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Fairview Cemetery, Osceola Township, Tioga County PA

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.

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Fairview Cemetery Listing 1970s

  Fairview / Osceola Cemetery 2010

Austin - Mrs. Ida Bollen, 80, of Vestal.  Survived by daughters.  Mrs. Bert Kline of Nelson, Mrs. Edith Prutsman of Troupsburg, Mrs. Russell Baker of Vestal; sons, Walter of Osceola, Erwin of Painted Post, Ernest of Penn Yan, Ronald of Vestal, Virl of Troupsburg; brothers D. H. Austin of Troupsburg, H. G. Austin of Canisteo; sister Mrs. Amy Stewart of Troupsburg.  Funeral at the J. R. Allen Funeral Home, Vestal. Today at 11.   Prayer service at the cemetery for the immediate family at 2:30.  Fairview Cemetery, Osceola.

Mr. O. P. Babcock, of Elkland aged 82 years died Wednesday, Jan. 11th.  Funeral services were held Saturday, Rev. Max C. Putney officiated.  Internment in Fairview Cemetery at Osceola.

Wellsboro Agitator – January 18, 1922
O. P. Babcock died at his home on Main Street Wednesday morning.  The funeral was held Saturday afternoon, Rev. Max C. Putney officiating.  Mr. Babcock spent his whole life of 82 years in Elkland and vicinity.  He leaves besides his widow and two sons, a host of friends to mourn his loss.   He was buried in the family plot at Osceola.

Wellsboro Agitator – January 25, 1925
The Late O. P. Babcock.
Oliver Perry Babcock was born in i Farmington township, Tioga county,  Pa., February 7. 1840, the second son of Samuel Perry and Mary Ann Canniff Babcock. He was reared in his native township and began his business life as a farmer on the old homestead. In September, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, 171st Pa. Volunteers, and after several minor engagements he was honorably discharged in March, 1862. In September, 1864, he joined Co. H, 207th Regiment, was promoted to First Sergeant and honorably discharged from service June 5, 1865.  On his return he purchased a farm in Woodhull, Steuben county, N. Y., remaining there three years, when he again purchased a farm at Elkland in 1869, where he resided until the summer of 1910, when he retired from active business and purchased the family home on Main street in Elkland, where he passed the remaining years of his life , says the Journal.  Mr. Babcock was twice married. On July 5, 186 3, he married Mary Davenport, a daughter of Lemuel and Polly Boardman Davenport, pioneers of Elkland.  She became the mother of two sons, Charles L. and Oliver Perry Babcock.  His second wife, Katherine Johnson, daughter of Newton and Elizabeth Johnson, survives, ' together with the two sons and two granddaughters, one grandson and one great-granddaughter, Mary Clark, infant daughter of Paul and Genevieve Babcock Clark; also a foster daughter, Lena Neeth Evans, who became one of the family at the age of five years, remaining until her marriage to John Evans, now of Blossburg.  Mr. Babcock was an energetic and conscientious business man whose standard of honor in life and business dealings was of a high order.  He respected the rights and opinions of his fellow townsmen and promoted the public welfare in every available way. A substantial citizen, possessing a genial disposition, he delighted in the society of a legion of friends, and many households can testify to his generosity and aid to those less prosperous than himself.  He was a Republican in politics.  He had been in poor health for some time, and nearly two years ago sustained a broken hip from a fall from which he never recovered, having to resort to a wheelchair as a means of conveyance.  The grand old man passed to his Reward Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 1922. Largely attended funeral services were held at the family home Jan. 14 at 1:30 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Max Putney, pastor of the Presbyterian church, of which Mr. Babcock had been an Elder for many years.   He was also a member of Nelson Lodge, I.O.O.F., and Chaplain of  Osceola Lodge, No …F. & A. M.  Burial in the family plot at Osceola.

BACON ?? – James Bacon, accompanied by Hon. Charles Tubbs, went to Brookfield Monday and removed the remains of Mr. Bacon’s grandparents from that place to Fairview Cemetery, this boro. One of the bodies, which had been buried thirty-nine years was found to have become petrified, the form being nearly perfect, excepting the head. The coffin was a handmade cherry coffin and was still in a perfect condition. –Griffin Scrapbook (Handwritten on article 1894)
Suspect the grandparents are Ethel B. and Anna Bacon. Can anyone confirm this? Please let us know. [Does not specify paternal or maternal grandparents, so even surname is in question]

Gertrude Eliza Age 85 of 449 County Route 127, Woodhull, New York, diedFriday, January 04, 2002 at Corning Hospital unexpectedly. Born in Osceola Township, PA, she was the daughter of John D. and Mildred Horning Baker. She was a graduate of Elkland High School and retired from Gleason and Baker of Elkland, PA. She was a member of the Osceola Presbyterian CHurch, former member and matron of Woodhull CHapter OES, a member of the Senior citizens club of Elkland, PA, was a Rockwell Museum and Corning Hospital volunteer and a member of Steuben County Election Board. She married John B. Whiting on August 28, 1949. He preceded her in death September 2, 1989. She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Wendell and Burdett Baker. She is survived by children, Jean Lyon Brate of Woodhull, NY, Dr. John & Marilyn Lyon of Ojai, CA, Paul and Diane Lyon of Wading River, LI, Daniel and Candy Whiting of Corning, NY and stepchildren, Joan & Mitch Mitchell of Elmira, NY, Roger and Mary Catherine Whiting of Horseheads, NY and Sharon and Frank Dunkle of Pine City, NY; thirty-three grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of dear friends. There will be no visitation; a memorial service will be conducted at the Osceola Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, January 8th at 11:00 AM. Rev. Harry Dow will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola, PA. The family will furnish the flowers; memorials will be received for the Osceola Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are by H.P. Smith & Son Inc., Funeral Home, Woodhull, NY


