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(From unknown Columbia Co., PA newspaper
dated Sat. July 30, 1949)

The first reunion of the FARVER family was held at Ber-Vaughn Park on Saturday. William FARVER and Mrs. Roy SMITH conducted the business session. The oldest FARVER in attendance was Theodore FARVER and the youngest was Francine FARVER, 18-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd FARVER. Mr. and Mrs. William A. FARVER, of Miami, Florida, traveled the farthest distance.

William FARVER was elected president; Mrs. Roy SMITH, secretary; Rosemary FARVER, assistant secretary; Mrs. William L. SHORTZ, treasurer; and recreation committee included: Ralph FARVER, Mrs. Harry SNYDER, Mrs. Irven FARVER; historian, Mrs. Roy SMITH. The next reunion will be held at Ber-Vaughn Park.

Those present were Mr. and Mrs. George P. FARVER, of Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Stanley SHORTZ, of Wapwallopen; Mrs. Harry SNYDER and daughter, Patty, of Light Street; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd S. SLUSSER, and son Fred, of Shickshinny; Mrs. Crawford WANDEL and daughters, Harriet, Mary Alice and son, James, Mr. and Mrs. Glen A. FARVER and son, Glen, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William A. FARVER, Miami, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. RHOADES and son, Eddie, of Danville; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph FENSTERMACHER, of Bloomsburg; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph FARVER, of Jackson, Benton R. D.; J. Russell FARVER, of Hunlock Creek R. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph HARTMAN and sons, George, and Gary and daughters, Darla and Doris, of Benton R. D.; Mrs. William I. SHORTZ and son, Leonard, Mr. and Mrs. Irvan FARVER and son, Eldon of Stillwater, R. D.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward DERR and daughter Dreene, son, Gary, Mr. and Mrs. Leon EBNER, Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey FARVER and son, Chauncey, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Robert KNORR, Mr. and Mrs. John W. STEPHEN and son, Jack, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. FARVER, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson REICHARD and daughter, Lorraine, Mr. and Mrs. Clark W. FARVER and daughter, of Berwick.

Mrs. Morris DAVIS, Clark RUCKLE, Mrs. Leona M. FUREK and son, James, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd FARVER and daughter, Francine, of Berwick R. D.; Peter FARVER, Mrs. Ellen FARVER, MR. and Mrs. Roy SMITH and daughter, Iris, and son, Drue, Mr. and Mrs. William C. FARVER and sons, Jack, Joseph, Thomas and Edwin, Mrs. Myrtle MONTAGUE and Miss Flora SNYDER, of Berwick.

Mr. and Mrs. Prue W. FARVER, the former superintendent of the Chippewa Reservation, Red Lake, Minnesota, acknowledged the invitation but were unable to attend.

At Home Ellis TURNER

A covered dish supper was held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis TURNER, of Bloomsburg, R. D. by the descendants of the late John and Clara MELICK, of Mt. Pleasant township. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the COATES family. Attending: Mr. and Mrs. John WELLIVER, Mr. and Mrs. Jack WELLIVER and daughter Judy, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne WELLIVER, Miss Verda WELLIVER, Mrs. Stella WELLIVER, Mr. and Mrs. Paul RUPERT, Mr. and Mrs. Charles COATES, Charles, Jr., and Ned COATES, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar MELICK, Jr., Oscar MELICK, Mr. and Mrs. Harry MELICK, Judy GERRINGER, Claude MELICK, Rowena MELICK, Blanche TYSON, Frank MELICK, don TYSON, of Bloomsburg and vicinity.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry WELLIVER, Greenwood; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew PLENSNER and son Eugene, Pond Hill; Misses Elsie, June and Phyllis MAXWELL, Miss Elsie MELICK, Philadelphia; Harold RUPERT and children Judy and Paul, Stroudsburg; Mr. and Mrs. David OWENS and son Billy, Laureldale, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis TURNER, James, Jane, Blaine, Eilean, Jon and Helen, Bloomsburg, R. D.

