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    Joseph ANDERSON of 411 Meadow Ave. died at Pittsburgh Nursing Sanitarium in
Pittsburgh on Aug 28, 1959 at 11:07 a. m.
    He was born in England on May 17, 1885, and was a retired coal miner.
    His wife, Anna McCANN Anderson survives with two step-sons, Harry L. McCann of
Charleroi, and Donald M. McCann of Oakmont; a brother, Glenn C. Anderson, of Belle
Vernon, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary BASTEN and Mrs. Frances Lilley, both of Roscoe.

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Oscar R. BAKER

    Oscar R. Baker of Charleroi, R. D. 2, (Long Branch), died in the West Penn hospital,
Pittsburgh, March 7, 1958 at  12:45 p. m.
    He was born in Altoona, June 4, 1888, the son of Ellen and John Baker BRADLEY..
He came to Charleroi in 1929 from Altoona, and was a member of St. Jeromes Church.
He was retired as a heater helper at the Monessen plant of the Pittsburgh Steel Company.
    He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Baker, two sons, James at home and Louisof
Long Branch, four daughters, Mrs Sheldon (Gladys) HITE and Mrs. Rodger (Gertrude)
HITE of Newry, Pa., Mrs. Albert (Helen) REED of Speers, Mrs. John (Madonna) WINN
of Fayette City, one brother, Loius L. Baker of Maple View, twenty- one grandchildren,
and seventeen great grandchildren.


   Issac N. BEAZELL, son of the late Joseph and Amanda BEAZELL of Twilight died
at his home in Speers, Friday night January 24, from influenza and pneumonia,
aged 31 years. He is survived by his widow, Vivian DONALDSON BEAZELL, two
daughters, Betty aged 18 months, and Norma, aged three months, three brothers
F. E. BEAZELL of Speers; J. W. BEAZELL, now in service with the Regular Army
in France; four sisters Mrs. James T. HEFFRAN of Speers; Mrs. Marion IRWIN
of Elizabeth R.D., Lulu M. BEAZELL of Twilight and Katherine E. BEAZELL of
   The deceased was a well known and highly respected young man of Speers,
having been in the employ of William STEEL, the groceryman, for a period of
17 years, having entered that service when he was 14 years of age. He was a
member of the Elks, the Odd Fellows, the degree of Rebakah and the Eagles,
all of Charleroi.
   Funeral services will be held at his late home in Speers next Monday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, with interment in the Belle Vernon Cemetery.

Mrs. Benjamin D. BLAKER

    Mrs. Lora Mae BLAKER, 76 a well known resident of Fairdale, Carmichaels R. D. for
the last 21 years, and a former resident of Charleroi for 27 years, died at 1:30 a. m.
Sunday, August 23, 1953 in her home, after an illness of several weeks.
    Mrs. Blaker was born July 6, 1877 at Fordyce, Greene County.  She was the daughter
of the late John L. and Mary WRIGHT REEVES.  Her husband, Benjamin D. Blaker died
October 24, 1951.
    Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Bessie DAVIS, at home; a grandson, John DAVIS at
home; a sister Mrs. Bertha VANCE of Mapletown and two brothers, Walter C. REEVES
of Charleroi, and T. Jay REEVES of Pittsburgh.
     Mrs. Blaker was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Carmichaels, and the
Garden Club of Carmichaels.

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Katherine J. CARROLL

    Mrs. Katherine J. CARROLL, 73, of Bentleyville died yesterday at 2 a. m. in Washington Hospital where she has been a patient for several weeks.
    She was born Sept 19, 1884 in East Pike Run Twp., the daughter of William and Annie HILL WINNETT and lived  in Bentleyville- Coal Center area all her life.  Her husband, Walter E. Carroll, preceded her in death.
    She was a member of the Bentleyville Methodist Church.
    Surviving are one son, Newton W. of Bentleyville; two daughters, Mrs. Roy (Lois) RUSSELL of Garden Grove, Calif., and Mrs Joseph (Betty) JOHNSON of Dayton, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Joyce Ann and Dennis Carroll.
    Friends are being  received at the Kenneth V. Thompson Funeral Home, Bentleyville.

   Mrs. Susan Eliza Carson, 86, widow of Henry J. Carson, Fallowfield Twp. Wash. Co.
Pa. died in Charleroi-Monessen Hospital, Jan. 20, 1937.  She was born in Fallowfield
Twp. Sept. 24, 1851 and a member of the Charleroi Christian Church.
   She leaves two daughters, Mrs. David R. Duvall, at home, and Mrs. Harvey Brown,
New Philadelphia, Ohio; two sons, Allen, at home, and J. Kit Carson, West Pike Run
Twp; and a sister, Miss Joan Furnier.  Burial was in Maple Creek Cem.


    C. King CHALFANT, 74, of  12 State street, Speers, did Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1947, at
6:10 a. m., following a lingering illness.
    Mr. Chalfant was born in Long Branch Borough, July 21, 1873, son of Henry S. and
Lucinda CROW Chalfant..
    He was a member of the Speers Methodist Church, Charleroi Lodge 615, F & A. M.,
the Protected Home Circle, and the Fallowfield Grange.
    His wife, Ruby C. JACKMAN Chalfant, is deceased.
    he is survived by a son, Ewing S. Chalfant, and a daughter, Mrs. Margaret
CUNNINGHAM, both of Speers; a brother, Odell S Chalfant, of Washington, and five


E. K. Chalfant Died At Perryopolis; Was Former Postmaster

  Ephriam King Chalfant, 79 years, four months and 35 days old, storekeeper and
former postmaster at Perryopolis, died Tuesday night at 9:15 o'clock at the home
of a son, Chads Chalfant, at Perryopolis from complications.  He had been ill
for six months.
  Mr. Chalfant was a son of the late Dr Samuel B and Elizabeth Chalfant, the
former a pioneer physician of Fayette county, and for many years a resident of
Upper Middletown where the son was born.  Mr Chalfant was married to Ada Wells
of Jefferson township in 1901 who preceded him in death June 1, 1914.
   He is survived by four sons, Ottis W Chalfant of Portland, Ore., Major Ray K
Chalfant of Richmond, Ind., Charles F Chalfant of Barnesville, Ohio, and Chads
Chalfant of Perryopolis.  There is one brother, James K Chalfant of Hickory,
Washington county.  Three grandchildren also survive.  They are King and
Elizabeth Chalfant of Richmond, Ind., and Dorothy Bee Chalfant of Perryopolis.
   Mr Chalfant spent the early part of his life at Upper Middletown and later
resided at Star Junction, being engaged in farming, and then moved to
Perryopolis where he was proprietor of a general store and also served as
postmaster.  He had been retired about 15 years.  He was organizer of the county
local option movement about 15 years ago and always was immensely interested in
public affairs and never missed casting a ballot at every election- primary and
general since he became of age.  He went to the polls last fall.  Mr Chalfant
was a staunch Republican.
   The body will remain at the Chads Chalfant home until Friday noon where it may
be viewed.  Then it will be taken to the Wade Funeral Home at Perryopolis where
the funeral service will be conducted at 2 o'clock.  Rev Carl E Chapman, pastor
of the Perryopolis Methodist Episcopal Church will officiate.  Interment will be
in Mt Washington Cemetery.


