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Obituary and Other Clippings submitted by Betsy Gorman from scrapbook of Bertha Sherwood Davis

These obituaries are presented in scrapbook order. I can't think of a better way of understanding a community than by reading a clipping scrapbook. 
Newspaper clippings from the scrapbook belonging to Bertha Sherwood Davis of Westfield, PA - typed by Betsy Gorman


Eldon H. Ackley Dies in Sayre Hospital Following Illness Eldon Horace Ackley, 68, of West Main St., Westfield, died on Sunday, January 10, 1960, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, following an illness of several weeks. He was proprietor of Ackley & Son, hunting and fishing supply store here. Born in Farmington Township, July 23, 1891, he was the son of Frank A. and Nina (Seaman) Ackley. He was married to the former Ina Alberta Hunt. Mr. Ackley came to Westfield from Brookfield with his parents at the age of 15 years. He was associated with his father in the F.A. Ackley & Son Mill, a feed mill and building supplies store, on North St. In 1934 Mr. Ackley moved to the Main St. location to operate a gas station and sporting goods store, which he continued under the name Ackley & Son until the time of his death. Mr. Ackley was active in the Rt. 49ers Association, a group interested in road improvement which he helped organize. He was also active in the Westfield Rod & Gun Club, another organization of which he was one of the founders. Mr. Ackley is survived by his wife, and two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Manning and Mrs. Sibyl Ann Cutlip, both of Westfield; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Mohnkern, Oil City, Pa., a brother, George Ackley, Westfield; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held this afternoon at the family residence with the Rev. Joseph Leichliter and the Rev. C. Lacy VanNorman officiating. Burial was in Krusen Cemetery, Westfield. Arrangements were by Simmons-Piper Funeral Home.


Mrs. Vernon LaBar Stella J. LaBar was born in Wellsboro, Nov. 2, 1853, daughter of Geo. W. and Minerva Barker and died at her home on Crance Brook, Sunday, Jan. 20, 1924, where she had resided nearly all of her married life. She was a kind and devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed not only by her family, but by her neighbors and friends. She was united in marriage to Vernon LaBar May 29, 1877. To them were born three children, of whom two, William LaBar, of Rochester, N.Y., and Arthur LaBar, of Westfield, survive, together with the desolated husband and two grandchildren. The funeral was held at her late home Wednesday, Jan 23rd. Rev. Johnson officiating. Interment in the Wellsboro cemetery.


William Bell, Retired Painter, Dies At Age 80 In Hospital William A. Bell, 80, of Main St., Westfield, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 1961, at the Wellsboro Hospital where he had been a patient for seven days, due to a heart condition. A retired painter and paper hanger, Mr. Bell was a member of the Westfield Baptist Church and Victoria Grange, and had spent most of his lifetime here. He was born in Troupsburg, N.Y., the son of Sylvester and Litha (Rood) Bell. He was married to the former Eva Bartoo. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Rosamund Wood and Mrs. Eleanor Works, Knoxville; two sisters, Mrs. Harry Cheesman and Mrs. Fred Moore, Westfield; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Watkins Funeral Home, today (Thursday) at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Joseph Leichliter officiating. Burial was in the Austinburg Cemetery.


Glen F. Boulio of Westfield, Thursday, May 5, 1960. He was a veteran of World War II; member of the Knoxville Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survived by wife, Mrs. Rita Knowlton Boulio; daughter, Boneta Kay at home; sisters, Mrs. Earl Anthony and Mrs. Paul Ford of Westfield, Mrs. Cleo Brown of Alfred Station, Mrs. Lewis Hall of Whitesville. Body at Watkins Funeral Home, Westfield. Funeral arrangements incomplete.


C.E. Bulkley, Westfield Rail Veteran, Dies Charles Edwin (Ned) Bulkley, 69, retired New York Central Railroad veteran, died at a Corning Hospital Sunday. He left the railroad service two years ago, after having completed 50 years service at the Westfield NYC station. In May, 1947, Mr. Bulkley, who began his career as a telegraph operator, retired as Newfield station agent, receiving a gold award and life pass. Mr. Bulkley was a member of Westfield Lodge 477 of Masons and was a past master; member of Coudersport Consistory; member of men’s brotherhood of the First Baptist Church and served some time on the church board of trustees.


Etta C. Crout Dies Mrs. Etta Chapman Crout was the daughter of Henry and Annette Chapman and was born at Altay N.Y. Aug. 14th, 1865 and died at her home in Westfield Pa., October 30, 1924. She was married to Homer A. Crout in 1883 and to them were born three children, Ruby, deceased, wife of George Ogden, Mildred at home and Leon of Corning, N.Y. She is also survived by a sister Mrs. Chas. VanDeventer of Corning, N.Y., and three grandchildren, Clifford and Creston Ogden and Lenore Crout. The funeral services were held at her late home Sunday at 1:30 o’clock Rev. Fay Chapman officiating, making very comforting remarks from II Timothy 1-12 “He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day”. Burial in family plot in Champlain cemetery.


Mrs. Carrie Davis, 94, of Wellsville, formerly of Westfield, died Wednesday, June 12, 1968 at a nursing home in Wellsville, N.Y. She was born in Brookfield Township, Pa., Apr. 29, 1874, the daughter of Henry and Louisa Cunningham Clark. She was the widow of George Davis. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edward (Lena) Bouch of Wellsville; one sister, Mrs. Margaret VanZile of Cowanesque and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bertha Davis of Westfield. Funeral Services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Watkins Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rollin H. Taylor officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Austinburg.

