WHO’S WHO IN POTTER COUNTY
Brief Biographies of Many of the Prominent Residents of Potter County, Pennsylvania 
And A Brief Review of the History of Potter County 
By Marie Schadenberger and Sylvia Wilson 
F. A. Owen Pub. Co., Dansville, NY 
c 1947 
Transcribed & Submitted by PHGS Member: Sheri D. Graves 

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See the end of page B for an index.
 

A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE HISTORY OF POTTER COUNTY

In the early 1800’s there came to the area now called Potter County the first permanent settlers believed ever to have inhabited this area. To the unbroken forests of pine and hemlock and cherry, men brought their axe and sawmill, their flocks of migratory workers and their hardier ambitious settlers who remained to make the land their home. Many of the present-day residents of Potter County are descendants from the pioneers who chose to take up permanent abode here. 

White men seem to have been the first permanent inhabitants of Potter County. The wooded hills apparently held no allure as a home for the Indians. They preferred, for permanent camping grounds, the lands which were less densely forested where they could grow their crops. However, they frequently passed through this area while hunting, as remains of their temporary encampments testify. The Indians who hunted in this area were members of the Delaware tribe. 

With the exception of a few explorers and missionaries, white men did not come to Potter County until after it, and neighboring counties, were purchased from the Indians in 1784. 

Originally, the landowners were wealthy men who lived elsewhere and large land companies. An agent for lands in Potter County who did much for the development of the county was John Keating, for whom Keating was named. Later, Mr. Keating purchased lands from William Bingham, for whom Bingham was named, and employed Francis King to explore the region and plan townships and towns. Roulette was named for one of Mr. Keating’s partners, John S. Roulet. 

In 1804, the country was created by the state legislature and was named in honor of General James Potter, an Irish-born commander who served under Washington during the Revolution. 

Settlement of the county began soon after this. William Ayers is considered the first settler in the county and Major Isaac Lyman who built one of the first roads was the second. Many of the present citizens of the county are descendants from Major Lyman. Another famous settler was John Peet who came to the county in 1811. 

But prior to this, towns had been surveyed and named, Shinglehouse takes its name from a house built of shingles by M. Generet, a Frenchman, in 1806. Coudersport was surveyed in 1807 and was named in honor of John Coudere, head of the financial backers of John Keating. 

It is difficult to understand in these days the trials and hardships which the early settlers were forced to endure. The woods were dense and not easily cleared for farming. The sources of supply of food and other necessities were far distant, the distance made difficult by the lack of transportation. Little by little, roads were built, then occasional bridges, grist mills, sawmills, tanneries and other industries were eventually, and slowly, brought to the area, making unnecessary the arduous supply trips through the forest to more settled areas. 

The panther, the wolf, the bear and the violence of frozen winters were a constant menace to the early settlers, of whom there were 186 by 1820. But the pioneers were a hardy lot and gradually won their battles against the elements. 

Today Potter County makes a comfortable home in which the beautiful forests and rolling farms are man made, a triumph over the devastation which was wrought by the lumbering business. 
 

The logging industry was for a number of years the main source of revenue of the county. First the white pine was cut and sent down the rivers to distant sawmills. Then sawmills were built within the county. Perhaps the first sawmill was built about 1815. Francis King and Major Lyman also were interested in the lumbar business. 

After 1880, the pine timber had been almost exhausted. Some cherry had been cut also, especially by A.G. Lyman of Sweden Valley who specialized in cherry lumber. But in 1873 there had begun to be a market for hemlock bark. This became a thriving business, the bark being used in the tannery industry. Tanneries were built in several locations within the county. The one at Coudersport was built in 1880 and it is still in operation today. For the builder William Gale the town of Galeton was named. 

Among the many noteworthy settlements of the county was that by a group of Seventh Day Baptists who began settling in Hebron Township in 1831. German immigrants, seeking freedom in the new world, first settled in Roulette and later a group of them came to Sweden Hill. It was later that Germania was founded by many Germans who were refugees from the European war of 1848. In about 1842, Martin Moran came to Potter County. He founded the Irish Settlement in Genesee Township. This settlement had what was probably the first church to be built in the county. Ole Bull, the famous violinist, tried valiantly to found a settlement of Norwegians in the county. However, sadly enough, it was a failure, due to the fact that the Norwegians did not seem to have the necessary physical stamina and also Ole Bull was the victim of a land swindle, losing tens of thousands of dollars on his venture. 

During the years, Potter County grew, her industries became large and profitable. Railroads and highways were built and her citizens took an active part in National affairs. During the Civil War, the primary sentiment of the county was anti-slavery and the underground railroad functioned in the area. Potter County’s young men have gone ardently to the defense of their county in every war, including World War II. 

Churches and schools have been built and improved through the years, giving the county necessary cultural advantages. An unusually large number of residents of the county are Masons. It is one of the smallest districts in which the number of Masons is sufficient to be qualified to have a Consistory. Coudersport Lodge of perfection was established July 17, 1896, and the first meeting was held December 8, 1896. 

Today Potter County stands as a monument to her early settlers, to the contributors to her history, the men who planted new forests and reclaimed the wasted land, and who, with ingenuity and ambition, made the region important in the oil and gas industry, in farming and in dairying and potato growing. The editors wish to express thanks to all the residents of Potter County who have helped makethisbook possible. 
 
 

Brief Biographies of
Many of the Prominent Residents of Potter County
written in 1946

