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by Donna Allen 2003

Gaines Township

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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.

Obituaries K 


Westfield Free Press – Thursday December 7, 1905
Death – Marshlands
Mrs. Mary Hurd in her 81st year was buried November 29th from the Methodist church of Marshlands.  She is survived by two sons, Rev. Andrews, of West Pike, and Dr. James, of Galeton, and two granddaughters, Mrs. Effie Freelan, of Watrous and Mrs. Stella Ripley, of Elk with whom she was living at her death.

Wellsboro Agitator – December 6, 1905
Mrs. Mary Hurd, aged 82, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Frank Ripley, in Elk township, on November 27th.  Two sons, Dr. J. T. Hurd, of Galeton, and Rev. Andrew Hurd, of West Pike, survive her, besides another son residing in the West.

Mary Alexander Hurd was born Jan. 6, 1825 near Oregon Hill. At the age of twenty-three she was united in marriage to Isaac R. Hurd. To this union were born six children, Andrew, Isaac, Elias, Sarah, James and Jerry. When the Civil War broke out Mr. Hurd was called to help fight for his country and died during the war.  His widow, left with six small children, the oldest but twelve years of age, moved to Elk Run. She located on the Popple Place and kept camp for C. B. Watrous. Isaac, Elias, Sarah and James were sent to the Mansfield Orphan School while Andrew the oldest and Jerry the youngest were kept at home. While in camp Jerry was taken sick with fever and died. Mrs. Hurd after receiving her pension bought a farm of Louis Smith up Brace Run. She educated her children in the Mansfield Orphan School and from there sent James, the youngest to Homesville to College in 1879. He was there two years. Between school he worked for and studied with Dr. Ritter at Gaines. Then he went to Baltimore Medical College and receiving his medical diploma in 1885 came to Galeton. He immediately began practicing medicine and is still a physician in that place. In 1887 he married Jennie Harmon.  Mary Hurd lived with her son Isaac on her farm until his death which was caused by the barn falling on him while raising it to put new timbers in. Her daughter Sarah died four years before leaving two girls Effie and Stella for whom she made a home. Effie being married two years before Isaac’s death, came to stay with her grandmother until they could get everything settled that she might leave. Then she went to live with her granddaughter Stella Smith Ripley until her death Nov. 27, 1904 (s/b 1905).   History of Elk Run

ALEXANDER Norma Alexander Thornton

R.N., 76, of Westside Ave., Honesdale, died Monday, June 3, 1996, at the Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart.  Born June 24, 1919, at Lloyd, she was the daughter of Harry and Susie Compton Alexander. She was a graduate of the Wellsboro High School class of 1937. She received her registered nursing degree from the Williamsport Hospital Nursing School, Williamsport. She was a nurse for Dr. William White in Wellsboro until her marriage to La Verne A. Thornton on Feb. 14, 1953, at which time she moved to Honesdale. She received an accredited records technician (ART) certification and became director of medical records at the Wayne County Memorial Hospital until she retired in 1984 with 31 years of service. She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church, Honesdale, where she served on the administrative board, board of trustees, and the Methodist Women's Club. She was a member of the Washington Irving Chapter #209, Order of the Eastern Star and was Worthy Matron, 1966, and she was a member of the Honesdale Women's Club.  She was active in the Red Cross assisting at the bloodmobiles and blood pressure clinics. She was  also a medical records advisor to some Wayne County nursing homes. Preceding her in death were two sisters, Jeraldine Gambell and Verna Bowling.  Surviving in addition to her husband of 43 years, is a sister and brother-in-law, June and Edmund James of DuBois; a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Virginia Alexander of Wellsboro; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held Sunday, June 9, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Funeral services will be held there immediately following the calling hours. The Rev. Eugene A. Charsky will officiate. Burial will be made in the Knowlton Cemetery, Gaines Township, Tioga County.   Wellsboro Gazette – June 5, 1996

ANDERSON Robert L. "Peeper" Anderson

84, of Galeton, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013.  Born May 25, 1928 in Galeton, he was a son of the late Arthur H. and Lena M. (Smith) Anderson.  Robert was a Veteran having served in the United States Army.  On Feb. 21, 1953, in Galeton, he married the former Lu Anna Connelly, who survives.  He worked for Consolidated Natural Gas as a fieldman, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the Galeton Masonic Lodge #602, the Coudersport Consistory and the Sayre V.F.W. Robert greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening and anything outdoors.   Surviving, in addition to his wife, Lu Anna Anderson, are a son, Harold (Lynn) Anderson, Galeton; two daughters, Gail (Gary) Harper, Westfield; Sue (Rick) Gilbert, Galeton; two sisters, Joan (Roger) Walter, Gaines; Carolyn (Gary) Ruef, Galeton; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by three brothers, John, Victor, and Tommy.   Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Wednesday, May 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 23, from 10 to 11 a.m., with funeral services following at 11 a.m. The Rev. Tom Shatto will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.  Interment will be made in the Knowlton Cemetery, Gaines.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance Association.   Wellsboro Gazette – May 22, 2013



Gaines, July 10.— The remains of Mrs. Anna Strait, of Wellsboro, formerly of this place, were brought here for burial Saturday in the Knowlton cemetery.  Wellsboro Gazette – July 11, 1928


Darwin Barnhart, aged 87 years, of Watrous, died Sunday afternoon at 4:20 o’clock.  The funeral will be held this afternoon; burial in the Knowlton cemetery. Mr. Barnhart was one of the early settlers in Gaines township and was well known and highly esteemed.  Wellsboro Agitator – January 24, 1934

BEACH Elwood

aged 83 years, of Gaines died March 27.  He was born in Clymer township, where he spent his early life. He moved to Westfield at the age of 20 and remained there until 1916 when he moved to Marshlands.  He is survived by his widow; a sister, Mrs. Frank Bristol, of St. Petersburg, Florida; foster children, Mrs. Alice Adler, of Detroit, Mich., and Leonard Haner, of Elmira. Funeral services were held Thursday; burial in the Knowlton cemetery.   Wellsboro Agitator – April 5, 1950

