The following transcription was submitted by Lisa Bonar of Pittsburgh, PA for inclusion at the Genealogy
in Washington Co., PA web site in October 1998.
These are from my Great Aunt's scrapbook. The book is
mostly a pile of crumbling bits of paper. I don't know what newspaper they
came from. I hope someone out there enjoys them.
MRS. CLARA VIRGINIA WETZEL DIED WEDNESDAY ___________
The death of Mrs. Clara Virginia Noble Wetzel, widow of the late Joseph
Wetzel, native of Donegal township and for the past two years a respected
resident of WA, occurred at her home on North Liberty street at 1:25 a.m.
Wednesday, June 15, 1927. Funeral service at her late residence at two
o'clock Friday afternoon, the 17th conducted by Rev. G.K. Monroe, pastor of
the Presbyterian church. Interment in WA cemetery.
Mrs. Wetzel a daughter of the late Samuel and Catherine B. Sheller Noble.
The family came to Washington county near 117 years ago and has since been
connected with the progress of the community. Her father was a
teacher-farmer, in his young manhood, engaged in farming in summer and
teaching school in winter. About 1875 located on the George Stoolfire
farm. Miss Noble was united in marriage with William O.R. Ralston. To
them were born three children, of whom a son, John and a daughter who died
in infancy are deceased and one daughter, Katherine, wife of Harry G. Hill,
minister of Indianapolis, Ind. survives. Mr. Ralston died June 12, 1885.
Mrs. Ralston was later united in marriage with Joseph Wetzel. Of their
marriage there is one daughter, Pearle, wife of Frank Griffith, who lived
with her mother. Mr. Wetzel died May 14, 1916. There are eleven
grandchildren and four great grandchildren. There are also one brother,
Harry Noble, of Houston, PA, and two stepdaughters, Mrs. Maude Anderson, of
Washington and Mrs. Carrie Muldoon, of Wheeling.
In girlhood Mrs. Wetzel united with Dutch Fork Christian church and was
active in its welfare. Amoung her activities was that of teacher ____
Bible School, in which serv_____ was rated as a capable instruct____ recent
years she has been a member of the Christian church of WA.
MRS. M.E. EALY, SUCCUMED AFTER STROKE; FUNERAL TODAY
Margaret Sprowls Ealy, 72, widow of M.E. Ealy, died at 9:45 a.m. December
9, 1942, in her home at Claysville, as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage.
She was ill 24 hours.
Mrs. Ealy was born Feb. 18, 1870, in East Finley Township, a daughter of
Simon and Jane Wise Sprowls. She lived in Claysville for the last 15
years, her husband being engaged in the undertaking business. Previously
she lived at Graysville, where Mr. Ealy for a number of years was in the
undertaking business. Her husband died eight years ago.
She was a member of the Claysville Baptist Church.
Surviving are the following children: Harley F. Ealy, of Cannonsburg;
Herald R. Ealy, of Apollo; Glenn U. Ealy, of Graysville, and Mrs. Gertrude
G. Flynn, of Claysville. The following brothers and sisters also survive:
Jacob Sprowls, of West Finley; Mrs. Mary Flynn, of Washington; Mrs. Sally
Dague, of Washington; Mrs. Ella Carey, of Amity; Mrs. Nancy Porter, of
Nineveh; Mrs. Sophie Barker, of Washington; Mrs. Essie Huffman, of
Graysville, and Mrs. Pearl McGlumphy, of Washington. There are 10
grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the late home 136 Elm Street at 1:00p.m.
this afternoon, with further services in the Enon Baptist Church at 2:30
conducted by Rev. C.D. Eltringham. Interment will be made in Enon
FOG IS BLAMED FOR FATAL AUTO MISHAP
GEORGE A. CROWE, 46, OF NEAR ELLSWORTH,
IS CRUSHED TO DEATH IN CRASH ON ROAD NEAR HILL CHURCH.
WAS WORLD WAR VETERAN
A heavy early morning fog was blamed for a fatal highway crash yesterday,
in which George A. Crowe, a farmer and dairyman and World War veteran, was
almost instantly killed.
Crowe was crushed to death between his own automobile and another on Route
19, less than a quarter of a mile from Hill Church. He was pronounced dead
on arrival at Canonsburg General Hospital at 8:35 a.m.
Private H.S. Miller, of the State Motor Police, said the driver of the
other automobile was James Boyd Stone, Jr., a relief investigator for the
Public Assistance Department of Washington County, who was enroute to
Canonsburg when the fatal mishap occurred.
Coroner James B. Jones released Stone on his own recognizance and stated
that whether an inquest would be held would be determined later.
Private Miller said Crowe, who resided at Scenery Hill, R.D. 1, and his
mother, Mrs. Esther Crowe, had turned down the side raod from the main
highway. Crowe stopped his car and was at the back of the machine, wiping
off a rear window when Stones car came through the fog and crashed into
Crowe was crushed between the two machines. He suffered fractures of both
legs and was injured internally, resulting in almost instant death.
Crowe was born in Independence Township, September 6, 1892, a son of Anna
Neely Crowe and the late Noah Crowe, who died January 27, 1938.
He attended school at Claysville and had lived in Ellsworth district about
a year, moving there from Amity. He spent all his life in Washington
He was a member of the North Tem Mile Baptist Church. During the World
Was, he served in the Fifth Division, 322nd Field Artillery and spent 20
months in service in France. He was slightly gassed.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Anna Neely Crowe, who resided with him; his
wife, Mrs. Esther Tarr Crowe and a son, Albert Crowe, at home; four
brothers, James R., of Amity; Harry O., of Steubenville, O.; Roy S., of
Hickory, and W.J., of Washington and one sister, Mrs. J.H. Martin, of
Funeral services will be held in the home, near Ellsworth, Thursday at 2
p.m. Burial will be in Claysville Cemetery. The body will be taken to the
home this afternoon and may be viewed by friends. Military services will
be held at the grave.
HARRY V. SPROWLS, W. FINLEY NATIVE, DIED MONDAY JAN. 4
Harry Vernon Sprowls, World War veteran and for the past eight years a
Wylandville mercant, died Monday night, January 4, 1943, at 11:15 oclock
at his home at Wylandville following an illness of the past two years.
