A. Stahlmans Feted
On Anniversary (February 18, 1962)
and Mrs. Paul Stahlman were entertained on the eve of their 40th
wedding anniversary by 10 of their 12 sons and daughters at a dinner at
Buck’s Dining Room Saturday evening. A delicious turkey dinner was
enjoyed which featured a beautiful four-tier wedding cake. Attending were:
Miss Betty Stahlman, of Butler; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stahlman, son Gary and
daughter Marilyn, of Anita; Mr. and Mrs. William Stahlman, of Hamilton;
Mr. and Mrs. James Stahlman, sons Steven and Michael, and daughter Ann
Marie, of Fairview; Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Dunmire, of Punxsutawney; Mr. and
Mrs. Terry Stahlman and Terry Bowers, of Punxsutawney R.D. 2; Miss Nada
Stahlman, of Washington, D.C., and her guest, Donald Lingenfelter, of New
Kensington; John, Darl, and Thomas Stahlman, who reside with their parents
on Punxsutawney R.D. 4. Mrs. Wayne Holt, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, and Airman
2/C Jerry Stahlman, of Westover Air Force Base, Mass., were unable to
attend. Martha Marie Slawson, of Brockway, and Paul (Herbert)
Stahlman, of Punxsutawney R.D.4, were united in marriage on February 18,
1922, in the ME parsonage in Warsaw, N.Y. The couple live on their farm on
Punxsutawney R.D. 4 where they have resided all of their married life.
B. Paul H. Stahlmans Mark
Golden Wedding Date (1972)
(Photo available from article)
Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Stahlman, of
Punxsutawney R.D. 4, observed their golden wedding anniversary at an open
house at their home Sunday, July 2. More than 125 relatives and neighbors
attended the outdoor event held in a decorated tent at the lawn of the
Mrs. Stahlman, the former Marie
Slawson, who was born in Warsaw Township, and later moved to Brockway,
exchanged vows February 18, 1922, with Mr. Stahlman, who was born in
Porter Township and later moved to Punxsutawney, R.D. 4. The Rev. Owen C.
Baker, pastor of the Methodist Church in Warsaw, N.Y., officiated at the
The Stahlmans are the parents of
seven sons; John, at home; Lee, of Punxsutawney R.D. 3; William, of
Punxsutawney R.D. 4; Terry, of Punxsutawney R.D.2; Darl, of Punxsutawney
R.D. 1; Jerry, of Wellsville; and Thomas, of Punxsutawney; and four
daughters; Betty, of Butler; Mrs. Arnold (Oma Joy) Dunmire, of
Punxsutawney; Mrs. Wayne (Mary Ann) Holt, of Maryland; and Mrs. Ronald
(Nada) Smith, of Alexandria, Va. A son, James, passed away in late January
of this year and the couple could not mark their anniversary in February
as planned. There are 22 grandchildren in the family.
Mr. Stahlman is a retired miner and
farmer. During his leisure moments, he enjoys studying family history,
hunting, and is interested in soil conservation work. Mrs. Stahlman enjoys
crocheting and sewing and looks forward to visits from her grandchildren.
A three-tiered, pillared
anniversary cake, decorated with yellow roses and gold leaves topped with
three white wedding bells, along with floral centerpieces of yellow
gladiolus and gold and white carnations centered the refreshment table. A
family picnic was held at noon, prior to the afternoon reception, with
each member of the family receiving a booklet of the family’s history
completed especially for the occasion.
and Mrs. Wayne (Mary Ann Stahlman) Holt and family, of Alice Springs,
Australia, returned from a two-and-a half year stay in time for her
parents anniversary event. It was the Stahlman’s first visit with their
18-month-old grandson, Thomas. Mr. Holt has been employed by the U.S.
Government in Australia during the family’s time overseas.
