Dorothy F. Hutchinson

Miss Dorothy F. Hutchinson, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Oct. 7 in the Olean General Hospital at Olean, N.Y., after a long illness. She had made her home with her brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. George L. Hutchinson, since May.

She was the daughter of the late Wilbur W. and Emma Losey Hutchinson, of Lawrenceville. The family is well known in Tioga county and is numbered among the early settlers of New England in the 1630’s.

Miss Hutchinson was graduated from the Mansfield State Normal School, class of 1912, obtained her B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, class of 1925, and her M.S. from the same institution, class of 1934. She also spent several summers at various universities and colleges.

She taught in the Pennsylvania schools for 39 years. For the last 2 years, she was a 4th grade supervisor of student teachers in Mansfield State Teachers College. Probably the outstanding feature of her teaching career was the fact that she was an authority on Indian lore. One of the units she prepared on this subject was made part of the Pennsylvania Public School Elementary Curriculum. Teachers from Tioga county are familiar with her demonstrations on Indians conducted at the college.

Miss Hutchinson needs no eulogizing as to the absolute integrity of her character or ability as an instructor and supervisor, since her name is known throughout the length and breadth of Tioga county in both respects.

Throughout her teaching career she took an active part in many clubs and organizations. She was a member of the Outlook Club and for many years a member of the P.E.O. in Mansfield and was Wellsboro DAR Chapter [sic]. From time to time she served as an officer in these organizations.

For many years she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, as was her family.

She is survived by one brother, George L. Hutchinson of Olean; a nephew, Richard G. Hutchinson, instructor in the Oakfield Central School in Oakfield, N.Y.; a grand-niece, Deborah Ann Hutchinson of Oakfield; a cousin, Carl F. Van Norman of Mansfield; and a cousin, Bernard W. Hutchinson, of Millport, N.Y.

Services were held in Mansfield last Saturday, in charge of Rev. Herbert Harrison, past of the First Methodist Church in Olean, assisted by the pastors of the First Presbyterian Churches of Mansfield and Lawrenceville. Interment in the family plot in Lawrenceville.

Source: Wellsboro Gazette, October 15, 1953.

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Emma Losey Hutchinson

Lawrenceville, Nov. 8 — Mrs. Emma Losey Hutchinson, wife of Wilbur W. Hutchinson, died after a long illness, early last Saturday morning. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Locey [sic] and was born at Parma near Rochester, N.Y. 64 years ago. Her parents moved to Lawrenceville in 1876. She was a faithful worker in the Presbyterian church, having served 13 consecutive years as treasurer of the Ladies’ Aid Society. A member of the Former and Home Missionary Society; a member of the Pegaway Club and valued member of the choir. She was devoted to her family, was a loving wife, mother and sister, and had a large circle of loving relatives and friends, who will miss her. Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Allen G. Price, of Penn Yan, N.Y., and Miss Dorothy F. Hutchinson, a supervisor in Mansfield Normal Training School, and one son, George L. Hutchinson, of Burke, N.Y., one sister, Mrs. H.J. Van Arman, of Mansfield, and one brother, Frank H. Locey [sic], of Erie; an older sister, Mrs. Ida Brant, died ten years ago. The funeral will be held Tuesday at the home at 2 o’clock.

Source: Wellsboro Agitator, November 10, 1926.

Small Town News—Hutchinson

Miss Dorothy Hutchinson has sold her residence to a Mr. Button in Corning and will move into the Lewis Darling apartment in Wellsboro. (Wellsboro Agitator, July 25, 1951)

Lawrenceville News: The congregation of the Presbyterian church was very much pleased last Sunday evening with the several selections of music rendered by Mr. and Mrs. George Hutchinson, Mrs. Ida Price and Miss Dorothy Hutchinson. They also assisted in the choir. (Wellsboro Agitator, September 17, 1924)

Lawrenceville, Feb. 1 — George L. Hutchinson, of North Lawrence, N.Y., is a guest of his father and sister, Wilbur W. Hutchinson and Dorothy F. Hutchinson. He was called here by the death of his sister, Mrs. Allen G. Price, of Penn Yan, N.Y. (Wellsboro Gazette, February 2, 1933)

