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Hello Joyce,

My great grandmother, Clara Belle Starr, was from Elkland. She married my great grandfather, Will Denison, in 1920 and moved to his home in Dundee, NY. Her mother, Elsie VanVliet Starr, also lived with them in her later years until her death in 1951.

I have two scrapbooks plus a stack of clippings, many of which are for residents of Chemung County, NY and Tioga County, PA. I cannot be sure which of the two women collected all of these, but I believe it is a combination of both. I have begun to transcribe them, but have hardly made a dent. I thought it best to send you what I have so far (see attachment).

Cathy A. Coon
Penn Yan, NY

From the scrapbooks of Elsie VanVliet Starr and Clara Belle Starr Denison.

Elmira Star Gazette

HENRY B. SMITH, 79, of Osceola, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1955. He was a retired farmer, member Missionary Alliance church of Osceola and 50-year member of Fairview Grange. Survived by sons, Paul R. Smith of Lindley, N. Y., Raymond H. at home, Willard J. of Elmira; seven grandchildren; sisters, Miss Phoebe Smith, Mrs. Susan Lines and Mrs. Lena Howe, all of Osceola. Body at Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, where friends may call. Funeral there Friday at 2 p. m., the Rev. Frank Russell. Fairview Cemetery, Osceola.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Hynes of 261 W. Chemung Pl. will observe the 51st anniversary of their marriage Saturday afternoon and evening with an open house. hey were married Mar. 29, 1901 in Riverside Methodist Church by the late Rev. Eli Pittman, pastor of the church. Mr. Hynes retired in 1950 after 50 years of carpenter work in the area. They plan to leave Elmira in mid-April o reside in Florida because of Mr. Hynes’ ill health. (Photo of couple included.)


Knoxville, Pa. – The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Croft of Osceola, will be observed by a reception in the Osceola Methodist Church Sunday, Feb. 26, from 2 to 4 p. m.Their children and grandchildren extend invitations too all their friends and neighbors.

Earl Croft and Ola Beard were married by the Rev. Robert Bell on Feb. 28, 1906, in Farmington, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Beard, foster parents of Mrs. Croft. They had four children, Osman Croft of Addison, N. Y.; Mrs. James Peterman of Corning, N. Y.; Mrs. Donald Skinner of Knoxville and the late Mrs. Ruth Northrup.

They have eight grandchildren: Jim and Delores Croft of Addison; Gail and Richard Shepard of Corning; Mrs. Donald McConnell of Holyoke, Mass.; Mrs. Robert Mortimer, Douglas and Kim Skinner of Knoxville; and one great-granddaughter, Vicki Ann McConnell.

Mr. and Mrs. Croft have resided in Osceola for 30 years and are active members of the Osceola Methodist Church. (Photo of couple included.)

MRS. ELSIE STARR, 93, formerly of Knoxville and Elkland, Pa., widow of Charles H. Starr. Monday, Oct. 1, 1951, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Clara Denison of Dundee. Mrs. Starr was a member of the Elkland Methodist Church. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Denison of Dundee, Mrs. Mary VanDusen of Montour Falls and Mrs. Agnes Brass of Knoxville; sons, Frank Starr of Elmira and LaVerne Starr of Elkland; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The body is at the Griggs Funeral Home, Knoxville, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. The Rev. John Lewis. Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville.


Miss Mabel Evans, daughter of Arthur L. Evans of Nelson, and Lawrence E. Buck, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Buck, were united in marriage by Rev. J. A. Lowry Monday evening, April 2, 1917, at 8 o’clock at the home of the bride’s uncle and aunt Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson, where she lived. The service was very simple, following which a fine supper was served. Mr. and Mrs. Buck will remain on the farm with Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson, but as soon as a house can be built will live by themselves.

Those present at the ceremony beside Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson, the bride and groom, and Rev. Lowry were: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L Evans and two children, of Nelson: Marlin Evans, of Harrison Valley; Mrs. Allan Evans, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Evans, C. E. Buck and family, and Miss Florence Walrath.

The bride and groom are very estimable and popular young people. Both are graduates of our high school and the bride is a very fine musician. The Sentinel extends best wishes for their happiness and success in life, and Ulysses people will be glad that they are to remain among us.

MRS. JESSIE A. CLARK, 74, Elkland, Thursday, May 10, 1951. Member Elkland Methodist Church. Survived by son Sheldon, Elkland; sisters, Mrs. Cora Baxter, Corning; Mrs. Adelia Forrest, Hammondsport; Mrs. S. J. Smith, Elmira. Funeral Sunday 2 p. m. at the home. The Rev. Glenn Moore. Highland Cemetery, Elkland.

FRANCIS LISTON BURTON, 45, of Addison RD 1, Sunday, June 15, 1952. Survived by wife; son, Harold; daughter, Emily Burton, both at home; mother, Mrs. Nina Burton of Corning; brothers, Seth Burton of Addison, Leo Burton of Corning; sisters, Mrs. Harry Schoonover of Corning RD 1, Mrs. Maynard Oakden of Corning RD 3; several nieces and nephews. The body is at the Carpenter Funeral Home, Corning, and this afternoon will be removed to the family home where private prayer service will be held Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Funeral at 2 at the Addison Methodist Church. The Rev. Carl A. Reppert, Hope Cemetery Annex, Corning.