Herbert Alvin Clark Herbert Alvin Clark, the son of William Henry and Louisa Cunningham Clark, was born in Brookfield Township on February 7, 1880 and died at his home in Ulysses on November 7, 1947. Mr. Clark was married on December 22, 1904 at Troupsburg to Miss Myrtle Mae Davis of Sunderlinville, who, with seven children, survives: Mrs. Mildred Long of Liberty, Pa.; Henry Clark of Harrison Valley; Keith Clark of Harrison Valley; Francis Clark of Buffalo; Mrs. Dawn Walters of Westfield; Mrs. Virginia Stewart of Westfield; Mrs. Jeanne Cole of Lockport, N.Y.; four sisters: Mrs. Kathryn Atwell and Mrs. Carrie Davis of Westfield and Mrs. Lavinna Cleveland and Mrs. Margaret VanZile of Cowanesque and by twenty three grandchildren. The funeral was held in the Ulysses Methodist Church on Monday afternoon with the pastor, Rev. F.M. Blish, officiating. Burial was in Ulysses Cemetery.

John Clark Dies John Clark, a well-known Brookfield farmer died at his late home in that township, Tuesday May 5th of pneumonia with which he had been affected for the eight days preceding. He was born Nov. 10, 1870, a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Clark, who survive his death. Feb 6, 1899, he was united in marriage with Miss Sophia Wakley and to them were born four children, all of whom survive their father’s death. They are Ruth, who is teaching school in Hulmville, Pa., and the others at home, Lynn, Clementine and Mary Jane. Practically all of Mr. Clark’s life has been spent in Brookfield where he has followed the occupation of farming. He was a man of integrity and industry and his death is much lamented. the funeral will be held at the church at Austinburg Saturday, May 9th, at 2 P.M., burial in the Austinburg cemetery. (1925 is hand-written in the margin.)

Sgt. Lynn Clark Sgt. Lynn Wakley Clark died enroute to a Geneva Hospital, following a hit-and-run accident at the Sampson Naval base where he was on duty. He was born in Purple Brook on April 17, 1906, the son of John W. and Sophia Wakley Clark and resided in this vicinity until he moved to Valois where he lived at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Beatrice Tanner Clark; a daughter, Helen and a son John Dee; three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Clark of Norwich, N.Y.; Mrs. John Carter, of Puerto Rico and Mrs. Ross Stambler of Philadelphia, Pa.; also several aunts and nieces. Funeral services were held in the Austinburg Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. (The date 1948 was hand-written on the clipping.)

Mrs. Virginia Stewart, 41, of Westfield RD 3, Saturday, July 8, 1961. Survived by husband, Lewis Stewart; daughters, Miss Joyce Stewart of Cleveland, Maxine and Crystal at home; mother, Mrs. Myrtle Clark of Ulysses; sisters, Mrs. Mildred Long of Liberty, Mrs. Dawn Walters of Westfield RD 3, Mrs. Jeanne Cole of Ulysses; brothers, Henry Clark of Corning, Keith Clark of Sabinsville, Francis Clark of Buffalo. Body at Kear Funeral Home, Ulysses. Funeral arrangements incomplete.

Clary / Johnson

Clary - Johnson Miss Leah Clary, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Clary of Westfield R.D., became the bride of William Johnson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson of Knoxville on Sunday, June 20th at 2 o’clock at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride’s father sang “I Love You Truly”. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a street length dress of white linen and carried a bouquet of white roses. The matron of honor was Miss Betty Johnson of Knoxville. She wore a dress of pastel blue with a corsage of pink roses. The bride’s mother wore a black dress with white accessories and a gardenia. The groom’s mother wore a brown dress with white accessories and a gardenia. The home was trimmed with peonies, roses and syringias. The Rev. Carl M. VanderBurg performed the double ring ceremony. Thomas VanGorder of Elmira acted as the best man. After the ceremony fruit punch and wedding cake were served to the families and to the following guests: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sherwood and son John of Wellsville; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bouch of Wellsville, Mr. and Mrs. Will Sherwood and daughter of Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Drew of Rochester. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Ford, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ford, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Davis and Mrs. Carrie Davis of Westfield. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson and son Douglas of Knoxville, R.D., Mr. Ira Sherwood of Knoxville and Mr. Dick Clary of Toledo, Ohio. After a short wedding trip the young couple will make their home in Elmira. The bride is employed in the office at Iszards in Elmira and the groom is employed at the Chemung County Airport in Elmira.


George Cole, Local Businessman, Dies In Hospital Following Long Illness George A. Cole, 62, co-owner of Cole Chevrolet and Northern Tier Oil Company, died in the Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira, Sunday, May 15, 1966, where he had been confined for several months following an extended illness. He was born in Cowanesque Jan. 16, 1904, the son of Elmer C. and Mary (Slade) Cole. Mr. Cole was a life long resident of this community except for a few years spent in Ithaca and Plattsburg, N.Y. He was a graduate of Westfield High School and Meeker’s Business Institute. In 1947 he formed a partnership with his brother, Howard S. Cole, in Cole Chevrolet and Northern Tier Oil Co. which businesses they have since operated. Mr. Cole was possessed of a most pleasing personality and had many friends. As far as his health would permit he took an active interest in both national and local affairs. He was a member of the First Methodist Church, the Business Mens’ Association and Honorary Member of the Crary Hose Co. of Westfield and a past director of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Beverley (Ross) Brown, and five grandchildren, Stephen, Linda, Julie, Layne and Lori Sue Brown, all of Peru, N.Y., one brother, Howard S., one sister, Mrs. Velma (Harry) Crandall, both of Westfield, and one niece, Mrs. Judith (David) George, also of Westfield. Funeral services were held in the Watkins Funeral Home Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Rollin Taylor and the Rev. C. Lacy VanNorman officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Austinburg, Pa.