   Fletcher Charles Chalfant, third son of Dr S B and Elizabeth Chalfant was born
at Uppermiddletown, Pa., January 21, 1863, and died at the residence of his
grandfather, Josiah King, in Perry township, March 18, 1886.  Funeral services
conducted by Rev D H McKee, assisted by Rev Josiah Mansell, and the remains were
followed to the Mount Washington cemetery by a large concourse of, relatives and
friends, where they were deposited beneath the shadow of the family monument.
Thus ended in the early morning of his manhood, a life, the brilliancy of whose
intellect commanded the admiration of all who knew him, and whose generous
disposition won the love and respect of all his associates.  Until Charlie was
seven years old, he was like other boys.  But at this time while at play at
school, he met with an accident which changed his entire future and which
resulted in a disease of the hip bone, with which he suffered the pangs of a
thousand deaths; and, but for the tender attention of his mother, and the utmost
exertion of his father's skill he would never have survived this terrible
affliction.   But with these advantages, to-gether with his own native force, we
find him after five or six years able to travel around with a crutch, and
although badly crippled his disease was mastered so far as his hip was
concerned.  But at this period his parents were horrified to see manifestations
of lung disease, and at the age of 15 years we find him trying the western
climate.  A year later he tries the highlands of Colorado, making a strong and
vigorous fight for his life.  He visited Denver, Pueblo, the various parks,
Maniton, with it's mineral springs, and finally selecting Colorado Springs as
his headquarters where he remained for five years.  For two or three years the
rarefied air of that elevated country, together with the faithful maternal care
of Miss A A Warren, the proprietress of the Hotel Antlers with whom he stopped,
did greatly benefit him for the time.  The transferring of passengers to Crystal
Park hotel, sightseeing of tourists and regular camp life, each in turn was
tried as his strength would permit, and when too feeble to endure fatigue Miss
Warren was ever ready with some pleasant and profitable employment which was
recreative as well as remunerative.  But it became evident the last two years
that he stayed in Colorado that his health was declining  and in the spring of
1884 his sister visited him and induced him to return to his native state in
hope that if the change of climate would not arrest the ravages of the disease
it would at least bring him to his home, where his friends might surround him
with the comforts he could enjoy; and while Charlie had many friends who were
willing to make any sacrifice for his pleasure there was an attachment between
him and his only sister that was super-human.  She was constantly at his side
when she could render any comfort and has the satisfaction of knowing that every
wish he made was gratified, and when it was apparent to all that the end was
fast approaching, he besought her and his aunt to "stand by me to the end," and
with faithful loving hearts and constant willing hands, they were ever ready to
anticipate a wish or translate the meaning of a glance.  With watching and
praying they alleviated all his suffering possible and when but a few hours were
left for him to suffer and when his friends were held in breathless suspense it
seemed as though their cup of bitterness no yet full, and to intensify the
agony,  a message was received announcing the death of Dr E  L King, a son, a
brother and uncle of those watching and waiting, but Charlie never knew it in
this world.  And when the sunlight of a new day appeared, the death angel came
and found him ready.  He said he was not afraid to die.  He died in the hope
that "everything was all right," leaving a message to "meet him in heaven,"  His
friends followed him to the very crumbling verge of eternity, and when he had
"forded the river" their souls went out until they could almost hear the wave
breaking on the other shore.

Elizabeth King Chalfant

ELIZABETH CHALFANT, widow of the late Dr. S B Chalfant, of Upper Middletown,
Pa., was born March 5, 1826, and died at the residence of her father Josiah
King, in Perry township, Fayette Co., Jan. 10, 1889.  The interment occurred at
Mt. Washington cemetery on Sunday following, at 10 AM, services conducted by the
Rev A E Husted, assisted by the Rev's A H Norcross and T H Wilkenson, former
pastors of the deceased.  For over forty years she had been a member of the
church, and for many years her house at Upper Middletown was the home of the
preachers, who always found hospitable and entertainment.  Her religious life
was steady, consistent, harmonious; rather the even noiseless flow of a deep
stream than the bolsterous turbulence of rocks and shoals.  She leaves an aged
father, an only daughter, four sons and a host of relatives and friends to mourn
her loss, but their loss is her eternal gain.  The ladies' aid society of
Perryopolis in resolutions of respect very truly speak of her as "a sister who
in all the relations of life illustrated a noble character by deeds of
infinite wisdom to remove from our midst, Mrs. Elizabeth Chalfant, widow of Dr S
B Chalfant; thereto be it Resolved, That the members of the Ladies' Aid Society of the
Perryopolis Methodist Episcopal church review her death with feelings of the most
sorrow.  It mourns the death of a sister who in all the relations of life illustrated a noble
character by deed of kindness.  That while we bow to the will of Him "who doth all things
well," may each member of the society strive to emulate her virtues and at last meet her
where parting shall be no more. Resolved, That we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the
aged father and other
members of the family of the deceased, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to her
bereaved family, also a copy to the Connellsville COURIER.
Mrs G Hixenbaugh
Mrs J A Murphy
Mrs. A H Cunningham

Josiah King CHALFANT

    J King Chalfant, aged 68, former well-known resident of Perry township, died at
5:30 Sunday morning, April 3, 1938, after a lingering illness.  He was a charter
member of the Knights of Pythias lodge in Hickory and a lifelong member of the
United Presbyterian church.
    Mr Chalfant was born June 13, 1870, in Uppermiddletown, a son of Dr and Mrs
Samuel B Chalfant.  He spent most of his life in Perry township and was a farmer
in Washington county before retiring at his home in Hickory.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs Winnie Rankin Chalfant; two daughters, Mrs S L
McCalmont and Mrs Everett Philips, both of Hickory, and two grandchildren, Ruth
and Ted McCalmont.
    Funeral rites will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the home at Hickory
in charge of Rev John Louden, pastor of the Hickory U P church.  Private burial
will follow in Mr Prospect cemetery in Hickory.


    Mrs. Elsie M CONAWAY, of Stockdale, died at her home, Wednesday, March 10,
1954 at 6 a. m.
    A former resident of California and Coal Center, Mrs. Conaway was born  April 26,
1883 in Coal Center, the daughter of John and Emma WALTERS PYLE.  She was a
member of the California Christian Church.
    She is survived by one step son, Albert Conaway of Nitro, West Virginia, and four
grand children, Mrs. Richard R. COOK (of) Harriman, Tennessee, Eva Mae, James and
Judy Conaway, all of Nitro.


    Joley Lewis CONAWAY of Beallsville, died in the Washington hospital, April 18.,
1959 at 1:40 p. m.
    He was born in Roscoe, June 2, 1876, and was a member of the United Mine Workers
of America.
    He is survived by three sons, Roy of Coal Center,  Harold of Richeyville, and David of
Roscoe,  fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

John Hamilton CONAWAY

    John Hamilton Conaway, aged 76 years of Elco Borough, died in Charleroi-Monessen hospital at 7:20 p. m. Tuesday, January 9, 1940 of pneumonia.
    He is survived by his wife, Jennie Conaway; five daughters, Mrs. J. C. YOUNG of Monongahela,  Mrs. Oliver DUVALL, Mrs. William FERGUSON and Mrs. Charles VOGEL of Elco, and Mrs. Ed. Conley, of Denbo; two sons Albert Conaway of California, Harry Conaway of Elco; twenty five grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; one brother, Sherman Conaway of Stockdale and two sisters, Mrs John DOWLER of Elco, and Mrs West HARRISTOWN of Daisytown.


    Ezra Conaway, aged 84 years, well known Civil War veteran, died yesterday afternoon,
August 2, at 5:42 o'clock. in the Soldier's Hospital at Erie Pa.  He is the father of Mrs.
John H. JENKINS of North Charleroi.  For the past five months he has been declining in
health and two weeks ago was removed to the hospital in Erie.
    Mr. Conaway is very well known in this district, being born January 12, 1844, at
Fredricktown, and living practically all his life in this vicinity.
    There survive his wife, Mrs. Isabelle B. Conaway, one daughter, Mrs. John H. Jenkins,
of North Charleroi, and three sons, Jesse, of Ashland, O., Greer W. of Braddock, and
Harvey, of McKeesport.
    Funeral services will be held at the Jenkins home 723 Fourth Street, North Charleroi,
Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock with the American Legion Post in charge.  Interment will
take place in Howe's Cemetery.

Mrs. Henrietta CONOWAY (sic)

Grand old lady of Elco dies suddenly at her home.
    Mrs. Henrietta CONOWAY, 72 years of age, died suddenly last Monday evening at
6:45 o' clock.  Her death was due to a heart attack which came on her while she was in the
rear of her home getting a bucket of water.  For the past several months, Mrs Conoway
had been in poor health.
    The deceased was the widow of the late Azel Conoway.  She had been a life-long
resident of this section and enjoyed the friendship of a host of people in this vicinity.  She
had  been a member of the Roscoe M. E. church all her life and always took active part in
church affairs and for many years was one of the teachers in the Sunday school.  Her class
of young ladies was one that had been banded together for several years; one that took a
keen interest in their work and greatly loved their teacher.
    She was a woman beloved by all who knew her.  She kept alive the spirit of friendship
by her many activities on behalf of others.  Never an unkind word for any but always
extended the hand of good fellowship and charity and scattered sunshine wherever her
presence was felt.
    She is survived by three sisters, Mrs Also CONOWAY, of Reedsville, W. Va., Mrs
George FEDERER of Mapleton, W. Va., Mrs. Kate RIGGS of Long Branch borough;
one brother, William I McKENNA of Roscoe and one grand daughter, Mrs Thelma
KENNEDY, of Lindhurst, N. J.
    Funeral services were held at the Roscoe M. E. church, in charge of Rev. L. M.
BONNER, Thursday afternoon.  A great throng crowded into the edifice to pay their last
respects to their departed friend.  Interment was in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.

