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Livingston County Daily Press 9 May 1934

Source:  Livingston County Daily Press, May 9, 1934.

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Mrs. Armstrong, 94 Years Old, Passes At Cousin’s Home

Pulteney, Feb. 12—Mrs. Williamette J. Armstrong, of Pulteney, widow of David J. Armstrong, died Thursday at the home of a cousin, Mrs. Susan Hotchkin Saunders, at Prattsburg. Mrs. Armstrong was in her 94th year. Death followed a short illness of pneumonia. She was the daughter of John Adams Prentiss and Thankful Hotchkin Prentiss and was born in Pulteney, September 1, 1840. June 21, 1866, Miss Prentiss became the bride of David J. Armstrong, who died May 4, 1888. Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Presbyterian church and an active worker. She also took an active interest in public affairs and cast her ballot in the last Presidential election. She leaves a son, John R. Armstrong, of Rochester. She is also survived by Mrs. William Millener, of Wiliamsport, Pa.; Mrs. Frank Shafer, of Brockport, and R. Prentiss Davis, of Brockport. Services were held from her home in Pulteney Saturday afternoon. Rev. Elmer Stuart, D.D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Corning, officiated. Interment was made in Glen View cemetery, Pulteney.

Source: The Steuben Courier, February 16, 1934.

E.S.B. Sutton, Dean Of Soo Lawyers, Is Dead; Rites Tuesday

SAULT STE. MARIE, Feb. 12 (AP).—Funeral services for E.S.B. Sutton, 79, for 55 years an attorney here, who died Saturday, eight days after his wife died of burns, will be held Tuesday afternoon at the St. James Episcopal church. Burial will be in the Sault.

Mr. Sutton was a Scottish rite 32nd degree Mason and one of the organizers of the Knights of Pythias lodge here in 1883. Born in Orion, Oakland county, Michigan, in March, 1854, he came to the Sault to open his first law office in 1879. He served several terms as judge of probate and held the office of prosecuting attorney.

Mr. Sutton died of heart disease. Although ill for several months his condition became steadily more serious after the death of his wife. Her night clothes caught fire from a bathroom heater. Mr. Sutton leaped from his bed to extinguish the flames and fell to the floor from a heart attack.

Source: Saint Joseph Herald-Press, February 12, 1934.

Descendant Of Colonial Family Dies

Mrs. Armstrong at 93 Was Last Prentiss Of Generation

Mrs. Willamette J. Armstrong of Pulteney, widow of David J. Armstrong, died yesterday at the home of a cousin, Mrs. Susan Hotchkin Saunders at Prattsburg. Mrs. Armstrong was in her 94th year. Death followed an illness of only a few days of pneumonia.

Mrs. Armstrong came of a long line of Colonial American ancestry. Born at Pulteney Sept. 1, 1840, she was the fourth child and third daughter of John Adams Prentiss and Thankful Hotchkin Prentiss, and at the time of her death, she was the last surviving member of the Prentiss family of her generation. The family was founded in American by Peter “the Trooper” Prentis, one of the founders of Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 163[unclear], and the man who laid out the town which is now known as Worcester, Mass.

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Soo Lawyer Near Death After Wife Fatally Burned

SAULT STE. MARIE, Feb. 5—E.S.B. Sutton, Sault attorney, continued seriously ill with heart disease today while plans were made for his wife’s funeral services this afternoon. Mrs. Sutton, 72, died Saturday of burns when her night clothes caught fire from a heater in the bathroom.

Mr. Sutton, who has practiced law in the Sault since 1879, has been critically ill for the last two months. Friday morning his wife rushed into his room, her night clothes in flames. He leaped from his bed and started to smother the flames with a blanket and then fell to the floor with a heart attack. He recovered later to extinguish the flames and call a physician.

Today close friends said Mr. Sutton, while seriously ill, was withstanding the shock well.

Mrs. Sutton will be buried in the Sault. She was a lifelong resident of this city, born here December 30, 1861. She was one of the last descendants of Peter B. Barbeau, her grandfather, who came here as a representative of a fur trading company in 1826.

Source: Benton Harbor News-Palladium, February 5, 1934.

Short News Items from 1933

Mr. and Mrs. Z.E. Armstrong, of Des Moines, spent the week-end with Mr. Armstrong’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Armstrong. (Kossuth County Advance, January 19, 1933)

Art Banfield of Coldwater spent Saturday night with his brother, Samuel Banfield. (Marshall Evening Chronicle, March 28, 1933)

Mr. and Mrs. Z.E. Armstrong and Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Pepper, of Des Moines and Mrs. Niel Nielson, Spencer, visited Sunday at J.A. Armstrong’s, and Mrs. Nielson wen to Des Moines with the Armstrongs. (Kossuth County Advance, April 27, 1933)

Mrs. Mae Banfield, Marian and Arthur Banfield of Coldwater were Tuesday night guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Francisco, and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Saylor of and children, southwest of Marshall, were Tuesday evening callers. (Marshall Evening Chronicle, June 1, 1933)

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Old Timer Is Recent Guest At Irvington

Irvington, Oct. 17.—Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brown, Los Angeles, who, en route to Minneapolis, recently visited the H.E. Rists at Algona, also drove through this vicinity.  Clarence is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Brown, who lived here many years ago.  The Browns lived in a house which then stood, with many other buildings, east of the tracks in a field farmed by Richard Leigh. Zelora, now a resident of Minneapolis, also ran a store here.  Mrs. Zelora Brown is a sister of the late Dr. J.R. Armstrong, who is so well remembered and often recalled by the older residents here.  Doctor Armstrong, besides being the sole physician here at that time, also taught school and was superintendent of the Sunday school.  The late J.B. Robison was one of his pupils. Doctor Armstrong built and lived in the house now occupied by the Richard Leighs.  Later they moved to the property now owned by the U.B. Frankl’s, where the doctor died.  Mr. Brown said things did not look familiar; so many buildings have either been moved, torn down, or remodeled.

Source:  Kossuth County Advance, October 19, 1933.

Local Couple Wed at Easton

Easton, Pa., Aug. 21—Walter S. Casterlin, 23, of 37 Terrace street, Wilkes-Barre and Miss Marjorie Ashelman, 23, of 160 Charles street, Wilkes-Barre, were granted a marriage license here yesterday and were married at the Northampton County Court House by Alderman Frances Caflin.  Casterlin said he was a student.  He is the son of May Smith Casterlin of Wilkes-Barre.  The bride gave her occupation as a dental nurse and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ashleman of Wilkes-Barre, her father being an insurance agent. The couple were unattended and left for a trip after the ceremony.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, August 22 1933.

Gross Neglect Divorce Charge

Charging gross neglect of duty for five years, Georgia Holbein, Route 1, this city, asked for a divorce from Albert Holbein, Route 4, Columbus. The couple was married March 12th, 1902 in Zanesville and has five children, only one of whom is under age.

Mrs. Holbein alleges that her husband refused to buy her clothing for five years.  She asks for divorce and custody of the minor child.  She is represented by Attorney J.M. Richardson.

Source:  New Philadelphia Daily Times, June 8, 1933.

Rev. Franklin P. Doty

The death of Rev. Franklin P. Doty, 81, retired Methodist Episcopal minister, who was a former pastor of Avoca and Parson Churches, occurred yesterday morning at his home, 622 Quincy Avenue, Scranton, yesterday morning.

Rev. Doty was born at Wantage, Sussex County, N.J., in 1852. He taught school and then entered the Methodist ministry in 1877 and became a full member of Wyoming Conference two years later. In 1879 he was married to Miss Amelia Harding of Barton, N.Y., who died in 1924.

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