Mrs. Edgar Perry Florence Colegrove was born in Middlebury Township, March 10 1867 the daughter of Hiram L and Ellen (Rundell) Colegrove and died December 23, 1923, at her home in Westfield, Pa., after al illness of eleven weeks. She was fifty-six years of age. When five years of age she moved with her parents to Elk Township where she lived until her marriage to Edgar Perry in 1887. The remainder of her life was spent in and near Westfield. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and leaves besides her husband, Edgar Perry, and three daughters, Helen, Kate and Louise, a host of friends and other relatives to mourn her death. The funeral was held at her late home, Wednesday at one o’clock P.M. Rev. Johnson of the Baptist church officiating. Interment in the Champlain cemetery.


Tioga Man to Retire As Gas Concern Aide Tioga -- After 46 years with the gas companies in this area, Earl Cuneo of Tioga is retiring Wednesday. Mr. Cuneo began his career in 1911 with the Potter Gas Co. at Shinglehouse, Pa., and came to Tioga in 1931 at the height of the gas boom in this vicinity at that time. He has been in charge since then of the Palmer Station at Tioga RD 1 in the Farmington section where the gas discoveries of 25 years ago were centered. Today the station is largely a storage for the pipelines of the Texas gas brought into the section for use in a large territory. At the time of the gas discoveries locally he was with the Allegheny Gas Co., now the North Penn Gas Co. interests. As for this area being productive again, Mr. Cuneo said it was hard to tell whether new wells would be drilled but said they would have to be deep. Mr. Cuneo was born in Challenge, Pa., in Elk County. During World War I he was with the 80th Infantry Division for 16 months and saw service in France. He is a member of the American Legion, and of the Sharon Masonic Lodge 598 of Shinglehouse and the Coudersport Consistory. He is a senior warden of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, a trustee of Evergreen Cemetery Assn. and a former member of Tioga Borough Council. His coworkers in the gas company of this area gave a dinner Friday night in the Parish House of St. Andrew’s Church, honoring his many years of service.


Mrs. Orlando Cutting, Former Resident, Dies In Olean Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Josephine Cutting, 77, of Portville, N.Y., Saturday morning, Nov. 7, 1964 at St. Francis Hospital, Olean. Funeral service was held at Guenther Funeral Home, Portville, Monday at 1:30 p.m. Burial was in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette, Pa. She is survived by her husband, Orlando C. Cutting; son, Robert of Smethport, daughter, Mrs. Milford Irons, of Portville. The Cutting family resided in Westfield for several years when Mr. Cutting was employed by the North Penn Gas Company. They had lived at Port Allegheny, Pa., for 27 years and moved to Portville last September after residing in DeBarry, Fla., for 11 years. After receiving injuries in a fall, Mrs. Cutting, never recovered.

Cutting, Orlando C. Age 72, of 22 Brooklyn St. Portville, N.Y., Tuesday, April 20, 1965. Body at Guenther Funeral Home, Portville. Calling hours: Wednesday and Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Friday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. James Sigmann. McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette, Pa. Survived by son, Robert Cutting of Smethport, Pa.; daughter, Mrs. Milford Irons of Portville; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. He was a retired superintendent of North Penn Gas Co.; member of the Port Allegheny Episcopal Church; member of the Free Accepted Masons Lodge No. 477 of Westfield, Pa.; Odd Fellows Lodge of Port Allegheny; Coudersport Consistory.


Clarence William David, 39, Dies Suddenly Clarence William David, 39, of Knoxville, died suddenly of a heart attack Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 16, 1959, about 1:30 o’clock. Mr. David an employee of North Penn Gas Company in Westfield was enroute to his work here when he was stricken. Born June 16, 1920, in Smithfield, Pa. he was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Roy David. He was married to the former Ruth Howe. Mr. David was a member of the Coudersport Blue Lodge F. & A.M., Coudersport Consistory and Commandery; Irem Temple, Wilkes-Barre; Tioga County Shrine Club, Civic Club of Knoxville, Methodist Church of Knoxville, Sixth Armored Division of Pennsylvania and Red Republican Club of Troupsburg. He is survived by his wife, three brothers, Roy David, Uniontown; Harland David, Smithfield; Herman David, Waynesburg RD; and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth McCusker and Miss Jean David, both of Fairchance, Pa. The body is at Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, where friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Masonic service will be held Friday evening at 8 o’clock. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, and burial will be at 3 p.m. in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette. Rev. Gary Hakes will officiate.


Mrs. May Davies Kimball, 87, of Westfield, Thursday, March 3, 1960. Survived by granddaughters, Mrs. Elmer Clark of Westfield, Mrs. William Hamm of Gotha, Fla., Mrs. William Bassent of Hillside, N.J. Body at Watkins Funeral Home, Westfield. Calling hours: today 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. C. Lacy Van Norman. Champlin Cemetery.


