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Transcribed extractions from a newspaper published in 1906 in Tidioute.
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Friday, October 12, 1906

Under the heading "P.P."



Thirty Years Ago

From The News of Oct. 6, 1876

W. H. Wiggins re-opens his grocery on the Hill next week. The firm will be Wiggins & Curtis--the Curtis being A.R.

Jahu Hunter has driven the carpenters out of his new house, and now the painters and plumbers are doing their work. The furniture has been bought and in a few weeks the splendid residence will be occupied.

Business is looking up lively across the river. On the Economite property old wells are being started up. That company is also drilling a well almost directly south of their last strike, which is nearly down and will open up some new territory. They have also a rig up and a conductor hole dug near the Irvine line, and are clearing space for another, just north of the one now drilling.

Mr. Jay Alexander, living in Youngsville, committed suicide on last Saturday morning, Sept. 30, by hanging.

Saturday morning the B.S. refinery of Mr. B. Chandler, on Dennis Run, caught fire from the still boiling over. A couple of tanks were destroyed and twenty-five or thirty barrels of oil, belonging to Capt. A. J. Thompson.

From The News of Oct. 13, 1876

A thin blanket of snow covered old mother earth Tuesday morning.

The building of the Tidioute Savings Bank is being rapidly completed, now that the masons have finished their work.

Charlie Chamberlain, formerly of the Collins House, Oil City, took charge of the Carver House, Warren, yesterday.

Messrs. Thompson & Parshall are erecting a feed store just above their present grocery.





Friday, October 19, 1906


Death of Capt. John M. Clapp

Capt. John M. Clapp, formerly a resident of Tidioute, and one of the best known oil operators and business men of this section of the State, died Wednesday, Oct. 17th at 10:10 a.m., at the family country home at Lakewood, N.Y., after an illness of two months, aged seventy-one years. His remains will be taken to New Castle, Pa., where they will be laid to rest by those who were his comrades in the great war of the rebellion.

His death, coming as it did on the day of his regimental reunion at Tidioute, while his old comrades in arms were here to go over the old days, was particularly sad. While they did not expect his presence, they certainly hoped for the best as to his health, and his taking off just on this day threw a pall over what would otherwise have been a happy occasion.

Captain Clapp was a member of Temple Lodge, 412, F. and A. M., and a 33d Degree Mason. He was also a member of Col. Cobham Post, and always kept his active interest in its affairs.

Feeling that in the short time allowed us we could not do justice to so good a friend, so true a citizen and so worthy a man we necessarily defer until next week a record of his life and work.

The funeral will be held at New Castle Saturday at 2 p.m. from the home of C. J. Kirk. Quite a delegation of friends from this section will probably attend the services.


James B. Jennings

Died Wednesday morning after an illness of some months, during which time he was confined to his bed. For many years he was a prominent oil operator and business man of this section, and held the office of County Commissioner during the building of the Court House, in which he displayed great business ability. His age was 78.

We are without sufficient data at this hour to make such history and estimate of his worth as the occasion rightly demands, and so defer further comment until next week.

The funeral will be held from the family home Friday afternoon at two o'clock.

[Link to the longer obituary of James Jennings, (October 26th edition of the Tidioute News, page 4, columns 1-2)]


Royal E. Scott

One of the oldest residents of Fagundus died at his home Wednesday night, Oct. 10, 1906. He was born at Allentown, N.Y., August 6, 1828. He was married to Elizabeth Ann Mackey of Franklin Nov. 23, 1852, to them were born eight children, three of whom are dead. His wife also died some twenty-five years ago. He is survived by the following children: George B. of McGraw; Harry B. and Fred M. of Chelsea, I.T.; Mrs. Julis A. Clary and Edward, who lived with their father.

Mr. Scott had been blind for the past twenty-five years, although it was wonderful how he would get around the house and over the farm. He would go to his church nearly half a mile away and conduct the weekly prayer meeting, locating himself by the sound of the different oil wells pumping along the road.

He was a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal church and filled every office as layman in the church with credit and ability, also being one of the organizers of the church at Fagundus, and largely through him that little congregation was kept together. He was their leader. Through all these years of affliction he had never lost courage and always trusted everything to God, knowing all his promises would be fulfilled. He was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed in the community where he lived. With Paul he could say "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day.

The funeral services were conducted from the late residence Sunday at ten o'clock a.m., after which the body was laid to rest beside his wife in the Nieltown cemetery, Rev. J.M. Fradenburg of Tidioute officiating.


