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Tri County Clippings- Page One Hundred Sixty Nine

Submitted by Joyce M. Tice from purchased 1940s scrapbook

These obituaries are presented in scrapbook order. I can't think of a better way of understanding a community than by reading an obituary scrapbook. 

SCHULTZ, WAGMAN, HARMON, KAUFFMAN – Eight Killed in Single Accident Near Mifflintown

Mifflintown, Pa., Nov. 17 (Prob. 1940) – Eight Adams county persons including a young couple and their three small children, were killed last night in the crash of their automobile with a trailer truck on a curve at Macedonia Run. State Police Private, R. E. Bailey said the car failed to make the turn and smashed headlong into the truck.

The dead: Orville F. Schultz, 25, Gettysburg RD 3, owner and driver and father of the three children; his wife Mary I. Schultz, 25; their children, Ralph E. 4, Dorothy I., 3, and Beatrice, 1; Annie V. Wagman, 15, Gettysburg RD 4; and Guy R. Kauffman, Gardners RD 2.

Six of the victims were killed instantly. All eight had received fractured skulls. Beatrice Shultz and Kauffman died in a Lewistown hospital early today.

Russell Hoyle of Summit, O., a suburb of Akoran, driver of the truck, received head lacerations and was under treatment at the Lewistown hospital, where his condition was described as good.

At Gettysburg, it was reported that Shultz had gone to Lewistown for the Wagman girl and had taken his family and friends along for the ride.

PIOLETT, JOHNSTON – Cynthia Piolet and Ann Vaughan Johnston yesterday received letters signed personally by Wendell Wilkie, Republican candidate for President in the election this month. The letters were in reply to a letter sent to Mr. Wilkie by the girls.

PACKARD – Mrs. Nora Packard, 76 years old, of Troy had her first airplane ride yesterday and liked it so well she wants to go up again. October 28, 1940

SMYTH – C. Wayne Smyth, formerly of Philadelphia, was admitted to practice before the bar of Bradford county by Judge Charles Culver yesterday morning. Attorney Smyth’s admission was moved by Attorney, L. R. VanDeusen of Troy and it is understood he will practice in Troy. The new attorney is a member of the Philadelphia bar and of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


Mrs. John Sharts, postmistress at Sugar Run, recently found some interesting clippings of 1879 belonging to her mother, Mrs. Nancy Rogers. The items were as follows:

SUGAR RUN – Black bass fishing …Dr. P. A. Quick is threatened with typhoid fever … J. W. Ingham is repairing the race that leads to his saw and grist mills … The fruit crop will be light on account of the continued cold weather … Graham Bartlett of Towanda is visiting friends in this place … H. Turrell has built a new barn … John Brennan and family are living in Odd Fellows’ hall … Gusta Verbyck is very ill. Dr. Brown is attending her. Dr. Brown is a very skillful physician … Mrs. J. L. Briggs has returned from visiting friends in Philadelphia … There has been talk of building a bridge across the river at this place. We hope it is not all talk, for a bridge is much needed … Leroy Steinbeck is working at the furnitrue business for Gamble Bros … Miss Horton teaches our summer school. George June 9, 1879

SUGAR RUN -- The fourth passed off pleasantly. Most of our people went either to Monroeton or Camptown … J. W. Ingham has the best piece of wheat in this vicinity … We wish that the boys who go in swimming in front of people’s houses could be induced to desist. … Dr. H. A. Bartlett has purchased the Ellenberger property and is improving the looks of the house wonderfully. He is putting in large windows and glass doors. Mr. Perry will occupy the house that Dr. B. vacates … The potato bug crop is light. The writer has seen only three this year … The choir sang well last Sabbath … Gusta Verbryck has recovered from her recent illness. … If a body meet a body that’s a-going to die, let a body tell a body Dr. Brown to try. Nebb. July 7, 1879

GOLDEN HILL -- House cleaning has been all the rage for the past week… Farming business is very backward this season on account of continued cold weather…Meeting next Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m….Mr. Shaner has located in this place….G. W. Smith is keeping bachelors hall…..H. B. Keeney is ditching his farm….L. B. Post has three hundred yards of carpet to weave…Chas. Sturdevant was visiting friends in this place the past week….Seed potatoes for sale at E. Butter’s…..L. E. DeWolf has returned from Michigan and is working at his old trade….J. E. Champion is working at his dwelling house….Mrs. D. Holland has gone to Towanda to spend the summer….Cass Gay is lumbering at this place….Mrs. B. Keeney has fifty young chickens…..The Widow Burgess is having her house painted…Ella Holland is visiting at Syracuse, N.Y……A very pleasant quilting party occurred at Mrs. Sturdevant’s last week…..Emma Keeney is visiting at Scottsville…..D. Dibble is living with her mother….A. H. Preston is very ill with fever. Find Out. April 23, 1879

RATHBUN/WRIGHT -- Josephine Louise Rathbun, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. George Rathbun of East Troy, and John Philip Wright, son of Mr. And Mrs. Mylert Wright of Granville Summit, were united in marriage Sunday afternoon, January 19th, at the Methodist parsonage at Durell by the Rev. Charles H. Wilcox. Their attendants were Miss Doris Rathbun, sister of the bride, and Wayne Wright, brother of the groom. After the wedding a reception was held at the home of the bride for the immediate families. Mr. And Mrs. Wright will reside at Blossburg where the groom is employed. (Handwritten date 1941)

ENNIS –Sayre, Jan. 15 – Miss Marjorie Ennis, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Arthur S. Ennis of Wysox, R.D. 2, will represent the Spirit of Nursing at the tenth annual capping exercises of the Robert Packer hospital training school for nurses Sunday night in the Church of the Redeemer. Miss Ennis, a member of the senior class, was one of three selected by the other members of the class, and the faculty of the training school made the final choice.

BURT – Tioga High School Boy Killed by Blow Wellsboro, Pa., Jan. 17, (Friday)

Robert Burt, 13, Tioga High School freshman, was injured fatally yesterday during an altercation in the school gymnasium, coroner William F. White announced early today.