Ashley Peeso Davis, 64, of Purple Brook, Pa. died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1937. Mr. Davis was prominent farmer of Brookfield and an active member of Austinburg Grange. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Boulio Davis, five children, Otto of Tioga, Sibl, wife of Eldridge Mack, Elva, wife of Harold Gardner, both of Westfield, Marie of Rochester, and Paul at home; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Pierce and Mrs. Louise Goodwin, and a brother, Glenn, all of Phillips Station. Funeral services were held at the family home Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Glenn Brewster, pastor of the Westfield Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery at Austinburg.

Davis / Lattimer

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Davis Westfield -- Mr. and Mrs. Glen Arthur Davis of Phillips Station, three miles east of here, recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They held open house for 100 guests in the afternoon and evening. The immediate family was served dinner at the Pioneer House, Harrison Valley. They were married on Aug. 2, 1898 by the Rev. John Segwalt at Osceola. Mrs. Davis, the former Margaret May Lattimer, was born on the same farm where she now lives. They have three children, Mrs. Mary King, Westfield, RD; Mrs. Ruth D’Archangelo, Corning, and Neil Davis, Phillips Station. There are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Davis is employed as a carpenter at the Eberle Tannery where he has worked for 25 years. Previous to that time he was a farmer.


Killed in Action Reid M. Dibble, 19, machinist’s mate fireman, second class, was reported killed in action in the Pacific, Oct. 26, 1942. The son of Fred Dibble of Westfield, he joined the navy Mar. 5, 1941. He graduated from the Great Lakes Naval Station and from the Dearborn, Mich., Naval Training Station. Besides his father he is survived by two sisters, Freda, Corning; Lorraine, Philadelphia; three brothers, Robert, Westfield; Pvt. Joseph Dibble, Miami Beach, Fla.; Dale, Mansfield.


Dillman, Carl Henry Age 77, of Wellsboro, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1964. He was a former Tioga County (Pa.) sheriff. Survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred Kelts Dillman; daughter, Mrs. John Kilbourne of Wellsboro; sons, Kelts and Richard, both of Wellsboro; sisters, Mrs. Arthur Westfall, Mrs. Milton Wilcox, Mrs. William Ratzel, all of Rochester; eight grandchildren. Body at Kuhl Funeral Home, Wellsboro. Calling hours: Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Saturday at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Harry T. Frownfetter. Champlin Cemetery, Westfield.

Kate Dillman Bertch Kate Dillman Bertch born Oct. 22, 1870 in Wurttenberg, Germany, came to Westfield Pa., in 1891 was married to Carl P. Bertch Sept 18, 1892, died after a long illness, Nov. 6, 1923. She leaves to mourn, her husband C. P. Bertch, and six children, Fred, Mary McCutcheon, William, deceased, Walter A., Roy, Florence, deceased, Albert and Pauline. Two brothers and one sister in Germany, two brothers in Westfield, W.G. Dillman and Carl F. Dillman and a host of friends. Mrs. Bertch was a member of the Lillian Rebekah Lodge of Westfield and a member of Victoria Grange No 1193 of North Fork also a member of the Ladies aid of North Fork.


Mrs. Blanche Doty Reynolds, 52, of Sabinsville RD, Thursday, March 17, 1960. She was a secretary of Hector Township School Board; member of Westfield Methodist Church. Survived by husband, Robert Reynolds; mother, Mrs. Clare Doty of Westfield; sister, Mrs. Beatrice Wilson of Washington, Pa.; stepson, Richard Reynolds, of Rochester; two stepgrandchildren. Body at Simmons & Piper Funeral Home, Westfield. Funeral there Sunday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Lacy VanNorman. Sabinsville Cemetery.


Roland A. Eick The death of Roland A. Eick, of Emporium, Pa., occurred Sunday, February 6th. He was the son of Henry and Augusta Eick, born in Westfield, July 4, 1887. Mr. Eick was married to Miss Nina Rushmore who preceded him in death December 1947. Mr. Eick is survived by one daughter, Mrs. LaRue Hyler, of Liberty, Pa.; two brothers Fred Eick of Salamanca, N.Y. and Edward Eick, of Knoxville, Pa. He also leaves five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Emporium, Wednesday evening, Feb. 9 at 7:30 o’clock. A Masonic burial service was held at Westfield Thursday, February 10th at 12:30 p.m., with the Rev. Cecil Palm of Sabinsville officiating. Burial was made in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Mr. Eick was a member of the Baptist Church, and active 32nd degree member of the Coudersport Consistory, and was also a member of the Westfield Masonic Blue Lodge. Mr. Eick, like his father and several brothers, was always a tannery man, and became Superintendent of the U.S. Leather Company Tannery here, and afterward held this same position for this Company in Coudersport, Emporium and Ridgway. Due to ill health, it was necessary for Mr. Eick to retire about a year ago.


Donald Elliott Dies Very Suddenly Well Known Business Man, Was Stricken Early Sunday Morning, Taken Quickly. The sudden death of Donald Elliott, from a heart attack, Sunday morning, came as a great shock to Coudersport residents. He had been about his affairs as usual, but came home Saturday afternoon complaining of severe pains in his arm and shoulder. Medical aid was administered and his condition improved when, without warning his death occurred at 4:40 a.m., Sunday. James Donald Joseph Elliott was born in Mina, November 14, 1901, the younger son of the late James H. and Delia Bailey Elliott. Practically all his life has been spent in Coudersport. He received his education in the local schools and at St. Bonaventure College, and was associated with his father in lumbering operations at Panther Lake, N.Y., and later in the James Elliott and Son saw mill, South Main street, which was put into operation in 1925. Fifteen years ago, April 7, 1926, he was united in marriage at St. Bonaventure, to Miss Albertina Eick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Eick of Ridgway, then residents of Coudersport. Mrs. Elliott and two children, Prudence Marie, and David Roland, survive; also one brother, Dr. Leon Elliott of Coudersport, and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Mahoney of White Plains, N.Y.