George L. Hutchinson of Allegany, N.Y., an employee of the New York State Pure Food Department, was in town the past week. (Wellsboro Gazette, October 20, 1938)
W.W. Hutchinson visited his sister, Mrs. Isaac Losey, in Elmira Tuesday. Mrs. Losey was ill from falling down cellar and sustaining severe bruises. (Wellsboro Agitator, January 31, 1912)

Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Hutchinson were week-end guests of their daughter, Dorothy, in Philadelphia a week ago. (Wellsboro Agitator, August 10, 1921)

W.W. Hutchinson and Miss Dorothy Hutchinson are in Burke, N.Y. visiting George Hutchinson, who with his family will return with his father. (Wellsboro Agitator, August 24, 1927)

Michael Rorick

Michael Rorick was of Dutch descent. He was born April 10, 1749, in Bergen County, and came to Franklin Furnace about 1765, in the employ of the men who built and ran the earliest forge there. He was then but seventeen years old, and drove an ox team for carting around the forge. By careful saving he gathered a little property, and some years later secured a tract of wild land, embracing several hundred acres, on the west bank of the Walkill, above the forge. He lived at first in a log house, but afterwards built the frame dwelling which stood a hundred years, and was burned after the construction of the N.Y. Susquehanna & Western Railroad, which ran beside it. The house was at that time occupied by his grandson, Samuel Losey, who inherits that portion of the homestead farm.

Michael Rorick, in 1774, married Lucretia Hardin, who was born in Massachusetts, February 21st, 1752. The region around their home was a vast forest, with the exception of the little clearing where there had been a small Indian settlement, and within which their house was erected. An old Indian trail crossed the Kill at what is still called “The Ford”, where the water is shallow and runs with nearly a uniform depth over a pebbly bottom. It then passed along up by the stream on the edge of the meadow and upland, very near where the road was formerly located. The trails were very narrow footpaths, where the Indians walked in single file, one behind another; for it is said they never went two abreast, and so disturbed as little as possible the foliage along their footpaths. Traces of Indian occupation may still be seen in the fruit trees, some of which, planted by them, are yet, after all these years, standing and bearing in their season blossoms and fruit. The apples are of peculiar variety, the plums of the common red sort, while the cherries are of three kinds – red, yellow and black.

It was with difficulty Rorick could preserve his sheep from the attack of wolves which abounded in the country. To save his flock, he constructed caves in the side of the hill into which they were driven at night. One morning, at break of day, the cries of the wolves were heard just opposite the house, and one of the men ran out and fired at them. They fled to the Kill and passed over it in two or three jumps, making the water fly and shaking themselves from the wet as soon as they were over, when they started for the mountain on the east side. A hunt was organized by several men, who saw nothing that day of the wolves, but killed a bear and several wild cats in Bear Swamp, then an almost impenetrable jungle on the mountain near Losey Pond. The passage way for beasts from the Wild Cat Mountain to the Munson Mountain seems to run very near the house, and frequently the cry of the panther, as well as the howl of the wolf, was heard at night.

The Indians were occasional visitors for years after the settlement. A rock on the Wild Cat Mountain, whose top overhangs its base, was occasionally the halting place at night for their warriors and hunters. One day a warrior, decorated with red paint and naked to the waist, presented himself at the door with a demand for food. He said he would tell them where there was a lead mine if they would feed him. When his hunger was appeased, he said the mine was under a clump of trees in the bend of the river. No search has ever yet been made to verify the saying of the Indian.

Michael and his wife were very exemplary in their lives and firm in their religious belief. Their four sons and six daughters, who survived childhood, were trained in the knowledge of the Scriptures and to follow their godly example. The parents were among the ten corporate members who formed the Franklin Baptist Church at its organization December 11, 1823.

When Michael died, October 28, 1832, at the age of eighty-four years, and Lucretia, September 12, 1834, aged eighty-two, they were buried in the grave yard of the Franklin Church. In March 1832, Michael put all his property into the hands of two trustees, who were to furnish him and his wife a good, comfortable and ample support, and divided the remainder of his estate among his heirs apparent, while he and his wife survived, and after their death, make equal division of all his estate among his children.

Source: Haines, A.A. 1888. Hardyston Memorial: A History of the Township and the North Presbyterian Church, Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey. Newton, NJ: New Jersey Herald Print.