Saturday, June 6, 2009

Obituaries, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays

Married 50 Years
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Amos of 481 West Chestnut Street, Washington, will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary with an open house reception for family and friends at the Ramada Inn, 1170 West Chestnut Street, Washington, on Sunday, June 4. Married June 6, 1928 by the late Rev. Walter P. McConkey at the Central Presbyterian Church, Washington, they are the parents of three children: Jeanne Amos Peterson of Dayton, Ohio; Dr. William E. Amos Jr. of Mt. Lebanon; and E. G. “Bud” Greathouse of Huntington, W. Va. There are 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The reception is from 2 to 5 p.m. The couple requests gifts be omitted.

95 Years Old (Dec 26, 1979)
Ray Knestrick of Washington, local historical writer, celebrated his 95th birthday on Dec 21. He was born Dec. 21, 1884, in Vanceville where he lived until the age of 10 when he and his family moved to Washington. He first began writing in 1917 for the publication which became the Observer-Reporter. He continued to write for the O-R until 1977. In 1976, his book, “Old building on Main Street” was published. Knestrick is an honorary member of the Washington county Historical Society, the Washington County Genealogical Society, the fort Vance Historical society, and the U.S. Olympic Games Association. He is the father of four children; Paul of Washington, Mary Etta Greenwalt of Moon Township, Ray Jr., at home and Robert W. of Bethel Park. He has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
50th Anniversary
Lloyd M. and Mabel Yaegle of Washington observed their 50th wedding anniversary recently with their family. Both former residents of Warren, they were married September 28, 1929, in Jamestown, N.Y., and are the parents of five children; Shirley of Fairless Hills; Edward of Warren; Lloyd L. of Washington; Charles and James, deceased. There are five grandchildren, Karen of Phoenix, Ariz.; Paul of Killen, Texas; Thomas and Deborah of Warren and Raymond of Pittsburgh.

A.K. Baker Mark 50th Anniversary (1979)
Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Baker, 17 Lancaster Ave., were honored at a 50th anniversary party on Sunday, Nov. 25 in Greenville Knights of Columbus Hall. The affair was hosted by the couple’s children and their spouses – Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Baker and Mr. and Mrs. James T. Brown, all of Greenville – and their five grandchildren.
They were married on Nov. 29, 1929 in a Methodist parsonage in Westfield, N. Y. by the Rev. Barr. Witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Baker, brother and sister-in-law of Mr. Baker. The couple moved to Greenville in 1935.
Baker retired after 37 years of service with Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse, Sharon, where he was a foreman.
Mrs. Baker continues to work part-time for Keller’s
They are both members of Calvary united Methodist Church.

Open House Sunday for William Fisher
In honor of his 80th birthday, an open house will be held at the home of William Fisher on Sunday, July 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. for friends and relatives. Gifts are to be omitted.
Mr. Fisher was born in Brownsville on July 23, 1897, the son of William H. and Anna Buffington Fisher. He moved at an early age to the family farm in the Lowhill section of Centerville Borough.
Since 1926 he has lived at his present residence at the corner of National Pike and Barney’s Run Road.
He was married in 1921 to Mary F. Thistlethwaite who died in 1969.
There are three children, William Fisher Jr. of Washington; Harold T. Fisher of Glendale, Ariz.; and jean, wife of Ralph H. Smith, also of Glendale, Ariz. There are eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Fisher was the janitor at the Centerville High School during the 1930s; worked at Clyde No. 1 Mind or Republic Steel Company; and was a partner in the Marianna Lumber Company until his retirement.
He is a past commander of the Centerville American Legion, and an active member of both the Centerville Lions Club and the Westland Cemetery Association.

Society – Wednesday, October 20, 1926
Centerville, Oct 19. – A simple and pretty home wedding Saturday at 12 o’clock noon, united in marriage Miss Grace Dorsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles I. Dorsey, of west Brownsville, and Heston M. Hill, son of Mrs. Ora Hill, of Centerville. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. Meade Daugherty, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, of West Newton. The ceremony took place in the living room before an altar of ferns and fall flowers in the presence of the immediate families and a few friends and relatives. The bride, who was attended by her cousin, Miss Ruth Dorsey, was given away by her father. She wore a rose-colored gown of crepe romane and carried a bouquet of roses. Paul Grimes, of West Brownsville, served as best man. Little Charles Dorsey, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer. Preceding the ceremony, George Dorsey, a cousin of the bride, sang, “O Promise Me.” Mrs. Ross Dorsey played the wedding march. Immediately after the ceremony a dinner was served to the guests, about 50 in number. Mrs. Hill is a graduate of Centerville High school, attended Mt. union college and for the last several years has been a successful teacher in Washington County. Mr. Hill is a graduate of Pennsylvania state College, is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and is employed at the Citizens National Bank at Washington. Immediately after the dinner the bride and bridegroom left by automobile on an eastern wedding trip. Upon their return they will reside in Washington. Guests were present from Washington, Beallsville, Centerville, Brownsville, McKeesport, Charleroi, Monongahela and Pittsburgh.

Newell-Dorsey Wedding Was an Event of Tuesday (1926)
Miss Emma Dorsey
, a well known West Brownsville young woman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Dorsey, of that place, and Edward G. Newell, son of F. W. Newell, of Youngstown, O., were married on Tuesday afternoon, August 18, at the home of the bride’s parents. The Rev. G. Meade Daugherty, of West Newton, read the services. The attendants were Miss Grace Dorsey, a cousin, and Heston Hill, both of Centerville. During the ceremony, George Dorsey, brother of the bride, sang “The Sweetest Story Ever Told” with Miss Beth Dorsey, a sister, at the piano. The Dorsey home was beautifully arranged, ferns and garden flowers being used in the decorations. Covers were laid for 50 at the dinner that followed. The color scheme was pink and white and this was effectively carried out at the table. Mrs. Newell is a graduate of Mount Union college and a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Mr. Newell is also a graduate of that college and of the Harvard law school. He is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Immediately after the wedding Mr. and Mrs. Newell left for West Palm Beach, Fla., where they will make their home, and where Mr. Newell is in the active practice of law.

