Civil War Veteran Passes Away

William C. Van Sickle, a veteran of the Civil War, answered the final roll call on Saturday morning at his home on Warren street, West Pittston, and the remains will be taken to Port Jervis this morning for interment.  Deceased was in his eighty-eighth year and had been in ill health the past three years.

William Coe VanSickle was a son of Solomon and Elizabeth VanSickle. He was born June 28, 1821, at Hamburg, N.Y. [sic]  Living during his early life there, in his young manhood he located as a carpenter in Mount Salem, N.J. Here, on May 17, 1851, he took as a helpmeet, Miss [sic] Emily Decker, and for 58 years—until her death on Feb. 8, 1909—they were companions.

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Aged Resident Passed To Reward

Death This Morning Removed William C. VanSickle, of Warren Street, in His Eighty-Eighth Year

William C. VanSickle answered the final summons, at his home on Warren street, this morning at 9:30 o’clock.  During the past three years his powers had been diminished and several times he had been in a serious condition but remarkable vitality sustained him.  Until two weeks ago, however, he was able to go about and take an interest in affairs.  Yesterday he suffered considerable and this morning succumbed to general debility.  Throughout the extended siege of ill health he displayed Christian fortitude and steadfast trust.

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W.C. Van Sickle

William C. Van Sickle, a former resident of Port Jervis, died at the home of his son and daughter, Charles W. Van Sickle, and Mrs. E. Freedman of Pittston, Pa., at nine o’clock this morning of old age and general debility, aged 88 years.  The remains will be brought to this city, Monday.  A further obituary will be published later.

Source: Port Jervis Evening Gazette, June 12, 1909.

Mrs. Emily Van Sickle

Mrs. Emily Van Sickle died at her home in West Pittston, Pa., on Monday morning, February 8th, at 3:30 o’clock, of hemorrhage, after a short illness. She has been ill but a few days, and had got up during the night when she was suddenly taken with a hemorrhage and died as above stated.

The deceased was 84 years and 9 months of age, and was born in Mount Salem, Sussex county, N.J. She was the daughter of Thomas and Lydia Northrup, and was the last surviving child of the family.

She was married three times, her first husband being John Fisher, her second, Terry Decker, and her third, who survives here is William C. Van Sickle.

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Mrs. Emily VanSickle

West Pittston lost one of its oldest and most respected residents this morning in the death of Mrs. Emily Northup [sic] VanSickle, wife of W.C. Van Sickle, who passed away at the family home, on Warren street, at 3:30 o’clock, of general debility.

Mrs. VanSickle was born near Mount Salem, N.J., on May 8th, 1824, making her 85 years of age. She was a daughter of Thomas and Lydia Northup [sic], old settlers in the state of New Jersey, and is the last surviving member of the family.

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An Old Odd Fellow.

West Pittston claims the distinction of being the home of a veteran Odd Fellow in the person of William C. Van Sickle, who since the 12th of May 1841, has been a member of that order. In that year being a resident of Branchdale, N.J., he traveled fourteen miles to join Mazeppa Lodge No. 83, I.O.O.F., at that place and later transferred his membership to the Utsiantha Lodge, at Port Jervis, N.Y., in which lodge he is still a member in good standing. Mr. Van Sickle makes his home with his son, C.W. Van Sickle on Warren street, and is enjoying fairly good health, having reached the advanced age of 85 years. Only three times during the period of his long membership has Mr. Van Sickle drawn sick benefits, being a member of the order for fifty-one years before a cent was drawn. This is a record probably unsurpassed.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Record, January 15, 1906.

Hymeneal Notes

—Miss Charlotte A. VanSickle, daughter of Jeweler Emmett VanSickle, of Port Jervis, and Mr. Chester Whitaker, of Quarry Hill, were united in marriage at the home of the groom’s brother, Mr. Robert Whitaker, near Quarry Hill, Thursday evening, by the Rev. Frank Dill, of Black Brook, Sullivan County.  The bride is a graduate of the Port Jervis High School, 1899, and of the Teachers’ Training class.  She has taught at Sloatsburgh and Godeffroy.  He is organist of the M.E. Church at Quarry Hill. 

Source: Orange County Press, July 29, 1902. 

Business and Professional News from the 1890s

Editor Rorick of the Bad Axe Democrat has commenced a $5000 libel suit against the Detroit Tribune. The trouble arises over a news item which appeared in the Tribune in regard to a registered letter which ex Postmaster Rorick failed to turn over to his successor when the office changed hands, but withheld until a postoffice inspector traced it to him last month. (The Huron Times, June 6, 1890)

A large number of copies of the new Huron county directory were delivered in this vicinity last week by E.R. Cookingham and Wm. Rorick. This volume comprises a large amount of valuable information for residents of this county, and its compilation is valuable for its accuracy and reliability. Aside from the maps and other charts displayed it contains a short history of the county. (The Huron Times, October 17, 1890)

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Business and Professional News from the 1880s

J.D. Sutton, formerly of Cheboygan, now a life insurance agent of Detroit, will soon remove to Indianapolis, Ind., having been appointed state agent for a well known insurance company. (Cheboygan Democrat, February 17, 1881)

Emma T. Loosley has been appointed Postmistress at Klamath Agency Oregon. (Oregon Sentinel, December 23, 1882)

NEW STORE.—Frank Rorick, of Lowden, Iowa, has rented the south room of Tyrrell’s block, and about the 25th of this month will take possession with a large stock of groceries. (Wright County Monitor, March 14, 1883)

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Deaths and Funerals from the 1920s

Mrs. Jemima Linderman a former resident of this city is dead at her home in Chicago. (Cheboygan Democrat, September 17, 1920)

Dr. E.H. Rorick, 70, formerly well known in Republican state politics, died at his home in Fayette, Fulton county.  (Fulton County Tribune, February 9, 1922)

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McNeil and Mr. and Mrs. Grant Brodt were at Ann Arbor Friday where they attend the funeral of the former’s brother-in-law, M.B. Larned. (Oxford Leader, August 22, 1924.

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