Mr. Sprowls was born in West Finley, December 27, 1897, a son of the late
Morgan E. and Mary H. Stollar Sprowls. His early life was spent in the
Wesy Finley community.
He enlisted in the United States Army at the outbreak of World War 1 and
saw active service in France and Germany. He was a member of the
Claysville American Legion Post 639 and of the Disabled Veterans of
On March 14, 1933, he was united in marriage with Lddia Ealy Clutter.
He leaves his wife, his mother, Mrs. Morgan E. Sprowls, of West Finley;
three brothers, J. Spencer Sprowls, of Roulette, Pa., and Herman A. Sprowls
and Ross Sprowls, of West Finley; one sister, Mrs. Gail Clutter, of West
Finley, and the following step children: Mrs. Virginia Montgomery, of
Claysville, John Matteson Clutter, of West Finley; Vance C. Clutter, of
Niagara Falls, N.Y., Mrs. Theda Grace
MRS. CORA TITUS, DONEGAL RESIDENT, SUCCUMBED DEC. 25
Mrs. Cora Titus, 60, native and life long resident of Donegal township,
died in Washington Hospital, Saturday, December 25, 1943, after a few days
illness of pneumonia.
She was born in Donegal township, April 29, 1883, a daughter of the late
James and Virginia Jones DeFrance. Mrs. Titus was well known in the
Claysville and West Alexander districts. She was a member of the Dutch
Forck Christian church and active in its affairs, having united with that
congregation when a young girl.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alverda Hicks, with whom she made
her home, and one sister, Mrs. Edythe V. Miller, Marianna, Pa., R.D., also
several nieces and a nephew.
Funeral services were held at the Brownlee Funeral Home, Tuesday, December
28, 1943, at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. L.R. Still, Jr., pastor of the Dutch
Fork church, assisted by Rev. Wm. E. Ferrell. Interment was in the
MRS. ANNA MCALMONT
Mrs. Anna McCalmont, 78, died at the home of her daughter, mrs. Lawrence
Ely of East Buffalo, Saturday evening, Sept. 26, 1942, at 6 oclock after
an illness of several months.
Born Nov. 4, 1864, in Mt. Pleasant Township, she was a daughter of Robert
S. and Elizabeth Crooks Farrar and spent all of her life in Washington
County. Mrs. McCalmont was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church of
Washington. Her husband, James A. McCalmont, died Jan. 9, 1922, and a son,
James C., passed away in the preceding year.
Surviving, in addition to Mrs. Ely, are the following children: Mary E. of
East Buffalo, Robert S. of near Buffalo Village, Mrs. J. Ard Cowden of
Hickory and Mrs. Arthur Reed of Taylorstown. Also surviving are the
following brothers and sisters: H.W. Farar of McDonald, Mrs. Hattie Scott
of Hickory and Richard J. Farrar of Washington; 15 grandchildren and nine
MARTIN LEWIS MITCHELL
_____ recent years there have been a striking number of residents
connected with the Taylorstown oil field industry called by death. At
11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 1938, another of that group answered the
summons - Martin Lewis Mitchell. He was taken with a stroke about six
months ago and had never fully recovered and on May 20th was taken with a
second which caused his death. The funeral service was held at his late
home at two oclock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by his pastor, Rev. ___
Dillon Jones, of Taylorstown ____stian church, who was assisted ________v.
N.Q. Grey, former pastor, ________ the North Braddock church. ________was
a large concourse of _______ and neighbors attending. The _________ers
were pals of the oil field: ______ Mumper, Willis Dickey, Cam _______,
Homer Wallace, Arch Donaldson and Roy Bryson. Interment was in Claysville
Mr. Mitchell was born in Hopewell township, Washington county, son of John
and Leuzetta Martin Mitchell. In 1905 he was united in marriage with Miss
Catherine Tilton. The same year they came to Taylorstown to reside and had
continued to make their home here. In 1907 he became a pumper for the
Washington Oil Company, and was with the company steadily until his health
would no permit longer service. In early life he united with the Dutch
Fork Christian church and after becoming a resident here transferred his
membership to the Taylorstown Christian church. He enjoyed hunting and was
a member of the Yost Run Hunting Club with camp in Center county.
He leaves his wife; one daughter, Miss Leatha Mitchell; one brother, Perry
Mitchell, in Oklahoma; three half brothers and two half sisters, Mrs.
Nannie Kerr and Mrs. Dora Conner, of San Diego, Cal.; Jo__ Mitchell and
Albert Mitchell, Fai_view, W.Va., and W.C. Mitchell, Claysville, Pa.
FRANK MCGLUMPHY, PROPRIETOR OF MAPLE INN, DIED TUESDAY
Frank McGlumphy, 78, proprietor of the Maple Inn, on the West Virginia -
Pennsylvania state line, died at his home in West Alexander, Tuesday,
February 9, 1943, at 2:30 a.m., following an illness of several weeks. He
was born November 26, 1864, near New Freeprot, Greene County, a son of
Isaac and Henrietta Ferrell McGlumphy.
Mr. McGlumphy had resided in West Alexander for the last 20 years. He was
a carpenter by trade and was a member of the Knights of Pythias of New
He is survived by his wife, Ella Wileman McGlomphy; two sons, Leo, of New
Kensington, and James O., of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Mary Carpenter,
Amity, and two brothers, George McGlumphy, of Pittsburgh, and Edward
McGlumphym=, of Washington.
Funeral services were held at the late home on Thursday, February 11, at
2:00 p.m. in charge of rev. T. Homer Smith, pastor of the Methodist church.
Interment was made in West Alexander cemetery.
MRS. SARA DEFRANCE DIED AT HER HOME SUNDAY, AUG. 30
Mrs. Sara Laird DeFrance, 80, died at her home in The Meadows on Sunday,
August 30, 1942, at 8:30 p.m. following a long illness.
Mrs. DeFrance was born on the old Laird farm in Donegal Township, on
February 12, 1862, a daughter of Robert and Agnes Holmes Laird. She spent
all of her life in Donegal Township. Her husband, Reese DeFrance preceded
her in death April 23, 1928. She was a member of the Claysville
Presbyterian church. Mrs. DeFrance was the last member of her family of
six brothers and sisters.