Mrs. Matheson

In the death of Alma Gilson Matheson, which occurred at the family home at Saybrook, Warren county, Oct. 5th, 1906, there has been removed one of the best types of noble womanhood, and the memory of a beautiful and useful life clings to those who knew and loved her. Mrs. Matheson had been a sufferer for several years, but she had nearly always [been] able to attend to her household duties and take part in the church work of her home community until the past few months, when her failing health predicted that the distance between her earthly life and the grave was gradually growing shorter, and the end came not unexpectedly. All possible was done to stay the hand of the grim reaper, and loving hands and hearts cared for her tenderly through her sickness and suffering until the last. For nineteen years Mrs. Matheson had been a faithful and consistent christian and she was ready to go when the summons of her Master came. Hers was a beautiful life and although she will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends, and especially by those who knew her best and loved her the most, heaven will be all the richer for her presence there.

Alma Gilson Matheson was born at Barnes, Warren county, Dec. 21st, 1859. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus P. Gilson. She was united in marriage with Thomas C. Matheson April 12, 1879, and nine children were the fruit of this union, four having died in infancy, leaving five living, namely Fred G., Mrs. T. A. Farnsworth, Annie, Charlie and Cemer, and one sister, Mrs. Geo. W. Noblit. The funeral services were held at the home by her pastor, Rev. Mr. Jones of the M. E. church. There was a large concourse of relatives and friends at the home and many followed the remains to the Barnes cemetery. The pall bearers were all relatives of the deceased. The floral tributes were profuse and beautiful.



Under the heading "P.P."



Limestone Fair Premiums Awarded

Best display garden produce--N. S. Wheelock. Best display canned fruit--Mrs. Wm. Bimber.
Best display fruit--C.R. McKean. Best worsted quilt--Mrs. Wm. Averill.
Best display grain--Wm. Bimber; second--J.J. Garber. Best cotton quilt--Mrs. John Shanley; second--Grace Bimber.
Largest apples--Wm. Bimber. Best pumpkin pie--Mrs. Wm. Bimber; second--Mrs. Mell Morse.
Largest squash--Johnnie Brown. Best plate doughnuts--Mrs. Wm. Bimber.
Largest pumpkin--N. S. Wheelock. Best looking lady belonging to grange--Mrs. J.J. Garber.
Best 1/2 bushel sweet apples--C.R. McKean; second--J.F. Eisenbrown. Best loaf bread by young girl--Lulla Anderson; second--Pearl Spencer.
Largest head cabbage--Fred Howard; second--Wm. Bimber. Best piece fancy work--Nancy Dunn.
Best bushel carrots--Wm. Bimber. Best boy speaker--Earl Garber.
Best display corn--Wm. Bimber. Best cake--Anna Anderson; second--Mrs. Wm. Bimber.
Largest potatoes--John Taft; second--J. Perry. Nicest sofa pillow--Mrs. H. Stoneberg; second--Mrs. J.J. Garber.
Best display tomatoes--N. S. Wheelock. Winners in boys' foot race--Frank Taft and Walter Bimber.
Best 1 gallon butter--Mrs. H. Stoneberg. Winners in boys' apple eating contest--Raymond Myers.
Best 1/2 gallon butter--Mrs. J.J. Garber;
second--Mrs. John Taft.
Prettiest baby belonging to grange--Lewis Merkle;
second--Edmond Bimber.





Friday, October 26, 1906


James Bradley Jennings

A fuller sketch was promised on the life of Mr. Jennings, whose decease, on the seventeenth inst. was noted in these columns last week.

Mr. Jennings was the son of Morgan and Jane Bradley Jennings, of Bradleytown, Venango Co., and was born at the above mentioned place Jan. 7, 1829, being therefore about 78 years old at the time of his death. Of his immediate family there were four girls and six boys, five of whom, Robt. Jennings, Bradleytown; Henry Jennings, Titusville; Mrs. A. S. Ralston, Mrs. Amanda Barnsdall and Mrs. Harvey McAlevy, Titusville, are still living, the first four mentioned being present at the funeral services.

Mr. Jennings came to this neighborhood in 1852, a young man of 25, and entered the employ of Preston & Bristol, then operating a timber tract near Hemlock, on Tidioute Creek. Later he engaged in the manufacture and sale of lumber on Tidioute Creek with Mr. Jas. Shaw, the partnership lasting for ten years, the cutting being done by the old-fashioned water mill and with the up and down saw. He also operated in his own name a timber tract near Thompson station.

When the oil developments began in 1860, Mr. Jennings turned his attention to that industry. He was interested in a number of properties about Tidioute, Fagundus, and in McKean county, and from the first was recognized as an energetic and important factor in the oil industry. He was engaged in the real estate business also to a considerable extent, and in 1885 established the coal office near the station.