Bible Class Group at Espy Lutheran Church

Miss Grace HUMMELL, of Bloomsburg, a student at Bob Jones, Universtiy, Greenville, S. C., gave the third lesson at the Espy children's Bible Class yesterday afternoon at the Espy Lutheran Church.

She taught from the Gospel of Christ and the Wordless Book, and showed a flannel-graph "Two Ways". She taught the songs, "This Little Light of Mine." "Fishers of Men," "Deep and Wide" and "Into My Heart."

Next Friday's meeting will be held at three in the afternoon at the Espy Methodist Church.


The Sugarloaf 4-H Club met Wednesday morning a the Sugarloaf school. Lunch was prepared by the girls under the supervision of Miss Helen BOWMAN, jane STACKHOUSE and Mrs. Sarah DAVIS. The main dish was vegetable soup.

Songs were enjoyed by the group. The next meeting will be at nine a.m., August 5, at the Sugarloaf school. Present were Patsy SMITH, Jean GETZ, Jolene CAMPBELL, Beverly HESS? (rest cut off)


In a quiet ceremony performed Friday evening, July 22nd, at eight o'clock in the Nescopeck E.U.B. Church, Miss June HUMPHRIES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin HUMPHRIES, Second St., Berwick, and Edgar PETERMAN, son of E. J. PETERMAN, of Harrisburg, were united in marriage. The Rev. Melvin L. WHITMIRE, pastor of the church, officiated.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan DIFINNIS, sister and brother-in-law of the bride, attended the couple.

Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents.

Mrs. PETERMAN attended Berwick High School. The groom, who is employed by the Ford Motor Company, in Canton, Ohio, served four years with the Marine Corps. he served with the Second Marine Division in the Pacific Theatre of Operations and was awarded the Purple Heart. He is a graduate of (rest missing)


Mr. and Mrs. Kent Ellsworth SNYDER are shown following their recent marriage in the Mr. Zion MethodistChurch. The bride is the former Miss Margaret Ethalia BELL, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth BELL, of Catawissa R. D. 2. Mr. SNYDER is the sone of the late Mr. and Mrs. Roy SNYDER, of Catawissa R. D. They are residning on Mill street, in Catawissa. (Photo included)

The Morning Press
Monday, June 25, 1923
The Berwick Department
Offices, Pine Street, Near Front


Barn and Livestock Near Nescopeck Consumed By Fire Last Night

The barn on the farm of Edward PAYNE, tenanted by Peter K. SHULTZ, about a mile and a half from Nescopeck, was struck by lightning last night and destroyed with a loss estimated at more than $4,000. Whether there was any insurance could not be learned.

The entire structure was afire within a minute or two after the bolt of lightning and two horses, two cows, two pigs and a flock of chickens burned with the structure, as did the grain and hay remaining from last year.

A wagon shed adjoining the barn was also destroyed by the fire.

The blaze could be seen plainly from Berwick and a number were attracted to the scene of the fire.


Foreign Decorations Awarded to Five

Foreign decorations and citations were awarded to five American soldiers living in Berwick and vicinity according to the records just issued by the Adjutant General's office at Harrisburg and received in Berwick. Those from this vicinity cited for bravery during the World war were Stanley CULVER, Roger DAVIS and Clark DICKSON, of Berwick and George F. RENACOTEN(?), of Nescopeck, and Jay M. BRUMEIETTEN(?) of Millville. The citations are as follows:

Stanley L. CULVER, private, Co. C. 214th Infantry, 79th Division, French Croix de Guerre with silver star, under Order No. 13(?), 702(?) "D", dated February 24, 1919. General Headquarters, French Armies of the East, with the following citation: He displayed the finest qualities of bravery in the sector of Verdun. Although seriously wounded, he continued to keep up the communications between his company and the battalion and refused to be evacuated until his mission was completed. Residence at enlistment: Town Hill, Pa.

