Whitmarsh Family

Ella Foster

Source: Articles from the Spencer Needle and one from the Ithaca Journal relating to the Whitmarsh family.

7-27-1922 (Spencer Needle)
Miss Ella Hollenbeck and Arthur Whitmarsh, both of Spencer, were married in Owego last Thursday by Justice of the Peace Addison H. Robison.

4-25-1929 (Spencer Needle)
I have purchased the garden plant business of H. L. Davenport including the choice varieties of seeds which he has been perfecting for many years and will be in position to furnish garden plants and some flowers when the season is far enough advanced. J. M. Whitmarsh Nichol street near school house.

3-21-1931 (Spencer Needle)
Mrs. Arthur Whitmarsh, aged 24, died suddenly at her home on the Owl Creek road. Mrs. Whitmarsh was conversing with a neighbor who had called and spoke of a pain in the chest and at that fell over dead. Mr. Whitmarsh was in Cortland County at the time, canvassing for Watkins Products which he had recently taken the agency for. He could not be reached by phone. He unexpectedly came home that night thinking he would give a little surprise to his family a they did not expect him in until Saturday night. He had not heard of the death of his wife and was appalled when he came in the yard and saw crepe on the door. Mrs. Whitmarsh was a good woman, a lover of home and family, and endeavored to bring up her children to be mannerly and respectable. She was the mother of six, the oldest eight years, and the youngest less than one year, all at home. Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hollenbeck, two brothers, Charles, of Elmira, and Ralph, at home, one sister, Mrs. Arthur Avery, of Catatonk. Her funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Church in Halsey Valley, Rev. Fred M. Sellars, officiating. Interment was in Halsey Valley Cemetery. There was a large and beautiful tribute of flowers.

7-20-1933 (Spencer Needle)
Shirley Whitmarsh, daughter of Arthur Whitmarsh was taken to the Tioga General Hospital where she underwent an operation for a throat difficulty with which she has been afflicted from birth. The operation was made Wednesday.

3-15-1934 (Spencer Needle)
Jay Whitmarsh, 34, of Ithaca, formerly of Spencer, was killed in an auto accident early Sunday morning. Mr. Whitmarsh, in company with Ralph Genung, Gordon Hayes and Ronald Main, were returning from Seneca Falls. The car which Mr. Genung was driving skidded off the highway into the ditch. Other members of the party went to the village for help, leaving Mr. Whitmarsh with the car. When they returned he was gone. They were under the impression that he had caught a ride to Ithaca, so they went home without him. His body was found by a trapper who was making his rounds, about noon the next day in a ditch, and covered with snow and frozen,, about a mile south of where the car was ditched. It later developed that he had a fracture at the base of the skull, and body injuries, indicating he had been hit by a hit-and-run driver. His funeral will be held at his home in Ithaca, Friday at 2 o'clock. He is survived by his widow in Ithaca, his mother, Mrs. Harry Swansbrough of Candor, two brothers, Monroe and Arthur of Spencer, and a sister Mrs. Mac McMuller in Binghamton.

2-21-1940 (Spencer Needle)
While returning home from Waverly Thursday night during a heavy blinding snow storm, Mrs. John Whitmarsh and son, Richard, and Dorothy Chrisfield had a very narrow escape. They ran into a live electric wire in Van Etten. The wire flew up and caught on the door handle. Mrs. Whitmarsh sat with her back against metal and got full charge. In the excitement of getting out of the car she hit the door and received a second shock. It was a continuous flash of fire all around the car and was necessary to shut the current off before the car could be moved. Mrs. Whitmarsh was taken to the office of Dr. Cargill for treatment. The other occupants were slightly shocked.

7-31-1941 (Spencer Needle)
Vera Whitmarsh had the pleasure of going up in a tri-triple plane Sunday afternoon at Endicott.

4-22-1943 (Spencer Needle)
Arthur Whitmarsh returned Saturday from Robert Packer Hospital at Sayre, Pa., where he sent a week for treatment of gall stones.

2-3-1944 (Spencer Needle)
Herbert L. Webster of the U. S. army and Dorthy M. Whitmarsh of Spencer were united in marriage at the Community Methodist parsonage Monday evening by the Rev. Henry C. Sears. They were attended by Ruth Nicander of Van Etten and Andy Hannula of Spencer.

11-2-1944 (Spencer Needle)
Vera Whitmarsh Fenimore left today for New York City where she has signed up for the Waves and will be inducted into service.

5-10-1945 (Spencer Needle)
Arthur Whitmarsh announces the engagement of his daughter, Elizabeth Jane to Burdette Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Willeams of Ithaca. Mess Whitmarsh is a graduate of Spencer Central school and Mr. Williams received hes education at Ithaca high school and is now employed by Frank Redsicker at North Spencer. No date has been set for the wedding.

6-28-1945 (Spencer Needle)
The marriage of Miss Elizabeth Whitmarsh, daughter of Arthur Whitmarsh, and Burdette Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Williams, of Ithaca, was solemnized at a pretty wedding at the Presbyterian church, Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. Seward H. Bless, pastor of the church read the solemn vows uniting the happy couple in holy bonds of wedlock, amidst a large assembly of friends and invited guests. At the appointed hour, the bride leaning on the arm of her father, marched down the aisle to the tune of "Bridal Chorus" by Wagner, played by Joseph Olichney while Patty Whitmarsh sang "Always" by Berlin. They came to the altar where they met the bridegroom and the solemn vows were read. The bride was attended by Miss Helen Williams as bridesmaid and Theodore William acted as best man. The bride was gowned in a beautiful plain white street length dress and carried a large bouquet of red roses. The bridesmaid wore a pink street length gown and carried a bouquet of snapdragons. Following the ceremony, a reception attended by about fifty persons, was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Williams, brother of the groom. The couple received many useful and beautiful gifts. The bride is a pleasing young lady and has always lived in Spencer and graduated from Spencer Central high school. The groom's home is in Ithaca, and he was educated at the Ithaca high school. He is employed on the farm of Frank Redsicker. After returning from a short honeymoon trip, they will occupy a cottage at Spencer Lake for the summer.