Death Sudden for J. M. Lydic – Well Known in Printing Trade (appeared in paper July 21, 1948)
James McCausland Lydic, 74, well know Washington businessman, died at an early hour this morning of a heart condition in his home, 597 East Maiden Street.
While his death was unexpected, he had suffered his first attack seven years ago, but recovered and had been active in his business since.
He was well know in Washington, and had been prominent in the printing business here for the past 47 years.
The deceased was born in Armstrong County, December 1, 1873, a son of the late Silas Clark Lydic and Emeline McCausland Lydic, one of a family of seven children.
He learned the printing trade early in life at Marion Center, Indiana County, not far from his home. He had reached a high degree of proficiency in this business, and had long been recognized as one of the best in this section.
He came to Washington from Wilkinsburg in 1901, and was associated with local printing establishments until 1921 when he started in business for himself first as Lydic and Griffiths and later as James M. Lydic and company. For the past 22 years his plant has been located at 35 East Pine Avenue.
Mr. Lydic was a charter member of Washington typographical Union, Local 456, and had served for many years as its secretary.
He had been a member of Washington Lodge No. 164, F & A.m., and National Lodge No. 81, I.Q.O.F. He was also a member of the Washington society for Crippled children, the Washington County Housing Authority, and the Central Board of Relief.
At the time of his death he was serving his second term as a member of the Washington School District Board.
On September 9, 1903, he was united in marriage with Miss Jeannette Forrest, a daughter of the late Joseph Forrest, a well known stone contractor years ago. He is survived by his wife and three children: Forrest Clark Lydic, Pittsburgh; Janet, wife of Harold C. Fraser, Washington and Martha, wife of William G. Weir, Glenshaw, and three grandchildren. One brother and two sisters also survive: William I. Lydic, Fairmont, W. Va.: Pearl, wife of Charles McGregor, Indiana, and Leona, wife of Carroll Hisson, Pittsburgh.

Homer W. Hill
, 67, of Scenery Hill, R.D.1, died Sunday, Aug 29, 1948, at 7:30 p.m. at his home following a lingering illness. He was a farmer.
Mr. Hill was born Dec 27, 1880, in North Bethlehem Township. He was a member of the Beallsville Methodist Church and of the Beallsville IOOF, 832.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Ruble Hill; two daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Renton, Wilkinsburg; and Helen Harkins, Scenery Hill; two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Eisiminger, Scenery Hill, and Mrs. Edna H. Grover, of Washington; three granddaughters, Barbara, Sandra and Kathryn Renton, of Wilkinsburg.

History of Local Cemeteries

Probably from the Washington Observer paper

The History of Our Local Cemeteries
This is the third of a series. “And while they sleep a peaceful sleep, Their memory, we shall always keep”.
Westland Cemetery – Washington County
Westland Cemetery, located in Centerville Borough, on the Ridge Road, had its beginning in 1780, when it was the cemetery for the Friends meeting (Quakers).
More than seven hundred burials were made between 1780 and 1870. The Quakers buried in rows as deaths occurred; no markers were erected as it was their belief that man should leave a memorial to himself, in his good work that he performed in his lifetime. No stone marker needed to be erected that showed where he lived. The identity of these unmarked graves are known only to God, just as they planned.
On May 12, 1902, a group of fourteen, incorporated on a non-profit basis. The land was obtained by the Association from Samuel Taylor and J. Harvey Farquhar. The first officers were: J. Farquhar, (president); William H. Farquhar, (Secretary); and George Hancock (Treasurer).
The present officers are: W. Floyd Gillis, (President); Walter bush, (vice-President); Clayton C. Giffen, (Sec-Treasurer); C. Edwin Binns, (Sexton). Other board members are : Freeman Hess; Lewis Cleaver; Amelia C. Gillis, William H. Fisher and Helen T. Cornell.
At present there are approximately 1,300 burials in Westland Cemetery. Of the Quaker burials, there are records of only 150 names and dates. The records were lost over seventy-five years ago. The average burials are seven a year.
There are three Revolutionary War Veterans, Jacob Hormell (1737-1821) one of the first settlers in the area and who also fought on the Lord Dunmore’s War in 1774. The others were brothers Isaac Morris (1751 – 1838) and Jonathan Morris (17??-1838).
The Honorable Jonathan Knight (1787 – 1858) and his wife Nancy Heston Knight (17?? – 1863) were buried here. He was a self-taught surveyor and became well-known when he surveyed the National Road from Washington County to Jefferson City, Missouri. He was elected Washington County Commissioner in 1816; served in the Senate from 1823 to 1828. Later he served as Congressman from the Twentieth District of Pennsylvania.

This Historical Series has been made available to our readers through the efforts of S. White’s Sons – 68 West Maiden St,, Washington, PA. Plant & Office, Claysville PA

The History of Our Local Cemeteries
Beallsville Cemetery

In the year 1799 a Methodist Society was started in the Beallsville area. One of the earliest know families included in the society was that of Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Kenney who were friends of John Wesley (Founder of the Methodist Church) and came from England and joined the society in 1802. This society was responsible for the first known public burial plot in the Beallsville area. The burial grounds were maintained by friends and members of the society until the early 1860s.
On June 22, 1862 a plot was deeded for the establishment of a meeting house for the society. The structure was erected and it became a focal point in the community. It was only natural that a grave-yard was located in some proximity to the church (or vice-versa if you will) as that was the custom of the times.
The position of the meeting house is on the right side of the drive-way as you enter the Beallsville Cemetery today. It can be located by the memorial erected to the Kenney’s.
In the early months of 1862, or, perhaps, even in 1861, it was deemed advisable by a group of philanthropic personalities in and around Beallsville to form a corporation and establish a place of burial for the dead of that area. The area that was elected was on a farm now owned by Mr. & Mrs. J. Louis Baker in the East End of Beallsville and included the Methodist Meeting House and burial grounds. At that time the burial grounds were called “Keys Graveyard”.
Thus, charter was presented to the courts and the corporation formed on May 27, 1862 with stock sold at $20.00 per share and operating capital established at $5000.00.
The original incorporators were as follows:
H. Winnett, James M. Miller, James E. Whitsett, John Ewart, James Kenney, Joseph Welch, A. D. Scott, Thomas Odbert, P. C. Rogers, M. H. Matthews, Thomas Hill, Thomas Martindell, I. F. Dawson, Eli G. Greenfield, A. I. Greenfield, L. Llewellen, S. P. Gray, H. B. McLean.
Each purchaser of a whole lot shall become shareholders in the corporation with a basis of one vote per share of stock held. Corporate meetings are held yearly on the first Monday in May at 2:00 p.m. and all shareholders are asked and invited to attend.
The present officers are: President – Dr. H. H. Frey; Vice President – J. B. Lancaster; Secretary – Mrs. Wilma Clark Murphy; Treasurer – Mrs. Wilma Clark Murphy.
The cemetery today consists of 65 acres of ground with approximately 6 unused acres and an average burial rate of 100 per anum. It still serves the community as a final resting place with beautiful grounds and peaceful and resplendent surroundings. The remains of many of those that are responsible for the history of the Beallsville area lie interred therein. The cemetery remains today as it has in the past ready to serve all with the serenity and tranquility of its purpose. This “City of the Dead” deserved the respect and admiration it demands.
Mary Ella Smith Spangler
, 84, of 905 Old National Pike, Brownsville, died Friday 8, 1974 at 12:35 Washington.
Born May 31, 1889 in Centerville, she was a daughter of Henry and Maggie smith.
She was a member of the Centerville United Methodist church.
Her first husband, Raymond Hancock is deceased. Her second husband, the Rev. Ralph Edward Spangler, died July 12, 1954.
Surviving are three stepsons: the Rev. J. Sheldon Spangler and Budd F. Spangler, both of Pittsburgh and the Rev. D. True Spangler of Beaver Falls.
One sister, Rena Ellsworth died June 25, 1960.