BAKER Sarah M. Taylor

Wellsboro Agitator – Wednesday, August 23, 1922

Sarah Taylor, of Endicott, N. Y., died at the home of her daughter Friday. The remains were brought to the home of her parents Saturday. The funeral was held Monday; burial at Osceola.  She leaves one husband and two daughters and her brothers.


BARKER, Emily Baxter – Mrs. Dewitt Baxter – Mrs. Emily Barker Baxter, the fifth child and third daughter of William and Anna Tubbs Barker, was born at Osceola on July 5, 1842, and died Feb. 16, 1919.  She was descended from Scotch and English ancestors.  Her father’s ancestors had been of the Gunn clan of Scotland, while on her mother’s side the Tubbs family came from Sutton, England.  She was educated in the Osceola schools and later at the Genesee Seminary.  On March 12, 1870, she joined the Osceola Presbyterian church.  On Nov. 18, 1886, she was married to Dewitt Baxter, who died on Nov. 14, 1913.  With the exception of two or three years of her early married life when she lived at Harrison Valley, all her life was spent in Osceola.  Mrs. Baxter is survived by two sisters, Mrs. E.W. Gibbs and Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis, and the latter’s two daughters, Miss Clara and Miss Anna Lewis – Elkland Journal   Wellsboro Agitator, 26 Feb 1919.


BATES Lavina
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., June 2, 1926, Pg 4
The Latest News From Elkland - Items of Interest Gathered by Our Reporter
Mrs. Lavina Hetabel VanZile died at her home on Pattison Extension, Thursday morning, May 27, aged 87 years.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ann Burrell at home and Mrs. Cora Strait of Addison;  six sons:  Frank, David and James of Elkland; Lafayette and Ernest of Olean, NY and Ira of Canisteo, NY; one brother, Asa Bates of Elmira Heights; one nephew, Albert Bates of Elmira Heights.  Mrs VanZile was a devout Christian woman, held in the highest esteem by all who knew her.  The funeral was held at the home Saturday afternoon, Rev J. A. Hamilton, of the Presbyterian Church, officiating; interment in Elkland Cemetery.

BEARD Lyle Allen "Yogi", Age 83, of 86 Campbrook Road, Osceola, PA, diedTuesday, April 1, 2008, at his residence. He was born May 30, 1924 in Osceola, PA, the son of Orin and Gladys Colvin Beard. He was a farmer and formerly employed by Corning Inc. He owned and operated Yogi Bear's Restaurant and Bar with his wife, Barbara for 15 years. He was a former member of the Osceola Fire and Ambulance Assn. and Elkland Moose Lodge #746. Lyle was a veteran of the US Army who served in Europe during WWII. He is survived by his wife, Helen Burton Beard; daughters, Mrs. John (Rosenna) Pratt, Osceola, PA, Mrs. Fred (Nancy) Hallock, Charlotte, NC; sons, Walter (Patti) Beard, Orin Brian (Vickie) Beard, Allen (Sandy) Beard, all of Osceola, PA; 17 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara; and brother, Clyde. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA, Thursday from 12-2:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Pastor Bob Treat officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola, PA. Memorials may be made to the Osceola Vol. Fire Dept. and your local chapter of the American Cancer Society, in Lyle's memory.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 4/2/2008.

Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA -- Wednesday,  March 14, 1923
Crookedcreek, March 12. -- Howard Potter Beckwith, who was born near Hammond, PA, April 10, 1834 died at his home in Holiday, March 7, 1923 after a long illness.  He married Harriet Mitchell on Nov. 22, 1877.  He was in the hotel business 31 years and resided at Triadaghton several years.  He graded the railroad between that place and Leetonia and also built the railroad from Cammal to the Black Forest.  He spent sometime in Tioga, West Virginia, being employed by the Wellsboro Lumber Co.  His health failing, he returned to Pennsylvania and after sometime was employed at the Corning Glass Works in Corning for five years.  He later bought a home at Holiday where he had since resided.  He was in the Sayre hospital from July to October of last year, where he underwent a very serious operation.  He partially regained his health so he was able to be about and do some light work, but he gradually grew worse until the end came.  He is survived by his widow and three children,  Mrs M. L. Wicks of Clearfield;  Mrs M. A. Trimbell of Corning and Lewis at home;  also by 6 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Julia Thorne and the following nephews and nieces:  Horace Beckwith of Elmira;  Lee and Albert Beckwith, Mrs. Rae Underwood and Mrs Arthur Scranton of Corning;  Mrs Hattie Cook of Asaph and Carrie Beckwith of Tioga.   The funeral was held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday at the CMA church, Rev. R A Fargo and Rev. Mr. Edmunds officiating.  The IOOF Lodge of Tioga, of which the deceased was a charter member, had charge of the burial service in Fairview Cemetery.

