home of her son, Cole, on Wednesday night. March 6th, aged 77, was
held in the Presbyterian church on Saturday afternoon, …. The four
sons were present and also the only surviving sister of the decease, Mrs.
Sarah Cowan. The relatives and near friends were almost all present
and a goodly number from the community, . Mrs. Hager spent all her
life in Sylvania and vicinity. She lived for may years on the farm
near the Miller bridge. Since the death of her husband, a few years
ago, she made her home mainly with her son, Cole, visiting the other sons
frequently and making extended visits with them. She had been in
failing health for several months and at the end just fell asleep to awake
in the home beyond.
(Local News) Robert Campbell who died last Thursday in Burlington, from pneumonia aged 39 years, is survived by his wife, mother and two children. The funeral and interment on Sunday were in Burlington.
(Local News) Anson S. Sturdevant, a civil war veteran 81 years old, died Sunday at the home of his brother-in-law, Walter Rockwell, on the Canton road. Following a prayer service at the home the remains were taken to Windfall where the funeral an interment took place the Rev. N. Johnstone officiating.
(Local News) Mr. and Mrs. Ross Williams morn the death of their infant daughter, Lois Modine, who passed away from acute indigestion last Sunday, aged two months. One sister Frances Evaleen, survives, with the affected parents. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday afternoon.
(Local News) W. F. Palmer left Tuesday for Philadelphia on receipt of news of the accidental death Monday night of his brother-in-law, Lieutenant Charles C. Merges in the discharge of duty as a member of the fire department. The fire was in a grain elevator and several other firemen were injured, but none fatally except Lieutenant Merges.
(Local News) Mrs. Lena Gilbert Ford, formerly of Elmira, who lost her life in a German air raid on London last week Thursday, was a college mate in Elmira of Miss Belle Carnochan of this boro, Mrs. Ford’s son, Walter was also killed. Mrs. Ford was the author of the song so popular with the soldiers “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” and of “We are Coming, Mother England” just published.
(Local News) The death is reported of Stephen Mudge, a well known resident for many years of Eastern Tioga county.
Volume LV, #12, Thursday, March 21, 1918
(Local News) Mrs. Hannah Mott, 85 years old died Tuesday at the home in Coryland of her son, John Mott. The deceased was an estimable woman. The funeral will be held at the Judson Hill church at 2 Thurdsay afternoon. The Rev. Seymour Barrett officiating. Interment will be at Burton Hill.
(Local News) Mrs. Joseph DeWitt, a sister of Mrs. F. P. Case of this place, died Saturday night at her home in Mainesburg. The funeral and burial took place Monday afternoon at Mainesburg. Besides Mrs. Case, the deceased is survived by two other sisters, Mrs. Calvin DeWitt and Mrs. Bert Squires both of Mansfield.
Volume LV, #13, Thursday, March 28, 1918
(Local News) Harriet Sweet Cory, widow of Dr. John H. Cory, died March 11th at Geneva, Ill., aged 59 years, following a year of failing health. Formerly of Springfield, the Corys went to Geneva about 20 years ago, and both husband and wife were highly esteemed in that thriving little city. A son, who is a physician, and two daughters survive. Mrs. Cory leaves also two brothers and a sister in Washington and one sister at Owego, N. Y.
(Local News) The remains of Mrs. Kate S. Hayes, who died last Wednesday at the home of Theodore Bardwell, were taken to Mansfield where the funeral and interment took place. The deceased was 63 years old.
(Local News) William Abbott died Monday at the county farm aged 73. He is survived by two daughters, who reside in Elmira. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at Friends & Gustin undertaking rooms. Burial was in Glenwood cemetery.
(Local News) Jerry Bergan, known up and down the line of the Pennsylvania railroad for the red carnation which he invariably wore in his buttonhole, is dead at the age of 68 years, fifty-six of which he spent in the railroad employ beginning at 12 as a messenger boy. Since 1874 he had been track supervisor located in Elmira which city he served as police commissioner and fire commissioner. Death came at St. Joseph’s hospital after a long illness. Three sons and two daughters survive.
