Saturday, April 4, 2009

Miscellaneous obituaries

My grandfather Heston Hill (1896 - 1987) and his mother Ora Baker Hill (1877 - 1961) kept multiple scrapbooks with obituaries of family members and people that they knew. Most of them are missing the name of the paper that they came from but Ora lived in Centerville, PA and my grandfather lived in Washington from the time he was married until his death (in the same house all those years) so I am guessing the majority of these obits came from the Washington Observer - Reporter. Some are also missing the date of death as it was not listed in full in the obituary and was not saved from the heading of the paper when the obit was cut out and put in the scrapbook. There are several hundred of these obits so it will take me quite a while to get them all posted but I will do my best. Here is the first installment:

Baker [Oct 12, 1946]
Mrs. Elizabeth Baker, 76, wife of J. Harvey Baker, California, died Saturday at 6:20 pm at the home of her son, Earnest Baker, 38 Pennsylvania Avenue, California, with whom she made her home. She had been in ill health several years. Mrs. Baker was born in Beaver County, August 21, 1870, a daughter of Edmond and Ellen Dungan Staley. Before her marriage to J. Harvey Baker in January 1893, she taught in spring Hill school several years. She was a member of California Methodist Church and an active worker. She was past noble grand of Rebekah lodge, California; past presidents and charter member of the American Legion auxiliary of California. She leaves her husband and two sons, Earnest, California, and Ralph G. Baker, Monongahela; a brother, Robert G. Staley, Coraopolis; three sisters and three half brothers; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the home of her son in California.

Mrs. Dora E. Cusick, 80, Richeyville, died at her home Sunday, June 3, 1945, at 7:30 am following two weeks illness. She was a member of the pioneer Hill family, originally of Scenery Hill, which place formerly was known as Hillsborough.
A lifelong resident of Centerville Borough, she was born there March 30, 1864, a daughter of the late Robert and Hester Rodgers Hill. She was the wife of the late Rev J. C. Cusick, former pastor of the Evangelical Church. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church, West Brownsville.
Surviving are; on son, Harvey, Richeyville; one sister, Mrs. William H. Cusick, Lisbon O.; and the following step-children; Willia and John Cusick, Lisdbon, O.; Aswell Cusick, Toledo, O.; Mrs. Margaret Sterling, Raylond, O.; two grandchildren, Thelma and Edwin Cusick, Richeyville; also a number of nieces and nephews. The deceased was a sister of the late Harvey, George and Samuel Hill and Mrs. Virginia Duvall.

Mrs. Cora Ann Porter, in her 96th year, widow of Peter Perrine Porter, died at 5:45 am on Wednesday, March 14, 1945, at the home of her son, J. H. Porter, 539 Chadwick Street, following an illness of about five months.
Friends are being received at the Marlatt Funeral Home, 702 Beaver Street, where funeral services will be conducted by Reverand Lockhart Amerman of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church at three o’clock this Thursday afternoon. Interment will be in Cedar Cemetery, Jamestown, R.I.
Born in Watertown, Ohio, a daughter of Jesse and Ann Powell Green, pioneers from Greene County, who traveled by raft down the Ohio River to Mariett, Ohio, and up the Muskingham River. Her parents, who were Quakers, went through Pittsburgh in 1845, about the time of the big fire. She spent her early life in Beverly, Ohio, and resided for a number of years with her daughter, Mabel M. Porter, assistant editor of the Newport, R. I. Daily News. When her daughter died, about 25 years ago, she came to the Valley and to reside with her son. She spent most of the summers visiting at Scenery Hill and Beallsville.
Her brother was a Union soldier in the Civil War and was taken prisoner at the battle of Pittsburgh Landing and died in a Southern prison camp. Her sister died at the age of 93 in Portland, Oregon, about three years ago.
She is survived by her son, J. H. Porter of Chadwick Street; two grandchildren, Mildred G. Porter of Sewickley and James G. Porter of Edgeworth and two great-grandchildren, Barbara G. Porter and James G. Porter, Jr.

