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1834 - 1918

Mrs. Margaret Gertsch passed away this morning at the home of her son, Gottlieb Gertsch at Venturetown, after a brief illness. The deceased was born in 1834, and at that time of her death was 84 years old. She is survived by the following children: Peter, John, Gottlieb, Mrs. Elizabeth Hamenn and Mrs. Anna Zoberst, all of this city.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at one-thirty o'clock at the home of Gottlieb Gertsch. Rev. Finkbeiner of the Salem Evangelical church will officiate, and internment will be made in Oakland.

Source: Monday, April 29, 1918, edition of the Warren Evening Times, page 2, column 3.


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--Daniel Giltinan, an aged and respected citizen of Elk township, died Saturday morning. The deceased was unmarried and leaves one brother, William, with whom he lived, and three sisters, one of whom lives in Buffalo, another in Winchester, Conn., and Mrs. Mary McGrath, of Elk township. The funeral was held this morning at the R. C. Church of Seven Doors.

Source: Monday, June 18, 1894, edition of the The Evening Democrat, page 4, column 1, under the heading "BREVITIES".


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The death of William Giltinan occurred at his home, 207 Lexington Avenue, at 2:30 o'clock this morning after an illness of six weeks from paralysis. Deceased was 81 years of age and is survived by his wife, six sons and one daughter. A son, William Giltinan, resides in Warren.

The funeral service will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock and the interment in Quaker Hill cemetery.

Source: Wednesday, April 22, 1908, edition of the Warren Evening Mirror, page 4, column 3.


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1857 - 1938

The body of James Gorman, who died about two months ago in Niles, Ohio, is being brought to Warren for interment and will arrive here about eleven o'clock Saturday morning. The remains will be taken directly to St. Joseph's cemetery for burial.

Source: Warren Times Mirror, the Tuesday, March 28, 1939 edition, page 2, column 1.


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GRANDIN, Elijah Bishop
1840 - 1917


E. B. Grandin, of Tidioute, Passes Away Monday at His Summer Home

Elijah Bishop Grandin a, [sic] pioneer oil and lumberman of Tidioute, Pa., died at his winter home in Washington, D. C., on Monday morning, December 3, after a short illness from pleuropneumonia. While Mr. Grandin had been in failing health for a number of years his passing away at this time was not expected and the news of his death came as a great shock to a large circle of friends and former business associates.

The deceased has been prommently [sic] identified with the oil business and other large affairs since early manhood. He was born in Tidioute, Pa., November 23, 1840, son of Samuel and Sarah (Henry) Grandin, who was a native of New Jersey and who located in Pleasantville, Venango county, in 1822, following his trade as a tailor until 1840, when he removed to Tidioute where, instead of continuing to follow tailoring that had brought him considerable success, he engaged in the lumber business on the Allegheny river and operating a saw mill. His son, Elijah Bishop Grandin, left home in early young manhood to work for the Hyde Bros., lumbermen at Hydetown, Crawford county, near Titusville, as clerk in their general store. He was so employed when the Drake well was drilled in and was one of the first in that vicinity to engage as operator in the new Oil Creek development, being associated with Mr. Hyde. This venture was, like most of those of later years, a financial success. In 1870, with a fortune that was considered large in those days, he returned to Tidioute. He became an operator in that vicinity and in the same year he and his brothers, J. L. and William Grandin, purchased the Fagundus farm in fee for $100,000, besides a part interest in the Beatty farm adjoining. They were also engaged in the banking and lumber business. In 1883 Hon. Peter Berry and his brother, Daniel, since deceased, E. B. and J. L. Grandin and W. T. Scheide, opened up the Balltown field on a lease that had been secured in 1874 by Peter Berry. The wells drilled by the company were all of large calibre. Following the decline of the field, E.B. Grandin has followed the business in other parts of the country, but gave more attention to other financial interests and ventures.

In the early 70's when Jay Cook, the New York banker and railroad head, became backrupt, the Grandin brothers had a considerable amount of money on deposit with his bank. They were offered land grants given by the government to the Northern Pacific railroad as the only assets of the bank available. Rather than take nothing, they took these and became the owners of a great acreage of land in Dakota, which, under the name of the Dalrymple farm, named for their advisor and business associate, became known as the largest wheat farm in the world, containing about 38,000 acres. They also owned a 28,000 acre grazing farm in Dakota.

Another enterprise in which the deceased was a large investor and active director was in Missouri, where vast tracts of virgin forests were acquired by the Grandins, Captain John M. Clapp, Jahu Hunter and Captain H. H. Cumings. The company was known as the Missouri Mining and Lumber Co., and their great manufacturing plant, located at Grandin, Mo., was a model of its kind. The success of this business was due in a great measure to the business sagacity of Hon. J. B. White, who had complete charge of the business from its beginning. Of all these men who were so prominent in the business affairs and development of northwestern Pennsylvania oil and lumber interest, E.B. Grandin was the last to pass away.

