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ABBEY, Hattie Newell " Mother Hattie Newell Abbey Vandermark, widower (sic-widow) of Lucius W. Vandermark, died Sunday, March 3,1929 at 10:30 a.m. at the home of daughter Bertha, Mrs. Frank White, 1311 Hall St., Elmira, NY. Buried March 7, 1929. From Bertha, had 22 pieces of flowers-buried in Coopers Plain, NY beside of father (probably should say husband) and her mother + father. Rev. Grant Chambers was minister of Northside Baptist Church, Elmira, NY. *copied from family ledger. Submitted by Bonnie Strope <> 
BACON, Joseph P. of Indianapolis, IN, age 48 formerly of Elmira, NY April 16, 1998. Joseph was a waiter for 15 years at Snooty Fox Restaurant. He was a member of the US Army serving in Vietnam, discharged in 1971. He was a graduate from Southside High School. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn (BIXBY) Bacon of Indianapolis, IN; mother, Margaret Eleanor Bacon; brother, Frank BACON of Horseheads, NY; brother, Michael J. "Mick" BACON of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Gail Hyland of Philadelphia, PA and Judith Fitzgerald of Lowman, NY. Funeral services and burial will be Sunday April 19, 1998 at the Leppert and Hensley Mortuary. Burial in American Midwest Crematory, Indianapolis, In 46240. Elmira Star-Gazette April 18, 1998. Submitted by Sharron Vossoughi <> 
BACON, Diane Elmira Star-Gazette Wed. Dec. 14, 1955 DEATH CLAIMS MISS BACON AFTER 2 1/2 YEAR POLIO BATTLE A more than two year fight against the effects of polio ended Tuesday night for Miss Mary Diane BACON, 22, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Bacon of 200 Harmon St. Miss Bacon died of pneumonia complications last night at 8:45 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Her death came only 17 days after the death of 26 year old Michael COMSTOCK at his home at 520 W. Clinton St. Miss Bacon contracted polio on June 26, 1953. She was treated at St. Joseph's Hospital until Sept. 21, 1953, when she was transported in an iron lung by the Lackawanna Railroad to the University of Buffalo's Chronic Disease and Research Institute. She was the second Elmira patient in history to be taken to Buffalo in this manner, COMSTOCK having gone two weeks before. She contracted polio the day before young COMSTOCK was stricken with the disease. The similarities in the two young persons' lives remained, as Miss BACON returned home last March 30, about 14 days after Mr. COMSTOCK returned to his home. The courageous young woman, who never lost her smile or determination to recover, was able to be home with a rocking bed and respirator. Last summer she took frequent rides in the family car and attended several baseball games. She entered St. Joseph's Hospital on Aug. 7 and returned home Sept. 9. She re-entered the hospital last Wednesday and had been confined there since. A native Elmira, she was graduated in 1947 from St. Patrick's Parochial School and in 1951 from Southside High School. She was employed at the Deister and Butler Jewelry Store and the Gorton Coy before entering the employ of Dr. Donald H. MILLER. She was studying to be a dental assistant at Dr. MILLER's office when stricken. She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a member of Delta Alpha Sorority and the Dental Assistants Associations of Elmira and of New York State. Submitted by Sharron Vossoughi <>

HALSTEAD, Stephen - Stephen Halstead, 75, of Cogan House Township, died Thursday at his home. Injuries he received when kicked by a horse, Wednesday, proved fatal. He leaves his wife and two daughter, Mrs. Harry Scmouder, of Troy, and Mrs. J. B. Pysher, of this city. Prayer services will be held at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon at the home, with further services at the Steam Valley Church, Burial will be in the Steam Valley Cemetery.
(Linked from Crime Section)
Friday Jan 22., 1954 Horton May Be First in County To Die In Chair at Sing Sing By James W. O'Hara Jr. If the death penalty to be imposed on Norman L. Horton is carried out, the 19-yr-old Elmiran will be the first Chemung County resident to die in the electric chair. About 30 years ago a defendant in a local first degree murder case was sentenced to death but later the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by Gov. Alfred E. Smith.

