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--John Babbitt, of Gladerun, died at his home last evening at 7 o'clock, of heart disease, at the age of 47 years. He leaves a wife and several grown children. The funeral services will be held in the church at Gladerun on Friday morning at 9 o'clock. The interment will be in the Tidioute cemetery.

Source: From the Thursday, February 8, 1900, edition of The Evening Democrat, page 4, under the "Personals" heading.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Born in Trunkeyville,Pa., John Babbitt was 47 years, 5 months, and 6 days old when he died at his residence on Short Street. Official cause of death, according to Warren county death records, was dropsey.]




1829 - 1895

Alman [sic] Babcock, of Yankee Bush, died last night at 9 o'clock, aged 66 years. Deceased had been ill only one week. The funeral will be held Sunday at 1:30 o'clock at the house.

Source: Saturday, March 2, 1895 edition of The Evening Democrat, page 4, column 1, under the heading "Brevities."


[Warren County coordinator's note: See his death record and gravestone in the Weiler Cemetery.]




Frances [sic] Oscar BABCOCK
1853 - 1900

Mr. Francis Babcock Oscar [sic] died at the Emergency hospital in Warren on the morning of the 24th day of September. Mr. Babcock was born in Deerfield township, Warren county, Pa., on the 24th day of April, 1853 and has been a resident of Warren county ever since. He has led an industrious, sober life and was much beloved by all who knew him. About a week ago he was taken to the hospital, placed in charge of Dr. J. Norman Davies, who diagnosed his case as cancer of the stomach.

Strength gradually failed him until death brought relief, making his age 47 years, 5 months. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, who was Miss Lilla A. Brown, and two small children, besides an aged mother and four brothers together with numerous relatives and friends.

The body was taken to Youngsville for interment by Mr. Nelson Greenlund.

Source: Wednesday, September 26, 1900 edition of The Evening Democat, page 1, column 2.




1890 - 1948

Charles Bauer, born at Youngsville on July 26, 1890, and lifelong resident of that community, died there at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Surviving are two brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Sweet, Sugar Grove; Mrs. Sherman Rae and LeRoy Bauer, Susanville, Calif.; Frank Bauer, Youngsville.

Removal has been made to the Peterson Funeral Home, from where private services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Oakland cemetery.

Source: Warren Times Mirror, dated Friday, May 7, 1948, page 12, column 2.




1834 - 1908

The funeral services of the late William D. Belnap were held from the late residence on Bates street at two o'clock Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. P. Burns. Music was furnished by Mrs. Plummer Mead and Miss Belle Kinnear. The members of the G. A. R. attended in a body and the pall-bearers were old soldiers. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. Interment followed in Youngsville cemetery. Among those in attendance from out of town were Mrs. James Messerly, Warren, Pa., Mrs. Julius Bourquin, Tidioute, Pa., Mrs. A. S. Day, of Sheffield, Pa., and George Dalrymple, Oil City, Pa.

Source: under the heading "Youngsville" in the Warren Evening Mirror, dated Saturday, January 11, 1908, page two.

[Warren County coordinator's note: view his gravestone in the Youngsville cemetery.]





Aged Resident of Stoneham Died Sunday of Heart Failure.

(Special Correspondence.)

Stoneham, Nov. 26.--Mrs. Mary A. Benson died Sunday of heart failure after an illness of only a few hours. Deceased was born at LeRoy, Bradford county, Pa., seventy-eight years ago. Her husband, R. H. Benson, who was a union soldier, died about nine years ago. Mrs. Benson is survived by four children, Mrs. Nettie Manchester, of Erin, N.Y.; Mrs. Alice Newton, Bradford, Pa.; Mrs. Jennie McCurry, Stoneham and Mr. Chas. Benson, of Warsaw, N.Y.

The funeral will be held at the residence of T. H. Bines Tuesday at one o'clock. Burial will be in Oakland.

Source: The Evening Democrat, page 1, column 3, dated November 26, 1900.

[Warren County coordinator's note: While both were buried in the Oakland Cemetery, Mary (BAILEY) Benson was not buried beside her husband, R. H. Benson, who served our nation as a Private in Company H, 50 NY Engineers.]