BEACH Lucy Rebecca
Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., Feb 9, 1916, Pg 1
Marshlands, Feb 7 – Mrs. Rebecca Bernauer, widow of the late Joshua Bernauer, who died a year ago last November, died at the home of her step-daughter, Mrs. Rena B. Flynn, at West Pike, PA., Feb. 3.  She resided on the farm here after the death of her husband until last April, when she went to West Pike to reside.  Her maiden name was Lucy Rebecca Beach and she was born at Springfield, Bradford County, a little over 76 years ago.  When a young girl she moved with her parents, brothers and sisters to Covington, where they resided for a few years after which they moved to this place.  Nearly 59 years ago she was married to Joshua Bernauer, a widower with one daughter.  To this union were born four children, two of whom survive, Morris J. Bernauer, of Lawrenceville, and Herbert E. Bernauer, of Rock Stream, NY.  Her step-daughter, Mrs. Rena B. Flynn, also survives, together with one grandchild, two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.  Her brothers and sisters all preceded her in death.  Her husband, the late Joshua Bernauer, was one of the pioneer residents of this place.  The funeral was held at the Baptist church here, of which the deceased was a member, Feb. 5, Rev. J. I. Reese officiating; interment in the Marshlands Cemetery.  Mr. and Mrs. Bernauer were always kind and hospital (hospitable) people and their home was always open to everybody.  Needy people were never turned away, if it was in their power to help them.  The old home is broken up and will probably pass entirely out of the family.  The out-of-town relatives who attended the funeral were: H. E. Bernauer of Rock Stream, NY; Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Bernauer and daughter, Faustina, of Lawrenceville; Mrs F. J. Barnhart of Emporium; Mrs. Rena B. Flynn, Mr. and Mrs. Carrol Flynn, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Flynn and Kent Martin of West Pike, PA.  Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Smith, of Gaines attended the funeral of Mrs. Bernauer here last Saturday.

BECHTEL Thomas "Tom" Richard Bechtel

57, of Covington, RR1, died Thursday, July 24,2003 at home. Born in Pottstown on Nov. 7, 1945, he was the son of John William and Irma Shantz Bechtel. He was the husband of Sandra Lou "Sandy" Bramm Bechtel for 32 years. He was a farmer for many years; member of the Tioga Valley Saddle Club; hunting and bowling were among his favorite past times. He was a league bowler Monday and Thursday nights at the Maple Lanes Bowling Alley. He was preceded in death by a sister, Laura May Dolenti. Surviving besides his wife, are a son and daughter-in-law, Stacy and Mary Bechtel of Covington; daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Jody Devine of Mainesburg; four grandchildren, Stephen Wilcox, Kaitlin Devine, Joseph Devine, Gunner Bechtel; four brothers, Robert and John Bechtel of Pottstown, Kenneth Bechtel of Mansfield, and Gene Bechtel of Pottstown.  Family and friends were invited to call on Sunday, July 27 at the Mainesburg United Methodist Church in Mainesburg. Services were held there Monday, July 28 with the Rev. Howard Woodruff and Bill Baker officiating.  Burial was made at the Knowlton Cemetery, Whitaker Rd., Richmond Township. Arrangements were handled by the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, Mansfield.  Wellsboro Gazette – July 30, 2003

BEILING - Martha Mae Beiling Doud, 78, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, diedquietly with her husband and family by her side, Saturday, March 21, 2009. Martha was born May 28, 1930, in Galeton, as the first born of Charles and Julia Hayner Beiling. Friends may call on Saturday, March 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Galeton. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the church with the Rev. David K. Shultz officiating. Interment will be in the Elk Run Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Elk Run Cemetery, in care of Jackie Bosek, 85 Germania St., Galeton, Pa. 16922; Alzheimer’s Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110; or Meals-on-Wheels, 111 Germania St., Galeton, Pa. 16922. -Mansfield Gazette, March 18, 2009

BELLINGER Loretta P. Kehrley,

79, of Galeton, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006 in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born Aug. 24,1927 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of William and Bessie Bowser Bellinger.  Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 1 in the Valley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Wellsboro with the Rev. Carl Bergerson, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Knowlton Cemetery, Gaines Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Valley C&MA Church, 4864 U.S. Route 6 W, Wellsboro, Pa: 16901: .Arrangements were entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 6, 2006

BENNETT Melvin C. Bennett Jr.

age 46 of Gaines RD 1, died on October 31, 1976 after an extended illness. Prayer service was held at the Collins Funeral Home, Galeton on Wednesday followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bibianas. The Rev. William Kuba officiated. Burial in Knowlton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Patient Welfare Fund of Roswell Park .Institute, Buffalo, N.Y.  He is survived by his parents, Melvin C. and Marie Shea Bennett, Port Charlotte, Florida; his wife, Shirley Coyle of Gaines RD 1; sons, . Kevin, William and Timothy at home. He was employed by Seneca Highlands Unit 9 and he  was a veteran of the U.S. Army, the Korean Conflict, a member of the Pine Creek Sportsman's Club, Marsh Field Grange, Secretary to the Potter County Angler's Club.   Wellsboro Gazette - November 3, 1976

BONNIGER Glen H Bonniger

age 47, of Galeton, died suddenly on Thursday, Sept 5. 1985. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and a graduate of the Airborne School at Fort Bragg, N.C.  He is survived by his parents, Hdrold and Sarah Ripley Bonniger of RD. Gaines, wife, Kathrine of York, sons, Curtis and Wesley Bonniger, both of Westfield; stepdaughter, Sherrie White of Lawrenceville; brothers, Eldon of Dover, and Thurman of Nashville, Tn., and three grandchildren.  Funeral services were held on Monday. Sept. 9, at the Collins Funeral Home in Galeton with the Rev Gary Baumbarger, pastor of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial in the Knowlton Cemetery.   Wellsboro Gazette - September 11, 1985

BONNIGER Harold F. Bonniger

87, of Gaines died Monday .June 1, 1998, at home. Born Ang, 3, 1910, in Point Marion, he was the son of Leroy and Alice Wolfe Bonniger. He was employed by Sunnydale Farms in Galeton for many years. He was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, trustee of Knowlton Cemetery, member of the former Marshlands Grange, and trustee of the former Marshlands Methodist Church. He had served as a Tioga County constable, assistant game warden and an Elk Township supervisor. Surviving are his wife, Sara Ripley Bonniger; two sons, Eldon Bonniger of Gaines and Thurman Bonniger of Adams, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Leona Martin of Winchester, Va., and Ada Madrick of Carmichaels; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday, June 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeffery Canankamp, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be made at Knowlton cemetery.   Wellsboro Gazette – June 3, 1998

BRAMM, Roy Monroe - Roy Monroe Bramm, age 88, of Covington, PA, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at his home. He was born on January 5, 1931 in Lewistown, a son of George and Elsie (Fisher) Bramm. Roy was married to Barbara (Dunn) Bramm. He worked as a mechanic for Car Quest. Roy enjoyed watching TV in his lift chair and working on cars. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons, Roy Bramm, Jr. of Pottstown, Kenneth Bramm of Mansfield, and William Bramm of Pottstown; three daughters, Sandra Bechtal of Covington, Debra (Curtis Heaps) Lefelhoc of Mansfield, and Katherine (Kevin) Starks of Mansfield; and a sister, Elsie Penegalley of Boyertown;. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ray Bramm, and Richard Bramm; and two step sisters, Mary and Martha. Friends and family are invited to call on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 2:00-3:00pm at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA 16933. A memorial service will follow immediately at 3:00pm with Pastor Ed Siddle officiating. Burial will be in Knowlton Cemetery in Covington, PA.  – Mansfield Gazette, PA, 1 August 2019

