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.
GEORGE WATIER DIED IN FLORIDA
George H. Watier, native of this place, for many years a resident
carpenter by trade, died at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sunday, Feb. 25,
1940. He had resided in Florida the past eight years. The remains were
received at the J.H. Dunlap mortuary on Wednesday. The funeral service was
held in the mortuary chapel at two oclock the same afternoon, conducted by
Rev. Jacob Ruble, Jr. Interment was in West Alexander Cemetery. The
pallbearers were W.R. Vermillion, James Hendershot, George Donley, Rex
hertig, Mark Meighen, Elza Ooman.
Mr. Watier was born in West Alexander April 25, 1872, son of James and
Emily Harley Watier. He was reared here and attended the West Alexander
School. He was a good mechanic and while employed on quite a number of
residences, farm buildings and other structures, he was also contracting
carpenter on many other buildings, including a number of substantial
residences down the Pike west. He was employed in the construction of the
residence of S.R. Blayney, North Liberty street.
He leaves his wife; three sons, George Watier, Jr., West Alexander; Lloyd
Watier and Earl Watier, Fort Lauderdale; one daughter, Mrs. Frank Meighen,
Fort Lauderdale; seven grandchildren; and twobrothers, James Watier,
Dayton, Ohio, and Charles Watier, Zanesville, O. Four sons are deceased,
three of them meeting violent death in construction service: Chester
Watier, in fall from electric line tower; Frank Watier, in fall from bridge
under construction across the Beaver River; Howard Watier, from a fall from
an electric line tower; Bert Watier, from typhoid fever.
Allen Hammett for 30 years resident of Donegal township, north of
Claysville, and in Claysville, died at his home in the north side of town
at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7th, 1936, aged 78 years. The funeral service
was held at the Brownlee funeral home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by
Rev. W.V. Longbrake, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Friends from
Dawson, Scottdale and New Kensington were among attendants at the service.
The pallbearers were three sons, Charles Hammett, John Hammett, Harold
Hammett; two sons-in-law, Raymond Clutter, Russell Miller, and a grandson,
James Sheller. Interment in Claysville cemetery.
Mr. Hammett was born in Pittsburgh, son of Allen and Mary Robertson
Hammett. He was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Jane Hartley, in
September, 1885, and were privileged to observe their golden wedding
anniversary. They resided at Dawson, New Kensington and Washington. Mr.
Hammett was employed as packer in glass houses.
He leaves three sons and three daughters: Mrs. Cora Sheller, Claysville;
Mrs. Russell Miller, Dutch Fork; Mrs. Raymond Clutter, Washington; Charles
Hammett, Washington, D.C.; John Hammett and Harold Hammett, at home.
MRS. MATTIE SPROWLS
Mrs. Sarah Martha Reed Sprowls, familiarly known as Mattie to her many
friends, died at her home on Petroleum avenue, on Friday, April 12th, 1940.
Her children had been summoned to her home at the midweek, due to her
critical illness. The funeral service was held in the Brownlee home Sunday
afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. C.D. Eltringham. A very large
attendance of friend assembled. The pallbearers were six grandsons:
Herbert Clutter, Donald Clutter, Harland Clutter, Delbert Clutter, Von
Clutter and Harold Ruth. Interment was in Enon cemetery.
Mrs. Sprowls was born in Richhill township, Greene county, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John Reed. Part of her common school education was secured as a
pupil of the Long Run School. Her mother died when she was quite small.
In 1888 she was united in marriage with Wm. Clutter. Of that union there
are two daughters and two sons. Mr. Clutter died in 1903. January 3d,
1914, she was united in marriage with Thomas B. Sprowls. They resided at
Enon, until 1918 when they came to Claysville. Mr. Sprowls was an employee
of the Penn Bridge Plant, where he was fatally injured by the falling of a
heavy rail, Dec. 26, 1928, dying two days later.
Mrs. Sprowls became a member of Enon Baptist church and after coming to
this place, transferred her membership to Claysville Baptist church. She
was a loyal attendant and supporter, member of the Sunday School and active
in the Mission Circle and Ladies Aid. She was held in high esteem.
Children - Floyd N. Clutter, Mrs. Harry Clutter, Nineveh; Charles B.
Clutter, West Finley; Mrs. Stanley Ruth, Claysville; and Mrs. Forney
Fordyce, Claysville. Step children: Clarence Sprowls, Wheeling; Herschel
Sprowls, West Finley RD; Earl Sprowls, Massillon, O.; Ray Sprowls, Akron,
O.; Mrs. John Amos, Claysville and Mrs. Russel Holmes, Washington; Wilda,
wife of John T. Miller, Monongahela, Pa.; 22 grandchildren; seven great
Sisters: Mrs. Florence Chess, Cleveland, O.; Mrs. Delle Chambers, Akron,
O.; and Mrs. Belle Fletcher, Rutan.
WELL KNOWN WOMAN OF WEST ALEXANDER DIES
WEST ALEXANDER, July 19 -
Mrs. Jennie A. Shaler, aged 84 years, died in
her home her Saturday morning, July 17 at 4 oclock. She had suffered a
stroke on Friday.
Mrs. Shaler, a well known and respected resident of West Alexander, had
lived practically her entire life in this vicinity. A daughter of George
W. and Eliza Cook Jones, she was born in West Virginia, but the family
moved here when she was a small child.
She was the widow of William Shaler, who died 14 years ago.
She leaves one brother, D.F. Jones, of Bethany, W.Va., and several nieces.
She was a member of the Castleman Run Methodist Episcopal Church, but had
attended the West Alexander Methodist Episcopal Church.
Funeral services will be held in her home Monday at 2 oclock, in charge
of the Rev. H.E. McNeely, pastor of the West Alexander Methodist Episcopal
Church, assisted by the Rev. G.K. Monroe of the West Alexander Presbyterian
Church. Burial will be in the West Alexander Cemetery.
WOUNDS FATAL TO JAMES CLUTTER
EAST FINLEY TOWNSHIP RESIDENT WHO SHOT HIMSELF WHEN AFFLICTED WITH SMALLPOX SUCCUMBS TO WOUND BURIED WITHOUT SERVICE
CLAYSVILLE. June 17 -
James Burns Clutter, of East Finley Township, who
shot himself in the chest June 7 after being ill of smallpox for two weeks,
this morning was buried in the Claysville Cemetery without a funeral
service. He died of his wounds at 1:30 oclock this morning in his home on
the Mrs. James Plants farm.