The last time the death penalty was carried out as the result of a Chemung County trial was in 1882. Norman Wheelock of Prattsburg was the last area resident to die in the electric chair. Wheelock was arrested in September of 1939 in Steuben County for the murder of 13-year-old Evelyn Reed of Penn Yan. The defendant denied guilt on the grounds of insanity, a plea similar to that interposed by Horton, but was found guilty in November of 1939 by a jury at Hornell. He subsequently was executed in the death chamber at Sing Sing Prison. The Elmiran found guilty of first degree murder in the 1920's was Andrew Di Carlo, who was accused of fatally shooting Wylie Hughes on Baldwin St. A supreme Court jury here found the defendant guilty as charged and the death sentence was invoked by the court before the Governor granted the commutation. Atty. Michael O'Connor, the widely known defense attorney at that time, defended Di Carlo in the trial. Di Carlo died in prison while serving the life term.

3 Hanged Here Records show that three men were hanged in Chemung County in the late 1800's after being found guilty of murder. The first was Henry Gardner, a soldier of the 12th United States Infantry, who was hanged in the local jail yard on Mar. 1, 1867. It was the first execution here or a capital offense since 1730 when an Indian chief had his head cut off and stuck on a pole as the result of a murder. Gardner, who was stationed at the old Pickaways Barracks in Southport, used the butt of his gun to slay Amasa Mullock, the motive being robbery. His hanging was described at the time as "bungled, horrible and revolting" as the body had to be dropped through the trap three times. The Gardner case was unusual in another aspect as after his death the body was mummified and embalmed and turned over to Dr. P. H. Flood, a local physician, who kept it for may years in a glass case in his office. Eventually the body was moved to the cellar of the Flood residence and then to a barn. One night a group of boys found the body, dragged it away and placed it in a vault at a brewery a the foot of E. Water St. Corpse Burned The Group of boys then burned the corpse and when the charred remains were found there was considerable conjecture on the identity of the "murder victim." However, it was finally established that the corpse was that of Gardner and the investigation ceased.

In 1877 a man named Peter H. Penwell was hanged in the Chemung County court yard for the murder of his wife. A man of over 60 years of age, Penwell claimed to have committed the crime in a jealous rage. The last Chemung County hanging listed in available records was on Jan 6, 1882. On that date Joseph Abbott, an Elmira Reformatory inmate, paid with his life for the murder of another prisoner, George Reed. There have been two other death penalty cases involving Chemung County but the hanging took place in Binghamton. A defendant named Ruloff of Binghamton was tried and convicted in Chemung County in 1876 and later was hanged at Binghamton. The most recent, and one of the most celebrated murder cases in Western New York State history, involved William Menken.

In 1884, the former Reformatory inmate, a resident of Long Island, lured a German girl named Mary Bradhoft to the Bancroft Rd. vicinity and murdered her. The Body Found In Ice The body was found encased in ice beneath a bridge on the road which runs from Carr's Corners to near the Reformatory. Menken brought the woman to Elmira on a promise to marry her and then killed her for money and jewelry. Menken was arrested shortly after the body was discovered by two young hunters. Following a four-day trial in Chemung County, he was convicted and sentenced to die. However, Justice William Murray granted a new trial on the grounds of new evidence and a belief that a fair trial could not be had here because of prejudice. A second trial was held in Binghamton, ending with the conviction and hanging of Menken in Broome County. The Bradhoft woman is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery not far from the spot where her body was found.

The most recent first degree murder case in Chemung County was in 1949 when 66-year old Thomas D. Sloniger was charged with the shotgun slaying of Fred L. Hagar, a Lake Rd. service station operator. Sloniger entered a defense of innocent by reason of insanity. Plans were made for a trial in April of 1949 and a panel of 200 prospective jurors was drawn. However, Sloniger was then examined by psychiatrists, who determined that he was not mentally capable of defending himself. Sloniger was committed to the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he remains today.