1895 - 1911

Godfrey, the 16 year-old son of Clarence and the late Ida Bergstrom, of Sugar Grove, passed peacefully away at his home in that village at 11:30 o'clock Wednesday evening after an illness of three weeks of Typhoid fever. He is survived by his father and two siters [sic], Ellen and Esther, his mother having died just three months age. The young man had lately joined the United Brethren church and was one of the borough's popular boys. The funeral will be held from the home Saturday, interment will be in Cherry Hill cemetery. Rev. Barber of the U. B. church will officiate.

Source: Thursday August 3, 1911, edition of the Warren Evening Mirror, page 2, column 3.

[Warren County coordinator's note: His tombstone reads Gottfried A. Bergstrom. Gottfried's His mother Ida, born 1862, is also buried in the Cherry Hill Cemetery.]




1875 - 1911

Tidioute was shocked Thursday morning to learn that Jennie, wife of John R. Binder, died Wednesday night at 11 o'clock from obstruction of the bowels and general peritonitis. Although she had not been feeling well for a little time yet the acute stage did not develop until Wednesday noon, from which time until the end came she was a terrible sufferer. Dr. Robertson of Warren was called in consultation by Dr. Briggs but nothing could be done. No arrangements have as yet been made for the funeral. --Tidioute News.

Source: Death Record on page 2, column 4, in the Friday, November 3, 1911, edition of the Warren Evening Mirror.




1835 - 1898

Johanna, wife of John Binder, died Tuesday afternoon at the home, corner Fifth and East streets, aged 63 years, of cancer of the bowels.

Mrs. Binder was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, and came to this country in 1868 with her husband and has since resided in Warren. She possessed many excellent qualities for which she was beloved by all her friends. She was taken sick some three months ago with an incurable disease and although suffering greatly bore up patiently to the end.

Mrs. Binder was the mother of nine children only three of whom, Mrs. W. C. Highhouse, John R. Binder and Miss Marie Binder, together with her husband, survive her. The funeral will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The interment will take place in Oakland.

Source: The Wednesday July 20, 1898, edition of The Evening Democrat, page 4, column 4.




1854 - 1918

The death of John Bishop occurred yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Schilmar, 114 Grant street. The deceased had been ill for several months. He was born in Alsaice-Lorraine [sic], in 1854 coming to this country eleven years ago. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Schilmar, Mrs. Lena Fraring of Grant street, and Mrs. Charles Erickson of Cleveland. Several grand-children also survive.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, at the home of Mrs. Schilmar. Rev. W. C. Beck of the Lutheran church will officiate, and interment will be in Oakland cemetery.

Source: Monday, April 29, 1918, edition of the Warren Evening Times, page 2, column 2.




1892 - 1918

Carl Blick, of 100 Verbeck avenue dropped dead last evening about six o'clock while on his way hom [sic] from work. Blick was walking with David Whitehill, an employe of the Gisholt Machine Shops, and when he had reached the Struthers-Wells company, he started coughing. When the two men reached Fourth avenue, Blick started to spit blood, and his companion became alarmed. He immediately shouted to a man crossing the street, to call a doctor, and before the doctor arrived, Blick was carried to the porch of a residence nearby. Before the arrival of Dr. Stewart who was called, Blick was dead. Dr. Chapman, the coroner, also arrived on the scene within a few minutes, and a slight examination showed that the death had been caused by tuberculosis, which resulted in an external hemmorhage.

Carl Elof Blick was born in Sweden, and came to this country when a young boy. At the time of his death he was 26 years of age. He was a faithful and consistent member of the Grace Methodist church, and was employed at the Gisholt Machine company. He is survived by his heart-broken wife, Mrs. Beulah Blick, and a two year old daughter, Violet. His mother, Mrs. John Hedlund of Myrtle street, two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Hugg of New York city and Mrs. John Cinnis of Hop River, Connecticutl [sic], and two brothers, C. W. of this city and Henry in the United States service in France also survive. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made and announcements will be made later.

Source: Warren Evening Times, page two, column three, of the Thursday, April 18, 1918 edition.

[Warren County coordinator's note: See his gravestone in the Oakland Cemetery, courtesy of Find A Grave.]




