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Reuben Clarence Prentice of Cuba, NY, and Bradford, PA

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Reuben Clarence Prentice of Cuba, Allegany Co., NY, and Bradford, McKean Co., PA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2000 and Revised 20 Aug 2013

1. Reuben Clarence Prentice was b. 9 Jan 1871 in Cuba, Allegany Co., NY and d. c. 15 Feb 1951 in Bradford, NY (per obituary, below). 1940 census in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY.

He m. Nancy C. (Christine?), b. c. 1873 in PA and living in 1951. Although not in the 1900 Bradford census, they do appear in the 1910 census in McKean Co., PA. Nancy appears in the 1920 Bradford census without her husband. Reuben's obituary appears in the 15 Feb 1951 issue of "The Era" in Bradford, PA. It reads as follows:

    R. C. Prentice, 80, Resident of City since 1883, Dies.

    Reuben Clarence Prentice, 80, 14 Chambers St., a resident of Bradford since 1883, died at his home Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock. He became ill on his 80th birthday anniversary Jan. 9.

    Mr. Prentice was born in Cuba, N. Y., Jan 9, 1871. He was employed as a machinist by the Caldwell Machine Company for 33 years, and was a Bovaird and Seyfang employee until his retirement four years ago. He was a member of the Bradford EUB Church and the Ben Hur lodge. He travelled to the west coast several times during his lifetime.

    Survivors include his wife, Christine; two sons, Ralph, Buffalo, and George, Erie; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Smith, Ellicottville, N. Y., and Mrs. [Elizabeth] John Buckles, Olean; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Two sons and one daughter preceded him in death.

    Friends may call at the Hollenbeck Funeral Chapel from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. \ The body will be moved from the chapel to the EUB Church Friday at ll a.m. and will lie in state until services at 2 p.m. The Rev. C C. Grover, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Kinzua Cemetery, Kinzua.

A follow-up article about his funeral mentioned the following persons at the funeral:

  1. Edward Prentice, pallbearer.
  2. Mr. and Mrs. George Prentice of Buffalo.
  3. Ralph Prentice of Buffalo.
  4. Harold Smith of Buffalo.
  5. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith of Olean.
  6. Mrs. Elizabeth Buckles of Olean. She is probably the Elizabeth Prentice shown in Ancestry.com who m. John Buckles and had:
    1. Olive Lillian Buckles, b. 2 Jul 1904 and d. May 1973. She m. Walter William Schott on 13 May 1923 in St. Mary of Angels, Olean, NY. He was b. 22 Sep 1896, Olean, Cattaraugus Co., NY. They had 3 or more children, including:
      1. Leo J. Schott.
      2. James W. Buckles.
      3. Robert W. Schott, b. 11 Mar 1925 and d. Sep 1979. He m. Miss Hartly.

Children of Reuben and Nancy:

  1. Clarence Prentice was b. c. 1891 in PA. He and his wife, Carla (b. 1891, NY) were living next door to Reuben and Nancy in the 1910 Bradford, McKean Co., census.
  2. William Prentice, b. c. 1893, PA. 1910 at home in Bradford, PA. Not in 1920 census. Died before 1951.
  3. Mable Prentice, b. c. 1896, PA. 1910 at home in Bradford, PA. Died before 1951.
  4. Ralph Prentice, b. c. 1898, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  5. George Prentice, b. c. 1902, PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

2. Ralph Prentice, b. 20 Oct 1897, PA, obtained his SS# in NY, and d. May 1985 in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, per SSDI. Living in 1951 in Buffalo, NY. He appears in the 1930 & 1940 Buffalo, Erie Co., NY census as b. c. 1897 with his wife and family.

He m. Lillian, b, 19 Nov 1902, NY, obained her SS# in NY, and d. Jan 1985 in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, per SSDI. Children:

  1. Robert Prentice, b. c. 1920, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2.1]
  2. Ralph Prentice Jr., b. c. 1926, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]

We found a wedding announcement appearing in "The Era," Bradford, PA on 10 Sep 1945 which reads, in part, as follows:

    Theresa M. Doll is Married to Ralph L. Prentice.

