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1871 - 1952

Mrs. Daisy M. Hanchett, Sheffield, died of a heart ailment this morning at the Keystone Nursing Home. She was the widow of John H. Hanchett, to whom she was married in 1901.

She was born in Conewango township, near Starbrick, May 11, 1871, the daughter of James M. Mead and Aurelia Dunham Mead. Her grandfather Richard Dunham was one of the pioneer settlers of Sheffield.

Mrs. Hanchett started a long teaching career at the age of 16 with a three-months' summer session at a little brick schoolhouse on the north side of the highway near Starbrick. She was a student at Warren High School and later a graduate of the Clarion Normal School in the class of 1896. She started teaching in Sheffield in 1908 and her career as a teacher lasted for over 47 years. She was proud of the fact that she had assisted in educating pupils of 22 different nationalities. She specialized as a teacher of the primary grade, a field in which her work was highly regarded, and enrollments varied from as low as 37 pupils to as high as 78.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, First Methodist church of Sheffield, Sheffield Woman's Club and the Garden Club.

Surviving are a son, Donald J. Hanchett, of Gibsonia, and a granddaughter, Marjorie Jean.

Removal has been made to the Lutz-VerMilyea Funeral Home, where friends will be received at the regular calling hours, starting at 7:00 p.m. Friday. Services in her memory will be held at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, conducted by Rev. Grant Mottern and followed by interment in Oakland cemetery.

Source: Thursday, July 24, 1952 edition of the Warren Times-Mirror, page 12, column 1.




1863 - 1900


Geo. N. Hawkey Meets Instant Death in a Peculiar Manner.

Yesterdaay [sic] afternoon shortly after 5 o'clock George N. Hawkey, one of the best known and most highly respected residents of Tiona met instant death in a most peculiar manner.

Mr. Hawkey was an employee of the South Penn Oil Company and it was just after he had finished his labors for the day that he stopped at a well where a force of men were engaged in pulling sucker rods. He had stood for some few moments on the derrick floor watching operations when suddenly and without an instant's warning the crown pulley block broke and the heavy crown pulley came crashing down through the derrick. Hawkey unfortunately stood directly beneath the falling wheel and was struck on the top of the head, the blow crushing his skull, causing instant death.

Mr. Hawkey was 38 years of age and besides his wife is survived by two children, Carl, aged 5 years and Sadie, aged three years.

He was a member of the North Star Lodge. F. and A. M., of this city and the funeral, which will be under the auspices of the order will be held at the family home in Tiona on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Neigh, of Clarendon, will officiate and the interment will be in Oakland.

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

[Warren County coordinator note: The 1900 census, taken in June, reveals the couple had been married 5 years, and that his wife's name was Minnie A., age 32, born June, 1867. Son Carl was born in April, 1895, and Sadie, September, 1897. Born sometime in September 1863, George would have been 37, not 38 years of age.]




Harold R. HAWKEY
1892 - 1946

Prominent Tidioute Oil Operator Dies

Services in memory of Harold R. Hawkey, well known Tidioute citizen and oil operator of that section, who died at his home Friday evening at 8:45 o'clock, were held from the Tidioute Methodist church this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. W. E. Sipe. The large number of sorrowing friends and relatives in attendance attested to the esteem in which he was held in the community where he resided most of his life.

Officers of Temple Lodge of Masons had charge of the ritual at the committal in Tidioute cemetery. Honorary bearers were C. E. Gesin, G. B. Chase, A. V. Clinger, R. N. Summerton, G. I. Norton, William Gilbert and F.E. Kapp. Active bearers were Karl Grettenberger, Russell Peterson, George Atkins, Joseph Pequignot, Frank Donaldson and Russell Johnson.

Mr. Hawkey was born in Barnes July 21, 1892, and moved with his parents when a boy to Tidioute where he attended the public schools. He was graduated from the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania. July 28, 1913, he was married to Abegail [sic] Cumings, of Tidioute, who survives with a son and daughter, Harold R. Hawkey, Jr., Columbus, O., and Miss Rebecca Hawkey, at home. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Hawkey, of Tidioute, and the following brothers and sisters also survive: Dr. V. T. Hawkey, Meadville; Mrs. Alice Wilbur, Oil City; Mrs. Marion Hetrick, Bellevue.

For many years Mr. Hawkey had been associated with his father, T. C. Hawkey, in extensive oil operations. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Association; the Tidioute Methodist church; Temple Lodge of Masons, Warren Commandery, Coludersport Consistory and Zem Zem Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He served in World War I with the rank of Lieutenant in the Air Corps.

