Casterline Family Returns to Find Dwelling Destroyed—Two Others Damaged by Sparks.
Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the home of Sterling Casterline and family on the Carverton Road, Trucksville, yesterday.
The blaze was discovered by Harold Jenkins, residing just across the road, shortly after the Casterline family had left home at noon for a visit in Wilkes-Barre.
Jenkins summoned the Truckville fire department, which was joined by that of Shavertown and Luzerne together with a pumper of the Mathers Construction Company but the combined efforts of the different departments failed to save the structure. A stiff breeze was blowing at the time and it was with difficulty that the firemen prevented the flames from spreading to nearby dwellings.
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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.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Casterline celebrated their golden wedding anniversary recently and in recognition of this event a few relatives gathered at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Irving Drake. (Wilkes-Barre Record, February 24, 1911)
Charles A. Howard, the obliging cashier in the Southern Pacific depot at Silverton, is now a benedict, and was in the city yesterday looking over the Christmas presents. Miss Vera Walling is the bride. Miss Walling resides at Brooks, but will be at home to her friends in Silverton hereafter. Had it not been for the timely warning of a clerk in a local establishment, Mr. Howard would have boarded his train without his suitcase, in which, he declared, were many pretty things for wifey. (Salem Capital Journal, December 19, 1912)
Mrs. Charles E. Gallup announces the marriage of her daughter, Genevieve Shafer, to Harper Gallup, of Detroit, which took place Saturday evening at the Methodist church, of this city, Rev. A.W. Stalker officiating. (Detroit Free Press, September 9, 1917)
The will of the late Asa Casterline, of Franklin township, was admitted to probate yesterday. He bequeaths his entire property to his wife, Mary, who is also named as executrix. Should she remarry, the estate is to be equally divided among his heirs. The wife is to keep in repair the family lot in the Eaton cemetery, and to erect a tombstone over his grave at a cost not exceeding $200. The personal property is valued at $1200 and the real estate at $10,000.
Source: Pittston Gazette, August 9, 1906.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TO KLONDIKE—A rumor comes over from Oxford Mills that a party of six will soon start from there for the gold fields of Alaska. The party will consist of V.O. Hammond, well known here; D.D. Rorick, an attorney at Oxford Junction; David and John Rorick, who come from near St. Louis, and Dr. Strevell and son. They are making preparations now to start. (Anamosa Eureka, January 13, 1898)
LuVerne News: John Dilts, son-in-law of Z.C. Andruss, has sold his home in Randolph and he and his family are coming up to spend a year at least ‘neath the parental roof. (Algona Upper Des Moines, February 16, 1898)
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A social dance was given at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Rorick, in Rockland last night. A number of young folks from The Dalles attended. (The Dalles Times-Mountaineer, February 27, 1897)
Mrs. Casterline is visiting her son, Asa Casterline. Mrs. Casterline is 86 years old and quite smart. (Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record, April 16, 1897)
E.S.B. Sutton, of the Soo, was on the Alpena bound to Detroit on business Thursday, looking as if life agreed with him. Mr. Sutton is very well known in Cheboygan and used frequently to visit his brother J.P. Sutton in the old days. (Cheboygan Democrat, June 26, 1897)