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OBITUARY: Olive Thurber

This obituary was found in Bolivar, NY, at the Bolivar-Richburg Area Genealogy section of the town library. I saw a copy which was tagged with the date 12 Mar 1897. Apparently it was the Bolivar Breeze newspaper in which it was originally published on that date.

DEATH OF MRS. OLIVE THURBER

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Former Resident of Bolivar Died at

Friendship, Tuesday, Aged 91 Years.

Resided In Bolivar Sixty Years

   Mrs. Olive Thurber died at Friendship, Tuesday, March 9, aged 91 years. Mrs. [Thurber] was born November 10, 1806 and resided in Bolivar over sixty years. She moved to Friendship shortly after the oil excitement came and since resided with relatives in that town. She will be well remembered by all of the older residents. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. John Mix of Bolivar and Mrs. David Cole of Friendship, and one son, Richard Thurber of Bolivar. She was a pious woman who won and retained the respect of all who knew her. The funeral was held at Friendship yesterday.

The second reference to Olive in the text of the obituary had the last name as “Thruber.” Since it was clearly a typo, I simply corrected it.

One of her daughters, Mrs. John Mix, was Nancy Ann (Thurber) Mix and was highlighted in a newspaper picture I featured of her and her husband on March 21, 2013 in this blog. (Originally published in the Potter Leader Enterprise (Coudersport, PA) Summer 1995)

Family tradition claims that OLIVE STREET in Bolivar, NY, was named after this beloved lady. I’ve found no evidence to verify that story, but I’ve driven on Olive Street dozens of times through the years, so I can at least verify the street is there with that name. I’d love to hear more if others know more.

As I’ve explored census records, I have found Olive in the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 U.S. Census records. Thus far, I have not had access to other census records. Interestingly, some of the census workers must have had sloppy handwriting or poor notetaking skills. Check the place of birth in these four censuses:

In the 1850 census, Olive Thurber is listed as born about 1806in Virgin Isles” and living in Bolivar.

In the 1860 census, Olive Thurber is listed as born about 1809in Vermont” and living in Bolivar.

In the 1870 census, Olive Thurber is listed as born about 1806in New York” and living in Bolivar.

In the 1880 census, Olive Cowles is listed as born about 1806in Canada” and living at Friendship.

The Cowles surname threw me for awhile, but I’ve noticed on some of the Ancestry.com family tree listings, done by various individuals, that Olive is referred to as Olive Richardson or Olive Cowles on a few trees (and Olive Richardson Cowles on one).

Many references list Olive’s husband as David Thurber, born 1805, but I have no evidence as proof.

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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in 1805, 1806, 1809, 1897, Uncategorized

 

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1932 Kane Directory

One of the neatest things I discovered a few years back in the Kane, PA library was a series of city directories. At the time I was exploring my wife’s ancestors with the last names of BURROWS, CLARK, DIPPO, HOKE, and HOUSLER. Here are my notes on people with those last names that I discovered in the 1932 Kane Directory.

Many of the business references (emp Pl G Co) means that person worked at that business but I do NOT know what most of those abbreviations stand for.  (The example here is Plate Glass Co., but that’s all I know for these.)

“h” = home at …          “bds” = has a bed at …

Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, (wife) occupation, address 

  67-Clark, Chas L (Utica) lab, h642 Dawson

  67-Clark, Chas S (Ella), emp, Am Wind Glass Co, h115 Clay

  67-Clark, Earl, sprayer, Holgate Co., bds642 Dawson

  67-Clark, Fred L. (Mabel) salesman Miles-Kane Co, h108 Hemlock Ave.

  67-Clark, Frederick S, pharmacist, bds115 Clay

  67-Clark, Merle (Florence) leaseman, h237 Haines

  67-Clark, Thornton M. (Annie) gauger Nat’l Trans Co., h201 Birch

 There were no entries for Burrows, Dippo, Hoke, or Housler.
 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in 1932, Uncategorized

 

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1928 Kane Directory

One of the neatest things I discovered a few years back in the Kane, PA library was a series of city directories. At the time I was exploring my wife’s ancestors with the last names of BURROWS, CLARK, DIPPO, HOKE, and HOUSLER. Here are my notes on people with those last names that I discovered in the 1928 Kane Directory.

Many of the business references (emp Pl G Co) means that person worked at that business but I do NOT know what most of those abbreviations stand for.  (The example here is Plate Glass Co., but that’s all I know for these.)

“h” = home at …          “bds” = has a bed at …

Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, (wife) occupation, address 

  75-Clark, Chas L (Utica) lease tender, h642 Dawson

  75-Clark, Chas S (Ella S.), cutting foreman, AmWGCo, h115 Clay

  75-Clark, Earl, mach opr Holgate Co., bds642 Dawson

  75-Clark, Fred L. (Mabel) salesman Miles-Kane, h223 Biddle

  75-Clark, Merl (Florence) lad ler Int W G Co, h642 Dawson

  75-Clark, Thornton N. (Annie) gauger Nat’l Tr Co., rms 333 Chase

There were sections for outlying towns that included some of the family names I was researching as well:

        [Hazel Hurst Directory]

234-Dippo, Edw (Grace) retired

234-Dippo, Jr., Edw, emp bottle co.

234-Dippo, Emon, emp bottle co.

234-Dippo, John (Martha) emp bottle co.

234-Housler, Bert, emp bottle co.