 JAMES EDWARD BURTON SR., 42, of Campbell RD 1; formerly of Corning. Unexpectedly Wednesday evening, Oct. 18, 1950, at home. He was employed as a brakeman for the New York Central Railroad for 21 years. Survived by his wife, Mrs. Helen Tennant Burton; sons, James Jr. and Thomas, at home; daughter, Mrs. Arthur Funair of Corning; mother, Mrs. Nina Burton of Corning; brothers, Seth and Francis Burton of Addison and Leo Burton of Corning; sisters, Mrs. Harry Schoonover of East Corning and Mrs. Maynard Oakden of Caton. The body is at the Carpenter Funeral Home, Corning, and will be removed to the home of his mother, Mrs. Nina Burton, 313 flint Ave., Corning, where friends may call and where funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. West…(remainder is missing)


Wellsboro, Mar. 11 - Albert Van Vliet, 78, a prominent Tioga County farmer, died at Jersey Shore Tuesday. The body has been removed to his home at Stonyfork where the funeral will be held at the Baptist Church Thursday at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Draper Cemetery.

Mr. Van Vliet is survived by his widow; five sons, Charles of Elmira Heights, John of New York, Claude of Jersey Shore and Arthur and Merve of Draper; two daughters, Mrs. James Burton of Corning and Mrs. Fred Wetherbee of Ithaca.


Wellsboro, Pa. - Miss Anna Catherine Torpy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Torpy of Wellsboro, RD 2, and Fred VanVliet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merve VanVliet, were married by the Rev. C.W. Sheriff, at the Wellsboro Baptist parsonage, Saturday, Feb. 18. They were attended by the bride’s brother, Stephen Torpy, and Mrs. Torpy.

Mr. and Mrs. VanVliet are making their home with the bridegroom’s parents.


Mrs. Mary Jane Van Vliet, 53, wife of Charles Van Vliet, died Sunday at 7 a.m. at the family home at 213 West Eighteenth Street, Elmira Heights. Beside her husband, she is survived by two daughters; Louise Van Vliet and Elizabeth Van Vliet, at home; six brothers, Abel Clark of Johnstown, Pa., Seth Clark of Dubois, Pa., James Burton of Corning, Charles of Tiadoghton, Pa., John Burton and Christopher Burton of Wellsboro, Pa.; one sister, Mrs. Mervin Van Vliet of Tiodoghton. The body reposes in the Wilson Funeral Home and will be removed this afternoon to the family home. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Ernest L. Harvey will officiate. Burial will be in Horseheads.


Miss Mabel Howe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lavern Howe of North Bingham, Pa., and Lawrence E. Howe of Gold, Pa., were united in marriage at the Baptist parsonage in Olean, N. Y. by the Rev. Percival Lynch, Thursday, Sept. 11, 1919.

Miss Howe is a most pleasing and intellectual young lady, and a very successful Chiropractor. Her many friends will be pleased to know that she will continue the practice of her profession here, where she has been located for the past two years. She will be assisted by her husband who is also a Chiropractor, and a graduate of State College.

Mr. Howe has recently returned from France where he has been serving Uncle Sam, and he is a very highly respected young man.

- Westfield Free Press


Miss Martha Ruth States, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd A. States of Odessa, was married at 6 p. m. to Raymond Dobell of Horseheads. The Rev. Dutton S. Peterson officiated. (Hand dated Oct. 27, 1956)


Knoxville-The marriage of Miss Muriel Marie Weaver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Weaver, and Kenneth Starr Brass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson R. Brass, all of Knoxville, was solemnized Friday evening at 8 o’clock at the Baptist parsonage in Sabinsville by the Rev. Gordon L. Vaughn.

They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lines of Cowanesque. They left immediately on an auto trip to the Thousand Islands. Mr. and Mrs. Brass are graduates of the Knoxville High School. They will reside here where the bridegroom holds a position with the R. A. Bates Mill. (Hand dated Aug. 15, 1941)

MISS EDNA MAE TETOR of 267 W. Pulteney St., Corning. Funeral Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. at the Ryal funeral home, Corning. Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post.

MARK H. TETOR, 51, of Corning RD 2, died at 2 p. m. Friday, July 25, 1941, at a Corning hospital. He had been in ill health for a year but worked as a brakeman in the New York Central Railroad yards until July 12. He was born in Dresden, a son of the late Robert and Florence Hazelton Tetor. He married Miss Astella Davis of Mansfield. Mr. Tetor had been a resident of Corning for 30 years. He leaves his wife, three sons, Bruce of Corning RD 2, Willard of Washington, D. C., and Harry at home; a grandson, Warren Tetor of Washington; two sisters, Mrs. Hester McCreery of Dresden and Mrs. Sid Crimi of Elmira; a brother, Bruce of Savannah, N. Y. The body is in the Phillips funeral home, Corning, and late today will be removed to the family held Monday at 2:30 p. m. The Rev. Leo Engler of Grace Methodist Church, Corning, will officiate. Burial will be in Coopers Cemetery.


Cecile Mae Haflett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray W. Haflett of 235 Prescott Avenue, Elmira Heights. A prayer service will be held in the home Saturday at 1 p. m. and the funeral in the Oakwood Methodist Episcopal Church at 1:30 o’clock. The Revs. W. H. English and E. D. Van Dyke will officiate. Burial in the Windfall, Pa., cemetery.

CHARLES S. CARPENTER, 80, died in his home at Ulysses, Pa., Tuesday, July 6, 1937, after a long illness. He was born near Horseheads, N. Y. One son, Laverne, of Painted Post, N. Y., and one daughter, Lida May, of Monongahela survive from his first wife, Della Chase, also one grandson, Malcolm Carpenter of Old Bridge, N. J. From his second marriage one son, Burt and his wife, Chloa, survive him. Funeral at the home Thursday at 1:30 p. m. Burial in Keeneyville Cemetery, Keeneyville, Pa.