The coroner said an autopsy disclosed that a blow on the head struck by a classmate had caused a cerebral hemorrhage. Dr. Robert Leonard who was summoned to the school, pronounced the boy dead. Tioga County District Attorney Charles M. Elliott said he would make an investigation before deciding whether to hold an inquest. Robert was the son of Mr. And Mrs. H. Plynn Burt of Tioga RD 2.

JOHNSON – Auto Rams School Bus Near Monroeton; One Child Hurt (Jan. 10, 1941)

A school bus in which 16 children were sitting was rammed about 4:15 o’clock yesterday afternoon by an automobile driven by Eugene Covey of New Albany but only one child was hurt.

Robert Johnson, 16, of Monroeton RD 1, was in the rear of the bus and was badly cut when the window crashed. He had severe lacerations on the face, his nose and lip being slashed. After being attended by Dr. John R. Holmes of Monroeton he was taken to the Packer hospital in Sayre. The bus, driven by W.E. Birdsall of Powell, had stopped in front of the Clyde Reider home on Route 220, two miles south of Monroeton to let off the children there.

As Covey started to drive past he suddenly found a car was coming in the opposite direction and he couldn’t make it. The road was slippery and he couldn’t stop in time to avoid the collision. The school bus was only slightly damaged but Covey’s car had a crumpled front right fender, and hood.

CULVER – 70th Birthday

Charles M. Culver, president judge of the Bradford County Courts, attained his 70th birthday recently. Mr. Culver has been Bradford Co. judge since 1925 when he was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge William Maxwell. The appointment was made by Gifford Pinchot, then governor, of Pennsylvania. Since then, Judge Culver has been twice elected. He started his second 10-year term in January of 1940.

MUNN – Word Received Here Of Billy Munn’s Death

Billy Munn, native of Monroeton who was highly regarded throughout this section, died on Monday in the hospital at Warren, Pa. He had been taken there on Friday following a long period of ill health. It is understood that the funeral will be held this coming Friday.

Throughout Bradford county, Billy Munn was known for his ability to entertain with a variety of instruments. For years, he and his son, Milton, traveled throughout the East, presenting performances and they were very popular. Billy delighted in promoting Old Fiddlers’ contests and years ago put one on at the Keystone theater here that was a great success. He has often entertained at meetings of the local Rotary club.

Word of Billy’s passing caused great shock to his scores of friends throughout this section, and it is hard for them to realize that he will no longer bring joy and laughter with his songs and his music. In addition to his wife, Billy is survived by two sons, Gordon and Milton, both at home, and a daughter, Jane at home. A brother, Bob Munn of Athens also survives as does a sister, Mertie of Wernersville.


LADD/MEEKS – Gerald M. Ladd and Florence A. Meeks, both of Fulton, N.Y.

MCNEAL/VOORHIS – Kenneth L. McNeal of Granville township and Phyllis H. Voorhis of Elmira

HAWBAKER/KARPINKO – Lester A. Hawbaker of Peters township, Pa., and Pauline S. Karpinko of Towanda.

SIMONS/CHAFFEE – West Warren Girl Marries (Date of paper March 24, 1942)

Miss Theresa Simons, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Frank Simons of West Warren, became the bride of Norman Chaffee, son of Louis Chaffee of LeRaysville, at the home of her parents Sunday afternoon, March 22, at 2 o’clock.

Rev. Theron Zimmerman performed the ring ceremony. The wedding march was played by Mrs. Lee Simons. They were attended by Anita Simons, sister of the bride and Daniel Aquilio, Jr., of Wysox. The bride was attired in pale pink crepe and carried a bouquet of dark pink roses tied with white satin ribbon. The bridesmaid was attired in light blue silk jersey and carried pink roses. The bride’s mother wore a rose crepe dress.

Following the ceremony a reception was held for the immediate families with Mrs. Lyle Wood of Rome and Doris Antisdel of West Warren acting as waitresses. Amid showers of good wishes, the couple departed for a short wedding trip including Niagara Falls. Mrs. Chaffee’s going away dress was beige with red accessories.

Both Mr. And Mrs. Chaffee are popular young people and have the best wishes of their many friends for a long happy life together. Those present at the wedding and reception besides the bridal party were Mr. And Mrs. Frank Simons, Mr. And Mrs. Louis Chaffee, Mr. And Mrs. Kenneth McCormick, Mr. And Mrs. Glen Simons and daughters, Glenna, Jo Anne and Clara Mae, Mr. And Mrs. Lee Simons and daughter Nancy Lee, Mr. And Mrs. Elwyn Pitcher, Rowena, Delmar, Calvin and Shirley Chaffee and Rev. and Mrs. Zimmerman. (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa., March 24, 1942)

SMITH – Charles Smith Taken By Death (Date of paper March 24, 1942)

Former Resident of Athens Dies in Burbank, Calif – Athens, March 23 – Charles M. Smith, a former resident of Athens, died suddenly at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Syrus S. Smith in Burbank, Calif., early Sunday afternoon, according to word received by friends in Athens today. He was seventy-two years old. Mr. And Mrs. Smith were residents of Athens for many years prior to going to California about three years ago. They visited friends in Athens about a year ago.

According to word received here Mr. Smith died as the result of a heart attack while sitting in a chair in the garden in the rear of the home of his son in Burbank. Mr. Smith came to Athens as a young man and served as executive secretary of the Y.M.C.A. there for a time. He left the Valley and later returned to work for the Valley Record, a Sayre daily newspaper published by J. H. Murrelle. When that newspaper was consolidated with The Evening Times, Mr. Smith continued, working for Mr. Murrelle, and retired three years ago after working for the Murrelle Printing Company for 34 years.

During their any years in Athens, Mr. And Mrs. Smith resided at 709 South Main street. Both Mr. And Mrs. Smith were active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Athens and its various units.