Clyde E. Age 76, of R.D. #1, Knoxville, PA, diedSaturday, September 11, 2004, at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. He was born July 23, 1928, the son of Orin and Gladys Colvin Beard. He was a lifelong farmer. Clyde is survived by his wife, Wilma Clark Beard; daughters and sons-in-law, Carole and Mike Fay, Palmyra, PA, Laurie and Glenn, Cleveland, Hopewell, NJ; son and daughter-in-law, John and Sandy Beard, Knoxville, PA; 10 grandchildren; mother, Gladys Beard, Osceola, PA; brother, Lyle Beard, Osceola, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by children, Rick, Kathy and Ron Beard. Private funeral services were conducted at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Knoxville-Deerfield Vol. Fire Dept., & the Valley Community Ambulance Assn. NOTE: Buried in Osceola Cemetery 9/13/2004

BEARD - KATHY ANN BEARD   The funeral of Kathy Ann Beard, aged three months, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Beard of Deerfield, was held Sunday; burial in Fairview cemetery at Osceola. She is survived by her parents; brothers, John and Eric; grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Park and Mr. & Mrs. Orrin Beard, of Knoxville. ---- WELLSBORO AGITATOR, 19 OCT. 1949, p.2

Wellsbro Agitator, Aug 1 1928
Mrs. Lena Colvin lost her life in The Cowanesque River SundayOsceola, July 30 - Mrs. LenaColvin was drowned Sunday after noon in the Cowanesque river between Osceola and. Knoxville. She, with her husband were bathing when suddenly she stepped in to a deep hole and before help could reach her she drowned. She is survived by her husband Ray Colvin and six children; also by three brothers and one sister.  Lena is the daughter of  Frederick E. Beard and Nellie J. Taft, b. 14 Oct 1893 in Osceola

The following obituary appeared in the Wednesday, January 27, 1988 issue of the Leader, Corning, New York:
OSCEOLA, Pa. - Orin Beard, 83, of Osceola, died Monday, Jan. 25, 1988 at home. He was born Dec. 18, 1904 in Osceola, son of Fred and Nell Taft Beard. He was a 56 year member of the Valley Grange. Surviving are: his wife, Gladys Beard; two sons, Clyde Beard of Knoxville, and Lyle Beard of Osceola; nine grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild. Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, where services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, the Rev. Charles Foster officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola. Memorial donations may be made to the Cowanesque Valley Ambulance Association.

BLAIR –MRS. OLIVE E. SECHRIST, 89 of Middlebury Center RR 2 died Thursday, Sept. 28, 1895 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Her husband, Charles E. Sechrist died Oct. 27, 1981.  She was a homemaker.  She had been employed by the Corning glass Works, former Wellsboro Division in the 1940s.  She enjoyed crocheting.  Born June 11, 1906 in Cogan House, she was a daughter of Russell and Verna McCracken Blair.  Surviving are two daughters, Helen Putman of Wellsboro and Mary Johnson of Mansfield; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by two sons, John and Bruce and two brothers, Harold and William Blair.  The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tussey-Mosher’s, 139 Main St., Wellsboro with the Rev. Todd Whitmer, pastor of Middlebury Baptist Church officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.  –Elmira Star Gazette

Wellsboro Agitator – Sept. 22, 1885
Mrs. Polly Davenport relict of the late Colonel L Davenport died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. O P Babcock in Elkland a few days ago. Mrs. Davenport settled in Chatham township nearly fifty years ago.

Tioga Eagle – August 24, 1848
Register’s Notice
NOTICE is hereby given, to all persons indebted to the following accounts, to wit:  …Also Polly Davenport (late Polly Brown) Executrix of David Brown deceased…That they have settled and filed in the Register’s office, in and for Tioga County, their accounts as administrators and Guardian in the above mentioned cases, that the said accounts will be presented to the Orphan’s Court for Confirmation and allowance on Monday, the 18th day of September most at the Court house in the Borough of Wellsborough, Luman Wilson, Register – Register’s Office, Wellsboro, August 7th 1848.

Gladys Irene Age 93, of Osceola, PA, diedFebruary 24, 2007 at Broad Acres Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, PA, Monday 7:00 - 9:00 and Tuesday 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., where funeral services will be held following calling hours at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola, PA. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
(Gladys Irene Carr was the daughter of Walter and Mabel Mather Bollen.  She was born on March 18, 1913.  She married Kenneth Joseph Carr, son of Fred Eugene and Sara Mae Crowl Carr, on August 21, 1930.  Fred Carr was the son of Joseph and Clarissa O. Bliss Carr, born April 11,1884.  Sara Mae was the daughter of Alvin Crowl, grandson of Orrin Swan of Tuscarora, Ny, and Mary Jane Hoaglin Taft.   I have traced the Carr family to 1370,  the Swan family to 1562.  Would be glad to share any info needed.   Kathy Sarber)


BONHAM Edward Harned

Wellsboro Agitator - Wednesday, September 14, 1921

Edward Bonham, died Monday night at Osceola of diptheria.  He was well known and highly esteemed throughout Tioga county.  He is survived by his widow.  His first wife, who died a number of years ago, was a daughter of County Commissioner and Mrs. F. G. Brown.     


