Bertha Sherwood Scrapbook

Giles, Hills, Hopkins, Merrill, Moore,
Pease, Probasco, Royal, Sherwood,
Tousley, Williams

Theresa Rae Hilker Donlick

Theresa Rae Donlick has in her possession a scrapbook compiled by Bertha Sherwood, featuring many articles on Tioga County people and places. She will be sharing them with us on an on-going basis.

She says:

"I however do not wish that any commericial use be made of them without my permission."

"I have deciphered to the best of my ability the names, places and dates contain herein. Where there are blank spaces, I could not ascertain the name or word that was written."

- Theresa Rae Hilker Donlick.


Charles F. Giles died at his home in Apalachin, Monday, March 30, aged 64 years. He was the son of the late John S. and Martha (Glover) Giles, and was born in Apalachin, June 20, 1860.
Mr. Giles had been for many years closely identified with the activities of Apalachin and the Town of Owego. He had served many years as a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Town Board. He had also served for many years as President of the School Board, at Apalachin. His farm is one of the best in the southern tier. Besides general farming he devoted a portion of his activities to raising sheep and growing fruits in large quantities. He was one of the first to recognize the value of attractive merchandising of apples. Everything he offered for sale was carefully selected and "groomed." He was for years an influential factor in the affairs of the Tioga County Agricultural Society and servied as its president. He was regarded generally as one of the thriftiest farmers in Tioga County.
The decedent was for many years a member of Friendship Lodge, No. 153 F. and A. M. and of the Tioga Lodge, Ela=kwa-ta-wa Tribe, No. 261 Imp. O.R.M., of Apalachin. Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by a grandson, Francis Palmer; one sister, Mrs. Ransom Holmes, all of Apalachin, and two brothers, John R. and George A. Giles of Belmont, Mass. The Rev. L. D. Armlin will officiate at the funeral to be held at the home on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial at Apalachin.


Charles S. Hills was born March 31, 1827, in the state of New York, Tioga county, and died February 7, 1899, at his home, one mile north of Weltonville, N.Y. he was the son of Asahael HILLS. Had for years been counted among the children of God; at the time of this death was considered a faithful Christian and was a frequenter of the house of worship. Stricken with paralysis and although a doctor was immediately summoned and all done that loving hands could do, he never rallied, and in about twenty-seven hours quietly passed away. He leaves a wife in the lonely home and two children in homes of their own, Elmer, of the same place, and Mr. D. W. DOTY, of Fairfield. Services were conducted at the Baptist church, Rev. Carl COUNCILMAN, of Flemingville, officiating. He chose for his text 37th verse of the 37th Psalm, R. K. HAMMOND also taking part in the services. The funeral was largely attended by friends and neighbors, who came to pay their last tribute of respect and affection. He was gently carried to his place of rest by his six nephews, sone of brothers. George and Rodney, and laid by the side of his son, George, who had preceded him ten years, there to await the resurrection of the just.
"In the bright and cloudless morning,
When the dead in Christ shall rise,
And the glory of the resurrection share."


Mrs. Judith Caroline HILLS died on Friday, Jan. 29, at the home of her son, Elmer HILLS, in Pleasant Valley aged 83 years. She was the daughter of the late Ezra TALMADGE, and was born in Pleasant Valley. Besides her son, she is survived by one brother, Ezra TALMADGE, of South Owego, and one sister, Mrs. Frutilla GRAVES, of Little Meadows, Pa. The funeral was held at the house at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial was made in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.


Owego, Oct. 23 - Mrs. Emily S. HOPKINS, widow of John Q. HOPKINS, died at their home in Apalachin Sunday, aged 71 years. She was the daughter of H. A. HOLLENBECK and was born in Barton. She had lived in Apalachin for the past 15 years. She is survived by two sons, Roy E. HOPKINS of Apalachin, and George W. HOPKINS of Barton, a daughter, Mrs. George DOTT of Sacramento, Cal., a brother, Henry HOLLENBECK of San Francisco, Cal., and a sister, Mrs. E. H. SCHOONOVER of Sacramento, Cal. Rev. J. A. DICKINSON, pastor of the Methodist Church of Apalachin, officiated at the funeral today. Burial was in Barton.