William Sherman Conaway
Aged Man Succumbs After Short Illness
    William Sherman CONAWAY, aged 80, died at his home, 418 Railroad Street,
Stockdale, Saturday, August 27, at 10:40 a. m., after a short illness.
    He is survived by a son, Snyder Conaway, of Charleroi, one sister, Mrs. John
DOWLER, Elco, one grandchild and two great grandchildren.
    Funeral services were conducted from the late home on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Interment followed in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery.

Mrs. Flora CONWAY (sic)

    Mrs. Flora Conway, aged 74 years, a resident of the Elco district for thirty-five years,
died at her late home  in Roscoe at 8:50 p. m.  She was the widow of Bert Conway who
died about fifteen years ago.
    Surviving are one brother, Frank S. FARQUHAR of California state and one sister,
Mrs. Viola O'NEIL of Roscoe.

Eldridge Mansfield Copenhaver   (1931)



F. Lawson Teets, Former California Pastor, Eulogizes Character and
Accomplishments In Sermon

Masonic Rites Held At Cemetery

The entire community suffered a shock last Sunday evening at the news that
Burgess Eldridge Mansfield Copenhaver had been overtaken by sudden death.
Telephone wires were busy until far into the night as residence of
California and vicinity made inquiries in  the hope that the sad news might
turn out to be an unfounded rumor.  It was difficult for people to convince
themselves that their esteemed fellow townsman who had been seen on the
streets in what was apparently his usual state of health could have passed

As Burgess Copenhaver died before a physician could be summoned, it is
impossible to say what the exact cause of his death.  He had complained some
during the last two or three weeks about not feeling very well but had been
at work every day and been seen about town in the evenings.  On Sunday he
went to Pittsburgh to see his brother, Hubert, who had been a patient in
South Side Hospital for some time.   While it was been stated he was not
feeling well, those who made the trip with him said that he seemed to be in
an unusually good humor.  He laughed and joked with his brother and the
other members of the party as he seemed to be his usual self.  Arriving in
California on Sunday evening he complained ---- have been indigestion and --
down on the couch at his home.   According to his mother (Grace M.
CARSON-COPENHAVER) who was the only person with him at the time he gave one
gasp and passed away.

Mr. Copenhaver was born April 30, 1887 and died Sunday, January 18, 1931.
That made his age at the time of death 43 years,  - months, and -- days.
Early in life he was married to Pearl Kiesling ------death, dying three
years ago last December.

Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Copenhaver; Harold Ray, Edna Mae,
and Paul Eldridge, and these three survive their father.  The son Harold is
the eldest and is a student in the California High School.  His brother and
sister are both younger than he and are grade school pupils.  The sympathy
of the entire town goes out to the children who were bereft of both parents.
Their aged grandmother remains with them.

The deceased was in the midst of his second term as Burgess of the Borough
of California.  He had served his community faithfully and well dealing with
intricately difficult problems as he presided with strict justice and
fairness during a hard fought coal strike and coped with the ever present
problem of law enforcement.  It can truthfully be said of him that the best
interests of his community were continually uppermost in his mind.

He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and had been made a Noble of
the Mystic Shrine.  He was also a member of the Junior Order of United
American Mechanics.  He was also a devout churchman belonging to the  First
Methodist Episcopal Church. of California where he rendered faithful and
efficient service as a member of the Official Board.

Funeral services sere held in the First Methodist Episcopal Church on
Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock.  The Rev Harry Allan Price was in
charge of the service and the music was furnished by the church choir under
the direction of Prof. E.E. Halstead.  The sermon was preached by the
Reverend F. Lawson Teets, a former California Methodist pastor and a close
friend of the Copenhaver family.  He delivered an eloquent and masterly
funeral address  which will not be forgotten by those who heard it.  He
alluded to the distinguished character of the service which the deceased had
always rendered to his church and to his community.  The funeral was one of
the largest ever held in California, the church being crowded to
overflowing.  There was a Masonic burial service at the grave following the
ritual of the church.


Mrs. Copenhaver Died Saturday At Coal Center

Funeral services for Mrs. Grace Copenhaver, 77, who died Saturday at the
home of her son, Lawrence W. Copenhaver in Coal Center, were conducted
Monday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock at the place of death.  Dr. Thomas G.
Hicks, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church was the officiating
clergyman.  Interment was made in Howe's Cemetery.

Mrs. Copenhaver has been in failing health for some time.  She was
particularly well known here having been a resident of the vicinity for the
past twenty-seven years.  She was a member of the California M. E. church
and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by two sons, Lawrence W. Copenhaver of Coal Center and
Hubert L. Copenhaver of California; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Copenhaver,
California and Mrs. Christina Gibson, Charleston W. Va.; and two brothers,
William Carson, Charleroi and David Carson of Charleston.

Another son, Eldridge M. Copenhaver, former California burgess, died over a
year ago.

    Alonzo CROW died at his home in Fallowfield Township, on Thursday, September 20
at 5:30 p. m. of typhoid fever, aged 25 years.  He is survived by a wife and three children.
The deceased is a son of James T.  CROW and was highly esteemed.
    The funeral will be held on Saturday at 1 o'clock p. m. Services will be held at  the late
home of the deceased by Rev. Arthur SMITH, of the Coal Center M. E. Church.  The
interment will take place in the Maple Creek cemetery.

Miss Anna S. CROW

    Long Branch, Jan 18. -- Miss Anna S CROW, of Long Branch, passed away at 8:30 a.
m. Friday at the age of 74 years.  She had been in declining health for several months due
to heart disease.  Miss Crow was the daughter of Clark and Rachel Crow.  She had always
resided in the same vicinity where she was widely known.  She is survived by the
following half-brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Loueretta STROUD, of Coal Center; Mrs. Ollie
WINNETT, William Crow, Fred Crow,  Edward Crow,  L. C. Crow of this place, and
Mrs. J. B. McCRACKEN,, of Cameron, W. Va.  The funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Howe Methodist Episcopal church.  The interment was in
the Howe cemetery.

Eva (Gillingham) CROW

Mother at 14 Passes Away.
    It can hardly be realized by the many friends and relatives of Mrs. Orange CROW, nee Eva GILLINGHAM, that she has closed her lips forever, passed to the great beyond from whence no man returned.  It seems as though the angel of death might have spared one so young, one whose usefulness to mankind had not had a chance to develop, but, life is a lottery and it is indeed unfortunate that the flower of youth should be plucked just as it is blossoming into fragrance and beauty.
    Mrs. Crow, 14 years of age, was a bride of but a short period and the world full of happiness was before her.  Her illness came at a time when all mothers' faces light up with joyfulness at the sight of her first born.  Her youthfulness was against the heroic effort to ward off the fatal moment and while in great distress of mind and a very high fever, she passed away at 10:12 o'clock Tuesday morning.  Her remains were removed to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. GILLINGHAM.  Services were held at the home and were conducted by Rev. H. H. WESTWOOD, Thursday and interment was at 2 o'clock at Mt. Tabor.
    Besides her husband, a little daughter, whom she named Blanche before her death, two sisters, Mrs. James LLOYD and Anna (?), two brothers George and Glen and her mother and father remain to mourn her departure.


"Word has been received by friends in this County of the death of John H.
CROW at Long Beach, California, December 21, 1926, in the eighty-fourth year
of his age. He was a son of the late Azariah Crow and Sarah MURPHY Crow, and
formerly resided in what is now Long Branch borough. In 1879 he went west and
settled in Pueblo, Colo., and for many years was engaged in mining in the
Leadville and Cripple Creek districts. Prior to his going west he was a coal
operator on the Monongahela river. Being a public spirited citizen and in
politics a Jefferson Democrat, he took great interest in the civic welfare of
his adopted city and state. About two years ago, owing to his extreme age and
the rigorous climate, he moved to California. He is survived by his wife,
Margaret A. (DONALDSON) Crow, one daughter, Mrs. Ella COWLES, and one son,
Arthur. A large number of nephews and nieces and old acquaintances are
residents of this county. He is survived by one sister Martha DUVALL, now of
Deerfield, Ohio. About a year ago, he was greatly delighted at receiving a
call at his home from his old friend, T. Jeff DUNCAN, of the local bar".