  1. WRAYBURN B. HALL, active for many years in farming, lumbering, and the natural gas industry, was born October 19, 1887, at Ellisburg, son of Horace H. and Sarah J. Hall. Mr. Hall’s parents were both descendants of early colonial families which were active in the settlement and development of Potter County. Mr. Hall was educated in the public schools of the county and was graduated from Elmira Free Academy of Elmira, New York. He was active for several years in road construction for the Pennsylvania Department of Highways. He served overseas for one year with the AEF, K Company, 312 Infantry. Mr. Hall is Past Thrice Potent Master, Coudersport Lodge of Perfection A.A.S.R. He is a 32nd Degree Mason, Secretary-Treasurer of the Coudersport Association Relief Fund and a member of I.O.O.F. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1936 and was re-elected in 1938, 1940, 1942, and 1944. He is a member of Park Methodist Church. He married Edith M. Webster, daughter of Josiah and Cemantha (Chapman) Webster. Mrs. Hall is a descendant of Governor John Webster of Connecticut.
  2. MINNIE C. (TICE) EDGCOMB was born July 19, 1873, in Coudersport, daughter of Henry M. and Julia A. (Bishop) Tice. Her father came to Galeton in 1874 where he owned and conducted the first general store in Galeton until his death in 1899. He was a Civil War veteran and was also the first postmaster in Galeton. Mrs. Edgcomb received her early education in Galeton schools and was dietitian at the Y.W.C.A. in Rochester, New York form 1921 to 1931 when she returned to Galeton to make her home. She is a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church in Rochester. She has been production chairman of the American Red Cross in Galeton since 1940. She is a charter member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and of the Women’s Civic Club. She married, February 28, 1895, Ralph C. Edgcomb of Galeton, the son of J. Osgood and Saphronia (Conable) Edgcomb. Mr. And Mrs. Ralph Edgcomb, after their marriage, went to Moscow, Idaho, where they settled on government timber land. They built a log cabin in which they lived for six years, after which they returned to Galeton and entered the hotel business. Mr. Edgcomb was proprietor of the Edgcomb Hotel until his death in 1918. Mrs. Edgcomb’s hobby is collecting antiques.
  3. FLORENCE (FLESCHUTZ) DIETERICH, optometrist of Coudersport, was born October 28, 1900, daughter of Herman D. and Henrietta (Zimmerman) Fleshutz of Coudersport. Mrs. Deiterich graduated from Coudersport High School and from the University of Rochester where she studied optometry. She received her practical training in Philadelphia and is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New York. She is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, a Past Matron of Eulalia Chapter Number 148 O.E.S., and she was District Deputy Grand Matron District Number 12 in 1941 and 1942. She married, August 28, 1938, William H. Dieterich, who is a lay reader in Christ Episcopal Church. They have one daughter, Florence Henrietta, age 6. Dr. Deiterich’s hobbies are hooking rugs and making pies.
  4. FLOYD EDWARD ABSON, born July 5, 1877, in Coudersport, son of William H. and Hattie (Smith) Abson. He attended the Old Academy on the Hill with Miss Jenny White as his first teacher. He graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1897 and for four years taught in Potter County township schools. He was then bookkeeper for Diffenbacher Mill in Galeton and was later employed by Gates Bros. In 1909, he went to Coudersport as clerk in the Post Office. He later became Assistant Postmaster, which position he will hold until June 3, 1947, at which time he plans to retire. He is a member of Park Methodist Church, a member and a Past Master of Eulalia Lodge Number 342, F. & A.M., 32nd degree, Coudersport Consistory, A.A.S.R. He has always been active in church and Boy Scout work. He married July 18, 1899, Rosa Guy of Port Allegany, Pa. Mrs. Abson taught school in Sweden Valley prior to her marriage. She is a member of Park Methodist Church, New Century Club of which she was president for three years, and is active in civic work. She received an invitation 1938 to represent the Women’s Committee of the Pennsylvania Constitution Commemoration Committee to honor the Constitution of the United States and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its ratification in Philadelphia. Children: (1) Florence (Abson) Geigle of Coudersport, born June 15, 1900, a graduate of Rochester Business Institute. She has one daughter, Joan; (2) Josephine (Abson) Handley of Steelton, Pa., born February 21, 1903, who is a graduate of Syracuse University, having majored in music and art. She has four daughters, Rosanna, Patricia, Kathleen and Frances; (3) Guy William of Aliquippa, born November 19, 1905, who is a graduate of State College. He has one daughter, Nancy Jane; (4) Gerald P., born May 6, 1908, died July 13, 1910. Mr. Abson’s hobbies are camping, hunting, fishing and golf.
  5. HERBERT R. BARTOO was born on a farm near Mills, August 5, 1890, the eighth son of Henry S. and Clara (Grover) Bartoo. His paternal grandparents, William and Maria (Knight) Bartoo, settled in Pennsylvania woods in pioneer days. His maternal grandparents, Marcus H. and Martha (Wilbur) Grover were pioneers in Bingham Township. Mr. Bartoo graduated from Harrison Valley High School in 1910, took a course in teachers’ training at Grove City College and taught school for eight terms. On January 2, 1919, he was appointed rural mail carrier at Harrison Valley and has held that position continuously since that date. He is a member of the Federated Church and of the Grange. He is president of the Mills Cemetery Association and of the Harrison Valley Public Library. He is one of a family of twelve children, nine of whom taught school. He married, first, July 2, 1911, Esther Hendrickson, daughter of Charles and Mary (Cady) Hendrickson. Children: (1) Raymond, of Pittsburgh, who married Norma Butler. They have four children. (2) Ronald, a veteran of World War II and now a student at Yale University, who married Mary Johnson. (3) Donald, a veteran of World War II now attending Mansfield State Teachers College. Mr. Bartoo married, second, Verna (Tapp) Blackman, daughter of John and Ella (Baker) Tapp, October 10, 1942. Mr. Bartoo’s hobbies are raising flowers, gardening, wood carving and genealogy.
  6. ALBERT G. REESE, dentist of Coudersport, was born in Coudersport July 8, 1900, the son of Dr. Francis G. Reese and Katherine (Hodskin) Reese. (See par. 129). He graduated from Coudersport High School and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1926. He has been practicing in Coudersport for twenty years. He married June 16, 1927, Margarete Lois Elliott, daughter of Berton B. and Annie Elliott. Dr. Reese is a member of the American Dental Association and he is a 33rd degree Mason.
  7. FANNY (GOETZ) HUG was born in Wurttemberg, Germany, April 7, 1861, the daughter of Wilhelm and Hedwig Goetz. She came to America in 1880 and settled in Germania. She is a member of the Roman Catholic Church. She married September 18, 1881, Joseph Hug of Germania, the son of John Jacob and Frederica (Becher) Hug. John settled in Potter County in 1861, having come here from Germany. He was proprietor of the first undertaking establishment and furniture store in Germania. Joseph was a carpenter in Germania. Children: (1) Hettie (Hug) Hoschna, of Germania and New York, N.Y. She married October 9, 1903, Karl Hoschna, famous composer of Madam Sherry, Girl of My Dreams, Three Twins, Dr. DeLuxe, The Chaperons and other music. He died December 23, 1911. They had two daughters: Frances Anna, of Arlington, Virginia, who is a musician and a member of American Guild of Organists; and Anna (Hoschna) Bittenbender, also of Arlington, who has two children, Karl Claude and Joanne Marie. (2) John J., of New York. (3) Harry M., of Phoenix, Arizona. (4) Roy, of Baltimore, Maryland, who has six children, Mary Frances, Vincent Gordon, Joseph, Anna Theresa, Rita and Doris. Mrs. Hug’s hobby is gardening.
  8. ALMERON TAGGART NELSON, son of Almeron and Elizabeth Ann (Taggart) Nelson, was born April 25, 1874, on the farm where he now lives. His farm, located near Coudersport, was settled by his grandfather in 1820. Mr. Nelson has been a farmer for many years. He was a mail carrier for thirty-four years and was county auditor from 1912 until 1916. He attends the Methodist Episcopal Church and is a member of the Central Grange. He married June 29, 1898, Viola L. McLaughlin, daughter of D.W. and Martha Ellen (Graham) McLaughlin. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Grange, the W.C.T.U., the S.H.G. and other civic clubs. Children: (1) Margaret E. (Nelson) St. Clair, of Buffalo, New York, who attended Westbrook Business School. (2) Myrtle Irene (Nelson) Kerchner, who attended Westbrook Academy. She has one son, Rodney. (3) Milton Almeron Nelson, of Eldred. He has two children, Patricia Ann and Maxine E. (4) Marlin T. Nelson of Buffalo, New York. He has two sons, Allen Taggart and David Ford. (5) Mildred M. (Nelson) Fisher. (See par. 137). Mr. Nelson’s hobbies are playing pinochle and gardening.
  9. ELLA B. (KINNEY) KNIGHT, owner of the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport, was born in Warren County, daughter of Edward and Evelyn (Crull) Kinney. She married, September 11, 1901, Harry N. Knight who came to Coudersport in 1902 when he purchased the Crittenden which he operated until 1907. For a number of years he was in the hotel business in Rochester, new York and for eighteen years he was manager of the Rochester Business Men’s Club. Mr. Knight was a member of Coudersport Consistory and other bodies of Masonary. He attended Christ Episcopal Church. He died June 6, 1940. Mrs. Knight is a member of the Golf Club. She attends Christ Episcopal Church.
  10. PHILIP A. MEINE, President of the First National Bank of Galeton and bookkeeper at Sunnydale Farms Inc., was born February 7, 1868, in Germania, the son of Dr. Charles Meine and Mary (Sandbach) Meine. Dr. Meine studied medicine in Germany, coming to this country in 1853 and to Germania in 1855. He built the first cabin in Germania. He graduated from medical school at the University of Buffalo in 1870 and practiced medicine in Germania until the time of his death in 1915. Philip A. graduated from Mansfield State Normal School in 1886. He was a member of the school board in Galeton for more than thirty years, which position he resigned when he became County Commissioner. He is a member and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church. He was superintendent of CCC Camp Number 88 of Lyman Run from 1933 to 1940. He is a member of the Rotary Club, of Galeton Lodge Number 602 F.&A.M., of Coudersport Consistory and of Shrine Ismalia in Buffalo, New York. He married, May 6, 1897, Elizabeth Schillinger of East Mauch Chunk, Pa., the daughter of Nicholas and Katherine (Pfeiderer) Schillinger. She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and of Galeton Chapter, O.E.S. They have two daughters: (1) Grace (Meine) Lush, of Galeton, who has one son, Stanley Gale. (2) Margaret (Meine) Braun, of Yonkers, New York, where she teaches school. Mr. Meine is the owner of the Ole Bull Bible, printed in 1686 and bound in 1694. It is sixteen inches long, twelve inches wide and six inches thick. Ole Bull gave it to the colonists at Oleona and it was given to Dr. Meine by Henry Andresen who had been Ole Bull’s secretary. Mr. Meine’s hobbies have been hunting and fishing
