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Allegany County, MD Obituaries
Except where noted, these were transcribed and contributed to Genealogy Trails by Shawn McGreevy

RAFFERTY, Elizabeth aka Sister John Anthony, SSJ
"The Piedmont Herald" Piedmont, West Virginia, Tue 13 May 1986":
Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated last Monday 6 May 1986 for Sister John Anthony Rafferty, SSJ, 85, who died 1 May 1986 at St. Joseph's Villa in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Most Rev. P. Francis Murphy, Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, officiated with Father James Nolan as concelebrant. Burial was in the cemetery at the Villa. Following graduation from Barton High School in 1919 and attending Frostburg Normal School, she taught four years at the Meese School in Barton before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph at Chestnut Hill, in January 1924. She obtained her degree at Chestnut Hill College and taught in schools in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and New Jersey. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Kathleen Winner, Lonaconing, Md., and several nephews and nieces, one of whom is Sister Kathleen Bernard Winner, SSJ."

REED, Daisy
"The Piedmont Herald" Piedmont, West Virginia, Fri 13 Jul 1906":
A DOUBLE TRAGEDY-Two Young People Killed by No. 12-One of the saddest fatal accidents that ever took place in this vicinity occurred about 9:20 Tuesday evening, July 10, 1906, a short distance east of the Bloomington bridge on the B & O railroad, resulting in the instant death of Mr. Callie Neff, a B & O freight brakeman, residing with his mother on the east end of Fairview street near the HERALD office, and Miss Daisy Reed, of Bloomington, Md. Miss Reed had spent the evening in Piedmont and Mr. Neff started to accompany her home, walking up the B & O railroad. A Mr. Fazenbaker, of the Junction, witnessed the accident and immediately summoned assistance. They were walking on the north (westbound) track and took it for granted that passenger train No. 12, which they must have heard coming, was on the south (eastbound) track. Owing to a wreck near Bloomington No. 12 was sent over the north track and dashed around the curve through a cut so suddenly they did not have time to get off the track. Both were instantly killed and their bodies thrown some distance, the engineer, Mr. Wm. Fazenbaker, not being aware of the accident. Their bodies were brought to Piedmont at once and taken to the Fredlock undertaking rooms on Lyon street and prepared for burial before being sent to their respective homes. Callie Elwood Neff is the eldest son of Mr. John W. and Mrs. Fannie Neff, and was born at Frankfort, Mineral county, Christmas day-December 25, 1884, being in his 22nd year. He was an industrious young man and had been materially assisting in the support of the family for several years. He had been in the employ of the B & O for eight years, the last two having been spent as brakeman here. He had been transferred to the Keyser yard where he had only worked two days. His was a social disposition and he was popular with his railroad associates and all his acquaintances. The family-especially his devoted mother, to whom he had always been so kind and helpful-are heart broken over his tragic death. The funeral of Miss Reed took place at eleven o'clock this morning from St. Peter's Catholic church, Westernport, Md. The funeral of Mr. Neff will take place from the Southern M. E. church at two o'clock this afternoon, Rev. H. L. Hout..."

REED, Daisy
"The Piedmont Herald" Piedmont, West Virginia, Friday 20 Jul 1906":
TWO LARGE FUNERALS-When No. 12's Victims Were Laid to Rest-Two of the saddest and largest funerals occurring in this community for some time took place last Friday when Miss Daisy Reed and Mr. Callie Neff, the victims of B & O, passenger train No. 12, were laid to rest. The funeral of Miss Reed, the 22-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Reed, of Bloomington, Md., took place Friday morning, the funeral cortège coming down on the eleven o'clock Western Maryland train, the services being held in St. Peter's Catholic church, her pastor, Rev. Thos. E. Gallagher, officiating and celebrating High Mass. The attendance was large, many meeting the train and escorting the remains to the church, and thence to its lasting resting place. The floral tributes were magnificent, representing the love, esteem and high regard in which the deceased was held by her friends, companions, and acquaintances. Miss Reed was of a gentle, pleasant and social disposition and had a large circle of friends who join the family in mourning their great loss. The funeral of Callie Franklin Neff, the companion of Miss Reed in the sad accident, took place Friday afternoon from St. John's Methodist Episcopal church, South, Ashfiend street, the pastor, Rev. H. L. Hout, officiating. The Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and Fraternal Order of Eagles, of which he was a member, attended in a body and had charge of the funeral arrangements. the pall-bearers being selected from their number. The two orders were very attentive to the bereaved ones on this sad occasion, which was much appreciated and for which the family-especially the grieved mother-express many thanks. The attendance of sympathetic friends was so large that building was crowded. The floral tributes of respect were very numerous, many large and fine pieces being among the collection. Mr. Neff was an industrious, kind and generous young man, kind to all and especially to his mother, who is heartbroken over his sad and sudden death. Among friends in attendance from out of tow were: Mrs. J. W. Perry, Mrs. George Grimes and daughter, Mrs. C.W. Grimes, Attorney R.A.L. Dick, George Marker and J. A. Nev of Cumberland; Mrs. Thomas Bone, of Clarksburg; Mrs. Lucy A. Lashbaugh, of Frostburg; Mr. and Mrs. John W. Burke, Mrs. D.T. Greenwade, of Keyser, and many others whose names we could not learn."

