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3 May 1907
Taken ill while visiting at Beaver, last Friday, the Rev. W. G. Nevin, of Delmont, was taken to the New Brighton Hospital, where he underwent an operation for intestinal trouble.
What will probably be the final act in the Pool Bank failure at Irwin in 1901 will be the distribution on June 12th of the fund in the hands of J. L. Ridinger, Assignee. What percentage the depositors will receive is not known.
The residence of Henry Loughner, in Penn Township, with nearly all his household goods, was destroyed by fire Thursday evening of last week, causing a loss of $1,800. The origin of the blaze is said to have been a defective flue. House and contents were partially insured.
The 245-acre farm in Hempfield Township which Fred M. Mechling recently deeded to Mrs. Shickler, of Pittsburg, in part payment for a $50,000 block of apartment buildings in that city, was last week purchased by Lloyd B. Huff for $20,000. It will be used for stock raising purposes. The coal under the farm was sold by the Mechling esstate eight ago [sic] for $85 per acre, and about a month ago the coal under the adjoining farm brought $1,000 per acre.
These Westmoreland County people have died recently; Stewart Henderson, of near West Newton, aged fifty-five years; Jacob M. Berlin of Unity Township, aged seventy-nine; Mrs. Charles Redd, of Vandergrift Heights, aged ninety-two; at the County Home, Oliver H. Robinson, aged eighty-six; Uriah Johnston, of Ligonier Township, aged sisty-five; Mrs. James Lemon, of Fairfield Township, aged seventy-one; John T. Findlay, of Irwin, aged seventy-five; Frank N. Scheidler, of New Kensington, aged fifty-one; Mrs. Jane Stiffey, of Livermore, aged eighty-seven.
Mrs. John Bosler, of Whitney, Unity Township, whose deceased husband had a great mistrust of banks, recently found secreted under the carpet at her home $1,000 in National bank notes, says the Greensburg "Argus." It was reported that Mr. Bosler's savings ran from $5,000 to $8,000, but thus far only $1,000 has been found. It will be recalled that Mr. Bosler and his son, George, who died April 13th and 18th, respectively, were the last of eight in that family who had fallen victims to tuberculosis within a short period of time. Mrs. Bosler is now the only survivor.
BEYOND THE ALLEGHENIES.
County-Superintendent J. Anson Wright will deliver the Memorial Day address at Bedford.
Wilday Irvin Grace, of Hopewell, and Olive Moore, of Eichelbergertown, were married in Cumberland several days ago.
At a recent meeting of Everett Council the resignation of Burgess Charles L. Euing was accepted, and Charles W. Oler was appointed in his stead.
Miss Elsie Putt, a member of the senior class of the Saxton schools, has a remarkable record in her school attendance. She has not missed a day in eleven consecutive terms. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George B. PUtt. -- Saxton Herald.
Recently the officers of Pleasantville Lodge of Odd Fellows were installed by J. R. Irvine. He was accompanied by Frank Naus, O. W. Smith, and J. W. Gailey. The same eveing the officers of Rainsburg Lodge were installed by W. S. Lysinger, who was accompanied by D. W. Beam.
At the St. Clairville Lutheran parsonage, April 21st, the Rev. J. H. Diehl united in marriage Prof. S. Bruce Stambaugh, of St. Clairsville, and Miss Sarah E. Halnsey, of Queen. The bride is a daughter of William Hainsey, of Queen, and the groom is a son of David Stambaugh, of St. Clairsville.
Monday afternoon of last week, while working at Mt. Equity Mine, near Riddlesburg, Albert Reighard, of Everett, was caught by a fall of coal, pinning him between the coal and a mine car, dislocating his right ankle and breaking a small bone in his leg, besides bruising him considerably. He is resting well at home.
A few days ago a motion was filed for a new trial in the case of the Commonwealth vs. Robert E. Gamble, who was found guilty some time ago of adultery. Among the reasons assigned for a new trial were that the verdict was against the evidence and the law and that the defendant was not permitted to offer certain testimony.