  11. BYRON L. LANGWORTHY, insurance and real estate agent of Shinglehouse, was born October 11, 1874, in Portville, New York, the son of byron A. and Cornelia (North) Langworthy. At the age of sixteen, he graduated from Westbrook Commercial College at Olean, New York. Mr. Langworthy came to Shinglehouse in 1909 where he established the Langworthy Insurance Agency and Real Estate. He was mayor of Shinglehouse from 1938 to 1946. He is a member and a trustee of the First Methodist Church, a member of Sharon Lodge Number 598 F.&A.M. and Coudersport Consistory. He has been manager of the Automobile Club for twenty-four years and has held the office of either president or treasurer for twenty-five years. Mr. Langworthy is interested in all civic projects and was instrumental in obtaining the borough’s ownership of the water company. He married, August 28, 1896, Myrta Davie of Little Genesee, New York, the daughter of Royal and Lucinda (Slade) Davie. Mrs. Langworthy is a member of the First Methodist Church and is a member and Past Matron of Eureka Chapter Number 52, O.E.S. Children: (1) Ruth (Langworthy) Barber Stoddard of Santa Monica, California, who has four children, Rowland O. Barber, R. Philip Barber, Patricia (Barber) Lax, and Nelia R. Barber. (2) Merton L., of New Rochelle, New York, a graduate of Carnegie Tech. He has five children, Eleanor, James H., Marilyn, Eugene and Elise. (3) Doris (Langworthy) Mason, of Saugerties, New York, who has one daughter, Virginia. (4) Byron R. of Palestine, Illinois, a graduate of Pennsylvania State College. He has two children, Gail and Hugh. Mr. Langworthy’s hobbies are woodworking, gardening and working to obtain improved roads
  12. SHEIL BOND SAWYER, inheritance tax appraiser, was born June 14, 1880, in Keating Township, McKean County, Pa., the son of Harley Theodore and Laura (Bond) Sawyer. He received his education in the district school and Smithport High School. He had twenty-four years’ service as brakeman on the BZ&K Railroad, brakeman and conductor on the B&S Railroad and conductor on the Sante Fe Railroad. He was superintendent on the C&PA Railroad for four and one-half years. He was sheriff from 1928 to 1932, superintendent of Potter County Home and Farm from 1932 to 1936 and sheriff again, from 1936 to 1940. He is a member of the Episcopal Church. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the C&PA Railroad, a member of Galeton Lodge Number 602 F.&A.M., Knights Templar, Coudersport Consistory and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He married, July 31, 1916, Adeline Wrooman of Canisteo, New York, daughter of Theodore and Elizabeth (Hallett) Wrooman. She graduated from Canisteo High School and teachers’ training class. She is a member of the Episcopal Church, Order of Eastern Star and Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. They have one son, Harley Theodore, a student at Mansfield State Teachers College and a veteran of World War II.
  13. MARK R. WHITE, mortician in Galeton, was born February 21, 1908, in Galeton, the son of Earl and Jennie C. (Wilhelm) White. Earl was a mortician in Galeton from 1898 until his death in 1944. Mark R. graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1930 and attended the University of Rochester. He was an instructor in Galeton High School from 1930 until 1933, after which time he became associated in business with his father. Mr. White is president of Tioga and Potter Counties Funeral Directors’ Association and is a member of the National Funeral Directors’ Association. He is a member of the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Pythias, Corral Canyon Riding Club at Wellsboro and of Galeton Lodge Number 602 F.&A.M. He attends the Methodist Church. He married, December 19, 1931, Edith Coates of Rochester, New York. She was born September 3, 1908, the daughter of George E. and Belle (Tice) Coates. Her grandfather, Henry M. Tice, owned and operated the first general store in Galeton and was the first Postmaster. She is a graduate of Rochester Business Institute. Mrs. White is a member of the Methodist Church, of Galeton Chapter Number 53 O.E.S. and of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. They have one son, Mark Richard, born May 14, 1937. He is a student in the fourth grade in Galeton schools. Mr. White’s hobbies are horses and antiques. Mrs. White is also a collector of antiques.
  14. CORA ELIZABETH RENNELLS, a teacher in the Coudersport schools where she has been teaching for almost a half century, was born in Coudersport February 9, 1878, daughter of William Cyrenus and Ella (Strait) Rennells. Miss Rennells lives in the house in which she was born. Her paternal grandfather, Benjamin F. Rennells, was one of the pioneers of Coudersport. Her maternal grandfather, major Isaac Strait, was the first Prothonotary of Potter County. She is a descendant of several Mayflower lines, among them, John and Priscilla Alden, William Brewster, John Howland and John Tilly. Miss Rennells is interested in genealogy and has traced her ancestry back to 1080 A.D. as recorded in the Doomsday Book of England. She is a member of Park Methodist Church, and is a charter member of Allegewi Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, in which she has been an officer since that chapter’s organization in 1912. She is a member of educational associations and of national, state, and local social clubs. While her principal interests center around her professional work, she is also interested in art and needlework.
  15. COLETTA D. (DUNN) PATTERSON, Postmaster of Coudersport, was born in Startwell, January 14, 1889, the daughter of John and Susan (Patterson) Dunn. She graduated from Coudersport High School and from Bryant Stratton Business College in Buffalo, New York. On September 27, 1916, she married Perry Smith Patterson, a lawyer. He was a member of the law firm Shepherd, McCormick, Thomason, Kirkland and Patterson of Chicago, Illinois. He died July 7, 1926. Children: (1) Perry Smith Patterson, an attorney in Chicago. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and of Northwestern University where he studied law. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Carolyn Falconer Groves. They have two children, Perry Smith Patterson III and Caitilin Groves Patterson. (2) Susanne Maria (Patterson) Kemper III. Mrs. Patterson is a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church.
  16. EUGENIA CELINA (BENSON) PERRY was born in Coudersport, February 3, 1886, daughter of James B. Benson and Katharine Jane (Hodskin) Benson Reese. (See par. 129). Mrs. Perry is a member of Christ Episcopal Church, of Allegewi Chapter of D.A.R., of Daughters of American Colonists, of the New Century Club and of the Historical Society. She married, January 5, 1909, Lytle F. Perry, the son of David E.S. and Maude (Townley) Perry. David Perry was a Protestant Episcopal clergyman. Lytle Perry was educated at Allegheny College and, after studying law, was admitted to the Bar in June 1911. For several years, he practiced law in Potter County and then moved to Erie where he practiced law until his death, November 30, 1927. He established the Erie County Law Journal and remained its sole proprietor during his lifetime. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and was a 32nd degree Mason. Children: (1) Katharine Maude, of Coudersport, a graduate of Erie Academy High School and of Sweet Briar College. She did graduate work at Western Reserve University. She did social welfare work before her marriage. She married Herbert Allen Dorfeld of Coudersport. They have one son, William Gurney. (2) David E.T., of Coudersport, a graduate of Pennsylvania State College. He studied law at the University of Michigan. He married Katherine Daugherty. They have two children, Franklin Lytle and Patricia Ayleen. (3) Frances Eugenia, of Coudersport, who attended Dickinson Junior College and graduated from Miss Wheaton’s Business School. She married James Harris Seymour. Mrs. Perry’s hobby is her garden.
  17. JOHN FRANKLIN GREEN, born July 25, 1875 in Foxburg, Pa., son of John H. and Rosa Bell (Drake) Green, has been for years in the oil business in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. He is a member of the Baptist Church, of Coudersport Consistory, of Jaffa Shrine at Altoona, of Maccabee Lodge K.O.T.M. He was the first Patron of Eureka Chapter Number 52 O.E.S. and has been secretary of the Sharon Lodge number 598 F.&A.M. for forty-one years. He married, October 6, 1898, Lena McDivitt of Eldred, daughter of D.B. and Alice (Davis) McDivitt. Mrs. Green is a member of the Baptist Church and is a member and Past Matron of Eureka Chapter. Mrs. Green has traveled extensively in the United States and Canada. Children: (1) Lawrence Evelyn, of Trinidad, BWI. He married Virginia Pratt of Pasadena, California. They have two daughters, Terence Anne and Lauren Evelyn. (2) Muriel (Green) Dennison, of Owosso, Michigan. She married Rev. R.R. Dennison of Warren, Ohio. They have two children, Emily and Robert Russell, Jr. (3) John Franklin William, of Shinglehouse, a veteran of World War II, having had four years’ service as a lieutenant in the AAF. Mr. Green’s hobbies are gardening and growing flowers.
  18. LOUIS G. STOCUM, Commissioner of Potter County, was born in Addison, New York, May 8, 1878, the son of Lewis and Mary (Godfrey) Stocum. He graduated from Peddie Institute, Heightstown, New Jersey. At one time, Mr. Stocum owned and operated the Joerg Drug Store in Coudersport and later was a partner in the M.S. Thompson Drug Company. He was assistant postmaster for four years and spent five years in Northwest Canada operating a farm and store. He is a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, the Moose Lodge, and is a 32nd degree Mason, Coudersport Consistory. He married, September 27, 1900, Marion Thompson of Coudersport, the daughter of M.S. and Cora (Mann) Thompson. Children: (1) Mary (Stocum) Britton, of Coudersport, who has two children, Louis H. and Marylyn. (2) Kathryn (Stocum) Feaster, of Ephrata, Pa., who has one daughter, Nan Carolyn. (3) Donald G., of Coudersport, a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He flew the Bl17 Flying Fortresses and saw service in France and Northern Africa. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, several Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart. He has a son, Ronald Lee. (4) Jean Ann (Stocum) Zimmerman, of Coudersport, who has one son, Donald Warren Zimmerman. Mr. Stocum’s hobby is fishing.
  19. HARRY E. CANE was born September 9, 1872 in Cradley, England, son of Richard and Hanna (Kings) Cane. He came to the United States in 1893. For a number of years he was private secretary to actor Henry F. Daley. Mr. Cane was on the legitimate stage in 1893 with the New York City Academy of Music. In 1899 he went to Yonkers, New York with the Silver Truss Company. Mr. Cane came to Coudersport in 1911 and entered the theater business, in the old rink, with Mr. Lloyd whose interest he later purchased. Mr. Cane bought the old Opera House on Main Street in 1916. This he sold in 1928. He is still associated with the theater. Mr. Cane is active in civic projects and sports. At one time he was President of the Allegany Baseball League. He is a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Christ Episcopal Church. In 1899 he married Rose Johnson. She died in 1903. They had one son, Charles Edward, born October 18, 1900, who is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is a resident of Chatham, New Jersey. He has two children, Janet and Charles, Jr. Mr. Cane married, second, Margaret C. Johnson in 1905. She died in 1932. They had two sons, Ernest Rolan, of New York City, born January 7, 1913, and Harry George, born September 23, 1915. Both are graduates of the University of Pennsylvania, and the latter is a veteran of World War II, having served in the Naval Air Service. Mr. Cane married, third, Leala Virginia Sowell of Savannah, Georgia, on May 27, 1934. They have one son, William Parker, born January 30, 1940.
