Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Brooks-Flick Post 49 American Legion
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Tri-County Genealogy & History Sites Home Page
How to Use This Site
Warning & Disclaimer
No Unauthorized Commercial Use
Troy Borough & Township Page
Tri-County World War One Page
Contact Joyce
Articles and Photos submitted by Site Guests
Your submissions welcome
Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008
Do You Know that you can search just the 700 pages of Military Records on the site by using the Military button in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page
Lawrence Dix Ballard’s Sudden Death Stuns Troy
(1933 penciled at top)Sent in by Don Stanton

Troy was immeasurably shocked and saddened this Thursday morning when Lawrence D. Ballard, prominent and popular young business man, for many years with the F. L. Ballard store, took his own life by shooting between 8 and 9. Last seen as he crossed from the Carpenter & Pierce Co. store but a short time before his act was discovered, he locked the Ballard store, went to a rear room and put a bullet through his head.  Henry C. Sherman and Rex Brown becoming suspicious that all was not well, got in touch with Mr. F. L. Ballard, who unlocked the store and Mr. Ballard, still alive was found.  He lived until about 12 without regaining consciousness.  He was a fine young man, whose death is mourned by a legion of friends in Western Bradford.
He has been in ill health for some time following two operations.
Son of the late Dix Ballard and Mrs. Ballard, who has made her home with him for the past few years.  Lawrence D. Ballard attended Troy High School, a veteran of the World War, a member and former Commander of Brooks-Flick Post, No. 49, American Legion, Trojan Lodge, No. 306, F. & A. M., and other organizations.
He was born on May 14th, 1895, in Troy Township, married Miss Mary McGee, who survives, together with one son, Robert, his aged mother, Mrs. Dix Ballard, and one brother, Harry S. Ballard, all of Troy.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete as we go to press.

Dec. 27, 1934
Sudden Death of Harold L. Jones Shocks Troy (Sent in by Don Stanton)

Troy friends of Harold L. Jones were immeasurably shocked and saddened last Sunday morning, December 23d, by news of his unexpected and untimely death, which occurred at 3:30.  One of the best workers and most active members in Brooks-Flick Post, No. 49, American Legion, he had been at the Legion rooms in the evening and had complained of indigestion when he arrived at his home on High Street.  His death, which came very suddenly, is thought to have been the result of typhoid fever from which he was seriously ill in the Spring.
He was 41 years on Oct. 19th last, a native of East Troy, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Grant Jones.  He began his business career here in the McGlenn, Smith & Company, Ltd. Clothing store.  He left Troy to enter the employ of the late George McGlenn in Elmira and, after service in the U. S. Army during the World War, he became connected with the passenger station of the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He left the Pennsylvania Railroad to enter the employ of the Grange National Bank and was assistant Cashier there when it was absorbed by the First National, where he was a valued employee at the time of his death.
Mr. Jones gave much of his time to Legion work.  He was Finance Officer or Treasurer at his death and had served in that capacity for many years.  Members of the Legion attended the funeral on Wednesday afternoon in a body and he was accorded the highest honors possible for a Legion member.  The Rev. L. F. Basford officiated and the Legion service was read at the burial in Glenwood.  His place in Troy and in the Legion will be hard indeed to fill.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Orcutt Jones, and the following brothers and sisters: Judson Jones, Elmira; Marion, Denver; Grant, Michigan; Robert, Michigan; Willard, East Troy; Miss Lena Jones, Denver; Mrs. E. A. Foster. Troy; Mrs. W. A. McDowell, Rochester, and Mrs. Louisa Hughes, Lowman, N. Y.

Warren Seeley
(1938 penciled at top) Sent in by Don Stanton

Aged 44 and a former Troy resident died Saturday, October 1st, in the U. S. Government Hospital, Hampton Roads, Va. Mr. Seeley was employed here for a time in the condensery and Mrs. Seeley, the former Emma Canfield, was a clerk in the Harry S. Mitchell furniture store. He was a foster son of the late James and Sarah Baxter Seeley, Elkland.  He served in the U. S. Army with the Pershing punitive expedition into Mexico and was gassed in the World War. While in Troy, he was a member of Brooks-Flick Post, No. 49, American Legion.  After leaving Troy, he operated a general store in Austinville for some time.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emma Canfield Seeley, whom he married Jan. 1, 1921: five children, Helen, Harold, Alice, Ann, and Richard; his mother and a sister, Mrs. Harry Williams, of Elkland.  Prayer service was held Wednesday at 3 p. m. at the Besley cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads.  The Rev. Charles N. Ouderkirk, Pastor of the Mansfield Methodist Church, officiated. Austin-Cox Post, American Legion of Mansfield had charge of the service at the grave.  Several local Legion members attended.

Death of L. Roe Smith Great Shock to Troy
(1931 penciled on bottom) Sent in by Don Stanton

Seldom has a death caused such widespread grief in Troy as that of L. Roe Smith, prominent young business man, which came with stunning suddenness in the Robert Packer hospital, Sayre, last Saturday, August 22d, at eleven o’clock, after an alarming illness of only five days. He submitted to an operation Tuesday night and failed to rally to recovery.  He was born at Lawrence Corners, Rutland Township, Tioga County, on October 3, 1893, oldest son of Merritt W. and Effie S. Smith, and spent his boyhood in Tioga County and Troy. He attended the local schools and was graduated from the Bowman Technical School in Watchmaking and engraving at Lancaster Penna.  He was employed in the F. L. Ballard store until his enlistment in the United States Army on June 9th, 1917, being one of the very first of the local young men to answer the call to the colors made urgent by the entry of his country into the World War. He was sent overseas on March 6th, 1918 and returned on August 10th, 1919, seeing active service in the Anould Sector from July 12th to August 22, in the St. Mihiel offensive from September 12 to 17th and in the Argonne offensive from October 5th to November 11th, 1918. After his discharge from the service at Camp Dix, New Jersey, on August 18th, 1919, he was for some time employed in the Bally jewelry store, Elmira, returning to Troy to form the firm of Smith Brothers in 1920, a connection that existed until his untimely death. He married Marcella Manley Goyette, of Canton, on January 1st, 1927. She survives him together with his parents and three brothers, M. Lee Smith, Troy; Dr. G. Leslie Smith, Troy; and Dr. Wilson N. Smith, Towanda. He was a member of Trojan Lodge, No. 306, F. & A. M., Troy Royal Arch Chapter, No. 261, and the Corey Creek Golf Club, Mansfield. He was an enthusiastic golfer and admirer of many sports and had a most unusual understanding of animals, being able to attract and hold the affection of many pets. That he was very popular with his fellows in attested by the very wonderful floral tribute paid his memory and the funeral, one of the largest of recent years in Troy.  The Rev. L. F. Basford officiated, assisted by the Rev. Waldo Manley, of Washington, a brother of Mrs. Smith.  Burial was in the family plot in Glenwood cemetery.

Space Reserved for your submission. Please tell me when you send it that it is intended for this page or it may end up in the regular obit clippings section.
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 12/05/2003
By Joyce M. Tice

You are the  visitor since the counter was installed on 05 DEC 2003