BROWN, Francis – Francis Brown, the 7 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Brown, died Monday evening, of diphtheria.  Dr. Farwell, of Galeton, was called to see him, but could not save his life, and he died soon after the doctor came.  His parents have the sympathy of the entire community.  It is reported that several houses are under quarantine, because people had been in and out of Mr. Brown’s house and were exposed to diphtheria.  The Knowlton school is also closed for a time, as the little Brown boy had attended school there.   Wellsboro Agitator, 19 November 1919


BROWN Harold L.

of Gaines, PA 90, died Thursday, January 27, 2005. Born November 20, 1914 in Leetonia, he was the son of Dayton and Daisy Dewey Brown. On June 4, 1934 in Attica, NY, he married the former Alice L. White, who predeceased him in 1990. He served with the CCC in Elk Run. He was employed with the Eberle Tannery in Westfield for 27 years, Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, NY, for 15 years, and last worked for the PA Dept. of Transportation. He was a member of Galeton Masonic Lodge #602, the Coudersport Consistory, the Galeton Moose, and a social member of the Galeton VFW. Surviving are a son, Dayton (Joyce) Brown of Galeton; three daughters, Charleen Gilbert of Gaines, Faye (James) Erickson of Ulysses, and Gail (Robert Sr.) Ruef of Westfield; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two grandchildren, four brothers, and one sister. Friends may call Friday, January 28th, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton, where a Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday in the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Shultz will officiate. Burial will be in Knowlton/Elk Run Cemetery, Gaines. Memorials may be made to the Potter County MS Support Group, 7 Ludwig Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915

BURDICK Elmer G. Burdick, Sr.

49, of RD, Galeton, died Sunday, March 12, 1989 at Charles Cole Hospital in Coudersport. Born March 29, 1939, in Gold, he was the son of Elmer and Mary Ludwig Burdick. He was a laborer. Surviving are four daughters, Mary Jane of Gold, Penny Ann Martin, stationed with the U.S Army, Bonnie Sue Burdick of Austin, and Candy Burdick of RD, Gaines; a son, Elmer of Coudersport; mother, Mrs. Mary Burdick of RD, Gaines; five brothers, Warnie Burdick of Filmore, N Y., Earl Burdick of Pine City, N. Y., John Burdick of Harrison Valley, Ronald Burdick of Galeton and Robert Burdick of Gaines; and seven sisters, Mrs. Lucinda Tadder of Millerton, Mrs. Gertrude Farren of Galeton, Mrs. Beverly Farren and Mrs. Betty Reickerd, both of Emporium, Mrs. Diane Dailey of RD, Galeton, Mrs. Katherine Page of Harrison Valley and Ruth Burdick of RD, Gaines.  Services were held today, Wednesday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home in Galeton. The Rev. John Prouty officiated. Burial was made in Knowlton Cemetery at Gaines.  Wellsboro Gazette – March 15, 1989

BUTLER Robert L. "Bob" Butler

Millerton, PA: Age 89, died on Saturday, April 9, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Marilyn (Moore) Voorhees Butler; step-children, Bud & Kay Voorhees of Wellsboro, PA, Steve & Cathy Voorhees of Windsor, PA, Peggy & Chuck Meyer of Elmira, NY; along with 8 step-grandchildren, 7 step-great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Bob was a Veteran of the US Navy and proudly served his country during WWII. He retired from Charter Arms after many years of dedicated service as a polisher. After retiring, Bob worked at the Caton Animal Hospital where he loved and cared for all the animals. He was a faithful member of the Millerton Wesleyan Church, serving on the church board and was an usher as well. Family and friends are invited to call at the Millerton Wesleyan Church, 5174 Main Street, Millerton, PA on Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Funeral Services honoring his life will follow the visitation at 4 p.m. His friend and Pastor, the Reverend Laurie Greenlaw, will celebrate Bob's service. He will be laid to rest in the Knowlton Cemetery at a time convenient for his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Millerton Wesleyan Church. Envelopes will be available at the church.   Star Gazette – April 12, 2011


Mrs. Bertha Brecher, aged 46 years, wife of William Brecher of Gaines, R. D. 1, died March 26, after an illness of one week.  She was born Nov. 19, 1898, at Galeton, daughter of Henry and Sylvia Button. She was married to William Brecher, at Addison, N. Y., Feb. 11, 1932.  She is survived by her husband and five children, Dorotha, Rose and Ida Mae Brecher, at home, Monks. Mrs. Margaret Sykora, of Brookfield, Pa., Robert Edward Liles and William Aaron Liles, of Gaines. She is also survived by two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Wm. Paul, Amos and Henry Button, of Galeton, R. D., and Mrs. Edith Strunk, of Williamsport.  The funeral was held Monday; burial in the Knowlton cemetery.   Wellsboro Agitator – March 29, 1944

BUTTON Christina M. Winne

91, of Coudersport, formerly of Gaines, died on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born Mar. 23, 1922, on Oregon Hill in Tioga County, she was a daughter of the late Melvin and Anna (Belle) Button.  She was married to Lewis H. Winne, who preceded her in death on Apr. 15, 1983.  Christina worked at the Corning Glass Factory in Wellsboro, for many years.  Surviving are a daughter, Loretta (Lewis "Sonny") Smith, Coudersport; 16 grandchildren; several great and great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Bravo Button, Germania; a sister, Roseltha Miller, Jersey Mills, Pa.; several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, Christina was predeceased by a son, Lewis H. Winne, Jr.; three daughters, Lydia Winne, Elsie Carpenter, Rhonda Winne; and four brothers, Bill, Jack, George and John Button.   Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton, on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with funeral services following at 12 p.m. The Rev. Skeet Keaton will officiate.  Burial will be in Knowlton Cemetery.  Wellsboro Gazette – May 31, 2013



The burial of William E. Champaign, who died at Galeton last week, aged 19 years, took place in the Knowlton cemetery up Elk Run last Saturday. Deceased was born on the old homestead in Elk township, and was the son of the late George M. Champaign, who died 12 years ago. He is survived by his mother and sister, Charlotte, as well as numerous other more distant relatives.  Relatives from Watrous attended the funeral.   Wellsboro Agitator – March 29, 1922

