Miscellaneous Washington Co. Obituaries
Vol. 3

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.


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 o’clock 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 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 grandchildren. 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 o’clock. 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 o’clock, 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 o’clock 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 brothers. 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 King’s Daughters and Sons, and the founder of the King’s Daughters’ Day Nursery in Wheeling. She was the first president of the Wheeling Y.W.C.A. and was active in the Woman’s 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 of traffic. 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 o’clock 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 grandchild.


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 o’clock, 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 McNay’s 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 eight grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted at the Brownlee Funeral Home at two o’clock 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 o’clock; 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 learned shoemaking. 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 Hatcher’s 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 to wear. 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 Elmer’s 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 the accident. 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, last. The funeral service was held at the Sheller home at two o’clock 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 o’clock, in her home, in charge of her pastor, the Rev. George Walden. Burial will be in the Claysville Cemetery.


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 o’clock 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 o’clock at his home, 127 Lawrence avenue. Death was due to pneumonia. 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 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, the Rev. J.Y. Jackson. Burial will be at West Alexander.


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 Lyndall Hertig.


__________________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 World War. 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 pleasant dreams. 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 Griffith. 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 Christian Church. 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 Zion Cemetery.


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 in death. 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 children. 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 deceased. 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, near Lagonda. 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 months. 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 Brethern church. 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. 31, 1924. 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 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 Cemetery.


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 Alexandre cemetery. 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 the nation.

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