Mrs. Michael L. CROW Dies at Age  of 72

    Waynesburg, March 21 --  Mrs. Mary Agnes CROW, aged 72 years, widow of Michael
Lazear Crow, died at her home in Richhill township, Wednseday night, March 20, 1935, at
6:45 o'clock, following an illness of three days of a complication of diseases.
    Mrs. Crow's husband's grandfather was a brother of the Crow sisters who were
massacred by the indians in the pioneer days of Greene County.  Mrs. Crow was born in
Cameron, W. Va., December 16, 1862, a daughter of George and Rachel SLONAKER
HARRIS, but she spent all her married life in Richhill township, near the place where the
indian massacre occurred over  a century ago.  Mrs. Crow was a member of the West
Unity Presbyterian Church.
    She is survived by five children, Mrs. H. G. EWING, Wind Ridge; J. W. Crow, West
Alexander; Hattie, Wylie and Jesse Crow, at home.  One sister amd six brothers also
survive, as follows:  Mrs. M. T. FOREMAN, Triadelphia, W. Va., Frank HARRIS,
Missouri; Randolph Harris, King William, W. Va.;  C. F. Harris, Barnesville , Ohio;  S. S.
Harris, Triadelphia, W. Va.; and J. W. Harris and Harry Harris, Elk Grove.
    Funeral services will be conducted in the Crow home Saturday, March 23, at 1 o'clock,
by Rev. Harold LUTZ.  Interment will be in the Wind Ridge Cemetery.

  Mary Catherine CROW (DONALDSON) 1907

Mary Catherine DONALDSON CROW, wife of B(enjamin) CROW, passed away Friday
morning about 9:00 o'clock at her home in Long Branch, after an illness of
about two months. She was aged 59 years, 1 month and 12 days. Beside her
loving husband she leaves to mourn her loss the following children:
J(ohn)T. CROW and Mrs A(aron) F. HARFORD of Elco, Mrs J(ames) W. PHILLIPS and
Orange CROW of Charleroi, Mrs F(red) W. Legion of Allegheny, Mrs H(enry) P.
ABBOTT of Twilight, Eugene, Elsie, and Morton at home; also one sister, Miss
M(artha) J. Donaldson of Duquesne. Funeral services were held at the late
residence at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Internment at Mt. Tabor Cemetary.

Mrs. Lillian E. CRITES

    Mrs. Lillian E. Crites, widow of William A. Crites, aged 68 years, died at her home,
103 McKean Avenue, at 10:15 p. m. Wednesday, May 29, 1940, following an illness of
two years.
    Mrs. Crites had resided in Charleroi for 4 years, coming here from the Coal Center
district.  She was born in Laboratory, Pa., December 14, 1871, a daughter of William
KEYS and Geneva MICHINER KEYS, both natives of Pennsylvania.  She was a member
of the Methodist Church of Charleroi.
    Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ralph COLE and Mrs. Betty GOSSIE, of Charleroi;
one son, Paul Crites, at home; one brother, Purman Keys, of Detroit, Mich.; and five
    The remains are at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Cole, 120 McKean Avenue.

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   Mrs. Mary E Davidson, 64 years old, widow of John H Davidson, died suddenly this
morning at 6 o'clock at her home at Perryopolis of heart trouble.  Mrs. Davidson
was one of the most widely known and highly esteemed residents of Perry township
and her death came as a great shock to her friends throughout the community.
Soon after her return from an automobile ride last night she complained of a
slight pain in her head and during the night her condition became more serious.
Deceased was born in Uppermiddletown, a daughter of the late Dr S B and
Elizabeth Chalfant, and spent her girlhood days there.  She was married January
10, 1881 to Dr Davidson and spent all her married life in Perryopolis.  She
united with the Methodist church at the age of 12 years and was prominently
connected with the Perryopolis church for many years.  By her kind and gentle
manner she won the friendship and esteem of all with whom she came in contact,
and her home was always open to her friends.  She is survived by one step-son,
Clayton T Davidson of Perryopolis; two brothers, Ephriam Chalfant of Perryopolis
and King Chalfant of Hickory; three nieces, Mrs Ada Skinner and Misses Pauline
and Maude Chalfant; four nephews, Ottis, Charles and Ray Chalfant, Barnsville,
O., and Chads Chalfant of Perryopolis; and two grandchildren Elizabeth and John
Davidson of Perryopolis.
    The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, followed by
interment in Mt Washington cemetery.


    Mrs. Lena Dierstein, 85, of Garfield St. Roscoe, died yesterday at 2:30 p. m. in
Charleroi-Monessen hospital.
    Born in Greenock on Sept. 27, 1880, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lena
    Mrs. Dierstein was a member of the Mt. tabor Methodist  Church in Long Branch, since
    She is survived by one sister, Mrs. James P. (Elizabeth) HERRON of Long Branch and
several nieces and nephews in the Valley area.
    Friends will be received at the Ruth Eckert Funeral Home, Roscoe, after 7 p.m. today
and thereafter from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Walter D. DOLAN Sr.
    Walter D. DOLAN , Sr., of 208 Lincoln Ave extention, Charleroi, died suddenly at his home, May 3 1954, at 3:15 p. m.
    Mr. Dolan was born in Fallowfield Township, June 17 1911, the son of John H. and Ida SPHAR Dolan.  He was employed as a field man for the Equitable Gas Company.
    He is survived by his wife, Violet MURPHY Dolan, one son Walter D. Dolan, Jr., stationed with the United States Air Force in North  Carolina, one daughter, Mrs. Patricia PITCOCK of California state, seven brothers, James of Stockdale, Richard of Charleroi, John of Richeyville, Robert of Broughton, Patrick of Charleroi, W. C. of West Elizabeth and Raymond of North Charleroi, three sisters, Mrs. Louis KORNHI of Charleroi, Mrs. Marion RAY of North Charleroi, and Mrs. James MONACK of Charleroi.

T. Richard DOLAN
    T. Richard Dolan, 74, of 411 Washington Ave., Charleroi, died today (Feb. 4, 1970)
at 12:10 a. m. in haven Crest Nursing and Convalescent Home, Monongahela R.D.
    Mr. Dolan, who was born in Fallowfield Twp., was a member of Charleroi Presbyterian Church and was a retired employee of Sealtest Dairy Corp.  he had lived in the Charleroi area his entire life.
    Surviving are his widow, Mary LUKER Dolan; a son, D. Kenneth Dolan of Belle Vernon; two daughters, Mrs. Fristoe D. (Bettie) WALLACE of Rochester, Minn., and Mrs. Lawrence K. (Hazel) HOOTEN of Charleroi; three brothers, James L. of Stockdale, Patrick of Charleroi, and Raymond of Carmichael; two sisters, Mrs. Nora KORNHI of Charleroi, and Mrs. Margaret RAY of North Charleroi; four grandchildren.
    Friends will be received after 7 p. m. today at Shelby D. Ferguson Funeral Home, Belle Vernon.

Clifford DONALDSON, Jr.  Jan 12, 1948
Monessen Daily Independent - Jan 12, 1948

   Clifford DONALDSON Jr., 12 year old alter boy of Dunlevy, died today as the
result of burns and shock suffered yesterday at the 11 a.m. mass in the
Mother of Sorrows Italian Catholic Church, Charleroi, when his vestment was
ignited by flames from candles he had just lit.
   Father John THOMAS and church members heard the boy scream in an anteroom
near the alter and smothered the flames with coats.  He was taken to the
Charleroi - Monessen Hospital where he died at 2:35 a. m. today.
   Clifford had apparently placed some candles on the floor and ignited them.
As he turned around to do some other work, his vestment came too close to one
of the candles and immediately burst into flames.
   He suffered second and third degree burns of the chest and face, but doctors
who attended him said shock and the fact he must have breathed some of the
flames were the main cause of death.
   He is survived by a twin brother, Clifton, his mother and father and a
sister.  Funeral services will be held at the Mother of Sorrows Church,
Thursday at 10 a. m.

 Mrs. Edith DONALDSON (DALE) - May 25, 1946
Monessen Daily Independent - May 25, 1946

DONALDSON, Mrs. Edith DALE, of Vesta, aged 71 years, died at
Charleroi-Monessen hospital Friday May 24 at 11:10 a.m. She was a member of
the Methodist Church in Allenport. Surviving are her husband J.(James) N.
(Nesley) Donaldson; her mother Mrs. Annie DALE; and the following children:
Mrs Melford McCANN of Charleroi; Mrs Vivian BEAZELL of Charleroi; Reba at
home; Mrs Ralph SWANEY of Vesta; James at home; Richard of Allenport; Clifford of
Dunlevy; a sister Miss Gladys DALE of Vesta; eight grandchildren and one
great grandchild. Friends will be received at the late home until Monday
afternoon when services will be held at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Elizabeth
KUNSELMAN. Interment will follow in the Monongahela cemetary. Charles L. and
Edward F. MELENYZER, funeral directors in charge.

