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.


Mrs. Z.A. Casterlin

Mrs. Ziba A. Casterlin, of 6 Smith street, died yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock following an illness of complications. Mrs. Casterlin was born in Sebastopol and her maiden name was Frances M. Turnbull. For many years the family resided in Dallas, but moved to Sebastopol three months ago. She was a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church. Besides her husband she is survived by these children: Mrs. Charles Barnes and Mrs. David Coursen, of Stroudsburg; Mrs. Anthony Serafine, of Wyoming; Clarence, of Pittston; James of Binghamton; also two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Hutchings and Mrs. David John, of Sebastopol.

The body was removed to the home of her son, Clarence Casterlin, 20 Gravity Road, Sebastopol, from where the funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be in the Eaton cemetery.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, September 28, 1929.

Wins Divorce

Local Woman Gets Decree from Judge Fuller on Desertion Charge

Judge Fuller yeseerday [sic] granted a divorce to Mary E. Casterlin, Parrish street, this city, from Clayton R. Casterlin, present residence unknown.

The couple were married in this city on July 9, 1891, and lived together until November, 1904, when the husband deserted wife and family. Mrs. Casterlin declares in her testimony that she has neither seen nor heard of Casterlin since his disappearance and does not know if he is living or dead.

Source: Wilkes Barre-Record, July 21, 1926.

Funeral Of Mrs. Casterlin

Mrs. Mary E. Casterlin, wife of the late Asa Casterlin, will be buried at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the home of her son, Frank, 120 Park place, Dorranceton. Services will be conducted there by Rev. G.B. Stone, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Noxen and Rev. Mr. Hick[unclear] of the Methodist church of Dorranceton. Interment will be in Forty Fort cemetery.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Evening News, August 27, 1923.

The Late Walter S. Casterlin

The late Walter S. Casterlin, was born at Orange, Luzerne County and State of Pennsylvania, forty-eight years ago, the son of Asa and Mary Casterlin. He was reared on the farm, the old homestead at Orange, and after attending the country schools at home entered Mansfield State Normal school, where he was a leader and from which institution he graduated with honor, and was awarded a teacher’s certificate.

After coming home he was elected to a school in Nanticoke, where he taught with great success and where many of his pupils now hold very responsible positions in life. While he was teaching school he read law in the office of the late James L. Lenahan, and was admitted to the Luzerne County Bar, cum laude, and gradually acquired a large practice.

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W.S. Casterlin Dies Suddenly

Attorney Walter S. Casterlin, aged 48, local real estate man, died suddenly last night at his home, 37 Terrace street, following a few hours illness of heart trouble. Attorney Casterlin had been in poor health for some time.

Deceased was born at Orange. He was a graduate of Mansfield State Normal School and for several years taught school at Nanticoke, being admitted to Luzerne County bar soon afterward. He was a member of the Masons. Surviving him, are his wife and two children, Sterling and Ace; also his mother, Mrs. Mary Casterlin of Orange, and a brother, Frank Casterlin, also of Orange.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Record, February 28, 1921.

Mary Rosencrans Casterlin

It is fitting that we tarry in life’s busy day to show an appreciation of life, age, character and trust in God. A little more than 80 years ago, Mrs. Mary Rosencrans Casterlin was born. She lived on the old homestead near Orange, Pennsylvania, the larger part of these many years. She and her husband, Joseph Casterlin, were privileged to spend many years together, however, January 31, 1913, the call to the other land came to the husband and he passed over. There was born to this family four children, Mrs. Susie C. Drake, of Dorranceton, Pa., a daughter, deceased; Harry Casterlin of Orange, Pa., and Mrs. Herman C. Downing, wife of Rev. Downing, who has been pastor of the Laceyville Baptist Church for a number of years, but is just now entering upon a new work, having just been engaged with the Vincent Baptist Church, Chester Springs Pennsylvania.

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Joseph Casterlin

Joseph Casterlin, of Orange, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Susie C. Drake, 98 Poplar street, Dorranceton, yesterday after a long illness of heart trouble. He was aged 76 years, 6 months and 8 days and was born in Sussex county, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary E. Casterlin, of Dorranceton, and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Susie C. Drake, of Dorranceton; Mrs. H.C. Downing, of Laceyville; and Harry Casterlin, of Dallas. The funeral will be held on Monday morning at 8 o’clock and after brief services the remains will be removed to the old homestead at Orange, where, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. E.A. Benson, pastor of the Baptist church, will officiate.

Source: Pittston Gazette, February 1, 1913.

Death Notices from the 1910s

The funeral of Joseph Casterlin was held at his late home at Orange on Monday, Feb. 3. Interment at Eaton Cemetery. (Wilkes-Barre Record, February 12, 1913)

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Rorick and Miss Grace Hoover drove to Fayette yesterday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mr. Perley Cawley, they were accompanied by Mrs. F.E. Kenyon. (Fulton County Tribune, June 25, 1915)

JOHNSON—At the family residence, 511 East Ash., November 30, Stella Walling Johnson, wife of Walter Johnson, mother of Eva and Elva Johnson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse D. Walling. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 4, at 2 P.M., from the conservatory chapel of F.S. Dunning, Inc., 414 East Alder. Friends invited. (Portland Oregonian, December 3, 1919)

Funeral of Mrs. W.S. Casterlin

The esteem in which she was held was yesterday afternoon attested when friends in large numbers assembled to do honor to the memory of Mrs. W.S. Casterlin. The service, as unostentatious as the life just closed, was conducted at the home on North Main street by Rev. L.O. Knipp of the Christian Church, Plymouth, and his tribute to the character of the deceased found echo in the hearts of the many who knew and loved her. Flowers in great profusion surrounded the casket and nearly filled the parlor and were cared for by Misses Jennie Vaughn, Alena Roiley, Daisie Dailey and Mabel Anderson, while the casket was carried by Stanley W., Torrance A. and James R. McHenry, brothers, and Dr. V.A. McHenry, Frank and Harry Casterlin, relatives. Interment was made in Forty Fort cemetery.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, August 17, 1907.