He was a man of sterling integrity, not given in the least degree to ostentation, but was friendly and liberal, staunch in his friendships, and the soul of integrity in all of his business dealings. He was especially interested in worthy young men, offering such as came under his observation valuable advice, supplemented by financial backing that in later years meant much success to them in business ventures or careers. His benefactions to churches, schools and all worthy objects were large but were never paraded before the public view.

The deceased maintained his home in Tidioute since 1870, although, with his family, he spent the winter months in Washington, D. C., where his home was most hospitably open to friends from the oil country.

He was one of four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Grandin, as follows: John Livingston, Elijah Bishop, William J., and Mrs. Maria J. Neyhast [sic], wife of Adush Neyhast [sic - should be Adnah Neyhart ], deceased. Of these Mrs. Neyhast is the sole survivor. Mr. Grandin also leaves his wife, three daughters, Misses Florence, Mabel and Alice, of Washington, and two sons, Bert Grandin, of Cleveland, O., and Lieut. Henry B. Grandin, Jr., of Washington, D.C.

The funeral will be held in Tidioute at 3 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. S. F. Marks, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will conduct the services and interment will be made in the Tidioute cemetery.

Source: The Warren Evening Mirror, Tuesday, December 4, 1917 edition, page 8, columns 1-3.


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Mrs. Barbara Grosch died Friday morning at 11 o'clock at her home on Dutch hill. The cause being heart trouble. She was aged 68 years and has been in bad health for some years past but has been confined to her bed only two weeks. Mrs. Grosch is survived by five children, Mrs. Wm. Erhard, of Warren, and Christian, George and William Grosch and Mrs. John Stanton, of Dutch hill. The funeral service will be held at the late residence Monday morning at 11 o'clock. The interment will take place in Oakland. The Rev. Markley will officiate.

Source: Saturday, April 23, 1898, edition of The Evening Democrat, page 4, under "Obituary."


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1868 - 1948

Peter A. Gustafson, aged 85, for many years a resident of the Triumph community near Tidioute, died at his home there Sunday afternoon.

Born in Smoland, Sweden, April 27, 1868, he came to America at the age of 28 and had lived on the farm where he died for 53 years. He was married to Selma Peterson in 1888 and to them was born one son, Oscar Gustafson of Wellsville, N.Y. She died in 1890 and the following year he married Lena Engdahl, who died in 1929. To them were born twelve children, the following surviving: Harry and Theodore Gustafson, Mrs. Lily Bloom and Mrs. Ida Linder, of Titusville; Mrs. Mabel Rhodes and Miss Mary Gustafson of Warren; John and Frank Gustafson, at home. There are 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, a brother, Swan Gustafson of Jamestown, N. Y., and a sister, Mrs. J. W. Johnson of Gresham.

The body will be taken from the Sage funeral home in Tidioute to the family residence this evening where friends may call. Services will be conducted from the Swedish Lutheran church at Triumph at 2:30 p. m. Wednesday. Rev. George R. Kroon of Emanuel Lutheran church, Titusville, will officiate and interment will be in the church cemetery.

Source: The Monday, August 16, 1948, edition of the Warren Times-Mirror, page 10, columns 1-2.

[Warren County coordinator's note: On the 1910 U.S. Federal census, Peter, 46, and his entire family were living on Swede Road, Triumph township. According to this record, he arrived in the U. S. in 1886.]

Details of the funeral appeared in the following Monday edition of the Warren Times-Mirror (August 23, page 7, columns 3-4):


Titusville Herald: Funeral services for Peter A. Gustafson were held from the Swedish union [sic] church at Triumph at 2:30 Wednesday afteroon. Rev. George R. Kroon, pastor of the Lutheran church of Titusville, conducted the service.

Relatives attending were Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gustafson and sons, Carl and Donald, and daughters, Mrs. Arthur Peterson, of Wellsville, N. Y.; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Gustafson of Devon, Pa., and son, William, of Cleveland, O.; Harry Gustafson and sons, August and Amil, and their wives; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bloom, Charles, Edna, Ellen; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Linder, Caroline and Norma; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Gustafson and son, Theodore, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf Gustafson, Mr. and Mrs. James Waddingham, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnson and sons, William, Arthur and Elmer, and daughters, Mrs. Harry Fenstermaker and Mrs. Walter Foley of Titusville; Mr. and Mrs. N. Rhodes and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. John Gustafson, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gustafson of Tidioute; Fred Gustafson of Oil City; Frank and John, at home; Mrs. Marie Carson of West Hickory; Mrs. Josephine Hunter of Blairsville; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henning of Oil City; Mrs. Florence Herrick, Mrs. Myra Motzer and daughter, Helen, Titusville; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Nelson, Russell; Mrs. Kenneth Pitt, Spring Creek; Miss Helen Swanson, Floyd Joslyn, Titusville; besides a large number of friends and neighbors.

The following sons served as bearers: Oscar, Gust, Frank, Harry, John and Theodore Gustafson. Interment was in the church cemetery.


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