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Vandine Martz (1844-1917) was my great-grandfather. He was born on September 16, 1844 in Sunbury,  Pennsylvania to Simon and Mary Ann Martz. On August 8, 1862 (a month short of his eighteenth birthday) he enlisted as a private in the 131st Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Following his nine-month service in the War, he returned to Sunbury and on May 24, 1864 he married Mary Ellen Landau (1844 - 1873) with whom he had three children::
William Henry Martz (1865 - 1872)
Catherine E. Martz (1867 - 1939), married John Arter
John M. Martz (1869 - 1898)

After Mary Ellen's death on June 18, 1873, Vandine married Amanda Poff (18?? - 1879) on December 7, 1873. Amanda had a son, William Stewart Martz  (1871 - 1875), from a previous relationship who was adopted by Vandine, and  together they had three additional children:
Reuben Henry Martz (1874 - 1913)
Mary Ellen Martz 
(1876 - 1878)
Sarah Alice (1878 - 1903)

Following the death of Amanda on April 9, 1879, Vandine was married a third time to Catharine Savilla Bubb ("Kate", 1852 - 1930) on March 25, 1880. Catharine had two sons from previous relationships: Frank Christian Martz (1871 - 1961) and Ervin Jerome Martz  (1874 - 1943), who were adopted by Vandine, and together the couple had two children of their own:
Charles Milton
(1880 - 1943)
Clara Gertrude (1884 - 1954) .

One of the biggest unsolved family mysteries is the origin of the belt buckle shown a the right. It once had the remnants of a blue belt and was thought to be from Vandine's Civil War Uniform but the museum at West Point said it was not. A friend suggested it might stand for "Fifty Fiercely Fighting Fusiliers From Filadelphia"  but apparently there was never such an organization. Later the story was told that Vandine had lost everything by buying uniforms for the Sunbury band so the buckle might have come from one of those, but that has not been proven either.  Any ideas?




February 13, 1844 (Tuesday)

Mary Ellen Landau, is born.
-Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: Future first wife of Vandine Martz -rjm)
September 16, 1844 (Monday)
Vandine Martz is born in Sunbury to Simon and Mary Ann Martz.
-Vandine Martz Bible
-Death Certificate, Vandine Martz
(Note: I conjecture that possibly Vandine's grandmother, Catharine, is from the Francis Vandine family in Chillisquaque Township, which is perhaps the reason that he is given this name (see Simon Martz, "During 1790"). There has been some discussion among researchers about his Mom Mary Ann's maiden name. The only known source is Vandine's death certificate for which his wife, Catharine, was the informant. The favored interpretation is "Showers", although the  initial "S" is not clear and this name fails all three "Criteria" for historical accuracy (see Simon Martz, "Circa 1815" for further discussion). What do you see?.  -rjm)

March 19, 1849 (Monday)
Amanda Poff is born?
-Parish Register, Zion Lutheran Church, Sunbury
(Note: Amanda will be the second wife of Vandine Martz. This date is calculated from a death or burial entry in the church register (See 4/9/1879). Amanda's parentage has not yet been identified and oddly, her birth date is not recorded in Vandine's Bible. She is known to have a brother named John Poff, born in March 1843. John Poff Jr., of Hellam Township, York County, has a daughter Amanda who is 8 in 1850, but not a son named John. Stay tuned... -rjm)
August 13, 1850 (Tuesday)
Simon Martz household:
Simon Martz, 47, distiller
Mary Martz, 34
Mercy Martz, 12
Vandine Martz, 5 (FEMALE?!)
Gideanna Martz, 2
-Census, Sunbury, Pennsylvania, 1850
August 15, 1850 (Thursday)
Henry Landau household:
Henry Landau, 33, mason
Catharine Landau, 26
Mary Landau, 6
Henry Landau, 4
Charles Landau, 2
Benjamin Landau, 2/12
(all born in Pennsylvania)
-Census, Sunbury (household 166), 1850
(Note: Mary is probably Mary Ellen Landau, Vandine's first wife. -rjm)
August 23, 1850 (Friday)
John Poff household:
John Poff, Jr, 37, laborer, real estate $600
Martha Poff, 38
Mary Poff, 17
Susan Poff, 15
Joseph Poff, 12
Amanda Poff, 8
David Poff, 3
Malvina Poff, 1
-Census, Hellam Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1850
(Note: Vandine's second wife will be an Amanda Poff and this is the only Amanda Poff I've been able to find. There are some discrepancies however: Vandine's wife probably has a brother John R. Poff, identified through his wife Sarah (see 4/4/1874, and 3/30/1918) and her true given name might be Sybilia A. Poff (see 4/4/1874). In addition, she might be only 1 year old in 1850 (see 4/9/1879). The Poffs are numerous in several nearby counties. -rjm)
March 25, 1852 (Thursday)
Catharine Bubb is born, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Bubb.
-Death Certificate, Catharine Martz
-Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: She will be the third wife of Vandine Martz and my great grandmother. Her name is spelled inconsistently in the records as "Catherine" or "Catharine." Careful inspection, however, indicates that she preferred "Catharine" and is used here. -rjm)
June 15, 1860 (Friday)
Simon Martz household (dwelling 348):
Simon Martz, 53, laborer, real estate $2000, personal estate $200
Mary A., 44
Vandine, 15, attended school
Agnes, 11, attended school
Josiah, 7
Catharine, 1
All born in Pa.
and . . .
Fredric Hammer household (dwelling 373):
Fredric Hammer, 26, carpenter, personal estate $50
Mercy A., 22
Mary A., 3/12
All born in Pa.
and . . .
Peter Lazarus household (dwelling 374):
Peter Lazarus, 61, clerk, personal estate $300
Elizabeth, 28
Mary, 26
Josephine, 24
Mary Landau, 16, domestic
All born in Pa.
-Census, Sunbury, 1860
(Note: It looks like Vandine's future wife, Mary Ellen Landau, is living near (probably next door) to his sister, Mercy A. Hammer. -rjm)
September 17, 1860 (Monday)
Simon Martz buys 2 acres from H.J. Wolverton and wife for $100. The property is lots 33 and 34 on the north side of the Center Turnpike and eastern side of the Philadelphia and Sunbury Railroad, now the Shamokin Valley Pottsville Railroad, bounded by Thomas Robins (north side) and Henry Weiss, (east side).
-Northumberland County Deed Book RR, page 2.
(Note: Yesterday was Vandine's 16th birthday, and this property will eventually be his home.)
August 8, 1862 (Friday)
Vandine Martz joins for duty as Private, Company C, 131st Pa. Vol. Infantry, Northumberland County, Pa. Age: 18 years (although he was 1 month short of that age -rjm); Bounty Paid: $25.
Comrade Vandine Martz who was born on the sixteenth day of September, A. D. in Sunbury, County of Northumberland, State of Pennsylvania. Enlisted Aug. 8, 1862 as a private in Co. "C", 131st Penna Vols. Discharged May 23, 1863 by reason of expiration of term of service.
The Regiment was organized at Camp Curtin in Aug. 1862. Moved at once to Washington, D.C., soon after to Alexandria, Va. Sept. 1st. moved to the vicinity of Fairfax Seminary and was engaged in picket duty on the Leesburg Road Little Reiere (?) Turnpike. Sept. 18 after a forced march of 23 miles arrived on the Antietam battlefield, taking position in line of battle and relieving troops exhausted from previous day's fighting. The next morning the enemy had disappeared and after following him to the Potomac, the Brigade retired to camp near Sharpsburg. At the close of October the Brigade crossed the Potomac and shared the fortunes of the army through Virginia until it arrived in front of Fredricksburg. The 131st. lay near the Phillip house until the afternoon of Dec. 13 when we were marched thru the town under ceaseless cannonade and out to the suburbs to a little hill where we formed in line of battle and advancing at a double quick we climbed the ascent and charged to within 30 yards of a stone wall behind which the enemy lie. Keeping up a steady fire as we advanced. After an hour and a half of being under fire from the enemy and making no impression we were withdrawn and rested upon the battlefield. In the morning we were posted at the little hill where we first formed, this position we held until dark of the 14th. when we were relieved and slept in the streets of Fredricksburg that night. Remained in town during the 15th. until evening when we were moved to the right to support artillery. At 3 O.C. the next morning we evacuated the place and marched in a drenching rain to an old camp. The Regiment then went into winter quarters and had the usual camp duties until the spring campaign opened, with the exception of January, 1863 when they were on Burnside's mud march. Latter part of April crossed the Rappahannock, arriving at the Chancellor house May 1st. At dawn on the 3rd. the command was aroused and on arriving on the ground was immediately placed in support of batteries, lying under a hot fire of shot and shell for four hours. It was then moved to the rifle pits , in this position it remained until the evening of the 5th. when it retired to United States Ford and during the greater part of the night was assisting trains to cross. The term of service having expired the Regiment was returned to Harrisburg and mustered out May 23, 1863.
-National Archives Military Records
-Hand-written book by John W. Bucher, Historian for the Lt. Wm. A. Bruner Post No. 335 G.A.R., dated August 15, 1906, in the possession of the Northumberland County Historical Society. Transcribed by Jack K. Hetrick, Secretary
(Note: Below, a very handsomely framed poster describing the veteran's exploits during the war was offered for purchase sometime following the War. -rjm)
Private, Co. C, 131st  Pa. Vols.
Mustered Aug. 14, 1862
Service
Ordered to Washington and assigned to 3d provisional Brig Casey's Div. Defenses of Washington, ordered to Alsexaandria, Va. and assigned to a brigade commanded by Col. Allabach which afterwards became 2d  Brig. 3d Div. 5th  Corps Army of the Potomac. Brigaded with 123, 133, 155, Pa. Vols.

Moved to near Fort Ward in vicinity of Fairfax Seminary, Sept 1, 1862. Picket duty on Leesburg Road and Little River Turnpike, Maryland campaign. March to Antietam, Md.
Joined 3d Div.,  5th  Corps, Sept 14.  Duty on Antietam battlefield.
September 18.
Picket duty along Potomac. Rappahannock campaign. March to Falmouth, Va. Fredricksburg, Va. Dec 11-15

Marye's Hill
December 13
Duty near Potomac Creek. Burnside's 2nd   Campaign.
January 20-24 1863
Duty at camp Humphrey's till April 28.
Detailed as headquarters guard to General Humphrey's Chancellorsville campaign.
Reconn. toward Fredricksburg May 1. In Support of batteries May 3. Ordered to Harrisburg, Pa. May 15.

Mustered out, May 23 1863 at Camp Curtin, Penna.



May 2, 1863 (Saturday)
On Saturday evening the Union men of Sunbury rigged up the flagstaff in Market square which by the action of the weather had lost the rope by which the flag is elevated. In order to attach the rope it was necessary to lower it which was easily done with the ample assistance rendered. Mr. Rufus Davis brought his force from the Northern Central engine house assisted by Samuel Snyder, Charles T. Wharton and several other men skillful in such operations. By the united operation the old flag was again flying from the staff where it had been elevated on the twenty-second of February, 1861. It would seem that our Union men had an impression that Fighting Joe was going to do something and it was necessary to get the flag ready.
-Sunbury Gazette, 5/9/1863
(Note: "Fighting Joe" Hooker is leading the troops, including our valiant Vandine, to Chancellorsville for another go at the rebs. -rjm)
May 9, 1863 (Saturday)
Metal Tipped Shoes.- Shoes are an important item in the expense of clothing children, as every parent will understand. They invariably wear out their toe first and not infrequently before the other parts are worn. Children shoes with metal tips never wear out at the toe and it is safe to say that on an average one pair of them will more out-wear three pairs without them. We believe all the shoe dealers keep them.
-Sunbury Gazette, 5/9/1863
(Note: Later in life, Vandine Martz will be a shoemaker. It is recalled by a neighbor kid that his metal-tipped shoes were extremely uncomfortable. -rjm)
May 23, 1863 (Saturday)
Private Vandine Martz is mustered out of Company C, 131st Pa. Vol. Infantry, at Harrisburg, Pa. Last paid to 2/28/1863; Am't for cloth'g in kind or money adv'd $40.63.
-National Archives Military Records
May 24, 1864 (Tuesday)
Married.- On the 24th inst., by P.M. Shindel, Esq., Vandine Martz and Mary Landow [Mary Ellen Landau], all of Sunbury.
-Sunbury Gazette, 5/28/1864
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: No tax records are found until 1867. It is assumed they are living with Simon. -rjm)
During 1865
Simon Martz owns 2 acres valued at $150, and is taxed: real/personal $1.50
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1865
(Note: Simon is classified as a laborer for the next 3 years. The property in Upper Augusta has increased in value, maybe we've built a house for Vandine. -rjm)
February 11, 1865 Sat
William Henry Martz is born, son of Vandine and Mary Ellen Martz.
- Vandine Martz Bible
July 31, 1866 (Tuesday)
The honorably discharged soldiers of Sunbury met in the court house on last Tuesday evening and organized an association of the "Boys in Blue", to operate for the gallant Geary the meeting was temporarily organized by appointing Capt. D. Oyster, president; C.D. Wharton, Capt Prowell, Capt. Painter, S.H. Billington, John Leeser, and Harvey Goodrich, vice presidents; and Lieut. Hendricks and H.D. Wharton, secretaries. The object of the meeting being stated by Lieut. A.N. Brice it was on motion
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to confer with the soldiers of the different townships of the county in reference to the permanent organization of the "Boys in Blue".
The chair appointed Lieut. Brice, Capt. Painter, and Capt. Prowell, said committee. The meeting was then addressed by Capt. Bruner after which 65 names of honorably discharged soldiers were put down as members of the Club.
On motion the proceedings were ordered to be published in the loyal papers of the borough. On motion, Resolved, That an invitation is hereby extended to all honorably discharged soldiers to join us in the organization of the Boys in Blue. On motion, adjourned with three hearty cheers for Geary to meet again on next Monday evening at the public school house.
-Sunbury Gazette, 8/4/1866
(Note: Geary is Gen. John W. Geary, (successful) candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania. Vandine is eligible to join this organization, but we don't know that he ever did. -rjm)
During 1867 .
Simon Martz owns 2 acres valued at $150 add $40, and is taxed: real/personal tax $.90 add $.24
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1867
(Note: Finished or built another house maybe? -rjm)
and . . .
Vandine Martz, laborer, is taxed: occupation tax $.25
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1867
(Note: Vandine is a tenant but no property owner is listed. It is assumed to be father Simon. -rjm
March 2, 1867 (Saturday)
The Latest.- A new invention is heralded in the column advertisement in the Philadelphia Press.- It is styled the "Breast Developer" and is designed to impart a beautiful rotundity to ladies who are deficient in that respect. I will supersede cotton and is considered a big thing.
-Sunbury Gazette, 3/2/1867
(Note: Please, this is a family almanac. -rjm
May 27, 1867 (Monday)
Our neighbor of the American professes to have seen a large comet in the nortern heavens on Monday night of last week. Since their announcement of its appearance we looked for it but could not "see it". Such a visitor would certainly be an object of interest and might serve to get up an excitement in these dull times.
-Sunbury Gazette, 6/8/1867
November 15, 1867 (Friday)
Catherine E. Martz is born, daughter of Vandine and Mary Ellen Martz.
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: This is "Aunt Kate", who married John L. Arter. Vandine has a sister named Catherine ...and a future wife, but we don't know that yet. -rjm)
During 1868
Simon Martz owns 2 acres valued at $200, and his tenant is Vandine Martz. Simon is taxed: real/personal $1.60
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1868
and . . .
Vandine Martz, laborer, is tenant of S. Martz, and is taxed: occupation tax $.25
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1868
February 24, 1868 (Monday)
The 23rd snow of the season fell on Monday of last week. We have had half a dozen since making this one of the snowyest winters within the memory of the oldest inhabitant.
-Sunbury Gazette, 3/7/1868
March 10, 1868 (Tuesday)
G.A.R. - A post of the Grand Army of the Republic was organized in this place on Tuesday evening.
-Sunbury Gazette, 3/14/1868
(Note: Vandine is eligible for this organization but we don't know that he joined. He will join when it is re-formed in 1883. -rjm)
November 13, 1868 (Friday)
Meteors.- The display of meteors or falling stars, as they are more commonly called, on last Friday night and Saturday Morning, was quite brilliant at this place. Their appearance on that night was predicted by the astronomers and announced in the newspapers. The branch of science relating to meteors, which in former years was quite vague and uncertain, has become remarkably exact through recent observations and discoveries.
-Sunbury Gazette, 11/21/1868
April 10, 1869 (Saturday)
A Relic of The Olden Times.- The editors of the Miltonian have got hold of an old newspaper printed in Northumberland in 1804 by Andrew Kennedy . . . These old papers are interesting relics of a former generation and serve to remind us the progress we have made as a people during a half a century.
-Sunbury Gazette, 4/10/1869
(Note: uh-huh, tell me about it. Let's all be a relic of the past someday? -rjm)
August 23, 1869 (Monday)
John M. Martz is born, son of Vandine and Mary Ellen Martz.
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: A ? follows this date. This son is probably the same person as John Henry Martz, of whom we'll hear more later. -rjm)
July 26, 1870 (Tuesday)
Frederick Hammer household (dwelling 22):
Federick Hammer, 37, R.R. laborer, born Delaware, mother and father of foreign birth, cannot read nor write
Margaret [sic], 30, keeping house, cannot write
Mary A., 11
William F., 9
Joseph H., 7
and . . .
Vandine Martz household (dwelling 29):
Vandine Martz, 27 [sic], R.R. Laborer, real estate $1600, personal $100
Mary E., 26, keeping house
William, 5
Catherine, 4
John, 1
-Census, 1870, Upper Augusta Township
(Note: "Margaret" Hammer is undoubtedly still Vandine's aunt, Mercy. (cf. 1860 and 1880 censuses. Vandine is actually 25 at this date. Notice the proximity of the two households. I don't know exactly where the Hammers are living, but there may be more than one house on Vandine's property. -rjm)
August 25, 1870 
George Witmer household, Lower Mahanoy Township Northumberland County:
George Witmer    (37)
Sarah Witmer   
(37)
Austine Witmer   
(14)
Elias Witmer   
(12)
Mary E Witmer   
(11)
Lydia Witmer  
(8)
John Witmer   
(6)
Kate Bubb   
(18) domestic servant