  20. VICTOR E. JOHNSON, chiropractor in Galeton, was born in Addison, New York, February 15, 1903, the son of Edgar R. and Kathryn (Orr) Johnson. He is a graduate of Galeton High School and of Palmer School of Chiropractic Science. He practiced his profession in Galeton for one year before going to Hornell, New York, in 1926 where he practiced until 1930 when he returned to Galeton. He is a member of Delta Sigma Chi, the Moose Lodge and the Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Methodist Church. He married, December 1, 1928, Jennie Schramm, daughter of Bartley and Nettie Schramm. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Johnson’s hobby is gardening.
  21. WILLIAM FREDERICK DUBOIS, attorney and president of the First National Bank in Coudersport, was born in Geneseo, Livingston County, New York, on March 24, 1860, to Edward and Mary (Sheridan) Dubois. In 1877, Mr. Dubois became associated with a government surveying party and went to Florida where he was engaged for two years in the inspection of orange groves. He than spent a year as foreman of an orange grove. He returned North and re-entered the District School where he had been enrolled previous to his departure for Florida. He began teaching in this school in 1881. In 1883 he taught in the schools of Livonia, New York, after which he entered Geneseo Normal School. He graduated in 1887 and taught at Rushville, New York, until 1889. Mr. Dubois came to Coudersport in 1890 as Supervisor and Principal of the Coudersport High School. He resigned from this position in 1898 and began the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1899 and has practiced law in Coudersport continuously since that date. He is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, a member of all the bodies of Masonry, including Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Coudersport Consistory. He was at one time President of the CP&A Railroad. He was a member of Coudersport School Board for thirty-five years. He married, December 26, 1894, Nellie Olmstead, daughter of Honorable A.G. and Ellen (Ross) Olmstead. Hon. Olmstead was at that time Potter County Judge. Mrs. Dubois died November 1, 1942. Mr. And Mrs. Dubois had one son, Arthur W. of Coudersport, owner of the Coudersport Insurance Company. Arthur W. is a graduate of Lehigh University. He married Helen Welfing. They have one son, Arthur F., born June 7, 1926. Arthur F. is a veteran of World War II. He plans to attend Lehigh University.
  22. DONALD LEE MOODY, pastor of the First Methodist Church in Shinglehouse, was born February 8, 1914, on the farm of H. E. Harriman at Harriman, New York, the son of G. Harold and Millie (Krum) Moody. His father was a foreman on the Harriman estate. Rev. Moody graduated from Canton High School in 1932 and from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1939. He attended Drew University at Madison, New Jersey in 1940 and graduated from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in 1944. He was ordained Elder at Buffalo, New York in 1944 by Bishop Richardson. He served Methodist pulpits in the following locations: Mainsburg; Tioga; Covington; Scottsburg, N.Y., Conesus, N.Y., West Sparta, N.Y. and Websters Crossing, N.Y. He came to Shinglehouse June 8, 1944. He is also pastor at Ceres, N.Y. He is a member of the Genesee Conference. He married, December 22, 1939, Hazel Jackson of Mansfield. She attended Mansfield State Teachers College. They have two daughters, Priscilla Anne, born January 13, 1941, and Purdence Jean, born January 13, 1945. Rev. Moody has been active in Boy Scout work since 1927, first as a Boy Scout and later as a Scout Master. He is now Scout Master of Troop Number 57 at Shinglehouse. He is also serving as chairman of the Potter county District Leadership Training Committee. His hobbies are woodworking, forestry and nature study.
  23. MARGARET (McGINNIS) CHAPPELL was born December 1, 1865, in the state of New York, the daughter of Bryan and Ellen (Moran) McGinnis. The family moved to Potter County where Mr. McGinnis was prominent in the Democratic Party. He served as county commissioner for several years. Mrs. Chappell was the only teacher in Genesee from 1885 to 1887. She married, November 13, 1887, John Chappell of Ulysses. He died April 11, 1911. Mrs. Chappell was assistant editor of the Ulysses Sentinel for several years, assistant cashier of the Grange National Bank for several years, state press superintendent of the W.C.T.U. of Pennsylvania for nine years, secretary of the Board of Education in Ulysses for eighteen years during nine years of which she was also president of the Board. She has been president of Potter County School Directors’ Association. Mrs. Chappell has 3540 volunteer hours to her credit selling War Bonds and Stamps in Pittsburgh during World War II. She also sold bonds during the first World War. She is a member of the Sacred Heart Church. She has four brothers: James A. McGinnis, of Fort Worth, Texas; Bernard B. McGinnis, of Pittsburgh, a State Senator; Connel M. McGinnis, of Wellsville, New York, and Genesee; and Clair E. McGinnis, of Pittsburgh, a former member of the State Legislature.
  24. FRANK W. REYNOLDS, President of the First National Bank of Genesee, was born in Millport, on May 25, 1886, the son of Lamont D. and Hattie (Eastman) Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds has been a banker in Genesee since he was twenty years of age and has been president of the First National Bank since 1932. He is a member of Lewisville Lodge Number 556 F.&A.M., Ulysses Chapter, Potter Commandery and Coudersport Consistory. He attends the Methodist Church. He married, September 16, 1916, Ruth Madeline Clark of Ulysses, daughter of Arnold and Ina Clark. She is a member of the Methodist church, and Ulysses Chapter Number 95 O.E.S. Mr. And Mrs. Reynolds have one daughter, Joyce Marie, a senior in Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin, Ohio.
  25. SEWARD WELLS DAILY, merchant, farmer and potato grower of Genesee, was born October 27, 1910 in Genesee, son of Edward P. and Emily (Sluyter) Daily. He was graduated from Genesee High School and he attended Staunton Military Academy in Virginia and Pennsylvania State College. After college, Mr. Daily took over his father’s business and re-named it the Genesee Milling Company. He became a partner in Daily and Palmatier Garage in 1945. He has been a farmer specializing in potato growing since 1937. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Lewisville Lodge Number 556 F.&.A.M. and Coudersport Consistory. He is treasurer of the School Board and is active in civic affairs of the community. He married, October 28, 1933, Gertrude Card, of Roulette, daughter of Dorman L. and Mary (Carey) Card. Mrs. Daily was graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College and she taught school in Genesee for three years prior to her marriage. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and of Ulysses Chapter Number 95 O.E.S. Children: (1) Donald Edward, born January 24, 1935. (2) Joanne Margaret, born May 26, 1937. (3) Seward Russell, born July 19, 1939.
  26. HERMAN CARL MOSCH, a practicing physician and surgeon in Coudersport, was born in Galeton August 11, 1911, son of Otto Carl and Mabel (Burrous) Mosch. He was graduated from Galeton High School and from pre-medical school at Temple University. He received a BS degree from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1933, his master’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1934 and the degree of MD from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1937. He interned at Hahnemann College Hospital. He began the practice of medicine in Coudersport during October of 1938. He is county medical director. Dr. Mosch is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Senior Medical Staff of Potter County Memorial Hospital, of the American Medical Association and of the Pennsylvania State Medical Society. He married August 24, 1938, Eleanor A. Dunn of Philadelphia, the daughter of Dennis D. and Ellen Barry (Walsh) Dunn. Children: Marilyn, Carolyn Barry, Carl Dennis and Mary Jean.
  27. HOWARD R. SMITH, watchmaker in Coudersport, was born April 14, 1897, in Coudersport, the son of Ellsworth W. and Hattie (Van Buren) Smith. Ellsworth W. organized Coudersport Consistory Relief Fund in 1923 and was its secretary-treasurer until 1936. In 1934 he received the 33rd degree in Masonry. Howard R.’s grandfather, William Van Buren, a relative of President Van Buren, and at one time a stagecoach driver (later owner and manager of the Van Buren Hotel), brought Ole Bull, famous violinist, and his colony to Potter County in September of 1852. Mr. Smith was graduated from Coudersport High School and became a watchmaker in 1915. He worked as a watchmaker until 1929 when he became a salesman of stocks and securities. He returned to watchmaking in 1944. He is a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Eulalia Lodge Number 342 F.&A.M., and Coudersport Consistory. He married, February 21, 1934, Velma Rodgers, of Oil City, the daughter of Rev. Eugene A. Rodgers and Carrie (Thompson) Rodgers. Mrs. Smith was graduated from Buffalo City Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She is a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Order of Eastern Star and New Century Club. They have one daughter, Marilyn Jean, a student in grade school in Coudersport. Mr. Smith’s hobby is woodworking.
  28. ADDIE G. (WOLTERS) BALDWIN, the daughter of Robert R. and Alice (Raymer) Wolters, was born in Smethport. She is a member of O.E.S. and of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Austin. She married, November 14, 1895, Frank E. Baldwin, who was a lawyer, banker and State Senator. He died August 9, 1943. Mr. Baldwin’s parents, John E. and Josephine (White) Baldwin were descended from old American families who settled in New England before the middle of the seventeenth century. Mr. Baldwin studied at Chamberlain Institute and graduated from St. Bonaventure College from which he later received the honorary degree of Doctor of Law. Following his graduation, he taught school for three years. He graduated from Law School at the University of Michigan in 1893, after which he practiced law in Austin from 1894 until the time of his death. He was appointed appraiser of McKean County in 1893. He served in Austin as burgess for two terms, as school director for five years and as Postmaster for seven years. He was a State Senator from 1908 to 1932, except for one term. He was President of the Senate from 1919 to 1921 and Auditor General from 1932 to 1936. Mr. Baldwin was very active in Masonic affairs including both York and Scottish Rites and the Consistory. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, the I.O.O.F., the Elks, Pennsylvania Society of New York, Brookland Club and of the Methodist Church. Mrs. Baldwin’s sister, Frances Kenyon, makes her home in Austin with Mrs. Baldwin.
  29. CHARLES A. HERRICK was born in Muskegon, Michigan, January 4, 1871, the son of Joseph M. and Melissa Ann (Collins) Herrick, a pioneer family in newspaper business with four of their sons entering newspaper work. The family came to Pennsylvania when Charles was two years old, living first in Cameron County. They came to Potter County in 1884. Charles A. started in newspaper work in Ceres in 1891. In 1901 he came to Shinglehouse where he was in the newspaper business for fifty years. In 1941, he turned the business over to his sons, Collins S. and Joseph N. Mr. Herrick attends the Baptist church and he has been a member of the school board in Shinglehouse for several years. He married, first, Bessie Warner, February 11, 1904. She died August 17, 1906. He married, second, Nora Johnson, October 10, 1907. Children: (1) Collins S., of Coudersport (see par. 73). (2) Joseph N., of Shinglehouse. (3) Marie (Herrick) Freer, of Smethport, who has two sons, John and Ivan. Mr. Herrick’s hobbies are photography, hunting and fishing.