Luton Champney, an aged and respected citizen of Watrous died last Friday (November 30, 1923) morning at the home of his niece, Mrs. William Prouty.  Buried in the Knowlton cemetery.  (Mrs. William Prouty was Nellie Champney.)  Galeton Dispatch (1923)

COOLE Earl W. Coole

age 81, of Wellsboro, died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 16, 1982. He was preceded in death by his wife Jessie D. Coole, age 78, who died just 10 days before him on Monday, Sept. 6. at the Carleton Nursing Home.  Mr. Coole was a graduate of the Galeton High School. He was a former president of the Gaines School Board; a member of the Potter County Anglers Club, the Marshfield Grange, the Coudersport Consistory, the  Galeton Masonic Lodge, and the Marshlands Methodist Church. He was a retired railway mail clerk. He is survived by three sons, Dr.  W. Franklin Coole of Mansfield, Richard of Lock Haven, John of Townsend, Montana; brothers, Stanley Coole of Salamanca, N.Y., Harold of Hollywood, Florida; nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  The Rev. Kevin Hughes officiated at funeral services held on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Marshlands Methodist Church.  Burial at the Knowlton Cemetery.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 22, 1982

COOLE John David

Age 68, of Phoenix, AZ, died January 5, 2007 at his home. John was born on August 15, 1938 in Marshlands, PA, a son of Earl William and Jessie (Dewey) Coole. He served in the US Marines from 1956 to 1959. John is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Wayne and Laura Bennett of Galeton, PA, Randy Bennett of Wellsboro, PA; granddaughter, Kelsey Bennett of Galeton, PA; a brother and a sister-in-law, Frank and Judy Coole of Mansfield, PA. Two brothers, Howard Coole and Richard E. Coole preceded him in death. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2007, at the Pine United Methodist Church, Gaines, PA at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Knowlton Cemetery in Gaines, PA. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.


Marie M. Palmer, 65, Gaines, died Saturday, July 1, 2006, in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Burial will be in Knowlton Cemetery, Gaines Township. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.  Wellsboro Gazette – July 5, 2006

DEISEROTH Hazel Alice Dewey

93. of RD 1, Gaines, died Sunday, Nov 26,1989 at home. Born March 15, 1896 in Germania, she was the daughter of August and Elizabeth Budeshiem Deiseroth. She was a member of the Marshlands Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Marshfield Grange No 1113, a member of the Gaines Thimble Club and a member of the Marshlands Capsule Club.  Preceding her in death was her husband. J Arthur Dewey, in 1961. Surviving are a son, Robert Dewey. of Gaines RD; daughter, Marian Scott, of Chemung, N.Y.; daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Burl Persing, of Gaines; grandchildren.  Robert Scott, of Owego, N Y , Sharon Bodine, of Waverly, N Y . Carol Lee Stultz. of Elgin, 111., Larry Persing. of LeRoy, N.Y., and Jackie Bosek and Wendy Sykora, both of Galeton; 18 great grandchildren, eight great, great grandchildren Collins Funeral Home in Galeton Tuesday, Nov 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 29. Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 29 at the funeral Home. Burial was made at the Knowlton Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Knowlton Cemetery Association.  Wellsboro Gazette – November 29, 1989

DEWEY Addison Dewey

died recently at the home of his son, William Dewey, in Gaines of pneumonia .  He Is survived by his widow and nine children— Frank H. , Rupert A and William E of Gaines; Philip H. Dewey, of Wellsboro;… The funeral was held on May 3, at 2 p. m., Rev. Mr. Stephens, of Sunderlinville, and Rev. F. C. Slocum, of Marshlands, officiating; burial was in the Knowlton cemetery.   Wellsboro Agitator – May 15, 1912

DEWEY Harry P. Dewey

70, of Gaines, Pa., died January 26, 1966 at Wellsboro Hospital. He was the son of the Hon. Phillip Hastings Dewey, Pennsylvania Secretary - Internal Affairs and Mrs. Lucy Elnora Dewey. He was born November 2, 1895 at Gaines Township. On June 28, 1922, he married the former Miss Sally Hill. Mr. Dewey was a U. S. Mail Carrier who retired after 45 years of service. Survived by wife; sons, Phillip H. Dewey of Big Flats; the Rev. Keith M. Dewey, of Pittsford, N.Y.; a daughter, Mrs. Leon G. (Betty) Parker, of Wellsboro, Pa.; brother, Guy H. Dewey, of Elmira, N.Y.; sisters, Mrs. Rexford Benn of Corning, Mrs. Maude Feig, of Galeton, Mrs. Norman Repard, of Wellsboro; 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral was Saturday, January 29 at the Gaines Methodist Church the Rev. William Lusk and Rev. Keith Dewey officiating.  Burial was in Knowlton Cemetery.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 3, 1966

DEWEY Jessie D Coole, 78, of RD 1, Gaines, died Monday, Sept 6, 1982. at the Carleton Rest Home, Wellsboro.  She was a member of the Galeton chapter Order of the Eastern Star, the Marshfield Grange, and the Thimble Club. She was a former house mother at Mansfield State College, a member of the Marshland Church, and a retired school teacher. Surviving are her husband, Earle Coole of RD, Gaines; sons, Dr. Franklin Coole of Mansfield, Richard E Coole of Lock Haven,and John D Coole of Townsend, Montana, sister, Mrs. Ada Wilkinson of Elmira, N. Y.; nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  Friends were invited to call at the Collins Funeral Home, Galeton, Tuesday, Sept 7. from 7 to 9 p m.  Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, Sept 8, at 2 p m at the Marshland Methodist Church with the Reverend Kevin Hughes officiating. Burial was in Knowlton Cemetery.  The family provided flowers.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 8, 1982

DEWEY Maude Dewey Feig

98, of Galeton died Saturday, Aug 1, 1992, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.  Born Feb 25, 1894, at Marshlands, she was the daughter of Philip and Eleanor Haner Dewey.  She was a graduate of Wellsboro High School, Class of 1914.  She maintained a music studio in Galeton for a number of years.  She was director of music at the Galeton Rotary Club for 25 years.  She was a member of the Galeton United Methodist Church, where she was organist and choir director.  She was a member of the V F W Auxiliary, Women of the Moose and Twilight Chapter Order of Eastern Star.  She was preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth Gilmore in 1985. Surviving are one son, Robert Feig of Mount Jackson, Va , three daughters, Yovonne Orvik of Albuquerque, N M , Betty Duclos of Elrnira, N Y , arid Patricia Osani of Port Alleghany, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild, several nieces and nephews.  Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Aug 5, at Collins Funeral Home, Galeton, from 7 p m to 9 p m.  Services will be held Thursday,Aug 6, at 2 p.m. at the Pine Creek  Valley United Methodist Church.  Gary Zeto, her grandson, will officiate. Burial will be made at Knowlton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Recreational Therapy.  Wellsboro Gazette – August 5, 1992