Mr. Clutter, a son of William and Margaret McClelland Clutter, was born
and reared in the Enon section of East Finley Township, but had lived in
the Claysville district for a number of years. He was 49 years, five
months, and 25 days of age.
About a year ago he had a light stroke of paralysis, which left him partly
incapacitated. It is believed that when he learned that he had smallpox in
addition to his crippled condition, he lost his head and fired the shot
which finally took his life. The quarantine for the smallpox would have
been lifted next Sunday.
After he shot himself hospitals refused to admit him because of the
disease, and he was taken back to his home.
He leaves his wife, Stella Farabee Clutter, and a number of sisters and
Because of the contagious nature of the disease burial was private
.........services were held.
JOHN WILLIAM RICHMOND
The death of John Willim Richmond, retired farmer, native and lifelong
resident along the West Virginia State Line, died at the home of his son,
Arthur Richmond, Stone Church Road, Ohio County, W.Va., at 11:30 p.m.
Friday, June 6, 1941, in his 78th year.
Deceased was born at Majorsville, Dec. 7, 1863, son of Joseph and Martha
Seaton Richmond, and spent his early life in that community. He was united
in marriage in 1884 with Miss Eliza Pettit. He followed farming. Mrs.
Richmond died in 1905.
The funeral service was held at the home of his son, Wilford O. Richmond,
just south of Claysville, Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. John H.
Strock, pastor of Stone Presbyterian church, Elm Grove.
He leaves one daughter and four sons: Mrs. Pearl Hull, Steubenville, O.;
Wilford O. Richmond, Claysville; Floyd Richmond, Valley Grove; Arthur
Richmond, Elm Grove; Archie Richmond, Ironton, Ohio; 22 grandchildren; four
great grandchildren; and three brothers: Frank Richmond, Claysville; Mylie
Richmond, Washington, Pa.; Daniel Richmond, Buffalo, Pa.
JOSEPH MORGAN GEHO
Joseph Morgan Geho, 69, died Thursday, November 2, 1939, at 3 p.m., in his
home near West Alexander.
Mr. Geho, a well known farmer, was born February 11, 1870, in Greene
County, and was a son of William and Elizabeth Kinsley Geho. He moved to
Washington County 38 years ago.
February 2, 1894, he married Miss Jessie Ullom, who survives. Of their
six children, three survive. They are: Miss Bessie Geho, at home; Mrs.
Lucy Supler, Triadelphia, W.Va., and Mrs. Thelma Richey, of West Alexander.
One son, William Geho, died at Camp Greenlee, Ga., in October, 1918, and
two other children died in infancy.
Also surviving are one stepson, Ralph Snyder, of Cameron, and the
following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Jennie Ferris, of Stoneboro; Garrison
Geho, of Bartlesville, Okla.; Melva Geho, of Waynesburg; Slater Geho, of
Pittsburgh; Charles L. Geho, of New Freeport, and Mrs. Frances G. Huffman,
of Pine Bank.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the
home, in charge of the Rev. Thomas Pressnell, of the South Ten Mile Baptist
Church, near Graysville, and the Rev. C.S. DeBarr, of the Methodist Church
at Dallas, W.Va. Burial will be in the Dallas Cemetery.
MRS. ROBERT J. REED, SR.
The funeral service of Mrs. Mary Louis Butler Reed, wife of Dr. Robert J.
Reed, Sr., of Emmerson Road, Woodsdale, Wheeling, was held Tuesday
afternoon at the family residence in charge of Dr. Frederick Cropp, Jr., of
First Presbyterian Church of Wheeling, her pastor, and Dr. James M. Potter.
The pallbearers were nephews of deceased, A. Bates Butler, Jr., William
Reed Butler, Andrew Butler, Baird Butler, John A. Barry, Robert B. Barry,
Robert C. Darrah. Interment was in West Alexander cemetery.
Mrs. Reed had been active in church, philanthropic, club, civic and
patriotic organizations for many years. She was honorary vice-president of
the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, a former
president of the International Order of Kings Daughters and Sons, and the
founder of the Kings Daughters Day Nursery in Wheeling.
She was the first president of the Wheeling Y.W.C.A. and was active in the
Womans club of Wheeling. Mrs. Reed was also a member of the board of
trustees of Oglebay Institute.
The wooden platform across the newly concreted section of U.S. 40 at West
Alexander cemetery, was removed Monday evening, adding to the convenience
Dr. Reed, an outstanding physician of Wheeling, is a native and former
resident of this community.
MRS. CLARA BARR SCOTT DIED APRIL 2ND AT AGE 90
Mrs. Clara Barr Scott, widow of Thomas Scott, many years resident of
Donegal township, died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and
Mrs. George Shaler, West Alexander RD, at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, April 2, 1939,
one week advanced in her 90th year, of infirmities following a general
decline. The funeral service was held at the Brownlee funeral home at two
oclock Tuesday afternoon. There was a very largeattendance of kindred and
friends. The service was in charge of William E. Ferrell, minister of
Dutch Fork Christian church. Interment was in West Alexander cemetery.
The pallbearers were grandsons: Thomas Howard, Thomas Shaler, Thomas
Garrison, Bud Scott, Bud Curtis, Ted Garrison.
Mrs. Scott was born north of Claysville, March 26, 1849, daughter of James
and Mary Nichols Barr. She attended a local school and her parents resided
at Acheson. Oct. 10, 1867, she was united in marriage with Thomas Scott,
who in youth carried the mail between Acheson and Claysville postoffices.
Their home after marriage was first on the farm of his father, Archibald
Scott, spent a year in Cross Creek township and for 36 years following
resided in Donegal township, for 19 years on the Henry Cain farm, which
adjoins the historic Catholic graveyard that was consecrated by Father
Fenwick in 1814, 125 years ago, on his way to Cincinnati. In 1920 Mr. and
Mrs. Scott came to Claysville and resided on West Main street where his
death occurred July 11, 1922, he then being the oldest member - 47 years -
of Hopewell lodge I.O.O.F, Mrs. Scott continued to reside there several
years but more recently she has lived with her children. She was of
friendly turn, devoted to her home and family and held in deep affection by
her neighbors. Just a week before her death her 90th birth anniversary was
observed at the place of her demise. Three sons are deceased: Joseph L.
Scott, William Scott and Robert Scott. Four grandsons served in the World
War, three of them in France.