-Census, 1870, Upper Augusta Township
September 12, 1870 (Monday)
Simon Martz sells ground in Upper Augusta Township (approximately 2 acres) to Sam N. Gayman for $1000, to open an alley between Eckman and Bloom through branch railroad. Mary Ann Martz signs with an X.
-Northumberland County Deed Book 59, page 383
(Note: This is probably part of Vandine's property, maybe nearly all of it. -rjm)
January 24, 1871 (Tuesday)
Stewart [Martz] is born, son of Amanda Poff [?] and stepson of Vandine Martz
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: Vandine is still married to Mary Ellen (Landau) at this date. Since Vandine recorded this birth out of sequence (between Reuben (1874) and Mary E. (1876), both of whom are children of Vandine and Amanda Poff, it appears that Stewart is Amanda's child by an earlier relationship. The death of a William Stuard [sic] Martz (5/22/1875) is also recorded and assumed to be the same kid. No further references to either Stewart or William Stuard have been found. -rjm)
During 1872
Vandine Martz, R. Road, owns 1 lot valued at $150, and is taxes: real $1.05, occupation $.25
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1872
(Note: Vandine is listed as the property owner, but if you've been paying attention you'll realize there's been no deed for the property yet. Actually it still belongs to Simon. See 4/13/1883. This is the first indication that he works for the railroad. -rjm)
May 11, 1872 (Saturday)
New Cornet Band. - The establishing of a cornet band in this place is now a fixed matter the instruments have been purchased, and in a few days the band will be fully organized under the leadership of Mr. Thomas D. Grant, assisted by Mr. Thomas M. Pursel and Jared C. Irwin. The instruments will consist of ten pieces besides drums and cymbols, the cost of which will be about $550. This organization will be composed of some of our very best young men in this place some of whom are endowed with extra musical talent.
(Note: A little foreshadowing here. Vandine will become "instrumental" [chuckling to myself at my own wit] in Sunbury band history. -rjm)
-Sunbury American, 5/11/1872
May 18, 1872 (Saturday)
Soda Fountain - C. J. Fox on Third Street, whose tobacco store is considered one of the finest outside of the city, has lately erected a soda fountain in his sales room, where all may be refreshed with pure sparkling ice-cold soda water flavored with the purest of spirits.
-Sunbury American, 5/18/1872
June 1, 1872 (Saturday)
Our cornet band continues to flourish and improve both as to membership and style of playing. The members have become quite efficient in the execution of a number of pieces of music and it is a great treat of hearing the full band discourse music.
-Sunbury American, 6/1/1872
June 8, 1872 (Saturday)
William Henry Martz, son of Vandine Martz, dies at the age of 7 years and 4 months.
- Vandine Martz Bible
June 29, 1872 (Saturday)
Rain - We have had heavy rains on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights with numerous showers during the day. The streams in the vicinity are nearly bank full and the water in the river has risen to a heighth (sic) of some six or eight feet. There is a rumor that some of the booms up river gave way and a large amount of timber went adrift. The boom of the Sunbury Lumber Company, above Northumberland, also sustained some damage by the water. This freshet will enable lumbermen to float their timber out of small streams in the upper counties into the boom.
-Sunbury American, 6/29/1872
July 4, 1872 (Thursday)
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF SUNBURY - The Celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the existence of Sunbury, on Thursday of last week, marks a very important era in the history of the town. It having been discovered that the survey was made one hundred years ago by our Chief Burgess, Solomon Malick, Esq., and Wm. I. Greenough, Esq., preparations were at once set on foot by the Borough Council, and afterwards by a citizen committee of fifteen to properly commemorate the event. . . . The initial ceremonies of the day were inaugurated by the ringing of bells and loud whistling of locomotives, and at the shops above and below town at midnight. This was followed by the firing of cannon, the crashing of windows, and the shooting of fire crackers. The dawn of the day revealed a warm sun, and the arrival of our regular fourteen daily trains, together with a number of excursion trains, brought to our midst crowds of people and visiting organizations, to participate in the work of the day. Our streets and dwellings were neatly displayed with evergreens, portraits of the older citizens and fathers of the revolution, and the stars and stripes, while a number of bands and a drum corps from Harrisburg enlivened the scene with cheering music. . . . The parade in the morning was one of the finest ever congregated in central Pennsylvania. It was the feature of the ceremonies, which in point of appearance, was most admired. In the procession the main elements were the military and firemen. . . . The route of the procession was from Market Square to Front street; up Front to Arch; out Arch to Fourth; down Fourth to Chestnut; out Chestnut to Fifth; up Fifth to Market; out Market to Market Square, when at about 12 o'clock, the procession was dismissed for dinner. The procession numbered about 1,000 men. It is certainly no exaggeration to say there were 15,000 strangers in town. . . . At 2 o'clock, the time appointed, the afternoon exercises commenced. A stand 12 by 32 feet had been erected at the western end of Market Square, and trimmed with spruce and flags. . . . Judge Jordan occupied about 35 minutes in the delivery of his address. He said the meeting was called for three objects. First to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Borough of Sunbury, Second, to celebrate the anniversary of our National Independence, and Third to select a spot in the public square, on which to erect a monument to the memory of the brave men who fell in the great rebellion. . . 
-Sunbury American, 7/13/1872
July 27, 1872 (Saturday)
That Clock - We are opposed to making any compromises in this matter, and only ask in a common justice. The sum of $500 was paid by the writer of this article some five years since, for the court house bell, with an express agreement with the commissioners, that the money so paid should be held in trust by the county, subject to the order of the writer whenever he wanted the same, for the purpose of purchasing a clock for the court house. We ask no contribution from the commissioners. All we want is the money, justly due us from the county, with interest, with which we propose to do what the commissioners should have done themselves, long since, namely finish the court house by placing a clock on the tower as designed by the architect. The gable end windows of the court house might have been boarded up with the same propriety as boarding up the clock tower openings, apparent to strangers as if the county was unable to finish the building.
-Sunbury American, 7/27/1872
September 7, 1872 (Saturday)
Bad Conduct.- A party of rowdy young men and strumpets were guilty of disorderly and riotous conduct on Market Street on last Saturday night or rather Sunday morning. A free fight was indulged in and black eyes were the result. It is to be regretted that they were not arrested and punished.
-Sunbury Gazette, 9/13/1872
(Note: Strumpets from the sCornet Band, no doubt. -rjm)
October 18, 1872 (Friday)
The Good Intent Fire Company of this place are making arrangements to put up an engine house Fourth Street, the south end of the lot recently purchased by the baptist congregation. We understand that they have engaged Frank Lerch of this place to construct them a hook and ladder truck, of the best style. They have no doubt that he will turn them out an excellent job.
-Sunbury Gazette, 10/18/1872
December 28, 1872 (Saturday)
Sunbury Weather Cold Weather - The weather during the past week has probably been the severest experienced for several years past. On Christmas morning the thermometer ranged from 10 to 15 degrees below zero in this place.
-Sunbury American, 12/28/1872
June 18, 1873 (Wednesday)
Marry [sic] E. Martz, wife of Vandine Martz, dies.
- Vandine Martz Bible
-National Archives Military Pension Records
(Note: This date was "corrected" to 1878 in the Bible, however a daughter, also named Mary Ellen, died in 1878, which might have led to confusion later in Vandine's Bible entries. -rjm)
June 28, 1873 (Saturday)
The "Fourth" will probably be a dull day in Sunbury as the different societies have all concluded to spend the day elsewhere. The firemen will mingle with their friends at Lockhaven, The Red Men with their brothers at Watsontown, the Knights of Pythias will go to Shikshinny, the P. O. S. of A. and the Boys in Blue, as well as a large number of our citizens will pay a visit to our neighbors over in Northumberland where a grand time awaits them. The address of Col. Taggart alone will repay all who spend the day at Northumberland.
-Sunbury American, 6/28/1873
July 4, 1873 (Friday)
The Uniforms of the Sunbury Cornet Band have been received by the members who made their first appearance in them on Tuesday evening. They were made in Philadelphia and cost $450. The band is improving rapidly in their playing and deserve to be handsomely uniformed.
-Sunbury Gazette, 7/4/1873
(Note: There is a story passed down in the family that Vandine purchased band uniforms at great personal expense putting him deeply into debt. He is not known to be associated with this band, however, but will turn up later as a member of the Sunbury Fire Co. No. 1 Cornet Band to be formed in 1880.)
July 25, 1873 (Friday)
On Friday last a misunderstanding took place in a nest of "Sirens" on the suburbs of the borough, between some four or five sisters in iniquity, which resulted in information being made before Squire Brice for various crimes committed. Flora McGee, alias "Corkey", Mrs. Kerstetter, Mary Judge alias "Coalheaver," and Mrs. Kissing alias "Bell of the Woods," were the principal actors in the drama. The parties had a hearing, and those whose friends were not forthcoming to enter bail, were committed to prison. The scene at the Squire's office is reported as being very disgusting, and it is regretted that all of them were not given a place behind bars.
-Sunbury American, 8/1/1873
August 8, 1873 (Friday)
It is worthy of remark that most of the cases which came before the Court, result from appetite for drink, and gratification of lust. A goodly array of unfortunate girls, with crying infants, seeking fathers for the innocent yet unhappy offspring, are sitting waiting for their opportunity to fasten the child on the man of their choice. . . .
-Sunbury American, 8/8/1873
(Note: Vandine's future wife Amanda Poff might be in this category, if Stewart (soon to be Vandine's stepson) is in fact her kid, not to mention Vandine's other future wife, Catharine Glitch, with her Frank and, momentarily, Ervin. -rjm)
August 17, 1873 (Sunday)
Fell From a Bridge - A son of Mr. Vandine Martz, aged about six years, on Sunday afternoon, fell from the abutment of the bridge at East Market street, and was severely injured about the head.
-Sunbury American, 8/22/1873
(Yeah, severe enough to age Vandine "about six years, on Sunday afternoon". The kid is probably John M. Martz, 6 days short of his 4th birthday, although daughter Catharine is about six. -rjm)
December 7, 1873 (Sunday)
Married - On the 7th of December by John Farnsworth, J.P., Vandine Martz to Amanda Poff of Upper Augusta Twp.
-Sunbury Daily, 12/17/1873
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: Vandine always spells her name Amando. -rjm)