DEWEY Mildred

Mrs. Mildred Dewey Cohick died at the family home in Watrous, Dec. 14, after a long illness.  She leaves her parents, Hon. and Mrs. Philip H. Dewey, of Harrisburg; the following brothers and sisters:  Guy Dewey, of Elmira; Harry P. Dewey, of Gaines; Mrs. Grace Thornton, of Wellsboro; Mrs. Maude Feig, of Alfred, N.Y.; Mrs. Rexa Head, of Watrous and Miss Kathryn, a student at the Mansfield Teacher’s College,  as well as numerous other relatives. She was a graduate of the Universal Chiropractic School, of Pittsburgh, and practiced her profession at Jersey Shore for three years. For the last few months she bad been with her parents at Harrisburg, but came up with them often to their Watrous home. On her last trip up she was taken worse and remained In the Watrous home, occupied by her sister, Mrs. Rexa Head, and family, until the end came. She was a professed Christian and bore her suffering patiently. The funeral was held at the house Dec. 16, Rev W D. Hevner officiating, and burial  was in the Knowlton cemetery.  Wellsboro Agitator – December 21, 1927

DEWEY Philip Hastings

Hon. Philip Hastings Dewey, of Watrous, former State Secretary of Internal Affairs and long prominent in Northern Tier politics, died at 9:55 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Blossburg hospital.  He was 70 years of age. Mr. Dewey had been in a serious condition since he underwent an emergency operation Aug. 6 for acute appendicitis and peritonitis.  A State Secretary of Internal Affairs from 1931 to 1934, Mr. Dewey climaxed a political career of more than 20 years.  A Republican, he succeeded James F. Woodward in that office in 1930.  He was re-elected two years later.  Born in Richmond township, Tioga county, Pa., November 12, 1868, a son of Addison and Amy Ripley Dewey, he was educated in the public schools of Mansfield and Gaines. His father, a farmer and school director, had served with the Union forces in the civil war .At the age of 18 years he purchased a 200-acre farm in Gaines township. He maintained a residence there and at Harrisburg. For 25 years he was engaged in the lumbering business and held many political officers in his county and district, including County Commissioner. He was at one time president of the State County Commissioners' Association and served several terms as president of the Tioga County Supervisors’ Association.  In 1921 he was elected to represent his home district in the House of Representatives in the State Legislature.  In 1924 he was elected Master of the State Grange and was reelected in 1926.   In 1927 Govenor Fisher appointed him manager of the State’s Workmens Insurance Fund at Harrisburg, which office he held until Governor Pinchos was elected into office.  Music was his hobby; he played several band instruments and directed a number of bands in districts in the Northern Tier.  He was a member of the Baptist church.  Surviving are his widow, Lucy Elnora Haner Dewey; four daughters, Mrs. LaVerne Thornton and Mrs. Norma Repard, of Watrous; Mrs. Chester A. Feig, of Mansfield, and Mrs. John Benn, of Corning; two sons, Guy H. Dewey, of Elmira and Harry P. Dewey, of Gaines; two brothers, William Dewey, of Fillmore, California, and Solon Dewey, of Osage, Wyoming; a sister, Mrs. Julia Kelley, of Rochester; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  The funeral was held Saturday at his late home; burial in the Knowlton Cemetery at Elk Run.  Wellsboro Agitator – August 16, 1939


Dr. Rexa D Benn age 79 of Gaines, formerly of Corning died on Sunday, June 28, 1981 at her residence.  She was a member of the National Chiropractors Association and maintained an office in Corning for 30 years.  She is survived by a son Dr. William Head of New Hartford, N Y , a daughter,  Mrs. Dorothy Raynes of Dover, N H;  sisters, Mrs. Maude Feig, of Galeton and Mrs. Katherine Reppard of Wellsboro, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2 p m at the Gaines United Methodist Church with the Rev Kevin Hughes officiating.  Wellsboro Gazette – July 1, 1981

DEWEY Robert A
of Marshlands, PA Age 86, died Monday, June 20, 2005, in his home. Born May 24, 1919 in Marshlands, he was the son of Arthur and Hazel Deiseroth Dewey. A World War II veteran, he served with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. He was employed by Devling Bros. Hardware in Galeton for many years. He was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, and past master of the Marshlands Grange. Surviving are two sisters, Marjorie Persing of Gaines, PA, and Marian Scott of Waverly, NY; nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, Sharon (Michael) Dowd of Waverly, NY, Carole Lee (Pete) Stultz of Elgin, IL, Larry (Peggy) Persing of Churchville, NY, Jackie Bosek of Galeton, and Wendy (Ted) Sykora of Galeton; 18 great-nieces and nephews; and 28 great-great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a nephew, Robert A. Scott. Friends may call at the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton, PA, on Friday, June 24, 2005, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., with Funeral Services following at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Robert Reifsnyder will officiate. Burial will be in Knowlton-Elk Run Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines, PA 16921.

DEWEY Rupert a Dewey

aged 73 years, died suddenly at his home in Gaines Friday at 3:30 p. m. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marian Wood Dewey; three sons, Winfred of Chemung, N. Y.; J. Arthur, of Gaines, and Addison E., of Elmira; two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Ageichel, of Wellsboro; Mrs. Marian French, of Pine City; three brothers, Hon. Phillip H. Dewey, of Watrous; William E., of California; Solon H. , of Osage, Wyoming; a sister, Mrs. Julia Kelley, of Rochester; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral was held yesterday; burial in the Knowlton cemetery at Elk Run.   Wellsboro Agitator – May 10, 1939

DORSON, Nell -  MATTESON, Nell R.,age 72, of 107 Sherman St., Galeton, Pa., suddenly Thursday, Dec. 27, 1973, at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Friends may call at the Collins Funeral Home, Galeton, Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary at the funeral home Sunday at 8 p.m. Prayer service there Monday at 9:30 a.m.followed by Mass of the Resurrection and committal service at 10 a.m. in St. Bibiana’s Church, the Rev. Herbert Gloekler. Burial at Knowlton Cemetery. Survived by one son, Richard Matteson of Galeton; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Florence Harper of Galeton; several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the St. Biblana’s Church; the widow of Wayne Matteson and a retired employee of the Gaines Co.

