Volume Six  Issue Three  March 2021
The History Center on Main Street
83 and 61 North Main Street
Mansfield, PA
The Museum of Us
Director- Joyce M. Tice: President - Deb Talbot Bastian: V.P - Kathy McQuaid
Who Lived in Your House?
A frequent question we get from visitors to the museum or our website is about who lived in their house before them. Our next big project is designed to answer that question. By combining house pictures, census records and our massive local genealogical database, we will construct those records for Mansfield Borough.

Why only the Borough? Because we need house and street addresses. House numbers were only added in Mansfield about 1899, and the reason was for home delivery by the post office. Starting with the 1900 census, street addresses were included. This enables us to link the residents to the building. In rural areas road names were not included, and house numbers did not exist until the 1970s.

We have had several fires in recent years that have destroyed some of our older buildings. That enhances the need to photograph and document them. An additional issue is that occasionally house numbers change and throw us off, particularly on South Main Street.
You Can Help
Step One will be to photograph each house or business building or barn, street by street. We already have some, but when warm weather starts, we will need volunteers to take a section and photograph the buildings. We need high resolution digital images, so if you use a cell phone, make sure it is set for high resolution. Otherwise a digital camera is preferred. If you want to help on this project, coordinate with us so we make the best use of everyone's time.

Step One B - Go through your family albums. We encourage people to send in the older photos of their house, or the one they grew up in. Again, high resolution scans are preferred, and be sure to state the street and house number. If you can't scan them, we can do it for you and return the photos. Most cell phone photos will not be high enough resolution.

Another Request - census 1900, 1910,1920,1930,1940 are available, and we have been working on these for years documenting and connecting our local population. The 1950 census won't be out for another few years, but you know something about your house that you could share with us that is more recent than 1940. Who did you, your parents, buy it from. Who was it sold to when your family left? What other information do you have about your house?
Just as every person has a story, so does every building.
This is a community-wide project, and people can participate in a variety of ways. We are excited to see this come together and look forward to your participation.

P.S. We really need pre-2000 phone books.
181 North Main Street

Built by Andrew Sherwood, this little house was a tourist home called The Little Tavern from as early as 1915 and up to the 1940s. it was THE place for social occasions, meetings, entertaining your friends or a dinner out.
In 1920, manager Idessa Roupp French and her husband lived here, and in 1930, the Nares family operated the business and lived n the building.
181 North Main address is now the Wine & Spirits, even though that sits much further back from the street than this house did.
21 North Academy Street

This Methodist Parsonage was removed to enlarge the parking area for the church.
In 1910, minister Albert Fenton resided here.
122 South Academy Street

This 1955 photo is from Sally Ann Wilson Smith who lived there with her family. It is now the home of James and Sharon Davies. Both Sally and James are History Center members and volunteers.
188 South Main Street

Known as the Clark House, J. Miller Clark and his first wife, Matilda Fox, built this house in 1873. Orville Schanbacher and Martha Rausch bought it, and their family was here for many decades. It is now an apartment house and recently had a fire in the back part.
9 North Main Street
Built in 1905 by Michael Schipbanker for his men's clothing store, it was also home to the Schipbanker family in 1910, 1920, 1930. Living above the store was the norm for merchants. Michael's wife, Maria Jupenlaz, and his two daughters lived there even after his death. Leon and Lettie Baynes operated their shoe store from here for many years. Lucky Star Restaurant now occupies the ground floor.
Where? Help Needed.
This postcard purchased on ebay is labeled as the Lee Thomas House in Mansfield and on the back Mansfield PA 1905-1910
George, Father, Ben Towner, Jen Towner, Uncle Sam, Florence Towner, Mother, Will Towner.
Show Your Face!!!
We are able to present a display such as this because so many families have been willing to share their family photos with us, making them part of the community archives and a permanent part of Mansfield's history. When we select individuals to commemorate, we are more likely to select if we have a photo to go along with the text. If you have photos of our local families, businesses or events, we hope you will share them with us so that your family members can be represented by face in the Museum of Us.
History Center Heroes
Special thanks to Joe Tice of Joe Tice Excavating for repairing both our sewer pipe problem last winter AND putting in new water pipes.

Thanks also to Matt Neal Construction, Bohart Heating and Plumbing, and Lowe's for donated or discounted materials or services for our renovation of rooms to be used for library and archives.

Thanks also to volunteer painters James Davies, Mary Robinson-Slabey, Denny Murray, and Zach and Steve McCloskey.
Hometown Treasures
Everyone Light Up!
Businesses, individuals, and events leave behind items and mementos that remind us of their existence and which record our town's history. We will include items from our collection in each issue of the newsletter.

This month we'll show some matchbooks that are in our collection. These are from the 1940s and are part of the collection of Joan Nash O'Dell who graduated from Mansfield High School in 1947. She lives in Horseheads and is a History Center member. She donated her matchbook albums to us.

Almost everyone smoked cigarettes, and they apparently drank Orange Crush, too.
Jerry Barnes Service Station was on South Main Street where Mansfield Embroidery is now.
Mudge's Grocery was on Elmira Street. It was later called Ellery's Grocery.
The newsroom on South Main Street sold magazines, comic books and cigars. After Farrer's it was Davey's and then Cleveland's News Room. It was razed in the 1970s.
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 required.

We are hopeful that we can start hosting High School Reunion classes again this summer as we have for several years. We miss our visitors.
Update on Our Renovations
On the back of the museum is a small addition of four rooms that has been used as an apartment as far back as the 1870s, possibly originally intended as housing for the church's minister, but that's a guess. We have determined that Emma Bailey, Universalist minister lived there in 1920, so our guess was good.

Work on these rooms is nearly complete, and we are excited at the prospect of moving in and putting everything in order.

Having the library and archives in this building will cut in half the costs of operating two buildings, and it will make it more efficient to work. It will be a more unified experience for our visitors and researchers.

We still have work to do on the building's exterior, but that will have to wait for another funding source.

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

Finishing Touches
We're heading down the home stretch on the renovations. The painting is done. The flooring is laid. The trim is nearly done, and the electric is coming along. We are very EAGER to get settled and get organized.
For the New Year. Consider a gift membership. Members will receive our 40 page printed journal by mail 4 to 6 times a year with new articles that have never been researched before and outstanding photos to illustrate. Share your love of the Mansfield area with your friends and family.
Why do we ask for donations in every newsletter? Because we have to.
It's the only way we can continue offering our important services to the community.
Your help will make it possible.
Membership- Renew for 2021
Annual memberships are an important part of keeping us operating. Please consider a new or renewed membership.

Members receive four to six issues annually of our printed journal Voices From the Archives.

Membership dollars are an important part of our operating resource. Be sure to renew your membership for 2021 or become a new member. A renewal card will be included in the next journal which will be mailed this month.
Annual Membership Levels
Family $50
Individual $35
Senior (Over 65) $25
Business Level $100
Lifetime $500
MHS Class Memorial $200

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