Avoca-Walter L. Pease, a resident of Avoca for the past eight years, died at his home here Saturday morning. Mr. Pease, the last Avocan who saw service in the Civil War, was born July 24, 1847, in Trupsburg, Pa., a son of Oliver and Huldah Brown Pease. He was the youngest of 14 children. In 1864, at the age of 16, he enlisted in Co. D, 207th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. After his return to civil life, he married Miss Frances Smith of Nelson, Pa. About eight years ago he came to Avoca to reside.

He leaves three sons, Wallace Pease of Elkland, Pa., Reed Pease of Nelson, Pa., and Smith Pease of Lawrenceville; two daughters, Mrs. Neva Bell of Lawrenceville, Pa., and Mrs. Phoebe Larrison of Avoca; also 15 grandchildren. The funeral was held today at 1 p. m. at the Sheppard funeral home, with burial at Nelson, Pa. The Rev. E. G. Watkins of Corning officiated.


Elkland-Funeral services for Dr. Ernest L. Ward, 59, will be conducted at the Ward home in Osceola Saturday at 2 p. m. by the Rev. Walter Ruch of Osceola and A. G. Matthews of Elkland. Masonic committal will be in Osceola.

Doctor Ward died unexpectedly Jan. 1, 1935. He had practiced medicine in Osceola since 1904, was an active Mason, a director of the Osceola children’s Home, a member of state and national medical societies and a member of the Presbyterian Church.


Elkland-Dr. Ernest L. Ward, since 1904 an Osceola physician, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, Jan. 1, 1936. He was 59.

Doctor Ward was a native of Lewiston, Me., a son of the Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Ward. He attended the Phoenix, N. Y. High School and Canandaigua Academy, being graduated in 1895. After two years at Hobart College, Geneva, he entered the Medico-Chirugical College in Philadelphia, being graduated in 1902.

He established his office in Osceola in 1904 after a year in a Philadelphia hospital and a year’s practice in Sturruch, Pa. In 1918, he opened an Elkland office.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Adelaide Cadogan Ward, and a daughter, Miss Ernestine Ward, of Osceola; and two sisters, Mrs. T. B. Outhouse of Canandaigua and Mrs. W. A. Elliott of Osceola; also several nieces and nephews.

Doctor Ward was a member of the American and Tioga County Medical societies, a member of Osceola Lodge, F&AM, the Coudersport Consistory and the Presbyterian Church. He was also a director and for 11 years physician at the Osceola Children’s home.

The funeral will be conducted at the home Saturday at 2 p. m. by the Rev. Walter Ruch of Osceola, assisted by the Rev. A. G. Matthews of Elkland. Burial in charge of the Masons, will be in Osceola.

MRS. IDA ADELLE VAN DUSEN, 75, of near Osceola, Pa., died Thursday, May 15, 1941, at the home of a son, Daniel Van Dusen, at Towanda, Pa. She was born Oct. 22, 1865, in Farmington Township, the daughter of Sylvester and Polly Butler Doan of Deerfield Township. She was married to Daniel Herbert Van Dusen Nov. 18, 1886, and lived for 45 years on a farm a mile south of Osceola. She was a member of the Osceola Methodist Church and the Valley Grange. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Warley Gleason of Osceola; four sons, Harold and Daniel of Towanda, Lee of Cowanesque and Mark of Osceola; three brothers, Charles and Frank Doan of Deerfield Township and Burt Doan of Presho; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The body will be taken from the Kinyon funeral home at Elkland to the late home near Osceola Sunday morning, and the Rev. E. T. Rowe will conduct funeral services there Sunday at 2 p. m. (EST) Burial in Butler Hill Cemetery.


Miss Ethlyn M. Hood, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. D. L. Hood, 246 Glenwood Ave., Elmira Heights, became the bride of L. Hugh Woodhouse, son of Mrs. Lena Woodhouse, 213 W. 18th St., Friday, June 14, 1940, at 9 p. m. at the Oakwood Methodist Church. The Rev. Lullus D. Bell solemnized the ceremony.

Decorations were in pink and white. Miss Clara Kinney played the wedding music. The bride wore a light blue ensemble, with white accessories, and a shoulder corsage of briarcliff roses, sweet peas and forget-me-nots. Her maid of honor, Miss Jeannette Stowell of Campbell, N. Y., wore a navy blue sheer dress, with white accessories, and a shoulder corsage similar to the bride’s. The best man was Floyd Rathbun of Lowman Rd.; ushers were Gerald Hood, brother of the bride, and Robert Jennings of Elmira Heights.

The bride’s mother wore a dark blue lace dress with white accessories and corsage of yellow roses and blue forget-me-nots. The bridegroom’s mother wore a dark blue sheer printed dress, white accessories and mixed flowers. The couple left for a short wedding trip, after which they will reside at 213 W. 18th St.

The bride is a graduate of Corning Free Academy and attended Asbury College, Wilmore, Ky. The bridegroom is a graduate of Millerton High School, Millerton, Pa.

Pre-nuptial events included a dinner party given by Miss Jeannette Stowell of Campbell, and showers given by Miss Marjorie Douglas and the Lucia Bible Class of Oakwood Methodist Church.


Albert Danielson an employee of the Willis-Morrow Co., of Elmira died in the Arnot-Ogden hospital of that city last Thursday following only a few days illness of influenza. Mr. Danielson resided in Elkland for nearly six years prior to his accepting a position with the Willis-Morrow Co., about a year ago and has many friends here who are grieved to learn of his untimely death. He is survived by his mother and one sister of Freeman. The funeral was held at Freeman on Sunday at 11 a. m., and interment was made in the Freeman cemetery.