(Local News) Joshua N. Battin, a Forksville boy, member of the Aviation Corps, died last Sunday at Garden city, N. Y. He was a son of E. P. Battin.
Volume LV, #14, Thursday, April 4, 1918
(Sylvania News) The funeral services of Mrs. F. H. Burritt were held at her late home on Tuesday afternoon, April 2d her pastor, Rev. A. G. Cameron officiating. She was a most estimable woman, loving and lovable, a devoted mother and a kind and helpful neighbor. Her children who survive are Mrs. F. L. card and Mrs. M. H. Taylor both residing in Sylvania and a son, F. E. Burritt of St. Paul, Minn. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends and there were many floral tributes, rarely beautiful ones. The interment was in the family lot in Sylvania cemetery.
(East Troy News) Mrs. Sevellan Ballard, a long time resident on Pisgah, died at the home of her son, John Ballard. Her husband, two daughters survive besides the son.
(West Burlington News) Mrs. S. A. Ballard passed away last Tuesday morning. She had been in poor health for a long time. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and one son John. The funeral was held on Thursday at her late home.
(West Burlington News) Lyman M. Piatt, a well known and highly respected citizen of this place passed away at the Packer Hospital Wednesday evening last, following an operation on Monday. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Allyn of Mansfield, Mrs. Oscar Young of Pisgah and two sons, R. C., of Sayre and Leslie of Rochester. The family have the sympathy of their friends and neighbors in their sad bereavement. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon in Sayre. Interment in Tioga cemetery.
(Granville Center News) Mr. Will Shedden passed away at his home early Tuesday morning after an illness of some duration. The funeral will be held at the family home next Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
(Local News) W. B. Camp, architect of the Bradford county court house, the M. E. Church and other buildings in Towanda, is dead at Charleston, W. Va. His wife and four children, his mother, a brother and a sister survive.
Volume LV, #16, Thursday, April 18, 1918
W. H. Snedeker Succumbs to Pneumonia.
William H. Snedeker, the well known merchant and station agent at Snedekers for may years, died Friday afternoon of last week from pneumonia. He had been ill only since the preceding, Monday.
Mr. Snedeker was born at Lakeport, Madison county, N. Y. Dec. 15, 1864, the youngest of seven children of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Snedeker, of whom only one now survives, Mrs. C. W. Mitchell of this boro. He is survived also by his wife. The funeral was held at the home Monday afternoon, the Rev. W. R. Holloway officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy.
(Granville Center News) The funeral of Harry Crofut, aged about three years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crofut (nee Bessie Baxter) was held Tuesday at 11 a. m. at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Baxter. Burial in Granville Center Cemetery. Mr. Crofut is employed in the Hog Island shipyards near Philadelphia and the child died at the home there of measles followed by bronchial pneumonia. Mr. Crofut is now ill with measles at the Baxter home.
Mrs. Andrew Whitehead.
Florence Kellogg Whitehead, passed away at her home in Fairview Sunday morning, April 7th. She was taken seriously ill Monday, April 1. Dr. Person of Burlington was called, also Dr. Guthrie of Sayre, and her sister, Miss Cora Kellogg, a practical nurse of Troy. During the latter part of the week some hopes were entertained for her recovery., and the sudden change for the worse Saturday, came as a great shock to her family and friends. Mrs. Whitehead was born in Burlington township, Jan. 15, 1865 and was married to Andrew Whitehead, Jan. 11, 1899.
She was a consistent member of the Fairview M. E. Church, having been a Christian since girlhood. Her loss is deeply felt in her home where she was a devoted wife and mother, and many will miss a kind friend and neighbor. Besides her husband, she leaves two children, Irene and Clarence, and little Willis Hall, a member of the family, to whom she had given a mother’s love and care since babyhood. Beside the sister mentioned she leaves one brother, Floyd Kellogg of Sheshequin. The funeral was held at the home Wednesday afternoon. Rev. F. L. Cretser of Burlington preached the sermon. Interment was made at Mountain Lake.
Evelyn Henrietta Tyler.