The funeral of MRs. Susan Grace MERRILL was held at the Prentice Funeral Home, 62 Carroll Street, Monday at 4 p.m. Rev. Hinson V. HOWLETT officiated. Burial was in Hope Cemetery, Newark Valley.


Mrs. T. F. Moore, aged 45 years died on July 21 (year not given)


Mrs. Pauline Pease, wife of John Brink, of West Newark, died on Friday last, of pneumonia, aged 63 years. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Noble Bethel and the Misses Gertrude and Carrie, New York; one son, Archie, of West Newark; one brother, Dr. E. E. Pease, and one sister Miss Pease, of Nichols. The funeral was held from the family residence, on Monday last. (no year given)


Gurdon Westbrook Probasco died at his home at Hiawatha on Thursday, Feb. 18, of heart disease. He was born March 25, 1865, and had for many years been an attendant in the Binghamton State Hospital. His health failed to such an extent that about a year ago he removed to a small farm at Hiawatha. He was a man of probity and integrity, and had many friends who mourn his death. He is survived by his wife, a son, Harold E. Probasco; his mother, Mrs. Mary J. Probasco; one brother, Elmer Probasco, and one sister, Mrs. Henry W. Rowe, all of Owego. The Rev. Sidney Winter, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, conducted the funeral at the house at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The body was placed in the receiving vault in Evergreen Cemetery. The Masonic services were in charge of Friendship Lodge, No. 153, F. and A.M., at the request of Binghamton Lodge, No. 177, of Binghamton, which Mr. Probasco was a member. Burial will be made in Evergreen Cemetery.
(year not given)


Harold E. Probasco, recognized as one of the best newspaper cartoonists in the country, died at his home in Cleveland, April 22, He had been ill for many weeks. As the originator of "Terrible Tessie" and "That's Different." He first drew attention. Of recent months he had been specializing in sport cartoons and had established himself among the leaders in that type of drawing when he was taken ill. He was 26 and had been married but a few months. His wife, Helen Byington Probasco, and his mother, Mrs. Anna Archibald of Owego, N.Y, survive him.


Mrs. Mary Julia Probasco died on Saturday morning, March 21, at 1 o'clock, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Rowe, on upper Fifth Avenue. Her illness was brief. She became ill last Tuesday morning and pneumonia developed, death coming in less than four days. She was the daughter of Cornelius and Betsy (Sherwood) Groesbeck, and was born in Hiawatha in the Town of Owego, Oct. 3, 1841. She had spent her entire life in this vicinity, the past three or four years in the Rowe home. She was a woman whose efforts were devoted to her family and friends. Her death is distinct loss to this community. Besides her daughter, she is survived by one son Elmer Probasco, of this village and one brother, Frank Groesbeck, of Hiawatha, Southside. The Rev. Sidney Winter, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, officiated at the funeral, which was held at the Rowe residence on Monday afternoon with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.


