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Early post offices were in the business or residence of the post master. 

Mansfield's Post Office was located on the west side of North Main Street at one time and earlier in the west side of South Main street. 

This 1957 photo of the old Post Office on South Main street was taken when the building was new. It was built in 1955-56 and replaced by the newer post office built in 1980 further south on the same street. This building was renovated and is the location of the Northwest Savings Bank. This photo is from Mansfield's Centennial celebration. Chester Bailey stands between horses right of center and the man by the mail box is postmaster Francis Kelly.

[A post office was established at Canoe Camp in 1822. The first postmaster was Amos Spencer. A few years later it was removed to Mansfield, and Asa Mann appointed postmaster. He held the office until 1839. It has been a difficult matter to secure names of his successors in the order of their service. The following , however, is believed to be an approximately correct list: Simeon F. Utter, Oliver Whittaker, Philemon Doud, Apollos Pitts, Benjamin Bailey, Michael Colville, O.H. Phelps, Mrs. Mary Ruckman, Dr. C.V. Elliot, V.R. Pratt, M.L. Clark, Col. N.A. Elliot, J.A. Elliott and the present incumbent; John L Cummings, appointed August 16,1894. (from the 1897 history: incomplete and not quite accurate, but a good try)]

This post office on South Main street was built in 1980 and serves the Mansfield area to the present day. Photo by Joyce M. Tice 2007 is included in the Mansfield Sesquicentennial book authored by Joyce M. Tice and Steve Orner. 
Mansfield Postmasters - 1824-1974

Wellsboro Gazette, 30 May 1974, p.1
Francis Kelly makes list of Mansfield Postmasters to 1974

Francis Kelly, retired postmaster of Mansfield and also a former Councilman, has compiled a list of all the postmasters Mansfield has had. This is an accurate list because it comes from the files of the Post Office Department. Our thanks to Mr. Kelly.

Last three columns added by Joyce M. Tice from the Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project which includes Richmond and Mansfield as well. JMT Updatexd the Kelly listing.

Following is the list of postmasters and the dates of their appointments.

Name Date Appointed SRGP Life years Burial
Almon Allen July 1, 1824 82530 1798-1871 Prospect Cemetery
Barret Clark Feb. 28, 1827 16699 1792-?
Asa Mann Mar. 6, 1828 12597 1782-1843 Illinois
Apollus Pitts Jan. 28, 1839 00623 1810-1895 Oakwood Cemetery
Philemon Dowd Mar. 29, 1842 06141 1801-1892 Greencastle, Iowa
Benjamin M. Bailey May 6, 1845 21564 1816-1876 Prospect Cemetery
Lyman Beach, Jr. Dec. 4, 1849 19888 1813-1891 Prospect Cemetery
Benjamin M. Bailey May 7, 1853 21564 1816-1876 Prospect Cemetery
Isaac M. Ruckman Aug. 15, 1855 97024 1832-1857
Mathew Covell Oct. 15, 1855
Oliver H. Phelps Apr. 10, 1858 85787 ca 1786-1863 Prospect Cemetery
Charles V. Elliott Mar. 20, 1861 82641 1824-1904 Prospect Cemtery
Vine R. Pratt July 10, 1873 940621 1848-1928 Whitneyville Cemetery
Melvin L. Clark July 6, 1877 60915 1840-1902 Prospect Cemetery
Nathaniel A. Elliott Apr. 6, 1886 71136 1817-1899 Cherry Flats Cemetery
Judson A. Elliott July 9, 1890 73170 1855-1936 Prospect Cemetery
John L. Cummings Aug. 19, 1896 80760 1862 -1904 Prospect Cemetery
Thomas H. Bailey Feb. 13, 1907 31036 1839-1922 Prospect Cemetery
Robert E. Urell Aug. 22, 1913 03182 1851-1933 Gray Valley Cemetery
Elmer G. Cornwell July 19, 1922 32845 1880-1965 Prospect Cemetery
Francis J. Kelly Mar. 2, 1936 16111 1904-1986 St. Andrews Cemetery
John K. Farrer Dec. 12, 1970 83197 1924-1994 Oakwood Cemetery
Max W. Wolf July 14, 1980
Eugene R. McCulloh April 16, 1983 b. July 1936
Jerry C. Becker August 11, 2001