Turnkey Slain The most recent local first degree murder trial was in 1938 when Robert and James Buck were charged with killing Harry M. Swartz, a turnkey at the County Jail. The youths, who were 21 and 22 at the time, fatally injured Swartz in a jail break. They were convicted of first degree murder by a jury which recommended clemency. The late Supreme Court Justice Ely W. Personius sentenced the brothers to jail for the rest of their natural lives. A clemency recommendation was permitted in the Buck case as they were charged with murder committed in the process of committing another felony, that of escaping from jail. The charge against Norman Horton was that the murder of his father, Ray. E. Horton, was premeditated. The death penalty is automatic when a premeditated murder verdict is returned. (Additional Horton Story on Page 11 [which is missing]) 

MACK - Richard Russel MACK St., 87, died Sunday, June 13, 1993, at Cape Cod Hospital, Huannis, Mass., after a brief illness. Born Oct. 13, 1905, in Leetonia, he was the son of Everitt W. and May SMITH MACK. He graduated from Wellsboro High School in 1922 and from Pennsylvania State University in 1926. He worked in Troy, N.Y., for the New York Power and Light Company before going to work as a fire protection engineer for the Factory Mutual Fire Insurance Company in Norwood. He retired in 1969, and moved to Brewster, Mass., where he became the town's first water commissioner. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Doris KIRCH MACK of Brewster, Mass.; two sons, Richard MACK Jr. of Sun City West, Ariz., and Theodore MACK of Paulsmiths, N.Y.; one brother, E. Neal MACK of Troy; one nephew, Alfred N. MACK of Caton, N.Y.; two nieces, Katrina KIRCH MARTIN and Kristin KIRCH PATTON of New York. Funeral and burial services were private at the convenience of the family. Submitted by Patricia Warren 
MOORE - Troy - Harry A. MOORE Sr., 94, of Troy RD 3, died Friday, May 29, 1992, in the Bradford County Manor. He retired in 1962 as a machine operator for Cummings Lumber Co. Born March 26, 1898, at Union Township, Tioga County, he was a son of Edward S. and Maude SECHRIST MOORE. Surviving are a son, Harry A. Jr., of Canton; three daughters, Patricia Brewster, of Granville Summit, Mary Jane NYBECK, of Morris Run, and Adrian BAIRD, of Springfield, Ore.; a brother, Larue E., in Florida, 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Morse and Kleese's, 40 north Center Street, Canton, with the Rev. Melvin GOOD officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Submitted by Patricia Warren 
MARVIN, Stuart B., "Stub" Age 84, of 407 Shelbourne Street, Horseheads, NY, Sunday, February 25, 1990. Friends are invited to call at the Van Buskirk-Lynch Funeral Home, Mill Street and Grand Central Avenue, Horseheads, Turesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 PM. Funeral and Committal Services will be conducted at the conclusion of Calling Hours at 8:00 PM, the Rev. Gerald F. WRIGHT officiatng. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family wil provide their own flowers. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Horseheads Wesleyan Church or in charity of one's choice in Stub's memory. He is survived by his son, Richard L. MARVIN of Horseheads, NY; brother and sister-in-law Donald and Hazel Marvin of Elmira, NY; sister, Miss Esther Marvin of Elmira, NY; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert and Becky Pierce of Endwell, NY, Eleanor Bacon of Elmira, NY, Mary Jane and Fred Bronson of Gainesville, Fl; 2 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Marvin was born August 29, 1905, in Elmira Heights, NY, the son of Archie and Nina Bailey Marvin. He was a salesman for Tressler's and for Maslin Electronics. He had been a security guard at Chemung Canal Trust Company with Burns Security. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth V. [PIERCE] "Betty" Marvin, who died September 9, 1986 and their son, Jack P. MARVIN, who was killed October 9, 1970, as the result of an airplane crash. [Jack MARVIN died Nov. 25, 1970] Unnamed and undated Elmira newspaper. Submitted by Sharron Vossoughi <>