BONHAM Wallace
Wellsboro Agitator - January 18, 1933
Osceola, Jan. 17.—Prof. Wallace Bonham, of Wilkinsburg, Fa., died suddenly at his home Wednesday. The remains were brought to this place for burial in Fairview cemetery.  Prof. Bonham was born in Osceola, 58 years ago, son of Myron and Susan Bonham. For a number of years he had been teaching in a High School in Pittsburgh.  He was a man highly respected and beloved by all who knew him.  He is survived by his widow, one daughter, Elizabeth, and two sons, Gordon and Richard; also one sister, Mrs. William Cornelius, of Middletown, N. Y.

BOSARD Mr. Alvers Bosard
Osceola, August 8, 1883.--Alvers Bosard, Esq., died at Osceola, of apoplexy, on the 1st instant, in the 73rd year of his age.  Mr. Bosard’s parents removed from Chemung, NY, to Osceola when he was two years of age, and upon their decease he took the homestead, paying off the other heirs.  A man of great industry, correct habits, strict honesty and sound judgment, he steadily prospered and became one of the most successful farmers in the Cowanesque valley.  About 26 years ago he was converted, and united with the Presbyterian Church of Elkland and Osceola, of which he remained a very consistent member until his death.  He was a man of few words, but what he lacked in words he made up in deeds, and his blameless walk before men and his faithful observance of the ordinances of the Church gave him a “good report of all men, and of the truth itself.”  He was a liberal supporter of the Gospel, and left a provision to have his subscription to the minister’s salary continued so long as his only daughter, Mrs. M. L. Bonham, should survive.  He tried to be just with his family, with his neighbors, with the Church and with his Maker, and he has left an unspotted and most honored record. In a good old age, in his life-long home, surrounded by his family and friends, with probably not an enemy in the world, he finally fell asleep just as the birds were commencing their morning song.  The circumstances of his death were peaceful, like those of his life, and he has doubtless now entered into the rest that remaineth for the people of God.  “Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.”  S. H. M.  (Tuesday, August 14, 1883, The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Westfield Free Press November 23, 1899
Death – Osceola
Arthur Bosard died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Adelaide Bosworth, at Wyalusing, Pa. on Nov. 14th.  Mr. Bosard was 83 years old.  The burial service took place at Fairview Cemetery, Nov. 17th.

Wellsboro Agitator - November 29, 1899
The funeral and burial of Mr. Arthur Bosard took place at Osceola on the 17th instant.  He died three days before at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. E. Bosworth, at Wyalusing, aged 83 years.

BOSARD Kirtland Arthur
Wellsboro Agitator - August 14, 1929
Kirtland A. Bosard of Deerfield, aged 80 years, died August 10, was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bosard of Osceola. The funeral was held Aug. 13, Rev. W. C. Glasier officiated; Mr. Bosard is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hattie M. Bosard and one son, Ray Bosard; burial in the Fairview cemetery at Osceola.

Wellsboro Agitator - February 14, 1912
Early Sunday morning, Feb. 4th, at the Bosard homestead, Osceola, Pa , occurred the death of Susan A. Bosard, wife of Myron L. Bonham.  The deceased is survived by her husband and three children—Mrs. William T. Cornelius, of Middletown, N.Y.; Wallace L. Bonham, of Pittsburgh, and Edward H. Bonham, of Osceola.  Mrs. Bonham was born July 22, 1850, and was married Nov 2, 1870.  She had spent all he life on the osard homestead. Since her youth she had been an active member of the Presbyterian church. She was also a member of the Osceola Grange. The funeral was held at the home, on Tuesday, Feb 6 at one o'clock.  Rev. John Humphrey officiated. Among those present  from out of town were: Mr. Vine Crandall, of Athens; Mr. and Mrs. George True and Miss Ella Strait, of Addison; Mr. Robert Bonham, Sr., Mr. Robert Bonham, Jr., Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Fred Ellison of Corning, Mrs. F. H. Judson, of Elmira; Dr. and Mrs. C. H. Bosworth, of Wyalusing; Dr. Geo. Northrop, of Potterbrook; Mrs. Myers Young and Mr and Mrs F. G. Brown, of Knoxville; Mr. Joseph Redfield; Mr. D. H. Buckbee and Mr. Sherman Weeks, of Elkland; Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Smith, of Montreal, Canada.

Westfield Free Press – Thursday, February 8, 1912
Death – Osceola
Mrs. M. L. Bonham died Sunday A.M. after a long illness.  She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Olners (Alvers) Bosard.  Survived by her husband and 1 daughter, Mrs. W. T. Cornelius of Middletown; 2 sons:  Wallace Bonham of Wilkensburg and Edward Bonham of this place.  Funeral held from the late home on Monday.

BOSARD - Myra Bosworth
Mrs. Myra Bosworth, age 73, with of Henry Bosworth of Williamsport, Pa. died at her home on 825 Cherry Street, in Williamsport Thursday, May 15, 1947 at 11:30 A.M. Survived by 2 sons Urbane Bosworth, of Williamsport and Jerome Bosworth of Burlington Vermont, and a daughter, Mrs. Alice Littley of Williamsport. Mrs. Bosworth was the formally Myra Bosard of Nelson and Osceola, Pa.  The funeral was held Monday morning at Williamsport and the burial at Osceola Monday afternoon.