ALMON ALLEN was born in Massachusetts, and died at Mansfield in 1871, aged 73 years. He was a son of Lieutenant Jacob Allen. He married Polly Bates, by whom he had seven children, viz. Prof. Fordyce Almon, Darwin D., Philena, Charles, Almon, Loren Fenton, and George R. He came to Mansfield in 1822, from Cummington, Mass., and went to live with his father. In 1824 he with his brother-in-law, Solon Richards, erected a woolen factory near the northwest corner of Smythe Park, which he sold to John and Peter Drake. The factory was a bold enterprise for those days. It was burned and rebuilt by the Drakes, and this last building, having been removed a few years since, is now occupied by Edward Doane & Co., as a sash and blind factory. Mr. Allen left Mansfield for Ohio, returned to Massachusetts, and afterward lived in Chautauqua county, N.Y., but came here to end his days, as already stated. He was a man of considerable physical and intellectual vigor, and was at one time a captain of militia. [1883 History]

Barret Clark - 1820, 1830 census - living in Jackson Township; cannot find anything else.

Mansfield Advertiser 26 Jun 1878: Died Asa Mann at home of daughter Mary Ann Hoffman. The village was named for him in 1843.  

Appollos Pitts d. Mar 9th Richmond twp., b. May 13 1810 in Sullivan twp. to Hanover and Mollie Cudworth Pitts, in 1832 m. Phebe M. Mudge dau. Aaron Mudge of Sullivan twp., had 8 children (4 already d. - Charles M., Emma Josephine Bailey, Lucinda H. Murdough and Capt. Aaron M.) left Pembroke P., Daniel H., John F. all local and Mrs. Mary P. Smith of Kansas; buried Oakwood Cem. Mansfield

[1897 Tioga County History page 1057.] Apollos Pitts, son of Hanover and Mollie ( Cudworth) Pitts , was born in Sullivan township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, May 13, 1810, and spent his early years in that township, with the exception of a few years after his mothers death that he lived with a family named Reynolds, in Hector , New York. His opportunities for obtaining an education were limited to the pioneer schools of that period, and he was reared to habits of industry and economy. On May 10, 1832, he married Phoebe M. Mudge, a daughter of Aaron Mudge, an early settler of Sullivan township, who bore him a family of eight children, four of whom are living: Pembroke P., a resident of Belmont, New York; Mrs. Mary P. Smith, of Osawatomie, Kansas; Daniel H. and John F. The deceased are Charles M., Aaron M., Emma Josephine, who married J.W. Bailey, and Lucinda H., who married J. S. Murdough. In 1837 Mr. Pitts came to Mansfield, and engaged in mercantile business; was also postmaster of that borough, and filled the office of justice of the peace so many years that he was addressed as “Squire Pitts.” He was instrumental in building the Seminary and served as a trustee. He finally settled on a farm east of Mansfield, since known as the Voorhees place, and lived there many years, farming, lumbering, and operating a saw-mill. In 1855 he sold this place and bought a farm four miles southeast of Mansfield. Here he lived until 1865, when he bought the next farm below, now and occupied by his son, John F. Pitts. On this he resided until his death, March 9, 1895. His wife died in December, 1873. A life long Democrat, he was as faithful to the principles of his party during the long years since it lost its ascendency in this county, as when it was the majority party, and never missed an opportunity of recording his convictions at the polls, his last visit to Mansfield being on election day, in November, 1894.

Philemon [Doud] went to the gold rush in California in 1849. He also engaged in mining in California from 1859 for four more years. In 1878 he was in Greencastle, Iowa where he had been a County Commmissioner, and president of the school board. Six of the eight children of Louisa and Philemon were school teachers. (From Jasper County History)

Mansfield Advertiser 10th May 1876: Died Benjamin M. Bailey in Elmira May 13th 59 yrs 4 mos 26 days of apoplexy.

Wellsboro Agitator, 1 July 1891
Prospect Cemetery
BEACH - Lyman Beach, an old and respected citizen of Mansfield, died at the home of his daughter, in Elmira, NY, last Friday morning. He had been visiting in Elmira for several weeks and was taken sick with a disease of the stomach. Mr. Beach was seventy-seven years of age, and he had resided in this county for many years. The remains were brought back to Mansfield for interment.