Roger O DAVIS, private ambulance service. French Croix de Guerre with bronze star, under Order No. 12778(?) "D"(?), dated January 8, 1919, General Headquarters, French Armies of the East, with the following citation: "An absolutely cool and serious driver who particularly distinguished himself during the affairs of Mont-Renaud and Soimons(?) in April, May and June, 191(?) in never hesitating to go up to the firing line for the wounded notwithstanding the most violent bombardments. In August and September 1918 he constantly effected the transportation of numerous wounded from the front lines in spite of the danger and the fatigue. Residence at enlistment, 712 West Front Street, Berwick, Pa.

Clark L. DICKSON, Captain, 27(3d?) Division, French Croix de Guerre with pa(?), under Order No. 12, 433 ("D"), dated December 21, 1919. General Headquarters French Armies of the East, with the following citation. An officer of great worth, courageous and intrepid. He displayed the greatest energy in directing operations during period from September 27 to October 8, 1918? and particularly distinguished himself in going out to aid a wounded comrade on a road which was under violent (rest missing)

Given Notice to Appear For Traffic Violations

Emil H. TASKER of Plymouth has been sent a notice by squire CAREY to appear for a hearing on a charge of driving on the wrong side of the silent policeman at the corner of Market and Front streets, on June 14. Harry GROW, of Coleville, has also (article cut off here)

Neil DaARRAUGH Died at Retreat

Neil DARRAUGH for seventeen years a resident of Berwick, died at Retreat yesterday morning after an illness of eleven weeks. He was aged 79 years and is survived by two sons, Michael and Robert, of Danville, and by the following brothers and sisters: Rachel CONNER, LaSalle street; Mary DARRAUGH, Hazleton; Sarah DARRAUGH, of California, and John DARRAUGH, Beaver Brook.

Undertaker KELCHNER went to Retreat yesterday and brought the body to his undertaking establishment here. It will be taken this morning to the home of his sister on LaSalle street. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at nine o'clock in St. Mary's church with interment in St. Mary's cemetery.


A few selections were given yesterday afternoon by several pupils of the West Berwick high school in completing the program for last Friday. The numbers were: "The Slave In the Dismal Swamp," Russel SHINER; "The Inventor's Wife," Emma CHRISTIAN; "Sundown," Le Roy SHELLHAMMER; "What The Matter Was," Clyde SHAFFER; "The Orphan," Margaret HINES; recitation, H(?)ayman HUGHES; "The Mayflower," George CLEMENS; "My Wife And I," Stanley SHAFFER; "The Twins," Homer DAVIS; "Happy Man," Alice PARR; "When The Frost Is On The Pumpkin," Hircan HENRY; recitation, Katherine WOOLEY, and "Won By a Little Child," Helen MACK.


Hunting near Hobbie, Frank ROUGH what he thought was his companion's dog, but a few moments later the dog appeared from another direction and the tracks were found to be those of a bear cub. Charles BRITTAIN accompanied him, and they told farmers of the sight and learned that it had been seen there before. The farmers are not happy over the tameness of the bear.


John W. KECK, Harry HARMAN and Otto STINER returned yesterday from a three days hunting trip to Dushore bagging 31 rabbits. They made the trip in the former's automobile.

Jacob STINER, Bush STOUT, Thomas BOND and Ralph HOSLER bagged 25 rabbits upon a recent three days hunting trip to Dushore.

Jacob POWTUA, Orval PETTIT and (article is cut off here)

Defeated The Foremen In Y. M. C. A. Bowling League Last Night

The Business Men fattened their average in the bowling tournament last evening by taking three straight games from the Foremen. The score:
Milnes …......…222....142....181....--545
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Marsh… ……..156....170....181....--507
Smethers ......146....162....110....--418
High individual single; Milnes, 223; high individual three games, Milnes, 545; high team single, Business Men, 792; high team three games, Business Men, 2317


A very successful social and reunion was held by the Scrap Iron Bible Class of the First Baptist Sunday school on Tuesday evening. A most excellent program was enjoyed during the evening, the number of which were as follows: Devotional service, Pastor: orchestra selection: vocal solo, William WILLIAMS: piano solo, George (article cut off here)


Miss Maude M. KREAMER, of No. 1215 Dewey street, West Berwick, and John F. (Jack) LEWIS, of Reading, formerly of West Berwick, were married Thursday evening at 3 o'clock at the Baptist parsonage by Rev. C. E. MILLER. After a visit of a few days here they will return to Reading where Mr. LEWIS is employed at the Crucible Iron Works.