Emma Rebecca Irvin
, 65, of 251 North Avenue, Washington, died Wednesday, February 6, 1974, at 5:45 a.m. in Washington Hospital after an illness of nine weeks.
She was born in East Finley Township, December 12, 1908, a daughter of the late James H. and Mamie Gamble Irvin. The family moved to Washington in 1918, and she had made her home here since that time.
Miss Irvin attended the East Washington schools, graduating from East Washington High School in 1927, and Washington business College in 1928.
She was a member of the Church of the Covenant and the women’s Association of the church; the Y.W.C.A., Friends of the Library, and the women’s Auxiliary to Washington Hospital, in all of which she was active as long as her health permitted.
Surviving are a sister, Mabel E. Irvin, Washington; a brother, John V. Irvin, Grand Junction, Colo., and several nieces and nephews. Three brothers, William Donald, James Paul and Fred Gamble Irvin, are deceased.

William McC. Richardson
, 72, a member of the Washington School board from 1943 to 1963, was dead on arrival at Washington Hospital at 11 a.m. Monday, April 1, 1974.
A resident of 204 McClane Farm Road, he was born May 27, 1901, in Washington, a son of David W. and Etha McCausland Richardson.
A life-long resident of Washington, Mr. Richardson was a member of the church of the Covenant. He owned and operated the Richardson Candy Company from 1936 – 1963 when he retired. For 50 years Mr. Richardson was a member of Washington Lodge No. 164 F and AM. He was also a member of the Washington Royal Arch Chapter No. 150 and the Jacque DeMolay Commandry No. 3. He was also a past commander of that group. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1923.
On October 8, 1929, he was married to Gertrude E. McLoney of Washington, who died December 25, 1969.
Surviving from this marriage are a son, William A. Richardson of Neptune, N.J.; a daughter, Cora Elizabeth, wife of Ronald Krueger of Davenport, Iowa, and five grandchildren.
January 19, 1972, he was married to Mrs. Freda Detling Henry of Washington, who survives.
Also surviving are one step-daughter, Beverly, wife of Robert W. Storrick of Venetia, and four step-grandchildren.

JONES (Sept 17, 1972)
Walter W. Jones
of Moscow, Idaho, formerly of Centerville, died in the Veterans Hospital of Seattle, Wash., at 6 a.m. Wednesday, September 6, 1972, after a long illness.
He was born February 4, 1917, in Centerville, a son of harry and Gertrude Hormell Jones.
Surviving are four sisters, Alice Pendo of Belle Vernon, Agnes Humphries of Pico Rivera, Calif., Nellie Sloan, Monterey Park, Calif., and Helen Nassi of Prescott, Ariz.; two brothers, Harry Jones of Whittier, Calif., and Clarence Jones Orlando, Fla.; also several nieces and nephews including Marilyn Loulis of Monessen.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

David A. Jones
, 72, of Charleroi R.D.1., Fallowfield Township, died Tuesday, May 28, 1974, in the Charleroi Division of Monongahela Valley Hospital Inc.
He was born October 4, 1901, in Fallowfield Township, a son of John David and Emma Duvall Jones, and had lived in Fallowfield Township all his life.
Mr. Jones was a retired school teacher, having taught in Somerset Township, Brownsville and Fallowfield Township. He was a member of Grace Methodist Church, Coal Center, and was past master of Charleroi Lodge No. 615, F & AM. He was also past commander of McKeen Commandry No. 80, Knights Templar.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of sons of American Revolution; Monessen Royal Arch Chapter No. 290; the Genealogical Society of southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Right worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania.
Surviving are his widow, Elta McCrory Jones; two daughters, Dr. Kathleen Jones, of Indiana, Pa. and Mrs. John (Eileen) Leasure, of Portersville, Calif.; one son, David Wendell Jones, of Charleroi; one stepson, William B. Comer, Monongahela; one step-daughter, Carole comer, of Pittsburgh; two brothers, J. Russell Jones, of Charleroi R.D.1, and A. Clifford Jones, of Bentleyville, and two grand-children.

Clyde E. Nixon
, 76, of 524, Franklin Farms Road, Washington, died Sunday, February 1, 1976, at 11:30 a.m.
He was born February 9, 1899, in Uniontown, a son of Robert and Cecelia Nixon.
He was a member of the Church of the Covenant, serving as treasurer of the church. He was also an active elder of the Fairmont, W. Va., and Buchannan, W. Va., Presbyterian Churches, where he formerly was a member.
Mr. Nixon was a retired chief clerk of accounting for the Bethlehem Mines Corp., Buchannan, W. Va., retiring in 1965.
He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh.
A Charter member of past commander of American Legion Post 165, Bentleyville, Mr. Nixon served in the signal Corps during world War I.
He was a former member of the development commission of Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, W. Va.
He was married June 9, 1928, in New Castle to Edna L. Davidson, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Clyde Gaylord Nixon of Ann Arbor, Mich.; two sisters, Mrs. James Watson of Belle Vernon, and Mrs. William Demchak of Vandergrift, and three grandchildren, Scott, Ann Bradley and Lisa Nixon.

Ernest L. Smith
, 84, of Centerville Borough, Fredericktown, R.S.1, died at 9 a.m. Friday, August 8, 1975, in the Washington Hospital Extended Care Facility.
He was born July 5, 1891 in Centerville and was the son of Charles A. and Jennie L. Spindler Smith.
A life-long resident of the area, he was a member of the Centerville United Methodist Church and was a veteran of World War I. He retired from Columbia Gas Company in 1956.
He was married June 17, 1914 to Elizabeth K. Moser. They had celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this summer.
Surviving in addition to his widow is a daughter, Mildred E. Smith, at home. Three brothers, John, Leland and Ralph are deceased.

