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The American Weekly Mercury
From Thursday August 1st to Thursday August 8th 1728

To be sold by Daniel PEGG, at the North End of the City of Philadelphia, a large Brick House, and Ground, a good Orchard and a large Piece of Meadowing, adjoining to it. If any person have a mind for the fame they may apply to said PEGG and agree on very Reasonable Terms.



New Jersey Gazette
August 4, 1779

HILLIBOROUGH July 18, 1779
Broke out of Somerset county gaol, last night James ERWINE, about 40 years old, sandy hair and very down look, pale face and ugly visage, a native of Ireland, about 5 feet 9 inches high, he was confined on suspicion of committing murder.



The Pennsylvania Packet and General Advisor
April 8, 1784


Observing some person or persons advertising 31 Lots to be sold on the 12th of this instant, April, at the house of Joseph RUSH, esq. in New Market Street, on Callow-Hill, said lots being situated near PEGG'S Run, induced us to enquire what lands they were, and we find they are a part of the estate of Daniel PEGG, deceased the advertiser says, ""the title to the premises is indisputable;" as may be seen by Mr. Bradford's paper of March 27, 1784. We think it our duty to inform the Public of the following facts, and leave them to determine on the clearness of the title; Daniel PEGG, the younger, among other bequests, gave his wife as follows, viz. "And as for what interest and property I have in a certain piece of land lying between me and William COATES, now in the tenure of said William or assigns, I do hereby give, devise, and bequeath unto my wife Sarah and heirs, and assigns, forever, all and every part of the said land, and all my right, title and property therein and thereto." Thomas GREEN (whose heirs and executors we are) married the widow of said Daniel PEGG, above named, and by proper conveyances became entitled to the abovementioned bequest, and also became executor to the estate of Daniel PEGG; and we assure the Public, that the above bequest has never been satisfied, even in part, although it was supposed to be about 16 acres, and although the lots now advertised were bequeathed to the daughter Sarah of said Daniel PEGG (now Sarah GOODMAN;) yet we deem it inconsistant in law or equity, that said Sarah should enjoy her whole bequest, and the heirs and assigns of her mother no part of theirs, and therefore instead to bring their suits further, Thomas GREEN becoming executor by intermarriage with the widow PEGG, did advance a considerable sum of money for said Daniel PEGG's estate, which hath never been repaid him or his heirs, of consequence is now due from said estate, and the above lots as liable as any other part of the estate. The heirs of Thomas Green applied to the ofphans court in the year 1775, to have men appointed to settle the accounts of the said Thomas GREEN and Sarah his wife, respecting the estate of said Daniel PEGG, deceased, but the war coming on soon after, hindered the same from being done; but application will soon be made to said court to have the matter brought forward. William POLLARD, Martha GREEN Philadelphia, April 6, 1784



The Pennsylvania Gazette
June 26, 1766

Run away from the Subscriber, living in New-Britain Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a Dutch Servant Girl, named Margaret MIER, about 17 Years of age, speaks good English, and is marked with the Small-Pox; had on when she went away, a striped Lincey Petticoat, coarse Shift, and a Straw Hat. Whoever takes up and returns said Servant to her Master, or confines her in any Goal, so that she may be had again, shall have ONE SHILLING Reward, paid by Henry HOCKMAN.



The Gleaner and Luzerne Advisor (Pennsylvania)
July 19, 1811

LETTERS ON HAND - In the Post Office, Kingston, Pa.
Jered BALDWIN, John BENNET, Daniel CASE, Jeremiah FULLER, Stephen TUTTLE, Jun. Joseph SWETLAND, Amaza BALDWIN, Charles BARNEY, Sylvanus FULLER, Johanna FARVER, Philip SHEAVER, Archibald SMILEY, 2. H. BUCKINGHAM, P.M. July 1, 1811.



Washington Whig
March 3, 1817

Notice is Hereby Given, That the Direct Tax of the United States for 1815, on the following described property, stiuate in this State, having remained unpaid one year from the time of the notification of the Collector, in whose District the said property lies, that the Tax had become due and payable. The same or so much thereof as may be necessary to satisfy the said Tax, and thereon with an addition of 20 per cent, will be sold at public sale at the City Tavern, Trenton, and county of Hunterdon, on the 14th day of May, 1817, at 10 o'clock A M.
[Columns] 1.) No. of Lots 2.) No. of Acres 3.) No. of Feet (no entries below) 4.) Dollars 5.) Cents
David Miller              1      9          67
Andrew Miller          1   200   3    72
Henry Miller             1   100   7    43
Abraham Woolever  1    47    1    75
Peter Wyckoff          1    20          93
Peter Woolever        1   17          63
Cornelius Wyckoff    1   17          65



Nordwestliche Post
July 28, 1820

July 1, 1820
Hannah ALBACH, John ANDERSON, Jr. esq. Philip BETZ, Henry BARTSHER, senr. Christian BETZ, E. G. BRADFORD 2, Mrs. Hannah BRADY, John BARGSTRASSER, Wm. C. BLACK, Samuel BRADY, esq. Joseph BOYLES, Jeseve CABEL, Thomas COOK, John A DEROSE, Henry DONNEL, esq. Mrs. Mary EPLEY, Mr. ESSELE, John FORRESTER, Geo. KREPS, Wm GRAHAM, Jacob GEARHART, esq. Richard HOUGHTON, Joseph HOUGHTON, Phillip HOUPT, Samuel HALE, Henry HAAS, Mathias HEIM 2, William HOPPER, George HALL, Samuel HEILNER 5, Peter KERLIN, Dr. John Y. KENNEDY, John KRAMER, David LUCAS, George LONG, Henry LOODER for Thomas FALVEY, Henry LATSHER, Gideon MARKEL, Isaac MARSH, Joseph MARTIN, Alexander MOORE, Jacob MANTZ, Eagther MUUDY, Abraham M'KINNEY, esq. Peter MOORE, Mrs. Elizabeth MILLER, Jacob OVERDORF, Lydia OVERDORF, Mrs. Nancy PEGG, Daniel PLUM, Abraham ROTHERMEL, esq. Jacob ROCKYFELLOW, esq. William ROCKYFELLOW, Mrs. Easter ROCKYFELLOW, Alexander REED, Jacob REED, Mrs. Margaret RAHERD, Enos SHARPLESS, Daniel SPONGBERG, William SELUIS, Enos SAVAGE, Peter SHARRER, Abraham STEVAUGH, Rev. Mr. SHINDLE, Talmage THOMPSON, Mrs. Catharine TRAGG, Jonathan VASTINE, Miss Sally VANNETTA, Daniel WEISER, Jacob WEISER, Mr. WEAVER, Henry WOLFINGER, Jacob ZARTMAN.
E. GOBIN, dep. postm.



Trenton Federalist
October 13, 1823




The Columbia Democrat, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
December 28, 1839

In Berwick on Sunday last, by the Rev. L BAHL, Mr. Abraham ERWINE to Miss Margaret MOSTELER, both of Briar Creek.



The Columbia Democrat, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
July 26, 1845

SHERIFF SALES A certain tract of land, situate in Centre township, Columbia county, containing FIFTY SEVEN ACRES; more or less, bounded by lands of John & Fester others; whereon is erected a LOG HOUSE and a LOG STABLE, with the appurtenances. Seized; taken in execution and to be sold as the property of Daniel SPONENBERG.



Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, PA)
March 2, 1846

Notice is hereby given to all persons interested, that the undersigned, Samuel ALWINE, Jr., residing in Hamilton township, and Conrad ALWINE, in Berwick township, Adams county, have obtained letters of administration on the estate of Conrad ALWINE, late of Hamilton township, Adams county, deceased and all persons indebted to said Intestate are required to make payment, and persons having claims against the same, to present them for settlement without delay to either of the administators.
Samuel ALWINE Jr.
Feb. 16, 1846



Trenton State Gazette (New Jersey)
Feb 6, 1852

ARNWINE vs CARROLL - bill dismissed



Trenton State Gazette (New Jersey)
June 21, 1853




The Star of the North
September 12, 1860

Com'th. vs Vincent ARWINE-assault and battery-Dist. Atty. and HURLEY for com'th-CLARK for deft. Verdict not guilty-but deft. to pay half the costs.



The Star of the North
The Star of the North, May 01, 1861

On the 11th ult. by Rev W. GOODRICH, at Orangeville Mr. Peter FARVER of Centre twp, to Miss Mary G. MANN, of Beaver Valley Col. co Pa.



The Star of the North
May 28, 1862

MONTOUR COUNTY - We find the following in the Court proceedings of Montour county, as published in the Danville Democrat:
Com. vs Eliza ARWINE, - Indictment for assault and battery. The Grand Jury ignored the bill; Eliza Arwine pay the costs.
Com. vs Eliza ARWINE, - Surety of the Peace, - bound over to keep the peace.
Com. vs Vincent ARWINE, - Indictment for assault and battery. Thne [sic] bill, - defendant plead guilty.
Com. vs Charles M. BLACHER. - Assault and battery. Bill ignored by Grand Jury. and prosecutor, Vincent ARWINE to pay the costs.
Com. vs Vincent ARWINE, for assault and battery. Defendant plead guilty.



The Star of the North
January 27, 1864

In Centre twp., on the 5th inst., by Rev. D. S. Truckenmiller, Wm F Bower, and Miss Elenah Litler, both of Centre.