Though a Democrat in politics, he was elected to the office of County Commissioner in a county strongly Republican, and rendered efficient service in the building of the present court house, at the time of its erection, one of the best in the state. He also served his town capably in the offices of school director and councilman.

These incomplete data give but a partial idea of what Mr. Jennings was in the life of this community through a period of thirty-nine active years. A man of marked individuality, sturdy, strong and self-reliant, simple, direct and original in speech and in his mode of doing things, he was one of the most interesting members of an interesting group of men, who lived in Tidioute through a romantic period of her business history. A shrewd and successful trader, who enjoyed the transaction of business for its own sake, he was known as a man of high integrity, honest and reliable in all his dealings, one whose aim it was "to live and yet [sic] live." His nature was peculiarly free from malice or suspicion. Ingenuous and fair in his own business dealings, he was accustomed to trust others--to take them at their word--and sometimes even to his own disadvantage. There was nothing mean or little in his dealings with his neighbors, nothing petty or penurious either in his way of making money or his mode of spending. He was quick to decide and act in a business matter and never stopped to haggle over small details. In that miserly spirit which values and hoards the dollar for its own sake he had little share. When he made freely he spent freely. His heart was large and generous, easily moved by want and poverty, and many will cherish his memory for kindly assistance, quietly bestowed in time of need. A man of simple life and simple tastes, peace-loving and peace-promoting, large hearted, free handed, a good neighbor and a good citizen, such was our departed townsmen [sic].

In 1859 Mr. Jennings was married to Miss Mary Emeline Snyder of Cherrytree, Venango Co., who more than seven years ago, preceded her husband to the life beyond. Five children survive the parents, viz: Mrs. John W. Thompson, Pittsburg [sic]; Albertis, Bradford; Harry J., Martha B. and Fred R., Tidioute. These with four of the grandchildren--Misses Helen and Ceora Thompson, Pittsburg [sic]; Dorothy Jennings, Tidioute, and Vera Jennings, Bradford--and a large number of friends attended the obsequies held at the family residence last Friday afternoon. The service was conducted by Rev. S. F. Marks of the Presbyterian church, of which church Mr. Jennings had been a member since 1891.      S.F.M.





Friday, November 2, 1906

Obituary - Agnes Estella Christie

Wife of C. L. Jones, born Dec. 1, 1866, at North Liberty, Mercer Co., Pa.; died Oct. 26, 1906, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Christie, of Pleasantville. She was married Feb. 27, 1895, to C. L. Jones of Tidioute, where she has resided ever since.

Deceased is survived by father, mother, husband and daughter, and the following brothers and sisters: R. J. Christie, Peru, S. A.; J. F., Amos, W. Va.; W. P., North Warren; Mrs. J. H. Godell, North Warren; Mrs. A. L. Walbridge, Uniontown, O.; Mrs. W. J. Taylor, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mrs. J. R. Campbell, Tionesta, and Effa, at home.


Mangled to Death

Last Monday at the mill of Collins, Darrah & Co., Nebraska, Forest County, Charles F., brother of Harry Klinestiver, was so severly injured that he died. Beneath the mill a stream of water flows and this had become clogged by driftwood. Klinestiver went down into the pit to remove the obstruction. In some manner, which will never be exactly known, he was caught in a cog gearing. His right leg was ground to a pulp between the knee and hip and he sustained internal injuries of a serious character. Nothing could be done for him and he died in less than two hours, never regaining consciousness after the anaesthetic was administered. He was born in Tionesta in 1869.


Deal Closed for Gas and Oil Land

Papers were signed last evening whereby Franklin E. Ulf and associates became the owners of the Lay oil and gas tract which lies in close proximity to the big Keelor gasser.

One week ago today Mr. Ulf procured the option for the purchase of this tract and at once placed papers in the hands of his attorney to ascertain if the title was satisfactory. This accomplished, the deal was practically closed Saturday morning, although papers were not signed until last evening. Chas. A. Ulf of Tidioute and H. J. Walter of the Standard Window Glass Co. will be associated in the deal.

The lease will be known under the name of Ulf Bros. & Walter. Preparations will be made at once to drill a well. While all drilling for oil and gas is a speculation at best, we know of no other tract in this vicinity that seems to have more points in its favor for splendid results. In fact, so good to the prospects appear to different parties that they have already made Mr. Ulf some tempting propositions.--[Kane Rep.



Under the heading "P.P."