Amos – funeral notice
Friends of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Garrett Amos, wife of Austin s. Amos, 133 Maple avenue, who died Sunday, Sept 12, 1948, will be received at the A. Blaine Day Funeral Home, after 7 pm Monday, Sept 13. Funeral services will be held there Wednesday, Sept 15, 1948 at 2 pm, in charge of Rev. Lester I. Snyder, pastor of the Allison Avenue Baptist Church. Interment in Washington Cemetery. A. Blaine Day Funeral Home, funeral director.

Vance L. Henry, 66, of Eighty Four R.D.2, Somerset Township, died at 8 pm Thursday, December 11, 1980, in Washington Hospital.
He was born June 23, 1914, in Clear Ridge,a son of Calvin L. and Lula Fraker Henry. Mr. Henry retired in 1978 from McGraw-Edison. He was a member of USW Local 3968 of Canonsburg. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served with Co. H, 110th Infantry, 28th Division. He was a member of the DAV, Washington chapter, No 125, and was a 25-year member and deacon of the Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church of Somerset Township. He also was member of the Washington Area Senior Citizens. On November 16, 1946 he married Edna McCollester, who survives. Also surviving are one son, Barry W. Henry, at home; five brothers, Mack Henry and Wallace Henry, both of Washington, Willis Henry of Chapin, S.C., Carlton Henry of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., and H. Calvin Henry of West Columbia, S. C; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Kettering of Greensburg and Mrs. Mildred Hamilton of Washington; several nieces and nephews;and several great-nieces and great-nephews. A brother, Rush Henry, is deceased.

Former W-J Coach Dies (appeared in paper on 1-12-1977)
Sarasota, FLA. Stu Holcomb, former Washington & Jefferson football coach and retired general manager of the Chicago White Sox, died here Tuesday. He was 66. Holcomb, a graduate of Ohio State University and captain of the 1931 football team coached the Presidents to a 5-1-1 record in 1941, his only season at W & J. He also served as head coach at Findlay and Muskingham Colleges and Miami University in Ohio; assistant to Col. Red Blaik in the Army during World War II and later as head coach at Purdue from 1946 through 1955 and as athletic director at Northwestern for 10 years. He served as general manager of White Sox for two years, retiring in 1973. Funeral services will be held Thursday in Venice, Fla.

Nicholas Carl Tucci
, of 630 East Beau Street, Washington, died at 8:05 am Sunday, March 1, 1981, of an apparent heart attack, in Washington Hospital. He was born in Washington, a son of Guy and Carmella Macchiaroli Tucci. A pharmacist, Mr. Tucci owned and operated the Annex Pharmacy, a prescription drug store, since 1951. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Knights of Columbus, council 1083. Mr. Tucci was a member of the Washington Rotary Since 1952 and had served as a member of the board of directors. He was past director of Rotary Foundation, in which he was recognized as Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Tucci was a member of the Toastmasters, of which he was a county award winner. He was a life member of the Washington County Historical Society, the Pittsburgh University Club, and he was a liberal supporter of the Heinz Hall opera and symphonic societies. He was a ember of the Nemacolin Country Club. Mr. Tucci was accredited with the endowment programs for the support of Washington and Jefferson College Science building, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, and the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. He was a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, the Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Association and the National Association of Retail Druggist. Mr. Tucci was a graduate of Washington High School and a 1932 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
His wife, Josephien Cornetti Tucci, whom he married January 30, 1936, survives. Mrs. Tucci, also a pharmacist, operated the Annex Pharmacy with her husband. Also surviving are one son, Victor Nicholas Tucci of Pittsburgh, a fourth year medical student; three brothers, Michael, Angelo and Amel Tucci, all of Washington and one sister, Mrs. Geno (Tracena) Amanati of Phoenix, Ariz. One brother, Joseph B. Tucci, is deceased.