Besides his wife and son he is survived by one other son, Charles M. Smith, Jr., of Endicott, N.Y. and two granddaughters, Barbara Smith of Endicott and Elaine Virginia Smith of Burbank, Calif. Funeral services will be held in the Pierce brothers funeral home in Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday afternoon. (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa., March 24, 1942)

McNEAL – Dr. P.N. McNeal, 65, a resident of Dushore, died at St. Mary’s hospital, Scranton Sunjday, March 22, at 4:00 after two days illness. Prior to his residence in Dushore he lived in Montrose and was district agent for the Bureau of Animal Industry.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Catherine McNeal, and a nephew, Dr. John Donovan of Scranton. The body was removed to the Tubach funeral parlors at Dushore and later taken to his home at Dushore where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Pine Hill cemetery, Shickshinny, Pa. (The Daily Review, Towanda, PA, March 24, 1942)

BOWEN -- Edgar Bowen, 65, of Rome fell yesterday while carrying two pails of eggs. He dislocated his left hip and is now a patient at the Packer hospital in Sayre. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. March 24, 1942)

MILLER – Dushore, March 23.—Bob Miller, 17 years old and son of Mr. And Mrs. Charles Miller of Wilmot township, Bradford county, is believed to have suffered a cracked vertebra in a fall while practicing with the tumbling team at the high school gym here today. The youth was taken to the Packer hospital by his coach, Don Green. X-Rays were taken which revealed the possibility of a cracked vertebra. He is expected home within a week, barring complications. Bob was center of the Dushore junior varsity basketball team during the past season. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. March 24, 1942)

COMSTOCK – Private Donald Comstock of Camptown, who attended the Chemical Warfare School at Edgewood Arsenal during the past two weeks, has been promoted to the rank of corporal and assigned to the campus of Aherst College where he will serve in the capacity of assistant classroom demonstrator. In this capacity he will aid in instructing Amherst men in bombing and poison gasses.

Private Comstock was a member of the same class at Edgewood as Charles DeWitt, also of Camptown, who taught him at Camptown High School several years ago. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. March 24, 1942)

PRESTON – Mr. And Mrs. Newell Preston of Paine street, Athens, announce the birth of a daughter March 23 at the Packer Hospital. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. March 24, 1942)


Canton, March 23, --Canton Chapter O.T.S., No 71, has elected Mrs. Marie Hallett Worthy Matron; Mrs. Madeline Spalding, Secretary; Mrs. Doris Burlingame, conductress; Mrs. Daniel Bastion, associate conductress; Mrs. Lee Clark, chaplain; Mrs. Gladys Maynard, marshal; Mrs. Olive Bryden, warder; Mrs. Nellie Holcomb, sentinel; Mrs. Florence Dunbar, organist; Mrs. Ruth Watts, Adah; Mrs. Harriett Morse, Ruth; Mrs. Dorothy Allen, Esther; Mrs. Caroline Baumunk, Martha; Mrs. Gladys Tarbox, Electra; Mrs. Ruth Seeley, Mrs. Nina Fiester, flag bearers and Mrs. Ieda Clark, Mrs. Della Fitch and Mrs. Hattie Williams, trustees. Mrs. Alice Innes, past matron, conducted the installation. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. March 24, 1942)

ROME – Rome, March 23. – The Civic Club members attended a very interesting meeting last Thursday at the home economics cottage led by Mrs. Blanche Coit. Refreshments were served by the president, Mrs. I. V. Stoll, and Mrs. F. R. Powers.

Pvt. Robert Wilson of Fort Benning, Ga., and Miss Mertell Ford of Orwell were supper guests Saturday evening of Mr. And Mrs. Lysle Wood.

Emory Gibbs of Waverly was a business visitor here on Wednesday.

Born to Mr. And Mrs. Walter Vanderpool at the Robert Packer hospital on Friday, March 13, a daughter, Ruth Marie.

Mr. And Mrs. W. J. Weaver were calling on friends in Ithaca Sunday.

Mrs. D. S. Rice, Frederick and David Rice were in Ithaca Saturday and Sunday, called there by the illness of Elizabeth Rice.

Leon Dimon has purchased the farm owned by Mr. And Mrs. Wilbur Beers. The Leon Dimon farm in Allis Hollow has been purchased by Elgin Sink. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. March 24, 1942)

ORWELL – Orwell, March 23. – Mr. And Mrs. Floyd Fenner and son of Chenango Forks visited relatives here over Sunday.

Mr. And Mrs. R. E. Frisbie transacted business in Towanda and Bernice Saturday.

Mr. And Mrs. Willis Drake of Sayre visited the home of Mr and Mrs. Jackson Sunday.

The Silver Moon Sunday School class were delightfully entertained at the home of Mr. And Mrs. C. W. Ford Thursday evening. Warm sugar was served.

Pfc. Fenton Dimmick, C.A.A.A., of Fort Totten visited his home first of the week.

Mr. And Mrs. Louis Brown and daughters, Nancy Lu and Gail, of Union, N.Y., were Sunday guests at the home of Mr. And Mrs. R. E. Frisbie.

Mr. And Mrs C. L. Dimmick spent the week end at the home of Mr. And Mrs. R. H. Sick, Monroeton.

Mr. And Mrs. Hugh Brimmer of New Albany visited the home of Mr. And Mrs. William Simons on Sunday.

Mrs. Clyde Saddlemire, son Girard, daughter Shirley Mae and friend, Sgt. William Finn, First Pursuit Sqd. Elgin Field, Fla., visited Mr. And Mrs. Edward Ackley Saturday.

Charles L. Dimmick was in Nichols Saturday to see his son N. H. Bailey and family. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. March 24, 1942)

BLACK – Black, March 23.—Mr. And Mrs. Edward Heath and daughter of Johnstown, Pa., were week end guests of Mr. And Mrs. Robert Westbrook recently.

Miss Irene Northrup of Elmira is staying in the Benjamin home.

Fred Chaffee, Jr., is working at Interlaken, N.Y., and staying with his siter, Mrs. Sarah Neal.

Several of this place attended the Middaugh sale at Hornbrook Thursday.

Frank Horton and Clyde Bennett of Rome were calling on Horace Post Sunday.

Mr. And Mrs. Vernal Springer and son, Andrew, and Mrs. Leonard Covey and daughter, Jean Ann, were visiting Mr. And Mrs. Jerry Wood at Hop Bottom recently.

Horace Post, Lester Post and son called on friends at South Branch Saturday.