Chemung, July 5-A pretty wedding was solemnized in the Chemung Methodist Church Sunday morning when Miss Irma Hood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Hood, became the bride of Roland Van Dusen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Evered Van Dusen. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. D. Van Dyke, pastor of the church, at the close of the morning service.

As the service drew to a close Miss Virginia Price played the wedding march and the couple entered the church, accompanied by Miss Minnie French and Charles Van Dusen, brother of the bridegroom. After the ceremony the couple started by motor on a trip through Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Van Dusen are both popular young people of Chemung. Mrs. Van Dusen was graduated from Waverly High School in June and Mr. Van Dusen is employed as a machinist in Elmira. They will reside in Chemung.

MRS. SARAH ELIZABETH TEACHMAN, popularly known as Elizabeth Teachman died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Jenkins, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, at 4 p. m. Sunday after three months’ illness. She was born in Roseville, Pa., Mar. 30, 1867, the daughter of William and Josephine Knapp Bailey. She was married to Sidney Teachman in Nelson, Pa., in June, 1883, and had lived in this city for 22 years. Survivors include: three sons, Abram, Hornell; Lennie, Walworth, N. Y., and Andrew, 246 E. Third St., Corning; three daughter, Mrs. Guy Farrington of Walworth, Mrs. Kenneth McPherson of Painted Post and Mrs. Jenkins; two brothers, Henry Bailey, Seattle, Wash., and Andrew Bailey, Presho; four sisters, Mrs. Ervin Brennan, Elmira; Mrs. Francis Rose, Corning; Mrs. Arthur Hubbard, Painted Post, and Mrs. Josephine Clair, Big Flats. The funeral will be held at the Irene S. Phillips funeral home at 2 p. m. Wednesday, the Rev. Carl J. Grabb of the Painted Post Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Rural Home Cemetery, Big Flats. (Hand dated Dec. 1940)

FRANK L. STEDGE, 55, Elkland Borough manager, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Apr. 17, 1940, after a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nettie Stedge, and a brother, Raymond of Elkland. Funeral services will be held at the home Saturday at 2 p. m. with the Rev. E. T. Rowe officiating.


Lawrenceville-Mrs. Bessie Benn Crowl, 60, wife of Daniel H. Crowl, died Wednesday at the Geisiner Memorial Hospital at Dansville, Pa., following a brief illness.

A native of Lawrenceville, she was the daughter of Calvin and Betsy Story Benn. She was married in 1902 to Mr. Crowl who survives with a sister, Mrs. Fred Lindsley, also of Lawrenceville.

Mrs. Crowl was an active member of the Methodist Church and the Eastern Star and was an accomplished musician.

Private funeral services will be conducted at the home Saturday at 2 p. m. by the Rev. Vaughn McArthur, with burial in the Lawrenceville Cemetery.

MRS. PHOEBE LARRISON of Avoca, widow of Adelbert Larrison. Funeral will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at the late home, the Rev. J. Wesley Babcock of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Mrs. Larrison, 60, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1941, in Bath Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was born in Osceola, Pa., Sept. 18, 1880, a daughter of Walter and Frances Smith Pease. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Edna Law of Elmira and Mrs. Ethel Francis of Leroy; a son, Walter, Avoca; a sister, Mrs. Neva Bell, Lawrenceville, Pa.; three brothers, Wallace Pease of Harrisburg, Pa., and Reed and Smith Pease of Lawrenceville, and three grandchildren.


A pretty home wedding was solemnized at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Laverne VanVliet in Freeman at noon Tuesday when their only daughter, Miss Gladys Pearl VanVliet was united in marriage to Charles J. Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. George G. Brooks of Corning. The Rev. Mr. G. N. White of Borden performed the ceremony. The bridesmaid and best man were Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Towner, of Erwin.

Following the ceremony a bountiful dinner was served. Many beautiful and useful presents were received by the bride. The bride is held in high esteem by all who know her. The groom is a machinist employed at Painted Post by the Ingersoll-Rand Co.

DR. W. G. HUMPHREY, of Elkland and MISS JEANETTE M. SHIRTZ, of Elmira were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Young, of Elmira, N. Y. Wednesday evening, January 22nd, Rev. Bolger performing the ceremony. Dr. Humphrey is one of the prominent physicians of this county and the bride is a fine young lady, a trained nurse and has been at Elkland frequently caring for the sick. Dr. and Mrs. Humphrey will spend the balance of the winter at St. Petersburg, Fla. (Hand dated 1919)


The marriage of Miss Agnes Starr, to Nelson Brass, both of Johnson City was celebrated on Sunday, April 29, the Rev. Mr. Davis, of Binghamton, N. Y., officiating.

The bride and groom are well known in this vicinity, the bride being the youngest daughter of Mrs. Elsie Starr, of this place. They were attended by Miss Eva Steadman and Ross VanDusen, both of Osceola. The young couple have been spending the past week with relatives here and at Osceola, returning Monday to their home at Johnson City.


Much beloved Farmington woman died suddenly at her home yesterday morning.

Mrs. Victor Baker, a much beloved and highly respected resident of Farmington, died at the family home early yesterday morning, Wednesday, January 14, 1931, following a brief heart attack, aged 48 years.

Mrs. Baker was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Mowrey, and had spent the greater part of her life in the immediate vicinity of Elkland. She had been troubled with sugar diabetes for sometime but was not considered dangerously ill and the news of her sudden death came as a great shock to the community.

Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband; aged mother; three children, Prof. Aaron Baker of Port Republic, N. J.; two daughters, Mrs. Fanny Wilson of Port Republic, and Alice at home; one sister, Mrs. Alice McC---oun of Great Kills, Ireland; three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at the house Saturday afternoon at one o’clock; the Rev. Raymond Muthard, pastor of the Elkland Presbyterian Church, will officiate, and interment will be made in the Pleasant Valley cemetery.