Marriage licenses issued at Bedford recently were as follows: James C. Craig, of Altoona, and Ethel E. Swope, of Defiance; Frank E. Steele and Hulda May Mountain, of Saxton; Roy W. Burk and Wilma Eicher, of Queen; John C. Barton and Cora Lillian Swartz, of Kearney; S. Bruce Stambaugh, of St. Clairsville, and Sarah E. Hainsey, of Queen.
FOR MINERAL POINT LAD.
Lawrence Page Surprised By Friends Wednesday --
Sick Child Better
Mineral Point, May 2. -- Lawrence, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Page, of this place, was given a surprise last night by a number of young friends on the occasion of his thirteenth birthday. Indoor and outdoor games were played and refreshments were served late in the evening. The guests were Philip Good, William Neville, Homer Good, David Wilson, Norman Good, Arthur Neville, Raymond Wilson, Harry Neville, Ralston Reighard, Clarence Good, [remainder cut off]
30 Aug 1907
Man and Sick Wife Put Off Pennsylvania Train
PEOPLE ARE INDIGNANT
COUPLE TELL STORY OF TRAINMEN'S CRUEL TREATMENT.
Eli George and Wife, of Johnstown Were en Route to Lewistown When Woman Became Very III - Dr. Fitzgerald Summoned to Alley to Treat Mrs. George and Little Stranger.
South Fork, Aug. 29. - A short while after trainmen put Mrs. Eli George, of Johnstown, off a train at this place Monday afternoon she gave birth to a child. She was later taken care of by Dr. Fitzgerald.
Eli George and his wife live, or did live, at No. 179 A street, Johnstown. The husband is in the employ of the Eyre-Shoemaker Company. Monday they left home and boarded the 12:09 train, bound for Dryde, near Lewistown. According to the story told by the man and woman, the wife became very sick some time after leaving Johnstown. The husband told Dr. Fitzgerald that one of the brakemen escorted his wife from the train at the local station and there left her.
Some time after this Dr. Fitzgerald was summoned to an alley near the central part of the town. He found the mother and father there and a newborn babe. Mrs. Fitzgerald furnished clothing for the little one and helped the doctor make the mother as comfortable as possible. Dr. Fitzgerald suggested that Mrs. George and the babe be sent to the Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, but to this the woman refused to agree and left South Fork on a P. R. R. train Monday night with her husband and child for Dryde.
South Fork people are much wrought up over the action of the trainmen, if, as is said, the man and woman were put off the train without being afforded any assistance.
30 Aug 1907
138 Persons Attend Gathering at the Shelley Home, Near Wilmore
BIG DINNER; NEW OFFICERS
Wilmore, Aug. 29. - The home of George B. Shelley, near this place, was on Saturday the scene of the reunion of the Pringle family, which was attended by 138 relatives and friends of the family. The clan assembled in the morning and amused themselves in an informal manner till noon, when came the big feature of the day, a dinner fit for a king. All hands fell to and good appetites soon caused the toothsome viands to be put where they would do the most good. Pictures of the group were taken after dinner.
At 3 o'clock a brief business session was held. The meeting was called to order by the Rev. W. L. Spanogle, of Conemaugh, and the election of officers announced in order. The following were chosen to serve for the ensuing year: President, D. C. Wells, of Rose Moyne, Indiana County; Vice President, J. L. Wright, of Johnstown; Secretary, S. P. Sherbine, of Derry; Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Maggie Sloane, of Rural Valley. It was decided to hold next year's reunion at the home of President D. C. Wells.
A prayer service was conducted by the Rev. Spanogle before the Vice President took charge of the meeting and the addresses started. Christian Shaffer, of Wilmore, was the first speaker and gave a very interesting history of the Pringle family. Short addresses were made by Senator Jacob C. Stineman, John Wright, James Sloane, and the Rev. Spanogle. The singing by the ladies was not the least feature of a very enjoyable reunion.