The Morning Press
The Berwick Department
Monday, January 24?, 1916

Joe BELLES Brought From Wilkes-Barre
By County Detective SLIKER

Joe BELLES, of Wanamie, arrested at Wilkes-Barre last Friday evening, charged with larceny and bond skipping, was brought to Berwick Sunday morning by county detective George SLIKER and placed in the West Berwick lock-up. He will be given a hearing this morning at 9 o'clock before Squire M. C. CAREY. BELLES was arrested on a warrant sworn out by W. B. KLINGERMAN, of Grant street, charging him with the theft of a razor and skipping without paying a board bill. SLIKER learned that he was boarding with his sister, Mrs. George HARRISON, 14 Abbot street, Wilkes-Barre, and forwarded the warrant to the Wilkes-Barre police. BELLES arrest followed and he was contained at the City Hall there until the arrival of the officer Saturday afternoon. BELLES has figured prominently in police circles in both boroughs and was ordered out of town by former chief of police SLIKER just before the holidays. The Wilkes-Barre police were glad to turn over the prisoner, declaring they would be rid of him for a while at least.

Residents of Village Fighting To Keep Place "Dry" For Another Year

In a big mass meeting held in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, the Beach haven temperance forces fired their gun in an active campaign to keep the town "dry." Remonstrance's were signed? by 35 men and 40 women against the granting of a license to David HOUSTON, refused by Luzerne County court last year. The names of the license signers were also read from the pulpit. The meeting was on of the most enthusiastic held by the temperance forces in years.

A men's chorus of thirty voices sang in an enthusiastic manner such well known selections as "De Brewers Big Horses," "Saloon Keepers on the Run" and "The Good Old Story."

Rev. HURLBERT, the pastor, introduced Rev. S. I. HARTER, pastor of the Methodist church, of Shickshinny, as the principal speaker of the afternoon. The minister was plain spoken in his remarks and in every sentence cited figures to prove his (illegible). In reference to the necessity of a place in Beach Haven he declared a license in this had proved its biggest detriment. The saloon men put up the cry that a license enriches the township treasury $100. Rev. HARDER gave facts and figures showing every $100 paid for a license resulted in the (article cut off)

Blaze Discovered Yesterday Morning
About Three O'clock - Little Damage

Fire thought to have been caused by throwing a lighted cigarette in a waste-paper basket, in the toilet in the Y.M.C.A. dormitory was discovered Sunday morning by Edward (illegible) awakened by the odor of smoke. Summoning Physical Director PIERCE, Bernard VANCE, Drew GINGHER and several other of the dormitory men, the flames were quickly extinguished. Only the timely discovery of the blase prevented a serious fire. The flames had already consumed the waste basket and were eating through the base boards and mounting up to the ceiling. The floor was also badly charred. Fire extinguisher located in the toilet were used to put out the flames. The fire caused considerable excitement but even at that there were several of the dormitory men unaware of the blase until yesterday morning.

The Berwick Department
Monday, January 20, 1930

Fifteen Shots Fired by George RYMAN and Sons,
and Chickens Are Dropped

Chicken thieves left a trail of blood when George RYMAN and his two sons, of Nescopeck opened fire on them with a shot gun and revolvers, firing 15 shots in all.

The RYMANS heard sounds in the chicken pen when they were awakened during the night and were convinced chicken thieves were busy.