She is survived by the following children: Charles H. DeFrance, West
Alexander, Pa., RD.; Mrs. Clyde Scott, Washington and Miss Jeanne DeFrance,
of Wheeling, W.Va., and two grandsons, Harold Scott, of Carnegie and
Charles DeFrance, Jr.
Funeral services were held at the Brownlee Funeral Home on Tuesday,
September 1, 1942, at 2:00 p.m. in charge of Rev. Geo. W. Snodgrass.
Interment was in Claysville Cemetery.
JAMES B. WOOD DEAD
James B. Wood, 77, of Petroleum avenue, Claysville, died at his home
Monday night, October 5, 1942, at 11:55 oclock after an illness of five
years. Mr. Wood was a farmer, his active years being spent in Greene
Mr. Wood was born at Higbee, Greene County, July 3, 1865, a son of Phillip
and Hannah Courtwright Wood. His marriage to Miss Sarah Davis was
solemnized Sept. 16, 1888. Mrs. Wood died Dec. 28, 1937. To this union 10
children were born: Mrs. Jessie Lough, Norwich, O.; Mrs. Pearl Craig, West
Alexander; Mrs. Ferne Holmes and Mrs. Nellie McPherson, Claysville; Mrs.
Helen Clark and Scott, Glenn and Flom Wood, of West Alexander; Don Wood,
Greegsville, W.Va., and Mrs. Goldie Morris, deceased. He leaves 37
grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 8th in the West Alexander
Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. I.R. Thomas and Rev. Homer Smith.
Interment was in West Alexander cemetery.
GEORGE F. MEALY
George F. Mealy, 75, died at 6:20 p.m. yesterday at his home in
Claysville, after an illness of several months.
A stonemason and carpenter by trade, Mr. Mealy was born February 13, 1867,
in Donegal township, the son of Robert and Katherine McAdoo Mealy. He
spent his entire life in the Claysville vicinity and for 15 years was a
rural delivery mail carrier.
An ardent sportsman, Mr. Mealy made many trips into northern PA for bear
and deer and during WWI shot a bear and gave it to the Red Cross, who
realized quite a sum of money from the sale of the meat.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret Ramage Mealy; two brothers, John of
Claysville RD 2, and Denny of Neville Island, and two sisters, Mrs.
Elizabeth Snodgrass of Claysville RD, and Miss Sylvia Mealy of Claysville,
FREDERICK M. WILLIAMS DIED AT HIS HOME FRIDAY EVENING
Frederick M. Williams, respected resident during a score of years, died at
his residence in the Cooper corner, near nine o'clock Friday evening, April
11, 1941, in his 68th year. He had suffered a severe attack of indigestion
the latter part of March and had about recovered. During last week he was
taken ill again and died before the week had passed. The funeral service
was held in the Brownlee Chapel at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, conducted by Rev. H.L.
Henderson, of the U.P. church. The pall bearers were Messrs Black and
Gregg, of Turtle Creek, Pa., Robert C. Bane, Dr. F.L. Hampson, T.J.
Stevens, James A. Stewart. Many friends had previously paid their respects
and a large concourse of friends were at the service. There were many
beautiful floral tributes, including tributes of friends and fraternal and
industrial groups at Turtle Creek, and friends locally, including the
businessmen of the borough. The interment was in Claysville cemetery.
He leaves his wife, a son and a daughter, L.L. Williams, of Pittsburgh,
and Emma, wife of Nelson Hedge, of this place; seveb grandchildren; two
brothers and a sister, Arthur S. Williams, of Tyrone, Pa.; Sidney Williams,
of Orbisonia, Pa., and Mrs. Cora Meehan, of Philadelphia.
Mr. Williams was born at Redruth, England, August 13, 1873, son of Edward
and Lavinia Haynes Williams. In his early boyhood they came to America and
settled at Orbisonia, where he attended school. He learned the trade of
moulder. Sept. 5, 1892, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Fosted at
Orbisonia. About 1897 they located at Turtle Creek, where he was employed
as machinist for the Westinghouse Company, connected with that company
until 1919, when they came to Claysville. They resided in the building of
the T.C. Noble Estate and he conducted the restaurant there several years.
Later he operated the restaurant at Main and Greene streets and went thence
to the Bank Block building where he operated with seating for a hundred
persons at a time. Near a year ago he changed and was established in the
news stand at the Cooper Corner. He became a member of the Presbyterian
church at Orbisonia and transferred to the Presbyterian church at Turtle
Creek. He was a member of the Valley Masonic lodge at Turtle Creek,
attained to the 32d degree, affliated with Pennsylvania Consistory, Ancient
and Accepted Scottish Rite. Mr. Williams was well read in the journals of
engineering and kept abreast of the times.
MRS. H.F. SONDA
Theresa Belle McAdoo Sonda, 70, died at her home in South Strabane
Township, Washington R.D.2, at 6 o'clock p.m., Wednesday, after a lingering
illness. She was the daughter of the late J.P. and Isabel McAdoo and was
born in Donegal Township, March 12, 1871. In April, 1917, she was married
to H.F. Sonda and had lived in Washington and vicinity since her marriage.
Besides her husband, H.F. Sonda, she is survived by four sisters and one
brother: Mrs. L.C. Sonda, Washington; Mrs. David Sonda, Avella R.D.2; Mrs.
Norval Castner, Bridgeport, Nebraska, and John G. McAdoo, Independence
Township. She was a member of First Christian Church of Washington.
Friends will be received at the Bebout & McNary Funeral Home, where
funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 o'clock, in charge of the Rev.
John W. Love. Interment will be in West Alexander Cemetery.
MRS. THOMPSON PIPES
Mrs. Caroline Miller Pipes, 83, widow of Thompson Pipes, died at 4:30
o'clock Wednesday afternoon, May 14, 1941, in her home on the Prosperity
road, Washington, R.D.6.
Mrs. Pipes, a daughter of William and Sarah McCullough Miller, was born
November 18, 1857, at Conger. Her parents were both killed by lightning on
Sunday afternoon, August 31, 1885.