  30. JOHN W. MAHALEY, attorney in Coudersport, was born in Hanover, York County, August 13, 1901, the son of John W., Sr., and Ellen M. (Fitz) Mahaley. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1919, from Dickinson College in 1926 with an A.B. degree and from Dickinson School of Law in 1936, L.L.B. He is a member of the Methodist Church, of the Bar Association, of the Boy Scouts and of the F.&A.M. He married, August 24, 1926, Bernice M. Crandall, daughter of Alfred N. and Amarilla (Horton) Crandall. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She is a member of the Methodist church, of the Women’s Club and of W.S.C.S. They have one son, John Crandall Mahaley, born October 31, 1929.
  31. MARY LOUSIA (SHELDON) BURT was born December 22, 1878, in Coudersport, daughter of Walter K. and Louisa (Kortz) Sheldon, one of the pioneer families of Potter County. Mrs. Burt is a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College. She married, February 25, 1901, Monta C. Burt. He was a teacher and later became president and superintendent of Gray Chemical Company in Roulette. He was a 32nd degree Mason. He died November 1, 1934. Children: (1) Agnes Eloise (Burt) Schutt of Couderpsort, born December 8, 1907, a graduate of Penn Hall and of Mansfield Teachers College. She has two daughters, Barbara A. and Janice B. (2) Monta C. Burt, born October 21, 1920, who attended Mercersburg Academy. He served for more than three years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He is now attending Lafayette College. He married Valerie Hiller of Westwood, New Jersey. Mrs. Burt is chairman of Potter County Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and is a Past Matron of Eulalia Chapter of Eastern Star. She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, of the Golf Club and of civic clubs.
  32. GEORGE H. GRABE, funeral director and embalmer in Coudersport, was born in Austin, May 15, 1910, to Herman Frederick and Verna (Hafner) Grabe. He graduated from Port Allegany High School in 1928, from Pennsylvania State College in 1933 and from Cleveland College of Embalming in 1935. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, of Liberty lodge Number 505 F.&A.M., of Royal Arch Capter Number 263, of Potter Commandery, of Coudersport Consistory, of Business Men’s Club, of the Golf Club, of I.O.O.F., of Central Grange, of Rotary Club, of Chamber of Commerce and of Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association. He is secretary of Tioga and Potter Counties Funeral Directors Association. He married, July 2, 1939, Ellen (Toward) Fickenger, who has two sons, Charles Frederick Fickenger, age 18, and Thomas Edward Fickenger, age 15. Mr. and Mrs. Grabe have one son, George Herman, born December 9, 1944. Mr. Grabe’s hobbies are golf, hunting and fishing.
  33. JOHN T. SINON, retired business man, was born in Scio, New York, November 18, 1869, son of John and Ellen (Welch) Sinon. He married, September 27, 1900, Mae L. Baldwin, daughter of John E. and Josephine (White) Baldwin. John Baldwin had one of the first oil farms around Duke Center. Mrs. Sinon is a sister of Frank E. Baldwin (See par. 18). Mr. and Mrs. Sinon have three children: (1) Josephine L. (Sinon) Fouratt, of New Brunswick, New Jersey, a graduate of Rutgers University. She taught English and dramatics in New Brunswick for several years. (2) Frank Arthur Sinon, an attorney now practicing law at Harrisburg. He graduated from Pennsylvania State College and Dickinson Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1936. He was a lieutenant (sg) in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Dorothy R. James, daughter of Arthur H. James, former Governor of Pennsylvania. (3) Helen Mae (Sinon) Wilmarth, of Duke Center, a graduate of Hood College. She taught for several years in Otto High School in Duke Center. Her husband, Arthur E. Wilmarth, is principal of Otto High School.
  34. ROBERT RATHBUN LEWIS, President Judge of the 55th Judicial District, was born August 1, 1880, in Duke Center, the son of Willis Irving and Lucretia (Rathbun) Lewis. Willis I. died August 2, 1913 and Lucretia died May 7, 1894. Robert R. was graduated from Coudersport High School in 1897, from Wilbraham Academy in 1899 and from Wesleyan University in 1903. He studied law in his father’s law office in Coudersport and was admitted to the Bar on May 10, 1905. He was appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on May 6, 1929, and appointed President Judge of the 55th Judicial District May 24, 1930. He was elected President Judge of the 55th Judicial District in 1931 and re-elected to that post in 1941. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and of the American Bar Association. He is a member and trustee of Park Methodist Church. He married, July 17, 1907, Margaret Wrean, of Penn Yan, New York, daughter of Robert and Ella Virginia (Phillips) Wrean. Children: (1) Willis Irving, born July 24, 1910. He married, October 25, 1941, Eloise K. Page. They have two children, Eloise Wrean and Kristi Page. (2) Virginia Wrean, born February 4, 1912. She married August 15, 1936, Frank M. Thomas. They have one son, Robert Lewis. (3) Margaret Rathbun, born May 4, 1913. She married, November 21, 1942, Francis S. Clarke.
  35. EDITH (HASKELL) COLCORD was born March 30, 1862, daughter of Edwin and Laura (Cannon) Haskell, one of the pioneer families of Potter County. Mr. Haskell was, for many years, editor and owner of the Potter county Journal which was later taken over by his son-in-law, Mahlon J. Colcord. Mr. and Mrs. Colcord were married May 11, 1886. Mr. Colcord was an attorney. Mrs. Colcord graduated from Lock Haven State College and taught school or several years in Potter County, as did her sister, Belle (Haskell) Lewis. (See par. 61). Mrs. Colcord has four children: (1) David H., of Marengo, Illinois, a graduate of the University of Michigan. (2) Marion (Colcord) Brauer, a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College. (3) Alice (Colcord) Shenton of Schenectady, New York. (4) E. Haskell, of Elgin, Illinois. Mrs. Colcord is a member of Park Methodist church, of Eulalia Chapter Number 146 O.E.S., of New Century Club, of Red Cross and of civic organizations. 
  36. DAVID NOAH RUMSEY was born January 5, 1867, at Rumsey Hill, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, son of Joseph B. and Lucy Ann (Ripley) Rumsey. He was educated at Rumsey Hill Red School, Canisteo Academy and Westbrook Commercial School, from which he was graduated in 1886. He was in the production of gas and oil business at Lima, Ohio, from August of 1886 to December of 1893; auditor and general freight and passenger agent of NY&P Railroad from January of 1894 to December of 1899; Prothonotary of Potter County from January 1, 1900 to January 1, 1903; associated with the First National Bank in Coudersport from February of 1903 to August of 1904; treasurer of Buffalo Southern Railroad from August of 1904 to 1908; clerk and treasurer of East Aurora Village, New York, from April of 1910 to February of 1942; located in California from November of 1941 to May of 1942; treasurer of Genesee Chemical Company from April of 1943 to February of 1946. Mr. Rumsey is now retired from business and is making his home in Genesee. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church at East Aurora, Blazing Star Lodge Number 484 F.&A.M., East Aurora Chapter Number 282, Potter Commandery, Number 69 K.T., Couderport Consistory, Ismailia Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Aurora Borealis Number 642 I.O.O.F., and East Aurora Fish and Game Club. He married, June 24, 1891, Anna Sophya Cross, of Colden, New York, daughter of James B. and Lois Jane (Peabody) Cross. Mrs. Rumsey is a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Eas Aurora. They had one daughter, Fay E. (Rumsey) Westlund, born February 3, 1898, died June 10, 1936. She was graduated from Mount Ida School in Newton, Massachusetts, June of 1919 and from the University of Illinois June of 1923. She had one daughter, Lois Jane, of Pasadena, California. Mr. Rumsey’s hobbies are hunting and fishing.
  37. ELDON S. BARR, hardware and general store merchant, in Roulette, was born in Roulette Township on June 15, 1876, the son of Samuel W. and Beulah (Greene) Barr, early settlers of Potter County. He received his early education in the Old Red School House and in Roulette School. At an early age he worked in the woods and sawmills with his father. In 1900, he went to work for the Elmer Hardware store in Roulette where he remained until 1904 when, with Milo Lyman and Dorman Card, he established a hardware store. This store was destroyed by fire in 1911, but was rebuilt in 1912. Mr. Lyman retired in 1923 and Mr. Card retired in 1926, leaving Mr. Barr the sole owner. Mr. Barr later converted his store into a hardware, five-and-ten, and general store, taking his son, Elvin, into the business as his partner. Mr. Barr married, December 23, 1903, Adah Tenbroeck, daughter of John and Sylvia (Fessenden) TenBroeck. They have one son, Elvin J., born November 29, 1906. He is a graduate of Roulette High School and of Bliss Electrical School, Washington, D.C., and is a veteran of the Navy in World War II. Elvin J. married Freda L. Lewis of Emporium. They have three children: Barbara, born June 8, 1934; Robert L., born May 16, 1936; and James W., born January 12, 1940. Both Mr. and Mrs. Barr are members of the Baptist Church.
  38. JOHN WALTER WELLS, attorney of Coudersport, was born in Oswayo on November 27, 1869, son of Walter and Sarah (Lyman) Wells. He was educated at Mansfield Normal School, Alfred University and Cornell University. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi Fraternity. He has been a member of the Potter County Bar since December 3, 1891, and he is a director of the Empire Gas and Fuel Company and of the C&PA Railroad Company. He was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the sessions of 1897, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1927 and 1929. He is a member of Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, of Eulalia Lodge Number 342 F.&A.M., Coudersport Royal Arch Chapter, potter Commandery and Coudersport Consistory. He married, September 26, 1893, Eloise Stebbins. Children: (1) Lucile M., married Howard Neefe Schutt. (See par. 114). (2) Katharine Mary, married Henry Hollingsworth Michael Pett. (3) Walter Pierre. (See par. 111).
  39. JAMES STANLEY BERGER, attorney in Coudersport and State Senator from the 25th Senatorial District, was born January 3, 1903, at Warren, the son of Clare A. and Harriett M. (Stanley) Berger. He received his education in Kenyon College and Dickinson School of Law. He married Georgiana J. Daniels of Coudersport. They have two children: James Daniels Berger, born October 31, 1932, and Jane Daniels Berger, born October 31, 1937. Mr. Berger is a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