Evelyn Henrietta Tyler, the subject of this obituary, was born in Northville, Wayne county, Michigan, in 1841 and died in the city of Williamsport, Pa., March 5, 1918.
For near four years she had suffered from paralysis of her lower limbs, and was a patient in the Williamsport hospital.
She died at the residence of her nurse, Miss Elizabeth Schwarz.
Her brother, James D. Tyler of Washington, D. C., arrived in Williamsport one hour before her death, and on Wednesday, March 6th accompanied her remains to Canton, Pa., where after a touchingly beautiful service in the M. E. Church, she was interred in Park cemetery.
“Eva” as she was familiarly known had been a teacher in the M. E. Sunday school for more than fifty years and was beloved by all who knew her.
A large number of her old friends and former Sunday school scholars attended the services at the church and cemetery.
She was a daughter of the late Joseph C. Tyler, who was the first agent of the Northern Central railroad in Canton and held that position for 25 years.
She is survived by a brother, James D. Tyler of Washington, D. C., and her nieces, Mrs. Jean MacDonald, wife of Colonel Donald MacDonald, U. S. A.; Mrs. C. A. Weymonth of Philadelphia; Miss Catherine M. Tyler of Omaha, Neb.; Miss Helen Ada Tyler of Council Bluff, Iowa, and one nephew, Thomas VanDyke Tyler of Tacoma, Wash.
(Local News) Miss Isabelle Tsisser, a half sister of John Strong of this place, died at the family home in Breesport. Besides Mr. Strong she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Tsisser, a sister and two brothers of Elmira.
(Local News) Mrs. P. E. McMahan died at the family home in Elmira on Tuesday following an illness of several weeks. Mrs. McMahan was a former resident of this place. The funeral and burial will take place Friday at Elmira. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Nora and a sister, Mrs. James Curry of Elmira.
(Local News) William Harden, 59 years old of Litchfield, shot himself twice through the chest at the foot of the graves of his parents in Oak Hill cemetery, Towanda, Tuesday afternoon. He was dead when found shortly afterward. Continued poor health is believed to have been the cause. He leaves a wife and two brothers.
(Leona News) Mr. James R. Leonard, a highly respected resident of Leona, expired at his late home Monday morning at 8 o’clock. Mr. Leonard’s health had been very poorly for some time. He was born in Springfield township, October 16th, 1835. He leaves to mourn his loss two sisters, Mrs. N. R. Waston of Portland, Pa., and Mrs. Mary Hooker of Leona, and one brother Mr. George Leonard of Chatham, N. J. and a large number of friends. The funeral will be held at the M. E. Church Thursday at 2 o’clock. The Rev. Mr. Howard officiating. Interment will be in the Leonard cemetery.
(Local News) Mrs. Edward S. Johnson, formerly of Troy, died last Saturday at Danville, Pa., following an operation. She was the daughter of Samuel Yorke of Danville and leaves a large circle of friends. The funeral and interment were at Danville on Tuesday. Mrs. Johnson leaves three children—Mrs. Harry Steers, Philip and Edward Johnson.
(Local News) Mrs. Abbie Ellen Holton, 73 years old, was buried from the Roseville M. E. Church on last Sunday, the Rev. Seymour Barrett officiating. Mrs. Holton resided on Bailey Creek. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Emerson Holton. Interment was in the Watson cemetery.
(Local News) Thomas George Yates, who formerly made his home with William Kennedy near Springfield, died Sunday morning of last week at a hospital in Elmira. He is survived by his niece, Mrs. Louis Barnes, with whom he made his home at 114 West LaFrance St., Elmira, and two halve brothers—George N. Yates of Towanda and John T. Yates of Sayre. The funeral was held at the Wilson Undertaking Rooms in Elmira on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Boyd officiating. Interment was in the Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens.
Volume LV, #17, Thursday, April 25, 1918
(Local News) In noting the death of Emeline Amanda Burr an aunt of Mrs. John C. Bigelow and Mrs. May Burr at Lindley, N. Y., on April 10th, at the age of 94, the Wellsboro Agitation says the deceased came with her father by wagon from Wilbraham, Mass., to Covington in 1827, about twelve years before the Blossburg and Corning railroad was built, and while the Tioga Valley was yet an unbroken wilderness.