By Allen MANN Esq., on the 16 inst., Mr. Samuel SNYDER, of McCauley, to Miss Rebecca FARVER of Jackson township, Col. co.
[NOTE: WHO is this Rebecca FARVER?]



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
October 22, 1886

Orphans' Court Sale of Valuable REAL ESTATE!
Saturday, November 13, 1886,
at one o'clock p.m., the following described real estate, late of Lydia SPONENBERG, dec'd, to-wit: A VALUABLE FARM,
situate in Briarcreek township, on the public road leading from Bloomsburg to Berwick, about three miles from Berwick, adjoining lands of Emnor DIETERICK, Hannah SPONENBERG, Pennsylvania Canal Co., Daniel PURSEL and the heirs of Leonard SPONENBERG, dec'd, and others, containing about
and 20 perches of land, more or less, all in a good state of cultivation, on which are erected
a large barn bank barn, stable and outbuildings. TERMS OF SALE - Ten per cent. of one-fourth of the purchase money shall be paid at the striking down of the property, the one-fourth less the ten per cent. at confirmation absolute, and the remaining three-fourths in one year thereafter, with interest from confirmation nist. Purchaser to pay for drawing deed and to give approved security for compliance with terms of sale.
N.U. Funk Adm'r



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
April 18, 1890

No. 30. First and final account of J. C. SPONENBERG and Lyrant(sic) SPONENBERG administrator c. t. a. of Hannah SPONENBERG ia'e of Briarcreek township Columbia county, deceased.



Philadelphia Inquirer
Oct 17, 1890

Washington, Oct. 16-Pension certificates have been issued as follows. Issue of October 1, 1890: Pennsylvania-Original-..... Lemuel SPONENBERG, deceased, Espy; Nancy, widow of Samuel SPONENBERG, Espy



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pa
20 Jan. 1893

No. 7. Final account of Chas. C. EVANS, guardian of James E. SPONENBERG, a minor of John L. SPONENBERG, late of Columbia Co, deceased.



The Daily Times
April 4, 1893

ALFRED BOWER, of Dorranceton, was pleasantly surprised last evening by about twenty of his lady and gentlemen friends from Kingston, Forty Fort and this place. The evening was devoted to mirthful games and other festivities, and at about 11 o'clock a fine lunch was served.



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
May 05, 1893

Com. vs. Frank SPONENBERG, fornication and bastardy, a true bill. Recognizance forfeited in open court to be respited upon the appearance of the defendant at the next session.



Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 1893

Mrs. SPONENBERG Killed, and Her Husband Badly Injured. Hazleton, Oct. 21. - While Albert SPONENBERG and his wife and child were driving across the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks



The Sun (Maryland)
November 1, 1893

Albert SPONENBERG was badly injured and his wife instantly killed by being struck by a freight engine while driving across the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks at Hazleton, Pa., yesterday. Their child was unharmed although the horse was killed and the wagon demolished.



Philadelphia Inquirer
Nov 1, 1893

Mrs. SPONENBERG Killed, and Her Husband Badly Injured.
Hazleton, Oct. 31-While Albert SPONENBERG and his wife and child were driving across the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks this morning they were struck by a freight engine.

Mrs. SPONENBERG was instantly killed, the husband badly injured, but the child escaped. The horse was killed and the wagon demolished.



Tyrone Daily Herald
Tyrone, Pennsylvania

December 18, 1893

WILKES-BARRE; Pa., Dec. 18, - Harry SPONENBERG, of Hazleton, is under arrest here upon the charge of defrauding the Pennsylvania Railroad company out of $600. SPONENBERG was driving with a woman last October, when the vehicle in which they were was run down by a Pennsylvania train and the woman was killed. SPONENBERG who was not much hurt, it is alleged, claimed that the woman was his wife and collected the sum mentioned from the railroad company. It has since been learned that Mrs. SPONENBERG is still living and that it was not she who was in the carriage when the accident occurred.



Wilkes-Barre Times
October 4, 1894

A pleasant surprise party was tendered Frank BOWER yesterday at his home on Dorrance street on the occasion of his fortieth birthday. Those present were: A W. NONNEMACHER and wife and R. J. GOAD and wife, of Allentown; Herbert HERNANZEZ and wife, of Bethlehem; N. W. MARTZ and wife and Donley BOWER and wife, of Avondale; Joseph BOWER and wife, of Salem; Mrs. Hattie ARCHENBACH, of Orangeville, and Mrs. Clarence SPONENBERG, of Berwick.



Wilkes-Barre Times
October 11, 1894

A Most Audacious Attempt to Rob the Postoffice - A Suspect Arrested, Who Makes an Important Admission
A most daring attempt at robbery was made at the postoffice in this city at twenty minutes past 1 this morning which was frustrated by the presence of mind of the postal clerk, who although badly scared, slammed a door in the robber's face and gave an alarm. The man supposed to be the one wanted was arrested by Officer BRADSHAW about an hour after the audacious attempt and given a hearing before Mayor NICHOLS this morning. The testimony adduced by the witnesses will tell the story. The man arrested was questioned by the Mayor and gave his name as Frank CHARLES, 34 years old, unmarried, and that he lived in Kingston and boarded with William GOFF. He said he was empolyed in the round house of the D., L. & W., firing up the engines; came from New Your State last spring where he was employed on a farm with his uncle, Wm. EVANS. He also said he had been fourteen years in this country and that his parents reside in England.

Louis GARNEY, the postal clerk at whom the revolver was pointed, said he heard a slight noise in the front of the postoffice at 1 o'clock. Twenty minutes later he opened the door leading into the general delivery office-or that part reserved for the public-to collect mail from a box, when he was confronted by a man dressed in black, and wearing a derby hat well pulled down over his eyes. He pointed a revolver in the clerk's face and said "Hands up." The clerk became so frightened that he shouted, "My God, don't shoot," and instantly sprang back and slammed the door in the robber's face, and running to the River street entrance he blew a police whistle and shot off his revolver. He identified CHARLES as being the man, picking him out at once from the bench full of prisoners. He said he recognized the prisoner as having a black mustache, and from his clothing. He said he saw the prisoner three-quarters of an hour after the robbery, and that the prisoner denied being in the postoffice.

This morning before the Mayor CHARLES admitted having been in the post office at 15 minutes past 1, looked at the clock and left in two minutes. This was an important admission and dispels all doubt of his guilt. Watchman MCGREEVY said he heard the police whistle about twenty-five minutes past one and about 1:30 saw the prisoner CHARLES walking up West Market street towards the Square, acting in a suspicious manner, and readily recognized him this morning. He pointed out the prisoner to Officer BRADSHAW on the Square later, when he was arrested.

Mail Carrier GARNEY, who drives a night mail wagon, said he saw the prisoner enter the postoffice ten minutes before the alarm, and saw him with his back turned to the street after the clerk slammed the door. The night clerk at the Valley House also testified to seeing the prisoner about the Valley House about ten minutes before the attempted robbery, when he tried to enter the hotel.

Officer BRADSHAW, who made the arrest, said he arrested the man on the Square opposite Ward's store, and that the prisoner tried to escape. He told the officer he lived at 190? North Washington street, and also that he wanted to go home to his family. Officer BAKER said when CHARLES was searched in the lockup no revolver was found on him, but a bottle with some whiskey in and a red handkerchief with several pieces of meat in it were taken from his person, also a small bottle of medicine. The Mayor and others thought the meat was poisoned and was carried for days likely, to interrupt the proposed robbery. The meat was found in his cell this morning behind a bench where the prisoner tried to hide it.

The Mayor could hold CHARLES only on a charge of carrying concealed weapons and placed the bail at $500. The accused will be taken before United States Commissioner HALIN this evening on the more serious charge of trying to rob the postoffice and Postmaster LAUDMESSER will appear as prosecutor.



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
February 15, 1895

We were able to give but a brief notice of John G. Jacoby, last week. The following from the Berwick Independent of February 8th., is a just tribute to the memory of a good man:
"It was with profound sorrow that the news of the death of John G. Jacoby was passed from lip to lip on Wednesday morning. He had been suffering for a twelve month or more the effects of an attack of grip, that remorseless enemy of mankind. His afflictions were always borne with christian fortitude and a spirit of patient endurance that won for him the earnest sympathy of his large circle of acquaintances as well as his immediate family. Mr. Jacoby was well and favorably known in this community during the past quarter of a century, during the latter half of which he has served continuously as justice of the peace, his decisions seldom being reversed. In addition to this office he had for a number of years been successfully engaged in life insurance in connection with his son LeGrant, their firm being one of the most prosperous in Columbia County. Mr. Jacoby was a man clothed with many virtues, and he attached to himself in a perculiar manner those with whom he associated. His friendship was not cramped. His generosity was never checked by stinting measure. His kindliness had no narrow boundary. His mental energies were quick to be aroused. His moral perception was keen and untainted. In an unusual degree he possessed the nobler qualities that make men admired and loved.

He was born at Coopersburg, near Philadelphia, August 4, 1834, removing to this county he was married January 24, 1856, to Fannie M. Sponenberg, and to them were born five children, one daughter and four sons: Laura Amandah, Alfred, Franklin, Isaiah S., John Wesley and LeGrant S., the only one living.