Mr. And Mrs. James Chaffee of Corning, N.Y., were visiting at the Fred Chaffee home recently. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. March 24, 1942)

ALGER – Donald Alger of North Orwell Injured in Fall

Donald Alger met with a painful accident last Wednesday. He was closing a shop door which shut with difficulty due to frost, when the handle gave way and threw him backward off the top of a six-foot wall. He was considerably bruised about the back and ribs and was confined to his bed for a few days.

W.S.C.S. SUPPER – The W.S.C.S. will serve supper at the hall Thursday night. The Hill-Billy band will furnish music and there will be pictures. The Friendship quilt will be auctioned off, too.

Miss Kathryn Eberlin of Wyalusing is visiting Mrs. Glen Daughterty.

There was a good attendance Sunday morning at church service when the young people had charge of the service which was very impressive.

Mrs. C. E. Bowen and son, Arthur, have both been ill but are improving.

Mrs. Gerald Moore and Mrs. Nellie Rogers were Towanda visitors Saturday.

Mr. And Mrs. W. J. Moore were callers in Rome on Sunday. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. March 24, 1942)

RUNDELL – Private Kenneth Rundell, son of Mr. And Mrs. Howard Rundell of 203 Pratt avenue, is serving with a U.S. Army combat unit outside the United States. His birthday is March 31 and friends who might wish to send him letters or cards for the occasion are asked to get in touch with his parents for the address since it is against censorship regulations to publish the address in the newspaper. (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa., March 16, 1942)

HAUSKNECHT – Herbert E. Hausknecht of Overton died at his home Sunday morning, March 15. For years he has been a member of Evergreen Lodge 163, F. and A.M. and the Overton Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Roberta at home, Mrs. Grace Lupton of Wilawana, and Mrs. Lois Dieffenbach of Mount Holly, N.J.; two brothers, Fred of Sayre, Otis of Overton; four sisters, Mrs. Jennie Wenck and Mrs. Flossie Haverly, both of Sayre, Mrs. Sadie Sherman, Overton, and Mrs. Ina Beams of Binghamton, N.Y.; two grandsons and four granddaughters. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa., March 16, 1942)

GROSHESKY – Dushore, March 15, --William Groshesky of Lopez died early Saturday morning after a lingering illness. He was highly respected citizen of Lopez, a native of Lithuania who came to this section from there about 35 years ago. He worked in the mines until recently.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and three daughters, Mrs. Carl Berry of Lopez, Mrs. Margaret August Titus of Pittston and Mrs. Martha Dutter of Johnson City, N.Y.; five grandchildren; one brother, John of Hilldale, Pa., and one sister, Anna Kizis of Pittston. The funeral will be Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock at the home with funeral mass at 9:30 at St. Francis church at Mildred. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa., March 16, 1942)

MAYNARD - Mr. And Mrs. Frederick Maynard of Wellsburg RD 3, announce the birth of a daughter March 15. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa., March 16, 1942)

HOFFNER – Four In Family Burn to Death

Bedford Center, N.Y. – March 15 – Death today spared Donald Hoffner, 21, the agony of knowing that one flaming error in judgment had cost his family three lives. The youth, critically burned when he mistook a can of gasoline for kerosene yesterday and used it to pep a dying blaze in the family fireplace, died this morning at Northern Westchester hospital at Mount Kisco. His sister, Audrey, 17, died an hour before.

In the same hospital, seriously burned, lay their mother, Mrs. Sadie Hoffner, who risked her life in a futile attempt to rescue her youngest daughter, Shirley, 5. The child, frightened when a sheet of flame burst from the gasoline-fed fire ran upstairs and locked herself in the bathroom. She stayed there despite her mother’s pleas while the blaze quickly charred the two-story frame and stucco home into a smoking pyre.

A fourth child, John, 6, escaped injury by leaping from a second floor window. The father, Robert Hoffner, town highway department employee, arrived while the fire was at its peak. Firemen had to restrain him by force from entering the flame-blocked building to search for his small daughter. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa., March 16, 1942)

HUGHES – Mr. And Mrs. James Hughes of Powell announce the birth of a daughter March 15 at the Mills hospital in Towanda. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa., March 16, 1942)


George McCabe returned to work on Wednesday after a week’s illness.

Mrs. Fannie McCabe is spending a few days in Rome with her sister, Mrs. Charlotte Forbes, who has been ill.

Mrs. Genevieve Lawrence of Waverly substituted in the local school for Miss Carolyn Wright on Monday.

Mrs. Carrie Robinson Stevens of Waverly visited the South Waverly school on Thursday.

South Waverly W.C.T.U. met on Tuesday, March 10, at the home of Mrs. Bessie Fessenden. Mrs. Lulu Andrus was leader. The topic was "Soldiers and Sailors."

Private Michael Selle of South Waverly has been transferred to Camp Polk, La.

Announcement has been made of the marriage on Feb. 26, of Miss Martha Kissell of Sayre, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Bruce B. Kissell of Jersey Shore, and Russell H. Gay, son of Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Gay of South Waverly. The ceremony was performed in the Lutheran church at Stroudsburg by Rev. P. N. Woblsen. Mrs. Gay is a graduate of the Robert Packer Hospital Training School for Nurses, and at present is on general duty there. Mr. Gay is a graduate of Elmira Business Institute and has been employed in the Elmira Bank and Trust Co. but expects to be inducted into the Army in the near future. . (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa., March 16, 1942)


The law firm of Lilley & Wilson counsel for Bruce N. McNeal, administrator for the estate of Paul K. Hicks, late of Granville township, has been informed that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has sustained the verdict returned against Vern Spencer in Common Pleas court here some time ago growing out of the "milk strike" tragedy on August 16, 1939, but has reversed the judgment in the case of Charles Dickinson, who was co-defendant with Spencer in the action.