March 27, 1874 (Friday)
When the so-called Prussian Band was in Sunbury some months ago we offend some of their ardent admirers by suggesting they were not the Simon-pure article, although we gave due credit to their excellent performance. When here, they represented that they were in this country on a limited furlough - that they had given bonds for their return to Kaiser Wilhem's dominions in the Spring, showing documents to that effect, and that as distinguished horn blowers of the imperial army it was derogatory to their dignity to play in our streets. Well, after all this assumption and parade, we learn that the band disbanded the other day, and their leader Karl Kirchner has taken a job of work in a saw mill at Lewisburg. What will the worthy Kaiser say when his truant musicians fail to return and won't there be some dutch swearing among their friends at home who went bail for their appearance in the spring. However the Lewisburg Cornet Band has secured the services of Kirchner as their leader and what is Germany's loss is Lewisburg's Gain.
-Sunbury Gazette, 3/27/1874
April 4, 1874 (Saturday)
Peter Poff and Hannah, his wife; John R. Poff and Sarah, his wife; Peter M. Poff and Adelia, his wife; George E. Poff and Mary, his wife; Joseph Poff; Peter Culp and Sarah C., his wife; Vandine Martz and Sabilla E., his wife (?); and Gideon Brosius and Mary A., his wife, all children of Peter Culp sell property to the Shamokin Valley Lodge No. 52 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Lower Augusta Township, Northumberland County, Pa. for $480.
-Northumberland County Deed Book No. 67, p. 644
(Note: Signatures include Sybilia A. Martz, whose middle name could be Amanda; Vandine is currently married to Amanda Poff. -rjm)
April 14, 1874 (Tuesday)
Karl Kirchner, the celebrated Prussian Cornet player, who is now a resident of Lewisburg, played with the Sunbury Cornet Band on Tuesday evening. We learn that our band will engage his service as teacher. His playing is perfect and his instruction would be of great benefit to our musicians, who, by the way, are making very good progress.
-Sunbury Gazette, 4/17/1874
April 17, 1874 (Friday)
Mr. Samuel Gayman, having finished his fish pond adjoining his residence in Purdytown, placed his black bass in it on Monday. Mr. Gayman's experiment is an interesting one and we hope he may succeed.
-Sunbury Gazette, 4/17/1874
(Note: This is probably the property that Simon sold him, which used to be Vandine's back yard. See 9/12/1870. -rjm)
May 1, 1874 (Friday)
Under the instruction of Karl Kirchner, the accomplished German cornet player (recently of the Prussian Band), the Sunbury Cornet Band will enjoy an advantage which it has not yet had - a good teacher. Mr. Kirchner will give them two lessons a week and, as he resides in Montandon, his time will be divided between Sunbury and Lewisburg. We may soon expect a first class band under his leadership for it has good musical material and only needs proper instruction. We understand that it is now without a room in which to meet and practice. As a good Band is an institution in which the whole community is interested, it would be entirely proper for the Council to permit our musicians to have their place of meeting in the Council Room.
-Sunbury Gazette, 5/1/1874
May 8, 1874 (Friday)
Squeezing hands at the gate, saying soft things and looking still softer is not yet in order - the ground is too damp.
-Sunbury American, 5/8/1874
May 30, 1874 (Saturday)
Decoration Day. - The beautiful and touching ceremonies connected with the decoration of the graves of our fallen heroes - those noble men who offered their lives as a sacrifice for the nation - were generally participated in by all classes of our citizens, on Saturday the 30th of May. There appears to be no abatement in the interest taken in these annual services. The memory of our dead soldiers is ever green in the hearts of the people, and when the holiday comes round, they deem it a sacred duty to make fragrant their graves by strewing them with the richest and choicest flowers. . . . The solemn ceremony of laying the corner stone of the Northumberland County Soldier's Monument being one of the principle features of the day, business was generally suspended after ten o'clock in the morning. The exercises being announced to commence at 12 o'clock, the different societies and fire department assembled at the square a short time previous. . . . The following articles were placed in a copper box and deposited in the corner stone: Copies of the different papers of the county; a Bible; the new coins of 1874; an American flag; names of the Monument Committee; Minutes of the Monument Association; names of officers of Grand Lodge of Masons and relics of different kinds. . . .
-Sunbury American, 6/5/1874
(Note: This monument will not be completed until 1879. -rjm)
and . . .
Festival - The Good Intent Fire Company of this place, not having had any entertainment for their benefit for many years, and there being a large number of members unable to equip themselves, propose to hold a festival commencing tomorrow evening, and continuing the beginning of next week. The festival will be held in Haupt's Hall. The funds raised to be appropriated to supply the members with necessary equipments and some additions to their apparatus.
-Sunbury American, 5/29/1874
June 5, 1874 (Friday)
We are happy to note the rapid progress made by the Sunbury Cornet Band. The manner in which they discourse music since they are being instructed and led by Prof. Karl Kirchener is really remarkable. Under his tuition we feel confident that the Band will ere long excel in proficiency, any Band around us. The Professor is considered one of the best musicians in this part of the country. The Band is composed of the best material, and by his extraordinary talent as a teacher, on decoration day their music was considered by all as being equal to that of some Bands which are considered first class.
We are pleased to learn that Prof. Karl Kirchner, the talented teacher of the Sunbury Cornet Band, contemplates making this place his future home. We understand that he has already chosen a piece of land whereon to erect a residence. The Professor is a gentleman and is deserving of patronage in whatever business he may engage.
-Sunbury American, 6/5/1874
June 26, 1874 (Friday)
The Sunbury Band will give a free concert in the Market Square on this Friday evening. The gates of the park will be left open for all visitors of the occasion. We are glad to notice the great improvement made by the band under their new instructor and leader. They have learned from Mr. Kirchner that true melody and harmony in music are inconsistent with wild blasts and imperfect arrangements of parts.
-Sunbury American, 6/26/1874
July 3, 1874 (Friday)
The new comet in the northern sky is now the matter of special attention of many persons every evening. It can be discerned with the naked eye.
-Sunbury American, 7/3/1874
July 16, 1874 (Thursday)
Irwin [Ervin] Jerome [Martz] is born, son of Catharine Bubb (Glitch).
-Parish Register, Stone Valley Lutheran Church, Lower Mahanoy Township
(Note: He will be adopted by Vandine Martz when he marries Catharine, and later known as Ervin Jerome Martz. -rjm)
July 31, 1874 (Friday)
In the case of Catharine Glitch vs. Henry Lewis Glitch, depositions of witnesses Rebecca Brocius, Charles Brocius, I.P. Witmer, and B.M. Bubb are produced and sworn before I.H. Hessler, Commissioner, at Lower Mahanoy Township.
August 3, 1874 (Monday)
It is ordered, adjudged and decreed that Catharine Glitch is divorced and forever separated from the nuptial ties or bonds of matrimony with Henry Lewis Glitch. It is further ordered that Henry Lewis Glitch pay the costs of the proceedings.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and File 21, January Term 1874.
August 7, 1874 (Friday)
Last Friday the members of the Sunbury Cornet Band, with considerable outside assistance, had a jolly good time helping their Mr. Kirchner fix up his grounds on the hill which they have christened "mount Kirchner" and where our musical friend intends to establish a place of resort which will be conducted and managed in true German style. From that elevated point we expect soon to hear the stirring notes of "Der Wacht am Rhine". We hope that our friend Karl will be sucessful in this enterprise and that the money he has invested in his spirited horse may be returned to him many fold.
-Sunbury Gazette, 8/14/1874
August 21, 1874 (Friday)
The four large cannon for our soldier's monument with a large number of balls have arrived from Washington.
-Sunbury Gazette, 8/21/1874
September 19, 1874 (Saturday)
The streets of our town were again in a riotous condition last Saturday night. Several fights, a clubbing, a fray, and other unlawful acts were perpetrated. A gang of rowdies rendered night hideous in Purdytown. Pistol shots intermingled with yells and oaths disturbed the repose of that usually quiet neighborhood.
-Sunbury Gazette, 9/25/1874
September 30, 1874 (Wednesday)
Reuben Henry Martz is born, son of Vandine and Amanda Martz
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: Vandine writes "Ruben H." -rjm)
and . . .
Meeting of the Survivors of the 131st Regiment P.V. - Representatives of the 131st Regiment, P.V., met at the Central Hotel, Sunbury, on the 30 ult., and made the preliminary arrangements for an annual re-union of the survivors of the regiment hereafter. Letters were read from Col. P.H. Allabach, Capt. Jones of Co. C., Capt. J.R. Orwig, of Co. A., and Lieut. G.T. Watters, of Co. K. . . . The time for the Regular annual meeting was fixed on December 13th, except when that date occurs on Sunday, when the meeting shall be held on the Tuesday following. . . .
-Sunbury American, 10/23/1874
(Note: Vandine is not listed as being present at this meeting. He's probably home taking care of Amanda and the new kid. -rjm
December 20, 1874 (Sunday)
Irwin Jerome [Martz] is baptized at Stone Valley Lutheran Church. Parents are listed as William Emerich and Kate Glitsch with John Dockey and wife Elizabeth, sponsors.
-Parish Register, Stone Valley Lutheran Church, Lower Mahanoy Township
(Note: William Emerich is probably the natural father of Irwin Jerome Glitsch (later Ervin Jerome Martz, stepson of Vandine). It is customary for the father to be identified to the church no matter what the circumstances. Emerich is a family man and a member of the congregation and regular communicant. -rjm)
During 1875
Vandine Martz, laborer, owns 1 lot valued at $150, for a total value/income $150, and is taxed: real/personal $.75, occupation $.25
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1875
March 26, 1875 (Friday)
The snow is 2 feet deep.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 4/12/1894
May 22, 1875 (Saturday)
William Stuard Martz, stepson of Vandine Martz, dies.
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: This is probably his stepson Stewart, born 1/24/1871)
June 15, 1875 (Tuesday)
The Steam Fire Company No. 1, of this place, will start on their excursion tour on Tuesday morning next and return in the latter part of the week. They will be accompanied by Karl Kirshner's Silver Cornet Band and a "snoot" band composed of members of the company. The latter has only lately been organized, and what they lack in music will be made up in merry-making to cause the lean members to "laugh and grow fat."
-Sunbury American, 6/11/1875
December 14, 1875 (Tuesday)
131st P.V.I. 2nd reunion of 131st P.V. at Milton
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig
December 24, 1875 (Friday)
SAUR KRAUT - Doctors some 15 years ago considered saur kraut an unwholesome article of diet and many persons could not be prevailed upon to touch it. Of late years that idea is losing advocates. Time and experience demonstrated that it was a mistaken impression. Doctors now recommend it as wholesome, nutritious and digestible and it has become a favorite dish; so much so that nearly everybody relishes saur kraut, and it finds its way upon our most fashionable tables. Saur kraut lunch at beer saloons has got to be one of the great attractions. This kind of lunch is served every Saturday evening by some of our saloon men and the result is they have crowded houses during lunch hours. The saur kraut is as much relished as oysters and many devour it with a voracious appetite. One man, we are informed, living only a few squares from the saloons, eats a peck every Saturday with other condiments and feels happy. But then, we don't believe it.
-Sunbury American, 12/24/1875
April 9, 1876 (Sunday)
Mary Ellen Martz is born, daughter of Vandine and Amanda Martz.
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: She is named for Vandine's late first wife. -rjm)
June 2, 1876 (Friday)
We noticed on Decoration Day that this excellent Band is only partly uniformed. The reasons for this, we learn, is that most of them were young men when they joined, and who have since outgrown their uniforms, and are now unable to purchase one. The excellence of this band must have been noticed on Tuesday last, and every citizen "who hath music in his soul," must have seen under what disadvantages members labor. Under the leadership of Prof. Karl Kerschner they have become as proficient as any band in the country, and compare favorably with many noted bands in the cities. To accomplish this a vast amount of their time must have been devoted, and all for the interest of the people of this place. Every occasion in which the citizens are generally interested, the band volunteered and furnished music gratis. But as they will not be able to keep up their organization unless receiving something, it certainly becomes the duty of every one to give them encouragement to continue. The band propose, during this summer, to keep up their evening concerts on the Square, and in a short time will hold festivals and concerts, for their own benefit,to raise funds to keep up their organization. This will be a good time for all to show their appreciation of them, and we hope they will receive as liberal response as they have already given the citizens of Sunbury.
-Sunbury American, 6/2/1876
March 5, 1877 (Monday)
On Monday last, the booming of cannon was heard during the entire day in this place and many of the principal business places and dwellings were handsomely decorated with flags in honor of the inauguration of Hayes and Wheeler, President and Vice President of The United States.
-Sunbury American, 3/9/1877
March 9, 1877 (Friday)
Sad Sights - Those who imagine that there are no poor people in this region, should pay a visit to the office of Dr. John, secretary of the Poor Directors, on Friday or Monday. On those days the poor orders are issued and on such occasions the doctor's office is crowded with applicants many of them strong and healthy men who come with tears and beg for aid. It is nearly always the same story - no work, no money, no bread. Some of them have sickness in their families and the story of their suffering is enough to melt the stoutest heart. -Shamokin Times.
-Sunbury American, 3/9/1877
April 13, 1877 (Friday)
It is said that two and one half pounds of blue glass, if properly applied, will break up a serenade from a large body of cats.
-Sunbury American, 4/13/1877
May 18, 1877 (Friday)
Last week a number of hands at the P. & E. shops in this place were suspended and the time of the remainder cut down to 8 hours.
-Sunbury Gazette, 5/25/1877
(Note: We don't know what Vandine does at the railroad but this cutback probably affected him. Both he and Simon are heading for difficult financial times. -rjm)
May 25, 1877 (Friday)
The Sunbury Cornet Band has employed Mr. Joseph Feerer as their leader and teacher in the place of Karl Kerchner.
-Sunbury Gazette, 5/25/1877
June 1, 1877 (Friday)
The great improvement in the music and playing of the Sunbury Band under the instruction of Mr. Feerer of Selinsgrove was observed by our citizens on Decoration Day.
-Sunbury Gazette, 6/1/1877
February 3, 1878 (Sunday)
Mary Ellen Martz, daughter of Vandine Martz, dies.
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: This is presumed to be Vandine's daughter, born 4/9/1876. See also 6/18/1873. -rjm)
April 4, 1878 (Thursday)
Sarah Allis Martz is born, daughter of Vandine and Amanda Martz.
- Vandine Martz Bible
June 21, 1878 (Friday)
The latest wonder out is a talking machine which was exhibited in Painter's Building, Market Square during this week. Everybody should see it as it is the greatest wonder of the world. The phonograph, or talking machine has been brought to a degree of perfection that is wonderful and everybody should go and see it work and talk.
-Sunbury American, 6/21/1878
July 12, 1878 (Friday)
J.N. Bastian claims $37.50 "on back account for clothing sold and delivered" to Vandine Martz. A summons issued by A.N. Brice for Vandine Martz.
July 15, 1878 (Monday)
Summons served on "his wife and informing her of the contents thereof" returnable on 7/19/1878 at 9:00 A.M.
July 19, 1878 (Friday)
Judgement from the docket of A.N. Brice in favor of J.N. Bastian and against Vandine Martz for $37.75. Vandine does not appear.
-Transcript of Docket of A.N. Brice, filed 6/27/1883
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket, September Term 1883, No. 177, page 98, entered and filed 6/27/1883
December 2, 1878 (Monday)
Soldiers Monument. - Meeting of the Soldiers Monument Association was held at the office of A.N. Brice, Esq., on Monday evening December 2nd. It was agreed to adopt the design of a granite monument to be made by Van. Gunden, Young & Dumm of Philadelphia. This work is to cost about $5000, and to be put up complete in six months. The officers, J.J. Smith president, and A.N. Brice, secretary, were authorised to contract for the erection of the monument. Hon. Simon Cameron has agreed to give $2500 towards it. We expect to see this granite shaft erected in the memory of our fallen heroes 42 feet high by the next decoration day.
-Sunbury Gazette, 12/6/1878
(Note: Vandine Martz is not listed among the contributors of $1.00 or more to this monument. The idea for such a monument has been in the works for over 6 years now. -rjm)
December 13, 1878 (Friday)
131st P.V.I. 5th reunion of 131st P.V. at Williamsport
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig
December 20, 1878 (Friday)
The fish ponds of Mr. Samuel N. Gayman, in Purdytown were overflowed by the recent freshet and it is supposed that the bass and other fish with which they were stocked have escaped. The bass in Mr. Gayman's ponds were the first of that kind of fish introduced into this neighborhood.
-Sunbury Gazette, 12/20/1878
(Note: Gayman is assumed to be a close neighbor of Vandine who was presumably also affected by the freshet. -rjm) 
April 9, 1879 (Wednesday)
Amando [sic] Martz, wife of Vandine Martz, dies.
Amanda Martz, April 16, 1879, 30 years, 28 days, consumption.
- Vandine Martz Bible
-Parish Register, Zion Lutheran Church, Sunbury
(Note: The church entry is presumed to reference Amanda's funeral; and is the only known association of Vandine with this church. No place of interment has been found.)
May 10, 1879 (Saturday)
On Saturday evening the Sunbury Band appeared in their new uniforms. They were procured from the Shamokin Guards and are neat and becoming.
-The Northumberland County Democrat, 5/16/1879.
During 1880
Vandine Martz, laborer, owns 1 lot valued at $150, for total value/income of $150, and is taxed: real/personal tax $.75, occupation tax $.25
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1880
March 25, 1880 (Thursday)
Vandine Martz and Catharine Bubb are married.
- Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: Today is Catharine's 28th birthday. -rjm)
April 4, 1880 (Sunday)
On Sunday last we had several showers of hail and rain. April showers are a sure indication of Spring. The terrific storm on Sunday evening accompanied with hail done considerable damage in blowing down fences, shutters, &c.
-Sunbury American, 4/9/1880
April 13, 1880 (Tuesday)
The sudden change in temperature on Tuesday, was remarkable. The mercury stood at 30 degrees at 6 o'clock A.M. and went up to 70 degrees at 3 P.M. a difference of 40 degrees in nine hours.
-Sunbury American, 4/16/1880
May 5, 1880 (Wednesday)
George W. Smith claims "on back account for goods sold and delivered demands $42.66, interest $12.77, total $55.43" from Vandine Martz. Summons issued by A.N. Brice.
May 10, 1880 (Monday)
Summons served on "an adult member of his family at his dwelling house", returnable on 5/10/1880 at 11:00 A.M. Judgement in favor of plaintiff; _____ issued same day to Constable Vandyke and returned "no goods".
September, 5 1885
Entered and filed with certificate of "no goods"
-Transcript of Docket of A.N. Brice, 1/26/1885
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 114, December Term, 1885, p. 405
(Note: See 3/15/1886.
-rjm)  Vandine's accumulated debts:
$37.75 (7/19/1878)
55.43 (5/5/1880)
$93.18
May 27, 1880 (Thursday)
Deaths - In Sunbury May 27, 1880, Mrs. Mary A. Martz wife of Simon Martz aged 60 years.
-Sunbury American, 6/11/1880
(Note: Vandine's Mom. -rjm)
May 29, 1880 (Saturday)
Saturday, May 29th has been decided on as Decoration Day.
Decoration Day. Sunbury, Pa. May 29, 1880 - Order of Exercises - Parade will move promptly at 2 p.m. Marshalls will report to the chief at 1 o'clock sharp at Park. The different orders participating will form on north side of Park, right resting on Second street. Owing to the intense heat the route over which the parade will move will be made as short as possible. Exercises at Cemetery: Music by Band, Prayer, Oration by W. H. M. Oram, Esq. Dirge by band while four squads are distributing flowers on the graves of our martyred dead. It is earnestly hoped that all will lend a helping hand in doing honor to those brave defenders who gave up their lives that the Union might be saved. Let no selfish motives stay the hand in this good work. . .
-Sunbury American, 4/16/1880
-Sunbury American, 5/25/1880
June 4, 1880 (Friday)
We regret that the Sunbury Band has been disbanded. We would have been without any music on Decoration Day had not part of Hane's Shamokin Band come across the river an furnished the music. Mr. D.J. Wharton assisted them playing the tenor drum on which he has few equals. The band made excellent music and were well entertained by the citizens after Decoration ceremonies were concluded.
-The Sunbury American, 6/4/1880
June 11, 1880 (Friday)
We were in error last week as to the name of the band in Decoration. It was the original Shamokin Dam Band under the leadership of G.M. Coryell instead of Hane's Band as we stated. The Shamokin Dam Band has a wide reputation as good musicians and we regret the error. The Hane's Band is newly organized and are just getting their instruments.

We learned that the Number One Fire Company are about organizing a band of 20 pieces in connection with their company. This is a noble movement of that company and we hope they will succeed in their new enterprise. Sunbury is in need of a new band and we feel confident that the Number One Company would keep it up to the standard of a first class band, one that would not be excelled in this part of the state.
-The Sunbury American, 6/11/1880
June 15, 1880 (Tuesday)
Vandine Martz household (dwelling 178):
Vandine Martz, 35, married, laborer on R.R.
Catharine, 28, wife, keeping house
Catharine E., 13, daughter, at home
John, 11, son, at home
Frank, 8, son, at home
Irvin, 6, son, at home
Reuben, 5, son, at home
Alice, 2, daughter, at home
All (including parents) born in Pennsylvania
-Census, Upper Augusta Township, 1880  
July 2, 1880 (Friday)
Sunbury has 2347 inhabitants in the West Ward and 1861 in the East Ward, total 4208. To the above must be added Purdytown which makes Sunbury and suburb 5008.
-Sunbury American, 7/2/1880
July 5, 1880 Mon
The Number One Steam Fire Company was accompanied to Danville on Monday by Haine's Shamokin Dam Band; Hook and Ladder by the Northumberland Cornet Band and the Washington Steam Fire Company by a drum corps.
-The Sunbury American, 7/9/1880
July 23, 1880 (Friday)
The new band instruments of the Number One Fire Company cost $330. The band made their appearance on Saturday in uniform to play for the railroad picnic. They made a fine appearance and discoursed excellent music. Joseph Feher of Selinsgrove has been employed as teacher.
-The Sunbury American, 7/23/1880


A picture of the Steam Fire Company No.1 Band includes Vandine Martz among the members listed on the back. The picture is undated, but the drum head carries the date of 1880 (see 6/11/1880). It is believed the picture dates from the spring of 1882 or 1883 and that it is the Sunbury Band described below. Frank Batman is listed on the back of the picture as the leader, and Ed. Hoover, the drum major. Only fifteen out of the seventeen members pictured are listed alphabetically with no indication of  their instruments:
Frank Batman -Leader
Harry Fetter
Israel Batman
Elmer Fisher
Ed Hoover (Drum Major)
Joe Kline
Chas. Mantz
Ross Mahaffie
Elmer Mantz
Vandine Martz
Chas McClure
Martin Stratiff
Harry Weir (Dad)
Sam Werline
Fred Zeizer

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Edwin Hoover, the drum major, is a printer and the son of William and Louise Hoover. He was born ca. 1859
-Census, Sunbury Pennsylvania, 1880
The Kleinsmith sign appears in the band picture, which implies that it was taken no later than the spring of 1883. The sign partially hidden by Kleinsmith's is for George A. Sleeder, baker, who is listed in the Directory of Business Houses, &c. in current issues of The Sunbury Weekly News.
Frank Batman, band leader:
Frank Batman, inside wireman for the Edison Electric Light Company, has just finished a plant of 1200 lights in Hazelton on Wednesday left for Middletown, Ohio where a big job awaits him.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 3/24/1884
Frank Batman fell on the icy pavements on Third Street near the depot, on Saturday night and broke his wrist.
-Sunbury American, 2/5/1886
Frank Batman, formerly a resident of this place, is now located at Selinsgrove. He is an inventive genius of a mechanical turn of mind and recently turned out a tandem tricycle [a vehicle for railroad maintenance] that would do honor to any mechanic. It is of new style and was fashioned entirely of his own hands.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 11/29/1889
Wm. F. Kleinsmith has sold his "Bee Hive", on Market St. to J.K. Haas & Co., Shamokin, who took charge on Tuesday.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 11/23/1883
December 14, 1880 (Tuesday)
131st P.V.I. 7th reunion of 131st P.V. at Sunbury
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
December 16, 1880 (Thursday)
Charles Milton Martz is born, son of Vandine and Catharine Martz
- Vandine Martz Bible
-Parish Register, Trinity Evangelical Church, Lower Mahanoy Township
July 3, 1881 (Sunday)
Charles Milton Martz is baptized, parents are Vandyde [sic] Martz and wife Kate Bubb; Sponsor, mother.
-Parish Register, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lower Mahanoy Township
December 13, 1881 (Tuesday)
131st P.V.I. 8th reunion of 131st P.V. at Milton
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
September 13, 1882 (Wednesday)
9th reunion of 131st P.V. at Selinsgrove
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
(Note: Vandine Martz probably attended this one, as we have a reunion ribbon. -rjm)
April 13, 1883 (Friday)
Simon Martz sells to Vandine Martz a two-story frame building, out building, and lot (36 perches and 65 feet), in Upper Augusta Township for "$10 and further consideration of love and affection". The property is on the north side of Market Street (51 feet), bordered on the west by the "horn" railroad (208 feet) and the east by properties of Marks Kauffman and J. Lenker.
-Northumberland County Deed Book 87, p. 416
May 15, 1883 (Tuesday)
Sunbury (and surrounding cosmos) - The 19th of May is the time now fixed by the Adventists for the closing up of all earthly affairs. This is a serious matter and we hope all who are in arrears will please square up, as we do not wish to take our books along unbalanced. Do you hear?
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/15/1883
May 21, 1883 (Monday)
The Lieutenant William A. Bruner Post Number 335 G.A.R. was organized May 21, 1883 with the following members as the first post officers:
Commander A.N. Brice
Senior Vice Commander Jacob R. Cressinger
Junior Vice Commander Jacob Weiser
Quartermaster H.F. Mann
Chaplain John H. Helm
-Northumberland County Historical Society Proceedings, XXVII, p.97

We certify that Comrade Vandine Martz joined the Lt. Wm. A. Bruner Post No. 335 Department of Pennsylvania May 21, 1883.
J.J. Smith, Commander
-Hand-written book by John W. Bucher, Historian for the Lt. Wm. A. Bruner Post No. 335 G.A.R., dated August 15, 1906, in the possession of the Northumberland County Historical Society. Transcribed by Jack K. Hetrick, Secretary

A button depicting the attack on Fredricksburg, Va. in December, 1862 (right) was affixed to the bar at the top of the ribbon (far right) issued presumably to members of the William A. Bruner Post Number 335 at the time of the organization in 1883. 














