Mrs. John Coulter

Mrs. Carrie Coulter, wife of John Coulter, of Sparrowbush, died this (Wednesday) morning at three o’clock of puerperal fever, aged 30 years, 2 months and 16 days.

Mrs. Coulter was the daughter of William C. Van Sickle, of Sparrowbush, at whose home she died, and had been married about four years.  She leaves only one child, an infant, one week old. She also leaves two brothers, Charles, of Sparrowbush, and Emmet, the jeweler, of Port Jervis.  Mrs. Coulter was highly respected by her many acquaintances, and her sudden death will be deeply regretted. The funeral announcement will be made to-morrow.

Source:  Port Jervis Evening Gazette, January 29, 1890.


Chester Whitaker

Rio – Funeral services for Chester F. Whitaker, former Town of Forestburgh supervisor who died at his home here yesterday, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at his home. Mr. Whitaker, a builder and contractor, was born in Rio January sixth, 1881, the son of Simon P. and Helen Eastgate Whitaker.

On July twenty-fourth, 1902, he was married to Charlotte Van Sickle. He was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Kenneth, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Louise Karr of Rio and Mrs. Charlotte Morrill of Stony Point; a sister, Mrs. Anna W. Slaughter of Middletown; three grandchildren; and six nieces.

Masonic services will be held at the home at eight o’clock tonight. Burial will be in Rio Cemetery.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, July 29, 1949.

Jennie Van Sickle & Earl Kellam

Port Jervis, Nov. 21 — Miss Jennie Van Sickle, daughter of Emmet Van Sickle, and Earl W. Kellam, both of Port Jervis, were married at the home of the bride, 43 Sussex street, that city, Wednesday evening. Among the out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kaselitz and son Emil, of Middletown, and Miss Flora Ronk of Goshen.

Source: Middletown Times-Press, November 21, 1919.

Evelyn Mitchell & Edgar Van Sickle

Friends of Miss Evelyn Mitchell, of Canisteo, N.Y., formerly of Coshocton, have received announcements of her marriage, Saturday, April 22 to Edgar Van Sickle. Miss Mitchell was engaged as teacher in the Coshocton public schools about five years, where she made many friends and acquaintances, who will be interested in her marriage.

Source: Coshocton Tribune, April 27, 1922.

Educational News

Sharon Carroll, daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Carroll, has enrolled at the Goldey-Beacom School of Business for the summer session. (Denton Journal, June 21, 1923)

Those who received certificates of promotion from the seventh grade of Hillsboro school are Roberta Rowe, Dorothy Knotts, Hazel Passwaters, Mildred Worth, Pearl Eveland, Herbert Rice, John Eveland, and Lee Seymour. (Denton Journal, June 25, 1921)

Mr. and Mrs. John Eveland, Mrs. J.E. Eveland, and Miss Pearl Eveland attended commencement exercises at Western Maryland College last Monday. Thos. Eveland, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Eveland, was a graduate. (Denton Journal, June 13, 1936)

Stephen Ray Hanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion R. Hanson of Junction City, has enrolled at Huntington College, Huntington, Ind. Huntington College is founded and supported by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. (Zanesville Times Recorder, September 22, 1966)

Fairmont Seminary last night sent out its annual quota of cultured womanhood. Sixteen misses representing nine states and the District of Columbia, who have been making preparation for their future careers received their diplomas, certifying they are competent to assume “added rights and new responsibilities” in the parlance of Representative Victor Murdock, of Kansas, who delivered the address of the evening. The graduates are Mary Katharine Brown, of Ohio; Miss Lillian Beatty, of Ohio; Miss Dorothy Marie Borland, of Pennsylvania; Miss Ethel Louise Foster, of this city; Miss Virginia Guitar, of Texas; Miss Hazel Herr, of Pennsylvania; Miss Mabel Elizabeth Halloway, of Kansas; Miss Sarah Frances Hancock, of Texas; Miss Eliza Watts Killian, of South Carolina; Miss Katharine Lauck, of Pennsylvania; Miss Mildred Mann, of Missouri; Miss Ada Rorick McConnell, of Michigan; Miss Grace Marie McClelland, of Pennsylvania; Miss Mabel Clair Payne, of Arkansas; Miss Harriette Richardson, of Texas; and Miss Mattie Lee Yokley, of Tennessee. (Washington Post, May 28, 1910)

Miss Alice Van Sickle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Van Sickle has been selected as valedictorian of the graduating class of Port Jervis High School, it was announced today by Charles D. Marsh, principal. Maintaining the tradition of a number of years, Miss Van Sickle was chosen by virtue of her holding honor position in the class with the highest average for for years. (Middletown Times Herald, June 22, 1934)

