News Clips 1940 thru 1949
January 16, 1940 Elmira Star Gazette: Tioga Hotel To Be Razed. Waverly - The former Tioga Hotel on Elizaeth St., a Waverly landmark, is being torn down. The building has been purchased by William Huckle who has already started to raze the ancient structure. The building had not been in use for many years and was in a bad state of decay. About a year ago the Village Board closed off the sidewalk in that area to protect pedestrians from falling fragments. Mr. Huckle has not announced how the space will be utilized after the building has been removed.
January 24, 1940 Elmira Star-Gazette: DAR to Meet Tonight. Waverly - Mrs. George B. Knapp of Chemung St. will be hostess to the Carantouan Chapter, DAR, Wednesday at 8 p. m. Miss Alice Fish will give a paper on Benjamin Franklin and on the Student Loan. The insignia and its use will be discussed by Mrs. F. W. Merriam. Assisting hostesses will be Mesdames Irving Case, Esther Cleveland, Coleman, Carl Coots, Floyd Darling, Paul Curtis and W. Coates.
1940 Directory: 3 Athens st. DeAlt M. Oakley. 5 Athens st. Richard L. Hedges. 4 Athens st. Chester Collins. 6 Athens st. Julia Haas. 8 Athens st. Amy Walch.
From 1940 Directory of Athens, Sayre, & Waverly: no address for 7 or 9 Athens Street; at 208 Chemung Street - Mrs. Gertrude S. Knapp and Edgar D. Sebring
1940 census: at 3 Athens st. renting were; Oakly with wife Sara, son William, daughter Edith, son-in-law Samuel Cortright, daughter Gladys with baby granddaughter Dawn Marie. Their rent was $25.00 month. (Sam and Gladys were married in 1938 and were to make their home at 12 Pine st.) At 5 Athens st. were: Richard Hedges and wife Jane, son John. At 4 Athens st. renting were: Chester Collins and wife Dorothy and sons, Chester, John, and James, daughters Doris and Joyce. At 6 Athens st. Julia Haas widowed with son Daniel Haas. At 8 Athens st. renting were; Amy Walsh widowed with son, Justin.
From the 1940 census: 208 Chemung Street, Gertrude Knapp, widow, 49 years, owns, worth $12,000, completed highschool 4 years. Renting from Gertrude were Edgar Sebring (59 y.o.) and his wife, Carolyn (57 y.o.), and their son, Edgar Sebring, Jr. (25 y.o.). Also renting from Gertrude were, Edward Renton and his wife, Alberta Renton, both 64 years of age.
Henry Evans, 44 yrs, a garage laborer, with sons, Henry jr. 20 yrs, Robert 19 yrs., Richard 15 yrs. living at 544 East Chemung street Waverly, NY.
March 6, 1940 The Evening Times: Mrs. Howad E. Bishop of Sayre was elected president of the women's auxiliary of the Shepard Hills country club at a meeting Tuesday afternoon in the Robert Packer Nurse's home. Other officers named are: vice-presidents, Mrs. George Knapp, Waverly; Mrs. George Hawk, Sayre, and Mrs. R. O. Allen, Athens; secretary, Mrs. Percy Gillan, Waverly; treasurer, Mrs. E. A. Tilton, Waverly. Directors, elected at a meeting last week, are Waverly, Mrs. Knapp, Mrs. Fred Sawyer, Mrs. A. C. Palme, Mrs. Tilton and Mrs. Gillan; ...
March 9, 1940 Elmira Star Gazette: Elmira Scout Executive to Address Girls. Sayre - Miss Helen Mallory, Girl Scout commissioner of the Elmira District, will be one of the principal speakers at a banquet of the Susquehanna Valley Girl Scout Council Tuesday at 6:30 p. m. in the Sayre Presbyterian Church. The banquet is being held in observance of the 28th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scout movement. It is expected that approximately 150 persons will attend. Among other speakers will be Mrs. D. C. Gillette, commissioner of the Susquehanna Valley Council, and Mrs. George B. Knapp of Waverly, former commissioner. Miss Fredricka Williams of Sayre is general chairman and Mrs. Eugene E. Crediford of Athens is program chairman. Mrs. Joseph Rockman of Sayre, ticket chairman, is being aided by Miss Mary Falsey of Waverly, Mrs. James Davenport and Miss Williams of Sayre, and Miss Audriel Lynch of Athens. The banquet will be open to all who have past or present interest in Girl Scouting, including Girl Scouts, leaders and troop committeemen. Delegations are expected from Waverly, South Waverly, Sayre, Athens, Ulster and East Smithfield.
April 5, 1940 Elmira Star-Gazette: Missionary Society To Hear Mrs. Knapp. Waverly - "Chosen" will be the topic of a talk by Mrs. George B. Knapp at a meeting of the Women's Missionary Society of the Waverly First Presbyterian Church today at 3 p. m. Mrs. Clarence Scott will be in charge of Devotion.
April 12, 1940 Elmira Star-Gazette: Waverly. Mrs. George B. Knapp of Chemung St. is visiting friends in New York City.
July 18, 1940 The Evening Leader, Corning NY: Women Golfers Beat Waverly And Point For Return Match. Corning Women golfers are anticipating their return match with the Waverly women's team which they defeated by a score of 21 1-2 to 11 1-2 in an inter club match Thursday afternoon at Corning Country Club when the Waverly group was entertained by the local club. The match will be played at Waverly August 21. ... Nine holes were played in the morning and a luncheon was enjoyed at the club house at noon with 35 in attendance. The other nine holes were played during the afternoon. Following are the scores figured on a possible three points standing: Waverly; Johnson, 2.5; Young, .0; Hersh. .0; Personius .0; Schrier, 5; Knapp, .5; Gillan, 2.0; Knapp, 1.0; Shirge, 1.0; Nichelson, 3.0; Hall, 1.0 Corning … After the match bridge was enjoyed by some of the guests. Mrs. Knapp of Waverly being high scorer ...
October 11, 1940 The Evening Times: Mrs. George B. Knapp has been named to direct the 1940 Christmas Seal sale of the Tioga County Tuberculosis and Public Health Association in the Waverly area, according to an announcement by Arthur B. Stiles of Owego, president of the organization. Mayor S. Wells Thompson of Owego is chairman for the county. Co-chairmen are : Mrs. J. Laning ? Taylor, Owego; Mrs. Knapp, Waverly; Mrs. George Palmer, Apalachin; Mrs. Herbert S. Howland ?, Berkshire; Mrs. James Jennings, Jr., Candor; Mrs. Alta Pope, Newark Valley; B. J. Cotton, ...
November 25, 1940 The Evening Times: Polyhymnia club of Waverly will meet Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock with Mrs. Edgar Sebring and Mrs. George Knapp, 208 Chemung street.
March 29, 1941 The Evening Times: Mrs. Percy Gillan of Waverly was elected president of the women's auxiliary of the Shepard Hills Country Club ... Other officers eleceted yesterday are; vicepresidents, Mrs. George Knapp, Waverly; ... secretary, Mrs. Edwin Knapp, Waverly; ... Directors are: ... Waverly, Mrs. Tilton, Mrs. George Knapp, Mrs. A. C. Palmer, Mrs. Edwin Knapp and Mrs. Gillan. ...
April 29, 1941 The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y.: Dundee Teacher To Wed E. D. Sebring. Mr. and Mrs. George Washburn of 70 East Second street, today announced the engagement of their daughter, Alberta, to Edgar D. Sebring, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Sebring of 208 Chemung street, Waverly. The wedding will take place in the near future. Miss Washburn attended local schools and was graduated from Corning Free Academy where she was prominent in basketball and captained the team through a championship season. She continued her athletic achievements at Ithaca College from which she was graduated. She is a member of Delta Phi Sorority and Phi Delta Pi, a national physical education sorority for women. Since graduating from Ithaca College, Miss Washburn has served as girls' physical education director at the Dundee Central School in Dundee. Mr. Sebring, who has numerous acquaintances in this community, was well known in athletic circles while attending Elmira Free Academy, from which he was graduated, and Ithaca College. He is affiliated with Phi Epsilon Kappa, a national physical education fraternity. Mr. Sebring is now director of physical education at the Newfield Central School at Newfield.