It will be recalled that at the time of the 1939 milk strike, a car, operated by Vern Spencer struck Paul Hicks, Granville township farmer who was acting as a picket near the Brownbeck creamery, Burlington, inflicting fatal injuries. Driving behind Spencer’s truck was Charles Dickinson who ran over Hicks as he lay on the ground after being struck by Spencer’s truck. Hicks’ widow brought action against the two men, seeking damages, and at the trial here, the jury found for the defendants. Subsequently, another action was brought by Bruce N. McNeal, administrator of Paul Hicks’ estate, and in this trial, large verdicts were returned for the plaintiff, judgements being entered against both Spencer and Dickinson. At the second trial, the law firm of Schrier & Stern represented Dickinson and the law firm of Mills & O’Conner represented Spencer. Lilley & Wilson represented the plaintiffs.

After the jury returned its verdict against the defendants in the second trial, motions for a new trial and for judgement notwithstanding the verdict were filed by the defendants jointly and severally. The motions for a new trial were later formally withdrawn, and after argument, motions for judgement n.o.v. were discharged. From the judgment entered on the verdict, separate appeals were taken by defendants, which were argued toether and disposed of in the following opinion written by Justice Drew:

On August 16, 1939, a "milk strike" was in progress at the Brownbeck creamery, in West Burlington township, Bradford county. This creamery was served with milk by the farmers of the locality, and there was then a division of opinion among them as to continuing the supply. Paul K. Hicks and other farmers were for discontinuing, while the defendants, Spencer and Dickinson, and others wished to continue as before. Hicks had seen Spencer the night before and had failed to persuade him. There were no threats of coercion of any kind. The record is free of anything suggesting force or violence. All the farmers were acquainted and maintained friendly relations.

At 8:30 on the bright summer morning of August 16, 1939, some of the farmers, including Hicks, had gathered at the creamery. They learned that Spencer had not arrived with his load of milk and Hicks decided to go down the road to meet him, to make another attempt to dissuade him from making the delivery. Hicks stated to the men at the creamery that he believed if he could talk to Spencer again he could persuade him to join their side. In an automobile owned and operated by William H. Kimball, accompanied by six other farmers, Hicks proceeded to meet Spencer, and when they were about a mile from the creamery they saw Spencer approaching, "coming over the hill," approximately eight hundred feet away.

When Spencer was first seen, Kimball immediately drew his automobile as far over as possible on the right side of the road and stopped it almost against the embankment there. All except Kimball alighted from the car. One man got off before it stopped, crossed the road and went "Down in the field." The others, except Hicks, stood at the rear of the car. Hicks crossed the road, and standing three or four feet from the edge of the travelled road "in the grass", "in the meadow", raised his right hand, and looking at Spencer, signalled that he wished him to stop. But Spencer did not stop, or lessen the speed of his truck from 35 miles an hour, or keep his truck upon the road, although he had about 14 feet of the 18-foot travelled highway, in which to pass the Kimball car. Instead, while some men in Spencer’s truck were shouting "Mow him down", without any indication of his intention by signal or otherwise, with Hicks in full view, and for so long a time that he was bound to see him, Spencer ran his truck off the road at a point 25 feet from Hicks and directly at him, and struck, ran over and killed him. The tracks of the truck, clearly recognizable, showed that it left the road 25 feet before reaching Hicks and returned to the road a short distance after striking him. This would seem to indicate that the truck was under control.

Spencer testified that he did not stop after the accident, although he knew Hicks, recognized him before he struck him and knew that he had knocked him down and run over him. He offered no excuse for his conduct. His sole defense was that Hicks appeared so suddenly in front of his truck that he could not avoid striking him. He had no answer to the admitted fact that he had run off the travelled highway, into the grass for three or four feet, before striking Hicks. His testimony was not believed by the jury, or the learned court below, and we are unable to give it any credit here. So far as Spencer is concerned, this is a case of gross negligence.

We find nothing in the record to sustain the finding of negligence against the other defendant, Dickinson. He was driving his car ten or fifteen feet behind the Spencer truck, which made it impossible for him to see Hicks, or avoid striking him after he was knocked down and run over by the Spencer truck. Dickinson’s view was entirely cut off by the truck immediately in front of him. He stopped within ten feet after notice of the accident.

There is no merit whatever in appellants’ claim that Hicks was guilty of contributory negligence. He got out of the Kimball car and started to cross the road when Spencer was 600 to 800 feet away from him. He had every reason to believe that he would get across in safety, and he did. There is not a word in the testimony to show he "ran" across the road. He had time to take a position three or four feet off the highway "in the meadow"—what should have been a perfectly safe place, as safe a place as that occupied by any pedestrian on a sidewalk the same distance from the street. He had a right to presume that the Spencer truck, whether it stopped on his signal or not, would remainon the highway, and not be suddenly swerved off the road and upon him. He was in plain view of the driver from the moment he started to cross the road, certainly a sufficient time for the driver to see him and avoid striking him. The failure to anticipate the negligence of Spencer does not bar recovery. Hicks could properly assume, under the circumstances present here, that Spencer would use ordinary care to protect him; Weiss v. Pittsburgh Rys. Co., 301 Pa. 539, 542. In Ross v. Riffle, 210 Pa. 176, where a pedestrian was injured by a motor vehicle while standing on the sidewalk at the curb, we said (p.180): "Plaintiff was in a place ordinarily safe, and it does not appear that any act of his contributed to the happening of the accident, for which reason he cannot be charged with contributory negligence: Miller v. Siebert, 296 Pa. 400. The case was for the jury to determine the negligence of either or both parties: Maynard v. Barrett, 261 Pa. 378.

The judgment is affirmed as to defendant, Vern Spencer; and as to defendant, Charles Dickinson, the judgment is reversed and here entered in his favor. (The Daily Review, Towanda, PA, March 31, 1942)

AYRES/FOYLE/BEEBE/TUTTLE – Three Cars Damaged in Accident Here

Three local automobiles were badly damaged at an early hour Wednesday morning in an accident which occurred on York avenue near the Walnut street intersection. No one was seriously injured, despite the fact that two of the machines were so smashed that garagemen have described them as near total losses.