Source: Monday, December 23, 1946 edition of the Warren Times Mirror, page 3, column 4.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Alice Lucille Hawkey married James Louis Wilbur. They had two daughters, Joyce and Jean, according to a wee note in a society column in the Warren Morning Mirror in May 1939. James Wilbur, born 1876, died in 1926 and is buried in Pleasantville's Fairview cemetery. Alice, who died in 1988, was also buried in Fairview cemetery.]




Rebecca J. HAWKEY
1843 - 1916

Rebecca J. Hawkey passed away Saturday evening after a long illness, at her home on East street. She was born at Honesdale, Pa., Oct. 1, 1843. Rebecca J. Roe was her maiden name. April 1, 1862, she was united in marriage to William Hawkey, of the same place, and came to Warren county in 1870, where has since resided. Mr. Hawkey's death occurred twenty-five years ago. Their son, George, was accidently killed at Tiona sixteen years ago. She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Likin, who resided with her, one son, T. C. Hawkey, of Tidioute, Pa., and one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Hawkey, widow of her son, George, of New Castle, Pa., six grand-children, two sisters and three brothers. She was a faithful member of the First M. E. Church. The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock Thesday afternoon from the home, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Norris A. White. Interment war [sic] made in Oakland.--[Mirror.

Source: June 30, 1916 edition of the Tidioute newspaper, The News.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Rebecca was 10 years younger than her husband. On the 1900 census for Mead Township, she discloses that 3 of 6 children survive.]




1844 - 1908

Jacob Hesch died at 10 o'clock this morning at his home, 1213 Penn. Ave. E. of cancer, after an illness of about two years. Deceased is survived by his widow, 12 children and 30 grandchildren. The children are: Mrs. Frank Felton, Titusville; Mrs. Samuel Kerr, Titusville; Mrs. A. Zetiel, Buffalo, N. Y.; William Hesch, Pittsburg; Mrs. A. Berst, George, Herbert T., Helen H., Genevieve C., Clarence J., Harold F., all of Warren and Frank C. Hesch, of Welland, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Hesch came to Warren sixteen years ago and superintended the construction of the Riverside Acid Works, of which he has since been the general manager, taking an active part in the conduct of the plant until recently when his rapidly failing health obliged him to remain at home. He was married on May 14, 1867 to Mary M. Weiler, of Formosa, Ontario, Canada. He was a member of St. Joseph's R. C. church, the Knights of Columbus and the C. M. B. A., taking an active part and being interested greatly in the work of the three organizations. He was especially interested in the plans which has been talked of for several years, of the erection of a Catholic church on the East Side, and the consummation of this project was especially dear to him and to it he has given much time.

The funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Joseph's church. A solemn requiem mass will be sung, at which the rector of the parish, the Rev. Fr. J. W. Sieverding, Father Miller, Father Nau, of Titusville and Father Lauchmeyer, of Erie, will officiate. The interment will take place in St. Joseph's cemetery.

Source: The Warren Evening Mirror, Tuesday, February 25, 1908, page 8, column 3.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Wife Mary died in 1930 and is also buried in St. Joseph's cemetery.]




Mrs. D. A. HILLS.
1878 - 1900

Mrs. Eva [sic, should be ELVA] Hills, wife of D. A. Hills, died at her home at Tiona last evening at 7:15 o'clock of typhoid fever, after an illness of eleven weeks.

Mrs. Hills was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Kirkpatrick and was born and brought up in Tiona, where during her twenty-one years of life, she has by those many excellent qualities of mind and heart endeared herself to all. She was a conscientious member of the Methodist church and was also a member of the L. O. T. M. In the local order she was one of the most active members taking great interest in the work. Besides her husband and two children, a son and daughter, aged three and four years respectively, she leaves her father and mother, four brothers and two sisters to mourn her loss.

The funeral will be held from the home of her parents Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock. The Rev. Neigh, of North Clarendon, officiating. The interment will be in Oakland.

Source: The Friday, August 24, 1900, edition of The Evening Democrat, page 4, column 5.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Warren County Marriage Book 3, page 94, has recorded the marriage of D. A. Hills to Elva Kirkpatrick.

Enumerated June 1, the 1900 U. S. Federal census for Mead township: Elva Hills, 21, born November 1878, is living beside her parents and with her husband David A. Hills, 33, a carpenter; children Marien B. Hills, 5, (born April 1895) and Loyd D. Hills, 2, (born July 1897); plus mother-in-law Belona Hills, a widow, 68.]




1843 - 1927

YOUNGSVILLE, Aug. 23.--Carl Henry Hokanson, who died at his home in Pittsfield Sunday evening, was born in Sweden on March 20th, 1843. He was married at Sugar Grove to Miss Christiana Carlonia Nelson on Dec. 26th, 1874. They settled in Pittsfield where they have made their home ever sine [sic]. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Myrtle H. Cratty, Mrs. Oscar Hammer, and Miss Minnie Hokanson, and one son, J. H. Hokanson.