Those present were: D. R. Pringle, wife, and daughter; Harvey Shaffer and Mrs. E. A. Shaffer, of Indiana; John Wright and wife, Christian Shaffer, Samuel Hess, wife, and grandson, Johnson Rager and wife, Mrs. Ada Smay, Maud Storey, George B. Skelley and wife, Mrs. David Wonders, Jacob Custer and wife, D. P. Wright and wife, Conrad and Helen Starrett, Catherine and Foster Rose, Wilda, Vera, and Wright Plummer, Maggie and Sadie Pringle, Annie Skelley, Joseph Flenner, Lillie Reichard, Jennie Wright, Bessie Hudson, J. D. Pringle and wife, Joseph Sharp and son Albert, Susie and Daniel Skelley, W. L. Simmons, Elda Rager and Nellie Dugan, of Wilmore; C. S. and Clair Gaghagen, of Sagamore, Pa.; J. G. Bricker and wife, of Smicksburg, Pa.; Frank Boyle and wife and Mrs. G. A. Davis, of Altoona, Pa.; John Pringle, James Sloane, wife, and baby, of Rural Valley; D. C. H. Pearson, Dr. E. J. Scott, S. E. Carroll and wife, of Windber; J. F. Hise and wife, Mrs. Fleck, Mrs. William Hise, Mrs. J. L. George and two children, Alice Fesler, Mrs. George Fesler, George Flenner, wife, and two children, Willard George, Clarence Fester, Alex Storey and Senator J. C. Stoneman and wife, of South Fork; the Rev. Spanogle and wife, Mrs. Pringle, Mrs. H. B. Pringle, D. W. Shaffer and wife, E. E. Pringle, wife, and two children, Alma Shaffer, W. E. Pringle and wife, Mrs. J. D. Pringle, W. G. Wright, wife, and two children, Irvin Pringle, A. R. Good and wife, Lulu and Elsie McKisson, Mrs. Maggie Rattigan, and William Flenner, of Conemaugh; Mrs. Gable, Emma Madison and baby, Mrs. John Moffer; Mrs. Susie Sherbine, Miss Emma Shaffer, Carrie Oaks, E. E. Wicks, wife, and baby, D. L. Pringle, wife, and three children, of Summerhill; Mrs. Sourwine, of Creekside, Pa.; Joseph, Jennie, George, and Cora Wells, of Rose Moyne; Joseph Hays, of Vandergrift; E. C. Hays and son, of Apollo; F. M. G. Craighead and wife, of Allegheny; J. A. Allenbaugh, of Beaverdale; Mrs. J. W. Rose, S. P. Sherbine and daughter, of Derry; J. L. Wright and wife of Johnstown; R. P. Barnes, of Houtzdale.
30 Aug 1907
Great Jubilee on the Old Homestead in honor of the Event
COMES OF PIONEER FAMILY
Benedict Yoder, of Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, celebrated his ninetieth birthday anniversary August 20th. Many of his relatives and friends gathered at the old homestead that day and congratulated him heartily.
Mr. Yoder is one of the best-known citizens of Somerset County. Christian Yoder, an ancestor, settled in Bedford, County, in what is now Somerset County, in 1776. The house he erected in a small clearing was a very small log affair.
Benedict Yoder worked for his father, John Yoder, until his marriage, and then bought himself a little property. He prospered in a way until one night in 1853, when everything he had was destroyed by fire.
Mr. and Mrs. Yoder had fourteen children to care for. All reached maturity but one.