The crash occurred at about 2:30 o’clock, the force of the impact being so loud that it could be heard for blocks. James Ayres of North Towanda was driving south in a Chevrolet coupe owned by his uncle, Marshall Wheeler, Billy Foyle of Towanda was a passenger. As he passed Walnut street, Ayers saw a car which had halted in front of the Mrs. E. F. Kizer residence. Across from it near the front of the Myer Fairchild house, was a parked car. Coming up the street toward Ayers was a third machine driven by James Beebe of North Towanda with its owner, Joe Tuttle of North Towanda as passenger.

In some manner, the Ayers car swerved from its course to strike the rear of the car parked in front of the Fairchild house, owned by Clark Pierce of New York and driven by his father, Lester Pierce of Towanda. Then it went on its way a bit to catch the front of the Joe Tuttle car going north. After hitting the Tuttle car, the Ayers coupe swerved to its right, struck the curb in front of the John Kizer house and started to roll, finally ending up on the lawn in front of the Attorney Robert L. Bennett residence.

Officer Dean Meredith of the borough police investigated the accident. He said last night that he believed the car Ayers was driving to be practically a total loss, as well as the car belonging to Tuttle. The Pierce car he described as being badly damaged in its rear portion. The fourth car figuring in the smash up, that halted in front of the residence, was not touched. It was operated by Harry Betts of Towanda. Its engine was running and its driver was waiting for another party, thus it was not regarded as parked.

Ayers received a slight cut on his head and Joe Tuttle suffered a knee bruise. Otherwise, there were no injuries. People seeing the Ayers car yesterday at the Perry garage stated they could not understand how its occupants escaped death or serious injury. (The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa. Jan. 2, 1941)

QUATRINI – New Years Baby Arrives at 12:01

A daughter which the stork delivered to Mr. and Mrs. Quatrini of 422 1-2 Spalding Street, Waverly, at the Robert Packer hospital in Sayre is believed to be the first baby born in Bradford county in 1941. The little lady arrived after just one minute of the new year had elapsed.

BAKER/MCCAULIFF -- Bentley Creek Girl is Bride

Bentley Creek, Feb. 18. -- A pretty wedding occurred at Bentley Creek on February 13 when Miss Coral Baker of the Citizen’s Mutual Telephone Exchange became the bride of John McCauliff of Elmira. They were attended by Mr. And Mrs. William Walsh of this place. Following the ceremony, the wedding party went to Elmira for a delicious wedding dinner. They will be at home at entley Creek where Mrs. McCauliff will continue her duties at the exchange. Mr. McCauliff will continue his employment as a chef in Elmira.


Four ‘Selected Men and Six Volunteers To Leave February 27

The complete personel of the contingent to be sent to the induction station at Wilkes-Barre Thursday morning, February 27, by Bradford County Selective Service Board No. 1 was announced yesterday by Walter F. Humphrey, board clerk. Of the 10 to be sent, six are volunteers and four are selected men. Previous to this time, the Board has sent two contingents, one of two men and one of seven, all volunteers.

The six volunteers to go February 27 are Leo Morris Eldred of 12 N. Fourth street, Towanda, who is 21 years of age tomorros; Nile Charles Weed of Towanda, RD 1, who will be 21 on May 25 next; John Edwin Pierce of 114 Ward avenue, Towanda, who is 23; Jack Edward Dunfee of Towanda RD 6, who is 23; Frederick Dean Fields of Canton RD 2, who is 26; Paul David Johnson of Towanda RD 4, who is 28.

Because Eldred and Weed are under 21 years of age, the consent of their parents was necessary before they could be accepted for service.

The four selected men are as follows:

Henry Mathew Blow, Ulster RD 2, aged 24, order number 21; Ivan Smiley of Monroeton, aged 25, order number 61; Fillmore Herman Wentz, 45 Troy Street, Canton, aged 26, order number 75; Thomas Andrew Jackson Burnett 165 Elmira street, Troy, aged 31, order number 94.

LaVerne Edward Gates of Columbia Cross Roads RD 2, who is 27 years of age will also go into service at this time. However, he is working in New Hampshire and will be taken by Local Board No. 15 at Manchester, N.H., and credited to Board #1 of Bradford county.

The contingent of 10 leaving here February 27 will go on the Greyhound bus from the Ward House at 11:23 a.m. Prior to their leaving, there will be a patriotic gathering at the court house in their honor.

VOSBURG/BARRETT -- East Smithfield Couple Married

East Smithfield, Feb. 18.—Miss Wanita Vosburg, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. James Vosburg, and Seymour Barrett, son of Rev. and Mrs. Owen Barrett, were married late Saturday afternoon at the Methodist parsonage. Rev. Barrett performed the ceremony. Miss Hilda Elsbree and Leslie Vosburg, brother of the bride, were the attendants.

Mrs. Barrett is a graduate of the East Smithfield High School where she was active in extra curricular activities. Mr. Barrett is a graduate of Troy High School and Mansfield State Teachers College and is now employed in La France shop in Elmira. At the present time Mr. And Mrs. Barrett are residing with Rev. and Mrs. Barrett.

BROWN/HOLLAND -- Greta B. Brown and David S. Holland, Jr. Wed at Wyalusing

Wyalusing, Jan. 1 – The marriage of David S. Holland, Jr., of Skinners Eddy and Miss Greta B. Brown of Laceyville RD, took place at the Wyalusing Methodist parsonage on Monday evening, Rev. Paul Hulslander officiating. Mr. Holland is an employee of the G.L.F. at Skinners Eddy, and the couple will reside in that community. (The Daily Review, Towanda, PA, January 2, 1941)

PALMER – Palmer Makes Last L.V. Run

C. J. Palmer of Riverside Drive, Sayre, an employee of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company for 46 years, retired Tuesday night when he completed his run as conductor on the local freight on the Bernice branch. Mr. Palmer started with the Lehigh working on the track at Laceyville. From there he went to Sayre to work in the coal pockets, then was employed three years in the shops and three years as a brakeman. He was in other work for a short time but on December 25, completed 38 consecutive years with the Lehigh Valley. He has been a conductor since 1907. He has held the Bernice branch run for about a year. (The Daily Review, Towanda, PA, January 2, 1941)


Wyalusing, Jan. 1., -- Excelsior Club will meet Saturday night, Jan. 4, at the home of Mr. And Mrs. C. M. Homet. The program which had been planned for Feb. 8 will be used.