Her early life was spent in the Prosperity district. On April 5, 1885,
Easter Sunday, she was married to Thompson Pipes. Practically all her life
since her marriage was spent in South Franklin Township. She died in the
home where she lived for almost a half century. Her husband died December
Surviving are four children' Clyde S. Pipes, of 120 South Wade avenue,
Washington; Mrs. Effie Post, residing with her mother; Mrs. Adda Riddle, of
Wylandville, and Charles B. Pipes, of 90 Stokeley street, Washington; a
foster daughter, Mrs. Mildred Dillie, of Dunns Station, R.D.1; one sister,
Mrs. Laura Cole, of Dunns Station, R.D.1, and 16 grandchildren.
She was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church.
Beginning this evening friends will be received at the home, where funeral
services will be held Saturday, May 17, at 3:30 o'clock, D.S.T., in charges
of her pastor, the Rev S.W. Young. Burial will be in the Washington
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Felix Maldoon, respected resident of West Alexander, died at his home on
North Liberty street, Monday, Jan. 18, 1937, in his 86th year. He had been
ill several weeks. Through life he enjoyed good health.
The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian church Wednesday
afternoon. The service was in charge of his pastor, Rev. G. Karl Monroe,
who touched impressively upon the life and character of deceased. Mrs.
H.E. McNeely sang for the service. The pallbearers were his fellow members
of West Alexander lodge I.O.O.F.: T.E. Egan, J.H. Hupp, A.C. McAdoo, F.R.
McCleery, Elva Chambers and R.L. White. The I.O.O.F. burial service at the
grave in West Alexander cemetery was conducted by T.S. Maxwell as noble
grand, Elva Chambers as vice grand, and J.H. Hupp chaplain. Rain fell
during the service.
Mr. Maldoon was born on the Maldoon farm 3 1/2 miles north of West
Alexander, near Potomac, March 9, 1851. His father was Francis Maldoon who
was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1793, came to America and located in
Donegal townshipand married Jane Roberts, member of a pioneer family of the
township. Mr. Maldoon attended the Stoolfire school. He followed farming
near Potomac and in the year 1872 was united in marriage with Miss Nancy J.
Fisher, Near 29 years ago they came to West Alexander to reside. Mr.
Maldoon was for many years - exceeding 60 - a member of the West Alexander
church, served as a faithful caretaker and gave excellent care in the
upkeep of the old graveyard fronting on Main street. He served a number of
terms as burgess and also served as trustee for the West Alexander cemetery
Association, being a member of the crew of caretakers there, also. More
than 60 years ago he became a member of Cameron lodge I.O.O.F.,
transferring after a brief period to Bethany lodge, and when West Alexander
lodge was instituted in May, 1878, he became a charter member of it. He
was the last surviving charter memberof that lodge and during his career
was regular in attendance. Politically he was a Democrat and gave loyal
allegiance to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was inaugurated for his second
term, shortly before Mr. Maldoon's burial. Mrs. Maldoon died in 1908.
There were three sons - Lester, Charles and Alva Muldoon - and one daughter
- Mrs. Jennie Sutton - born to their union, and all preceded him in death.
He leaves five grandchildren: Roy Sutton, in California; Mrs. Ola Butler,
of Pittsburgh, Pa., from whose home each Thanksgiving for a number of their
closing years came specially prepared dinner for her grandparents; Mrs.
Grace Bean and Mrs. Mabel Baughman, Athens, Ohio and Donald Sutton, of
Tucson, Arizona. Mrs. Bessie Guess Maldoon, of New Castle, Pa., was the
wife of Charles Maldoon. A.F. Sutton, of Los Angeles, Cal., was the
husband of Jennie Maldoon.
Mr. Maldoon was married twice being united in marriage in 1909 with Mrs.
Mary A. Curtis Howard, a genial character who was know as "a friend of
every one." Her death occurred Dec. 7, 1931. Mr. Maldoon continued to
reside at their home until he passed away. Of the 14 brothers and sisters
there is but one remaining - Mrs. Margaret Clemariss__ Wayt, of West
REESE G. MELOY DIED OCT. 14 ON THE FARM OF HIS BIRTH
Reese G. Meloy started out from his home in Donegal township near two
miles west of Claysville the afternoon of the 14th to pick apples in the
farm orchard. Missed by his sister Mrs. Anna M. Mohr, with whom he resided
on the home place, she went out to see about him and found him lying dead.
Near three years before he was taken with a stroke when out in the
performance of duty on the farm and was found lying helpless on the ground.
He recovered partially, at least. The funeral service was held at his
late home Saturday afternoon, conducted by his pastor, Rev. M.O. Mickey.
There was a fine representation of his neighbors of the community present.
The pallbearers were Thomas Wallace, Arthur Cozad, John Hicks, Claire
Cunningham, William Sights, Will Mellon. The interment was in West
Mr. Meloy was aged near 73 years, son of Josiah and Jennie Sutherland
Meloy, born and reared on the farm where he died. He followed farming and
for a number of years specialized in thoroughbred sheep and hogs. He was a
member of Zion United Brethren church. The last occasion the writer saw
Mr. Meloy he recounted passages of Grant's Memoirs and did it so
EMMETT S. WRIGHT
Emmett S, Wright native and boyhood resident of East Finley township in
Rockey School District, and for nearly 11 years resident of Independence
township and town, died in Washington Hospital at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
24th, 1939, in his 60th year. He was admitted to the Hospital a week
before, afflicted with a carbuncle on his neck two or three weeks
preceding. There were also complications. Tuesday morning pneumonia
developed and death resulted.
The funeral was held Thursday, with service in Lower Buffalo Presbyterian
church at Independence, at 11 a.m. and further service in Windy Gap
Presbyterian church at two o'clock, in charge of Rev. Robert Paxton, of
Lower Buffalo church, assisted by Rev. J.W. Shrader, of Independence M.E.
church. Interment was in West Finley cemetery.
Mr. Wright was born April 18, 1879, son of Henry C. and Rachel Rockey
Wright. In boyhood he attended the Rockey School in both old and new
locations and was a member of Fairmount Sunday School. In youth he became
a member of the church and contributed of his musical talent in the church
and elsewhere. He was united in marriage with Miss Annie R. Fields, in
February, 1900. They resided in various communities. Mr. Wright was
employed with the Natural Gas Company of West Virginia and the Pure Oil
Company. The Wright home for some time was on the James Irvin farm.