Margaret M. Dille
of 2898 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, died Thursday, July 31, 1975, at 11 a.m. in the Washington Hospital.
She was born in Prosperity, the daughter of Hugh H. and Jessie Preston Dille.
Miss Dille was a graduate of Washington High School and was formerly employed as a teller; first with the Washington Trust company for nine years, and later with the Washington union Bank for 20 years.
She was a member of the Church of the Covenant of Washington and that church’s women’s Association: and was a soloist for many years in several area churches.
Miss Dille was a member of the Quota Club of Washington and Lincoln Chapter 112, Order of the eastern Star.
Surviving are: a brother, C. Preston Dille; two sisters, Hester B. Dille of Washington and Mrs. Rex Garnet Allison with whom she lived; several cousins.

G. Raymond Zimmerman
, 68, of 800 East Beau Street, Washington, died at 6:25 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 1975, in the Washington Hospital Extended Care Facility.
He was born January 3, 1907, in Duquesne, a son of Mrs. May E. Quigley Zimmerman and the late George A. Zimmerman.
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Bethel Park, and sang in the choir and was active in the Church of the Covenant, Washington.
A 1924 graduate of Duquesne High School and a 1928 graduate of Pennsylvania State College, he taught throughout the Mon Valley and was a training engineer for United States Steel Corporation, retiring in January, 1972.
Mr. Zimmerman was a charter member of the Duquesne Kiwanis Club and held the offices of president and lieutenant governor, and was a life member of Theta Xi national fraternity.
On June 14, 1929, he married Alice Moffat, who survives.
Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. May Zimmerman, Washington; two sons, G. Richard Zimmerman, Washington, and John C. Zimmerman, El Chaon, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Roger (Doris) Purnelle, San Diego, Calif., and seven grandchildren.

Anna Belle Noble
, 80, of North Main Street Extension, formerly of 179 Ellis Avenue, died in Washington Hospital Thursday, September 13, 1979, at 2 p.m. following a two year illness.
She was born in Donegal July 27, 1899, a daughter of William and Minnie McKanan Pattison.
Mrs. Noble was a Baptist.
In 1958 she married Harry E. Noble of Claysville who survives with the following children: Minnie Klein, Washington; Callielee, wife of Edward Kimble, Lexington, Ky.; Eve Boucher, Washington; Margaret Ruth Harris, state of Kentucky; a brother, Lambert Pattison, Washington; two sisters, Mrs. Leona Hunt and Mrs. Irene Berisford, both of Washington.
Also surviving are 37 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
A brother, Sylvia Pattison is deceased.

Bernard H. Berman
of 685 North Wade Avenue, Washington, died at 5:50 p.m. Monday, January 14, 1980, at home.
He was born April 16, 1915, in Washington, the son of the late Esther and Samuel Berman.
Dr. Berman attended elementary school in Washington and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh.
He was a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and the Medical School of the University of Cincinnati.
During World War II, Dr. Berman served for four years overseas in the Medical corps of the United States Army, and was discharged as a major.
He served his residency in internal medicine and held a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Cincinnati Medical School before entering private practice in Washington in 1949.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Berman was a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and belonged to the Beth Israel Synagogue where he was serving as a member of the board of directors. He was also a member of Rudolph Hanau Lodge 576 of B’nai B’rith and the Judge David H. Weiner District of the Zionist Organization of America.
Dr. Berman was a senior active member in Rotary, a fellow in the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the American Federation of Clinical Research.
He served as president of the Washington County medical society and was the founder of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heart Association. He was among the founders of the LeMoyne Center and served on the board for a number of years, and also served on the boards of Brownson House and Visiting Nurses Association.
Dr. Berman held two patents which were designed to prevent thrombosis in post-coronary and surgical patients.
On December 14, 1947, he married Martha Yorkin, who survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Diane Berman of Pittsburgh and Dr. Linda Berman of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a brother, Louis Berman of Miami Beach, Fla.

Lena Bailey Bell
, of Washington, 96, died Thursday, February 8, 1979.
She was born January 18, 1883, in Washington, a daughter of Henry T. and Mary-Emma Swart Bailey.
She attended the Washington Seminary and graduated from Mrs. Sayward’s School in Philadelphia. She attended Skidmore College and was a graduate of the New York School of Decoration. While living in Paris, she attended the Parson School of Design.
Mrs. Bell was a worldwide traveler, and in 1965 completed a trip around the world. She traveled through Europe collecting antique furniture and objects d’art for decorators and business firms in the United States.
In 1921 Mrs. Bell received official orders from the American Embassy in Paris to proceed on the diplomatic train to Vienna, Austrian and from there to Budapest, Hungary, where she acted as hostess in connection with the American Embassy. U. Grant Smith of Washington was serving as high Commissioner there. Later Mrs. Bell was sent to Morocco on a goodwill mission, where she was entertained by the El Glauoi Frances, native dictator in Morocco, by the French High commissioner and by the Sultan.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonists, the Welcome Society of Philadelphia, the Current Events Clyb and the First Presbyterian Church of Washington.
Mrs. Bell was the widow of Col. J. Franklin Bell of Washington D.C., the former engineer commissioner of that city.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Carlyle E. Maw of New York; a brother, Lawrence w. Bailey of Washington; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Helen Giles Carter
, 79, of 850 Beech Street, Washington, died at 8 pm, Monday, December, 29, 1980, in Washington Hospital.
She was born February 12, 1901, in Washington, a daughter of Reed Z. and Mabel L. Cox Giles.
She was a member of First Christian Church of Washington, the Christian Women’s Fellowship and Sunday school class No. 13 of the church.
On May 9, 1923, she was married in Washington to Martin Carter, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, the Rev. Reed M. Carter of Bowling Green, Ky.; a daughter Mrs. James B. (Marilyn Jean) Boswell, Saint Peters, MO.; a brother, Walter R. Giles, Washington; six grandchildren, three nieces and two nephews.
A daughter, Beverly Dale Carter, and three brothers, Gerald, LeVaughn and George Giles, are deceased.

Mrs. Claudia L. Hootman
, 45, of 2016 Plunkett Street, Hollywood, Fla., died at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, October 16, 1973 in Doctor’s Hospital, Hollywood.
She was born December 7, 1927, in Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Claude Chase, and had lived in Florida for the past 15 years, moving there from Washington.
Mrs. Hootman was a member of the Hollywood Hills Methodist Church, and was treasurer of Xi Alpha Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi in Hollywood.
Surviving are her husband James (Jim) Hootman; two sisters, Eve Lou Knorr of Great Falls, Mont., and Frieda Morgan Sumter, S.C., and two brothers, Claude Chase of Kokomo, Ind., and Arthur chase of Miami, Ind.