1828 - 1908

Another of Warren's oldest and respected citizens has answered the summons of death in the person of Henry Boss, whose demise occurred at his home on Third street Sunday morning at 1:30 o'clock. For a month Mr. Boss had been confined to his home but was seriously ill only a few days. Bronchial pneumonia was the cause of death.

Deceased was born in Hanover, Germany, May 24th, 1828 and next May would have celebrated his 80th birthday had he lived. At the age of 23 years he came to America and located in Warren. In the year 1861 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Weiler, who survives him with one daughter, Miss Lillian Boss of this city.

Mr. Boss was a wagon maker by trade and for many years conducted a shop in this city. He was a consistent member of the Evangelical church from boyhood and in every respect a citizen of high worth; honest in all his transactions and man who enjoyed the highest respect of his fellow men.

Deceased has no near relatives in this country, his kin residing in the native home in Germany.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 o'clock from the home on Third street and the interment in Oakland cemetery will be private.

Source: The Warren Evening Mirror, Monday, January 6, 1908, page 8, column 3.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Henry Boss was buried in the Oakland Cemetery, Warren. His wife Mary (Weiler) Boss died April 1, 1923, and was buried with her husband.]




1828 - 1911

Mrs. Harriet E. Winchester Brasington was born in New York state on the 11th day of April, 1828 and died Saturday, March 18th, 1911. In the year of 1847, Feb 22nd, she was united in marriage to Warren Brasington of Quaker Hill, where she has lived the remainder of her life. There were 5 children, Mrs. Flora Arnold of Warren, Mr. William Brasington, of old Virginia, Mrs. Alice Holt of Warren, Mrs. Hattie Weinriter, of Warren, and one that died at the age of 14 months. There were 16 granchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Brasington, or "Grandma," as her friends and neighbors have always lovingly termer her, has been a great sufferer for eighteen months, suffering the most excruciating pain at times, her patience, sweetness and humility being a beautiful characteristic of her former beautiful life, her constant plea being that she was ready and waiting to join the loved ones gone before so often saying to her children who so lovingly and patiently cared for her, "Oh that I might go to sleep and wake in heaven."

Mrs. Brasington joined the Baptist church at Jamestown when quite young, later moving to Warren and bringing her letters with her, but as Rev. Conaway, her daughter's pastor, was an old and valued friend, she wished him to officiate at her funeral.

The funeral will be held at the home of T. Weinriter, 313 East Fifth Street, Warren, Pa., Tuesday afternoon, March 21st at two o'clock. Services conducted by the Rev. Conaway and Rev. Jones.

Source: Saturday, March 18, 1911, issue of the Warren Evening Mirror, page 2, column 3.




Mrs. Elizabeth Bross.

Mrs. Elizabeth Bross, died yesterday at her home in Sheffield of consumption, after a long illness.

The deceased was well known and highly respected for her many good qualities. She leaves to mourn her early demise a husband and four children.

The funeral services will be held at St. Joseph's church, Warren, on Thursday morning at 8:30 o'clock, the Rev. Father Siverding, officiating. The interment will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.

Source: The Wednesday, June 27th edition of The Evening Democrat, page 1, column 4.




1857 - 1918

Perry L. Brown, of Youngsville, passed away at his home on Friday, April 5, after an illness of seven weeks. Mr. Brown had been a patient sufferer, and never faltered in his trust in Him. His faith in Christ was great, and we know that our loss is his eternal gain.

He was born in Mercer county on April 9, 1857. The greater part of his life was spent in and near Youngsville and Warren. He is survived his his [sic] widow, Victoria, a son, Homer, two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Mead and Mrs. Hattie Raymond, both of Corry. The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the residence on East Main street, Rev. J. A. Lyon, of the Methodist church, officiating, assisted by Rev. S. R. Parrett, of the United Brethren church.

The interment which was in the I. O. O. F. cemetery was in charge of John P. Sage, of Tidioute. Friends and relatives were in attendance from Irvine, Tidioute, East Hickory, Corry, Pittsfield, Jamestown and Sherman, N. Y.

Source: Warren Evening Times, page two, column three, of the Monday, April 15, 1918 edition.