May 5, 1941 The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y.: Two couples received marriage licenses here over the weekend. They were: Miss Alberta Washburn of 70 East Second street and Edgar D. Sebring, 208 Chemung street, Waverly, both teachers; they will live on South street in Newfield; and Miss Nila ... (In 1909 the Sebring's moved from Orchard st. to 300 Chemung st. Also E.D. Sebring was a pall bearer for Charlotte Slaughter's funeral)
May 10, 1941 The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y.: Marriages. Washburn-Sebring. The marriage of Miss Alberta Washburn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Washburn, 70 East Second street, to Edgar Delos Sebring, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar D. Sebring, of Waverly, was solemnized Friday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock at the Manse of the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. Elmer J. Stuart, local pastor and Moderator of Synod, performed the ceremony. Miss Lucille Washburn, 70 East Second street, was maid of honor, and John Sebring of Buffalo was best man. The bride was dressed in a blue and pink crepe redingote and blue hat with pink trimming, white slippers and a corsage of white roses and white sweet peas. She also wore pearls. As maid of honor her sister wore a beige jacket dress with matching accessories and a corsage of tea roses. Both mothers wore jacket dresses and corsages of gardenias and sweet peas. Mrs. Washburn was in navy blue with accessories to match, and the bride groom's mother was in gray with blue accessories. Fifteen persons were guests afterward at a dinner at the Baron Steuben Hotel where decorations featured the wedding cake and mixed flowers. The bride is a graduate of Corning Free Academy and Ithaca College and in addition to prominent participation in sports was a member of Phi Delta Pi sorority and Delta Phi national physical education society. She has been employed since graduation as physical education director at Dundee Central School. The bridegroom, who finished high school at Elmira Free Academy, is also a graduate of Ithaca College and is now director of Physical education at the Newfield Central School in Newfield, where the couple will live. He is a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa, national physical education fraternity. The Dundee faculty honored the bride at a variety shower, and the Newfield faculty held a stag party for the bridegroom. Present at the wedding in addition to the parents of the couple were Mr. and Mrs. John Sebring, Buffalo; Mr. and Mrs. Jay Decatur, Elmira; Mrs. George B. Knapp, Waverly; Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert Allen, Elkland, Pa.; James Fennell, Canandaigua, and Miss Lucille Washburn. (The Sebrings' were renting from Gertrude Slaughter Knapp from 1936-1942)
May 30, 1941 Penn Yan Democrat: Miss Alberta Washburn, member of the faculty in Dundee central school, and Edgar Delos Sebring, Jr., were married Friday afternoon, May 9, at First Presbyterian Church manse in Corning. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Washburn of Corning and the groom is son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar D. Sebring, of Waverly. He is director of physical education at Newfield high school.
June 4, 1941 The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown, N. Y.- CANAJOHARIE-Joseph Robert Spraker, son of Mrs. Wilbur A. Spraker, Front street, will receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University this morning at the 95th commencement program in Archbold stadium. Nearly 300 students will receive degrees.
He will receive his degree from the College of Business Administration where he has majored in advertising. He is treasurer of Alpha Delta Tau, advertising honorary society, and vice-president of Phi Kappa Tau, national social fraternity, has been a member of the Hendrick's Memorial Chapel Choir and the University Symphony Orchestra. A Canajoharie Central school graduate in 1945, he enlisted in the Navy prior to graduation, and served two and a half years, receiving his honorable discharge in November, 1947. He entered Syracuse University the following February. June 5, he will enter the employee of the Syracuse Post Standard in the advertising department.
June 20, 1941 Niagra Falls Gazette: Theater Operator Dies. Waverly, N. Y. - (AP) - Edward Renton, 66, theater operator for the Comerford interests the past 10 years and previously field representative of the Keith circuit for 20 years, died today. He had managed a showboat on the old Erie canal. (Edward Renton and wife, Alberta Renton, rented from and lived with Gertrude Knapp according to the 1940 census.)
June 23, 1941 Johnstown Leader-Republican: Renton Was Husband of Former Local Resident. Edward Renton, 66, formerly traveling manager for the Smalley Theatre Chain, who died Friday in Waverly, N. Y., was the husband of a former Johnstown girl, Bertha Van Heusen Skinner. She is now living with her son at North Oshawa, Canada.
October 15, 1941, at 337 Broad Street, Western Union Office goes in part of building (from Don Merrill's collection)
October 23, 1941 The Warrensburg News - D.A.R. Honors Relative of James Tuttle
Two grave markers were dedicated on October 4 in Waverly cemeteries by the Carantouan Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. One of the markers was put on the grave of Mrs. Alice Dodge in Glenwood Cemetery. The second marker was put on the grave of William Knapp a Revolutionary soldier, in the East Waverly Cemetery.
Mrs. Dodge was a descendant of James Tuttle, former resident of Bolton Landing, who was a Revolutionary soldier. ... (Mrs. Alice Dodge was a friend of Charlotte Slaughter) (George Knapp was a descendant of William Knapp)
1942 - 1956, at 337 Broad Street Valley Credit & Adjustment Bureau in the building while bottom floor is a cut rate variety store, known as Payne's. (from Don Merrill's collection)
1942 Directory: 3 Athens st. DeAlt M. Oakley. 5 Athens st. Mrs. Jane A. Hedges. 4 Athens st. Chester F. Collins. 6 Athens st. Julia Haas Homeowner. 8 Athens st. Robert Draper.
From 1942 Directory of Athens, Sayre, & Waverly: no address for 7 or 9 Athens Street listed; at 208 Chemung Street - Mrs. Gertrude S. Knapp and Edgar D. Sebring, also, Knapp Charlotte S emp N Y City r 208 Chemung
January 7, 1942 Elmira Star Gazette: Schools Hold Raid Drills. Waverly - Air raid drills are being conducted in all of Waverly's public school buildings. The principal of each school is testing procedure best suited to the type of building. According to instructions received so far, no pupils will be sent home. It is expected that procedure will vary with experience and official recommendations. School Supt. Don W. McClelland said that by repeating these drills, it is hoped that efficiency will be stepped up and that pupils' fears will be allayed.
February 24, 1942 Elmira Star Gazette: Loren Pierce, proprietor of the Marilorn Cabins on Route 17, between Waverly and Elmira, died unexpectedly Monday night, Feb. 23, 1942, while in bed listening to a radio broadcast. Death was due to a heart seizure. His wife was on her way home from Florida. She survives with a brother, Louis, of Waverly. The body is at the Kolb Funeral Home. Funeral announcement later. (His wife was Mary, who later married Ralph Fralick. Mary Fralick purchased 208 Chemung St. Waverly, NY from Gertrude Knapp in 1945)
February 27, 1942 Elmira Star Gazette: Loren Pierce of Ellistown. The body was removed today from the Kolb Funeral Home to the family home where a private prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. The remains will then be taken to the Waverly Baptist Church to lie in state until 2:30 p.m. (missing) will conduct services, assisted by the Rev. Harold F. Damon of the Sayre Baptist Church. Burial in Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens.
June 1, 1942 Elmira Star-Gazette: Shepard Hills Has Holiday Program. Waverly - Shepard Hills Country Club members opened their season of activities Memorial Day with golfing events throughout the day, a picnic supper in the evening and dancing from 9 to 1. A large group attended the supper and dance held in the clubhouse. Mrs. George Knapp was general chairman of the supper committee and was assisted by Mesdames Roy Allen, A. C. Palmer, G. F. Carling, Frank Horn and Miss Anne Keefe. The dance was in charge of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hall, assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Knapp and Dr. and Mrs. Donald Donlin.
June 3, 1942 Elmira Star Gazette: Further Victory Driver Registrants Announced; Enrollment Continued. ... Eclipse. Helen P. Draper, 8 Athens St., Waverly, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. ...
July 13, 1942 Elmira Star Gazette: Trpr. Richard L. Hedges, 29, of the Waverly Outpost attached to Troop C, New York State Police, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 11, 1942. He leaves his wife, Jane; a 3-year old son, John Richard; his father, Police Chief Lloyd M. Hedges of Waverly; his grandmother, Mrs. Susie J. Hedges of Waverly, and several aunts and uncles. A private prayer service will be held at the family home, 5 Athens St., Waverly. Tuesday at 2 p.m. and at the Grace Episcopal Church at 2:30. The Rev. Levi W. Lunn will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Waverly.
October 7, 1942 Elmira Star Gazette: Mrs. Jennie Brown Mixer, 82, widow of Edwin D. Mixer of Waverly, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1942, at her home in Glens Falls. Survivors; Two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Knapp Jr., of Waverly and Mrs. W. H. Scofield of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Miss Helen Brown and Mrs. W. F. Bentley, both of Glens Falls, several nieces and nephews. Services and burial were held in Glens Falls.
October 20, 1942 Elmira: Mrs. Young Named Nurses' Aide Chairman. Waverly - Appointment of Mrs. Wallace S. Young as chairman of the volunteer nurses committee for the chapter, was announced by Don W. McClelland, president of the Waverly Red Cross at its meeting in the Junior High School Monday night. Mr. McClelland also announced that the Tioga Hose rooms in the Village Hall had been secured for the work of the surgical dressing committee. Annual reports of the chairmen of the various committee were given and showed the tremendous amount of work that has been accomplished by the local chapter in the past year. Chairmen reporting were: Mrs. Albert Knight, firs aid; Mrs. Vernon Pultz, production; Miss Mary Muldoon, home service; Mrs. Frank Howard, junior Red Cross; Edgar D. Sebring, disaster preparedness and relief; Mrs. Francis Clohessy, home nursing. the nominating committee, consisting of P. C. Meserve, Mrs. Albert Knight and Mrs. Vernon Pultz, named the following officers: Don W. McClelland, president; P. C. Meserve, first vice-president; P. W. Chantler, second vice-president; Miss Mary Muldoon, third vice-president; Miss Harriet Lewis, secretary; Harold C. Watrous, treasurer. The following executive committee was named and approved: Edgar Sebring, Miss Mabel White, Mesdames Gertrude Knapp, Thomas B. Wheeler, Harold C. Watrous, Albert Knight, Elizabeth Baker, Thomas Feeney, C. J. LaFleur, Donald Donlin, E. S. Coleman, Vernon Lovejoy, Ray Herrington, William Kelly, Vernon Pultz, Wallace Young, Francis J. Clohessy, Miss Ruth Fish, Miss Alice Fish. It was announced that the monthly meetings in the future will be held the first Wednesday evening in each month at 7:30. Appointment of a budget committee was authorized to prepare and submit to national headquarters a budget to cover the remainder of this year and the following year up to February, 1944.