The burial was to have taken place on Friday at 2 o'clock, but on account of the inclement weather it was postponed until Saturday at the same hour.



Wilkes-Barre Times
April 3, 1895

Frank BOWERS has moved his family to Berwick.



Wilkes-Barre Times
October 25, 1895

The relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Frank GARNEY tendered Mr. GARNEY a surprise party last evening at his home on Rutter street. A true musical program was tendered in Messrs, William HADDOCK, Homer WILCOX and M. B. GARNEY. GARNEY and HADDOCK played the cornet and Wilcox the accompaniment. A quartet composed of Frank RENNEL, William CLARKE, William BOYLE and Samuel PACE sang several selections. Sumpuous refreshments were served at a late hour. The guests departed for their homes after spending a very enjoyable evening. Those present were; Mrs. GARNEY's parents, Mr. and Mrs. MITCHELL; Andrew and Robert MITCHELL, Miss Bell MITCHELL and Mr. and Mrs. MAYERS, all of Carbondale; Mrs. MAYERS, of Plymouth, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. TURPIN, Fred and Murray TURPIN, Mr. and Mrs. B. P. GARNEY, Louis E. GARNEY, William HADDOCK, Howard WILCOX, Mr. and Mrs. M. B. GARNEY, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall EVANS, Frank REMMELL, William CLARKE, William BOYLE and Samuel PRICE.



The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 5, 1896

Berwick, July 4 - Among those out of town who were present at the LINVILLE-MOREHEAD wedding were Mrs. B. F. GARNEY, Mrs. Frank GARNEY, Misses Lillian FRANTZ and Maud TURBIN, and Mr. William FRANTZ, of Kingston; Mr. and Mrs. James GARNEY, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron BOWER and Dr. C. L. FREAS, of Scranton.



Philadelphia Inquirer
October 18, 1896

Oct. 17 - On Monday evening Miss Ida SPONENBERG and Dr. W. H. WELLIVER, of Bloomsburg, were quietly married at the home of the bride's parents on West Front street. The knot was tied by Rev. T. L. TOMPKINSON, only the immediate family being present.



Philadelphia Inquirer
April 11, 1897

Mrs. G. H. WELLIVER, of Bloomsburg is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James SPONENBERG.



Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 1897

Berwick, Aug. 7 - Mrs. J. C. SPONENBERG is visiting friends in Wilkesbarre.



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pa
19 Aug. 1897, pg. 5

H.O. CHRISTIAN of Bloomsburg, to Miss Ella SPONENBERG of Briarcreek township.

C.P.PEGG of Jerseytown, to Miss Irene T. Hock of Buckhorn.



Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 1898

Hermit Murdered by Robbers Who Were Hunting for His Hidden Hoard
He Fought For His Life
Broken Stock of a Gun Showed There Was a Desperate Struggle

Flemington, N. J., Nov. 7.- Jacob ERWINE, aged about 65 years, was found murdered in his home at Washington, Warren county, early this morning. The motive of the crime was robbery. ERWINE was a widower and lived alone beside the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad tracks, the business section of the town. He was a hard-working, inoffensive old man, and has always saved his earnings. It is believed that he had several hundred dollars of his savings secreted in the house. The murderers were evidently aware of this.

From the appearance of things in the house it is thought that ERWINE was aroused about midnight by an alarm at the door. Going to the door and failing to receive a satisfactory reply from without he refused to open the portal. Then the door was broken down with a railroad tie. The manner in which the tie had been used would indicate that at least two or three were implicated in the murder.

Erwine evidently hastened to his bedroom, procured his shot gun and descended the stairs again to the kitchen, just as the robbers gained entrance to the house. There are many signs of a terrible struggle between ERWINE and his slayers. The old gun which ERWINE had brought down stairs was broken, and parts of it are missing. A large club was found in the kitchen, with which the robbers beat the old man. ERWINE was very large and strong and must have fought desperately for his life. The crime was discovered by Steward BRITTON and Thomas DALRYMPLE, two breakmen, while walking on the railroad tracks toward their home 6 o'clock this morning. They noticed that ERWINE's front door had been smashed to kindling wood. A big railroad tie partly barred the entrance. On reaching the door they were horrified to see ERWINE's lifeless body laying upon the floor. He was clad only in his night shirt. The corpse was cold and stiff, and it is evident that the crime had been committed several hours before.

The police were immediately notified and took charge of the case. Prosecutor ANGLE and Coroner SMITH conducted an investigation this afternoon. An examination of the body showed that ERWINE had been shot with a 38-calibre revolver. The ball passed through his left arm, entered his body and piered his heart, causing instant death. The facts brought out at the investigation indicated that ERWINE was getting the best of the encounter and was then shot by one of the robbers. Several witnesses were examined, but not a single clue was found, and the investigation was continued until Monday. A large quantity of burned paper was found, about the kitchen. This would indicate that the murderers had tortured ERWINE until he had made known the whereabouts of his wealth and then murdered him.

ERWINE's home is located in a thickly settled part of the town, and how such a horrible crime could have been committed without attracting attention is a mystery. ERWINE's pantaloons hung on a nail near his bed. In the pockets was found $12 in bills, which had been overlooked by the burglars while ransacking the house. His gold watch was gone. It is believed that the crime was committed by a gang of tramps, and the detectives who have been detailed upon the case are working on this theory.



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
January 26, 1899

James C. SPONENBERG and wife to Ida E. WELLIVER, for land in Briarcreek Twp.

Charles RASLEY to James SPONENBERG, for tract of land in Briarcreek Twp.



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
April 13, 1899, Page 4

I hereby notify the public that I purchased, from Frank SPONENBERG, all the grain in the ground, on the SPONENBERG farm in Briarcreek township. Geo. W. WELLIVER



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
May 04, 1899

In re estate of Nancy SPONENBERG, a lunatic. Petition of Ellis Ringrose, commission for allowance.



Philadelphia Inquirer
January 21, 1900

Mr. Jacob SPONENBERG and son, James, of Lacon, Illinois, are the guests of the former's parents.



Philadelphia Inquirer
Aug 14, 1901

Bloomsburg, Pa., Aug. 13 - While toying with a revolver which he did not know was loaded, Frank DAVIS accidentally shot Miss Annie ERTWINE, daughter of Alfred ERTWINE, of Bendertown. The bullet entered the young lady's shoulder within two inches of her heart. A physician was summoned, and he succeeded in extracting the bullet. Miss ERTWINE will recover.



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
February 27, 1902

Frank DAVIS and Miss Annie ERWINE, both of Berwick.

Frank ANDERSON and Miss Maggie SPONENBERG, both of Berwick.



Daily Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Nov 13, 1902

At the Bloomsburg prison Monday night, Harry FARVER, who is in jail awaiting trial on the charge of stealing several watches from Thomas TRUMP and John HARRIS, of the Knob Mountain, made an attempt to dig out of jail. With chisels they removed much masonry before being detected.



The Columbian, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
November 27, 1902, Page 6

For December Term of Court, Commencing Monday, December 1, 1902
1. ANGLE, H.W>, undertaker, Scott
2. BIRCH, Josip, baggageman, Bloom.
3. BRUNER, John, gent, Millville
4. CLEMENS, Geo, E., bar., Berwick
5. CLEMENS, Fred, foreman, Berwick
6. CHRISTIAN, J.C., farmer, Pine
7. DERR, Calvin, farmer, Jackson
8. FAIRCHILDS, Harvey, farmer, Briarcreek
9. GORDNER, Benj. J., farmer, Pine
10. Gillispy, John, farmer, Greenwood
11. HARTMAN, Hervey, farmer, Greenwood
12. HAGENBUCH, J.S., farmer, Centre
13. JOHNSTON, W.C., clerk, Montour
14. KLINE, Ruby L., clerk, Berwick
15. LUTZ, John, farmer, Mifflin
16. LONG, J.M>, farmer, Fishingcreek
17. MCGEARGELL, Curtis C., far., Orange
18. MILLER, W.M., butcher, Fishingcreek
19. MOUREY, G.Y., butcher, Montour
20. RICH, R.L., butcher, Greenwood
21. RHODES, Isaiah car., Clevel'd
22. STHOMER, W.B., clerk, Bloom
23. TRESCOTT, Boyd, surveyor, Millville
24. WOLVERTON, J.K., merchant, Bloom

