Engagement Announced

The home of Mrs. Floyd Brown was the scene of a delightful gathering Sunday afternoon, August 30th when Mrs. Brown entertained a few of her daughter’s intimate friends at a Tea.

At the time Mrs. Brown announced the engagement of her daughter, Virginia F. Brown, to Frederick C. Drake, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Drake, of 463 W. Gray St., Elmira, N.Y.

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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.

Downing—Casterlin.

A YOUNG MINISTER WEDS AN ORANGE YOUNG LADY.

The home of Joseph Casterlin at Orange, Pa., was the scene on Wednesday, Dec. 10, of the wedding of the youngest daughter, Lizzie, and Herman C. Downing of Lehman. At 12 noon the bridal party took its place in the parlor and Rev. H.M. Pease of Centremoreland, the bride’s pastor, spoke the word which made the happy couple one. After congratulations the company had a dinner long to be remembered. After a season of pleasant social enjoyment the bridal couple started for Lehman for a short visit at Mr. Downing’s home.  On the following day they started for their new home at St. Mary’s, W.Va., where Mr. Downing is pastor-elect of the First Baptist Church. Both Mr. and Mrs. Downing are well known and much respected in that section.  He is a graduate of Keystone Academy and of Crozer Theological Seminary and took part in the college course at Bucknell University. He served as pastor of the Baptist churches at Centremoreland and Lehman for quite a length of time and made many friends.  He goes to his new field of labor with many well wishes from Centremoreland.  His wife is well adapted to be a helper to him in his chosen life work.  She has a well trained mind and a pure, consecrated life, and is an accomplished musician.  She will be missed in the church and Sunday school and W.C.T.U. work at her old home.

On account of the recent death of I.O. Drake of Dorranceton, brother-in-law of the bride, the guests were only the near relatives and neighbors.  The following is a partial list of those in attendance: Joseph Casterlin, Mary E. Casterlin, Susie C. Drake, Lizzie Drake, Etna L. Downing, J.M. Casterlin, Julia A. Casterlin, Asa Casterlin, Mary Casterlin, Sadie D. Rosenkrans, J.D. Frantz, Edith Frantz, Walter Frantz, E.B. Longwell, Mrs. Malvina Longwell, Fred Longwell, Rev. H.M. Pease, Mrs. H.M. Pease and George Floyd and Russell Pease.  Many beautiful presents will accompany the young people to their West Virginia home, tokens of love and esteem in which they are held here.  May peace, plenty and power abide in the Baptist parsonage at St. Mary’s.

Source:  Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record, December 16, 1902.

Young Minister Weds

Lizzie, youngest daughter of Joseph Casterlin, of Orange, was united in marriage Wednesday evening to Rev. Herman C. Downing.  The ceremony was performed at the bride’s home by Rev. H.M. Pease of Centermoreland.  The following day they started for their new home at St. Mary’s, W. Va., where Mr. Downing is pastor-elect of the First Baptist church. The following is a partial list of those in attendance: Joseph Casterlin, Mary E. Casterlin, Susie C. Drake, Lizzie Drake, Etna L. Downings, J.M. Casterlin, Julia A. Casterlin, Asa Casterlin, Mary Casterlin, Sadie D. Rosenkrans, J.D. Frantz, Edith Frantz, Walter Frantz, E.B. Longwell, H.M. Pease, Mrs. H.M. Pease and George Floyd and Russell Pease.  Many beautiful presents will accompany the young people to their West Viriginia home, tokens of love and esteem in which they are held here. May peace, plenty and power abide in the Baptist parsonage at St. Mary’s.

Source:  Wilkes-Barre Times, December 13, 1902.