January 7, 1943 The Evening Times: Engagements. Knapp Flynn. Mrs. George B. Knapp of 208 Chemung street, Waverly announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Charlotte Knapp, to D. Harold Flynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Flynn of Pennsylvania avenue, Waverly. No date for the wedding has been set. (She had said at one of her last high school reunions that she never married. See July 9, 1945 where Harold Flynn married Janet Ellsworth.)
February 26, 1943 The Valley News from Waverly, NY: Present Canteen Workers Also Served in '18. ... The Red Cross is confident that all of our people will be generous in their support of the 1943 War Fund. ... One of the interesting facts about the present canteen personnel is that some of them also served the World War I canteen, as in the case of Mrs. Fish, who was also canteen captain in '18 and '19, and Miss Harriet Gramme, her assistant then and now. Some of the other members of the present staff also served the last time, or their daughters are now canteen workers. ... See how many persons or their daughters you recognize in this list of workers in 1919, ... Waverly, ... Mrs. F. Simmons, Miss Ruth Fish, Mrs. Frank Merriam, Mrs. L. D. Atwater, Mrs. Frank Bell, Mrs. George Knapp, Mrs. Nellie Ross, Mrs. Frank Munn, Mrs. Harry Baldwin, ...
March 29, 1943 The Evening Times: U. S. Wars ...meeting of Carantouan chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will be held Wednesday at 8 o'clock in the Waverly Methodist church with the Waverly branch of the American Association of University Women as guests. A patriotic pageant, "The Girl I Left Behind Me," by Mrs. F. W. Merriam, organizing regent of the local chapter, will be presented under the direction of the American music committee. The pageant, which concerns American wars, will have a musical accompaniment by Miss Rosemary Davey, pianist, and the Waverly high school chorus, under Miss Davey's direction, will be heard. Miss Jean W. Merriam will be the reader. The cast, wearing costumes of the period, will include: French and Indian War, Miss Charlotte Knapp; American Revolution, Mrs. Percy F. Gillan; War of 1812, Miss Jane Love; 1 Mexican war, Mrs. John F. Harper; Civil War, Miss Patricia Hoefer; Spanish American war, Mess Betty Harper; World war I, Mrs. Victor L. Buley; World war II, Mrs. James Snyder. ...
June 8, 1943 Elmira Star-Gazette: Waverly, N. Y. - 12-room modern house, good condition, 2 complete bathrooms, also 2 lavatories, 6 car garage, large lot; well established business - rooming house and tourist home. Route 17. 317 Chemung St.
June 18, 1943 Elmira Star Gazette: 29 Qualified For Defense Aid Diplomas. Waverly - Twenty-nine residents of this village have qualified for certificates for completing the course in aircraft recognition conducted by Mrs. Ellen Brown, it was announced last evening by Chief Observer Percy Cannoll at a meeting of all observers in the Waverly Junior High School auditorium. Although the certificates did not arrive from Scranton in time to be presented at the meeting as planned they will be awarded in the near future. The list of those qualifying read by Miss Jean Merriam, assistant chief observer, follows: Rita Barry, Betty Bouton, Elnora Boyle, Marcella Coleman, Phyllis Coleman, Elsie Dean, Henrietta Daubman, Ethel Ferguson, Laura Field, Helen Hardy, Ella Frances Hoefer, Miller Johnson, Hazel Kelsey, Charlotte Knapp, Gertrude Knapp, Marion Kunkler, Winifred Latham, Inez Lenox, Alida Lyke, Marjorie Manning, Jean Merriam, Gladys Reinbold, Eva Rockwell, Harriet Thomas, Esther Wheat, Alice White, Ann Williams. Cpt. Edward Conologue, of the First Fighter Command, spoke briefly emphasizing the vital service they were giving to the war effort. He showed how the volunteer observers throughout the nation had replaced soldiers that would otherwise have to man the 7,500 posts in the United States today. He also said that 30 fighter planes would be required to patrol the district around each observation post area if the observers were not available. He stressed the service being given in this work by protecting our country from attack at all times. Clarence Morse, district director of Ithaca, and Harry Eiklor, subdistrict director of Owego, spoke briefly. Miss Merriam announced that June 24 Mrs. Brown would conduct a review class and give a written test for the convenience of those who may have missed lessons of the tests. Three sound films were shown.
July 9, 1943 Elmira Star Gazette: Mrs. Julia Haas, Waverly. Thursday, July 8, 1943. Survived by Mrs. Clarence Carey of Sayre, daughter; Daniel J. Haas of Waverly and John E. Haas of Wilkes-Barre, sons; Sgt. Joseph F. Haas, U. S. Army, stationed at Avon Park, Fla., grandson; Mrs. Michael J. Downs of 133 Providence St., Waverly, sister; several nieces and nephews. The body was removed from the Alteri Funeral Home, Sayre, to the family home, 6 Athens St., Waverly, Thursday. Funeral at the family home Saturday at 9 a.m. and at St. James Church at 9:30. Rev. Edward J. Lyons. Burial in St. James Cemetery, Waverly.
August 9, 1943 The Binghamton Press: 6 Southern Tier Youths Awarded Scholarships. Tuiton paying scholarships at Cornell University have been awarded six Southern Tier youths, the State Education Department has announced. These scholarships, amounting to $200 a year, were awarded as the result of competitive examinations held last June. Those who will receive the awards include: ..., and Thomas J. Knapp of 455 Waverly Street, Waverly
September 20, 1943 Elmira Star Gazette: DAR Notes. Carantouan Chapter will hold its first fall meeting with Mrs. George B. Knapp, 208 Chemung St., Waverly, Saturday at 1 p. m. This will be the annual Founders Day Luncheon. Each member is asked to take a covered dish and own table service.
September 24, 1943 Elmira Star Gazette: DAR to Hear Elmira Man. Waverly - A discussion of post war problems will feature the address of Dr. Albert B. Helmkamp, principal of the Elmira Free Academy, at the annual Founders Day luncheon of Carantouan Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. The meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. George B. Knapp, 208 Chemung St., Waverly, at 1 p. m. Saturday. Each member should bring a covered dish and table service. Dr. Helmkamp's address will be heard following the luncheon. Mrs. Helmkamp, president of the Elmira Thursday Morning Musicales, will present a reading. Chairman of the program committee for Founders Day is Mrs. Paul Curtis who announced Thursday that Waverly DAR members will have charge of the War Bond booth at the Woolworth store Tuesday.
September 27, 1943 Elmira Star Gazette: Dance Nets $60 For USO Fund. Waverly - A benefit dance for the Valley USO Canteen fund, held at the Shepard Hills Country Club Saturday night, netted nearly $60, Mrs. Donald Simmons, chairman, reported. At intermission a large basket of flowers, donated by the Sayre Floral Co., was auctioned off. Assisting Mrs. Simmons on the dance committee were: Miss Charlotte Knapp and Mrs. Frederick Shaw of Waverly; Mrs. Clayton Waltman and Mrs. Paul Shedden of Sayre; Mrs. Daniel Loveland and Mrs. Sidney Kaye, Athens. (Mrs. Frederick Shaw and her husband Dr. Shaw lived at 472 Pennsylavania Ave. Waverly, NY.)
September 30, 1943 Elmira Star-Gazette: Waverly Club Plans Tea. Waverly - A tea for new members of the Waverly branch, American Association of University Women, will be held at the home of Mrs. T. Phillips Knapp, 455 Waverly St., Thursday, Oct. 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Miss Jane I. Love, president, announced yesterday. The tea was originally scheduled for Oct. 6, but many members have volunteered for the gasoline registration the first three days of next week. Chairman will be Miss Janet Ellsworth. Sponsors will be the executive board of the club: Miss Jane I. Love, Mrs. T. Phillips Knapp, Miss Doris Guild, Mrs. Philip Sturge, Mrs. John Suffern Jr. and Mrs. Alden P. Cole; also Mrs. F. C. Simmons, Miss Roberta Scott, Mrs. J. S. Snyder, Miss Charlotte Knapp, Miss Eleanor Sneddon, Miss Janet Ellsworth, Mrs. Paul Curtis, Miss Jean Merriam, Miss Dorothy Brashear, Mrs. Edwin Knapp and Mrs. John H. Murray Jr..