(Local News) The remains of John Linderman who died during the winter, a son of Harry Linderman, are to arrive in Troy Saturday morning form Scranton for interment in Glenwood Cemetery.
(Local News) Elisha Orvis, a brother of the late Mrs. H. S. Sweet, died last Saturday at his home in Sullivan township, Tioga county. His wife survives and two children. William and Esther Orvis, the latter of whom was graduated from the Troy high school in the class of 1914.
(Local News) Mrs. Elliott Rose expired at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. D. Gray of Mainesburg last Saturday night at the advanced age of 94. She was the mother also of Warren Rose and of W. P. Rose of Sullivan. The funeral was held on Tuesday., the Rev. N. Johnstone of Troy, officiating.
(Local News) Miss Annie Augusta Webster passed away at her home on Canton Street Friday morning. About four years ago she fell and fractured her hip and has been unable to walk since. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the house. Rev. N. Johnston officiated. Burial was in the Canton Cemetery. Miss Webster is survived by one sister, Mrs. Alice Stone.
Volume LV, #18, Thursday, May 2, 1918
(Springfield News) The remains of Mrs. Mary Fuller were brought from Philadelphia on Wednesday last and services were held in the Baptist church on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Cameron of Sylvania officiated. Interment was in Grover Hill cemetery. Mrs. Fuller went to visit her son in Philadelphia last fall. She was taken with pneumonia and died Dec. 30th, aged 75 and the remains were placed in a vault. She was a life-long resident of this place and will be missed by a large circle of friends.
(Local News) Mrs. Catherine DePew, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Bright last week Wednesday. Her exact age is unknown. Mrs. DePew worked for years for her freedom before the “war of the rebellion.” She was the mother of 12 children, the oldest being past 80 years. Four of the children were born in slavery so she must have been near or past the century mark. In her early years she was a special cook in one of the “Quality” families of Virginia and also did beautiful embroidery work.
Volume LV, #19, Thursday, May 9, 1918
(Local News) Smith Nichols died Sunday night at his home in Burlington, aged 76 years. He is survived by his wife and one brother. The funeral was held at Burlington yesterday afternoon. Burial was at Mountain Lake.
(Local News) Coryland lost another old resident last week when Mrs. Mary Ann Warner passed away at the age of 74. Her husband, Mark Warner, survives; a son Smith Warner, and one daughter, Mrs. Miller of Horseheads. Interment was in the Baptist Hill Cemetery.
(Local News) Mrs. Byron Campbell died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I. M. Nichols, 401 Fulton Street, Elmira. Besides Mrs. Nichols, she is survived by a daughter, Irene Campbell, also of Elmira, her aged father, Ezra G. Wood and a sister, Mrs. Flora Mahon on Mansfield. The funeral was held yesterday at the home of her daughter and interment was at Austinville. Mrs. Campbell was a former resident of this place, having lived in the house on High Street now occupied by Furman Bullock.
Volume LV, #20, Thursday, May 16, 1918
(Granville Center News) In the death of Henry Arnold from bronchial pneumonia on Thursday of last week this community suffered a distinct loss. He was a man eminently faithful in all his relations of live. For forty-one years he had been an active member of the Christian church in this place and a regular attendant as long as he lived. For many years he was teacher of the young men’s class in the Sunday school. Mr. Arnold was born in New London, Conn., and was nearly 78 years of age. Of his immediate family he leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, three daughters, Mrs. M. J. Hewitt of Troy, Mrs. Fred Johnson of Elmira, Mrs. Joe McDonald of Washington, D. C.; three sons, Harry of Towanda, Willard of this place and Judson from near Athens and several grandchildren. The funeral was held at his late home last Saturday, Rev. O. D. Young officiating and the large number of friends from surrounding towns and the numerous floral offerings testified to the esteem in which he was held.