Short News Items from 1896

Dr. J.R. Armstrong of Irvington, this county, was adjudged insane by the commissioners yesterday and sent to the asylum today. He is one of the old residents of the county. (Des Moines Register, May 3, 1896)

Dr. J.R. Armstrong, of Irvington, this county, was adjudged insane by the commissioners and sent to asylum today. He is one of the old residents of the county. (Des Moines Register, May 3, 1896)

Dr. J.R. Armstrong, one of the pioneers of Kossuth county, has been pronounced insane as the result of protracted sickness. (Waterloo Courier, May 5, 1896)

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A Happy Wedding at Orange

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, was the date of a very pleasant gathering at the residence of Joseph Casterline, it being the marriage of their daughter, Susie, to Mr. Irving O. Drake, of Eaton. By 3:30 the invited guests were all present. At 4 o’clock we were summoned to the parlor. The Rev. Mr. Hughes entered, followed by the bride and groom. After a brief ceremony the happy couple were warmly congratulated by all present, after which we were invited to the dining room to partake of an elegant and elaborate dinner.

The presents received by the bride and groom were numerous and costly, among which were a bedroom suite and extension table, from the father and mother of the bride; Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Dake [sic], Luzerne Borough, large lamp; Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Williams and Mr. and Mrs. A. Holmes, set silver knives and forks; Mrs. Eliza Casterline, set silver table spoons, pair towels; Mrs. Susan Rosenkrans, counterpane and glassware; Mr. and Mrs. Asa Casterline, silver tea spoons; Minnie Casterline, chamber set; Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Rosenkrans, Wilkes-Barre, lemonade set; Harry Casterlin, clothes wringer; Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Longwell, set flat irons; Lizzy Casterlin, dozen napkins; Nrs. [sic] John Lougwell [sic], counterpane; Mr. and Mrs. John Casterlin, Scranton, table linen; Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Jacobs, dozen napkins; Master Ray Rosenkrans, mustard dish; Mr. and Mrs. John Alling, pair pillows; Johnny and Freddie Longwell, splasher; Mr. and Mrs. Jason Ross, butter knife, sugar spoon and quilt.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Evening News, November 23, 1887.

To Forty Fort Cemetery

The funeral of the late Irving O. Drake took place from his home in Dorranceton on Saturday afternoon, with services by Rev. Mr. Murphy, pastor of the Dorranceton Baptist Church.  A quartet composed of the members of the Dorranceton Baptist Church choir rendered several selections.  Kingston Lodge, No. 709, I.O.O.F., of which the deceased was a member, attended in a body.  There was a number of handsome floral tributes.  The pall bearers were Christian Bach, Franklin Franck, A. Shortz and Bruce Kline, all members of the lodge.  The remains were conveyed to Fort Fort Cemetery.

Source:  Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record, September 23, 1902.

Death of I.O. Drake

Wednesday morning at 3 o’clock occurred the death of Irving O. Drake at his home on Centre avenue, Dorranceton, after a long illness of a complication of diseases.  The deceased was born in Eaton township, February 4, 1857, and had been a resident of Dorranceton for the past thirteen years.  For a number of years he was a faithful member of the Eatonville Baptist Church, but on organization of the Dorranceton Baptist Church joined the latter and was always very active in church and Sunday school work.  He was also a member of Kingston Lodge, No. 709, I.O.O.F., and Royal Arcanum, No. 396.  The deceased was highly esteemed by his fellow citizens and a very large number of friends throughout the valley.  A few years ago he served a term as school director and last spring was again elected to the office of director, in which office he served in an efficient manner.  He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Lizzie.

The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from his late resident, with interment at Forty Fort.

Source:  Wilkes-Barre Times, September 18, 1902.

Mrs. Drake Buried

The funeral of Mrs. Susan C. Drake, widow of Irving O. Drake, was conducted this morning at 9 o’clock from the family home, 98 Poplar street, Kingston.  Interment was in Forty Fort Cemetery.  Rev. James Y. Bryden, pastor of Dorranceton Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. Franklin P. Doty, an M.E. pastor, of Scranton, conducted the service.  The former read “Nearer My God to Thee,” and “Crossing the Bar.”

The pall bearers, all relatives of the deceased, were:  Harry Casterline, John Downing, Ray Rosencrance, Frank Casterline, S. Oscar Boughner and Ziba Casterline.

Source:  Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Evening News, June 8, 1925.