Purchase was made of a section of the J.S. Liggett farm in Independence
township, to which they moved in March, 1928. This farm was sold and they
purchased a residence property at Independence. Mr. Wright has been
engaged several years in operating the school bus and in trucking. Their
church membership was transferred to the Lower Buffalo congregation.
Wherever Mr. Wright resided he won many friends through his genial manner
and his disposition to help in cases of need. He was one of the promoters
of the successful reunion of Rockey School in the summer of 1937. Mrs.
Wright's death occurred several years ago.
He leaves three sons and five daughters: Mrs. D.W. McCoy, Greenville; Mrs.
Guy Campbell, Pittsburgh; Mrs. E.H. Yoders, Uniontown; Howard Wright,
Harley Wright, Daunice Wright, Gaylord Wright, Eloise Wright, all of
Independence; four grandchildren; five sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Laur_
Sprowls, East Finley; James Wright, East Finley; Nathan Wright, Washington;
Mrs. Lydia Sampson, Washington; Mrs. P.L. Blair, Waynesburg; Miss Jessie
Wright, Houston,Pa.; Mrs. James Iams, Detroit.
MRS. ARCH LINVILLE DIED SUNDAY FOLLOWING A LONG ILLNESS
Mrs. Ethel Pethtel Linville, 49, wife of A.W. Linville, a member of
Warwood High school faculty, and a well known resident of the Warwood
community for the past twenty years, died Sunday morning, Februray 1, 1942,
at 11 o'clock, at the family home, 106 North Sixteenth street. She had
been ill for the past two years.
Mrs. Linville was born in New Freeport, Pa., December 5, 1892, a daughter
of H.M. Pethtel and the late Elizabeth Smith Pethtel. Her parents came to
West Alexander, Pa., to reside when she was a child and she was educated in
the schools here. Mrs. Linville came to Warwood to make her home from
Morgantown, W. Va., in 1921.
Deceased had taken an active interest in club and community affairs in
Warwood. She was a member of the Warwood Christian church. She was also a
member of the Warwood Woman's Club, being affiliated with the board of
directors of that organization and was a past president of the Warwood Band
In addition to her husband, A.W. Linville, she is survived by two sons,
Jack R. Linville, a student at West Virginia University in Morgantown;
Robert E. Linville, at home; her father, H.M. Pethtel, of West Alexander,
Pa., and three sisters, Mrs. Floos E. Thill and Mrs. Virginia McGregor of
Monongahela, Pa., Mrs. Lelle Pattison, of West Alexander.
The body was removed to the Bodey funeral home in Warwood, where services
are to be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Donald Cover,
pastor of the Warwood Christian church, will officiate and interment, to be
private, will be made in West Alexander cemetery, West Alexander, Pa.
GEO. W. TILTON, WELL KNOWN FARMER, DIES AT WAYNESBURG
George W. Tilton, aged 80 years, lifelong resident of East Finley
Township, died at the Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg, Pa., at
7:30 a.m., Thursday, January 29, 1942, of pneumonia following an illness of
a few days. Of late years he has made his home with a nephew, Harold K.
Bell, of Clarksville, Pa.
Mr. Tilton was born September 14, 1861, a son of Daniel and Elmira Whiting
Tilton, on the farm which he now owns in East Finley Township. He was a
successful farmer until an accident forced him to give up active work. He
was united in marriage on September 21, 1887, with Miss Margaret Ferrell,
whose death occurred in 1936. Two sons were born to this union, one having
died in infancy, and Harry W. Tilton, who died in 1927. At the age of 20
years Mr. Tilton united with the Pleasant Grove Baptist church and remained
a member there until the end of life, serving as a deacon for 52 years. He
was a member of Claysville Grange and of Claysville Lodge No. 121 Knights
of Pythias. He also served as Justice of the Peace in East Finley Township
for a number of years.
He is survived by two grandchildren: Elsie and Marion Tilton, of
Charleroi, Pa., a nephew with whom he lived, Harold K. Bell, of
Clarksville, Pa., and other nieces and nephews who live in the West.
Friends will be received at the Brownlee Funeral Home, Claysville, until
noon Saturday, January 31. Funeral services will be held in the Pleasant
Grove Baptist church in charge of his pastor, Rev. A.A. Blake, of
Washington. Interment will be in Claysville Cemetery.
GEORGE M. SHALER
George M. Shaler, 73, well known farmer and stock raiser, died Tuesday,
March 10, at his home in Donegal Township, north of West Alexander, after a
A son of Charles and Martha Howard Shaler, he was born on the farm on
which he died, and had spent all of his life there. He was a member of the
Dutch Fork Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Fannie Scott Shaler; two sons, Charles A. of
West Alexander, and Thomas of West Alexander, R.D.; six daughters, Mrs.
Clarabelle Bailes of West Alexander, R.D., Mrs. Juanita Custer of
Steubenville, O., Mrs. Margaret Wimmer and Mrs. Ruth Jacobs, both of
Cleveland, O., Mrs. Mary Stollar of Bethany, W.Va., and Mrs. Helen Garrison
of West Alexander, R.D.; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Anderson of Claysville and
Mrs. Catherine Potter of Columbus, O.; a brother, Marion of Independence;
17 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Brownlee Funeral Home in Claysville, where
funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m., in charge of the Rev.
W.E. Ferrell. Interment will be in the West Alexander cemetery.
Mrs. Florence Rodgers McAdoo, widow of Oliver B. McAdoo, of near West
Alexander, died at 6 o'clock Monday night, March 25, 1940, in the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Clyde M. Carson, of 850 Duncan avenue, Washington. She
was in her 85th year.
Mrs. McAdoo, a daughter of James and Lenora Giles Rodgers, was born August
30, 1855, in Ohio County, W.Va., near West Liberty. On August 30, 1882,
she was married to Oliver B. McAdoo. For many years she was a faithful
member of the Dutch Fork Christian Church and in late years a member of the
Second Christian Church of Washington.