     GEORGE REIDLER'S FUNERAL --     The funeral of young George Reidler; aged 18 months, who was gored to death by a mad cow in Frostburg on Wednesday afternoon, took place this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from his parents' home on Mt. Pleasant street, Frostburg. Rev. A. J. Cramer, pastor of the German Lutheran Church, Frostburg, held services at the house. The interment was in Allegany cemetery. [October 15, 1897  Evening Times, Cumberland Maryland, Submitted by Shauna Williams]

RHODES, John H. S.

(Son of Rev. Ebenezer & Mary (Hargis) Starr-Rhodes,) b. Georges Creek, Md. 10/16/1796, std. at Blooming Grove, McLean County, IL 1823, m. 1st, Mary Johnson, 2nd Mrs. Mary Ann Yazel, 3rd, Mrs. Maria Eisminger. Accidentally killed by I. B. & W. (now 'Big 4') R. R. train, at Bloomington Grove, McLean Co. 8/21/1875. Children by 1st wife Mrs. Cynthia Turnipseed, Mrs. Caroline Bellew, Wm. J. Rhodes, Mrs. Emily Brewster, Aaron P. Rhodes. Children by 2nd wife. Samuel M. Rhodes, Cinderella Rhodes. (See Duis' "Good Old Times" P. 168.)
[Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

RICKER, August Sr.
"The Frederick Post" Frederick, Maryland, Sun 5 Dec 1914":
Lonaconing-August Ricker, Sr., 71 years old, a native of Cresaptown, died Thursday at Clarksburg, W. Va., where he moved eight years ago. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Myles Byrnes, Midland, Md.; Mrs. John Donahus (sic Danahey), Lonaconing; Mrs. Thomas Mullin, (sic Mullen), Piedmont, W, Va.; Mrs. Henry Wheger (sic Weger), Baltimore; Misses Clara, Margaret, Christina and Adaline (sic-Adelaide) Ricker, Lonaconing; John Ricker, Piedmont, and Fred Ricker, of Bridgeport, Ohio."

"The Cumberland Times" 1 Mar 1915":
Mr. Frank Ricker, aged 69 years, died yesterday of Bright's disease that covered a period of illness of 12 years at his home at Lonaconing on Big Vein Hill. He was born here in 1849 and mined for the Maryland Coal Co of Detmold Mines. He is survived by five sons and 3 daughters; Joseph, John, August, Thomas and George Ricker; and Misses Adelaide, Mary, and Anna Ricker all of Lonaconing. Also, 3 sisters and a late brother, August Ricker Sr. of WV. The funeral is at St Mary's Church and burial at St Michael's Cemetery, Frostburg."

14 Oct 1955
LONACONING-John (Bob) Ricker, 64, died at his home in Midland yesterday. He was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Mills) Ricker and his wife was the late Alice (McAlister) Ricker. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. John Baldwin Havelock, N.C., Mrs. William McKinley, Midland, and Mrs. Bernard Seib, Lonaconing; two sons, Raymond Ricker, Uniontown, Pa., and James Ricker, Cumberland; seven grandchildren; two brothers August and George Ricker, both of LaVale; and a sister, Mrs. Clinton Coleman, Lonaconing. He was employed at Dashields Dairy in Midland and was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Joseph's Church, Midland. Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the church with Rev. Joseph E. Eckert, pastor of St. Anne's Church, Washington, D.C., officiating. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Frostburg. The body is at the Eichhorn Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited at 8 P.m. by the Holy Name Society."

"Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Tue 7 Jul 1914":
Death of Mrs. Ricker-Lonaconing, Md., June 7-(Special) Mrs. Frank Ricker, 49 years old, a well known resident of this city, died late last night at her home on Big Vein Hill. She is survived by her husband, and nine children, all grown. Mrs. Ricker was a Miss Mills prior to her marriage, and was a native of Lonaconing. Her husband, a well known miner, who has been in ill health for several years, recently recovered from a severe illness. The funeral arrangements have not been made."

RIKER, Dorothy Mae LARUE
12 Feb 2008
Dorothy May (La Rue) Riker, 98, of Hagerstown, Md., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at the Golden Living Center, formerly Beverly Healthcare, in Hagerstown. Born May 13, 1909, in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Columbus Marion and Martha Anna (Roeder) La Rue. She was the wife of the late Harry F. Riker, who died in 1983. Dorothy was a 48-year resident of Hagerstown. She was a past member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Halfway and currently was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hagerstown. She is survived by two sons, Donald J. Riker of Hagerstown, and Thomas H. Riker of Martinsburg, W.Va.; four grandchildren, William J. Riker, Daniel F. Riker, Michael I. Schenk and Deborah E. Rhodes; and nine great-grandchildren, Patrick J. Riker, Daniel H. Riker, Nicholas Riker, Morris E. Schenk, Michael J. Schenk, John V. Schenk, Gregory A. Hough Jr., Samantha L. Rhodes and Steven R. Rhodes. In addition to her husband and parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by four brothers, George La Rue, William La Rue, Robert La Rue and Woodrow La Rue; and nine sisters, Mary La Rue, Pearl LaNovel, Ellen Powell, Maude Copenhaver, Hellen Keller, Anna Broyles, Louise La Rue, Rosalie K. Lloyd and Grace P. Kelly. A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Fr. Kevin A. Mueller will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg. Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, with a Christian Wake service at 7:30 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740; Hospice of Washington County Inc., 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742; or the charity of one's choice. Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy, P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements."

RILEY, Kathleen Elizabeth
"The Cumberland Times" Cumberland, Maryland 13 Nov 1998":
WESTERNPORT - Kathleen Elizabeth Riley, 69, of Westernport, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998, at St. Vincent de Paul Nursing Home, Frostburg. Born Feb. 15, 1929, in Luke, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Mary Catherine (Gormley) McGreevy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Francis Riley. Mrs. Riley was a homemaker and was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Westernport. Surviving are one daughter, Patricia A. Kalbaugh and husband, Charles, Leesburg, Va.; one son, John T. Riley and wife, Karen, Rawlings; three sisters, Agnes Schoppert, Piedmont, W.Va., Ann Pamepinto and husband, Joe, Luke, Margaret Meyer and husband, Phil, Winchester, Va.; one brother, Frank McGreevy and wife, Nancy, Morgantown, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Sean and Katie Riley, Tracy, Kevin and Eric Kalbaugh. Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, Cresaptown, on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at the St. Ambrose Catholic Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Fr. Reginald Russo, O.F.M., Cap as celebrant. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale."

RITTER, Catherine
"Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Monday 13 Jul 1908":
MRS. RITTER DEAD-The Widow Of The Late Paul Ritter Passes Away-Mrs. Catherine Ritter, widow of the late Paul Ritter, died at 10 o'clock yesterday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. George P. Geatz, aged 65 years. The deceased was well-known and respected and leaves the following children: Messrs. Emil Ritter, of Pittsburgh; Jacob and Paul of the firm of Paul Ritter's Sons, Cumberland; Alfred, of Cumberland; Chas. Ritter, Elkins, W. Va.; Mrs. Sebastian Fleckenstein, Mrs. George P. Geatz, Mrs. Walter Hamilton, and Miss Katie Ritter, of Cumberland. Mrs. Ritter came from a prominent German family of Hesse Damstadt, of which she was a native. Her marriage to Mr. Ritter occurred after their arrival in this country. The funeral service will be held at the residence of Mrs. Geatz, 22 Smallwood Street, 10 o'clock Tuesday morning with interment in Greenmont Cemetery. Rev.S.J. Braun, of the Bedford Street German Lutheran Church, will officiate."

