Blossburg News & Views for March 28, 2012

by Lonny Frost 26. March 2012 12:26
Remember that Blossburg V.I.B.E. will hold its monthly meeting Wed., March 28th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at The Brick Tavern in Blossburg.  Come on out and support what is happening in your community!
The Blossburg Fire Department Fish Fry is on Friday, March 30th.  Cost is $9 per person, those under 4 eat free. Take out orders are available. All proceeds to benefit the Fire, Ambulance, and Auxiliary with Community minded projects.
Blossburg Community Yard Sale will occur on April 28th from 8AM to 2PM.  If you want your sale on the map, please email or call Heidi Jones at 638-2486 by April 15th.
Little League Field Clean Up will be on March 31st, April 6 & 7 at 10AM each day.  Lunch will be provided.  Please come out and support North Penn Little League!
Grace Community will be having free clothing day on Sat. March 31st from 9AM to 2PM.
Birthday Wishes go out to Mark Kocher of Covington, Darlene Haldeman and a happy Anniversary to Adam & Tara Spencer from those who know you from Blossburg.
Send your announcement to or call (570) 638-2486.  Deadline for items is 8 p.m. on Saturday.  Do not forget to check out for any thing you may be looking for dealing with our town!
Only a few residents in the area will remember Dr. William A. DeWitt, who worked at the Blossburg State Hospital.   Dr. DeWitt had been surgeon in chief of the Blossburg State Hospital since the fall of 1911 and had made a wide reputation by his extraordinary skill as a surgeon.  It was stated that this young man was one of the best surgeons around.  He was beloved by all who knew him.  Sadly at the young age of 32, family and friends from all over Tioga and surrounding counties felt Dr. DeWitt's death as a personal bereavement.  He not only occupied a high position as a skilled surgeon, but his position in the community as a man and as a citizen was admired by all who knew him.
He was an active member of the Blossburg Lodge of Masons and Chapter of Tyagaghton Commander of the Consistory of Williamsport and of the Mystic Shrine of Wilkes-Barre.
The young Dr. DeWitt, died Sept. 24, 1918, around 10:00 AM from pneumonia, after becoming severely ill on Saturday, Sept. 21st.  At that time the doctor had been treating a large number of patients who were sick and it is believed he kept putting others first when he finally ended up bedridden.  By that time no hope was seen for his recovery. 
In those days pneumonia killed residents around Tioga County in large numbers.  Many of the deaths by pneumonia were coal miners, who already were suffering from what would be known later as Black Lung Disease.  
Dr. William DeWitt's wife was also seriously ill with pneumonia when he died.  Their children were believed to be staying with  Dr. DeWitt's parents so they would not become sick themselves.
By the time of the good doctor's death  he was still survived by his wife, his two children and his parents Mr. and Mrs. W. F. DeWitt, of Troy.   Also surviving was his sister, Mrs. J. M. Beers of Elmira, NY. The funeral was held Friday, Sept. 27th at 12:30 PM at Blossburg and the remains were taken to Troy, Pa., for burial.  The service was in charge of the Tyagaghton Commander, No. 28.  Knights Templar, of Wellsboro.


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