Franke / Weatherbee

Guests Of Honor Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Franke of Westfield, shown at their “open house’ Sunday afternoon and evening. Mr. and Mrs. Franke came to Westfield 23 years ago from Wellsboro which was the home town of Mrs. Franke, the former Lola Weatherbee, and have engaged in the mercantile business in Westfield since. They have four daughters; Diane, wife of the Rev. William Catlin of Salineville, Ohio; Helen, wife of Donald George of Westfield and a member of the Cowanesque Valley Joint School faculty; Wilma, a student in the Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and Mary Sue, who is in the sixth grade in the Westfield Borough School. About 75 relatives and friends attended the Frankes’ 25th wedding anniversary celebration at which their daughters served as hostesses. The Frankes also have one grandson, Carl Judson Catlin.

Franke / Catlin

Miss Diane Franke, Westfield, Bride of Seminary Student Miss Diane Franke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Franke of Church St. Westfield, and William C. Catlin, son of Mrs. John Dunke of Mars, Pa., were married at the Westfield First Baptist Church Thursday, June 25, 1953, at 8 p.m. The Rev. Gordon L. Vaughn of Kewanee, Ill., performed the double ring ceremony. Mrs. Dennis Smith of Mars furnished the organ music and Miss Marian Catlin of Oil City sang “O, Perfect Love” and “Nuptial Benediction”. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a full-length gown of white imported Chantilly lace over slipper satin, ending in a cathedral train. The front was fashioned with white tulle over satin. The bodice featured a Peter Pan collar bound in satin and sleeves which tapered to points over the hands. Her veil was fingertip length and attached to a fitted lace cap accented with seed pearls. She carried a single white orchid with stephanotis attached to a white Bible. Miss Helen Franke, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. She wore a gown consisting of an aqua tulle skirt over taffeta with a Chantilly lace bodice over aqua satin. Her bouquet was of talisman roses. The bridesmaids were Miss Joy Catlin of Mars, sister of the bridegroom and Miss Wilma Franke of Westfield, sister of the bride. Junior bridesmaids were Diane Vaughn of Kewanee and Mary Sue Franke of Westfield, sister of the bride. The bridesmaids’ gowns were identical to that of the maid of honor but Miss Franke’s was in yellow and Miss Catlin’s in pink. They wore matching mitts and headdresses. Both carried roses tied with aqua ribbons. The junior bridesmaids wore frosted organdy in white over aqua, shirred into a cord at the neckline and hipline. Both wore lily-of-the-valley headdresses and carried colonial bouquets. John Kay of McKeesport, Pa., was best man. Ushers were Donald George of Westfield and Richard Morledge of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Franke chose a gown of dusty rose lace over taffeta with matching accessories. Her corsage was of Talisman roses. The bridegroom’s mother wore a gown of Alice blue lace with matching accessories and a pink rose corsage. A reception followed at the home of the bride’s parents for 200 guests. For traveling, the bride wore a pink and white nylon dress with white accessories and an orchid corsage. The bride is a senior at Grove City Pa., College. Mr. Catlin is a 1951 graduate of Grove City College and a senior at Xenia Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh. For the Summer, he is employed at the Colonial Trust Co., Pittsburgh.

Franke / George

Miss Franke, Donald George, Marry at Westfield Church Westfield --- Miss Helen Edith Franke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Leon Franke, Church St., Thursday at 8 p.m., June 17, 1954, became the bride of Donald Ivan George, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray George, Stevenson St., also of Westfield. The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Gordon L. Vaughn of Kewanee, Ill., at the First Baptist Church. Organist was Mrs. William C. Catlin and soloist was Leonard George. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of imported chantilly lace over bridal satin with portrait neckline and three-quarter length sleeves edged with appliqués of rose-point lace. The full gored skirt ended in a cathedral train. Her fingertip length veil was attached to a matching lace-fitted cap accented with seed pearls and transparent sequin. The maid of honor, Miss Wilma Franke, sister of the bride was gowned in white striped dimity with satin piping over light blue taffeta. Bridesmaids were Miss Jane Jones of Guys Mills, Pa., and Miss Helen Duncan of Butler. Junior bridesmaid was Miss Mary Sue Franke, also a sister of the bride. Best man was William C. Catlin of Salineville, Ohio, brother-in-law of the bridegroom. Ushers were Kay Greeley and Harry Cheesman. Mrs. George, a graduate of Westfield High School and Grove City Teachers College, last year was a member of the Bradford, Pa. Junior High School. Mr. George, a Mansfield High School graduate, and an Air Force veteran, is employed by New York State Natural Gas Co. The couple will reside in Westfield.