C. Ward Stahlmans Are
Married Sixty Years (Published
January 25, 1968) (Photo available from article)
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Stahlman, of
Sprankle Mills, will observe their 60th wedding anniversary at
a family dinner in their home on January 30. Mr. Stahlman and the former
Edith V. Mottern were united in marriage on January 30, 1908, in
Worthville. Mrs. Stahlman, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. David
Mottern, of Worthville, celebrated her 77th birthday in
September. She enjoys working with flowers and embroidery in her leisure
time. Mr. Stahlman, who observed his 80th birthday in October,
was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Stahlman, of Sprankle Mills. A
retired miner and farmer, he remains an active gardener. The couple are
members of the Worthville Evangelical United Brethren Church.
The Stahlmans are the parents of
six children, five of whom are living: F. Clyde, of Home R.D. 1; M.
Blaine, of Kent, Wash.; Earl L., of Shippensville R. D. 1; Mrs. Gene
(Hazel) Kiehl, of Punxsutawney, and Albert W., also of Punxsutawney. There
are 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
D. Mr. and Mrs. B. U. Stahlman
Celebrate 50th Wedding Date (Published
October 3, 1948) (Photo available from article)
Mr. and Mrs. B. U. Stahlman, of
Rossiter, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday in the home
of their daughter, Mrs. John Stoneberg, of Rossiter. Mr. Stahlman, a
native of Sprankle Mills, was a son of the late George and Narcissa (Beck)
Stahlman, pioneer residents of that section. Mrs. Stahlman is a daughter
of the late Jesse and Sara (Boddorf) Himes, of Coolspring. A carpenter by
trade, Mr. Stahlman has also worked as a coal miner, farmer and stone
mason until four years ago when he suffered a stroke. Mrs. Stahlman, at 79
is still quite active and chooses sewing as her favorite pastime. Ten
of their 11 children are living. They are: George, of Detroit; Charles, of
Brookville; Norman, Clair and Mrs. Nellie Straitwell, of Reynoldsville;
Mrs. Lena Space and Mrs. Mary Allen, of New Bethlehem; Mrs. Minnie
Straitwell, Mrs. Sara Stoneberg and Paul, of Rossiter. They also have 40
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
E. Area Woman is 95 Years Old
Today (Published June 14, 1964) (Photo
available from article)
Mrs. Emma Frances Stahlman (above)
is celebrating her 95th birthday today in the home of a
daughter, Mrs. John Stoneberg, of Rossiter R.D. 1. Mrs. Stahlman, who
suffers from mild arthritis, reads The Spirit daily and is a TV fan. When
weather permits, she likes to go outdoors. She attends church regularly.
She resided in the Coolspring area most of her married life. Her Husband,
Brinton (sic, Bennis) died in
1959. She has been residing with her daughters since that time. Mrs.
Stahlman was born in Jefferson County, June 14, 1869, a daughter of Jesse
and Sarah (sic Sara) Boddorf
Himes, and was married September 29, 1898. She has nine sons and
daughters, 35 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and ten
sons and daughters are George Stahlman, of Wyandotte, Mich.; Charles
Stahlman, of Brookville; Norman Stahlman, of Reynoldsville R.D. 3; Paul
Stahlman, of Rossiter; Mrs. Ben Space, of New Bethlehem R.D. 3; Mrs.
Gilbert Allen, of Distant; Mrs. Wesley Straitwell, Erie; Mrs. Harry
Straitwell, of Reynoldsville, and Mrs. John Stoneberg, of Rossiter R.D. 1,
with whom she is now living.
Mary Ann Stahlman
From “Farmington Daily
News” August 09, 2002
Pleasures vital to Bloomfield woman – by Katie Farley - For The
-The simple pleasures in life kept Mary Ann Stahlman happy. She
liked dealing with people around her and talking with everyone, relatives
said Thursday. Mary Ann was born in Corry, Pa, in 1949. It was a small
dairy farming community near the Pennsylvania - New York state border. Her
parents actually lived in Clymer, New York, which was right next to Corry.
Mary Ann lived in Clymer while growing up, helping around the farm and
working with her horses. She loved animals and enjoyed helping children
younger then herself with their animals as well.