PORTER, Robert M. Elmiva Star-Gazette Sept. 4, 1928, Elmira, NY Robert Michael PORTER, aged 78 years, retired Pennsylvania railroad Engineer, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. H. W. Good of 462 1/2 Cypress St. at 4 PM, Monday. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Good, Mrs. A. D. Furman and Mrs. J. V. Pierce of Elmira and Mrs. A. C. Day of Cleveland,`O; three sons, Burr [Burt] and Edgar of Buffalo and James of Williamsport; 26 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Kate Porter, of Williamsport and Mrs. Elizabeth Newcomber of Mt. Vernon. A prayer service will be held at the home of Mrs. Good tonight at 7:30, the Rev. C. G. McConnell officiating. The remains will be taken to Williamsport, Wed. at 8 am over the Pa RR where the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon. Burial in Williamsport, Pa cemetery. Submitted by Sharron Vossoughi <> 
PORTER, Martha Ellen - Furman, Mrs. Martha E. (Good) Elmira Star-Gazette Dec. 1989 Age 93, of 1263 Maple Ave., ELmira, Friday, December 8, 1889 at St. Joseph's Hospital (Not true Martha died at home). Friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Sunday 2 - 4, with Funeral and Committal Service there, Sunday evening 7 pm. Rev. Dr. Robert Edmunds officiating. Survived by daughters and son-in-law, Doris (GOOD)(wife of Carl) Wainwright of Elmira, Jean (GOOD)and John Vantine of Elmira; daughter-in-law, Ruth (widow of Hugh) Good of Elmira; grandchildren, Robert Good of Alexandria, VA; Lauralie Howley of Howland, PA, Suzanne Coatsworth of Buffalo, NY; Penni Ann Cromar of Springfield, PA; 8 great grandchildren. Member of North Presbyterian Church. Predeceased by her husbands Hugh GOOD Sr. and Alvin P. FURMAN. Submitted by Sharron Vossoughi <> 
SHEDLAWSKI - Blossburg - Miss Pauline SHEDLAWSKI, 20, of Forty Fort, granddaughter of Mrs. Helen BOWINSKI, of Blossburg, died Monday, April 30, 1973, in Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, following an extended illness. She was born in Forty Fort on May 15, 1952, a daughter of Joseph and Mary Catherine BOWINSKI SHEDLAWSKI. Surviving, besides her grandmother here, are her mother, of Forty Fort, and a brother, Joseph, of Lewisburg. The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Swoyersville. Burial will be in Plains Cemetery. Friends may call at Baloga's, 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, from 7 to 9 tonight. Submitted by Patricia Warren. 
TAYLOR - Charles E. age 72, of 103 Germania St., Galeton, PA, suddenly on Saturday, August 7, 1993 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. He was born on April 28, 1921, in Kansas City, KS, the son of William and Lola TILLMAN TAYLOR. He was married to the former Paulada WYNN who survives. He was a Veteran in World War II with the U.S. Navy and was a retired employee of the Nabisco Corporation of Philadelphia. He attended the First Baptist Church of Galeton. Besides his wife he is survived by his sons, Bruce TAYLOR of California and Craig and Angela TAYLOR of West Bristol, PA; a daughter, Charlene TAYLOR of Croydon, PA; brother, Leslie TAYLOR of Herndon, VA; Sister, Velma WILLIAMS of Kansas City; one grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends on Thursday at the Collins Funeral Home, Galeton from 2 to 4:30 PM followed by Funeral Services at 4:30 PM. The Rev. Richard TINTLE, Pastor of the Galeton First Baptist Church, will officiate. Committal Services Friday at 2:00 PM in Rosedale Memorial Park, Oxford Valley, PA. Submitted by Patricia Warren. 
VANDERMARK, Lucius William "Lucius William VanDermark, son of George W. and Lucinda VanDermark was born Aug. 13, 1865. He was born in Newark Valley, NY and was was married Oct. 21, 1886 to Harriet Newell Abbey of Newark Valley, NY. They were married in Newark Valley and lived in Coopers Plain, NY where Myrta was born Jan. 16, 1889 and then they moved to East Corning, NY where Grace was born Aug. 12, 1890. They moved to Centeville (Centerville?), NY where George Ruben was born May 7, 1892 and then to Denmark, NY where Bertha was born Aug. 14, 1894 and little Jettie May 3, 1896. Then we moved to West Hoboken, NJ in 1896 where we lived till the fall 1902. Then we moved to Philadelphia, PA where he (Lucius) died Wed., March 29, 1905, at 6128 Hazel Ave., Phila., PA. He died at the Medico Chirriagal Hospital, 17th Cherry, Phila, PA. He was survived by his wife Harriet N. and three daughters, Myrta, Grace, Bertha, and one son George R. He was always a glass cutter-learnt his trade in Hoaas(?) Cutting shop in Corning, NY and the last place was in the Quaker City Cut Glass Factory in Phila. PA where he was foreman over the polishers. Rev. North and Rev. Jones of West End Medth. Church at 60 + Lombard St. gave service for bringing him to Corning. Rev. Babcock of Painted Post was Minister here." *copied from family ledger. Submitted by Bonnie Strope <>
VANTINE, John C. Elmira Star Gazette Oct. 12, 1995 John C. VANTINE age 72 of Elmira, NY, Tuesday, October 10, 1995 at home. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jean Vantine of Elmira, NY; daughters and son-in-law, Lauralee and Walter Nicholas Howley of Aurora, Ohio, Suzanne and Robert Coatsworth of E. Aurora, NY; grandchildren, Peter Howley, Michael Howley, Margaret Ann Howley, Heather MaCrow and Brent MaCrow; mother Warna Fern Vantine; sister and brother in law, Sharon and Edward Hart; sisters-in-law Doris Wainwright and Ruth Good; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, John S. Vantine in 1979 and his sister, Helen Nunnery. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the North Presbyterian Church, Friday at 1 PM. Rev. Dr. Robert Edmunds will officate. John was a U. S. Air Force Staff Sergeant in 9th Air Force furing WWII. As a gunner on a B-24, he flew 29 missions over Germany. He was a member of the North Presbyterian Church, having served as Deacon and trustee. He enjoyed golf and bowling and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may send memorial donations to North Presbyterian Church roof fund or Food Pantry, 921 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901 or Southern Tier Hospice, Inc., 244 W. Water St., Elmira, NY 14901.