Isaac Ruble Hill, a native of Centerville, died Sept 7, 1953, at his hoe in Pasadena Calif., according to word received by Centerville Friends. A son of the late Joseph and Eily Ruble Hill, he was born July 25, 1878, near Centerville. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Effie Baker Hill and two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Miller and Mrs. Frances Doman; also four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, all of California. Three brothers, Ira, Jess and Ray Hill preceded him in death

Isaac Ruble Hill, 478 Toolen Pl., passed away Sept 7, 1953. A native of Centerville, PA., and resident of Pasadena 33 years, he was a member of Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church and is survived by his window, Effie M. Hill; daughters Bernice R. Miller and Mary F. Doman; two grandsons; two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. Services Thursday at 2 pm in Memory Chapel, Ives & Warren Co., 100 N. Hill, Dr. Oscar Raymond Lowry officiating. Interment in Mtn. View Cemetery

David R. Hill
taken by Death in Florida - Retired Stock Broker, Mt. Lebanon Resident
David R. Hill, 76, a retired stockbrocker, died today while visiting St. Petersburg, Fla. [no date listed but it was Nov 25, 1952]. His home was at 613 McCully Sr., Mt. Lebanon. Before his retirement, Mr. Hill worked for the firm of Moore, Leonard and Lynch, Inc., Downtown. He was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Methodist Church and belonged to Lodge No. 684, F & A.M. Originally from Centerville, PA., Mr. Hill spent most of his life in the Pittsburgh area. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Gertrude L. Hill; a daughter Mrs. A. T. Johnston of Mt. Lebanon; two sons, Joseph R. of Birmingham, Ala., and David R. Hill Jr.; six grandchildren; and a brother I. Ruble Hill of Pasadena, Calif. Friends may call at the E. B. Laughlin funeral home, 2310 West Liberty Ave., where services will be at 2 pm Friday. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Effie Baker Hill, formerly of Centerville, Friday, Dec 20, 1957, in Pasadena, Calif. She was 73. She was born near Fredericktown, the daughter of James and Mary Baker. Her husband, Ruble Hill, died four years ago. She is survived by one brother, Jesse, Jamestown; one sister, Mrs. Ora Hill, Centerville; two daughters, Mrs. Frances Doman and Mrs. Bernice Mill, both of Pasadena, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery, Pasadena. [Effie Baker and Ora Baker, sisters, married Isaac Ruble Hill and Ira Cleaver Hill, brothers - Ira and Ora were my great grandparents]

Mrs. Ora Hill, Centerville, has received word of the death of her nephew Joseph R. Hill, Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Hill, an executive of Standard Oil Company, was killed in a plane crash while flying his own aircraft from Panama where he had been on a business trip for the company. He was a son of the late David R. Hill, formerly of Centerville. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor, a daughter, Emily; his mother, Mrs. David Hill; a brother, David, Detroit, Mich.; and a sister, Mrs. Allan Johnston, Pittsburgh, Burial was in Birmingham Cemetery [no date listed but it was in May 1957]

Ora G. Hill
, 83, Washington, formerly of Centerville, died here Tuesday, March 14, 1961. She was born near Deemston September 16, 1877. Her husband, Ira Cleaver Hill, preceded her in death. Mrs. Hill was a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Agnes Burke, Bay Village, Ohio; one son, Heston Hill, Washington; one brother, Jess Baker, Sharon; four grandsons and eight great grandchildren.

Hill - funeral notice
Friends of Ora G. Hill, formerly of Centerville, who died Tuesday, March 14, 1961, will be received Wednesday, March 15,from 7 to 9 pm and Thursday March 16, from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm at the John b. Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville, where services will be held Friday, March 17, at 2 pm in charge of Rev Jack Fields. Interment in Beallsville Cemetery. Please omit flowers.