  40. ROBERT HENRY KAZMIERSKI, physician and surgeon of Coudersport, was born July 27, 1906, at Pittsburgh. He graduated from Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1927 and from St. Louis School of Medicine in June 1931. His internship was at the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, and at the Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was captain of the Medical Reserve in 1938. At the present time, Dr. Kazmierski is chief-of-staff of the Potter County Memorial Hospital. He is president of the County Medical Society for the year 1946 and is a member of the Pennsylvania State Medical Society and of the American Medical Association. His lodge affiliations are Masonic, Consistory and I.O.O.F. He married, November 11, 1933, Carolyn E. Henderson, of Oil City, who is a registered nurse and a graduate of West Penn Hospital. Children: Robert Henry, born October 15, 1938, and Mark Ross, born June 16, 1945. Dr. Kazmierski and family are members of Park Methodist Church.
  41. WILLIAM ALBERT SHEAR, the oldest living Mason in Coudersport, was born December 9, 1858, in Pickering, Canada, the son of William and Hannah (Hartrick) Shear. The family moved to Coudersport in 1863. Mr. Shear, senior, was Master Mason in Coudersport in 1865, 1867 and 1870. William Albert was in the mercantile business for many years. He served as Postmaster for nine years. Mr. Shear is a 32nd degree Mason and has been a Mason for more than sixty years. He has held many public offices and has been a promoter of Coudersport and Potter County. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He married, first, Elizabeth Haxton, of Meadville, in June of 1886. They had one daughter, Beatrice (Shear) Curran Bement, of Lawrenceville, who has two sons, Robert Curran and Duane Curran. Mr. Shear married, second, Grace Ashley on September 9, 1909. Mrs. Shear is a Past-Matron of Eulalia Chapter Number 147 O.E.S. She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church. They have three children: (1) Dorothy H. (Shear) Mitchell, of Carmi, Illinois. She was graduated from Allegheny College. (2) Grace L. (Shear) Austin, of Coudersport. She was graduated from Bloomsburg Teachers College and has taught school for fifteen years. (3) Thomas R., of Coudersport, a graduate of Lehigh University. He married Maxine Johnston. They have two sons, William Albert II and Thomas R. III.
  42. CLELLA (STEVENS) MICHELFELDER, Potter County president of the W.C.T.U., was born February 12, 1881, in Harrison Valley, the daughter of George W. and Zittilla (Goodman) Stevens. She is a sister of Lena Stevens. (See par. 70). Mrs. Michelfelder is a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College and of George Washington University. She taught school for six years before her marriage on June 22, 1911, to George Michelfelder, Jr., of Harrison Valley, the son of George and Chrischanna (Truthan) Michelfelder. Mr. Michelfelder conducted a clothing store and an insurance business in Harrison Valley for many years. He died September 26, 1933. Mrs. Michelfelder is a member of the Baptist Federated Church, the D.A.R. and has been president of Harrison Valley W.C.TU. for thirty-five years, president of Potter County W.C.T.U. for fourteen years and recording secretary of Pennsylvania State W.C.T.U. for four years. She has been active in civic projects, including chairman of the Women’s Republican Committee, chairman for many years of Red Cross drives and Red Cross work and she is one of the leading promoters of the fund for the perpetual care of the Mills Cemetery. She has taught Sunday School for more than fifty years. Children: (1) Richard, of Newport News, Virginia, born June 19, 1916, a veteran with five years’ service in the U.S. Army during World War II. (2) Ruth (Michelfelder) Parker, of Westfield, born March 29, 1920. Mr. and Mrs. Michelfelder were two of the leading promoters of the two succesful dry campaigns conducted in Harrison Township.
  43. NORMAN CHAPMAN, merchant in Genesee, was born August 14, 1899, on the Chapman farm near Genesee. His father, Guy F. Chapman, a farmer and merchant, was president of the First National Bank at the time of his death. He, with Elmer J. Johnston, organized the Genesee citizens Water Company, one of the best small town water systems in the state. Mr. Chapman’s mother, Lina (Richmond) Chapman, an accomplished musician, was organist and choir director of Genesee Methodist Episcopal Church from 1908 until 1936. She assumed the interest of her husband in the general store business of G.F. Chapman & Son after his death, and her activity had much to do with the success of the furniture department which was opened at that time. Mr. Chapman was graduated from Genesee High School in 1915, from Wellsville, New York, High School in 1916, from Mansfield Normal School in 1918 and from Alfred University SATC in 1918. He was Bugler Sergeant SATC Alfred University. He is a partner in the department store of Chapman-Burrous in Genesee, vice-president of Gibson Furniture Company, Inc., in Wellsville and is owner of Chapman Farm near Genesee, specializing in breeding registered Holstein-Friesian cattle. He is a member and former trustee of Genesee Methodist Episcopal Church, president of Seneca Council, Boy Scouts of America, Olean, New York, since 1938, member and former president of Wellsville Rotary Club, member of Pennsylvania State Republican Committee, Past-Master of Lewisville Lodge F.&A.M., Past High Priest of Ulysses Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, member of Wellsville Royal Arch Chapter and Coudersport Consistory. He is also secretary-treasurer of Potter County Holstein Breeders Association, a member of Patrons of Husbandry, a member of Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil Association and director of Potter County Soil Conservation District. He married, September 6, 1923, Ruth Louise Karns, of Benton. She was graduated from Wilkes-Barre Institute in 1917 and from Bryn Mawr college in 1921. She taught school in Harrison Valley High School 1921-1922. She was sales manager of Frontier Press Company in Philadelphia 1922-1923, during which time she trained organizations in Bethlehem, Pa., Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Baltimore, Maryland. She took an active interest in her husband’s store, buying, decorating and selling, from 1932 to 1940. She is past-president and chairman of the Fellowship Committee of the American Association of University Women, Alfred University Branch. Children: (1) Coreene Louise, born October 7, 1924. She was graduated from Genesee High School in 1942 and received her A.B. degree from Alfred University in 1946. She is now doing graduate work in art and ceramics at Alfred. (2) Guy Frederick, born December 13, 1930, a student at Wellsville. Mr. Chapman is interested in Boy Scout activities, having been a member of the Executive Board Seneca Council since 1938, finance chairman of Wellsville in 1940, of the Southeast District in 1941 and of Seneca Council in 1945.
  44. MARY (COOK) FAULKNER DOANE, a resident of Coudersport for more than fifty years, was born in Penn Yan, New York, May 18, 1863. She married, first, Edward Faulkner, of Waverly, New York. He died in 1888. Children: (1) Louis E. Faulkner, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He has one daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Faulkner) Mapp, who has one son, Louis Edgar. (2) Ethel (Faulkner) Groves, whose husband, H. Lawrence Groves, of Coudersport, has been in foreigh service work for the government form more than twenty-eight years. They are now residing in Greece. They have one daughter, Carolyn (Groves) Patterson, of Chicago, Illinois, who has two children, Perry and Caitlin. Mrs. Doane married, second, George H. Doane on September 24, 1892. Mr. Doane was for many years a prominent and successful hardware merchant in Coudersport. He died October 18, 1944. Mrs. Doane is a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
  45. MORTON H. LILLY, mayor of Coudersport, was born in Coudersport July 23, 1888, son of Harrison and Elvina (Fickler) Lilly. The Lilly family has lived in the same block, on which Mayor Lilly now resides, for nearly one hundred years. He has been the mayor of Couderpsort for eight years and has also been a vice-president of the Citizens Safe Deposit and Trust Company and a member of its board of directors for a number of years. He was in the retail shoe business for thirty years. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and for many years has been a member of the board of trustees of the church. He has been a member of Eulalia Lodge Number 342 F.&A.M. for more than thirty-five years and of Couderpsort Cosnistory for thirty years. He is a charter member of the Rotary Club and Coudersport Golf Club. He married, September 26, 1917, Ruth R. Reynolds, of Mainsburg, the daughter of Lyman L. and Blance (Dewitt) Reynolds. She was a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College. She died April 1, 1940. Children: (1) Morton Reynolds Lilly, a student at Albany Business College at Albany, New York. He was graduated from Coudersport High School and served with the 135th Regiment of the 34th "Red Bull" Division of the U.S. Army during World War II. The 34th was the first American division to be sent into the European theater of war in 1942. He received the Bronze Star Medal April 28, 1945. He married Florence Margaret Powell, of Ogdensburg, New York. (2) Betty Jean (Lilly) Gross, of Wellsboro, who is a graduate of Coudersport High School and of Spencer School of Nursing at Meadville. She is operating-room nurse at Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro.
  46. LAWRENCE BUCK, farmer specializing in dairying and potato growing, was born September 16, 1893, in Ulysses, the son of C.E. and Charlotte (Cushing) Buck. He is a graduate of Ulysses High School. He is a director of the Grange National Bank and a school director of Ulysses. He is a member of the Baptist Church, the Grange, Lewisville Lodge Number 556 F.&A.M., the County School Board and the Board of the Northern Tier Children’s Home. He married, April 2, 1917, Mabel Evans, daughter of Arthur and Rosa (Reed) Evans of Ulysses. She attended Boston Conservatory of Music. She is a member of the Baptist Church, the Grange and the Federated Women’s Club. They have nine children: (1) Lois (Buck) Wilson of Mansfield who graduated from Ulysses High School and attended Pennsylvania State College. She has one daughter, Sally Ann. (2) Grace (Buck) Kear of Harrison Valley who graduated from Ulysses High School and attended Mansfield State Teachers College. She has one daughter, Kay Frances. (3) Louise (Buck) Miller of Campbell, New York, who is a graduate of Ulysses High School and of Robert Packer Hospital of Sayre. She has two children, John and Jane. (4) Jean (Buck) Howe of Ulysses, a graduate of Ulysses High School and Mansfield State Teachers College. She has one daughter, Margery Jean. (5) Gladys (Buck) Angood of Bingham Center, a graduate of Ulysses High School. She has two children, Donna Joyce and Ronald Arlie. (6) Roger Lawrence of Ulysses who graduated from Ulysses High School in 1946. (7) Dorothy Anne, a student in Ulysses High School. (8) Raymond Eugene, a student in Ulysses High School. (9) Robert Armond, a student in the fifth grade in Ulysses School. Mrs. Buck’s hobby is music. Mr. Buck’s hobby is collecting stamps and coins.
  47. JENNY (DYKEMAN) SELTZ, Postmaster of Galeton, was born in Cross Fork, September 25, 1878, the daughter of Miles and Ida (Baker) Dykeman. She received her education in Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, schools and has been postmaster for the past twelve years. She is a member of the Episcopal Church and is a Past Worthy Mtron of Galeton Chapter Number 53, O.E.S. She married, first, December 20, 1898, Albert Stambaugh of Galeton. He died March 31, 1909. She married, second, January 8, 1911, Henry E. Seltz. Mr. Seltz was in the hardware and furniture business until the disastrous fire in Galeton in 1916. He then entered the insurance business which he conducted until the time of his death, January 5, 1925. Mrs. Seltz has one son, Richard Dykeman Seltz of Rochester, New York, who has one daughter, Mary Jeanne. Mrs. Seltz’ hobby is collecting stamps.