Mach-wi-hilusing Chapter D.A.R. will meet Wednesday, January 8, at the home of Mrs. Robert Skinner. Associate hostesses are Mrs. E. A. Waldo, Mrs. Bruce Rathbun and Miss Marian Tupper.

Miss Elizabeth Homet, Mrs. Elizabeth Chamberlain, Miss Lucile Chamberlain, Mrs. Harriet Schoonover and grandsons, Jack and Dick Thornton, were visiting friends and relatives in Geneva, N.Y., Monday.

Mr. And Mrs. John R. Wells and daughter, Jacqueline, of Philadelphia were holiday guests at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Fisher Welles, Jr.

Mrs. Carl Marshall left Christmas Day to join her husband in Buffalo where he has been employed for several months.

Mr. And Mrs. Lee Bennett and family of Montandon, Pa., Mrs. Ada Dewire, and Miss Madelin Dewire of Winfield, Pa., were holiday guests of Mr. And Mrs. Vincent Bendinsky.

John M. Lewis of Bellaire, L.I., sepent the holiday week with Mr. And Mrs. John M. Lewis.

Mrs. Martin L. Conant was taken to the Packer hospital in the Minier ambulance last Thursday.

Miss Marguerite Kinsley and Paul Racht of Owego were dinner guests of Mrs. Katherine Kinsley and family on Christmas.

Mr. And Mrs. Herbert Chamberlain of Ann Arbor, Mich., Miss Martha Gannon of Bloomfield, N.J., and Max Gannon of Mill City were recent guests of Mr. And Mrs. W. E. Gannon.

(The Daily Review, Towanda, PA, January 2, 1941)

KLEPFER – Born to Mr. And Mrs. Robert O. Klepfer of Wellsboro at the Robert Packer hospital Wednesday morning, January 15, a seven pound daughter. Mrs. Klepfer is the former Miss Hilda Montgomery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Montgomery of Towanda. Mr Klepfer is supervisor of music in the Wellsboro public schools.

WATKINS – Towandian Killed By Freight Train At Coaling Station

Herbert C. Watkins, aged 69, of William Street met instant death shortly before 10 o’clock yesterday morning when he was struck by an eastbound Lehigh Valley train at the coaling station in North Towanda. He sustained a fractured skull, fractures of both legs and was badly mangled.

Mr. Watkins had been employed at the coaling station since coming here from Elmira last June. At the time of the tragedy which took his life, he is believed to have noticed a westbound train approaching over the Susquehanna river bridge, prepared to re-fuel it and absentmindedly stepped in front of the train coming from the opposite direction. There were no actual eyewitnesses of the accident, workmen finding the body after the eastbound train had passed.

Dr. P. H. Schwartz was called and examined the remains to ascertain the cause of death. Deputy Coroner R. L. Smiley was notified as well and after a brief investigation, stated that no inquest will be necessary. The remains were removed to the Clifford R. Maryott mortuary.

Survivors, in addition to the wife, are a daughter, Mrs. George Haines of Bethlehem, and a niece who lives in Sayre. Mrs. Haines is the daughter-in-law of J. N. Haines, general manager of the Lehigh Valley. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. (Handwritten date Jan. 23, 1941)

FORTY STUDENT NURSES CAPPED AT PACKER (Can NAyone give me a year on this?? - Thanks, Joyce)

Sayre, Jan. 20.—Forty members of the preliminary class of the Robert Packer hospital training school for nurses became full-fledged student nurses at the 10th annual capping exercises held on Sunday evening in the Church of Redeemer.

The church was filled to capacity to witness the impressive ceremonies. The program was in charge of Miss Nina A. Smith, training school director, and Miss Lillian B. Yontz, assistant.

Dr. Donald A. Guthrie, surgeon-in-chief, spoke briefly of the responsibilities of nurses. An address of welcome was given by Miss Gretchen Chadwick, senior president. The Spirit of Nursing was represented by Miss Marjorie E. Ennis, a senior. Musical selections were given by the student nurses’ chorus. Following the program aninformal reception was held at the Nurses Home.

Prelimnary class members who received their caps were:

The Misses Mary Harding, Waverly; Dorothy Park, Huntington Park, Calif; Ruth Metka, Steelton; Betty Jean Biles, Danville, Ky.; Kathryn Norton, Sayre; Mary Osborne, LeRaysville; Glovanna Insogna, Elmira; Helen Carter, Laceyville; Freda Pickett, Montrose; Alice Griswold, Painted Post; Marjorie Campbell, Towanda.

Esther Darrow, New Milford; Kathaleen Cook, Meshoppen; Betty Lilley, Reading Center, N.Y.; Winifred Watkins, Middlebury Center; Fern Donion, Athens; Helen Schoonover, Wysosx; Marie Lloyd, Canton; Esther Grover, Ithaca; Kathryn Bennett, Burdett; Marjorie Starr, Muncy Valley; Adelaide Teater, Genesee; Margaret Murray, Towanda.

June Young, Corning; Helen Shelly, Athens; Mildred Smith, Dalton; Mary Lewis, Sugar Notch; Congetta Terpolli, Elmira; Eudora Hatton, Carbondale; Geraldine Butler, Endicott; Grace Spencer, Canton; Margene Fuller, Camptown; Eleanor Bullard, South Williamsport; Jean Brown, Forty Fort; Jean Bostwick, Waverly; Janice Ford, Laceyville; Constance Herrick, Sayre; June Terry, Little Marsh; Harriet Fairchild, Milton, and Marion Reynolds, Scio, N.Y.


The second group of enrollees to be sent into the service by Bradford County Draft Board No. 1, left yesterday afternoon on the Black Diamond for an induction center at Wilkes-Barre. There were seven in the group, all volunteers, the personnel being as follows: Hudson Lyle Berry of Ulster, RD 2, aged 22; Jack Whipple of Milan, aged 23; Peter Paul Voncoskie of Towanda, aged 30; Ernest Bump of Towanda RD 6, aged 21; Walter Stewart Travis, Jr., of Towanda, aged 32; Charles Oren Messing of Millerton RD 2, aged 28; Francis Joseph Mahoney of Towanda, aged 28. The leader of the group was Charles Messing.