The town in which Stahlman lived
was very small. Mary Ann and her brothers and sisters all attended the
same school. The Clymer School hosted kindergartners through 12th
graders all under the same roof. Mary Ann graduated from this school.
After graduation, Mary Ann started dating David Stahlman Sr. David went to
school with Mary Ann and was friends with her older brothers when they
were introduced. The winter following her graduation, in 1967, the two
married in Panama, New York. David had a dairy farm in the area and Mary
Ann was a housewife at the time. She helped around the farm when she could
before having two sons in Corry.
To help support her family, Mary
Ann worked at various factories, assembling tool boxes. Whenever she
could, though, Mary Ann spent time with her husband and children.
"Every chance she had, she spent time with us. She really enjoyed
being around her family”, Stahlman’s son, David Stahlman Jr., said
Thursday. Mary Ann was noted for her love of children. Family members said
that she took so much time out of her life to be with them and help them.
She gave so much of herself to other people. With school, if ever her
children needed help, she made time to help them learn and understand
whatever it was that they needed. Stahlman never had to be asked to do
something, she just always knew when people needed help and would get
right to giving them a hand. The easy-going woman and her family moved
back and forth from the East Coast to the Southwest many times. In 1979,
they moved to Los Lunas for two years, simply for a change in scenery.
Then, in 1981, the family moved to the Four Corners area. Mary Ann loved
going to the mountains and being among the beautiful scenery that the area
had to offer. She was part Cherokee Indian and felt this was a way to get
back to her heritage.
From 1988-1995, The Stahlman's
lived in Wisconsin. David Sr. was disabled because of back problems, so
the northern area was supposed to be beneficial to his health as well as a
more cost-friendly environment. Once again Mary Ann and her family moved,
this time back to Bloomfield. The couple had grandchildren here and they
wanted to be closer. Her grandchildren were very important in her life as
was the rest of her family. Life in Bloomfield was exactly what Stahlman
wanted, her son said. She worked at the Super 8 Motel in Bloomfield and
was completely content. She talked often about how much she enjoyed
working there at the front desk, dealing with the many faces that came
through the doors.
“She loved working during the
rodeo. She always talked to everyone that came into the motel, and enjoyed
learning about where they were from and their different heritages and
cultures.” David Jr. said Thursday. Mary Ann was very outgoing as well
as a “people-person”. Her family said that she could walk up to
someone on the street and strike up a conversation with them. She got
along great with everyone. Stahlman had no prior health problems, and was
even considered to be in excellent health. On August 1, her husband talked
with her about their plans to meet the rest of the family at the lake the
next morning. The next morning though, Mary Ann did not wake up. She died
in her sleep August 2, 2002.
Jesse Hepler 50th Anniversary
Throng Gather to do Honor to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hepler of Fairmount City
on the Fiftieth Anniversary of their Marriage.
of the pleasantest events we have ever had the pleasure of attending was
the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hepler at their
beautiful home on Maple St., Fairmount City, Pa., on Tuesday of this week.
The day was pleasant, and friends and neighbors to the number of almost
two hundred gathered to do honor to this aged and respected couple.
to the large crowd present, the dinner and literary exercises were held in
Lace's Hall. Dinner was served promptly at 12 m. There were six tables
full in all, and by the time everybody was served it was 2 o'clock.
literary exercises then began by a graph phone recital of the 23d Psalm
and the Lord's Prayer. Dr. A. J. Hepler acted as toast master, and
introduced in the order named, S. C. Hepler of the Leader, Rev. J. M.
Evans, of the Reformed church, and Mr. Allen Space, all of whom delighted
the audience by appropriate addresses. Excellent music by a selected choir
under the direction of Mr. P. C. Miller was rendered. The literary
exercises closed by all singing the long metor doxology and receiving the
benediction, Rev. Evans pronouncing the same. All present then adjourned
to the house where Mr. C. M. Elgin took a picture of the group.
