Short News Items from 1896

Mattie Sutton, of Town Corners, is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Frank Thurston. (Pontiac Daily Gazette, January 9, 1896)

Frank Thurston and wife, of Southeast Orion, spent News Years at the parental home of Col. Sutton, Town Corners. (Pontiac Gazette, January 10, 1896)

Frank Groover, of North Oxford, spent a portion of last week at L.J. Sutton’s, Town Corners. Frank, being a cooper, has been making apple barrels in Ohio the past summer, but of late hails from Tennessee. (Pontiac Gazette, January 23, 1896)

Lon Skinner and wife and S. Gates of Lapeer, Marion Sutton of Chicago; Charlie Beardsley and wife, of Victor; Will Hart and wife, of Seymour Lake, were guests of C.L. Sutton and family, Town Corners, last week. (Pontiac Gazette, January 31, 1896)

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New Movie Theatre

The Sterling Movie House on Hazel street will open its doors this afternoon. This is one of the prettiest show houses in the city, just completed by Attorney W.S. Casterlin, who has built so many beautiful homes in the city. Mr. Casterlin names the show after his three-year-old son, Walter Sterling, Jr. Sterling avenue is also named after Walter Sterling, Jr. At 2 p.m. the moving pictures will start. The house is equipped with a large stage, the finest generator for light, large commodious seats, plenty of aisle room, high ceilings for ventilation, two large six power A machines for films. The best service possible. At 8 o’clock this evening the city commissioners, city treasurer and mayor will formally open the new theatre while a ladies’ band will be in attendance with music for the evening. Only the best educational pictures will be shown. Four apartments for dwellings are above the show room all heated with steam.

Mr. Stone, who has successfully managed the Parsons theatre, will have full charge here.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, January 1, 1914.

Wedding Will Take Place This Evening

Ceremony at Bride’s Home

Upon Return From Wedding Tour Home Will Be Occupied On Terrace Street

A very beautiful wedding will take place this evening at 6 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Smith at the family home at 563 West Main street, when Miss Mae Brandall Smith, their daughter, will be united in marriage to Attorney Walter Sterling Casterline, of Wilkes-Barre. The marriage ceremony will be officiated over by the Rev. L.O. Knipp, of the Christian church of this place.

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Sunday Fire Levels Home At Carverton

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

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.

Weddings and Anniversaries from the 1910s

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)

West Side News (Excerpt)

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.

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. 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.