    Miss Theresa May Doll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doll of Millgrove, NY and Ralph Leroy Prentice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben C. Prentice of 14 Chambers Street, were united in marriage Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p. m. The ceremony was performed in the parsonage of the Hill Memorial United Brethren church by the Rev. C. C. Grover, pastor. . . .

    Mrs. Prentice, mother of the bridegroom, was matron of honor... Mr. Prentice served as best man for his son. . . The couple left on a wedding trip to Canada after which they will reside in Buffalo., NY.

It is unclear whether this is a first or second marriage for Ralph.

2.1 Robert E. Prentice, b. c. 1920, NY. He might be the Robert Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 24 Jul 1920 and d. c. Sep 1971 in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. He appears in the 1940 census in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, with his wife.

He m. Helen Muszynski, b. c. 1920, NY, and d. 30 Jul 2008, Buffalo, NY. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Buffalo News, The (NY) - Monday, August 4, 2008.

    Helen M. (Muszynski) PRENTICE. d. 30 Jul 2008; beloved wife of the late Robert E. Prentice; dear mother of Nelson J. (Mary) Prentice, Patricia Dohrn, Robert W. Prentice; also survived by seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Private funeral service was held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the BARRON-MILLER

Children of Robert and Helen:

  1. Nelson J.. Prentice. He m. Mary.
  2. Patricia Prentice. She m. Mr. Dohrn.
  3. Robert W. Prentice.

3. George Prentice, b. c. 1901-02, PA and living in Erie, NY in 1951. In the 1920 census he was living with his mother, Nancy.

George m. Ethel, b. c. 1903, (father b. in Germany and mother b. in NY). 1940 census in Bradford, McKean Co., PA, as a housekeeper, and shown as married but without her husband.

George Prentice appears in the 1920 Bradford census with his mother, Nancy Prentice who was b. c. 1873, PA.

George appears in the 1930 Bradford census with his wife, Ethel, b. c. 1903, NY (father b. in Germany and mother b. in NY). George and Ethel had at least 3 children:

  1. Vincinetta Prentice (dau.), b. c. 1920, PA. At home in 1930.
  2. Janet Prentice, b. after 1930. She m. Mr. McCord and lives in Leesburg, FL.
  3. Jeff Prentice of Bradford, PA, b. after 1930. There is a chance he might be the Jeffrey N. Prentice who appears in our Spring 2014 article at "Jeffrey N. Prentice of Bradford, PA". .
  4. Thayer Thomas Prentice, b. 19 Mar 1938, Bradford, PA. . . . . . . . . [5]

4. Ralph Prentice Jr., b. c. 1926, NY, and d. before 2009. Not in SSDI as of 2 May 2009.

He is probably the Ralph L. Prentice Jr. who appears in the obituary of Beverly J. Broman. Her obit. in "The Buffalo News" reads as follows:, below.

    Beverly J. (Broman) Prentice
    PRENTICE - Beverly J. (nee Broman) March 21, 2009, beloved wife of the late Ralph L. Prentice, Jr.; dear mother of Deborah Watkins, Nancy J. (Robert J.) Drzymala, Ralph Prentice, III and Suzanne Prentice; also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister of Linda, Wayne and the late Robert; survived by nieces and nephews.

    Relatives and friends may call at the BARRON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 3025 William St. near Union Rd., Cheektowaga, Tuesday from 4-8 PM at which time services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.

Children of Ralph L. Prentice and Beverly J. Broman:

  1. Deborah Prentice. She m. Mr. Watkins.
  2. Nancy J. Prentice. She m. Robert J. Drzymala.
  3. Ralph Prentice, III
  4. Suzanne Prentice

5. Thayer Thomas Prentice was b. 19 Mar 1938 in Bradford, PA and d. 28 Nov 2003. He m. Anne. His Obituary in the 9 Dec 2003 Sacramento Bee reads as follows:

    "Obituary: 'Integrity, success' marked career of capital bankerd, by Edgar Sanchez -- Bee Staff Writer.