Wellsboro Agitator - May 15, 1935
Ray F. Bosard, aged 55 years, died at his home at Butler Hill Wednesday at 12:30 a.m.  He was born in Osceola, son of Arthur and Hattie M. Bosard.  The funeral was held Friday, Rev. Ray Sherman, of the Baptist church of Butler Hill, officiating; burial in Fairview Cemetery, at Osceola.  The bearers were:  George Daniels, Benjamin Daniels, Arch Taft, Arthur Wass, Alfred Brown and William Mack.  He is survived by his widow, Fanny Jacobs Bosard, and his mother, Mrs. Hattie Bosard.

BOST Augusta
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA -- Wednesday, February 3, 1926, Pg 2
Elkland, Jan. 28. -- Mrs. Leslie Burdick died at her home in Osceola, Jan. 18, after a long illness, aged 74 years. She is survived by her husband; by one son, Morgan Burdick and 4 grandchildren; by two sisters, Mrs. Elnora Brown of Elkland, and Mrs. Amelia Allen, of South Dakota; by three brothers, Martin Bost, of Batavia, NY; Alverus Bost of Geneva, NY; and Benjamin Bost of Westfield, PA. The funeral was held at the home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev O. B. Willis, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Osceola, officiating; interment in Fairview Cemetery at Osceola.

Obituary of Dr. A. L. Bottum
Pencil written date of July  13 – 1899
His Loss Universally Felt Throughout the County.
The Funeral was Held From the House on Saturday – Burial at Osceola, Pa.
 On Thursday forenoon the people of Westfield and the surrounding country were shocked to learn of the death of Dr. A. L. Bottum, who expired at his home on Main street about eleven o’clock of dilation of the heart.  It was generally known that he was not in good health and had been confined to his house for a number of days, but few knew that he was in a critical condition and the news of his death came to all as a severe blow.
 For the past year Dr. Bottum had over-worked and his health had gradually failed, though it was only for the past month that he found it necessary to give up his practice.  But he had kept to his accustomed work too long, and though given the best medical aid, he failed gradually until Wednesday when it was found necessary to perform an operation for the removal of water which had collected around the heart.  This was successfully accomplished, but on Thursday morning the Doctor passed peacefully away.

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 The funeral was held from the house Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock, and the house, porch and even the steps were crowded with friends of the deceased who were anxious to pay tributes to the man who was so universally respected and admired.  The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. W.O. Peet, who dwelt on the kindly nature and the self-sacrificing spirit shown by Dr. Bottum who was always prompt to aid suffering humanity, and never denied his assistance so long as he was capable of going.  At the close of Rev. Peet’s remarks, Rev. S. A. Fieldread a brief sketch of the life of the deceased which is given below.
 At the close of the service at the house, six bearers, all of whom were doctors, reverently bore the casket to the hearse and the procession moved slowly to Osceola where interment was made in Fairview cemetery.
 At the grave the solemn and impressive ceremony of the Lodge of I. O. O. F. Was conducted by Noble Grand Master Dengle and Chaplain J. C. Skottowe, of which order Dr. Bottum was an honored and enthusiastic member.  The Jemison Lodge of Westfield was out in full force, and as the tiny sprigs of evergreen were deposited on the casket, tears filled the eyes of many of the members of that order of brothers.  The bearers were:  Drs. James T. Hurd, of Galeton; A. M. Greenfield. Of Gaines; W. G. Humphrey of Elkland; E. A. Ashcraft, of Coudersport; J. C. Secor, of Westfield; C. H. Bosworth, of Knoxville.
 Beside the doctors who acted as pall bearers, the following members of the medical profession were present at the funeral:  Drs. T. A. Bair, of Sabinsville; H. L. Hart, of Genesee; F. E. Clark, of Osceola; James Masten, Frank Masten and A. T. Kunkel, of Westfield.
 Arthur L. Bottum, M. D. was the son of Walter C. and Content (Culvert) Bottum, deceased, and was born in Nelson township, Tioga county Pa., April 19, 1847.  He was the youngest of five children of whom but one survives him, Cornelia, wife of the late T. A. Patterson.
 Dr. Bottum spent his boyhood days in Tioga county, Pa., and Steuben county, N.Y., and received his early education in the academies at Knoxville, Pa., and Woodhull, N.Y.  In 1871 he entered the office of Dr. William T. Humphrey, of Osceola, where he began the study of medicine.  Later he took a course of lectures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and graduated from the Detroit Medical College, detroit Michigan, in 1875.  In the spring of that year he located  at Westfield where he continued to practice for nine years.  He then went to Europe and took a special course at the Royal Imperial hospital in Vienna, and on returning to America continued to practice in Westfield.  Dr. Bottum had built up a lucrative practice and was recognized as one of the leading physicians of his native county.
 On April 13, 1876, Dr. Bottum was united in marriage to Lettia, daughter of David and Isabelle Tate Wilbur, of Westfield, and to them were born two children, Charles N. Bottum and Content A. Bottum.
 In 1891 he established in Westfield a private hospital for the treatment of special diseases of women and surgery, for which he had prepared himself while in Europe and which proved to be a successful venture.  During the past few years so extensive has been his practice that he was unable to take much needed rest and recreation, and this, together with the great nervous train of his large practice, finally took his health when he succumbed to a complication of diseases, Thursday, July 6, 1899, in the 52d year of his age.  He was a member of the old Tioga County Medical Society during its existence, and in June, 1896, was elected president of the present society; was until a year ago connected with the Knights of Honor, and at the time of his death, a member of the local branch of the K. O. T. M.