1. ALBERTSON, Guy, laborer, Benton T.
2. ALBERTSON, Francis, farmer, Jackson
3. ASH, Joseph, farmer, Benton
4. BOWMAN, John, farmer, Greenwood
5. BLACK, W.W., gent, Bloom
6. BUCKINGHAM, G.A., tinner, Berwick
7. BLACK, DAVID, J.P., Centralia B.
8. CUFF, Michael, agent, Centralia B.
9. DEUS, John, laborer, Pine
10 EVERITT, T.H., farmer, Pine
11 EDWARDS, Isaac, physician, Benton B.
12 EARHART, John, clerk, Bloom.
13 EVES, Frank P., farmer, Mt. Pleasant
14 FAIRCHILDS, John, farmer, Briarcreek
15 Fairman, Thomas, landlord, Bloom
16 HARTZELL, Boyd, farmer, Main
17 HUNSINGER, Wilson, heater, Berwick
18 HENRIE, Joseph, farmer, Orange
19 HERRING, A.B., farmer, Orange B.
20 HOWER, David, millwright, Cata.T
21 HUNSINGER, Freas, roller, Berwick
22 HAMPTON, William, far., Roaring'k
23 KESTER, Jeremiah, miller, Main
24 KNORR, Henry, laborer, Berwick
25 KEEFER, J.F., foreman, Benton T.
26 MELICK, John, farmer, Mt. Pleasant
27 MENSCH, William, farmer, Montour
28 MCHENRY, Allen, sawyer, Jackson
29 MCEWEN, Henry J., far., Greenwood
30 MUSSLEMAN, I.J., laborer, Scott
31 MORDAN, Wesley, carp., Bloom
32 MATHER, S.Y., farmer, Greenwood
33 NUSS, J.B., miller, Main
34 OHL, Isaiah, machinist, Bloom
35 ROAN, Clark, black smith, Bloom
36 ROBERTS, Arthur, merchant, Montour
37 RUNYON, Elmer W., farmer, Montour
38 RARIG, Frank, farmer, Locust
39 REICHART, Cyrus, farmer, Madison
40 STERLING, Lloyd, farmer, Scott
41 SHULTZ, J.N., carpt., Benton T.
42 SAVAGE, Harry, merchant, Bloom
43 SMITH, F.M., engineer, Main
44 UTT, G.W., gent, Bloom
45 VOLKMAN, Gathard, farmer, Montour
46 WOLF, John J., farmer, Orange
47 WELSH, F.M., farmer, Greenwood
48 WHITENIGHT, Harry, laborer, Centre

1. BECK, William H., farmer, Centre
2. BOGERT, William, J.P., Scott
3. BILLIG, John, farmer, Locust
4. BODINE, B.S., farmer, Cleveland
5. BERGER, John J., J.P., Catawissa B.
6. BURROWS, Benjamin, laborer, Bloom
7. CRAWFORD, Clinton, farmer, Mt. Pleasant
8. CREASY, H.B., farmer, Catawissa B.
9. FREASE, Perry, clerk, Orange B.
10 FRANTZ, Henry, merchant, Berwick
11 FERRIS, O.F., farmer, Briarcreek
12 GEARY, J.H., miller, Catawissa B.
13 HUTTON, Sylvester, farmer, Orange
14 HUMMEL, John, laborer, Fishingcreek
15 HAWK, Wm. B., farmer, Roaringcreek
16 HAWK, Frank, farmer, Beaver
17 HENKELMAN, George, farmer, Centre
18 HAYMAN, Peter, farmer, Greenwood
19 HOWER, William, farmer, Mt. Pleasant
20 HAGENBUCH, Isaac, farmer, Montour
21 JOHNSTON, Chester, farmer, Madison
22 KELLER, Sam'l Y., farmer, Orange
23 KRAMER, C.A., farmer, Madison
24 MCANALL, John R., marble cut., Berwick
25 MEARS, H.R., clerk, Montour
26 MCALLISTER, William F., lab., Centre
27 MONROE, John S., mine eng., Conyng'm
28 SHAFFER, J.D., contractor, Bloom
29 SMITH, BOYD M., merchant, Berwick
30 SMITH, Frank, machinist, Berwick
31 VANDERSLICE, W.P., farmer, Mt. Pleasant
32 WENNER, David, farmer, Fishingcreek
33 WELLIVER, John E., blacksmith, Bloom
34 WELLIVER, Miles, farmer, Madison
35 YOUNG, A.P., farmer, Greenwood
36 YOHE, William, farmer, Mifflin



Wilkes-Barre Times
August 3, 1903

.....Deceased was born in Nescopeck about sixty years ago, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George FORTNER. He is survived by two sisters-Mrs. LeGrant SPONENBERG, living near Nescopeck, and Mrs. Henry FOWLER, who resides in Schuylkill county.



Philadelphia Inquirer
Sept 16, 1903

Farmers Scour Woods for Samuel FARVER, Accused of Attempt to Murder His Family
Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Sept 15 - Farmers are scouring the woods in the vicinity of Beach Haven looking for Samuel FARVER, who last night, it is alleged, tried to murder his wife and family.

Recently FARVER's mind is said to have been affected, and his family determined to have him sent to an asylum. FARVER learned of this and, procuring a huge club, started, it is claimed, to annihilate the family. His wife managed to get the club away from him, when FARVER disappeared into the woods, swearing that he would take his own life.



Wilkes-Barre Times
October 15, 1903


An inquest in the lunacy of Samuel FARVER was held before Judge Wheaton to-day. Farver was a resident of Salem township and some time ago was declared insane and removed to the State Hospital at Danville. The hearing to-day was to officially adgudge him mentally unbalanced, in order that a committee might be appointed to attend to his property, which consists of a pension of $120 per year. There was no contest and after hearing several witnesses the jury found FARVER incapable of caring for his affairs. Ezra R. HILL was appointed on the committee. Roland O. BROCKWAY, Esq., of Berwick, was the attorney for the petitioner.



Wilkes-Barre Times
March 10, 1906

Myron GARNEY of Berwick, a few days ago stepped on a nail and hurt his foot so seriously that he has since been confined to his bed. He is a son-in-law of C. W. BOUGHTIN and it was feared this morning that his condition would prevent his wife from attending the dinner given to-day in honor of Mr. BOUGHTIN'S seventy-ninth birthday anniversary.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
July 12, 1906

A birthday party was tendered Ray THOMAS at his home Wednesday evening. Those present were Misses Maude and Bessie THOMAS, of Berwick; Eva KENNEY, West Nanticoke; Viola SHOEMAKER, Mae BONHAM, Ruth WILLIAMS, Maggie REMALY; Helen GARRISON, Maude WILLIAMS, Eva HOUSEKNECT, Myrtle HOUSEKNECT, Pansy COPELAND, Lyda SWINGLE, Flossie GIRTON, Edna THOMAS, Katherine RENG, Grace CAMPBELL, Edna DAVENPORT, Esna NUSS, of Shickshinny; Messrs. Ray STAUFFER and Arthur TURNBAUMN, of Berwick; John STAUFFER, Robert DUNBAR, Beach SHOEMAKER, William SHOEMAKER, Elmer TERRY, Ray THOMAS, Fritz(?) CRAGLE, Thomas EVERHART, Howard ERWINE, Will ANDERSON, George NUSS, Rossella RABERT, also Mrs. Leslie NUSS and Mr. and Mrs Geiden NUSS, Shickshinny. Games were indulged in until a late hour, when a lunch was served.



Philadelphia Inquirer
June 10, 1907

Bloomsburg, Pa., June 9.- John ERTWINE, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John ERTWINE, and a pupil at the Fifth street public school, ranked first every month during the school year in a class of thirty-three, his lowest average being 91 per cent. He also ranked first in the final examinations with an average of 98 per cent. During the year he was present every day and did not have a tardy mark.



Daily Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
June 20, 1908

Mrs. Hattie FARVER, of Depot street, is entertaining her daughter, Mrs. John WATTS, of Berwick.



Daily Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
June 25, 1908

Mrs. Hattie FARVER is entertaining her brother, J. C. YOUNG, of Berwick.



Daily Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
March 26, 1909

Maggie FARVER, 13 years old, has arrived here from Unionville, Mich., to live with her mother, Mrs. Hattie FARVER, Depot street, Newberry. She had been living with an uncle in Michigan. Her trip home was made unaccompanied.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
July 5, 1909

After Suffering for Several Years Well Known West Side Resident Expires
After several years' illness, Mrs. Frank GARNEY, died on Saturday at the family home, 178 College avenue, Kingston. She is survived by her husband, daughter, Marion, her father and mother and five brothers and four sisters as follows: Gael, Andrew, Robert, Alexander and Clyde, Mrs. H. H. MAJOR, of Almogordo, New Mexico; the Misses Helen, Isabel and Florinda, of Carbondale. The funeral will be held to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.



The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 1909

The marriage of Miss Mary Alice ROBBINS, a Columbia county school teacher, residing at Cabin run, and John Ralph BOWER, of Dorranceton, was solemnized yesterday by Rev. O. E. Sunday, pastor of the Espy Lutheran Church.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
August, 6, 1909

Postmaster Frank M. GARNEY is on his vacation, part of which will be spent at the GARNEY cottage at Trucksville.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Nov 11, 1909

In the Court of Common Pleas of said county, No 461, June Term, 1909, Libel in Divorce a Vinculo Matrimonil, Annie ERWINE vs. Frank ERWINE: The alias subpoena in the above case having been returned that the said Frank ERWINE cannot be found in Luzerne County, you, the said Frank ERWINE, are hereby required to appear on Friday, Dec. 10, at 10 o'clock a. m., in said court, to answer the complaint filed in this case. Fred RODDA, Sheriff C. H. MARKS, Attorney



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
June 7, 1910

At Philadelphia, June 7, by Rev. G. W. SHEETS, Herbert F. MCHENRY, formerly of Berwick, now of Philadelphia, and Miss Grace B. GARNEY, formerly of Kingston, now of Philadelphia.



The Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
June 22, 1910

At Kingston, June 21, 1910, by Rev. J. W. NICHOLSON, Frank M. GARNEY of Kingston and Miss Emma FELTER of Westmoor.