July 4, 1883 (Wednesday)
THE GLORIOUS FOURTH

A Large Day in Sunbury - Thousands of Strangers in Town - The Boat Races The morning of the 107th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence dawned warm and cloudless. By ten o'clock the heat was very great and by noon it was almost unbearable, it was so intense. The town looked very pretty in its holiday attire. Flags were flying from almost every house and numerous arches spanned the streets. The strangers began to arrive very early and every train was packed to overflowing with passengers. The committee sensibly arranged for the firemen's parade in the morning and also sensibly decided that there were to be no spread eagle speeches.
The electric light was put into operation in the Central and City Hotels and at the works on the night of the Fourth. It worked satisfactorily. The lights in the hotels were 12 candle power lamps, while at the works was one lamp of 100. The light was very brilliant.
(Note: Thomas Edison demonstrates commercial three-wire electric lighting at City Hotel with bands playing outside and Fourth of July celebration. Vandine Martz was a apparently a member of a band representing the Good Intent Fire Company perhaps on this occasion as we have an identification ribbon dated 1883. -rjm)
-The Northumberland County Democrat, 7/6/1883
July 10, 1883 (Tuesday)
The Sunbury band serenaded Mr. Thomas Edison at the Electric Light Works on Tuesday evening. Mr. Edison seemed much pleased with the compliment and thanked the band for their courtesy.
-The Northumberland County Democrat, 7/13/1883
 (Note: Presumably "THE Sunbury band" refers to the Number One Steam Fire Company Band (see July 23, 1880, above), however  there was apparently at least one other  band in 1883 as attested by the ribbon at the right. It was passed down by Vandine Martz and at first it was not apparent who the band represented. Close of examination of the logo at the top, however, reveals various pieces of fire company gear forming the letters "G" and "I" (the ladder) with the year 1839, representing the Good Intent fire company, which was formed that year.  -rjm)
November 2, 1883 (Friday)
There is more building going on now than there was at any period during the summer. Old Sunbury appears to be shaking herself all over at once.
and . . .
Will all members of Co. C, 131st P.V. please hurry along all they know about comrades so that we can prepare a sketch of the company.
and . . .
Lt. Wm. A. Bruner Post G.A.R. No. 335 meets second and fourth Mondays of each month. A.N. Brice, Post Commander; Samuel Ruch, Adjutant.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 11/2/1883
and . . .
The Sunbury band festival was a success. The band, under the instruction of our friend Batman, is very proficient. The boys deserve success.
The Sunbury Cornet Band, C.W. Mantz, president, H.M. Fetter, secretary, meets every Tuesday and Friday evenings in the Masonic Building.
At a regular stated meeting of the Sunbury Cornet Band, held on Tuesday evening, October 30, 1883, the following resolution was adopted: Resolved That the thanks of the band are due and are hereby tendered to all the ladies who so kindly assisted the band at their festival; also to J.B. Wolfe, Geo. B. Weitzel, Wm. Cairns and Wm. H. Miller for favors shown the band; also to the City Hotel and the Clement House porters for the interest they displayed in the contest for the silver lantern, and all others that assisted the band in any way.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 11/2/1883
 November 9, 1883 (Friday)
Sunbury Water Works The iron pipes are going in and the water works being successfully pushed forward.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 11/9/1883
November 14, 1883 (Wednesday)
Vandine Martz borrows $150 from Fort Augusta Lodge No. 620 I.O.O.F., an unincorporated Society, payable one year after date with interest payable semi-annually. Note taken in trust for the society by H.J. Waltz, B.F. Bright, and W.A. Fetter.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 187, December Term 1883, p. 386, entered and filed 11/14/1883
(Note: See 7/29/1884. -rjm) Vandine's accumulated debt :
$37.75 (7/19/1878)
55.43 (5/5/1880)
150.00 (11/14/1883)
$243.18 total
November 15, 1883 (Thursday)
Vandine Martz borrows $60 from B.F. Bright, payable one year from date.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 311, September Term, 1884, p. 196, entered and filed 6/25/1884
(Note: See 7/29/1884 -rjm) Vandine's accumulated debt:
$37.75 (7/19/1878)
55.43 (5/5/1880)
150.00 (11/14/1883)
60.00 (11/15/1883)
$303.18 total
November 18, 1883 (Sunday)
Sebastian Bougher's Birthday - The donation and surprise party gotten up by Lieut. Bruner Post No. 335, G.A.R. on Monday evening last, in honor of the eighty-eighth birthday of one of our aged citizen, Sebastian Bougher, who is the only surviving soldier in our midst of the war of 1812 proved a complete success. The members of the Post assembled at their hall at 7 o'clock, and headed by the Sunbury Cornet Band, marched out Market and down Fourth street to the residence of Mr. Bougher and after a selection being played by the band, the members of the Post marched into the house in double file, found the old veteran sitting in the center of the reception room already surrounded by many friends and neighbors. The Soldiers shook hands, and filed out, after which a number of little girls sang several school songs. After another selection by the band, J.J. Reimensnyder, Esq., made a few but appropriate remarks on behalf of the Post, and was followed in reply by Rev. Mr. Brydie in a few happy and well-timed remarks on behalf of Mr. Bougher. The donations were numerous, useful and valuable, consisting of a new suit of clothes, flour, groceries, hams, spices, poultry, etc. and about sixty-five dollars in money, amounting in all to about $130.
A number of contributions were received from David Oberdorf, Lemuel Campbell and others in the country. The country boys did nobly. The Post deserves great credit for this thing. Their committee, P.H. Moore, B.F. Keefer and J.R. Cressinger deserve special praise. The donation was a very liberal one. The band boys come in for a fair share of praise for their excellent music.
A large number of invitations were sent out to which there have been no responses. If any desire they can show their good will to the old soldier by sending in coal or any useful article, including money. It is not too late yet. When we reach 88 we hope Phil. Moore will be living.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 11/23/1883
December 13, 1883 (Thursday)
Tenth reunion of 131st Pennsylvania Volunteers at Muncy. We think there must be about 300 of the original 1000 in the regiment still surviving, from the best information obtainable. Of those, in the neighborhood of 100 were present at Muncy. Of these present, as nearly correct as we can obtain them with their places of residence were the following ... Company C: Lt. A.N. Brice, Samuel Ruch, Saul Shipman, Sunbury; Solomon Klase, Snydertown; Kimber C. Faro, Shamokin; James Hunt, Milton.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 12/21/1883
(Note: Vandine apparently did not attend this reunion. -rjm)
January 4, 1884 (Friday)
Why Divorce is So Common Today - This generation sees divorce more frequent not because men and women are more wicked but because married life is made more difficult by the excitement and complexity and manifold straits of modern life which render unhappy marriages more unendurable. A broad gap opens between the hot present and the dull quiet of other days when the husband past his days in a continuous round of work, when no avenue in life with marriage opened before most women, and both men and women past lives from which excitement, worry and the anxious rush of this day were absent. Any candid man who will reconstruct the life of 60 and 80 years ago will be convinced that, while that day had in it much of the secret wickedness as court and church records show, it had also conditions much less likely to prevent two people from leading quiet, uneventful and reasonably happy lives together.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 1/4/1884
January 4, 1884 (Friday)
The Sunbury Cornet Band have elected the following officers for the coming year (1884): president, C.W. Mantz; vice president, J.H. Slear; secretary S.R. Miller; treasurer, John Landau; leader, Charles McClure; assistant leader, Joseph Kline; trustees, E.E. Mantz, George Wier, W.D. Mantz; janitor, G. Dad Wier.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 1/18/1884
(Note: Several of those named above, including the leader, are NOT listed on the Sunbury Steam Fire Co. Band picture, again suggesting that the picture was taken prior to 1884 -rjm)
February 1, 1884 (Friday)
The Sunbury post of the Grand Army are initiating a movement to erect a hall for themselves and also for the public. A committee has been appointed to examine the matter and see after a lot. If it is taken a hold of discretely and pressed vigorously with proper economical views it will succeed.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 2/1/1884
February 28, 1884 (Thursday)
The Sunbury G.A.R. Post had the Fry Concert Troupe on Thursday night of this week.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 2/29/1884
March 10, 1884 (Monday)
Clara Gertrue [sic] Martz, daughter of Vandine and Catharine Martz baptized the same year.
- Vandine Martz Bible
-Parish Register, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lower Mahanoy Township
(Note: Vandine always spelled her name this way, maybe that's how he pronounced it. -rjm)
March 25, 1884 (Tuesday)
Entertainment - The public are cordially invited to come to the court house on Tuesday evening March 25, 1884 to hear Hon. Frank Bound of Milton deliver a memorial address in honor of Lieutenant W.A. Bruner, in whose honor Post 335 G.A.R., of Sunbury is named. Instrumental music and war songs and short addresses after which an "experience meeting" be opened for "the boys". The admission fee will be a pound package, though these packages will be put up at auction during the evening.
-Sunbury Weekly News,
3/21/1884
March 28, 1884 Fri
Town and Country Scraps - Members of Lieutenant Wm. A. Bruner Post, G.A.R. of Sunbury, are out with a paper to raise money to buy a lot for a hall.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 3/28/1884
April 21, 1884 (Monday)
Lt. Wm. A. Bruner Post No. 335 G.A.R of Sunbury will give a home entertainment Monday evening April 21 at the Courthouse consisting of music, vocal and instrumental, a play, a "dutch comedian", minstrelsy, and declamations by high school scholars. People of Northumberland are cordially invited.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 4/18/1884 
May 16, 1884 (Friday)
Local Happenings - Merry little flies are arriving a few at a time. The mumps are raging among the children of our town. The recent rains caused the river to raise 18 inches on Sunday.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/16/1884
May 23, 1884 (Friday)
W.F. Kleinsmith, formerly proprietor of the Beehive Store is in this town on a short visit. He is stopping at the City Hotel.
and . . .
This is leap year. Somebody ought to hold it onto Susan B. Anthony.
and . . .
A band of gypsies are camped at the Shamokin Creek bridge east of town and report has it that the men, women, children, horses, wagons and dogs are a sorry looking set, and the farmers others in the vicinity should keep an eye on their corn cribs and smoke houses. The horses are framed and lathed, ready for plastering. Of course, you can get your fortune told, past, present and future.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/23/1884
(Note: This is near Vandine's neighborhood.)
July 7, 1884 (Monday)
On Monday all departments of the shops went on ten hours a day time. It was a long want well felt!
-Sunbury Weekly News, 7/11/1884
(Note: Vandine is probably still employed as a railroad laborer and benefits from this change in work day. Is this an increase implying more income, or a decrease implying more leisure time? -rjm)
July 28, 1884 (Monday)
To The Public - At a regular meeting of the Lieut. Wm. A. Bruner Post, No. 335 G.A.R., held July 28, 1884, the attention of the members was called to a publication appearing in the Morning News by order of the Sunbury Cornet Band, reflecting discredit on themselves and imputing improper motives to the Post, whereupon it was unanimously resolved that the Commander of the Post be instructed to give the public an explanation. In accordance with the above resolution, the Commander has this to say: That at a meeting of the Post on June 30th it was resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to solicit contributions from the generous public to defray the expense of taking music with the Post to Mt. Carmel July 4th. The committee was instructed to secure the services of the Sunbury Cornet Band if they could, and if not, to secure a martial band. In pursuance of the above duties the committee reported to the Commander that the Sunbury Cornet Band wanted $90 to go with the Post ($40 and expenses). This amount could not be raised by contribution. The committee had secured $10.75. The Commander directed the committee to collect no more as the $10.75 would pay for a martial band, which the committee was to and did get. The total expense for the martial band was $11.55. The reason why the Sunbury Cornet Band did not get "one cent" was because their services were not secured by the Post or anybody else on July 4th. COMMANDER
-Sunbury Weekly News, 8/1/1884
July 29, 1884 (Tuesday)
Judgement of $150 in favor of Fort Augusta Lodge No. 620 I.O.O.F and against Vandine Martz is satisfied in full debt, interest, and costs.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 187, December Term 1883, p. 386, entered and filed 11/14/1883