The Wellsboro Agitator, February 12, 1889
BOWEN - Death of Benjamin S. Bowen, an Old Citizen and a Good Man called to his reward - Lat Thursday morning Mr. Benjamin S. Bowen, a life long resident of Deerfield, died after an illness of many weeks. He was in his eighty-first year. The funeral was held on Saturday at 12 o’clock and there was a large attendance. Benjamin S. Bowen was born May 4, 1808, on the homestead where he spent almost all his life. His father, Emmer Bowen [Sr.], was a Quaker and came to this county from Massachusetts. He was one of the pioneers of the Cowanesque valley and was a lading spirit among his fellows. Benjamin was one of a family of twelve children, and early in life he went out from home to make his own way in the world. Before he was twenty-two year of age - January 14, 1830 - he was married to Miss Hannah C. Whitaker, a sister of the late Judge Whitaker, of Elkland. She still survives him, as well as the ten children - three daughters and seven sons - who blessed their union. In 1840 Benjamin and his brother Emmer in company with a few capitalists built a large woolen factory at Academy corners. In 1843 the brothers became sole owners of the establishment, and they conducted the business very successfully until February, 1847, when the mill was destroyed by fire. Besides the manufactured cloths they had over 12,000 pounds of wool in stock. The loss was total, the insurance having expired only a day or two before the fire. Notwithstanding this financial blow the enterprising firm rebuilt the factory, hauling all the machinery by teams from Rochester, NY. Just after they had got nicely started again the dam, which gave them water power, went out of the river, and in the two succeeding springs the dams were again carried away. These repeated disasters crippled them so seriously that they were forced to sell the factory, which they did in 1862 to Mr. Joseph S. Ingham. The partnership formed by the brothers in 1840 continued for twenty-three years continuously. They not only managed the woolen mill, but were extensively engaged in lumbering and farming. It is said that there never were any writings between them, all their business transactions with each other being by verbal agreements, and that there never was the slightest misunderstanding. The death of Benjamin is a crushing blow to Emmer, who still survived and who regarded him as closer than a brother. Mr. Bowen had been a consistent member of the Free Baptist Church for almost sixty years. In politics he was an old line Whig, and he became one of the “charter” members of the Republican party. He was known as one of the managers of the underground railroad in the ante-bellum days, and he was an earnest worked in the cause of universal freedom. He was an honest, kind-hearted man, and was loved and respected by all who knew him. At the funeral on Saturday his four sons who were present and his two sons-in-law, namely, George C. and B. Frank Bowen of this borough, Emmer H. Bowen of St. Paul, Minnesota and William H. Bowen of Livingston, Montana, and J.D. Ray and Dr. A.J. Heffie, acted as pall-bearers.

BOYDEN - CRAWFORD Elizabeth A. "Libby"
Elizabeth A. "Libby" Crawford, 71, of 257 Campbrook Road, Osceola, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.She was born Dec. 6, 1938, in Delmar Township, the daughter of Thornton and Dorothy Priset Boyden. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Osceola Presbyterian Church, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dorothy Densmore and Rev. Dwayne Priset will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola. Memorial donations may be made to the Osceola Presbyterian Church, c/o Rev. Dorothy Densmore, 302 W. Main St., Elkland, Pa. 16920. Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from December 28, 2009 to January 5, 2010

FLYNN MILTON BOYDEN, age 67, of Mansfield, PA, died on July 1, 2014 in the Corning Hospital, Corning, NY. Born on May 16, 1947 in Wellsboro, PA, he was the son of Charles H. and Bette (Lawrence) Boyden. Flynn was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ann Boyden. Prior to his retirement, Flynn was employed as a heavy equipment operator with House Wood Products Company. He was a US Air Force veteran and served during the Vietnam War. Flynn was a member of the Mansfield VFW and enjoyed carpentry, mowing the lawn in the trailer park and was a handyman. Flynn is survived by his mother, Bette Boyden; his fiancée, Darlene Dickinson of Mansfield, PA; two daughters, Shelley and Mary; two step daughters, Kim (Fred) Bolt of Mansfield, PA, Teresa (Eric) Cowan of Covington, PA; one step son, Thomas (Liz) Tracy of Lawrenceville, PA; three brothers, James (Donna) Boyden of Mainesburg, PA, John Boyden of New Mexico, Bill Boyden of Mainesburg, PA; one sister, Donna (John) Elsbree of Troy, PA; his fiancée's children; John (Diane) Ritchie of Covington, PA, Joshua (Jen) Ritchie of Blossburg, PA, Mary (Ernest) Maines of Covington, PA, John Dickinson of Mansfield, PA, Melissa Dickinson of Covington, PA; eight grandchildren and one great grandson. In addition to his wife, Patricia, Flynn was also predeceased by his father, Charles Boyden. Family and friends are invited to Call on Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A funeral service will be held immediately following calling hours at 10:00 AM at the funeral chapel with Pastor Dave Dressler officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Holiday, PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/4/2014