November 30, 1943 Elmira Star Gazette: Waverly Girl Becomes Bride. Waverly - The marriage of Mary I. Pierce of Waverly, N.Y., and Ralph W. Fralick of Kingston, Pa., was solemnized Saturday, Nov. 27, 1943, at noon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert N. Hardy, 1815 Ashley St., Philadelphia. - The marriage was performed by the Rev. John W. Himes of the Wyoming Baptist Church. They were unattended. The bride was attired in coral crepe dinner dress trimmed with rhinestones and her corsage was of orchids. Her going away costume was a two-piece suit of winter white wool with brown accessories. Dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Hardy after which the couple left on a wedding trip to Atlantic City and New York City. They will be at home after Dec. 10 at the Marilorn, Waverly. Out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Covey Lamoureaux and daughter, Erma, of Haddon Heights, N.J., Mr. and Mrs. Ira Harlos and son, Walter, Drexel Hill, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Llewelyn Hickok, Chester Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Frank Quinell, Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Lecher, Mrs. Herbert Hardy Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William Schultz and children, Moritz and Sandra, all of Kingston. (Mary Fralick purchased 208 Chemung Street Waverly, NY from Gertrude Slaughter Knapp in 1945)
January 20, 1944 The Evening Times:Waverly To Be Canvassed For War Bond Sales. ... Waverly's Fourth War Loan drive will be ...canvassers ... Miss Charlotte Knapp ...Mrs. Geo. B. Knapp ...
March 8, 1944 The Evening Times: Mrs. Edgar D. Sebring of 208 Chemung street, left last night for St. Petersburg, Fla. (Living with Gertrude Slaughter Knapp)
March 23, 1944 Elmira Star-Gazette: Pastor Reviews Persecutions. Waverly - About 60 members of the 20-40 Club of the Waverly Presbyterian Church attended a supper meeting of the organization in the church social hall Monday night. The speaker was the Rev. Thomas Hermiz, pastor of the Athens Gospel Tabernacle Church, who presented a vivid picture of the persecution of the Christians by the Mohammedans about the time of World War I and immediately following. He was born in the northern part of Turkey and at an early age was separated from his parents by Mohammedans who were determined to stamp out the Christian faith to which his parents had been converted. The Rev. Thomas Tighe introduced the Rev. Mr. Hermiz following the brief business meeting. Committee named for the next meeting scheduled for Apr. 17, includes Mrs. John J. Hoefer, chairman; Mrs. Don W. McClelland, Miss Charlotte Knapp, Mrs. Gertrude Cranmner, religious director at the Presbyterian Church, will arrange a social program for the next meeting, Leslie Tighe, president, announced.
March 29, 1944 Elmira Star Gazette: Club Aides Name Officers. Waverly - Mrs. Evan S. Johnson of Waverly was elected President of the Women's Auxiliary of the Shepard Hills Country Club at a meeting of members in Sayre Saturday. Mrs. Johnson succeeds Mrs. Frank Horn of Sayre. Other officers named were: First vicepresident, Mrs. John H. Murray Jr., Waverly; secon vicepresident, Mrs. Frank A. Jimerson, Athens; thrid vicepresident, Mrs. George Carling, Sayre; secretrary, Mrs. John Hall, Waverly, re-elected; treasurer, Mrs. Gertrude Knapp, Waverly. Directors were elected as follows: Waverly, Mesdames Percy Gillan, Gertrude Knapp, Johnson, Hall, Murray; Sayre, Mesdames Carling, Frank Horn, Frank Allen, Howard Bishop, Leon Shedden; Athens, Mesdames William Jewell, Jimerson, Daniel Loveland, Ralph Hopkins, Roy Allen
May 12, 1944 Elmira Star-Gazette: Card Party to Aid Sayre Canteen Fund. Waverly - A benefit card party is being planned by Waverly Chapter American Assn. of University Women for May 17, at the home of Mrs. Hart I. Seely, (450) Pennsylvania Ave. Miss Jane I. Love, president of the local organization, has announced the party as a benefit for the Valley USO Canteen fund, and appointed the following committee: Miss Katherine Fix, chairman; Miss Jean Daugherty, Miss Ruth Personius, Miss Charlotte Knapp, Miss Alice Kemp.
June 14, 1944 The Knickerbocker News Albany, N. Y.: Albany Girl Feted At Tea in Waverly. Mrs. Joseph W. Knapp, Waverly, and her daughters, Mrs. Francis P. Boyle, Waverly, and Mrs. Henry Coward, Cleveland, entertained with a tea Saturday at the Knapp home for Miss Alice Kemp, who will be married next month to Joseph Warren Knapp 3rd. About 50 attended. Mr. and Mrs. Robert McDowell Kemp, Delmar, also entertained recently with a dinner party for Miss Kemp and Mr. Knapp. (Gertrude Slaughter Knapp's sister-in-law, Mrs. Joseph W. Knapp had the tea) (Joseph Warren Knapp 3d was Gertrude's nephew, and ring bearer in her wedding to George Knapp in 1915)
June 30, 1944 The Leader-Republican Gloversville and Johnstown, N. Y.: $500,000 Fire in Waverly Feed Mill. Waverly -(AP) - Fire originating from an explosion in a loaded grain storage bin, today destroyed the main plant of the Kasco Mills, Inc., causing damage a company official estimated at $500,000. The quickly-spreading flames also destroyed five Erie railroad freight cars each loaded with approximately 30 tons of manufactured dairy feed. The cars occupied seedings adjacent to the plant. The fire broke out at 4:15 A. M., EWT, and was fought by 150 volunteer firemen from companies at Waverly, Athens and Sayre, Pa. Only seven employes were present in the building when the fire started and all escaped injury. C. J. LaFord, secretary of the company, who estimated the damage, said that as a result of the loss, the feed currently distributed among dairymen on a rationing basis, would be further curtailed to cause what he termed a "serious situation." The company also operates plants at Toledo, O., and Binghamton, both of which he said were operating at capacity. At 10 A. M. the plant was still burning but LaFord said that firemen had succeeded in bringing the fire under control. absence of wind prevented spread of the fire to adjacent buildings. LaFord estimated damage to the building and equipment, recently modernized, at between $255,000 and $300,000. Stock loss, he added, approximated $150,000 to $200,000. A nearby highway bridge, spanning tracks of the Erie and Lehigh railroads, also caught fire, delaying rail traffic for more than an hour. In addition to the dairy feed, the company manufactures cat and dog food.
July 26, 1944 The Knickerbocker News Albany, N. Y.: H. Alice Kemp, Waverly Man Are Married. Miss H. Alice Kemp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert L. Kemp, 468 Morris, and Joseph Warren Knapp 3rd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Knapp, Waverly, were married July 19 in the Friendship House of the First Lutheran Church. The pastor, the Rev. Chalmers E. Frontz, performed the double ring ceremony and Fred W. Kalohn, organist, played a program of bridal music. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a wedding gown of ivory slipper satin trimmed with seed pearls and made princess style with sweetheart neckline, long sleeves and long full skirt with a train. She wore a long tulle veil trimmed with heirloom orange blossoms worn by her mother and maternal grandmother a their weddings. She carried bride's roses, swansonia and gladioli. Miss Elizabeth L. Kemp, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. She wore pink silk marquisette with high neckline, full sleeves and a bouffant skirt with matching cap. She carried delphinium, pink gladioli and roses. The bridesmaids, Mrs. Francis P. Boyle, Waverly, sister of the bridegroom, and Mrs. Robert McDowell Kemp, sister-in-law of the bride, wore similar dressses of ice blue silk marquisette with matching caps and carried Colonial bouquets of pink roses and blue delphinium. Edwin M. Knapp, Waverly was best man and Robert McDowell Kemp and Frederick A. Smith, Delmar, were ushers. A reception followed. Mrs. Kemp wore aquamarine with small black hat and red roses and Mrs. Knapp, the bridegroom's mother, wore a pink flowered crepe with small flowered hat and red roses. Mr. Knapp and his bride left for Chautauqua. They will live in Waverly. The bride is a graduate of New York State College for Teachers and has been on the faculty of the Waverly Junior High School. Mr. Knapp is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He is associated with his father in the hardware business.
August 16, 1944 Elmira Star Gazette: 200 Entertained At Sawyer Home. Waverly - Mrs. Harold M. Sawyer of 416 Chemung St., Waverly, and of New York, entertained at her home Tuesday in honor of her daughter, Mrs. Harold M. Sawyer Jr. of Wilmington, Del. Nearly 200 guests attended the evening tea at the Sawyer summer home. Presiding at the tea table were Mrs. Gertrude Knapp and Mrs. Herbert H. Smith, both of Waverly.
September 5, 1944 The Evening Times: Committees of Waverly DAR. New committees of the Carantouan Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution are announced by Mrs. Paul C. Curtis, regent, as follows: Advancement of American music, Mrs. Ralph Fravel, chairman, Mrs. Arthur C. Palmer and Mrs. Jessie Weller; ...Program and Founders Day luncheon, Mrs. George B. Knapp, chairman, Mrs. Percy F. Gillan and Mrs. Fred C. Simmons; transportation, Mrs. George Knapp, chairman, Mrs. Charles Kellog and Mrs. Percy Gillan; ...