Elkland-the present Methodist Church building in Elkland was built well over 50 years ago, but organized religion dates back about a century and a quarter.

The first Methodist services in the Cowanesque Valley were held by itinerant Methodist ministers. They usually made a circuit at least every six weeks. Settlers flocked from far and wide to attend these services.

The early pioneers considered religion most essential to their daily life. The church meetings were held in log cabins, school houses and even barns. In the summer, meetings were held in the open air. Many were converted.

The first religious meeting held in the Cowanesque Valley was in September, 1828, on the Robert Baker farm, west of Osceola. The scattered population from far and near gathered into huge camp meetings where they spent days and nights in preaching and prayer, later mingled with shout and song.

A lockup was built under the pulpit in which disorderly persons were impounded. About the camp at night, a watch was set to see that peace and quiet were maintained. To summon the meeting, a dinner horn was sounded, which echoed far and wide through the forests. Rev. Parker Buel did most of the preaching. Rev. Joseph Persall, famed for his vocal powers, led in the singing.

In September, 1829, the second camp meeting was held. The meeting began on Wednesday and was continued until the Monday of the next week. The guard and guardhouse beneath the sacred desk was instituted as a terror to evil doers. Immense crowds were in attendance. Elder Abel was in command of the camp. They preached with such force and effect that the listening multitudes were wrought into an ecstasy of religious excitement.

The third meeting was held in 1835 and conducted by Rev. Nathan Fellows. Although attendance was large, the interest manifested was not so intense. Some were, however, hopefully converted at the camp. One night a skunk was thrown into the prayer grounds and the meeting had to be adjourned for the night.

On another night, a disorderly person felled a small tree upon the worshippers as they were bowed in prayer. The early Methodists were somewhat given to asceticism. At one of the meetings, Rev. McElbeny stood guard at the door and refused admission to all who wore the "gaudy attire" of artificial flowers or bows of ribbon upon their bonnets.

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Osceola was at an early period somewhat larger than the village of Elkland, just east. But as Elkland grew in population, the people saw the need of a church of their own. So in the early part of 1840 the first Methodist class in Elkland was organized, drawing many members from the Osceola church.

The first Methodist services in Elkland were held in the old schoolhouse, which is now the home of Lee Redfield, just west of the present Presbyterian Church. The pastor was Seth John Porter, who came here in 1830 to practice medicine, and was soon known to be a minister of the gospel.

In 1856, a house of worship, used as a union church, was erected. This building was on the site of the present Methodist Church and was also used by the Presbyterians for some years. The first Methodist Episcopal Church in Elkland was organized Apr. 23, 1879. Meetings were held in the building erected 23 years before as used for union services. When the present church was built, the old building was moved back to the rear to be used as a Sunday School room.

The present church edifice was dedicated Sept. 25, 1891, and had been built at a cost of $5,800, including the cost of moving the old church building to the rear. The cost of this work was met by popular subscription, being raised among citizens of Elkland. One of the largest contributors was Joseph Cornelius, owner of the Elkland tannery at the time. The Cornelius family were instrumental in building the church and were active in church work.

The head carpenter in building the present church was Thomas Brock. He was assisted by Jeff Mack, William Preston and Daniel Webster, who also were carpenters on the job. In 1897 there were 125 members in the church and about 60 pupils in the Sunday School with Will Cornelius as superintendent. In 1891, the church held a dedication service.


The bell came from the old church, now the Sunday School room. The chandeliers were purchased new and were oil burning, and the sexton nearly every Sunday night in the winter, would have to bring in a step ladder and climb up and take one of the oil lamps out as they continually would smoke. Later the chandeliers were turned into suitable gas burners, and later into electric.

The organ was purchased second hand and cost about $100, and set on the floor. William Cornelius was the choir director and also the bass singer, and the balance of the choir were Abbie Weeks, Verna Kenyon, Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Myra Cornelius and F. M. Cornelius. The organist was Mrs. William Cornelius.

The leader was not satisfied with the volume of the organ and suggested that workers build the platform and raise the organ so that its volume would roll out over the heads of the choir, as now.

The pulpit set, complete, was purchased by the Cornelius family upon the death of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cornelius as a memorial to them. It was bought around 1894 or 1895.

The windows in the church were donated by members. The front large ones were given by Joseph Cornelius. Then William Frank had windows as did Mrs. Alice Brock, a sister. There was also one for Rev. Van Horn and Mrs. Clara Howlands.

Several of the old pews in the old part were sold to the church in Potter Brook and are still there.

The chandelier by the organ was purchased just a few years ago from Mrs. Marion Parkhurst, where it had been used in the Parkhurst home.

Mrs. William Cornelius was the first organist, played until her death, when she was followed by Walter Baker, who played probably a year or so and then Mrs. R. J. Bailey who is now the organist.

Since the church organization, the same pastors have served for both Osceola and Elkland Methodist Churches.

MRS. ADELAIDE MAE TUBBS, 54, of Osceola, Pa., died at an Elmira hospital at

9 a. m. Thursday, July 9, 1942. She was born in Farmington Twp., Pa., a daughter of Charles and Elsie VanVliet Starr. She had lived in Osceola 27 years. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church there. She leaves her husband, John Tubbs; a daughter, Elsie, a student nurse at Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia; her mother, Mrs. Elsie Starr of Dundee; three sisters, Mrs. Will Denison of Dundee, Mrs. Evered VanDusen of Montour Falls and Mrs. Nelson Brass of Knoxville; two brothers, Frank Starr of Elmira and LaVerne of Osceola. The funeral will be held Sunday at the family home. The Rev. Robert Cocks will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola.