Salem, May 13 — To-day were held the closing exercises of the Oregon school for the blind in the presence of a few invited guests and friends of the pupils. The programmes were very interesting, and consisted of exercises which those who have the full five senses might be proud to be able to render as well. These were not graduating exercises, and the entire class will return next year. The names of the pupils are: Ernest Voos, Portland; Bertie Waller, Salem; Fred V. Cooper, Portland; Misses Lou Lewis, Corvallis; Mollie Read, Mitchell, Wasco county; Blanche Savage, near Salem; Sadie Bristow, near Monmouth; Mary Baker, Silverton; Jess Watkins, Albany; Hattie Carruthers, Albany; Amy Walling, Polk county. The school is under the supervision of D.B. Gray; matron, Mrs. Gray; assistant teacher, Miss N.J. McFallen; music teacher, Miss Helen Holman. (Portland Oregonian, May 14, 1887)

Sarah Bross Van Sickle

Port Jervis, Oct. 1 — Mrs. Sarah Almeda Bross Van Sickle died at her home, 31 Orange Street, at 11 o’clock on Sunday morning after long years of suffering of neuritis. She was aged nearly sixty-five years. Mrs. Van Sickle was born at High Point, Wantage township, N.J., on November 13, 1853, and was a daughter of the late Noah and Esther Wickham Bross. On December 21, 1870 she was united in marriage to John E. Van Sickle, of Libertyville, N.J. Her married life had been passed in Port Jervis with the exception of nine years they resided in Sussex.

Source:  Middletown Daily Times-Press, October 1, 1918.

Noah Bross

Mr. Noah Bross, an aged and much respected citizen, and a veteran of the late war, died very suddenly about 2:00 Sunday morning at his residence, No. 43 Kingston avenue, of heart disease. About two years ago he had an attack of the grip which left him with a heart affection, from which he suffered at times. Mr. Bross was apparently well last Sat. and worked all day, retiring as usual. About 2:00 on Sunday morning, his wife was awakened by a slight noise and found her husband unconscious. She went to the window and alarmed the neighbors, but on their arrival, Mr. Bross was dead. His age was 73 years. Mr. Bross was born Sept. 12th, 1821 near Colesville in the town of Wantage, Sussex county, NJ on the farm of his father. He was the son of Abraham Bross (brother of Moses Bross, father of Gov. Bross of Illinois) and Sarah Everitt. In 1846 he was united in marriage to Miss Esther Wickham, daughter of John Wickham of Wantage, NJ. He followed the occupation of farmer and, at the breaking out of the late war, enlisted in Co. H, 27th Regiment, NJ Volunteers, which was commanded by Captain Samuel Dennis. In 1872, Mr. Bross and family removed to Port Jervis, NY where he secured employment in the Erie car shops until 1875. At the time of his death, his occupation was shoemaker, his shop being on Kingston ave. Mr. Bross was a man of integrity and industrious habits, kind hearted, and beloved as a neighbor and friend. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of this place, having united with it about 15 years ago. He was also a member of the Deerpark Council No. 56 R. T. of T. The deceased is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, namely: Jansen Bross, Wickham Bross and Mrs. Almeda Van Sickle, all of Port Jervis. His son Webster died in 1887 and another son, Edward, met with a fatal accident in Florida two or three years ago. Mr. Bross was one of a family of six brothers and one sister, only two of whom survive – Benjamin Bross, of Colesville and Levison Bross, who resides near Colesville.

Source: The Wantage Recorder, Friday, September 28, 1894.


Death Strikes Attendant in Church Aisle

Wedding Continues at Port Jervis

Port Jervis — Miss [unclear] Cooper, twenty-[unclear] years old, wife of Stanley Cooper of eleven [unclear] avenue, walked solemnly down the middle aisle of St. Peter’s Lutheran here yesterday afternoon, a bridal attendant in the wedding of her friend A. Marian Van Sickle to Wallace Edgar Moore. The organist was playing the wedding march. Halfway down the aisle Mrs. Cooper collapsed in the arms of a bridesmaid, Miss Wilma Davidson.

Two men removed Mrs. Cooper to the basement of the church. She apparently had fainted. Dr. Hugh M. Brewster, city health officer, summoned from City Hall across the street pronounced her death [unclear] of a heart attack. Upstairs the wedding went on, with all concerned unaware of the fatal outcome

Then for an hour and a half, her father, husband, other relatives and more than a hundred persons stood outside the church, waiting anxiously, powerless to help, while a Rockland Power & Light pulmotor squad work feverishly but fruitlessly to bring life back into the body of Mrs. Cooper. The excitement of the wedding had apparently been too much for her. She had suffered heart attacks in the past but during the last few weeks had felt as her husband said later “best in a long time”. Mrs. Cooper’s body was removed to the Gray funeral home.

Meanwhile, Miss Van Sickle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Van Sickle of four East Main street, had been united in marriage to Wallace Edgar Moore, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Moore of 233 East Main street. The Rev. H.C. Meyer, past of St. Paul’s, performed the ceremony.