Robinson, "Child"
The funeral of the child of Mr. Claude Robinson, whose death occurred at Ocean the other day, took place this afternoon from the residence. The remains were brought to Frostburg and interred in Allegany Cemetery. [May 17, 1906 Evening Times, Cumberland Maryland, Submitted by Shauna Williams]

ROBISON, Elizabeth Catherine HOYE
"The Cumberland Times" Cumberland, Maryland,13 Apr 2001":
Elizabeth Catherine Robison, 96, of Calla Hill Road, NW, Mount Savage, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Hospital In-Patient Hospice Unit. Born on Feb. 15, 1905, in Midland, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Catherine (McGreevy) Hoye. Mrs. Robison was also preceded in death by her husband, Clayton C. Robison Sr. in 1974; one son, Clayton Robison Jr. in 1975; one infant daughter, Mary Robison; one sister, Helen Weimer; and one grandson, Scott Lindner. She was a member of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Mount Savage. Mrs. Robison is survived by two sons, Bernard Robison and wife Judy, Mount Savage, and Joseph Robison and wife Patricia, Mount Savage; four daughters, Bonnie E. Gaughan and husband Richard, Mount Savage, Delores Robison, Mount Savage, Rose Marie Winebrenner, Mount Savage, Emilie Lindner and husband Gary, Cumberland; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law, Eleanor Robison, Mount Savage. Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers for the departed will be recited at the funeral home on Sunday at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church on Monday at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Fr. Milton Hipsley as celebrant. Interment will be in Saint Michaels Cemetery, Frostburg."

ROBERTSON, Henry D. and Jean
"Cumberland Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Mon 21 Jul 1941":
Robertson Double Funeral-Lonaconing, Md., July 21-Funeral services for Henry D. and Jean Robertson were held yesterday afternoon from the home on Front street, with Rev. Lewis F. Ransom of the Methodist church officiating. The pallbearers were members of the Goodwill Fire Company. He was buried in his uniform. The fire company in uniform led the funeral procession while the bell on the engine house tolled at minute intervals. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery."

ROBERTSON, Henry D. and Jean
"Cumberland Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Thurs 17 Jul 1941":
Wife Suicides After Killing Her Husband-Mrs. Henry D. Robertson, Lonaconing, Thought Mentally Affected by Long Illness-Found By Father-Dead Man Former Police Officer and Recently Employed at Savage River Dam-
Lonaconing, July 17-Mrs. Jean Anderson Robertson killed herself after shooting to death her husband, Henry D. Robertson, Sr., shortly after 7 a.m. today in their home on Front street. William Anderson, her father, who lives in the same house, found the two in bed, both still alive, and called Clarence Castle, a son-in-law who lives nearby. Dr. Henry Hodgson was summoned and arrived at the home about the time Mr. and Mrs. Robertson expired. Both were shot through the head. The gun used in the murder and suicide was said to be a 38 that belonged to the woman's father, which had been kept in a trunk to which she had obtained a key. Mrs. Robertson, about 50 years old, had been despondent for some time, although she had talked normally last night with some women friends who belonged to the fireman's auxiliary. She had undergone two operations in the past two years and her poor health had caused spells of depression. Mr. Robertson, about 52 years old, a former supervisor of streets and also town police officer, had been working recently at the Savage River dam, and was to have gone to work at 11 a.m. today. Numerous Survivors-Six children survive, all grown. They are William Robertson, Philadelphia; Malvin, Aberdeen Proving Grounds; Mrs. James Lucas, Westernport; and Henry D., Jr., Lonaconing; and Mrs. William Brown and Ann (?) Robertson, also of Lonaconing. Mrs. Robertson has the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Jesse Jones (? ), Pekin; Mrs. Clarence Castle, Mrs. Alex Scott, Robert Anderson and John Anderson, Lonaconing; and William Anderson, Cresaptown. Surviving brother and sisters of Mr. Robertson are William and Harvey (?) Robertson and Mrs. Mary (?), Lonaconing; Mrs. Aleck Woods and Mrs. John Cuthbertson, Youngstown, Ohio. Dr. Linne H. Corson, county coroner, issued a certificate of murder and suicide. It was clearly established that Mrs. Robertson had mental aberrations and suffered from hallucinations. County Investigator Terrence J. Boyle confirmed the murder-suicide fact." NOTE: question marks represent folded, unreadable areas of the newspaper.

"The Cumberland Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Mon 26 Jul 1954":
FROSTBURG "Mrs. Ellen E. (Barry) Rooney, 88, of Mt. Pleasant Street, died yesterday. She had been in failing health for some time. The widow of Michael Rooney, she leaves five daughters, Miss Mary Rooney, Baltimore; Mrs. Charles Lewis, Eckhart; Mrs. Helen Cain, Mrs. Joseph Finn, and Mrs. Lawrence Barry, Frostburg; two sons, Martin Rooney, Washington, and Francis Rooney, Frostburg; a sister, Mrs. Catherine Stitzer (sic-should be Spitzer) Baltimore; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mrs. Rooney was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home. A requiem mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Church. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Cain, James Brailer, Charles and Francis Lewis, Larry Barry and Stephen Kenny."