October 18, 1944 The Binghamton Press: Tioga Health Unit Elects. Dr. Ralph M. Vincent of Binghamton, district New York State health officer, and Dr. M. Stanley Fish, manager of the Biggs Memorial Hospital in Ithaca, were among the speakers at the annual dinner meeting and election of officers of the Tioga County Tuberculosis and Public Health Association, held in the Green Lantern Inn in Owego Monday night. Dr. Vincent extended greetings from the New York State Department of Health and expressed his appreciation of the cooperation shown by Tioga County in the work of his department. Officers Reelected. Officers of the association, all of whom were reelected, are as follows: President, Robert V. R. Bassett, of Owego; first vice-president, Mrs. Mabel G. Baldwin of Waverly; second vice-president, Hiram M. Nickerson, Candor; secretary, the Rev. D. Glynn Lewis, pastor of the Newark Valley Congregational Church; treasurer, Grant M. West of Owego; assistant treasurer, William G. Ellis, Owego. Directors elected for terms of three years include: Mrs. Charles Potter, Apalachin; Mrs. William Westfall, Barton; Mrs. James Miller, Campville; Dr. W. A. Moulton, Candor; Mrs. Alta Pope, Newark Valley; Leon Whitcomb, Nichols; Mrs. Corbett Johnson, Spencer; Mrs. Lyster M. Hetherington, Mrs. H. Austin Clark, Thomas G. Cusick and Mrs. Harry Truman, all of Owego, and George Failey, Mrs. F. K. Shaw and Mrs. Harold C. Watrous of Waverly. The Rev. Lewis Hover of Spencer was elected for two years to fill an unexpired vacancy; executive committee comprises; Robert V. R. Bassett, chairman; H. M. Nickerson, Candor, Mrs. George B. Knapp, Waverly; B. J. Cotton, Nichols; M. DeLos Goodrich, Tioga Center; the Rev. D. Glynn Lewis, Newark Valley, and Arthur B. Stiles, Owego. Mrs. Goodwin Speaks...
October 20, 1944 Elmira Daily Gazette: County Health Group Elects. Waverly - Robert V. R. Bassett of Owego was reelected president of the Tioga County Tuberculosis and Public Health Association at a recent meeting at the Green Lantern Inn, Owego. Other officers named: Vicepresidents, Mrs. Mabel G. Baldwin of Waverly, H. M. Nickerson of Candor; secretary, the Rev. D. Glyn Lewis of Newark Valley; treasurer, Grant M. West of Owego; assistant treasurer, William G. Ellis of Owego. Directors for three years: Mrs. Lyster Hetherington, Mrs. Austin Clark, Mrs. Harry Truman and Thomas J. Cusick of Owego, Mrs. William Westfall of Barton, Mrs. Charles Potter of Apalachin, Mrs. James Miller of Campville, Dr. W. A. Moulton of Candor, Mrs. Alta Pope of Newark Valley, Leon Whitcomb of Nichols, Mrs. Corbett Johnson of Spencer, George Failey, Mrs. Harold Watrous, Mrs. Frederick K. Shaw of Waverly; for two years, the Rev. Louis Hover Spencer. Members of the executive committee; Mr. Bassett, Mr. Nickerson, B. J. Cutten of Nichols, M. Delos Goodrich of Tioga Center, Mrs. George B. Knapp of Waverly, the Rev. Mr. Lewis and Arthur B. Stiles of Owego.
December 22, 1944 Elmira Star-Gazette: Black and white Welch mare pony. Saddle and bridle, harnass, rubber tired 2-wheel basket cart. This pony safe for children to ride and drive. Myron Handrick, 207 Chemung St., Waverly.
Pre-1945 Octagon house at 7 Athens Street is gone. Empty lot. Mike Nolan (neighbor across the street from 7 Athens St.) remembers playing ball on the empty lot that had a hole in the ground where the two-story ocatagon once stood. He remembers a "For Sale" sign on the lot. Margaret Costello, neighbor on Athens Street, thinks she remembers hearing something about it burning down. (Cornell University, A Survey of Waverly, says that unfortunately it was demolished.)
January 25, 1945 The Evening Times: DAR Hears Talk. About 20 members of the Waverly DAR and their guests heard an address by Capt. William H. Parker ... yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Gertrude Knapp, Chemung street, Waverly. ...
February 1, 1945 The Waverly Sun Recorder: Miss Charlotte Knapp was in New York City last week.
February 20, 1945 The Evening Times: Waverly Auxiliary to the Robert Packer Hospital will meet next Thursday at the home of Mrs. George Knapp, 208 Chemung street Waverly, for an all day meeting, bring sandwiches.
February 27, 1945 The Binghamton Press: Eleven Tioga Properties Sold. ...Asa B. Clark of Newark, N. J., to C. Elmer Lawrence and Esther Lawrence, property in Waverly. ...
March 8, 1945 The Waverly Sun Recorder: Elmer Lawrence has purchased the former Frank Buley property on Athens street. (4 Athens street, Waverly, NY)
(Drapers lived on Athens street in 1945)
March 8, 1945 Elmira Star Gazette: Doctor Urges Planning for Postwar Era. Waverly - Dr. Harry S. Fish, surgeon of the Tioga General Hospital, delivered an inspiring address at the 26th anniversary dinner of the Auxiliary to the Betowski-VanDeMark Post, American Legion, at the Albertson Building Wednesday night. Subject of Dr. Fish's talk was "The Challenge for Man to Think," and he urged all Americans to begin considering seriously the kind of peace we want following the war and the manner in which it is to be obtained. "Let us not make the mistakes again that followed World War I. If we start planning now the ultimate objectives may be more easily secured," he said. Nearly 70 members of the Auxiliary and their husbands attended the birthday dinner. Judge Francis J. Clohessy was toastmaster. Songs were led by Charles Kelsey and included in the after dinner program were a vocal solo by Pauline Crowley; reading by Mrs. Katherine Bailey, director of the Valley Players' next production; piano solo by Miss Bertha Cronk. Committees for the dinner include the following chairmen; Kitchen, Mrs. Eula Pierce; dining room, Mary Fralick; entertainment, Mrs. Edna DeWitt. Mrs. Pierce, president of the auxiliary, spoke briefly. She observed her birthday yesterday and was presented a large two-tier cake. (In 1948 Dr. Harry S. Fish lived in one of the apartments at 208 Chemung St. Waverly, NY. Not sure how long before or after)
March 10, 1945 The Waverly Sun Recorder: Capt. Boyle Honored By French Army. Waverly - Mrs. Frank Boyle, jr., has received the citation awarded to her husband, Capt. Frank Boyle, jr., by the First French army for whom he acted as liaison officer during the campaign of last July. Captain Boyle has seen action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Southern France and is now somewhere in Germany. The citation states that he completed his mission with exemplary devotion without regard to his personal safety. "He has rendered greatest service to the First French army, particularly in the vicinity of Toulon and Marseilles." the document, which is in French, was dated July 15, 1944. Captain Boyle has been awarded the Bronze Star by the U. S. War Department and in addition wears four Battle Stars on his European theater of war ribbon signifying his participation in four major engagements. He is at present attached to the American seventh army with an artillery battalion. The Seventh is the last of the American armies actively engaged in Europe. Captain Boyle entered service four and a half years ago and has been overseas for twenty-seven months. He received his commission as lieutenant at Cornell University and was advanced to a captain while serving in Sicily. His wife is the former Miss Elnora Knapp and is residing with their son, David Boyle, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Knapp of (97) Center street.
March 29, 1945 The Waverly Sun-Recorder: Miss Charlotte Knapp was the guest of honor at a birthday party held for her on Saturday evening by Mrs. Edgar Sebring.
April 2, 1945 The Evening Times: Mrs. Gertrude Knapp of Chemung street, narrowly escaped injury when the car she was driving was grazed by a falling tree when she was traveling north on Keystone avenue in Sayre. A tree at the corner of Lincoln and Center street in Waverly, blown down, blocked traffic in that area.
April 12, 1945 The Waverly Sun Recorder: Residents were busy today clearing their property from fallen limbs and resetting rose arbora and trellises knocked down by the fury of the storm. A Waverly woman, Mrs. Gertrude Knapp of Chemung street, is spending the week end with Mrs. Harold Sawyer of Jeckson Heights, L. I.
April 17, 1945 The Binghamton Press: Devotional Life of Youths Stressed at Presbytery Parley. The Rev. Paul Holden Hays, pastor of the Union Presbyterian Church of Endicott, this afternoon was elected moderator of the Binghamton Presbytery. More adult leadership in the church school and emphasis on developing the devotional life of young people was urged today by the Rev. Walter D. Cavert of Syracuse, superintendent of Christian education of the NewYork State Presbyterian Synod. ... New members of the advisory board are, Mrs. O. G. Olsen and Mrs. George Knapp of Waverly. Other officers will complete unexpired terms.