11-24-1949 (Spencer Needle)
Charles Whitmarsh, 24, of this village, was seriously injured early last Monday morning, when the Jeep station wagon he was riding in, driven by Carl Snyder, also of Spencer went into a spin on the slippery roads just north of the Hulbert Hollow creek bridge at North Spencer, and then struck the bridge. Emergency treatment was given by Dr. Seymour Bulkley, and Mr. Whitmarsh was then taken in the Allen ambulance to the Packer hospital in Sayre, where his injuries were listed as possible skull fracture, head, face, and chest contusions. It was at first thought that he might lose one eye, but it is now hoped that it may be saved. Mr. Snyder was badly shaken, and suffered from shock, but was not otherwise seriously injured. The vehicle, a Jeep station wagon, was very seriously damaged. Most of the glass was shattered and the front end is very bad.

6-21-1951 (Spencer Needle)
Mr. and Mrs. William Fenimore and daughter Carol of Sayre, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Webster of Van Etten, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hautala and Sulo surprised Mr. and Mrs. Burdette Williams Sun. night. The occasion was Burdete's birthday.

8-22-1953 (Spencer Needle)
Arthur Whitmarsh, a well known Spencer Man has purchased the "Present and Gift Shop" in Elmira Heights located at 200 14th St. The deal was completed and he took possession on Monday of this week. Plans are now that he will move to the Heights by the first of Sept. Mr. Whitmarsh who has lived in Spencer all hes life, being a jack of all trades is now going to try an easier job without to much traveling connected with it. He has drawn milk in Van Etten and Spencer for many years was a dealer in cattle and stock and the former owner of the Texaco Service Station. Mr. Whitmarsh has five daughters, Shirley Hautala,, Dorthy Webster, Jean Rice, Vera Finnamore and Betty Williams and one son Charles. The Needle wishes Mr. Whitmarsh the best of luck in his new venture and hopes that Spencerites will drop in and see him in his new shop. The Present and Gift shop was formerly owned by Ronald Wilcox of the Heights.

8-27-1953 (Spencer Needle)
Mrs. Lucretia May Woolever, daughter of Mrs. Fred Risley and Arthur Whitmarsh of Spencer, were married in Bainbridge First Baptist Church by the Rev. Ruthven Chalmers on Monday, Aug. 24th, 1953. They will be at home in Spencer after a wedding trip to the Thousand Islands. They will take over the operation of their Gift Shop on Elmira Heights Sept. 1st.

1961 (Spencer Needle)
Mr. Arthur S. Whitmarsh, 64, of Davis St., Elmira, N. Y. died at the Robert Packer Hospital, in Sayre, Pa., Tuesday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. following a brief illness. He was born in Owego, N.Y. February 24, 1903 the son of Charles and Minnie Allen Whitmarsh. He had lived in and around Spencer most of his life. For the past eight years he has lived on Davis Street, Elmira, N.Y. He owned and operated a gift shop known as the Present-Center Shop at 200 East 14th St., Elmira Heights, N.Y. Besides his wife Lucretia, he is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Vera Fenimore of Waverly, N.Y.; Mrs. Betty Williams of Ithaca, N.Y.; Mrs. Dorothy Webster of Van Etten; Mrs. Jean Rice of Candor; Mrs. Shirley Hautala of Spencer, N.Y. A son Charles Whitmarsh of Candor, N.Y.; a bother John Whitmarsh of Spencer; a sister Mrs. Lula Almy of Spencer; a step-son Merle Wellover of West Pittston, Pa. two nephews and several grandchildren. He was a member of Oakwood Ave. Methodist Church in Elmira Heights, N.Y. Funeral services will be held at the Allen Funeral Home, Spencer, N.Y., Saturday, September 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Officiating clergyman, Rev. Robert A Delorme, Pastor of the Oakwood Ave. Methodist Church. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Spencer, N.Y. Friends may call at the home Thursday and Friday evening from seven to nine p.m.

8-29-1968 (Spencer Needle)
Friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hautala on Tioga St., Friday night wishing them heath and happiness in their recently purchased home. The evening was spent in a social way, Meeting and greeting friends and acquaintances. The dining table was loaded with good things to eat and a beautifully decorated cake and Sara was busy all evening pouring coffee, while Hulda reigned in the kitchen to see that the coffee kept coming up. The guests left at a later hour, leaving the honor guests with a gift of money, to get something for the house and many individual gifts for which they expressed their sincere thanks. So, Good Luck, again Shirley and Ed.

3-29-1978 (Ithaca Journal)
Lucretia Mae Whitmarsh, 82, of 663 Davis St., died Tuesday, March 28, 1978, in St. Joseph's Hospital. Mrs. Whitmarch was a member of the United Methodist Church of Elmira Heights and the Order of Eastern Star of Pittston, Pa. She is survived by a son Merle Wellever of West Pittston, Pa.; two granddaughters; five step-daughters, Mrs. Shirley Hautala of Spencer; Mrs. Vera Fennimore of Waverly, Mrs. Dorothy Webster of VanEtten, Mrs. Betty Williams of Cortland and Mrs. Jean Rice of Spencer; and a step-son, Charles Whitmarsh of Candor. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Allen Manzer Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Robert A. Delorne of Elmira officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Spencer. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to p p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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