Wellsboro Gazette - March 10, 1966
Rosa A. Schoonover, 88, of Wellsboro RD4, formerly of Painted Post, died Wednesday, March 2, 1966 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Confer of Wellsboro RD 4.  She was the widow of George R. Schoonover.  She was born December 16, 1877 in Wichita Falls, Kan, the daughter of Adelbert and Elizabeth Dunmore Douglas.  Besides Mrs. Confer, she is survived by three other daughters, Mrs. Allie Rexford, of Painted Post, Mrs. Mildred Cook, of Mills and Mrs. Vera Ripley of Ithaca; four sons, Carl of Wellsville, Frank of Genessee, Claire of Spokane, Wash., and Lyle of Dundee, N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. Julia Carney of Friendship, N.Y., and Mrs. Jessie Marshall of Compton, Calif.  Funeral was held Saturday at Johnson & Tussey Funeral Home with burial in Knowlton Cemetery at Gaines.

DUGAN Walter

The funeral of Walter L. Dugan, of Galeton, was held Saturday, Robert 8. Cocks, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating; burial in the Knowlton cemetery at Elk Run.  Wellsboro Agitator – April 9, 1947

Wellsboro Agitator – November 10, 1926
Gaines, Nov. 9 - The funeral of Mrs. Maria D. Persing, who died at her home in Galeton, aged 86, was held here in the Knowlton school house last Friday and burial was in the Knowlton cemetery.  She resided here a good share of her life, but purchased a home at Galeton and had resided there for the last few years.  She first married Thomas Schoonover who died many years ago.  Later she married Reuben Persing, who has been dead quite a long time also.  She leaves two sons, four daughters, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.   She was a Seventh Day Adventist and a very devout Christian.


Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., Nov. 10, 1926, Pg 3
Mrs. Maria Persing died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Koss, in Galeton.  She was born Sept. 14, 1840, and died Nov. 2, 1926.  The funeral was held Friday at the Knowlton school house on Elk Run; interment in the cemetery there.

FARNHAM Catherine

Gaines, July 18 - Mrs. Catherine Marsh, widow of the late Miner P. Marsh, died Monday, July 6, aged 84 years, after a short illness, and the funeral was held from her late home at Marshland, Wednesday, July 8, Rev. F. C. Slocum, of Addison, a former Baptist pastor here, officiating.  Burial was in the Knowlton cemetery.  She leaves a brother, Ed. Farnham, of New York State; sister, Mrs. Alice Livermore, of Andover, N. Y., and the following children: Harry W. Marsh and Mrs. Cora Wetmore, of Marshland; Jesse M. Marsh, of Lambs Creek, and Hugh L. Marsh, of Galeton; also 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  She was the last one left here of our older or first residents. She was a charter member of the Marshlands Baptist church.  Wellsboro Agitator – July 15, 1925

FARNHAM Katherine Marsh

Gaines, July 8.—Mrs. Katherine Marsh, an aged and highly respected citizen, of Marshlands, died at her home on Monday morning, after several weeks of painful suffering, arising from a complication of diseases and old age. Mrs. Marsh is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Cora Wetmore, of Knowlton, who has been caring for her mother during her illness, and three sons, Harry, of Marshlands; Hugh, of Galeton, and Jesse, of Lambs Creek; also several grandchildren and great grandchildren, besides a large circle of friends.  The deceased was the widow of the late Minor Marsh. One daughter died about two years ago. The funeral will be held from the home today (Wednesday) at 2 p. m.; burial in the Knowlton cemetery.  Wellsboro Gazette – July 9, 1925

Bettie Feig (Steinhauser) 80, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at Elcor Health  Services, Horseheads. Born October 3, 1923 in Hornell, NY, she was the daughter of Dr. Chester A. Feig and Maude Dewey Feig. Bettie was raised in Mansfield, PA, and attended Mansfield State College, majoring in music. In 1944, she married her first husband, Robert Steinhauser of Elmira, NY, now of Canandaigua, NY. In 1971, she married Norman Duclos of Wellsburg. Both her former spouses survive her. Bettie is survived by her three children and their  spouses: sons, Howard "Steiny" and Georgie Steinhauser of Chino Valley, AZ,and Terry and Donna Steinhauser of Clarence, NY; a daughter, Lynne (Theron)Andrews of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Marci Krantz and Erik Steinhauser of Chino Valley, AZ, Jason Andrews of Atlanta, GA, Andre and Anastasia Steinhauser of Clarence, NY; stepgrandson, Timothy Andrews of Atlanta, GA, and Jeff; two great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her beloved sister and brother, Patsy Osani of Port Allegany, PA, and Robert Feig of Virginia. Bettie was predeceased by sisters, Ruth FeigGillmore of Harrisburg, and Yvonne Zito Dewitt of Arizona. Bettie was formerly employed by Sheehans Department Store and Iszards Tea Room. She was a  member of Riverside Methodist Church. Bettie had two things she cherished most in life, her family and good music. The product of an extremely musically talented family, Bettie had a beautiful alto voice. She sang professionally, as a  ballad singer, under the name "Bettie Craig" from the mid 1940's through 1968. In  1959, Bettie appeared on the Ted Mack Show in New York, and was chosen to  tour with his band in PA and NJ that summer. She turned down a subsequent offer to continue singing professionally in New York City because being a mother   to her three children was her top priority. Thereafter, she limited her singing jobs to local engagements only, appearing often with the Charlie Tremaine Orchestra, the Charlie Ponzi Bank, and occasionally with the Sgro Brothers. She sang at  places such as Libs Supper Club, Rustic Gardens, The Castle in Olean, on the radio, for Artic League telecasts, and for many weddings and banquets in the area until 1967. Bettie was proud of her Dewey family history and educated her children about their genealogy from the time they were little. Her children willremember her as a loving mother and grandmother, who taught them about tolerance, respect, and being the best you can be. Bettie cherished any time she could spend with her children and grandchildren. She was a shy and unassuming woman filled with much kindness and grace. In her final years, Bettie was ravaged by the devastating effects of crippling rheumatoid arthritis which left her with a weakened immune system. She is finally at peace. There will be a memorial service at the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton, PA, to be  announced at a later date. Bettie will be buried with many of her ancestors in Knowlton-Elk Run Cemetery near Watrous, PA. Her family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Elcor Nursing Home and also Southern Tier Hospice. Contributions in Bettie's name may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 1330 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, or the Chemung County SPCA.