April 19, 1945 The Waverly Sun Recorder: Mrs. Gertrude Knapp of Chemung street is spending some time with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sawyer, of Jackson Heights, L. I.
May 24, 1945 The Waverly Sun And Nichols Recorder: Fascinating History Of Waverly's Underground Railroad Is Recalled. Waverly - A story of the "Underground Railroad" in Waverly in the Civil War, will be told by Miss Mary E. Finch of Waverly, to members of the Carantouan Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, at the home of Mrs. Robert Fisher, 443 Fulton St. at 3 p. m. today. ...About seventy-five years ago many in this vicinity were giving assistance to runaway negro slaves, ...The complete history of the Underground Railroad will never be known, but several in Waverly took an active part in aiding escaping slaves. ... The fugitives were hidden during the day in houses or barns of station agents or sent or conducted to the next station. Turnings on this route were marked by a dead tree limb placed at crossroads or symbols on trees. ... The negroes came mostly in the summer or early fall as they had to do all their traveling at night. ...This system of verbal communications was known as the "grape vine telegraph" and now in this World War II, we know how important the grape vine telegraph can be. ... More abolitionists than secessionists were in Waverly, but the utmost caution had to be used, for slaves were liable to arrive at any time. ... The secessionists, or copperheads, who favored slavery, wore a copper penny pin as an emblem, hence the name. ... There were several underground stations in what is now Waverly. Among these were the homes of Luther Stone, grandfather of Mrs. Fred Sawyer, and Alexander Brooks on lower Cayuta avenue, between the Erie and D. L. & W. bridges; the Philip Finch house, now 500 Cayuta avenue, and the Henry Yontz house, later the home of Benjamin Gillan. The Murray stone house on Bradford street is also said to have secreted slaves. ... Waverly abolitionists received much of their enthusiasm from Harriet Tubmann, one of the most celebrated conductors. ... Harriet Tubman was very homely, could neither read nor write, but was a wonderful speaker. She made many trips to Waverly speaking in Davis hall at the southeast corner of Broad and Fulton street, and she was always greeted by a crowded hall. ...She conducted more than 300 slaves north, ... Rewards of $40,000 were offered for her dead or alive. ... After the war she resided at Auburn, N. Y., where she founded a home for the aged colored people and she continued her visits to Waverly. At Auburn you will find a tablet to her memory, on which is inscribed her own proud words - "On my Underground Railroad I nebber ran my train off the track, and I nebber lost a passenger." ...No record can be found of the escaping slaves sheltered in Waverly, but they were known to be many, and be it to the credit of the residents that not one slave was captured here.
July 9, 1945 The Post-Star Glens Falls, NY - Local Girl Bride of Waverly Man. Janet Ellsworth Wed To Harold Flynn in St. Mary's Rectory. Miss Janet Anita Ellsworth, daughter of Mrs. Olive D. Ellsworth, of Smith Street, and Arthur V. Ellsworth, Syracuse, became the bride of Harold David Flynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. David J. Flynn of Waverly at 3 P.M. Saturday in the rectory of St. Mary's Church. ... Mr. and Mrs. Flynn will reside at 327 Chemung Street, Waverly. ... Mr. Flynn attended Waverly High School and Cornell University. ...
July 12, 1945 Waverly Sun-Recorder: Miss Nellianna Best of New York City will arrive Friday night to spend a few days with Miss Charlotte Knapp of Chemung street.
August 23, 1945 The Waverly Sun Recorder: Mrs. Nellie Best is visiting Mrs. George Knapp of Chemung street.
September 13, 1945 The Waverly Sun-Recorder: Mrs. Ralph Fralick of the Ellistown road, owner of the Marilorn Cabins, has purchased the home of Mrs. Gertrude Knapp on Chemung Street.
September 28, 1945 Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, N. Y.: Tioga Woman Is 105 Today. Waverly, N. Y., Sept. 28 - (AP)- Mrs. Amasa Finch, who has lived through five wars, observed her 105th birthday anniversary today. The Tioga County woman, whose life has spanned the Mexican, Civil, Spanish American and the two World Wars, maintains an up-to-the-minute outlook on life. She takes a lively interest in current national and international events and always is ready to discuss them with callers. Born on Sept. 28, 1840, at Talmadge Hill, Tioga County, six years before the outbreak of the strife with Mexico, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Sawyer recalls vividly events of the Civil War. Her husband's parents, she recollects, were active in transporting slaves to freedom by means of the underground railroad. But today, Mrs. Finch's mind is occupied with world developments which she hears on the radio. She was listening in when the news of President Roosevelt's death was flashed. She also heard the victory broadcasts. Her failing eyesight makes it difficult to read, but she listens to her daughter, Miss Mary E. Finch, with whom she resides, with the aid of a hearing device. She discards the artificial devices when listening to broadcasts. Holding age is no barrier to activity. Mrs. Finch rises early, dresses without aid, and after breakfast assists with the lighter household tasks. She was seriously ill for three weeks during the summer but recovered and again is active. Oldest member of the Waverly Presbyterian Church, her name went on the role 80 years ago. The Sawyers came to Bradford County from Orange County.
October 25, 1945 Mrs. Gertrude Knapp who recently sold her Chemung Street home, is now living at 470 Pennsylvania avenue.
October 29, 1945 Elmira Star-Gazette: Malicious Halloween Prank Injures Three at Chemung. Three persons were injured at Chemung Monday night when drivers of a truck and automobile swerved to avoid what appeard to be a tree across Rt. 17 but proved to be cornstalks placed as a Halloween prank. Robert W. Evans, 25, of 537 Chemung St., Waverly, was treated for multiple cuts and bruises at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He was the driver of a truck owned by Max Cohen of Sayre. His condition today was described as good. ...
October 31, 1945 Elmira Star Gazette: Auxiliary Members Going to Conference. Waverly - Four members of Betowski-VanDeMark Post, American Legion Auxiliary will attend the fall conference of the Sixth District auxiliary Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, in Norwich. Representing the local post and Tioga County will be Mrs. Marslette Wilcox, county chairman; Mrs. Ralph W. Fralick, president of the Waverly auxiliary; Mrs. William Barnes, chairman of rehabilitation; and Mrs. Floyd Stewart, chairman of child welfare work. ... (Mrs. Ralph Fralick Owner of 208 Chemung St. Waverly, NY)
November 2, 1945 Elmira Star Gazette: Red Cross Unit To Banquet In Waverly. Waverly - For the first time in the history of the local American Red Cross Chapter a rally and banquet for all branches of volunteer services and other interested will be held Monday evening in the Waverly Moose Home. A turkey dinner will be served at 6:30 p. m. Various branches of the Red Cross services have been invited to attend in uniform. During the war there was no time for get-togethers of the various branches and work of the units was unfamiliar to many of the volunteer workers. Some groups are now less active than during the war but many like the Canteen, Home Service Production and Nurses Aides, will continue for some time. The production units in particular are faced with huge quotas to clothe the people of war-torn Europe. With the return of veterans the work of the Home Service branch has increased tremendously. Toastmaster will be Don McClelland and Miss Ruth Richardson, music instructor in the Waverly schools, will lead the singing. William A. Fine, Red Cross Field director who served with the combat infantry regiments in Sicily, Cassino, Rome, the invasion of France, and the final fighting in the Vosges Mountains, will speak. During World War I he was wounded during the Argonne Forest fighting and served as top sergeant in World War II in the 104th infantry division. After receiving his discharge, due to reaching the age limit, he enlisted in Red Cross work overseas. A native of Oakland, Calif., he has been connected with financial institutions for about 20 years. Committee in charge of the affair includes: Mrs. Mabel Coots, Mrs. Gertrude Knapp and Mrs. Vernon Pultz. Tickets for the affair are available at the Red Cross rooms, 338 Broad St., Waverly.
In the 1940's in this area and other nearby areas, several large homes for sale, advertising - good for converting to: apartments, commerical use, doctor offices, tea room, tourists houses, rooming house, and club house
On November 15, 1945 (abstract date), Gertrude Slaughter Knapp (55 y.o.) sold the "Slaughter" residence (208 and 208 1/2 Chemung street and 9 and 7 Athens Street), to Mary I. Fralick.
November 27, 1945 The Binghamton Press: In the slowest week in several months only 17 pieces of Tioga County property changed hands in the week ended Nov. 24. Included in the deeds filed in the county clerk's office are:... Gertrude Slaughter Knapp of Waverly to Mary I. Fralick, property located in Waverly.
December 18, 1945 Binghamton: Contract for 2 Tioga Bridges Is Awarded. Albany - (AP) - A $107.781 contract has been awarded for construction of two Tioga County bridges and their approaches, the Public Works Department announced today. The contract went to H. E. Brumce, Waverly, the department said. One bridge will be built in Chemung Street, Waverly, where Route 17 crosses Dry Brook. The other will be over Sackett Creek on the Smithboro-Nichols-Wappasenning Road. The project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 1946.