The dinner served at the Yoder home the other day was a remarkable one. Everything, it is stated, was either grown on the Yoder farm or made by members of the household. The following persons were present to congratulate Mr. Yoder: Mr. and Mrs. Samuel B. Yoder, Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Mostoller, Mrs. Sarah Lehman, Mrs. Florence Mostoller, Miss Mary Yoder, Miss Gertie Yoder, his children. The grandchildren included Mrs. Maggie Brant, Miss Kate Lehman, P. S. Lehman, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Lehman, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Coleman, Mrs. Lizzie Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey G. Yoder. The great-grandchildren present were Mrs. Robert Fritz, Miss Mabel Hunter, Russell Yoder, Fred Yoder, Lester Brant, Guy Brant, and Kenneth Brant. The visiting friends were Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Coleman, Braddock, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Parker Trent, Washington, D. C.; Mrs. William Trent, Mrs. George H. Trent, Miss Nettle Trent, Listie; Harry Ryan and Miss Alice Spangler.
Mr. Yoder reads the newspapers regularly, both English and German, but his Bible is his most constant companion. He is modest, genial, and well informed, and his charming manner influences for good all who come in contact with him. He is still a member of the Amish Church, a denomination that is well known as being helpful to one another and faithful in all their religious duties.
6 Sep 1907
A very pleasant family reunion of the children and descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Geiser was held on Sunday, August 24th, at the Geiser homestead in Paint Township, Somerset County, near Windber. Mr. Geiser was born in 1831 on the farm on which he has since resided. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. John Geiser, who have been dead for many years. In 1865 Hiram Geiser and Miss Catherine Holsopple, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Holsopple, were united in marriage, and to them ten children were born, as follows: William, of the Seventh Ward; Emmett L., of Dale Borough; Mary, intermarried with John G. Heinlein, of the Tenth Ward; John B., of Dale Borough; Pearl, intermarried with Robert S. Oswald, of the Ninth Ward, and Lewis, Joseph, Carrie, Amanda, and Annie, at home.
The Johnstown party went to the reunion in Fornwalt's picnic wagon and immediately upon their arrival a picture of the entire relationship was taken, and later one of Mr. and Mrs. Geiser and their five sons and five daughters. A fine dinner was served by the ladies of the party at noon, all the delicacies of the season being included in the menu. A most enjoyable time was spent during the afternoon by the aged couple and their relatives. After supper the Johnstown party started for home, but not before wishing Mr. and Mrs. Geiser many happy returns of the day.
13 Sep 1907
Birthday Anniversary of Coopersdale's Oldest Citizen Observed with an Appropriate Celebration Saturday Evening - Worked on the Old Canal
The venerable Caleb Butler, the oldest resident of Coopersdale, and one of the first employees in the Cambria mills, was born in East Wheatfield Township, Indiana County, on September 8, 1824, eighty-three years on Sunday. Mr. Butler is living in the Butler homestead, No. 165 Cooper avenue, the oldest house in Coopersdale, with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Chambers, who entertained in honor of his birthday anniversary Saturday evening.
Upon the arrival of the guests the aged host of the evening was presented with a large leather chair, J. Dent Bryan, of Westmont, making the presentation speech on behalf of the relatives and friends. Later in the evening a fine supper was served and all went away after spending a most delightful time. Among the guests present were Mr. and Mrs. J. Dent Bryan, Miss Ada Bryan, and D. John Bryan, of Westmont; the Rev. and Mrs. S. B. Laverty, of the Cooper avenue M. E. parsonage; William Butler and family, Misses Leone, Irene, and Annie Butler and Will Butler, of Coopersdale; Mr. and Mrs. John Woods and son Albert, of Woodvale; Mr. and Mrs. William Woods and daughter Alice and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Butler and Ralph, Charles, and Clark Butler, of Westmont; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Williams and May and David Williams, of Moxham; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Woods and son Ronald, of Pine street; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Woods, of Singer street; Mrs. Edward Brehm and children, Samuel, Amelia, Carrie, Alice, and Myrtle, of West Taylor Township; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Butler and children, Caleb and Catherine Butler, with children, Caleb and Catherine Butler, with Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Chambers, Coopersdale; Mrs. John Hecker, also of the Twenty-first Ward, and Misses Nellie, Louise, and Kate Schwaderer, of the Summit. Four generations of the Butler family were represented in the gathering.