BAILEY, Benjamin M. [SRGP 21564] - Mr. Benjamin M. Bailey, well known as a leading business man of Mansfield a quarter of a century since, died in Elmira on Saturday last after a very brief illness, at the age of fifty-nine years. The remains were brought home on Monday, and the funeral services held at the residence of Mart King, Esq., Rev. Wm. Marshall, rector of St. James Church, officiating. Mr. B. was a warm-hearted, genial man, and had many friends among his older acquaintances. For a number of years past he had been in the insurance business in Elmira. Four of his children reside in this village, who now mourn the departure of an affectionate parent. A large concourse of citizens composed the cortege. - Mansfield Advertiser, 17 May 1876, p.3

Isaac Ruckman - appointed postmaster Aug. 15, 1855 and served for two months [wa19320224]. Mr. Ruskman was editor of the first newspaper published in Mansfield, The Balance, afterwards known as the Express.
The Balance, a newspaper published in Mansfield in 1856, by I. M. Ruckman. The type and fixtures were afterwards removed to Kansas, and during ruffian agitation were thrown into the Missouri River. [source Seven Counties Outline, Tri-Counties] (Note: This newspaper was published in the basement of what was then the Methodist Church on N. Main and Elmira Streets. This room is now the kitchen/conference room of The History Center on Main Street.)  Isaac married Mary Emery of Wellsboro in 1854. He died in 1857. Mary is also listed as a postmaster, and she wasa teacher after Isaac's death.

Mathew Covel - the only listing is 1850 census for Elmira, Chemung County, Mathew b. abt 1819 NY; Woodlawn Cemetery, d. 1858 age 38yr.

Oliver H. Phelps - Prospect Cemetery d. Sep. 10, 1863, 77y4m11d [source -TriCounties]; April 10, 1856 and served until March 20, 1861, was a prominent hotel keep, erecting one after he came to Mansfield in 1843 [source wa19320224] 1863 30 SEP [Tioga Agitator] D Phelps, Oliver d in Mansfield, 10th instant, Oliver H. Phelps in the 78th year of age. He was a Mason and buried with honors of that order.

Charles V. Elliott - SRGP82641; Prospect Cemetery, 1824-1904;
1900 census -Charles V. Elliott b. Mar. 1824 PA; Julia A. [wife] b. Oct 1842 PA, married 35yr
Wellsboro Agitator, 26 October 1904
Grandson of Levi Elliott [source wa19320224]
ELLIOTT - Dr. Charles V. Elliott, ages 80, died suddenly at his home in Mansfield on Saturday afternoo. He had been a resident of Mansfield over 50 years, having practiced his profession as a physician there for many years. He was also engaged in the drug business for some time. He. ably represented Tioga county in the Legislature from 1877 to 1890. His second wife, one son, Mr. Arthur H. Elliott, of New York City, formerly of this borough, where he was engaged in the drug business; one daughter, Mrs. C.W. Brown of Washington, D.C., formerly of Elmira, and one brother, Simon B. Elliott of Reynoldsville, Jefferson county, survive him. Dr. Elliott was one of Tioga county's most prominent and gifted citizens. He had a bright, cheerful, lovable disposition, and had the respect and regard of all who knew him. His friends were as numerous as his acquaintances and his cheery greetings will be keenly missed by his townspeople. His active life was marked by countless deeds of charity, helpfulness and usefulness. He was a gentleman in manner and tastes, and one of his chief charms was his cordial attention and interest in the young people. The writer remembers with pleasure how he was attracted to Dr. Elliott and became his admirer and warm friend through that quality of his character. Funeral services were held at his late home yesterday afternoon.

Vine R. Pratt - Whitneyville Cemetery, 1848-1928 [source TriCounties]
Vine R. Pratt was manager of the Soldiers Orphan School under Professor Allen for many years [source wa19320224]
Wellsboro Agitator, 23 March 1932
DARLING - Mrs. Alice Darling Pratt, died March 14 [1932], at her home in Reynoldsville, PA. The remains were brought to Charleston; interment in the East Charleston [Whitneyville] cemetery Thursday. Mrs. Pratt was the widow of Vine R. Pratt, formerly of Tioga county. She is survived by a daughter, Maude E. Pratt, of Reynoldsville. She was aged 81 years. Dana Wetherbee of Wellsboro, is a nephew of the deceased.