Franke / Ericksen

Wellsboro -- Miss Mary Susannah Franke became the bride of Charles William Eriksen of 10 Hastings St. Saturday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Gordon E. Abrams performed the double ring ceremony for the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Franke of 15 King St. and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Eriksen of Russell, Pa. The Rev. William C. Catlin, brother-in-law of the bride, assisted in the ceremony. Lester A. Haner, vocalist, was accompanied by Mrs. Winifred F. Krivsky, organist. Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose a short gown of white brocaded satin and faille accented with a bateau neckline and fitted bodice with elbow-length sleeves. The bell-shaped skirt featured back fullness and a simulated train. A shoulder-length veil of white tulle fell from the bride’s headpiece of white satin pearls centered with a pearl teardrop. She carried a white fur muff decorated with poinsettias and holly. Mrs. Wilma F. Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Flower girls were Elizabeth Ann George of Westfield, and Marlene Sue Catlin of Alexandria, Va., nieces of the bride. Mrs. Eriksen’s brother-in-law, Donald I. George of Westfield was best man. Ushering were Lawrence A. Crane and Robert A. Price, both of Wellsboro. Carl J. Catlin of Alexandria, Va., nephew of the bride, served a junior usher. Luncheon was served at the Penn Wells Hotel, Wellsboro and a reception held at the church. The couple will make their home at 3 Queen St., Wellsboro. Mrs. Eriksen graduated from Wellsboro-Charleston High School. She and her husband received certificates from Pennsylvania’s Rehabilitation Center at Johnstown.


Mrs. Emmet R. Davis died Unexpectedly Sadie A. Gardner Davis, wife of E. R. Davis of Main street died at her late home Monday, January 20, from neuritis and heart disease. She has not been in robust health for some years, but only for the past four weeks has she been under a nurse’s care and outside of the family circle no one knew that her condition was so critical until the sad announcement of her death came. The deceased a daughter of Esther Curran Gardner was born in Farmington Township, May 19, 1875. When a child of eight, her father died. Five years later her mother married Mr. Curry Beach, of Chatham and her childhood was spent in the neighborhood of Little Marsh. On July 29, 1893 she was united in marriage to Emmet. R. Davis of Chatham, who with his wife moved to Westfield in 1900. Mr. Davis engaged as clerk in a store and later joined Ben Rogers in the grocery business which business partnership was continued for seven years. Since then Mr. Davis has been engaged as a traveling salesman, continuing his residence in Westfield. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Baptist church here. She was a Christian woman enjoying the wholehearted respect and affection of her circle of acquaintances. She was a member of Cowanesque Chapter O.E.S., joining the organization about a dozen years ago. The funeral was held from her late home on Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. Rev. Wallis Stevens officiating. Interment was made in Riverside Cemetery at Knoxville.


‘Aunt Lou’ Carpenter Dies in Wellsville At Age 95 Mrs. Ruth Luella Carpenter of Wellsville, N.Y., formerly of Westfield, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964. She was the daughter of Richard and Martha (Saxbury) Goodwin, and was born in Keeneyville Aug. 30, 1869. A life member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at Wellsville and a member of the Westfield Methodist Church, Mrs. Carpenter was the last surviving charter member of the Lillian Rebekah Lodge, having joined in 1898. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Moran of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Kathryn Larsen of Wellsville, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The body was at the Watkins Funeral Home where services were held Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. C. Lacy VanNorman officiating. Burial was in Champlin Cemetery.


Allie H. Hackett, 77, of Knoxville, Monday, Jan. 18, 1960. He was a farmer. Survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna Hackett; son, Raymond of Wellsboro; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren. Body at Griggs Funeral Home, Knoxville. Calling hours: Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Thursday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Richard Drehmer. Champlin Cemetery, Westfield.


Dr. H. M. Hagedorn Dies Unexpectedly In Texas Dr. Hevey Martin Hagedorn, 66, died suddenly Monday, April 3, 1961, of a heart attack in a hospital at San Antonio, Tex. The doctor and his wife were visiting their daughter, Mrs. W.P. Snyder, Jr. Dr. Hagedorn, who had been a medical doctor in Westfield for the past 40 years, was active in civic affairs, as well as fraternal circles, and a leader in St. John’s Episcopal Church. The son of Hans and Louisa (Oldenberg) Hagedorn, he was born Nov. 4, 1894, in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1917. He was married to the former Helen Keiser, who is a registered nurse, and together they maintained a hospital at their present residence during the early years of Westfield. The doctor served as a captain in the Medical Corps during World War I. He was a past commander of the Gerald G. Griffin Post, American Legion, Westfield, and a member of the school board for 13 years, four of those years serving as president. He was a member of the Westfield Lodge No. 77, F. & A. M.; Coudersport Consistory, American Medical Association, Medical Societies of the State of Pennsylvania and of Tioga County. Dr. Hagedorn was senior warden at St. John’s Episcopal Church for the past 18 years, and a member of the vestry for 30 years. Survivors besides his wife are two daughters, Mrs. Miriam Whitney, State College, Pa.; and Mrs. Bette Snyder of San Antonio; two brothers, the Rev. Ivan Hagedorn, Philadelphia, and Raymond Hagedorn, Westfield; a sister, Mrs. Augusta Ross, Greene, N.Y. Three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. The body will arrive at the Piper Funeral Home in Westfield Friday. The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. John Whitney and the Rev. Alan D. Walbridge officiating. Burial will be made in Knoxville Cemetery.