Mrs. G. C. DONALDSON 1903


   Mrs. G.C. DONALDSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin BOYLE of this place died
Tuesday evening, May 14 at 6:10 o'clock at the Allegheny General Hospital, to
which place she had been taken five weeks before to be operated on. Her death
was a great shock to her many friends. While laying in the hospital she
showed great fortitude and battled hard against the inevitable, knowing as
she did that the chances were against her. The death of Mrs. DONALDSON was a
very pathetic one as she was a woman whom all loved and respected. Rev. WHITFIELD, who was
at one time the pastor of the Allenport M. E. Church, but who now has a
charge in Allegheny, learned of Mrs. Donaldson's illness and was a frequent
visitor at the hospital. It was during his pastorate at Allenport that the
deceased joined the M. E. Church some 14 years ago and a bond of friendship
existed from that time between the two. The day before Mrs. Donaldson's
death, she asked Rev. WHITFIELD to sing a song entitled "All is Well." He did
so and his sweet voice rang out in such melody that all around were touched
with the pathos of the occasion.
   Funeral services were held at the Allenport M.E. Church, and conducted by
Rev. WHITFIELD and Rev. HULL. It was a most beautiful service and Rev
WHITFIELD repeated the song "All is Well," and there was not a dry eye in the
large congregation of sympathizers. The great love of Rev. WHITFIELD for what
he considered his duty in coming to Allenport and delivering the sermon on
this occasion, is plainly seen when it is known that he left the bedside of
his dead baby only a few hours before that he might acquiesce in the last
wishes of the departed.
   Mrs. DONALDSON was 29 years of age and a member of the Daughters of Liberty.
She is survived by her father and mother, husband who lives in Donora, one
daughter, three years old, one brother, W. H. BOYLE of this place, and two
sisters, Mrs. Harry GILES, and Miss Grace of this place.
   Interment was made at the Fayette City Cemetery, Friday May 17.

Mrs. Ida E. M. DUVALL

    Mrs. Ida Elizabeth MELCHI DUVALL, 81, of Elco, died at her home Tuesday, Feb 3,
1942 at 12:45 am following a two week illness.
    Mrs. Duvall was a member of First Christian Church of Charleroi, and was well and
favorably known.
    Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. George B. THOMPSON, of Charleroi, and Mrs.
John K. Perrie, of Coal Center; four sons, Oliver Duvall, of Elco,; John Duvall, at home;
Nelson Duvall, of Elco, and L. G. Duvall, of Massilon, Ohio; 24 grandchildren, 25 great
grandchildren , and two great -great grandchildren.
    Friends are being received at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John K. Perrie, located at
the top of Elco Hill, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. , conducted by
the Rev. H. M. PAPE, pastor of the Roscoe Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Highland
Cemetery, California.

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    Roy W. Elliott, Jr., 69, of Fayette City R.D. 1, died in Mon Valley hospital, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1987 at 10:50 a. m.
    He was born in Jefferson Township, Aug. 6, 1917, a son of the late Roy W. and Cora MASTEN Elliott.
    Mr. Elliott was a retired employee of the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation's Monessen Southwestern Railroad.  He was a farmer and a member of the Pennsylvania Farmer's Association, the Fayette County Beef Breeders Association, the Morning Star Grange and the Little Redstone Presbyterian Church.
    In his youth, he was a prominent football player at Brownsville High School and Ohio State University.
    Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister. Laura Mae RUSSELL.
    Survivors include his wife, Claire CLARK Elliott; two sons, Roy Clark Elliott and Thomas Martin Elliott, both of Fayette City R.D. 1; a daughter, Susan Clair Elliott, at home; four grandchildren, Robert Thomas Elliott, Eric Martin Elliott, Jennifer Ronetta Elliott and Roy Clark Elliott, Jr., all of Fayette City R.D. 1; one brother, William Thomas Elliott of Fayette City R.D. 1 and several nieces and nephews.
    Friends  will be received Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the J. W. Kisinger Funeral Home, 515 Front St., Brownsville.

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    Mrs.  Elsie M. FURLONG, age 43 years, of Vesta No. 7, died at her home Sunday, May 6, 1945 at 2:45 p. m.  after an illness of six months.
    She is survived by her husband, Earl FURLONG, three sons, Thomas, in the Armed Forces, Harry, in the Navy and Wallace, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Steve KUTY, of Brownsville, Wilma and Alice at home; her mother , Mrs. Annie RANKIN of Elco; three brothers, Earnest, Earl and Paul Rankin of Elco; one sister, Mrs. Leo McMANUS of Vesta No. 7; and two grandchildren.


    John W. FURNIER of Main Street, Allenport, died yesterday at his home.  He was 80.
    Mr. Furnier was born April 6, 1901, in Smock, a son of the late Clyde and Mary
    A retired millworker from the Allenport Plant of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp., he
was a member of Gumbert Lodge, F. & A.M., Fayette City.
    Survivors include his widow, Sylvia McDONOUGH Furnier; two daughters, Mrs.
Elaine CARUSO of California and Mrs George (Joyce) GUZZI of Allenport; one
stepdaughter, Mrs. Paul (Dolores) HESLEP of Monessen; three grandchildren and one
great grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Emma WALTERS and Mrs. Gail GRIMM, both of
    He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna, in 1928 and two brothers and four
    Friends will be received in the Ed Melenyzer Funeral Homes, Inc., 1008 Furlong Ave.,
Roscoe, from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.

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Edith Sarah GATER

       Mrs. Edith Sarah Gater, 93, nee HANCOCK, of Allenport, died April 3, 1958, at
7:30 p.m.
       Mrs. Gater was born in England, January 13, 1866, the daughter of James and
Elizabeth  DALE Hancock.
       She was a member of the Allenport Methodist Church.
       She is survived by one son, James at home, two daighters, Florence E. Gater and
Gladys G. MILLER, both at home, two brothers, Alfred of Allenport and Fredrick
Hancock in England.

Florence E. GATER

    Florence E. GATER of Allenport died in the Charleroi - Monessen hospital, September
24, 1959, at 11:30 a.m.
    She was born in England and was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal church of
Charleroi.  She was a milliner by trade and operated a shop in Fayette City.
    She is survived by one brother , James Gater, and a sister, Gladys G. MILLER, both at

Blanche GILES

    Blanche GILES of Allenport, died Monday , April 28, 1986 at 10:30 in Washington Hospital.  She was 80.
    Mrs. Giles was born Oct. 23, 1905, in Roscoe, a daughter of the late Thomas and Ellen PATTERSON METCALFE.
    A Mon Valley resident all of her life, she was a member  of the Presbyterian Church of Roscoe and a former member of the Presbyterian Church of Charleroi.
    An accomplished musician, Mrs. Giles had studied at California University of Pennsylvania, and taught piano lessons in the mid-Mon Valley for many years.
    In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry W. Giles, in 1971; and two brothers and a sister, Wilbur and John METCALFE and Margaret BENIDETTI.
    Survivors include one son, Floyd L. Giles of Allenport;  and two sisters, Mrs. Irvin (Jean) KERR of Bethel Park and Mrs. James (Anna Mae) CARROLL of Michigan.
    Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4  and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home, 819 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi.


    Mary GUERRA of Long branch R. D. 1, died Monday Oct. 13, 1986 in Humbert Lane
Personal Care Home, Washington, Pa.  She was 87.
    Mrs. Guerra was born Oct. 9, 1899, in Italy, a daughter of the late Italo and Annina
    A resident of Long Branch the past 35 years, she was a member of the Holy Ghost
Byzantine Catholic Church, Charleroi.
    In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, in 1950.
    Survivors include four sons, Michael P. and Louis, both of Monessen, and Joseph V.
and James A. both of Long Branch;  13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchildren.
    Friends will be received Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to  and 7 to 9
p.m. in the Rhome Funeral Home, Inc., 1209 Grand Blvd., Monessen.

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Leroy A. HANEY

    Leroy A. HANEY, 48, of Malden road, Centerville, died suddenly of a heart attack at 9
a. m. Wednesday, January 28, 1948, while at work as an electrician in the Vesta No. 2
mine at Vestaburg.
    Mr. Haney  was born in Columbus, O., Nov. 6 1899, a son of Augustus and Della
HUGHES Haney.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge at Brownsville and of the United
Mine Workers of America.
    His wife, Joetta GREGG Haney and father, the latter in Baltimore, survive.  He leaves
two daughters, Mrs. Charles HUTSON and Mrs. Edgar COMET, both of Coal Center.
He leaves two grand children, a brother, Byron, Springfield, Ill., and a sister, Mrs. Walter
HIGGINS, Columbus, N. J.