Oct. 13, 1995 Star-Gazette, Elmira, NY To say that John C. VANTINE of Elmira was lucky is quite an understatement. In World War II, he survived 29 missions over Germany as a gunner in a B-24 bomber while many of his mates on other planes were blown out of the sky. And then four years ago, doctors diagnosed him with lung cancer and gave him a year to live. He lived four. "He was blessed," said his wife of 48 years, Jean (GOOD)Vantine. "He had a good life. We had a good life." Mr. Vantine, 72, of 462 Cypress St., died Tuesday Oct. 10, 1995 after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Vantine was born April 18, 1923. Originally from Millport, he was the second of three children and he graduated from Horseheads High School. Upon graduation, he attended an aviation ground school owned by the Schweizer brothers, of Schweizer Aircraft Corp. in Big Flats, where he learned the mechanics of airplanes. His skills took him to Buffalo where he worked at the Curtis-Wright airplane manufacturing plant. Two things happened during his time in Buffalo. One was World War II, the other was the little sister of another Elmira-area boarder, who was staying at the same rooming house house as Mr. VANTINE. For the first situation, Mr. VANTINE returned to Elmira and attempted to enlist in one of the armed services but was rebuffed because his occupation at Curtis-Wright was considered "essential" to the war effort by the government. Ironically, a couple weeks later, he was drafted. For the second situation, Mr. VANTINE ended up dating the future Jean Vantine but his courtship was interrupted by the war. Jean Vantine remembers receiving many letters from her future husband describing the harrowing missions. But she said his notes often contained humorous, self-styled, cartoon doodlings he sketched. "They were cute letters,", she said. Suzanne Coatsworth of East Aurora, NY one of Mr. Vantine's two daughters, said that on one particular mission a squadron of planes took off on a bombing mission, but her father's plane developed engine problems and had to return [to] the base in England. "None of the other planes returned," Suzanne Coatsworth said. When he returned to Elmira after the war, he married Jean (GOOD)and eventually began work at NY Telephone, first as a lineman and than as a foreman for a line crew. He always made sure he spent time with his children, and more often than not that included many of the neighborhood kids as well. "He was real big on having a lot of kids around," Suzanne Coatsworth said. "Our house was a congregation for neighborhood kids." Besides his wife and daughter, Mr. Vantine's survivors include another daughter, Lauralee Howely of Aurora, Ohio; his mother Warna Fern Vantine; a sister Sharon Hart; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Submitted by Sharron Vossoughi <> 