The two men who fled in haste to get out of range of the father's shot gun and son's revolvers left three bags of chickens they had ready to carry away. None of the chickens had been struck by a bullet and it is believed at least one of the men was wounded.

Columbia County Republican
Thursday, April 28, 1892

Rev. Stuart MITCHELLl, D. D., of Mt. Carmel, formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church in Bloomsburg has been elected one of the Comissioners from the Northumberland Presbytery to the Convention that assembles in Portland, Oregon next month.

The many friends of Prof. Will. S. MONROE in this vicinity who was formerly superintendent of schools at Nanticoke and recently went to the Pacific (sl)ope will be sorry to learn that he was seriously injured by a kicking horse. One eye was destroyed and his life is dispaired of.

The work on the Fair grounds is now in progress under the superintendence of R. W. SMITH, one of the vice-presidents. The new track is to have no superior in the state. An unobstructed view of the whole track is to be had from the grand stands as there will be no buildings within the circle.


The citizens of Bloomsburg will bear in mind that, the Fourth, of July is approsching and that the P. O. S. of A. contemplate to have a celebration on that day with the aid and co-operation of the citizens of the town. They have heard from a number of Camps and Cotumanderies that have aceepted the invitation to visit our town on that day and hope that they will get all the aid both financial and otherwise that is necessary to make a day long to be remembered.


Mrs. LAYCOCK, widow of John LAYCOCK deceased, died on Monday at the residence of her son-in-law, Benj. COWLES in Sorenton, aged (?)2 years. The deceased was a resident of Bloomsburg for many years. Mr. LAYCOCK being the proprietor of what is now the Central Hotel. A son, James and a daughter Mrs. COWLES, (survive)?.

(top portion cut off) Frank FOWLER the post master at Evansville was seen in our town last Tueaday.

C. BIESHLINE visited his parents at Forks last Sunday.

Geo. BOWER of Evansville was among the visitors to our town last week.

Miss Eliza MEREDITH is working for Wm. F. LOWREY on Second street.

Miss Nettie STOUT of Summerhill was seen on our streets last Sunday.

J. BOND of Beach Haven was seen in our town on Wednesday.

A. AVERILL has moved to his new house on Market street.

Thomas DERN of Salem was in town last week.

John HOPPLER visited his aunt in Salem last Saturday.

S. MCBRIDE is the efficient boss at the company stables on R. R. street. He has held that position for a number of years.

Frank JACKSON of Field Plain New Jersey was seen on our streets last week.

Lamon FOWLER of Rochester New Jersey was among the visitors to our town lately.

Hon. Daniel SEYBERT was in Wilkes-barre last week on business. He went via the D.L. & W.

The J. & W. pipe foundry has been shut down.

William MILLER agent for the Chicago Blade at Beach haven was in our town last week.

Two of our young sporting laddies were in Beach haven last Saturday evening. Their actions were very disagreeable to the people of that place.

R. B. SWAZEY gives to every purchaser of fifty dollars worth of goods a silver watch.

Mrs. W. BOWER was visiting relatives at Salem last week.

S. SMITH of Beach Haven was in our town last Wednesday.

Walter SHISLER of Canton New York was seen in our town last Tuesday.

James PIFER of Freehold New Jersey was registered at the Cross Keys a short time ago.

Lots of sickness in our town at present.

John SPONENBURG was in our town last week on business.

.....................PUMPKIN H (CA)KER



The following bit of history appears in the Wilkesbarre RECORD on Friday last:

"Robert JOHNSON of Priestly street hands the RECORD a copy of the Bloomsburg REPUBLICAN dated January 9, 1862. The paper is full of patriotic utterances and war news. The editor gives notice that E. B. YORDY has finished his apprenticeship and cordially recommends him… (column ends, next column cut off at top)

General News Items

Mr. Samuel V. MCCLURE'S son, John S. MCCLURE, has been appinted by Hon. Simon WOLVERTON to (the?) academy (at?) West Point. He will be (examined for ?) admission on June 13th.