She leaves six daughters and one son: Mrs. Annie Rice, Los Angeles, Cal.;
Fannie, wife of George Shaler, West Alexander RD; Mrs. Rose Garrison, James
Scott, West Liberty, W.Va.; Mrs. Mary Curtis, Claysville; Ella, wife of
Frank Howard, west of Claysville; Ruth, wife of Thomas Scott, Haneytown
Road, Claysville; 54 grandchildren; 67 great grandchildren; one great great
MRS. JENNIE B. SANDERS
Mrs. Jennie B. Sanders, 65, wife of William B. Sanders, died at her home,
Highland Avenue, Claysville, at 12:30 p.m. Monday, August 21, 1939. Mrs.
Sanders had not been in good health for some time but had been seriously
ill only two weeks.
Mrs. Sanders, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Scott Shaler, was born
near West Alexander, March 31, 1874, and had spent her entire life in the
district. She was a former member of the Dutch Fork Christian Church.
Surviving, besides her husband are three sons, John, Akron, O.; Roy,
Clarksburg, W.Va.; Clarence, Washington; the following brothers and
sisters: Woods Shaler, Claysville; Frank Shaler, Hamilton, Kan.; Mrs.
Wallace Clemens, Washington; Mrs. Clarence Howard, Wheeling, W.Va.; and
Mrs. Ralph Phillips, Wendell, W.Va., together with four grandchildren and
one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at the late home Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 2
p.m., in charge of the Rev. George Woldon, pastor of the Claysville
Christian Church. Burial will be in the Claysville cemetery.
MRS. JOHN C. SPROWLS
Quite sudden and with no small degree of shock to her kindred and
associates, was the death of Mrs. Sarah Emma Small, wife of John C.
Sprowls, near eight oclock, Friday evening, April 21, 1939. She had come
over to town from her home near the top of the hill up Burnsville Road.
She had called on Miss Mary Blayney, an associate in the work of the
American Legion Auxiliary, at her home opposite the Claysville Schools.
Mrs. Sprowls continued up street to the Holmes Store, where she entered and
was provided with a seat for rest and air at the front of the store. She
slumped down and contact with two physicians was made, Dr. E.R. Knox and
Dr. J.R. Day arriving about the same time. Mrs. Sprowls was still
conscious when they reached her side, but the physicians realized there was
nothing that could be done for her and death ensued in a short time. The
body was removed to the H.H. Brownlee & Son mortuary and the sorrowful word
conveyed to members of her family and kindred.
Mrs. Sprowls was born near Clokey, Pa., March 25, 1867, daughter of Frank
and Anna Sheet Small. In infancy she was bereft of her parents, left an
orphan and was reared in the home of Mrs. Smith McNay, in West Finley
township. She was a pupil of Harmony School, in which district the McNays
resided. December 19, 1884, she and John C. Sprowls, of East Finley
township, drove to the Windy Gap parsonage and were united in marriage by
the pastor, Rev. John R. Morris. They resided in East Finley township
until their removal near 1919, to their present home. Mrs. Sprowls was a
member of Fairmount United Brethren congregation and interested in its
activities. She was also an active member of the Auxiliary to James R.
Hunt Post No. 639, American Legion, which group, as an expression of
appreciation sponsored the observance of the golden wedding anniversary of
Mr. and Mrs. Sprowls in the Legion Home, Dec. 19, 1934, in most pleasing
manner. A trait of Mrs. Sprowls was her sunny disposition. She was a
member of the Sunshine Class of Claysville Methodist Episcopal church.
Her only sister is deceased. She leaves her husband; two sons, Wylie G.
Sprowls, south of Claysville, and Vance Sprowls, of Gary, Indiana, and
The funeral service was conducted at the Brownlee Funeral Home at two
oclock Monday afternoon, with large assembly of attendants. The interment
was in Fairmount cemetery.
REV. JACOB RUBLE CALLED BY DEATH JULY 10 IN 95TH YEAR
Rev. Jacob Ruble, retired Presbyterian minister, last surviving veteran of
the Civil War, beloved throughout the community, passed away at his home
west of West Alexander, at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 1940, in his 95th
year. He had been in ill health the past year, due to infirmities and
seriously ill since July 4th. He was the last surviving veteran of the
Civil War between Washington and Wheeling.
The remains are to lie in state at West Alexander Presbyterian church, on
Saturday, the 13th, from noon until two oclock; the funeral service takes
place in the church at that hour, with the pastor, Rev. R.E. Kaufman, in
charge, assisted by Rev. Joseph Hamilton, of Washington; Dr. Frank Fish, of
Millsboro; and Dr. Charles H. McDonald, of West Alexander. The interment
will be in West Alexander cemetery.
Mr. Ruble was born May 16, 1846, at Morris Crossroads, Fayette County, son
of William R. and Elizabeth Wolf Ruble. He attended the local school and
Mr. Ruble was descended of pioneer ancestry that included service in the
Revolutionary War. Sept. 3, 1864, he enlisted for service for the Union
cause in Company I Fiftieth Regiment, Pennsylvania veterans. He was first
sent to Hatchers Run and three weeks later to Fort McGelvrey, close enough
so that a stone could be thrown across into the Confederate lines. Mr.
Ruble was a member of the color guard of the first company of the first
Union troops to enter Petersburg, Virginia. His company was discharged at
the Dulaney House in Washington, D.C., June 2, 1865. Seventy-one years
later he delivered the memorial address at West Finley cemetery, without
notes, connectedly, one of 4,500 remaining survivors of 400,500 members of
the Grand Army of the Republic. His addresses were first to build up
Christian character, then to strengthen Christian citizenship and finally
to encourage true American spirit. Mr. Ruble attended the 50th anniversary
and the 75th anniversary observances of the battle of Gettysburg. He was
always loyal to the men of the little bronze button he was always so proud
Mr. Ruble was married and after four children were born he entered
Waynesburg College, and was graduated from that institution and Western
Theological Seminary in 1879. He was licensed by the Presbytery of
Redstone at the Presbyterian church at Mt. Pleasant, Fayette county. He
served pastorates at Sewickley, Limestone, Allen Grove, Wolf Run, Marshall
county; Unity Presbyterian church, Graysville, 1894-1909; moved to his
residence west of West Alexander in that year; served as stated supply at
East Buffalo Presbyterian church. Each year at his birth anniversary
groups from the East Buffalo church made pilgrimages to call on their
beloved former pastor - and did so this year. He retired from active
ministry in 1927. He was ever ready in emergencies to fill a preaching
appointment or to conduct a service in the years following his retirement.