Hepler is a son of Adam Hepler who was a son of John and Elizabeth Shoop
Hepler who came from Center Co. in 1803 and settled where the Cherry Run
campground now is. He was born May 22, 1831, and on March 14, 1854 he was
married to Miss Elizabeth Mohney who is two years his junior. To this
happy couple have been born seven children, four boys and three girls,
four of whom are living; viz., Mrs. G. G. Stahlman of Frogtown; Raymond of
Hawthorn; Dr. A. J. of New Bethlehem, and ___ P. E. of Bridgeport, Ohio.
as near as we could secure them, are the names of all present: The bride
and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hepler, Rev. J. L. Proudfit, Rev. J. M.
Evans and son, W. C. McEwen, wife and daughter; Mrs. D. W. Goheen and
daughter, W. T. Craig and wife, J. J.
Stahlman, wife, two daughters and one son; Mrs. G. W. White and
son; A. J. Hepler, two sons and one daughter; Mrs. W. W. Snyder, E. R.
Hepler and wife, Miss Elsie Stahlman, Miss Effie Mohney, M. E. Stahlman,
Crist Shick and wife, Mrs. Fred Smith, Miss Annie Bauer, J. Y. Mills, wife
and son; Miss Mary Smith, Raymond Hepler, wife and children; J. C. Bauer
and wife; Harry Miller; Mrs. Miles Binley and two sons; J. L. Cribbs and
wife, Harriet Hepler, J. C. Miller and wife, J. C. Blake and wife, C. F.
Servey and wife, G. J. Lace, wife and two daughters; Chas. Miller and
wife; G. H. Miller and wife; D. A. Wiant and wife; Chas. Kah, Sr., Mrs. L.
E. Ramale, W. H. Silvis and wife; Mack Mohney and wife; Mrs. Miriah
Butler, Mrs. C.
A. Coleman, Mrs. S. J. Sloan, Samuel Hepler, S. C. Hepler, wife and
daughter; Mrs. J. A. Doverspike and two daughters; Mrs. Elizabeth Emery,
Louis Mohney, wife and two children; C. A. Swartfager and wife; P. C.
Miller and wife; G. H. Wise and wife; David Bodd___ and wife; W. H.
Lankard and wife; Charles Hepler, Jno. Dinger and wife; Ralph Creswell,
wife and child; Mrs. Philip Stahlman, Mrs. W. G. O'Dell, Mrs. Pearl
Lankard, Floyd Hepler, Grace Doverspike, Allen Space, Jno. Shick, Jesse
Renard and wife, Mrs. Steve Frivley, Mrs. Lizzie Wrightman, N. C. May and
wife, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Shick, J. A. Silvis and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Benj.
Keck, Mrs. C. A. Anderson and baby; Mrs. James McWilliams, Milton Hepler
and wife; G. D. Hamm and wife; Dr. P. E. Hepler, Samuel Mohney and wife,
Wm. Hepler, G. G. Stahlman, wife and children, H. C. Shoup, wife and
daughter, Mrs. C. E. Beck, Mrs. I. J. Hepler and daughter, Mrs. C. Herple,
J. R. Slaughenhopt and wife; Mrs. A. Krump, J. P. Miles, wife and
children, C. M. Elgin, David Schrecongost and D. H. Doverspike.
Ethyln (Lock) Stahlman - Nevada woman marks 103rd birthday
By: Cecilia Dutton, Staff Writer 10/11/2001
Mid-Iowa News http://www.midiowanews.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=2483631&BRD=2700&PAG=461&dept_id=554188&rfi=8
Stahlman made history last week by celebrating another birthday. This
birthday marked 103 years of life. She said her secret to longevity is
work. "Keep busy and keep your mind occupied." "I've
had some hard times, some sorrows, some happy days and some long
hours," Stahlman said as she shared some of those memories.
She was born Ethyln Lock on a farm
in 1898 in Gridley, Ill. Her father wanted to farm, and because the ground
wasn't suitable, they moved to Kansas, again unsatisfied with the ground.
She moved one more time with her family, this time to settle down, to a
farm seven miles north of Nevada in 1911. The family traveled by train,
her father and oldest brother riding in a boxcar while she rode with her
mother in a passenger car.