DOMAN (funeral card)
Mary Frances
[Hill] Doman – born October 30, 1912 in Centerville, Pennsyvlania. Passed away Marcy 2, 1977 in Pasadena, California. Services held Marcy 5, 1977 at 11:00 a.m. in the Little Church of the Flowers. Service conducted by The Reverend John F. Black or North Glendale United Methodist Church, Glendale, California. Organist - Dr. R. Donald Curry. Funeral director - Forest Lawn Mortuary, Glendale. Interment – Inspiration Slope Section, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

Austin Amos
, a resident of Washington for the past 30 years, celebrated his 92nd birthday in his home at 133 Maple Avenue.
He was born July 17, 1859, in Beallsville, a son of George and Isabelle Snyder Amos. When he was a young boy the family moved to Deemston Borough where he spent his young manhood. He received his education at Thompson’s School, a one-room building.
Mr. Amos’ health is good for one of his years. He takes daily walks and does odd jobs about his home such as mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. . He is an ardent baseball fan and faithful Pirate rooter.

Ross C. Dorsey
, 76, 163 Greenhill Dr., Washington, was dead on arrival at Washington Hospital at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. He formerly resided at Brownsville R.D.2.
Mr. Dorsey was born March 15, 1897, in Centerville, the son of Charles I. and Annie Watkins Dorsey, and was married Oct. 5, 1921, in Wapello, Iowa, to bonnie Mosier, who survives.
He was a member of the Church of the Covenant, Washington, and a former member of the Taylor United Methodist Church.
Mr. Dorsey was a 1920 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.
He was a member and director of the Washington rotary club and past president of the Brownsville Rotary Club. He was also on the board of directors of the Taylor Cemetery Assn. Prior to his retirement in 1962, he was employed at the Brownsville office of Gallatin national Bank.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a daughter, Mrs. Bonnie d. Morrow, Washington; four grandchildren; Cathy, William, Jenne and David Morrow, all of Washington; two sisters: Mrs. Grace Hill, Washington, and Mr. Marjorie Cleaver Apache Junction, Ariz.
A son, Charles M. Dorsey, died Feb 27, 1935.

DORSEY – funeral announcement
Dorsey, Ross C
– 76, 163 Greenhill Dr., Washington, formerly of Brownsville R.D.2, was dead on arrival at Washington Hospital at 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 2, 1973. Friends will be received after 7 p.m. today and until noon Thursday, April 5, in the John b. Greenlee funeral Home, Beallsville, when the body will be removed to the Taylor United Methodist Church, Centerville Boro, to lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m., the hour of service with the Rev. Bryan J. Cannon and the Rev. Roger Cramer officiating. Burial in Taylor Cemetery, Centerville Boro. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make offerings are asked to remember the Rotary International Foundation through local Rotary Clubs.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew B. Carlisle, Linwood Drive, Washington R.D.3, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary at an open house in their home on Sunday, May 22, between the hours of 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. They were married at a ceremony in the bride’s home, 2525 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, on May 23, 1952, by the Rev. James s. Seaman. Mr. Carlisle is a son of the late David and June Bedillion Carlisle. He is a dairy farmer and a member of the American Guernsey Cattle Club. Mrs. Carlisle, the former Ruth E. Ellis, is the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Ellis of Wolfdale. She is a Past Matron of the Martha V. Paul Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. They are members of the Third U.P Church where she has served as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. They are parents of four children, David Carlisle, Avella R.D.1; John Carlisle, Kathy Carlisle and Karen Carlisle, at home. The children who are planning the open house invite relatives, friends and neighbors to attend and ask that gifts be omitted.

HILL 50th Anniversary Observed
The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Heston M. Hill of 665 Donnan Avenue, Washington, will be observed at an open house reception on Sunday, Oct 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at the Church of the Covenant. All relatives and friends are invited. The couple requests that gifts be omitted. Mr. Hill is the son of the late Ira and Ora Hill or Centerville. Mrs. Hill is the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Dorsey of Brownsville. The couple was married in the bride’s home on October 16, 1926, by the Rev. G. Meade Daugherty. The Hills have two sons, George, of McMurray, and David, of Clarence, N.Y. A daughter and son are deceased. There are five grandchildren, Jeff and Linda of McMurray, and Karen Ferrick of Plum Borough, Debbie and Judy Hill of Clarence, N.Y. Mr. Hill was employed by Mellon Bank for 39 years. At the time of his retirement he was an assistant vice president. He was a member of the Washington School board for 30 years and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Washington.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Obituaries and Birthdays

BAKER (article appeared Monday Oct 8.)
County Seaman Killed While En Route Home
U.S. Navy man, Paul (Skip) Baker, of Centerville, was killed in an automobile crash Saturday near Romney, W. VA., in which four other sailors were killed.
Baker and the other navy men were en route to their homes or the homes of friends on a 72-hour weekend pass from the Naval Air Station at Norfolk, VA. The accident occurred at approximately 3 am when their speeding automobile skidded on a rain-soaked highway and crashed into a tractor-trailer loaded with 12 tons of coal.
Airman First Class Baker, 19, was a son of Clayton Baker, Centerville, and Mrs. Eugene Combs of Richeyville. He graduated from Centerville High School with the class of 1950.
He was born July 22, 1932, at Centerville, and was a member of Centerville Methodist Church.
Besides his parents he leaves a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Giffin, of Centerville; two brothers, William Baker, of Brownsville, and Kenneth Baker, of Martinez, Calif., and a step-sister, Sally Zaring, of Richeyville.
The accident report states a sixth sailor was tossed out of the auto just before it crashed into the truck and was slightly injured.
State Police Sgt. L. W. Kelly said the automobile was traveling at an excessive rate of speed on a straight stretch of U.S. Route 50 seven miles east of Romney when it went out of control on the wet surface.
The dead were Kenneth Ray, Newcomber, 19, Uniontown, PA.; Paul G. Baker, 19, West Brownsville, PA.; M. L. Soukup, 17, Ellsworth, Kans,; Millard F. Blood, 17, Ticonderoga, N. Y., and George A. Bischoff, 20, 938 Kirkbridge Street, Pittsburgh.
James E. Galderice, 20, Uniontown, PA.; was tossed out of the auto and was found walking dazed along the highway. He was taken to Cumberland Hospital where he was treated for shock.
Four persons, including a baby, were riding in the cab of the tractor-trailer but escaped injury. They included the driver, Lee Shobe, New Creek, W. Va., his sister, and her husband and their baby daughter. The truck was undamaged.
Shobe told State Police the sailors auto went into a long skid and he had time to pull over and stop on the shoulder of the highway before the crash.