GILL Buela Clair Gill

four months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Gill, of Loucks Mills died last week.   Funeral services were held at their home Saturday afternoon. Burial was made in Knowlton cemetery.  Wellsboro Gazette – March 5, 1942

GLEASON Doris R. Rarick

84, of RD, Gaines, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 1989 in Stiles Manor, Galeton. Born June 2, 1904, in Osceola, she was a daughter of Raymond and Mae Dalaba Gleason. Surviving are her husband, Clyde Rarick, a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Price of Osceola; three sons, Lowell Casbeer of Savona, N.Y., Charles Casbeer of Campbell, N.Y., and Robert Casbeer of Elkland; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Phoebe Alger of Woodhull, N.Y.; and a brother, Lyle Gleason of Nelson. Funeral services were held in the Brown Funeral Home, Galeton, with the Rev. Steve Rockey officiating. Burial was made in the Knowlton Cemetery, Gaines RD.  Wellsboro Gazette - January 18, 1989

GORDNIER Donald D. Gordnier

52, of 235 W. Main St., Galeton, died suddenly Friday, Sept. 14,1984.  He was the manager of the Ox Yoke Inn at Galeton.  A graduate of Galeton High School in 1950, he attended Elmira Business Institute, was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the Galeton Masonic Lodge and Coudersport Consistory.  Surviving are: his wife, Barbara Bruce; son, Marc Gordnier, a student at East Stroudsburg University; a daughter, Paula at home; a brother, Lawrence Gordnier of Elmira, N.Y.; sisters, Mrs. Lois Hinman of Galeton, and Mrs. Donna Skelly of Bath, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews. There will be no  visitation. The family will receive friends at their residence.  Friends and relatives are invited to attend graveside memorial services which will be held this Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p m. at the Knowlton Cemetery.  The family will provide flowers.  Funeral arrangements were made by the Collins Funeral Home, Galeton.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 19, 1984

HALE Arthur

Arthur Hale, aged 57 years, died Monday, Sept. 8, at Brighams Feed Stables in Galeton, as the result of being kicked in the stomach by one of his horses.  He hauled milk to the condenser and Monday about one o’clock after delivering his load of milk to the condenser, he went on up town and put his horses in the stable and fed them and then went out to do some trading.  When he returned to the barn he took the horses’s bridle from a nail and stepped into the stall and slapped it on the rump without speaking to it, and the horse, which was evidently frightened, as it wasn’t considered vicious, kicked with both feet and struck Mr. Hale in the stomach.  The injured man staggered back and was caught by Mr. Brigham, who was there at the time.  Mr. Brigham called for assistance and carried him to his office and at once summoned Dr. Jas. F. Hurd, who did what was possible for him.  His family was summoned on the phone, also his daughter, Mrs. Ellen Coole, his brother-in-law, Wm. Kern, who resides in Galeton, were notified and arrived before he died, although he lived only about an hour.  He was conscious after they all arrived.  Dr. H. W. Howland, the family physician, was also sent for.  Dr. Hurd stated that the horse’s hoofs struck Mr. Hale in the solar plexus and that death was caused by internal bleeding.  The body was taken to Earl White’s undertaking establishment in Galeton, who had charge of the funeral and prepared for burial.  The funeral was held at the home of his brother-in-law, A. M. Kern, in Elk, Thursday, Sept. 11, Rev. W. D. Hevner, of Galeton, officiating;  burial was in the Knowlton cemetery.  He is survived by his wife and the following children:  Mrs. Ellen Coole, of Galeton, and Cecil and Kenneth, at home.  He came here from Michigan some years before his marriage and had resided here ever since except for a short period, when he took his family and went back to Michigan, eventually returning here. He owned a small farm, but worked out a good deal.  He was an honest and hardworking citizen and will be greatly missed by his friends and acquaintances.  His family have the heartfelt sympathy of all.     Wellsboro Agitator – September 17, 1924

HANER Archie L Haner

of Chaffee N Y formerly of  Elmira, N Y died on Sunday July 1, 1984 at the Springville Hospital Springville N Y.  He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and a member of the Chaffee Odd Fellows 256 and a past member of the Chaffee Sardina Kiwanis Club.  A retired employee with 33 years of service at American LaFrance, Mr. Haner was a U S Army Veteran of World War I.  He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Robertson Haner in 1960.  Surviving are his wife Annette Kenyon Haner; sons and daughters in law Charles and Mary Haner of Elmira N Y and Floyd and Betty Haner of Pine City N Y; daughters, Mrs. Richard (Alma) DeHase of Pine City N Y;  Mrs/ Donald (Florence) Braund of Elmira Heights, NY and Mrs. Larry (Margo) Hollenbeck of Corning N Y; brothers, Leonard Haner of Big Flats N Y and Clarence Haner of Wellsboro; sisters,  Mrs. Ethel Alexander of Elmira N Y;  Mrs. Julia Bieling of Galeton and Mrs. Carrie Mattison of Holly N Y; several nieces and nephews, 22 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.  Friends were invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Elmira N Y on Tuesday July 3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to9pm with funeral services there on Wednesday July 4 at 10 a m.   Interment was in Knowlton Cemetery in Marshland Pa with The Rev Marhn B Stewart officiating.  Wellsboro Gazette - July 4, 1984

HANER Lucy Elnora Dewey

Mrs. Lucy EInora Dewey, aged 68 years, widow of Hon. Phillip H. Dewey, former Secretary of Internal Affairs, who died last August, died at the home of a son, Harry P. Dewey, at Gaines, Pa., at 10 p. m. Thursday evening.  She is survived by two sons, Guy H. and Harry P.; four daughters; Mrs. La Verne Thornton,, of Watrous; Mrs. C. A. Feig, of Mansfield; Mrs. John Benn, of Corning; Mrs. Norman Repard, of Gaines; one brother, William Haner, of Gaines; three sisters, Mrs. Martie Dewey, of Gaines; Mrs. Dennis Ripley, of Elmira; Mrs. F. P. Champaign, of Endicott; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Sunday at "Sunnybank," the family home; burial in the Knowlton cemetery.   Wellsboro Agitator – July 24, 1940

HANER Ralph Edgar

Ralph Edgar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Haner, of Elkland, who was born April 6, died at the family home April 19.  The funeral was held Wednesday; burial in the Knowlton Cemetery.  Wellsboro Agitator – April 27, 1932

Wellsboro Agitator Oct. 8, 1947
Mrs. Lee Rumsey - Mrs. Ethel I. Rumsey, aged 75 years, of Gaines, died at her home Oct. 3.  Survivors include her husband, Lee Rumsey, one son, Clayton, of Gaines; three daughters, Mrs. Bessie Kent, of Troy; Mrs. Edith Chappell, of Crooked Creek; Alberta King, of Sabinsville; 13 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.   The funeral was held yesterday; burial in the Knowlton cemetery