James T. HEFFRAN, Prominent County Resident, Dies at 77

  CHARLEROI, Feb 27 (1950) - James T. Heffran, 77, of Speers, long one of the
prominent civic leaders and active churchmen of Washington County, died last
night at 11:10 o'clock in his home. He had been confined to his home since
Dec.14, when he suffered a heart attack. He was suddenly stricken again last
night and died within 10 minutes.
   A son of immigrant parents, his initiative, enterprise and ability won him
high place in the affairs of the community in which he had spent most of his
   A son of Issac and Jannet SLOWCOMBE Heffran, he was born in Tredcgar, Wales,
Feb 19, 1873, on the same street as James J DAVIS, who served as U. S.
Secretary of Labor and United States Senator. They were lifelong friends.
   Mr. Heffran, who was to serve his district in the Pennsylvania Legislature,
as County Coroner, and become one of Charleroi's greatest boosters, began his
career as a miner in Washington County, working at the Old Eagle and Shire
Oaks pits. He maintained membership in the United Mine Workers throughout his
   Mr. Heffran served in the State Legislature for almost a decade, was coroner
of Washington County for a period of 11 years and for six years was
Secretary-Manager of the Charleroi Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the
principle advocates of the program which has resulted in the development of
Charleroi as a trading center, including the building of an artery of
highways. At the time of his death he was secretary-treasurer of
Charleroi-Monessen Hospital.
   During his years at Harrisburg, Mr. Heffran served on many important
committees and became widely known to political leaders throughout
   Mr. Heffran took an active interest in church affairs, including the
Washington County Sabbath School Association. He was teacher of the
___Reliable(?) Cl__of the Speers Methodist Church Sunday School for over 10
   ______ a member of F & A. M. Lodge No. 615 of Charleroi, Monessen chapter of
Royal Arch Masons , Washington Council of Cryptic Masonry and Syria Temple,
Pittsburgh. He was a charter member of the Charleroi Rotary Club and was a
member of the local I. O. O. F. lodge.
   His wife Hattie BEAZELL Heffran survives with a daughter, Mrs. John W
HATFIELD, Ford City; a son Harold, of Speers; three grandchildren; a brother
George, and a sister, Mrs. Jannet BLACK, both of Tarentum.

Mrs. Jane Belle HENSHALL

    Mrs. Jane Belle HENSHALL, 89, long a resident of Coal Center, died at the home of
her niece, Mrs. Mac FERRIS, Fredricktown, R. D.  She had been in failing health for
some time.
    A daughter of the late James and Jane ALLMAN PORTER, she was born in East Pike
Run Township, Feb. 28, 1860.  On Sept 22, 1898, She was married to George C.
Henshall, who died a number of years ago.
    Mrs. Henshall was a member of the Coal Center Presbyterian Church for more than 70
years and an active worker as long as her health permitted.
    Her only daughter, Mary Henshall MATTHEWS, died Oct. 26, 1923.  Two
grandchildren, Mrs. William WARD, Wilkensburg, and Miss Edna MATTHEWS,
Baltimore, and one grandson, Robert Matthews, Rices Landing survive.  Four great
grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive

Mrs. Rachel F. HILL

    Mrs. Rachel F. HILL, age 86 years, well known Monongahela resident for a number of
years, died yesterday morning, March 15 at 4 o'clock at her home in 300 union  street,
Monongahela.  Mrs. Hill, a daughter of the late David and Hannah SHAW FARQUHAR,
was born October 6, 1846 at the old Farquhar homestead, located near Centerville,
Washington Co.
    She was the youngest and last surviving member of the family of nine children.  Her
parents were of Quaker faith.  In her early life she attended the Quaker meetings held in
the Westland meeting house.  Later she united with Taylor's Methodist Church, and had
been a faithful attendant at all of the church services until her health forced her to retire
from activities.
    The deceased was married to Joseph Y. Hill December 30, 1869 and to this union five
children were born: Margaret, wife of Issac SPROWLS, residing near Charleroi., Alice H
Reed at home; Iva Wickerham of Monongahela; Roland Hill of Scenery Hill and Harry,
who died in infancy.
    After her marriage she moved to Clover Hill, where she resided until her husband's
death in 1904.  In 1907, she moved to Monongahela.  She was one of the original
founders of the Farquhar family reunion in 1893.  This reunion has been held annually and
Mrs. Hill had attended each of the reunions.
    Surviving are seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Also an adopted son,
Clinton GREENLEY, whom she had raised from infancy and a number of nieces and
    Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Methodist
Episcopal church at Monongahela with interment following in Beallsville cemetery.

Nathaniel C. HORMELL

    Nathaniel C. HORMELL, aged 78 years, lifelong resident of California and one of the
founders of the Phillipsburg First Christian Church, died at his home in Third Street,
California, at 1:15 a. m. yesterday, Sunday April 6, 1941.  He had been in ill health for five
    Mr. Hormell was born in California on October 15, 1863 and was one of ten children of
Jacob Hormaell and Minerva LILY Hormell.  He spent his boyhood on a farm and later
worked for the Lilly Coal Company, and after that was a stationary engineer for sixteen
years at California State teachers College.  He has been retired for the past seven years.
    Surviving the deceased are three sons, Bert, William and Roy, all of California; one
daughter , Mrs Ruth HUTSON and one stepdaughter Mrs, Albert WESSELL of
California; two brothers William of Coal Center and Ellis, of Washington, Pa., and one
sister Mrs. Mary MOFFITT, of Charleroi, who recently observed her 91st birthday
    He assisted in organizing the Phillipsburgh Christian Church and since its inception was
a devoted member.

Samuel V. HUGHES

   Samuel V. HUGHES, 73, of Twilight borough, California R. D. 2, died in the
Charleroi-Monessen hospital, September 15, 1956 at 12:10 p. m.
   Mr. Hughes was born in Homewood, July 9, 1883 and was a retired state worker and
business man.
    He is survived by his wife, Kathryn COLLINS Hughes, two daughters, Mona of
Uniontown and Bernelle at home, and one sister, Mrs. Frank T. WATKINS of twilight

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Mrs. Olive JACK

    Mrs. Olive JACK, age 66, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William SCHMIDT,
at 6:45 p. m., Tuesday, December 26.  She had been in poor health for some time prior to
her death.
    Mrs. Jack had been a resident in this vicinity for many years; having lived on a farm in
Allenport borough.  A few years ago, she moved to Ohio with her family and following
her husband's death, she returned to live with her daughter until her death, Tuesday.
    Surviving are two sons and two daughters, Mrs. William Schmidt, of Roscoe;  Vernon
Jack, of Salem, Ohio; Mrs. William C. HEDGES, of Daytona Beach, Florida and Robert
Jack of Youngstown, Ohio; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. John P___* of
Charleroi; Mrs. Martin L___* of Allenport and Mrs L. F. JACOBS of Elrama, and one
brother, Fred WILLIAMS of San Fransisco, Cal.
    Funeral services will be held today (Friday) at 2 p. m. at the Schmidt residence with
burial in the Monongahela cemetery.

* NOTE:  names not legible on my copy.

    Mrs. Ella Conaway Jenkins of 329 Phillips St, Speers Hill, died in Charleroi-Monessen
hospital, March 28, 1957 at 12:35 a. m. following an illness of five days.
    She was born in Elco, November 18, 1880 and was a former resident of North
Charleroi.  She was a member of the Charleroi Goodwill Club, and the Ladies Auxiliary,
F. O. E. Charleroi.
    Preceded in death by her husband, John H. Jenkins in 1948, she is survived by a son,
John Edgar Jenkins of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Elizabeth D. LEE

    Mrs. Elizabeth D. LEE of 111 Church street, Roscoe, died in the Charleroi-Monessen
Hospital, July 7, 1954 at 12 o'clock noon.
    Mrs. LEE was born at Woods Run, May 4, 1877, the daughter of Hazell and Nancy
WILLIAMS BROOKS.  She was a member of the Methodist church, Roscoe, the Martha
Washington Club, the Charleroi Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
    She is survived by her husband, John LEE, and two sisters, Mrs. Anna WORCHESTER
of Brownsville, and Mrs. Kathryn WETZEL of Fairmont, West Virginia.