BAKER – funeral notice
Friends of Paul Baker
, U.S. Navy, of Centerville, who died Oct 6, 1951, will be received at the home of his mother, Mrs. Eugene Combs, House 174, Richeyville, where funeral services will be held Tuesday Oct. 9, 1951, at 2 pm in charge of Rev. J. C. Cox, pastor of the Centerville Methodist Church, and Rev. D. C. Robbins, pastor of First Methodist Church of Brownsville. Burial will be in Westland Cemetery. John B. Greenlee, Beallsville, funeral director.

G. Dempsey Deaves
, 87, died in his home at Centerville, Monday June 21, 1954 at 1:30 am after an illness of several years.
He was born in West Bethlehem Township March 7, 1867, a son of Rev. A. H. and nancy Evans Deaves.
Mr. Deaves was Centerville’s oldest resident, having lived there since he was three months old.
He followed painting and farming.
He was a member of Centerville Methodist Church.
His wife Elta Mae Deaves, died in 1952.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Guy L. Horne, of Centerville, and Mrs. Walter F. Gray, of Waynesburg; three children are deceased. He leaves three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Mary L. Cleaver of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

William Woodrow Buckingham
, 65, of Bridgeville, died Wednesday, March 25, 1981, in St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born June 21, 1915, in Marianna, a son of William and Laura Baker Buckingham.
Mr. Buckingham was employed by Universal Cyclops Corp., retiring in 1970. He was then employed by Mayview State Hospital, retiring in 1979.
His wife, Vera Yorty Buckingham, died in December 1979.
Surviving are three daughters, Donna Klemm of Greencastle, Marian Johns of Freedonia and Billie Byers of Herndon, VA.; two brothers, John Buckingham of Alabama and Guy Buckingham of Meadville; three sisters, Mary Crawford of Fredericktown R.D. 1, Evelyn Hartman of Florida, and Mildred Buckingham of Albuquerque, N. M.; and 10 grandchildren.

BUCKINGHAM – funeral notice
Friends of William Woodrow Buckingham
of Bridgeville who died Wednesday, March 25, 1981, will be received from 7 to 9 pm. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Saturday, March 28, with the Rev. D. Michael Minter officiating. Burial in Beallsville Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association.

Lawrence W. Bailey
, 81, of 229 North Wade Avenue, Washington, died Tuesday, February 24, 1981, at 1 pm in Washington Hospital.
He was born October 6, 1899, in Washington, a son of Henry and Emma Swart Bailey.
Mr. Bailey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He was a retired employee of Pittsburgh national Bank and attended East Washington High School and Carnegie Mellon University, (then Carnegie Institute of Technology).
Mr. Bailey was a member of Washington rotary, Washington Lodge 164, F & AM, Washington Royal Arch Chapter No. 150, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Pittsburgh, and Syria Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. He was a director of the Salvation Army, a member of the Washington county Historical Society and the Edwin Scott Linton Post 175, American Legion. He was a veteran of World War I.
On August 6, 1971, in Merritt Island Fla, he married Lois Walker, who survives. Also surviving is one niece, Mrs. Caryle (Margot) Maw of London, England.
Two sisters, Inez Bailey and Lena Bailey Bell, and one brother Harry Bailey are deceased.

BAILEY – funeral notice
Friends of Lawrence W. Bailey
, 229 North Wade Avenue, who died Tuesday, February 24, 1981, will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the Richard H. Piatt Funeral Home, Richard H. Piatt, supervisor, 130 East Wheeling Street, where services will be held Friday, February 27, at 11 am in Charge of the Rev. H. Walton Voight, Interment in Washington Cemetery, Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors.

There are few people who can say they have lived through the terms of 19 U.S. presidents, seen the inventions of electricity and automobiles, and witnessed too, the first manned lunar landing.
Sarah Jane Andrews, of 600 Addison Street, is one person who can say she has seen all of those things. She will be 99 today.
Born July 22, 1875, in Mercer county, the former Sarah Jane Bromley came to Washington 84 years ago, where with her family, established the first general store in the area.
Just before the turn of the century, Sarah Jane became a teacher in West Washington, and can remember the construction of the present county courthouse in 1900.
Mrs. Andrews is one of seven children, and she, along with her younger brother Ray, are the only two family members surviving.
On July 24, 1901, she married John S. Andrews, who is deceased. She had three children, Miss Mary Thistlethwaite, Miss Jean Andrews and Ray Andrews, all of Washington. There are four grandchildren, one grandchild is deceased and seven great-grandchildren.

W. P. Wilson Marks 98th (1976)
W. P. Wilson
of 325 Duncan Avenue, Washington, quietly observed his 98thbirthday in his home Monday, Oct. 18.
Retired circulation manager of the Observer Publishing Company, where he was employed for over 50 years, Mr. Wilson resided with his daughter, Jean Robinson.
A number of birthday remembrances were received from relatives and friends during the day, including floral tributes and a pumpkin pie. Mr. Wilson reported that he spent a “pleasant and happy day.”

Mary B. Conner
, 86, formerly of 23 South College Street, died at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, 1977, in the Washington Hospital Extended Care Facility after a lingering illness.
She was born December 12, 1890, in Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington County, a daughter of William John and Cora Belle McCalmont Conner. She was a member of the Faith United Presbyterian Church and the Deborah Circle of the church.
A retired employee of Mellon National Bank, she attended Washington schools, Washington High School, and graduated from the Washington Female Seminary with the class of 1911.
She belonged to the Daughter of the American Revolution, Lincoln Chapter no. 112, Order of the Eastern Star, Current Events Club and the Washington County Historical Society.
She was the last of her immediate family.
Surviving is a cousin, Mrs. Ethel Manson of Washington.
Deceased are two brothers, Walter W. and Carlton A. Conner. A sister, Florence Genevieve, and a brother George, died in infancy.

Mrs. John F. McClay
Rose Price McClay, 94, of 364 Burton Avenue, Washington, died at 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1975, in the Jane Francis Nursing Home, Ravenna, Ohio.
She was born October 29, 1880, in Canton Township, a daughter of W. W. and Lucinda Clark Price, and had resided in Washington her entire life.
She was a member of Faith United Presbyterian Church and a past member of the Child Welfare Circle.
Her husband, John Ferguson McClay, died February 12, 1947.
Surviving are six daughters, Ruth M. Herwick, Ravenna, Ohio; Margaret M. Baumberger, Washington; Alice M. Siegfried, Mt. Lebanon; Eleanor Britton, Palm Springs, Calif; Sarah E. Stewart, Washington, and Josephine Meighen, with whom she made her home. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A son, Thomas C. McClay is deceased.