Wellsboro, Pa. -  Elizabeth A. “Libby” Crawford, 71, of 257 Campbrook Road., Osceola, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.  She was a former employee of Galeton Production.  Survivors include her husband, Dale H. Crawford; sons Larry Crawford of Troupsburg, N.Y., Mace Crawford of Salisbury, N.C.; sister Glenora Warriner of Brandywine, Md.; brother Andrew Boyden of Newport.  Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland.  A visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Osceola Presbyterian Church, where services will follow at 2 p.m., the Revs. Dorothy Densmore and Dwayne Priest officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola.  Corning Leader - December 27, 2009

BRASS -   Harold W. Brass, age 91, of 111 Morgan Ave, Elkland, PA entered into rest Saturday, Jan 21 1995, at home. Born in Osceola, PA, Aug 13 1903, he was the son of Cowden and Amanda Rowley Brass.    He operated Brass' Barber Shop in Elkland, PA for many years until his retirement.  He was an avid hunter.   He was a member and past master of the Osceola Lodge #421 F&AM and a member of the Elkland United Methodist Church.  He married Myrtle Daily, Aug 18 1923, who predeceased him. He then married Norma Mae Morgn DiSanti, who survives.  1 daughter & son-in-law, Lorraine & Alfred W. Thurston of Elkland, PA, one step daughter, Bonnie (Mrs Wade) Smith of Cambria, Wisconsin; 1 grandson, Steven Thurston; 1 grandaughter, Laura Thurston  Young; one ste-grandson, Craig Scott Smith; 1 step granddaughter, Penny Doucette. Friends may call at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc Funeral Home in Woodhull, Monday, Jan 23rd 7-9pm, where Masonic Services will be conducted at  8:30pm.  Funeral services will be conducted there Tuesday, Jan 24th at 11 am Rev M. Lee Ellenberger, pastor of the Elkland United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola, PA.  The Leader, Corning, NY; Monday, Jan 23 1995, pg 4A

Clayton R. Brown, 68, of 208 N. Buffalo St., Elkland, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at home.   Born Jan. 25, 1933, in Blossburg, he was the son of Robert and Florence  Mallory Brown.   He was a retired employee of Corning Inc. and an avid outdoorsman and  woodworker.  Surviving are two sisters, Caroline Phelps of Georgia and Laura Swain of Tioga;  one brother, Roger Brown of Brooksville, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.   Calling hours were held Tuesday, April 2, at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland,   where funeral services were held following calling hours with the Rev. Harry   Dow officiating.  Burial was made at Fairview Cemetery, Osceola.

87, of 37 Central Ave., Wellsboro, PA, formerly of 140 Main St., Osceola, PA, diedMonday, August 20, 2007, at Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Born in Woodhull, NY, September 20, 1919, she was the daughter of Earle H. and Alice Wheeler Brown. She was a graduate of Woodhull High School and the State University of New York at Geneseo. A school teacher, she retired from Cowanesque Valley High School at Westfield, PA. She was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Woodhull, attended the Osceola United Methodist & Presbyterian Churches, and was a member of the Tuscarora-Woodhull Chapter OES. She married Allen Jud Seely, July 26, 1941; he preceded her in death, September 22, 1988. She is also preceded in death by her son, Alon James Seely; and her brother, Bernard E. Brown. She is survived by her sons and a daughter-in-law, Jan Seely, and Jon and Belinda Seely of Osceola, PA; two sisters-in-law, Dora Church and Reba Seely of Osceola, PA; also surviving are four grandchildren, Dianna Green, Bonnitta Seely, Jamie Seely, and Todd Seely; and five great-grandchildren. Friends may call Thursday, August 23, 2007, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull, NY, where funeral services will be conducted immediately following visitation at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Brian Diffenbacher will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola, PA. Memorials will be received for the United Methodist Church of Osceola, PA or the 1st Baptist Church of Woodhull, NY.

BROWN - RENSHAW, Dorothy Edith Brown
80, of Culpeper died Monday, March 24, 2008 at her residence. She was born in Elmira, NY to the late Frank Able Brown and Mae Alice Waters Brown. She was a homemaker and avid painter, but most of all a loving wife and mother. Surviving are 5 sons, Randy James Renshaw and his wife, Gale of Portsmouth, VA, Russel Alan Renshaw and his wife, Brenda of Henderson, NC, Richard Lee Renshaw of Culpeper, Bill Schilt of Culpeper, Roger Renshaw of Virginia, and one daughter, Joan Marie Skala of Iowa and eleven grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Harold Russel Renshaw, one son, Robert Jon Renshaw, two sisters, Geraldine White, Arlene Glod, and two brothers, Franklin Brown and Raymond Brown. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery with Pastor Glen Lutz and Pastor Adam Meisberger officiating.  Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is handling the arrangements.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/30/2008.