Judgement of $60 in favor of B.F. Bright and against Vandine Martz is satisfied in full of debt, interest and costs.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 311, September Term, 1884, p. 196, entered and filed 6/25/1884
(Note: See 11/15/1883. -rjm) Accumulated debt:
$37.75 (7/19/1878)
55.43 (5/5/1880)
150.00 (11/14/1883)
60.00 (11/15/1883)
$93.18
August 25, 1884 (Monday)
Judgement in favor of J.N. Bastian and against Vandine Martz for $37.75 plus interest and costs satisfied in full.
(Note: See 7/19/1878. -rjm) Accumulated debt 
$37.75 (7/19/1878)
55.43 (5/5/1880)
$55.43
October 3, 1884 (Friday)
Van. Martz has been improving his residence in Purdytown.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 10/3/1884
(Note: Purdytown was the eastern suburb of Sunbury developed by Truman Purdy. -rjm)
November 10, 1884 (Monday)
The Purdytown high school opened Monday morning. Only one room has been finished but the crowded condition of the schools will make it necessary to finish up the other room, giving six schools in that growing suburb.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 11/14/1884
November 28, 1884 (Friday)
The Star of Bethlehem is visible in the eastern heavens from 5 o'clock A.M. till daylight. It can readily be distinguished by its brilliant beauty. It will disappear shortly and astronomers assert that it will not again be seen for 400 years.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 11/28/1884
December 5, 1884 (Friday)
The Sunbury band used their new instruments on Friday night. They make a nice display with them.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 12/12/1884
December 13, 1884 (Saturday)
Eleventh Reunion of the 131st Pennsylvania Volunteers - 11th Reunion of the 131st P.V. was held in the court house in Lewistown Pa. on Saturday, December 13, 1884. We could not get the names of all present there were likely 100, including the Watsontown Band which is considered part and parcel of the organization.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 12/19/1884
(Note: Vandine Martz is NOT listed with those present.)
January 16, 1885 (Friday)
The Sunbury Cornet Band have elected officers for the ensuing year as follows: C.W. Mantz, president; J.M. Stratiff, vice president; Wm. Snyder, secretary; W. Dietrich, D. Sanders and G. Weir, trustees; John Landau, treasurer; Joseph Kline, teacher; F. Batman, assistant teacher; C. Smith, musical director; S. Werline, janitor.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 1/16/1885
January 26, 1885 (Monday)
On Monday evening the Members of the G. A. R. Post, were surprised by their wives and friends, who in secrecy made up a surprise party, and at an appointed hour, visited their hall bearing in their hands baskets with waiters laden with cakes and other refreshments, who at once took possession of the room and proceeded to dispense to the members, coffee, sandwiches, cakes, ice cream and cigars. It was an agreeable surprise and all enjoyed the joke perpetrated by their better halves. Brother Joe Lumbard, of the Selinsgrove Times, had visited the post to hear a Confederate soldier speak, but as the report was gotten up to evade suspicion of the surprise he was disappointed. He was rewarded, however, by a vote of being the handsomest man in the room and called upon to address the assemblage.
-Sunbury American, 1/30/1885
February 20, 1885 (Friday)
All the entertainments that have been given by the G. A. R. Post in this place have been of the highest order and have been well-patronized. We are proud to see that the citizens are taking a lively interest in the old soldier boys, particularly as they propose to give Sunbury a needed improvement which will also benefit them for all time to come. Let us keep up with our neighboring towns and endorse our home soldiers.
-Sunbury American, 2/20/1885
May 1, 1885 (Friday)
Scientists tell us there will not be a total eclipse of the sun until 1999. This is a very discouraging state of things, truly; some persons may be unwilling to wait so long to see the phenomenon; but if we continue to get three meals a day, and the peach crop doesn't fail oftener than once a year, and that in February, we should try to worry along without a total eclipse of the sun.
-Norristown Herald (Sunbury Weekly News, 5/1/1885)
May 8, 1885 (Friday)
Theory of the Origin of Language - I heard an excellent joke the other night at a sociable, at which Professor Green of Harvard was present. Several gentlemen were discussing the origin of language when the professor was asked to give his views. "I can't say I know very much about it", he said, "but I suppose language was introduced during Adam and Eve's first quarrel when one word probably brought on another." -The New York Star
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/8/1885
June 16, 1885 (Tuesday)
Lt. W. A. Bruner Post, No. 335 G. A. R., will hold a festival in the rink on chestnut street commencing June 16. Ice cream, strawberries, &c. will be served. The public are invited to attend.
-Sunbury American, 6/5/1885
  January 9, 1886 (Saturday)
The heavy snow of Saturday last drifted the roads shut at many places. The snow fell in this neighborhood to a depth of 16 inches.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 1/15/1886
January 30, 1886 (Saturday)
The G. A. R. Post of Sunbury has purchased lot of ground from J.B. Lenker for $1300 located on east Market street next to Batman's foundry. In size it is 50 feet in front.
-Sunbury American, 1/30/1886?
(Note: This is next door to Vandine's house. -rjm)
February 1, 1886 (Monday)
Notice is hereby given that an application will be made to the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County on the first day of February next, at 2 o'clock P.M. under the Act of the Assembly, entitled "An Act to Provide for the incorporation and Regulation of Certain Corporations", approved April 29, 1874, and the supplements thereto by Geo. H. Wier, C.W. Mantz, John C. Miller, John Berlew, and B.F. Batman, for the charter of an intended corporation to be called "The Sunbury Cornet Band" the character and object of which is the advancement and promotion of instrumental music and for this purpose to have and enjoy all the rights benefits and privileges conferred by the act of assembly aforesaid and its supplements. L.H. Kase, solicitor, January 8th '86, 3t.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 1/8/1886
(Note: John Berlew is a good friend of Vandine. See 3/18/1895. -rjm)
February 5, 1886 (Friday)
Vandine Martz's son, of this place, was married in Camden, New Jersey, the other day to a young lady named Sollenecker from Lykens. The groom was just seventeen and the bride a blooming 28.
-Sunbury American, 2/5/1886
(Note: The son was probably John M. Martz who is not quite 17. -rjm)
February 22, 1886 (Monday)
Purdytown has 6 public schools and about 350 pupils. The balance of Upper Augusta Township has about 200 pupils. They only have 5 months schooling in a year. It ought to be at least 7 months.
The schools in Purdytown closed with appropriate services a few days ago. Citizens out there complain that the term of schools is too short. There is no doubt of that. We advise them in order to improve matters to come into the Borough of Sunbury or organize a town of their own. As it is, if a fire breaks out they run for Sunbury. They use our post office, our churches, our preachers, our doctors, our lawyers, and they even haul away our coal ashes. We say, come into the town and be done with it.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 2/22/1886 and 3/26/1886
(Note: Vandine Martz and family live in Purdytown.)
and . . .
The G.A.R. Post Supper at their hall in Guyer's Building on the 22nd, was attended by over 200 men, women and children. They had a good time and enjoyed their feast. W.A. Sober, Esq. and Dr. J.R. Cressinger made appropriate remarks.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 2/26/1886
March 15, 1886 (Monday)
Judgement in favor of George W. Smith and against Vandine Martz for $55.43 assigned to Wm. H. Bruner, adm. of C.F. Bruner deceased, as collateral security to secure the payment of judgement held by him against G.W. Smith. (In other words, Smith paid Bruner with Vandine's still-unpaid debt.)
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 114, December Term, 1885, p. 405
(Note: See 5/5/1880 and 8/27/1886 -rjm) Vandine's accumulated debt stands at:
55.43 (from 5/5/1880)
$55.43
April 30, 1886 (Friday)
Vandine Martz borrows $200 from Joseph Weitzel, payable two years from date with interest costs.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 224, May Term 1889, p. 338, entered and filed 3/25/1889
Vandine's accumulated debt now stands at:
$ 55.43 (from 5/5/1880)
200.00 (from 4/30/1886)
$255.43
May 10, 1886 (Monday)
Council Proceedings, May 10, 1886 - J.C. Miller, being present, was heard on behalf of Lieut. Wm. A. Bruner Post G.A.R. in regard to the care of the soldiers monument in Market Square Park, and on motion it was resolved that Lieut. Wm. A. Bruner Post G.A.R. be entrusted with the custody and care of the monument to be by them committed to such person or persons of their numbers as they may elect for the purpose, provided, no right or title to the same, to the exclusion of the public, except for purposes of proper custody adequately to care for the said monument and to keep the same together with the mound and grounds immediately surrounding it in suitable repair by the transfer of such custody. On motion resolved, That the committee on borough property be instructed to have the mound around the monument put into proper repair.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/14/1886
May 14, 1886 (Friday)
The big comet is brightest at 10 o'clock these nights in the northern sky.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/14/1886
August 27, 1886 (Friday)
Vandine Martz satisfies judgment of $55.43 and costs assigned to William H. Bruner.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 114, December Term, 1885, p. 405
(Note: See 5/5/1880 and 3/15/1886 Vandine's accumulated debt now stands at:
$ 55.43 (from 5/5/1880)
200.00 (from 4/30/1886)
$200.00
November 12, 1886 (Friday)
The fifth ward appears to be infested with thieves.
Sneak thieves are plying their vocation pretty extensively in this town. Some doctor will get a job picking shot from the person of some of these parties in the near future. The gunners are on the lookout.
-Sunbury American 11/12/1886 and 11/26/1886
December 14, 1886 (Tuesday)
The thirteenth annual reunion of the 131st Pennsylvania Volunteers was held at Williamsport on Tuesday, with over 120 members present. The next reunion is to be held at Milton on December 13, 1887. A parade was made through the streets followed by a banquet. The history of the regiment was read by LT. C. F. A. Chapman of Wilkes Barre.
-Sunbury American, 12/17/1886
June 8, 1887 (Wednesday)
Vandine Martz borrows $200 from Val. Mackert, Chas. B. Lyon, and W.H. Heim, Trustees of Sunbury Steam Fire Company No. 1, payable one year after with interest.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 178, September Term 1887, p. 112, entered and filed 6/28/1887
(Note: Vandine's accumulated debt now stands at:
$200.00 (from 4/30/1886)
200.00 (from 6/8/1886)
$400.00
September 2, 1887 (Friday)
The Citizen's Band of Sunbury will accompany Lt. Wm. A. Bruner Post to Shenandoah on Grand Army Day.
-Sunbury American, 9/2/1887
December 13, 1887 (Tuesday)
The 131st P. V. - The Survivors of the 131st Pennsylvania Volunteers held a reunion at Milton on Tuesday. There was a good attendance, Azirah Campbell of Shamokin was elected president for the ensuing year and Solomon Hoover of the same place vice president. The next reunion will be held in Shamokin on December 14, 1888.
-Sunbury American, 12/16/1887
 

Believed to be Catharine (Bubb) Martz and Charles and Clara Martz, ca. 1887-8



During 1888

Catherine E. Martz, daughter of Vandine Martz, marries John L. Arter, born 11/27/1860 in Danville, Pa., son of John Arter
-Census, Sunbury 1900
-Shipman Funeral Home Records, Sunbury Pa.
and . . .  
Vandine Martz, laborer, has 1 lot valued at $200, an income/value of $25, for an aggregate value of $225, and is taxed: personal tax $1.35
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1888  
May 5, 1888 (Saturday)
The Sunbury Band made their first appearance in their new uniforms on Saturday Evening, twenty strong. They present a gay sight, and their little drum major, Willy Mann, wields the baton like a veteran.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/11/1888
(Note: A story passed down through the family states that Vandine put up a considerable sum of money toward band uniforms expecting some return from the other band members. When he was not re-imbursed he was forced to sell his home on Market Street to pay his debts. These uniforms may include Prussian blue helmets, British red coats and American blue trousers. See 8/18/1892. -rjm)
October 30, 1888 (Tuesday)
Vandine Martz pays interest on $200 judgement in favor of Joseph Weitzel.
(Note: See 4/30/1886. -rjm)
November 19, 1888 (Monday)
Vandine Martz borrows $64.99 from Rockefeller and Hile payable six months after date with interest.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 414, May Term 1889, p. 446, entered and filed 4/25/1889
(Note: See 4/25/1889 -rjm) Vandine's accumulated debt now stands at:
$200.00 (from 4/30/1886)
200.00 (from 6/8/1886)
64.99 (from 11/19/1888)
$464.99
November 28, 1888 (Wednesday)
Vandine Martz sells a two-story frame building in Upper Augusta Township to A.N. Brice for $2000. Property "beginning at a corner of a lot of Marks Kauffman, then along lands of same and John B. Lenker 208 feet to a post thence by lands of the said John B. Lenker 51 feet to the railroad, commonly called the "Horn", a branch of the Shamokin Valley Railroad, thence along said railroad its several courses a distance 209 feet to the Center Turnpike or Market Street extended thence along said Market Street extended 40 feet to place of beginning, containing 36 perches and 65 feet of ground, whereon is erected a two-story frame dwelling house and outbuildings and also an additional frame dwelling house."
-Northumberland County Deed Book 100, p. 182
(Note: What's he doing with all of this money?! Perhaps he needs it because he has been let go by the railroad, due to his rheumatism, and is trying to go into business for himself. Or perhaps it is because of the band uniform fiasco mentioned above. Stay tuned. -rjm)
December 11, 1888 (Tuesday)
Vandine Martz borrows $635 from Ira T. Clement payable one day after date with interest.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 22, February Term 1889, p. 18, entered and filed 12/12/1888 (See 6/29/1889)
(Note: Vandine's accumulated debt:
$200.00 (from 4/30/1886)
200.00 (from 6/8/1886)
64.99 (from 11/19/1888)
635.00 (from 12/11/1888)
$1099.99
December 13, 1888 (Thursday)
The 131st Regiment Holds A Reunion - The survivors of the 131st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers held their reunion at Shamokin on Thursday of last week, it being the 25th anniversary of the battle of Fredricksburg. About 200 members were present. The 131st Regiment was recruited along the West Branch, between Williamsport and Shamokin, excepting two companies from Juniata. Company C was formed of men from Sunbury, Shamokin, and the inter-lying territory, Northumberland County furnishing three companies. Selins Grove was selected as the next meeting place.
-Sunbury American, 12/21/1888

During 1889
Vandine Martz, laborer, owns and occupies 1 lot on Market Street valued at $250, occupied has an actual value/income of $25, for an aggregate value of $275, and is taxed: real/personal property tax $1.65. The following single men are listed as residing with Vandine Martz:
Charles L. Bubb, laborer, income $25, tax $.15
William Clymer, laborer, income $25, tax $.15
John McCauly, laborer, income $25, tax $.15
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1889
(Note: Vandine is still listed as the owner, even though he sold the property to A.N. Brice on 11/28/1888. -rjm)
April 5, 1889 (Friday)
The Vandine Martz remedy for piles advertised in The News this week is said by many to far exceed any remedy ever before offered. Call at his shoe shop next to the "horn" on East Market street, north side.
Martz' Sure Cure for Piles.
Mr. Clarence Weaver, Sunbury, says: The Martz pile remedy cured men in one week.
Mr. J.G. Gurtner, Sunbury, says: For 18 years I suffered from piles and tried all remedies without success. Martz's ointment cured me in two weeks.
Mr. Wm. Riff, Sunbury, says: Three weeks of Martz's pile ointment cured me after long years of great suffering, six years during which I tried everything in vain.
H.L. Houck, Sunbury, says: I am using Martz's pile remedy with most beneficial results and expect soon to be completely free from my long-standing ailment.
John Wirt, Hickory Corners, says: A very dear friend of mine is completely cured of piles by the use of Martz's ointment.
Wm. M. Deubendorf, Sunbury, says: The Martz's Pile Remedy cured me in two weeks.
Mr. Martz. Dear Sir:-I am thankful to say that your Remedy has cured me of a long- standing ailment of piles, and any one troubled with this disease should have a box of your Ointment. Jacob Zeigler, Avon, Luzerne Co., Pa.
John Spath, Sunbury, says: I was bedfast with piles. I got a box of Martz's Ointment and it cured me.
Hundreds more if needed.
VANDINE MARTZ
604 East Market street, Sunbury, Pa.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 4/5/1889, 8/2/1889, 1/31/1890