Unknown Newspaper
August 8, 1875


At the residence of the bride's father, in Jackson township, on Saturday, August 8, 1875, by Elder C. S. LONG, Mr. Wm COLLEY, of Benton, Pa., to Miss Amanda A. FARVER, of Jackson township.

On the 12 inst., at the Lutheran Parsonage, in Catawissa, by Rev. Wm. C. LATTZLE, Mr. Carl SIEGFRIED to Miss Caroline PALUM, both of Franklin township.

On the same day, by the same, Mr. John SWAYSE, to Miss A. M. FISHER, both of Franklin township.

By the same, on the 12th inst., Mr. Mayberry LEVAN, to Miss Ella MEYERS, both of Roaringcreek township.

By the same, on thw 12 inst., Mr. Jacob BOWERS, of Catawissa township, to Miss Christiana, of Roaringcreek township.

On the 16th(?) day of may, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. Wm. G. LATTZLE, Mr. William YEAGER, to Miss Alice GETTY, both of Locust township.

At the Methodist Parsonage, Jerseytown, Pa., on the 12th inst., by Rev. H. S. MENDENHALL, Mr. John HOWELL, of Mt. Pleasant township, to Miss Mary A. WHITENIGHT, of Hemlock township.

at the home of the bride's father, on the 12th inst, by Rev. T. R. BEECHER, Hugh D. QUICK, of Rupert, Columbia county, Pa., to Miss Maggie M., only daughter of James SHULTZ, of Danville, Pa.


In Afton, Scott township, Susie M. CASE, aged 1 year, 5 months and 11 days.

In Hemlock township, Columbia county, on the 15th inst., Mrs. Sarah Ann HARTMAN, in the 79th year of her age.

Near Pine Summit, on the 16th inst., an infant, a child of Isaac DIRK(?), a few months old.

Near Sereno, on the 10th inst., Mrs. Mary WELLIVER, wife of the late Abraham WELLIVER, aged 51 years.

At Iola, on the 11th inst., Susan, wife of Elisha HAYMAN, aged 62 years. The body was interred in the Old Methodist burying ground in Greenwood.

On the 12th inst., in Afton, of cholera infantum, Evan GARRISON, adopted son of E. C. and Mary TREMBLY, aged 10 months and 4 days.


BERWICK ENTERPRISE - (hand dated 1939)

Mrs. Annie SPONENBERG Hit By Sedan Driven by William RAVERT
At Point Where Mrs. N. B. Shales Met Death


Death struck again no West Front Street last night as Mrs. Annie J. SPONENBERG, 82, was killed wen she stepped into the path of a car driven by William RAVERT, 17, of Market Street, Berwick High School senior. Eighteen months before on a Sunday night Mrs. N. B. SHALES was killed near the same spot. Each of the women was crossing the street to their home when the accident happened. Their injuries were similar.

Compound fractures of both legs, a fractured skull and fractured right arm were suffered by the well known Berwick woman as she was struck by the front of the machine driven by RAVERT and owned by his father, Paul RAVERT, of 1424 Market Street.

The youthful driver brought his car to a stop at once and, aided by his companion, Richard COLLINS, of Fourteenth Street, and by Miss Esther JONES, a registered nurse who lives near the scene of the accident, placed the woman in the car for a quick run to Berwick hospital. Mrs. SPONENBERG is believed to have been killed outright, however, and Miss JONES was unable to detect a pulse beat on the way to the Hospital. RAVERT and COLLINS, aided by Miss JONES and hospital nurses, carried Mrs. SPONENBERG's body into the emergency room, where a check again failed to show life. Dr. J. G. FEAR had been called and pronounced the woman dead on his arrival at the institution.

Mrs. SPONENBERG had been to the Spa at the corner of West Second and LaSalle Streets and was carrying a package of ice cream when she stepped into the path of the machine. She was thrown to the middle of the road as her body hit and broke the grille of the 1937 Plymouth sedan. The ice cream was thrown into the gutter by the impact and was later found by those early on the scene.