Ross E. Richardson
, 78, of 103 Oak Street, Bentleyville, died Tuesday, may 27, 1975, at 8:45 a.m. following an illness of 18 months.
He was born January 4, 1897, in Bentleyville, a son of John Elliott and Ruth Crumrine Richardson.
He was a former employee of the Bethlehem Mines Corporation, retiring in 1963 after 47 years of service.
He was a member of the Bentleyville United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his widow, Gladys Dague Richardson; two sons, Dr. Ross E. Richardson or Eighty Four, and James E. Richardson of Monroeville; one sister, Ether B. Richardson of Bentleyville; two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Three brothers, I. Barclay, Wayne W., and Charles K. Richardson, are deceased.

Harold C. (Buzz) Sharp
, 66, of 330 Shirls Avenue, died at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1975, in Shadyside Hospital.
He was born in West Newton, a son of William Hallam and Ethel May Squibb Sharp.
Mr. Sharp was a resident of Washington since 1935. He was a member of the church of the Covenant, a past elder, a past trustee, and a past superintendent of the Sunday school.
He was a graduate of Monessen High School and a 1932 graduate of Grove City College. Mr. Sharp was a member of F and AM Sunset Lodge 623 and was a retired employee of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
On September 16, 1933, he was married to Ethel M. Purvis, who survives.
Also surviving are, one son, the Rev. William J. Sharp, Sunset Beach, Calif.; one daughter, Nancy, wife of Thomas W. tucker, Glendale, Calif.; one sister, Vernice, wife of Victor Renno, Sarasota, Fla.; one aunt, Jess Sharp, and one uncle, James Sharp, both of Mt. Lebanon and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Ralph H. Burt, (Elsie May Humbert Burt),
81, of 809 North Main Street, Washington, died at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 1971, in Washington Hospital, following complications from an illness in 1958.
She was born in Washington March 6, 1889, a daughter of the late Peter Preston and Nancy Sherrard Humbert, and was a resident of Washington all her life.
Mrs. Burt was a member of the Church of the Covenant, Washington Chapter 409, Order of the Eastern Star, and an active member of the Martha Paul Bible Sunday School Class and the Current Events Club as long as her health permitted.
On June 14, 1911, she was married to Ralph H. Burt, who died Feb. 26, 1964.
Surviving are four children, Florence, wife of Russell L. Kimberland, and Harold H. Burt, both of Washington, Elinor, wife of Arthur Kowell, Cumberland, Md., and Ralph H. Burt Jr., Butler; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Thomas and Joseph Humber, and one sister, Martha Jane, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Elizabeth Neale
, 85, of 290 Low Hill Road, Brownsville, died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, February, 7, 1973 in her home.
Born July 19, 1887 in Centerville Borough, she was a daughter of Oliver and Annie Taylor.
She was a member of the Taylor United Methodist Church of Centerville and was past president of the United Methodist Women of the church. Active in church affairs, she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and served as church pianist.
Her husband, Charles H. Neale, died May 39, 1953.
Surviving are one son, Edwin E. of Brownsville; four grandchildren and five freat-grandchildren.

Margaret Grimes Wolf
, 95, formerly of Centerville died at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 1974, in Washington Hospital. She had been a patient in McMurray Hill Manor Nursing Home.
She was born April 22, 1878 in West Brownsville to William S. and Elizabeth Dorsey Grimes. Her husband, Harry H. Wolfe died January 28, 1974.
She was a member of the Centerville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Katharine Klingensmith, Ormond Beach, Fla. and Rheyma Fox and Elizabeth Bushyeager, both of Mt. Lebanon; a sister, Martha Crowthers, Detroit, Mich; a brother, Paul, Brownsville R.D.2; two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary Thistlethwaite Fisher
, 69, of Fredericktown, R.D.1, Centerville Borough, died at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 1969, in Magee Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born December 5, 1899, in Centerville, a daughter of Elmer T. and Lizabeth Eleanor Watkins Thistlethwaite.
Mrs. Fisher was a graduate of Centerville High School and was also a graduate of Indiana Normal School with the Class or 1919. She taught school for two years until her marriage, August 17, 1921, to William Fisher, who survives.
Mrs. Fisher was a member of the Centerville United Methodist Church, and was also a member of the WSCS of the church.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons: William Jr., of Washington, and Harold T., of Waukegan, Ill.; one daughter, Jean wife of Ralph H. Smith, of Glendale, Ariz.; one sister, Ina, wife of Allen D. Gray, of Seneca; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Raymond E. Filby
, 76, of 700 Fayette Street, Washington, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 1973, in Washington Hospital.
He was born May 7, 1896, in Greene County, a son of Samuel and Minnie Estella Carrel Filby.
Dr. Filby was a member of Broad Street Baptist church. An ordained deacon of the Baptist Church, he taught the Baraca Sunday School class of the church for many years.
A 1917 graduate of California State Normal School, he taught in Amwell Township in 1917-18, and in Noscoe Hall, 1930-31. In 1920, he graduated from Universal Chiropractic college, and had practiced chiropractics since that time. He attended Duquesne University in 1947.
Dr. Filby was a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association and the Allegheny county Chiropractic Association.
A veteran of World War I, he was a member of American Legion Post 175.
He served one term as school director in Washington.
June 29, 1921, he married Violet Lewis, who survives.
Also surviving are a brother, John C. Filby, and a nephew, John Filby, both of Billings, Mont. A son, Samuel E. Filby is deceased.

Rev. Hedley A. Burrell
, 73, a former pastor at Mt. Prospect Presbyterian Church and retired Salvation Army officer, died Saturday, January 20, 1973 in the Salvation Army Retired Officers Residence, 210 5th Street, Asbury Park, N.J.
He was born in Neyland, South Wales, and immigrated to Canada in 1912. He graduated from the Salvation Army Training college in Toronto in 1921, when he was commissioned an officer.
During World War I, he served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and served two years overseas.
Mr. Burrell came to the United Stated in 1928 where he served 10 corps appointments in various locations. He retired from Salvation Army duty in 1964. From 1964 until 1971, he serves as pastor at the Mt. Prospect Presbyterian Church, Thomas.
Surviving are his wife Linnie; one son Master Sergeant Hedley D. Burrell, Canon Air Force Base, Clovis, N.M.; four daughters: Mrs. Muriel Clay, Washington Boro; Mrs. Ruth Laws, Fr. Lauderdale, Fla.; Mrs. Marian Fritz, Barrington, N.J., and Mrs. Mrytle Brownston, Delta, Ohio; one brother, Colin Burrell, Toronto; one sister, Mrs. Marian Pearce, Toronto, and 17 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Salvation Army Citadel, Asbury Park, N.J. Burial will be held in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, N. Y.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Obituary correction

Back on May 10, I posted the obituary of James William Elwood. This obit came from the New York Times. However, they had his name wrong and I failed to catch it. His name is JOHN Elwood. I have corrected it in the original posting. Sorry about that.