BROWN, Madelon Rose - Madelon Rose Brown Young was born Oct. 7, 1921 in Holiday (Crooked Creek), and died April 6, 2019. Predeceased by her brother, Russell Revere Brown, great-nephew Mark Elliott Brown, nephew Thomas Elliott Brown and niece Joanne Rose Brown Cochran, Madelon is survived by her nephew, Donald Ross Brown, Rochester, N.Y.; Marjorie Lawton Brown, widow of Thomas Brown; great-nieces and great-nephew, Janet Brown (Aaron) Hale, Joyce Brown (Jason) Butler, Alan (Tabatha) Brown; three great-great nephews, (Mitchell, Sawyer, Maverick) and great-great niece, Heidi, Tioga and Middlebury Center; niece, Barbara Weinhart, Naples, N.Y.; cousins and many, many close friends and supportive prayer partners.  Madelon graduated Wellsboro High School in 1939, Mansfield State Teachers College (Mansfield University) in 1943, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1952. She was instrumental in the initiation and organization of more than a dozen Philadelphia Child Day Care centers during WWII that allowed mothers to work on behalf of the war effort.  She taught grammar school in Philadelphia and the Corning-Painted Post School Districts, retiring from the Erwin Valley Elementary School in 1978. Madelon spent her retirement years deeply involved with the spiritual life of Elim Gospel Church, Lima, N.Y., enriching all those with whom she had contact.  Following severe physical health set-backs in 2010, Madelon resided at Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. where her warm personality and deeply spiritual convictions were displayed daily to friends, visitors and staff. A memorial service of joy and celebration will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, at Elim Gospel Church,1679 Dalton Road, Lima, N.Y. , reception fellowship will follow.  Final committal of her ashes will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 19, at Fairview Cemetery, Holiday (Middlebury Center); Pastor Dick Dreyer of Elim Gospel Church officiating, with an open invitation for family and friends to attend. A reception will follow at Middlebury Baptist Church, hosted by Marjorie Brown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elim Gospel Church or Monroe Community Hospital Foundation, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620. – Mansfield Gazette, 18 April 2019



Wellsboro Agitator – October 16, 1918

Mrs. Vera Brown Bonham, wife of Edward H. Bonham, of Osceola, died Oct.8, of influenza and complications. She was a daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Fred Brown, of Wellsboro.  Vera who was one of the best young women of Knoxville, was married to Mr. Bonham a few years ago .moved to Osceola where she had since resided. Her death is not only mourned by her parents, but a large circle of friends. Besides her husband and parents she is survived by one brother, Eldon Brown, now in a training camp.   Knoxville Courier     


Wellsboro Gazette – April 29, 1998
Beatrice A. Webb, 83, of Lawrenceville RR 1 died Monday, April 27,1998, at the Green Home,  Wellsboro.  Born April 20, 1915, in Elkland, she was the daughter of Harry and Mary Seeley Burdick.  She was a homemaker, a member of Elkland Moose and Ladies Auxiliary since 1950, a member of Lawrenceville Firemens Auxiliary since 1968 and a lifelong member of Elkland Rod and Gun Club.  Preceding her in death were a grandson, Tim Foster; a brother, Ralph, husband, Levi "Ace" Rockwell; and half sister, Florence Mosher.  Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Robert Shenk of Tioga; two sons and daughters-in-law, Harry and Jean Foster of Tioga and Richard and Helen Foster of Tioga; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.  Calling hours were held Wednesday, April 29, at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, where funeral services were held immediately following with the Rev. David Watkins officiating.  Burial was made at Fairview Cemetery, Osceola.  Memorial donations may be made to Lawrenceville Volunteer Ambulance Association.

BURDICK – Ralph E. Burdick, 44, of Tioga RD 2, died Monday, July 10, 1961. He was an employee of Ingersol Rand, Painted Post, and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Elkland. Survived by mother, Mrs. Mary West of Tioga RD 2; sisters, Mrs. Florence Mosher of Osceola, Mrs. Beatrice Rockwell of Tampa, FL. Funeral service was held Thursday at 2 PM in Tioga Junction Methodist Church, the Rev. Albert H. Schott officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola. – Mansfield Advertiser, 19 July 1961, p.7

BURR - ROOT, Helen W.
Age 88, of 102 West Woodlawn Avenue, Elkland, PA, diedTuesday, December 30, 2008, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born December 11, 1920 in Elkland, Pa, the daughter of Harry and Minnie Heckman Burr. Helen was a member of the Osceola United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women's Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Cowanesque Valley Garden Club, the Osceola Ambulance Assn., and the D.A.R. She volunteered at the Osceola Food Pantry for many years. She is survived by daughters, Sonja Durling, Orlando, FL., Sue (Don) Loucks, Rimrock, AZ, Belinda Root, and companion and mom's special friend, Marsha Dixon, Elkland, PA; sons, Eugene (Barbara) Root, Andover, NY, Dennis (Kathy) Root, Canandaigua, NY; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, in 1993. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home Inc., 214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA, Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Osceola United Methodist Church. Pastor Sharon Kent officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Osceola, PA. Memorials may be made to the Elkland Library and the Osceola United Methodist Church in Helen's memory.   Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/2/2009

BURTON -MARIE (Burton) ZINCK, age 61, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at her home. She was born on April 6, 1959 in Blossburg, PA, a daughter of William and Norma Burton. Marie was the wife of Charles "Chuck" Otis Zinck. She worked as a continental cook at the Hampton Inn. Marie is survived by her husband; a son, Charles Smith of Erie; a brother, Francis Burton of Harrison Valley; and two sisters, Adelle Husted of Osceola, and Annabelle of State College. She was preceded in death by her parents. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 2:00pm at Fairview Cemetery in Farmington Township. Memorial contributions can be made to Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637, S. Main St. Mansfield, PA to help with expenses. -Funeral home obit

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