    Mrs. Grace GELDER LOGAN, 64 of 810 Crest Ave., Charleroi, died in the Womans
Hospital, Pittsburgh, April 22, 1952 at 6:45 a. m. following an illness of three weeks.
    Mrs Logan was born in Monongahela, January 28 1888.  She was an ardent member of
the Presbyterian church of Charleroi, having served as superintendent of the Beginners
Department there for the past 50 years, and having been a sponsor of the Leah Gelder
Memorial Circle, which was named for her mother.  She was employed in the offices of
Corning Glass Works for many years, and was a member of the Charleroi Order of
Eastern Star, and Monday Musical Club.
    She is survived by her husband, John C. Logan, three step sons, James of Uniontown,
Claude of Chicago, Illinois, and Ford of brazil, Indiana; two nieces, Mrs. Harold
COLLINS of Charleroi and Mrs. Sherman MASON of Jeanette, and two nephews,
William GARRETT of Charleroi and Glenn Gelder of Jeanette.

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Mrs. Mansell's Funeral

The funeral of Mrs. Rev. Dr. MANSELL of McKeesport, took place from the M. E.
Church of this city, this morning.  Rev. J. T. RILEY, officiating.  Many friends assembled
at the church to pay the last tribute to this estimable woman, whose sincere Christian life
endeared her to all who came within the circle of her acquaintance.  The funeral party
arrived over the East Shore road at 9:04 a. m. and proceeded at once to the church.  As
the cortege entered, the choir sang an appropriate selection, and at it's conclusion Rev
Riley announced hymn 979, "Asleep in Jesus."  Rev. CUMMINGS read the scriptures
lesson and led in prayer; Rev. MONTGOMERY, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian
church, of McKeepsort, preached the funeral sermon, which was followed by some words
of comfort from Rev. Cummings, and the excersises where brought to a close.  The
remains were then taken to Van Voorhis' Cemetery, where all that was mortal of Clara
VAN VOORHIS   Mansell was peacefully laid to rest.  The pall bearers were R. C.
B. SHALER of McKeesport.

Joseph C. MILLER

    Joseph C. Miller, of 532 Washington Ave., Charleroi, died at the home of his daughter,
Mrs Jeannette DEWAR of Fayette City, July 4, 1951 at 6:55 p. m.
     He was born in Pittsburgh July 5, 1858, and came to Charleroi in 1891, as an employee
of the Hussey - Binns Shovel factory.  He was a retired Pittsburgh Steel employee, and
was a member of the Presbyterian church, the B.P.O.E., 494, and a charter member of the
Royal Arc.
    He is survived by one son, Edward N. Miller of Charleroi, one daughter, Mrs. Jeannette
Dewar of Fayette City, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS Murphy

Wife of Former Sheriff in Dead
Mrs. John C. Murphy Passes Away Sunday in Home in Amwell Township, After a
Lingering Illness.
    Funeral on Wednesday
   Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS Murphy, 73, wife of former Sheriff John C. Murphy, died at  p.
m. Sunday , Jan. 1, 1939, in her home in Amwell Township, after a lingering illness.
    Mrs. Murphy was born Feb. 24, 1865, in Belmont County, Ohio and was a daughter of
Casper and Amanda WILLIAMS.  She was married Sept. 10, 1887 to John C. Murphy.
They lived at Coal Center from the time of their marriage until he was appointed deputy
sheriff in December, 1904, when they moved to Washington.  In 1907, Mr. Murphy was
elected Sheriff and served from 1908 to 1912.
    Most of the time since he left office, they have lived on the farm in Amwell Township,
where Mr. Murphy and their son, Harry, have been associated in the business of fruit
    Mr. and Mrs. Murphy celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1937.
    Surviving are her husband; four children, John Russell, Harry W. and Mrs. John L.
BECKER, all of Washington, and Ernest M., of Louisville, Ky.; five grandchildren, and
the following brothers:  M. H. and C. J. Williams, of West Brownsville, and C. A.
Williams of Homestead, Fla.
    Mrs. Murphy was formerly a member of the Taylor Methodist Episcopal Church, near
Centerville, but after moving to Washington, transferred her membership to the First
Methodist Episcopal Church here.
    Short funeral services will be held in her home, Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 12:30 p. m.
followed by services in the Taylor Methodist Episcopal Church, near Centerville at 2 p. m.
Burial will be in Taylor cemetery.

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    John NICHOL, aged 85 years, and one of Charleroi's early pioneer residents, died at the
home of a daughter, Mrs. Henrietta HARFORD, at 109 Fallowfield Avenue, last night,
Tuesday, March 10, 1942, at 9 o'clock.  Death was attributed to infirmities due to old age.
Mr. Nichol, whose wife was the late Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Nichol, had resided in Charleroi
for fifty years.  He was born on June 22, 1856, at Backworth, England, and came to the
United States in 1886.  He was well known throughout this section.  His wife died in Belle
Vernon in 1919.
    The deceased, a member of the local Methodist church, leaves three sons, Steve Nichol,
of Ontario, Pa.; Elijah Nichol, of Marianna, and Robert Nichol, of  Monongahela;  four
daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth BUSH, of McKeesport,  Mrs Alice THOMPSON, of
Stuebenville, Ohio, Mrs. Emily May DAVIS and Mrs. Henrietta HARFORD, of Charleroi;
eighteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


   Following a lingering illness of twelve weeks, Mrs. Mary A. (BEVAN) NICHOLAS,
aged 79 years, a highly esteemed local resident, died at 10:30 p. m. last
evening, August 9, in her home at 531 Fallowfield avenue. Mrs. Nicholas was
born in Johnstown, November 15,1849, coming to Allenport in her early life
and residing there until three years ago when she removed to Charleroi. She
was a devoted member of the Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church.
   Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. K. E. HOUGH of Fayette City and Mrs.
Phyliss ODBERT at home; five sons, Silas of Dundalk, Md. and Griff at home;
two sisters Mrs. Catherine DONALDSON of California and Mrs. Edward BAKE, of
Fayette City; eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Her husband,
David NICHOLAS, died in 1899.
   Funeral services will be held at the late home Sunday afternoon at 2:30
o'clock. Interment to follow in the Belle Vernon cemetery.

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    Mrs. Mary C. Phillips of 117 Lincoln Ave, Charleroi, died at her home March 30, 1951
at 10:15 a. m.
    She was born at Naomi, December 25 , 1874, the daughter of Lewis C. and Rosanna
WILLIAMS DINSMORE.  She came to Charleroi from Allenport in 1916, and was a
member of the Charleroi Christian church and American Legion Auxiliary.
    She is survived by three sons, William and Lewis of Charleroi, Thomas of Mt. Lebanon,
one daughter, Mill Thelma Phillips of Evanston, Illinois, a brother, Frank Dinsmore of Ft.
Pierce, Florida, two sisters Mrs. R. T. DALE of Monessen, and  Mrs William BLUM of
Newton Falls, Ohio, and four grandchildren.


Born in Fayette County;
Hickory UP Church member

      Paulene Chalfant Phillips, 94, formerly of Hickory died Wednesday, April 29, 1992, in
McMurray Hills Manor Nursing Home, McMurray.
      She was born February 26, 1898, in Fayette County, a daughter of
King and Winnie Chalfant.
      Mrs. Phillips was a member of Hickory United Presbyterian Church.  She had been a
resident of the Hickory area since 1915.   In 1923, she married Everett M. Phillips, who
died in 1958.
      At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation.  Services will be held
Tuesday, May 5, at the convenience of the family, with interment in Mt. Prospect
Cemetery, Hickory.
      Arrangements by William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison
Avenue, Washington.

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Mrs. Rebecca H. RAMSEY

    Mrs. Rebecca HAGUE Ramsey, 86, died at 6:15 a. m. Wednesday, April 27, in the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry HOUSEMAN 213 Lookout Ave, Charleroi.
     Mrs. Ramsey, a former resident of Masontown, had lived in Charleroi for the last 26
years.  She was born June 6,1851.
    Surviving are four children, Mrs Thomas CHRISTOPHER, of Charleroi; Lloyd
Ramsey, of Masontown; Mrs. Harry HOUSEMAN of Charleroi; and Glenn Ramsey, of
Rochester, N. Y.
    The funeral will be held Friday.  Short services will be held in the home at Charleroi at 1
p. m. followed by services in the Masontown Presbyterian Church in charge of Rev. R. G.
SHIELDS, of Masontown.  Burial will be in the Masontown Cemetery.