He leaves his wife, nee Mary Campbell, and one son, Rev Jacob Ruble, Jr.,
at home, pastor of Pigeon.......(rest is missing)
ELMER SHELLER MEETS DEATH IN REMOVING A TRACTOR GRADER
Elmer E. Sheller, substantial farmer and member of the Donegal Board of
Township Supervisors, met accidental death near 10:30 a.m. Monday, March
22d, 1937, on the Dutch Fork Road near the Hupp Sugar Camp, when the
township tractor grader overturned down a short bank with him. The tractor
had stood at the John Rogers farm and was to be taken to the shop in
Washington for repair. As an aid in getting the machine cranked up and
started Elmers fellow supervisor, Arch Laird, and two helpers, Ray Miller
and Paul Hewitt, were present to help. When the machine was ready to move
and everything appeared to be all right, Mr. Laird, who was to meet Mr.
Sheller in Washington in the evening and bring him home, Miller and Hewitt
left him, and he gave them a parting salute. Roy Pogue, of West Alexander,
stock dealer, passed Mr. Sheller and exchanged greetings as Mr. Pogue went
on an errand to the Adolf Hertig farm. When he came back Roy observed the
tractor grader standing upright down over the bank. And by the side of the
tractor the body of Mr. Sheller. Upon examination life was found to be
extinct, Mr. Sheller, who had had two years experience in handling the
tractor and proved himself a capable operator, had apparently attempted to
get the machine from offside back onto the road, when it went off and
overturned completely, catching him beneath it in the turn. The vertebrae
and pelvic bone were crushed. Mr. Pogue went to a phone and notified
Deputy Coroner Ray A. Brownlee, who conveyed the body at noon to the
Brownlee mortuary. He notified coroner Jones, of Canonsburg. Their
decision as to cause of death was : Cause of death shock and internal
hemoffhages caused by road grader crushing vertebrae and pelvic bone. The
place was at the end of the black surfaced section of the road. The engine
was running but the power had been shut off when Mr. Pogue arrived after
This case was the second death on the highway of Donegal township
supervisor in just under three months - the other being John Egan, Dec. 20,
The funeral service was held at the Sheller home at two oclock Tuesday
afternoon, in charge of Rev. M.O. Mickey, assisted by Rev. H.L. Henderson.
The attendance was one of the very largest in many years in the township.
Every room of the spacious home and the porch was crowded and many were
outside. An estimate of the number of cars transporting the attendants was
85. The pallbearers were E.O. Spragg, Mason Hewitt, H.W. Linville, Karl
Hertig, and two fellow supervisors, W.A. Guess and Arch Laird. The
interment was in Claysville cemetery.
Mr. Sheller was born Dec. 8, 1879, son of Samuel and Jennie McCleery
Sheller. His life was practically spent in Donegal township. Farming was
his vocation, in which he was industrious and capable. He was united in
marriage with Miss Pink Cochran, member of a Louisville, Ky., family. For
a number of years he operated the Mrs. Lena Buchanan farm on Taylorstown
Ridge Road, above Taylorstown. He removed from there to the farm of the
late William Mehaffey, near three miles northwest of Claysville, comprising
large orchard. Mr. Sheller was of rather rugged type, but warm hearted, a
fine neighbor and good citizen. He had served a number of years as
roadmaster and at present was filling his first term as township
supervisor, with more than two years yet to serve. He was a member of Zion
United Brethren in Christ church.
Mr. Sheller leaves his wife, two daughters, Mary, wife of Alvin Carl,
home, teacher in Nosco Hall School, near Rea, Pa.; one granddaughter, Mary
Lee Carl; and three sisters, Mrs. Florence Drummond, of Barberton, Ohio;
Margaretta, wife of C.L. Keenan, Claysville RD 2, and Miss Catherine
Sheller, Claysville, bookkeeper in the National Bank of Claysville.
MRS. JOHN R. LINVILLE
Mrs. Alice L. Linville, 76, died Friday night, December 15, 1939, in her
home, Church street, Claysville, after an illness of several months.
Mrs. Linville was born in Donegal Township, where she spent most of her
life until she moved to Claysville in 1920. Her husband, John R. Linville,
died Jan. 2, 1926.
She was a member of the Claysville Christian Church.
Surviving are three sons, A.W. Linville, of Warwood, W.Va.; W.L. Linville,
of Los Angeles, Calif., and Alva Linville, of Claysville.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 18, at 2 oclock, in her home,
in charge of her pastor, the Rev. George Walden. Burial will be in the
MISS AMANDA NOBLE
Miss Amanda Noble, formerly well known throughout Taylorstown, section,
the community of her birth, Claysville, for a period the home of her
parents, and in Washington,her late place of residence, died at the home of
her sister, Mrs. Blanche Noble Green, of Lima, Ohio, at 10:30 p.m. Sunday,
Dec 10, 1939. (I typed it exactly as it was printed) She had been in ill
health two years and had gone from Washington at mid November for a visit
with her sister, when the illness became critical. The funeral service was
held at the A. Blaine Day funeral home Wednesday forenoon, in charge of her
pastor, Rev. Samuel W. Shane, of Second United Presbyterian church of
Washington. The interment was in the family lot in Claysville cemetery.
She leaves of a family of five sisters and a brother, three sisters, Mrs.
Rachel Craig, of Claysville; Mrs. Clara Coulsin, of Washington, and Mrs.
Blanche Green, of Lima, Ohio.
Miss Noble was born in Buffalo township, west of Taylorstown, and spent
her girlhood on the farm on which her parents, James and Rebecca Ritchey
Noble, located in 1870. Like her parents she became a member of
Taylorstown United Presbyterian church. The Noble family held a place of
prominence in Taylorstown community. The parents moved to Claysville and
resided in the residence now occupied by Andrew Beattie, where they passed
away at advanced age. Miss Noble located in Washington and resided with
her sister, becoming a member of the Second United Presbyterian church of
that city. She frequently visited with kindred here.
MRS. ANNIE RODGERS MULDOON
Mrs. Annie Rodgers Muldoon, widow of the late John Muldoon, of near West
Alexander, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oscar Owen,
Washington RD 2, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1940, in her 75th year. The funeral
service will be held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.W. McMurray, off
the new section of U.S. 40 highway, east of West Alexander, at two oclock
Friday afternoon, Jan 12th, in charge of her pastor, Rev. R.E. Kaufman, who
is to be assisted by Rev. Jacob Ruble, Jr. Interment will be in West
Alexander cemetery. Mrs. Muldoon was born April 24, 1865, in Ohio county,
W.Va., near West Liberty, daughter of James and Leonora Giles Rodgers. She
received her schooling at that placeand in May, 1886, she was united in
marriage with John Muldoon, the ceremony being performed by the late Dr.