April 25, 1889 (Thursday)
Fieri Facias issued on a debt of $64.99 owed by Vandine Martz to Rockafeller and Hile, plus $8.08 in interest and costs from 10/19/1888.
April 26, 1889 (Friday)
REAL ESTATE - The editor of The News offers the Vandine Martz property for sale adjoining the "Horn", to the highest bidder.
May 2, 1889 (Thursday)
The personal property of Vandine Martz is sold by Sheriff Jacob G. Kramer for $9.79 which he applies to court and sheriffs costs against the writ of Fi Fa. Attorney fees of $6.89 are waived by Geo. B. Reimensnyder, attorney for Rockafeller and Hile.
and . . .
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC - The public is notified that all the personal property of Vandine Martz, in the shoe shop and also in the residence occupied by him, in Purdytown, was purchased by me at a public sale of the Sheriff, on Thursday, May 2, 1889, at 9 o'clock a.m. ----- Notice is also given that the real estate, late in the name of said Vandine Martz, is offered for sale by Edward L. Brice, the legal owner, subject to a $1,000 mortgage of Hon. John B. Packer, and interest due thereon.
A.N. Brice
-Northumberland County Execution Docket, No. 59 May Term 1889
-Sunbury Weekly News, 4/26/1889, 5/10/1889, 5/17/1889
(Note: Not a good week for Vandine. -rjm)
May 10, 1889 (Friday)
THE HURRICANE. - A terrific wind and rain storm swept over Sunbury and vicinity about 3 o'clock on Friday afternoon, doing a large amount of damage. The atmosphere had been oppressive all day, but a the hour mentioned the sky grew suddenly black, the wind blew a gale, great lowering clouds scudded across the sky, and clouds of dust went whirling along, darkening the streets and rendering it impossible to distinguish anything. The wind fairly groaned as it tore through the streets, tearing signs, shutters and trap-doors from their fastenings and sending them flying through the streets. It tore large limbs from stalwart trees, and in some instances breaking trees off close to the ground. A fine young chestnut tree standing in front of the residence of Hon. J.B. Packer was broken off close to the ground. The flag pole in the park was blown down, carrying with it a limb of one of the large trees. The tin roof on Chief Burgess Cadwallader's building on the north side of Market street was rolled up like a scroll. The fire wall of the Clement House along the south end was torn loose to the tops of the third-story windows, and the debris deposited in the alley beneath. Dr. A.C. Clark had a narrow escape there, as he had just driven past when the mass of brick were tossed to the ground. Fences and outbuildings were blown down all over town. The fierce wind was followed for an hour with a heavy rain accompanied with hail. Other and more exposed parts of the county suffered much more than Sunbury, as we enjoyed the protection afforded by the surrounding hills. The storms in this section are becoming very severe and they come in at the one vulnerable point, the northwest.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/17/1889
May 26, 1889 (Sunday)
Our Grand Army boys of Lieut. Bruner Post attended religious services on Sunday at the baptist chapel, and heard an eloquent sermon by the baptist divine, Rev. Shirmer. He pleased all and made a fine impression.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/31/1889
May 31, 1889 (Friday)
A VALLEY OF DEATH! - Johnstown Literally Annihilated by the Breaking of the Reservoir - Ten Thousand Lives Lost! - $100,000,000 of Property Gone! - A dispatch was sent over the wire on Friday night that hundreds of lives had been lost at Johnstown and vicinity by the bursting of the reservoir above the city. It was appalling enough but it has turned out to be ten times worse than can be conceived as more details of the terrible disaster are becoming known. . . .
THE FLOOD AT SUNBURY. - Sunbury Not Much Damaged - The Water as High as in 1865. - The heavy rains of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week caused many a shake of the head and numerous forebodings among the people who have lived for years along the waters of the Susquehannah and watched its numerous risings and fallings. The month of May will go on record as being covered by the heaviest rainfall since the establishment of the Weather Bureau - eleven inches. . . .The rain on Friday night was terribly severe, beating down with awful continuity and fury and dashing down the streets to the river in torrents. The curious and the worried patrolled the banks of the river through long hours of the pouring rain on Friday night and watched it raise at the rate of eighteen inches per hour . . . The early risers on Saturday morning saw the river high, muddy and turbulent, and steadily rising. At 7:15 the first lot of logs that had broken loose from the Williamsport booms put in an appearance. From that time on until late at night the river was literally packed with logs, sawed lumber and the debris of demolished mills and lumber yards. A fair estimate indicated that there was $2,500 worth of property passing Sunbury every minute of that long day. . . . Sunday morning presented a sight never to be forgotten. The streets were a veritable Venice. Excited people were flitting hither and thither in boats and pacing excitedly about the few places that were high and dry. As the day progressed and the waters commenced receding the streets put on the air of a holiday, as hundreds of people from Shamokin and Mt. Carmel added to our own population were going to and fro from one point of interest to another.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 6/7/1889
June 29, 1889 (Saturday)
Judgement of $200 against Vandine Martz in favor of Joseph Weitzel is satisfied in full by payment of $129.70 by George B. Reimensnyder, attorney for Joseph and Peter Zeifling, in a compromise agreed to by plaintiff.
(See 4/30/1886)
and . . .
Judgement of $635 against Vandine Martz in favor of Ira T. Clement satisfied in full.
(See 12/11/1888)
and . . .
Judgement of $200 against Vandine Martz in favor of Sunbury Steam Fire Company No. 1 satisfied in full.
(Note: See 6/8/1887 Vandine's accumulated debt now stands at:
$200.00 (from 4/30/1886)
200.00 (from 6/8/1886)
64.99 (from 11/19/1888)
635.00 (from 12/11/1888)
$64.99
August 2, 1889 (Friday)
Vandine Martz Pile ointment advertisement appears again. (See 4/5/1889)
-Sunbury Weekly News, 8/2/1889
September 20, 1889 (Friday)
BRIEF LOCAL ITEMS - Ask your grocer for the Martz' Stove Polish. It costs less and keeps its deep black gloss longer than any other. Manufactured by V. Martz, Sunbury, Pa.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 9/20/1889
-Sunbury Weekly News, 9/27 through 11/18/1889
and . . .
Vandine Martz, who is manufacturing a splendid article of stove blackening should be encouraged, since he is not only an old soldier in Co. C 131st P.V., but he is poor and deserving.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 11/18/1889
(Note: But be careful not to confuse the stove polish with the pile ointment. -rjm)
September 27, 1889 (Friday)
COWS ON THE STREETS IN SUNBURY - From Williamsport Gazette and Bulletin - Cows still run at large in the streets at Sunbury and pasture on the principal thoroughfares, notwithstanding the local papers always speak of the ancient town as a "city". With more trains arriving and departing from the station daily than any other place in the West Branch Valley, we submit that there should be reform at least on the cow question. Are the burgess and councilmen on the verge of somnolency all the time? What would that great and good Indian vice king, Shikilimy think of them if he were to visit the town again? When he lived and reigned there more than a hundred years ago he did not allow the local laws to be so outrageously violated and today it is noticed by some keen observers that when there are an unusual number of cows on the streets, the profile of the old king on the rocks of Blue Hill frown steeply at the innovation. The time for the inauguration of reform has arrived if the town is to bloom into a full-fledged city and have an electric street railway binding it with the Pompeii on the other side of the island sometimes called Northumberland.
and . . .
Did you ever think that the figure 9 which is now with us in all our dates has come to stay? No man, woman, or child now living will ever date a document without using a 9. It now stands on the extreme right, 1889. Next year it will be third place - 1890 - and there it will stay for the next 10 years. It will then move up to second place - 1900 - and rest there for a hundred and nine years.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 9/27/1889
(Note: Well maybe only 100 years in 2nd place, but you get the idea. -rjm Update: 9 is so last century. Now we have 2s and 0s -rjm, 2016)
October 11, 1889 (Friday)
GRAND ARMY DAY! - THREE THOUSAND VETERANS IN LINE OF MARCH! - STREETS LINED WITH THOUSANDS OF SIGHT SEERS AND THE CURIOUS -The most imposing pageant witnessed in Sunbury since the centennial in 1872 was that on Wednesday, the occasion of the veterans of the late war congregating here for fraternal greeting. It was one of the events in the history of our town, and it will live long in the memories of our visitors and in the hearts of the reunited veterans. No great preparations had been made by the people in the way of decorations until Thursday morning when everywhere the eye would turn it would be met by a blazing mass of bunting, evergreen and flags. . . . Every Post was preceded by a band or drum corps, and the strains of martial music filled the air and added to the enthusiasm. By eleven o'clock, 4,000 veterans were in town, and they were accompanied by 10,000 visitors who came to witness the parade. . . . Parade formed a 1 o'clock and moved promptly at 2 o'clock . . .
-Sunbury Weekly News, 10/11/1889
November 19, 1889 (Tuesday)
The Friendship Cornet Band of this city will hold a dance in old armory hall on Tuesday, November 19. Music will be furnished by Henry's Orchestra
-Northumberland County Democrat, 11/8/1889
December 13, 1889 (Friday)
The 131st Regiment P. V. will hold their annual reunion at Selins Grove on the 13th of December, the 27th anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg.
-Sunbury American, 11/8/1889
During 1890
Vandine Martz, 1 lot $250, Market Street, occupied by self et. al., J. Grefring and bro.
Vandine Martz, laborer, is a tenant of Mrs. Engel, has a value/income of $25., for an aggregate of $25, and is taxed $.15
Charles L. Bubb, laborer, is a single man residing with Vandine Martz, has an income of $25, and is taxed: occupation tax $.15
-Northumberland County Tax Book, Upper Augusta Township, 1890
January 24, 1890 (Friday)
The alarm clock of the future will have an Edison phonograph arrangement that will exclaim "Get up!" in stentorian tone.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 1/24/1890
March 3, 1890 (Monday)
Squire Bubb of Dalmatia called at this sanctum on Monday and helped himself to a chair. He passed a pleasant half hour with us. He is a short, wiry looking man with grey beard and possesses enough spunk and energy to make a good living among the people with whom he resides.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 3/7/1890
(Note: The venerable Benneville is Catharine's cousin and one of the most respected jurists in the county. -rjm)
April 8, 1890 (Tuesday)
Personally appeared before me Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the said County (Northumberland), Vandine Martz an honorably discharged and disabled soldier of the war of the rebellion who being duly sworn according to law deposes and says that he is the bona fide owner in his own right of all the goods, wares and merchandise which he proposes to hawk, peddle and vend and that he will not engage to sell the same for any other person or persons whatever, and this for the purpose of obtaining the benefits of the Act of Assembly approved the 8th day of April 1867, allowing certain soldiers to hawk, peddle and vend. Sworn before me April 8th A.D. 1890. S. P. Fausold, Deputy Prothonotary.
And now April 8, 1890 Vandine Martz an honorably discharged and disabled soldier of the War of the Rebellion, produced before me his said discharge and also a certificate from G. W. Fruey (?) an examining surgeon of the United States resident at Sunbury that said Martz is unable to procure his living by manual labor. The said Vandine Martz has also this day made before me and filed in this court his affidavit setting forth that he is the bona fide owner in his own right of all the goods services, wares and merchandise which he proposes to hawk, peddle and vend and that he will not engage to sell the same for any other person or persons whatever. Same day certificate issued.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 364, May Term 1890, p. 428
April 11, 1890 (Friday)
The G.A.R. room over J.B. Bucher's store on Market Street is very handsomely fitted up. Brussels carpet covers the floor and the fittings are those of a first-class lodge room.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 4/11/1890
May 14, 1890 (Wednesday)
New York, May 14 - Mrs. Andrew Carnegie yesterday performed the ceremony of laying the corner stone of the new music hall which is to be built at Seventh Avenue and Fifty Seventh Street. The structure will cost $1,500,000 of which $500,000 is given by Mr. Carnegie. Several speeches were made.
-Sunbury American, 5/16/1890
May 23, 1890 (Friday)
East Sunbury - The Court to be Asked to Make a Borough of Purdytown - The people of Purdytown want to set up business for themselves. They want to make a borough of their own town and are moving in that direction. On Saturday, Ira Shipman ran the line for the new town. It commences above the brewery and taking in Pomfret manor runs over to Shamokin Creek. The line then follows the creek to the river. The place is to be called East Sunbury.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 5/23/1890
June, 1890
Vandine Martz is enumerated in the Eleventh Census of the United States on Special Schedule for Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, and Widows, Etc. in Upper Augusta Township.
-Census, 1890, Upper Augusta Township, dwelling 88
(Note: No disability is indicated. -rjm)
June 15, 1890 (Sunday)
Charles Bubb, musician, who is at present in Sunbury, paid us a visit on Sunday. -Our Letter from Dalmatia, Dalmatia, 6/17/1890
-Sunbury Weekly News, 6/20/1890
(Note: This is Catharine's brother, who is living with her and Vandine. -rjm)
July 7, 1890 (Monday)
Henry Glitch applies for military pension alleging partial permanent disability from bronchitis, catarrh and rheumatism. He is 42 years old, 5'10" tall (4" taller than in 1864), has fair complexion, iron grey hair and grey eyes. He is a teacher lawyer in Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas but he is filing in person in Seward County, Kansas.
July 11, 1890 (Friday)
The population of Sunbury, according to the census will be 6500 and of Purdytown about 2500. In 1880 Sunbury was 4077 and Purdytown 775. The official is not yet out but these will be about the figures.
and . . .
How many are we? An official estimate of the county's population. Sunbury: First Ward, 955; Second, 1370; Third, 1515; Fourth, 975; Fifth, 1105; Total, 5920.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 7/11/1890
-Sunbury American, 8/8/1890
July 14, 1890 (Monday)
Henry Glitch is approved for military pension of $12 per month, alleging "permanent disability, not due to vicious habits, from bronchitis, catarrh, and rheumatism", at Wichita, Kansas.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
(Note: Henry Glitch's military pension files are cross-referenced to those of Vandine Martz. This is probably due to the fact that Vandine named him as the father of Frank and Ervin Martz in his pension application, although Glitch was not the father of Ervin. See July 16, 1874.  -rjm)
July 17, 1890 (Thursday)
A female slugging match took place in Purdytown Thursday evening on Catawissa Street at which the hair flew in bunches. The women occupied the middle of the road until one was completely knocked out, when the battle ended. Many saw the combat but none could be found who knew the contestants. It is described as having been a close battle for a long time until one of the pugilists lost too much hair which ended the struggle.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 7/18/1890
(Note: Just up the street from Vandine's house.)
July 28, 1890 (Monday)
Isaac Bubb died at his residence in Georgetown on Monday, aged 62 years. The cause of his death was dropsy of the heart from which he has been a long sufferer. He was the father of Mrs. Vandyne Martz, who lives in Sunbury.
and . . .
Isaac Bubb, an old and respected citizen of Dalmatia, departed this life on the 28th, inst.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 8/1/1890, 8/8/1890
-Sunbury American, 8/1/1890
July 30, 1890 (Wednesday)
Vandine Martz, wife, and two of his children went to Georgetown Wednesday to attend the funeral of his wife's father, Isaac Bubb.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 8/1/1890
September 7, 1890 (Sunday)
That suburb of our city known since 1867 as Purdytown is now a full-fledged borough, the court on Saturday having so decreed in response to a petition presented by T.H. Purdy and C.W. Rockafeller. The place will hereafter be known as "East Sunbury" on paper but the popular name of Purdytown will always have the call, as the people are used to it and an arbitrary and sudden change will have very little effect on the tongues of the people. The next thing is an election of borough officers, the time for which has not been fixed.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 9/12/1890
November 21, 1890 (Friday)
Thrashed A Policeman - Four Sunbury girls went Milton on Saturday evening, got drunk and thrashed depot policeman Rhodes of that town. If we haven't good streets down here Miltonians are probably convinced we have a few petticoated sluggers.
-Sunbury American, 11/21/1890
December 10, 1890 (Wednesday)
Vandine Martz submits a form to Department of Interior, Bureau of Pensions requesting an "official statement of enrollment, discharge and record of service ... together with full medical history". "It is alleged that while on duty at Camp Humphreys Va on or about Feby March, 1863 he was disabled by rheumatism injury to right side and results." No medical record was found.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
December 12, 1890 (Friday)
The Watsontown Band and the survivors of the 131st. P.V. in this section are preparing for the reunion of the regiment at Muncy tomorrow and a big turnout is anticipated.
-Sunbury American, 12/12/1890
December 18, 1890 (Thursday)
John R. Berlew has received a contract for plastering the new hotel on Blue Hill. He will also plaster the house being erected in Northumberland by Mrs. Rogers.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 12/18/1890
(Note: Berlew was a good friend of Vandine and a member of G.A.R. Post 335 (See 3/18/1895). He was a private in Co. C, 131 P.V. with Vandine and also in Co. C, 21 Pa. Cavalry. -rjm)
February 20, 1891 (Friday)
On Friday, February 20, 1891, The Sunbury Cornet Band will give a fine concert in the Opera House. The concert will consist of selections by the band, vocal solos, quartets, &c. Also a cornet solo by Miss Grace King of Sunbury accompanied by the band. Also an imitation of a German band by Messrs. Jones, [Charles] Bubb, Slear, Gaskins, Schoch, and Garvic...
-Northumberland County Democrat
(Note: The Sunbury Band, led by Gaskins in the 1890's, was considered one of the best in the state. Bubb, also featured here in a cornet quartet, is probably Catharine Martz's brother Charles Bubb and might have had something to do with his nephew, Charles Milton Martz, to play the cornet. Vandine was also a member of various bands but it is not known that he was in this one. -rjm)
February 21, 1891 (Saturday)
Vandine Martz submits to the Bureau of Pensions a General Affidavit of Andrew N. Brice, age 51, and Samuel J. Hoey, age 51 sworn before J.C. Irwin, Justice of the Peace:
That they are well acquainted with Van Dine Martz and see him almost every day. He had rheumatism in the army in front of Fredricksburg, and at times along down to the Chancellorsville campaign. He came home with it and could scarcely walk. He has had it almost ever since, yes almost constantly, sometimes worse than others; he has been employed by the Pennsylvania Rail Road Company. He had rheumatism so bad that the company was forced to discharge him and he still has the rheumatism so bad that he can't work at any-thing; and the foregoing disability was not acquired through any vicious habits; and it may be regarded with him as permanent.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
February 22, 1891 (Sunday)
Lieut. Wm. A. Bruner Post 335 G.A.R.; W.C. Packer Council 285 O.U.A.M.; and Camps No. 194 and 19 P.O.S.of A. attended the Lutheran Church in a body on Sunday morning and were addressed by Rev. J.H. Weber on Patriots and Patriotism which pleased them very much and they returned thanks for the address through the Daily.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 2/26/1891
April 10, 1891 (Friday)
Twenty-Five Years old - On Monday evening Lieut. Wm. A. Bruner Post, No. 335, celebrated the quarto-centennial anniversary of the organization of the G. A. R. Capt. C. N. Clement, was the orator of the evening and delivered an eloquent address.
-Sunbury American, 4/10/1891
During 1892
Vandine Martz, laborer, is a tenant residing on Mettler's property, Catawissa St., East Sunbury, has a yearly income of $25, for an aggregate value of $25, 1 male dog, and is taxed $.15
-Northumberland County Tax Book, East Sunbury 1892
April 28, 1892 (Thursday)
The Best in the Market - The shoe polish, which is now being manufactured by V. Martz & Co., is the best that is now on the market. It is now being made in Sunbury and has through its own merit established a wide reputation. People who have used is say it will not eat the leather and maintains an even, smooth and beautiful polish.
-Sunbury Weekly News, 4/28/1892
Note: But be careful not to confuse it with the stove polish or pile ointment. -rjm)
May 12, 1892 (Thursday)
A new brand of cigarettes is called "The Angel of Death".
-Sunbury Weekly News, 5/12/1892
August 18, 1892 (Thursday)
The Sunbury Cornet Band has sold the old uniforms to the Chestnut Hill Band near Shamokin Dam. No more will the Sunburians see the Prussian helmets, British red coats, and American Blue Trousers, unless they go over the river.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 8/18/1892
September 20, 1892 (Tuesday)
19th reunion of 131st P.V. is held at Washington D.C.
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
During 1893
Vandine Martz, laborer, is a tenant residing on Mettler's property, Catawissa St., East Sunbury, has a yearly income of $25, for an aggregate value of $25, 1 male dog, and is taxed $.15
-Northumberland County Tax Book, East Sunbury 1893
January 1, 1893 (Sunday)
Jesse Campbell agrees to convey to Catharine Martz, wife of Vandine Martz, on or before 1/1/1893, a lot 30 by 200 feet on Catawissa Road in East Sunbury for $1.00 and the further promise that she will "keep, maintain and support the said Jesse Campbell during sickness and health, during life, in her own family in a comfortable manner, supplying him with suitable bed and bedding, meals, nursing and medical attendance during sickness; and upon his death bury him in a manner suitable to his station in life at the Methodist Church Cemetery at Irish Valley where the rest of his family are buried and, at her own proper costs and expense erect a proper tombstone in said cemetery to mark his grave". Catharine will also inherit his personal property. The deed to be left in the hands of C. B. Witmer, attorney for Catharine Martz and not considered delivered to her until one week before the death of Jesse Campbell. This property was conveyed to Jesse Campbell by Ira T. Clement on 9/20/1886.
-Northumberland County Deed Book 109, p. 599, entered 12/19/1893 and Deed Book 110, p. 623, entered 4/6/1894
(Note: Jesse Campbell was born November 4, 1806, as recorded in Vandine Martz's Bible. Since he is not known to be related in any way, the reason for recording his birth date in the Bible remained a family mystery until the above agreement was discovered. If Catharine was to be responsible for burying him someday then it became necessary to record his birth date in a safe place until the headstone would be carved. Jesse Campbell had lived in the Shamokin area most of his life and Catharine and Vandine probably didn't even know him until about 1891. On September 20, 1886 he had bought the property at 222 Catawissa Avenue from Ira T. Clement (Deed Book 95, page 257) presumably to be rented or leased to his daughter and son-in-law, Marietta and Reuben Wynn. Tax records show Reuben Wynn as tenant of J. Campbell in 1885. At some point, Jesse Campbell conveyed the property to another daughter, Elizabeth Fuller and tax records show Reuben Wynn as her tenant in 1888 (although no deed was ever recorded in Elizabeth Fuller's name). Then on April 28, 1891 Elizabeth Fuller conveyed the property back to Jesse Campbell for $1.00 (Deed Book 109, page 598) and he, now 85 years old, moved in with Reuben and Marietta Wynn, becoming a neighbor of Catharine and Vandine who were renting from Charles Mettler just up the street. Tax records show Jesse Campbell was living with the Wynns in 1891, 1892, and 1893. But in 1893, presumably after some falling out with the Wynns, Jesse Campbell moved in with Catharine and Vandine and entered into the above agreement to convey the property to her in return for his care for the remainder of his life.  Tax records show Jesse Campbell living with Vandine Martz in 1894. Needless to say, the Wynn's were none too pleased with this idea.