Stahlman can tell of many childhood
memories filled with customs no longer practiced. She attended Valley View
School House, about a mile away from her farm. In the winter, her father
would take her to school on a bob sled over the snow. About 30 students
attended the first- through eighth-grade school, and she remembers going
to the old courthouse in Nevada to take her eighth-grade examination for
graduation. She passed and was given a diploma.
She took some ninth-grade
coursework, but didn't go on because her mother wanted her to help with
the work at home. They'd make large meals "all from scratch,"
Stahlman said, "nothing in a can." They didn't have the
convenience of electricity; there were no fans to provide relief in the
heat of summers, and laundry and dishes were cleaned by hand. Despite the
work, Stahlman remembers, "We didn't crab as much then as we do
She met her husband, Harvey
Stahlman, on a farm where he worked as a thresher. They wed in 1919 in her
family farm home. Their wedding cake was made with brown sugar because of
imposed sugar rations. They moved to Nevada where they raised two sons,
and Harvey worked as a mechanic. She remembers a different time in Nevada.
Main Street and the Lincoln Highway were dirt roads and people parked in
the middle of the street. Each house had a barn and outhouse in the back
yard. There was a millinery, two jewelry stores, and the downtown shops
were filled. Although, she noted, "We didn't have as many beauty
shops then as we do now." Doctors made house calls, and births took
place in the home. She could board a passenger train in the morning to
Marshalltown to visit her mother and travel home that night.
After her sons were grown, Stahlman
worked in several positions. She addressed envelopes at Donnelley,
collected for Homestead Life Insurance and worked 20 years at Dillon's
Department Store. "The girls at the store would complain about their
legs or feet hurting. I never had pain, but I'm getting paid now."
A member of each generation of her
family served during a war, each instance a time she said "wasn't
easy." Her husband's father fought in the Civil War, her husband
served in World War I before they were married while she volunteered as a
red cross worker, her son, Junior, in World War II, her son, Paul, in the
Korean War, and a grandson, Steve, served during the Vietnam War.
Stahlman has seen her share of
loss. Before she and her older brother were born, her parents were left
childless when they lost three children within a week to diphtheria. But
her parents had six more children. However, they have all since passed
away. Her husband of 27 years died in 1946. And, only six years ago, she
buried her oldest son, Junior.
Vacations provide fond memories. Stahlman remembers traveling to Venezuela
and seeing the oil wells; she recalled seeing the Spirit of St. Louis at
the World's Fair in Montreal, and an island in Mackinac, Mich. where cars
were not allowed and the service was fine. Now, Stahlman said her
days are longer because she has more time. Her sight problems limit her
activities, but she's not done. "As long as I can do, I don't think
I've done my share. I guess I just like doing; I like to be with
people." She's done volunteer work for the hospital and belongs to a
circle at church. She had been active in the American Legion Auxiliary,
Sorosis, Story County Hospital Guild and Eastern Star, but only gets out
when someone can take her. "My body just won't let me do much."
103, she still looks after herself. She still lives in her home of 40
years and wants to stay there as long as possible. Her roomer helps her
out often and she has a homemaker come in once a week, but Stahlman helps
with the cooking and gets herself through her day. As for her health,
Stahlman said she's never had any problems that couldn't be helped.
have changed, and Stahlman said there's things she'd like to see go back
the way they were. "I don't think people visit as much." Social
skills have changed. Families are spread out, daily visits are rare, and
conversation has to compete with the television in many households.
Stahlman added another comment about modern times, "Everybody is out
for that almighty dollar." She does appreciate the convenience of
technology in her microwave and washing machine, but she's still known to
hang her clothes on the line in the summer.
her 103rd birthday, she wanted a cake with candles, but her daughter joked
she wouldn't be able to afford the cake if she had to buy the candles. She
was given a party Saturday night, and received well wishes from her
family: five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and five
great-great-grandchildren. Longevity runs in her family. Her mother lived
96 years and an aunt lived to 100. "I thought I'd take over,"