    Thayer Prentice, a main founder of Point West Bank of Sacramento, believed in customer service. Under his leadership, the bank went from total assets of $5 million in 1980 to $164 million eight years later, when it was acquired by First Interstate Bank. "Thayer was the kind of banker who went beyond the numbers," said his friend and former co-worker, Bill Martin, president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Sacramento. "He took the time to understand the customers."

    Mr. Prentice died of a heart attack Nov. 28, while visiting relatives in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Thanksgiving weekend. He was 65. Since 1997, Mr. Prentice and his wife, Anne, lived in Irish Beach, Mendocino County. "My father was very proud of his banking career, yet he was humble," said his daughter, Julie Vrattos. "He was in banking more for the love of people than he was for the actual banking portion of it."

    Mr. Prentice's greatest quality was his honesty, Martin said. "In the era of the Enrons and the Tycos and all the crooks in business, Thayer Prentice stood out when it came to fair play, fair dealing and integrity," Martin said. Mr. Prentice demonstrated that "integrity and success can co-exist," he said.

    Thayer Thomas Prentice was born in Bradford, Pa., in 1938. He attended Franklin and Marshall College in his home state before enrolling at the University of Washington's Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle. Mr. Prentice began his banking career as a clerk for Bradford National Bank in 1957. In 1960, he came West, spending the next four years working for various banks in Southern California. In 1964, Mr. Prentice moved to Ceres, where he became an operations manager for the local branch of the Bank of California. Four years later, he was transferred from Bank of California's Tahoe City branch to Sacramento, where he became manager of its main bank downtown.

    At Bank of California, Mr. Prentice cultivated a loyal clientele. Many of them switched banks when he left Bank of California to become the main founder of Point West Bank in 1980. His bank specialized in meeting the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. "Thayer had a great love for this city and its business community," Martin said. "He saw that the large national banks of the time were getting more centralized either in San Francisco or Los Angeles, and local decisions were being made in those cities rather than here. "So that motivated him to open Point West Bank, which was locally managed and locally owned," Martin said.

    From the day it opened until it was bought by First Interstate, Mr. Prentice was president and CEO of Point West Bank. After the merger, Mr. Prentice became a regional manager for First Interstate Bank. Martin, a Point West Bank executive since 1986, also was hired by First Interstate Bank. In 1991, both men were recruited by the Bank of San Francisco to open a Sacramento branch of that bank. Mr. Prentice was hired as vice chairman of the board of the Bank of San Francisco. In 1993, after having lived in San Francisco for about two years, Mr. Prentice returned to Sacramento as CEO of CapitolBank. In 1994, he engineered its sale to Westamerica Bankcorporation.

    Mr. Prentice was a longtime board member of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the advisory board of the Salvation Army from 1980 to 1996.

    Remembered for: Founding Point West Bank, his work for the community and love of family. Survived by: Wife, Anne Prentice of Irish Beach; daughters Diane Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lynne Hopper of Fort Bragg and Julie Vrattos of Lincoln. Also sister Janet McCord of Leesburg, Fla. and brother Jeff Prentice of Bradford, Pa., and six grandchildren."

Children of Thayer and Anne Prentice:

  1. Diane Prentice. She m. Mr. Brown and lives in Colorado Springs, CO.
  2. Lynne Prentice. She m. Mr. Hopper and lives in Fort Bragg, CA.
  3. Julie Prentice. She m Mr. Vrattos and lives in Lincoln, Placer Co., CA.

Who are Reuben C. Prentice's Parents?

Reuben may be related to George C. Prentice of Bradford

Reuben may also be related to William F. Prentice of Bradford

There is also a very good chance Reuben, George and William are all sons of William Wallace Prentice, b. c. 1838, NY, #430 in our John3 eBook, who was living in Bradford, McKean Co., PA in the 1880 census, and who had a daughter, Eliza/Elizabeth, in the 1880 Bradford census and a son, Lewis, living in Bradford at the time of the 1880 census.

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