Wilkes-Barre Times
July 21, 1910

In Berwick, July 12?, James SPONENBERG, aged about 80.



The Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
August 22, 1910

Mr. and Mrs. Reamer DELONG and daughters, Genevieve and Freda, of Coney Island, have returned home. They were accompanied by the former's sister, Mrs. J. S. BOWER and son, Clair.



Philadelphia Inquirer
March 15, 1911

Elizabethtown, Pa., March 14 - S. S. FARVER, a Harrisburgh business man, and Miss Grace H. SWEIGARD, of this borough, surprised their friends by going quietly to Chambersburg, where they were married by Rev. A. H. SHERTZAN, uncle of the bride. Mr. and Mrs. FARVER will reside in the Capital City.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
April 18, 1911

The theft of four wheels from a baby coach was the charge preferred against Peter FARVER in police court to-day. Mrs. Margaret PEW was the prosecutor. FARVER, who is but eleven years of age, said that he saw the wheels on the woman's porch and took them to play with.

The youth was given a severe reprimand and after promising to take the wheels back to the owner he was discharged.



The Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader
June 14, 1911

B. F. GARNEY has returned from Hazleton, where he has been spending several days with his son, Myron.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
May 11, 1912


Annie ERWINE of Plymouth [Luzerne] against Frank ERWINE, whose present residence is unknown on the charge of cruel treatment and desertion.

Mr. and Mrs. ERWINE were married at Plymouth on January 15, 1856, by Rev. John EWING. They resided together in Plymouth and also at Lee back of Shickshinny. The respondent frequently assulted his wife and also threatened to shoot her. In addition to this he deserted her in August, 1903. Three children were born to them.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
September 9, 1912

- At Hunlock Creek, Aug. 25. Norma Blanche, aged 2 months and 28 days, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore FARVER.



Wilkes-Barre Times
December 4, 1912

B. F. SPONENBERG of Front street, has taken up a position as night clerk at the Morton hotel.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
January 2, 1914

Mrs. John FARVER aged 63, a highly respected resident of Bloomsburg, died at her home last night after an illness of complications. She is survived by one son, William FARVER, of Kingston.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Feb 3, 1914

George CLEMONS, Otto FOX and Frank SPONENBERG, of Berwick, granted the right to sell liquor by the Columbia County Court, have failed to take out their licenses. The recent order prohibiting drinking issued by the A. C. & F. Co., is said to be responsible for the action of the men.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
April 10, 1914

Chief of Police Sliker and Chester MAN of West Berwick, accompanied Mrs. Vincent FARVER of West Berwick to the Danville insane asylum.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
June 22, 1914

In Briar Creek township, Columbia county, June 17, Mrs. Philip SPONENBERG, age 68. She leaves a husband and children, and grand children and great grandchildren.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
June 24, 1914


A pleasurable affair was the reunion of the BOWERS family at Bernesee Park, Nescopeck, which was held on Saturday, something over five hundred members of the family were in attendance.

The election of officers resulted as follows: President, H. R. BOWER; vice president, W. H. COOL; secretary Claude BOWER; assistant secretary Victor MILLER; treasurer, F. W. BOWER; assistant treasurer, Chauncey WHITMIRE. The following committee on time was appointed: Newan[sic] BOWER, G. M. WHITMIRE, Oscar BOWER, Boyd BOWER, Reuben CANOUSE. It was unanimously decided to hold next year's reunion at Bernesco Park. A communication from the mayor of Oakland, Cal., inviting the reuntion to be held in that city in 1915 was read by the secretary. A piano duet by Misses Catherine BOWER and Helen STOUT was greatly enjoyed.

The following prizes were awarded: Oldest man present: H. R. BOWER, 85 years; oldest woman, Mrs. George MOWERY, 78 years; youngest girl, Mildred WILLIAMS of Nanticoke, aged 6 weeks; youngest boy, Osborne BOKER, 8 weeks; mother with largest family, Mrs. H. F. MOWER; person coming the greatest distance, Mrs. Lavina B. STEINER, York. A program of various athletic contests was held following the business session with the various winners receiving prizes. Pie eating contest with eyes blindfolded engaged in by Clemuel R. BOWER and Edward H. BOWER, won by the latter. Bowling contest, taken part in by Wallace SITTER, E. M. KOCHER, Orville BOWER and E. F. BOWER, won by Orville and E. F. BOWER.



Wilkes-Barre Times
September 2, 1914

A son has been born to Mrs. and Mrs. SPONENBERG, who resides near Knob Mountain.



Wilkes Barre Times Leader
October 30, 1914

Charles M. FELTER, a resident of Westmoor and well known among local people, died at his home yesterday afternoon of blood poisoning. A worker in the local M. E. church and local societies, he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Helen, Lella and Willard, at home, Mrs. Frank GARNEY, of this place, Mrs. Earl SEARCH, of Waverly, N. Y., and Mrs. David PACE, of Westmoor. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.



Wilkes-Barre Times
November 27, 1914

Estate of Legrant SPONENBERG, deceased



Wilkes-Barre Times
March 15, 1915

Rev. C. E. Dry of Mifflenville, officiated yesterday at the marriage of Miss Pearl SPONENBERG, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. SPONENBERG, of Briar Creek, and Clyde ROBINGHOLD, of Mifflenville.



Wilkes-Barre Times
April 20, 1915

At Nescopeck, March 20, 1915, Mrs. LeGrant SPONENBERG, aged 69 years.



Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 1915

Mabel, br. m., M. S. LAMON, Berwick (SPONENBERG)



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
June 3, 1915

Mr. and Mrs. Robert SPONENBERG and son Alvin spent the week-end in Hughesville.



Philadelphia Inquirer
July 10, 1915

- July 8, 1915 - Annie L, wife of late Thomas ARNWINE, in her 69th year. Relatives and friends of family are invited to attend funeral on Monday, at 2:30 P.M., from her late residence, Hailboro, Pa. Interment at Hatboro Cemetery.



Wilkes-Barre Times
August 28, 1915

Mrs. and Mrs. Harry SPONENBERG motored yesterday to Elmira, N. Y., where they will visit relatives.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Oct 27, 1915

- At Berwick, Oct. 12, 1915, Philip E. SPONENBERG, age 76



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
January 26, 1916

Pneumonia caused the death Sunday of Mrs. George FARVER, one of Berwick's oldest citizens. Mrs. FARVER's illness dates back to three years. She was aged (illegible) years. Her husband and six children survive. Orvis, Gaylord, Mrs. Frank DILL of town, Albert of Atchinson, Kansas, and Edward at home. Funeral services will be held Thursday. Rev. Ake? will officiate. Interment will be made in Pine Grove cemetery.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Feb 21, 1916

On Sunday evening at 9:30, Mrs. Oscar ERWINE, of No. 23 Vine street, died of peritonitis. She had been ill but a short time. Mrs ERWINE was 36 years of age and was an estimable day with a wide circle of friends. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Freas, Enos, Hilda, Oscar, Emmil and Wilbur. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ira LONG and two brothers, Gardner and John MUTCHIER, alt of this town. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock from her late home on Vine street, with services at the house. Rev. J. Albert HALL, of the Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be made in the Shawnee Cemetery.



Wilkes Barre Times Leader
July 15, 1916

Mrs. Mary FARVER, wife of Vincent FARVER, died yesterday her home in West Berwick, For some months she had suffered paralysis of the lower limbs. Six weeks ago she returned from the hospital, where she had been undergoing treatment. Her age was 41 years. There are surviving, her husband and five children. The funeral services will be held from her late home Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Thomas RIPPLE will officiate and interment will be made in Roselawn cemetery.



The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 1, 1916

August 30, 1916 - Adelaide G., widow of William R. WELLIVER, aged 77 years. Relatives and friends of family are respectfully invited to attend funeral services, at her late residence, 2020 N. 18th st., Saturday, 3 P. M. Interment private.



The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sept 2, 1916

Aug, 30, 1916. Adelaide G, widow of William R WELLIVER, aged 77 years. Relatives and friends of family are respectfully invited to attend funeral services, at her late residence, 2020 N. 18th st., Saturday, 3 P.M. Interment private.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
January 30, 1917

Following a mine accident which occurred a few days ago, Charles ERWINE aged 30, of Tomhicken [Luzerne], a prominent member of the United Mine Workers, died in the Hazleton State Hospital, yesterday from injuries received at that time. He was topping a mine car and pulled down a portion of the mine roof which fell upon him.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
March 3, 1917

Twelve autoists will receive notice from Burgess Manning to appear Saturday evening at the West Berwick town hall and pay fines for traffic violations, most of them for speeding. The checking was done by Officers AVERILL and ERDMAN, each with a stop watch, and the speeds were from 29 to 35 miles per hour. Among the number are Miss Kathryn RITTENHOUSE, W. T. MCMICHAEL, Samuel KECK, Benjamin CASLER and Miles SMITH, of town. The out of town numbers are 35722, 97638, 126954, x017, 141086 and 165045.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
March 3, 1917

Mrs. Susan BOWER died Sunday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. G. C. SMITH of West Berwick. Pneumonia and dropsy was the cause of her death. There are surviving the following children: Mrs. William FEDDER, West Berwick; Mrs. O. F. HALL, Norway, Pa.; Mrs. Cyrus POULUS, Almedia; Charles and George, of Reading. Her age was 78 years. The body will be taken to Reading for burial.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
March 30, 1917

James W. GARNEY, one of Scranton's most prominent business men, died at his home in that city yesterday morning after a short illness of pneumonia. Mr. GARNEY, was born at Wyoming, and when a young man went to Brooklyn where he remained until he was about thirty years of age when he returned to Scranton and has since resided there. For many years he has been engaged in the manufacture of tobacco the enterprise being the largest of its kind in this part of the state. He was one of the organizers of the Dime Bank in that city and was also a director in other banks in Scranton.

