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Brookside Cemetery, Gaines Township, Tioga County PA

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Brookside Cemetery Listing 1968
Brookside Cemetery Listing 2008

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.  All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.


Wellsboro Gazette, Tioga, PA - Thur., October 17, 1946, Pg 3

Douglas Campbell, 80, of Gaines, died at the Blossburg State Hospital last Saturday [10/12/1946].  He is survived by his wife, Alice Campbell, a daughter, Miss Della Campbell and a sister (niece, not sister), Mrs. Lena Kohler, all of Gaines.  The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 139 Main Street, burial in the Rexford Cemetery.   

Wellsboro Gazette -  25 Nov 2003, p. 6
Anna Mae Kjelgaard, 77, of Mansfield, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at home. Born Feb. 24, 1926 in Watrous, she was the daughter of Asa and Deborah Head Dunmore. She was a member of the Mansfield Firemen's Auxiliary, the Garden Club, and formerly a member of the Lady Gaines Rebekah Lodge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Alfred Kjelgaard, Jr. Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Alfred; a son and daughter-in-law, Clifton and Linda Kjelgaard of North Bend, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and William Mead of Westfield; brother and sister-in-law, Hyla and Reva Dunmore of Jamestown, N.Y.; sister, Clara Wood of Elmira, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Kristin [Mark] Burdick of Westfield and Jillian Mead of Bloomsburg. There were no calling hours. Services were held Monday, Nov. 24 at the Gary Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield, with Rev. Dale Dunmore officiating. Burial was made in Brookside Cemetery, Gaines. Memorial contributions may be made to the Laurel Home Health/Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.

LARRISON, Mrs. Orall Z., Age 77, RD Gaines, Penna., Thursday, June 15, 1973, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements by Collins Funeral Home, Galeton incomplete. She is survived by son, Jack Larrison of Gaines, RD, Penna.; daughter Mrs. Marjorie Cannon of LaPorte, Conn.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. She was the widow of Donald Larrison who died April 5, 1972. Flowers are gratefully declined.

Wellsboro Gazette – August 13, 1903
Death of Mrs. CatherineRexford.
Gaines, August 12 – Mrs. Catherine Rexford, widow of the late David died last week Monday, in the 84th year of her age. She had been gradually failing for some time; being affected with heart trouble and a severe cough for several weeks prior to her death.  Mrs. Rexford was born in Gaines township, May 22, 1820 and was a daughter of Josiah and Samantha Furman. She had always lived in Gaines and was well, and favorably known throughout this section of the county.  She was married Aug. 27, 1843, and was the mother of ten children, six of whom survive her, as follows: Delos, William, Jessie, Charles and Mrs. William Larrison, all of this township, and Mrs. R. C. Kelts, of Wellsboro.  The deceased was an extremely kind and loving old lady and her death is greatly regretted by all who knew her.  Funeral services were held last Wednesday and were very largely attended.  Rev. Charles Emery officiated and during his discourse he paid a glowing tribute to the memory and worth of the deceased.

FURMAN William Dallas
Wellsboro Gazette, Tioga, PA - Thur., Aug. 28, 1924, Pg 5
William Dallas Furman, aged 71 years, died Saturday night [8/23/1924] at his home in Gaines.  He was born in Gaines Township, May 9, 1853, a son of William and Mary Bump Furman.  The funeral was held Tuesday from the late home and interment was in Rexford Cemetery.



Wellsboro Gazette – Thursday, February 27, 1964

Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Howland of Gaines, were held at the Brown Funeral Home in Galeton at 2 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Keith Dewey officiated and burial was in Brookside Cemetery.  Mrs. Howland, who died February 18, was a member of Lady Gaines Rebekah Lodge and the Methodist Church in Gaines.