Died at the paternal residence on Liberty street, Owego, on Sunday the 7th inst., Mrs. Emily JEWETT ROYAL, daughter of Harry JEWETT, Esq., of this village.The deceased was born in the old family residence south of Apalachin village January 19, 1841. She attended the common school of that neighborhood, taught music for some time at the seminary of Miss INGALLS, Binghamton. Afterward she Attended the higher classes of the Owego academy. Miss JEWETT, though never robust, was a young lady of pleasing appearance, genial, lively and attractive.Mrs. ROYAL was for four or five years a clerk in the navy department, Washinton, but failing health compelled her to retire, though she remained in Washington exercising her pen for some time after her retirement from the Department.In April last she was suffering from a severe cold. The premonitory symptoms of consumption appeared. She returned to her old home in Owego. Under the loving care of a kind father and other relatives and friends she continued the struggle for life. The end came on Sunday last. The deceased had a wide circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances, whose loving and tender affection she highly appreciated. She retained her brilliant intellectual abilities to the last, anticipating that rest which the weary and worn can most enjoy.The deceased was a member of the Baptist Church of this village, having been baptised there some twenty years ago. Her steadfast faith enabled her to endure without complaining the weary hours that were appointed to her. She waited with fortitude till the end came and while here sufferings were many she seldom if ever murmured.She leaves a loving father and two brothers, Henry L. JEWETT and Fred G. JEWETT, to mourn her loss. To her the change is joy unspeakable.


Apalachin Young Lady Whose Friends Sincerely Mourn Her Death

Apalachin, March 3. -Many friends were deeply pained by the death of Mrs. Amy SHERWOOD, wife of J. Ross SHERWOOD, which occurred recently at her home on Forest Lake hill. Deceased was 25 years of age and was a young lady who enjoyed the respect of all of her friends and acquaintances. Besides her husband she leaves two children, her father, Andrew WHITE, of Apalachin; two sisters, Mrs. Lena MCCULLOUGH and Mrs. George TRACY, of South Apalachin, and two brothers, James WHITE, of Endicott, and Ralph WHITE, of Apalachin. Funeral services were conducted at the home and later at the M. E. Church, where Rev. G. V. MCALISTER officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. (not dated)


Mrs. Nellie McMahon Sherwood died in the City Hospital yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock after a long illness. She is survived by her husband. S. B. SHERWOOD; her father, Michael McMAHON; one sister, Mrs. L. J. WALTERS, and three brothers, Timothy, Michael and Martin, all of this city. The funeral services will be held in the home, 14 Oliver street at a time to be announced later. (This may be either a Broome Co., or Tioga Co., Obituary)


Samuel B. Sherwood, aged 42 years, died at his home, 14 Oliver Street, early this morning after a week's illness with pneumonia. Mr. Sherwood was born in Owego in 1877 and had lived in this city about 24 years. For about 13 years he was employed as electrical engineer at the Binghamton State Hospital and for the last six years had been employed by the E. J. Corporation. At the time of his death he held the position of superintendent of electrical work in the Johnson City shoe plants. He is survived by his mother Mrs. Phoebe SHERWOOD, who resided with him, and two brothers, Vanness SHERWOOD of this city and J. Ralph SHERWOOD OF Apalachin. He formerly was an employee of the Lackawanna railroad and was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers. The funeral will be held at his home Sunday at 2 o'clock. (date appears to be June or Jan. 10th or 30th - 1920-hand written, Also a date of Feb. 1st hand written on the article)


Van Ness A. SHERWOOD, 60 years old, of 85 Fairview avenue, died at his home Wednesday afternoon. He is survived by his wife, MRs. Bertha F. (BABCOCK) SHERWOOD; a brother, J. Ross SHERWOOD of Apalachin; and a niece, Miss Phoebe A. SHERWOOD of Apalachin. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clcok at his home. The Rev. Frank R. JAMES will officiate. Burial will be in Riverhurst cemetery in Endicott.


Silas G. Tousley, aged 31 years, died at the Packer hospital at Sayre, Pa., Wednesday, August 27, following an operation for appendicitis, which was performed on Friday. He was taken ill while at work at this trade of plumber last Thursday at the PAGETT farm east of this village. Mr. TOUSLEY was the son of Silas G. TOUSLEY and was born at Campville. He had been employed for several years by the J. S. HOUK hardware company in this village. He was a member of Tioga lodge, I.O.O.F., and of Friendship lodge, F. and A.M. He was an active fireman, being foreman of Susquehanna hose company, No. 1 He leaves one sister, Mrs. Orlo DEGARAMO. His funeral will be held Sunday at 1:30 a.m. at the Baptist church.