Mr. GARNEY's first wife was Miss Alice WOGIOM of State Island, who died in 1900. One child of that marriage, Mrs. Aaron V. BOWER, of Scranton, survives. His second wife was Mrs. Elizabeth LOOMIS, of Meshoppen, who survives. Funeral Saturday at 2:30. Interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.



Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey)
May 24, 1917

The funeral of Mrs. Anna Mary ASH, who died last evening at the home of her son-in-law, Frank NACE, 1015 South Broad Street, after an illness of two weeks, will be held this afternoon at the NACE home at 5 o'clock. The body will be removed to Berwick, Pa., her former home for burial. Thatcher has charged of the arrangements. One son, Frank SPONENBERG, of Berwick, Pa., and three daughters, Mrs. Samuel OLIVER of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mrs. H. O. CHRISTIAN, of Berwick, and Mrs. Frank NACE, of this city survive. She was 59 years old.



The Wilkes Barre Times
June 23, 1917

BOWER-In Salem Township, June 21, 1917, Ray BOWER, aged 34, suicide.



Wilkes Barre Times Leader
August 17, 1917

Edwardsville [Luzerne Co., PA]
Miss Lillian KOSTENBORDER and Ralph GARNEY, the latter from Kingston announce their marriage which occurred Wednesday, August the 8th at home of Rev. E. AUBREY Chesnut street Kingston. They were attended by Mrs. Joseph ROWLANDS and Miss Emily MORGAN. The young couple will go to housekeeping on Walnut street.



Wilkes-Barre Times
August 7, 1918

Mrs. Edwin SPONENBERG, of East second street, was admitted to the Berwick hospital Monday.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Nov 4, 1918

Enos ERWINE, a widely known young man of this place, died on Sunday [Feb 3, 1918] morning at 4:45 at the City Hospital, to which institution he was removed on Saturday evening. He had been ill but a few days and his sudden death comes as a shock to the immediate family and wide circle of friends. Deceased was 23 years of age and was a native of this town. He leaves a wife to survive him and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar ERWINE and the following brothers and sisters; Freas, Oscar, Emery, Wilbur and Hilda(?) ERWINE, all of this place. The funeral will take place from his late home on Hugh street, at a time to be fixed later.



Wilkes-Barre Times
April 12, 1919

Ben SPONENBERG, aged 62 years, for many years proprietor of the St. Charles Hotel, at Berwick, and later owner of a prominent restaurant at that place, died of rheumatism at his home on Thursday. He was well known throughout the Wyoming Valley where he frequently visited.



Wilkes-Barre Times
November 22, 1919

John F. BOWER and others, to Clyde D. BOWER, of Salem Township, property in Salem Township for $4,000 [probably the sons of Joseph BOWER b. 1848]



The Philadelphia Inquirer
February 7, 1920

L. J. REESE, C. A. KRAMER, Jud CHRISTIAN, F. W. HELLER and William DILDINE, all of Millville, and well known as horsemen, attended the Old Glory horse sale in New York city during the week.

Dr. G. H. WELLIVER, of Bloomsburg, succeded in saving Ray YOHE's $3000 stallion, Direct Hal, during the past week. It was stricken with acute indigestion, became unconscious and was given up for dead. For some hours there was barely any heart action, but strychnine was injected and the stallion revived and is now on a fair way to recovery.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
September 16, 1920

The funeral of Evan WELLIVER will be held from the family home on Madison street Saturday morning at 9 o'clock. A high mass of requiem will be celebrated in St. Mary's Church at 9:30 o'clock and interment in West Pittston cemetery.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
June 28, 1921


Mary E. WELLIVER, aged 5 months, daughter of Mrs. Mary WELLIVER and of the late Evan WELLIVER, who was killed in the Gilligan street grade crossing, accident several months ago, died last evening at 6 o'clock at the family home, 39 Madison street, following one week's illness of cholera infantum. The funeral will be held at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at Hanover.



Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Feb 22, 1922

Miss Mildred ERWINE, a daughter of Freas ERWINE, the popular merchant of 455 West Shawnee avenue, died yesterday afternoon at 3:30 at the Wilkes-Barre City Hospital following an operation for appendicitis. The young girl was teken sudeeenly ill with appendicitis on Monday afternoon and was removed at once to the hospital where she submitted to an operation that evening. It was a [illegible] case and her condition was critical until the end which came at the time mentioned. Deceased was a bright young girl and Mr. and Mrs. ERWINE have the sympathy of the community in their sad hour of bereavement. She was a member of the Sunday school of the Christian Church and was loved by her many young friends. Her parents and one sister, Maxine, survive.

The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with services at the home at 455 West Shawnee avenue. Rev. J. Albert HALL of the Christian Church will have charge of the services. Interment will be made in the Edge Hill cemetery.



Gazette Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Oct 9, 1936

Samuel L. BOONE, 76, of 1000 Hepburn Street, died yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. A. MCGARVEY, 143 Ross Street, after a brief illness.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. MCGARVEY, a brother, George BOONE, Oklahoma City, Okla., two sisters, Mrs. Catherine SPONENBERG, Washingtonville; and Mrs. Mary BLEE, Jerseytown; and a granddaughter, Sarah Emily MCGARVEYS. Mr. BOONE was a member of Pine Street Methodist Church and of Royal Arcanum of Williamsport.

Funeral services will be held at the McGarvey home at 10 o'clock Saturday morning with Dr. J. Howard ARe?, of the Pine Street Church, officiating. Interment will be made at Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the home from 7 to 9 o'clock tomorrow evening.



Gazette Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Nov 23, 1937

Miss Eva SPONENBERG and Howard FAWBER of Montoursville, were married on Saturday evening at 7:30 o'clock at the home of the bride, 121 South Loyalsock Avenue. The ring ceremony was performed by the pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church the Rev. O. E. SUNDAY, in the presence of the immediate families. There were no attendants.



Mansfield News Journal (Ohio)
June 10, 1940 - Pg. 4


A son, named Roger LARREN, was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Roger FARVER of Akron. Mrs. FARVER was the former Thelma DILL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. DILL of Galion.



Mansfield Journal (Ohio)
March 10, 1942 - Pg. 12

Mrs. Roger FARVER of Akron, Miss Ida DILL of Galion, and Miss Carol CHAPIN were dinner guests recently of Mr. and Mrs. Wade GERHART.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Nov 2, 1944

The following children were entertained at a Hallowe'en party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lester EBERTS, 216 Loyalsock Avenue, Montoursville, Saturday evening;
Dale, Beverly and Patty CRISWELL, Charles and Ann LOCKARD, Bill, Chester and Mary MCKINNEY, Buchie BUNEC, Lois and Beverly MILLER, Carl, Mildred and Beverly SPONENBERG, Charles RAYHORN, Roy BATEMAN and Mr. and Mrs. Rance BATEMAN. Mrs, Lee CASNER, Mary Anna CASNER, Howard EBERTO and Mr. and Mrs. Lester EBERTS. Refreshments were served.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Jan 12, 1948

Olen SPONENBERG, 22, temporarily a resident of this city, was apprehended by city police Friday night in connection with a complaint of a stolen coat from a local tavern. After questioning, SPONENBERG admitted to the larceny to authorities over the week-end.

SPONENBERG, who has a police record dating back to 1942, will be arraigned before Adderman LeRoy G. EDWARDS after further questioning by police.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Jan 21, 1948


Two city men entered pleas of guilty to committing armed robbery at Hurr's Dairy Store at 2129 West Fourth Street on the night of Dec. 19, when arraigned before Alderman LeRoy G. EDWARDS late Tuesday afternoon. The men also admitted stealing a car earlier the night of the hold-up and using the stolen machine as a means of escape.

Held by police are Olen Carlson SPONENBERG, 22, of 1300 Orange Street, Berwick, who has been attending a school in the city and who at the time of his arrest was serving a four-months' term in the County Jail for the larceny of an overcoat, and Charles Henry TYLER, 25, of 631 Park Avenue, this city.

SPONENBERG admitted under questioning that he held two women employes of the store at gunpoint while he scooped approximately $84 in bills and change from the cash register, according to Chief of Police John G. GOOD. Tyler waited outside in a car which the pair had stolen earlier in the evening, it was said.

The case opened with the arrest Friday night of Tyler by Patrolmen Harry D. GARMAN and William W. POLCYN, during an altercation with a woman in the vicinity of Penn Street and Washington Boulevard.

Saturday morning Tyler was questioned by Detective Lt. Fred J. SEITLER and Detective Earl W. SCHICK at which time six .25 calibre cartridges were found on TYLER'S person.

Reviewing the case, police recalled that one of the girls employed at the store reported to police that the weapon used by the robber was small in size.

