Death At Orange

Asa Casterline, a Former West Pittston Resident, Passed Away Yesterday Afternoon.

Asa Casterline, one of the most respected and esteemed residents of Orange, passed away at his home yesterday afternoon about 1 o’clock after a long illness of dropsy and complications. Mr. Casterline was formerly a resident of this town, where he followed his occupation as a wagon maker, but for the past 30 years had been engaged in farming at Orange. He had been ailing for the past two years, but had been seriously ill only a few days. The deceased was about 60 years of age and was a member of Gohonta lodge, I.O.O.F., of this place, and a very close friend of the late Thomas Lance. Surviving him are his wife, Mary, and two sons—Walter, a prominent Wilkesbarre [sic] attorney, and Franklin, who resides with this parents; also two brothers, John, of Scranton, and Joseph, of Orange, and one sister, Mrs. Alvin Holmes, of Montgomery street. The funeral services will be conducted at the family home at Orange at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Interment will be made in Eaton cemetery.

Source: Pittston Gazette, July 31, 1906.


Mrs. H.F. Drumm

Ora Drumm, daughter of Mrs. Bertha Fink of near Mt. Sterling and wife of Harvey Drumm, son of A.P. Drumm, carrier on route 5, died Thursday evening at 7 o’clock at her home in Hopewell township. Mrs. Drumm, besides a husband, leaves a family of four children. She had been a silent sufferer for a year past. Deceased was a member from childhood of Mount Olive U.B. Church and was a consistent and lovable christian [sic] lady. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made but will be announced in Saturday’s Times Recorder.

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, August 29, 1902.

Fearing Insanity, Lawyer Commits Suicide In Hotel

Joseph H. Sutton Goes to Manhattan and Shoots Himself Dead.


Clergyman’s Son Wrote That He Had Been “Going Crazy for Some Time.”

Joseph H. Sutton, unmarried, thirty-two years old, employed as managing clerk for the law firm of Hollis, Wagner & Burghardt, at No. 120 Broadway, committed suicide in a room at the Manhattan hotel during last night by shooting himself in the head. He was found dead by Mr. Edwin R. Patch, the manager of the hotel, and a porter to-day.

Several persons called to see Mr. Sutton to-day, and it was on account of their anxiety about the man that Mr. Patch and the porter broke into the room he had been assigned to and found the body. Mr. Sutton went to the hotel yesterday afternoon and registered. He had patronized the hotel before and was known slightly to the clerks in the office.

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Funeral Yesterday.

Remains of the Late Mrs. Chandler Williams Laid in Grave.

The funeral of the late Mrs. Chandler Williams, whose death occurred last week, was held yesterday afternoon, services being held at the late home by Rev. Dr. Severson, of the M.E. church. A quartette composed of Miss Carrie Hughes, Mrs. James Monie, Messrs. Oscar Houck and R. G. Bennett rendered several selections in a very pleasing manner. Interment was made in West Pittston cemetery, the pall bearers being Joseph Klotz, James Sutton, Frank Carey, T.B. Lance, C.H. Foster and George Sax.

Source: Pittston Gazette, March 4, 1902.

Mrs. Chandler Williams

Another of the older residents of West Pittston passed away this morning about 5 o’clock, when death clamed Mrs. Chandler Williams, of Exeter street. Mrs. Williams had been quite seriously ill for several weeks and her death was not totally unexpected. Stomach trouble was the direct cause of death. The deceased was, previous to her marriage, a daughter of James Casterline, who came to this part of the country from Frankfort, N.J., many years ago, being one of the earliest settlers. She was aged 70 years and 6 months, most of which time had been passed in this locality, she having resided at Orange. She had been a life-long member of the M.E. church. The funeral will take place Monday afternoon from the family home at 2 o’clock. Two children survive.

Source: Pittston Gazette, March 1, 1902.

Mrs. Eliza Casterline

The debt of nature was yesterday paid by Mrs. Eliza Casterline of West Pittston, after an illness that had confined her to her bed for about a year. She resided with her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Holmes. Mrs. Casterline had passed the allotted years of life, being 91 years of age, having been born in Sussex County, N.J., in 1810. from her birthplace she removed to Orange, in this county, and about twenty years ago came to Pittston, where she had since resided. In her younger years she was active and popular among her friends. She was the widow of the late James Casterline and is survived by five children—John of Scranton, Joseph and Asa of Orange and Mrs. Alvin Holmes and Mrs. C.H. Williams of West Pittston. The funeral will occur on Friday from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery street. The funeral will be private. Interment will be in Eaton cemetery.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record, October 18, 1901.

Mrs. Eliza Casterlin

Another old resident passed away this morning, when death claimed Mrs. Eliza Casterlin, of West Pittston, at the ripe old age of 91 years. She had been confined to her bed ever since last Thanksgiving, and her death was not totally unexpected. While her mind has been enfeebled for some time past, she yesterday rallied and informed her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Holmes, that she would not remain with them much longer and that she wanted all of her children called to her bedside. Deceased was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, in 1810, and later moved to Orange, Pa., where she resided until about twenty years ago, when she came to West Pittston. She was the widow of the late James Casterlin, and is survived by five children, John, of Scranton; Joseph and Asa, of Orange, and two daughters, Mrs. Alvin Holmes and Mrs. C.H. Williams, of this place. The funeral will occur Friday morning from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alvin Holmes, at the corner of Montgomery and Fourth streets, and will be private. Interment will be made in the Eaton burying ground, near Orange.

Source: Pittston Gazette, October 16, 1901.

Death Notices from the 1890s

Newton Frakes, who died near Mitchell, Crook county, Oregon, on the 26th of last month, was born and raised in Polk county, where has many friends. He was about 40 years of age, and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. (Independence Enterprise, January 25, 1895)

J.B. Walling, who died in Boise, Idaho, was an old Oregon pioneer. He was 87 years old, the eldest of six sons, and came from Iowa to Oregon in 1847, settling in Yamhill county. He laid out the town of Amity, and lived in Oregon until 1865, when he moved to Boise, Idaho. Mr. Walling built the first irrigation ditch, and set out the first orchard. (Friday Harbor Islander, November 12, 1896)

Mrs. Martha Dilliston

The death of Mrs. Martha Dilliston at her home, No. 22 Sussex street, was announced in Monday’s Union. As therein stated death was caused by cancer. She was 40 years of age and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Lateer, formerly of the town of Greenville, but now residents of this village. Both are still living. She also leaves a daughter Gussie, wife of Mr. Charles A. Wood, Elizabeth, Frank and V.R. Dilliston, all of this town except Frank, who lives in Greenville.

Mrs. Dilliston is survived also by the following brothers and sisters: Edward Lateer, Middletown; Judson of White House, N.J.; Levi, Goshen; Mrs. Clara Hubbard, Newton, N.J.; and Mrs. Mary Ann Owens, residing also in New Jersey.

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A Gruesome Find

Newark, April 13.—Two little children playing along the Licking river Monday, at Smith’s dam, about two miles east of the city, made a gruesome find. It was the badly decayed remains of a man, and the matter was reported to the coroner about 10 o’clock. Deputy Coroner S.C. Bell, with a party, at once went to the place and removed the corpse, which was identified by a missing finger and trinkets as Charles B. Vandenbark, a demented man, who strayed from his home, No. 303 East Main street, on the evening of January 1, last.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal, April 13, 1898.