The Beallsville Cemetery website is back up and running although it is in a temporary home. I can't make changes or update it yet but at least it is accessible.

More Obituaries

Muriel B. Jones
, 54, wife of David A. Jones, of Charleroi R.D.1., Fallowfield Township, died unexpectedly at her home at 12:30 am Thursday, August 6, 1954.
She was born in Deemston Borough, Nov 12, 1899, a daughter of the late Frank L. and Jennie Morton Baker.
Mrs. Jones was a teacher in Charleroi Public School system prior to her marriage and was a substitute in various schools since her marriage.
She was a member of the Charleroi Methodist Church, Charleroi Chapter Order of Eastern Star No 122, the Ladies Auxiliary McKean Commandry No. 80 Knights Templar, the Cloverleaf Club of Fallowfield Township.
She is survived by her husband, David A. Jones, three children, Kathleen, Eileen, and Wendell, at home; the following brother and sisters, Mrs. Mabel Thayer of Rhoadesville, VA., Mrs. Henry Galloway of Charleroi, R.D., J. Russell Baker, Paul M. Baker, L. Lloyd Baker, all three of Charleroi.

Mrs. Katherine L. Duvall
, 65, Bentleyville, wife of the late J. B. Duvall, died suddenly at 10:10 pm. Friday, April 15, 1955, in the Brownsville Hospital. She had been ill since Tuesday, but was admitted to the hospital only one hour before her death.
She was born in Centerville December 25, 1889. Mrs. Duvall was a member of the Centerville Methodist Church; Monongahela Valley DAR; the DAR of Bentleyville; and Eastern Star, Iron Bridge Chapter no. 255, Brownsville.
Her husband, a well-known Bentleyville merchant, died in February 1954.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Dolly Park, Brownsville, two grandsons, Thomas E, III, and Kevin H.; two granddaughters, Renee and Karen H. Park, all of Brownsville; one brother, Raymond Stathers, Pittsburgh; and one cousin, Fred Stathers, Centerville. Two brothers, Goodloe and John Stathers, are deceased.

HILL (April 6, 1947)
Robert Hill,
14, son of Heston and Grace Dorsey Hill, died in his Washington home at 7 am yesterday. He was born in Washington July 22, 1932.
In poor health for five years, he had been confined to his home the past two years. He last attended school in December, 1944. He was a member of the third Presbyterian Church and of the Sunday school
Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, George and David, at home, his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ora Hill, Centerville, and his grandmother, Mrs. Annie Dorsey, West Brownsville. A sister died in July 1931.
Friedns will be received at the home, 665 Donnan Avenue, until noon tomorrow when the body will be removed to the Graham P. Cowieson funeral home for services at 2:30 pm with Dr. W. Franklin Harkey in charge. Burial in Beallsville Cemetery.

[had he lived, this would have been my uncle]

Grace Dorsey Hill
, 87, of 665 Donnan Avenue, Washington, died Friday, February 27, 1987, at 6:50 am in her residence.
She was born April I, 1899, in West Brownsville, a daughter of Charles I. and Annie Watkins Dorsey.
A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan College of Delaware, Ohio, she had taught school in the early 1920s. Most recently she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Hill was a member of the Church of the Covenant.
On October 16, 1926, in West Brownsville, she married Heston M. Hill, who survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, George D. Hill of Washington and David R. Hill or Williamsville, N.Y.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Deceased are on son, Charles Robert Hill, one daughter, Dorothy Louise Hill; one brother, Ross Dorsey and one sister, Marjorie Cleaver.

[this was my grandmother]

Heston McKinley Hill
, 90, of 665 Donnan Avenue, Washington, died at 6 pm Monday, April 6, 1987, in Washington Hospital.
He was born November 26, 1896, in Washington County, a son of Ira and Ora Baker Hill.
Mr. Hill was a member of the church of the covenant, and was a former Elder and trustee of the church.
He retired as assistant vice president of Mellon Bank in Washington in 1961, following 38 years with that band and Citizens National Bank.
Mr. Hill was a graduate of Centerville High School and Penn State University.
He was a former president of the Washington School Board.
Mr. Hill was a member of the American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post No. 175 and the Hawkins Home Post of the VFW.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War I, when he served in the pacific Theater.
On October 16, 1926, he married Grace Dorsey in West Browsnville. She died February 27, 1987.
Surviving are two sons, George D. Hill of Washington and David R. Hill of Williamsville, N.Y.; and five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Deceased are one sister, Agnes Burke; one son, Robert Hill and one daughter Dorothy Louise Hill.

[this was my grandfather. He died on the exact same date – April 6 – 40 years after his son Charles Robert Hill died and only 2 months after his wife Grace Dorsey Hill died. I still miss my grandparents after all these years !! ]

Austin Snyder Amos
, 133 Maple Avenue, died Tuesday, June 29, 1954, at 10 pm. He had been in failing health for the past four months. Had he lived until July 19, he would have achieved his 95th year.
He had been a resident of Washington for the past 32 years since retiring from farming. He was born in Beallsville, a son of the late George and Isabelle Snyder Amos.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Cora Shrumm, at whose home he died, and Mrs. Anna Smith, Wilkinsburg; one sister, Mrs. Mary Frances Thompson, Uniontown; and seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His wife Sarah Elizabeth and one son, Arthur, preceded him in death.

AMOS – funeral notice
Friends of Austin Snyder Amos
, 133 Maple Avenue, who died Tuesday, June 29, 1954, will be received at the G. Earl McCoy Mortuary, 835 Allison Ave, after 7 pm Wednesday, June 30, 1954, where funeral services will be held Friday, July 2 at 2 pm in charge of the Rev. Dr. Lester I. Snyder, former pastor of the Allison Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will be in Washington Cemetery.

SANTEE (a piece of this clipping was missing)
William Dale Santee, 20, of Fredericktown, RD 1 died suddenly Thursday, March 13, 1952, at 11:20 am shortly after returning from his employment at the -------supermarket in Washington.
Mr. Santee had worked at the store during the night and had arrived home at 10:30 am. Shortly after he arrived home he went outdoors to work in his flower garden where he was stricken and found dead by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Santee.
The cause of death had not been determined last night, although he was not known to have been ill.
He was born in Centerville Nov 7, 1931, a son of Ernest and Florence Bane Santee.
Mr. Santee was a member of Centerville Methodist Church. He graduated from Centerville High School in 1951.
He is survived by his parents; five brothers, Earl and Paul of Fredericktown, R.D.1; Edward, of 12 Park Place, Summit, NJ.; Robert and Clifford, in the U.S. Army in Germany; three sisters, Annabell, Betty and Shirley, all at home.