Both RAVERT and COLLINS, who had been at the home of Claude GIRTON, a short distance below the scene, said the West Front Street woman was apparently hurrying to get out of the downpour that was starting for they did not see her until she was directly in front of the car. The driver applied the brakes at once but was unable to avoid hitting her.

Screams Heard by Nurse
Miss JONES, a close acquaintance of the victim, was in her home next door to the SPONENBERG home when she heard the thud immediately followed by screams. She ran to the spot and aided RAVERT, COLLINS and Ernest ASHMAN in placing the woman in the back seat of the sedan.

The driver had asked his father for the use of the car for a short time last night to go to the GIRTON home on West Front Street. With COLLINS he was returning home at 9:30 o'clock when the accident happened. He reported the matter to Officer Harry BOUDMAN, who was called to the scene and to coroner William ROSS. Charges of involuntary manslaughter have been placed by chief of police Harry PETERSON and a hearing will be held Tuesday evening at 7:30 o'clock before Justice M. M. KNICKERBOCKER.

Widow of Hotel Owner
Mrs. SPONENBERG, the former Annie Jane GIBBONS, was a native of Salem Township and spent her entire life in this immediate section. She was the widow of Benjamin F. SPONENBERG, former proprietor of the St. Charles Hotel, who died in 1919. She had resided on West Front Street for many years. Mrs. SPONENBERG was a member of the First Methodist Church, the missionary societies of the church and of the Reading Circle.

Surviving is one brother, Daniel GIBBONS, of Beach Haven. The body was removed to the KELCHNER Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held from the late home at 548 West Front Street to which the body will be taken on Wednesday.


Charges of Involuntary Manslaughter in Death of Mrs. Anne SPONENBERG
Are Dismissed For Lack of Evidence By Justice Knickerbocker

(no hand dating on clipping - probably 1939)


Involuntary manslaughter charges against William M. RAVERT, of 1424 Market Street, resulting from the fatal injuries to Mrs. Annie J. SPONENBERG on West Front Street Sunday night, were dismissed by Justice of the Peace M. M. KNICKERBOCKER at a hearing held last night.

The accident in which Mrs. SPONENBERG was struck by a car driven east by RAVERT occurred as she crossed West Front Street just above the LaSalle Street intersection crossing. She was taken to the Berwick Hospital in the RAVERT car and was pronounced dead a few minutes after she was admitted.

Charges were laid by Officer Harry BOUDMAN, who investigated the accident. Several witnesses were heard and each in testifying expressed the opinion that RAVERT was neither careless nor negligent, and Justice KNICKERBOCKER declared that there was not sufficient evidence to substantiate the charge.

Mrs. Pearl WRIGHT was called as a witness but she declared that she had not seen the accident. Raymond DeHAVEN told of talking with Mrs. SPONENBERG a minute before she crossed the street but he said he walked off in the opposite direction and did not see the accident.

Miss Esther JONES, of West Front Street, said she was in her room and heard the crash. She accompanied RAVERT on the trip to the hospital and testified that the driver had rendered every possible assistance. Elmer HUDDLESON, who had been sitting on a porch near the scene of the accident, testified that he had seen Mrs. SPONENBERG cross the street and that she left the safety crossing and had cut diagonally across the street to her home. He said that he did not believe RAVERT had been driving too fast.

Miss Dorothy LONG, who had been on the porch at the home of her parents, said that she did not see Mrs. SPONENBERG because of a long, dark shawl she had been wearing. James GINGHER, of Ninth Street, said he had been driving behind the RAVERT car and that he didn't think RAVERT had been driving more than 25 miles per hour or so. He said that the car had been stopped within the length of a car.

The driver pleaded not guilty to the charge, and Richard COLLINS of Mulberry Street, who had been with him, offered testimony to support the denial of negligence or carelessness.

Justice KNICKERBOCKER, in closing the case commented on the dangerous conditions which exist at the intersection and on the difficulty encountered by drivers there.


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