WAINWRIGHT, Carl A. Dec. 1989 - Elmira Star-Gazette ELMIRAN DIES OF HEART ATTACK Southport An Elmira man died of a heart attack Friday, minutes after he and his wife found his mother-in-law dead in her Southport home. Carl A. Wainwright, 74, of 462 1/2 Cypress St. had the heart attack after he found Martha E. Furman, 93, of 1263 Maple Avenue dead on her kitchen floor, Chemung County Sheriff's Investigator Robert Chapman said. Wainwright and his wife, Doris M. Wainwright, 71, had gone to Furman's home to check on her after being unable to reach her by telephone, Chapman said. A sheriff's dept. investigation ruled out foul play.... 
WAINWRIGHT, Mr. Carl A. Elmira Star Gazette Age 74, of 462 1/2 Cypress St. Friday, Dec. 8, 1989 at St. Joseph's Hospital [died at Martha Furman's home]. Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Sunday, 2 - 4, with Funeral and Commmittal Service there Sunday evening at 7 pm. Rev. Dr. Robert Edmunds will officate. Interment, Woodlawn Cemetery. Survived by wife of 50 years, Doris GOOD Wainwright; dau and son-in-law, Penni Ann and Don Cromar of Springfield, PA; grandchildren, Marek, Shon, Jonathan, Alex Cromar; sister, Ruth GOOD of Elmira; sister-in-law, and brother-in-law, Jean and John Vantine of Elmira; several nieces and nephews. Member of North Presbyterian Church. Retired partner from Buddies Restaurant and Garden Center. Member of Union Lodge #95 F & AMM. US Army Veteran of WWII with the 86th Mountain Division in Italy. Submitted by Sharron Vossoughi <> 
WARREN - Sherri L. age 33 of Rd. 1 Gillett, PA, Thursday, August 22, 1991. Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home, Wellsburg, Saturday 7 to 9 pm. Private Funeral Services at convenience of family. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the The CHAMBERLAIN Children Trust Fund, Guthrie Federal Credit Union, Sayre, PA 18840. Survived by her parents, Robert Sr. and Margery WARREN of RD 3, Gillett, PA; children, David, Stephanie, Kristen and Keith; sister, Gay WARREN of Naples, FL; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Ruth WARREN of Elmira, NY; brother, Robert Jr. of Miami, FL; also several aunts, uncles and cousins. Sherri was a 1976 graduate of S.R.U. High School. Submitted by Patricia Warren.
WATKINS - Crash Kills Pennsy Man; Brother Listed Critical - Mansfield - Robert G. WATKINS, 23, of Mansfield, RD 3 was killed when the car he was riding in with his brother, Eddie R. WATKINS, 27, crashed into a large tree on Sullivan Township Rt. 519 about 3-1/2 miles north of Mansfield at 7 p.m. Sunday. Mr. WATKINS was pronounced dead on arrival at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, Wellsboro. Cause of death was not immediately determined. The older WATKINS also was taken to Wellsboro hospital in a Mansfield firemen's ambulance but transferred after initial treatment to Williamsport General hospital. He was listed in critical condition with multiple fractures, bruises and cuts. Police said Eddie WATKINS was home on leave from the Army. He is stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. Mansfield state police tentatively listed him as the driver of the vehicle. Police said the car was traveling east on the dirt road when it suddenly left the highway, careened off the north side and hit the tree. Submitted by Patricia Warren 
WILLIAMS, Betty Jane - Betty Jane (Becky) Pierce of Endwell, NY, age 75, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 20, 1997 at 6 PM at the Binghamton General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of 52 years of Robert R. PIERCE, a devoted mom to John P. and Carol Pierce, Houston, TX, Jeffrey P. and Barbara Pierce, Hillcrest, Robert G. and Ann Pierce, Johnson City; special grandma to Heather Finny, Houston, TX, Megan and Abby PIERCE, Hillcrest, Robin, Eric and Katie PIERCE, Johnson City and great grandmother to Pierce M. FINNY. She was also survived by her sisters, Norma Morse, Houston, TX, Marge Guyska, Elmira; her brother Robert WILLIAMS, Syracuse and also several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a member of the Boulevard United Methodist church, the Progressive Class of the church and FAAST. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 10 AM at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc. 428 Main St., Johnson City with her Pastor Rev. Jerry J. HALBERT officiating. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Barber Memorial Home on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Boulevard United Methodist Church, 113 Grand Boulevard, Binghamton, NY 13905. Elmira Star-Gazette Nov. 22, 1997. Submitted by Sharron Vossoughi <> 
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