Mrs. Sally Parker of Gaines, mother of Mrs. Blanche Peer of Wellsboro and Sidney B Parker of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, November 14, 1957.  Three grandchildren also survive Mrs. Parker who died at the age of 91.  Funeral services were held at the Marshlands Methodist Church Sunday at 2 p m , the Rev Richard Harrington officiating. Burial was in Knowlton Cemetery, Gaines.  Wellsboro Agitator – November 21, 1957  (wife of George Parker)

The Agitator regrets that in the Obituary of Mrs. Sally Parker, which appeared in last week’s issue a mistake was made in the number of grandchildren.  The number of grandchildren should have been 8 instead of 3.  She is also survived by 17 great grandchildren.  Wellsboro Agitator – November 28, 1957

Wellsboro Agitator, Tioga, PA - Wed., March 6, 1918, Pg 5
Mrs. Belinda Rumsey died Saturday, March 2, at the home of her nephew and foster son, Leon Rumsey, aged 86 years. She was the widow of the late Wm. Rumsey, who died several years ago. She had been ill two years. She left no children, but left nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives. The funeral is to be at the house on Tuesday at 2 o'clock and interment will be in the Elk Run Cemetery.

Linda H. Walters, 62, of Tioga died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at home. Born May 24, 1938, in Watrous, she was the daughter of Allan and Norma Strait Howland.  She retired after 29 1/2 years as a German teacher at Williamson Junior-Senior   High School. She initiated the German curriculum there and carried it to its completion. She attended Syracuse and Stanford University where she helped establish the FLES curriculum. She was a graduate of the former Mansfield State College    with a bachelor's degree in German and library science. She served as children's resource and outreach librarian at the Green Free Library, Wellsboro. She was the secretary of Galeton High School's class of 1956. She was the recipient of the Girl Scout's highest award for bravery and maintained a lifelong affiliation with the Girl Scouts. She was the first female lifeguard to be hired by the Pennsylvania Department   of Forests and Waters. She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Tioga, and past president of the Episcopal Church Women. She was a member of the Wellsboro Women's Chorus and the Friday Club. Surviving besides her mother of Tioga are her husband of 42 years, Steve; one  son Mitch of Hattiesburg, Miss.; one sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Fye of Tioga; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Allan and Pam Howland Laurel, Md., and Michael and Joan Howland of Reston, Va.  Calling hours were held Monday, Oct. 9, at the Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Tioga, with the Rev. Joseph McNamara, her pastor, officiating. Burial was made in Elk Run Cemetery, Watrous.

HURD Andrew J

The many friends of Rev. Andrew J. Hurd regret to learn of his death, which occurred last week Monday, at a hospital in Syracuse. Rev. Mr. Hurd was pastor at one time of the East Lawrence Christian church, and endeared himself to all by his sincerity, and practicing what he preached. He is survived by his invalid wife, Mrs. Ella Hurd; a daughter, Mrs. Anna Hall, and one son, Norris Hurd, all of Syracuse. Interment in Marshlands, his native place.  Wellsboro Gazette – August 24, 1910

HURD Isaac M

Mr. Isaac M. Hurd, while engaging in new-silling a barn about two months ago, was so severely injured by some portion of it falling on him that he died last Friday.  He was a brother of Dr. J. T. Hurd, of Galeton, and Rev. Andrew Hurd, of Somers Lane.  He was a man of strict integrity and honor.  He was forty-three years old and unmarried.  His mortal remains were buried from the Free Baptist church yesterday, Rev. Mr. Stratton officiating.   A large concourse of people gathered from miles around to attend the funeral service.   Wellsboro Agitator – July 17, 1895

Tioga County Locals. Aug. 1, 1923
Happenings of General Interest in This County.
-- Jerry Hurlbert, aged 66 years, died at his home in Watrous, PA., July 20. The funeral was held July 23 at the house. Mr. Hurlbert was born in Troupsburg, PA(NY)., Sept 8. 1857, and moved to his late home in October, 1913. He was twice married and is survived by two children, Jessie Hurlbert, of Reynoldsville, NY and Fred Hurlbert of Gaines; four brothers: Matthew and Daniel of Troupsburg; Arthur of Galeton, and Charles of Watrous, two sisters, Mrs. Edward Mattison of Gaines and Mrs. William Harris of Niagara Falls, NY and several grandchildren. Burial was in the Knowlton Cemetery, Rev. H. L. Harriman officiating.  Wellsboro Agitator – August, 1, 1923

HURLBERT, William - William “Bill” Hurlbert, 86, of Decaturville, TN passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018 at home.  He was born 27 July 1931 in Gaines Township, PA. William was the son of the late Winfred Charles and Frieda (Gansel) Hurlbert. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Janice (McCracken) Hurlbert. Bill was a graduate of Gaines High School and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked numerous jobs during his life; farming, crop duster pilot, radio DJ, business owner, pastor and associate missionary. He and Janice owned and operated the Good News Bookstore in Wellsboro for many years.  After retiring from the bookstore, they were associate missionaries with UIM (United Indian Missions) in Glendale, Arizona for 12 years. They were members of the Charleston Baptist Church of Wellsboro. Surviving in addition to his wife, Janice, is his sister, Patricia Bock of Gulfport, MS; sons: Stephen Hurlbert and wife, Robin of Decaturville, TN; Jeffery Hurlbert of Galeton, PA; Richard Hurlbert and wife, Dawn of Thornton, CO; and Ronald Hurlbert of Thornton, CO. Bill and Janice have numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Merle and Paul; sisters Wynona Lamos, Bernice Thompson, Nancy Zelinski and Lilian Bailey. Visitation will be held Monday, March 19, 2018 from 10-11am at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA 16901. His funeral service will follow at 11:00 am, with Pastor Bradley Prouty officiating.  Burial will be at the Knowlton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Charleston Baptist Church, 423 Dartt Settlement Rd; Wellsboro, PA 16901. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., Wellsboro, PA. – Mansfield Gazette, 15 March 2018


JORDAN Mary J. Rippe

89, formerly of Watrous, died Monday, July 21, 1997, in The Green Home Wellsboro.  Born Aug. 15, 1907, in Elkins, W. Va., she was married to Michael Boyle, who preceded her in death, and later married Lawrence Rippe, who preceded her in death in 1993.  She was a homemaker.  Surviving are three sons, Michael Boyle, James Boyle and Thomas Boyle, all of Brooklyn,  N.Y.; two daughters, Mary Jams and Ellen Boyle, both of Woodside, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law, Joyceen Boyle of Augusta, Ga,, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Calling hours will be held Friday, July 25, from 10:30 a.m; to 11 a.m. at the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton. Funeral services will be held there immediately following the calling hours with the Rev. John Weibel officiating. Burial will be made in Knowlton  Cemetery.  Wellsboro Gazette – July 23, 1997 



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