CLARK, Melvin Lewis [SRGP 60915] - Five days after his retirement from active business, while it was hoped many years of life yet remained to him, Col. M.L. Clark died suddenly last Friday morning at his home on East Main street, this boro, in the sixty-first year of his age. Death was due to uremic poisoning. That Col. Clark's condition was alarming was not generally known until Wednesday evening when Dr. Squires was called from Elmira in consultation with the family physician. His diagnosis was somewhat reassuring but during the night unfavorable symptoms appeared which clearly foreshadowed the end which came peacefully, without suffering at 5 o'clock Friday morning after twenty-four hours of almost total insensibility. While Col. Clark had been out of health some month he was about town as late as Monday. Melvin Lewis Clark was born on a farm near this boro April 10th, 1840. He was the third son and fifth child of Phineas M. and Polly Budd Clark. He grew to manhood on his father's farm, enjoying liberal educational advantages for the time. He served an apprenticeship to the brick layer's trade under the Hon. Simon B. Elliott, his brother-in-law, and with him laid brick upon the Wellsboro jail and the Normal school second building. Soon after his return from the war he engaged in the grocery business on Wellsboro street. Later with his brother-in-law, Mr. Elliott, he ran the sash and blind factory now operated by Doane & Co. When they sold to Mr. L.R. Decker he formed a partnership with his father-in-law, Mr. Lyman Beach, deceased, in the furniture and undertaking business. In 1877 he was appointed Postmaster of Mansfield and held the office nine years. Retiring from the postmastership in 1886 he opened the novelty store which engaged his attention up to the Saturday preceding his death. For two or three years past he has had as a partner his third son, Budd A. Clark, under the firm name of M.L. Clark & Son. For many years Mr. Clark had been active in the affairs of the M.E. Church, of which he was a valued member. Much of the time he was upon the official board. He took a deep interest in educational matters. He was a trustee for seventeen years of the Normal school, and for a long time acted as President of the board. He was many times called to act as director of the village schools. He was a member as the time of his death, and has been for five years of the village board of health. Mr. Clark was strong in his convictions and stood resolutely by them often in the face of strenuous opposition. He was a kind father and husband, an upright, useful citizen whose untimely demise is widely mourned. He hound peculiar pleasure in furthering the interests of his late comrades in arms and filled a conspicuous place in the councils of the Gen. Mansfield Post, GAR, long recognized as one of the lading organizations of the kind in this part of the State. Since the death of Gen. Cox, Col. Clark had been the ranking officer of the rebellion in the county. His military record was notable. He entered the service in this boro Sept. 26, 1861, as First Sargent of Co. B, 101st Penna. infantry. In August of the following year he was promoted to the Second Lieutenancy and in September to the Captaincy of the Company. He was made Lieutenant Colonel of his regiment in May, 1863. He was mustered out of the service at Harrisburg at the close of the war. He was an active participant in the Siege of Yorktown, and in the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, Malburn Hill and several others. He was in hospital but four day during the more than four years of his service. Captured after a four days' fight at Plymouth, NC, he was confined to Macon and other southern prisons the greater part of a year. The last of November, 1864, he escaped, and by traveling nights and hiding days he avoided recapture for ten days though the rebels were aided in the pursuit by blood hounds. He was fed by friendly slaves during this time. Finally near Belton, SC, 150 miles from Columbia, he was retaken and returned to Columbia. At the battle of Kingston, Col. Clark and his command were thirty-six hours without sleep or rest. He was one of 600 officers who acted as guard of honor at the funeral of President Lincoln. Besides his wife, Mrs. Sara Beach Clark, to whom he was married January 3, 1866, Mr. Clark leaves four sons: Jay H. of Harrisburg; Howard B., of Williamsport; Budd A., of this boro; and Fordyce M., of Brooklyn. Two brothers also are left of his father's family: George M., of New York, and Albert, of Seattle, Wash., and one half-brother, Frank A., of Mansfield; also three sisters, Mrs. Emily Phelps, of New York; Mrs. Clara Clisby, of Atlanta, GA; and Mrs. Elizabeth Gross, of Chicago. The funeral was largely attended from his late home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, many being unable to gain admission to the house, the Rev. W.H. Latimer officiating. Brief remarks were also made by the Hon. S.B. Elliott. The bearers were Messrs. Stephen Mudge, H.B. Shaw, and G.A. Cornwell, members of his company in arms, and Messrs. B. Moody, J.C. Doane and W.H. Longstreet, close personal friends of the family. - Mansfield Advertiser, 9 April 1902, p.3

