Short News Items from 1913

Alvin Holmes, of Mt. Zion, who suffered a stroke of paralysis a week ago, is still in a serious condition. (Wilkes-Barre Evening News, February 25, 1913)

Among the special numbers on the amateur program at the Globe theatre last night, was the “One-Man Band, and this feature certainly outstripped anything in the class secured by the Globe management for several weeks. Harry Walling, an enterprising and jovial citizen of South Salem, took the part of the solitary band and his efforts were highly appreciated by the enthusiastic audience. Mr. Walling crowded music out of about every conceivable interest known and his execution was perfect. (Eugene Daily Capital Journal, March 14, 1913)

Mr. and Mrs. Lorin Walling and baby are visiting their parents here, having had the misfortune to have their house and all its contents burned at Gates Wednesday morning. The missionary societies are helping them by sewing. (Polk County Observer, April 25, 1913)

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Short News Items from 1912

Charley Armstrong has made his trip to California and has stuck his stake there and will move out ere long. He bought a lot and bungalow next door to John Smith’s, and is very much please with his purchase. Before buying he went up the state to San Francisco and to other places, but he found it too foggy up that way to suit him, and so concluded to settle in Santa Monica. He found a man who was just in the humor for selling and he got a bargain, being worth at least $3500 he got it for $2700. He says Mr. and Mrs. Smith are enjoying life in an ideal manner. They live eight blocks from the sea, and the fishing is good and Mr. Smith makes the most of it. Deer and other game may be had in the mountains five miles from there. Mr. Armstrong expects to take his sisters with him, and for a short time they will all live in the bungalow. We wish them every happiness, but are sorry they leave Kossuth county. (Algona Courier, February 9, 1912)

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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. 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.

Birth Announcements from the 1890s

We failed last week in “catching on” to the advent of a little visitor—a baby girl—at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sid Rorick. Baby’s weight, seven pounds, avoirdupois. Mother and child doing well. (Anamosa Eureka, October 21, 1886)

To Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Holmes, Montgomery Street West Pittston, May 23rd, 1887, a boy. (Pittston Evening Gazette, May 24, 1887)

BORN—In this city, January 2, 1894, to Mr. and Mrs. Enos Walling, a daughter. (Idaho Statesman, January 3, 1894)

Mr. and Mrs. Z.C. Andruss of Irvington are grandparents since election day. The little boy came too late to vote this year. (Algona Upper Des Moines, November 17, 1897)

Lansing Republican: Mr. and Mrs. L.N. Baker have received a telegram announcing the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rorick, of Morenci. Mrs. Rorick was formerly Miss Georgia Mace, of this city. (Adrian Daily Telegram, February 13, 1899)

Short News Items from 1892

Mrs. Alvin Holmes and son and Mrs. James Casterline are visiting the family of Rev. Frank Doty of Avoca. (Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, February 18, 1892)

Newton Frakes and E.V. McGrew, of Portland, have been visiting their old Perrydale home. (Salem Statesman Journal, August 12, 1892)

E.V. McGrew, of Victoria, has been on a visit to relatives at Perrydale. (Oregon Statesman, December 2, 1892)

Wat. Rorick went to Canandaigua, Mich. last Tuesday morning, to be gone about two months. He ordered the News to follow him so as to be posted on home happenings. (The Caldwell News, December 22, 1892)

Short News Items from 1889

Mrs. Sutton, mother of Judge Sutton and Mrs. J.W. Linderman, with her daughter, Mrs. D.W. Bennett, and children arrived on the Garden City last evening for a visit with their relatives and friends in the village. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, March 22, 1889)

Mrs. Alvin Holmes and son, and Mrs. Chandler Williams and daughter, Miss Ida, are spending a few weeks at Long Branch and other summer resorts. (Pittston Gazette, August 2, 1889)

Mrs. John Kirkwood and Mrs. Walling, mother of our townsman Grant Walling, spent Friday and Saturday with friends in Guy. (Pullman Herald, October 5, 1889)

Aged Resident Passes Away

Mrs. Eliza Casterline of West Pittston died yesterday after an illness that had confined her to her bed for about a year.  She resided with her daughter, Mrs. Elvin [sic] 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 she came to Pittston, where she had since resided.  In her younger years she was active and was 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, Orange.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Times, October 17, 1901.

Louisa Casterline Furman

Mrs. R.E. Furman, sister of Mrs. Alvin Holmes and Mrs. Chandler H. Williams, of West Pittston, died at her home at Wyalusing Thursday morning, after a lingering illness. She was forty-two years old.  Her remains were brought to Pittston Saturday, and were interred at Orange.

Source:  Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record, May 13, 1887.