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1912 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 1912 Kane Directory. Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, (wife), occupation, house #, street

p. 23, Clark, Celia, waitress, New Thompson (a hotel).

p. 24, Clark, Clyde, (Mabel), lehrtender, h135, Moffit.

p. 24, Clark, George, lab, h326, Birch.

p. 24, Clark, Wm H., (Elizabeth), driller, h318, Kearney.

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




Posted by on December 21, 2016 in 1912, Uncategorized


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Grandma Beryl

Fifteen years ago today, my wife’s grandmother, Beryl Whittemore Howell Perez, died. Two days later I had the honor of officiating for her funeral.

Beryl ~20

BORN:  12 Mar 1912 in Eldred, PA (McKean County)

DIED: 4 May 1998 in Bradford, PA  (McKean County)

FATHER: Harry Orman Whittemore (1888-1952)

MOTHER: Mabel Evelyn Bennett (1888-1953)

MARRIED: Twice: (1) 12 Jan 1934 to Clifton E. Howell (1912-1967)

(2) 23 Jun 1973 to Gusto Perez (died 1986)


Grandma Beryl was spunky and witty. Her mind was sharp and she was nigh unto unbeatable in Scrabble. When my wife and I announced our engagement, she sent me a card that showed a small dog on the front with these words: “When I heard the news I was so excited…” The message continued on the inside of the card: “I piddled.”

Grandma Beryl called a spade a spade, and usually had a clever word or phrase to share. 

She wasn’t a super-religious Christian, doing churchy stuff all the time nor being preachy with others. Yet she had a faith that caught me short a few times. More than once I was sharing something I thought was profound, of a spiritual nature, and she, with one well worded question, made me rethink the very point I had tried to share. She was sharp!

Rest in peace Beryl!

beryl obit



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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in 1912, 1934, 1967, 1986, 1998, Obituary


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