Wellsboro Agitator – December 15, 1955

Mrs. Ila Griffin Howland, 51, of Games, R. D., Pa., died December 9, 1955. She was a teacher in the Gaines and Hornell schools and also the Piermont-on-the-Hudson school. Survived by husband, C. Gaddis Howland, and son, Eddy, both at home, daughter, Mrs. Paul Rexford, and granddaughter, Catherine Joan Rexford, both of Wellsboro; brother, Kenenth E. Griffin of Sabinsville, Pa. Funeral services were held at the Gaines Methodist Church Sunday with her pastor, the Rev. Charles James, officiating. Interment was made in Brookside Cemetery in Gaines Township, Tioga County, with Rebekah committal service.


HASTINGS –RUTH ANN BOYD age 66 of Plant City, Fla., formerly of Wellsboro, Pa. and Elmira, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1964.  She was a member of the Wellsboro Methodist Church and a former employee of Corning Glass, Wellsboro.  Survived by son, Edward of Plant City, Fla.; daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Ainsley of Lake Wells, Fla.; sisters, Mrs. Ruby Leas of Patchogue, L.I., Mrs. Lena Saunders and Mrs. Eva Masker, both of Elmira, Miss Martha Hastings of Wellsboro; brothers, Rex Hastings of Wellsboro RD 2, Melvin Hastings of Henderson, Nev.; two grandchildren.  Body at the Kuhl Funeral Home, Wellsboro.  Calling hours Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Saturday at 1:330 p.m., the Rev. Erwin Bennett.  Brookside Cemetery, Gaines, Pa.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/9/1964


HOWLAND Charles Gaddis

Wellsboro Gazette – October 23, 1985

Gaddis C. Howland, age 77, of Gaines, died on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1985, at the Green Home in Wellsboro. He was born Sept. 7, 1908 in Gaines, the son of Dr. Harry and Helen Gaddis Howland. He was a retired superintendent of highways for the Pa. Department of Transportation. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Paul Rexford of Gaines; son, Eddy  Howland of Selinsgrove; three grandchildren, Catherine Bush, Christopher Rexford, Carl Ann Hanes; five great-granddaughters; one sister, Mrs. Erma Dibble of Westfield; sister-in-law, Mrs. Norma Howland of Tioga. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ha, in 1955; his second wife, Elizabeth, in 1983. The family will receive friends at the family home in Gaines on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Private interment, Brookside Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one's choice.  Arrangements by the Brown Funeral Home at Galeton.


HOWLAND Dr. Harry W.

Corning Evening Leader -  Thursday, August 2, 1945

Dr. Harry Howland, Surgeon Of CGW Branch, Succumbs

GALETON. Pa—Dr. Harry W. Howland. 66, surgeon of the Wellsboro branch of the Corning Glass Works, died at Gaines, Pa., this morning at 7:45 after having been seriously ill for one week. He is a native of Academy Corners and was graduated from the University of Maryland in 1903. In 1904 he went to Gaines where he had since resided. He was a prominent man having held executive offices and membership in various organizations. He was president of the Gaines School Board, previously a member of it for 30 years, a member of the Galeton Motor Club for 21 years; the Coudersport Consistory; Loyal Order of the Galeton Moose Lodge; Tiadaghton IOOF and the Gaines Methodist Church. Dr. Howland was surgeon for the Baltimore and Ohio and the New York Central Railroads and of two Civilian Conservation Camps; one in Potter County and the other in Lyman Run. He was also the former captain of the 103rd Medical Regiment of the Pennsylvania Guard and received his discharge at the outbreak of the present war. He is survived by his wife, Helen Gaddis Howland, two sons, Winfield and Gaddis and four grandchildren, all residents of Gaines.  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at his home at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Frank White, Gaines, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Rexford Cemetery with Masonic services and possible military escort.


Wellsboro Agitator – December 14, 1938
Rixford Curtis Kelts died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Arthur J Feiro, at Galeton, Dec. 5.  He was born March 24, 1855 at Westfield, son of Jacob and Ann Turner Kelts, and for many years made his home in that place.  In 1880 he entered the employ of the Horton-Cary Tanning Company and conducted their general store in Westfield for 13 years, and was then transferred to Sheffield as manager of the company store there.  About 43 years ago Mr. Kelts returned to Tioga County and conducted a grocery and shoe store in Wellsboro for several years and served as Tioga County Auditor for several terms.  In 1883 Mr. Kelts married Miss Anna Rexford, of Rexford.  Mrs. Kelts died in May, 1931, and since that time Mr. Kelts made his home in Galeton with Mr. and Mrs. Feiro.  He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Nettie Manley, of White Plains, N. Y., and several nieces and nephews.