: Col. Nathaniel Elliott ELLIOTT, Nathaniel A. [SRGP 71136] – Close of a Long and Active Life – Ex-Legislator, County Commissioner and Postmaster – Colonel Nathaniel A. Elliott, since 1866 a prominent resident of this boro, died last Friday evening at his home on Wellsboro street after an illness of three weeks, first of acute intestinal trouble, then from general debility incident to old age. Col. Elliott was born in Covington township January 17, 1818, a son of Levi Elliott. He enjoyed such educational advantages as the pioneer district schools afforded. Among his early business ventures was the purchase of a fifty-acre farm, to which he added from time to time until his landed possessions embraced 400. An active man of affairs he conducted the principal hotel at Cherry Flats, then a thriving business centre, ran a large general store there and dealt extensively in livestock. Public confidence in his integrity found expression in his election to innumerable local offices of trust and responsibility. He served also two terms in the House of Representatives at Harrisburg, 1848-1849, two terms as County Commissioner, 1876 to ’82, and one as Postmaster of Mansfield under President Cleveland, 1886-90. His military title came through his election and service as Colonel of the Tioga County regiment of the State Militia in the days of general training at Covington. September 10, 1838, he married Anna Myra Hart, daughter of Ludwig Hart. The only child of this union is Hon. Mortimer F. Elliott, now of New York City. Mrs. Elliott died April 3, 1843. October 10, 1844, he married Charlotte E. Harkness, a daughter of Joel and Elmina Harkness. Five children were born to this marriage: Francis, Edward A., and Henry A., deceased. George Frederick, the well-known physician of this boro, and Fannie E., wife of T.O. Whitnall, of Syracuse. Mrs. Elliott also survives. In politics Col. Elliott was an unswerving democrat. He was a member and regular attendant of the First Presbyterian church of this boro; a member also of the Masonic fraternity. A genial, companionable man, possessed of a well-stored mind and retentive memory, he enjoyed the cordial esteem of a wide circle of acquaintances. The funeral was largely attended from his late home at 11 o’clock Monday morning, the Rev. E.E. Riley officiating. The remains were taken to Cherry Flats for interment. The bearers were Messrs. D.H. Pitts, D.H. Walker, O.V. Elliott, Freeman Gaylord, John C. Gilson and J.E. Reese. – Mansfield Advertiser, 13 December 1899, p.5

ELLIOTT - Judson A. Elliott, 81, a leader in Mansfield civic affairs died last Friday evening. Superintendent of the Mansfield Water Company from 1890 to 1932 he was also a former insurance representative and many years ago conducted a general store with his father, Oliver Elliott. From 1890 to 1894 and again from 1898 to 1902 he served Mansfield as postmaster. He was a Mansfield Normal trustee from 1881 to 1910, serving all but the first year as secretary. During the same time he was a trustee and secretary of the Normal board of stockholders. He was also secretary of the Smythe Park Association for many years and one of the organizers of the Mansfield Library. He was also a trustee of the Baptist Church, although not a member, and affiliated with Friendship Lodge, F&AM. In 1887 he married Miss Mary Ella Hillier, of Mansfield who died in December 1935. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Stevens and a grandson, the latter of Reno, Nevada. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. David J. Griffiths at the Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with burial in Prospect Cemetery. - Wellsboro Gazette, 26 March 1936

CUMMINGS, John Lee [SRGP 80760] - John L. Cummings, former Postmaster at Mansfield, died at his home in that place on Sunday morning after a short illness, of kidney trouble. He was 41 years of age and unmarried. Mrs. Cummings had been feeling as well as usual until Thursday, when he was attacked by kidney disease which quickly proved fatal. His father and two sisters survive him. Mr. Cummings served as Postmaster at Mansfield during Cleveland's last administration and later engaged in business as a private banker. For some time past he had conducted a grocery and bakery. In speaking of the deceased a correspondent says: "His habits were always exemplary and his life that of the Christian who believes in the doctrine. 'love your neighbor as yourself.'" - Wellsboro Gazette, April 28, 1904