W.H. Lester. They located on the farm of Mr. Muldoon, four miles north of
West Alexander, which was their home except for the several years they
resided at the Corner Store property in West Alexander. They returned
thence to the home farm, where his death occurred July 14, 1936, in the
51st year following their marriage. Since then Mrs. Muldoon has made her
home with her children.
She was a member of West Alexander Presbyterian church more than a half
century and regular in attendance when health permitted. Her disposition
was kindly and cheerful; she was a devoted wife and mother through all the
years into her declining days, thinking more of others than herself.
Mrs. Muldoon leaves three daughters and one son: Mrs. J.W. McMurray, West
Alexander RD 1; Mrs. _harles Owen, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Oscar Owen,
Washington RD 2; Frank Muldoon, Wooster, Ohio, RD; an infant son is
deceased; __e grandchildren and one great grandchild; one sister, Mrs.
Florence _cAdoo, of Washington, and two brothers, Henry Rodgers, Warwood,
_. Va., and E.G. Rodgers, of Salem, _regon.
GEORGE W. LINDSAY
George W. Lindsay, 86, for a long period a farmer in the Taylorstown
district and a resident of Washington since his retirement, died last night
at 7:55 oclock at his home, 127 Lawrence avenue. Death was due to
Mr. Lindsay was a son of Jesse and Emma Lindsay and was born at Flushing,
O., Jan. 15, 1855. He married Lyda Jones, who died 25 years ago.
During his residence in Washington, Mr. Lindsay was active as a member of
the Third U.P. Church, both in Sunday School and church. He was an elder
for a number of years.
One sister, Mrs. Rebecca Shaler, Claysville, survives with a number of
nieces and nephews,
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Saturday at 2 oclock,
conducted by his pastor, the Rev. J.Y. Jackson. Burial will be at West
FRANK BALTZELL FUNERAL
The funeral of Frank Baltzell, of Haneytown Road, who was killed the night
of September 1, while walking along the B. & O. tracks between Claysville
station and Bell Avenue Crossing, by a train, was held at the Brownlee
Funeral Home Sunday afternoon. The service was conducted by Rev. Ralph T.
Kemper, of Canonsburg. The pallbearers were Charles Loughman, John
Kraushan, Clarence Cummins, Richard Miller, _. C. Doman, Newton Bond, all
of Washington. Interment was in the cemetery at Wind Ridge, Pa.
Mr. Baltzell was rather widely known in this community, in which he had
resided near 40 years, coming from near Wind Ridge, the community of his
birth. He was for some years employed in section work on the B. & O.
railroad. He was also employed at the Penn Bridge plant. In recent years
he was engaged in highway work with the WPA. In the investigation of
sources of typhoid fever in the ..........(rest is missing)
MRS. CHRISTIANA DEEDS, OLDEST RESIDENT OF DONEGAL, IS DEAD
Mrs. Christiana Miller Deeds, widow of the late John Deeds, oldest
resident of Donegal township, died at the home of her son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. T. Bush Narigan, at Dutch Fork, at 7:30 pm,
Wednesday, April 15, 1931, in her 95th year. She had enjoyed good health
throughout her long life, and less than a month ago was able to be about
and occupy her easy chair. She had been ill about three weeks. The
funeral service was held at the Narrigan home at 1:30 pm Friday, conducted
by Rev. D.N. Ciampa, pastor at Zion church, where she and her late husband
had attended services. Burial was in the West Alexander cemetery.
Mrs. Deeds was a daughter of Samuel and Christiana Hootman Miller, both
members of early Donegal families, born June 3, 1836, on the Thad N. Miller
farm at Ducth Fork, and coincidentally, it may be stated, in the same house
where her late husband was born 113 years ago. The home of her mother's
parents was on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia State Line, where one dined
in one state and slept in the other. The house still stands. Mrs. Deeds
attended Brown school. On January 21, 1865, she was united in marriage
with John Deeds, member of a pioneer family, who was a lad of the Dutch
Fork community a century ago and did much toward clearing away the woods
for tilling the soil. It is said of him that he could make 100 rails in a
day from sunrise until three o'clock, with the primitive tools of his day,
and that he hired out at $9 per month with the measure of his day's work
rated at 100 rails. Two children of Mr. and Mrs. Deeds died in infancy --
Belle and Cynthiana. Mr. Deeds' death occurred March 27th, 1909. While
Mrs. Deeds resided temporarily in Claysville a short time, her home has
always been near her birthplace in Donegal. She was most contented when
she was attending to duties about her home.
She leaves two children, Maggie, wife of T. Bush Narrigan, Dutch Fork, and
Mrs. Laura Jones, of Donegal; three grandchildren, Mrs. Renona Jackson and
James Narrigan of Donegal township and Irvin E. Narrigan of Washington;
three great-grandchildren, Mrs. Carl Hertig, Deloris Narrigan, and Irvin
Thomas Narrigan; and three great-great-grandchildren, Onile, Junior, and
__________________CHANEY DIED _____ 10 IN LAST HALF OF 10TH DECADE
In the last half or her tenth decade of life Mrs. Pemelia Alexander
Chaney, widow of James M. Chaney, life long resident of this community,
passed away at her home on Main street, near 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10,
1939, following illness of but a few days, in her 98th year. The funeral
service was held in the Presbyterian church, where more than 90 years
before she had begun as a child to go with her parents and where for more
than eight decades she had been a useful member, contributing of her time
and talents in the work of the church. Many had called to pay their
respects and there was a large assembly at the service, conducted by Rev.
Jacob Ruble, Jr. He was assisted by Rev. W.M. Lorimer,until recently
resident here. Both paid fine tribute to deceased. The pallbearers were
Erwin Gilfillan, C.W. Dickinson, O.B. Stafford, W.R. Chaney, Charles L.
Stewart, T.S. Maxwell. Interment was in West Alexander cemetery.