Wellsboro Gazette - Wednesday, 3 May 2000, p. 6
Alfred E. Kjelgaard Jr., 45, of Moosic died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Mercy Hospital, Scranton. Born March 23, 1955, in Wellsboro, he was the son of Alfred and Anna Mae Dunmore Kjelgaard. Surviving besides his parents of Mansfield are one brother, Clifton Kjelgaard of North Bend, Wash.; one sister, Deborah Mead of Westfield; two nieces and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 29, at the Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield, with the Rev. Clive Ollies officiating. Burial was made at Brookside Cemetery, Gaines.

Wellsboro Gazette – October 24, 1974
Mrs. Nellie M. Rexford, 94, of RD 4, Wellsboro died Monday, October 21, 1974 in the Hash Convalescent Home.  She was born February 1, 1880 in Asaph, the daughter of William and Elsa Crowl Kreisler. Mrs. Rexford was a member of the Gaines Methodist Church, Rebekah Lodge of Gaines, Thimble Club and Gaines Republican Women.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Whipple of Gaines; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Loretto Rexford of Buffalo, New York; seven grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  The funeral was held Wednesday, October 23, 1974 at 2 p.m. in the Gaines Methodist Church with The Reverend William Lusk and The Reverend Charles Graham officiating. Burial was in Brookside Cemetery, RD, Gaines.

LARRISON, Donald R., age 78 of Gaines died on Wednesday, April 5th at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.  Private funeral services were held at the Collins Funeral Home at Galeton on Friday evening with the Rev. Donald Austin officiating. Burial was in the Brookside Cemetery. Besides his wife, Orall, he is survived by a son Jack Larrison of Gaines; a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Cannon of Southport, Conn.; sisters, Mrs. Lulu Haner and Mrs. Ethel Yahn, both of Galeton; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Larrison was a member of the Methodist Church and a retired B & O Railroad Station master. (Hand written on this is 1972)ef.

Wellsboro Gazette – October 24, 1935
Miss Edith Larrison
Galeton—Funeral services for Edith V. Larrison, who died last Wednesday, were held here Saturday afternoon.  Born a daughter of William H. Larrison and the late Delia Rexford Larrison in Gaines, Miss Larrison had resided in Galeton since 1916.  The immediate survivors are her father, William H. Larrison, with whom she had always made her home; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur L. Ferio and Mrs. Erwin Yahn, both of Galeton; two brothers, Lee Larrison of Geneva, N. Y., and Don Larrison of the Log Cabin at Rexford, also several nieces and nephews.

Edith Vivian Larrison.
Miss Edith V. Larrison died Oct. 16, at the home of her sister, Mrs.Arthur L. Feiro, in Galeton. She was born at Gaines, daughter of William H, and Delia Rexford Larrison.  In 1916 she removed to Galeton with her parents.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and Sunday School and the Galeton Chapter, No. 53, Order of Eastern Star.  She is survived by her father, two sisters, Mrs. A. L. Fiero and Mrs. Erwin Yahn, of Galeton, and two brothers, Lee Larrison, of Geneva, and Don Larrison, of Rexford, and several nieces and nephews.

Wellsboro Gazette – December 3, 1936
William H. Larrison
Galeton—William H Larrison, 76, died Saturday at the home of his daughter Mrs. A L Feiro in this place.  Mr Larrison is survived by the following children Mrs. A L Feiro, Mrs. Erwin Yahn of Galeton, Lee Larrison, of Geneva, Don Larrison, of Gaines. A daughter, Edith, died in October, 1935.  Relatives and friends who attended the funeral included Lee Larrison and sons, Mrs. Lester Schanbacher, of Geneva, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rexford, George Rexford, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cole of Sabinsville, Mr. and Mrs. Don Larrison, Mrs. Charles Rexford of Rexford, Mrs. Emma Etner and son Morrell and Mrs. Mary Etner of Wellsboro.