To date, nine enrollees have been sent up for Army training by the local draft board, the first contingent being made up of Claude Knolles and Donald Foster, both of Towanda. They are now believed to be at Camp Meade, Maryland

STOUT – Grace Louise Stout Loses Life. Three Others are Rescued With Difficulty

Left at home while their mother went shopping for groceries, Grace Louise, 17 month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Stout, lost her life and three older children were rescued with difficulty when the two-apartment house at the corner of East Elmira and Extension Streets was destroyed by fire. Mrs. Stout was injured when she rushed into the burning building in an effort to save the baby. Attracted by cries of the older children, Dan Wood, a neighbor, entered the house and found the oldest boy, Otto, five, sitting on the stairs. He carried the child to safety, then went to the second floor porch of the house and dropped the other children, John four, and Ethel May, three, into the arms of a passerby. Mrs. Stout returned when the fire was at its worst and rushed into the house in an effort to save the baby. She was trapped on the second floor and was forced to jump from a window. She suffered burns about the hands, face and back, and lacerations of the face and hands. After receiving treatment at the office of Dr. D. W. Crittenden she was taken to the Blossburg State Hospital. Equipped with a gas mask, Fireman Harry Rice went to the second-floor bedroom and brought out the body of the child. The fire is believed to have been started by the children playing with matches, as there was no stove on the second floor.

HOWE – Bertrand F. Howe, 68, died at his home here. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mabel Cruttenden Howe; two daughters, Mrs. Jerry V. Griffin and Mrs. Laura Davis of Mansfield; two sisters, Mrs. Fanny Berry of Kane, and Mrs. Dora Roblyer, Gillett, and two brothers, Charles Howe, of Mansfield, and Bert, of Coatesville.

ODELL – Mrs. Lulu Odell, who will go to Endicott, N.Y., to make her home, was honored at a farewell party at the home of Mrs. Julia McMurtry by members of Elizabeth Rebekah Lodge.

WESTBROOK – Mrs. Charles M. Westbrook, aged 65, died Sunday morning at her home, 114 Elsbree street, Sayre. She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. C.F. Jones of Binghamton; and one son, Jesse J. Westbrook of Athens; one sister Mrs. Jennie Wells of Towanda, one brother, Francis Lundy of Wellsburg; one half-sister, Mrs. Ella Goff of Standing Stone…..(Rest is cut off)

JAYNE – Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jayne of Wyalusing announce the birth of a daughter Feb. 27, at the Packer Hospital in Sayre


Bradford County Selective Service Board No. 1 has been credited with 22 additional enlistments in the military service of the United States, Clerk W. F. Humphrey was informed yesterday.

These enrollments will be applied to the Board’s quota under the Selective Service Act and reduce by 22 the number who will ultimately be summoned.

The 22 enrollments are as follows:

ALEXANDER, James L., Burlington, Army

BEAHAN, Willard J., Towanda, Army

BEIRNE, John F. A., Liberty Corners, Army

BLOOM, Jay C. Troy, National Guard

CHAAPEL, Harvey, Granville Summit, RD 1, Army

COVEY, Carl S., Towanda, Army

COYLES, Raymond A., Towanda, Army

FINAN, Paul G., New Albany, Army

FULLER, Claude A., Jr., Towanda, Army

GARRISON, Roy L., Troy RD 2, Army

HARMON, Richard O., Towanda RD 3, Army

KERRICK, James N. Gillett RD 1, Army

KLINGER, Irvin A., Towanda, Army

LARNARD, Charles J., Towanda, Army

LEWIS, Donald D., Towanda, RD 3, Army

McKEE, John M., Jr., Towanda, Army

PERRY, Robert J., Towanda, Army

SHAW, Raymond F., Monroeton, Army

STONE, Hadley J., Towanda, Army

THOMSON, Archibald B., Towanda RD 2, Army

TORIN, Jack E., Laquin, Army

YAW, Edward B., Towanda, Army


The following deeds have been recorded here:

Burlington township, Federal Land Bank of Baltimore to John V. Gustin et ux, January 23, 1941

Smithfield township, Polly S. Tracy to Pedo Baptist Congregation Society, November 25, 1874

Smithfield Township, Pedo Baptist Congregation Society to Paul G. French et ux, January 15, 1941

Troy and Columbia townships, Layton R. Lyon et ux to Walter Everts et ux, February 13, 1941


Ray L. Galusha from Mae Galusha

Lucille A. Ostrander from Paul J. Ostrander

Herbert K. VanGorder from Catherine Rogers VanGorder


Six of the eight men to be sent to the Army Induction Center at Wilkes-Barre next Tuesday morning, March 11, by County Selective Service Board No. 1 have been chosen. They are as follows:

McLINKO, Michael of 701 Second street, Towanda

SMILEY, Lynded of Monroeton RD 1

VISCHANSKY, Anthny of Towanda RD 6

NORTHRUP, Boyce Edwin, Monroeton RD 1

BAILEY, Ernest McCraney of 16 First St. Canton

WALTER, Joseph Harry of Towanda.

McLinko, Smiley and Vischansky are volunteers, their order numbers being 80, 135 and 137 respectively.

Lynden Smiley is a brother of Ivan Smiley who entered the Army last week with a contingent from Board No. 1.

The other two to make up the contingent of eight will be chosen as soon as possible. Numerous deferments have been asked and the Board is having difficulty filling its next quota. Any men expecting to be called shortly are urged by the board to volunteer.

LANE – Six-year-old Dale Norman Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lane of Kendall Hill, died unexpectedly after a three-day illness of lobar pneumonia and his smiling face and happy heart will be missed in the community.

At the funeral Saturday, March ?, Rev. Case from Burlington gave a comforting message about "A Child’s Influence." Relatives, friends and school-mates expressed their sympathy by many flowers.

Dale was carried to rest by four neighbor boys, Merle and Earl Smith, Donald and Kenneth Brown. He is survived by his parents and eight-year-old brother, Harold Junior.