Volume Six  Issue Six  September 2021
The History Center on Main Street
 61 North Main Street
Mansfield, PA
The Museum of Us
Director- Joyce M. Tice: President - Steve McCloskey: V.P - Kathy McQuaid
2nd Annual Smokin' Spectacular at the Museum
Join us September 25th from 11 AM until all is sold
Rolling Smoke BBQ will prepare the meals.

Our parking lot corner of N. Main and W. Elmira streets can be entered from North Main or from Sassafras Alley in the back.

Tours available of our museum and our new genealogy/research library.
In response to our Who Lived in Your House? project, Bob Lynch has recorded the history of 220 South Main Street. We welcome additional house stories.
The History of 220 South Main Street, Mansfield
by Robert Lynch
The property at 220 South Main Street in Mansfield, PA is reflected in the photo. The house was built in 1930, and has 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. The basement has concrete walls and is partially finished. The attic has been used as a 4th bedroom in the past. The house has 2,148 square feet, and is heated by gas. The property is .68 acres.

As of August, 2021, the house has had two owners in its 91 year history, the Manser family, and since the 1940’s, the Lynch family. 

The house was built in 1930 by Herbert T. Manser (1892-1955) and Agnes McCausland Manser (1907-1999). Herbert spent a portion of his early years in France, and received his A.B. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University. He was a Professor of French, and Dean of Instruction, at Mansfield State Teachers College. He was also Chief Air Raid instructor for the Mansfield area during World War II. Manser dining hall on the college campus was dedicated to Herbert in 1969.

Agnes graduated Valedictorian of Mansfield High, Class of 1925. She attended Duke University and graduated from Mansfield State Normal School. Agnes and Herbert married in 1932. They had one daughter, Hope C. Manser (later Hope C. Garner of Columbus, Ohio). Agnes’ father was William McCausland, a prominent Mansfield businessman and a trustee of Mansfield State Teachers College. He lived with the Manser family in his later years and died at 220 South Main in 1936. His Presbyterian funeral services were held at 220 South Main. After Herbert’s passing, Agnes married George Dyer of Mansfield, who passed in 1984.

Dr. Raymond James Lynch (1900-1995) purchased the house and property at 220 South Main in the 1940’s. He was the youngest of seven children of Patrick and Catherine Hourihan Lynch, and was born and raised on the family farm in Overshot, Bradford County, PA. He graduated from Luthers Mills High School in 1918 and was Salutatorian of the Class of 1923 of the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He purchased 220 South Main prior to his 1947 marriage to Mary Teresa Cowley Lynch (1913-1999).

Mary was born in California, PA, and was raised in Marshview, Bradford County, PA, along with her brother Charles, by their parents, Charles F. Cowley and Margaret Barrett Cowley. Mary graduated from St. Agnes High School in Towanda, PA and from College Misericordia in Dallas, PA. She taught high school in Sayre, PA before marriage.

Raymond and Mary Lynch had three children, Robert R. (1949- ), Patrick J. (1952- ) and Richard E. (1954-2015), all raised at 220 South Main.
The house at 220 South Main was built by Herbert Manser. (Photo at left) He was outstanding in all the trades, and was known to have expressed his thoughts that he would have preferred building homes as opposed to teaching college.

He hired trades people to help as he built the house but terminated them because they could not meet his high standards. To this day, trades people comment on the high quality of the construction, and of the materials used in building the house.

Raymond Lynch used the structure behind the house as his veterinary hospital. The hospital was converted to a one bedroom apartment in the late 1960’s. In the 1940’s, there was a very small Catholic population in Mansfield and Raymond Lynch would on occasion host a visiting priest who would hold mass in the house. So, the house has hosted on-site Presbyterian and Catholic services over its history.

Robert Raymond Lynch
Submit Your House History
Hometown Treasures
Odds & Ends in the Museum
S&H Green Stamp Booklet
Early Boy Scout Hat
World War One Miltary Canteen
1999 Championship Baseball, American Legion League
Upcoming Events
We are on hold for events and Art Classes for the present, but we'll be glad to see you if you stop in.

We are open for visitors noon to 3 T, W, Th or by appointment. Masks suggested. Guests are welcome any time we are here outside of regular hours.
Update on Our Renovations
Our library and archives are almost fully moved and ready for visitors.

We still have outside work to do: the addition of a second story stair and siding.

We are still in ned of about $15,00 additional funds to complete the exterior work.

Rebuilding With YOUR Help!!!
Your Town, Your Ancestors, Your History

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