FREDERICK A. LEIPOLD age 62 of Rochester, N.Y., formerly of Gaines, Pa. on Wednesday, March 23, 1977.  Friends may call at Collins Funeral home, Galeton Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral and committal there on Saturday 2 p.m. Rev. Larry Lutz.  Burial Brookside Cemetery.  Survived by his wife, Charlotte Rukgober Leipold; one son, Frederick; daughters, Karen and Debra Leipold, all of Rochester; brother, John Leipold of Corning; sister, Mrs. Ruth Hoffman of Westfield, Pa.; several nieces and nephews.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Fairport, N.Y.; member of Pennfield Union Masonic Lodge and Galeton Loyal Order of Moose and was an employee of Voplex Corp., Rochester.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/24/1977

Wellsboro Gazette – December 31, 1986
Virginia Losey, age 61 of 144 Walnut Street, Westfield died on Monday, Dec. 29,1986 at her home.  She was born Sept. 23, 1925 in Galeton, the daughter of Howard and Jessie Stafford Locey.  She was retired Post Master of the Westfield Post Office with 30 years of service. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church at Westfield. She is survived by her mother, Jessie Stocum, a resident of the VanZile Nursing Home, Cowanesque; brother, Harry W. Stafford of Caldonia, MI; half brother, Carl Stocum of Gibsonton, FL; very close friends, Bill and Betty Atwell of Westfield, and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, in Wellsboro with the Rev. Peter Harer officiating. Burial in the Brookside Cemetery at Gaines.

Wellsboro Agitator – February 1, 1939
John M. Lynch, aged 61 years died January 24, after a short illness.  He was born at Osceola, July 20, 1877, son of John and Anna Dailey Lynch.  During most of his life he resided in Pennsylvania but removed to Corning several years ago, where he had once been an employee of the Corning Glass Works.  Mrs. Lynch died six years ago.  He leaves two brothers, William Lynch, of Mills, Pa.; David Lynch, of Norwalk, Conn.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Stafford, of Wellsboro, and Mrs. Charles W. Gerber of Elmira; several nieces and nephews; burial Saturday at Rexford.

Wellsboro Agitator – May 10, 1939
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Ann Lynch Stafford, aged 68 years, who died at her home at Catlin Hollow, May 1, was held Thursday; burial at Rexford.  Mrs. Stafford was born in Lawrenceville, daughter of the late John and Ann Lynch. She was married to the late Frank Stafford, at Lawrenceville.  After their marriage they lived at Rexford Crossing until 12 years ago, when they removed to Catlin Hollow.  Mrs. Stafford was a member of the Catlin Hollow M. E. church and of the Grange. She was a Gold Star Mother.  She was twice married, her first husband being Jesse Rexford, who was killed June 15, 1905. In April, 1907, she was married to Frank Stafford, of Westfield.  Surviving are four daughters,  Mrs. Leonard Reese, of Wellsboro, R. D. S; Mrs. Robert Gillilan, of Galeton;  Mrs. John Page, of Corning, and Mrs. Jessie Locey. of Catlin Hollow; two sons, Winfred Rexford and Carlton Stafford, of Corning: one sister, Mrs. Clara Gerber, of Elmira; and two brothers, Daniel Lynch, of Norwalk, Conn., and William Lynch, of Coudersport; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Wellsboro Agitator – December 19, 1928
Death of Mrs. Sarah J. Cook
Mrs. Sarah Jane Cook, aged 62 years, of Elmira Heights, died unexpectedly at 4:30 o’clock Wednesday morning, December 12, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Helen Page, in Corning.  She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Dwight Watson, of Elmira; a son, Frank Cook, of Elmira Heights; her father, John Lynch, of Wellsboro; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Derber, of Elmira, and Mrs. Mary Stafford, of Wellsboro; three brothers, John Lynch, Jr. of Corning; William Lynch, of Wellsboro, and Daniel Lynch, of Newark, Conn.