James Russell Baker
, 48,of 212 Ninth Street, Charleroi, died suddenly of a heart attack while at work at Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Monday, December 14, 1955 at 2:10 pm. He was born in Centerville, October 5, 1907, a son of the late Frank L. and Jennie Morton Baker. He was a member of the First Methodist church of Charleroi and the American Legion Post no 22. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He was a life time resident of Charleroi and worked in the shipping department of Corning Glass, Charleroi plant. Surviving are two brothers, Paul M. Baker and L. Lloyd Baker, both of Charleroi, two sisters, Mabel, wife of Earl Thayer, Unionville, VA. and Jane, wife of Henry Galloway, Monongahela. R. D. 2.

Baker - funeral notice
Friends of James Russell Baker, 212 Ninth Street, Charleroi, who died Tuesday, December 13,1955, will be received by the family during the hours of 1to 5 and 7 to 10 pm at the Harold L. Schrock Funeral Home, where services will be held on Friday, December 16, at 1:30 pm. Rev Robert Laing officiating, Interment in Beallsville Cemetery.


CARSON said...

Please feel free to contact me at the email address provided.

I assume you collect information concerning individuals in the Beallsville Cemetery.

I am the Great Great Grandson of two sets of individuals and have information on at least one other.

Neil and Sarah Zollars Hedge Lot #106 had a daughter Catherian "Kate" Zollars d1951 she is my Great Grandmother

Joseph and Mariah Shidler Richards Hedge Lot #242 had a son Harry Hudson Richards he was my Great Grandfather.

Kate Zollars was Harry Hudson Richards second wife and they are buried in Green County PA at the memorial park. They had a daughter Emma Jane Richards Carson 1905-1993, my paternal Grandmother.

My maternal Grandmother bore by (Harry Hudson Richards' second wife Kate Z.) was named for his first wife Emma Jane Curry Richards as Harry's first and second wife's had been good friends.

Emma Jane Curry Richards (1st wife)is also buried in Hedge Lot #242 next to Kate Zollars (2nd wife) parents. A very strange situation indeed. Here marker is the one that states wife of H. H. Richards. Oh, also your court records show Emma Jane Curry Richards died of fever, she died from childbirth that caused the fever the day my Great Uncle Joesph Richards 1895-195? was born. He is my Grandmothers 1/2 brother.

I will now list how I am related through the generations.

GG Grandparents
Joseph & Mariah Shidler Richards H lot#106

Neil & Sarah Zollars H Lot #242

Great Grandparents
Harry Hudson Richards d1963 and Kate Zollars d1951, buried Green Co. PA

Emma Jane Richards d1963 & Jesse Frederich (Fred) Carson Jr., d1993 Maple Creek Cemetary, Bentleyville PA

Jay Fred Carson d2003, Erie Co. Ohio & Joyce Kostal.

Jay Fred Carson, Jr. b1960, resides in Fort Wayne, IN.

I also have 2ed cousins currently living in Senery Hill PA related to these individuals.

Chill Richards (deceased)son of Henry Hudson Richards.

Lloyd Richards d1983 of Senery Hill, son of Chill

David and Joesph Richards of Senery Hill PA, son's of Lloyd.

I hope people find this information helpful.

Thank You for a wonderful web site.

CARSON said...


Because of your web site and help of another web listing the "Gayman" family tree, I have located a set of my Great Great Great Grandparents in the Beallsville Cemetery, tonight.

It seems that the parents of Neil Zollars Hedge Lot 106 mentioned in my earlier comments are located in Pump Lot #34.

George Zollars 1802-1859 and Catherine Gayman Zollars 1803-1870.


Debbie Day said...

Hi Jay,
I'm so glad you have been able to find ancestors in Beallsville using the website. I have a Shilder connection that has been driving my crazy so if you have any info on that family that goes way back I would love to hear from you again. I also have some info on the Gayman and Zollars families as both of them are connected to my Hill family. You can email me directly at