1867 - 1956

Ralph N. Brown, 417 Water St, who served a term as sheriff of Warren county back in 1904, and later was for many years officer for the Warren Board of Health, died this afternoon following an illness of many years. Besides his wife he is survived by two sons Ira and Paul. Plans for the services and further obituary will be printed later. He was 89 years of age.

Source: Warren Times Mirror, 29 October 1956, page 10, column 3.


In the Tuesday, October 30th edition of the newspaper, on page 7, column 8, there was the following:

Services Tuesday For Citizen Active in I.O.O.F. Circles

Ralph N. Brown, 89 year old resident of 417 Water street and long an active figure in Warren civic and fraternal affairs, died at his home at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Funeral services will be held from the family home at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, conducted by Dr. A .C. Schultz, of First Methodist church, and Rev. Gustav Erickson, Lander Methodist minister. Interment will follow in Foster cemetery at Lander. Friends will be received at the residence starting at 7:00 p.m. today.

Ralph Newman Brown was born in Farmington township on July 22, 1867, and served the Lander community as postmaster from 1889 to 1893.

Coming to Warren in 1900, he continued his public service as sheriff of Warren county from 1904 to 1907; was Warren county health officer from 1915 to 1935 and served in a similar capacity for Warren borough from 1917 to 1948 [newspaper print is poor, date might also be 1918].

Well known in IOOF Circles, he was a past grand of Warren Lodge 339 and received his 50-year jewel some years ago. He was also a member of Kossuth Encampment No. 98; and was president of the board of trustees and a director of the IOOF Home at Meadville from 1913 until 1939.

Mr. Brown was a member of First Methodist church and at one time served it as an official board member.

Besides his wife, Etta M. Burgett Brown, he leaves two sons, Paul and Ira Brown, both of Warren; three grandchildren, Robert and Vonley Brown, Warren, and Ira Brown, Jr, Johnsonburg; and two great-grandchildren.


There was more in the November 2nd edition, page 12, column 1:


Final rites for Ralph N. Brown, 417 Water street, were held from the family home at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, conducted by Dr. A .C. Schultz, of First Methodist church, and Rev. Gustav Erickson, of Lander.

Serving as bearers for interment in Foster cemetery at Lander were Wendell, Ralph, and Charles Burgett, Philip Putnam, Arthur and Gerry Briggs. Named as honorary bearers were the following members of the IOOF Lodge: William Silzle, Elmer Walters, Walter Strong, Howard Kinkead, Fred Lauffenberger, and Ralph Knupp.

Relatives and friends were in attendance from Titusville, Erie, Edinboro, Frewsburg, Russell, Lander, and Johnsonburg.


[Warren County coordinator's note: He married Etta Burgett in Warren county on 7 Feb 1889. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1949; included under the news of Lander in the February 14th edition of the Warren Times Mirror (pg 9, column 4) is this mention:

"Among those attending the sixtieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brown, at Warren on Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Clair Putman, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stanton, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Burgett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Burgett, and Mrs. Clara Burgett."

The Wednesday, December 19, 1951 edition of the Warren Times Mirror newspaper, page 5, has a photo of Ralph with a short article about his membership in the Warren Lodge of the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows). He was buried in Foster Cemetery, Farmington township, along with his wife, and an unnamed infant son.]





The lifeless body of John Busk was found in his apartments on Hickory street at 6:30 o'clock Friday evening. He was last seen at noon and appeared in his usual condition. When found he was lying on a bed with his clothing on and evidently passed away peacefully. Coroner Peirce did not consider it necessary to hold an inquest.

Deceased was 63 years of age and a resident of Warren for 35 years, having been born in Denmark. By trade he was a shoemaker and worked at the business for a long period, but five years ago, owing to failing health he was forced to relinquish active work.

Three children survive, who are Mrs. W. O Huey, of Ashtabula, O., Carl E. Busk, Rochester, N.Y., and Mrs. Chas. L. Cook of Warren.

The funeral will be from the home of Charles L. Cook, Water street, Monday at 2:30 o'clock and the interment will be in Oakland.

Source: Warren Evening Mirror, dated December 5, 1908; page four, column two.




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