Gowned in white marquisette and lace over white satin, a long white tulle veil, a long train with pear tiara and carrying an arm bouquet of white sweet peas and white snap dragons, the bride was given in marriage by her father.

The maid of honor, Miss Alice Van Sickle, work a pink brocaded marquisette floor-length gown and blue and pink sweat peas. The best man was Frederick Van Sickle, a brother of the bride.

Ushers were Harold and Raymond Doss, Clarence King and Clarence Edwards, all of Port Jervis. Miss Marietta Mori was organist and Mrs. Harrison Waits sang Because and I Love You Truly during the ceremony. The archway [unclear] the altar was was covered with sweet peas and palms and the altar was covered with flowers.

After the wedding a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents with about seventy-five in attendance. Guests from out of town came from Long Island, Stony Point, Rutherford, New Jersey, Newton, New Jersey, Jeffersonville, Godeffroy, Long Eddy, Glen Rock, New Jersey, and Rio.

After a brief wedding trip the couple will reside in their newly-furnished home in Arlington, New Jersey where the bridegroom is employed by the Western Electric Company.

Funeral Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Cooper will be held Wednesday morning at ten o’clock at the residence and at 10:30 in St. Mary’s Church. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Cooper was born in Matamoras November nineteenth, 1917, a daughter of Charles J. and Adeline [unclear] Theodore. Her mother died in 1927. She married July nineteenth, 1936 to Stanley D. Cooper of Port Jervis.

Mrs. Cooper, who was graduated from Port Jervis High School in 1936, was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Catholic Daughters of America and Alpha Psi sorority.

Besides her husband, she leaves her father; her stepmother Mrs. Anna May Theodore; a brother, Charles; two sisters, Anna May at home, and Thelma, wife of James Clifford of Port Jervis; a stepbrother, Joseph Lehn; two stepsisters, Mrs. Mary Ellen Paffenroth and Mrs. Mildred Mayfield; and her grandmother, Mrs. Augusta Theodore;

Source: Middletown Times-Herald, March 3, 1941. (NB: The microfilm was very difficult to read.)

The Family of Thomas Van Sickle and Permelia Rorick

Thomas Van Sickle, the third child of Benjamin and the first child of his second wife, Debby Quick, was born in Sussex County, N.J., July 9, 1787. He was twice married; first, (in Sussex County, N.J.) on the 26th of February, 1814, to Permelia, daughter of Gosper Roarick [sic], by whom he had four children; Solomon, Michael, Jane, and Coe. He next married Belinda Doty, by whom he had three children; Mary, Phinney, and Catherine. He was a farmer by occupation. In 1868 he visited his son, Solomon, in Otoe Co., Nebraska, where he died Sep. 4, 1871. He was buried in Camp Creek Burying Ground in Lot No. 10; a tombstone marks his resting place.

Solomon Van Sickle, a son of Thomas and Permelia, was born in Sussex Co., N.J., November 17, 1817; and was married in the same county on the first day of January, 1842, to Elizabeth, daughter of James D. Smith, by whom he had eleven children; I. Nancy Jane, born Dec. 2, 1842; II. Harrison, born Aug. 1, 1844; III. George, born Feb. 8, 1846; IV. Emily, born Jan. 20, 1849; V. William C., born May 16, 1851; VI. Cyrus, born July 24, 1853, who died July 11, 1854; VII. Martha Ann, born Jan. 24, 1855, who died Sep. 30, 1855; VIII. Mary Ellen, born November 27, 1856, who died Dec. 6, 1858; IX. Hester Ann, born Dec. 4, 1857; and XI. Amanda, born Oct. 14, 1860. In November 1847 he emigrated from Sussex Co., N.J., to Luzerne Co., Penn., thence in the spring of 1849 to Waukesha Co., Wis., thence in the autumn of 1853 to Van Buren Co., Iowa; and from thence, in 1866, to Otoe Co., Neb., where he now (1880) resides. In 1861 he and his oldest son, Harrison, enlisted in the Third Iowa Cavalry (Co. H, Capt. Jesse Hughes, Col. Bussey). In the autumn of 1863, they re-enlisted at Little Rock, Arkansas; and on the 9th of August, 1865, were mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia, being in actual service four years, lacking six days. P.O., Peru, Nemaha Co., Neb.

Source: Van Sickle, John W. 1880. A History of the Van Sickle Family in the United States of America. Springfield, OH: J.W. Van Sickle.

Van Sickle v. Van Sickle

A SPARROWBUSH DIVORCE CASE: Mrs. Carrie Van Sickle, daughter of William C. Van Sickle of Sparrowbush, has obtained a divorce from her husband, William M. Van Sickle, whom she charged with adultery. This decree was obtained through L.E. Carr and was granted by Judge Barnard May 7th. The divorced lady’s matrimonial life had been as bad as a dissipated husband could render it, and her separation is a cause for rejoicing among all her friends.

Source:  Port Jervis Evening Gazette, July 13, 1880.