Our story continues . . . -rjm
During 1893
Jesse Campbell, laborer, is a single man residing with R.W. Wynn, Catawissa Street, has a value/income of $25, for an ggregate value of $25, and is taxed $.15
-Northumberland County Tax Book, East Sunbury, 1892
December 13, 1893 (Wednesday)
131st P.V.I. 20th reunion of 131st P.V. at Lewistown
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
December 16, 1893 (Saturday)
Before me, the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace, in and for the county aforesaid, personally appeared the said Jesse Campbell and Catharine Martz, wife of Vandine Martz, who do acknowledge the written Article of Agreement to be their act and deed and desire that the same might be recorded as such; and the said Catharine Martz, being of full age and separate and apart from her said husband, by me examined an the full contents of the said Articles being by me first made known to her, declare upon such examination, that she did voluntarily and of her own free will and accord sign, seal and as her act and deed, deliver the said articles without and coercion or compulsion of her said husband. Witness my hand and seal this 16th day of December 1893. Em'l Wilvert, Justice of the Peace.
-Northumberland County Deed Book 109, p. 600, recorded 12/19/1893
and . . .
On the 16th day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety three before me the subscriber personally came the above named Jesse Campbell and doth acknowledged the above indenture to be his act and Deed and desired the same might be recorded as such. Witness my hand seal Em'l Wilvert Justice of the Peace.
-Northumberland County Deed Book 110, p. 623, recorded 4/6/1894
During 1894
Vandine Martz, laborer, is a tenant residing on Mettler's property, Catawissa St., East Sunbury, has a yearly income of $25, for an aggregate value of $25, 1 male dog, and is taxed $.15
 
Jesse Campbell, laborer, is a single man residing with Vandine Martz, has a value/income $25, and is taxed $.15
-Northumberland County Tax Book, East Sunbury, 1894
March 6, 1894 (Tuesday)
A bell has been put in the East Sunbury school house on lower Catawissa Street. It was rung for the first time on Tuesday afternoon.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 3/8/1894
May 6, 1894 (Sunday)
Two Sunday Storms - Just as people were returning from church on Sunday morning, a heavy thunderstorm came up and many of the church goers were drenched. Ladies in new spring dresses and bonnets and there was considerable weeping and wailing over damage done to the dainty head gear. Many persons had taken advantage of the beautiful morning to enjoy a stroll into the country and were also caught by the storm. Considerable hail fell and the Market Street paving was well washed. Another storm in the afternoon played the same tricks on unsuspecting Sunburians as the morning storm.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 5/10/1894
May 10, 1894 (Thursday)
Catharine Martz appears before Walter Shipman, Justice of the Peace, and makes a complaint against Reuben Wynn that he refuses to comply with notice to vacate 222 Catawissa Avenue (See 12/28/1893). Summons issued to Reuben Wynn to appear 5/15/1894 to show why restitution of the property should not be made to Catharine Martz.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
May 13, 1894 (Sunday)
Catharine Martz is admitted by organization of the church to St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church. She will have nearly perfect attendance from 3/3/1895 through 10/15/1905 at all Communion Seasons (except 4/10/1898).
St. Luke's was started as a mission congregation by the Danville Conference of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania who had made several previous attempts to establish a congregation in Sunbury. Finally the sent the Reverend J.N. Wetzler to Sunbury in 1894, to organize a church. He met with some interested Lutherans in private homes, and on May 13, 1894 at a service held in the P.O.S. of A. Hall on Market Street, the congregation was organized. The following evening at a meeting at the home of Peter Lenker, the congregation was named "St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Sunbury." It was decided to buy two lots at the corner of Catawissa and Reagan Streets from R.D. Shipe for $2,200.00. On September 2, 1894 the cornerstone of the first church was laid, and on February 17, 1895 the church building was dedicated. The total cost was about $6,000.00.
-Parish Records, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
-Sunbury Pennsylvania, Two Hundred Years, 1772-1972


 
May 15, 1894 (Tuesday)
9:00 AM: Catharine Martz, plaintiff and Reuben Wynn, defendant appear before Walter Shipman, J.P. Catharine is represented by Wm. A. Sober and J. Simpson Kline; Wynn is represented by S.B. Boyer and J.H. McDevitt. Defense moves to quash proceedings on procedural grounds and that no written lease has been produced. Witnesses for Catharine ( Jesse Campbell, Richard Poyer, Mark P. Sculpham and Jeremiah Weaver) testify. Reuben Wynn files an affidavit that he has possession of the premises through his wife, Marietta, who acquired title from Jesse Campbell, but admits the deed to Catharine (12/16/1893) is duly recorded. Jesse Campbell's notice to quit (12/28/1893) is also offered in evidence.
Continued to 2:00 PM: Catharine is cross-examined by defense and Elizabeth Poyer, Reuben Wynn and Marietta Wynn are sworn. Judgement held under advisement until Wednesday May 16, at 7:00 PM.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
May 16, 1894 (Wednesday)
Judgement in favor of Catharine Martz and against Reube Wynn. He will forthwith deliver the property and pay $10.35 for proceedings.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
May 21, 1894 (Monday)
Reuben Wynn appeals decision in favor of Catharine Martz by Walter Shipman, J.P., to Court of Common Pleas. John L. Miller posts $200 bail for costs and rents in case the judgment is upheld.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
June 11, 1894 (Monday)
Rule from Reuben Wynn's attorneys for Catharine Martz to employ counsel and file a statement in Ejectment in 15 days.
June 12, 1894 (Tuesday)
Rule to employ counsel and file a statement of ejectment served on "an adult member of her [Catharine's] household."
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
June 22, 1894 (Friday)
Judgment in favor of Charles Mettler on a single bill for $40 against Vandine and Catharine Martz and payable 6 months from date with interest and costs of suit.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket 302, December Term 1894, p. 583, entered and filed 11/20/1894
June 26, 1894 (Tuesday)
Catharine Martz elects to go to trial on the transcript of the justice, Walter Shipman. Also rule on defendant to plead within 15 days is issued.

July 2, 1894 (Monday)

Notice from defendant [Wynn] for Judgement for want of statement of claim read and filed. Hearing continued to 7/5/1894.

July 5, 1894 (Thursday)

Defendant's notice for Judgement overruled; case to be tried on transcript of Justice as the plaintiff statement.

July 13, 1894 (Friday)

Reuben Wynn disclaims title to the premises and avers that the title is Marietta Wynn his wife and pleads not guilty in right of his wife.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
July 16, 1894 (Monday)
The Grim Destroyer - Jesse Campbell died at his late residence on Catawissa Street, East Sunbury, on Monday afternoon aged 87 years, 7 months and 12 days. Funeral services at the house Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment at Irish Valley Church.
-Northumberland County Democrat, 7/19/1894
Jesse Campbell born November 4, 1806.
-Vandine Martz Bible
(Note: I get 87 years, 8 months and 12 days. -rjm)
July 19, 1894 (Thursday)
Funeral services of Mr. Jesse Campbell aged 87 years, 9 months and 12 days, was held at the residence of Mr. Vandine Martz with whom he had made his home, on Thursday July 19. The interment was in the Methodist Cemetery of Irish Valley where many friends and relatives had gathered to pay their last tribute to the deceased.
"Into the eternal shadow that girds our life around,
Into the infinite silence wherewith deaths shore is bound
Thou hast gone forth, beloved! and I were mean to weep
That thou hast left life's shallows and dost possess the
deep."
-Northumberland County Democrat, 7/26/1894
(Note: I still get 87 years, 8 months and 12 days. There is a larger dissonance of data, however. The stone for Jesse Campbell shows the correct month and day of his death, however the year is stated as 1893. Oops! Please accept my apologies on behalf of my great-grandmother, Catharine Martz, who was charged to "erect a proper tombstone" for Mr. Campbell.  See 1/1/1893. -rjm)
September 24, 1894 (Monday)
The appeal of Reuben Wynn is continued due to illness of Catharine Martz's attorney Mr. Sober.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
December 3, 1894 (Monday)
The appeal of Reuben Wynn is continued due to illness of Catharine Martz's attorney Mr. Sober, at costs of plaintiff (Catharine).
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
December 13, 1894 (Thursday)
21st reunion of 131st P.V. at Williamsport
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
During 1895
Vandine Martz in East Sunbury, 2nd Ward, Cat. St., occupies Real Estate owned by Catharine Martz containing 1 lot, 30 ft., value at $300, is taxed: county tax $2.40.
-Northumberland County Tax Book, 1895, East Sunbury, 2nd Ward 
January 31, 1895 (Thursday)
Appeal of Reuben Wynn continued at costs of plaintiff, Catharine Martz
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
March 18, 1895 (Monday)
Vandine Martz appears before J. Simpson Kline, Justice of the Peace, to make the following affidavit:
I am unable to furnish affidavit of surgeon or assistant surgeon of my regiment for as I am informed an verily believe both the surgeon and assistant surgeon are dead. The physicians who have treated me since my return from service were first Dr. Peale, of Sunbury, who died about 25 years ago, hence cannot get his affidavit. Dr. Martin was the last physician who attended me and he died two years ago.
During most of the time since I left the service I have treated myself with a decoction of roots and herbs which I make. It does no injury to my system and relieves my heart better than anything I have been able to get from the doctors.
Affidavit of John Berlew, age 50 of Sunbury:
I have known Vandine Martz about 25 years. When I first knew him he had rheumatism. I know that often when we wanted to go out together he was not able to go on account of the rheumatism. He has complained ever since I knew him of his rheumatism. I have seen him every few months for the last twenty-five years. I do not think I ever saw him that he was not complaining of pains in some part of his body. I do not think he is able to do manual labor. Have been intimately acquainted with Vandine Martz for 25 years.
Affidavit of Charles L. Bubb, age 30 of East Sunbury (Vandine's brother-in-law):
I have known Vandine Martz for 12 years. He has had rheumatism ever since I knew him. Have lived near him for 12 y. For several days at a time he was not able to do anything. He has rheumatism now worse than ever. He is not able to do manual labor, not able to earn his living by manual labor. Has complained of pains about his heart. Sometimes stiff and lame. Have seen him try to work and would have to quit on account of his pains from rheumatism.

March 22, 1895 (Friday)

The above three affidavits are filed with the U. S. Pensions Office to substantiate Vandine's claim for a military disability pension.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
April 8, 1895 (Monday)
Appeal of Reuben Wynn against Catharine Martz is continued.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
May 5, 1895 (Sunday)
Charles M. Martz is admitted by confirmation as a member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
-Parish Records, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
(Note: He is a son of Vandine Martz. -rjm)
May 13, 1895 (Monday)
Catharine Martz's counsel moves to strike defendant's plea "avers that the title in is in Marietta Wynn and pleads not guilty in right of his wife" since she is not a party to the proceedings as a defendant. Reuben Wynn withdraws former plea and enters plea of "not guilty".
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
May 17, 1895 (Friday)
Catharine Martz is summoned to appear in the Court of Common Pleas on "the second Monday of June next" (6/10/1895) to answer a certain complaint made by Reuben W. Wynn and Marietta Wynn, his wife, that she (Catharine) now has in her actual possession a lot of ground in East Sunbury, the right of possession or title to which she (Marietta) says is hers and not Catharine's.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and File No. 93, September Term 1895
(Note: Heads up! This is, in effect, a counter suit. We now have two in progress so pay attention. -rjm)
May 27, 1895 (Monday)
Plea of "not guilty" entered by J. Simpson Kline and William A. Sober, attorneys for Catharine Martz, to complaint of Reuben and Marietta Wynn.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and File No. 93, September Term 1895
(See 5/17/1895)
September 30, 1895 (Monday)
Appeal of Reuben Wynn against Catharine Martz is continued to 10/28/1895.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
October 28, 1895 (Monday)
Catharine Martz's motion to quash is refused. The case is coming on for trial and a jury has been called.
October 30, 1895 (Wednesday)
After charge of the Court and before verdict, defendant's points and reserved questions are filed and answered, and plaintiff's points are filed. At 1:45 PM the Jurors return to jury box and Judge Cyrus Gordon proceeds to instruct and further charge the jury in the presence of the attorneys for plaintiff and defendant. The jury returns to the jury room and at 1:55 PM finds the verdict for the plaintiff, Catharine Martz and against Reuben Wynn.
November 2, 1895 (Saturday)
A motion for a new trial is filed by counsels for Reuben Wynn.
November 6, 1895 (Wednesday)
The reasons for a new trial are filed by counsels for Reuben Wynn: The Court erred on 4 points.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
December 13, 1895 (Friday)
22nd reunion of 131st P.V. at Milton
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
January 10, 1896 (Friday)
Catharine Martz vs. Reuben W. Wynn: Notes of testimony and charge of Court filed.

January 30, 1896 (Thursday)

The reasons for new trial argued before Hon. Cyrus Gordon, president judge specially presiding and C.A.V.

March 3, 1896 (Tuesday)

The court certifies that the property (222 Catawissa Ave) is worth more than $1000.

March 4, 1896 (Wednesday)

The Hon. Cyrus Gordon files a nine page [!] opinion and decree in response to motion of defendant for judgement non-obstante veredicto on reserved question and rule for new trial. It is ordered and decreed that the Rule for New Trial be discharged, Defendant's motion for judgement non-obstante veredicto refused and judgement is directed to be entered on the verdict.

March 13, 1896 (Friday)

Catharine Martz Deposits $4 to Jury Fund and judgement is entered on the verdict.

June 2, 1896 (Tuesday)

Reuben Wynn files exceptions to bills for costs of witnesses etc filed by Vandine Martz on behalf of Catharine Martz.
November 6, 1896 (Friday)
Witness costs of $75.69 paid to prothonotary by Reuben Wynn.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
April 3, 1896 (Friday)
The following are admitted as members to St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church:
Erwin J. Martz, by election (renewal of faith)
Minnie Maud Martz, by confirmation (wife of Erwin)
Frank Christian Martz, by confirmation
Minnie Geneva Martz, by confirmation (wife of Frank)
Clara G. Martz, by confirmation
-Parish Register, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
(Note: All are children (and their wives) of Catharine Martz. -rjm)
April 13, 1896 (Monday)
Rule granted on the part of defendant, Catharine Martz, in ejectment proceeding (No. 93, September Term, 1895) to show why co-plaintiff, Reuben Wynn, should not first pay costs of case entered No. 161 September Term 1894.
April 14, 1896 (Tuesday)
Marietta Wynn answers rule of 4/13/1896: 1) Marietta Wynn, the true plaintiff in the present case, was not party to case No. 161, September Term, 1894, and is therefore not responsible for costs; 2) Reuben Wynn, husband and co-plaintiff has no interest in Ejectment No. 93, September Term 1895; 3) no bill for costs has been presented to Reuben Wynn; 4) Rule was made to delay present case and filed too late.
April 15, 1896 (Wednesday)
Petitioner for rule, Catharine Martz "joins issue on the matters alleged in the said answer" of 4/14/1896.
April 27, 1896 (Monday)
Rule to show cause for stay of proceedings, etc. . . is discharged at the costs of plaintiff in the rule (Catharine) by Judge Metzger.
May 7, 1896 (Thursday)
Jury is selected in Court of Common Pleas for ejectment case. During the trial plaintiff (Marietta) suffers a voluntary non suit.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and File No. 93, September Term 1895
June 9, 1896 (Tuesday)
Vandine Martz satisfies judgement of $40 in favor of Charles Mettler, the sheriff having returned the Execution as paid.
-See 6/22/1894
August 17, 1896 (Monday)
Reuben Wynn vs. Horace Tweed, administrator of the estate of Jesse Campbell, deceased. Trans debt - $258.75. Issue Scire Facias. To show cause why Mrs. Selina Montgomery, Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller, Mrs. Sybilla Huey, and Mrs. Marietta Wynn should not be substituted as defendants and the judgement (No. 430, September Term, 1896) revived against them as heirs at law of Jesse Campbell, and with notice to Catharine Martz, Terre Tenant. Returnable to next term, Filed by Byers and McDevitt, attorneys for plaintiff (Reuben Wynn).
Sheriff of Northumberland County directed to give notice writ by mail to heirs and legal representatives of Jesse Campbell: Mrs. Selina Montgomery, Hoopeston, Illinois; Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller, Mound City, Missouri; Mrs. Sybilla Huey, Millheim, Pennsylvania.

September 2, 1896 (Wednesday)

Appearance entered by J. Simpson Kline and William A. Sober attorneys for Catharine Martz.

October 23, 1896 (Friday)

Catharine Martz rule to plead within 15 days.