Friday, December 7, 1906


Obituary - Paul W. Brown

The death of one of Warren County's oldest, respected and widely known residents occurred Saturday evening at seven o'clock at the home of R. N. Brown, Sheriff of Warren County. Mr. Brown had been in delicate health for seven years and suffered from Bright's disease. The immediate cause was the bursting of a blood vessel in the brain on the Saturday, previous to his demise and he was confined to his bed after last Tuesday. Previous to the end he was in a stupor and did not recognize those about the bedside.

The deceased was born in the township of Farmington and on the eighth day of last September he celebrated his seventy-second birthday. His entire life, until he was forced by illness to retire, was an active one and he owned and maintained in a splendid manner one of the most fertile and valuable farms in this county. In younger manhood he followed the trades of cooper, carpenter and blacksmith. When the war broke out he entered the service and served valiantly as a member of Company F., Pennsylvania Volunteers. When the war terminated he returned to his home in Farmington and for a long period followed the vocation of farming. He was always a strong advocate of Republican principles and that party twice honored him by electing him to office. In 1880 he entered upon his duties as Associate Judge and served one term. During the session of the State Legislature of 1895 he represented this county as as [sic] Member of Assembly, and performed his duties with honor to himself as well as in a manner satisfactory to his constituents.

He was a man of sterling character, honest in his dealings, generous and charitable to all and especially considerate to the members of his household.

His wife, who has been a faithful companion for a long period of years, survives as well as one son, Sheriff R. N. Brown. The brothers and sisters are Joseph Brown of Oregon; Richard and Charles of Farmington; Mrs. Fannie Worden of Iowa; Mrs. Thomas Knapp of Farmington; and Mrs. Martha Kerr of Corry.

Tuesday there will be a prayer service at one o'clock at R. N. Brown's home after which the remains will be taken to the Brown homestead where the final obsequies will be held Wednesday at one p.m.

Deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity.--[Warren Mirror.


[Warren County coordinator's note: If Paul Brown's birthdate was 1834, it was not Farmington township where he was born! Farmington township was formed from Pine Grove township in 1853. Paul was buried in the Marshtown Cemetery, in Farmington township. He and his wife Harriet, who died in 1927, share a gravestone.

An interesting article (partial extraction) in the July 21, 1952 edition of the Warren Times Mirror, page 3, column 6:

"Barn and Silo Are Destroyed By Fire

At 8:45 p.m. Saturday the Russell department received a call from the Charles Skagg's farm on the Marshtown road, about six miles west of Russell. A barn and silo were burned to the ground, but a storage shed and milk house were saved. The barn was a 36 by 60 structure, built about 85 years ago by Paul Brown, father of Ralph N. Brown, Water street, Warren. The Skaggs family moved onto the farm about four years ago from Eldred."

Sheriff and son's name was Ralph Newman Brown, (see obituary).]




Friday, December 28, 1906


Mrs. Jeannette Stratton Kinnear
1822 - 1906

Widow of James Kinnear, died at her home in Tidioute, Friday, Dec. 21st; aged 84 years, 9 months and 29 days, after a long illness that confined her more or less to the house. She was a daughter of Samuel Parshall and was born near Oil City Feb. 22, 1822, and with her father's family came to Tidioute in 1824. In 1843 she was married to James Kinnear. To this untion [sic] were born seven children, of whom only three survive: Mrs. D. S. Thompson, Mrs. Josephine K. Getchell and James Wesley, the latter now a resident of Pittsburg. [sic]

Mrs. Kinnear spent most all her life in Tidioute, and her death takes out nearly all of our old original settlers. She was identified and saw the place grow from a lumber hamlet to a prosperous town, and up to within a short time of her death kept up her interest in the welfare of our peoople, both socially and religiously, particularly the latter, as she was one of the oldest members of the Methodist church and so long as she was able a constant attendant.

Living about thirty years as a neighbor, we bear willing testimony to her kindly nature, her unfaililng cheery greeting and her hearty interest in her surroundings and friends. And what obtained as a neighbor was fully carried out in her intercourse with all whom she came in contact--a goo neighbor, companion, wife, mother and christian. That fully meets the requirements of this life as well as the life hereafter, and she well won the encomium, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

The funeral was held Sunday from her late residence, the service being conducted by Rev. Dr. Fradenburg. The interment was in Tidioute cemetery, and under the snows of winter she waits for the coming of the Master and that morn when all tears shall be wiped away.


[Warren County coordinator's note: both James and wife Jeannette (PARSHALL) KINNEAR were buried in the Tidioute Cemetery. Known children were Charlotte, born abt 1845; Josephine, born abt 1846; William Filmore, born 1850; James Wesley, born 1859.]


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