The funeral will be held at the home on Wednesday at 2:00. It will be conducted by Rev. Carl Jacobson, of Warren. The interment will be in the Riverside cemetery at Pittsfield.

Source: Tuesday, August 23, 1927 edition of The Warren Tribune, page 3, column 5.

[Warren County coordinator's note: see his gravestone in the Riverside Cemetery, Pittsfield.]




1869 - 1928


Body Is Found In Woods Near Home By Searching Party Early Sunday


Announcement of funeral services for Samuel L. Hopkins, 60, who killed himself with a .25 caliber rifle in the woods near his Limestone township home Saturday, had not been made Monday.

Hopkin's body was found by a party of searchers early Sunday morning. Hopkins left home Saturday, saying he intended to shoot woodchucks. His absence alarmed members of the family and a search was instituted.

Examination of the body by Dr. F. W. Corson of Tidioute showed two bullet wounds, one on the breast and one in the head. Apparently, Hopkins had fired one shot into his breast, and then reloaded and placed the muzzle against his right temple. The head wound caused Hopkin's death, it is believed.

Ray Spencer found the body several hundred yards from the Hopkins home, near the Queen school house, at 6 o'clock Sunday morning.

Hopkins' is survived by his widow, five sons, Clyde Hopkins, Titusville; Raymond, Sheridan, Willingston and Oakley Hopkins, and five daughters, Mrs. Marie Bush, Rachel Hopkins, Mrs. Amanda Brown, New York, and Mrs. Alta Plunkett, Kansas; three brothers, Herbert and Roy Hopkins, both of Tidioute, and Frank Hopkins of Olean; and three sisters, Mrs. Lydia Van Guilder, Selkirk, N. Y., ad [sic] Mrs. Eva Van Guilder, Tidioute. [Missing is the name of the 3rd sister.]

Hopkins was born near Detroit, Michigan, November 2, 1869. He is said to have intimated, a few days before his death that he would not be living long.

Source: The Warren Tribune, page 5, column 1; dated Monday, August 6, 1928.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Samuel L. Hopkins was buried in Harrison Cemetery in neighboring Crawford County.]




1830 - 1911

FARMINGTON, July 10--Mrs. Betsy Ann Houghwot, widow of the late Alexander Houghwot, and a well known resident of Farmington, died at her home here Sunday morning July 2, 1911, aged 81 years, 5 months and 24 days.

Betsy Ann Gregory Houghwot was born January 7, 1830, at Norwich, Shenango County, N. Y. In her tenth year her father bought and moved onto a farm here. She was the sixth one of a family of six boys and five girls, of whom all have gone to that better land except one brother, Charles Henry Gregory, of Erie, but who is at present laid up with a broken arm at his nephew's, B. G. Gregory, at Warren.

On September 27, 1849, Betsy Ann married Alexander Houghwot and moved onto the farm, where they lived a happy and prosperous life.

To this union were born one daughter, Harriet, and two sons, Rufus and Edgar. On Aug. 23, 1901, Rufus prededed his parents to that better land. There are also four grandchildren and three great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss.

Mrs.Houghwot was a kind and loving wife and mother. Nothing was too good for her family, although she has been a patient sufferer for years, and when she took to her bed the first of June a good many said she would never get up again. Her suffering was intense and when at 9 p.m. on June 28th she had a paralytic stroke it came as a blessing and she was unconscious until Sunday morning, July 2nd, when she passed away. All that loving ones could do for her was done.

The funeral was held at her late home Monday, July 3rd, at two o'clock. The sermon was preached by S. J. Sarver, the M. E. minister, of Russell. His text was from the twenty-third psalm which he had selected while she was ill, also the two selections, "Asleep in Jesus," and "Nearer My God to Thee" were sang [sic] by Mrs. John Mahan and Mrs. David Mahan, of Lander and were very sweetly rendered. Interment was made in Marshtown cemetery beside her husband.

The following were pall bearers--Eugene and Roy Marsh, grandsons; Dan and Frank Gregory, John and Dan Houghwot, nephews. The many and beautiful floral offerings testified to the esteem in which she was held. There were relatives in attendance from Russell, Jamestown, Frewsburg, Akeley, Warren, and Lander.

Source: Source: Tuesday, July 11, 1911 edition of the Warren Evening Mirror, page 2, columns 4-5.

[Warren County coordinator's note: See the tombstone of Alexander Houghwot.]




