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William H. & Cornelia A.(Case) Arthurs, Sr.


Mr. William H. Arthurs was a native of Brookville, Jefferson County, PA, having been born here on June 15, 1844, a son of John and Frances Arthurs.  His birthplace was the old Franklin Hotel, that was where the Central Hotel building is now located. This is the corner of Main and Pickering Streets.   He was married to Cornelia A. Case, daughter of Joseph and Martha (Matey) Case, who were prominent members of the Reidsburg area of Clarion County. Cornelia was born June 4, 1874, in Reidsburg.  William and Cornelia were married in March of 1871, while William was then serving as a Deputy Sheriff in Clarion County.   After his term was over, they moved to the Arthurs farm in Warsaw Township for six years.  About 1877, they moved to Elk County, where they resided for sixteen years.  In 1893, they returned to Jefferson County and took up residence in the Central Hotel, where their son, Frank, was the manager and Cornelia served as matron.  In later years, William and Cornelia managed the Heber House, which was in Litchtown.  Mr. Arthurs then accepted a position with the Deemer Furniture Company and remained in this position until his death in 1919.  The couple had a total of seven children. Among these were Cecelia M. (Arthurs) Bundy, J. Frank Arthurs, and William H. Arthurs, Jr.  Another known deceased child was Martha E. Arthurs. 

William H. Arthurs, Sr., passed away on April 7, 1919, from heart failure.  His wife, Cornelia, died at the home of her daughter, in Falls Creek on July 19, 1939.  They are both buried in the Brookville Cemetery, at Brookville, PA.

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