(Granville Summit News) Mr. Edward Milheim passed away at his home last Monday night from pneumonia. The funeral will be held next Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the house and 3:oo at the Windfall M. E. Church.
(Local News) Robert Allen, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith, died last week at the Williamsport hospital, where he was taken for treatment. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon.
(Local News) M. F. Rose, 56 years old, of the Mansfield Mercantile firm of R. W. & M. F. Rose, was killed by the cars at Lamar, Colo., last Sunday while on his way with his wife to visit his brother at Pueblo.
(Fairview News) Mrs. Allie Guild Pratt, wife of R. D. Pratt, died at her home near Sayles May 3d after an illness of only two days. Mrs. Pratt was 50 years of age. The funeral was held Monday, May 6th at the Vroman Hill church. Rev. J. C. Bryan of LeRoy preached the sermon.
The Late Horace M. Spalding.
Mr. Horace M. Spalding one of the well known, older residents of Troy, passed away after a very brief illness at his home on Tuesday, May 7, 1918, at 4 p.m. Mr. Spalding was in sympathy with every good cause. He was kind, genial, generous, hospitable. “Uncle Horace” to old and young, a loyal friend and neighbor.
Mr. Spalding was born in Canton, Pa., October 7, 1840. He was the son of Andrew E. and Cynthia Holcomb Spalding, and descended from Ezra Spalding, a pioneer who put down his Jacobs-staff in 1796, a mile below Canton and suffered persecutions by the “Pennites.”
Responsibility was early thrust upon Mr. Spalding. At the age of seventeen he was left fatherless. When but a lad he drove his span—a man’s job—carrying passengers and freight to Towanda, Williamsport, and Troy, always equal to the occasion.
Mr. Spalding could readily recall his participating in the building of the railroad through her in 1853.
On May 19, 1864, he married Lovian Shepard of Granville, Pa., daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. S. W. Shepard, who with one daughter and three sons survives—S. Hillis Spalding of Troy; Andrew E., of Oil City; Fred L., of Pittsburg, and Miss Cora A. Spalding. Of Troy.
Mr. Spalding manifested business ability from his early youth and for many years he had been actively engaged in business, first in farming and lumbering in Granville and Laporte, Pa. In 1872 he came to Troy and engaged in the draying business with his brother-in-law, A. M. Wooster. From 1879 to 1890 he was in the hardware business, first with Mr. George G. Beardsley and later with Mr. Beardsley and Mr. Arthur B. McKean, under the firm name of Beardsley, Spalding & McKean. In 1890, he bought the old Stryker coal yard and began to deal also in implements, farm products, feed, ice, etc., later taking his son S. Hillis into partnership.
Mr. Spalding served Troy as burgess, councilman, street commissioner and in other capacities.
He was County Commissioner two terms. He was the oldest member of the Odd Fellows’ Lodge, Troy and a member of the Elks Lodge of Williamsport. He was an influential charter member of the Church of Christ.
The funeral at the house Friday, May 10th, at 2:30 o’clock was largely attended. The impressive service was conducted by his pastor, the Rev. George Capetanious. The floral tributes were numerous and very beautiful. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery the Odd Fellows committal service being real at the grave. The bearers were Active: H. J. Pierce, D. F. Pomeroy, D. F. Rolison, F. L. Ballard, P. S. King, M. A. Davies, Honorary bearers: A. R. Johnsen, J. C. Robinson, L. J. Ballard, A. B. McKean, F. W. Hovey, G. G. Beardsley, T. Colony, J. E. Dobbins, M. J. McNulty, H. K. Mitchell, H. C. Carpenter, J. A. Parsons, A. L. Rolison, L. Bliss, T. P. Rockwell.