MISS CLARA B. LEWIS, 75, of Osceola, Pa., died at 8:30 p. m. Monday, July 13, 1942, after two years’ illness. Graduate of Elmira College and until recently active member of Osceola Presbyterian Church. Survivors: a sister, Mrs. Lester Eaton of Osceola, and several cousins in Pennsylvania and the West. The funeral will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the family home, the Rev. Robert Cocks of the Osceola Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola.


Osceola – The Rev. Walter E. Ruch, after having served continuously as a Presbyterian minister for over 40 years and as a preacher for over 50 years, recently retired from active service. For 14 years he had been pastor of the Presbyterian Church here.

The Rev. Mr. Ruch, one of the most beloved pastors to have resided here, was born Sept. 29, 1871 at the family homestead in Northumberland, a son of the late Henry F. and Sarah J. Ruch. He was educated in the Northumberland public school and was employed by VanAllen & Co., in a muckbar mill there for 10 years. He worked his way through college graduating from Bucknell University with the class of 1904, receiving an A.B. degree.

Mr. Ruch began his ministry in the early summer of 1891, serving as a guest or supply pastor until 1901. he was licensed to preach Jan. 30, 1892, and was ordained Sept. 4, 1901 at Northumberland, serving as a pastor at Ridgway, Pa., 1901-1904; Apollo, Pa., 1904-1904; Providence Church at North Sewickley, Pa., 1907-1911; Library, Pa., 1911-1917; Sharpsville, Pa., 1917-1921; Heilwood, Pa., 1921-1927; Osceola, 1927-1941.

The Rev. and Mrs. Ruch have four sons and one daughter, Paul E. Ruch, Clearfield, Pa.; Wallace H. Ruch, Fulton; Judson Ruch, York, Pa.; Walter Ruch, Philadelphia, and Mrs. William Nelson, Clearfield. The retired pastor is undecided where he will continue as a supply preacher.

MRS. MAUDE BOULIO, 65, of Knoxville, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1945. Survived by husband, Henry; daughter, Mrs. Reid Weidman of Rochester; two grandchildren, including Cpl. Reid Weidman in Germany. Funeral Sunday, 2:30 p. m. at Methodist Church in Knoxville. Rev. Engler of Corning assisted by Rev. Carl Vander Burg. Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville.

MRS. LILLIE BEARD, 73, of Farmington, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1945. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral Sunday, 2 p. m. at Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland. Peters Cemetery at Farmington.

JOHN L. SHEEN, 70, of Knoxville, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 15, 1945. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Emily Williams of Coshocton, Ohio, Mrs. Mary Chase of Knoxville; sons, Lewis of Knoxville, Donald of Elkland; five grandchildren. Funeral at home Monday, 2 p. m. Rev. Carl VanderBurg. Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville.


Knoxville – Word was received here of the death Sept. 17, 1943, of Harry J. Loucks of Rochester, N. Y., a former resident of Knoxville. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Blanche Matteson Loucks; two daughters, Miss Geraldine Loucks and Marjorie Jean Loucks, all of Rochester; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Des Grance; and a brother, Merle C. Loucks. The funeral was held at Rochester Monday afternoon and burial was at that place.


Knoxville – Orville M Coon, 83, died Monday afternoon, Apr. 3, 1944, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lulu Gilbert, with whom he had made his home. For 63 years he had resided in Knoxville. He worked for Edgcomb & Sons for some time and had been janitor of the school for a number of years. He was born near Addison and a life long member of the Methodist Church.

Three daughters, Mrs. Charles Houghtaling of Lawrenceville, Mrs. Lulu Gilbert of Knoxville, Mrs. Harold Church of Cowanesque; one son, William Coon of Bath, N. Y.; one brother of Freesoil, Mich.; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren survive, also a half sister, Mrs. Maud West of Tyrone, Pa. Funeral was held Thursday at the home of his daughter with the Rev. Leo J. Engler of the Corning Methodist Church officiating, assisted by the Rev. Carl VanderBerg. Burial in Riverside Cemetery. (dated Friday, Apr. 7, 1944)

MRS. HARRY FRENCH, 61, of Chemung, Sunday, Apr. 9, 1944, at a Waverly Hospital. Survived by husband; daughters, Mrs. George Green of Chemung, Mrs. Charles VanDusen of Elmira R. D. 2; son, Rodney of Chemung; four grandchildren; brothers, Maynard Pipher of Ulster, Horas Pipher of Waverly, Harry Pipher of Union Center, N. Y.; several nieces and nephews. The body is at Page Funeral home, Wellsburg, and was taken to the family home late Monday afternoon where a private prayer service will be held Wednesday, 1:30 p. m., funeral at Chemung Methodist Church at 2. Rev. E. D. VanDyke and Rev. Charles Townsend. Sheshequin, Pa., Cemetery.

EVERED VAN DUSEN – 58, Montour Falls. Thursday, Feb. 11, 1943. Survived by his wife; Roland and Charles, Chemung, sons; Helen at home, daughter; Devere, Mansfield, H. S. Van Dusen, Wilawana, brothers; three grandchildren. Funeral Sunday at 2:30 p. m. at the Montour Falls Methodist Church. Rev. Roy Smyres. Burial in Chemung.