ROONEY, Martin A.
"The Cumberland News" Cumberland, Maryland Wed 13 Nov 1968: FROSTBURG "Martin A. Rooney, 72, Washington, D.C., a native of Frostburg, died yesterday at Prince Georges County Hospital. A retired civilian employee at the Bolling Air Force Base, he was the son of the late Michael and Ellen (Barry) Rooney. He is survived by a brother, Francis Rooney, Frostburg, and five sisters, Miss Mary C. Rooney, Mrs. Helen Cain, Mrs. Joseph Finn, and Mrs. Lawrence A. Barry, Sr., all of Frostburg, and Mrs. Catherine Lewis, Eckhart. The body will be at the Hafer Sowers Funeral Home where friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Requiem mass will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery."

"The Times" Cumberland, Maryland,
"FROSTBURG-Monica U. Barry, 84, of 153 South Water Street, Frostburg, died Sunday, April 10, 1994, at Frostburg Hospital. Born on March 30, 1910 in Frostburg, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Ellen (Barry) Rooney. Mrs. Barry was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and a member of the church Sodality. She was a 1929 graduate of Beall High School and she was a member of the Ladies of the Knights of Columbus Council 1442 and a charter member of the Ladies of the Elks Frostburg Lodge 470. Surviving are her husband, Lawrence A. Barry; two sons, Lawrence M. Barry, and wife, Carol, Cumberland' Robert F. Barry and wife, Linda, Frostburg; one sister, Helen Cain, Myrtle Beach, S.C. and four grandchildren, Carla Barry, Frederick; Krista Barry, Cumberland and Brian Barry and Patrick Barry, both of Frostburg. Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. with Msgr. John L. Reinsfelder officiating. Interment will be in Saint Michael's Cemetery. A Christian wake service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 8 p.m. Pallbearers will be Jack Byrd, Kenny Logsdon, James Brailer, James Cain, James Crowe and Paul Myers. Memorial contributions may be directed to Saint Michael's Catholic Church." Note: I do not have the date of publication for this one.

"The Cumberland Evening Times" Mon 30 June 1958":
MT. Savage-Mrs. Helen F. (Nolan) Ross, 74, of Turtle Creek, Pa., died June 21 in Wilkinsburg Memorial Hospital. Born in Lonaconing, Mrs. Ross was a daughter of the late Patrick and Mary Nolan and was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Her husband, Robert Ross, preceded her in death. Mrs. Ross is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Rose Neil, Philadelphia; Mrs. Margaret McBriar, Patterson, N.J., and Mrs. Helen Cima, Turtle Creek; three sons, Robert, Stephen, and Joseph Ross, all of Turtle Creek; 20 grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Robert Hiner, Pittsburgh, and a brother, Joseph Nolan, Sr. of Mount Savage. A requiem mass was celebrated last Wednesday at St. Coleman's Catholic Church, Turtle Creek."

ROSS, James
"The Cumberland Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland 18 Nov 1952:
MT. SAVAGE "James Ross, 38, former resident of Ocean, died Saturday in Turtle Creek, Pa. A son of Mrs. Nellie (Nolan) Ross and the late Robert Ross, he also leaves his widow and two children. Services were held yesterday in St. Coleman's Catholic Church, Turtle Creek, with burial in Grandview Cemetery, McKee's Rocks. Joseph Nolan and son, Joseph, attended the funeral."

ROSS, John Robert
"The Piedmont Herald" Piedmont, West Virginia 12 Feb 1897":
Very seldom indeed does the Cumberland and Pennsylvania railroad have a wrecked train. The accident on Saturday night last was then the more unusual and the terrible calamity the more appalling. Train No. 6 is the night train running regularly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night. It left Cumberland with Conductor Thomas Rowe having charge of the train assisted by brakeman William Johnson, while the engine was manned by John Robert Ross, engineer, and J. Naaman Howard, fireman. As the engine passed over the trestle just above the Franklin Store, the engine jumped the track and went into the water. The fireman was thrown from his place in the cab as the engine turned down the embankment. He was soon taken to his home and cared for. A search for Mr. Ross the engineer was made and when found he was horribly hurt. He was taken home and death came to him Sunday morning. Others more or less injured received but slight bruises and sprains, both Mr. Rowe, the conductor, and Mr. Johnson, the brakeman, being among the number. Mr. Chas Dayton of Westernport has been confined to the house by reason of the injuries received."