Among the many in attendance from a distance Were: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew E. Spalding and daughter, Virginia of Oil City; Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Spalding of Pittsburg; K. J. Manley, of Sunbury; Mrs. Mary J. Spalding of Granville; Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Spalding and son, Cecil; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. McKean of Elmira; Mrs. Omeara Shepard, Mr. and Mrs. George Shepard of Minnequa; Miss Belle Manley, Harriet Manley, H. H. Heald and Taylor Manley of Granville; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Manley, LeRoy; Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Sechrist, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Newman, Mrs. May Sechrist, J. W. Stone, S. H. Jewell, Robert Krise, John H. Brown, John Innes, George Ross, Lawrence Manley and Orrin Jaquish of Canton; Mrs. J. H. Murray of Waverly, N.Y.; County Commissioners John Ruggles of Athens; Jessie Ellsworth of Wyalusing; Charles Crandall of Alba; Fred R. Prince, Dallas Sweet, Delbert Decker of Towanda; Robert Adams of Sayre; Representative C. P. Dewey of Gillett; William H. Bradford, F. I. Bradford of Sylvania; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Ruggles, Mrs. W. H. Woodward of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Manley of Alba.
Volume LV, #21, Thursday, May 23, 1918
(Local News) Mrs. John Hamilton, mother of Mrs. E. P. Morse, died last week Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Potee, at St. Louis. Burial was at Watseka, Ill. Mrs. Morse attended the funeral and then rejoined Mr. Morse and daughters at the home of their son, John Morse in Lewistown, Mont.
(Fairview News) The funeral of Mrs. Roxy Collins was held at the Vroman Hill church Monday afternoon, Rev. J. C. Bryan officiating. Mrs. Collins with her husband, formerly lived at Bailey Corners. Mr. Collins died seven years ago.
Edward Millheim was born at Ladsburg, Pa., April 21, 1851, and died at his home in Granville township, May 13, 1918, at 8 p.m. of pneumonia. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, two sons and one daughter: Frank of Endicott, N. Y.; Herbert of Waverly, N. Y., and Mrs. Coribell Shedden of Granville.
He will be sadly missed by all. Everything that loving hands of family, friends, a faithful nurse and doctor could do was done to stay the grim hand of death but to no avail. Interment was at Windfall.
(Local News) Gordon B. King, a Canton boy, is dead at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, N. H., from chronic heart trouble.
(Local News) Corporal James Harry Mason, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Mason of Endicott, N. Y., died last week Tuesday at the Military Hospital No. 1, the Bronx, New York. Corporal Mason left Canton with the first contingent of drafted men last fall. From Camp Meade he was transferred for guard duty to the French High Commission barracks where he was prostrated by the illness which ended in his death. The military funeral and interment were at Endicott last Sunday.
Volume LV, #23, Thursday, June 6, 1918
(Fairview News) The burial of Gordon King, a Canton boy, who died at the Naval Hospital at Portsmouth, N. H. took place at the Vroman Hill cemetery Sunday afternoon. Carlton Swartwood and Marvin Darrow of this place were among the pall bearers.
Volume LV, #24, Thursday, June 13, 1918
Mrs. J. H. Hill, a life-long resident of Burlington, passed away at his home May 30th after a short sickness of ten days. His friends and neighbors were shocked at the news of his death which was sudden and unexpected. Mr. Hill was 65 years old. The funeral was held at the home on Sunday afternoon and largely attended. The flowers were beautiful and many. He will be missed by his neighbors and many friends. Mr. Hill is survived by his widow, one son, Robert Hill of Warren, Pa., and one daughter, Mrs. Julia Hedrick of Athens; a brother, Mr. R. P. Hill of Elmira. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. F. L. Cretser of the M. E. Church of which deceased was an active member. Interment was in the Oak Grove cemetery beside his first wife.
(Local News) Reuben Miller, father of Jesse L. Miller, died at the latter’s home Sunday morning aged 79 years. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the home and interment was at Bentley Creek.
(Springfield News) Mrs. Margaret Crowell passed away on Saturday evening last at the home of Dr. C. S. Dwyer, aged 85 years. She had been in declining health for some time. The funeral was held at the Methodist church at Big Pond on Tuesday. Rev. Seaber of the Disciple church at East Smithfield officiated. Interment in Big Pond cemetery. She was a member of the Disciple church at East Smithfield and highly respected by all who knew her.