Mrs. Chaney was born Nov. 7, 1841, youngest of a family of nine children
of Andrew and Pemelia Gilfillan Chaney and always resided within the town
of West Alexander or within a few miles of it. She attended the local
schools, and the Academy the Academy being in its prime during her earlier
life. She was united in marriage Feb. 6, 1868, with James M. Chaney, also
son of pioneer ancestry, born at Coon Island, who on Oct. 13, 1862,
together with more than twenty other young men of the community all
enlisted the same day for service in the Civil War, in Company H Fourteenth
Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. They served through to the end of the war
and after separating some did not meet again for 50 years. A son of Mr.
and Mrs. Chaney, Dr. Andrew Chaney, then of Butte, Montana, and two
grandsons, sons of Dr. John M. and Jennie Chaney Oliver, served in the
Mr. and Mrs. Chaney resided for some time near a mile east of West
Alexander following their marriage, and in 1874 purchased the Joseph
Alexander farm 3 1/2 miles from West Alexander, which they occupied near 20
or 25 years, coming to central Main street to reside. In addition to his
agricultural and stock-raising interests Mr. Chaney was engaged 28 years in
wool buying. Mrs. Chaney maintained her interests in the church to the end
of her long life. She was a member of the Non Nobis Class, a charter
member of the Women's Missionary Society, and deeply interested in the
various activities of the church. She retained her faculties in remarkable
degree to the end.
[I don't think that this paragraph belongs here, but it was in the original.]
Harold Ruth and a companion aviation student flew over from Scott Field Monday
Evening and circled around this community. After returning to Scott Field he flew to
the Allegheny County Airport and back to Scott Field in 50 minutes.
Mrs. Chaney's membership in the Presbyterian church totaled 78 years. She
and her sisters, Mrs. Hanna Cockayne, and Mrs. Sarah Stewart, became
members together in 1861. The trio possessed splendid voices, that of Mrs.
Chaney a rich alto, Mrs. Cockayne, a soprano, and all were members of the
choir, Mrs. Chaney, continuing her residence here, remained in the choir
many years and while far advanced in life she continued to play the simple
airs on her piano. She accepted life's hardships without a murmer. It
could be said of her "She lived in a house by the side of the road" and was
friendly to all who passed her door. She retained fairly good health to
the end of life, bearing no marks of her long life here except a partial
lapse of memory. To all the community she was Grandma Chaney. Her
cheerful greeting will be missed by friends and neighbors. She passed away
like one who wrapped the drapery of her couch about her and lay down to
Mr. Chaney died Jan. 16, 1919. She leaves two sons and two daughters:
Fannie, wife of John M. Gibson, and John H. Chaney, West Alexander; James
Chaney, Wheeling, and Maggie Grace, wife of Wylie Doak, Huntington, W. Va.;
seventeen grandchildren. Two daughters and one son are deceased. Dr.
Andrew Chaney, Mrs. Tolbert Maxwell and Mrs. John M. Oliver.
MRS. MARY PATTISON RAMSEY
Mrs. Mary R. Pattison Ramsey, 89, widow of George Ramsey, died at Salem
Oregon. On Thursday no word had been received as to the time of the
arrival of the remains for burial in West Alexander cemetery by Sut. Frank
Mrs. Ramsey was one of the family of eight children of Thomas and Jane
Humphrey Pattison, which included five daughters. Their home was north of
West Alexander, near the Blake place, near the State line. Mrs. Ramsey was
united in marriage with George W. Ramsey, who served in Co C. Twenty-second
Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. His death occurred Jan. 17, 1910. Mrs.
Ramsey had resided in Oregon since soon after her husband's death. Six
children were born to them, Bessie, wife of Ed Rogers, Miss Eva Ramsey,
Anna, Thomas, George and John. One of the sons resides in Wilkinsburg,
Pa., and the others in Oregon, at Salem, or on the Pacific Coast. Mrs.
Ramsey's maternal grandfather was Robert Humphrey, who served in the
Revolutionary War and removed General Lafayette, wounded from the field of
Brandywine. The two met in West Alexander when Lafayette passed through on
his tour 1825, when they talked over the incidents of the war and the
battlefield. Her paternal grandfather was Rev. Thomas Pattison, a minister
of the Reformed Dissenting Presbytery, born near this place in 1802.
MRS. FRANK B. SHALER, OF DUTCH FORK, DIES
CLAYSVILLE, June 8 - Mrs. Katherine Shaler, aged 75 years, wife of Frank
B. Shaler, died in her home at Dutch Fork today at 5 a.m. The couple would
have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on next December 16.
She was a daughter of Anthony and Abigail Clemens and was born in Donegal
Township August 11, 1861. She was a life-long member of the Dutch Fork
Besides her husband, she leaves two sisters, Mrs. Mary Mead, at home, and
Mrs. Nancy Johnson, of Donegal, and Joseph Clemens, of Donegal.
Funeral services will be held in the Dutch Fork Church Wednesday at 3:30
p.m. in charge of Dr. F.R. Gay, of Bethany College. Burial will be in the
ALBERT F. BLAYNEY; RESPECTED RESIDENT DIED TUESDAY EVEN'G
Albert F. Blayney, 87, respected resident of Claysville, died at his home,
101 Main Street, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 1942, due to a heart
attack. Mr. Blayney had not been in good health for some time but was able
to be around.
He was born near Good Intent January 30, 1855, a son of Joel P. and
Johannah Frazier Blayney, and spent his entire life in this community. He
was a Democrat in politics and served as a member of the Borough Council
two terms or more. He took an active interest in the affairs of the town.
Mr. Blayney was a rabid basketball fan and as long as health would permit
he attended every game. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church serving
as a member of the Church Commtitee (exact spelling).
He was united in marriage with Miss Dessie Malone, of Wheeling, on
November 12, 1879, who preceded him in death some years ago. Surviving are
two daughters, Misses Dessie and Blanche, at home, a son Scott, of Los
Angeles, Cal.; two brothers, S.R. Blayney, of West Alexander, and Dr.
Charles Blayney, of Philadelphia, and one sister, Mrs. J.W. Guess, of West
Alexander, and three grandchildren. Two sons, Paul and Lester preceded him
Friends were received at the home until Friday morning when funeral
services will be held in the Sacred Heart church at 10 o'clock in charge of
Rev. Father Hughes. Interment in St. James cemetery.
MRS. MARY A .......... HER HOME SUNDAY, APRIL 12
Mrs. Mary A. Ruble, widow of the late Rev. Jacob Ruble, and highly
respected resident of West Alexander, died Sunday evening, April 12, 1942,
at 7 o'clock at her home.
She was preceded in death by her husband on July 10, 1940.
Mrs. Ruble was a member of a pioneer Marshall county family, a daughter of
Alexander and Mary Dement Campbell. She was one of a family of ten
Deceased was active in religious and Sabbath school work from girlhood and
for many years taught the Trythena and Tryphora Bible class of the West
Alexander Presbyterian church. She was much beloved by the members of the
congregations where her husband served as pastor and admired for her
cheerful spirit and by the beauty she brought about her home with her
garden of flowers.