ROBERT C. BAKER of Knoxville, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1942, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cowden Brass, after several months illness. He was born in Farmington Township, Aug. 30, 1868, the son of Aaron and Ann Casbeer Baker. On Sept. 11, 1888 he was united in marriage to Miss Phebe Bulkley of Osceola who died Jan. 13, 1941. Mr. Baker, until four years ago, had lived all his married life on a farm near Osceola. He was a member of the Osceola Presbyterian Church where he served as elder and was superintendent of the Sunday School for many years. He was also master of the Osceola Grange for a number of years. Besides Mrs. Brass, with whom he lived, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Dewitt T. Odle of Knoxville; a sister, Mrs. Guy Seamans of Lawrenceville; five grandchildren, Robert Brass of Cowanesque; Paul Brass of Rantoul, Il; Basil Odle of Fort Sill, Okla.; William Brass of Knoxville and Mrs. Wellington Colegrove of Butler Hill; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral at the Knoxville Baptist Church, Sunday at 2 p. m., following prayer service at the home. The Rev. A. H. Owens, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola.


Elkland – William G. Myers, 77, died at his home here Saturday evening, May 6, 1944, after a long illness. He was born July 14, 1867, at Calicoon, N. Y., the son of John and Harriet Haddon Myers. He served eight years as burgess of Elkland Borough, was an outside foreman of the Elkland Leather Co. Inc., for 25 years, was a member of the Osceola Masonic Lodge of Elkland and of the Coudersport Consistory.

He is survived by his wife, Chloe Costley Myers; a sister, Mrs. Esther Whitney of Geneseo, and three nieces. The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the family home on Buffalo St. The Rev. Mr. Nash of Salamanca officiated assisted by the Rev. Robert S. Cocks of Elkland. Masonic services were conducted in Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Westfield.

MRS. MAUDE CAMERON CROWL of Lawrenceville. A private funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 18, 1941, with the Rev. William Swales, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Pallbearers were Vaughan Carpenter and Rockwell Kuhl, Lawrenceville; James Hunt, Westfield; Clifford Cameron, Presho, and Charles Ackley and Maurice VanAlstin, Corning. Burial was in Lawrenceville Cemetery.

GALUSHA GROW CLOSE of Elkland. Funeral at 1 p. m. Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis Gleason, of Elkland, and at 2 at the Tompkins Methodist Church, the Rev. E. T. Rowe officiating. Burial in Lawrenceville Cemetery.

WAYNE W. PRICE of Knoxville, Thursday, Feb. 4, 1943, at Elmira. Survived by wife; son, Leonard Price; grandchildren, Donald, Dale, Deanna and Jerald Price of Knoxville; brothers, Hugh S. Price of Pittsburgh, Earl P. Price of Glen Ridge, N. J.; step-mother, Mrs. Lucy D. Price of Los Angeles, Calif. He was a member of Cowanesque Lodge

351, F&AM, Knoxville, and Coudersport Consistory. Funeral today at 2 p. m. at Griggs Funeral Home, Knoxville. The Rev. Dr. A. H. Owens, Baptist Church pastor, officiating, with Masonic committal at Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville.

MRS. DIANTHA AUDERKIRK HOOD, 82, of Farmington, Pa., died at her home Saturday afternoon, Sept. 27, 1942. She was the widow of Frank LaRue Hood. Mrs. Hood was born Oct. 24, 1860, at Farmington, the daughter of Charles and Ruby Coates Auderkirk. She was a member of the Methodist Church for more than 50 years. Survivors: Two daughters, Mrs. Frank Cook, Greenwood, and Mrs. J. T. Surina, Elkland; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, the Rev. E. T. Rowe officiating. Burial in the Highland Cemetery, Elkland.

MRS. IDA COLEGROVE BOOM of Keeneyville, Pa. Funeral Tuesday, 2:30 p. m. at the family home. Mrs. Boom died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1942. She leaves a son, Ehle, with whom she resided; a brother, Herman Colegrove of Knoxville, Pa.; a niece, Mrs. Joseph Hayden of Mansfield, and several nephews in Michigan. Mrs. Boom was the widow of Herman Boom. She was born in Farmington Twp., Pa., and for several years was prominent in the WCTU and Grange.


The Rev. Lillian Chapman officiated at the marriage of Miss Elaine Doan, and James Edward Farr Saturday, Mar. 21, 1942, at 11 a. m. in the Presbyterian manse in Big Flats.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn W. Doan of Knoxville, Pa., and Mr. Farr’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Farr of Big Flats.

Attended by Miss Ruth Casterline of Corning, the bride wore a powder blue dress with turf brown accessories. Her corsage was of red rosebuds. The maid of honor wore navy blue and red roses.

Leland Segur was best man.

A reception for the immediate families was held after the ceremony at the Doan home. After a short wedding trip the couple will live in Big Flats.

Prenuptial events honoring Mrs. Farr were given by Mrs. C. R. Backer, Mrs. D. W. Rossettie, and the gifts from the flare department of the Corning Glass Works where Mrs. Farr was employed before her marriage.


Knoxville – Mr. and Mrs. Knapp of Knoxville announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Martha Ann Knapp, to William Charles Norton, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Norton of Ithaca, N. Y. Miss Knapp is a graduate of Elkland High School class of 1939. She attended Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Va., and Mansfield State Teachers College.

Mr. Norton is a graduate of Ithaca High School, class of 1935, where he was a member of the Theta Xi Fraternity. He is employed as ordnance inspector for the War Department in Utica, Rome and Oneida, N. Y. No date has been set for the wedding.

COMFORTE C. STARR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Starr of 1018 McHenry St., was recently promoted to sergeant in the Army Air Force, Pampa, Tex. Sgt. Starr received his basic training at Keesler Field, Miss. Before entering the service in April, 1942, he was employed by the Pipe Welding and Supply Company, Elmira.