At the age of six years Caleb Butler left his home in Indiana County and located in Nineveh with the Isaac Rodgers family, with whom he remained for some years. He later went to work on the Pennsylvania Canal as a driver of a team of mules between Johnstown and Pittsburg and some time afterward was promoted to a position on one of the packet lines. In the later 40's he was placed in charge of the old lockhouse at One-Mile Run, below Coopersdale, where he remained several years before being transferred to the lock at Minersville. Not long after the Cambria Iron Company's mills were started, in 1853, Mr. Butler left the Canal and started as a puddler in the works, remaining with the concern until 1893, when he retired, having been employed as a heater for some years previous.
Caleb Butler has resided in Coopersdale in the neighborhood of fifty-six years. His home is located on part of what was formerly used by George Zech as a farm. Mr. Zech sold part of the farm to the Brallier family, from whom Mr. Butler purchased several lots on which he erected the home he has since lived in.
During the Rebellion Mr. Butler enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Ninety-second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, serving three years. Mrs. Butler, whose maiden name was Carnahan, died ten years ago. Eight children were born to them, four of whom are living. They are Mrs. Chambers and Messrs. William, Elmer, and Jesse Butler.
13 Sep 1907
Jenner Township Man's Wish That He Might Be an Octogenarian Has Been Fulfilled.
Boswell, Sept. 12. - William Good, of Jenner Township, on Saturday, September 7th, attained the age of eighty years, and incidentally a desire to become an octogenarian was fulfilled. Mr. Good had many times expressed the wish that he would live to be eighty years old, and he appeared very happy when that anniversary of his birth was reached.
Mr. Good is one of the best-known residents of the community in which he resides. For forty-eight years he lived on a farm now occupied by William H. Shaffer, in Lincoln Township, and it was only six years ago that he settled down to a retired life.
Mr. Good is a man who has gained quite a bit of knowledge from reading, and he can read, write, and talk German and English. He has studied the Bible printed in both languages. Mr. Good has been a member of the United Evangelical Church for many years.
In politics, Mr. Good is a staunch Republican, and he had voted this ticket from the time he attained his majority until a few years ago, when he grew too feeble to visit the polls. He has been a reader of The Tribune for twenty-five years.
20 Sep 1907
Unusual Bit of Genealogy Accredited to Johnstown as Result of a Gathering of Descendants of Mrs. Joseph Croyle, Now of Benscreek, Somerset County, and Mrs. Follmar, of Elton, This County
One seldom hears of five living generations of both sides of a family, but it remained for eight people to gather in this city several days ago and thus bring that distinction to Johnstown.
These people, as shown in the accompanying cut are as follows: Mrs. Joseph Croyle, her daughter, Mrs. Harry Rose; her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Oaks; her daughter, Mrs. Nora Kerr, and her daughter, Miss Margaret, thus completing one-side; and on the other side are Mrs. Elizabeth Follmer, her daughter, Mrs. J. S. Oaks; her son, A. J. Oaks; his daughter, Mrs. Nora Kerr, and her daughter, Margaret.
Mrs. Joseph Croyle is the oldest of the family, being, in her eighty-sixth year, and she has outlived her third husband. Mrs. Croyle is of the pioneer stock of Somerset County, having been born there. Her maiden name was Lenhart and she is a sister of the late Samuel Lenhart, father of the ex-Sheriff and of Mrs. Mary Hudson, of Braddock; Mrs. Amanda Galbraith, of Coopersdale; Mrs. Malinda Grove, of the Ninth Ward, and Horace, of Davidsville. Mrs. Croyle was married the first time to a Mr. Livingstone, the second time to a Mr. Clark, and the third time to Joseph Croyle. These three unions were blessed with only three children, two to the first and one to the last. The children are Mrs. Harry Rose, shown in the accompanying cut, and living at Mineral Point; Mrs. Aaron Rose, of Benscreek, Somerset County, and Oliver Livingstone, also of Benscreek, with whom Mrs. Croyle now makes her home. Mrs. Croyle will be remembered by a great many people in the Eighth Ward. She resided for a long time near the Hotel Rhue and moved away soon after her husband's death, which occurred not long since.