Surviving are five children, Allan C. McAdoo and Robert E. McAdoo, both of
near West Alexander; Mrs. Dessie A. Jones, of West Middletown; Mrs. Clyde
M. Carson, of Washington, and John W. McAdoo, of Ingram; also two brothers,
Henry Rodgers, of Warwood, W.Va., and E.G. Rodgers, of Salem, Ore.
The body will be removed at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the A. Blaine
Day Funeral Home to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clyde M. Carson, 850
Duncan avenue, and friends will be received after that hour. Funeral
services will be held there at 2 o'clock Thursday, March 28, in charge of
her pastor, the Rev. Hugh J. Sinclair. Burial will be in the West
FUNERAL OF JAMES W. BARR AT HIS HOME 2 P.M. TO-DAY
James Wylie Barr, native of Acheson community and since boyhood resident
of Claysville, employed as engineer for the Simon White's Sons' monument
plant, died at his home on Main street, Tuesday evening, Feb. 1, 1938, in
his 64th year. Mr. Barr had not been in his usual good health for some
time, but was about the home and out for such duties as sweeping snow off
the sidewalk. Jan. 24th he accompanied Russell Burig, truck driver, also
employed with Simon White's Sons, to Grove City, on an errand of Bessemer
gas engine repair. His condition apparently was not suited to such a trip
and illness of pneumonia developed shortly afterward. He was given good
medical attention and nursing, but the trouble was too deep seated and
death resulted. He had several years before undergone severe illness of
The funeral service will be held at his late home at two o'clock this
afternoon, the 4th, conducted by Rev. W.V. Longbrake. There have been many
beautiful flowers as tribute of respect for deceased. Interment will be in
Mr. Barr was born at Acheson, August 13, 1874, son of John J. and Minerva
Liggett Barr. In boyhood he was a pupill of Tarrtown school. The family
later resided at Buffalo Village, where the father was engaged in oil field
development work. The family came to Claysville in 1890, residing on Mill
street, where the father had a home built and resided until death. James
Barr engaged in oilfield work as a youth and followed various lines of the
work in several communities, until engaging with the Simon White's Sons'
monumental firm. He was a good mechanic and very dependable as an
engineer, and was with the firm from near 1923 until his demise. He was of
genial disposition, liked to hunt and go out with his dog for a walk in
field and woods. He will be missed in the community. Mr. Barr was united
in marriage with Miss Sara Milligan, April 15, 1897. He was a member of
the Presbyterian church.
He leaves his wife; on daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Carson, at home; three
sons, Dr. George Barr, dentist, and Frank Barr, official of the Blue Ridge
Bus Lines, coth of Claysville, and Clifford J Barr, of The Pines, east of
West Alexander; four grandchildren; one sister and two brothers, Mrs. Rena
Keegan, Claysville; Robert C. Barr, Los Angeles, Calif., who was here to
see his brother within the past year; and John W. Barr, of East Liverpool,
O., who was summoned during the week.
HEZEKIAH S. ALEXANDER
The death of Hezekiah S. Alexander occurred at Hays City, Kansas, Sunday,
April 30, 1939, in his 88th year. He was a son of Edward and Hannah
Vanderhoof Alexander, born in East Finley township, August 17, 1851. He
resided for some time on the Campsey farm on the National Road east of
Claysville. He was a member of the United Presbyterian church. Sept. 1,
1887, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Porter. He leaves one
son, James C. Alexander, and a brother, James Alexander, both residing in
DONEGAL MAN DIES IN AUTO
HEART ATTACK CLAIMS LIFE OF JOHN EGAN, 65, WHILE EN ROUTE HOME FROM
CLAYSVILLE WIDELY KNOWN RESIDENT
CLAYSVILLE, Dec. 20 - A heart attack, suffered while he was driving his
automobile, proved fatal to John Egan, 67 (yes the heading says 65 and the
text says 67), road supervisor and well known Donegal Township resident,
Mr. Egan, returning home after having driven two daughters here to board a
bus to Pittsburgh, was found slumped over the wheel of his machine, parked
at the side of the highway, by Charles H. Somerlade, of Claysville, at 5
The latter notified Dr. F.L. Knox, local physician, who went to the scene
and pronounced Mr. Egan dead of a heart attack. The fact the car was
parked off the highway and the ignition shut off led to the belief Mr. Egan
felt the attack approaching. Members of his family said he had appeared in
the best of health today.
A son of John and Mary Ann Kinsley Egan, he was born March 28, 1869, on a
farm in Donegal on which he spent he entire life. Well known as a road
supervisor, he had been serving as a WPA foreman on a project on the Buck
Run road. In politics he was a staunch Democrat.
On January 1, 1901, he married Gertrude Kelley, who survives with the
following children: Donald, Ripley, W.Va.; Eugene, West Alexander; John,
Claysville; Dorothy, at home; Mrs. Walter Kelley, Gertrude and Katherine,
the latter two nurses, of Pittsburgh. Two brothers and two sisters also
survive: F.J. Egan, Claysville; T.E. Egan, West Alexander; Mrs. C.S.
Miller, Claysville, and Mrs. Cora Cooper, Toledo, O.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Church of the
Sacred Heart here. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, near West
MRS. ERMINA MILLER, BORN ON BLOCK HOUSE FARM, IS DEAD
Mrs. Ermina Leutitia Miller, aged 80 years, 11 months and 11 days, passed
away at Washington Hospital as a result of fracrure of hip, at 6:25 p.m.
Friday, July 15, 1938. She had sustained the injury in a fall and was
conveyed to the hospital June 29th for treatment. The funeral service was
held in the Dunlap Chapel in WA, Sunday afternoon, the 17th, conducted by
her pastor, Rev. G. Karl Monroe. The pallbearers were four grandsons and
two nephews: Craven Miller, Kenneth Miller, James Miller, Earl Miller,
Harry Castner, Raymond Castner. The interment was in WA cemetery.
Mrs. Miller was born August 4, 1857, daughter of William and Catherine
Clemens Miller, and reared in Donegal township on the farm on which the
historical Miller Block House stood. In girlhood she attended Dutch Fork
school. October 17, 1877, she was united in marriage with Joseph C. Miller
in Dutch Fork Christian church, the ceremony being performed by Elder E. A.