War Veteran, 102, Dies at Westfield Westfield -- John Eldridge Harvey, who celebrated his 102nd birthday Mar. 24, died Saturday, May 6, 1944, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ben Rogers, with whom he had resided for many years. The veteran, whose 100th anniversary was celebrated by a community dinner party at the Methodist Church, had been ill about six weeks. Born in Triangle, Broome County, N.Y., he moved to Potter Co., Pennsylvania, at the age of five years. There he received his schooling and worked until his enlistment in the Civil War. His first home there was a log cabin. Mr. Harvey served with the Union Army for four years taking part in numerous battles including: Bull Run, Winchester, Spottsylvania Courthouse, Lookout Mountain, Wilderness, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He was in the Signal Corps, connected with Company G, 53rd Infantry, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He enlisted Apr. 18, 1861, and was mustered out Mar. 4, 1865. He moved to Westfield in 1885 where he was carpenter foreman of the Elk Tanning Co. for many years. He has been street commissioner for the borough, superintendent of the water system, a member of the school board for many years and an active member of the Methodist Church. He was married in 1867 to Mary Crum of Binghamton. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Rogers; one grandson, Robert Harvey; two granddaughters, Mrs. Laura Tenner of Westfield and Mrs. Vivian Hilfiger, Bradford, Pa.; three great grandchildren.

HAVERLY - Happy Birthday to a Grand Lady, who is celebrating her 100th birthday next Wednesday, Feb. 15. Mrs. Edith Sisson, who is known as Grandma Sisson to all who have come to know and love her, is a resident at the VanZile Home for the Aged in Cowanesque. Mrs. Margaret VanZile and the guests at the home are preparing a birthday celebration, and the ministers of the area are going to conduct a service in her honor on that day. Mrs. Sisson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Haverly, born at Cherry Flats, Covington Township. She attended schools in Washington, D.C. and Mansfield, Pa. She is a member of the Disciple Church of Christ at Covington. On June 28, 1902 she married Putnam Curtis Sisson, a widower with three children, Ivan, seventeen, Liva, thirteen and Everest, four years old. The years that followed of bringing up the three children and being a farmer’s wife was a busy time for Mrs. Sisson. Mr. Sisson died in 1934. For the next few years she lived alone and then went to live with a grandson Elwood Sisson, at Covington. She has spent three winters in St. Petersburg, Fla., visiting a niece, Mrs. Herbert Hollingsworth. The last visit to Florida was made alone by plane when Mrs. Sisson was ninety-three years old. On this visit she fell breaking her leg and stayed there a year. She loves to tell stories of her stay there and being cared for at the hospital at St. Petersburg. Mrs. Sisson came to the Home for the Aged in April 1956. She enjoys writing letters, visiting and singing with the other guests. Since her last birthday she has spent much of her time planning and waiting for her one hundredth birthday. She has been writing a poem to be read on this important day. Mrs. Sisson seldom misses coming to the living room to join the others each Sunday afternoon for the Church services.


Mrs. Minnie H. Bulkley Dies In Wellsboro Hospital Mrs. Minnie H. Bulkley, 80, of Lincoln St., Westfield, died Wednesday morning, Mar. 31, 1965 in the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro. Born in Westfield, Sept. 2, 1884, she was the daughter of John J. and Mary (Olson) Hegmann, and was married to Charles Edwin Bulkley, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Westfield Baptist Church and the LeCercle Moderne Book Club. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Lenore Kramer, Fredericksburg, Va., nieces, Mrs. Stuart Bean of Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., Mrs. George Rochester, LaHabra, Calif., and a nephew, Kenneth Hegmann, Knoxville. Calling hours at the Piper Funeral Home are Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Westfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Albert Bolster officiating. Burial will be in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield.


Mrs. Heyler Dies at 58 Mrs. Mignon Heyler, 58, wife of LaRue Heyler of Sebring, Liberty, RD 1, died late Thursday afternoon at Blossburg State Hospital. She was admitted to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after suffering a seizure at her home. She and her husband operated Heyler Store on Rt. 15 at Sebring for 26 years. Mrs. Heyler was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church, was a Sunday School teacher and organist there for many years. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Coudersport. (The date Mar 2, 1961 is hand-written on the clipping.)

Johnson / VanGorder

Betty Johnson Bride of Mr. VanGorder Miss Betty Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson of Knoxville, Pa., was married to Thomas VanGorder, son of Kenneth VanGorder of Knoxville, and the late Mrs. Dorothy VanGorder, June 18, 1949, at the Knoxville Methodist Church. The Rev. Mr. Vanderburg and the Rev. Mr. Lewis officiated. Mr. Johnson gave his daughter in marriage. She wore a slipper satin gown with a fingertip veil caught to a coronet of satin and seed pearls. She carried a bouquet of white roses centered with a white orchid. Mrs. Leah Johnson, matron-of-honor, chose a gown of Nile green taffeta with matching mitts and picture hat. She carried yellow roses. William Johnson, brother of the bride, was best man and ushers were John Sherwood and Douglas Johnson. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the bride’s home for 75. Out-of-town guests were from Niagara Falls, Rochester, Wellsville, Lawrenceville, Nelson, Savona, Dansville and Westfield. The couple will live in Elmira. Pre-nuptial showers were given by Mrs. Walter Johnson of Knoxville and Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Cohen of Elmira.

Johnson / Sherwood

Wed 40 Years Friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson gathered at their home Saturday evening April 11, to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. The evening was spent in playing games after which delicious refreshments were served. A reading “This is Your Life” was given by Mrs. Edward Bouch after which a gift was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sherwood and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bouch of Wellsville, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Tuller, Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas VanGorder of Elmira; Mr. and Mrs. Dave Murdock, Mr. and Mrs. Reed Murdock and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson of Austinburg and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Davis of Westfield.


