Miscellaneous Washington Co. Obituaries
Vol. 1

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.

Lisa writes:

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 Cemetery.


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 Stone’s car came through the fog and crashed into him. 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 County. 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 Washington. 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 o’clock 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 Pittsburgh. 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 Claysville cemetery.


MRS. ANNA M’CALMONT Mrs. Anna McCalmont, 78, died at the home of her daughter, mrs. Lawrence Ely of East Buffalo, Saturday evening, Sept. 26, 1942, at 6 o’clock 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 great grandchildren.


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 o’clock 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 cemetery. 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 Freeport. 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 o’clock after an illness of five years. Mr. Wood was a farmer, his active years being spent in Greene County. 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, RD 2.


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 15, 1938. 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 Cemetery.


[HEADING MISSING ] 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 Alexander.


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 Alexander cemetery. 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 well__________________.


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 Mother's club. 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 long illness. 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.______________ MCADOO 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 Alexander Cemetery.


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 pneumonia. 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 Claysville cemetery. 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 Washington, Pa.


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, late today. 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 p.m. 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 Alexander.


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 four years. 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 Tuesday. 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 Conception Cemetery.


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 congregations. 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 Holmes, Claysville.


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 Claysville cemetery. 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 loyal helpmeet. 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 meetings. 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.

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