Mrs. Ruble was married to Rev. Jacob Ruble on December 28, 1893 and for
many years they resided in West Alexander where her husband served as
pastor of the Presbyterian church.
Surviving is a son Rev. Jacob C. Ruble, pastor of the Pigeon Creek
Presbyterian church of Eighty-four, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. George S.
Robinson, of Triadelphia and Miss Clara M. Campbell, superintendent of the
West Virginia Home for Aged Women, of Wheeling, W. Va. Funeral services
were held at the West Alexander Presbyterian church Wednesday afternoon,
April 15th, at 3:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. Ralph Kaufman and Dr. Charles
H. McDonald. Burial was in West Alexander Cemetery.
MRS. F.M. RICHMOND
Mrs. Mary Louise McCoy Richmond, 68, wife of Frank M. Richmond, of
Claysville, died in Washington Hospital Friday night, Aug. 30, at 9:50 p.m.
after an extended illness.
Mrs. Richmond was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander McCoy and was born
near Dallas, W.Va., Aug. 10, 1872. She attended the Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband and the following children: Lester, Frank, Ervie
and Ralph, all of Claysville; Orville, of West Alexander; Glen, of Pleasant
Grove; Joseph, of Canonsburg; Mrs. Nellie Carroll, and Mrs. Mary Turney,
both of Washington.
A brother, James McCoy, of Washington, and a sister, Mrs. George Richmond,
of Dallas, W.Va., also survive.
Funeral services will be held at the late home, Donegal Plan, Claysville,
on Monday, Sept. 2, at _ p.m. in charge of the Rev. _____ K. Conley, pastor
of the (rest is missing).
MRS. CORA BELL WINTERS
Mrs. Cora Bell Winters, 48, of West Alexander, died in Hillsview
Sanitarium Saturday, March 29, 1941, at 6 a.m.
A daughter of James and Elizabeth McConhan, Mrs. Winters was born July 27,
1893, at West Alexander, where she spent her entire life. She was a member
of the West Alexander Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Howard, of West Alexander; three brothers, Harry,
Dallas, W.Va.; George, Elm Grove, W.Va.; Frank, of Washington, and a
sister, Mrs. Hattie Rizor, of Ashtabula, O. Two brothers and a sister are
Funeral services will be held in the Dunlap Funeral Home, West Alexander,
today at 2 p.m., in charge of the Rev. Home_ _mith, pastor of the West
Alexander Methodist Church, assisted by the Rev. W.D. Mercer, of the West
Alexander U.P. Church. Burial will be in West Alexander Cemetery.
J. ALVIN MOUNTS
J. Alvin Mounts, 64, died this morning at 5:15 in Washington Hospital as a
result of injuries suffered when he was struck by an automobile Sunday. He
was born November 29, 1877, in Washington County, the son of Adam and Susan
Miller Mounts. At the time of his death he was living in Washington, RD 5,
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ann Brownlee Mounts, three children,
Ray and Earl, of RD 5, and Ellen, wife of Clarence Reeves of Lagonda; a
brother, Joseph Mounts, also of RD 5, one sister, Mrs. Flora McClain of RD
6, and three grandchildren. Mr. Mounts has been a farmer all his life. He
was a member of the East Buffalo Presbyterian Church.
JAMES ADAM MOUNTS
James Adam Mounts, 73, died yesterday at 2 a.m. at his home, Washington,
RD 5, after lingering illness. The duration of his last illness was seven
He was born June 22, 1870 in Washington County, the son of the late Adam
and Susan Miller Mounts.
Mr. Mounts was affiliated with the East Buffalo Church. He had lived at
Washington, RD5, for 35 years. He was united in marriage to the late Ethel
Ola Sprowls, May 21, 1896, who died February 10, 1915. Then he married
Zada M. Scott, December 19, 1915, who survives.
Besides his wife, he is survived by the following children: Walter A.,
Washington; Clifford M., Washington RD 6; H. Newton, Washington RD 5;
Donald J., Washington RD 6, and two daughters, Mrs. James D. Verner,
Washington RD 6, and Mrs. Edward M. Canan Jr., Claysville RD 1. The
following children by his second wife survive: Pvt. Wilden M. Mounts,
stationed in Hawaii; James A. Jr., Cora June, Ruth Audrey, and Martin
Kenneth, all at home; also 18 grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Flora
McClain, Washington RD 5.
MRS. KATE LINDSAY
Mrs. Katherine Miller Lindsay, widow of William A. Lindsay, native of
Donegal Township, died in her native township at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb.
13, 1941, aged 76 years, five months and 16 days. She had been ill only a
short time. Her death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hazel
Murray, north of Claysville. The funeral service is to be held at two
o'clock Sunday afternoon, in charge of her pastor, Rev. M.O. Mickey.
Mrs. Lindsay was born August 27, 1864, daughter of William and Jane Miller
Miller and in her girlhood attended White School. She was united in
marriage with William A. Lindsay. Their home for some time was on the W.J.
Mehaffey farm, near Dutch Fork, and near J.E. Cunningham's. They also
resided for some time on Wayne Street. Mrs. Lindsay was a member of Zion
Mr. Lindsay died near 16 years ago. Mrs. Lindsay resided here most of the
time since. She leaves two daughters and two sons: Lawrence Lindsay,
Claysville; Mrs. Hazel Murray, Claysville RD 2; Will Lindsay and Mrs. James
T. Donaldson, Newark, N.J.; thirteen grandchildren; one brother and three
sisters: Mrs. Samuel Shaler, W.A. Miller, Mrs. Jennie McNeel and Mrs. Sara
Daugherty, of Claysville.
MRS. MARTHA MAXWELL MURRAY
Mrs. Martha Maxwell Murray, widow of the late Nicholas E. Murray, native
and most of her span of life resident of Ohio County, W. Va., and for the
past decade respected resident of West Alexander, died of cerebral
hemorrhage, at the Maxwell home on Highland avenue, 10:45 a.m. Saturday,
May 10, 1941, in her 76th year. She had not enjoyed good health for some
time. The funeral service was held at the Maxwell home Monday afternoon,
conducted by her pastor, Rev. R.E. Kaufman. Interment was in West
Alexander cemetery. Dr. W.D. Mercer assisted in the service. The pall
bearers were J.N. Chambers, R.M. Reed, T.E. Egan, Elmer Lawson, M.
Loughman, Paul Pogue.