Wellsboro Agitator – May 13, 1931
Mrs. R. C. Kelts
Mrs. Anna Irene Rexford Kelts, aged 74 years, wife of Rixford C. Kelts, died at one o’clock Saturday morning, May 9, 1931, at her home, 10 Morris Lane, in Wellsboro, after a long illness.  She was born Sep. 3, 1856, in Gaines township, Tioga County PA., daughter of David and Catherine Furman Rexford.  She was a member of Wellsboro Chapter, D. A. R., and the Methodist Episcopal church and was beloved by all who knew her.  She is survived by her husband, one brother, Charles Rexford, of Gaines, and by several nieces and nephews.  The funeral was held yesterday afternoon, Rev. D. W. Howell officiating; interment in the Rexford cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator - March 13, 1940
Charles L. Rexford, aged 73 years, died at his home at Rexford Crossing March 5.  He spent his life at Rexford.  He was a son of David and Katherine Rexford and in early life was engaged in the lumber business.  For 20 years he was connected with the State Highway Department, retiring five years ago.  He was born at Rexford Crossing, known at that time as Furmantown, April 30, 1866.  He had been in failing health for four years, but became seriously ill Jan. 25 this year.  He was the youngest son of the late David and Catherine Rexford.   Feb. 2, 1898, he married Miss Nellie Kreisler, of Asaph.  To them were born two children, Clare, of Rexford Crossing, and Marion, deceased.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nellie Kreisler Rexford; a son, Clare, an adopted daughter, Ruth, and six grandchildren.  Burial at Rexford.

Wellsboro Gazette – January 19, 1899
Death of David Rexford
David Rexford, one of the oldest and best known residents of Gaines died at his home in that township last week, Wednesday morning, in the 79th year of his age.  Mr. Rexford had been in feeble health for the past few years and had been gradually growing worse for sometime.  A few weeks ago he was stricken with the grip and owing to his weak condition he soon succumbed to the ravages of the disease.  Mr. Rexford was born in Cincinnatus, Cortland county, N.Y., July 10, 1820.  He was reared in his native county and in 1839 came to this county and engaged in lumbering in Shippen township, which he followed there about sixteen years.  In 1855 he purchased 900 acres of land in Gaines township, located upon it, and continued his lumber operations up to 1890, when he sold his mill and retired from active business.  Mr. Rexford was married August 27, 18?5 to Catherine A. Furman, of Gaines.  Ten children were born to this union, six of whom and the aged wife survive the deceased as follows:  Mrs. R. C. Kelts, of Wellsboro; Mrs. W. H. Larrison and Delos, William, Charles and Jesse of Gaines.  Uncle David Rexford, as he was familiarly known, was an honorable and upright citizen and was held in high esteem and greatly…He was a stanch Democrat, never wavered from the Jacksonian principles of the party and held every township office in Gaines except justice of the peace.  He was a member of … Lodge of Gaines.  The funeral was held on Saturday from the family residence and was very largely attended.

Wellsboro Agitator – February 12, 1919
Mrs. W. H. Larrison died at her home in Galeton January 31, after a brief   illness. Delia M. Rexford was born March 10, 1859, at Rexford, Pa. daughter of David and Catherine Rexford. On April 27, 1882, she was married to Wm. H. Larrison and to them were born five children, Lee of Geneva, N. Y.; Donald R., of Gaines; Mrs. A. L. Feiro and Mrs. Erwin Yahn, of  Galeton, and Edith, at home.  She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. R. C. Kelts, of Wellsboro, and two brothers, William and Charles, of Rexford.  Galeton Leader-Dispatch.


