I know very little about my great-great-grandmother Jane, save a list of major life events—born, married, died—and a few local place names.
There's that chair, again!
What's really so amazing, as a line up a dozen photos taken throughout her life, is that she never cracks a smile. Was she really that serious, or is there a sad tale of neglected dentistry?
Melvina Jane "Jane" RUPP
Birth: 24 Feb 1856 Near Craley, Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., PA
Death: 22 Apr 1944 Red Lion, York Co., PA
Burial: 25 Apr 1944 Red Lion Cemetery, Gay St., York Twp., York Co., PA
Occupation: school teacher
Notes from the York County Historical Society, ZARFOS vertical file
(1944) "Melvina Jane Rupp Zarfos.
Melvina Jane Rupp Zarfos, 12 North Main street, widow of Frank B ZARFOS, and daughter of the late Mr and Mrs John RUPP, died at her home on Saturday at 2:45 pm after an illness of about four months. She was 88 years of age. The deceased is survived by three children, Mrs Cora LAHR, at home; Charles S ZARFOS, West Broadway extended, and Mrs George HOFFMAN, West Broadway; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs Joseph STONEY, York; Mrs John GRESSER, Red Lion, and Mrs Thomas L ADAIR, of Red Lion.
The funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1:30 pm with all services from the Earl B BURG and Son Funeral home, this place. Rev J Willard KRECKER, pastor of the St Paul's Evangelical church, of which the deceased was a member for the past sixty years, will officiate. The deceased was a member of the Sunday school class of the Sunday school, taught by Mrs L Norman ZARFOS and also a member of the Women's Missionary society of that church. Interment will be made in the Red Lion cemetery."
(1944) "Melvina Jane ZARFOS.
Funeral services for Melvina Jane Rupp Zarfos, 12 North Main street, widow of the late Frank B ZARFOS, who died at her residence, last Saturday afternoon, were held yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock with all services being conducted from the Burg Funeral home. Rev J Willard KRECKER, pastor of the St Paul's Evangelical church of which the deceased was a member, officiated. During the services a duet composed of Mrs Esther HERRMAN and Mrs Mabel ZEIGLER, accompanied by Professor Emory RITZ on the organ, sang the following hymns: 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken?' Pallbearers were Henry F BURG, James FAVINO, J Palmer BURG, Charles S ZARFOS, Jay ZARFOS and Gerald ZARFOS, all grandchildren of the deceased. Interment was made in the Red Lion cemetery. In the previous write-up giving an account of the death and the survivors of the deceased, the name of David RUPP, Red Lion, RD1, a brother, had been omitted. Another brother listed as Charles S ZARFOS, West Broadway extended, should have read Charles F ZARFOS."
Spouse: Benjamin Franklin “Frank” ZARFOS
Birth: 9 Feb 1858 Bittersville, Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., PA
Death: 9 Apr 1942 12 North Main St., Red Lion, York Co., PA
Burial: 13 Apr 1942 Red Lion Cemetery, Gay St., York Twp., York Co., PA
Occupation: Red Lion cigar mfg, President of Red Lion Water Co
Religion: founding family of St Paul’s EUB 1885
Mother: Ann "Annie" HOWARD (1827-1905)
Marriage: Windsor Twp., York Co., PA
Cora May (1877-1964)
Hettie Marvin (1880-1931)
Charles Franklin (1883-1967)
Addie Irene (1886-1977)
Curvin Cleveland (Died as Child) (1888-1893)
That's Jane (photo at left) top right, so is that her mother, Mary (POFF), front right; and 3 of her sisters?