January 29, 1946 The Binghamton Press: Mary I. Fralick and Pierce Fralick of Waverly to Samuel J. Michaels and Lizzie E. Michaels, property located in the Town of Barton.
January 31, 1946 Elmira Star Gazette: Free Library Elects Staff, Hears Reports. Waverly - Annual meeting with election of officers and directors of the Waverly Free Library, was held Wednesday afternoon in the Library rooms on Fulton St. Herbert H. Smith was re-elected president of the organization and other officers were also re-named as follows: Vicepresident, Mrs. Frank Merriam; secretary, Mrs. Gertrude Knapp; treasurer, Harold C. Watrous; directors for three years, Dr. Donald Donlin and Mrs Ray D. Herrington. A comprehensive picture of the work of the library during the past year was presented by Mrs. L. W. Lunn, librarian. Total number of borrowers during the year was 2,051, of whom 1,613 were Waverly residents, and 438 non-residents. Circulation of the library, counting books and magazines totaled, 53,092. Adults proved to be the greatest users of the facilities of the library, borrowing 36,950 books while juvenile readers borrowed 13,652. There were 2,490 magazines borrowed.
February 8, 1946 Schenectady Gazette: Mrs. A. E. Watson of Linden street was hostess to her bridge group at her home yesterday. Attending were Mrs. George B. Knapp, Mrs. Richard Barton, Mrs. Hugh Sickner Mazwell, Mrs. Vorras A. Elliott, Mrs. Frank Kaestle, Mrs. George Sager, Mrs. Frank A. Willard Jr., Mrs. Bartlett Kimball, Mrs. H. B. Miller, Mrs. William Hadlock and Mrs. Kenneth E. Buhrmaster.
March 14, 1946 The Waverly Sun: Mrs. Gertrude Knapp of Pennsylvania avenue left Sunday to spend some time with Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sawyer of New York City.
March 25, 1946 Elmira Star Gazette: Athens' Oldest Resident Dead at 103. Athens - Mrs. Helen M. Coryell Kellogg, Athens' oldest resident, died at her home Saturday evening. She would have been 104 on her next birthday June 13, 1946, and was the second oldest person in this area. Born in Cooperstown, she came to Waverly with her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Vincent Coryell in 1843. Her father was a lawyer and minister, and preached on the circuit which included most of Tioga County. Her grandfather was Tioga County's first judge and her great-grandfather, owner of Coryell's Ferry on the Delaware River, assisted Gen. George Washington and his staff in their historic crossing of the Delaware River at that point in the Revolutionary War. In 1905 she married the late Charles Kellogg of Waverly and moved to Athens where the Kellogg-Maurice Bridge Co. was established. She was a close friend of Mrs. Howard Elmer, wife of the founder of Sayre, and was present at the first meeting of the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Robert Packer Hospital, when plans were being made in 1880 for the founding of the local institution. She was active in the Ladies' Library Club of Athens and remembered presenting a paper before the club against women's suffrage because she feared it would undermine the American home. She was also a member of the Tioga Point Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Keen of mind and hearing, she was intensely interested in world affairs which she would discuss freely. Deeply imbedded in her mind was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. She remembered her father breaking the news of Lincoln's death to her family and said that he wept as he told of the tragic end of the President. Up to her 100th birthday Mrs. Kellogg had voted at every presidential election since women were given the voting right.
April 23, 1946 The Binghamton Press: John Santo and Grace M. Santo of Waverly to Robert G. Lougher and Helen M. Lougher, property located in Waverly. (We found the name "Bub Lougher" signed underneath the wall paper in dining room, area of patched wall. Information from Robert Lougher, grandson of the late David William Lougher, said that 3 of David's sons worked with him in the business of D. W. Lougher & Sons. The sons were: Arthur "Bub", Evan, and Robert "Feather" Lougher. The grandson says that they worked in our house on several occasions.)
April 25, 1946 Elmira Star Gazette: Shepard Hills Club Auxiliary Elects Heads. Waverly - At annual meeting of the Shepard Hills Country Club Auxiliary, officers and a board of directors were elected to begin duties immediately. Five directors were elected from each of the Valley towns at the meeting at the Sayre Community Center as follows: Waverly, Mrs. H. I. Seely Jr., Mrs. George B. Knapp, Mrs. Elsworth Schanbacher, Mrs. Percy Gillan, and Mrs. R. C. Kolb; Sayre, Mrs. C. L. Waltman, Mrs. George Hawk, Mrs. Frank Allen, Mrs. Frank Horn, and Mrs. George Carling; Athens, Mrs. William H. Jewell, Mrs. Daniel Loveland, Mrs. Malin Martin, Mrs. F. A. Jimmerson, Mrs. Roy O. Allen. Mrs. Loveland was re-elected president of the Auxiliary. Other officers named: Firs vice-president, Mrs. Jimmerson; second vice-president, Mrs. Horn; secretary, Mrs. Frank Allen; treasurer, Mrs. Knapp. Mrs. Harry S. Fish was re-appointed chairman of the house committee, Mrs. Seely Jr., was appointed chairman of the social committee, and Mrs. Waltman was re-appointed chairman of the garden committee.
August 22, 1946 The Evening Leader, Corning, N. Y. : Large Attendance Noted As Women Of Country Club Entertain Waverly. One of the largest attendances at any of the Wednesday Ladie's Day was noted yesterday when Corning Country Club members played host to the women of the Shepard Hills Country Club at Waverly. Over 80 women from the two clubs were present at the event, which featured a golf tournament and bridge games. ... The following members of the Shepard Hills Club attended: Miss Ruth Personius, Mrs. George Hawk, Mrs. Frederick Kellog, Mrs. Louis Schrier, Mrs. Wallace Young, Mrs. Ellsworth Schawbacker, Mrs. Frank Allen, Mrs. T. P. Knapp, Mrs. John Hall, Mrs. Sidney Kaye, Mrs. William Huntley, Miss Isabell Loveland, Mrs. George Knapp, Mrs. Richard Tonkin, Mrs. Edgar Sebring, Mrs. John T. Slater, Mrs. Percy Gillan, Mrs. Evan Johnson, Miss Jean Daugherty, Mrs. Don Donlue, Mrs. Edward Kopp, Mrs. George Hunt, Mrs. D. A. Loveland, Mrs. Harland Meirrelle and Mrs. Frank Horn. ...
October 2, 1946 The Binghamton Press: Ad. For Sale Jenkins Inn Waverly, N. Y. Excellent Income Property. Nine Guest Rooms. One Large Family Apartment. Completely Furnished. Phone Waverly 376 Inspection by Appointment Only. (202 Chemung Street Waverly, NY)
September 13, 1946 The Evening Times: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Knapp, Mrs. George Knapp and Miss Charlotte Knapp spent Sunday visiting Mr. and Mrs. Frank Boyle of Ithaca.
November 17, 1946 Utica Daily Press: New Management For Hamilton Inn. Clinton- Formation of a new corporation to assume management of the Alexander Hamilton Inn beginning Jan. 2 was announced yesterday. ... President of the West Park Row Corporation is George Traub of Elmira; his wife, Mrs. Martha Traub, is secretary-treasurer, and Stanley is vicepresident. Mr. and Mrs. Traub will be managers of the inn. Traub has been serving as manager of the Elmira City Club, and Mrs. Traub has been operating the Jenkins Inn, Waverly. The Jenkins Inn has been in Mrs. Traub's family, and recently was sold.
December 10, 1946: Gertrude Slaughter Knapp, Waverly, to Earl J. and Nellie F. Payne, property in Waverly. (This was Corner Drug Store that Gertrude's father, Samuel Slaughter, had owned at 337 Broad street.) (Earl James Payne, born in South Waverly Borough on 11/02/1897, father was James Payne, mother was Sarah E. Gross.) This was confirmed in 2013, to be the drug store purchase, by Anna Frances Payne, daughter of Earl Payne.
December 10, 1946 Elmira Star-Gazette: DAR Chapter Plans An Apron Bazaar. Waverly - An apron bazaar for the benefit of the Crossnore School, Crossnore, N. C., will feature a meeting of Carantouan Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, at home of Mrs. A. C. Palmer, 329 Chemung St., Waverly, Wednesday. This will be a guest meeting and a program of Christmas music will be presented under direction of Mrs. Ralph B. Fravel. Mrs. John F. Krill, local chapter regent, has announced these hostesses for the meeting: Mrs. Lewis D. Atwater, Mrs. Manley A. Brink, Mrs. Esther B. Cleveland, Mrs. George B. Knapp, and Mrs. Fred C. Simmons.
1947 Elmira Star-Gazette: Robert W. Evans, 26, of 537 Chemung St., Waverly employed by Mr. Rigle of 18 Johnson St., Waverly. (Henry Evans' son)
January 16, 1947 The Clinton Courier, Clinton, New York: Redecorating Of Inn Near Completion. Colonial Motif Accented In New Furnishings And Decorations, Mr. and Mrs. Traub In Charge. Extensive redecorating and refurbishing of The Alexander Hamilton Inn is being completed this week preparatory to reopening of the place to the public by the new managers, Mr. and Mrs. George F. Traub. ... When present operations are finished, the Inn will have 10 rooms available for guests. Mr. Traub, for many years manager of the Elmira City Club, is a Cornell University graduate, while his wife, formerly operator of Jenkins' Inn, at Waverly, attended National Park College, Washington, D.C.