ROSS, John Robert
"The Piedmont Herald" Piedmont, West Virginia 12 Feb 1897":
Elsewhere in our columns is noted the sad occurrence resulting in the death of Mr. J. Robert Ross of Westernport, the engineer of the C&P Ry. Mr. Ross had lived in this community all his days. He was particularly respected for his uprightness of character and quiet unassuming disposition. He was 38 years of age on the 19th of last September. His father was William Ross, a resident long known and highly respected about here. Mrs. Nelson Durham whose death we noted in our column a week ago was a sister; Mrs. John T. Spriggs of Westernport, being a sister also and now the only remaining member of the family. Mr. Ross was married December 20 1882 to Miss Sallie C. Young of Barton and who survives him with three children, Pearl 13 years of age, Taylor 11 years of age, and an infant child 11 months old. He had been employed by the C&P Ry for 16 years as fireman and engineer. For a number of years he had been connected with St. Johns M.E. church. He was a charter member of the Epworth League at that church. The funeral was Tuesday."

ROSS, John Robert
"The Piedmont Herald" Piedmont, West Virginia 23 Jul 1897":
This week Mr. T. A. Sullivan erected for Mrs. Sallie Ross a fine monument at the grave of her late husband, John Robert Ross, in Philos cemetery."

ROSS, Robert E.
"The Cumberland News" Cumberland, Maryland, Fri 16 Sep 1966":
Robert E. Ross Turtle Creek, Pa. A requiem mass was held at St. Coleman's Catholic Church for Robert E. Ross, 61, former resident of Midland, (Allegany County, Maryland) who died in a Somerset hospital, after suffering a heart attack on the Pennsylvania turnpike. Officiating was Rev. Joachim David McBriar, a nephew of Mr. Ross. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Nellie (Nolan) Ross, and three sons, Robert, James, and Joseph Ross." [NOTE: Robert was the son of Mary Ann Tighe and Elkanah Grafton Ross]

ROSS, Iola
"Piedmont Herald" Piedmont, West Virginia, Friday 19 Jun 1941":
Funeral services for Miss Iola Ross, 82, who died last Friday at the Reeves Clinic, Westernport, were held Monday afternoon at the home of her niece, Mrs. Bessie Gowans, Barton. Rev. Cyril J. Hoover, Pastor of the Barton Methodist Church, officiated. Interment was in the Llewellyn Cemetery, near Barton. A daughter of the late William and Mary Michael Ross, she was born near Firm Rock, and lived in the section all her life. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Michaels, Lonaconing."

"The Cumberland Times" Cumberland, Maryland 04 Oct 1916":
Lonaconing- Mrs. Alice Rowan, aged 65 years, died today at the home of her only daughter, Mrs. Thomas Hawthorne in Vale Summit. She is the widow of Daniel Rowan. She is also survived by five sons; Michael Rowan, Daniel Rowan, Patrick Rowan, of Lonaconing; Leo Rowan of Ohio; and John Rowan of Penna. The funeral services are at St Mary's Catholic Church in Lonaconing."

ROWAN, Elizabeth
"On February 25, 1951, Elizabeth F. (nee Arnold) Rowan, aged 79 years, the beloved wife of the late James J. Rowan. The funeral services will be at the William Cook Mansion, St. Paul and Preston streets (Baltimore) on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Requiem Mass at St. Mary's Star of the Sea at 9 a.m. Interment in Frostburg, Md., on Thursday."

"Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Wed 25 Feb 1931":
Tri-Towns, Feb 25-Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Rowan, aged 65, wife of Thomas Rowan, Luke, who died Monday evening at Allegany Hospital, Cumberland, where she had been a patient since February 9, will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from St. Peter's Catholic Church with requiem high mass. Rev. Joseph L. Garvey, St. Patrick's parish, Baltimore, a nephew of Mrs. Rowan, will officiate. Interment will be in St. Peter's cemetery, Westernport. Mrs. Rowan's death was due to an infected arm. The infection followed a slight burn. Besides her husband she is survived by six children, John J. Rowan, Mrs. John Nelson, Miss Kathleen Rowan, R. N., and Miss Nellie Rowan, all of Cumberland, and Martin and William Rowan, at home. Three sisters, Mrs. James Garvey, Westernport; Mrs. John Quealy, Elk Mountain, Wyoming; Mrs. I.T. Murphy, Rawlins, Wyoming, and two brothers, William J. Tierney, Chicago and E. M. Tierney, Rawlins, Wyoming, also survive."