Albert S. Williams, formerly of Owego, an employee of the Erie Railroad Company since 1864 and for many years a master mechanic on that system, died on Friday morning, Nov. 18, at 3:45 o'clock, at the family home, No. 378 1/2 West Clinton Street, Elmira, aged 76 years.Mr. WILLIAMS, who was well and favorably known in Owego, is survived by his wife, his son, Harry D. WILLIAMS, of Elmira; his daughter, Mrs. George DISKERT, of Williamsport, Pa., and several grandchildren and brothers and sisters. The funeral was held at his late residence, in Elmira, on Sunday. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, in this village.MRS. ANNA WILLIAMS-ObituaryMrs. Anna Williams, widow of Albert R. WILLIAMS, died at her home on West Clinton street, Elmira, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS were former residents of Owego. She is survived by a son, Harry WILLIAMS, of Elmira, a daughter, Mrs. Grover DECKERT ofWilliamsport, PA., and a sister, MRs. John E. Yerks of Denver, Colo. The funeral will be held at the home at 1:30 o'clock, Wednesday. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery in this village. (hand dated - Dec. 20, 1925 or 1935)


Freedman C. WILLIAMS, formerly of this village, died in Union, Monday, April 15, 1907, aged 30 years. He is survived by his wife and two children; his parents, Mr. and MRs. A. S. WILLIAMS, of Elmira; one sister, Mrs. G. H. DECKERT, of Williamsport, Pa. And one brother, Harry, who resides in New York. His funeral was held in Union on Wednesday and his remains were brought to this village for burial in Evergreen cemetery.


HENRY WILLIAMS, OWEGO RAILROAD MAN, DIES AT 75HAD WORKED FOR THE ERIE CONSTRUCTION FORCES FOR OVER 30 YEARS(NOTE: It says "Last of Aug. 1928)Henry C. Williams, 75 years old, died at this home on upper front street early yesterday morning, following an illness of brief duration. He was a son of the late Daniel Morris WILLIAMS and Elizabeth (STEELE) WILLIAMS of Owego.Mr. Williams was born in Owego where he spent the greater part of his life. He resided for a time in Halsey Valley, Tioga County, and in recent years had lived in Endicott, where he was employed by the Erie Railroad Co. Mrs. Williams had spent more thatn 30 years in the service of the railroad, in bridge construction work and other capacities. He received his education in the public schools of Owego.He is survived by two brothers, George M. WILLIAMS of Jennings Lodge, Ore., and Daniel Chester WILLIAMS, of Owego; and two sisters Mrs. George F. ANDREWS of Owego, and Miss Adelaide WILLIAMS of 73 Fairview avenue, Binghamton; and a number of nephews and nieces.The funeral will be held in the EMENS undertaking parlors at Owego at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in that Village.

MRS. L. A. WILLIAMS (Article Not Dated)

Miss L. A. Williams, a trained nurse and sister of Mrs. George F. Andrews, of this village and Mrs. George Abbott, of Newark Valley, suffered a stroke of apoplexy, in Binghamton, on Thursday night of last week. She is now somewhat improved and is under the care of Dr. L. D. Farnham.
(hand dated April 18th, 1905) - From Bertha SHERWOOD'S Scrapbook


Hand Dated - January 6, 1937Miss Lucy Adelaide Williams 85 years old, of 80 Fairview avenue, died Wednesday night at 7:30 o'clock. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. George F. ANDREWS; a brother, D. C. WILLIAMS, both of Owego, and several nieces and nephews. The body was removed to the Frank I. DEMUNN funeral home 176 Court Street.


Williams - The funeral of Miss Lucy Adelaide WILLIAMS wll be held at the Frank L. DEMUNN Funeral Home, 176 Court Street, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. William E. ELWOOD will officiate. The body will be placed in the vault in Evergreen cemetery, Owego

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