January 24, 1947 Binghamton Press: Mrs. Amasa Finch, believed to be the Southern Tier's oldest resident, died today at her home, 495 Cayuta Avenue, Waverly. She was 106. Mrs. Finch, who had lived through five wars, had been confined to bed since last May when she fell in her home, suffering a hip fracture. Until then, her activities had included light household tasks. The former Amasa Sawyer, she will be buried in Forest Home Cemetery at Waverly after funeral services Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Greer Funeral Home in the village. The service will be conducted by the Rev. F. M. Homrighouse, pastor of Waverly's First Presbyterian Church of which Mrs. Finch had been a member for more than 80 years. Mrs. Finch was born Sept. 28, 1840, at Talmadge Hill, Tioga County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Sawyer. In an interview with the Binghamton Press on her 105th birthday, Mrs. Finch recalled that her husband's parents were active in transporting slaves to freedom by means of underground railroad. Until she suffered the hip fracture, Mrs. Finch took an active interest in current national and international events. Because of failing eyesight she was unable to read newspapers and had to rely on radio.
1947 Elmira Star-Gazette: Haluska Hits 522 In Waverly Loop. Waverly - Katherine Haluska hit 522 in the Womens Bowling League on the Waverly Recreation Alleys to lead scoring for the 16 team Valley League. Charlotte Knapp was second at 506. High single game went to Frances Seidel with 212. The Randys Service five were high scorers with 2287 total and the Texaco five rolled 826 for high single game.
March 31, 1947 Elmira Star-Gazette: Mrs. Frances Brooks Tubbs of Binghamton, formerly of Elmira. Monday, Mar. 31, 1947. Survived by sisters, Mrs. M. A. Zimmerman, of Elmira, Mrs. Orson C. Richards of Hudson Falls, N.Y. Body will be taken to the Smith and Fudge Funeral Home late this afternoon, where private funeral will be held Wednesday, 11 a.m. Very Rev. Frederick Henstridge. Woodlawn Cemetery.
April 15, 1947 Binghamton Press: Presbyterian Women Elect.
Mrs. Allen R. Henderson of Hancock will head the Women's Presbyterial Society of the Binghamton Presbytery for another year. ...
Advisory board, Mrs. O. G. Olsen of Binghamton, Mrs. George Knapp of Waverly, Mrs. George Tappan of Binghamton, Miss Lois Saylor of Endicott, Miss Jessie English of Hallstead, Pa., and Mrs. Arthur Dunn of Cortland. ...
May 14, 1947 Elmira Star Gazette: Auxiliaries At Waverly Hear Leader. Waverly - The four units comprising the Tioga County American Legion auxiliaries honored State Department president Mrs. Isabel Powers of Rochester at a dinner at the Iron Kettle Inn on her official visit to the county Tuesday evening. Mrs. Marslette Wilcox, Tioga County Legion Auxiliary chairman, presided and introduced these officials and out-of-town guests: Mrs. Lucy Johnson of Oneonta, Sixth District chairman; Mrs. Lora Grant, first vicechairman of the county auxiliary; Mrs. Helen Craig, second vicechairman; Mrs. Marietta Ellis, third vicechairman; Mrs. Edna Simcoe, treasurer; Mrs. Marjorie Rolls, chaplain; Ronald Ward, Sixth District Legion commander; and John L. Craig, county commander in Tioga County. The program included two vocal solos by Mrs. Charlyne Sutton, accompanied by Miss Marion Bruster. Seated at the speaker's table also were the following county unit chairmen: Presidents, Mrs. Mary Fralick, Betowski-Vandemark Post 492; Mrs. Catherine Whitney, of Owego, Tioga Unit 401; Mrs. Helen Craig, Arden Kelsey Unit 907; and Mrs. Marietta Ellis, Richford Unit 1431. The Department president, in her talk, urged all members to back up the American Legion in its fight to preserve universal military training in the United States. She explained programs of the state Auxiliary and said that the new infirmary at Tupper Lake for women, would be officially opened July 1, for its first patients.
October 29, 1947 The Knickerbocker News, Albany, N. Y.: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Warren Knapp 3d, Waverly, have announced the birth of a son, Joseph Warren 4th, Oct. 6. Mrs. Knapp is the former H. Alice Kemp, Albany. The knapps also have a daughter, Helen Elizabeth
November 4, 1947 Binghamton Press: Stiles Heads Owego Health Seal Sale. Owego - Arthur B. Stiles, Owego postmaster, will serve as chairman of the annual Christmas sale sponsored by Tioga County Tuberculosis and Public Health Association, which will open Nov. 21 and continue through the holidays. ... Other members of the countywide committee are as follows: ... Mrs. Seward Baldwin, Mrs. Harold Coleman, Fred D. Gillen, Mrs. George Knapp, the Rev. Robert J. Fox, George Frailey, Mrs. A. C. Palmer, Mrs. Thomas Sheahan, Mrs. F. K. Shaw, Mrs. Philip Sturge and Mrs. Harold Watrous, all of Waverly. Also, "It is an honor to head the 1947 Christmas Seal campaign, which is the 41st in Tioga County," Mr. Stiles said today. "I am fortunate to have such a capable committee to work with me. I am confident that we can depend on the cooperation of the people of this county to make the sale a success. ... Seal funds will be used in 1949 to finance the association's health program. The purchase and use of the seals has become a tradition in Tioga County. I am sure the residents again will give their full and generous support to the movement."
December 12, 1947 Binghamton Press: 18 Properties Transferred In Tioga. ...Alec Rosefsky, Binghamton, to J. Warren Knapp, 3d and Alice K. Knapp, property in Waverly. ...Bert S. Golden and Laura Golden, Waverly, to J. Warren Knapp, 3d, and Alice K. Knapp, property in Waverly. ...
1948, at 337 Broad Street, Owego Credit Bureau also in building with Valley Credit & Adjustment Bureau, with Payne's variety store. (from Don Merrill's collection)
1948 Directory: 3 Athens st. Robert Lockwood. 5 Athens st. Larry G. Dykeman. 7 Athens vacant lot. owned by Mary Fralick. 9 Athens former carriage house now two apartments owned by Mary Fralick and rented by; David Meyer and Paul Lipp. 4 Athens st. Elmer Lawrence. 6 Athens st. James F. Nolan. 8 Athens st. Robert Draper.
From 1948 Directory of Athens, Sayre, & Waverly: at 9 Athens - David C. Meyer and Paul Lipp; at 208 Chemung Street - Mrs. Gertrude S. Knapp, Ralph Fralick, Ben C. Young, Albert J. Williams, Dr. Harry S. Fish (died in 1960, was former chief surgeon at Tioga County General Hospital, Waverly, NY); at 208 1/2 Chemung Street - Donald Gustina; no 7 Athens Street address listed
July 10, 1948 The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown, N. Y. Mrs. George B. Knapp of Waverly is visiting Mrs. Wilbur A. Spraker.
July 12, 1948 Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, N. Y.: Mrs. Paul Crooker and Mrs. Wilbur Spraker, Canajoharie, and Mrs. Gertrude Knapp, Waverly, visited Mrs. E. Corning Davis Jr. on Thursday.
August 24, 1948 The Morning Herald, Gloversville and Johnstown N.Y.: Mrs. George Knapp and daughter, Miss Charlotte Knapp, Waverly, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. Corning Davis Jr., Friday.
August 28, 1948 from "Evening Recorder" Amsterdam, NY: Mrs. George Knapp and daughter, Miss Charlotte Knapp, Waverly, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. Corning Davis Jr..
Ocotber 11, 1948 Elmira Star Gazette: Waverly OES To Meet. Waverly - Star Chapter 9, Order of Eastern Star, will meet in the Waverly Masonic Temple Tuesday at 8 p.m. Refreshments will follow the chapter session. Mrs. Mary Fralick is in charge.
May 16, 1949 Elmira Star-Gazette: For Sale! 3-Apartment residence suitable as is or for convalescent or tourist home. 152 Chemung St. Waverly, NY
circa 1949 at 208 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY, rear of main house, one story porch is replaced by two story addition (back staircase and enclosed porch areas)
July 21, 1949 The Clinton Courier, Clinton, NY: Extensive Repainting Planned By St. James Church. Painting and redecorating the inside of St. James Church is expected to begin during the late summer or early fall. A firm that specializes in redecorating churches, D. W. Lougher & Sons of Waverly, N. Y. will be doing the job. ... (a grandson of D. W. Lougher has said that D. W. Lougher & Sons had worked in our estate on several occasions)
October 19, 1949 Elmira Star-Gazette: For Sale. Tourist Home - On main highway. Very Reasonable. 157 Chemung St. Waverly, NY