Myers. They resided in the northwest part of Donegal township, Mr. Miller
being engaged in farming and stock raising. He was gored to death Oct. 8,
1916, by a bull that had become uncontrollable. Mrs. Miller resided on a
farm in Donegal township all her life until after her husband's death. She
located in WA, in May, 1918. Near six years ago she sustained fracture of
a hip. Since then she had resided at the home of Mrs. Cora Cooper, three
years at the home of her son, Walker Miller. On June 29th, last, she had a
fall causing fracture of the other hip and was removed to the hospital
again, death resulting, last Friday.
Mrs. Miller leaves her two sons, J. Walker Miller, of Washington RD, and
Josey E. Miller, of WA RD 1; eleven grandchildren: J. Craven Miller, of
Claysville; Mrs. Guy Stollar, Kenneth Miller, Leanna Miller, James Miller,
Evelyn Miller, of Washington; Grace Miller, Earl Miller, Alice Miller, May
Miller,Faye Miller, WA; five great grandchildren; and one sister Mrs. Flora
Miller Castner, of WA.
MRS. CHESTER L. GRIMES
Mrs. Nettie B. Farrer Grimes, 79, widow of Chester L. Grimes, died
Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, May 22, 1940, at her home in Donegal
Township, two miles west of Claysville on Route 40, after an illness of
Mrs. Grimes was born in Hopewell Township April 1, 1861, a daughter of
Samuel and Mary Dunkle Farrer, and had resided in the Claysville community
the last 40 years. On Jan. 1, 1890, she was united in marriage with
Chester L. Grimes, who died 21 years ago. Mrs. Grimes was a member of
Claysville United Presbyterian Church, the Women's Missionary Society and
the Women's Bible Class of that church, and was active in church work as
long as her health permitted. She also was a member of Claysville Grange.
Surviving are four sons and daughters, Vance T. Grimes, of Medina, O.,
Mrs. Daisy Laird, of Claysville R.D.2, and Howard S. Grimes and Mrs. Hazel
Barr, both at home; one sister, Mrs. Ernest Smith, Avella R.D.; one brother
John Farrer, of Buffalo Village; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Grimes home Friday afternoon at 2
o'clock in charge of the Rev. H.L. Henderson, pastor of Claysville United
Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Claysville Cemetery.
EUGENE J. ARNOLD
Eugene J. Arnold, back in 19__ came to Claysville from Canton, O___ a
registered embalmer, and beca__ associated with H.H. Brownlee in ___
profession. Of impressive appearan__ and gentlemanly bearing, he w__ many
friends. Sunday afterno__ June 4, 1939, he was taken with _ brief illness
at his home on Gree_ street and died soon after. Only _ day or two before
he had consulted a physician and was treated for arterioschlerosis. A
visit or two was made when his condition was so serious he was advised that
he should not have made the call. He was "Gene" to his acquaintances. He
was in his 51__ year. The remains were taken __ charge at the mortuary
where he was first employed in Claysville and many called to pay their
respects. A brother and others came from Canton, spent Monday here and
returned with the funeral party to his native city for burial. Service was
held in the Arnold funeral home, managed by his father and brothers.
Interment was in West Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Arnold was a son of John L. and Anna Gintz Arnold, and spent his
school days and early life in Canton. His father, a veteran mortician,
assisted by his sons, officiated at the burial of President William
McKinley, resident of Canton, whose useful life was cut short by an
assassin's bullet at Buffalo, N.Y. Some time after coming to Claysville
Gene became an agent of the Hoover sweepers and was engaged as salesman a
number of years, at Canton. He was united in marriage with Miss Anna
Titus, of this place. Of recent years they have resided with her sister,
Mrs. Elizabeth Woodburn. More recently he has been engaged as salesman for
the Reichart Furniture Company of Washington.
He leaves his wife; his parents; three brothers and a sister, Carl Arnold,
Herman Arnold, Frank Arnold and Hilda, all of Canton. It was observed two
children of a brother are members of the High School class graduated the
evening of the day of interment.
FRANK J. MCCRACKEN
Frank J. McCracken, of 16 South Franklin street, died about 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 3, 1939, in the Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. He had been
in poor health for the last three years and entered the hospital last
Mr. McCracken, a son of H.J. and Mary M. Kaw McCracken, was born in
Meadville. He was employed in the foundry business all his life, and was
superintendent of a local foundry.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rose Wallace McCracken, and the following
children: Francis, of Muskegon, Mich.; Edward, of Claysville; Harry, of
Washington; Charles, of Detroit; Mrs. C.A. Behringer, of Scranton; Mrs.
Homer C. Porter, of Washington, and Mrs. J. Harold Scott, of McDonald. He
also leaves three brothers, Charles, of Houston; Harvey, of Newark, O., and
Curtis, of California.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 6, at 9 a.m., in the
Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial will be in the Immaculate
MRS. MARY HOLMES KELLY DIED AT HER HOME SEPTEMBER 17
Mrs. Mary Martha Holmes Kelly, whose life span extending into her 83d year
was spent in Donegal and Buffalo townships, passed away at her home on the
National Road east of S Bridge, at 10:15 p.m., Sunday, September 17, 1939.
She had not been well for some time, but a month earlier had enjoyed an
outing with her sister, Miss Margaret Holmes, and her son and
daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kelly, and the evening of the 15th
she enjoyed a visit with her sister, Mrs. Nancy Holmes Miller, Elm street,
Claysville. She was in fine spirits on both occasions and at the week end
assisted with the housework. The funeral service was conducted at her late
home at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, in charge of her pastor, Rev. C.D. Eltringham.
Interment was in Claysville cemetery.