Wellsboro Agitator – June 23, 1909
Sketch of the Life of a Good Man
Written by a Friend.
Delos D. Rexford was born Nov.  9, 1844, in Shippen township, Tioga County PA., and died at his home in Gaines township on June 13, 1909, of heart disease and brain trouble, the latter the result of a fall almost forty years ago.  He was the eldest of nine children born to David and Catherine Rexford, both deceased many years.  Two brothers, William, living alone in the old homestead, and Charles, living nearby, who has a family, survive him; also two sisters, Mrs. R. C. Kelts, of Wellsboro, and Mrs. William Larrison, of Gaines.  He married Miss Emma Seagers forty-two years ago.  To them were born seven children, five still living – Mrs. Rupert Jones, of Elmira; Mrs. Fred Haner, of Raton, New Mexico; Mrs. Charles Lewis, of Tioga; Mrs. Wylie Henry, of Jersey Shore, and Lee Rexford, of Gaines township.  He has lived his life in what was many years ago a little hamlet known as Furmantown.  Now the B. & S. R. R. has a flag station at that point called Rexford.  A sturdy family they were, and lived a hardy, healthy life, those early settlers – working through the winters in the woods well versed in all that made a lumberman successful.  Going “down the river” or on the “drive” in spring and farming the not very productive soil through the summer, their recreation hunting the fleet footed deer, or fishing for the “speckled beauties” in the sparkling waters of Pine creek and its tributaries.  He was a loving husband and father, a kind and generous neighbor, always ready to do a favor, hospitable, ever. The very largely attended funeral on June 25, at his home at two o'clock, testified to the esteem that was felt for him, both by neighbors, and many relatives and friends from a distance.  Rev. Mr. Howard, of Gaines, talked "With much feeling from these words found in Rev. 14-13, "Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord." The deceased united with the M E. church" at Gaines, since Ret. Mr. Howard became its pastor.  His children, with the exception of Mrs. Haner, were there with their families, likewise the families of his brothers and sisters.  Among the many relatives and friends from a distance were:  Mr. Charles Gee and Mrs. Montague, of Sabinsville, Mr. Marcene Benn and Mr. William Seagers of Westfield; Mr. Charles Rexford, of Galeton; William; Charles and Lanice Hiltbold and Hampton Furman of Wellsboro, Mrs. F. A. Henry and Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Jackson of Jersey Shore.  Nearly all the people who attended the funeral followed to the cemetery on a high plot of ground in sight, and itself a part of the beautiful scenery, that as boy and man he loved, I think, far better than the younger generation love the haunts of childhood.  There in the glory of a perfect June day they left him among banks of ferns and flowers prepared by loving hands, with the comforting assurance that all was well with him.   A Friend.

Wellsboro Gazette – June 22, 1905

Jesse J. Rexford, a well-known farmer residing on the Pine Creek road about three miles this side of Gaines, was instantly killed last Thursday morning about 11 o’clock while working in the woods on the Asaph run, where he had a job with his brother, Delos, of building bridges for the Asaph Run railroad.  Charles, another brother of Mr. Rexford, and Leon, a son of Delos Rexford, were also at work on the job.  Mr. Rexford was engaged in felling a tree and was assisted in the work by his brother Delos, when he met his death.  The tree was partially cut in two when it suddenly split up from the stump and came down with a terrible crash, striking Mr. Rexford on the head, crushing his skull and killing him instantly.  Both men ran when the tree began to fall and Mr. Rexford would probably have escaped injury if he had not stumbled and fell in the path of the tree.  The remains were carried by the woodsmen to the railroad, a distance of nearly a mile, and placed on a hand car and taken to Asaph.  From there the body was taken by wagon to the home of the unfortunate man.  Mr. Rexford was 58 years of age and was the son of the late David Rexford, one of the pioneers of Gaines township.  He was born in that township and had always lived there.  He was a hardworking and industrious farmer and being possessed of many admirable traits of character he gained the friendship of all with whom he came in contact.  Besides his wife, he is survived by six small children, the oldest 13 and the youngest 2 years of age.  He is also survived by three brothers, and two sisters:  Delos, William and Charles Rexford of Gaines; Mrs. William Larrison, of Gaines, and Mrs. R. C. Kelts, of Wellsboro.  Funeral services were held from the house on Saturday afternoon and were very largely attended.  Rev. Compton, of Ansonia, officiated.