Mrs. Murray was born Dec. 7, 1865 daughter of Robert Milton and Mary A.
Yates Maxwell. Her birthplace and home until recent years were in Ohio
County. She was for many years member of West Alexander Presbyterian
church, solicitous of its welfare and affiliated with Sunday School,
missionary and other activities. She was held in high esteem by her
neighbors and associates. She was united in marriage with Squire Nicholas
Murray, wellknown farmer, of Liberty District, whose death occurred Dec.
She leaves one sister and two brothers: Mrs. J.B. Pogue, Tolbert S.
Maxwell and Milton Maxwell.
J. LEE MCNEEL
J. Lee McNeel, influential resident of Donegal township nearly two score
years and respected citizen, died at his home four miles north of
Claysville, at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 3d, 1937, following illness of two
years. The funeral service was held at the Brownlee Funeral Home at two
o'clock Thursday afternoon, in charge of his pastor, Rev. M.O. Mickey.
There was a lagre attendance of friends of his home section. Interment was
in Claysville cemetery.
Rev. C.E. Shannon, of Fairmount, a former pastor of Mr. McNeel, assisted
in the service.
Mr. McNeel was a son of Matthew and Elizabeth McKahan McNeel. Most of his
lifespan of 68 years was passed in Donegal township. He was united in
marriage with Jennie Miller Daugherty in December, 1892. He maintained a
live interest in the affairs of his community and served the township one
term as tax collector. For many years he was a member of Zion United
Brethern church, faithful in support and attendance. Near a score of years
he served as superintendent of the Sunday School, and was active in the
district association, having served as an official.
He leaves his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Charles Limbert, Claysville and
Mrs. Dessie Hair, Scenery Hill; two sons, John L. McNeel, Herman McNeel,
Claysville; two step-sons, Harry Daugherty, in Pittsburgh, and Thomas
Daugherty, at home.
Ollie Dague, 61, died in his home in East Finley Township, near Pleasant
Grove, Thursday, March 2, 1939, of a heart attack induced by over-exertion,
soon after fighting a field fire.
Mr. Dague was born near Vanceville and was a son of John A. and Malissa
Roberts Dague. He was a farmer, and a member of the Fairmount United
Brethren Church, at East Finley.
Surviving are his wife, Ora E. Stollar; three children, Mrs. Edith Day, of
Dunns Station, R.D. 2; Mrs. Wilma Philips, of Claysville, R.D. 2, and
Margaret Dague, at home; a sister, Ella Wyland, of Eighty Four; a
half-sister, Mrs. Harry Allum, of East Finley Township, and a half-brother,
Lawrence Dague, of Eighty Four.
Funeral services will be held in the home Sunday at 2 o'clock, in charge
of the Rev. J. Calvin French, of Prosperity, assisted by the Rev. C.E.
Shanon, of the Fairmount Brethren Church. Burial will be in the Fairmount
JAMES BURT POGUE
James Burt Pogue, life long resident of Donegal township north of West
Alexander, between the Dunsfort and Potomac Roads, died at his home at 1:15
p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 1939, aged 73 years, six months and 17 days. He had
been ill near two weeks. The funeral service was held at his late home at
one o'clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. Karl Monroe, his
pastor, assisted by Rev. Jacob Ruble, Jr. The interment will be in West
Mr. Pogue was born May 5, 1865, son of John and Elizabeth Burt Pogue.
From childhood he had resided on the farm where he died. As a boy he
attended the Stoolfire School, abandoned some years ago. Throughout his
active career he engaged in farming. He was united in marriage with Miss
Loville Maxwell. Mr Pogue was a member of the West Alexander Presbyterian
church and took a live interest in the affairs of his home community, in
which he was held in high esteem.
He leaves his wife; one son, Paul Pogue; one grandson; one brother, Will
Pogue. Bert Montgomery, out North Liberty street, is a relative.
GEO. B. SPROWLS, BUSINESS MAN AND CONSTRUCTIVE CITIZEN, DEAD
The death of George B. Sprowls, who came from a farm in East Finley
township a half century ago, established himself in the hardware trade,
built up a successful business and became nationally known occured at his
home on church street at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1941. He went for an
automobile ride and with a companion walked from down town to his home.
During the day he suffered a heart attack, from which he quickly rallied.
In the evening he suffered another attack that closed his life span. The
funeral service is to be held in the United Presbyterian church at ten
o'clock this afternoon, Friday, Feb. 28, in charge of his pastor, Rev. H.L.
Henderson. Interment will be in Claysville cemetery. He had served as
secretary of the Claysville Cemetery Association near four decades.
Mr. Sprowls was born March 5, 1862, in East Finley township, son of Simeon
and Mary Montgomery Sprowls, of the fourth generation of his family in that
township. He attended a local school, attended a private normal school in
West Finley, and taught a term of country school, when he got a taste of
salesmanship of vehicles and implements, so successfully that his future
business course was marked. Mr. Sprowls attended W.&J. College and was
graduated in 1884. Oct. 8, 1890, he was united in marriage with Miss
Caroline Stillwagen, of West Finley township, who proved a loyal helpmeet.
Their earliest home here was in part of the Elizabeth Woodburn property,
thence to a home on the site of the City Garage, to the residence west of
C.H. Somerlade's, to the Ralph Miller house and finally to the present
property, enlarged and improved. He established himself in a store room in
the D.M. Campsey office building, and as his trade developed it became
necessary to store his stocks in half a dozen locations. His trade in
buggies and wagons was very extensive. He covered Greene county many time
as his own saleman, besides having capable men engaged upon that work. As
the automobile developed he took up two types to handle, and from the
beginning had clung to those makes, the average folk and the folk in better
circumstances - Buick and Ford, with intermediates added. He housed his
automobile business in a 100x200 foot plant providing show rooms, repair
shop, storage, etc., constructed by home labor. The location formerly used
as the Rogers & Snodgrass hardware store and the H.O. Campsey furniture
store was used by Mr. Sprowls in the construction of a two floor and
basement building, 50 foot front and 150 deep. For several years he
conducted Sprowls' parties which were events of their time. In those days
there was a huge trade of farm equipment and even terms of mail order
houses were met and improved upon. Outlaying storage was secured in the
former Oliver Martin lumber buildings, the buildings at the rear of the
Greene street lots, and others. As his acquaintance grew Mr. Sprowls
became a member of the Pennsylvania and Atlantic Seaboard Hardware
Association, served on committees, became its executive and was a member of
the executive committee. The organization is the largest of its kind in