1852 - 1936

Death Claims Frank Howard – Ex-Councilman
Well Known Citizen Passed Away at Home on North Center Street Last Evening
Lived in This Vicinity Entire Life

Frank O. Howard, former city councilman and a well known resident of Corry, died at his home, 211 North Center street, Thursday evening at 11 o'clock. Mr. Howard had been in ill health for the past three years, but his condition was only serious for about four weeks, during which he sank rapidly, his passing late last night not being unexpected. Born at Columbus, son of the late William and Miranda Howard, the deceased was the last of his family. He had lived in Columbus and Corry his entire life, and was well and favorably known throughout this section. Mr. Howard served as postmaster at Columbus for several years during the administrations of Presidents Cleveland and Harrison. The family moved to Corry in 1898 and for twenty-eight years, Mr. Howard faithfully served as a salesman for Wilcox and Crissey, wholesale grocers. His sales visits took him to many nearby towns and cities, where he had many friends and acquaintances. Mr. Howard retired about four years ago. A former member of City Council, the decedent had long been active in civic circles of the community. He was also prominent in the Masonic fraternity being a member of the Columbus Blue Lodge, which his father assisted to organize, and of the Columbus Royal Arch Chapter and Clarence Commandery, Knights Templar, of this city. Mr. Howard was also an active member of the United Commercial Travelers for a number of years. He is survived by his wife and several nephews and nieces. Funeral services in his memory of the highly respected citizen will be held from the late home on North Center street, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be made in West Lawn cemetery at Columbus, where the Masonic fraternity will have charge of the committal services.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Frank's wife was Sally E. Raymond, see obituary below.]




1857 - 1940

Funeral Services For Mrs. Sallie Howard

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late home at 214 North Center street in memory of Mrs. Sallie E. Howard well known resident of the city who passed away after a long illness. Rev. William J. Kuhn, rector of the Emmanuel Episcopal church, officiated at the services. Burial was made in the family lot in West Lawn cemetery at Columbus and bearers were Frank Babbitt, Frank Wilcox, Frank Heath, James H. Wright, Foster E. David and A. O. Sandburg. Among the relatives and friends from out of town attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Flanders, Mrs. Maude Potter and Harry Flanders of Titusville; Mr. and Mrs. John Babbitt and daughter Jane of Columbiana, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. James Stranahan of Tiona, Pa., and Mrs. Emma Dutton, Mrs. Delia Amrstrong and Mrs. Alma Walker of Columbus.




MRS. R. P. HUNTER (Emline C.)

--Mrs. R. P. Hunter died at her home in Enterprise, this county, early yesterday morning, at the age of 70 years. Among the eight children who survive her is J. H. Hunter, of Warren.

Source: Thursday, August 8, 1895 edition of The Evening Democrat, page 4, under Brevities.





Last evening Mr. O. H. Hunter, of the firm of O. H. Hunter & Son, of this city died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. Bowie, at Corry, at 5:30 o'clock of congestion of the brain.

Mr. Hunter is survived by two sons and two daughters, Messrs. H. P. Hunter of this city Charles Hunter of Erie, Mrs. Laban Hazeltine, of Jamestown and Mrs. E. Bowie of Corry.

The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been completed but it is understood that the body will be brought to Warren for interment in Oakland.

Source: Wednesday, March 8, 1899 edition of The Evening Democrat, page 4 under Necrological.


In the March 9th edition of the same paper, page 4, column 6, is a more complete obituary:

Mr. O. H. Hunter

Mr. O. H. Hunter, the announcement of whose death at the home of his daughter in Corry late Tuesday afternoon was in yesterday's DEMOCRAT, was for many years one of the foremost citizens of Warren as well as is [sic] leading dry goods merchant.

Mr. Hunter began his business life in Warren in 1845 when the place was a small village of less than 700 inhabitants. From that time he followed the fortunes of his adopted home doing all that lay in his power for its welfare until about ten years ago when he disposed of his interests to his son, H. H. Hunter and W. Jarvis and removed to Wilmington, Delaware. He, however, after a few years there returned to Warren and established, with his son, the present large establishment of O. H. Hunter & Son.

Mr. Hunter, while a shrewd careful business man was esteemed by all and especially by those in his employ or closely associated with him.

Of his life the history of Warren County has the following to say:

"The subject of the present sketch was born March 28,1823, and was reared on a farm in Steuben county, New York, until he was eighteen years of age, when he went to Bath, in that county, to act as clerk in a dry goods store. He remained there until he came to Warren. He was of Irish descent. His great grandfather, Archibald Hunter, emigrated in 1727 to New York.

'O. H. Hunter married, Jan. 6, 1848, Betsey J. King, sister of Judge King. By her he had four children. One daughter is dead. Those surviving are Chas. Hunter, of Erie; H. P. Hunter, of Warren and Mrs. E. Bowie, of Corry. His wife dying in 1862, he again married, his second wife being Lucy B., daughter of O. Mathews, of Panama, N. Y. She died in Warren about eight years ago."

The funeral will be held at the home of H. P. Hunter on Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The Rev. J. W. Smith will officiate. Interment in Oakland.


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