Marian, the twelve year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Rexford, of Manhatton, Gaines township, died Friday of influenza.  Her mother is very seriously ill with the same disease.  Her brother Claire is also afflicted with it.  The nurse caring for them was also seized and obliged to leave.  For one of so few years Marian had made a marked impression on the neighborhood where she lived.  A general favorite at school extremely comely of appearance and gracious of manner, she attracted both young and old by here sympathy and understanding.  She was popularly known as “The Light of the Community” because she spread sunshine all along the way.  No more beautiful or appropriate name could have been then the one universally bestowed upon her.  To have been a light bearer to this world there is no higher vocation.  In her untimely death deep sympathy is expressed for her bereaved family. Wellsboro Agitator 1 Jan 1919


REXFORD –RUTH M. WHIPPLE age 82 died Thursday, July 15, 1999 in the Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro, PA.  Born May 21, 1917 in Jasper, NY she was the daughter of Charles and Nellie Kreisler Rexford.  Mrs. Whipple was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident.  She was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, the Galeton VFW Auxiliary and a charter member of the Gaines Thimble Club.  She was married for over 50 years to Wesley F. Whipple, who predeceased her in 1992.  She and her husband provided a loving home for 37 foster children.  Surviving are a son, John (Lisa) Whipple of Gaines; two grandsons, Kristopher Whipple and Justin Whipple; a brother, Lee Bly of Horseheads, NY and several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call Saturday, July 17th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Collins-Olney Funeral home, Galeton, PA.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines, PA the Rev. William R. Lusk will officiate.  Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Gaines Township.  Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.  –Elmira Star Gazette

Wellsboro Gazette - January 15, 1970
Funeral services were held Friday January 9, 197O for William Clare Rexford, 67, of Wellsboro, who died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1970, in the Blossburg State Hospital.  Mr. Rexford was a retired employee the Bell Aircraft Corp., Buffalo, N.Y. Surviving are his wife, Loretta; five sons, William, North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Robert, Tonawanda, N.Y.; Paul, Gaines; David, Hartford, Conn., and Lt. Col. John, Ft. Benning Ga.;  three daughters, Mrs. Patricia Anderson, Farmington, Minn.; Miss Constance, also of Tonawanda; and Mrs. Ruth Whipple also of Gaines; his mother, Mrs. Nellie Rexford, Wellsboro RD 4; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  The funeral was held Friday at the Gaines United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Brookside Cemetery,  Gaines. The Rev. William Lush officiated. Brown's Funeral Home in Galeton were in charge of arrangements.

Wellsboro Agitator – May 7, 1930
William Rexford, aged 78 years, son of the pioneer lumberman, David Rexford, died at his home at Rexford Crossing, Saturday.  Surviving are his sister, Mrs. R. C. Kelts, of Wellsboro, and one brother, Charles Rcxford of Rexford Crossing.  Mr.  Rexford, who had been ill for some time, owned a number of camp sites at Rexford Crossing, along the Roosevelt Highway.  He was known and highly esteemed.  The funeral was held yesterday afternoon; burial in the Rexford cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator – November 9, 1932
Mrs. Emma S. Rexford.
Mrs. Emma S. Rexford, aged 84 years, died Thursday morning at Westfield. She is survived by one son, Leon J., of Westfield; three daughters, Mrs. Floyd Haner, of West Moreland, Calif.; Mrs. Wyte Henry, of Avis, and Mrs….

Wellsboro Agitator – July 24, 1912
Frank Stafford died July 3rd.  He had been a long sufferer.  He is surrounded by his wife, three children and two brothers, John Stafford with whom he resided, and Chas. Stafford.