MRS. FLORA SANFORD, 81, formerly of Horseheads. Monday, May 5, 1947. Widow of Henry Sanford. Survived by sisters, Mrs. Bertha Howe of Corning, Mrs. Emma Cherry of Horseheads; several nieces and nephews. The body is at Barber Funeral Home, Horseheads, where funeral will be held Wednesday, 2:30 p. m. (EDT). Rev. Herbert Gordon and Rev. Earl Robertson. Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.

MRS. MYRTLE REYNOLDS, 74, of Elkland. Thursday, Mar. 24, 1949. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Ray Bliss of Addison RD; sister, Miss Eva Thornton of Elkland; niece, Mrs. Basil Tuller of Galeton. Funeral Sunday, 2 p. m. at the family home. Rev. Charles Carpenter.


Much beloved Elkland woman died Monday evening following brief heart attack. Funeral this afternoon.

Mrs. Elnora Brown, 85, widow of the late Adelbert D. Brown, one of Elkland’s oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at her home on Parkhurst St., Monday evening, January 29, 1934, following a brief heart attack.

Mrs. Brown who was a devout member of the Methodist Church, attended the morning service Sunday, although she was not feeling as well as usual. Her condition grew more acute resulting in her death as above stated.

Mrs. Brown was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Bost and was born at Osceola, March 4, 1849. On January 1, 1871, she was united in marriage to Adelbert D. Brown of Addison Hill and to this happy union five daughters were born. Mr. Brown died at the family home on Addison Hill in 1900 and three years later Mrs. Brown came to Elkland where she spent the remainder of her life.

Mrs. Brown was a most remarkable woman. She loved and enjoyed children and besides caring for her own family of five girls she raised a foster son, George Tomkins, who now resides at Addison. She was a true Christian and her kind, gracious manner won friendship and respect of everyone in the community, where she was held in high esteem and will be greatly missed.

Those left to mourn her loss are five daughters, Mrs. Cora J. Baxter, Mrs. Jessie A. Clark, Mrs. Adelia Brock, and Mrs. Josephine Smith of Elmira; Mrs. Elizabeth Whitby of Cleveland; foster son, George Tompkins of Addison; several grandchildren, Verna Baxter of Elmira; Genevieve Steinmacher of Newark, N. J., Winifred Smith of Elmira; Frances Ormsby, Buffalo; Sheldon Clark, Fredericka Brock, Madeline Smith, Elmira; one great granddaughter, Patricia Steinmacher of Newark, N. J.

The funeral will be held at the late home this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. A. W. Birk officiating and interment will be made in the family plot in the Woods Corners cemetery on Addison Hill.

GUY WILLARD SEAMANS, 57, died at his home in Lawrenceville, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1940, after an illness of several weeks. He was born in Farmington, Tioga County, Pa., June 30, 1883, son of George Seamans and Ida Sherman Seamans. He was married Dec. 21, 1904, to Lelia Baker, who survives with four sons and three daughters, Ralph, Robert E., and Guy Jr., of Lawrenceville and Waldo G. of Elkland, Pa.; Blanche, wife of Dorr Harvey, Clerice, wife of C. Earl Altman, and Miss Bessie Seamans, all of Lawrenceville; a brother, Harry Seamans of Butler Hill near Knoxville, Pa., two sisters, Mrs. Fred Slocum of Addison and Mrs. Walter Teachman of Osceola, Pa., and two grandchildren, Carolyn Seamans, and Allen Earl Altman, both of Lawrenceville. Mr. Seamans was a member of the Lawrenceville Methodist Church, Lawrenceville Lodge, IOOF and had been associated for 15 years with his nephew, Burgess Buell M. Baker, in the hardware business.

FORDYCE D. OWLETT, 57, died at 12:30 a. m. Monday, Dec. 8, 1941 at his home on Main St., Knoxville, after an extended illness. Mr. Owlett was born at Charleston, Pa., Feb. 17, 1884, the son of Andrew and Anna Bosard Owlett. For more than 30 years he had been a resident of Knoxville, where for a number of years he was clerk in the store of A. W. Lugg and Co. When he was taken ill last March he was chef at the Price Eat Shoppe. He had served as Justice of the Peace for a number of years and still held the office at the time of his death. Mr. Owlett was a member of the Knoxville Presbyterian Church for many years and was affiliated with Cowanesque Lodge, 271, IOOF. He was united in marriage to Miss Marie Perry of Knoxville, who died about 22 years ago. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Faye Whitney of Middleport, N. Y., and Mrs. Jessie Leonard of Nelson, Pa.; six brothers, John, Carleton, and Mark of Nelson, Charles of Knoxville, Burton of Towanda and Mac Owlett of Hemlock, Michigan; one aunt, Mrs. Amelia Bowman of Towanda; two uncles, Thomas Owlett of Ulysses, and Burt Owlett of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Arthur Stanton, assisted by the Rev. E. L. Whitaker of Knoxville, at the Griggs Funeral Home at a time to be announced. Burial in Riverside Cemetery with Masonic committal service.

T. C. WOOD, 61, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 8, 1942, as the result of a heart seizure at his home in Elkland. He was born at Addison, Nov. 16, 1881, a son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Wood and was graduated from the Addison High School. In his youth he moved to Elkland and later was graduated from an Elmira business school. He assisted his grandfather, Col. R. T. Wood, in the post office and then became manager of the Elkland Trading Co., later joining the Parkhurst Insurance Agency. He served nine years as postmaster, two years as peace justice and two years as tax collector. He was active in Masonry and a member of the Coudersport Consistory. He is survived by his wife; a son, Clark Wood; an aunt, Miss Virginia Wood, all of Elkland; a brother, George Wood, and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Collins, both of Washington. Funeral arrangements incomplete.

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