234-Housler, Chas (Clara) retired

There were no entries for Burrows or Hoke.
 
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Posted by on December 29, 2016 in 1928, Uncategorized

 

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1924 Kane Directory

One of the neatest things I discovered a few years back in the Kane, PA library was a series of city directories. At the time I was exploring my wife’s ancestors with the last names of BURROWS, CLARK, DIPPO, HOKE, and HOUSLER. Here are my notes on people with those last names that I discovered in the 1924 Kane Directory.

Many of the business references (emp Pl G Co) means that person worked at that business but I do NOT know what most of those abbreviations stand for.  (The example here is Plate Glass Co., but that’s all I know for these.)

“h” = home at …          “bds” = has a bed at …

Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, (wife) occupation, address 

69-Clark, Chas S (Ella S.), cutting foreman, AmWGCo, h115 Clay

69-Clark, Clyde (Mabel) emp AmWGCo, h654 Dawson

69-Clark, Earl, emp Sakura, bds 511 Welsh

69-Clark, Emma, student, bds 14 Bottle

69-Clark, Fred L. (Mabel) clerk, h120 Hacker

69-Clark, Geo (Pearl) lab, bds 632 Dawson

69-Clark, Wm F (Ora) emp Silver Co., h 607 Park Av

100-Hoke, John (Florence) emp AmWGCo, h 508 (up) Hacker

There were sections for outlying towns that included some of the family names I was researching as well:

[Durant/James City Directory]

217-Clark, C L, leaseman

[Mt. Jewett Directory]

242-Clark, Mrs. Carrie, hk’pr, bds Kistler Ave

242-Clark, Harold, emp tan’ry, bds Kistler Ave

242-Clark, W B, sta fireman, h Kistler Ave

There were no entries for Burrows, Dippo, or Housler.

Interested in other years already posted?

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in 1924, Uncategorized

 

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1921-1922 Kane Directory

One of the neatest things I discovered a few years back in the Kane, PA library was a series of city directories. At the time I was exploring my wife’s ancestors with the last names of BURROWS, CLARK, DIPPO, HOKE, and HOUSLER. Here are my notes on people with those last names that I discovered in the 1921-1922 Kane Directory.

The asterick (*) was used to denote a person who was absent due to war work. (World War I)

Many of the business references (emp Pl G Co) means that person worked at that business but I do NOT know what most of those abbreviations stand for.  (The example here is Plate Glass Co., but that’s all I know for these.)

“h” = home at …          “bds” = has a bed at …

Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, (wife) occupation, address 

31, Clark, Chas S., (Ella S.) foreman, cutting dept, Am W G Co, h115 Clay

31, Clark, Christ, cutter, bds Hotel Lamont

31, Clark, Clyde, (Mabel), emp AmWGCo, h654 Dawson

31, Clark, Frederick S, student, bds 115 Clay

31, Clark, Leroy, (Adelias), emp Pl G Co, h120 Oak

There were sections for outlying towns that included some of the family names I was researching as well:

JAMES CITY DIRECTORY

208, Clark, Leroy, lab

LUDLOW DIRECTORY

236, Clark, Marion, teacherWm., watchman

There were no entries for Burrows, Dippo, Hoke, or Housler.

Interested in other years already posted?

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2016 in 1920, 1921, 1922, Uncategorized

 

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1918-1919 Kane Directory

One of the neatest things I discovered a few years back in the Kane, PA library was a series of city directories. At the time I was exploring my wife’s ancestors with the last names of BURROWS, CLARK, DIPPO, HOKE, and HOUSLER. Here are my notes on people with those last names that I discovered in the 1918-1919 Kane Directory.

The asterick (*) was used to denote a person who was absent due to war work. (World War I)

Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, occupation, address

30, Clark, Caroline, emp. Holgate Co., bds 2nd fl’r 47 Fraley

30, *Clark, Chas L., h320 Tionesta

30, Clark, Charles L. (Utica), teamster, h311 Oak

30, Clark, Mrs. Frank, wid, h40 Fraley

There were sections for outlying towns that included some of the family names I was researching as well:

BURROWS DIRECTORY (Sargeant Station on P.R.R.)

199, Burrows, Henry, packer

JAMES CITY DIRECTORY

207, Clark, Leroy, lab

MT. JEWETT DIRECTORY

217, Clark, Wm., watchman

 

There were no entries for Dippo, Hoke, or Housler.

 

Interested in other years already posted?

I’ll be adding more directory years over the upcoming days and weeks.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in 1918, 1919, Uncategorized

 

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1914-1915 Kane Directory

One of the neatest things I discovered a few years back in the Kane, PA library was a series of city directories. At the time I was exploring my wife’s ancestors with the last names of BURROWS, CLARK, DIPPO, HOKE, and HOUSLER. Here are my notes on people with those last names that I discovered in the 1914-1915 Kane Directory. Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, occupation, address

26, Clark, Chas, painter, Holgate Co., bds 320 Tionesta

26, Clark, Chester, emp PRR, bds 320 Tionesta

26, Clark, Clyde (Mabel), glassworker, h135 Moffit

26, Clark, Frank, emp Am W G Co.,  bds 320 Tionesta

(Am W G Co. = American Window Glass Company)

There were no entries for Burrows, Dippo, Hoke, or Housler.

Interested in other years already posted?

I’ll be adding more directory years over the upcoming days and weeks.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in 1914, 1915, Uncategorized

 

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