ROWAN, Michael
"Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Thu 12 Jan 1905":
Lonaconing, Md., Jan 12-Mr. Michael Rowan, one of our oldest residents, was found dead in his home yesterday afternoon. Since the death of his wife over two years ago, he had been living alone. Mr. Rowan had been in poor health for a year or more, suffering from asthma and dropsy, which finally caused his death. He was employed by the C & P as watchman at the crossing near the depot. The deceased was born in County Mayo nearly 78 years ago. Three sons, Thomas J., Michael and James, and three brothers, Patrick, Daniel, Thomas, and two sisters, Mrs. Leopold Berkhart, (sic-should be Berkenbaugh) of Lonaconing, and Mrs. Bridget Calligan, of Pittsburgh, are left to mourn his demise. His aged mother, now in her hundredth year, is not expected to life (sic).

ROWAN, Monica (Mrs. Patrick)
"Mrs. Patrick Rowan Dead-Lonaconing, Md., July 8-Mrs. Monica Rowan, wife of Patrick Rowan, aged resident, died last night at 12 o'clock at her home on Island street, following a long illness. Mrs. Rowan had been in a serious condition for three months. She was born in Ireland and came to this country at the age of 17. She settled in Lonaconing where she spent practically her whole life. She was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She is survived by three children: Joseph Rowan, Bridgeport, Connecticut; John Rowan, Detroit, Mich.,; and Mrs. Mary Nolan, Lonaconing. Two sisters also survive: Mrs. Patrick Barry, this place, and Mrs. Kate Cosgrove, Lonaconing."

ROWAN, Sarah
"Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Mon 30 Jan 1905":
Lonaconing, Jan. 20-The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Ann Rowan took place Saturday. Interment in St. Mary's cemetery. "Granny" Rowan was perhaps the oldest resident of the State of Maryland at the time of her death, being over 106 years old. She was born in County Mayo, Ireland in 1799, and removed to England in 1848, and from there to Eckhart mines in 1871, from there to Midland and later to Lonaconing, where she resided at the time of her death. "Granny" Rowan lived in three centuries, born in the 18th century, lived through the 19th and died in the 20th century. The mental activities of the deceased were very remarkable until a few weeks before her death, and she was free from any bodily disease except inroads made on her vitality by the long years of her life. The deceases had been a widow since 1863. There are five grown children left, the youngest will be sixty years old next July. They are Daniel Rowan, Patrick Rowan, Thomas Rowan, and Bridget Calligan of Pittsburg (the fifth child is not listed). Besides these there are 37 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren representing five generations. The pallbearers were all grandchildren of the deceased, and were: Michael T. Rowan, James Rowan, John Berkenbaugh, Joseph Rowan, of Patrick; Joseph Rowan, of Thomas; Leo Rowan, Patrick Rowan, Joseph Berkenbaugh. Flowerbearers, William Jones, John Rowan, of Dan; John Rowan, of Patrick, also grandchildren. The funeral was largely attended by the many friends of the deceased."

RUCKMAN, Abraham J.

Abraham J. Ruckman, 71 yrs of Luke, Md. died at 7 o'clock yesterday evening at the Western Md. hospital Cumberland following an operation from a complication of disease. He entered the hospital Mon. afternoon. Besides his wife, Mrs. Nancy Baker Ruckman, his children Mrs. Edward Walther (Margaret) Davenport, Iowa; Mrs. Thomas Downing (Alberta) Washington Iowa; Mrs. Harry Kelly (Nannie) and Mrs. Frederick Heavener of Luke; Mrs. Walter Haight(Ella) Washington, Iowa & Rawlin D. Baker Ruckman of Luke also a brother Thomas of Cumberland. He was born in Hampshire Co. & served in the Confederate Army(Army of Northern Va.) HIs body will be taken to Frankfort (Hampshire Co.) for burial.
[Keyser WW Tribune, 11/11/1915, Submitted by Monica Watkins Wagner]

"Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Wed 6 Sep 1967":
Mrs. Catherine Ryan, a former resident of Luke, died Monday in Casualty Hospital, Washington, where she had been a patient since she fractured her hip at home two weeks ago. A native of Westernport, she was a daughter of Mrs. Mary L. Cosgrove, and the late Michael P. Cosgrove, and was the widow of James Ryan. She was a graduate of St. Peter's School in Westernport and of Catherman's Business School. Besides her mother, she is survived by a son, Joseph Ryan, Philadelphia; two daughters, Miss Ella Marice Ryan, Washington, and Mrs. Mary Loretto (sic-should be Loretta) Wooten, Cleveland; three sisters, Mrs. Marie Cross, Washington; Sister Marie Joseph, Sisters of St. Joseph, Baltimore, and Mrs. Veronica Nofsinger, Luke; three brothers, Francis B. Cosgrove, Westernport; Emmett Cosgrove, Cumberland, and Robert Cosgrove, address unknown, and 12 grandchildren. Requiem mass will be celebrated Thursday morning at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Washington. Interment will follow in the afternoon at St. Peter's Cemetery, Westernport."

RYAN, Ira Talmage
"Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Mon 25 Jun 1951":
Ryan Inquest On Thursday Westernport-An inquest will be conducted Thursday at 7:30 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Madalyn Bazzle, Keyser, W. Va., into death of Ira J. (sic) Ryan, 58, of Franklin, who died Saturday night in Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser, W. Va. of bullet wounds. A member of a Piedmont wholesale produce firm, Ryan was found slumped over his office desk by a driver for the firm, Calvin Shingler. A .32 calibre revolver was found on the floor near him. An autopsy yesterday showed two bullets were fired. One entered the front of the forehead and came out the right side near his ear. The other entered at the right side of his of his head and lodged in his head. Ryan, who had been employed as a salesman for the past 30 years, was born in Barton, and had resided in the Tri-Towns for 40 years. He was active in community affairs and was president of the Tri-Towns Male Chorus which recently disbanded. A member of Keyser Presbyterian Church, he is survived by his widow, Mary (Dailey) Ryan; a daughter, Mrs. Edmund Niland, Piedmont; three sons, Leo, Richard and Michael Emmet Ryan, Westernport; two brothers, John and Leo Ryan, Pittsburgh; four sisters, Mrs. Stella Hughes, Mrs. Arthur Wilt, Miss Elizabeth Ryan and Miss Leona Ryan, all of the Tri-Towns, and six grandsons. A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the residence, with Rev. Robert Campbell, pastor of Piedmont Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in Philos Cemetery."
"Sunday Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Sun 1 Jul 1951":
Coroner Announces Verdict
Keyser, W. Va., June 30 -- The coroner's jury investigating the death of Ira T. Ryan, 58, of Franklin, Md., who died in Potomac Valley Hospital last Saturday from gunshot wounds of the head, returned a verdict of death due to self-inflicted gunshot wound with a .32 caliber revolver. The inquest was conducted by Justice Madalyn Bazzle."

RYAN, James Michael
"Evening Times" Cumberland, Maryland, Tuesday 29 Feb 1944":
Luke, Md., Feb 29-James M. Ryan, husband of Mrs. Catherine (Cosgrove) Ryan, Cromwell Street, who died yesterday afternoon at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, where he was admitted Friday, was born at Louisville, Ky., and came to the Tri-Towns with his parents, the late John J. and Ellen (Ryan) Ryan when he was a child. He was a foreman of the coating mill department at Luke, where he was employed 40 years. He was a member of Piedmont Council No. 685, Knights of Columbus, St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Pfc. Joseph L. Ryan, APO New York and two daughters, Misses Ella Marice and Mary Loretta Ryan, both at home; two brothers, John T. Ryan, Pittsburgh and Dr. C. A. Ryan, Piedmont; four sisters, Misses Nellie F., Katherine and Mary Ryan, all of Piedmont and Mrs. James A. Welsh, Westernport."

RYAN, Mary Louise DAILEY
"The Cumberland News" Cumberland, Maryland, Tue 10 Oct 1967":
Westernport-Mrs. Mary Louise Ryan, 83, Franklin, died yesterday at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser, where she had been a patient nine days. Born in Westernport, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Morgan) Dailey and was the widow of Ira Ryan. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the sodality. Surviving are three sons, Richard, Leo, and Emmett Ryan, here; a daughter, Mrs. Edmund Niland, Piedmont; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The body is at the Boal Funeral Home where friends will be received after 3 p.m. today. Requiem mass will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery."

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