Mrs. Harry Rose, the eldest daughter of Mrs. Croyle shown in the cut, resides at Mineral Point. Her husband is a farmer in that section and she is the mother of three children, as follows: Mrs. A. J. Oaks, of South Fork; Mrs. George Flenner, of South Fork, and Ralph Rose, of Croyle Township.
Mrs. Rose's eldest daughter, Mrs. A. J. Oaks, was born in East Taylor Township. At the age of six years she was brought to this city by her parents and resided here until some years ago, when she removed to Mineral Point. Later, she removed to South Fork, where her husband is engaged in the lumber business and conducts machine and foundry industry. Mrs. Oaks is the mother of nine children, as follows: Mrs. Bert Kerr, of Summerhill; Wallace, Charles, Carrie, Myrtle, Ralston, Mildred, Ethel, and Lottie, all at home.
Mrs. Kerr, the married daughter of Mrs. A. J. Oaks, was born at Mineral Point, but now resides at Summerhill. Her husband is a timber contractor and she is the mother of one daughter, the little baby shown on the engraving. This completes one side of the five generations.
Mrs. J. S. Oaks, the daughter of Mrs. Follmar shown in the cut, was born in Somerset County, removed from there to Mineral Point, and until three years ago lived at the latter place. Mr. Oaks and family have been living at Dover, Del., since quitting Mineral Point, but they have sold their farm and intend coming to Johnstown to live in a couple of weeks. They will take up their residence in the Seventeenth Ward. Mr. and Mrs. Oaks were blessed with nine children, as follows: A. J. Oaks, of South Fork; Mrs. W. G. Wilson, of Mineral Point; Mrs. Daniel Reighard, and Mrs. John Reighard, of near Mineral Point; W. W. Oaks, of Railroad street; Mrs. W. R. Stiffler, of near Mineral Point; Harvey, of South Fork; Annie, married and living at Dover, Del., and Essie, single and at home.
A. J. Oaks, son of Mrs. J. S. Oaks, was born in Somerset County, and went from there to Mineral Point. He came to this city in 1889 and resided in the Seventh Ward until 1897. While here, Mr. Oaks was employed by E. Strayer & Bro., who operated a planing mill, and by the Lorain Steel Company. He was an active politician while in Johnstown, and became acquainted with many residents while here. Mr. Oaks now resides at South Fork, where he is interested in a machine shop and foundry and, in the lumber business. He also operates a sawmill at Summerhill.
Mrs. Nora Kerr, mentioned previously, is a daughter of A. J. Oaks, and little Margaret Kerr completes the fifth generation on the other side.
11 Oct 1907
Letters of Administration Asked in Estate of Miss Ida Pruner, Formerly of Ebensburg.
Ebensburg, Oct. 10. - A petition of a kind quite usual in form, although something of a rarity in Cambria County, has been filed at the office of the Register and Recorder for Mrs. Hattie Pruner, of the East Ward of Ebensburg. It asks that letters of administration be issued to Mrs. Pruner in the estate of her daughter, Miss Ida Pruner, the fact of whose death has not been ascertained, but whose whereabouts have been unknown since 1889. Under the law a person is supposed to be dead after efforts to locate have been fruitless for seven years. The supposed decedent in this case is heir to $505.09 from the estate of the late Edward J. Pruner, of Bellefonte. Besides her mother, her heirs are W. H., Gertrude, and Gussie Pruner, of this place; Frank C., of Portland, Ore., and Charles D., of St. Louis, Mo.