Tyler was re-questioned by authorities and finally admitted his part in the robbery, police said. Late Monday, SPONENBERG was questioned by the Detective Division and confessed, his participation in the hold-up. Chief GOOD was engaged in questioning TYLER most of Saturday night.

It was learned that TYLER and SPONENBERG had become acquainted several years ago while both were inmates of the White Hill reformatory.

After discussing robbery as a method of securing money, SPONENBERG admitted stealing the car of Morris GITTLEMAN from is home at 612 Rural Avenue and going to a local store where TYLER was employed.

The pair drove to Newberry, their statement indicates, and parked near the Hurr store. "We flipped a coin to see who would go in," SPONENBERG said. "I lost."

After the holdup, the men said they drove to South Williamsport, where they abandoned the machine at the head of Kane Street and returned to the city in a taxi. SPONENBERG said he gave TYLER $27 in a local taproom as his share of the loot.

They emptied the gun and divided the change at another taproom, after which SPONENBERG went to Berwick until Jan 2. Shortly after his return, he was arrested for the larceny of the overcoat and was sentenced last Friday.

The gun was recovered from TYLER'S home, where it had been hidden since the night of the holdup.

Has Record SPONENBERG has a criminal record in Pennsylvania dating to 1942. After serving a term at White Hill, he was arrested on two auto larceny charges in 1946, and in June, 1947, was arrested in New York City for the possession of brass knuckles. He is now under indictment for that charge in Queens County Court.

TYLER'S record, dating back to 1941, involves numerous charges of auto larceny. He was arrested in the city for burglary in 1938 and served 21 months at Glen Mills reformatory.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Dec 18, 1950

Pfc Carl SPONENBERG was wounded in action in Korea, according to word received by his mother, Mrs. Elwood BLACKWELL, 122 South Loyalsock Ave, Montoursville. Private SPONENBERG entered the Army as an enlisted man Feb 13



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
March 7, 1952

From Camp Drum, N.Y., comes word that Cpl. Carl L. SPONENBERG, 122 South Loyalsock Avenue, Montoursville, is preparing to return to Fort Campbell, Ky., after several weeks of extensive training in cold weather warfare during Exercises Snow Fall in northern New York State.

Corporal SPONENBERG, an assistant machine gunner with the 511th Airborne Regiment's Company M, completed Fort Benning, Ga., parachutist school. Before entering the service, he attended the Montoursville High School.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Dec 1, 1952

...Mrs. Nellie E. SPONENBERG,....



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Jan 26, 1956

?? SALE - ?? Street, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, the 28th day of January, 1956, at 10.00 o'clock a.m. One (1) Harder freezer (deep freeze No. HC15G-214732); one (1) gal. sweet relish, one (1) gal. pork and beans, one (1) gal. Filbert's mayonnaise, one (1) desk, two (2) tables, one (1) food grinder, four (4) one pound boxes corn starch, twp (2) 2 1/2 oz. grated American cheese, one (1) 2 pounds Pan Cake Mix, one (1) large mixing bowl, and all other goods and chattels of the said defendants. Alvin and Lillian SPONENBERG.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Sept 2, 1959

Ruth H. and John R. SHOLLY, Pine Grove Mill, to Alvin L. and Lillian M. SPONENBERG, Williamsport, property in Tepel's Addition, Williamsport.



The Newark Advocate (Ohio)
June ll, 1962

Vases filled with red roses decorated the rome in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURRELL, 479 Ballard Ave., when they entertained Saturday evening with a miscellaneous shower for the pleasure of Miss Judy ILER, bride-elect of Roger FARVER of Tiffin, Ohio.

Miss ILER found her gifts in a wishing well. Games were played and prizes won by Mrs. David MOORE and Mrs. Ruth ILER. Favors were miniature pocketbooks and hats.

Refreshments were served to Mr. and Mrs. Paul FARVER of Tiffin, Mr. and Mrs. George FIECOAT, Mesdames James SWARTZ, Richard ROMINE, David MOORE. Cynthia DUDLEY, Harriet HARTMAN, Ruth ILER, Misses Mary AMSPAUGH, Diane FIECOAT, Kay HARTMAN, and the honored guest, Judy ILER, and the hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Frank BURRELL.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Aug 4, 1962

Montoursville Methodist Church was the scene of the wedding of Miss Shirley H. SPONENBERG, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert SPONENBERG, Montoursville RD1 and Clair T. HARRIS at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 1962.

Mr. HARRIS is the son of Mr. HARRIS is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theron HARRIS, Montoursville RD2. The Rev. D. Owen BRUBAKER officiated.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a gown of white chantilly lace over satin. Her veil of fingertip length silk-illusion was held by a tiara of seed pearls. She carried a colonial bouquet of rosebuds and baby breath.

Miss Elizabeth WEST was maid of honor, Miss Helen KURTZ and Miss Ethel HARRIS, sister of the bridegroom, were bridesmaids. They wore dresses of green, pink and yellow with matching accessories and carried colonial bouquets.

Best man was Anthony TOTT. Robert SPONENBERG, brother of the bride and Gary MEREDITH were ushers.

A reception wAs held at the home of the bride's pearents.

The couple is residing at 677 Franklin Street.

The bride attended Montoursville Area Joint High School and is employed at Cluett PEABODY and Co. Mr. HARRIS, a graduate of Montoursville Area Joint High School is employed by J. K. Rishel Furniture Co.



Unknown Akron Newspaper (Ohio)
May 1963

Akronite 'Other' Hero Of Kennedy's PT-109

When President Kennedy, then a Senator, was in Akron in 1959, he warmly greeted a man he called "Fearless Fosdick."

The greeting, in fact, was a little warmer than that extended political allies - which should give you an idea.

No newsman caught up with the President's friend at that time, which is understandable - because the name isn't Fearless Fosdick. It's Roger FARVER.

In these days, FARVER is a power house shift foreman at Goodyear. He lives with his wife, Thelma, and family at 1784 Topefer rd.

But in April, 1943, on the Pacific Island of Tulagi, he was a dockside chief machinist's mate in the Navy, making repairs on a PT boat numbered 109 and commanded by a Lt. Kennedy.

An enemy bomb exploded near the boat, splitting one of its gas tanks. Fire spread toward the torpedoes on deck. FARVER grabbed a fire extinguisher and doused the flames in the nick of time.

The crew members, after that, hung the Fearless Fosdick name on FARVER.

Farver's "rescue" of the 109 came to light recently by accident. Reporters for the Wingfoot Clan, Goodyear employes' newspaper, are doing a series of stories on plant foremen. It was while talking with FARVER about his work now that they discovered his good work 20 years ago in the Pacific.

It's something to think about. No FARVER, maybe no 109...No 109, maybe no big promotion for Lt. Kennedy.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
May 17, 1972

Testimony was expected to conclude today in a civil court trial that began late yesterday before Judge Charles F. GREEVY. Robert W. SPONENBERG of Montoursville Rd 1, and Clarence L. and Linda L. SPONENBERG, of 2639 1/2 Riverside Drive, South Williamsport, are suing Ronald G. EVELETH, of 815 Park Avenue, as a result of a traffic accident on Route 220 in Fairfield Twp on Dec 19, 1970.

The plaintiffs are seeking to recover damages for the cost of the car, owned by Robert SPONENBERG, hospital bills for Clarence and Linda SPONENBERG, who were in the vehicle, funeral and burial expenses for the baby they claim was stillborn as a result of the accident, and lost wages.

A physician was scheduled to take the stand this afternoon.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
May 19, 1972


A civil court jury awarded $1,000 to Mrs. Clarence SPONENBERG, of 2639 1/2 Riverside Drive, South Williamsport, a passenger in a car driven by her husband, which collided with a car driven by Ronald G. EVELETH, of 815 Park Avenue. The accident occurred on Dec. 19, 1970, on Route 220 in Fairfield Twp.

The SPONENBERGs were suing EVELETH for damages for the cost of the car, they said was owned by Robert SPONENBERG, her father-in-law, and hospital bills for her and her husband.

However, the jury did not return a verdict for Clarence SPONENBERG, claiming both drivers were negligent. The panel also did not decide that Robert SPONENBERG was the rightful owner of the vehicle, but that he had (illegible) signed for the couple to purchase the car.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
June 3, 1972


A son, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. SPONENBERG, Montoursville RD 3, Friday, June 2, 1972. The mother is the former Linda L. MULLIGAN.



Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Dec 8, 1972

Earl R. SPONENBERG, 78, of Muncy RD 2, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 1972, in the Muncy Valley Hospital. He had been ill for six months.

He was born at Nanticoke on March 27, 1894, a son of George and Anna Naugle SPONENBERG. A resident of Muncy RD 2 for 42 years, Mr. SPONENBERG was a farmer and was employed on a highway maintenance crew.

He is survived by a brother, Miles W., of Muncy RD 2.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Welsh's, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, with the Rev. Clay M. REED, a retired United Methodist minister, officiating. Burial will be in Picture Rocks Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.



Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Thursday, Dec 28, 1972

Woman's World

The engagement of Miss Frances V. SPONENBERG to Gary W. DUNKLEBERGER, 432 Curtin Street, South Williamsport, has been announced by the bride-elect's mother, Mrs. Lee R. SPONENBERG, 117 Sixth Street. Mr. DUNKELBERGER is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. DUNKLEBERGER. Miss SPONENBERG is the daughter also of the late Mr. SPONENBERG.