BAILEY, Thomas H. [SRGP 31036] - The funeral of the late Thomas H. Bailey was held at the Methodist church in this place on Monday, October 9th, Rev. C.D. Purdy officiating. It was largely attended by prominent citizens throughout the county, as Mr. Bailey was one of the most widely known men in Tioga county. He had many warm personal friends. Mr. Bailey had been in failing health for some time, and his demise was not unexpected. In the passing of Thomas H. Bailey one of the oldest and most conspicuous of Mansfield's landmarks has gone. For the past sixty years, until recently, he had been identified with the interests of Mansfield more, perhaps, than any one man that ever resided here. He was indeed a bright and shining example of what a man ought to be and do in and for his home town. Mr. Bailey was born in Charleston, Dec. 1, 1839, and was the fourth son of the late Clark and Vest Judd Bailey. He was reared on the old Bailey homestead and was educated in the common country schools of that day. After attaining manhood he purchased the old grist mill across the river in Mansfield which he operated until 1899. In 1866 he and his brother, Justus W. Bailey, bought the saw mill near the river bridge, and a few years later they also bought the foundry. A short time afterwards Thomas H. Bailey purchased his brother's interest in both industries. The writer can remember in the summer of 1877, that the saw mill was run night and day. We were at that time working for Ben Goodenough on the Advertiser and boarded in the little Morris cottage under the hill, and the noise of the saw mill used to disturb out slumbers until we got used to it. Mr. Bailey purchased large tracts of timber lands at different times for this saw mill, but the June flood swept everything away, entailing upon Mr. Bailey a heavy loss, which he never entirely recovered from. On September 39, 1868, Mr. Bailey married Miss Josephine Hillier, of Larry's Creek, Lycoming county, who died September 28, 1906. Two children survive: Mrs. Sarah O'Donnell, of New York, and Dr. Harry W. Bailey, of Wellsboro. Also two grandsons, Thomas and Frank Bailey; one sister, Mrs. Emily Clark, of Denver, Colorado, and one brother, J.M. Bailey, of Charleston. Mr. Bailey was a life-long dyed-in-the-wool Republican, and for many years a leader in Mansfield politics. He held the office of Burgess for several years, and was a member of the Boro Council nine years. He was also School Director of the Boro for six years, and for eighteen years was a trustee of the Mansfield State Normal School. In 1890 he was elected County Commissioner. He was re-elected in 1893. In 1896 he purchased the Hotel Allen, on the corner of Main and Wellsboro streets, formerly the Soldier's Orphan School building. He served as Postmaster of Mansfield for eight years. Thomas H. Bailey was a friend to everybody. A man of excellent habits, fine moral character, and a sturdy constitution, he continued to be active in his various pursuits till long past the age at which men ordinarily drop out of the ranks of the workers. To this end there is no doubt that his sunny disposition largely contributed. He met most of the conditions and situations of life with a joke. He was a practical, matter-of-fact man, but had his own peculiar way of extracting merriment from life as it went along, and he was not disposed to worry about matters that could be bettered in other ways. This cheerful spirit remained with him to the last. When Thomas H. Bailey died, full of years, and ready to be gathered to his fathers, the grief that was felt over the close of his long career was widespread and sincere. His best monument is the good report that he has left behind him in Mansfield, the community in which he lived for more than sixty years. - Mansfield Advertiser, 18 October 1922, p.1