  48. JAMES L. HENDERSON was born June 16, 1885, in Oswayo, the son of Robert and Maria (Carr) Henderson. He was educated in Oswayo public schools and is a member of the Catholic Church. He is associated with Pittsburgh Corning Glass Company. He married, January 18, 1912, Katherine Elmer of Roulette, who was born Mary 17, 1888, the daughter of George and Anna (Helwig) Elmer. Mr. Elmer owned and operated the leading hardware store in Roulette from 1886 until his death in 1932. Mrs. Henderson attends the Baptist Church and is a member of Myrtle Chapter Number 43 O.E.S. They have one daughter, Ida Margaret (Henderson) Chase of Roulette, who was born October 6, 1919. She attended Westbrook Business College at Olean, New York. She has one daughter, Linda Lee. Mrs. Henderson’s sister, Mayme (Eimer) Bailey Stillwell died in 1922, leaving two sons, George Elmer Bailey and Ronald W. Bailey, who made their home with Mr. and Mrs. Henderson. Mr. Henderson is interested in sports as a hobby and Mrs. Henderson’s hobby is growing flowers.
  49. S. JOSEPH ROSENBLOOM, partner of Rosenblooms ready-to-wear store in Coudersport, was born June 13, 1904, in Austin, the son of Frank A. and Golda Rosenbloom. He graduated from Austin High School in 1922, attended Pennsylvania University, the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from St. Bonaventure College with a B.S. degree. He came to Coudersport in 1932 as manager of Rosenblooms store and remained manager until 1938 when he became a partner in the store which was established in 1898. Mr. Rosenbloom is a member of Arcania Lodge Number 580 F.&A.M., Coudersport Consistory, I.O.O.F., Coudersport Community Association and Beth Zion Temple, Bradford. He married March 5, 1934, Rena Stone of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of the late Lewis B. and Lena C. Stone, former residents of Austin. Mrs. Rosenbloom is a member of Eulalia Chapter Number 148 O.E.S. and of Beth Zion Temple. Children: (1) Gail Ronna, born June 29, 1935. (2) Paula Maxene, born September 3, 1938. Mr. Rosenbloom’s hobbies are civic enterprises and gardening.
  50. MAJOR WEIMER was born in Pleasant Valley Township, Potter County, July 23, 1872, the son of Otis and Huldih Jane (Johnson) Weimer. His grandfather was one of the early settlers of Potter County. Mr. Weimer received his early education in the public schools. He was a lumberman for several years and was also connected with the tannery business. He is now associated with the Pittsburgh Corning Glass Company. Mr. Weimer is a member of Eulalia Lodge Number 342 F.&A.M., Coudersport Chapter Number 263, Coudersport Consistory, having been in the first class when it was organized in Coudersport in 1899. He married, February 16, 1897, Virginia D. Rossman of Sweden Hill. She is a member of the Baptist Church. They have four children: Geneva (Weimer) Grandin of Roulette; Naomi (Weimer) McLatchie of Coudersport; Dema (Wiemer) Burt of Cyclone; and Florence (Weimer) Gallup of Port Allegany. Mr. Weimer’s hobbies are hunting and fishing.
  51. KATHERINE (KNOX) COVEY was born July 13, 1878 in Couderpsort, daughter of Franklin W. and Sarah Elizabeth (Dickenson) Knox. Mr. Knox, always interested in Potter County, was a lumberman, attorney, president of C&PA Railroad and president of the first water company of Coudersport. Mrs. Covey’s childhood home is now the Old Hickory Tavern. Mrs. Covey graduated from Smith College in 1903. She was married to James E. Covey September 6, 1903. Mr. Covey, a successful businessman, was a Spanish War veteran. He was a 33rd degree Mason. He died July 11, 1930. Mrs. Covey is a member of Christ Episcopal Church, of the D.A.R. and of O.E.S. Children: (1) John K., of Bellefonte, a practicing eye, ear and nose specialist. He married Helen Hunt of Lockhaven. They have one child, James Hunt. (2) Elizabeth A. (Covey) Winchell, who has two children, James S. and Katherine C. (3) James Franklin, a graduate of Pennsylvania State College and a veteran of World War II, who is, at present, industrial arts instructor at Meadville, Pa. He married Cathryn Blanchard of Meadville. They have two children, James F., Jr., and Ann Elizabeth. (4) Francis Dickenson, of Salt Lake City, Utah, a graduate of Banks Business College and a veteran of World War II. He married Wenona H. McGhan of Salt Lake City. Mrs. Covey’s hobbies are reading and raising flowers.
  52. ANDREW BENNETT WALLGREN, Sc.D, LL.D., Ph.D., and M.D., was born September 29, 1877, at Varberg, Sweden, the son of Nelson Barthles and Christine (Nelson) Wallgren. He received his degrees from the Universities of Berlin, Heidelberg and Upsala. He also attended Pasteur Institute. He was, at one time, pathologist and bacteriologist at Pittsburgh, St. Margaret’s and Columbia Hospitals in Pittsburgh. Dr. Wallgren was Chair of Biology and Bacteriology at the University of Pittsburgh from 1902 until 1946. He is also an artist. He is a member of Phi Gamma Delta and of Sigma Xi. Since 1926, he has spent his summers at his camp in Potter County where he now makes his home. He has two daughters: (1) Julia (Wallgren) Hurley, of Pittsburgh, a graduate of Bristow Academy at Bristow, Virginia, and of the University of Pittsburgh. She has three children, Clark, Lynn, and Gretchen. (2) Anne Patricia, of Pittsburgh, a graduate of Bristow Academy, Pittsburgh University, Pennsylvania College for Women, University of Pittsburgh and Margaret Morrison. She is now librarian at Carnegie Institute. Dr. Wallgren’s hobby is painting.
  53. ROBERT RAY LYMAN, SR., President of the Citizens’ Safe Deposit & Trust Company of Coudersport, was born October 9, 1894, at Roulette, the son of Milo and Kittie C. (Thompson) Lyman. (See par. 80). His grandfather, Laroy Lyman, was a famous pioneer hunter. Mr. Lyman graduated from Roulette High School in 1912 and from Pennsylvania State College in 1919, where he received a B.S. degree in forestry. He served in World War I with the 10th Engineers AEF in France in 1918 and 1919. In addition to his bank position, Mr. Lyman is treasurer of Potter Garage Company, director of C&PA Railroad, director of Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers’ Association. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, of the Advisory Board of Pennsylvania Forestry Association, of the American Forestry Association, of the Society of American Foresters and of the Ntional Lumber Manufacturers’ Association. He is chairman of Potter County CED Committee. He was president of Gray Chemical Company from 1935 to 1946, vice-president of Manufacturers Charcoal Company from 1942 to 1946 and of Wood Distillers Corp. from 1942 to 1946, director of Norwich Chemical Company from 1943 to 1946 and of Wood Chemical Institute from 1935 to 1945. He was president of Coudersport Borough Council from 1932 to 1938. He is amember of the First Presbyterian Church. He is a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Republican Party. He married, July 15, 1920, Lorena M. Williams of Howard, Pa. Children: (1) Robert R., Jr., born April 16, 1921. (2) Betty J. (Lyman) Good, born Mary 28, 1923. (3) Lois A. Lyman, born October 11, 1926.
  54. RUDOLPH C. STRALEY, born October 13, 1873, in Germania, the son of John G. and Catherine (Becher) Strahley who came to this country from Germany in 1855. Mr. Straley attended the public schools in Germania and graduated from Eastman Business School in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was associated with the general store in Germania. Later, when the First National Bank of Galeton was organized in 1904, Mr. Straley became bookkeeper and cashier. He was cashier until he retired in 1945. He is now one of the directors of the bank. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, Galeton Lodge Number 602 F.&A.M. and Coudersport Consistory. He was a member of the school board for twenty years. He married, August 20, 1901, Flora Schramm, daughter of Martin and Mary (Gundel) Shramm, early settlers of Potter County. Mrs. Straley is a member of the Presbyterian Church and Galeton Chapter Number 53, O.E.S. Children: (1) Thelma, a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College and of Pennsylvania State College, who is a teacher in Galeton High School and is also a member of the Presbyterian Church and of Galeton Chapter Number 53 O.E.S. (2) Norma (Straley) Topping of Southampton, Long Island, New York, who has three sons, Pierson, Arthur and Albert. (3) Dorothy (Straley) Miller of East Hampton, Long Island, New York, who has two children, Daniel, Jr., and Mary Dorothy. Norma and Dorothy are twins and both are graduates of Mansfield State Teachers College. Mr. Straley’s hobbies are gardening and fishing.
  55. ROBERT WAYNE RICHARDS, practicing physician and surgeon and mayor of Shinglehouse, was born September 16, 1886, at Hazelhurst, the son of George and Cora (Warfel) Richards. He was graduated from Clarion Normal School and from Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia in 1912. He interned at Jefferson Medical College Hospital and started practicing in Shinglehouse in 1913. He entered Bellevue Hospital on February 4, 1918, as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He was stationed at Camp Oglethorpe, Georgia, Camp Waco, Texas, and Hoboken, New Jersy. He served overseas from march 1919 to August 1919. He was honorably discharged from service October 19, 1919, and he returned to Shinglehouse where he has been in practice since that time. Dr. Richards was health officer of Shinglehouse and inspector and examiner of Shinglehouse and Sharon Township Schools from 1925 to 1935. He has been associated with the Mountain Clinic in Olean, New York, since 1915. He is a member of the American Medical Association, of Jefferson Medical College Alumni Association, of the Edward Anthony Spitzka Anatomic Society, of F.&A.M. and of Coudersport Consistory. He has been president of the Automobile Club of Shinglehouse for the last twenty years. He married, first Claire E. Robison, of Philadelphia, on September 24, 1913. She died February 13, 1935. He married, second, Nita Githens on January 1, 1944. Dr. and Mrs. Richards both attended the Methodist Church. Dr. Richards’ hobbies are fishing and woodworking.
  56. FRANK H. SCHADENBERGER, the son of Christian and Louise (Schauss) Schadenberger, was born March 6, 1876, near Coudersport, on a farm which his father cleared as an early settler. He attended Coudersport schools and was graduated from Westbrook Business College at Olean, New York. As a young man he was interested in athletics. He won many medals as a champion bicycle rider of Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. Later as a farmer he became active in politics in Potter County and was elected Auditor and Commissioner. During World War I, he served on the Exemption Board and has always been active in public affairs. He married, February 27, 1903, Marie Rounseville Pearce, whose maternal grandfather, Abiather Rounseville, was one of the first settlers of the county. Mr. Rounseville came to Couderpsort in 1841 and for many years acted as Commissioner of State Roads. He was Postmaster in 1853. One of the first houses to be built in Coudersport was that of Mr. Rounesville and it is still standing, being occupied at the present time by the Schutt Funeral Home. As descendants of the early settlers of potter County Mr. and Mrs. Schadenberger consider their farm near Coudersport as their home, although, since Mr. Schadenberger’s retirement, they now spend part of their time living in Hornell, New York. Mrs. Schadenberger is active in church circles, and she is a member of Fortnightly Club and Hornell County Club. They have one daughter, Maxine, who married Victor Louis Mason of Montclair, new Jersey. (See par. 133). Mr. and Mrs. Schadenberger have two grandchildren, Victoria Luise and Victor Louis, III.