November 7, 1896 (Saturday)

Catharine Martz pleads Nul tiel record; no judgement or lien at conveyance by Jesse Campbell to the terre-tenant. Judgement entered against Salina Montgomery, Elizabeth Fuller, Sybilla Huey, Marietta Wynn, and Horace Tweed for the amount due and unpaid, in default of appearance. Continued to January 18, 1898.
-File No. 430, September Term, 1896 to No. 502, September Term 1896
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and File 502, September Term, 1896, p. 293
December 15, 1896 (Tuesday)
23th reunion of 131st P.V. at Selinsgrove
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
January 16, 1897 (Saturday)
Reuben Henry Martz joins with St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, by election.
-Parish Register, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
April 16, 1897 (Friday)
Vandine Martz joins with St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, by confirmation and is baptized.
-Parish Register, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
(Note: Today is also Good Friday. -rjm)
October 1, 1897 (Friday)
Catharine Martz files a petition to Hon. C.R. Savidge, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County. The petition represents 1) That she is the alienee of a certain lot of ground conveyed to her by Jesse Campbell by deed dated 12/16/1893 and duly recorded in the Recorder's office. 2) That C.R.Savidge entered a transcript from the Docket of Solomon Weaver J.P. to No. 302 September term 1894, which judgement was revived to No. 321 September term 1894 with notice to Horace Tweed administrator of Jesse Campbell, deceased, for the sum of $127.50 and which is now sought to be revived by Scire Facias now pending to No. 78 September Term 1896 and now on the list for trial against Horace Tweed, with notice to heirs of Jesse Campbell and also Catharine as terre-tenant. Catharine claims there is no lien on the property.
-File 302, September Term 1894
(Note: Apparently Marietta Wynn has tried to place a lien on 222 Catawissa Ave in yet another series of suits over the estate of Jesse Campbell. With neighbors like these, no wonder Vandine made his own pile ointment. -rjm)
December 14, 1897 (Tuesday)
24th reunion of 131st P.V. at Shamokin
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
(Note: Vandine probably attended this one as we have a reunion ribbon. -rjm)
December 23, 1897 (Thursday)
Reuben Wynn appeals decision in favor of Catharine Martz to the Supreme Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
During 1898
Williams' Sunbury Directory:
Martz Vandine, shoemaker, also pile ointment 222 Catawissa av, h do (see adv)
Also listed are:
Martz, Charles E, cigar maker, bds 127 Church
" Charles M, weaver, bds 222 Catawissa av
" Clara G, winder, bds 222 Catawissa av
" Ervin, laborer, h 98 N Eighth
" Frank C, laborer, h 733 Market
" Frank C, bds 904 Market
" George, fireman, bds 127 Church
" Josiah, sexton, h 127 Church
" Reuben H, laborer, bds 222 Catawissa av
" William H, laborer, bds 127 Church
. . . and 27 others who are not known to be related.
January 18, 1898 (Tuesday)
Reuben Wynn, plaintiff, suffers a voluntary non-suit against Catharine Martz, terre tenant, and judgement of non-suit in favor of Catharine Martz. Damages assessed against defendants Montgomery, Fuller, Huey, Wynn and Tweed;
4/27/1898 Judgement satisfied in full
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket, No. 502, September Term 1896, p. 406
March 31, 1898 (Thursday)
Prothonotary of Northumberland County files transcript of Record in the Case of appeal of Reuben Wynn, defendant and Catharine Martz, plaintiff at No. 161 September Term 1894.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
January 18, 1898 (Tuesday)
Reuben Wynn, plaintiff, suffers a voluntary non-suit against Catharine Martz, terre tenant, and judgement of non-suit in favor of Catharine Martz. Damages assessed against defendants Montgomery, Fuller, Huey, Wynn and Tweed;
4/27/1898 Judgement satisfied in full
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket, No. 502, September Term 1896, p. 406
March 31, 1898 (Thursday)
Prothonotary of Northumberland County files transcript of Record in the Case of appeal of Reuben Wynn, defendant and Catharine Martz, plaintiff at No. 161 September Term 1894.
-Northumberland County Appearance Docket and file 161, September Term 1894
May 4, 1898 (Wednesday)
Vandine Martz returns questionnaire with his voucher for next quarterly pension payment. Questionnaire asks marital status, current spouse, previous marriages, and living children.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
May 18, 1898 (Wednesday)
Vandine Martz returns another pension questionnaire asking the same questions as the 5/4/1898 questionnaire.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
October 1, 1898 (Saturday)
John M. Martz, son of Vandine Martz, dies, aged 29 years, 1 month 7 days
-Parish Register, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
-Vandine Martz Bible
December 13, 1898 (Tuesday)
25th reunion of 131st P.V. at Lewisburg
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
January 22, 1899 (Sunday)
Vandine Martz misses Communion.
-Parish Register, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
(Note: This is only the second time he's missed. Catharine made it to church; what's wrong with Vandine? -rjm)
July 16, 1899 (Sunday)
Charles M. Martz leaves the congregation of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, after 4 years of perfect attendance at Communion Seasons.
-Parish Register, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
September 19, 1899 (Tuesday)
26th reunion of 131st P.V. at Middleburg
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
October 21, 1899 (Saturday)
Reuben Henry Martz, son of Vandine Martz, marries Harriet Wagner.
-Parish Register, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
During 1900
Martz, Vandine, shoemaker and pile ointment mfr 222 Catawissa av, h do
-Williams' Sunbury Directory, 1898
(Note: The listing is essentially the same as for 1898, with 37 Martz entries)
June 1, 1900 (Friday)
Josiah Martz, 47 (born March 1853), married 24 years, day laborer
Rosetta Martz, 46 (born March 1854), 6 children, 5 living
Charles Martz, 22 (born April 1878), laborer R.R.
George Martz, 18 (born October 1881), laborer factory
Henry Martz, 13 (born June 1886)
All (including parents) born in Pennsylvania
-Census, Sunbury (127 Church Street)
June 4, 1900 (Monday)
John L. Arter, 39 (born Nov. 1860), married 12 years, conductor RR
Catharine E. Arter, 32, 2 children, 1 living
Ammon W. Arter, 11 (born Mar. 1889), at school
-Census, Sunbury (43 Fifth Street), 1900
(Note: She's Vandine's daughter, "Aunt Kate". -rjm)
June 11, 1900 (Monday)
Agnes Zinn household, 432 Penn Street, Sunbury:
Agnes Zinn, 52 (born April 1848)
Katie Zinn, 15 (born October 1884)
Maud Martz, daughter, 18, (born November 1881), married 1 year
Augustus Martz, son-in-law, 22, (born July 1878)
All (including parents) born in Pennsylvania
and . . .
John Poff household, 149 Awl Street, Sunbury
John Poff, 56 (born March 1843)
Sarah A. Poff, 49 (born July 1850)
Lottie (?) Poff, 13 (born January 1887)
John R. Poff, 11, (born September 1888)
Sarah A. Poff, 9, (born September 1890)
All (including parents) born in Pennsylvania
-Census, Sunbury, Pa., 1900
(Note: Brother-in-law of Vandine Martz from his second marriage, now living just around the corner from Vandine's sister, Agnes Zinn. -rjm)

   
Catharine and Vandine Martz
June 18, 1900 (Monday)
Vandine Martz household, 222 Catawissa Ave, Sunbury:
Vandine Martz, 55, Shoemaker
Catharine Martz, 47, 4 children, 4 living, cannot read or write
Charles M. Martz, 19, silk mill weaver
Clara G. Martz, 16, silk mill winder
All born (including parents) in Pennsylvania
-Census, Sunbury, Pa., 1900
September 18, 1900 (Tuesday)
27th reunion of 131st P.V. at Watsontown
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
September 17, 1901 (Tuesday)
28th reunion of 131st P.V. at Muncy
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
December 2, 1901 (Monday)
Henry Bucher, stepfather of Anna Mary Bucher, dies, aged 47 years, 11 months, 28 days
-Bucher Family Bible
September 17, 1902 (Wednesday)
29th reunion of 131st P.V. at Milton
-History of 131st Penna. Volunteers, J.R. Orwig, Williamsport, 1902
February 7, 1903 (Saturday)
Sarah Allis Martz, daughter of Vandine Martz, dies.
-Vandine Martz Bible
June 17, 1903 (Wednesday)
Charles M. Martz marries Anna Mary Bucher.
February 17, 1904 (Wednesday
Clara G. Martz marries Charles H. Miller of Shamokin.
-Parish Records, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
(Note: The Millers will adopt two children: Carrie Mae Miller and Charles Miller (about 4 years old when Carrie was about 6). Clara has enormous head of blond hair which she wears in a coil, and which later will turn silver grey. She will own a tan Ford, one of the first four-door closed sedans (ca. 1930). Carrie will elope with Walter Troup; they will live at Seventh and Chestnut Streets, Sunbury.
-Conversations with Mrs. Elizabeth Rhoades, daughter of Carrie Troup, 4/3/1986, and with Lloyd E. Martz, 4/11/1986 -rjm)
November 27, 1904 (Sunday)
Vandine Martz is elected to the board of trustees of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church to fill a vacancy left by one of 4 resigning trustees until May 1906. Probably about the same time Vandine was a signer to the Tenth Article of the Constitution of this church which re-affirmed that "the word of God is the only and sole authority in this congregation".
-Records of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sunbury, Pa.
August 15, 1906 (Wednesday)
Vandine Martz certifies that the sketch of his war service as written above (see 8/8/1863) is true as he verily believed.
-History of Lt. Wm. A. Bruner G.A.R. Post No. 335, a hand-written book by John W. Bucher, historian for the post, dated August 15, 1906, in the possession of the Northumberland County Historical Society. Transcribed by Jack K. Hetrick, Secretary

March 10, 1907 (Sunday)
Vandine Martz gives a little book of daily verses, Forget Me Not, by Rev. Hugo W. Hoffman
to grandson, James Vandine Martz.
-Hand-written notation in the book
(Note: What's the occasion? The book still (1987) has the fragrance of forget-me-nots. -rjm)

November 11, 1908 (Wednesday)
131st P.V.I. 35th Reunion at Fredericksburg, Virginia and dedication of the monument erected by the State of Pennsylvania to commemorate the charge of General Humphreys' Division on Marye's Heights, December 13, 1862.

DEDICATORY CEREMONIES
FREDRICKSBURG, VIRGINIA
NOVEMBER 11th, 1908
11 A.M. THE ASSEMBLY
-Transcript of Dedicatory Proceedings, J.B. Lippencott, Co, Philadelphia, 1908
(Note: Vandine probably attended this dedication; we have two reunion medals. -rjm)
 
    
Left: Ribbon reads "Dedication Memorial Fredricksburg Va."
During 1909
Martz Charles M., laborer, h 318 Fairmont av (Anna M)
Martz Ervin, laborer, 901 Penn (Minnie M)
Martz Henry, weaver, h 903 Penn (Sallie)
Martz Josiah, junk dealer, bds 903 Penn
Martz Reuben H, inspector, bds 43 N Eighth
Martz Vandine, shoemaker, h 222 Catawissa av (Catharine)
(and 28 others...)
Also listed
Mantz Julius R, helper, h 145 Awl (Rebecca)
-Williams' Sunbury Directory, 1909
April 15, 1910 (Friday)
Vandine Martz household, 222 Catawissa Ave., Sunbury:
Vandine Martz, 66, shoemaker
Catharine Martz, 58
-Census, Sunbury, Pa., 1910

January 16, 1911 (Monday)
Lottie P. Martz, daughter of Frank and Minnie Martz, marries William E. Shaffer.
-
Register of Marriages, St. Luke's Lutheran Church

Although it doesn't look like a January day in Sunbury, the above photo might be a reception for newlyweds William and Lottie Shaffer, presumed to be seated at left front.  Her father, Frank Christian Martz (1871 - 1971), son of Catherine Bubb and stepson of Vandine Martz, is believed standing second from the left, next to presumably his half brother Ervin Jerome Martz (1874 -1943). The two women standing to the right of them might then be their wives, Minnie Maud (Hoover, 1872 - 1944)) and  Minnie (Lenig, 1874 - 1944).  Easily recognized are Vandine Martz, standing at the center post, and Catherine (Bubb) Martz, seated at far right. Standing to the right of Vandine are his daughter, Clara Gertrude (1884 - 1954)  and her husband, Charles H. Miller (1884 - 1930). It is believed that their daughter Carrie May Miller (Troup, 1899 -1979) is standing in front of the center post, next to possibly Esther Mildred Martz (1901-1980), daughter of Ervin J. and Minnie Maud (Hoover) Martz.  Standing in front of Vandine is his daughter, Catherine E. Martz (Arter, 1867 -1939).  The remaining persons have not been identified.  The signs above the door and window say "123 Robert's" but that name has not been associated with any establishment in or near Sunbury.


August 7, 1911 (Monday)

St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church is incorporated.
-Constitution, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
During 1912
Martz Bandine [sic, he probably has a cold], cobbler. h 222 Catawissa av (Catharine)
Martz Charles M, Laborer, h 456 Chestnut
Martz Ervin, laborer, h 523 N Fifth (Minnie M)
Martz Josiah, emp table works, h 533 N Second (Jennie)
Martz Reuben H, emp table works, h 1021 Reagan (Pearl A)
Martz Vandine, shoemaker, h 222 Catawissa av (Catharine)
(and 40 others...)
-Williams' Sunbury Directory, 1912
May 20, 1912 (Monday)
Vandine Martz files a notarized Declaration for Pension according to the Act of May 11, 1912, stating his term of service, etc and personal description at the time of enlistment: Height 5 feet 6 inches; complexion, dark; color of eyes, dark; color of hair, dark.
-National Archive Military Pension Records
October 12, 1913 (Sunday)
Reuben H. Martz, son of Vandine Martz, dies at Mary Packer Hospital.
-Vandine Martz Bible
-Death Certificate, Reuben H. Martz



Vandine Martz family c. 1914. Left to right, Charles H. Miller, Vandine Martz, Clara Gertrude (Martz) Miller, Carrie Miller, and Catherine (Bubb) Martz. The occasion has not been identified. The above is part of a larger photo with fifteen other people (below) taken at an unknown location.



During 1915
Listed under shoemakers:
Martz Vandine, 222 Catawissa av.
-Sunbury Directory, 1915
April 2, 1915 (Friday)
Vandine Martz fills out questionnaire for Department of Interior, Bureau of Pensions, listing family history, birth, marriages, children.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
July 1, 1915 (Thursday)
Catharine Martz makes her will leaving household goods, personal effects, house and property to her husband Vandyne [sic] Martz, naming Charles M. Martz (son) executor, and her children Frank C. Martz, Irvin G. Martz, Charles M. Martz and Clara G. Miller equal beneficiaries after the death of her husband. Property bounded by Charles H. Brocious (northeast), Samuel Long (southwest), Catawissa Ave (front), alley (back). Will witnessed by J. Simpson Kline, D. Goldstein, and Mabel S. Shirk.
-Will of Catharine Martz, filed at Northumberland County Court House

 
Mr. Vandine Martz at his home, 222 Catawissa Avenue, Sunbury, Pennsylvania
During 1917
Listed under shoe repairers:
Martz Van Dine 222 Catawissa av.
also...
Martz Chas M (Anna M) blksmith h 532 Chestnut
Martz Jennie wid Keziah [sic, Josiah] h 135 Spruce
Martz VanDine (Cath) shoe repr 222 Catawissa av
(and at least 31 others...)
-Sunbury Directory, 1917
November 4, 1917 (Sunday)
Vandine Martz receives his last pension payment $19.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
December 10, 1917 (Monday)
Vandine Martz is taken ill with pneumonia, attended by physician.
-Death Certificate, Vandine Martz
December 14, 1917 (Friday)
Vandine Martz dies, at 6 A.M. of pneumonia.
-Vandine Martz Bible
-Death Certificate, Vandine Martz
(Note: According to Lloyd E. Martz, Vandine has been feverish and delirious for several days. -rjm)
December 17, 1917 (Monday)
Vandine Martz is buried at Pomfret Manor Cemetery.
-Death Certificate, Vandine Martz
January 2, 1918 (Wednesday)
Vandine Martz is dropped from U.S. pension roll.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
January 5, 1918 (Saturday)
Catharine Martz submits Declaration for Widow's Pension stating that she is the widow of Vandine Martz. This Declaration is witnessed by Charles M. Martz (son) and J. Simpson Kline, attorney and notary public.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
March 30, 1918 (Saturday)
Catharine Martz submits affidavits to U.S. Pension office from Louisa Lentz, Annie Spotts (her sisters), and Sarah Poff (sister-in-law of Amando Poff and who knew all three wives) attesting that Catharine was the wife of Vandine Martz.
-National Archives Military Pension Records
During 1923
Martz Cath wid VanDine h 222 Catawissa av
Martz Chas M (Anna M) blksmith h 532 Chestnut
Martz Ervin J (Minnie M) car repr h 948 N 4th
Martz Jas student r 532 Chestnut
Martz Jennie wid Keziah [sic, Josiah] h 429 S River av
(and 40 others...)
-Sunbury Directory, 1923
During 1927
Catharine Martz donates a stained glass window to St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in memory of Vandine Martz.
In 1921 the Reverend L.F. Duerr was called, and with a growing membership it was decided that more room was needed. Early in 1922 a decision was made to dig out and furnish the basement of the church building, but this was not enough space, so plans were made to build a new church. The day after Easter 1926, the old church was razed, and on Easter Sunday, 1927, the beautiful new church, Gothic in design, was dedicated. The completed structure cost approximately $75,000.
-Church Window, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sunbury, Pa.
-Sunbury Pennsylvania, Two Hundred Years, 1772-1972
(Note: Easter was April 4 in 1926 and April 17 in 1927 -rjm)

                 
November 26, 1930 (Wednesday)
Catharine Martz makes a codicil to her will (7/1/1915) leaving her automobile and bedroom furniture (bed, dresser, wash stand, chairs, rug, etc) to her daughter Clara G. Miller. Witnessed by Samuel E. Long (next door) and Wilson M. Messimer (across the street), neighbors.
-Will filed in Northumberland County Court House
December 18, 1930 (Thursday)
Catharine Martz dies of cerebral hemorrhage (1 days) and arteriosclerosis and chronic nephritis (10 years) at 222 Catawissa Ave at 10:30 A.M.
-Death Certificate, Catharine Martz
(Note: It hasn't been a good year at for Aunt Clara or 222 Catawissa Avenue. -rjm)
December 23, 1930 (Tuesday)
The will of Catharine Martz dated July 1, 1915 is presented for probate by Charles M. Martz, executor, and Mabel S. Shirk and J. Simpson Kline, witnesses; Codicil (11/26/1930) presented for probate by Charles M. Martz, executor, and Samuel E. Long and Wilson M. Messimer, witnesses. The value of her personal property is $475, and real estate (222 Catawissa Ave) is $3000.
-Will of Catharine Martz, filed in Northumberland County Court House




Acknowledgments
Special thanks to the late Jack Hetrick, secretary of the Northumberland County Historical Society, for bringing the photo of the Sunbury Number One Steam Fire Company Band to my attention, as well as his general assistance with this research. Thanks, too, to the late Charlotte Darrah Walter for her assistance in the NCHS library. Also very special thanks to Joan Berkey for providing the photo of Jesse Campbell.

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