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    Mrs. Hannah SCHOCH, 85, of 400 Main street, Roscoe, died at her home September
20, 1951, at 2:30 p. m. following a lingering illness.
    Mrs. Schoch was born in Greenock, May 4, 1869, the daughter of Charles and
Wilhemena KIMMERLING YOUNG.  A resident of Roscoe all her life, she was a charter
member of the Roscoe American Auxiliary, Unit 801, and belonged to the Roscoe
Presbyterian Church and the Ladies Aid Society.
    She is survived by two sons, Emil of Somerset and Carl of Roscoe, one daughter, Mrs.
Robert (Mena) LYTLE, Sr., of Roscoe, two sisters, Mrs. Chris DIERSTEIN, and Mrs.
James HERRON of Roscoe, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Christina Josephine SCOTT

    Christina Josephine SCOTT, 68 , widow of Charles A. Scott of Coal Center, R. D. 1,
died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1944, at her home, at 2:30 p. m. following a lingering illness.
    Mrs. Scott was born in West Pike Run Township, Feb. 17, 1876.  She was a member of
the Bentleyville Presbyterian Church for 45 years.  She was also a member of the Irish
Ridge Club.
    Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Mae Stella MORTON, Bentleyville, Mrs. Olive
CHRIST, Charleroi, R. D. 1, Mrs. Etta MITCHELL, Eighty Four, R. D. 1; one son,
Clinton E., of Coal Center; three sisters, Mrs. Etta SAUTERS and Mrs. Anna PRYOR,
Bentleyville, Miss Bessie ALLMON, Coal Center; One brother, William ALLMON,
Monongahela, and seventeen grandchildren.

James B. SMALL

    James B. Small, of Charleston, West Virginia, formerly of Charleroi, and well known
throughout the Valley as a glassworker, died in the Charleston hospital, Tuesday, August
4, 1953.
    Mr. Small was born in Charleroi May 20, 1891, the son of Eliza and Stephen SMALL.
We was a former employee of the American Window Glass Company at it's Belle Vernon
plant, and for the past thirty - three years for the Libbey-Owens Glass Company in
Charleston, where he was Assistant Plant Manager.
    He is survived by his wife, Blanche GEHO Small, one son, James Bingham Small of
Charleston, one brother, Stephen of Charleroi, and two sisters, Mrs. William McCREERY
of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Cora MAJORS of Pittsburgh.

Herbert SMITH

    Herbert (Speck) SMITH  of Bow street, Stockdale, died in the Charleroi-Monessen
hospital, January 27, 1953(?) at 5:10 p. m.
    He was born in Fayette City, September 1, 1906.
    Surviving are two sons, George, United States Army, stationed in Korea, William in
New York, one daughter, Barbara, at home, two brothers, Clarence of Nemacolin and
Howard of Erie, three sisters, Mrs. Adam AUTHOR of Fayette City, Mrs. Bertha
CLARK, Waynesburg, and Hazel ALLEN of Roscoe.


Mrs. Myrtle HASSLER SNYDER, 81, of Lestonia, O.,  well known in Pittsburgh musical
circles, died yesterday after a brief illness.  A daughter of the late Samuel WAKEFIELD,
former bishop of the Methodist Church in Ohio, Mrs. Snyder attended Mt. Union College.
She was a cousin of the well known composer Charles WAKEFIELD CADMAN.  She
leaves her husband; a sister, Miss Gertrude HASSLER of Miami; a daughter, Mrs. Marie
WAKEFIELD VOEGELY of Pittsburgh, and a son, Earl W. SNYDER of Cleveland, O.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Crowell and Woods
Funeral Home, Lestonia, O.

Mrs Loretta STROUD

    Mrs. Loretta STROUD, 80, of Coal Center, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1944 in her home, after an illness of a year and a half.
    Mrs. Stroud was born Jan 31, 1864 in Allen Township.  She was a member of the Methodist Church.
    Surviving the five children, Carey E. Stroud and Mrs. Bertha SMALLWOOD, Coal Center;  Mrs. Garnet CARROLL, Imperial; John R. Stroud, Coal Center, and  Harold I Stroud, California; two brothers, Fred G. CROWE and Edgar W CROWE, of Elco;  Fifteen grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.     Three grandsons and two grandsons-in-law are in the military service.

Mrs. Louie B. STROUD

    Mrs. Louie B. STROUD, formerly of Charleroi, died  at Northside hospital in
Youngstown, Ohio, June 6, 1952 at 1:15 p. m.
    Mrs. Stroud, who made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Lothaire BOWDEN of
Youngstown, was 67 years of age.  She was born near Upper Middletown, October 20,
1884, the daughter of Charles and Emma FEUSTER, and was a member of the First
Christian church of Charleroi.
    She is survived by two daughters, Mrs J. Lothaire BOWDEN of Youngstown, Mrs.
Donald McALISTER of Nashville, Tennessee, and three grandchildren.

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 Thomas Adam TIPPINS

    Thomas Adam Tippins, 60, of Main Street, Allenport, died at his home, August 23,
1955, at 7:40 a. m.
    Mr. Tippins was born in Allenport, February 28, 1895 and was employed in the
finishing department of the Allenport mill of Pittsburgh Steel Company.
    He is survived by his wife, Mary Tippins, one son, Louis of Allenport, a daughter, Willa
Mae Tippins of Cleveland, Ohio, three sisters, Mrs. Nellie BARNETT of Charleroi, Mrs.
Emma BURDEN, of Orlando, Fla., and Mrs. John WOLFE of Maple View, and three

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Mrs. Olive Etta WINNETT

    Mrs. Olive Etta WINNETT, 76, widow of Samuel W. Winnett, died at her home in
Long Branch, October 5, 1940.  She had been in poor health for some time, but death
came suddenly, due to a heart condition.
    Mrs. Winnett, a daughter of the late Clark and Isabel WILKINS CROWE, was born
June 31, 1861 in that part of Allen Township now known as Long Branch Borough.  On
Dec. 2, 1882 she was married to Samuel W. Winnett, who died Feb. 8, 1917.  Mrs.
Winnett's home is on the original land grant to Lawrence Crowe, known as Crowe's Nest.
She was a teacher at the Mt. Tabor Sabbath School before she became a member of the
Howe Methodist church.  In recent years she was an honorary member of the Howe
Ladies Aid Society.
    Surviving are one daughter, Ella, at home; two sons, Earl and Louis D., of Long
Branch; a twin sister, Mrs. Lou Retta STROUD, of Coal Center; three brothers, Fred,
Lawrence C., and Edgar J., Crowe, of Long Branch; and four grandchildren, Evelyn,
Samuel C., Marilyn, and Doris Lee Winnett, all of Long Branch.
    Funeral services will be conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by the
Rev. H. M. Pape, pastor of Roscoe Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Howe Cemetery.

Mrs. Eliza J. Winnett

    Mrs. Eliza Jane WINNETT, aged 80 years, widow of the late John R. Winnett, died
Monday evening, December 31 at 7 o'clock at her home in Fallowfield township.
Pneumonia was the cause of death.
    There survive one daughter and three sons, Mrs Paul HUGUS, Lott Winnett, and
Kingsley Winnett, of Fallowfield township and Charles Winnett, of Prospect, Ohio.
    Funeral  services will be held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. HUGUS, Thursday
afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Robert W. Jackson of the Ebenezer M. E. Church in
charge.  Interment in Maple Creek cemetery.

Bartley J. WOOD, Sr.

    Bartley J. Wood Sr, 77, of 1123 Fayette Road, Belle Vernon, died in
Charleroi-Monessen Hospital yesterday at 2: 30 p. m.
    Mr. WOOD was a retired purchasing agent of General Chemical Co. at
Newell.  A veteran of World War I, he was a member of Marion Presbyterian
Church in Fairhope.
    Surviving are his widow, Yvonne PARMENTIER Wood; a daughter, Mrs. Jack
(Elaine) DAKAS of Belle Vernon; five sons, Edwin of Farmington, Pa., Thomas
of Rockville, Md.,William at home, Bartley Jr. of San Diego, Calif., Charles
R. of Greensburg; four sisters, Mrs Catherine CONAWAY and Mary E. Wood of
Belle Vernon, Mrs. A. B. (Alice) FINE of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Anthony ( Ann)
KALINOSKI  of Donora; two brothers, Peter J. of Hopwood and Emmett of
Virginia Beach, Va.
    Friends will be received at Harold R. Toner Funeral Home, Belle Vernon,
from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p. m. tomorrow and Sunday.

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Mrs. Esther L. YOUNG, age 61 years , of Connellsville street, Fayette City, died at her
home, December 8, 1946, at 3 0.m.   Friends will be received at the McCrory Funeral
Home until Wednesday, December 11, at 12:30 o'clock.  At that time, the body will be
taken to the Fayette City Methodist church, where services will be held  at 2 o'clock, in
charge of Rev. E.A. Stephenson.  Interment will follow in the West Newton cemetery.
George M. McCRORY and son are the funeral directors.

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