URELL, Robert Emmett [SRGP 3182] – Robert E. Urell, one of the best known residents of Tioga County, died suddenly at 2 p.m. Thursday while talking with friends in the Friendship Club room. Mr. Urell was born at Tioga June 4, 1851, the son of William T. and Rowena Daggett Urell. On June 21, 1893, he was married to Miss Eva Squires of Tioga, who died in April, 1928. For many years Mr. Urell was associated with his father in the grocery business in Tioga. About 35 years ago Mr. & Mrs. Urell moved to Mansfield. For nine years, from September 1913 to August 1922, he was postmaster at Mansfield, in which office he gave his best in the interests of his patrons and won hundreds of loyal friends. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity and the Presbyterian Church, having first joined at Tioga and later transferring his membership  in both organizations to Mansfield. He was an ardent Democrat and a sturdy advocate of the single tax, on which subject he had written many articles. For years he advocated setting up a game preserve at Tioga, where animal life of the old Tioga he knew could be restored. He was interested in the history of the Northern Tier and during the past few months has written an interesting series of articles on Tioga past and present, which were published in the Elmira Telegram and which attracted much attention. Mr. Urell possessed a rare sense of humor that made for him lasting friendships. He will be missed in the community as a few people are privileged to be missed. Surviving are six nephews and nieces: Walter T. Urell, of Mansfield; Miss Marguerite R. Baldwin, Dorothy Baldwin and Tom Moore Urell, of Tioga, Mrs. Frank Fite and Miss Louise Urell, of New York City. The funeral was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the family home on South Main Street, the Rev. Joseph R. Harris, of the Presbyterian Church, officiating; interment in Gray Valley Cemetery with committal service by Friendship Lodge F&AM of Mansfield. – Mansfield Advertiser, 20 December 1933, p.1

Elmer G. Cornwell, 8
6, of Mansfield, died Sunday, April 11, 1965. Funeral was held at Shaw and Robena Funeral Home on Tuesday, the Rev. Sires of the Mansfield Baptist Church, officiating, with burial in Prospect Cemetery. Survived by son, Kenneth of Falls Church, Va.; daughter, Miss Christine of Mansfield and Philadelphia, Mrs. Blair (Olive) Lambert of Ulysses; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren. He was a retired Postmaster of the Mansfield Post Office for 35 years.
Graduated from Mansfield State Normal School in 1902

KELLYThe funeral was held Monday, Jan. 13, for Francis J. Kelly, 81, of 195 South Main St., Mansfield, a former postmaster in the borough for 32 years, who died Saturday, Jan. 11, 1986, at home. Born at Lambs Creek, Apr. 26, 1904, he was a son of William H. and Margaret Kerwan Kelly. Mr. Kelly was a member of Hold Child Roman Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Mansfield High School and the former Mansfield State University. Mr. Kelly was a former borough councilman. He also was an officer of the Mansfield Businessmen’s Assn. And a member of the Mansfield Public Library Board and the National Assn. Of Retired Postmasters. Mr. Kelly was a former professional baseball player and a longtime manager of Mansfield’s town team and Mansfield Babe Ruth Baseball teams. He was a charter member of Mansfield University’s Sports Hall of Fame Board. Surviving are his wife, the former Lucile Palmer; three step-sons, Richard Kaley of Camilus, NY, John Kaley of Houston, Texas, and Robert Kaley of Milwaukee, Wis.; a sister, Regina Mudge of Mansfield; and 5 nieces and 4 nephews. The funeral was at Holy Child Roman Catholic Church, Mansfield. Burial was in St. Andrews Cemetery, Blossburg. The Rev. John J. Tamalis, his pastor, officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Holy Child Roman Catholic Church, Mansfield. Arrangements by the Kuhl-Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield.

Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield
FARRER - John K. Farrer, 69, of Mansfield RR#3 died Sunday, June 5, 1994, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born Dec. 1, 1924, in Blossburg, he was the son of Philip and Constance Kohler Farrer. He was a retired postmaster. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II, and during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Mansfield; member and past master of Friendship Lodge #247 F&AM; member of the Coudersport Consistory; charter member of the Mansfield Hose Company. He was a trustee and board member of the Wheel Inn and a member and former treasurer of Corey Creek Golf Club. He was an avid fan of Penn State football. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Marieta Goodwin; three sons, Gerald of Mansfield, John of Horseheads, NY, and James of Elmira Heights, NY; one daughter, Linda Doud of Mansfield; one brother, Thomas of Mansfield; one sister, Mary Lou Townsend of Mansfield; one brother-in-law, Chester Goodwin of Tioga; nine grandchildren. Friends may call at the Wilston Funeral Home, 18 N. Main St., Mansfield, on Wednesday, June 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friendship Lodge #247 F&AM will conduct services at 8:45 p.m. Services will be held there Thursday, June 9, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Thomas D. Thomas officiating. Burial with military rites will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church of Mansfield, the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice. - Wellsboro Gazette, June 8, 1994

Northwest Savings Bank occupies the modified old post office building on South Main Street. The video store is in the former telephone building. 
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