Wellsboro Gazette – November 8, 1989
Jessie E. Stocum, 81, of the Broad Acres Nursing Home, died Tuesday, Nov. 7,1989 at the nursing home.  Born on Oct. 10, 1908 in Gaines, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary Lynch Stafford.  She was a retired employee with Corning Glass Works, the former Wellsboro division.  Preceding her in death was her husband, Glenn Stocum, in 1971.  Surviving are two sons, Harry Stafford, of Caledonia, Mich, and Carl Stocum, of Gibsonton, Fla.; sister, Mrs. Ruth Reese, of Wellsboro; two sister-in-laws, Mrs. Allie Rexford, of Painted Post, N.Y, and Mrs. Maxine Deneen, of Davidson, Mich.; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St.,Wellsboro on Friday, Nov. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m;.  Burial will be made at the Brookside Cemetery in Gaines Township.


STEADMAN –ELLEN G. GRAVES, 73 of Stevenson St., Westfield, pa. passed away July 25, 2014 at the Gate House, Williamsport, Pa. She was born Feb. 19, 1941 in Blossburg, Pa. the daughter of Leonard and Myrtle Gill Steadman. She was a homemaker,worked mowing lawns for 14 years, enjoyed baking wedding and birthday cakes and graduated from beauty school in Elmira, NY. She is survived by: Her husband, Francis, son, Jeffrey (Linda) Graves, Watsontown, Pa., daughters, Darlene Oakes, Watsontown, Pa., Donna (Roy) Love, Watsontown, Pa. daughter in law,Crystal Graves, Watsontown, Pa. 8 grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many special friends which she adored and they adored her. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, Pa. Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. where funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm. Rev. Lowell Watkins, offc. Burial will be in Brookfield Cemetery, Westfield, Pa. –Kenyon Funeral Home Record 7/26/2014


STEVENS Elizabeth

Wellsboro Gazette – August 3, 1983

Elizabeth S Heary Howland, age 70, of Gaines, died on Friday, July 29, 1983, at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. She was born Nov 2, 1912, in Potter Brook, to Arch and Annise Aldrich Stevens.  She was a registered nurse at the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira. N.Y.  She is survived by her husband, Charles Gaddis of Gaines; son, Richard Heary of Spokane. Washington; stepdaughter, Mrs. Joan Howland Rexford of Gaines; stepson, Eddy G. Howland of Selinsgrove, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  Interment at the Brookside Cemetery at Rexford at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements by the Brown Funeral Home at Galeton.  Friends may contribute to their favorite charity in her memory.



Wellsboro Gazette - October 21, 1971

Glenn L. Stocum, 71, of Crooked Creek RD 1, a retired employee of the L. G. Miles Lumber Co., died Tuesday, October 12, 1971, in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. Mr. Stocum was born September 17, 1900, in Galeton, a son of Otis and Emma Havens Stocum. Surviving are his wife, Jessie Stafford Stocum; a son, Carlton, Land of Lakes, Fla.; a stepson, Harry Stafford, Caledonia, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Losey, Westfield; two brothers, Gerald, Galeton, and Basil, Ypsilanti, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Norma Leighton, also of Ypsilanti, and two grandchildren. The funeral was held Friday at Tussey's, 139 Main Street. Burial was in the Brookside Cemetery, Gaines RD. The Rev. Robert Reese and the Rev. George Niles officiated.


 Lewis J. Whipple, 79, of Gaines, Pa. died Monday, March 18, at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.  He was born August 22, 1894 in Carlyon, New York to George and Alice Ford Whipple. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Elsie G. Clark, Syracuse, NY and Mrs. N. Carolyn Hazelton of RD 2, Wellsboro; three sons, Wesley F. Whipple of Gaines, Arnold L. Whipple, RD 3, Wellsboro and Lynn R. Whipple RD 4, Wellsboro; 4 granddaughters, 3 grandsons and one great grandson and several nieces and nephews.  Mr. Whipple was a member of the Galeton Baptist Church, Galeton AARP, the Order of Railroad Telegraphers and the Pine Creek Sportsman Club.  He was also a general delegate for the regular Baptist churches.  He taught Sunday School for 18 years.  He was retired from the New York Central Railroad in December, 1964. He was proceeded in death by his wife in April 1973 and one son Irving in WW II. The funeral was held at 2:00 pm Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Galeton.  Pastor William Pifer and Rev. Howard Duell officiated.  Burial was at the Brookside Cemetery in Gaines.


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