Her paternal grandfather, George Young Holmes brought his family in 1830
from Saltcoats, Scotland, reaching New York after a voyage of 58 days,
during which he sustained fracture of a bone in the right thigh. He
secured quarters for his family in New York City while he looked over
sections in Ontario, Canada, but was not satisfied. He came southward from
Niagara Falls to Washington county, decided to locate on a tratc of 120
acres west of Claysville, and went back to New York for his family. He
conveyed them by boat to Baltimore, Md., and thence overland on the
National Road to their new home, which his son, George Young Holmes, Jr.,
succeeded him in ownership. The latter had married Elizabeth Snodgrass and
to their union was born four sons and four daughters, Mary Martha's birth
being March 9, 1857. Her father was one - and the last survivor - of 15
Abolitionists of Donegal township who voted for the Free Soil ticket until
the Republican party was formed. He was also known as a conductor of the
Underground Railroad, his residence being a cottage house, off a side road
leading from the National Road. On one occasion two proslavery neighbors
became suspicious of him and called one evening when the low hanging bed
spread reached down to the floor and concealed two escaping negro slaves.
The call was prolonged until Mr. Holmes invited the visitors to remain for
te evening devotions. After the Bible reading and prayer he bade them good
night. He extinguished the lights and when the moment was favorable he led
the slaves out through the orchard to the McKeever Station at West
Middletown, returning home during the night. He was an ordained Baptist
minister and preached for the North Wheeling, Buffalo and Washington
Deceased as a girl was a pupil of the Coon Island School and was reared in
the community of her birth. She was united in marriage July 10, 188, with
Samuel F. Kelly, of S Bridge section, who had served in Company C 22d Pa.
Vol. Cavalry in the was for the preservation of the Union. Since 1882 she
had resided in Buffalo township. Prior to her marriage she had become a
member of Buffalo Baptist church, which was moved to Claysville in 1893.
Her membership had been continuous for near 60 years. She was held in high
esteem by many acquaintenances throughout her community, and was devoted to
her home and family. Mr. Kelly's death occurred October 23, 1916. She
leaves three sons, Rupert Kelly, at home; Lawrence Kelly, Washington, RD 5,
and Glenn Kelly, in The Meadows, Claysville; three grandchildren, Mary
Caroline, Frank and Helen Margaret Kelly; two sisters, both of whom were
able to attend the funeral, Mrs. Nancy Holmes Miller and Miss Margaret
TOLBERT F. JOHNSON
Tolbert F. Johnson, father of Mrs. Charles DeFrance, residing on US40,
west of Claysville, died at his home, 2218 Jacob street, Wheeling, Friday
morning, Jan. 17, 1941. He was a tinner by trade. Dr. W.D. Lewis, pastor
Second Presbyterian church, Wheeling, conducted the funeral service at 2:30
p.m. Monday. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery. Besides Mrs. DeFrance
he leaves one son and two daughters: Junius Johnson, Miss Beryl Johnson and
Mrs. Margaret Yost, of Wheeling.
DEATH CAME TO MRS. GEORGE B. SPROWLS EARLY DEC. 23d
Death within a home at any time is a cause of sadness, but intermingled
with the cheer of Christmas it has added poignancy. Thus it came to the
home of George B. Sprowls, Sr., near one o'clock, Wednesday morning,
December 23d, 1936, and called from active life, his devoted wife, Caroline
Stillwagen Sprowls. Throughout life she had possessed good health and had
little illness, and on Tuesday engaged in Christmas activity in Washington.
Near midnight she aroused Mr. Sprowls and said she was ill, with a choking
at the chest. Mr. Sprowls responded at once. Dr. F.L. Knox was summoned
and the younger daughter, Mrs. Ralph Miller, called to aid. The doctor
made an especially prompt response, realized the serious condition of the
patient, and detained Mr. Sprowls from entering another room with the
statement, "I believe she is dying." In a few moments she had passed on.
The funeral service is to be held at the Church of the Sacred Heart, of
which she was a faithful member, at ten o'clock Saturday forenoon, in
charge of Rev. Father J.M. Hughes. Interment will be in the family lot in
Mrs. Sprowls was born Dec. 15, 1866, on the home farm in West Finley
township, now owned by O.B. Naragan, daughter of Charles and Martha Miller
Stillwagen. She was reared on that farm and a pupil of Davidson School.
October 8, 1890, she was united in marriage with George B. Sprowls, who was
then embarking upon a business career that has won success and extended
commercial relationships. Their first home in Claysville was at the
present home of J.C. MacCartney, going thence to a home where the City
Garage stands, then to the McKee house, next C.H. Somerlade's. From there
they located where their daughter, Mrs. Ralph Miller resides, and from
there to their present commodious, modernly equipped home. In the advance
from the very modest home life and surroundings, Mrs. Sprowls was a most
The children developing into manhood and womanhood and going out into
homes of their own, there was more spare time for other activities. One
notable activity to which she gave of her effort is the Mothers' Assistance
Fund, to which she was appointed by Gov. Wm. C. Sproul, 1919-1923. Each
succeeding governor since, including Gov. George H. Earle, did likewise.
Much of the time she served as treasurer and was a regular attendant at the
Mrs. Sprowls was a charter member of the Mothers' Club of Claysville,
which has had an active career into its fourth decade, especially helpful
to school and library interests. Mrs. Sprowls was a leader among the
members. With the entrance of the United States in the world war, Mr.
Sprowls was a leader among the men's activities and Mrs. Sprowls with the
women. She was especially active in the Red Cross solicitation, retaining
her membership to the present. The Christmas seal solicitation also had
her loyal support and as late as Dec. 19th she indicated that support by
having a number of young girls to solicit for that cause. Another of the
activities in which she had deep interest is the American Legion Auxiliary
of James R. Hunt Post. In the Auxiliary she was a charter member and
always was a worker for its success. Early in life she became a member of
the Church of the Sacred Heart and through life was steadfast in her
loyalty to that work. Few, if any women in Claysville has been so active
as she, and she will be missed in a much wider circle than her home
community. In her civic activities she desired rather to afface self have
the community credited.
She leaves her husband; three sons and three daughters: Harry V. Sprowls,
of The Meadows, managerof City Garage; Wray Sprowls, manager of the
Washington store; George B. Sprowls, Jr., assisting in managing the
hardware store, and all members of the firm of George B. Sprowls & Sons;
Lena, wife of Glenn Kelly, of the Meadows; Helen, wife of Donald Ross,
Washington; Margaret, wife of Ralph Miller, Claysville; eleven
grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas Stillwagen, of The Meadows, and John
Stillwagen, south of Claysville.