Mrs. Rex Pritchard Dies Suddenly At Home Saturday Mrs. Ruth K. Pritchard, 63, of Church St., Westfield, died suddenly Saturday afternoon, Mar. 7, 1964 at her home. She was the wife of Rex Pritchard, local barber. Born June 22, 1900, at Westfield Township, she was the daughter of William and Alice (Patton) Kilbourne. She had been a resident of Westfield for 35 years and was a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church, Westfield. Surviving with her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Jean Holder, Renovo; sons, Gary Pritchard, Westfield; Peter of Rochester, N.Y., and Bruce of Greenwood, N.Y.; sister, Mrs. Florence Outman, Westfield; brothers, Lynn Kilbourne, Knoxville; Howard Kilbourne, Port Byron, N.Y., Bert Kilbourne, Hornell, N.Y., 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Piper Funeral Home with the Rev. Alan Walbridge officiating. Burial was in Champlin Cemetery.


Morgan Kizer, 33, a son of Samuel and Bertha Pritchard Kizer of Westfield, Pa. died in Elmira, Saturday, Dec 18, 1937. He was born in Westfield and was graduated from Westfield High School in the class of 1923. He completed a musical education at the Eastman Conservatory of Music at Rochester. Mr. Kizer traveled for a year in Europe, with an orchestra, and on his return married Miss Margaret Walling of Rochester in 1929, who with two small sons, Edward and Samuel, survive. He also leaves his mother and a sister, Mrs. Irene Kelts, all of Westfield. At the time of his death Mr. Kizer was a foreman of the shipping department of the cutshop at the Eberle Tannery. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Funeral services were held at the family home on West Main St., Westfield, Pa., Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Paul de Meurers officiated. Burial was in the Krusen Cemetery.


Bessie Lane Dies In Hornell Hospital Feb. 25 Mrs. Bessie J. Lane, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1960, at St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell, N.Y. Born Dec. 3, 1880, she was the daughter of the late William and Ida (Davies) Lane. She had resided in Westfield for the past eight years. Survivors are a brother, Arthur Lane, and an aunt, Mrs. Mary D. Kimball, both of Westfield. Funeral services were held on Monday, at 2 p.m., at the Watkins Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Lacy Van Norman of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial was at the Austinburg Cemetery.


Death of Robert R. Lewis Saddens Many Friends Hon. Robert R. Lewis is dead! This sad message greeted the people of Coudersport this morning. The former judge, and one-time Secretary of the Commonwealth, former Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, died at the Potter County Memorial Hospital at 6:15 last evening. For a year or more Judge Lewis had been in failing health. Robert Rathbun Lewis was born at Duke Center, Pa., Aug. 1, 1880. He was the only son of Willis I. Lewis and Lucretia Rathbun Lewis. He married Margaret Wrean, July 17, 1907, at Penn Yan, N.Y. Nearly all of his life was spent in Coudersport. For a half century Bob Lewis served as a director and solicitor of the Citizens Safe Deposit and Trust Company. He was a member of the Park Methodist Church and active in its affairs. Friends will be received at the family residence on Mill Street tonight from 7 to 9 o’clock and Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. On Friday morning a private prayer service will be held at the home, after which the body will be removed to the lounge of Coudersport Consistory where it will lie in state from noon until 2 p.m. at which time funeral services will be conducted with the Rev. Bruce Stearns of Buffalo, former pastor of Park Methodist Church, officiating. The 33rd degree Masons will conduct a memorial service at this time. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery. Surviving are his wife; one son, Willis I. (Wid) Lewis of Bradford; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Thomas of Boston, Mass., and Mrs. Margaret Clarke of Rochester and four grandchildren. The prominent jurist served 21 years as judge. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club and the Country Club. For 14 years he was chairman of the Red Cross Home Service. He was a member of the Central Grange, the Potter County Automobile Club, the Potter County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He held many Masonic Lodge honors including the 33rd degree received at Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 21, 1922. He also received the Meritorious Service Award in 1950. He was a member of the Eulalia Lodge No. 342, Coudersport, since Dec. 24, 1902; worshipful master of the lodge in 1910; district deputy grand master from 1925 to 1931; right worshipful grand master of Masons in Pennsylvania two years (1938-1939), and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Coudersport since Nov. 5, 1903. He served as commander in chief of the Coudersport Consistory from 1918 to 1930. He was a member of the Coudersport Royal Arch Chapter since May 26, 1907, and most excellent high priest of that chapter in 1913. Judge Lewis was a charter member of the Coudersport Council, Royal and Select Masters No. 63, member of Bradford Council No. 43 from May 10, 1911 until Sept. 2, 1926; member of Galeton Council No. 58 from Oct. 13, 1926 to April 18, 1944, and a member of the Coudersport Council No. 63 from July 19, 1950. He was a member of the Potter Commandery, No. 69, of Coudersport since Nov. 15, 1908, and Eminent Commander of that chapter in 1916 and 1917. He was a member of the Penn Priory No. 6, Knights of York Cross of Honor in Harrisburg, since Feb. 16, 1904, and a former member of the Jaffa Temple of Altoona, and the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

First Added to the Site  on 16 MAR  2003
By Joyce M. Tice