Volume LV, #25, Thursday, June 20, 1918
(Sylvania News) William Courtney, one of our most esteemed citizens, died on Monday of this week. The funeral was held from the home on Wednesday forenoon. He was a veteran of the Civil War.
(Armenia News) Perry Klinger, Sr., died Sunday evening at his home in McIntosh Hollow following a lingering illness.
(Local News) Mrs. Sarah E. Kiersted passed away last Friday morning at her home at Gillett, aged 75. She was the widow of Dr. C. F. Kiersted who died four years ago. She was a member of the Baptist church and for many years acted as organist. She leaves one son Robert Kiersted and a sister. Mrs. Irene Pitt. The funeral was held at the home on Sunday and interment was in the Gillett cemetery.
Volume LV, #26, Thursday, June 27, 1918
An Appreciation of William Courtney.
In the death of William Courtney on Monday, June 17th, 1918, Columbia township loses one of its most substantial and best loved citizens. He was born in Troy, Pa., May 12, 1842. His parents were John and Jane Courtney. One brother, David, survives. He lives in Oregon. There is also a sister, Mrs. Mary Blake whose home is in Milford, Center county, Ohio. He is survived by his widow and a son, Perry, on the home farm and a daughter, Mrs. Hugh Merritt who lives in Sylvania.
During the Civil War he served three years with Co. H. N. Y. Engineers. He had a part in many battles and skirmishes during the war and when in the mood, to close friends, he could speak most interestingly of battles fought and victories won, but he did not speak much of the years of stress and trial through which he passed. It was to sacred a time to be spoken of lightly.
He was quiet in manner and a most lovable man; a good neighbor, a firm friend, a reliable citizen. For many long years he was a faithful member and elder in the Church of Christ, Sylvania, and was for long superintendent of its Sunday school.
Full of years, although not old, after a week of severe suffering, he entered into rest.
The funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday, May 19th and there was a very large attendance of friends and neighbors from far and from near. The services were conducted by a friend of thirty years standing, Rev. A. G. Cameron of Sylvania.
The members of Gustin Post, G. A. R., Troy, Pa., attended the funeral services and used their ritual at the grave. Taps were sounded by Comrade Lewis of the Post.
(Local News) James Reynolds died Friday at his home in Alba, aged eighty-six. The funeral was held from the Disciple church on Sunday. Burial was in the Alba cemetery. He is survived by one son, Fred of Sylvania and one daughter, Mrs. Webb of East Smithfield.
(Local News) Word come from France of the death in battle June 6th of Gerald N. Austin, a Mainesburg boy, who was an own cousin of Homer Austin of Sylvania, who died in camp in Texas some months ago. The deceased was a son of Archie Austin, now of Pittsburg, and a grandson on his mother’s side of Abram Slingerland, deceased of Sullivan. He was 21 years old and enlisted at Fort Worth, Texas, last November, in Co. E. 30th U. S. Infantry. He had been in France about two months.
(Local News) Thomas McNamara died yesterday afternoon at the home of his sister, Mrs. Thomas Gates, 1260 College Avenue, Elmira. He is survived by one sister. Mrs. Gates and one brother, William McNamara of Elmira. Mr. McNamara was a former resident of Troy and was well known here.
(Local News) Mrs. Sarah E. Cummings, widow of Morris Cummings, well known here died unexpectedly Tuesday night at the family home in Elmira. Her husband, the late Morris Cummings, who died about eight years ago, was the master carpenter on the Northern Central railroad many years. Mrs. Cummings is survived by one daughter Miss Minnie E. Cummings and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Green of Elmira and Mrs. Julia Ames of Philadelphia. The funeral will be held at the family home tomorrow and burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery. Mrs. Cummings is an aunt of Charles N. Greene of this place.
(Local News) Dr. Jacob Lowman Everett, who died Tuesday morning
at his home in Elmira, aged 82 years, was a brother of Mrs. Edward VanDyne
of this boro, and of Mrs. John G. Copley of Elmira. He was well and
favorably known here through his visits to the VanDyne home. The
funeral will be held at the home in Elmira on Thursday and interment will
be in Woodlawn cemetery.