  57. ROBERT S. McLAUGHLIN, funeral director in Shinglehouse, was born December 2, 1906, at Olean, New York, son of Leon C. and Hazel (Sliger) McLaughlin. Mr. McLaughlin was graduated from Olean High School and Simmons College of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, New York. He served his apprenticeship in Syracuse at Snyder Funeral Home, coming to Shinglehouse in 1936 as a partner in Morton Funeral Home. He entered the U.S. Navy in February of 1942 and was in service until April 1, 1946. He saw twenty-seven moths of service in the South Pacific area. On July 1, 1946, he opened a new business, McLaughlin’s Home for Funerals, in Shinglehouse. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Olean and attends the Methodist Church in Shinglehouse. He is a member of Sharon Lodge Number 598 F.&A.M., of Veterans of Foreign Wars and of county, state and national funeral directors’ associations. He married, November 14, 1941, Evelyn Mildred Russell, of Shinglehouse, daughter of Harry and Mary Elizabeth (Cuneo) Russell. Mrs. McLaughlin is a member of the Methodist Church and of the Order of Eastern Star. They have two sons: Robert S., Jr., born November 27, 1943, and Michael Russell, born August 27, 1945. Mr. McLaughlin’s hobby is photography.
  58. C. MAT BURROUS, merchant and oil producer, was born February 12, 1907, in Galeton, son of Clinton and Nellie (Whalen) Burrous, one of the prominent families of Potter County. Mr. Burrous was graduated from Galeton High School. He came to Genesee in 1928. He was first employed by First National Bank where he became cashier. In 1935 he formed the partnership of Chapman-Burrous. He is a member of Lewisville Lodge Number 556 F.&A.M., Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Coudersport Consistory, Ismailia Temple Buffalo Shrine, Furniture Club of America, Wellsville Aviation Club, Wellsville Country Club, and B.P.O.E. He is director of the First National Bank, president of Gibson Furniture Company, Inc., of Wellsville, and he was vice president of Genesee Chemical Company until 1946. He attends the Methodist Church. He is a partner in Whitehall Oil Company, Tomahawk Oil Company, Arrowhead Oil Company, and Madison Hill Oil Company. He married, March 6, 1927, Beryl Lowe, daughter of Ed and Lolo (Ludden) Lowe. Mrs. Burrous is a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She attends the Methodist Church. Children: (1) Wanda Jacquelyn, born December 17, 1927, a student at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. (2) Barbara Ann, born Mary 2, 1933, now attending Wellsville High School. (3) Richard Mathew, born April 24, 1935, a student in Ulysses. Mr. Burrous’ hobbies are flying and golfing.
  59. VERNAL C. MILES, district conservationist of the Soil Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was born November 15, 1910, in Germantown, the son of Charles A. and Jennie (Robinson) Miles. He was graduated, in 1935, from Pennsylvania State College, where he majored in forestry. He first became affiliated with the Soil Erosion Service and has been with the Soil Conservation Service in West Virginia and Pennsylvania since 1935. He is a member of the Methodist Church, the Society of American Foresters, Alpha Zeta Fraternity, and Xi Sigma Pi, an honorary forestry fraternity. He is secretary-treasurer of the Pennsylvania State Mont Alto Forestry Alumni. He was a member of Germantown Chapter of DeMolay. He married, June 24, 1939, Ruth Sawyer, of Apollo, the daughter of Dean C. and Kathryn (Jones) Sawyer. Mrs. Miles was graduated from Indiana State Teachers’ College where she received a B.S. degree in home economics. She is a member of the Methodist church. Children: Lois Kathryn, born August 16, 1940; Dorothy Ruth, born July 21, 1942; and Janet Mabel, born February 19, 1944. Mr. Miles’ hobby is sports.
  60. LETTIE (GORDNIER) POTTER was born August 28, 1872 in Coudersport, the daughter of Walter and Lydia (Armstrong) Gordnier. She is a member of the Methodist Church, Eulalia Chapter Number 148 O.E.S., W.C.T.U., Potter County Historical Society and Allegany Group of WSCS. She married, April 2, 1891, Milton James Potter, son of James Oliver and Phoebe (Grover) Potter. Mr. Potter was an influential citizen of Potter County. He was a member of all bodies of Masonry, including the honorary 33rd degree, and was a member of the Methodist Church. He was superintendent of Silver Truss Company and was a real estate dealer. He died February 15, 1919. Children: (1) Margaret, born June 10, 1894, died June 12, 1899. (2) James Clarence, born August 3, 1898, died June 2, 1899. (3) Robert G., of Attleboro, Massachusetts, born in June 1900. He is a graduate of Princeton University. He has two children, Robert and Katharine. (4) Willis G., of Coudersport, born August 25, 1902. He attended Cornell University. He has two daughters, Carol Virginia and Lois. (5) Paul G., of Pittsburgh, born January 25, 1905. He is a graduate of Bucknell University. He has one daughter, Patricia. (6) Milton James, Jr., of Coudersport, born November 13, 1907. He was graduated from Coudersport High School and from Bucknell University where he majored in mechanical engineering.
  61. BELLE (HASKELL) LEWIS was born July 31, 1864, to Edwin and Laura (Cannon) Haskell. Mrs. Lewis graduated from Lock Haven State College and both she and her sister, Edith (Haskell) Colcord (See par. 35), taught school in Potter County for a number of years. Mr. Lewis was a partner in Buffalo Hardware Store in Austin, Prothonotary of Potter County for several years and secretary of the Citizens’ Safe Deposit and Trust Company for some time. He was a 33rd degree Mason, having received the degree in Boston in 1903, and he was one of the founders of the Coudersport Consistory. Mrs. Lewis is a member of Park Methodist Church, Eulalia Chapter Number 146 O.E.S., New Century Club, Red Cross and civic organizations.
  62. FRANCIS M. O’CONNELL, priest of St. Eulalia Parish, Coudersport, was born in Williamsport, Pa., son of Daniel J. and Anne (Carrig) O’Connell. He graduated from St. Joseph’s High School and from the University of Notre Dame. He then attended St. Bonaventure Seminary and was ordained a priest on December 7, 1916. He was stationed in DuBois, Pa., and Corey, Pa., before coming to Couderpsort in January 1936. While in school, he won recognition for his ability in baseball, basketball and on the track team.
  63. HENRY D. HART, practicing physician of Genesee, was born March 1, 1861, son of William M. and Mary Ann (Langdon) Hart, a pioneer family of Potter County. He attended district and Ulysses schools. He started teaching at the age of eighteen and taught in several schools in Potter County. He studied medicine under the instruction of Dr. A. L. Bottom and was graduated from Baltimore Medical College March 30, 1883. He started practicing medicine in Genesee during May of 1883. Dr. Hart is the only living charter member of the Potter County Medical Society. He is a member of the Methodist Church and was a member of the school board for about thirty years, having been president, secretary and treasurer of the board at various times. He married November 8, 1883, Jennie A. White. She died November 4, 1918. Children: (1) Leah Blanche (Hart) Skillman, of Bemis Point, New York, who attended Mansfield State Normal School. She has three children: Lawrence D., of Englewood, California, a veteran of World War II; Eleanor, of Boston, Massachusetts; Lester J., of Bemis Point. (2) Olin J. Hart, of Genesee. Dr. Hart’s hobbies are hunting and fishing. He has caught thousands of brook trout during his life and has made many hunting trips in the Adirondacks.
  64. CARRIE (GROVER) HAYNES, a resident of Harrison Township for more than sixty years, having lived in her present home in Harrison Valley for the past thirty years, was born August 30, 1862, in North Bingham, the daughter of Charles and Eliza (Raymond) Grover. She attended school in Ulysses and taught school for several years in Allegheny and Potter counties. She married, September 30, 1885, Lewis E. Haynes of Harrison Township. He was a farmer for many years and held many important offices in Harrison Township, including tax collector, supervisor, school director and director of the Grange. He was treasurer of the local chapter of the Grange at the time of his death, May 28, 1938. Children: (1) Jennie, now living in the Haynes farm homestead in Harrison Township. She married James W. Riley of Harrison Township. (2) Harriet E., of Harrison Valley, who married Frank H. Dibble of Harrison Township. Mrs. Haynes is a very active woman and at the age of eighty-four she is teaching a class of boys in Sunday School. She attends the Federated Church and is a member of the Grange. 
  65. ARCHIBALD P. AKELEY, School Superintendent of Potter County, was born May 18, 1886, in Russell, Pa., son of Lester O. and Emma (Rhodes) Akeley. He graduated from Oswayo High School, Grove City College, Mansfield State Teachers College and St. Bonaventure College. He was Assistant County Superintendent from 1915 to 1918, and has been County Superintendent since 1918. He is a trustee of State Teachers’ College of Lock Haven, president of the board of trustees Coudersport Library, president of Potter County Historical Society and commander-in-chief of Coudersport Consistory A.A.S.R. He is a member of all Masonic bodies. He is a stated clerk of the session of the First Presbyterian Church. He is a Pi Gamma Mu, a member of various state and national educational associations, a member of American Association of University Professors, of Pennsylvania Historical Society and of the Rotary Club. He married, December 31, 1918, Doris Heymann of Galeton, a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College. She taught school in New Jersey for four years. She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, of O.E.S., New Century Club and other civic organizations. Mr. and Mrs. Akeley have two sons: (1) John Wilder, born May 23, 1920, now a resident of Lock Haven. He is a graduate of Lock Haven Teachers College and a veteran of World War II. He married Rose Minnie Probst of Lock Haven. (2) James Thomas, a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army, born December 4, 1921, who attended State Teachers College prior to his entering service. He married Gloria VonHagn of Germania. Mr. Akeley’s hobbies are local history research and woodworking.
  66. JAMES L. SULLIVAN, retired business man of Genesee, was born April 17, 1871, the son of John and Mary (Durkin) Sullivan. He was in business in Genesee for more than fifty years and is a prominent and influential man in the community. He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He married, June 25, 1902, Della M. McGinnis, of Genesee. She attended Mansfield Normal School and taught school for several years. Mrs. Sullivan has been Postmaster of Genesee since 1936. She is a member of Sacred Heart Church, and of St. Agnes Guild. Children: (1) Donald J., of Norfolk, Virginia, who was graduated from St. Bonaventure College. He married Mae Suthrell of Norfolk. (2) Paul James, of Providence, Rhode Island, who was graduated from Wellsville High School and was a 1st lieutenant in the Transportation Corps of the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Dorothy Girard, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. They have one son, Paul Francis.

 
 
 

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