A graduate of Williamsport High School and Lycoming College, Miss SPONENBERG is employed as a third grade teacher by the South Williamsport School District. Mr. DUNKLEBERGER was graduated from the same high school, Hershey Police Academy, the Williamsport Area Community College and served in Korea. He is employed by Robert P. HOOVER, Contractor. A May wedding in the Pine Street United Methodist Church is being planned.



Williamsport Sun-Gazette
August 11, 1973

Woman's World

Miss Judy Ann SPONENBERG, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert SPONENBERG, Montoursville RD1, and Emmons Augustine LORSONG Jr., son of Mrs. and Mrs. Emmons LORSONG, 314 Burke Street, Jersey Shore, were married at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 11, 1973, in St. Luke's Catholic Church, Jersey Shore. The Rev. Martin J. DACEY officiated.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a gown of peau de soie with a Victorian neckline, renaissance sleeves, bib empire waistline and pinafore skirt empire waistline and pinafore skirt enhanced with lace. The gown featured a chapel length train and a butterfly bustle. Her veil was held by a headdress of lace florets encrusted with seed pearls and crystals. The bride carried a basket of yellow minature carnations and daisies.

Maid of honor was Miss Ruth RINKER, Montoursville. She wore a yellow chiffon gown with long sleeves and an empire waistline. Antique lace trimmed the gown. She carried a cascade of miniature white carnations and pink roses. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Clair HARRIS, sister of the bride, Mrs. Robert SPONENBERG Jr. and Mrs. Clarence SPONENBERG, sisters-in-law of the bride, all of Montoursville, and Mrs. Robert BOWERS, Virginia, cousin of the bridegroom. Tina HARRIS, Montoursville, niece of the bride, was flower girl. The bridesmaids wore gowns like the honor attendant in pink chiffon. They carried similar flowers in pink. The flower girl wore a yellow chiffon gown with long sleeves and yellow lace and ribbon trim. She carried a basket of daisies and pink roses.

Kenneth SPONENBERG, Montoursville, nephew of the bride was ring bearer. Best man was Luke JOHNSON, Mardela, Md., cousin of the bridegroom. Ushers were Dr. James KIPP, Reading, and David LORSONG, Denton, Md., both cousins of the bridegroom, Michael CLYMER, Loganton, and Herb ERGOT, Jersey Shore.

A dinner followed the ceremony. The bridal couple will reside in Laurel, Md.

The bride, a graduate of Montoursville High School, was employed by Bro-Dart Industries. Her husband, a graduate of Jersey Shore High School, is employed by the Federal Government at Port Meade, Md.



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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania



Patriot-News, The (Harrisburg, PA)
August 20, 1992

- John SPONENBERG, 65, of 23 E. Louther St. died yesterday in Carlisle Hospital. He was a member of Christian Alliance Church.

Surviving are his wife, Jane F. Harter SPONENBERG; his mother, Pauline NEIDIGH of Milton; a half-brother, James NEIDIGH of Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in his church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Berwick Cemetery.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Fund of the Christian alliance Church 237 E. North St., Carlisle 17913.



Dixon, Lee County, Illinois


Mrs. George Lester Farver

The Dixon Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
July 20, 1949 pg 6

Mrs. Mary Kathryn FARVER of Ashton, passed away at 5:45 this morning at the home of her sister, Miss Lillian HAENITSCH, following a prolonged illness. She was born Sept. 13, 1889, in Bradford township, Lee county, the daughter of August H. and Marguerite Anna Gleim Haenitsch. She was united in marriage to George Lester FARVER at Ashton, Jan. 4, 1939. Surviving are her husband, four children: Harold of Rochelle, Mrs. Edith Surman, Kenneth and Raymond of Ashton; two brothers, Frank and William HAENITSCH of Franklin Grove, and one sister, Miss Lilian HAENITSCH of Ashton.

She was a member of the Ashton Methodist church and the Ladies' Circle. The body will be removed from the Cluts funeral home to her late residence Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Funeral services will be conducted from the home Saturday afternoon at 1:30 and at 2 o'clock from the Methodist church, the pastor, Rev. Eldon WINGS officiating and burial will be in the Ashton cemetery.


Probate Three Wills Here In County Court

The Dixon Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
September 7, 1949

Three wills were admitted to probate before Judge Grover W. GEHART in Lee county court today. The will of Mrs. Nettie M. DIXON FASSLER who died July 30 listed personal property valued at $500 and real estate of the value of $10,000. Heirs listed were the husband, Jacob FASSLER, and two sons, Paul O. DIXON of this city and Ralph O DIXON of Compton. The real estate, the will provides, is left to the husband and two sons share and share alike.

Several bequests were contained in the will of Mrs. Mary K. FARVER of Ashton, whose death occurred July 20. The inventory lists real estate valued at $25,000 and personal property $5,500. To four nieces, Rosemary HAENITSCH, Elnora HEATON, Joan and Joyce HAENITSCH, is bequeathed all of the clothing of the deceased. To Geraldine HAENITSCH, is left a desk, four piece living room suite and living room rug, to the niece, Elnora Heaton, is left a cameo pin; to a sister, Lillian Haenitsch, a china closet, cedar chest, family pictures and all other jewelry; the sister, two brothers, Frank and William HAENITSCH, and the First Methodist church of Ashton are bequeather $1,000 each and the balance of the household equipment is left to the husband, Lester FARVER.

The Farm Divided
The will provides that the husband and sister each receive one half interest in the farm known as the KNAPP farm, and the husband to receive the remainder of the estate. A sister, Lillian HAENITSCH, and brother, William HAENITSCH, are named executors of the estate.


Robert L. Farver

The Dixon Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
July 24, 1951

Robert L. FARVER, eight-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth FARVER, died this morning at the Rochelle city hospital.

Besides his parents he leaves a brother and sister; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry BOTHE, and paternal grandfather, Lester FARVER.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Cluts funeral home, Ashton, with the Rev. Orville CALKWARF officiatng. Burial will be in the Ashton cemetery.


William B Farver

The Dixon Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
October 1, 1951

William B. FARVER, 78, of Ashton, died at 4 p.m. Saturday at his home. He was born in Harrisburg, Pa., Sept. 4, 1873, the son of Lloyd and Mary Kline FARVER.

He was married to Nancy M. DOUGLAS at Ashton, Nov. 25, 1897. She survives as do two sons, Wraye E. HARVARD, and Voris M., ASHTON; a daughter, Mrs. Zelda G. EDWARDS, Sycamore; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Annie BEACH, Dixon, and four brothers, Oscar, McKeesport, Pa., and Perry, Lester and Jesse Guy, all of Ashton.

He lived in Ashton for the past 73 years coming from Pennsylvania at the age of five. He was town marshal for 14 years and a member of the Methodist church.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cluts funeral home with Rev. Richard K. PILGRIM, pastor of the Ashton Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be in the Ashton Cemetery.


M. SGT. Kenneth Farver

The Dixon Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
June 9, 1945

An Eighth Air Force Bomber Station, England Checking the wing on his Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress is Master Sergeant Kenneth G. FARVER, 28, of Ashton, Ill. Sgt. FARVER has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for "meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against Nazi Germany." Sgt. Farver works long hours keeping his big bomber "Banshee" in good working order for long missions against vital enemy installations within the Reicht. He is a member of the 487th bomber group. The group is a unit of the Third air division, the division cited by the President for its new historic England-Africa Shuttle bombing of Messerschmitt plants at Begensburg in August 1943. Sgt. Farver is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester FARVER of Ashton, Ill. Preior to his entry into the AAF in January, 1912, he was employed at the Ashton high school as custodian. Two brothers are also in the service. Sgt. Raymond W. FARVER and Corporal Harold J FARVER.


Now Meat Dealer

The Dixon Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
April 5, 1947

Raymond FARVER of Ashton has leased the equipment and building now housing the meat market from C. A. BLOTCHER and will open for business Monday, April 7. He has worked for the SCHALLER meat market in Ashton and is experienced in his business.


Ashton Pair Have Dinner Party for 50th Anniversary

The Dixon Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
December 1, 1947

Mr. and Mrs. William B. FARVER observed their golden wedding anniversary with a dinner Thanksgiving day at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Vorris FARVER. The dinner was for the immediate family, those attending being their children and families. Mr. and Mrs. Wraye FARVER and family and Mr. and Mrs. Earl FARVER and family, all of Harvard, Mr. and Mrs. Myron EDWARDS and family of Sycamore, and the hoset and hostess and their son.

The cake was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. EDWARDS.

Mr. and Mrs. William FARVER were married Nov. 25, 1897, at the Methodist parsonage by the Rev. Wrae O'NEIL. They have lived in the community of Ashton since that time.

Mrs. FARVER, a native of Ashton, was born April 17, 1880, the daughter of Thomas and Anne DOUGLAS. Following the death of her parents in her early childhood, she was raised in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Luther BALDWIN.

Mr. FARVER was born in Columbia county, Pa. Sept. 4, 1873, and came to this community at the age of five with his parents, Lloyd and Mary FARVER. He worked on a farm and attended school in Ashton in his youth. Later he was city marshall in Ashton for 14 years.



The Dixon Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
July 20, 1948

Donna Marie FARVER born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth George FARVER, Ashton, July 16.












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